THE NUCLEAR CONNECTION
By Richard H.
In my book Uninvited
Guests (Aurora Press, 1988) I devoted a chapter to analysis of what we
could decipher about the purposes of the UFO pilots from the accumulated
evidence. Therein I discussed a seeming interest in human energy sources,
especially petroleum, and briefly touching on nuclear energy. Table 6,
"UFO Displays and World History," mentions seeming associations of UFO
sightings with atomic bomb tests and with our space programs. Later I
conducted a "strategic correlation" study showing an apparent association
of close-range sightings with nuclear generating plants, which was
published in a popular newsstand UFO magazine.
It was not until I began reviewing reams of literature while doing
research for The UFO Evidence,
Volume II, in the mid-1990s that a more obvious pattern began to
emerge: a strong correlation of sightings with nuclear weapons. Once the pattern became clear, one
of its implications struck me: could the aliens (or "beings from
elsewhere") actually have intervened in earthly affairs to help end the
dangerous Cold War nuclear confrontation? Debunkers, of course, will
consider this an entirely crackpot notion; nothing but wishful thinking
and a desire for "saviors from space." But they never bother to study the
data and so are oblivious to the many emerging patterns.
Section II ("Military Witnesses") of The UFO Evidence, Volume II
(Scarecrow Press, 2001) reports much of the data that led me to this
suspicion. It includes the 1967 ICBM base cases in Montana and North
Dakota and the 1975 SAC base overflights reported by Ray Fowler and
Fawcett & Greenwood, and also the 1978 McGuire AFB "alien encounter"
case and the 1980 Bentwaters AFB case. I had extensive face-to-face
interviews with the primary witnesses in the latter two cases, and both
involved UFOs in the close vicinity of nuclear weapons storage sites.
With 20-20 hindsight, other cases such as the 1957 Army jeep patrol case in New Mexico and a number of incidents reported by Ed Ruppelt also had a "nuclear connection."
Interestingly, my mentor and friend, Donald E. Keyhoe, who was way
ahead of everybody in his perceptions about the significance of UFOs first
raised this suspicion in The Flying
Saucers Are Real (Fawcett, 1950): "[UFO visits which had occurred
sporadically in the past] suddenly increased in 1947, following the series
of A-bomb explosions begun in 1945" (p. 174).
Clearly the study of patterns in UFO sightings holds a lot of
promise for increasing our knowledge about the nature and meaning of UFO
visitations. Larger scale and more sophisticated statistical analyses
would be highly desirable.
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