DARPA Bizarrely Asks Twitter For Secret Urban Underground Facility
DARPA is an agency within the US Defense Department that works on advanced technology for the military. On August 28, it put out feelers to Twitter users, hoping to obtain information about a series of urban underground tunnels for “research & experimentation.”
This strange request started a landslide of sorts, with some respondents posting memes from horror and sci-fi movies, like Us and Terminator. TIME magazine reported, when someone snarkily tweeted that DARPA could be looking to hide demogorgons (from the series Stranger Things), DARPA shot back their own brand of sarcasm, writing, “Please. Demogorgons are such a Department of Energy thing.”
The fact that the Defense Department is looking for underground tunnels in the USA has stirred interest in secret tunnels, underground government activities, DARPA secret projects, and other goings-on — clandestine or otherwise.
One of DARPA’s tweets stated, “The ideal space would be a human-made underground environment spanning several city blocks w/ complex layout & multiple stories, including atriums, tunnels & stairwells. Spaces that are currently closed off from pedestrians or can be temporarily used for testing are of interest.”
Underground search and defense arouses suspicion
On the heels of this summer’s recent groundswell of interest in invading Area 51, where government secret activities have been going on for decades, as well as the recent admission that the Navy has been tracking UFOs (“UAPs,” to use the government’s new term), DARPA’s call for urban underground tunnels has been met with suspicion, to say the least.
And DARPA’s explanation has only made things more mysterious: “DARPA is interested in understanding the state-of-the-art in innovative technologies that may enable future solutions to rapidly map, navigate, and search unknown complex subterranean environments to locate objects of interest. To support these technologies, DARPA is looking to find locations that researchers can utilize to experiment and enhance their innovative approaches.”
Business Insider reported that DARPA’s request is related to the Pentagon’s growing attention on underground warfare in large urban spaces, having spent at least half a billion dollars on the activity since 2017.
So what exactly is going on underground that makes the Department of Defense so concerned about it protecting with military force and technology? It’s nearly impossible to know — that’s the secret part. DARPA spokesperson Jared Adams said, “Complex urban underground infrastructure can present significant challenges for situational awareness in time-sensitive scenarios, such as active combat operations or disaster response.” But this still tells the public very little.
Subterranean Challenge competes underground
It seems that underground “research” and competitions have been going on for a while, and according to DARPA, this is why they’re looking for below-ground space — as a venue for the Subterranean Challenge.
National Defense Magazine reported that the Subterranean Challenge, or the SubT Challenge, invites teams of researchers from around the world to compete and find technological solutions for underground operations. It’s a multi-phase competition to utilize robotics technologies that can scan, map and explore, underground environments in the forms of tunnels, urban underground spaces, and caves. The challenges underground include little or no light, places where GPS won’t work and uncertain terrain.
Tim Chung SubT program manager in DARPA’s Tactical Technology Office, said, “The SubT Challenge aims to minimize the level of human involvement required so that personnel won’t have to be part of the first wave of forces entering a potentially hazardous subterranean environment in the future.”
Why Underground DARPA, and why now?
Underground warfare definitely sounds like the stuff of sci-fi. Military Times, the kind of publication that is certain to be up on this sort of activity, explains that underground warfare is going on right now, whether most people are aware of it or not.
Russia, China, North Korea, and Iran are notorious for their complex subterranean facilities and are able to deploy thousands of troops, tanks, missiles, and even launch planes from underground runways.
It does seem strange for the Department of Defense, considering its power, assets, and clout, to be placing a call for underground tunnels… on Twitter. But then again, just about all of DARPA’s clandestine activities are pretty bizarre.
Mysterious Booms Heard Around the World Leaving People Perplexed
In recent years, there have been hundreds of reported cases of startling, deafening booms that have shaken entire cities across the globe. Some say the noises have terrified them and their pets, or that the mysterious booms sound as if they’re coming from their own living rooms.
Others give more colorful analogies, describing the booming as someone firing a cannonball off a boat. But one thing is for sure: many people are experiencing earth- and house-shaking booms that defy explanation — and there are a multitude of guesses as to what’s causing them.
Loud Booms Heard Around the World
Though reports of mysterious booms have not been broadcast on national television, stories of them have been echoing through a network of communities. The penetrating sounds have been heard all times of the day and night, and residents of the areas impacted have flooded 9-1-1 dispatches, as well as local television and radio stations, with accounts of being scared out of bed — and trying to get to the bottom of whatever it is that’s disturbing the peace and setting off car alarms.
According to one report on March 26, 2019, a loud boom heard across several counties in the Piedmont Triad area of North Carolina was massive enough to register on seismographs. The explanation? Authorities attributed it to an earthquake.
But a few months prior to the North Carolina events, similar loud booms occurred not too far away, in Maryville, Tennessee, as well. Experts at the United States Geological Society (USGS) initially concluded that the booms were earthquakes, but later changed their minds and reported that they were caused by a nearby quarry blast.
Later, USGS authorities again changed their story and declared that the sound was the result of an earthquake caused by a quarry blast. And then, Carl VanHoozier, Community Relations Manager at Vulcan Materials Company, informed Knoxville’s WVLT News that a quarry blast couldn’t have caused such a ruckus.
Next, Robert Hatcher, PhD, University of Tennessee’s distinguished professor of geology, came to the fore and told WVLT News that the earthquake idea was nonsense. He said, “‘Usually a rumble, people who have been in earthquakes describe the noise as a train that comes in. It’s a rumble that comes in, that’s the earthquake’s way of coming through the earth. And so you hear a rumble, there’s not a boom or something like that.’”