|Power Outages & UFOS
"The graph above is a comparison of the Federal Power Commission's
power failure reports with U.S. Air Force records of UFO reports from 1954-1969.
Using this data, one can plot two curves as shown on the graph. It can be
seen from the graph PF and UFO reports are in phase and track each other from
year to year. Out of phase conditions do exist, however, for the years 1956
and 1967." - Paul C. Smith.
Below is the part of the testimony by Dr. James E. McDonald
before the House Committee on Science & Astronautics, July 29, 1968:
Let me ask a further question: In the course of your investigation
and your study of UFO sightings, have you found any cases where contemporaneously
with the sighting of UFO's allegedly, there were any other events which took
place, which might or might not be related to the UFO's?
Yes. Certainly there are many physical effects. For instance,
in Mr. Pettis' district, several people found the fillings in their mouth
hurting while this object was nearby, but there are many cases probably on
record of car ignition failure. One famous case was at Levelland, Tex., in
1957. Ten vehicles were stopped
within a short area, all independently in a 2-hour period, near Levelland,
Tex. There was no lightning or thunder storm, and only a trace of rain. There
is another which I don't know whether to bring to the committee's attention
or not. The evidence is not as conclusive as the car stopping phenomenon,
hut there are too many instances for me to ignore. UFO's have often been seen
hovering near power facilities. There are a small number but still a little
too many to seem pure fortuitous chance, of system outages, coincident with
the UFO sighting. One of the cases was Tamaroa, Ill. Another was a case in
Shelbyville, Ky., early last year.
Even the famous one, the New York blackout (Nov 9 1965),
involved UFO sightings. Dr. Hynek probably would be the most appropriate man
to describe the Manhattan sighting, since he interviewed several witnesses
involved. I interviewed a woman in Seacliff, N.Y. She saw a disk hovering
and going up and down. And then shooting away from New York just after the
power failure. I went to the FPC for data, they didn't take them seriously
although they had many dozens of sighting reports for that famous evening.
There were reports all over New England in the midst of that blackout, and
five witnesses near Syracuse, N.Y., saw a glowing object ascending within
about a minute of the blackout. First they thought it was a dump burning right
at the moment the lights went out. It is rather puzzling that the pulse of
current that tripped the relay at the Ontario Hydro Commission plant has never
been identified, but initially the tentative suspicion was centered on the
Clay Substation of the Niagara Mohawk network right there in the Syracuse
area, where unidentified aerial phenomenon has been seen by some of the witnesses.
This extends down to the limit of single houses losing
their power when a UFO is near. The hypothesis in the case of car stopping
is that there might be high magnetic fields, d.c. fields, which saturate the
core and thus prevent the pulses going through the system to the other side.
Just how a UFO could trigger an outage on a large power network is however
not yet clear. But this is a disturbing series of coincidences that I think
warrant much more attention than they have so far received.
As far as you know, has any agency investigated the New York
blackout in relation to UFO?
None at all. when I spoke to the FPC people, I was dissatisfied
with the amount of information I could gain. I am saying there is a puzzling
and slightly disturbing coincidence here. I'm not going on record as saying,
yes, these are clear-cut cause and effect relations. I'm saying it ought to
be looked at. There is no one looking at this relation between UFO's and outages.
Our time is really running short, Mr. Ryan.
One final question. Do you think it is imperative that the
Federal Power Commission, or Federal Communications Commission, investigate
the relation if any between the sightings and the blackout?
My position would call for a somewhat weaker adjective. I'd
say extremely desirable.
Thank you. Thank you, Dr. McDonald.
(Dr. McDonald's testimony is noteworthy because of its
directness and force. He considers the extraterrestrial hypothesis the most
likely explanation of the phenomena. On examining the best UFO evidence,
it is certainly possible to rule out practically every other hypothesis, and
it is on this basis that Dr. McDonald and others lean toward the theory that
we are undergoing surveillance from intelligently guided craft from extraterrestrial
On Wednesday, July 15, 1998, Joel Carpenter wrote:
"In 1992 "Time" magazine published an article called "The Doomsday Blueprints,"
an expose of Cold War secrets. The article contained an interview with J.
Leo Bourassa, an Air Force officer (I don't think they gave his rank but I
would guess he was a Colonel - he supposedly delivered the news of the 1960
U-2 shoot down to Eisenhower) who was the former commander of "High Point"
- a bomb shelter complex for the President and executive branch officials.
It's better known as Mt. Weather, and is located in West Virginia. The complex
was built in the late 1950s. Bourassa had been the commander of the complex
for its whole active lifetime - presumably until shortly before the 1992 article
was written. He said that during the entire time he had been in charge of
the base, he had put it on alert exactly one time. Remember what happened
between around 1957 and 1992 - the Berlin crisis, the Cuban missile crisis,
several Mideast wars, the KAL shoot down, etc. The one single alert was called
on November 9, 1965, the day of the Northeast blackout - because Bourassa
thought a surgical nuclear attack was under way. I wonder if some nuclear
sensors somewhere were giving false alarms, or if he just made the assumption
on his own." - Joel Carpenter
Nov.65: Power failure and faulty bomb alarms.
"Special bomb alarms were installed near military facilities and near cities
in U.S.A. so that news of a nuclear attack would be transmitted before the
expected communication failure. The alarm circuits were set up to display
a red signal at command posts the instant that the flash of a nuclear detonation
reached the sensor and before the blast could put it out of action. Normally
the display would show a green signal, and yellow if the sensor was not operating
or was out of communication for any other reason. During the commercial power
failure in NE United States in November 1965, displays from all the bomb alarms
for the area should have shown yellow. In fact two of them from different
cities showed red because of circuit errors. The effect was consistent with
the power failure being due to nuclear weapon explosions, and the Command
Center of the Office of Emergency Planning went on full alert. Apparently
the military did not.".
Twenty Mishaps That Might Have Started
Accidental Nuclear War - Phillips
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