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- PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE DEPARTMENT -

U.S. Feared UFO Invasion More Than Soviet Threat

Fears of an alien invasion created greater alarm in the US than the threat of a Soviet nuclear attack, writes Philippe Mora.

In January 1979, The New York Times reported that despite repeated, feverish denials, the CIA had indeed investigated the UFO phenomenon: "CIA Papers Detail UFO Surveillance" screamed the headline. The report is said to have so upset the then CIA director, Stansfield Turner, that he reportedly asked his staff: "Are we in UFOs?"

The answer was yes - since the late 1940s, apparently. But exactly how, what, when, why and who remained layered in mystery, leaving grist for the conspiracy mill.

But this year a raft of newly unclassified CIA documents revealed that the remote possibility of alien invasion elicited greater fear than the threat of a Soviet nuclear attack.

More interesting still, the CIA documents show that despite decades of repeated public denials, behind the scenes there raged a series of inter-agency feuds that involved the highest levels of the US government.

The subject of UFOs - and dabbling in psychological warfare techniques - not only focused the attention of the US government elite for 50 years, but of some of the greatest scientific and military minds of the era.

Throughout the 1950s CIA files clearly document an explosion of activity by US intelligence and military bodies concerned with studying every possible implication for the US, and other Western democracies, of UFOs. The phenomenon, so adored by the cinematic world, was reflected in the CIA's fixations. Indeed, while highly educated CIA employees experimented by giving each other surprise LSD trips in 1953, there were others, in other parts of the agency, dealing with a flood of UFO reports.

But significantly, after a burst of intense scrutiny in the early '50s, the available documents effectively go cold. Why? The Kafkaesque explanation provided is that few files were kept because these would only confirm that the CIA was investigating UFOs. A 1995 CIA review stated: "There was no formal or official UFO project within the agency in the '80s, and agency officials purposely kept files on UFOs to a minimum to avoid creating records that might mislead the public if released."

But the wildly eclectic UFO files cover everything from "flying saucers over Belgian Congo uranium mines" to Nazi "flying saucers".

A 1953 memo shows that the physicist John Wheeler, while critically involved with Edward Teller in the creation of the hydrogen bomb, was available to the "CIA attack on the flying saucer" problem. The urgency of the H-bomb race was his priority, but he "would be pleased at any time to discuss the issue briefly", the memo said.

Wheeler recommended two "foreign nationals" who could help with the "problem", including the "mysterious problems of ion paths and magnetic focusing" and "cosmological electrodynamics".

A secret 1995 report was titled: CIA's role in the study of UFOs 1947-90: a diehard issue. Collated and written by Gerald Haines, the CIA's National Reconnaissance Office historian, its detailed summary of CIA involvement inadvertently undermined its "UFOs-don't-exist" conclusion. The document begins with a June 24, 1947, report from the pilot Kenneth Arnold, who spotted nine unidentified objects near Mount Rainier, Washington state, travelling at an estimated 1600 kmh. Haines did not mention that days later, on July 8, 1947, the Roswell Daily Record reported a US Army press release below the headline "RAAF captures flying saucer on ranch in Roswell region".

The report noted that that controversy, coloured with Byzantine denials, dogged the CIA and its UFO investigations for decades. Using operational names like Project Blue Book, Story, Grudge, Sign, Saucer, Moon Dust and Twinkle, the US Air Force and other entities always looked into UFO sightings with the CIA peering over their shoulders.

The US Army, of course, promptly retracted the Roswell story but it and the "flying saucers" spotted by Arnold triggered a flurry of sightings and conspiracy theories that continue to this day.

The US Air Force finally admitted in 1994 that there had been a cover-up at Roswell - of a secret project known as Mogul, created to monitor Soviet nuclear tests using high-flying balloons - and that the "aliens" were crash-test dummies.

"Ufologists", naturally, were sceptical of this belated explanation. For 50 years now, right across the globe, people have been reporting sightings of giant, luminous flying saucers, cigars, globes, triangles and doughnuts. Aliens have allegedly abducted, probed and impregnated scores of hapless earthlings. Some believe that a top-secret entity, called Majestic-12, was formed in 1947 by the then president, Harry Truman, in an attempt to deal with the Roswell event. It was supposedly established to aid interaction with aliens. The FBI labelled the Majestic-12 documents a hoax, but the story persists to this day.

Intriguingly, the unclassified documents show that within the CIA, there was an uber-intelligence group called ONE, created by a CIA director, General William Bedell Smith. His tenure spanned the period between October 1950 and January 1953. These documents confirm that ONE was concerned with UFOs.

In 1978 the CIA came under strong pressure from a series of freedom of information requests about UFOs and reluctantly released about 800 documents. The reasonable claim by The New York Times at the time was that the files confirmed intensive government concern about UFOs.

This was branded by the CIA as the press being sensationalist. According to the CIA's self-critique on the issue, bureaucratic clumsiness, charges that witnesses were being asked to keep sightings secret, and CIA officers talking to civilians about UFOs while wearing air force uniforms, had added "fuel to the growing mystery surrounding UFOs and the CIA's role in their investigation". The 1995 Haines report concluded: "The belief that we are not alone in the universe is too emotionally appealing and the distrust of our government is too pervasive to make the issue amenable to traditional scientific studies of rational explanation and evidence."

My painstaking review of hundreds of unclassified documents reveals that the CIA at the highest level, far from being incompetent, displayed good faith in its efforts to examine the mystery of UFOs over a period of decades. These investigations covered a gamut of inquiries: scientific, political, cultural and military.

And although the air force was the agency given the task of investigating UFOs from 1948 onwards, the CIA remained deeply involved. This is best reflected in a memo to the agency's deputy director for scientific intelligence, titled Flying Saucers and dated August 3, 1952: "It is recommended that CIA surveillance of subject matter (flying saucers), in co-ordination with proper authorities of primary operational concern at the Air Technical Intelligence Centre (ATIC), be continued. It is strongly urged, however, that that no indication of CIA interest or concern reach the press or public, in view of their probable alarmist tendencies to accept such interest as 'confirmatory' of the soundness of 'unpublished facts' in the hands of the US government."

Although most reports were "phoney" or explainable, it said, "caution requires that intelligence continue coverage of the subject".

On July 28, 1952, Winston Churchill wrote to his secretary of state for air: "What does all this stuff about flying saucers amount to? What can it mean? What is the truth?" The minister's response on August 9, 1952, provided the ground rules for most official responses that continue until today. These were that a 1951 study had found that all reports could be explained by astronomical or meteorological phenomena, mistaken identification of aircraft, balloons, birds, optical illusions and psychological delusions, or were deliberate hoaxes.

But in the CIA at the time, two other responses were countenanced: the need for vigilance and caution because extraterrestrial life could exist, and the potential for "psychological warfare", including fears that popular hysteria could be exploited by an enemy.

The sceptics are best represented in a memo in March 1949 from a Dr Stone in the CIA Office of Scientific Intelligence to a Dr Machle that states: "A rapid perusal of your [flying saucer] documents leaves one confused and inclined to supineness."

Yet with a deluge of UFO reports over the next four years, the matter suddenly assumed a modicum of gravitas, reflected in many top-secret documents. General Smith said: "There was one chance in 10,000 that the phenomenon posed a threat to the security of the country, but even that chance could not be taken." On July 1, 1952, there was an about-turn: General Smith wrote to the director of the Psychological Strategy Board established by Truman the previous year: "I am today transmitting to the National Security Council a proposal in which it is concluded that the problems associated with unidentified flying objects appear to have implications for psychological warfare as well as for intelligence and operations. I suggest that we discuss at an early board meeting the possible offensive and defensive utilisation of these phenomena for psychological warfare purposes."

Searching for this "proposal", I found versions addressed also to the secretary of defence. Some of their highlights, quoting directly from the documents, include: "[Since] 1947 there have been about 1500 official reports of sightings and [of these] the air force carries 20 per cent as unexplained." And: "Operational problems are of primary importance and should be attacked at once [including] determination of what [use could] be made of these phenomena by US psychological warfare planners and what … defences should be planned in anticipation of Soviet attempts to utilise them."

This memo suggested a plot that transcends Stanley Kubrick's Dr Strangelove: the CIA, in the face of unknown phenomena - or even an attack from outer space - was seemingly more concerned about what the Russians might do with UFOs than with the objects themselves. The CIA's interest in the Soviet and Chinese study of UFOs continued for decades. But on October 2, 1952, General Smith received this ominous note from his Office of Scientific Intelligence: "Flying saucers pose two elements of danger which have national security implications. The first involves mass psychological considerations and the second concerns the vulnerability of the US to air attack." In January 1953 the Office of Scientific Intelligence convened a committee to review the UFO "problem". Its members reviewed "75 case histories of sightings", taking intense interest in a Tremonton, Utah, sighting that included a Kodachrome movie of "1600 frames".

At the air force's request, the US Photo Interpretation Laboratory spent 1000 hours making "graph plots" of the film frames, concluding that the objects were not birds, balloons, aircraft or reflections and that they were "self-luminous". In a tone of reasonable scepticism, it suggested that the public be educated to avoid hysteria.

But the Office of Scientific Intelligence panel dismissed the military conclusions, suggesting instead that the mysterious objects were seagulls reflecting sunlight.

On January 21, 1953, another memo concluded that the panel had found no evidence of "physical threat to the security of the US". The convoluted memo stated: "The subject UFO is not of direct intelligence interest. It is of indirect intelligence interest only insofar as any knowledge about innumerable unsolved mysteries of the universe are of intelligence interest." But it also noted the potential for "interference with air defence by intentional enemy jazzing", the possibility of interference by "overloading communication lines", or the possibility of "psychological offensive by the enemy timed with respect to an actual attack".

This report and the original Tremonton "seagull" film were then made part of an Office of Scientific Investigation briefing on January 29, 1953, to the entity known as ONE. The air force briefed ONE on UFOs the next day and its 11 members included "Dr Edgar Hoover [sic], William Bundy, General H. Pull and Admiral B. Bieri [Eisenhower's chief of staff]".

These documents reveal that ONE was an elite think tank within the CIA and that General Smith created the Office of National Estimates on the issue.

But it was said its "ultimate approval should rest on the collective judgment of the highest officials in various intelligence agencies". This was to give it the prestige of the best available and most authoritative advice from the government.

General Smith created the Office of National Estimates under the auspices of the National Security Act of 1947. His opinion was that ONE would form the "heart of the CIA and of the national intelligence machinery".

William Langer, a Harvard historian, was its chairman, and while there is no record of whether ONE thought the Tremonton film showed seagulls or UFOs - or of what the air force told them the next morning - ONE is as close as we get to a documented version of the rumoured Majestic-12 group.

With the Cold War in full swing, the CIA was also watching for UFO activity behind the Iron Curtain. Field stations were to be alerted to any mention of flying saucers by Iron Curtain countries and the CIA discovered that the Soviet establishment mirrored its own ambiguity about UFOs.

The files spotlight Soviet articles in 1968 that show some scientists thought they were real, while others ridiculed the sightings as US propaganda.

One Soviet sceptic noted, with tongue firmly in cheek: "The number of saucers always grows sharply on the eve of presidential elections. This is difficult to explain.

"Maybe people on other planets lay bets on who will win in the next elections - the Republicans or the Democrats."

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald
http://www.smh.com.au/news/world/plan-9-from-outer-space/
2007/11/02/1193619145400.html?page=5

- PRESS RELEASE DEPARTMENT -

Pilots to Tell Their UFO Stories for the First Time

The American public is not alone when it comes to sighting what the US Air Force has labeled Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs). So too have former governors, high level military and government officials, highly trained airplane pilots and aviation experts. The phenomenon is real. It happens worldwide. No one is sure about its nature. Experts from seven countries will divulge what they have discovered about UFOs at a November 12 panel discussion moderated by former Arizona Governor Fife Symington (R) at the National Press Club (www.freedomofinfo.org).

Just one year ago, pilots, mechanics and managers from United Airlines witnessed a metallic disc-shaped object hovering over the United Airlines Terminal at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. The clearly observed object shot straight up leaving a hole through the clouds. Despite the clear aviation safety issues involved, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) never investigated the incident and dismissed it as weather. This head-in-the-clouds refusal to investigate stands in sharp contrast to efforts by governments of other countries to understand these incidents.

“I believe that our government should take an active role in investigating this very real phenomenon,” said Symington, who was a witness to the famed ‘Phoenix Lights” incident seen by hundreds in Arizona while he was governor. “This panel consists of some of the most qualified people in the world with direct experience in dealing with this issue, and they will bring incredible, irrefutable evidence, some never presented before, that we simply cannot dismiss or ignore,” he said.

The group, using previously classified documents, will discuss many well-documented cases, including two investigated by the US government. The first involves a Peruvian Air Force pilot who fired many rounds at a UFO which was not affected. The second was an Iranian Air Force pilot’s attempt to fire at a UFO, but whose control panel became inoperable. “This case is a classic that meets all the necessary conditions for a legitimate study of the UFO phenomenon,” stated the US Defense Intelligence Agency document on the Tehran incident. Both pilots will come forward to speak about these events publicly for the first time.

Who:   

    * Fife Symington, Former Arizona Governor, Moderator
    * Ray Bowyer, Captain, Aurigny Air Services, Channel Islands
    * Rodrigo Bravo, Captain and Pilot for the Aviation Army of Chile
    * General Wilfried De Brouwer, former Deputy Chief of Staff, Belgian Air Force (Ret.)
    * John Callahan, Chief of Accidents and Investigations for the FAA, 1980’s (Ret.)       
    * Dr. Anthony Choy, founder, 2001, OIFAA, Peruvian Air Force       
    * Jean-Claude Duboc, Captain, Air France (Ret.)
    * Charles I. Halt, Col. USAF (Ret.), Former Director, Inspections Directorate, DOD I.G.
    * General Parviz Jafari, Iranian Air Force (Ret.)
    * Jim Penniston, TSgt USAF (Ret.)
    * Dr. Claude Poher, Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales, founder, French GEPAN
    * Nick Pope, Ministry of Defence, UK, 1985-2006
    * Dr. Jean-Claude Ribes, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France, 1963-98
    * Comandante Oscar Santa Maria, Peruvian Air Force (Ret.)


What:   
Former Arizona Governor Fife Symington will moderate a distinguished panel of former high-ranking government, aviation, and military officials from seven countries to discuss close encounters with what the US Air Force describes as Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs). Representatives from France, England, Belgium, Chile, Peru, Iran and the US will call for the US Government to join in an international dialogue and re-open its investigation – which the Air Force shut down over 30 years ago – in cooperation with other governments currently dealing with this unusual and controversial phenomenon. While on active duty, the panelists have either witnessed a UFO incident or have conducted an official investigation into UFO cases relevant to aviation safety and national security.   

When:   
Monday, November 12, 2007
11:00 AM

Where:  
National Press Club
Ballroom
Event open to credentialed media and Congressional staff only

Contact:
James Fox, documentary filmmaker; director of the acclaimed film “Out of the Blue”
415 519 9631

Leslie Kean, investigative journalist with the Coalition for Freedom of Information
415 250 9791

High-ranking military officials and government personnel from around the world discuss close encounters with UFOs on Thursday, Nov. 12. To learn more, visit http://www.cnn.com/CNN/Programs/larry.king.live/ and http://www.freedomofinfo.org/ Is national security on the line? Or perhaps some reputations? Whatever your take, you'll be talking about this long after Larry says good night.

Source: PRweb
http://www.prweb.com/releases/Unidentified_Flying/object_UFO_event/prweb567548.htm

- A FRESH LOOK AT ORGONE DEPARTMENT -

Scientist Wilhelm Reich Work Defended


Supporters of the late Wilhelm Reich are working to advance the theories that landed him in prison.

It was 50 years ago that physician-scientist Wilhelm Reich, best known for his discovery of a purported cosmic life force associated with sexual orgasm, died in federal prison, his books burned and his equipment destroyed by the government.

Ridiculed at the time, the European-born psychiatrist is largely forgotten today, and his work on what he called orgone energy remains outside the scientific mainstream.

But a small number of scientists and other believers are working to advance his studies –- and resurrect his reputation.

"Personally, I think it's going to be a long time before all of his work is understood and recognized," said Reich's granddaughter, Renata Reich Moise, a nurse-midwife and artist in the coastal town of Hancock.

Reich died on Nov. 3, 1957, in a federal prison in Lewisburg, Pa., where he was sent for ignoring an injunction obtained by the Food and Drug Administration that outlawed his orgone energy accumulator.

The 50th anniversary of Reich's death is being marked by a major exhibit on him and his work that will open Nov. 15 at the Jewish Museum in Vienna, the city where he attended medical school, began his psychiatric practice and studied under Sigmund Freud.

In New Jersey, the American College of Orgonomy, which provides training and research support for physicians and others interested in Reich and his legacy, has scheduled a conference and dinner to coincide with the anniversary.

Also this month, nearly 300 boxes of Reich's unpublished papers, which were placed in storage at the Countway Library at Harvard Medical School, will become available to researchers for the first time.

Reich directed in his will that the scientific papers, journals and diaries be opened 50 years after his death. He also specified that his laboratory at the 175-acre site he dubbed Orgonon, which overlooks Rangeley Lake, be converted to a museum.

In Rangeley, where Reich spent his latter years, scientists and doctors from the U.S. and Europe gathered this summer for a conference that explored the prospects of seeking FDA approval for clinical trials of orgone accumulator blankets to treat burn victims.

Reich is described by the American Psychoanalytic Association as "one of the most brilliant, creative and controversial of the pioneering analysts." He was the first to focus on character analysis rather than neurotic symptoms. He linked a healthy sex life, which he called "orgastic potency," to emotional wellness, believing that failure to discharge sexual energy resulted in neurotic disorders.

His more controversial work came after he veered away from psychotherapy and into laboratory experiments in Norway that led to the discovery of what he called "bions" – basic life forms that gave off orgone energy.

After moving to the U.S. just before the start of World War II, he focused on isolating and collecting that energy, and went on to test its effect on cancer.

His orgone accumulators eventually caught the attention of the FDA.

The agency investigated, then branded the devices consisting of alternating metallic and nonmetallic materials a fraud. In 1954, the FDA sought an injunction in U.S. District Court in Portland. Reich refused to appear in court, triggering a default judgment and order that his books and accumulators be destroyed.

He was sentenced to two years in prison for contempt of court. He served eight months before he died of a heart attack.

The FDA's injunction, supporters say, had a chilling effect on Reich's work that persists today. That's a shame, Moise said, because she believes that there's merit in the orgone accumulator blanket, which her mother used in her medical practice.

Moise has tried it herself to heal burns.

"It's not crazy. It actually works," she said.

Even as the anniversary-related events rekindle memories of Reich and his theories, some of his supporters worry that they are in  a race against time.

The challenge, they say, is to keep his work alive and advance it through new studies at a time when Reich is not being taught in either medical schools or physics classes.

Source: Portland Press Herald
http://pressherald.mainetoday.com/story.php?id=145289&ac=&pg=1

- CRYPTID OR COMMON DEPARTMENT -

Pennsylvania Hunter Thinks Photos Could Show Bigfoot

It's furry and walks on all fours. Beyond that, about the only thing certain about the critter photographed by a hunter's camera is that some people have gotten the notion it could be a Sasquatch, or bigfoot. Others say it's just a bear with a bad skin infection.

Rick Jacobs says he got the pictures from a camera with an automatic trigger that he fastened to a tree in the Allegheny National Forest, about 115 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, hoping to photograph deer.

"We couldn't figure out what they were," Jacobs said of the images captured on Sept. 16. "I've been hunting for years and I've never seen anything like this."

He contacted the Bigfoot Research Organization(BFRO), which pursues reports of a legendary two-legged creature that some people believe lives in parts of the U.S. and Canada.

"It appears to be a primate-like animal. In my opinion, it appears to be a juvenile Sasquatch," said Paul Majeta of the bigfoot group.

Stories about Bigfoot are part of North American folklore and some believe the bipedal creature inhabits many parts of the United States and Canada. Scientists, however, say there is no concrete proof that such a creature exists and brush it off as a combination of legend and hoaxes.

However, the Pennsylvania Game Commission has a more conventional opinion. Agency spokesman Jerry Feaser said conservation officers routinely trap bears to be tagged and often see animals that look like the photos.

"There is no question it is a bear with a severe case of mange," Feaser says.

The BFRO says the images are "very significant to bigfoot research." And, on its Web site, it defends itself against the critics who say the photos cannot be a sasquatch.

States the BFRO: "Pennsylvania Game Commission spokesman Jerry Feaser has been quoted by various newspapers as saying the strange looking animal in the Jacobs photos is 'definitely' a 'skinny mangy bear.'

People outside of Pennsylvania may not know about the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) and their history of deceitful denials of mountain lions. A significant percentage of people in PA say the PGC is the least trusted government agency in the state, because the PGC has stated for years, emphatically, that there are no mountain lions in Pennsylvania, even though hundreds of people in Pennsylvania, including many government employees, have seen mountain lions.

It seems that credible people in PA who have clearly seen a mountain lion do not like to be told that they did not see a mountain lion. Until earlier this year (2007) the PGC routinely offered unwavering denials to mountain lion sightings, until a farmer named Roger Madigan saw one, along with several other people, on his farm after a large outdoor party which included a roast pig cookout. Roger Madigan is a Pennsylvania State Senator."

Meanwhile, while the sasquatch supporters and skeptics battle, this story has spread far and wide. Pennsylvania's bigfoot mystery has been pick up by media outlets as far away as France, Germany and Australia. And there are no signs it's going to cool down any time soon.

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/local/10848007.html

- DANCING THAT ST. VITUS BEAT DEPARTMENT -

"Twitching" Illness Hits Several Students, Staff at Virginia School

VINTON, Va. —  A mysterious illness causing an odd "twitching" symptom has stricken several students and a staff member at a Virginia high school.

Testing continues at William Byrd High School in Roanoke County where students and staff have shown strange symptoms of twitching and spasms since September, but a cause has yet to be determined.

About 30 students staged a walkout and protest earlier this week, and the school has said about 300 of the school's 1,200 students have been absent.

School officials say they do not plan to close the school.

Roanoke County school officials and health officials have found no environmental cause for the symptoms, which have affected fewer than 10 students, the Associated Press reported.

"I have seen them in the hallway, and it seems pretty bad," said senior Charlie Wallace, told the Roanoke Times. "It's uncontrollable. Twitching, that's the only way you can describe it."

Students and parents met Monday night with officials from the school system, the Virginia Department of Health and the companies conducting the environmental tests.

Parents asked about the symptoms and urged officials to close the school and offer classes elsewhere. But Superintendent Lorraine Lange said that health experts said that based on the environmental test results, there's no need to close the school.

So far, the illness has sickened several students and a teacher at William Byrd High School and officials can't specify specific symptoms to watch out for.

But one mother said her child is experiencing bouts of sudden twitching and uncontrollable arm spasms, along with headaches and dizziness.

That's no consolation to students and parents, who paced an auditorium at a public meeting Monday night with officials from the school system, the Virginia Department of Health and the companies that conducted environmental tests.

Health experts tested for mold, and the school came up clean. Disturbed by the twitching that accompanies the illness, many students and parents want the school to remain closed.

"They wave. It's convulsing. They can't stop it," said senior Layne Gulli of the symptoms. "You don't know how to avoid it. You don't know if you're next, or if your friend is next, or if it's an epidemic."

"There's rumors it was carbon dioxide from the photography room," said sophomore Joe Bradshaw. "We heard it was lead paint. Nobody knows what it is.

Source: FoxNews
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,308958,00.html

- SEARCHING FOR THE UNKNOWN DEPARTMENT -

Uruguay - 50 Years Of X-Files


CIOVI, the pioneer organization in the study of the UFO phenomenon, says farewell after half a century without obtaining any proof of alien life. The Uruguayan Air Force receives 40 reports of "sightings" each year.
 
In 2008, the commission that began studying UFOs in Uruguay will celebrate its 50th birthday. It will be a celebration and farewell party, because "people are no longer interested in the subject." The Uruguayan Air Force, however, received 40 reports of sightings over the past year.
 
On April 29, 1958, a group of youngsters inaugurated UFO research in Uruguay, inspired by Hollywood-produced "flying saucer" movies and the stories of sightings and strange phenomena arriving from all over the world. They formed the Centro de Investigacion de Objetos Voladores No Identificados (CIOVI ­ Center For UFO Research).
 
These Uruguayans are now in their Seventies and openly admit that the force that motivated them at the time was having an encounter with "beings from outer space".
 
While dismissed as "crazy" by many, they approached the subject seriously and systematically, to the extent that the investigation system devised by CIOVI was adopted years later by the Uruguayan Air Force's Comision Receptora de Denuncias Ovni (CRIDOVNI) which has been in operation since 1979.
 
CIOVI is a non-profit civilian organization which in fact stopped engaging in research years ago, although it maintains a web page and its members remain in touch, always attentive to the news items that emerge all over the world on the subject. The only two members who remain from the original group are Milton Hourcade, who currently resides in the U.S.A., and German Vazquez, whose employment in the personnel office of the defunct "Alpargatas" factory made him the ideal choice for interviewing UFO sighting witnesses.
 
The remaining six members make up the current board of CIOCI, which shall celebrate its 50th anniversary next year. However, its birthday party shall be its farewell party, because "people have lost interest in the subject and are no longer surprised about anything," said German Valdez to El Pais in an interview from his home in the Malvin district. 50 yeas later, Vazquez summarizes CIOVI's research in a single phrase that many may not care to hear: "The UFO phenomenon exists, but it's sociological. If intelligent alien life exists, it never reached Planet Earth."
 
Attraction for "flying saucers" began on June 24, 1947 in the U.S. when Kenneth Arnold saw 9 objects rising and falling amid the peaks of Mount Rainier. "Arnold said they were like saucers skipping on water. Had the pilot been Uruguayan, he would have said "haciendo sapito" (making like small toads). He never said they were flying saucers. When he drew the object, he depicted them with a triangular shape," added CRIOVNI's founder.
 
"The press took hold of the expression and talk of flying saucers began. But what is curious and most eye-catching is that after Arnold, who did not see them, everyone began talking about saucers," Vazquez continued. "I always tell my comrades, when I see someone who brings me a photo of a saucer-shaped object, I begin to mistrust. This was a journalistic invention with no basis in reality."
 
The most typical UFO pilgrimage place in Uruguay by those who want to have some sort of "contact" experience is the La Aurora de Salto ranch, where a strange phenomenon occurred in the 1970s which, according to researchers, was purely meteorological.
 
CRYONIC shares Cove's belief that no strange phenomenon ever occurred in "La Aurora".
 
Sources of the Uruguayan Air Force told El Pays that the first man to walk on the moon, Neil Armstrong, visited the ranch on two occasions as a reporter for Newsweek, researching claims on sightings and strange phenomena, but "never as a representative for NASA".
 
La Aurora is a agricultural and livestock ranch located only a few meters from the Salt-Payson bridge over the Drayman River. The ranch extends into both of these departments.
 
In a recent report on the Santos Pendants program of El Spectator, one of the ranch's owners, Tulia Tuna, recalled the event that made the place prominent 31 years ago. "What we witnessed was as from February 1976. Very powerful lights appeared out of nowhere producing burns on trees, animals and people. That's what we saw. Then a very powerful light would light up all of the ranches in the vicinity at night. And well, people saw it. It was hard to conceal this because the whole world could see what was going on."
 
This phenomenon, described by the Uruguayan Air Force and COVE as "ball lightning", left the soil charred and some dead animals were found.
 
"A local doctor from Salt began picking up radiation and some Japanese working at the Salt Grande Dam came over with a gadget that uncovered the presence of high radiation. And that's what happened to famous Mob tree. It was necessary to close the doors, obviously, out of a concern for people and some stories that circulated that were untrue," said Tuna.
 
Access to Estancia La Aurora is through a dirt road that splits off from Route 3. It is not a tourist ranch, as many believe, although it is a popular destination due to is proximity to the well-known Padre Pio grotto.
 
German Vazquez warns that "some people profit off of this subject" and charge up to $2000 for a visit to La Aurora. "They prepare you for what you're going to see and then they make you see what they want," he stated. "A friend paid $2000. He brought some binoculars along and he was told to stare at a fixed point. When he did so, all he saw was a star. Other people wept and said "We saw it! We saw it!," he explained.
 
(Translation (c) 2007, S. Corrales, IHU. Special thanks to Luis Eduardo Pacheco, Proyecto Stratocat)

Source: Scott Corrales, The Journal of Hispanic Ufology
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- EXPLORING HIGH STRANGENESS AREAS DEPARTMENT -

You CAN Explore Paranormal Habitat    

Weird happens.

But does weird happen on a regular basis in specific areas? Are certain landscapes naturally magical, sacred or sinister? Do portals to other realities truly exist?

We are not talking about those supposed spooky sites that are straightforward optical illusions. Advertised "mystery spots" and "gravity hills" have no vital connection to the so-called "paranormal."

We are examining locations reputed by researchers of various disciplines as having a much higher incidence of repeated mysterious occurrences.

This author prefers to identify these alleged areas as "ecosystems of the unexplained" or "paranormal habitat."

John "Mothman Prophecies" Keel coined the word "window and the concept of the "window area" to denote a fixed location with a history of recurrent unexplained activity. He discovered that "many of those reports are concentrated in areas where magnetic faults or deviations exist."

It has been noted that many of these locales can be recognized by the high incidence of place names with supernatural connotations (especially references to the Devil). This suggests that people have long experienced mystifying phenomena in these areas and acknowledged this when naming these locations.

If these windows exist, how accurately can they be pinpointed?

Can we explore them?

According to researcher Philip J. Imbrogno, while investigating UFO sightings and paranormal occurrences in the Hudson River Valley area of New York state, he noticed patterns as the data was plotted on maps. Much activity seemed to be centered around the little township of Kent Cliffs. High Strangeness Reports occurred in small, concentrated areas less than a mile in diameter. He dubbed these locations as "High Strangeness Areas."

Visiting these High Strangeness Areas, Imbrogno found, at every location, arrays of monoliths and stone chambers that he described as "carved and arranged in patterns indicating that whoever put them there did so with some idea in mind."

"We feel we have presented enough evidence to prove that the chambers are very old, and that a great deal of paranormal activity can be attributed to them," Imbrogno writes. "People continue to have otherworldly experiences in and around them, and the authors are no exception. We stated earlier that the chambers may mark doorways to another dimension. When this doorway is opened, objects or living things from this parallel reality may enter our world."

Can the terrain generate psychological and physiological effects?

The Gungywamp complex in Connecticut consists of paleo Indian sites, colonial sites, and "mysterious" sites that elude precise identification. One of the strangest areas of Gungywamp has little to do with the lithic remains, but rather with unexplained psychological and physiological effects. At a rock ledge called the "Cliff of Tears" is an area with evidence of ancient quarrying, nearby stone piles, and boat-shaped cairns. When hiking along this site, many folks become depressed and some start crying for no apparent reason. Others suffer nosebleeds and bleeding gums.

Andrew York and Paul Devereux published research in which the occurrences of recorded strange phenomena over a number of centuries were geographically mapped. Both archival accounts of meteorological anomalies together with reported UFOs were found to have had their greatest incidence over faulted regions.

Michael Persinger, a neuroscientist and geologist at Laurentian University in Canada, together with Gyslaine Lafreniére, fed information on thousands of reported anomalies (UFO sightings and "Fortean" events) into an IBM computer. When plotted on maps, all of the data seemed to form a series of patterns. These events corresponded to a seismic map of the United States picturing magnetic faults and earthquake zones. They hypothesized that "unusual events occur in the same locality, year after year" and that "clusters of these unusual events parallel similar clusters in other localities worldwide."

There may also be a connection with earth lights. Apparent paranormal phenomena are reported in areas experiencing periods of earth light activity. People report seeing bizarre figures. Voices are sometimes heard. Earth lights researchers argue that these are hallucinatory effects caused specifically by energy fields associated with light phenomena closely encountered and generally by the area that is producing earth energies affecting brain function of witnesses.

What if these are not hallucinatory effects?

A random sampling of ten other alleged "ecosystems of the unexplained" includes...

Superstition Mountains, Arizona There is an ancient archaeological site located in the Superstition Wilderness Area. The site is called "Circlestone" and consists of a large circular structure (6,010 feet above sea level) with a pit or ceremonial house located in the center. Few points tower above Circlestone in the area. The structure sits on a quartzite outcrop that inhibits any real excavation. Very few artifacts have been found within the structure itself. Numerous shards have been found that would indicate the Anasazi could have occupied the region at some time or the other. (Reported activity: UFO, reptilian humanoids, time and dimensional shifts, secret entry into a subterranean world. Those who claim to have penetrated the tunnel tell of the remains of ancient structures and a spiral staircase that leads down into the bowels of earth.)

Sedona, Arizona (Reported activity: UFO, spooklights, a portal or doorway to another dimension.)

Mt. Diablo-Diablo Valley east of San Francisco, California (Reported activity: phantom black panthers, mystery lights.)

Devil's Bake Oven near Grand Tower, Illinois (Reported activity: mystery animals and UFOs.)

Hockomock Swamp, Massachusetts The Bridgewater Triangle encompasses an area of about 200 square miles and includes the towns of Abington, Rehoboth and Freetown at the points of the triangle. Central to the area is the mysterious Hockomock Swamp, which the Native Americans called "the Devil's swamp" or "Place where spirits dwell." Within the triangle is a mysterious forty-ton trapezoid-shaped boulder known as Dighton Rock. It is on the bank of the Taunton River, 30 miles from the sea, directly across from the Grassy Island burial grounds. On one face of the stone is a dense mass of very ancient carvings. (Reported activity: UFOs, Bigfoot, huge black prehistoric-looking bird, phantom dog with red eyes seen killing two ponies, black panthers, giant turtles and snakes as thick as tree trunks, spooklights.)

North Salem, New York: "Balanced Rock" just off Route 116 (Reported activity: In the wee hours of the morning, strange cloaked figures have been seen surrounding the stone, only to disappear into thin air when approached. Photographs have reportedly displayed anomalies. Visitors report an odd sensation when touching a specific edge of the stone. Is this energy similar to the “tingle stone“ in Gloucestershire, which is said to discharge a shock like static electricity?)

Purchase, New York: A"standing stone" at the state university campus. (Reported activity: Witness near the monolith at night was forced to the ground with vertigo and claimed to see hooded dwarf-like beings suddenly appear and circle the stone. He blacked out and was alone when he regained consciousness.)

Croton Falls and Southeast, New York: Magnetic Mine Road / Reservoir Road. (Reported activity: UFOs. Spooklights. Dwarf-like hooded beings emerged from a portal, a shimmering circle of blue that appeared in an outcrop of rock following a buzzing sound. In another incident, two lawyers and their wives returning home from a Broadway show one night took a shortcut along Reservoir Road and encountered a triangular UFO and three little men with huge eyes and tight-fitting uniforms. The eyes of the beings glowed deep red in the dark when one of the witnesses shined his flashlight at them. Eyeshine is a biological trait of creatures adapted to seeing in low light.)

Big Thicket, Texas spreads across Hardin County and southwestern Louisiana. (Reported activity: Spooklights, some of which have been known to disable automobile engines and seem to exhibit intelligence, howling ape-like wildmen, attacks by phantom primitive Indians, unexplained fireballs that streak through darkened skies.)

Uintah County, Utah (Reported activity: UFOs, unusual balls of light, animal mutilations and disappearances, poltergeist events, sightings of Bigfoot-like creatures, living dinosaurs, and other unidentified animals, physical effects on plants, soil, animals and humans, strange ice circles, magnetic anomalies. Doorways to other realms or dimensions are seen as glowing tubes and random holes or rips in the sky.)

Let's face facts.

People have encountered unexplained lights, objects, creatures and entities since ever. One need not believe in such things in order to meet them. Anomalous phenomena are most often experienced by lone individuals in isolated locations and occur abruptly and can evoke shock and terror. Factors of perception such as duration of the event and distances involved come into play. Our sum total of knowledge concerning the "unknown" depends heavily upon the accuracy of excited eyewitness observation and memory.

Is it possible to dramatically increase the number of these encounters by sending prepared investigative teams into active hotbeds of high strangeness? Will increasing the frequency of experiences lead to more prolonged events where conditions are favorable? Will this lead to documented reports made immediately by well-equipped observers who remain relatively calm?

Readily available and affordable technologies have empowered us like never before. Video and photographic (digital and analog) capabilities, instant communications with cellular telephones, GPS and night vision, and personal computers and the internet can turn the amateur paranormal enthusiasts of today into ever ready explorers.

People spend thousands of dollars to visit exotic locales. A fistful of wealthy individuals has squandered twenty million dollars apiece for a few days in space. How once-in-a-lifetime is glimpsing an "alien" world through an open doorway right here on Earth?

Maybe outer space is not our "final frontier."

Passive investigations (recording anecdotal summaries of accidental observers) must be subservient to active investigations (deliberate hunting) of anomalous phenomena in their paranormal habitat.

You CAN explore this paranormal habitat.

Source: Book of Thoth/Robert A. Goerman
http://www.book-of-thoth.com/article1645.html

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