Mayan Prophecy: Is the World Coming to an End in 2012?
The Masters of Mt. Weather
Little was known about Mt. Weather until December 1974. That is when TWA flight 514 crashed into the mountain, killing all 92 people on board. When reporters hurried to the crash site to cover the story, they discovered a fenced, heavily policed government facility nearby. All enquiries into the name or nature of the facility were met with silence by the government. The Washington Post quoted a Department of Defense spokesman who said he could not comment on what Mt. Weather was used for or how long it has been in its current use. According to the Senate Subcommittee on Constitutional Rights hearings in 1975, Congress had almost no awareness and no oversight whatsoever on Mt. Weather. Retired Air Force General Leslie W. Bray testified to the subcommittee that he was not at liberty to describe precisely what is the role and the mission and the capability that we have at Mount Weather, or at any other precise location.
But after much digging and investigation by reporters from the Progressive and Time, further details came to light. Mt. Weather was the means for the federal government to ensure that its authority would continue even through a civilization-threatening calamitysuch as nuclear war, or now, the worst solar storm in history. But this steel and concrete-reinforced life raft only has space for the elite few.
Secret Government Bunker
Mt. Weather, located in Loudon County, VA, is the civilian command center used as the base of operations for FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Also known as the High Point Special Facility, it's roughly 48 miles from Washington, D.C., and is the main relocation site for high-level, high-ranking civilian and military leaders, to be used in the case of national disasters in order to maintain a continuity of government and authority. After the attacks of September 11, most congressional leaders were taken to Mt. Weather by helicopter as a precautionary measure.
Designed and completed in 1958, the year after the Soviet Union launched Sputnik, Mt. Weather was insurance against a possible Russian nuclear strike. The rock of the mountain was exceptionally strong and dense. It was reinforced with iron, steel and concrete. Contractors built a solid steel door five feet thick, 10 feet high and nearly 20 feet across. The facility is designed to withstand a direct nuclear hit.
Mt. Weather is a city in miniature, with sleeping quarters to accommodate hundreds of Congress members, a broadcast studio so that the president can assure American citizens that the government is still in control, a cafeteria to feed all of those within the mountain and a full-service hospital. The facility is staffed with scientists, computer programmers, engineers, firefighters, craftsmen and security guards; as well as bureaucratic mainstays like branch chiefs, financial managers, supply officers, secretaries and stenographers. An underground power plant ensures that Mt. Weather stays in working order, no matter what.
Bring Absolutely Nothing
A few months after the September 11, 2001 attacks, the inner enclave of Mt. Weather was expanded by an additional 150 acres. The onsite 90,000 gallon-a-day sewage treatment plant and two 250,000 gallon above-ground storage tanks can support a population of 200 for up to 30 days. The facility is designed to accommodate several thousand people (with sleeping cots for 2,000), though only the president, his cabinet, and the Supreme Court are afforded their own private sleeping quarters. Yet, although Mt. Weather can house the population of a small town, it is who is left behind that shows the weakness of the facility.
In every drill, those lucky enough to be granted passage into Mt. Weather were instructed to drop everything, to come to the facility and bring absolutely nothing with them. As Times Ted Gup put it:
Mount Weather's greatest vulnerability, however, may lie not with nuclear weapons but with human nature. The government officials designated to be evacuated in case of an emergency are not permitted to take their families with them, and many former officials say they would find it unimaginable to abandon husbands, wives or children. The issue has dogged the doomsday planners from the beginning. I never took it very seriously, says Alexis Johnson, who was Deputy Under Secretary of State during the 1962 Cuban missile crisis. It was an unrealistic thing, it seemed to me, that we'd all pick up at the ringing of a bell and run for the hills, leaving our families behind.
Could the federal government be so cruel as to split up families to ensure the continuance of governance? And, to magnify the issue, how would the government decide who may board these 21st-century arks and who would get left behind to reap the whirlwind? Would celebrities and the super-rich join politicians at the top of the invite list? These facilitiesMt. Weather, Denver International Airport and all the many, many other bunkerswill be heavily protected by armed guards. Will these guards fire upon their fellow citizens who only want the chance to survive whatever cosmic maelstrom is wending its way to Earth in 2012?
The Mayan calendar that ends in 2012 could be an uncanny prophecy, or just the end of an era so far in the future that Mayan calendar makers saw no need to extend it. But hard science tells us that something terrible may be on its way in 2012, a solar storm of a magnitude not seen for more than 150 years. This cosmic wave of annihilation could take advantage of a large hole in the Earth's protective magnetic field and then wreak havoc on the planet's interconnected electrical grids. As a result, might the world be thrown back to the Dark Ages? Well find out very soon.