Why scientists don’t freak out about UFO videos

If you’ve been online recently, you’ve probably seen this video at the bottom of this page.

This is one of two clips released by the Department of Defense.

Both videos show a thermal image of an unidentified flying object.

The videos have been widely shared and scrutinized.

A lot of people think this is the first real evidence that extraterrestrials exist, and that they’ve visited us here on Earth.

There’s just one thing.

Most people in the scientific community don’t think these videos prove anything.

People have been claiming to see UFOs for decades.

Countless videos purporting to show alien aircraft have been popping up since the invention of film.

But this video is unique.

It was released by the Department of Defense who found the video noteworthy enough to study and release.

Until 2012, the DOD says it ran a secret “Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program.”

The program was funded by $22 million dollars worth of “black money.”

These are funds the Pentagon sets aside for classified programs.


Cmdr. David Fravor:

“Both of us, both airplanes see a disturbance in the water and a white, 40-foot-long Tic Tac-shaped object.”


Cmdr. David Fravor was one of the Navy pilots that spotted the UFO.


Cmdr. David Fravor:

“I get over to the 8 o’clock position, it’s at about the 2 o’clock position, and I decide I’m gonna go see what it is and it’s about 200 feet below me.   And I cut across the circle and as I get about a half mile of it, it rapidly accelerates to the south in about two seconds and disappears.”


All this seems pretty incredible, so why don’t scientists care?


Caleb Scharf:

“I think it’s very, very difficult as a scientist to look at something like this and say anything except, you know, it’s intriguing.  But I would need a vast amount more documentation and context to really understand what’s going on here.”


Caleb Scharf is an astronomer and director of the multidisciplinary Columbia Astrobiology Center.


Caleb Scharf:

“The difficulty with this kind of problem is that you can’t plan for it.”


Carolin Frueh:

“Yeah, because I think that’s exactly, one cannot tell much from the video.”


Carolin Frueh is an assistant professor at Purdue School of Aeronautics and Astronautics.


Carolin Frueh:

“Yeah, I would like to know what the wind was … was there turbulence?


What they’re talking about, is the scientific method.

Basically, before scientists will accept something as fact, a lot of research and testing has to be done.  And it all has to take place in a controlled environment.


Caleb Scharf:

“You can’t plan for it.  You can’t really set up a thorough, proper scientific experiment.   It’s all reliant on serendipitous data.   And that’s one of the most difficult kinds of problems to solve in science.   So I’m not surprised that we don’t have a good answer yet.”


Caleb Scharf:

“I suspect pilots across the decades have seen all sorts of interesting stuff out of their window.  But again, jumping to saying what you’re seeing could be some advanced technological spacecraft.  That’s a really big leap to make.”


But these videos were released by the US government.  There has to be some significance … right?


Caleb Scharf:

 “I suppose there’s a spirit of openness about it, if you don’t know what you’re looking at, then throw it out to the world and say “Look this is what we’ve got.  You can interpret it in a variety of different ways.”


If we’re using the scientific method, hard evidence and a cacophony of data are the best metrics for explaining this phenomenon.  But what if you did see it for yourself?  Would you still need an experiment to explain it?


Cmdr. David Fravor:

 “I believe, as do other folks that were on the flight who visually saw it, that it was not from this world.”


The Cmdr. is not alone.

The videos continue to be scrutinized by a lot of people who agree this is an alien aircraft.

As for the DOD, other than releasing the video, they haven’t said much.  Presumably, they have access to more data from the flight, and from reports made immediately after the encounter.  Releasing more info could begin to answer to scientists’ questions.  But ultimately, even that might not be enough.


Caleb Scharf:

“On the one hand, I could be really cynical about all of this but I think it’s really wonderful that people are intrigued by phenomena that they see out in the world.  That’s a good thing.  That’s a positive thing, our curiosity is a positive thing.  And to be honest, if there are strange things floating around up there, I’d like to know what they are.  The difficulty with this kind of problem is that you can’t plan for it.”




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Navy pilot’s 2004 UFO – – a comedy of errors !!

by Joe Nickell, SKEPTICAL INQUIRER, May/June 2018


The first I heard about a shadowy UFO research program operated by the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) from 2007–2012 was when I was interviewed by New York Times reporter Helene Cooper on December 12, 2017.  I was not named in the subsequent two articles except that one included my input under an introductory statement about UFO sightings.  It read:

Experts caution that earthly explanations often exist for such incidents, and that not knowing the explanation does not mean that the event has interstellar origins”.

The DIA had not acknowledged the program’s existence until it was revealed by Cooper and two coauthors, reporter Ralph Blumenthal and a credulous flying-saucer promoter and writer, Leslie Kean.  Had I known the latter was involved, I would have warned the New York Times to tread carefully.

Indeed, the respected newspaper did come in for some deserved criticism, including from New York magazine for “implying that extraterrestrials are real.”  The magazine added, “For ufologists who had dreamed of being taken seriously by the mainstream media, the story was a dream come true”.  Most problematic was the second of the articles, despite its disclaimer.


That article told of a 2004 incident that occurred when two Navy F-18 fighter planes were sent to investigate a mysterious object and it suddenly accelerated – – like nothing the airmen had ever seen before.  Intrigued, I contacted Major James McGaha, with whom I have often worked, especially on UFO cases.  A former U.S. Air Force special operations pilot, he is also an astronomer and so has a unique knowledge of the sky.  We set to work on the case.

According to the New York Times article, navy airmen – – Commander David Fravor and Lt. Commander Jim Slaight – – had been with a squadron on a training mission over the Pacific some 100 miles from San Diego.  The date was November 14, 2004.  The incident began when Fravor was radioed by a radar operator on a Navy cruiser, the USS Princeton, asking them to investigate some unknown objects at a particular vector.  He was accompanied by another F-18.

(Cmdr. David Fravor and Lt. Comdr. Jim Slaight)

When the two planes arrived at what is termed “merge point” – – that is, so close that the Princeton’s radar could not distinguish them from the unknown object – – the pilots saw nothing.  But when Fravor looked down he saw the sea churning.  Was this from a crashed aircraft as Fravor first thought or from, he would later suggest, possibly a submarine (as from the Nimitz’s own carrier strike group)?

Unfortunately, there are different versions of Fravor’s subsequent experience.  First the New York Times, mentioning the churning water, states that “some kind” of white, oval aircraft about thirty to forty feet long was “hovering 50 feet above the churn.”  But as Fravor descended, the object ascended toward him.  He said, “We were at least 40 miles away, and in less than a minute this thing was already at our cap point”.

Yet something is wrong in the information here:  How could someone see what a forty-foot object was doing from forty miles away?

Another version of Fravor’s experience is provided in a “truly curious document that tells Fravor’s story in the form of a military-style briefing” with portions blacked out to give a pseudo top-secret appearance .  It is in fact a third-person account of an interview with Fravor, produced by a fringe-ideas group called TO THE STARS ACADEMY OF ARTS AND SCIENCES.  That group includes Luis Elizondo, who had previously headed the Pentagon UFO study (actually named Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program), mentioned earlier.  The group’s founders include former pop singer Tom DeLonge and former Scientologist and parapsychologist Harold E. Puthoff.

In this second, earlier report, which calls Fravor “Source,” the unidentified object above the churning water “traveled from left to right over the disturbed water at an altitude of approximately 1000 to 3000 feet” – – not fifty feet above, as the other version had reported.  (Investigators can scarcely be expected to explain some occurrence when what is alleged is presented with such contradictions and seriously incomplete and disjointed reporting.) Fravor went on to say that as the second plane aggressively dropped and maneuvered, to catch up with the object, it behaved “as if it knew or somehow anticipated what they were going to do and even pointed toward them!” To us, it sounds almost as if the airmen were deliberately being buzzed by a reconnaissance drone!  Were they being tested as part of their training?

Whatever actually happened, the UFO then disappeared, Fravor said, having “accelerated like nothing I’ve ever seen”.  When the two jets returned to their aircraft carrier, the USS Nimitz, something interesting occurred: “… everyone on the ship had learned of Commander Fravor’s encounter and was making fun of him”.  They were playing alien movies such as Men in Black and The X-Files on the ship’s onboard closed-circuit TV.  Given that “everyone” made fun of Fravor, one must wonder why:  Did he have a reputation as a UFO believer, or did they know something he didn’t?


Fravor says another group of F-18s “also encountered the same object later the same day.”  Viewing a video from that flight, “Source [Fravor] identified the object affirmatively as the one they saw earlier”.  Apparently this video – – not one from Fravor’s plane – – was the one released by the TO THE STARS group.

It seems possible that Fravor’s sighting has become merged with the separate incident shown by the video.  Both involve an object described as looking like a “tic-tac” candy mint – – without apparent wings, rotors, windows, or other features – – and completely white.  This is indicative of an object seen on an infrared video (like the video in question).  Thus, there may well be confusion as to what was supposedly seen by Fravor and what had been related to him.  Such confusion could easily have occurred over the intervening thirteen years.

Either the first or second object in question, if seen only on a video screen, might well have been a drone or distant airplane.  Even if it were too far away to be visible, its heat signature could have been viewed by infrared. Another possibility was given by Fravor himself.  Interestingly, before the planes were sent to the site, the controller had made sure they were not weaponized.  After the encounter, Fravor had “initially thought that perhaps this was an unannounced, classified missile test by a U.S. Navy submarine,” but he now concludes, “There is no way any aircraft or missile that I know of could conduct maneuvers like what we saw that day”.  Nevertheless, there is confusion over just what occurred.  Fravor insists, “I know what I saw”, while just as surely admitting, “I have no idea what I saw”.  We have observed this many times:  A person has mistaken perceptions, or he experiences something that seems unusual, and soon is insisting that he knows what he saw, ego becoming involved.  In fact, he only knows what he thinks he saw, and that can change over time.

In any event, this brings us to the video in question, which shows an object’s rapid acceleration to the left and disappearance from the video screen.  What we see on the video is probably a trick of optics, according to Major McGaha.  He believes the sudden leftward-zooming of the object resulted from the camera having momentarily reached the limit of its panning ability, at which time the F-18 was banking.  This created the onscreen illusion that the object suddenly shot away.  As corroboration, McGaha notes that the angle of the object’s moving off the screen is correlated to the bank angle of the F-18.  What was no longer viewed was presumed to have disappeared at a tremendous speed.

As it happened, this was Fravor’s “first military assignment as a pilot for the U.S. Navy’s F-18 Super Hornet.”  It obviously rattled him.  As he was stung by being made fun of on returning to the Nimitz, he “made detailed written notes of the incident” that he mailed to an aunt, noting, “Keep this because this is important stuff about some real X-Files shit”.  No one was going to tell him he could have been mistaken about his experience – – which, after all, appears to have been a series of misunderstandings and misperceptions.


New York magazine summed up the retired Fravor’s current celebrity status:

It seems that TO THE STARS is trying to shroud Fravor’s account in a spooky fog of faux top secrecy. This is a dicey strategy given Fravor’s prominence in online UFO circles, and gives the impression that Elizondo’s company is repackaging timeworn tales from the internet as freshly revealed government X-files.  And, by extension, (it) calls into question the Times’ wisdom in taking his claims about extraterrestrial encounters at face value.

To recap, we suggest that several things were going on during what was, after all, a training mission of the USS Nimitz carrier strike group.  We believe the churning water Fravor first saw was caused by a submerging sub; that the sightings of a UFO above the water (variously reported) – – which hovered, then came toward one pilot – – could have been those of a reconnaissance drone; that there may have been confusion (then and later) over the object or objects caused by the admixture of visual sightings with infrared video viewing; and, finally, that one video image showing an object suddenly zooming off screen was likely caused by the plane’s banking while the camera was stopped at the end of its sweep.

If UFO proponents claim inconsistencies in our scenario, we shall point out confusion and incompleteness in the reports.  Apparently not only had the incident not been considered serious enough to have warranted a debriefing of Fravor – – let alone of the several other pilots and radar operator – – but most of the carrier group’s personnel at the time regarded Fravor’s response as laughable.  Major McGaha and I regard the entire incident not as evidence of an extraterrestrial encounter but as a comedy of errors involving the pilots.


Here is a short video that reflects my take on this case:



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Amazing story of Yasuke – – the first African samurai in Japan

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My mother’s ‘flying saucer’ sighting in 1975 – – Do I believe her? – – Yes, without any doubt !!

by Norio Hayakawa:

Because of my fear of public ridicule  (even though I have already been ridiculed by many people for believing that the UFO phenomenon exists)  I usually do not tell this following true story even to my friends.

One of the most fascinating things that my late, beloved mother had ever told me happened one bright, clear, cloudless day in the spring of 1975.

I was living in Phoenix, Arizona.

I remember receiving from her a most interesting letter.

I could see her excitement in that letter.

She wrote to me in that letter saying that about 10 days before, she had distinctively observed a silvery, metallic, “flying saucer“-shaped object  (with a dome)  hovering over a crowded railway station in Yokohama.

It was in broad daylight, around 11:30 a.m.

She described the object incredibly as a typical, “flying saucer“, just as “flying saucers” have always been depicted in comic books or in Sci-Fi movies.

She said in the letter that it happened while she and her grandson were walking away from the railroad station and walking towards home.  (They lived in a busy shopping street called Motomachi Shopping Street).

She felt as if “something had told her” to turn around and look back towards the railway station.

And, Lord, behold, right over the station, she suddenly saw this shiny, silver, metallic, typical “flying saucer” with a dome hovering over the station!

She immediately pointed to her grandson to turn around and look, and at that very moment, the object was gone…..vanished!

The street was filled with people coming from and going to the railway station.

She was so awe-struck that she didn’t even notice anyone observing the object.

My mother had always been skeptical and always used to ridicule my serious interest in “UFOs”.

(In my childhood years, I had always taken a great interest in “UFOs” or “flying saucers”, as they were called then, ever since my father had told me of his sighting of a strange, greenish “ball of fire” slowing moving over Yokohama bay one summer night in 1947, as he was night-fishing, his favorite hobby of many many years.  He swore that the object seemed as if it were “intelligently controlled” or “intelligently maneuvering”.  He said he had never seen anything like it before.  My father had passed away in 1982)

But getting back to my mother, her amazing sighting totally made her a believer.

Do I believe her sighting?

By all means, yes !!

I have the highest respect for my mother and I totally believe what she said in the letter.

I visited my mother a few years later and she confirmed her sighting right to the dot.

There is no doubt in my mind that she did see what she said she saw.

But what do I think the “flying saucer” she saw was?

Even after many many  years of research into the UFO phenomenon  (since aroud 1961),  I have yet to come to any definitive conclusion as to what UFOs are.

Is it a physical phenomenon?   Or, can it be classified as a ‘paraphysical’ phenomenon?

I do not have any definite answer.

But I can definitely state that I believe my mother saw a “flying saucer”.

This is why when a group of experienced pilots and several United Airlines employees reported that they had witnessed a metallic, saucer-shaped object hovering over Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport one late afternoon in November several years ago, I truly believe that they did see what they said they saw, i.e., a metallic, saucer-shaped object….and nothing else.

Again, as to what “flying saucers” really are, I haven’t the slightest idea, even after many, many  years of research.

During my long years of investigations, I have read hundreds and hundreds of sighting reports, analyzed hundreds of documents, seen many many footages of sightings, interviewed hundreds of eyewitnesses (including some so-called “abductees”) and traveled far and wide to many sightings locations in both Japan and the United States.  I even visited Mexico, Chile and Argentina.  But yet I have never even once witnessed what I could confidently say was a UFO, much less a “flying saucer”.

Surprising as it may sound, after all these personal efforts of many years, I cannot even come close to stating what is behind the UFO phenomenon.

It still remains a mystery to me.

However, after all these years, the bottom line in my view is that we have yet to come up with a single physical, solid, hard, tangible, irrefutable (as well as documentary ) evidence whatsoever to prove that the UFO phenomenon is a physical manifestation and visitation of physical extraterrestrial intelligent entities from beyond this earth.

I am not saying that the UFO phenomenon does not exist.   In fact, I firmly believe that it is a real phenomenon.

I am simply saying that empirical science, the only discipline available so far that we can rely on to determine a physical existence of a phenomenon, has not come up with any concrete evidence to prove beyond a shadow of doubt that “UFOs” are “nuts-and-bolts” physical craft operated or manipulated and occupied by physical extraterrestrial biological entities from advanced extrraterrestrial civilizations.

This is why I came to consider that the entire phenomenon could even be some form of “psycho-spiritual” manifestations or such by a power which we cannot comprehend simply by physical pursuit, a power which apparently is capable of presenting an “instant” (but only “temporary“) “appearance” or “illusion” of being a physical phenomenon to the observer.  Some suggest that it could even be a momentary, holographic intrusion from some “parallel intelligence”.

Some others even suggest that it could perhaps be some form of temporary “time-slip” or an interdimensional “intrusion”.

We just don’t have the answer.

It seems to me that as a possible projection from “another” reality, the phenomenon appears to be able to materialize and de-materialize at will.

But more significant is its apparent inability to stay in our dimensional realm except for a few moments at a time, or only for a short period of time.

In other words, it seems apparent that they’re unable to survive in our physical dimension except for a very brief period of time, at a time.

Also interesting is their (spacecraft and its occupants’) apparent inability to be photographed with clarity, if at all.

As Dr. Jacques Vallee suggested quite often, “UFOs” may not necessarily be objects nor are they “flying” as we understand “flying” by the use of any propulsion system.  Yet they are even said to be able to affect our physical parameters (such as radar, etc.)

It seems to me that in many cases a “UFO”, after making an initial appearance to what I call a “pre-selected” observer or observers (as well as at a pre-selected location and time), simply appears to take off at a tremendous speed and disappear into the distance as if utilizing some form of advanced propulsion system.

There is no doubt in my mind that this lady in the video below (in England, in 1954) also saw exactly what she described she saw – – but did her sighting constitute absolute conclusive evidence of an actual physical ET visitation in a physical ET spacecraft?

Or was it deceptively “staged” by extradimensional tricksters?

“Her description of the occupants of the unusual craft with their long blonde hair and beautiful faces, matches that of  “The Space Brothers”   –  beings who claimed to originate from the planet Venus, and who were  –  at that time, (the 1950’s) before the advent of  ‘the Grays‘  –  the most prevalent ‘aliens’ reported.    It should be noted that after the Soviet Venera satellites (launched in the early 1970’s) showed that conditions on Venus were  ‘hellish’  to say the least, it was reported that the ‘aliens’ claimed to originate from planets outside our solar system…according to later contactee reports.” – – courtesy of Bobby Sullivan.

Could this be a deception?

In other cases, “UFOs” seem to simply hover or “float” (again, as if they’re utilizing some form of a propulsion system capable of “floating”) before taking off or even de-materializing.

But again, could this be a deception?

(I have always had the highest respect for Dr. Jacques Vallee, the world’s top authority on the UFO phenomenon in my opinion)

He stated:

“Human beings are under the control of a strange force that bends them in absurd ways, forcing them to play a role in a bizarre game of deception.” – – Jacques Vallee







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Why the US government and the military will never disclose the true nature of the UFO phenomenon

by Norio Hayakawa:

There are those in the elitist sector of the government and the military who espouse the belief  (the belief that I personally also espouse)  that the UFO phenomenon appears to be a paraphysical intrusion into our physical dimension by an unknown intelligence or unknown sentient extradimensional entities, paraphysically materializing themselves and presenting to the observers as a physical extraterrestrial phenomenon and visitation.

They seem to be convinced that these entities with their craft seem to be able to temporarily affect our physical parameters, such as their ability to appear on our radar systems.

These elitist officials also seem to be convinced that the phenomenon is able to materialize and de-materialize at will and is even capable of “transmogrifying” itself into any shape or form  (as in the words of the late John A. Keel).

They also seem to be aware that the phenomenon does not seem to be able to survive in our physical dimension except for a few seconds or a few minutes at a time.

This is why there has never been any intentional cover-up of the UFO phenomenon by the US government, even though the phenomenon seems to exist.

The government itself  (including the military)  has always been perplexed by this enigmatic  (or better yet, deceptive phenomenon, being unable to come up with any conclusions, mainly for the reason that this phenomenon in essence seems to be “paranormal”  (or better yet, paraphysical)  in nature.

It is therefore quite understandable that the government is incapable and unwilling to deal with this phenomenon and rightfully refuses to explain things of this nature.

It will never prematurely make any official announcement that this phenomenon constitutes actual physical ET visitation.

The military, however, seems to have taken advantage of such assumptions  (made by some in the government and the military that UFOs are extraterrestrial)  and continues to develop various weapons systems as a cogent reason to emulate such technologies emanating from the reported phenomenon, taking advantage of its psychological implications.

The bottom line here is that even though the UFO phenomenon seems to exist, it has not proven itself to be absolute, tangible evidence that we have been visited by actual physical extraterrestrial biological entities in any actual physical spacecraft of any kind.  The term “UFOs” is misleading since we still do not know if they are really objects or if they are actually flying as we understand flying to be  (as through the use of a propulsion system),  as often mentioned by Dr.  Jacques Vallee.

Some in the top echelon of the government  (and the military)  believe that the UFO phenomenon may even be “demonic”* in origin, a “diabolical” contraption perpetrated by deceptive paraphysical entities playing tricks with the human mind.  Quite a number of government and military officials who espouse this theory seem to exist especially among those with conservative, Evangelical persuasions.

(*The word “demonic” is a highly controversial word,  often misinterpreted in so many ways. The meaning of this word used by Jacques Vallee or John A. Keel may not necessarily be exactly the same as when used by so-called Fundamentalist Christians.)



A recent interview with Japer Hamill of Britain’s METRO revealed that:

“UFO investigations carried out by the Pentagon and British Ministry of Defence were hampered by the religious beliefs of senior staff, former employees have revealed.  Two men who worked on secret UFO programs on both sides of the Atlantic said their work received ‘pushback’ from high-ranking officials who feared fast-moving objects glimpsed in our skies were either ‘demonic’ or divine.

Luis Elizondo, who headed up the US Defense Intelligence Agency’s secret Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP), spoke out about his work in a New York Times article last year.  Footage of an encounter between an F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jet and an oval-shaped object with no exhaust, wings or tail travelling at incredible speeds was later released to illustrate the sort of sightings investigated by the AATIP.

The project shut down in 2012 after allegedly amassing information on other aircraft which appeared to move extremely quickly without seeming to have any visible form of propulsion such as a jet engine – or hover in the air without techniques of generating ‘lift’ such as rotor blades.

This investigation was contracted out to BIGELOW AEROSPACE, whose founder (Robert Bigelow) once told CBS 60 Minutes he was absolutely convinced’ that aliens are real and that our planet has been visited by UFOs.  Officially, this project was shut down so the cash could be ploughed into other projects.

But Elizondo, a former intelligence officer who ran AATIP, has told LAS VEGAS NOW that his study also received ‘pushback’ from The Pentagon because some top-ranking officials ‘opposed it on religious grounds’.

Nick Pope, a former UFO investigator for the Ministry of Defence, told us that he encountered the same sort of attitude when working in the UK.  “I was aware that Pentagon pushback on UFO research was in part due to the religious belief of some of those involved,” he said. “It was an odd irony that UFO investigations were being hampered because some people’s belief in God meant that they either didn’t believe in the existence of extraterrestrial life or that they regarded UFOs and extraterrestrials as demonic.”

“The fact that some people regard UFOs as demonic seems to have its roots in the biblical description of Satan as being  ‘the prince of the power of the air’  from Ephesians 2:2”.

Luis Elizondo says that he came up against religious pushback from senior staff when he ran the Pentagon’s UFO program, and said “I saw some evidence of this at the MoD too”.


On the other hand, there are others in the government and the military who do not hold this view.

Therein lie the division and the wide gap that exist within the government elitists.

This may be the reason why the government cannot and will not openly disclose the true nature of the UFO phenomenon.




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The UFO phenomenon seems to “pre-select” its observers !!

“Human beings are under the control of a strange force that bends them in absurd ways, forcing them to play a role in a bizarre game of deception” – – Jacques Vallee

by Norio Hayakawa:

The UFO phenomenon appears to me as a paraphysical intrusion into our physical dimension by an unknown intelligence or unknown sentient entitities, paraphysically materializing themselves to a “pre-selected” observer  (or a group of observers, whether small or large)  and presenting to the observer as a physical extraterrestrial phenomenon and visitation for reasons yet unknown.

The “pre-selection” also seems to include a particular location as well as a particular time.

The phenomenon seems to be able to materialize and de-materialize at will and even seems to be capable of “transmogrifying” itself into any shape or form  (as in the words of John A. Keel).

However, the phenomenon does not seem to be able to survive in our physical dimension except for a few seconds or a few minutes at a time.

Some researchers claim that the phenomenon seems to be able to temporarily affect our physical parameters  (such as radar, etc.).

Yet the phenomenon also seems to be incapable of being photographed with clarity, if at all.

And on many occasions, it seems to me that these “UFOs” only deceptively appear  (to the observer)   to be utilizing some type of a propulsion system as they seem to take off into the distant sky at an unimaginable rate of speed.

Finally, by ‘phenomenon’  here,  I would like to include both the  ‘craft’  as well as the  ‘entities’  and their seemingly paraphysical capabilities.

By the way, here is another of my favorite quotes from Dr. Jacques Vallee, the world’s top-most authority on the UFO phenomenon in my opinion:

“Contact between human percipients and the UFO phenomenon always occurs under conditions controlled by the latter.  Its characteristic feature is a factor of absurdity that leads to a rejection of the story by the upper layers of the target society and an absorption at a deep unconscious level of the symbols conveyed by the encounter.”

I am the first to admit that all of the above is purely my personal speculation, but it’s the best that I could do, considering this sobering fact that:

Even though the UFO phenomenon seems to exist, it has not proven itself to be absolute, tangible evidence that we have been visited by actual physical extraterrestrial biological entities in any actual physical spacecraft of any kind.  The term “UFOs” is misleading since we still do not know if they are really objects or if they are actually flying as we understand flying to be  (as through the use of a propulsion system),  as often mentioned by Dr.  Jacques Vallee.






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An amazing UFO incident – – what took place at Ariel School in Ruwa, Zimbabwe in 1994

On September 16th, 1994 at the Ariel School in rural Zimbabwe, over sixty school children described seeing a disc-shaped craft land behind the school during morning break time.

Some of them reported seeing two beings approach the group.

There were multiple sightings of unusual aerial phenomena by thousands of Zimbabweans during this same time period.

Whether or not you believe there is life beyond our planet, this is an intriguing story that includes a BBC war reporter, a Pulitzer Prize-winning Harvard psychiatrist, hundreds of hours of archival footage with those present in 1994, and interviews with witnesses and others today.

It struggles with the aftermath caused by such an event, and strives to answer the question “What happens when you experience something so extraordinary that no one believes you?”

The children were interviewed immediately after the event by Tim Leach, BBC Bureau Chief for Zimbabwe, and then by several other news agencies.

Noted Harvard psychiatrist Dr. John Mack traveled to Zimbabwe to interview the children in depth due to the unusual nature of this event.

After exhaustive investigation, Dr. Mack concluded that the children were not making up the story.

Though this story was initially publicized worldwide, it quickly disappeared from the public eye but not from the hearts and minds of those who witnessed it.

For twenty years many of the witnesses have felt that their voices have not been heard.  Until now.

Filmmaker Randall Nickerson was approached by the John Mack Institute and asked if he would be interested in making a documentary about the Ariel School event.

What struck him about the original interviews was the sincerity and sense of truth demonstrated by the children about what they said they had witnessed.

They had seen something that affected them profoundly.

Nickerson expanded on the original project and traveled to the school several times, where he began to locate the now-adult children, teachers and other previously unknown witnesses.

He has now been to Zimbabwe three times, as well as around the US and UK collecting footage for the film.

A character-driven travelogue that follows a witness back to the scene of the event, the film explores the aftermath on the lives of those touched by the event.

This story caught the eyes and ears of a Pulitzer Prize-winning professor at Harvard University, Alan Dershowitz, attorney Daniel Sheehan and many others of note which led to a first-of-its-kind battle of worldviews in the ivory towers of academia.

As Nickerson began to interview the children, now in their late 20s and early 30s and some with families of their own, it became clear that this story was not over for them.

The event continues to have a deep impact on many of their lives.

Their courage, conviction and consistency, both then and now, makes it difficult to dismiss this account as a child’s imagination.

Click the following link to view the official trailer for Randall Nickerson’s excellent documentary film which, unfortunately, has not been released yet, even though it has been in the making for several years already:


The good news, however, is that this topic is also featured by acclaimed documentary film producer James Fox in his new, upcoming made-for-the-theater movie which will be released this September, with the same title.




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