November 25, 1999
Subject: The U.S. Navy is jeopardizing all marine life with their Low Frequency Active
Sonar (LFAS). Other NATO countries also involved! "It's time to save the whales.
Again!" + The true "Rational Explanation" for the LFAS? + ENEMY UNKNOWN: SUBTERRANEAN
WARFARE IN PUERTO RICO
Here is an excellent article published recently in the Maui Free Press about the LFAS
issue - which I have repeatedly covered in previous emails to you.
Cheryl A. Magill - who very much liked this article - had this comment on it:
"I think the idea of "now prowling" subs is a matter trusting to the Navy's spin on
that portion of their sales pitch. From what I can make out they are "now dismantled"
at a US tax payer cost of 2.3 billion dollars."
I also include more material that will shed some light on the possible real target
of the US Navy...
Despite widespread protests, the US Navy still carry on undeterred with their plans...
Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator
The Navy's plans for Maui's waters - "stupid technology"
Draft Environmental Impact Statement "is creating waves of controversy."
By Jessica Ferracane
Forget Cousteau's notion of the "silent world." The oceans haven't been
silent since technology became amphibious, and they may get noisier - and
more dangerous - in the interest of national security. The US Navy plans
to ensonify the world's oceans with loud, high-intensity SURTASS LFA (Surveillance
Towed Array Sensor System Low Frequency Active)
sonar to detect the latest in super-silent nuclear and electric-diesel
submarines now prowling the high seas. Unlike passive sonar which listens
for sound, active sonar waves can pierce hundreds of thousands of miles of
ocean with loud, low frequency noise in the range of 100 to 500 Hz to
locate enemy submarines. The sound reflects off objects in its path and
returns in the form of an echo, enabling the navy to detect subs too quiet
to be found with passive sonar.
But scientists and environmentalists believe the loud, low-frequency resonations from
LFA sonar will endanger marine life. Marine mammals, especially baleen whales like
the humpback whale, are particularly sensitive to low-frequency sound and use it
to communicate, navigate, and hunt.
After being threatened with litigation by the National Resources Defense
Council, and under scrutiny from the Marine Mammal Commission, the navy
agreed to suspend its LFA sonar project in 1996 until more was known about
its effects on marine mammals. The navy recruited an independent scientific team specialized
in marine mammal acoustics to help test and interpret the effects of LFA sonar on
whales in the wild. The research team, led by Dr. Chris Clark of Cornell University's Bioacoustic Research Program and Dr. Peter Tyack of Woods Hole Oceanographic
Institute, targeted humpbacks off Hawai'i for one month in 1998, and blue, fin and
gray whales off California in 1997.
The findings of those studies, along with hundreds of pages of other mitigation, were
released this summer in a draft Environmental Impact Statement that is creating waves
The navy concludes in the draft EIS that it will not deploy LFA sonar in a
way that will harm marine life, but what is harmful - and at what ranges
- is anyone's guess. Data gathered for the draft EIS and published in
preliminary scientific reports indicates about half of all the whales
targeted for the study displayed clear and detectable behavior changes at
relatively low sound levels. The changes included silencing, behavioral
disruption and movement away from the research vessel Cory Chouest, the
navy ship which houses the LFA sonar apparatus.
Other scientists - without the navy's considerable financial backing (it
has spent more than $10 million on the draft EIS effort alone) -
documented graver disturbances.
Dr. Marsha Green, of the Ocean Mammal Institute, said OMI biologists and
other individuals observed three cetacean calves separated from their
mothers during or immediately after the LFA sonar testing north of Kona.
In one instance, naturalists observed an abandoned humpback whale calf breach
more than 200 times and slap its pectoral fin 671 times in four hours
during the spring 1998 tests. A lone spinner dolphin calf was sited and
later a very dehydrated melon-headed whale calf was observed by tourists
to be near death. Marine mammal calf abandonment is a rare occurrence.
"The sightings of three abandoned calves in the LFA Sonar testing area and
nowhere else is a very serious warning about the possible effects of LFA
sonar that needs further investigation," Green stated.
Although the navy denounces OMI's data, both of the draft EIS project's
chief scientists, Tyack and Clark, have commented in preliminary reports
that more research is needed before the long-term effects of LFA sonar on
the marine environment can be adequately interpreted.
"My biggest concern for LFA sonar was not that it would injure an animal
that happened to be near and exposed to a very low frequency, but that if
exposure to sound like this disrupted behavior of animals at great
ranges," Tyack said.
From long ranges is exactly how the navy plans to use the anti-submarine
warfare (ASW) technology. Passive sonar, with its short-range detection
ability, allows only a few minutes to react to an enemy sub. Low Frequency
Active sonar, with its state-of-the-art, long-range detection, would allow
many hours to react. The navy estimates 21 nations currently operate
stealthy submarines "that could be used in the future to disrupt peace and
stability by interrupting transportation and commerce, thus impacting the
world economy," states its LFA sonar website.
Not included on the website is the possibility that seals, sea lions, sea
turtles, certain types of fish, including sharks and rays, and even the
viability of fish eggs could also be impacted by low-frequency noise.
Critics of LFA sonar also fear the navy will deploy the sound at much
louder levels than was tested on the whales. Although the actual
deployment level is classified, NRDC attorney Joel Reynolds saw documentation that
deployment levels will be in the vicinity of 240 dB. A whale 1,000 yards
away from the sound source of 240 dB would receive 180 dB (imagine a
low-key rock concert), a sound level scientists believe will harm them.
Whales are not the only creatures effected by the low-frequency,
high-intensity noise. Humans can suffer, too.
In August 1994, scuba diver Jay Murray had just slipped beneath the surface for a
pleasure dive with two friends near Carmel, CA when he immediately noticed a loud,
booming vibration throughout his body. "Not only could I hear it, I could feel my
lungs vibrating. It's impossible to describe. Imagine a boom-box in somebody's car," Murray
said. Murray guessed the navy was testing some kind of underwater device, but he
didn't know what. No navy vessels were in sight. Disoriented and in pain, he surfaced
immediately, and eventually learned he had probably "overheard" the Navy secretly testing
Murray, now an outspoken and well-informed critic of LFA sonar, said the
lingering effects of the exposure destroyed his sleep patterns and triggered a depression.
He also suffered memory loss and an inability to concentrate.
Big Island resident Chris Reid had a similar experience last year when she
jumped in the water near Kona during the navy experiments on humpback
whales. The Cory Chouest was not in sight and at least five miles away,
yet Reid received 125 dB of the vibratory sound pulse.
Reid said she willingly jumped in the water to hear what the low frequency
sounds were like, and does not consider herself a victim. She said she
felt the "eerie, monotone, penetrating sound in every cell of my body." As a
result, she believes she now suffers thyroid gland disorders, and like
Although it barely acknowledges Murray's and Reid's exposure to low
frequency sound, the navy says it will not deploy LFA sonar in excess of
145 dB in the vicinity of human dive sites, defined as areas extending 12
nautical miles from shore and 130 feet deep and shallower. The navy
conducted its own experiments with low frequency sounds on navy divers.
According to the draft EIS, navy divers exposed to LFA sonar sounds
experienced aversion to sensations of loudness and vibration at received
levels of 148 dB but no physiological effects were noted.
However, a navy report completed in May 1996 (but not mentioned in the
draft EIS) includes a "symptomatic event" experienced by a 32-year-old
navy diver. After being exposed 15 minutes to LFA sonar at 160dB, the test
diver suffered dizziness, drowsiness, an inability to concentrate and residual
tingling in his arms. He later experienced irritability, memory loss and
suffered a seizure. The diver was prescribed anti-depression and
anti-seizure drugs, and has since voluntarily retired, according to the
The US is not the only world power developing LFA sonar technology. The
North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the British and the Dutch are
also testing similar systems.
A pod of Cuvier's beaked whales were the apparent victims of secret NATO
LFA sonar tests in the Mediterranean Sea in 1996. The 12 whales, seldom
seen by humans, beached themselves on a Greek shore during the same time
tests were being conducted, according to an article in the May 1998 issue
of Nature magazine.
The National Resources Defense Council and other non-governmental
organizations like the Humane Society of the United States have taken a
firm stance against the deployment of LFA sonar in the world's oceans.
"The biggest hole is that the research is very limited. There wasn't much
time," states NRDC attorney Joel Reynolds.
Dr. Naomi Rose, the marine mammal director for the Humane Society of the
United States, blasts the project as "stupid technology."
Rose, who was aboard the Cory Chouest as an observer, said the ship can
only travel at a slow 2-to-4 knots when the LFA sound source is in use.
The sound is projected by a 170-foot strand of Volkswagen beetle-sized
"speakers" that are lowered deep beneath the ship through a hole in the
hull. The sonar is projected and its echo off of objects is reflected back
and received by a long cable towed behind the ship. This cumbersome set-up
requires a slow speed to operate and could possibly make the Cory Chouest
the first obvious target of any pitched ocean battle.
These concerns and more will be included in the final EIS for SURTASS LFA
sonar. The EIS is the first the navy has ever attempted for a new
technology system of any kind, but despite powerful environmental laws
under the National Environmental Protection Act and the Marine Mammal
Protection Act, it's the navy that ultimately decides if SURTASS LFA sonar
will be put into effect.
Low-frequency SONAR the latest threat to whales
"It's time to save the whales. Again!"
By Jessica Ferracane
The proposed deployment of Low Frequency Active sonar in the worlds'
oceans by the US Navy and other military giants comes at a time when worldwide
whale populations are under renewed attack.
In May, the Makah Indian tribe of Neah Bay, Washington, used high-powered
rifles and .577 caliber bullets to "traditionally" slay a juvenile female
endangered gray whale for cultural purposes. The Clinton Administration,
in a political move spearheaded by vice-president/presidential candidate Al
Gore, will allow the Makah to kill up to five gray whales a year, despite
vehement protests from the public and conservation groups.
In March, around 70 endangered migratory gray whales washed up dead on
Mexico's Baja California shoreline. The cause of death is still unknown,
but environmentalists are pointing the finger at toxic, briny runoff from
the controversial ESSO salt mine nearby. Also in March, Iceland announced
plans to resume commercial whaling, shunning international law which
prohibits the slaughter of whales for profit.
Japan and Norway have engaged in pirate whaling ever since the moratorium
on whaling was imposed by the International Whaling Commission in 1986.
The United States, a member of the IWC since 1946, chose to honor Makah
treaty rights despite the IWC majority view that the Washington tribe does
not meet the requirements for aboriginal subsistence whaling because it
could not prove an unbroken tradition of whaling, nor could it prove its
survival is dependent on whale meat.
In fact, Japan recruited Makah elders as part of a campaign to lobby for
indigenous hunts worldwide in an effort to re-introduce a whaling industry. Japan
has also met with tribal representatives of Tonga, Siberia,
Greenland, the Caribbean Islands, the Philippines and tribes in British
Columbia. Plane loads of tribal elders have been flown to and from Japan
to take part in "cultural exchanges" which promote the slaughter of whales.
And now the Navy's LFA sonar system. We know the sonar can pierce hundreds
or thousands of oceanic miles and plumb the depths with extremely loud,
low-frequency vibrations to detect silent enemy subs. We know that whales
swerved to avoid it during recent experiments off Hawai'i and California.
We know it causes disruptions in their behavior and possibly their
migration routes, and it likely has far-reaching, disastrous effects
scientists are unable to observe. What we don't know can hurt us and all
It's time to save the whales. Again.
This article is also avalable from:
Summary of the Most Current Environmentalist Concerns about LFAS:
Although the National Marine Fisheries Services (NMFS) was established to
protect marine life, they appear to be ready, if not anxious, to grant
premature permission to our government to use potentially lethal low
frequency active sonar (LFAS) in 80% the world's oceans on a regular basis
in spite of inadequate research on this new and powerful technology. The
NMFS appears to have violated their own guidelines for protecting marine
life by ignoring reports of serious problems, including cetacean death,
given by boat captains, researchers, swimmers, and citizens during cursory
testing of this powerful force. In addition, they have failed to adequately
or clearly provide the public with information regarding the forward
movement of this technology. The NMFS again exposed their apparent conflict
of interest in assessing the safety of this uncharted technology by their
involvement in the writing of the US Navy's Environmental Impact Statement
(EIS) and their request to work in partnership with the US Navy, rather
than in their assigned role of overseeing the Navy's activities. Yet, in
spite of their apparent conflict of interest, NMFS holds the power to
approve this potentially lethal technology to be deployed on a regular
basis in 80% of the worlds oceans at alarmingly loud levels (a billion
times more intense than the ones tested) that travel for thousands of
kilometers. This force is so far-reaching and powerful that it is
considered by many environmentalists to be a threat to all marine life as
well as the oceans and very probably human life as well. Moreover, even
before the Navy's EIS has cleared, an application for 'taking' or killing
whales over the next five years has been prematurely filed with NMFS in an
apparent effort to get this operation launched ahead of increasing public
becomes awareness of the dire pitfalls of this technology, including a
pattern of cetacean corpses left in its path. Once underway, this program
will be highly classified and out of the public's view.
You can immediately ask President Clinton and your congressional representatives to
stop all forward movement of the sonar programs, then focus intently on this being
fulfilled. For more information on LFAS and forms for responding, consult:
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The true "Rational Explanation" for the LFAS?
Taken from http://www.angelfire.com/ca/fishattorney/wursclch.html
"Weird UFO Related Stuff Connected to LFAS
The US Navy's stated purpose for testing LFAS (Low Frequency Active Sonar) is to better
equip themselves so as to identify and track a potential threat to our nation's security.
With the USA deploying the defacto standard of the highest submarine technology, what's the Navy so worried about? Several people have brought up the idea of there
being UFO/USO related incidents surrounding this littoral warfare research.
Jim wrote this reply to someone who was asking for some explanation about the Navy's
choice in using LFAS. The writer went on to say, ...... "I heard from an ex naval
officer that the LFAS was probably designed for use as a powerful ray gun." Jim's
reply was as follows: All I can offer you is the result of speculation regarding the Navy's
strong intention to deploy LFAS. Their motivation seems rather out of place for this
post cold war era. They say that LFAS is necessary because more countries have submarines now than ever before. Okay, I'll give them that. But are there more new submarines?
Or are the existing submarines being sold and shuffled around? Besides, submarines
are expensive, complex vehicles that take a long time to build, test and deploy.
How could there be a sudden proliferation of a submarine threat that didn't exist before?
So, for me anyway, the Navy's stated need for LFAS seems weak when compared to their
strong determination to deploy it and to put a tremendous marine animal population
at risk at the same time.
One threat that the Navy might want to keep secret is the threat of unidentified submarine
objects, or USOs. Most people do not realize the vast quantity of USO/UFO sightings.
The UFO encounters I'm referring to here are the ones that occur over and around large bodies of water or have been observed exiting/entering the water.
To get a quick overview of what I'm talking about, please visit the web site: http://www.hotyellow98.com/aquaalienz/aqua.alienz.html.
While the Air Force is primarily concerned with UFOs in U.S. airspace, the Navy is
concerned with UFOs they encounter over the world's oceans and USOs they encounter
in the world's oceans. Therefore, the Navy could have as big or a bigger involvement
in the UFO enigma than the Air Force's well documented involvement.
You can see that it is not any leap of the imagination to consider USOs as a possible
explanation for the perceived "threat" that is so critical that the Navy wants LFAS
in the worse way. LFAS can be used defensively, as advertised, to detect a submarine
or USO. I have not seen anything that would prevent LFAS sound to be phased as to create
interference patterns where the sonic energy would be directionally/spatially concentrated.
While this is not a "ray gun," as you say, it could possibly be considered an offensive weapon at this point.
I hope this message sufficiently addresses your questions. Feel free to contact me
if I can be of any further assistance.
Assistant State Director Colorado Mutual UFO Network (MUFON)
Cheryl Maggie also made this comment about James Peters in a subsequent email:
I was really happy that Jim Peters agreed to do this work regarding the US Navy's interest in UFO/USO information. He is planning to collect and review data as it becomes available. There may not be a lot of specific information at first. But according to Jim, Walt Andus, director of MUFON seems to think there is and he is quoted as saying that and then some at http://www.angelfire.com/ca/fishattorney/wursclch.html.
The research work Jim has done with MUFON has included work with Jose Escamilla and the discovery of RODS. I just heard from Jim that he is flying to LA where he and Jose are doing a program in Los Angeles and then planning a trip to England where they will speak in Lancaster about RODS.
Jose made a trip to the cave in Mexico with cameramen from a national
netork & they all went nuts over what they were seeing through their
lenses. And that film will now be processed by the network. Again, with all this going on, I feel that we're really fortunate to have Jim Peters guiding us through this evaluative process.
Here are excerpts from material found at: http://www.bradford-online.com/np/samizdat/index.html#enemy
Go at this site above to read the entire unabridged article
ENEMY UNKNOWN: SUBTERRANEAN WARFARE IN PUERTO RICO
by Scott Corrales
It is no secret that UFO activity in the waters surrounding Puerto Rico has been steadily
increasing over the past few years. Sightings on land have multiplied tenfold since
1987, but that is nothing when compared to the number of UFO reports issuing from
those who work the waters surrounding the island. A good number of reports gathered
by many investigators over the course of the years seems to point to the existence
of a submarine UFO base off the southwestern tip of Puerto Rico, as well as in the
waters of the northern and eastern shores, which are some of the deepest on the planet.
Whether it is, in fact, a base for nuts-and-bolts craft from another world or a convenient
materialization point for interdimensional phenomena is beside the point. Things
are taking place in Puerto Rico which have attracted a great deal of attention, both
from the government and the public at large.
On the other side of the Mona Passage, in the Dominican Republic, yet another grandmother
had a UFO story to tell: she had been taken to an underwater base "at the bottom
of the Mona Passage", where she underwent surgery at the hands of aliens.
Aircraft carriers on the spot
The Navy has gone as far as to station an aircraft carrier group in the waters off
the southwestern tip of Puerto Rico, Cabo Rojo. The fishermen were not at all surprised
by this development: over the course of many evenings, they would see the nocturnal
lights going about on their appointed rounds -- shifting color from white to red and
blue, spreading open like fans of color that would fill the night sky, or hovering
intimidatingly over their fishing boats, shining beams of actinic light at them.
Fighters from the carrier group stationed off-shore would later be involved, to their detriment,
in one of the most intriguing UFO cases to be reported on the island. This increased
military vigilance, however, has not contributed to a significant reduction in the number of sightings or close encounters. "Neither the police nor the soldiers will
tell you what's going on," one of the fishermen interviewed remarked. "But you can
be sure that they know." There is widespread belief that the efforts being made to
staunch the flow of illegal drugs into the island are, in fact, closely related to monitoring
the strange objects penetrating Puerto Rican airspace. Jorge Martín pointed out to
this author that there is also an enigmatic Navy ship, the Gallatin, which is laden
with advanced technology instrumentation and pays secret visits to Caribbean locations
in which UFO activity has been detected. Said visits take place in 3-to 6-month intervals,
and the crew complement is subjected to rigorous psychological testing every six months.
When Spanish UFO researcher Antonio Ribera appeared on the Christina TV talk show
in the fall of 1991, he was questioned as to the existence of "Ufoports" in certain
areas of the planet which experience more than their fair share of sightings. He
indicated that this possibility was not to be ruled out, particularly in the waters of what
we call the Bermuda Triangle. Ribera presented a thorough report on these sensitive
areas in his book Los doce triangulos de la muerte (Plaza y Janés, 1976).
Does the government really know?
The suspicions of the local fishermen aside, there exists a good deal of circumstantial
evidence that points toward the fact that the government does have an idea of what
is going on in the Mona Passage.
In March of 1977, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico created a commission to study all
matters pertaining to the presence of UFOs on the island -- a Senate committee constituted
by seven members. This was at a time when sightings were on an upward swing after the lull following the eventful years of the early '70s which received international
attention. This body has had its hands full during the 80's, to be sure.
Residents of the area have also witnessed the nocturnal and daylight activities of
unidentified military aircraft and personnel in the region -- and here is where the
line between the real and the unreal becomes blurred. One witness to the aerial phenomenon also saw two military choppers -- Hueys, by their description -- fly into an open
valley not far from the shore and promptly disappear, without even betraying the
sound of the rotors, as if having engaged a cloaking device. Others have seen the
"fireballs" turn into cargo planes and other mundane aerial objects. Those who witnessed this
last phenomenon were unnerved by it. "I wondered why a helicopter landed on that
particular field, because I knew that it was private land," Milton Vélez, another
resident, told Jorge Martin, describing an incident from the summer of 1991. "But, I thought,
well, they're probably doing some sort of experiment there. A number of men in olive
drab uniforms and black berets got out of the chopper and began to walk around, pointing long tubes at the ground that looked like shotguns or metal detectors to me. There
were no emblems on their clothes or on their helicopter, but they were military,
without a doubt. They spread out toward the right and the left, and milled around
for about 20 to 30 minutes. I went to fetch my binoculars, but I wasn't able to make out
their faces. The chopper finally took off and headed southward, toward the sea."
Could this covert military activity be a result of the controversial loss of two
F-14 Tomcats during an "attack" upon a massive UFO in May 1988? The sequence of photographs taken
of this even by abductee Amaury Rivera has been analyzed by number of NASA and civilian
experts: they show the maneuvers of an armed fighter just after daybreak around a large, circular object with a star-like pattern and protuberances on its lower hull.
One of the fighters, from the BCF 33 "Starfighter" squadron aboard the USS America,
was absorbed into (or vaporized by) the UFO. Months after that incident, and another
one in which a Delta-shaped UFO absorbed another fighter before the eyes of thousands
of witnesses, interceptors were seen flying over populated areas with their full
complement of missiles.
The Nuclear card
Toward the end of October 1984, two commercial cargo vessels arrived at the small
port of Arroyo on the southern shore of Puerto Rico, which faces the Caribbean Sea.
The ships, Nautilus II and Caribbean Adventurer, unloaded a cargo allegedly "to be
used by NASA", although its real purpose remains unknown. Word began to circulate among the
ranks of UFO investigators that the equipment was space-connected, but hardly NASA
related. Nuclear weapons, the story went, were being tested in Puerto Rico against
UFO bases allegedly nestled in the deep cavern systems that riddle the island.
Into this highly charged atmosphere of UFO conflict and government installation of
nuclear devices came Project Excalibur, a device to be employed in the destruction
of subsurface UFO installations being perfected at the Experimental Weapons division
of LANL (Los Alamos, New Mexico). The prototypes were to be used in Puerto Rico before
being used "elsewhere". This experimentation, construed by many to be the actual
offensive against the UFO bases, has resulted in a number of subterranean detonations
and an increase in the number of tremors felt on the island in the past decade. On May 31,
1987, one such detonation was estimated as having occurred at a depth of 81,000 feet
below Laguna Cartagena: there were cracks on the ground and noxious blue smoke was
vented from the earth's interior through them. UFOs were seen on evening of the explosion
in the lagoon's environs, slowly scanning the area as if checking for damage. Cartagena,
a kidney-shaped body of water, has a long history of being at the center of UFO activity, possibly providing an entry/egress point to the underground installations.
The alleged deployment of Project Excalibur coincided with the verifiable plan to
deploy a type of tactical nuke or demolition mine known as the B-57, probably similar
to those used in Western Europe as part of the NATO "tripwire" against any advance
by the now defunct Warsaw Pact's forces. Tactical nuclear devices (kiloton-yield) go back
to the days of the infamous "Davy Crockett"--an atomic bazooka a soldier was supposed
to sling off his APC and fire at an approaching tank. These warheads are stored at
the Roosevelt Roads Naval Base along with "in transit" weapons and specialized nuclear
underwater demolition charges for the use of highly-trained Navy SEAL personnel.
The fact that the smallest of the Greater Antilles has been used as a testing station
by the military cannot be overlooked either: Chemical weapons have been tested in the
Luquillo Experimental Rainforest (El Yunque), and the contraceptive pill was tested
on Puerto Rican women in the 1950s. Project Excalibur and all that surrounds it,
then, no longer seems to be so improbable. The island is in fact riddled with caves, particularly
the western end of the Cordillera Central, the range that splits the island in two.
The caves found along the Camuy River extend along for some eight miles, and rank
among the most important cavern systems in the world, and every passing year adds a
newly discovered cave to the system. The discovery of the series of caves known as
the Angeles system in 1972 coincided with the onset of the great UFO flap of '72-74.
With almost 2000 caves scattered over an area of 100 x 35 miles, one can say that Puerto
Rico is virtually hollow inside. An excellent place to hide a squadron of UFOs. The
equipment utilized to bore out these deep tunnels does not belong to the realm of
science fiction, either. Upon completion of the Channel Tunnel linking the United Kingdom
and France, the colossal tunnel borers were encased in concrete and buried in the
tunnel's sides, since they were much too large to bring back to the surface. Author
Richard Sauder has also discussed the existence of "subterrenes", both conventional and
nuclear, employed in the perforation of bedrock for the creation of underground facilities.
The victims of a recent abduction experience -- a couple and their three children
-- in this part of the island were told by their captors that there were indeed bases
near the island of Mona and south of the Cabo Rojo lighthouse. While this has not
been confirmed by physical means, it is curious that the string of earth tremors that has
been affecting the entire island of Puerto Rico is located in the Mona Passage. These
tremors have registered 4.5 and higher on the Richter scale. The earthquake whose
epicenter was located five miles beneath the controversial Laguna Cartagena was dismissed
by geologists as routine seismic activity, but residents of the area who felt it
described it a "tons of dynamite being set off" and reported bluish fumes emerging
from the lagoon's waters. There can be no question that the island's unique political situation
-- an unincorporated territory of the U.S. functioning as an autonomous "commonwealth"
-- has enabled the military to exercise greater freedom in the pursuit of its goals. Properties (such as the territory surrounding Laguna Cartagena) can be condemned
by the military with little effort, whereas similar efforts in the U.S. mainland
would meet vociferous public opposition. Soldiers can aim weapons freely against
unsuspecting civilians who happen to stumble upon their concealed installations. It has also
been noted that the underground detonations are not restricted to Cartagena: Marcial
and Viola Cruz, a couple residing near El Yunque Rainforest, have experienced subsurface explosions since 1987 at both El Yunque and El Verde. As recently as October 1993,
the Cruzes felt four astoundingly loud explosions in the vicinity of La Mina Waterfall.
The witnesses, who felt the ground quake beneath their feet, are certain that these detonations were subterranean.
Unlike the conspiracies which have been studied in the U.S., there is no "paper trail"
leading to government involvement, merely tell-tale actions and statements, such
as the unusual comment made by congressman Bennett Johnson, who stated that regardless
of the political destiny selected by Puerto Ricans (full statehood or independence),
the U.S. would never relinquish its control over its Roosevelt Roads facility nor
El Yunque Rainforest. Some might consider such a statement damning enough: proof
that nuclear weapons, outlawed by treaty, are being deployed in Puerto Rico against something
or someone, extraterrestrial or not. In the meantime, those who work and live by
the sea continue to see strange lights in the sky, and wonder.
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