2.10 – ALIEN CONTACTS (12.30.10)


October 2010. For nearly 30 years after their alleged encounter with an unidentified aircraft in England’s Rendlesham Forest, retired military airmen James Penniston and John Burroughs rarely spoke to each other about the incident. Yet, both men remained haunted by their experience.

“That was a life-changing event that happened out there. You know, the problem with life-changing events, they affect you for your life.”

Tsgt. James Penniston (USAF, Ret.)

“I want to know what it was. I think there’s people out there in our government that have a better idea and they could tell us what went on, what happened to us, but I don’t know how to tell you for sure what it was and where it came from.”

Tsgt. John Burroughs (USAF, Ret.)

Shortly after his reported encounter, James Penniston had felt compelled to write down the long and complex numerical sequence of ones and zeros he claimed he saw when he touched the spacecraft. But were they really just random numbers?

“I was getting this not from memory but this mental picture of these codes written out, this binary-type code. So, I tried to suppress it, but I just had this urge to put these down.”

Tsgt. James Penniston (USAF, Ret.)

“We now realize that the best way of communicating with an ancient civilization is the binary code. If we know this, then obviously anybody else in the Universe will know this, as well. And when we know that our ancestors, either on their own or with some help from strangers, knew this as well, then we realize that really the binary code is the best, if not the only means, of alien communication.”

– Philip Coppens
(Author, The Ancient Alien Question),
(The Lost Civilization Enigma)

For three decades, Penniston kept the mysterious numerical sequence hidden between the covers of his Air Force notebook. There they remained unexamined and undeciphered.

“I was scared to death. I was sitting there going, “Okay, there’s something wrong with you, Jim. You’re not right. You’re not thinking straight. This stuff is so bizarre. You can’t tell anybody this. They’ll take your gun away from you, they’ll kick you out.” All those things were in jeopardy. That’s what I was thinking about at that moment. That if I start telling anybody exactly what I was thinking, that would be the end of it.”

Tsgt. James Penniston (USAF, Ret.)

“The ‘refusal of the call’ is probably an experience all thoughtful people have that is, there is some project, some task, some mission. But we waver, we doubt ourselves, and don’t immediately respond to our destiny. This is not a good thing.”

– Jonathan Young, Ph.D.
(Founding Curator, Joseph Campbell Archives)

After eventually leaving the Air Force and returning to the United States…Penniston found he was being haunted by persistent dreams, both about his experience in the forest, and the meaning of the mysterious numerical message he received.

“What do they mean? I don’t know. I’ve never had them analyzed or anything like that. I mean, we were out there doing our jobs with a situation that we’d never handled before.”

Tsgt. James Penniston (USAF, Ret.)

In October 2010, Penniston entrusted his six handwritten pages of ones and zeros to a computer programmer. He hoped the apparently random series of numbers could be translated into something resembling a readable message.

“Could someone write out six pages of binary? Well, probably not. Um, they would need some help, or they would have to be some kind of savant or super-calculator. I started transcribing it into my computer to see what I might find. I thought, ‘It’s not gonna come out to anything.’ And then something that appeared to be a real message regarding aliens emerged.”

Nick Ciske (Internet Programmer / Binary Code Expert)


To his astonishment, after plugging the numbers into a computer, a fragmentary sentence emerged. It stated: “EXPLORATION OF HUMANITY CONTINUOUS FOR PLANETARY ADVANCE.” Another portion of the message revealed what appeared to be navigational coordinates: 52° 09’ 42.532” N / 13° 13’ 12.69” W. Could this now decoded series of numbers actually be the evidence the human race has been searching for? Proof that we are not alone?


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