Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Fort Knox

Kentucky’s Fort Knox is home to the United States Army. It is also one of the world’s most heavily guarded buildings. We glimpse behind the fortified walls of the US Bullion Depository, constructing a detailed picture of what its classified contents might look like.
Although information regarding this top secret stronghold is kept confidential by the American Government, we use eyewitness interviews and rare photographs – along with the only film ever taken inside the vault – to explore the military and monetary mysteries hidden behind Fort Knox’s high security perimeter.

Hidden deep inside the vault is an estimated seventy three billion dollars in gold. We discover the secrets behind Fort Knox’s construction in 1936 and find out how the Gold Reserve Act of 1934 created Fort Knox in the first place.

We also view the only film ever taken inside the vault, and hear testimony of those journalists and congressmen who were among the select few invited inside in 1974. Doug Simmons, who was hired to help during the 1975 audit, reveals the secrets of what really lies inside the vault. He also describes what it feels like to handle billions of dollars in gold.

We find out why the royal jewels, narcotics and the United States Constitution were also once stored inside. With such wealth at stake, Fort Knox is one of the most heavily guarded buildings in the world. We'll explore the high-tech security measures that might be in place there, including the built-in security provided by the United States Army base right next door.

Finally, we discover the history and secrets behind the Army’s tank warfare and the classified military technologies it will use to fight the wars of the future.


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