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The Spirit of Compassion

First Half: Grant Cameron, who has for decades dedicated himself to researching what American presidents have known about the UFO phenomena, has reached the conclusion that presidents' denying knowledge is just a cover, and that they actually have known and do know the truth. Cameron joined George Knapp to discuss how the Clintons have been the most open about their handling of the mystery and the role of Clinton's campaign manager.

Second Half: Christopher Mellon spent nearly 20 years in the federal government serving in various national security positions. For the first time, he has spoken publicly about his experiences within government as they relate to UFOs. He discussed his experiences in the intelligence community and his belief that there is no organized coverup, but simply a strong reluctance to deal with the subject.

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The Spirit of Compassion

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Date: Tuesday - January 14, 2003
Host: George Noory
Guests: Dannion Brinkley

"It's the turning point," said Dannion Brinkley in a wide-ranging conversation he had with George this past Tuesday night. Brinkley had seen visions of World War III during his first near death experience in 1975 and believes we could be sitting on the precipice of such a war right now.

Though we may be staring into the face of a turbulent future, Brinkley has served to heal the wounds of previous wars these past years. Through his organization, Compassion in Action, Brinkley has reached out to dying veterans of war, committing 14,000 hours of hospice time to them and sharing his unique and comforting life-after-death perspective.

Dannion Brinkley, who was one of Art Bell's special guests over the years, was particularly vocal in his support of George Noory as the new host of Coast to Coast, and the continuation of the program as an invaluable forum.

Living Proof

Tonight's guest Dannion Brinkley was one of the first to bring attention to the "near death" experience (NDE). In the ensuing years since the publication of his book "Saved by the Light," numerous other accounts have arisen from people who returned to life after being clinically dead for a certain period of time.

One such person was Pam Reynolds who appeared on Coast in December of 2001 and impressed Art Bell with her story. Reynolds underwent a drastic surgical operation known as "standstill" which involved stopping her heart, freezing her body and draining all the blood from it. During the procedure Reynolds' perspective changed such that she was looking down on her body. But then her attention turned to a light above her. "I had to look up to see it. I can't really say it was in the ceiling. Because it's as if everything faded away and there was no ceiling-- I had a physical sensation right over my belly button. You know the feeling when you go over a hill really fast or you're doing a really great rollercoaster? That was the feeling. It felt like the light was pulling me from that area of the body. Like going up an elevator real fast," she told After Dark.

The prestigious medical journal The Lancet published a groundbreaking study of NDE's in late 2001 based on 344 patients who went into cardiac arrest and had to be revived. They concluded that medical factors alone cannot account for the occurrence of NDE, which happened to about 18% of the patients. Curiously, in follow up studies comparing the two groups, those who had undergone a NDE typically had psychological changes in their lives. They had grown more empathetic and accepting of others and were much less afraid of death.