CIA's Secret 'Midwest Depot' Arms Cache Really in ... Texas?

Ex-analyst says it's time to shed light on facility

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted May 5, 2014 4:02 AM CDT | Updated May 5, 2014 7:52 AM CDT

(Newser) – A retired CIA analyst may have lifted the lid on one of the most secret facilities in America—the "Midwest Depot" where the agency has stockpiled untraceable weapons for decades. Allen Thomson has assembled evidence that suggests the facility that the CIA used to supply weapons to operations including the Bay of Pigs invasion and to insurgencies around the world is actually at Camp Stanley, an Army weapons storage facility just north of San Antonio, Texas, the New York Times finds.

Thomson, who says he wasn't privy to information on the depot's location during his CIA career, says the facility's history should be examined. "I have worried about the extent to which the US has spread small arms around over the decades to various parties it supported," he says. "Such weapons are pretty durable and, after the cause du jour passed, where did they go? To be a little dramatic about it, how many of those AK-47s and RPG-7s we see Islamists waving around today passed through the Midwest Depot on their way to freedom fighters in past decades?" His research can be found on the website of the Federation of American Scientists. Unsurprisingly, the CIA and Pentagon declined to comment on the matter but whatever the camp's true purpose, documents reveal that there have been quite a few new warehouses built at the site in recent years, the Times notes.

Some 2 million rounds of AK-47 ammunition, which is not used by US troops, were sent to Camp Stanley last year, Thomson found.
Some 2 million rounds of AK-47 ammunition, which is not used by US troops, were sent to Camp Stanley last year, Thomson found.   (Shutterstock)
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