At the end of World War II, huge swaths of Europe and Asia had been reduced to ruins. Borders were redrawn and homecomings, expulsions, and burials were under way. But the massive efforts to rebuild had just begun. When the war began in the late 1930s, the world's population was approximately 2 billion. In less than a decade, the war between the Axis the Allied powers had resulted in 80 million deaths -- killing off about 4 percent of the whole world. Allied forces now became occupiers, taking control of Germany, Japan, and much of the territory they had formerly ruled. Efforts were made to permanently dismantle the war-making abilities of those nations, as factories were destroyed and former leadership was removed or prosecuted. War crimes trials took place in Europe and Asia, leading to many executions and prison sentences. Millions of Germans and Japanese were forcibly expelled from territories they called home. Allied occupations and United Nations decisions led to many long-lasting problems in the future, including the tensions that created East and West Germany, and divergent plans on the Korean Peninsula that led to the creation of North and South Korea and -- the Korean War in 1950. The United Nations Partition Plan for Palestine paved the way for Israel to declare its independence in 1948 and marked the start of the continuing Arab-Israeli conflict. The growing tensions between Western powers and the Soviet Eastern Bloc developed into the Cold War, and the development and proliferation of nuclear weapons raised the very real specter of an unimaginable World War III if common ground could not be found. World War II was the biggest story of the 20th Century, and its aftermath continues to affect the world profoundly more than 65 years later. (This entry is Part 20 of a weekly 20-part retrospective of World War II)
Scientists Make Astonishing Discovery Of 'Ghost Particle' In Earth's Atmosphere Proving Alien Life Exists—Report
By Jaskiran Kaur on January 20 2015 8:00 PM
Jacob Martin tours an alien autopsy tent during the opening night of a festival celebrating the supposed visit of aliens to the Kelly-Hopkinsville area in 1955, in Kelly, Kentucky August 16, 2013.
Jacob Martin tours an alien autopsy tent during the opening night of a festival celebrating the supposed visit of aliens to the Kelly-Hopkinsville area in 1955, in Kelly, Kentucky August 16, 2013. REUTERS/Harrison McClary
For centuries, researchers and scientists have been debating on the possibility of existence of alien life. A photo obtained by scientists supposedly provides proof that aliens are real and Earthlings are not alone, according to researchers.
Reporting about the groundbreaking discovery, Daily Express broke the news on Jan. 16, 2015. According to the report, a group of British researchers have discovered a "spectral-like 'ghost-particle' in debris gathered from outer space." They published a photo that reveals the said "latest proof aliens exist."
The discovery has been made by Professor Milton Wainwright and his team of researchers from the University of Sheffield and the University of Buckingham Centre for Astrobiology. He works at the University of Sheffield's Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. This "ghost particle" was reportedly obtained from "dust and particulate matter" found in the stratosphere, the atmospheric layer between troposphere and the mesosphere, of the earth.
They reportedly sent balloons 27km above the Earth's atmosphere to collect debris from space where they stumbled upon the particle. These scientists emphasises that this matter is biological in nature, and it is something that has never been seen before. It is said the discovery of the particle "could hold the key" to the questions about the existence of aliens.
It is termed "ghost particle" because of its wisplike appearance when seen under a microscope. Professor Wainwright explains that the particle comes in "width of human hair" and resembles "a chiffon scarf with a ghostly appearance."
He also speculates that "in its space environment this 'ghost particle' is a living balloon which an alien microscopic organism might inflate with lighter than air gasses allowing it to float in the air or the seas of an unknown space environment." The scientist revealed that even though the photo shows the subject to be more like a deflated balloon, it is probably inflated. It remains to be seen whether the discovery could be used by other researchers, and subsequently open avenues for the study of the related topics, such as origin of life on Earth.
He is amazed at how these particles are available "on the sampling stubs in an absolutely pristine condition with no contamination like pollen grass or pollution particles." Prior to their groundbreaking discovery of "ghost particle," Professor Wainwright and his team made another astonishing discovery of "dragon particle." The finding was published in the Journal of Cosmology.
Addressing the topic in an email to Space.com, Chris Mckay, an astrobiologist at NASA's Ames Research Centre in Moffett Field, suggested the need for more convincing proof supporting the findings. "There is probably truth to the report that they find curious stuff in the atmosphere. The jump to the conclusion that it is alien life is a big jump and would require quite extraordinary proof," Mckay explained.
The USAF and the USG never stopped collecting UFO reports. For example, the FBIS teletypes over the years included UFO reports in their open source or overt collection of information. FBIS is now called OSC or Open Source Center. Commo Note: Oddly I still see routing for FBIS at two locations -- Islamabad, Pakistan and Okinawa, Japan. Those are listed in the ACP 117 routing guides. I also see several old 'friends' in this November 2010 document, such as, DODSPECREP, NCR SOUTH, and a few more.
John, some of this is the bureaucracy really never stops collecting and in parallel there is a 'real' world collection of intelligence on Soviet, Chinese, and other countries. On the USAF Radar Station Veterans mailing list and at U-Tapao Alumni, there were responses to my PBB case reports. These USAF veterans state that the chain of command was still collecting UFO reports well into the 1990s when most of these individuals either retired or moved on to other careers. The forms still existed and the process for distribution was in place.
My interest has always been in identifying where these reports eventually wind up. I am going to say the final collection point is CIA and/or NSA. While in Panama, 1981-84, I spoke with commo colleagues who had served 'back channel' comms in Europe. They told me that all UFO reports either overt or covert source were sent to Fort Meade to the NSA. So there is a small group at NSA or affiliated with NSA that collects and analyzes these reports that we the public do not know about.
Good analysis here by Jerry Goodenough. His analysis of JFK's assassination over the years have been excellent. Also, I have inserted "JG..." where Jerry makes his comments. In the Rich Text file these comments were highlighted in blue text. That is not accomodated here at the Forum.
RE: New evidence challenges official picture of (Robert) Kennedy shooting Date: Jan 22, 2015 3:03 AM
From: Greg B  Sent: 20 January 2015 23:52 To: email@example.com Subject: Re: New evidence challenges official picture of (Robert) Kennedy shooting
Be interested to hear Jerry Goodenough's take on this.
But the lone gunman explanation has always looked shaky. The autopsy of Kennedy's body suggested that all four shots that hit him came from behind, and powder marks on his skin showed they must have been from close range.
But Sirhan was in front of Kennedy when he fired, and after shooting two shots was overcome by hotel staff, who pinned him to a table. Also, Sirhan fired eight shots in total, yet 14 were found lodged around the room and in the victims.
JG... Part of the trouble is that there exists no film or photographic record of the shooting (unlike, e.g., the Zapruder film of JFK) so it is hard to get events in order. And they were pretty chaotic events in the middle of a crowd. It is perfectly possible that when Sirhan fired the first shot (we’ve no idea which shots went where or which hit RFK) RFK tried automatically to turn away, thus accounting for bullets not hitting him from the front. This seems a plausible response and the shooting happened so quickly and in such chaos that it can’t be ruled out.
JG...The claim that 14 bullets were found must be a mistake since it is absolutely false. The writer seems to be confusing bullets with bullet-holes. It’s hard to tell from the number of bullet wounds, holes in ceiling tiles, etc. how many bullets there were since we can’t be sure which bullets did what, wounded which person, perhaps wounded more than one person, ricocheted, etc. Some bullets hit something and stopped – e.g. the one found in RFK’s head. Others seem to have gone through people or things, perhaps even ricocheted in and out of the ceiling space, going on to hit other things.
"There is no doubt in our minds that no fewer than 14 shots were fired in the pantry on that evening and that Sirhan did not in fact kill Senator Kennedy," said Robert Joling, a forensic scientist who has been involved with the Kennedy case for nearly 40 years. He and Van Praag have published a book on the killing this week entitled "An Open and Shut Case".
JG...The single major logical problem here. In a reasonably small kitchen/pantry area where perhaps 80 people are crammed together and the RFK party is forcing its way through them, some man or woman is supposed to have produced an unsilenced pistol and fired no less than six shots without a single one of these dozens noticing? Not even the person standing next to them? Hmmm. Not only is this implausible, it is even more implausible that any rational conspirator would bet their life (literally, since California in 1968 had an active death penalty for murder) on predicting that this would certainly happen. (There’s a reasonable photo of the kitchen in 1968 here: http://ambassadorhotel.blogspot.co.uk/2005/12/original-pantry.html. There is a single policeman in the picture. Now imagine another 79 fitted into that space…)
The inconsistencies in the case have bred numerous conspiracy theories, including the involvement of the CIA and the idea that Sirhan - who claims not to remember the shooting and pleaded insanity at his trial - was a "Manchurian Candidate" assassin who was hypnotically programmed to kill the senator.
JG...Sirhan was prepared to say anything to try to escape the death penalty. (As are most criminals…) As it happens, he was sentenced to death but the sentence subsequently commuted to life imprisonment following separate court rulings on the constitutionality of California’s death penalty. He keeps applying for parole – he’s been inside for almost 47 years – and so will say anything to minimise his involvement if it raises his chances of being released. But it’s clear from Sirhan’s writings and some of the things he said (or is alleged to have said) around the time of his trial that he bore a strong animus against RFK for his pro-Israel stance. And Dan Moldea, writing in 1995, says that Sirhan more or less confessed to him during a prison visit. The least one can say is that Sirhan is not an entirely trustworthy witness in this case…
Now Van Praag has added new weight to the 'two shooters' theory. He reanalysed the only audio recording of the shooting, which was made by an independent journalist, Stanislaw Pruszynski. "At the time Pruszynski was not even aware that his recorder was still on," said Van Praag.
JG...The recording quality is poor, but it is possible to make out 13 shots over the course of just over 5 seconds, before what Van Praag describes as "blood-curdling screams" obscure the sound. That is more than the eight rounds that Sirhan's cheap Iver Johnson Cadet 55 revolver carried.
JG...Nope. Reading around, it turns out that there were a whole number of sonic ‘impulses’ detectable on the recording which Van Praag identifies as gunshots. (Compare the Dallas Police tape that provided the ‘acoustic evidence’ for the House Subcommittee back in 1978. The initial investigation revealed four ‘impulses’ – not shots, none of which were audible on the tape – which they identified as Oswald’s three shots plus one other, probably from the grassy knoll. Less trumpeted was the fact there were a whole load of other impulses on the tape which they decided weren’t shots, otherwise they would have to be accounting for about a dozen shots fired at JFK!) Whether or how many of these 13 or 14 impulses are gunshots is a matter of interpretation not straightforward fact, and others have rejected Van Praag’s interpretation. I wouldn’t accept his interpretation without an independent verification of his claims by reputable acoustics experts. (When this happened to the Dallas tape, the acoustic evidence for more than three shots rapidly fell apart.)
JG...Factor in the problem raised above, that there is not a single contemporary eye-witness statement about a second gun being fired from any of the many people in that room, and the prior implausibility of anyone thinking they could get away with such a shooting unnoticed, and I’m tempted to think that Van Praag has a mountain to climb if he wants to establish this theory.
Van Praag also wants the case reexamined. "We would hope that the evidence that we have uncovered ... would make a strong enough case to get serious consideration once again by the authorities," he said.
I have heard it mentioned that RFK might have been *accidentally* shot in the confusion, but presumably this is pretty easily disproved by looking at the recovered bullets.
Sounds like a bunch of junk. I wouldn't take a whole lot of stock in mere claims by "authorities" in situations where they or their predecessors would look bad should the alleged mistakes or misdeeds true, but this all sounds very thin on the part of the conspiracy folks.
Once again we see the toxic effects of government malfeasance, however--under MK-Ultra the CIA did in fact engage in the sorts of programs described by this Harvard clinician. No matter what we think of their efficacy (many of the ideas we know they looked into seem bogus or pseudo-scientific), the fact that records of the 150+ programs carried out by academics and universities were destroyed leave lots of unanswered questions. Right along with the fact that the act makes a mockery of informed consent.
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1964 – U.S. Joint Chiefs foresee larger U.S. commitment.
The U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff inform Defense Secretary Robert McNamara that they "are wholly in favor of executing the covert actions against North Vietnam."
President Johnson had recently approved Oplan 34A, provocative operations to be conducted by South Vietnamese forces (supported by the United States) to gather intelligence and conduct sabotage to destabilize the North Vietnamese regime. Actual operations would begin in February and involve raids by South Vietnamese commandos operating under American orders and planning against North Vietnamese coastal and island installations. Although American forces were not directly involved in the actual raids, U.S. Navy ships were on station to conduct electronic surveillance and monitor North Vietnamese defense responses under another program called Operation De Soto.
Although the Joint Chiefs agreed with the president's decision on these operations, they further advocated even stronger measures, advising McNamara: "...We believe, however, that it would be idle to conclude that these efforts will have a decisive effect on the communist determination to support the insurgency, and it is our view that we must therefore be prepared fully to undertake a much higher level of activity." Among their recommendations were "aerial bombing of key North Vietnamese targets," and "commit[ment of] additional U.S. forces, as necessary, in support of the combat actions within South Vietnam."
President Johnson at first resisted this advice, but in less than a year, U.S. airplanes were bombing North Vietnam, and shortly thereafter the first U.S. combat troops began arriving in South Vietnam.
1968 – Operations Jeb Stuart and Pershing II kick off.
Operating in the two northernmost military regions, the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) launches two major operations. In the first operation, conducted by the 1st Cavalry Division in Quang Tri and Thua Thien provinces, south of the Demilitarized Zone, "First Team" units launched Operation Jeb Stuart. This operation was a large-scale reinforcement of the Marines in the area and focused on clearing enemy Base Areas 101 and 114. Jeb Stuart was terminated on March 31 with enemy casualties listed at 3,268; U.S. casualties were 291 killed in action and 1,735 wounded.
On the same day that Jeb Stuart was launched, other 1st Cavalry units launched Operation Pershing II in the coastal lowlands in Binh Dinh Province. This operation, designed to clear enemy forces from the area, lasted until February 29.
1969 – Operation Dewey Canyon, the last major operation by U.S. Marines begins in the Da Krong valley.
1973 – The U.S., North Vietnam and South Vietnam sign a boundary accord.
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So "officially" they state now that Blue Book was closed in 1970; then how come the message through my command in 1973 asking any personnel who had viewed a UFO to submit a report, or shouldn't I say that?? :-)