I thought yesterday that I hadn’t done Joseph P. Farrell’s book justice with my piece. It’s a lot richer than I felt able to convey. One of the areas it deals with is with a book by Morris K. Jessup, a scientist who thought that UFOs were not merely an illusion, but actual craft that were of a higher technoogy than possessed by any country in the world.He published a book on the subject, The Case for the UFOs, in 1955, and theorized that the motive power of these vessels was some form of anti-gravity, or gravity control. This theory is what may have caused the US Navy to become interested in him.
The Navy wasn’t the only party interested, though. He began to receive letters from someone about his book, but this person’s comments seemed bizarre to him. Then he received a copy of his book from the Navy which had been annotated heavily, apparently by three different people. Then he received an invitation from the Navy to discuss his book, and when he went to meet with the Navy’s representative, he was handed another copy of his book, again with the annotations. He had hardly any idea what to make of this, since the comments seemed delusional at best, but then he noted that some of the comments were about a ship that had disappeared, and that one of the annotators was someone who had previously sent him several letters. He had to conclude that there was something to the story of the disappearing ship, and that was the reason for the Navy’s interest.
Jessup was by no means a narrow-minded man. He believed that the human race had been in existence much longer than mainstream science believed, and that there had been previous high civilizations that we know little or nothing of now. This view wasn’t unprecedented, but was unusualy among scientists, maybe particularly of that time, but I wonder if that attitude has changed a great deal since. Certainly there are a lot of people interested in phenomena that mainstream science rarely if ever addresses, but that doesn’t mean general acceptance of the views of alternative science, which aren’t exactly uniform anyway.
One of Jessup’s beliefs, about ancient stone monuments, was that many of the stones were too big to be moved without levitation, which means some sort of gravity control. This seems only reasonable. Moving stones weighing hundreds of tons or more by means of cranes is impossible, or nearly so.
Another belief was that a very ancient war had been fought between two planets of this solar system: one of these was this earth, the other remains in the form of the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, just where Bode’s Law (which successfully predicted where other planets in the outer solar system could be found) said a planet ought to be. If the asteroids were once part of a planet, perhaps the planet had been destroyed by some experiment gone dreadfully wrong, but it’s also possible that it was exploded deliberately during war. Annotators in Jessup’s book refer to this war, and say that aliens (presumably from the now-vanished fifth planet) used comets and asteroids as weapons, thus destroying both Lemuria (theorized by some to have been an ancient continent or island archipelago either in the Indian or Pacific ocean) and perhaps Atlantis as well. If a race did use asteroids and comets as weapons, this has to mean that they could manipulate gravity to aim and propel them where they wanted them to go.
More recent writers about alternative science have theorized that comets and asteroids have hit the earth in the bath (a view made more plausible a few years ago when portions of a comet hit the planet Jupiter, causing successive explosions large enough to be observed by astronomers), but this is the first book I’ve read to suggest that asteroids and comets were deliberately used as weapons. Robert Heinlein, in The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, had rebels on a Lunar colony “throwing rocks” at earth. These would work quite well as weapons, since any rock big enough to get through the earth’s atmosphere without burning up and hit the ground would explode much like a bomb, except that high explosives would not be necessary. Was Heinlein aware of the previous speculations? I don’t know. His use of rocks in the story may simply have been a pragmatic extrapolation of what such a rebelling population could use for weapons.
The annotators commented that there are still some accounts of what they called The Great War, but these are so old that almost anyone even aware of them believes them to only be fantasies. Jessup was one person who did believe that ancient “myths” were accurate accounts of things that had actually happened, and that technology described in them had actually existed in the remote past as well.
Another suggestion made by Jessup is that UFOs that can be reasonably identified as craft exhibit a higher technology than we’re familiar with, but not high enough to mean interstellar flight. Just how one would determine this, I don’t know, but the implication is that the crafts come from within the solar system, from just where is unclear, though Jessup suggests they may have at least a base on the earth’s moon. He also suggests that those flying these crafts may be descendents of the now destroyed fifth planet.
The above are interesting speculations, but not of the sort one would expect the US military to take an interest in. What must have interested them, though, was a technology that could possibly provide extremely powerful weapons, a propulsion system far more efficient that rockety ships which would allow relatively simple space travel, and a more efficient power source than burning hydrocarbons.
The sequel to Dr. Jessup’s meeting with representatives of the Navy was unfortunate. He had been asked to work for the Navy, but had declined. According to a friend, he was very depressed before his death, at least partly because of professional scientific reactions to his books. He died in 1959, an apparent suicide, but his friend had doubts as to whether it actually was suicide, or possibly murder. If it was murder, the Navy could possibly have been involved with it, regarding Jessup as a potential security leak, since he was interested in the same subjects they were. Their attempt to recruit him to work for them may have been at least partly to keep him from making his views public, but Farrell suggests another possible reason. Perhaps the Navy had had the experiment and its results taken away from them, and wanted Jessup to find out about this form of technology they were so interested in. But if the project had been taken from them, who could have taken it?
This is where the book gets into post World War II politics. As mentioned in a previous post, Nazi scientists were deemed to important to allow their prosecution for war crimes. Essentially, the USA and USSR divided up Germany’s scientists, who subsequently kept in touch with each other, as well as a possible postwar organization which may have been headed by Martin Bormann, Heinrich Muller and Hans Kammler. Bormann had been personal assistant to Hitler, and reputedly as close to him as anyone. Muller was head of the Gestapo, and had reportedly covered up the death of Geli Rabaul for Hitler, to which he owed his position in the Gestapo. Hans Kammler was the head of the project of the Bell, mentioned in a previous post. Farrell says that a large transport plane that could travel long distances without refuelling had been loaded with the Bell and the documentation relating to it, as well as scientific personnel, and had then disappeared. That suggests that Nazis then had, and may continue to have, a center somewhere in the world, from which they’re able to influence world events. That’s not a particularly happy thought, though an interesting one.
The world continues to be mysterious. Some of the mysteries are cosmic, others are manmade, and it seems pretty clear that a lot of information is being withheld from ordinary people for the benefit of powerful people. Some information, like the above, may be scarcely believable to most of us. Other information is undoubtedly more pedestrian, though it might cause trouble if it were to become generally know. But I think it’s safe to say there’s a lot we don’t know, and it might be better for us if we knew it.