Saturday, September 26, 2020

Out of the Blue: UFOs and the Freedom of Information Act

Special Report No. 14 (Cover) Project Blue Book


     The existence of UFOs may seem like the exclusive domain of science fiction, but as Representative John Moss of California laid the groundwork for legislation that eventually became the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) in 1966, he didn’t
By history.house.gov
6-13-2013
discriminate in his pursuit to open as much government information as possible to the public.

During the 1950s and 1960s, as the House held hearings and debated the scope of Moss’s legislation, the Special Government Information Subcommittee and the Foreign Operations and Government Subcommittee (FOGI) of the Committee on Government Operations, both of which were chaired by Moss, addressed a deceptively simple problem. Every year the federal government produced vast amounts of information. But of that mountain of data, the subcommittee needed to know what the government could (or should) release, as well as what federal officials should (or had) to restrict.

Sample Page from Project Blue Book (1)
A sample page from Project Blue Book
depicting an alleged UFO sighting.

The subcommittees fielded thousands of requests from the public, newspapers, and other Members of Congress on every imaginable topic, from Amelia Earhart to ballistic missiles to frozen foods. Of the organizations that contacted the FOGI Subcommittee, two stand out: Flying Saucers International and the National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena. Surprising? Yes, but consider this: In the decade before FOIA became law, the United States and the Soviet Union spent an immense amount of money developing programs to send defense technology and eventually people into outer space. By mid-century, whatever existed beyond Earth’s atmosphere actually seemed within reach, and the idea—the very possibility—that “unidentified flying objects” were zooming around the galaxy captured the public imagination. Many people who believed in UFOs were also convinced the Air Force knew about them too, and that the military had kept their existence secret. Anxious Americans considered this a major problem: What if the Russians somehow got access to extraterrestrial technology and used it against the United States? And didn’t defense personnel need confirmation that UFOs existed and the training to distinguish them from planes and missiles so that accidental war with the Soviet Union might be prevented?

Sample Page from Project Blue Book (2)
A sample page (2) from Project Blue Book
depicting an alleged UFO sighting.
Many of the public requests related to UFOs were about a specific report created by the Air Force titled, “Project Blue Book, Report No. 14 (Analysis of Reports of Unidentified Aerial Objects).” The report, written to determine “if ‘flying saucers’ represented technological developments not known to this country,” mainly provided explanations for why purported unidentified flying objects, were not, in fact, unidentified. The Air Force declassified the report in 1955, but many felt the cover up went deeper. One concerned citizen stated, “The government at Washington has evidence of the arrival of the space travelers to the earth, and it is serving no good purpose to refuse to confirm their arrival. The government’s confirmation would allay man’s fears concerning them and permit them to open their minds and hearts and welcome them, that we may profit by the new ideas they are bringing.”

UFOs were just one of hundreds of subjects Moss and his subcommittees investigated in all agencies and at all levels. But the Subcommittees never confirmed or denied the existence of UFOs; their purpose was to ensure that the public had the most information available to them.

Source: Records on flying saucers from the Special Subcommittee on Government Information, Committee on Government Operations, 86th Congress; Records of the U.S. House of Representatives, Record Group 233; National Archives, Washington, D.C.

Not of This World - The 1964 Socorro UFO with Humanoids

Not of This World - The 1964 Socorro UFO with Humanoids - By Ben Moss (2020)


     Finally, after a lot of blood sweat tears...figuratively, my book on the 1964 Socorro UFO landing has been completed and self-published. With excellent and positive reviews from well-known authors and researchers, I am pleased to have been able, over the last 5 years, to release this comprehensive and updated look at the Socorro UFO Landing in 1964.

In order to bring this case back into the public light, I self-published my book to avoid any digital theft, so a hard copy can be obtained by reaching out to me directly, either on Facebook, or you can email me directly, at bmoss6@verizon.net.

Ben Moss
By Ben Moss
The UFO Chronicles
9-24-20
Below is the books introduction, in order to give the reader a taste of the how and why the book was written:

Introduction

"This book you have in your hands was written for several reasons, but the glue that bonds it all together was the 1964 UFO landing in Socorro, New Mexico on the evening of April 24th, 1964. My research of this case includes newly acquired documentation and witnesses, with testimony never heard before, and a plethora collaborating evidence. This is the most complete update of this case to date, combining new data with existing research, to present a comprehensive accounting of what actually occurred in the New Mexico desert in 1964"–Ray Stanford (4-26-2020)

Yet, even after 5 years of researching this event, there is much more to this story that fellow investigator Tony Angiola and I discovered after initiating our investigation, including 3 visits to the pleasant town of Socorro and the landing site in the desert were this event took place. This will be important, since many have written about this case, but few have been to ground zero itself. This itself is an ongoing issue with regards to investigations in Ufology, as attempting to do detailed research on a case ONLY from behind a computer screen is akin to trying to solve a murder but never going to the site of the crime itself.

Ray Stanford
Ray Stanford
A key event that opened the door to this journey was meeting and befriending Ray Stanford, the original NICAP investigator. Ray was on the scene in Socorro in April of 1964, invited onto the site by Dr. Allen Hynek himself, who was there on behalf of the Air force UFO investigative group, called Project Blue Book.

This has led to 100’s of hours of personal conversations with Ray, at his house, to see the incredible amount of data, film, and investigative research his 83 years on this Earth has enabled him to gather. Ray’s seminal book on Socorro, ‘Socorro Saucer in a Pentagon Pantry’, ( Published by Blueapple Books in 1976) has been a blessing as it presents his exhaustive investigation of this case, and I will borrow heavily, with Ray’s permission, from his research to make the case for this unusual’ event. A link to Ray’s book is here:

This is key to the book’s accuracy, as Ray is the last living person who was there in April of 1964, the day Dr. Hynek arrived, and invited onsite by Dr. Hynek himself. After Ray published his book, new information has come to light, and I will cover that here.

Not of This World - The 1964 Socorro UFO with Humanoids - Craft Illustration
The 1964 Socorro UFO (Illustration)

In 2018. another well researched book on Socorro came about out, after the author, Kevin Randle, a fellow UFO researcher, had Tony Angiola and I on his Podcast show for an interview, where we discussed this case and Kevin heard enough details that intrigued him enough to look further. Even though I have not used any part of Kevin’s book, he graciously said, when asked: “Good Evening, Ben. But of course, you can quote me... and let me say, that when I'm asked about Socorro, I make sure to mention that it was you and Tony who inspired me to look into the case again.”

Thanks to Kevin for helping to reignite interest in this case.

This book amalgamates both old and new data in one place, with references to the complete documentation used, in order to update and see the case in its entirety, including the amount of work put in by the investigative branches of the Air Force, Project Blue Book, the FBI, CIA and other government agencies, trying, and failing, to solve this case.

I am also including updated case files from Ray Stanford’s investigation, as he was kind enough to share his field notes and investigation with new notes and material updated in 2020. In addition, my investigation has found some new interesting information not seen before, as well as more input regarding personal encounters with Lonnie Zamora, the Socorro policeman who witnessed and reported this event. Only by doing some legwork on the ground in Socorro, and asking around with several locals who were there in 1964, did I find this new information regarding this case.

In addition, an interesting cache of military investigative data concerning this incident, that was part of the Army Blue Book UFO Investigative arm Project Blue Book, was recently found and acquired online by Rob Mercer in 2014, formerly of The Mutual UFO Network (MUFON). These files enforce the depth and resources put into the investigation by the Air Force, FBI, and several other agencies. They will be discussed in detail. There are 283 pages in this newly found part of the Project Blue Book investigation that includes notes and documents, inquiries, and communications between many government agencies, and the extent of their own investigation.

Project Blue Book was created by the Air Force to study UFO’s to see if they were a threat to national security and for scientific analysis. It had several interesting names in its supposedly short life, including Project Sign in 1947, and Project Grudge in 1949. It was shut down and ceased operations on January 19th, 1970.

Friday, September 25, 2020

Bus Sized Asteroid Will Give Earth a Close Shave

Bus Sized Asteroid Will Give Earth a Close Shave


     In a year that seemingly keeps on giving, perhaps it's not so surprising that NASA's newly discovered asteroid called 2020 SW will give earth a not so socially distant pass.

By Pedram Javaheri
CNN
9-23-20
Discovered only on September 18, in Tucson, Arizona, the school bus-sized asteroid which is estimated to be somewhere between 15-30 feet in diameter is expected to graze past our planets surface with about 13,000 miles of breathing room. This falls well below the orbit of our geostationary weather satellites which are located about 22,000 miles above earth's surface.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

UFOs, Flying Saucers & Contactees – A Conversation With Johnny Carson and Ray Bradbury - VIDEO

UFOs, Flying Saucers & Contactees – A Conversation With Johnny Carson and Ray Bradbury - VIDEO


     Carson: "The fascination lately ... it goes in cycles, where people become involved again in reported Flying Saucers what's your personal observation? I know what Carl's [Sagan] is and Asimov's on ... you know a lotta people ... how do you explain
By Johnny Carson
The Tonight Show
3-1-1978
the people who ... claim they have actually met people and been on spaceships and these are people who seem to be some of them intelligent people that don't seem to be umm making things up, is it ... do they do that, or do you think it's an hallucinatory experience or what?"

Bradbury: “I'm very open, I think most of us are. We uh ...”

Carson: “You have to.”

Bradbury: “Uh, you have to keep your mind totally open. Because uh ...”

Carson: “But you know what I'm saying there are intelligent people who say, 'hey, we were out here, we saw them, we talked,' and yet there's not one shred of what they call hard evidence to support it.”

Bradbury: I guess the way to put it is this: if strange creatures in the last nine years have landed on the moon, and they have, then the other is possible ... creatures coming the other way ...

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

UFOs in Dogfight as Family Watches

Family Sees Saucers Dogfighting - News-Journal (Mansfield, Ohio) 7-13-1953


     The first Flying Saucers report in the area in several months was made by a Shiloh man and his family who parked their car and got out to watch a strange 70 – second "dog-fight" between two Flying Discs.

By News-Journal
(Mansfield, Ohio)
7-13-1953
[...]


"They were diving at each other at terrific speeds and acting like they were "dog fighting". We watched them for about 70 seconds and then they disappeared in a flash, heading north,“ Patton said.

Monday, September 21, 2020

Area 51 Themed Bar at The Las Vegas Raiders Allegiant Stadium

Area 51 Themed Bar at The Las Vegas Raiders Allegiant Stadium


     MYSTERY WIRE — Add “Area 41” to the list of businesses using Area 51, UFOs, and aliens as a main theme for business.

The bar will be open at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas once fans are allowed to attend games and events.
By Duncan Phenix
Mystery Wire
9-18-20

UFO Committed 'Act of War', says Navy Pilot Who Engaged It | INTERVIEW

UFO committed 'Act of War', says Navy Pilot Who Engaged It

One of the pilots whose encounter with a mysterious - and still unexplained - object off the coast of the US in 2004 says whatever it was, it committed an "act of war".
     In November 2004, anomalies had been detected on radar off the coast of California. Commander David Fravor, then a US Navy pilot, was dispatched to investigate - later describing what he saw as "like nothing I've ever seen" - a 14m-long
By Dan Satherley
www.newshub.co.nz
11-9-20
Tic Tac-shaped object able to turn on a dime and make itself invisible to radar.

He was followed by other pilots who managed to catch it on video.

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Thursday, September 17, 2020

UFO Doc 'The Phenomenon' Gets Release Date and New Trailer

UFO Doc 'The Phenomenon' Gets Release Date and New Trailer

James Fox's feature exploring 70 years of history behind
proving UFOs exist will now have a digital release on Oct. 6.
     UFO documentary The Phenomenon, which takes an expansive look across 70 years' worth of history behind proving the existence of UFOs, right up to the latest discoveries, has a new trailer and release date.

By Alex Ritman
The Hollywood Reporter
9-15-20
The feature — from director James Fox — was originally slated for a wide North American theatrical release via 1091 Pictures this fall, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic will now premiere worldwide on all digital platforms on Oct. 6.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Protocol for Encountering UFOs Unveiled By Japanese Defense Ministry

Protocol for Encountering UFOs Unveiled By Japanese Defense Ministry


     Protocol for UFOs? That’s exactly what Defense Minister Taro Kono ordered the Self-Defense Forces to follow Monday as he issued standing orders for dealing with unidentified aerial objects that could pose a threat to Japan’s security.

By Jesse Johnson
www.japantimes.co.jp
9-14-20
In a statement, Kono asked SDF members to record and photograph any such objects that they encounter or that enter Japanese airspace and to take steps for the “necessary analysis” of the sightings, including information provided separately by the public.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Venus Might Host Life, New Discovery Suggests

Venus

The unexpected atmospheric detection of phosphine, a smelly gas
made by microbes on Earth, could spark a revolution in astrobiology
     There is something funky going on in the clouds of Venus. Telescopes have detected unusually high concentrations of the molecule phosphine—a stinky, flammable chemical typically associated with feces, farts and rotting microbial activity—in an atmospheric layer far above the planet’s scorching surface.

By Adam Mann
www.scientificamerican.com
9-14-20
The finding is curious because here on Earth, phosphine is essentially always associated with living creatures ...

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