Sunday, November 30, 2008

UFOs, Christianity, and Quantum

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What is the one element that UFOs, Christianity, and Quantum have in common?

That they are each, basically, inscrutable; they make no sense when reviewed in depth.

No one knows what UFOs are. Even though many have a mundane explanation, the fundamental phenomenon remains elusive and unknown, maybe even unknowable.

Christianity is mired in mystery. Did Jesus of Nazareth actually exist? Was He Christ? God? Are the Gospels fiction or fact?

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Quantum mechanics is rife with riddles and weirdness. The physics of quantum is a hodgepodge of bizarre theory and mathematics that no one really understands, although some physicists pretend to.

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(There are other mysteries – Bigfoot, the Loch Ness thing, what happened to Amelia Earhart, who really shot JFK – but those mysteries don’t have the complexity or raft of commentary and research that UFOs, Christianity, and Quantum have.)

What is the core reality of the UFO mystery? That is the question that most ufologists ignore, caught up in the peripheral aspects of sightings and UFO episodes.

In Christianity, the core questions revolve around Jesus/Christ. Was he God incarnate? Was there a Resurrection? And so on…

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Christianity’s questions were raised right at the beginning of the Common Era, even before the pronouncements of St. Paul, circa 35 A.D.

Those questions remain intact today.

Quantum theory has settled on one question: What is the Higgs Boson – the so-called “God particle”?

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Quantum Mechanics essentially began with Max Planck’s 1900 energy hypothesis. And one hundred and eight years later, quantum remains fundamentally unclear, despite some peripheral elements that have been “proven” by experimentation.

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The UFO mystery essentially began to be seriously scrutinized after the Kenneth Arnold sighting in June 1947.

A little over sixty years later, the UFO enigma is still intact and primarily unknown.

Is there hope for a UFO denouement? Not if current investigators remain entrenched in internecine squabbles and febrile obsession with old UFO events such as the alleged Aurora, Texas crash of 1897, Roswell, the Hill case, the Phoenix lights, et cetera.

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Just as Christianity will never settle on one truth, cannot settle on one truth and Quantum is dealing with aspects of physics that are submerged in a possibly unfathomable reality, UFOs are unlikely to be understood in the present time-frame, with the present contingent of ufologists who are immersed in decrepit research and faulty data.

Nonetheless, UFOs, like Christianity and Quantum, will continue to intrigue a small coterie of persons who are intrigued by mysteries no matter how remote they are for an explanation.

Monday, November 24, 2008

The Roswell Liars by Anthony Bragalia

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The crash of the extraterrestrial to Earth in 1947 is likely a true event, a fact of history. But like all history, it is clouded with fiction. And the story-telling and mistruths are not always told by those who are covering up the alien reality. In fact, the greatest lies about the Incident are told by those who believe that it really was an ET crash.

Why do people hoax their involvement in Roswell? What makes some seem compelled to insert themselves in the event? Who are the Roswell Liars?

Man has pondered the stars -and whether they are inhabited- since he first gazed the skies. To wonder if there are others in the Universe is perhaps the most fundamental question. It has been asked by all people throughout all ages. By its very nature, such a question evokes deep emotion and opinion. It invites speculation. This "not knowing" is a source of perpetual frustration. Man sends out flying telescopes and manned spaceships to find out. He sets up vast arrays to hear ET. He makes movies about it. That there are Others is our greatest hope. The ultimate question - Is anyone out there?- plays off of our greatest fear. No one wants to be alone.

It is then understandable that there will be those who will use this "yearning for ET" to their advantage. Quenching that yearning will bring out both the sincere and the insincere. Out will come those who are motivated by truth and those who will trick for personal gain.

We have all faked something in our lives. We do so when we cannot offer truth. And there are many who have faked their association with Roswell and its aftermath. This includes people from all walks of life. Station and position in the world has little to do with the desire or ability to fake. Some very intelligent and very prominent people have done so. Those who lie about their Roswell knowledge or involvement have included military officials, intelligence agents and even men of science.

People hoax many things- from literary works to clinical test results. Precisely why they do this is difficult to ascertain. One explanation does not explain the reason for all hoaxes. But personal gain or elevation-without regard for others- is always at the center of such hoaxes.

Money is often a motivator. Before he passed, my grandfather told me that the best advice that he could give me was to always "follow the money." He said that when you do that, the truth will become evident. Some hoaxes are boldly created just for money. Ray Santilli's financier of the hoaxed "Alien Autopsy" film (Volker Speilberg of Austria) privately confessed that though Roswell was likely true, he cared only about making money from it - and doing so at anyone's expense. Santilli himself, not content with all the money that he had made from the film, later even released a tongue-in-cheek "tell all" movie in the UK on the "making of the hoax" for further personal profit.

Lack of self-worth is another reason for devising such hoaxes. Lt. Col. Philip Corso (who dreamt up his "Day After Roswell" book from imagination) was one such person. He was a man who didn't quite make it. Despite over two decades of service as an Army Officer, Corso was always near to the decision-makers, but never himself a decision-maker. He was photographed with prominent men, but was not one of them. Always around the action, Corso wanted to claim some action of his own later in life. He inserted himself in history. He finally made his mark on it by crafting his story at a time when those he mentioned as also Roswell-involved has passed. Bob Lazar was another example of someone who had great -but unrealized- potential. Dreaming that he was an engineer working on the crashed Roswell craft at Area 51 reflected a young man who wanted to be recognized for great scientific achievement. His early years making rocket cars did not bring him that recognition. But Roswell rockets would.

Pranks for the sheer sake of it is yet another reason people hoax Roswell. We all knew a class clown. Someone who enjoyed having fun by making fun of others. People prank others because they can. They like to take advantage of those who are vulnerable to such a thing. They insinuate their "power" over others in a way that is meaningful only to themselves. They receive enjoyment from deceit because they have nothing real to give. John Lear Jr. is such a person. The rebellious son of an overachieving father, the Junior's achievements were far surpassed by those of the Senior, the inventor of the Lear Jet. John Lear Jr. did not need the money nor the notoriety to tell his Roswell tall tales. He just wanted more fun in his advancing years. An adventurous type, Mr. Lear spun tales of adventure about underground alien bases at Dulce, NM for years. Though he no longer flew CIA missions over the jungles, he could still take flight by spinning stories about aerial discs and Roswell.

Embellishment is still another cause for Roswell lies. Those who may have had a fleeting exposure to the events surrounding the crash sometimes enlarge their roles. Though they may have had some genuine Roswell connection, they feel the need to make their part in it greater than it actually was. They do not themselves know the "whole story." But they know the "core story" to be true, based on their limited personal experience or through what they knew from others who were more involved. So these individuals "build" on their Roswell tales to help "make the case" and to satisfy those who question them by providing needed answers. Roswell "luminaries" such as Frankie Rowe and Glenn Dennis likely fall into this category.

Official disinformation, some say, is used by Intelligence Agents who are sanctioned to "confuse the truth"about Roswell. They maintain that these agents are purposely authorized by their superiors to spread "wild tales" about the event and its aftermath in an effort to make Roswell sound ridiculous. But I do not think this is the case at all. Disinformation is not always used to cover up what is known. Sometimes it is used to "smoke out" what is not known.

Recent discussions with a "minor member" of the notorious "Aviary" reveal that this is precisely the case with original Roswell investigator William "Bill" Moore. Mr. Moore was very active in 1980 in uncovering details about the crash, authoring the first book on the subject. During the course of his investigation, he befriended many scientists and military officers associated with such places as Kirkland AFB and nearby Sandia Labs. Some were intrigued by his investigation. Moore even developed amateurish codenames (using species of birds) as a way to identify these scientists and officers without using their actual names.

During a conversation with Dr. Henry Monteith, a retired 20-year physicist with Sandia, I learned much about this. Dr. Monteith explained that in 1980 a man named Rick Doty, a Special Agent with AFOSI at Kirkland, had begun soliciting people's opinions at the base and at Sandia about Moore's claims about Roswell. Monteith did not trust Doty. He did not think that Doty really "knew" anything himself, but that he was merely trying to find out the truth from others. It seemed as though Doty would do anything to learn the truth, including making up stories to get the real story. Doty's interest was genuine, but his personal knowlege, nil. So he continued with Moore to assemble others to learn what they might know about the Roswell matter.

Over the years, people that Monteith knew began to make speculations and theories about the matter, repeating rumor and unconfirmed stories. These people included other physicists at Sandia such as Robert Collins (who together with Doty wrote "Exempt from Disclosure" a couple of years ago) and others outside of Sandia such as Hal Putoff, Kit Green and John Alexander. What became clear in talking to Monteith is this- each "Aviary" member was "smoking out" the other for the truth that they did not themselves possess! Despite their lofty positions in science and military, these people gave fall to the same vulnerabilities that we all do. They played off of each other with their own gullibility, paranoia and distrust. Moore and Doty tried to "fuel" this circle of scientists and officers and "trick" them into revealing more. But it is a "more" that they did not have. Ultimately, the "Aviary" wound up only reflecting and feeding off of itself with each person's personal interests and "takes" on Roswell. They "spun" it in their own ways and applied it to their own future purposes. None really knew the truth, but each wanted to see if any of the others did. Kind of like a poker game. Who has the best hand?

The common denominator found in all hoaxers is a lack of respect for their victims. Hoaxing about Roswell -whatever the motivation- only serves to cast doubt, derision and confusion on the matter. Hoaxes cheat us of reality.

Like the spirits that must be discerned and the false prophets that must be called out- the Witnesses to Roswell must be tested for their truth. And for every person who speaks the truth, there will always be one who does not.

Friday, November 07, 2008

UFOs are not strange.....

…enough to be alien or extraterrestrial.

The shape of UFOs, the lights they display, the spotlights they sometimes engage, the maneuvers (except for those alleged 90 degree turns), the construction materials (of those that have been inspected in situ supposedly)….none of these things suggests that UFOs or flying saucers are other-worldly.

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The lights, for example, that are often described in UFO sightings are usually red or green, sometimes white or blue.

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But an alien spaceship wouldn’t have lights that reflect the spectrum range unique to Earth.

The shape of UFOs – whether seen as “lights” or observed in the daytime – is always geometric according to the constructions of Earth’s mathematics which, again, are unique.

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(Math on other worlds would be unique to the evolution of scientific thought – if any – of the species of those worlds.)

Round, triangular, rectangular shapes, and all the other mathematical constructs here, on Earth, derive from the ancient Greek models, and would not apply to extraterrestrial beings (and societies).

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That extraterrestrial mathematical models might coincide with those of Earth is so astronomically improbable, ufologists should discard the idea that UFOs come from outer space.

(SETI’s premise of radio transmissions by alien races is also flawed for the same reason.)

UFO flight is generally similar to those of Earth’s aircraft – except as noted, when UFOs make instantaneous 90 degree turns or ascend at rates that are not possible in today’s Earthian airplanes…unless….unless Earth entities have secret aircraft capable of such maneuvers, and have had them since the 1940s which, admittedly, is unlikely.

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But those turns and ascensions may be from UFOs that are phenomena rather than actual bolts and nuts aircraft.

So-called debris from flying saucers, over the years, has never proven to be other-worldly.

While the make-up of the Universe insinuates itself in all planets or systems of the Universe, the composition of construction supplies would have to differ for worlds where water, timber, metal, and chemistry itself is distributed in arrays that are unique to those worlds.

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The geological/chemical make-up of the Earth is unique, or nearly so. UFOs made here would surely differ from UFOs made in a galaxy far, far away.

The geology and chemical make-up of worlds – even those in our own solar system (such as Mars, Jupiter, the moons, Titan, Europa, et al.) – is so vastly different from that of the Earth, that to assume UFOs (which are invariably described or recognized as vehicles not very removed from those of the Earth) are from far-flung galactic worlds lacks common sense.

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And those little things that show up in UFO reports: the blinking lights – blinking. Why would UFOs from elsewhere blink? That’s an idiosyncrasy of Earth aircraft.

What about the “smells” of UFOs – sulfuric or burnt metal? Why would UFOs from other worlds have smells like those on Earth?

Then there are the sounds from UFOs: hums (low usually) or no sound at all. Why would UFO energy sound like an electrical hum from Earth, or have no sound at all?

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A lack of sound is problematical, in that flying saucers – or any flying vehicle – has to make some sound…it’s the nature of flying craft to create sound waves, or interfere with sound waves.

The silence of many UFOs goes against the physical properties of flying; it’s almost mystical in nature – or a sensory misperception.

We find one UFO sighting – filmed – that strikes us as authentically real, and possibly other-worldly or a manifestation of a phenomenon as yet unknown to science:

You may see the video clip here (from the UFO CD, published by the Software Marketing Corporation in 1993):

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What that video shows us is a phenomenon almost life-like in its configuration, pulsing, and moving at a speed too fast for anything of a solid construction – something strange but not in a tangible extraterrestrial sense.

There are few UFO sightings – filmed, photographed, observed (by visual sighting or radar) – that display the physical mannerism of the 1963 Colorado UFO, but there are some.

However, we contend that those UFOs are something other than alien vehicles. (And they certainly are not secret aircraft of any Earth military or scientific organization.)

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So, for us, the great bulk of UFO sightings that excite ufologists and UFO mavens are prosaic, and hardly amenable to an extraterrestrial hypothesis.

This doesn’t mean that the phenomenon (or phenomena) shouldn’t be addressed. It just means that UFOs should be investigated without the Sci-Fi trappings.

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Thursday, November 06, 2008

WAS OBAMA BRIEFED ON ROSWELL? By Anthony Bragalia

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How are the Secrets of the Nation revealed to incoming presidents? Who reveals? What is said? Is everything told them? Briefing these secrets to the new Commander-In-Chief is in itself a necessarily veiled process. Precisely how it is done -and what is said- remains unknowable. We can surmise that details were related on matters of national security and on matters of international import. But does this intelligence briefing extend to intelligence on things cosmic? Is our new leader told that Man is not alone in the universe? Is he made aware that a craft from another world crashed in our country six decades ago? Does the new President know about Roswell?

We understand that the intelligence briefing process is one that is gradual. It is delivered "incrementally." Both party presidential candidates -Obama and McCain- were given briefings in early September of this year by Director of National Intelligence Michael McConnell. The briefings were characterized by him as "substantive." Of course no further details about it were given. According to Reuters, this week President-Elect Obama is "beginning to receive intelligence briefings as part of his transition to the White House." Presumably much more is being told to Obama this week in these briefings as President-Elect than was told to him eight weeks ago as a presidential candidate. We can infer that once sworn in, President Obama will be told even more.

Obama was asked by the late Tim Russert during a presidential debate about extraterrestrial beings and intelligent life in the universe. Obama replied that he was more interested in people's lives here in the United States. At other times, he has expressed concerns about the associated costs of a mission to Mars and other manned space flights. Will his lack of interest in things ET limit what is told to him about the subject?

Perhaps personal interest plays little part in considering when (and if) a President is told about such things. President Clinton engaged members of his team (including his Associate Attorney General Webster Hubbell and Chief of Staff John Podesta) to find out the truth about Roswell. Evidently, Clinton was not ever briefed on the subject. A copy of The Truth About the UFO Crash at Roswell was found in his personal library during the Ken Starr investigation. Clinton had to make efforts to find out for himself about Roswell. So did John Podesta. Interestingly, the November 6 New York Times reports that John Podesta is being considered for the Energy Secretary post under Obama. Amazingly, in this same article, The Times says of Podesta, "If anyone knows the truth about Roswell, NM, it's Mr. Podesta."

It is likely that prior, senior-level association with Defense or Intelligence agencies is a requirement for being "let in" on the revelation of Roswell.

This very thing is hinted at by Vice President Dick Cheney. Cheney was formerly Defense Secretary under the senior Bush administration. On a DC public radio interview in 2001 a caller asked of Cheney "Have you ever been read in to the UFO program?" Instead of firmly replying "No," Cheney was surprised and flustered by the caller's question. He very cautiously and curiously replied, "Well, if I had been briefed on the subject of UFOs, it was probably highly classified and I can't talk about it."

Cheney's close friend since the 1970s is former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. In 1968, Rumsfeld (as a US Representative) formally introduced USAF Project Bluebook Advisor Dr. J. Allen Hynek to the House of Representatives Committee on Science and Aeronautics Symposium on UFOs. Years later, when Rumsfeld was Defense Secretary under President Ford, Hynek approached Rumsfeld about the UFO subject to see what Rumsfeld had learned, given his position. Rumsfeld rose from his chair, pointed at Hynek, and said "You have no right to know!"

Access to the highly compartmentalized Roswell information is given by those who know. And it is only given to those deemed by them to have a Need to Know. Our new President has the need to know. As the London Free Times exclaimed in its headlines after the election, we are all living in "A Whole New World!"

Let us hope that life in our new world will include sharing the truth about the lives that exist on others.