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        . . . . Inside the
        Military UFO Underground
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     (Article by A.J.S. Rayl)

     This article was written by A.J.S. Rayl and then placed on a
     newsgroup. It deals with three specific individuals, who have come
     out into the open and shared what they have known about UFOs
     including Robert Dean (ex-Nato Officer), Bob Lazar (Scientist who
     claims he worked at the base in Area 51) and Col. Charles I. Halt,
     U.S. retired-officer who was at the Bentwaters U.S. Airbase in
     England in the 1980's. We obtained a copy of this through the
     mailing list organized by Francisco Lopez, who is searching the
     airwaves for key information about UFOs.

     Illinois

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     Date: Thu, 25 Apr 1996 20:33:04 -0400 (EDT)
     From: Francisco Lopez {[email protected]}
     Subject: (fwd) REPOST: Inside the Miltary UFO Underground

     From: [email protected] ()
     Newsgroups: alt.alien.visitors,alt.paranet.ufo
     Subject: REPOST: Inside the Miltary UFO Underground
     Date: 22 Apr 1996 05:40:43 GMT

     Inside the Military UFO Underground
     By A.J.S. Rayl

     In 1969, Project Blue Book--the 16-year U.S. Air Force
     investigation of UFOs--came to an end, and so did the government's
     interest in extraterrestrial flying discs. Or so the American
     public has been told. In recent years, numerous individuals and
     documents from various agencies have emerged from behind the veil
     of government secrecy to tell a different story. Their spin: that
     while the government officially abandoned all interest in UFOs, a
     secret military underground was hot on the trail of suspicious
     radar blips, saucers, and even the aliens themselves. What follows
     are the stories of three individuals--two of whom come with
     impressive military credentials; they say they have glimpsed what
     seems like evidence of a decades-old cover-up cloaked in the guise
     of national security. The third interviewee, a propulsion-system
     engineer, claims he was hired by an independent military
     contractor to study the innards of an extraterrestrial spacecraft
     being researched and tested on the Nellis Air Range in central
     Nevada.

     Omni cannot endorse the veracity of the stories told below. In
     fact, we must emphasize that extraordinary tales like these
     require extraordinary levels of proof certainly not furnished in
     our pages, nor, we feel, anywhere else. That said, we'll get to
     the fun part. In the pages that follow, you'll find strange tales
     of alien intrigue and UFO woe. Decide for yourself: Are these the
     ravings of demented hoaxers and madmen or revelations of truth?
     Their stories, delivered in dossier format, have been edited from
     interviews conducted by author A. J. S. Rayl during the past year.

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     NATO Meets E.T.

     Name: Robert O. Dean, retired Army command sergeant major

     Claim: Back in the Sixties, NATO issued a classified report
     stating that UFOs were real, of extraterrestrial origin, and had
     visited the earth. This extraordinary report was said to come out
     of NATO's command center, the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers,
     Europe (SHAPE), located then just outside of Paris, France.

     Background: Dean, a highly decorated veteran, served on the front
     lines in both Korea and Vietnam. In 1963, while assigned to the
     Supreme Headquarters Operations Center (SHOC), SHAPE's war room,
     headed up by then-supreme allied commander of Europe, Gen. Lyman
     Lemnitzer, Dean claims he was able to read the detailed
     12-inch-thick NATO report on UFOs.

     The Story: "SHAPE was one of those choice assignments. You had to
     have a spotless record and pass security background checks. I
     applied on a whim and got it. I was very proud and pleased. At
     SHAPE, I was put through more security checks, given a Cosmic Top
     Secret (yes, this is a real term) clearance, the highest NATO has,
     and assigned to the Supreme Headquarters Operations Center, known
     as SHOC, the NATO war room. In those days, the activity would run
     hot and cold and much of it would depend on how the Soviets wanted
     to play it. The most intriguing thing to me was that we were
     continually having a problem with large, metallic, circular
     objects that would appear over central Europe; these were reported
     as visual phenomena by our pilots and appeared on radar as well.
     Some flew in formation, and most of the time we spotted them
     coming out of the Soviet Union, over East Germany, West Germany,
     France, and then they would often circle somewhere over the
     English Channel and head north, disappearing from NATO radar over
     the Norwegian Sea. These objects were very large, moving very
     fast, at very high altitudes--higher than we could reach at the
     time--and they seemed obviously under intelligent control.

     "I was told this had been going on for some time and that in
     February 1961 there had been quite a scare. Fifty of these objects
     were spotted on radar and headed in formation from the Soviet
     Union toward Europe, flying at about 100,000 feet. The Soviets had
     closed all borders. Everybody went to red alert. All hell broke
     loose. We really thought `The War' had started. We scrambled. We
     knew the Russians were scrambling. It was the largest number of
     these objects that had been seen. Fortunately--and only by the
     grace of God--we didn't start bombing and neither did the
     Russians. In nine minutes, they were gone.

     "I was told that then-Deputy Supreme Allied Commander of Europe,
     Sir Thomas Pike, had been repeatedly requesting information from
     London and Washington about these objects, but nothing would ever
     come. We found out later that the Columbine-Topaz spy ring in
     Paris was intercepting everything and forwarding it to the KGB,
     which often got intelligence information even before we did. So
     Pike decided, I was told, to develop an in-house study to
     determine whether these objects were a military threat.

     "In the meantime, the UFO matter literally brought about the
     establishment of direct communication between the East and West in
     1962, which I have always found interesting and ironic. We had
     pretty well determined by that time that these were not Russian
     craft, and the Russians had determined they were not ours. So, we
     came to an understanding, and a direct telephone line was opened
     between SHOC and the Warsaw Pact Headquarters Command. Of course,
     a setup was always a possibility, so we had backup ways of
     checking out whether the Russians were being truthful. But since
     we were both armed to the teeth and World War III was just ticking
     away, it was a logical step in the right direction. That idea
     developed into the hotline between the president of the United
     States and the soviet premier, following the Cuban Missile Crisis.

     "Well, by the time I arrived in 1963, everybody had been talking
     about the study, and I had heard the rumors, seen the blips on
     radar, witnessed the commotions, and some of us occasionally even
     talked about the possibilities. But nothing really prepared me for
     what I started to read in the early morning hours one night in
     January 1964.

     "It was about 2:00 a.m. and a relatively quiet night when the SHOC
     controller on duty went into the vault and came out with this huge
     document. `Take a look at this,' he said. The title was simply
     Assessment: An Evaluation of a Possible Military Threat to Allied
     Forces in Europe. It was numbered, #3, stamped Cosmic Top Secret,
     had eight inches worth of appendices, dozens of photographs, and
     had been signed into the vault by German colonel Heinz Berger,
     SHOC's head of security. I quickly learned that it was based on
     two and a half years of research, was funded by NATO money, and
     that only 15 copies were published--in English, German, and
     French. Each one was numbered. All were classified and ordered to
     be kept under lock and key.

     "Every time I got the chance, from then until I left, I would read
     a section or two in it. It was the most intriguing document I'd
     ever read. It was put together by military representatives of
     every NATO nation and also included contributions from some of the
     greatest scientific minds. These objects were violating all of our
     known laws of physics, and the study team had gone to Cambridge,
     Oxford, the Sorbonne, MIT, and other major universities for input
     on chemistry, physics, atmospheric physics, biology, history,
     psychology, and even theology, all of which were separate
     appendices.

     "I read about theories on Einstein's sought-after unified-field
     theory, the high radiation at various landing sites, and UFO
     reports that dated back to the Roman era and up to our own F105
     pilots' sightings and encounters, and on and on. I had always been
     a skeptic, but this report, well...it concluded that this stuff
     was not science fiction.

     "I read about contact encounters. One incident that had just
     happened in 1963 involved a landing on a Danish farm. According to
     the report, the farmer went aboard with the two little beings and
     two more human-looking men who spoke to him in Danish. The report
     included parts of his interrogation by government authorities and
     their conclusions that he was telling the truth. In another
     incident, according to the reports, a craft landed on an Italian
     airfield and offered to take an Italian sergeant for a ride. He
     wet his pants--that's what it said--and was so scared, he didn't
     go.

     "The appendix that really got to me was titled `Autopsies.' I saw
     pictures of a 30-meter disc that had crashed in Timmensdorfer,
     Germany, near the Baltic Sea in 1961. The British Army, according
     to the report, got there first and put up a perimeter. The craft
     had landed in very soft, loamy soil near the Russian border and so
     hadn't destructed, but one-third of it was buried in. We and the
     Russians, who also quickly showed up, had both tracked it.

     "Inside, there were 12 small bodies, all dead. There were pictures
     of the bodies, which looked like the beings known as the `grays,'
     being laid out and then put on stretchers and loaded into jeeps,
     and autopsy photos, too. Some of the little grays appeared to not
     be a reproductive-capable species. The autopsy guys concluded,
     according to the report, that it looked as if they had been cut
     out of a cookie cutter--clones with no alimentary tract. They did
     not ingest or process food as we know it, nor did it appear that
     they had any system for elimination.

     "The craft itself was cut up like a pie into six pieces, put on
     lowboys and hauled off. Scuttlebutt was that it was given to the
     Americans and flown to Wright-Patterson Air Force base in Ohio. I
     looked at these pictures and couldn't believe it. My skin got cold
     and I thought, My God. I had never really believed we were all
     alone in the universe, but this was hard to swallow.

     "The major conclusions in the NATO report blew me away. There were
     five:

     1) The planet and human race had been the subject of a detailed
     survey of some kind by several different extraterrestrial
     civilizations, four of which they had identified visually. One
     race looked almost indistinguishable from us. Another resembled
     humans in height, stature, and structure, but with a very gray,
     pasty skin tone. The third race is now popularly known as the
     grays, and the fourth was described as reptilian, with vertical
     pupils and lizardlike skin.

     2) These alien visitations had been going on for a very long time,
     at least 200 years--perhaps longer.

     3) The extraterrestrials did not appear hostile since if that were
     their intent they would have already demonstrated their
     malevolence.

     4) UFO appearances and quick disappearances as well as the flybys
     were demonstrations conducted on purpose to show us some of their
     capabilities.

     5) A process or program of some sort seemed to be underway since
     flybys progressed to landings and eventually contact.

     "I wanted so badly to copy this thing. I did take a photograph of
     the cover sheet, which wasn't in and of itself classified. But I
     didn't want to wind up in Fort Leavenworth. So instead I would go
     to the bathroom and take notes--surreptitiously, very carefully.

     "I have been through an awful lot in my life, but I've never been
     able to just walk away from that report. I know that I'm taking a
     chance by violating my oaths. But this is the most important issue
     of our times--so damn important that I can't think of anything
     more important, and the public has been deceived and completely
     kept in the dark about all of this for all these years. It's the
     biggest scientific, political scandal ever. Besides, what have I
     got to lose? I'm 64 years old now. Are they going to bump me off?
     I have told the truth. My integrity and credibility stand. When is
     our government going to tell the truth?"

     Update: After 27 years of military service, Dean retired and began
     another 14-year career with the Pima County Sheriff's Department
     Emergency Services in Tucson, Arizona. In 1990, he gave a lecture
     at the University of Arizona in which he talked about UFOs. The
     talk garnered local media coverage. Afterward, he was denied a
     promotion at the Sheriff's Department, because, he alleged, he
     believed in UFOs. Dean filed suit and won an out-of-court
     settlement in March 1992. Now retired, Dean has become a member of
     several UFO organizations and has begun giving occasional
     lectures. He is working through "any and all legitimate channels"
     to uncover a copy of the NATO document and to gather witnesses for
     an open Congressional hearing on the subject of UFOs.

     Official Response: "Our list of classified documents generated by
     SHAPE at that time does not include any with titles similar to
     that cited by Mr. Dean," says Lt. Col. Rainer Otte, German Air
     Force, deputy chief, media section of the public-information
     office at SHAPE. "Files on military personnel are in all
     circumstances kept under national control. Information on the
     security clearance that Mr. Dean held may--if ever--only be
     released by U.S. authorities."

     The Critics' Corner: "This is a fascinating story, but fantastic
     claims like these need more than one man's testimony to be
     credible," says Jerome Clark of the Center for UFO Studies.
     "Unless independent verification comes forth, this remains only an
     intriguing anecdote, not unlike many others that have circulated
     since the early UFO era."

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     Project Galileo

     Name: Bob Lazar, independent contract scientist and businessman

     Claim: To have worked as a propulsion-system engineer in late 1988
     and early 1989 on one of nine extraterrestrial spacecraft being
     researched and tested on the Nellis Air Range in central Nevada.

     Background: From 1982 to 1984, Lazar claims he worked at Los
     Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico in the Meson Physics lab
     with a Q-level security clearance. In 1985, while on vacation in
     Nevada, he wound up buying into a legal Reno brothel; the
     investment proved so profitable that he didn't have to return to
     full-time employment for a while. He moved to Nevada in 1986. In
     1988, he wanted to get back into scientific work and was hired, he
     says, to work on the top-secret Project Galileo. Lazar passed a
     lie-detector test in 1989, arranged by George Knapp, then an
     anchorman for KLAS-TV, the CBS affiliate in Las Vegas, Nevada, for
     a special locally aired series, UFOs: The Best Evidence.

     The Story:
     "In 1988, I decided to reenter the scientific community and sent
     resumes to various people. Finally, I interviewed with a placement
     firm to work for the Department of Naval Intelligence in a
     civilian capacity, and in the fall of 1988, I was hired on an
     on-call basis to work on a project involving advanced propulsion
     systems. At that point, that's all I knew.

     "Not long after, I was flown along with several others out to area
     51 on the Nellis Air Range. There, we were put on a bus with
     blacked-out windows and driven about 15 miles south to the Papoose
     dry lake bed, bordered by the Papoose Mountains, where there was
     an installation they called `S4.'

     "I was introduced to my supervisor and a co-worker and then given
     a stack of briefings on various projects, including Project
     Galileo, which was devoted to the study of nine disc-shaped
     extraterrestrial craft that were somehow acquired by the U.S.
     government.

     "I was assigned back engineering tasks on the reactor and
     gravity-propulsion system of one of the discs--essentially to help
     figure out what made it work. I don't know whether it was a crash
     retrieval, although I doubt it, because the disc didn't appear
     damaged in any way. In the briefing reports, there were pictures
     of several discs along with some of the information they had
     already obtained from back engineering research.

     "I was stunned and exhilarated at the same time. But there were
     well-armed guards everywhere, and this place wasn't exactly the
     kind of environment where you could just start asking any and
     every question you had. Security, in fact, was oppressive. You
     were escorted everywhere, even the bathroom. And if your I.D.
     badge was just the slightest bit out of place, you would be
     tackled by a guard and held with a gun to your head until your
     supervisor arrived. And the guards lived for that.

     "At times, the whole thing seemed just surreal. There was a poster
     of the disc I was working on, which I dubbed the Sport Model, on
     several walls. It read, They're here.

     "I dealt with only the power sources and propulsion systems on one
     of the discs, and I did enter that one disc on several occasions.
     The disc was approximately 15 feet tall and about 52 feet in
     diameter. It had the appearance of brushed stainless steel or
     brushed aluminum. I didn't run a test on it, so I don't know if it
     was metal, but I did run my hands down the side of it getting in,
     and it felt cold, like metal, and it looked like metal. It had no
     physical seams, no welds or bolts or rivets, and it looked as if
     it were injection molded.

     "Inside, there were tiny little seats, much too small to
     comfortably handle an averaged-sized human. I bumped my head on
     the ends of the craft, so I concluded that the ceiling curved down
     to below five feet, 11 inches inside. There was not a right angle
     cut anywhere in the craft. Everything had a smooth curve to it.

     "The reactor, which produced antimatter and then reacted it with
     matter in an annihilation reaction, was only about 18 inches in
     diameter and 12 inches tall and was located in the center of the
     disc. It operated like a tiny ballet, where everything that
     happened relied on the effect before it. The way it accelerated
     protons inside of it, the way the heat was converted to
     electricity, was totally smooth without any wasted heat or latent
     energy. It was phenomenal, approaching a 100-percent dynamic
     efficiency. Now that seems impossible when you consider the laws
     of thermodynamics. All I can say is that this technology is well
     beyond anything that we now know with our twentieth- century
     knowledge.

     "The reactor is fueled with an element that is not found here on
     Earth. Part of my contribution to the program was to find out
     where this element plugged into the periodic chart. Well, it
     didn't plug in anywhere, so we placed it at an atomic number of
     115. It has been theorized for some time that elements around 113,
     114, and 115 may become stable and nonradioactive, and this is
     apparently what we were seeing. Element 115 is a stable element,
     but one with some interesting properties. It can be used inside
     the reactor as a fuel, but also as the source of an energy field
     accessed and amplified by the craft's gravity amplifiers. In other
     words, the craft was both fueled and propelled by virtue of
     element 115.

     "There was a storage of silver-dollar-sized discs of element 115
     from which triangular wedges were cut and put into the reactor. It
     was a copper-orange color and extremely heavy. While it was not
     radioactive, we assumed it was a toxic material and consequently
     handled it as such.

     "In all the discs at S4, there were three gravity amplifiers
     positioned in a triad at the base of the craft. These were the
     propulsion devices. Essentially, what they did was amplify gravity
     waves out of phase with those of the earth. The craft operated in
     two modes--omicron and delta, which indicated how many gravity
     amplifiers were in use. In the omicron configuration, only one
     amplifier was used; the other two were swung out of the way and
     tucked inside the disc. In omicron mode, the crafts can
     essentially rise and hover but do little else. To leave the
     atmosphere, however, all three gravity amplifiers have to be
     powered up and focused on the desired location. Finally, the
     crafts do not travel in a linear mode. Rather, we determined that
     the discs produced their own gravitational fields in order to
     distort time and space and essentially pull their destinations to
     them.

     "One afternoon, my colleagues and I walked out onto the dry lake
     bed. The disc on which we had been working, the Sport Model, had
     already been moved out of the hangar and was beginning to lift
     off. Except for a slight hissing, it made no noise. It lifted to
     about 30 feet off the ground. The hissing stopped, and it just
     hung silently in the air, moving to the left, then right. It was
     absolutely amazing.

     "The way information is compartmentalized, that's all the hands-on
     information and experience I was allowed to have access to, though
     we were given the chance on occasion and only for short periods of
     time to read briefing reports that detailed other aspects of this
     project. The reports I read that dealt with power and propulsion
     systems were accurate, and I proved that to myself by working on
     the system. Still, I draw a hard line between what I know to be
     true and what I read in the other briefing reports.

     "With that understanding, I did read reports about the origin of
     this disc. According to one of the briefings, it came from the
     Zeta Reticuli star system. Now obviously I didn't fly in a craft
     or go to that star system, so I don't really know if it came from
     there. I didn't speak to any aliens or see any, so I don't know if
     they exist or not. That report also said that contact was made at
     a certain date; however, all the dates were in code. Also,
     according to the report, these beings told our officials that they
     had been coming here for 10,000 years, that humans are the product
     of externally corrected evolution, and that they were integral to
     the accelerated evolution of man.

     "My tolerance for the intensive security rapidly diminished.
     Because of the 24-hour telephone surveillance, they found out I
     was having marital problems and told me the situation had made me
     a candidate for `emotional instability.' They then took my
     security clearance and told me I could reapply in six months.

     "Well, I knew the test schedule, and I couldn't resist, so one
     night I decided to show some friends from a distance what I had
     been working on. We all caravaned out into the desert where we
     watched a test flight. We got away it with it that time, so we
     started coming back again and again.

     "Anyway, the third time we got caught by the Wackenhut Security
     guards out on the Bureau of Land Management land that surrounds
     the range. They turned me in. Needless to say, officials at Nellis
     weren't happy. I went through a debriefing and was threatened at
     that time. I was scared and felt that I needed to break away from
     this before I couldn't.

     "Not only did I believe this technology should be given to the
     greater scientific community, but I also believed my only
     protection was to get the story out. A friend convinced me to talk
     to George Knapp at KLAS-TV. I figured if they killed me, then it
     would simply prove that what I was saying was true.

     "There are many scientists who theorize that there simply cannot
     be extraterrestrial discs here, that aliens could not possibly
     have come here specifically, because the distance traveled is too
     great and the energy required too awesome, and that there's no
     relatively quick way to go that distance even at the speed of
     light. What I reported is what I experienced, though in some
     respects I regret going public. If I had it to do over again, I
     might be more inclined to stay on as one of the boys."

     Update: In 1990, after Lazar says he was released from Project
     Galileo, he accepted a freelance job setting up a database and
     surveillance system for an illegal Las Vegas brothel. That gig
     eventually garnered him six felony counts, including aiding and
     abetting a prostitute, running a house of prostitution, and living
     off the earnings of a prostitute. The charges were quickly dropped
     to a single felony count of pandering. The one good thing that
     came out of the resulting trial, Lazar says, is that he's not
     being followed anymore--at least not to his knowledge. "I guess
     they figured the pandering conviction discredited me," he
     comments.

     Lazar currently earns a living from his two small companies, an
     independent contracting firm that repairs nuclear devices, and a
     photo lab. He also builds and races jetcars. And, every year since
     1984, on the weekend before July 4, he has staged Desert Blast,
     which he says is the "the largest illegal fireworks show in the
     West." This annual pyrotechnic extravaganza features huge
     fireworks and assorted gas bombs made by Lazar and friends as well
     as jetcar demonstrations and a little semiautomatic weapons
     venting. Lazar recently sold his movie rights and is working on a
     new home video.

     Official Response: "The Air Force comment is that there is no
     comment on anything that goes on at the Nellis Range," says Air
     Force Master Sgt. J. C. Marcom of Public Affairs. Meanwhile,
     according to Technical Sergeant Henderson of Public Affairs, "The
     Air Force has no record that Lazar ever worked at Nellis Air Force
     Base, though we have compiled an extensive list of inquiries as to
     his status."

     The Critics' Corner: "We've pretty well determined that Lazar did
     work at Los Alamos, but it's been impossible to verify exactly
     what he did," says Mark Rodeghier, scientific director of the
     Center for UFO Studies. "As for element 115, physicists admit that
     such an element is theoretically possible, but we don't know how
     to manufacture it or where to get it. So, Lazar's claim to have
     worked with this element is not necessarily insane, but it's
     completely unverifiable. Finally, he seems to know enough to have
     really worked at Area 51 or Dreamland where secret aircraft are
     tested, but his story remains a murky mystery. The bottom line:
     It's impossible to verify. So far, we have not found anyone to
     corroborate the essentials of what Lazar says."

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     Baffled at Bentwaters

     Name: Col. Charles I. Halt, U. S. Air Force, retired

     Claim: In late December 1980, while serving as deputy base
     commander at Bentwaters Air Base in southern England, Halt
     witnessed and investigated several anomalous objects in the skies
     over the Rendelsham Forest, which separates the American
     installation from its twin Royal Air Force base, Woodbridge. The
     sightings occurred on two separate nights during the week after
     Christmas. Two weeks later, Halt sent a report about the strange
     encounters to the British Ministry of Defense.

     Background: A career Air Force officer, Halt served in Vietnam and
     on various bases before arriving at Bentwaters in 1980. He was
     promoted to base commander in 1984. Halt later served as base
     commander at Kunsan Air Base, Korea, and as director of the
     inspections directorate for the Department of Defense inspector
     general. He retired in 1991. Halt is the first USAF officer since
     Project Blue Book ended to have filed a memo on unidentified
     flying objects and gone public with the details.

     The Story:
     "Just after Christmas, about 5:30 a.m., December 26, 1980, I
     walked into police headquarters and the desk sergeant started to
     laugh. He said a couple of the guys had been out chasing UFOs.
     Nothing, however, was in the blotter. I told him to put it in.

     "When our base commander came in, we both chuckled. Neither of us
     believed in UFOs, but we did decide to look into it. Before we had
     the chance, two nights later, the duty flight commander for the
     security police unit rushed in to a belated Christmas party white
     as a sheet. `The UFO is back,' he said.

     "I was asked to investigate. I changed into a utility uniform,
     then headed out in a jeep to the edge of the forest. About a dozen
     of our men were already there. Our light-alls (large gas-powered
     lights) wouldn't work, and there was so much static and constant
     interference on our radios that we had to set up a relay. There
     was increasing commotion. I was determined to show them this was
     nonsense.

     "I took half a dozen of the men and headed into the woods on foot
     to a clearing where the initial incident had supposedly taken
     place. We found three distinct indentations in the ground
     equidistant apart and pressed well into the sandy soil. They were
     supposedly caused by the object seen two nights before, but I
     didn't see anything sitting there that night. Neither did anybody
     else there.

     "Inside the triangular area formed by the indentations, one of the
     men got slightly higher readings on the Geiger counter than he did
     outside. He photographed the area, and I took a soil sample.
     Meanwhile, I recorded this activity on my microcassette recorder.

     "We knew the Orford Ness lighthouse beacon beamed from the
     southeast. All of a sudden, directly to the east, we saw an
     unusual red, sunlike light--oval shaped, glowing, with a black
     center--10 to 15 feet off the ground, moving through the trees.
     Beyond the clearing was a barbed-wire fence, farmer's field,
     house, and barn. The animals were making a lot of noise.

     "We ran toward the light up to the fence. It shot over the field
     and then moved in a 20- to 30-degree horizontal arc. Strangely, it
     appeared to be dripping what looked like molten steel out of a
     crucible, as if gravity were somehow pulling it down. Suddenly, it
     exploded--not a loud bang, just booompf--and broke into five white
     objects that scattered in the sky. Everything except our radios
     seemed to return to normal.

     "We went to the end of the farmer's property to get a different
     perspective. In the north, maybe 20 degrees off the horizon, we
     saw three white objects--elliptical, like a quarter moon but a
     little larger--with blue, green, and red lights on them, making
     sharp, angular movements. The objects eventually turned from
     elliptical to round.

     "I called the command post, asked them to call Eastern Radar,
     responsible for air defense of that sector. Twice they reported
     that they didn't see anything.

     "Suddenly, from the south, a different glowing object moved toward
     us at a high rate of speed, came within several hundred feet, and
     then stopped. A pencillike beam, six to eight inches in diameter,
     shot from this thing right down by our feet. Seconds later, the
     object rose and disappeared.

     "The objects in the north were still dancing in the sky. After an
     hour or so, I finally made the call to go in. We left those things
     out there.

     "The film turned out to be fogged; nothing came out. But a staff
     sergeant later made plaster castings of the indentations, and I
     had the soil sample.

     "Around New Year's Eve, I took statements and interviewed the men
     who had taken part in the initial incident. The reports were
     nearly identical.

     "Basically, they reported this: In the early morning hours of
     December 26, one of the airmen drove to the back gate at
     Woodbridge on a routine security check. He saw lights in the
     forest, specifically a red light, and thought maybe an airplane
     had crashed. He radioed a report, which was called into the tower,
     but the tower reported nobody was flying.

     "Eventually, a group headed out to the forest. They reported
     strange noises--animals, movement, like we heard two nights later.

     "As they approached the clearing, they reported seeing a large
     yellowish-white light with a blinking red light on the upper
     center portion and a steady blue light emanating from underneath.
     The tower again reported nothing on radar.

     "A few of the men moved to within 20 or 30 feet. Each said the
     same thing independently--a triangular-shaped metallic object,
     about nine feet across the base, six feet high, appeared to be
     sitting on a tripod. They split up, walked around the craft. One
     of the men apparently tried to get on the craft, but, they said,
     it levitated up.

     "All three of the guys hit the ground as the craft moved quickly
     in a zigzagging manner through the woods toward the field, hitting
     some trees on the way. They got up and approached again, but the
     object rose up, and then it disappeared at great speed.

     "Finally, on January 13, 1981, I wrote a memo to the British
     Ministry of Defense. Despite my efforts, to my knowledge, no one
     from any intelligence or government agency ever came on base to
     investigate.

     "I have never sought the limelight, nor have I hidden. I stand to
     receive no financial benefit from this interview but consented
     because it's time the truth came out. I don't know what those
     objects were. I don't know anybody who does. But something as yet
     unexplained happened out there."

     Update: In 1983, a copy of Halt's memo to the British MOD was
     released through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Shortly
     thereafter, a copy of the 18-minute audiotape of the investigation
     Halt conducted was given to a British UFOlogist by, Halt says,
     another Air Force officer. Both have made the rounds within the
     UFO community.

     As a result, Halt says he has been "harassed" by UFOlogists and
     fanatics. While half a dozen men assisted Halt's investigation and
     dozens of others were near the scene, only a handful of witnesses
     have come forward. At least one of them, Halt says, is spreading
     disinformation; consequently, media coverage has been inaccurate
     at best. For instance, he says, "The stories about holographiclike
     aliens emerging from their craft are pure fiction."

     Official Response: "The Air Force stopped investigating UFOs in
     1969 when Project Blue Book was completed," says Air Force
     spokesman Maj. Dave Thurston, based in Washington, DC.

     The Critics' Corner: "The UFO you hear described on the audiotape
     was almost certainly the lighthouse beacon in my opinion, because
     the peak interval between their descriptions of it getting
     brighter, then dimmer, is the time of rotation of the beacon,
     which was about ten miles away," says UFO skeptic Philip Klass.
     "Even though they said they saw numerous lights in the night sky,
     one of every three UFOs reported turns out to be a bright
     celestial body."

     "Bentwaters is a case of magical thinking--a situation where a
     bunch of people got excited about different things they correlated
     in their mind," says UFO investigator James McGaha, technical
     consultant to the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of
     Claims of the Paranormal and a retired Air Force pilot, who
     traveled to England, surveyed the area, and interviewed various
     people. "Consider these facts: On the night of December 25 to 26,
     at 9:10 p.m., Russian satellite Cosmos 746 reentered the
     atmosphere over England and appeared as a bright object. At 2:50
     a.m., a fireball entered the atmosphere over Woodbridge. At 4:11
     a.m., a British police car with a blue strobe light on top and
     other lights attached to the undercarriage responded to a
     telephone report and was driving on the dirt roads through the
     forest.

     "Halt's memo reports that on the second night, they saw two
     objects in the north, one in the south. On that night, three of
     the brightest stars were visible--Vega and Deneb in the north,
     Sirius in the south. And clearly, the strange red light mentioned
     on the audio tape is the Orford Ness Lighthouse beacon. Beyond
     that, the morning after the first night, British officers
     identified the indentations as rabbit diggings. The Geiger counter
     readings were of background radiation. Nothing appeared on radar
     that night, either, and no one in either base tower reported
     anything unusual. Furthermore, no civilians reported seeing or
     hearing anything."

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