- Former Navy pilot: UFO ‘something I had never seen in my life’ – CNN
- Sarah Sanders Won’t Say Whether Trump Believes in U.F.O.s – Vanity Fair
- How Conspiracy Theorists on Reddit Are Reacting to That New York Times UFO Story – Slate
- Unexplained lights in Valley sky Monday night spark chatter of UFOs – AZ Central
- SPACE INVADERS Advanced alien probes could be watching our every move, warns former MoD UFO investigator – The Sun
- WAR OF THE WORLDS Former MoD UFO investigator reveals battle plan for if Earth was INVADED by aliens … and it’s terrifying – The Sun
- “Don’t assume it’s a UFO”: Military aircraft caused mystery lights in Colorado skies – CBS News
- Plane? Meteor? UFO? None of the above – Enid News
- Man says he captured UFO on camera on NW Side of San Antonio – KTXS 12
- Gulf Breeze UFO phenomenon: 30 years later, sightings still divide public – Pensacola News Journal
- Astronomer sees UFO in the sky on Tuesday – Surrey Now-Leader
- NASA: ‘Cannonball’ spotted on Mars isn’t what it seems – CNET
- Sky’s limit for UFO spotters – The Forest Review
- What is the best day to spot a UFO? – Fox News
- Legendary UFO expert Erich Von Daniken on his Chariots of the Gods at 50 – SYFY Wire
Although Florida politician Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera shared her alien experience with a Spanish language television nearly 8 years ago, it is only now that she is running for congress that her claims are making headlines. Her campaign was already flailing, but local political analysts believe the media attention surrounding her extraterrestrial beliefs will likely further put a damper on her political ambitions.
On October 16, 2017, the Miami Herald wrote about Rodriguez Aguilera’s TV appearance on America TeVe where she describe her memories of an alien encounter when she was a child. The interview was posted on America TeVe’s YouTube page in December of 2009.
According to the Miami Herald, in the interview, Rodriguez Aguilera describes being brought up into a spaceship when she was 7. She said there were round seats and the craft was controlled by quartz rocks.
The Miami Herald writes:
She said the alien beings reminded her of the famous statue in Rio de Janeiro, Christ the Redeemer, with arms outstretched.
Among the things she said she found out from the aliens:
- There are 30,000 skulls — “different from humans” — in a cave in the Mediterranean island of Malta.
- The world’s “energy center” is in Africa.
- The Coral Castle, a limestone tourist attraction South Miami-Dade, is actually an ancient Egyptian pyramid.
- “God is a universal energy.”
She also said that the aliens had mentioned Isis, though she didn’t clarify if they meant the terrorist organization or the ancient Egyptian goddess.
The Miami Herald asked Rodriguez Aguilera for a comment on the video, and while Rodriguez Aguilera did not deny her claims, she did not address them directly. Instead, she tried to argue that her claims might not be as unusual as they are being made out to be.
Rodriguez Aguilera told the Miami Herald:
For years people, including Presidents like Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter and astronauts have publicly claimed to have seen unidentified flying objects and scientists like Stephen Hawking and institutions like the Vatican have stated that there are billions of galaxies in the universe and we are probably not alone. I personally am a Christian and have a strong belief in God, I join the majority of Americans who believe that there must be intelligent life in the billions of planets and galaxies in the universe.
She is not wrong. Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter and astronauts have claimed to see UFOs. While Reagan and Carter did not ever claim to believe they were extraterrestrial, Carter did promised to look into the matter when he became president. According to a “UFO Fact Sheet” by the U.S. Department of Defense, in 1977 Carter asked NASA to look into creating a UFO investigation, but they decided nothing could be gained by such a pursuit, and, with the backing of the U.S. Air Force, declined Carter’s request.
Famous astronaut Gordon Cooper, one of the first men in space, saw UFOs and believed them to be extraterrestrial. Astronaut Edgar Mitchell, who had never seen a UFO, also believed we were being visited by advanced extraterrestrial civilizations.
And while many believe Rodriguez Aguilera’s political hopes are in jeopardy, there has been at least one successful politician who believed he had been abducted by aliens. Furthermore, the alien messages were not so different.
Kirsan Ilyumzhinov was the president of the republic of Kalmikya in the Russian Federation from 1993 to 2010. He is also the current president of the International Chess Federation, and a personal friend to Putin. He also claims to have friends from other planets.
Ilyumzhinov claims that in 1997 he was abducted from his apartment in Moscow by aliens. He says they took him on a trip with them while they went to go pick up supplies. Ilyumzhinov says he then remembered he had to be back on Earth for an appointment, and the aliens told him it was no problem and brought him back. According to Ilyumzhinov, the aliens just wanted him to know they were out there and they were just like humans. They did not want us to fear them.
Despite his claims, which have been used against him by political opponents and the famous chess master Gary Kasparov, he continues to flourish as a successful businessman. His business dealings have gotten him in trouble with the U.S. and has put his chess federation presidency in jeopardy, but talking with aliens, no problem.
So, is there hope for Rodriguez Aguilera? Miami attorney Rick Yabor doesn’t think so. He is a political commentator and thinks this recent notoriety will not help her cause. He also says there are much more popular opponents running for the office.
“Being a politician, to come out and say that, it’s odd,” Yabor told the Miami Herald. “She got into details that are not very mainstream. Someone who’s running for Congress — you’ve got to raise a lot of money. A donor might have second thoughts. ”
“Miami politics are unusual,” Yabor said. “This one takes it to a new level.”
Despite Yabor’s pessimism, the story I think the media is missing is just how many people believe they have been abducted by aliens. Every week I hear from people making these claims, and some researchers estimate there may be millions who feel they have had such an experience. Many of these researchers have talked with thousands of people themselves. Although to most it may seem odd, Rodriguez Aguilera is certainly not alone in her belief that she has had an extraterrestrial experience.
- Top 25 Cities For UFO Sightings In The US – Syracuse New Times
- Looking for signs of life on distant planets just got easier – Universe Today
- Close Encounters With Congress? – NPR
- FILM: Local UFOlogist shares ‘Travis’ doc on alien abduction – Montgomery Media
- UFO Day, Halloween Candlelight Hike and more to do around Wisconsin – Journal Sentinel
Alejandro Rojas has a short description of the recent special edition of Newsweek. Here’s his first paragraph:
Newsweek recently released a special edition magazine titled Life Beyond Earth? The Mission to Find the Answer, and while one might expect it to be dominated by stories about NASA’s search for extraterrestrial microbes, or the SETI Institutes search for extraterrestrial radio signals, instead it is full of information about topics such as UFO investigations and alien abductions. That may make some of our readers cringe in fear of ridicule, but the stories are balanced and largely treat the topics positively.
Click through to read the rest of Alejandro’s post — and get the issue!
In a newly released interview, Gene Roddenberry’s (creator of Star Trek) son, Eugene Roddenberry, discusses UFOs and aliens with investigative documentary filmmaker Jeremy Corbell. Eugene says neither he or his father, who passed away in 1991, saw a UFO, that he is aware of. However, he does believe in “life on other planets,” and he believes one day those who are searching for life elsewhere will find it.
Eugene is a television producer and keeps his father’s work alive as the CEO of Roddenberry Entertainment. He is an executive producer of the franchise’s news series Star Trek: Discovery on CBS’ streaming service CBS All Access.
“I believe there’s life on other planets. I hope that they are super evolved and highly intelligent; and have chosen, not to interfere because there letting us evolve and make our own mistakes,” Eugene told Corbell. “I don’t have any fears about it. So many people will be like, oh, ‘I shouldn’t say anything because that UFO thing it’s shrouded in all this sorta like… all these crazy people talk about it.’ For me it’s very scientific and matter of fact.”
Although Eugene says he nor his father have seen a UFO, when asked if he would like to, he responded, “Are you kidding me? I’d wanna fly in one.”
Either way, he encourages those researching UFOs and alien life.
“The only thing I would wanna say to the people in this particular audience [those interested in UFOs] is, I am a believer that there is some sort of life out there, and my preference is intelligent life that’s evolved beyond ours. And I appreciate everyone who’s been out there, trying to find it, who’s been digging deep.” Eugene continued, “I do appreciate that there’s people out there who keep asking the question and keep knocking on those doors, and keep discovering things. I am excited, for you all to be vindicated. For us to meet that alien life form, or whatever it is. And for how ever many millions of you are out there, ‘See, we’re not crazy. There is life.’”
Watch the interview, and let us know what you think below. For me, I can’t help think about the scene when humans met extraterrestrials for the first time in the Star Trek franchise, which I believe was first portrayed in the Star Trek movie First Contact.
Some of you may believe such a meeting has already taken place. I am not so sure, but when it does I hope to be there. If there is any justice in the universe, one or more of us in the UFO field will be, and that will be one hell of a selfie!
For more about Jeremy Corbell, visit his website at ExtraordinaryBeliefs.com.
Betty and Barney Hill are best known as the first alien abductees to garner worldwide attention and media coverage of their 1961 close encounter with a UFO and subsequent abduction by non-human beings.
Betty (1919-2004) was social worker for the State of New Hampshire and Barney (1922-69) was civil service worker for the U.S. Post Office. The encounter transpired when the couple was returning to their Portsmouth, New Hampshire home on September 19, 1961 from a short vacation in Niagara Falls and Montreal. Hurricane Esther was whirling up the coast and threatening to strike New Hampshire’s Seacoast, so the Hills decided to cut their trip short. This decision would require a nighttime drive with an expected 2:00 a.m. arrival time, but Barney was up for the challenge as he was well rested from the night before and was accustomed to working the night shift.
At the time neither had any particular interest in UFOs. Betty, however, was more open-minded about the possibility that UFOs may exist while Barney was convinced otherwise. The events of that fateful evening forever changed the couple’s lives when they experienced an unknown phenomenon superior to anything known on Earth. Both made confidential reports of the event to the appropriate authorities, but were troubled by a two-hour time lapse and physical evidence that they couldn’t account for. Hoping to break through the apparent amnesia, a little more than two years after the close encounter, Betty and Barney contacted renowned Boston psychiatrist, Dr. Benjamin Simon. Both recalled the traumatic details of being seized and subjected to physical examinations by non-human beings.
Much to their dismay, a breach of confidentiality led to the public disclosure of the Hills’ story in October 1965. The worst thing that could have happened to the Hills was for their story to become public knowledge because they felt they had much to lose and nothing to gain. Soon their tale emerged in popular culture as a fascinating chronicle of alien abduction; the topic of intense scientific interest; and the prime target of debunkers, who continue to attack it today.
Attempts to Discredit the Hills
As a social scientist, UFO researcher, and the niece of Betty and Barney Hill, it came to my attention, long ago, that mainstream publications were not very accurate in regards to the facts of the Betty and Barney Hill close encounter and abduction case. For example, the March 7, 1993 PARADE article by Carl Sagan entitled “Are they coming for US? What’s Going On?” led its readers to believe that Betty observed only a “bright star-like UFO” that seemed to be following them. Carl would have us believe that it remained a bright distant dot in the sky throughout the Hills’ journey through New Hampshire’s White Mountains on September 19, 1961. The fact is that it followed the Hills for approximately an hour and progressively closed in on them. The following day, Betty and Barney sketched pictures of the lighted, disk-shaped craft that hovered silently approximately 100 feet above their vehicle. Barney’s sketch showed figures standing in the windows. They reported their close encounter to the director of the National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena (NICAP), Donald Keyhoe, and were interviewed for six hours by NICAP investigator Walter Webb, an astronomy lecturer at the Hayden Planetarium in Boston. The close encounter is part of the official record.
Next, according to Carl, Barney left the main highway for “narrow mountain roads” because he feared they might be harmed. This is an outright fabrication but it conveniently explains the time lapse that the Hills and investigators couldn’t account for even after the investigation. The fact is that at no time did Barney intentionally turn off the main highway. The fact is that he wanted to stay on the highway because he was closer to human contact and because he wanted to report his close encounter to a police officer.
Carl continues, “They arrived home two hours later than expected” and Betty read a book (by Donald Keyhoe), claiming they were “spaceships from other worlds.” Next, we learn about Betty’s series of nightmares in which she and Barney were abducted. Donald Keyhoe’s book didn’t contain any information about UFO abductions or any of the details in Betty’s dreams, but Carl’s careful crafting leads us to believe that Keyhoe’s book provided the information in the five dreams/nightmares that occurred about two weeks after her close encounter. It is important to note that in reality Betty’s dreams about the abduction contained information for which she had conscious recall. Additionally, the abduction she recalled in hypnotic regression was markedly different than that of her dreams.
Carl’s article was intent upon debunking all UFO abduction claims by convincing his readership that experiencers are having nothing more than lucid dreams and sleep paralysis involving aliens found in popular culture. He bolstered his contention by declaring that none of the so-called evidence has been substantiated and no eye witness testimony carries much weight, even multiple witness testimony by reliable reporters. The truth is that people have been convicted in a court of law based upon the degree of evidence that suspected abductees have produced: physical trace evidence, radar evidence, photographic evidence, multiple witness lie detector testing, testing normal on psychological evaluations and personality disorder screenings, physiological evidence, multiple witness testimony, etc. But Carl informs us that all of this is completely inadequate and unreliable.
Returning to the Hill case, Carl bounded into another leap of faith when he stated that Barney overheard Betty describing the details in her dreams to friends and UFO investigators, and under hypnosis with Dr. Benjamin Simon several years later (it was only twenty-nine months later), he confabulated Betty’s dream information into his own abduction story. The truth is that Dr. Simon couldn’t bring himself to accept the possibility that the Hills had been abducted, although he stated several times that the first experience, the close encounter, came out clearly in both Betty’s and Barney’s hypnosis and probably was a real experience. His statement to Barney with regard to several hypotheses was “All of these things can happen. Anything can happen when you come right down to it.”
On the Hills’ hypnosis tapes, Barney swore that although he had overheard some of the information in Betty’s dreams, they were obviously dreams, not reality in his opinion. He rejected them. Dr. Simon probed the possibility that Barney might be lying or even that a telepathic transfer of information had occurred between Betty and Barney. In the October 1967 issue of Psychiatric Opinion, Dr. Simon wrote, “I had to be continually on the alert for distortions honestly made by them and had to test their revelations against the continuum of the entire picture. Even when they appeared to be lying, they were telling the truth if one could work out the general semantics of the situation.” As for telepathic communication, Dr. Simon rejected this hypothesis early on with the exception of Betty’s star map. He later stated that if science proved that Zeta Reticuli had planets with intelligent life, we must assume that Betty had acquired this information telepathically. Dr. Simon had only one viable option to explain the Hill UFO case. Because he had been informed that alien abduction was impossible, his only option was that Betty must have somehow transferred the content of her dreams/nightmares to Barney. In turn, he thought that Barney had simply reiterated the information in Betty’s dreams during his own hypnosis sessions.
Dr. Simon repeatedly returned to what he considered was the only viable option—the dream hypothesis. He explored the possibility that Betty’s dreams were relived during her hypnosis sessions and that Barney had merely absorbed and repeated the content of her dreams in his own recall. The hypnosis tapes made it abundantly clear that the Hills made a convincing argument against Dr. Simon’s hypothesis. Betty stated that that her captors bore no resemblance to those in her dreams. Their appearance and mode of communication was completely different. The dream aliens had a southern European appearance and were dressed in blue military cadet uniforms and spoke with their mouths, not telepathically. In contrast, in hypnotic regression she described truly non-human aliens in appearance and communication. She stated that she understood them in English although their mouths didn’t move. Additionally, she recalled an extraordinary amount of experiential details that were not in her dreams. Barney too was convinced that his hypnotic recall had accurately explained the period of apparent amnesia and missing time.
All of the documented evidence available to me indicates that Dr. Simon remained retrospective about the Hills’ experience until the movie The UFO Incident, starring James Earl Jones and Estelle Parsons which aired on NBC on October 20, 1975. On the October 25, 1975 Today Show, Dr. Simon stated publically for the first time that he believed the abduction was largely a dream. When asked directly if he had concluded that the memory of being aboard a spaceship was a fantasy, he replied “A fantasy. In other words it was a dream.” On November 24, 1975 he and Betty appeared on the Larry Glick show and he repeated his opinion stating, “Their story was fantastic and unreal and had to be accepted or rejected…If I this were real I’d have to believe these beings were from outer space.” Dr. Simon rejected that notion; after all, he had an outstanding reputation to protect.
It is telling that Dr. Simon incorrectly recalled much of the information on the hypnosis tapes. His memory appears to have been failing. For example, he stated that Betty’s abduction experience and her dreams were exactly alike except for the description of the ramp to the craft. As I noted above, Dr. Simon’s memory was inaccurate and wrong. He spoke about Barney’s increasing fear throughout the trip and its escalating intensity after the object was sighted. The fact is that Barney was sometimes concerned about the possibility of racial discrimination, but didn’t encounter it. It was only a periodic concern, not an overwhelming obsession. He did remove his gun in the wilderness area because he was outside at night in an area inhabited by bears—a very real concern. And he did become increasingly fearful as the silent, hovering, unconventional craft approached closer and closer. His fear reached an apex when he observed beings on the craft were “somehow not human,” as stated in Walt Webb’s NICAP report, and felt that he would soon be captured. It is not unreasonable for any well-adjusted human to have a strong emotional response to this kind of stimuli.
Dr. Simon correctly noted a difference between the Hills’ two stories, as did I. It is apparent that Betty sometimes abandoned her veridical memory of the event and escaped to some of her dream memories. Barney did not. His physical exam was nearly identical to that described by male abductees in subsequent abduction reports although they were not privy to Barney’s information. It is apparent that Dr. Simon didn’t examine Betty’s and Barney’s independent statements in detail vis-à-vis her dream account. He challenged Betty and Barney to explain why Betty knew everything about Barney’s experience on the craft but he knew nothing of hers. But that was an empty statement. Betty knew very little about Barney’s experience on the craft and certainly Barney knew nothing of Betty’s experience.
Setting the Record Straight
Unfortunately, Dr. Simon and Carl Sagan didn’t live long enough to read my book Captured! The Betty and Barney Hill UFO Experience, coauthored by scientific ufologist/nuclear physicist Stanton T. Friedman. Nor were they around to read my comparative analysis of the hypnosis tapes versus Betty’s dream transcripts. The detailed information that she and Barney independently offered would have dispelled that myth. The Hills gave detailed correlating information that was not in Betty’s dreams and could not have been passed from one to the other.
Returning to Carl’s article, I made the naive assumption in 1993 that Carl simply didn’t have his facts straight and I wrote to him listing his errors and the correct information. But I didn’t receive a reply, or more importantly a retraction. It was only later that I learned that Carl had sent a review copy of his article to Stanton Friedman, more than two months before the PARADE article was published. Stanton replied in a twelve-page letter giving detailed commentary on Carl’s inaccurate statements and supplying the correct information. Nevertheless Carl chose to misrepresent the facts.
In my new book with Stanton Friedman, Science Was Wrong, I question why Carl would knowingly misrepresent the Hill case to millions of readers and viewers of his Cosmos series and his PARADE article. Since that time I have been searching for the answer to my question. I recently found a clue in a letter written by Carl to debunker Philip Klass praising his Skeptical Inquirer review of the Condon study, an infamous committee established to study UFOs in the 1960s. Carl wrote, “I also take credit for convincing the O’Brien Committee of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board, of which I was a member, to recommend a major academic skeptical study of UFO’s.” Notice that he did not use the word “unbiased.” As most readers probably know, the Condon study was both skeptical and biased. What you might not know is that Robert Low, the project coordinator, maintained a close relationship with Klass throughout the study, exchanging frequent letters and confidential information. It is not unfair, in my estimation, to say that Carl Sagan and Phil Klass had a vested interest in dispensing of the entire UFO problem. It would certainly let the U.S. government off the hook.
Open Minds UFO Radio: Jeremy Corbell, is an American contemporary artist and investigative filmmaker based in Los Angeles California. He documents ExtraOrdinary individuals and their belief systems. This research has taken him into the worlds of nanotechnology, aerospace exploration, exotic propulsion systems, as well as, an in-depth examination into the life and discoveries of the enigmatic “Godfather of Conspiracy” John Lear. Corbell has documented the surgical removal of alleged Off-World Alien Implants, and with access to NASA, he has filmed the analysis of anomalous materials alleged to be physical evidence of extraterrestrial nano-technology from UFO landing sites. Corbell has obtained death-bed confessions from former CIA and government intelligence officials, who claim to expose the truth about the UFO reality and the worldwide coverup of the ultimate truth. Corbell’s film work reveals how ideas, held by credible individuals, can alter the way we experience reality and force us to reconsider the fabric of our own beliefs.
In this episode, Jeremy and I discuss Patient Seventeen, his latest film which is launching on iTunes, today. It covers some of the most credible alien implant research ever documented, some of which is brand new to this project. We also discuss some exciting projects Jeremy is working on that he has not shared publicly. Exciting stuff!
For more about Jeremy, visit: ExtraordinaryBeliefs.com
A paranormal documentary filmmaker who explores people’s extraordinary beliefs, has tackled the often ridiculed topic of alien abduction, and the related phenomenon of alien implants. However, this documentary features an actual doctor, a credible alleged abductee and some science. All of which has convinced filmmaker Jeremy Corbell that alien implants deserve a serious examination.
Of all of the fringe ideas in the UFO field, the idea that people are being snatched up by aliens and then returned without their knowledge is pretty hard for many to swallow. Added on top of that the claims some of these people have had implants placed inside of them by the aliens, well, for many, that is bat-poop crazy.
When first asked to document a surgery to remove an alleged alien implant, Cobell responded it was “way outside of my scope of knowledge or interest.”
“It seemed too wild for me to put my mind around,” explained Corbell.
However, since he was asked by friends, and has an interest in extraordinary beliefs, Corbell decided to do it. His experience ultimately resulted in his newly released documentary, Patient Seventeen.
One of the main characters, who Corbell grew very fond of, is pediatric surgeon and alien implant specialist, Dr. Roger Leir.
Incidentally, Leir was also skeptical when he was approached years ago with the request to remove a suspected alien implant. He thought it was ridiculous. But when he removed the object, begrudgingly, he said it was unlike anything he had seen before, and became very interested in the topic. He then removed, or aided in the removal, of dozens of the objects before passing away in 2014.
Corbell says Leir passed away while he was putting his documentary together, but it was not so much Leir that convinced him the alien abduction and implant phenomenon may be real.
“It was the patient that transformed my opinion,” says Corbell.
Corbell describes the man he refers to as patient 17, the namesake for his film, as an “average guy of above average height.”
He is six foot nine.
He is referred to as patient 17 because he wishes to remain anonymous, and because he was Leir’s 17th patient to undergo an “alien implant” removal. Corbell says patient 17 is a very down to earth person.
In fact, Corbell says, “He was, and remains, the biggest skeptic that this object removed from his leg — that is hands down extraordinary — has anything to do with his abduction experiences.”
So what is so extraordinary about the object? Well, for the full story you will have to watch the film, but, according to Corbell, some experts have interpreted the data from test results conducted thus far as being made off-world.
Corbell admits more testing has to be done, but he is convinced this thing is really weird.
A short version of Patient Seventeen was entered into the EBE Film Festival at the International UFO Congress several years ago. Although I knew Leir personally, the film exposed me to aspects of his life I was not familiar with, such as a beautiful scene of Leir playing a gigantic organ. The scene was very intimate and moving.
As for patient 17, the man. He did come across as credible, and certainly does not fit the mold of what many think of as an “alien abductee.” He came across as an independent professional who did not seem interested in seeking attention.
I admit, alien abduction is a weird topic that can be uncomfortable. The awkwardness of the phenomenon is portrayed well in the comedy television show People of Earth on TBS. However, if there was ever a documentary that would convince those interested in hard evidence, this may be the one. Not only that, I have to admit, I am partial to Corbell’s shooting style, which is intimate, beautiful and up close and personal.
As of today, Patient Seventeen is available on iTunes, and will be available on other streaming outlets soon.