Author: Steve

UFOs are suddenly a serious news story…..

May 30, 2018
Washington Post
Dan Zak

At the turn of the millennium, Blink-182 was everywhere. On the cover of the pop-punk band’s smash album, “Enema of the State,” a busty nurse with a lustful grin snapped on a latex glove. At MTV beach concerts, sunburned masses moshed to the No. 1 hit “All the Small Things.” But frontman Tom DeLonge — the one with the angsty, adolescent singing voice — had been nurturing an offstage hobby that was decidedly out of the mainstream.

With his first record-deal payout as a fledgling teenage rock star, DeLonge had bought a computer to research the prospect of intelligent life beyond Earth. And after Blink-182 made him a fortune, he further indulged his fascination with the paranormal.

He co-wrote a 700-page novel about UFOs.

He brainstormed a film about skateboarders who become paranormal detectives.

He produced websites buzzing with stories about Bigfoot and disintegrating mummies.

Now in his early 40s, with his music career cooled but his financial resources apparently intact, DeLonge has channeled those bizarre passions into his next act.

You’ve seen it without knowing it. Remember that wild news in December about a secret Pentagon UFO program? And those grainy military videos showing radar images of unexplained phenomena — white, Tic-Tac-shaped objects that appear to fly at remarkable speeds, at impossible angles, without wings or exhaust?……..

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I-Team Exclusive: Confidential report analyzes Tic Tac UFO incidents

May 18, 2018
KLAS-TV
George Knapp

LAS VEGAS – Fuzzy videos captured by military pilots caused a media splash over the last six months, but what were those objects in the sky?

Since the Pentagon’s release of three UFO videos, armchair experts have speculated that maybe the objects are birds or balloons or something mundane.

But now, the I-Team has obtained an in-depth report prepared by and for the military, and it analyzes the so-called Tic Tac UFO using the most sophisticated sensor systems in the world.

Over a two-week period in late 2004, an unknown, 45-foot long Tic Tac shaped object played cat and mouse with the U.S. Navy off the coast of California. The mighty U.S.S. Nimitz aircraft carrier, and its support ships including the U.S.S. Princeton, carrying the most sophisticated sensor systems in the world, repeatedly detected recurring glimpses of the Tic Tac but were unable to lock on.

On Nov.14, F-18s were ordered into the area and saw it up close. Veteran pilot Dave Fravor, commander of the elite Black Aces unit, says the Tic Tac reacted to the presence of the F-18s then took off like a bullet fired from a gun.

“It takes off like nothing I’ve ever seen. One minute it’s here, and off, it’s gone,” said retired Navy pilot David Fravor …….

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Sagacity from George Knapp

April 21, 2018
Stephen Bassett

As was to be expected there has been a great deal of attention given to the efforts of one Tom DeLonge to engage the ET/Disclosure issues. The To the Stars Academy of Arts and Science (probably should have stopped at “Stars”) project is a collaboration between Mr. DeLonge and some very serious former MIC insiders. For this reason alone there has been severe attention, skepticism and criticism of the project, and that is appropriate. In the 70 years since the 1947 events at Roswell, New Mexico, the U.S. Government has given the American people ample justification for the distrust now endemic in the nation. The more important the issue, the more necessary full scrutiny. Presently PRG supports the TTS/AAS initiatives and the persons involved. If that changes, I’ll let you know.

Whatever one thinks of these recent developments, one question is often asked, “Why Tom DeLonge?” Rather than answer that question directly I turn to a most respected journalist who has fearlessly engaged the ET issues for decades. To the question, “Why Tom DeLonge?” posed to him by my colleague Teresa Tindal he replied:

“Short answer—Tom worked it.

He always loved the topic, spent a few years really studying it, and developed a plan. It was far fetched and unlikely, but he dedicated himself to pursuing it—at great personal expense, not only in terms of money but also his time. He used his celebrity status to gain entrance to a few places, and then from there, he worked very hard to sell his idea to the people he met. (I was part of that process and offered advice about how to craft the central message, but HE is the person who made it happen.)

The message was pretty simple—we all know this stuff is real. We know you (the govt/military) have had to lie about it to keep people from freaking out. We know the lie is unsustainable, and also unnecessary. Maybe there is a way out, and a way forward. Let’s try something else. What have you got to lose?

The people he has been dealing with are very serious. They are not in the disinformation business. They are way above that level. Tom has offered them a risk-free way to get out of the corner they’ve painted themselves into. Since he is a rock star, there are any number of ways to discredit him and his effort if it ever became necessary. But it has not become necessary. He has kept every promise he made to these folks, so a few of them came out of the shadows at the beginning, and more will surface, depending on how things go. A few videos were released. The public reacted. The world didn’t melt down. Now it is time for what comes next.

Tom may not be the perfect messenger, and maybe that is one factor in why he got the green light. But the main reason he got it is that he worked hard to make it happen, risked pretty much everything he has on this gamble, and has kept his word. Along the way, he has taken nothing but grief, from UFO folks, from his music fans, from skeptics and debunkers, etc.

He’s done an amazing thing here.

Unlikely..improbable…imperfect….unbelievable to many…but its true. I watched it unfold every step of the way. I don’t think anyone knows for sure where it goes from here, but so far, so good.”

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How UFO sightings have captured human imagination for centuries

March 31, 2018
ABC News
Morgan Winsor

For centuries, mankind has reported seeing UFOs in various parts of the world. The alleged sightings have captivated the public imagination and raised questions about life beyond our planet.

Early cave drawings, ancient texts and centuries-old paintings appear to depict or describe human contact with extraterrestrial beings and UFOS, or unidentified flying objects. For instance, the 1710 painting by Dutch artist Aert De Gelder appears to show a UFO illuminating the baptism of Jesus Christ.

In modern times, purported sightings of UFOs have captured headlines and newscasts worldwide. Most recently, media attention turned to an audio recording released by the Federal Aviation Administration in which two pilots flying on different aircraft above Arizona in late February report having close encounters with a mysterious object.

According to the FBI, a “rash of sightings” of UFOs swept the United States in 1947, after World War II amid a heightened interest in aerospace flight and technology. The FBI says it helped investigate the claims between 1947 and 1954.

“Although the newly formed U.S. Air Force was the primary investigator of these sightings, the FBI received many reports and worked for a time with the Air Force to investigate these matters,” the agency says on its website, where records of some of the reports are published……..

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UFOs and Nukes at the SIFF

 

March 28, 2018

On March 24 the important documentary UFOs and Nukes directed by Robert Hastings washttps://www.disclose.tv/ufo-nukes-307914 shown at the UFO Symposium as part of the Sonoma International Film Festival (SIFF). A panel with Dr. Robert  Jacobs and Dr. Patrick McDonough followed the filming. Both Jacobs and McDonough are eye witnesses to nuclear tampering events associated with unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP). The film is based on Hastings’ UFOs & Nukes: Extraordinary Encounters at Nuclear Weapons Sites – one of the most important books written on the ET presence issue.

The UFO Symposium at the SIFF has been produced and funded for eight years by Jim Ledwith, a resident of Sonoma, California. Jim is a researcher, lecturer and contactee. His website is UFOsRreal.com.

For eight years the SIFF has shown ET related documentaries. It is the only open film festival in the world that does this thanks to Jim Ledwith and executive director Kevin McNeely. Why is this important?

No English language documentary dealing with the modern UAP has ever received wide theater distribution. The closest candidate would be the German documentary Chariots of the Gods released in 1971. It did not address the modern issue but did gross $25 million.

This is an extraordinary lapse given extraterrestrial related themes are the highest grossing genre in all of film. The highest grossing film of all time, Avatar at $2.8 billion, is about blue extraterrestrials. There are four sequels in various stages of production.

But a quality documentary on the subject is not worthy of the big screen? It would be but for the truth embargo. Major film producers, unlike billionaire Robert Bigelow, are unwilling to speak truth to power on the subject of UAP.

Having watched UFOs and Nukes on the small screen, it was a pleasure to see it on the theater screen with a full audience. Such a setting grants the gravitas the topic deserves. It is exactly that effect that has kept such documentaries out of the theaters, and this has to change.

Stephen Bassett
Los Angeles, CA

Reasons to Believe

March 20, 2018
New York Magazine
David Wallace-Wells, James D. Walsh, Neel Patel, Clint Rainey, Katie Heaney, Eric Benson, and Tim Urban

In the good old days, the arrival of UFOs on the front page of America’s paper of record might have seemed like a loose-thread tear right through the fabric of reality — the closest that secular, space-race America could have gotten to a Second Coming. Two decades ago, or three, or six, we would’ve also felt we knew the script in advance, thanks to the endless variations pop culture had played for us already: civilizational conflicts to mirror the real-world ones Americans had been imagining in terror since the beginning of the Cold War.

But when, in December, the New York Times published an undisputed account of what might once have sounded like crackpot conspiracy theory — that the Pentagon had spent five years investigating“unexplained aerial phenomena” — the response among the paper’s mostly liberal readers, exhausted and beaten down by “recent events,” was markedly different from the one in those movies. The news that aliens might actually be visiting us, regularly and recently, didn’t provoke terror about a coming space-opera conflict but something much more like the Evangelical dream of the Rapture the same liberals might have mocked as kooky right-wing escapism in the George W. Bush years. “The truth is out there,” former senator Harry Reid tweeted, with a link to the story. Thank God, came the response through the Twitter vent. “Could extraterrestrials help us save the Earth?” went one typical reaction….

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“The Post,” Dan Ellsberg and Secrecy

March 13, 2018 — After spending seven months in London I find myself chasing down soon to go away, worthy films at various sexvigintuplexes the size of aircraft carriers. Thus, I finally got to see The Post on a big screen in LA before it went to wherever movies go when their run is over.  Lady Bird and The Florida Project got away. Netflix.

Watching The Post was a nostalgic trip to another lifetime when confusion and chaos reigned like they do now – film at eleven. I spent many years off and on in Washington, DC and was there for the Pentagon Papers, Daniel Ellsberg turning himself into authorities and the Watergate break-in.

Some believe Dan to be a traitor, some a national hero. Not surprisingly I am of the latter persuasion. As for the Washington Post and the New York Times, I was so proud. There was the Fourth Estate doing exactly what it had to do to keep alive a democratic republic.  Democracies of every type cannot survive without a free press. History has shown this over and over again.

The decline of America as a moral center for the Western world began in 1964. It was couched in the words of a resolution quickly drafted, shoved before the United States Congress on August 9 and passed after eight hours of debate 416-0 (House) and 88-2 (Senate). It was about events in the Gulf of Tonkin and it was a lie. Worse, it was an institutional lie.

Seven years later Daniel Ellsberg and his supporters copied and delivered the Pentagon Papers to the New York Times and the Washington Post.  What shocked many back then, but would hardly raise an eyebrow now? The government’s accounts of the Vietnam War were riddled with lies.

The institutional lying about the Vietnam War was a moral catastrophe for the United States. Millions of innocents died and trillions of (2018) dollars were wasted. Whatever prospect America had of recovering from that evaporated on March 20, 2003 when more institutional lying began a series of wars with seemingly no end. America had declared war on a improper noun.

It is notable the Pentagon Papers were formally declassified on May 4, 2011. While we wait for the declassification of the “Iraq War Papers,” “declassification by other means” has taken place as part of a nascent Internet based revolution.

The tragedy of institutional lying is that it metastasizes to the general public and lying becomes so endemic, when the truth does show up, it is not recognized.

And so it is that fifty-four years after the passing of that infamous resolution the most powerful nation/state/empire/kingdom the world has ever seen has reached a new nadir of moral authority.

Down though the past decades another lie traveled as companion to this decline. It was not about war, not directly. It was and is about the “greatest story never told.” The human race is not alone is this vast universe and its fellow travelers are not microbes on some distant planet a million light years away. Rather they are sentient beings in our airspace and in our bedrooms – now.

Through all the post-WWII wars of the 20th and 21st Century members of the military/intelligence communities of nations have carried the burden of knowing this truth. It is time for these national security warriors to share this burden with the rest of us. We can handle it. We have the right to carry it.

As I sat in the theater watching The Post being reminded of the pain of those times, I was comforted by the knowledge that two great papers are once again rising to answer the call and be the Fourth Estate the nation needs. Will the greatest truth of all be the way back for America? Will an American president be the first to deliver that truth to the people of this world?

April 25, 2016 – People Are Seeing U.F.O.s Everywhere, and This Book Proves It – Ralph Bluenthal, New York Times

December 16, 2017 – Glowing Auras and ‘Black Money’: The Pentagon’s Mysterious U.F.O. Program – Helene Cooper, Ralph Blumenthal and Leslie Kean, New York Times

December 16, 2017 – 2 Navy Airmen and an Object That ‘Accelerated Like Nothing I’ve Ever Seen’ – Helene Cooper, Leslie Kean, Ralph Blumenthal, New York Times

December 18, 2017 – On the Trail of a Secret Pentagon U.F.O. Program – Ralph Blumenthal, New York Times

December 18, 2017 – ‘Look at That Thing!’ U.S. Navy Jet Encounters Unknown Object – New York Times

March 9, 2018 – The military keeps encountering UFOs. Why doesn’t the Pentagon care? – Christopher Mellon, Washington Post

March 12, 2018 – ‘Oh my gosh, dude’: Video shows Navy pilot’s close encounter with an unidentified fast-flying object – Marwa Eltagouri, Washington Post

Steve Bassett
Los Angeles, CA

Checkpoint ‘Oh my gosh, dude’: Video shows Navy pilot’s close encounter with an unidentified fast-flying object

March 12, 2018
Washington Post
Marwa Eltagouri

For the third time in three months, a declassified Defense Department video shows U.S. Navy F-18 fighters seemingly encountering UFOs.

“Oh my gosh, dude,” said one pilot in the video of their F/A-18 Super Hornet military jet’s 2015 encounter with the unusual object along the East Coast. The oval-shaped aircraft zipped with befuddling speed.

“Wow! What is that, man?” said another. “Look at that flying!”

The 35-second video, released by the privately owned media and scientific research company To the Stars Academy of Arts and Science, is the latest to suggest the existence of hovering egg-shaped vessels since the Pentagon in December publicly acknowledged a program dedicated to the study of unidentified flying objects. While the Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program ran from 2007 to 2012, those familiar with it say efforts are still made to further learn about these objects.

News of the mystery program and the first two declassified videos of the strange objects introduced the possibility of extraterrestrial aircraft for the first time since the Air Force’s Project Blue Book, records cataloguing more than 12,000 UFO sightings between 1947 and 1969, when the program was shut down. The program was unable to find “any technological developments or principles beyond the range of present-day scientific knowledge,” and “no evidence indicating that sightings categorized as ‘unidentified’ are extraterrestrial vehicles,” according to the Air Force….

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The military keeps encountering UFOs. Why doesn’t the Pentagon care?

March 9, 2018
Washington Post
Christopher Mellon

In December, the Defense Department declassified two videos documenting encounters between U.S. Navy F-18 fighters and unidentified aircraft. The first video captures multiple pilots observing and discussing a strange, hovering, egg-shaped craft, apparently one of a “fleet” of such objects, according to cockpit audio. The second shows a similar incident involving an F-18 attached to the USS Nimitz carrier battle group in 2004.

The videos, along with observations by pilots and radar operators, appear to provide evidence of the existence of aircraft far superior to anything possessed by the United States or its allies. Defense Department officials who analyze the relevant intelligence confirm more than a dozen such incidents off the East Coast alone since 2015. In another recent case, the Air Force launched F-15 fighters last October in a failed attempt to intercept an unidentified high-speed aircraft looping over the Pacific Northwest .

A third declassified video, released by To the Stars Academy of Arts and Science , a privately owned media and scientific research company to which I’m an adviser, reveals a previously undisclosed Navy encounter that occurred off the East Coast in 2015…….

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Government Documents Reveal Canada Took UFOs Seriously

March 7, 2018
VICE
Mack Lamoureux

A collection of documents from 1967 found in the national archives give us a hint into just how seriously the government used to take UFO sightings.

The documents outline how the government investigated UFOs—a process that most likely lasted for years afterwards—and breaks down six cases that are “of interest” to the government in detail. The investigations include a man burned by a UFO in Manitoba, some incredibly weird radar sightings by the Department of Defence, an RCMP officer in Nova Scotia who watched a UFO dive below the water and disappear, and a crop circle found in Alberta that was the first investigated by a government.

The documents were found in the national archive by Chris Rutkowski—a man that could probably be best described as Canada’s Fox Mulder—and recently posted to his Ufology blog. Rutowski routinely goes through Canada’s national archives looking for things like this and described the find as “a gem.”

“What we do have in here is rather interesting reports from qualified personnel and qualified sources and investigated by qualified investigators and still there is no explanation,” Rutkowski told VICE. “What that tells me is that the UFO phenomena was taking quite seriously by them indeed.”…….

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