Betty and Barney Hill were driving from Montreal to New Hampshire on Sept. 19, 1961, when they claim they were taken aboard a UFO. After medical exams and verbal interaction, the Hill’s were returned to their car.
If their story is true, did space aliens abduct the Hills in one of the most famous UFO cases? Maybe not.
Kansas City writer Mac Tonnies isn’t convinced contact with a UFO has anything to do with extraterrestrials. Tonnies, author of “After the Martian Apocalypse,” said if UFOs and their crews exist, they may have come from right here on Earth.
Tonnies calls them cryptoterrestrials; and he’s writing a book about them.
“It’s not so much a theory as a hypothesis. It’s a paradigm I suppose,” Tonnies said. “It’s basically asking why not?”
The government, scientists, and Edward J. Ruppelt – head of the 1950s Air Force project investigating flying saucers – have all said most UFO cases are pedestrian. Most. Not all.
“In the conventional wisdom (UFOs) are explainable through atmospheric effects or psychology,” Tonnies said. “If the real ones exist, it’s alien spacecraft coming from another star system. I think we’re jumping the gun on that. The evidence doesn’t support it.”
For evidence, Tonnies looks at the descriptions of UFO occupants, folklore and the evolution of UFO technology.
“We have these beings with larger than normal slanted eyes, small noses and mouths,” he said. “They typically lack hair … and have long fingers – weirdly enough – and long arms. And behavior is often descried in a way that they might be nocturnal.
“I wonder if this is a species that lives underground. Not that they evolved underground. If they’re real, they’re obviously an offshoot of people who went down an evolutionary fork in the road.”
All cultures have their stories of little people and usually these creatures – elves, fairies, trolls and dwarves – live underground. But maybe these stories are more than myth.
Scientists found the remains of miniature humans (dubbed Hobbits) in a cave on Flores Island near Indonesia in 2004. The islanders have legends of little people who ate the islander’s food and stole their children. Tribesmen eventually exterminated them.
“Humans lived side-by-side among a diminutive race and we have proof,” Tonnies said, although he has testimony of his own. “I actually spoke to a witness who had a face-to-face encounter with small humanoids in Oregon. They said some interesting things, very cryptic. They were very human looking, but small.”
Tonnies also questions the apparently superior technology of UFOs. From the airships of the 1800s to the physics-defying craft of today, UFO technology keeps just out of our reach.
“It’s kind of one step ahead of us no matter where we are,” Tonnies said. “With me it suggests subterfuge. Maybe they’re trying to throw us off the scent because we can’t go to the stars yet.”
If this race of cryptoterrestrials exists – which Tonnies doesn’t make claim – they’re pretty shy.
“They don’t want to make contact,” he said. “My personal impression is … they are trying to influence our mythology to benefit them or to at least prolong their civilization. Obviously they’re not comfortable with contact.”
Tonnies cites the well-publicized Washington, D.C., flyovers of UFOs in 1952 and the 1980 Rendlesham Forest incident in England where multiple RAF personnel reported a UFO near a nuclear facility as proof there is something out there.
“(The evidence) points to a nonhuman intelligence, but not extraterrestrial,” Tonnies said. “It points to a nonhuman intelligence feigning to an extraterrestrial intelligence. I’m not claiming this is the way it is, (but) it’s a viable hypothesis.”
For more of Tonnies’ thoughts on cryptoterrestrials, visit www.mactonnies.com or his blog, posthumanblues.blogspot.com.
Copyright 2007 by Jason Offutt
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