Conspiracy Nation -- Vol. 11 Num. 49 ======================================= ("Quid coniuratio est?")
Australia is the land that time forgot. It drifted off into its continental isolation aeons ago, and a localized evolution occurred. For example, there are giant jackrabbits of astonishing size -- called "kangaroos" (as if that fools anyone.)
The Bass Strait area is known for mysterious happenings. In 1920, strange lights were seen there, and a ship, the S.S. Amelia J., vanished without a trace. A search aircraft similarly vanished at this time. 
The deep cover Australian Intelligence service, the Australian Security and Intelligence Organization (ASIO), was born as a child of British Intelligence in 1948. This was at about the same time as the American Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was created. ASIO has two known branches: intelligence and counter-espionage. 
But what exactly would the Aussies be using their own spy agency for, you might wonder. The idea of Australian spies lurking behind the scenes in Istanbul, Beirut, and Moscow is hard to imagine. Super-secret organizations such as CIA and ASIO all seem to have sprung up right after World War II. Their cover rationale has been that they were needed to fight Communism. But was the Red Menace such a sudden precipitator that, in a few short years, it caused a skyrocketing growth in covert "national security"-type organizations? I suspect there was more involved.
A "Mr. D." (pseudonym) contacted Stan Seers of the Queensland Flying Saucer Research Bureau (QFSRB) in 1959. Mr. D. said he was with ASIO and showed credentials to prove it. He put out feelers, asking Seers if he would "play ball" with ASIO. They would give Seers certain info, from time to time, regarding "Unusual Aerial Sightings" (UAS). In return, presumably, ASIO would exert control over Seers. Seers asked for a little time to think it over. 
Seers had assumed that it would be all right to consult with other members of QFSRB regarding the ASIO offer. He later learned otherwise. The ASIO plan had actually been to deal with only Seers. But Mr. D. had neglected to emphasize that to Seers. After Seers went ahead and consulted with his group, Mr. D. became furious. 
However Mr. D. "rolled with the punches." He pretended to be an ardent UAS (UFO) enthusiast, and cozied up, individually, to members of QFSRB. He also insinuated distrust of Seers into the group. Within a year, former close friends in QFSRB had grown mistrustful of one another. Seers later claimed that similar tactics had been used by ASIO against other UFO groups in Australia. 
In 1968, the QFSRB set up special motion picture cameras in a location known for unusual aerial phenomena. The cameras were designed to be self-activating, triggered by presumed UFO activity. On March 4th, an unknown aerial event got the cameras rolling. The film was retrieved, hand-delivered to the post office, and mailed to Kodak of Melbourne to be processed. QFSRB personally saw to it that the film was properly posted and put directly into the mailbag. But unfortunately, ASIO had their own agent placed inside the Kodak processing department. Two weeks after mailing, QFSRB received an empty packet back from Kodak. "Had QFSRB forgot to include the film in its original mailing?" wondered the film lab. 
On the ground at North West Cape, Western Australia, is America's super-secret National Security Agency (NSA). But what is our NSA doing in Australia? Couldn't the Aussies be handling whatever it is without an encampment of NSA in their midst? What are U.S. bases (forts), such as Pine Gap, doing way down under in Australia? What exactly are we "protecting" Australia from? Is it, even today, Communists inspiring this fear, or is it "something else" -- "something," for example, that caused pilot Frederick Valentich to just plain disappear while flying in the previously-mentioned Bass Strait area on October 21, 1978? 
Pine Gap is the largest spy base in the world, and it's in Australia of all places! (But then again, the enormous outback region there is like a giant Nevada, so it makes sense.) Former Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam was going to name names of CIA personnel at Pine Gap, so CIA just evicted Mr. Whitlam right out of office, in 1975.  Pine Gap reportedly has huge underground facilities (as do the Pentagon and the White House, by the way. The White House is said to have "many, many levels =below= the basement... that keep going down and down." ) Some sources even contend that Pine Gap is simultaneously operational in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th dimensions. 
So you thought Australia was just Crocodile Dundee (now mysteriously replaced by a look-alike double in the Subaru commercials), funny-talking people ("Put a shrimp on the barbie"), and a few rock and roll bands. That's what they want you to think. Australia is the mother of all Area-51s, disguised as just a bunch of sheep-farmers.
--------------------------<< Notes >>----------------------------
 Above Top Secret by Timothy Good. ISBN: 0-688-09202-0.
 Speech by Helen Caldicott, M.D.
 Underground Bases and Tunnels by Richard Sauder, Ph.D. ISBN: 0-932813-37-2.
 Leading Edge Research.
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