Sheriff slams FBI’s handling of observatory closure at Sunpot, New Mexico – – September 18, 2018

by River Donaghey, VICE – September 18, 2018:

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/j54mvx/new-mexico-sheriff-still-very-pissed-about-the-solar-observatory-mystery-vgtrn

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On September 6, a small solar observatory in Sunspot, New Mexico, essentially turned into the set of an X-Files episode after a horde of federal agents and a goddamn Blackhawk helicopter showed up to evacuate everyone and take over, without any explanation why.  The conspiracy theories immediately started swirling  (Aliens! Impending solar flares! More aliens!)  but the FBI refused to give details to anybody—not even to the local sheriff, Benny House.

And House, like most local law enforcement in those X-Files episodes, is still suitably pissed about being kept in the dark.  In a new interview with KVIA, the sheriff ripped into the FBI for continually refusing to tell him why it shut the place down:

“Is there a bomb threat?  Is there an active shooter?  Is it chemical?” House told KVIA.  “We need to know so we know what kind of manpower to send up there, and without knowing, it’s dangerous for everybody.  We have a duty to protect and we can’t protect them if we don’t know what is going on.

Earlier this week, the Sunspot Solar Observatory announced it would finally reopen, releasing a statement explaining—sort of—what happened, blaming the whole mess on a “threat to the safety of local staff and residents.”

“We recognize that the lack of communications while the facility was vacated was concerning and frustrating for some,” the observatory said.  “However, our desire to provide additional information had to be balanced against the risk that, if spread at the time, the news would alert the suspect and impede the law enforcement investigation.  That was a risk we could not take.”

House’s anger is pretty understandable, since he was, uh, literally elected to look after Sunspot, and is now being completely iced out.

I think it’s chicken shit the way the FBI handled it,” he said in the interview. “I have a responsibility to protect my citizens.  I think it’s paramount that we know what the threat is so we can provide safety.”

For now, it looks like House won’t be getting anything more than a weak-ass PR statement for an explanation, just like the rest of us.  Luckily, there are plenty of Reddit sleuths online still working tirelessly to solve the mystery—so House can go read up on Chinese spies and how they’ve been covertly stealing secrets from White Sands Missile Base or whatever until those “chicken shit” feds decide to fill him in on the truth.

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Pale Horse Rider – – one of the most important books of our time, written by Mark Jacobson

I just got my copy of Pale Horse Rider, one of the most important books of our time written by journalist Mark Jacobson.  It’s now available at bookstores across the nation.

In this timely, provocative book, Jacobson tells the story of conspiracy theorist, the late William Milton ‘Bill’ Cooper‘s fascinating life and, in doing so, provides the social and political context for the paranoia that pervades modern American culture.

You can also get it on AMAZON!!

BY THE WAY, HERE IS SOMETHING VERY IMPORTANT

There are no aliens, no alien abductions and no alien cattle mutilations”, said the late William Milton ‘Bill’ Cooper, author of BEHOLD A PALE HORSE, 2 years before he was killed in a shootout in Arizona, and several years after his book became popular and after he totally departed from Ufology.

CLICK AND WATCH HIS RARE VIDEO INTERVIEW IN 1999:

“THERE ARE NO ALIENS, NO ALIEN ABDUCTIONS AND NO ALIEN CATTLE MUTILATIONS”, said William Milton ‘Bill’ Cooper

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Solar observatory at Sunpot, New Mexico is open to the public again after a criminal investigation – – September 17, 2018

by Mike Wall, SPACE – – September 17, 2018:

https://www.space.com/41852-sunspot-solar-observatory-opening-after-criminal-investigation.html

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It wasn’t aliens, or a doomsday solar flare.

No, the Sunspot Solar Observatory — a National Solar Observatory facility high up on New Mexico’s Sacramento Peak — has been closed for the past 10 days because of a criminal investigation.

AURA (Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy) has been cooperating with an ongoing law enforcement investigation of criminal activity that occurred at Sacramento Peak,” AURA representatives wrote in a statement Sunday (Sept. 16).  “During this time, we became concerned that a suspect in the investigation potentially posed a threat to the safety of local staff and residents.  For this reason, AURA temporarily vacated the facility and ceased science activities at this location.”

But things are about to get back to normal.

“In light of recent developments in the investigation, we have determined there is no risk to staff, and Sunspot Solar Observatory is transitioning back to regular operations as of September 17th,” the statement added.

AURA officials had previously cited a “security issue” as the cause of the closure (which also affected a nearby post office) but did not elaborate.  The FBI was apparently involved but kept pretty much everyone, including local law enforcement, in the dark about what was going on.

As often happens, rumors rushed in to fill the information-free void.  Speculation ranged from the ridiculous  (that the government wanted to squash news of an alien-life detection or civilization-destroying solar flare)  to the plausible (that some bad actor had planted spy gear on the Sunspot grounds, which provide a good view of the White Sands Missile Range and Holloman Air Force Base).

That latter explanation may still be in play; AURA has not disclosed the nature of the criminal activity being investigated.

“We recognize that the lack of communications while the facility was vacated was concerning and frustrating for some,” Sunday’s AURA statement added.  “However, our desire to provide additional information had to be balanced against the risk that, if spread at the time, the news would alert the suspect and impede the law enforcement investigation.  That was a risk we could not take.”

The Sunspot Solar Observatory was established in 1947.  Its main eye on the sky today is the Dunn Solar Telescope, which was completed in 1969 and helps researchers better understand the sun, solar activity and its effects on Earth.

Nine people, from New Mexico State University and AURA, work at the observatory, AURA representatives said.

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SHERIFF SLAMS FBI’S HANDLING OF OBSERVATORY CLOSURE AT SUNSPOT, NEW MEXICO – – September 18, 2018:

“A horde of federal agents and a goddamn Blackhawk helicopter showed up to evacuate everyone and take over, without any explanation why”.

“We have a duty to protect and we can’t protect them if we don’t know what is going on.”

I think it’s chicken shit the way the FBI handled it,” he said in the interview.

“I have a responsibility to protect my citizens. I think it’s paramount that we know what the threat is so we can provide safety.”……CLICK AND READ THE FOLLOWING:

SHERIFF TOTALLY PISSED!!

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A fascinating story of conspiracy theorist, the late William ‘Bill’ Cooper, as described by journalist Mark Jacobson in his new book PALE HORSE RIDER

PALE HORSE RIDER – – William Cooper, The Rise of Conspiracy, and the Fall of Trust in America – – a riveting new book by New York Magazine writer Mark Jacobson.

In this timely, excellent, riveting book, journalist Mark Jacobson enthrallingly tells the story of Cooper’s fascinating life and points out the social and political context for today’s distinctively American paranoia – – WATCH THE VIDEO:

BY THE WAY, HERE IS SOMETHING VERY IMPORTANT:

There are no aliens, no alien abductions and no alien cattle mutilations”, said the late William Milton ‘Bill’ Cooper, author of BEHOLD A PALE HORSE, 2 years before he was killed in a shootout in Arizona, and several years after his book became popular and after he totally departed from Ufology.

CLICK AND WATCH HIS RARE VIDEO INTERVIEW IN 1999:

“THERE ARE NO ALIENS, NO ALIEN ABDUCTIONS AND NO ALIEN CATTLE MUTILATIONS”, said William Milton ‘Bill’ Cooper in 1999, 2 years before he was killed in a shootout in Arizona and several years after his book became popular and after he totally departed from Ufology.

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Crashed UFOs – – Have There Been Any? – – excellent article by Nick Redfern, Part 1

by Nick Redfern, September 12, 2018, from the MYSTERIOUS UNIVERSE Magazine:

http://mysteriousuniverse.org/2018/09/crashed-ufos-have-there-ever-been-any/

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Last week, here at MYSTERIOUS UNIVERSE, I wrote a couple of articles on the Roswell affair of July 1947.  My position on Roswell is very clear:  I think that a highly-classified, and highly controversial, experiment was at the heart of the case, and not the crash of an extraterrestrial spacecraft and its crew.  For the vast majority of people in Ufology, Roswell is considered to be the most credible crashed UFO case of all.  But, if Roswell does collapse – as a UFO event, at least – then what does that say about the rest of the high-profile crashed UFO incidents on record?  The fact is that when we go digging, we do see solid reasons why we should be wary of the supposed credibility of these incidents, too.  We’ll start with the 1950s and a case that allegedly occurred less than a year after the Roswell event took place.

In March 1948, a UFO is alleged to have crashed at Hart Canyon, Aztec, New Mexico. As with Roswell, there are tales of dead aliens and a hasty cover-up of the facts. The story started to circulate in the late-1940s and arguably reached its peak in 1950, when the story was profiled significantly in Frank Scully’s book, BEHIND THE FLYING SAUCERS.  There’s no doubt that much of the story came from a shady (as in very shady) businessman named Silas Newton.  Indeed, Newton was shady to the point that the FBI opened a file on him and his shenanigans.  You can see the Newton file for yourself at this link at the FBI’s website, The Vault.

Of particular note is the fact that in the early 1950s, Newton was quietly approached by military-intelligence personnel.  In an astonishing state of affairs, the two men in question made it very clear to Newton that they knew his story of a crashed UFO at Hart Canyon was absolute bullshit, but they wanted him to continue to promote the story.  Was this a way for those same military-intelligence personnel to further bury the Roswell incident amid more and more tales of crashed UFOs, and far away from controversial experiments?  Almost certainly.  Whatever the answer, we can say with a high degree of certainty that Newton was used – by the military – to promote a bogus crashed UFO event.

In 1952, a story surfaced to the effect that a Flying Saucer had fallen on the island of Spitsbergen, off the coast of Norway.  The CIA took an interest in the saga and wrote the following: “Writing in the German magazine Der Fliger, Dr. Waldemar Beck says that a flying saucer which recently fell at Spitsbergen has been studied by eminent Norwegian and German rocket experts.  He writes that Dr. Norsal, a Norwegian expert in rocket construction, went to the place where the flying saucer had fallen a few hours after it had been discovered in the mountains of Spitsbergen by Norwegian jet planes.”

Agency staff had this to say, too: “In the wreck of the apparatus the expert is said to have discovered a radio piloting transmitter with a nucleus of plutonium transmitting on all wavelengths with 934 hertz, a measure that has been unknown so far.  The investigation has also shown that the flying saucer crashed because of a defect in its radio piloting system.  The saucer which carried no crew has a diameter of 47 meters.  The steel used in the construction is an unknown ally.  It consists of an exterior disc provided at its peripheral with 46 automatic jets.  This disc pivots around the central sphere which contains the measurement and remote control equipment. The measurement instructions have an inscription in Russian.”

What is particularly intriguing about all this is not the CIA’s response to it, but the reaction of the National Security Agency.  Under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act, several hundred UFO-themed documents have surfaced from the vaults of the NSA.  One of those documents tells the story of the Spitsbergen case, but notes that it was, and I quote, “a plant.”  Planted by who? The United States?  The Russians?  We still don’t have the answers to those questions.  But, yet again, we have what appears to be a fabricated story of a crashed UFO, disseminated for reasons that are not fully clear.

In May 1953, a UFO is alleged to have crashed outside of Kingman, Arizona.  A man named Arthur Stansel – but who went under the alias of “Fritz Werner” – claimed knowledge of the crash, and also of the recovery of a small, humanoid body at the crash-site.  It’s a classic case of its type.  But, again, we have good reasons to dismiss it as a UFO event.  At the time, Stansel worked on an atomic-bomb-based program called Operation Upshot-Knothole.  It was overseen by the Atomic Energy Commission and ran from mid-March 1953 to early June 1953.  The Kingman crash occurred in the middle of the tests.  Ufologists have suggested that the blast of one of the bombs caused a UFO to crash to the ground at Kingman, killing the pilot.  But, when we dig deeper we find a far more plausible story that offers a definitively down-to-earth explanation for the mystery of Kingman.

Early Cloud Penetration is an Atomic Energy Commission document that tells the story of something very intriguing.  Although it is dated January 27, 1956, its focus is on certain events that occurred back in 1953: “In the event of nuclear warfare the AF is confronted with two special problems.  First is the hazard to flight crews who may be forced to fly through an atomic cloud.  Second is the hazard to ground crews who maintain the aircraft after it has flown through the cloud…In the 1953 Upshot-Knothole tests, monkeys were used so that experiments could be conducted on larger animals nearer the size of man.  QF-80 drone aircraft were used, their speed more nearly approximating that of current operational aircraft.”

There are rumors that one of the QF-80 drone planes developed a problem and, as a result, crashed near Kingman.  The alien?  A charred monkey, found in the wreckage of the doomed plane.  To hide the extent to which the United States was researching the effects of radiation on military aircraft, amazing tales of a crashed UFO and a dead alien were encouraged to be spread.  And, let’s not forget that Stansel was himself working on the very same program that was using the monkeys.

I started this article with Roswell – which occurred in the 1940s.  Today’s article casts a great deal of doubt when it comes to some of the crashed UFO tales of the 1950s.  Next, I’ll turn my attentions to the 1960s, and the crashed UFOs that were actually nothing of the sort.

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Why mysterious green fireballs worried the U.S. government in 1948

ABOVE – – A painting by Mrs. Lincoln LaPaz of a baffling green fireball seen numerous times over the Sandia mountains east of Albuquerque in late 1952.  Mrs. LaPaz’s husband, head of the University of New Mexico’s Institute of Meteoritics, investigated the sightings but couldn’t find an explanation.  The painting was published in TIME Magazine in November 1951 and in LIFE magazine a few months later, an illustration of the nation’s Cold War obsession with UFOs.

by Darryn King, HISTORY – – August 17, 2018

https://www.history.com/news/ufos-green-fireballs-nuclear-facilities-new-mexico

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On February 29, 1949, the Los Alamos, New Mexico Skyliner newspaper ran a piece on what it referred to, in typical newspaper parlance, as “flying saucers”—and a possible conspiracy around them:

“Los Alamos now has flying green lights.  These will ‘o wisps seen generally about 2 a.m., have alerted the local constabulary and their presence is being talked about in Santa Fe bars.  But local wheels deny any official knowledge of the sky phenomena.  Each one passes the buck to another.”

The story ended with, “Have you seen a green light lately?”

In fact, a great many had, and would continue to do so – – enough to prompt TIME magazine, in November 1951, to publish a piece on the phenomenon called “Great Balls of Fire.”  What makes the multiple sightings of “flying green lights” in New Mexico in 1948 and onward such a significant chapter in UFO history is exactly that – – there were multiple sightings.

That was unnerving enough.  But most alarming – – particularly to the United States government – – was that the sightings were concentrated around the Los Alamos and Sandia atomic-weapons laboratories.  And other highly sensitive military installations, including radar stations and fighter-interceptor bases, weren’t far away.  That meant the sightings were reported by typically cool-headed pilots, weather observers, scientists, intelligence officers and other defense personnel, and led many to suspect the fireballs were Soviet spy devices.

Like a meteor—but not

On the night of December 5, 1948, two separate plane crews reported having seen a “green ball of fire,” heading west to east.  In one of these instances, the fireball raced head-on toward the plane itself, compelling the rattled pilot to swerve the plane out of the way.

One pilot, sometime later, would vividly describe the green fireballs: “Take a soft ball and paint it with some kind of fluorescent paint that will glow a bright green in the dark … Then have someone take the ball out about 100 feet in front of you and about 10 feet above you.  Have him throw the ball right at your face, as hard as he can throw it. That’s what a green fireball looks like.”

When a crew of intelligence officers, led by Dr. Lincoln LaPaz, head of the University of New Mexico’s Institute of Meteoritics, plotted the fireball’s flight path and scoured the area a meteorite would have hit, they found nothing – – no meteor fragments, no debris, no craters, no evidence of fire.

The inexplicable sightings continued in the area, with sightings on December 6th, 7th, 8th, 11th, 13th, 14th, 20th and 28th.  December 20th proved a turning point, literally, and a particularly alarming one for those clinging to the theory that these were meteors: The balls of fire descended from the heavens at a 45-degree angle, then abruptly leveled off into a gravity-defying horizontal flight path.  And, as LaPaz would note in a letter to the district commanding officer of the United States Air Force Office of Special Investigations, “none of the green fireballs has a train of sparks of a dust cloud…”

In the years since, there have been reports of green-fireball sightings around the world, from Alberta, Canada to South Africa.  In June 2018, a green fireball made an impressive appearance at a concert performance in the Netherlands by the Foo Fighters (coincidentally, the band named for the U.S. pilots’ term for UFOs during World War II).  And according to the International Meteor Organization there were more than 170 reported sightings of the fireballs that night, in at least five European countries.  The band’s reaction, according to their official Twitter account: “The sky IS a neighborhood.”

An alternate form of lightning?

The phenomenon came to the attention of the Australian physicist Dr. Stephen Hughes in 2006, when several green fireballs were spotted in the sky in Queensland and New Zealand.  “I came to the conclusion that there was something a bit strange going on,” he says.

Hughes went on to write a paper that theorized a possible connection between green fireballs and the well-documented, but still ultimately little – understood, phenomenon of ball lightning – – mysterious hovering orbs of electricity that have only been taken seriously by science since the 1960s, well after the New Mexico sightings.

There is still no conclusive theory of what ball lightning is, but hypotheses include antimatter, light bubbles, microwave interference, retinal after-images, electromagnetic knots, even primordial black holes.

Dr. Hughes’ own theory of ball lightning, which he believes fits the description of the New Mexico fireballs: electrified air.  “It occurred to me, sometimes when something shoots through the atmosphere, like a meteor, it could be creating a conductive pathway from the ionosphere – – a whole ocean of plasma above the Earth – – down to the ground. The air becomes electrified.”

The phosphorescent green color, Dr. Hughes says, is due to ionized oxygen, which also accounts for the striking greens of the aurora borealis, also known as the Northern lights.

The Los Alamos National Laboratory:

ABOVE – – The Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, where nuclear weapons were being designed for the Manhattan Project during WWII.  Numerous green fireball sightings were reported in the vicinity of this and several other highly sensitive military and weapons-development sites. (Credit: Jeffrey Markowitz/Getty Images)

Cold War spy craft…or extraterrestrial probes?

This potential explanation could not have occurred to those on the ground in New Mexico in 1948.  After interviewing more than a hundred witnesses, Dr. LaPaz went on to advise the military and the Atomic Energy Commission of his opinion that the fireballs were likely either top-secret “unconventional defensive devices” being tested by the U.S. – – or Soviet spying devices.

When Edward J. Ruppelt, director of the U.S. Air Force Project Blue Book UFO investigations, visited the Los Alamos National Laboratory in early 1952 to interview scientists and technicians, he noted that they became particularly animated when the idea of interplanetary vehicles was suggested.

“They had been doing a lot of thinking about this, they said, and they had a theory,” wrote Ruppelt in The Report on Unidentified Flying Objects (1953).  They thought the fireballs were actually extraterrestrial probes “projected into our atmosphere from a ‘spaceship’ hovering several hundred miles above the Earth.”

Officially, government investigators concluded that the green fireballs were some kind of never-before-seen natural phenomenon.  Interest in, and investigation into, the fireballs dropped off at the outbreak of the Korean War.

“Writing these off as natural phenomena did not solve the problem,” says UFO researcher Jan Aldrich, who believes the green fireballs were related to aerial phenomena spotted in Fort Hood, Texas, in 1949.   “It just pushed it under the table.”

Nuclear fallout debris?

But that hasn’t stopped UFO researchers from speculating more recently.

In his 2008 book UFO and Nukes: Extraordinary Encounters at Nuclear Weapons Sites, Robert Hastings, drawing on declassified official documents, suggests that the fireball trajectories align with those of fallout-debris clouds associated with top-secret atomic testing.

But according to Dr. Hughes, there’s another reason to suspect those green fireballs were buoyant balls of plasma: All those unpredictable movements, which suggest their paths may have been following electric field lines above the Earth.

“Personally, I think that the erratic change in direction is reasonably conclusive proof that the phenomenon is electrical in nature,” says Dr. Hughes, citing the more familiar sharp angles of a lightning bolt streaking through the sky.

“If the ball lightning phenomenon was a solid mass, there would be enormous inertia, making it very difficult to explain the source of energy for such extreme acceleration.  In the case of a plasma ball, an internal energy source is not required – – in the same way that a bolt of lightning does not need some kind of electrical rocket motor to rapidly change direction on the way to the ground or between clouds.”

Still, at this stage, it’s hard to shake the sense that equating the green fireballs with ball lightning is tantamount to explaining a mystery with another mystery.

“I’m a believer in the sense I believe that UFOs exist,” says Dr. Hughes, who finds the name apt: “They are unidentified flying objects.  I just don’t think there are little green men at the controls.”

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PALE HORSE RIDER – – William Cooper, the Rise of Conspiracy and the Fall of Trust in America…..a riveting new book written by Mark Jacobson

From the PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, August 19, 2018:

A notorious conspiracy theorist searches for the hidden plan behind world events and his own existence in this revealing, claustrophobic biography.

Journalist Jacobson  (THE LAMPSHADE) explores the bumpy life of William Cooper, an influential conspiracist – he popularized the term “sheeple” – whose radio show THE HOUR OF THE TIME and bestselling book BEHOLD A PALE HORSE found fans as diverse as Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh and rappers the Wu-Tang Clan.

Jacobson follows Cooper’s convoluted theories about such subjects as UFOs and the perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks; his great project was the unmasking of a “Luciferian” conspiracy, involving powerful groups from the Illuminati to the Clinton administration, that he believed was creating systemic shocks such as price hikes and staged terrorist attacks to impose an invisible but totalitarian mind-control regime.

In counterpoint to Cooper’s grand theory of everything is Jacobson’s picaresque account of Cooper’s chaotic personal life, full of abusive behavior, familial estrangement, and professional feuding, with a violent ending – – he was killed in a shoot-out with sheriff’s deputies at his Arizona home in 2001 – – brought on largely by his own paranoia.

Jacobson’s narrative is poker-faced about Cooper’s unorthodox beliefs but sympathetic towards the yearnings behind them and infused with colorful reportage on conspiracists.

The result is an enthralling portrait of a dark but potent strain in American culture.

This book will be available at bookstores nationwide on September 4, 2018.

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By the way, it is of utmost importance to note that towards the end of his turbulent “career”,  Cooper distanced himself from the world of “UFOlogy“.   Click and read the following article:

“There are no aliens and no alien abductions”, said William ‘Bill’ Cooper, author of BEHOLD A PALE HORSE

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