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Why do UFO sightings keep happening near nuclear sites?

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Encounters is now streaming on Netflix.

The Enmyoin Temple in the Fukushima prefecture of Japan is now known colloquially by a different name, said its Chief Monk, Tomonori Izumi: "The Miracle Temple."

"I don't know if it was some god or some powerful being in a UFO, but I believe that some invisible power really did come to save us," said Izumi.

On March 11 2011, the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant was the site of one of the worst nuclear disasters ever after an earthquake and subsequent tsunami caused its electrical grid to fail. The simultaneous disasters laid waste to much of the surrounding area, but "miraculously, the temple was untouched."

"The UFO's came after the explosion. There were so many of them. I was shocked," said the monk in the fourth episode of the VICE Studio's Netflix docuseries series Encounters: "Lights Over Fukushima."

"Radioactive energy was leaking everywhere. I believe the UFOs came to readjust the flood of radioactive energy in order to save us. That's my theory, anyway," said Izumi.

Just like after the Fukushima disaster, UFO's have been documented repeatedly around places where humans have spawned nuclear activity. There are "very clear connections" between UFO sightings and nuclear sights "going back decades," said author Dr. Jensine Andresen.

Comment: See Robert Hastings's book UFOs and Nukes. Matt Ford of the Good Trouble Show has recently interviewed Hastings as well as Salas and Jacobs on their own UFO/nuke sightings:


UK: Woman spots two 'UFOs' in Stockport including one resembling the US Navy's white 'tic tac'

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The 'concerned citizen' shared her encounter with two unidentified flying objects (UFOs) from her back garden in Stockport in early October, 2023
The two objects were seen over separate nights in the first week of October

Bizarre aerial objects are usually considered an American phenomena, but new imagery shows two over the north of England.

A 'concerned citizen', who wishes not to be named, has described sightings of the unidentified flying objects (UFOs) from her back garden in Stockport.

The first, described as looking like a square or triangle, had a hazy appearance and was changing shape and 'darting around the sky'. Meanwhile, the second object - a much brighter white in colour and 'shaped like a Tic Tac' - kept vanishing and reappearing.

One of the most famous and unusual UFOs to date, spotted by the US Navy in 2004, was the floaty white oblong similar to the breath mint.

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Are aliens real? We asked the Pentagon's outgoing UFO chief

Sean Kirkpatrick

Sean Kirkpatrick, the Director of the All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office (AARO), which the Department of Defense has tasked with studying UFOs
Sean Kirkpatrick is not done talking about UFOs.

For nearly 18 months, he's been the first head of the Pentagon's fledgling office tasked with investigating what the government calls "unidentified anomalous phenomena," which military pilots have increasingly reported seeing in the skies.

Kirkpatrick set up an entire system for collecting data, waded through hundreds of reported UFO sightings and batted down whistleblower claims that the government covered up a program to reverse-engineer alien craft. And don't forget the Chinese spy balloon episode.

In an interview with POLITICO Magazine, he talked about why he's stepping down in December and how he sought to "institutionalize the solution for getting at the heart of these anomalies." The Pentagon has a real interest in deciphering the sharp rise in unidentified crafts spotted by military pilots; if these aren't aliens, they could be foreign adversaries posing incredibly new threats.

Comment: No one is buying the Kirkpatrick AARO dog and pony show. They are pretending this is a new problem to solve. They did all this already in the 1950s, and they're pretending it never happened.

Kirkpatrick, 55, was perhaps the perfect person to lead what's formally known as the Defense Department's All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office, which was established in July 2022. A physicist who spent decades working in the defense-intelligence arena, he's open to the possibility that we're not alone in the universe, having co-authored a hotly-debated paper about alien motherships. But his bottom line is to focus on the science.

Comment: See also:

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Mexican Congress hears evidence of 'non-human beings' during UFO session

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Chamber of Deputies in Mexico City • November 7, 2023
"Three-fingered mummies" previously displayed to officials are "real," scientists have stated...

Scientists have told the Mexican Congress that analysis of mummified remains purported to be evidence of non-human life has shown them to be authentic. However, experts declined to indicate if they believed the samples, which were initially presented to the legislature in September, were extraterrestrial in origin.

Journalist and self-proclaimed UFO expert Jaime Maussan first presented the diminutive humanoid figures to the lower chamber of the Mexican Congress two months ago, claiming they had been found in Peru. In his presentation to lawmakers, Maussan stated they were evidence of "non-human beings that are not part of our terrestrial evolution."

Roger Zuniga, an anthropologist from the San Luis Gonzaga National University, told Reuters on the sidelines of Tuesday's three-hour legislative session discussing the three-fingered mummified specimens:
"They're real. There was absolutely no human intervention in the physical and biological formation of these beings."
Scientists had closely studied five similar samples over a four-year period.


'Aliens,' or a foreign power? Pentagon UFO chief says someone is in our backyard

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This week, the director of the U.S. government's UFO analysis office stated that there is "evidence" of concerning unidentified flying object activity "in our backyard." According to physicist Seán Kirkpatrick, who heads the congressionally-mandated All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office, this alarming UFO activity can be attributed to one of two extraordinary sources: either a foreign power or "aliens."

To be sure, the ramifications of either would be significant. But Kirkpatrick's comments, which come as he is about to retire after a 27-year defense and intelligence-focused career, are more intriguing because he also says that "none" of the hundreds of military UFO reports analyzed by his office recently "have been positively attributed to foreign activities."

At the same time, Kirkpatrick and senior defense officials have ruled out the possibility that secret U.S. programs or experimental aircraft explain the phenomena.

While suspicious UFO cases will "continue to be investigated" for foreign links, the facts at hand appear to support Kirkpatrick's more startling explanation for the UFO activity in America's backyard: "aliens."

Aside from this remarkable development, the mere suggestion by a top government official that "aliens" could explain some UFO activity is the latest example of a striking shift in tone regarding the UFO phenomenon.


Air Force officer breaks silence on 'red, glowing UFO the size of a football field' hovering at low altitude over California space launch base

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Ex-US Air Force security officer Jeff Nuccetelli has come forward to detail his official, rapid-response investigation into a 100-yard long, 'red square' UFO as it occurred in October 2003.
The event was witnessed by over half a dozen military personnel: 'People were screaming and scared'

Twenty years ago this October, military contractors working for Boeing reported 'a gigantic floating red square' UFO — over 100 yards long — hovering in the morning air over a launch site at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

The eerie 2003 event first exploded into public view this July, in sworn testimony before Congress, but now an ex-US Air Force security officer has come forward to detail his official, rapid-response investigation into the UFO on the day it occurred.

'This is not a joke,' ex-USAF senior patrolman, Jeff Nuccetelli, told the Merged podcast Tuesday. 'These are contractors with top secret clearances.'

Nuccetelli also revealed a second reported encounter with the 'red square,' in which two of his fellow USAF police patrol officers 'got buzzed by the UFO.'

'When I showed up, it's just mayhem,' as Nuccetelli recalled it. 'Everybody's excited. They're scared. Everyone's freaked out.'

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UFOs and aliens are (probably) not what you think: An interview with Diana Walsh Pasulka

Prof. Diana Walsh Pasulka

Prof. Diana Walsh Pasulka
Diana Walsh Pasulka never imagined that her scholarly work in the field of religion would lead her to skulking around in the desert near Roswell, New Mexico, with one of the world's top scientists and a former high NASA official. She tells the story in her riveting 2019 book American Cosmic, in which Pasulka, a professor of religious studies at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, surveyed the then-current state of knowledge of UFOs and related phenomena.

Then came the shocking 2021 revelations by the U.S. government that it had been investigating UFOs — then renamed 'unidentified aerial phenomena,' or UAPs. In a series of strokes, the research that Pasulka and many others had been working on for years, even decades, received powerful vindication. Something really is out there — and top national security and intelligence officials have been for a very long time taking it more seriously than they wanted the public to know.

Whatever the 'aliens' really are, it is startling to discover that many of the most informed people in the UFO world doubt that they are creatures from other planets. What are they, then? On November 7th, Pasulka's latest volume hits bookstores, offering answers, but also raising new and important questions about that very issue. Encounters: Experiences With Nonhuman Intelligences (Macmillan), profiles a wide range of people who for various reasons have been drawn into the shadowy and mysterious world of UFOs, and whose testimonies move the phenomenon out of narrowly-drawn scientific categories, and well into the world of the religious and the paranormal.

Pasulka recently agreed to an interview about her work, her new book, and the emergence of a new form of religion tied to aliens, artificial intelligence, and high technology.


Confirmed: Pentagon UFO boss to step down next month

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Sean Kirkpatrick, the head of the Pentagon's All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office, testified before Congress in April.
The head of the Pentagon office responsible for investigating UFOs is stepping down from his post in December, he said in an exclusive interview Tuesday.

Sean Kirkpatrick, the head of the All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office, is retiring from the federal government after nearly 18 months on the job. He deferred his planned retirement last year to take on the job atop AARO and now feels he has achieved his goals, he said.

Comment: One final job whitewashing for the PTB. The American people thank you for your service, Sean.

"I'm ready to move on. I have accomplished everything I said I was going to do," Kirkpatrick said, adding that he still wants to finish a few tasks, including wrapping up the first volume of a historical review of the unidentified anomalous phenomena issue, before leaving.

Comment: Given how poor those accomplishments have been, hopes aren't high for his historical review.

Kirkpatrick's deputy, Tim Phillips, will lead the office in an acting role until the Pentagon hires a permanent replacement, Kirkpatrick said.

A physicist, Kirkpatrick took on the role at AARO after spending decades in a variety of scientific jobs for the military.

Comment: Kirkpatrick can call his stint as AARO director a success. He managed to go all this time without having to field a single hardball question from journalists, and his only accomplishments were two lazy reports, a subpar website, and a Google form. Taxpayer money well spent!


The surprising psychology of UFO reporting

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Encounter in the desert

Page, Arizona, 1997

Lying on the warm, red desert sand, gazing up at the stars in the crystal-clear night, I watched satellites in low Earth orbit swiftly transit above me — objects that looked like stars but weren't — following predictable, straight trajectories unlike the flash of meteors and decidedly faster than the ultraslow movement of stars with the Earth's rotation.

Then, my heart skipped a beat as one of the satellites, at least that's what I thought it was, made an abrupt right-angle turn, roughly two degrees of visual angle (the width of my thumb at arm's length), shifting its trajectory and then proceeding straight again towards the far horizon.

My scientist's brain tried to make sense of what I'd just seen, calculating that the G forces of making such a startling change in direction would have torn any man-made satellite to pieces (moving laterally about 7 miles in a small fraction of a second) if, indeed, human technology could devise a propulsion system capable of causing such a move in low Earth orbit in the first place.

Had I just seen a UFO? Was it man-made, some kind of unknown natural phenomena, or... something not of this world?

Was I crazy, or what?


Critical concerns arise over US govt's UFO office amid uncertainty surrounding its director's future

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Sean Kirkpatrick, the Director of the All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office (AARO), which the Department of Defense has tasked with studying UFOs
The U.S. Government's Unidentified Anomalous Phenomena (UAP) Office was established with the aim of ensuring transparency for the public.

However, the All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office (AARO) now grapples with an increasing number of accusations related to concealment.

If its purpose was solely to enhance public perception, it appears to have fallen short.

The AARO's second annual report, unveiled in October 2023, was initially leaked to DefenseScoop, and additional insights, along with exclusive comments from its director, Dr. Sean Kirkpatrick, were shared with CNN.

Of note, DefenseScoop was given the exclusive scoop on Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks assuming direct oversight of the AARO in August 2023.

This week, many defense reporters, including a correspondent from DefenseScoop, were extended an invitation to pose questions to Dr. Kirkpatrick. This invitation followed the introduction of the new "secure" reporting feature on its website, implemented through Google Forms.

Liberation Times inquired with the Department of Defense (DoD) about why DefenseScoop received the AARO's recent report ahead of other publications. Spokesperson Sue Gough provided the following response:
"I have nothing for you on that."