UFOs Over Wisconsin: an op ed rant

by rthieme on February 11, 2007

“Space travel is utter bilge.”

– The Royal Astronomer in England, 1956, the year before the launch of Sputnik

The local CBS news (Channel 5/58) had a feature this week on UFOs over Wisconsin.

It was different than the usual silly <wink wink> kind of feature that passes for UFO news on most mainstream media. The few people interviewed actually sounded intelligent and sane, saying “This is what I saw” or showing videos of unidentified lights in the sky that appeared to behave in unusual ways. Observers acknowledged that they did not know what they saw, which is why the dancing lights remain unidentified.

The feature also mentioned observation of  UFOs at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport recently, observations by qualified people. But then the story is, as usual, dropped.

The question asked by those of us who have read and researched this subject seriously for decades is, of course, why? Why is Anna Nicole Smith and the diapered astronaut given so much overage while an event of relative importance is ridiculed, dismissed, or not covered at all?

I examine in the most conservative way some of these questions in my essay “Are There UFOs on Mars?” which can be found at my web site, along with more than a dozen interview with physicists, astronauts, NASA professionals, and other sane qualified people about the subject. (see www.thiemeworks.com and follow the links).

The subject is a big one. “UFO phenomena” covers all sorts of observations and events, ranging from secret projects, cover stories used as disinformation to protect the guilty (the Russian nuclear event, for example, that was covered up with a UFO story), all sorts of natural anomalous phenomena caused by magnetic fields, plasmas, high atmosphere electric phenomena, and so on and so forth.

But the only reason most people explore the domain at all is because of the suggestion that some UFO observations strongly suggest the sustained surveillance (at the least) of our planet by other space-faring species—that the extraterrestrial hypothesis, in short,  is the least unlikely hypothesis, as a government report said in the nineteen fifties.

Now, in any other domain, from Anna Nicole Smith to magnetic fields, research money would flow through white, gray or black budgets to explore the evidence. Only UFO phenomena is universally ignored—at least in the public domain.

After decades of examining the subject, the most reasonable explanation is that, in fact, the subject has not been ignored at all. But the research has been hidden in other scientific categories. As Northwestern University professor and astronomer J. Allen Hynek was told off the record at the Pentagon by a general, “Do you really think we would ignore something like this?”

He meant, at that time, the military threat and potential of technologies far superior to our own.

At that time, too, reports of what those anomalous vehicles did were ridiculed as “beyond science.” They included cloaking technologies, which prevented vehicles from showing up on radar; laser beams, particle beams, and other “ray weapons” including paralyzing and heat beams as defensive and offensive devices; electronic warfare of the most sophisticated kinds, including interference with cars, planes and missiles in flight, as well as shutting down launch codes in missile sites in this country and others. All or most of those well-documented effects were called “Buck Rogers science fiction” but are now in our arsenals or within our grasp, only one generation later.

Some believe that our development of these weapons was seeded and/or motivated by observation of these then-anomalous technologies. If so, there is a tried and true method for doing that—see my short story, “ZeroDay: Roswell” in the current issue of Porcupine, a wonderful magazine of literature and arts published in Cedarburg Wisconsin, for a fictional treatment of that process.

But what I really want to say is this:

The first time my understanding of UFO phenomena shifted from interesting and spooky to physical and real was in 1978. I was a newly ordained Episcopal priest in my first parish, a small one in northern Utah on the edge of Hill Air Force Base. Our senior warden, or congregational lay leader, was a major, although he retired as a heavily decorated bird colonel. He was highly esteemed and honored by both those he saved in Viet Nam and the brass who gave him medals. If anyone had the “right stuff,” that cocky fighter pilot did.

We were sitting alone in the church basement talking about “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” a recent movie then, and I said, “Bob, you know, I read people like Hynek and others who have done their best (in the fifties, sixties and seventies) to find out what UFOs are about, and they claim that in the end, you guys in your fastest fighters chase these things and can’t catch them.”

I was referring to numerous accounts by multiple witnesses of physical vehicles clearly directed by intelligence that paced them, flew around them, landed near them, or played tag with them, and were clearly powered by something other than our primitive propulsion systems because they seemed to cancel out gravity or use magnetic fields to “fold” space-time and move so fast we couldn’t always catch them.

Bob shifted in his seat and the habitual cocky smile on his face became a perplexed frown. I’ll never forget what he said or how he said it.

“Well, that’s right. We chase the damned things and we can’t catch them.”

Since that time, I asked others of the same quality as Colonel Bob about their experiences. As a priest, I often heard stories of a confessional nature that included fear and amazement by air force pilots, commercial pilots, and plenty of plain people, including many here in Wisconsin, who verified that interpretation: that we had been visited for many years by some of the obviously diverse species that inhabit the millions of galaxies around us.

And we have pursued many of those technologies in secret research into areas thought at first to be violations of the laws of physics. What was wrong, of course, were the limits we set on physics, what was wrong were our theories, not the reports.

Well … this is a blog, not a book. I could go on and on and couch this discussion in subtle nuance and make the many qualifications that one must make to prove one is not a loony or a fool or a fraudster, plenty of whom inhabit this and other domains. We have to make the case of being reasonable and sane because for many decades (the CIA instigated debunking and ridicule as the normative official response about fifty years ago—that’s on the record) because ridicule is so effective. Several decades of that effective policy put reasonable people on the defense and make the subject a joke, which is exactly what was intended.

As a friend who taught deception for one of the intelligence agencies told me, “”Illusion, misdirection, and ridicule, these are the hallmarks of deception—but the greatest of these is ridicule.”

He was a pro, remember, engaged in that activity and an observer of it at a high professional level. And he used the classes he taught in the same way I used the priestly confessional, to gather numerous details over the years about what people experienced in the air, at military bases, and in research facilities, and my friend came to this conclusion, and I quote:

“They’re here, and they have been here for a long time. When people report the same details over sixty years from all over the world, we’re talking about something real. But they don’t want you poking around trying to find out more because the subject covers many things. So far, their presence has been benign. But we don’t know if that will always be the case.”

Back in the eighties, Werner von Braun, the father of the Nazi V2 and our Saturn rocket, told a relative, “The enemy today is communists. That will pass. The next enemy will be terrorists. That too, over time, will pass. Then we’ll need a new enemy and it will be aliens.”

So many people laugh when I tell these and other stories that I expect dismissive ridicule if anyone even reads this. Others with better credentials and more data than I have gone public and are ignored, dismissed, and ridiculed, or the public is distracted with silliness like Anna Nicole Smith. Every day the so-called “news” changes and many of the stories are one way or another by design, not because something happened to happen.

So I am grateful that the CBS local news understood that we are not crazy, or deluded or fools. We don’t have all of the data because we can’t. This subject has been above top secret for years. I know professionals who explored it officially and they are forbidden from even mentioning the “U” word out here.

How can we keep something secret for so long? some will ask. By hiding it in plain sight. Thousands of documented observations fill the newspapers or are discussed in serious legitimate forums like CUFOS (The Center for UFO Studies in Chicago, started by Hynek in the seventies when he realized that the US Air Force was using him as a decoy for Project Blue Book and shunting the best cases somewhere else) from the 1940s on … but through the creative use of illusion, misdirection, sleight-of-hand, and above all, ridicule, the subject has become a joke—just as the CIA stated they intended it to become.

So this entry in an insignificant  local blog, if read at all, will be dismissed with a shrug or a laugh.

But … that’s what the Colonel said, back in 1978, and it shifted my perception of the phenomena forever. Nothing in thirty years of research, confidential interviews, and reading, despite all of the nonsense in the field, refutes the conclusion that the least unlikely hypothesis for some of the observations is the extraterrestrial.

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