by David Swanson with Shepherd Johnson l War is a Crime
The Pentagon and all of its surrounding weapons corporation headquarters are in Virginia. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff lives in Quarters Six at Fort Myer in Arlington. The Army and Air Force chiefs of staff live on "Generals Row," also in Fort Myer.
Norfolk is home to the world's largest naval base. NATO is there too. And through this month, so is the United States Joint Forces Command.
The Army maintains major commands in Virginia as well, including the United States Army Combined Arms Support Command at Fort Lee, and the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command at Fort Eustis.
The Air Force has its Air Combat Command at Langley Air Force Base. Langley and Eustis combine to form the Joint Base Langley–Eustis.
The Port of Hampton Roads is a Sea Port of Embarkation (SPOE). Also in Tidewater, Va., is Lamberts Point at Norfolk. So are two large shipyards, found in Newport News (Northrop Grumman) and Portsmouth, there to service the aforementioned largest Naval Base in the world.
But the military is spread throughout the state. Out in Radford is a major munitions plant. Up in Warrenton are four military sites, at least one of them used by the CIA.
Let's not forget the Navy. There are SEAL teams at Little Creek and (team 6) at Dam Neck. These are military forces operating at the secret command of the President.
There are secrets running through the very ground of Virginia. Not far from where I am in Charlottesville, in (and I mean in) Peter's Mountain near Gordonsville, is an AT&T site that many believe the military used to use and probably still does.
If it's not embarrassing to a self-professed government of the people not to know what's happening in our mountains, what we do know is even more embarassing. The Defense Intelligence Agency used to train "psychic spies" (men who'd stare at goats if they were smart enough to recognize one) at a place in Nelson county called the Monroe Institute. Another of the super-loony agencies in the Military Industrial Complex, which sometimes holds meetings in Charlottesville, is the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). DARPA is located in Arlington.
The Army prepares for war in Virginia at Fort Belvoir, Fort Eustis, Fort Lee, Fort Monroe, Fort Myer, and Fort Story, the Navy at the Navy Amphibious Base Little Creek, the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren, Naval Station Norfolk, Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Oceana Naval Air Station (the cause of all that noise pollution in the air at Virginia Beach), and the Naval Weapons Station Yorktown. Meanwhile, the Marines are based in Quantico, as is the FBI Academy.
U.S. Army recruiting at the Best Buy in Short Pump, Va., with a machine that stamped out dog tags for children
Imagine if tours were organized in Virginia, not of ancient battlefields but of current war machinery. The site would be far more numerous. Instead of pilgrimages to Stonewall Jackson's arm, you might see trips planned to some of these sites:
The NSA in Chesapeake, or the NSA just across the West Virginia line, or the CIA at Camp Peary, a.k.a. the Farm, right next to Colonial Williamsburg, where CIA warriors and foreign warriors are trained.
The "intelligence community" may not have much intelligence or community, but it has a lot of Virginia real estate, including the Office of the Director of National Intelligence at Tysons Corner, right next to the National Counter-Terrorism Intelligence Center, which is not far from the headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency.
The Ground Intelligence Center is now north of Charottesville but used to be right downtown in what is now the SNL Financial building. The new location also accomodates the National Geo-Spatial Intelligence Agency, and the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). The DIA is headquartered at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, D.C., but has an office building in Clarendon.
The U. S. Marine Corp's "intelligence" activity (and its prison for Army whistleblowers from Smedley Butler to Bradley Manning) is at Quantico.
The Office of Naval Intelligence is located in Suitland, Md., but has a training center located at Dam Neck and known as the Navy Marine Maritime Intelligence Center.
And over at Langley Air Force Base is the 480th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing.
The Virginia National Guard (emphasis on "National") is located all over Virginia.
Down in Lynchburg, Areva manufactures fuel rods for nuclear reactors.
conference to address the Military Industrial Complex 50 years after
Eisenhower spoke is planned for September 16-18 in Charlottesville at http://MIC50.org.
Most of the research and all of the photos in this article come from Shepherd Johnson.