Almost Everything You Think You Know About Flying Saucers Is Wrong – Lorin Cutts

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ALMOST EVERYTHING YOU THINK YOU KNOW ABOUT FLYING SAUCERS IS WRONG

(This essay first appeared in the book “UFOs: Reframing The Debate” in May 2017.)

 

Lorin Cutts

 

The modern UFO era has presented us with a set of problems that we have been unable to deal with in any rational or responsible way for over seventy years. Popular UFO mythology would have us believe that it all started when businessman and pilot, Kenneth Arnold, set off in his small plane from Chehalis Airport for Yakima, Washington State, at around 3pm on June 24, 1947 and reported seeing nine blinding, crescent-shaped objects flying at incredible speed towards Mount Adams. But even this is wrong.

The Yakima region, with Mount Adams just to its western perimeter, is still, without doubt, one of the busiest hotspots for UFO activity in the United States.[1] Another one hundred miles as the crow flies east-northeast of Mount Adams lies the vast Hanford Nuclear Site. If we were to name anywhere as the birthplace of the modern UFO era, it would arguably be more accurate to give this accolade to Hanford. This was home to the Manhattan Project that spawned the world’s first devastating H-bombs that destroyed the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945. Is it any coincidence that around the time and location of the first crude plutonium enrichment that the first modern flying disc reports began to come in with any regularity?

It is now clear there were dozens of UFOs reported both visually and on radar for many months prior to June 24, 1947 around the nuclear facility. These included a sighting of three discs at 2.30pm that afternoon, some 30 minutes prior to Arnold’s take-off.[2] By late June of 1947, UFO reports were exploding across the USA in numbers never seen before: a report by Ted Bloecher, later used by The Rand Corporation, suggests 853 sightings of unexplained aerial phenomena in June and July of 1947.[3] Of course, it is open to discussion that all kinds of aerial phenomena had been reported for centuries or millennia. But the fact that one of the most highly classified projects in the United States at that time was having its airspace penetrated by objects of unknown nature and origin was not only a cause for alarm, it was also highly embarrassing.

With these very early flying disc reports lie the origins of what would become an important factor in the way the US government and military would publicly deal with the modern UFO enigma. There was evidently a need to classify, deceive and obfuscate in order to cover up these inexplicable incursions into restricted airspace. And by the time UFOs had really grabbed the public’s imagination, those responsible for keeping Hanford’s secrets (both of a nuclear and a potentially more esoteric nature) would certainly have had no issue with Arnold’s sighting (which made no mention of Hanford) being placed front and center. Kenneth Arnold’s famous sighting was by no means the first UFO sighting, but it was the first to capture mass media attention. Just over two weeks later, Roswell would hit the newswires. Mythology was in the making.

So, over the next seventy years, how did we go about attempting to assimilate into our culture those things that continued to defy rational explanation or didn’t fit within our scientific understanding? On the one hand, we ridiculed or ignored them and said that they didn’t exist. On the other, and in the absence of much real information at all, we mythologized—we made much of it up. The modern UFO era heralded the arrival of the flying saucers. Whatever their true nature, it seems fair to say they were and are ‘vehicles’ for the hopes, dreams, and fears of a New Age.

I’m going to attempt to explain why I think almost everything you think you know about flying saucers is wrong.

 

UFO Social Engineering 101

 

i. The Subject That Covers Itself Up

 

Back in April 2012, I interviewed the stalwart UFO investigator Stan Gordon. For over fifty years, Stan has been a frontline investigator in Pennsylvania, his primary focus gathering thousands of field reports of all things paranormal. He told me that some of the things reported in his cases were so weird, so bizarre and unsettling, that the subject covers itself up. Nobody wants to go near them.[4]

The following year, The Citizens Hearings on Disclosure was held in Washington D.C. This was an attempt to present the UFO subject in a respectable light to former members of Congress in a mock congressional hearing. Ufologists wore ties and sensible footwear, spoke with authority on ET contact, and finally got a chance to feel how real UFO Disclosure might one day feel. It was certainly a great dress rehearsal. But that’s only part of the picture, if that’s even part of any picture at all. Where, oh where, were the tales of aliens offering pancakes, the beings that wanted our fairy cakes and our Oreos, the encounter with the giant blob beings, or the brown, dung-like flying objects? They weren’t talked about, and the people who witnessed these things were not invited, and with good reason: they’d make the entire UFO subject seem even more ridiculous.

‘High Strangeness’ was the term coined by Allen Hynek to label the inexplicable effects and synchronicities of events related to and occurring before, during, and after UFO encounters. I prefer to think of it simply as all the stuff that doesn’t fit into our comfort zone—the experiences people report that challenge our preconceived ideas of what UFOs and the paranormal should be. High Strangeness feels at times like the Death Metal of ufology— and no Death Metal band has ever been invited to the Grammys. But how can we seriously claim to be studying the UFO subject properly without taking all the data into consideration? Should UFO Disclosure day ever come, will High Strangeness even be invited to the big coming-out party? I very much doubt it, for it would make any official announcement consisting of a singular explanation for UFOs as being of extraterrestrial origin seem somewhat simplistic and premature. Indeed, it would appear to be screaming, “Not so fast, blithering earth fools!”

One of the people I’ve come into contact with in Portland, Oregon, claims a series of encounters with UFOs and non-human beings. I’ve talked with him at length about these, and some of them also involve his wife. She had a history of UFO experiences prior to them meeting and it was whilst in bed together one night in 1997 or 1998 that things took a decidedly bizarre turn.

On several occasions during the preceding days, James and his wife had been disturbed in the night by odd sounds, and both had the sense that someone or something had been in their bedroom. Growing more and more fearful and frustrated, James had secretly wished that whoever or whatever this was would just show themselves. Earlier that day James had bought a packet of Oreos. He opened the packet, ate a couple, and placed them on the sideboard on the other side of the bedroom should the late-night munchies arise. He went to bed, but an hour or so later was awoken by the sound of the rustling Oreo packet. Out of the very corner of his eye and lit by the streetlamps outside, James could make out the silhouette of an approximately five-foot-tall, greyish, non-human entity. It was stealing his Oreos! “Why, that bastard!” he thought. With the exception of the tips of his fingers, which he wiggled frantically, he was alarmed to find that he could not move. He tried to scream out to his wife but all he could manage was a whisper. The intruder made off with a sizeable stack of Oreos at incredible speed past the foot of the bed and disappeared through the wall and James suddenly found himself able to move again. In the most abstract of ways imaginable, James had finally gotten some personal proof that these nocturnal visitations were, in some way, real. The missing Oreos were never to be seen again.[5]

Tony Watkins was a mechanical engineer who recalled coming into contact with several small grey beings in some woods near his home in Nanty Glo, Pennsylvania, in 1958. He was convinced he’d been implanted with something, and began to have different dreams. His black-and-white dreams were normal, but the colored dreams were sometimes prophetic and seemed to contain real information. If he thought about his contact experience he would get severe headaches. In 1990 his stepdaughter asked him where he thought these beings had come from. Something replied to Tony at that exact moment, by telepathy and in a mechanical voice, “the seventeenth state of matter” where “all knowledge is constructed in a pyramid form.” He immediately got another headache.[6]

Ann Druffel, together with the late D. Scott Rogo, researcher and writer on parapsychology, co-authored an incredible book on early UFO contact, The Tujunga Canyon Contacts. Within a number of these cases, the non-humans encountered gave information relating to an alleged cure for cancer. This became almost like a calling card to the researchers during their investigations, and they began to take it as a sign that the experience being recounted to them was in some way genuine. After all, how could so many people, unbeknown to each other, report the same piece of information within their contact experiences? The message was kept secret and eventually given to medical professionals as potentially groundbreaking information. The cure for cancer given to the contactees was acetic acid—household vinegar. While there are some New-Agey schools of thought that link apple cider vinegar with killing cancer cells, I think it’s safe to say that acetic acid is not a reliable cure for most cancers—at least within our current scientific understanding.

So, what does all this say of a phenomenon, and perhaps the intelligence(s) behind it, when we have, at least on the surface, seemingly nonsensical experiences or false information being imparted? At best, we can say that the phenomenon appears to have a sense of humor. At worst, it seems to be continually attempting to confuse us or cover itself up. Or is there something else happening entirely? Do some aliens simply like Oreos? Is the intelligence attempting to communicate with us the best it possibly can? Are some of these contact experiences steeped in symbolism or interacting with our subconscious minds? Or is this all a by-product of something else entirely?

Within many UFO and paranormal experiences, there does appear to be some kind of an external intelligence interacting with us in a variety of ways. Yet, for obvious reasons, the nonsense and trickster elements are all too often overlooked. Certainly, building any kind of literal belief system around the UFO contact experience would—to say the very least— appear hugely problematic.

But, for the best part of seventy-five years, this is exactly what we’ve been doing.

 

ii. UFO Sociology and The UFO Mythological Zone

 

“They said that I was the center of the universe. My spirit and ethereal body covered the whole of creation and all dimensions in between. I was cosmic mind spread throughout the infinite universe. Creation emanated from my senses and emotional body. I would shapeshift through the elements and disperse light and colors. They said they had never seen anything like it and could barely put into words what they saw.”[7]

Laura Magdalene Eisenhower

On May 10, 2016, Laura began a gofundme crowd-funding campaign to raise money for a new car.[8]

“Hello everyone and welcome to this month’s Sirian star language, so just sit back and relax and enjoy the transmission: Myassalantokahanosayantokah Elyayahantokayayantaskoyanasah.”[9]

Solreta Antaria

Laura and Solreta are just two of the speakers who attended events in 2016 at the Gilliland Estate (formerly known as ECETI—Enlightened Contact with Extra Terrestrial Intelligence). Here, ranch owner and “visionary”[10] James Gilliland holds regular sky watches and “ascension” events at the base of Mount Adams.

The view of the mountain from the Field of Dreams is stunning. Not only have I personally witnessed dozens of unidentified lights in the sky at the ECETI ranch, I’ve also witnessed many more in the Yakima/Mount Adams region outside the ranch.[11] These experiences have also included anomalous lights on the mountain, lights appearing to come out of the mountain, green fireballs, orbs, apparent psychic interactions and even a couple of episodes of high strangeness. Most of these were with various other witnesses too.

To my mind, there can be little doubt that there is a range of genuine phenomena occurring on a regular basis in this area. Other UFO researchers, such as Allen Hynek and Jacques Vallée, have also examined Yakima, and the area has been the subject of several studies over the years.[12] The ranch would appear to be the least of it—in fact, there appears to be far more activity on the eastern side of the mountain and in the Yakima Valley itself.

Gilliland calls these UFOs in the sky at ECETI “Ships,” “Pleaideans,” or “Motherships.” But all I have seen and all anyone has recorded on video at ECETI are various lights in the sky. There appears to be a huge gap at ECETI between what is actually being seen and what is being reported and interpreted.

Let’s call this the UFO mythological zone. This is just one example of it, but throughout the UFO subculture it’s everywhere.

It’s the gap between:

  • Fact and belief
  • What we see and what we want to see
  • What we experience and how we interpret it

Many people are highly malleable and susceptible to new ideas and beliefs within the UFO mythological zone. Charlatans, fraudsters and hucksters are free to roam and operate at will. Their contribution to the UFO subject should never be underestimated, for the conditions for successful deception are near perfect. Common sense, lateral thinking and balanced questioning are far superseded and outweighed by irrational belief. Contagion of ideas is rife.

Look at many of the UFO stories on the internet or in the media, look at the UFO Disclosure movement and the characters within, look at the FREE study for abduction research, look at MUFON, look at many of your favorite researchers, look at ufology as a whole—the vast majority lies within this mythological zone. And while there is nothing wrong with open discussion, speculation and hypothesizing in a field so vast and mysterious, there is a world of difference between these things and passing off totally unfounded statements as absolutes. Indeed, one of the worst things about the UFO mythological zone is that it often shuts down any meaningful conversation about what we are possibly dealing with or how it might operate.

It turns this into a cult.

Most of these organizations don’t even question the idea that the UFO issue could be anything other than extraterrestrial visitation. They’ve already made their minds up. Based on what exactly? There’s the UFO mythological zone again. The UFO subculture is no different to any other cult except in two major aspects:

  • There is no single belief system
  • There is no single cult leader

People are forming highly personalized variations of the one core belief—the belief of a UFO reality. All else is up for individual interpretation via the UFO mythological zone. In the absence of facts, many people simply choose what they want to believe. Some think they are the center of the divine universe, some channel in an alien tongue, and others take their cues from various individuals—be they UFO researchers, contactees or new-age gurus.

Feeding off this belief-driven, unscientific and highly mythologized subculture is the mainstream media. This is the way the subcultural dysfunction and the UFO mythological zone really start to affect our culture. In the click bait age, the mainstream media uses UFOs and their followers as entertainment like never before. It makes little difference if the stories are obvious hoaxes or real accounts—they all serve the same purpose: to grab attention, entertain, generate revenue and sometimes steer narrative.

Primed for this assault by a steady diet of sci-fi and clichéd National Enquirer-type headlines from our earliest memories, the last few decades have given birth to The X- Files and, more recently, a barrage of poorly produced reality/fake TV shows, including Ancient Aliens, MUFON’s Hangar 1 (complete with paid actors posing as real ufologists),[13] Chasing UFOs, Fact or Faked, UFO Files, UFOs: The Untold Stories—the list goes on and on. This barrage of half-truths and fiction has helped turn huge amounts of interest toward the UFO subject, of that there can be little doubt. Indeed, most surveys since the advent of The X- Files have thrown out staggering numbers of the U.S. population who “believe” in UFOs, aliens, or extraterrestrial life.[14] But given that virtually nothing is really as it seems, what do many of these people actually believe?

Firstly, many now associate the UFO term exclusively with the subject of extraterrestrial contact. Thanks to a frivolous media and a potent cultural pairing of expectation and imagination, the UFO acronym has largely changed from meaning Unidentified Flying Object into what we simply wanted and expected UFOs to be.

Secondly, in the mainstream culture—just as with the UFO subculture—there is no one belief system. I state again: people are creating highly personalized variations around the one core belief—that of a UFO (read: extraterrestrial) reality.

Extraterrestrial contact may turn out to explain some UFO reports. But even if this is the case, I would suggest that’s only part of it. Furthermore, by simplifying the UFO issue into one neat explanation and sidelining the parapsychological aspects of UFOs, are we not likely to miss something of even greater importance? What we are calling genuine UFOs could actually be several different things that emanate from multiple sources, including some here on Earth. They may even be different types of phenomena altogether. So, given this highly confusing backdrop, what would an official announcement about extraterrestrial life mean today? Our failure to deal with UFOs in any responsible way and the creation of this vast mythological zone would indicate even larger cultural problems ahead. Far from real UFO Disclosure being closer than ever, are we not now perfectly positioned for the biggest deception of all?

 

iii. The Mirage Men

 

Mirage Men is the title of a book and documentary by Mark Pilkington (author) and John Lundberg (director) that details the organized attempts by various branches of the U.S. intelligence community to mislead researchers within the UFO field. Book and film focus on the tragic case of Paul Bennewitz, a gifted military contractor who had observed UFOs on various occasions over Kirtland AFB from his home in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He was eventually driven to the verge of insanity by apparent joint intelligence campaigns between the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations, the CIA and the NSA. I would argue these Mirage Men have not only been extremely successful in polluting the UFO field with false information, but that such operations continue to this day and that many UFO researchers are now wildly off course as a result.

Attending today’s UFO conferences can be a confusing affair. On the one hand, luminaries of the UFO research community will stand there and rightly tell you not to trust the big, bad government that has covered all of this up for decades. On the other hand, they will hold up government documents (yes, from that same big, bad government you shouldn’t trust) claiming that they prove a myriad of facts about UFOs. Some of these researchers laughably expect the government to suddenly stop lying and come clean about all of this any day now. Some are even associated with the intelligence community themselves.

These are just some of the many dichotomies one will confront when faced with the collective narrative of modern ufology. It can be schizophrenic, irrational and full of contradictions. The misdirecting of UFO research has been going on long before the days of the highly controversial (and utterly bogus) Majestic Twelve documents. UFO iconoclast James Carrion recently suggested that Mirage-Men-style activities may even go as far back as 1946.[15]

Newsflash: If the government releases any official documents, through the Freedom of Information Act or any other official channel, then chances are that some of these documents may partially contain exactly what they want you to think and know— disinformation. I am constantly surprised by how many in the UFO research community continue as if disinformation isn’t even a consideration. We need to show far more discernment when considering anything coming from alleged, official sources. In fact, we need to show far more discernment, period.

I would also suggest the same caution when it comes to many UFO research organizations and groups.[16] The largest of these, the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) has a decidedly questionable past with many of the best cases going into that great big vault in the sky, never to be seen again (and no, it’s not called Hangar 1).[17] In my opinion, MUFON is still, amongst other things, a UFO data collection and funneling scheme. One has only to look at their official mission statement—The scientific study of UFOs for the benefit of mankind— and then look at some of the research they actively promote (e.g. data gleaned from hypnosis,[18] psychic channeling dressed as “remote viewing,” etc.[19]) and some of the highly dubious people they invite to speak at their conferences to know that, at the very least, they appear to be deeply confused about what the word “scientific” actually means.[20]

Jack Brewer detailed the pitfalls of using hypnosis in his book, The Grays Have Been Framed, and I would also urge everybody to read Operation Mind Control by Walter Bowart. Hypnosis is virtually useless in retrieving accurate memories without the contamination of imagination and expression from the subconscious mind. Cultural expectations are also an issue, and, perhaps most alarming of all, real memories of events can be altered with relative ease. It isn’t hard to imagine why the Mirage Men would want hypnosis—the ultimate mythology machine—to be placed front and center as an important tool in so-called UFO “research” today.

Did UFO abduction lore really come from just a handful of individuals? Was one of the primary trailblazers a hobbyist hypnotist with no training?[21] Was another such trailblazer an MK-Ultra-related, mind control participant and a best-selling fiction writer with a million- dollar book advance?[22] Did a huge chunk of our cultural narrative about alien abduction come from the hobbyist’s hypnosis data or the million-dollar book? The answer to all of these questions is a resounding YES. Of course, I’m talking about Budd Hopkins and Whitley Strieber. Strieber’s book, Communion, went on to sell over two million copies and became a Hollywood movie, while Budd Hopkins’s Intruders was made into a primetime TV series.

There is little doubt that Mirage-Men-type psychological operations have been employed in the mainstream. Could these operations be rolled out further for mass cultural consumption on a scale hitherto unseen? Given the technological advances that have been made over the past few decades, I would suggest that certain factions within the military-industrial complex could instigate seemingly magical, pseudo-paranormal or pseudo- extraterrestrial experiences with ease. Furthermore, I would say that the gap between what is truly paranormal and what is covert human technology has been closed to the point that it has been indistinguishable for some time now. Has the window for getting to the bottom of all of this therefore closed forever? Or will we discover and harness new technologies that might allow us to finally rip off the masks and reveal the intelligences behind the UFOs, the paranormal and the Mirage Men like never before?

 

UFO Social Engineering 101 — Revision

 

So how do we attempt to untangle this giant ball of mythological wool? I would suggest the first step, as in dealing with most problems, is to acknowledge that we actually have a problem. We then need to consider this mess at every turn as we move forward. While undoubtedly there is much to suggest that there is a genuinely anomalous component to the UFO enigma, we must now acknowledge the fact that the UFO subject is as much about social engineering as anything else.

The three components of social engineering in ufology can be summarized as:

  • DECEPTION: THEM. The subject that covers itself up—the external intelligence(s) or entities behind the UFOs (whoever they may be and wherever they are from) and the mythology created, either by accident or design, by them.
  • DELUSION: US. UFO sociology and the UFO mythological zone—the widespread effects of UFOs on we, the people, and our culture, and, in the absence of facts or scientific proof, the mythology we’ve created around them.
  • DISINFORMATION: GOVERNMENTAL. The Mirage Men—The stage management and cover-up of UFOs (either of the genuine phenomenon or as cover for secret projects, psy-ops, etc.), and the many aspects of governmental/military- industrial/intelligence operations and the mythology the Mirage Men have created around them.Whichever way we choose to look at it, it’s a damning statement on how we deal with things when faced with the prospect of the unknown, both collectively/culturally and often individually.

We tend to:

  • Ignore data that doesn’t fit with our preconceived ideas and expectations
  • Mythologize and fantasize about the things we don’t know about—to the point of cultism
  • Look to authority for answers and leave ourselves wide open to manipulation

I therefore propose, that 99% of everything written and said about UFOs is total bullshit, and that almost everything you think you know about flying saucers is wrong.

 

A Pause for Reason

 

Let’s take a deep breath for a moment and pause.

Imagine a meadow with beautiful flowers. It’s a late summer’s evening; butterflies float around on the breeze and the tranquil calm of the wind caresses your sun-kissed face. Ahead of you is a beautiful mountain. The remainder of last winter’s snow has almost melted to reveal a striking volcanic mound. If you shut your eyes, all you can hear is the soft wind and the vague excitement of the children picking their huckleberries in the distance.

I’m about two miles as the crow flies from the ECETI Ranch. The sun will be going down soon. I am not only in prime position to see all events on the mountain, I am in a place where I am free to think clearly and to see for myself. Without someone telling me that these are Pleiadean spaceships, what exactly do I see? Can I interact with the intelligence behind this spectacle? Is it different from being around the thoughts and beliefs of others and the potential contagion that these thoughts and beliefs may bring?

Much like during many previous visits, what I observe appear to be intelligently controlled, anomalous bright lights coming out of the mountain or appearing in the sky above. But if absolutely anyone can study this, why don’t they? Why are we still re-hashing and trawling over decades-old cases when we could be investigating this and the people that experience it in real time? Do we really want answers? Or do we want to keep the questions alive? Maybe the answer lies in the fact that the phenomenon here in Yakima appears to work on a subtle level. In a culture that screams for a landing on the White House lawn or that leads people to feel the need to embellish and make this even more cosmic and mysterious than it already is—we are probably at odds with whatever this is.

In Yakima, as in many other hotspots around the world, there is much work to do. A modern, scientific study utilizing cutting-edge technology, super-high resolution cameras and full access to the Yakima tribal reservation would be of potentially huge benefit. The problem with trying to study this purely with science is that it’s been pretty elusive to track down. In my seven years of experience at Yakima, I don’t think that’s necessarily the issue here. I think more of an issue might be: how do we measure the human experience in all of this? If the UFO subject is to move forward in any meaningful way, the human experience (with particular emphasis on the interaction with the subconscious mind), as well as the parapsychological and other more esoteric aspects of the UFO experience, can no longer continue to be ignored. Yakima is a veritable trove of all kinds of high strangeness, not just UFOs. We should start studying all aspects of non-standard human experience together. We can no longer continue to treat the UFO phenomenon as separate from other paranormal, spiritual, religious, esoteric, highly synchronistic or other currently uncategorized phenomena. Whether we utilize science or also include other methodologies and philosophies, one thing is certain: we need to stop trying to fit the UFO subject into what we want or expect it to be. This has gotten us virtually nowhere in over seventy years and would be the least “scientific” thing of all to do.

 

UFO Truth in The Post-Truth Age

 

“When enough of us peddle fantasy as fact, society loses its grounding in reality. Society would crumble altogether if we assumed others were as likely to dissemble as tell the truth. We are perilously close to that point.”[23]

Ralph Keyes

Although I’ve only considered the cultural and sociological implications of UFOs thus far, I would now suggest the possibility that we are facing a far greater issue: a widespread cultural informational crisis. The mythological zone is not only confined to UFOs or paranormal beliefs. The Internet revolution, for all the benefits it has brought, has also bombarded us with false information, hoaxes, nonsense, junk science, spin, and outright lies. This has affected mainstream media as it attempts to keep viewers from drifting towards alternative media. All of this is now challenging our beliefs and changing us like never before. Far from social engineering, could this situation lead to social chaos or a time when truth is simply lost in the noise—a total informational breakdown? We now appear to be living in a post-truth age where flat-earthers 2.0 can become a cultural movement in a matter of months, where lies can be celebrated as truths, dumb can be celebrated as genius, and even Donald Trump can be President. Ralph Keyes wrote his book, The Post-Truth Era, about our eroding cultural values in relation to the telling of truth and lies. But, just like the mythological zone, the post-truth concept relates to the wider informational crisis with frightening relevance too.

It is perhaps more than a little ironic that now, of all times, given the arrival of the post-truth age, some would be campaigning for UFO Disclosure. There are many reasons why I think UFO Disclosure can’t and won’t happen, but they can best be distilled into one simple sentence: Disclosure is like attempting a prison break by asking the prison guards for the keys. Far more likely is a solution that delivers everybody what they want and need, and one that provides a convenient get-out-of-jail card for those in the corridors of power—an announcement that we have found extraterrestrial life and that we are finally not alone. This would not, however, amount to anything close to full UFO Disclosure,[24] nor would it come close to solving the UFO problem. On the contrary, our problems regarding UFO truth in the post-truth age would only just be beginning. And if you think things are a mess now—unless we can come to grips with the informational crisis and our cultural issues in dealing with the unknown—just wait.

What would such an announcement mean for the Mirage Men? Would the Men-in- Black quietly cash-in their pensions early, park up their Buicks and hang up their black hats and suits for good? Or would their superiors be rubbing their hands together at the prospect of putting into mass circulation those methods they’d so stealthily perfected over the years? Those responsible for the illegal, criminal and unconstitutional activities surrounding UFOs and the national security state over the decades would certainly never be called to justice. They would gradually move with relative ease from the subterranea of the black world into the blinding sun of the white. Those bulk-purchased, iconic, Men-in-Black shades might never be more useful.

 

Escaping the Mythological Zone

 

So, do we, as a civilization, choose science or do we choose belief? Can science and belief ever coexist healthily alongside one another and make compatible bedfellows? Do we stand on the cusp of unison between science and spirituality or—in a desperate attempt at unifying these two opposing constructs—does the mythological zone bind us forever?

Have we not always been wrestling with these two opposing forces? Have we not always had an uncomfortable and contradictory relationship—part curiosity, part fear—with the unknown? Have we not always felt a sense of wonder, loneliness and insignificance when looking up at the seemingly incalculable number of stars above? How could we not? These human traits have driven some of our greatest scientific discoveries and achievements.

But these traits have also been used against us and allowed us to be deceived.
Current scientific understanding will never be the truth of the entire universe. Science, while the foundation of societal development, will always be something of a paper god. Belief is the fixer with which we attempt to fill the void behind that ever-fluid line of current scientific knowledge and beyond into the great unknown. Meanwhile, from within this void come magical, high strangeness, and human experiences that continue to mystify and confuse. But rather than becoming lightning rods for our own delusions, fantasies and fears, the things that “don’t fit” should make us strive to better understand ourselves, our universe, and our place within.

The cultural, sociological and mythological implications of UFOs are vast. By identifying the social engineering components to the UFO issue, perhaps we can at least recognize and begin to come to terms with our many vulnerabilities. The real challenge facing us regarding UFOs and the unknown is this: can we then forge a new pathway forward? One thing is certain. We must let go of the idea that we can simply sit back and ask the prison guards for the keys. If we are to ever escape the mythological zone, we must make the escape ourselves.

 

Lorin Cutts

 

References:

1 Popular Mechanics/CUFOS study, 1947-2005. Yakima County came in 4th place of all the lesser populated counties in the USA.

2 Oregon Journal, Jul. 4, 1947, 2.

3 “Report on the Wave of 1947,” Ted Bloecher, NICAP, 1967.

4 Stan Gordon on High Strangeness, Apr. 15, 2012, http://highstrangenessshow.com/high-strangeness-episode- 3-bigfoot-the-ufo-connection-with-stan-gordon-apr-15th-2012/

5 Author’s own research. 6 Ibid.

7 Laura Magdalene Eisenhower, “The Grail of Venus: Completing Magdalene’s Legacy and the Story of Goddess Sophia,” Cosmic Gaia, http://cosmicgaia2012.com/journey.html

8 Laura Magdalene Eisenhower, “Global Mission and Life Expenses,” gofundme, https://www.gofundme.com/23n8qnk4

9 Solreta Antaria, “Sirian Star Language Message for August 2016 Ep51,” May 8, 2016, http://www.solretapsychicreadings.com/sirian-star-language-messages/sirian-star-language-message-for-august- 2016-ep51?

10 James Gilliland biography, ECETI, http://www.eceti.org/Eceti.James.html

11 For an honest attempt at reporting an early visit to ECETI, see: http://highstrangenessshow.com/lorin-cutts- journey-to-the-field-of-dreams/

12 Lots of good information about previous work done in Yakima here: http://www.vogelstudy.org/archives.htm

13 Austin Hill, “What Do I Do Next?’ Actor Dwight Equitz Navigates UFO’s, A Hit TV Series, And Owning A Small Business,” Jan. 29, 2015, Austin Hill’s Big World of Small Business, http://austinsbigworld.com/next- actor-dwight-equitz-navigates-ufos-hit-tv-series-owning-small-business/

14 Douglas Main, “Most People Believe Intelligent Aliens Exist, Poll Says,” Newsweek, Sept. 29, 2015, http://www.newsweek.com/most-people-believe-intelligent-aliens-exist-377965

15 James Carrion, “Human Deception at Play during the UFO Wave of 1947,” Anachronism, Aug. 20, 2016, http://historydeceived.blogspot.co.uk/2016/08/human-deception-at-playduring-ufo-wave.html

16 The very first thing the CIA recommends you do if you want to investigate flying saucers is to start a group. See: https://www.cia.gov/news-information/featured-story-archive/2016-featured-story-archive/how-to- investigate-a-flying-saucer.html

17 “It [MUFON] also gave Bigelow Aerospace access to the MUFON Case Management System [CMS].” See: http://www.mufon.com/mufon-history2.html. Much has been written and said about this, but suffice to say that Bigelow Advanced Aerospace Studies (BAAS) paid MUFON for full CMS access and BAAS appeared to investigate the best cases and leads themselves.

18 MUFON Field Investigators Manual 4th Edition, Chapter 22.

19 Margie Kay, MUFON Assistant State Director, Missouri, interview on MUFON UFO Radio, Jul. 26, 2016. At one point, Kay notes: “In some cases I will actually know more than the witness did because I will see more and they have actually been blocked from seeing it.”

20 Jack Brewer, “MUFON Chief Investigator Requests Ban on Roswell Slides Promoters,” The UFO Trail, Jun. 18, 2015, http://ufotrail.blogspot.com/2015/06/mufon-chief-investigator-requests-ban.html

21 See: http://www.tricksterbook.com/ArticlesOnline/LindaCase.htm

22 Whitley Strieber describing memories of CIA mind control experiments as a child. Dreamland, Jan. 9, 2010, https://archive.org/details/WhitleyStrieber-MemoriesOfMindControlAndChildhoodAbuse. See also: Frederick C. Crews, Follies of The Wise: Dissenting Essays (Berkeley: Counter Point Press, 2006), 206-207.

23 Ralph Keyes, “The Post-Truth Era: Dishonesty and Deception in Contemporary Life,” Ralph Keyes, http://www.ralphkeyes.com/the-post-truth-era/

24 ‘Disclosure’ as defined by Steven Bassett and the UFO Disclosure movement. The announcement of extraterrestrial life is not the same as the US government coming clean on the so-called truth embargo or the UFO cover up. It will also happen regardless of political lobbying.