When you read the title to this article what was the very
first thing that popped into your mind? Oh no! Not another nut-case who
thinks we are being visited by little green men from Mars! Perhaps you
were thinking, its about time we see something in print about this issue.
Maybe you were just thinking about an unexplained event that you witnessed
and never told anyone, in fear of being ridiculed or labeled as one of
those. In any of these scenarios, you are not alone. The testimony and
witness to this phenomenon goes back thousands of years and UFO Internet
sites are the second-most visited sights on the World Wide Web.
Since 1990, in the United States alone, there have been more than 200,000
people reporting on something that they could not explain. Many of these
people fall within a profession that lends credibility to such reports,
such as, pilots, police officers, air traffic controllers, military personnel,
doctors, lawyers and professors. Yet, if any of these people were to discuss
this topic openly, they might be met with a raised eyebrow or a half-grin
turned into a smirk.
Back in the 1960s, the national media did a terrific job of portraying
those who had witnessed such events. These people were not from the professional
arena but just common ordinary folks. They would splash their testimony
all over the screen and then follow it up with scientific proof that it
was swamp gas or a weather balloon and thus, the smirking began.
This was repeated again in the early 1990s when Europe had discovered amazing
pictographs appearing mysteriously in wheat fields. These became known
as crop circles and both the European and U.S. national media began a campaign.
They found two guys near Wiltshire, England, by the name of Dough and Dave.
They convinced most of the world that these two blokes would don masks,
take wooden planks and string into a wheat field late at night and create
their masterpieces. Even today, 13 years later, those media broadcasts
still are ingrained into the minds of many Americans.
Why is it that in America there is such a stereotypical stigma attached
to just the mere mention of those three little letters, UFO? In other countries,
Europe, South America and even Mexico, they have had extensive investigations
into this phenomenon and have opened their findings to the public and the
media. The media in those countries have been quick to investigate any
claims of sightings or other evidence about this mysterious unknown. However,
the media in America has done everything in its power to shy away from
this issue, and when it does report, it usually finds some way to demean
or ridicule those involved. Perhaps there is an unspoken fear that it would
upset the natural balance of things if it were true. Or perhaps there are
those that feel the truth about such matters is better left unsaid.
On July 16, 1999, an important document was published in France entitled,
UFOs and Defense: What must we be prepared for? The study was carried out
over several years by an independent group of former auditors at the Institute
of Advanced Studies for National Defense and by qualified experts from
various fields. Before its public release, it was sent to French President
Jacques Chirac and to Prime Minister Lionel Jospin. It detailed more than
3,000 reports and their investigations. Its primary concern was to determine
if there was a national security risk. It covered more than 90 pages with
analysis and conclusions.
This report shocked many nations and brought the information to the forefront
of the UFO community. Yet, there was not even a mention on your national
or local news.
On May 9, Dr. Steven Greer, director of the Disclosure Project, invited
every news agency to the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. In front
of banks of TV cameras and reporters, a group of 21 former government workers,
many of them military and security officials, stepped forward to say they
had witnessed evidence of aliens and unidentified flying objects and called
for congressional hearings about such sightings. These testimonies establish
once and for all that we are not alone, Greer said. The entire event lasted
more than 2 1/2 hours with each person giving their testimony.
The following day, ABC news had an article on its Web site and the Washington
Post covered the event in its newspaper as well. It remained absent from
all mainstream national television coverage, despite the fact that they
Why am I even writing about this topic? Well, for me, my wife and my 15-year-old
daughter it all started on June 7, 1999. We were out viewing a beautiful
star-filled sky when we saw 15 objects, maneuvering very strangely. They
were at high altitudes and were not planes or satellites. Forty-five minutes
later we saw a craft much closer. It could be seen easily with binoculars,
and it was not like anything any of us had seen before. So, we reported
it to the National UFO Reporting Center in Seattle, Washington. The next
day they called us and told us that another couple, who lived in Plover,
10 miles away, filed a police report and they too had seen what we had
seen. The only difference was they stayed out later and this craft flew
directly over them at about 500 feet.
This event did not change or alter our lives. It did not threaten our spiritual
belief nor did it disrupt our daily routine. I cannot draw definite conclusions
about extra-terrestrial life forms or visitors from far away galaxies.
All I can do is state that, on that evening, we saw something that we can
not explain. What it did do was start me on an investigative journey to
learn as much as I could about these sightings and the stigma that is attached
What I have found is theres still is a lot of smirking going on when this
topic comes to the surface. In the earliest stages of all this, I was excited
to share this information with anyone and I found out that raised eyebrows
and grins are par for the course. Wisconsin has had nearly 250 reports
filed with national reporting center since 1999, so I guess I am not alone.
If you have ever had an experience that you could not explain and would
like to share it with someone, please e-mail or write to me. I assure you,
I will not be smirking. In the meantime, I will continue my investigations
into this very mysterious phenomenon.
Thanks to all who responded to Daddy, Whats Fluoride, it was well-received.
As always, I leave myself open for any comments and can be reached easily.
I would encourage you to communicate your thoughts and respond to this
or any of my articles. You can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org, visit the
Web site (www.truthtrek.net) or if you prefer the more traditional method
of contact, you can write to me: Greg Swank, 6342 2nd Ave., Rudolph, WI.
54475 Greg Swank is a digital media manager and has an interest in research
and writing. He is married with four children.