Tuesday, February 22, 2005

ABC Puts UFOs On Its Radar Screen

By Kathy Blumenstock
The Washington Post
February 22, 2005

Flying saucers and strange beings that have visited Earth aren't the typical topics reported by Peter Jennings, anchor of ABC's "World News Tonight."

Jennings, whose new two-hour special (8 p.m. Thursday, WRTV ) tackles the subject of UFOs, admits he and his production team began the project with doubts and a dose of curiosity.

"We have a lot of skeptics -- I am very skeptical -- but we seriously investigated something a lot of people are serious about," he said. "And when we come to the end, this is wonderfully interesting.

"More than 80 million Americans believe intelligent beings from somewhere else have come here," he said. "Forty million believe they have seen UFOs, so this is of deep interest to people."

Produced for ABC News by Jennings's production company, the program examines the UFO phenomenon from an early milestone: a 1947 sighting by a man named Kenneth Arnold.

Segments include visits to the Center for UFO Studies outside Chicago to a radio talk show on "UFOlogy." That show's host, Art Bell, cites among his 18 million weekly listeners "the most informed UFOlogists, the best scientists and some of the craziest people you'll ever meet."

Spanning the range of believers and skeptics, sightings and science, the show includes interviews "with people in so many traditional, trusted walks of life -- cops, pilots, detectives, scientists, historians," Jennings said. "All with their own views, but all who have taken this seriously."

Some of those interviewed describe what they have seen in the sky, from mysterious lights to giant hovering triangular objects.

In 1997, hundreds of people reported seeing a large craft move slowly over Phoenix. In 2000, police officers from five different departments spotted a strange object in St. Clair County, Ill. The police-radio relays describe the low-flying, brightly lit object being tracked.

With no videotape of the sightings, Jennings' program uses sophisticated animation to illustrate each incident. Photographs were taken of the locations, duplicating weather conditions and time of day, then witnesses' descriptions were used to depict the event.

"In every piece of animation, we talked to the eyewitnesses, built the animation according to what they said, then went back to show them," Jennings said. "And they'd respond, 'No, it was bigger,' or, 'The nose was redder.' So ultimately what we have is animation that accurately reflects what you hear the eyewitnesses describe."

Executive producer Tom Yellin said the UFO field is "a risky thing to report since it doesn't go with the conventional wisdom that this stuff is kind of silly."

Like Jennings, Yellin initially had reservations about devoting a program to UFOs. "I thought it was all a bunch of baloney. Even though it has public appeal, you don't want to do something that subjects you to ridicule just to get a rating."

But Yellin discovered "a tremendous amount of information that deserves further examination.

"The U.S. government and every government has a policy of knocking (UFO reports) down, and that is very different from covering it up," he said. "The field has been abandoned to kooks and amateurs, and we felt it was worth looking at more closely."

30 comments :

  1. Finally, mainstream media is addressing a complex and controversial subject that has been part of American culture for the past fifty seven years - UFO sightings have been experienced by credible witnesses including the recent East St Louis law enforcement persons.

    Kudos to ABC news for its courage in pioneering coverage to this topic.
    I am going to record the show for my DVD collection.

    Adriaticnyc

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  2. As a former military intel officer, I can not believe that the american public has stood for all the government cover up's on UFO'S. Open your eyes america and demand to know the truth. UFO'S are real and they are all around us everyday.

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  3. NO SUCH THING AS UFO'S. HUMANS ON THIS PLANET ARE THE ONLY LIFEFORMS IN THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE that have the necessary level of intelligence, communication and ability of space travel. If 30 years of SETI's -- NO ALIEN SIGNAL --- hasn't convinced you of this then you truly are idiots and deserve your fairy tale world of religions, crop circles, UFOs and celeb idolization.

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  4. This comming from someone who claims to be the 1 and only god.

    Well get off the cross we need the wood.

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  5. I think its just another spewing of info we all already have. Nothing new there!! I also think its just another smoke screen put on TV to keep the people thinking about other things, other than what thier government is doing, just like the tsunami week long reports out of CNN, yes it was tragic, but i can bet there where some folks who where almost happy about the nice break they got from being looked at and scrutiniszed. I dont beleive for a second that Jennings did this to open public awarness about UFOs, he did it because he was probably told to. As if all the people, who have years of experience in researching UFOs, need Peter Jennings and his team of dipshits to quote, "Look into it". If they would bring something new to the table then it would be worth something, but its all gona be rehashed info that serious researchers and anyone who has an internet connection already has access to. So, way to go Jennings!!, Woo Hoo!! hope you dont make a fool of yourself for a rating.

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  7. This is a positive step in making the subject of UFO's worthy of normal conversation. Unfortunately I'm not optimistic about the truth of reverse engineered technology being released by our government. The bottom line is UFO's use free energy to travel and if it was admitted that our government holds the key to clean and FREE energy then our trillion dollar oil companies would be out of business. Humanity and the environment would benefit but that's not in the big shot's best interests or agenda. This is only one reason for the cover up in the huge web of Ufology!

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  8. The blogger right above is right on. There are sightings of UFOs everyday all over the world. It's unbelievable how effective the coverup has been. But once you see one for yourself it will change your whole outlook on life. The gov't is definately covering up the subject and keeping us in the dark. A big part of it is the energy systems these things use, which if it got out that we have this technology, would make oil go down to about 5 dollars a barrel. (some of our own inventors are starting to crack the free energy code so it's just a matter of time http://www.rexresearch.com/minato/minato.htm
    )
    They may also be hiding this technology because they don't know how to defend against it if it fell into the wrong hands and could be used as a weapon. Anti-grav free energy systems don't require hard to get plutonium to operate and may be easy to manufacture by anyone once the info is in the public domain. Whatever the reason, whether it be greed, defense or fear of loss of control of the population (getting off the grid = more freedom) they will probably never come clean about
    what they know. NASA is a prime example. In the process they are retarding the evolution of mankind.
    What stinks is that the UFOs don't seem to want to make themselves obvious to us either. A daytime visit of hovering over a major city would blow the thing out of the water. Of course you could make the arguement that this has already happened over Mexico City a few times as well as major nighttime visit over Phoenix. And yet there is still doubt! The only chance is for the populous to organize in a major way to apply enough pressure to the gov't to get answers or circumvent the gov't and try to go for public ET contact ourselves. Unfortunately I don't see a chance of this happening. We're letting the biggest story of humankind slip by us!

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  9. Ron p is right on. There are sightings of UFOs everyday all over the world. It's unbelievable how effective the coverup has been. But once you see one for yourself it will change your whole outlook on life. The gov't is definately covering up the subject and keeping us in the dark. A big part of it is the energy systems these things use, which if it got out that we have this technology, would make oil go down to about 5 dollars a barrel. (some of our own inventors are starting to crack the free energy code so it's just a matter of time http://www.rexresearch.com/minato/minato.htm
    )
    They may also be hiding this technology because they don't know how to defend against it if it fell into the wrong hands and could be used as a weapon. Anti-grav free energy systems don't require hard to get plutonium to operate and may be easy to manufacture by anyone once the info is in the public domain. Whatever the reason, whether it be greed, defense or fear of loss of control of the population (getting off the grid = more freedom) they will probably never come clean about
    what they know. NASA is a prime example. In the process they are retarding the evolution of mankind.
    What stinks is that the UFOs don't seem to want to make themselves obvious to us either. A daytime visit of hovering over a major city would blow the thing out of the water. Of course you could make the arguement that this has already happened over Mexico City a few times as well as major nighttime visit over Phoenix. And yet there is still doubt! The only chance is for the populous to organize in a major way to apply enough pressure to the gov't to get answers or circumvent the gov't and try to go for public ET contact ourselves. Unfortunately I don't see a chance of this happening. We're letting the biggest story of humankind slip by us!

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  10. I can't believe anyone really believes in aliens from another planet or place not of earth !
    After hearing all this crap since roswell (high altitude balloon research to monitor soviet nuclear testing), to present day, WE STILL HAVE NO PROOF OR KNOW NOTHING ! It's because there are NO ufos or aliens of non earth origin. Any crafts and things seen, are military research vehicles being tested, that's it. ABC news is going to look about as credible as CBS in their bogus report on Bush last fall, that is forcing Dan rather to resign. Where the hell is a piece of ufo wreckage ? Show me it !!!!!!!!

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  11. the1andonlygod, humans are intelligent? We rape and kill our own children, we have yet to know peace, we have destroyed our own planet, we are really in deep trouble, fresh drinking water is running out, food is running out, males are quickly reaching a point where their sperm level is going to be too low to have children.

    The human race is far from intelligent. There are far mroe intelligent animals on this planet than us.

    Is this a step in the right direction? Kind of. It would be better if it was a non american doco, because let's face it, as a non american, and like so many else around the world, the past few years, and a life time in the ufo community has brought me to a point where anythng that comes out from the US media or government is taken with a grain of salt.

    the doco isn't the interesting thing, the interesting thing will be over the next few years, lol

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  12. It is very hard to believe UFOs are from another star system. And that is why UfOs are never investagated. But if they are then we have the most important story ever told. Is that not worth the investagation. On a personal note in 1962 a friend and I had a daylight sighting pretty close of two flying disks. I'll never forget it and have never read anything in my 60 years of being alive that has explained it.

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  13. Hello all,

    A friends dad served in Vietnam as a Huey pilot. After his service, he and his wife were staying in a cabin on a lake in NH. One evening, as they exited the front door, they were stunned to discover an enormous disc slowly rotating over the lake. On the bottom were three lights, spaced out in a triangle. To this very day, my friend's dad will not discuss what he saw. In fact, he gets upset when his wife talks about it. She was intruiged, however, and loves to tell the story. She says when the object left, it flew like a dragonfly. This huge object flitted away from a hover, and disappeared in the blink of an eye. There has to be something to this, these people are quite serious.

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  14. Hello all,

    A friends dad served in Vietnam as a Huey pilot. After his service, he and his wife were staying in a cabin on a lake in NH. One evening, as they exited the front door, they were stunned to discover an enormous disc slowly rotating over the lake. On the bottom were three lights, spaced out in a triangle. To this very day, my friend's dad will not discuss what he saw. In fact, he gets upset when his wife talks about it. She was intruiged, however, and loves to tell the story. She says when the object left, it flew like a dragonfly. This huge object flitted away from a hover, and disappeared in the blink of an eye. There has to be something to this, these people are quite serious.

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  15. Hello all,

    A friends dad served in Vietnam as a Huey pilot. After his service, he and his wife were staying in a cabin on a lake in NH. One evening, as they exited the front door, they were stunned to discover an enormous disc slowly rotating over the lake. On the bottom were three lights, spaced out in a triangle. To this very day, my friend's dad will not discuss what he saw. In fact, he gets upset when his wife talks about it. She was intruiged, however, and loves to tell the story. She says when the object left, it flew like a dragonfly. This huge object flitted away from a hover, and disappeared in the blink of an eye. There has to be something to this, these people are quite serious.

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  16. From what I've read, it appears that this subject has deeply affected Mr. Jennings, and even though this particular program may fall short of some individual expectations, its making has served to win an important ally.

    The story of UFO gets really amazing when you study our nuclear history and overlay sensitive area sighting and activity data. It is apparent that our military endeavors in the nuclear realm have captured the attention of these beings and much has been done to steer us away from this mess. If only someone would listen.... It would be a huge leap if Jennings were to take on this aspect as his second installment.

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  17. our local media - a friend of mine who is a videographer for one of the local television stations said that if any thing looks "suspicious" in the video they were shooting, be it commercials, political ads or live news shots, they have been directed to edit the video - even if a flying saucer lands in front of them. the reason he gave was that it was a matter of national security, religious leaders don't like it and if not immediately labeled a hoax or fake they will lose their FCC license. He said he has edited several "things" out, but wouldn't elaborate. I don't know him that well - he is just an aquaintance, but he seemed sincere.

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  18. I don't know if the show is going to be all that ground-breaking. The Phoenix siting is monumental, but I'd have to see much more.

    Will they touch on the Mexican D.O.D. siting?

    Judging from the cloaking devices on these planes, I think the technology used by the pilots of these UFOs has advanced in the 80 or so years since we first started to hear reports of sitings.

    What about John Tosti of Bloomington, Indiana? I don't think anyone has debunked his claims yet?

    This guy has video, audio and God knows what else.

    What about the Nation of Islam's claims?

    And, while all of that is second hand, I am an eyewitness to one event and I have knowledge of another through a happen-stance encounter with a buddy who was leaving a police station. He said their was a massive object in the sky over the Social Security Bldg. here in Woodlawn, MD. The police shone their cruiser lights into it and couldn't peirce the darkness cast by the object overhead.

    Perhaps, it was some explainable phenomenon, but it happened. Now, Im as rational as the next guy and I try to explain away every incident, especially if it's just a light show in the sky. My question is - how many times does something have to slap you in the face before you recognize its presence?

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  19. I commend this new report being released, as it is long overdue. I just hope it gives an intelligent insight into the UFO phenomenon. As far as the skeptics go, get your heads out of your asses. Think about it for one minute, I mean open your mind up for maybe the first time in your lives. As humans we have had technology for 150 years, that isnt a great amount of time considering the universe is at least 16 billion years old, isnt it likely that of the hundered thousand billions of stars in each galaxy, and with a low estimate of a hundered thousand galaxies in the known universe isnt it arrogant of man to say.... "were the only ones here, and according to our technology, even if there were intelligent life out there, they could never get here because we know everything there is to know about quantum physics and the known universe". I believe these other beings see us, as we would see cochroaches; destroying our only planet and ourselves in the name of greed and power. I don't think another civilization out there would be too thrilled about us going out into space with our love of weapons and destruction. And I believe they are watching us, to make sure we are not a threat to life elsewhere. There are too many people around the world that have seen too many unexplainable things, that we can't ignore anymore.
    I'm curious to know why people don't debunk and ridicule religion nearly as much as they do with the ufo phenomenen, ive never heard of anyone who worships god being a nutjob. I believe in both of them not because someone told me to, but because it makes sense.
    Peace

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  21. I too am sceptical that anything of real substance will be told. We are in a world of massive lies at a time when the mind is unchecked and the liars run the assilum. Truth about the world has to be disguissed. http://www.JesuitLove.org

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  22. Talk about egocentric! If we are the highest and best life form God has come up with in the universe...folks, we're in a lot of trouble.

    These spottings did not start in 1947! Damn...the Bible is full of eyewitness reports. There was even an airplane designed around Ezekials sighting of the wheel in the sky. It flew too...before the Wright Brothers!!

    So come on folks...there's the big picture and then there's the myopic view that most of us prefer to take for matters of ego and security. It's said ignorance is bliss...well we certainly seem to live on a blissful planet!!

    Actually acknowledging a higher more advanced species would make all the governments of the world shudder. They could lose control, and we all know that power and control are manifest goals in this life.

    We're either suffering from prolonged mass hallucination or there is something substantial to what is being seen in our skies for centuries.

    NASA has stated, through Dr.Edgar Mitchell, that we live in a hologram and they can prove it. Interesting? We all know now that we live on a spaceship/planet traveling in orbit at fantastic rates of speed. There is a group of Tibetan Monks who claim to be in contact with the ET's, Aliens, Visitors..or whatever you want to call them. The monks insist that these entities will interecede to prevent our destruction in the year 2012.

    Perhaps we don't have too much longer to wait to know the facts?

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  23. Not every government tries to knock this down. Read online newspapers from India and Russia
    and you'll see and openess to the field.

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  24. Same old stuff with same semi historical scientists, ufo buffs etc.


    What We need is a two hour debate forum (like the presidential debates with Peter jennings monerating - asking people to engage in real communication discussing the more relavant cases of our time like Rendleshem Forest Germany Airforce,the Kecksburg case, the Austailian case, the Landrum / Cash case.

    Why don't people do this?

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  25. the1andonlygod said...

    NO SUCH THING AS UFO'S. HUMANS ON THIS PLANET ARE THE ONLY LIFEFORMS IN THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE that have the necessary level of intelligence, communication and ability of space travel. If 30 years of SETI's -- NO ALIEN SIGNAL --- hasn't convinced you of this then you truly are idiots and deserve your fairy tale world of religions, crop circles, UFOs and celeb idolization.

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    Oh, please! This is the most blatantly ill-informed opinion I've seen posted anywhere in a long time. Reminds me of discussions I've had with a relative who said that she didn't need to see any footage or photographs because all of that stuff is faked. She's never seen the footage from the Mexico City eclipse, with the UFO that dances in and out of the cloud like nothing made on Earth that we know of can do. She's never seen the silvery discs filmed that day that circled around each other like they were waltzing at an elegant ball. She's never seen the NASA footage of the thing that flies along the rim of the Earth and then zips off into space at a speed and an angle we humans are incapable of even surviving with current known technology. She's never seen the clip of the huge ships that seems to be flitting about that mile-long tether NASA had out in space.

    Sadly Mr. Jennings didn't show us these things either. In fact, I've noticed that anything involving UFOs in the mainstream media tends to always focus on either the most easily explained hoaxes, or the same old, tired stories like Roswell. They do this on purpose, folks. Because no one can legitimately debunk the Mexican footage, or the NASA footage.

    Still, I am proud of ABC for taking on the multi-city Illinois sighting by all those law enforcement officers. I applaud those cops for speaking up. I'm also very pleased that Jennings and co did not spout the ridiculous partyline accusation that Steven Spielberg and, later Whitley Strieber, basically created the so-called Grey ETs that we know today and injected them into the mass consciousness via works of "entertainment".

    All the usual suspects showed up to plead their respective cases --- Hopkins, Friedman, Drake, Shostak, Davenport, Hynek, Marcel Jr, Randall. It was terrific to see Michio Kaku included. Love that guy! There were the same, old debunkers along for the ride as well. Of course Shermer had to be there with his usual mealy-mouthed drivel. They even had vintage Larry King footage with Klass, who I sincerely hope has decided to retire by now. He's never uttered a useful syllable in his life.

    Alas, there was really nothing new. I saw a couple of photos I'd never seen before but that's about it. It was well-produced but there were major holes. Where was the photo of the "invasion" of DC? They mentioned it, but no photo. Where was the story of the "Battle Of LA"? Isn't it weird that you never, ever see all the really great footage and photos collected in one place? This show was no exception. It's like were given pieces of the puzzle, but we keep them in separate houses. And speaking of puzzles, where was John Greenewald?!? Where is the story of his crusade using the FOIA to uncover the cover-ups? Personally, I can't think of cover-ups, without thinking of him. And Greenie promotes the show and they don't include him? What's that about?

    It makes me wonder if there was as much disinformation going on here as there was tentative steps toward disclosure. And if were going to use the word disclosure, why are we not talking to Dr. Greer? See? Holes.

    The one good thing about this braodcast is that it may have reached an audience that has little familiarity with the subject. And it was fairly respectful.

    I got a kick out of the props they gave the King Of Nye, Art Bell. It was delightful to see Art and Romona tell their black triangle story on network TV. I was a bit disappointed that they called the Coast To Coast website the foremost UFO info clearinghouse. Not so. It's a very cool site, but I think Rense kicks its tail in terms of the volume of stories you'll find there on a daily basis.
    And sure, The National UFO Reporting Center is a wonderful place for witnesses to go, I think HBCC is taking over in terms of the quality of footage and photos you'll find there.

    Also, I am so incredibly sick of the Striebers getting zero respect. Why was Whit virtually ignored again? It's getting very old. I once heard Kevin Randall dis them in public and my stomach flipped when I noticed that Anne Strieber was standing right there when he opened his fat trap. I know that something as strange and secret and difficult as UFOs will probably never be agreed upon by everyone. But the back-biting within the community is not going to help people see the light, is it?

    Finally, if the show wanted to be really honest, they would've mentioned the wild new reports and footage and photos from Kauffman and Sonora. There's some really important high strangeness going on there.

    So, I suppose it's great that ABC tried, but there's so much more to the story. Things that are far more convincing and troubling and they need to be explored.

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  26. Saw a blatent huge orange & black horseshoe ufo with a friend near Cathedral Rock, West Sedona ~ where I had been living for 2 years in late May 1979 ~ in broad daylight at 4 pm & then watch it banked on the side and go off to Jerome, Arizona.

    The only other horseshoe UFO on record is one seen 70 years earlier in Prescott, Az as far as I know.

    I've since then seen a long tube like one with 9 other witnesses at the Temple of Eck in Chanhassen, Minnesota about 5 years ago or so.

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  27. Interstellar spaceflight is impossible.

    #1- the energy needed to obtain even a fraction of the speed of light prohibits it even if you had an engine capable of doing such. Imagine the time and energy in order to stop motion after traveling the speed of light.

    #2- the energy needed to bend space (wormhole) prohibits it even if you could contort space. More energy than our Sun and it's planets.

    If the USA captured saucer tech then why are heat tiles still needed on a shuttle that only moves 18,000 miles an hour (0.00002 % of the speed of light).

    I suggest you UFO believers read up on why Interstellar spaceflight is impossible and accept it.

    The whole UFO thing is a hoax deception brought forth by those who write books, tickets, trinkets.

    Get real. Your life is nearly over and you believe in this trash science as if wasting time on nonesense was a virture!

    The only aliens are those illegal Mexicans and Islamics crossing the US boarder illegally every night.

    the1andonlygod is each and every one of you, your death is final with no further existance!

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  28. Fascinating! Atheism at it's best!
    1andonlygod has spoken!

    Anyway, my favorite recent UFO story involves a Minnesota policeman (who recently was shot up in a bank robbery in Edina, Minnesota) who told me about the time his mother as a local newspaper reporter was approaching the intersection of some new construction on a now expanded hwy (Hwy 494 & County Road 5) in the late 1950's & noticing a huge orange circular crafts hovering above the new construction for about 5 minutes.

    Then there is the story of my dentist (who originally put in my silver/mercury fillings in my youth over 30 years ago. While he was removing the toxic metal from my teeth 10 years ago, he told me of watching with his daughter ~ several orange circular shaped saucers flying low ~ about the trees height ~ around Lake Minnewaska where his lakeside home was 15 years ago.

    http://www.free-energy.cc/ will help anyone who may have questions on viable free energy:>)

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  29. You are all wrong -- UFOs are very secret military aircraft, representing an entire branch of aeronautical phsyics that went underground in the 40's. The "alien" angle is a red herring to keep you distracted from the fact that military aerospace technology, at its cutting edge, is decades ahead of the public's awareness. This has been the case for years and years. Look into DARPA's Project WALRUS, and you will start to get a picture of what the giant triangles are all about.

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  30. Then there is David Icke's point of view expressed perhaps best in his book, "Children of the Matrix" with a subtitle "How an interdimensional race has controlled the world for thousands of years ~ And still does"

    Commander X's books are more mainstream oriented (like "Nikola Tesla Free Energy & the White Dove","Underground Bases" & so on)than Icke's obession with the reptillians running amok in our daily lives. My old favorites are the ongoing Montauk Project material by Peter Moon & sometimes Preston Nichols.

    Life is never boring when pursuing these conspiracies, though, at least for me. They are all around us. Your cat may be conspiring in tricking you to open that can of tuna right now!

    Maybe all these conspiracies are fundamentally about getting one to see oneself as more than just a human being.

    How about Soul encased in a human body? That has to be by far the biggest conspiracy around. That this is it & nothing else is greater than this physical reality!

    What if Soul is free & everyone has Soul? Surly if that truth was known, all other conspiracies like UFO's, 2000 & 2004 Vote Fraud, 9/11 & so on would cease to be very important because Soul can do anything...including creating the psychic phenomenon we get so caught up with & confused by daily.

    Darpa's Walrus may indeed hold many keys to what we consider to be UFO technology in mainstream news...Soul is beyond all that with countless civilizations to work with in the remote galaxies as it continues to spiritually unfold eternally!:>)

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