I started this blog nearly two years ago. In addition to chronicling the local UFO story for Minnesota and Western Wisconsin, I wanted to keep an eye on recent developments in the national UFO story. By summer of 2019, a year and a half had already elapsed since the watershed publication of the Kean and Blumenthal New York Times story. The ball was already rolling. Congressional briefings were taking place. It was pretty obvious that the national UFO story, which had languished on the paranormal conspiracy fringes since the 1970s, was about to go mainstream again. That’s why I adopted the tagline, “It’s Happening.”
But it wasn’t happening very fast. Weeks and months went by during which not much happened at all, and I spent a lot of time searching Google, looking for legitimate UFO news in the media and wishing for new content to feed the blog. That’s no longer the case. Frankly, I can’t keep pace with the stream of news coverage devoted to the topic, much less find the time to write my own analysis. A few weeks ago, media coverage began a rapid escalation that culminated in the dam-burst 60 Minutes report. Since then, I have despaired of being able to keep up with the flood of new stories appearing daily in the media.
It’s not that there’s been an increase in UFO activity, just an increase in national conversation as more and more government and military officials go on the record admitting that the phenomena is real, unidentified, and possibly non-human in origin. I call this process the Piecemeal Disclosure. When the truth finally does come out, I don’t expect to discover any vast conspiracy or government coverup. I expect we will discover a vast government incompetence created by an atmosphere of belligerent denial.
Last week, we took several steps closer to that Disclosure, whatever it may be. Here’s a rundown on some of the top stories from the last week in May, 2021.Read More
The UFO story has really gone mainstream, crossing the threshold of acceptability in the media. The last month has seen almost daily features over a variety of news platforms including heavy-hitters like 60 Minutes and The New Yorker. Just this last weekend has been a whirlwind, with a new revelations and a new leaked UFO video from the Navy. Let’s take a look at some of the new stories and media features.
In April, NBC did a feature on the tic-tac story with another interview with pilot David Fravor and touched on some other relevant points of the Navy sightings with the obligatory appearance of Lu Elizondo and discussion about the recent developments.
In a sign that the government is finally starting to get serious about the UFO question, the Department of Defense Office of the Inspector General has announced the launch of a formal evaluation into The Pentagon’s actions regarding “Unidentified Aerial Phenomena” or UAP. You can read the whole story in this article from The Debrief.
The May 10, 2021 issue of the New Yorker has a great, well-balanced, and in-depth story that attempts to provide context for the current situation. It’s a long read, but if you are new to the national UFO story, this is a quality piece of journalism that provides a perspective and analysis. Read “How the Pentagon Started Taking UFOs Seriously” by Gideon Lewis-Kraus. The write-up provides a great crash course and a who’s-who to help decipher the current UFO dialogue.
The New Yorker released an accompanying podcast titled “Are UFOs a National Security Threat“. Together with the article, these resources bring the power of balanced, sober-minded journalism to an otherwise sensationalism-driven subject.
Speaking of the New Yorker piece, The Hill featured an interview with Gideon Lewis-Kraus discussing his research and the surprising shift in media attitude toward the formally taboo subject.
On Friday 5/15, Jeremy Korbell and George Knapp’s Mystery Wire leaked another legitimate UFO video, this one shot from the control room of the USS Omaha. It shows a UFO off the coast of California dip into the ocean while Navy personal attempt to track its path. The Pentagon has confirmed the authenticity of the video, and a descent audio track lets us listen in on the Navy sailors trying to understand the object.
In anticipation of the 60 Minutes piece, CBS Sunday Morning featured a story titled “Something in the air: The increased attention to UFOs,” which has an interview with journalist Leslie Kean, Harvard Astrophysicist Avi Loeb, and Astronomer Seth Shostak of Seti.
The 60 Minutes story didn’t break any new ground or make any new disclosures, but it did bring the second pilot from the now-famous tic-tac incident in front of the camera, raising the credibility of that story. More importantly, the story shoved the entire discussion into primetime mainstream media credibility. This link has the story with a transcript. You can watch the whole segment below:
As we draw nearer to the June deadline for the Pentagon report to the Senate on UAP activity, we can expect to see more stories coming out. Rumor has it that there’s going to be some fresh newspaper content in the coming weeks. Whatever the case may be, we’ll keep you up to date at UFOdays.net because these really are UFO Days like we haven’t seen in a generation.
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So far, it seems like 2021 UFO news coverage has outpaced all previous years combined, at least since the 1950s.
Nearly two years ago, when I launched UFOdays.net, I told you “It’s happening.” At that point, back in the summer of 2019, the national UFO story was just beginning to shake loose. If you were watching closely, you could see the dam beginning to crack. I wanted to call attention to the developments and the progress the government was making toward disclosure.
Since December of 2020, the UFO story has been in the news every week if not every day. Ironically, I haven’t made a single post in 2021. Why? I’m not sure. Maybe I lost interest when UFOs went from being an obscure and unpublicized phenomenon to a regular mainstream media feature. Maybe the story has been developing too fast for me to keep up. Or maybe the men in black got to me.
Whatever the truth might be, here’s a rundown on the last four months of developments.Read More
The year 2020 was a huge year for UFO news. Sadly, the biggest event of the year, Elmwood, Wisconsin’s annual UFO Days event, was cancelled due to the virus, but there were plenty of UFO news stories to keep us occupied. Wouldn’t you know it, the “News” page at UFOdays.net crashed today as I attempted to update it. Thanks covert CIA deep-state tech manipulators. Now I’m going to have to rebuild all those entries. No worries, here’s a rundown on the major 2020 stories–sort of a Year in Review.
The fun started in 2020 with the still-unexplained Colorado Drone Swarm mystery. The drones appeared in late 2019, but lingered on into the new year. I have a gut feeling that those drones are just the same phenomena we’ve been observing since 1947, now wrapped in a new updated guise for the continuing bafflement of human beings. If so, the Colorado incidents, which persisted into early 2020, are some of the most high profile and wide-spread UFO incidents we’ve had in recent history.
The year 2020 also saw some amazing steps toward Disclosure. The Pentagon officially released the three UAP gun camera videos of the phenomenon taken by Navy pilots. The videos had been previously leaked by Christopher Mellon and the now-collapsing To the Stars Academy venture, but in 2020, the Navy went on the record to confirm that the videos depict encounters with unknown aerial phenomenon.
We had some break through journalism in 2020, such as the Popular Mechanics exposé on the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP) that essentially revealed that UFOs are real, the government knows it, but doesn’t want to admit it, doesn’t know how to deal with it, and doesn’t know what to do about it. Then there was the FOIA releases obtained by The Drive regarding Navy pilot encounters off the East Coast. The biggest story of the year was the New York Times piece by Kean and Blumenthal which hinted about the Wilson Memo, UFO crash retrievals, and steps toward disclosure. All of this buzz even got scientists thinking there might be something to it worth studying.
Then things really came to a head when the Senate Intelligence Committee got involved. A new bill, headed by Marco Rubio revealed the existence of ongoing UFO program in the Navy and drafted a bill demanding a report that amounts to Disclosure. The bill was signed into law just last week along with the Coronavirus relief bill, and that means that the Pentagon has 180 days to comply.
The icing on the cake was the release of the new James Fox documentary The Phenomenon which is, arguably, the best film presentation of the UFO mystery ever created. If you haven’t seen, resolve to do so in the new year 2021.
Will there be significant UFO stories in 2021? Without a doubt.
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Check out this leaked government photo of a UFO. The picture of a “cube-shaped object” was taken on the cell phone by a pilot in an F/A-18 fighter jet off the East Coast of the United States in 2018. It doesn’t really look cubical from this angle. But the photo has been circulated through the DoD Intelligence circles and shown to members of congress along with UFO analysis other photos, including an unreleased photo of a black triangle UFO.
The Navy pilots who took the above picture say the object was hovering, stationary. The photo is part of an important leak of Govt UFO information. Here’s a close up of the object in the photo.
Thanks to recent revelations through the New York Times and To the Stars Academy, we know that the Pentagon has secret UFO programs dedicated to collecting, collating, and thinking about the problem of Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon. We also know that representatives of these programs have recently briefed DoD Intelligence, members of congress, and even the president of the United States. But what did those briefings say? And were there pictures?
That’s exactly what the appropriately named investigative journalism website The Debrief (thedebrief.org) wanted to know. The Debrief covers Science, Technology, and Defense issues. Through a series of Freedom of Information requests and off-the-record conversations with high-level officials in a position to know, The Debrief has delivered the goods, or at least some of them.Read More
Yesterday, Fox 9 KMSP ran a local UFO story titled “Strangers in the Sky.“
There’s probably a lot more to this story, but here’s a quick summary. A guy from Eden Prairie has been observing lights hovering and traversing in the sky near the Flying Cloud Airport since May 2020. He’s taken a lot of video. No one can tell him what he’s seeing. The lights appear only after the airport is closed down (11:00 PM) at night. The lights do not have radar signatures. He’s contacted the police and the FBI. The police assume it’s private drones illegally operated in the restricted fly zone around the airport, but they’ve been unable to nab the drone operator.
By itself, this is sort of a non-story, which is the direction that Fox News ends up taking it to save their own credibility. It turns into an air-hazard story about drones and airports. But that’s ignoring a much bigger story which includes the Colorado Drone Swarms (aka UFOs) of late 2019 and early 2020.
Obviously, it’s easy to dismiss these reports as misidentified drone sightings, but the combined powers of the FAA, the FBI, and local law enforcement have been unable to do that definitively in Colorado or in Eden Prairie. For those who are familiar with the ever evolving UFO phenomenon, it would come as no surprise to learn that UFOs have begun to camouflage themselves as drones. These objects, which in the nineteenth century traversed the North American skies as “air ships” and dirigibles with sails and propellers, are ever evolving, keeping pace with our own technology, keeping us just on the edge of uncertainty about their origin.
Anyway, this is a local Minnesota UFO story, right up our alley at UFOdays.net. Check it out on Fox 9.Read More
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has launched a lot of flying objects down the field in his career, but he’s also had an encounter with an Unidentified Flying Object. At UFOdays.net, we are about Wisconsin, Minnesota, and UFOs. It all comes together when Rodgers tells the story of a UFO he saw in New Jersey fifteen years ago.
The Aaron Rodgers UFO story has been around for a while, but Rodgers recently retold the incident in a Pat McAfee interview.Read More
Listen in on the UFO Hotline from 1974-1977. Here’s hours and hours of authentic UFO-encounter audio entertainment for those long drives on lonely rural highways in the middle of the night.
In 1974, Robert Gribble started the National UFO Reporing Center (NUFORC) near Seattle, Washington, U.S.A. The NUFORC’s 24 hour hotline number was distributed to police, airports and military bases, with a request to refer claimed UFO witnesses to the NUFORC. Gribble or his associates took hundreds of telephone calls from people who claimed to have seen UFOs. These recordings were compiled and edited by Wendy Connors, who operated the now-defunct Faded Discs website. Text files summarize each call, including location, date and a brief description of the conversation and claimed UFO encounter. https://archive.org/download/National…
Witnesses range from ordinary citizens to pilots, military personnel, Federal Aviation Administration employees, police and scientists. The UFO cases range from lights in the skies to close-up encounters with flying saucers, cylindrical objects and other aircraft. Other calls include claimed encounters with animal mutilation, large Bigfoot-type beings, amnesia and possible alien abduction cases, or sightings of humanoid UFO occupants. A few calls show how meteors entering the Earth’s atmosphere can be mistaken for something more exotic. Reports come from all 50 states, but lean towards the western half of America. The NUFORC still operates as of March, 2009, now with Peter Davenport as director. Read More
Pierce County, Wis.
The road from Ellsworth begins its run into Elmwood on the flat and then dips and turns like a roller coaster until finally Elmwood is in sight, a little movie-set town with a church spire, set in a deep-walled valley cut by the Eau Galle River. At night you can go up on the hills, look down and the lights of Elmwood, Ellsworth and Plum City—the so-called Piece County Triangle—shine like cities seen from an airplane window. Eerie twinklings.
In the early morning of April 7, as he was finishing his rounds up near Tuttle Hill in Elmwood, retired police chief George Wheeler saw a new light the likes of which made him scream and dive into a ditch for cover.
“I thought for sure a plane was crashing,” said Wheeler. “I thought a plane was going to wipe out the town. It was something, the size of a football field, about 1,500 feet off the ground. I hit the ditch and the thing passed over me and I saw a blue flame shoot out of it. It cut across town at a right angle and moved at a fantastic speed, I’d say 1,500 to 1,800 miles per hour if I had to guess.”
“I thought for sure a plane was crashing,” said Wheeler. “I thought a plane was going to wipe out the town.”
Wheeler said he got back into his car and drove to the top of Tuttle Hill. From there he studied the object at length and described it as cigar shaped, 100 yards long, casting a white light on the ground. It was silent, he said. It sped off towards Ellsworth and Wheeler. He hesitantly put in a call to the Ellsworth Village Hall. They told him he wasn’t crazy, people had been making similar reports for about two hours.Read More
We’ve been waiting for director James Fox’s new UFO documentary, The Phenomenon, for a long time. Today we learned it’s going to be released digitally on October 6, 2020. James Fox is the director who brought us the UFO documentaries Fifty Years of Denial (1997), Out of the Blue (2003), and I Know what I Saw (2009). For the last six years, he’s been working on a followup feature-film documentary titled “The Phenomenon.” It’s been subject to numerous delays and frustrations, but it’s finally going to be released, and we can’t wait to get out the popcorn.
Check out the trailer here:Read More