Do Thousands of Alien Abduction Accounts Add Up?
Though UFO sightings have been traced back to the days of prehistoric man — ancient rock art of space craft, mysterious symbols, and non-human/non-animal creatures can be found on cave walls all over the world — the overwhelming number of encounters have only recently been given the attention they deserve. UFO abduction stories and alien contact have poured into the mainstream for decades, even though those who claim the experiences often find themselves the brunt of social mockery.
More people seem compelled to add to the growing body of evidence, and more reports are documented all the time. Thus far, millions have reported experiences, and the perspective has changed. We now face ethical questions of whether it is right to invalidate disparate reports with countless common elements, especially when they are traumatic.
UFO Abduction Experiences
If detractors assert that UFO abduction experiences are fabricated, then such assertions must take into consideration the character of the individuals who claim they were abducted. A vivid stereotype stands in the way of fair treatment for experiencers: We’re reminded of a rural farmer with little education. At a local bar, he rambles on about far-fetched stories over a few pints of beer. In essence, detractors are carrying out their own version of killing the messenger.
The typical abductee stereotype is unfair and outdated. Giving further credence to abduction claims are respected professionals who have come forward with their own stories, including myriad military personnel, media personalities, and political figures. There are so many people from all walks of life reporting abductions that a new generation of dedicated researchers has emerged, interested in learning more about these vivid and often terrifying experiences. Attempting to validate the lingering suffering and emotional scars of abductees are clinical psychologists who are working to cope with the ensuing trauma and disruption to abductees’ daily lives.
Noted Harvard psychiatrist John Mack observed that fear of social rejection and invalidation can often be more traumatic to the abductee than the actual experience of abduction. He said, “Every other culture in history except this one, in the history of the human race, has believed there were other entities, other intelligences in the universe…Why are we so goofy about this? Why do we treat people like they’re crazy, humiliate them, if they’re experiencing some other intelligence?”
Similarly, physicist and UFO researcher Stanton Friedman noted, “I check all my audiences [on the lecture circuit] and find that, while in agreement with polls, 10% have had a sighting but only 5-10% of these witnesses have been willing to report what they saw. Biggest reason? Fear of ridicule.”
L. Harvard Psychiatrist John Mack R. Physicist Stanton Friedman
Kim Carlsberg, a noted commercial photographer, was a few days into working on the set of the hit television show “Dallas” when she went home and saw her first UFO, which she dubbed the “Moon Over Malibu.”
A few weeks later, Carlsberg went to bed and woke up in a spacecraft, which would be the first of a series of abduction events that continued for seven years. During abductions, she claims to have been the subject of experimentation and impregnated to create hybrids of aliens and humans. She says she has learned profound spiritual lessons, having been shown the oneness of the universe and all of its species. And she reports a resounding mission among the extraterrestrials “that it is time to save mother earth from her inhabitants.”
Carlsberg’s first book, “Beyond My Wildest Dreams,” discusses her personal UFO abduction story; her second book, “The Art of Close Encounters,” serves as a forum for 150 people to tell their UFO abduction stories.
While skeptics argue that celebrity personalities benefit by stepping into the limelight, regardless of their reason for doing so, this is certainly not the case for those in politics or the military, where the pressure to be credible and sane is often vital to careers. To shield themselves from the expected derision and defamation, many military service personnel prefer to give their first-hand testimonies anonymously — though they are usually identified as being military professionals, presumably because this lends credence to their accounts.
Political candidates, on the other hand, are rarely given a leg to stand on if they discuss abduction experiences. They are almost guaranteed to be subjected to harsh criticism that includes attacks on their character, judgment, mental stability, and even their fitness to hold office. Most recently, Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera, Republican candidate for Florida’s 27th Congressional District, admitted to the press that she had been abducted by aliens. Almost predictably, responses were quick, harsh, and used as political fodder against her.
Jerry Ianelli of the Miami News Times added fuel to the fire when he wrote, “Of course, Rodriguez Aguilera’s alien-abduction story is extremely bonkers, and she still stands by it, which, by New Times’ estimation, either precludes her from being endorsed by anyone or should make her eligible for president of Earth because, if the story is true, she could be the One True Leader who unites humans against a future alien invasion.”
UFO Contact and Warnings
A U.S. military sergeant, whose name is protected behind the moniker Sergeant CJ, was traveling from Georgia to Kentucky with his family when he woke up one night in a motel bathroom, writing an uninterrupted string of squares and lines that ran for 27 rows. Startled, the line he was in the midst of writing trailed off, and he ended it with “…WTF.” From that point on, Sergeant CJ had vivid dreams of aliens telepathically communicating warnings to him.
When Sergeant CJ recounts his story, he’s clear that the extraterrestrials who contacted him were were not threatening, but rather trying to help preserve both humans and planet Earth — and they wanted him to convey a message. He explains that they are concerned about humans sabotaging their own planet. One such concern regards the practice of sending satellites into space. Sergeant CJ conveyed that outside minds now need to come in and help solve the problems we create ourselves, providing us with advanced technologies, among other solutions.
The aliens issued a warning, Sergeant CJ, claimed. They explained that there are other alien species with bad intentions toward humans. Although the species that contacted him are doing what they can to help us, they expressed that they are nearly outnumbered. Humans, he said, were “Going to need to assist, and get to where we need to be sooner, in order to stand a chance. We have technology (though, Sergeant CJ did not specify what kind) that we need to develop, but it is kept from the public behind closed doors. That (technology) needs to be exposed, and all bright minds need to be involved in future advancement of what we have, and what we need to increase our technical side. We need to be able to improve at a faster rate.”
For decades, similar warnings have accompanied abductions, including in the case of Steve and Dawn Hess who claimed to be captured by aliens while camping in the Mojave Desert. While under hypnosis, Dawn was asked why extraterrestrials wanted experiment on humans. She responded by relaying a communication similar to Sergeant CJ’s; a supreme galactic leader wants to bring together five galaxies to live in harmony — but humans are on the verge of destroying Earth, and so alien species have to intervene for the sake of the universe.
At a time when there is so much devastation on our planet — genocides, famines, global warming, warfare, mass violence — could it be that alien species are indeed intervening to preserve the galaxy? Could humans not only be destroying themselves, but also disrupting the fate of the universe with recklessness and greed? It seems this theme of warnings persistently arises out of many abduction cases.
Abductions are being reported at an astoundingly high number. A 1992 Roper Poll reported that 4 million Americans believed to have been abducted by aliens. As in the case of Arizona logger Travis Walton, one of the most famous abductees who’s told the story of his abduction over and over again, only to be met with public ridicule, those who undergo UFO abduction experiences have far more to lose than to win.
If people are being contacted and abducted, returning with dire warnings to the rest of humankind, are the rest of us foolish to ignore them? Do we have to wait to see it to believe it, or will it be too late by then? Concern over the fate of our planet and its inhabitants is the message, but due to the stigma created around the abductee phenomenon, the topic is usually deflected to questioning the mental stability of the abductee. While the media and detractors are busy defaming traumatized abductees following often-harrowing experiences, the most important part of their ordeal seems to continually elude the public — the message they have returned to deliver.
Was The 1977 Southern Television Broadcast Interruption A Hoax?
Government agencies that regulate television and radio signals are pretty astute when it comes to maintaining the security of the airwaves. But just after 5 p.m. on Nov. 26, 1977, unsuspecting viewers in England who tuned into the nightly news experienced a Southern Television broadcast interruption by a ‘voice from space.’ To this day, no one knows for certain who was behind the interruption.
Southern Television Broadcast Interruption a Hoax?
On this particular Saturday evening, unbeknownst to those working at an independent television station in Southern England, thousands of viewers were subjected to a six-minute message from an entity referring to itself as Vrillon of the Ashtar Galactic Command.
During the broadcast, Vrillon warned his unassuming audience of the dangers humans were getting themselves into by using weapons of mass destruction. Vrillon also confirmed the UFO phenomenon and his race’s presence “seen as lights in the skies.” Vrillon warned humanity to be wary of false prophets and the evils of money, before imploring his audience to live in harmony and put down its weapons.
The transmission returned to the evening’s normally scheduled programming of Looney Tunes before viewers were assured by news broadcaster, Andrew Gardner, that everything was alright and that it was simply a hoax. But some began to panic, frantically phoning the station under the assumption that the apocalypse was upon them, despite Ashtar Command’s seemingly peaceful dispatch.
News stations distorted the story, reporting different names and versions of Vrillon’s message. This added to the confusion creating a War of the Worlds-type anxiety among those who couldn’t fathom the possibility of a hoax. Adding to the conspiracy is the fact that the culprit of the transmission has still never been discovered.
Many believed the broadcast to be the doing of the Raëlian community, the UFO church founded just four years earlier by Claude Vorilhon, whose name sounds and looks uncannily similar to the Ashtar Commander, Vrillon. Was the name Vrillon just a misconstrued pronunciation of Vorilhon?
The Southern Television broadcast is often compared to the Max Headroom Chicago broadcast interruption of 1987 or the Captain Midnight HBO interruption a year earlier. Though the culprit in the latter case turned out to be a disgruntled employee.
The particular broadcasting system that was being used by the Southern Television station was unusual in that it bounced one signal to another transmitter on the Isle of Wight, rather than using a direct landline like most television transmitters at the time. This allowed the signal to be interfered with, though it would take someone well-versed in the technology to intercept and interrupt it.
What is strange about the Ashtar Command broadcast is that not everyone heard the name “Vrillon” that night. Some say they heard the name “Asteron,” some heard “Gillon,” and others heard “Bramaha.” Adding to the intrigue is the fact that the only audio or video evidence of the message is a reenactment.