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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The Rendlesham Forest UFO Sightings, Part 3, The Underground Base and the Cover-up

Sources:
www.unknowncountry.com, 12-5-2014, Whitley Strieber’s interview with Linda Moulton Howe on Dreamland.
Larry Warren and Peter Robbins, Left at East Gate: A First-Hand Account of the Bentwaters-Woodbridge UFO Incident, its Cover-Up, and Investigation, New York, Marlowe and Co., 1996.
www.youtube.com:  interviews, TV shows, 2010 Disclosure Conference in Washington DC.
SciFi Channel, “Declassified Special, UFO Incident at Rendlesham,” 2003, with Bryant Gumbel, Part 1 and 2, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzuBkzLoPtQ.

In Part 1 and 2, I wrote about the incident that took place on two US NATO bases in 1980 near England’s east coast. One, perhaps three, UFOs landed in the forest behind Woodbridge AFB on two different nights over a period of 72 hours. There were many witnesses who, in spite of threats from officers, “suits,” and “plains” wanted to talk about it.

The Bentwaters UFO story has had plenty of media coverage and has been the subject of several books and blogs. The pieces of the story are scattered here and there on the internet. My effort here is to once again draw attention to this important saga by putting the pieces in chronological and concise order. Some of these presentations have discussed the inevitable military-governmental cover-up, but none that I have thus far read or seen has dealt with Larry Warren’s description of the underground base.

“We are in charge.”

Warren blacked out when the three entities floated out of the craft. By the way, Warren’s drawing of the craft of the 28th looked nothing like Jim Penniston’s drawing on the 26th. Penniston’s craft on the first night was not ailing. The one in the farmer’s field on the 28th was in trouble and was spewing ionizing radiation. Perhaps that’s why the men produced some conflicting facts. Ionizing radiation can affect brain calcium and may produce memory issues. Adrian Bustinza also had a difficult time recalling how he got back to the barracks. Both pretty much just woke up there with the trip back a blank.

There were many debriefings. In all of them, the men were told to not speak of the incidents to anyone, including wives and mothers. They were told that bullets were a dime a dozen. They were given sodium pentothol and fake statements to sign. Several were ordered to get into a car where they were immediately drugged. From there they were taken to a secret underground facility beneath the base. Bustinza doesn’t recall being underground, but Warren said he saw him there.

Under the influence of God knows what, Warren was ushered into a large, hangar-like structure with computers and human technicians. From there he found himself standing in a small glass observation room. Through the glass he could see a huge cavern with UFOs flying around. There were allegedly tunnels going to the North Sea. Next he was led to a room with cushioned seats. Bustinza was to his right. There was a large screen with a silhouette behind it, and a telepathic voice that reviewed his whole life.

The entity behind the screen unveiled many secrets:
He heard about the location of tunnels used by UFOs to enter the cavern.
“There are many civilizations from off this earth existing here; they are intimate with the U.S., USSR, U.K. and Japanese governments at their highest levels and have been here since WW II.”
Religion was created for the human race.
There is no cold war. In the future, all of our wars will be with third world countries.
Aliens have blended with our human society.
This base and others are vital. There was a veiled threat with this statement. The aliens have the technological ability “to make Bentwaters and Woodbridge vanish.”
Larry Warren and others were selected because “they” knew them. In other words, those that had been drugged and dragged into the facility were undoubtedly abductees from their youth. Warren certainly was.
The last one is my personal favorite. Warren was unable at the writing of his book to remember it well, but it pretty much hinted that the aliens are running the world, using politics, corporations, military, global elite, and intelligence services world-wide. “We are in charge,” they said.

Warren would continue to feel the presence of aliens and entities in his bedroom even after leaving Bentwaters and the military. One night they said to him, “You are our puppet.” Keep in mind, these are the SAME aliens that played with him as a child and told him not to tell his mother (she was a Catholic) because they might be made to be sent down a drain hole (think portal) in the front yard. Who do you think would have the power to send aliens down the drain hole? Perhaps a Catholic priest? Folks, I’ve studied shamanism for some of these blogs. I’m no expert, but I do know that there can sometimes be a strong connection between what the shaman does on this earth and what comes up from underground. If an entity’s abode is beneath the earth, I want nothing to do with it. If Larry Warren’s playmates feared that they could be sent back to where they came from, how in charge are they really if we don’t want them to be. Also, when they brag about being in charge and say things like, “You are our puppet,” does that make you want to be their playmate?

There is another important point to consider when contemplating this great cavern that Warren saw. I don’t doubt his story for a minute. He is describing what he saw. But anyone in the military knows what mind control drugs, brain washing, or common hypnotism can do to a person’s perceptions. Furthermore, alien abduction narratives are full of something called screen memories. Many hypnotherapists who deal with abductees have had to work past the screen memories, where an owl is really an alien face or something pleasant is really horrific. Beyond the technique of affecting a false memory in a human mind, there is an electronic cloaking technology. One abductee swatted a human on a space craft. There was an electronic zzzt, and the image of the human wavered for a second, revealing a reptilian reality. It is quite possible that some or all of the memories by abductees of underground bases with an abundance of human collaborators is nothing more than a mental construct forced onto the manipulated human. So, I’d say it’s quite possible that Larry Warren really saw what he described in his book. On the other hand, it is equally possible that much of it was psychotronically induced. Fortunately for Larry, he is aware of that possibility.

As for the aliens creating religion, much of it, perhaps they did. But in Genesis 3, God faces off with a creature that could be a Reptilian alien (or demon if you prefer). God is not an alien and Jesus is not the son of an alien. Check out my series on the rise of Mary. I hope you will see that Marian apparitions are not a work of God. The Mary entity is not the mother of Jesus, so if they say they are responsible for religion, perhaps that is partially true. 

“Bullets are cheap”

The way it works with cover-ups of every ilk is, cooperate with us and we promote you. We shake your hand, stand next to you in photographs that you can hang on your wall, invite you to our soirees and BBQs, and get your kids into the Naval Academy. Your phone number is in our contact list. You are a fine person. Intelligent, resourceful, and we are all bonded in a common goal. You say what we tell you to say, you don’t talk about what we tell you to not say. You get respect, status, more pay, and better benefits. The material benefits can reverberate all the way to your great grand kids.

If you don’t cooperate, at best we drop you flat; at worst, we do our best to crush you. If you commit suicide because of it, that’s on you.

So, starting from the 29th and 30th, word went out that nothing happened in Rendlesham Forest. There were strange lights maybe, but it was probably the light house or the planet Mars. When Warren and Bustinza got back to their dorm from the underground base, they discovered that they had been gone for at least 3 days. Years later, under hypnosis, Jim Penniston discovered that in one of his interrogations, he was given sodium pentothal. Phones were tapped. Scary looking NSA men approached Larry Warren and suggested that he drop his claim that Gordon Williams was present on the third night. Military records were taken from their usual storage and put where no one could find them without a great deal of trouble. In fact, they were located in NSA storage.

The Mysterious Col. Charles Halt

Charles Halt and Jim Penniston

What was going on in that man’s mind and soul? For years, he called Larry Warren a fraudster and liar. He claimed adamantly that Warren wasn’t at the third night’s confrontation and that his claims to have been given a weapon were bogus because it couldn’t have happened. He swore that Gordon Williams never left the party. When his famous memo, sent to the British Ministry of Defense, was leaked in 1983 through a chain of American contacts, he was given a call about an FOIA request for it. His response was, “Burn it, it will ruin my career.” “We can’t burn it. There’s an FOIA request for it, and we have to send it.” Halt’s memo opened a floodgate of interest in the Bentwaters case. The military declaimers were beginning to look cruel and callous. The witnesses were all military soldiers doing their duty that night. Their health was affected and many had long term PTSD. Alternate explanations by the Air Force of what happened that night were ludicrous.

It didn’t ruin his career. He was promoted to Base Commander, then Commander of another important base, then went to work for the Pentagon. He retired in good standing with the government and the military. Then he began to talk about the Bentwaters case. He hasn’t by any means told everything he knows, but he has confirmed a lot. For one thing, a phone interview with a UFO researcher and a person to person confrontation with Warren and his co-author Peter Robbins led me to believe that Halt was given false information about Warren by the military. They apparently worked up false documents that showed that Warren wasn’t assigned to the base until mid-January 1981. By the time he figured that out, he had smeared Warren all over the media every chance he got. After he retired there was no holding him back. His face became very familiar to all followers of UFO documentaries. He claimed to be outraged by the way the military scooped up all documents and wouldn’t release them. Charles Halt, if you are really so outraged, you can mitigate the travesty by spilling all you know. If they haven’t shot you by now, they probably won’t.
Lord Peter Hill-Norton, a strong supporter of disclosure about the Bentwaters case


Of all of the many witnesses interviewed time and time again, there was only one person who would neither claim nor deny that Bentwaters was a genuine UFO case. That person was Gordon Williams, who also took the promotion route. He was there. He did see the aliens. Whether he spoke to them or not, I don’t know. Whether or not we helped repair a UFO, I can’t say. But I do know that it happened, that a host of witnesses all pretty much confirm the same story, and that the whistle blowers were treated very badly by the U.S. military. We should all be proud of them. They took the road of being crushed and rejected. They are the heroes of the story.

The Rendlesham Forest UFO Sighting, Part 2, The Aliens Return

Sources:
www.unknowncountry.com, 12-5-2014, Whitley Strieber’s interview with Linda Moulton Howe on Dreamland.
Larry Warren and Peter Robbins, Left at East Gate: A First-Hand Account of the Bentwaters-Woodbridge UFO Incident, its Cover-Up, and Investigation, New York, Marlowe and Co., 1996.
www.youtube.com:  interviews, TV shows, 2010 Disclosure Conference in Washington DC.
SciFi Channel, “Declassified Special, UFO Incident at Rendlesham,” 2003, with Bryant Gumbel, Part 1 and 2, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzuBkzLoPtQ.

Suffolk, England

For Part 1 of this series, I trolled the Internet to find videos of the main players of the first sighting. We met Jim Penniston, John Burroughs, and Ed Cabansag. We learned that Bentwaters AF Base is only 3 miles from Woodbridge AFB in Suffolk County, on the east coast of England. At least 3 airmen from Bentwaters AFB were sent to the East Gate of Woodbridge AFB to access Rendlesham Forest, just outside the base, where a light was seen landing in the woods. The men encountered an actual landed craft. Tech Sgt Jim Penniston touched and examined it, then all three watched in awe and terror as it flew away. That was December 26, 3 a.m. to 5 a.m., 1980.

My impression is that there was also activity on the second night, the early hours of December 27, but I found no information about it. The “night of legend” was December 27 to 28. Larry Warren describes his personal experience in this book, Left at East Gate. In this post, I will combine his story with what I also found on the internet.

During the dark morning hours of Dec. 28th, Greg Battrum and 3 others, all stationed at Bentwaters, were on a routine perimeter patrol inside the fence at Woodbridge. They saw lights in the sky and a glow in a clearing in the woods that they thought might be a fire. CSC cleared them to go investigate. Battrum had been at Bentwaters for about two months, yet, in spite of Col. Halt’s insistence that new arrivals at the base were never allowed weapons without training, Battram claims they were armed. They left the base through the back gate and parked the jeep on the side of the road. They felt electricity in the air as they approached a glowing, shapeless fog. They saw strobing colored lights and heard a thrumming noise. The radios wouldn’t work. It was so unnerving that they left without verifying what it was. On the way out, they saw the light-alls and twenty or thirty people coming into the forest. At that point, no solid craft could be seen, but the fog was strobing yellow, blue, white, and orange lights.

On the 27th, UFOs were seen over London (as reported by the London Times). That evening, the base officers and their families were enjoying themselves at a party. A soldier came running up to Deputy Base Commander Charles Halt and said, “It’s back!” He was out of breath and white as a sheet. “What’s back?” “The UFO!” Halt’s response was immediate. He left the gathering, grabbed a tape recorder, a Geiger counter, and a night scope, and headed for Rendlesham Forest. According to East Gate, so did Base Commander Gordon Williams, although Halt denied that later. Williams has also denied being there, but Larry Warren swears he was, and if an unidentified threat was hovering over a major nuclear arsenal, why would the Base Commander send his deputy to investigate the intrusion? Halt’s group also included Monroe Nevel, who worked the Geiger counter, Master Sgt Ray Gulyas, who took pictures, and a few others. Nevel, Halt, and Gulyas would all share their version of events on the SciFi special decades later.

Larry Warren was assigned to night duty at Bentwaters Perimeter Post 18 the night of 27th to the 28th. He was there by 11:30 p.m. He had an M16 rifle and a Motorola radio at his side. He was far from other posts, at the end of the runway. He was unnerved by strange conversations between the Bentwaters 80-foot high observation tower and the Woodbridge flight tower. There were reports of lights bobbing in the woods. Suddenly he heard the pounding of hooves. Five panicked deer ran out of the woods, three of them racing across the runway.

A security police truck pulled up with Sgt Adrian Bustinza at the wheel and Second Lieutenant Englund in the passenger side. Lt. Englund got Warren relieved of duty so he could join two other SPs in the back. Their task was to pick up some light-alls, bright spotlights powered by gas-driven generators on trailers. Two trucks, each with one light-all and generator in tow, headed for Rendlesham Forest. The men had all been issued M-16s with real bullets. At the Bentwaters main gate, they all had to remove their ammunition clips. There were several other cars there outside the gate. The convoy headed down the road to Woodbridge.

After turning left at East Gate, They joined other cars and trucks parked in a clearing. By then it was the 28th. Deer and rabbits were running out of the forest, helicopters were flying overhead, weapons were confiscated. He was still mystified as to what was going on. Radios wouldn’t work, and the light-alls malfunctioned. There was an argument as to whether the generators had been properly gassed. Warren saw about 15 men heading off into the woods with flashlights. As his group headed out, they saw taped off “hot spots” that had to be avoided. At the farmer’s field, they met up with around 30 or 40 soldiers, including Bustinza, Burroughs, Halt, and Base Commander Gordon Williams. A farm house stood in the distance, and beyond that, low on the trees, the strobing beacon of a light house. In Larry Fawcett’s interview with Bustinza, several names were confirmed as to who was present: Medina, Verrano, Ball, Thompson, Combs, Palmer, Warren, Zickler. Notice that Penniston was not mentioned (p. 141).

Halt’s group found a landing site, but it must have been from an earlier hour. His tape recorder registered their voices as they checked broken branches and pod marks in a perfect triangle. Nevel was getting clicks on the Geiger counter on the crash side of several damaged trees and no clicks on the far side of the tree. They made plaster casts of the pod marks. Then one of them spotted a red light moving through the forest. It had a dark center, looking like and eye. They took off after it, and followed it to the farmer’s field.


Former Deputy Base Commander Charles Halt

Warren and Bustinza described seeing a fog with a light within it. Someone on the radio exclaimed, “Here it comes!” A red basketball-sized orb came from over the North Sea, hovered close to the fog, then exploded in multi-colored lights. What looked like molten metal dripped to the ground. Warren and Bustinza felt a burning sensation in their eyes. Suddenly in place of fog, there was now a craft. It had strobing orange, blue, and white lights around its perimeter. Bustinza whispered to Warren, “Oh, no, not again.” He had had a similar experience in [Mather AFB, Davis,] California.

While they all watched in amazement three entities floated out of the side of the craft. They had a bluish light around them. They wore silver suits. Warren, who described being an abductee as a child, immediately thought, “What are the kids doing here?” He was referring to the small gray entities that used to play with him when he was a child. They told him then to keep their presence secret because if people found out, they would have to be sent away down a drain hole in the front yard. At that point, Warren blacked out. The rest of his testimony about the events in the field were gained from hypnotic regression years later. It’s not clear whether Halt or Williams approached the entities.

Although Gordon Williams denies being there, and although Halt supports that story, Larry Warren asserts (under hypnosis) that the officer closest to the entities was Williams. And what kind of coward would Williams be if he were present and didn’t step up as senior officer in such an event? Bustinza, however, was quite adamant that it was Halt who communicated something to the aliens. The odd thing is that Bustinza claimed [p. 146] that he could not see the entities. He heard Halt say something about “We’ll get you the parts from our electronic division.” Warren saw the entities but heard no words. Many years later Bustinza would tell Linda Moulton Howe that as he and Burroughs ran up to the field, he felt pushed to the ground by some force, but he turned his head to see John Burroughs be engulfed in a blue light, then disappear.
Adrian Bustinza 
And where was Penniston in all of this? To everyone’s surprise, during the filming of the SciFi special in 2003, Halt and Penniston pointed to different sites for the landing. Penniston’s site had no possibility of seeing the light house. The key to that may lie on pg. 55 of East Gate, in which Warren is told that day by Steve Longario (sp?) that Penniston and others are out “creating a false landing site.” The base gossip may have misunderstood what was happening. Perhaps Penniston and the others did actually see a second UFO, and they were out examining the trace evidence. The SciFi special seemed to be the first indication for Penniston that he didn’t actually make it to the historic site where the aliens appeared.

There was also gossip about Burroughs jumping onto a UFO. He couldn’t recall any such thing, but in one video Warren states that a smallish orb was seen whizzing down the footpath toward a parked truck in which someone was sitting. It went through the windows of the truck and came around the other side. By that time, Burroughs, who is a tall, burly man, was in the parking lot. The orb approached him and morphed into a small version of a craft. Burroughs put his arms around it and was dragged several feet across the parking area.

Pictures of the landing site that night and the next day by Master Sgt. Ray Gulyas (flight commander), Jim Penniston, and others all came out fogged. Penniston’s landing pod casts matched those made by Halt. It was claimed that no pictures of the landing site or event survived, but in the ‘90’s, an airman who wanted to remain anonymous gave a strip of film to Gulyas showing pictures of Halt’s investigation of the landing site. Halt surmises that films were switched, but one person who did his own developing also came out with whited photos.

When Gordon Williams was confronted with the tape made by Halt, he said that it was an “abomination,” and he couldn’t make out what it meant. He said he played it for his bosses, including Charles Gabriel, Commander-in-Chief of all US AF bases in Europe. They decided that it indicated no threat, so they let it kind of fade away. Halt was then told to turn over a copy of the tape to the MOD. He wrote his famous sanitized memo for them and got no response, which surprised him. According to several witnesses, Gabriel made an unscheduled visit to Bentwaters-Woodbridge to collect evidence. The plane came from Wiesbaden, which at the time was the HQ of the US AF in Europe. Photographs, documents, logs were all seized. According to Linda Moulton Howe, this secrecy would enrage Col. Halt and annoy the MOD.


If the UFO returned after the night of the 28th, the vocal witnesses in our books and videos had no part in it. Nevertheless, their ordeal wasn’t over. There would be ongoing health issues, PTSD, continued haunting by aliens in their bedrooms, and persecution by the military and the government. That will be the topic of Part 3. The implications of the UFO being seen by so many US soldiers are astonishing enough, but that pales in comparison to Larry Warren’s description of the underground base. That base and the ongoing cover-up will be the topic of Part 3.

The Rendlesham Forest UFO Sighting, Part 1, The First Night

Sources:
www.unknowncountry.com, 12-5-2014, Whitley Strieber’s interview with Linda Moulton Howe on Dreamland.
Larry Warren and Peter Robbins, Left at East Gate: A First-Hand Account of the Bentwaters-Woodbridge UFO Incident, its Cover-Up, and Investigation, New York, Marlowe and Co., 1996.
www.youtube.com:  interviews, TV shows, 2010 Disclosure Conference in Washington DC.
SciFi Channel, “Declassified Special, UFO Incident at Rendlesham,” 2003, with Bryant Gumbel, Part 1 and 2, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzuBkzLoPtQ.

They say it was Britain’s Roswell. According to Nick Pope, former employee of British Ministry of Defense, it’s bigger than Roswell. As TV journalist Bryant Gumbel indicated, “This is the most important story you’ve never heard.”

Bentwaters and Woodbridge were two U.S. Air Force bases (now decommissioned) that lay about 3 miles apart in Suffolk County, on the east coast of England. They were two of the largest NATO bases in the world, secretly housing hundreds of nuclear weapons. They were commissioned in the 40’s after WW II, turned over to the US in 1951, and expanded in the 60’s. Security was always tight. No one could fly over the bases or get onto them without proper clearance. In spite of the seriousness of the storage responsibilities, life there was fairly routine. The most serious local events involved rumors of local witchcraft and sightings of the two ghosts that haunted the woods. There were also random sightings of lights in the sky over the UK, but no one paid much attention to those except the people who saw them. The events that began Christmas evening of 1980 turned the two bases on their heads and changed the lives of the many participants forever.

In spite of multiple witnesses telling and retelling their stories to public media, there are a few points of confusion in the saga. There are discrepancies as to what happened on which night. The events were so stunning and disorienting, the airmen were focusing on what happened more than on which exact date things occurred. The events crossed from late evening to early morning over a period of 72 hours, so the listener is sometimes unsure whether the date refers to p.m. or a.m.

Another difficulty in the retelling arose from the fact that the participants often had memory lapses. One airman would be told by other witnesses that a certain event happened at a certain moment, but that individual had no recollection of the event. This is a classic effect of UFO encounters. The men had a desire to get together and compare stories, but initially they were warned not to talk about it. In fact, they were threatened with death if they did. They were then reassigned in ways that kept them separated. Many were kept under surveillance for years. Larry Warren was determined that this stunning story, that really surpasses Roswell in importance, would get to the public. It was decades later, when almost all the witnesses were retired, that the story began to flow freely from those that were at the center of it.

Warren wrote a book, others went to a conference, another confided in UFO research experts, and several were interviewed on various TV documentaries. Former Deputy Base Commander Charles Halt and James Penniston thought that their testimonies were contradicting each other until, on a documentary for SciFi Channel, they discovered that they were describing events at different locations. The retelling brought a sense of relief, but such experiences can never fully be dismissed, nor can the ongoing PTSD and health problems that still plague many of those that saw the thing in the forest.

Larry Warren arrived at Bentwaters Base on Dec. 1. He was informed by Steve LaPlume that about two weeks before the main event, he and another airman were on swing shift duty at the guard post just inside the East Gate of Woodbridge AFB. The men saw “an unusual light formation moving slowly and silently over Rendlesham Forest” (behind the base), p. 68. They notified Central Security Control (CSC), and were told to stay put and keep watching. Shortly thereafter, Deputy Base Commander Charles Halt, Wing Commander Gordon Williams, Colonel Sawyer and other officers arrived, some with wives and children. Steve thought it very odd that they all went marching off into the woods with flashlights and cameras! He was puzzled that, at least to him, the response was more remarkable than the event itself.

So, late Christmas night, 1980, Staff Sgt Coffey at Bentwaters AFB saw a small light moving down into Rendlesham Forest behind Woodbridge (Staff Sgt Stevens (sp?) was also mentioned on one of the videos as alerting Penniston. One of the aforementioned Staff Sgts notified Tech Sgt Jim Penniston, who grabbed John Burroughs, Ed Cabansag, and possibly one other soldier some time after midnight, December 26. Cabansag was new on the base and suspected he was going to be the victim of a prank in which he would be thrown into a mud puddle. Penniston was sure a plane had crashed in the woods and he would find bodies and wreckage. Since the intrusion was off the base, the men had to leave their weapons behind. Approaching 3 am, armed only with radios and Jim’s notebook, they drove down logging road, then all three trekked through the woods on foot. There were men stationed along the path as possible relay if needed. Meanwhile, a group of security people, including at least one Flight Commander, gathered on the road to await the return of the 3 explorers.
 Ed Cabansag

Along the way, their radios ceased to work, so they were unable to communicate with Central Security (CSC). Static electricity filled the air. They could feel it on their skin and scalp. They felt tingly. Time seemed to slow down, and muscles became less responsive. They began to be alarmed when they saw a white glow in the woods. A much later hypnotic regression revealed that Penniston told Burroughs to shoot at the lights, but since they were off base, they had no weapons.


 Jim Penniston and John Burroughs

Eventually, they came upon a glowing craft. At first it seemed to be somewhat insubstantial, as it if were just shaped light and fog. It was approximately 9’ across and 7’ high, with three landing struts that were difficult to see, so that it appeared to hover just over the ground. It was essentially triangular in shape, curved in the back, pointed in the front. The white glow of light was also strobing orange, yellow, and blue lights around the perimeter of the craft. There were no windows or doors.

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Penniston touched it, running his hand across the surface. It was warmer than the cool air in the woods. It was like black glass with 3-inch high symbols on it, which he recorded in his notebook. Penniston always carried a notebook. He drew a sketch of it, recorded the size, and described various impressions. He felt his job there was to report everything as well as he could. [Symbols are often associated with UFOs and aliens. Linda Moulton Howe suggested on Dreamland that they may be a kind of mathematical language somehow involved with the functioning of the UFO.]

Penniston claims that at some point, he received a ‘download.’ First, he intuited that the craft was not from outer space but from our own future. Whether he was ‘told’ that or just got that impression is still uncertain. He was also given a clear mental image of ones and zeros. Today we recognize it as binary code, but in 1980 it was just one more incomprehensible mystery that overwhelmed Penniston. A telepathic voice told him to write it down. He didn’t want to, but the images would not leave his mind, so he filled 12 pages in his journal with the images, then forgot about them until many years later when he and others were working on a documentary with Linda Moulton Howe. Analysis by experts has not fully explained the message of the code.

Suddenly, the craft moved a quarter mile back away from them with no sound, no air disturbance, and no crashing into trees. It rose a bit, hovered, seemed to become reduced in size, then took off quickly into the night sky. By this time the airmen were totally awed, frightened, and confused. Other mysteries surfaced. The men were wet and could not recall how they got that way. On the way back, they found that they had crossed a creek, but didn’t remember going through it. Nothing looked familiar. A group of security men were waiting for them when they got back to the road about 5 a.m. By then the radios were working again. They were informed that radio contact had been lost for a total of 45 minutes, something that the AF denies. The three explorers were surprised because it had seemed they were in the forest for much less time than that.

There were other witness…Rick Vogul (sp?), the soldier in the guard tower who saw a ball of light land in the forest, the radar operator that saw the blip over Rendlesham Forest, and the occasional civilian on the road who saw lights in the sky. A debriefing took place. Burroughs and Penniston gave a sanitized version of it all. Jim tried to be thorough, but he didn’t mention his notebook or the plaster casts that he made of the landing pod indentations the next morning. Had he done so, they would be lost to history today. Objects ‘borrowed’ or confiscated by an intelligence service are never seen again. And, he was still at a loss to understand what he saw, let alone explain it to another. He still has the notebook and the 3 plaster casts. All the witnesses were told to drop the whole subject and not talk about it with anyone.

The witnesses were utterly unprepared to see what they saw and deal with the consequences for years to come. They wanted it to go away. They thought it would. It didn’t. It came back in spades, and that is the topic for Part 2.