January 10, 2009

Bruce Maccabee Glimpses Behind the Curtain


Bruce Maccabee

Weird and wild things have certainly been going on in the skies and space around the planet earth.  Throughout the history of the human race, strange celestial events have captured and mesmerized the beings called Earthlings who live on this little blue marble, hurtling through space.

These sightings are nothing new.  In fact, you can find reference to odd sightings in the sky all the way back to earliest recorded history.  For America, there was some fascination regarding objects in the sky with the foo-fighters that American pilots spotted over the skies of Germany throughout the 1940s.  As military aircraft advanced and more classified flight testing started taking place over the skies of America, an entire subculture started to form – filled with enthusiasts, hobbyists, sky-watchers and researchers who were mesmerized by the odd crafts and other objects occasionally spotted in the skies above them.

Ufologists have written volumes on the activities of the Air Force throughout the 1950s and beyond, with the opening and closing of Project Blue Book, the controversy of the Condon Report, and the many other insanities and confusion that litters Ufological history like battered bodies on a battlefield.  In many ways, it was a virtual war between civilian researchers who wanted answers, and a military that refused to talk about the subject – or when it did, answers were unsatisfactory, patronizing, and at times ridiculous.

In this update, we will focus on one particular soldier, of sorts, and one specific battle within a much larger and broad Ufology war.  This small skirmish provides tremendous clues regarding what came next, and subsequent events over the remaining 30+ years.

Regular UFO Private Gets a Promotion

For those who don’t know Bruce Maccabee, or his background within Ufology, click this link for a brief overview.  During the particular moment in time examined in this article, Bruce Maccabee was hard at work investigating one of the latest breaking reports of UFO sightings in New Zealand.

New Zealand 1978 UFO

New Zealand 1978 UFO

These UFO sightings were no different than many others before or after, except for the fact that so much was captured on videotape, because an actual news crew was present for the sighting.  According to Maccabee’s report on the sighting, reporter Quentin Fogarty, from a TV station in Melbourne, Australia, was traveling with his film crew to obtain some news story film footage about a previous sighting from just two weeks earlier – just off the coast of New Zealand.

Ironically, the most amazing footage of a UFO sighting came from a film crew that had the intention to learn more about the previous sighting – they never thought they would see anything spectacular themselves.

The three-man news team spotted the strange object with flashing lights around 2:45 and 2:55 in the morning, while on the airplane headed toward New Zealand.  The pilot and copilot were also witness to the strange craft.  Additionally, the Wellington Air Traffic Control radar captured and recorded the radar target where the visual sighting took place.  Geoffrey Causer was the air traffic controller who witnessed the radar detection.

Upon landing – these second sightings went public on the Australian TV station, and hit the news media worldwide.  In 1979, Bruce Maccabee traveled to New Zealand to investigate.  Upon returning, Maccabee used his Navy contacts to obtain audience with the CIA.

According to the “Associated Investigators Group,” their report regarding Maccabee’s activities during that time states:

“Maccabee first approached the CIA in early 1979 after traveling to New Zealand to investigate the filming of an alleged ‘UFO’ from a plane by a television crew. Although most people who viewed the film were unimpressed by the jumpy blob of nocturnal light, Maccabee for unclear reasons decided the film represented some sort of probative evidence of UFOs and set out to bring it to the attention of CIA officials. He then put out feelers through his contacts with companies performing tasks for the CIA, and later a meeting was set up at CIA Headquarters, during which he screened the film and summarized his analysis of it.”

Bruce Maccabee and Dr. Christopher “Kit” Green Meet for the First Time

It was at that meeting, in 1979, where Maccabee provided a full briefing for the CIA regarding the strange lights, that Maccabee reported Dr. Kit Green pulled him aside after the video and introduced himself as the custodian of the CIA’s UFO files.

With a tendency to make exaggerated, sweeping statements without additional explanation, Dr. Green told Bruce that those files consisted of about 15,000 UFO related documents, of which “only two or three thousand were really interesting.”  This off-the-cuff comment would come back to bite Dr. Green, as the CIA Freedom of Information Staff were busy responding to a FOIA suit that researcher Tod Zechel of the CAUS had filed.  CAUS researchers, after hearing about this comment from Bruce, were furious that Dr. Green hadn’t provided all of the “15,000” UFO documents.  The fact that any documents, at all, were lacking angered researchers who suspected the CIA was trying to “cover up” UFO secrets.

In 2006, Dr. Green reported to Reality Uncovered researchers that the majority of the documents were nothing more than garbage – like newspaper or magazine clippings some UFO nut had sent in as a “UFO report.”  In other cases they were useless data from the Foreign Broadcast Services.

Ufology Integrates with Parapsychology

Bruce MaccabeeIn an interview published in the article “The UFO/FBI Connection,” Maccabee makes reference to this meeting with Kit Green, in 1979, when he states, “…what it amounted to was that I gave them a lot of information and they gave me nothing.”

Later in the above interview, Maccabee makes note of the odd correlation that was taking place within the community of government researchers and scientists who were following various paranormal phenomenon when he comments on their strange overlapping interests into the UFO phenomenon and parapsychology.

“The Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) was also involved in funding remote viewing.  There was an intersection between remote viewing and UFO’s…  [snip] …And Ingo drew a UFO behind a submarine in one of his remote viewings.  That’s the kind of intersection I’m talking about.”

Click here for more information about Ingo’s drawing of a UFO.

Since 1995, the American Public has been aware of the remote viewing research where the government contracted out parapsychology research at SRI, directed by Hal Puthoff.  As reported here, in 1979, the CIA was already neck deep in “weird” research regarding parapsychology.  According to Maccabee, the potential reality of psychic functioning was triggering a domino effect throughout government research communities who were already developing a belief in metal bending, psychokinesis, and remote viewing.  Maccabee continues:

“When I talked with Kit Green in 1979, he was aware of all this, too, but he wouldn’t tell me anything.  He would only suck up information from me regarding the UFO aspect.  But there was this intersection point where psychics started zeroing in on UFOs and the people in the paranormal side were saying, ‘This can’t be. UFO’s aren’t real.’  So they had to start investigating what was going on in the UFO community.”

The Ripple Effect Among “Believer” Government Scientists

Up until 1979, Kit Green was one of the CIA officials tasked with monitoring and reporting on SRI remote viewing research.  By this point, Hal Puthoff and Kit Green were not only colleagues in research, but were already friends.  This was also the year that tasking and funding for Remote Viewing research transitioned to the DIA and widened in scope as one source (among many) of “intelligence data collection.”

However, what Maccabee’s experience in dealing with the CIA during this time tells us is that the folks who were already interested in parapsychology at this time, were suddenly turning toward Ufology as an additional subject of research and study.

It’s important to note that, up until this point, Roswell was very low on the scale of interest for UFO researchers.  Many people interested in the UFO sightings of the time, had little interest in events that took place at Roswell many years before.

CIA Reviews The New MJ-12 Revelations

MJ12 DocumentBefore leaving the subject of Bruce Maccabee, there is one minor additional issue to note.  According to the AIG report on Maccabee’s CIA interactions, Maccabee admitted that, in the mid 1980’s, he attended one “standing room only” meeting in a CIA conference room in which he was asked to brief CIA personnel on the “MJ-12” group that was detailed in the documents revealed by researcher and author William “Bill” Moore.

According to the AIG report, Maccabee admitted that after the conference, Ron Pandolfi, the CIA official who had replaced Kit Green at the agency, told Maccabee that the MJ-12 briefing triggered an aftermath of CIA officers snooping on each other to determine whether any of the current staff were members of the “fabled UFO control group.”

Of note here is the fact that the topic of discussion for Ufologists, in 1979, were UFO sightings and researching the source of these odd objects in the skies.  Subsequent to 1979, and throughout the next three decades, documents started getting “leaked” that outlined a conspiracy and a core story, the likes of which no Ufologist could have ever predicted or expected.

Since then, many of those documents have been revealed as obvious hoaxes, including by the FBI.  More recent attempts, as late as 2005, to distribute the same story via email and by website in the form of the “Serpo” story, were also exposed as coming from Rick Doty, the same person exposed earlier as the distributor many of the earlier MJ-12 documents.  Regardless of the fact that some MJ-12 documents have been discredited as hoaxed, many Ufologists continue to believe that there’s at least an ounce of truth buried in those documents.

The difference in the 2005 case, however, is that this time Dr. Christopher Green and Harold Puthoff were clearly proven as being closely involved with the individuals who were releasing that story to the public.  Bob Collins book “Exempt From Disclosure,” also reveals their involvement during the 1980’s distribution of the MJ-12 documents.  Statements from Ron Pandolfi also confirm that involvement throughout the 80’s and today.

Upcoming reports will outline the nature and process of those releases starting in the late 1970s, as well as the purpose and meaning behind what is now known as the “Core Story.”

Sources:

“Who’s Disinforming Who?” by the Associated Investigators Group
http://paul.rutgers.edu/~mcgrew/ufo/cia.research

Dr. Bruce Maccabee Research Website
http://brumac.8k.com/

The UFO/FBI Connection, Llewellyn Publications







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