In the first half of the show, Coast to Coast AM science advisor Richard C. Hoagland talked about disclosure and space news. Disclosure should be about more than just UFOs, he suggested, --it needs to include aliens, human relatives, our suppressed ancient history, and the hidden history of our solar system. He also lauded the new NBC series The Event for dealing with disclosure issues.
Regarding the new exoplanet discovery (see article below), he expressed excitement that it was in the habitable zone and might have gravity similar to Earth's. Discussing the Martian moon, Phobos, he characterized it as a "15 mile-long artificial ship" that is hollow and contains huge empty spaces and rooms. Hoagland will be speaking on the disclosure topic at the upcoming CSETI Conference in Arizona.
In the latter half, CIA-trained senior intelligence operations officer, Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer, shared revelations about his participation in the ground war in Afghanistan. The country, with its difficult terrain, has been referred to as the "graveyard of empires," and has tribal rivalries that date as far back as 10,000 years, he noted. He described his involvement in special operations there, "during the day running clinics, at night, running raids." This kind of special ops war left a minimal footprint, he added.
As much as some of the Afghan people didn't like Americans being in their country, their culture understands vengeance, and accepted the US' mission, he explained. However, our continued expansion there took on the quality of an occupation, and became counter-productive, he commented. Shaffer also spoke about his creation of Operation Dark Heart, aimed at creating mental terror in Taliban safe havens.
Astronomers have announced the discovery of the most Earth-like planet ever found outside our solar system. The alien world dubbed Gliese 581g (depicted in the image), which is 20 light years away, is thought to be situated in the "Goldilocks zone," just the right distance from its sun for water to form. More here.
Artist's Impression: Zina Deretsky, National Science Foundation/AP
Bumper music from Wednesday September 29, 2010