CNI News editor Michael Lindemann traveled to conferences in Springfield, Missouri and Fort Collins, Colorado between Sept 8 and 17, 1995. Among the many UFO/CNI researchers and experiencers heard at these conferences were Travis Walton, Betty Andreasson-Luca, Larry Warren and Dr. John Mack. Herewith, a brief summary of several notable presentations.
Travis Walton, subject of a famous UFO abduction experience in November, 1975, made more famous by the 1993 Paramount film "Fire in the Sky," announced that his long-awaited book, "Fire in the Sky: The Walton Experience," will finally be in stores this coming November, commemorating the twentieth anniversary of the event.
Walton said the new book would contain much of the material from his previous book, "The Walton Experience," (now out of print) but is twice as long and addresses many of the inaccuracies put forth in the controversial film. Among the important points in the new book:
-- New witnesses have been found. Walton's encounter with an apparent flying saucer in a forest near Snowflake, Arizona, has been previously corroborated by his six co-workers, all of whom passed polygraph tests to that effect that they saw a hovering, saucer-like craft knock Walton down with a blue beam of light. Skeptics have argued that the tests were improperly administered, that other tests gave negative results, and that the claims were inherently implausible. However, if the craft was highly visible as claimed, there might well have been other witnesses, because numerous hunters and woodsmen were in the area at that time. Walton says he has located several such witnesses who are quoted in the new book.
-- Clarification of on-board events. Walton recalled that he awoke in a strange room surrounded by beings that have since become known as "Grays." He said he fled from the small gray beings and then encountered several human looking beings. The Walton abduction thus stands as one of the first to claim the involvement of two distinctly different kinds of beings. In addition, Walton now says that after meeting the first of the human-looking beings, a male wearing a snug blue uniform and a bubble-type helmet, he was escorted out of the saucer -- this being his own best evidence, so to speak, that he had been taken aboard -- down a ramp into an apparent hangar area, where several other saucer-type craft were parked. He did not know if this "hangar" was airborn (part of a larger craft) or on the ground. He was then led to a room off the main hangar area where he met several more human-looking beings, including a very striking female. All were identically dressed, though without helmets. All had long blond hair, beautiful features and very intense blue eyes. Though Walton professes not to know the exact relationship between the "grays" and the "human-looking" beings, he said the human types seemed more in charge, and very powerful both physically and mentally. Once in the room with them, he was quickly sedated and remembers nothing further until he awoke on a road in rural Arizona.
The story of life-long abductee Betty Andreasson-Luca has been chronicled in four books by researcher Raymond Fowler. In the third of those books, "The Watchers" (Bantam, 1990), Betty for the first time revealed under hypnosis the apparent identity and purpose of the small, gray beings who had repeatedly abducted her. "They are the caretakers of nature and natural forms -- the Watchers. They love mankind. They love the planet Earth, and they have been caring for it and Man since Man's beginning. They watch the spirit in all things... Man is destroying much of nature... They are curious about the emotions of mankind."
Question: "Do they have emotions?"
Betty: "Not like Man."
Question: "But didn't he say they love the earth?"
Betty: "It is not the same emotion. It is a forever love -- constant, continual. And they are the caretakers and are responsible. And this is why they have been taking the form from Man."
Question: "How long have they been taking the form from Man?"
Betty: "For hundreds and hundreds of years... He's saying that they have collected the seed of Man, male and female... And that they have been collecting every species and every gender of plant for hundreds of years." [pp. 202-3]
Now, in Fowler's fourth and latest book, "The Watchers II" (Wild Flower Press, 1995) -- and in Betty's public presentation at the Midwest UFO Conference in Springfield, MO -- she reveals a major new understanding. Betty recalled under hypnosis being taken into the presence of radiant, human-like beings that she calls the Elders. These beings, more angelic than alien, are the true Watchers, she now believes. Either because they cannot or prefer not to function on the earth itself, they employ the small gray beings as their workers and representatives. The grays, having little emotion, are not distracted in their tasks by the fears and resistance of uncomprehending humans. Betty says the work of the Elder/Watchers is motivated by genuine love and compassion, and is carried forth by the small grays. However, it is also true, she says, that there are negative beings sometimes (though infrequently) involved in abduction experiences. Anyone interested in the full scope of Betty Andreasson-Luca's remarkable story is encouraged to read at least "The Watchers" and "The Watchers II."
The so-called Bentwaters incidents of late December, 1980, are among the strangest and best documented UFO-military encounters on record. Without doubt, a series of extraordinary events took place at the twin nuclear-armed airbases at Bentwaters and adjoining Woodbridge, some 70 miles northeast of London, during the last few days of 1980. Larry Warren was a young enlisted man assigned to guard duty at the time, who found himself swept up in events that first blew his mind, then damaged his health, then got him permanently barred from the military, and then put him on a relentless fifteen-year search for the truth. Along with co-investigator and co-author Peter Robbins, Warren will finally publish his tale next year in a book titled "Left at East Gate."
Warren says he and Robbins will name names and tell secrets, and let the chips fall. He says the Bentwaters incident is not only a surpassingly strange UFO encounter, replete with visible beings and paranormal events, but also a sordid tale of military psy-ops, disinformation, intimidation and government malfeasance on a grand scale. He says that although Bentwaters was decommissioned in the late 1980s, it is still as fortified as when it housed the largest arsenal of nuclear weapons in western Europe; and that the weirdness at the base includes not only continuing UFO activity -- Peter Robbins saw his own mind-blowing UFO on his first visit to Bentwaters with Warren a few years ago -- but also seems responsible for a freak weather occurrence that leveled much of the fabeled Rendelsham Forest between the two bases. Warren says the unprecedented, hurricane-like storm was the result of a weather engineering weapons test gone haywire.
Warren has detractors. Then-deputy base commander Lt. Col. Charles Halt, whose own official memo of the incident, dated January 13, 1981, confirms many essential details, calls Warren an outright lier. Journalist and OMNI Magazine contributor Salley Rayl tried to confirm certain claimed details of Warren's background but could not -- consequently, in writing her OMNI Magazine story of the Bentwaters incident in 1994, she chose to highlight Halt's version and ignored Warren's. Nonetheless, Warren and Peter Robbins say they've got an amazing story that will stand up to all scrutiny. Keep your eyes peeled for the book, coming in 1996.
Dr. John Mack, lately absolved by a Harvard University committee of accusations that he had conducted himself in a manner unbecoming a professor of that august institution when he reported -- as if a "believer" -- stories of alien encounter in his recent, controversial best-seller "Abduction," now seems a man vindicated. And a man needing a well-deserved rest. He gave a spirited, unrepentent, yet typically self-deprecating speech at the International Association for New Science Congress in Fort Collins, Colorado -- then received a special award from the Association for his singular contribution to "new science." Holding his award, Mack leaned into the podium microphone and cracked, "I can't wait to see the expressions on their faces back at Harvard, when they hear I got an award with the word 'science' in it." Mack made no announcement concerning further plans for research or publication, but left little doubt he will continue his pursuit of the abduction phenomenon. His book "Abduction" has recently appeared in a revised paperback version.
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