THE END OF UFO SECRECY
MONOLOGUE WRITTEN BY CLYDE LEWIS
For 20 years, I have participated in the McMinnville, Oregon gathering of UFO enthusiasts commemorating the sighting of one of the more famous UFO sightings over the Trent Farm in Dundee.
For the first 15 years, we have broadcast live and have interviewed many well-known researchers and every year we were always hopeful that there would be some sort of acknowledgment of the evidence that exists which indicates that there is a major concern about UFO’s and what they are and what their agenda is.
As the years went on, it was becoming apparent that we were edging closer to the end of UFO secrecy.
In 2019, we are all but learning that the military, scientists, religious figures and some members of government are confirming that we are not alone or that something of extraordinary nature is happening in he skies in places all over the world.
Number of reports from the Pentagon have stated that they have been analyzing UFO reports for threat assessment – and have investigated what has called an incursion where an armada of UFOs that looked like Tic Tacs were following a Navy strike force.
Witnesses included highly trained military personnel; among them several deeply experienced radar operators and fighter pilots who at the time of the sightings were at the controls of arguably the most advanced flight technology ever created. And yet none can explain what they saw.
The date was November 14, 2004, and the location was the Pacific Ocean, about 100 miles southwest of San Diego, California. The USS Nimitz Carrier Strike Group, which included the nuclear-powered carrier and the missile cruiser USS Princeton, were conducting a series of drills prior to deployment in the Persian Gulf.
At about 2 p.m., two F/A-18F Super Hornet fighter jets from the Nimitz received an unusual order from an operations officer aboard the Princeton. Already airborne, the pilots were told to stop their training maneuvers and proceed to new coordinates for a “real-world” task.
More ominously, the officer asked if they were carrying live weapons. They replied that they were not.
The Princeton’s highly advanced radar had been picking up mysterious objects for several days by then. The Navy called them “anomalous aerial vehicles,” or AAVs — names that have been carefully selected in order to separate the reports of UFO’s a term that has been maligned as fringe terminology associated with space aliens.
According to Kevin Day, the Princeton’s senior radar operator at the time, his screen showed well over 100 AAVs over the course of the week.
According to Day, the AAVs appeared at an altitude greater than 80,000 feet, far higher than commercial or military jets typically fly. Initially, the Princeton’s radar team didn’t believe what they were seeing, chalking up the anomalies to an equipment malfunction. But after they determined that everything was operating as it should and they began detecting instances in which the AAVs dropped with astounding speed to lower, busier airspace, Day approached the Princeton’s commander about taking action.
Two fighters were diverted to intercept one of the strange objects. When they first arrived on the scene, the pilots didn’t see any flying objects. But they did observe what the lead pilot, Commander David Fravor, later referred to as a “disturbance” in the ocean. The water was churning, with white waves breaking over what looked like a large object just under the surface.
Then they noticed one of the objects flying about 50 feet above the water. Fravor, the commander of the elite Black Aces squadron who was a Top Gun program graduate with more than 16 years of flying experience, described it as about 40 feet long, shaped like a Tic Tac candy and with no obvious means of propulsion.
It had no wings an no rotors — it was a bonified UFO and the thought there was a group of them is also troubling.
This incident prompted the Navy to draft new guidelines for pilots and other personnel to report encounters with “unidentified aircraft.” This is a significant new step in creating a formal process to collect and analyze the unexplained sightings and destigmatize them.
I believe that perhaps that this attitude should be shared by more than just the military as we edge closer to ending UFO secrecy.
UFOs should be taken out of the fringe and that the narrative should take many sightings—even those from the past more seriously.
We recently lost a very important researcher in the field of UFO research, Physicist Stanton Friedman. He said with conviction that that the evidence is overwhelming that Planet Earth is being visited by intelligently controlled extraterrestrial spacecraft. In other words, some UFOS are alien spacecraft. Most are not.
People who have seen UFOs understand this – debunkers do not. In fact, they are the ones that are sounding ignorant now –and they do not realize how silly they are as they go out of the way to debunk objects that can be a threat to national security.
Up to the day he died Stanton Freidman believed that The Flying Saucer story is the biggest story of the millennium: visits to Planet Earth by aliens and the U.S. government’s cover-up of the best data (the bodies and wreckage) for over 70 years.
The truth is that hopefully Stanton realized that his hard work is part of the reason why we are now in a place that is not so fringe, not so outrageous.
The difficulty in being part of the maligned fringe is you must deal with those who immediately dismiss anything that is uncomfortable or inconvenient conversation. The objective is to reveal what is called the “big lie” and to do so, we also have to admit that we can lie to ourselves.
One of the biggest liars we have to deal with is ourselves – all of the hopes we have, the fears, the biases, and psychological defenses, that in a clandestine way try to distort our perception of the world and how we react to it.
The mind has to be open and objective. No one has to compromise ethics or core beliefs, however, we all would benefit from a reasonable compromise between being naively trusting and pathologically paranoid.
There are many people we trust who are telling us the truth, but when it comes to sensitive material, or matters or national security, the public has to understand there are limits to what the alphabet agencies call “Intelligence.”
That is why it may be beneficial to do the work yourself, meaning not relying heavily on the messenger but become someone who can testify to the validity of what can be called paranormal activity by experimenting with it all by yourself or with a small group.
Your findings may surprise you.
Although you must realize that during your experiment, the universe never just hands you a bundle of paranormal proof. Sometimes it can be a daunting task that takes a lot of times. Days can go by, or weeks or even month where something that can be shown as compelling evidence can be dropped in your lap.
Until then, we always end up with what can be called cosmic breadcrumbs. Scraps of what are pieces of the puzzle rather than the whole puzzle.
These may be valuable and every little bit, every dot connected can lead you to a major discovery or answer questions you may have about the world, albeit the paranormal world that surrounds you.
As a ‘paranormalphile’ I find myself going in and out of the extraordinary because of many distractions of conspiracy and cover-up that emerge in the news every day. That is why those who are new to the show wonder why I jump from peak to peak with regards to news.
Many think that there is no room for the paranormal; however, I have always illustrated that the normal news sometimes is distracting from the strange news and the hunches that remain in the margins because they seem so unbelievable.
It has always been the aphorism among UFOlogists that there has been a consistent attempt to suppress any and all information about UFOs and alien visitation. With all of the leaks and the cover-ups many cases have been debunked, or at least been retold to the point of banality. It has also been suggested that most cases have evolved into the realm of legend because they have happened so long ago, and true witnesses are elderly and arguably not as sharp as they used to be.
Some of witnesses have taken to their graves the secrets surrounding such landings.
This leaves the new investigator frustrated because perhaps he cannot relate to historical accounts. Many would much rather study and understand cases that they don’t have to blow the dust off of in order to prove that they indeed happened.
It wasn’t known that just after World War II that in the halls of the CIA’s headquarters, in the corridors of the Pentagon, and in the strongholds of the National Security Agency a war of deception was declared on the American people. It was an information war about the many secrets the government kept from us and about what sinister operations the military was up to and therefore “National Security” in one guise or another was always used as a cover and excuse for legitimate intelligence gathering operations as well as countless instances of cover-up and counterintelligence work.
We have discussed in the past that at War’s end it was discovered that Nazi scientists had been previously developing their final secret weapons which they hoped would turn the tide in the war effort. Of course, their wonder weapons on the drawing board included what many perceived to be the “flying discs.”
These weapons were allegedly created under the direction of what only can be called “Secret Chiefs” as the Nazi scientists and others were allegedly under the control of a type of synarchy.
It has always been a matter of the darkest intelligence that Hitler and those who worked under him had made a secret pact with otherworldly entities until later in his chancellery where they abandoned him seeing greater possibilities looming elsewhere.
In 1947, we began hearing about UFOs or saucers that were a product of the news media after a brief conversation with private pilot Kenneth Arnold. Arnold claimed that he saw nine crescent-shaped aircraft traveling at supersonic speeds between Mount Rainier and Mount Adams in Washington State. Arnold also was involved in the investigation of the Maury Island incident where harbor Patrolman Harold Dahl and Fred Crisman were caught up in the first UFO cover up, where men in black and Military investigators attempted to sweep evidence under the rug but were killed in the process.
A team from the U.S. Air Force sent two investigators to talk with Kenneth Arnold and later visited Maury Island and collected samples of UFO debris. They carried the material with them for a return flight to San Francisco in a B-25 aircraft, but never made it.
On August 1, 1947, the plane crashed near Kelso, Washington, killing the crew onboard. It’s a story partly gleaned from declassified FBI documents – a conspiracy investigation that the government wanted to hush up. What material was on board that B-25?
Whatever it was, it apparently was linked to what Harold Dahl claimed to have seen in the sky over Maury Island, as the first wave of UFO sightings began in 1947. Meanwhile the Roswell crash was also happening during this time.
Evidence of crashed exotic aircraft, or a disc and even possible evidence of the Secret chiefs piloting the crashed aircraft were being reported.
Such anomalous aerial phenomena had been observed before, even throughout history but only rarely and sporadically. After Roswell it seemed that saucers were suddenly everywhere and in greater numbers.
Project Blue Book was one of a series of systematic studies of unidentified flying objects conducted by the United States Air Force. It started in 1952, and it was the third study of its kind. The first two were projects SIGN (1947) and GRUDGE (1949). A termination order was given for the study in December 1969, and all activity under its auspices ceased in January 1970.
Project Blue Book had two goals:
To determine if UFOs were a threat to national security, and to scientifically analyze UFO-related data.
Thousands of UFO reports were collected, analyzed and filed. As the result of the Condon Report, which concluded there was nothing anomalous about UFOs, Project Blue Book was ordered shut down in December 1969.
According to a 1985 fact sheet from Wright-Patterson, posted online by the National Archives, the Air Force decided to discontinue UFO investigations after concluding that “no UFO reported, investigated and evaluated by the Air Force has ever given any indication of threat to our national security (and) there has been no evidence indicating that sightings categorized as ‘unidentified’ are extraterrestrial vehicles.”
Wright-Patterson also said the Air Force has not seen any evidence that suggesting the sightings “represent technological developments or principles beyond the range of present-day scientific knowledge.”
Skeptics smelled a whitewash. The private and now-defunct National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena charged throughout the 1960s that the federal government was covering up what it knew about UFOs and pushed for congressional hearings.
The National Archives has made these files available to public on microfilm in its Washington headquarters. Parts of the Project Blue Book files previously have been posted online in various locations.
The truth is that the Flying Saucer or the UFO in the 1940s and 1950s had become a common mystery that was shared by many people. In fact, many magazines like TIME and LOOK would devote page after page about saucers stories.
The obsession of the Flying Saucer was just as prevalent as baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and an American fear of the Cold war. The thing that needs to be emphasized when reflecting on UFO’s and their effect on cultures is that the UFO was at first discussed without the alien context.
It then became more of an extraterrestrial or alien topic in as much that while we were not doing well in the space race, we were all dreaming of space flight, manned missions to the Moon and to Mars. It was theorized that perhaps with a little help from our alien friends we could someday make it to other worlds.
The alien context of the UFO phenomenon has unfortunately dogged any objective analysis of the sightings. Many objective investigators are well aware that there are military test aircraft that can also be seen.
However, in the 1980’s one man came forward to say that the military had in their possession saucers and unknown space craft that they were reverse engineering at a secret base called S-4 near Area 51 in Nevada.
In 1989 George Knapp, a well-known and respected journalist with KLAS, did a series of interviews with a man named “Dennis” who made a claim. “Dennis” claimed to have worked at a small test facility near Area 51. He said he was involved in research that included the testing and reverse engineering exotic craft. The aircraft, a series of 9 disks ranging in shape form a small circular nicknamed the “sports model” to a larger “top hat” style, were housed at super-secret test facility code-named, “S4.”
A by-product of the black budget skunk works test program at Groom Lake, Papoose Lake or S4 was a smaller more concealed location.
After several interviews with Knapp in locations ranging from a studio to a van, the true identity of the man emerged as Robert Scott Lazar. Lazar, as it would turn out, is perhaps the key element in the “saucer tales” that have been circulating about Area 51.
Arguably much of the conspiracy surrounding Area 51 and reverse engineered alien craft comes from Bob Lazar.
As an individual, Lazar’s credibility has been brought into question by a few UFO researchers. People tend to criticize Lazar primarily because of what appears to be lack of credentials and a lack of a personal history.
However, many times those same researchers have failed to truly explore his background. And to Lazar’s credit he has produced several key items which lend credibility to his identity. Lazar, very early on, produced a W2 form which stated he worked for Naval Intelligence during the time when he says he worked at S4.
From there the trail went cold.
However, the story of Bob Lazar and the secrets of Area 51 continue to breed intrigue.
One thing about Lazar that seldom gets mentioned is that Lazar is straightforward in his ability to relate the story of his experiences. Polygraph and hypnosis tests have also impressed witnesses as well. Lazar has never really benefited from his story and does not seek to bank on his experience.
In fact, many people have probably forgotten about Bob Lazar now that much of what has been happening at Area 51 was declassified.
Lazar was the first man to tell us about advanced aerospace systems that were derived from possible extraterrestrial technology.
If you believe Lazar and others the “smoking guns” have been locked up in the Nevada Desert.
The only way to prove that these technologies exist is to demand that the government kick in the doors and reveal that perhaps we have had the knowledge about advanced systems since the 1940’s and events like Roswell were enough to force the United States government to set apart the Army from the Air Force and create security agencies like the CIA to head up investigations into exactly what went on in the decades leading to the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program.
President Harry Truman instructed Secretary of Defense James Forrestal to set up Operation Majestic Twelve, a blue-ribbon, top-secret panel headed by Vannevar Bush, a leading Manhattan Project figure and creator of the Memex machine, a forerunner of the modern-day computer.
Researchers contend that the MJ-12 committee eventually brokered a sit-down between space aliens and President Dwight D. Eisenhower, during which an agreement was reached to enable alien studies of human biology via abductions and animal mutilations in exchange for use of extraterrestrial “black” technology that would lead to developments like the B-2 “Stealth Bomber.”
Later, it was suggested that John Kennedy’s threat to reveal the MJ-12 alien negotiations was the prime reason for his assassination.
All is relatively academic to the true UFO conspiracy theorist.
It was soon after the space race ended with a man on the moon and the fear of an alien threat was somehow speculated about when Reagan gave his alien threat speech and proposed his Strategic Defense Initiative or Star Wars plan.
Lazar then made his claims and later it was hacker Gary McKinnon that confirmed what Lazar already told us in 1989.
McKinnon was the hacker at the center of an extradition dispute between the U.K. and the U.S. and claimed that once he broke through flimsy security on military and NASA computers, he found “The Disclosure Project,” which collected testimony from air-traffic controllers, nuclear-missile technicians, and others confirming the existence of UFOs. He also found evidence of secret space program that predated Trump’s Space Force.
The U.S. Government wanted to extradite him and charge him with acts of terrorism, however, charges were dropped because he certainly had information that the government did not want to have heard in a lengthy trial.
What McKinnon uncovered was just the beginning of the confirmation process that has been talked about by many investigators like J. Allen Hynek, Freidman and whistle blowers like Lazar and even Ed Snowden.
The 2017 report in the New York Times saying that for at least five years, the Defense Department housed a $22-million, clandestine program to investigate UFOs also is an important benchmark that takes the fringe out of UFOs.
Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, as it was called, was to investigate those claims to see if there was truly something otherworldly behind those sightings.
It’s unclear just how many reports pilots had filed to the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, but people who have come forward about the program have made it clear that there would have been a lot more reports filed if it hadn’t been for one thing – stigma.
It is unfortunate that believing in the paranormal has become shorthand for crazy.
However, the tables are turning, and it is crazy to dismiss the phenomena outright.
Science hinges on discovery and the pursuit to understand the unknown. It’s not out of the realm of possibility, then, that some of these UFO reports are worthy of rigorous investigation. They could reveal something new about atmospheric phenomena, or physics, or, yes, possibly even extraterrestrials.
It’s not easy to separate the mysterious sightings, the ones that could yield something scientifically interesting, from the sightings that can quickly be resolved.
However, it is more than apparent that more people are looking up and are now aware that discernment is what is going to win on the long run. This will most certainly aid in putting an end to UFO secrecy.