That is one of the myths that Nikola Tesla faked his own death and is now living on an alternate dimension. This AN/FPS-35 Radar at Camp Hero State Park in Montauk, New York, is the centerpiece of the Montauk Project conspiracy. The decommissioned radar is still behind a fence but one can walk around the grounds in the state park. The radar (which is the only one of its kind still in existence) was not torn down because boaters on Long Island Sound preferred the massive radar as a daymark rather than the Montauk Lighthouse nearby.

The Montauk Project was purportedly a series of secret United States government projects conducted at Camp Hero or Montauk Air Force Station on Montauk, Long Island for the purpose of developing a powerful psychological war weapon. It is considered by most to be a hoax. No evidence confirming the experiment actually occurring has ever surfaced nor has evidence of any underground facility ever been made public.

The Project

There are those who believe that the Montauk Project was an extension or continuation of the controversial Philadelphia Experiment, which supposedly took place in 1943—also known as Project Rainbow. According to some, sometime in the 1950s, surviving researchers from Project Rainbow began to discuss the project with an eye to continuing the research into technical aspects of manipulating the electromagnetic bottle that had been used to make the USS Eldridge invisible, and the reasons and possible military applications of the psychological effects of a magnetic field.

The legend goes on to say that a report was supposedly prepared and presented to the United States Congress, and was soundly rejected as far too dangerous. So a proposal was made directly to the United States Department of Defense promising a powerful new weapon that could drive an enemy insane, inducing the symptoms of schizophrenia at the touch of a button. Without congressional approval, the project would have to be top secret and secretly funded. The Department of Defense approved. Funding supposedly came from a cache of US$10 billion in Nazi gold recovered from a train found by U.S. soldiers in a train tunnel in France. The train was blown up and all the soldiers involved were killed. When those funds ran out, additional funding was secured from ITT and Krupp AG in Germany.

Work began at Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island, New York under the name Phoenix Project, but it was soon realized that the project required a large radar dish, and installing one at Brookhaven would compromise the security of the project. Luckily, the U.S. Air Force had a decommissioned base at Montauk, New York, not far from Brookhaven, which had a complete SAGE radar installation. The site was large and remote (Montauk was not yet a tourist attraction) and water access would allow equipment to be moved in and out undetected.

Equipment was moved to Camp Hero at the Montauk base in the late 1960s, and installed in an underground bunker beneath the base. According to conspiracy theorists, to mask the nature of the project the site was closed in 1969 and donated as a wildlife refuge/park, with the provision that everything underground would remain the property of the Air Force (although, in reality, the base remained in operation until the 1980s). The park has never been opened to the public, under the excuse of environmental contamination. (see Addendum below)

Specific claims
Various sources claim that experiments began in earnest in the early 1980s. They claim that during this time one, some or all of the following occurred at the site:

• The facility was expanded to as many as twelve levels and several hundred workers. Some reports have the facility extending under the town of Montauk itself.

• Homeless people and orphans were abducted and subjected to huge amounts of electromagnetic radiation to test mind control technology and remote brain programming. Few survived.

• People had their psychic abilities enhanced to the point where they could materialize objects out of thin air. Stewart Swerdlow claims to have been involved in the Montauk Project, and as a result, he says, his “psionic” faculties were boosted, but at the cost of emotional instability, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other issues. An alien supposedly designed a chair, which an individual could sit in to boost his mental and precipatory powers. A prototype duplicate was given to Britain and put in a facility on the River Thames.

• Experiments were conducted in teleportation.

• A “porthole (portal?) in time” was created which allowed researchers to travel anywhere in time or space. This was developed into a stable “Time Tunnel.” Underground tunnels with abandoned cultural archives were explored on Mars using this technique.

• Enrico Chekov, a Spanish-Russian dissident, reported in 1988, after defecting to the USA, that satellite surveillance captured during the 1970’s showed the formation of a large bubble of space-time centered on the site, lending further support to the underground time tunnel research. After Chekov shared photographs with a reporter from the NY Times, his apartment in Manhattan was burglarized and the photos were all that was taken.

• Contact was made with alien extraterrestrials through the Time Tunnel and technology was exchanged with them which enhanced the project. This allowed broader access to “hyperspace”.

• Mind control experiments were conducted and runaway and kidnapped boys were abducted and brought out to the base where they underwent excruciating periods of both physical and mental torture in order to break their minds, then their minds were re-programmed. Many were supposedly killed during the process and buried on the site. Others were released with programming as mind-slaves with alternate personalities to be sleeper cells who could be activated to perform missions.

• On or about on August 12, 1983 the time travel project at Camp Hero interlocked in hyperspace with the original Rainbow Project back in 1943. The USS Eldridge was drawn into hyperspace and trapped there. Two men, Al Bielek and Duncan Cameron both claim to have leaped from the deck of the Eldridge while it was in hyperspace and ended up after a period of severe disorientation at Camp Hero in the year 1983. Here they claim to have met John von Neumann, a famous physicist and mathematician, even though he was known to have died in 1957. Von Neumann had supposedly worked on the original Philadelphia Experiment, but the U.S. Navy denies this.

• Flying saucers were observing the Philadelphia Experiment in 1943 and got sucked into a time warp and was transported to one of the underground tunnels in Montauk and got stuck there. The aliens demanded a large quartz crystal to help get their ship’s engines started to be able to leave. The time machine was used to obtain one from another planet.

• Nikola Tesla, whose death was faked and he was the chief director of operations at the base.

• Mass psychological experiments, such as the use of enormous subliminal messages projects and the creation of a “Men in Black” corps to confuse and frighten the public, were invented there.

• In 2007 Christopher Campbell claimed he had been subjected to a battery of tests at the end of which he had acquired superhuman and extra sensory abilities.

The site was opened to the public on September 18, 2002 as Camp Hero State Park. The radar tower has been placed on the State and National Register of Historic Places. There are plans for a museum and interpretive center; focusing on World War II and Cold War era history.

Despite rumors, no traces of secret underground facilities have been found; although on the grounds of Camp Hero there is a hill with concrete sealed doors.

Montauk in the media

Films and television

The Montauk Project has appeared in a number of TV shows and films including:

A 2005 issue of the Pulse[1] notes that the film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, starring Jim Carrey, was filmed in Montauk, New York. The issue claims an effort was made to film at Camp Hero State Park but that officials tried to discourage them with higher filming fees.

The Philadelphia Experiment film follows the adventures of the two sailors through time, which touches on the project even if the details differ.

The TV show Stargate SG-1 contains a number of similarities to this, including space and time travel using energy portals in a secret military location; Aliens attacking through said portals; Earth being at war with aliens without public knowledge; and the city of Atlantis being discovered in another galaxy.

Al Bielek stated in an interview that the film, Total Recall was influenced by the Montauk Project, in general, and specifically, the chair in the movie being similar to the one used in the project and the Martian caverns indicating ancient intelligent Martian civilization.

The ‘alien designed chair’ for boosting mental powers recalls a similar device in the 1956 science fiction film “Forbidden Planet”.

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