Archive for the UFOs category

June 28th, 2010

Obama’s new Space policy:
Shades of JFK

The administration’s newly announced Space policy, looking mostly to undo Bush-Cheney unilateral militarism and return to the norms of Reagan, Bush pere and Clinton, modest as it seems, echoes a bit ominously.

To begin, it seems intended to put NASA out of the spaceship business.

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NASA in 1963 was a deeply Cowboy institution. And when the president that year signed National Security Action Memo No 271 — headed “Cooperation with the Soviet Union on Outer Space Matters” — the reaction from the national security apparat was pale.

The same day Kennedy signed a less well known memo headed “Classification review of all UFO intelligence files affecting National Security” which referenced NSAM 271 and directed the CIA, which had recently taken over the UFO beat from the Air Force, to begin declassifying UFO files with an eye toward partnered investigation with the Soviet Union.

Jim Marrs, author of worthwhile books on both JFK and UFOs, reports:

In this memo Kennedy stated, “I have initiated [blacked out] and have instructed [then NASA Administrator] James Webb to develop a program with the Soviet Union in joint space and lunar exploration. It would be very helpful if you would have the high threat cases reviewed with the purpose of identification of bona fide as opposed to classified CIA and USAF sources. It is important that we make a clear distinction between the knowns and unknowns in the event the Soviets try to mistake our extended cooperation as a cover for intelligence gathering of their defense and space programs.”

Kennedy then asked for all files on “Unknowns” to be turned over to the NASA authorities and an interim report be forwarded to the White House no later than February 1, 1964.

Kennedy signed the two memos on November 12 and ten days later was dead.

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Werner von Braun and his President

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After running in 1960 as a Colder Warrior than Nixon, then nearly getting sunk by conniving brass and spooks at the Bay of Pigs some 70 days after taking office, after being embarrassed and outfoxed by Khruschev in Vienna then outlasting him at the psy ops battle of West Berlin, and after defusing the Cuban missile crisis by outfoxing his own warmongering brass while brokering a back-channel compromise with the Reds …

After all that, Kennedy during his last summer confirmed his fundamental turn with a commencement address at American University. For a few months it was rather in the news:

“Among the many traits the peoples of our two countries have in common, none is stronger than our mutual abhorrence of war. Almost unique, among the major world powers, we have never been at war with each other.

“And no nation in the history of battle ever suffered more than the Soviet Union suffered in the course of the Second World War. At least twenty million lost their lives. Countless millions of homes and farms were burned or sacked. A third of the nation’s territory, including nearly two-thirds of its industrial base, was turned into a wasteland — a loss equivalent to the devastation of this country east of Chicago.

“Today, should total war ever break out again — no matter how — our two countries would become the primary targets. It is an ironic but accurate fact that the two strongest powers are the two in the most danger of devastation. All we have built, all we have worked for, would be destroyed in the first twenty-four hours.

Kennedy then voiced clear comprehension of what Eisenhower had been struggling with since making his truce in Korea with Peking and then had spoken of with quiet thunder in his farewell address days before Kennedy took office.

“And even in the cold war [Kennedy said in '63], which brings burdens and dangers to so many countries, including this nation’s closest allies — our two countries bear the heaviest burdens.

“For we are both devoting to weapons massive sums of money that could be better devoted to combating ignorance, poverty and disease. We are both caught up in a vicious and dangerous cycle in which suspicion on one side breeds suspicion on the other, and new weapons beget counterweapons.

“In short, both the United States and its allies, and the Soviet Union and its allies, have a mutually deep interest in a just and genuine peace and in halting the arms race. …

“So, let us not be blind to our differences — but let us also direct attention to our common interests and to the means by which those differences can be resolved. And if we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity. For, in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal.”

The speech, written by young brain-truster Ted Sorenson, had opened more abstractly, contesting the notion that war was the inevitable condition of modern states, taking clear cue here from FDR’s speech at Chicago in 1937.

Kennedy then broke some surprising news, announcing that the US would henceforth refrain, unilaterally, from testing nukes in the atmosphere, and that talks had been set in Moscow “looking toward early agreement on a comprehensive test ban treaty.”

He then concluded:

“Finally, my fellow Americans, let us examine our attitude toward peace and freedom here at home. The quality and spirit of our own society must justify and support our efforts abroad. … ‘When a man’s ways please the Lord,” the Scriptures tell us, “he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.’

“And is not peace, in the last analysis, basically a matter of human rights — the right to live out our lives without fear of devastation — the right to breathe air as nature provided it — the right of future generations to a healthy existence?

“The United States, as the world knows, will never start a war ….”

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It’s only against JFK in June 1963, and Eisenhower in 1961, and FDR in 1937, that one can fully appreciate the depths to which we’ve been pulled by the Bush-Cheney doctrine and practice of preemptive war. Indeed, the contrasting lines of argument are so strong that Vladimir Putin at Munich in 2007 reminded the world of FDR at Chicago, in long, loyal paraphrases, while trying to organize the international community in opposition to the American warmongering.

It bears repeating that the Baby Bush Doctrine was promulgated for the most part by the American Likud Lobbyists gathered under the umbrella of The Project for the New American Century in DC.

And lo. Unilateral and exclusive military exploitation of space is high on the agenda of the manifesto published by the group in 2000, two months before the failed election. Half a dozen leading PNAC “Vulcans” were then advising baby Bush’s campaign and months later two dozen would take command of his War Room.

And so it’s only natural to wonder what today’s Apparat thinks of Obama’s announcement about peacefully sharing the last frontier.

November 13th, 2009

Moon has water. Who knew?

Posted in UFOs by ed

The moon is one of the strangest things in our world.

Seems strange to me that NASA after all this time has acknowledged that there’s a lot of water there — and only after the finding was reported by the Indians, using their own satellite, earlier this year.

August 3rd, 2009

Did Martians
cause the Cold War?

Posted in American Gestapo, Geopolitics, JFK, UFOs by ed

Ed Note: This old note has been updated with brassy quotes, and (at bottom) with a valuable audio clip from the mellifluous and middlin’ famous Robert Carr, who had a ranch in New Mexico in the late 40s when brothers from other planets were apparently falling to earth with some frequency.

1. FDR was on record against the continuance of the fledgling Office of Strategic Services — our covert ops organ — once the war that gave it birth had ended.

President Truman enacted this intent by abolishing the OSS in September 1945, and by resisting thereafter various attempts by interested parties, led by corporate lawyer and OSS agent Allen Dulles, to reconstitute a standing secret police army.

On July 26, 1947, however, Truman abruptly signed the National Security Act, creating the National Security Council and the Central Intelligence Agency — the latter out of (i) OSS bones which Dulles and Frank Wisner had been keeping warm on the sly in New York and the State Department, and (ii) nazi general Reinhard Gehlen’s eastern european spy network.

(General Gehlen was picked up on waivers from the Wehrmacht by the US Army in 1945, traded to the CIA two years later, then went back to Germany in the expansion draft to head up the Bundesrepublik’s Federal Intelligence Service. That’s him in the War Room, lower right corner.)

Why did Truman change his mind about secret police?  The so-called literature on this is a contradictory mess and inconclusive. The quiz has puzzled me for 20 years.

2. The month before, in June ’47, highly publicized sightings of unidentified flying objects by an Air Force pilot in Oregon had occurred, with regard to which the term flying saucers first appeared in the press.

And on July 7 came the first public word of the crash at Roswell, Arizona — a report by a local Air Force office that debris of a “flying disc” had been recovered.

Soon Air Force General Nathan Farragut Twining was on the case.  He told reporters in July, eighteen days before the NSA became law:

Neither the [Army Air Force] nor any other component of the armed forces has any plane, guided missile or other aerial device under development which could possibly be mistaken for a saucer or formation of flying discs. Some of these witnesses evidently saw something but we don’t know what. We are investigating.

That September, Twining reported to superiors, “the phenomenon is something real and not visionary or fictitious.”   Project Blue Book — the Air Force’s excellent X-Files adventure — was born, and seven years later Twining himself seems to have been sniffing still.

Twining would go on to become a four-star general and the Air Force Chief of Staff, 1953-57, under Eisenhower.  And finally the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (the first Air Forcer ever to command the Pentagon) during the four years before President Kennedy took office.

British Air Chief Marshal Lord Dowding, a hero of the Battle of Britain, was Twining’s counterpart on the UFO beat in the Royal Air Force.  In 1954 Lord Dowding told the London Sunday Dispatch:

“I am convinced that these objects do exist and that they are not manufactured by any nation on earth…. I think that we must resist the tendency to assume that they all come from the same planet, or that they are actuated by similar motives. It might be that the visitors from one planet wished to help us in our evolution from the basis of a higher level to which they had attained. Another planet might send an expedition to ascertain what have been those terrible explosions which they have observed, and to prevent us from discommoding other people besides ourselves by the new toys with which we are so light-heartedly playing. Other visitors might have come bent solely on scientific discovery and might regard us with the dispassionate aloofness which we might regard insects found beneath an upturned stone.”

Well … Perhaps Lord Dowding was crackers …

Anyone beguiled by UFOs should read Jim Marrs’ book, which bears the unfortunate title Alien Agenda.  The Dowding quote appears there on page 124 (but is cited nowhere in the index), sourced in a biography of 1988.

Marrs also quotes Air Force One steward Bill Holden, who, flying with JFK in summer 1963, asked the Prez what he thought about UFOs in light of a recent conference re same in Bonn. Holden told Marrs (in a 1996 interview) that Kennedy

became quite serious and thought for a moment before replying. “I’d like to tell the public about the alien situation, but my hands are tied.”

The Air Force says it finally closed Blue Book and stopped worrying about UFOs in 1969: the year most people (present company included) believe that Neil Armstrong walked on the moon.  By this time the CIA was walking the UFO beat.  Both organs have released a lot of case files since. Couldn’t find a doggone thing.

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3. That’s General Twining on the right, circa 1961, shortly after retiring from active service.

One can’t help but notice he stands in odd company:

(a)   On the left (so to speak): CIA Director Allen Dulles, shortly before getting canned by President Kennedy for, among other things, botching and dissembling about the Bay of Pigs invasion. Three years later President Johnson would appoint him to the Warren Commission, where Dulles led the befuddling effort.

(b) Second from right: Air Force General Charles Cabell, then serving as Deputy Director of the CIA, was fired by JFK the same day as Dulles for the same reasons. Cabell’s brother was the mayor of Dallas when Kennedy came to visit in November 1963.

(c)  And, between Dulles and his deputy: Strange OSS and CIA agent Ed Lansdale, flying Air Force colors at the moment.

In 1954 Lansdale had opened our first official CIA shop in Saigon, and in January 1961 President Kennedy (days on the job) was told that Lansdale should become our next Ambassador to Vietnam.

But after speaking with Lansdale and the State Department, JFK rejected the application, upon which Lansdale re-buttoned the Air Force general’s jacket he’d been given to wear and went back to his chair atop the Air Force staff in the Pentagon. (Perhaps the photo marks this occasion: a marriage of CIA and Air Force potentates, with Lansdale, their baby, in between.)

Air Force Colonel Fletcher Prouty worked directly with Lansdale in the Pentagon from the late 50s until 1964, and repeatedly fingered him across 25 years thereafter as a manager of JFK’s murder.
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ONE CAN’T HELP but wonder, then, if:

A.  Truman’s sudden decision in July 1947 to cave in to the National Security Apparat was the result of pressure brought to bear by waving Roswell et al. in his face.

B.  The involvement of Air Force and CIA in UFO work, combined with Kennedy’s public statement in 1963 that space exploration should be a joint human enterprise, with the US and Soviet Union working as a team,  contributed in a big way to the decision to replace him with Lyndon Johnson.

Here is Robert Carr, from the 50s. Try to ignore the bizzare pictures in the clip, which bear no relation to his words.

Funny stuff.

October 21st, 2008

Brits release more UFO data / “Area 51″ Phone call

Posted in UFOs by ed

In May the UK’s Ministry of Defense released files on UFOs through 1987.

Last week they released files for ’87 through ’92.

Bonus clip!  Art Bell radio show call-in:  Pilot supposedly invades Area 51 in Nevada and gets shot down …  (?)

July 17th, 2008

UFO guys

Posted in UFOs by ed

Well

And then there’s ol Bill Uhouse …