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Alien-themed ‘Are We Alone’ week returns tonight on Science Channel

Are We Alone? week returns to Science Channel March 2-6th. Now in it’s fourth consecutive year, the week-long event highlights programming exploring UFOs and extraterrestrial life and will feature new episodes of NASA’s Unexplained Files, Close Encounters, and UFO Conspiracies. A new feature this year is a trip to the 2015 International UFO Congress. They explain, “New to ARE WE ALONE? WEEK, Science Channel shares stories of those individuals who are brave enough to admit to encounters with out-of-this-world experiences. Science Channel visited the 2015 UFO Congress to speak to those who have experienced life beyond this planet as they share their tales for the first time.”

Science Channel AWA week

PROGRAM LINEUP:

MONDAY, MARCH 2
10 p.m. EST NASA’s Unexplained Files: Life in Hell (WORLD PREMIERE)

A UFO crash lands in Pennsylvania. Was it a top secret Soviet satellite — or something far more dangerous? On the red-hot surface of Mercury, NASA finds the impossible: frozen water. Could there be life on this fiery hell? A strange object causes a skyscraper-sized shadow on the surface of Mars’s largest moon. What is it, and how did it get there? NASA’s Unexplained Files examines the dark side of space exploration, as astronauts and scientists reveal mysteries seemingly ripped from science fiction.

TUESDAY, MARCH 3
9p.m. EST What On Earth? Finding Sodom (WORLD PREMIERE)

NASA astronaut Mike Barratt, describes photographing a strange ring in the ice on the world’s oldest and most mysterious lake from the International Space Station. More rings on Lake Baikal have been seen since, they baffle scientists.

10 p.m. EST Close Encounters: Hunting Season (WORLD PREMIERE)

Two brothers witness something extraordinary that defies explanation while hunting in Idaho. A strange metal craft passes over Antananarivo, Madagascar plunging it into darkness for almost 10 minutes. Thousands of citizens witness the event.

10:30 p.m. EST Close Encounters: Alien Assault (WORLD PREMIERE)

Texas police receive several calls about a 200-foot flying object from local citizens. Two farmers witness the strange sighting up close. In Scotland, a property inspector is knocked unconscious when he comes in contact with a strange metallic object.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4

10 p.m. EST NASA’s Unexplained Files: Top Secret Terror (WORLD PREMIERE)

Was the Moon landing faked? Startling images of Mercury reveal massive spider-like formations on its surface. Is it a complex system of trenches — or something much more ominous? A top secret space shuttle mission ends in near-disaster, but many of the mission’s details remain classified. What was NASA’s secret mission? NASA’s Unexplained Files examines the dark side of space exploration, as astronauts and scientists reveal mysteries seemingly ripped from science fiction.

THURSDAY, MARCH 5

10 p.m. EST UFO Conspiracies: UFO Dogfight (WORLD PREMIERE)

A string of lights crashes into Canadian waters, and the government declares a UFO incident; a silvery object streaks across the New Zealand skies at high speed; and, in Iran, fighters are scrambled to investigate a UFO, leading to a bizarre dogfight.

FRIDAY, MARCH 6

10 p.m. EST Close Encounters: Alien Vampires (WORLD PREMIERE)

In Brazil, 3 men escape a close encounter only to realize it lasted hours longer than any of them realized. In Canada, a thirteen-year-old boy is temporally blinded after investigating a strange object near his home.

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Roswell UFO researcher claims to have picture of aliens

Roswell researcher and author Tom Carey told the crowd at American University yesterday that he has the “smoking gun” to prove once and for all aliens are real. According to an article by WTOP in Washington, Carey claims to have a picture of an alien, but did not have the picture with him.

Carey has been researching the alleged crash a flying saucer in Roswell, NM since 1991. He is a co-author and researcher of a couple of books on the topic with his research partner Don Schmitt.

Don Schmitt and Tom Carey signing books and talking to visitors in the Roswell UFO Museum. (image credit: Alejandro Rojas)

Don Schmitt and Tom Carey signing books and talking to visitors in the Roswell UFO Museum. (image credit: Alejandro Rojas)

He told the crowd that the images are on Kodachrome color slides and that their research on the legitimacy of the slides has been promising.

Carey says: “What’s interesting is, the film is dated 1947. We took it to the official historian of Kodak up in Rochester, New York, and he did his due diligence on it, and he said yes, this filmstrip, the slides are from 1947. It’s 1947 stock. And from the emulsions on the image, it’s not something that’s been Photoshopped like today. It’s original 1947 images, and it shows an alien who’s been partially dissected lying in a case.”

He also described what the slides show: “3 and a half to 4 feet tall, the head is almost insect-like. The head has been severed, and there’s been a partial autopsy; the innards have been removed, and we believe the cadaver has been embalmed, at least at the time this picture was taken.”

He says he received the slides from a couple in Texas. “The woman was a high-powered Midland, Texas, lawyer with a pilot’s license. We think she was involved in intelligence in World War II, and her husband was a field geologist for an oil company,” claims Carey.

The UFO community has been excited about the American University presentation, which was largely made up of very credible researchers. The event was a panel discussion called UFOs: Encounters by Generals, Pilots, and Government Officials. And American University described as including ” four prominent national figures,” and is based on the Honors Colloquium, Alien Contact: Science and Science Fiction, by professor and filmmaker John Weiskopf.

Investigative Journalist Leslie Kean

Investigative journalist Leslie Kean

The panel also included investigative journalist and author Leslie Kean. The title of the event was taken from her New York Times best-selling book UFOs: Generals, Pilots and Government Officials Go On the Record. Another panelist was Dr. Richard Haines, the co-founder of the National Aviation Reporting Center on Anomalous Phenomena (NARCAP), and is a former NASA researcher.

However, the WTOP article says the “The most riveting presentation of the night came from retired U.S. Air Force Colonel Charles Halt, one of the witnesses of a famous series of UFO sightings in England in 1980 known as the Rendlesham Forest incident.”

Apparently, WTOP did not think much of Carey’s claims, but it is hard to fault them since claims are all they were. It is difficult to get too excited when a UFO researcher says he has the “smoking gun,” but he can’t show it to you yet. I think the public often characterizes UFO research as a lot of spectacular claims, without spectacular evidence.

Leslie Kean was quick to distance herself from the alien pictures. On Facebook she wrote: “I had nothing to do with the Roswell part. Just want to make that clear.”

An alleged student that who was part of the honors course also commented on her Facebook explain why they added Carey to the panel. Brian Shin wrote: “I’m a student in the honors course. The Roswell section was deemed as a necessary balance in order to show different faces of the ufo investigation. While some could say that it could damage the integrity of what others are trying to accomplish, having Tom Carey acted as a immediate juxtaposition for those new to serious investigations into ufos. The judgments were left for the audience to make rather than the panel, by trying to make different parts of ufo investigation come together.”

Carey and Schmitt’s books are full of very interesting and credible testimony. Perhaps Carey would have been more convincing had he shared that information, which is not well known to the general public. Although many in the UFO community do believe Carey to be a credible researcher, the general public does not know him from the charlatans they hear about in the news.

Now the pressure is on for Carey to produce this amazing evidence. He says the images will be revealed early next year.

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Open Minds teams up with NV Ops for exclusive deals on night vision equipment

We’re happy to announce that we’ve teamed up with Night Vision Ops, Night Optics USA, and Ben Hansen to bring you exclusive deals on night vision goggles. Hansen, best known for his role on Syfy’s Fact or Faked, is the founder and president of Night Vision Ops, a Bushnell affiliated company. Night vision technology has been, and continues to be, an asset to UFO research and skywatchers world-wide. It is our goal to make it more feasible for individuals to access this technology in attempts to capture and better understand unknown objects in the sky.

Hansen explains:

I joined the night vision industry because I was frustrated with witnessing strange objects in the sky and not having a way to capture them on video. Despite the advances in cell phone and consumer video cameras, they’re just not adequate enough to film toward the sky in nighttime conditions. I’m now working side-by-side with the world’s top manufacturers of military grade night vision and thermal products. I’ve helped encourage them to develop technology which allows the UFO skywatching community the ability to adapt their night vision scopes to record from dSLR cameras to iPhones. You’ve seen Night Vision Ops leading skywatches at UFO conventions around the country because we have the best equipment in the industry and we know your ultimate goals. If you want to experience what 50,000 times light amplification can show you while skywatching or you’re serious about recording the events you’re witnessing…then take advantage of our special Open Minds offers today!”

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Hansen will also be leading a night vision skywatch at the 2015 International UFO Congress and will have scopes for sale throughout the duration of the event.

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Are aliens attacking our nuclear arsenal? ‘Unexplained Files’ explores this Tuesday

Science Channel is set to explore a highly debated topic within the field of UFO research. Are extraterrestrial civilizations trying to shut down our nuclear weapons? This Tuesday, on The Unexplained Files, hear from retired USAF officer Robert Salas, Paul Stonehill, and others.

A release from Science Channel explains, “From the U.S. to Great Britain and Russia, senior military personnel worldwide have witnessed strange UFOs over nuclear installations. In some instances they have reported that all nuclear warheads became inoperable when the UFOs are overhead. In this all new episode of THE UNEXPLAINED FILES, former military officers believe the U.S. government and others know the answer, and aren’t revealing all they know to the public.”

The all new episode of The Unexplained Files airs this Tuesday, September 9th at 10 PM ET/PT on Science Channel.

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2015 International UFO Congress offering major discount till September 5th

Just 19 more days to take advantage of the super early-bird registration rates for the 2015 International UFO Congress, sponsored by Open Minds! The International UFO Congress is the largest annual conference on UFOs, the search for extraterrestrial life, and related phenomena. The International UFO Congress Convention and Film Festival will be an event to remember as we bring some of the best minds in ufology together February 18-22nd at the We-Ko-Pa/Fort McDowell Resort in beautiful Fountain Hills, Arizona.

This year the event will be hosted by Alejandro Rojas from Open Minds and will feature over 20 speakers, panels, vendors, a night vision skywatch, the EBE Film Festival, the Meet the Speakers cocktail party, and the 2013 EBE and Awards Banquet dinner.

After September 5th, the super early-bird reduced registration rates will end. Prices will go up for all package rates starting on September 6th. In order to get the extremely reduced rates, payment must be received by September 5th at 11:59 P.M.

We’ve announced half of our speakers at this juncture including:

Derrel SimsDerrel Sims: Derrel Sims, The Alien Hunter, is the world’s leading expert on alien abduction. His 38+ years of field research has focused on physical evidence, and led to his groundbreaking discoveries of alien implants and alien fluorescence. As a former military police officer and CIA operative, Sims has a unique insight to the alien organization which he believes functions similarly to an intelligence agency. Sims is also a compassionate and skilled therapist and Certified Master Hypnotherapist who has helped hundreds of alien experiencers all over the world come to terms with what they’ve witnessed. A frequent media guest, he recently co-starred in “Uncovering Aliens,” a 4-part special for Animal Planet.

Ruben Uriarte Ruben Uriarte: Ruben Uriarte has been a member of MUFON (Mutual UFO Network) as a Field Investigator, State Director for Northern California and Deputy Director of Investigations/International Affairs and has been involved with a large network of research organizations. He has been interviewed on many local and national radio shows and television documentaries. He has authored four books, co-written with Texas UFO researcher Noe Torres about major UFO crashes that have occurred along the Southwestern United States border with Mexico and other historical cases. The following books are – Mexico’s Roswell (1st & 2nd Edition), The Other Roswell, Aliens in the Forest and The Coyame Incident. He was a contributor to the recent book ”UFOs Over Mexico – Encounters With Unidentified Aerial Phenomena”.

Joan BirdJoan Bird: Joan Bird worked as a conservation biologist for many years in both public and private organizations, including The Nature Conservancy, and Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks. Academically, she earned a BS in psychology and a Ph.D. in zoology, specializing in animal behavior, evolutionary ecology and ornithology. Her doctoral research on inter-island variation in West Indian finches combined her love of nature and travel. Joan has written numerous articles for scientific and conservation publications and freelanced as a nature interpretation writer. A lifelong student of unexplained phenomena, and long-time member of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, Joan has spent much of her life working as a community educator and change agent toward a more conscious, peaceful and compassionate world. Her interest and research in UFOs and ETs began with the 1998-2000 crop circles in northwestern Montana.

Christopher O'BrienChristopher O’Brien: Christopher O’Brien investigated hundreds of unexplained events in South-central Colorado/North-central New Mexico from 1992-2002. His investigation is found in his “Mysterious Valley” book trilogy and his field investigations of UFOs, cattle mutilations, crypto-creatures, etc., is one of the largest databases of unusual occurrences gathered from a single region. His new book Stalking the Herd is the most comprehensive book written addressing the misunderstood “cattle mutilation” mystery. O’Brien has appeared on over 70 TV shows; Ancient Aliens, Coast to Coast, UFO Hunters, Inside Edition, Extra, etc., and he co-produced the film It Could Happen Tomorrow winner of two 2012 EBE film festival awards for Best Feature and People’s Choice Award.

Linda ZimmermannLinda Zimmermann: Linda Zimmermann is a research chemist turned award-winning author of 30 books on science, history, the paranormal, and fiction. She has lectured across the country, and has appeared on numerous TV and radio shows. Linda starred in the documentary, In the Night Sky: I Recall a UFO, which was based on her research into sightings in the Hudson Valley of New York. The film won the 2013 People’s Choice Award at the International UFO Congress. Her two UFO books are: In the Night Sky and Hudson Valley UFOs, and she is currently working on a third book on the subject.

Joshua P. WarrenJoshua P. Warren: Joshua P. Warren has been professionally investigating the paranormal for over 20 years. He’s the author of almost 20 books, including Brown Mountain Lights: A Viewing Guide. He was featured in the 2014 film, Alien Abduction, and the SyFy Channel special Aliens on the Moon. He has appeared on History, Discovery, Nat Geo, Animal Planet, TLC and starred in the Travel Channel series Paranormal Paparazzi. Warren owns a museum in Asheville, North Carolina, and earned the cover of the science journal, Electric Space Craft, in 2004 for his work reproducing plasmas, associated with UFOs, in the lab.

Jeremy Kenyon Locklear CorbellJeremy Corbell: Jeremy Kenyon Lockyer Corbell is an Investigative filmmaker. The last five years, Corbell has been deep in the trenches documenting extra-ordinary individuals and their belief systems. This research has taken him into the life of the enigmatic “Godfather of Conspiracy” John Lear, and under the microscope for the surgical removal of alleged Off-World Alien Implants. With access to NASA, Corbell has filmed the analysis of anomalous materials alleged to be physical evidence of extraterrestrial nano-technology from UFO landing sites and Alien abduction cases. He has also obtained death-bed confessions by former CIA and government officials exposing the truth about the UFO reality. Corbell’s film work reveals how ideas, held by credible individuals, can alter the way we experience the world and force us to reconsider the fabric of our own beliefs.

Cheryl CostaCheryl Costa: Cheryl Costa is a two-service military veteran, a retired aerospace security engineer and a published playwright. She has had a lifelong interest in UFOs. From 1998-2001 she hosted “The X Factor” talk radio program in Washington, DC, covering UFOs and many other paranormal topics. In 2013 she began writing NEW YORK SKIES a weekly newspaper blog for SyracuseNewTimes.com. In the column she shares lively accounts of New York State UFO sightings. Cheryl’s live presentations are known for their frankness, humor, and a bit of theatrical flair.

Clifford MahootyClifford Mahooty: Clifford Mahooty is a member of the Zuni Pueblo Indian Tribe of New Mexico. Mahooty is a retired civil/environmental engineer (BSCE-NMSU-1969) and worked in many projects with Shell Oil Company, US Federal Government in Environmental justice for Indian tribes, Tribal housing projects in the USPHS as a commissioned officer in water, waste water, and EPA enforcement in environmental compliance. Mahooty is active in the Zuni orders of the Kachina, Galaxy Medicine Society, Sun Clan leadership, and is a wisdom keeper of the Zuni history.

Thomas ReedThomas Reed: Thom Reed is an award winning South Beach fashion photographer, and the founder of Miami Models, w/clients: Polo Black Label, Tommy Hilfiger, and Ralph Lauren. He held positions in upper management with companies, Honeywell and Entergy. The historic UFO case of the Reed Family, was assigned a Vallee classification of “CE4″ (close encounter of the 4th kind), with a Case Category of 3 (physical evidence). The case has many layers and is deeply entwined and remains one of a few CE4 cases to be mentioned within the walls of the United Nations.

Frank KimblerFrank Kimbler: Frank Kimbler is an Assistant Professor of the Earth Science at the New Mexico Military Institute. He is a relatively new researcher in the field of UFO studies but has made some interesting physical trace discoveries related to the 1947 Roswell event. He has worked as a professional geologist for more than 30 years and has taught school for almost 1/2 of that time. He has worked as an oceanographer for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and as a mining engineer for the State of Arizona. He moved to New Mexico in 2009 after accepting a teaching position at the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell. Shortly after moving to Roswell he took a keen interest in the story behind the Roswell UFO incident. His research has resulted in the discovery of a number of physical artifacts from the Roswell UFO debris field area including metallic fragments, plastic, 1940?s military metal buttons, a 50-caliber bullet (WW2 era ?) and aerial photographic evidence of disturbed ground in and around the debris field. His research has been featured on a number of Internet talk shows and several National Geographic TV programs about UFOs. He does not like secrets and is dedicated to discovering answers and using good science.

James ClarksonJames Clarkson: James Clarkson is a career investigator with over 30 years’ experience in criminal investigation and in the mysterious world of UFOs. He is a retired police sergeant having worked as a detective sergeant, fatal accident team supervisor and a patrol supervisor. After retiring with 20 years’ service, he became a child abuse detective and now has a decade of service as a fraud investigator for a state agency. He brings these skills and a no-nonsense approach to bear on the mystery of UFOs. Applying the same passion for solving mysteries to the world of High Strangeness, James Clarkson serves as the Washington State Director of MUFON and also as a member of MUFON’s STAR Team. James has had a lifelong interest in UFO history, and he joined MUFON in 1986. He has lectured extensively throughout Washington State, at symposiums across the country and in Paris. He has been a guest on numerous radio shows. During a presentation in 1993 he met June Crain, a key corroborating witness to the reality of the Roswell UFO Crash and other military crash retrievals. She also provided key insights to early days of the ongoing UFO Cover-Up. June worked at Wright Patterson AFB between 1942 and 1952 in top secret laboratories. After becoming friends, in her last days, June Crain chose to reveal her life story to James. Her remarkable history is captured in his book TELL MY STORY – June Crain, the Air Force & UFOs.


IUFOC register nowWe hope to announce the rest shortly, so stay tuned…we’re working on something really exciting.

The 2015 International UFO Congress is not one to be missed! Make sure to head over to UFOCongress.com for all the information on the event, rates, travel/lodging, and more. Don’t forget if you’re interested in becoming a vendor or submitting a film for the EBE Film Festival, contact us here.

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Author writes book inspired by the Allagash alien abductions

Cathie Pelletier

Cathie Pelletier

A Maine author is using one of the most famous cases of alleged alien abduction as inspiration for a new children’s book. Cathie Pelletier’s The Summer Experiment is based in Allagash, Maine where four men were allegedly abducted by extraterrestrials in 1976.

Twin brothers Jim and Jack Weiner and their art school friends Chuck Rak and Charlie Foltz were on a ten-day canoe camping trip along the shores of the Chamberlain Lake and the Allagash River when the incident occurred. During a night fishing trip in a desolate area they spotted a bright glowing sphere in the sky. They claim their canoe was chased down by a beam of light and the next thing they remember, they were standing on the shore, staring as the object rose and disappeared. They had erected a bonfire to serve as a beacon to mark their campsite and it was large enough to burn for hours but it was now just a pile of smoldering embers. Feeling unusually drained, the men went to bed early instead of discussing what had occurred. The next morning they departed on the next leg of their journey and their trip proceeded without incident.

The Allagash Four (credit: Allagashtwins.com

The Allagash Four (credit: Allagashufotwins.com)

It wasn’t until Jim began having terrifying nightmares of extraterrestrial-like beings that he decided to look for help. With the assistance of UFO researcher and author Raymond Fowler, each of the four men underwent a series of hypnosis sessions, lie-detector tests, and a heavy dose of scrutiny. What emerged, if we are to believe the results, is that Jim, Jack, Charlie, and Chuck were the subjects of an extraterrestrial experiment. They were taken aboard a craft where they were poked with various instruments, prodded, and sexually violated. They were subjected to various medical experiments and samples of semen, skin, tissue, and other bodily fluids were extracted. The four men were found to be mentally stable and all passed the lie-detector tests indicating they believed these events to have occurred. The case remains unsolved to this day. You can read a full account of the events in Issue 18 of Open Minds magazine: The Allagash Four: A Case of Irrefutable Alien Abduction, or an Elaborate Hoax?

While the subject matter sounds a bit disturbing for a children’s novel, it appears that Pelletier used this case as a very loose inspiration for her new book…at least let’s hope so. According to Sourcebooks.com the story revolves around a girl who is determined to win the State Science Fair with her best friend, but is at a loss for creative project ideas. Once mysterious lights begin to appear over her hometown of Allagash, she is set on finding the aliens and proving they exist to land her the first place prize. The excerpt details a moment where the protagonist Roberta recalls the 1976 incident and the frightening descriptions of the extraterrestrial beings. Let’s hope for Roberta’s sake the aliens are a bit kinder in this adaptation.

The Summer Experiment

“The Summer Experiment” by Cathie Pelletier

The novel is geared towards middle-school aged children and is available from Sourcebooks.com.

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The Enrique Castillo-Rincon alien contact case

The following case from South America in the 1960s and 1970s presents one of the most well documented and captivating alleged extraterrestrial contact experiences to date.

The first contact with the unknown

Enrique Castillo-Rincon (Credit: Blue Dolphin Publishing)

Enrique Castillo-Rincon (Credit: Blue Dolphin Publishing)

In June 1963, Enrique Castillo, a thirty year old man, was working for the power utility company in Costa Rica to build an observation outpost near the top of the Irazu volcano. One day, along with two colleagues, he saw two circle-shaped orange objects in the sky with a diameter of about one hundred and twenty feet that were flying at eight hundred feet over the crater. As he wrote in his book OVNI: Gran Alborada Humana (UFO: A Great New Human Dawn), one of the two objects was falling out of the sky in a “falling leaf” movement (many UFOs are reported to fly as if they were leaves falling from a tree) and changed its color to a leaden hue. Castillo and his colleagues began feeling a terrible itch throughout their bodies. Suddenly, some sort of periscope came out of the UFO’s dome. On its top there was a hammer-shaped object that rotated rapidly and emitted a purple light. After a few minutes, the periscope was drawn back and the aircraft disappeared at high speed.

The three witnesses, despite being puzzled, were totally aware of the fate that awaits those who tell stories which seemingly belong to the twilight zone; that’s why, at first, they decided not to reveal anything. In the next few hours, however, they suffered from strong dizziness and vomiting. Therefore, for fear of having been exposed to radiation, they went to a hospital in San Jose. However, no radiation was detected.

Irazu Volcano (Credit: Rafael Golan/CC3.0)

Irazu Volcano (Credit: Rafael Golan/CC3.0)

Disturbing phenomena

If the Castillo affair were over at this point, it would be nothing but an interesting sighting of an unidentified flying object whose proximity produced tangible physical effects.

On the contrary, the case is much more complex and multifaceted.

One night, two months after the sighting, Castillo heard a strange noise echoing in his head. Soon, he realized that he had heard the weird sound before, the day he and his colleagues saw the two flying saucers. Moreover, this time the noise was heard not only by Castillo, but also by his wife, Beatriz.

After these events, Castillo’s interest in UFO matters increased exponentially and he founded a group which studied UFO-related phenomena. In 1968, he moved to Brasilia for work. Five years had passed after the first sighting and the weird events seemed to have finally abandoned his life. Then, one day the mysterious made another appearance in Castillo’s everyday life. He was driving from Sao Paulo to Brasilia when a circular orange ball of light started to fly stationary over his car for a long distance, causing a lot of vibration in the chassis, steering problems and radio malfunctions.

This was just the first in a series of odd events. In 1969, the mysterious incidents continued. One Sunday, while Castillo was in line at a cinema to see the film “Barbarella”, a young man introduced himself as Cyril Weiss. He told Castillo that he was a representative of a wholesale distribution company in Switzerland and asked him permission to see the movie along with him. Castillo agreed and after watching the movie accompanied Mr. Weiss to the hotel where he resided. Mr. Weiss invited Castillo to come to the hotel the next day. During this meeting the two talked about several issues, and Mr. Weiss said that he believed the UFO phenomena was just a hoax.

A solid friendship was born and Castillo started to meet Mr. Weiss often. However, Castillo began to notice many oddities in his friend’s behavior. The episode that stunned Castillo most regards a car accident. One day, while driving along with Mr. Weiss, Castillo ran a dog over. A little child witnessed the accident and started to cry because his poor dog had died. Mr. Weiss showed an utter impassiveness, just stating that the boy would soon submit to the inevitability of what had happened. Castillo reported that Mr. Weiss’ look seemed totally indifferent, with no room for empathy.

Castillo started to be puzzled by the Swiss gentleman. He spoke Spanish fluently with no accent, and during another rendezvous, in evident contradiction with what he had told Castillo a few days earlier, said that he was sure that there could be extraterrestrial entities not only on other planets but also in some uninhabited areas on Earth.

One day, Mr. Weiss suddenly announced that he would go abroad for a long time. However, as we shall see, Castillo would meet Mr. Weiss again in the future, in a totally different disguise.

Contact

The cover of Rincon's book. (Credit: Blue Dolphin Publishing.)

The cover of Rincon’s book. (Credit: Blue Dolphin Publishing.)

It was 1973, four years had passed since Castillo’s last meeting with Mr. Weiss and everything seemed back to normal. In the meantime, Castillo had moved to Bogota, Colombia. One day, he received a phone call from someone named Karen, a Mexican woman who told him that she had been given his telephone number by some “extraterrestrial masters” who wanted to contact him.

Castillo, just like most rational people, thought it was a facetious joke, but still decided to meet the woman. She turned out to be very persuasive in her assertions and, consequently, Castillo started to attend meetings held by a group of people who claimed to be in contact with aliens from Andromeda (a galaxy at 2.3 million light-years from Earth) who had allegedly conveyed various messages to humans through automatic writing.

In October, 1973, one evening, the members of the UFO group had reached the top of a hill and were waiting for an announced contact with the extraterrestrials. To everybody’s disappointment, no spacecraft appeared on the scene but some members received a telepathic communication by a voice which said that everybody would be contacted at noon the day after.

At that time Castillo was at home, focused and ready to receive a message, despite being highly doubtful because, until then, he had not received anything. Suddenly a voice, loud in his head, called and urged him to write. Castillo began to fill up several pages, while hearing a disturbing noise that reminded him the one he had heard ten years before when he and his colleagues sighted two UFOs. The content of what he transcribed shows strong similarities with the communications received in those years by other contactees (from George Adamski to Howard Menger and Daniel Fry, just to mention the most famous and debated cases). They alluded to a Third World War, future disasters, and the arrival of “space brothers”.

The messages continued over the following days until the end of October, when Castillo was told the date of an upcoming physical contact, set for November 3, although the exact place had not been communicated yet (Castillo declared it would be near a lake). At the same time, Castillo’s oneiric activity  grew exponentially, providing him with other clues about the place where the meeting would occur.

On November 3, the day of the alleged contact, Castillo reached a lake at about 80 kilometres from Bogota and recognised what he had seen in a dream, a ball placed under the roots of a tree in the middle of a clearing. He took it in his hands and it began to emit thin rays of light and, after a few minutes, two flying saucers appeared. They were similar to those Castillo had spotted in Costa Rica ten years before. The two UFOs approached Castillo, producing strong orange rays like a searchlight towards the ground. Two figures in gray uniforms came out of the light, they wore boots and helmets with visors. Meanwhile, a voice in Castillo’s head told him not to worry and suggested that he climb on-board. Despite being a wee bit reluctant, Castillo walked within the range of the searchlight and then he was lifted on board.

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He was forced to undress and underwent a microbial decontamination inside an empty hexagonal room. A door suddenly appeared on a wall and two men entered the room. To Castillo’s utmost astonishment, one of the two men turned out to be Cyril Weiss, the mysterious Swiss man he had met four years earlier. The “Swiss” said that his real name was Krishnamerck and accompanied Castillo into another room where there were other beings, all similar to Weiss (the classic “Nordic alien”).

Castillo asked several questions and was always given a reply. The Pleiadians told him that they had a lot of bases on Earth, that the first contact dated back to thousands years before Christ and that they have been actively influencing our technological development. Their spacecrafts could become invisible so as not to frighten humanity which was not ready yet for the revelation of an alien presence. Many Pleiadian emissaries, as communicated to Castillo, were already among the population and aimed to create groups to cooperate with humans.

That was just the first in a series of physical contacts with the Pleiadians which continued until January 1975 into a sort of crescendo. Castillo claimed of having been taken to a base in the Andes where both humans and aliens cooperated together, as well as to a submarine base in the Mariana Trench at about 5,000 metres under the sea. On both occasions, Castillo allegedly met extraterrestrial masters of wisdom who warned him about future disasters and conflicts that would devastate the planet should a “shift in our consciousness” not occur in time.

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Pros and Cons

From the outset, one would legitimately think that Castillo invented at most of what he had claimed. In fact, the only undoubted aspect of the whole story is the beginning, the sighting that occurred in 1963 with his colleagues and the subsequent physical ailments. But it would be too easy to dismiss his experiences as mere reveries.

The first consideration is that anybody who wished to invent a story of alien contacts, would not include some elements that, even at first sight, tend to appear totally ridiculous. All the data and information relating to the names of the extraterrestrial beings, the encounter with three meters tall inhabitants of Mercury and Venus (uninhabited planets according to the information available to date), the New Age style messages about nuclear wars and the need to educate a new generation to make it aware of its role, are certainly elements that can make you laugh for their extreme banality and/or presumed nonsense, but it is exactly their banality that should lead us to take into consideration the possibility that Castillo had merely, and honestly, reported what he was told.

Indeed, if you carefully analyse the various details of this case you will be probably inclined to believe that Castillo is not a hoaxer.

First of all, you should keep in mind that Castillo was not the only one who received these sorts of messages. Other members in his group and, most of all, members of groups from all over the world made similar accounts in those years, as if a lot of humans were told the same story by unknown entities.

Secondly, it is pretty evident that the entire story shows striking parallelisms with the Friendship affair, at its peak between 1956 and 1978 in most part of the world, contacts with alien beings with seemingly peaceful intents, which approached small groups of humans and started a collaboration.

Not to mention, the declarations made by Castillo about UFO-crashes, reverse-engineering operations and mind guided spaceships; all details that nowadays are being discussed even on TV but that in the 1970′s were not well known or talked about.

Conclusions

Rincon speaking about his experiences at a UFO conference. (Credit: Exopolitics Institute)

Rincon speaking about his experiences at a UFO conference. (Credit: Exopolitics Institute)

In any case, the big question does not concern the possible authenticity of what Castillo specifically reported but, why? In that period of time there was a plethora of highly homogeneous and similar stories.

None of these contactees have gained economic profit, nor have they convinced the masses of the truth of their experiences. They have never contradicted themselves, nor they have changed their testimonies, despite the general hilarity with which their reports were received, they have not attempted to convert or deceive anybody.

But… what if they were deceived? Who can be sure that that the entities they came into contact with were sincere in regards to their origins, their looks and their true intents?

Just keep in mind that, until seventy years ago, these beings claimed to come from Fairyland, Tir nan Og, Magonia, or Hell. Now the frame of reference has changed, and these entities allegedly come from Mars, Venus, Pleiades, Zeta Reticuli. If they are real, are they telling the truth? Nobody knows.

Selected Bibliography

BRECCIA Stefano, Contattismi di Massa, Nexus Edizioni, Due Carrare (PD), Italia, 2007.

CASTILLO RINCON Enrique, OVNI: Gran Alborada Humana,  San José, Costa Rica, 1995.

GOOD Timothy, Rivelazioni da Altri Mondi, Corbaccio, Milan, 2001.

KEEL A. John, UFOs: Operation Trojan Horse, Abacus Books, London 1973.

VALLEE, Jacques, Challenge to Science: the Ufo Enigma, Neville Spearman, London, 1977.

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Former Air Force officer claims UFOs were cover-up in Mirage Men film

A former Air Force officer claims UFOs were used as a cover-up in the new UFO documentary Mirage Men. The film which originally premiered at select film festivals in June of last year will be available to rent and stream online beginning March 27th.

The movie is based off of the 2010 book Mirage Men: An Adventure into Paranoia, Espionage, Psychological Warfare, and UFOs by Mark Pilkington, a British journalist and filmmaker. The book asserts that the U.S. military was responsible for planting stories about UFOs to the public in order to conceal secret military projects.

The film centers around Richard Doty, a former Air Force officer who served in the Office of Special Investigation in the 1980s. Doty claims that he fed disinformation about UFOs in order to keep the public from discovering classified secret projects. He also alleges that the government has had contact with extraterrestrial civilizations and that UFOs are extraterrestrial crafts. His alleged disinformation campaign came at the cost of UFO researcher Paul Bennewitz, that account can be found in the October/November 2013 issue of Open Minds magazine.

MirageMen.com describes:

How the US government created a myth that took over the world: UFOs: weapons of mass deception… For over 60 years teams within the US Air Force and Intelligence services exploited and manipulated beliefs about UFOs and ET visitations as part of their counterintelligence programmes. In doing so they spawned a mythology so powerful that it captivated and warped many brilliant minds, including several of their own. Now, for the first time, some of those behind these operations, and their victims, speak out, revealing a true story that is part Manchurian Candidate and part Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

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ET visitors… crashed UFOs… back-engineered alien technology… the government cover-up of a secret that would change the world as we know it…

These are the core elements of the modern UFO mythology, a story that has captivated farmers, princes and generals for generations, and shows no sign of loosening its grip on the popular imagination.

But what if, instead of covering up the UFO story, elements in the US military had actively encouraged it as part of their Cold War counterintelligence arsenal – manufacturing the myth of the UFO as a powerful weapon of mass deception and the perfect cover for all manner of clandestine technologies and operations.

Now, for the first time, some of those whose actions have directly shaped the UFO mythology, and some of their victims, tell their stories, revealing a surreal disturbing and sometimes tragic sequence of events that is part Manchurian Candidate and part Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

Mirage Men draws viewers into a saucer-shaped hall of mirrors, a shadow-world where every lie contains elements of the truth, and the truth is far stranger than the UFO believers, or their detractors, would have you believe.

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