70 years. That’s how long it’s been since intelligence analysts coined the term “ghost rockets” for select reports of aerial phenomena. Some UFO researchers eventually attributed the sightings to extraterrestrial visitation, a remarkably unsupported conclusion.
69 years. That’s the amount of time since Kenneth Arnold reported seeing multiple unidentified flying objects while involved in an investigation of what turned out to be an extremely suspicious UFO case.
69 years is also the time since Project Seal, which had actually been discontinued, was misrepresented to the press as an ongoing top secret operation involving an airborne super weapon on the scale of the atomic bomb. Articles about the Arnold sighting and what would later prove to be the false weapons development story were in at least one instance published on the same newspaper page.
It’s also been 69 years since the Roswell Army Air Field issued a press release stating the 509th Operations Group recovered a “flying disc,” quickly followed by a second statement advising a “weather balloon” was retrieved. The story went on to – oh, never mind. Let’s just say decades of unreliable research and unverified claims were followed by a hair brained mummy story and an unpublished debate.
63 years. That’s how long since DCI Allen Dulles formally green lighted MKULTRA, a behavior modification project consisting of torture, drugs, hypnosis and involuntary human experimentation. It’s been 53 years since the creation of the KUBARK interrogation manual which contained techniques for use on uncooperative detainees. It was 14 years since the Bush administration began using Guantanamo Bay as a prison, and seven years since ex-Bush official Lawrence B. Wilkerson told the AP most detainees were innocent and there was no meaningful attempt to discriminate who was transported to Cuba for interrogation. Two years is how long since the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released its 500-page summary of the still classified 6,000-page CIA torture report, and it’s been a little over a year since publication of the Hoffman Report, a document calling into serious question the relationship between the CIA and American Psychological Association. It was about a year ago the ACLU filed a lawsuit against two psychologists who developed “enhanced interrogation techniques” for the Agency, and it’s been a few days since writer and researcher Joseph Hickman, who served in the 629th Military Intelligence Battalion at Guantanamo Bay, stated in an interview that ideas about operations and techniques used at Gitmo came from the MKULTRA program. For more info see the work of Jeffrey Kaye, the reporting of Jason Leopold, and the Seton Hall Law Center paper, Guantanamo: America’s Battle Lab, among other sources.
60 years is the length of time it’s been since the FBI launched Counterintelligence Program, or COINTELPRO. It was a brutal effort, later acknowledged by the FBI to be “rightfully criticized,” to “expose, disrupt and otherwise neutralize” targeted organizations. About a month is how long it’s been since the FBI director questionably chose to formally announce an investigation of a presidential candidate while failing to disclose the Bureau’s quite likely investigation of a rival candidate.
Over half a century. It’s now been 53 years since Dr. Benjamin Simon employed hypnosis with Betty and Barney Hill. In spite of all the material now published by qualified experts establishing hypnosis as extremely ineffective as a memory enhancer – and the fact Dr. Simon was reportedly treating trauma, not conducting a UFO investigation – a segment of the UFO community continues to promote hypnosis-induced testimonies as accurate interpretations of objective reality. It’s been some 40 years since Leo Sprinkle influenced the genre with his hypnotic regressions, 35 years since Budd Hopkins employed hypnosis to establish himself as a supposed UFO expert, and 20+ years since former MUFON Director of Abduction Research John Carpenter covertly provided Robert Bigelow with data, including recordings of hypnosis sessions, from case files of alleged alien abductees in exchange for cash. It was six years ago the story broke that amateur hypnotist David Jacobs instructed Emma Woods during telephone hypnosis sessions to tell people she suffers from multiple personality disorder, consider wearing a chastity belt – that he could send her – as a strategy for dealing with alleged ET-human hybrids, and mail him her unwashed underpants without thinking about it afterwards. Jacobs rather incredibly described himself as an advocate of scientific methodology.
27 years ago Bill Moore, while delivering his keynote speech at the annual MUFON con, told attendees he collaborated with Richard Doty and additional undisclosed members of the intelligence community to publish disinformation directed at Paul Bennewitz and the collective UFO community.
26 years ago half a dozen NSA intel analysts deserted their posts in West Germany and lit out for Florida to protect the world from the Antichrist. Claiming to be under the direction of aliens and Mother Mary, the group, dubbed the Gulf Breeze Six, was eventually taken into custody – under arguably unusual circumstances – literally down the street from where the annual MUFON con had just wrapped up. The late Philip Coppens reported that when the case was declassified, 1400 of its 1600 pages were withheld.
20 years is how long we’ve been tolerating fantastic stories of Skinwalker Ranch since an article ran in the Eugene Register-Guard. The article stated property owner Robert Bigelow declined an interview, while CIA consultant and non-lethal weapons expert John Alexander told the newspaper details of how or why research was being conducted would not be provided. Former ranch owner Terry Sherman said Bigelow had him sign a nondisclosure agreement. It was five years ago James Carrion wrote he and an accompanying scientist were denied access to the ranch, and Bigelow, during dealings with MUFON, moved funds on behalf of an undisclosed financial sponsor, the identity of which was revealed only to John Schuessler, but not to the rest of the MUFON board of directors.
It’s been over three years since UFO disclosure activist Steve Bassett stated, “The goal of the Citizen Hearing on Disclosure is the end of the truth embargo in 2013,” and two years since he announced a “concentrated three-month effort” which, if followed by Congressional hearings, would make it “quite likely the truth embargo will collapse.” It’s been six months since Bassett declared, “We are going to get disclosure this year,” adding that he was 85 percent sure Obama would make an announcement before leaving office.
Two years ago Stephen Greer, who considers himself the father of the disclosure movement, released a crowdfunded film that would once and for all blow the lid off UFO secrecy. A year ago he initiated crowdfunding for a film that would once and for all blow the lid off UFO secrecy.
Last week Gene Steinberg, a podcaster who’s perpetually spinning one suspicious story or other about why everyone should send him their money, wrote his e-list that he’s falling behind on rent for a residence he urged them to send him cash to obtain in the first place about two months ago.
You were right if you chose less than a week on the over/under on how long it would take the new International Association of UAP Researchers (IAUAPR) to stumble into public relations problems. Just a few days after issuing a release about its intentions to up ufology’s game via such activities as accepting and reviewing research papers, the group’s organizer became entangled in social media flame-throwing about proper protocol for conducting professional research.
Right now – as Van Halen put it – Tom DeLonge is promoting work which includes an upcoming film framing the U.S. intelligence community as heroic for its cover-up of alleged aliens. He says he has high level sources in his disclosure camp. Good thing, ’cause we’re obviously an extremely discriminating bunch about where we get our information.