Monday, 25 June 2012

Weird Flying Saucer UFO Snapped over Australia (Video)

By Tom Rose

An unusually lighted flying saucer UFO was snapped in several photographs darting among the wispy clouds of an undisclosed area over Australia. What is it?

The unidentified flying object is seen in a series of still photographs from different angles and enlarged to reveal a transparent disc-shaped object with an unusual light array, arranged like a cross X pattern, blazing through its center.

The YouTuber gives virtually no information about the sighting other than that it was snapped somewhere in Australia. The shape of the object is very unusual and doesn't look aerodynamic at all. How does it fly?

The object even seems to change shape depending on the angle showing itself to the camera. Of course, video of this UFO would have been much better since there's nothing like seeing how it moves through the air. But this sighting is unusual enough to ask the usual question: What is it? Here's the video:

CIA veteran writes Roswell conspiracy book

By Robbie Graham


Scroll down for Chase Brandon Coast to Coast AM interview...

Chase Brandon, a thirty-five year veteran of the CIA, will tonight appear as a guest on Coast to Coast AM with John B. Wells. Many listeners will no doubt be unfamiliar with Brandon and his career with the CIA, but his name has passed my lips literally thousands of times over the past several years.

Brandon spent twenty-five years in the Agency’s elite Clandestine Service as an undercover, covert operations officer. His foreign assignments involved international terrorism, counterinsurgency, global narcotics trafficking and weapons smuggling. He was also an Agency foreign political affairs analyst, Presidential briefer to Bill Clinton and an instructor in paramilitary and espionage tactics at multiple secret CIA training camps.

Brandon is perhaps best known as the CIA's former Entertainment Liaison Officer - a position that required him to establish working relationships with many of the biggest names in Hollywood and to provide advice to filmmakers on matters of "accuracy and authenticity" with regard to the CIA's image onscreen. He was - though he prefers to phrase it more sympathetically - the CIA's chief frontline propagandist in Hollywood. He advised on countless films and TV series - often uncredited - quietly shaping scripts, characters and concepts.

As a great deal of my academic research has been focused on cinematic propaganda efforts, Brandon's activities in Hollywood naturally have been of considerable interest to me and I have spent countless hours discussing with colleagues and writing about the CIA's role in Hollywood and the influence wielded by Chase Brandon and other CIA advisors in the entertainment industry.

The CIA/Hollywood relationship is a sordid one, and it predates the start of the Agency's "official" involvement in Tinseltown by four decades. You can read about this relationship in Professor Tricia Jenkins' excellent new book, The CIA in Hollywood: How the Agency Shapes film and Television, and I'll be exploring the CIA/Hollywood symbiosis in great detail in the context of the UFO phenomenon in my forthcoming book, Silver Screen Saucers: Sorting Fact from Fantasy in Hollywood's UFO Movies.

With Chase Brandon's credentials in mind, the UFO community is set to engage in furious debate about this CIA man's first novel, which is now on sale and is titled The Cryptos Conundrum. It is a "fictional" book dealing with the UFO/ET issue, specifically with the Roswell crash and cover-up. This marks the first time ever that any retired CIA operative has written a book (presented either as fact or fiction) on the UFO topic that has received the Agency's official stamp of approval. On that basis alone, it's a must-read.

On the first page of the book, a bold, underlined notice reads:

This material has been reviewed by the CIA to prevent the disclosure of classified information.

But, of course, classified information can't technically be disclosed if it is presented as fiction. Brandon is gleefully aware of this, and selects as his first quote of the book a musing by Francis Bacon:

"Truth is so hard to tell, it sometimes needs fiction to make it plausible."

I've read Brandon's novel. Obviously, it's intriguing, to say the least, and Brandon clearly wants it to be seen to contain many truths, despite its "fiction" label. Does Brandon have 'inside' information on UFOs? It is my assessment that, yes, probably he does. Some. The circles he's walked in during his career would almost certainly have made him privy to UFO-related chatter; to whispers and suggestions, if not hard evidence. This is not to say the information Brandon might have is true. What he 'knows' is very likely based on what he's been told, not on what he's seen. More than anything, what readers should remember when reading Brandon's tantalising book is that the author is a trained expert in propaganda and psychological warfare. Buy his book, then, but don't buy into it.

James Fox hints at new evidence related to the Roswell UFO crash

A team of investigators recently made some “interesting discoveries” at the alleged crash site of a UFO in 1947 near Roswell, New Mexico. During an interview on the web series Spacing Out!, filmmaker James Fox, who stars in the NatGeo television series Chasing UFOs, hinted that the Chasing UFOs team discovered a piece of metal while searching with metal detectors in the alleged debris field, where in 1947 rancher Mac Brazel told the Air Force he found pieces of a crashed object.

A metal fragment found while searching with Frank Kimbler. (Credit: National Geographic Channels/ Snake Oil Productions)

New Mexico Military Institute teacher Frank Kimbler also discovered metal fragments in this area in 2011. Initial tests on those fragments concluded that “either the lab made an analytical error or the material is not from Earth.”
Fox was not able to confirm whether or not the Chasing UFOs team did any lab tests on the metal sample they discovered. But the team did work with Kimbler during their investigation.
Chasing UFOs premieres on NatGeo on Friday, June 29. The Roswell episode airs Friday, July 13.

What Really Happened to the Lubbock Lights?

Among the many formations of unusual natural phenomenon that may form the stuff of eventual UFO reports, perhaps none of the “conventional” explanations are quite so often invoked–and often dismayed–as that of earthlight phenomenon.
In the remoter regions of Hesdalen, Norway, we hear of the semi-famous Hessdalen Lights, comprised of ghostly illuminations that take to the skies over the locale for which they are named. Halfway across the world over in the heart of the Smoky Mountains, a similar phenomenon, known as the Brown Mountain Lights, has done well at becoming a defined presence among legends and ghost stories of the region.

And as you might have surmised, these aren’t the only two. Marfa, Texas has its own variety of odd earthlight phenomenon, as well as Michigan’s Paulding lights, and the similar phenomenon believed to occur further south near Oviedo, Florida. And of course, there are countless instances worth of noting that involve the ghostly “Will o’ the Wisp” in European folklore.

There are some light formations, however, that have been far less easily explained as some naturally-occurring electrical phenomenon. One of the first nationally-recognized UFO cases became known for strange formations of lights that were repeatedly seen over Lubbock, Texas, during the summer of 1951, which managed to attract the attention of Project Blue Book leader Edward J. Ruppelt, who gave his own “unabridged” version of the Lubbock Lights story in his book The Report on Unidentified Flying Objects a few years later in 1956. Arguably, Ruppelt was the very first, and perhaps the very finest of his day, in terms of being “professional” UFO investigators… but what, precisely was the cause behind the so-called “Lubbock Lights”?
The controversy began around August 25th, 1951, when three Tech College professors observed together a strange formation of lights coasting overhead. The witnesses, Dr. A.G. Oberg, a chemical engineer, Dr. W.L. Ducker, a department head at the college and a petroleum engineer, and Dr. W.I. Robinson, who served as a geologist, were believed to be more credible than the average UFO witness, based on their backgrounds. Soon afterward, a student named Carl Hart Jr. managed to photograph what he believed were the lights, and while the veracity of the photos has been hotly disputed; while Ruppelt never stated he believed they were fake, he admitted difficulty in experiments where he and Hart had tried to recreate similar photos within the short time period Hart claimed to capture the originals.
Many others in the area would claim to see these light formation, often dull glowing lights that appeared to be oriented along the edges or bottom of some variety of chevron or horseshoe-shaped “flying wing.” And yet, perhaps the strangest mystery involved here was that which Ruppelt put forth himself: that there was indeed a natural, prosaic explanation to the entire affair, and that despite his certainty of this, he could not reveal his logic, for fear of the obvious exposure of a secret source to whom he promised anonymity:
They weren’t birds, they weren’t refracted light, but they weren’t spaceships. The lights that the professors saw–the backbone of the Lubbock Lights series–have been positively identified as a very commonplace and easily explainable natural phenomenon. It is very unfortunate that I can’t divulge exactly the way the answer was found because it is an interesting story of how a scientist set up complete instrumentation to track down the lights and how he spent several moths testing theory after theory until he finally hit upon the answer. Telling the story would lead to his identity and, in exchange for his story, I promised the man complete anonymity. But he fully convinced me that he had the answer, and after having heard hundreds of explanations of UFOs, I don’t convince easily.
Given the vague parameters of the story Ruppelt outlines here, what are we to make of this curious set of claims? Of the varieties of “commonplace and easily explainable natural phenomenon” that may qualify here, what could we consider here that could account for vivid misinterpretation of ghostly orbs flying in formation in such a way?

The first two sets of phenomenon that come to mind here might be ball lightning or Northern Lights, though the latter would be almost impossible to perceive at a location like Lubbock, Texas in August. Then again, it’s difficult to guess how the earth light alternative, let alone auroras in the southern skies, could truly qualify for being “commonplace.” In fact, it seems rather difficult to surmise any truly “commonplace and easily explainable natural phenomenon,” if it weren’t light reflecting off bird’s bellies, that could fit the bill in this instance. So what are we dealing with, then… and more importantly, what explanation could have helped Ruppelt feel assured that what the professors had seen was easily explainable? Perhaps this, rather than the potential for mysterious lights being seen at any time, will remain the biggest mystery behind the Lubbock Lights.