Thursday, April 30, 2009

Veritas Show Schedule Change for May 1, 2009

Although I prefer not to switch shows around, you will find how in this case it was the best course of action. Today, I had the privilege of interviewing Clif High (Web Bot Project) and Catherine Austin Fitts (Solari). It is an incredible show that covered past, present and future events. Because of how timely this information is, Paola Harris' (a superb show) has been moved to Friday, May 8, 2009.

Many are focused on the overblown "swine flu pandemic" and we spent time covering this and trying to compel those who listen to avoid being invaded by unwarranted fear. I also deemed it appropriate to postpone Paola Harris' show, as I hope the flu situation will dissipate in the next few days and people will once again come back to our core UFO topic.

I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, as I know you were excited about listening to Paola. Only one more week. I have no doubt you will agree this was the most appropriate course of action. I hope you enjoy both shows.

In Veritas,

Mel Fabregas

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Whitley Strieber on Veritas - Confirmed!

Hello everyone,

I just wanted to let those of you who have been asking for WHITLEY STRIEBER, that with the help of Paola Harris, he has accepted to appear on our show. You may not know this but Whitley hardly ever grants interviews (Coast to Coast AM once in a while - I presume because of his long friendship with Art Bell).

So I would like to thank Paola Harris for, once again, assisting in making it happen. She made the Clifford Stone interview happen and was also helpful with Dr. Edgar Mitchell's.

Pending final schedule confirmation, I foresee this interview airing on June 12, 2009. I look forward to it!



P.S. As I told Paula, six degree of separation and having someone who knows you endorse you is what it takes to get this done. Thankfully, I think we have earned Paola's confidence. Once I am able to interview Whitley, I'll request his help to get JIM MARRS on the show. I know may of you want him on the show too.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

The Geomagnetic Apocalypse — And How to Stop It

By Brandon Keim EmailApril 24, 2009 | 3:09:03 PMCategories: Space, Survival

For scary speculation about the end of civilization in 2012, people usually turn to followers of cryptic Mayan prophecy, not scientists. But that's exactly what a group of NASA-assembled researchers described in a chilling report issued earlier this year on the destructive potential of solar storms.

Entitled "Severe Space Weather Events — Understanding Societal and Economic Impacts," it describes the consequences of solar flares unleashing waves of energy that could disrupt Earth's magnetic field, overwhelming high-voltage transformers with vast electrical currents and short-circuiting energy grids. Such a catastrophe would cost the United States "$1 trillion to $2 trillion in the first year," concluded the panel, and "full recovery could take four to 10 years." That would, of course, be just a fraction of global damages.

Needless to say, shorting out the electrical grid would cause major disruptions to developed nations and their economies.

Worse yet, the next period of intense solar activity is expected in 2012, and coincides with the presence of an unusually large hole in Earth's geomagnetic shield, meaning we'll have less protection than usual from the solar flares.

The report received relatively little attention, perhaps because of 2012's supernatural connotations. Mayan astronomers supposedly predicted that 2012 would mark the calamitous "birth of a new era."

But the report is credible enough that some scientists and engineers are beginning to take the electromagnetic threat seriously. According to Lawrence Joseph, author of "Apocalypse 2012: A Scientific Investigation into Civilization's End," "I've been following this topic for almost five years, and it wasn't until the report came out that this really began to freak me out." talked to Joseph and John Kappenman, CEO of electromagnetic damage consulting company MetaTech, about the possibility of geomagnetic apocalypse — and how to stop it.

What's the problem?

John Kappenman:
We've got a big, interconnected grid that spans across the country. Over the years, higher and higher operating voltages have been added to it. This has escalated our vulnerability to geomagnetic storms. These are not a new thing. They've probably been occurring for as long as the sun has been around. It's just that we've been unknowingly building an infrastructure that's acting more and more like an antenna for geomagnetic storms. What do you mean by antenna?

Kappenman: Large currents circulate in the network, coming up from the earth through ground connections at large transformers. We need these for safety reasons, but ground connections provide entry paths for charges that could disrupt the grid.
What's your solution?

Kappenman: What we're proposing is to add some fairly small and inexpensive resistors in the transformers' ground onnections. The addition of that little bit of resistance would significantly reduce the amount of the geomagnetically induced currents that flow into the grid. What does it look like?

Kappenman: In its simplest form, it's something that might be made out of cast iron or stainless steel, about the size of a washing machine. How much would it cost?

Kappenman: We're still at the conceptual design phase, but we think it's do-able for $40,000 or less per resistor. That's less than what you pay for insurance for a transformer. And less than what you'd willingly pay for insurance on civilization.

If you're talking about the United States, there are about 5,000 transformers to consider this for. The Electromagnetic Pulse Commission recommended it in a report they sent to Congress last year. We're talking about $150 million or so. It's pretty small in the grand scheme of things.

Big power lines and substations can withstand all the other known environmental challenges. The problem with geomagnetic storms is that we never really understood them as a vulnerability, and had a design code that took them into account. Can it be done in time?

Kappenman: I'm not in the camp that's certain a big storm will occur in 2012. But given time, a big storm is certain to occur in the future. They have in the past, and they will again. They're about one-in-400-year events. That doesn't mean it will be 2012. It's just as likely that it could occur next week. Do you think it's coincidence that the Mayans predicted apocalypse on the exact date when astronomers say the sun will next reach a period of maximum turbulence?

Lawrence Joseph: I have enormous respect for Mayan astronomers. It disinclines me to dismiss this as a coincidence. But I recommend people verify that the Mayans prophesied what people say they did. I went to Guatemala and spent a week with two Mayan shamans who spent 20 years talking to other shamans about the prophecies. They confirmed that the Maya do see 2012 as a great turning point. Not the end of the world, not the great off-switch in the sky, but the birth of the fifth age. Isn't a great off-switch in the sky exactly what's described in the report?

Joseph: The chair of the NASA workshop was Dan Baker at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics. Some of his comments, and the comments he approved in the report, are very strong about the potential connection between coronal mass ejections and power grids here on Earth. There's a direct relationship between how technologically sophisticated a society is and how badly it could be hurt. That's the meta-message of the report.

I had the good fortune last week to meet with John Kappenman at MetaTech. He took me through a meticulous two-hour presentation about just how vulnerable the power grid is, and how it becomes more vulnerable as higher voltages are sent across it. He sees it as a big antenna for space weather outbursts. Why is it so vulnerable?

Joseph: Ultra-high voltage transformers become more finicky as energy demands are greater. Around 50 percent already can't handle the current they're designed for. A little extra current coming in at odd times can slip them over the edge.

The ultra-high voltage transformers, the 500,000- and 700,000-kilovolt transformers, are particularly vulnerable. The United States uses more of these than anyone else. China is trying to implement some million-kilovolt transformers, but I'm not sure they're online yet.

Kappenman also points out that when the transformers blow, they can't be fixed in the field. They often can't be fixed at all. Right now there's a one- to three-year lag time between placing an order and getting a new one.

According to Kappenman, there's an as-yet-untested plan for inserting ground resistors into the power grid. It makes the handling a little more complicated, but apparently isn't anything the operators can't handle. I'm not sure he'd say these could be in place by 2012, as it's difficult to establish standards, and utilities are generally regulated on a state-by-state basis. You'd have quite a legal thicket. But it still might be possible to get some measure of protection in by the next solar climax. Why can't we just shut down the grid when we see a storm coming, and start it up again afterwards?

Joseph: Power grid operators now rely on one satellite called ACE, which sits about a million miles out from Earth in what's called the gravity well, the balancing point between sun and earth. It was designed to run for five years. It's 11 years old, is losing steam, and there are no plans to replace it.

ACE provides about 15 to 45 minutes of heads-up to power plant operators if something's coming in. They can shunt loads, or shut different parts of the grid. But to just shut the grid off and restart it is a $10 billion proposition, and there is lots of resistance to doing so. Many times these storms hit at the north pole, and don't move south far enough to hit us. It's a difficult call to make, and false alarms really piss people off. Lots of money is lost and damage incurred. But in Kappenman's view, and in lots of others, this time burnt could really mean burnt. Do you live your life differently now?

Joseph: I've been following this topic for almost five years. It wasn't until the report came out that it began to freak me out.

Up until this point, I firmly believed that the possibility of 2012 being catastrophic in some way was worth investigating. The report made it a little too real. That document can't be ignored. And it was even written before the THEMIS satellite discovered a gigantic hole in Earth's magnetic shield. Ten or twenty times more particles are coming through this crack than expected. And astronomers predict that the way the sun's polarity will flip in 2012 will make it point exactly the way we don't want it to in terms of evading Earth's magnetic field. It's an astonoshingly bad set of coincidences. If Barack Obama said, "Lets' prepare," and there weren't any bureaucratic hurdles, could we still be ready in time?

Joseph: I believe so. I'd ask the President to slipstream behind stimulus package funds already appropriated for smart grids, which are supposed to improve grid efficiency and help transfer high energies at peak times. There's a framework there. Working within that, you could carve out some money for the ground resistors program, if those tests work, and have the initial momentum for cutting through the red tape. It'd be a place to start.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The Exo Files Cosmic Politics? To Believers, No Idea Is Alien.

By Dan Zak Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Extraterrestrials exist and they visit Earth routinely, according to people who know this for a fact.

Moving on.

What does this mean for Washington, for America, for the planet? It means, according to the roughly 400 people attending the fifth X-Conference over the weekend, that politics isn't local anymore. It's galactic. It's universal. This is exopolitics.

In the ground-floor banquet hall of the Gaithersburg Hilton, there are no alien costumes. There are PhDs, ex-military men, activists and concerned citizens. They sit in on lectures with titles like "Obama and Disclosure." They browse tables stocked with books such as "Exopolitics: How Does One Speak to a Ball of Light?" They talk about black budgets and quantum cosmology. They watch the last 15 minutes of "The Abyss," during which Ed Harris swims hand in hand with a jellyfish-like alien.

People in the exopolitical movement want full disclosure of any U.S. government files on unidentified flying objects and extraterrestrials. Only then, they maintain, can mankind deal with the sociopolitical implications of the universe: the rule of law in outer space, the sharing of technology between civilizations and the physics of one-on-one interaction with ETs.

"No, we're not alone," said Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell, the sixth man to walk on the moon, speaking first at the X-Conference on Sunday and then at the National Press Club yesterday morning. "Our sun will burn out in due course, and we have to be off this planet. . . . Our consumption rate of non-renewable resources is not sustainable. . . . Our destiny is to become part of the planetary community. It's time to start thinking in those terms."

Forget "eco." The most urgent prefix today, the X-Conference suggests, is "exo." We need to evolve into an exoculture. We need to be exoconscious, to reframe our minds for interstellar relations and interdimensional experiences.


"If we live off-planet, we have to change our mind and bodies," says Rebecca Hardcastle, a hypnotherapist and exoconsciousness coach who lives in Phoenix. "Your emotions, life force and what you've been taught is a belief system that cords you to the Earth. We must change our frame of reference."

Hardcastle, wearing pearls and a black dress and sitting at a table, says she has been contacted by ET intelligence since she was 3. She, and others in the exopolitical community, say we need to learn remote viewing and teleportation, we need to propagate the practice of ESP, we need to let ETs change us, and we need to integrate technology and consciousness so we can participate in the universe.

What's the secret to moving in that direction?

Diet and exercise and balanced living, says Hardcastle. Yoga and peacefulness, say others. Small steps for man.

To be sure, conspiracy theories and creepy claims are a big part of the X-Conference. Even an audiovisual glitch is a cue for mild paranoia: "Something happened with our system," says a nervous AV guy after a microphone blows out during a lecture. "It happened suddenly, system wide. Something hit it and took it down."

When California podiatric surgeon Roger Leir takes the microphone, the topic is extraterrestrial implants.

"How many of you have seen a UFO?" Leir asks the audience before showing video of alleged implant extraction surgery.

More than 100 people put up their hands.

"How many think you've been involved with the alien abduction program?"

Five hands go up.

"How many of you think you've been abducted and have never returned?"

There is laughter. There is also a sentiment of acceptance and adaptation. Once we get our act together, once we understand our own selves, the ETs will engage us, says Michael Salla, president and founder of the Hawaii-based nonprofit Exopolitics Institute, which offers an online semester in galactic diplomacy for a little more than $1,000.

"Humanity is still tribalistic, driven by elite interests rather than global ones," Salla says. "But with Barack Obama, for the first time in our planet's history, we have a global leader. It's a tremendous advance in our global society."

On the TV in the lobby of the hotel, Obama shakes hands with Hugo Chávez. Later, there's a CNN report on the disclosure of torture memos from Guantanamo Bay. These are good signs of open-minded diplomacy and government transparency, some conference attendees say. Plus, over the past year, the British government has released thousands of documents pertaining to UFOs, about 5 percent of which are truly inexplicable. The exopolitical movement was also encouraged by Obama's selection of John Podesta, noted champion of UFO disclosure, as his transition chairman. And Mitchell the astronaut is out in full force, saying the existence of ETs was confirmed to him 10 years ago by a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (who subsequently denied it, but that's how these things go).


The ridicule is ebbing, conference attendees say. The exopolitical movement has gone grass roots; the education and outreach phase is underway. One man at the conference is collecting 4,000 signatures to put forth a ballot initiative for a Denver Extraterrestrial Affairs Commission. Another is calling upon the United Nations to create an "extraterrestrial civilizations liaison."

For Nick Pope, who was in charge of UFO investigations for Britain's Ministry of Defense in the early '90s, the bogies in the sky are simply a matter of national security.

"If we ignore UFOs because of the baggage that term has in people's minds -- because we don't believe in flying saucers -- it opens up a gap in our capacity to deal with these things," Pope says. "It's dangerous. We're ignoring a potential air-safety issue."

Exopolitics: It's about air-traffic control. It's about honest government. It's about self-empowerment and healthy living and bold declarations of reaching for the stars. Ask too many questions, though, and you'll see exopolitics is also about a race of humanoids who live under the barren surface of Mars and may, at some point, desire to mooch off Earth's rich resources.

Exopolitics "provides a conceptual framework for dealing with our highly populated universe," says author, lawyer and activist Alfred L. Webre, who coined the term 10 years ago and has watched it creep into the mainstream.

He also says the Martians are keeping to themselves for now.

Former astronaut: Man not alone in universe

CNN) -- Earth Day may fall later this week, but as far as former NASA astronaut Edgar Mitchell and other UFO enthusiasts are concerned, the real story is happening elsewhere.

Astronaut Edgar Mitchell, shown after his Apollo mission in 1971, claims there "is no doubt we are being visited."

Astronaut Edgar Mitchell, shown after his Apollo mission in 1971, claims there "is no doubt we are being visited."

Mitchell, who was part of the 1971 Apollo 14 moon mission, asserted Monday that extraterrestrial life exists, and that the truth is being concealed by the U.S. and other governments.

He delivered his remarks during an appearance at the National Press Club following the conclusion of the fifth annual X-Conference, a meeting of UFO activists and researchers studying the possibility of alien life forms.

Mankind has long wondered if we're "alone in the universe. [But] only in our period do we really have evidence. No, we're not alone," Mitchell said.

"Our destiny, in my opinion, and we might as well get started with it, is [to] become a part of the planetary community. ... We should be ready to reach out beyond our planet and beyond our solar system to find out what is really going on out there."

Mitchell grew up in Roswell, New Mexico, which some UFO believers maintain was the site of a UFO crash in 1947. He said residents of his hometown "had been hushed and told not to talk about their experience by military authorities." They had been warned of "dire consequences" if they did so.

But, he claimed, they "didn't want to go to the grave with their story. They wanted to tell somebody reliable. And being a local boy and having been to the moon, they considered me reliable enough to whisper in my ear their particular story."

Roughly 10 years ago, Mitchell claimed, he was finally given an appointment at Pentagon to discuss what he had been told.

An unnamed admiral working for the Joint Chiefs of Staff promised to uncover the truth behind the Roswell story, Mitchell said. The stories of a UFO crash "were confirmed," but the admiral was then denied access when he "tried to get into the inner workings of that process."

The same admiral, Mitchell claimed, now denies the story.

"I urge those who are doubtful: Read the books, read the lore, start to understand what has really been going on. Because there really is no doubt we are being visited," he said.

"The universe that we live in is much more wondrous, exciting, complex and far-reaching than we were ever able to know up to this point in time."

A NASA spokesman denied any cover-up.

"NASA does not track UFOs. NASA is not involved in any sort of cover-up about alien life on this planet or anywhere else -- period," Michael Cabbage said Monday.

Debates have continued about what happened at Roswell. The U.S. Air Force said in 1994 that wreckage recovered there in 1947 was most likely from a balloon-launched classified government project.

Stephen Bassett, head of the Paradigm Research Group (PRG), which hosted the X-Conference, said that the truth about extraterrestrial life is being suppressed because it is politically explosive.

"There is a third rail [in American politics], and that is the UFO question. It is many magnitudes more radioactive than Social Security ever dreamed to be," Bassett said

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Senate Proposal Could Put Heavy Restrictions on Internet Freedoms

A proposed bill that would give the president widespread power to shut down the Internet in the event of a cyberattack could have sweeping implications on civil liberties.

By James Osborne

A bill making its way through Congress proposes to give the U.S. government authority over all networks considered part of the nation's critical infrastructure. Under the proposed Cybersecurity Act of 2009, the president would have the authority to shut down Internet traffic to protect national security.

The government also would have access to digital data from a vast array of industries including banking, telecommunications and energy. A second bill, meanwhile, would create a national cybersecurity adviser -- commonly referred to as the cybersecurity czar -- within the White House to coordinate strategy with a wide range of federal agencies involved.

The need for greater cybersecurity is obvious:

-- Canadian researchers recently discovered that computers in 103 countries, including those in facilities such as embassies and news media offices, were infected with software designed to steal network data.

-- A Seattle security analyst warned last month that the advancement of digital communication within the electrical grid, as promoted under President Obama's stimulus plan, would leave the nation's electrical supply dangerously vulnerable to hackers.

-- And on Tuesday the Wall Street Journal reported that computer spies had broken into the Pentagon's $300 billion Joint Strike Fighter project and had breached the Air Force's air-traffic-control system.

Nonetheless, the proposal to give the U.S. government the authority to regulate the Internet is sounding alarms among critics who say it's another case of big government getting bigger and more intrusive.

Silicon Valley executives are calling the bill vague and overly intrusive, and they are rebelling at the thought of increased and costly government regulations amid the global economic crisis.

Others are concerned about the potential erosion of civil liberties. "I'm scared of it," said Lee Tien, an attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a San Francisco-based group.

"It's really broad, and there are plenty of laws right now designed to prevent the government getting access to that kind of data. It's the same stuff we've been fighting on the warrantless wiretapping."

Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W. Va, who introduced the bill earlier this month with bipartisan support, is casting the legislation as critical to protecting everything from our water and electricity to banking, traffic lights and electronic health records.

"I know the threats we face." Rockefeller said in a prepared statement when the legislation was introduced. "Our enemies are real. They are sophisticated, they are determined and they will not rest."

The bill would allow the government to create a detailed set of standards for cybersecurity, as well as take over the process of certifying IT technicians. But many in the technology sector say the government is simply ill-equipped to get involved at the technical level, said Franck Journoud, a policy analyst with the Business Software Alliance.

"Simply put, who has the expertise?" he said. "It's the industry, not the government. We have a responsibility to increase and improve security. That responsibility cannot be captured in a government standard."

A spokeswoman from Rockefeller's office said neither he nor the two senators who co-sponsored the bill, Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, and Bill Nelson, D-Fla., will answer questions on cybersecurity until a later date.

Obama, meanwhile, is considering his own strategy on cybersecurity. On Friday, the White House completed a lengthy review of the nation's computer networks and their vulnerability to attack. An announcement is expected as early as this week.

"I kind of view [the Rockefeller bill] as an opening shot," said Tien. "The concept is cybersecurity. There's this 60-day review underway, and some people wanted to get in there and make their mark on the White House policy development."

IT leaders hope the president will consider their argument that their business is not only incredibly complex and static, but that it also spreads over the entire globe.

If the United States was to set its own standard for cybersecurity, they say, it would create a host of logistical challenges for technology companies, virtually all of which operate internationally.

"Any standards have to be set at an international level and be industry led," said Dale Curtis, a spokesman for the Business Software Alliance. "This industry moves so fast, and government just doesn't move that fast."

Many Silicon Valley executives remain hopeful that the White House's recommendations will be more industry-friendly, following what Journoud said was a good dialogue with former Bush administration official Melissa Hathaway, who is leading the White House review and is considered a likely candidate for cybersecurity czar.

British Government secretly studies crop circles & UFO connection

British Government secretly studies crop circles & UFO connection

Michael Salla, Ph.D.
Honolulu Exopolitics Examiner
Barack Obama with British Royal Family
President and Michelle Obamas withQueen Elizabeth and Prince Philip. Photo: AP

At a conference in the Washington DC metropolitian area, famed crop circle researcher Colin Andrews revealed that the UK government has covered up the extent of official and Royal family interest in the crop circle phenomenon. There were also efforts to suppress any investigation into a connection between UFOs and crop circles. Finally, Andrews revealed how the 1987 crash of a British Harrier jet was caused by it passing through an unknown energy field created by crop circles. While the British government has released various files concerning its investigations of the UFO phenomenon, it has not released files showing the extensive investigations it has conducted on the crop circle phenomenon.

Andrews was presenting at the 2009 X-Conference which has brought together over 30 researchers and activists interested in the policy implications of UFOs and extraterrestrial life. Presenting on the first day of the conference, Andrews said he was replying to a number of mistaken claims in an article by a former British Ministry of Defense employee, Nick Pope, who previously ran the UFO desk from 1991 to 1994. Pope said:

While there certainly has been interest and involvement over the years, this has often been misinterpreted, perhaps deliberately or perhaps not. As individuals, military and MOD personnel can be as intrigued by crop circles as anybody else, but where such interest has been expressed it has been mistakenly interpreted as implying greater corporate involvement than is actually the case.

In contrast, Andrews showed official documents dating from the first crop circles that appeared in England in 1985 to prove the government interest in crop circles has been sustained and comprehensive. He showed how they were initially related to the UFO phenomenon in official government documentation. Though UK government authorities and police denied any official interest in crop circles, he showed photos and documents that clearly displayed a sustained interest. As a former local government employee (1974-1990), Andrews shared insights into how he was able to see at first hand the level of official investigation by different government agencies into crop circles.

Andrews also showed correspondence confirming that members of the British Royal family were also greatly interested in crop circles. He showed communications where individuals were instructed to cover up Royal interest. This was admitted in Pope’s article where he admitted his past role in denying such a connection: “ I also had to deny allegations that The Queen and Margaret Thatcher had expressed interest in the phenomenon and that various high-level meetings were taking place to consider the subject."

Andrews showed photos of a UFO ‘orb’ in the vicinity of a crop circle that was monitored by two military helicopters. Andrews revealed how the helicopters tried to intimidate crop circle researchers to leave the vicinity and stop filming what was happening. The relationship between the UFO and recently created crop circle was obvious to researchers but this was downplayed by the British government. Andrews also revealed how “several times during the course of my research I was actually warned not to link UFO’s with crop circles. “I was warned by prominent members of the British UFO Research Association (B.U.F.O.R. A.) not to mention the two together in media interviews.” A CIA contact also warned him not to associate UFOs and crop circles.

Monday, April 20, 2009

FBI & CIA Declassified Files of Wernher Von Braun

There are many questions about this man. How did Operation Paperclip got him from Germany to the United States? I have a series of documents that I am posting on The Manticore Forum. I will start slowly to avoid creating information overload. These files are quite extensive.

In addition to Von Braun, I have the FBI & CIA declassified files of Nikola Tesla and Albert Einstein, which will also be posted. The first file has been posted on the Veritas Vault at The Manticore. To read these files, you have to become a registered member, which only takes a few seconds.

Click here to read if you are a member.

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Saturday, April 18, 2009

Kepler gets first glimpse of its planetary hunting ground

00:10 17 April 2009 by Rachel Courtland

A week after jettisoning its protective dust cover, NASA's Kepler telescope has released the first image of the patch of sky that it will scrutinise for the next three-and-a-half years in search of Earth-like planetsMovie Camera.

The $600 million probe will stare at this area, looking for periodic dips in stellar brightness that could signal the passage of a planet in front of its host.

Kepler's target is a patch of sky that covers 100 square degrees, or roughly the same area of sky that a hand would when seen at arm's length. The patch sits above the plane of our galaxy in the constellations Cygnus and Lyra and contains an estimated 4.5 million Milky Way stars.

More than 100,000 stars in the patch were selected as ideal candidates for planet hunting. Among those, researchers are hoping to find Earth's twin – a similarly-sized planet orbiting close enough to its host star for liquid water, a requirement for life as we know it, to survive on its surface.

"For the first time, we can look for Earth-size planets in the habitable zones around other stars like the sun," Kelper's principal investigator William Borucki of NASA's Ames Research Center in California said in a statement.

Long observation

At the heart of the search is the probe's 95-megapixel camera, the largest ever launched into space. It can detect tiny changes in a star's brightness of only 20 parts per million.

That should allow Kepler to detect planets with orbits and sizes similar to our own. Viewed from a distance, the Earth would dim the sun's light by some 80 parts per million as it passed in front of the star, Kepler's deputy principal investigator, David Koch, told New Scientist.

Since Kepler will stare at the same patch of sky for more than three years, it could catch three transits of Earth twins. That is the minimum needed to determine the interval between dimming episodes and rule out other effects, like fluctuations in the star's brightness.

By contrast, the orbiting French-built Corot telescopeMovie Camera, which is also looking for the transits of planets, can only watch the same patch of stars for 150 days, Koch says. That limit means it can only detect planets on tight, star-scorched orbits of 50 days or less.

Steady gaze

Kepler's first star pictures illustrate the telescope's set-up (see image). Stars appear in 21 squares, each of which boasts a pair of light-detecting charge-coupled devices (CCDs).

The structures that hold the camera together form a grid that blocks out light. When the telescope was deployed, the team oriented the telescope so that this grid blocked out the brightest stars, to prevent saturation of the camera pixels.

At the corners of the image are four black squares, where the telescope's fine-guidance sensors are located. They measure where the telescope is pointing on the sky 10 times every second. This information is fed back to the system that controls the spacecraft's orientation, helping to hold the telescope's gaze steady.

Kepler launchedMovie Camera on 6 March. The probe trails behind Earth on its own orbit of the sun – a path designed to maximise its viewing time.

The planet hunt is set to begin in early May after some final adjustments and calibrations.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Watch The X-Conference Live!

One of the members of The Manticore alerted me that someone from Germany has set up a live-stream feed from the X-Conference. Thank you for that. The sound/video quality is pristine and the participants are the best.

The Live-Stream was provided by Robert Fleischer of

The German Site of Exopolitics.


Thursday, April 16, 2009


by Norio Hayakawa
April 16, 2009

There seems to have been an allegation that the government, beginning in the mid 1970s and lasting till the early 1980s, may have conducted clandestine operations in and near Dulce, New Mexico involving experiments with bovine diseases, anthrax and other substances as part of biological warfare research.

See the following clip on cattle mutilations that took place in the Dulce area in the late 1970s (History Channel, March 25, 2009):

Was there a cover-up in Dulce, New Mexico?

Were there some illegal dumping or storage of toxic chemicals and other bio-hazardous materials in the nearby areas?

Is it possible that the government intentionally created a convenient cover story (i.e., the underground alien base scenario) to conceal those clandestine activities?

(Incidentally, the Four Corners area of New Mexico as well as the regions east of the Four Corners area have been known to be an area with high frequencies of sightings of strange flying objects as well as claims of paranormal activities, especially after World War II.

This remote region, filled with deep-rooted cultural and spiritual beliefs of the Native Americans such as the Jicarilla Apache Nation of Dulce, may have been an ideal and convenient location to conduct clandestine operations as far as the government was concerned.)

And if this were the case, was it possible for the government to have staged a series of fake UFO-type incidents in the area, utilizing high tech equipment such as holographic projection devices?

Former New Mexico State Patrol officer, Gabe Valdez, who was in charge of the Dulce area during those years, seems to think so. Recently he told me personally that he is convinced that appearances of UFOs were staged by the government through such devices.

I totally concur with Gabe Valdez on this matter.

I bring this up because early in 1994 I had corresponded with a Canadian investigative journalist by the name of Serge Monast who first informed me of NASA's alleged project called BLUE BEAM. (Unfortunately, I learned only two years later that Serge Monast passed away of a massive heart attack at his residence in Canada).

I hereby present my hypothesis that the government may have conducted a limited-scale, prototype BLUE BEAM operations in Dulce during the height of the cattle mutilations years and staged a series of UFO incidents in that area.

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Historic disclosure: Brazil’s secret Government UFO files revealed

Michael Cohen

In what is a milestone and historic event for Brazilian ufology and for ufologists around the world Brazil’s UFO community has gained access to previously classified top-secret UFO files.

The UFO community headed by the CBU or Commission of Brazilian Ufologists has been fighting for access to these files for a number of years under freedom of information provisions and appears to have emerged from this battle victorious.

The Government has previously released in stages various files on the topic depending on their level of classification but has now agreed to release files, for the purposes of study, on even the most significant and highly classified UFO events, including the famous and most coveted files of all: the ones pertaining to Brazil’s own ‘Roswell’ incident the 'Varghina affair' as well as the notorious ‘Official Night of the UFOs’.

On this night, back in May of 1986, twenty UFOs were tracked by radar and chased by six military planes. The then minister of Aviation, Brigadier General Otavio Moreira Lima confirmed the event and later went on record stating that he believed humanity would soon make contact with extraterrestrials.

The minister also stated that Brazil had the right to reveal to its population the reality of the existence of aliens if the need arose without America’s permission. He then went on to make the interesting remark that while many people were ready to accept the idea of aliens many were not ready for this kind of information. More on this incident can be read about here on the CBU website.

The CBU has met with senior representatives of the Air Force on a number of occasions. During those meetings the ufologists were able to see and examine but not study in detail the various top-secret files that were presented by the Air Force, including those regarding the 1986 incident.

Already late last year they gained access to the files pertaining to ‘Operation Prato’, an extensive military investigation into widespread UFO incidents in the Amazon. Villagers alleged that they were being attacked and injured by UFOs and even organised night vigils to protect themselves.

Twenty years after this event the Captain in charge of the operation, Uyrange Nogueira was interviewed by a UFO researcher and admitted to witnessing UFOs and being of the opinion aliens were involved. Three weeks later he was found dead, hung by his belt. More on this remarkable incident can be read about here.
Now the ufologists are working on the details of a working relationship with the Air Force that will allow them to permanently access and utilise even these top-secret files as well as collaborate with the military to understand the UFO phenomena.

Rafael Cury, one of the heads of the CBU recently noted that ‘This represents a coming of age for Brazilian ufology’. Indeed. With the Air Force releasing its UFO files to ufologists and conceding that they don’t understand what the craft involved are and are happy to co-operate to gain an understanding, this event might be the closest any government has come to disclosure. Ufologists around the world will undoubtedly be filled with optimism by these developments.

CBU Website homepage

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The Universe is Big

How big is the universe? Well, according to this image then we are very, very small and the universe is in reality incomprehensible...


China: Amazing Cold War UFO secrets released by Govt media

Michael Cohen

Just as some of the mystery of America’s Area 51 is lifted another less known UFO related military facility in another part of the world is beginning to capture the imaginations of ufologists.

Xinhua, the Chinese government owned news agency, has just published a dramatic article that has been republished throughout China and is creating shockwaves amongst UFO researchers in the entire region. The article claims that Xinhua received information during the Cold War from Russian military sources regarding UFOs and alien bodies being kept in Russia’s top secret rocket launch and development site: Kapustin Yar in the Astrakhan region.

Kapustin Yar, often referred to as Russia’s Roswell is reasonably well known in the West. UFO sightings are a common occurrence in the area. UFO researchers have long heard rumours of retrieved UFOs and alien bodies stored in vast underground facilities said to exist beneath the grounds of the facility.

According to the Xinhua article, on 19th June 1948 in the evening, military radars at Kapustin Yar picked up anomalous objects travelling in the airspace in the vicinity and sent out a warplane to track the objects. The pilot claimed to see a huge silver cigar shaped object that was too bright to look at directly. The pilot was ordered to shoot down the object and did so after a protracted dogfight. The wreckage was then transferred to the Kapustin Yar underground storage facility and examined. Alien bodies were found in the damaged craft and these are said to still be hidden somewhere in the bowels of the facility.

Other high profile UFO incidents involving the military are said to also have occurred in the vicinity. The Xinhua article notes the world is just beginning to wake up to the magnitude of the secrets that Kapustin Yar holds. Will its secrets be the ‘smoking gun’ that will force mankind to accept an alien presence on earth as a fact of life?

Source: China News

Friday, April 10, 2009

Is there a connection to World Events? Was this a warning?



The Antonio Urzi Case is perhaps one of the most astounding cases in the history of Ufo research. Living in the outskirts of Milan, Italy, Antonio and his girlfriend Simona have documented and recorded many daylight and night-time UFO sightings as well as other anomalous phenomena. The videos are clear and of high quality. They have been analyzed by Mexico's expert journalist and researcher Jaime Maussan and his studio crew, by the independent researcher Giuseppe Garofalo and from the American scholar Jim Dilettoso. All of them stated that the UFO footages of Urzi are absolutely real.

The fact that Antonio Urzi is in constant contact with these craft and knows exactly when to film them is the most astounding part of this case. In the beginning, many researchers criticized and doubted the veracity of Urzi in Italian newspapers and on Italian Television, particularly in a program called " Il Bivio".

It is thanks to the skill and commitment of Giorgio Bongiovanni, Jaime Maussan and Pier Giorgio Caria that today we have the whole documentation of the case. By the way, Mr Bongiovanni is well-known for the mystical experience he lives. In fact he is a stigmatist. It's up to one's faith and sensibility to believe or not that this fact could have a meaning. However, we must recognize his personal integrity and his social commitment, carried out through the struggle against the organized crime and the solidarity for poor children. Mr Bongiovanni and his collaborators have realized a wonderful video documentary that won an EBE Award at the 2009 Laughlin UFO Festival. The Antonio Urzi Story video can be purchased from Studio3 TV in Italy. It is worth viewing because this case is a historical piece of evidence.

The Road to Area 51

After decades of denying the facility's existence, five former insiders speak out

by Annie Jacobsen

Area 51. It's the most famous military institution in the world that doesn't officially exist. If it did, it would be found about 100 miles outside Las Vegas in Nevada's high desert, tucked between an Air Force base and an abandoned nuclear testing ground. Then again, maybe not— the U.S. government refuses to say. You can't drive anywhere close to it, and until recently, the airspace overhead was restricted—all the way to outer space. Any mention of Area 51 gets redacted from official documents, even those that have been declassified for decades.

It has become the holy grail for conspiracy theorists, with UFOlogists positing that the Pentagon reverse engineers flying saucers and keeps extraterrestrial beings stored in freezers. Urban legend has it that Area 51 is connected by underground tunnels and trains to other secret facilities around the country. In 2001, Katie Couric told Today Show audiences that 7 percent of Americans doubt the moon landing happened—that it was staged in the Nevada desert. Millions of X-Files fans believe the truth may be "out there," but more likely it's concealed inside Area 51's Strangelove-esque hangars—buildings that, though confirmed by Google Earth, the government refuses to acknowledge.

The problem is the myths of Area 51 are hard to dispute if no one can speak on the record about what actually happened there. Well, now, for the first time, someone is ready to talk—in fact, five men are, and their stories rival the most outrageous of rumors. Colonel Hugh "Slip" Slater, 87, was commander of the Area 51 base in the 1960s. Edward Lovick, 90, featured in "What Plane?" in LA's March issue, spent three decades radar testing some of the world's most famous aircraft (including the U-2, the A-12 OXCART and the F-117). Kenneth Collins, 80, a CIA experimental test pilot, was given the silver star. Thornton "T.D." Barnes, 72, was an Area 51 special-projects engineer. And Harry Martin, 77, was one of the men in charge of the base's half-million-gallon monthly supply of spy-plane fuels. Here are a few of their best stories—for the record:

On May 24, 1963, Collins flew out of Area 51's restricted airspace in a top-secret spy plane code-named OXCART, built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation. He was flying over Utah when the aircraft pitched, flipped and headed toward a crash. He ejected into a field of weeds.

Almost 46 years later, in late fall of 2008, sitting in a coffee shop in the San Fernando Valley, Collins remembers that day with the kind of clarity the threat of a national security breach evokes: "Three guys came driving toward me in a pickup. I saw they had the aircraft canopy in the back. They offered to take me to my plane." Until that moment, no civilian without a top-secret security clearance had ever laid eyes on the airplane Collins was flying. "I told them not to go near the aircraft. I said it had a nuclear weapon on-board." The story fit right into the Cold War backdrop of the day, as many atomic tests took place in Nevada. Spooked, the men drove Collins to the local highway patrol. The CIA disguised the accident as involving a generic Air Force plane, the F-105, which is how the event is still listed in official records.

As for the guys who picked him up, they were tracked down and told to sign national security nondisclosures. As part of Collins' own debriefing, the CIA asked the decorated pilot to take truth serum. "They wanted to see if there was anything I'd for-gotten about the events leading up to the crash." The Sodium Pento-thal experience went without a hitch—except for the reaction of his wife, Jane.

"Late Sunday, three CIA agents brought me home. One drove my car; the other two carried me inside and laid me down on the couch. I was loopy from the drugs. They handed Jane the car keys and left without saying a word." The only conclusion she could draw was that her husband had gone out and gotten drunk. "Boy, was she mad," says Collins with a chuckle.

At the time of Collins' accident, CIA pilots had been flying spy planes in and out of Area 51 for eight years, with the express mission of providing the intelligence to prevent nuclear war. Aerial reconnaissance was a major part of the CIA's preemptive efforts, while the rest of America built bomb shelters and hoped for the best.

"It wasn't always called Area 51," says Lovick, the physicist who developed stealth technology. His boss, legendary aircraft designer Clarence L. "Kelly" Johnson, called the place Paradise Ranch to entice men to leave their families and "rough it" out in the Nevada desert in the name of science and the fight against the evil empire. "Test pilot Tony LeVier found the place by flying over it," says Lovick. "It was a lake bed called Groom Lake, selected for testing because it was flat and far from anything. It was kept secret because the CIA tested U-2s there."

When Frances Gary Powers was shot down over Sverdlovsk, Russia, in 1960, the U-2 program lost its cover. But the CIA already had Lovick and some 200 scientists, engineers and pilots working at Area 51 on the A-12 OXCART, which would outfox Soviet radar using height, stealth and speed.

Col. Slater was in the outfit of six pilots who flew OXCART missions during the Vietnam War. Over a Cuban meat and cheese sandwich at the Bahama Breeze restaurant off the Las Vegas Strip, he says, "I was recruited for the Area after working with the CIA's classified Black Cat Squadron, which flew U-2 missions over denied territory in Mainland China. After that, I was told, 'You should come out to Nevada and work on something interesting we're doing out there.' "

Even though Slater considers himself a fighter pilot at heart—he flew 84 missions in World War II—the opportunity to work at Area 51 was impossible to pass up. "When I learned about this Mach-3 aircraft called OXCART, it was completely intriguing to me—this idea of flying three times the speed of sound! No one knew a thing about the program. I asked my wife, Barbara, if she wanted to move to Las Vegas, and she said yes. And I said, 'You won't see me but on the weekends,' and she said, 'That's fine!' " At this recollection, Slater laughs heartily. Barbara, dining with us, laughs as well. The two, married for 63 years, are rarely apart today.

"We couldn't have told you any of this a year ago," Slater says. "Now we can't tell it to you fast enough." That is because in 2007, the CIA began declassifying the 50-year-old OXCART program. Today, there's a scramble for eyewitnesses to fill in the information gaps. Only a few of the original players are left. Two more of them join me and the Slaters for lunch: Barnes, formerly an Area 51 special-projects engineer, with his wife, Doris; and Martin, one of those overseeing the OXCART's specially mixed jet fuel (regular fuel explodes at extreme height, temperature and speed), with his wife, Mary. Because the men were sworn to secrecy for so many decades, their wives still get a kick out of hearing the secret tales.

Barnes was married at 17 (Doris was 16). To support his wife, he became an electronics wizard, buying broken television sets, fixing them up and reselling them for five times the original price. He went from living in bitter poverty on a Texas Panhandle ranch with no electricity to buying his new bride a dream home before he was old enough to vote. As a soldier in the Korean War, Barnes demonstrated an uncanny aptitude for radar and Nike missile systems, which made him a prime target for recruitment by the CIA—which indeed happened when he was 22. By 30, he was handling nuclear secrets.

"The agency located each guy at the top of a certain field and put us together for the programs at Area 51," says Barnes. As a security precaution, he couldn't reveal his birth name—he went by the moniker Thunder. Coworkers traveled in separate cars, helicopters and airplanes. Barnes and his group kept to themselves, even in the mess hall. "Our special-projects group was the most classified team since the Manhattan Project," he says.

Harry Martin's specialty was fuel. Handpicked by the CIA from the Air Force, he underwent rigorous psychological and physical tests to see if he was up for the job. When he passed, the CIA moved his family to Nevada. Because OXCART had to refuel frequently, the CIA kept supplies at secret facilities around the globe. Martin often traveled to these bases for quality-control checks. He tells of preparing for a top-secret mission from Area 51 to Thule, Greenland. "My wife took one look at me in these arctic boots and this big hooded coat, and she knew not to ask where I was going."

So, what of those urban legends—the UFOs studied in secret, the underground tunnels connecting clandestine facilities? For decades, the men at Area 51 thought they'd take their secrets to the grave. At the height of the Cold War, they cultivated anonymity while pursuing some of the country's most covert projects. Conspiracy theories were left to popular imagination. But in talking with Collins, Lovick, Slater, Barnes and Martin, it is clear that much of the folklore was spun from threads of fact.

As for the myths of reverse engineering of flying saucers, Barnes offers some insight: "We did reverse engineer a lot of foreign technology, including the Soviet MiG fighter jet out at the Area"—even though the MiG wasn't shaped like a flying saucer. As for the underground-tunnel talk, that, too, was born of truth. Barnes worked on a nuclear-rocket program called Project NERVA, inside underground chambers at Jackass Flats, in Area 51's backyard. "Three test-cell facilities were connected by railroad, but everything else was underground," he says.

And the quintessential Area 51 conspiracy—that the Pentagon keeps captured alien spacecraft there, which they fly around in restricted airspace? Turns out that one's pretty easy to debunk. The shape of OXCART was unprece-dented, with its wide, disk-like fuselage designed to carry vast quantities of fuel. Commercial pilots cruising over Nevada at dusk would look up and see the bottom of OXCART whiz by at 2,000-plus mph. The aircraft's tita-nium body, moving as fast as a bullet, would reflect the sun's rays in a way that could make anyone think, UFO.

In all, 2,850 OXCART test flights were flown out of Area 51 while Slater was in charge. "That's a lot of UFO sightings!" Slater adds. Commercial pilots would report them to the FAA, and "when they'd land in California, they'd be met by FBI agents who'd make them sign nondisclosure forms." But not everyone kept quiet, hence the birth of Area 51's UFO lore. The sightings incited uproar in Nevada and the surrounding areas and forced the Air Force to open Project BLUE BOOK to log each claim.

Since only a few Air Force officials were cleared for OXCART (even though it was a joint CIA/USAF project), many UFO sightings raised internal military alarms. Some generals believed the Russians might be sending stealth craft over American skies to incite paranoia and create widespread panic of alien invasion. Today, BLUE BOOK findings are housed in 37 cubic feet of case files at the National Archives—74,000 pages of reports. A keyword search brings up no mention of the top-secret OXCART or Area 51.

Project BLUE BOOK was shut down in 1969—more than a year after OXCART was retired. But what continues at America's most clandestine military facility could take another 40 years to disclose.

ANNIE JACOBSEN is an investigative reporter who sat for more than 500 interviews after she broke the story on terrorists probing commercial airliners. When she isn’t digging into intelligence issues for the likes of the National Review, she’s snapping together Legos with her two boys.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Cyberspies or solar storms - the real threat to US electrical grid

On April 8, a front page article was published in the Wall Street Journal on the dangers posed by cyberspies to the U.S. electrical grid. According to senior intelligence officers who spoke with the Journal, “Cyberspies have penetrated the U.S. electrical grid and left behind software programs that could be used to disrupt the system.” No action has been taken so far to disrupt the electrical grid by China, Russia and other involved countries. In a time of war or national crisis, however, the electrical grid could be severely disrupted by foreign entities disrupting the electrical grid through the internet. The possibility of cyber attacks is considered very real by some sources. Missing entirely from the Wall Street Journal article, however, was any mention of a more likely threat to the electrical grid. A threat that led a prestigious panel of scientists with the National Research Council issuing a report in January 2009 warning of a catastrophic electrical grid failure – giant solar storms around 2012.

Under the Bush administration, $17 billion was dedicated to dealing with cybersecurity and keeping U.S. computer systems running in the event of an attack. The Obama administration is considering whether to increase this under a comprehensive 60 day cybersecurity review to be completed next week. Cyberspies undoubtedly pose a threat to the U.S. electrical grid. They pale into insignificance, however, when compared with the threat posed by massive solar storms bombarding the Earth around 2012 as Solar Cycle 24 peaks. Focusing on possible cyber attacks on the electrical grid is wholly inadequate and even a distraction to the very real threats posed by Solar Cycle 24. Solar storms have been acknowledged by scientists to pose a genuine threat to the U.S. electrical grid. A March 23 article by Michael Brooks of The New Scientist, graphically outlined how millions of American lives would be risk. As we approach 2012, a comprehensive strategy is urgently needed to deal with large scale disruptions to the electrical grid for weeks and even months at a time.

The Wall Street Journal report follows just a week after new legislation was introduced into Congress to deal with cyber threats. A Bill titled The Cybersecurity Act of 2009 seeks ‘the development of a cadre of information technology specialists to improve and maintain effective cybersecurity defenses against disruptions, and for other purposes. In addition the Bill enables the President to "declare a cybersecurity emergency and order the limitation or shutdown Internet traffic.” It would be up to the President to define a “cybersecurity emergency” which among other aspects of the proposed legislation has already sparked strong criticism.

As possible threats of cyber attack against the electrical grid are debated, and legislation introduced to counter such threats, it’s worth pausing to consider what may be happening behind the scenes with the real threat posed by solar storms – as National Research Council scientists warned in their 2009 report. Among the most significant problems discussed in the New Scientist article was the threat to electrical transformers that would be fused and destroyed by solar plasma hitting the Earth.Reports are emerging that action has already been secretly taken to deal with the threats posed by Solar Cycle 24.

According to a popular internet website, Project Camelot, the wife of an electrical engineer revealed that her husband had a secret assignment to come up with a solution to the transformer problem posed by a major electromagnetic event in three to four years time. She wrote:
My husband is an electrical engineer for a national power company. He has just been told that they are expecting an event in the next 3-4 years that will render every transformer in the world useless. They are desperately trying to find a solution to the problem. If they don't, the entire global electrical system will go down.
The engineer and wife decided to remain anonymous. Though the claim is unconfirmed, it is consistent with the 2009 National Science Council report about a major electrical grid failure associated with 2012 and the destruction of transformers world wide. According to Daniel Baker, chair of the space science committee responsible for the report: "We're moving closer and closer to the edge of a possible disaster." What gives the report even more urgency is NASA's announcement on December 16, 2008 of a giant hole in the Earth's magnetosphere that will allow up to 20 times the normal rate of solar plasma to enter the Earth.

I revealed in an earlier article on 2012 Solar Storms, that a radically new power supply and distribution system based on “zero point” or “new energy” was feasible and could be quickly put into production. A number of non-governmental initiatives are underway to support inventors wanting to develop new energy generators. These include the New Energy Movement, the New Energy Congress and the Orion Project, all of which are privately funded and seeking public assistance. These private efforts need to be supplemented by a massive federal government investment in new energy technology and infrastructure that makes the current electrical grid system redundant. That is the best safeguard to any widespread threat to the electrical grid system – whether posed by foreign cyberattack or future solar storms.

President Obama needs to urgently fund a Manhattan size project to develop and supply American families, businesses and essential services with new energy generators independent of the electrical grid over the next three years. That will cost vastly more than the $17 billion for cybersecurity to maintain U.S. computer and electrical networks. Developing a strategy based solely on cyberattacks on the electrical grid is at best inadequate; or, at worst, a distraction to the real threat to America’s electrical grid system.

UFO mystery solved according to Area 51 workers

Michael Salla, Ph.D.
Honolulu Exopolitics Examiner

OXCART or A-12 Spy Plane

OXCART or CIA Lockheed A-12 Spy Plane. Photo: Wikimedia

Five former military personnel have come forward to reveal that they worked at the secretive Area 51 testing facility. While stationed at Area 51 they claimed they worked on top secret CIA and military projects including a supersonic jet that could travel at three times the speed of sound. The appearance and flight performance of the top secret OXCART program led it to being often mistaken as a UFO according to the whistleblowers. A Los Angeles Times article with their testimonies concluded that the UFO mystery has been solved. Before celebrating the solution of the UFO mystery, it’s worth considering some information that the LA Times article did not.

The LA Times article, "The Road to Area 51" was written by investigative author, Annie Jacobsen. She was able to interview the five retired military personnel due to a 2007 CIA decision to declassify fifty year old files concerning the OXCART or A-12 spy plane. This allowed the five to come forward for the first time to reveal their former classified activities. All revealed their roles in the CIA’s top secret development and testing of the OXCART - Lockheed's replacement for the U-2 to carry out spy flights over the Soviet Union. Satellites were still in development at the time so spy planes like the OXCART and U-2 were a way of secretly gathering intelligence of Soviet operations. If a 1997 CIA History is to be believed, the UFO mystery was exploited as a convenient cover for spy planes like the U-2 and OXCART.

What is overlooked in Jacobsen’s article is that many thousands of UFO reports predate the OXCART, U-2 and similar high performance spy planes. In the 1940s and early 1950s, many credible military personnel openly reported their experiences with UFOs that could easily out perform the most advanced fighter jets at the time. The UFOs could accelerate from low to supersonic speeds, become stationary, make right angle turns, and could be the size of aircraft carriers. UFO flight performance suggested some kind of antigravity technology which was at the time only a concept. In the mid-1950s, research on anti-gravity technology became highly classified and was removed from open source literature. Nick Cook from Janes Defense Weekly believes that this is when the development of antigravity technology went black.

The steady leak of credible military testimonies since 1947 fed public interest in the UFO mystery until 1954 when Joint Army Navy Air Force Publication 146c was issued. It was now an offense for military and civilian aviation personnel to disclose to the public any UFO sighting that was under official investigation. A year earlier, in 1953, the CIA convened Robertson Panel recommended a public education program to debunk "flying saucer" reports (the earlier term for UFO) due to fear that the public could be manipulated by enemies of the U.S.

Finally, there are the numerous whistleblower reports about UFO crashes involving extraterrestrial biological entities and a government cover up. The 1947 Roswell Crash, for example, has well over one hundred credible witnesses who have come forward to reveal what they saw. These include the Public Information Officer, Walter Haut, who was responsible for the initial press release that a flying saucer had crashed. In a posthumously released affidavit, he revealed how conflicting press releases were part of a cover up that had been authorized by senior Pentagon officials.

It appears that some government agencies are eager to promote the view that UFO reports are mistaken sightings of classified spy planes and military projects. If the OXCART was capable of Mach 3 in the 1960s and could be confused for a UFO, then it’s natural to conclude that more recent UFO reports are a product of even more advanced classified projects. This is reflected in a March 2009 article in Popular Mechanics on the January 2008 Stephenville UFO sighting. In its report, Popular Mechanics concluded the Stephenville UFO was a classified USAF program and not an extraterrestrial vehicle.

There is little doubt that modern UFO sightings may in some cases be reports of classified aerospace projects. Indeed, if whistleblowers such as Lt Col Philip Corso are to be believed, the U.S. government had embarked on a top secret reverse engineering program of captured extraterrestrial vehicles since at least 1947. The results of these reverse engineering programs could well be a fleet of classified antigravity vehicles (military UFOs) that can match the performance of UFOs with an extraterrestrial origin. If so, that may explain the “non-terrestrial officers” and “fleet-to-fleet transfers” involving ships not on any U.S. Navy registry allegedly discovered by British UFO hacker Gary McKinnon.

Activities at Area 51 will remain a secret for some time to come, and the public misled over classified activities related to the UFO phenomenon. Recent articles by the LA Times and Popular Mechanics at best only cast light on part of the UFO mystery through their selective use of whistleblower testimonies and declassified documents of CIA and military projects. Those interested in finding the truth, need to dig deeper and consider all the historic evidence concerning the UFO mystery. The truth can be found in UFO/flying saucer reports from the 1940s and 1950s that led to the retrieval and reverse engineering of advanced vehicles whose origins, according to reliable witnesses, are extraterrestrial.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Sgt. Clifford Stone US Dept. of Defense Declassified Documents Now Available.

In the past few shows I have mentioned that Sgt. Clifford Stone has shared with me a number of declassified U.S. Department of Defense documents. I have also requested permission to share this information and he has given me authorization to do so. The documents are now available at a special category called "Members Only" inside The Manticore. In order to access these documents, just register as a member at The Manticore and you will see a sub-forum called "Members Only". If you are not a member, that forum is not visible and you will not be able to access it. Registration is free and it only takes a few seconds.

114 Countries Listening to The Veritas Show

114 Countries Listening
Previously 102
(updated April 8, 2009)
We would like to welcome the following 12 new countries:

- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Cambodia
- Costa Rica
- Cyprus
- Equatorial Guinea
- Iceland
- Iran
- Lybia
- Namibia
- Reunion
- Trinidad and Tobago
- U.S. Virgin Islands

Otherworldly Scenes Found on Seafloor

By LiveScience Staff

A mineral chimney and microbe mats on the sea floor in the Gulf of Mexico in one of the newfound scenes that scientists described as otherworldly. Mineral chimneys are associated with sea vents that release oil and gas. The microbe mats are lying on sediments next to the mineral chimney.Credit: Ian MacDonald, Texas A&M University.

A mineral chimney and microbe mats on the sea floor in the Gulf of Mexico in one of the newfound scenes that scientists described as otherworldly. Mineral chimneys are associated with sea vents that release oil and gas. The microbe mats are lying on sediments next to the mineral chimney.Credit: Ian MacDonald, Texas A&M University

Black, oxygen-depleted briney water is visible beneath a mussel bed deep below the Gulf of Mexico in an NSF-funded exploration of strange habitats in largely inhospitable conditions. Credit: Ian MacDonald, Texas A&M University Strange communities of extreme microbes in hostile, otherworldly environments have been discovered at the bottom of the sea in the Gulf of Mexico, scientists announced today.

They found reddish microbial oozings, along with volcanoes, craters, bubbling gas, mud pots and even dancing eels that seemed to follow the window of a moving deep-sea submersible craft.

"These are the kind of scenes I imagine could exist on distant planets or other astronomical bodies," said Samantha Joye, a University of Georgia researcher who led an expedition to explore deep-sea mud volcanoes nearly 2,000 feet (600 meters) beneath the ocean surface.

Life as we know it

Such deep-sea vents are candidates as birthplaces for the first life on Earth, other studies have concluded. Yet little is known about them. Only about 5 percent of the world's ocean floors have been explored. By contrast, the far side of the moon is well mapped.

Results of the study, detailed in the April 6 issue of the journal Nature Geosciences, have implications for understanding early life on Earth as well as the potential for life on Mars and other worlds, such as Jupiter's Europa, where similarly extreme conditions might support microbiological life.

"Here we have more fascinating examples of microbial life coping with very, very unusual environments — regions of the ocean deeps that we can't help but describe as extreme or harsh," said Phillip Taylor, head of the National Science Foundation's Ocean Section. "Yet life has clearly adapted to exist, even thrive, in these systems. Such discoveries can't help but lead us to think that life beyond Earth is probable. Also, the discoveries of the evolved strategies for survival in unique environments have the potential to yield new uses of microbial processes and products in the biotech arena."

What's down there

The expedition, taking researchers to the seafloor in small submarines, examined an area in the Gulf of Mexico where clusters of seafloor vents spew mud, oil, brine and gases that support food chains independently of the sun, which gives life to much of the biology on the planet.

Brine pools are ponds of hyper-saline water that fill a seafloor depression without mixing with overlying seawater. These types of ecosystems — which have only rarely been studied by microbiologists or visited by anyone — are particularly hostile to much of life because they are devoid of light and oxygen, and are super-salty and bathed in noxious gases.

Nevertheless, researchers found that a mud volcano and a brine pool that each support dynamic microbial communities. These microbial communities are not only distinct from each other but are also distinct from the microbial communities that live in the surrounding ocean.

"Near mud volcanoes, we saw thick plumes of gas bubbles ejected from boiling mud pots that are similar to those found in Yellowstone National Park," Joye explained. "These gas plumes, consisting mainly of methane, extended hundreds of meters from the sea floor."

Fast to adapt

The volcanoes erupt as often as daily, and the mud volcanoes and brine pools last just tens of thousands of years — short by geological standards. That means life must adapt quickly to survive.

The scientists found evidence of this.

"The diversity and distribution of the microbes we studied say a lot about how life adapts to extreme environments," Joye said. "We believe that the composition of the microbial communities and their metabolisms are linked to environmental differences, mainly in the geochemistry and intensity and frequency of fluid expulsion between the sites."

The rapidly changing environments raise new questions.

"If these microbial communities are unique to each extreme environment, then how do the microbes that live in mud volcanoes reach and colonize these remote ecosystems in the first place or, for that matter, locate other mud volcanoes?" said Lita Proctor, an NSF program director. "Do they patiently wait in the ocean floor until a new mud volcano bursts through, or do they somehow migrate between mud volcanoes?"
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