Staff Sergeant Joe Biggs Waltzes into Fort A.P. Hill and Exposes Details of Training Facility
Joe Biggs became internationally known when he released an email that Rolling Stone reporter Michael Hastings sent to he and several other friends just hours before his death last summer.
The email was a “very panicked” warning from Hastings. He said “the Feds are interviewing my ‘close friends and associates’… I’m onto a big story and I have to go off the radar for a bit.”
Hastings then begged his neighbor to borrow her car, because, he claimed, friends had warned him that federal agents had tampered with the vehicle earlier that afternoon. The neighbor, Jordanna Thigpen, claimed that Hastings was afraid that the federal officers had planted a bomb in his car.
“He was scared and he wanted to leave town,” said Mrs. Thigpen. Thigpen was not able to loan Hastings her Volvo because it was experiencing mechanical problems. Hastings left in his “brand new Mercedes C250” that night. The car then exploded and the engine was “ejected 50 to 60 yards” from the vehicle that then fish-tailed and came to rest at a tree.
Staff Sergeant Joe Biggs is the reason the email from Michael Hastings is publicly available.
On the afternoon of May 14, Biggs approached the front gate of Fort A.P. Hill, near Bowling Green Virginia. He had sent several requests to speak to a representative and/or tour the facility. He never received a response. He decided that he would drive to the front gate and try his luck.
According to Biggs, he simply flashed his military ID to the receptionist and she allowed him to proceed. Biggs, along with colleague David Knight, filmed most of the buildings in the facility and streamed live feeds of the quest online at PrisonPlanet.tv with host Alex Jones.
The reporters aimed their cameras through several windows and focused on what Biggs determined to be implements of a “torture center.” One room contained a metal table with straps and an underground hatch that he described as being similar to the “sweatbox” chambers he saw overseas. In Afghanistan, Biggs explained, “they just put you in [the sweatbox] and make you suffer for a while… If you don’t cooperate they’ll put you down in that box.” An image of this is seen at the top of this article. High definition footage has yet to be released.
Biggs said that while serving in his last tour, he was asked to bring numerous witnesses into rooms where CIA officers were waiting to torture the witnesses in buildings that looked “exactly” like the one at A.P. Hill. “They would have us go grab people and we would actually escort them in there, and then once we got there, the agents… would go in and torture whoever it was, and then we would hear screams from that building and I still hear those screams at night. It’s a horrible scream to hear a grown person like that being tortured,” Biggs lamented.
After leaving the torture rooms, Biggs documented the Baptist church at Fort A.P. Hill. Previous media reports neglected to mention the church, but promoted the idea that a mosque was being used to train the military to fight Muslims. Indeed, there is also a mosque. There were multiple open doors in the open-air mosque with light locks, which were apparently being used only for storage.
Biggs and fellow reporter David Knight then filmed other areas, including a soccer field and a BB&T automatic teller machine, before heading to the underground train station. There was an operational switchboard that steered two real train tracks into the underground tunnel, which had been fully built some fifty yards into the hill before stopping abruptly.
Several areas were locked down or otherwise inaccessible to the two reporters. It was, however, certainly interesting to see the first real, on-scene documentation of the training area that the U.S. taxpayers spent $96 million dollars to build.
According to Lieutenant Colonel Sonise Lumbaca, the “Asymmetric Warfare Training Center,” which is the official name of the fake city located inside of Fort A.P. Hill, is used as “a solution development and training facility.”