by Vince Johnson
1: The branch of theology concerned with the final events in the history of
the world or of mankind.
2: A belief concerning death, the end of the world, or the ultimate destiny
of mankind; specifically any of the various Christian doctrines concerning
the Second Coming, the resurrection of the dead, or the Last Judgement.
As more than a casual observer of contemporary ufology, I’ve recently
become aware of a what could be a significant new twist in popular
perception about UFOs. For many, UFOs are not the manifestation of
extraterrestrial intelligence, but instead, are a metaphysical phenomena —
a manifestation of spiritual entities. Many abductees/contactees are now
characterizing their “unusual personal experiences” in a religious or
As an unabashed secular humanist, I am skeptical of these claims. But
there are several aspects of the metaphysical interpretation of the UFO
phenomenon that should be considered before rejecting it out of hand.
Admittedly, a lot of what follows is based on rumor, hearsay and
circumstantial evidence. Much is derived from numerous phone calls from Dan
Smith, whose religious beliefs regarding the UFO phenomenon have induced a
messianic zeal to “spread the Word.”
These calls have provided a flurry of information on what I have
previously termed “fringe” beliefs, as well as providing the names and
backgrounds of the birds who comprise the Aviary. According to Dan, who
undoubtedly is privy to a wealth of accurate, though not widely known UFO
information, this data is being released through him due to the grave
concern by high government officials about impending metaphysical
catastrophe – the eschaton, or the end of the world.
Mr. Smith first came to my attention after the “Aquarium Conspiracy”
article (see inset) was disseminated to computer bulletin board systems in
the Spring of ’93. In this article, Smith and Rosemary Ellen Guiley,
directors of the Center for North American Crop Circle Studies, warned of
an “eschatological emergency, “the reaction of various organizations–both
inside and outside the government, and their attempt to establish a network
of spiritually advanced individuals, the “Aquarium,” to assist the Aviary
in dealing with this crisis.
The “Aquarium Conspiracy” by Dan Smith and Rosemary Ellen Guiley “In
the beginning there was eschatology–the branch of theology dealing with
the end times. Dan, having spent many years first studying physics and then
metaphysics, came to the conclusion that the scientists have been looking
at the world upside down. Mind, not matter, is the foundation for all
realities. Moreover, the materialist paradigm was in danger of imminent
collapse, being subverted on the inside by its own contradictions, and on
the outside by the growing body of evidence for the paranormal. Creating
and maintaining a reality is no easy game. It requires a lot of magic, and
a lot of conscious critters like ourselves who are pretty good at
collective self-deception. Fortunately– or perhaps unfortunately–our
particular reality game has about reached its natural conclusion, and we
are waking up to the fact that mind and matter are not separate. We are
undergoing an exciting but stressful revolution in our collective
consciousness. This revolution, or global spiritual emergency, will bring
upheavals and overloads in our global consciousness that will impact the
material Earth for better or worse, and may quickly get out of control. We
also will be opening up to other realities that will be impacting us as
well. Our present very tidy sense of reality and its boundaries is due to
become much more fluid and permeable. Every spiritual tradition takes very
seriously its prophesies about the end of the world, but for the first time
we are seeing these prophesies turning into believable predictions of earth
and reality changes. That is how Dan fell from physics into eschatology.
After experiencing numerous slammed doors among his former scientific
colleagues, he decided that the most logical place to find fellow
eschatologists would be in various intelligence agencies and among
investigators of the paranormal. Dan next addressed how to communicate
about the eschaton. Even a small hint that the government is worried about
the end of the world might start a chain reaction of panic, which could
possibly serve as a trigger for the eschaton. On the other hand, people
inside the government might be wanting to set up a kind of civil defense
network vis a vis the eschaton, and so they would be looking for people on
the outside who could much more freely network among the general public. An
important link in the communication chain is what has become known as the
Aviary. This is the final link next to the public network, and so it must
be heavily disguised by its own surrealistic smoke screen. The Aviary
functions best by amplifying people’s own misconceptions about the
paranormal. It does this by helping to overinflate individual pieces of the
puzzle so that particular investigators get pushed further into their own
blind alleys. People are encouraged to be so distracted by the trees that
they fail to see the forest. This cacophony by people looking for truth in
all the strangest places provides an excellent cover for the deadly serious
business of clearing the decks and battening down the hatches for the
eschaton event. It is like a Manhattan Project going on behind the scenes
of alien grays and praying mantises having sex with humans. However, this
eschaton conspiracy is being orchestrated by higher powers, and we don’t
mean the Committee of 300. Very few of the people even near the center of
the orchestration have a clear picture of what is coming down, but they do
know that something is coming and that they will have front row seats. The
Manhattan Project relative to the eschaton is a global civilian network of
people who will serve as a lightning rod for the cosmic energies coming in
during the consciousness revolution. They will be looking to channel these
energies into expanded realities. Thus, they will provide a degree of
protection for those people who can find their places alongside the
network. Outside of the network there will be greater levels of trauma and
confusion. The pieces of the network are already in place, the remaining
task is to properly activate and link the pieces into a critical mass of
awareness. This last step is now underway. This is how an Aviary helps to
spawn an Aquarium, and how birds learn to swim.
The Aquarium is our business, and we are working to reach people who
are ready to be activated in the consciousness revolution.”
I was intrigued after reading the “Aquarium Memo” because it implied
that the authors had cultivated sources within the intelligence community.
The only question was whether this information was accurate or bogus. I
drafted a response and uploaded it to Don Allen, moderator for the FIDO UFO
conference, requesting that he forward it to Dan Smith. Several days later,
I received the first of many calls from him.
Since Smith had alluded to his close contacts with the Aviary, most of
my questions centered around this mysterious group of alleged UFO insiders
comprised of scientists, military personnel, and inteligence analysts.
Dan’s primary contact with this group is “Pelican” who reportedly mans the
“Weird Desk” (UFOs,etc) at CIA. While Pelican’s main job with the CIA’s
Directorate of Science and Technology is to monitor foreign technological
developments, Pelican also tracks millennial/eschatological communities,
“entering a twilight zone where psychic techniques are being generated by
humans and other entities,” says Smith.
According to Smith, UFOs are primarily a psychological/metaphysical
phenomenon which are both preparing us and pressuring us to develop our own
psi abilities. Not that UFOs are a single type of entity, Smith asserts
that there are “powers and principalities” at work — presumably
supernatural entities like angels and demons.
Furthermore, he said that a radical program of parapsychological
research and development is currently underway near Los Alamos, New Mexico.
This group’s development of psychokinesis, and psychotronics (a term used
to denote psychic warfare techniques) represents a danger of eschatological
proportions. “These techniques have been available, but controlled,
throughout history. Now, other entities are forcing the issue,” said Smith.
During the course of our first conversation, Smith was unable to
provide much proof of his claims. He reported that his governmental sources
“hinted at” an eschatological emergency. To prove the evil intent of the
entities involved, he referred to reports of human mutilations in the
Amazon which have been officially attributed to drug dealers, but according
to his sources, were committed by these evil entities. When I asked why the
CIA was interested in eschatology, he replied that the ramifications of the
eschaton event represented a serious threat to national security, and thus,
fell into the purview of the intelligence agencies.
Smith also revealed that the eschatological issues he raised related
directly to the Biblical prophecies of the book of Revelations.
I thanked Mr. Smith for the call, and invited him to keep me abreast of
future developments. With the addition of demons, angels, “black magic,”
psychotronic technology, and assorted spooks working at cross purposes, my
already strained credulity was pushed a bit further.
Dan proceeded to call me regularly. Each call provided tantalizing
snippets of information — some simply incredible at first hearing, but
with confirmation on some of the data coming in from disparate sources all
across the country. Naturally, my curiosity centered around the identities
and activities of the Aviary. I suspect that many believe the Bird People
to be cogs in a giant conspiracy to manage the public’s perception of UFOs.
Not necessarily so, according to Smith. Far from being a well-funded,
omnipotent secret society of the guardians of UFO data, the Aviary is
nothing more than an ad hoc group of highly-placed “UFO buffs.”
Initially, the factor that seemed most important was that Pelican was
being so forthcoming — presumably with the knowledge and consent of his
superiors at CIA. This in itself forced me to conclude that there are two
possible motives for all this apparent glasnost:
1. There is indeed an eschatological emergency as described by Dan Smith,
i.e. fulfillment of biblical prophesy with attendant catastrophes; and/or
2. There is a new twist to the ol’ UFO debunking game, capitalizing on
new-age mysticism and millennial “apocophilia.”
Frankly, I lean towards the second explanation. After all, Smith
himself described the Aviary as “amplifying people’s own misconceptions
about the paranormal. It does this by helping to overinflate individual
pieces of the puzzle so that particular investigators get pushed further
into their own blind alleys.” I’ve personally been occupied by this ongoing
saga for many months — a “blind alley?” I wish I knew, but in either case,
Pelican’s involvement in this affair raises the ante significantly. Has
something changed? Could we really be facing biblical “End Times?” As I
mentioned previously, I would have laughed-off such suggestions a few
months ago. However, Smith’s references to “out of control” psychotronic
research proved to be more substantive than I first realized.
The Aviary is believed to be comprised of:
Bruce Maccabee (Seagull) – Well-known Naval photographic expert who
verified the authenticity of the Gulf Breeze photos, a MUFON consultant and
member of the Board of Directors of the Fund for UFO Research.
Hal Puthoff, PhD. (Owl) – Physicist with the Institute for Advanced
Research in Austin, Texas who specializes in Zero-Point Energy, a quantum
phenomenon that could provide “free energy.” Puthoff was once involved in
remote-viewing experiments at the Stanford Research Institute.
Dale Graff (Raven) – Performed contract oversight for the DIA at Wright
Patterson AFB. Most recently, Graff was the chief of the DIA’s Defense
Technology/Special department. Rumored to be an abductee, and involved in
“black magic” and psychotronic programs at Los Alamos, but fired recently
by DIA. Smith says that Graff is the head of the “military” UFO working
group at Los Alamos.
Jack Vorona (bird name unknown) – Vorona is apparently the most covert of
all the Birds. He is believed to have been a liaison between Capitol Hill
and Los Alamos. Was once involved in Project Sleeping Beauty, an attempt to
disable enemy troops using electromagnetic radiation. Vorona has recently
“vanished,” and his present whereabouts are unknown.
Richard Doty (Falcon) – Former AFOSI agent. Directly involved in the
Bennewitz affair, and the attempt to funnel UFO information (or
disinformation) concerning UFO briefing documents for the President to
Linda Moulton Howe. Allegedly responsible for leaking bogus UFO reports
while in AFOSI at Kirtland AFB. Currently employed by the New Mexico state
police stationed in Dulce, New Mexico.
Christopher “Kit” Green MD, PhD. (Bluejay) – Pelican’s predecessor at the
“Weird Desk” at CIA. According to Smith, Green at one time had autopsy
reports and photos of a UFO that crashed in a foreign country. Dr. Green is
currently the chief of the Biomedical Sciences Dept. for General Motors.
The CIA awarded him the National Intelligence Medal for his work on a
classified project during the period 1979 to 1983.
Robert Collins (Condor) – Former Captain, USAF. Involved in the Bennewitz
affair, and probably participated in the scheme (with Richard Doty) to
release UFO information/ disinformation to Linda Moulton Howe at Kirtland
Ernie Kellerstraus (Hawk) – While working at Wright Patterson AFB in the
’70s, he along with Bob Collins and Dale Graff are said to have supplied
information to William Moore. Kellerstraus is rumored to have lived with an
alien for a while (?), and is probably the source for the story concerning
the aliens’ preference for “strawberry ice cream”.
Scott Jones (Chickadee) – Well-connected, well-funded (by Laurence
Rockefeller) head of the Human Potential Foundation. Former aid to Sen.
Claiborne Pell, who has had a long-standing interest in UFOs and the
paranormal. Jones is a MUFON Consultant with numerous highly placed
government sources who consistently finds “no interest by government in
Bill Moore – (bird name unknown) This former Minnesota school teacher may
have initiated a new regime in regards to ufology by the publication of
“The Roswell Incident.” This in itself may have been the single event that
began the stripping away of decades of well-guarded UFO secrecy. His
involvement in the Aviary seems to be either one of active coordination of
the other Birds, or simply as a dupe, such as in the Bennewitz affair.
John Alexander (Penquin) – Former colonel in Army Intelligence (INSCOM).
Rumored to be involved in the Army’s UFO research. Member of the board of
directors of Psi Tech. Currently, head of “non-lethal” weapons program (see
“Secret Conference” article) at Los Alamos. Said to be briefing Vice
President Gore on the UFO phenomenon and psi projects.
“Pelican,” PhD – Pelican is a physicist with the CIA’s Directorate of
Science and Technology, who mans the “Weird Desk” (UFOs, etc) at CIA.
Apparently, it is Pelican who provided the bulk of the information that
Smith tirelessly passed on. Smith says that Pelican has received some heat
from his superiors for becoming so visible due to the AIR #1 report on
Bruce Maccabee’s relationship to the CIA.
Psi-Tech is a private company that claims to provide its clients remote
viewing services. Remote viewing is the act of psychically perceiving
places or events at a distance. These techniques were learned during his
stint with the US Army’s Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM),
according to Major Ed Dames (ret.) , president of Psi-Tech, who describes
his operation thusly (taken from a Psi-Tech brochure):
PSI TECH, Inc. was founded in 1989 to perform specialized proprietary
studies for science and industry on a contract basis.
PSI TECH consists of a select, technically qualified group of
professional analysts who provide a unique data collection capability not
available anywhere else in the world. We are a team of highly trained
Remote Viewing specialists.
Remote Viewing has been validated by governmental and private
scientific groups over the last two decades. Briefly stated, a
remote viewer is able to locate and accurately describe things and
events distant in time and space.
PSI TECH has developed applied remote viewing into a powerful
investigative tool. Our disciplined team of experts combines more than
forty man-years of applied remote viewing experience.
The rigorous target acquisition, data collection, and analytic
protocols that we employ guarantee products and solutions of high value to
PSI TECH customers.
PSI TECH can rapidly provide you with reliable information that simply
may not be available via any other means!
PSI-TECH currently employs nine highly experienced remote viewers. The
company also utilizes Ingo Swann as a subcontractor. Mr. Swann is
internationally recognized as this country’s premier natural psychic. He
discovered and developed the proprietary methods now used by our company to
train and conduct technical remote viewing.
PSI-TECH has appointed two outside directors from science and industry.
Additionally. we have at our disposal an adjunct Technical Analysis Team
consisting of a multidisciplinary group of distinguished scientists,
engineers, and medical doctors from national labs, major corporations and
universities. These individuals provide analytical support to PSI-TECH
technical intelligence collection projects as required.
PSI-TECH training and operations performance standards are exacting. We
require military precision on the part of our remote viewers. Each viewer
works independently and does not collaborate or compare data with other
viewers. The training program employed to install those unique skills which
enable the production of calibrated, consistent and accurate results is
While at work a viewer’s mind-body state could he generally
characterized as one of high attention. To an unwitting observer a PSI-TECH
viewer could easily be mistaken for someone engaged in an attempt to solve
a difficult math or science problem. Conscious focus shifts between the
tasks of directing the trained unconscious in a systematic exploration of
the assigned target, breaking out (decoding) the target-associated gestalt
patterns of information, then rendering the data as detailed words and
sketches, (or models if necessary). Meticulous attention to technical
remote viewing structure is required not only to correctly acquire the
target and maintain lock-on but additionally to disallow subconscious
analysis and/or imagination from interfering with the unconsciously
Dames, a retired major in US Army Intelligence, is apparently “being
all that he can be,” bringing the skills he learned while in the Army to
the marketplace. He claims that Psi-Tech has performed these projects to
date: Enigma Penetration: The Tunguska Event; Enigma Penetration: Soviet
Phobos II Space Craft Imaged Anomaly; Projected Technologies: Advanced Deep
Space Propulsion Systems; Clandestine Iraqi Biological Weapons Facilities
(Gratis in support of the United Nations CBW Inspection Team); A Relook of
the KAL Flight 007 Shoot-down; Atmospheric Ozone Depletion – Projected
Consequences and Remedial Technologies; and the Saint-Exupery Crash Site.
I’m sure we’d all like to find out what Psi Tech’s RVing has discovered
on these events, however, Dames regrets to inform us that this is
“proprietary” information gleaned under contract. This would be interesting
enough on its own, but Dames claims that fully 60% of his company’s time is
spent RVing (remote viewing) UFOs!
Here are a few of Mr. Dames statements regarding UFOs (from a phone
conversation with Dan Smith):
RV’s of many UFO events are blocked by external agency, (cosmic
UFO type viewing encounters two types of entities: aliens and angels.
Aliens are more physical with quasi-physical type craft. They are in
trouble and need our resources, which they take, and if humans are involved
they receive mental impressions to confuse what is really going on. The
angels are policing these alien activities. The angels technology is more
concerned with the mental and transcendental or metaphysical domains.
Ed uses the terms ground zero or ground truth to refer to a spot in
SWUS where much of their work is done. The angels led them to this spot,
indicating that it would be a good place for contacting aliens, about 10
years ago. Various forms of contact then occurred.
Dames discussed eschatological implications at some length. His group
gets indications of unavoidable bad stuff in the next couple of decades.
Deleterious climate changes, storms adversely effecting agriculture. He
also foresees a quasi-public contact with UFOs near the ground zero site,
within one and a half years (August, 1993). It would be an ongoing contact,
of a prophetic sort with both Angels and Aliens involved. His review
committee will work out possible coverage. He is not so concerned about a
global spiritual emergency, as about the physical (meteorological?)
So there you have it… UFOs plus psychic adepts equals End of the
Of course, one could dismiss Dames as a bunko artist selling his
$6,000-$8,000 a week services to an affluent but gullible clientele. But
before dismissing Dames’ claims, readers should be aware of a few other
pertinent facts. On the Psi-Tech board of directors are two fairly
high-level players; General Albert Stubblebine (US Army Intelligence,
ret.), and Colonel John Alexander (ret.) both formerly of the US Army’s
Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM).
Stubblebine, former commander of INSCOM, gave a presentation at the
International Symposium on UFO Research (sponsored by the International
Association for New Science, Denver CO, May 22-25, 1992) on the subject of
“Remote Viewing as a Research Tool.” In this presentation, Stubblebine
described remote viewing:
“It is independent of time, OK? So I can go past, I can go present, I
can go future. It is independent of locations, so I can go anywhere on this
earth. I can go into any closet, I can go into any mind, I can access that
information at any location that I choose.”
On the subject of RVing UFOs, Stubblebine said: “As far as UFOs are
concerned, they can be accessed, they can be tracked, we have looked at the
propulsion system for them, that’s not a hard job, you can track them back
to where they come from, whether they come from a place here on this planet
or whether they come from a place on another planet, they are trackable and
you can take a look inside as well as outside, so again, it is a tool that
is available to be used for the UFO research and I guess, I guess that’s
the reason that I am standing on this platform in spite of my misgivings
and feeling a little bit nervous like a tree in a Lassie movie.”
Stubblebine also claimed that his remote viewing of the planet Mars had
revealed structures and machines operating both on and below the Martian
Many suspect that John Alexander is the “colonel” referred to in Howard
Blum’s recent book, “Out There”. In this book, Blum described a group of
remote viewers in the Pentagon who frequently encountered UFOs in their
psychic “sorties” to locate Soviet submarines. Alexander seems to have an
extremely eclectic background — he received a PhD. in Thanatology (the
study of death and near-death experiences) from Georgetown University under
the tutelage of the celebrated Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross. Apparently,
Alexander is a “mind-control” junkie, having studied everything from Silva
Mind Control, to a stint in a Buddhist monastery.
When the National Research Council issued its findings that there was
no evidence of paranormal phenomena, Alexander wrote a critique of the
report that was both passionate and eloquent. In this rebuttal, he compared
the report’s apparent a priori conclusions to the Condon Commission’s
report on UFOs. Interestingly, Alexander is widely believed to have been
instrumental in the Army’s UFO Intelligence activities, and is rumored to
have assisted in the investigation of the Cash/Landrum UFO-injury case.
In addition to his Psi-Tech work, Alexander currently heads a research
project at Los Alamos, New Mexico, focused on “non-lethal” military
technology. “Non- lethal” in the conventional parlance refers to methods of
eroding an enemy’s war-making capabilities without the excessive death and
destruction that could possibly harden an enemy’s resolve to fight, or
cause a moral revulsion in our own population that could weaken political
resolve to continue a war until U.S. military objectives could be achieved.
Wiping-out enemy radars and communication electronics through powerful
electromagnetic pulses (EMP) is one type of non-lethal weapon, spraying
roads and railroad tracks with a super-slippery lubricant, thereby
paralyzing transportation, is another.
Alexander has been mentioned almost synonymously with non-lethal
weapons technology in many mainstream news reports, including a lengthy
piece in the Wall Street Journal. He is also rumored to be a candidate for
an Undersecretary of Defense appointment in the Clinton administration.
Surprisingly, Army Intelligence RV operations has become married,
literally, with some prominent figures in UFO abductions research. Albert
Stubblebine is now married to Dr. Rima Laibow, whose scholarly paper on the
abduction phenomenon was the first (as far as I know) to address the issue
in the mental-health community. John Alexander is now married to the former
Victoria Lacas, Dr. Laibow’s close associate.
This list of strange bedfellows gets even stranger when you add the
name of CSETI founder and head honcho, Steven Greer, M.D., into the mix. As
it turns out, Greer, whose modus operandi incorporates shining blinking
lights and laser beams at UFOs in the hopes of establishing communications
with the ufonauts, was trained in remote viewing by Ed Dames. In fact, it
was Dr. Greer who introduced Stubblebine at the Denver symposium.
So, what we have so far is that several former high-ranking military
personnel (Stubblebine, Alexander,and Dames) who were involved in “psychic”
research while in Army Intelligence, and who are now actively involved in
the UFO research community. Further, Dames has staked his company’s
professional reputation on the prediction that an overt contact with aliens
will occur in the Four Corners area by August of 1993. Naturally, August
came and went without incident.
One of ufology’s more cogent analysts, who is convinced of the reality
of remote viewing based on his own personal search, told me that Dames’
activities had resulted in the successful discrediting of both UFOs and
remote viewing. Was this the plan all along or is Dames just a charlatan?
Dan Smith explained that the reason that so much information was being
disseminated was due to the eschatological implications of the psychotronic
research underway at covert government research facilities.
It would seem unlikely that this type of technology is currently
feasible. After all, if the government had access to psychotronic weapons,
why didn’t they induce Saddam Hussein to stroll naked through the streets
of Baghdad, asking his subjects to admire his new clothes; or simply cause
a major blood vessel in his brain to burst?
But Smith sincerely believes that such technologies are being
developed, specifically under the guise of “non-lethal” weapons research,
such as that headed by John Alexander. Smith says, point-blank, that this
technology is nothing less than “black magic.”
Supposedly, this business is taken so seriously at upper echelons that
the Secret Service retrieved all of the bloody bandages discarded after
Ronald Reagan was wounded in an assassination attempt, lest the president’s
blood be used in a “black magic” ritual that could influence his behavior.
I suppose this story is somewhat more credible after the revelations
concerning the Reagan’s “court astrologer.”
According to Dan Smith, use of these psychotronic techniques entail a
perilous threat to democracy — potentially, a type of instantaneous mass
mind control to program a pesky proletariat — and worse.
These claims should be taken into context of published papers on the
ability to induce auditory sensations through microwave bombardment at
certain frequencies. In Alexander’s book, “The Warrior’s Edge” (with Morris
and Grollier), he states matter of factly that remote viewing and
psychokinesis are not only real, but have predictable, practical
applications. Indeed, the focus of the book is how to utilize mind control
techniques to achieve an advantage over one’s adversaries.
There’s absolutely no telling what Cold War ethics combined with
unlimited budgets and zero accountability could have wrought in terms of
Frankensteinian scenarios. To elucidate this point, I present this extract
from a paper by Ray Boeche, a Lincoln, Nebraska, theologian and Fortean
“To all interested researchers:
The following is an edited version of material given to me in late 1991
– early 1992, by two scientists who claim to be working in weapons research
and development for the Department of Defense.
I am not in a position to comment on the truthfulness or accuracy of
the information. The two men who have spoken to me do, in fact, exist, and
for all intents and purposes seem to be who and what they claim. The very
nature of the claims makes verification difficult, if not impossible.
Divulging this information was the result of a moral dilemma, when
these two individuals, both Christians, became alarmed at the course their
research efforts into psychotronic weapons was taking under the direction
of their (unnamed) superiors. They described an obsessive effort to contact
and attempt to control what they referred to as “non-human intelligences”
(NHI), and to harness these NHI for military and intelligence uses.
The efforts had progressed well past attempts at practical applications
of David Bohm’s theories, and had grown to encompass the use of, according
to their statements, “satanic rituals / ritual magic along the lines of
that espoused by Aleister Crowley, including human sacrifices.”
These gentlemen stated their concerns that, even when they were
apparently able to harness or channel these forces or abilities for “good”
uses, the force would “turn,” and ultimately all of those subjects involved
suffered varying degrees of negative effects from contact with these
forces. They are convinced that what is being tapped into in all instances
is evil, and that this research should cease.
Contact has continued on a limited basis, with no new information of
After speculation as to the physics of the paranormal, Boeche sums up
the startling details he received:
Information given, but not allowed to note during meeting: Discussion
of individuals killed during psychotronic weapons experiments.
1. Male, white, 25-30 yrs., allegedly death by remotely induced cardiac
2. Female, white, 20-25 yr., allegedly death by remotely transmitting and
creating head trauma equivalent to crushing of right anterior portion of
3. Male, white, 30-40 yrs., allegedly death by remotely controlled
Setting was in a laboratory environment. Alleged victims were wired for
EEG & EKG, seated in reclining chair, somewhat similar to dentist’s chair.
In efforts to establish contact with non-human intelligences, every
avenue is being explored. Satanic rituals involving human sacrifice have
been performed. Much study is/has been given to writings of Crowley.
Bentwaters experiment was the projection of an actual, physical
three-dimensional object, which could and did interact with its
environment, but was create and controlled by individuals involved in this
No project names were given because the sources were too concerned that
a leak would be traced back to them.”
Mr. Boeche used the term “scripted” (i.e. slow enough to allow for
copious note-taking, except when he was asked to cease writing during the
descriptions of the psychotronically induced deaths) to describe the
presentation delivered by the two putative DoD scientists. In my
communications with Mr. Boeche, he was at a loss to explain why the two DoD
scientists were still working on projects they found to be morally
repugnant, and if they really wanted to blow the whistle on this activity,
why did they reveal it to an obscure ufologist and not the New York Times
or “Nightline.” I have to agree with Boeche’s assessment that the story is
probably disinformation for some unknown purpose.
The only question here is — what could the motivation be?
The story related by Ray Boeche is supported by Dan Smith’s thesis,
i.e. humans are messing with forces that are getting out of control,
perhaps with disastrous consequences. According to Smith, these “sorcerer’s
apprentices” are going at it hot and heavy at government psychotronics labs
in or near Los Alamos, New Mexico.
It has been rumored that there have already been several high-level
meetings between those who are concerned about secret psi/UFO programs and
representatives of the Clinton administration. According to one rumor,
Pelican met with Jack Gibbons, the White House Science Advisor. Gibbons is
reported to have responded that “the President shouldn’t touch this topic
with a 10-foot pole.” Instead, meetings concerning these “black” psi/UFO
projects have been channeled through the Vice-President’s office under the
cover story of “alternate energy sources.” There have also been meetings
with Senate Intelligence Committee Chief of Staff, Dick DiAmato, who is
said to be interested in the ongoing strangeness at Area 51.
Variations on this rumor have John Alexander as the contact with the
Clinton administration. This makes a certain amount of sense, in that
Alexander knows Al Gore from his days as a Senator, when he taught several
Congressmen, including Gore, some basic Neuro-Linguistic Programming
Interestingly, the subject of “Presidential Haircuts” may be connected
to this affair. It has been independently reported to me that Mr. Clinton
had another delay on the tarmac in Los Alamos, after his tour of high-tech
research facilities in the area. This was just days before the LAX /
Christophe incident. The inference from this is that either the President’s
hair must grow very fast, or else highly secure meetings are occurring on
airport runways (presumably Air Force 1 is bug-free).
A Conversation with Pelican
In order to give Pelican an opportunity to confirm or deny the
eschatological scenario presented by Dan Smith, I gave him a call. Readers
who expect dramatic revelations will be disappointed, although Pelican did
provide some interesting tidbits.
First, he sounded much younger than I expected. Second, he had a very
sharp sense of humor (I had to laugh out loud several times during the
course of our conversation). I limited my questions to the subjects of
eschatology and the Aviary. His answers seemed forthright — he didn’t seem
stressed to avoid any particular topic, and I found him to be quite
My first question dealt with Dan’s statements concerning dangerous
“black” programs that were out of control. Curiously, Pelican responded
that “Dan isn’t cleared for that kind of information” — not exactly a
repudiation of Dan’s story.
Pelican did admit that he talks to Dan frequently — about physics.
When I told him that Dan had been claiming to be a “conduit” for
semi-official information from him, Pelican rather ambiguously stated, “He
may very well be doing that… I talk to him once in a while and we share
information. I really don’t tell him anything that’s classified or
work-related… he certainly isn’t functioning in the role of a conduit for
I quoted Dan Smith’s statement to the effect that “the best place to
find fellow eschatologists was in the intelligence agencies,” to which
Pelican responded “he didn’t find any here” at CIA.
I inquired about the status of psychotronic weapons research. Pelican
was dismissive of the entire subject, calling it “modern-day shamanism.” He
also stated that psychotronics is only taken seriously in countries like
Russia and China that do not have the rigorous peer-reviewed scientific
establishment such as in the U.S.
I raised the subject of Psi Tech, and Ed Dames’ risking his company’s
reputation on his prediction of an overt alien contact in the Chaco Canyon
area by the end of August ’93. “What reputation? It’s a joke…the only
paying customer Psi Tech has ever had was Dan Smith himself, who gave Psi
Tech $3,000 to remote view a crop circle being made,”Pelican responded. I
asked about the high-level personnel on Psi Tech’s board of directors like
Stubblebine and Alexander. Pelican was dismissive of Stubblebine,
recounting that Stubblebine’s nick-name was “General Spoonbender,” due to
his belief in psychic phenomena. Pelican holds Alexander in considerably
higher regard, however, stating, “he’s a friend of mine.”
Next, I asked about the Aviary. According to Pelican, the Aviary is
nothing more than the product of the somewhat-deranged mind of “Falcon,”
retired Air Force Captain Robert Collins, who worked in Foreign Technology
Assessment in regards to missile technology — not AFOSI as is widely
believed. Pelican said that Collins was discharged from the Air Force after
breaching the security perimeter at the Manzano nuclear weapons storage
facility at Kirtland AFB.
When taken into custody by base security, Collins told them he was
there “to meet the President.” He was discharged shortly thereafter (Dan
says that this incident was orchestrated by Bill Moore, with the hapless
Collins left twisting in the wind).
Soon after his discharge, Collins began mailing letters “…with my
real name and address on the outside, and my codename on the inside,”said
Pelican, who considered these mailings such a hoot that he posted them on
his office wall for the entertainment of his CIA colleagues.
All in all, an interesting conversation, but I was (as the reader
undoubtedly is now) more confused than ever.
Of course, nobody is shocked any more by government denials that turn
out to be less than truthful, but as I said before, Pelican was very
convincing. He reiterated Dan Smith’s proviso that I keep his name
confidential — not to keep him from being deluged by UFO kooks, but
rather, so he wouldn’t receive unwanted attention from foreign agents — a
condition that I’ll honor, even though Pelican’s real name is already well
known to researchers following this story.
Against this flurry of phone calls, rumors, denials, and confirmations,
HUFON’s own abduction research has uncovered an eschatological angle. It
seems even the abductors are getting on the eschatology band-wagon with
abductees reportedly meeting (or at least perceiving) God, Jesus, dead
relatives, and the like, often with dire warnings concerning “the end of
Senior HUFON abductions investigator Dale Musser does not take these
accounts at face value, nor does he reject them outright. Musser had this
to say about “spiritual” aspects of the abduction phenomenon:
“This theory is one held by a number of abductees. Most of these
abductees have been told by the abductors that the aliens have the right
(implication of a divine nature) to dothe things they are doing to the
abductees. That they are here to save the earth (exactmeans of doing
this vary from subjectto subject) and to help us. Usually the abductee
is told they were “chosen” and are made to feel important because of this
selection. Often they are told that at a later date they will’know what
to do,’ or they will “understand when the time isright.” The true
nature of the beings themselves is neverexplained, but left to the
individual to determine. Manybelieve them to possibly be angels, or
other entities, inservice to a deity. There does not seem to be any
clearlydefined message, nor are the messages consistent from one
abductee to another.
“There are several problems with this theory from an
investigative standpoint. First there is even less proof for
their statements than for the abduction itself. The vagueness
of the messages certainly does not relate to trying to convince
us of their concern about the issues. Second, the means and
methods of relaying the messages have the lowest probability of
achieving results. Third, the messages given are usually
interpreted after an event has occurred rather then before,
therefore, one never knows for sure if that’s what was truly
intended. Most events predicted, or messages conveyed which are
to be understood later, almost never happen, and those that do
are subject to question. Fourth, the religious significance of
the abductors is usually relevant to the belief system of the
abductee. It is not universal to all abductees.
“It would appear the abductors ‘access’ the belief system of the
abductee and play back a scenario that will be acceptable to the abductees
and make them more cooperative. If the individual is Judeo-Christian, the
aliens and their purposeswill appear to fit within that system. If the
subject is a Buddhist, the scenario will be within that belief system.
However this is not always true. In one case, an abductee (whowas
Christian) was presented with a totally pagan and mythicalbelief
scenario. A mistake, or a test? Who knows?
“What we do know is that there does not appear to be any
consistency to information in these events other than making the
individual believe the abductors are here on some sort of divine
mission. It is interesting to note that atheists seldom have
encounters where they are presented with religious scenarios.
Often they are presented with the idea the aliens are here to
help us prevent the same fate which supposedly befell their own
world. It is hard to believe there is anytruth to these
spiritual connections and beliefs when so many differing ones
are presented, some in conflict with the other. The conclusion
one could draw from the data presented is “whatever works, they
So, the abducting entities can’t seem to keep their stories straight.
One would expect at least consistency from advanced alien beings, heavenly
angels or demons from hell — whatever they may be.
Novelist Whitley Strieber, whose abduction experiences are described
vividly in his non-fiction books, “Communion” and “Transformation”
recounted that when he asked the entities what they were up to, they
responded “We recycle souls.” He too was shown “lessons” concerning a
catastrophe affecting the earth.
Strieber, who has become “alienated” from organized ufology due to his
refusal to categorize the entities he encountered as extraterrestrial
aliens, can only characterize the phenomenon as “not a dream, not a
hallucination, and not real – something else.”
Which brings me back to the subject at hand: what is going on?
In a word, confusion. There seems to be no correlation between the
perceived abduction events and Dan Smith’s eschatological emergency caused
by the practice of “black magic.” Smith does seem to be hedging his bets at
times. He has told me that the eschaton event could be a “benign eschaton,”
consisting of a universal and positive shift in human behavior due to
Revealed Truth. I could go for that…
Just as occurred in the waning days of the year 999, when millennialism
swept through Europe causing a virtual societal breakdown, today there is a
growing millennialist movement where many of the faithful foresee a period
of catastrophic “Earth changes,” and Armageddon, the fulfillment of
Fundamentalist Christians eagerly await this disaster because it will
usher in a thousand-year kingdom of Jesus on Earth.
New-Age channelers are also getting into the act with messages from
angels/ avatars/aliens warning of imminent “Earth changes” along with
warnings against gun control, Zionism, the “New World Order,” and other
right-wing paranoid delusions.
When considering these claims, one would be remiss in not pointing out
the upsurge in reports of Blessed Virgin Mary (BVM) sightings, and other
paranormal events of religious significance to the experiencers.
As with the many New Age channeled messages, many of the reported
Marion locutions warn of “Earth changes” and the “End Times.” Starting in
1981, the most spectacular and long-lasting BVM visitation (with scads of
witnesses to the “miracles”) occurred in Medjugorje, on the Adriatic coast
of Bosnia Herzegovinia, now one of the most horrific hell-holes on the
planet. So much for the positive spiritual effects one might expect from
such beatific locutions. Maybe things just aren’t what they seem.
Anyone familiar with UFO-abduction accounts is forced to conclude that
weird things are happening or at least being perceived as happening by
large numbers of otherwise sane, functional people. Some of these
abductions reports are so bizarre, and with so many similarities to BVM
encounters, that many thoughtful researchers have abandoned the
extraterrestrial hypothesis in favor of the metaphysical or
Dr. Jacques Vallee has even incorporated the high strangeness of these
events into his comprehensive catalogue of close encounters under the
rubric of “reality transformation.”
As author/futurist Arthur C. Clark is quoted as saying, any
sufficiently advanced technology will be indistinguishable from magic.
David Mayo took this concept a step further when he stated that if advanced
technology appears to be magic, then technology an order of magnitude
beyond that could have the appearance of nonsense to our primitive simian
But if there really is such a thing as “black magic,” and government
scientists are experimenting with it, I suspect that they could be blindly
running the same risks in dealing with such unknown forces as the
19th-century scientists who thought nothing of casually handling radium and
other radioactive materials.
With the clock inexorably ticking off the seconds until midnight,
December 31, 1999 (a date that seems to have some special significance to
the millennialists) eschatological fervor will undoubtedly increase.
Meanwhile, whoever or whatever is behind the UFO phenomenon is apparently
doing everything possible to keep the true nature of this mystery from
But rather than being an indicator of biblical “End Times” or “Earth
changes,” the barrage of UFO reports, BVM sightings, abduction accounts,
channeled messages, religious hysteria, and inside poop from the CIA are
probably nothing more than further attempts to distort the signal with more
Many thanks to Robert Durant, Dale Musser, Ray Boeche, George Hansen,
Ron Madeley and of course, Dan Smith for their assistance on this story.