[Most of the Information quoted below is taken from the great book “Captured” By Friedman and Marden(Betty Hills niece]
Many focus on the abduction part of the Betty and Barney Hills case. Their story was, without doubt, the most famous of all abduction reports. The problem with focusing on their abduction is sometimes the initial sighting is glossed over. Betty and Barney not only witnessed a UFO at very close range, but also Barney witnessed entities on board the craft while fully awake. The evolution of this case and Bluebook initial explanations are prime examples of how the government and debunkers can cherry pick the testimony of a UFO witness to make it fits a conventional explanation,
I thought I had heard everything about the Hills’ case but I hadn’t and I wonder how well the reader would do on the Hills’ initial sighting facts. For instance, how many of you knew that the craft Betty and Barney witnessed had retractable wings? Interestingly, when they were expanded they had a red light on each wing; sound familiar? How many of you know that, while he was fully awake, Barney saw humanoids on the craft and that one smiled at him. This was completely apart from the hypnotic regression memories. Barney had taken out his binoculars to view the object better when he watched a group of beings watching him back. None of them showed emotion, except one, who smiled at Barney as if it knew he could see his face.
How many of us knew the Bluebook initial written report’s explanation, “temperature inversion,” was discarded and investigators penciled in two other explanations on the report; settling on “not enough information”.
Betty and Barney arrived home and reported the sighting the next day. They called Peace Air force base to report it. In their initial phone conversation with the base Barney left out the humanoid part because he thought they would think he was a crackpot. But later, when a Major Henderson returned the call, Barney told him more details. It seems the Major, by his reaction, wasn’t surprised.
Their sighting that night could have been reported yesterday; it began so typically. What first brought their attention to the sky as they drove alone on a New Hampshire road was a very bright object at a 45 degree angle, the shape of the light was “different” (later they realized it was because it was oblong in shape) and the “luminosity was very intense compared to the surrounding stars”. They stopped the car and watched it change direction abruptly, it hovered, it’s movement erratic at times. The Object, when first sighted, was the size of a nickel at arms length, but ended up being the size of a pie plate. It flew down toward them in what has been described as steps. There was no sound.
The first explanation Project Bluebook (PB) put forth was an advertising blimp. It was a way to at least explain the intensity of the light. But that proved to be ridiculous and unfounded. One of the other theories touted by debunkers was the planet Jupiter which I think should have been laughed off the explanation list. When everything else fails there is always the favorite to tout out, “temperature inversion.” These explanations are really put out there for the lame and those that need to believe it’s not real. I can’t believe the Air Force and Project Bluebook people would personally swallow that claptrap.
If it is true Project Bluebook actually believed their explanations then they made the same mistake as many UFO researchers and debunkers make, They filtered out any of the witness testimony that completely cancelled out their explanation, . If these debunkers accepted only that part of a testimony that can be explained, why then accept any of the testimony.
Think about what was done in this case, and what is done today, the testimony of witnesses at their closest range to the object is discounted. Strange detailed encounters lead most people to concentrate on what they see even more and to try to explain it in a prosaic manor. “Barney still believed what he was seeing had a rational explanation.”
The UFO came so close that Barney could see the humanoids in the windows of the craft without binoculars, describing them as an “inch long at arms length”; Jupiter?
DVD: Betty & Barney Hill I title this clip “The Terror Of Abduction.” Listen to Barney’s voice and you will know he experienced something tangible.
Barney Hill was far removed from UFOs as a person can be. He was postal worker and a civil rights activist, and let me tell you in the 1960 that was dangerous. A black man married to a white woman could get you beat up or even killed. But if it is true that ET’s read a person mind, and pick those they want far in advance, then the Hills were a good example of the best the human race can offer. Those who put there lives on the line for something larger than themselves.
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