UFO Sightings: A Peaceful Union or a Battlefield Earth?
Big government has maintained that there are no such things as intelligent alien life forms, while evidence to the contrary abounds with 2,625 reported UFO sightings in 2000, 3,069 reported sightings in 2010 and 7,291 in 2020 — all listed with the National UFO Reporting Center.
However, in the 25 June 2021 Preliminary Assessment: Unidentified Aerial Phenomena, the Office of the Director National Intelligence (ODNI) has acknowledged that Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (the latest term for UFO) fall into five different categories: airborne clutter, natural atmospheric phenomena, US Government or industry developmental programs, foreign adversary systems, and a catchall “other” bin. It’s that fifth — “other” — bin that is of interest to this article.
“Behind the scenes, high ranking Air Force officers are soberly concerned about UFOs. But through official secrecy and ridicule, many citizens are led to believe the unknown flying objects are nonsense.” —Former head of the CIA Roscoe Hillenkoetter, 1960
Friend or Foe?
Considerable speculation exists as to what the future holds when humankind formally meets up with alien races. Who’s to say whether they will be friend or foe. For example, in L. Ron Hubbard’s Battlefield Earth, the alien invaders were definitely foe, however, by the end of the story, there are many alien races both friend and foe. If you have not yet read it, you can download the first 13 chapters or listen to the first hour free.
Here are some interesting facts on the history of UFO sightings from the first “official sighting” and the possibilities of what this all means:
June 1947 – Private pilot Kenneth Arnold makes the first post-War UFO sighting at Mt. Rainier in Washington State. Arnold reported seeing 9 disc-like objects moving at an estimated 1,200 miles an hour information flying “like a saucer would if you skipped it across the water.” From this incident, the term “flying saucers” was born.
July 1947 – The historic crash of a “saucer” outside Roswell, New Mexico, grabs the attention of Americans. Newspaper headlines announced the capture of a flying saucer by the army air force.
July 1952 – Over a period of two weeks, UFOs were sighted by air traffic controllers at Washington National airport and separately by an airline captain over the city of Washington, DC.
April 1966 – House Committee on Armed Services holds hearing on UFO evidence with an evident purpose of suppressing the subject in a highly controlled presentation. The request for the hearing had been initiated by the House Republican leader (and the future President) Gerald Ford.
1966 – Writer John G. Fuller publishes the book The Interrupted Journey giving the details of Betty and Barney Hill abduction by aliens. Excerpts of the book are published in Look Magazine. This is the first broad introduction to the general public of this phenomenon.
December 1969 – The US Air Force’s study of UFOs entitled “Project Blue Book” is closed down. Initiated in 1952, the summary of its seventeen-year investigation is aimed at further negating the existence of UFO phenomena.
November 1975 – While working in the White Mountains, Arizona logger Travis Walton claimed he was abducted by a UFO and underwent rigorous testing by aliens in their ship. His account was later made into the movie, Fire in the Sky (Paramount Pictures) based on Walton’s book, The Walton Experience.
Summer 1977 – NASA sent two unmanned space probes into space to explore the outer reaches of our solar system and onward from there to deep space. These were Voyager I (Sept. 5, 1977) and II (Aug 20, 1977). After 40 years, they are over 10 trillion miles from Earth and continue to send data back to NASA daily.
1977 – The first reported account of “crop circles phenomenon” is reported in Alaska near the town of Eagle. In December 1978 a full account of the discovery was published in an article entitled “UFOs Terrorize Alaska” complete with sketches of the UFO “base camp” in Ideal’s UFO Magazine, issue #4. It is the first of many such sightings brought to the attention of the general public.
December 1979 – Star Trek: The Motion Picture (Paramount Pictures) found Earth under attack by a foreign cloud called V’ger returning to its Creator which turns out to be one of the Voyager space probes returning home after being considerably enhanced by an electronics life form from deep space.
December 1980 – Unexplained lights and a UFO are observed in the Rendlesham Forest by US Air Force personnel stationed at the Woodbridge RAF Base located in Suffolk, England.
October 1982 – Battlefield Earth by L. Ron Hubbard, the first science fiction main-stream bestseller in two decades, is published. The novel is based on the premise of Earth in the year 3000, after having been overtaken by a ruthless alien race 1000 years earlier. The aliens learned of Earth and its valuable mineral resources from a probe they picked up in deep space that gave directions to Earth.
November 1989 – Linda Cortile is abducted through the window of her New York apartment, an event that is witnessed by several people from the Brooklyn Bridge.
July 1991 – Videos were taken of a disk sighted over Mexico City during an eclipse. The event was observed by multiple sources.
August 1993 – A Titan IV rocket exploded less than a minute after takeoff at a height of 100,000 feet. The official explanation blamed the loss on a rocket motor segment. However, Air Force Colonel Frank Sterling, the Titan IV program manager stated an Air Force video of the launch showed an unidentified object striking the Titan IV just before the explosion.
March 1997 – Multiple sightings of a “V” shaped cluster of lights above Nevada and Arizona. A CGI rendering of the object created by witness Tim Ley appeared in USA Today.
August 2012 – The Voyager 1 probe enters deep space with its message to the stars carried on a gold disc while in December 2014 Voyager 2 enters the “heliosheath”—the outermost layer of the heliosphere.
September 2016 – SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket being tested at Cape Canaveral in Florida exploded. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said the rocket’s explosion was “the most difficult and complex failure we have ever had in 14 years,” and he added his team was not ruling out the possibility of an Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) striking the Falcon 9.
October 2016 – New York Times bestselling author Jim Marrs, author of Alien Agenda where he reviews evidence of alien presence on Earth going back to the Old Testament, notes in his booklet “Alien Invasion: Is Earth Prepared?”
“It has been noticed that every time a space launch is announced with some innocuous payload, such as parts for the space station or a communications satellite, the launch seems to go off without a hitch. Yet when there is a secret launch, usually only described as military in nature, these often explode or get lost.”
December 2017 – The US Defense Department’s Advanced Threat Identification Program released a video of a 2004 encounter between two Navy F/A-18F fighter jets and a UFO near San Diego. Navy pilot Commander David Fravor said in an interview, “It accelerated like nothing I’ve ever seen.” He added he was “pretty weirded out.”
July 2019 – For the past 170 years, schools across the United States and the world have been targeted and visited by UFOs. These are not simple fly-overs. In these cases, the objects hover for long periods at extremely low elevation, often landing next to the school. In many cases, humanoids are seen. Elementary schools, junior high and high schools, colleges and universities—all have been targeted. See Schoolyard UFO Encounters: 100 True Accounts by Preston Dennett.
Originally a skeptic, Preston did his own research and is now very open with what he has learned.
June 25, 2021 – Preliminary Assessment: Unidentified Aerial Phenomena from the Office of the Director National Intelligence (ODNI) acknowledged in a review of incidents between 2004 and 2021, that UAP (Unidentified Aerial Phenomena) appear to demonstrate advanced technology in 18 incidents where reporters observed unusual patterns of flight characteristics. Some UAP appeared to remain stationary in winds aloft, move against the wind, maneuver abruptly, or move at considerable speed, without discernable means of propulsion.
May 17, 2022 – Congress, through the House Intelligence Committee’s subcommittee on Counterterrorism, Counterintelligence, and Counterproliferation, held its first public hearing on unidentified flying objects since 1966, centering on investigations about reported military encounters with unexplained objects. A database tracking unidentified object sightings had grown to roughly 400 reports. Sightings “are frequent and are continuing,” witnesses said. The hearing followed the June 25, 2021 report (See Preliminary Assessment above).
So where does that take us? While there were unexplained encounters with UAP, there was no evidence to suggest alien life.
July 26, 2023 – A House Oversight subcommittee held a hearing on UFOs (Unidentified Flying Objects)— officially referred to now as unidentified aerial phenomena or UAPs—and heard testimony about unexplained object sightings and government possession of “non-human” biological matter. Former Air Force intelligence officer David Grusch said “non-human” biologics (bodies) came with craft recoveries.
In a Rocky Mountain News interview after releasing Battlefield Earth, the author stated,
“Am I saying an alien invasion is possible? I am saying that the reader should decide. I just wrote the story. Regardless, it is the story of how mankind could survive, and why.” —L. Ron Hubbard