Lucifer's Technologies: Meetings with Remarkable Beings

"Then war broke out in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. "

We live in a strange time. Science has achieved great things, yet makes all kinds of promises it never keeps, a problem that only seems to be getting worse. And now many scientists insist on the privilege of ordaining what is or isn't truth over all other fields of inquiry.

But increasingly we are finding out that mainstream science is riddled with corruption, error and outright fraud. 

The mechanisms of peer review and reproducibility are failing on an industrial scale, as most studies go unread, never mind reviewed or reproduced.

The problems have gotten so bad that the media has been forced to address the issues, even if they do so with bias, spin and distortion (the fact that they are addressing it at all proves that it's much worse than they are willing to admit and much worse than we are being told).   ...............
But the problems run deep and stem from what increasingly looks like an accident of history. Science and technology sustained the illusion of being able to create perpetual miracles, largely based on the explosion of electronics after the Second World War, which also allowed for great strides in other fields of science.

In fact, many had felt that science had reached its limits at the end of the 19th Century, until powerful technologies had given many fields a jolt after the war. 

But was this in fact a false dawn? As we've seen it's been a long time now without any truly major breakthroughs in many of the major sciences, and one can argue that that postwar boom gave science an inflated hope that the breakthroughs would never end.

There's still no moon base, or undersea shopping mall and hovercraft and jet packs are thin on the ground. Everything is forever just around the corner, or "20 years away," as the news stories always seem to say.

No one stops to look at how utterly anomalous the postwar boom was, how unprecedented it was in the development of human knowledge, and how mysterious the origins are of many of the technologies many younger people take for granted.

No one stops to notice all of the extraordinary phenomena that accompanied this explosion of science and technology or looks at the curious biographies of many of the people involved. Tired hacks are wheeled from ivory towers to smear it all with all with a smirk-- a strategy explicitly laid out by a CIA panel in the early 50s-- but the fact is that it was no laughing matter at the time. 

And too few people stop to ask what kind of effect all of this has had on our cultures, our societies, our economies and the future of civilization itself. Has intelligence increased because of our technology? Again, go to an antiquarian book store and judge for yourself. Hell, look at popular magazines from 45 years ago compared to today. 

And technology has also given sociopaths power to re-engineer the world at an ever-faster rate, a world that the rest of us seem to grow increasingly alienated from.

Of course, there are those who would argue there are very good reasons for this alienation.

One of the popular science magazines recently had a cover story that listed 10 (or so) things that scientists believe exist but haven't found or proven yet. Most laypeople might not realize it but scientists believe in all kinds of things they have not or cannot observe.* 

Yet those same Scientists will explode into fits of outrage and ridicule over the topic of UFOs, even though it's a phenomenon that boasts an avalanche of data, even when you strip away the hoaxes, misidentifications and delusions. 

We looked at Admiral Herbert Knowles and Air Marshall Victor Goddard, two extremely accomplished military men- and men of science, as well- who came to hold rather extreme beliefs about UFOs and aliens.
They weren't exactly outliers, there were a number of notable military officers who did so as well (just pick up any Timothy Good book and you'll find all you need).

You could count Douglas MacArthur among the believers, and if the stories are to be believed, count Dwight Eisenhower among the contactees. 

There's also Desmond Leslie, the polymath RAF fighter pilot, screenwriter and electronic music pioneer, who authored the groundbreaking (and ruthlessly meticulous) Flying Saucers Have Landed in 1953, which not only introduced George Adamski to the world but also quotes Alice Bailey in its introduction.

Then there is the example of Sir Peter Horsley, not only one of these astonishingly accomplished military officers but also a self-confessed contactee. 

Horsley's credentials almost seem like overkill- this was an officer of the very highest caliber, a man entrusted with the keys to Britain's nuclear arsenal:
Horsley was later attached to the Communications-Squadron of the 2nd Tactical Air Force in France, and, during the D-Day invasion of Normandy (as) personal pilot to Major-General Sir Miles Graham. In July 1949, Horsley entered the Royal Household as a Squadron Leader...In 1952, Horsley became a Wing-Commander and in 1953 became a full-time Equerry to the Duke of Edinburgh; a role he held until 1956. 

Horsley was employed as Senior-Instructor at the RAF Flying Commanding-Officer at RAF Wattisham, and as Group-Captain, Near-East Air Force Operations... Horsley made the rank of Air Vice-Marshal; later attaining the position of Assistant-Chief of Air-Staff (Operations), and then that of Commanding-Officer, 1-Group from 1971 to 1973. (His final post) was as the Deputy-Commander-in-Chief of Strike Command, which he held from 1973 to 1975. 
His credentials are important. This wasn't some low-ranking enlisted man wowing the UFO circuit with stories of unseen documents or alien wrecks. This was a member of the highest echelon. That matters when we get to his story.

According to Horsley, he found himself living a real-life Doctor Who episode when he was summoned to a flat in Chelsea for a meeting with an enigmatic stranger:
Sir Arthur Barratt, who worked at Buckingham Palace as Gentleman Usher to the Sword of State, introduced Horsley to a mysterious “General Martin,” who, in turn put him in touch with an “enigmatic” Mrs. Markham... who told him to turn up at a particular apartment in London’s Chelsea district on a specific evening, where he met a stranger who introduced himself only as Mr. Janus. 

Horsley said of his chat with the man that: “Janus was there, sitting by the fire in a deep chair. He asked: ‘What is your interest in flying saucers?’ We talked for hours about traveling in space and time... I believe he was here to observe us. I never saw him again.” 
Timothy Good later revealed that Horsley had confided in him an astonishing detail about the meeting:
“In my second and last meeting with Sir Peter Horsley at his home in 2000, he revealed that, in addition to being disturbed by the realization that Janus was reading his mind, he was even more disturbed by the fact that this extraordinary man ‘knew all Britain’s top-secret nuclear secrets.’”
David Clarke, a man unfit to mow Peter Horsley's lawn, would later smirkingly suggest that Horsley was somehow being set up by Mi5, a baseless and unsupported claim the Equerry vigorously denied. It also makes little logical sense- the people who knew Britain's nuclear secrets would be a very small club and a player like Horsley would know them all.

If Horsley didn't know the man already, he would have run into him later surely. As superspook John Poindexter once said of the spy business, "there really aren't that many players."

Indeed, Horsley made a detailed record of his meeting with this stranger for the Prince:
“What is strange is that I have no lasting impression of him. He seemed to fit perfectly in his surroundings. If I have any impression it was his quiet voice which had a rich quality to it. He looked about 45 to 50 years old and was wearing a suit and a tie. 
He was quite normal in every way except that he seemed to be tuning into my mind and gradually took over the conversation…by the end of the meeting I was quite disturbed really.” 
Janus would speak rather prophetically to Horsley about the near future and the advent of high technology. It leads one to wonder if he had some kind of inside track, particularly in regards to the issue of miniaturization, not exactly a hot topic yet in the early 50s, with transistors and the like still struggling to establish themselves as viable technologies (vacuum tubes were certainly still the gold standard in England).
Humanity was using technology like a child with new toys giving scant regard to his surroundings, nature and his fellow humans. He explained that in 20 or 30 years (remember this was 1954) that rockets and satellites would become commonplace and miniaturization of our technology and advances in communication would grow rapidly. 
As regards Roswell, Aztec and the rest of the alleged UFO crashes, this mysterious stranger claimed most of the craft visiting Earth were unmanned probes, but there were occupied vehicles monitoring the situation:
Some are manned in order to oversee the whole program and to ensure their probes do not land or crash by accident. They must also ensure that evidence of their existence is kept away from the vast majority of Earth’s population.
Horsley referred to the aliens visiting this planet as "Observers", which is essentially another way of saying "Watcher." Think about that for a moment. These Observers also had a particular set of skills:
The observers have very highly developed mental powers, including extra- sensory, thought reading, hypnosis and the ability to use different dimensions... 
Horsley claimed the aliens themselves were behind the cover-up UFOlogists love to rail against, as a means of protecting human society from the dangers exposure to a superior civilization could cause:
You must be well aware of the damage which your own explorers have done by appearing and living among simple tribes, often leading to a complete disintegration of their society and culture. Such impact is far too indigestible and only the most developed societies can cope with such contact.
Now, Horsley's meeting might seem novel in the world of UFOlogy but in the context of the occult and paranormal-- in the history of encounters with angels and demons-- it's almost an inevitability. A highly accomplished and motivated individual begins knocking on strange doors, it's only natural that one will open and invite the seeker in. Or vice versa.

But men like Horsley may not have realized that behind those doors is a hall of mirrors, where nothing is ever what it seems. Janus was not only the god of doors and gates, he was also a "two-faced" god, which should have been Horsley's first clue that he was not quite what he would have one believe. 

Jacques Vallee writes in Dimensions:
Jerome Cardan lived in Milan and was not only a methematician but also an occultist and a physician. In his book De Subtilitate, Cardan explains that he had often heard his father tell the particular story and finally searched for his record of the event, which read as follows: August 13, 1491. When I had completed the customary rites, at about the twentieth hour of the day, seven men duly appeared to me clothed in silken garments, resembling Greek togas, and wearing, as it were, shining shoes. 
The men wore shining armor and appeared to be, like Janus, ordinary middle-aged men. But appearances can be deceiving, can't they?
When asked who they were, they said that they were men composed, as it were, of air, and subject to birth and death. It was true that their lives were much longer than ours, and might even reach to three hundred years' duration.
Cardan asked the same question that Horsley would centuries later; why don't these beings reveal themselves and their arcane knowledge to the world?
When my father asked them why they did not reveal treasures to men if they knew where they were, they answered that it was forbidden by a peculiar law under the heaviest penalties for anyone to communicate this knowledge tomen. They remained with my father for over three hours.
So if the apparent good guys- this Janus fellow and the beings Cardan met are forbidden from sharing secret knowledge- or technology, if you prefer- with human beings because of the danger it poses to social cohesion, what does that tell us about those who do?

Before you answer that question I will note that  Vallee writes of another historical encounter in Dimensions, this one a less personal and more of a close encounter, in the Hynekian sense.
All at once, in a ravine on the right-hand side of the way, I saw a sort of amphitheatre, wonderfully illuminated. In a funnel-shaped space there were innumerable little lights gleaming, ranged step-fashion over one another; and they shone so brilliantly that the eye was dazzled. But what still more confused the sight was that they did not keep still, but jumped about here and there, as well downwards from above as vice versa, and in every direction. The greater of them, however, remained stationary, and beamed on.
The witness was a young Johann Goethe, author of the most popular and enduring version of the Faust myth. In the context of our narrative it seems inevitable. Goethe was unsure what it was he was witnessing, perhaps it was a "pandemonium," or a convocation of fallen angels. It seems episodes like this are de rigeur for players like Goethe, messages of some kind from the other side.

There's another player who we should revisit in this story, whose contact with the other side was perhaps less direct than Peter Horsley's or even Goethe's, but certainly more revolutionary. 

It may in fact provide us with the model for the mystery we are trying to unravel over Lucifer's technologies, an earlier kind of prototype that we can hold at arm's length and see if a great pattern emerges.

Of course, I am referring to John Dee, who served under the previous Queen Elizabeth. And speaking of the Observers, Dee would introduce the concept of Enochian magic into the world's lexicon, bringing us right back to Mount Hermon and the time of the original Observers, the Watchers.

Dee and his scryer Edward Kelley spent years seeking the counsel of angels through various techniques, crystal balls and the like. And the angels were keen to give it.
Over years of Actions, the angels described the ordering of the cosmos; a series of instructions for ritual invocations; predictions of apocalypse and events to come in European politics; and, finally, the Angelic or “Enochian” language, which they explained was the ur-language of humanity, spoken before the Fall of Adam. For Dee, this was not magic, but religion—he supplicated himself to the angels totally.
 Kelley, though, was terrified of the spirits, considering them demons and constantly begging Dee to cease the sessions. 
While Dee is known to many as a magus, he was also a man of science, practical science. This was no contradiction in those times, even Isaac Newton was devoted to the study of Alchemy. However, Dee's contributions would be, significantly, weaponized.

What input the angels had in all of this is a fascinating question:

For the next twenty-five years, he would work as England’s foremost practical and theoretical scientist, advocating heliocentrism, lifting astronomy from obscurity, teaching mathematics and, crucially, developing systems of navigation and optics that would help establish England’s naval superiority. He also made startling scientific predictions—of the telescope, of the speed of light and fourth dimension, and of uses of optics for weapons and solar power that would not be tried until the 1960s.
Dee was not only a magus and a scientist, he was also a political theorist. His work for Elizabeth would have profound consequences for the world in the years to come. And his theory was informed by the power of myth, like all these things seem to be. 
Dee proposed a “British Empire,” a phrase he coined—for Dee, this would be nothing less than a restoration of the reign of Arthur, as he believed that Arthur’s original colonies were, in fact, in the New World—even that America was Atlantis itself. 
Dee saw Elizabeth as the living Arthur; himself, Merlin. He formed a company to colonize, convert and exploit the Americas, even to open a northeast passage to Asia, with a mind to seeking the perceived source of all occult wisdom. There is strong evidence that Dee was the intellectual force behind Francis Drake’s 1577-1580 circumnavigation of the globe.  
Given Dee's abilities and accomplishments can we actually doubt that this was a man in contact with greater powers? That this was a man tapped into a source greater than that of even the most accomplished individuals of our time?

Do you actually believe that there are those who would not see Dee as a model and try to retrace his steps, try to tap into the powers that Dee claimed to be in communication with? Particularly those who lust after power, power of the kind that Alexander once wielded?

If you doubt it, read the news or simply look at the world outside your window. Then read this, about those "angels" with whom Dee was communicating with:
Put simply, the angels wanted nothing less than a New World Order, run by divine principles, and proposed what must be one of the most dangerous ideas in Western history: A world religion...which would not only reunite Catholicism and Protestantism but even Judaism and Islam into a fused whole... 
(All) made possible, of course, by the technology the angels had provided for direct individual contact with the spiritual agents of God instead of relying on terrestrial authority or scripture.
This begs the question; was the postwar boom in fact authored four centuries before, by the work done by Dee and Kelley and the enigmatic forces they were in contact with? Has the script already been written and all the enigmas and puzzles that baffle us today all part of a plan we can scarcely guess at the contours of? 

And who in fact were these angels? Were they the Watchers made famous from the Book of Enoch, who themselves bestowed technology upon those who obeyed them? Need I remind you that Roswell itself is on the same exact latitude as Mount Hermon, where the Watchers first descended from Heaven?

I'll leave you with these words again from Sir Victor Goddard:
"All of these astral exponents who invoke human consciousness may be sincere, but many of their theses may be framed to propagate some special phantasm, perhaps of an earlier incarnation, or to indulge an inveterate and continuing technological urge toward materialistic progress..."
UPDATE: Tristan Eldritch supplies us with this CRUCIAL quote from Sir Peter Horsley: 
 "Suppose we are actually living in a multi-dimensional time track with the same space, including a young primeval world, our own and a much older world with advanced technology, all ageing and developing side by side, conscious and sometimes stirred by the presence of the others - strange ships in the sky, images of ancient creatures, the imprudent antics of poltergeists and strange noises like the creaking of bedsprings from an empty room. 
"These time tracks spin around like separate grooves of a gramophone record, each playing a different score until given a sudden jolt when the needle jumps a track, imposing for a very short period an unintelligible tune upon its neighbour before being returned to its own groove again."


*I never get tired of pointing out how astronomers make definitive statements about conditions on planets trillions of miles away but still can't figure out if there's another giant planet in our solar system. What's wrong with this picture?

Lucifer's Technologies: Interlude- The Innovation Ring

We are surrounded by technology of a kind that our great-grandparents could barely have conceived of. And now it's threatening to change all our lives in ways we still don't understand. 
No one asks why the once-smooth path of human technological progress shot skyward shortly after World War II. No one seriously asks how this happened; to do so is practically blasphemous, heresy.

Bell Laboratories-- a division of American Telephone and Telegraph-- was at the center of it all, unleashing one world-changing technology after another. Perhaps it's worth taking a look at the strange symbolism they often used, particularly during their ill-fated 90s makeover as Lucent Technologies.
Because it might answer some questions about the origins of our current Technocratic dystopia...

Western Electric would also
eventually become part of Lucent

This series was not supposed to be a series. It was originally supposed to be a two or three part post on the Lucifer TV show in the context of the technocratic dictatorship that is currently unfolding around us.

But new evidence and connections kept throwing themselves at me, seemingly out of nowhere, growing what were sections, or even paragraphs, into entirely new posts. Some of the evidence was incredibly strange, almost seeming to step outside of space and time. Some of it remains in the folders, waiting for me to make sense of it at a later time.

Then there's this.


Bell Laboratories' name change to Lucent Technologies in 1996 was controversial, within and without the company. Even more so was the logo, which was called everything from the "big red donut" to the "flaming a**hole."

Many noted its resemblance to an Ouroboros, feeding the flames of conspiracy theorizing. But something kept nagging at me, another connection that I just couldn't shake.

The idea of the "well" kept bothering me as I was working on this series. 
I couldn't shake the association of Lucent with Roswell (which, again, I don't believe was a flying saucer crash event but something more ritualistic and complex) but I knew there was something else, something I wasn't getting at. 

Then it hit me.

The Lucent (or Cadmus) logo - known formally as the "Innovation Ring"  - was eerily similar to the image of the well in The Ring, the remake of the Japanese thriller Ringu.**

In the film, a videotape circulates with bizarre, disturbing imagery, including a cryptic ring. As it turns out the ring is actually an image of light emerging from under a well-top.


What color is the Lucent logo again? Red?

Red like a what...? Plus, the well, and....oh.


But there's only one problem; that image came from a 2002 movie, at least six years after the Lucent logo was designed.

Well, as it turns out, however, the original novel for The Ring was published in Japan in 1991 and was made as a Japanese TV movie in 1995, right around the same time Lucent was developing its new logo. Hey, how about that coincidence?

The plot of the original TV movie was much different than The Ring but also had to do with a well. In fact the well was featured more prominently in the original movie than in Ringu or The Ring.

Thanks to the miracle of back-engineered alien technology the Internet, I was able to check out the 1995 movie for myself. And found this:

A messy "red donut." Jeez, how about that 'coincidence'? The red ring moves quickly but is the predominant image in the cursed video in the TV movie.

I ran the capture through a contrast filter and got this image, which was an intermediate step to...


Black + red with white accents was actually the predominating color story for Lucent.
I knew that since we got a lot of Lucent swag over the years.

Now what about that distinctive silhouette with the cutaway in the top center from Lucent logo?
Yeah, it turns out I found that in the original Ring movie too. This appears to be light (probably moonlight) shining on the brackish water of the well (which we get glimpses of when two of the main characters descend into it), an image that is repeated through the cursed video.

OK, but what about the distinctive "brushstroke" look of the Lucent logo? Well, believe it or not, that can be traced back The Ring as well...

Click to enlarge. the design of the 1995 VHS release of the TV movie. 

Did I mention the logo was named, for some bizarre reason, "The Innovation Ring?"

Did I mention that The Ring is a movie about a well?

What's even stranger is that Ring sequels and remakes would use logos remarkable similar to the Lucent logo as well (particularly the one on the left).

What kind of bizarre, asynchronous feedback loop was at work here?

Now, this is crazy, right? A company like Bell Labs-- or rather the design firm they hired-- would never use some Japanese horror movie as inspiration for their corporate logo, right? 

It's not like Bell Labs named a major operating system after an Ed Wood flying saucer movie.

Or something.

Well, OK, OK,  but that's a well-known cult classic. How would they know about a Japanese TV movie? 

I mean, the branding firm who came up with the logo was/is located in San Francisco.

I mean, it's not like they've had an office in ...Tokyo ...since the '50s...


I always try in circumstances like this to imagine the directive, the assignment. What is this logo meant to convey?

Given their name-game and Inferno, were Lucent playing with the Circles of Hell motif? 

Or did Bell Labs in fact originally want a logo that would symbolize a well
The Ringu links suggest that may have been the case. I mean, "the well of innovation," something like that, right? The ring could very easily be a stylized depiction of a welltop, which are traditionally round. Why not?

But it's more complicated than that.

Because when you throw in the conflicting stories put out by Lucent and the design studio it hired to create the logo-- that it was an Ouroboros, that it was a Zen symbol-- you can't help but wonder if Knowles' First Law (a controversy over symbolism is usually disguising another symbolic narrative) is in play here. And those kissing snakes seem a bit too well-defined to be random chance.

Wait, you say; kissing snakes?

Remembering the fate of Cadmus† (or 'Lucent', whatever you prefer) and Harmonia, it's hard not to notice the Lucent logo may not in fact be referencing an Ouroboros but in fact a caduceus or in more accurately the seal of Gudea, which paid tribute to his patron god, Ningishzidda.

Who is that, you may ask? 

Ningishzidda is our earliest known avatar of the Lucifer archetype.

He was both Lord of the Underworld --like Pluto-- but also a bearer of knowledge and hidden wisdom, like Hermes. 

He may in fact also be the prototype for Cadmus himself, since he, like so many figures associated with knowledge and wisdom, was also associated with serpents (Jesus: "Be ye wise as serpents," Matt 10:16).

One myth has this Lucifer archetype associated with pyramid building:
Ningishzidda is credited with providing Gudea -- one of Sumer’s most enlightened and best-known rulers (22nd century B.C.E.) -- a set of divine instructions, a “holy stylus”, in which the direction and orientation of a great temple could be established.  The temple, itself, was a ziggurat, a seven stage pyramid...
Toss it all in with the powerful and direct link of Cadmus to a well (of Mars, no less), and the fact that Lucent and Cadmus are essentially the same word and you've got...

Jesus, I can't even say it out loud.

POSTSCRIPT: We seen the the connection of Roswell to Bell/Lucent and Roswell to Aleister Crowley's Book of the Law. What should be noted is that Lucent was eventually bought out by French conglomerate Alcatel and became Alcatel-Lucent. Note the logo.
If the big AL looks familiar in some strange way, it might be that The Book of the Law is often referred to as the Liber AL.

POSTSCRIPT: I know all about the ensō, and make mention of it in the text (the "Zen symbol"). I read quite a bit about it while researching this post. However, I think the references to it were after the fact, and were a response to criticism of the Ouroboros.

Remember that Lucent changed their story several times. This is a story about symbolic duplicity. There's also no meaningful thematic connection with the ensō to Bell Labs or Lucent.


† It's important to note here that Hermes himself was worshipped under the name 'Cadmus' at Samothrace, given us yet another connection to Ningishzidda.

Lucifer's Technologies: The Invisible Man

So much of the technology we take for granted today- the technology that has revolutionized every field of human endeavor- emerged from Bell Laboratories (later Lucent Technologies) in the quarter-century following World War II. Bell Labs was a division of AT+T, on whose Board of Directors the estimable Vannevar Bush sat, starting in 1947. 

The breakthroughs would come fast and furious as soon as Bush joined the telecommunications giant; the transistor, the laser, digital encoding and so much more. Under Bush, AT+T would also take charge of America's nuclear arsenal through its Sandia National Laboratory subsidiary.

Given that Bush had often found himself at odds with President Truman (and indeed the Washington bureaucracy itself), what might have he done to achieve such enormous leverage and influence?

Documents found in the early 80s claimed he was part of a secret UFO study group called Majestic 12, but those documents were attacked by many within and without the UFOlogy community.

But as it happens, there was another memo, declassified a few years before the MJ12 documents were discovered that also linked Bush to the study of UFO technology. That memo- and the man who wrote it- would blow this story wide open once again.

The Majestic 12 memos might be highly controversial but one memo linking the legendary Vannevar Bush to the research of "alien technology" is known to be authentic, the so-called Smith Memo, a top secret document written by Wilbert Smith, an senior engineer in the Department of Transport (later the Department of Communications) to the Canadian Government.

It was declassified in 1979.

Smith later received clearance to initiate his own study project, Project Magnet, which would act as Canada's official study of UFO technology.

“At the time when the flying saucers first captured public attention the writer was engaged in a part-time investigation of the behavior of electro-magnetic fields, and it seemed just possible that, if the saucers actually were space ships, they might be using the very magnetic principles being studied. Authority was requested and obtained to set up a classified project with the Department of Transport to pursue this matter further.” 

Smith would dive deep into the rabbit hole from there,  eventually falling in with a group that claimed to be in contact with an alien race called 'Affa', primarily through a medium named Frances Swan, who lived on the southwestern coast of Maine.

And yet again, we encounter those mysterious alien satellites: 

Mrs. Swan began receiving messages in April 1954 from a group of aliens who claimed they were orbiting the earth in two large satellites. 
There were a series of other people who were receiving messages from AFFA in this 1950s time period. Included in the list was Smith himself, who received messages from AFFA through a couple different methods such as radio.  
This wasn't just any channeling cult, however. Its origin story lines right up with our overall narrative, of nuclear testing and technology. And AFFA, and Swan herself, made some very powerful connections in Washington:
These aliens told Mrs. Swan that they had a base on the moon, and that they were here to warn against many earthly pursuits such as the development of atomic weapons. These messages continued for decades, and drew the interest of the FBI, Navy Intelligence, and the CIA.
Smith took the information he received from Swan- or Affa, if you prefer, very seriously. Nuclear testing was of particular concern because of "binding force," which was said to hold matter together.

Today we refer to this force as the "Higgs Boson.". 

Apparently Smith was able to apply the principles Swan was dictating into what he called a "binding meter." But when things didn't go so well when he explained to his superiors in the Canadian government where he got the idea:

He recommended to the government that further investigation be conducted, but because he had obtained his information from alleged extraterrestrial beings that channeled it through Francis Swan, he was unable to obtain official recognition for his work. 
How exactly did Smith meet Swan and how exactly did an apparent kook like Swan come to the attention of intelligence agencies in Washington? Well, as it happens there's a common denominator there:
Q:  I have been told by a mutual friend that in 1952 you showed Admiral  Knowles a piece of a flying saucer.  Is that statement correct, sir? 
A:  Yes.  It is correct.  I visited with Admiral Knowles and I had with me a piece which had been shot from a small flying saucer near Washington in July of that year -- 1952.  I showed it to the Admiral.  It was a piece of metal about twice the size of your thumb which had been loaned to me for a very short time by your Air Force.


Rear Admiral Herbert Bain Knowles (no relation) was a career Naval officer with a long and distinguished service record, particularly as a combat officer in World War II.

1941- Commander, USS Heywood a Heywood-class attack transport acquired by the U.S. Navy for service as a troop carrier just prior to World War II. She served in the Pacific War, a very dangerous area in the early years of the war, and safely returned home post-war with seven battle stars to her credit.
1942 -Knowles was promoted to Captain
1943-1945- Commanded Transport Division 18, Transport Squadron 12, and Transport Division 34
1945-1946 -Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations, First Naval District, Boston, Mass.

Given Knowles' later activities it's quite possible he was involved with this project:

The Joint Intelligence Objectives Agency (JIOA) was the organization directly responsible for Operation Paperclip, an OSS program for capturing and taking Nazi German scientists to the United States at the end of the Second World War. The JIOA was established in 1945, as a subcommittee of the Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC) of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the United States Armed Forces. The JIOA comprised one representative from each member agency of the JIC, and an operational staff of military intelligence officers from each military service.
Indeed, Knowles was stationed in Boston when Wernher Von Braun and his Peenemunde organization were being smuggled into Boston Harbor and encamped at Fort Strong, which was on (Massachusetts') Long Island, which is off the coast of Wollaston (aka Mount Dagon).

Either way, Knowles would retire from the Navy in 1947. I'm not actually sure if "retired" is the correct word for it though, as we'll soon see.

Knowles lived in an interesting neighborhood, and had an uncanny knack of attracting notable personalities from the UFO circuit. Following his meeting with Smith, the Admiral's neighbor, Frances Swan, claimed to have encountered an alleged alien. She then began receiving alien transmissions through automatic writing.
Admiral Knowles would become the person who would take Mrs. Swan’s descriptions of alien contact, that began the following year after Smith had showed him the supposed saucer fragment, very seriously. A neighbor, Mrs. Swan would visit the Knowles home in May 1953, as she revealed how an alien named Affa had advised her to contact the U.S. Navy...

Knowles spent the war in the thick of combat

The Admiral was no starry-eyed naif; he was a career military man who pulled some serious duty in the Big One as commander of an amphibious troop transport vessel, one of the most dangerous posts in the fleet. So he reportedly put Swan through her paces. As researcher Grant Cameron wrote:
(A) series of sessions with Knowles and Swan began where long question and answer sessions took place. Meanwhile, Knowles was sending his discoveries to both the White House and Navy Intelligence. 
Indeed, Knowles apparently took Swan seriously enough to contact the head of Naval Intelligence, who himself took the situation seriously enough to open an investigation into the matter. 
 The Director of Naval Intelligence Admiral Espy sent Captain John R. Bromley and Captain Harry W. Baltazzi to Maine to investigate Swan and watch the conversations with AFFA. During their session they asked for AFFA to show himself and the reply came back “This would not be possible at this time.” The two investigators returned to Washington.
It was during these investigations that the Admiral contacted Smith and had him sit in on the interviews with Swan: 
More investigators from Naval Intelligence came to see Mrs. Swan in 1954. One visit was made by John Hutson, from the Bureau of Aeronautics, who was “unofficially involved” in the case. He, Knowles, and Wilbert Smith from the Canadian government had a meeting with Swan on July 24, 1954. Hutson was there three days investigating and asking AFFA questions.
What captured the agents' interest was that Swan was able to answer questions she shouldn't have known the answers to, questions dealing with topics like astronomy:
The Navy intelligence men posed questions incompatible with her education of technical understanding- questions like “What is the length of the Uranus ‘ day?” and “What is the distance between Jupiter and the sun at Jupiter’s apogy?”  
“Her” answers were correct, the two incredulous investigators later reported to Friend. 
Swan often mentioned that the information would be preceded by a painful buzzing in her ear, which the agents in the room could actually hear.
It's a this point we should mention that there was a great deal of speculation in the early 70s around the fact that Andrija Puharich, who was Uri Geller's handler, was known for his work on hearing aids.

Some skeptics believed that he was using micro-miniaturized radio devices with his psychics (like Geller) to feed information and answers to questions such as those Swan seemed able to answer. However, there's no evidence that such technology actually existed in the early 50s.


Or did it? 

Another Knowles enters the picture here, Hugh Knowles, (no relation either) pioneer of the modern hearing aid.  Knowles got his start designing loudspeakers for, you guessed it, the US Navy, during World War II. His company also introduced the first transistor based miniature microphone (the website claims in 1947, before the transistor was announced) and later did the same for hearing aids- in 1954.

Yes, the same year that Frances Swan was hearing from 'Affa'.

This Knowles outfit seemed to specialize not only in hearing aids but in miniature sound equipment in general. Their equipment was used to amplify Neil Armstrong's voice from Apollo 11, yet this is a company few have heard of. Knowles mics would even arise during the Watergate tapes scandal.

The gyre widens.

The fascinating thing is that even as late as 1994, this kind of implant that might have been used on Swan would still not be on the market. Chris Carter used a similar device as in the X-Files episode "Duane Barry" but admitted in 2005 that:
We really never tried to stretch the truth in terms of technology on The X-Files. We tried to keep it as believable as possible with its science and technology but the truth is this ear implant did not exist at the time, I think something like it exists now, but people were talking about it, but you could actually not hide or conceal something that would transmit like this at the time, but no one seemed to question it. 
Seeing that Carter had extensive contacts with the FBI and CIA, you can believe that if this technology was available then it was very highly classified.

Given that Frances Swan would eventually be filed in the crank folder, one can't help but wonder at the coincidence. Was the Admiral using Swan as a test case for secret technology-- two-way micro-miniaturized communication devices-- equipment so advanced it wouldn't see the light of day for decades after?

Technology that is obviously of the same mysterious provenance as the silicon transistor itself (all the more so if Knowles Corp was indeed using transistors in 1947, before they were even brought to market, or before they ostensibly had much power to speak of, either)?

If so, why go to all the bother? Very little seemed to come of all this, even at the time. Swan is recorded today as one of UFOlogy's more "obscure" contactees. It very much reminds me of how The Nine stayed ostensibly dormant for 20-odd years, published a book or two and then receded back in the shadows.

Which may indeed be significant in this case.

The Knowles- Knowles name game is amusing, but the Knowles Corp. was/is well-connected to the Cryptocracy and both gentlemen were engineers with Navy connections, connections that would land them right at the feet of Vannevar Bush.

The evidence here is admittedly circumstantial.  However, it seems, given the testimony from the intelligence agents, that she had indeed been implanted with some kind of receiver/transmitter, since she not only reported hearing sounds but recorded "Affa's" messages through what she said was "automatic writing."

This sounds as if this device may have been sending some kind of subsonic or subliminal signal or even actually manipulating her neurology. Disturbing. 
What's more, she was able to respond to questions as well, so this was not a simple hearing aid (even a state of the art model in 1954 would have been easily detected by the agents anyway). Note again that Knowles Corp would become a leader in miniaturized microphones.
Swan's experience sounds very much like responses you read about to implants in abduction lore (or in Philip K. Dick's journals). The question becomes then who was sending these signals into Frances Swan's head? Was she just another Adamski-type "contactee," set up to lure the curious (Wilbert Smith, in this case) away from serious inquiry into the UFO issue?

Or was she indeed being used to field test some very, very advanced technology, and do so in a way that could be easily dismissed as mere crankery, if not ignored outright?

If so, then, for whom? Again, if this were some kind of implant, it's technology that wouldn't see the light of day for another five decades. That's the span of two careers for an intelligence agent, a species not noted for their saintly patience or forbearance. 

Maybe for someone operating on a different timescale.

But apparently Affa was willing to work with other "channels" than Swan. This is a game of telephone here- Stanton Friedman quoting Jacques Vallee quoting Allen Hynek quoting an Air Force report, written by Major Robert Friend, but it seems to be an accurate telling of the event in question:
Three days prior to the July 9 meeting, Naval Intelligence officer Commander Larsen had discussed the Frances Swan/Naval Intelligence contact experiment of August 1954 with Lundahl and CIA officer Neosham, at the CIA. They encouraged Commander Larsen to repeat the experiment, and this time he was successful.

He received a message from Affa, who instructed the three to look out the CIA window. All three men observed a circular object with a darker center and lighter outer rim.
Neosham phoned theWashington airport radar and was informed that “electromagnetic signals were unaccountably ‘blocked’ in the direction in question. 
The story of the contact experiments was told by Friend himself in 1979. He recounted how one of the agents who had met with Swan had himself gone into a genuine trance state:
 “I saw it,” Friend told SECOND LOOK.  “There was no doubt about that in my mind. I could see his pulse quicken. I could see his Adam’s apple moving up and down rapidly. His handwriting was entirely different from his normal handwriting. The muscles in his torso did not appeared to be strained, but the muscles in his arms were obviously stressed – as were the muscles around his neck – especially in his neck.” 
Which is interesting in and of itself. But what is really interesting is where Friend went after he left the Air Force.

Friend is a credible source. He is now assistant director of engineering for Fairchild Stratos, a division of the Fairchild Industries, primary manufacturers of cryogenic releases for the space shuttle. 

Well, now we are back once again in Vannevar Bush's sandbox.

Fairchild was, as we saw, the ultimate result of the "Traitorous Eight," the hand-picked engineers that would leave William Shockley's own start-up and strike out on their own.  

We saw how Shockley seemed to leapfrog over more talented engineers to get credit for the transistor. Was it because he got on Vannevar Bush's good side during WWII?
During World War II, on leave of absence from Bell, (Shockley) developed operations research techniques for the Navy's Anti-Submarine Warfare Operations Research Group (ASWORG) and worked as an expert consultant for the Office of the Secretary of War. 
Submarines were a bit of a passion project for Vannevar Bush. They were how he made his bones:
Bush had an idea for a device that would use magnetic fields to detect submarines. In May 1917, he traveled to Washington to meet with the director of the NRC. The director liked Bush's idea and thought it was worth pursuing. His device proved to be successful in testing, but Navy officials, who generally viewed Bush as somewhat of a maverick, did not deploy the device correctly and it proved virtually useless in combat.  

Submarines would become a priority for Bush again in World War II:
The NDRC and then the OSRD were originally set up to support and augment Army and Navy research, but by the end of the war the OSRD was leading military research. Many useful innovations resulted from OSRD research and development including improvements in radar, the proximity fuse, anti-submarine tactics, and various secret devices for the OSS (the precursor of the CIA).
We saw that Claude Shannon, codebreaker and the father of the Digital Age, was Vannevar Bush's golden boy, his lab assistant and protege and later his star employee at Bell Labs. I'm not sure why all the stories on him make such a big deal of this, but Shannon would famously trade ideas with his British counterpart Alan Turing, best known for breaking the German Enigma code, which was in fact their submarine code. 

Submarines again.

So we have this tidy circle with Vannevar Bush (often credited as the ultimate creator of the World Wide Web, among countless other achievements), William Shockley (credited with the creation of the transistor) and Claude Shannon (creator of Information Theory and binary code), all firmly ensconced at Bell Labs, and all having some kind of connection to submarines.

But we also have all this strangeness with UFOs and Roswell and the occult ritualism all the rest of it.

What could be the possible connector here? What would link these all of these opposing worlds in a tangible way, so this wouldn't be just another conspiracy runaround?

Let me remind you again how Vannevar Bush- who is widely claimed to have been the man in charge of the scientific study of UFOs- began his career.
 Bush studied under Arthur E. Kennelly and conducted submarine-detection research for the US Navy during World War I.
From Stanton Friedman's book Captured: The Betty and Barney Hill UFO Experience, which devotes an entire chapter to Rear Admiral Herbert Knowles... 
...Knowles had retired from an outstanding career in the military. Born in Maine in 1894, he graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1917, as an ensign. He served in the submarine service during World War I, aboard the early R-boats in the Orient. 
After the war, he taught at the Naval Academy in the engineering department. 
During World War II, he commanded several submarines before taking command of The USS Neches and the USS Heywood, troop transport ships.

I'm going to go out on a limb here: Knowles looks EXACTLY like the kind of an officer that Vannevar Bush would have some kind of working relationship with. Perhaps even a longtime working relationship with.

Not only did he teach engineering at Annapolis, Knowles assumed his first command at the age of 28, so this wasn't some lifer who just kept getting kicked upstairs. This was a highly-accomplished military officer.

Not only did Knowles find himself with a neighbor who 'channeled aliens', he lived just a short drive from history's most famous 'alien abductees', Betty and Barney Hill. They too would be pulled into Knowles' orbit. A strange attractor, indeed.

As you see from that map, the Admiral is at the epicenter of all kinds of high strangeness, particularly- and rather curiously- events in the 1960s. Note that Hillary Clinton made her notorious announcement on UFOs in Conway, NH, which lies within this strange radius.

Does she know something the rest of us don't?

The Admiral wanted to introduce the Hills to Frances Swan but the psychic refused, claiming the Hills had been in contact with "evil" aliens, meaning the Greys.  

Undaunted, Knowles and his wife would introduce the Hills to other contactees and occultists, which the younger couple found disorienting.
This was also Betty’s first introduction to the contactee movement, but over time she met numerous individuals who described beautiful people dressed in long, flowing robes with blond hair and blue eyes who delivered Biblical messages of being chosen and blessed.

She wrote: "In going into their personal backgrounds, I found that all of them have been involved in psychic phenomena! They are involved in ESP experiments, dream interpretations, astral projection, meditation, mind control, and the spirit world."  
Indeed, as with Wilbert Smith, the Admiral seemed to steer the Hills away from a relatively conventional view of the UFO phenomenon towards the far fringes of Space Brothers and Spiritualism.
So how do we account for a serious military man keeping such strange company? 

Think about it: This is a retired Rear Admiral, a man who'd been in command since the 1920s. This isn't Richard Doty we're talking about. A man with such a history didn't need to be running scams for Naval Intelligence or Vannevar Bush, not at his age or with his military record. God knows what he was up to, but it was serious business. And he was by no means alone.

And here we get to the crux of the issue.  

The war had a powerful effect on a lot people and a career military man like Knowles, who took part in some of the worst fighting in the Pacific Theater. But so did the "foo fighter" phenomenon, which was a lot more serious and widespread than many histories might lead you to believe. It also involved more than small orbs of light, it also involved giant objects that often dwarfed the largest bomber planes...........

The Admiral may well have also fallen under the influence another legendary warrior. Indeed, Knowles would seem to have met his counterpart- a career military man and engineer who was also given command at an early age. From a must-read story at EsoterX:
Air Marshal Sir Robert Victor Goddard (1897-1987) began his military career as a midshipman in the United Kingdom’s Royal Navy during the first years of World War I, but by 1915 he joined the Royal Naval Air Service, where he was hunting submarines from dirigibles and flying reconnaissance over the Somme. Given the dubious airworthiness of most flying things at the turn of the 20th Century, it’s safe to say Sir Victor was a brave dude.

Smart as a whip, too, so much so that the military sent him to Cambridge to get a degree in engineering. By 1929 he was leading a bomber squadron in Iraq, returned to England to teach aeronautical engineering, and was then appointed deputy director of intelligence at the Air Ministry until the outbreak of the Second World War. His resume just gets more impressive from there including Air Commodore Chief of the Air Staff, Royal New Zealand Air Force (1941), Air Commander of the RAF South East Asia Command (1943), and RAF Representative in Washington (1946).
But that's just the beginning of this man's service:
In September 1941, shortly before the Attack on Pearl Harbor, he was appointed as Air Commodore Chief of the Air Staff, Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF). As commander of the RNZAF in the South Pacific, and the only British commander in the region he was prominent in the operations against the Japanese initial advance. Under Admiral Halsey, US Navy, he commanded the RNZAF in the Battle of Guadalcanal and the Solomon Islands campaigns, for which he was awarded the American Navy Distinguished Service Medal.
Which means he was in the same theater at the same time as Herbert Knowles. Now read this, from another must-read post, this time from Rune Soup:
"[W]hile it may be that some operators of UFO are normally paraphysical denizens of a planet other than Earth, there is no logical need for this to be so. For, if the materiality of UFO is paraphysical (and consequently normally invisible), UFO could more plausibly be creations of an invisible world coincident with the space of our physical Earth planet than creations in the paraphysical realms of any other physical planet in the solar system… 
"Given that real UFO are paraphysical, capable of reflecting light like ghosts; and given also that (according to many observers) they remain visible as they change position at ultrahigh speeds from one point to the another, it follows that those that remain visible in transition do not dematerialise for that swift transition, and therefore their mass must be of a diaphanous nature, and their substance relatively etheric… The observed validity of this supports the paraphysical assertion and makes the likelihood of UFO being Earth-created greater than the likelihood of their creation on another planet… "
Is this from a John Keel or Jacques Vallee lecture? No, it's from a speech given in 1969 by Air Marshall Victor Goddard. Read on, since we go from Keel and Vallee to Saint Augustine himself...
"The astral world of illusion, which (on physical evidence) is greatly inhabited by illusion-prone spirits, is well known for its multifarious imaginative activities and exhortations. Seemingly some of its denizens are eager to exemplify principalities and powers. Others pronounce upon morality, spirituality, Deity, etc." 
And here, our money quote:
"All of these astral exponents who invoke human consciousness may be sincere, but many of their theses may be framed to propagate some special phantasm, perhaps of an earlier incarnation, or to indulge an inveterate and continuing technological urge toward materialistic progress, or simply to astonish and disturb the gullible for the devil of it."
"Indulge an inveterate and continuing technological urge toward materialistic progress."

Astonishing. Should I just end this all here?

Given that Goddard and Knowles both served in combat for the US Navy in the Solomon Islands and Guadalcanal campaigns, and both would come to hold unorthodox views on UFOs, it seems certain these two warriors may indeed have come to a meeting of the minds. 

And what's more, Knowles may well have been involved with some other old friends of ours.

Because if Maine, UFOs, psychic phenomena, the spirit world and high society are ringing all kinds of bells in your head, you're not alone. I can't imagine that wealthy neo-Theosophist UFO cultists were all that big a group in Southern Maine in the early 50s. I'm sure the Admiral and his wife bumped into the folks at the Round Table Foundation at a luncheon or two.

You might be familiar with this story, written by Andrija Puharich in his book Uri:

On December 31, 1952, Dr. Vinod and I took a plane from New York to Maine. We landed in Augusta at 7:30 P.M., and Hank Jackson, the administrator of the laboratory, the Round Table Foundation, was there to meet us. 
Dr. Vinod found his way to the library and sat down on a sofa. Hank and I followed him. We realized that he had gone into a trance. We sat opposite him, waiting expectantly...There was the hushed silence of expectancy as Hank and I watched our entranced sage.

Then, at exactly 9 P.M., a deep sonorous voice came out of Dr. Vinod’s mouth, totally unlike his own high-pitched, soft voice, saying in perfect English without an accent: 
"We are Nine Principles and Forces, personalities if working in complete mutual implication. We are forces, and the nature of our work is to accentuate the positive, the evolutional, and the teleological aspects of existence. 
"We propose to work with you in some essential respects with the relation of contradiction and contrariety. We shall negate and revise part of your work, by which I mean the work as presented by you. The point is that we want to begin altogether at a different dimension, though it is true that your work has itself led up to this." 
You may know about the people who were at this seance and the connections they have to Bell Helicopter, entheogens, the Kennedy Assassination and all the rest of it. 

But did you ever wonder why they met in Glen Cove, the absolute middle of nowhere, in the dead of winter, no less?


Given the fact that Glen Cove is just an hour away from Admiral Herbert Knowles' hometown, and given his known associations with Frances Swan and Affa, Wilbert Smith, and now the Hill Abduction,  I'd bet the farm that the "Round Table Association" met at the Knowles summer house.