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So what's up with the big increase in UFO reports?
MSNBC- According to an organization that tracks UFO reports, this summer has been an especially busy period for UFO sightings. The Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) noted that sightings increased over the past six weeks, with some states more than doubling their normal numbers.
Are we on the cusp of an alien invasion? Or maybe people just have more time on their hands to spot — and report — strange things in the sky?
MUFON International Director Clifford Clift told Life's Little Mysteries that he's not sure what to make of the data at this point. It could be the start of something big, or it could merely be a computer glitch that accidentally counted some reports twice. Another possibility is that we're simply in the midst of a "UFO flap," one of many periodic increases in sightings over the years.
There are several reasons UFOs might appear in flaps, or clusters. One is that objects in the sky are usually seen by many people, especially when they appear over urban areas. UFOs typically don't hover close to Earth or in someone's back yard; instead, they are often sighted high in the sky — just far enough away so that we can't see details or get sharp photos.
Thus, whatever a particular UFO really is — a plane, a comet, an extraterrestrial spacecraft or something else — that one object or strange light in the sky could trigger hundreds, or even thousands, of reports. And even reports of the same object will probably differ depending on the reporter's perspective.
So if there were hundreds of UFO reports in a state during a given period, it's important to know how those reports were categorized because it might mean hundreds of different UFOs were sighted by single individuals, or that one UFO was sighted by hundreds of people.
There are also psychological and social explanations. Sightings are often fueled by the mass media; people read about mysterious things or see TV shows about them, and interest or concern about them spreads from person to person. It's not that anyone is hoaxing or making up sightings: Research has shown that if you tell people what to look for (a phenomenon called "priming"), people will often see what they are looking for — whether those things exist or not.
As Clift noted, "It's likely that the media and (alien-themed) movies that are coming out, like 'Apollo 18 ' and 'Paul,' are piquing people's interest in UFOs." People hear about UFOs, and for a while they tend to look at the sky more often, wondering if they might have their own sighting. And precisely because people are spending more time looking at the sky, they will for the first time notice (normal) lights and objects that have always been there.
So it may not be that UFOs are actually appearing more often, but instead we're noticing them more. An identical process can be found in the medical field, where an increase in reports of a disease may not represent an increase in the actual number of cases, but instead reflects more public awareness of the disease or better screening techniques. In other words, scientists know that just because more people report a phenomenon does not necessarily mean the phenomenon is occurring more often.
Why might UFOs be seen more often in the summer months? One possibility is that people spend more time outdoors; we spend warm nights outside at parties and barbecues, thus we have more opportunity to notice things in the sky than in the winter when we're inside watching television. That said, Clift pointed out that his organization doesn't normally see such dramatic seasonal increases in reports.
Whether the increase in sightings is rooted in reality, a computer glitch or psychological and social influences remains to be seen. One thing is certain: This is not the first time that UFO reports have increased, and it won't be the last.
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UFO sightings increase as do WikiLeaks 'UFO War' reports and call for ET truth
HULIQ- STONEFIELD BEACH, Ore. – President Bill Clinton’s former chief of staff has joined a growing list of influential people who want all world governments to come clean on still unexplained UFO phenomenon; while the European Union reported how “a massive fleet of UFO’s suddenly emerged,” back in 2004.
“It’s time to find out what the truth really is that’s out there. The American people – and the people of the world – want to know, and they can handle the truth,” writes John Podesta in the foreword for “UFOs: Generals, Pilots, and Government Officials go on the Record.” Podesta served as the White House Chief of Staff under President Bill Clinton, and as co-chairman of the “Obama-Biden Transition Project” that focused on prevention and public health. Meanwhile, Julian Assange – the founder of the whistleblower internet platform “WikiLeaks” – made a Sept. 6 statement in Berlin that Wikileaks had posted “251,287 cables on its website Sept. 2,” that included some new UFO details.
Also, earlier this year, Assange spoke briefly “about the subject of UFOs,” on the London based “The Guardian” website, where he referenced these “secret UFO files” as part of “yet-to-be published parts of the cablegate archive.”
Meanwhile, the popular UFO sighting spot at Stonefield Beach – located along a picturesque stretch of the Oregon coast -- has been “over-run” by “people with telescopes,” say locals, due to the recent discovery of “600 new exoplanets” that strengthens views from both Oregon UFO “watchers” and astronomers that we are not alone.
Podesta joins other “credible” people who think once top-secret UFO files need to be released
“As someone interested in the question of UFOs, I think I have always understood the difference between fact and fiction,” writes Podesta in the foreword for Leslie Kean’s book “UFOs: Generals, Pilots, and Government Officials go on the Record.”
In turn, Podesta demands that “the time to pull the curtain back on this subject is long overdue,” while citing how Kean “diligently contended with this perplexing subject for ten years while having to face attitudes of ridicule and denial within government. Yet she persevered, and her book clearly leaves the taboo against taking UFOs seriously with no leg to stand on.”
In turn, Oregon UFO “watchers” here at Stonefield Beach also note that “things are changing because of the recent discovers of new planets in our universe. We’re seeing people stop here to look at the heavens in the same way tourists stop to look at the whales. We now have the blue whales competing with UFO sightings at Stonefield, and that’s something we thought we’d never see in our lifetime. These are unusual and exciting times,” adds retired FAA expert Bruce Weinstein who joined the Oregon UFO “watchers” last year.
WikiLeaks UFO files still being review by ufologists and other experts
“We’re not sure at this point how many of the recently released WikiLeaks ‘251,287 cables’ are tied to UFO government secrets,” adds Weinstein. “But it’s clear that whatever Julian Assange has kept under wraps is of interest to a whole lot of people.”
In turn, the controversial Australian is still kept in exile in England where he makes “video calls from his house where he awaits sexual assault charges in Sweden,” reported the Guardian newspaper in London.
At the same time, Assange spoke via video link to fans at a Berlin technology trade show Sept. 6 about a mix-up in passwords to his encrypted WikiLeaks files, the Guardian reported.
It was on Dec. 13 of last year that the European Union newspaper – the EU Times – made world headlines by announcing that “WikiLeaks set to reveal US-UFO War in Southern Ocean.”
In turn, EU Times updated its story on Jan. 12, 2011 stating that “the first WikiLeaks’ cable mentioning UFOs would be released.”
“A new report circulating in the Kremlin today prepared for President Medvedev by Russian Space Forces (VKS) 45th Division of Space Control says that an upcoming WikiLeaks release of secret US cables details that the Americans have been ‘engaged’ since 2004 in a ‘war’ against UFO’s based on or near the Continent of Antarctica, particularly the Southern Ocean,” reported the European Union Times.
“According to this report, the United States went to its highest alert level on June 10, 2004 after a massive fleet of UFO’s ‘suddenly emerged’ from the Southern Ocean and approached Guadalajara, Mexico barely 1,600 kilometers (1,000 miles) from the American border. Prior to reaching the US border, however, this massive UFO fleet is said in this report to have ‘dimensionally returned’ to their Southern Ocean ‘home base,’” the EU Times stated.
This report, referenced in the EU Times, goes on to state that "after WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange warned last week that he would begin releasing secret US cables relating to these Southern Ocean UFO’s, and the Americans ‘war’ against them. In turn, Assange was immediately arrested by British Police on trumped up charges issued by the Swedish government.”
COMETA Report helped lead the way to outing UFO truth, says author
Leslie Kean’s book “UFOs: Generals, Pilots, and Government Officials go on the Record,” views the French government’s “COMETA” UFO documents as pointing out how “the extraterrestrial hypothesis is the most likely one to explain what we know.”
In brief, COMETA states that UFOs and alien beings are here now on Earth, and have been here for a long, long time. Moreover, there’s real threats from various “extraterrestrials” that are beyond the comprehension of man, and today’s technology.
Moreover, Kean points to a list of top world leaders and scientists – who’ve gone public in their belief of UFOs and alien life – must “accept the logic” and “disavow the untenable claim that we have no evidence other than eyewitness reports.”
“Given that we know we have a physical manifestation of something highly unusual of unknown origin, isn’t it time to acquire the additional evidence needed to find out what it is? If we need extraordinary evidence, then let’s do our job and go get it,” writes Kean of no better time than now for the world governments to come clean on what’s been kept secret about UFOs.
“And so a new slogan is in order: ‘An extraordinary phenomenon demands an extraordinary investigation,’ writes Kean. “The world’s scientists are entirely capable of devising the methodologies and manufacturing the technology needed to solve this extraordinary mystery of UFOs.”
- Submitted to HULIQ by Dave Masko.