Government Deception Operatives Conclusively Linked to the 'UFO Summer' of 1947

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In his ongoing research to clarify the extent Cold War spy games influenced public perception of the UFO phenomenon, writer and former intelligence analyst James Carrion recently linked military deception planners to the UFO wave of 1947. His latest blog post cites declassified documents that conclusively demonstrate how a career intelligence officer, part of a high-level unit now known to have been specifically assembled to execute strategic deception operations, petitioned the FBI for assistance investigating flying saucers. Given the purpose of the unit, titled the Joint Security Control Special Section, and details of the documents quoted, Carrion concludes there would have been no other reason for the interaction with the Bureau than to actively promote a deception plan.

The post is well worth the time to absorb and digest. It contains several relevant points of interest, including key aspects of the career of Col. Carl Goldbranson. The colonel trained extensively in military deception and, according to author and historian Thaddeus Holt, engaged in deception activity during the 1940s and until the end of his career. Holt documented Goldbranson to be one of the most skilled deception planners in the Allied service in his 2004 book, The Deceivers: Allied Military Deception in the Second World War.

Carrion reports Col. Goldbranson to have been the senior member of the deception-tasked Joint Security Control Special Section at the time he was advising FBI personnel on incidents of flying disks. Carrion explained:

This July 21, 1947 FBI memo is extremely important. It unequivocally documents the connection between US strategic deception planners and early UFO events by relating how Colonel Carl Goldbranson petitioned FBI assistance in investigating UFO events. Goldbranson was a WW2 member of Joint Security Control and one of its principal deception planners.

Carrion continued:

The Special Section of JSC consisted of only seven individuals including Goldbranson who as a full bird Colonel would have been the senior member. So for those who question the importance of Goldbranson to this analysis, only one question need be answered. What are the odds that the senior member of the principal US organization and specific section charged with planning and implementing U.S. strategic deception is on record in FBI official memorandum, getting his hands dirty in the UFO controversy of 1947? Goldbranson had no reason to be involved unless he was actively promoting a deception plan.

For those unfamiliar with James Carrion's work, he focuses on the 1946-47 time frame. He cites declassified documents and related materials to present forensic historical analysis. Carrion proposes that a small group of U.S. intelligence personnel masterminded deception operations surrounding reported UFOs for a variety of purposes designed to create military advantages. Learn more in his free book, Anachronism, and keep an eye out for his forthcoming work, The Roswell Deception.

I've followed James Carrion's research rather closely, including summarizing some of it in my recently published book along with an interview he graciously provided. Some highlights of his work, in my opinion, include demonstrating the 'ghost rockets' saga conclusively involved aspects of deception; a discontinued classified operation, Project Seal, was misrepresented to be ongoing and consisting of developing an airborne weapon more powerful than the atomic bomb; and, now, Carrion shows deception planners were conclusively linked to the UFO summer of '47.

Critics of Carrion's work typically cite unrelated UFO cases or peripheral circumstances. Rarely do they directly address the material presented. Arguments are common that Uncle Sam couldn't be responsible for all reported UFO phenomena, in spite of the fact Carrion is simply sharing what he is learning about the specific 1946-47 era.

A primary point, as far as I'm concerned, is that Carrion's findings justify further research into the extent public perception of the UFO phenomenon was exploited at the time. It's clear that it happened - relevant questions revolve around how much, why, the specific instances and the consequences.

Jack Brewer is the author of The Greys Have Been Framed: Exploitation in the UFO Community. He blogs at The UFO Trail.

News Briefs 25-08-2016

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The Planet Next Door: Astronomers Find Earth-Like Planet Orbiting in the Habitable Zone of the Star Closest to Us

Artist's impression of the view from Proxima b

Well this is big news. In recent years there has been much excitement every time a new 'Earth-like' exoplanet has been discovered by astronomers (exoplanets are planets orbiting other stars). However, with many of those discoveries being very distant, making exact measurements difficult, there has been much speculation as to how Earth-like, and how habitable, those planets really are.

But today (after a few embargo breaks last week), astronomers have announced the discovery of perhaps the ideal 'Earth-like' exoplanet candidate, orbiting the star Proxima Centauri (one of the three stars that make up the 'left pointer' of the 'Southern Cross' constellation):

There’s a new standard in town, and its name is Proxima b. This planet has just about everything we’d want in Earth 2.0: It’s just a speck bigger, with only about 30 percent more mass than Earth (or slightly higher, depending on its orbital geometry); it’s almost certainly a genuine rocky planet; and it orbits smack in its star’s habitable zone.

The best part, though, is that Proxima, the planet’s star, is right next door, just 4.3 light-years away (130 times closer than Kepler 186f), the single closest star to our sun. Astronomers across the globe are drooling. We’ll be able to take actual pictures of it, to search for clues of life, within a decade.

Let's be clear about why astronomers are so excited, by ticking the relevant boxes:

  • Very close to Earth size.
  • Orbiting in its star's 'habitable' zone (the 'Goldilocks' zone...not too hot, not too cold)
  • Orbiting the star closest to Earth

The 'actual pictures' the article above is describing would be from an Earth-based telescope - the European Extremely Large Telescope, currently under construction in Chile. But given the third point above - Proxima b is 'just' 4 light years away - and the fact that the Starshot project financed by Russian billlionaire Yuri Milner (as part of his 'Breakthrough Initiatives') was already aiming to send a space probe to Alpha Centauri in coming decades, there is the possibility we could have an actual robot visiting the planet within some readers' lifetimes. For continued updates on this idea, I recommend keeping an eye on the excellent Centauri Dreams website.

On a skeptical note, however, we should also remember that - for all our excitement about Earth-like planets beyond our Solar System - we actually have two very Earth-like planets right beside us. One, Mars, appears to be devoid of life, and would require significant engineering for humans to live there. The other, Venus - as this Discovery article notes - "would surely be hailed as the most Earthlike exoplanet known" if we found it orbiting another star:

It is just 5% smaller in radius and 15% smaller in mass. It is almost the exact same age as our planet, and gets its warmth from an identical star. The only thing that’s a bit off is that it orbits a bit closer to its star than Earth does, so it receives nearly twice as much radiation. On the other, it also reflects away a lot of that radiation. Its theoretical (equilibrium) temperature is just below freezing, so with a little natural greenhouse warming it would be quite an inviting place.

Instead, Venus is "a profound enigma". While all the variables tell us it should be a hospitable place for life (and at one time, scientists have found, it may well have been), in the present day it is "more like hell on almost-Earth".

Understanding why that is–why our planet went right while Venus went terribly wrong–is crucial for finding out whether habitable planets are common or rare throughout the universe.

So, while we should be genuinely excited about this new discovery, we should also be wary when reading headlines like this (otherwise excellent) piece at The Atlantic: "An Epochal Discovery: A Habitable Planet Orbits Our Neighboring Star". Proxima b is in the 'habitable zone'...but it remains to be seen whether it is actually habitable.


News Briefs 24-08-2016


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How vast those Orbs must be, and how inconsiderable this Earth, the Theatre upon which all our mighty Designs, all our Navigations, and all our Wars are transacted, is when compared to them. A very fit consideration, and matter of Reflection, for those Kings and Princes who sacrifice the Lives of so many People, only to flatter their Ambition in being Masters of some pitiful corner of this small Spot.

Christiaan Huygens

The Man Who Discovered the 'Bosnian Pyramid' Answers Critics

We have, over the years, posted a number of stories that have taken a skeptical view of the 'Bosnian Pyramid', most notably in sharing the negative view of our friend, geologist Robert Schoch. It is only fair that we also provide 'right-of-reply', so to speak, so above you'll find a recent presentation by Semir 'Sam' Osmanagić, the original discoverer of the 'pyramid' back in 2005, who more than a decade later continues to excavate the location.

Discoverer of the Bosnian Pyramids Dr. Sam Osmanagich, Ph.D. ( answers sceptics such as Dr. Zahi Hawass, Dr. Robert Schoch, Dr. Antoni Harding and Graham Hancock.
Bosnian Pyramids fulfilled ten scientific criteria for pyramids: geometry, side orientation, artificial construction material, astronomical features, inner chambers, underground tunnels, water flows, location of energy potent place, sacred geometry and energy phenomena. So why so many mainstream and some alternative researchers are against this project?

Regardless of what you think about the 'Bosnian pyramid', Osmanagic certainly puts on an entertaining presentation.

(thanks to Michael for the heads-up)

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News Briefs 23-08-2016

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Why Spend Thousands on a Copy of the Voynich Manuscript, When You Can Just Download It?

Voynich Manuscript Fold-out

As mentioned in yesterday's news, a Spanish publisher has been given the rights to print 898 exact replicas of the enigmatic Voynich manuscript:

It’s one of the world’s most mysterious books, a centuries-old manuscript written in an unknown or coded language that no one has cracked. Scholars have spent their lives puzzling over the Voynich manuscript, whose intriguing mix of elegant writing and drawings of strange plants and naked women has some believing it holds magical powers.

The weathered book is locked away in a vault at Yale university’s Beinecke library, emerging only occasionally. But after a 10-year appeal for access, Siloe, a small publishing house in northern Spain has secured the right to clone the document... Siloe, which specialises in making facsimiles of old manuscripts, has bought the rights to make 898 exact replicas of the Voynich – so faithful that every stain, hole, sewn-up tear in the parchment will be reproduced.

What should be noted, for those who started salivating at the idea of owning their own copy of the Voynich Manuscript only to baulk at the thousands of pounds that each copy will cost, is that the folio is already freely available in digital form online, at Yale University's Beinecke library website.

Amazingly, Voynich voyeur Rene Zandbergen notes that more than 90% of the online access to the Beinecke library is only for the Voynich manuscript.

Why? Because, as long-time Grail readers will know, everyone's got their own theory about the decoding of the manuscript, or who wrote it. From this 1978 book released by the National Security Agency (NSA) about the 'elegant enigma' of the Voynich manuscript, through to this recent paper arguing that it was written by Edward Kelley, offsider to the famed Elizabethan mage John Dee, this is a mystery that has occupied the attention of many over the past few decades.

Here's a full-length documentary on the topic for those interested:

What are you waiting for? Go download yourself a copy, and get to work...

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News Briefs 22-08-2016


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News Briefs 19-08-2016

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