Saturday, August 19, 2017

Eerie UFO Reported to Land by Marine Pilots | UFO CHRONICLE –- 1953

Marine Pilots Spot Eerie Flying Object - Greensboro Daily News (North Carolina) 2-12-1953

     An eerie account of a glowing disk-like object seen by four pilots was released today by officials at the Marine Corps Air Station, Cherry Point.

One of the pilots thought he saw it land, and believed it started a forest fire.
Greensboro Daily News
(North Carolina)
2-12-1953

UFO Crashes Near Crystal Springs, MS | UFO CHRONICLE –- 1950

Flying Saucer Crashes Near Crystal Springs (Heading) 5-13-1950

      Bobby Mohon called the Jackson paper late Friday night from Crystal Springs with the story of how a flying saucer had struck a power company transformer on the night of May 12, causing an electrical outage in the city. He reported mangled bodies laying near the wreckage which had markings indicating it was an unusual military
By Curt Collins
Saucers That Time Forgot
8-4-17
aircraft. In 1950, the term "UFO" had not yet come into usage, and "flying saucer" was used for unidentified flying objects of any shape. Mohon's saucer was actually described as cylindrical, and "definitely not an airplane." The Clarion Ledger scooped the nation with the saucer news, and credited the witness as co-author of the story, along with reporter Tommy E. Hederman.

The story was rushed to press and was on sale Saturday morning before all the facts were in. The investigation by Crystal Springs authorities was reported later the same day by other area news papers.

UFOs and Nukes Researcher, Robert Hastings to Appear on Coast to Coast AM with George Knapp

UFOs and Nukes Researcher to Appear on Coast to Coast AM with George Knapp

     Noted researcher Robert Hastings will discuss his investigations into UFO activity at nuclear weapons sites on Coast to Coast AM with George Knapp, on August 20, 2017 at 10 p.m. Pacific Time.
By The UFO Chronicles
8-18-17

UFOs & Nukes: Extraordinary Encounters at Nuclear Weapons Sites
Since 1973, Hastings has interviewed more than 160 U.S. military veterans regarding their involvement in one nukes-related UFO incident or another. On September 27, 2010, CNN live-streamed his press conference in Washington D.C., during which former U.S. Air Force missileers described occasions when several ICBMs mysteriously malfunctioned moments after a disc-shaped craft was observed hovering near their underground launch silos. The full-length video of the press event is available at www.ufohastings.com.

The second edition of Hastings’ 600 page book, UFOs and Nukes: Extraordinary Encounters at Nuclear Weapons Sites is now available at Amazon and Amazon UK.

Hastings' recently, released documentary, UFOs and Nukes: The Secret Link Revealed, can be viewed here.

UFO Investigative Teams and Brigadier General Arthur Exon

Brigadier General Arthur Exon

     As happens all too often, as I’m searching for something else, I stumble onto a document that helps explain information I had found in the past. Brigadier General Arthur Exon, who was the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base commander, a position similar to that of a mayor, told me during an interview on May 19, 1990, that he was responsible for dispatching aircraft to carry investigators to important UFO sightings. He said:
Well, the way this happened to me is that I would get a call and say that the crew or the team was leaving and

By Kevin Randle
A Different Perspective
8-15-17
they knew… there was such and such a time they wanted an airplane and pilots to take “X” number of people to wherever, you know. They might be gone two or three days or might be gone a week. The would come back and that would be the end of it. So, there would be certain people in FTD [ATIC evolved into FTD in 1961] that would lay the missions on… I know they went out to Montana and Wyoming and the northwest states a number of times in a year and a half… They went to Arizona once or twice.
These special teams, or these people, would apparently come from around the United States and their assignment was to investigate a UFO sighting according to Exon. He didn’t have much in the way of details about these special flights, but the implication I took away from this was that the teams, or the team members, were a specially trained group who were investigating UFOs at a higher level than Project Blue Book. It was clear that they weren’t part of the Blue Book operation.

We (Don Schmitt and I, who first interviewed Exon) asked if the men were assigned to Wright-Patterson. Exon said, “No. They would come from Washington, D.C.” He also said that the team would be made up of eight, maybe fifteen people, the number probably dictated by the sighting they were investigating. The idea was that if anyone checked, they would learn that the team had been dispatched from Wright-Patterson as a way of disguising the nature of this somewhat secret activity.

During my interview with Exon, I wanted to know if he knew who the controlling agency or agencies were. I thought FTD was one of those agencies, but Exon said, “I don’t know they were controlling but I know where the assignments came from.”

I asked, “That was basically your control? FTD?”

He said, simply, “Yeah.”

The conclusions that I drew, and the conclusions that Don drew, were that teams, controlled at a different level, but that were not assigned to Blue Book were called in for special investigations. This, according to Exon, was in 1960 and 1961.

But it turns out, according to the documentation that I have just found, this assumption is not true. Oh, the documents were there in the Project Blue Book files for anyone to find who scanned through the boxes and boxes of data as it is contained on microfilm. As, I say, I was looking for something else when I found this.

According to the documents, in a draft of a staff study that was declassified in 1969 but suggested in a document dated December 17, 1958, that:
To provide a flexible investigative force which will not cause a particular drain on any one office within ATIC [think FTD at this point] the Commander has approved the establishment of a volunteer force which will work under the direction of the Aerial Phenomena Group of the Air Science Division when actually engaged in field investigation of UFO sightings. The general ground rules for their employment are as follows:
A total group of from 18 to 20 volunteers will be selected from company grade officers [lieutenants and captains] and NCO’s presently assigned within ATIC. This group will for the most part be people who do not have much opportunity to travel during the normal course of their duties. Once selected they will be given a 20 hour course of instruction in interrogative and investigative procedures and will be checked out on equipment pertinent thereto [the class syllabus was included in the documentation]. Once trained two of these individuals will be placed on alert each week to undertake such investigations as may arise during the week. Orders required for TDY [temporary duty] travel will be processed by the Aerial Phenomena Group citing funds programmed by that Group for such travel. A separate project nick-named “Horse Fly” [which is the first time that I have heard of this project] will be established to provide military airlift for investigators to and from the nearest Air Force installation to point of UFO sighting. Flyaway kits of equipment will be issued by and specific flight arrangements will be made by the Aerial Phenomena Group.

It is estimated that each investigator can plan on about 5 TDY trips of 3 days duration per year.
The officer who signed the document was William E. Boyd, who was a colonel at the time and listed as the Chief of Staff at ATIC. Although what I found was a draft, there was additional discussion about this later but it apparently was implemented. While the suggestion is that the alert teams would be made up of two individuals, there was nothing in the original document to suggest that the deployment teams were restricted to the two people on alert. This sounds suspiciously like the teams that Exon spoke about when he talked to me, though he seemed to have overestimated the size. They didn’t come from Washington, D.C as he suggested, but they were not all consolidated in a single office within ATIC. They would come from a number of locations within ATIC to deploy into the field.

Given that the documents were originally classified (confidential, I believe), and given the nature of the assignment, I don’t believe that there was any reason for Exon to have denied the request for the assets needed. It would have come from inside ATIC [or later FTD], or possibly from the Pentagon, authorizing the use of military equipment to move the personnel into the field. Since it involved specific intelligence, which in this case would be a UFO sighting or landing, there would be no reason to brief Exon on the specific mission. The request would have the proper authorization, and in fact, given the nature of it, and the various authorizations approved, there would be no reason for Exon to handle this personally. Someone on his staff could certainly have made the arrangements and if there were questions about the authorizations, those might have been bumped up to Exon for resolution, but I doubt that would be necessary. This suggests the reason that Exon was rather vague on the nature of the assignments. He wouldn’t be doing the work himself, one of his staff did, and Exon was probably briefed on this, as he would be on other aspects of the operations at Wright-Patterson that fell under his area of authority. At the time, this would not have been a big deal, but the routine movement of assets to a location where their expertise would be of value.

This means, I suppose, that we shouldn’t draw any specific conclusions about the nature of these teams, simply because we now know about their formation, their purpose, and their deployments. They were sent to investigate UFO sightings that would require the expertise that these officers and NCOs brought to the table based on their 20 hours of classroom work so that they knew, at least in a rudimentary sense, what they were doing.

What I don’t know at this point is where their reports would have been sent. Probably to the Aerial Phenomena Group, which would have been housed at ATIC and then FTD when the name change came about. All I really know is that the teams were formed and were apparently deployed on a number of investigations. While all this is interesting, it seems to lessen the importance of the information supplied by Exon, but it does give another avenue of investigation. It will be interesting to see if I can find the results of those investigations that Exon mentioned.

UFO Reported Over Brenes (Seville) | SPAIN

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UFO Reported Over Brenes (Seville)

     Several witnesses saw an oval-shaped object that put forth considerable light with bright flashes, moving parallel with the horizon.
By Inexplicata
8-2-17

The summer of 2017 has been particularly active as regards aerial mysteries and unknown phenomena. The UFOs of yesterday remain as current as ever and materialize yet again to fill us with wonder and disbelief.

This is precisely how the protagonist of a UFO encounter in the locality of Brenes felt on the morning of August 2nd. It was something so incredible and unknown that she could hardly credit what he was seeing. Her name is Sandra and she witnessed something astonishing at 8:30 a.m.: "I was on my way to work and took my daughter over to my mother. It was then when I saw a light-emitting source in the sky. I can almost tell you that it was oval; issuing bright flashes even though it was daylight. The light was irregular and was in view for nearly a minute. I couldn't believe what I was seeing. I watched it carefully and saw how its size decreased and became smaller until it disappeared."

Sandra, visibly excited, recalls every second of this sighting. "I'm not easily shocked. My partner and I love these subjects, and a while ago, we spent some time in Gibraltar and saw three lights that left our jaws hanging. But this morning's event has been truly impressive." The witness called another person - Jesús, a worker at a nearby bar, who jokingly said: "They're here!" but when he saw the luminous form, realized they were both looking at a truly extraordinary phenomenon.

Fernando Romero, driving from Tocina to Seville around the same time, also saw the mysterious object: "It was a large luminous form, a point of light that stood out in the sky, having the apparent size of a large marble. The object, or whatever it was, flew parallel to the horizon, slowly. I thought it was an airplane approaching Seville with its lights on, but when I looked more closely, I saw this wasn't the case. The light grew and shrank intermittently and stopped. It was very odd. Then, some thirty seconds later, it disappeared and left me stunned. I don't believe in this UFO and alien stuff, but I can tell you that was something very strange."

Confirmation of the nature of the sighting was sought with Seville Flight Control, which confirmed having no air traffic matching what was seen by the witnesses. The same happened with military flight controllers. No astronomical phenomenon matches the nature of this UFO sighting. Nor is the passage of International Space Station (ISS) a valid explanation. By strict definition, these witnesses saw a UFO.

The astronomical phenomena for the month of August will be the traditional "Lágrimas de San Lorenzo" (St. Lawrence's Tears) around the 12th (Perseids), also bearing in mind the partial lunar eclipse on the 7th of this month. The UFO phenomenon remains present in the heavens over Seville. It is a timeless phenomenon that appears before witnesses at any time of day and which can shatter preconceived notions about "things seen in the sky whose real nature we do not know". The Brenes UFO almost surely marks the start of other sightings in Seville.
* Source: PLANETA UFO and José Manuel García Bautista El Correo Web

[Translation (c) 2017 S. Corrales, IHU with thanks to Guillermo Giménez, Planeta UFO and José Manuel García Bautista]

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

UFOs and the Intelligence Community Blind Spot To Surpise or Deceptive Data

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The NSA Releases a Formerly Secret Document Via FOIA Request

UFOs and the Intelligence Community Blind Spot To Surpise or Deceptive Data - NSA (pg 1)

     The NSA has released in full the document UFOs and the Intelligence Community Blind Spot to Surprise or Deceptive Data, following an FOIA request to review redacted sections for further declassification. In a letter dated July 17, 2017, the Agency responded that the previously partially published document was processed as a Mandatory Declassification Review and subsequently released. The letter and accompanying file may be viewed and downloaded at the link above.

We first explored the doc, composed at some point prior to 1979 by an unnamed author, here at The UFO Trail in the January blog post,
Jack Brewer
By Jack Brewer
ufotrail.blogspot.com
8-10-17
NSA UFO Docs. Two redacted sections of the seven-page file were noted. The first section provided an example of how human response to perceived unusual phenomena can be detrimental, particularly from a military perspective. Images below show previously redacted pages on the left, with the now fully disclosed pages on the right.

UFOs and the Intelligence Community Blind Spot To Surpise or Deceptive Data (Redacted) - NSA (pg 2)
UFOs and the Intelligence Community Blind Spot To Surpise or Deceptive Data - NSA (pg 2)

Offering an example of detrimental responses, the author explained how a USAF technician "was engaged in first level traffic analysis and intercept processing against Soviet Bloc countries," when one of the countries began to report an unusual radar track. It was described as "a high flying fast moving object with an erratic flight pattern." Although identified as occasionally moving against the wind, the Bloc "began reporting the object as a balloon."

"The next Bloc nation picked up the object and continued the designation of balloon despite the erratic flight pattern, high speed, and against the wind maneuvers," the author continued.

It was further explained that the airman noted a variety of emotional reactions taking place among personnel within the American processing facility. Such reactions included "everyone was more edgy and silent than usual," as well as "aggressive and distracted responses" to requests for clarification of some of the data.

The author concluded human flaws leave us blinded to unusual or surprising material. Some people, however, it was suggested, "are less affected by strange phenomena than others, though still frightened by it, they remain capable of reporting it with a fair degree of objectivity."

UFOs and the Intelligence Community Blind Spot To Surpise or Deceptive Data (redacted) - NSA (pg 5)
UFOs and the Intelligence Community Blind Spot To Surpise or Deceptive Data - NSA (pg 5)

The second redacted section was the author's recommendations to effectively address such challenges, which included training intelligence analysts "to be able to deal with unusual phenomena." It was also suggested:
Select a group of analysts and evaluators who have the natural capability to see unusual phenomena and be able to process it. Form these analysts into a special surprise alert team responsible directly to the JCS and the highest levels of the intelligence community and intensively train them further in the art of processing surprise material.
Further recommendations included providing intensive training to high level military officers responsible for strategic decisions. Such training included "the objective handling and analysis of surprise material."

The document offers some intriguing points for consideration. Among them is the author's interest in Air Force personnel reactions to surprise data. Also noteworthy, in my opinion, is the author's seemingly at times uncritical interpretations of reported UFO phenomena and ways to conduct investigation.

For instance, an event can be "so shockingly unusual," the author reports, it "is buried in the unconscious of the person where it is only accessible to hypnosis" or other carefully conducted modes of communication. Such views show how deeper, more accurate understandings of the unreliability of hypnosis as a memory retrieval tool have evolved in the scientific community and presumably among NSA assets. We periodically see similar outdated views reflected in IC Cold War era docs concerning other UFO and paranormal topics, as well.

Related dynamics and NSA historic willingness to explore the fringe were considered in a March blog post titled, NSA Interest in the Paranormal. In a manner of speaking, the Gulf Breeze Six episode - whatever it may have ultimately involved - was not an anomaly as much a part of the natural progression of topics explored and activities regularly conducted by the Agency. That doesn't necessarily make it any less interesting, but should be clearly understood as the context is relevant: NSA and other agencies, such as DARPA and CIA, are as historically involved in exploring the fringe as debunking it, if not more so. That creates many potential options for the IC from one era and project to the next, as well as lines of research for those of us following along.

UFO Follows Car - Circa 1930

Orb Following Car - Circa 1930

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The UFO sighting account happened in the town of Waterloo, Ala., in Lauderdale County in late fall of 1930.
By Cheryl Costa
www.syracusenewtimes.com
8-14-17

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“Shortly after pulling up by the school, the occupants of the car saw a bright light that looked like a ball of fire,” Jesse said. “My grandmother was in the back driver’s side of the car, and she said that the light was approaching the car from the rear passenger’s side. They all assumed it was a flash light or car headlight of someone to come open up the door to the school. The light got brighter and it filled the car interior with light. It was so bright, my grandmother said it was as bright as daylight.”

We’re Still Not Saying It’s Aliens, But ... | VIDEO

We’re Still Not Saying It’s Aliens, But ...

     KIC 8462852 probably sounds like a string of random letters and numbers to you but I'm willing to bet if you've watched this channel long enough, you've heard it before. It's the name of a star, also
By Seeker
8-1-17
known as Tabby's Star, and it set the internet ablaze a couple years back when it dimmed in ways nobody could really explain, unless you pinned it on aliens building massive structures to power their civilization.

However, since then we haven't seen the star's light fade, and so public interest in it did. But in April of 2017, light levels started dropping again, giving astronomers new clues to come up with new ideas. Are any more compelling than a giant energy-harvesting megastructure built by aliens? I'll let you be the judge of that.

Exomoons May Support Life

Life Outside Our Solar System Might Exist on Exomoons

     The discovery of an exomoon could be years away, but researchers are already theorizing the conditions under which liquid water might be found on their surfaces.
By Elizabeth Howell
www.seeker.com
3-27-17
As some scientists search for habitable planets outside our solar system, other researchers are tackling a similar question for the moons of these planets. So-called exomoons have yet to be found outside our solar system, and a detection could be a decade away - or more.

A Parallel Universe Colliding With Ours? | VIDEO

A Parallel Universe Colliding With Ours
The Cold Spot in the cosmic microwave background radiation has led astronomers to speculate the possibility of parallel universes.
     The question isn't are we alone in the universe, it's are we alone in these universes? According to a bit of the Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation (CMB) we might have a neighbor.
By Seeker
7-1-17

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... the most fantastical [theory] is also now one of the most likely: that the spot is cold because it's where the edge of our universe touched the edge of another universe!





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