Author: Paola Harris

The 1945 San Antonio UFO Crash: The Reme Baca and Jose Padilla witness Case

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By Paola Leopizzi Harris

Graphic representation of San Antonio UFO crash. Jeff Ness

Born on the edge of Ground Zero, living in the shadow of Area 51, two little Hispanic children experienced an extraordinary event occurred? Jose Padilla, age 9 and Reme Baca, age 7 witnessed a saucer crash on Padilla land in the town San Antonio, New Mexico. They were witness to one of the most spectacular events in UFO history.

This new book entitled, Born the Edge of Ground Zero, Living in the Shadow of Area 51, will be released February 2011 and is Jose Padilla’s and Reme Baca’s detailed account of what happened in their childhood. They explain what they saw; the actual crash, the creature’s appearances, the pieces they took, the military clean up and an in-depth analysis of the significance of this case.

First printed in The Mountain Mail, Soccorro, New Mexico on November 2, 2003 by journalist Ben Moffet, the case was passed to me, journalist/researcher, Paola Harris, in May 4, 2009. The desire to finally disclose the details and the kind invitation of Reme Baca, led me to fly to Gig Harbor in Washington State in the Northern part of the United States to interview witness Reme Baca and his wife, Virginia in July 2010. Consequently because he now lives in California, I interviewed Jose Padilla by telephone from the Baca house. During my two-day stay, I was able to see and photograph the piece that Jose extracted from the craft and study the detailed analysis of its composition done in Europe.

It is one of the most astounding cases I have ever covered in my career and it helps complete the puzzle of why there has been so many crash retrievals in New Mexico. As journalist Ben Moffet, who so beautifully describes the cover-up – we can begin to see where it fits in UFO history.

It was in this crucible of suspicion and disinterest bred by familiarity that a small contingent of the U.S. Army passed almost unnoticed through San Antonio in mid-to-late August, 1945 on a secret assignment.

Little or nothing has been printed about the mission, shrouded in the “hush-hush” atmosphere of the time. But the military detail apparently came from White Sands Proving Grounds to the east where the bomb was exploded. It was a recovery operation destined for the mesquite and greasewood desert west of Old US-85, at what is now Milepost 139, the San Antonio exit of Interstate 25.

Over the course of several days, soldiers in Army fatigues loaded the shattered remains of a flying apparatus onto a huge flatbed truck and hauled it away. That such an operation took place between about Aug. 20 and Aug. 25, 1945, there is no doubt, insist two former San Antonioans, Remigio Baca and Jose Padilla, eyewitnesses to the event. Padilla, then age 9, and Baca, 7, secretly watched much of the soldiers’ recovery work from a nearby ridge.

Thanks to the work of Ben Moffet, and now thanks to the witnesses themselves, currently in their 70’s, the world will know see that there was certain extraterrestrial interest in our discovery of the atomic bomb. It opened up a Pandora’s box in human history that cannot easily be closed. It put humanity and possibly other dimensional visitors in danger of total destruction. San Antonio was more than a crash, a sighting – an event. It was a warning that the military today is not heeding, whether it is in the US, or abroad. If we add the courageous testimony Air Force panel led by Robert Hastings and seven retired USAF officers at the Washington Press club on September 27th of 2010, then we realize the time has come to speak. If these visitors have the capacity of UFOs to either disable or shoot down our nuclear missiles, then we can see that 70 years later, they are taking action.

Ultimately, the 1945 San Antonio case presents a peaceful message, a powerful warning to the planet.

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Paola Harris interview with Reme Baca and Jose Padilla

Paola Harris will be interviewed on Coast to Coast AM about the 1945 San Antonio UFO case on Wed Dec 1.

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Hollywood and the media industry in UFO disclosure

Robbie Williams (center) pictured with Nick Pope (on left) and Paola Harris

Paola Leopizzi Harris
Journalist / Researcher

When asked by CNN’s Larry King on his TV show “Tell us what will happen if Obama wins?” the American entertainer Chis Rock responded, “I’m sure he will check to see if there are UFOs. That is what I would do. Where are the UFOs at?” Chris Rock is an American comedian, actor, screenwriter, television producer, film producer and director. He was voted by Comedy Central as the fifth greatest stand-up comedian of all time. He represents one of a many entertainers who believe in UFOS and  is speaking freely about it this year.

As a researcher of thirty years, I have never seen such interest in the UFO phenomena as I have seen this year on the part of Hollywood and the movie industry as well as rock stars. These people think UFOs are real. It seems that they have “ carried the ball down the court” more effectively in the disclosure movement than any of the veteran researchers have. They get instant media attention. They have more credibility. And like Nina Hagen from Germany, they are able to produce expensive television specials that reach millions of people in an instant. Most UFO documentaries produced up until now were considered “fringe entertainment”, science fiction or second-rate movies.

It was not until last February 2008, when Robbie Williams from the rock group “ Take That” walked into the International UFO congress in Laughlin Nevada, that I became astonished how people reacted to the celebrity presence. Since I am on the Board of Directors of the IUFOC, I welcomed Robbie and asked him why he was there. His answer was that he came to hear the lectures, in particular, the lectures of ex-British Ministry of Defense employee, Nick Pope and the lecture of contactee Ann Andrews.  He was dressed like Fidel Castro in order to avoid being noticed. But instead Robbie stood out in the crowd of 600 participants. He said he was hungry for information. He has since done many interviews, created songs about “aliens” and has received more publicity for the subject than astronomer and Blue Book director J. Allen Hyneck ever did. When I asked Robbie at another conference near San Francisco, California for an interview, he answered that he did not want to do an interview but he liked my book. He said that he preferred to listen to the information given by David Icke and the other speakers present. He wanted to “learn!“ He has a sincere desire to know.

So Robbie Williams believes in Aliens, so does Keanu Reeves. During the BFI 52nd London Film Festival at the Odeon West End on October 21, 2008 in London, England, Reeves said, “I’m sure there is life on other planets. It’s crazy to think extraterrestrials don’t exist. The actor starred in the sci-fi movie The Day The Earth Stood Still, and the filming experience left him wondering about alien beings. Reeves said, “I’ve met people who have seen UFOs but I don’t know anyone who has been abducted. How could there not be life on other planets? The universe is so vast.”

Well, Nina Hagen says she has been abducted in Los Angeles when she was very young. She did not consider it a very positive experience. I was surprised to see her and an entire German film crew outside of Roswell in the Hanger 84, originally known as Hanger p-3 where the alien bodies were stored. They had come to film the people during the Roswell Festival in 2008. She sought the advice of hypnotherapist researcher Yvonne Smith   Her book is called Chosen. Yvonne Smith was lecturing at the famous UFO museum in Roswell. When told that the cameras and lights were not welcome there, singer Nina Hagen simply sat down as Robbie Williams had done and she listened to Yvonne’s entire lecture on “Abductions.”

Robbie Williams, Nina Hagen, Chris Rock and later actress Shirley MacLaine in her book Aging While Saging spoke about UFOs, Colonel Philip Corso’s back-engineering testimony, and most detrimental of all, presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich’s close-up UFO sighting near Shirley’s house in New Mexico. This helped end Kucinich’s political career. In an interview with Matt Lauer co-anchor of NBC News’ Today Show, MacLaine spoke quite honestly about her views on the government cover-up. She received incredible publicity. Most of the cast of this NBC network show later admitted on screen that they believed that UFOs were real. Only Shirley MacLaine can do that.

But they can also sing about UFOs, or at least Exopolitics. The British Rock Group Muse has produced a song called Exopolitics that is getting a great deal of play. For those who still need a working definition of Exopolitics: It is a study dealing with the extraterrestrial presence on Earth and its sociological, as well as political, implications for humanity.

Elvis and John Lennon Knew

Elvis Presley in Concert. Photo: Paola Harris

Author Richard Daniel, on the 30-year death Anniversary of Elvis’ death, wrote, “We pause to take stock in the King’s abiding interest in UFOs. Because even if you’re a hardcore Presleyphile, you probably didn’t know Elvis was born beneath the light of a mysterious celestial object, in an eerie echo of the Star of Bethlehem. In the book” Alien Rock: The Rock ‘n’ Roll Extraterrestrial Connection” by New York author/promoter Michael C. Luckman, he talks about the numerous UFO encounters with Elvis, plus this claim that Elvis made to longtime friend Wanda June Hill: “I am not of this world.”

According to Luckman, quite a few famous musicians have had UFO experiences.

Craggy-faced rocker Mick Jagger is said to have seen two UFOs in the course of his life. One, a cigar-shaped “mothership,” appeared in 1968 while he was camping in Glastonbury with then girlfriend Marianne Faithful

Expert military witness in the Rendlesham Forest case, Larry Warren is a well-known lecturer on the international UFO conference scene and has co-authored a book called Left at East Gate with UFO researcher Peter Robbins. The book covers many of his UFO experiences along with the associated government and military cover-ups. Most famous among them is that of John Lennon. He speaks about Lennon in an article that he wrote about a mutual friend May Pang who was with John Lennon during a sighting in New York. He writes  “In the summer of 1988, I had a conversation with May Pang.  Larry Warren writes” John Lennon saw a UFO at his apartment in New York with his girlfriend May Pang. The object was cone-shaped, but flattened at the top, crowned with a steady red light, and featuring a row of smaller, pulsating white lights. It drew close to the amazed couple in their 17th floor apartment before passing on by. They managed to take some photographs of the object but all came out over-exposed.

Most notably, I saw the gold record presented to John Lennon for his introspective album “Walls and Bridges”, and it was this record that Lennon was recording when he had his amazing UFO sighting. Fourteen years had passed since the event, however, to May Pang, it was as if it had happened yesterday.

May Pang recalls that the apartment was hot that night, but by 8 O’ Clock the night air had cooled off enough for her to have turned off the air conditioning and opened the windows to get a breeze off the river. Just off the apartment’s living room was a part of the building’s roof that also acted as a private observation deck, with a great view of east New York. Access was only granted by climbing out of a window, which Lennon often did. The haze had now cleared over New York’s skyline. At about 8:30 p.m., May decided to take a shower, leaving Lennon alone in the living room reviewing mock-ups of his new record’s cover. What did surprise her was what he was pointing at. Just south of the building now was a brightly lit “classic” circular UFO, floating silently and less than 100 feet away from the couple. As John Lennon would later describe, “I wasn’t surprised to see the UFO really, as it looked just like the spaceships we’ve all seen on the cinema growing up, but then I realized this thing was real and so close, that I could almost touch it!” As they watched, the UFO moved silently away. May told me that the lighting on the thing left them awe-struck, as it would change its configuration with every rotation. The object made no sound. The main structure of the craft could also be clearly seen for the duration of the event, due to the last remnants of the still setting sun. May ran back into the apartment and grabbed a 35mm camera, and once back on the roof both she and John took numerous pictures of the craft. May remembers John’s arms outstretched as he yelled at the UFO to come back and take him away! “He was very serious and I believe he really wanted that thing to take him with it back to wherever it came from, but then that was John Lennon, always looking for the next big adventure”. Soon the object passed the United Nations building and slowly veered left, crossing over the East River, then over Brooklyn and soon the UFO simply blended in with the heavy commercial air traffic in southern Long Island. John Lennon and May Pang, were both shaken by the experience. John Lennon also felt that the craft he saw was part of a much larger fleet stationed just north of New York city, up in the area of the nuclear power plant at Indian Point.

Maybe Steven Spielberg will begin some move towards disclosure in Hollywood. In an Actor’s studio interview in the late nineties when a young girl asked him if he believed in aliens, he responded:“ Yes! I do believe in Aliens.” Spielberg has made many films addressing this issue, both positive and negative. It all started with Close Encounters of The Third Kind. Ironically, he is also quoted as having said :

If  NASA took the time to write me a 20-page letter, then I knew there must be something happening. When they read the [Close Encounters] script, they got very angry and felt that it was a film that would be dangerous.

In the end, we are of Star Trek generation. There are millions of Trekies Internationally, in every country. They see some truth in this series. Maybe because its creator Gene Roddenberry “ built a bridge to tomorrow with the materials of today: curiosity, tolerance openness, intelligence, discipline, daydreams, a willingness to help, technology, love determination and courage. All those things exist within us. He said use them!”

Did you know there an asteroid called 4659 Roddenberry and a crater on Mars that were named in his honor? Our celebrities count a great deal in this world.

So will President Obama step up to the plate as Chris Rock suggested? In the words of Gene Roddenberry:

“ I have a great fear that our human leaders will fail to understand that a world such as Star Trek is possible, that all the glorious things- not that Star Trek represents but the human being represents- will fall on deaf ears. That frightens me. There is always the chance that not enough humans will understand and appreciate themselves enough to make a great change in the human equation.” (From the book: The Last Conversation by Yvonne Fern: University of California Press: Berkley)

“Jeff Peckman, promoter of Initiative 300 to create and Extraterrestrial Affairs Commission in Denver, talked to May Pang at a Denver event about her UFO sighting with John Lennon. She said that many more people were asking about the incident again.”

The activism of the  exopolitical disclosure cluture which includes TV is accelerating. Jeff Peckman’s Denver Initiative 300 to address the Extraterrestrial issue coincides  nicely with the debut of NBC’s “The Event.” Voters will need to reflect and decide!Before them, they have a historical as well as a formidable task.

[Notice: Paola Harris, M.Ed., has just begun teaching a course titled “Hollywood and the Media in the Disclosure Process”. More course info here. Her website is:]

Science Meets Spirituality: A Conversation with Dr. Edgar Mitchell

It has been a my privilege recently to write an Italian introduction to Apollo 14 astronaut Dr. Edgar Mitchell’s book The Way of the Explorer. Metaphysics and science meet in a wonderful literary work, a treat for the people of Italy. It is the creation of a new philosophy called which Dr. Mitchell calls Quantum Cosmology.

The Way of the Explorer is fascinating book because it combines the exploration of Metaphysics with its application to scientific principles. It also speaks about the intensely spiritual epiphany Dr. Mitchell experienced on his 1971 Apollo 14 space voyage to the moon. He often explains it as a feeling of “oneness” with the Cosmos. What is more interesting is that this book details Dr. Mitchell’s search for the psychic connection to reality because it described his research at Stanford Research Institute (SRI) with Uri Geller and other gifted psychics and healers, often funded by the CIA.

The book is the telling of a journey, a search for truth, one that most of us researchers can recognize. Mitchell’s interests include consciousness and paranormal phenomena. During the Apollo 14 flight, he conducted private ESP experiments with his friends on Earth. In early 1973, he founded the nonprofit Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) to conduct and sponsor research into areas that mainstream science has found unproductive, including consciousness research and psychic events. This was  all part of  pioneering research in theoretical physics .

The creation of the Institute for Noetic Sciences (IONS) is perhaps Edgar Mitchell’s greatest contribution to the world. People from every state and all over the world flock to the stimulating lectures presented by noted scientists, philosophers and researchers. IONS is the integration of science, spirituality and the return to ancient wisdom.

Today, Edgar Mitchell is a hero, not because he was an astronaut who walked on the moon but because he has a muti-dimensional vision of reality. He has great sense of integrity and he is for us, in the UFO community, one of the only former NASA employees to call for truth and transparency by exposing the anomalies seen by astronauts in Space. He is quoted as saying “I think I’ve reached the point that I‘m convinced enough of the reality of the Extraterrestrial presence and I’m not going to deny it and shy away from it..  It is time to open this up to the public.” Consequently, Dr Mitchell has become a courageous spokesman for disclosure. He is calling for the end of secrecy to UFO cover-up, a call for the United States to release information and its UFO files on Roswell.

He is one of a rare breed. He is one of those wise men with unconventional wisdom that surpasses the confining boundaries of scientific research. It is obvious that he is honest and wants this planet and the human species to progress on an evolutionary path to enlightenment and love. What is most amazing about his book, The Path of the Explorer, is that he stresses the “paranormal component to scientific research”, that which the late Dr.J.Allen Hyneck,often referred to as the godfather of Ufology, told us never to overlook while searching for answers to the UFO enigma.It is all connected in the quantum equation.

Dr. Mitchell’s search for truth has launched him on a journey, a rainbow of visions of how mankind can evolve, of how mankind can reach his highest potential, of how mankind can transcend his own limitations to become an evolved species, maybe one that can be worthy of a place in the galactic neighborhood. He adds that there was a metaphysical, non-local communication or mental tie with most of our human functions. Mitchell says that “non-locality”, also called “entanglement” of particles in theoretical physics, may explain many of our mysteries today. There is a oneness to our reality. There is a oneness to our Universe. We are dealing with a difficult process here.

The main problem is that we, as an Earth civilization, have not come to understand ourselves or see ourselves in a cosmic sense at all. We are still very provincial. We fight over religion, but in the inner core of all of them, these religions talk about qualities like Love and Brotherhood. It’s the cultural differences that cause the divisions. It is not an intrinsic difference. The transcendent experience is common to every culture in the world” and the transcendent experience is Brotherly Love, Nature, Harmony, the Unity. Cultures, in trying to define it, try to define an external deity as opposed to the actual process. Dr. Mitchell states:

“Our knowledge base is incomplete. All we do is keep adding to our knowledge base. We are moving into a direction of quantum cosmology, which originates from several quantum processes  defined as quantum fluctuations within a zero-point field. It can start the process that builds the process, which builds into matter, which  is irreversible in nature.”

In November, this book will become a gift to the Italian people and to future generations who can piece together the puzzle of life by joining science, quantum mechanics, consciousness and spiritual evolution together. Finally, Dr. Mitchell says all ignorance is based on our egos. It is the unwillingness to go beyond the ego. Transcendence moves us beyond ego. If we go beyond the ego, we see all of this in a more decent perspective and we can start to put all pieces together. It is a shame that we haven’t done this yet as a civilization. In due course, this is what needs to happen in order to survive. That is where the philosophic, the whole notion of determinism and what the future is, makes changing our reality important. We are creating a future.  He believes that it is not cast in stone.  The power of Edgar Mitchell’s words, of his incredible wisdom, of his creative spirit will inspire the reader of this book towards new understanding of our world and an effort to help create a sustainable, abundant future in oneness and cosmic harmony.

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