In the first half, documentary filmmaker James Fox talked about his involvement in the new National Geographic Channel series Chasing UFOs. The first episode is centered on Texas, and features detailed information on the 2008 Stephenville UFO case including an interview with eyewitness Ricky Sorrells who described seeing a craft so large that he couldn't see the end of it. The UFO accelerated away so quickly from Sorrells that if he'd blinked he would have missed it, Fox recounted, adding that an off-camera witness told him that the military confiscated video footage from the local police department. Author Col. John Alexander briefly joined the discussion to note similarities between the Stephenville and Phoenix Lights cases.
Noted alien abductee Travis Walton also participated in the discussion-- his case will be featured on an upcoming Chasing UFOs episode about Arizona incidents. In reflecting on his 1975 abduction, he now views it as possibly a kind of "ambulance call," with the ETs healing him after he was hit by an energy pulse when he got too close to their ship. Fox said the show also traveled to Brazil to examine the Varginha alien encounter case of 1996, where several children were said to see 3-4 ft. tall oily creatures with ridges on their heads. He revealed that a military officer allegedly died 3 weeks after handling one of the creatures.
In the latter half, student of the late Dr. John Mack, Thomas Streicher, talked about his study of people who have had "extra-planetary experiences" or XPE. The subjects viewed their experiences as a kind of advanced contact rather than what has been characterized as alien abductions, he explained. Many of the encounters began with physical UFO sightings, and eventually involved trips aboard the ET craft and visits to their home worlds, he continued. Interestingly, Streicher noted that the way people in his study described the aliens didn't particularly match up with how the Greys have been portrayed, and the ETs had the ability to change their appearance to whatever suited them.
Some of the landscapes of the alien planets had red or yellow dirt, plants with huge leaves of multiple colors, and domes and crystal buildings, he detailed. Those who had XPE reported positive spiritual effects, not unlike near-death experiencers, gaining intuitive and psychic abilities, and feeling a greater connection to humanity, he said. While the mission of SETI has yielded no results, mainstream science has failed to understand this ongoing level of ET contact, he added.
News segment guests: Stan & Holly Deyo, G. Edward Griffin