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"All UFO Secrets Must Be
In an unprecedented exclusive interview to A. J. Gevaerd, editor of the
Brazilian UFO Magazine, one the highest ranking and most distinguished
officials of the Brazilian Air Force, Brigadier José Carlos
Pereira, recognized that "it is time to end the UFO secrecy".
During the first ever official meeting between members of the Brazilian
Committee of Ufologists (CBU) and military of the Brazilian Air Force
held on May 20th 2005, at the Brazilian Airspace Defense Command
(Comdabra) headquarters, Brigadier Jose Carlos Pereira, a former
commander of the body from 1999 to 2001, has shown a special interest
in the subject. At the end of the meeting, he escorted the ufologists
himself to the exit door of the building and after receiving some
issues of Brazilian UFO Magazine declared: “I thank you for the gift,
but I should say that I always buy the magazine at Brasilia
newsstands”. In an informal way and with no reservation Pereira
confirmed his high interest and level of information regarding UFO
Brigadier Jose Carlos Pereira is undeniably regarded by Brazilian
ufologists as a high-rank official who has material information on the
existence and concreteness of UFOs, not to mention their unquestionable
extraterrestrial origin. Until little time ago he did not bother to
hide what military new on the issue. Therefore, as part of the second
phase of the Brazilian campaign UFOs: Liberdade de
Informação Já [UFOs: Freedom of Information Now],
the Brazilian Committee of Ufologists (CBU) decided to meet him for an
interview with no guarantees that he would accept the invitation.
To our great surprise, however, Brigadier Jose Carlos Pereira accepted
the invitation and granted Brazilian UFO Magazine with an exclusive
interview in which he reports the truth of UFO phenomena in Brazil. The
meeting took place on March 8th, in Brasilia, and was a unique
opportunity for Brazilian ufologists to become aware of Pereira's
opinions on the issue. More than that, it was an opportunity for all to
know details on his thinking about different aspects of UFO phenomenon,
namely topics related to the Air Force, national security, and
responses of Brazilian military surrounding this subject
“I'll be readily available to ufologists of Brazilian UFO Magazine and
it will be a great pleasure to meet them at any time”, said Pereira
when accepting the invitation. “I always respected the work of this
magazine and I wish to contribute to the movement they are leading,
aiming the freedom of UFO information in Brazil”. Days before the date
of the interview was set a significant impact was expected after its
publication. It would be something similar to another historical
occasion for Brazilian Ufology when Brazilian UFO Magazine was also
directly involved: the interview with Colonel Uyrangê Hollanda,
The Need for Freedom of Information
For our publication this would be an opportunity for not only know the
ideas of one of the most brilliant military in the country but also to
bring him to join the movement UFOs: Liberdade de
Informação Já, which was fully achieved. “It's
time to disclose all secrets on this subject in Brazil, be them from
any air bases, and I'll will work for this to happen”, he declares.
During an interview with more than a hundred questions the military
showed the seriousness with which he sees the subject and the research.
He entrusted his interviewers – this editor and special consultants for
Brazilian UFO Magazine Roberto Affonso Beck and Fernando de Aragao
Ramalho – with important information.
Brigadier Jose Carlos Pereira openly spoke on nearly all subjects
approached not refraining from answering any questions to him
presented. “I intend to talk to my uniform colleagues and get informed
on the exact environment in military headquarters and air bases in
order to bring the support of some of them to your work”, he offered
even before being asked to do so. Throughout the questioning, Pereira
talked about security in Brazilian air space, violations the nation
suffered from unidentified flying objects, the so called Official UFO
Night in Brazil, Operação Prato [Operation Saucer] and
its commander, and even described some UFO events unknown to us.
“Colonel Uyrangê Hollanda, commander of Operação
Prato [Operation Saucer], was a serious and objective man, diligent and
respected by all”, Pereira says, confirming what Brazilian ufologists
always knew but had no means to assure – that indeed
Operação Prato [Operation Saucer] resulted in more than
2.000 pages of documents besides the already known 500 pictures and 16
hours of footage. Regarding Caso Varginha, however, he says to know
nothing but what was revealed by Brazilian UFO Magazine and the press.
He seemed to be sincere because such case belongs to a different
military sector, the Army.
Brigadier Jose Carlos Pereira was born in Salvador (BA) and joined the
Brazilian Air Force (FAB) in March 1958, retiring in July 2005 after
occupying the main positions in the Air Force hierarchy including the
highest rank of all. He was graduated in December 1963 and little by
little became one of the best specialists for space policies and
strategies in Brazil. Pereira was also a jet pilot as well as a pilot
for transports, a special air operations and a military parachutist.
Member of Brazilian Military Elite
Pereira was an operations officer and a commander of the Unit for Jet
Training, a commander of air bases and official of the superior
military command in operations and personnel sectors. He had a
distinguished performance at the military intelligence being an
official at Brazilian Presidency cabinet and an official for
intelligence at the Inter-American Defense Board, in Washington.
Pereira was also chief of logistics and mobilization of the superior
command of Brazilian Armed Forces, commander of the Brazilian Air Force
Academy (AFA) and chief of the General Command of Air Operations.
Over the last 10 years, Brigadier Jose Carlos Pereira was also a
commander of operations for the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) being
responsible for 13 generals and a total number of 27 thousand
subordinates. From 1999 to 2001, he was a general commander for Air
Operations and for the Brazilian Airspace Defense Command (Comdabra), a
body that was already called “Brazilian Area 51”. As we can see, it is
no overestimate to say that during some time Pereira was the guardian
of the key to the safe where Brazilian UFO secrets have been kept. On
March 27th 2006, already retired, this Brigadier took office at the
presidency of the Brazilian Airport Infrastructure Agency (Infraero),
by appointment of Minister Nelson Jobim.
Brazilian ufologists consider that Pereira's statements will have a
significant impact on the campaign UFOs: Liberdade de
Informação Já [UFOs: Freedom of Information Now].
Never before a military of that rank spoke so freely about UFOs. Very
few from other countries came so close to repeat the same initiative.
This encouraged Brazilian UFO Magazine to try a contact with military
of the same level in the Navy and in the Army in order to look for the
support Brazilian ufologists need to fulfill their goals. Step by step
we follow our path which someday will lead us to the freedom of UFO
information in Brazil. Uyrangê Hollanda gave his contribution and
now Jose Carlos Pereira joins his efforts.
See below the highlights of the interview given to Brazilian UFO
UFO – Brigadier, you have been the one in military who speaks more
about UFOs in the media. You have given several interviews always in a
very open and natural manner. What makes you act like this?
Pereira – I consider that as a matter of personal belief. I believe
there should be no subject to be kept closed to humankind. It might
look flamboyant and bizarre, but this subject must always be checked
and investigated. Galileo, Copernicus, and so many other scientists
must have known that. So I believe no human being or institution has
the right to keep doors closed to the discussion of any matters, be it
scientific, political, social or religious. Not even to Ufology, which
I consider to be within the scientific field. This is a personal point
of view that I sustain till these days.
UFO – It has been said that you keep the key to the safe where UFO
secrets are kept, including documents, pictures and footages made in
different circumstances by military in duty in different bases – some
in missions like Operação Prato [Operation Saucer], some
by accident. What could these secrets reveal?
Pereira – Look, I'm a man devoted to science, a man with a scientific
mind. If you present the idea that extraterrestrials are here, that
they are visiting and investigating us, that they are doing things that
we cannot understand what they are, then your idea goes against
scientific reasoning. Because, as far as we know, our Solar System has
presented no indication for the existence of life in another planet
UFO – And what if we consider civilizations with a much more advanced
technology compared to ours?
Pereira – OK, look, I'm analyzing with the knowledge we have today in
our planet, with the knowledge our current stage of science has
achieved. This is the caveat to be consider. So, if we consider only
this knowledge, I reject every possibility of anyone coming from outer
space to Earth. And it gets more complex if we go further because Alpha
Centauri does not seem to be a planetary system. Let's move then to the
portion of the Universe astronomers call “inhabitable zone”, which
seems to be many light years from Earth.
UFO – Is the understanding of this situation beyond our control?
Pereira – The starting point is the technology we have today to
understand the universe. I wouldn't say no one might have advanced a
million years ahead somewhere else. On the other hand, the technology
we have today on Earth fully dismisses the possibility of someone from
out of the solar system to arrive here. I humbly insist that our
knowledge must still be insignificant to comprehend all of this. We can
see by what happened over the last hundred years with discoveries
ranging from penicillin to the airplane.
UFO – Spacecraft coming to Earth certainly do not use the same
propulsion technology we used to explore the Moon, Mars or Venus. Do
you think this should be openly discussed by civil society?
Pereira – No, they probably don't use rocket engines like our
spacecraft sent to space. My opinion on Ufology is that it must
approach scientific fields in the near future, such as astronomy,
astrophysics, and astronautics in order to form a more consistent
scientific group. I don't refuse the idea of philosophy entering this
range of subjects, with its modern concepts aiming to quickly address
the issues we couldn't solve to date: who we are, where we came from,
and where are we going to... Since Aristotle we make the same questions
and no one answers. Ufology in combination with these other subjects
might be a way to these answers.
UFO – Your open and frank position matches those of a few other
Brazilian military. However, the same is confronted by some sectors
within the military who prefer UFO matters to be kept out of public
discussion. Do you think it is time to break such resistance?
Pereira – Look, I believe the mere opening of secret files to be
delivered to the press and the public in general is something that can
be done tomorrow morning without any problem. But I think this is not
enough, not sufficient. Ufologists might even get disappointed when
they see those files because I feel they expect more concrete evidence
and maybe they won't find what they long for in those folders. However,
I think that an official example of opening UFO archives – especially
when this attitude comes from the military – comes to favor and empower
other people that fear to discuss the issue. I think that from the
moment the government opens the subject for debate all the fear people
have towards this subject will be gone and things become more
transparent. No one fears transparency; instead people fear the lack of
it. So I believe that such an opening is really helpful and has a very
favorable effect in this discussion.
UFO – And what to do while we do not achieve this relying only on
testimonials of thousands of highly credible people who have
experienced UFO phenomena?
Pereira – One must consider all different sorts of evidence surrounding
UFOs. As in any police work, we have documental, testimonial, and
circumstantial evidence each with their own weight. Documental
evidence, for example, has its own impact as has a testimonial. Has
anybody seen something in the sky? Great! But it’s even better when we
have 50 people witnessing it. Especially when these people don't know
one another and live in different communities. This is how testimonial
evidence becomes stronger. And, at last, we have the circumstantial
evidence, which is the most fragile of all. We must separate these
three kinds of evidence we have today concerning Ufology.
Circumstantial evidence are present in high volume, so are testimonial
ones, and 90% of these have a scientific explanation while the
remaining 10% do not. Regarding material evidence, we have none.
UFO – Would you call the occurrence of May 20th 1986, the so called
Official UFO Night in Brazil, as a circumstantial evidence of the UFO
Pereira – As far as I know, observations in that occasion were
testimonial evidence from people who saw it.
UFO – Jet pilots who were sent by the Air Force to intercept those
objects were very experienced.
Pereira – Yes, they were. That's why those are testimonial evidence,
situations in which witnesses saw something and radars detected that
same thing. Look, radars may present a false echo, they may be affected
by many different factors, but when we have more than one radar
spotting the same target, then we have something serious enough to be
ignored [in an assured tone]. This equipment operates in different
UFO – One of the jet planes intercepting the objects was even
surrounded by many of them who came relatively close...
Pereira – Here we have the sum of different facts. Someone has seen
something and radar spotted it. Such equipment has nothing to do with
human eyes, it's an electronic device. Another pair of eyes also saw
that same thing [another pilot] and so on. Then you start to give
credits to the occurrence and the situation becomes more concrete. OK,
but where is the object? Was it captured? Here is where the material
evidence thing comes in, and we don't have it.
UFO – Brigadier, when the Brazilian Committee of Ufologists (CBU)
visited Comdabra on May 20th 2005, we were received by Brigadier
Atheneu Azambuja, who showed us three folders of UFO occurrences from
that body's archives. Aren't these evidence that we have been visited
by objects crewed and controlled by intelligent non terrestrial beings?
Pereira – Well, those folders are not only at Comdabra, they are spread
through other bodies worldwide. They prove that unexplained phenomena
occurring lead us to believe in the presence of such being and alien
objects on planet Earth. That's it. They are uncommon to our planet.
Now, telling what are those beings and objects is a very risky thing
since we have no knowledge enough for that [in a cautious tone]. So, I
believe Ufology has much more work ahead [in order to identify the
phenomenon] and even needs to add some other subjects to its efforts.
UFO – At the time of that visit to Comdabra we said that we would like
to conduct a joint study with the Air Force by forming a mixed team of
civilian ufologists and military. What do you think about this?
Pereira – Yes, but I should say that such a team would need more
people. Besides ufologists I believe that it's necessary to have
scientists, astronomers, physicists, etc, because such knowledge must
be jointly addressed by more people.
UFO – Do you personally believe that civilizations from other planets
might be visiting us?
Pereira – Well, my thought on this is that we, humans, left ground for
the first time in an airplane nearly 100 years ago and within only one
century could reach the Moon. In astronomic means we could say that a
hundred years are nothing, not even dust. Then, if in one century and
with our limited capacity we could achieve this... Now, think: where
will we reach a hundred or a thousand years from now?
UFO – We know that the Brazilian Air Force officially investigates the
UFO phenomenon since 1969, when Brigadier Jose Vaz da Silva established
the System for Investigation of Unidentified Flying Objects (SIOANI) at
the Brazilian IV Regional Air Command (COMAR 4). But why was that
research apparently closed in that same year without any further
Pereira – Look, that's a very interesting question. I wasn't around
that time and have not researched those facts. I've never had the idea
of investigating the reasons why that work was ended, but I suspect
Brigadier Vaz da Silva hasn't had any more conditions to go further. He
tells a different story [from many other military]. He was always an
avant-garde man, always ahead of this time.
UFO – Do you believe in a superior interference in the establishment of
SIOANI or was it an exclusive initiative of Brigadier Vaz da Silva?
Pereira – I'm almost sure there was a superior order. Certainly a
superior instance to Brigadier Vaz da Silva worked with it by
supporting the project, assisting and implementing SIOANI. A commander
can't do anything by himself. He must have a superior instance behind
UFO – The two leaked SIOANI bulletins brought descriptions of cases
researched by the body, including UFO landings and their crew. These
are being investigated and kept in secret by the military. This is the
kind of documents ufologists want to see disclosed. Do you believe they
can be publicly revealed?
Pereira – In my opinion there is no reason to keep such material in
secret. None. I understand that the disclosure won't affect any of the
four classical criteria military always have in mind when dealing with
national secrets. And these are represented by the following questions:
first, will the disclosure take the country into a war? Second, will it
cause panic in the population? Third, is it a threat to the national
security, be it with a South-American country or any other? And fourth,
will the disclosure of this material affect the privacy of people
possibly mentioned on it? This is what we must have in mind. If none of
these matters are affected – which is actually the case –, then it must
UFO – Are you for the disclosure of UFO documents prepared by the
military and kept in secret to date?
Pereira – Absolutely. Unless the disclosure affects any of the four
items I've just mentioned. In that case I think the material should not
be disclosed. We must respect people's privacy and also the national
security as we have to preserve peace and order. Also, we shouldn't
start a war or create indisposition with other countries. Anyway, we
shouldn’t reveal our plans to the enemy. Besides those factors, it's
time for transparency and for clearing this subject.
UFO – Do you think this also applies to documents from
Operação Prato [Operation Saucer], carried out by the Air
Force of State of Para in 1977?
Pereira – Sure! No doubt about that! To all and every operation!
UFO – Have you received specific information on that operation?
Pereira – At the moment it was carried out, no. I knew of the results
only after that. But I knew Hollanda [Colonel Uyrangê Hollanda,
commander of that military mission]. He worked for the Air Force
Intelligence, same as I did, so we were always passing by one another.
UFO – I interviewed Hollanda in 1997. I had just given an interview to
Fantástico [Fantastic], talking about the documents Brazilian
Air Force holds and he saw me at the show and called me the next
morning saying: “Look, Gevaerd, I follow your work and I know you are
doing the right thing. I want to say that now I'm retired and have no
more obligations with my uniform. So, if you want to come to Rio to
interview me, I'll have much to say”. I went to Rio immediately and
together with Marco Antonio Petit we had a historical interview with
him. Have you read it?
Pereira – Yes, of course. I have a copy with me and have also found it
in several websites. It's a long interview and I read it carefully.
Some time ago, a colleague sent me a copy and I replied: “Man, do you
really think I don't have it? I got a copy long ago”.
UFO – Really? Then I conclude that high rank officials as you may have
had become aware of Hollanda's statements.
Pereira – Yes, certainly. It's a long and much known interview. But
Hollanda was a very disturbed man, with a very introspective
personality. And as a result he took his own life…
UFO – Do you believe his personal problems somehow influenced the
statements he made to Brazilian UFO Magazine concerning
Operação Prato [Operation Saucer]?
Pereira – Not the contents, but maybe the way he did it. Hollanda was a
serious man and wouldn't be able to change the contents, especially
regarding such an important matter.
UFO – People say that he loved to be called to lead that operation
because all he wanted was to go to the jungle. He headed the military
mission and had a close encounter with an ET, so he told us at the
interview. Did you know this?
Pereira – I knew that, he reported it, but I have never discussed this
issue with him. Hollanda also called me shortly after, but I was in
another operation [not a ufological one].
UFO – He told us that he was together with a subordinate at Rio
Guajará-Mirim heading towards the camp when a cylindrical
aircraft with 100m in length nearly landed on the other margin. From
the top, a door was opened and an ET came from it floating to the place
where they were. According to Hollanda this was the most exciting
moment in the operation. Have you ever discussed that with him?
Pereira – No, unfortunately I didn't have details before. But maybe
that's why he had put all of his efforts and dedication in
Operação Prato [Operation Saucer], which was where he
found a sense for his life. If he couldn't succeed as an aviator and if
he rejected the idea of being an intending officer, then the
intelligence suited him well. Working for the intelligence for me is an
agreeable experience, at least partially. Things were tough those
times. I worked a lot with pure military intelligence, with strategy.
But I was never much concerned with communists for example [the first
official justification for Operação Prato [Operation
Saucer] was that it was conceived in order to identify communists
possibly hidden in the Amazon jungle].
UFO – Hollanda suspected that the contact he had with an ET at the
margin of Rio Guajará-Mirim during December 1977 was the turning
point for the termination of Operação Prato [Operation
Saucer]. He said he was ordered to terminate the operation after
reporting it to his superior, Brigadier Protásio Lopes de
Oliveira, then commander of the Brazilian I Regional Air Command (COMAR
1). Did you know that?
Pereira – Partly. I didn't have that detail.
UFO – Many people do not believe he killed himself. He would have been
murdered instead for having supposedly talked too much. This is not
true. However, if our issue where the first part of the interview – UFO
054, October 1997 – was earlier released and if he had seen the respect
Equipe UFO [Brazilian UFO Magazine Team]rendered him then maybe by
feeling honored and seeing the huge contribution he gave to Brazilian
Ufology he would not have taken his own life...
Pereira – Yes, maybe. But he had a very lonely life and that is
something very sad. That's why in military life the sector which mostly
unites people is the intelligence. Those who lived this experience
suffer when they leave the circle. It's somewhat like in a combat
situation: when bullets are crossing by no one thinks about the
homeland. Everybody is thinking about their own lives and the lives of
those around them, the ones who can save their lives. When Hollanda
retired he was completely isolated from everyone and everything. This
can really affect someone.
UFO – Hollanda was very close to the UFO phenomenon, especially from
the middle to the end of Operação Prato [Operation
Saucer], until he had that contact with an ET and the mission was
terminated. But this did not prevent him from his own investigations
which he carried out during his spare time. He even had other contacts
until the phenomena around him suddenly stopped. This seems to have
affected him a lot. Did you know that?
Pereira – No, I didn't. But once I was talking about Hollanda to a
psychologist and she told me he presented the profile of someone who
had faced something very serious in some moment of life. An event so
serious that could isolate him, let's say, from his fellows [in a
UFO – Do you consider that the experience he had with
Operação Prato [Operation Saucer] could have contributed
to his state of mind?
Pereira – Yes, no doubt about that, it was a catalysis factor, a very
UFO – During that time, were the results Operação Prato
[Operation Saucer] commented on in military circles?
Pereira – Yes. Not with great emphasis, but everybody knew what was
UFO – And how about the contact Hollanda had with an ET, in December
1977. Was this also known to military?
Pereira – Only a few people knew about that. I knew about it much
later, not at the moment that occurred. Brigadier Protásio was
the one who talked to me about that fact. At the time it occurred I was
already more senior than Hollanda in the Air Force and I only knew
about that specific episode, the contact itself, when I was to be
promoted a Brigadier. But, regarding Operação Prato
[Operation Saucer], I was made aware as soon as I started working in
the intelligence, when I was still a Colonel. I was a planning director
at the Air Force and all files were at my
UFO – Have you had access to the documents prepared during
Operação Prato [Operation Saucer]?
Pereira – Yes, all of them. But this happened when I was the planning
director for the Air Force, in the early 90s.
UFO – And where were those files? Brasilia?
Pereira – Yes, Brasilia. Those files were all collected and some were
sent to the SNI [Brazilian National Information Service, a body that
originated the Brazilian Intelligence Agency (ABIN)]. But only part of
them. I would see them again only several years later when I was in a
different position at the Air Force.
UFO – So you had the operation files at your disposal. The information
we had came to us through Hollanda and could not be satisfactorily
confirmed is that he and his subordinates produced at least 2.000 pages
of sighting reports which were typed by sergeant Flavio Costa, a kind
of secretary in the mission, besides 500 pictures and 16 hours of
footage and super 16mm. Do you confirm that?
Pereira – Ah, yes, that must be this. Those footages were the best
thing we had at the time.
UFO – When the Brazilian Committee of Ufologists (CBU) was at Comdabra
we could see part of those pages and pictures. We saw more than a
hundred of them contained in a folder. Where is the rest of the
Pereira – Well, Comdabra is the acronym for Brazilian Airspace Defense
Command, which deals with air matters. At a certain moment, those files
were distributed to different bodies according to their interests
[performance scope]. Those which were sent to Comdabra are those
directly related to the Air Defense System and involve radars spotting
objects, jets following something, etc. Other kinds of operations which
had nothing to do with the country's Air Defense remain at the old SNI,
currently the ABIN.
UFO – Have you seen the footages of a huge amazing spacecraft over Rio
Amazonas made during Operação Prato [Operation Saucer]?
Pereira – No, I haven't had the chance. But I know they do exist.
UFO – But where are these footages?
Pereira – Comdabra has what was already shown to ufologists. And the
Air Force Intelligence System, also based in Brasília, also has
UFO – Besides those pictures from Operação Prato
[Operation Saucer] did you see any images obtained in other missions or
generated by any other means?
Pereira – No, what I saw were only the pictures of
Operação Prato [Operation Saucer]. Some of them were made
public a little later. There were no other missions.
Operação Prato [Operation Saucer] was the only one.
UFO – Regarding the Brazilian Committee of Ufologists (CBU) visit to
Comdabra, Brigadier Atheneu Azambuja - then commander of that body-,
reported that it was common to have Air Force jets taking off to
identify “radar targets” being “hotel traffic” among them. We know that
those words were used to describe several things including flying
saucers. How many of these interceptions occurred every year in Brazil
and what are the outcomes?
Pereira – Many. I remember one at moment. This is all automated,
procedures are automated. This fact occurred in Anapolis (GO) a few
years ago. There was a radar contact with “something” and the Air
Defense determined a Mirage to take off from the air field of that
town. The unidentified object was very close, it wasn't very far,
almost in Goiania area. The radar could not determine the altitude, but
only the position it was. The Mirage went up towards it as high as
possible and reached 48 thousand feet [nearly 16km], which is its
maximum altitude of operation and had to abort the search. The pilot
said: “I reached 48 thousand feet and can't see anything. The radar
says it's in front of me, but I don't see anything”.
UFO – The ground radar spotted a dot in that position. How about the
Pereira – Yes. The jet's radar informed the altitude it was, but it
couldn't tell the altitude of the other contact which appeared in both
radars. So it's very hard when you don't know where the target is. It
could be at any altitude from 1000m on. I remember that episode very
well. The pilot had visual contact with the object, a lightening spot
at noon, at broad day light.
UFO – Was that a large object?
Pereira – Well, it was a bright spot whose size was impossible to tell
because it would involve parallax. You cannot tell the size of
something when you don't know the distance it is from you. The pilot
says it was far away. “I see something here, but it is far, very far”,
he said. And he was already at the maximum altitude of 48 thousand
feet. A Mirage can reach 50 thousand feet, but that would be dangerous.
I remember that taking off very well.
UFO – Brigadier, how many of these cases happen every year and what are
Pereira – I remember three or four like these. I don't know about the
annual average [laconic], but it can be two or three each year. There's
another thing, do you have information on any case involving the
Brazilian Navy in Rio Amazonas?
UFO – In Rio Amazonas all we have are cases involving civilian ships.
As for the Navy, we have one case occurred in Rio Paraguay, 1962,
involving a ship captained by the late Captain Joao Maria Romariz. That
ship was followed by a UFO near Forte Coimbra, a territory that now is
part the State of Mato Grosso do Sul. This case is reported in the book
UFOs: Arquivo Confidencial. Do you know of any specific case occurred
in Rio Amazonas?
Pereira – Yes, and this case was “sealed” in the Navy, it was never
disclosed. I had the information that one of those old corvettes, which
sail very well, was involved in a sighting. That kind of ship could go
to very far frontiers. A corvette like that was travelling at night
when approached by a UFO that came very close. Things went mad, they
say. The situation got very complicated for the captain of the ship
because panic took over the crew in a very remote area. In that kind of
place, the nearest Indian is a thousand kilometers away...
Source: A. J. Gevaerd/UFO magazine Brazil
- THE RUNT OF THE LITTER
Biggest Squid Ever Caught May Have Bigger Brothers
biggest squid ever caught, at up to 10 metres long and boasting a
fearsome beak and razor-sharp hooks, may be small compared to others
still lurking in the depths, scientists said Tuesday.
The colossal squid has begun a two-day
thaw at The Museum of New Zealand in Wellington before it is examined
in more detail Wednesday by an international team of scientists.
It weighs 495 kilograms (1,090 pounds),
has eyes the size of dinner plates and is estimated at up to 10 metres
(33 feet) long.
But that may be relatively small,
scientists say after initial examination, suggesting other colossal
squid (Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni) under the chilly Antarctic waters
might grow much larger.
On a museum blog following the progress
of the thaw, Chris Paulin -- who is projects manager at the museum,
known as Te Papa Tongarewa, said Tuesday that the beak of the colossal
squid has been exposed as the flesh defrosts.
The size of the lower beak -- used to
chop prey into bite sized pieces -- is around 43 to 45 millimetres.
Colossal squid lower beaks previously
found in the stomachs of sperm whales have been as long as 49
Extrapolating the relationship between
the length of the beak and body size from another smaller specimen
being examined suggests the species could grow much bigger, Paulin said.
"Can we assume that this species reaches
three quarters of a tonne in weight?" he asked.
One of the scientists leading the
examination, Auckland University of Technology squid expert Steve
O'Shea, said it was difficult to say how much bigger the monster squid
"What we know from that one measurement
is that the beak of this animal from the stomachs of sperm whales are
considerably larger," O'Shea told Radio New Zealand.
"We make the leap to say the colossal
squid grows considerably larger than the 495 kilogram one we are
O'Shea has previously described the
colossal squid, which has razor-sharp swivelling hooks at the end of
its tentacles, as "a nasty aggressive sort of squid... a gelatinous
blob with seriously evil arms on it."
If the new specimen was cut into squid
rings, they would be size of tractor tyres, although they would taste
The colossal squid was caught as it ate
an Antarctic toothfish hooked on a fishing boat's long line in
Antarctic waters in February last year.
After being snap frozen, it was given to
the museum, which has since been deciding the best way to defrost,
examine and display it.
Suggestions such as using a giant
microwave to unfreeze it were discarded, and on Monday the squid was
placed in a tank filled with cold salty water to ensure it defrosts
slowly without decomposing.
The squid is so large that there was a
risk the outside flesh would start to rot before the inside had thawed.
Defrosting is due to finish Wednesday
when scientists will learn as much as they can before the squid is
preserved in formalin to go on show in a massive tank at the museum
later this year.
The progress of the thawing is being
shown live by webcams on the museum's website www.tepapa.govt.nz.
Source: Yahoo News
- ANOTHER TIME, ANOTHER PLACE
Parallel Universe Proof Boosts Time Travel Hopes
really do exist, according to a mathematical discovery by Oxford
scientists that sweeps away one of the key objections to the mind
boggling and controversial idea.
The work has wider implications since the idea of
parallel universes sidesteps one of the key problems with time travel.
Every since it was given serious lab cred in 1949 by the great logician
Kurt Godel, many eminent physicists have argued against time travel
because it undermines ideas of cause and effect to create paradoxes: a
time traveller could go back to kill his grandfather so that he is
never born in the first place.
But the existence of parallel worlds offers a way
around these troublesome paradoxes, according to David Deutsch of
Oxford University, a highly respected proponent of quantum theory, the
deeply mathematical, successful and baffling theory of the atomic world.
He argues that time travel shifts between different
branches of reality, basing his claim on parallel universes, the
so-called "many-worlds" formulation of quantum theory.
The new work bolsters his claim that quantum theory
does not forbid time travel. "It does sidestep it. You go into another
universe," he said yesterday, though he admits that there is still a
way to go to find schemes to manipulate space and time in a way that
makes time hops possible.
"Many sci fi authors suggested time travel paradoxes
would be solved by parallel universes but in my work, that conclusion
is deduced from quantum theory itself", Dr Deutsch said, referring to
his work on many worlds.
The mathematical idea of parallel worlds was first
glimpsed by the great quantum pioneer, Erwin Schrodinger, but actually
published in 1957 by Hugh Everett III, when wrestling with the problem
of what actually happens when an observation is made of something of
interest - such as an electron or an atom - with the intention of
measuring its position or its speed.
In the traditional brand of quantum mechanics, a
mathematical object called a wave function, which contains all possible
outcomes of a measurement experiment, "collapses" to give a single real
Everett came up with a more audacious interpretation:
the universe is constantly and infinitely splitting, so that no
collapse takes place. Every possible outcome of an experimental
measurement occurs, each one in a parallel universe.
If one accepts Everett's interpretation, our universe
is embedded in an infinitely larger and more complex structure called
the multiverse, which as a good approximation can be regarded as an
ever-multiplying mass of parallel universes.
Every time there is an event at the quantum level - a
radioactive atom decaying, for example, or a particle of light
impinging on your retina - the universe is supposed to "split" into
A motorist who has a near miss, for instance, might
feel relieved at his lucky escape. But in a parallel universe, another
version of the same driver will have been killed. Yet another universe
will see the motorist recover after treatment in hospital. The number
of alternative scenarios is endless.
In this way, the "many worlds" interpretation of
quantum mechanics allows a time traveller to alter the past without
producing problems such as the notorious grandfather paradox.
But the "many worlds" idea has been attacked, with
one theoretician joking that it is "cheap on assumptions but expensive
on universes" and others that it is "repugnant to common sense."
Now new research confirms Prof Deutsch's ideas and
suggests that Dr Everett, who was a Phd student at Princeton University
when he came up with the theory, was on the right track.
Commenting in New Scientist magazine, Prof Andy
Albrecht, a physicist at the University of California, Davis, said of
the link between probability and many worlds: "This work will go down
as one of the most important developments in the history of science."
Quantum mechanics describes the strange things that
happen in the subatomic world - such as the way photons and electrons
behave both as particles and waves. By one interpretation, nothing at
the subatomic scale can really be said to exist until it is observed.
Until then, particles occupy nebulous "superposition"
states, in which they can have simultaneous "up" and "down" spins, or
appear to be in different places at the same time.
According to quantum mechanics, unobserved particles
are described by "wave functions" representing a set of multiple
"probable" states. When an observer makes a measurement, the particle
then settles down into one of these multiple options.
But the many worlds idea offers an alternative view.
Dr Deutsch showed mathematically that the bush-like branching structure
created by the universe splitting into parallel versions of itself can
explain the probabilistic nature of quantum outcomes. This work was
attacked but it has now had rigorous confirmation by David Wallace and
Simon Saunders, also at Oxford.
Dr Saunders, who presented the work with Wallace at
the Many Worlds at 50 conference at the Perimeter Institute for
Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Canada, told New Scientist: "We've
cleared up the obscurities and come up with a pretty clear verdict that
Everett works. It's a dramatic turnaround and it means that people now
have to discuss Everett seriously."
Dr Deutsch added that the work addresses a
three-century-old problem with the idea of probability itself,
described by one philosopher, Prof David Papineau, as a scandal. "We
didn't really know what probability means," said Dr Deutsch.
There's a convention that it's rational to treat it
for most purposes as if we knew it was going to happen even though we
actually know it need not. But this does not capture the reality, not
least the 0.1 per cent chance something will not happen.
"So," said Dr Deutsch, "the problems of probability,
which were until recently considered the principal objection to the
otherwise extremely elegant theory of Everett (which removes every
element of mysticism and double-talk that have crept into quantum
theory over the decades) have now turned into its principal selling
Source: The Telegraph (UK)
- ON THE THRESHOLD OF A DREAM
The Cryptic Cosmology of Synchromysticism
an emerging field of study and subculture existing on the fringe of
areas already considered fringe – primarily mysticism and Jungian
psychology. The word was coined by Jake Kotze in August of 2006 for an
article posted on his website Brave New World Order, who defined it as:
"The art of realizing meaningful coincidence in the seemingly mundane
with mystical or esoteric significance." As Kotze recalled in an email:
"I needed something to explain a way of investigating
subjects with synchronicities and the word seemed to fit... My biggest
inspiration for this kind of thinking and investigating came from Goro
Adachi at Etemenanki. Goro calls his research multi-contextual."
The synchromysticism research Jake Kotze publishes on
his websites include information-dense videos, artwork and articles
punctuated by images illustrating various mystic/pop culture linkages.
His articles and videos usually focus on esoteric symbols or memes
(possibly stemming from a collective unconscious mind) reoccurring
throughout a wide range of sources, especially mass media. Such symbols
include numbers, words, archetypes, shapes and various visual motifs or
patterns such as portals and checkerboards. The total effect is a
mind-blowing labyrinthine reality mash-up linked by a type of dream
logic. Kotze described his approach towards synchronicities in an
October 20, 2006 post on Brave New World Order:
"My idea about the significance of meaningful
coincidences in movies with mystical connotation is not that it points
towards real truths, but that they point towards possible realities
that might emerge from the collective psyche into consensus reality. We
vie and jostle for acceptable limits of consensus reality through our
art and philosophy. Our ideas and concepts about reality are the very
fabric of reality itself. We try to sell each other beliefs in a
creative effort to allow new ‘things’ to emerge into the accepted
matrix of the now. I don't fundamentally fret about what ‘is’ real; I
care about checking the zeitgeists' temperature in order to project
future possibilities of acceptable norms and find hidden pockets of
knowledge embedded in the pattern of 'AUM'."
Recurring themes Kotze has been tracking include
"stargate" symbols and imagery that was most powerfully expressed in
the events of 9/11. He argues that in the language of esoteric
symbolism the Twin Towers are analogous to Solomon's Temple, Mecca and
the pyramids of Egypt – structures intended to be, in a sense, vortexes
to higher dimensions. Kotze has linked imagery from an astounding
amount and variety of pop culture sources, including cartoons,
mainstream Hollywood films, cult classics, posters, websites and even
videogames of the stargate concept.
Interestingly, Jake's research sometimes finds
specific individuals, who he calls resonators, associated with certain
reoccurring esoteric symbols and patterns. An example would be his
observation of synchronistic connections between actor Hugh Jackman and
the stargate motifs. This line of thought sounds preposterous on the
surface, but Kotze often provides a surprisingly large and detailed
collection of evidence to explain the rationale for his conclusions.
Using an expansive knowledge of esoteric symbolism and example after
example of sometimes striking data and imagery, it's enough to make
even a hardened cynic raise an eyebrow.
To skeptics, such synchronistic patterns involving
pop culture celebrities might seem uncomfortably close to fixation or
clinical obsession (e.g., Hinckley's obsession with Jodie Foster, or
Chapman's with John Lennon). Though it's common for most people who
regularly experience synchronicities to become obsessed by the idea of
synchronicity, Kotze is less concerned with celebrities than the
symbols or archetypes they might represent. He has no interest in
deifying or meeting any of the individuals associated with
synchronistic patterns, and he communicates in a lucid and
well-referenced manner why he believes the connections exist, with no
illusion that the people involved are consciously aware of it. As Kotze
explained in a March 20, 2008 post on his The Blob website, regarding
the Hugh Jackman-Stargate connection:
"This suggests, in my view, a non-local intelligence
guiding the affairs of the universe rather than conscious tomfoolery on
the part of a human agencies such as conspiring Hollywood magickians.
The embedding of symbolism is too well orchestrated, subtle and
concise. The noisy plotting and scheming of the human mind doesn't
directly create the phenomena charted by synchromysticism. The patterns
found emanate from the same force that organizes uncountable numbers of
snowflakes into unique (all being appreciably different) but certainly
not individual (all comprising six way geometry) forms. The same force
that animates this very moment you read this sentence, the moment of
present awareness that is inseparable from who you are."
Jake Kotze's work got a boost in exposure after
Henrik Palmgren's Red Ice Creations site began featuring articles and
videos from Brave New World Order. Henrik also recorded a series of
podcast interviews with Jake throughout 2007. In addition, Kotze was
the guest for the premiere edition of the “Occult of Personality”
podcast in October of 2006 and was interviewed on Kent Bentkowski's
“The Kentroversy Tapes” podcast in October of 2007.
Ben Fairhall, creator of the Battling the Behemoth
website, was an early supporter of the idea of synchromysticism;
Fairhall’s blog was quickly followed by Todd Campbell's Peering Through
the Looking Glass. Over a brief period of time, a rapidly increasing
number of websites have adopted the word and supported the principles
of synchromysticism. Though the online synchromystic community is a
recent phenomenon, the fundamental concepts that synchromysticism draws
upon have connections to mystic traditions as old as shamanism. Seeing
esoteric and mystical significance in the seemingly mundane is
characteristic of varied metaphysical philosophies around the world
such as Hermeticism, Taoism, Sufism, Kabbalah and teachings of the
Pythagorean mystery schools.
In the modern age, ideas behind synchromysticism have
influenced in varying degrees works of pioneers as diverse as Helena P.
Blavatsky, William S. Burroughs, Aleister Crowley, James Joyce, Carl
Jung, Stanley Kubrick, Timothy Leary, John Lilly, Terence McKenna, and
Grant Morrison – most of whom have been referenced in Kotze's research.
A feature that makes synchromysticism unique from other forms of
synchronicity is its focus on esoteric mystical symbolism and the use
of communications technology to document, share and compare
synchronicities related to such symbols from ancient traditions
throughout the mass media landscape. Besides its obvious connection to
media, Jungian psychology and the occult, from what I've gathered
through articles, interviews, videos and other sources related to
synchromysticism, the field also has strong associations with the
psychedelic experience and conspiracy theory.
A relatively well-known example of
proto-synchromystic writing is James Shelby Downard's essay on the
Kennedy assassination, "King-Kill 33" (popularized by the Marilyn
Manson song of the same name). In it, he collects a vast array of
symbolic clues and associations that leads him to speculate that
Kennedy's assassination was part of a Masonic ritual. Masonic aspects
of synchromystic symbology have also been the subject of lectures and
articles by Jordan Maxwell, Richard C. Hoagland and Jay Weidner. Kotze
has made references to all of these writers and they likely influenced
his thoughts on synchronicity. In his interview on "The Kentroversy
Tapes" podcast, Jake specifically cites Robert Anton Wilson as one of
his primary sources of synchromystic inspiration, which shouldn’t be a
surprise to anyone familiar with Wilson's writings. In much of his
work, most notably Cosmic Trigger: The Final Secret of the Illuminati,
Wilson wrote extensively on the subjects of synchronicity, conspiracy,
psychedelics and magick.
Synchronistically, in Cosmic Trigger Wilson relates
how shortly after he published Illuminatus in 1975, William Grimstad
(a.k.a. Jim Brandon) corresponded with him to share channeled
information from people allegedly contacted by extraterrestrial
intelligences. The information corresponded in detail to esoteric
topics Wilson and Timothy Leary had been confidentially discussing at
the time. Later, Grimstad sent Wilson a tape called "Sirius Rising"
that he and close friend and collaborator James Shelby Downard recorded
that contained some of the same information featured in Downard's
"King-Kill 33" essay. Wilson called the Grimstad-Downard theory "…the
most absurd, the most incredible, the most ridiculous Illuminati theory
of them all." But he added, "The only trouble is that, after the weird
data we have already surveyed, the Grimstad-Downard theory may not
sound totally unbelievable to us."
In the same book Wilson disclosed his distant link to
Lee Harvey Oswald (Oswald's ex-wife lived with the sister of Wilson's
family doctor). Wilson was also a friend of Kerry Thornley (co-founder
of Discordianism, the only religion Wilson embraced) who befriended
Oswald when they served together in the marines. Their mutual friend
Greg Hill (a.k.a. Malaclypse the Younger, the other co-founder of
Discordianism) had a girlfriend who served as district attorney Jim
Garrison's secretary in the summer of 1963. She used his Xerox machine
after-hours to print the earliest Discordian text, "Principia Discordia
or How the West Was Lost". In the fall of 1966 Garrison began his
investigation into the JFK assassination, later dramatized in the
Oliver Stone film JFK (1991) which itself has been a subject of
synchromystic analysis by Dean Grace.
The connection between Kerry Thornley, Lee Harvey
Oswald and Jim Garrison was further documented by countercultural and
Fortean historian Adam Gorightly in his book The Prankster and the
Conspiracy. Though it was briefly mentioned in Cosmic Trigger,
Gorightly's book covered in greater detail a falling out between Kerry
Thornley and Robert Anton Wilson due to a disagreement in the
interpretation of coincidences surrounding Kerry's connection to the
JFK assassination and Kerry's increasing sense of paranoia. Kerry began
to suspect the coincidences were an intentional manipulation possibly
involving the CIA, Mafia and/or Naval Intelligence, and even went so
far as to accuse close friends of being a part of a plot. Wilson
remained agnostic on his views on the causes of those and other
coincidences but entertained ideas ranging from subjective perception,
the collective unconscious, parapsychology, quantum physics and a
holographic universe. This open-ended view of synchronicity is more in
alignment with the synchromystic view, while Kerry's approach (minus
delusional paranoia) is closer to those of relatively conventional
conspiracy researchers such as Alex Constantine, John Judge, Michael C.
Ruppert, and Webster Griffin Tarpley.
For synchromystics such as Kotze, the causes of
synchronicities are not as important as their possible meaning (though
he has considered theories similar to Wilson's, such as communication
from a conscious universe and the notion that we may be unconsciously
drawn to certain symbols due to genetic memory embedded in our DNA).
Similar to ongoing arguments about whether the origins of crop circles
are man-made or cosmic, their existence and questions about what they
might possibly mean are what's truly fascinating to those who study
them closely. Not surprisingly, Kotze is also interested in crop
circles because he has found that some share the same reoccurring
esoteric symbols as ones found in his own research. In the summer of
2007, he investigated crop circles up close while visiting friends in
the UK, including fellow synchromystic Ben Fairhall.
One of the many writers, bloggers and artists
connected to the growing online synchromystic community is Peter
Joseph, whose film Zeitgeist (2007) (which used material from Jordan
Maxwell) became an Internet sensation. Other prominent personalities
within this group include Adam Star, Afferismoon, Christopher Knowles,
Jeff Wells, and Steve Willner. Andras Jones is the creator and host of
“Radio 8 Ball”, a cross between a music program and talk show in which
callers ask questions for which Jones interprets a synchronistic
response using a random shuffle mode on a CD player. Though his
analysis leans more towards the psychological than the esoteric, some
of his interpretations of symbols contained in lyrics delve into
synchromysticism. In March of 2008, Henrik Lemon, a DJ from Sweden put
The Synchromystic Forum online which expanded and solidified the
community and accelerated the exchange of pertinent ideas.
As an indication of the growing popularity of the
synchronicity meme, in 2007 there was a Hollywood take on it called The
Number 23. The film tackled the subject in a relatively unimaginative,
simplistic, unsubtle and moralistic manner typical of the average
contemporary Hollywood product, however the filmmakers seem to be
connected to synchromystic patterns Jake Kotze has written about. The
protagonist is played by Jim Carrey who, according to Kotze, is a
resonator for the Green Man archetype. The director Joel Schumacher is
a co-writer for the screenplay of The Wiz (1978), a film linked to a
pattern Kotze calls "The 911 Stargate". The film's cinematographer,
Matthew Libatique also worked on Darren Aronofsky's The Fountain
(2006), which was featured in a December 7, 2006 post on the Brave New
World Order site. Libatique first collaborated with Aronofsky for the
movie Pi (1998), a much better film about a man obsessed by the
mystical significance of numbers and how they fit into synchronistic
Two other films with a more sophisticated view of
synchronicity are Richard Linklater's Waking Life (2001) (which also
covered a number of related philosophical and metaphysical issues), and
Laurent Firode's Happenstance (2000), starring Audrey Tautou, who is
better known as the protagonist of Amelie (2001). Happenstance and
Amelie share in common a theme of synchronicity as a potentially
beneficial karmic force. In contrast to The Number 23, which depicted
the phenomenon as a source of fear and paranoia, these films (and,
sometimes, actual experience) show how if used with intuition,
synchronicities can guide one towards happiness and fulfillment.
Some conspiracy researchers have a cynical view
towards synchromysticism because they consider it too "new-agey" – a
diversion or escape from more important issues. Such arguments may be
missing the point because synchromysticism is not a substitute for
para-political investigation, but rather a fascinating aspect of it.
The objective of such research is to seek the truth no matter where it
leads. If one discovers obvious, conspicuous synchronistic patterns,
those facts shouldn't be ignored or dismissed simply because they have
no standard rational explanations. Synchromysticism doesn't necessarily
rule out the possibility of manipulations by secret societies or
criminal elites, but it offers a glimmer of hope because it implies
that even conspirators themselves might not have complete understanding
of, and control over, situations or their outcomes. It can be beautiful
and comforting to realize the universe might be conscious, as opposed
to a lifeless mechanistic construct, at a time when the reductive
materialist paradigm seems to be leading us into a dead end.
A more common critique of synchromysticism is that
anyone can connect anything to anything, making it meaningless. From a
synchromystic point of view, this could be a supporting argument,
because they view synchronicities as being ever-present and able to be
seen by anyone, not just experts. Synchromysticism can be viewed as a
new art form that encourages creation of meaning and associations with
the entirety of one's reality. In a sense, it's no surprise that
synchromysticism has links to conspiracy theory, psychedelics and
occult traditions because all three are methods to deprogram oneself
from cultural conditioning, a means to connect a diverse range of
information and ideas, as well as a way to see the world from a more
open perspective. It's an alchemical technique to create meaning out of
the chaos of current events and seemingly vapid commercial detritus
that bombards us on a daily basis, and to add new layers of meaning to
more enduring and celebrated works of art.
Whether one believes in the occult aspect of
synchromysticism or not, it's a fascinating new field from a
psychological, philosophical, aesthetic, anthropological, and/or
quantum point of view. Synchromysticism reinforces the
interconnectivity of everyone and everything, and empowers us to
reinterpret social reality to in a sense "decode" the universe and
ourselves. Using synchromysticism as a new language or tool can help us
forecast and respond to trends developing in the collective
unconscious, noosphere, morphogenetic field etc. – to reclaim culture
and steer it in a more positive direction or, at the very least,
provide a fun and interesting new application for mass media. We can't
create a better world if we can't control the way we perceive the
world, or stretch our imagination to envision something better. New art
forms such as Kotze's, which are independent, democratized, relevant
and visionary, can effect change by enabling us to co-create new maps
of reality, an essential precursor to conscious evolution.
Source: Reality Sandwich
- I KNEW THAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN
Tapping Into Sixth Sense to Avoid Danger
Few people could be blamed for
regarding our world as increasingly insecure. From terrorist attacks to
muggings, many people feel more vulnerable than ever before.
However, one Inverness man believes we all have a vital weapon with
which to defend ourselves against such threats. Our intuition.
Martial artist, professional trainer and professional psychic Jock
Brocas has drawn together elements from his background in the martial
arts, the armed forces and security industry along with what he regards
as his own psychic abilities to create a defence mechanism based on
awareness which forms the basis of his first book, "Powers of the Sixth
The book appears to have struck a chord with the American public and
went into a second printing in its first week of publication and has
also been praised by readers such as former Ministry of Defence UFO
specialist Nick Pope, martial arts practitioners and is endorsed by a
scientist involved in the CIA's experiments in ESP, Project Stargate.
Other countries have also expressed interest in publishing the book and
a major US television network — which Jock says he cannot reveal at the
moment — has also been in talks about using the book as the basis of a
However, Jock, who lives in Inverness with his wife Joanne, insists
financial success was not his main motivation in writing it.
"If people get in touch with their feelings it can keep them safe from
violence," Jock said.
"The book's out there to help people and if it changes one person's
life, it's done its job. Our world is a hostile place."
"You just have to look at the local and national news. Recently in
Inverness we've had a violent death, we've had the London terror
attacks and the attack at Glasgow airport. But we have got to realise
we have an original weapon within us and that's intuition."
It is a weapon those in the frontline of the "War on Terror" seem to be
already utilising, Jock believes.
"I did a radio show for the armed forces and had contact from soldiers
in Afghanistan and Iraq," he said.
"One guy had this intuition about going into a particular building. He
changed his route and discovered that if he had gone into that
building, he would have been taken out, along with the rest of his
patrol because an ambush had been set up."
This was only one of the many radio and television stations which have
shown an interest in the book and Jock and Joanne have found themselves
giving interviews at 3am or 4am to stations across North America or
elsewhere in the world.
One of the examples Jock cites in his book is of a British doctor who
felt something wrong about his forthcoming holiday to Asia, cancelled
at the last minute and so avoided becoming a victim of the 2003
tsunami, but use of self-protective intuition need not involve such
"It can be something as simple as the hairs sticking up on the back of
your neck when you go into a club," he added.
"It's a natural inbuilt ability that we all have."
The book also brings together various aspects of his own life including
his long-standing interest in martial arts, his career in the army and
security industry and what he maintains are his own and his wife's
"I've always been a spiritual person," said Jock. "I was brought up a
Roman Catholic and I wanted to be a priest when I was younger. My uncle
was a monk and I used to go to the monastery all the time. In the
monastery I saw a priest and tried to shout to him, but he ignored me
and when I complained the next day, the monks told me he had died years
Alongside this experiences ran Jock's fascination with martial arts. He
studied judo, Taekwon-Do and Shotokan karate, but his main interest was
in Ninjutsu, the martial art of feudal Japan's own equivalent of the
special forces, the Ninjas.
However, he kept his involvement secret, telling his family that he was
going to mass on Sunday when he was actually going to martial arts
"In fact, it was only two years ago at our wedding that my mother found
out I was a black belt," Jock claimed.
At the age of 16, Jock joined the army as a boy soldier and went on to
become a combat medic and served with various units, including the
Gurkhas and Paras, before an injury sustained on a march through the
Brecon Beacons in Wales led to Jock receiving a medical discharge.
However, he was able to call on his military background for a career as
a bodyguard in the security industry, thanks in the main to a posting
to a royal residence.
"I worked with the Queen Mother's Special Branch protection team and
that fed what I wanted to do," he explained.
After training with former members of the SAS, he became involved in
personal protection work, specialising in surveillance and
counter-surveillance, and working internationally, mainly in the oil
"One moment I could be working for a synagogue in Glasgow, the next
month I could be working for Middle Eastern clients — though I never
told one lot I was working for the other one," he laughed.
Jock also says that his security work led to frightening undercover
encounters with paramilitary groups in Northern Ireland when his
intuition saved his life and that he was part of a team which went to
Los Angeles to train police there in firearms and close combat
It was when he returned to Scotland to live in Aberdeenshire, that Jock
met wife Joanne on a psychic development course. "Of course, I was her
best student," Jock added, claiming the course has helped him make
sense of his psychic abilities and he and Joanne now work together as
mediums. This has included being called in as consultants in
poltergiest cases, though Joanne has also used the controversial
complementary therapy Reiki to treat depression and other conditions.
Jock knows there are many who would scoff at the couple's psychic
claims, but he is not the sort of person to back away from
"I have taken on sceptics on air. I've got a bit of a reputation as
being the Gordon Ramsay of mediumship," he laughed.
Nor is he worried about subjecting his claimed powers to scientific
"I believe what we do has a basis in science and we should be able to
prove it," he said.
"I don't mind taking sceptics on. It's a challenge and I enjoy a
challenge. I also take on other psychics. There are a lot of cowboys
out there who are just out to rip people off. When we are called to
hauntings, we never charge a penny."
Since Jock wrote his book, while recovering from the effects of a
serious car accident, the couple have both become authors. Joanne has
her own book, "Feel the Vibes", scheduled for publication in September.
Focusing on psychic and spiritual development, it includes a number of
stories and Joanne's own experiences from the Highlands.
The couple have plans to co-author a book, but before that happens both
have their second books to produce and in Jock's case, that involves
engaging in some "DaVinci Code" like contentious religious territory.
"My next book is called 'Powers of the Soul'," Jock said. "It's about
Jesus and challenging the Church's view that Jesus was the saviour and
devine. I believe he was probably the most powerful medium and healer
and I've gone through the books of the Bible to prove mediumship
existed in that day. I believe it's going to be very controversial —
and so do my publishers."
Source: The Inverness Courier (UK)
DOCTOR'S PAST LIFE REGRESSION DEPARTMENT -
"I Died in Jerusalem in 1276"
The last time I 'died' was in Jerusalem in 1276. Pope Gregory X's
Crusade against Islam had collapsed and the city's Christians would
soon be abandoned to their fate.
My final hours were filled with fear. I was besieged in a beautiful
vaulted church along with 100 knights. Smoky candlelight glinted off
their armour. Some knights were praying, others resting.
As dawn broke, they readied themselves for the final conflict with an
implacable foe. Even the most devout were terrified. All knew that only
a handful would survive the coming day.
I watched their preparations for battle. The sharpening of swords and
lances. The reinforcing of shields and armour.
But most of all, I prepared for my own death. As a monk in a city of
Muslims, my chances of surviving the coming assault were slim. Soon
after the knights left the church, I retreated to a small side-chapel
to pray. I was desperate for forgiveness.
I had travelled from a monastery in Kent to the Holy Land so that I
could kill Muslims.
Although I still hated Islam, I found it hard to love my own side. The
decadence and corruption of the Crusaders had sickened me. I wanted to
be left alone to live in peace, but it was too late.
With no knights left to protect me, the rampaging enemy had set fire to
the chapel. I watched as the flames roared up the sides of the building.
Soon I too was on fire and burning like a Roman candle. I didn't feel
any pain - I knew I was going to die and that my Lord would make it
Out of the blackness I could see a burning white light. A calm voice
asked me what I had learned from my life and whether there was any
knowledge I wished to carry to the next.
It was the voice of David Wells - a past-life regression therapist who
had put me in a trance and guided me to my 'past incarnation'.
To many, the idea of reincarnation will seem like bunkum. But strange
as it may seem, it is garnering a surprising degree of respectable
Today, London hosts an international conference on the subject in
memory of the late Dr Ian Stevenson, an American scientist who spent
decades studying the phenomenon.
Dr Stevenson amassed an astonishing amount of evidence for
reincarnation. He tracked down more than 3,000 children who claimed to
have experienced a 'previous life'.
Many were able to give precise details, such as their former names and
the manner of their deaths. They could even recall the names of friends
and family, many of whom Dr Stevenson was able to track down through
birth records. Others knew intimate details known only to the
Such findings have led respected academics to startling conclusions.
'Reincarnation is the most likely explanation for the strongest cases,'
says Dr Jim Tucker, medical director of the Child and Family
Psychiatric Clinic at the University of Virginia in the U.S.
'The evidence points to a "carry over" of memories and emotions from
one life to another. That could be termed reincarnation.'
Reincarnation is highly controversial - not just among scientists, but
between different religions too. Broadly speaking, Christians, Muslims
and Jews do not believe in it, while Hindus and Buddhists do.
To most in the West, it is still seen as little more than the product
of a far-fetched imagination. But given the growing interest of the
scientific community, I decided to investigate whether there could be
more to it.
I volunteered to undergo what's known as 'past-life regression
therapy'. Practitioners of this discipline claim we have all lived
before and that we can be taught to remember our former incarnations.
It sounded utterly preposterous. Yet I must admit to a certain
uneasiness, also. What if I were to remember that I had been a murderer
or a rapist in a former life? Or, Heaven forbid, one of Hitler or
Whatever the truth behind it, past-life regression is not without
risks. The psychological shock of 'recovering a memory' from a former
life can overwhelm some. Others feel guilty about misdeeds 'they'
I took comfort from the fact that David Wells, one of Britain's most
experienced practitioners and author of Past, Present And Future: What
Your Past Lives Tell You About Yourself, had agreed to be my guide.
I was led into a darkened room and coaxed into relaxing on a big, soft
chair surrounded by burning incense and scented candles.
David asked me to imagine myself floating above my house. I mentally
drifted off into space and turned back to face our beautiful planet.
Slowly the Earth appeared to stop turning and began to reverse
direction. This symbolised flying backwards through time.
In my hypnotic state, I pictured myself returning to Earth at the time
of my former life - just in time to re-live my death in that church in
My regression experience was perplexing, to say the least. I felt as if
I were living in two worlds at once. I was aware of my current life,
but the world of Jerusalem in 1276 was equally real.
I could feel the clothes I was wearing and the sandals on my feet. I
saw my surroundings in vivid detail, right down to the moonlight
streaming through church windows and the fear etched on the knights'
It felt more powerful and spontaneous than a memory, more realistic
than a dream, but not as solid as the waking world.
As I stayed in my trance, David started asking me questions about my
past life, and things became even stranger. It felt as if someone else
The answers I gave were so spontaneous and specific that it certainly
didn't feel like I was dreaming them up on the spot, or trawling
through memories of films set during the Crusades.
Was I merely describing scenes from my imagination or from facts I had
gleaned during my real life?
Professor Chris French, a psychologist at Goldsmiths, University of
London, thinks it was a combination of the two. He is deeply sceptical
about past-life encounters, and says: 'Often people who undergo
hypnotic regression conjure up false memories. It's not a magical key
for unlocking hidden memories.
'There's mountains of experimental data which shows that people produce
a story for themselves based on their own beliefs and expectations.
People come out with a Hollywood version of historical events, such as
life in Roman Britain or medieval Europe.'
Even so, the evidence for reincarnation remains tantalising. Dr
Stevenson's team at the University of Virginia documented possible
cases of reincarnation involving children over a 40-year period.
They focused on children because they thought their stories were less
likely to have been contaminated with false memories.
Most of the team's evidence was gathered in the Middle East and Asia,
where a belief in reincarnation is generally accepted.
One case was of a Lebanese girl who could accurately recall the names
of 25 people from a previous life. She also knew the precise
relationship between the individuals.
Intriguingly, researchers believe children can have birthmarks or
deformities at the site of the injury that killed them in a former
life. The case of Semih Tutusmus from Turkey is typical.
Semih was born with a serious deformity in his right ear which, from
the age of two, he claimed resulted from being shot by a man called Isa
Dirbekil. Semih gave his name from his former life as Selim Fesli. He
also gave the names of his wife and six children.
At the age of four, Semih made his way to a neighbouring village and
found the house he had lived in during his past life, and introduced
himself to ' his' family. When he saw Isa - the man who he claimed had
shot him - he threw stones at him. A short while later, Isa confessed
to the shooting (he claimed it was an accident) and was jailed for two
Even more astonishing is the case of Jenny Cockell, 55, who lives near
Northampton. Jenny was a toddler when she began recalling a past life.
Visions of a village in Victorian Ireland repeatedly flashed into her
mind. As she grew older, the details became more vivid, and by the time
she was an adult, she became convinced that she'd lived in the village
between 1898 and the early 1930s, that she had seven children, and had
died giving birth to an eighth.
During regression therapy, she was able to draw maps of her home
village. She marked shops, main roads, a station and the cottage she
had lived in. After studying a map of Ireland, she felt drawn to the
village of Malahide in County Dublin.
In the early 1990s, Jenny visited Malahide and followed a trail of
clues that led to the discovery of her 'former identity' - Mary Sutton,
a farm labourer's wife.
She learned that upon Mary's death, her eight children had been given
to orphanages across Ireland. This prompted Jenny to embark on an
odyssey to track 'her' lost children.
Sonny Sutton, her eldest 'son', was the first of the children traced.
'I didn't know what to think,' said Sonny, of their meeting. 'We were
all Catholics, and Catholics don't believe in reincarnation. But when
she got out of the car I could see my Mother in her. There was a bond
between us from the beginning.'
Jenny, to dispel the inevitable doubts about her story, took the step
of contacting Dr Stevenson before she approached Sonny. A BBC
researcher, Gitti Coats, also interviewed Jenny and Sonny before they
met each other so that any evidence would be uncontaminated.
'The two sets of memories tied together very well,' Gitti reported.
'Nearly everything tallied.'
After meeting Sonny, Jenny focused her efforts on tracking down her
'daughter', Elizabeth, whom she died giving birth to in her former
life. After months of looking, she was traced to the Dublin Mountains.
Elizabeth, brought up by an aunt and uncle, was totally unaware of
being adopted until Jenny told her.
She had more doubts about reincarnation than her brother, but later
accepted a priest's explanation that her mother was working through
Jenny to reunite the family. Elizabeth subsequently embraced Jenny as
part of the family.
'I can't see her as our mother,' she said. 'But I do think my dead
mother is causing her to have these dreams. Some people might say she's
making these things up, but she's proved they're real. Sonny told me
she knows things nobody else knows.'
So do cases such as that of Jenny Cockell and the children identified
by Dr Stevenson provide proof of reincarnation? As far as some
scientists are concerned, they just might - but there are several other
equally odd explanations.
Some believe that Jenny and those like her may possess a psychic
ability known as 'super-psi', which allows them to reach back in time
to access other people's memories. In other words, they are not
recalling their own former life.
Others believe there is a more disturbing possibility: that Jenny is
possessed by the spirit of Mary.
Dr Peter Fenwick, a neuropsychiatrist at King's College, University of
London, says: 'The phenomenon seems real but its origins are open to
interpretation. We simply do not understand it yet.'
From my own experience of regression therapy, all I can say is that my
'former life' - and death - felt eerily real.
I do not claim to know for sure that I was once a monk at the time of
the Crusaders. But, equally, I cannot believe the 'memories' I
described in such detail were pure fabrication.
Source: The Daily Mail
BECAUSE IT'S CHILLY IN HERE DEPARTMENT -
Why Are Ghosts Seen Wearing
A question that ghost researchers often are confronted with concerns
the fact that ghosts are most often seen wearing clothes. It is also a
question that skeptics raise to support their argument that ghosts are
figments of the imagination. But it’s a perfectly legitimate question.
If ghosts are human spirit energy, why do their manifestations include
the manufactured convention of clothing? After all, clothes are not
part of our bodies, our spirits or our “souls”.
Or are they? I posed this question to a number of respected paranormal
American Ghost Society
Why do ghosts need clothes? No one really seems to know, but it’s
possible that in most cases, ghosts seen wearing clothing are simply
“residual” images – imprints or memories that linger on the atmosphere
of a place like a recording.
A ghost of this sort would have no “personality” and is simply like an
old movie that just keeps playing.
But what about ghosts that are not merely imprints? What about those
which are true, traditional spirits who died and stayed behind? Many
researchers feel that ghosts are made up of electromagnetic energy.
This energy, inside of the body, forms what we call our spirit, soul or
personality. Now, science cannot prove this energy or personality
actually exists, yet we know it does. If it can exist inside of our
bodies, then why can’t it exist outside of the body, once the body
itself stops functioning? It’s possible that it does and that this
electromagnetic energy contains our personality and is what we think of
as our spirit.
It has been shown through scientific experiments that exposure to high
levels of electromagnetic energy can cause people to have vivid dreams,
nightmares and even hallucinations. In other words, people are seeing
things as a result of exposure to this energy. If spirits have any sort
of control over the energy they are now comprised of (or even if their
personalities are somehow manifested in the energy), then I would think
it possible for the witness to see the spirit as the spirit sees
itself. If the personality really does remain, the spirit would
visualize itself as it was when alive, appearing as a living person and
This could be a totally unconscious effect of the energy on the living
person, or it could be a manipulation on the part of the spirit itself,
perhaps causing the person to see what it wants them to. To understand
this, I suggest that you close your eyes for a moment and then
visualize yourself in your mind. How do you appear to yourself? Most
likely, you were wearing clothing in your imagination. With the idea
that a ghost appears looking in the same way that he sees himself, this
might explain why so many ghosts that are seen are not only wearing
RICHARD AND DEBBIE SENATE
Ghosts and the clothes they wear have long been a snickering question.
It’s a sort of “gotcha” question debunkers use, and it tells more about
the way ghosts are interpreted than anything about them. Ghosts appear
as wearing cloths because that's how they appear to us. In our era,
clothes are part of what we are. They are part of how we see ourselves
and this mental image is the one projected and picked up. In fact,
clothes can many times give us information about who the ghosts are and
what lives they had. There are some reports of nude ghosts, but they
are few and far between. Ghosts tend to be seen in the garments they
are buried wearing. In many ways the clothing helps us to indentify who
Founder of Ghostvillage.com and author of The Ghost Files
In many cases, a ghost is a projection of a person. Whether that
projection is coming from our own heads, some intelligent energy
swarming all around us, or imprinted on the location itself, I don't
know. Consider this: If you were to picture yourself somewhere, it's
likely you would envision yourself wearing clothes, looking
comfortable, yet presentable, and maybe you'd even drop a few pounds in
your "projection" (hey, it's cheaper than liposuction, so have at it).
Very few people would picture themselves naked (though there's usually
one exhibitionist in every crowd). If you could project any image of
yourself that you like, maybe you'd project yourself bleeding from the
gunshot would you sustained in your last moments of life in order to
make a point to whoever receives that projection. The apparition is
always a representation of something/someone else. It's not an entity
unto itself; otherwise it wouldn't be so fleeting.
Central New York Ghost Hunters
I believe that ghosts can show themselves in whatever form they want.
If a spirit were more comfortable at a certain age, they may show
themselves at that time. I'm not too familiar with any person who is
comfortable showing themselves in the nude, therefore they wouldn't
want to show themselves au natural in ghost from.
* * *
These are all very good points. If ghosts are manifestations of the
energy of human consciousness, then that consciousness would include
clothing since, as stated by others above, that is how we think of
ourselves. Or as esoteric author Richelle Hawks put it, considering
that humans are far more than just their bodies: Why wouldn’t they be
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