A member of the scientific community of both the USA and Australia, he knew from the beginning what the opening of the American bases was about. Pine Gap, Northwest Cape y Nurrungar, members of the Red Echelon, that the US government affirms that it does not exist and never existed, and it is possible – according to him – that they have merged with XKeyscore, system exposed by Edward snowden in 2013.
According to Snowden, XKeyscore allows a person to be marked with a fingerprint, and they will be identified wherever in the world they go, wherever they try to hide their presence online.
Regarding the non-existence of Echelon, Pine Gap is enabled as a facility for observing outer space. It is understandable, then, the American hysteria when Argentina agreed with China an aerospace observation station in the province of Neuquén.
According to Sanders, Pine Gap – southwest of the city of Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia – participates in tactical warfare, through programs such as, for example, The Red Dot Express, which uses a large number of imaging techniques, signal interceptions and other sources to identify IEDs (improvised explosive devices) by their electronic emissions. All of this data is displayed as a red dot on a Humvee computer as a warning that there is a possible IED down a road in Afghanistan.
More controversial is Pine Gap’s role in drone strikes. Sanders recalled that this issue caused the late Desmond John Ball, leading intelligence expert from ANU (Australian National University), criticize the Pine Gap facility, which he had previously supported for its role in monitoring arms control agreements.
In 2014, 2 years before his death, Ball went so far as to baptize Pine Gap as “war machine” that I could no longer justify.
In Australia in 2017, activists Timothy Webb, Andrew Paine, Margaret Pestorius y James Dowling they were charged with entering the Pine Gap prohibited area without a permit, and Paine was also found guilty of taking a recording device on the base.
They were ‘Pilgrims of Peace’, a Christian group linked to Catholic Workers Movement. Pilgrims of truth, pilgrims of peace”Was an intervention by Benedict XVI in the Basilica Santa María de los Ángeles, Assisi.
The 4 admitted to scaling a 1.2 meter high barbed wire perimeter fence, risking a maximum of 7 years in jail for Webb.
Pestorius said they hoped to disrupt activities at Pine Gap long enough to stop some drone strikes.
That week there was a drone attack that killed 15 people, 14 of whom were neither combatants nor terrorists, they were innocent. Pure collateral damage.
The teacher Richard Tanter, of Nautilus Institute for Safety and Sustainability, was called as a witness by the defense, because of his knowledge of Pine Gap, and stated under oath:
See here the work on Pine Gap from Nautilus Institute.
This information, he added, is transmitted to the US National Security Agency (NSA), which you can then transmit to the military or other agencies for potential drone strikes.
Paine asked Tanter what impact the closure of Pine Gap would have on the drone operation. The answer:
This data is essential to enter or review a recommended Netflix series, ‘Pine Gap’, of a single and brief season of 6 chapters, probably because of everything that involves.
It is possible that the scandal has conditioned the plot, remaining in an almost superficial approach to what happens in Pine Gap.
Starring Parker Sawyers y Jacqueline McKenzie, was filmed during 2017 and premiered in October 2018 on Australia’s ABC TV, produced by Screentime, producer in which the French participates Banijay Group.
In Australia there was outrage over the use of execution drones during Barack Obama’s days in the White House, which caused dozens of ‘collateral damage’ as the innocent dead caused by the missiles were baptized.
The White House marketing tried to minimize the scandal on a global scale but, because of Pine Gap and its role in that exercise of the State terrorism Very frequent in the case of Israel -who later complains if it is used against them in ships that sail the Persian Gulf-, the controversy was devastating for the interests of the USA.
The issue of drones returns to the scene but in reverse, because of the video prepared by a company called Epirus and commented by David Ignatius in The Washington Post.
The video in question, according to Ignatius, shows a swarm of 8 drones advancing through a government proving ground in Nevada.
Today unconventional warfare has new features:
Small, cheap and lightweight drones used as “Improvised explosive devices”, something like suicide drones‘.
Directed energy from microwaves to deactivate drone electronics, applying artificial intelligence to target precise frequencies with a densely concentrated pulse of energy. The system is called Epirus and it can deactivate an enemy drone but a few meters away but leave a friend intact, both large fixed-wing drones and small quadcopters.
Epirus executives say their system can disable a drone’s rotor, or its camera, or its GPS navigation system, or even implant a code to manipulate its movements.
The Pentagon has been slow to adopt this microwave technology, which China has been developing for more than a decade.
A fierce change
The former US Secretary of Defense, Mark T. Esper, has just joined the Epirus board of directors, and the Pentagon will begin deploying the systems to US forces around the world.
Skeptics demand that Epirus be tested in actual combat.
The US Air Force, in its document ‘Directed Energy Futures 2060’ implicitly acknowledges the failure of the hypothesis of the laser as a directed energy weapon.
Lasers have problems:
- they are heavy,
- require a lot of power,
- can’t penetrate the clouds and
- it can take up to 5 seconds to shoot a target.
US officials believe that the ‘Havana syndrome’ that has affected US diplomats abroad may be caused by the use of microwave radiation that their enemies would already dominate.
The co-founder of Epirus, Grant Wise is son of Toni Wise, a State Department official and then an advisor to the National Security Agency (NSA) specialized in developing jamming technology against IEDs and later drones, he dropped out of Brown University as a sophomore in 2009, taught himself coding and artificial intelligence, and the following year founded a healthcare company that was acquired by UnitedHealth, who named him chief digital officer in 2017.
He then founded Epirus, which focused on national security and his investment partner was John Tenet, son of former CIA director George Tenet.
Verstandig and Tenet recruited Bo Marr, specialist in energy research directed at the defense contractor, Raytheon.
In 2019 they understood that the breakthrough was what they called “SmartPower”Using super-dense gallium nitrite chips and AI algorithms to stabilize, focus, and direct energy at precise frequencies, they could disable drones.
Verstanding is already working on the civil use of its technology:
High power microwave to burn carbon from carbon dioxide emissions
‘SmartPower’ to reduce charging times for electric vehicles from hours to minutes.
A question: Could microwaves disable missiles?
Nobody knows yet. Will there be any changes to Pine Gap?