from Serpo Website
In the movie, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, written and directed by Steven Spielberg and released in 1977, an alien spaceship lands, by prearrangement with the U.S. government, on a high mesa called The Devil’s Tower in a remote corner of Wyoming and an ambassadorial exchange takes place.
A single alien disembarks and is escorted away, presumably to a secret site. Then, twelve American astronauts in orange jumpsuits and industrial strength sunglasses, with duffel bags slung over their shoulders, ten men and two women, march into the spacecraft to be whisked away to the alien home planet. In the previous scene, they are blessed by a clergyman, who refers to them as “pilgrims.”
Was this just some inventive touch conceived by Spielberg, or did he base it on something real?
Since it is now widely
believed in UFO circles that a pre-arranged alien landing did take place at
or near Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico in April of 1964, it seems not
unreasonable, to true believers, to suspect that Spielberg may have had an
inside track on classified information, and that the ambassadorial exchange
with an alien race may also have been a real event.
Under the auspices of a Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) program referred to as Operation Crystal Knight, or what is now being called “Project Serpo,” it has been claimed that twelve astronauts left the earth in July of 1965, and were taken to the planet Serpo in the constellation Zeta Reticuli aboard an alien spaceship, as part of an exchange program.
The bulk of the information about this program is said to have been dribbled out to the world via 21 e-mails from an individual referred to only as “Anonymous” to a closed circle of high-level UFO insiders beginning on November 2, 2005. Anonymous says that he was formerly a senior officer of the Defense Intelligence Agency, and is now the official spokesman for a group of six DIA personnel, three retired and three still currently employed there. It was decided by the group, and agreed to by Anonymous, that a web site should be created to publish all the e-mails on the Internet.
One of the researchers in the group, Bill
Ryan from England, volunteered for the job, and so began serpo.org, what
has now developed into the official source for all Serpo-related
information, including updates from Ryan, a link to a public forum, and
supporting e-mails from other insiders who had knowledge of the Serpo
Although he “spoke” in tonal variations, just as in Close Encounters, the scientists at Los Alamos found a way to communicate with him, and he informed them that he was from a planet in the constellation Zeta Reticuli, about 40 light years from earth.
The constellation was also referenced in the famous 1966 UFO abduction account of Betty and Barney Hill.
Betty and Barney Hill
EBE #1 also provided researchers with a complete explanation of all the devices found in the crashed spacecraft, one of which was a piece of equipment for communicating with his home planet that survived the impact. However, the Los Alamos scientists could not get it to work until they discovered how to hook it up to the energy source on the crashed Corona disc. That was in the early summer of 1952. EBE#1 died later that summer after sending six unanswered messages to his planet.
Finally, in 1962, it was arranged that the Ebens would send another mission to earth in April of 1964, and that we would meet the craft at Holloman Air Force Base near Alamogordo, New Mexico. By this time President Kennedy was in office.
Then, according to Anonymous,
It was arranged that we would send twelve
astronauts to Serpo, and they would leave one Eben here in the custody
of the U.S. government.
All the team members were “sheep-dipped,” i.e., all identification records were purged, including social security, IRS, medical, military et al, and they were all listed as “missing” and discharged, so that no connection with their former identities remained. They were then assigned three digit numbers as new identities.
They went through very difficult training for six months, mostly at Camp Perry in Virginia.
Four of the team members who were pilots were
taught to fly an Eben craft back to earth, using for training the space ship
recovered in 1949, in case it was necessary to escape from Serpo. In
addition to the four pilots, the team consisted of two linguists, one
biologist, two scientists, two doctors, and one security man. They were all
given suicide pills and the team was assigned four 45 Colt revolvers and
eight M2 carbine rifles.
After an initial mix-up, one landed just west of Holloman Air Force Base near the southern entrance to the White Sands Army Base, precisely at the designated location. The alien visitors were greeted by 16 senior U.S. government officials. It is not known whether or not President Johnson was among them.
The Ebens brought electronic translating devices with them to facilitate communications. The remains of the eleven dead aliens were taken on board. Anonymous does not give the agenda of the meeting, but it is believed they presented us with the “Yellow Book,” a complete history of planet earth. The twelve astronauts were ready to board at that meeting and waited on a bus, but the aliens decided then that the exchange should wait until 1965.
Then, in July, 1965, an alien craft returned, this time to the Nevada Atomic Test Site. Very much like the scene in Close Encounters, this was a simple, unceremonious, working meeting. The twelve courageous astronauts boarded the Eben craft along with 40 tons of supplies, for an intended stay of ten years. Four of them would never see Mother Earth again. Two would die, and two would choose to remain on Serpo.
The others would not return until thirteen years
The diary of the team commander recounts the second day on board:
They used small metal containers for elimination, which the Ebens emptied for them.
Eventually, they were able and allowed to wander
freely around the enormous ship. The team was able to communicate with earth
HQ at Kirtland AFB, using the alien device, for the entire trip. Prior to
reaching Serpo, the team member known as 308 had some sort of accident and
died of a pulmonary embolism. The Ebens were respectful of the funerary
rites of the astronauts, but they took possession of the body.
They were quartered in four huts that appeared
to be adobe-like, and all their gear was stored in an underground facility.
The temperature was 107° F (42° C.). The buildings all had lights and electricity
generated by a small box. They were able to plug their electrical devices
into the box, and they all worked.
The commander’s diary describes the confrontation:
It was a tense situation.
The Ebens were upset with the team’s reaction, and Ebe2 told them that “everyone should be nice,” and repeated it several times. The astronauts had to back off to prevent a major escalation of the incident.
The commander and the scientists (700 and 754) were given permission to view what was left of the body of 308. This brought them into a building where biological experiments were being carried out. They were shocked by what they saw.
The commander says they viewed,
The Eben doctor tried to explain the science behind their work, but the earthlings didn’t comprehend because they didn’t really understand DNA bio-technology in 1965. The team commander concluded that it was all evil stuff.
The population of Serpo is about 650,000.
Anonymous says that the Eben civilization is about 10,000 years old originating on another planet which they were forced to leave 5,000 years ago due to volcanic destruction. The Ebens fought a devastating interplanetary war about 3,000 years ago, and wiped out their enemies using particle beam weapons. The war lasted about 100 years.
The Ebens have a “Council of Governors,” which is in complete control of the population, with membership for life.
The astronauts observed no crime, but there is an army, which also acts as a police force. But no guns or weapons of any type were seen by the team. There is one large community, which is the center of the civilization. All the industry is concentrated there. The Ebens do not use any type of currency—they are all issued whatever they need from central distribution centers.
All adult Ebens do some type of work.
This meant they could not keep track of the calendar, so they eventually relied on Serpo time, which was governed by the movement of their suns. So they lost track of earth time and ended up staying thirteen years instead of ten. It was determined by earth scientists that Kepler’s Law of planetary motion did not apply to Serpo.
Sagan was consulted on this, and wrote about 60 pages of
opinion on the subject, but ultimately had to acknowledge that earthly laws
of physics do not necessarily apply out of this solar system.
In retrospect, it seems a shame that President Kennedy didn’t live to see his initiative become a reality. He was assassinated only five months before the first landing.
Perhaps some powerful insiders didn’t want that to happen...
In any case, thanks to Steven Spielberg, maybe we got to see it after all.