Rendlesham Forest: John Burroughs injuries due to UAP

This week John Burroughs released a press release in which it is claimed he received a large dose of radiation due to his encounter in the forest. The press release is as follows:

Phoenix AZ, February 22, 2015— The United States Government has, for the first time ever, acknowledged by de facto the long-suspected reality of the UFO phenomenon.  John Burroughs encountered a craft of unknown origin in England’s Rendlesham Forest in December of 1980 and suffered injury there from for which the Veterans Administration has now recognized by granting him full medical disability. The December 1980 Rendlesham Forest incident in the United Kingdom is arguably the most well documented and important UFO encounter in history.  A UFO was seen over three consecutive nights by United States Air Force personnel stationed at the twin bases of Bentwaters and Woodbridge, near Ipswich, England — then the largest NATO air force bases at the height of the Cold War.

The UFO was tracked on radar and physical evidence was found at a site where the UFO was seen to land, including indentations in the frozen ground, scorch marks on the sides on the trees, and radiation levels subsequently assessed by the UK Ministry of Defense as “significantly higher than the average background”.

Airman First Class John Burroughs encountered the UFO at close proximity on the first night. While for many years the U.S. Government denied that this incident had even occurred, in 2006 the UK Government declassified an intelligence study on UFOs (codenamed Project Condign and classified as Secret UK Eyes Only) in which the following statement is found:

The well-reported Rendlesham Forest/Bentwaters event is an example where it might be postulated that several observers were probably exposed to UAP [Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon] radiation for longer than normal UAP sighting periods.

John Burroughs was one of those observers who was exposed to UAP radiation in the Rendlesham Forest in December 1980.  However, despite having been exposed to UAP radiation as postulated by the UK’s own intelligence report, the U.S. Government stonewalled John, his attorney, and two United States senators for years.  Now, after decades of persistence, the U.S. Government has finally acknowledged that John Burroughs suffered adverse health effects in the Rendlesham Forest and, therefore, has recognized the link between his health problems and the UFO he encountered.  In an interesting twist, John’s complete medical records file from that time he served in England remains classified.  In regard to the VA’s action on his case, John said:

In January of 2015, after years of exhaustive efforts the VA settled, in full, with me. I needed someone to champion my cause, someone not afraid to put themselves at risk to help me.  I was lucky.  I found two to champion my cause, my attorney Pat Frascogna, and Senator John McCain and his staff. Through their efforts, I received lifesaving heart surgery to replace a badly shredded anterior mitral valve caused by the UAP radiation, and a settlement from the DOD and VA admitting I was injured in the line of duty in December of 1980.

As I will discuss in my forthcoming piece on the Condign Report, the use of the term Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) is peppered throughout the report, and replaces the term UFO as the MoD felt that the UFO acronym was too politically charged. The issue remains that the MoD believe that UAPs are phenomena based around  meteorological and spaced based “weather”. They do not believe that UAPs are alien craft, so I am not quite convinced that it is an admittance to anything other the MoDs/DoDs belief that Burroughs encountered  a natural phenomena. It is what they believe irrespective of the evidence. In the Condign Report, the MoD believe that UAPs can discharge radiation, so that is their get out clause. However, it still opens up some really interesting avenues of inquiry and it also factors in to the claims of above average levels of background information.

John Podesta & UFOs: He ain’t saying anything new…


John Podesta has stepped down as one of Obama’s senior advisers and upon leaving tweeted some of his regrets, with his Number 1 being…

John's Number 1 regret

John’s Number 1 regret

We saw this when Clinton and Carter were in the Oval Office. Both former Presidents and their aide’s were given the bureaucratic run-round. One of the issues that people tend to forget in this situation, is that there is rarely a filing cabinet called “UFO Files”. This information gets heavily compartmentalised. No-one in any administration is going to saunter down to the Pentagon and walk out with an armful of files. No amount of negotiation between elected officials and career-bureaucrats will result in a sudden out-poring of previously classified material. What does come out of governments is usually hard-won through continual petitioning and FOI requests. John can have another crack at it when he is working for Hilary…

Abduction: Human Encounters with Aliens – 20 Years On

In St. Nick’s Market there is a fantastic second-hand bookshop, and as I sauntered past I caught site of John Mack’s “Abduction: Human Encounters with Aliens”. In hardback. For £1. I lost my copy a long time ago, so for a quid it was a no-brainer. I noticed that it was originally published in 1994, the same year (I think) that I met John Mack. I was ferrying him from the train-station to his accommodation prior to his appearance at a UFO conference. He was a warm and inquisitive guy, constantly asking about his surroundings, the history, the people. He was a really nice guy.

As I flicked trough the book on the way home on the train, I really got a sense of his warmth but more importantly I got a sense of how restrained the book is at times. Irrespective of the his academic background and approach, as books about alien abduction go, it feels really restrained. I’m not saying that is a bad thing. However, it has really got me thinking. Primarily it has got me thinking about where these people are now. Twenty years on, where are they? How have they integrated their experiences into their lives. It also got me thinking about the abduction dialogue. As we look back we’ve seen the dialogue change, evolve and expand. So where are we now?

It always fascinates me how people who have had extraordinary experiences view things after a long period of time. I once met this guy who was running around Warminster at the height of the “Warminster Thing”. He said that at the time, with all the excitement, intrigue and sightings, him and those around him were expecting the aliens to land at any point. It was really going to happen. Every sighting heightened the belief. As things trailed off, as the story went cold, people drifted away. A sense of loss hit him. This excitement was heightened for him in the early 1990’s when crop circles looked like ETs calling card… and we know how that panned out. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice…

It’s a common theme within the abduction dialogue, how people have been chosen for special missions, I wonder how you integrate that twenty years later and nothing much has changed? What inner dialogue do you then have?

Anyway, just some musings… Probably an avoidance technique to prevent wading through the Condign Report again. Yes, I promise, I will post on it soon.

The Roswell Slides: The Day of the Dead (aliens)

Day of the Dead Alien

Day of the Dead Alien

I think the organisers of the forthcoming Roswell Slides conference really missed a trick. As it is being held in Mexico City, why not hold it on the same day as ‘Dead of the Dead’ festival? The marketing would have wrote itself. “Day of the Dead Aliens”. Genius!

Anyway, lots of conjecture spinning around the web at the first shots of the Roswell Slides. Below are some links to some of the more interesting blog postings…

Thanks to Dave Haith for the links…

The Roswell Slides: Poor quality… in more ways than one

The Roswell Slides - seemingly there wasn't a good quality camera in 1947

The Roswell Slides – seemingly there wasn’t a good quality camera in 1947

Yes, yes, yes, I’ve been a bit bitchy, I’ve allowed a slightly jaded version of myself write these last few posts in my absence, I’ve allowed my successive disappointments to colour my thinking, however, sometime I just wish someone would do this UFO-thing a bit better. Anyway, now I have go that off my chest, I can direct your gaze to the above screengrab of the Roswell Slides. Some people are saying that these images have been kicking around for a while, some are saying the quality is poor because skullduggery and misdirection are afoot, some are saying we should just hold our horses for a minute and lets appraise the whole situation. In the end, you’ll believe what you feel. Can we answer the whole question of Roswell with a few pictures? Does this really prove the ETH? Or is it just another picture to go with the many other images of UFOs, entities and the like that have been acquired over many decades? Time, as ever, will tell.