Ex-Pentagon Intel Officer Reveals Creepy “Close Encounters” X Files

December 18, 2017

Why cover this on a climate blog?

Why not? We’ve had everything else this year.

Rather incredible article plops into the New York Times detailing a secret program to track and classify UFO incidents documented by the US Military.
All the more amazing that this kind of story has already been left behind in the news cycle.
You probably have read the main news piece,  it contains rather amazing video, as well as jaw droppers like this:

A 2009 Pentagon briefing summary of the program prepared by its director at the time asserted that “what was considered science fiction is now science fact,” and that the United States was incapable of defending itself against some of the technologies discovered. Mr. Reid’s request for the special designation was denied.

Mr. Elizondo, in his resignation letter of Oct. 4, said there was a need for more serious attention to “the many accounts from the Navy and other services of unusual aerial systems interfering with military weapon platforms and displaying beyond-next-generation capabilities.” He expressed his frustration with the limitations placed on the program, telling Mr. Mattis that “there remains a vital need to ascertain capability and intent of these phenomena for the benefit of the armed forces and the nation.”

But even more remarkable is the companion audio piece, and the retelling of one of the incidents archived from the program, which I had not seen till this morning.

New York Times:

The following recounts an incident in 2004 that advocates of research into U.F.O.s have said is the kind of event worthy of more investigation, and that was studied by a Pentagon program that investigated U.F.O.s. Experts caution that earthly explanations often exist for such incidents, and that not knowing the explanation does not mean that the event has interstellar origins.

Cmdr. David Fravor and Lt. Cmdr. Jim Slaight were on a routine training mission 100 miles out into the Pacific when the radio in each of their F/A-18F Super Hornets crackled: An operations officer aboard the U.S.S. Princeton, a Navy cruiser, wanted to know if they were carrying weapons.

“Two CATM-9s,” Commander Fravor replied, referring to dummy missiles that could not be fired. He had not been expecting any hostile exchanges off the coast of San Diego that November afternoon in 2004.

Commander Fravor, in a recent interview with The New York Times, recalled what happened next. Some of it is captured in a video made public by officials with a Pentagon program that investigated U.F.O.s.

“Well, we’ve got a real-world vector for you,” the radio operator said, according to Commander Fravor. For two weeks, the operator said, the Princeton had been tracking mysterious aircraft. The objects appeared suddenly at 80,000 feet, and then hurtled toward the sea, eventually stopping at 20,000 feet and hovering. Then they either dropped out of radar range or shot straight back up.

The radio operator instructed Commander Fravor and Commander Slaight, who has given a similar account, to investigate.

The two fighter planes headed toward the objects. The Princeton alerted them as they closed in, but when they arrived at “merge plot” with the object — naval aviation parlance for being so close that the Princeton could not tell which were the objects and which were the fighter jets — neither Commander Fravor nor Commander Slaight could see anything at first. There was nothing on their radars, either.

Then, Commander Fravor looked down to the sea. It was calm that day, but the waves were breaking over something that was just below the surface. Whatever it was, it was big enough to cause the sea to churn.

Hovering 50 feet above the churn was an aircraft of some kind — whitish — that was around 40 feet long and oval in shape. The craft was jumping around erratically, staying over the wave disturbance but not moving in any specific direction, Commander Fravor said. The disturbance looked like frothy waves and foam, as if the water were boiling.

Commander Fravor began a circular descent to get a closer look, but as he got nearer the object began ascending toward him. It was almost as if it were coming to meet him halfway, he said.

Commander Fravor abandoned his slow circular descent and headed straight for the object.

But then the object peeled away. “It accelerated like nothing I’ve ever seen,” he said in the interview. He was, he said, “pretty weirded out.”

The two fighter jets then conferred with the operations officer on the Princeton and were told to head to a rendezvous point 60 miles away, called the cap point, in aviation parlance.

They were en route and closing in when the Princeton radioed again. Radar had again picked up the strange aircraft.

“Sir, you won’t believe it,” the radio operator said, “but that thing is at your cap point.”

“We were at least 40 miles away, and in less than a minute this thing was already at our cap point,” Commander Fravor, who has since retired from the Navy, said in the interview.

By the time the two fighter jets arrived at the rendezvous point, the object had disappeared.

The fighter jets returned to the Nimitz, where everyone on the ship had learned of Commander Fravor’s encounter and was making fun of him.

Commander Fravor’s superiors did not investigate further and he went on with his career, deploying to the Persian Gulf to provide air support to ground troops during the Iraq war. But he does remember what he said that evening to a fellow pilot who asked him what he thought he had seen.

“I have no idea what I saw,” Commander Fravor replied to the pilot. “It had no plumes, wings or rotors and outran our F-18s.”

But, he added, “I want to fly one.”

CNN strikes a skeptical tone.


8 Responses to “Ex-Pentagon Intel Officer Reveals Creepy “Close Encounters” X Files”

  1. indy222 Says:


    This train has now jumped the tracks and reminds me now of the opening scene in “The Fugitive” movie, as much as anything from “The X – Files”

  2. Peg Detmers Says:

    We had top secret military spy drones as early as the 50s, and that secret was not shared with many in our military. I surmise we did not want our enemies to know we were also studying THEIR drones, hence the UFO cover. Also I think when the public saw some of our spy drones, the UFO story would be brought out again. I got this info from a friend in the defense industry.

  3. grindupbaker Says:

    Blurry fuzz looks like F/A-37 “Talon” Mach 4+ super cruise stealth fighter/bomber/interceptor so maybe space aliens make cheap knockoffs like certain humans groups might, then flaunt them.

  4. stephengn1 Says:

    Not that it matters… but how do we know we (the low IQ portion of we) are not being gaslit – again?

    • greenman3610 Says:

      one thought that came to my mind was “diversion”

      • dumboldguy Says:

        Yep, worrying about aliens doing anal probes on us or turning us into spaceburgers for their kids will definitely keep the low IQ among us occupied. In the meantime, the Dumpster Fire burns out of control at the White House.

  5. redskylite Says:

    A very intriguing report bearing in mind the source is none other than the New York Times (jointly released with Politico) and the Defense Dept. of the U.S.A, not the UFO monthly. Surprised it was released at all, but our reception to the blockbuster news shows how skeptical and blasé we have all become in this era of fake news. I shared it on FB, it passed without comment, mainly I see jokes like call Mulder etc associated with the news.

    If indeed these shenanigans are caused by playful aliens it a pity we can’t ask them if they have any tips for cleaning up our atmosphere, and alternative clean energy sourcing technologies. Maybe any self respecting alien is programmed not to interfere with other civilizations as per Roddenbury’s Star Trek characters from the mid 60’s.

    Interestingly I came across an old news article about a Tasman sea warm blob, that local scientists were excited about in 2004, where the sea surface was around 1.2°C above normal. Today over a decade later on there are areas that are over 6°C above normal in the Tasman, it hardly breaks a stir.

    Have we become immune to the extraordinary – is it the elevated CO2 ?

    • redskylite Says:

      It’s first thing in morning and I’ve just read the Guardian, George Monbiot also covers the point I was struggling to make above (hampered by my low IQ and all). Thanks George.

      “So we forget that the default state of almost all ecosystems – on land and at sea – is domination by a megafauna. We are unaware that there is something deeply weird about British waters; they are not thronged with great whales, vast shoals of bluefin tuna, two-metre cod and halibut the size of doors, as they were until a few centuries ago. We are unaware that the absence of elephants, rhinos, lions, scimitar cats, hyenas and hippos, that lived in this country during the last interglacial period (when the climate was almost identical to today’s), is also an artefact of human activity.”


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