Monday, June 07, 2021

The UFO UAP Tipping point - US & China connections

A tipping point has occurred in the status of the UFO mystery.  We have seen an extraordinary awakening in mainstream media attention to the subject.  Particularly in the United States, we have had a procession of officials, former presidents, politicians, intelligence chiefs, and others coming out with intriguing statements about the reality of UFOs, usually citing the more neutral label of UAPs, or unidentified aerial phenomena.


John Ratcliffe, a former Director of National Intelligence, revealed on Fox News, revealed that US military pilots and satellites had recorded many sightings.  He stated, “Multiple sensors that are picking up these things. They’re unexplained phenomenon, and there’s actually quite a few more than have been made public,” elaborating they had been seen “all over the world.” “Frankly, there are a lot more sightings than have been made public.” He added, “Some of those have been declassified. And when we talk about sightings, we are talking about objects that have been seen by navy or air force pilots, or have been picked up by satellite imagery, that frankly engage in actions that are difficult to explain, movements that are hard to replicate, that we don’t have the technology for.”


While the UAP Task Force report may significantly add to the controversy and focus of continuing research and study, much of it is skewed towards threat assessments. While domestic US technological breakthroughs may be made less likely, as an explanation, concerns are that adversarial foreign powers may have made huge leap-frog advances. The evidence for an alien presence or threat, while perhaps considered, will be not presented as proven.  Further research and investigation will be called for, and certainly more funding will be sought. Its time to get serious about UFO and UAP study, rather than ignoring the problem, keeping things secret, and continuing an ad hoc and myopic approach.


The 2004 Nimitz incident, particularly US Navy Commander Fravor’s encounter, viewed visually and confirmed through multiple sensor equipment and platforms, was a game-changer. As an excellent example of the stunning potential of serious scientific examination of UFO or UAP events, I recommend the Scientific Coalition for UAP Studies (SCU) report on the case: “A Forensic Analysis of Navy Carrier Strike Group Eleven’s Encounter with an Anomalous Aerial Vehicle” is authored by Robert Powell, Peter Reali, Tim Thompson, Morgan Beall, Doug Kimzey, Larry Cates, and Richard Hoffman.

The 2004 Nimitz event was a primary stimulus for change, and yet it was hardly the first remarkable US military aircraft encounter that remains unexplained. One of the best is covered in another striking study is the “Investigation of UFO Events at Minot AFB on 24 October 1968” compiled by Thomas Tulien, which included a B-52 crew and preserved radar scope imagery. The event and evidence was striking, occurring in the immediate wake of the formal end of the USAF commissioned University of Colorado “scientific” UFO study. Had this case been properly revealed and studied by authorities, particularly the Condon Committee, it would have been impossible to sustain the controversial conclusions the Condon Report made, particularly that UFOs have no scientific merit. Yet another blatant lost opportunity, to be added to the long and sorry list of lost opportunities, brought about by the “taboo” status of the UFO mystery.  Now that “taboo” is under serious assault.


While China’s testing of adversarial nations resources and abilities, often through significant drone innovations, may be seen as a possible explanation for some of the events that the US UAP Task Force has examined, it is fascinating that China has had its own programme to study similar events, which are referred to as “unidentified air conditions.” 

Images from a Chinese promotion video of an advanced supersonic drone concept:

Some interesting and unusual plans and prototypes of the Chinese UFO like "Super Great White Shark attack helicopter": reported on 5 June 2021, “A People’s Liberation Army (PLA) task force dedicated to the unknown objects increasingly relies on AI technology to analyze its data, according to a report by Wuhan-based researcher Chen Li from Chinese Air Force Early Warning Academy (presented at “a conference of senior information technology scientists” in Beijing in 2019) as cited Friday (4 June) by the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post (SCMP). Chen states that human analysts have been overwhelmed in recent years by the rapidly mounting sighting reports from a wide range of military and civilian sources across the country.  (Chen) said that one advantage of AI is that it can “think outside the box” – checking crumbs of information scattered across many data sets created at different times and locations, and drawing links unseen by human eyes – to help determine whether sightings were caused by a hostile country, amateur aviation enthusiasts, nature, or “other reasons.”  With the help of AI, PLA headquarters assigns a “threat index” to each object based on its behavior, frequency of occurrence, aerodynamic design, radioactivity, possible make and materials, along with any other information.  The AI can pull together other information which may help determine an object’s purpose. For instance, if similar unknown objects have a tendency to appear during major political events or military exercises, they are considered more likely to be a man-made device deployed by another country to gather intelligence, according to the report.” 

Military delegates arrive for the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China March 3, 2019. ©  REUTERS/Aly Song
                        Chinese Air Force Early Warning Academy at Wuhan and its logo

“According to Chen and his colleagues, the PLA has a three-tier reporting system to handle unknown aerial objects. The base level, which includes military radar stations, air force pilots, police stations, weather stations, and Chinese Academy of Sciences observatories, is responsible for gathering as much raw data as possible.  The information is processed in mid-tier by the PLA’s regional military command which conducts preliminary analysis and transfers the data to a national database.” 


“Military researchers cited in the report explain that manual verification of these events usually takes time, but AI can quickly identify most natural causes by cross-checking various sources of information, such as weather satellite data.  The report also cites a radar scientist based in Xian, in the northwest province of Shaanxi, as saying that the increasing number of unknown objects in China’s air space was “more likely caused by humans than aliens.” Chinese authorities have gradually loosened control on flight activities in low altitudes over the past few years, while drones have also become relatively cheap and popular, he said.

Meanwhile, increased US military activities in the South China Sea and other sensitive waters near China could also account for the increased appearance of objects that cannot be immediately explained, said the researcher, who asked not to be named because of the sensitivity of the topic.”


The report also described a case that could be classed as China’s “Nimitz” or “Minot” case.  It is a case I have been exploring for a long time.  The account suggests it was “China’s only officially confirmed sighting.” I’m not sure that is the case.  One of its witnesses was ironically the acknowledged father of China’s militarised drones, Zhao Xu.                                                    

(Three photos of Zhao Xu)

The event occurred over a military airbase at Cangzhou, in Hebei province, on October 19, 1998. The base commander Colonel Li denied his J-6 interceptor pilot’s request to fire on the UFO.  

An artist's representation (apparently of the case - unknown attribution)
My translator's rough drawing of the UFO deploying two strange beams of light

I was most fascinated by the commander’s statement, based on the observation of the J-6 crew, Hu Shaoheng and Liu Ming, about strange “light projections” from the “short-legged mushroom” shaped object: "Surprisingly these two light beams of light were not as we normally see light beams, as has been according to the distance and spread, but as two light-emitting entities, sticking out from the bottom of the UFO ending on a certain length. At least today we have not got control of this sort of light technology." Here was a striking example of what has been referred to as “solid light” – a recurring aspect of many cases worldwide, which would be an extraordinary scientific breakthrough if we could work it out.


Now, with current developments, we may see a development of a serious open UFO/UAP science, as both mainstream media and science begin to abandoned their myopic histories of neglect of this fascinating mystery.