For many of us, Safeguard Complex is a name without any particular meaning, mainly for two reasons. First, it was a super-secret place in the past… and second, because it’s closed now. The Safeguard Complex, or more precisely, the Stanley R. Mickelsen Safeguard Complex, was built by Western Electric and Bell Laboratories in the early seventies, completed in 1975 for the modest sum of six billion dollars. It was a secret military production facility, and indeed, an anti-missile system designed to protect the USA from the Soviet threat. We are near Nekoma, in Grand Forks, North Dakota, right in the middle of the Cold War, and the political climate is tense. This is a period during which the only password is ’classified.’ The firepower of the military facility is impressive: 30 anti-ballistic missiles LIM-49 Spartan and 70 short-range Sprint missiles, a total of 100 missiles, all armed with nuclear warheads. The total firepower had been carefully established in 1972 according to the terms of the ABM Treaty (Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty). The agreement had been established between America and the Soviet Union to limit the deployment of ABM installations designed to counteract a possible launch of missiles with nuclear warheads. Both superpowers committed to using only two ABM installations, and the Stanley R. Mickelsen Safeguard Complex was one of them. The facility was, therefore, of primary importance as it could equip the launch sites for the intercontinental missile base LGM-30 Minuteman in use for the United States Air Force Global Strike Command. The entire infrastructure of the Safeguard Complex consisted of an integrated radar system, a data processing center, and two groups of missile launch silos.


An intentional failure?
The facility began operations on April 1, 1975, and full capacity was achieved on September 28 of the same year. However, the entire military complex was deactivated without further explanations on February 10, 1976. One could say that officially the motive is unknown, but on the other hand, common sense prevailed. In fact, it was realized what an enormous economic commitment it was to build and maintain the entire facility, but above all, the danger of having so many nuclear-tipped missiles (some nuclear-powered) in one place. The risk of accidents or explosions on American soil led to reflections on the actual need for the facility. At least, this is the version we know.


The All-Seeing Eye
Apart from military complexities and historical speculations about the Cold War, it is the shape of the radar system’s command center—a truncated pyramid with an ”eye” in the middle—that has piqued the curiosity of many. Is it just a coincidence? Perhaps not. For most, there’s nothing strange in this sight, and the pyramid shape is merely inspired by Mesoamerican architectures with their enormous steps. Starting from the idea that Mayan pyramids were used to study and predict astronomical events, similarly, the pyramid in the Safeguard Complex would be used to study, predict, and ward off a potential nuclear threat on American soil. Certainly possible, but not convincing. Indeed, from an engineering perspective, the pyramidal shape guarantees certain advantages. The entire area is often ravaged by tornadoes, and the pyramid shape can help disperse the wind. Additionally, this shape would be advantageous in the event of a nuclear attack: the shockwave, like the wind, would lose its force when meeting the sloping walls of the radar control center. But these are just speculations.

Many discussions on social media revolve around a conspiracy for money transfer or the distribution of large sums to the companies and government institutions involved in its construction. Perhaps the high-ranking politicians and military leaders knew very well that the project was doomed to fail but pursued it anyway. However, if we closely examine the shape and the location of certain elements, such as the radar window, we realize that we might be talking about a completely different story—the story of the Illuminati or a closely related Freemason group.

Many emphasize that the world is influenced by a shadow government that tends toward total world control, but as long as it’s just ideas and words, everything fades into nothing. When real and practical evidence that anyone can check is presented, perhaps things can change and not just be a group of conspirators’ fantasies.

The truncated pyramid in Nekoma closely resembles the one on the official coat of arms of the United States, founded by a Freemason. The shape of the truncated pyramid also appears on the back of the one-dollar bill. Is it just a coincidence? We don’t know, but other coincidences and Masonic symbolism are very apparent. We do know for sure that the U.S. government auctioned off the facility in 2012, and the Spring Creek Hutterite Colony of Forbes bought the entire complex the following year. It’s an intriguing story from the Cold War that might provide some clues about the origins of military lobbying groups and their connection to the Freemasons… perhaps.


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