The Underworld Empire
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In March of 1980, John J. Williams, a New Mexico "Patriot" who
published the anti-Communist oriented "REBEL MAGAZINE" (at the time
available from: Consumertronics Co., c/o John J. Williams. Pres.,
2011 Crescent Dr., P.O. Drawer 537., Alamogardo, NM 88310) revealed
some incredible details on an alleged subterranean system which the
Navy had been exploring below the western United States. The report
appeared in issue No. 6 of his magazine, and was later reproduced in
the Fall, 1985 (#164) issue of SEARCH Magazine, at the time edited
by Marjorie Palmer, widow of the late Ray Palmer.
titled 'CALIFORNIA FLOATS ON OCEAN?', revealed the following:
"Some time ago, I heard a man on a TV interview-show briefly mention
that parts of California and neighboring states are floating on the
Pacific Ocean! He was a high ranking Naval officer on a top- secret
nuclear submarine that has been (and is) exploring and mapping these
enormous caverns and passage-ways underneath the West for over 10
"A friend of mine finally tracked the man down. He is now living
quietly in retirement and asked that no details pointing to him be
revealed as he does not want publicity and government attention.
After writing this article, I destroyed my files on him. This is his
Williams explains that not "all" of the areas in question are
actually "resting" or "floating" on the ocean, however there are
allegedly many subterranean cavities below the western U.S., and
they are not limited to California, and many of them consist of very
large water-filled aqua-systems. These have been explored via
nuclear submarines to several hundred miles inland, particularly in
the region of southern California and the southern Oregon - northern
"...When he retired several years ago, in spite of about 10 years of
intensive Naval study, the Navy had not gotten even a handle on
their exacts and dimensions. Today, the story may be different.
"He makes the following statements from his observations:
“1. The passageways are
labyrinthine with widths from a few to thousands of feet
(caverns), averaging roughly about a 100 feet.
“2. Much like dry caverns do, heights and depths vary
a great deal and in some cases, two or more caverns or
passageways pass over or under each other at different
“3. Most of the entrances lie just off the
Continental Shelf (ie. in the Continental Slope - Branton).
“4. Most of the entrances are too small for submarine
investigation; and many that are large enough lie in waters
that are too deep.
“5. Some of the caverns (in S. California) are topped
with oil while some others are filled with gases believed to
approximate our atmosphere (in very ancient times).
“6. The San Joaquin Valley is essentially a portion
of the original cavernous area that collapsed eons ago due
to it’s sheer weight.
“7. What is being passed off as the ‘San Andreas
Fault’ are large, unsupported chambers that are in the
process of collapsing. When the BIG ONE finally hits, many
scientists in the know believe that most of California will
break off like a cold Hershey bar and slide into the ocean!
(it is postulated by some that an ancient land-mass which
some believe may have been connected to what is now
California, broke off and sunk into the ocean during an
ancient cataclysm - Branton)
“8. (We are deleting this section due to the
possibility of undue stress and fear which may result from
it’s disclosure. Also, because of recent international
events which may have resulted in a solution to this
problem. We will merely state that it involves a scenario
similar to that which was portrayed in a James Bond movie,
and which concerned underground caverns, silicon valley,
nuclear weapons, and the San Andreas fault - Branton).
“9. A WELL-KNOWN U.S. nuclear submarine (Thresher) lost its way
in these passages and disappeared forever. It was reported
to have been lost IN OPEN SEA ELSEWHERE to keep the American
people in total ignorance and to justify an enormous pay-off
to an eccentric U.S. billionaire (Howard Hughes - who died in recent years)
for providing the
fictitious “recovery” effort.
"I have no reason to doubt the man. I can't tell for sure whether or
not these caverns and passageways exist or to their extents. The
story does sound a bit fantastic but I have no reason to doubt the
man. I have seen copies of documentation that at least prove that he
was a high ranking Naval officer (nuclear submarine duty) and a
distinguished scientist. In fact, his scientific background and
reputation are impeccable. He definitely cannot be labeled as a
crackpot, lunatic or publicity-seeker. I would very much like more
information on this topic..."
After further inquiries to Mr. Williams on the part of 'inner earth'
researchers, Williams responded with the following when asked
whether or not he had received any replies to his request for more
information about the alleged passageways below California:
"Since publishing our article on the vast cavern network under much
of California, we have received many responses and inquiries. Some
of these responses appear to be knowledgeable sources. Note that the
material sent to us for this article was written by someone of very
high repute whose credentials I personally checked out. Due to an
agreement with him, I cannot reveal his identity.
"One response was from a retired (conventional submarine duty? -
Branton) submarine commander, who according to him, spent many years
in the waters off California. He stated that the caverns do NOT
"Another response was from an anonymous person who cited unpublished
oil company seismographical data, and stated, 'Although most of the
caverns you depict in your drawing are smaller, larger or located
somewhat differently than the actual caverns, you are essentially
correct... My information is more up-to-date than what you
apparently relied upon.' He (or she) did not supply any maps to pin
down our differences, just some written descriptions. However, some
knowledgeable person could probably deduce his (or her) overall
'map' from the voluminous seismographical data sent. I am in the
process of looking for this input; it's been several years now and
it may have all been thrown out... Incidentally, the oil company
seismic data had much data round the Fresno area if that helps any.
"One incident which tends to confirm the fact that California is in
fact floating on the ocean was a story which made the headlines in
recent years. This incident involved an oil discovery beneath Long
Beach, California. When oil companies began pumping oil out of the
ground beneath Long Beach it was soon learned that the entire city
BEGAN SINKING INTO THE OCEAN!
"It sank up to 26 feet and dikes had to be built to keep out the
water. The problem is (temporarily) being rectified by 'water
injection'--i.e. pumping an equivalent amount of WATER into the
ground to the amount of oil and water taken out, in order to keep
the city AFLOAT!"
One thing which may be of interest in connection with Mr. Williams'
account was a statement which was made by a prominent California
Bigfoot investigator by the name of Virginia Louise Swanson, who has
done a good deal of study on caves and their connections to the
Bigfoot phenomena. She refers to these caverns in the following
"...Somewhere I got the idea that a big portion of Death Valley is
located on a shelf of FALSE bedrock. A certain type of earthquake
would collapse all of it down to an enormous series of caverns that
would open up into another Grand Canyon."
According to our knowledge, the only nuclear submarines ever to
disappear under mysterious circumstances were the U.S.S THRESHER and
the U.S.S. SCORPION. It is uncertain whether the retired Navy
Officer who John J. Williams spoke of was referring to the THRESHER
or the SCORPION, although the disappearance of the Thresher probably
caused more publicity. The Thresher was the LEAD SHIP or 'Flag' ship
in the world's most advanced class of nuclear attack submarines. She
was designed to operate deeper and more silently than any of her
predecessors and was also endowed with significant advances in sonar
equipment, in noise reduction, and in fire-control. All in all, she
was the most advanced international submarine in the world at the
time of her disappearance and would have been an ideal choice for a
top- secret mission such as the exploration of the caverns mentioned
by John Williams' source.
On April 10, 1963 (according to official reports) the Thresher,
under the command of Lt. Commander John W. Harvey, USN, with a total
of 129 men (comprised of the crew, civilian technicians, and
observers) disappeared without explanation. NOT A SINGLE TRACE or
clue as to the fate of the craft, or it's occupants, were ever
recovered: no oil slicks, radiation, floating debris, or similar
signs of wreckage were ever seen. It is interesting to note that
almost all of the reports at the time stated the ship had
"disappeared," or was "lost," not "sunk!" One woman whose husband
was on the ill-fated ship reported her belief that her husband was
still alive. Theologically speaking, the possibility of a
long-distance connection or "communion" on a deep, emotional level
between a husband and a wife should not necessarily be consigned to
the realm of the occult or "psychic" phenomena. Many religions
believe that the very spiritual natures of a husband and a wife are
united upon the consummation of a marriage, and thus they become, as
Christian teachings say, "one flesh". The actual words of this
woman, who was interviewed by Will Carson and Jeannie Joy--two
writers devoted to pursuing strange events--shortly after the
Thresher incident, were as follows:
"My husband was on the submarine Thresher when it disappeared. I
don't consider myself a widow. I don't believe my husband is dead.
No, it's not a matter of just not being able to believe it, to
accept reality; I just can't get over the conviction that he's still
alive somewhere. I love my husband very much. I know he loved--loves
me. We were very close. We could always tell when something was
wrong with each other. Intuition, I guess. I should have felt
something the instant there was trouble, if he was really in serious
trouble and knew it--a matter of life and death--but I didn't."
"What do you believe really happened?" Carson and
Joy asked the
attractive young woman.
"Most people think I'm crazy when I say this, but I believe
Thresher was captured."
"I can't say for sure, but there WAS a Russian submarine spotted
near there that day (that is, near where it REPORTEDLY vanished 220
miles off Boston harbor)--only I can't imagine how even the Russians
could CAPTURE a vessel like the Thresher without leaving the
The following account, concerning an area just east of BISHOP (OWENS
VALLEY), CALIFORNIA, was related by
Val Valerian in his 'LEADING
EDGE' Newsletter, Dec. 1989 - Jan. 1990 issue. The article, titled:
'DEEP SPRING'S, CALIFORNIA', stated:
"Deep Springs, California is an area that is becoming known as the
site for very strange events. According to the information released
both on the air on KVEG-AM and from other sources, the area is full
of strange people wandering around in black suits. There have also
been rumors that there is an underground facility in the area.
Checking with gravity anomaly maps proved that there are large
cavities under the ground in that area. The wildest claims relative
to the area have stated that alien lifeforms are being released
there... Deep Springs Lake has been probed and it appears
bottomless. Divers have traveled along an underground river 27 miles
toward the Las Vegas area before having to turn around."
'river' would probably have been a 'partially' water-filled cave
with a large stream or river flowing through it, rather than an
entirely underwater passage, since 27 miles would undoubtedly be
entirely out of the question if it were all underwater travel, with
present diving technology - Branton).