UFO News: Week of November 7, 2021
This week in UFO news, Director of National Intelligence Haines addresses UFO threat, the Gillibrand amendment continues to gain support, and Lue Elizondo is in British GQ.
The Gillibrand Amendment
Sen. Gillibrand’s Historic Legislation Would Revolutionize Study Of UFOs | The Hill
Congress Should Support the Gillibrand Amendment | Christopher Mellon, Blog
What Does Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s UFO Amendment Actually Say? | The UFO Rabbit Hole
This Man Ran The Pentagon’s Secretive UFO Program For A Decade | GQ
UFOs Buzzing US Warships May Be Aliens As Encounters Show ‘Something We Don’t Understand’, Says America’s Top Spy Chief | The Sun
How Scientists Could Tell the World If They Find Alien Life | Scientific American
Our Future In Space Forum
This forum held at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. was the talk of the UFO community this week. Featuring Avi Loeb, Director of Harvard’s Galileo Project; Bill Nelson, former astronaut and NASA administrator; and Avril Haines, Director of National Intelligence, these ground-breaking conversations will have you captivated. Watch the full forum below:
Unearthing San Antonio’s Reported UFO Sightings With An Ex-Military Expert | My San Antonio
UFO Over Jerusalem? | ABC News
Mysterious Spinning Cube-Shaped UFO Spotted In Second City | The Sun UK
Random UFO News
Why The Outdated Technology In The Alien Series Makes Sense | Space.com
‘Steel House’ In Texas That Looks Like A UFO On The Market For $1.7M | Fort Worth Star-Telegram
SpaceX’s Endeavor Capsule Appears Like A Shooting Star Or ‘Donut UFO’ Over Louisiana And Alabama | Daily Mail UK
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What Does Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s UFO Amendment Actually Say?
We scoured the legalese in Bill HR 3450 so you don’t have to. Here’s what the UFO amendment says.
Breaking Down The UFO Amendment
Senator Gillibrand’s potentially pivotal UFO Amendment calls for the creation of a structured program to address Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAPs). So what exactly would this include?
Establishing an “Anomaly Surveillance and Resolution Office”
Within 180 days of enactment of the bill the Secretary Defense will coordinate with the Director of National Intelligence to set up an office for this program either within the Department of Defense, or within a joint organization of the DOD and DNI.
What will the Anomaly Surveillance Resolution Office (ASRO) do?
Systematizing Research & Reporting
- ASRO will take on the duties of the existing Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon Task Force. The existing task force will either be terminated, or it will report into the ASRO.
- ASRO will be in charge of both the reporting and the sharing of critical UAP data. It will be required that each element within the DOD with any data that may be relevant to the investigation give that information to the Office immediately.
- It will create procedures for military and civilian personnel working in any capacity for the DOD or the intelligence community to report incidents or information about UAPs including “adverse physiological effects” associated with UAPs directly to the office.
- The Office will develop procedures to standardize the collection, reporting, and analysis of incidents involving UAPs. They will also create processes to make sure that all of this data from the DOD and intelligence community ends up in one centralized repository, and that this data is reported on in a timely and consistent manner.
- They will evaluate the threat of UAPs to US defense. This evaluation will include looking into possible links between UAPs and foreign governments or any other potential non-state actors.
- ASRO will coordinate with other departments and agencies in the collection of this data including the Federal Aviation Administration, NASA, the Department of Homeland Security, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the Department of Energy.
- The Office will also coordinate with our allies and partners from other countries to help better asses the nature and the extent of unidentified aerial phenomena.
- They will be in charge of preparing reports and regularly reporting to Congress on all of the above.
Conducting Field Investigations of UAPs
- The Director and the Secretary will create organizations within the DOD and the intelligence community to investigate UAPs. They will ensure that these investigators have the expertise, access, tools, and data to effectively conduct these investigations.
- The Director and Secretary will put one of these organizations in charge of analyzing the data from these investigations to include “testing of materials, medical studies, and development of theoretical models” to better understand the phenomena. They will also ensure that these organizations have authority to draw on the expertise of people outside of the federal government, with proper clearances.
- The head of ASRO will create and supervise the execution of a detailed plan for the study of UAPs including “technical and operational characteristics, origins, and intentions of unidentified aerial phenomena, including the development, acquisition, deployment, and operation of technical collection capabilities necessary to detect, identify, and scientifically characterize unidentified aerial phenomena.”
Scientific Analysis Plan
- The head of Office will supervise the development of a plan to test scientific theories to explain UAPs including their “propulsion, aerodynamics, signatures, structures, materials, sensors, countermeasures, weapons, electronics, and power generation”. This research is intended to serve as the foundation for future investment in replicating this advanced technology.
- The Director of National Intelligence, in consultation with the Secretary of Defense, will be in charge of assigning the level of priority for this work within the National Intelligence Priorities Framework.
- Obtaining and analysis of data relating to UAPs is considered a legitimate use of funds from the DOD and the intelligence community. It can be used for:
- general intelligence gathering and analysis
- strategic defense of controlled airspace, space, ground, or naval assets
- Additional funding can also be designated by the Secretary of Defense or the Director of National Intelligence.
- The Office will deliver a report to Congress no later than October 21, 2022 — and annually thereafter until October 31, 2026.
- Each report must include all of the following for the year in which it is delivered:
- Analysis of data and intelligence received through reports of UAPs
- Analysis of data relating to UAPs collected through
- geospatial intelligence
- signals intelligence
- human intelligence
- measurement intelligence
- The number of reported incidents of UAPs over restricted air space of the US
- An analysis of the reported incidents of UAPs over restricted airspace
- Identification of potential aerospace or national security threats posed by UAPs
- An assessment of any activity regarding unidentified aerial phenomena that can be attributed to one or more adversarial foreign governments
- Identifying incidents or patters that may suggest that a foreign government may have achieved breakthrough aerospace technology.
- An update on coordination with allies to track and understand UAPs.
- An update on any efforts to capture or exploit UAPs.
- An assessment of health-related effects in individuals who have encountered UAPs.
- The number of incidents, along with descriptions, of any UAP incidents involving US nuclear assets — or their transport or storage
- The names of the organizations who have been tasked with the investigation and scientific analysis described above and what they are responsible for.
- Each report will be submitted in an unclassified manner, but is allowed to have a classified annex.
- Within 90 days of the enactment of the Act, and then at least semi-annually through the end of 2026, the Office will brief the following Congressional committees:
- Committee on Armed Services (Senate & House)
- Select Committee on Intelligence (Senate & House)
- The first report should include all incidents involving UAPs that reported the Office or the Task Force after June 24, 2021.
- In each subsequent briefing the Office will provide all reports of UAPs since the last briefing — as well as any older reports that may have been delayed in being included previously.
- The Office will provide a report on all of the instances in the briefing period in which data related to UAPs wasn’t shared with the Office because of classification restrictions.
Aerial and Transmedium Phenomena Advisory Committee
- The Aerial and Transmedium Phenomena Advisory Committee will be established no later than October 1, 2022.
- The purpose of this committee is to:
- advise the Office in the execution of its duties
- advise the Director regarding analysis of data and scientific research regarding UAPs
- The Committee will have 20 members to include:
- Three people appointed by the Administrator of NASA
- Two people appointed by the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration
- Two people appointed by President of the National Aviation Administration
- Two people appointed by the President of the National Academy of Engineering
- One person appointed by the President of the National Academy of Medicine
- Three people appointed by the Director of the Galileo Project at Harvard University
- Two people appointed by the Board of Directors of the Scientific Coalition for Unidentified Aerospace Phenomena Studies
- Two people appointed by the President of the American Institute of Astronautics and Aeronautics
- Two people appointed by the Director of Optical Technology Center at Montan a State University
- One person appointed by the president of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
- Up to five people appointed by the Secretary and the Director with requisite expertise, at least 3 of which should not be an employee or a contractor for any government agency.
- To be on the Committee individuals must:
- qualify for a security clearance at the secret level or higher
- possesses scientific, medical, or technical expertise pertinent to some aspect of the investigation and analysis of UAPs
- has previously conducted research or writing that demonstrates scientific, technological, or operational knowledge relevant to the investigation of UFOs
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UFO News: Week Of Nov. 1, 2021
This week in UFO News, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand introduces a potentially pivotal UFO amendment, NASA calls for new ways to announce the discovery of alien life, and a bizarre “Christmas tree” UFO is reported in Glasgow.
Florida Is A UFO Hotspot | CBS 12, West Palm Beach
Bizarre Floating ‘UFO’ Seen Moving Across The Sky Leaves Spectators Baffled | The Sun UK
‘UFO’ Spotted Above Glasgow As Couple Left Gob-Smacked By Floating ‘Christmas Tree’ | The Daily Record, UK
These Are the Zip Codes with the Most UFO Sightings | MSN
Pilots Who Saw UFO Over Arizona Speak Out: ‘It Didn’t Look Anything Like an Airplane’ | Phoenix New Times
News Station “Accidentally” Captures UFO Footage in Arizona Sky. [Watch] | 97.3 The Eagle
Why Kirsten Gillibrand’s UFO Amendment Deserves Bipartisan Support | Washington Examiner
Pentagon To Release UFO Report | Military.com
National Defense Authorization Act FY2022 Seeks to Include UAP & Nuclear Connection Inquiries | Medium
The Hunt For Extraterrestrial Life
The Hunt For Alien Life On Phobos, One Of Mars’ Mystifying Moons | CNET
NASA Calls For New Ways To Announce Discovery Of Alien Life Amid Fears Of Misunderstandings | The Independent
Astronomers Want NASA To Build A Giant Space Telescope To Peer At Alien Earths | NPR
So You Think You Found Aliens. Now What? | The Daily Beast
Random UFO News
Stunning ‘UFO’ Light Show Will Illuminate Northamptonshire Skies | Northants Live
Earth May Have Grown Around A Rock From An Alien Star System | New Scientist
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Best UFO Books: For Newbs To Veteran Ufologists
If you’re a fan of The UFO Rabbit Hole Podcast — or just a fan of UFOs and high strangeness, in general — there are a ton of amazing books out there by journalists, ufologists, and other researchers to help you dive deeper into the subject. Here are some of the best UFO books for newbies and veterans alike.
UFO Books By Jacques Vallée
As one of the world’s foremost experts on ufology, Jacques Vallée deserves a category all on his own. His thoughtful, academic approach sets him apart from many of his contemporaries — and the conclusions that he draws about the true nature of the UFO phenomenon are uniquely profound. If you want the best UFO books that stick to the evidence and don’t jump to wild conclusions, Vallée is your guy.
Passport To Magonia: From Folklore To Flying Saucers
By Jacques Vallée
This is easily one of the important works in all of ufology. It became an instant classic when it was released in 1969, and it continues to stand the test of time. Vallée explores the UFO phenomenon through the lens of folklore and remembered history to develop a unique perspective on this mystery.
The Invisible College: What A Group Of Scientists Has Discovered About UFO Influence On The Human Race
By Jacques Vallée
In another knock-out work, Vallée explores the secret “college” of scientists studying ufology and sheds light on the evidence for the psychical nature of the phenomenon. His conclusions are as profound as they are revolutionary.
Dimensions: A Case Book For Alien Contact
By Jacques Vallée
In this first installment in a trilogy, Vallée examines the historical record to find answers about the modern perception of the UFO phenomenon and the belief in alien contact. He examines the data from UFO reports around the world, including the emotional, spiritual — and, yes, psychic — aspects of contact experiences. Vallée looks at the prevailing veil of secrecy around this subject within our government, showing how it has inhibited the proper research of this topic to this day. And, as is a central theme throughout his work, he makes the case that the extraterrestrial theory simply isn’t strange enough to account for the facts.
Confrontations: A Scientist’s Search for Alien Contact
By Jacques Vallée
In this second installment in the trilogy, Vallée investigate 40 of the most jaw-dropping UFO cases from around the world. He shares his astonishment and frustration that this topic has been overlooked by the scientific community, and he makes the case for why this bizarre phenomenon deserves to finally be taken seriously — and researched accordingly.
Revelations: Alien Contact And Human Deception
By Jacques Vallée
In his stunning and ambitious conclusion to this groundbreaking trilogy, Vallée presents evidence of media manipulation and elaborate hoaxes have misled ufologists and clouded the true nature of the phenomenon. His perspective on the dark side of ufology has profound implications for the field — and for humanity at large. The three books in this trilogy represent some of the very best UFO books that have ever been written.
Best UFO Books By Tom DeLonge
Tom DeLonge — the author? That’s actually the least crazy part of this story. Given Tom’s unparalleled access to some of the top minds in the UFO space and within the U.S. intelligence apparatus, these following books are all must-read for anyone looking to get serious about this topic. Whether or not you believe him is another story — and there’s always someone to debate you about it on Twitter.
Sekret Machines Book One: Chasing Shadows
By Tom DeLonge & A.J. Hartley
The two Sekret Machines books that are on this are the only two fiction books to make the list. This is because, although it is presented as fiction, DeLonge and his co-author go to great lengths to make it clear that this fictional account is based on very real events. While these sorts of claims would usually be easy to dismiss, DeLonge’s connection to some of the top names in ufology — as well as his high-level contacts within the government and military — make this a notable and important work. If you ask 10 different people in the UFO community what they think of these novels, you’ll get 10 different answers, which makes it worth reading in and of itself. And luckily, the fast-paced and entertaining narrative make this a fun read.
Sekret Machines Book Two: A Fire Within
By Tom DeLonge & A.J. Hartley
In his second fiction book, co-written by A.J. Harley, DeLonge takes on some of the more mysterious aspects of the phenomenon. While the first book was all about the “machines”, the second is all about the implications of this technology and what it could mean for humanity. Also, there are fairies involved. Do with that what you will.
Sekret Machines: Gods: Volume 1 of Gods Man & War (Gods, Man & War)
By Tom DeLonge & Peter Levenda
Not content to simply publish fiction, Tom DeLonge also tried his hand at non-fiction. This first volume in what will be a trilogy, Gods examines the cultures and traditions of the ancient past, asking if these stories of divine revelation could have a connection to the UFO phenomenon. With a foreward by Jacques Vallée himself, this is one of the best UFO books for anyone trying to wrap their heads around some of the latest thinking in ufology.
Sekret Machines: Man: Sekret Machines Gods, Man, and War Volume 2
By Tom DeLonge & Peter Levenda
In the second book in this trilogy, DeLonge dives into some of the deeper questions about the connections between the UFO phenomenon and our origins as a species. Examining everything from genetics, to consciousness, to human-machine symbiosis, this dramatic work is one of the best UFO books for people looking to dig deeper into this mystery.
Best UFO Books By Investigative Journalists
In Plain Sight: An Investigation Into UFOs And Impossible Science
Award-winning investigative journalist Ross Coulthart’s first book on the UFO phenomenon is remarkable, both for it’s content and for garnering the attention of the mainstream media. Coulthart’s meticulously researched book explores the history of the UFO phenomenon and boldly asks if evidence of the greatest secret in human history has been right in front of us all along.
Best Books About Skinwalker Ranch
Hunt for the Skinwalker: Science Confronts The Unexplained At A Remote Ranch In Utah
By Colm A. Kelleher Ph.D. & George Knapp
There are lots of books on Skinwalker Ranch out there. But for most ufologists this is the definitive work on the subject. Beyond just being a hotbed for UFO activity, this remote ranch in Utah is known for all kinds of high strangeness including cattle mutilations, poltergeist activity, and the appearance of terrifying wolf-like creature. Skinwalker Ranch is remarkable for being almost continually studied for the past few decades, including a years-long presence by the U.S. government. This is one of the best UFO books for understanding the undeniable connection between UFOs and other paranormal activity — and the perplexing mystery that still surrounds both.
Skinwalkers At The Pentagon: An Insiders’ Account Of The Secret Government UFO Program
By James T Lacatski D.Eng., Colm A Kelleher Ph.D., & George Knapp
In this much-anticipated follow up to Hunt For The Skinwalker, Knapp et. all dive further into the mysteries of the first book. Specifically, they discuss instances of the phenomenon “attaching” itself to visitors on the ranch, often following them home. Oh, and there’s a throwaway line that set the UFO community on fire about how Lue Elizondo was a psychic spy — so that’s fun.
Best UFO Books
Mirage Men: An Adventure into Paranoia, Espionage, Psychological Warfare, and UFOs
By Mark Pilkington
In this book, Pilkington examines the long history of the UFO phenomenon, putting it in the context of the shadowy espionage of the time. Through his interviews with intelligence officer, disinformation agents, and UFO hunters, he begins to suspect that the government hasn’t been covering up UFO reports at all, but actually encouraging them. Whether you’re a believer or a skeptic, this book will challenge what you think you know about the phenomenon.