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Drizzle Rather Than Storm at Area 51
The Latest on “Storm Area 51” events in two tiny Nevada towns near the once-secret military research site (all times local):
Earthling visitors are dwindling at an “Alienstock” festival in the remote Nevada desert, and the lights are off where an evening music program spot inspired by a “Storm Area 51” internet post was canceled.
Lincoln County emergency services chief Eric Holt said Saturday that after crowds peaked at about 3,000, first-responders from around the state were being sent home.
No one knew how many people would arrive in response to an internet meme to storm the gates of a military base long the focus of conspiracy theories about extraterrestrials and UFOs.
Local officials had prepared for up to 30,000.
“Alienstock” at the Little A’Le’Inn in Rachel was due to continue until midnight, but the audience was sparse.
“Area 51 Basecamp” in Hiko pulled the plug Saturday after drawing just 500 attendees at a Friday music event planned for 5,000.
Authorities are scaling back the number of law enforcement officers and medics at ongoing events in towns near Area 51 in the remote Nevada desert.
Lincoln County emergency services Chief Eric Holt said Saturday that officials aren’t getting complacent, but resources to handle up to 30,000 people probably won’t be needed for an estimated 3,000 campers and festival-goers at “Alienstock” in Rachel.
A promoter canceled an evening music schedule in Hiko (HI’-koh) tied to an internet hoax inviting people to “Storm Area 51.”
A slate of speakers and is still planned Saturday at the Alien Research Center.
But “Area 51 Basecamp” organizer Keith Wright says that after drawing just 500 attendees at a Friday concert planned for 5,000, he decided to pull the plug.
A promoter has canceled a second day of music, speakers and movies in Hiko (HI’-koh), tied to ongoing “Storm Area 51” festivities in the Nevada desert.
“Area 51 Basecamp” organizer Keith Wright says that after drawing just 500 attendees at a Friday event planned for 5,000, he had to pull the plug.
He says campers can stay until Sunday.
Wright says the event at George Harris’ Alien Research Center was safe for people who showed up, but became an obvious financial loss.
In Rachel, Little A’Le’Inn owner Connie West says a slate of musical entertainment will continue as planned until midnight for the several thousand revelers at the “Alienstock” event she’s hosting.
West says she’s sad to hear the Hiko festival didn’t succeed.
Authorities keeping watch over thousands of Earthlings partying in the Nevada desert, drawn by a “Storm Area 51” internet craze, are reporting no serious overnight incidents.
Lincoln County Sheriff Kerry Lee called it “pretty calm” early Saturday at “Alienstock” events in Rachel and “Area 51 Basecamp” in Hiko (HI’-koh).
Lee says groups gathered until about 4 a.m. at two gates to the sprawling once-secret U.S. Air Force facility between the two towns.
He says about 20 people broke from among revelers and the curious at the Rachel gate and rushed forward, but stopped short.
Lee says one person was arrested overnight for disorderly conduct at the music, speakers, movies and camping event and in Hiko.
Authorities arrested two men in the rugged mountains inside the perimeter of the once-secret Area 51 military base in Nevada and one woman who made it clear at a busy gate that she was going to trespass no matter what.
Lincoln County Sheriff Kerry Lee reported the arrests Friday and said the number of people approaching base checkpoints near the tiny desert towns of Hiko and Rachel in recent days has topped 1,000.
A man reported missing after heading out Thursday toward an Area 51 gate was found safe Friday evening.
Emergency services chief Eric Holt says one man was treated at a festival in Rachel for dehydration, but no serious injuries were reported.
Lee says crowds have grown to perhaps 3,000 people at internet-inspired festivals dubbed “Alienstock” in Rachel and fewer than 1,000 at “Area 51 Basecamp” in Hiko.
Vincent Dahl of Stockton, California, woke up at the “Alienstock” campground in remote Nevada looking to hitch a ride to the nearest gate at the once-secret Area 51 military site.
John Derryberry and Sarah Shore, a couple from Nashville, Tennessee, happily obliged.
By the time they made it across 8 miles (13 kilometers) of dusty road, the trio in their mid-20s were like old friends.
They came after an internet hoax invited people to “Storm Area 51.” The site is the focus of popular lore about government studies of space aliens.
Dahl was in a tinfoil hat to prevent the government from reading his thoughts, Derryberry wore a Buzz Lightyear costume and Shore danced in a glittery cape. They found dozens of other gawkers at the gate.
Authorities watched people pose for selfies, take in the scene and then head back to their cars.
Nevada authorities say about 40 people gathered overnight at Area 51 with plans to storm the gates before leaving peacefully.
The Nye County Sheriff’s Office said in a video news release Friday that the group initially came together outside the Area 51 Alien Center in Amargosa Valley about 3 a.m.
Authorities say some of the people then went closer to the gates before they left after “heated warnings” from officers.
Everyone was gone by 5 a.m. They were described as being compliant and peaceful.
The gathering occurred about 95 miles (153 kilometers) from the events taking place near the tiny Nevada towns of Rachel and Hiko after an internet hoax posted in June invited people to “storm” the once-secret military installation, the focus of popular lore about government studies of extraterrestrial life and space aliens.
At least two people were detained earlier in the day by deputies at a different gate to Area 51.
Authorities say one person was arrested on a charge of public urination and another was detained at a gate to Area 51.
A group of about 75 people gathered near the site after an internet hoax posted in June invited people to “storm” the once-secret military installation. The place is the focus of popular lore about government studies of extraterrestrial life and space aliens.
The “Storm Area 51” invitation spawned festivals in the tiny Nevada towns of Rachel and Hiko nearest the military site, and a more than two-hour drive from Las Vegas.
Sheriff Kerry Lee did not immediately provide details on the arrest or why the other person was detained. A press briefing was scheduled later Friday morning.
At least two people were detained by local sheriff’s deputies at a gate to Area 51 in Nevada after an estimated 75 people gathered at the site early Friday.
A weekend gathering is happening in the desert after an internet hoax posted in June invited people to “storm” the once-secret military installation. The place is the focus of popular lore about government studies of extraterrestrial life and space aliens.
It wasn’t immediately clear if a woman who began ducking under al gate and a man who urinated nearby were arrested after the crowd gathered about 3 a.m.
An Associated Press photographer saw both escorted away by deputies. A sheriff’s dispatcher declined to comment.
- WILD, WILD HISTORY DEPARTMENT -
AREA 51 - You Have Been Warned to Keep Out!
By Sean Casteel
The warning signs outside the mysterious military base say that lethal force is authorized and will be used against unlawful intruders. Meanwhile, even some diehard UFO believers are strongly cautioning potential visitors to stay away and “let sleeping dogs lie,” as the saying goes. The road to the site is barren and bringing plenty of one’s own water and gas is a necessity.
In an effort to fill the need for a book that helps the reader understand the entire picture of Area 51 and similar installations around the world, Global Communications is offering – hot off the presses – a new book called “Timothy Green Beckley’s Area 51: Warning! Keep Out!” The following is a survey of Area 51’s history and an overview of its counterparts in Britain, Australia and Russia. By way of introduction, we begin with a capsule history of Area 51 by noted writer and television news producer Tim R. Swartz, one of the many contributors to the new book.
TAKING A TRIP TO DREAMLAND
“Area 51 is the worst kept secret around,” Swartz writes. “Officially, ‘Area 51’ is the common name given to a remote detachment of Edwards Air Force Base in Southern Nevada. The Russians knew about it decades ago. It has become a pop culture cliché seen in comics and movies such as ‘Independence Day.’ It even has the honor of being featured on an episode of ‘The Simpsons.’ (Lisa actually found Area 51-A on ‘Lost our Lisa.’)
“Probably the best known aspect of Area 51,” he continues, “also referred to as Groom Lake, are the rumors – and beliefs of some – that it has stored away, in some secret hangar, crashed extraterrestrial spaceships and possibly even their alien pilots (living or dead). It is hard to pinpoint exactly when these rumors started, or even who started them. In the 1980s, computer bulletin boards, hosted on Compuserve and Prodigy, were created for the discussion of UFOs and UFO reports. In these discussions were references to a ‘Secret Air Force Base’ in Nevada where the alleged crashed UFO found near Roswell was stored.”
ENTER THE COLD WAR
According to Swartz: “What we do know about Area 51 is that in the early 1950s, with the Cold War in full swing, the U.S. worried about the USSR’s technology, intentions, and ability to launch a surprise attack. Because of this, the U.S. Navy and Air Force sent low-flying aircraft on reconnaissance missions over the USSR, but they were at constant risk of being shot down. In November 1954, President Eisenhower approved the secret development of a high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft called the U-2. .
“A secret location was needed for testing of these black budget aircraft. They found it in the southern Nevada desert near a salt flat known as Groom Lake, which had once been a World War II aerial gunnery range for Army Air Corps pilots. At this time there were also a number of atmospheric nuclear test sites situated throughout the Nevada Test Site (NTS). The Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) first announced the existence of this base in 1955 as Watertown.
“A booklet distributed to the press by the AEC in 1957 stated that the facility was within the Las Vegas Bombing and Gunnery Range. It was described as a small complex with ‘dormitories, equipment, buildings and a small airstrip.’”
U-2 testing began in July 1955, under the authority of the CIA.
“The tests went extremely well,” Swartz writes, “considering they were frequently interrupted, because the personnel at the base had to be evacuated whenever a nuclear test was to take place nearby. The base suffered extensive damage during some of these detonations. It’s not known what the long term effects of exposure to radiation had on personnel stationed at the base. The veil of secrecy surrounding Area 51 made sure no information would ever get out.
“While the U-2 was operating out of Area 51, civilian airline pilots would occasionally spot it at high altitudes and report seeing a UFO. Air Force officials knew the majority of these unexplained sightings were U-2 tests, but they were not allowed to reveal these details to the public. So, ‘natural phenomena’ or ‘high-altitude weather research’ became go-to explanations for these UFO sightings. This may be the beginnings of Area 51 becoming synonymous with alien space ships.
“U-2 operations were moved to other locations in the late 1950s, but other top secret military aircrafts continued tests at Area 51. Over the years, the SR-71 Blackbird, A-12 and numerous stealth aircrafts like Bird of Prey, F-117A, and TACIT BLUE have all been developed and tested in the Nevada desert.”
SMILE FOR THE CAMERA
Swartz further reports that, “Despite its remote location, the government has had difficulties keeping the base secret. For example, in 1974, astronauts taking part in a Skylab mission accidentally photographed the airfield at Groom Lake. On April 19, 1974, someone in the CIA sent the Director of Central Intelligence, William Colby, a memorandum regarding this situation.”
The memo read, in part that, “The issue arises from the fact that the recent Skylab mission inadvertently photographed” the airfield at Groom Lake. “There were specific instructions not to do this,” the memo stated, and Groom “was the only location which had such an instruction.”
In other words, the CIA considered no other spot on Earth to be as sensitive as Groom Lake, and the astronauts had just taken a picture of it.
“This photo has been going through an interagency reviewing process aimed at a decision on how it should be handled,” the unnamed CIA official wrote. “There is no agreement. DoD elements (USAF, NRO, JCS, ISA) all believe it should be withheld from public release. NASA, and to a large degree State, has taken the position that it should be released – that is, allowed to go into the Sioux National Repository and to let nature take its course.”
The CIA memo writer added that “There are some complicated precedents which, in fairness, should be reviewed before a final decision.” These included “A question of whether anything photographed in the United States can be classified if the platform is unclassified. Such complex issues in the UN concerning United States policies toward imagery from space” and “the question of whether the photograph can be withheld without leaking.”
Swartz tells us that, “The answer to the last question is obvious: the photo was withheld, and this fact never leaked. It has only come to light now, after the CIA declassified the document. In a cover note to the memorandum written by the Director of Central Intelligence, William Colby, there was speculation as to whether or not the photo needed to be suppressed because the quality wasn’t all that great. He also noted that the USSR already had photos of the base from their own spy satellites, and if the photo was released, they could just say that classified USAF work is being done there.
“Colby’s questions almost seem naïve given the debates that have raged within the U.S. intelligence community for decades over the need for secrecy. Those within the intelligence community who have asked ‘What is the harm in acknowledging the obvious?’ have almost always lost the argument. As for the Skylab photo…nothing more is known of the incident other than the fact that the photograph was never released.”
UFOS AND AREA 51
So why UFOs and Area 51?
“Physicist Bob Lazar came forward in 1989,” Swartz recounts, “to reveal that he worked on back-engineered extraterrestrial spacecraft at a secret location just south of Area 51 called S-4. Despite the criticism and outrage about his story, he has never backed down on his claims and says that everything happened just as he said. It is Lazar’s story that has fueled most of the widespread beliefs that Area 51 and UFOs go hand in hand.
Swartz makes reference to paranormal author Nick Redfern, who theorizes that Russian espionage agents embedded in Las Vegas and spying on Area 51 were getting help from unwitting UFO researchers. The U.S. Government, military and intelligence community didn’t know where those Russian agents were, or who they were. As a way to try and uncover the identity of the Russian agents, a disinformation campaign using Area 51 may have been created.
Bob Lazar could well have been a patsy, a decoy to spread tales of acquired UFOs, dead aliens, and cosmic conspiracies. Lazar may have worked out of S-4, and he also may have fully believed those supposedly top secret briefing papers that told tales of ancient encounters between the human race and aliens, and genetic alterations to the human species made by advanced ETs. In that sense, Lazar was perhaps a completely unwitting figure in this espionage mind-game.
Lazar admitted to journalist George Knapp that while he was at S-4, the staff “play so many mind games there.” Lazar also admitted that certain memories from his time spent at Area 51 were suspiciously hazy. This was something which led Lazar to believe that his mind had been tampered with – possibly via chemicals, hypnosis, and MK-Ultra-type “mind-control” technologies.
AREA 51-WARNING KEEP OUT! WITH JOSHUA P. WARREN
Everyone wants to know “what the hell goes on” behind that line in the sand and the surrounding fencing and the ominous signs that tell you TO KEEP OUT? Famous paranormal researcher Joshua P. Warren recently had a “time warp” experience off the Extraterrestrial Highway.
Warren has traveled the world investigating mysterious phenomena and made the cover of a science journal in 2004, for lab experiments regarding energy fields in nature related to UFOs and the enigmatic Brown Mountain Lights. In the summer of 2018, he made international news for a discovering a “time anomaly” south of Las Vegas.
To see his mind-blowing photos and videos visit http://www.JoshuaPWarren.com — He owns the Haunted Asheville Ghost Tours and the Asheville Mystery Museum in North Carolina, plus the new “Creepy Vegas Ghost and UFO Show” in Las Vegas, Nevada. The title “AREA 51 — WARNING KEEP OUT” is derived from the new book title packaged by Timothy G Beckley co host of Exploring the Bizarre and Mr UFOs Secret Files on YouTube.
THE BRITISH ANSWER TO AREA 51
Nigel Watson is another in Beckley’s stable of writers who contributes to “Area 51: Warning! Keep Out!” As you may gather from his name, Watson hails from the UK.
“Some Ufologists in the UK suspect,” Watson writes, “that the government conducts UFO research at a number of secret locations scattered throughout the country. The most attention has been focused on RAF Rudloe Manor, Wiltshire, which has a vast underground tunnel system and chambers. These have been used for storing ammunition, aircraft construction and as operations rooms during WWII. After the war, it has been used for various functions, including being a communications and operational hub for the UK’s military communications satellite system. This link with outer space and the high security around the base no doubt cemented its link with UFOs and is the reason why it has the reputation as Britain’s equivalent to Area 51.
“Numerous Ufologists have visited the site or have even tried to get inside it to discover what alien evidence is hiding there. The fascination with this location is highlighted in a report by Daniele Mandelli, titled simply ‘RAF Rudloe Manor.’ She provides a thorough history of the place and tells how:
“On 15th May 1997, Graham Wilson (Society for Paranormal UFO Research, SPUR, Head Office), Roger Mallett (SPUR Wiltshire Office) and myself, (Daniele Mandelli (SPUR London Office) made the journey to Rudloe Manor to see the facilities for ourselves. I had already been once before, but had only driven past a few times without stopping to have a good look round. This time would be different, I’d expected trouble and I was not disappointed! We had come well prepared, with binoculars, cameras, and an ordnance survey map. I’d also studied reports on Rudloe Manor in Matthew Williams’ ‘Truth Seekers Review,’ and had spoken with him about the trip on the phone, so I was pretty confident of my knowledge on the base, what to look for and what could be expected.”
Their visit resulted in them being told to go away by the base security guards and did not amount to much. Matthew Williams’ report in “Truth Seekers Review,” “Secrecy Shakedown, Part Two,” about his visit to the site on 25 December, 1994, with Paul Damon, is far more dramatic. A white security van blocked their vehicle and the driver questioned them. When they said they were Ufologists, he said he would go to check their credentials and warned that if they tried driving off they would be taken out of circulation. When their credentials were accepted, they were told not to take any photographs and when they left they were followed by a police car for several miles. (This should strike the present reader as being nearly identical to what happens when civilians stray too far at Area 51!)
The following year, Matthew made another trip to the area, where his activities were followed by what he regarded as MI5 operatives and he was questioned by Ministry of Defense (MoD) police, who did not like him asking about the underground base. As with other such enterprises, nothing much was discovered except that the authorities were spooked by people trying to gain access to high security sites. Ufologists seem to think this confirms that they are keeping alien/UFO evidence under wraps from public gaze but it is more to do with protecting down-to-earth national military secrets and protecting them from enemies of the state.
Nick Pope, who formerly ran the UFO desk for the British government, did confess that there are facilities similar to Area 51in the UK:
“Is there a British Area 51? Yes and no. Exotic – but decidedly terrestrial – aviation technology has been designed and tested at RAE Farnborough, the BAE Systems site at Warton, and a handful of other locations. But geography is against us Brits. The comparatively small size of the UK means that there simply isn’t space to do what the Americans do. We don’t have deserted areas of hundreds of square miles where we can test fly our shiny new toys in private.”
PINE GAP: AUSTRALIA’S AREA 51
The tentacles of the US intelligence community reach into Australia, where they are firmly clutching a top secret base Down Under. Known as Pine Gap, the facility is located in the Australian Outback, and is one of a number of bases located worldwide within the United Kingdom/USA network.
According to a website called “Cosmic Conspiracies,” which bills itself as Europe’s Biggest and Most Popular UFO/Paranormal Website: “Pine Gap is very remote and seems to have a multitude of functions attached to it. It has been linked to the UFO phenomenon by a number of researchers, and appears to have been the source of the ‘beam’ that appeared on the famous STS 48 footage, causing the anomalous objects, caught on the Space Shuttle’s video camera, to veer off in a multitude of directions. This has caused some researchers to speculate that Pine Gap is home to ground-based ‘Star Wars’ weaponry, capable of a first-strike against UFOs or foreign satellites in low Earth orbit.”
The website then notes that Timothy Good, a respected author on the subject of UFOs and the attendant government cover-up, has written about Pine Gap on several occasions.
“Located twelve miles from Alice Springs in Australia’s Northern Territory,” Good writes, “Pine Gap is a highly secret communications base run by the National Security Agency. Ostensibly a ‘Joint Defence Space Research Facility,’ sponsored by both the American and Australian defence departments, Pine Gap serves principally as a downlink for geosynchronous SIGINT (signals intelligence) satellites.
“It was established by the Central Intelligence Agency in 1966,” Good continues, “and is run jointly by the CIA and the NSA. According to one American observer, ‘The Australians have accorded the Pine Gap facility remarkable hospitality. People and cargo routinely fly in and out, entering and exiting without the burden of customs or immigration checks. The place enjoys almost extra-territorial status.’”
The website posting goes on to say, “It is clear that the Americans control this massive facility on foreign soil. This would not be surprising, given the historic arrangement undertaken by the signatories of the UK-USA agreement. Australia appears to be a junior partner of a signals intelligence-gathering operation that is dominated by America and Britain. The odd thing about Pine Gap is its placement. Where the British spy base GCHQ is located on the outskirts of the English town of Cheltenham (and is currently subject to a high profile, 600 million pounds redevelopment), Pine Gap’s remoteness is almost akin to Area 51 in Nevada.
“It’s little wonder, then, that rumors abound about UFO research and development at this facility. Its low profile might very well be due to the sensitivity of American operations being carried out on Australian soil. It is well known, for instance, that GCHQ and Menwith Hill in England have a strong American presence, but this is acceptable here in Britain because of the ‘special relationship’ between our two countries, especially with respect to sharing intelligence information.
“Would the Australian public at large be so sympathetic to an overt American presence in the Northern Territories? It seems unlikely. Even so, there may be some truth to the rumors of UFOs and space weaponry at Pine Gap, the evidence for which continues to grow.”
UNDERGROUND BASE AT PINE GAP
A scientist among Australia’s elite in a key position revealed that there are at least ten top-secret American facilities in Australia with the so-called “Joint Defence Space Research Facility” at Pine Gap being the most important.
The Pine Gap base was built by American workers flown in for that purpose on a shift basis. The base became operational after two years.
“Large underground facilities are rumored to extend some twelve miles below the base,” the report continues. “Long tunnels are laid out in a pattern similar to the spokes of a wheel, and extend several miles from the center of the base. In a deep, shielded underground chamber, a secret nuclear reactor similar in size to those used to power submarines was installed to drive large AC and DC generators. Reportedly, extending some 20,000 feet below the base is a borehole containing an ultra-low frequency antenna that is apparently used for secret experiments supposedly related to Nikola Tesla’s resonance theories as well as low-frequency communications throughout the world.
“Pine Gap is a multi-billion dollar operation of great importance to the American government,” the report says.
UFO SIGHTINGS ARE A PART OF THE PICTURE
In the aftermath of the construction of the secret underground facility at Pine Gap, the number of UFO sightings in the area has increased to epic proportions. One such incident, in 1989, involved three hunters who were on an all-night shooting trip in the hills near Pine Gap.
“At around 4:30 AM,” the anonymous source narrates, “they observed a large camouflaged door open on the side of a low hill inside the security compound and a metallic, circular disc appear from the gaping black hole. The disc tipped on its edge and disappeared vertically at tremendous speed. The door then slowly shut, and everything returned to normal. The camouflage was so good that from their vantage point they were unable to observe anything unusual about the area after the door closed.”
Another incident with a camouflaged door was also recorded.
“Another camouflaged door case occurred when two members of the Northern Territory Police,” the report said, “who were taking part in a search for a missing Alice Springs child, watched as three ‘bathtub-shaped’ objects flew slowly over the base and then one by one disappeared into an oblong black hole in a hillside. This also occurred during the early hours of the morning. As the two police officers had arranged to meet other members of the search party, they left without seeing the door close.”
The report also describes other UFO sightings at the Pine Gap underground base, all of which point to a conspiracy between secret military forces and some of the many alien races who are said to be visiting the Earth and carrying out their own agenda, an agenda our governments may be helpless to do anything about.
“Though its communications functions are important,” the report says, “its research and development sections situated below the surface are considered vital to the future of the planet. Here extraterrestrials conduct their work in partial cooperation with human scientists. They live in special conditions in virtual isolation, and come and go as they please.”
UFO ATTACK ON RUSSIA’S KAPUSTIN YAR
In the 1940s and 1950s, as the flying saucer phenomenon began to make its presence felt in the skies over America, the communist enemies of the U.S. were also receiving their fair share of UFO events. The Soviets were not exempt from increasing contact with apparent aliens and were also subject to more and more reports of spacecraft entering the airspace over Russia.
PAUL STONEHILL DELIVERS SOME HARD FACTS
A British website called “The Daily Star Online” published an interview with Soviet-born UFO researcher and author Paul Stonehill in which he said, “The Soviets were shocked so many UFOs could penetrate their borders and basically just do what they wanted without any control from the Kremlin. There were many more cases of direct encounters than in the United States, and anything which was flying over the Soviet Union was very interested in secret military installations.”
In fact, according to Stonehill, throughout the Cold War and the space race Soviet forces frequently clashed with UFOs.
“The Kremlin was paranoid,” he said, “but they could not do anything about it. They tried on several occasions where orders were given out from on high to shoot down UFOs, or local commanders would take it upon themselves. However, it always ended badly for them.”
In his research, Stonehill uncovered “a culture of total secrecy over the phenomenon in the Soviet Union,” says The Daily Star Online. “Kremlin bigwigs would pass off any public reports of the phenomenon as ‘a hoax perpetrated by the Western powers.’”
A secret research program called SETKA was established in 1977 after the Petrozavodsk incident in which 48 UFOs appeared in the atmosphere across the Soviet Union. The incident climaxed with a huge glowing object appearing overhead – seemingly beaming shafts of light towards the Earth. The goal of the SETKA program was to work out what the Petrozavodsk ships and other similar UFOs were, even as higher Soviet authorities acknowledged that the craft could not be of Earth-bound origin.
While the SETKA archives were shared among the top military minds and scientists, much of what was learned remains highly classified. Forms were distributed among soldiers, sailors and airmen to enable them to file fully detailed reports of their encounters.
“It was prolific enough,” Stonehill said, “to really make you wonder how much the Soviets knew.”
AN UNDERGROUND BASE, RUSSIAN STYLE
Among the top secret Russian facilities that Stonehill alludes to in the interview is a location called Kapustin Yar, said to be the most sensitive air base in the country, even exceeding America’s Area 51 for the levels of secrecy that enshroud it. The following information is provided by a site called “Cool Interesting Stuff,” in a section entitled “ZHITKUR Underground Base, Russia’s Area 51.”
Kapustin Yar was created as the site for the development of the Soviet Union’s space program after the end of World War II. It lies over 500 miles south of Moscow and about 60 miles east of Volgograd, the former Stalingrad. It was here that captured V2 rockets and German scientists that created them were set to work with the task of getting into space before the Americans. They were also tasked with designing and testing new aircraft, missiles and other weapons systems.
In 1948, less than a year after the famed Roswell Incident, the base’s radar operators picked up an unidentified object. Simultaneously, a fighter pilot flying near the base saw a silver, cigar-shaped object. After reporting that his eyes were blinded by rays from the UFO, the pilot was ordered to engage with it. There followed a three-minute dogfight, after which a missile brought down the object. Meanwhile, the UFO fired some sort of energy weapon at the plane and both craft crashed to the ground.
William J. Birnes, author, publisher and television personality, speculates that the alien craft fired a particle beam weapon at the Soviet fighter, but a “lucky shot” with the missile disrupted the UFO’s antigravity field, causing it to fall from the sky. Soviet recovery teams hurriedly swept up the debris and transported it to the underground facility at Kapustin Yar. Birnes claimed that MiG pilots were ordered to take any measures necessary to bring down alien ships because Moscow was desperate to gain any advantage over the U.S., whom they believed were making their own leaps and strides by reverse-engineering recovered flying saucers.
THE AMERICANS GET A LITTLE WORRIED
When the American U2 spy planes managed to photograph the complex at Kapustin Yar, there were already four ballistic missile launch sites, fourteen launch pads, a highly-sophisticated radar tracking facility, three long runways and numerous unidentified areas. There were also strange, geometric patterns on the ground. Many UFO researchers believe that these designs are intended to attract UFOs and are patterned after ancient monuments and cereal glyphs.
What the reconnaissance craft could not unveil was the underground Zhitkur facility, but Russian Ufologist Anton Anfalov has provided the following description based on a guided tour he claimed to have taken.
“A quarter of a mile beneath the surface, we were led down dark, dank corridors and tunnels, with numerous chambers containing various types of extraterrestrial craft in various stages of disassembly. There were areas where autopsies of aliens would take place, and other sections where perhaps engines were being reconstructed. Finally, there are huge hangars containing not aircraft but large, cigar-shaped or cylindrical-shaped objects.”
It is said that the advances at Kapustin Yar enabled the Soviets to leap ahead of America in the space race. In 1957, they successfully placed the Sputnik satellite into orbit, followed a month later by sending a dog called Laika to be the first animal in space. In 1961, Yuri Gagarin became the first man to orbit the Earth. The first woman in space, Valentina Tereshkova, made the journey in 1963. The first man to “walk” in space was Alexei Leonov in 1965. The first rendezvous and docking in space was carried out by Russian cosmonauts as well. Apart from the Apollo moon shots, the Soviet Union was winning the space race until the space shuttle was first launched in 1981.
The new freedoms in Russian made it possible for members of the media to obtain “top secret” footage of supposed UFOs at Kapustin Yar. On June 3, 1960, two alien craft allegedly crashed at Kapustin Yar, creating an expanding fireball that caused explosions in the area for more than an hour. People are seen running from the flames, smoke pouring off of their clothing. One man drops to the ground and doesn’t move. One of the UFOs was said to have destroyed three rockets on their launch pads, while the other took out a fuel depot. After the fires had been extinguished, the remains of the craft were sent to Zhitkur.
But it remains impossible, based on the footage, to prove the two UFOs caused the conflagration, since all the film shows is a big fire. But the story endures, and Stanton Friedman has said that he heard those same rumors about UFOs destroying Soviet rockets in an act of retaliation.
THE STATUS QUO OF UFO SECRECY CONTINUES
The research is still ongoing at Kapustin Yar, with UFO wreckage being brought to Zhitkur quite regularly, such as a craft said to have crashed in Poland in 1997.
The Soviet Union obviously had a great deal of interest in the subject and seemed prepared to respond with extreme hostility to unidentified craft in their airspace. Was Moscow’s leap into space guided by reverse-engineering alien craft? The evidence would suggest not. Soviet rockets were powered pretty much the same way as the American ones – and that wouldn’t be by antigravity engines from a crashed saucer.
Still, one is forced to wonder what secrets might exist in all these underground facilities, not just in Russia, but all over the world. One must also marvel at the proliferation of facilities like Area 51 in other countries besides the U.S. The creation of these numerous installations as a response to the UFO presence is similar across the board and around the world. Will these hidden monuments to UFOs and government secrecy someday yield up the truth we believers are still seeking?
Source: Spectral Vision
- NONE DARE CALL THEM UFOS DEPARTMENT -
Navy Releases Dates of Three Encounters with “Phenomena”
By John Greenewald, Jr.
The U.S. Navy has released the dates of three officially acknowledged encounters with what they call “phenomena.” In multiple statements received exclusively by The Black Vault, the Navy excited those interested in UFOs by officially admitting that the videos referred to as the ”FLIR1,” “Gimbal” and “GoFast” were, in fact, “Unidentified Aerial Phenomena” or UAPs. Now, the Navy has offered up brief, but additional details about the cases, some of which, were previously unknown.
The three videos referenced were originally released by the New York Times and To The Stars Academy of Arts & Science (TTSA) beginning in December of 2017. Two of the three videos, “FLIR1” and “Gimbal,” were released first. Later in March of 2018, the “GoFast” video was revealed on TTSA’s website but offered limited details.
Most will recognize the phrasing, “Unidentified Flying Object” or UFO, much more easily than UAP. However, the U.S. Navy has seemingly adopted the latter in recent years. According to Joseph Gradisher, official spokesperson for the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare, “the ‘Unidentified Aerial Phenomena’ terminology is used because it provides the basic descriptor for the sightings/observations of unauthorized/unidentified aircraft/objects that have been observed entering/operating in the airspace of various military-controlled training ranges.”
When asked what the three videos represented, Gradisher stated to The Black Vault, “The Navy has not publicly released characterizations or descriptions, nor released any hypothesis or conclusions, in regard to the objects contained in the referenced videos.”
Although the Navy will not go on the record about any conclusion they have drawn, Gradisher did offer a glimpse into how they characterize the videos by adding, “The Navy considers the phenomena contained/depicted in those 3 videos as unidentified” (emphasis added).
It was also revealed that “FLIR1,” “Gimbal” and “GoFast” are not the official names used by the U.S. military to reference these videos. “The Navy’s official identifiers for the referenced videos do not match the names referenced (FLIR1, Gimbal and GoFast)… the Navy identifies these videos by the respective dates of the observations/sightings,” said Gradisher.
The Navy did not offer the exact designation numbers for the videos, but did reveal the dates for all three incidents. “[The] dates are 14 November 2004 for ‘FLIR1’ and 21 January 2015 for both ‘Gimbal’ and ‘GoFast.’”
The “FLIR1” video was taken during what is known as the “Tic-Tac Incident” which occurred off the coast of San Diego, and the date for this encounter has been known for some time. However, the dates for the “Gimbal” and “GoFast” videos, were not. According to TTSA’s website, “the date, location, and other information have been removed by the originating authority as part of the release approval process.” This phrasing is used verbatim on both the “Gimbal” and “GoFast” pages.
With this new revelation from the Navy, it now shows the “Gimbal” and “GoFast” cases occurred on the same day and quite possibly, are two aspects of the same event. The idea has been floated by some researchers that the videos were related, due to critical analysis of the on-screen displays, and the fact that the voices within the videos sound similar, but the fact was not officially confirmed, until now.
The Navy was asked for more specifics, such as details about the location the videos were shot in, but the response to that line of questioning was brief. “We will not be providing any details on individual reports,” responded Gradisher. And that is where the information stopped flowing on the three videos.
The news comes as a surprise to many, and aides in research currently underway on these UAP cases. Although the Navy won’t comment on the specifics about the “Gimbal” and “GoFast” location; one researcher feels he’s figured it out.
According to filmmaker Dave Beaty, who re-released the “Nimitz Encounters” movie about the “Tic-Tac Incident” earlier this year, another piece of the puzzle has emerged with these recent statements. “The fact that we now know the dates of the ‘Gimbal’ and ‘GoFast’ videos helps put one more piece of the puzzle together,” says Beaty. “The deck logs from the USS Normandy, the cruiser in the USS Roosevelt Strike Group, shows she was in a specific location off the coast of Florida and Georgia. Specifically, a little more than 100 miles east, equidistant between Jacksonville and Savannah. This is the JAX OPAREA. The cruiser stays with the carrier at all times during operations. So now we not only know the date, but the estimated position of the UAP.”
Although many theories have been proposed on what these UAP encounters are, some believe they may simply be a biproduct of U.S. military training exercises utilizing classified drone or related technology. Unbeknownst to the pilots involved, these classified instruments are utilized in their field of view, captured on infrared cameras, and certain members of the military may not be ‘read in’ to what classified technology they may be witnessing. Although that seems like a plausible explanation for these encounters, these new statements by the Navy labeling the cases as “unidentified aerial phenomena” are making some second guess that theory.
“I would find it hard to believe that another branch, such as the USAF, would conduct secret tests without letting the Navy know,” said Beaty. “It’s not beyond the realm of possibility, if secrecy is paramount, but I think it would break a few safety protocols. I’ve speculated that these are the newest advanced drones we have, but now, I’m reconsidering that once again.”
The hunt for the truth… continues.
Source: The Black Vault
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By Stephen Wagner
From human invisibility to amazing demonstrations of levitation, these strange devices, weird experiments and impossible observations - if true - challenge conventional scientific knowledge
Electrodes flash and spark, illuminating the dimly lit laboratory. Vials of eerie glowing liquid bubble and spit. The scientist, with a mad glare in his eyes, closely watches the progress of his secret experiment. Something weird is happening in this dark, cold basement - something the scientist hopes will finally prove what the rest of the scientific world said was impossible.
We've all enjoyed the image of the mad scientist in the movies as he toiled away in his creepy lab, working on the very edge of scientific knowledge. There really have been such independent scientists, of course. And although they might not quite be mad, their pursuits have been unconventional. Perhaps impossible.
Here are a few intriguing tales of "mad scientists" and their wild inventions. They may be true, exaggerated, hearsay, legends or outright hoaxes - we may never know for certain. But the possibility that they are real is irresistible.
THE INVISIBLE MAN
Human invisibility is a fun idea, one that has been the subject of several sci-fi books and movies, including H.G. Wells' classic The Invisible Man and the more recent Hollow Man. Has some obscure scientific genius actually achieved it? Consider this story found on Keelynet:
The scene is a public hall in London England. The year is 1934. A young scientist, claiming he has discovered the secret to electromagnetically induced invisibility, steps into an open-front cabinet on a brightly lit stage before a curious audience. On his head he wears a device he calls an Electro-Helmet along with some other paraphernalia. He reaches up and touches two contacts above his head with both hands, then gives the signal for the switch to be thrown. The switch allegedly sends a current of electricity to his strange devices... and his body gradually vanishes from his feet to his head!
According to the story, spectators could touch and feel his body within the cabinet, but they could not see him. "All one could see," the story goes, "was the development of a cone of light such as might be projected between the two poles of a powerful transmitter." Naturally, the inventor refused to reveal how his contraption worked, stating only that it was the result of many years of experimentation.
Was he a brilliant scientist? Or a clever magician? The demonstration sounds very much like illusions performed by top magicians today. The part of the story that makes it most intriguing, if it is accurate, is that his body vanished from toe to head "gradually."
The U.S. military in recent history is said to have experimented with creating invisibility by bending light through electromagnetic means, and may have been one of the goals of the legendary "Philadelphia Experiment." Was this "young scientist" decades ahead of them?
ANOMALOUS TRANSPARENCY: THE FAILE EFFECT
Dr. S.P. Faile doesn't believe he can make himself invisible, but he does think things around his laboratory sometimes inexplicably become partially transparent. In a curious article titled "Observations of Anomalous Transparency: The Faile Effect," author Nicholas Reiter writes about the weird observations Dr. Faile began making around his home in 1997 and 1998.
Faile, a semi-retired materials research engineer and scientist noticed the strange effects after he had been conducting experiments in "new energy." According to the article, "the effect seemed to mainly consist of occasional circumstances where common, normally opaque objects ranging from one's forearm, to sheet metal, to furniture, would seem to turn partially transparent. More distant objects seemed to be visible through these structures, even to the extent of such details as printed characters."
Was it just an optical illusion? Failing eyesight? Or had Dr. Faile stumbled upon a new phenomenon?
At first, Faile too wondered if the effect was just an illusion, but dismissed that possibility after numerous experiments and corroborating observations by colleagues. In numerous tests, he was able to observe this transparency both indoors and out, in various kinds of lighting. The effect is not the common observation anyone can make if they hold their hand or an object close to one eye and allow the other eye to see past it, resulting in an illusion of transparency.
So what is it? "At present it seems to be a phenomenon in search of a definition or methodology," the article states. "One model would place the effect into the realm of anomalous human talent, such as clairvoyance or remote viewing. However, other individuals, with only a minimum of technique refinement, have been able to confirm the effect. Additionally, because a number of 'real world' factors such as lighting, location and certain material structures can greatly affect its magnitude, it seems to more properly belong in the realm of optics, and probably quantum mechanics."
JOHN KEELY'S FLOATING MINI-SOLAR SYSTEM
John Worrell Keely (1827-1898) was a rogue inventor who tirelessly experimented with free energy, something called a "compound disintegrator" and numerous other devices on the fringe of mainstream science. He still has a devoted following today of like-minded experimenters who are convinced that free energy is out there somewhere, just waiting to be tapped.
One of the most fascinating stories about Keely concerns his encounter with John Jacob Astor, heir to the Astor fur-trading fortune (and who later perished on the Titanic), at the World's Fair in the late 1880s. Keely was demonstrating a device he called "The Musical Globe." This sphere (the story does not mention its size) was painted black on one side and white on the other and was said to contain some secret arrangement of vibrating components. When properly tuned, the sphere would react to the playing of a harmonica and begin to spin of its own accord.
Astor was so impressed by the demonstration that he sought Keely out. Allegedly, Keely told Astor that The Musical Sphere was only part of a much more fantastic discovery - the the "good stuff," he said, was in his laboratory, if Astor would like to see it. Of course, he did.
In Keely's lab was a very curious device that consisted of a large metal sphere centered on a large ring. An outer, larger ring was supported by the first and in it were nested smaller spheres of various sizes. The appearance was of a mini solar system - planets surrounding a central sun. When Keely turned on his machine and fiddled with some dials to make the necessary fine tuning, the large sphere began to rotate on its axis. Soon the small spheres began to rotate too, and also to orbit the large sphere.
So far this demonstration could be explained by any number of mechanical means, but what happened next enters the realm of the impossible. In just a few minutes, the large sphere, still spinning, rose off of the ring, as did all of the smaller spheres in their orbits. When reaching a certain height, the smaller spheres spread out to their optimum orbits. So what Astor stood looking agape at was a completely free-floating, moving representation of our solar system.
Supposedly, Astor reached up and grabbed one of the smaller spheres - and was carried around the room by it. His touching it had no affect on its height or speed of rotation.
Had Keely truly discovered some fantastic unknown force? Or was it a trick? Or is this just a tall tale passed around by Keely's fans? If it's true, how and why would news of such a miraculous device have been kept secret?
There will always be such independent, free-thinking "mad scientists" in our midst. And perhaps one day one of them will incontrovertibly demonstrate a device from his basement workshop that will change the world, and make the impossible possible.
- NOW THEY'RE JUST REACHING DEPARTMENT -
Diplomat Illnesses in Cuba Could Be Fumigation Gases
By Paul Seaburn
News and conspiracy theories are like the weather in many places … wait a minute and it will change. That’s true in all three cases in Havana, Cuba, victim of many sudden tropical storms, where the strange saga of a possible conspiracy involving mysterious illnesses suffered by American and Canadian diplomats working there took a new twist with the news that they may have been cause not by secret sonic weapons but by Zika-seeking mosquito fumigation gases. Is this truly the real cause of the so-called Havana Syndrome or just another cover-up? What’s the weather like?
“I do believe Cuba’s responsible. I do believe that. And it’s a very unusual attack, as you know.”
President Trump and many U.S. officials were quick to blame Cuba for accounts of memory loss, disturbed sleep and mysterious buzzing noises that began to be experienced by American and Canadian diplomats in Havana in late 2016. As the diplomats were pulled out and sent home, doctors found they had other symptoms, including headaches, blurred vision and loss of balance. After doctors in the U.S. saw brain abnormalities in the diplomats but couldn’t identify the cause, American leaders jumped on the secret sonic weapon conspiracy theory. According to new reports, Canada conducted its own study and this week announced a different conclusion.
“We report the clinical, imaging and biochemical evidence consistent with the hypothesis of over-exposure to cholinesterase inhibitors as the cause of brain injury.”
The research was led by Dr. Alon Friedman, M.D., of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel in conjunction with Dalhousie University Brain Repair Center in Nova Scotia, Canada. They compared 23 Canadian diplomats and their family members who lived in Havana with a control group who didn’t live there. Some of the diplomats were tested both before and after visits to Havana. According to the Jewish News Syndicate, Friedman used advanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) techniques and magnetoencephalography and had a team of 15 researchers from the Brain Repair Center with expertise in neuroscience, neurology, psychiatry, audio-vestibular, ophthalmology, toxicology and veterinary medicine – one of study subjects was a diplomat’s pet dog.
They eventually narrowed the causes of Havana syndrome down to one — cholinesterase inhibitors, the main ingredient in “organophosphorus insecticides” like those used to kill mosquitos carrying the Zika virus. Cholinesterase inhibitors inhibit a key nervous system enzyme in insects, invertebrates and … humans.
According to the BBC, Zika fumigation began in 2016 in Cuba and included the area around the American and Canadian embassies, with weekly spraying done inside and outside the buildings, including the homes of the diplomats. The Dalhousie study, first obtained exclusively by Radio-Canada’s investigative TV program Enquête and reported by the CBC, found that the symptoms were consistent with cholinesterase inhibitor exposure and did not resemble a neurotoxin attack like the Tokyo subway sarin gas attack in 1995 nor a sonic weapon. Psychiatrist Cindy Calkin, a study researcher, also to the CBC it was not caused by psychological problems or mass hysteria.
“I have interviewed all but one or two of [the victims] and I haven’t found any evidence of psychiatric disorder. This is a very strong group, very resilient and there is no evidence of mass hysteria. Part of the diagnostic of mass hysteria is that there is no underlying other medical cause that can be found. And we [found] underlying medical evidence.”
While that sounds pretty conclusive, Canadian and American officials are not yet accepting mosquito gas and eliminating the conspiracy theories.
Unlike the weather, politicians (with a few notable exceptions) don’t change every minute.
Source: Mysterious Universe
- SPOOKY FAN OF THE ARTS DEPARTMENT -
Pianist Photographs Strange Figure in Texas Theatre
By Kyle Macdonald
A haunting apparition was captured on Instagram, which matches other reported sightings in the 1915 theatre in Austin, Texas.
American pianist Chad Lawson was onstage at the Paramount Theatre, Austin, doing a soundcheck for a live episode of Lore Podcast.
After the soundcheck was complete, as most musician do, he took a few pictures of his instrument in the empty concert hall for social media. He uploaded a photo to Instagram and it seemed like just a normal gig in a lovely setting.
However, when Lawson returned to his hotel afterwards, he looked again at his photos. He said: “I took three quick-tap photos from stage to share. In the photo you can clearly see someone in the mezzanine.
“Noticing it, I looked at the first and third pics and the person is absent.”
Spooked, Lawson searched online for ‘ghosts Paramount Theatre, Austin’, and found that Natalie Groves from Austin TV network KVUE had previously written about the haunted reputation of the theatre.
In 2014 she said: “People said they’ve seen a woman, dressed in a white dress, roaming the aisles on the Mezzanine floor.”
Was this the woman who appeared in Lawson’s photo? Here’s his eerie post:
"So, I wasn’t gonna post this because it freaked me out a good bit and hadn’t noticed until returning to the hotel. After soundcheck for our Lore Podcast show, I took 3 quick-tap photos from stage to share. In the photo you can clearly see someone in the mezzanine. Noticing it, I looked at the 1st & 3rd pics and the person is absent. So, i google “ghosts paramount theatre, Austin (see 2nd pic). Needless to say....I didn’t sleep too well last night ??. Um....ya."
In his projects, composer/pianist Chad Lawson often blends the sounds of classical repertoire with jazz improvisation, looping piano and effects.
His Chopin Variations has topped classical charts in the US, and his scores has been used widely in film. He also composed the music for Lore Podcast, which explores the history of folklore.
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