Was There a Montauk Project?
One of us (Andersen) visited the base in July 1991. In a nutshell, what I saw was an overgrown, vandalized, dilapidated group of buildings. The transmitter building had been looted for any of the obsolete electronics that might still be of some value to collectors. The large 5-foot amplitron radar tubes are still there – it’s hard to get one of those babies out to the car – but I must mention that there is no evidence of any “monster” ransacking the place, other than in Preston Nichols’ imagination.
There are indeed burn marks on the metallic wall behind the waveguides coming out of one of the amplitron tubes, as Nichols claims, but the remaining open ends of the waveguide ducting, both on the tube and in the ceiling above the tube, have been carefully closed up with plastic and taped, possibly to keep the weather out. Hardly a scene one would expect to see if there had been a mad panic with a beast chasing everyone on the premises.
As far as the rest of the base is concerned, there are some intriguing questions left unanswered. Why, for example, does the main elevator in the big building appear to have at one time gone down at least one level to a basement or other underground floor, but seems to have been concreted in, so that it now could not go any lower than the ground floor?
Why is the power to the building still on? If the base had its own generator house, did the park have the Long Island Lighting Company run lines in just to light a few lights in the main building, or were those lines there as far back as 1970, when the military obsoleted the base, or what?
How do you get to the various conduits and ducting that obviously connect the power generating building (which contains 4 locomotive-sized diesel generators) with the transmitter building?
Where do the long underground tunnels lead to which connect to the camouflaged bunkers scattered around the base? What is behind the large metal pad-locked doors found inside some of them?
Might there still be underground storage of obsolete explosives or other wartime materials which would present a hazard to anyone snooping around inside these underground rooms?
Why are there occasional rumors that there is or once was a secret underwater submarine base somewhere at the east end of Long Island?
And, last but not least, why have Preston Nichols and Al Bielek implied that, although the land on which the base resides is now deeded to the park, the government will not allow the buildings themselves to be torn down (although a lighthouse official told a fellow-researcher over the phone in 1991 that the park IS going to bulldoze the base)?
And if they do smooth it over and plant petunias on top, will those flowers be covering up the ultimate Cover-up?