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THE PINE GAP SAGA
Topic Started: Mar 16 2009, 08:22 PM (870 Views)
Karl
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Recently released...The Pine Gap Saga by Leonce Kealy

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256 pages, 28x21.5cm , perfect bound, comprehensive appendix and index sections -- “When Leonce Kealy arrived at Pine Gap in November 1970, it was in many ways quite different to the place today. It has grown enormously since then. However, its primary purpose – the ground control station for Geostationary Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) satellites developed by the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and the CIA’s most important technical intelligence collection station in the world – remains unchanged. I described Leonce Kealy as ‘one of the few unsung Australian heroes in the Pine Gap saga’...his courage and persistence played a major role in many of the changes that occurred at Pine Gap after his departure…”

Professor Desmond Ball
Strategic and Defence Studies Centre,
Canberra


"This book is not an expose on Pine Gap , but if it must come to that , to draw attention to the wrongs that I feel have been caused me , then be that as it may. I feel that the bases presence in Australia , a mockery , if the people working there are not of the first concern."

The Pine Gap Saga; Personal Experience Working with the American CIA in Australia , was originally written in 1977 by ex-CIA employee & Pine Gap programmer/operator , Leonce Kealy. Until now this manuscript has remained unpublished but was used for research purposes by Desmond Ball , a nuclear strategy & international security analyst who authored "Pine Gap" , published by Allen & Unwin Australia in 1988.

A project born in secrecy ,Pine Gap is located approximately 19 kilometres southwest of Alice Springs in central Australia , in a natural basin formed by rocky outcrops of the MacDonnell Ranges. Formerly known as the U.S.-Australian Joint Defense Space Research Facility [JDSRF] , code-named 'Merino' by the CIA , Pine Gap officially became operational in 1970 , although operational capabilities may have been achieved in 1969. The facility was originally established as the ground control station for the Rhyolite satellites. Officially , the public has been informed Pine Gap is responsible for controlling a small number of U.S. geostationary signals intelligence [SIGINT] satellites.

In 1967 Leonce Kealy was employed as a computer programmer/ operator in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). Kealy saw an article about the proposed building of Pine Gap & answered a "half- hearted adertisement" in a newspaper calling for “computer professionals " for a project near Alice Springs". In June 1970, he was interviwed by "two American representatives of a huge Dallas , Texas company" in Canberra & later employed. Kealy relates; "... four people from the Defense Dept. in Canberra were finally selected out of all applicants throughout Australia... we were all cleared at ' Secret' level... upstaged to the highest clearance both Australia & the U.S. could bestow on a person.This was done at 'Presidential level' in Washington which gives you some idea of the importance of the position." Pine Gap was & is the most important U.S. installation in Australia & as Kealy states; ..." every bit as important as the top secret Area 51 in the U.S." , adding; "The adminstration of this base has always been connected to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of the U.S."

Security is so stringent at the facility Kealy writes, "The Federal Goverment, or people within the Australian Government were refused access to Pine Gap, the former Prime Minister, Gough Whitlam being one of them - such was the importance & security of the place.”

Leonce Kealy details his story of how the Australian personnel were treated during his time at Pine Gap, between 1970 & 1975 including issues of discrmination, his writings to & from the union, in addition to the Discrimination Appeals Committee who as Kealy outlines, "come up against one of the most solid secret 'walls' in their history.” A file was to reach Parliament concerning Pine Gap, to have the facility shut down, but the Chief of Security struck a deal with Kealy to have the Pine Gap file withheld from Parliament & to prevent Northern Territory MP Sam Calder from taking any action on Kealy's behalf. Kealy's security badge was taken, he was read the 'Riot Act' & forbidden to travel to most countries, or to disclose goings on at Pine Gap.

Now, 30 years later you can read Leonce Kealy’s original manuscript which has remain unpublished with an Introduction by Desmond Ball. In addition to this an extensive Appendix including a diverse range of articles , information and sub-topics which encompass Pine Gap and the ongoing projects of various agencies throughout the world today. The Pine Gap Saga is the courageous story and experiences of an unsung hero who ultimately played a role in many changes that were to occur at Pine Gap after his departure.
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thank U for the link Karl, the part posted is really interesting.

ive read the cia can do whatever it wants and get off scot free.
they do not function with any fear of breaking laws.
they have a free pass to rape, kill, steal, assassinate, etc.
no prison time.
and we pay for them to have this priviledge, literally.
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robin
Mar 18 2009, 11:56 AM
thank U for the link Karl, the part posted is really interesting.

ive read the cia can do whatever it wants and get off scot free.
they do not function with any fear of breaking laws.
they have a free pass to rape, kill, steal, assassinate, etc.
no prison time.
and we pay for them to have this priviledge, literally.

we the peoplo must hold them accountable
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