April 27, 2012

Area 18: Secret Training Site for American Sponsored Terrorist Group, MEK

 

LAS VEGAS — The contractors who run the Nevada National Security Site, formerly the Nevada Test Site, have been scrambling to find new missions to keep the facility alive. And with its wide open spaces and secure borders, it’s the perfect place for covert training.

But how would taxpayers feel about using public dollars to train foreign insurgents, including some who are officially considered to be terrorists?

It’s never really clear how these things can turn out, and sometimes such operations can backfire. For example, in the mid-80s, America trained and armed Afghan rebels to fight against the Russian army. Those same Afghans later joined the Taliban and have used the training we gave them to kill American soldiers.

Nationally known journalist Seymour Hersh reported this month that the U.S. government paid to train Iranian provocateurs, presumably to cause trouble for the current government of Iran. But it turns out the government considers these guys to be terrorists.

The test site has emerged in recent years as a top training facility for all sorts of classified programs, including special ops teams and anti-terror units, and it appears foreign operatives are part of the mix.

“The first units of the MEK to show up in Nevada in late 04, early 05, and it was months and months of training,” investigative reporter Seymour Hersh said.

The Pulitzer Prize winning reporter broke the story in early April, alleging that a rabidly anti-Iranian faction known as the Mujahedeen e-Khalq, or MEK, was at Area 12 on the test site for months of special forces training. Area 12 has been used many times as a base for sensitive operations, including training for the agents who guard American nuclear bombs. It has barracks and facilities to house scores of troops, or in this case, insurgents.

According to Hersh, the training focused on high-tech communications tactics, the kind that involves spy drones, as well as explosives training and enhanced interrogation techniques, which might explain why Nevada saw so many flights of so-called rendition planes during the same period.

Read the rest from the I-Team at KLAS-TV.

About the Author

is an eight year Army Special Operations veteran who served as a Sniper and Team Leader in 3rd Ranger Battalion and as a Senior Weapons Sergeant on a Military Free Fall team in 5th Special Forces Group. Having left the military in 2010, he graduated from Columbia with a BA in political science. Murphy is the author of Reflexive Fire, Target Deck, Direct Action, and numerous non-fiction articles about Weapons, Tactics, Special Operations, Terrorism, and Counter-Terrorism. He has appeared in documentaries, national television, and syndicated radio.

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34 comments
katgirl231
katgirl231

I will be able to get some good frame grabs from the news video and will post them when I have some time.

JackMurphyRGR
JackMurphyRGR moderator

 @ACS  @JackMurphyRGR I don't think so, not in this case.  I think that Iran in a thorn in the side of some people who want a certain level of standardization in Eurasia.  Iran isn't on board with the game plan, hence the constant rhetoric, "Something has to be done about Iran."  Not that I'm a big fan of the Iranian government but there are smarter ways to go about this.  I'm also not a big fan of Zbigniew Brzezinski but I agree with some of his recent statements that we can oppose Iranian nuclear weapons development in other ways and that even if they did get a nuclear bomb it isn't the catastrophic situation that people think it is.  The fear that they would actually use it is perpetuated by people who pray on a certain alarmist mindset and of course Israel doesn't like this either and for some legitimate reasons.  Having a nuclear weapon, or nuclear power with the ability to at some point down the line build one, would give Iran more clout in the international arena.  For instance, "something has to be done about Iran" is a statement that would be a non-starter if they had a nuclear weapon.

JackMurphyRGR
JackMurphyRGR moderator

 @ACS I think if you look at the high level technology transfers that took place between the US and the Soviet Union, then in the 80's and 90's with China, you could certainly see one of the objectives as being about the maintenance of strategic tension in certain parts of the world.

katgirl231
katgirl231

 @ArcticWarrior  @ACS You read my mind with what I was thinking about.  The Shah was a dictator but I do think he was trying to bring Iran into the 20th century with a lot of resistance.

KineticFury
KineticFury

 @katgirl231 you should read "A Time to Betray" by "Reza Kahlili" (alias). He's Iranian who was raised in Iran, went to school in Cali, and went back during the revolution, and a friend landed him a computer job with the revolutionary guard - after a while he couldn't take what he saw going on there so he made a visit to the states to contact the CIA - he did, and kept sending information to them for years til he moved back to the West.

katgirl231
katgirl231

 @KineticFury I would like to read it - thank you for the recommendation.  He had to not only have courage, but a tremendous love for his people and what his country could have been like to leave a place and potential job in CA and go back to a post revolutionary Iran, survive the threat and stress for years and be able to come back.  Amazing. 

JackMurphyRGR
JackMurphyRGR moderator

 @ArcticWarrior I had a lot of respect for Shelton, I'm sorry to see he is wound up in this stupidity.  That's a good example of an elite network right there, these guys wouldn't all be speaking out for MEK, a State Dept. listed terrorist group, unless they got word from up high that this was part of the game plan and played into a larger national security strategy.

katgirl231
katgirl231

I'm speechless and it makes me sad enough to want to cry.  btw - it's very easy to have projects which not even security knows anything about.  Not part of the org chart.  One badge to get in the main place and as far as anyone knows, you're just another employee and a separate building with it's own sometimes double layered fence run by a completely different company with its own security and the second badge can be shown to no one else.  If it has its own road and airstrip, you're as good as gold.  The secretarial staff would probably not be told what clearance they have or it's a different company altogether.  Old Howard Hughes was an expert at that.  Nice how they learn how to properly mix in the diesel into the big drums and better operate Barretts - bet it gets folk like the Cechnyans get to share the knowledge really quickly.  I can see the big drums go into a truck to be parked in busy streets, embassies, etc.  probably with hydrogen cylinders mixed liberally in.  I'm depressed.  What good short term goal is worth that.  Then the bad guys get double the information war material by showing it the the average populace.

ColonelProp
ColonelProp

Hmmmm - now that is an interesting "coincidence". Rendition planes...didn't somebody just release more of those locations? Gotta go root...

PatrickM
PatrickM

As if the Military fighting for us doesn't have it tough enough,lets start a minor league terror training camp.This just seems to make zero sense.

JackMurphyRGR
JackMurphyRGR moderator

The interesting thing here is that SOCOM didn't say "no comment" they said, nope, we've got nothing to do with this.  The news report hints that the contractors doing the training may have been given the JSOC but as a cover story.  If true, I'm sure the Army is thrilled with that.  I hope it is true though, and would like to think that JSOC/SOCOM has more sense than this.

jasons77
jasons77

 @ArcticWarrior  @JackMurphyRGR  @BrandonWebb agreed. it's funny when you hear policiticans yack about the economy and border security etc.... and yet these are the moron's who are the problem. i heard a rumor that 20k nato troops are runing drills in southern az?  anybody know what's up with that?

JackMurphyRGR
JackMurphyRGR moderator

 @ArcticWarrior The Havard-Princeton-Yale crew in our government is pretty oblivious to history if you ask me.

JackMurphyRGR
JackMurphyRGR moderator

 @jasons77 No, MEK is a Iranian terrorist group that fought on Iraq's side during the Iran-Iraq War.  I don't think they were mixed up in Afghanistan to any significant degree.

TFrasher
TFrasher

 @JackMurphyRGR it's not ignorance, it's hubris; that crowd thinks they can succeed in a fundamentally flawed situation.

BrandonWebb
BrandonWebb moderator

I spoke about this on Fox news a few weeks back. -BW

Riceball
Riceball

Someone remind, why are we still doing this? Yeah, I know, enemy of my enemy and all but more often than not the enemy of our enemy winds up becoming our enemy. Does nobody in our government look further out than the immediate future when making these kinds of decisions or are those people too low on the totem pole to be heard or have their opinion matter?

OPR
OPR

 @ArcticWarrior Pretty sure that would include Obama, so no chance of that happening. No way in hell this went on without his explicit orders.

  • WyldDarkHeart

    @LauraWalkerKC THanks!

  • katgirl231

    I will be able to get some good frame grabs from the news video and will post them when I have some time.

  • katgirl231

     @KineticFury I would like to read it - thank you for the recommendation.  He had to not only have courage, but a tremendous love for his people and what his country could have been like to leave a place and potential job in CA and go back to a post revolutionary Iran, survive the threat and stress for years and be able to come back.  Amazing. 

  • KineticFury

     @katgirl231 you should read "A Time to Betray" by "Reza Kahlili" (alias). He's Iranian who was raised in Iran, went to school in Cali, and went back during the revolution, and a friend landed him a computer job with the revolutionary guard - after a while he couldn't take what he saw going on there so he made a visit to the states to contact the CIA - he did, and kept sending information to them for years til he moved back to the West.

  • katgirl231

     @ArcticWarrior  @ACS You read my mind with what I was thinking about.  The Shah was a dictator but I do think he was trying to bring Iran into the 20th century with a lot of resistance.