RT spoke to Ross Coulthart, the author of a new book, ‘In Plain Sight’, which documents a series of mysterious UFO sightings around the world and describes the extraordinary efforts made by authorities to deny or conceal them.
The past 12 months has seen an explosion of UFO initiatives, including the formation of the International Coalition for Extraterrestrial Research and the launch of Project Galileo. And then there was the Pentagon’s groundbreaking report, in which it admitted there were incidents of Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) that could not be explained.
Still, a new book, “In Plain Sight,” by award-winning investigative journalist Ross Coulthart, might be one of the most interesting developments yet. Ross Coulthart has no reputation to uphold in the UFO community, but he’s long wanted to tackle the big question: Are we really alone?
“I’ve always been intrigued by the subject, mainly because it’s so taboo. In journalism, there is a real stigma,” he said.
I remember editors telling me, “Ross, we don’t do UFO business.” I was doing a lot of stories related to national security and defense intelligence. I have spent much of the past 30 or so years covering wars, terrorist acts and all the miseries of the world. And a lot of these contacts [that I made]…when I asked them about UFOs, they didn’t dismiss it [ie the idea that they exist]. »
New Zealand-born Coulthart was fascinated by the 1978 incident in which a cameraman filmed an object flying alongside an airplane over the town of Kaikoura on the country’s South Island. Weeks later, authorities attributed it to either the planet Venus or a reflection of fishing boats.
“As a 16-year-old boy, it seemed plausible to me, so I didn’t pay attention to it,” he admits. But, in college, Coulthart got his first scoop when he tracked down the people involved, who assured him that what they had seen was a solid object.
In the 1990s, he established himself as a journalist and worked for the Australian investigative show “Four Corners”. After a day of filming on an airbase, the team is invited by its host to have a drink in the bar on site. After a while, he leaned forward and said, “Can I ask you a question? Why does the media never report on UFOs? »
“I freely admit I laughed, and I said, ‘Because that’s bullshit. And he said, ‘No, that’s not true. I wish I could tell who this guy was – he was a very, very senior official, one of the most senior figures in our military at the time. »
Hampered by mainstream media settings, he still managed to convince his bosses to report on UAPs in 2011 – but that was only because they sent him to London to interview a rock star who has canceled and they were left with a hole to fill.
Coulthart dug into reports of a 1980 sighting near RAF Bentwaters Air Force Base and tracked down Colonel Charles Halt, who claimed to have seen a flying object. He recalls: “We gave half an hour for the broadcast and it got crazy. The audience was very interested and, above all, what blew us away was the number of people who called and offered information. »
“They were contacting me from all over Australia, saying they had seen a similar object. They were amazed that the media was finally reporting on this story. What was good for them was that we didn’t ridicule her – we treated the subject with respect. »
“In Plain Sight” contains a detailed analysis of many sightings, including Coulthart’s favorite, that of a man sitting in a deck chair at an open-air cinema in the desert of South Australia when a cylindrical craft appeared . The moviegoer claimed he could see light inside his windows.
Coulthart embarked on writing this book after going freelance and getting rid of the chains of dismissive publishers, and he believes that the Pentagon’s recent admission of the existence of a device has was a very positive development.
He explains: “There is basically a single course of action that is repeated by all the Five Eyes countries [UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand and Australia]. If you ask, “Are UFOs real?” they don’t answer the question. They say UAPs pose no national security concerns and pose no threat to flight safety. But, in July of this year, that all changed dramatically. »
“Anyone can read this report. He says very, very clearly that UFOs are a threat to flight safety and they are a possible threat to national security. It’s a complete turnaround. Nobody at the Pentagon explains why they did this, but I think – and I’ve been told – it’s because they realize the game is over. They must finally tell the truth about what they know. »
In his book, Coulthart delves deeper into the connection between UFOs and nuclear facilities. “In Plain Sight” begins with the story of a woman, Annie Farinaccio, who in 1991 traveled to a party at a US base in the remote North West Cape region of Australia. Two police officers drove her back to town and she never forgot what she saw while they were driving.
Annie sat petrified, Coulthart said. She looked through the windshield and screamed, because there was this gigantic triangular ship with lights hovering just above them as they traveled 100 km/h on this road.
“In the blink of an eye, he passed 300 meters, then he fell back on the left side of the car. At that point, she begs [the police] to take her back to town, then the device instantly jumps again 300 meters away and slams down on the right side of the car.”
The base housed very low frequency transmitters, which, in the event of war, would send signals to American nuclear submarines. Annie was visited by US officials, taken back to base and told she had seen a weather balloon – even though the craft looked nothing like it.
The book recounts another incident, in Russia, in which the weapons of a nuclear silo were mysteriously armed, ready to be launched, without any intervention from the officers.
According to Coulthart, “They were freaked out. The intelligence services seemed to demonstrate that whatever your security systems are, they can be breached. If it’s any intelligence, it seems to send a message – it seems to express something about the potential use or misuse of nuclear weapons. »
The book also features the story of Professor Andrew Greenwood, from Clayton South, a suburb of Melbourne. With his high school students, he saw a metallic disc appear in a cloudless sky.
Greenwood spoke to local media before being silenced. According to Coulthart, “This is where things get very grim. Two weeks after the incident, there was a knock on the door of his private home. On the doorstep is a man in uniform – a senior officer – and the other gentleman is some official, perhaps a police officer or an intelligence agent, more likely. »
“Andrew is still mad at what they did. They threatened him outright and said, ‘If you talk about what you saw again, we’ll make sure you lose your job – we’ll say you were drunk as a teacher.’ Andrew has no reason to lie about it and, more importantly, what he says he saw is backed up by 167 witnesses, all recorded, at last count. This is truly the most extraordinary case. »
Other revelations have been unearthed by Coulthart, including suggestions of recovered non-human vessels. Sources say the United States and Russia each have facilities where these devices are stored, but Coulthart says he is generally skeptical of such claims without having seen proof.
“That’s the biggest problem I have. Governments are hopelessly incapable of keeping secrets and I would have thought that if the United States government kept such secrets they would have already been leaked, and that is not the case,” he said. .
“But, when you look in the archives of the US government…that’s why I called my book ‘In Plain Sight’. The evidence is there for all to see. There are CIA records that show it was working with the US Department of Defense to recover what the documents call ‘flying saucers’ in Nepal and Afghanistan. »
Along with his book, Coulthart produced a documentary on UFOs, and received encouraging support from his colleagues in the media and the public. “The reaction has been nothing short of breathtaking. I’ve never had a response like the one I’ve had on this topic in my career,” says Coulthart.
“The reception was overwhelming. I’m exhausted every day – I wake up and there are literally 300 to 500 emails, people telling me about their sightings, people offering me information. It’s like we’ve opened a wound and all of reality is pouring out. »
The main purpose of the book, however, is to dispel the fog. Coulthart says it’s almost as if some media wouldn’t admit they slept behind the wheel.
He continues: “The media fails here. They are locked into the paradigm that, absurdly, the CIA and the US Air Force encouraged them to follow in the 1960s.”
“The CIA decided to suppress the UFO stories – I don’t know why, but it is claimed that it was because they were concerned that people reporting UFOs would interfere with people providing early warning from an ICBM Russian [intercontinental ballistic missile] landing on the United States. It’s an absurd argument to say that they wanted to prevent people from jamming NORAD [the North American Aerospace Defense Command] phones with sightings. It’s just ridiculous”.
For a man of words, Coulthart concludes by describing this complex subject succinctly enough. Although he has so far been unable to uncover everything governments and security agencies know about UFOs, he clearly explains why the subject has been deemed the pastime of fools. “We were manipulated,” he said. “We got screwed. »