Both guests on Dreamland on Saturday night made major revelations in the areas of interest. Our first guest, Terry Hansen, along with such authors as Richard Dolan, author of UFOs and the National Security State is a member of a new wave of UFO researchers who concentrate not on sighting reports, but work from officially confirmed reports to analyze the ways in which the US government seeks to discredit, deny and bury them.
Mr. Hansen explained how this was done with a series of sightings in 1975 over missile silos in the midwestern US. These sightings, which took place between September and November of 1975, have been confirmed by gaining access to the 24th NORAD Region Senior Director's Log from Malmstrom AFB, and are covered in detail in the UFO Coverup by Lawrence Fawcett and Barry Greenwood, and Mystery Stalks the Prairie by Roberta Donovon and and Keith Wolverton.
Mr. Hansen explained that, while the sightings were extensively witnessed and reported locally, not only by USAF personnel but also by law enforcement officers and members of the public, not a word about them appeared in any national publication until the story was broken by the National Enquirer on December 13, 1977.
Why the National Enquirer, a journal noted for sensation Why not the New York Times This was a huge story with profound national security implications. And why wait two years
Terry Hansen provided the disturbing answer to these questions. In doing so, he uncovered a method that the CIA uses to manage and discredit news not only in the US, but also in foreign countries, by orchestrating the break of stories in the tabloid press.
The founder of the National Enquirer, Gene Pope, listed in his Who's Who biography that he worked for the CIA as an intelligence officer in 1951, and elsewhere described his work as being connected to "psychological warfare." In 1952, Pope purchased the New York Enquirer. He allegedly received financing for this from mobster Frank Costello, who was well connected within the intelligence community, having worked for the Office of Strategic Services and the Office of Naval Intelligence during World War II.
Pope was also supported by powerful sources within the US government. When the Winn-Dixie grocery chain refused to carry the National Enquirer, chain executives were entertained by Defense Secretary Melvin Laird and treated to a half-hour meeting with President Richard Nixon, both meetings arranged by Pope. The chain has carried the Enquirer ever since. When Gene Pope died in 1988, Melvin Laird delivered the eulogy at his funeral.
The intimate connection between Pope, the Enquirer and the government extended to the paper's coverage of UFO stories. Contrary to popular opinion, UFO headlines actually damaged Enquirer newsstand sales. "Issues of the Enquirer that had a UFO story as the lead headline on page one never sold well," according to Hansen's interview with Bob Pratt, who provided the paper's UFO reporting in the seventies.
Nevertheless, UFO coverage continued to be lavish in the Enquirer, and was (and is) a major reason that the mainstream of scientific and intellectual culture in the United States avoids the topic.
Mr. Hansen offered listeners detailed and deep insight into the way in which CIA manages the press in order to protect America's secrets, and left no doubt that one of those secrets involves the UFO phenomenon. His book, the Missing Times is a crucially important contribution to the new wave of UFO research.
Our next guest, Dean Wetmore, founder of the new Independent Mars Researcher's Group, revealed an apparent slip in an e-mail from a JPL scientists that suggested that the 1992 Mars Observer, which supposedly disappeared without a trace, may actually have sent images back from Mars.
Responding to a question from researcher Robert Collins, Dr. David Piere of JPL made the following statement: "This is a professional interpretation based on having labored over literally thousands of Viking Mars Orbiter Images, hundreds of Mars Observer images, many, many, many Landsat, ASTER, and airphotos of the earth.."
The key statement is the reference to "hundreds of Mars Observer images..." Mars observer took a few test images of the planet as it approached in 1993, but was allegedly lost on August 21, 1993, three days before it was due to enter Mars orbit. Was Dr. Piere's statement a slip, a mistake, or was he simply referring to the images taken by the Observer before it reached the planet These test images were of little value, and there were far fewer than "hundreds" of them.
Wetmore pointed out that, like the Russian Phobos II mission that had failed in 1988, Mars Observer contained infrared imaging equipment. Phobos scientists claimed that Phobos II sent back infrared images of Mars that revealed grid patterns of heat escaping from beneath the surface. Did Mars Observer reveal the same thing, and was it for that reason made a 'black' project. Or did the Russian scientists make their claim out of a desperate effort to show some sort of result for their mission to an angry Soviet government
Whichever the case, an exploration of Mr. Wetmore's website and other private Mars research websites shows that there are a vast number of recent Mars Surveyor images that are far, far beyond explanation, and imply, at the very least, that Mars is a place of extraordinary wonder, not the dull, dead planet that NASA and JPL would have us believe.
To explore Mars for yourself, starting with an orientation mission to a website that will give you the history and current status of Mars missions, then moving into some of the most wonderous websites in the world, go to our Other Websites section and scroll down to the Mars category.
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