In the late 1940s and early fifties, as the U.S. had deployed and continued to test nuclear weapons, UFO reports increased on a massive scale, often speaking of fleets of the craft. It turns out that many of those reports were accurate, which begs the question: Were they trying to warn us of something? The idea was far-fetched in the past, but is becoming increasingly possible.
Who are they, what are they and what do they want?
Over the past couple of decades, UFOs , or UAPs – Unidentified Aerial Phenomena – have been invading the news, public consciousness and even the United States Congress. Congress has held hearings that have resulted in our government certifying rather definitely, that we are being visited by some form of alien technology which they cannot explain.
I’ve spent much of my life studying weird shit. Hauntings, folklore, strange claims made by people long dead. If you look hard enough you can usually find a natural explanation. Even if the nature is nothing more than human nature. Occasionally I run into something I can’t explain. It’s real, but it shouldn’t be according to what we know. I can’t debunk this one, and it bothers me.
Neither can the military, and that bothers me too. Like me, they’ve looked at the unexplainable and occasionally draw a blank. It turns out that they’ve been drawing a lot more blanks than we knew about.
Congress is of course ill equipped to investigate nearly anything. So the investigation is left to the Pentagon, which has a poor track record when it comes to this subject. But they’re out of the closet now that these things exist and do what people have been saying, and saying this for the first time since they started investigating UFOs, shortly after the Second World War.
If they are to be believed, and there’s a lot of doubt that we know a fraction of what they know, then we don’t know who they are, what they are nor what they want. Whatever these craft are, we allow them unfettered access to our most sensitive military locations.
It could be that these are nothing but drones from somewhere else, and the Who in the question could be some entity far, far away. The absolute truth is we don’t know what culture, civilization or planet has spawned these craft. Only that they exist, and far surpass us in every aspect imaginable.
Here’s a fact to chew on. When an unknown craft enters U.S., or Russian airspace, they are tracked, and if they fail to respond, or could be a threat, they’re shot down. Might take a while as we’ve seen lately, but that’s another topic.
According to the government, we have had no communication with these craft, and especially as they seem to frequently target sensitive military installations, then they would have to be perceived as a threat. Add to that, the fact that we do have trouble tracking them as they have the ability to jam our radar.
That we don’t try to defend our airspace against them can mean only one thing that I can come up with. Something verified by all of the pilots I’ve heard from who have actually seen them. We can’t defend ourselves against them.
Once again, these appear to be fact, written into the Congressional record and so far at least, undisputed by the Pentagon. Where this information ultimately came from, via legal channels.
Where does that leave us? Completely at their mercy.
One of the more credible reports of UFOs came from 60 school children in Zimbabwe. The children watched it fly over the playground and land nearby. There the children who went after it reported aliens with big eyes walking about. This is a painting from one of those children showing what they saw.
Painting the face of God
When I was about six years old I was staying with my Granny Bert, and on Friday night we watched The Agony and the Ecstasy, a film about Michelangelo painting the Sistine Chapel ceiling. I was a weird kid, already into drawing and painting and that film inspired me.
The next morning Granny Bert was off to the grocery store, and I was left with my great grandmother, MeeMaw. What I remember most about MeeMaw was that she spent most of the day in her leather chair in the living room watching her shows. So if I was in another part of the house, I was free to do whatever I wanted. Unless I screamed and then she came running.
I got a folding ladder from the back porch, a piece of paper from my sketchbook, and taped it to the ceiling. I wasn’t stupid, I knew painting on the ceiling was likely to get you in trouble. Even with your grandmother. And I began to paint the face of God.
I wish I still had that painting, but when Granny Bert got home and saw me six foot up on a ladder, painting on her white ceiling, she did something she’d never done before. Yelled at me. More words were hurled my direction than I’d ever heard in that short a period of time. I yanked the picture off the ceiling and got off the ladder. When she saw it wasn’t the ceiling I was painting on, her mood switched. And she never yelled at me again.
But from that point on, I always thought my reason for living was to paint the face of God. Trouble was, I never figured out what God’s face looks like. Except perhaps that face on the Sistine Chapel ceiling.
Later I realized that you can paint with more than pigments. Colors come in words and images as well.
I started writing about the ancient pagan gods this past year, was six months into it, when something captured my attention. I realize my God antenna is up, and catching a signal.
I get it through YouTube, who wants to show me a trailer for The Phenomenon. I get a missive from Amazon Prime, that thinks I’d like to watch that documentary. When The Phenomenon pops up in an only vaguely connected search result for something else, I click through to the YouTube trailer. I’ve always been interested in UFOs. But I haven’t made it through a documentary or book on them since I was a kid. It’s too sensationalized. This trailer was different. It matched what I’d been hearing in news sources. And had credible people. So I went to Amazon and watched it.
It blew my mind. There was the face of god, behind the mask of the alien. Could my god antenna be made of tin foil?
The New York Times takes UFOs mainstream
This is a still from a video includes in a New York Times article, taken by Navy pilots of an unidentified craft, with abilities far surpassing those of any earth bound cultures. That we know of. The pilots speaking on the video as it happened are of impugnable reputations, and equipment aboard the ship picked it up as well. The Navy’s statement read in part “The U.S. Navy previously acknowledged that these videos circulating in the public domain were indeed Navy videos … The aerial phenomena observed in the videos remain characterized as ‘unidentified’,” it said.
On December 16, 2017, The New York Times published an article disclosing a secret program ran out of the Pentagon, created specifically to study military reports, particularly from pilots who stated that they were encountering strange craft flying around sensitive military locations. The online version also included the now famous Tic Tac video, captured by a Navy pilot on his equipment. There is no explaining it. The narration between the pilots make it clear, they knew they’re seeing something real, and seeing its capabilities. These aren’t weather balloons. And if Russia had this technology, we’d all be drinking vodka.
I’ve followed the story since it first broke, and being lazy, have been waiting for a documentary which broke it down in a believable fashion. That documentary turns out to be The Phenomenon, released in 2020, and already a bit out of date. It tells the story of the UFO phenomenon in historic terms, using credible subjects for their interviews, including U.S. senators and representatives, plus other former government officials involved, as well as decorated military officers who have have come forward. In short, people who have something to lose by promoting a discussion on UFOs. There are no crazy theories espoused by the big hair guy. The film goes as far with the facts as you can go, and perhaps a tiny bit more.
The Big Picture
It turns out some of our most famous UFO sitings are also classified as unidentifiable by the military. This widely published image of a UFO taken by a farmer near McMinnville, Oregan in 1950 was also judged to be authentic.
Here’s the phenomenon we’re talking about.
In 2007, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid pushed a program through the Pentagon to explore UFOs, or UAPs – Unidentified Aerial Phenomena – as they are now known. He was convinced to do this by a friend of his, Robert Bigelow, who made his fortune in the motel business, before starting his own aerospace company, with an emphasis on space travel. Bigelow not only is a firm believer in space phenomenon, but also bought the SkinWalker Ranch, which is eaten up with bizarre tales.
Reid enlisted some high powered colleagues in congress to get the program secretly funded, including former astronaut and Senator John Glenn, Ted Stevens of Alaska and Daniel Inouye of Hawaii. This is one issue which is transcending party lines.
The program operated in secrecy, and officially was the first government program to study UFOs since Project Blue Book ended in the 1960s. It turns out though, the government never stopped investigating, they just did so in secret. One of the criticism of this department is that they aren’t studying cases filed prior to when they were funded. Which excludes Roswell, and all the other classic cases. But it seems in most cases, there truly is no evidence remaining, as much of it was thrown away to make additional office space.
Or at least that’s the official explanation, and it’s not going any further. So it’s best to give that up from the beginning.
In 2012, funding was withdrawn from the new program. But rather than disappearing, it was funded by alternate budget sources. Arcane methods of funding aren’t unheard of in the Pentagon, and it’s believed to be quite common. But at least in this case, it also means that details about the program are hard to find. Even for congress.
The officers running the new program quickly realized that there were too many sightings to properly investigate with such a small budget, and chose to focus on sightings around military installations. The people coming forward publicly are those who were in the program, the military and the government.
They’re coming you know?
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Congress asks “what the hell is going on?”
From left, Ryan Graves, David Grusch and David Fravor testify before a House subcommittee about unidentified anomalous phenomena on July 26, 2023, in Washington, D.C.
There was a bipartisan committee hearing on July 26 in the House of Representatives, with three witnesses. Two pilots, Retired Navy Commander David Fravor and former Navy fighter pilot Ryan Graves told of their experiences with these objects. Their backgrounds and credentials are impeccable, and both gave factual testimony about the incredible events they witnessed.
Ryan Graves gave an account of his experience with UAPs with Politico, a respected news site, unless you’re a Republican. And it should be noted, that the most fervent congressman in the hearing was a Republican, so this issue crossed the aisle.
Writing in Politico, Graves related that “On a clear, sunny day in April 2014, two F/A-18s took off for an air combat training mission off the coast of Virginia. The jets, part of my Navy fighter squadron, climbed to an altitude of 12,000 and steered towards Warning Area W-72, an exclusive block of airspace ten miles east of Virginia Beach. All traffic into the training area goes through a single GPS point at a set altitude — almost like a doorway into a massive room where military jets can operate without running into other aircraft. Just at the moment the two jets crossed the threshold, one of the pilots saw a dark gray cube inside of a clear sphere — motionless against the wind, fixed directly at the entry point. The jets, only 100 feet apart, zipped past the object on either side. The pilots had come so dangerously close to something they couldn’t identify that they terminated the training mission immediately and returned to base.”
“I almost hit one of those damn things!” the flight leader, still shaken by the incident, told us shortly after in the pilots’ ready room. We all knew exactly what he meant. “Those damn things” had been plaguing us for the previous eight months.”
Also according to Graves, when the Navy upgraded their radar systems in 2014, blips started showing up that weren’t visible before. At first they thought they were defects in the system, but it soon became clear they were real, as they were spotted via other methods. And eventually, by our pilots. They could accelerate up to the speed of sound, far quicker than any craft we have. They held their own and appeared motionless in Category 4 hurricane winds. They had no visible means of propulsion, and had the ability to stay in the air far longer than our own aircraft.
The third witness, David Grusch, a former Air Force intelligence officer who previously worked at the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, the agency charged with investigating these phenomena also has impeccable credentials. Or at least did until he came forward as a whistleblower, which pushed the Pentagon to come after him, raving and drooling.
He provided the headlines, that we’ve recovered their craft, their occupants and are – through private industry – trying to reverse engineer their technology. If so, we may be in for a long wait. Physicist and professor of theoretical physics in the City College of New York and CUNY Graduate Center, Michio Kaku has read over the funding requests from the military, thought to stem from this program, and he says they are for technology which we don’t now possess, and likely won’t for another five hundred to a thousand years.
Grusch and Graves also testified that those who have come forward, or didn’t support the official Pentagon line have faced retaliation, and indeed, Grusch is protected via the whistleblower act. The documentary An Accidental Truth is name for a situation, where in trying to elude being pinned down when answering a question, you’re actually admitting to something. Like when when Grusch was asked if he had knowledge of anyone being murdered for what they knew, he could only offer to discuss it in a secure location. It’s easy to say no if that’s the truth.
The Pentagon quickly chimed in, blasted the hearing, and stated that it “has no information that any individual has been harmed or killed as a result of providing information” about UFO objects. Nor has the Pentagon discovered “any verifiable information to substantiate claims that any programs regarding the possession or reverse-engineering of extraterrestrial materials have existed in the past or exist currently.”
All this goes to show, is when trying to have a serious conversation on this subject, the focus becomes the sensational. And since the U.S. Military is already shown to be deceptive, they have little credibility. The one thing everyone, without exceptions says on this subject, is that the military is hiding something. And they have the ability to keep secrets.
As Harry Reid put it in The Phenomenon, when asked “are you saying that there is some evidence that hasn’t seen the light of day,” replied “what I’m saying is most of it hasn’t seen the light of day.”
But if you pass on the sensational, and focus on what went unchallenged, you see the real issue. While Grusch provided the headlines, Graves and Fravor were the two called upon to provide the facts. Which the members of the committee were insistent on getting into the congressional record. If in the future there’s a debate about just when congress was notified about the threat which threatens our existence, historians will point to July 26, 2023.
How dire is the threat?
Shell R. Alpert, a United States Coast Guard photographer snapped this picture at 9:35 A.M. on July 16, 1952, through a window screen at the air station in Salem, Massachusetts. Though it may look cheesy, as much of Salem does on occasion, the image quality is likely hampered by the screen door. And the fact that they’re UFOs moving at a high speed. It was deemed authentic as part of the military’s Project Blue Book, which sought to end the debate on UFOs. Even then, they had to admit some of the phenomenon they investigated was truly unidentifiable.
This was the important part of the hearing, which went undisputed by the Pentagon. A variety of craft have been encountered around our military installations, and in particular, nuclear installations. These craft have the ability to defy our understanding of physics and gravity. They exhibit a complete dominance of the airspace.
We not only don’t have craft capable of doing this, we don’t have the imagination to do this.
There have also been over 120 former workers at nuclear weapons installations, who report that on multiple occasions, these craft hovered over the silos containing our warheads, and other nuclear weapon storage and testing grounds.
Former Air Force Capt. Robert Salas was quoted in Stars and Stripes magazine that when he was at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana in 1967, 10 ICMs he was overseeing suddenly became inoperative – at the same time base security informed him of a mysterious red glowing object in the sky. In addition, those who witnessed the objects in the sky have also come forward.
Targeting Officer Robert Jamison, now retired reported that on several occasions he had to “re-start” missiles that had been deactivated, after UFOs were sighted nearby.
So in short, if called upon to launch, we could not have done so. Even if they hadn’t shut down the missiles, they certainly hovered over them. And we did nothing to stop them.
Nor did the Russians in the Ukraine, where it was reported that rather than being taken offline, their missiles were set to launch and went into countdown when the saucers appeared overhead. For a nail biting ten seconds, those in the silo saw the end of the world approaching and could do nothing to stop it. Then just as quickly, the launch sequence shut down.
Once again, these aren’t fringe reports. These are reports which come about as close to verifiable as you can come when dealing with the military. And were brought up in the Congressional hearings. But the Pentagon didn’t see the need to deny them.
Another accidental truth?
The bare bones
This original of this colorized photo was deemed authentic as well, taken in August 4th, 1990, near Perth in Scotland. It was taken by a hiker who reported it was being followed by a military plane. The hiker guessed its length at 100 feet, and said it hovered in the air for ten minutes, then shot up and disappeared in an instant.
What can we say with certainty, and what does that tell us about where we stand?
David Fravor, the former Navy commander and the pilot who was squadron leader in the video in The New York Times article, was specifically asked in the congressional hearing, if he had been ordered to bring the craft, down, could he? His reply was no. When asked if he could have defended himself against it, his answer again was no. It was his opinion, that the craft was in control of the encounter from beginning to end.
“The technology that we faced is far superior to anything that we had, and there’s nothing we can do about it. Nothing.”
So forget the nuclear aspect, the government coverup, the craft and creatures we might have recovered.
What’s left is strong evidence that we have an increasing presence of unidentified flying objects, focusing on our military. When aircraft that we don’t know the origin can fly around and hover over our most secure locations, and generally harass our pilots with impunity, it’s hard to escape the fact that in the war of the worlds, we’ve already thrown in the towel. Because there’s nothing we can do to defend ourselves from them. After all, it’s a safe bet they’ve seen Independence Day too.
All it takes is that one video to be real, and it appears to be as real as you can get. There are two things about it nobody will deny. That would be that there is no earthly civilization capable of creating that kind of technology. And second, that they have no idea what it is, what they’re doing, nor why.
Most important, if it’s not earthbound technology, forget the craft themselves. These craft come from someplace else. We don’t have the ability to go anyplace else. That shows the distance between our culture, and theirs.
Let that fucker sink in for a few minutes.
A little boy sees a rocket in the sky and becomes a military skeptic
There’s a starman waiting in the sky
He’d like to come and meet us
But he thinks he’d blow our minds
There’s a starman waiting in the sky
He’s told us not to blow it
‘Cause he knows it’s all worthwhile
He told me
“Let the children lose it
Let the children use it
Let all the children boogie”
David Bowie, Starman from The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars
I’ve never seen a UFO, though I did see something in the sky once that shouldn’t have been there. As a little boy, back in the sixties, I was walking down the street and looked up. There I saw a rocket. Not off in the distance, but close enough to see the details on it. Later I was to find out that in the fifties, a radar installation was built just outside of town. It was a simple radar system, often deployed in the field by two people, who could carry it in without a vehicle even. But it took 150 soldiers to build and install it here. And a few years. And a few years after, I saw a rocket where it shouldn’t be.
That didn’t tell me that aliens existed. It taught me that our government does things which they don’t want us to know about. They keep secrets. When they do, you can’t break the ice around them.
So that the government is allowing this kind of testimony is to quote our current president on another subject, “a big fucking deal”.
Not that the Pentagon has come to the party. They still refuse to go any further than to say that they have no evidence of anything really, just that in a small number of cases, they can’t explain it. And they can’t talk about it further. Which is essentially the same line coming out of Russia.
I’ve always believed in UFOs, according to the literal definition. There are things people see in the sky, and coming down out of the sky and we don’t know what the hell they are. After having seen the rocket, I fell for the official government line of the sixties, that these reports are often secret military testing. And I’m sure that’s what I saw.
But even the government in their early reports on UFOs, admitted that somewhere between 2-5% of the reports they investigated couldn’t be explained.
Officials are still loathe to use the A word, alien. And with good reason. When you think about it, it could also be time travelers, people from the future coming back. If you go for string theories and alternate universes, it could be a civilization that lives alongside of us in another dimension, and occasionally crosses over.
My theory has always been, “who knows?” And so far that theory remains unchallenged, because the urgency in Congress isn’t driven by a desire to explain little green men, but to halt a national security crisis.
How might another culture see our planet? For one thing, under their control. They can go where they want without meeting any resistance from the world’s military. I don’t think you have to go to West Point to understand that once you have that ability, you’ve won.
They wouldn’t share any information with Earth. The focus on military installations shows a concern in that area, which means we could be potential adversaries. The less we know about them, the harder it is to defend against them. So if they have no reason to communicate, to disclose what we’re up against, they won’t.
Speaking of communication, they would most certainly be online, and have figured out all the ways to manipulate the media – and social media. So any message they want us to get, we’ll get. And not even know where it comes from.
This image was released by The Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force, or UAPTF, of the Department of Defense. The pilot described it as cube shaped, silver and footed motionless. The two pilots pinned the attitude of the craft as about 30,000 feet.
I had to phone someone, so I picked on you
Hey, that’s far out, so you heard him too
Switch on the TV, we may pick him up on Channel Two
Look out your window, I can see his light
If we can sparkle, he may land tonight
Don’t tell your poppa or he’ll get us locked up in fright
David Bowie, Starman from The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars
I’ve worked in advertising for forty years now. Sometimes for mass audiences, sometimes for targeted audiences. I know without any doubt, that with enough money, time and strategy put into it, you can make the masses believe almost anything. And it’s easier than ever to target small audiences now, by getting people like me to spread the word. It’s not even how many people read what I write. It’s the increasing amount of content which Google and social media records and recognizes, and then promotes. So over time, if your message is on target, optimized for search engines and you reach enough people, you change the conversation. Talking about UFOs becomes mainstream, along with the ramifications of their existence.
This post is just another cog in the wheel.
Publicly, the stated goal of nearly all of the congressmen, witnesses and other spokespeople on this subject is to do just that. To make the discussion of it mainstream. To remove the stigma. So when people come forward, they’re not automatically assumed to be nuts.
It turns out America doesn’t need a lot of convincing. According to Gallup, three quarters of us say that life of some form exists elsewhere in the universe. Forty-nine percent believe that “people somewhat like ourselves” are living on other planets. In 2019, 60% of Americans believed that UFOs were the result of human or natural phenomenon. Two years later, that figure had dropped to fifty percent. A ten percent drop in two years.
Unless the current investigations turn up surprisingly benign explanations for what our military personnel are describing, the numbers above are sure to rise. Without an explanation, the idea that we’re helpless against this civilization is bound to eventually strike home in the human psyche. There will be those who respond in fear. There will be those who welcome the idea. And there will be those who will swallow the juiciest pop culture version of it that they can find.
Historically, all of those reactions are capable of leading people to the same place. God.
What is a god, and would an alien qualify?
There are those argue that even the Bible contains references to UFO, particularly Ezekiel’s vision of the chariot. This engraving was made by Matthäus Merian who lived from 1593 to 1650. It was contained in his “Icones Biblicae,” also known as “Iconum Biblicarum”.
Perhaps it’s time to talk about, what constitutes a god? The usual definition includes a creator myth. But creations are known to turn against their creator, so that definition is fickle. In order to elevate a creator to god status, a god needs to hold some control over the fate of its creation. Some would argue, that even if it wasn’t the creator, the entity that holds the power of existence becomes a god by that ability alone.
Another force which can turn our own weapons against us and is seemingly invincible is something to fear. Fear sews fertile ground for religion. It’s a valid question whether there is some entity at the top of this civilization’s food chain but if there is, that’s a literal definition of our supreme being.
So we look to the sky and find intelligence that we can’t attack, can’t defend ourselves against, knows we’re here and has a certain interest in us.
Perhaps this intelligence will latch onto an idea that stretches back as long as we’ve had gods. It’s seldom that a new god is created from scratch. They’re usually grafted on top of previous gods. The origin story of life coming from the stars is already written a thousand times by the Discovery Channel and its ilk. All this civilization needs to do is assume the role, carve the details into a stone tablet, and not only become god, but a pop culture icon instantly.
A more advanced race must see the benefits of cultivating a divine image for itself. Even the Romans knew about that one. They can compute data in ways we can’t begin to comprehend, so they can paint a face of god that will sell universally, when we’re ready to gaze upon it.
And my guess is they’ll use social media to do the work for them.
In which I don the tin foil hat
This short video was taken by a fighter pilot on his cellphone, and shown in a previous Congressional hearing. When the representatives from the military were asked about it, they had to admit, they have no idea what it is. But that they are real, and must be investigated. Which is more than the military has every been willing to admit.
Keep your electric eye on me, babe
Put your ray gun to my head
Press your space face close to mine, love
Freak out in a moon age daydream.
Don’t fake it, baby
Lay the real thing on me
You know the church of man, love
Is such a holy place to be
David Bowie, Moonage Daydream from The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars
Face it, as a culture, we elevate celebrities to a near messianic stature. So it’s an obvious conclusion that many among us would do the same when popular culture decides believing in an extra terrestrial god is acceptable. After all, that’s how Ziggy Stardust made David Bowie a household word.
In the story of Ziggy Stardust, the time frame given for life on Earth once the aliens made themselves known was five years. So let’s hope Bowie wasn’t a prophet.
That they have the ability to feast on our eyeballs and steaming entrails makes it harder to tear their stature down, once elevated. Over time – and their concept of time stretch much further than ours – the numbers of believers will increase. The inevitable conclusion is that at some point, we are all united under the same supreme being, except for small pockets of resistance. Because we are after all, human.
It’s also my belief, that until then, we’ll continue to argue about that god as we do all the others. We’ll branch off into different denominations, different religions even. If they’re as smart as they appear to be, they’ll do that for us. A different message for every demographic, each leading to the same place. With enough different faces to satisfy everyone.
I can’t help but think if we had something to offer, they’d have already taken it. Perhaps all they want from us, is to say the Earth is under their control. If what we heard our pilots testify is true, then that’s already happened. Certainly when viewed from outside of our gravitational field. Maybe in the field of eternity, they never managed to abolish war and empires. So perhaps our only obligation is to be a star on yet another flag. Kind of like Canada is to the United Kingdom. They wear the same jersey, but pretty much do as they please.
It’s the time aspect that boggle my mind. The sheer distance between where they come from and where we are, shows that they’ve conquered time. Or at least know how to use it. The changes they seek might take many lifetimes to evolve. We might not even notice the change. Having time to kill has always been the most effective military asset. At the moment certainly, they have nothing to fear from us.
So over time, as the reality sinks in, and people learn to accept it, what we fear becomes our benefactor, simply by letting us live. And thus become god.