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In This Time of Tension and Anxiety, UFOs Are Back in the News

by Hedley Burrell                Jun 10, 2018                (www.heraldtribune.com)


• Stories of UFOs have ebbed and flowed over the decades, but now there is new chatter of a different kind. Today mainstream news outlets featuring heavily credentialed experts weighing in on the ongoing UFO phenomenon. In December (2017), CNN announced: “A former Pentagon official who led a … government program to research potential UFOs said … he believes there is evidence of alien life reaching Earth.”

• The New York Post summarized events: “… The New York Times released the results of an investigation into the U.S. military’s monitoring of UFO claims and came up with… a video released by the Pentagon that shows U.S. Navy pilots tracking the movements of a totally unexplainable aircraft. Now, a local news team from Las Vegas has obtained a military report that offers even more details on the sighting and the story is somehow becoming even more bizarre than it already was.” “The report explains in great detail how a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier played a strange game of hide and seek with multiple Anomalous Aerial Vehicles (AAVs) that demonstrated flight characteristics that should be downright impossible to pull off.”

• Then there was a Washington Post story describing how a rock star had “mustered a team of credentialed experts to put mysterious incidents on your radar.” “UFOs”, the headline said, “are suddenly a serious news story.” The rock star, the Post reported, was former Blink-182 frontman Tom DeLonge, who launched To the Stars Academy of Arts & Science. It will investigate the “outer edges of science.”

• Christopher Mellon, an adviser to the academy who served as deputy assistant secretary of defense for intelligence in the Clinton and George W. Bush administrations, wrote a Washington Post opinion piece that carried this headline: “The military keeps encountering UFOs. Why doesn’t the Pentagon care?”

• What we have today are heavy-duty experts taking UFOs seriously. “My personal belief is that there is very compelling evidence that we may not be alone,” declared Luis Elizondo, the former Pentagon official in the CNN interview.

• It is intriguing to think of a new generation of journalists having to decide what attention, if any, should be given to new assertions that “the truth is out there,” to borrow a tagline from “The X-Files.”

 

Long ago, as a young reporter, I was well aware of UFO stories.

Out of curiosity, I read mainstream media pieces as well as tabloid tales. What repeatedly struck me was this: As with much else in life, we were reluctant to simply accept that we didn’t immediately know the answer to the mystery of the moment.

In any event, I would not have imagined that some six decades later, UFO stories would still be around, with heavily credentialed experts weighing in.

The stories ebbed and flowed over the decades, but now there is new chatter of a different kind.
In the past, I suspected that reports of sightings were likely to increase when popular entertainment featured space sagas, but I also thought they were a reflection of universal tensions and anxiety.

Given that these are truly tense and anxious times, I started to look around for UFO-type talk — or, rather, the reporting of same. I searched for some indication of renewed and perhaps more intense attention.

I found it, and it even had a new spin — namely an assertion that the subject was “serious.”

In December, CNN announced: “A former Pentagon official who led a … government program to research potential UFOs said … he believes there is evidence of alien life reaching Earth.” Other media outlets also weighed in. What was going on?

Last month, The New York Post summarized and updated events:
“UFO sightings are a dime a dozen … but back in December, The New York Times released the results of an investigation into the U.S. military’s monitoring of UFO claims and came up with something totally wild. It was a video released by the Pentagon that shows U.S. Navy pilots tracking the movements of a totally unexplainable aircraft. Now, a local news team from Las Vegas has obtained a military report that offers even more details on the sighting and the story is somehow becoming even more bizarre than it already was.”

The account continued: “The report explains in great details how a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier played a strange game of hide and seek with multiple Anomalous Aerial Vehicles (AAVs) that demonstrated flight characteristics that should be downright impossible to pull off.”
So there was all this.

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More Official UFO Footage Released: This One Was Filmed Zipping Across the Ocean

by Arjun Walia             March 12, 2018             (collective-evolution.com)

• Three military videos of UFOs have now been declassified and released for public viewing by the U.S. Government, through the To The Stars Academy. (see all three videos below)

• These are objects performing maneuvers that, to us, should be impossible to make based on our level of technology and our laws of science. When To The Stars member Steve Justice was asked about the technologies behind these objects, he said, “revolutionary is too mild of a word.”

• The Navy F-18 pilot who chased the “pill-shaped UFO” in the original cockpit video released last December is David Fravor. Said Favor, “As I got close to it, probably within a mile to half a mile, it rapidly accelerated to the south and disappeared in less than two seconds…It had no wings…there’s no rotors (like a helicopter)…this was extremely abrupt like a ping pong ball bouncing off the wall it would hit and go the other way and change directions at will. And then the ability to hover over the water and then start a vertical climb from basically zero up towards about 12000 feet, and then accelerate in less than 2 seconds and disappear – it is something I had never seen in my life.”

• To The Stars associate Christopher Mellon recently wrote an article for the Washington Post, sharing his frustration about the fact that we now have observed phenomena, officially verified to be real with actual electro-optical data and radar tracking, yet very little attention within government is paid to it. They’ve also stressed the fact, as many other governments have, that these are not isolated incidents and they occur all the time.

• In the article, Mellon does not address why so little attention has been paid to official UFO research. And that’s because it’s been in the hands of the ‘secret government,’ as many politicians and presidents have referenced. Many people within the government don’t have the clearance to know about what’s going on. This includes some of the highest ranking officials, including the President.

• What we are seeing is a historical movement, whether it be from good intentions to disclose a truth that’s been covered up for decades, or to control and manipulate that truth to serve the will of those who have been gathering data on this topic, who knows?

 

“If somebody’s laughing at what you say, you’re standing in the future and looking back. We have these glimpses of technology now that tell us, maybe there’s a way to go do that.”

The quote above comes from Steve Justice, a (very) recently retired director of Aerospace for Lockheed Martin, formerly known as the Skunk Works. He is part of a company called To The Stars, who has a mission to figure out how the technologies behind these observed UFOs work and bring this innovation into the public domain.

The observed UFOs I am referring to are the three videos that have now been declassified and released for public viewing by the US Government, through the To The Stars academy.

The other members of the team include multiple former Department of Defense employees, like Christopher Mellon, the former United States Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Intelligence. The list is quite long and continues to grow.

What we are seeing is a historical movement, whether it be from good intentions to disclose a truth that’s been covered up for decades, or to control and manipulate that truth to serve the will of those who have been gathering data on this topic, who knows?

So far, the initiative seems well intentioned, but it’s just the beginning.

Melon recently wrote an article for the Washington Post, sharing his frustration about the fact that we now have observed phenomena, officially verified to be real with actual electro-optical data and radar tracking, yet very little attention within government is paid to it. They’ve also stressed the fact, as many other governments have, that these are not isolated incidents and they occur all the time.

He did not, however, address why so little attention has been paid to it. And that’s because it’s been in the hands of the ‘secret government,’ as many politicians and presidents have referenced. This is why “The Pentagon Doesn’t Care,” as his title states, in my opinion.

Based on my research, many people within the government don’t even have the clearance to know about what’s going on. This includes some of the highest ranking officials…including the president.
Melon also describes multiple encounters in his article:
“In one example, over the course of two weeks in November 2004, the USS Princeton, a guided-missile cruiser operating advanced naval radar, repeatedly detected unidentified aircraft operating in and around the Nimitz carrier battle group, which it was guarding off the coast of San Diego. In some cases, according to incident reports and interviews with military personnel, these vehicles descended from altitudes higher than 60,000 feet at supersonic speeds, only to suddenly stop and hover as low as 50 feet above the ocean. The United States possesses nothing capable of such feats.”

What is important is bringing this information to light in a truthful manner, the government has a bad rep when it comes to sharing information and truth. We’ve seen a lot of propaganda with multiple topics, but that does not mean that all representatives within this field do not have good hearts, it doesn’t mean that they themselves support what the ‘government’ does.

Also, keep in mind that these people are no longer working for the government.
Often, we are quick to judge.

These are objects performing maneuvers that, to us, should be impossible to make based on our level of technology and our laws of science.

When Justice was asked about the technologies behind these objects, he said, “revolutionary is too mild of a word.”

“Pill-Shaped UFO off of San Diego, 2004

 

UFO Off of West Coast

 

UFO Off of East Coast

 

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The Military Keeps Encountering UFOs. Why Doesn’t the Pentagon Care?

“We have no idea what’s behind these weird incidents because we’re not investigating.”

by Christopher Mellon            March 9, 2018             (washingtonpost.com)

• A December 16, 2018 New York Times article revealed a $22M Pentagon UFO program and released a Navy F-18 cockpit video of a “pill-shaped UFO” off of the coast of California in 2004. Now, Defense Department intelligence officials confirm more than a dozen such incidents off of the East Coast since 2015. Last October, the Air Force sent F-15 fighter jets to intercept a high-speed UFO traveling from northern California into Oregon, which was confirmed by ground radar and commercial airline pilots visually. ‘To The Stars Academy’ has released two more videos of the U.S. military capturing UFOs on video (see both of them below).

• Prior to capturing the Navy F-18 cockpit video of the original pill-shaped UFO off of the coast of San Diego in 2004, the Navy had been tracking these UFOs for a couple of weeks. They witnessed UFOs descending at supersonic speeds from altitudes higher than 60,000 feet, only to suddenly stop and hover as low as 50 feet above the ocean, in broad daylight and without a discernible means of propulsion. The United States possesses nothing capable of such feats.
• Whether these are advanced technologies from Russia or China or intelligent extraterrestrials, the U.S. government doesn’t appear to be very interested in learning more about them.

• This article’s writer, Christopher Mellon, is a former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Intelligence for the Clinton and George W. Bush administrations, and was Staff Director for the Senate Intelligence Committee. He is currently an adviser to ‘To The Stars Academy’ and raises private funds to enable the Academy to investigate incidents like the 2004 UFO encounter off of San Diego. Says Mellon, “military departments and agencies treat such [UFO] incidents as isolated events rather than as part of a pattern requiring serious attention and investigation.”

• Reports from different services and agencies remain largely ignored and unevaluated inside their respective bureaucratic stovepipes. The current approach is equivalent to having the Army conduct a submarine search without the Navy. “A colleague of mine at To the Stars Academy, Luis Elizondo, used to run a Pentagon intelligence program that examined evidence of “anomalous” aircraft, but he resigned last fall to protest government inattention to the growing body of empirical data.” The Pentagon officially discontinued the UFO program in 2012.

• Mellon says that ‘To the Stars Academy’ is being approached by military personnel who are concerned about national security and frustrated by how the Defense Department is handling such UFO reports. “Nobody wants to be ‘the alien guy’ in the national security bureaucracy; nobody wants to be ridiculed or sidelined for drawing attention to the issue… This is true up and down the chain of command, and it is a serious and recurring impediment to progress… It is time to set aside taboos regarding UFOs and instead listen to our pilots and radar operators.”

• “The task needs to be assigned to an official with the clout to compel collaboration among disparate and often quarrelsome national security bureaucracies. A truly serious effort would involve, among other things, analysts able to review infrared satellite data, NORAD radar databases and signals, and human intelligence reporting. Congress should require an all-source study by the secretary of defense while promoting research into new forms of propulsion that might explain how these vehicles achieve such extraordinary power and maneuverability,” says Mellon. “Who knows what perils we may avoid or opportunities we might identify? The future belongs to not only the physically brave but also the intellectually agile.”

 

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.

Is it possible that America has been technologically leap-frogged by Russia or China? Or, as many people wondered after the videos were first published by the New York Times in December, might they be evidence of some alien civilization? Unfortunately, we have no idea, because we aren’t even seeking answers.
I served as deputy assistant secretary of defense for intelligence for the Clinton and George W. Bush administrations and as staff director for the Senate Intelligence Committee, and I know from numerous discussions with Pentagon officials over the past two years that military departments and agencies treat such incidents as isolated events rather than as part of a pattern requiring serious attention and investigation. A colleague of mine at To the Stars Academy, Luis Elizondo, used to run a Pentagon intelligence program that examined evidence of “anomalous” aircraft, but he resigned last fall to protest government inattention to the growing body of empirical data.

Meanwhile, reports from different services and agencies remain largely ignored and unevaluated inside their respective bureaucratic stovepipes. There is no Pentagon process for synthesizing all the observations the military is making. The current approach is equivalent to having the Army conduct a submarine search without the Navy. It is also reminiscent of the counterterrorism efforts of the CIA and the FBI before Sept. 11, 2001, when each had information on the hijackers that they kept to themselves. In this instance, the truth may ultimately prove benign, but why leave it to chance?

(A Pentagon spokesman did not respond to requests from The Washington Post for comment, but in December, the military confirmed the existence of a program to investigate UFOs and said it had stopped funding the research in 2012.)

UFO off of the West Coast

UFO off of the East Coast

 

The military personnel who are encountering these phenomena tell remarkable stories. In one example, over the course of two weeks in November 2004, the USS Princeton, a guided-missile cruiser operating advanced naval radar, repeatedly detected unidentified aircraft operating in and around the Nimitz carrier battle group, which it was guarding off the coast of San Diego. In some cases, according to incident reports and interviews with military personnel, these vehicles descended from altitudes higher than 60,000 feet at supersonic speeds, only to suddenly stop and hover as low as 50 feet above the ocean. The United States possesses nothing capable of such feats.

On at least two occasions, F-18 fighters were guided to intercept these vehicles and were able to verify their location, appearance and performance. Notably, these encounters occurred in broad daylight and were independently monitored by radars aboard multiple ships and aircraft. According to naval aviators I have spoken with at length, the vehicles were roughly 45 feet long and white. Yet these mysterious aircraft easily sped away from and outmaneuvered America’s front-line fighters without a discernible means of propulsion.

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