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What is the Montauk Project?

By G. Melanson
Updated May 17, 2024
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“The Montauk Project” refers to an alleged group of secret projects carried out by the United States Government and conducted at Montauk, Long Island’s Air Force Station, also known as “Camp Hero." The research conducted at Camp Hero, which was alleged to involve time travel and other paranormal experiments, was said to be for the purpose of developing psychological warfare tactics.

UFO researcher and astrophysicist, Jacques Vallee, theorizes that stories of the Montauk Project originated with author and engineer, Preston Nichols, who claimed to have been involved in the project and was eventually able to recall his involvement in it after uncovering previously repressed memories. With his expertise in electrical engineering, parapsychology, and psychology, Nichols purports to have been solicited to participate in the Montauk Project and its alleged experiments with time travel and mind control. Nichols has authored a trilogy of books on the Montauk Project, which he claims originated in 1943 and was connected to the Philadelphia Experiment.

Proponents of the Montauk Project say it began under the name “Phoenix Project”and that research was initially carried out at Long Island’s Brookhaven National Laboratory. The research location was soon moved from the laboratory to a nearby decommissioned US Air Force Base at Montauk, where the project reportedly grew to employ several hundred workers. The project was supposedly relocated in order to protect large equipment such as the SAGE radar dish, reportedly able to operate at frequencies which can alter the human mind. Equipment for the project was stored at an underground military base (“D1 Base”) developed by the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) and the National Security Agency (NSA). In 1969, the site was closed down and donated as a wildlife reserve, although conspiracy theorists say the project continued up until the late-80s.

Many paranormal achievements usually relegated to science fiction were purportedly made during the Montauk Project. For example, two men who were allegedly among those aboard the USS Eldridge, the ship involved in the Philadelphia Experiment, claimed that they actually leaped from the ship in 1943 and wound up at Montauk in 1983. Other incredulous developments that allegedly occurred during the Montauk Project include the creation of a time portal that enabled project researchers to travel throughout time and space as well as contact extraterrestrials. In 1988, Spanish-Russian dissident, Enrico Chekov, told the media that Russian satellites had actually detected this large “space-time bubble” on their Camp Hero surveillance reports.

In 2008, the washed-up carcass of an unidentified creature was photographed on the shores of a Montauk beach. Nicknamed the “Montauk Monster," the creature was found with a scrap of fabric tied around its front leg, causing some to suspect that it was somehow connected to the strange experiments at Montauk.

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