The investigative “I-Team” for CBS affiliate KLAS-TV in Las Vegas, NV has brought forward new documents related to the secret Pentagon UFO program first revealed by the New York Times in December. But even stranger than the documents, which delved into theoretical warp drive and extra-dimensional technologies, was the response provided to KLAS-TV by an unnamed “senior manager” within the program, who connected the Pentagon’s UFO program to poltergeists, “invisible entities” and “bizarre creatures.”
The new statement from BAASS (Bigelow Aerospace Advanced Space Studies) to KLAS-TV indicates the team contracted by the Pentagon delved into phenomena far beyond the UFO purview indicated in the NYT’s original reveal, in some ways continuing the paranormal research begun by founder Richard Bigelow in the 90s.
“The investigations by BAASS provided new lines of evidence showing that the UFO phenomenon was a lot more than nuts and bolts machines that interacted with military aircraft,” the senior manager said. “The phenomenon also involved a whole panoply of diverse activity that included bizarre creatures, poltergeist activity, invisible entities, orbs of light, animal and human injuries and much more.”
The BAASS manager also described research methodologies tailored to explain multiple eyewitnesses reporting “widely different events.” The new methodology, premised on “utilizing the human body as a readout system for dissecting interactions with the UFO phenomenon,” was put in place because BAASS came to believe evidence indicated “the UFO phenomenon was capable of manipulating and distorting human perception,” making eyewitness testimony “increasingly untrustworthy.”
While it may sound more like a convenient method for explaining away incongruous accounts than rigorous science, the BAASS statement claims “the results of applying this new approach was a revolution in delineating the threat level of UFOs.”
While the statement advocates a wider approach to UFO research, to avoid the “myopic and unproductive” focus on “nuts and bolts machines,” it also takes as assumed new conclusions about the exact nature of the UFO phenomena, particularly in assigning agency to the phenomena. The statement describes BAASS’s new “forensic” approach as “aimed to bypass UFO deception and manipulation,” layering a sinister overtone atop the already threatening descriptions of human and animal injury (presumably alluding to the cattle mutilation phenomena). To what degree the poltergeists, bizarre creatures and invisible entities actively participate in the deception remains unclear. For now, compelling evidence, or any evidence at all, remains unavailable to the public.
The statement and documents published by the I-Team further complicate the contracting process described by the NYT, confirming the Defense Intelligence Agency originally sought bids under a different name: Advanced Aerospace Weapons Systems Application Program (AAWSAP), a claim originally made by UFO researcher Paul Ready and UFOs and the National Security State author Richard Dolan in April. The contract documents reveal an initial payment of $10 million, allocated to BAASS.
BAASS, created specifically for the Pentagon contract, conducted research both from Bigelow Aerospace headquarters in North Las Vegas and an infamous Utah ranch, formerly owned by Robert Bigelow (ownership has since transferred to Adamantium Real Estate, who manages the property on behalf of an anonymous owner). Commonly known as Skinwalker Ranch, the 480-acre property has been the site of reported cattle mutilations, UFO sightings and “large, ferocious animals with piercing yellow eyes” that bullets couldn’t injure. From 1996 to 2004, Bigelow investigated paranormal phenomena at and around the ranch under the umbrella of his now defunct research group, the National Institute for Discovery Science.
Could poltergeists, UFOs and other paranormal phenomena all be related? While it’s always possible new information from the Pentagon UFO program will provide actual data from Bigelow’s AAWSAP research, the presence of electrical engineer Dr. Harold Puthoff, one of the lead researchers for BAASS, warrants a default to skepticism. Puthoff, also one of the sources for the initial NYT disclosure, has a long history of promoting pseudoscience—endorsing psychic fraud Uri Geller and coming to the defense of L. Ron Hubbard's E-meter in a 1974 document Scientology developed for use by the government. Puthoff’s research team, EarthTech International, was subcontracted by Bigelow to write the recently revealed DIA reports.
Those reports don’t point to any new revolutions in science or UFO research. DIA documents for AAWSAP, like “Warp Drive, Dark Energy, and the Manipulation of Extra Dimensions,” are more summations of existing theoretical physics than radical alien technologies. “It’s bits and pieces of theoretical physics dressed up as if it has something to do with potentially real-world applications, which it doesn’t,” theoretical physicist Sean Carroll told Business Insider. “This is not something that’s going to connect with engineering anytime soon, probably anytime ever.”
Both Bigelow Aerospace and EarthTech International were contacted for comment. This article will be updated with their response, if provided.
While UFO researchers hope the reveal of AAWSAP will offer new opportunities for FOIA requests and further reveals, it’s the bright line to BAASS which most expands our understanding of the bizarre research avenues in the Pentagon’s Top Secret UFO program. Outlandish claims of poltergeists, reality-distorting encounters, alien alloys and groundbreaking technologies demand a subsequently high burden of proof. Disclosure of actual evidence could prove the difference between a radically new understanding of humanity’s place in the universe and just another wasteful Department of Defense budget line item.
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