It has recently come to my attention that some individuals are advancing the idea that crop glyphs are being made by the military (branch is unspecified) and laid down by using a laser or maser beam from an orbiting satellite. Aside from the waste of taxpayer expense such behavior is explained in terms of perpetrating the concept that an alien presence is responsible for the crop glyphs. History has shown that the military has repeatedly denied any evidence of extraterrestrial visitation and does not affirm it, not even for disinformation purposes (what purpose).

Let us think about this. A satellite is in a 100-mile orbit around earth (an example). It is travelling at a velocity that maintains its orbit – approximately 18,000 mph or 26,400 feet per second so that to make a simple circle of 100 feet in diameter, the laser would operate for a 1/264th of a second, but NO, that would make a line across the earth. It would have to have a beam that spread into a circle with a 50-foot radius instantly – and that is just a simple circle.

England is usually very foggy. The biggest issue for a free space laser is fog. While the laser beam transmits through fog, the moisture particles are so small and dense and like many tiny prisms to distort and dissipate the signal. This problem makes the light with information distort and produces an error bit. Although the liquid content of a heavy shower is 10 times that of a dense fog, the radius of a raindrop is about 1000 times that of a fog droplet. This is the primary reason that attenuation via rain is 100 times less than that of fog. The effects of snow on a laser transmission fall somewhere in between those of fog and rain, depending on the degree of water particles in the snow.

Even more devastating to holding your writing utensil on target is Shimmer: This is the direct result of a combination of factors, including atmospheric turbulence, air density, light refraction, cloud cover, and wind. The combination of factors will cause a similar disturbance when a laser beam is transmitted through the atmosphere. Then there is the matter of laser energy. The power density required at the target site has to be precise so as not to ignite a dry crop and yet penetrate the atmosphere. Even by penetrating the atmosphere and attenuating below ignition temperatures, how is the beam focused on the lower point of stalks Some of these arguments also apply to masers.

What about using UAVs More probable than satellites, but still having problems as a hypothesis. UAVs are also in motion, though more controlled than a satellite. Most of these alternate hypothesis come from those who outright state their disbelief in the ET origin hypothesis or some other exotic hypotheses involving earth energies or extra- dimensional entities. The crop glyphs (other than the confirmed hoaxes) remain a mystery to be further investigated, but I think it is highly unlikely that we will find a military source behind this phenomenon.

Listen to Dreamland on August 31 when Whitley Strieber interviews William Gazecki, director of the new documentary film Crop Circles: Quest for Truth. Click on Dreamland tab, top right of homepage, for information about the show.

Bill Hamilton is Executive Director of Skywatch International, Inc.,

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