11 Most Bizarre Places In The Word You’re Not Allowed To Visit

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8) Pine Gap, Australia

Pine Gap, located south west of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory of Australia is believed to be key contributor to the ECHELON system, just like Menwith Hill in the UK. The centre is also run by the U.S. National Security Agency and is home to a huge computer surveillance system and 14 radomes. Since 1998, the centre has been known as the Joint Defense Facility Pine Gap, the ‘joint’ part referring to the partnership between Australia and the U.S. Known as the Australian equivalent of Area 51, access to Pine Gap is completely restricted to all with the exception of the facilities 800-plus employees. Pine Gap is the only area of land in Australia that is designated a no fly zone and the area is believed to be used in the creation and testing of drone strike programs. Information leaked by former CIA employee Edward Snowden revealed Pine Gap to be one of four locations used in the U.S.’s controversial PRISM surveillance program.

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