Nature of the Alien:
ETs, Demons or a Government Plot?
Part 16
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Authored By  :
Bill Kochman

Published On :
April 30, 1997

Last Updated :
January 19, 2018

Spanish Gen. Carlos Castro Cavero's Comment Regarding UFOs, 1976 Tehran, Iran UFO Incident, Criteria For Valid UFO Study U.S. Government Intimidates Credible UFO Witnesses, American Astronaut L. Gordon Cooper's UFO Experiences And Testimonies, Mysterious Death Of U.S. Defense Secretary James V. Forrestal Pres. Harry Truman And Majestic 12 Or MJ-12, John F. Kennedy Assassination And UFO Theory, Bill Cooper's Behold A Pale Horse US Gov't. Black Projects And UFO Disinformation, Jacques Vallée

To the south, Spain was also experiencing its share of UFO encounters, and some Spanish government officials likewise made public their views concerning the unusual phenomenon. One such person was Carlos Castro Cavero, who was a general in the Spanish Air Force, and the former commander of the Third Aerial Region. In a June 27, 1976 interview which was published in the "Gaceta del Norte" in Balboa, Spain, Cavero made the following comments to reporter J. J. Benitez:

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"I believe that UFOs are spaceships or extraterrestrial craft . . . The nations of the world are currently working together in the investigation of the UFO phenomenon. There is an international exchange of data. Maybe when this group of nations acquires more precise and definite information, it will be possible to release the news to the world."

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Later that same year -- 1976 -- a significant UFO event took place on the outskirts of Tehran, Iran, when two F-4 jets from the Shahrokhi Air Force Base had an amazing encounter with something which even shook the halls of the Pentagon. As Roland B. Evans, an Air Force Major and Pentagon analyst would later comment, the Tehran UFO incident was a "classic that meets all the criteria necessary for a valid study of the UFO phenomenon". The incident, which took place on the night of September 18th, and the early morning hours of the 19th, was reported in the November 1976 issue of the NICAP newsletter, "NICAP UFO Investigator". A much more detailed account was included in an article by Bob Pratt entitled "The Pentagon's 'Classic' UFO Case". In the interest of imparting this important information to you, I'm once more relying upon the "Fair Use" clause of the US Copyright Act to share the following contents of the NICAP newsletter:

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"Shortly after midnight on September 19, 1976, the Iranian Air Force command post in Tehran, Iran started receiving calls from local citizens reporting a strange object in the sky. The object was variously described as, "Bird-like," "A bright light," and "A helicopter with a shining light." The command post duty officer, knowing there were no helicopters in the area, called B.G. Yousefi, Assistant Deputy Commander of Operations for instructions. Yousefi told the citizens that they were observing a star. However, after talking with control tower personnel, he decided that possibly something unusual was being observed and that he should see for himself.

The object he saw was like a star but much bigger and brighter. So much so that he made the decision to scramble a F-4 jet from Shahrokhi Air Force Base to investigate.

F-4 Interception With UFO

At 1:30 AM the F-4 sped down the Shahrokhi runway for a take off to intercept the UFO. The crew headed north of Tehran toward the brilliant light 70 miles ahead of them. The flight proceeded uneventfully for about 40 miles, but as the F-4 continued its intercept path all communications and instrumentation (Intercommunication and UHF) were suddenly lost. The pilot immediately changed course, breaking off the intercept and headed back for Shahrokhi. After the F-4 turned away from the UFO the jet regained all communications and instrumentation. Was the F-4 no longer a threat?

Second Interception Attempt Made

A second F-4 took off at 1:40 AM in an attempt to accomplish what the first jet had failed to do . . . identify the UFO. As this F-4 neared the UFO, radar contact was made by the crew. The size of the radar return was about the same as a return from a 707 jet aircraft. The size of the UFO was difficult to determine visually because of its brilliance. The relative speeds of the F-4 and the UFO were such that the jet was drawing closer at a rate of 150 nautical MPH.

As the F-4, flying at a speed greater than Mach 1, reached the same distance from the UFO that the prior communication loss occurred, the UFO increased its speed. This acceleration of the UFO was confirmed visually and by the aircraft's instrument board radar. The pilot (Lt. Fafari) was unable to close the distance and paced the UFO through Iran's clear night sky. The crew followed the intensely brilliant UFO and noted its light was like flashing strobe lights arranged in a rectangular pattern. The lights were alternating blue, green, red and orange in color. The flashing of the lights was so rapid that all colors could be seen at the same time.

The UFO and the pursuing F-4 were on a course taking them south of Tehran when suddenly another smaller brilliant object came out of the UFO.

F-4 Missile Fails To Fire

This second object came directly toward the pursuing F-4 traveling at a very high rate of speed. The pilot started to fire an AIM-9 missile at the rapidly approaching object, but at the moment his weapons control panel went off and simultaneously he lost all communications.

With no other defense left, the pilot turned sharply and put the F-4 into a dive in an attempt to evade the projectile from the UFO. The maneuver was not successful since as the F-4 continued its diving turn, the object changed course and trailed the jet briefly at a distance estimated to be 3 to 4 miles. It then increased its speed, went to the inside of the jet's turn, and climbed back to rejoin the "Mother ship."

Part Of UFO Appears To Crash

After the projectile returned to the "Mother ship," the crew of the F-4 terminated the evasive maneuvers and again followed the object. The weapon control panel and communications aboard the F-4 were again operative.

As the crew watched and chased the rapidly moving UFO, another object appeared to emerge from its side and dive at a great speed toward the earth far below. The men directed their attention toward this diving object in anticipation of a large explosion upon impact. However, instead of exploding, the object appeared to come to rest gently in the hills below. The "Mother ship" sped away at a rate estimated to be many times the speed of sound.

The resting object was casting a very bright light over an area estimated to be 2-3 kilometers in diameter. The pilot brought his F-4 down through the upper atmosphere and circled at a safe altitude above the UFO until the light went out. While circling, the crew carefully noted the position of the object on the ground.

The F-4 headed back to its base guided by a crew that was having difficulty in regaining their night vision after viewing the brilliant UFO. During their return they noted a great deal of UHF radio interference, and they completely lost all communications each time they passed through a certain magnetic bearing. A civil airliner that was approaching the area during this same time also experienced communication problems when on the same magnetic bearing. The crew of this aircraft did not see the UFO.

The F-4 crew still had not regained their night vision upon their arrival at the base. After circling the field a few times, they decided to go out for a long, gradual straight in landing. While on their long approach, the crew noticed a cylinder shaped object about the size of a jet fighter coming toward them at a higher altitude. The object had bright lights on each end and a flashing light in the center. In response to a radio inquiry control tower personnel stated that no other air traffic was known to be in the area. This object passed above the F-4 while tower personnel attempted to make visual contact. The sighting was confirmed when the pilot directed the ground watchers attention to the proper portion of the night sky.

Daylight Inspection of the Landing Site

Shortly after dawn on September 19, the F-4 crew boarded a helicopter to return to the site of the UFO landing. No trace of the landing was found at the site (a dry lakebed), but the area is being checked for possible changes in radiation levels. The helicopter left the area and circled off to the west. As they were leaving the site, the helicopter radio started picking up a very noticeable beeper signal. Near the point where the signal was being received most clearly, the crew noticed an isolated farm house. They landed and asked the resident if he had noticed anything unusual the night before. The farmer replied that he had noticed a loud sound and a very bright light in the area of the landing site."

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As I mentioned earlier, in his October 12, 1976 evaluation report, Major Roland B. Evans stated that the Tehran UFO event was a "classic that meets all the criteria necessary for a valid study of the UFO phenomenon". Exactly what are these criteria? In his article "The Pentagon's 'Classic' UFO Case", Bob Pratt attributes the following to Major Evans:

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a) The object was seen by multiple witnesses from different locations (i.e. Shemiran, Mehrabad, and the dry lake bed) and viewpoints (both) airborne and from the ground.

b) The credibility of many of the witnesses was high (an air force general, qualified aircrews and experienced tower operators)

c) Visual sightings were confirmed by radar.

d) Similar electromagnetic effects (EME) were reported by three separate aircraft.

e) There were physiological effects in some crew members (i.e., loss of night vision due to the brightness of the object).

f) An inordinate amount of maneuverability was displayed by the UFOs.

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As we've already seen, the problem that many UFO observers face, particularly if there is any degree of credibility to their stories, is that when they report their sightings or encounters, the U.S. Government is quick to discredit them by any means possible.

According to a number of individuals with current or former ties with the U.S. Government, and who are now aligned with The Disclosure Project, when ridicule tactics fail to work, the American Government will resort to intimidation, as well as other heavy-handed forms of persuasion, including making threats against individuals and their immediate families, in order to keep them quiet. In the case of military personnel, they are reminded of the oaths they took to protect their country, and their duty to not discuss sensitive issues with the general public. They're also warned of the repercussions they will face if they choose to break those vows.

In an address to the United Nations in 1985, in which the topic was extraterrestrial intelligence, American astronaut, Colonel L. Gordon Cooper, who participated in the Mercury and Gemini missions, mentioned this oath, and then revealed the secret with which he had been forced to live for many years. He stated in part:

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"I believe that these extraterrestrial vehicles and their crews are visiting this planet from other planets which obviously are a little more technically advanced than we are here on Earth. I feel that we need to have a top level, coordinated program to scientifically collect and analyze data from all over the Earth concerning any type of encounter, and to determine how best to interface with these visitors in a friendly fashion.

For many years I have lived with a secret, in a secrecy imposed on all specialists and astronauts. I can now reveal that every day, in the USA, our radar instruments capture objects of form and composition unknown to us. And there are thousands of witness reports and a quantity of documents to prove this, but nobody wants to make them public."

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In the August 15, 1976 edition of the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, Astronaut Cooper was also quoted as having stated the following regarding alien visitations to Earth, and the U.S. Government's intentional cover-up of said phenomenon:

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"Intelligent beings from other planets regularly visit our world in an effort to enter into contact with us. I have encountered various ships during my space voyages. NASA and the American government know this and possess a great deal of evidence. Nevertheless, they remain silent in order to not alarm the people."

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Over twenty-one years later, on January 14, 1997, Cooper also let it be known that there are other American astronauts who share his feelings concerning the UFO phenomenon and who want the U.S. Government to come clean with what it really knows about the visitation to Earth of extraterrestrial crafts. He stated:

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"I know other astronauts share my feelings . . . And we know the government is sitting on hard evidence of UFOs."

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In July of 2000, while in Washington, D.C. promoting his new book "Leap of Faith: An Astronaut's Journey in the Unknown", in which he pressures the U.S. Government to reveal what it knows regarding the visitation of alien life forms to Earth, Gordon Cooper also made these candid comments:

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"Each administration has probably tried to figure out how, with the least embarrassment, they could confess to this whole thing . . . They need to clean the slate about what has been going on or has not been going on . . . There certainly have been too many people, very qualified people and qualified groups of people, that have had interface of one type or another with extraterrestrial craft or beings. . . . To really deny that something is going on and deny that they definitely exist . . . we need a little more explanation."

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Looking back on his speech before the United Nations years before, Cooper also added with an air of disappointment:

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"I made the effort to get the U.N. to pick up the ball. They thought it was a great idea, but they never did anything about it."

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Gordon Cooper was no stranger to the UFO phenomenon, as he had been involved in his own experiences years before. For example, in 1951, while piloting an F-86 Sabrejet over the western part of Germany, he spotted a number of UFOs. The objects were described as being metallic, saucer-shaped discs. They were at a very high altitude, and were clearly capable of out-maneuvering any American fighter plane. In reflecting back on his experiences in Germany, Cooper would later tell the United Nations in 1985:

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"I did have occasion in 1951 to have two days of observation of many flights of them, of different sizes, flying in fighter formation, generally from east to west over Europe."

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Twelve years later, on May 15, 1963, Gordon Cooper commanded a Mercury capsule. Its mission was to orbit the Earth twenty- two times. As the mission neared its end, on the last orbit, Cooper informed the Muchea tracking station, located not far from Perth, Australia, that a glowing, greenish object was rapidly approaching his capsule. Unlike many reported UFOs which can't be verified by hard, physical evidence, Cooper's object was definitely real, as it was visible on the Muchea tracking station's radar. The Mercury flight was receiving coverage by the American television network, NBC, which did in fact report Cooper's sighting. However, after Cooper had completed the mission, reporters were informed that they could not question him further regarding what he had seen.

In extreme cases, it's been claimed that the U.S. Government will even resort to murder in order to silence a leak, and to keep a particular government secret from being revealed.

One well-known, highly-controversial incident involves former Secretary of Defense, James V. Forrestal. Sources within the UFO community allege that Mr. Forrestal, who had previously been the Secretary of the Navy and then became the very first Secretary of Defense during the Truman administration, became involved with a secret committee known as "Majestic 12". This committee, which was also known as "MJ-12", was authorized by President Harry Truman, and was comprised of twelve men with top security clearance, from the US Government, the military establishment, and the science community. Its purpose was to investigate the Roswell crash incident, and to keep the alien presence on Earth concealed from the American public at all cost. It is said that this powerful committee was answerable only to the U.S. President; although some people claim that even some U.S. presidents were out of the loop when it came to MJ-12.

According to the story circulated within UFOlogy circles, at some point in time, Forrestal made the decision to go public with the information he had regarding the alien presence on Earth. Apparently, as a result of this decision, on the 28th of March, 1949, he was removed from office. Almost two months later, after allegedly being held against his will, Forrestal is claimed to have jumped to his death from the 16th floor of the United States Naval Hospital National Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland on May 22, 1949.

In October of that same year, a medical report issued by the Willcutts Review Board made no mention that James Forrestal had committed suicide. It merely stated the condition of his body, the approximate time of his death, the events leading up to his death, and his alleged mental condition prior to his death. The American mass media promoted a similar story. Forrestal is said to have suffered a nervous breakdown after his dismissal as Secretary of Defense. He was described as being mentally unstable, suffering from depression, and of course, suicidal. The public accepted this as fact; and not long after that, the Forrestal story quietly slipped into the past, thus avoiding further scrutiny or scandal.

But is this what really happened? Many people are convinced that it isn't, beginning with Forrestal's own brother, Henry. In interviews he gave, Henry Forrestal made it clear that he was convinced that his brother had been murdered. He stated that James Forrestal wasn't suicidal, and was in rather good spirits, because he would soon be released from Bethesda. To add further doubt to the official government version of the story, Henry Forrestal revealed that his brother James died just hours prior to Henry arriving to take him out of the hospital. The official version also did not mention the fact that when his body was discovered, Secretary Forrestal had a bathrobe cord wrapped tightly around his neck. Henry was convinced that his brother had been strangled, and then was thrown out of the hospital window by his assassin(s).

If James Forrestal was indeed murdered, was it really due to his intentions to expose the alien-UFO cover-up? While this is what is believed by some people within the UFO community, others beg to differ. According to the research I have done, James Forrestal was a very powerful, very rich, and extremely influential man. He was also very vociferous in his opinions, and didn't hide his strong disapproval of the Zionist agenda, and the creation of the State of Israel. Naturally, holding such a position was bound to create enemies for him. Having said that, some people believe that it was Forrestal's threat to the survival of the young nation of Israel, which really caused his downfall, and may even have resulted in his death.

Before moving on, allow me to mention one other interesting point which is related to the above story. Over the decades, many of us have heard or read a number of stories concerning the tragic assassination of President John F. Kennedy on the 22nd of November in 1963. Similar to Forrestal, John Kennedy was a well-liked man; yet on one fateful morning, his life was suddenly cut short. Over the past four decades, there's been considerable controversy surrounding Kennedy's death. Some people argue that President Kennedy was the target of a lone psychotic gunman by the name of Lee Harvey Oswald, who they claim was a communist sympathizer. Others insist that Oswald couldn't possibly have acted alone and that there was an even larger conspiracy. It is said that this conspiracy involved the CIA, the FBI, the Office of Naval Intelligence, and the Secret Service. Many people remain convinced that it was Kennedy's own limousine driver, a Secret Service agent by the name of William Greer, who delivered the fatal shots that morning, as Kennedy's motorcade made its way on the outskirts of Dallas, Texas.

While many people have focused on who assassinated Kennedy, the motivations behind his death have not been examined as thoroughly. As I noted earlier, generally speaking, Kennedy was a well-liked, extremely popular leader; a man who was loved by a lot of people. If you ask non-Americans who they consider to be one of the best presidents that the United States of America has ever had, many of them won't hesitate to respond that it was John F. Kennedy.

But due to some of his policies, Kennedy also had his share of enemies. Some people believe that Kennedy was selling the country to the communists, and that perhaps this is the real reason behind his assassination. Others point to Kennedy's desire to stop the flow of illegal drugs into the country, which put him in opposition to some very powerful interest groups. And yet others point out that John F. Kennedy wanted the U.S. Government to print money which was fully backed by actual silver deposits that were held in reserve by the U.S. Government. This, of course, wasn't agreeable to the national and international bankers who manipulate the world's economy through the mass distribution of worthless "fiat money" that hasn't been backed by real gold or silver for decades.

Like the rest of you, I honestly don't know who assassinated Kennedy, or even why he was killed. It may very well be that he was killed for one, some, or even all, of the above-noted reasons. I was a young pre-teen boy at the time, and remember watching the post-assassination events on our black and white TV set. Being the skeptical, distrustful person that I tend to be, particularly when it comes to the American Government, I must admit, however, that, like others, I remain suspicious of the fact that the blame was immediately cast on Lee Harvey Oswald; who, as some people believe, was conveniently killed by Jack Ruby. We can only wonder if Oswald's death was meant to silence the truth forever.

While I was conducting research for this current series, I did find it interesting to discover that there are a number of people who believe that, like Secretary Forrestal, John F. Kennedy was assassinated because he had intentions of exposing the alien presence on Planet Earth. This is one of the points that's mentioned by conspiracy theorist, author, lecturer, radio host and UFO researcher, William Cooper, in his rather controversial 1991 book, "Behold a Pale Horse". Mr. Cooper delves into a number of topics which some readers will find difficult to accept or believe. While Bill Cooper initially believed that the alien threat was real, after a number of years of research, he concluded that the threat of an alien invasion was merely the fabrication of the secret architects of the coming One World Government, or New World Order.

In other words, Bill Cooper believed that the threat of an invasion from Outer Space is merely a tool which the power manipulators will use to coerce the countries of the world into uniting under the banner of a One World Government. In Cooper's view, this will be a Communist/Socialist state. At first glance, such a scenario may seem rather far-fetched; however, as you will see shortly, President Ronald Reagan made certain eye-opening comments during his time in office, which would seem to validate Cooper's belief, even if some of Cooper's other theories are questionable, if not outright nonsensical.

While I cannot vouch for the accuracy or the truthfulness of Bill Cooper's book -- some people do consider him a fraud -- I think that it is worth mentioning that on November 5, 2001, Cooper was shot and killed by deputies of the Apache County, Arizona Sheriff's Office while they were attempting to serve him an arrest warrant. According to the information I have read, there were several warrants for his arrest on charges of tax evasion, bank fraud, and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. While President Clinton supposedly considered Bill Cooper to be "the most dangerous radio host in America", a lot of conspiracy theorists are convinced that Cooper was intentionally silenced by the US Government, and the powers that control it. What do you think?

So is there any truth to this theory concerning Kennedy's death and aliens and UFOs? I honestly don't know. I suggest that you conduct your own investigation, and then make your own determination. This Kennedy-UFO connection may just be another one of the many wild stories we find floating around on the Internet today. On the other hand, maybe it isn't.

As I began to explain earlier, some people believe that the U.S. Government may be playing both ends of the field when it comes to the alien-UFO controversy. On one hand, it may be denying the existence of aliens and UFOs, such as with the GAO report I mentioned previously; while simultaneously, it may actually be fueling the alien-UFO debate; even going so far as to intentionally plant some of its own so-called UFO experts and researchers within the UFO community. Again, I honestly don't know if there is any truth to this theory; but if there is, why would the government do this?

According to some of the people who embrace this particular theory, some UFO sightings and alleged alien encounters, and even some of the alien-UFO websites, are actually part of a well-orchestrated government plan to keep people away from the truth. It is a massive disinformation campaign meant to confuse people. What is the truth that these theorists claim the government is hiding? Quite simply, that what some people have mistaken for extraterrestrial spaceships, are in reality the U.S. Government's very own "Black Projects", such as the ones that are believed to be developed at Groom Lake, Papoose Lake, Area 51 S-4, etc. People are seeing things which they are not meant to see, so the U.S. Government simply creates a cover story by letting them believe that they have had a UFO sighting.

In his 1990 interview with the 50 GCAT magazine, Dr. Vallée expressed similar views. He believes that the U.S. Government has intentionally staged certain UFO events for a variety of reasons. One of these, according to Vallée, is to protect its own military secrets such as those related to Black Projects. Jacques Vallée stated at that time:

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"Anybody who is aware of technology today should know that we have much more than a stealth fighter flying around. We have capabilities, theoretical or practical, to make all types of things. There is a massive development of nonlethal platforms going on, that those platforms have to be tested somewhere, they have to be disguised as something else from time to time. There has been massive development of RPVs -- remotely piloted vehicles -- some of which are disk-shaped. There is massive development of low observable technologies that are used for reconnaissance, and can be used for all sorts of other things. And in many cases, the UFO stories are not simply fantasies in the minds of a few witnesses, but may have been planted as part of a cover for some very terrestrial technologies that we are developing."

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Personally, I have to admit that this theory makes a lot of sense. Given the popularity of the alien-UFO phenomenon, it would certainly make the perfect cover for whatever the U.S. Government is really doing at the Groom Lake facility, or at other restricted military bases around the country. So maybe they really are creating the very thing that they've denied. Maybe the UFO phenomenon is just the red herring to keep all of us off-track. One thing seems certain; the more that our government leaders deny the existence of aliens and UFOs, the more people want to believe that they do exist; so the plan, if it is real, definitely seems to be working.

Please go to part seventeen for the continuation of this series.

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