Celebrating From the Earth to The Moon

In celebration of NASA’s “From the Earth to the Moon” accomplishment 40 years ago, I would like to take a moment to reflect on this tremendous accomplishment of not only all of humanity, but of this amazing organization called “NASA.”

Help Celebrate From the Earth to the Moon

On Sunday, December 28, 2008, NASA celebrated its 40th anniversary of the Apollo 8 space mission that landed three brave men on the moon on December 21, 1968. Those three men were James Lovell, Frank Borman, and William Anders. Yes, the accomplishment the following year, in 1969, of the first man to walk on the moon was certainly significant, but when you consider the engineering and scientific accomplishment that this first NASA feat signified in 1968, it was nothing short of remarkable.

A Short History From the Earth to the Moon

In 1968, the U.S. was in the middle of a race with the Russians to make it to the moon. Apollo 8 was a mission to accomplish what had never been accomplished before. That is, to fly humans from the earth to the moon, orbit the moon, and then safely return home. Up until 1968, no single human had ever left the comfort of Earth's orbit. These three men - Anders, Lovell, and Borman - would be boldly going where no man had ever gone before.

This accomplishment deserves recognition because it reminds us that visionary thinking combined with critical thinking, engineering skills, and common sense can accomplish anything - even the unthinkable. Real science deserves recognition and commendation.

There are a few other fascinating facts about the successful Apollo 8 mission that took place 40 years ago.

Jules Verne's Amazing Prediction

In one of the most visionary science fiction novels of the nineteenth century, Jules Verne's From Earth to the Moon, which he wrote in 1865, eerily predicted the very real events that would take place 103 years later. What did he get right?

  • That the launch would take off from Florida
  • There would be a three man crew
  • Approximately the same dimensions as the actual Apollo Command Module
  • The launch velocity to escape earth's gravity.
Jules Verne is also famous for his other novels:

Tom Hanks and HBO Bring Us The Mini Series

Who could forget the 1998 mini-series "From the Earth to the Moon" - the emotional and stunning drama covering the events leading up to the moon landing.

Part four was titled "1968" and provided a recap of the events during that year, including an escalating crisis in Vietnam, the assassinations of MLK and Robert Kennedy, the Tet Offensive... Yet there was this tremendous event - this overwhelming achievement and accomplishment that set all of those earthly problems into perspective. Three men traveled to the moon and made it back to Earth to tell the story. The world experienced its very first "Earthrise." NASA had proven it's worth, and the engineers and scientists who'd planned and developed the mission details and technology were the unsung heros of 1968. Regardless of the issues of the time, it remains a year Americans should continue to celebrate. It was the year that America made it to the moon.


The E-Meter Scam - Using a Belief System for Profit

If anyone has ever thoroughly studied Dr. Hal Puthoff's history, it quickly becomes apparent that his activities throughout the years go far beyond simple scientific research. Hal has consistently and aggressively pursued any and all avenues of alternative funding for fringe research. The most important question any researcher should ask is this:

Would a "genius" scientist, who was a renowned quantum laser expert, truly believe that such a ridiculously simple and basic electronic device as the "E-Meter" could seriously be considered as a new discovery? Surely, a man trained in the electrical engineering aspects of lasers would recognize the history and operation of such a basic galvanometer?



The Mad Science of Alien and UFO Myths

During World War II, the rumors of Nazi Germany developing paranormal capabilities of the mind eventually led to interest by the fledgling post-war CIA. In 1961, Chief of OTS (Office of Technical Service) contacted Stephen I. Abrams, head of Parapsychological Laboratory at Oxford University on the subject of ESP (Extra-sensory perception). Abrams responded with a report that ESP appeared to exist, but could neither be understood, or controlled.

From that point up to the early 1970’s, the Agency had very little interest in psychic phenomenon.

Enter Hal Puthoff.

According to author Jim Schnabel, Hal served at the NSA in the early 1960's after serving in the Navy (Served as an officer in the Navy from 1960-63 at Ft. Meade), and later stayed on as a civilian. (Remote Viewers: The Secret History of America's Psychic Spies, Dell, 1997, pg 97)

After his doctorate at Stanford University, Hal became a lecturer in the electrical engineering department, and supervised Ph.D. candidates in EE and applied physics. In 1969, at the age of thirty-three, he obtained a patent on a tunable Raman (infrared) laser that he had invented. In addition, he co-authored a textbook entitled Fundamentals of Quantum Electronics, which became a standard volume in physics.

According to Ingo Swann, in his online book Biomindsuperpowers, he writes:

“The field of laser physics was on a great upswing by then, and by all accounts, as many later told me, Hal Puthoff was destined for laser engineering limelight, a field in which his scientific reputation had already achieved luminosity. A short while earlier in New York, Cleve Backster had advised me that Puthoff was a genius. Others I later met in the Silicon Valley area said so, too, and I accepted this as a matter of fact, albeit somewhat intimidated by being in the near proximity of a genius.. How and why it was that Hal's interests changed from laser physics to biofield measurements was never clear to me, and so I'll not be able to articulate much in this regard. We did discuss the matter, but somehow whatever we discussed has faded.”

Ingo’s point above is an important one. What could have prompted a genius physicist, on a stellar upward track of accomplishment and success within the field of laser physics, to switch to a field most contemporary physicists would, even today, consider career suicide? Why, between 1971-1972, did he suddenly divert his entire career path from the very successful field of laser physics, to "biofield measurements", and parapsychology?



JASON Physicists Discredit Baker and HFGW

Recent news demands a follow-up to the previous article covering Robert Baker, his company Gravwave and it's collaboration with foreign scientists, as well as the support that Hal Puthoff offered him in helping to host one of the HFGW conferences.

The Jason Group Analyzes Baker's HFGW Proposals

In October of 2008, the JASON group of the MITRE Corporation released the results of a several-month study covering Robert Baker's alleged HFGW technology. The report outlined the reason for the study as follows (emphasis is mine):

"The JASON study was motivated by proposals to the US government by a group centered around the company GravWave R LLC, the CEO of which is Dr. Robert M.L. Baker, Jr. An important proposal is a concept for a detector of HFGW, by Baker and Dr. Fangyu Li of Chongqing University, China; see [10, 11, 12] and references cited therein."

In other words the group (the members of which remained unnamed) presented proposals to the U.S. government regarding, most likely, potential funding of the research. As shown in the previous update - after failing to obtain funding from the U.S. government, the group apparently thought that that foreign investors may be more willing and able.


Neuroscience and National Security

On August 13th, 2008, the National Academy of Sciences issued a press release titled “National Security Intelligence Organizations Should Monitor Advances in Cognitive Neuroscience Research.”

National Security and Breakthroughs in "Brain Science"

In part, the press release noted that,
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according to a new report issued by the National Research Council, advances in specific fields of neuroscience could have implications for U.S. national security, and should be closely monitored by the intelligence community.

In the new NRC report, the committee developed and utilized a specific methodology, developed by neuroscience experts, to determine what areas of neuroscience should be of most interest to the intelligence community due to potential impact to U.S. national security.

The areas noted of primary relevance to U.S. intelligence included:

  • Detecting and measuring neurophysiological factors that provide insight into “psychological states and intentions of individuals.”
  • New drugs and technologies with the capability of altering “human physical or cognitive abilities.”
  • Brain imaging technological advances
  • Advanced technologies that could lead to systems that can “mimic functions of the human brain,” such as the ability to organize complex data.

The NRC report stressed that the U.S. intelligence community should be prepared and capable of monitoring such advancements by making sure intelligence analysts are trained and qualified within the fields of advanced science and technology, and by collaborating more closely with academic and scientific communities within these fields of research.

Why Should U.S. Intelligence Communities Care about Neuroscience?

It might not seem readily apparent to many why seemingly innocuous fields of research as artificial intelligence or brain imaging advances would have an impact on national security.

Dr. Christopher Green is the chair of the NRC committee who authored this 2008 report (Committee on Military and Intelligence Methodology for Emergent Neurophysiological and Cognitive/Neural Science Research in the Next Two Decades.)

Just over a month ago, on the online roundtable discussion at the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists on October 29, 2008, (http://www.thebulletin.org/web-edition/roundtables/the-military-application-of-neuroscience-research#rt4743) titled “The military application of neuroscience research” Kit Green provides more insight into his belief regarding emergent science and technologies when he writes:

“But I've also learned that all of us underestimate the pace of global change in neuroscience and the way that applications are emerging before the underlying science is understood.


In general, the impact has been felt most acutely in legal and medical circles, not on the battlefield, and have thus engaged nongovernmental organizations, such as international sports authorities, and pseudo-experts as neuro-witnesses."

Earlier, in August 11, 2008, he wrote:

"First, I stand by my initial belief that the pace of discovery in the neurosciences is unlikely to accelerate faster than it is today and will not happen preferentially in the West. Second, we should not assume that the military applications of this research can be influenced by incremental additional financial support.


If governments or scientists were to try to develop a system to pre-screen neuroscientific cognitive manipulators, which would be HIPAA approved and tested, and robust in its core science, success would be as likely as it was with mines and cluster-bombs--meaning not likely. And if we did have such success, our enemies of the future would not care.”

These quotes help to explain why a former CIA neuroscientist with high levels of security clearances, would choose to emigrate to China in order to conduct research within a more “flexible” environment.

A source within the current IC sent the following comment in June of 2008:

“I was told that Kit is still receiving consider funds from a foreign ‘donor’ to conduct his ‘research.’”

No elaboration was provided, but from this comment, we can extract two things. First, this IC source has little respect for Kit’s foreign research (notice the quotes around the word). Secondly, this isn’t the first time that it’s been implied that Kit and Hal both are constantly in search of unconventional funding sources for “nontraditional” scientific research (note the last HFGW post). Whether or not that is true is another matter – but a good indication or confirmation of the truth of the statement is whether or not patterns from the past reflect it as accurate.

It should be noted, in fairness to Dr. Green, that he (Dr. Green) did make a point via email, last year, that he felt certain persons within the IC had reason to belittle or attack what he considers to be his own valid research. This possibility will be examined as well.


Investigating the Truth Behind UFO Roswell and MJ12

During the course of our UFO Roswell investigations, one thing became very clear when we first started communicating with former CIA Analyst, Dr. Green...a clear explanation of their (he and Hal’s) motivation in becoming so deeply entrenched in Rick’s latest efforts would not be easily forthcoming. Initially, he brushed off their involvement as simply coincidental and that their only motive was to get to the bottom of the Serpo story, just as the rest of us hoped to.

A Debate About Rick Doty and His UFO Roswell Hoaxes

When we pointed out that Rick had a long history of distributing clearly fabricated UFO Roswell information to the Ufology community, Kit responded with a long litany of influential people he has known within government, intelligence, and military circles that have vouched for Rick Doty.

“I Consider Him Like a Son…”

This same statement, which he repeated often and to a number of people who were asking him the same questions, typically went as follows (the following comes from one of our phone conversations):

“With that said, I have spoken to 2 Directors of the CIA, 10 years apart, who I totally respect, who say 'trust Rick Doty'. One of them said to me 'I consider him like a son to me.' And that he
is the 'only one I could constantly trust'.”

During the entire three year stretch of time that we’ve been researching Rick’s activities related to the Serpo and the earlier UFO Roswell related MJ12 releases, Kit was the only person, with a respectable reputation, who would ever make such a claim about anyone advising him that one could “trust” Rick Doty.