Whitley's Journal

The Mystery of the Drones

Linda Moulton Howe and I have been deeply involved in the mystery of the "Drones," the first pictures of which appeared on the Coast to Coast AM website in May. Subsequently, Linda interviewed "Sylvia" on Dreamland and got pictures from "Mr Smith" in Birmingham, Alabama. She also spoke extensively to him, as she did to "Chad," and is convinced of their honesty.

Throughout the process, I have obtained analysis of the pictures offered, with little success because of the generally low resolution and the proliferation of effects programs more sophisticated than Photoshop that can make virtually undetectable inclusions in still images.

So far, no video of the object has emerged, however, there are now new still pictures on the UFO Casebook website. These images are startlingly convincing, and the only thing that prevents me from declaring that they are real is that special effects are just so sophisticated.

However, for the purposes of this journal, I am going to go beyond the question of whether or not they are real and ask another question: if they are real, what might that mean?

Understand, please, this does NOT mean that I'm endorsing these images. I believe Sylvia, Chad and Mr. Smith, but I cannot endorse the images because I cannot, personally and beyond doubt, prove that they are authentic.

Prior to seeing the images posted on UFO Casebook, I might have thought that the objects were manmade. But the one that was supposedly photographed in the Big Basin area of Northern California must be enormous. It is not the same as the one shot by Chad or the one shot by Mr. Smith. This is a gigantic device, probably weighing tons, judging from its appearance.

It hangs in the air, exhibiting no aerodynamic qualities, no engines, no means of lift at all. Structurally, it is entirely purpose-built. There is no allowance made at all for its need to stay airborne and to move. This means that its means of propulsion are either not known publicly, or not known to us at all.

The photographs were made from a significant distance and there was haze in the air, and the object's appearance is absolutely consistent with it actually being in the sky, right down to the deterioration of detail that is involved in the tips of the strange "crown" that appears on the top of this and other some of the other objects photographed.

So, if it's a fake, its a very good one, and the wide array of witnesses and variety of photographs would mean an elaborate hoax, which Chad, Sylvia and Mr. Smith--all apparently unconnected and all sounding entirely sincere over hours of conversation--all in collusion and all lying.

But what if they aren't lying? Then what's going on? Certainly, nothing like this has ever been seen before.

So, one has to ask, if this is not of human manufacture, then does it represent a new presence in our world? And, if so, what might it be doing?

The chances of it being a secret military device were always remote. Now, if the new pictures are real, they are remote to the vanishing point--but still, of course, not impossible. However, I know people who are hard at work on exotic propulsion systems of various kinds, and I have never heard a whisper about anything like this.

In fact, it is so exotic, so strange, its design so 'movie-like,' that, if it is an alien object, then I think it has been intentionally designed to make us think it's a special effect, right down to the writing seen on the object in the Chad photos, with its resemblance to Klingon and some other science fiction movie letterings.

So there is an attempt going on to hide it in plain sight, and this leads me to think that it might indeed mark the arrival of somebody new. I have seen grays appear and disappear before my eyes on numerous occasions. In one multiple witness event that I was part of, one of them appeared beside the bed of a filmmaker who was at my cabin, transformed before his eyes from a little man with a huge head to a creature with the head of a falcon, and then disappeared in a wink.

Some time later, as my son and I returned from the cabin after spending the night in the woods because the house was so crowded with people, we saw a small hooded figure--gray and translucent--come gliding across the porch and down the deck about two hundred feet ahead of us, then dart off into the woods.

Meanwhile, the filmmaker and his wife experienced such a burst of heat in their bed that they jumped out of it, thinking that it was on fire. When my son and I arrived in the house, they were standing there in consternation, trying to understand what had happened.

There were two things involved, I believe: suggestion and technology. The transformation of the creature was probably accomplished with masterful suggestion of a kind we can hardly imagine, but which is related to hypnosis. The disappearance, however, must have been carried out via the use of a device that affected local gravity in such a way that it bent light around it while the creature remained concealed inside.

There was a cost, though: the device also enclosed the heat that it was generating, and when the being finally reduced power, he released a lot of that heat, which is why the filmmaker felt it, and why we could see the creature, but as if it was translucent.

Now, these drones exhibit no such cloaking. In fact, they are, collectively and by far the clearest UFO pictures ever made. Could it be that they belong to somebody who possesses advanced means of propulsion, but not invisibility technology, or that they are simply too large for that technology to work?

Whatever the answer, they represent a fundamental and material change in the whole UFO phenomenon.

On March 30, I published a journal called Are They Coming and If So What Do We Do in which I said, "It is possible that the visitors are about to show up. I am not saying that this will happen, but only that this is a time when it could happen, and there are some indications that it may be about to happen."

I then discussed the reasons why this might be about to take place, and suggested that, if it was happening, there would be more developments soon.

It is possible that the drones are the "more developments" and that our response to them is being carefully observed. In a way, that's why I'm writing this. It is an attempt to respond rationally and on all levels available to me--accepting them as a possible human hoax, as possible human secret craft, as something constructed by known alien forms or possibly new alien forms, and as something attempting to hide in plain sight by subtly suggesting itself as a special effect.

This about covers the waterfront regarding what the objects might be. As to what they might be doing, that's another matter entirely.

The pictures offered by Chad and Mr. Smith are small objects, probably no more than thirty to fifty feet across. The Maine photos are obvious fakes, made with Photoshop. I could have made them myself. The video of the prototype is a CGI fake, a nice one and a reminder of how easy this is to do. As I said, I am as yet unsure about the Big Basin photos.

What is interesting about all this is the blizzard of fakes and real images involved, almost as if somebody is trying hard to obscure the truth, or rather, to hide it in a maze of confusion and thus defuse its impact.

This would suggest to me a sort of social control at work, or even an organized operation.

Some years ago, I wrote a short story called "The Open Doors," which is available to Unknowncountry.com subscribers that explores the last days of a scientist called John Von Neumann, called by the press of his time "the smartest man alive." He died of liver cancer, in great terror.

I was told by General Arthur Exon that Dr. Von Neumann had been an important part of the scientific steering committee that worked on the alien question, and that he had come up with a warning based on his understanding of quantum physics, which was one of the underlying reasons that the US has so adamantly refused to admit that the aliens are real.

I called my story "The Open Doors," because, by reading Dr. Von Neumann's work on the quantum perception problem, I figured out the nature of his warning. I was also aware of this warning from another direction. When Lyndon Johnson was president and Hubert Humphrey was vice president, a briefing was offered to the president on the UFO subject. He was not interested, but Humphrey was given a document, probably similar to the Brookings Report that postulates that the discovery of aliens would be a terrific shock to mankind. However, Humphrey would also have been told that they were already here, and that, in the absence of some sort of acceptance 'tripwire' being triggered on our part, they might be literally unable to fully interact with us.

I believe that Dr. Von Neumann thought that this tripwire would be official recognition, and that, if it happened, it would open a door onto an unknown world that we could never again close. This is why Humphrey, on reading what he had been given, commented that its release would have "unpredictable consequences" and the Johnson Administration took no further interest in the UFO phenomenon.

In its simplest form, the quantum perception problem asks the question, does the observer's presence mediate reality? In other words, if nobody is there to see it, is there anything there to be seen? And, if so, does our general disbelief in aliens, carefully cultivated by our government, literally act as a wall that they cannot scale without expending enormous resources in energy?

Probably, nobody knows the answer to that question, which cannot be resolved unless we accept the alien presence--but if we do that and we don't like what we see, then what?

The reason for the secrecy--one of them, anyway--revolves around the unanswerability of that question. Even if Von Neumann's suggestion was only wild speculation, because we can never close the door once it is open, we dare not test his hypothesis by officially admitting that aliens are real and that they are here.

This is why I know that all disclosure projects are doomed from the start. The government can't answer the question of whether or not official disclosure will be the tripwire that brings aliens pouring into our lives without doing it, and they are not going to do it without knowing what might happen.

However, if Von Neumann was right and our refusal to acknowledge the aliens--if that's what they are--as real IS what is keeping them back, then the whole UFO and abduction phenomena are explained as a sort of military operation designed to bypass official denial by creating so many firsthand witnesses that they themselves eventually become the tripwire, and the door opens despite government denial.

And this could be the explanation for the drones. The utter clarity with which we are seeing them means that whoever has been banging against the wall of human perception has made a breakthrough. These photos are clear because so many of us now accept the aliens as real that they can engage in much more substantial penetrations of our reality than ever before, and no matter official denial.

If this is true, then this journal, along with all the other material that has been posted, will be regarded as acknowledgment of a communication, and there will be a further response of some kind. It will be clearer and more definite than what we have seen so far, possibly even something that cannot be denied. We shall see.

If the drones are an elaborate hoax, they could have appeared as part of an attempt to undo the damage that has been caused by the UFO wave that began with the United Airline Terminal UFO over O'Hare Airport last year. This 'damage' would be increasing public conviction that UFOs are real, and the purpose of the drones would be to lure investigators into believing the hoax, then reveal it and make them out as fools in the media.

The drones have received little general media attention. Effectively none. But, if they are a hoax, its revelation will get widespread coverage. If there is a partial hoax involved, such as the famous 'Doug and Dave' crop circle hoax, then the hoax part of it will be lovingly featured throughout the media, and the reality thus obscured.

If it's not a hoax but a communication, we might well hear more soon, and it will not be video or more pictures of the drones. That's been done. No, if it is a real communication, a new note will be sounded.

I would suggest you stay tuned.

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