Recently someone posted an interesting article on my Facebook page and asked me what I thought about it, and it so arrested me that I thought it deserved some commentary. But first, the article:
Let's look closer. The article states the problem succinctly enough: "Imagine in 1960 you discover a radar blip. This radar blip appears to be a satellite orbiting the Earth... but this satellite isn't listed along side Sputnik or Explorer, in fact no-one (or any country) knows of its origin. Not only that, but this satellite, named 'Black Knight' - has a polar orbit!... Neither the USA nor the USSR/Soviets have accomplished a polar orbit. Black Knight was found to be many, many times larger than any current satellite orbiting our planet."
And that prompts an obvious question: "So if we didn't put this satellite up there, who did?" Then comes a not so obvious answer: "The options come down to two: aliens or ancient man (when I say ancient man, I'm talking about advanced civilizations)."
The article then goes on to cite a Time magazine article of March 7, 1960, which states that the US Department of Defense had finally concluded that the satellite was the debris of a US Air Force satellite, Discoverer V, which had "gone astray," but later in the same article, the magazine reported that when it was first discovered, then-President Eisenhower was informed of it in a Top Secret memorandum. Researcher John Keel then enters the picture, for according to him (we're given no citations in the internet article other than the reference Disneyland of the Gods...) HAM operators began to receive coded messages about the same time as the satellite was noticed. According to Keel, one of them supposedly decoded a message, and it turned out to be a star chart from 13,000 years ago.
While I am certainly not opposed to the idea of aliens and ancient lost civilizations, is this enough to conclude that the Black Knight satellite must be alien, or for that matter, a derelict from an ancient lost civilization? No it is not, and there are other possibilities.
Consider only the two possibilities and their implications: (1) The US government is telling the truth, or (2) the US government was lying. On the first count, we can all stop reading and go home; there is no further story. But on the second count, the plot thickens. Considerably....
1960 was, after all, the height of the Cold War. The USA and USSR both needed intelligence on each other's capabilities, and a reconnaissance satellite in polar orbit would be the perfect platform by which to achieve it. From the USA's standpoint, it makes even more sense to avoid the risky U-2 flights over Soviet Russia.
There is, however, a third possibility, even more disturbing, a possibility suggested by the wider context. In early 1947, Admiral Richard Byrd returned from Operation High Jump, the fullscale military expedition to Antarctica where, according to the cover story, we were testing winter equipment and tactics (why go there?? Wouldn't the Canadian Arctic or Alaska do just as well? And be less expensive?) On the way back to the USA, as most people know, Byrd gave an interview to a reporter from El Mercurio newspaper in Santiago de Chile, in which he said the United States must be prepared to defend itself against enemy fighters that can fly from pole to pole with tremendous speed. So... if the satellite was ours, might one of its purposes have been not only to spy on the USSR, but on the activities and goings-on in Latin America?
Mind you, I am not a subscriber to the Nazi-survival-in-Antarctica scenario, but it does give one pause.
And there is a fourth possibility: the satellite might indeed be Nazi. While the evidence for such an idea is non-existent, the possibility is worth looking at. Contextually, the 1950s were, of course, the era of the (in)famous contactees, Van Tassel and, of course, Adamski, the latter of whom was contacted by very human, and one might even say Nordic, extra-terrestrials, flying around in their decidedly retro-looking flying saucers, and giving him messages of joy, love, harmony, peace and brotherhood. Admaski's earthly contacts and associations are worth looking at closely, however, for one of them was the American Nazi William Pelley. And as I mentioned in Roswell and the Reich, "our" Nazis weren't above using "our" V-2s and cameras to spy on us, so why wouldn't a post-war Nazi International, if it had the technology? A polar orbit satellite would be the perfect platform to watch both former enemies, the USA and the USSR. Two birds, one stone. Additionally, they had a rudimentary technology by which to boost something like that into orbit (can anyone say "Kecksburg" here?)
Later, both Dr. Von Braun and, more importantly, his crony from "the good old days" in the Third Reich, Dr. Herman Oberth, implied that the Nazis had had "help" in achieving their technological breakthroughs, the implication being that it came from "ET". But I think not, as I have been at pains to show in my books the science represented by the Bell and other projects may be rationalized on a wholly terrestrial basis; no ET needed. So why would they make such statements? One answer - an obvious one if you think about it - is that they were lying. But to what purpose? One possibility might be that it was yet another subtle implanting of the "ET meme" into the popular culture, as part of a psychological operation conceived in conjunction with the subtle displays of advanced technology. Could the Nazis have conceived of such a plan?
The answer is a definite yes, and there is even direct evidence to support that contention (the subject of another book, I'm afraid); but for our purposes here, it suffices to say that one need not look to ET nor to ancient civilizations as being the only explanation for the Black Knight satellite story. One might look closer to home and to our own time. It could have been something Soviet, something American, or, indeed, something Nazi.