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The NY Times UFO Debacle

A total debacle. That’s the only way I can describe what has transpired over the last 24 hours over this already-infamous article issued by the New York Times. Here I will simply describe what has happened since its release by other notable voices. I will also remark about a small amount of investigation I did on Dr. Eric Davis.

John Greenewald Jr. over at the Black Vault notes the corrections made the next day, following every change (that I could find):

It was so egregious that Mediaite reported on the inaccuracies.

24 hours later, Senator Harry Reid practically slams NY Times remarking that he has neither said nor implied any of the paraphrased remarks made.

This statement is remarkably consistent with Harry Reid’s remarks in the past.

Alejandro Rojas remarks:

Steven Greenstreet remarks aptly that a simple phone call and quotations would have sufficed:

Bryan Bender of Politico:

Researcher Roger Glassel:

Contacting Aerospace Corporation regarding Dr. Eric Davis’ Claims

UPDATE 7-25:

Tim McMillan has chimed in on the status of Dr. Davis’ employment:

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Minutes after reading the New York Times article, I wanted to verify Eric Davis’ record at Aerospace Corporation, so I got on the phone and called them. They have an automated system with speech-to-text where you can try to contact an employee there.

No trace of any Eric Davis. All that came up was a Joshua Davis. I thought it unlikely to be the right person, but maybe he goes by a different name. I spoke with this gentleman for maybe two minutes and he relayed to me that he is not Eric Davis and that he cannot identify other employees nor forward me to them. No luck.

So I tried looking up Eric Davis on the Aerospace Corporation website search engine:

Sure enough, Joshua Davis is there, but no Eric. I thought, well maybe Dr. Davis is unlisted.

So I hop over to LinkedIn and it gets weirder. Not only is Eric Davis not working there on his profile page,

his employer doesn’t even have him registered! There are 43 results for employees with “Davis” in the title. Not a single one is him. (link)

Bryan Bender tried to get comment from Aerospace Corp:

So you mean to tell me Eric Davis can make these extraordinary claims in NY Times vetted articles, but not only is there no sign of him ever working there, his employment can’t be verified by independent journalists???

This is not just confusing, it’s frustrating as hell. If anyone can independently verify that Eric Davis works there, with evidence, please email admin@ufoissue.com. I’d like to know the length of his tenure, which may lead to other interesting clues about this elusive UAP Task Force.

More Notable Remarks

Tim McMillan who has written for several reputable news outlets and who has been a bulwark on Intelligence reporting remarks that there is “solid intel” that NY Times cut almost 2/5ths of the article.

From Kent Bye, an astute follower of the UFO issue:

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Bryan Bender regarding the article:

Podcaster Jason McLellon:

Terrible, Terrible Reporting Everywhere!!!

Major publications can’t even get the headline right!

Popular Mechanics

HuffPost: No, the Pentagon has said nothing relating to this…

Gizmodo outrageously pulls the “aliens!” card…

“The New York Times published a story Thursday night about the likelihood that aliens have visited Earth. The main takeaway? Aliens could be real and the U.S. government has been conducting classified briefings in recent years about things left behind by “off-world vehicles.””

Tweaktown

Because of a number of inaccuracies of the New York Times and the sensational headlines of others, it was a disgusting terrible display of reporting for sever outlets:

The Star

National Post got details wrong, copying NY Times:

Debunkers having a field day

Tucker has Cmdr. Fravor on his show:

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If you see any inaccuracies, or just want to throw me a line, email admin@ufoissue.com

President Trump Acknowledges Roswell

In an unexpected interview by his son, President Trump acknowledges that there is some information still classified about the Roswell incident, 73 years after the event.

To distill this short conversation down to the parts that are significant:

His response to the question “What’s going on with Roswell?”
“… I won’t talk to you about what I know about it but it’s very interesting. But Roswell is a very interesting place…”

And more importantly “So you’re saying you may declassify…?”

Trump: “Well, I’ll have to think about that one…”

The reason this is significant is that this response is in stark contrast to other presidents’ responses. Historically, there has been “interest” by other presidents and presidents-to-be, but always without acknowledgement of Roswell. This may seem like a subtle and insignificant difference, but it isn’t.

Compare it to the response of other presidents and you will find they neither confirm nor deny anything:

Obama: “I can’t reveal anything.”

Bush Jr.: “But I’m not tellin’ ya…. I’m not tellin’ ya nothin'”

Kimmel: Are there any great secrets that you know that you can’t share?

Bush Jr.: “Yeah, there are.”

Oddly, I can’t find the Jimmy Kimmel interview with president elect Hillary Clinton, but I did document this ABC report:

It behooves me to include here that this statement by Trump contradict the idea of anything “interesting” with respect to the UFO issue, saying he “doesn’t particularly believe in UFOs”:

A pattern I have found is that these presidents and presidential candidates often seem to hint at UFOs or Roswell when there’s an election within the year. So this is probably nothing more than a political play to appeal to the UFO enthusiast demographic.

Transcript

Trump Jr: “So last question. Before you leave office, will you let us know if there’s aliens, because this is the only thing I really want to know. I want to know what’s going on. Would you ever open up Roswell and let us know what’s going on there?”

Trump: “So many people ask me that question.”

Trump Jr: “I know it sounds almost ridiculous, but it’s actually the real question I want to know.”

Trump: “It sounds like a cute question but it’s actually… There are millions and millions of people that wanna go there. That want to see it. I won’t talk to you about what I know about it but it’s very interesting. But Roswell is a very interesting place with a lot of people that would like to know what’s going on.”

Trump Jr: “So you’re saying you may declassify… you’ll take it?”

Trump: “Well, I’ll have to thing about that one… I’ll have to think about it.”

Mr. James Goodall’s Bob Lazar Testimony

The Lazar topic is still very hot at the moment, and I wanted to write an addendum to my previous post, but new testimony from Mr. James Goodall presented by Richard Dolan was released last week. So I will address this. The full length of this testimony is provided:

There are several problems with this testimony. I have provided time-stamped links below of the following issues I found.

1)

“Bob Lazar’s story has never changed… Even when it was financially to his benefit to exaggerate.” (19m31s)

As my previous post showed, this sentiment is demonstrably false. And as I found recently, Linda Moulton Howe was told by Lazar that he never graduated MIT nor Cal Tech – a total 180 from previous claims. This is just one example. (timestamp below)

2)

“Bob gave me a copy of his W-2. Bob’s a friend of mine. I met Bob before he went to work out in the desert” (18m18s)

Here we go again with the W-2, which is proven to be a major problem.

Notice the “employer” section is filled out with the “United States Department of Naval Intelligence”. The fact of the matter is, there is no such agency and never has been. Some might try to argue that this is the Office of Naval Intelligence, but that argument is unsound because if that were true, this W-2 would be an invalid document.

Another issue with this document is the $958.11 annual wage. Even in the 80s, that certainly isn’t enough income for a “Senior Scientist” on a black project for six months.

3)

“When George Knapp went to Albuquerque to investigation Bob’s background, he said he worked at Sandia Labs. Knapp found his name in the phone book.”

It is true that Bob worked at Los Alamos National Labs, and it’s true that his name is in the same phone book… but it’s also clear that in the phone book, he worked at Kirk Mayer indicated by a K/M notation. Problem: Kirk Mayer did not employ scientists at Los Alamos. This was verified by many sources, including Friedman.

4)

“He said he saw referencing to… they call them the kids. The greys aren’t very big, but there are posters, uh, in the hallways and stuff like that. But he never saw an alien…” (29m30s)

Two problems with this: It’s not mentioned anywhere in the autobiography or any other reference from Lazar testimony that there were posters about aliens. Secondly, it is totally absurd that classified material of any nature would be posted on the walls of a secured facility, much less information about aliens. It’s as if this person knows nothing about security.

5)

Mr. Goodall claims that there’s a conversation between Ben Rich (Lockheed Skunk Works) and John Andrews “We have things out in the desert that is 50 years beyond what you can comprehend”. “If you’ve seen movies like Star Trek or Star Wars, we’ve been there and done that, or decided it wasn’t worth the effort.” (37m40s)

When Mr. Goodall asks a “Bill” character “Do you believe in UFOs?” his alleged response is “We have things out in the desert that would make George Lucas envious. Another guy said ‘Stephen Spielberg’ [would be envious]”. (38m45s)

Of course, none of these witnesses can be corroborated for various reasons (deceased, or won’t go on the record). The major problem with this is… if it were true, and Mr. Goodall doesn’t have a need-to-know, it would be a grave violation of security by said all parties. I find it difficult to swallow that these so-called deep black projects would be openly discussed.

Final Remarks

And lastly… Mr. Goodall says he believes we have the technology to “get from one end of the universe to the other.(56m00s) This statement is so beyond science as to be completely laughable. It’s one of those “it’s so wrong that it’s not even wrong”. We don’t even know the size of the universe (observable universe and space-time limitation), much less come even close to imagining such a technology.

Why is this so-called testimony coming out 30 years later? Where has Mr. Goodall been all this time? And if this is to be believed, why isn’t the government erasing his history like they did with Bob? Ultimately, Mr. Goodall may not be lying, but it’s clear from his statements that he received this information from second- and third- handed witnesses (Ben Rich and John Lear) and has bought into the Bob Lazar fraud.

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Bonus problem:

“He had a supercomputer in his office … It was probably equivalent of an iPhone 6 today back in ’88”. (24m40s)

Problem: This is so outlandish, even Dolan (the interviewer) doesn’t believe it. Remember, Lazar had issues with money (citation needed).

But more importantly, in 1988 the highest-end commercial processor money could buy was the 80386 which ran at 40 MHz. An iPhone 6 runs a dual-core 1.4 GHz processor. This is laughable from a computer scientist’s perspective and calls into question the naivety of Mr. Goodall.

The Bob Lazar Fraud

Sincerity is not a check on truth.”

Stanton Friedman

I didn’t think the Bob Lazar story would pop up again in the UFO field after being thoroughly rejected by many major researchers, but it appears there is still a lot of money to be made of fantastical tales.

The sad part of this is that, despite being thoroughly debunked by scientists and UFO researchers, To the Stars (TTSA) has decided, of all the possible UFO stories, to publish Lazar’s autobiography. What worse, TTSA tried to covertly publish it. But this post is not about TTSA, it’s about how we know based on evidence that Lazar is a complete fraud.

Stanton Friedman began an investigation in the early days and provided plenty of evidence back then to conclude Lazar’s fraud, so I believe this excerpt is appropriate for a first “glimpse” into these lies. My favorite takeaway from this clip (and one I believe others should take to heart): “I got people telling me, ‘I don’t see why you don’t believe him. He seems so Sincere’. Sincerity is not a check on truth“.

The other major investigator in the early days is a non-Ufologist, Area-51 expert and physicist Tom Mahood who describes the story as “a guy spinning a crazy story to stay out of jail“. He has written about Lazar on several occasions and debunks thoroughly the science (since I don’t have a physics back ground I’ll leave it to him).

Another modern physicist known as “AlienScientist” has compiled a very impressive list of scientific falsehoods and lies. Here are two resources from his efforts:

My Contribution

What I want to contribute to this trash dump of a UFO topic is comparisons amongst Lazar’s recent Joe Rogan podcast (which attained over 8.6 million views as of this writing), the new autobiography Bob (supposedly) wrote, and Bob’s early claims.

When Lazar is asked “When did you realize the craft was not of earthly origin?” he comes up with two entirely different answers. In an early interview he responds “Well… it probably hit me when I first got inside the craft and looked around.”

But in the Rogan interview he claims he realized it when he casually “walked by the flying saucer” that he “noticed something weird”. Then he says later it was when he spoke to his lab partner Barry and they had sub-components of the craft that were demonstrated.

When Joe asks “what about the reactor made you think it didn’t exist technologically?” he does a 180 and talks about the “briefings” (discussed later) where he had an inkling this would be about ET.

So… which is it Bob? Also, you mean to tell me you saw a flying saucer and touched it, but you didn’t know it was a flying saucer? But when you saw a gravity wave amplifier you knew then it was ET… MKay.

When Rogan asks Bob if any progress was made on figuring out the tech, he claims “we had a rough idea, we think, what was going on” in the propulsion system.

But in the infamous “Lazar Tape” (aka “UFOs and Area 51: The Bob Lazar Video and Excerpts from The Government Bible“) he claims to know exactly how it all works. In this hilarious film, Bob provides absolutely no mathematical proof or science whatsoever. Instead it’s just a clip of him drawing on a whiteboard. It’s truly laughable.

The Problematic Government Briefings

I can’t claim to be completely logical.

Bob Lazar, Dream Land p. 46

What about those briefings that supposedly “queued him in” on the ET connection? Well his story is wildly tamer today (in the autobiography) than it was in the 90s. A comparison:

In “Excerpts from the Government Bible” Bob claims his “indoctrination” (his words) of 120 briefings described “aliens and alien technology” and an overview of the scope of the project. “This technology was brought to earth from Zeta Riticulli 1 and 2 star system. These stars can only be located in the constellation of Riticullum … These beings are from Reticullum 4, the 4th planet out from the star… A day on Riticulum is 90 earth days long”.

He then goes on to describe the aliens as typical grey aliens in UFO mythology. He then goes on to describe a special “numbering system” to which could not be deciphered because it was “alien-encrypted” (lol). He goes on “these aliens said they have been visiting Earth for a long time and presented photographic evidence which they contend was over 10,000 years old.

There was an exchange of hardware and information in Central Nevada until 1979 at which time there was a conflict which brought the project to an abrupt halt. The beings left but where to return at a 1623 date, and I don’t know what that date is. With the remaining hardware and information, the government started the back-engineering program.”

He then goes on to describe that an experiment resulted in an explosion, killing workers so he was hired in December 1988 to replace one of these scientists. Bob discusses that these grey aliens can anesthetize the human body through brain waves, remotely. He also claims that man was a “product of 65 genetic alterations” made by these aliens.

Despite having copious details in the autobiography (“The only sound was the faint hum of the fluorescent lights and the occasional passing of my pen across the page.”), in chapter 2 where the “briefings” are discussed, much of the details provided in the 90s are completely omitted.

Today, Bob says these “briefings” were propaganda by the military so that if this information is leaked, the false information would go out with it, and know where the information came from. Problem: The Lazar Tape takes these briefings as a total reality, providing visuals and painting a picture for the audience.

Ramifications

After spending far too much time on Bob Lazar, I’m going to have to cut this investigation short. I found a lot more I could discuss, but it’s simply not worth my time. For example, the reactor that creates an antigravity field… how is it turned off? That’s not discussed, and as a scientist, you’d think that would be the meat of the novel. In fact, that’s a real red flag; All the “science” discussed in the autobiography is elementary, grade school physics.

And why can this reactor be turned on by a single person “Barry”, when earlier in the novel it was deemed a “dangerous and potentially deadly” device?

These are just a handful of the questions that won’t be answered. I call it a novel because that’s exactly how it reads and because it’s obviously fiction.

What’s important about this story today, and why I spent time on this in the first place, is the credibility of those who perpetrate this myth are at stake. They are the ones to blame for this hoax spreading to 8.6 million viewers on youtube and still even more on Netflix. Those are the people must be held accountable for doing poor research at best, and knowingly perpetrating a fraud at worst. Not to mention the monetary payoff generated by selling books, movies, and television broadcasts.

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Special thanks to D. Dean Johnson for providing a plethora of information on this topic, much of which I didn’t add to this post because of time constraints and I don’t think it’s necessary… At this point it’s up to you to decide for yourself by looking at the facts.

Here are some extra points he made, after Jeremy Corbell called those who debunk the Lazar story “uneducated” (link to Twitter thread, with video references):

Jeremy Corbell: “Uneducated people – even on the basics facts – it’s transparent. People making incorrect claims have done nothing to move the needle forward. They parrot the false ideas of others. It’s lazy and tired. All info is out there. @g_knapp and I have both provided it. Time to think.”

M.J. Banias [UFO “journalist”] challenged, “Have you though? You didn’t really address the questions of his criminal activity, education, the defrauded Bigelow company, nor his nefarious financial dealings with his second wife. I’m just curious why all that wasn’t covered in the film?”

Then I (UFO Issue) tweeted, calling @ddeanjohnson

“Uneducated people– even on the basics facts …” Ah, where to begin? How about Mr. Knapp “confid[ing]” that he thinks Lazar lied, and never attended either MIT or Caltech? Too bad that statement didn’t make it into your movie, or into Knapp’s forward to the new book. [attach video clip Knapp in Denmark 2014 saying he thinks Lazar never went to Caltech/MIT.] In the new “autobiography,”Lazar never mentions Caltech, and mentions MIT only once, on page 23, claiming he was sent there while working at Los Alamos (“[I was] grateful to the folks at MESA for sending me to MIT to further my education . . .”).

Impossible timeline, contradicts previous claims to have received Masters from MIT circa 1982 — before going to work at Los Alamos. Contradicts his deflection in the Corbell film, suggesting Los Alamos would not have hired him with only a high school diploma. Here is Lazar himself, at the International UFO Seminar 5-1-93, a rare occasion in which he was exposed to unregulated questions without an enabler at his side. Asked to name Caltech/MIT profs, he named Duxler as Caltech — who was his instructor at Pierce Junior College, and “Hohsfield”–even spelled it correctly–as MIT prof.

Hohsfield was his high-school tech teacher. Lazar’s only degree is from a mail-order mill,closed down shortly thereafter. He is not a physicist. He’s a tech guy who fell in with John Lear, decided he could outdo Billy Meier. It seems that Billy Meier was all the rage in Lear-like circles in 1989. Jerome Clark’s UFO Encyclopedia 3rd Ed. (2018) says (p. 302), “Purely as a commercial enterprise, Meier’s is among the most successful in the history of the contactee movement.” Lazar’s “scout model” is [Schratt drawing comparing Meier-Lazar craft] a near-exact copy of a Meier “beam ship.”

Lazar himself, in interviews of that era, made the comparison repeatedly. In Oct. 5 Rogan podcast, Corbell acknowledged Meier guilty of many hoaxes, but suggests that he was merely trying to recapture earlier authentic experiences. This makes as much sense as believing that govt. agents could erase Lazar from every Caltech and MIT yearbook, etc. [vid of Rogan and Corbell talking about Meier] IMO, Corbell here sought to deflect attention from the strong Meier influence on Lazar’s original story. One of many efforts, in the film and the new book, to polish up the original Lazar story, often through screaming omissions, but also conscious or unconscious revisions. Much more could be said about the new Lazar book, and no doubt will be, in due course. But let’s turn for a moment to “Element 115.”

Lazar claimed the alien craft employed a heavy element with multiple extraordinary properties. Corbell-Knapp claim that the later creation of Element 115 in the lab validates Lazar’s claim. This is nonsense. First of all — and this will come as a surprise to many– Kid Lazar was not even sure how many protons his magical element had! He said: “I was the one who identified 115. That was my only contribution to the project. And I don’t stand on the fact that it’s 115, but if it’s not, it’s 114. It’s right in there.” (interview with author Michael Lindemann, Sept. 22, 1990.)

Second, lab work on such heavy-element creations was described in a prominent article in Scientific American in May, 1989 — the very month that Lazar first told his story to George Knapp. So the lab creation of Element 115 was predicted– but no isotope yet created has a half-life of even one second. [image of Sc American article] Yes, it is theoretically possible that a stable isotope of 115 could exist — but why speculate? In his 2014 Denmark speech, Mr. Knapp said he knew where an actual sample of the stable 115 isotope (with its multiple, magical properties) is located! Mr. Knapp said: “It’s in a spot now where nobody could get to it. But it’s still there. One of these days, maybe after’s Bob’s gone, I’ll go and dig it up.” (10-4-2014) See video, provided under Fair Use doctrine. Mr. Corbell says higher in this thread, “All info is out there. @g_knapp and I have both provided it.”

Yet Mr. Knapp’s own testimony, absolute physical proof of Lazar’s tale exists — a chunk of an isotope of Element 115 which could not have originated on Earth — #boblazar and this absolute physical proof is not in a deep-black government SAP, but at a hidden site known to Mr. Knapp — and presumably, known to Bob Lazar. I’m sure many readers will agree this is the perfect time for them to turn it over to an independent lab for analysis. I fear, however, that such analysis would show that Knapp’s trust in the magical 115 sample was no more well founded that that of Bob Bigelow, many years ago. As Jacques Vallee wrote in 1997: “Bob [Bigelow] once created a company with Bob Lazar, the Zeta Reticuli Corporation, [image of Bigelow-Lazar incorporation document] to exploit the wondrous supposed properties of Element 115. Lazar exhibited a substance that was light, foam-like, and almost weightless, hinting it would revolutionize energy and propulsion. The cooperation only lasted until the day when Bob [Bigelow] noticed a container of Lazar’s secret sauce in a corner and recognized it as a commercial emulsive product!” — (Forbidden Science 4, page 352).

Note that the Vallee quoted above is the legendary “Jacques F**king Vallee,” of whom Mr. Corbell spoke with apparent respect on the Oct. 5 Rogan podcast. Vallee once wrote, “The Lazar-Lear legend, still popular in America, is a little too stupid to be taken seriously in France.” Anyway, in the recent past, Mr. Knapp and Mr. Corbell have spoken publicly about study of various samples that some think are connected with UFOs — here is Corbell talking about such items in the Oct. 5 Rogan podcast — yet, according to Mr. Knapp, their guy Lazar has a sample of the definitively unearthly stable 115 isotope, hidden at a known location. As Mr. Corbell says above, “Time to think.”

I should note that Mr. Corbell, in his movie, has warned that those who express “distrust” of Lazar’s story risk provoking one of two responses. “Does he [Lazar] fade back into the shadows that formed him, or does he lash out to carve his words into your flesh?” Option 1, please. ** Lazar has been caught in many lies, & offers some new (to me) lies in his so-called “autobiography.” Mr. Knapp believes Lazar to be a liar (as he told the Danes), yet produced film and authored book foreword that does not offer that assessment. That’s not journalism. #boblazar

UAP Means UFO – A Terminological History

What’s in a name? It is an important question to ask of the term Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP), now being disseminated and broadly accepted by the UFO community and, as we have learned recently, used officially by the Navy. Why did this terminology change from the time-tested, world-accepted, cross-language term UFO?

When Navy spokesperson Joseph Gradisher was asked by Law & Crime he stated “That’s because we want to destigmatize the reporting for our aviators, so they don’t hesitate to tell us what they have seen. Our aviators are not above ribbing the pilots who have spotted something that cannot be identified.”

It is claimed by Mr. Gradisher’s that UAP is “a term we borrowed from the UK” (Roger Glassel). The same claim was made by Nick Pope on Fox News. This may be true in the modern context, but curiously the term or some variation thereof has been used throughout UFOlogical history. This article will solidify the term UAP means UFO.

Early References

One of the most infamous Air Force funded studies, Project Blue Book Report #8 published on Dec. 31, 1952 eluded that “phenomena” and “object” are interchangeable:

Blue Book #14’s (CIA) official title includes “unidentified aerial objects”:

And in the summary section, first paragraph it states that unidentified aerial objects is interchangeable with “flying saucers” or “flying disks”:

Earlier records I could find are in The UFO Experience, by famous astronomer J. Allen Hynek. It cites Aerial Phenomena Research Organization (APRO) started in ’52 and National Investigations Committee On Aerial Phenomena (NICAP) of ’56. Hynek proclaimed that these were the two best civilian UFO groups of their time.

A letter sent to APRO International Director Ms. Coral Lorenzen by CIA Legislative Counsel John S. Warner includes the term:

The Air Force UFO “Fact Sheet”

In the 1960, the Air Force UFO Fact Sheet included the term, and implied the term is interchangeable with UFO:

The Condon Report

The Condon Report of ’68 included a couple direct quotations:

Page 922
Page 984

And there are variations:

Page 84
Page 110

The Roswell Report

Several memorandums in the Roswell Report: Fact VS Fiction in the New Mexico Desert (1995) include the term. This one also eludes to the interchangeability of “objects” and “phenomena”:

Takeaway

I have tried to prove here that the not-so-new but newly-accepted and widely distributed term UAP does in fact means UFO. In the context of the ‘unidentifed aerial’ phrase, I’ve tried to solidify that Object can be replaced with Phenomenon or Phenomena. The overall conclusion is that all of these terms and phrases mean the same thing: UFO.

Special thanks to The Black Vault for helping find some of these references. If you find more examples of Unidentified Aerial Phenomena/Phenomenon/Object used in historical context, let me know.

US Plans New, Massive Technological Agenda

In what is being called the Second Bold Era in S&T (Science and Technology), a memo from the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, Russell T. Vought, and White House Science Advisor, Dr. Kelvin K. Droegemeier, describes the US engaging in such technological innovations not seen since World War 2.

This effort is “characterized by unprecedented knowledge, access to data and computing resources, ubiquitous and instant communication, and technologies that allow us to peer into the inner workings of atomic particles as well as the vastness of the universe.

Interesting to note, the agenda “also features new and extraordinary threats which must be confronted thoughtfully and effectively.” As if the “new, extraordinary threats” are already identified but secret, but that’s just speculation.

It appears this new directive is pushing for a more open government: “striking a balance between the openness of our research ecosystem and the protection of our ideas and research outcomes. It will depend upon ensuring that our research environments are diverse, safe, inclusive, and accommodating as well as free from unnecessary administrative burdens. ” All this is an effort to “solve previously intractable grand challenges.” But don’t get your hopes up just yet for a grande reveal of the UFO coverup. I don’t see that happening anytime soon, despite a growing popularity of the issue.

The Plan

The memo outlines major areas that are relevant to the security of the US, some of which could be relevant to the UFO issue. Follows is a list of the important and interesting areas for action.

1. Advanced Military Capabilities “including offensive and defensive hypersonic weapons capabilities, resilient national security space systems, and modernized and flexible strategic and nonstrategic nuclear deterrent capabilities.

2. What’s not surprising is the references to the Space Weather program that outlines the following major problems in that area:

  • Enhance the Protection of National Security, Homeland Security, and Commercial Assets and Operations against the Effects of Space Weather;
  • Develop and Disseminate Accurate and Timely Space Weather Characterization and Forecasts; and
  • Establish Plans and Procedures for Responding to and Recovering from Space Weather Events.

3. A new computing agenda the likes of which would bring Quantum Computing, Artificial Intelligence, and “prioritize R&D that enables electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing and civil supersonic aircraft, including for type certification, the creation of over-land supersonic flight noise standards, and low-sonic-boom aircraft research.

4. R&D into energy producing assets including nuclear, renewable, and fossil and establishing new “reactor technologies”. As well as a new advanced manufacturing strategy.

5. One of the more uncharacteristic topics is that of Earth and Ocean: “Departments and agencies should also focus on processing and making publicly available data that characterize natural resources and human activities and on R&D that improves understanding of and supports effective responses to changes in the ocean systemKnowing the extent to which components of the Earth system are practicably predictable – from individual thunderstorms to long-term global change -is vitally important for physical understanding of the Earth system

6. A dedicated section for Health and Bioeconomics: “Departments and agencies should prioritize evidence-based standards and research to rapidly establish microorganism, plant, and animal safety and efficacy for products developed using gene editing, to better accelerate biotechnology product adoption and socially responsible use.”

7. In an effort to support veterans and squelch the suicide epidemic thereto “leverage data sharing and integration to derive new insights into brain health and suicide from existing studies or data sets

8. The big one for space fans: “focus on ensuring American leadership in space by supporting the Trump Administration’s call for a return of Americans to the Moon’ s surface by 2024 and utilizing the Moon as a proving-ground for a future human mission to Mars.”

The memo then describes how to accomplish these goals, including a push for STEM based stimulation in schools, colleges and universities, support high risk R&D investments, a new Data Strategy Plan, and a general goal to bolster partnerships amongst federal, private, and academic institutions.

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A special thanks to Steven Aftergood at the Federation of American Scientists for pointing me in the right direction.

Area 51: By the Numbers

As reported earlier this month, the Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us Facebook event has caused an incredible amount of interest. As of this writing, the number of Facebook users “Going” is close to 2 million and 1.45 million “Interested”. That’s up 180% and 130% respectively since July 13th! Of course, most of those that are “Going” aren’t really going… or are they?

Storm Area 51 Facebook Count as of (7/27/2019)

Well, if even 1% wound up going “for the lulz” that would be roughly 20,000 people.

If growth in interest continues its current trajectory (which it probably won’t), by Sept 20th there may be as many as 6.41 Million. This math comes from only using two data points. If Facebook data on growth (a chart) was available it would help guide our growth model. Of course it is unknown as to whether this trend will continue or if it will wane. One things for sure: if only 1% attend it will be a huge amount of people gathering in Las Vegas

There’s no better source on this event than that of Las Vegas Nevada’s own award-winning reporter George Knapp. His connections to the military and to local authority is bar none in the business. Here are the highlights from his recent reporting, which prompted my interest in writing this:

  • “The first rule of “storm Area 51” is “don’t storm Area 51”
  • In January a man was shot and killed an intruder in one of the areas.
  • Security will be “beefed up” for the event.
  • Little Alien cleared 30 acres of land for campers and events.
  • “The US military will put up with zero nonsense.”
  • Local business are look forward to this event. It provides an influx of income as it will become a greater
  • 2-day festival to put pressure on the government on what it knows about UFOs and Aliens.
  • No one expects a million people
  • #1 concern for everyone is safety and security
George Knapp reports on Area 51 Craze

Freedom Watch USA Sues DoD over UFO Secrecy

In what I believe to be a landmark case for ufology, Larry Klayman, director the nonprofit Freedom Watch USA (501(c)(3)) is suing the U.S. Department of Defense for illegally withholding relevant records as part of a UFO related cover-up.

In 2011, Freedom Watch requested “agency records relating to extraterrestrial visits, UFO encounters, Area 51, the Roswell incident and extraterrestrial life information regarding the United Nations, Great Britain and the United States.”

On March 26, eight years later, the docs received by DoD were not only in Russian, but they didn’t “address the original request”. So, naturally, Freedom Watch appealed in a timely manner on May 29. This time the response from DoD was more timely but apparently plaintiff sees enough to sue the government over it:

And in convenient timing, just yesterday Law & Crime and the Washington Post reported that the Ethics panel of D.C. seeks to suspend Larry Klayman’s license for 33 months. “A legal ethics panel for the District of Columbia bar has recommended suspending conservative attorney Larry Klayman from practicing law for 33 months for “egregious” misconduct in 2010 while representing a woman who refused his romantic advances.” Since this is unrelated to UFOs I will refrain from speculating or digging into it.

I will say it is convenient timing. Something is up. I will continue to look into this matter and post more.

The Area 51 Craze

Today there are 1.3 Million interested or “Going” to “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us”, created by a Facebook group that calls themselves “Shitposting cause im in shambles”.

And just two (2) days ago (7/11/2019) the Nation UFO Recording Center (NUFORC) tweeted 260k going and over 300,000 interested.

It’s safe to say this thing has gone viral.

The Facts

Area 51 is the most secretive base in the continental US (that we know about), sits in the largest government-controlled land parsel in the US, encompasses 4,687 square miles, big enough to be a state on it’s own. Pres. Harry Truman ordered 105 nuclear weapons tests (yes, nuclear bomb drops) above ground, and 828 underground over 50 years. The last nuke test ever performed there was Sept 23, 1992. It holds the largest amount of weapons-grade plutonium and uranium in the US.

The original purpose of the base was to explode and test nuclear weapons without the public catching wind. The Manhattan Project was the most expensive government project ever, employed something on the order of 180,000+, and it’s important to point out: The first time the public was made aware of the existence of the nuclear bomb was when they were dropped on Japan, August 6 and August 9, 1945. So if you can imagine the importance of secrecy with this project.

The base grew, as we find out later, to build secret aircraft – the U2 and A12 Oxcart spy planes for example during ongoing wars. Of course the entire base is meant to be kept secret so we don’t know what could be there. FOIA requests will get you so far before everything on the page is redacted.

There’s a lot more to this tale that I couldn’t possibly cover in a post, but that would required a book and from which most of the information herin was gathered:

Annie Jackobsen’s Area 51. (No affiliation or sponsorship) is the definitive book on this subject. It’s filled with primary sources, interviews, and deep analysis that no other book even comes close to. If you want to learn more, read this:

UFO Issue’s Take

Black, secretive operations take place on this facility. You will be immediately arrested, and possibly injured and even killed. Make no mistake, the United States is the most powerful force in the world. They have no interest in making this issue a debate.

As wikipedia points out (I think correctly, or partially), these are the conspiracy theories surrounding the base:

  • The storage, examination, and reverse engineering of crashed alien spacecraft (including material supposedly recovered at Roswell), the study of their occupants (living and dead; see grey alien), and the manufacture of aircraft based on alien technology.
  • Meetings or joint undertakings with extraterrestrials.
  • The development of exotic energy weapons for the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) or other weapons programs.
  • The development of means of weather control.
  • The development of time travel and teleportation technology.
  • The development of unusual and exotic propulsion systems related to the Aurora Program.
  • Activities related to a supposed shadowy one world government or the Majestic 12 organization.