By Dr. Joseph Burkes MD 2019


UFO sighting reports number in the thousands every year. Many of these “objects” appear suddenly without warning and the sightings often last only a few seconds. Such conditions make obtaining photographic documentation challenging. But what about contact experiencers that have frequent sightings? This group reportedly can actually request sightings, sometimes with multiple witnesses present, and to the delight of those assembled anomalous nocturnal lights and even structured objects have reportedly appeared. Despite this apparent cooperation between humans and UAP intelligences, quality video and still photographic documentation almost never is obtained. When Steven Spielberg “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” types of images are recorded, computer-generated image (CGI) technology puts their authenticity into question.

It seems to me that the intelligence responsible for UAPs doesn’t allow quality videos to be obtained except under perhaps the most unusual circumstances. Why is this so?

I did volunteer work with Dr. Greer’s Center for the Study of Extraterrestrial Intelligence from 1992 to 1998. For over five years I was the coordinator of a Close Encounters of the Fifth Kind contact team in Southern California. I also did fieldwork with the Hispanic contactee network now called “Rahma” in 1994, 2004, 2006 and 2009.

During many of our field investigations we had dramatic UFO sightings, but the quality video documentation that we wanted in order to promote our contact work, recruit new activists and effectively silence the self-styled debunkers and media shrills, were denied us again and again.


From 1992 to 1994 four major encounters took place involving Dr. Greer’s investigative teams. In only one of these events were quality videos obtained. This was in Gulf Breeze Florida in March of 1992. On that occasion, two independent video photographers filmed three or four saucer shaped UFOs. Still photographs were acquired during that amazing encounter as well. There were over 40 witnesses present.



In July of 1992, a large brilliantly illuminated disc shaped craft approached Dr. Greer’s team in the crop circle region of Southern England. It only did so during a powerful rainstorm that prevented photographic documentation. This highly significant encounter was showcased on an episode of the Fox TV show “Sightings” that aired in January of 1993. On that episode, two of the witnesses present described the signaling that occurred between the large disc hovering in a field and Dr. Greer. There were three witnesses to this event, but again no video.


In Mexico at the base of Popocatepetl Volcano, I was present on Feb 1, 1993 when a large triangular shaped UFO signaled with powerful lights at the CSETI team at a distance of less than three hundred meters. Suddenly all the camera equipment stopped functioning. This included a video camera, a 35 mm SLR camera, and a spring activated “Brownie” inexpensive type of camera. As soon as the triangle moved off, disappearing behind the volcano, all cameras functioned normally. There were five witnesses present but no objective documentation of the event was obtained.


In December of 1994 in Los Mitres Mountains of Northern Mexico, a CSETI team witnessed a large saucer sitting on the side of a mountain. It was so close that the witnesses were reportedly able to see humanoid beings move along the outside of the craft. However, the encounter was only able to reach this high level of contact after the CSETI leader Dr. Greer and his assistant Ms. Shari Adamiak agreed not to film the event. Prior, they had received telepathic communication from UFO intelligence requesting that no photography be attempted. There were five witnesses present and no photographic documentation was obtained.


This historic record of lost opportunities indicates that the intelligence responsible for the UAPs does not readily cooperate with investigators to obtain quality electronic video and still film documentation during close encounters. In my opinion this is especially vexing considering the presumably cooperative relationship that contact networks have with flying saucer intelligences. Why is this so?

Decades of speculative deliberation have come up with a number of possible explanations. None are very satisfying. Here are a few.


UFO intelligence is following a long-term “master plan” that carefully modulates encounters only to a level that is most conducive for achieving their long-term objectives.

If convincing videos were made available with multiple credible witnesses present during the filming, this might lead to a precipitous realization that mankind is not alone with devastating effects on the belief systems that hold our planet together.

Stock markets could crash.

Fanatical new religions worshiping “space gods” might sprout up everywhere.

Fundamentalists might attack contactees as being in league with “Demons.”

Militarists might call for trillions to be spent on space-based weapons to protect us from an “alien invasion” while enriching their corporate patrons.


The “ETs” themselves might represent races of beings that as individuals live several hundred years. What seems to us an agonizing delay in getting video documentation might be a very short time for them. For all we know “they,” the so-called “extraterrestrial visitors,” have been here for thousands of years watching us and slowly revealing their presence in a gradual fashion.

In conclusion, UFO observers, both first-time witnesses and long-term experiencers, whether they be “contactees” or abductees,” are being denied quality video of their encounters. This is because UFO intelligence has in my opinion deliberately prevented us from doing so, perhaps for some of the reasons discussed above.

This state of affairs in my view is not set in stone. Despite the challenges for both novice UFO witnesses and those who have been singled out for repeated sightings efforts to obtain quality video documentations of flying saucers must go on.

The possibility exists that at some time in the not too distant future, UFO intelligence will ratchet up the level of interactions with humanity. Under improved conditions for communication and contact, they might be willing to grant us opportunities for obtaining quality videos of craft.


Imagine the following scenario. In an attempt to break the media “UFO truth embargo,” dozens of contact teams plan a worldwide interactive event. Of course, this can only be attempted with the strong support of flying saucer intelligence. Contact activists could conceivably send an invitation to ETs whose appearance is requested at designated fieldwork sites around the globe. Once on location the saucers would then allow themselves to be filmed and via Internet steaming video and the whole world might have an opportunity to see it all happen live.

“This is impossible!” critics might insist. For now at least, indeed it is impossible. But in a decade or perhaps in a generation, what seems like a wild scenario could become reality. To get this level of cooperation between UFO intelligences and contact activists, there will have to be far more openness and equality in the human/non-human relationship. In my judgment this should be a goal of the international network of contact workers that I have called the “Contact Underground.”


My advice to my fellow UFO enthusiasts is that we will just have to be patient. Advances are being made in terms of less expensive quality night vision equipment as well as devices that might allow easier live uplinks to the Internet. These advancing technologies could be used by contact workers in cooperation with UFO intelligences to stage a series of live “People’s Disclosure” events.

This is important because the UFO presence, especially if it turns out to be ET in nature, in my opinion threatens “the powers that be.” This includes the military, economic and political establishments of our planet. I believe that their opposition to acknowledging the reality of UFOs makes it impossible to have any official in-depth investigation of the phenomenon. In addition the fear that flying saucers engender in the so-called “authorities’” precludes them from establishing meaningful communication with UFO intelligences.


In a certain sense, it is the responsibility of the people of this planet to develop a more open sustainable relationship with any extraterrestrials present here on Earth. I believe that this will be achieved without any terrestrial authority granting us “permission” to do so. As one that for a quarter of a century has promoted human empowered contact, I imagine that forging this kind of peaceful and cooperative relationship is humanity’s birthright. No power on Earth should attempt to prevent us from achieving this just and noble goal.

About the author: Dr. Joseph Burkes is a retired internal medicine physician and a life-long volunteer peace and social justice activist. During the 1960s and 1970s he participated in the US civil rights and anti-Vietnam War movements. He is a volunteer UFO investigator since 1992 and currently serves as a medical consultant for the Foundation for Research into Extraterrestrial Experiences, FREE.

For five years in the 1990s, Dr. Burkes was a Working Group Coordinator for Dr. Steven Greer’s Close Encounters of the Fifth Kind Initiative. He also has done fieldwork with the Peruvian group known as Rahma. He continues to promote the worldwide efforts of activists that he calls “The Contact Underground.”

Dr. Burkes’ writings focus on the mechanisms of contact. These include his Virtual Experiencer Model which describes the role of illusion during close encounters and the intelligence-counterintelligence model for UFO investigations. Most importantly he sees the need to establish world peace based on social justice as a necessary pre-condition for establishing full direct relations with the non-human intelligences responsible for the flying saucer phenomenon. In Dr. Burkes’ view they are assisting humanity during this period of rapid transformation of Earth civilization.

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