.. arched, bent, but not cracked vegetation. Such mysterious circles are believed to be the place of the saucers’ landing. Even more interesting, the circles can’t bear any vegetable growth for many years afterwards (Life 125). Many allege that not only have they been visited, but kidnapped too. One of my main research sources, a curious, but perhaps crafty David Jacobs, Ph.D., took 60 men and women who claimed abduction and put them under hypnosis in an effort to document and establish whether all this mumbo jumbo is true.
Although generally most abductees remember nothing but the fact that they were abducted, hypnosis proved to uncover many layers of lost memories. Through these hypnotic sessions, Dr. Jacobs claimed to have found many reasons the aliens ‘gave’ for such abductions: scientific research, crossbreeding and general observance of the human condition. He also ‘discovered’ many underlying messages from the aliens: They mean no harm. They care and respect humans and do only that which is necessary.
His book sounded very convincing, but perhaps too convincing. Through careful reading, I began to realize that this Dr. Jacobs is full of bologna. Session after session, Dr. Jacobs fabricates his ‘patients” conversations with the aliens. However, the conversations sound too repetitive in personality and too sensational in respect to the aliens’ response. In an effort to sound very natural, Dr.
Jacobs picks up an almost artificial grammatically incorrect tone of voice. For example: ‘Mm-hmm, but fast, not slow..like whizzed by (Secret 69),’ and ‘I just sink to the bottom and start to breathe (189),’ and ‘inside out, yeah (211).’ These are just a few quotes of the literally hundreds of repetitive speech patterns in his book. I get the feeling this ‘Dr.’ Jacobs is trying to make a believable, sensational story by feeding the reader what we’d like to hear: Kind aliens, cross breeding, scientific experimentation, etc. (Although I found fault with one of my primary sources, it by no means typifies the value of other such publications. Each book must be valued on its own.) Using super high-tech computer photograph analyzers, scientists were able to determine the validity of the widely known Trent photos.
In Oregon, 1950, a Mrs. Trent was feeding rabbits in her backyard when she saw a huge metallic disk, silently gliding through the air. She called her husband to fetch a camera and managed to get two shots. These two shots were scrutinized by the U.S. Air Force and a variety of other investigators.
The 1969’s skeptical Condon Report stated: ‘The simplest, most direct interpretation of the photographs confirms precisely what the witnesses said they saw (Life 138).’ Later on, a William Spaulding of the Ground Saucer Watch Inc., put these Trent photos under intense computer scrutiny and came out with the same conclusion: It was no hoax (Life). In World War Two, Allied and Axis air pilots witnessed these eerie luminous balls that would either chase planes or zip in and out of the planes’ courses. Such oddities were to be eventually called ‘foo fighters.’ World War Two was a time of secrecy and great inventions. Instinctively, the allies thought they were some kind of high tech German innovation. Naturally, too, the Germans thought vice versa. Therefore, nothing of an extraterrestrial nature was ever reported (Life 26), at least officially.
There are countless reports where U.S. air force personnel witnessed a flying saucer and reported it; only to be told that it was probably a jet or weather balloon. Despite the fact that Project Blue Book (a government UFO investigation) yielded a 1,465 page scientific report containing charts, photographs and analyses, worth about a half million dollars in research, the government stated in a 1969 news release that due to lack of any ‘significant’ conclusions, UFO research would be terminated. Most fans of the research only read the introduction and conclusion sections of the report. Unfortunately those sections were written by an enthusiast of the U.S. Air Force: and hence embraced their policy of denial and falsehood (Life 118). Consequently, the government’s decision to halt research was accepted with little protest or suspicion.
Yet, the question whether the government is holding back vital UFO information is still very strong. Many contend that the U.S. government is doing so in an effort to ensure national safety and prevent potential mass hysteria by publicizing the existence of alien beings. In 1947, in New Mexico, one of the most famous and potent pieces of evidence literally befell the United States. ‘Barney’ Barnett, and some local archeological students found shriveled and broken up pieces of shiny metal and scattered dead bodies all over.
A few days later, the army had quarantined the area, shipped everything away, and told the witnesses that it was their ‘patriotic duty’ to keep the incident a secret. Nonetheless, Barnett and the students went public about it (Life 74). To this day, hundreds of reports and books detail this famous ‘Roswell incident’ and claim that the government, again, is hiding undeniable proof of alien life. The Viking mission to Mars in 1976 is another prime example of the government’s policy of non cooperation and denial. The Voyager had taken two pictures of a rock form of a human face on Mars’ surface.
Before a 1992 Observer voyage to Mars, many requested NASA to take high resolution photos of this ‘Face’ to determine whether it is really a three dimensional rock formation. NASA responded in the negative, although the government gave NASA an extra $90 million for the exact purpose of seeking out Martian life forms. NASA gave a stupid explanation, claiming that the 1992 Observer was only photographing meter long objects, which the ”Face’ could be a candidate target. However, there are no plans to tailor the mission to assure that the ‘Face’ is imaged (Boyce).’ In a letter, Bob Bletchman cynically responded: ‘How can NASA not tilt the camera to possibly answer the most profound question ever asked, ‘Are we alone?’ (Bletchman)’ Nevertheless, many scientists maintain that the many UFO sightings may simply be meteorites, some type of atmospheric phenomena, or high tech, saucer-like airplanes used by the military. One factor that greatly contributes to UFO skepticism is created by the thousands of UFO hoaxes made each year.
A prime and famous example of such hoaxes occurred in New Mexico, 1963. Paul Villa claimed that UFO aliens had become so friendly with him that they agreed to pose their ship for a camera shot. Using the same high-tech computers as was used for the Trent photos, scientists revealed a tiny wire that was used to suspend the ‘UFO’ in the air (Life 140). Although it’s very easy to scoff at the thought of Martians and flying saucers due to the subject’s emotional sensationalistic attributes and attractabilty to the fantasizer, one can not simply dismiss the possibility. There is too much evidence and too many good and honest people out there who can give testimony.
Too often, we hear of the many government cover-ups and attempts to keep things concealed. Although the government tries hard, they can’t keep it a secret forever. Little by little, as more incidents occur and as more is leaked out, the world will know that we are not alone. It should be noted that this report by no means begins to even scratch the surface of the UFO mystery. Not only are thousands of books written on each issue, but each individual case is worthy of whole books on its own. It therefore follows that this paper was a simple over of an overview of the massive topics and subtopics that follow.
Works Cited Bletchman, Bob. National Board, International Mutual UFO Network. Bletchman, Bob. National Board, International Mutual UFO Network. Letters. Connecticut: 1988 Boyce, Jacobs.
Discipline Scientist, Planetary Geoscience, Solar System Exploration Division, NASA. Letter. Washington, D.C.: 1988 Editors of Time-Life Books, eds. The UFO Phenomenon. Virginia: Time- Life Books, 1987 Fitzgerald, Randall. The Complete Book of Extraterrestrial Encounters.
New York: Collier Books, 1979 Jacobs, David M. Secret life. New York: Simon & Schuster. 1992 Works Consulted Fact or Fiction: The Roswell Autopsy. TV Program.
N.p.: n.p., 1997.