This article mirrors the problemthat the abduction phenomena presented me in my attempts to come to grips withit.  Firstly there is a phenomenon.  So far so good.  However, it fails consistently in providingirrefutable externals.  What I mean bythat, is there are no tracks in the sands or perhaps more specifically, we receiveno data that could not have been conjured up out of the observer’ssubconscious.

The UFO phenomenon is all aboutexternals.  There are multiple witnessesand physical evidence however scant.

The abduction event that islinked directly to a UFO event is often quite creditable and needsconsideration.  In fact we have got someof our best information from such situations and I have posted a couple.

Betty and Barney had the externalin seeing a craft whose memory could be recovered.  That was pretty decent.

The problem is that hypnoticrecovery is unreliable and can be overlain by the subconscious.

Fortunately, certain observershave not needed this at all and that includes Travis Walton who had superbexternals to back him up that have never been successfully debunked.

What we know is that legitimateexperiences include interaction with a UFO and that anything less is plausibly autoinduced through the subconscious and has no externals.

In both cases the informationprovided to us is scant.  Observing weneed to do a better job at husbandry of the Earth is a self evident truth thatwe all can comprehend.  Telling us how tostructure our society to achieve that laudable end would accomplish something. 

To the extent that we havecreditable data, it appears that UFOs continue to collect samples and donothing positive for the person sampled that we can determine.

Mar 13th in Featured & UFO Phenomenon by Nick Redfern

September 19 of this year will mark the 50th anniversary of the famousBetty and Barney Hill UFO encounter – an event that, arguably, ushered in thephenomenon that has become known as “Alien Abduction.”But, almost half a century after the Hill’s firmly added a new category toUFO research, what do we truly know about the real nature of abductions? Let’stake a look.

On the night at issue, Betty and Barney, a New Hampshire couple, were driving home from vacationing in Canadawhen they were subjected to a terrifying experience. Despite viewing some formof unusual aerial object in the night-sky, and what appeared to be livingentities that could be seen through the craft’s portals, until their arrivalback home, the Hill’s had little indication that there was far more to theencounter than they realized.

It later transpired, however, that approximately two-hours of timecould not be accounted for. After months of emotional distress, sleeplessnights, and strange dreams pertaining to encounters with unusual, otherworldlybeings, the couple finally sought assistance from Benjamin Simon, aBoston-based psychiatrist and neurologist. Subjected to time-regressionhypnosis, both Betty and Barney recalled what had taken place during thatmissing 120-minutes or so.

Significantly, they provided very close accounts of encounters withapparent alien creatures that took the pair on-board some form of alien vehicleand subjected them to a series of physical examinations – a number of whichwere highly distressing in nature. The experience of the Hill’s later becamethe subject of John Fuller’s now-classic book, The InterruptedJourney and a 1975 movie of the same name.  And although claims havebeen made (and almost certainly highly-justified claims, too) thatthe phenomenon long pre-dates the Hill affair, it was certainlythis incident that paved the way for the massive interest in abductionsthat ultimately developed in the 1980s and 1990s.

While abduction cases continued to surface now and again in the 1960s,and more so in the 1970s, it was without doubt the 1981 publication of Budd Hopkins’book Missing Time that really thrust the phenomenon into thepublic-arena, big-time. Then, with the 1987 appearance of Hopkins’ Intruders, the phenomenongained further publicity.

By now, there was a growing, widespread belief within the ufologicalresearch arena that extraterrestrials from some far-away world were engaged ina secret program to kidnap, experiment on, and exploit the Human Race –possibly for reasons relative to genetic manipulation, and the creation ofhybrid entities of a definitively half-human/half-alien nature. And, eventhough this particular theory continues to be championed beyond allothers when it comes to abductions, it is far from being alone.

WhitleyStrieber’s 1987 best-seller, Communion – while certainly notdismissing the extraterrestrial hypothesis for abductions – demonstrated thateven if aliens were at the heart of the abduction puzzle, there was far more tothem than mere extraterrestrial scientists engaged in some other-world researchproject. Communion, as well as Strieber’s subsequent titles, delved intopotential connections between the Grays of UFO lore and the realm of the dead,the similarities (as had been noted by acclaimed ufologist Jacques Vallee insuch titles as Messengers of Deception) between modern-day abductions andencounters in centuries-past with magical, ethereal entities like fairies, andmuch more of a thought-provoking nature.

And, as time has progressed, so have the theories behind what may bepresent at the heart of abductions. Before his untimely death in 2009, MacTonnies was busily chasing down the Cryptoterrestrials. InMac’s mind, our mysterious abductors might not be from the stars, after all.Rather, he opined, they might very well be a very ancient terrestrial race –albeit one that exists alongside us in deep stealth.

Mac told me: “I regard the alleged ‘hybridization program’ withskepticism. How sure are we that these interlopers are extraterrestrial? Itseems more sensible to assume that the so-called aliens are human, at least insome respects. Indeed, descriptions of intercourse with aliens fly in the faceof exobiological thought. If the cryptoterrestrial population is geneticallyimpoverished, as I assume it is, then it might rely on a harvest of human genesto augment its dwindling gene-pool. It would be most advantageous to have usbelieve we’re dealing with omnipotent extraterrestrials rather than a falliblesister species.”

Then there was the research of the late Dr. John Mack, who citedin his published works the intriguing and disturbing testimony of a numberof abductees who believed the predatory, black-eyed beings that are soassociated with abductions were actually trying to steal their souls, ratherthan their DNA.

As for me, while undertaking the research for my Final Events book, I spokewith a variety of government-insiders who firmly believe the “aliens” areliteral demons, and that the entire abduction experience is an illusion, asophisticated hologram, designed to convince us we are dealing withextraterrestrials, thus allowing the minions of Satan to get their claws intous.

And what about the story of Jim Penniston? Formerly of the U.S. Air Force, and one of the key militaryplayers in the famous UFO encounter at Rendlesham Forest,England in December1980, Penniston – in 1994 – underwent hypnotic regression, as part of anattempt to try and recall deeply buried data relative to what occurred duringone of Britain’sclosest encounters. Very interestingly, while under hypnosis, Penniston statedthat our presumed aliens are, in reality, visitors from a far-flung future.

That future, Penniston added, is very dark, in infinitely deep trouble,polluted and where the Human Race is overwhelmingly blighted by reproductiveproblems. The answer to those same, massive problems: they travel into thedistant past – to our present day – to secure sperm, eggs and chromosomes, allas part of an effort to try and ensure the continuation of the severely waningHuman Race.

So, where am I going with all this? Well, clearly all theabove-scenarios to which I have referred cannot be correct. Maybe one ofthem is on target. Maybe none of them are. The fact is, however, practicallyhalf-a-century after Betty and Barney Hill opened the floodgates, while we knowthere is an undoubted phenomenon at work, it is a phenomenon that –despite what some researchers might tell you - is still steeped in deepmystery, with respect to its real nature.

In other words, in answer to the title of this post what we really knowis…not much at all. I sincerely hope that the next 50 years of abductionresearch will bring us some definitive answers, rather than just more and morereports. But I’m not holding my breath.

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