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Wednesday, February 15, 2023

First Interplanetary War Might Be on the Horizon

By Raymond A. Keller, Ph.D., a.k.a. “Cosmic Ray,” the author of the international awards-winning Venus Rising Series, published by Headline Books and available on Amazon.com, while supplies last.

Dr. Raymond A. Keller is the UFO / Extraterrestrial Research Advisor & Historian at Phantoms & Monsters Fortean Research.

Venus Rising: A Concise History of the Second Planet

Final Countdown: Rockets to Venus

The Vast Venus Conspiracy

Lady Columba Venus Revelations

Flying Saucers and the Venus Legacy

Jets of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) were dispatched to intercept a flying saucer over Williamtown RAAF Base, New South Wales (NSW), Australia, in 1983. The Pilot’s testimony of the encounter and his photos of the UFO were first revealed in Newcastle Herald, NSW, on 27 December 2016.

With the recent shooting down of several unidentified flying objects (UFOs) by United States military forces, Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz, a Republican, and Tennessee Congressman Tim Burchett, also a Republican, has expressed some concern about the federal government’s policies and approach toward unexplained aerial phenomena in our skies.  Gaetz believes that “The United States military, as far back as the late 1940s, has recovered craft from possible alien UFOs.”

And Burchett echoed similar sentiments when he declared, in the presence of his colleague Gaetz, that, “At some point, I, too, believe that has happened.”

The Tennessee representative further opined that “Too many people in the know have told me that; and that we had to do something with these multiple craft that crashed.  We do not have the technology exhibited by these UFOs. I just believe it in my heart. I have talked to too many pilots, top pilots, our Navy’s pilots, the best pilots in the world, that have said that this is what they have seen.”

Congressman Burchett serves on the House Oversight and Reform Committee in the Rayburn House Office Building. He and fellow Congressman Gaetz made these remarkable comments when this committee convened on Monday, 31 January 2023, but seem all the more important now in lieu of the shooting down of the Chinese spy balloon over the Atlantic coast, as well as the shooting down of three other objects of unknown origin, one over Alaska, one over Canada and another over Lake Huron, off the coast of Michigan.

On 10 February 2023, National Security Council Strategic Communications Coordinator John Kirby announced that the UFO shot down over Alaska was carried out by an Air Force F-22 fighter jet.  Pentagon Press Secretary Air Force Brigadier General justified the shooting down of the UFO, declaring, “The object was flying at an altitude of 40,000 feet and posed a reasonable threat to the safety of civilian flight.  We did not assess it to be a kinetic military threat to anything on the ground but assessed it as a safety flight hazard and a threat due to its potential surveillance capabilities. Our team will now work to recover the object in an effort to learn more.”

In the Michigan case, the object was described as “octagonal” in shape, of an unknown purpose and origin.  A spokesperson for the United States Defense Department stated in a press conference held on Sunday, 12 February 2023, that, “An F-16 fired an AIM9x Sidewinder missile at the UFO at an altitude of 20,000 feet in United States airspace over Lake Huron, but completely missed it.”  The highly sophisticated missile, produced by Raytheon Corporation, comes at a cost to United States taxpayers of $450,000.  Therefore, the UFO must have been equipped with some very elaborate countermeasures.

Naturally, Michigan Congressman Peter Meijer had something to say about this aerial UFO engagement in the airspace over his state, as well as the recent rash of UFO sightings across North America: “I really hope this unidentified flying object was another spy balloon and not a legitimate UFO.  The irony of confusing an alien spacecraft for a weather balloon would be amazing, but not worth starting an interstellar conflict.”

There is a UFO sightings map posted by Live Crisis Intel on Twitter pointing out the locations where some of the objects have recently been shot down.  Burchett opined that “We need to know about any foreign objects that enter our airspace and be prepared to defend our country against any potential threats they may pose, wherever they come from.  

During the Sunday press briefing, Commander, of North American Aerospace Defense Command and United States Northern Command General Glen Van Herck, was asked about any possible extraterrestrial origin for the UFOs, to which he replied, “I’ll let the intel community and the counterintelligence community figure that out. I haven't ruled out anything. At this point, we continue to assess every threat or potential threat unknown that approaches North America with an attempt to identify it.”

Many in the UFO community have given this matter a lot of thought, as well.  Most have arrived at the consensus that General Van Herck is correct.  Yes, by all means, attempt to identify the object and gather as much intelligence about it as possible; but unless it is determined to be unmanned or manned but of hostile intent, then leave it alone. If our military cannot do this, then General Douglas MacArthur’s dire prediction that the next world war would be an interplanetary one just might come true.

NOTE: Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz has a habit of making out-of-the-ordinary comments to serve his own agenda and purpose. I don't want to get too deep into the 'political weeds' with this, but it needed to be stated. Lon


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In this episode of Phantoms & Monsters Radio, I welcome Bigfoot investigator & researcher Brenda Harris. Please like, subscribe, and comment.

Brenda Harris is Native American and resides in Upper Fruitland, New Mexico in the Diné Navajo Nation. She has conducted Bigfoot investigations & research for 30+ years. She also started the New Mexico Shadow Seekers team.

Brenda has been interviewed on several radio shows and has appeared on the Monsters & Mysteries in America and Finding Bigfoot TV series on two occasions. She has also appeared on Ghost Adventures & Unsolved Mysteries.

Brenda encourages all who enter the woods & the domain of Bigfoot to always remain careful and vigilant.

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STEVE HUDGEONS - MUFON Director of Investigations / Int'l. Development - Vincent Richardson (Host)

In this episode of 'V' host, Vincent Richardson welcomes MUFON Director of Investigations / International Development Steve Hudgeons to the show. We hope to see you in the chat. Please like, subscribe, and comment.

Steven Hudgeons is Texas-born in 1950.  He is an 8-year U.S. Navy Veteran and has spent over 40 years in Construction as a Commercial Glazier with disciplines in installation, fabrication, estimation, selling, and drafting as well as being an OSHA Outreach Trainer.  During a 32-year membership in MUFON, Steve has been a Chief investigator, Section Director, Assistant State Director, and State Director for Texas as well as previously serving as MUFON Director of Investigations, MUFON Director of Investigations International and now MUFON Director of International Development, Member of the Senior Staff and once again the Director of Investigations.  He has investigated and completed over 1,700 MUFON cases.

Past and present volunteer of neighborhood projects;  21-year member and Captain of the Fort Worth Citizens on Patrol Charlie 14 Beat with the Fort Worth Police Department, 2-years President of the DHJ Little League Baseball, and 5-years President of the DHJ Neighborhood Advisory Council.

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ERIC MINTEL - PARANORMAL INVESTIGATOR/FILMMAKER - 'Eric Mintel Investigates' - Lon Strickler (Host)

In this episode of Phantoms & Monsters Radio, I welcome paranormal investigator & filmmaker Eric Mintel. Please like, subscribe, and comment.

Eric Mintel (Lead Investigator) - For more than 30 years Eric Mintel is an acclaimed jazz musician with his group the Eric Mintel Quartet. Later at night, Eric Mintel investigates the paranormal.

Eric was invited to perform twice at the White House for President Clinton in 1998 and for President Obama in 2011.  He was also invited to perform at the Kennedy Center over ten times from 1999-2005 and also had a special concert at the United Nations in 2010.  He has toured and performed around the country in concert halls, high schools, libraries, elementary schools, churches, jazz clubs, and many more venues. A consummate professional in front of the camera, Eric has been on television performing his music as well as being interviewed.

Eric and Dominic were recently featured on the cover of American Paranormal magazine in January 2023. Eric has also had stories written up on his paranormal activities by numerous newspapers and has been featured on many radio stations and podcasts across the country and around the world.  Interested in the paranormal from a very young age Eric has led Eric Mintel Investigates since 2016 seeking out strange stories to tell whether it’s ghosts, UFOs, Bigfoot, or Dogman sightings.

Fans of his music have eagerly followed him into the paranormal world.  On many an investigation, Eric and his team have captured groundbreaking video footage and captured strange paranormal activity the likes of which have never been seen.

Eric is also a Phantoms & Monsters Fortean Research affiliate.

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A Paranormal Life welcomes Lily Nova, who is an Astrophotographer, UFO / alien contactee, & experiencer. Bernadette McDaniel (Host)

Lily Nova's journey as an Astrophotographer turned from fueling her love for space by taking photos of the night sky, to being visited by extraterrestrials, and documenting close encounters with UFOs.

UFOs began visiting Lily Nova during COVID while she was out shooting astrophotography. She began documenting these close encounters with her camera, accumulating evidence, and investigating the phenomena.

Since then, she has been exploring the universe in ways she could never imagine possible. Lily now initiates contact with these otherworldly beings and has become a channel for their messages. They have taught her many curiosities about the universe, spirituality, how to develop psychic gifts, and what it truly means to be human. Lily has discovered so much about who we are, and where we are heading as a species.

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Have you had a sighting of a winged humanoid or huge bat-like creature in the Chicago, Illinois metro area / Lake Michigan region? The entity has also been referred to as the 'Chicago Mothman', 'Chicago Owlman' & 'O'Hare Mothman' or 'O'Hare Batman.' - Chicago / Lake Michigan Winged Humanoid Regional Interactive Map - Please feel free to contact me at lonstrickler@phantomsandmonsters.com - your anonymity is guaranteed. Our investigative group is conducting a serious examination of his phenomenon. We are merely seeking the truth and wish to determine what eyewitnesses have been encountering. Your cooperation is truly appreciated.





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