Investigating Harvey Point

It's a place that's helping win the war on terror. But many only know Harvey Point's base by its secret reputation. The massive front gate is backed by tire shredders and armed guards in the blockhouse at the Harvey Point Defense Testing Activity in Hertford, Perquimans County. What goes on behind the gates is a top secret mystery for many.

Residents do hear loud explosions, but the sheriff says what goes on there is a secret even to him. Harvey Point has been out of public view since World War II, when the Navy set up a seaplane training base there. For more than 40 years now, since the Navy closed its old seaplane base on Harvey Point, no one has been exactly sure of what goes on inside the high-security perimeter. No one, that is, except locals who work in the base, and are sworn to secrecy, and the men and women who have undergone top secret training there. But, that all began to change, and the veil of secrecy over Harvey Point began to lift, after America was attacked on 9-11.

To really see Harvey Point, you have to take to the skies. There's an array of buildings, open ranges, and a 4,000 foot runway. But check an aviation map and you won't find that runway. And you can't get a closer look, since three levels of restricted airspace cover Harvey Point, up to 14,000 feet. It's Illegal to fly over it, ever.

To see everything, satellite photos from higher up show the runways, buildings, test sites, underground bunkers, even the base water tower. But that's too high to see what people inside the base are doing. So what is going on at Harvey Point? Why all the secrecy? In our investigation, we'll show you unclassified records and talk with terrorism experts and U.S. Senator John Edwards, who say Harvey Point is a key in winning the war on terror.

Tuesday at 6:00, Alan Covey will have details of a two-year investigation into what's really going on at Harvey Point.