Weird Encounters of the Rare Kind:

An Unofficial and Unauthorized Explanation of ‘Unidentified Ariel Phenomena’

What’s ‘Out there’?

High above our skies and deep within the folds of our best imagination, hovers the UFO. Somewhere on this planet, strange objects appear in our airspace almost daily, witnessed by thousands of people. Hardly a human exists that hasn’t seen, heard, or wondered about UFO’s, and each year, belief in such phenomena rises. 

But what are they?

For decades, global governments remained reticent and skeptical regarding UFO ‘sightings’, most of which could be easily explained as weather phenomena, planets, birds, planes, and sometimes, even our own top secret stealth technology. Throw in alien abductions, men in black, and clandestine government sectors hell bent on discrediting even the most credible witnesses, and we have a perfectly intended (or not) aversive psychological operation.

It’s no wonder a great majority of intelligent and high-functioning people are reluctant to report UFO sightings, for fear of ridicule, alienation, career ruination, or worse. But now, it seems, the government wants your help with UFO’s. We’re told that UAP’s are taken more seriously by the government these days and its clandestine ops folks have spent a great deal of time and tax dollars, behind closed doors, detecting, analyzing and cataloging, X Files style, anything posing a potential threat to national security—and they still can’t figure out what’s paying us a visit.

Military heroes, pilots, astronauts, law enforcement, scientists, and others are now encouraged to say something if they see something, especially if it isn’t a bird, plane, or drone. 

Consequently, UFO’s received a name change to “Unidentified Aerial Phenomena” in 2007 when the AATIP (Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program) was founded as an unclassified but unpublicized investigative effort to study these objects. 

AATIP was disbanded in 2017 and redubbed by the Defense Department as the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force a couple of years ago. While the latter is true, it’s not exactly all there is to this story. Another program ran ‘behind the scenes’ for decades and still exists. Think of it as ‘malware’ silently streaking through the years and our skies as it pours over UFO data within the darkest recesses of government. We’ll call it Project Disruption.

After two decades of UFO data collection and cataloging, an unclassified version of a UFO report was released on June 25. It was deflative and offered absolutely nothing new or of value regarding the UFO phenomena. Additionally, no explanation was offered for scores of unidentified sky sightings. Yet officials seem a little more willing to talk now—more so than ever before, even though they aren’t actually saying anything…and what they don’t say, speaks volumes.

“There are a lot more sightings than have been made public,” John Ratcliffe, the former director of national intelligence, told Fox News in March. Quite a few of them, he said, “are difficult to explain.”

John Brennan, the former director of the C.I.A., said on a podcast last year that some of the unexplained sightings might be “some type of phenomenon that is the result of something that we don’t yet understand and that could involve some type of activity that some might say constitutes a different form of life.”

In November 2004, two Navy fighter jets from the U.S.S. Nimitz were off the coast of San Diego when they encountered a whitish, oval-shaped craft of similar size hovering above the sea. As one of the pilots tried to get a closer look, the object — which had no wings or obvious means of propulsion — ascended, then zipped away.

A video of the Nimitz incident, along with two from 2015, was officially released by the Defense Department. More recently, the department confirmed that video and images leaked to a documentary filmmaker had been taken by Navy personnel in 2019 and were being investigated by the task force. 

Perhaps all of this ‘phenomena’ is something much more ‘down to Earth’. 

Ongoing partnerships between governments and private companies have resulted in a myriad of proprietary and trade secret technology successes (and even more failures). Some of these advances are years ahead of the general public and even most governmental agencies. Only those with ‘cosmic clearances’ or those with a ‘need-to-know’ have access. Plus, projects are notoriously compartmentalized to keep them secret. 

One example might be craft that is controlled by and works with your DNA and thoughts, a sort of bio-electric-magnetic system rendered possible with a cocktail of chemicals and implants. Don’t believe me? Check out MK Ultra. One successful sub project of MK Ultra was placing implants in dog brains to make them run, stop, salivate, turn around or sit using remote controls—and that was during the 1950’s. 

GPS was used by the military decades before we got it—and Bluetooth too. The Dark Web was known as the TOR and invented by Naval intelligence. These technologies, which sometimes trickle down to us, are a collaborative effort between public and private sectors, and often slapped with the proprietary label. Many a promising inventor has had his or her patents confiscated to this Goliath industrial military intelligence complex under the ruse, in some cases, of national security.

One example of delayed public technology is drones. They’re ubiquitous today, but they weren’t always. If you line up enough drones in the sky to conduct uniform aerial maneuvers, it could be made to look like a UFO. On a more rudimentary note, helium balloons and flares launched together will float and drift and resemble ‘something’ in the sky. 

One black-and-white photo from WWII illustrates the deception integral to the D-Day invasion, a 30-ton Sherman tank near what seems to be a barrack. It’s an inflatable tank, a decoy that was used in the vast and complex deception operation around the 1944 Normandy landings. Land tactical decoys are dummy equipment like armored vehicles, artillery pieces, radars or buildings, bridges, and runways intended to deceive enemy observers. Their use has been standard in warfare since ancient times. (Think Trojan Horse)

Now, let’s take that dummy equipment deception tactic to the skies, and apply the latest in holographic technology, shot to us like a picture, not from the ground, but from space, maybe floating on a satellite. In April 2017, the US Army research laboratory issued a report entitled: Holography, the Next Disruptive Technology ( ). 

It says, “Camouflage has been used by the US Army for years…this is a relatively simple passive-defense tactic…Augmenting or manipulating reality to confuse and deceive…would be the next innovative step forward…Using a 2-D screen and holograms for training purposes and for meeting face to face, as well as touchscreen haptic holographic displays, are already possible. The ability to project true holographic 3-D objects in air using femtosecond lasers that can be viewed from all 360° angles was just developed.”

So, are we on our way to ‘Space War’? 

About fifty years ago, President Dwight D. Eisenhower, a retired 5-star general, who led allies on what is known as D-Day, during WWII offered a farewell to the nation speech on Jan. 17, 1961. He gave us a dire warning about what he called the military-industrial complex, a formidable union of defense contractors and the covert bodies of the armed forces.

“In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists, and will persist.” He added, “…we must learn how to compose differences not with arms, but with intellect and decent purpose.”

Eisenhower was concerned our world and its people, wouldn’t stand a chance in Hell, if our country’s elites forgot their service to country and inadvertently destroyed us during an ongoing and illusory surge for power. 

Fortunately, no space warfare is known to have ever taken place (unless we count Mars), though a number of tests and demonstrations have been and are performed. In fact, we even once tried to detonate a nuclear missile on the back side of the moon. Something in the atmosphere allegedly fired a beam at the missile, disarming it. 

International treaties are in place to regulate conflicts in space and limit the installation of space weapon systems, especially nuclear weapons. Given our violent history and the human penchant for power, treaties sometimes go ignored or wind up irretrievably broken.

From 1985 to 2002 there was a United States Space Command, which in 2002 merged with the United States Strategic Command, leaving the United States Space Force (formerly Air Force Space Command until 2019) as the primary American military space force. 

The Russian Space Force, established on August 10, 1992, which became an independent section of the Russian military on June 1, 2001, was replaced by the Russian Aerospace Defence Forces starting December 1, 2011, but was reestablished as a component of the Russian Aerospace Forces on August 1, 2015. 

In 2019, India conducted a test of the ASAT missile making it the fourth country with that capability. In April 2019, the Indian government established the Defence Space Agency, or DSA.

Sometimes I think maybe these UFO’s are us, governments trying like hell to outdo one another over our own airspace. Or maybe not. Perhaps we are actually being watched, our terrarium held together by intergalactic forces and beings from other planets who don’t want us to fuck up their worlds if we succeed in blowing up our own.

According to the New York Times, “the modern history of U.F.O. sightings is generally considered to have started on June 24, 1947, when Kenneth Arnold, a private pilot from Idaho, reported seeing nine circular objects traveling at supersonic speeds near Mount Rainier. Newspapers described them as “flying saucers,” a term that captured the popular imagination. Though Mr. Arnold appeared to be a credible witness, government officials were skeptical.”

Almost everyone knows about the “Roswell Incident” too, the 1947 crash of a United States Army Air Forces balloon at a ranch near Roswell, New Mexico, and the subsequent theories claiming the crash was actually flying saucer, a truth covered up by the United States government. 

What almost everyone doesn’t know is that Russia may have dropped their own ‘dummy’ craft near Corona, NM (which is where ‘Roswell’ actually happened) as a tactical prank. The unfortunate part is that the recovered ‘alien bodies’, some sources say, were deformed children, byproducts of clandestine epigenetic experiments, a holdover from the Nazi regime post WWII and during Operation Paperclip, a secret United States intelligence program, in which more than 1,600 German scientists, engineers, and technicians were taken from Nazi Germany to the U.S. and Russia for covert government employment after the end of World War II between 1945 and 1959.

Roswell kicked off Project Sign, Project Blue Book, Project Grudge and a host of other unnamed projects on UFO research, some still classified. 

More recent sightings include a spinning disk that was seen hovering above O’Hare Airport in Chicago in 2006, and two “sunlight-colored” objects reported by a professional pilot in England in 2007, as The New Yorker reported.

I’d be remiss not to mention Jacques Vallee, a French-born computer whiz and venture capitalist who said UFO sightings began way before 1947. He co-authored a book, “Wonders in the Sky,” that lists 500 unexplained aerial observations dating back as far as 1460 B.C. and going up to the dawn of the industrial age in 1879. 

UFO’s/UAP’s could be a combination of our military-industrial-intelligence complex and a higher intelligence from another planet or dimension zooming, in tandem, through our skies. Imitation, we’ve been told, is the best form of flattery. Or perhaps UFO’s host time travelers from the future—a future us—trying to maintain or save the planet. Project Looking Glass was one alleged top secret time-travel project (although a few declassified projects share this name and most have zero to do with time travel or manipulating timelines).

What we do now know is that our Milky Way galaxy is home to huge numbers of potentially habitable worlds. If even a dozen habitable planets are millions of years ahead of us in intelligence and technology, maybe its them. Observations by NASA’s Kepler space telescope, suggest that at least 20% percent of the galaxy’s 200 billion or so stars likely harbor a rocky planet in the “habitable zone”.  

I don’t think the odds are so long for UFO’s to be extraterrestrial craft and its far from crazy to ponder if intelligent life is ‘out there’ somewhere. It’s far crazier, I feel, to close up the mind to such a vast possibility. Sure, getting here is another matter—but what if they’re beaming their own holographic technology at us? You know, maybe virtually popping in and out of our airspace to say hello? Maybe they’re technology is new to them and they test it on us like a game. But it’s also important to look closer to home—after all, as far as we’ve been told—there’s no place like it. 

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