A Convergence of Paranoia, Lens Flares, and Pareidolia

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Overall, this year’s MUFON conferences in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia were well organized and better than expected. John Ventre, who is the MUFON State Director for Pennsylvania, invited a wide-range of speakers who managed to successfully entertained both ends of the UFO cult spectrum: believers to skeptics. In the end, there is not much I can report about the conferences other than they were well organized, and more importantly, they were not inundated with the new-age claptrap that have swamped most UFO conference for 2013 (i.e., pseudo-psychics, closed-room forums for abductees, and, or course, alleged TOP SECRET UFO programs leaked at deathbed confessions).

Nevertheless, during these conferences, I did notice several issues that continue to swamp Ufology: Paranoia, lens flares, and pareidolia:

Paranoia: Several of alleged “contactees and abductees” I spoke with claimed they were victims of US government surveillance, harassment, and illegal wiretapping. One alleged contactee claimed he was recently approached by a “black” branch of the National Security Agency in an effort to prepare him, the contactee, for the upcoming  gradual release of the top secret exchange program between Serpo, a planet of Zeta Reticuli, and extraterrestrials. Obviously, as former intelligence officer myself, I asked the contactee to elaborate more regarding this meeting with the NSA and he stressed that the NSA threatened him not to disclose the details about the  meeting because we, the population, “we not ready”. After spending over 20 years in the intelligence community, and working on several projects with the NSA myself, I am pretty certain that the NSA has no “black” branch focusing on extraterrestrial activities. The NSA, for the most part, has a Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) and Cyber Security mission in support of national security. Additionally, I spoke with other alleged abductees who claimed the Federal Bureau of Investigation harassed them regarding their alien abductions and that the FBI recently “framed” them on various bogus indictments (non-ET related). Of course, neither of these “victims of US Government harassment” could provide proof to substantiate their claims.

MIB Image courtesy of redicecreations.com

MIB Image courtesy of redicecreations.com

Pareidolia and Lens Flares: Additionally, during both conferences, I was approached by at least 20 different attendees who claimed to have 100% physical proof of UFOs (I want to point out that yes the photos were nonetheless UFOs to each of these attendees). After careful examination, however, I concluded all of the photos were nothing more than a combination of lens flares, pareidolia and natural phenomena. It is in the best interest of upcoming UFO conferences, therefore, that a type of “photo analysis booth” is set up in an effort to review photos of alleged UFOs and, more importantly, to educate the attendees regarding their photos.

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14-014-AN1 (Philippines)

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Remain Anonymous: No

Field Investigation Requested: Yes

Date of Sighting: 18/01/14

Time of Sighting: 9:10 pm

Duration of Event: 20 seconds

Location of UFO: Makati city, Philippines

Shape of Object: Bullet, Fireball, Orb, Star-like

UFO Report: i believe that there is an Alien and UFO every night i look at the sky to see if there is something strange and in the time i look the sky i saw a bullet or a starlike object. the object is not moving in his position. suddenly the object is gradually vanishing… i tried to get a camera or ipad to capture the object but i dont want to lose in my sight… i capture my map in google earth.

Evidence Submitted: Rendering

Disposition: Information Only

14-011-FB1 (Ohio)

Remain Anonymous: Yes

Field Investigation Requested: No

Date of Sighting: 05/21/2012

Time of Sighting: 340 PM

Duration of Event: 2min. approx.

Location of UFO: Warren,Ohio Trumbul County

Shape of Object: Cigar

UFO Report: I was watching a passenger jet flying from the NE going SW. Then I saw the front of what appeared to another jet flying on a intercept course, at the time I could only make out the front of the craft. Thought they were going to collide. I blinked because I didn’t want to see the planes collide. When I looked again the is was not a plane, a very long cigar shape ufo. The passenger jet did not change his flight path at any time while I was watching. The ufo did not have any wings , no sound, no vapor trail. I could see wingtip to wingtip of the jet, the ufo is 3times bigger then the jet.By now I can see the hole thing. Metallic in appearance, as it flew off to the NW. I reported to MUFON on 5/23/2012 Day after report to MUFON. I watched a Lear Jet fly from the south very low in sky very loud whining noise to these jets. Flew over house and turned to the NW same flight path as the ufo, within the hour 4 black attack helicopters flying from the west, turned NW same flight path as ufo. I could see no marking on helicopters and they were flying very low. Later that evening after dark. I watched another large military black jet coming from the south, he went afterburners over my house. very loud wings were sweeping back could see the flames coming out of the 2 jet engines of the jet. Flew the same flight path as the ufo. To this day I cannot find the military jet that I saw. Squared back 2 jet engines. Unknown if it is a fighter or interceptor.

Evidence Submitted: None

Disposition: Information Only

14-010-AN1 (Puerto Rico)

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Remain Anonymous: Yes

Field Investigation Requested: No

Date of Sighting: Saturday December 2013

Time of Sighting: 4:20am

Duration of Event: 2 minutes

Location of UFO: Dorado, Puerto Rico

Shape of Object: Diamond

UFO Report: Only rendering provided.

Evidence Submitted: Sketch

Disposition: Witness did not request investigation.

14-009-FB1 (Orlando, FL)

Remain Anonymous: Yes

Date of Sighting: 07/23/2013 

Time of Sighting: 20:30-20:45

Duration of Event: 15 minutes

Location of UFO: Orlando, Florida

Shape of Object: Disk

UFO Report: This disk like shape came into view and started lowering, it hovered about 60ft above ground level with blue flickering lights, it was your stereotypical space ship, it never stayed long before gaining altitude and whizzing off

Evidence Submitted: None

Case Disposition: Information Only.

14-006-CE3 (Scottland)

Date of Sighting: 2011

Time of Sighting: Unk

Duration of Event: Unk

Location of UFO: NA

Shape of Object: NA

UFO Report: I know you believe in aliens.. If I will tell that to someone of my family or friends they will probably think that im crazy… I’m from Poland but I came to live in Scotland with my parents (they are here 10 years) I also have 2 kids. But first summer in Scotland was different then others.. It was in 2011, and that night we were drinking with my parents and their friends… I was drunk but not bad drunk I was just happy drunk 😉 but when I went to bed with my kids…. Something weird happened… I wake up in the middle of the night and I saw alien on bed next to me… It is crazy… Maybe I drink too much… But it was so real… I cannot forget that night… He was in place that my daughter was sleeping, and he was blue and really nice …. First I was afraid but he told me … We were talking without open my mouth, like in my mind… So he told me that my daughter will be fine I dont need to worry, and I can fall asleep again. It was so weird and i was feel like i can trust him… It sounds crazy!!! But i must tell someone about it!!! I fall asleep after his words and when i wake up in the morning my daughter was next to me. But i just can’t forget about it… It was just sooooo real… And i still remember that light blue skin… Big dark eyes… And really long skinny arms and fingers… It was so real, but im not sure.. Maybe it was just a dream… I dont want you to contact with me, or something, im just happy that i could tell that to someone.

Evidence Submitted: None

Case Disposition: Information Only. Investigation not Warranted.

14-002-FB1 (Montana)

Remain Anonymous: Yes

Field Investigation Requested: No

Date of Sighting: est 28 or 29th oct

Time of Sighting: 7-10

Duration of Event: 5 sec

Location of UFO: Helena, MT

Shape of Object: Other (Explain Below)

UFO Report: sorta like a batwing with chem trail and no lights aprox 100 to 200 ft above earth and black headed south over mt helena

Evidence Submitted: None

Disposition: Information Only. No Investigation Warranted