The increasing demand to declassify UFO files has brought an immense amount of queries to UFO enthusiasts. From the recent Pentagon documents, it became known that the sightings left victims with serious health problems such as radiation burns, nerve damage, and feelings of electric shock. The same information was also shared by Dr. Gary Nolan, who said that the victims (mostly defense or governmental personnel or people working in the aerospace industry) got damaged or hurt such as buzz noises in their head, got sick, etc. Following these incidents, astronomer Jacques Vallée developed an alternative hypothesis that UFOs are part of a mechanism for controlling mankind.
In the 60 years of the UFO phenomenon in the United States, Dr. Jacques Vallée studied the nature of flying saucers very closely. He is one of the few researchers who analyzed the UFO activities, including its material. He collected UFO debris from several UFO crashes, examined them in the lab, and found out that they had not been made on Earth.
Dr. Jacques Vallée was born in France. He finished his M.S. in astrophysics at Lille University. Later, he went to the United States and did his Ph.D. in computer science at Northwestern University. He was also the senior researcher at the DARPA-funded Augmentation Research Center at SRI.
Dr. Jacques Vallée is one of the few people who added credibility to the Ufology. When others called the UFO encounters a hoax, Vallée explained it scientifically. During his interview in 1986, he said that UFOs are a “physical object that interacts with the environment that causes effects on the witnesses on the psychology and the physiology and leaves traces on the ground and yet are capable of appeared to be manipulating time and space in ways that go beyond what our physics understands.”
While working on the French Space Committee, Dr. Vallée claimed to have witnessed his superiors destroy tracking tapes of a UFO that his team had observed. This, along with a personal UFO sighting several years earlier, created his lifelong interest in UFOs. Initially falling in line with the Extraterrestrial hypothesis, he soon began to realize its serious flaws, namely:
1. Unexplained close encounters are far more numerous than required for any physical survey of the earth;
2. The humanoid body structure of the alleged “aliens” is not likely to have originated on another planet and is not biologically adapted to space travel;
3. The reported behavior in thousands of abduction reports contradicts the hypothesis of genetic or scientific experimentation on humans by an advanced race;
4. The extension of the phenomenon throughout recorded human history demonstrates that UFOs are not a contemporary phenomenon;
5. The apparent ability of UFOs to manipulate space and time suggests radically different and richer alternatives.
Published in 1975, “The Invisible College: What a Group of Scientists has Discovered About UFO Influences on the Human Race” was Jacques Vallee’s fourth work on the puzzling UFO/contactee phenomena. That time, he first put forward his idea that these phenomena were some kind of ‘control system’ on human consciousness.
According to Dr. Vallée, the basic idea is that UFOs are essentially a “show” put on for people to generate some sort of reaction, and have been operating on human culture for all of recorded history. Other researchers have commented on this idea as well, pointing out that:
1. UFOs and “aliens” are extremely similar to “trickster” creatures in many mythologies;
2. UFO encounters contain “absurd” elements that make them unbelievable as actual scientific surveys, but leave behind physical evidence that implies the encounter actually took place;
3. UFO encounters often appear to “tease” observers, including the authorities, allowing themselves to be observed and recorded, but always staying on the edge of observability (as if the encounter’s sole purpose was simply to make sure people saw a UFO);
4. Related to 3, many of the supposed occupants of UFOs conform to what society says an alien should look like, with UFO interiors looking like what science fiction says space ships should look like (as if they are somehow “movie sets”);
5. The tendency for UFOs and their occupants to materialize from nowhere and disappear instantaneously implies they may be some sort of illusion or “projection;
6. Quite often, there is no reason to think that a UFO and its anomalous occupant is extraterrestrial, people just assume that they are;
7. UFO “flaps” (clusters of sightings) are similar to a “schedule of reinforcement” or educational schedule as if they are meant to reinforce belief in their existence.
Dr. Vallée argued that when investigating a UFO encounter, the focus should be on the witness, and how he/she interpreted the event, and how it affected their life (he noted that many people tend to emotionally react to a UFO sighting as a spiritual or religious experience).
Understanding what the apparently intended effect of the encounter is on the witness is the key to understanding the phenomena, as trying to investigate the UFO as a nuts-and-bolts craft is futile because they are simply contrivances. He also thinks that the next step to understanding UFOs is to somehow try to interfere with the experiment, and see how the phenomena react.
The recently published book “Skinwalkers at The Pentagon” talks about the Advanced Aerospace Weapon System Applications Program (AAWSAP), which was a continuation of AATIP. In the book, the researchers explain how this phenomenon has been documented with much evidence that the “phenomena” infect humans.
The AAWSAP investigated UFO sightings, analyzed UFO incursions on US military bases, and studied many strange phenomena that government investigators encountered at Skinwalker Ranch.
Encountering UFOs often resulted in “attaching” strange phenomena to military personnel who visited the ranch and brought “something” home to their families, resulting in frightening paranormal outbreaks in their families that terrorized and sometimes injured their children.
In evaluating Dr. Vallee’s control system hypothesis, the obvious questions are: who or what is in charge and managing it? If something is non-human, then what? Where is the real evidence for this idea, other than that some of Vallee’s carefully selected cases can be made (with difficulty) to force-fit the theory? Most people care little about UFOs and have no interest in the subject, so how does this theory stand up?