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Last Thursday morning (Sept 21, 2017), TV viewers in the Orange County area of California had their regularly scheduled shows interrupted by an ’emergency broadcast’ that featured strange, apocalyptic-sounding messages that suggested an impending alien attack.

One of the messages, warning that “extremely violent times will come”, is thought to be a recording from the Christian radio program Insight for Living with Chuck Swindoll. The other is an extract of audio that will probably be familiar to many readers of this website, as it is well known to people interested in UFOs and Area 51, as well as fans of the band Tool. Here’s a clip of the ’emergency broadcast’ that was posted to YouTube:

Back on September 11, 1997, the Coast to Coast AM radio show (featuring Art Bell at the time) received a now famous call-in from a seemingly frantic and terrified person who claimed to have worked at Area 51. What freaked many people out about the call was
how genuinely scared the individual sounded…and the fact that the Coast to Coast AM transmission was knocked off the air as he was talking.

Hello, Art? I, I don’t have a whole lot of time. Um, OK, I’m a former employee of Area 51. I was let go on a medical discharge about a week ago and, and… I’ve kind of been running across the country, and I don’t know where to start, they’re, they’re gonna, um, they’ll triangulate on this position really soon.

OK, um, um, OK…what we’re thinking of as, as aliens, they’re extra-dimensional beings that, an earlier precursor of the, um, space program they made contact with. They are not what they claim to be.
Uh, they have infiltrated a, a lot of aspects of, of, of the military establishment, particularly the Area 51.

The disasters that are coming, they, the military – I’m sorry – the government knows about them. There’s a lot of safe areas in this world that they could begin moving the population to now, Art. They are not! They want those major population centers wiped out so that the few that are left will be more easily controllable.

The audio from the call was later famously sampled by the band Tool and overlaid with the sounds of a defective/dying reverb unit to create the closing track of their 2001 album Lateralus, titled “Faaip de Oiad”. The song’s title, written in the ‘Enochian’ language – allegedly received from angels by 16th century occultists John Dee and Edward Kelley, linking it to the caller’s discussion of “extra-dimensional beings” – translates to “Voice of God”.

For what it’s worth, a caller named ‘Bryan’ confessed to Art Bell in 1998 that he had made the original call and it was a hoax. In 2014, comic book writer Bryan J. L. Glass claimed that he was the caller…though he admits the satellite outage that occurred at the same time “scared the heebie jeebies” out of him.

In any case, the inclusion of the ‘Area 51 caller’ in last week’s ’emergency broadcast’ continues a fine tradition of bizarre TV broadcast hijackings, from 1977’s message from Vrillon to the ‘Max Headroom spanking’ broadcast interruption in 1987, embedded below for pure enjoyment of the WTFery.