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Thought Drones Were New to the Skies? Think Again

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February 20, 2013

A 1990 report prepared by the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA), an organization based in the US, stated that the military use of unmanned, remotely controlled air vehicles began no later than World War I. The report was presented to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and explained that remote controlled aircraft were operational during the 1920's in both the US and the UK.

The craft were initially rather limited in scope, the IDA reported, but by World War II radio-controlled aircraft were being upgraded to include cameras. Such efforts continued through the Korean War.

A similar 2003 IDA report provided an overview of DARPA unclassified program activities since the 1970's. Unmanned aerial vehicles were given significant attention, including the wide use of remotely piloted vehicles, or RPVs, during the Vietnam War. RPVs successfully carried payloads, conducted reconnaissance, executed precision strikes and other advantageous maneuvers over SE Asia.

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The Nite Gazelle, deployed during the Vietnam era.

In 1971 an apparently rather brilliant model airplane enthusiast, Dr. John Foster, recommended DARPA scrap its designs and turn its attention to producing, more or less, souped up model planes. The cleverly simple concept initially resulted in the Praerie and Calere, each weighing about 75 pounds and powered by, of all things, lawn mower engines. Numerous additional models were subsequently produced. Their increasingly sophisticated capacities included reduced radar signatures and the addition of electronic warfare capabilities.

All was not always as stellar as the Department of Defense would have liked, however. IDA reported that the DARPA-Army collaboration on Praerie led to the Army's Aquila Program, a venture infamous for its lack of practicality.

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The effective but ill fated Aquila

The project succeeded in its objective to demonstrate an RPV could perform reconnaissance, acquire and identify targets, and survive. However, it dramatically overextended its original budget by the time it was axed in 1988. What's more, it was considered an acquisition nightmare, and, as IDA put it, “universally acknowledged as an example of what not to do in an advanced technology acquisition program.”

Essentially, confusion developed within the ranks as to how Aquila should be deployed. IDA reported that a lack of cooperation between the branches ultimately undermined the program. Many believe it is such challenges that led to agencies such as DARPA and the CIA taking the lead in drone advancements, as opposed to allocating such operations to the services.

Production efforts of unmanned aerial vehicles continued, leading to projects such as Amber. The 1990's saw transitions from Amber into programs known as Tier I, Tier II and Tier III, representing production of drones with systematically increased capacities for stealthy flight, electronic warfare and lethal weaponry.

Drones were used in Iraq, Afghanistan and are of course deployed in current intelligence operations. They are also becoming more widely used in a variety of law enforcement and rescue operations.

The Associated Press recently reported that the Pentagon is creating a new prestigious medal for extraordinary achievement in cyber and drone warfare. It is the first addition of a medal since 1944. Many analysts suggest it exhibits an urgency allocated to high levels of performance and success in the field.

Whatever we may make of the ongoing saga of unmanned aerial vehicles, they are obviously here to stay. We can only speculate what related information may remain classified and to what extents it has effected ufology, but it might be advisable to take into consideration now and then.
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« Reply #1 on: Jun 25th, 2013, 2:35pm »

Unidentified Flying Recon Objects

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June 25, 2013

Aerial Phenomenon Investigations Team, popularly known as API, posted some images of military drones Monday night on Twitter. If the potential for drones to result in reports of UFOs was not already clear enough, it should be after taking a look at the images. One might indeed wonder how extensively and for how long such circumstances have influenced trends in ufology.

Images tweeted by API were credited to BAE Systems and included the ones located... below. API director and founder, Antonio Paris, is a consultant in the defense industry and former U.S. counterintelligence officer. More about Mr. Paris, including his comments on his career and API, are available in my latest Orlando Paranormal Examiner piece, API sets sights on shaping future of ufology.

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« Reply #2 on: Jun 30th, 2013, 2:37pm »

Brazilian UFO Caused By Drone; Unmanned Aircraft Causing Rise In UFO Sightings (VIDEO)

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June 21, 2013

Thousands of people at a protest in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Tuesday spotted a mysterious bright light dart and zig-zag across the sky.

A video... posted on YouTube the next day shows the small glowing ball moving quickly through the clouds. Onlookers pointed and shouted, excited that what they were looking at was a UFO.

But it wasn't unidentified for long. Another video, also posted on YouTube... shows video footage from the flying object's perspective.

That mysterious thing in the sky was a drone with a camera attached, piloted remotely by Sao Paulo news station Folha TV.

Experts in the UFO field -- skeptics and extraterrestrial seekers alike -- agree that sightings are going to skyrocket as drone technology becomes cheaper and more accessible. That isn't necessarily a problem, but many people see any unexplained object in the sky as extraterrestrial, which can lead to fear and general hysteria.

"The whole business of UFOs is sold under the faulty logic of ignorance. We don't know what it was, therefore we know what it was," Joe Nickell, an investigator with Skeptical Inquirer, told The Huffington Post. "If you put anything up in the sky it will end up a UFO to many people."

"We don't call in planes or weather balloons as UFOs anymore, but drones are small, peculiar aircraft," Nickell said. "They're unfamiliar."

Nobody knows that better than Marc D'Antonio. He's a builder of custom models. Along with National Geographic, he constructed a working flying saucer to show just how easy it is to convince a town that there are ETs looming overhead. He flew the drone -- complete with green and blue lights -- over a small town in Connecticut in the winter, drawing reactions of fear, confusion and awe.

View related video, images of D'Antonio's "UFO" and full article at:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/21/ufo-over-brazil-protest-2013-drone_n_3474842.html
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« Reply #3 on: Jul 7th, 2013, 7:20pm »

The SABRE engine is being developed by Reaction Engines Limited. The Synergetic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine can operate on air, as a jet, or exit the atmosphere as a rocket. The engine can enable a craft to fly up to five times the speed of sound and directly into Earth orbit.

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« Reply #4 on: Jul 13th, 2013, 1:41pm »

Eric Joyce, MP for Falkirk, recently blogged that the MoD would have categorized sightings of classified aircraft as reports of UFOs. Of course, I might add.

The MoD and those pesky UFOs

Eric Joyce MP

21/06/2013

Theres a slew of stuff in the papers today about the eventual closure of the RAFs UFO desk. Most of the copy is the funny stuff, folk being abducted and so forth. Then theres some thoughts behind the occasional surge in reports from the public the increased use of chinese lanterns and the movie Close Enounters, for example.

The reports might have mentioned that there would have been another reason for the occasional upsurge in reports that is, that they were real.

This Daily Mail reports from 2009 makes the point neatly. When Stealth bombers were being developed, they routinely flew over the airspace of friendly nations certainly including the UK and Scotland. Indeed, over the years, experimental aircraft of all sorts, usually secret, would have been seen by the public and MoD assets (including US airbases in the UK) on the ground would have tracked them. Given that many such flights were secret, the MoD would presumably at the time have given the usual wacky reasons re: UFO sightings.

The MoD would also have wanted to check genuine sightings to ensure they were what they thought they were i.e. the US or ourselves, and not either the US doing something cheeky we hadnt been told about or, even more of interest, some other nation like the (then) Soviets being even more cheeky. That stuff will still be going on, although with the end of the Cold War the spend on invisiblity re: aircraft is probably well down, along with sightings of experimental aircraft. Unless you live in Arizona, or some such.

Not all UFOs were full of little green men and women.
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« Reply #5 on: Jul 14th, 2013, 7:32pm »

Between these, Chinese Lanterns, and R/C controlled helicopters we should have a flood of sightings from now on.
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« Reply #6 on: Jul 15th, 2013, 03:40am »

Couldnt agree more with you Skizicks hence why I do not bother with dots of light in the sky and look for them coming to ground, lets face the truth here , unless a UFO is large and lit up like a Christmas tree you havent a hope in seeing it clear enough. Although stating such does not mean they do not exist but just not enough proof to convince the public that they exist.
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« Reply #7 on: Jul 15th, 2013, 11:46am »

An absolutely outstanding pair of posts were recently made by Dr. Michael Heiser at his blog, UFO Religions. Thoughts on a New Book About Triangular UFOs, Part 1, addressed David Marler's book, Triangular UFOs: An Estimate of the Situation. More specifically, Dr. Heiser addressed facts and circumstances selectively omitted by both Mr. Marler and Colonel John Alexander, who wrote a forward for the book. Dr. Heiser also addressed some conspiracy theories and their roles in the topic.

Part 2 continued the exploration of such subject matter, including the presentation of documents obtained from the US Patent Office related to flying objects, some of which are triangular in shape, and the potential existence of which span many years and generations. Dr. Heiser repeatedly emphasized that he was not suggesting that such circumstances necessarily account for all reports, but made the clear and justified point that such information most certainly deserves inclusion in an objective review of the circumstances.
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Those Mysterious Men and Their Flying Machines

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Dr. Michael Heiser, who holds a Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible, recently made a couple particularly noteworthy posts at his interesting blog, UFO Religions. In what has so far been a two-part post titled, Thoughts on a New Book About Triangular UFOs, Dr. Heiser explored the David Marler book, Triangular UFOs: An Estimate of the Situation.

Part one of Heiser's post included summaries and opinions of Mr. Marler's work, as well as thoughts on a foreword for the book provided by Colonel John Alexander. While Dr. Heiser commended Mr. Marler for his research and suggested the book to those interested in UFOs, Heiser also expressed concerns about glaring omissions of relevant data and as particularly committed by Colonel Alexander. The colonel continues to suggest he is willing and able to inform us which reported craft are ours - implying some are supposedly not - and in spite of at least pretending to be virtually oblivious to the history of man-made triangle craft and the interest held in them by two of his former employers, the Department of Defense and Robert Bigelow's National Institute of Discovery Science.

Heiser pointed out many relevant circumstances commonly omitted from discussion of the reported triangles, including declassified aircraft and dirigibles dated both old and new. The controversial activities and interests of the colonel as described in posts here at The UFO Trail were also referenced and linked.

Part two further questioned how Colonel Alexander could purportedly not be aware of quite human-created triangle craft that a couple hours of Internet research easily identifies to exist. Dr. Heiser presented many documents and related photos from such sources as the US Patent Office concerning triangle craft and what might likely be reported as unidentified flying objects. The point was effectively made by Heiser that omission of such data is indeed a disservice to the UFO community, while emphasizing that such information does not necessarily provide explanations for all reports.

Just a few of the craft and circumstances presented by Dr. Heiser included:

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Popular Mechanics reported on the stealth blimp in 1999

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A V-shaped high altitude airship. Note the large size of the craft
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Modern Mechanix reported on fascinating dirigibles, circa 1934.

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The DoD's stealth worm airship can conduct surveillance
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Aerial Phenomenon Investigations

Meanwhile, the Aerial Phenomenon Investigations Team, known as API, launched a new website. Dedicated to conducting investigations, research and analysis of UFOs and other aerial phenomena, the group and its director, Antonio Paris, vow to bring more science to the often misdirected and wayward field of ufology.

The new website includes a page on man-made flying objects. Below are some of the many interesting photos presented. Visitors to the site are encouraged to register, allowing them to comment, submit posts and more.

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Assessing UFOs: An Inkblot Test?

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August 13, 2013

Unidentified flying objects: the term has become synonymous with alien spacecraft to a large extent. So much so that some researchers are opting to use terms such as unexplained aerial phenomena in efforts to curb the tide of unsubstantiated speculation. Whatever one chooses to call it, accurately identifying reported phenomena, when possible, is a key factor in establishing any potentially truly interesting cases. A look at a couple of recent and relatively well known events shows us that not only has the public largely been conditioned to prematurely assume alien origins for an unidentified, but that reasonable explanations are often not even sought by those who promote the extraterrestrial hypothesis.

Hovering Light

If you are not reading Doubtful News, then start at least if you want to know some of the actual circumstances behind otherwise sensationalized stories of alleged paranormal events. The DN team, which includes editor Sharon Hill, put its readers on the trail of a case last week that South Florida NBC affiliate WBBH News billed as a UFO caught on surveillance.


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The story making the rounds involved supposedly strange lights hovering over a pool and recorded on a video camera. Readers who had some experience with such circumstances, such as Will Radik of the Bad Skeptic blog, made short work of reviewing the video footage.

"Too bad they didnt ask me, or anyone else whos worn glasses their entire life, Mr. Radik wrote en route to explaining the reported phenomena was probably light shining through a water droplet. In all likelihood, moisture formed on the protruding camera structure and reflected surrounding light. Viewers unfamiliar with the effect inaccurately assumed the light covered a much larger area, subjectively interpreting it to hover over the pool as compared to being much smaller and within inches of the camera lens.


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Actual camera that took the video, according to Radik, obviously conducive to creating the effect as described


Kentucky UFO

Doubtful News offered its readers a heads up on a story Wired published this morning. The article provided an explanation for a UFO sighting in Kentucky that gained media attention during October, 2012.

The Appalachian News-Express, CNN and others reported at the time that the Kentucky State Police received multiple calls about a high-flying unidentified object. A UFO website by the name of Ashtar Command Crew apparently linked to the news as ostensible proof of continuing visits from the Galactic Federation fleet.

Actually, it was proof of Google. Rich DeVaul and his Google team knew the object was one of their solar powered balloons, Wired reported today. The Kentucky UFO was a test of Project Loon, a program that equips balloons floating at some 60,000 feet with the means to provide wireless Internet to areas not currently receiving service.


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There is more man-made stuff than ever in the sky. Accurately identifying it and exercising some restraint in jumping to premature conclusions are responsible ways to contribute positively to the UFO community. It is then - by conducting reasonable assessments - that we provide ourselves the best opportunities to isolate what truly interesting circumstances might exist.
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« Reply #10 on: Aug 21st, 2013, 2:08pm »

A most interesting and informative post was recently published at the blog of Kitty Mervine, Yankee Skeptic. The post, The Marblehead UFO: What You Can Find from Your Armchair, was written by Andrew Hansford. Mr. Hansford presented a primer on how we can learn a lot right from our armchairs while he explained the gist of an investigation he presented at The Amazing Meeting 2013. His investigation indeed took advantage of available resources and was quite cleverly conducted, demonstrating how cases that might initially seem to have no means of investigation can actually have numerous avenues of research if we approach them from a perspective of looking for answers rather than inexplicable mysteries.
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Hat tip to Doubtful News for the following story which further shows the abundance of airborne objects and their likely initial misidentification.


UFO was a remote-controlled helicopter

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August 22, 2013

FREMONT The unidentified flying object a resident reported seeing on Stone and Napoleon streets this week was not piloted by aliens, police said.

The UFO was a remote-controlled helicopter an Everett Road man had been flying at night this week, said Capt. Jim White of the Fremont Police Department.

Officer Lester Daniels, who investigated the incidents, received an anonymous tip on Tuesday that the Everett Road mans helicopter likely was the UFO, according to Fremont police reports.

The person who reported the UFO sightings his name and address were not listed on police reports said the UFO had red and green pulsating lights, moved at fast speeds and at times hovered abruptly, according to Fremont police reports.

The helicopter had green and red pulsating lights. Police took pictures of the device after meeting with the Everett Road man and showed it to the man who reported the UFO sightings, White said.

The man confirmed it was the object he had seen in the sky.

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http://www.thenews-messenger.com/article/20130822/NEWS01/308220009/UFO-remote-controlled-helicopter?nclick_check=1
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Vancouver Space Centre hoaxed mass UFO sighting

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September 10, 2013

The H.R. MacMillan Space Centre issued a press release Tuesday stating it was responsible for a UFO hoax carried out near a recent Vancouver Canadians minor league baseball game. "Recent close encounters reported by local UFO bloggers are actually the result of an elaborate hoax masterminded by the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre," the press release stated.

The incident was initially reported Friday as a mass UFO sighting. Many people attending the baseball game reported witnessing an unidentified object flying nearby, resulting in related photos and videos posted to the Internet.

"The image of a drone in the shape of the Space Centre was captured by web cams, camera phones and video in and around Vancouver locations," the H.R. MacMillan corporation explained in the press release, adding that the Space Centre worked with an ad agency to develop what was termed an "extreme teaser campaign". The campaign included the strategic release of photos of the drone sightings through social media to UFO bloggers, Twitter and Facebook. The goal, according to the press release, was to promote a newly renovated planetarium located at the Space Centre.
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Whats Flying Above Your Head? Far More Than You Think

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September 12, 2013

Take to the heavens! It seems like a good idea. Dodge all the obstacles of the terrestrial rat race, in the limitless, empty, peaceful skies. But its not as empty up there as it looks. Icarus may not have had to worry about being sucked into the engine of a jet, but even he would have faced, for example, a cloud of migrating bugs once he reached 1,000 feet above sea level. And theres more weirdness where that came from. Satellite images, radar tracking, and old- fashioned air samples show a sky teeming with machines and life. So next time people describe something as heavenly, you might ask them if they mean crowded.

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http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2013/09/qq_aboveyourhead/
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on Sep 20th, 2013, 10:20pm, jjflash wrote:
Interested parties might find the following resources intriguing and educational if not yet familiar with them:

- Final report of USAF Project Grudge, August, 1949. I recommend finding a reasonably authentic copy, but for the sake of quick reference, you can read here that page 9 of the report stated, Planned release of unusual aerial objects coupled with the release of related psychological propaganda could cause mass hysteria.

The report added, Employment of these methods by or against an enemy would yield similar results.

- Stealth, Countermeasures, and ELINT, 1960-1975 is a particularly interesting 1998 report authored by CIA man Gene Poteat. He explains aspects of research & development of technology related to Project PALLADIUM, including a specific 1962 operation on page 5 (Fooling the Cubans) in which unusual aerial objects as described by Project Grudge were released in combination with the use of radar ghost aircraft.

- ECM + CIA = UFO is a 1962 piece written by Manhattan Project scientist Dr. Leon Davidson. He explains why he came to believe the Agency created false UFO events from 1951 forward with the use of electronic countermeasures, or ECM, as eventually employed in PALLADIUM. The technology and its advancements from 1945 are addressed.

Whether or not Dr. Davidson is entirely correct, I hope some of you find the resources interesting and helpful.


One of Those Posts About Validated Conspiracy Theories

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September 23, 2013

The term 'conspiracy theory' invokes certain reactions. It tends to stir true believers, the skeptically cynic and a few demographics in between.

On the one extreme, we have people all too willing to accept unsubstantiated claims as factual. Obvious enough.

The other extreme consists of people proudly proclaiming they do not subscribe to c-theories of any shape or size. This demographic tends to dismiss all conspiracy theories as fodder for the delusional while often selectively omitting confirmed conspiracies from discussion.

Perhaps extreme perspectives are often poorly conceived. A well balanced middle ground might provide a more rational and productive approach to examining information.

What, exactly, is a conspiracy theory? For the record, it is defined as a belief that some covert but influential organization is responsible for a circumstance or event.

That doesn't sound so delusional to me. As a matter of fact, it sounds much more like common sense.

If the anti-conspiracy demographic is trying to communicate that it doesn't accept wild claims without supporting evidence, then I'm on board. If, however, some people literally deny the validity of any conspiracy theories, I must adamantly disagree. Following are just a few examples why.

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False Flag UFOs

While segments of the UFO community perpetually argue the validity of the possibility Uncle Sam is tainting the well of UFO data, the fact of the matter is that has long been the case. Page 9 of the USAF Project Grudge final report of August, 1949, noted, Planned release of unusual aerial objects coupled with the release of related psychological propaganda could cause mass hysteria.

The report added, Employment of these methods by or against an enemy would yield similar results.

As writer/researcher Mark O'Connell wrote about at his blog, High Strangeness, the Air Force then continued developing an aspect of electronic warfare known as electronic countermeasures, or ECM. Chemical engineer, scientist and Manhattan Project participant Dr. Leon Davidson explained in a work titled, ECM + CIA = UFO, by 1950 ECM was standard equipment on advanced bombers. The technology soon evolved into providing simulated targets for training radar operators, or, in other words, false radar paints.

I contend that since 1951, Dr. Davidson wrote, the CIA has caused or sponsored saucer sightings for its own purposes.

Whether or not Davidson was entirely correct, ECM research and development indeed culminated into Project PALLADIUM. In a 1998 report titled, Stealth, Countermeasures, and ELINT, 1960-1975, CIA man Gene Poteat explained how the project worked. Teams consisting of intelligence personnel and military support would calibrate and inject false targets onto radars. Phantom aircraft of whatever size desired could appear to travel on any flight path at any speed and altitude.

The capabilities were combined with planned release of unusual aerial objects, similarly to how Project Grudge had foreseen in 1949, and one particular operation was conducted off the coast of Cuba during the missile crisis of 1962. The report explained how the coordination of PALLADIUM equipment and strategically placed personnel baffled the enemy, and descriptions might ring more than a few bells with UFO buffs.

The false aircraft was made to appear to be a U.S. fighter plane out of Key West about to fly over Cuba, Poteat wrote. A Navy submarine slipped in close to Havana Bay, and it was to surface just long enough to release a timed series of balloon-borne metalized spheres of different sizes. The idea was for the early warning radar to track our electronic aircraft and then for the submarine to surface and release the 'calibrated' spheres up into the path of the oncoming false aircraft.

Describing how the operation unfolded, Poteat explained, We had no trouble in manipulating the PALLADIUM system controls to keep our ghost aircraft always just ahead of the pursuing Cuban planes. When the Cuban pilot radioed back to his controllers that he had the intruding aircraft in sight and was about to make a firing pass to shoot it down, we all had the same idea at the same instant. The technician moved his finger to the switch, I nodded yes, and he switched off the PALLADIUM system.

The report additionally stated, Every PALLADIUM operation consisted of a CIA team with its ghost aircraft system, an NSA team with its special COMINT and decryption equipment, and a military operational support team.

The CIA, NSA and DoD apparently found it advantageous as early as the mid 20th century to create false UFO incidents. Similar options were included in the IC bag of tricks until at least the 1980's, as documented by Mark Pilkington in his book, Mirage Men.

View the full article and along with referenced info about Operation Mockingbird, COINTELPRO and MKULTRA at:

http://ufotrail.blogspot.com/2013/09/one-of-those-posts-about-validated.html
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