Tuesday, April 20, 2021

The Navy's Triangle Bokeh UFO Video shows Jupiter and Stars

In a post on April 10, I talked about the recently-leaked Navy video of supposed "triangle shaped" unidentified objects, taken on a Navy ship. (Since then, that story has exploded in the press.) I wrote that the triangular-shape of the objects was apparently due to Bokeh,  "the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light." On April 15, Mick West released this video, showing pretty conclusively that the shape of the objects in the video reflects not their actual shape, but instead the shape of the lens opening. Jessee3939 on Metabunk found that his night vision monocular indeed had a triangular-shaped iris inside it, and this device, too, produced trianular-shaped images of out-of-focus objects, just like in the Navy UAP video.

Night Vision device with a triangular iris. Out-of-focus objects look triangular.

On April 13, some dude calling himself Dylan the Villain posted the following on Twitter, identifying the objects seen at the start of the now-famous video as Jupiter, and several stars in Scorpius:

"Dylan the Villain" identifies the objects seen at the start of the video

Mick West took the matter further, identifying stars seen later in the video. On April 17, he posted on Twitter that
Those two "pyramids" that the "pyramid" UFO flies towards at the end of the video are Okab (the lower, brighter one) and Deneb al Okab Borealis (Epsilon Aquilae) above it. It all matches, angles, intensity, positions.

It's a plane, flying past some stars.

Mick West's identification of many of the stars seen in the Navy's now-famous Bokeh UFO Video

As a longtime amateur astronomer, to me all of the above looks absolutely correct (apart from the fact that nobody ever actually uses or even recognizes star names like "Okab" - let alone "Deneb al Okab Borealis" - but "Zeta Aquilae" will be easily understood). 

On April 19, West posted a short video in which the flashing object is stabilized (roughly) using two stars for reference. All of the objects are triangular-shaped, because of Bokeh. In it he demonstrates that  "the "UFO" moves and flashes in the way a plane does. (And at around 400-450 knots, if @33K ft)." The complete thread discussing this video on Metabunk is here

Meanwhile, Corbell is basking in the media's uncritical exploitation of this video for ratings and clicks, having been interviewed by numerous news organizations in the U.S., as well as in the UK and Australia. He appeared  on Fox News, saying that the film is "potentially the best the world has ever seen." Wow! Some out-of-focus stars and a planet. Nice work, Pentagon "experts"!



Sunday, April 18, 2021

Gone With The Stars.........

UFO News has been dominated for the past three years by the antics of Tom DeLonge and his "To The Stars Academy of Arts and Sciences." They seemed to be on a roll, despite their history of providing clueless misinformation. They even produced two seasons of a popular TV series Unidentified, on the "History" Channel, which surely must have been quite profitable.

Earlier this year, I wrote how TTSA seemed to be "unraveling," losing most, perhaps all, of its best-known people, apart from DeLonge himself. Well, this afternoon I happened to be in Encinitas, so Istopped by their "Flagship Retail Store" to see what might be happening with To The Stars. Here is what I saw:

This used to be the "To The Stars Flagship Retail Store."

This photo was taken from the same spot in February of 2020.

How the Mighty have Fallen! I've not heard any official report on the future (if any) of To The Stars, and I suspect that those who "invested" in that scheme are simply out of luck.

Google Maps has this to say about that Flagship Retail Store:

Monday, April 12, 2021

New Navy UFO Photos - Party Balloons?

In addition to the newly-published "Pyramid Shaped UFO" Navy video discussed in the previous posting, two new Navy UFO photos have just been published. They are from the same source as the previously-published "ACORN" object

Reporter George Knapp, who has seems to turn up everywhere that UFO news is being reported, published an article in The Mystery Wire: "Mystery Objects Remain Unidentified. New photographs obtained by Mystery Wire show different shaped objects." 

Three Navy UAP Photos: The "“METAL BLIMP W/ PAYLOAD”, the “SPHERE”, and the "ACORN."

Knapp writes that on On March 4th, 2019, 

An F-18 weapons systems officer (WSO) seated behind the pilot used his iPhone to capture images of three different objects he encountered in the same airspace.

At 3:02 p.m. he photographed an odd shaped object. Another photo, taken close to the same time, was first posted to twitter on May 11, 2020, then again on social media 6 months later.

Other photos taken on the same day; March 4th, 2019 have never been made public until now.

The object the Navy calls the “Sphere” was photographed at 2:44 p.m.

The second one to be photographed was dubbed the “Acorn.” A similar, but different photograph of this same object was published online in December 2020.

Then, 12 minutes later, the WSO spotted a third object,  described as the “Metallic Blimp.” It appears to have various appendages.

Mystery Wire first learned of the photos exactly two years ago during a private briefing hosted by Robert Bigelow and several others in Las Vegas on Saturday, April 6, 2019.
(Make of that last sentence what you will!)

The "SPHERE" simply looks like an out-of-focus object. The iPhone had not yet achieved focus on the small object against a bright sky. Probably it is a balloon. As in the previous post, we are dealing here with "Bokeh,"  "the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light."

The "“METAL BLIMP W/ PAYLOAD” looks very much like another toy or party balloon. UFO researcher Curt Collins compares it to a Shark balloon sold at party stores.

Curt Collins compared the "METAL BLIMP W/PAYLOAD to a Shark balloon sold at party stores.

I have already written about the previously-published "ACORN" object photo,  which bears a striking resemblance to a Batman party balloon.

Comparing two Batman party balloons to the "ACORN" object (center)

Jason McClellan on Rogue Planet TV had some interesting comments about these three photos. He ran them through software to enhance and enlarge them. The "SPHERE," he agrees, in an out-of-focus object, and no useful information can be obtained about it. He suggests that the "METAL BLIMP," when ehanced, "almost takes on a shark appearance." (I'm wondering if he'd already seen Curt Collins' comment above when he said that?)  He also notes, "you could even maybe make out a sort of cinching at the bottom," i.e. where the balloon's inflation valve was tied tightly at the bottom.

Jason McClelland's enhancement of the "METALLIC BLIMP" photo.

But as for the "ACORN" object - the most interesting result of the three, he says - when enhanced looks more like a solar balloon than a Batman balloon, "and it, too, looks like it's cinched at the bottom." This is a very plausible suggestion, I think.

Jason McClelland's enhancement of the "ACORN" object.

(Does anyone remember the "Smart DeBlur" software that was used to finally read the blurred plaque on the "Roswell Slides" back in 2015? I'm wondering if anyone has tried using that software to enhance these photos?)


Perhaps I should have explained more clearly in the previous posting that all four of these recently-published UFO cases - the three balloon-like photos, and the "pyramid shaped object" video - were presented, and later leaked, from classified Defense Department briefings, about which so much has been whispered. Paranormal filmmaker Jeremy Kenyon Lockyer Corbell is working with Knapp on this investigation. Corbell gives their origins as follows:


An event series described involves the USS Russell.

This UAP event series took place during July of 2019 - involving Strike Group 9 within the Warning areas off of San Diego.

The USS Russell observed and recorded multiple “pyramid” shaped craft (see below image and video).
An event series described involves an FA-18 pilot and a Weapon Systems Officer on March 4, 2019

Event series took place in the W-72 warning area off the coast of Oceana.

This series involved the WSO taking personal mobile phone images of UAPs out the cockpit.

The intelligence briefing clarifies that the WSO captured THREE different craft on the same sorti with the same cell phone.

The “ACORN” UAP (first made public on Twitter / May 11th 2020)

The “METAL BLIMP W/ PAYLOAD” UAP (first made public via Mystery Wire / April 6th 2021)

The “SPHERE” UAP (first made public via Mystery Wire / April 6th 2021)

So these photos, and that video, are the 'best of the best,' as far as Defense Department "experts" are concerned. I'm trying to imagine the dialogue that must have taken place at these briefings:

"And here we see an out-of-focus blur that looks like a sphere."

"Wow, I've never seen anything like that before!!"

It's obvious that none of these "experts" has any experience using cell phone cameras, telescopes, or night vision devices.

Balloon UFOs Over Brazil

Scott Brando of UFO of Interest illustrates how a famous "pyramid shaped" Brazilian UFO photo from 2015 has been shown to be a balloon. When photographed in the sky, it looks very much like these Navy Balloon/UFO photos. 

Pyramid-shaped UFO over Brazil - now identified.

The Navy's "UFO Repeaters"

"UFO Repeaters" - People who claim to sight and/or photograph UFOs on multiple occasions - rightly have a bad reputation among serious UFO investigators. Dr. J. Allen Hynek warned that being a "repeater" lowers a witness's credibility. George Adamski. Billy Meier. Steven Greer. Mr. and Mrs. Paul Trent. Etc. 

It should be noted that several of the recently released/leaked Navy UFO photos and videos are the product of "repeaters." Corbell wrote (above) that " the [Weapons Systems Officer] captured THREE different craft on the same sorti with the same cell phone." In other words, the "ACORN", the “METAL BLIMP W/ PAYLOAD”, and the “SPHERE” photos all came from the same individual - the very definition of a "UFO repeater." - using the same cell phone camera, and even on the same day. 

The same situation seems to prevail with the now-famous "Gimbal" and "Go Fast" UFO videos, first "leaked" by To The Stars, then later officially released. While no connection between the two videos has been officially acknowledged,  according to poster Blu3Skies on Reddit,

if you look to the right side of the sensor overlays you'll see a 4 digit code...  That is the laser PRF code set for laser guided munitions.... Gimbal video is PRF code 1688. It took place in 2015 off the East Coast. Go Fast video is PRF code 1688. Articles sight [sic] it as taking place off the East Coast. Gimbal and Go Fast are both pieces of the same video it appears. No discrepancies in location or time as of now, however, this begs the question whether TTSA is cutting and feeding these videos to us to keep funds rolling in OR the gov is cutting/splicing and releasing them to TTSA intentionally this way.
So it appears that the Gimbal video, and the Go Fast video, were taken by the same aircraft, by the same pilot, on the same mission, and less than 20 minutes apart. While this has not been absolutely confirmed yet, it certainly appears to be true. Mick West examines the "Go Fast" video on Metabunk. Comparing the two videos, he notes that "The display configuration is all essentially the same. The time code at the bottom is in seconds, with a difference of 991 seconds (16.5 minutes) between the end of GO FAST (4254) and the start of GIMBAL (5245)" Others have remarked that the pilot's voice on the two videos sounds like the same guy, especially when he says "dude!".

Mick West compares the data displayed for Go Fast (left), and Gimbal (right)

So while the press would have us believe that our Navy's fleet is being randomly beseiged by mysterious craft, it seems that certain individuals are responsible for most of UFO photos and videos. Four Navy UFO videos and three Navy UFO photos have thus far been published - five of the seven  come from just two "repeaters." They have gone above and beyond the call of duty to contribute to the Navy's UAP (UFO) investigations! 

Saturday, April 10, 2021

New Navy Video - "Pyramid Shaped UFOs," or Camera Artifacts?


Paranormal filmmaker Jeremy Kenyon Lockyer Corbell is on a roll. On April 8, he published the latest U.S. Navy video supposedly showing triangle or pyramid-shaped craft, using a night vision device.   

Perhaps you saw all the publicity about how "Multiple Destroyers Were Swarmed By Mysterious 'Drones' Off California." This video was taken during that incident. (Corbell has been working with George Knapp on this incident; here is a video of them discussing it.)

Illustration from The Drive of supposed UFO swarm over Navy ship

Corbell wrote,

the US Navy photographed and filmed  "pyramid" shaped UFOs and advanced transmedium vehicles, here is that footage. ... What’s presented here is genuine UFO / UAP footage - evidence - with impressive provenance. These are images and video shot by our US Military - during a variety of UAP encounters. Incursions - by Advanced Transmedium Vehicles of unknown origin - interacting and observing our Navy’s warships and fleet deployments in a restricted airspace. The Night Vision and FLIR technologies represented in this content, in this case, is tied into some of the most sophisticated weapon systems known to humankind. The evidence here must be differentiated from other UAP documentation - due to the context of capture alone. Collectively, this data drop represents a small section within a large mosaic of UAP awareness by our DoD. And its presence in a classified series of intelligence briefings - clearly demonstrates how the UAP subject is being viewed, pursued and handled by the United States defense industry.

It is my hope that these materials will be representative of a unique moment in modern history [emphasis added]; a possible turning point towards the rational and transparent approach of investigating and exploring the mystery of the UFO Phenomenon.

Jeremy Kenyon Lockyer Corbell


Other UFOlogists were, of course, quick to jump on the bandwagon. Leslie Kean placed it on her Facebook page, and UFO-related  social media was soon filled with it (as well as with two other Navy photos that we will discuss later). At last Disclosure seemed to be occurring!

But others were much more circumspect . Charles Lamoureux, a UFOlogist who has a lot of experience using night vision devices, wrote on Facebook,

Hate to say it but Jeremy Korbell wherever he received this video was done by an amateur filming plane, stars out of focus with likely was Gen 3 or 4 night vision monocular ....nothing at all anomalous in this video...I'm just pointing out the video that is not a triangular object , it's out of focus video of passing plane ..if you know better let's hear it ..I've been skywatching for 10 to 12 years with night vision gear ..I know my stuff and also made a lot of mistakes ..which brings me back why I know this is bad video and should be corrected at the source... It's a man made craft and triangle is from out of focus artefact lens ..it was not pyramid shaped at all..just have to look at the stars as has the same shape..the end user recording did not have the unit in focus yet so it looked like a pyramid..

UFOlogist Christophe Spitzer wrote on Facebook

This looks like a cheap Gen1 NV monocular and the triangle is simply a known artefact generated by the lens diaphragm since you can see the stars become triangular at times. The flashing sequence just reminds me of strobe lights. Could be a chopper or an aircraft imo.

As usual, Mick West published an interesting analysis of it: "Is This Pyramid UFO just Bokeh?" In which I learned a new word: Bokeh,  "the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light." He writes,

I suspect these are camera artifacts of mundane objects - specifically stars and a plane (the "flasher"). In the video there are two "pyramid" shapes on the left. The flasher moves towards them in exactly the same way planes move across the sky... the fact that other static lights seem to have the same shape is a big indicator it's just a camera artifact.
From the video, a "pyramid-shaped UFO."

West also wrote, "I timed the brightest flashes (red marks in the timeline above), and they match the anti-collision red flashes of a plane, every 1.5 seconds."

So the next time you hear about how the Pentagon's "experts" are baffled by some video or photo, remember that it's not difficult at all to "baffle" them. A camera artifact can do that easily.

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Mike Rogers Says that he is "No Longer to be Considered a Witness to Travis Walton's Supposed UFO Abduction"

 On March 19, 2021, Michael H. Rogers posted the following image to his personal Facebook page:

What exactly does this mean? Mike Rogers was the guy driving the truck at the time Travis Walton reportedly ran out into the woods toward a UFO, and was abducted by aliens.

Now on Rogers' Facebook page, he refers to "Walton's supposed abduction," but is rather vague about exactly what that means. Several people, including myself, have asked Rogers to please clarify what he is saying. Jay Michael asked him, "Are you saying the event didn't happen, or you no longer want to be associated with it?", Rogers replied "I want nothing more to do with Big-T specifically. The event most definitely happened, from our perspective anyway." Whatever that means. 

Replying to a post saying, "It is unfortunate that after all of these years you have chosen to say that the abduction never happened," Rogers said "I am not saying it didn't, Chuck. We witnesses all took polygraph tests, remember. All I have said is 'supposed'. Like in Yippee Maybe. All I mean by supposed is like 'still steaming pasture pie' maybe." So maybe the abduction did happen, and maybe it didn't. And maybe it's a still-steaming pile of manure.

Later, Rogers writes, "I am sure I will loose (sic) a lot of friends over this, but I hope not. I have been waiting a very long time to say this...  I am very tired of holding this in."

In a reply to this same posting on the Facebook group Desert Hart Paranormal, Rogers says, "Travis tried to keep a new remake of the movie a secret from me. He has always had his big secrets that he has kept from me. It angered me. I tried over the last two weeks to reason with Big-T, but of no avail. I don't believe Travis is an honest person, and therefore I want nothing to do with him." This brings to mind what Steve Pierce, another member of the woodcutters' crew, said about Travis:

Travis is the most ignorant, stupid person I've ever met in my life. He ain't got enough sense, you know the book he wrote, he couldn't have wrote that book by himself. He ain't got enough common sense to write that book." (It was widely rumored that John G. Fuller, author of The Interrupted Journey and other rather sensationalist books, was Walton's ghost writer.) 

Pierce also says that he never liked Travis in the first place, and explains why..

Some are suggesting that this is just a spate involving money between former friends, in fact, in-laws (Travis Walton is (or was) married to Mike Rogers' sister. I hope this is not just another episode of Family Feud.).

However, Rogers' statement can be interpreted another way: He seems to be saying that he will no longer vouch for Travis' account of the event. Travis' story is either a "real" alien abduction, or else it is a hoax. There is no other reasonable possibility. Rogers was in a position to know with certainty whether or not it was a hoax. In fact, if Travis' story is a hoax, Rogers must have helped him plan it and pull it off.

On March 20, Travis Walton wrote on Rogers' Facebook Page "In his sudden attacks on me he wants attention and it's working." To which Rogers replied, "Travis Walton, You hope? But they are right, get off my page, or I will get even more truthful. All I tell is the truth about you, Big 'liar' T."

Friday, January 22, 2021

Bill Cooper's Conspiracies - Aliens, 9-11, and Q-Anon?

Conspiracy theorist Milton William Cooper (1943-2001) is well-known to longtime UFOlogists, although he might not be so well-known among relative newcomers. His significance extends out well beyond UFOlogy, into political conspiracy culture, where his influence is still felt today.

"Nearly 30 years after its [1991] publication,
“Behold a Pale Horse” remains a bestseller"

I was just recently made aware of a very important article published in the Arizona Republic last October 1, titled ‘Behold a Pale Horse’ planted seeds of QAnon conspiracy theory, by Richard Ruelas and Rob O'Dell. The article had been posted to Facebook by the longtime UFO researcher Norio Hayakawa, who lives near Albuqurque, New Mexico. Hayakawa used to be an associate of Cooper, when Cooper's conspiracies centered on UFOs and aliens, before Cooper moved on to 'secret Government' conspiracies. Hayakawa wrote,

Bill Cooper was also a troubled individual, deep inside. There was a dark side to his complex personality – – he was extremely short-tempered and had a problem with alcoholism. When he first started giving lectures at UFO meetings and conferences (beginning in 1989), he insisted that one day he had witnessed a sub-merged disc-shaped object rising out of the sea while on a Navy ship during the time he was in military service.

This claim has never been collaborated by any other witness except himself. But he had already included this story in the book. I am not saying that he did not see the disc-shaped object. He could have seen it. The bottom line is that by the time he wrote his book, he had long come to the conclusion that all UFOs are man-made objects created by the government.

I never met Cooper personally, but I heard him give several talks at UFO conferences. I clearly remember him telling that story about how a USO (Unidentified Submersible Object) allegedly rose up out of the water one night, in full view of everyone on his ship. In his book he says, "I had seen a flying saucer the size of an aircraft carrier come right out of the ocean and fly into the clouds" (p. 19).

Bill Cooper
I also witnessed Cooper in action, interacting with people in the lobby, and in small groups. I found him to be a most unpleasant character, who had an air of belligerence about him. Later I heard stories about how Cooper allegedly got into an actual fistfight at a conference with longtime paranormal Bigfoot advocate Erik Beckjord. (Each was something of a hothead.) I asked Beckjord if that was true; he confirmed that it was.  

Cooper was killed on November 6, 2001, when the Apache County Sheriff’s Office attempted to serve him with a warrant for aggravated assault. Cooper allegedly pulled a gun on a neighbor. When the officers approached him, Cooper fired at them, gravely wounding one officer. The other officers returned fire, immediately killing Cooper. Authors Ruelas and O'Dell write,

When authorities killed William Cooper in a burst of gunfire outside his hilltop home in eastern Arizona, he was an author and radio host who had attracted a rabid following among UFO buffs, prisoners and the militia movement. For them, his book, “Behold a Pale Horse,” and nightly shortwave radio show lifted the veil on how the world actually works.

Through his death in 2001, Cooper’s legacy was cemented. He was seen as a sage and legend. His book would become a defining text for conspiracy-minded people. What might have otherwise been seen as an amateurish hodgepodge of ideas earned gravitas once its author was gunned down.... Nearly 30 years after its publication, “Behold a Pale Horse” remains a bestseller, finding new audiences for whom Cooper’s warnings — of a cashless society, a socialist order that devalues work, the confiscation of weapons, global leadership usurping the sovereignty of the United States — still resonate.

In another part of that article, written last year, Ruelas and O'Dell actually interviewed the now-famous "Buffalo Horn Man" who would later invade the U.S. Capitol on January 6, finding him to be a disciple of Bill Cooper:

Buffalo Horn Man is a disciple of Bill Cooper.
One adherent, Jake Angeli, has intentionally made a spectacle of himself by appearing at Arizona protests wearing a fur hat topped with horns and carrying a weathered sign that reads, “Q sent me.” Angeli said he has researched the secretive groups he believes control the world — Illuminati, Trilateral Commission and Bilderberg group, among others — and felt validated by finding Cooper mentioned them in his book.

Angeli said that the government needed to kill Cooper to silence him.

“When you really do enough research, it all ties together,” he said.


The authors make a good case that Cooper's ideas are a foundation for the currently-popular conspiracy theories that make up Q-Anon.

Nor is Q-Anon Cooper's only legacy. The authors point out that

In June 2001, Cooper would make a prediction that would earn him the legacy as the man who predicted the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Cooper pulled on historical threads of tragic events and tied them to what he saw as the government and media colluding to make a boogeyman out of Osama bin Laden. Cooper predicted an awful event would soon occur in the United States and that the country’s leaders would blame it on bin Laden.

On Sept. 11, 2001, the day his prophecy was realized, Cooper stayed on air for 10 hours. According to audio archived on the Cooper tribute website, BeholdAMessenger, in the initial hours after the attack, Cooper theorized the towers of the World Trade Center came down by controlled demolition. That theory would become the center of future conspiracies suggesting the 9/11 terrorism attacks were an inside job by the U.S. government.
That would make Bill Cooper the Founding Father of the "9/11 Truth" movement, which posits a nefarious "false flag" operation behind the attacks. And Timothy McVeigh, the mastermind of the attack on the Federal Building in Oklahoma City in 1995, was also apparently a disciple of Bill Cooper.

Cooper's 1991 book Behold a Pale Horse is a mishmash of absurdities. A few of these should give you the flavor of it. It is impossible for any thinking person to take it seriously:
  • UFOs apparently kidnapped an entire Vietnamese village during the Vietnam War (p. 25).
  • "Between January 1947 and December 1952 at least 16 crashed or downed alien craft, 65 alien bodies, and 1 live alien were recovered...a large number of human body parts [were] stored within both of these vehicles" (p. 196-7).
  • He names as CIA agents Stanton Friedman, John Lear, William Moore, John Keel, Charles Berlitz, Bruce Maccabee, Linda Moulton Howe, Philip J. Klass, James Moseley, Wendelle Stevens, J. Allen Hynek, Whitley Strieber, and Budd Hopkins, among others (p. 228-9). I feel slighted to have been left off this list, all the Best People are on it. 😩
  • "At some point, President Kennedy discovered portions of the truth concerning the drugs and the aliens...President John F. Kennedy was murdered by the Secret Service agent who drove his car in the motorcade and the act is plainly visible in the Zapruder film" (p. 215).
  • "We currently have, and fly, atomic-powered antigravity-type craft in Nevada." (p. 221).
  • "There are areas on the Moon where plant life grows and even changes color with the seasons. This seasonal effect is because the Moon does not, as claimed, always present the exact same side to the Earth, or to the Sun." (p. 221)
Much of the book is composed of material coming from somewhere or someone else. Chapter 15 of Behold a Pale Horse consists of a facsimile image of the notorious hoax document "Protocols of the Elders of Zion." However, in an introduction Cooper explains "any reference to "Jews" should be be replaced with the word "Illuminati"; and the word "goyim" should be replaced with the word "cattle". Nonetheless, he claims that "Every aspect of this plan to subjugate the world has already since become reality, validating the authenticity of conspiracy" (p. 267).

Chapter 11 is "Coup de Grace. High Crimes & Misdemeanors. Treason Committed by the Joint Chiefs. Phone Conversation with Randall Terpstra" (p. 183). I almost fell out of my chair when I first saw that, because I knew Randy Terpstra. Our paths had crossed when we both worked for what was then called IBM's ROLM Systems Division in Santa Clara, California, approximately 1986. After we met and I'd told him a little about my skeptical writings, especially UFOs, Terpstra began hinting at knowing a lot of things in terms of intelligence secrets and such. Of course he coldn't say much. I remember one time mentioning to him my interest in Numbers Stations, apparently used by governments to send messages to spies in 'deep cover' (or perhaps to spoof the adversary into believing that spies are embedded there?). He claimed to know all about them, what agencies use them, where they transmit from, etc. But he didn't say much.
Cooper recorded his phone call from Terpstra, and put a transcript of it in Behold a Pale Horse. He apparently also sometimes played the recording in his lectures or workshops. Terpstra told Cooper tales about "Identified Alien Craft" that the government was, of course, covering up (p. 186). I cannot imagine why he thought that Terpstra's phone call, with its unsupported claims, proved anything at all.

About 85 people attended Cooper's funeral, some having traveled a long way. One of the speakers there was Norio Hayakawa, who said,

The world will always remember Bill Cooper as an egotistic, paranoia monger.  Indeed, to many he was perhaps an arrogant, obnoxious, choleric, self-aggrandizing, rude, vitriolic and vengeful person.  Perhaps he was all of this and much more.  But no matter how negative his personality is described to be, we must admit the fact that he did indeed make a tremendous impact among hundreds, if not, thousands of his listeners, whether in front of his astounded lecture audiences or through his “shocking” radio programs....

Besides his other numerous negative traits, Bill had an uncontrollable alcoholic problem. But despite his eccentric, obnoxious personality, deep in his heart I believe that he wanted to be a good person.  Unfortunately he brought an end to his tumultuous life by his self-fulfilling prophecy through his violent act.  My heart goes out to Annie and the children.  (My heart also goes out to the young deputy who was seriously injured in that confrontation. Bill will have to answer to God for that.)  May God forgive and bless the soul of one Milton William “Bill” Cooper.”

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Happy, Crazy UFO New Year!

Well, it's finally 2021, and so that means the crazy old year has run its course, and a new crazy year is beginning. So what is happening in the Land of UFOOlogy as we begin this new year?

"To The Stars Academy" (TTSA) is unraveling. For whatever reason, its best-known people have bailed out. Luis Elizondo, Chris Mellon, and Steve Justice have all announced their departure from TTSA. Biologist Garry Nolan had bailed out previously. Elizondo told George Knapp on Coast-to-Coast AM that “TTSA, it’s no secret, also focuses on its entertainment division and, you know, let’s face it, guys like Chris Mellon and Steve Justice and myself, we’re not entertainers.”

So who is left? So far no word from Hal Puthof on whether he is in or out. And there still is, of course, TTSA founder and rockstar, Tom DeLonge. This cannot be good news for the "investors" (or "suckers") who bought shares in the company. Of course, TTSA still has their "entertainment" division, which perhaps can whip up sufficient interest in its movies and other performances to keep the company viable. But that seems unlikely to me; competition from Star Wars sequels and prequels will be tough for them to beat. In recent months, DeLonge has been kept out of public view for TTSA, obviously a deliberate policy. I don't have any inside information on what is happening at TTSA, but it would seem to be obvious that Elizondo et. al have concluded that DeLonge is a fool, and is an impediment to having their UFO claims taken seriously. The video below shows exactly what the problem is.


 Dude, where's my Saucer?

Government "UAP Report" promised in 180 days!  As explained by CNN,

The director of National Intelligence and the secretary of defense have a little less than six months now to provide the congressional intelligence and armed services committees with an unclassified report about "unidentified aerial phenomena." It's a stipulation that was tucked into the "committee comment" section of the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021, which was contained in the massive spending bill.

That report must contain detailed analyses of UFO data and intelligence collected by the Office of Naval Intelligence, the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force and the FBI, according to the Senate intelligence committee's directive. It should also describe in detail "an interagency process for ensuring timely data collection and centralized analysis of all unidentified aerial phenomena reporting for the Federal Government" and designate an official responsible for that process. Finally, the report should identify any potential national security threats posed by UFOs and assess whether any of the nation's adversaries could be behind such activity, the committee said.

Some people are, of course, interpreting this to mean "Disclosure" of aliens, or something. What it probably means is that the Pentagon will take statements they have issued before, weave them into a nice, impressive report, and release it with great fanfare. But signifying nothing.


The Black Vault Hosts Complete Collection of CIA UFO FIles. John Greenewald Jr. of The Black Vault has filed thousands of FOIA requests over the years, many of them needing to be pried from government agencies in a process akin to pulling teeth, and published the results. Now John has made a major document dump, UFOs: The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Collection. He explains,

Originally, the CIA would only release about 1,000 pages that had been previously disclosed after a FOIA court case in the 1980s. They never addressed the records that were dated in the years after the case.

The Black Vault spent years fighting for them, and many were released in the late 1990s. However, over time, the CIA made a CD-ROM collection of UFO documents, which encompassed the original records, along with the ones that took years to fight for.

In an effort to make sure The Black Vault stayed up to date, in mid 2020, this CD-ROM was purchased to have one particular data dump available for all users of The Black Vault. You will find this below for download in its original state, along with a converted/searchable .pdf format. (Although the CIA claims this is their “entire” collection, there may be no way to entirely verify that. Research by The Black Vault will continue to see if there are additional documents still uncovered within the CIA’s holdings.)

I opened a file at random from the Black Vault's CIA document collection (C05515646.pdf), and this is the first page I saw. Happy reading!

[Update January 13:] Martin Kottmeyer notes that the case blacked out above is almost certainly the one described in this posting by James Oberg, who explains,

King Hassan of Morocco asks Henry Kissinger to identify glowing cylindrical UFO seen moving northward off the North African coast. Kissinger replies might be a meteor or an undocumented satellite on reentry into atmosphere.

Almost forty years later, two amateur satellite trackers use new software and new access to old data bases to validate Kissinger’s hunch and tag the object as the motor assembly of a Russian rocket
stage (1976-074C / 09051) for the Molniya 1-35 launch.

I cannot imagine any reason to censor such a document, except perhaps that the "personal request" came from the King of Morocco.