Archive for January, 2015

Analysis: Robert Salas’ “Unidentified”

January 26, 2015

A nearly lifelong experiencer, investigator, and researcher of the UFO phenomenon, in recent years I have become equally interested in the reaction of governments and the masses of people to reports of the uninvited visitors from elsewhere whose activities in the skies, on the ground, and underwater present problems for all who have been touched by their presence, and for those who have pursued them whether in the field or only intellectually. Robert Salas’ book is interesting to me because I see him as a credible witness to an almost incredible event and also because of his laudable humanitarian response to that experience.

Salas is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. During his career in the Air Force, he served as: a weapons controller; an intercontinental ballistic missiles launch officer; and a missile propulsion engineer. His first book, Faded Giant—referenced in this second book—focused on a UFO incident related to national security that he witnessed in March, 1967, during which a nuclear missile Launch Control Facility (LCF) was, in effect, attacked by UFOs, one of which managed to disable the entire facility. The plain fact that missiles were knocked off alert status anomalously in 1967 was classified by the Air Force but declassified in 1996. And this was not an isolated event with respect to UFOs and LCFs, as well as other nuclear facilities.

This latest book—copyrighted 2015 but available for a few months prior—is titled: Unidentified: the UFO Phenomenon, and subtitled: How World Governments Have Conspired to Conceal Humanity’s Biggest Secret. The “how,” however, is addressed summarily—no revelations for me anyway. A better title would have been: The Response of UFOs to Development of Nuclear Technology (and Governmental Efforts to Conceal That Response While Downplaying the Hazards of Nuclear Proliferation). My point is that the book delivers a limited treatment of the overall apparent alien intrusion, as would a book that might concentrate on the also disturbing matter of the interest of UFOs in human mortality and cemeteries.

The material presented on nuclear incidents is also very limited, perhaps selectively so. Not included, for example: In 1966 four hydrogen bombs were accidentally dropped over the Mediterranean when a B-52 collided with its refueling tanker. The B-52 had been on a test run towards Russia. Three bombs landed on the ground, in Spain, and the fourth fell into the sea. At least two square miles of land were contaminated by plutonium. This incident is one of the worst nuclear disasters to date (and more significant than some Salas listed). A close friend of mine was among the sailors who retrieved the bomb from the sea. He died four years later of cancer that began as a tumor that might have formed as a result of close proximity to the device.

My main observation is the book’s overreliance on crashed-aliens, particularly the famous, or infamous, crash near Roswell, New Mexico, in 1947. The book is, in no small part, someone’s not-so-hidden agenda to promote the weakly evidenced claim that an alien spacecraft and bodies were recovered and that many technological advancements are attributable to reverse-engineering that material. Note that the book’s Foreword was written by Stanton T. Friedman, a nuclear physicist who long served the nuclear agenda of the military-industrial complex, and he is chief proponent of the Crash at Roswell myth that has distracted the public from provable truths surrounding the reality that something crashed there that had to be covered-up forever. Did the Roswell-based 509th Bomb Group accidentally drop an atomic bomb near Corona?

Consider that, in the U.S. alone, billions are spent every year just to classify information to withhold it from public scrutiny and questioning. Add to that the insight that the true UFO phenomenon provides perfect ingredients for covering up long-term covert operations on the grandest scale possible. In other words: the phenomenon provides the opportunity, and secrecy provides the means. But despite my skepticism of UFO revelations made by anyone connected with government, especially those who hold or held positions involving lifelong and enforceable vows to keep secrets, Salas’ personal story has the ring of truth. Still, in my analysis, his larger thesis is tainted by his apparent acceptance of a lot of second-hand information and ufological doctrine having questionable quality. I could not miss the mention of Budd Hopkins as “Dr. Budd Hopkins.” I met Hopkins many years ago and am certain that he did not hold a doctorate in anything. Not that his academic history matters, but the error is telling.

My question, related to Salas’ firsthand experience, is: Why did the UFOs shut down the launch facilities? It is readily assumed that planet-conserving ETs were sending a message that we should not use nuclear weapons, but a more obvious explanation is that they had reason to believe we were going to use such weapons to try to shoot down their craft. Conventional weapons had consistently failed to bring down a single UFO, while many military aircraft making the effort were destroyed (a fact not widely publicized). Using nuclear weapons must have been considered by the U.S. and Russia. And, is it coincidental that the Roswell crash story advocated by Friedman and friends happens to support the popularized belief that UFOs are downable not only by our conventional weapons but even by certain radar systems?