by Michael E. Salla, Ph.D
Significant support for the testimony of multiple witnesses of a UFO seen near Stephenville Texas on January 8, 2008 came in the form of radar data recently released by the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA). Responding to a series of Freedom of Information requests by the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON), the FAA supplied 2.8 million radar returns from five sites covering the area where the UFO was sighted.
A report by MUFON titled, "Special Research Report - Stephenville, Texas," provided a detailed analysis of raw data released by the FAA.
The authors of the MUFON Stephenville Report, Glen Schulze and Robert Powell, stated:
The radar returns supported witness testimonies that the object was at times stationary and also able to accelerate at tremendous speeds. Schulze and Powell claimed that some of the radar data confirmed that the object reached speeds up to 2100 mph. This was done without creating a sonic boom.
Schulze and Powell also revealed the extent of military activity in the area using log books and radar returns from Carswell Air Force Base, and were able to distinguish these from the sighted UFO.
The radar returns confirmed witness testimonies of significant military aerial activity in relation to the UFO despite initial denials by military authorities. Schulze and Powell further examined the data in terms of witness testimonies of the UFO being chased by jets at a very low altitude.
In what appears to be a notable national security lapse, they continue:
Two questions arise here.
Answers to these questions may be found
by first examining past FAA policy on releasing UFO information, and
the role of senior national security officials in dictating this
policy to senior FAA officials.
These elements of what appears to be a
long standing policy of the FAA regarding UFOs is exemplified in two
well documented cases.
Furthermore, Haines reported on the result of FOIA requests for tower logs and communications that:
More incriminating was a series of interviews with United Airline employees by a journalist for the Chicago Tribune, Jon Hilkevitch, wherein it was alleged that they were "told to not talk about what they saw to anyone." Was the management of United Airlines muzzling its employees because of FAA pressure, and was the FAA muzzling its own employees?
Regardless of the answers to these
questions, the FAA's policy seemed to be one of dismissing
testimonies of a UFO at O'Hare international airport regardless of
witness reliability and quantity.
He subsequently describes what happened after Admiral Engen saw the data:
Callahan went on to disclose in his public testimony how the data was confiscated by the national security team from the Reagan administration who were concerned about public reaction to the reality of UFOs. Callahan further described how he was able to hold on to a duplicate set of data in his office which he revealed at a May 2001 National Press Club Conference.
Callahan believed that the FAA was complicit in a cover up of what the radar evidence clearly showed was a UFO that backed pilot and passenger testimonies of a UFO following a Japanese 747.
The two well documented case studies
from the 2006 O'Hare incident and the 1987 Japanese 747 Alaska
incident reveal that the FAA has been complicit in the dismissal of
credible witness testimonies of UFOs, and more significantly of
deliberately withdrawing corroborating data. Senior national
security officials in various Presidential administrations have
played key roles in dictating this policy to the FAA and its
Rather than debunking UFO testimonies and withholding corroborating data, the FAA is now releasing key data that helps confirm these testimonies. A new policy of openness appears to be underway. The testimony of former FAA chief Callahan wherein he revealed the role of national security officials in secretly directing FAA policy when it comes to UFO sightings, suggests they have approved the new openness policy.
This may account for why major
television programs such Larry King Live have been running an
unprecedented series of programs on UFOs since the Stephenville
sighting. Importantly, the new openness policy may be related to a
secret meetings at the United Nations
from February 12-14 wherein a new policy of openness on UFOs was
approved by member nations.
Also, if the UFO belonged to a foreign
nation, it would be highly unlikely that the military jets tracking
the UFO would not have engaged with the UFO as it approached the
Crawford Ranch, as Schulze and Powell implied in their report.
The FAA and more senior officials are directing the general public to contemplate a genuine enigma over the UFOs' origin. Consequently, it appears that the goal of the shift in FAA policy on UFOs is that a program to acclimate the American public to the reality of UFOs, and the possibility that they have something other than earthly origin is well underway.
It can therefore be predicted that in the months ahead, more persuasive empirical data by the FAA and other government agencies will be allowed to emerge into the public arena increasingly pointing to the reality of UFOs and the possibility of an extraterrestrial origin.