Located in the UK, the Royal Air Force Menwith Hill, America’s largest overseas spy base, , is to be expanded, and for reasons we can only guess at – although they’re unlikely to be positive.
A planning application by the UK’s Ministry of Defense that was recently submitted to a borough council in England reveals that the controversial Menwith Hill spy base is due to be significantly expanded for offensive NATO military purposes.
The proposed extension will see another communications container compound installed towards the north of the establishment, outside of the existing base operations area.
Menwith Hill RAF airbase, located near the town of Harrogate, North Yorkshire, is believed to be a vital component of Washington’s global spying apparatus which is illegally collecting signals intelligence (SIGINT) in industrial quantities from every corner of the globe.
According to official Whitehall figures, as of November 2017, there were 1,205 personnel @ Menwith Hill – the majority of them US military and intelligence personnel, and potentially hundreds of Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) staffers are also present.
Whitehall’s omertà involving Menwith Hill was very much on display in February 2020, when Labor MP Alex Sobel asked London whether the base had played any role in the illegal assassination of Iranian Quds Force General Qassem Soleimani via US drone in Iraq.
Sobel’s suspicions were well founded. The Intercept suggests that the NSA had used the installation to aid “a significant number of capture-kill operations” across the Middle East, operating eavesdropping technology that can harvest data from more than 300 million emails and phone calls a day, and pinpointing targets with extraordinary precision.
A recent expert study issued by the Menwith Hill Accountability Campaign concluded that it was “probable” the base had provided data that was subsequently used to target and brutally murder Soleimani when he was on his to peace talks with USA representing Israel.
That more UK citizens haven’t taken umbrage at Menwith Hill’s expansion is nonetheless understandable because of propaganda services.
After all, to date, the application hasn’t once been mentioned, let alone critically questioned, in the mainstream media, and the country’s elected representatives have likewise failed to publicly utter a word about it.
After all, if a vast foreign military and intelligence base is to operate with impunity on British soil, it must do so without any transparency, accountability or debate, because the slightest disclosure might mean more opposition and the American empire couldn’t abide that anymore.
RT. com / ABC Flash Point News 2021.