Estimate of the Situation

As the topic of UFO/UAP reality goes increasingly mainstream, it will spawn a news cycle competition among investigative reporters to break stories of increasing depth and analysis.

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The driving force behind the public disclosure of the UFO/UAP issue is, of course, the nature of the phenomenon itself. Next up would be the military-industrial complex which has investigated for over seven decades. Close behind, however, will be journalism. It has the capacity and history to become a force that actually gets the job done.

Fifty Years Ago

The break-in at the Democratic party offices in the Watergate building happened almost fifty years ago now when the majority of people reading this weren’t even born.

The refresher is simply that the burglars arrested turned out to be on the Nixon White House’s payroll. A simple robbery turned into a political scandal that destroyed a presidency. First it was reported on, then investigated by Congress, and finally Nixon was on his way to impeachment when he resigned. …

Road Not Taken

It’s been 80 years since John Lennon’s birth and 40 years since his death. What would he think about our world today?

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John Lennon was born on October 9, 1940 and he died on December 8, 1980. Strawberry Fields Memorial photo by Jared Zabel.

What if?

What if John Lennon had not been murdered forty years ago this coming December? If he’d kept his health, he would have been 80 years old on October 9th.

Just like his bandmate Ringo Starr turned 80 this year, and it seemed so right and normal.

If that octogenarian John were still with us today, he would be talking about Ringo’s favorite “peace and love,” but also Trump’s election freak-out, the politics of pandemic, Black Lives Matter, climate change, nuclear stockpiles, Unidentified Aerial Phenomena, and how our inhumanity to humanity was going to kill us all. …

First Person

How I searched for the truth about UFOs by writing fiction, and learned the world really is stranger than you imagine.

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We still haven’t learned the history so we can’t understand the lessons. On this 57th anniversary, it’s clear that time is running out.

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They Killed Kennedy | Lynda Karr, Graphic Artist

Back in 2013, on the 50th anniversary of the assassination, the level of coverage was significant. Most of it, however, was a tribute to the important historical leadership of John Kennedy and the affection most people still feel for him even after five decades whether or not they were alive when he was murdered. As someone who has done a very deep dive into the JFK murder, I found the massive news and entertainment product that I watched and read to be disturbing.

Immersing myself in the coverage and specials, it became clear that both the political establishment and the mainstream media seemed to have decided that their new meme is that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone after all. At best, when it came to the assassination, they seem to have taken the position that “we’ll just never know.” …

Estimate of the Situation

His plate is full with coronavirus, a cratered economy, partisan blood feuds and global crises, but the UAP issue is knocking at the door anyway.

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I know you have some serious issues to tackle. Coronavirus, economic recovery, social justice, climate change, terrorism, Russia conflict, China trade, North Korean nukes...

It’s a lot.

Still, it’s probably a good time for you and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris to schedule an intelligence level briefing on Unidentified Aerial Phenomena and its implications during your upcoming term in office.

The world now knows, based on your Covid-19 approach, that respecting science is very important to you. Well, paraphrasing Mark Watney from The Martian film, we’re going to have to science the shit out of this one, just like the virus.

You need a policy and you need one fast. …

Dark Skies 25th Anniversary

The cult-hit Dark Skies TV series had a subversive on-air storyline matched only by its off-air intrigue with real Men-in-Black.

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Dark Skies — Created by Bryce Zabel & Brent V. Friedman | Art by Alicia Fernandez

Twenty-five years ago this fall, I was in Washington, D.C. producing the pilot of the NBC primetime television series Dark Skies. During some freezing November weather, my co-creator Brent Friedman and I watched director Tobe Hooper shoot key scenes from our pilot script, “The Awakening,” in front of the White House, Capitol Hill, and even the Reflecting Pool on the National Mall.

All of it was in service of a TV concept we’d cooked up the year before that said an extraterrestrial species known as the Hive planned to take the Earth away from humans by placing themselves into our populations before we could even recognize the danger.

Estimate of the Situation

Bush era Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s tortured Iraq WMD analysis turns out to be a window into understanding the UAP/UFO reality issue.

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Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld

Knowing What You Know and What You Don’t

Back on February 12, 2002, just five months after 9/11, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, holding forth at a U.S. Department of Defense briefing, got asked about the lack of evidence linking Iraq’s government with weapons of mass destruction and terrorist groups.

His response is a classic, with every word to be savored, and well-worth re-visting.

“Reports that say that something hasn’t happened are always interesting to me, because as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns — the ones we don’t know we don’t know.

Election 2020

The NBC reporter is already a controversial moderator for the final presidential debate. She might as well go all in and leap into the history books.

Kristen Welker from NBC sits at the Today Show anchor desk.
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NBC’s Kristen Welker is the moderator of the final presidential debate on October 22nd.

Despite being haze-Tweeted and rally-attacked by the President of the United States in just the last few days, NBC correspondent and anchor Kristen Welker will still be asking most of the questions on Thursday night in her role as the moderator of the final presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden.

The question is, will she have the guts to ask The Question?

The Topic

The Nashville debate will run for 90 minutes without commercial breaks. It’ll be broken up into six segments, each lasting about 15 minutes. Welker and the Commission on Presidential Debates have released the topics.

  • “Fighting COVID-19”
  • “American…

The UFO/UAP reality issue will need to be dealt with by the next President of the United States. The question is: will he do it in secret or bring the public in on it?

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Clearly, in this heated political climate, made more chaotic by a president spreading coronavirus through mass rallies, the idea of the impact of UFOs in the election seems, well, distant. Still, if you believe that UAP reality is on a path with a certain degree of momentum, then it’s logical to consider that the man who wins on November 3rd is going to be very influential in this area.

Comparison Shopping

President Donald Trump, the disruptor-in-chief, is more likely to just say out loud that UFOs are real and ad-hoc his way through the chaos to follow.

Former Vice President Joe Biden, an institutionalist, is more likely to work quietly behind the scenes on the UAP security issue, seeking consensus on a plan to move forward. …

Estimate of the Situation

Even while plagued by production and distribution challenges, director James Fox still manages to make a triumphant and compelling one-of-a-kind statement about UFO/UAP reality.

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The Phenomenon, a new film from James Fox

This is the one we’ve been waiting for, the non-fiction documentary you can tell your friends and family to watch. The Phenomenon is guaranteed to get them thinking about UFO/UAP reality in a deeper way than they’ve probably ever experienced before.

Even for people who are well-read in the literature, this film still holds surprises and buried treasures, but the thrill is seeing footage and hearing interviews you never knew existed. The joy of The Phenomenon is that it may be the most assured, professional and memorable telling of what is a familiar story for many. …


Bryce Zabel

Writer/producer, features, TV. Creator, five primetime series. Ex: TV Academy CEO; CNN correspondent; USC professor. Author: Beatles, JFK what-ifs. UFO analyst.

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