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- JUST STAY OUT OF THE WAY DEPARTMENT -
Chile Declares UFOs Pose No Threat to Aircraft
By Leslie Kean
recent high level meeting at the headquarters of Chile's Civil Aviation
Department will likely be the envy of those Americans desiring open
government participation in UFO investigations, rather than the
familiar blanket dismissal.
The question of whether UAP
(unidentified aerial phenomena) pose any danger to civilian and
military air operations was up for discussion. An official video about
the event (the first 4 minutes), posted on Friday, is telling. You
don't need to understand a word of Spanish to take note of the serious
expressions on the faces of the participants.
investigating UFOs/UAP, known as the CEFAA (Committee for the Studies
of Anomalous Aerial Phenomena) is located within the Ministerial
Department of Civil Aeronautics (DGAC), the equivalent of our FAA,
under the jurisdiction of the Chilean air force.
Bermúdez, director of the CEFAA, invited nineteen highly qualified
experts from a range of specialties to the July 31st meeting, to
explore the safety question and attempt to achieve a conclusion. The
resulting dialogue lasted three hours.
The new DGAC director,
air force Gen. Rolando Mercado, former director of operations and
strategic planning of the Joint Chiefs, welcomed the participants and
attended the early part of the discussion. "I wish to thank all the
members of this committee for their serious, scientific approach in the
investigation of this phenomenon," he said afterward, "which has
rightly earned prestige for the CEFAA, not only in Chile, but also in
Scientists in attendance included two well
known astronomers (each with an asteroid named after him), a nuclear
chemist from the Nuclear Energy Commission, a doctor of aerospace
medicine who is also a UN representative, a physicist, an army
psychologist and an air force psychologist.
Among the DGAC
specialists were the director of the Meteorological Observatory, the
chief of Radar Operations Metropolitan Center, the head of Accident
Investigations, DGAC chief of operations, the director of Airport
Security Operations, and an aerospace engineer.
from different branches of the armed forces and the police corps were
also present. All of them, including a navy commander who is in charge
of flight security for navy aviation, are also pilots, or have been in
the past. Along with Mercado, Bermúdez was once a combat pilot.
panel members were familiar with the subject matter due to their
various affiliations with the CEFAA as advisors, committee members, and
experts called upon to assist with case investigations.
participant had already accepted the fact that UFOs are a real
phenomenon which needs to investigated, without question. This, alone,
is unusual, as we Americans see it.
"For Chileans, this is
completely normal and we don't consider it news at all," says Jose Lay,
international affairs director for the CEFAA.
Here are excerpts from some of the more interesting comments which helped influence the final conclusion:
DGAC chief of operations: "If, as many witnesses have declared, the UAP
demonstrates 'intelligent behavior,' and if we admit this fact, then we
must look for 'the intention behind' that intelligence, whatever it may
be -- a form of energy, perhaps -- it doesn't matter. Intelligence is
what matters. If this is so, we must ask: has it shown hostility or
carried out openly threatening maneuvers? Has it actually attacked our
aircraft? To date, this doesn't seem to be the case. We cannot possibly
call something a threat to something or someone if they have not shown
any open intention to do harm. And even less, we do not even know their
Navy captain Roberto Borè,
Naval Aviation: "Aside from any natural distractions to the flight
crews, the risks so far have been null. We cannot call UAP a risk to
our operations, not even a low risk. An interaction, either good or
bad, between a human being and UAP so far is nonexistent in our skies
[in Chile], as far as I know."
control chief Mauricio Blanco: "In aeronautics, we have to measure risk
scientifically and we have all the tools for that. We have to establish
a 'risk matrix,' considering possibility and probability. The risk
level [for UAP] has not been analyzed. It can be measured, and given
the probabilities, this level is very low."
Blanco is one of the
highest officials actually on the front lines when UFO sightings are
reported to ground control radar or picked up by radar, anywhere in the
country. In 2012, I interviewed him at the radar center in Santiago,
and he showed me the log book where UFO sightings are initially
recorded before being sent to the CEFAA. Reports are written by hand to
assure they are not tampered with or affected by computer transfer, and
to provide a clear record of who actually wrote the entry. As an
American, I was astonished by Blanco's matter-of-fact attitude about
UFOs. It's hard to get used to the fact that UFOs are fully accepted as
part of life in Chile.
A handwritten notebook at the radar
center with an entry to be turned over to the CEFFA. The notation is in
red in the left margin. (photo © Leslie Kean)
More comments from the meeting:
"DGAC expert on accident investigations: "Until now, in practice, we
have seen only the effects. And those we have captured through
photographs, videos, official reports, testimonies, etc. And thus, we
are able to say the phenomenon exists. But its origin, we have not
defined. And without this definition, we cannot establish a strategy to
counteract it. ... I have spoken with pilots who have had sightings. So
far, none has experienced undue concern, just plain curiosity."
The nuclear chemist: "If our civilian and military pilots are well
informed about UAP, the risk due to distraction will come down to a
minimum because the surprise factor will not be there. Judging by
global statistics, the number of aircraft that have allegedly been
involved in an accident with UAP would represent a tiny fraction of the
accidents caused by birds."
The air force psychologist advised
more education for pilots -- in order to raise awareness rather than
alert them to any latent danger. Others recommended that instructions
on pilot reporting be included within aviation training courses. The
scientists suggested further multi-disciplined studies "to bring us as
close to the real nature [of UAP] as possible," stated by astronomer
The conclusion was clear. "Based on the evaluation
at the meeting, the committee concluded that UAP do not present a
threat or a danger to air operations, either civilian or military,"
Bermúdez said. "Although there have been a small number of accidents
attributed to UAP around the world, none have withstood an objective
examination that presented unmistakable proof that UAP were the cause."
CEFAA staff have their eyes opened for any effects on air operations
that might arise. But this is not the reason they do the work. They
want to learn the nature and origin of the phenomenon simply because it
is a reality that science has not yet explained. "Around 85 percent of
our public believe in the phenomenon, so we have an obligation to
investigate and find out what it is," says Lay. "This should be reason
enough for governments to try and determine the origin. There is no
need to fear panic from the public."
The CEFAA works with its
many counterparts in South America, and has relationships with about a
dozen other countries around the world. Planning is underway for
Bermúdez to meet with officials from the French UFO agency, at the
Paris headquarters of the National Space Studies Center (CNES), the
equivalent to our NASA. A formal meeting between representatives of the
CEFAA and the French GEIPAN, the two leading UAP agencies in the world,
has never occurred, and this marks an historic step toward unifying the
Momentum is building for more
governments to address the UFO problem, and many eyes are on the United
States. Through the smallest change in position, our government has the
potential to play a crucial role in lifting the stigma against
research, thereby paving the way to a possible resolution to the
The Chilean meeting serves as an example of one
country's success in working with the UFO issue at high levels and its
ability to integrate a serious approach throughout the country.
Source: Huffington Post
- ONE SIDE OF THE UFO PHENOMENA DEPARTMENT -
The Real Men in Black, Hollywood and the Great UFO Cover-Up
By Steve Rose
among the avalanche of documents leaked by Edward Snowden were images
from a Powerpoint presentation by GCHQ, entitled The Art of Deception:
Training for a New Generation of Online Covert Operations. Images
include camouflaged moths, inflatable tanks, women in burqas, and
complex diagrams plastered with jargon, buzzwords and slogans:
"Disruption Operational Playbook", "Swap the real for the false and
vice versa", "People make decisions as part of groups" and, beneath a
shot of hands shuffling a deck of cards, "We want to build Cyber
Magicians". Curiously, sandwiched in the middle of the document are
three photographs of UFOs. Not real ones – classic fakes: one was a hub
cap, another a bunch of balloons, and one that turned out to be a
Devout ufologists might seize upon this as further
proof that our governments "know something" about aliens and their
transportation methods, but really it suggests the opposite: the UFO
community is a textbook case of a gullible group susceptible to
manipulation. Having spent too long watching the skies and The X-Files,
it's implied, they'll readily swallow whatever snippet of "evidence"
suits their grand theory.
If there really is a UFO conspiracy,
it's surely the worst-kept secret in history. Roswell, Area 51,
flashing lights, little green men, abductions – it's all been fed
through the pop culture mill to the point of fatigue. Even the supposed
enforcers of the secret, the "men in black", have their own movie
franchise. But a new documentary, Mirage Men, unearths compelling
evidence that UFO folklore was actually fabricated by the US
government. Rather than covering up the existence of aliens, could it
be that the real conspiracy has been persuading us to believe in them?
Men's chief coup is to land an actual man in black: a former Air Force
special investigations officer named Richard Doty, who admits to having
infiltrated UFO circles. A fellow UFO researcher says: "Doty had this
wonderful way to sell it – 'I'm with the government. You cooperate with
us and I'm going to tell you what the government really knows about
UFOs, deep down in those vaults.'" Doty and his colleagues fed
credulous ufologists lies and half-truths, knowing their fertile
imaginations would do the rest. In return, they were apprised of
chatter from the community, thus alerting the military when anyone was
getting to close to their top-secret technology. And if the Soviets
thought the US really was communing with aliens, all the better.
classic case, well-known to conspiracy aficionados, is Paul Bennewitz,
a successful electronics entrepreneur in New Mexico. In 1979, Bennewitz
started seeing strange lights in the sky, and picking up weird
transmissions on his amateur equipment. The fact that he lived just
across the road from Kirtland air force base should have set alarm
bells ringing, but Bennewitz was convinced these phenomena were of
extraterrestrial origin. Being a good patriot, he contacted the Air
Force, who realised that, far from eavesdropping on ET, Bennewitz was
inadvertently eavesdropping on them. Instead of making him stop,
though, Doty and other officers told Bennewitz they were interested in
his findings. That encouraged Bennewitz to dig deeper. Within a few
years, he was interpreting alien languages, spotting crashed alien
craft in the hills from his plane (he was an amateur pilot), and
sounding the alert for a full-scale invasion. All the time, the
investigators were surveilling him surveilling them. They gave
Bennewitz computer software that "interpreted" the signals, and even
dumped fake props for him to discover. The mania took over Bennewitz's
life. In 1988, his family checked him into a psychiatric facility.
plenty more like this. As Mirage Men discovers, central tenets of the
UFO belief system turn out to have far earthlier origins. Mysterious
cattle mutilations in 1970s New Mexico turn out to have been officials
furtively investigating radiation in livestock after they'd conducted
an ill-advised experiment in underground "nuclear fracking". Test
pilots for the military's experimental silent helicopters admit to
attaching flashing lights to their craft to fool civilians. Doty
himself comes across as a slippery character, to say the least. "He
remains an absolute enigma," says Mark Pilkington, writer of the book
Mirage Men, the basis for the documentary. He found the retired Doty
working as a traffic cop in a small New Mexico town. "Some of what he
said was true and I'm sure a lot of it wasn't, or was a version of the
truth. I have no doubt Rick was at the bottom of a ladder that
stretches all the way to Washington. It's unclear to what extent he was
following orders and to what taking matters into his own hands."
almost admits to having had a hand in supposedly leaked "classified"
documents, such as the "Majestic 12" dossier – spilling the beans on a
secret alien liaison committee founded by President Truman. But he
denies involvement in the "Project Serpo" papers – which claimed that
12 American military personnel paid a secret visit to an alien planet
in the Zeta Reticuli system – only to be caught out as the source of
the presumed hoax. The Serpo scenario, it has been noted, is not unlike
the plot of Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters Of The Third Kind. Does
that suggest that the forgers lazily copied the movie? Or that the
movie is based on real events and Spielberg was in on the conspiracy?
place of movies in the grand UFO conspiracy is a tricky area. Depending
on which theory you subscribe to, Hollywood's steady stream of sci-fi
is either a deliberate exaggeration, designed to make the "truth" look
unbelievable (the "you've been watching too many movies" defence), or
it's a way of psychologically preparing the populace for staggering
alien secrets yet to be revealed. There are at least grounds for
suspicion in the latter camp. Pilkington points to the CIA's
Psychological Strategy Board, founded after the second world war to
promote US propaganda. Associated with the board was veteran film
producer Darryl Zanuck. In 1951, Zanuck executive-produced seminal
alien-visitation sci-fi The Day the Earth Stood Still, often cited as a
government-sanctioned testing of the waters for alien contact. Like
Zanuck, the film's writer, Edmund North, was ex-military, while
director Robert Wise apparently became a UFO believer on account of
discussions he had with Washington figures during the making of the
Steven Spielberg is a less likely government stooge,
though he has been obsessed by aliens his entire career, from Close
Encounters and ET up to War of the Worlds and the last Indiana Jones
film (not forgetting his producer role in Falling Skies, Transformers
and, er, Men in Black). If anyone's paving the way for the big reveal,
it's Spielberg, but, after 30 years of paving, we're still waiting.
Men finds an even more extreme example in the form of industry veteran
Robert Emenegger, who claims that in 1971 he was approached by the
Pentagon to make a film revealing "what the government really knows".
The Pentagon's big lure was that they would let him incorporate
top-secret footage of an alien craft landing at Holloman Air Force Base
in the 1960s. Predictably, the footage never materialised but Emenegger
– no less cryptic a character than Richard Doty – claims to have seen
it, and still believes alien contact has been established. He went
ahead and made his documentary, entitled UFOs: Past, Present And
Future. Presented by Rod "Twilight Zone" Serling, it culminates in a
rather anti-climactic "reconstruction" of the Holloman UFO landing.
the cold light of the post-cold war, the evidence is starting to look
pretty shaky for UFOs. Numbers at UFO conventions and clubs are
dwindling. The UK's Ministry of Defence closed its UFO desk in 2009,
and, like many countries, has declassified its UFO documents. If there
was any smoking gun, you'd imagine it would have been found in our
current golden age of leaks and disclosures – but so far there's only
been more smoke. On a Guardian webchat in 2010, relating to Wikileaks'
release of the US embassy cables, Julian Assange asserted that "many
weirdos email us about UFOs" but he'd come across nothing concrete.
There were references to UFOs in the cables, he noted, but mostly to do
with UFO cults rather than UFOs themselves – in the same way that
GCHQ's Art Of Deception slideshow references UFO cults.
nothing else, the leaked GCHQ document tells us the Mirage Men are
still out there, sowing deception and disinformation. These days
they're more likely to be targeting suspect extremist religious groups,
or hackers and online fraudsters. Meanwhile, recent claims to have
"deciphered" hidden backwards messages about UFOs in Edward Snowden's
interview only go to show how desperate the alien conspiracy cause has
There's something else ufologists are a textbook example
of: cognitive dissonance – the mental distress of trying to hold two
conflicting worldviews simultaneously. The term was coined in the 1950s
by psychologist Leon Festinger, who illustrated it with the example of
a UFO cult shattered by the unfulfilled prophecy of an alien
visitation. Some tenacious devotees still refuse to accept Mirage Men's
findings, says Pilkington: "If beliefs are strongly held, nothing can
sway them and anything that appears to undermine them will just be
absorbed and repurposed. So if you're really, really dedicated, this is
just chaff to throw you off the trail." Pilkington himself has been
accused of working for MI5 or being a stooge controlled by the
government, if not the aliens. "If I'm under intelligent control from
elsewhere then I'm unaware of it, and I'm a victim, and it would be
against my programming for me to be able to prove it," he reasons.
always in the conspiracy-theory hall of mirrors, it's possible to flip
the hypothesis on its head: what if the lies and hoaxes Mirage Men
reveals are simply a smokescreen for the fact that the authorities
really do know secrets about extraterrestrials? What better way to
conceal them than by getting "found out" in their disinformation
tactics? What better way of throwing sceptics off the scent than
disseminating the confessions of an ex-man in black like Richard Doty,
in documentaries, and articles in respectable new organisations – like
this one. Perhaps we're no closer to knowing if the truth really is out
there, but we can be sure the lies are.
Source: The Guardian
- TRANSIENT VISITORS DEPARTMENT -
Strange Humanoid Encounters
By Scott Corrales
some point in the 1990s I had a conversation with Dr. Rafael A. Lara
Palmeros, director of research for Mexico’s C.E.F.P organization
regarding the motives of individuals who develop an unhealthy
attraction to UFO and paranormal phenomena. Dr. Lara mentioned a case
involving a certain gentleman from Central Mexico who openly expressed
his wish to be “contacted by aliens”, as that would be the solution to
all his problems, real or imagined. He went as far as to offer money –
not small amounts, ether – to any researcher, contactee or psychic who
could make his wish come true.
This wish was not granted, as far as
I know. Indeed, the gentleman should have been admonished about being
careful about what he hoped for – the time honored admonition. In fact,
some people would gladly trade away their negative experiences for free.
cases involving humanoid encounters appear to go unnoticed in the vast
rush to publish stories in magazines or make them known to TV
production companies. One of these unsullied gems was researched by
Ramón Nava-Osorio of Spain’s IIEE organization (readers of INEXPLICATA
will often see mention being made of the IIEE’s branch in Chile) while
looked into the experiences of Juan Soler, a Spanish experiencer of the
kind referred to in the 1970s as a “repeater”, a person who has
multiple brushes with the unknown over a lifetime.
The “Michelin Men” of Lérida
the spring of 1977, Soler had gone to a farm which his brother-in-law
had just purchased at Binéfar, in the Spanish Province of Huesca,
hoping to lend him a hand with plumbing and sundry duties. Once the
chores were complete, both men boarded their respective cars and drove
away. Soler, however, had trouble with his ignition and made a wrong
turn down a country road that lead him to an open field. The road came
to an abrupt end, marked by a large toolshed surrounded by farm
implements, and it was at that inopportune moment that the engine died.
Things were about to get markedly worse.
to Soler, who was struggling with the ignition, he noticed a strange
figure appear out of nowhere – an entity with a shocking physical
appearance. This is how he described it to Ramón Nava –Osorio: “It had
no neck and its big round head was directly joined to the body. Its
head was enormous and ended in a green-colored crest that resembled a
fin. This fin seemed to have something like a corkscrew halfway down.
The body was covered in large scales, some 3 centimeters in diameter,
green and darker than the rest of the skin. Stunned as I was, I then
saw a second and third figure appear, all of them having similar
characteristics. The third figure walked to the middle, and all three
turned to look at me. They all came from the same place and walked like
regular people. I was able to see their eyes, which looked like a
horse’s eyes - round, bulging, black and white – and they showed anger.
There was considerable distance between the eyes, they had no noses and
small mouths, carrying something in their hands that I couldn’t see
“I felt invaded by a sense of terror,” continued
Soler, “it was a hellish nightmare. As I kept looking at them, I
continued to turn the key over in the ignition until the engine
started. I put the car in reverse without looking and got out of there
the best I could. I normally tend to revisit places where I’ve had
experiences, but I’ve never gone back there.”
The last few words
of Soler’s testimony are important. Since his earliest experience with
non-human entities, he has felt compelled to learn more about the
phenomenon with an intensity that researcher Nava-Osorio compares to
that of the Roy Neary chacaracter in Spielberg’s “Close Encounters of
the Third Kind”. These experiences went back to his early childhood,
but none was as vivid as his encounter in September 1966 on the banks
of the Marganell River.
At that time, Juan Soler had taken his
then-girlfriend on a picnic to a highly wooded area frequented by
families from the Manresa area. Around 1400 hours, Soler went off to a
spring to bring back water, but something caught his eye: a metallic
structure he took at first for a motorcycle’s sidecar, but as he
approached, he realized that the object was a long white cylinder
standing some 60 centimeters over the ground, “looking like a small
submarine” – relatively speaking, as the witness placed its length at
some five meters and its width at 120 cm, featuring portholes through
which brown seats could be seen.
Nava-Osorio notes that Soler
was at least ten meters distant from the object at this point. It was
then that he saw two humanoid figures who must have descended from the
sub-shaped structure shortly before the experiencer’s arrival.
described the occupants as follows: “They were two beings, dressed in
white, wearing helmets similar to those worn by motorcyclists. They
were dressed in segmented outfits whose rings made them look like the
Michelin Man (a reference to Bibendum, the logo of the Michelin tire
company, whose image has been used as a descriptor in many CE-3 cases),
although their segments were much thinner than those of the advertising
character. The vehicle and the occupants’ clothing was the same color.
I couldn’t make out their faces clearly due to the fear I felt and the
swiftness with which it all occurred. But they seemed Nordic, although
I had the impression they’d gotten suntanned, given the look of their
skin. Their suits ended where the helmet started – it had no support or
collar. They walked ponderously, wearing short-leg boots and gloves.
They looked at me in surprise.”
This is where the “Marganell CE-3” - as we might well call it - took a detour into high strangeness.
by fear, Juan Soler felt the urge to flee, which is understandable in
such a situation, but rather than escaping back to the picnic and his
waiting girlfriend, he ran *toward* the humanoids, charging between
both figures, brushing against one of them. Even more startling was the
fact that the owner of the property containing the spring – described
as an older man dressed in blue and wearing a cap – was standing there
as if witnessing the proceedings. “He shouted an order, and the two
humanoids hurriedly boarded their craft. Once aboard, the managed to
touch me at the with the sharp end of the vehicle. I also felt
something in my head. I turned around a little and told them: Go ahead,
go ahead, I’m not about to do anything to you. When the vehicle had
reached the height of my own head, I was gripped by excruciating pain.
I felt as though my hair was on fire and the pain spread down my arms
to my legs. Fully turning around to look, I saw the portholes [on the
vehicle] were closed. They both looked at me from their seats and took
off uphill […] The pain was similar to an electric shock, like
something I’d experienced in the factory I worked for.”
did not press the witness for a better explanation of the events. The
description as to the vehicle “going uphill” is unsatisfactory, and no
mention is made of Soler returning to his girlfriend’s side.
showed up late for work on Monday morning,” Soler added. “Rather than
reporting at 0500 I showed up at 0900. In the afternoon I went to see
the doctor, but he didn’t put me on leave. He did on the following day,
and I was on leave for fifteen days. I told the story to a number of
people: friends, contemporaries and people at the factory, all of them
serious, well-informed people, but no one believed me.”
was an added detail to the story. Soler’s description of the entities
as resembling Bibendum the Michelin Man was ironic in view of the fact
that he worked at the Pirelli tire factory for many years, and his
buddies began calling him “Gagarin” after the history-making Soviet
Soler made efforts over the years to speak to the
landowner who had fearlessly barked at the non-humans, prompting their
departure. On one occasion, he went to the man’s home to discuss the
bizarre experience, only to be slapped by the old man’s fiery tempered
daughter. “The man died in later years, and I never had the pleasure of
talking to him. In 1994, the daughter’s husband agreed to speak to me,
but he had nothing new to say. His father-in-law died nearly at age 90
at the farmhouse.” An effort to discuss the subject with the parish
priest also earned Soler a slap in the face.
“A long time after
the incident,” Soler reminisced, “and while I was in the town of
Peralta de la Sal, I got to speak to José Rami, the community’s
jack-of-all-trades. He described an incident very similar to my own. He
was a kilometer outside the town of Peralta with some mules and their
tackle when he saw a white vehicle with two pilots. He was so
frightened that he covered his eyes for a while, allowing the mules to
lead him into town.”
The fact that Juan Soler would later drift
into contactee circles would only cause serious researchers and
journalists to overlook his experiences. Scientists are tired of
telling us that the odds of finding human-looking intelligent beings
somewhere in the universe is impossible, citing a number of
evolutionary and genetic factors. But one researcher, Edward Ashpole,
allows a loophole that will be of interest to those interested in
humanoid CE-3s and which many will find vindicating. “This line of
thinking,” writes Ashpole in his book The UFO Phenomena: A Scientific
Look at the Evidence for Extraterrestrial Contacts (London: Headline
Books, 1995), leads us to the conclusion that creatures with some kind
of primate form, though not like us, might emerge from flying saucers,
should flying saucers have a physical reality with biological beings
inside them.” He then adds the important cautionary sentence: “But no
ET could be like the beautiful people reported by many contactees and
abductees, unless they were specially bred from human stock.”
any pro-ETH pathway for a moment, could the answer to the humanoid
riddle lie in manipulation of the human race not by “ancient
astronauts” but by advanced “next door neighbors” from another
dimension, who have meddled with humanity since the earliest days of
recorded history, and certainly before that? After all, the Sons of God
looked upon the daughters of Men, and found them fair…
Humanoids from a Parallel Universe?
fiction enthusiasts, or perhaps more specifically, devotees of the
oeuvre of Gerry and Silvia Anderson (UFO, Space:1999 and the
supermarionation classics Captain Scarlet, Joe 90 and others) surely
recall their motion picture Journey to the Far Side of the Sun, whose
plot involves the discovery of a planet similar to Earth occupying the
same orbit, always concealed by the fiery bulk of the sun. A mission is
launched from our planet and promptly crashes on the alien world, where
the protagonist, American astronaut Glenn Ross, portrayed by Ray
Thinnes (The Invaders), finds himself on a world that mirrors our own
in every way. In a way, the movie explores the ages-old legend of “the
land on the other side of the looking glass” for a contemporary
It’s very likely that Miguel Herrero, a resident of
Alcalá de Henares on the outskirts of Madrid, had never seen Journey to
the Far Side of the Sun when fate catapulted him into the pages of UFO
history in the early hours of 18 December 1977. An avid fisherman,
Herrero had borrowed the company truck to visit a favorite fishing
spot, the Buendía Reservoir. Well on his way around six o’clock in the
morning, the fisherman’s borrowed vehicle suddenly died on the road
(National Hwy 320), and despite Herrera’s best efforts, he found
himself unable to restart it. He pushed the truck to the curb and
waited for daylight and the possibility of assistance.
suddenly heard a voice calling out in the morning gloom, and suspecting
it might be another stricken motorist, proceeded to go off into the
distance to render assistance. He found that the source of the voice
was a man wearing a white outfit, asking him to follow him. Thinking it
might be a mechanic, Herrera fell in behind the figure.
astonishment, he found himself being led to a “hat-shaped object” that
projected a metal cylinder to the ground, and a door opened. Herrera
would alter tell Madrid’s “El Diario” newspaper: “I found it foolish to
think about running at the time. If they wanted to hurt me, they would
have done so already.”
The cylinder – described as “metallic and
icy cold” – contained an elevator that led them to a large control
room. Herrero suffered a brief blackout after his first view of the
craft’s interior, subsequently being able to write detailed notes as to
what he remembered seeing. The crew, from his notes, were all dressed
in white overalls, except for one who bore a red circle on the upper
left side. The character introduced himself as “Major Martins”,
advising Herrero that the vehicle was able to materialize and
dematerialize upon command. Unusually talkative, the humanoid described
the crafts operation and other intricacies. Herrero was told that the
non-humans “had come to our world by chance. They had calculated a
given speed at which to travel, found a void, and reached our dimension
two thousand years ago.”
But this Jules Verne-like presentation
of technological wonders to an unsuspecting Earthling soon took an
ominous turn. Herrero was at first shocked, then frightened, when he
saw a man looking exactly like him seated at one of the stations. “My
first reaction was to approach him, not to strike him, but to see
someone who looked just like me up close.” He was prevented from doing
so, advised that he could not come into contact with his doppelgänger,
or “his negative”, as Herrero put it. “He was exactly like me, except
that the scar which I bear on my left cheek was on his left.” He adds
that his double was asked to leave the room, and was not seen again.
should be noted that a more detailed version of the above appeared in
The Journal of Scientific Exploration (Vol 8, No.1, 1994) in a report
by Vicente Juan Ballester Olmos. This version includes photographs of
the hypnotic regression session performed on Miguel Herrero Sierra and
other cases (dismissed as hoaxes by the author) in which the subject of
doppelgängers also plays a part. One such event is the 1985
Vallgorguina Incident, in which Xavier C., a young man, develops a roll
of film taken after a visit to a megalithic site. The developed images
show claws and “monstrous green faces”. Under hypnosis, Xavier C.
claims that strange creatures manufactured “a double” of him which he
would later see getting onto a bus in Barcelona.
Andujar of the Zona Ovni podcast reported a humanoid case of the 1950s
involving "little men from a strange artifact" seen in the province of
Cuenca (1 July 1953 Villar del Sainz). Maximo Munoz, the protagonist,
was described as an illiterate shepherd who heard a sharp whistling
sound - common on these cases - that prompted him to turn around. To
his amazement, he found a tank-shaped object on four legs projecting a
powerful light. Intrigued, Muñoz approached the device, and a "door"
opened in its upper section. Two diminutive figures, referred to as
"tietes" (little guys) by the witness, emerged from the structure. The
"little guys" were described as 60 centimeters tall, with dark features
and slanted eyes. They surrounded the young shepherd, who at no point
felt any fear, by his own admission, only as sense of curiosity. He
described the creatures' language as "very odd". Apparently losing
interest in the human, both entities looked at the landscape before
boarding their "tank", which "took of quickly" according to the witness.
his protestations of fearlessness, young Maximo returned home in tears
and deeply shaken, according to his parents. The father would
eventually return to the scene of the alleged humanoid encounter in the
company of the Guardia Civil (state police) captain, being able to
ascertain the presence of "many footprints as if from children" on the
ground, as well as four square impressions supposedly made by the
The thoughts of the late John A. Keel on the
matter bear repeating in this case: “One basic fact should be obvious
from the foregoing – these entities and things are not necessarily from
some other planet. They are actually closely tied to the human race,
are a part of our immediate environment in some unfathomable fashion,
and to a very large extent are primarily concerned with misleading us,
misinforming us, and playing games with us.”
- WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE COLOUR DEPARTMENT -
British Police Join Search for Legendary "Holy Grail"
By Paul Darin
search for the legendary “Holy Grail,” the cup that Jesus used during
his last supper before his crucifixion and/or the cup that caught his
blood during his crucifixion, has inspired storytellers since the tales
of King Arthur were first told in medieval Europe.
centuries, many have indeed gone looking for the legendary cup and
there are many theories as to when and with whom it may or may not have
ended up. But, a raid of The Crown Inn Pub in Herefordshire, England,
earlier this month added a bit more modern intrigue the grail legend.
grail candidate is called the “Nanteos Cup,” after the Nanteos Mansion
in Wales where the cup resided until 1952. The mansion was used by
Christian monks during the 16th century as a place of refuge after King
Henry VIII dissolved England’s monasteries.
The cup went missing
this past July and is believed stolen. The cup disappeared from the
care of Fiona Myers, a descendent of the family who once owned the
Nanteos Mansion. She is said to have loaned the cup to an ill woman who
was using it for its alleged healing power.
The police received a tip that the cup had been seen at the pub, but they did not find it there.
Nanteos Cup is believed to have been brought to England by Joseph of
Arimathea, the biblical figure who sacrificed his own tomb so Jesus
would have a resting place after his crucifixion, and who also is
believed to have brought Christianity to England.
cup’s alleged abduction, it was inspected by scientists. According to
these experts, the cup is most likely not the one used by Jesus, as it
dates from a few centuries after the believed date of the last supper.
In addition, the cup is not made from olive wood, the wood expected to
be used for a cup of that period.
Holy Grail Already Found in Spain?
March, two historians announced they had found the Holy Grail in Spain.
An onyx chalice stored in the Basilica of San Isidoro in Leon, Spain,
was on display as property of the 11th century Queen Urraca. Margarita
Torres, a history professor at the University of Leon, and art
historian Jose Ortiza del Rio identified it as the legendary grail
after reading medieval Egyptian documents referring to the chalice of
Torres and Ortiza del Rio say Muslims stole the chalice
in Jerusalem and gave it to Christians in Egypt. It was sent as a gift
to King Fernando I of Castile in 1050, as thanks for aid during a
drought. By this time it had been adorned with jewels and medieval
decoration. Fernando passed it on to his daughter, Queen Urraca. The
historians say they have dated the cup, showing it was made between 200
B.C. and 100 A.D., though they could not track the first 400 years of
its history and are thus unable to definitively prove it is the Holy
Other Grail Leads in Britain
The Nanteos Cup
isn’t the only object in Britain that many believe could be the Holy
Grail. In Glastonbury, legend holds that Joseph of Arimathea buried the
grail deep within the hillside of Glastonbury Tor for safekeeping. The
legend continues that a spring welled up from the hillside, flowing
through the grail and stained red from the blood of Jesus. A spring of
red water is indeed found there, but today the red color is explained
by the presence of Iron oxide in the Glastonbury soil.
British grail legend involves the Marian Chalice, and it writes out
Joesph of Arimathea entirely. It suggests that Mary Magdalene caught
the blood of Jesus in a cup during his crucifixion and later stored
that cup and the body of Jesus in Joseph’s tomb. The cup was later
excavated from his tomb and taken to Rome. When Rome was sacked by
Visigoths in 410, the cup was taken to Britain.
At this point
the grail legend parallels aspects of the King Arthur legend, with
Payne Peveril (corresponding to Percival in the Arthurian legends)
being the first of many grail guardians. Legend traces the movement of
the Marian Chalice from Whittington Castle, Shropshire, to Alberbury
Priory, to a hiding place inside a statue of St. John that stood in
Hawkstone Park. A small Roman onyx scent jar was discovered there in
1934, which many believe to be the Marian Chalice.
legend claims the Roslin Chapel grail is the Holy Grail. During the
Crusades, the monastic order of the Knights Templar discovered
treasure, including the legendary relics from the Temple of Solomon
hidden a thousand years earlier. The most precious of all the artifacts
among the recovered treasure was the grail, which was brought back to
Scotland and entrusted with Henry Sinclair, Earl of Orkney, according
to the legend. It remained entrusted with the family until the Roslin
Chapel was constructed in 1446 where it was encased in the very ornate
Prentice Pillar. The Roslin Chapel was built as a reproduction of the
original Temple of Solomon.
Source: Ancient Origins
TAHOE TESSIE TALL TALES DEPARTMENT -
Tales of Tahoe Lake Monster Just
TAHOE CITY, CA - Since sailors first
started navigating earth's waters, tales of sea monster sightings put
fear in their hearts. But reports of these creatures have not been
limited to the world's vast oceans -- they've also been seen in lakes.
Reports of beasts shaped like giant serpents or waterborne dinosaurs
have brought fame to places such as Scotland's Loch Ness and Lake
Champlain, which borders New York, Vermont and the Canadian province of
Even Lake Tahoe reportedly has its own sea monster, Tahoe Tessie.
Do the creatures really exist?
Dr. Charles Goldman, a limnologist who is engaged in the scientific
study of lakes and the foremost expert on Lake Tahoe, tried to answer
the question recently.
Goldman said he was invited last August to study Loch Ness by professor
Robert Rains, head of the Applied Science Institute at the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology. Rains, a firm believer in the existence of the
Loch Ness Monster, used sonar in the 1970s to take strobed photographs
of "Nessie." These photographs depict a humped creature 20 to 30 feet
While other photos of Nessie, such as the famous one showing a
long-necked creature rising out of the water, have been determined to be
hoaxes, Goldman said Rains' photos are more difficult to discount. One
shows a flipper "that looks terribly authentic," according to Goldman.
Another shows a 20-foot-long body and head.
Goldman said most sea monster sightings tend to be in deep, cold lakes
that produce mirages brought on by temperature changes in the water.
"That is why people see things that really don't exist," he said during
a recent lecture on "USOs: Unidentified Swimming Objects."
Other mysterious sightings have occurred at Lake Manitoba and Lake
Okanagan in Canada, Lake Van in Turkey and Nahuel Huapi Lake in
Argentina's Patagonia region.
The difficulty in verifying the existence of lake monsters, Goldman
said, "is that you can prove something is there, but you can't prove
something is not there."
Thus far, the search for a lake creature has yet to produce any
concrete evidence, he said.
Twenty years ago, Goldman held a conference at the University of
Nevada, Reno on the subject of USOs. While a number of scientists said
they'd seen Tahoe Tessie, Goldman said all the sightings have one thing
in common: no one ever saw a head or tail, only dark objects in the
Goldman decided to conduct his own experiments. He created a photo of
"Tessie" by capturing the splash from rocks thrown in the water. Another
photo shows what looks like a series of humps in the lake, but in
reality are only waves.
"You have a flat lake with no boats visible, but boats did pass hours
before, and the waves come back and amplify," Goldman explained.
Goldman said other explanations include someone mistaking a river otter
or beaver for "Tessie" -- or the possible existence of a very large
Sturgeon have been known to reach 1,500 pounds and live for as long as
100 years, and could have been planted in the lake years ago, Goldman
said. Given the lake's size and its fish population, a massive sturgeon
would have plenty of food to sustain it.
Just in case the existence of a giant Tahoe sturgeon turns out to be
true, Goldman has given it a scientific name -- Acipenser Tahoensis.
Goldman said he hopes to get a better look at Tahoe's depths next
summer in "Project Deep Blue." If funding is available, Goldman would
use the same remote-operated sub employed by Rains in Scotland to
explore Lake Tahoe's bottom.
While the existence of Tahoe Tessie is unlikely, the Loch Ness Monster
is more probable. Since the Irish Sea is connected to the Atlantic Ocean
through a series of lochs, something could swim in from the ocean,
One possibility: An oarfish, the longest of all fish, which can be as
long as 30 feet and weigh up to 400 pounds. Although the ribbon-like
fish lives at 700 feet below the surface, they've occasionally been
spotted on the surface and been mistaken for sea serpents.
Source: KRON 4
- EVEN A MAN WHO IS PURE AT HEART DEPARTMENT -
"Werewolf" Said to be Killing Animals on Phillippine Island
creatures are allegedly devastating livestock herds on the Philippine
island of Sibale. Residents are at a loss over what vicious animal
would leave only carcasses of its prey after feasting on them.
article published recently by the Manila Standard Today said farmers
are becoming increasingly fearful of the creature, which strikes when
the moon is full, sucks the blood of its prey and tears off the limbs
of livestock such as goats.
“It’s a continuing goat massacre
happening at the onset of the full moon almost every year since 2012.
So far, more than 200 goats had been massacred by this unknown killer,”
Sibale Mayor Lemuel Cipriano was quoted as saying by the report.
believe that the culprit was similar to the mythical werewolf, a
creature that strikes during the evening and transforms into a
The island that the supposed werewolf
inhabits is as remote and detached from civilisation as any other minor
island in the Philippines. To reach it by boat from Romblon, people
would have to travel five hours in a motorised outrigger boat, it is
closer to the main Oriental Mindoro island, where most residents get
It not known whether the creature hunts alone or moves against its prey in packs, like wolves and wild dogs do.
an attack in July, nine goats owned by the local village chief, Ulpiano
Ebora of San Vicente, were killed. Before this, several of the
livestock were killed in the same locale and the adjacent village of
Poblacion. In all, 27 animals have been killed over the past few weeks.
So far, no one has seen the creature and there has been hardly any evidence — except for the carcasses.
with knives and long bamboo sticks with pointed ends, residents of this
isolated island in the central Philippines mount nightly patrols to
protect its dwindling goat population against deadly attacks of the
suspected werewolves, a senior police official said.
Odien, Sibale chief of police, said hundreds of volunteers in nine
barangays, working under the supervision of policemen, make regular
patrols in their areas looking for the werewolves.
wanted nightly patrols because of fear that the werewolves would attack
humans after the goats were gone. People started to accept the
werewolves story because of “sightings of the mysterious animal that
looked like dogs, but bigger and they move differently.”
of Agriculture Regional Director Cipriano Santiago ordered an inventory
of the goat population in the island and the list of farmers, who lost
their goats since 2012, according to municipal agriculturist Nelia Yap.
said 57 farmers lost a total of 209 goats in the past two years and the
Department of Agriculture will replace the animals, which were killed
by “dogs or creatures pretending to be dogs.
Odien said the
goats were easy preys because they were free to roam in this small
island of 4,500, which can be reached by six hour ride on outrigger
boat from the provincial capital of Romblon.
“People have been
advised to hold their goats in a fenced area or under their houses
where they can be given protection,” Odien said.
He called on
people to immediately report sightings of mysterious animals or unusual
movements in their neighborhoods and to ensure the safety of members of
their families inside their homes.
“People have been told not to confront the animal on their own but to call for help,” Odien said.
folklore is rife with frightful creatures of the underworld. During the
Spanish period, the colonial government in the island of Panay pervaded
the myth of the “aswang”, a local version of the shape-shifting,
flesh-eating banshee-like creature in European folklore. The story was
allegedly spread to prevent Filipinos from rebelling against then
colonial administration, since rebels usually held their clandestine
meetings in the evening.
There are others who see similarities
between the mystery animal that victimised the goats of Sibale and the
so-called “chupacabra,” a four-legged creature similar to a dog with
sharp canines, which can tear the flesh of its victims like a hungry
wild animal and suck their blood.
Source: Gulf News
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