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Unidentified’s 'Extraterrestrial Encounters' Episode - Robert Hastings’ Critique
     Regarding my appearance in the final episode of the History channel’s Unidentified, Season Two, the show was fairly credible in my opinion, despite the unfortunate inclusion of psychologist Dr. Susan Clancy’s fallacious, uninformed commentary about the three abduction cases covered in the program.

But I am getting ahead of myself.

As I wrote in my 2019 book, Confession, I am a lifelong “experiencer” and have had multiple encounters with what I have concluded were non-human entities associated with the

Robert Hastings

By Robert Hastings
The UFO Chronicles
8-27-20

CONFESSION – Our Hidden Alien Encounters Revealed

UFO phenomenon. I kept this very personal secret hidden from public view for
decades because I understood that to openly admit it would negatively impact my
reputation as a reliable nuts-and-bolts investigator of UFO incursions at
nuclear weapons sites during the Cold War era.

For example, although
CNN live-streamed my September 27, 2010 press conference in Washington
D.C.—during which seven U.S. Air Force veterans discussed witnessing UFO-related
incidents at ICBM sites and nukes storage depots—the cable network would have
undoubtedly declined to cover the event if I had candidly mentioned my apparent
alien abductee-status in the press release that I sent out beforehand. (Or if I
had mentioned that two of the veterans, Bob Salas and another individual whom I
won’t identify, are experiencers as well.)

Most of us know that the media’s now-heightened interest in the UFO phenomenon
is a relatively recent and rare development resulting from revelations in 2017,
concerning the existence of a secret US Department of Defense UFO project at the
Pentagon—the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, or AATIP—and the
related release of three videos of unidentified, ultra-sophisticated aerial
craft encountered by US Navy pilots in 2004 and 2015. Consequently, serious,
in-depth media coverage of the UFO/UAP subject is steadily becoming the rule
rather than the exception. Even so, the alien abduction topic is still decidedly
taboo for most journalists, as it is among the great majority of the American
public, and is likely to be treated by the media with extreme skepticism and
even outright derision.

Therefore, I believe that the History
channel’s Unidentified series is to be commended for devoting at least
one episode to the abduction phenomenon, even though they stumbled badly by not
challenging Dr. Clancy’s deceptive, erroneous remarks regarding the specific
cases covered in the show. Allow me to explain.

When I was invited to participate in the program, the producers asked me to
suggest a few US Air Force veterans they might interview—persons who had already
openly acknowledged having had alien entity-related experiences, who might also
be willing to appear in the Extraterrestrial Encounters episode. So, I
recommended that they approach former missile security policeman Mario Woods,
retired ICBM-handling specialist Jeff Goodrich, and former Minuteman missile launch officer Bob Salas—all of whom are
featured in Confession. For reasons known only to the producers, Salas
did not appear in the show, even though he was interviewed at length by former
AATIP director and Unidentified consultant Luis “Lue” Elizondo earlier
this year.

Fortunately, Woods and Goodrich were allowed to present
their entity encounter narratives in a fairly straightforward manner, although
certain key elements in their stories were oddly omitted by the producers. This
was true regarding my own account as well. Comparing notes following the
program, it seemed to the three of us that a deliberate decision had been made
to avoid mentioning aspects of our experiences that would have strengthened our
argument that we had actually been physically confronted by alien beings and
that our recollections of the events were not, therefore, merely based on false
memories resulting from hypnosis, as Elizondo and Clancy speculated on
camera.


In Mario Woods’ case, when I first interviewed him
in August 2017—months before he underwent hypnosis—he told me that he recalled
seeing “five or six” shadowy, small figures approaching his security police
vehicle shortly after he and his team partner observed a huge spherical object
hovering over an ICBM silo outside of Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota, in November
1977. At that moment, a terrified Woods heard a chorus of voices in his head,
repeatedly saying “Do not fear.” Following the encounter, his team partner, Sgt.
Michael Johnson, revealed to Woods that he too had heard the voices, saying “Do
not fear” over and over, and that the words were not audible sounds but seemed
to enter directly into his mind.

In other words, the two men
independently experienced the same apparently telepathic message emanating from
the approaching diminutive figures. Although Woods described this
readily-remembered aspect of his encounter to the
Unidentified producers, an aspect confirmed by Johnson shortly after the
event, they chose not to mention it in the show, and instead allowed Dr. Clancy
to unequivocally assert that abductees’ recollections about seeing aliens are
only false memories inadvertently generated during hypnosis sessions.
Once again, Woods told me about seeing the small figures approaching his
vehicle, and of hearing their voices telepathically, months before he underwent
hypnosis.

Furthermore, immediately following the encounter, Woods discovered two
mysterious identical scars on his body—perfectly circular depressions exhibiting
a small, centrally-located protuberance—which were also noted by medical staff
at the Ellsworth AFB hospital, where he had been examined under orders from his
Air Force squadron commander. Woods tried to show the scars to the
Unidentified team sent to interview him but, as he told me, “They didn’t
seem interested nor did they film them.” This baffles me and makes me wonder
whether impartial reporting was the paramount objective on the part of the
producers when presenting Woods’ account.

In the case of Jeff
Goodrich, the episode did in fact include his on-camera comment about seeing
small entities entering his bedroom and approaching his bed, at which point he
was temporarily paralyzed. But then they allowed abduction skeptic Dr. Clancy to
say in response, “That sounds exactly like a textbook case of sleep paralysis.”
Whether or not Elizondo had mentioned to Clancy that a guest staying overnight
at Goodrich’s house, who was sleeping in an adjacent room, also reported being
paralyzed—at the exact same time—is unknown. If he did tell her, we didn’t see
that in the program. Regardless, the neurological phenomenon known as sleep
paralysis could not possibly have accounted for Goodrich’s inability to move,
which occurred just as the small entities entered his bedroom, given that his
house guest independently, simultaneously experienced the same unexplained
paralytic effect. Unfortunately, the show’s producers let Clancy’s invalid
pronouncement of “textbook sleep paralysis” go unchallenged. Very poor judgement
on the part of someone!

Clancy further asserted that therapists
often ask leading questions of persons under hypnosis, thereby inadvertently
planting suggestions in their minds. Well, first, Jeff Goodrich’s memories of
his entity encounter event were readily accessible the following morning and
did not emerge via hypnotic recall later on, as Elizondo mistakenly told
Clancy at one point. Actually, upon his retirement from the Air Force, Goodrich
was ordered to sign a written statement, dictating that he never undergo
hypnosis, for any reason, probably because he had handled nuclear missile launch
codes during his career and held a Top Secret/Crypto clearance.

Furthermore,
I can assure the reader that no—zero—leading questions were asked of Mario Woods
or myself during our hypnosis sessions and I have the recordings of all of them
to prove it. In fact, the producers were given the video of Woods’ hypnosis
session and, therefore, had the opportunity to refute Clancy’s unfounded
suggestion that he had been influenced by therapist Robert Upson’s style of
questioning. But, for whatever reason, that did not happen. Consequently, Clancy
was permitted to make her unequivocal, blanket statement implying that
all abductees’ memories have been influenced by therapists’ leading
questions. While I freely admit that this issue is potentially problematic in
some cases, it was demonstrably not relevant to the specific cases covered in
the program. Again, a very poor decision on the producers’ part not to refute
Clancy’s off-base insinuation.

As for my own dramatic entity
encounter experiences over the years, most were recalled without the use of
hypnosis. However, regarding the August 13, 1988 incident that was presented in
the show, I did eventually undergo hypnotic regression to attempt to learn more
about the events in question—which occurred during a camping trip—after a number
of strange, suggestive developments had already taken place, prompting my
curiosity.

Specifically, on the night of the alleged abduction,
multiple persons, including myself, witnessed the presence of an anomalous
aerial craft—an unilluminated disc with two bright strobes, one on either
end—rapidly moving away in the sky at very low altitude. That sighting was
presented reasonably accurately in the Unidentified episode. However,
more importantly—but not mentioned in the program—was the fact that one
terrified member of our party was able to detect the object’s presence on the
ground in the immediate vicinity of our tents, as it illuminated them and the
surrounding trees and bushes with an intensity “as bright as daytime”, even
though it was 3 a.m. when we all suddenly awoke to watch the object fly away.
Further, another camper subsequently had a repetitive nightmare every night
during the week following the outing, in which she saw three of the campers—a
woman, her eight-year-old daughter, and me—walking single-file “like zombies”
toward a brightly illuminated object sitting on the ground. Significantly, the
young girl later recalled—without the use of hypnosis—the sensation of
sleepwalking that night. These events were not mentioned in the show either.

In any case, given the intriguing developments noted above, I
decided to explore the mysterious camping trip using hypnosis and eventually
utilized the services of a very UFO-skeptical clinical psychologist, whom I
won’t identify, who regressed me six times in 1992. As I said on-camera in the
Unidentified episode, while under hypnosis I at one point recalled
entering an extremely bright room with walls that curved into, and were
inseparable from, the ceiling. What I also said to Elizondo, who interviewed me
for the episode, was that directly in front of me I saw a metallic table with a
short, Gray alien-type figure standing behind it. After a moment or two, the
entity rushed at me and touched my head, at which point I apparently lost
consciousness. But that important portion of my statement was not
included the program, for whatever reason. (Just as Mario Woods’ key comments to
the producers about remembering seeing aliens, both prior to being hypnotized
and again during his session with Robert Upson, were not featured in the show.
The producers only presented Mario, via voice-over, saying that at one point he
felt as if he were immersed in a gel of some kind.)

Regardless, I
emphasize again that at no time did my own therapist ask me any leading
questions like, “Do you see anybody in the room with you,” as Dr. Clancy implied
would have occurred, thereby tainting the data. And, once again, nor were such
leading questions asked of Woods.

Summarizing, the reasonably credible “Extraterrestrial Encounters” episode is
unfortunately compromised by errors of commission and omission. Nevertheless, I
respect Lue Elizondo’s publicly-stated agnostic position on the abduction topic,
as when he said, “There is no empirical way I can prove or disprove” the claim
that some humans are being abducted by aliens. I have said much the same thing
about my own experiences. Indeed, in my book Confession I noted that
while unusual scars and retrieved implants (in some cases) are compelling, as
are multiple, identical witness accounts that reinforce each other, they
probably do not represent the type of irrefutable, verifiable evidence required
by scientists. I fully understand this skeptical stance and regret that
completely unimpeachable evidence for the reality of the abduction phenomenon
seems to remain perpetually elusive. But this does not mean that the issue won’t
be unequivocally proven one day.

However, if it were the intention
of the Unidentified producers to try to raise valid questions about
self-described alien abductees’ claims, if only for the sake of balance, they
should have interviewed someone who is actually scientific in their approach to
analyzing the problem, which Dr. Susan Clancy clearly is not. In my opinion, her
fallacious position, “It can’t be, therefore it isn’t”, is downright
embarrassing, except to other irrational debunkers, given that she always
proudly brags that she has a Ph.D. from Harvard University when spouting her
pseudoscience in public. Sorry, Lue, but you were hoodwinked.

A
scathing but factually-accurate analysis of Clancy’s unacknowledged personal
biases and fatally flawed research methodology regarding the alien abduction
phenomenon may be read
here.

Source: The Ufo Chronicals

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