Saturday, May 26, 2018

DIA: No Docs on NIDS

The Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) reported no documents responsive to an FOIA request for contracts undertaken with and funding provided to the National Institute for Discovery Science (NIDS). "Despite a thorough search, no documents responsive to your request were found," wrote Alesia Y. Williams, Chief, FOIA and Declassification Services Office, in a May 17 letter from the DIA.

The initial Dec. 23, 2017 request sought records including a likely date range of 1995 to 2004, the years NIDS was an active nonprofit corporation. The now dissolved entity was founded by controversial philanthropist Robert Bigelow and is known for such ventures as research reportedly conducted on the now fabled Skinwalker Ranch. 

The latest FOIA swing and miss further questions the context of a public statement credited to Bigelow Aerospace Advanced Space Studies (BAASS) published in conjunction with an update from reporter George Knapp's team. Such references in the statement to viewing "the human body as a readout system for UFO effects by utilizing forensic technology, the tools of immunology, cell biology, genomics and neuroanatomy" led some researchers to suspect inferences to the Skinwalker project, as was directly claimed related to DIA-funded research by select members and associates of To The Stars Academy. It is unclear exactly how the Skinwalker Ranch may be involved with the Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program (AATIP), seemingly derived from the Advanced Aerospace Weapon System Applications Program (AAWSAP), and funded by the DIA as reported in a high profile NY Times article and by a Pentagon spokesperson. 

Researcher Keith Basterfield identified longtime Bigelow associate Dr. Colm Kelleher as a likely author of the published BAASS statement. Kelleher and Knapp co-authored Hunt for the Skinwalker, a 2005 book about reportedly fantastic occurrences at the ranch.

George Knapp
Knapp's more recent work includes the publication of what he referred to as "an in-depth report prepared by and for the military" on what became known as the Tic Tac UFO incident. The source of the document was not revealed and it remains unauthenticated as of this writing, causing researchers such as John Greenewald to point out issues looming over the circumstances.

Greenewald previously questioned the scope and depth of the Pentagon-UFO project as framed by the NY Times due to reasons including the continuing lack of FOIA responses and the relatively small amount of funding allocated, about $22 million. Moreover, the Times credited Pentagon spokesman Thomas Crossman with the statement, "It was determined that there were other, higher priority issues that merited funding, and it was in the best interest of the DoD to make a change."

That same Times article stated, "Researchers also studied people who said they had experienced physical effects from encounters with the objects and examined them for any physiological changes." Combined with BAASS statements about studying "the human body as a readout system for UFO effects," researchers might reasonably continue to seek accountability for details of exactly how such projects were initially designed, approved, and overseen. Were research subjects adequately informed of the circumstances? Who were the project personnel? What boards were used to evaluate and approve the work?

Perhaps we will eventually obtain verified answers to such questions. It appears we must rely on the FOIA process, as individuals claiming involvement are proving poor sources of information. FOIA submissions to the DIA remain pending for contractual records, lists of funding recipients, resulting reports, and similar documents pertaining to the AATIP and AAWSAP.

1996 Associated Press article stating Col. John Alexander would not provide details
of how or why research was being conducted at Skinwalker Ranch 

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Related recommended reading:

UFO Info Wars

FOIA the AAWSAP Call for Proposals

Who's Been Running MUFON?

UFO-Pentagon Story Reflects Fundamental Problems

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Fusion Centers Were Emailed Mind Control Claims

The Washington State Fusion Center (WSFC) provided files pertaining to alleged electronic harassment perpetrated by the intelligence community in response to an April 19 public records request. The request sought records indicating where images originated and how they were obtained published in an April 18 MuckRock article on remote mind control files previously released by the Center. 

The additional records, provided in a May 16 message from a Washington State Patrol Public Records Officer, include a copy of a 2017 email apparently composed by an activist for a demographic known as Targeted Individuals and sent to multiple fusion centers, among numerous other recipients. The material contained in the email and additional files portrays a variety of unsubstantiated claims, often presented as if factual statements. Also reflected are verified instances of IC nefarious activities, surveillance, and research and development of electronic weaponry. 

Apparent sender & recipients, including several fusion centers,
 of 2017 email, "CIA NSA Surveillance"

The files, seemingly provided to the WSFC from outside sources, tend to blur the lines between speculative accusations and verified historical circumstances, such as Project MKULTRA. Such inexact connections and speculation often occur in the Targeted Individual and UFO communities, which each consist of researchers who explore such material, although typically from differing perspectives.

It was unclear if all of the files provided May 16 were sent to the WSFC in the 2017 email composed by the activist, or received in some other manner. A telephone call to the Public Records Officer was not immediately returned which sought clarification of context of the copy of the 2017 email and accompanying files. It is not entirely apparent how it all pertained to the request submitted, seeking info about the origins of records released to MuckRock. 

The mind control-related material unexpectedly provided to MuckRock, as researcher Curtis Waltman wrote, was included in response to his request for files pertaining to Antifa and white supremacists. The credibility of claims of electronic harassment contained in files subsequently provided by the WSFC is therefore arguably not at issue as compared to the possible significance of the relationship of the material and its authors to the topic of Waltman's request. 

The files contained in the May 16 response are the 2017 email titled, "CIA NSA Surveillance," as well as files titled "Electronic Harassment," "John St. Claire Akwei vs. NSA Ft. Meade MD USA," "Julianne McKinney report," and "projectMKULTRA." The files may be viewed and downloaded at keepandshare.

Repetitive content and email code were removed from "CIA NSA Surveillance" for brevity and uploading before transferring it to pdf. Interested parties may obtain the original file in its entirety from WSFC or contact me. 

The files include content reflecting various degrees of reliability. The MKULTRA file, for instance, appears to be a long available rendering of a Congressional hearing, while other files contain some quite questionable interpretations, and all points in between. The "Juliette McKinney report" contains a 23-page publicly available paper composed in 1992 by McKinney, reportedly a former intelligence officer, and titled, "Microwave Harassment and Mind-Control Experimentation". 

The Targeted Individual and UFO communities somewhat interestingly consist of similar kinds of inner fighting. Accusations are hurled of disinformation agents causing dissent and spreading confusion under the guise of conducting activism and research. 

The collective material provided by WSFC may very well offer no surprises to those familiar with the TI and UFO communities. However, its possible context to the records requests might intrigue researchers.

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Related:

Mind Control Files Included in FOIA Response

Sunday, May 13, 2018

UFO Info Wars

"And like, wow, that’s it? That’s all you’re gonna tell us? Really? And you want applause for your 'revolution'? This sounds like a big-time tactical error by BAASS. Who in their right mind hangs this kind of stuff on the line and expects people to walk away without asking some very basic questions? Who paid for this research? Bigelow? Uncle Sam? Both? When do we taxpayers get to see the results? How about the names of all the contributors? What are you thinking?"
- Billy Cox, De Void, on BAASS public statement
To The Stars Academy and its friends of the program are getting some justified scrutiny. If you're going to jump out there and make bold claims, perhaps it would be wise to give more thought to the initial statements if the best idea for follow up is to tell people you can't talk about it.

Advocate for transparency and the normally more tolerant than not Billy Cox came to question TTSA public relations, as described in his March 19 De Void post, TTSA needs a new game plan. Cox presented valid critical points of view about TTSA strategies and leadership while acknowledging the outfit indeed got the public talking UFOs.

Robert Bigelow
In his May 7 offering, A question of ownership, Cox addressed, among other topics, what can reasonably be called a mind numbingly questionable public statement from Bigelow Aerospace Advanced Space Studies (BAASS). The statement directly claims BAASS UFO investigation involved some 50 full-time staff, including retired military intelligence officers, scientists, analysts, and project managers "in adopting the novel approach of utilizing the human body as a readout system for dissecting interactions with the UFO phenomenon." 

The BAASS statement continued:
The BAASS approach was to view the human body as a readout system for UFO effects by utilizing forensic technology, the tools of immunology, cell biology, genomics and neuroanatomy for in depth study of the effects of UFOs on humans. This approach marked a dramatic shift away from the traditional norms of relying on eyewitness testimony as the central evidentiary arm in UFO investigations. The approach aimed to bypass UFO deception and manipulation of human perception by utilizing molecular forensics to decipher the biological consequences of the phenomenon.
The result of applying this new approach was a revolution in delineating the threat level of UFOs.

It is more than reasonable to expect substantiating data. Researchers should be satisfied with no less than clear and supporting documentation of how involved the Defense Intelligence Agency was in funding such work (as previously claimed), what was reported to the DIA, and clarification of what is available for public release. 

Scientific Method?  

Arguably adding insult to injury, longtime Team Bigelow consultant Dr. Eric Davis made a social media post berating researchers attempting to clarify the circumstances through the Freedom of Information Act. What's more, Davis made some assertions about how the FOIA works, which were addressed and challenged as "blatantly false" by John Greenewald of The Black Vault.

While Greenewald's points are indeed valid, there was yet another statement in the Davis rant that deserves calling out. Davis wrote, "The multi-sensor and radar platforms data fusion plus F-18 pilot and warship observers, all analyzed and synthesized into a forensic picture that Tic-Tac shaped craft are non-terrestrial because all other possible explanations were scientifically eliminated according to the scientific method." Emphasis mine.

CB Scott Jones, Edgar Mitchell & John Alexander
Okay, I'm not gonna take the time to get qualified experts to explain the scientific method and what's wrong with that statement, but suffice it to say there's plenty. I've spent a significant amount of time over the past eight years blogging about the sensational kinds of circumstances and statements as described above. I've covered the conspiracy mongering of Gen. Bert Stubblebine and his wife Dr. Rima Laibow, the evasiveness of Col. John Alexander, and the mind control and pro-ETH statements of Cmdr. C.B. Scott Jones, among much more.

I don't know what was wrong with these people. I don't claim to know why they thought themselves entitled to be exempt from providing documentation of their claims and/or accountability for their statements.

Maybe they truly believed the things they said. Maybe they were involved in orchestrated deceptions. Perhaps the very nature of their work led to some extent of irrationality over time. Maybe combinations of all of that apply, but one point should come through loud and clear: Statements from the intelligence community and its consultants can absolutely not be taken at face value, whatever the reasons. Verification is a must, and any given individual either demonstrates an understanding of the necessity of evidence available for public review or they do not.

Friday, May 11, 2018

FOIA the AAWSAP Call for Proposals


Researcher Keith Basterfield located a Defense Intelligence Agency 2008 call for proposals for the Advanced Aerospace Weapon System Applications Program (AAWSAP). This may be among the most promising developments to date in untangling the fishing line knotted by To The Stars Academy (TTSA) and its less than clear personnel.

Basterfield and fellow researchers including Paul Dean have been steadily working at identifying what can be substantiated about the evolving TTSA story of Pentagon UFO projects. Discoveries include the likelihood the Advanced Aviation (and/or Aerospace) Threat Identification Program (AATIP), which was the operation originally publicized by TTSA, was derived from the AAWSAP.

Cutting to the chase, researchers and interested parties - yes, that means us - may submit FOIA requests to the DIA, citing the 2008 AAWSAP call for proposals. Requests may be emailed to FOIA@dodiis.mil, seeking such records as funded proposals and resulting project reports. Be sure to include the specific solicitation number as helpfully provided above by Basterfield.

Keep an eye on The UFO Chronicles as a one-stop resource to keep up to date on the work of Basterfield, Dean and others. Interested readers might also choose to monitor or subscribe to the UFO Collective Google group and e-list, where Basterfield and Dean post updates. 

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Mind Control Files Included in FOIA Response

The persistent researchers over at MuckRock scored an interesting FOIA response. While casting a net seeking records on Antifa and white supremacist groups, journalist Curtis Waltman unexpectedly snared files on the effects of remote mind control. Waltman explained in his April 18 MuckRock article the files were released by the Washington State Fusion Center (WSFC) during the course of his ongoing research:
As part of my ongoing project looking at fusion centers’ investigations into Antifa and various white supremacist groups, I filed a request with the WSFC. I got back many standard documents in response, including emails, intelligence briefings and bulletins, reposts from other fusion centers - and then there was one file titled "EM effects on human body.zip."

The "EM effects on human body" file contained some docs pertaining to threat assessments of criminal activity, along with the three following images:









Some obvious questions arise. Waltman indicated the records are not government documents and suggested their presence should not be interpreted as evidence Homeland Security possesses such devices. Similarly, others I consulted who have experience in such matters suggested researchers might look into the history of the possible uses of the facility prior to a fusion center, or that perhaps the docs were once submitted as part of a previous, unrelated FOIA request.

Waltman wrote:
It’s difficult to source exactly where these images come from, but it’s obviously not government material. One seems to come from a person named "Supratik Saha," who is identified as a software engineer, the brain mapping slide has no sourcing, and the image of the body being assaulted by psychotronic weapons is sourced from raven1.net, who apparently didn’t renew their domain.
It’s entirely unclear how this ended up in this release. It could have been meant for another release, it could have been gathered for an upcoming WSFC report, or it could even be from the personal files of an intelligence officer that somehow got mixed up in the release. A call to the WSFC went unreturned as of press time, so until we hear back, their presence remains a mystery.

MuckRock Executive Editor JPat Brown indicated in an April 20 tweet that comment had not yet been obtained from the fusion center. Brown also stated via Twitter, "DHS called and asked us to remove their name" from the piece. View Waltman's full article, including supporting links, at Washington State Fusion Center accidentally releases records on remote mind control

In light of the peculiar chain of events I submitted a couple public records requests to the Washington State Fusion Center. One seeks further files containing such terms as "psychotronic," "electromagnetic low frequency," and "voice to skull" technology, among others. The second request seeks records indicating how the above images were obtained and why the WSFC is in possession of them.

Department of Defense

Whatever the reasons the images on mind control ended up at the WSFC and were included in its response to Curtis Waltman's inquiries on records pursuant to Antifa and white supremacists, it reminds me of Nick Redfern's unexpected find. Redfern wrote in 2014 how, while browsing a Department of Defense file on Cold War era research into how microwaves can affect the human mind and body, he was surprised to find the "MJ12/Eisenhower Briefing Document." The document is notoriously well known within UFO circles as part of the infamous "Majestic 12" meme and is in all likelihood an inauthentic record. 

As a matter of fact, and as Redfern pointed out, it was noted in writing on the "EBD" that it could not be authenticated as an official DoD document. Less clear is specifically what it was doing in a file on potential mind control weapons.

Learn more by reading Redfern's article linked above, as well as posts by Kandinsky at Above Top Secret. Kandinsky delved rather deeply into some of the intriguing details of the DoD file, such as it contained docs included in an FOIA release to Michael Drosnin, an author and friend of CB Scott Jones. A career intelligence officer well known to the latter 20th century UFO community, Jones claimed Drosnin was once targeted by the FBI with an incapacitating electronic mind control device. As late as 2012 Jones continued to claim to think "the UFO/ET subject has been used to cloak a number of classified U.S. programs that certainly includes mind control."

Whatever the reasons ultimately were for such statements and claims, they became common in the ufology landscape, including among intelligence officers. They are part of the state of the genre, as are the history and locations of the files that continue to surface. Whatever the explanations may prove to be, the circumstances have certain degrees of relevance. They warrant attention if we want thorough, accurate understandings of how the topics of UFOs and electromagnetic weapons became enmeshed, as well as how intelligence agencies played roles in the narratives. 

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Making the Grade

The Atacama remains
A recently published paper on the infamous "Atacama humanoid" set off criticisms of poor ethical practices from qualified experts throughout the international professional research community. If you haven't heard by now, the tiny remains featured in a Steven Greer crowd-funded documentary are conclusively human. More at issue have been the research protocols - or lack thereof - observed by those who handled and dissected the six-inch mummified female body. Also of concern is the lack of attention given to such issues by the publishing journal, Genome Research.

Scientists quoted by The Atlantic say the researchers, which included Dr. Garry Nolan of Stanford and (for better or worse) To The Stars Academy, feel the mummified remains were obtained under extremely questionable circumstances. This, they say, makes any subsequent research unethical. The rationale of the researchers - and their facilities and funding entities - is called into question for failure to adhere to established protocols for working with human remains and verifying a proper chain of custody. What's more, so is Genome Research, for publishing the paper absent what scientists recognize as complete documentation.

In layman and UFO blogger terms, if somebody emerges with a corpse or a skull they call alien, a team of educated scientists is supposed to have a better idea of what to do than what apparently went down. I'm far from the first to notice things often go way outside the lines when ufology tries to swerve around real life, but such issues are pretty much why people with credentials and respected reputations often avoid the genre altogether.

There are a number of ideas about what may be taking place when educated and/or what should be competent people seem to suddenly forget how to present a point in a cohesive and documented manner. I'm not going to dive into why that may happen, as there are certainly several reasons, but ambiguity indeed often reigns when speculative UFO talk overlaps into reality. Perhaps most frustrating to those who long for fact-based info, many in the UFO community don't even care about chains of custody and such as long as UFOs get headlines.

To The Stars Academy

Meanwhile, the boys in the band over at TTSA have repeatedly made numerous claims about videos and implications about how they were obtained, yet, as of this writing, remain clouded in much more convoluted confusion than they've served up verifiable information. Several researchers, including this one, filed multiple FOIA requests on the much discussed Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program, but are yet to obtain documents. Some requests were submitted to the Defense Intelligence Agency, identified as an overseer of the project.

Sen. Reid
Throwing gas on the fire, Sen. Harry Reid stated there are "hundreds and hundreds of papers" on the project, "80 percent, at least is public," and "the press has never even looked at it." Maybe he'd like to tell FOIA officers where to look, because they're yet to produce any of those hundreds of public papers.

To be clear, the AATIP was confirmed by the Pentagon to have existed. It is much less clear why Sen. Reid and those acting on behalf of TTSA have failed so miserably at presenting proper documentation of their claims, or why AATIP docs have not yet surfaced.

Luis Elizondo, a Pentagon-slash-TTSA name now familiar to those following the narrative, identified the Navy as a source of reports obtained by the AATIP. John Greenewald of The Black Vault made a social media post explaining he submitted an FOIA request to the Navy, specifically citing Elizondo's statement. The Navy responded it's got nothin'.

A lack of ability to present documentation of one's assertions does not bode well. Similarly, when a person's education and career path suggest they should fully well know how to present evidence and follow established norms of research protocols, yet fail to do so, conspiracies are often born because it can be difficult to think them incompetent. Whatever the reasons may be from one instance to the next for credentialed people entering the UFO fray yet failing to present work up to professional standards, it should neither be overlooked nor rationalized. They, of all people, should be making the grade. 

Monday, March 19, 2018

Deception and Fake Videos: It's Not Just for YouTubers


The majority in the UFO community are clueless about the depths that an intelligence agency can go to manage people of interest.”
- James Carrion, commenting in The Greys Have Been Framed: Exploitation in the UFO Community 


People interested in UFOs often possess vast amounts of knowledge on popular cases and intricate details of happenings within the community. High profile ufology personalities and their followings know their UFO stuff. Unfortunately, we might sometimes be viewed as knowing a lot about a little, and those observations may at times have merit.

The genre is rather infamously notable for neglecting to give adequate study to topics often found less enthralling than saucer stories, yet nonetheless extremely relevant. Procedures of the intelligence community is one such relevant topic, among many. Let's take a relatively brief look at how better understanding the intelligence community might be important for those desiring to know more about events taking place within ufology.

The Pentagon spent over $500 million – half a billion bucks – to create fake videos, according to sources such as Independent and The Bureau of Investigative Journalism. But it was much more than perception management. As a matter of fact, the videos were designed to appeal to Al-Qaeda members and sympathizers, not change their minds. This particular batch of propaganda consisted of fake terrorist vids that tracked the locations of viewers. The material was created by a UK-based public relations firm hired by the U.S. Department of Defense. 

Former video editor Martin Wells reportedly worked on the project, which took place between about 2006 and 2011. Requirements included specific format and code, he explained. Marines would leave copies of the completed videos, contained on compact discs, at the scenes of raids and ransacked houses in Iraq so that enemies would later find them. According to Independent, Wells further explained: 
If one if looked at in the middle of Baghdad… you know there’s a hit there,” Mr. Wells said. “If one, 48 hours or a week later shows up in another part of the world, then that’s the more interesting one, and that’s what they’re looking for more, because that gives you a trail.”

A former chairman of Bell Pottinger, the PR firm, reportedly confirmed the existence of its contract with the Pentagon. Likewise, the Pentagon also confirmed the contract, while insisting all material distributed was truthful. That may actually be the case while the videos nonetheless fall well under the definition of Al-Qaeda propaganda.

Bell Pottinger was first tasked by the interim Iraqi government in 2004 to promote democratic elections,” Independent reported. “They received $540m between May 2007 and December 2011, but could have earned as much as $120m from the US in 2006.”

Howard Hughes, 1938
We might also consider what history teaches us about relationships between intelligence agencies and wealthy eccentrics. The CIA recruited Howard Hughes to supply cover for Project Azorian, a multi-million dollar effort to secretly raise a sunken Russian submarine from the bottom of the ocean. The project took years to fully execute and involved Hughes announcing a fabricated plan to mine the seafloor. In actuality, sailors would work to raise the sub under the guise of mining, which, by the way, was reasonably successful. The CIA eventually released documents indicating about 40 feet of the over 300-foot vessel was retrieved.

We might be wise to familiarize ourselves with such operations and keep them in mind when contemplating the Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program and its close relations to Robert Bigelow and To The Stars Academy. Every instance of career intelligence officials moonlighting as ufologists is certainly not the tip of a far reaching conspiracy. That stated, it is not unreasonable by any means to expect verification of evidence presented. The same can be said for claims asserted. That might particularly be considered the case when To The Stars claimed able to present a verifiable chain of custody of videos published, yet has failed to do so.

There is not a lot of wiggle room in the definition of a fact. It can be publicly reviewed and confirmed by third parties or it can't. When it can't, it simply shouldn't yet be accepted as a fact.

It's reasonable to be open-minded. It's also reasonable to be inquisitive and interested in what might be navigating the skies.

But don't be gullible. Don't be guilty of confirmation bias. Demand professionally presented evidence. The truth depends on it.