Is There a Secret US Space Program?
By Richard Thomas
In an article for the May 16, 2010 edition of the Scottish Sunday Express it was reported that the UK UFO hacker Garry McKinnon was - to quote the newspaper article - "set to avoid extradition and be tried in Britain." The 43-year-old, of course, made international headlines back in 2005 after he was charged with various counts of hacking into Pentagon and NASA computers, in search of what the computer wizard described as "free energy technology," which McKinnon believed the US Government had reversed engineered from recovered UFOs.
To the disappointment of the British UFO community, however, this news that McKinnon was set to face trial in the UK was never confirmed by British Government, and leaves us with more questions than answers. Why have the US Government fought so hard for so long to get McKinnon in the first place? Or, put another way, what might have Garry stumbled upon that warranted such a heavy handed reaction from the US authorities?
Up to "60 years in prison" seems a bit of an overreaction for someone who was simply searching for something which according to the US Government isn’t even supposed to officially exist anyway. Could have McKinnon really have found evidence of UFO crash retrievals, or, did the UFO hacker find something else entirely the US military-industrial-political complex would rather you didn’t find out about?
While the mainstream media largely concentrated on the US Government’s dubious claim that McKinnon caused some $700,000 worth of damages to its computers, some truly out this world comments the supposed 'cyber terrorist' made to the author of The Men Who Stare At Goats, Jon Ronson, in an interview printed in the July 9, 2005 edition of The Guardian were all but ignored. In particular, McKinnon’s assertions that while hacking into the US space command he discovered "lists of officers’ names" under the tantalising heading "Non-Terrestrial Officers" as well as records of what McKinnon called "fleet-to-fleet transfers" and even "a list of ship names."
Rather than extraterrestrials, though, the computer hacker told The Guardian columnist that he thought he had found evidence of a secret space program of some kind. When Ronson asked McKinnon "The Americans have a secret spaceship?" McKinnon answering, "That's what this trickle of evidence has led me to believe."
McKinnon’s suggestion that NASA and its 2004 "vision" to return to the Moon by 2020 (over 50 years after the Apollo 11 landing!) could just be a cover for a much more advanced and deeply clandestine or "black" space program might sound like just another conspiracy theory but McKinnon isn’t the first to advocate such a hypotheses. The concept of a secret space program first gaining some prominence in 1977 when the UK’s Anglia Television (now ITV Anglia) broadcast the now infamous Orson Welles War of the Worlds-style hoax documentary: Alternative 3. The plot, of which, revolved around a global conspiracy to resettle missing scientists onto the Moon and Mars in preparation for an imminent environmental cataclysm.
While Alternative 3 is obviously science fiction. Something the lengthy interview with a fictitious Moon walking Apollo astronaut "Bob Grodin" (played by Shane Rimmer) as well as the list of programme credits run at the end should make clear. It is at least interesting that today climatologists are alarmingly forecasting exactly the kind catastrophic global warming predicted in the mock documentary. A fact which has led to much speculation on the world wide web that the April Fools hoax might have started out as a genuine investigation before having the plug pulled by sinister dark forces … perhaps the same forces calling for the extradition of Garry McKinnon.
In Jim Marrs’ Alien Agenda: Investigating the Extraterrestrial Presence Among Us, the underground bestselling author briefly considered the Alternative 3 controversy. Marrs writing in Alien Agenda of respected UFO investigator and television documentary filmmaker Linda Mouton Howe’s involvement in investigating the controversial docudrama.
"I was curious," Howe said, "and I had a discussion with a BBC producer about it. I was told that the program began as a BBC documentary on the so-called British 'brain drain' of the 1970s. You might remember that a large number of British scientists were leaving, reportedly for better-paying jobs in America. I was told that the program never came off because the BBC could not locate any of the scientists once they left Britain. It was all very odd. It was like they disappeared."Further, Marrs also writes in Alien Agenda that "Howe said writers Ambrose and Miles wrote a script for Alternative 3 based on real interviews conducted by the BBC."
Journalist and author of Science Fiction Secrets: From Government Files and the Paranormal Nick Redfern wasn’t convinced of this, though. When I asked the paranormal investigator about McKinnon’s comments in a 2008 interview for the popular esoteric website Binnall of America, Redfern telling me "Non-Terrestrial Officers is of course a provocative term that conjures up all sorts of imagery. I think, however, that like much of Ufology, we have a few fragments of a story with what McKinnon found. But what the term might mean is very much down to personal interpretation."
Other researchers, however, have been less sceptical about the possibility of a secret space program. Author of Need to Know: UFOs, the Military and Intelligence and Above Top Secret: The Worldwide UFO Cover-up Timothy Good even going as far as suggesting an extraterrestrial connection. "In addition to having reverse engineered some recovered alien vehicles, I believe that we’ve been given highly advanced technology – including spacecraft – by certain allied extraterrestrials. As Ben Rich stated at the University of California School of Engineering in 1993: 'We already have the means to travel among the stars, but these technologies are locked up in black projects ... and it would take an Act of God to ever get them out to benefit humanity.'"
And Good is not alone. Acclaimed UFO Historian and author of the definitive multi-volume UFOs and the National Security State, Richard Dolan, has also spoken out about the possibility of such a covert program indeed existing. Initially sceptical, the Oxford educated Historian writing in a special guest article for my website that "Slowly, by degrees, I have come to the opinion that there is a secret space program."
According to Dolan he was told by an individual with "impressive scientific and intelligence credentials" that he "should not dismiss" the supposed anomalies located in the Cydonia region of Mars, such as the famous "Face" and "City" photographed by NASA’s Viking 1 Orbitor in 1976. And that "there were in fact many people within the classified world who took them seriously."
Dolan writing, "That’s when I realized, very concretely, that the notion of space anomalies was indeed a serious topic. I began to consider: if there is covert interest in the anomalies on Mars, would there be a covert space program to investigate? To this day, I don’t know the answer with certainty, but over the years I have encountered no shortage of quiet, serious-minded people who tell me of their knowledge that there is such a covert program. One component of this, it appears, has to do with the Moon. Are there bases on the far side of the Moon? Again, I do not know for sure, but I cannot rule it out. More than once, people I consider to be informed insiders have steered me in this direction."
However, it isn’t just the opinions of credentialed but anonymous insiders about the possibilities of alien architecture on Mars and perhaps even the Moon that interests Dolan.
There is another reason to suppose the existence of an advanced, clandestine space program. An enormous amount of video of space missions has been downloaded and is available for anyone to see. These include missions of NASA, the European Space Agency, Russia, and China. Much of this was downloaded and made available by a gentleman named Jeff Challender, who unfortunately died in 2007. Jeff spent an enormous part of his life downloading and reviewing – very carefully – video recordings of those missions. There can be no denying that there has been a great deal of activity in Earth’s orbit. Much of what was recorded undoubtedly has conventional explanations. But, frankly, many events do not offer easy explanations. I firmly believe there is something unusual going on in Earth’s orbit. Fortunately, after Jeff’s death, I was able to upload his entire site and attach it to my own. His site, known as Project Prove, now has a permanent home at keyholepublishing.com.This cocktail of tempting space anomalies on the one hand, which if indeed artificial or extraterrestrial might offer whichever nation studied them first tremendous leaps in technology, and video evidence of covert activity in space on the other. Not to mention the US Government’s determination to extradite McKinnon after he was caught hacking into NASA, does seem to add up to good grounds for suspecting a covert space program as Dolan suggests. There is only one problem with all this speculation, though, how would the US Government or anyone else for that matter fund such a vast and deeply clandestine project – possibly for decades if any of the information presented in Alternative 3 is to be taken seriously – without anyone even noticing? Any space program along the lines of Alternative 3 or envisioned by Dolan with bases on the Moon would cost trillions of dollars, surely there would be evidence of such incredible spending?
The short answer is yes, there would be … and YES there is. In 2001, at the National Press Club, US Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld admitted to the media that amazingly "According to some estimates, we cannot track $2.3 trillion in transactions." What more, this took place somewhat suspiciously on September 10, the eve of the 9/11 attacks on New York and the Pentagon, guaranteeing the story would get buried by the mainstream media and forgotten about the next day.
This is where things get more complicated. Up to now we’ve assumed that the US authorities wanted McKinnon because of what he might have stumbled upon in relation to UFOs or a secret space program. However, it’s worth considering that McKinnon was hacking during and in the immediate aftermath of 9/11. While the date of Rumsfeld’s $2.3 trillion admission is suspicious it is circumstantial evidence of prior knowledge at best, however, we must ask is it possible Garry stumbled upon something relating to the 9/11 instead? If so, McKinnon is remaining quiet. And with the extradition efforts of the US authorities dragging on, it might be some time before we find out more.
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Jon Ronson meets hacker Gary McKinnon | World news | The Guardian
Expert challenges UFO hacker's $700k bill - 9/22/2009 - Computer Weekly
Nick Redfern :: A Room 101 Interview - Richard's Room 101
The War On Waste - CBS News
A Room 101 Interview with Timothy Good - Richard's Room 101
PARA-NEWS: Richard Dolan's 'Musings on a Secret Space Program'
Jim Marrs, Alien Agenda: Investigating the Extraterrestrial Presence Among Us, (New York : HarperCollinsPublishers, ©1997), p.260.