UFO Conference Near Fountain Hills Missing One Thing: Any Real Evidence of UFOs

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Is this a picture of a real UFO docking at the International Space Station? No -- but it's at least as good as any other evidence being presented at an Arizona UFO conference this week.
How cute.

The annual International UFO Congress will take place over the next few days at a small conference center at the Radisson Fort McDowell hotel in the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation.

Self-described alien abductees and experts on UFOs, aliens, sasquatches, and crop circles are part of the lineup of speakers. (Sorry, chemtrails fans -- didn't see anything for you.)

Only one thing is missing from this event, which is expected to draw about 2,500 people:

Any real evidence of alien visitation.

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Sure, there will be evidence at the conference, mostly in the form of anecdotes. For instance, Kim Carlsberg will describe her experiences of being abducted from her home in Malibu in the late 1980s, when she worked as a still photographer for the TV show Baywatch.

The aliens she saw, according to an amazon.com customer review of her groundbreaking 1995 book, were:

"mantis-like beings as well as the smaller and larger sub-species of almond-eyed `grey' and like others, she has repeated encounters with one or two specifically identifiable individuals who seem to be personally responsible for her 'medical program'. She also, like almost all other abductees, encounters 'hybrid' children, has interactions with hybrid adults of various stages and encounters other abductees she recognises from the 'real world.' Her observations about the ignorance of debunkers, for example blaming it all on hypnotists, are priceless."

The "ignorant debunker" argument is a staple in UFO research. But we couldn't help noticing that the conference's session on sharing abduction stories is closed to the news media. From the conference's website:

Experiencer Sessions - Lead [sic] by a qualified therapist

These sessions are held in a private side room in the conference center, and seating is limited to the first 50 attendees. If you want to share your story of a sighting, visitation, or abduction or just sit and listen to others share their story then this is the session for you. This environment is designed to be a safe and comfortable place for people to gather knowledge and guidance with their experiences. No Press is Allowed in any session.

Of course, no "press" is allowed. Because the only articles or broadcast news pieces that could come from an "experiencer session" would resemble comedy.

There must be life out there, somewhere. We loved that line in Contact about how it would be a great waste of space if there weren't. These days, science lovers can do more than just dream about planets beyond our solar system -- we can read about the new ones being discovered at an increasing rate. More than 1,000 have been catalogued since 1995.

Image: ufocongress.com/speakers/
Kim Carlsberg, alien abductee
But in an age when cameras are everywhere and material is routinely analyzed on an atomic scale, credible evidence of alien visitation of the Earth has yet to turn up. C'mon, you would have heard about it by now. Cameras catch Corvettes dropping into sinkholes, meteors, astonishing close calls, and a million different one-in-a-million events.

No aliens or truly mysterious objects have been caught on video yet, though.

How will you know if a real UFO or UFO pilot turns up on video? Won't most people still dismiss it as a fake? Not necessarily. Like Justice Potter Stewart's famous quote about obscenity, you'll know it when you see it. Like videos of the Chelyabinsk meteor we wrote about in this week's cover story, or videos of people performing jaw-dropping stunts, or Tina Maze tying the time (to within one 100th of second) of Dominique Gisin to share gold in the women's downhill on Wednesday, some videos are pretty good evidence. Of course, it'll help if the visitors pose for pictures, like the alien robot in 1951's The Day the Earth Stood Still.

Unlike the recent video of a UFO docking with the International Space Station that caused an Internet buzz a few days ago, authentic UFO or alien footage will punch you in the gut like video of 9/11. It'll get more views than "Gangnam Style" precisely because it will be so . . . indescribably amazing.

In our ignorant debunker's heart, we hope someday to see something like that.

For the time being, though, the folks who attend the UFO conference near Fountain Hills have nothing real to talk about.

Fun party and get-together? Yes.

A single shred of convincing evidence? Nope.

Got a tip? Send it to: Ray Stern.

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Will there be tinfoil hats available in the gift shop, or should Symington bring his own?


UFOs are just that, unidentified flying objects.  There has been plenty of evidence to support that as I am sure various govenments have flown unidentified flying objects in the sky.


I have a question that I ask all the UFO nuts that they can never answer, and it drives them crazy:  How is it that, in  the last 10 years or so, we have a global population in the tens of millions of people who have a camera and video recording device (cell phone, etc) with them 24/7, yet, we don't see the expected increase in pictures of UFO's?  Just the same crappy, shaky pictures of out of focus lights in the sky that could be anything.  Logic would dictate that we would have thousands of great pictures of flying saucers, etc, but, nope, just the same garbage pictures that we had 40 years ago.  

Well, someone is making $$$ off of these morons...


They should build a stone structure around the Fountain similar to Stone Hinge so the U.F.O.'s have a place to set down?

Arpaio would be lying on the grass flopping if he saw a "Real illegal Alien" in Fountain Hills.

valleynative topcommenter

Nice report, but you've overlooked the sinister aspect of such conferences:

Some of these people are thinking "Gee, the weather is nice!

We should move out here and register to vote as soon as possible".

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