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- Air Force Emails Show Confusion, Concern Over Mystery Drones -

 - The CIA Admits Psychic Abilities Are Real -

- ‘Hell Hound’ Helped Girl Escape Death -

AND: Evil Exploits of the Invisible People  

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Air Force Emails Show Confusion, Concern Over Mystery Drones
By Brett Tingley

Newly released Air Force emails have revealed the confusion and concern sparked by mass sightings of mysterious drones near nuclear missile silos.

The drone sightings in December and January were over northeast Colorado, Nebraska, and Kansas, the same area where the 90th Missile Wing operates 150 Minuteman III missile silos.

Heavily redacted emails published by The Drive reveal that 90th Security Group Staff and the public affairs office at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, the wing's headquarters, took the drone sightings seriously, and scrambled to figure out their source.

The case of the mystery drones remains unsolved, but sightings seem to have tapered off after a flurry of sightings prompted the creation of a task force and a statement from the governor of Colorado.

Now, the released Air Force emails reveal a glimpse of the internal response at Warren AFB, including one theory circulating that the drones were dropping 'space potatoes' on agricultural fields, and another that the sightings were actually Starlink satellites launched by Elon Musk's Space X.

The emails were obtained though a Freedom of Information Act request by Douglas D. Johnson, a volunteer researcher operating in affiliation with the Scientific Coalition for UAP Studies (SCU).

One email from the 90th Security Forces Group dated January 8, 2020 states that the drones are '100000000000% not us.'

'I've seen some articles pointing the finger as us [sic],' the sender writes, 'but I can definitely say this is not our team.'

The emails reveal that the security team was concerned about the sightings, and was sharing information from local sheriffs' departments and the FBI as they worked to investigate the drone sightings.

'Sheriff's deputies are responding and seeing the drones as well. They reported seeing a 'mothership' 6' in diameter flanked by 10 smaller drones (some fixed wing, some not). When deputies follow the drones, they clock them at speeds of 60-70 mph,' one email exchange from the 90th Security Forces Group reads.

The email dated December 31 goes on to share one of the more bizarre theories about the drones, apparently concocted by deputies with the Perkins County Sheriff's Office.

'The drones also appear to be dropping or picking up things that look like 'potatoes' [Redacted]' the email says.

'The FBI in Colorado and the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) in Omaha are currently looking into the sightings. Perkins County Sherriff's [sic] Office has three of the potatoes frozen in storage and will likely transfer them to the FBI for analysis. The FAA is sending an agent to Colorado this upcoming weekend to help investigate and handle the news coverage,' the email reads.

Local deputies apparently became convinced the drones were dropping 'space potatoes' after discovering odd brown cylinders wrapped in green mesh in the area of drone sightings.

However, the objects in question turned out to be SOILPAM Tracklogs, which farmers use to minimize wheel ruts in circular irrigation systems, according to the Denver Post.

Another email from the 90th Security Forces Group, dated January 16, mentions that some apparent on-base sightings could be due to what sound like Starlink satellites. Starlink did, in fact, launch a Falcon 9 rocket containing 60 Starlink satellites from Cape Canaveral on Jan. 6, 2020. However, it's difficult to believe that so many people, including law enforcement officers, could mistake strings of Starlink or other small satellites in orbit for low-altitude drones moving dynamically across the area.

The briefing email says that any visual sightings of unusual activity over Air Force installations were almost certainly not dones, as the the base employs a highly accurate system to detect radio frequencies used to control drones, and detected none.

The emails released from Warren's public affairs office show an initial flurry of activity in response to media requests, as spokespeople tried to determine whether the drone sightings were related to some kind of military exercise.  

Draft text that was cut out of the Air Force's official statement on the drone mystery was revealed in an email dated January 9:

'The Air Force does have the ability to counter unmanned aerial systems to include non-kinetic options ranging in size from handheld technology to larger stationary and mobile systems that can be operated on the ground or in the air. Kinetic options to defeat UASs [unmanned aerial systems] have also been fielded and deployed to Air Force Global Strike installations.'

'F.E. Warren AFB does conduct UAS and counter-UAS operations, however, the drones spotted in Nebraska and Colorado are not part of our fleet.'

'For operational security reasons, additional details about UAS operations or measures to counter hostile use of commercial off-the-shelf UASs are not releasable.'

Another email in the same chain explains why certain parts were cut from the final press release:

'[Redacted] wanted to scrub the third and fifth paragraphs. The third paragraph isn’t really relevant because no one is questioning our ability to counter UAS or what SOPs [standard operating procedures] we have in place to protect our assets from UAS,' the email said.

'The main question is who those drones belong to. As far as the fifth paragraph, unless the reporters are asking about the measures in place to counter hostile use of UASs, we don’t see the value in adding that,' the author continued.

The mystery drones were first reported in mid-December, when many residents reported seeing what looked like large commercial drones flying a 'grid pattern' in what looked like a search operation.

After a string reports, sightings and failed attempts to record the drones, the Colorado Department of Public Safety flew an aircraft capable of detecting heat signatures over the area in question.

A nearly five hour flight found nothing amiss.

A joint task drone force of as many as 15 separate agencies was put together to investigate the sightings, but no answers have been uncovered.

The claims that the drone sightings were merely a mass delusion clearly seem to not be the case given the response by officials at F.E. Warren AFB and the reports they cite. The sightings were taken seriously enough that military institutions and federal agencies such as NORAD, USNORTHCOM, MAJCOM, AFOSI, the FBI, DHS, the USAF Strategic Deterrence and Nuclear Integration Directorate, and the FAA were involved in investigating the sightings.

"As you can imagine this activity has gained the attention of our Commander here at NORAD and USNORTHCOM," one 90th Security Forces Group email from January 7 reads. "We are fully engaged as well with our FBI and DHS representatives here."

Source: The War Zone


The CIA Admits Psychic Abilities Are Real

By Monad Mantis

According to a CIA document declassified on 08/07/2000 titled “Coordinate Remote Viewing (CRV) Technology 1981–1983,” submitted to the organization August 4 of 1983, coordinate remote viewing “utilized through the methodologies that have been developed…works with remarkable precision,” but the individuals who submitted it admitted that they were “unable to explain in conventional terms why it is that the co-ordinate serves as a stimulus in the manner it does.”

Nevertheless, they were convinced that David Bohm’s model of quantum mechanics provided a potentially plausible explanatory hypothesis for the mechanisms that make it possible.

David Bohm was a controversial yet brilliant luminary in physics who argued that the entirety of the cosmos is populated with quantum black holes that lead from the “explicate order” of spacetime to a realm that transcends space and time which he referred to as the “implicate order.”

These black holes were termed “holospheres,” and hypothesized as the mechanism which connects the implicate order to the explicate order. From the perspective of the remote viewer, it is possible that the signal line we acquire is mediated by these holospheres, which connects us with an implicate order that is conceptually more or less identical to the Eastern concept of “Akasha” or the “Akashic records,” as articulated in the work of writers such as Swami Vivekananda.

The explicate order in which we ordinarily live and move and have our being is “unfolded” from this implicate order and houses the world of ordinary objects and consciousness, which includes what remote viewers known as the liminal, subliminal and subconscious orders.

Bohm’s “implicate order,” he hypothesized, contained sub-quantum variables that were responsible for the alleged “hidden variables” that made quantum phenomena so unpredictable. In this respect, he was not merely engaging in quantum mechanics, but sub-quantum mechanics, which he believed contained the key to understanding how the universe unfolded from a kind of Universal Mind that pervades the entire cosmos at all times.

According to this model, data is unfolded from the non-spatiotemporal implicate order, which forms within the explicate order, at which point the explicate order then once again communicates with the implicate order in a way that impacts subsequent unfoldings within the explicate order from the implicate order.

Bohm used the term “implicate order” because of the etymological roots of the word “implicate,” meaning “to fold inward.” Indeed, the implicate order is “implicit” in that it underlies all of reality. Everything in the universe, for Bohm, is enfolded into everything else; a position which informs his highly relational and holistic worldview according to which all vectors necessarily impact all other vectors. This view, of course, is quite contrary to the more atomistic physics that preceded the quantum model within the Western world.

The reason the CIA was (and likely, still is!) so interested in Bohm’s physics is because of its crucial ramifications for subjectivity. Bohm was an idealist, like many of the most important founders of quantum mechanics, which means he believed that consciousness was primary. Rather than emerging from a fundamentally physical, inert, mechanistic world.

According to Bohm, there is a kind of Universal Mind that precedes the physical world and generates it from its storehouse of meaning. On an individual level, a thought is enfolded into your consciousness, which then unfolds a certain thought, which then folds back, and so on, in a kind of reciprocal dynamic that mirrors the fundamental nature of the cosmos itself. Bohm labeled the cosmic embodiment of this principle the “holomovement”, which he saw rooted in the implicate order. Furthermore, he saw these thoughts as enfolded into the totality of the implicate order itself rather than restricted to individual, atomistic selves.

Bohm did not restrict himself to mere armchair speculation, however. He formulated specific hypotheses about how scientists might, with sufficiently precise and sensitive instruments, measure these dynamics.

He suggested that below what physicists call Planck Length, the lowest conceivable metric of physical extension (1.616255(18)×10-35 m), there is only the implicate order, which consists of the non-spatiotemporal and fundamentally subjective storehouse of meaning that unfolds into the spatiotemporal world in the form of information.

It is this Planck Length, Bohm suggested, that constitutes the physical boundary that separates the explicate order from the implicate order.

Source: Medium
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Company Plans to Use Satellites to Look for UFOs
By Sarah Scoles

Nearly 4,000 light-years away, there’s a star called VY Canis Majoris. It is, in a word, huge. It’s 270,000 times as bright as the Sun, and if you plunked it down in the middle of our solar system, it would burn Saturn.

VY Canis Majoris is a hypergiant star. And perhaps it is no surprise that there’s a tech startup humbly eponymizing it: Hypergiant Industries, a company that aims, its website explains, to be “the guiding light that solves humanity’s most challenging problems.”

The company uses AI in a few different industries: It’s developed the Disaster Mapping System, geospatial software that picks out the hardest-hit buildings after a natural disaster using satellite and drone images, available open-source through an AI platform called Modzy. It’s also created a prototype augmented reality helmet which can detect and classify objects, and offers night vision and thermal imaging in addition to regular seeing. And it’s built a fridge-sized bioreactor prototype that uses AI to regulate things like air flow, light, temperature, and pH so that algae can sequester carbon dioxide and turn it into materials for biofuel. Oh, and it’s built kinda boring workflow efficiency software for companies like GE and Shell, plus a “Virtual Bartender” for TGI Fridays.

Hypergiant was founded just two years ago, in 2018, but the company has already worked with the likes of Booz Allen Hamilton, Shell, NASA, the National Reconnaissance Office, and the Department of Homeland Security. The company spun up so quickly in part because it didn’t just build from scratch. It fused already-extant elements: buying image-analysis companies, investing in AI developers, and scooping up space technology, in the service of delivering on its slogan: “Tomorrowing today.”

That all sounds pretty legit: Serious government agencies, serious firms, serious fortune, and Fortune 500. And that clout is probably part of why Hypergiant’s R&D division can, without risking too much blowback, now take a risk on something farther-out: UFO research. This may actually be more grounded, and profitable, than it sounds.

Hypergiant was founded by CEO Ben Lamm, a serial entrepreneur who sold his previous companies to big names like Zynga and Accenture. This company, though, he intends to hang on to.

Once Lamm decided he wanted to start Hypergiant, he said in an interview, he and his team started brainstorming where AI could still make a big difference. They settled on three main areas: infrastructure, like supply chains and logistics; defense; and space.

On the list of those projects on the company’s website, though, the new UFO endeavor isn’t listed. The company’s website does list some projects as “redacted,” however.

But Lamm does talk about UFOs, though he calls them UAP: Unidentified Aerial Phenomena. It’s the term insiders and the government have introduced to ditch the baggage that the decades-old “UFO” has amassed. If you look at the intersections Hypergiant’s three main interests, says Lamm, “UAPs are the X at the cross center.”

He’s interested in finding out whether those UAP come from here, or out there. “The question of whether we’re alone in the universe is kind of like ‘Is the Earth flat?’” he says (“no” being the answer to both, in his mind).

The US government has recently vocalized its interest in UFOs: the Navy has crafted new guidelines for soldiers to report sightings; Congresspeople have gotten classified briefings; officials speak of strange stuff in the sky as an imposing national-security threat.

Notably, there’s no evidence that directly supports the interpretation that UFOs are of extraterrestrial origin. In fact, signs point in a different direction: the Navy has said that UAP sightings are on the rise “consistent with the wide proliferation and availability of inexpensive unmanned aerial systems,” which are just cheap drones. Military definitions of “UAP” include objects that are simply unauthorized, not necessarily unidentified.

Lamm accepts that the phenomena might just be earthly technology, and he wants Hypergiant to help find whatever truth is out there.

“If this is a brilliant lady and guy who build insane technology in a garage in Iowa, we should know about that,” he says. “Regardless of what the UAP is and whether it has a terrestrial origin or not, I think it’s important for people’s safety.”

Hypergiant’s research trajectory homes in on exactly what UAP investigators have never nabbed: hard data collected in a systematic way. In this case, data largely from Earth-watching satellites.

The company plans to scrutinize that data with software it’s developing called CONTACT: Contextually Organized Non Terrestrial Active Capture Tool. Although it’s still in early stages, it will, the company hopes, burrito together adapted versions of Hypergiant’s existing tools, like the Disaster Mapping System, and new ones, to parse orbital and aerial images in search of Anomalies.

In its future final form, CONTACT will analyze 3-dimensional satellite data. Or ”volumetric” information, that reveals not just where a craft is in terms of its latitude, longitude, and altitude. CONTACT will spot the differences between satellite images and throw up a flag if, say, a mothership flies into a field of view at noon when it wasn’t there yesterday, and then determine whether it’s actually just a jet at a weird angle.

For that task, the team is developing a neural network that can recognize known aircraft. “This is xyz helicopter,” says Lamm. “This is xyz Raptor. This is a Boeing 737.” Those go in the digital trash.

To help train these aircraft-spotting algorithms, Hypergiant is creating a siphon that sucks up public information about creepy sky sightings that people think are unidentified and tags them with locations and times. The software will then dive into satellite and drone archives, gather images of the right regions and hours, and use computer vision to find fliers. After comparing whatever it finds against known airline flight paths, and screening out all the Boeings, the researchers will use what’s left as training data, to help AI identify UAP in future observations.

Hypergiant positions CONTACT as a way to investigate cosmic mysteries: to toss out terrestrial knowns in search of possible extraterrestrial unknowns. But the tool would be equally adept at identifying terrestrial unknowns: experimental drones, and advanced military aircraft tests, for example. Because of this, Lamm believes that CONTACT would be of keen interest to officials with extremely earthly concerns. “It’s highly valuable to big defense contractors, the Air Force, radar operators,” says Lamm.

If things go well, which they often don’t in space, Hypergiant engineers will start gathering their own data. On a rocket scheduled to launch in March, Hypergiant will send up its first instrument that can take 3-D observations, in the form of a payload piggybacked on a larger satellite. Data should start to rain down in April or May.

Assuming that works, the first satellite of Lamm’s 30+ orbiter constellation will go up in the fall, on the Cygnus NG-14 and SpaceX SpX-21 missions. And then, presumably, the other 29 or so. And then, perhaps, the startup will data that will illuminate what we talk about when we talk about UAP, UFOs, or whatever acronyms someone comes up with later. To see whether or not all of that happens, we’ll have to wait till today becomes tomorrow.

Source: Vice

How Spirit Photography Made Heaven Literal
By Livia Gershon

Are the departed watching over us, and if so, what are they wearing? Victorian spiritualists believed that ghosts could be captured on film.

What is heaven like, and how can we know for sure? As scientific and technological ways of looking at the world became more central during the Victorian era, that question was on many people’s minds. And, as English scholar Jen Cadwallader explains, spirit photography provided answers.

Not long after the invention of photography, spirit photographers emerged in the US and England, promising to provide proof of visitations by the recently departed. Spirit photographs followed a consistent format, with the mourning relative seated in the center of the frame and the spirit or spirits of the departed looking on from the side. In reality, photographers created the ghostly images using tricky methods, like glass plates previously prepared with images of the deceased, but many Victorians were willing to believe in them.

These photographs were related to other forms of spiritualism, like spirit rappings, often heard and interpreted by girls and women, which also became popular in the nineteenth century.

“It serves as a stage where Victorians could plot out a reassuring version of the afterlife, particularly in an age of eroding faith,” Cadwallader writes, adding that spirit photography also addressed the era’s debates about the nature of the soul.

One perspective held that individual identity exists only during humans’ time on Earth. Immortal souls were all identical. William Newnham, a physician who was skeptical of the promise of spiritualism, wrote in 1830 that “it is absurd to suppose, that there are souls of different kinds,” and that it was only moral bodies that produced “peculiarity of manner, odd habits, whim, ill-humour, or eccentricity.” Or, as a character in Elizabeth Stuart Phelps’s 1868 spiritualist novel The Gates Ajar put it, “I always supposed…that you just floated round in heaven—you know—all together—something like ju-jube paste!”

Spirit photography promised proof to the contrary. It depicted spirits with discrete forms, recognizable to their relatives. And the simple fact that the spirits showed themselves proved that they were capable of individual choice and remained emotionally connected with their earthly loved ones.

More than that, Cadwallader writes, the photographs suggested a heavenly existence that was comfortably similar to mortal life. Ghosts appeared in fashionable hairstyles and clothing. Some held wreaths of flowers, or even, in at least one case, a potted plant.

From these glimpses into the afterlife, mourners could construct an image of a heaven featuring houses, cities, and all the familiar trappings of life on Earth. That was also the message of Phelps’s novels, which presented heaven as Earth minus sin, death, or any trace of negativity. And, according to spirit photographers and their clients, spirits in photographs were never vengeful or sad, only loving and compassionate.

Cadwallader writes that the new technology of photography didn’t just convey the idea that heaven existed in a material form humans could comprehend. It also fit into the spiritualist idea that “the divine and the afterlife can be broken down and systematically understood through physical signs.” In societies increasingly focused on science and material matters, that may have been the only path to spiritual reassurance for many people.

Source: JSTOR


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‘Hell Hound’ Helped Girl Escape Death

Author of the Haunted Liverpool series of books, Tom Slemen, has written a special story for Formby Times and Conspiracy Journal readers.

There are said to be invisible ley-lines of earth energies, known to the ancient peoples of Lancashire, that criss-cross Formby, and local folklore suggests the existence of spectral beings that frequent these old, unseen tracks.

The most prominent paranormal entity of this kind is Skriker – often misspelled as ‘Striker’ – a huge, black, ghostly dog with fiery red eyes that roams the Formby waterfront.

Some traditions maintain that he acts as a sentinel to something buried beneath Formby dunes in the remote past. In 1999, baffling prehistoric footprints of children, and unidentified dogs, were found on the Formby foreshore.

The imprints had been made in the lee of an offshore sandbar up to 6,500 years ago.

In 1967, a retired man named Richard Lomax was bird-watching on Formby beach when he spotted a woman burying something among the dunes.

Gripped with curiosity, Mr Lomax went and dug up the thing the lady had buried as soon as she was out of sight. It was a small teak box, sealed by two nails that had been driven through each corner of the lid. Mr Lomax took the box home to his house near Little Altcar and prised it open to reveal a small stone cross with a concentric ring around it, rather like the design of a Celtic cross.

The birdwatcher decided he’d take it to his brother-in-law George – an antique dealer – in the morning, to see what he made of the strange find.

That night, Mr Lomax heard a dog snarling in his garden somewhere, followed by the sounds of the animal scratching at his front door. The following morning, Mr Lomax saw three long, black claw-marks in the front door and, when he inspected these marks, they looked as if they’d been scorched into the woodwork with a branding iron.

Lomax showed the stone cross to his brother-in-law George, and he recoiled in horror and told him to get rid of the cross or he’d suffer a long run of bad luck, for he had seen such crosses before, and they were deemed to be cursed.

Mr Lomax was amused at George’s claims and believed he was just superstitious.

However, on the following day, Richard Lomax was starting his car when he realised he couldn’t feel the accelerator pedal. His right foot was numb. It transpired that this was because of a tumour in his spine. Then his sister died days later.

Even more misfortune followed, and Mr Lomax ended up hurrying back to the spot where he had unearthed the strange artefact. He reasoned that the previous owner of the accursed cross had probably buried it to break its curse.

Not long afterwards, a huge black dog with red eyes was seen by many people, sitting on the very spot where the cross was reburied.

There are some rare reports which show the Formby ‘Hell Hound’ in a favourable light. For example, at Christmas 1977, a 13-year-old girl went out onto the sands of Formby after a row with her parents, and became stranded when the tide came rushing in.

She tried to make her way back to safety, but became trapped up to her knees in the mud. The girl somehow managed to escape from the quagmire, and crawled along the beach with the water crashing over her. She stood up, and as she started to sink again, she saw an enormous black dog standing about twenty feet away.

The girl instinctively scrambled towards the strange, oversized animal, and as she did it turned and walked off towards dry land, unaffected by the mud. The girl walked behind the hound in its tracks and the sand beneath her feet felt solid. When she got to the dry shore the black dog seemed to fade away into the twilight.

Three years later, the girl was walking along Formby beach during a spectacular sunset, when she suddenly experienced a strange inexplicable urge to visit a particular dune. When the girl reached the dune she saw the same black dog that had saved her life three years before. It sat looking out to sea, with red glowing eyes and a phosphorescent glow around its muscular body. The mysterious hound turned its head to gaze at her for a while, then looked seawards. Seconds later it faded away.

That girl is now a woman and she strolls along Formby beach most evenings, hoping to see the enigmatic black dog.

Is it a sentry, guarding some ancient talisman?

What is the story behind the stone cross and why does calamity strike those who move it from the dunes?

We may know more one day.

Source: Formby Times


Evil Exploits of the Invisible People  

In the coastal town of Mombasa, Nairobi-Kenya, the talk is about spirits (djinns) that take on human and animal forms.

Said to possess supernatural powers, these spirits are able to beat people, rape or sodomise them, or just make life miserable for them. Some will take on the form of long-dead people. Others will promise and even bring wealth in return for the life of a family member.

While many will be tempted to wave away such stories as old women's tales, people who claim to have encountered djinns have chilling stories to tell. The coastal strip is believed to be a favourite haunt of these spirits, the main reason, according to some Islam preachers, being the Indian Ocean.

This scary topic has been reintroduced by the happenings of two weeks ago in Mombasa's Old Town where residents claimed to have seen strange people at night. Some complained of having been strangled, others of having been slapped and other forms of rough treatment.

Many tenants moved from their rented houses claiming to have been attacked by spirits.

A tour of the Old Town reveals many beautiful houses that are unoccupied, a situation that residents attribute to the houses being haunted by spirits.
For the past three weeks or so, some Old Town residents claim to have experienced weird occurrences such as invisible families conversing in apparently empty houses.

"One moment you see naked people and the next, they are dressed. At other times you hear invisible people talking and laughing around you," says Mohammed, an Old Town resident.

"Dozens of houses have been abandoned, but they have their owners. Nobody would rent these houses because they belong to the djinns," he says.

Mohammed recalls his own experience with the spirits after chewing miraa, his favourite pastime.

"It wasn't my imagination. Somebody was strangling me, chocking the life out of me and telling me to stop chewing miraa and start attending mass instead," he says.

Though descriptions of the phenomena differ from person to person, Mohammed is sure of what he saw.

"I saw somebody with dreadlocks who was smiling. Then the next minute his face turned red with anger."

In Kisauni and on the Nyali and Mtwapa bridges, strange tales are told of people being raped or sodomised by invisible beings. An old man who lives under the Mtwapa bridge claims to have once seen a woman being molested by spirits.

"Unseen people threw her into the sea from a moving car on the bridge and it was like she was fighting off some unseen hand which was chocking her. She kept screaming and asking the person to leave her alone," recalls the elderly man, who has made a home under the bridge.

"I went after her accompanied by my dog and threw her a lifeline. It was like someone was trying to drown her and she was drifting away by the second. However I managed to bring her ashore and she hasn't been seen since," he says.

The man claims to have witnessed many weird incidents while living under the bridge, such as people being sodomised or raped by invisible persons.

"You hear their voices, their groans, and you see the victim's clothes being removed. You see clothes being detaching from the body but you don't see the person removing them. The next moment, the victim is crying in pain," says another Bamburi resident, Ali Mahmud.

Mahmud says he once saw his own girlfriend being raped by people he could not see and that his efforts to save her were fruitless as the beings were too powerful.

Residents of Bamburi still recall an incident in 2001when a person believed to be a djinn was turned into a cat that was then trapped by a magician from Tanzania. The cat had its head and neck in a pot buried in the ground.

According to Islamic preachers and Muslims in Bamburi, it was the case of a djinn being trapped by a more powerful djinn, probably from Tanzania, which is believed to be home to very powerful spirits.

The "cat" struggled to get its head out of the tight-necked pot for over 12 hours and, according to residents, when it was finally released it turned into a human being and disappeared into a nearby cemetery.

The area where the scary incident occurred has since been christened "Stage ya paka."

There are oft-told stories of sex-crazed men from upcountry who come to the Coast on vacation and hook up with what they take to be coastal beauties.
Some of these mostly married men either end up atop huge baobab trees, thinking they are in their houses, or in a state of confusion near the Likoni channel.

Mama Fatuma, who lives in Kibokoni, recalls how a man from Meru came to Mombasa and dated a woman for over three weeks, only to realise that she had actually died and been buried 10 years before.

"These are not just stories. They happen, and those they happen to are never the same again," Mama Fatuma says.

According to her, after dating a beautiful buibui-clad girl for three weeks, the man from Meru decided it was time to go and meet her parents.

"She directed him to her father's house where he declared his love for their daughter. The family was shocked. Their daughter was long dead, but the man was not convinced until he was taken to her grave in Tudor.

"There he found his jacket, which he had given to the girl. He fainted and has never been himself again. Today he roams the streets of Mombasa," says Mama Fatuma.

Sheikh Juma Ngao, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims tells all doubting Thomases that djinns are real and that they live like normal human beings. They can turn into anything, a human being, an animal or a shoe.

Ngao says they were created by God and, according to the Koran, they were created for the purpose of worshipping God.

"There are good and bad djinns but people tend to use bad ones to harm others or to acquire more wealth," says Ngao. "However, it is a sin according to the Koran for a human being to use a djinn against another human being."

He talks of certain extremely wealthy families that have one of their children who is either mentally handicapped or just locked up as a prisoner in one of the rooms.

"Those are families that use djinns to get wealth and the locked up family members are the sacrifices to the spirits," says Ngao.

"The effect is that the members of that family are, one after the other, turned into a state in which they are neither dead nor alive. They are neither in heaven nor in hell. The people who put human beings in such a state are committing a sin, and the sad thing is they know it and just don't care."

He claims some bus companies offer their passengers as sacrifices in grisly accidents to acquire more wealth.

In parts of Ganjoni, Nyali and Mkomani, stories are told of empty houses with invisible tenants. Children are heard running about and there are appetising aromas of food every morning, lunchtime and dinnertime.

Asked why stories of djinns are common in Mombasa, Ngao says: "They are just like human beings. Some like living in the sea, others prefer the hills, while some stay in exile in forests and deserts. Some might actually be living on top of your roof, that is just their preference."

Source: The Standard

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