Area 51 |
Governments around the world are denying the existence of extraterrestrials, but when have they ever been good at lying? Not only is it highly probable that there's life elsewhere in our universe, but it's likely that intelligent life resides somewhere within our own galaxy. I have to admit that even I was skeptical of the UFO hysteria, but when I saw two of them myself one evening, all my doubt had disappeared and had been supplanted by the need to search for the truth. Now, I know these days it is hard to distinguish between hoax and fact, but if ones looks hard and good enough, one will find that the entire UFO conspiracy isn't as ridiculous as one might think it is.
You may be thinking, "Well, why would aliens have any interest in us? If they're capable of interstellar flight, then why would they care to make contact with an inferior species?" The answer to that question is quite simple and can be adequately explained by posing another question...why do Humans study insects? Curiousity is a trait common among beings with advanced cerebral functionality...we study things around us to better our understanding of the world. In our pursuits, we may stumble upon complex systems we have overlooked or have previously deemed innocuous.
Major Gordon Cooper
One of the original Mercury Astronauts and the last American to fly in space alone. On May 15, 1963 he shot into space in a Mercury capsule for a 22 orbit journey around the world. During the final orbit, Major Gordon Cooper told the tracking station at Muchea (near Perth Australia) that he could see a glowing, greenish object ahead of him quickly approaching his capsule. The UFO was real and solid, because it was picked up by Muchea's tracking radar.
Cooper's sighting was reported by the National Broadcast Company, which was covering the flight step by step; but when Cooper landed, reporters were told that they would not be allowed to question him about the UFO sighting.
Major Cooper was a firm believer in UFOs. Ten years earlier, in 1951 he had sighted a UFO while piloting an F-86 Sabrejet over Western Germany. They were metallic, saucer-shaped discs at considerable altitude and could out-maneuver all American fighter planes.
Major Cooper also testified before the United Nations:
"I believe that these extra-terrestrial vehicles and their crews are visiting this planet from other planets... Most astronauts were reluctant to discuss UFOs."
"I did have occasion in 1951 to have two days of observation of many flights of them, of different sizes, flying in fighter formation, generally from east to west over Europe."
And according to a taped interview by J. L. Ferrando, Major Cooper said:
"For many years I have lived with a secret, in a secrecy imposed on all specialists in astronautics. I can now reveal that every day, in the USA, our radar instruments capture objects of form and composition unknown to us. And there are thousands of witness reports and a quantity of documents to prove this, but nobody wants to make them public.
Why? Because authority is afraid that people may think of God knows what kind of horrible invaders. So the password still is: We have to avoid panic by all means."
"I was furthermore a witness to an extraordinary phenomenon, here on this planet Earth. It happened a few months ago in Florida. There I saw with my own eyes a defined area of ground being consumed by flames, with four indentions left by a flying object which had descended in the middle of a field. Beings had left the craft (there were other traces to prove this). They seemed to have studied topography, they had collected soil samples and, eventually, they returned to where they had come from, disappearing at enormous speed...I happen to know that authority did just about everything to keep this incident from the press and TV, in fear of a panicky reaction from the public."
Ed White & James McDivitt
In June 1965, astronauts Ed White (first American to walk in space) and James McDivitt were passing over Hawaii in a Gemini spacecraft when they saw a weird-looking metallic object. The UFO had long arms sticking out of it. McDivitt took pictures with a cine-camera. Those pictures have never been released.
Donald Slayton a Mercury astronaut revealed in an interview he had seen UFOs in 1951:
"I was testing a P-51 fighter in Minneapolis when I spotted this object. I was at about 10,000 feet on a nice, bright, sunny afternoon. I thought the object was a kite, then I realized that no kite is gonna fly that high."
As I got closer it looked like a weather balloon, gray and about three feet in diameter. But as soon as I got behind the darn thing it didn't look like a balloon anymore. It looked like a saucer, a disk.
About the same time, I realized that it was suddenly going away from me -- and there I was, running at about 300 miles per hour. I tracked it for a little way, and then all of a sudden the damn thing just took off. It pulled about a 45 degree climbing turn and accelerated and just flat disappeared."
Major Robert White
On July 17, 1962 Major Robert White reported a UFO during his fifty-eight-mile high flight of an X-15. Major White reported:
"I have no idea what it could be. It was grayish in color and about thrity to forty feet away."
Then according to a Time Magazine article, Major White exclaimed over the radio:
"There ARE things out there! There absolutely is!"
NASA Pilot Joseph A. Walker
On May 11, 1962 NASA pilot Joseph Walker said that one of his tasks was to detect UFOs during his X-15 flights. He had filmed five or six UFOs during his record breaking fifty-mile-high flight in April, 1962. It was the second time he had filmed UFOs in flight. During a lecture at the Second National Conference on the Peaceful Uses of Space Research in Seattle, Washigton he said:
"I don't feel like speculating about them. All I know is what appeared on the film which was developed after the flight." - Joseph Walker
To date none of those films has been released to the public for viewing.
NASA's Maurice Chatelain
In 1979 Maurice Chatelain, former chief of NASA Communications Systems confirmed that Armstrong had indeed reported seeing two UFOs on the rim of a crater. Chatelain believes that some UFOs may come from our own solar system -- specifically Titan.
"The encounter was common knowledge in NASA, but nobody has talked about it until now."
"...all Apollo and Gemini flights were followed, both at a distance and sometimes also quite closely, by space vehicles of extraterrestrial origin - flying saucers, or UFOs, if you want to call them by that name. Every time it occurred, the astronauts informed Mission Control, who then ordered absolute silence."
"I think that Walter Schirra aboard Mercury 8 was the first of the astronauts to use the code name 'Santa Claus' to indicate the presence of flying saucers next to space capsules. However, his announcements were barely noticed by the general public. It was a little different when James Lovell on board the Apollo 8 command module came out from behind the moon and said for everybody to hear: 'PLEASE BE INFORMED THAT THERE IS A SANTA CLAUS.' Even though this happened on Christmas Day 1968, many people sensed a hidden meaning in those words."
The rumors persist. NASA may well be a civilian agency, but many of its programs are funded by the defence budget and most of the astronauts are subject to military security regulations. Apart from the fact that the National Security Agency screens all films and probably radio communications as well. We have the statements by Otto Binder, Dr. Garry Henderson and Maurice Chatelain that the astronauts were under strict orders not to discuss their sightings. And Gordon Cooper has testified to a United Nations committee that one of the astronauts actually witnessed a UFO on the ground. If there is no secrecy, why has this sighting not been made public?
SOHO image anamolies
Hundreds of anomalous objects photographed near the sun since 2001 have captured the attention of UFO enthusiasts. These objects are reported to have been photographed by the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO). SOHO is a NASA spacecraft that monitors the sun's activity. The observatory is located 1 million miles away from Earth.
UFO investigators claim that the saucer shaped craft were moving in a manner that suggested intelligent control, and additionally, they believe that the images are proof of alien life.
BBC reports that NASA originally dismissed the images as comets, asteroids, or the result of a camera fault. NASA now refuses to make further comment on the objects.
In January 2003, the images went on display at the English National Space Centre in Leicester. Mr. Mike Murray, founder of the UFO group Euroseti, had commented to BBC about the SOHO UFO pictures:
"Some of the pictures are real crackers. They are the archetypal flying saucers; Disc-shaped objects with some kind of glow around them. Many have a pulsing light and leave a trail behind them. They come from all angles and directions. There's one especially which is really fabulous. It is a glowing disc with a pink disc-shaped object within the glow, and a turret on the top. I think it's absolutely irrefutable that this couldn't be anything other than a machine."
Murray obtained the photos from a businessman in Barcelona, Spain, who in turn received them from SOHO using a giant satellite dish from outside his home. From January 2001 through January 2003 about 700 such pictures have been collected.
Murray continued, "The first thing we did when we got the images was to speak to NASA, who said it was a camera fault. But by enhancing the images we proved this wasn't the case."
NASA then suggested to Murray that the questionable images were either comets or meteors, but this did not explain the independent movement of the objects, nor the fact that they also made turns.
The theory that NASA faked the Apollo moon landings on a movie soundstage in the Nevada desert. Another strain of space-age skepticism holds that NASA did in fact land men on the moon, but inevitably hushed up the astronauts' stunning discoveries of alien life. The dean of such lunar conspiracy theories is William L. Brian II, an Oregon writer who, according to the blurb on his book, Moongate: Suppressed Findings of the U.S. Space Program, "has the mathematical and conceptual skills to verify the cover-up from a scientific standpoint."
Putting those skills to work, Brian has built a methodical case (complete with algebraic proofs--and a plenitude of speculation) for NASA's "monstrous suppression" of the facts about alien intelligence on the moon. But the alien coverup is only a point of departure for Brian, a latter-day paradigm-smasher who intends to rock the foundations of contemporary science, the military-industrial complex, interplanetary history, UFOlogy and the not-so-speculative field (it turns out) of anti-gravity propulsion.
The basis of Brian's cosmic thesis is his claim that NASA is lying when it says the moon's gravity is one-sixth that of the earth. Using calculations too complex to go into here--they're helpfully assembled in Appendix B of his book--Brian purports to prove that NASA learned during the 1960s that the moon's gravitational field was actually a whopping 64 percent as strong as the earth's.
The implications of this discovery are staggering, per Brian, staggering enough to warrant one of NASA's patented coverup jobs. For if the moon's gravity is close to that of the earth, Brian explains, not only is Newton's Law of Universal Gravitation all wrong and conventional physics on a "shaky foundation." But strong lunar gravity also means that the moon might be able to sustain an atmosphere, and where there's air, there just might be life. And where there's life, there might also be futuristic sci fi monorails, OK?
But we're getting ahead of Brian's proofs of the conspiracy:
He has scrutinized films and photographs of Apollo astronauts puttering around the moon and is unimpressed by the so-called "athletic feats" promised by NASA. If you accept NASA's claims, on the moon astronauts would barely nudge the scales at one-sixth of their earth weight. According to Brian's calculations (Appendix F), a 185-pound man wearing a space suit of equal weight should have been able to jump six feet off the ground. Yet apparently white astronauts can't jump, for they never cleared more than a pathetic 18 inches. Brian suggests that NASA used the bulky space suits in an unconvincing attempt to explain away this "anemic jumping." To give the illusion of low-gravity frolicking, NASA probably used "semi-slow motion" photography.
On their lunar hikes, why did the astronauts huff and puff like flabby couch potatoes? Under one-sixth gravity, even a lard-butt slacker would have had little trouble bounding along for miles without working up a sweat.
As for evidence of an atmosphere, Brian points to the "hard core" proof of Apollo 14, whose astronauts observed their starched American flag billowing ever so slightly, as if in a breeze, you see.
The lunar landscape turned out not to be filled with craggy peaks as expected, but was gently rounded, as if eroded by wind and water. Gorges looked for all the world like dry river channels, Brian reports.
Certain NASA photos of the moon exhibit signs of atmospheric diffusion, according to Brian's analysis. Did NASA retouch its moon photos to blot out blue sky and replace it with inky black?
Then there is the peculiar Apollo 10 photo of the moon from space showing a band of blue haze wrapped around the rocky orb. It does look remarkably like pictures of the earth's atmosphere taken from space. Moreover, Neil Armstrong, upon seeing the moon from this same angle commented, "I can see the sky all around the moon." Hmm.
Brian wagers that the moon's atmosphere might be as dense as the earth's, and perhaps even as breathable. "It follows that the [space] suits were probably only used during filming to propagate the cover-up," he submits. Oh yeah?, then what of Apollo 15's recreation of Galileo's famous experiment in which a hammer and feather, dropped on the supposedly airless moon, fell at the same rate? Brian is, of course, undaunted by NASA's trickery: "The feather probably concealed a rather heavy object."
Brian also draws on sources of information somewhat less exacting than his pocket calculator to outline a plot somewhat more conjectural than your average 1950s invaders-from-mars movie. That is, your average 1950s invaders-from-mars movie with a Cold War conscience.
For like the space traveler Klaatu in the 1950s sci fi classic, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Brian issues a stern warning to NASA, its military puppet masters and all others who flaunt a "mega-death type of mentality." Submits Brian: "If advanced intelligences exist in the universe which are superior to Earth men, the militarists will eventually meet their match in outer space."
Indeed, the astronauts might already have met their alien match, under a blustery moon breeze. Dutifully noting the "questionable" provenance of the information (the National Enquirer), Brian proceeds to report that after Armstrong and Edwin E. "Buzz" Aldrin Jr. landed on the moon, "immense UFOs lined up on the far side of the crater and monitored the astronauts." This story is a standard in UFO lore, and various accounts have Armstrong admitting, off the record, of course, that the place was crawling with alien goons.
It seems that UFOs have kept close tabs on NASA's manned space program from the get-go. There are the famous sightings of unidentified bogies, including John Glenn's "fireflies," the luminous particles seen on many a space flight but typically dismissed by wet-blanket NASA coverup artistes as "chipped paint" and not UFO exhaust. There are also the possibly apocryphal, yet always descriptive, sightings by rocket jockeys of "disc-shaped" objects hovering near and/or following NASA space capsules, usually in concert with mysterious equipment failures ("electronic glitches" in NASA's argot of misdirection).
Extrapolating from the, well, ambitious claims of 1950s-era UFO contactees George Adamski (author of Flying Saucers Have Landed) and Howard Menger (From Outer Space to You), Brian suggests a not-so-original motive behind the alien stalking of NASA: Nervous about Earth's entry into the nuclear sweepstakes, UFOs were monitoring terrestrial war-making technology. NASA's missions, because they were "decoys" for military research, according to Brian, became a prime target of UFO surveillance. "Human beings. . . have an extremely bad reputation for being killers," Brian editorializes. "How could UFO occupants trust Earth nations to be benevolent when these nations have such war-filled histories and are developing weapons which are more and more powerful?"
Adamski (a happy-go-lucky UFO abductee who fraternized with very Nordic-looking Venusians and Saturnians) and Menger both reported being taken to dome-shaped UFO bases on the moon. Brian takes their tales as corroboration of his own notions: Hardly the lunar wasteland of NASA propaganda, the moon is actually rather pleasant, with a "saffron-colored sky," vegetation and animal life in certain temperate zones, snowcapped mountains covered with timber, lakes, rivers, alien "communities of varying sizes" and most certainly an anti-gravity monorail.
As for the cratering on the moon, Brian pulls a theory apparently out of the heavenly firmament, explaining that those familiar features are in fact the handiwork of "sophisticated weapons" used in "a terrible war involving the moon," which took place "less than 30,000 years ago." Apparently taking a cue from film maker George Lucas, Brian describes a Star Wars-like scenario in which a hollow planet between Mars and Jupiter was obliterated by high-tech particle beams, leaving behind our latter-day asteroid belt. That asteroid belt planet ("hereafter referred to as Maldek," he writes, somewhat inexplicably) had a moon, which, thanks to "great levitating or gravity-inducing beams" was transported into the orbit of its new host: Planet Earth.
These are the only a few of the interplanetary secrets jealously guarded by NASA, which might also know that the Earth and moon, like woebegone "Maldek," are hollow--and therefore prone to destruction by cosmic super weapons. (Which would constitute an injustice to the inhabitants who dwell inside our hollow Earth, another theory proposed by Brian.) Likewise, NASA has yet to come clean on UFO anti-gravity propulsion. Perhaps, Brian meditates aloud, NASA itself has mastered such science fiction technology for use in its own moon vehicles; this might also explain the government's official silence on the subject of UFOs.
NASA might also know that a number of moons and planets in the solar system are inhabited by people with superior technologies, not unlike Adamski's bottle-job Venusians, Saturnians, and Martians (who spoke perfect unaccented American English, fortuitously enough). "We can hope," Brian concludes with a note of Cold War foreboding, "that these people will keep the superpowers in check, since the use of space for military purposes could eventually lead to our destruction."
Brian's theories echo another wing of aerospace conspiracy conjecture, the insanely sweeping "Alternative 3" plot. Alternative 3 began as a hoax, a fictional parody of the conspiracy mindset aired as a "mockumentary" on British television in 1977. But the sinister (and satirical) allegations soon developed a cult following among literal-minded conspiratologists.
As "exposed" by a gaggle of whistleblowers (like alcoholic former astronaut "Bob Grodin") on Britain's Anglia TV, Alternative 3 was a plot hatched by a global klatch of blue bloods to abandon the polluted, overpopulated planet Earth to the stinking masses. Alternatives 1 and 2, scrapped as impractical by NASA and its international overlords, would have involved exploding nuclear bombs in the sky to burn off atmospheric pollution and building vast subterranean cities, respectively. The more pragmatic Alternative 3, however, was a plan to spirit Earthling elitists and unsuspecting "batch consignments"--hapless rubes abducted by terrestrial UFOs and enslaved via mind control--to domed cities on the moon and Mars.
As an American plotter puts it in a transcript uncloaked by Anglia TV's journalistic stalwarts: "Ethics! What the hell do some of these guys think we're all at! Jesus! We're smack in the middle of the most vital exercise ever mounted. . . with the survival of the whole human race swinging on it. . . and they bleat about ethics."
Despite the fact that Alternative 3 was more wicked satire than evil master plan, some conspiracy trackers remain suspicious. In his recent volume, Casebook on Alternative 3, conspiracy sentry Jim Keith expertly debunks the "poorly done, science fictional hoax" and then proceeds to demonstrate over the course of 159 pages that the British production was actually "fiction based on fact." Alternative 3 "is right about one thing," Keith muses apocalyptically. "Smart money is on the end of the world."
Well, come to think of it, Biosphere 2, that very real quasi-scientific experiment in the Arizona desert in which seven men and women donned Star Trekkish jump suits and sealed themselves inside a domed eco-cosm for two years, is an eerie parallel to the Alternative 3 plot. In fact, the Biosphereans' authoritarian leader was a Southwestern cultist who initially described the experiment as the next phase in human evolution, a preparation for humankind's inevitable migration to Mars.