- SAN FRANCISCO - An
upcoming private meeting between Silicon Valley high-tech executives, NASA
scientists and a high-profile UFO enthusiast has sparked an investigation
by a government agency.
- Special Agent Keith Tate, an investigator with the Long
Beach, Calif., branch of NASA's Office of Inspector General, has been calling
Silicon Valley sources, including The Examiner, seeking information about
a planned Tuesday meeting between research scientists and Silicon Valley
- At that meeting, first reported by The Examiner, attendees,
including scientists from the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View,
Calif., will discuss propulsion technologies.
- "We're trying to determine if any proprietary information
will be talked about at that meeting," said Tate. "We're very
concerned about this."
- Staging the meeting will be the International Space Sciences
Organization. Its founder is Joe Firmage, a 28 year old, high-tech executive
who made headlines late last year when he published a Web site and book
in which he recounted his beliefs in space aliens. On the ISSO site, he
claims to have been visited in his bedroom one night by such an alien.
- Firmage also has stated that some of the high technology
of today was obtained from the legendary alien space craft crash at Roswell,
N.M., in 1947. Firmage stepped down from his post as CEO of the giant Santa
Clara, Calif.-based USWeb Internet consulting firm following his revelations,
due to shareholder concerns about his extraterrestrial pursuits.
- ISSO spokesman Tony Young had no comment on the NASA
- Over the last several years, NASA has been researching
an array of exotic propulsion technologies through a small program dubbed
Breakthrough Propulsion Physics.
- Some of these techniques thumb their noses at Albert
Einstein's theory of relativity, which postulates that nothing can travel
faster than the speed of light - 186,00 miles per second. These include
using technologies familiar to science fiction fans: worm holes and warp
- Firmage, according to his Web site, believes "there
is stunningly good evidence that UFOs are real starships."
- He writes that "whatever did or did not happen at
Roswell in 1947will ultimately prove to be a rounding error when the implications
of this phenomenon become widely known."
- (Distributed by Scripps Howard News Service.)