Barack Obama will support the disclosure of information concerning the extraterrestrial origin of UFOs?

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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Denver have to decide on creating Extraterrestrial Affairs Commission

Title: "Why voting YES on Initiative 300 is vital"
from: www.examiner.com
author: Niara Isley

"A public Extraterrestrial Affairs Commission at the national level, as well as at state, county or city levels, may be long overdue. A plethora of UFO-related events has been occurring the past several weeks that bears serious attention and a watchful eye on the future. The Denver ballot Initiative 300 touches on areas vital to the well being of all of us in Denver and beyond. Michael C. Luckman will undertake to create a similar initiative in New York City in coming months.
Leslie Kean has written a New York Times bestselling book. Carefully researched over 10 years, “UFOs: Generals, Pilots and Government Officials Go on the Record”, has the forward in her book penned by no less than John Podesta, head of President Obama's Transition Team and Clinton Whitehouse Chief. Theoretical physicist Michio Kaku is supportive of her book, calling it a “smoking gun” in the area of UFO research. She states in her book that she plans a campaign to approach committees in the U.S. Congress as well as the Obama administration to secure UFO disclosure.
Those of us who have had experiences of a UFO or extraterrestrial nature know that the phenomenon is real. Real enough to send us a serious message about monkeying around with dangerous and toxic nuclear weapons. September 27, 2010 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., six former military officers testified that UFOs were responsible for the shut down of nuclear weapons at various times and places. One instance occurred at Malmstrom AFB in Montana. Those offering testimony: Dwynne Arneson, retired USAF Lieutenant Colonel, Bruce Fenstermacher, retired USAF Captain, Charles Halt, retired USAF Colonel, Robert Jamison, former USAF Captain, Patrick McDonough, retired U.S. Navy Intelligence Command Master Chief, Jerry Nelson, former USAF 1st Lieutenant, and Robert Salas, former USAF Captain. All these men offered impeccable credentials verifying their service records, and duty stations at the times, dates and places in discussion.
See a short exerpt of the conference by clicking here. See the full conference by clicking here.
A very recent incident seems to underscore what thest men had to say in their September 27th conference. On October 23, at Warren AFB in Wyoming, there was a mysterious power failure to over 50 ICBMs (Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles) as reported on CNN. President Obama was not informed of this for three days.
This past October 13th retired NORAD Air Force officer Stanley A. Fulham's new book “Challenges of Change” predicted a tentative worldwide UFO display. Apparently the extraterrestrials delivered. On October 13, New Yorkers stopped in their tracks on the street to scrutinize a UFO overhead in full daylight. There were also sightings in other places in the world, including over San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, over Moscow and other areas. Sightings are continuing, and increasing.
For a collection of videos documenting the October 13 sightings in New York City and elsewhere, click here.
On October 14 last month, Mazlan Othman, Deputy Director-General United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV) and Director of the Office for Outer Space Affairs (OOSA), briefed international journalists on the issue of international cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space. Among those questioning were many who wanted the issue of contact with intelligent extraterrestrials addressed. These were not a crowd of UFO enthusiasts - there was not one tinfoil hat in view on any of them. See the video below.
And let's not forget NBC's "The Event" beginning on September 20th... complete with a black president scrambling to get up to speed and deal with an extraterrestrial reality that has been withheld from him. Various agendas start playing out between the human-looking ETs and differing government, military, covert ops and civilian characters. An attempt to have television dramatize a possible scenario? But how accurate can we count on this to be? The last decade at least, almost all we can count on from movies and TV are dramatic scenes that generate a great deal of suspense, tension and adrenalin in their audiences, often at the expense of anything that might be accurate or worthwhile to even contemplate. Fear-based scenarios, with few exceptions, rule at the theater and on television.
All in good entertainment, we could say. Except what happens when extraterrestrial craft really do show up in our skies that cannot be explained away? What happens when they land, emerge from their ships and ask to speak to someone in charge, or just meet the people of Earth? Where will people's minds go then? Straight back to the fearful things they have seen on TV or the movies, whether there is any real basis for that fear or not.
Habit #5 of Steven Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has always struck me as good place to begin a plan for ET contact: "Seek first to understand, then to be understood." Might not that be a better way to approach such an inevitable event as first, open public contact with extraterrestrials?



Initiative 300: Creating an Extraterrestrial Affairs Commission in Denver, CO

Actually Covey's other 6 Habits apply equally as well to approaching this subject, starting with #1: Be Proactive.
Being proactive is exactly what Jeff Peckman proposes with Initiative 300 to create an Extraterrestrial Affairs Commission in Denver, CO. Our own government continues a policy of denial and secrecy around this issue, even in the face of many countries around the world declassifying and releasing their UFOs files to the public domain. One notable example is the incident involving a UFO with Milton Torres. As a pilot he was ordered to engage and shoot down a huge UFO. He was unable to do so, and also lived to tell the tale, once it was declassified by the British authorities.
Carrying around such secrets is a very heavy thing, as he, and many others involved with Steven Greer's Disclosure Project could tell us. I can bear witness to this myself as a whistleblower as well. Secrecy lays a burden on the heart and soul that can become nearly intolerable, and can threaten health and well being. It can be justified for true reasons of national security. But when it becomes apparent that secrecy no longer serves the national security of We the People, serving instead the economic interests of select elite elements of our society, and hiding all manner of criminal actions to preserve their positions, then people of honor and good conscience with testimony to offer must weigh in their own hearts whether to speak or not. With so many coming forward these days, it seems that honor and good conscience is winning the day.


Why is Initiative 300 so important?

Initiative 300 has brought out into the public an issue of extreme importance to every citizen of Earth, especially in the U.S.A.
In a world where a growing list of countries have declassified and released their UFO files, the United States has continued to withhold theirs. We should ask why.
This kind of secrecy is unconstitutional. Former presidents (click on their names for videos of each of these men addressing the dangers of secrecy to our freedoms) Dwight D. Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy both spoke eloquently to this issue, but the die was already cast by then, knowledge of which prompted Eisenhower's farewell address, and long before Kennedy's words on the repugnancy of secrecy in a free society.
And I can tell you why personally.
From April 1979 through April 1983, I served in the United States Air Force. In 1980 I was stationed at Nellis AFB, and worked on the radar range at Tonopah as a autotrack radar specialist. Autotrack radar is a targeting radar using surface to air missiles or anti-aircraft artillery to shoot aircraft down if the radar lock can be maintained. Our job was to help pilots to learn to fly against radar, so our sites were not equipped with missiles or artillery. My testimony is out on the internet in several places now, in video, audio and written form, so I'll be brief here:
I was pulled out of my room at gunpoint, not one, but several nights, over a three-month period for special night missions. During these nocturnal military-type abductions, I saw and was directed, with my radar crew, to try to track, either extraterrestrial craft, or craft back-engineered from extraterrestrial craft. The radar failed to maintain a lock on these craft, and there were possibly as many as 9 or more out in the skies that night. All of us on the crew were seriously forbidden under threat to our lives to speak to each other beyond anything absolutely necessary to run the test.
After the test was complete, we were taken to what I believe was Area 51. I can't be sure because the bus that took us wherever we ended up had painted over windows. We were taken to a medical-type facility and there I was injected with an unknown substance that caused extreme trauma to me. I was thrown into a small room and observed through a one way mirrored glass. As the effects of the injection wore off, I was dragged from that room and sexually assaulted by two security guards.
There are other details, but I think this is enough here to illustrate the point. I spent years after retrieving these memories, forced deep into my subconscious by the very trauma inflicted on me, reading, researching and talking to many people, trying to understand what had happened to me, why and how it could happen in the United States of America - that I had grown up believing was the best country in the world - and in what context such things could even happen.
What I found was pretty ugly. I found out about mind control programs, run by secret factions of our own government, about Project Paperclip that brought scientists here from Nazi Germany because of what they knew about trauma and the mind from the Nazi concentration camp experimentation on the Jews. Worst of all, much mind control is perpetrated against our children, at young tender ages so that they grow up knowing nothing else, and are more completely malleable for the purposes of those who use them. It's a tough subject to even look at, but knowing about it is essential if we are ever to stop it.
This secrecy, under the National Security Act of 1947 - signed into law by President Harry Truman and implemented 2 short months after the Roswell UFO Crash - has created a secret and shadowy government within our government that has been accumulating power behind the scenes for decades, at least since 1947. We have seen the evidence of it surfacing in the questions that surround the Sept. 11, 2001, in a war on Iraq unratified by Congress, and many other invasions of our personal privacy and encroachments on our basic human rights and freedoms in recent decades. We have had to become hyper-vigilant as a people to watch and maintain our basic rights in a variety of areas in our personal lives.
People that have tried to bring such personal mind control abuses into a court of law have had their cases dismissed and thrown out "for reasons of National Security", invoking the National Security Act of 1947 for the dismissal.
UFO secrecy affects the quality of all our lives in this country and our world. If technologies for free and/or clean energy were released and implemented, this would have a positive impact on all life on this planet. The Exxon-Valdez oil spill in Alaska in March 1989 and the recent, far more devastating Gulf oil spill need not ever have happened, destroying livelihoods, lives and health for people living along the Gulf of Mexico. And these impacts are just for starters.
In the younger, more innocent times in the U.S.A.... days of mom, baseball and apple pie - the mid-twentieth-century-post-cold-war times - we were told as citizens and military that secrecy was necessary to maintain our national security. As staunch patriots, we bought it, hook, line and sinker. Information was parceled out on a "need-to-know" basis.
Perhaps back then secrecy was necessary. But in the ensuing years, this has been turned around. Now this secrecy is a cancer eating away at the fabric of our society and all we hold dear. It did not protect me or my rights out on the Nevada desert so many years ago. I was abused by the very people I would have tried to go to for help under normal circumstances. Secrecy sanctioned by the the National Security Act of 1947 does not protect the rights of those often small children of tender ages, who are unfortunate enough to be pulled into mind control programs. Even if they should later on try to use legal means to prosecute or collect damages for mind control abuse, it is thrown out of court for "reasons of national security". The secrecy now in place does not protect me, or you. It shields criminal activity from public oversight and awareness, allowing it to continue in the dark.
This is in itself a huge reason to support Jeff Peckman's Initiative 300 to create an extraterrestrial affairs commission in Denver. It is a big step out of secrecy and into the light of day for all of us. It is us as a people saying "no more secrecy" - we want the truth. There are many whistleblowers out there, the courageous men and women of Greer's Disclosure Project, and most recently, the brave men who held a press conference in Washington D.C. at the National Press club testifying to the facts of ET craft shutting down our nuclear weapons. These whistleblowers are the ones who must hold the government's feet to the fire, to make sure that we get full disclosure. And I also know that there is absolutely no good reason to go public and on the record with any of this kind of testimony except that one cares about truth and improving the quality of life for everyone. Those who go public and on the record risk ridicule and censure, risk pensions and other actions that could be taken against them or their families, for very little gain, financial or otherwise. Those who claim such people do this for fame and monetary gain do not have the slightest idea what they are talking about.

Amnesty

With such disclosure will be the need for a well thought out amnesty program for those who have been involved in secret programs of all types and at all levels. Multiple hearing panels would need to be set up to hear individuals' testimonies of what they were involved with and why, on a case by case basis. Psychological evaluations would be necessary for such individuals. Complete and transparent public information, scrutiny, reporting and oversight of each step of the process would be absolutely necessary. There must be no more secrecy and covert back room dealings.
Secrecy is the enemy of free and sovereign people
Those of us with experiences with this phenomenon as part of our lives know that ETs are real. Since they are real, then contact is inevitable. And this must be handled in the full light of day by in full view of all people. It must not be handled by those with agendas of secrecy, and the political and economic control it gives them. They can continue to twist and warp the information they parcel out to the public for their own purposes.
One of the reasons I may have been selected for doing that radar test out on the desert at night is because I'm also an experiencer of ET phenomenon, having been picked up and had interactions with the group of ETs known as Greys since childhood, and through my young to middle adulthood. I've examined these memories as well, and while much of it was frightening, uncomfortable, strange and sometimes painful, it was never inflicted with any malice or intent to cause me permanent harm. I was always returned home. Anything I experienced with the ETs pales in comparison to what I experienced with other human beings operating in secret government programs. I don't think there is anything to fear from ETs, not the ones we would meet in openness and the full light of day. Perhaps the ETs we would fear have already been involved with the secret programs, have already been an influence on Earth from within such programs.
Current media and movies often portray ETs in recent years to be something to fear. But I can tell you, as many others can who have spoken out about abuses within our own government, I'm far more concerned about continued unconstitutional and unlawful secrecy and what the people operating behind it are capable of, as I know all too well, than I am about fear of ETs.
I hope Initiative 300 passes, and that it becomes a wedge in the doorway of secrecy that will begin to pry it open. The time has come when the “need to know” directive applies to every citizen of this country, and of Earth."


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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming: 50 nuclear Missiles drop offline.Numerous sightings of UFOs in the past.

title: "Communication With 50 Nuke Missiles Dropped in ICBM Snafu"
from: www.wired.com
published: October 26, 2010
author: Noah Shachtman

"The Air Force swears there was no panic. But for three-quarters of an hour Saturday morning, launch control officers at F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming couldn’t reliably communicate or monitor the status of 50 Minuteman III nuclear missiles. Gulp.
Backup security and communications systems, located elsewhere on the base, allowed the intercontinental ballistic missiles to be continually monitored. But the outage is considered serious enough that the very highest rungs on the chain of command — including the President — are being briefed on the incident today.
A single hardware failure appears to have been the root cause of the disruption, which snarled communications on the network that links the five launch control centers and 50 silos of the 319th Missile Squadron. Multiple error codes were reported, including “launch facility down.”
It was a “significant disruption of service,” an Air Force official familiar with the incident tells Danger Room. But not unprecedented: “Something similar happened before at other missile fields.”
A disruption of this magnitude, however, is considered an anomaly of anomalies.
“Over the course of 300 alerts — those are 24-hour shifts in the capsule — I saw this happen to three or four missiles, maybe,” says John Noonan, a former U.S. Air Force missile launch officer who first tweeted word of the issue. “This is 50 ICBMs dropping off at once. I never heard of anything like it.”
“There are plans and procedures available to deal with individual broken missiles,” Noonan adds, “but they are wholly inadequate to handle an entire squadron of missiles dropping offline.”
The incident comes at a particularly tricky time for the Obama administration, which is struggling to get the Senate to ratify a nuclear arms reduction treaty with Russia. In conservative political circles, there’s a distrust of the nuclear cuts — and a demand that they be matched with investments in atomic weapon upgrades. Saturday’s shutdown will undoubtedly bolster that view.
The disruption is also dark news for the Air Force, which has been hustling to restore the “zero defects” culture that was the hallmark of its nuclear forces during the Cold War.
After a series of mishaps — including nosecone fuses mistakenly sent to Taiwan, and warheads temporarily MIA — the Air Force has made restoring confidence in its nuclear enterprise a top priority. Officers have been fired and disciplined for nuclear lapses. The Air Force’s top general and civilian chief have been replaced. A new Global Strike Command has been put in place, to oversee all nuclear weapons. Nuclear Surety Inspections, once relatively lax, have become pressure cookers. These days, a few misfiled papers or a few out-of-place troops means the entire wing flunks the NSI.
“Any anecdotal exposure of a weakness … could result in an unsafe, unsure, unsecure or unreliable nuclear weapon system,” Maj. Gen. Don Alston, who oversees the Air Force’s entire ICBM arsenal, told Danger Room last year. “And I am not encouraged when people can rationalize: ‘but for that mistake, we were, y’know, kicking ass.’ Well, but for that mistake, you would have passed. But you didn’t. You failed. Tough business. And it needs to stay that way.”
Yet the Air Force official claims there was “no angst” about Saturday’s incident.
“Every crew member and every maintainer seemed to follow their checklists and procedures in order to establish normal communications,” the official says. “I haven’t detected anyone being particularly upset with what happened.”"

an extract from "UFO sightings at ICBM sites and nuclear Weapons Storage Areas"
www.nicap.org
author: Robert L. Hastings

"F.E. Warren AFB, Wyoming (1965):

Comment: Beginning at 1:30 A.M. on August 1, 1965, various personnel at F.E. Warren AFB, Wyoming—including the base commander—telephoned the Air Force’s UFO Project Blue Book, at Wright-Patterson AFB, to report several UFO sightings at Warren’s Minuteman missile sites.

The officer who fielded and logged the telephone calls to Blue Book that night was a Lt. Anspaugh. A memorandum summarizing these telephone calls was published in 1972 by Dr. J. Allen Hynek, the civilian scientific consultant to the project, in his book The UFO Experience: A Scientific Inquiry.

Inserted below are the verbatim entries in Lt. Anspaugh’s memo:

1:30 A.M. - Captain Snelling, of the U.S. Air Force command post near Cheyenne, Wyoming, called to say that 15 to 20 phone calls had been received at the local radio station about a large circular object emitting several colors but no sound, sighted over the city. Two officers and one airman controller at the base reported that after being sighted directly over base operations, the object had begun to move rapidly to the northeast.

2:20 A.M. - Colonel Johnson, base commander of Francis E. Warren Air Force Base, near Cheyenne, Wyoming, called Dayton to say that the commanding officer of the Sioux Army Depot saw five objects at 1:45 A.M. and reported an alleged configuration of two UFOs previously reported over E Site. At 1:49 A.M. members of E flight reportedly saw what appeared to be the same [formation] reported at 1:48 A.M. by G flight. Two security teams were dispatched from E flight to investigate.

2:50 A.M. - Nine more UFOs were sighted, and at 3:35 A.M. Colonel Williams, commanding officer of the Sioux Army Depot, at Sydney, Nebraska, reported five UFOs going east.

4:05 A.M. - Colonel Johnson made another phone call to Dayton to say that at 4:00 A.M., Q flight reported nine UFOs in sight; four to the northwest, three to the northeast, and two over Cheyenne.

4:40 A.M. - Captain Howell, Air Force Command Post, called Dayton and Defense Intelligence Agency to report that a Strategic Air Command Team at Site H-2 at 3:00 A.M. reported a white oval UFO directly overhead. Later Strategic Air Command Post passed the following: Francis E. Warren Air Force Base reports (Site B-4 3:17 A.M.) –A UFO 90 miles east of Cheyenne at a high rate of speed and descending—oval and white with white lines on its sides and a flashing red light in its center moving east; reported to have landed 10 miles east of the site.

3:20 A.M. - Seven UFOs reported east of the site.

3:25 A.M. - E Site reported six UFOs stacked vertically.

3:27 A.M. - G-1 reported one ascending and at the same time, E-2 reported two additional UFOs had joined the seven for a total of nine.

3:28 A.M. - G-1 reported a UFO descending further, going east.

3:32 A.M. - The same site has a UFO climbing and leveling off.

3:40 A.M. - G Site reported one UFO at 70' azimuth and one at 120' . Three now came from the east, stacked vertically, passed through the other two, with all five heading west.

END OF SUMMARY

Airman 2nd Class Robert R. Thompson—Former Air Policeman, 809th Combat Defense Squadron, at F.E. Warren AFB, Wyoming:

Thompson states that he was on duty at the Quebec Flight Launch Control Facility one night in 1965, when he got a telephone call from the underground launch capsule. The Missile Combat Crew Commander asked Thompson and his partner to walk outside and look straight up. Thinking this was a joke of some kind, the two Air Policemen nevertheless complied. Directly overhead, Thompson saw eight stationary lights, much brighter and larger than stars, grouped together in four pairs. Due to their altitude and brilliance, it was not possible to determine the objects’ shape or other details.
Thompson said that one light eventually left its position and began to roam among the others, moving slowly from pair to pair. He and his partner watched the mysterious aerial formation for about 10 minutes, before reporting the sighting to the missile commander. In response, Thompson was informed that NORAD, located at Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado, had earlier notified FE Warren that its radars were tracking eight unknown objects hovering in the vicinity of the Quebec launch control site. Apparently, Warren’s Command Center had called the LCF and asked the missile commander to verify their presence.
Said Thompson, “I wasn’t sure what we were seeing until I reported back to the launch commander. When he told me of the report of UFOs from Cheyenne Mountain, I could tell by his voice that he wasn’t joking.” Thompson states that he and his partner were never debriefed, or warned to remain silent about the incident, but he never again mentioned it to the missile commander.
Perhaps significantly, the Blue Book memorandum inserted above may lend credence to Thompson’s report. Specifically, this entry:

4:05 A.M. - Colonel Johnson made another phone call to Dayton to say that at 4:00 A.M., Q flight reported nine UFOs in sight; four to the northwest, three to the northeast, and two over Cheyenne.
However, because Thompson can not remember the date of his own sighting at “Q” or Quebec Flight, it may or may not have been the same incident noted above.
In any event, Thompson’s sighting was not the last UFO incident to be reported at Quebec Flight during that period. Less than a week later, he had been approached by another individual in his unit, and told about a far more dramatic incident.
“We worked three days on, three days off,” Thompson said, “One crew would relieve the other. Shortly after the sighting, when my crew returned to the LCF, an acquaintance came up and told me that while we were off-duty, he had been involved in another UFO sighting, at one of Q-Flight's Launch Facilities.”
According to this individual, he and his partner had been on stake-out duty one night, and were sitting in a Security Alert Team (SAT) camper that was parked next to the missile silo. Without warning, the vehicle began to shake violently. He quickly leaned his head out the window and saw a large, very bright light silently hovering directly above the camper. After a few seconds, the shaking ceased and the light rapidly departed.
The SAT guard went on to tell Thompson that he and his partner had later been debriefed by an OSI agent and ordered not to talk about the incident. However, in spite of this warning, he had nevertheless felt compelled to compare notes with Thompson, whose own UFO experience had occurred less than a week earlier, and was common knowledge among the missile guards at Quebec Flight.
After hearing this strange story, Thompson approached the Non-Commissioned Officer In Charge (NCOIC) who had been on duty at Quebec the night of the camper incident and asked him to verify it. To his surprise, the NCOIC did so. Furthermore, he told Thompson that he had personally seen the UFO as it hovered over the LF.
“The Launch Facility in question was the one located closest to the LCF,” said Thompson, “Even though it was five, maybe six miles away, the NCOIC told me that, on the night of the incident, he had seen an extremely bright light hovering over its location.”
Thompson said that he later heard that the UFO activity at various missile flights had continued for about a month.
Comment: Although the bizarre report involving the camper is strikingly similar to a scene in Steven Speilberg’s 1977 movie, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, UFO researchers Jim Klotz and Tom Tulien have heard a nearly-identical account from a former USAF missile guard who was stationed at Minot AFB, North Dakota, in 1968.
Airman 2nd Class Terry Stuck—Former Air Policeman, 809th Combat Defense Squadron, F.E. Warren AFB, Wyoming:
Stuck states that one morning in the summer of 1965, while reporting for duty at the Oscar Flight LCF, he was informed about a UFO sighting by the departing night-shift guards. “The night team had observed fast-moving lights or objects,” said Stuck, “vehicles moving with incredible speed.”
Apparently, during the shift-change, the departing security team leader also informed the arriving missile commander about the UFOs. Stuck overheard the exchange. “The OIC (Officer in Charge) was a Captain—I don't recall his name,” said Stuck, “I do remember him saying that he had been a pilot in Korea and had observed UFOs and had reported the incident. He said they had sent him to the base psychiatrist and had basically put a stop on advancements in his career.”
The moral of this story was clear to Stuck and the departing security team leader: Be careful what you report because there may be repercussions. Stuck did not know whether the team leader had ever filed an official report about the incident. In any event, the Oscar Flight UFO sighting incident is not mentioned in the Project Blue Book memorandum inserted above. Perhaps it took place on another date during that period, or perhaps it did indeed occur on August 1st, but went unreported.
A few days after these events, Stuck had his own UFO sighting, again at the Oscar Flight LCF. “The observations,” he recalled, “were actually made in front of the launch control security facility which was at ground level, facing the access gate of the main launch control facility. I was never able to determine the size or shapes [of the UFOs]. When I saw them, they were at extreme distances and were doing right [-angle] turns at unbelievable speeds. I never heard any sounds.”

F.E. Warren AFB, Wyoming (1973-74):

1st Lt. Walter F. Billings—Former Minuteman ICBM launch officer (Deputy Missile Combat Crew Commander), 90th Strategic Missile Wing, F.E. Warren AFB, Wyoming:

I have inserted below excerpts from Billings’ first letter to me, with a few clarifications (in parentheses) and minor modifications relating to grammar and punctuation:

Dear Mr. Hastings,

...I arrived at F.E. Warren AFB in Cheyenne, Wyoming, in late January of 1972 from Vandenburg AFB [where I] had been trained in Minuteman I. After further training at F.E. Warren [I] was sent with the operations crews as a Deputy Missile Commander and assigned to a Squadron for the typical duty as a 2nd lieutenant. I was later trained as a training officer for the [missile] wing in Minuteman I, which encompassed assisting new arrivals in training and running simulators, and other duties. [These were] the standard duties until the Spring of 1973.
As a first lieutenant, along with so many others, [I] went back to school at F.E. Warren to learn the new Minuteman III system that was to be installed during the year of 1973. After training and evaluations, alert duties were assigned for the new system to those that had completed their training. We were to go on alerts as the new missile system was installed. In those days, F.E. Warren had 200 missiles on alert and was very active.
I am afraid that the dates that I will provide are somewhat vague. I wrote my experiences for a publication in this arena back in September 1993, and even then the dates were not exact. Also, some of the missile terminology may not be exact. I have forgotten some of the terms. I am sorry that I did not keep a private log of these events, back when they occurred.
The first event took place in the Fall of 1973. Over half of the LCCs (Launch Control Centers) had been converted to Minuteman III by this time, and I was on alert at Golf LCC. It was late at night. The UHF radio linking all twenty LCCs opened up with urgent talk from India LCC. In those days, the UHF radio was turned on, at all times, and if one LCC spoke to their SAT (Security Alert Team) or other LCCs, all twenty LCCs heard the conversation. After the India crew received a Outer Security Zone [alarm] on one of their missiles, and sent their SAT crew out for the standard investigation trip, we began to hear over the radio the events that developed.
From the UHF radio communication between the SAT and the India LCC crew, as we listened, we heard that as the truck was heading to the missile silo, the Inner Security Zone [alarm] had been tripped at the silo. Upon arriving near the subject silo, the SAT team observed a bright UFO hovering above the silo. The LCC crew advised the SAT team to proceed no further and to observe only. Approximately a minute later, the UFO moved off slowly for several thousand feet and then sped off at a high rate of speed. The conversation between the India LCC crew and the SAT team was heard by 19 other LCC crews on duty that night.
Upon relief by the next crew and upon return to F.E. Warren AFB, all crews on duty that night were informed that they would not speak to civilians or the news media about what they had heard on the UHF radio. Severe penalties were mentioned for those that did not heed this warning.
We, the LCC crews in general, began to hear rumors and stories, from other officers in operations and maintenance, that SAC headquarters at Offut AFB had sent the OSI (USAF Office of Special Investigations) to investigate this incident by helicopter. The India crew of that night would not speak of the incident at all. There were stories from missile maintenance that the missile in question had been carefully examined and that they found the target tapes (which guide the H-bomb warheads to their targets) on the three warheads had supposedly been erased that night by the UFO. Needless to say, I only heard that these things had occurred. These stories were told between missile guys over the following week, but they were reliable people, who did not speak to civilians or the press about this subject. However, the squadron commanders warned us, again, not to speak of the incident.
The second incident involved an entire missile maintenance crew, I believe six enlisted men and one officer. This also occurred in late 1973. A Minuteman III missile was being worked on for some routine problem during one of those late fall nights. A UFO was observed by the entire maintenance crew. The UFO appeared to be watching the work and was seen for a full five minutes as it maneuvered close to the missile silo. This was told to me by a missile maintenance 1st lieutenant, approximately three days after the incident occurred.
The third incident took place in early Spring of 1974. As I was arriving at Charlie LCC in the morning with my captain, to begin an alert duty, we were told by the staff sergeant and two security police who had been on duty that night, of the strange thing that had happened. They told us that a UFO had actually landed near the LCC and had been observed by the three, and that a minute-by-minute report had been given to the operations crew downstairs. When we asked about this, as we were relieving the LCC crew for our duty to begin, they would not talk about it with us. I heard a few days later that the staff sergeant was in some sort of trouble for speaking to us about what he saw, and that the OSI was again involved.
While I was in SAC, I personally was not directly involved with a UFO incident while on duty. However, during June of 1974, while on a camping trip in Dubois, Wyoming, with three other lieutenants, we observed a UFO flying relatively low. It was similar to the ones that were described to us, in the above three incidents. Since all four of us were Air Force lieutenants, we knew that this low-flying object was not an aircraft. From that time forward, I have had an interest in this subject and have read some on the subject as well.
I can tell you that these three incidents at F.E. Warren AFB did occur. It was a long time ago and I am sure many other things have happened since. I have not been able to find any written statements of these three incidents since. This could be because there was a very good cover-up of the situation at that time, or they were not deemed important enough to bother with. Though, I doubt that the latter is true.
I have always wondered as to what really happened to the missile that had the UFO hovering above it, and if the warhead target tapes had really been erased.
I wish you good luck on any research that you may do on this subject. I doubt that you will receive any help from those that might know the truth. I am sure that the cover-up that I observed many years ago is still in effect.

Thank you for your interest.

Sincerely,

Walter F. Billings

10/18/2002


Comment: In an effort to obtain an informed perspective on Billings’ statements, I forwarded his letter to retired USAF Lt. Col. Philip Moore who, in 1978-79, had been the Commander of the 321st Strategic Missile Squadron at F.E. Warren AFB. Moore found the letter to be entirely credible. In an e-mail to me, dated 6/12/05, he wrote, "Billings' statement is totally believable, and his supporting facts are correct in spite of his dates and terminology caveats."
However, I also sent the letter to another former Minuteman missile launch officer who skeptically questioned Billings’ use of the term "target tapes", when describing the Minuteman III’s guidance system. (While the Minuteman I missile utilized such tapes, the Minuteman III did not.)
When I asked Moore to comment on this particular discrepancy, he replied, "[Regarding] Billings use of ‘tapes’ to refer to the maintenance part of the [guidance] system, the old tape system was replaced by a plug-in unit system. I think I remember that Billings was at F.E. Warren at the time MMI was deactivated and MMIII replaced it, having served in MMI and retrained in MMIII. Old terminology dies a slow death and the new system was often referred to as ‘the tapes’ for awhile after MMIII was in-place, until the old-timers got used to the new terminology."
Lt. Col. Moore’s own ICBM-related UFO experience is discussed in the Walker AFB section of this article.

F.E. Warren AFB, Wyoming (1980-81):

Airman 1st Class Jay DeSisto—Former Air Policeman (Law Enforcement), 90th Security Police Squadron, F.E. Warren AFB, Wyoming:
Comment: Jay DeSisto’s “UFO” experiences are somewhat different from those reported by my other former/retired USAF sources. For that reason, I have chosen to include his statement to me in its entirety.
DeSisto states, “I was an Airman First Class while stationed at FE Warren, in 1980-81. I worked as an LE (Law Enforcement) with the 90th Security Police Group. I was assigned to base patrol and very soon promoted to the position of Desk Sergeant, even though I was only an airman. Thinking back, I can recall numerous occasions when I was on duty as Desk Sergeant when the security personnel at the Weapons Storage Area would contact me and report ‘lights’ overhead. I would usually dispatch a base patrolman to the area to confirm the sightings but I cannot recall any specific outcomes. I am sure I would have reported these incidents in the desk blotter.”
“While I never experienced or heard of any ‘UFOs’ while stationed there, there were several times when we were called in for duty on our days off to patrol the base perimeter because there were satellites allegedly overhead taking pictures. I always wondered what those recalls were about. It was strange. Again, no one ever mentioned UFOs, it was always ‘satellites’. None of those recalls happened while I was on duty as the Desk Sergeant.”
“The ‘satellite’ incidents were clustered, not spread-out, during my tenure at Warren. I seem to recall they would occur two or three nights in a row. I recall three times when my flight had to report for extra duty. One time we had been out at a bar off-base and when we returned to the base, the gate guards told us to immediately report to the armory to obtain weapons. Even though we had been drinking, they issued us weapons and we were posted on the perimeter of the nuclear Weapons Storage Area on base. It was unusual to use Law Enforcement personnel for this duty in that it was normally a function of the Security Police personnel.”
“On two other occasions we were contacted at our barracks and told to report to the armory and obtain weapons. One of those times, I was posted at the Weapons Storage Area and another I was posted at the Combat Command Center doorway. Each time I was recalled for duty, our Flight Chief, a Tech Sergeant name Robert Moore, explained the situation regarding the satellites. During these instances our group headquarters was very active. Our squadron commander, Major Bernal F. Koersen, was usually present.”
“It really did not make sense to us that we were being called in for duty because of a satellite overhead. It seemed odd to have us don combat gear and weaponry. We just accepted the explanation of ‘satellites’ but, because of the way we were rousted for duty and the command activity present, we knew these incidents were very different from any type of readiness response exercise we had participated in, which were frequent and routine. We were often called in for extra duty during DoD inspections or Global Shield exercises, but again, during the satellite incidents, there was a different feel to the situation and the hurried and tense demeanor of command-level staff was quite different.”
Comment: One of my other sources suggests the possibility that the mysterious satellites reported above FE Warren were actually Soviet satellites involved in the verification of the 1979 U.S./Soviet SALT II agreement, which limited the number of strategic missile launchers in each country. However, given the specifics of DeSisto’s statement, this theory seems unlikely. Regardless, the Soviet satellite scenario would not explain the unidentified lights reported hovering at low altitude above the base’s nuclear Weapons Storage Area.
DeSisto states that those sightings, by Air Force Security Police, had occurred on “numerous occasions” during 1980 and/or 1981. It should be noted that declassified documents from the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (OSI) confirm similar reports of UFOs, in August 1980, near the Manzano Weapons Storage Area, outside Kirtland AFB, New Mexico.
Furthermore, another UFO was observed in December 1980, as it directed laser-like beams of light down into, or near, the Bentwaters AFB Weapons Storage Area, during the now-famous series of sightings at the Anglo-American base, in Suffolk, England."

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

SETI December 2008: astronomer Dr. Ragbir Bhathal receives a signal from direction of Gliese 581, area the most Earth-like planet ever found

Title: "Watch this space"
from: www.theaustralian.com.au
published: May 09, 2009 12:00AM
author: Greg Callaghan

"AFTER you've spent more than 20 years hunting for an alien signal, you think you'd be celebrating if you noticed a mysterious pulse suddenly rising up on your computer readouts. A regular pulse, amid the random clatter of the cosmos, suggests that someone very smart at the other end is sending a message.

But when Ragbir Bhathal, an astrophysicist at the University of Western Sydney, who teaches the only university-based course on SETI (search for extraterrestrial intelligence) in Australia, detected the suspicious signal on a clear night last December, he knew better than to crack open the special bottle of champagne he has tucked away for the history-making occasion.
Instead, he's spent the past few months meticulously investigating whether the unrecognised signature was caused by a glitch in his instrumentation, a rogue astrophysical phenomenon, or some unknown random noise.
Even if he picks up the signal again - he's been scouring the same co-ordinates of the night sky on an almost daily basis since - the scientific rule book dictates he'll need to get it peer-reviewed before he can take his announcement to the world. "And that is a lot of ifs," he concedes.
The hunt for extraterrestrial life has been boosted recently by the discovery last month of a rocky world not unlike our own, about 20 light years away, which its Swiss discoverers have dubbed Gliese 581e, the latest in a long line of planet discoveries during the past decade (350 and counting).
Although Gliese 581e is too close to its host sun to support life, it's the first planet believed to be rocky like our own, a kind of super-hot Earth quite unlike the long line of gas and ice giants discovered to date.
With the launch of NASA's Kepler space telescope in March, specifically designed to detect smaller Earth-like planets, astronomers are confident that the discovery of a blue planet, orbiting in the so-called Goldilocks zone, where liquid water can support life, is edging closer by the day. But it will still be up to ground-based telescopes to confirm the mass of the planet, as space-based telescopes such as the Kepler can only yield its approximate diameter.
The quest of SETI astronomers, however, is not just for the discovery of an Earth-like planet but for life intelligent enough to transmit meaningful signals across vast stretches of space. For more than 40 years, they have been doggedly searching for alien transmissions via radio telescope, tracking tens of millions of radio signals across different sections of the night sky, but so far the results have been, by any scientific standard, dismal.
There has been a handful of false alarms - the detection of short, intense bursts of electromagnetic energy that might be transmitted by an advanced civilisation - but these have been later shown to be caused by other cosmic phenomena, such as quasars.
The belief that an alien civilisation might also be listening to our television and radio signals has also been dashed by the recent discovery that the signals don't, as once thought, reach into deep space: they eventually become so weak that they disappear in the roar of the electromagnetic noise.
That is partly why the OZ OSETI (o for optical) project and a handful of its US counterparts have turned to laser pulse technology in what is the most ambitious effort yet to detect a signal from an alien species. "For an advanced civilisation, radio wave technology would be old hat," Bhathal says. "My strong feeling is that if there are (extraterrestrial intelligence) civilisations out there, they will send the signal by laser pulses or laser flashes."
In 2000, science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke, a former patron of the Australian SETI project, advised Bhathal to "let the better spectrum, light" drive his search for ET. Bhathal's OZ OSETI project is the only dedicated project for searching for ET in the optical spectrum in the southern hemisphere.
"NASA is already using lasers for space communication and it's not unrealistic to imagine that an extraterrestrial intelligence might be using them as well," Bhathal says.
"In terms of Earth technology today, we have achieved a maximum of 1015 watts of laser power for a brief period, butan advanced civilisation could have lasers with powers of 1025." He admits, however, that our failure to pick up any interstellar signals so far could mean that advanced civilisations are using a communications technique still not discovered on Earth.
"It is risky to judge everything by our own technology," he says.
The search field of the OZ OSETI project is 100 light years from Earth: a short walk around the block in galactic terms, but an area large enough to contain at least 1000stars and possibly 20 times as many planets.
While the discovery of worlds outside our solar system has given weight to the idea that the universe may be teeming with life - albeit sprinkled across an incomprehensibly wide area - it's the key cosmic numbers that have astronomers in disagreement.
For example, how often do the magic ingredients for life - a rocky planet, located at just the right distance from its sun at justthe right moment in the sun's life - come together?
If the answer is very often, there ought to be lots of planets like our own, and life may be more the rule than a miraculous accident. In 1960, Frank Drake, now a professor of astronomy at the University of Southern California, estimated that there could be up to a million technological civilisations in the Milky Way galaxy alone. But Bhathal believes "we are nowhere near being able to put a sensible figure on how common life may be".
What we do know is that our sun is a perfectly ordinary star in a rotating island of 100 billion stars, the Milky Way galaxy, which in turn is just one of 100 billion or so galaxies in the observable universe. The laws of mathematics weigh heavily in favour of the idea that we are not alone. Moreover, the discovery of more than 300 planets suggests that solar systems such as ours may not be all that unusual. It's very likely that smaller and rockier worlds are more common than the gas giants, which are easier to find because of the greater wriggle they exert in a star's path.
"The low-mass planets are much harder to find because they have a smaller Doppler amplitude," says Chris Tinney of the department of astrophysics at the University of NSW. "It might also mean we are not looking in the right way. But we're now certain that low-mass planets are more common. The Kepler space telescope will no doubt help usfind them."
Tinney explains that while the basic techniques for detecting planets have been around for some time, what's revolutionised the field has been the dramatic technological improvements in spectrographs and telescopic power.
"Planet searching has now become a sexy field and private donors in the US are putting money into it," Tinney says.
Other satellite projects such as the Allen telescope array, named after Paul Allen, the Microsoft co-founder who donated $US13million towards its creation, are also coming online. The array uses an incredible 350 satellite dishes to scan the sky for the faintwhisper of radio signals from celestial objects such as quasars.
There's also the hardware already in space if ET happens to be passing through our neighbourhood. The Pioneer 10 spacecraft, launched in 1972, included an aluminium plate with human figures, a drawing of the planets and an outline of the spacecraft's course. The last, extremely weak signal from this surprisingly robust spacecraft was received in 2006. If it's still around, Pioneer 10 would now be hurtling somewhere in the interstellar void outside our solar system.
With the discovery of more planets, the relatively new science of exobiology, dedicated to the study of extraterrestrial life, has gained the gleam of scientific respectability.
But the field is still trying to overcome the UFO stigma, laments Ain de Horta, a project scientist with the Australian SETI Institute.
"There are still those in the scientific community who look down their noses at us, but that's increasingly unusual these days. There's a growing recognition that this is important science, with the potential to answer one of the most fundamental questions facing humanity. Those who lump us in with the UFO nuts tend not to be scientists," says de Horta.
"We're counting on the physics being the same elsewhere in the universe."
De Horta's institute is, in collaboration with CSIRO's Parkes telescope, scouring radio waves in its search for ET.
"If an alien civilisation has developed technology it's likely to be based on most ofthe same principles as our own. Like us, forexample, they would have discovered radio waves."
Even so, de Horta concedes, life elsewhere in the universe might resemble nothing we know on Earth. It could be moulded by different chemistries, different gravity and different climatic environments.
In any case, it's highly unlikely we'll ever have a face-to-face meeting, as space travel even at Star Trek's warp drive wouldn't get us there in less than thousands of years. A two-way conversation would take decades. And even for that to happen, says de Horta, we would need intelligent life to be reaching its technological prime at the same time as ours and transmitting radio waves at a wavelength that we can detect.
"The whole argument about communication hinges on the longevity of a species and their use of a technology that is recognisable to us," he says.
What all the planet hunters and SETI have in common is a white-hot passion for discovering alien worlds. Bhathal knows that the odds of finding anything are long and the area he is scanning, as big as it is, may still not be extensive enough to yield anything, but he's determined to keep his eyes on the sky.
"There (have) to be other Earth-like worlds. Otherwise what do we have? A whole lot of wasted space.""


from :www.hellofromearth.net

"Welcome to HELLO FROM EARTH.

This site collected goodwill messages from the public for 13 days in August 2009 which were transmitted to Gliese 581d, a planet outside our Solar System which may support life.
Messages were moderated by staff at COSMOS magazine; those accepted for inclusion in the transmission have been published on this site. Transmission occurred at midday on Friday 28 August 2009 and was undertaken by the NASA/CSIRO Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex at Tidbinbilla, Australia, using the 70-metre main antenna known as DSS43.
Thanks for taking part in this National Science Week event!"

Monday, October 25, 2010

UFO: Turkey close encounter in 1983

Title: "UFO: RETIRED TURKISH GENERAL CLAIMS CLOSE ENCOUNTER IN 1983"
from: www.ansamed.info
published: 25 October , 18:27

"(ANSAmed) - ANKARA, OCTOBER 25 - A retired Turkish general has claimed he encountered unidentified flying objects over western Turkey while serving as a pilot 27 years ago, daily Hurriyet reports. Calling up a live television show during a heated debate about UFOs, Retired Gen. Erdogan Karakus said he and seven other pilots experienced a UFO encounter over the western province of Balikesir in May 1983. The UFOs were levitating using an unknown technique, Karakus said, explaining that he was part of a group of eight pilots flying four Turkish jets to the southern city of Adana for a drill when one of the men spotted something in the air. The objects accompanied the pilots for 15 minutes as they passed from Balikesir to the Aegean city of Denizli, Karakus said, adding that he warned another pilot who wanted to fly toward them not to do so after deciding the objects did not look like planes. ''One of my friends meanwhile turned his (plane's) lights off. This time (the UFOs) got close to the third plane. They moved on to the second one when the third one also turned its lights off,'' Karakus said, adding that when he looked to his left at that moment, he could not see anything other than a yellow beam of light. ''Then they disappeared with a sudden (maneuver).'' Karakus said the control towers at airports in Ankara, Istanbul and Konya also detected the UFOs that night.

''We reported (the incident) and it was probably sent to NASA.'' (ANSAmed).""

Friday, October 22, 2010

UFO Disclosure? It's already happening

title : "UFO disclosure has happened! Did you notice?"
from: www.americanchronicle.com
author: Steve Hammons

"(This article originally appeared on the Joint Recon Study Group site.)

Maybe it has happened with a whisper, not a major public announcement or event.
Maybe the tipping point was the recent publication of journalist Leslie Kean's book "UFOs: Generals, Pilots and Government Officials Go on the Record" or a recent press conference by retired Air Force officers.
Or, it could have been the steady release of information through discreet ways via Hollywood movies, TV shows and other communications platforms over the past months, years and decades.
There will continue to be people who prefer to debunk the topic as well as those who aren't quite ready to wrap their minds around the situation.
Who can blame them? It is strange, amazing and scary.
And, maintaining security about it over past decades has been, and continues to be a major element as we move forward. From all indications, it is a highly sensitive and complex situation.
As a result, there are many moving parts that must be handled in intelligent and careful ways.

AFTER DISCLOSURE PHASE
Yet, any normal person of average intelligence can review the information about this topic and easily figure out that something is going on in this area of scientific discovery.
It also seems to be a defense and intelligence matter that must be dealt with in serious ways.
We now seem to be in the period that could reasonably be called "after disclosure."
Interestingly, a new book due out later this month is titled "A.D., After Disclosure: The People's Guide to Life After Contact." Authors Richard Dolan and Bryce Zabel have written this comprehensive overview that explores nearly every angle of the historical, scientific, governmental, social, media-related, psychological and educational aspects of disclosure about UFOs, unusual visitors and related mysteries and challenges.
The book looks like it will be a useful tool and interesting reading for many people as they get up to speed on these important subjects.
The transition from subtle orientation and preparedness to the "after disclosure" phase may have been carefully coordinated since the post-World War II era. Dedicated people in the defense, intelligence and scientific communities reportedly worried that people might become overly fearful about new discoveries in this field.
As a result, safe and gradual acclimation and education efforts may have been implemented to enhance our psychological and emotional readiness. And, these activities probably have been successful.
The smooth transition to general public understanding about the situation seems to be in process now.

MOVING FORWARD
There are a lot of details. The situation is not simple. Trying to understand the many factors involved is going to be a learning curve involving our understanding of the universe's hidden mysteries, human consciousness, Nature and other interesting elements.
Yet, isn't it a relief to know that humans have at least reached a level of awareness about ourselves and the universe around us where we can accept various kinds of surprising and far-out emerging truths?
We don't know it all and it's probably not wise to listen to people who claim they do.
The "after disclosure" period will most likely involve ongoing communication, education, counseling and orientation. We have the resources to accomplish all of these missions successfully.
And, it's quite possible that a lot of good things will come out of this phase of human development on Earth.
We might be able to utilize new technologies that improve our quality of life. Human suffering of many kinds might be mitigated by advanced knowledge. Earth's biological environment and atmosphere could be better protected and enriched. Greater prosperity for all people could be achieved.
The advancement of humanity might make a quantum leap forward.
Or, maybe we will just put one foot in front of the other and make steady progress in ways that lead to a bright future on this beautiful planet, and beyond."

Friday, October 15, 2010

UFO sighting in New York. Just balloons ?

Title: "Balloons most popular theory behind Chelsea UFO sighting"
from: www.amny.com
author: Sheila Anne Feeney
published: 10/14/2010

"The Chelsea UFO mystery deepened Thursday, as people claimed credit and proffered theories as to the nature of the blobs glimpsed in the sky Wednesday.
Mount Vernon fourth graders told the Daily News the shining orbs were escaped pearlescent balloons from an engagement party they threw for their teacher.The National Weather Service told the paper that air currents could have put the balloons over midtown by the time they were spotted.
Others said the balloons may have come from a Times Square press event announcing a promotional partnership between NYC and Madrid. “Maybe a few of those suckers escaped,” although there was no deliberate release, said Kimberly Spell, an NYC and Co. spokeswoman.
Helium balloons can change shape at high altitudes and appear to be different colors, which might explain the varying descriptions.
“We don’t know,” what it was, said FAA spokesman Jim Peters, who was leaning toward the balloon theory."

Thursday, October 14, 2010

October 13th: UFO sighting in New York

title: "Mystery objects over Chelsea leave city agape"
from: www.nypost.com
author: FRANK ROSARIO

"Has Chelsea become so trendy even Martians are scouting for co-ops?
A silvery vision of a dozen balloon-like dots hovering in yesterday's clear-blue sky over West 23rd Street had thousands speculating the mysterious objects might be UFOs.
Callers began phoning the NYPD and Federal Aviation Administration at 1:30 p.m. with reports of the strange, silver objects high in the sky.
"Some people saw something described as yellow with blue lights surrounding it," said FAA spokesman Jim Peters. He added that if the objects were weather balloons -- as some suggested -- his agency had no prior notification they'd be launched.
Witness Daniel Calhoun, 52, admitted, "Common sense says it wasn't a UFO.
"Common sense says it was a plane or a balloon, but this thing stopped everyone in the street for two blocks. Any New Yorker will tell you, that alone is extraordinary."
Pete Bryant, 32, said, "I saw five or six lights shining in the sky. There was no way that thing was a balloon.
"There was something weird about it. Light just doesn't reflect off balloons like that. "If Martians were to land anywhere, New York is a much better location than some backwoods town in the Midwest."
Tim Powell, 28 , described the objects as "the most bizarre thing I've ever seen."
"It looked like a jellyfish made of lights that just hovered in the sky like it wanted to be seen," he said. "I was half expecting the aliens to beam down and introduce themselves."
And Richard Molina, 42, compared what he saw to the "creatures from 'Predator.' "
"It freaked me out. It was a real Superman moment, too," he said.
"Everyone looked up in the sky. It really was an event.""

VIDEO FROM ABC


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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Ufo at the schools

Title: "Sandford pupils investigate extra-terrestrial visit"
From: www.thewestonmercury.co.uk
Published: 01 October 2010

"Sandford pupils investigate extra-terrestrial visit

Sandford Primary School pupils were amazed to discover that aliens had landed last Wednesday, and set out to investigate.
As part of the school's creative curriculum and "Big write" project, PC Steve Church and PCSO Emma Wright of Avon and Somerset Police were on hand to show the children how to properly investigate the UFO crash site.
The imaginary invasion was planned to engage the pupils with a live situation and encourage creative writing.
Teacher and organiser Victoria Shepherd said: "The children didn't know what was going on.
"As they approached the crash site we could see how amazed and perplexed they were. It was a fantastic first reaction.
"PCSO Wright and PC Church were brilliant. They helped the children secure the scene and talked about what to do in an emergency, how they gathered evidence, how to interview witnesses etc"

Saturday, October 9, 2010

August 23rd, 1974 - John Lennon's UFO

Title : John Lennon's UFO
from : http://web.archive.org

""It looked like a flattened cone with a brilliant light on top." -May Pang, assistant to John Lennon, describing the object they allegedly saw from Lennon's balcony in NY City.

Not only was John Lennon the founding member of the Beatles, and one of the greatest singer/songwriters the world has known. He was also a political free thinker, who challenged the world with his anthem "Give Peace a Chance", when America was engulfed in the war in South East Asia. When Lennon attempted to emigrate to the United States in the early 70's, he was considered such a revolutionary that the United States Intelligence community put Lennon under constant surveillance. This consisted of phone tapping and constant knowledge of his whereabouts at all times. The full extent of Lennon watching the FBI, CIA and NSA got up to, is still not completely known as facts are still coming to light.

The fact that Lennon was so famous and controversial at that time makes his apparent UFO sighting all the stranger. On August 23rd, 1974 Lennon walked out on to the balcony of his New York apartment, and witnessed what he later described as a "Flying Saucer" hovering closely, just above his window.

Lennon became so completely fascinated by the event, that he talked incessantly about the incident, and even included the encounter within two different songs on different albums.

"Like a UFO you came to me, and blew away life's misery..."
- Out of the Blue, from the album Mind Games.




Also

"There's UFO's over New York, and I aint too surprised..."
- Nobody Told Me, from the album Milk and Honey




Below is an interview with Lennon's assistant/lover May Pang, who also witnessed the event, which completely describes the encounter.

"Though we'll never know for sure, we hope the aliens onboard the craft that buzzed John Lennon's 53rd Street Penthouse apartment weren't shy. For, according to the late Beatle's ex-girlfriend, the famed mod rocker was standing on the balcony in his birthday suit enjoying the view when his quiet evening at home was interrupted by the likes of a vehicle from another world. May Pang is one of the warmest people you'd ever want to meet. She's quick to smile and bring you into her confidence.

For unlike many others in the rock and roll business who can sometimes take themselves too seriously, May is happy to share her remembrances about one of the greatest legends of our time. John was always fascinated with the unusual, May explained, handing me his once-treasured copy of the I Ching that she still has on her library shelf. He was always caught up in his fate his destiny. He was it seems - trying to understand his greatness and the impact he had on millions growing up in a very confused, almost lost generation'

May Pang was more than willing to give me the scoop on John's Big Apple UFO encounter because - as it turned out - she was right there at his side during the incident. We had just ordered up some pizza and since it was such a warm evening, we decided to step out on the terrace. There were no windows directly facing us from across the street, so John just stepped outside with nothing on in order to catch a cool breeze that was coming in right off the East River. I remember I was just inside the bedroom getting dressed when John started shouting for me to come out onto the terrace.

I yelled back that I would be right there, but he kept screaming for me to join him that instant. As I walked out onto the terrace, my eye caught this large, circular object coming towards us. It was shaped like a flattened cone, and on top was a large, brilliant red light, not pulsating as on any of the aircraft we'd see heading for a landing at Newark Airport. May says she and John stood there mesmerized, unable to believe what they were in the process of observing. When it came a little closer, we could make out a row or circle of white lights that ran around the entire rim of the craft - these were also flashing on and off. There were so many of these lights that it was dazzling to the mind. Spellbound, the couple watched the UFO move directly over the building next to where they resided. It was, I would estimate, about the size of a Lear jet and it was so close that if we had something to throw at it, we probably would have hit it quite easily.

During the time that it was almost directly overhead, May says that she didn't hear any noise. We often had helicopters flying above us, but this was as silent as the night, seventeen stories up above street level. Finally the object passed from view, leaving John and May feeling that the excitement was over for the evening. But as it turned out, the UFO returned and they managed to set up a telescope and view it that way. The light was so brilliant coming from the craft, May recalls, that no additional details could be seen' We did take a couple of pictures but they turned up overexposed. Immediately John and May telephoned the Daily News, and were told that at least 7 other reports had been received.

We even called the police - that's how excited we were -and they told us to keep calm, that others had seen it too. According to May, all night long, John kept saying I couldn't believe it! I can't believe it...I've seen a flying saucer! As confirmation of his sighting, John wrote down what he saw and used it as part of the cover art on his Walls and Bridges album. John had always had an interest in UFOs, May Pang points out. He even used to subscribe to a British UFO Magazine, the Flying Saucer Review. But after seeing what we saw that night, he became even more fanatical, bringing up the subject all the time.""

John Lennon Ufo Radio Interview




Happy 70th Birthday John ! Forever in our hearts

Monday, October 4, 2010

The Royal Society : meeting on extra-terrestrial life

title : "Towards a scientific and societal agenda on extra-terrestrial life"
from : royalsociety.org
author : Kavli Royal Society International Centre

"Starts: 9.00am on 04 October 2010
Finishes: 6.00pm on 05 October 2010
Venue: Kavli Royal Society International Centre
Organised by Dr Martin Dominik and Professor John Zarnecki


Should extra-terrestrial life exist, upcoming efforts will provide living generations with a realistic chance of its detection. Even more than the scientific agenda, a corresponding complementary societal agenda needs to be debated. With a mix of invited talks and panel debates, we particularly look into the detection of life, the communication with potential extra-terrestrial civilizations, the implications for the future of humanity, and the political processes that are required.

Four panel debates include
- Calling ET, or not even answering the phone?
- Societal questions raised by the detection of extra-terrestrial life
- What could studies of extra-terrestrial life tell us about the future of humanity?
- Extra-terrestrial life and arising political issues for the UN agenda

Confirmed panelists
Ivan Almar, Stephen Baxter, James Benford, David Brin, Milan Cirkovic, Richard Crowther, Kathryn Denning, Steven Dick, Stephane Dumas, Frans von der Dunk, John Elliott, Lisa Kaltenegger, Claudio Maccone, Michael Michaud, Mazlan Othman, Ted Peters, Margaret Race, Seth Shostak, John Smart, Nicholas Tosca, Doug Vakoch, Clement Vidal, Felisa Wolfe-Simon, Alexander Zaitsev

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Friday, October 1, 2010

Gliese 581g : first Earth-like planet discovered

from : www.nsf.gov
Published: September 29, 2010

"Newly Discovered Planet May Be First Truly Habitable Exoplanet

A team of planet hunters led by astronomers at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UC Santa Cruz), and the Carnegie Institution of Washington, and supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and NASA, has announced the discovery of an Earth-sized planet (three times the mass of Earth) orbiting a nearby star at a distance that places it squarely in the middle of the star's "habitable zone," where liquid water could exist on the planet's surface. If confirmed, this would be the most Earth-like exoplanet yet discovered and the first strong case for a potentially habitable one.
"This is clearly one of the most exciting areas of science these days" said Ed Seidel, assistant director for NSF's Mathematical and Physical Sciences directorate. "If we do discover life outside our planet, it would perhaps be the most significant discovery of all time."
To astronomers, a "potentially habitable" planet is one that could sustain life, not necessarily one that humans would consider a nice place to live. Habitability depends on many factors, but liquid water and an atmosphere are among the most important.
"Our findings offer a very compelling case for a potentially habitable planet," said Steven Vogt, professor of astronomy and astrophysics at UC Santa Cruz. "The fact that we were able to detect this planet so quickly and so nearby tells us that planets like this must be really common."
"With modern techniques, it is now possible to actually search for worlds that might be able to support life as we understand it," added Seidel. "Just a few years back I wouldn't have thought this could have advanced so fast."
This discovery was the result of over a decade of observations on the W. M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii. "Advanced techniques combined with old-fashioned ground-based telescopes continue to lead the exoplanet revolution," said Paul Butler of the Carnegie Institution. "Our ability to find potentially habitable worlds is now limited only by our telescope time."
"One of the three main science objectives of the Astronomy and Astrophysics Decadal Survey released last month is labeled 'New Worlds: Seeking nearby habitable planets,'" added NSF Astronomy Division Director Jim Ulvestad. "It is very gratifying to see that long-term scientific investments by NSF and NASA toward meeting this objective are paying off, and we expect continued discoveries in this area as nearby stars are monitored for longer periods."
Vogt and Butler lead the Lick-Carnegie Exoplanet Survey. The team's new findings are reported in a paper to be published in the Astrophysical Journal and posted online today at arXiv.org. It is also linked to this release. Coauthors include associate research scientist Eugenio Rivera of UC Santa Cruz; associate astronomer Nader Haghighipour of the University of Hawaii-Manoa; and research scientists Gregory Henry and Michael Williamson of Tennessee State University.
The paper reports the discovery of two new planets around the nearby red dwarf star Gliese 581. This brings the total number of known planets around this star to six, the most yet discovered in a planetary system other than our own solar system. Like our solar system, the planets around Gliese 581 have nearly circular orbits.
The most interesting of the two new planets is Gliese 581g, with a mass three to four times that of the Earth and an orbital period of just under 37 days. Its mass indicates that it is probably a rocky planet with a definite surface, and that it has enough gravity to hold on to an atmosphere, according to Vogt.
Gliese 581, located 20 light years away from Earth in the constellation Libra, has a somewhat checkered history of habitable-planet claims. Two previously detected planets in the system lie at the edges of the habitable zone, one on the hot side (planet c) and one on the cold side (planet d). While some astronomers still think planet d may be habitable if it has a thick atmosphere with a strong greenhouse effect to warm it up, others are skeptical. The newly discovered planet g, however, lies right in the middle of the habitable zone.
"We had planets on both sides of the habitable zone--one too hot and one too cold--and now we have one in the middle that's just right," Vogt said.
The planet is tidally locked to the star, meaning that one side is always facing the star and basking in perpetual daylight, while the side facing away from the star is in perpetual darkness. One effect of this is to stabilize the planet's surface climates, according to Vogt. The most habitable zone on the planet's surface would be the line between shadow and light (known as the "terminator"), with surface temperatures decreasing toward the dark side and increasing toward the light side.
"Any emerging life forms would have a wide range of stable climates to choose from and to evolve around, depending on their longitude," Vogt said.
The researchers estimate that the average surface temperature of the planet is between -24 and 10 degrees Fahrenheit (-31 to -12 degrees Celsius). Actual temperatures would range from blazing hot on the side facing the star to freezing cold on the dark side.
If Gliese 581g has a rocky composition similar to the Earth's, its diameter would be about 1.2 to 1.4 times that of the Earth. The surface gravity would be about the same or slightly higher than Earth's, so that a person could easily walk upright on the planet, Vogt said.
The new findings are based on 11 years of observations of Gliese 581 using the HIRES spectrometer (designed by Vogt) on the Keck I Telescope at the W. M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii. The spectrometer allows precise measurements of a star's radial velocity (its motion along the line of sight from Earth), which can reveal the presence of planets. The gravitational tug of an orbiting planet causes periodic changes in the radial velocity of the host star. Multiple planets induce complex wobbles in the star's motion, and astronomers use sophisticated analyses to detect planets and determine their orbits and masses.
"It's really hard to detect a planet like this," Vogt said. "Every time we measure the radial velocity, that's an evening on the telescope, and it took more than 200 observations with a precision of about 1.6 meters per second to detect this planet."
To get that many radial velocity measurements (238 in total), Vogt's team combined their HIRES observations with published data from another group led by the Geneva Observatory (HARPS, the High Accuracy Radial velocity Planetary Search project).
In addition to the radial velocity observations, coauthors Henry and Williamson made precise night-to-night brightness measurements of the star with one of Tennessee State University's robotic telescopes. "Our brightness measurements verify that the radial velocity variations are caused by the new orbiting planet and not by any process within the star itself," Henry said.
The researchers also explored the implications of this discovery with respect to the number of stars that are likely to have at least one potentially habitable planet. Given the relatively small number of stars that have been carefully monitored by planet hunters, this discovery has come surprisingly soon.
"If these are rare, we shouldn't have found one so quickly and so nearby," Vogt said. "The number of systems with potentially habitable planets is probably on the order of 10 or 20 percent, and when you multiply that by the hundreds of billions of stars in the Milky Way, that's a large number. There could be tens of billions of these systems in our galaxy.""


Steven Vogt and Paul Butler lead a team that discovered the first potentially habitable exoplanet

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