Rumors of “Project Blue Beam” have been circulating the Internet for the last several years. We have been warned that there’s a secret government plan to use satellite-based lasers developed by NASA scientists to project holograms of the messiah in the sky to simulate the Second Coming and convince Christians that the rapture is occurring.
“We are about to undergo extremely cruel domination by a confederation of reptilian species at the head of all ‘black ops’ of most nations,” says one website. “There will even be ‘Montauk’-type projects that will take up a whole bunch of people as in a rapture... and whisk the whole bunch into never-never land.”
The deception will be worldwide, we are advised. In each region, the local messiah - Mohammed, Buddha, etc. - will appear. Everyone will hear the messiah’s voice in the head and in their native language. The objective: create mass panic and a one-world religion that will lead to total takeover by a one-world government headed by - you guessed it- the Antichrist.
In the minds of some Christian fundamentalists, a likely candidate for the Antichrist is Maitreya. According to hs John the Baptist, Benjamin Creme, the Maitreya is the reincarnation of Christ and has been appearing around the world performing miraculous healings.
The Maitreya will appear in the sky projected by laser beams, says Creme. “The radio and television networks of the world will be linked up... and we shall hear his words silently entering our minds, in our own language.”
Conspiratologist “Ru Mills” offers another twist on the idea. In a forthcoming book, Diana, Queen of Heaven, she says Project Blue Beam will create “miraculous appearances of Lady Diana” to children around the world in an attempt to create a world religion. The children “will claim Diana has given them healing powers,” and the two living sons of “Saint Diana,” William and Harry, “will become akin to two living Jesus Christs...”
FAKE ALIEN TAKEOVER
Blue beams have also been a central motif of alien abduction stories, such as Travis Walton’s encounter, popularized by the movie Fire in the Sky. Travis claimed a hovering UFO shot a blue beam at him, knocking him unconscious, after which he was abducted by aliens. Could this have been a military experiment with laser-generated UFO and alien imagery?
THe leading proponent of the Project Blue Beam conspiracy theory is Norio Hayakawa, a Southern California funeral director who runs the Groomwatch citizens organization in his spare time to keep tabs on the suspicious goings-on at the mysterious Area 51 in Nevada. Hayakawa’s version, more tailored to the X-Files crowd, features aliens instead of messiahs.
He speculates that a secret global cabal of elitists has been promoting popular beliefs in UFOs and an “alien presence” with the intent of staging a phony “extraterrestrial” takeover to cause worldwide panic and justify forming a global government.
All of this raises the question: Is Project Blue Beam just another loony Internet urban legend or is there some reality to it?
The original Blue Beam myth appears to have originated with Canadian journalist Serge Monast, who described it in conspiracy newsletter Leading Edge in 1994.
Monast, who also authored a biography of Rael, a Frenchman who has convinced his followers he’s an alien sent here to save the world, died of a heart attack in 1997 before he could reveal his sources or more of the alleged scheme.
AIR FORCE PSYOPS
“The technology required to simulated such a fake event is now being readied at locations such as at Area 51,” asserts Hayakawa. One technology to achieve this is “cloaking”, using electrochromatic panels, he believes.
These panels use thousands of tiny colored lights that take on the appearance of a chameleon -like stealth aircraft’s sky background. Electrochromatic panels on such an invisible vehicle could conceivably create an image of Christ, Diana, the Virgin Mary, or whatever that appears to be suspended in the sky.
Other stealth technologies that could be used, speculates Hayakawa, include triangular aircraft such as the alleged TR-3A (the “Black Manta”), a new series of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), a world-wide date control system called “Data Repository Establishment and Management (or DREAM), HAARP, “mind-control” weaponry, and the Battle Engagement Area Simulator/Tracker, or BEAST, developed for Star Wars programs and featuring 3-D “battlefield” holographic image projections.
In 1997, a Defense Week article revealed that the US Air Force had in fact discussed a system for projecting a three-dimensional holographic image as decoys or as an “angry god” above a battlefield.
It also said the Army’s JFK Special Warfare Center and School disclosed in 1991 it was planning to develop a psyops (Psychological Operations, as popularized in the movie The General’s Daughter) system using a hologram to “project persuasive message and three-dimensionals pictures of clouds, smoke, rain droplets, buildings.”
VOICE OF GOD
The Air Force also reportedly considered a plan to project a giant hologram over Iraq, with the voice of Allah commanding soldiers and citizens to overthrow Saddam Hussein.
According to New World Vistas, published by the US Air Force Scientific Advisory Board in 1996, the voice for such an image could theoretically be created by modulated high power microwaves impinging the human body and heating tissue. The result would “create an internal acoustic field in the 5-15 kilohertz range, which is audible.”
Other research is less theoretical. In his book, The Body Electric, Nobel Prize nominee Robert O. Becker describes experiments conducted in the early 1960s by Allen Frey, who discovered that radio-frequency signals could be perceived as sound in the head, as well as later experiments conducted in 1973 at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research by Dr. Joseph C. Sharp, who proved he could “hear and understand spoken words” delivered via pulsed microwaves beamed into his brain. And in 1980 US Army researchers found they could “remotely create the perception of noise” inside or behind the head by exposing subjects to “pulsed microwaves with average power densities as low as microwatts per square centimeter... By proper choice of pulse characteristics, intelligible speech may be created... [for] camouflage, decoy and deception operations.”
Another possible source of an audible voice was suggested in the British science magazine New Scientist. Allegedly, in the 1980s, at a New Mexico military research facility, “researchers working with high-power laser weapons discovered they could create a glowing ball of fire in the sky by crossing the beams of two powerful infrared lasers.” By modulating the lasers, they could also create a “voice-like effect.” The writer, however, was unable to confirm the “Voice of God” story.
Another Air Force publication Air Force 2025, dismissed the practicality of creating holograms in the sky in the near future. Holograms are produced by scattering laser light or intense bursts of white light poff objects and forming three-dimensional interference patterns stored within the solid emulsions or crystals.
That’s great for museums and labs, but according to the report, “No credible approach has been suggested for projecting holograms over long distances under real-world conditions, although the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab believes holographic color projections may be possible within 10 years. Holographic and other, less high-technology forms of illusion may become a potent tool in the hands of the information warriors.”
STAR WARS TECH
But such illusion-generating weapons are more likely to be earth-based than projected from satellites, say some experts. The Air Force 2025 report’s panel of futurists envision a Global Are Strike System (GLASS), using a directed-energy weapon (DEW) system composed of powerful megawatt-class earth-mirrors to reach the target. Such a systems could conceivably also be used to project laser images in the sky.
According to former Lawrence Livermore Strategic Defense Initiative engineer Charles Ostman, such images are feasible, using high-power military lasers and esoteric plasma and other technologies.
But a California electrical engineer formerly involved in military high power microwave development doesn’t think such images would appear “real” enough. “I think it would look like a projection to persons familiar with film, video or laser projection and modern multimedia presentations. It may be good enough though to fool residents of third-world nations who have been kept isolated from examples of modern technology, however.
“I’d expect electron/ion beam projectors mounted on satellites or high-altitude aircraft might be employed. Such presentations would almost certainly have to be done at night, to avoid image wash-out by the sun. But I expect such images would look ‘flat’, lacking depth, and suffering from parallax at different locations. They would also be relatively limited in apparent size in order to concentrate energy and make them visible over wide areas.”
Laser sky projection expert Randy Johnson of San Diego already uses high-energy visible-ion lasers to project images onto clouds or smoke from fireworks at large outdoor events. He has also projected the Sea World logo on atmospheric thermal inversion lasers - similar to mirages reported in deserts.
However, he says current scanning technologies are “limited to fairly low-resolution wire-frame images.” Laser projection of bright, realistic raster (TV-like) images of a sky messiah or UFO “would require lasers capable or thousands of watts, such as those planned for use in Star Wars programs.”
As for Project Blue Beam-like schemes, Johnson says that in 1985 he was approached by a representative of televangelist Rev. Robert Schuller, pastor of the Crystal Cathedral, in Garden Grove, California. “He wanted to emulate the Second Coming of Christ by projecting laser images in the clouds. I turned him down.”
More recently, in 1996, a huge triangular object stretching the apparent length of three football fields and blocking out stars was observed over Phoenix, Arizona. The frightening phenomenon was reported by hundreds of people. Was this a late-night talk show-induced mass hallucination or a dry run for a Blue Beam-like psyop?
As we go to press, CAUS (Citizens Against UFO Secrecy) is in court attempting to force the Pentagon to reveal what it knows. The answers, if any should spawn a whole new generation of Blue Beam mythology.