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Towards the end of last year I had a number of experiences which lead me to believe that taking a step back from the UFO subject was probably a healthy thing to do. I needed time to process them. I have no doubt in my mind that my experiences were results of genuine phenomena, but what the phenomena actually were and what they tell us about ourselves and the universe is open to question and debate. I’ve been convinced for some time that dissembling is often present within UFO and paranormal phenomena, so the idea of taking the experiences at face value or taking the empirical evidence literally seems foolish.
The one thing that can be said with certainty is that the UFO subject – real or not – has shaped our modern culture. It is one of the most searched terms on the internet, it dominates movies and television, and it even plays a role in shaping our beliefs. Our culture, almost without question, links the UFO subject with extra-terrestrial visitation.
But what if that isn’t the case? Or – more likely, in my opinion – what if the phenomenon is multi-faceted and no single explanation accounts for all genuine UFO sightings? What if the answer to many of these unexplained experiences was something far more esoteric than ET visitation? Maybe something we haven’t even considered yet?
To me, it seems awfully arrogant to believe that unexplainable things can’t and don’t happen. We live in a vast universe and know very little about how it all works, how our brains work, what a soul is, what consciousness really is and how it connects us to one another, or even how we got here. And even with all our current technology, there are still unexplored corners of Earth. We are constantly discovering new things, having to adapt our science and ways of thinking to compensate for the latest findings. If we took a step back in time even a decade, we could barely comprehend the computer processing power we have today.
But does that mean that UFOs exist? That Bigfoot exists? That ghosts exist?
Not necessarily. But I’ve seen UFOs, I’ve had some pretty crazy experiences and I’ve had unexplainable things happen to me. That’s why I am doing what I am doing. You may be skeptical because you haven’t had these experiences. I can’t fault anyone for that. I doubt I would believe any of it if I hadn’t experienced it myself either, so I welcome skeptical viewpoints and debate in all aspects of paranormal research. A good skeptical argument may just be the one thing that stops us from falling down the rabbit hole – or at least guides us gently down it.
People who spend any time considering the UFO phenomena seem to fall into roughly three groups: the definitive believers (or “paranormalists”, to use the more recent term), the skeptics, and the debunkers.
Skeptics and debunkers would probably label me a paranormalist/believer, but that isn’t necessarily how I see myself. Just because I believe that unexplainable things happen doesn’t mean I blindly believe in ALL alleged paranormal phenomena and that ALL UFO cases are real. I try to approach each case with an open mind and judge it on its own merits: the evidence, the eye-witness testimonies, the conditions in which the event allegedly occurred. In my own experiences, I am even more careful to avoid jumping to any conclusions.
Can anyone say with 100% certainty that an event occurred in the way that it was reported? No, never. Can I say that an experience I had happened exactly as I recall it? No, never. I rarely draw a definite conclusion that a case is real, and it is actually easier for me to draw a conclusion that something is probably bogus or simply misidentified and may be conventional in nature, but I try not to be dismissive.
I have to admit that previously, reading reports of love-and-light beings from the Pleiades, cat beings from Sirius, the Council of 9, malevolent and vampyric beings who bring couples together to feed on their sexual and emotional energy, reptilian aggressors that rape victims (after shape-shifting from Queen Elizabeth II and family, of course) and the endless steam of grainy videos on YouTube depicting nondescript and distinctly non-impressive lights in the sky – such things tended to make me feel that I was more aligned to a skeptical point of view than that of a conventional believer in some instances.
I believe that it is absolutely essential to the credibility of paranormal research to have skeptical lines of enquiry. It keeps the subject honest and can lead to further debate in what is a vastly complex array of experiences. However, if you are coming to the subject from the outset to try and disprove that anything unusual has ever happened, then you are not a skeptic, you are a debunker. And therein lies a huge difference.
Skepticism is healthy and encourages rigorous questions and investigation. Debunking is destructive by definition and involves an agenda with predetermined conclusions; it is blind denial, making it just as foolish and pointless as blind belief. Unfortunately, there are a lot of debunkers out there who are claiming to be skeptics.
It’s important to remember that just because we can’t prove something happened or find any evidence of the event, that doesn’t mean that it didn’t happen – unless you are a debunker.
Debunking, rather than skepticism, has been the mainstream media’s viewpoint for much of the past 50 years. This combination of dismissal and ridicule has largely been successful in keeping serious research away from the UFO and paranormal subjects, with the notable exception of the military-industrial complex and the odd, renegade, academic paranormalists – often coming to the field as a result of their own experiences.
Even more frustrating are the dogmatic statements asked over and over by members of the media, which both spring from and encourage a debunking stance:
‘Where’s the evidence?’ (There’s actually rather a lot).
‘He must be crazy.’ (Where’s the evidence for that?)
‘It’s all in the mind.’ (Where’s the evidence for that?)
‘That little green men nonsense again.’ (Mostly grey and blue… but, OK, occasionally green.)
This kind of coverage of the subject ignores the millions of people who claim to have witnessed these phenomena, the multiple-witness events, and the most convincing evidence. YES, contrary to popular belief , there is plenty of evidence. J Allen Hynek, godfather of modern ufology and scientific consultant to Projects Sign, Grudge and Blue Book (the official USAF projects that studied the UFO phenomenon between 1947 and 1969), was once asked: “Where is the evidence?” He amusingly replied; “Where do you want the truck to stop?”
The internet and alternative media have brought a revolution in freedom of information never before seen in modern times. The huge interest in these subjects will possibly lead to many more recorded experiences and sightings, as the phenomena interact with the consciousness of freshly open minds. As this flood of new data streams in, it is up to us all (skeptic and paranormalist alike) to examine the cases and evidence with a healthy balance of skepticism and open-mindedness, yet with the respect they deserve. There is no room for blind faith on the part of the paranormalist, nor debunkery on the part of the skeptic, if we are ever going to reach a greater understanding of the universe we live in.
An Introduction To The Resistance – by Lorin Cutts
Sometime around the middle of 2012 I began to notice that a colleague of mine at the Global Radio Alliance, Chase Kloetzke, was leaving remarks on Facebook about being fed up with how the mainstream media mishandles serious paranormal and UFO research. Chase’s comments were notable given her impressive credentials in this subject: 20 years with the Department of Defense, and then serving as the manager of the MUFON Star Team during a difficult transitional period for the organization.
I wondered what had happened to Chase to make her so critical of the media. The UFO subject has definitely had an uncomfortable relationship with the mainstream media; more often than not it is seen as entertainment rather than serious news worthy of the investigative coverage afforded to other subjects. Chase’s views struck a chord with me, since I have had several negative experiences with media coverage of this subject. In 1996 a case I was investigating had been sold to the general public by the mainstream press as nothing more than the planet Venus, and a multiple radar return was explained away as a cathedral spire. There are obviously thousands of tales just like this and it begs two questions: is this part of a cohesive cover up of unexplainable event data and, if so, how is this being executed on such a large scale?
With all of this in mind, I approached Chase in October and suggested we form an official campaign … and The Resistance was born. We launched a Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/kloetzkecutts) right before I went on a trip abroad for a few weeks. The timing was awkward, but offered a twist of fate as one of the people I would be staying with in London is an executive at the BBC… “sleeping with the enemy” as my friend Race Hobbs put it.
After talking to Chase about the experiences that formed her views I learned that, that among many other things, Chase was approached about a year ago regarding the filming of a pilot for a TV show– as then untitled.
“They sent me over the script and I was like – you have to be kidding me. They wanted me in a tank top and waist level in a river – pretending there were snakes in there to add drama as we went about our UFO investigation.” Chase Kloetzke
Chase Kloetzke – “They sent me over the script and I was like – you have to be kidding me. They wanted me in a tank top and waist level in a river – pretending there were snakes in there to add drama as we went about our UFO investigation.”
A suspiciously similar TV show was aired in the summer of 2012 – possibly one of the least credible and most over the top UFO shows ever created by the mainstream media – Chasing UFOs. Is this really the kind of garbage that we have to endure over such a potentially significant subject?
In May of this year, Renegade Productions, a production company working under contract to the BBC received a lot of attention after most of the 12 participants and film crew were detained facedown at gunpoint at a security gate within the Area 51 facility in Nevada. They had all ignored the “use of deadly force authorized” signs and were within the base perimeter. This event and the documentary “UFO Conspiracy Road Trip” received some attention in the national press in the UK and in the UFO research community and I asked my executive friend from the BBC (who prefers not to be named) about this sorry episode.
“What everyone has to realize is that any documentary that is being made for BBC3 isn’t going to be a serious documentary. The demographic for this channel is early 20’s up to 35 and a documentary about UFOs on BBC3 was never going to be a serious documentary – it is going to be purely for entertainment”.
The presenter of the documentary, comedian Andrew Maxwell, seemed to believe that this was more than just entertainment. “Luckily, when the sheriffs turned up this deputy had a sense of humour. It had been rung through to him that I was an Irish comedian leading these UFO nutjobs, that I didn’t believe any of it and was there to DEBUNK it for the BBC.” (reference: http://silverscreensaucers.blogspot.fi/2012/10/presenter-of-truthseeking-bbc-ufo-show.html)
This just adds insult to injury: putting the lives of UFO experiencers and researchers at risk under the pretext of entertainment, which is then used to attempt debunk the subject? It’s not hard to see why getting involved in such projects is potentially very damaging for the seriousness and credibility of this subject.
Richard Dolan did an excellent expose of this whole affair on his KGRA show. His interview with Franky Ma, the only participant who did not get detained at Area 51, is available on KGRA’s archives at http://kgraradio.com/portfolio-view/richard-dolan-show/.
At the opposite end of the scale was the well-made and sadly missed “UFO Hunters”. One of the stars of this show, Pat Uskert, was one of the first people to join our campaign. Pat has said that the finished version of the show was vastly different from his original demo called “UFO Road Trip”. (This is available to view on YouTube and it’s interesting to make a comparison between the two shows.) Pat was critical of his experience of being put through the TV Machine:
“What is happening on TV is designed entirely around ratings. It is sensationalism to attract bigger audiences for more advertising. You won’t find truth there.” Pat Uskert
Peter Robbins has also done some sterling work regarding the historical aspect of UFOs and their treatment in the mainstream media. He has lectured extensively on this subject and his data indicates that there does appear to be a very clear campaign to disniform the public via the mainstream media from the very birth of the modern UFO era.
“But what they are is another question. A question, it seems, which is never accorded the courtesy of an honest answer. And so the shell game has continued down through the decades.” Peter Robbins
We need to change this. We aren’t calling for a boycott of mainstream media participation, but we can all exercise judgment when approached to appear on TV, documentaries, and other media projects. If you feel passionately about this subject and want to see it presented in a serious and respectful way, then don’t participate in shows that are going to bring the subject into disrepute. Let’s all be mindful and not contribute – as much as feasibly possible – to anything that could potentially be a hatchet job or sensationalistic reality TV made strictly for entertainment. They do nothing to advance the credibility of this subject, and provide ammunition for people who want to ridicule it.
Don’t become complicit in the cover up. Utilize alternative media sources as much as possible. We all have a responsibility to take this subject out of the tabloid hit pieces and find other ways to get it into the homes of everyday people so it is shown in a respectful and serious light. We know there is an enormous interest in this subject: Google currently returns over 248 million hits on the search term “UFO”. It’s time to wake up and get serious about the media’s mishandling of what is potentially the biggest story of our time.
High Strangeness 5 – The Reed Family Case
Includes over three hours of interviews. Check in Sunday 8pm for the holy grail of UFO abduction cases in detail. The Reed family case involves at least three generations of upstanding members of the community, spans 58 years, led to the case being discussed at the United Nations, was described by MUFON as one of the most detailed they’ve ever seen… and includes multiple witnesses, physical evidence and over 115 supporting documents. This is the case that won’t be wished away. Join me, Tom Reed, Nancy Reed (first time interview), Chance Reed, Paul Eno and polygrapher Jim Morrisson.
Aired: 8pm EST, Sunday 17th June 2012. Archive at: http://www.kgraradio.com/free-archives
THOMAS REED / THE REED FAMILY CONTACTS
In the autumn of 1966 Thomas Reed, age 6, and his younger brother Matthew, age 4, were taken from their Sheffield, Massachusetts home. Both men have conscious memories of a lengthy experience with non-human entities and being taken aboard a landed UFO.
A year later this happened again. This time their mother, Nancy, frantically searched their 80 acre horse farm, eventually finding the boys on a dirt track, heavily shaken and in need of care after they had been missing for several hours.
In the autumn of 1969 the two boys, Nancy, and her mother, Marian, were all returning from a horse show near their home when the entire family was taken by a large UFO that Marian described as like a ‘flying strip mall’.
Unknown to the boys at the time, their mother and her friend had experienced similar beings back in 1954 in Moosehead Lake, Maine. When Nancy had married Howard Reed, she recounted her family’s history with UFOs and non human entities. This ran in stark contrast to Howard’s political aspirations, the position he held in local office and his high standing in the community. It was clear that Nancy’s family history couldn’t be discussed in public.
That changed when Howard became friends with attorney Robert Bletchman. The two men found they had more than a passing interest in the subject and subsequently spent many years working on the case. Bletchman was also responsible for taking the Reed case to the United Nations in 1992, a testament to the caliber of the witnesses and the seriousness of this case.
In 2006 Howard began working on a book using many of Bletchman’s notes. Bletchman was to die of cancer, and Reed of Legionnaires disease (official cause) before the book could be completed. The CDC, on sweeping Reed’s school office, reported brand new ceiling tiles and a mysterious vial in the air conditioning unit. The school has remained closed to this day.
In 2009 Matthew Reed was returning home from a movie in Brownsburg, Indiana when he spotted a glowing, orange ball-like UFO. The next thing Matthew recalls is being in a field with blood on his nose and shirt. The car’s instrument panel had been severely damaged, there was also blood on the steering wheel and high amounts of radio activity and electro-magnetism were found on and around the car. This incident was investigated by Bigelow Aerospace, who took physical trace evidence.
Dr Michael Buckner, PhD, from the Knoxville Hypnosis Centre met with Matthew and Thomas Reed and studied their experiences. Dr Buckner also administered tests to Tom’s son, Chance, who appears to display extraordinary aptitude and remote-viewing capabilities. Eight weeks before being scheduled to go on record and speak publicly about the case, Dr Buckner was found dead – the third death to surround this case.
The Reed Case spans over 50 years and three generations of the family. This complex story includes testimonies gleaned from conscious recollections, numerous supporting documents and independent testing. Steve White, a detective with over 30 years experience, investigated the case for MUFON and described it as one of the most detailed he’d ever come across.
The Reed case is without doubt one of the most convincing CE4 contact cases ever to surface.
The Reed family legacy is suitably honored in the International UFO Museum at Roswell, New Mexico. A drawing made by Thomas when he was 10 hangs here. This depicts a willow tree that was shown to him during his first encounter, a symbol that has had particular significance to him throughout his life.
In memory of his step-father, Thomas Reed today tells first hand testimony at conferences and lectures and has recently appeared on TV documentaries and in the mainstream news media.
By Lorin Cutts
It is my opinion that the UFO subject cannot be solved or explained without looking at all of the experiences of UFO witnesses and contactees, no matter how seemingly unexplainable or bizarre. This will inevitably lead us into high strangeness territory.
It would certainly appear that the UFO subject directly relates to other phenomena: synchronicities, dreams, symbology, psychic and other paranormal and spiritual phenomena. For those looking exclusively for a “nuts and bolts” answer to the UFO subject… I ask that you now open your minds.
No matter how hard civilian researchers have tried, we are hardly any further down the road than we were in 1947 in terms of trying to find detailed answers to the UFO subject. Sure, we know with certainty that there is a legitimate phenomenon present, but beyond that, what else do we really know for sure? Only, perhaps, that nothing is as it seems. Towards the end of his life the godfather of modern ufology himself, Dr J. Allen Hynek, talked of the need to put on one’s “spiritual glasses” in order to solve the UFO problem.
One thing we do have is a large number of eyewitnesses working to interpret and make sense of highly unusual encounters and experiences, and sometimes these experiences are so far from the Hollywood standard as to seem ridiculous. Are we to simply discount those witnesses whose experiences do not fit neatly into our pigeon-holed, preconceived ideas about what this subject should be about? Do you think that if I were going to make up a tale of alien* contact, I would choose to tell you about a small grey dog turning into a grey being? No! I am highly aware of just how crazy that makes me sound. I would have done anything to have a pretty spaceship with multi-colored lights descend and take me aboard, something comparatively easy for people to wrap their heads around. After all, that is how “alien” contact is SUPPOSED to be, right? Well, in my experience and from my research of others, it rarely is.
Talk to many lifetime UFO experiencers and they may have had a few of those stereotypical scenarios – bright lights through the window, then surrounded by beings before finally being whisked aboard a craft etc. – but often these account for only a small percentage of the paranormal experiences they have throughout their lives. So are we to simply discount and ignore the more nonsensical and way-out accounts? Definitely not, because within these accounts may well lie the information and clues to bring this subject – and all of us – into the 21st century.
* Please note that whenever I refer to “alien” – I do not automatically assume that these beings or representations of beings necessarily come from other planets or outer-space.
A Question of Time
I thought I’d start out with a subject that is a little light-hearted. Of course anything to do with high strangeness – or indeed UFOs in general – is rarely easygoing and inevitably leads to further questions, not just about the UFO subject but often fundamental questions about the nature of the universe and our place within it.
A few months after I began to work with lifetime UFO/alien experiencers and attempted to make sense of their stories and experiences, something strange started happening to me.
This started creeping into my conscious awareness during the summer of 2011 when I realized that I was waking up at the same time every few nights. I’d stir, look at my phone, and notice it was 3:33. As the days went on, I became aware that I was also looking at the clock during the day to see it was 3:33 in the afternoon. Over several weeks, I made mental notes as to how often – and when – I was looking at clocks wherever I went. I worked out that roughly 80% of the time I was checking a clock or my phone to see that the time was made up of the same numbers – 1:11, 2:22, 3:33, 4:44, etc. About 10% of the time I checked the time when the clocks showed 12:34, 3:45. 4:56; the remaining 10% of the time, the numbers were different and non-sequential.
As I began to research this phenomenon, I was intrigued to find that it had happened to other UFO researchers and experiencers. Greg Bishop of the UFO Mystic blog experienced a similar experience the night before interviewing the late Karla Turner, PhD, back in 1994. Karla was a tireless researcher of the abduction phenomena in the 1990’s, and her untimely death was a great loss to our subject.
Greg wrote: “One experience made me wonder about not just Turner herself, but the whole subject of abductions in general. On the night before our interview, I woke up four or five times: at 1:11, 2:22, 3:33, etc. This is the only time this has happened in my life. Turner and others later told me that this was a little-known experience of many who had claimed anomalous interludes with the UFO phenomenon”.
The late Karla Turner PhD
Slightly concerned by this, I actually took a few days off from my UFO work to process this information.
My next port of call was our best friend/enemy – Google. Well lo and behold, many other people appeared to be having this experience – and not just us crazy UFO people. In true internet fashion, it was being attributed to everything from demonic possession to guardian angels wanting to speak with us, and all points in between.
My own experiences with this ebbed and flowed. I’d have a week without it, then a week where it was beyond ridiculous. It was also happening to my housemate, in fact it started happening to her before it had started with me. She’d wake up in the middle of the night and see the digital clock was at 3:33. This happened over and over and even affected one of my dogs, Lucy. Normally Lucy was calm throughout the night, but on one particular night she whined to go out. This was highly unusual. My housemate got up to open the door to the backyard thinking duty needed to be done, but Lucy just looked up at the night sky for several minutes and then came back in. As my housemate climbed into bed she noticed that time again.
Both my housemate and I would also wake up needing the bathroom at the same time, only to find it was again that time. Just as my sanity was beginning to crack, something else happened.
At the time I was working on-call for the railroad. The phone rang in the middle of the night and I took my call, only to be told by the dispatcher that my on duty time was 03:33. I arrived at work to find that my paperwork had been issued by the dispatcher at 03:33 (this is the only time that my paperwork has ever been issued at the same time as my call time – one of our duties is to check the time stamp on the paperwork). Fast forward to the end of my trip. I walked into my hotel room to see the bedside clock proudly displaying – yes, you guessed it – 3:33 pm. What the hell was happening to me? It was like I was trapped in an episode of the Twilight Zone. Was Rod Serling about to appear out of the closet and say something smoothly cool and mysterious? I needed something – anything – to break the tension.
Rod Serling of The Twilight Zone
I went to bed, but I was restless and eventually just got up to think, trying to make sense of it all. I decided that if it happened again that night when I was called for my train home, then I would probably need institutionalizing. I went to sleep, shutting my eyes almost in fear. I eventually got to sleep, but not without a lot of brain traffic as I processed my new found reality. A few hours later I gained consciousness but dared not open my eyes right away. I turned to face the place where the digital clock sat on the cabinet and slowly began to squint my eyes open. There in front of me were the large red numbers.
I laid back on the bed and nervously contemplated the situation. It was like I was being played with like a lab rat in a cage. But by whom? What? How did this come to be? And why me? But I still had to get past 3:33 yet. I waited nervously for the call. Eventually the phone rang and I knew that if I was told to go to work at that time, I was pretty much done for… at least as far as my sanity was concerned. After staring at the phone as it rang a few times, I bit the bullet and picked up. The robotic voice of the auto-caller began its monotone, inhuman message. “You are called to work the IG4SE (miscellaneous train symbol) at 03:32 hours… have a safe day”.
I had to laugh. Hysterically. I had felt so close to breaking point. I didn’t want to be the victim of this cosmic joke any longer, so “they” had spared me… at least for now. Is this how the edge of sanity felt?
I returned home and began to think about it less and less. It kept appearing and disappearing, ebbing and flowing. During this time of relative calm I discovered that one of the very experiencers I’d been working with had something highly relevant to add to all this.
Suzanne Chancellor is a Los Angeles based lifetime UFO abductee/experiencer/contactee and former manager of rock bands. In fact, in a double synchronicity, Suzanne actually used to manage one of my favorite bands of all time, The Alarm (see how this all works?). Suzanne told me that her last experience with “alien” beings had occurred in July 2011 and started with her eyes opening to see her digital clock displaying 3:33! She then turned towards the doorway of her bedroom and there in the doorway stood three typical, small, grey beings. The experience was the most recent of many she has had with various entities and her story is fascinating and varied. What is particularly interesting to me about Suzanne’s case is that she has never undergone hypnotic regression, therefore all of Suzanne’s accounts are from conscious memory – and free of any possible contamination by this highly controversial practice. This particular experience wasn’t stressful or lengthy and the intruders soon vanished into thin air.
I thought about the time synchronicity over and over. I began asking questions about how this could possibly happen. Was this something interacting with our reality, our consciousness, the very fabric of our time? Was it the universe telling me something meaningful? Communicating with me? Or was this just life, the way the universe operates and – in the grand scheme of things – ultimately meaningless? A simple coincidence? After all, are we not programmed to look for patterns in things as part of some innate survival instinct? Wasn’t part of the human condition to search for meaning in things, no matter how small or trivial?
I thought about the widespread phenomenon I’m sure a lot of us are aware of: waking a few seconds before ones alarm goes off. Is part of our subconscious mind aware of time and clocks and our need to wake at certain times, even when we are asleep? Was it possible that I was subconsciously training myself to look at the clock at these times? Perhaps there was a relatively rational explanation to all of this somewhere in the mystery of our minds.
But I couldn’t completely let go of the idea there was some significance here.
For the past two years I have been working on “The Lockheed Conundrum” – a UFO related article regarding the Lockheed Martin organization. For various reasons, it is now highly unlikely that this will ever see the light of day, but I’d like to take a look at a few things regarding former employees of Lockheed that makes for interesting reading and may be relevant here.
The late Ben Rich was the former director of Lockheed’s infamous and highly secretive Skunk Works. In a supposed death bed revelation reported in the MUFON Journal by NASA systems analyst, Tom Keller, Rich supposedly blew the whistle on quite a few top secret subjects during his eleventh hour. When asked how UFO propulsion worked, Rich said “let me ask you this, how does ESP work?”. The questioner then answered “all points in time and space are connected?” to which Rich added “that’s how it works”. Rich is also quoted as saying “Anything you can imagine, we already know how to do.”
In isolation this second, third, fourth or more hand account doesn’t seem so significant, but it becomes more interesting when we take into consideration the remarks of a couple of other ex-Lockheed employees.
Boyd Bushman is another Lockheed old timer who now talks more like a new age hippy with a PhD than someone who worked on top secret black projects for the military-industrial establishment. To quote Bushman: “What we always have to do.. is walk.. kind of a lonely walk… but a very, very rewarding walk, to listen where languages are not talked and verbalization is not used”.
John D. Riley
John D. Riley runs Zero Point Research in Santa Monica, Los Angeles. I first came across John’s name while talking with James Gilliland at ECETI. John recently confirmed to me that he had indeed been with Lockheed, where he had worked with “special technology”. Curiously, John now posts a love heart to all of his Facebook friends daily, at 11:11 each morning and most evenings. In fact the love heart is positioned just so: 11♥11.
When I asked John about my experiences and why he posts his love heart and numbers at that time, his reply was as ambiguous as Bushman’s quote before him.
“I post for the same reason as to why you see those numbers. The first step the guardian numbers are here for us is to look deeper and to become aware of what is. Shifting consciousness and realization allows life to be amazing and yes… true Love reveals.”
So let’s join the dots. Taken at face value, it doesn’t take a rocket-scientist (no pun intended) to work out that something potentially amazing may be happening at Lockheed, and most likely within quantum physics. Will we all have the last laugh and find the mighty men of the military-industrial complex war machine figuratively putting flowers in their own guns?
Is it possible that the universe – far from being the complex and confusing place that we assume it to be – is really quite simple? Is everything simply energy vibrating at varying frequencies? Is it possible that our consciousness interacts with the universe in ways we have yet to understand? Is the universe actually made up of consciousness that we interact with? Or is this some external influence on our consciousness and reality? Considering how little we really know about our universe and how our brains work, I think it would be sensible to keep an open mind.
My time synchronicities continue to ebb and flow. As I wrote this article my housemate came into my studio to tell me that she looked at the clock for the first time since getting home from work at 4:44. Yesterday I can claim to have looked at the clock at 11:10, only to see it instantly change to 11:11; then at 2:21, only to see it change that next second to 2:22; then at 2:34 and finally – of course! – at 3:33.
But now, far from seeing this as something sinister, I choose to see this as life affirming, proof positive that I am awake and alive and experiencing the wonders of the here and now, quite literally. Am I being allowed to glimpse a hint that there is more to life than what we see in front of us? And isn’t this exactly how the UFO subject operates? Staying on the periphery of our vision and displaying a calm subtlety, yet giving us enough to question and wonder about our world, our universe, and what exactly is behind the thin veil of our reality?
In one final act of cosmic comedy seemingly tailor made for this article, my housemate poked her head into my studio during the final hour of completing this article to tell me something. Last night she had a dream that there was something wrong with her bedside clock – the clock that has formed the centerpiece for much of this article. She awoke in the night with a start, only to see her digital clock displaying, for the first time ever, a non-existent time:
The clock no longer keeps time.
First Aired: 7pm Thursday 26th January 2012 as part of the Eye Witness Radio Show. Archive at: http://www.kgraradio.com/free-archives
Written in May 2011
In 1999 McMenamins Pub and Breweries began renovating a large hotel in downtown McMinnville, Oregon, and company historian Tim Hills began looking into the local history of the area to see what interesting details he could uncover.
At the Yamhill County Historical Society he came across a copy of the front page of the McMinnville Telephone Register from June 8, 1950, featuring two photos taken about a month earlier by local farmer Paul Trent. These would become internationally known in the UFO world as the Trent photographs. They are still considered to be among the clearest and best early UFO photographs, and have stood up to rigorous analysis with modern day methods.
Tim Hills: ‘I never knew of the photos or sighting, but started researching the case. I talked with several longtime residents who shared details and context about the Trent sighting and photos (including Phil Bladine, the local newspaper publisher who decided to print the photos in 1950). As the story began to unfold for me, I realised the 50th anniversary of the case was approaching and thought I couldn’t let it pass without some kind of ceremony or at least acknowledgement.’
And so, at exactly 7.30pm on May 11, 2000 (almost 50 years to the exact minute the photos were taken!) Bruce Maccabee took to the stage at the newly opened Hotel Oregon for what was intended to be a unique, one off event. Bruce, an ex U. S. Navy Research Physicist, had studied the Trent photographs for years and concluded that they were most likely genuine. Mr Maccabee’s presentation drew a much larger crowd than expected. In fact, so many people turned up that the dining room set aside for the event proved too small and the crowd spilled out onto the rest of the first floor. While most attendees were local, others came from as far as Florida, Tennessee and California.
Inspired by this interest, McMenamins decided to hold another event the following year – and every year since. As the event grew in size, the venue had to be upgraded. UFO Fest is now held in the much larger community centre a few blocks from Hotel Oregon. In May 2011, thanks to the amazing support from McMinnville residents and the local community, the festival just celebrated its 12th year.
Walking down 3rd street at lunchtime on Saturday, it seemed as if half the McMinnville population had shown up. Many people had dressed as aliens, had dressed their dogs up as aliens, or at the very least donned a pair of antennae on their heads. The time and effort that went into many of the costumes and make up showed that this town was serious about partying at its UFO festival.
But what about the serious side of the UFO subject? Assuming that the Trent photos are genuine, are we any closer to an official explanation about these types of experiences and encounters? Are we earthlings forever bound by our clichéd perceptions of little green men? Are we simply more comfortable treating the subject with humor or even ridicule?
Tim Hills: ‘Having both serious and fun components at the UFO Fest was not really something we consciously planned. It evolved from the fact that McMenamins has logged a lot of time with lodging, dining and special events and have a pretty good reputation for serving up fun/interesting family fare. So, it was only natural to us to consider adding a costume parade, musical acts, an old-time radio theater production, and costume ball. What WAS foreign to us, though, was staging ufologists. It quickly became clear that unless we maintained a serious, respectful presentation of the speakers, the entire event would collapse into silliness and quickly disappear. In several instances, we wouldn’t have been able to get some presenters to even accept our invitation to come speak had it not been for past speakers’ assurances that the festival truly is committed to treating the subject in a respectful and scholarly manner’.
On Friday night I attended the first lecture of the event with a skeptical and semi-bemused attorney friend. We attended Bob Salas’s presentation of his experiences at Malmstrom Air Base in Montana in which an unidentified flying object disabled ten ‘Minuteman’ nuclear missiles on two separate occasions in March 1967. My friend became more interested as Bob backed up his words with official documents obtained using the Freedom of Information Act as well as other research. Perhaps the most damning evidence was a document he produced from one source together with a copy of the same document released under FOIA with the pertinent sentence relating to the UFO missing!
A more comical high point was Bob’s admission that after years of keeping schtum about his UFO encounter, he finally decided to speak out after he thought he read about it in Timothy Good’s ‘Above Top Secret’ book in 1994. After submitting FOIA requests, he went on ‘Coast to Coast’, the largest syndicated radio show in the US. He told the listeners about ‘Oscar’’ Flight (his missile flight command post) and his UFO experience, but later realised that the event in Timothy Good’s book was actually another encounter altogether regarding UFOs and nuclear warheads at ‘Echo’ Flight! As Bob said, ‘Oh well.. too late now.’ The rest is now (fortunately) history.
The second speaker of the event was longtime UFO researcher and cryptozoologist, Stan Gordon. Stan is a vanguard of the old school and his tireless research into the subject started at the ripe old age of ten. Stan’s lecture was split between his ‘baby’ – his decades long research into the infamous Kecksburg crash in his home state of Pennsylvania in December 1965 – and his work with Bigfoot sightings. Over the years, many witnesses from all backgrounds have found their way to Stan, and he has built up a thoroughly convincing case for a major UFO crash retrieval and subsequent cover up at Kecksburg.
What is fascinating to me is that so many of Stan’s witnesses – including some of the ones with the most explosive information – only appeared many years after the event. It’s worth considering that it can take years – even decades – to piece together a clear version of a major UFO event, particularly with a full blown military/agency cover up such as this one.
Stan finished his lecture with many accounts of Bigfoot sightings. I found Stan to be a consummate gentleman and tireless researcher; and I find myself wondering how much longer we will have researchers of this caliber to present their findings at such events?
With a few hours between lectures, it was off to the marquee outside the hotel for some food and drink followed by the alien costume parade. Downtown McMinnville becomes a riot of color, cheer and eccentricity. The speakers at this year’s event were paraded through the streets in open top cars, a fitting reward for making the journey and all the hours of unpaid work that goes on behind the scenes for researchers.
Can there be any other subject as compelling as ufology – with its potentially cosmic revelations – that is largely in the hands of unpaid, civilian researchers? I have no doubt this subject is investigated by governments and the military, but we are not privy to this information for the most part. It is left to the likes of Bob Salas, Stan Gordon, and Paola Harris for their largely uncompensated work on behalf of all of us, and to present their findings in books and at events like this.
Paola Harris was the third speaker at this year’s UFO Fest. Paola began her career in ufology in 1980 as assistant to the godfather of the subject, Dr. J. Allen Hynek. She began her presentation with what could be considered some of the best UFO photographs in existence today, as if to say, ‘OK this is real, now can we get on with what’s next?’
Paola delivered an animated talk on the protocols of exopoltics and the ramifications of accepting alien life into our society and culture. She also touched on her groundbreaking work uncovering the Baca/Padilla Case – a previously unrecorded 1945 UFO crash near San Antonio, New Mexico.
I tracked down Paola and she is very adamant about her role.
Paola Harris: ‘One hundred years from now, if university kids are going to have to do a paper or research project, I’ve provided them with the first hand resources and witness statements’.
LC: What do you make of the novelty factor here?
Paola Harris: ‘It doesn’t bother me because attention is being given to the subject, but the outside world looks at this and can’t get away from the ridicule factor’.
I am reminded of a lecture from 2009 when long time UFO Fest friend and nuclear physicist, Stanton Friedman, proclaimed with some passion that we need to take this subject a lot more seriously. There appeared to be an amusing irony (I’m sure not lost on Stan) as he delivered his message to an auditorium of guests wearing antennae, bug eyes, and tinfoil hats.
Event organiser Tim Hills says ‘It has been interesting and fun to watch the cross-pollination of the festival’s two components. That is, some people who come only to watch the parade end up checking out some of the speaker presentations. And, at the other end of the spectrum, many from the serious, scientific crowd who come just to attend the speaker presentations, end up wandering out to see the parade and maybe hang around for the costume ball. As a result, there’s been quite a bit of blending between the two seemingly distinct audiences, and both end up tending to learn and have some fun’.
I think the weekend can best be summed up by a quote taken directly from Paola’s lecture. Projected on the large screen for us all to see was a letter written to her from Allen Hynek in the eighties. In large handwriting along the bottom of the letter are the words ‘laugh, laugh, study, study’.
I think UFO Fest ultimately manages to embody Hynek’s sentiments perfectly.
Journey to the Field of Dreams: A Visit to the ECETI Ranch
by Lorin Cutts
Some sixty miles to the north east of Portland, Oregon and at the base of Mount Adams lies the ECETI ranch – the home of James Gilliland. I first became aware of James and ECETI whilst surfing the internet several years ago, and it quickly became evident that many people in the community were highly skeptical of James’ claims and the years of footage taken here. I wondered how many of these people had actually visited the ranch, and how many final opinions – like many these days – were formed solely by sitting in front of the computer. So with all of this swirling around in my head, I decided to bite the bullet, put all of this endless speculation to one side, and go and see for myself.
So, on one of the last truly great summer weekends of 2010, my friend Jenna and I set off on the short but absolutely breathtaking journey from Portland, Oregon to Trout Lake, Washington. After an hour or so of driving, one of the lesser known snow-capped mountains of the Pacific Northwest rolls into view – Mount Adams… something that was to provide a focal point for the duration of our trip here.
Arrival at the remote ECETI Ranch is announced by a large wooden sign with more than a passing resemblance to Native American design. On embarking on the drive towards the ranch itself we pass tent after tent of guests camping and signs warning against trespass. My imagination runs riot – wondering if we are entering a ‘UFO cult’ of the sort that one occasionally hears about on the news (usually only after some tragic incident). The first thing one notices is that there are a lot of visitors’ cars here. Closer to the house, the second thing one notices is that mountain again! From what is quaintly labeled ‘the skywatch field’ the view of Mount Adams is stunning. In fact, the whole journey from Portland has been so incredible for scenery that I find myself thinking that regardless of whatever else may happen today, this has already been a really worthwhile experience.
James Gilliland greets us and the first port of call is a trip to a field on the far side of the property to see his yaks (including babies). I am struck by the calmness of this place and I find myself going back to this thought throughout my visit here. On the day of our visit a Yi Gong workshop is being held in the large building and this accounts for some of the vehicles parked up front. James and I assemble on a small mound under some trees and begin our interview whilst facing Mount Adams, which dominates the entire setting.
First impressions are that this is a man who is at peace with himself. He is instantly likeable, even though right away his claims seem outrageously wild and ‘out there’. He says that they are in touch with at least five races of extra-terrestrials in the same matter of fact way that I would ask someone to pass the milk. I try to stay focused. I admit that I am usually highly skeptical of anyone who seems to have so many detailed answers to the universe and its mysteries; however, I never once get the impression that this man doesn’t believe what he is saying or is being intentionally misleading or untruthful.
Lorin Cutts and James Gilliland.
The annual ECETI conference had been held only a few weeks prior to my visit, and it was during that time that some incredible video footage was shot. The footage was some of the best ever shot at ECETI – and in fact some of the best I’ve seen in recent years – so I jump straight in and ask James about this.
JG: We had two hundred people here for the conference. About three hundred attended, but two hundred got involved in the intention experiment to connect and bring [the aliens] in. We did this meditation to bring them in, and everybody felt the energy – it was like intense energy in the room. People were crying, and having heart openings, it was really powerful. Then we walked outside and the ship flew right over the top of the building. It was pinkish orange and looked crystalline. A guy named John Riley who’s a Lockheed engineer filmed it.
According to James, there are at least three pieces of footage of this event and hundreds of photographs. It’s an odd feeling when confronted with such stark accounts of extra-terrestrial contact. On the one hand you spend half your life looking for this kind of account, yet when confronted with even the chance of this my default mindset is to want to call into question much of it. Even though I’ve watched some of the footage of this event and been mightily impressed by it, I still feel this caution. After all, what we are talking about here is Close Encounters of the 5th kind: two way communication.
James has mentioned in several interviews that he believes there is a media lockdown on what happens at the ECETI ranch, that members of the UFO community are blacklisting the events that go on there, including the footage from the conference.
JG: I took all of that footage you saw and I gave it to Peter Davenport at the National UFO Reporting Centre and he’s totally censored everything. Filers Files, another big one, I sent all of them to him, didn’t hear a peep, sent them again. Then he sent this thing out asking for donations. I said I’d love to donate but first I want to hear why you are censoring all of the footage from here, photographs with 200 witnesses and the video – and we haven’t heard a peep back from him. In the UFO community it’s sad, but there’s a lot of jealousy and a lot of competition. They don’t want answers, they want to keep the question alive. I wrote a letter of resignation to the UFO community. I said, we’ve bought you all the evidence. I’ve never seen so much jealousy and back stabbing – everything [they] are doing is totally contrary to contact. We’re getting more censorship from the UFO community than we are from the mainstream press. Everybody I talk to is just fed up with the fear, and the greys, the dark-side, the negativity.
LC: Perhaps part of the problem is that you have a load of people wanting and searching for a scientific answer to all of this, and maybe by its very nature it isn’t going to be purely scientific. It might be more spiritual, or perhaps both. So if you don’t give some people a kind of nuts and bolts answer then they don’t like it.
JG: Yes, they want nuts and bolts proof of a non-physical event.
I have the thought that perhaps the UFO community is divided into two groups. The first is made up of people who are seeking spiritual answers to the phenomenon – I call them the ‘nuts’ (no pun intended). The second group is seeking scientific answers – these are the ‘bolts’. The two groups seem completely at odds with each other. Perhaps our science will one day explain spirituality anyway, or at least the two will overlap. I think of retired Lockheed Martin scientist Boyd Bushman and what could be called his very new-agey, quasi-spiritual way of speaking after god-knows-what he’s been researching behind closed doors for several decades.
I asked James how he ended up here in this wonderful setting, about his own personal journey and his past experiences. For a man who started out in a career in commercial real estate in California, this is an unexpected turnout.
JG: Well I had experiences even when I was a kid, but I didn’t understand what they were about. When I was five I had bronchial pneumonia and they told my parents I was going to die. A woman dressed in blue kept appearing to me and she’d stroke my head and pull me out of it. That was my first paranormal experience. [Later, as an adult] I was out in the ocean body-surfing and had a drowning accident. I got slammed by three sneaker waves, then gave up, went through the tunnel that everybody talks about. That kind of created an open door. After this, my focus was to create a retreat centre, a healing center, I wasn’t looking for UFOs.
That’s not to say James wasn’t interested in UFOs back then.
JG: As a kid, I was raised in the high desert, we saw them all the time. Later [I lived] in Apple Valley and right down the road from us, Ralph Ring and Otis Carr were building their ship. I saw that experiment, I saw it light up the whole sky, lit the whole mountain up.’
LC: So what made you choose this place, Little Mountain Road?
JG: I had visions, real clear visions of this place. I saw that mountain and I saw the river and in the visions I saw the words ‘little mountain’, and I couldn’t understand why when I see this huge mountain in front of me. The history of this place here goes back to the Native Americans. They have a legend that there is a crystalline city here and there’s a doorway and whenever someone was sick or wounded they’d take them up and drop them off. These beings would come out and get them and take them in and bring them out healed.
James points out that Mount Adams is, of course, intrinsically linked with the UFO subject. The mother of all sightings (that coined the phrase ‘flying saucer’) occurred in 1947 when Kenneth Arnold lost sight of his UFOs over… yes… you guessed it – Mount Adams.
The list of visitors to ECETI over the years is quite impressive. From rock stars (Robbie Williams), film stars (Danny Dyer) to UFO stalwarts (Wendell Stevens, Bob Sallas, Dr Michael Salla, Alfred Webre, Brooks Agnew, Dolores Cannon, the Above Top Secret crew.. to the mainstream news media (Sean Hannity, Fox News, Paranormal State).. and engineers and scientists from NASA, Boeing, and Lockheed Martin.
LC: Do many people leave here disappointed?
JG: No, none of them do. I haven’t heard one of them say that, they are just blown away when they come here. When Paranormal State were here they were very impressed, I said at 10 o’clock the ships would appear in the east and it happened. We did it when Hannity came from Fox News, said there’d be ships in the east and they appeared. We’ve done that repeatedly, it shows there’s telepathic contact. Witnesses, film, I don’t know what else they need.
LC: Have you had much interest from government agencies?
JG: Yes, we’ve had every agency up here: FBI, CIA, NASA.
LC: They just posed as guests or visitors?
JG: Yes, and then they just started confessing and spilling the beans. They went back and quit their jobs (laughs). Things happen here… and they went back and they were changed, they couldn’t function anymore.
LC: So what about phone tapping?
JG: Oh yeah, there’s that. I just did a radio show for LA. They had four lines coming into the station and all four got disconnected’.
LC: Talking of radio, you also do a radio show.
JG: Yes, I do two actually. One is on BBS Radio on Saturday evening ‘As You Wish’, and the other one is on World Puja’ on Tuesdays. I broadcast from my studio here.
LC: So what’s next for ECETI and the ranch?
JG: Stage two is in limbo right now, we are probably going to need to get some major legal assistance. We really want to grow this into a template or blueprint on how you could live a totally spiritual life in harmony with nature and each other but also enveloping the highest technologies at the same time. These beings [visiting us] are extremely advanced. Very, very spiritually and technologically advanced beings, so we have to rise to the occasion, strive for enlightenment, to be able to hang out and connect with these beings.
LC: When you say beings do you believe they are inter-planetary or inter-dimensional or both?
JG: All the above. Inter-dimensional, there’s time travel going on, 3D activity, the whole enchilada. Dr J. Allen Hynek did research [on Mt Adams] and Greg Long wrote a book about it. Right in the middle of the mountain a light opens up, things come out of it.
LC: And you think that’s some kind of door?
JG: Yes, it’s definitely a door. [I've been] up there, there’s a huge lava face - that’s all there is, nothing can go up or down there.
LC: How often do you see the door open up?
JG: About three or four times a year, but lately it’s opening up a lot and things are coming out of it.
I mention that I recently read that Yakima was statistically in the top five of biggest UFO hotspots in America, which is only eighty miles to our north east as the crow flies. Perhaps what James and others are experiencing here at Mount Adams relates to this. I am hopeful that Jenna and I will see something that evening when we join James and others in the skywatch field. James is unequivocal.
JG: Oh yes, you’ll see some things. Definitely.
Jedar The ECETI Wonder-Dog looks up to the heavens.
At this point we are visited by James’ dog Jedar; we watch as he chases a frisbee over a little stone maze in a patch of grass next to us. This gives me a little time to gather up my thoughts after these cosmic revelations and focus on something altogether more down to earth. James tells me Jedar has his own Facebook page, and even he is part of the contact! Apparently there is a photo of him out in the field with two laser type lights coming out of his eyes.
Jedar makes contact?
James begins to describe some of the healing events that have taken place at the ranch over the years, and as I listen to him it suddenly strikes me that for the first time in over four years my tinnitus is almost gone! This nearly knocks me out of my seat. I can’t even begin to explain how freaked out I am, but also how completely overjoyed I feel. I had literally forgotten what peace sounded like.
We continue to talk but I am finding it hard to keep my composure and concentrate on what James is saying. I am so astounded at the lack of any ringing in my ears that I have to tell him what is happening to me. He reacts with a complete lack of surprise and goes on to calmly relate instance after instance of seemingly miraculous healings that have occurred here over the years.
JG: Johnny Anonymous, when he was here he could hardly walk. His back was all messed up, he had no feeling in his leg. Well, he got a healing from one of the ships that came in. He left his camera rolling as he was getting healed and he captured the sound of one of the ships coming in. People come here and get blown wide open; all the spontaneous healings that happen here, the inner contact – that’s the main thing here for me. The UFOs flying over and buzzing us and powering up is just the bonus.
I am at a loss for words. Perhaps, whatever is at work here had sensed my skepticism and decided to play a little cosmic joke on me. Over the course of the next few hours my tinnitus returned, but I still cannot fathom what happened on that mound as I basked in the late afternoon sun whilst talking to James and looking at that mountain.
After dark we arranged to meet up with James and the guests in the skywatch field. Before James arrived, Jenna and I were sitting quietly amongst the small crowd and looking up at the stars. We couldn’t have picked a more perfect night. No moon and a completely clear sky made for ideal sky-watching conditions. Within a couple of minutes we were both amazed to see a couple of bright lights power up directly above our heads and then spin off and disappear, exactly like the ones I had seen online on the ECETI footage. To say I was a little stunned would be an understatement.
James then appeared with his legendary night vision glasses and passed them to me to take a look. The first thing I noticed was that there was indeed a lighter section on the mountain. This area of light seemed to pulse slowly, and at one point Jenna actually saw a flash with the naked eye. James confirmed that this is the so-called ‘door’ on the mountain. We saw a few random lights in the sky that appeared and disappeared around the mountain, and observed some fast moving lights through the night vision goggles that were not visible with the naked eye. But the best was yet to come.
With my head still reeling with what had happened earlier; and having seen some very interesting anomalies in the sky and on the mountain, I decided to try an experiment. If there was genuinely something other-wordly happening here, then now was the time to ask for proof. In my head, and unknown to everyone else in the field, I said ‘show me’. At that exact moment a large white light appeared just to the right of Mount Adams. After a couple of seconds it blinked out. I was simply awestruck. I didn’t tell anyone that I had asked for this, yet most of us saw it. This was by far the biggest and brightest light we saw all evening. The hair on my arms and on the back of my neck stood on end. I could not believe what had just happened.
The large arrow is where we saw the largest, bright light. The smaller arrow indicates approximately where the flashes and illuminated part of the mountain was through the night-vision lenses… the alleged ‘door’ that James talked about (also seen on a return visit in 2011).
The implications of what is happening here are enormous. I had come here with a healthy degree of skepticism, yet how could I rationally explain these things? These were my experiences, not something I had read about on the internet; nor was it some grainy, indistinguishable light in the sky on a shaky camcorder viewed on youtube. These were things seen with my own eyes, experienced with my own mind.
And through all of this, Mr Gilliland watched on, passing around the night vision glasses and cracking inter-galactic jokes. I worried that in my excitement I was hogging the night vision glasses. Remembering my manners, I attempted to hand them back to James, but he refused ’I get to see this stuff all the time,’ he told me, smiling.
Jenna and I leave the ranch totally amazed at what we had experienced. Perhaps we had crossed the line and disappeared down the rabbit hole? I can’t begin to explain my experiences, and I certainly can’t verify many of James’ claims. But what I can say from a personal level is that there is definitely something going on at the ECETI ranch. Exactly what it is, I have no idea. Like all good mysteries, much of what happened here kicks up many more questions than answers.
James is reflective on the whole thing:
‘It’s time to stop with all the competition, the petty bickering and the back-stabbing and start unifying. If we don’t, the other guys – the disinformation agents – don’t have to do a thing. This isn’t about me, it’s not about the other people here. It’s bigger, much bigger. We’re never going to learn the truth until we can learn to all work together’.