1.6 – The Return (5.25.10)

UFOs TODAY [7g]

In March 2010, a mysterious pulsating light floated over Cleveland, Ohio, for 11 consecutive nights.

(home video footage) UFO Witness: “We’re having a sighting right now over the lake. I’m going to say 270 degrees south. There are two objects. One is coming up from the left. These are extremely close to each other. There’s absolutely no way these are planes. Right now what’s happening is the initial object that came out – it’s sitting there, it’s hovering, it’s getting extremely bright. It’s illuminating different colors. And the second object appeared from, I’m going to say the top left of it. And now it looks like it’s moving around it. Wow! They completely just switched spots. Oh, my God, this is beautiful! It knows we’re watching! It knows we’re watching!”

The Cleveland sighting is one of thousands reported each year. And while many are proved to be false alarms, others are not so easily discredited.

(home video footage) UFO Witness:

“Right below it. A big bright white flash just occurred.”

In 1991, Britain’s Ministry of Defence assigned author and journalist, Nick Pope, to track the hundreds of sightings reported over England, Scotland, and Wales every year.

“The Ministry of Defence has been looking at the UFO issue since the 1950s. And the whole reason for looking at these UFO sightings is not necessarily because the department corporately believes in extraterrestrial visitation. It’s more to do with keeping a watchful eye on any unusual activity in British airspace. Clearly if there’s something there that’s a little bit out of the ordinary, we want to know about it. My beliefs when I was given this job were, I think, what on Earth have I let myself in for here? I had no particular knowledge or interest in the UFO phenomenon. Certainly no belief in anything unusual. But the more I looked back through the archive of old files, and the more I began to investigate the ones that were being reported to me on a daily basis, I began to change my mind, and realized that some of these UFO sightings couldn’t be explained in conventional terms.”

Nick Pope (British Ministry of Defense, 1985-2006),

(Author, Open Skies, Closed Minds)

Many of the most intriguing cases Pope researched involved eyewitness reports from pilots, police, and military officers – while others featured classified radar, video, or photographic evidence.

“One case that was a particular turning point for me was the so-called Cosford Incident. Now, Cosford is a military base in the United Kingdom. And on the particular night in question, which was 30th of March, 1993, there was a wave of sightings over a period of about six hours. And there were many police and military witnesses. And two air force bases, Cosford and Shawbury, were directly overflown by a vast triangular shaped craft. Now, the meteorological officer at one of these bases described this to me as the size of a jumbo jet hovering, or moving very, very slowly, and then accelerating away to the horizon at incredible speed. He said many times faster than a military jet. And this was a man with eight years experience in the air force.”

Nick Pope (British Ministry of Defense, 1985-2006),

(Author, Open Skies, Closed Minds)

“This sighting was thoroughly investigated not only by private UFO investigators, but also by the British government, who were unable to explain all of the sightings reported during this incident.”

Chris Pittman (UFO Investigator)

Another intriguing British UFO sighting took place in December 1980. U.S. Air Force personnel stationed in Suffolk, England, reported seeing a brilliantly illuminated spaceship that landed in Rendlesham Forest on two consecutive nights.

(over radio): “It’s coming this way. It’s definitely coming this way. Pieces of it are shooting off! There’s no doubt about it...this is weird!”

“What made this case particularly unusual is that this was not vague lights in the sky. This was a landed metallic craft that some of the witnesses claimed they got so close to, they could actually touch the side of it. One witness saw strange symbols on the hull, which he likened to Egyptian hieroglyphs. He made a sketch of this in his police notebook and took some photos, though he was subsequently told they didn’t come out. The Ministry of Defence looked at this, and the Defence Intelligence staff assessed radiation reading that had been taken at the landing site as being ‘significantly higher than background.’ And that’s a direct quote from the government’s own assessment.”

Nick Pope (British Ministry of Defense, 1985-2006),

(Author, Open Skies, Closed Minds)

“The British government generated a massive file of information about this sighting report. But at this date, it’s very unlikely that the actual truth about this sighting will ever be known.”

Chris Pittman (UFO Investigator)

But in spite of the compelling eyewitness testimony, the Ministry of Defence soon declared the case closed. 22 years later, when the government declassified files on the Rendlesham Incident, the evidence was inconclusive. But what stood out was the credibility of the main witnesses, who were trained military personnel.

“Obviously, as a UFO hunter, I’ve met a lot of people who’ve encountered UFOs. Just flying a plane for example: You’re on a plane, and suddenly the pilot comes out of the cockpit, and this has happened on five separate occasions. And he’ll say to me, ‘I saw a UFO over Phoenix, I saw a UFO over Texas, half my crew saw a UFO. And you’ll say to the pilot, ‘Well, do you report it?’ And they say when the flight controller says at the airport, ‘Do you want to report a UFO sighting,’ and then bursts out laughing, what you say is, ‘No.’ There are UFO sightings every single day. Real people with real sightings of real UFOs. It is very prevalent as more and more people talk about it. Something is going on.”

– Bill Birnes, J.D., Ph.D.
(Author / Publisher, UFO Magazine)

“In terms of government response to all this, certainly in Britain, the Ministry of Defence policy for many years has been to try and downplay this subject. Not really in any great sinister attempt to cover up the truth about UFOs, whatever that might be, but more out of embarrassment. There are things in our airspace, we don’t know what they are, and that’s not a good place for the government and the military to be.”

Nick Pope (British Ministry of Defense, 1985-2006),

(Author, Open Skies, Closed Minds)

On December 1, 2009, the British Ministry of Defence quietly terminated its UFO project, citing that there had been no credible evidence that UFOs posed “a potential threat to the United Kingdom.”

“There are a number of aspects of this decision that were particularly controversial. Firstly, UFO sightings are at a ten-year high in the United Kingdom. So, it seemed the most inopportune moment to pull the plug on 50 years of research and investigation into the UFO mystery. The other point that made this particularly controversial was the way in which the decision was announced. There was no proactive statement issued on this. It simply said: The Department will not respond to any inquiries on this subject and will no longer investigate sightings.”

Nick Pope (British Ministry of Defense, 1985-2006),

(Author, Open Skies, Closed Minds)

One hurdle confronting those in favor of fully disclosing classified information related to UFOs is the fact that most mainstream scientists believe that the study of alien phenomena is little more than just fringe science. It is this fear of dismissal or ridicule that keeps many scientists hidden in the shadows.

“Our best scientists, who communicate with one another, around the world, have rules of protocol, which include – they cannot appear to be religious, they cannot believe in flying saucers, and they certainly shouldn’t hang around with anybody who believes in flying saucers.”

– Ted Peters, Ph.D.
(Prof. of Theology, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary)

“But it’s all done, you might say, behind closed doors, because nobody really wants to draw attention to it. You know, that they understand, you know, that there is a penalty associated with this kind of research, and so consequently, it’s done, it’s done ‘invisibly.’”

– Albert A. Harrison, Ph.D.
(Prof. Emeritus of Social Psychology, UC Davis)

“To be blockaded and stopped by worries about peer reviews and so forth, to me, is wrong. We can speculate whether there is life outside this planet. We can speculate whether there has been contact with other civilizations. Why not?”

– Robert Bauval (Egyptologist),
(Author, The Egypt Code),
(Author, Secret Chamber Revisited),
(Co-Author, Black Genesis)

But as more scientists openly embrace the probability that there is intelligent life existing elsewhere in the Universe, will the belief that alien beings are visiting us also become more accepted?

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