Bob Shell: More Thoughts on The UFO Phenomenon

Portrait of prison inmate Bob Shell
Portrait of Bob Shell from Pocahontas State Correctional Facility

Text by Bob Shell, Copyright 2022


More Thoughts on The UFO Phenomenon


The US Congress recently held hearings on the question of UFOs, or UAP, Unidentified Aerial Phenomena, as the US military calls them. Apparently they concluded three things: 1. They’re real; 2. We don’t know what they are; and, 3. They’re a real threat to national security because we can’t stop or control them. Those facts have been obvious to those of us who took the subject seriously for many years. 

The fact is that we share this planet with an OTHER, that has technology far beyond our capability. This OTHER may even consider itself the owner of the Earth. 

The US government and other major governments have tried to hide this fact from their citizens, but the days when they could get away with that are finally coming to an end. 

Many years ago, in the early 1970s as I recall, my late friend Ivan T. Sanderson wrote a book titled ‘Invisible Residents,’ in which he put forth the proposition that this OTHER isn’t some visitor to Earth from somewhere else, but is native resident on this planet, and has been for a very long time, most likely predating humans. The authorities in our military and the science establishment are finally beginning to catch on to and openly acknowledge this fact. The Earth, in fact, may not be ours, but theirs. They may merely tolerate our presence as an animal tolerates its parasites. 

So far they haven’t appeared to be overtly hostile to us, with a few possible exceptions. Harm that comes to some individuals who get too close may well be an unintentional side effect of their technology. 

I remember speaking with the late Colonel Philip Corso, who was the Pentagon’s custodian of the Roswell debris. Colonel Corso said that what crashed near Roswell in 1947 was not a spacecraft. It was, he said, a “time machine.” 

There is no prohibition in physics against time travel, just as there is no prohibition against a Star Trek-style warp drive. In fact, NASA announced not long ago that they are building “a warp drive test bed” in Houston. We know warping spacetime is possible, enabling fast interstellar travel, but warping spacetime allows us to travel in time as well as space. 

As Arthur C. Clarke said, any sufficiently advanced technology would appear to be magic. Many things the UFO/UAP do appear to us to be magic, paranormal, for example, moving through solid objects, instantly jumping from place to place, vanishing into thin air. 

Since matter is crystalized energy and mostly empty space, it is obviously possible to move through that empty space without disrupting matter . We just don’t know how to do it — yet, but that doesn’t mean someone else hasn’t figured out how to do it. 

Going from place to place without moving through the space between — quantum teleportation — has been done in physics labs, so far as I know, only on a molecular level, but there is. nothing in theory to prevent teleporting large objects (just make sure a fly doesn’t get in the teleportation chamber with you!). ‘Beam me up, Scotty’ may one day be an everyday method of going from place to place.

Bigelow Aerospace, under a government contract, has constructed a specially shielded facility in Las Vegas to house and study ‘alien’ artifacts like the Roswell crash debris, with the intent of ‘reverse engineering’ the technology. But that is a daunting task. As I’ve said before, it’s like Isaac Newton trying to understand and ‘reverse dngineer’ this tablet I’m writing on. He might figure out what it does, but he could never figure out how it works. It exists and functions in a quantum world, not a Newtonian one. 

The technology used by UFOs/UAPs may not just be hundreds of years ahead of us, like the tablet is ahead of Newton, but thousands of years ahead of us. We could then never hope to understand it until our own theories and technology catch up. 

Why hasn’t this OTHER attempted to make contact with us? Why hasn’t one landed on the White House lawn? 

You might as well ask why the zoologist doesn’t make contact with the animals she studies. Such contact would be terrifying and disruptive. 

But, perhaps they have made contact with some people. 

Several of my friends have studied the phenomenon of ‘alien abduction.’. Although mainstream science dismisses the whole subject, there is a real phenomenon that has occurred to thousands, perhaps millions, of people over at least hundreds of years. 

I’ve talked to many ‘abductees,’ and, for the most part, they are honest, intelligent people trying to understand this strange, frightening thing that happened to them. Many, maybe most, simply hold it inside and never talk to anyone about it. Abductees often suffer from PTSD from the event or events (many people are abducted repeatedly throughout their lives). 

We need to take this phenomenon seriously and study it. Every year hundreds of people simply vanish all around the world and their disappearances end up in cold case files. 

Harvard psychologist John Mack tried to do just that. He faced serious opposition from the university and many colleagues, but he bravely pushed forward into unknown territory until he was killed by a drunken driver who ran up on the sidewalk in London to hit him. Coincidence? Accident? I have my doubts. Those who get too close to the flame get burned. 

I’m hopeful that public hearings and declassifying of documents will ultimately reveal all the US and other governments know about UFOs, abductions, and other mysterious phenomena.


About The Author: Bob Shell is a professional photographer, author, former editor in chief of Shutterbug Magazine and veteran contributor to this blog. He is currently serving a 35 year sentence for involuntary manslaughter for the death of Marion Franklin, one of his former models.  He is serving the 13th year of his sentence at Pocahontas State Correctional Facility, Virginia. To read additional articles by Bob Shell related to UFO’s, click here:


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