JFK 50th, Toxic Waste Scare, Quiet Zone

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America Declassified investigates mysteries and conspiracies. Ex-CIA officer Mike Baker and actor/author Richard Belzer explore JFK's assassination 50 years later with a historic sniper test in Dealey Plaza. America Declassified also explores a nuclear waste dump and the US Quiet Zone.

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Mike Baker Talks to Conspiracy Theorist
Mike Baker Talks to Conspiracy Theorist

Mike Baker Talks to Conspiracy Theorist

Fifty years after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963, ex-CIA operative Mike Baker travels to Dallas to investigate the conspiracy theories surrounding his assassination. Here Mike Baker speaks with conspiracy theorist Jim Marrs. 960 1280

  

Dallas

Dallas

While in Dallas, Mike trains his sights on the crime of the century to try to solve the mystery: Did Lee Harvey Oswald act alone in the Texas School Book Depository? 960 1280

  

Mike Baker With a Sniper Rifle in Dallas

Mike Baker With a Sniper Rifle in Dallas

Mike uses his skills as a trained sniper to test the second gunman theory like never before. 960 1280

  

JFK's Route

JFK's Route

He fires the weapon from the grassy knoll at a passing vintage limo resembling the one in which President Kennedy was shot. 960 1280

  

Mike Baker With a Sniper Rifle in Dallas

Mike Baker With a Sniper Rifle in Dallas

Mike’s rifle is loaded with blanks, but the results are shocking and the test is unprecedented. 960 1280

  

Richard Belzer

Richard Belzer

Richard Belzer, actor and author of Hit List: An In-Depth Investigation into the Mysterious Deaths of Witnesses to the JFK Assassination, lends his expertise in an interview. 960 1280

  

Map of the Quiet Zone

Map of the Quiet Zone

Imagine a place where the government bans the use of Wi-Fi, cellular phones and nearly all wireless electronics. Welcome to the Quiet Zone! 960 1280

  

Michael Stephens in the Quiet Zone

Michael Stephens in the Quiet Zone

Michael Stephens, investigator, creator and host of “Vsauce,” YouTube's most popular science and technology show, talks with a man who hunts down radio signals in the Quiet Zone. 960 1280

  

Quiet Zone

Quiet Zone

Green Bank, WV, also known as the Quiet Zone, is located deep in the lush Allegheny Mountain Range. Here, wireless electronics are strictly banned to protect the world's largest steerable radio telescope. 960 1280

  

Green Bank

Green Bank

Investigator Michael Stephens talks to Karen O'Neil, the Green Bank Site Director for the National Radio Astronomy Observatory. 960 1280

  

Nuclear Waste Dump

Nuclear Waste Dump

Science Investigator Cara Santa Maria visits a site that many call the most dangerous place in America. She'll explore the country's only underground nuclear waste dump. 960 1280

  

Barrels of Low-Level Waste

Barrels of Low-Level Waste

The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Loving, NM, houses tons of low-level radioactive waste in caverns cut into a natural salt bed more than half a mile below earth's surface. 960 1280

  

New Mexico Nuclear Waste Isolation Plant

New Mexico Nuclear Waste Isolation Plant

Investigator Cara and WIPP Chief Scientist Roger Nelson ride through the underground tunnels of the New Mexico Nuclear Waste Isolation Plant. But many believe the federal government's real plan is to eventually bury extremely toxic high-level nuclear waste into the facility, either secretly or by changing the existing laws. How safe is this nuclear burial ground? 960 1280

  

Escape from Alcatraz
Escape from Alcatraz

Escape from Alcatraz

It was one of the most daring prison escapes ever attempted. In 1962, 3 inmates at Alcatraz constructed a makeshift raft out of raincoats and tried to paddle their way to freedom. The 3 men have neither been seen nor heard from since. Former CIA officer, Mike Baker (right), investigates the breakout and tries to determine whether the 3 men drowned in the waters off the island or successfully made their way to the mainland by duplicating the escape. 960 1280

  

Survival Silo

Survival Silo

What was once a Cold War missile silo in a Kansas cornfield has been transformed into a luxury survival condominium complex for “preppers.” These apocalypse-proof condos hold 10 people each and sell for $2 million. Our investigator, geoscientist Ben McGee meets with the developer, Larry Hall, and conducts a series of tests to determine just how effective the condo would be in a doomsday scenario. 960 1280

  

Whitey Bulger

Whitey Bulger

This nondescript apartment complex looks like hundreds of others in the seaside community of Santa Monica, CA. But for 16 years, it was home to America’s most notorious fugitive, Whitey Bulger. Boston journalist, Michele McPhee is convinced that the FBI was actually harboring Bulger during his years on the run and that his Santa Monica apartment amounted to little more than a “safe house.” 960 1280

  

Toxic Waste Scare

Toxic Waste Scare

Science investigator Cara Santa Maria boldly descends into what many call the most dangerous place in America to explore the country’s only underground nuclear waste dump. Located in Loving, NM, New Mexico’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant houses tons of radioactive waste more than half a mile below earth’s surface in natural salt caverns. But while these extreme precautions are for low-level nuclear waste, many believe the government’s real plans are to sneak in high-level waste. 960 1280

  

DB Cooper

DB Cooper

What happened to DB Cooper? His brazen 1971 hijacking of a Boeing 727 and mid-air parachute jump with $200,000 in ransom money is the only unsolved airline hijacking in American history. Former CIA officer, Mike Baker, travels to the state of Washington to investigate whether or not Cooper could have survived the leap. He meets with a professional parachutist, Andy Farrington, who recreates Cooper’s jump into the forest. 960 1280

  

Jamestown

Jamestown

For more than 400 years, Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in the New World, has kept a gruesome secret to itself. The partial skull of a 14-year-old girl discovered in the colony’s ruins suggests a mysterious tragedy. Did the early settlers in America fall victim to the desperate practice of cannibalism? Former CIA officer, Mike Baker, travels to Jamestown to see what disturbing truths can be uncovered at this renowned site. 960 1280

  

Coral Castle

Coral Castle

Coral Castle, a stone structure 30 miles south of Miami, is considered one of America’s most mysterious locations. Completed in 1951 by Latvian immigrant Edward Leedskalnin after more than 25 years of labor, this remarkable structure is comprised of more than 1,100 tons of coral rock single-handedly carved by Leedskalnin. He claimed to have understood the secret construction techniques of such ancient structures as Stonehenge and the pyramids and used these same techniques to move several tons of rock -- by himself -- in building his awe-inspiring creation. 960 1280

  

Quiet Zone

Quiet Zone

Imagine a place where the government bans the use of Wi-Fi, cellular phones and nearly all wireless electronics. Welcome to the Quiet Zone -- deep in the lush Allegheny Mountain Range. Why are wireless electronics strictly banned here? The answer looms large in Green Bank, WV -- the world’s largest steerable radio telescope towers over the entire town. What purpose does the ominously large telescope serve? 960 1280

  

JFK Assassination

JFK Assassination

Fifty years after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, TX, ex-CIA operative Mike Baker returns to Dealey Plaza armed with a loaded rifle. His mission: fire the weapon from the Grassy Knoll at a passing vintage limo resembling the one in which President Kennedy was shot. In this unprecedented test, the rifle is loaded with blanks, but the results are shocking. 960 1280

  

NSA Data Center

NSA Data Center

The National Security Association is in the process of building a massive, top-secret data center in Bluffdale, UT. Officials say the center will store information on terrorist activity, but there may be a hidden agenda. Many suspect the center’s mission is to spy on US citizens, and information recently leaked by former NSA contractor, Edward Snowden, lends credibility to these allegations. This photograph, taken by journalist Kashmir Hill, shows an aerial view of the massive center. 960 1280

  

Pensmore Mansion

Pensmore Mansion

In the Ozark Mountains of southern Missouri, work is underway on a massive, fortress-like mansion known as “Pensmore.” This huge structure is designed to withstand earthquakes, explosions, tornado-force winds and anything short of a direct nuclear hit. When it’s completed, the 72,000 square foot mansion will be the largest private home in America -- if you believe that’s its real purpose. 960 1280

  

Wild Horses

Wild Horses

Wild mustangs are one of the true images of the American West. But now, these horses are in grave danger. Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist, Dave Philipps follows a path from round-up to incarceration by the Bureau of Land Management. In this photograph, Dave and his camera crew sit behind a barrier erected by the BLM as a helicopter prepares to begin driving wild horses into a trap. Is this really the right solution? 960 1280

  

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