In the first half, author and adventurer Robert Young Pelton discussed his Expedition Kony project, in which he plans to seek out the fugitive warlord and alleged mass murderer Joseph Kony, who is on the run in the jungles of Africa. Kony, leader of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), is wanted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes, and the US State Dept. has offered a $5 million reward for information leading to his arrest or conviction. Pelton said his intention is not to kill Kony, but to locate him and then work with the appropriate national and international law enforcement to bring him to justice if possible.
Pelton seeks to combine 'crowdsourcing' (getting a lot of information from a lot of different people around the world to locate Kony) and 'crowdfunding' (small individual contributions via Indiegogo to sponsor the search). The plan is to launch the expedition in January and continue the search until rainy season begins. Pelton and his team will not be armed, but will travel with security forces as needed. Part of his goal is to understand why Kony has eluded capture for over two decades and to create a crowd sourced method to locate other wanted war criminals.
In the latter half, best-selling author Erich von Daniken spoke about his seminal research into the ancient alien hypothesis. He also addressed his latest work on mysterious underground complexes, geometrically aligned stone circles, and the pyramids of Egypt, and their possible relationship to ancient ET builders. Aliens have visited Earth at least three times in the past, every 3,500 – 4,000 years, he said. The ancient Greek historian Herodotus studied early Egyptian texts, and learned that contacts with the 'gods' may have started as far back as 14,000 years ago, von Daniken noted. He believes the ETs are about 500 years ahead of us in technology, and genetically manipulated early hominids to became homo sapiens.
He cited the mystery of carved rocks on the Mediterranean island of Malta that contain parallel lines running together, which are also seen in other parts of the Mediterranean region. These carvings are at least 10,000 years old, and continue to puzzle archaeologists, he commented. Von Daniken also talked about an ancient temple in Abydos, Egypt which used 70 ton blocks precisely fitting together, a technology that was not repeated by subsequent temple builders at Abydos.
News segment guests: Jeffrey Nichols, Christian Wilde