The following entry, from the March 1998 edition of the Amelia Earhart Society Newsletters, is notable, not only because it entirely lacks any source or byline information, something rarely seen in Bill Prymak’s well-accredited publication, but for what it purports to tell us. Simply headlined “BITS & PIECES,” the three paragraphs present explosive revelations that, if true, explain much of what we’ve long suspected about our “trusted” Washington leadership. Presented for your information and cogitation (boldface emphasis mine except where noted):
“BITS & PIECES”
Several miles west of Washington, D.C., in the Maryland countryside, a large hill rises above the flat surrounding farmland. Passing motorists who take the time to notice the anomaly think of it as merely a geological trick of nature. Almost none know that it was secretly man-made from soil that was excavated for a command center and shelter for the capital city’s politicians and military leaders in World War II.
During the cold war, work never stopped, and the subterranean spread was enlarged into a vast storeroom for the nation’s records and artifacts dating back to the first pioneers who settled the eastern coastline in the 1600s. The interior space is so expansive it is not measured in meters or acres but in square miles or kilometers. To those few who are aware of its existence it is known as ASD (Archival Safekeeping Depository).
Thousands of secrets are buried away in the seemingly unending archival storage bins of the depository. For some strange reason, known only to certain very few bureaucrats, entire sections of the depository hold classified material and objects that will never be revealed to the public. The bones of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan and Japanese records of their execution on Saipan (boldface emphasis in original), the secret conspiracy files of both Kennedy assassinations, the intelligence of Soviet sabotage behind American space rocket and shuttle accidents and the retaliation at Chernobyl, staged films of the Apollo moon landing hoax, and much, much more . . . it was all filed and stored away, never to see the light of day.
The original source of the foregoing information is beyond me. Hints and rumors of such an ultra-secret depository of establishment secrets outside Washington have occasionally passed by my attention, but I can’t put my finger on where or when. Bill Prymak, as the AES Newsletters editor, approved of the inclusion of this cryptic piece, but for some reason he chose not to include any attribution. So obscure is the subject of this small entry, the so-called Archival Safekeeping Depository, or ASD, that an Internet search on this term results in absolutely nothing of substance. Does anyone have anything more on this Archival Safekeeping Depository hinted at by the March 1998 AES Newsletter?
Did Prymak agree that “staged films of the Apollo moon landing hoax” was an accurate characterization? He never mentioned this to me, but I questioned Paul Rafford Jr. a few times about the popular “conspiracy theory” that the 1969 moon landing was a phony, staged event.
Rafford was vehement that the July 10, 1969 moon mission was real, as were the other six crewed missions to the moon that landed a total of 12 astronauts (all men) from 1969 to 1972 in a series of Apollo missions numbering up to Apollo 17.
Rafford began his aviation career with Pan American Airways as a flight radio officer in 1940, flying with Pan Am until 1946. He worked with crew members who had flown with Fred Noonan, and talked with technicians who had worked on Amelia Earhart’s Electra 10E. After a promotion with Pan Am, he continued to fly as a technical consultant before transferring to the U.S. Manned Spaceflight Program in 1963. During the early space shots he was a Pan Am project engineer in communications services at Patrick Air Force Base, and joined the team that put man on the moon. He retired from NASA in 1988 and passed away at age 97 in 2016.
Other than a questionable mention of the NASA moon missions, what else can be gleaned from this strange entry in the AES Newsletters?
It’s possible that one or more of these “secret bunkers” houses the sacred cows that Bill Prymak’s AES Newsletter references, but perhaps not. None of the listed sites are said to be located in Maryland, for one thing, and secondly, if a list of “Top 10” secret U.S. government bunkers can be published on the Net, they aren’t secret anymore, are they?
UPDATE, Oct. 26, 2021: A reader named Jimmy White has informed me that he had seen the three paragraphs in question “while reading Clive Cussler’s book Sahara. The three paragraphs you list under Bits and Pieces are a direct quote from that book (see page 443). The book is copyrighted 1992. I hope this clears up at least a part of that mystery!”
We appreciate Jimmy White’s information, and though I do not have a copy of Sahara, I trust that these three paragraphs are contained therein, as Jimmy states. I hope that Mr. Cussler will forgive me for the delayed attribution!