Thursday, March 21, 2019

The Anti-Gravity Lawsuit

Robert Kiviat was the producer of the famous Alien Autopsy TV program and many other far-out programs. First, he profited from the extremely high ratings of the Alien Autopsy program, then he produced a program debunking his original alien autopsy, which also got high ratings. He also produced programs on prophecies, ghosts, and "Aliens on the Moon." Kiviat now is suing certain individuals and organizations for money that he says they owe him for his work on anti-gravity systems.

The first person named in the suit is Joseph Firmage, a onetime Silicon Valley multi-millionaire (now apparently former multi-millionaire) who might be said to have founded the first "To The Stars" venture with his International Space Sciences Organization (ISSO) in 1999, which lasted only eighteen months. According to American Antigravity,
In 2001, a California defense contractor built a small replication of the Nazi Bell device, and it produced effects just as Igor Witkowski and Nick Cook had reported on the original project. The Nazi Bell replication was built by SARA under funding from Joe Firmage’s ISSO startup, and developed around an applied engineering model of Einstein’s Unified Field Theory. In short, it was a modern attempt at a scale replication of the original Nazi Bell experiment, based largely on their interpretation of the original Bell design. The Nazi Bell replication is important because it offers validation for the research of Igor Witkowski and Nick Cook, but also because it demonstrates the application of theories proposed by Dr. James Corum and John Dering that offer explanations for not only the Nazi Bell experiment, but for the Philadelphia Experiment and the Hutchison Effect as well. In short, these are Unified Field Theory effects, which explains their strange side effects and unpredictable nature.

The Nazi Bell replication that Coruma and Dering participated in was related to WW-II German research, but the modern replication had been financed by Joe Firmage’s ISSO startup for about 1.2 million dollars, and wasn’t an exact replica of the original device. SARA’s version was much smaller (about 100 watts) and they’d modified the design, since they didn’t actually know many of the details of the original Bell’s construction (emphasis added).
The author's photo of Joe Firmage in 2000 with Betty Hill and
"Junior," her supposed alien abductor, sculpted by Marjorie Fish.
The so-called "Nazi Bell" is a supposed prototype Nazi "super weapon" developed in secret during World War II. According to some, the Bell was the power source behind Nazi flying saucers. Of course, there is no real evidence that such a "Bell" ever existed, or that Firmage's ISSO built one.

In September, 2000, Firmage sponsored a by-invitation-only conference, Encounters at Indian Head, to look at the famous alleged UFO abduction of Betty and Barney Hill. This conference, in which I participated, was "secret" at the time, and was only "declassified," so to speak, several years later, when its proceedings were finally published.

Firmage teamed up at least briefly with Ann Druyan, the widow of Carl Sagan, in a venture, "One Cosmos." This sounds so much like To The Stars that it makes me wonder if they copied One Cosmos in their business plan. (At the time, I contacted Ms. Druyan to suggest that a partnership with Firmage might not be a wise idea, but she replied that she had her eyes open and was not too concerned.)
OneCosmos, under the leadership of Joe Firmage and Ann Druyan, is forming a new type of visionary alliance of partners in finance, science, learning, media, and entertainment to create an "integrated experience network." Our canvas is an Internet portal, a studio, and a press. With them, we aspire to demonstrate convergence of remarkable and responsible learning and entertainment.

Our success will be measured in three ways: commercially in return to our employees and shareholders, ideologically in our commitment to the intellectual and spiritual nourishment of humanity, and in the remarkable things the founders will do with their personal equity. 
The venture was not financially successful. Some of Firmange's other weird ventures include ManyOne Networks, Intend Change, International Academy of Science and Arts (InterNASA), and Motion Physics, none of which seems to have been particularly successful. 

Here is an excerpt from Firmage's presentation to a "Planetwork" conference in San Francisco back in 2003.  
Our mission is about the possibility that we will be able to explore the Milky Way galaxy in an interstellar spacecraft within your lifetime. Our mission is about helping to enable a renewal of human civilization, and Nature as a whole.
Motion Sciences Organization is therefore truly a public enterprise and if we're successful, the proceeds yielded from technologies sponsored by Motion Sciences will be given back to humanity through select philanthropies. As a not-for-profit 501(c)3, our success in these missions will be dependent upon the support of visionary sponsors and citizens of Earth. People like you. We have a goal for the 2001 calendar year: engaging the support of 100,000 citizens of Earth, becoming members of the Motion Sciences Community...

The theoretical group within Motion Sciences has operated for two years as the California Institute for Physics and Astrophysics (CIPA), and is led by Dr. Bernard Haisch, formerly of Lockheed-Martin, whose work in this field is an outgrowth of NASA Research Contract NASW-5050, "Inertia and Gravitation in the Zero-Point Field Model" (1996-2000) awarded to the Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center. This contract in turn resulted from a seminal paper published in 1994 in the journal Physical Review A entitled: "Inertia as a zero-point field Lorentz force" by B. Haisch, A. Rueda and H. E. Puthoff. Based on work carried out at California State University at Long Beach, the Lockheed Palo Alto Research Lab, and the Max Planck Institute fur extraterrestrische Physik in Germany, a significantly new insight into the nature of mass was proposed in that paper. Thereafter, work under the NASA contract published in subsequent papers confirmed and indeed strengthened the proposed connection between inertial mass and the quantum vacuum. In recent years, the explorations of the relation between mass and the quantum vacuum have been extended with possibly significant insights into the nature of gravitation. Possible implications of this and of a rapidly widening body work in the domain of quantum vacuum physics are that: It may be possible to generate propulsive forces without the ejection of material propellant or reaction masses.

It may be possible to extract energy from the quantum vacuum. Both inertial mass and gravitational mass may be electromagnetic phenomena, which would open the door to the possibility of manipulating inertia and/or gravitation.
Note that the work of Hal Puthoff, "co-founder and Vice President of Science and Technology" of Tom Delonge's To The Stars Academy, is cited here. That 'free energy from a vacuum' (or "Zero Point energy") is one of his main claims.

More recently, Firmage claims to be developing an anti-gravity, faster-than-light propulsion system, and he has a video promoting it. It supposedly will provide not only anti-gravity lift, but faster-than-light travel. Suposedly the device entered functional testing in October, 2015. However, no further information about it has been released.

Joe Firmage with his Anti-Gravity device. (from his video)

Kal Korff interviewed Kiviat about the lawsuit:
"because I had been investigating the latest anti-gravity research developments, I was amazed that Pandolfi definitely was supporting the activities of controversial UFO researcher and “Contactee” Joe Firmage. Firmage when approached, eventually offered me a position that would not only afford me the opportunity to document the supposed anti-gravity breakthrough Pandolfi was supporting. But also I’d be in a great position to determine its veracity” [said Kiviat].

Soon after Kiviat signed the employment contract with Firmage, Firmage expected Kiviat not only to plan a six month public roll-out of the device which Firmage was supposedly inventing, leading to a live demonstration; but Kiviat was also expected to develop and sell the network television series that would tell the Joe Firmage anti-gravity story, and also the story of the Aviary UFO history as seen through the eyes of Pandolfi. But it gets even better! Pandolfi, through his closest operative, also wanted Kiviat to tell the incredibly bizarre story of how his Pakistani wife allegedly from Kashmir, purportedly arrived on Earth via a “inter-dimensional portal,” and other tall tales which would be hard for even Hollywood to make up.
Kiviat has even started a GoFundMe page to "Help My Lawsuit To End Govt. UFO Secrecy." Kiviat's  GoFundMe page offers additional explanation of what this lawsuit is all about:
I began talking with a company called InterNASA, directly with its CEO (former Silicon Valley millionaire and entrepreneur Joe Firmage) who told me he was being backed by Ron Pandolfi, the aforementioned top CIA scientist.  Firmage also claimed to be on the verge of proving "gravity control" was a reality.

After Firmage had assured my attorney he had secured the necessary operating capital, I accepted a contracted employment position to run the company's news, PR and overall media division.  But when my dedicated work, covering many critical aspects of the company's activities, went unpaid for many months, and the prototype "gravity control" device stalled in development, I investigated and found out that Pandolfi - who ran something called the CIA's "weird desk" - has seemingly been orchestrating a disinformation operation all along known as a “flytrap” scheme,  where honest people's skills, talents, and in my case, considerable TV and media experience, are usurped and played with, somewhat maliciously, without any concern for proper financial compensation to those involved... Presently, [former Congressman] Marriott is only covering "technical improvements" on InterNASA's "gravity-control" device, motivated by Pandolfi, with the exception of a  $5000 payment to me which Marriott's lawyers now claim  was "just to be nice."  

Since Pandolfi is essentially the one CIA science officer who’s also widely thought to be the keeper of America's most  guarded UFO secrets, I decided to file the civil lawsuit to not only receive the substantial contracted employment salary arrears InterNASA currently owes me - which I sorely need with one teenage son about to enter college and another soon thereafter -  but also use the vast power of the Court of law as a result of this legal action to get to the bottom of the UFO enigma and what our government actually knows. 

As of this writing, Kiviat has raised $320 out of a targeted $250,000, which means that he is well over  1/1000 the way to his goal. We hope that Kiviat succeeds in smoking out all of the CIA's deep secrets about UFOs.

In recent years, Firmage seems to have fallen on hard times. He continues to pursue business ventures, but apparently without a lot of success. Firmage was arrested for DUI in February 2011, in June and again in  November 2013, and in March 2014. In 2016 Joe Firmage and his mother filed for bankruptcy to avoid the sale of jointly-owned real properties. His venture Manyone Networks apparently did not pay its employees for about a year. Even if Kiviat does get a judgment against Firmage, it doesn't seem likely that he could collect very much.

Update April 2023: The anti-gravity lawsuit has been dismissed. Details are here:
One of the major investors in Firmage's dubious technologies was Brandon Fugal, the owner of Skinwalker Ranch.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

AAWSAP Meets the SERPO hoax

Yet another weird thing has surfaced. Perhaps many of you recall the SERPO hoax that first surfaced in  2005. Tom Delonge, founder of To The Stars Academy, knows all about SERPO. In accepting the 2017 UFO Researcher award at the International UFO Congress, Delonge said,
I’m just like you guys. I spent 20 years up all night, reading about Roswell, Dulce, Serpo, Churchill, the crashes here, Nazis building craft there, Antarctica, what’s on Mars, what’s on the back of the moon, and structures and anomalous this etc. I mean, I’ve done it all. I know it all. I read all the same authors as you guys, hundreds of books. I look at all the same sites. I listen to all the Coast To Coast stuff that you guys do. I’m the same.

The SERPO story goes like this:
the survivor [of the Roswell crash] provided them with the location of its home planet and continued to cooperate until its death in 1952. The alien provided information regarding the items found inside the crashed UFOs. One of the items was a communication device that it was allowed to use, contacting its home planet.
Fake alien image, supposedly from SERPO.

A meeting was set for April 1964, when an alien craft landed near Alamogordo, New Mexico. Upon retrieving the bodies of their dead comrades, the extraterrestrials engaged in an information exchange that was carried out in English, thanks to the aliens’ translation device. One thing led to another and in 1965, the aliens accepted to take a group of humans back to their planet as part of the exchange program. Twelve military personnel were carefully selected for a ten year stay on Serpo. The ten men and two women were specialists in various fields and their task was to gather as much information as possible, regarding all aspects of life, society and technology on the alien planet. They were three years late and four people short when they finally returned in 1978. Two men had died on the alien planet. One man and one woman had decided to stay. The journey to Serpo, located 37 light years from Earth, took only nine months aboard the alien craft.
Needless to say, the story is total bollocks, as the Brits would say. The reason this is coming up again right now is because of the people involved. One of them is Richard Doty, a well-known UFO fabulist, which is no surprise. He has confessed to supposedly providing disinformation to the poor, mad Paul Bennewitz on behalf of the Air Force. (I say that Bennewitz (1927-2003) was "mad" because he was literally using tinfoil to keep out alien thought rays, even before he had any contact with the Air Force.) Although in my view it's much more likely that Doty was operating as a free-lance disinformation agent, telling B.S. stories to Bennewitz for his own inscrutable reasons.

But two other names are indeed a big surprise, especially in the present-day context of UFOology:
  • Christopher ‘Kit’ Green, M.D. (CIA Analyst, retired)  "Kit is also a close and long-standing friend of Rick Doty, who he talked about with unguarded warmth and respect, though he was forced to admit that sometimes Rick's actions could be both puzzling and frustrating ... at a Denny's restaurant back in 1986 he, along with physicist Hal Puthoff and computer scientist and ufologist Jacques Vallee, distilled what they knew about the subject into what has become known as the 'core story.' Simply put, the core story, according to Kit, is this: "The ETs came here, maybe once, maybe a few times. Either through accident or design, the US Government acquired one of their craft. The only problem was that the physics that powered the craft were so advanced that for decades we humans have struggled to understand it or to replicate it." (quote is from Mark Pilkington's book Mirage Men, p.278-9. From the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena blog.)
Hal Puthoff (left), and Kit Green, from a video posted by Radio Misterioso.
Why this is surprising is that both these people were contracted to write papers for AAWSAP (AATIP), the Pentagon's once-secret but now-famous UFO program. Puthoff is "co-founder and Vice President of Science and Technology of TTS Academy," and their all-around go-to guy for weird physics. Here is a collection of SERPO-related emails from 2006 involving Doty, Green, Puthoff, and others. Maybe somebody can explain to us exactly what is going on? Some of these comments sound quite suspicious, to say the least:
Green to several others: "How much did you two guys tell this lady about Hal, Rick, Kit...use our names ever? Say what we were doing with the Team of Five? Give our backgrounds or credentials? Any of our emails?: (p. 8).
Bill Ryan writes to Green: "Remember: WJ, Shawnna xxxxxxxx and “Valhall” (real name xxxxxxxxxxx, “Springer”s wife) also know your involvement in the team of five. All three will be harboring grudges." "Springer" is a well-known moderator on Above Top Secret (p. 12).

Green writes to the others: "I don't know who besides the two of you know that Hal, myself, and Rick are working an issue together on Serpo (with the two of you...who are mysteriously missing from the addressee line.) No one else...ever in the entire period has ever sent a note like this linking specifically the three of us, and just the three of us. Not even Sarfatti knows, or Dan, or Collins, or WJ. Until now, maybe." (p. 12)

Green writes to the others: "to the extent this is a true story (SERPO) that is, and that at LEAST 50% is true...mixed with 50% untrue (to allow plausible deniability, as is done officially all the time) and that there is a "battle" going on with some of the insiders now being in power to stop the SERPO release officially" (p. 29). "For the nth time, and for the nth time on summary remains the same: SERPO is not is a hoax because it looks like a hoax, smells like a hoax, feels like a hoax. But it doesn't WALK like a hoax; it "walks" like someone is in or has access to official capability, or knows very advanced IT technology to legally appear they do...and may be engaged in something we simply do not understand. An Alternative Reality Game....purposely inserting memes and engrams in the collective consciousness by using a viral marketing model...fits 100% of the data I have seen. It may even be legal..and it may only be us who ends up thinking that the hurt it causes people is unethical. (p. 30).

Green writes to the others: "Well, if Hal and myself are "OUTED" we sure know who caused that, don't we?" (p. 39)

Green writes to Doty and Puthoff: "I have lost a great deal of trust in the ability of the team to either keep secrets, do what we say, and more." (p. 65).
Green is obviously very concerned about "who knows what we are doing here?" Frankly, this smells quite suspicious. Note that the website the "Team of Five" is worried about is, which is a site debunking the SERPO story. According to Shawwna at that website, "The "Team of 5" consists of: Christopher 'Kit' Green, MD, Harold Puthoff, Richard C. Doty, Victor Martinez, and Bill Ryan  In other words, they are frantic to find out 'who has been leaking information about us to the debunking website?' Puthoff and Green owe us a very good explanation of their role in the SERPO hoax and the "Team of Five" if they want to be taken seriously.

(Thanks to Curt Collins for research assistance on this and the previous posting.😃 The story of the Anti-Gravity Lawsuit will be in the next posting.)

Friday, March 15, 2019

Bigelow's Other Haunted Ranch, and More Zondo Boo-Boos

Most everyone has heard about the so-called "Skinwalker Ranch" near Ft. Duchesne, Utah, where weird paranormal events supposedly happen all the time, but somehow a bunch of smart guys with expensive cameras and state-of-the-art electronic equipment couldn't seem to capture anything over a period of several years. The ranch was purchased by the famous UFO magnate Robert Bigelow so that the people in his National Institute for Discovery Science (NIDS) could investigate it. They ended up with a lot of exciting stories, but little else. See the book, The Hunt for the Skinwalker by Colm Kelleher and George Knapp. (A 2018 documentary of that same name adds little.) In 2016 Bigelow sold the ranch, cryptids and all, to a corporation called Adamantium Real Estate, LLC, whose description says that it provides "recreational facilities" and "special events" for "social entertainment purposes." However, "for business purposes the owner of Adamantium Real Estate has to remain anonymous." Reportedly a forthcoming documentary will reveal the new owner, but this has not been confirmed. Today a lot of effort is going into promoting the Skinwalker "mysteries," but that's a story for another day.

Former senator Harry Reid, who appears to have created the Pentagon's Advanced Aerospace Weapon System Applications Program (AAWSAP, sometimes also AATIP) as a favor to his longtime campaign contributor Bigelow, said according to reporter George Knapp that "part of the [AAWSAP] focus was on a mysterious ranch in northeastern Utah, a property once owned by businessman Robert Bigelow."

According to Ancient Astronauts magazine in 1978, Jacques Vallee
might actually be the mysterious Count of Saint Germain.
The eternal Jacques Vallee has published a fourth volume of his life story Forbidden Science, which covers the 1990s. (Amazon has a long preview excerpt from this book, which might not be available to readers outside the US.) I have read the previous three volumes, and strongly recommend them to anyone interested in the history of UFO and paranormal investigations. I called Vallee "eternal" as a kind of tribute to his longevity and seeming permanence as an active UFO investigator. His career of sixty years is surely one of the very longest ever. But the suggestion was earlier made that Vallee is actually the mysterious and famous 18th Century Count of Saint Germain, who claimed to be some kind of ancient alchemical immortal. Ann Shapiro wrote in the January, 1978 issue of Ancient Astronauts magazine that Vallee might literally be the current identity used by Saint Germain, "a mysterious creature with superhuman powers." I really doubt that's true, since Vallee looks quite a bit older than he did fifty years ago. But maybe that's just to trick us? 😏

The reason I brought up Vallee is that the main point people are taking from that long excerpt from Volume 4 (I haven't had a chance to read all of it yet) is his discussion of Bigelow's other Haunted Ranch, the Mt Wilson Ranch about 180 miles northeast of Las Vegas, Nevada, which Vallee visited. I had not heard of this ranch before, and apparently hardly anyone else had, either.

According to some, lots of spooky stuff is going on at Bigelow's Mt. Wilson Ranch. Tables float in the air, and strange entities menace visitors. People are reacting as if Vallee had revealed some secret place known only to "insiders." I'm wondering how "secret" some place can actually be when it offers rooms for rent to the public? I trust that some enterprising investigator will soon book a vacation up there, then give us a report on the spooky things that did or didn't happen.

How "secret" can Bigelow's other Haunted Ranch be if it is renting out rooms to vacationers?

We reported last October how, when To The Stars went to Rome to meet with Italian UFO groups, good old Luis Elizondo, their supposed authority on UFOs, made numerous major boo-boos when talking about the famous Washington, DC UFO flap of 1952. Well, Zondo has done it again. His article "Enter The Quantum World: What The Mechanics Of Subatomic Particles Mean For The Study Of UAP, Our Universe, And Beyond" was posted on March 5. It dramatically reveals how little TTSA's go-to UFO expert, Luis Elizondo, knows about the UFO subject. In it he makes the usual sort of weird science claims like "Quantum physics helps us explain the behavior of UAP" (Quantum!!!).

But what is really revealing are his huge blunders concerning UFO history. Zondo informs us,
With Project Blue Book, the U.S. Air Force compiled reports of tens of thousands of UFO sightings over 17 years. But in 1966, another Air Force committee published the Condon Report, which concluded that most of the sightings examined were explainable.

Then the 2017 DoD disclosure occurred, directly contradicting the findings in the Condon Report.
Let's see: While it's true that Project Blue Book operated for seventeen years, earlier U.S. Air Force projects (Project Sign and Project Grudge) began in 1947, so the Air Force actually investigated UFOs for a total of 22 years. But more significantly, Zondo writes, "in 1966, another Air Force committee published the Condon Report." First, the Condon Report was prepared and published by the University of Colorado, under contract to the Air Force, not by an "Air Force committee." Dr. Edward U. Condon was a physicist at that university. The report was published in 1968, not 1966. These were not extemporaneous comments by Elizondo, but from a published article, which he obviously did not properly research.

But the most absurd is his claim that "DoD disclosure" happened in 2017. The Defense Department did not "disclose" anything in 2017. All that happened in such matters in 2017 was that Elizondo and a few others who were knowledgeable about the AAWSAP began to talk about it publicly. The program does not appear to have actually been classified, although its existence was not announced to the public. To The Stars claims to have chain-of-custody documentation for the DoD's supposed release of those three blurry infrared UFO videos they are so proud of, but nobody has ever seen such documentation, and the DoD denies ever having released any such thing.

As for the AAWSAP, it's not even clear if its purpose ever had much to do with UFOs. The only deliverable that AAWSAP is known at this time to have produced are thirty-eight papers on weird physics, none of which have to do with UFO investigations. So nothing has actually been "disclosed," except by TTSA itself, and by now we have all seen how credible their information isn't.

(Next: AAWSAP meets  SERPO, then later a very strange anti-gravity lawsuit).