One very successful television series of the last few years has been ‘Stranger Things’, a thriller-supernatural series centred around several kids who encounter the results of strange experiments being carried out at a base outside their American town. The series has adopted the style of famous books and television series of the eighties, especially those by Steven Spielberg and Stephen King. This combination of up-to-date special effects, a ‘conspiracy theory’ style plot and the classic eighties vibe, which is very much in fashion at the moment (Ready Player One being a good example) has made the series very successful. This article is all about where they seem to have got the psychic, supernatural, conspiracy-theory ideas for that series.

When the Duffer Brothers originally pitched the series to the producers in Hollywood, they called it ‘Montauk’. They created the image opposite as part of their presentation, including the sinister tower in the distance. To quote from the Wikipedia page for Stranger Things:

The series was originally known as Montauk, as the setting of the script was in Montauk, New York and nearby Long Island locations. The brothers had chosen Montauk as it had further Spielberg ties with the film Jaws, where Montauk was used for the fictional setting of Amity Island.

I find this explanation hard to believe, for Montauk Air Force Base, in the Eastern coast of the United States, was already famous among aficionados of conspiracy theories for exactly the kind of experiments that take place in the series. According to some, secret experiments took place underground there in the late Seventies that succeeded in doing all sorts of dark and very strange things.

Here is a description of what happened, abridged from the website:

Mind Control

With the cancellation of the Phoenix Project, the people involved in that secret work in the U.S were in a dilemma. They had spent the better part of almost 20 years developing mind control and stealth technologies that Congress didn’t want anyone to use. Undeterred, they went to the one organization they knew would want to engage in further research and development of the devices the Phoenix Project had produced: the military. Naturally, the military was very excited about the idea of a weapons system that would allow them to defeat an enemy without ever firing a shot. They agreed to continue the project, setting up the Phoenix people in a secluded area where proper experimentation could be conducted. The military also agreed to provide the equipment and personnel the project required in order to operate.

One of the primary items on the equipment list given to the military was a Sage Radar system. It had been discovered that radio signals in the 425 to 450 Megahertz range were required to get ‘inside’ the human consciousness to allow for mind control attempts. The Sage Radar systems ran at these frequencies, and could be converted into a huge radiosonde easily. Better yet, the Sage Radar system was currently obsolete, thus the scientists would be able to use one with no detriment to national security. Montauk Air Force Base, located within the confines of Fort Hero on Montauk Point, Long Island, New York, was perfect for the needs of the Phoenix Project scientists. It was fairly isolated, currently mothballed and was equipped with a Sage Radar system that could be converted to a radiosonde with ease.

Setting themselves up at the newly reopened Montauk AFB, the scientists named their new project “Phoenix II”. Later, the undertaking became known as “the Montauk Project”. Financing for the Phoenix II came not from the military, who only supplied men and materials, but from outside sources. This was because the Project itself had been ordered to disband by Congress and was now operating independently.

Montauk AFB, had been closed since 1969, and was no longer receiving any federal funding. So, the question of “where did the Project funding come from?”arises.

The actual circumstances surrounding the financing of the Phoenix II project are shrouded in a veil of mystery. Project funding seemed to come from private sources, although some evidence points to an alleged Nazi involvement. This involvement came in the form of 10 billion dollars in gold, smuggled out of Europe at the end of World War II. Apparently, a train carrying the gold was blown up while passing though a tunnel in Allied-occupied France, killing 51 American soldiers. Even General George Patton, furious that such an act of sabotage could have occurred, was unable to determine how the train had been hit, or who had made off with the gold. Other evidence states that after the money from the gold was used up, the Krupp family financially backed the project (The Krupps owned and operated numerous munitions factories during World War I and World War II.

Montauk Air Force Base was reopened in late 1971 (although it was still listed as a decommissioned base by the military), allowing Phoenix II to get underway. Along with many of the original Phoenix Project scientists, there were members of the military, government workers and civilian personnel brought in from various corporations. A number of the military servicemen present were Air Force radar technicians who had worked with the Sage Radar system all through the 60’s.

They reported that the general mood of the base had changed according to the frequency and pulse duration of the radar system. This seemingly trivial piece of information was considered very important to the Phoenix people, who quickly determined that by changing the rate and width of the radar pulse, they could superficially alter the way people thought and felt. This discovery prompted a number of experiments to determine what frequencies prompted what responses. A number of people were used in these experiments, although the prime test subject was a man by the name of Duncan Cameron (more about him later). These test subjects were placed inside of a small room on the base and the Sage Radar system was focused on that room, bathing it with massive amounts of micro and radio waves.

By altering the frequency and pulse of the radar set, they could make a person laugh, cry, angry or sleepy. As a side effect, it was found that the general mood of the whole base would change to follow the signal output of the Sage Radar. Now that it had been proved the Sage Radar could effect emotional states, the next step was to try and control a person’s thoughts. Tests were conducted in the which the pulse rate and amplitude of the Radar system were changed to match various biological functions of the body. Doing so allowed the scientists to actually control what a person thought and did.

It should be pointed out that bathing a person in massive amounts of microwave radiation and intense radio waves is not healthy. Many test subjects were literally baked by radio waves causing serious internal damage to the lungs and brain. With further tests it was determined that this damage was caused by “burning radiation”. “Non-burning radiation” was emitted from the opposite side of the Sage Radar reflector. So, the scientists decided to reverse the radar antenna around 180 degrees, broadcasting burning radiation up into the sky and using the non-burning radiation to conduct their tests. Much to their delight, it was discovered that non-burning radiation could alter moods and thoughts as well, and didn’t damage the subject of the tests!

In 1973, the experimental process had reached a new step. The scientists wanted to experiment with large groups of people, changing their thoughts and moods en masse and monitoring the results. Units of the U.S. Army were invited to the base for R&R, becoming the unwitting targets of mood-altering experiments. Similar experiments were also conducted on people living nearby on Long Island, as well as New Jersey, New York and Connecticut. The aim of these tests was very simple; to build a database of pulse settings and the effects they caused. With time, the scientists were able to construct a control panel that allowed them to broadcast preset signals, thus allowing for consistent mind control effects.

Tests allowed the scientists to create a wide variety of effects, depending on the settings fed into the transmitter. Programs were written that would allow the researchers to do more than simply create mood swings. They found that they could increase the crime rate, incite violence and cause mass panic among animals. They even developed programs that would disable vehicles by burning out all of its electrical functions. At this point, the Montauk people had developed a reliable method for controlling the thoughts of others. Now, they wanted to make a device that would allow for precise manipulation of a target.

The scope of the Montauk Project was about to expand beyond anyone’s wildest dreams.

Auras, Aliens and Telepathy

According to the writer of ‘The Montauk Project’, the ITT World-Wide Communications corporation (which is owned by the Krupp family – see ‘Setting Up Phoenix II’ above) constructed a mind-reading device. The device translated the electromagnetic field, or “aura”, around the body into a visible format. The primary component of this device was a Cray 1 super-computer that turned the data into something a person could understand. The technology used to create this is device is a mystery. According to the book, some of the basic technical information was provided by aliens. These aliens were the Sirians, from the star system of Sirius. Exactly why these aliens provided the technology is not explained.

Over at the Montauk Project, the research people realized that this mind-reading device could easily be converted into a mind control device. They hooked the device up to a series of computers, electrical coils and the Sage Radar system, creating a powerful transmitter that could be used lessen the risks to humans undergoing invisibility and time travel experiments. This new device was called the “Montauk Chair” and came online about 1974. Linked to a Cray 1 and an IBM 360 computer, the researchers would sit a psychically active person (such as Duncan Cameron) in the Montauk Chair and have them try and transmit their thoughts to a similar set up back at the ITT corporation (located in Southampton, Long Island).

After about a year of experimentation and research (in which many problems relating to transmitter feedback had to be over come) the researchers at the Montauk Project now had a device capable of projecting a person’s thoughts to a remote location. Unfortunately, there was now a new problem to over come: “time glitches”.

The time glitches tended to interfere and break up the thought transmissions between Montauk and Southampton. They were caused by psychics projecting a reality that different from ‘our’ reality. This would cause the flow of time to disrupted and the link between the two chairs would be cut. In order to correct these problems dealing with interruptions in the flow of time, the Montauk researchers redesigned and rebuilt the chair, closely following the original prototype and the methods used to build it (this is the device created by the Sirians, remember).

This second generation Montauk Chair used multiple Delta T or Delta Time coils to create the desired energy fields. It was also shielded from any outside interference, thanks to the redesigned coils that powered the chair and created the electromagnetic fields. After about of alignments and adjustments the new chair was brought on-line in early 1976. What was to follow was to be absolutely amazing…

Telekinesis and Materialisation

By this point, all of the experiments and tests involving the Montauk Chair used Duncan Cameron. Duncan was a powerful psychic used in many phases of the Montauk experiments. His “true history” (as well as a possible Hero System character sheet) is given below. The main reason why he was used so often in the experiments dealing with the chair was due to some for of ‘special training’ he had under gone (the books give the CIA or the NSA as possible candidates) that allowed him to each an ‘altered form of consciousness’.

What this means is that his conscious mind would be suppressed and a more primitive mind would be allowed become active. This primitive mind was highly suggestible, very controllable and tended to act by focusing all of its power on a subject, allowing much greater displays of power than if the conscious mind had acted. After about a year of tests, the Montauk Chair was shown to be working flawlessly. Now, instead of transmitting thoughts, the researchers wanted to try something new: creating solid objects. The idea was for Duncan to visualize an object and provided there was sufficient power coming from the transmitter, materialize it somewhere on the base.

This process was not exact, however, as some objects remained intangible and others faded as soon as the transmitter was turned off. But, if given sufficient power, Duncan could create permanent objects. The size and type of object seemed only to be limited by his imagination, and it is said he materialized entire buildings during the course of these experiments.

Following the success of the object creation experiments, the researchers at Montauk began to step up their tests by looking into manipulating the human mind directly. The first such experiments involved what was called “The Seeing Eye”. This was where Duncan was given a lock of hair (or other object) and concentrated on the person that object had come from. He could then see and hear everything that person could see and hear, no matter where that person was.

After that, the tests were taken one step further. Now, instead of simply looking though the eyes and ears of another, Duncan tried to actually influence what the person was thinking and doing. By pushing out with his thoughts, Duncan could take over someone else’s mind, making them do what he (Duncan) wanted. People could be virtually ‘programmed’ to do almost anything. Further experimentation showed that large groups of both people and animals could be affected, making them behave in a variety of bizarre ways. With time, it was discovered that more than a person’s mind could be controlled. Electrical devices could be made to malfunction, short out or otherwise rendered useless. Telekinetic effects were discovered, where Duncan was able to move objects, shatter windows and wreck entire rooms.

Even with all of the amazing discoveries that the Montauk researches had uncovered, the team still wasn’t done. As of 1979, the Montauk Project was poised to do more than manipulate people’s minds, they were on the verge of altering the flow of time itself!

Time Portals

Experiments with thought projection in early 1979 revealed an interesting side effect. Many times Duncan’s thoughts would be projected by the transmitter, but the signal would suddenly vanish. At first this was thought to be a malfunction, until it was noticed that many of the things Duncan was attempting to project didn’t appear (or occur) till many hours later (or perhaps, before). Apparently, Duncan was capable of altering the flow of time (or operating outside of it).

Further research showed that the set up being used for the experiments and tests didn’t have sufficient power to properly bend and shift time. To achieve full mastery over the flow of time, the researchers installed what is referred to as the “Orion Delta T (for time) antenna”. It was rumored that the antenna was based on designs given to the Project by the aliens from the constellation of Orion (the exact star system is unknown). As with the Sirians, it is unknown exactly why the Orions gave the Montauk Project the plans, but it is presumed they had some private agenda for doing so.

The Orion Delta T antenna was placed in a huge underground chamber excavated beneath Montauk AFB. The antenna itself was about 100 to 150 feet tall, and the chamber was nearly 300 feet underground. The Montauk Chair was then placed above this antenna and below the transmitter used to broadcast projected signals. This placed the chair in a null field that removed all interference from and of the fields generated by the transmitter and other devices.

After installing the new antenna (which took from 1979 to 1980) and calibrating Duncan to the new equipment, it was found that Duncan had almost total control over the flow of time. He could cause portals to open to almost any time by concentrating on a specific date.

These portals looked like large spirals or vortexes. Inside the portal was a circular tunnel with light at the far end. One could look through a portal to see a smaller portal or window on the other end. Walking though the tunnel would place a person in whatever time the tunnel was connected to. The tunnels were not always straight, however, and curved around as one made their way to the exit. Sometimes power outages would cause tunnels to vanish, stranding anyone inside. They would be lost somewhere in the time stream with virtually no way to return.

There were a few problems with the initial time-portals however. The portals tended to drift and people sent thought weren’t always able to find the portal for the return trip. It took from 1980 to 1981 to calibrate the equipment and train Duncan to keep a portal stable. The also worked on spatial as well as temporal stabilization, trying to create portals in both specific times as well as places.

When the researchers were able to successfully stabilize and lock down the time portals Duncan created, the nature of the Montauk Project changed yet again. Almost all of the extraneous personnel were dismissed. The military left, and a new team of people were brought in to run the base. A new technical crew was brought in as well, all that was know about them was that they were the “Secret Crew”. The project was rechristened “Phoenix III” and from 1981 to 1983 the objective of the project was to explore time itself.

Human Guinea-Pigs

In order to explore the worlds beyond the time tunnels, the Montauk researchers kidnapped large numbers of the homeless as guinea pigs. They would spend some time (about a week) getting them ready for the trip and then send them though. If they returned, they were expected to make a full report of what they saw. Unfortunately many didn’t. This was why the project used the homeless, since they knew no one would notice if these sorts of people went missing.

The project also used a large number of children in these experiments. These children were exclusively male, between the ages of 10 and 16, tall, blond, blue eyed and fair-skinned. Most (if not all) fit the idea of the Aryan stereotype. The exact purpose of these children is unknown, although all of them were initially sent to the year 6037 AD to investigate a ruined city. There, they had to examine the statue of a horse and report back on what they saw. After that, the children were sent of on others missions, but it is unknown if any ever returned. It was later discovered that the project was connected with some sort of Neo-Nazi organization and that the children were recruited to serve this group.

It is also reported that some where between 3000 and 10,000 people were placed between 200 and 300 years into the future. As with the children, the exact purpose of this operation is unknown. Finally, a lot of time was spent viewing events from both the First and Second World War. Pictures were taken and events were monitored. It is unknown if the Project personnel interfered or tried to alter specific events during these two wars. With the success of the time portal projects, the Montauk researchers began to look off-planet for the next phase of Phoenix III.

The idea was to create a portal between Earth and Mars. Specifically between Earth and the Martian Pyramids that lay near the great “Face on Mars” in the Cydonia region of Mars (image left). It is said that this region of Mars shows evidence of a large number of artificial structures, including pyramids, the great ‘Face’, temples, a waterfront and even a city. It was the desire of the Montauk people to explore these structures and determine who (or what) had made them.

As a side note, the book The Montauk Project includes some information that alleges that there is or was a secret space program run by the US and the Soviet Union that established colonies on both the Moon and Mars. Supposedly, men landed on Mars sometime in 1962. It is interesting that although the book mentions this information, the author backs off from actually claiming any of this is ‘real’. The author does imply, however, that people were living on the surface of Mars during the duration of the time and space portal experiments.

In order to fully explore the pyramids of Mars, the project needed to get inside the structures. This was accomplished by having Duncan create a time portal inside the pyramid and then move it around until open passageways were found. At this point ‘away teams’ could enter the portal and walk from Montauk Point to areas under the Martian surface. Although little is know about what was found within this immense pyramid structure, a few tantalizing hints are offered.

Duncan Cameron himself was a member of at least one of the away teams, and described seeing something he calls “The Solar System Defense” which needed to be disabled before any further research could be done. According to the author, portions of the movie Total Recall are based on events that occurred within the Montauk Project, especially the scenes dealing with the Martian pyramid and the recall chair. Finally, evidence of intelligent life on Mars was found, but the researchers had to create time portals that stretched over 125,000 years into the past to discover it.

As with many other elements of the Montauk Project that were occurring at this time, the exact details are unknown.

Beast from the Id

The Montauk Project finally came to end on August 12, 1983. On this date, a time portal was opened that connected Montauk Base with the USS Eldridge of 40 years ago, during the original Philadelphia Experiment. While this portal was being opened and maintained, several members of the project, who had become increasingly uncomfortable with the aims and designs of the project heads (and with the effect that warping time and space might have on the world around them) decided to bring the project to a crashing halt.

A code phrase was whispered to Duncan, at which point he released a monster from his subconscious. This creature, or ‘Beast from the Id’ materialized as a large hairy monster that smashed its way about the base, destroying and eating everything it could find. Meanwhile, one of the project members began cutting apart cables and conduits in an attempt to sever the power to the base transmitters and shut down the project. After smashing up and cutting apart enough equipment, the transmitter powered down and the Beast mercifully faded away.

After the disaster of August 12, 1983, the Montauk Project shut down. The base was emptied of people and equipment and all extraneous personnel were brainwashed into forgetting everything that had happened there. Almost a year later, in May or June of 1984, a unit of ‘Black Berets’ (possible an elite unit of Marines) entered the base with orders to shoot anything and everything that moved. They purged the base for a second team, which removed any equipment deemed to sensitive to abandon.

After that, the underground chambers were sealed off. According to the author, one of the rooms cleared out contained hundreds of human skeletons. Finally, at the end of 1984 cement was poured into many of the elevator shafts and underground areas of Montauk Base, sealing off all of the areas used for the most extreme of the space-time experiments. Afterwards, the gates to Montauk AFB were locked and the base was abandoned for a second and final time. Eventually, Fort Hero (and Montauk Base) was donated to the state of New York as a park.


Summing Up

That’s the description I found online. Much of it is probably from the book ‘the Montauk Project’ by Preston B Nichols. It’s a fascinating story and would certainly make a great basis for a horror-thriller about children being abducted in the early eighties. It also taps into the current concerns that a lot of people have that their governments are not telling them the truth and are conducting secret and highly immoral experiments.

Personally, I think the story can only be partly true but I would say this: Science shows that our physical reality is a collaborative mental construction, an electromagnetic energy pattern created and maintained by minds, with God as the base-supporter. Knowing this, it’s therefore logically correct to accept that telekinesis, telepathy, mind-control and other related phenomena can occur. This is entirely in line with the views of our ancient religions such as Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and others. They knew it a thousand-or-more years ago, science is showing it again to us now.

I would also say that I think the people in control of our governments in Europe and North America would happily use human guinea-pigs, work with ex-Nazis, kill people and experiment on their own citizens. I say this because there is clear evidence that they have done all those things since the Second World War.

I would also mention that there is a Duncan Cameron who says that he is the man who was in that ‘Montauk Chair’ but to be honest, I don’t think the man in the Montauk Chair would now be running a website offering his psi-services for $200 a pop. If he had truly mutinied from such a role, he’d either be dead or, instead, have taken a new identity.

Overall, to paraphrase Mark Twain, I would say that the Montauk Project may or may not have happened, but a lot of it definitely could have happened.

For historical and scientific information on how the Montauk Project could actually be true, I definitely recommend the following books. Magic and Mystery in Tibet by Alexandra David-Need explains how a sufficiently focussed mind can manifest inert objects and living creatures, at least according to the Tibetans. Dean Radin’s book Margins of Reality shows the scientific evidence for our minds seeing beyond our current space and time. Peter Levenda’s book Unholy Alliance explains the Nazi’s obsession with the occult and mind-control, while the Nazi Hydra in America exhaustively reports on how American oligarchs financed the Nazi regime and protected many of the key Nazi figures after the Second World War. If you read all those books, you’ll probably conclude that the Montauk Project is a lot more plausible than many might think.