Author’s note: I apologize for the pause in posts…. was taking a quick break…. Onto the article!
Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona
The claim: Tucson, 11,000
What it really is: A major Air Force base in Arizona.
The claim: site of possible UN base.
What it really is: A bogus claim.
Using Google maps I took a look at the area. There is nothing there that resembles a UN or any other type of military base.
The claim: Airport is ready for conversion; total capacity unknown.
What it really is: The Wickenburg Municipal Airport is a public airport with only one runway. If it was being made ready for conversion, it would have been noticed by far more people.
The claim: WWII prison camp NOW RENOVATED, OPERATIONAL with staff & 400 prisoners, operational capacity of 3,500.
What it really is: Using Google maps I took a look at the general area where the prison camp was (which was north of the city), and there is nothing there except some farms and some houses.
Now there are in fact two prisons located in Florence (the Arizona State Prison Complex – Eyman, and the Arizona State Prison Complex – Florence) both of which are run by the Arizona Department of Corrections and not the federal government.
The claim: Federal Prison Satellite Camp. Main federal facility expanded.
What it really is: FCI Phoenix is a medium security prison for male offenders, with minimum security prison camp for female offenders. the prison holds 1,180 prisoners, with 300 in the prison camp.
I’ve also taken a look a photos of when the after the prison was built and the prison today. The claim that the prison has been expanded is false.
Yuma County, Arizona
The claim: Colorado River – Site of former Japanese detention camp (near proving grounds). This site was completely removed in 1990 according to some reports.
What it really is: The most likely internment camp this is being refereed to is the Poston War Relocation Center, which is located in what is now La Paz County (although it had been part of Yuma County until La Paz in 1983).
Several of the buildings there are still in use today, but many others are either deteriorating, or have been removed. Much of the residential areas have also been converted in agricultural use.
Pinal County, Arizona
The claim: on the Gila River – WWII Japanese detention camp. May be renovated.
What it really is: The Gila River War Relocation Center, located in the Gila River Indian Reservation was shut down in 1945. Most of the structures that were there are long since gone. Public access to the site is restricted because the land is own by the Gila River Indian Tribe, and the land is consider sacred to them.
Ft. Huachuca, Arizona
The claim: 20 miles from Mexican border, 30 miles from Nogales Rex ’84 facility.
What it really is: The army base is headquarters of the Army Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS), and other tenants include the NETCOM/9th Signal Command (A), the United States Army Intelligence Center, Joint Interoperability Test Command, Information Systems Engineering Command (ISEC) and the Electronic Proving Ground. The base is also home to the Western Division of the Advanced Airlift Tactics Training Center (AATTC).
The base itself was designated a National Historical Landmark in 1976. The base also contains two museums (the Fort Huachuca Museum and the US Army Intelligence Museum) as well as being the late summer training grounds for the Arizona Wildcats.
In other words, the base is accessible to the public.