WHERE HAVE ALL THE
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS GONE ?
May 18, 2009, updated July 7, 2016
The above graph shows the evolution and increased usage of cameras from 1947 to 2013, but it does not include video cameras. But it obvious that the sudden rise in camera usage in the mid-seventies coincides with usage of VCRS and video cameras connected to them. My first VCR was a heavy, $1000 device with blank tapes costing over $50. And cameras were b&w and had short wires running to that VCR. But it wasn't long before they became color cameras and wireless, and tapes and machines became more affordable. Because I was involved in all this I can tell you when it all took place. The graph above pretty well tells the story. I hope to find a better graph but the fact that the sudden change in the amplitude begins in the mid-seventies is obvious. It is my opinion that this sudden threat to the security of the UFO operation after thirty years forced somebody to go covert.
In 2006 I called the Current Encounter list's attention to something I had noticed while doing my database work for the MADAR Project. The graphs that I had produced were based on about four thousand sightings in the MADAR region (certainly not the MADAR-range) and I had noticed a significant reduction in good close encounters, and even good distant encounters, and I made the remark that it looked like ET had pulled up their stakes and left. I remember the response, however, and I'm still not sure what the response indicated. Whether it was my reference to ET, or whether it was my reference to the apparent lack of good UFO reports, but I was called on the carpet <grin>. I do remember my trying to clarify my suspicians, if this was a real issue. I compared the UFO wave and interest over the last half dozen decades to the situation we all have experienced vividly in Iraq. In both instances I believe that something caused an outside party to increase surveillance, then an increased presence with nearby "carriers", then an "invasion", which ended with a small "security force" being left behind. But, my research turned up something more ominous, even though not proven and based on limited data: UFO activity had gone from many years of semi-overt actions, to something possibly more covert. My MADAR study preliminary report is linked below.
Mark Rodeghier:The activities and trends regarding UFOs varies with the world situation. I'm convinced that we are being observed and manipulated to some degree. My colleague, Rob Duvall, could (and probably will) write a book about this aspect, which includes a nuclear connection and involves many missile shutdowns. I'm not sure that we will ever get another UFO sighting wave, but sightings are still occurring, and the only way to betray their presence in my estimation is a detection system like MADAR. UFODATA is working on this. Right now the only ones in on all this are the government, the military, and the space program, all of which are small, specialized and highly classified projects within them.
Where Have All The CE-II's Gone? - Mike Swords
Where Are The CEs_IURv30No4.pdf (Rodeghier)
Preliminary Report on MADAR Detection Project Study Conducted In Southwestern Indiana - January 1996 (Fran Ridge)
The Brookings Institude Report (NICAP Dir)
NICAP Site Research Coordinator & Archivist
Graph source: http://petapixel.com/2014/12/15/chart-shows-badly-digital-camera-sales-getting-hammered-smartphones/