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Clyde Lewis | July 7, 2020
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While we were preoccupied with the news of the day, we neglected to report that July 2nd was World UFO Day – I always thought that is was in June but apparently in 2001, an organization called World UFO Day Organization decided to celebrate this day on the 2nd of July as this was the day most UFO enthusiasts gathered to show “evidence” they had collected to support theories of extraterrestrial life.

I guess it is more fitting as most of the contemporary UFO sightings began in the summer of 1947 from the Maury Island incident in June, to the Kenneth Arnold sightings of what looked like shimmering flying wings over Mount Rainer and of course the Roswell incident that took place in July.

Aliens, UFOs, extraterrestrial objects have always attracted astronauts as well as commoners. On several occasions, various stories of UFO sighting has buzzed social media in the past. 

Even with all of the commotion over the COVID-19 pandemic there have been stories that have found their way into a few mainstream news outlets – not getting too much airtime but none the less are very important now as the military has declassified many recent UFO encounters that they have recorded.

Since the first news story about a flying saucer sighting, in 1947, pilots have reported, and instruments have recorded, things that cannot be explained. And whether the government hides that footage or releases it, these phenomena exist at the nexus of what science can presently explain and what the military is able and willing to publicly disclose.

To describe a UFO honestly is to sit in comfort with not knowing. It is to balance three seemingly incompatible truths: The person who saw the UFO is speaking honestly, the camera did capture something real, and the U.S. government is being straightforward when it says that it cannot explain what the pilot saw and what the camera recorded.

Often, the public accepts the first two facts but not the third. 

This where the conspiracy theories bloom and the question of cover up has always been on the minds of those who have seen that bright light, or strange hovering object in the daytime sky.

Whatever was first experienced in June and July of 1947 and whatever commotion or hysteria ensued you cannot ignore that the Flying Saucer question triggered a need for the post World War II security state.

Just after the alleged crash of a Flying Disc at Roswell, the modern post–World War II national security state was formally created by the National Security Act of 1947. Among other changes, the act spun off the Air Force from the Army, established the CIA, and broadly set in place the institutions that would manage the Cold War.

While the territories of the United States had seen battle and occupation during World War II, the contiguous states had remained virtually untouched. But long-range bombers and nuclear weapons, to be followed in the coming decades by long-range missiles, had newly eroded any sense of security that the oceans once provided. When the Air Force was transformed into a coequal branch of the military, part of its mandate was to protect against aircraft, which now promised real, tangible harm from afar.

Thus, the Air Force investigated the early sightings of flying saucers as a matter of national security. The reports included naturally occurring aerial and atmospheric phenomena, deliberate hoaxes, hallucinations, and misidentifications of common objects. By early 1949, the Air Force concluded that these sightings weren’t a matter of immediate national security concern.

They organized public relations campaigns that included Project Sign, Project Grudge and the now infamous Project Blue Book.

In 1992, the CIA published its declassified history of the U-2 and OXCART high-altitude spy plane programs. “U-2 and later OXCART flights accounted for more than one-half of all UFO reports [collected by Project Blue Book] during the late 1950s and most of the 1960s,” the history reveals.

When called by Blue Book investigators during that time period, the CIA would cross-reference the sightings with known but undisclosed U-2 flight logs. The sightings were explainable, if not disclosable. Between natural phenomena, hoaxes, optical illusions, and previously undisclosed classified plane flights, only a small fraction of all sightings from Project Blue Book remained truly unexplained. But none of them was the secret enemy aircraft the Air Force was meant to be vigilant against.

Fearing public panic and hysteria more than alleged nonexistent aerial invaders, the Air Force began public disclosures of some of the data it had collected, starting in the 1950s.

The people have never been satisfied with the attempted disclosures, In 1997 – the 50th anniversary of Roswell, the military attempted to debunk the whole affair by claiming that a weather balloon project called Mogul and crash test dummies were the reason people claimed there was an alien crash.

Still those who were there were unconvinced.

Now after decades of being stonewalled the military had to give answers about a number of videos that were leaked to the press showing Naval fleets being buzzed by unknown Tic Tac looking UFO’s.

The Senate Intelligence Committee has voted to require U.S. intelligence agencies and the Defense Department to compile a detailed public analysis of all data collected on “unidentified aerial phenomenon,” including intrusions recorded by Navy pilots in recent years. The provision contained in the annual intelligence authorization bill, which still needs to be adopted by the full Senate, sets up an unusually public debate on Capitol Hill about how extensively the government has been tracking high performance aircraft of unknown origin, or UFOs.

In a statement it was revealed:

“The Committee remains concerned that there is no unified, comprehensive process within the federal government for collecting and analyzing intelligence on unidentified aerial phenomena, despite the potential threat,” the committee states in its report on the bill, which sets policy for the intelligence community.

The Committee understands that the relevant intelligence may be sensitive; nevertheless, the Committee finds that the information sharing and coordination across the Intelligence Community has been inconsistent, and this issue has lacked attention from senior leaders,” it adds.

The unclassified analysis, which can include a classified annex, is to be completed by the Director of National Intelligence and the Secretary of Defense within 180 days of passage.

Senators on the panel were first briefed a year ago about reports from naval aviators and other personnel about a series of incidents in recent years involving unidentified aircraft stalking Navy aircraft carriers off the the West and East coasts, including a trio of videos that were recently made public.

The congressional briefings were sparked by revelations in late 2017 that the Pentagon had been investigating the sightings and interviewing pilots for a number of years and had recently issued new guidelines to sailors on how to report such incidents.

To be clear there have been many senators that have been briefed on these UFO sightings but what lies deep within the revelation are some other stories that have left many of the senators disturbed about what they are hearing.

The Committee understands that the relevant intelligence may be sensitive; nevertheless, the Committee finds that the information sharing and coordination across the Intelligence Community has been inconsistent, and this issue has lacked attention from senior leaders.

Nick Pope, a former UFO investigator for Britain’s Ministry of Defense, said in an email to Fox News. “This suggests that those senators who received last year’s classified briefing on UFOs were disturbed by it and weren’t satisfied with the current DOD position, i.e. simply stating that the mystery objects encountered by naval aviators remain unidentified.”

There are others that suspect that what the Senators heard and read were accounts of UFO encounters that span many decades and that there are also stories of encounters that resulted in abduction scenarios where people have been taken from her cars, their homes and beds to be experimented upon by what have been describes as alien beings.

From the stories of Roswell, to the stories of terrifying abductions there is a mysterious fact spun into a UFO mythology based on the grim reality of human experimentation that has led to where we are today.

.Keep in mind that from the 1950’s to the 1980’s more people were coming forward saying that they were taken from their beds or even taken from their cars or their farms and were experimented on in flying saucers or UFO’s.

From the remarkable accounts of Whitley Strieber and Travis Walton – to the historic and somewhat forgotten mystery of Betty and Barney Hill, we have been told about the alien abduction phenomenon.

On the evening of September 19, 1961, Betty and Barney Hill were driving south on Route 3 through the White Mountains of New Hampshire in their 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air when Betty spotted a bright object in the sky, which she initially took to be a falling star, though it was falling upward. Noticing that the object was moving erratically, Betty and Barney pulled the car over to take a closer look, as well as to walk their dog, Delsey.

The Hills continued to drive and at about one mile south of Indian Head, the flying object descended rapidly toward their vehicle, causing the Hills to stop their car in the middle of the road. The object, shaped like a flying cigar and 80–100 feet long, filled the entire field of view in their windshield. Barney jumped out of the car and, using his binoculars, claimed to have seen 8–11 humanoid figures, described as “somehow not human.”

Barney returned to the vehicle and, fearing capture, quickly drove away. Betty and Barney then experienced amnesia or memory loss, and the next thing they knew was that they were 35 miles farther along on their journey, with two hours missing and unaccounted for.

Three years later, the Hills underwent regression hypnosis in an attempt to retrieve their lost memory. After subsequent sessions, the Hills were able to recall an experience of abduction by aliens, who claimed to be from the Zeta Reticuli system. After a physical examination by the aliens, the Hills had their memories erased then, returned to their car.

This story is the historic beginning of what was later called the alien abduction mystery.

In one report, Walter Webb of NICAP filed that “Mr. Hill believed that he was going to be captured ‘like a bug in a net.’ That is when he knew it was no conventional aircraft he was observing but something alien and unearthly (sic) containing beings of a superior type, beings that were somehow not human.”

An Air Intelligence Information Report, prepared by a major at Pease Air Force Base at the same time the Hills say they were abducted, read, “It was revealed that a strange incident occurred on 20 Sept. It is not possible to determine any relationship between these two observations, as the radar observation provides no description.

“Time and distance between the two events could hint at a possible relationship.”

Elsewhere, Dr. Benjamin Simon, a renowned psychiatrist from Boston, hypnotized Barney and learned that his severe anxiety was caused by his belief that an abduction had taken place. Betty’s description of the event, also made under hypnosis, matched up pretty closely with Barney’s.

In memories and then under hypnosis, the Hills revealed that a group of aliens had blocked their car on Route 3 and escorted them aboard. Betty remembered fighting, throwing a punch or a kick, which might explain why her dress was torn. She said they tried to probe her naval, but it hurt so they stopped.

Barney described beings wearing shiny black uniforms with spindly legs, a bulky torso and cat-like eyes.

The Hills tried to keep their experience quiet, but a Boston journalist got a tip in 1965 and ran with the story, even though the Hills declined his requests for an interview.

That initiated a media storm.

Look Magazine published the account and the rest is history. There was also a movie that was released in 1975 based on the Hill’s account called, The UFO Incident. It starred James Earl Jones as Barney and academy-award winning actress Estelle Parsons as Betty.

What people do not know is both Betty and Barney were a married couple of mixed race. Both were activists and were champions of civil rights issues. They continued with their community life in the Unitarian Church and the NAACP. Barney Hill was a member of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission and the Rockingham county Community Action Program.

Though the story of Betty and Barney Hill was not the first tale of alien abduction, theirs was the most well-documented and feasibly legitimate. After this encounter, Betty Hill continued doing research on UFOs for the remainder of her life, and the story of the Hills became one of the most widely publicized alien encounters in history. It even shaped the way alien encounters are discussed today in the media.

Before the Hill’s experience, aliens were portrayed as friendly creatures who would commute back and forth between Earth and their home planets. However, after the Hill’s shared their story, alien abductions became better known for their mystery and intrigue. Alien movies and sci-fi novels, like the X-Files, started to include common tropes, such as medical examinations and missing time. Although the Hills have both since passed away, their legacy and the events that occurred in the White Mountains in 1961 have not been forgotten.

Written by Clyde Lewis

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