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Gary McKinnon can now be referred to as “the man who hacked NASA and the Pentagon and got away with it all.” Via the Daily Mail:
Gary McKinnon’s ten-year nightmare was finally over yesterday after police and prosecutors decided he will not stand trial in Britain. The computer hacker won his fight against extradition two months ago when Theresa May blocked US demands to send him there. Now Director of Public Prosecutions Keir Starmer has announced that the 46-year-old Asperger’s sufferer will not face criminal charges in this country either.
His mother Janis Sharp said: ‘This will be the 11th Christmas since his arrest and it is the first time we can celebrate. If extradited, Mr McKinnon, from Wood Green, North London, faced up to 60 years behind bars for hacking into Pentagon and NASA computers looking for the existence of ‘little green men’.
The Men in Black never beat him, and death can’t either. Jim Moseley’s recent passing hasn’t stopped him from getting out one last issue of Saucer Smear. Since the early 1950′s Moseley has been front and center for the development of the UFO culture. Officially named in 1981, Saucer Smear was the final iteration of a popular insider newsletter that he had been producing since the early ’70′s.
The newsletter has been a staple of UFOlogy, and provided an open forum to discuss every aspect of the field from classic cases to the latest arguments in the ranks of the UFOlogical elite. Dr. Tim Brigham, a personal friend of Moseley’s and a Contributing Editor at Saucer Smear, sent out the following brief communique to announce the digital release of the final issue:
Watch The Skies
Tim Brigham, Phd
Contributing Editor, Saucer Smear (Ret)
In true form this issue covers critical exchanges with Nick Redfern over the reality of MIB’s, Stanton Friedman over his credentials as a physicist, and the sad state of contemporary UFOlogy.… Read the rest
Multiple San Franciscans captured footage of mysterious lights flying over the city’s Mission District. The local CBS affiliate reports:
(Apologies for video quality. The station’s own embed code was non-functional.)
In the video, a series of lights fly in formation above the city before appearing to take a diamond shape and eventually disappearing.
Several commenters on the Mission Mission blog said that they had also noticed the aircraft.
The video, which shows seven lights in a row, was shot by Enrique Barrios with his cellphone.
“Looked like flame, you know, fireballs in the sky,” Barrios said in an interview with CBS 5.
David Shelley took pictures as the lights hovered over him early Sunday Morning. “Kind of looked like a fiery, floaty thing,” he said.
Witnesses said the lights flickered on and off, then took different shapes.
What do you think? Ball lightning? Swamp gas?
Global leaders’ ironically alluding to conspiracy theories is fast becoming a trend. Via the Moscow Times, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev forgets that the first rule of the vast alien-takeover coverup is that it never to be mentioned publicly:
Medvedev spoke about top-secret files on aliens that may have landed in Russia. In footage recorded Friday after a television interview, the former president joked that each Russian leader gets two folders with information about extraterrestrials that visited our planet and stayed here.
Unseen in the footage, he is heard telling a Ren-TV journalist that he could not tell “how many of them are among us because it may cause panic.” During his 2008-12 presidency, Medvedev showed a sense of humor slightly more subtle than that of his successor, Vladimir Putin.
A more tangible loss has come to the UFOlogical community than the recent announcement by some folks in the UK that the Age of Flying Saucers has come to a close. Jim Moseley, founder of the longest running UFO magazine around, Saucer Smear, has passed on at the ripe age of 81.
Jim brought an air of humor and sociological consciousness to what can otherwise be a contentious and cliquish field of inquiry. Saucer Smear’s running motto was, “Shockingly Close to the Truth,” which provides a good idea of where he was coming from. Greg Taylor, founder of The Daily Grail, puts it well in his memorial published on TDG:
“Jim Moseley entered the world of ufology at the very beginning, with his first two magazines devoted to the topic, Nexus and Saucer News, being published in the 1950s. He was an associate of many ‘legends’ in the Fortean field, from Gray Barker to James Randi – and like those two individuals was somewhat of a trickster figure, often straddling the line of truth that separates researcher from raconteur.
LiveScience explores UFO buffs’ stories of the mysterious Men in Black.
Were any of these stories true? It is of course possible that at some point dark-suited men from government agencies made inquiries into UFO reports; there was, after all, an Air Force program that investigated flying saucer claims in the 1950s called Project Blue Book. Government officials (including those with the military, police, Secret Service, FBI, or IRS, for example) are sometimes known to throw their weight around and intimidate people, even unintentionally. Of course, hoaxing a Men in Black encounter would be very simple, and require nothing more than three somber, dark-suited pranksters to menace a UFO eyewitness. [The Real Men in Black: Secret Service Agents (Infographic)]
Mysterious, authoritative, and menacing figures dressed in black are hardly unique to UFO mythology. In fact, folklore from around the world often describe such figures as representing Satan or other dark forces.
Philadelphia journalist Steve Volk is here to talk bout his book Fringe-ology, which chronicles his exploration of “fringe” topics like psi research, UFOs and ghosts. Matt and Steve discuss the state of skepticism, spirituality and much more in this episode of the DisinfoCast.
Via The Occult Section:
New York Nets guard Deron Williams reports [sic] told GQ that he saw a UFO during Hurricane Sandy.
GQ: Was there a particular “New York moment” during the Hurricane? Did you see something that’d made you think, “That’d only happen in this city”?
Well, I don’t know if you’d call this a “New York moment”, but I definitely saw something I’d never seen before. The night all the power went out, I was standing out on my balcony, looking outside the window. Out of nowhere, I saw this big green flash across the sky. It wasn’t lightning. It looked… It looked like a UFO.
You can read more about Deron’s sighting of what was totally not an exploding transformer like you’ve probably seen during storms here at USA Today.
“the absence of evidence is not evidence of absence” – Donald Rumsfeld
An amusing article in national UK newspaper The Daily Telegraph suggests that UFO chasers are getting bored of the lack of proof regarding ongoing extra terrestrial contact. According to the article the lack of physical evidence to support their faith is killing off the enthusiasm of true believers.
Somone should perhaps explain the ongoing success of religion to the journalist in question…
For decades, they have been scanning the skies for signs of alien activity.
But having failed to establish any evidence for the existence of extraterrestrial life, Britain’s UFO watchers are reaching the conclusion that the truth might not be out there after all.
Enthusiasts admit that a continued failure to provide proof and a decline in the number of “flying saucer” sightings suggests that aliens do not exist after all and could mean the end of “Ufology” – the study of UFOs – within the next decade.