High Strangeness: Truckers, Ghosts and UFOs

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Truckers, Ghosts and UFOs

Last night I was browsing the Paranormal section in a bookstore, as I am wont to do, and made an interesting find. I was paging through the bibliography of a UFO book (whose title and author, alas, I cannot remember), and I found a list of online UFO resources. I always get hopped up when I see a list like this, because I just take it for granted that the author is more obsessive than me and has done a far better job that I ever could have finding useful resources, therefore I will undoubtedly find something of value.

Well, it didn't take me long to find it. It practically jumped off the paper and into my optic nerve: "T.U.F.O.R.C.: The Truckers UFO Reporting Center." Holy shit, how could I be so lucky??

Truckers and UFOs: They just go together.
I knew right away that this would be a bonanza of UFO material, and I'm not being facetious. I worked as a journalist covering the trucking industry for nine years, and I know these folks. They spend a lot of time out on the road at night, and they are prone to seeing things out there that the rest of us never see.

You can imagine my disappointment, then, when I looked up www.tuforc.com and found this...
 T.U.F.O.R.C. It is with great regret that the TUFORC website has been deactivated. The wesite did not yeilded any useful information or sighting reports of any value.
Damn. Now we'll never know... Oh well, at least they're honest.

In other news, my email inbox is jammed with UFO news. Ever since I joined the MUFON State Directors forum on Facebook I've been getting several updates a day, and sometime they can get a bit overwhelming. Here's a list of what's come in over the past few days:
  • Second California witness reports orb UFO chased by military
  • Arizona UFO underbelly light formation described as size of 'two-car garage'
  • Announcement of a new reality TV UFO show called "Hangar 1: The UFO Files," premiering later this month on the History Channel
  • A couple of rants about alleged UFO hoaxster Stan Romanek
  • Мир атаковали пасхальные НЛО (Russian UFO News)
  • A bunch of links to conspiracy theory YouTube videos about Disclosure
  • South Carolina family pulls off roadway to watch hovering triangle UFO
  • A list of MUFON's UFO sighting statistics from January
All moderately interesting, but, as with most UFO news there is little or no filtering going on, so you have to pretty selective about what you're going to spend your time reading. That's why this post captured my interest the other day:

"A while back there was an inquiry about cases that might involve the 'Paranormal.' I would submit Case No. XXXXX. It starts off with the witness on a ship at an unknown location and it somehow includes ghosts, reptilians, etc..."

Wow, how could I not follow up on that? I logged onto the MUFON CMS as fast as I could and read the witness' report. It did not disappoint:
"...one day I finished work and came home and when I walked in my room I saw a Ghost he was an foreigner and spoke to me in a different tounge so that was strange I was really confused because he just sat in the window and looked out and talked...but hours later he kinda drifted on the floor to me then I felt pain in my foot... then two more showed up that night I would leave my room but all three of them would follow me it was weird to watch then like wave across the carpet and every where I went they started in on my feet....sucked...That night I gave up and went into my room and for them it was on I watched as the forms of the ghosts turned into a reptilian form and also witnessed a ghost dog on the floor just siting around...later that night The world I knew was broken as I lay there in my bed being poked and what not a small white Alien came out of the bathroom I felt like I had complete control over my own actions such as I kept my eyes semi closed because each time I would open completely this alien would hiss at me.....as time went on maybe five minutes it came totally out of the corner and was fully in front of me and motioned for me to put this glass looking device in my mouth so I opened and then I heard a loud engine noise come to my 11th story window and the window opened and and strange humming started and every being in the room was sucked out I watched as each one even the ones in the drains where carried thru the air into the ???ship??? Now the furniture moved around and a black hole opened up ad two military members came out and placed a device in the center of the room in the air and it stayed in the air the they left and A series of lazers scaned the room which I thought was awesome..."
Well, sure, the part with the lasers scanning your bedroom is always awesome, right? There was something truly fascinating about the disjointed story, so I read on:
"I have seen many different alien in my life some with big triangle heads some with strange heads I have seen many ufos I have learned how to adapt to the fact that I am not alone ...really none of us are its makes me smile to tell this story because I have been diganiosed with paranoid schophrina because aliens are not real/....LOL..and I am bat @#$% crazy right"
I found this troublesome, to say the least. If this witness has, in fact, been diagnosed with what I assume he or she meant to describe as "Paranoid Schizophrenia" -- and how could anyone really doubt it? -- then none of this testimony should be considered valid in terms of UFO investigation, and I don't think we should be bandying it about as some sort of model case of "UFOs & the Paranormal."

After waiting a few days to see if anyone else would address this, I finally posted the following comment:
"I am puzzled. The witness says that he's been diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic. Shouldn't that case automatically be classified 'Information Only'?"
I only received one response, and I'm happy to say it was a sane one:
"If I were the SD of that State......I wouldn't spend much time on it at all"
Amen to that, brother. Amen to that.


Anonymous said...

Seems to me the only real advantage in being a member of MUFON, or more accurately, one of its "credentialed" investigators, assuming one is objectively serious and not a "believer" (yeah, I hate that term, too), is access to case reports in your area and the opportunity to empirically research some potentially 'legit' incidents involving UFOs, or as I prefer to term them, unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP - see narcap.org).

Other than that, MUFON is an organization in steep decline, and has been for many years, with the exception of _some_ state and section leaders, and a small minority of investigative researchers.

MUFON's hierarchy and corporate structure, board, and most of their "international directors" have been most responsible for this miserable failure to live up to its slogan, "The Scientific Study of the UFO Phenomena for the Benefit of Humanity," and I hate to say it, but the organization is slowly dying.

In their desperation for publicity and funding, they have forgotten how science is really done, if they ever did know once, and whatever legitimacy they may once have had is nearly gone, which is really sad.

Talk about "troublesome," to say the least.

Mark UFO'Connell said...

Alas, I can't say I disagree with you, although I don't see any clear path forward.