Lucifer's Technologies: The Devil's in the Details






Technology has changed our lives in ways many of us could hardly have imagined just 20 years ago, whether we like it or not. Shouldn't we be asking where it really came from?


We looked at graphs charting the rate of human technology; you see a steady line for millennia, then all of them spike skyward shortly after World War II. Why? Human intelligence didn't increase so radically, that's for certain. 

Then how do we explain technologies coming to market that were little more than theoretical science at the war's end? How do we explain technologies that our best and brightest claimed were impossible?

What if our technology is "indistinguishable from magic" for a simple yet compelling reason?




In a previous post we looked at Lt. Col. Philip Corso's book The Day After Roswell and its claims of reverse-engineering of high technology from the alleged crash of a UFO in New Mexico.
 
That book- and the drama around it- seemed to have an odor about it, as if it were part of a very complex intelligence operation, one that included the Air Force's widely-ridiculed Roswell reports, which 
seemed almost engineered to fan the flames.

But, as we saw, Roswell itself seems drenched to the bone in symbolism, specifically the symbolism of the most ancient of Mystery cults, specifically those linking us back to the Phoenicians, those mysterious yet ever-present wraiths of history.

As if all that were not enough, the crash site at the Plains of San Agustin aligns (to the minute) with Ba'albek, the Phoenician megalithic site that ancient astronaut theorists love so dearly. 

Ba'al made the news more recently following the controversial plan to install the Ba'al Gates in London and New York (only the triumphal arch, also sacred to Ba'al Hadad, whom the Greeks and Romans identified with Jupiter-Ammon, was installed in London)


Whatever you believe, one thing is certain; high technology absolutely exploded after Roswell and changed everything; science, culture, warfare--all human endeavors were revolutionized by transistors, integrated circuits, motherboards, lasers.


While controversy over Corso and his book raged another insider came forward with an equally-strange story. This insider, however, went into layers of historic and technical detail Corso barely scratched at. 

Along with the claims of reverse-engineering there would be dark allegations of murder and harassment and then...silence.

In 1999, Jack Shulman of the American Computer Company gave a lecture at the Global Sciences Conference that would rock the UFO world again by offering what he claimed was an inside account of the process Corso detailed in The Day After Roswell.

Shulman claimed that he was well-acquainted with the team credited with the development of the transistor, the tiny device that has revolutionized the entire world and changed the way the entire world does its business. Shulman said:

 I grew up in the household of the head of Bell Labs, so I knew that there was something strange about the transistor because I knew Bill Shockley, and Bill Shockley was something of a witless buffoon. There’s no way he could have invented the transistor.
The symbol for the transistor is made up of three pieces: positive, positive and negative; or negative, negative and positive... silicon dioxide doped with arsenic and boron, in 1947. 
Now, in 1947, doping things with boron was not easy. It required the sort of equipment that even Bell Labs in 1946 did not possess. They had this type of equipment at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratories - but it would have taken thousands and thousands and thousands of man-hours to invent the transistor.
Well, Shulman apparently got his facts wrong. The first transistor was apparently composed of germanium. The silicon Transistor was developed at Bell Labs in the early 50s.

Or was it?


A "Bob Wolf" followed up on the story at the time.  He spoke to an ACC consultant who was presented as "an expert on National Electronic Space Command matters for the Department of the Air Force." That individual said:

(T)here is NO INFORMATION ABOUT TRANSISTOR RESEARCH actually available nor that is bonafide nor provided by Bell Labs PRIOR TO July - August - Sepetember of 1947. 
It didn't exist, because the materials concepts used by Bell and the associated research resulting in the fabrication of the Transistor came from the Roswell, New Mexico crash site of the "extraterrestrial craft" discovered jointly by the Air Force and Army there in mid 1947.
Indeed, there was great doubt over whether semiconductors themselves would ever work. Here is the opinion of the legendary physicist Pauli:
But an explanation of semiconductor behavior eluded scientists for decades. As late as 1931, physicist Wolfgang Pauli opined that “one shouldn’t work on semiconductors, that is a filthy mess; who knows whether any semiconductors exist.”
Who was this Jack Shulman anyway? He provided this bio:
Shulman is the inventor of ODIN, the first "overlapping windowed" display manager for desktop computing, in 1974. In the late 1970s, Shulman designed CAD/CAM and desktop computer systems for manufacturing and the office, including one of the forerunners of the IBM PC-AT. Shulman is also the inventor of the massively parallel systolic hypersystem (MPSH) -- a connection machine called PROTEUS 
Odin and Proteus, eh? The gods are all over this story, aren't they?


The reason Shulman had been invited to speak was that ACC had posted something of a manifesto about the reverse engineering of recovered technology from Roswell in either 1996 or 1997 (the exact dates are fuzzy).

Here's what it said:

Nuclear Powered Engines and Advanced Communications and Computing device…were taken from the Alien wreck and purportedly made their way to The Bell System's "Bell Laboratories", then located in Murray Hill, New Jersey…   
One piece was supposedly found to have unique potential, an Alien switching device composed of Silicon and Arsenic, arranged in a microscopic array much more complicated than even now have been assembled by Humankind... 
The Alien device purportedly became the priority focus object of Bell Labs' and The US Department of Defense's analysis and scientific research. It was discovered by the researchers, that the unusual electronic Alien device could act as both a high speed electronic switch and as an Amplifier. 
SILENCED

Shulman also claimed that Transistor Group leader Dr. John Morton was going to go public about the fraud and was first defamedº and then set up to be assassinated by corporate goons.

Serious accusations. Is there any truth to them?

Morton was burned alive in his car in December of 1971 after being assaulted when leaving a bar one night. This happened in sleepy Neshanic Station, NJ, not exactly a hotbed of crime. His killers claimed they were trying to roll him but he fought back so they decided to kill him instead. They were caught and sentenced to life.

They only served 18 years of their sentence. For a brutal, horrific, premeditated murder.

Stories would later emerge that Morton was increasingly disenchanted at Bell and that he was having marital problems, but Morton's primary sin seemed to be his resistance of the Panopticon system that was growing within the high-tech community.

Was Shulman right? Was Morton going to blow the whistle? I don't know, but he seemed like the type to. And his horrific murder (so reminiscent of that of Apollo whistleblower Gus Grissom) certainly would have silenced anyone else planning to do so.

Shulman spoke of a "Shopkeeper's Notebook," a leaked document that contained many of Bell's secrets pertaining to reverse-engineered technology. He would claim Morton was the source of the leak. The Notebook contained: 
• There were communications devices that were described

• There were ways to sandwich-in very, very thin, micrometer-thin layers

• Special metals to produce moving parts for things like... from the descriptions that I read, the nearest thing I could describe... an anti-gravity propulsion unit for a spacecraft

• They included dynamic electronic and power-control technology that even to this day we have not yet developed

• They included communications technology that was described only as having been taken from an object of unknown or unearthly origin

Shulman would make some startling suggestions over Morton's death :
Apparently, AT+T had too much to risk over the Transistor, to have press and public looking into the Transistor's unusual origins. Could internal rivalries or professional jealousies have led to a plot to assassinate Dr. Morton? Or were there other problems, had he, being noted for occasionally having too open a nature, in fact, started to discuss the True Origins of the Transistor with the wrong parties, thereby becoming a liability to AT+T?

SILICON ON SAPPHIRE

But what about the silicon problem? Shulman wrote:
Bell Labs first announced it was composed of 'Germanium', like the old rectifier diode, so as to protect the Silicon formula from industrial espionage, until it could get its 1948 patents filed. Once filed and granted as "unique", "originally authored" and approved, the patents became the basis for Bell controlling the Transistor for about the first 15 years of its existence. Those who used it, had to pay some form of royalty to Bell. 
To challenge this, one competitor alleged Bell had IN FACT only demonstrated the Transistor Effect in 'Germanium' and that the secret formula involving Silicon, should not be considered 'property of the Bell System'. 
Bell argued back that the secrecy was necessary**, in a patent dispute within an Anti-Trust suit brought to bear on the Bell System during the 50's.  
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Interesting. I wondered about this claim, but read this in an online history of Raytheon:
In 1948 Bell had filed patents on the point-contact and junction transistor and had invented the name “transistor” but its licensing programme did not begin until 1952. 
Early on some companies exercised caution on the use of what could have been a trade-name and called their devices  “Crystal Triodes.” Raytheon’s provisional data sheet uses this description although the above example is emblazoned “Transistor.”
An update to the ACC manifesto stated that:
(P)rior to 1947 there were no Transistors in use, only raw germanium and selenium diodes composed of naturally occurring elements -- mined from Bauxite and other mines. 
The ACC manifesto also cites the enormous difficulty of the actual application of this science, as opposed to the theory
This produced the "Transistor" effects that had not been discovered by researchers working with rectifiers in over a hundred years. Some claim that these transistors were made of Germanium, as well, however, the effect that caused the transistor to work, hadn't been observed by any researcher, prior to September of 1947. 
Was that true? From the Wiki on Semiconductors:
Detector and power rectifiers could not amplify a signal. Many efforts were made to develop a solid-state amplifier, but these were unsuccessful because of limited theoretical understanding of semiconductor materials. In 1922 Oleg Losev developed two-terminal, negative resistance amplifiers for radio; however, he perished in the Siege of Leningrad. 
(Lilienfeld) patented a device resembling a modern field-effect transistor, but it was not practical. R. Hilsch and R. W. Pohl in 1938 demonstrated a solid-state amplifier using a structure resembling the control grid of a vacuum tube; although the device displayed power gain, it had a cut-off frequency of one cycle per second, too low for any practical applications. 
Here's where we return to the issue of the "Lilienfeld device", which was in fact not called a transistor, though some misleading histories would have you believe that it was:
Because the production of high-quality semiconductor materials was still decades away, Lilienfeld's solid-state amplifier ideas would not have found practical use in the 1920s and 1930s, even if such a device had been built.
Decades away. To my ears that sounds like more than 20 years. Why is this important?

Because just as Shulman claimed, the germanium transistor seemed to be extremely problematic, despite what some of Bell Labs' boosters have said. From an online history of Raytheon:
But in common with all early point-contact transistors this was not a robust device and Krim, retrospectively discussing the issues in 2003, noted it had to be “handmade with watchmaker precision, which precluded cost-effective mass production. 
"And they were none too robust. The slightest shock could ruin them, which made them useless for hearing aids and just about everything else.”  
Even Bell's transistor- the germanium version at least- was something of a pink elephant:
Bardeen and Brattain’s point-contact transistor was a crude, fragile device consisting of two closely spaced metal points jabbed into a germanium sliver. 
That it worked at all was a minor miracle. 
Oh, I'm sure. Continuing:
Already a pilot production line at the Labs was turning out hundreds of prototypes every week for further experimentation, measurement, and testing. But the transistors were extremely noisy, variable, and unreliable. 
“In the very early days, the performance of a transistor was apt to change if someone slammed a door,” Morton was quoted as saying in a 1953 article in Fortune. 
Or at least the transistors created for public consumption were.* Less is known about any silicon version being developed in secret. Remember now that Bell waited almost seven months before telling the world the transistor existed at all. 

In fact it would take several years for licensees like GE and Raytheon to get any kind of power out of germanium transistors (as late as 1953 Raytheon's germanium yields "stayed stubbornly low").  
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By the time any of their competitors managed to get the germanium transistors to work...Bell Labs trumped them all with the silicon transistor, which Shulman argued was in fact the first transistor.

The more you know about the details of the germanium and silicon transistors, the more Jack Shulman's seemingly wild claims seem to resonate.
For instance, germanium transistors made for...

...lousy switches: tiny leakage currents continue to flow even when the devices are nominally off. Silicon doesn’t have these problems, but it’s a lot more difficult to work with.  
Which resonates with Shulman's original claims that germanium never displayed any transistor effects in the decades scientists were working with it and that only huge national labs had the capacity to work with silicon.



THE ENDLESS COSMIC NUDGE

Now, as to the work already done with semiconductors, I would argue that that doesn't mitigate against these Roswell claims at all, even if I highly doubt it all went down exactly like Corso or Shulman alleged.

Why? 


Because scientists would have to know what the hell they were looking at before they could reverse-engineer it.  As I said before, you don't hand the keys to your Lamborghini to a toddler. 

And if you look carefully at this whole school of thought of Contact Technology, it always seems to deal with breakthroughs to long-standing (and more importantly, stubbornly long-standing) problems, sudden applications to what seemed only theoretical science, and radical revisions to existing technology.†

We're talking all the way back to the pyramids and further back still. The idea of aliens zapping everything with their tractor beams while everyone sits around with their thumbs up their asses is not only unsupported by the physical evidence, it's actually contradicted by the ancient accounts. We're talking something altogether more complex than all that. Yet no less extraordinary.


Of course, this is where I start to question the Roswell thesis but for entirely different reasons than most skeptics...

But before we go there, the rest of Shulman and ACC's story needs to be told. Because it all took a very strange turn.



TO BE CONTINUED




º Shulman may be referring to stories citing a number of bad decisions Morton allegedly made (and hints at his "dark side"). Which certainly doesn't account for why Morton was given numerous accolades- and awards- from his peers at the same time and was even sought out by Japanese firms as a consultant.

* Following Shulman's model, once the working transistor had been achieved with silicon, the Bell team would have fully understood the mechanics, something no other researcher had done to that point. From there they could have jury-rigged a germanium imposter, which from the sounds of it was nowhere ready to go to market. And remained so for several years. So Shulman's claim that the germanium imposter was put out to secure patents while the silicon transistor was being readied makes sense in light of the history with Raytheon, etc.


† And we're not just talking about technology, we're also talking about the arts as well (see Kirby, Jack and Dick, Philip K).

Lucifer's Technologies: Land of Enchantment [UPDATED]


AT+T's (and Bell Labs') longtime figurehead:
"The Spirit of Communication,"
aka "The Genius of Electricity," 
aka The Light-Bringer


The Lucifer archetype has been associated with knowledge and technology since antiquity, in a positive light (the Prometheus myth) and a darker sense (Satan and the Tree of Knowledge in the myth of the Fall). Which side of this powerful archetype will triumph in the future?
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The events at Roswell in July of 1947 did not happen in a vacuum. They occurred within one of the most extraordinary periods in human history, particularly from an esoteric point of view. They would spark a chain of events that would change the entire world.

So much of the technology we take for granted today emerged from American Telephone and Telegraph's Bell Telephone Laboratories, or Bell Labs for short. Starting in 1947 with the first solid state transistor, Bell Labs' army of top flight scientists and engineers shook the world with one game-changing technology after another. 

Whether or not you believe that technology came from somewhere else, one thing is clear; Bell Labs, the Roswell event and the links between them are drenched to the bone in occult symbolism, so much so that you can't help but wonder if both the skeptics and the believers haven't got the story all wrong. 

PLAN 9 FROM BELL LABS


Long after the development of the transistor, Bell Labs was playing with alien (and occult) symbolism, specifically with an operating system that was designed to replace UNIX.
Plan 9 from Bell Labs is a research system developed at Bell Labs starting in the late 1980s. 
In Plan 9, each process has its own mutable name space. A process may rearrange, add to, and remove from its own name space without affecting the name spaces of unrelated processes. Included in the name space mutations is the ability to mount a connection to a file server speaking 9P, a simple file protocol.  
Was this an inside joke among nerdy programmers or was it some kind of signal as to the origin of some of Bell Labs' world-changing technology?

Before you answer that remember that Bell Labs would take a very strange semiotic term in the mid 90s, one which creates a spiderweb of connection leading all the way back to ancient stories of technologies falling from the heavens.

LUCIFER TECHNOLOGIES

Soon after Plan 9 from Bell Labs was released, Bell Labs became Lucent Technologies. The conspiracy underground, already reeling from a series of shocks beginning with George Bush's New World Order speech on 9/11/91, went into conniptions. In a way, their fears weren't entirely unwarranted.

Bell Labs was playing with fire, literally- the new company name came from the same root as Lucifer*. 
Lucent wasn't shy about twisting the knife. Their logo seemed† to resemble an Ouroboros and they went to town with the (conspicuously Greco-Roman) Underworld references: 
Shortly after the Lucent renaming in 1996, the Plan 9 project released a development of their work as the Inferno OS in 1997. This extended the 'Lucifer' and Dante references as a series of punning names for the components of Inferno - Dis, Limbo, Charon and Styx.
I knew all about this- my wife worked at Bell Labs and was there for the changeover. Bell Labs and Lucent were a major part of our lives for several years. But like with so many of these symbolically-charged entities, it seemed built to be dismantled. 

As if part of some strange ritual or something. 

Let's wind the clock back and put all of this into historical context....


Following the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August of 1945, the Japanese would surrender and World War II would be over. Much of Europe lay in ruins and tens of millions were dead. 

And in a small, obscure cave in Egypt, the Nag Hammadi Library would be found in December of 1945, allowing the ancient Gnostics to speak for themselves after nearly two millennia.


The US Army Signal Corps (inventors of the modern printed circuit board) would kick off the Space Age on January 10, 1946 with Project Diana, in which they bounced radar signals off the Moon from Fort Monmouth, NJ.

Perhaps knowing Diana was going down, Jack Parsons and L.Ron Hubbard began the Babalon Working in Pasadena, CA, which lasted from January to March of 1946. Some accounts would claim that Hubbard and Parsons encountered an alien in the Mojave Desert on January 18, the same day Marjorie Cameron appeared at the Parsonage. 

In the midst of the Working, the so-called Ghost Rockets began appearing over Scandinavia February 26, 1946. Thousands would be seen through that year. At least one would be reported as having crashed, significantly in the month of July.

Two days after the first Ghost Rocket was sighted, Parsons went alone to the Mojave, where he claimed he encountered the goddess Babalon whom he said dictated the Liber 49 to him. 
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On July 1, 1946 the US began Operation Crossroads, the testing of powerful nuclear weapons. This would allegedly attract the attention of UFOs, who were reported to have deactivated nuclear weapons on many occasions in the US and Soviet Union.

In folk magic, crossroads were places you went to make deals with demons and other dark spirits. 


Starting in November another remarkable series of finds would begin, this time of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the sacred texts of the Jewish sect known as the Essenes. Their discovery would ultimately create an enormous controversy within the Church and without, with one prominent researcher eventually claiming that Christianity was a psychedelic mushroom cult.

In December, the Viet Nimh would declare war on the French occupation, beginning a long and costly conflict that would last for nearly 30 years and have grave consequences for the United States.

On January 8, 1947 David Robert Jones, better known to the world as David Bowie was born in England.


Also that month, Z Division moved its operation to Sandia base, later Sandia National Laboratories, the primary nuclear weapons lab in the nation. AT+T would run Sandia for the next five decades through its Western Electric subsidiary.

The Corporal Missile, using Jack Parson’s solid state fuel, was launched on May 22 at White Sands, NM. (At least one would be destroyed in the upper atmosphere by a UFO) 


As Peter Levenda points out, this is also the year Sergeant Pepper taught the band to play: “Twenty years ago today...” That would be June 1, 1947, for anyone keeping score at home, a month before the Roswell incident began and the month in which UFOs became a national obsession.

On June 21, Harold Dahl claimed to have seen six UFOs near Maury Island in Puget Sound, WA, which would earn him the first modern "Men in Black" encounter.  Not too far away, businessman Kenneth Arnold would have his famous UFO sighting on June 24th, a very powerful day in a number of ritual calendars.




Then came Roswell. UFOs would begin showing up on radar on July 1st, exactly a year after the start of Operation Crossroads. Curiously, New Mexico is the 47th state of the Union.

As UFO conspiracy researchers never fail to point out, the National Security Act was then signed by President Truman on Sept 18, 1947, ushering in the CIA and NSA. Shortly after, the US Navy begins Project CHATTER, a precursor program to MK Ultra.

In October Arthur Young left Bell Labs and embarked on a path that would lead him to the Council of Nine. 

In what may or may not be a coincidence, what reads like the first channeled dispatch from the Council of Nine hit the stands that same October in the form of "Son of the Sun," written by occultist Millen Cooke and published in Fantastic Adventures, edited by Ray Palmer.

Also that month the first use of the "computer" as we understand it today is used.

In December of 1947, Aleister Crowley died in England. His ashes would be buried in New Jersey. Surely he knew that the 47th problem of Euclid was of special significance to Freemasons. I wonder if he appreciated the irony.
And shortly after Crowley died, Bell Labs conjured up the first solid state transistor, a device that some insiders would say was guided by outside influences, very much like those Crowley had once contacted...



THE DEMONS OF THE AIR

The Roswell events themselves are so laden with symbolism that one seriously has to wonder if what we saw was in fact some kind of ritual and not any kind of accident at all.

The crash was said to take place on the Plains of San Agustin, named after the Church father Augustine of Hippo, who wrote extensively on the nature of "demons of the air." 

Legendary UFOlogist John Keel would claim that the UFO phenomenon was in fact nothing but the latest manifestation of these demons, who date back to ancient Mesopotamia and are studied by so-called Assyriologists. Modern UFO demonologists are predominantly Evangelical Protestants, but I'm certain they've taken note of Augustine's writings. 

Augustine would quote the legendary author and magician Apuleius (author of The Golden Ass) quite extensively in The City of God when speaking of the nature of daimons, rendered now as demons. Apeulius gave his dissertation while on trial for sorcery, a practice that the Romans did not generally tolerate:

The same Apuleius, when speaking concerning the manners of demons, said that they are agitated with the same perturbations of mind as men; that they are provoked by injuries, propitiated by services and by gifts, rejoice in honors, are delighted with a variety of sacred rites, and are annoyed if any of them be neglected. 
Among other things, he also says that on them depend the divinations of augurs, soothsayers, and prophets, and the revelations of dreams, and that from them also are the miracles of the magicians.  
Which of course are indistinguishable from any sufficiently-advanced science.

The actual crash took place outside the town of Corona, or "Crown" (speaking of 'honors'). A corona is also named for a glow around the sun or moon or stars but is also the name of a specific star:
In classical mythology Corona Borealis generally represented the crown given by the god Dionysus to the Cretan princess Ariadne and set by him in the heavens.
Dionysus was not only one of the primary gods of the Mystery religions, he offers us many characteristics later attributed to Lucifer, in particular in that he granted secret knowledge, particular that of the sciences.

For instance, The Dionysian Artificers were a guild who operated throughout the Greco-Roman world, who were masters not only of astronomy and geometry but also of architecture (
Dionysus also traveled with daimons in his entourage).



THE SACRED WELL

As many have noted the Roswell Army Air Base was the home of the only atomic bomb wing group in the world at the time. But the etymology of the name itself is highly significant. Wells have a long and lofty place in mythological tradition:
Piskies, Pixies, Elves, Faeries and Nymphs are common residents of sacred wells and waterways. Sometimes these Sprites and Faeries also became Christianized by the new religious order in Britain. St. Neot was said to be only 15 inches tall. He spent his days immersed in the well praying and performing miracles with birds and other animals. 

 
Faeries were also thought to reside at the Virtuous Well, also known as St. Anne’s Well located near Trellech Village in Wales. One story is that a local farmer dug up a “fairy ring” around the well to prove to others that he did not believe in “them silly tales.”- Holy Wells: Their Myths and Legends 
by Gary R Varner 
The well plays a central part in one of the most important religious traditions of our times- the Eleusinian Mysteries of Demeter (later Isis-Sothis-Demeter, linked to Sirius) and Persephone (Queen of Hell, Wife of Pluto):
Sacred Well is situated at the south to the Great Propylaia (left from the outside). In Classical Antiquity, this was thought to be the Kallikoron (Well of Beautiful Dances). This name comes from the legend that when Demeter, who lost her daughter and desperate, sat down at the well (or fountain), women of Eleusis danced to console her (Pausanias 1.38.6). But the well in question is now thought to be situated in the Telsterion.
Demeter was also worshipped at Samothrace, home of the Mysteries of the Great Gods. There's another figure, also linked to Samothrace, whose adventures bring us right back to Roswell in many powerful symbolic ways.

So, so many...


SECRET IDENTITY

Indeed, here we will meet another of those great civilizing figures you see in mythology, such as Enki, Oannes, Osiris, Thoth and Prometheus:

Cadmus...in Greek, Roman and Phoenician mythologies, was a Phoenician prince, the son of king Agenor and queen Telephassa of Tyre and the brother of Phoenix, Cilix and Europa. 
Telephassa? Huh. Interesting.

Ovid refers to Cadmus as "the Sidonian strangerº," a reference to the Phoenician city. He left his home there following the famous abduction of Europa: 
After his sister Europa had been carried off by Zeus from the shores of Phoenicia, Cadmus was sent out by his father to find her, and enjoined not to return without her. 
Cadmus was then said to journey to Samothrace, where he and presumably his mother were initiated into the mysteries of the Great Gods.
Unsuccessful in his search, he came to Samothrace, the island sacred to the "Great Gods" and the Kabeiroi, whose mysteries would be celebrated also at Thebes. Cadmus did not journey alone to Samothrace; he appeared with his "far-shining" mother Telephassa.
The origin of Cadmus' name is not entirely certain- one interpretation is that comes from the Phoenician Greek* kekasmai, meaning "to shine."  

Which is the actual definition of Lucent. Not "light bearer" but shining.

In other words, it's not Lucifer Technologies, but in fact CADMUS Technologies.



THE WELL OF MARS

What's more, Cadmus has a powerful connection to wells, in this case, the Well belonging to the god Mars. And strangely enough, the myth of Cadmus and the Martian Well has strong undertones of genetic engineering (men arising from the "teeth" of Mars' dragon) and those pesky Reptilians bubbling just beneath the surface:
"While seeking water he [Kadmos] came to the fountain of Castalia, which a Draco, the offspring of Mars [Ares], was guarding. It killed the comrades of Cadmus, but was killed by Cadmus with a stone. Under Minerva’s instructions he sowed the teeth and plowed them under. From them sprang the Spartoe. These fought among themselves, but from them five survived, namely, Chthonius, Udaeus, Hyperenor, Pelorus, and Echion. 
In modern fringe UFOlogy, Reptilians are said to originate in the Draco system. Which is convenient, I guess.

The Well of Mars is interesting for another reason, one I should mention. That being that Mars is the Red Planet, of course. So it's also the Well of the Red Planet or even, if you like, the Red Well.

 And know what else is red? I'll give you a hint, violets are blue.


A different picture begins to emerge...

Cadmus would marry Harmonia, an event that the gods themselves would attend and the Muses provided the entertainment for. Cadmus would then travel the world and initiate mortals into the Mysteries, presumably the Mysteries of the Great Gods. But you know how these stories end- on a down note.

Cadmus, the civilizer, the shining one, the great initiator, would become- you guessed it- a Reptilian:
Cadmus was deeply troubled by the ill-fortune which clung to him as a result of his having killed the sacred dragon, and one day he remarked that if the gods were so enamoured of the life of a serpent, he might as well wish that life for himself. Immediately he began to grow scales and change in form. Harmonia, seeing the transformation, thereupon begged the gods to share her husband's fate, which they granted (Hyginus).

FALL TO EARTH

Well, if all this talk of Mars and reptilians and pyramids hasn't scared you off by now, maybe we should learn a bit more about these Great Gods, the ultimate source of Cadmus's secret knowledge. They were said to be great craftsmen, and were the sons of Hephaestus, aka Vulcan:
The Cabiri, whose native land was Lemnos and whose principal sanctuary was in Samothrace are said to have had Hephaestus for a father, or at least for a divine ancestor (Strabo, Geo 10.3.21). Marine powers, they are explicitly identified as crabs by Hesychius: "The Cabiri are crabs (karkinoi), animals particularly honored in Lemnos, where they are held to be gods. It is also said that they are the sons of Hephaestus."  Like Hephaestus, whose descendants they are, the Cabiri are metallurgists.
But there's a more salient point to be made about these Great Gods- it's how exactly they came to Earth:
"The Great Gods came to Earth in a flaming star, which shattered the rocks when it crashed into the island of Samothrace, there the Great Gods made their home. They are lords of the terrifying tempest.
Just so we're absolutely clear on this, Cadmus and Lucent are the same word.

Lucent Technologies was said to have received secret technology from the beings who crashed from the sky at Roswell.

Cadmus was said to have received secret knowledge from the beings who crashed 
from the sky at Samothrace and is connected to the Mars Well.


But the father of the Great Gods also takes us back to the Lucifer mythos because Prometheus took the sacred flame he gave to humanity from the god of craftsmen:
Certainly, Hephaestus is master of fire, but not just any fire. He is essentially the technical fire, the fire that is used to accomplish the tasks of artisans, not the heart fire, which is the domain of Hestia, nor the celestial fire, the lightning of Zeus. 

Moreover, Hephaestus works only noble metals: gold, silver, bronze, brass, etc....for Hephaestus, metallurgy proves to be inseparable from magic.

Hephaestus is not only the source of the sacred fire (representing the knowledge of the gods) and of high magic expressed through the working of metal (which is to say technology), like the Great Gods he was also cast down from heaven:
According to Homer, at the moment of Hephaestus's birth, Hera threw him from the sky into the sea, because he was crippled and she was ashamed of him... 
Given all this symbolism and ancient parallels, it becomes harder and harder to see Roswell as Reticulans crashing the interstellar station wagon. It starts to look like something else, something entirely ritualistic and arcane. Perhaps where all this technology takes us will tell us whether this is Luciferian in the Satanic sense or Luciferian in the Promethean sense.

Hephaestus' Roman counterpart was Vulcan, a connection which should speak for itself. His counterpart in Egypt was Ptah, well-known to Secret Sun readers as the model for the Oscar statue. Ptah was also known as the "Disk of Heaven" and built the heavenly boats that took the pharaohs to their eternal abode in the stars.


ALIGNMENT PACT

A few years back I looked at the Barney and Betty Hill abduction and noted the parallels between it and Aleister Crowley's time in the New Hampshire town of Hebron. The Hills claimed to have awoken from their hypnosis while driving parallel to Hebron on Route 3 (now Interstate 93). That got me to thinking about Roswell again and the issue of coordinates, a bit of an obsession of mine.

Alignment is a powerful tool in esotericism. Researchers have noted the alignments of the Giza Plateau, Teotihuacan, America's Stonehenge, the Millennium Hotel, Washington, DC, and other important sites.

The late David Flynn looked at the alignments encoded into Roswell from a Christian apocalyptic perspective, connecting it to his beliefs about the year 2012, and others have picked up from his work.

I had some issues with some of his findings so I decided to look into the coordinates myself. Not only Roswell but other major landmarks in UFOlogy.

The exact latitude for the Roswell Crash Site on the Plains of San Agustin is 33.968418, which rounds off to 34 degrees, zero minutes North (34º0'N).

That is also the exact latitude of Baalbek,
the massive megalithic site that is a favorite of ancient astronaut theorists. Again, we see the mysterious Phoenicians appear in a context that makes no exoteric sense.

34º0' is also the latitude of the Socorro, NM UFO event, the sighting that got a huge amount of attention in 1964. 

Theorists like Flynn credit Baalbek to the work of the Watchers, who fell to earth at Mount Hermon, which stands at 33°24′58″N. If you follow that line almost halfway across the planet you'll find yourself standing smack dab in downtown Roswell, NM. 

The famous Aztec, NM crash was on 36°49′ N. If you travel east you'll eventually find yourself on the southern border of Harran, the mysterious ancient city where the ancient UFO cult known as the Mandaeans was born. Legend has it that the Babylonian king Nimrod, the famous architect of the Tower of Babel, originally established this mysterious citadel.

The famous Kecksburg, PA crash took place at 40°11′N. That line would take you off the coast of Lemnos, where Hephaestus was taken when he was thrown into the ocean from Olympus, so that's a good a splashdown point as any.

Finally, Area 51 is allegedly at 37°15'N. Following that line east will take you to the heart of Sicily, ultimate birthplace of the ancient Eleusinian mysteries. Why is that?


Because Sicily is where Persephone was abducted by Pluto, the King of the Underworld, a story that made a tremendous impression on would-be Area 51 producer Chris Carter. Sicily was the primary cult center for Persephone in the ancient world.
Note also that Pluto was identified with craftsmen, and possessed a helmet that resembled the kind of cloaking technology they're working on at Area 51.

The Hermeticist Ficino said Pluto was a Demiurge, 
"a daemonic 'many-headed' sophist, a magus, an enchanter, a fashioner of images and reflections, a shape-changer of himself and of others." And of course Lucifer later took on many of his attributes in Christian folk mythology.

Remembering the many parallels between the Eleusinian Mysteries and the Mysteries of Isis, we should note that 51 is 3x17, the date of Osiris' death and the Lamentations of Isis and Nephthys. Osiris would be revived by Isis and take his place as Lord of the Underworld.

I don't know about you but that's one or three too many coincidences for me to swallow. 


UPDATE: While I was working on this piece, some interesting events took place out there in Meatspace.

• SpaceX announced it would send the Dragon capsule to Mars in 2017. Keep an eye out for Cadmus symbolism...

• Footage of a mystery mushroom cloud over Area 51 leaked onto the Internet. 

• Former Speaker of the House John Boehner called Senator Ted Cruz "Lucifer in the flesh."

• Sony announced a 666% increase in profit just in time for Walpurgis Night.


TO BE CONTINUED

Note: I'm running these posts out of order. I'll run the post originally meant to run before this later.

º And as David Flynn and others have pointed out Sidonian, or Phoenician, is homophonic with Cydonian, referring to the notorious Martian plain where some have argued evidence of artificial construction can be found. The Cydonians themselves can trace their lineage back to Samothrace and worship of the Cabiri.

* Scholars are also at odds over the meaning of the Cadmus myth itself, with some arguing it represents the influx of Phoenicians and Phoenician learning into Greece, bringing along gods like Heracles, Dionysus, Astarte and Adonis. 

†Apeulius actually uses the term "secret rites"  

Lucifer's Technologies: Fallen from the Sky

Technology rules our lives, so much so that some Futurists predict that humanity will be replaced by robots and artificial intelligences. How did we get here? How did we go from a world where technology remained essentially static for thousands of years to a world in which we've become slaves to our own machines? 
The Lucifer archetype has been associated with knowledge and technology since antiquity, in a positive light (the Prometheus myth) and a darker sense (Satan and the Tree of Knowledge in the myth of the Fall). Which side of this powerful archetype will triumph in the future?  
So, how exactly did this postwar technology boom come about? Nothing like it had ever been seen in human history and we're still sorting through the breakthroughs made in that era.

To be sure, there were a lot of very great (and very well-educated) scientists working for a lot of very big (and very well-appointed) laboratories and companies. But that had been true for some time. It's even more true today and yet the innovation machine seems to be sputtering to a slow march these days. Even Moore's Law is being called into question now.

THE KEYSTONE

So many of the breakthroughs that have been made through all fields of science and technology have come about through the computer revolution, a revolution that would have been impossible without a single piece of technology- the simple transistor.

We take it for granted today but before solid state technology everything- radio, TV, computers- needed to be powered by hot, heavy vacuum tubes. It's why the first calculator was the size of a house and today you can get a much better one built into a pen.

The laser has also played an outsized role in the technological revolution of the 20th Century. And oddly enough, both breakthroughs would share links with the year 1947 and with the legendary Bell Laboratories.



Younger people have no concept of how radical and extreme the changes have been in our technology. Older people, particularly those who were adults during World War Two, certainly noticed how things seemed to change almost overnight.

But even so, it took a long time for the ideas that were being explored in the 50s and 60s in places like Bell Labs and Xerox's PARC to come to market. Any engineer will tell you there's a chasm between concept and application.

When I was very young we had a vacuum-tube, black and white TV set that only got VHF stations. We had one rotary telephone. We had a couple AM radios and we also had phonograph player that was more a piece of furniture than a piece of electronic equipment. Later, we had Pong. Braintree didn't get cable TV until 1984.

The graphs you see in this piece indicate what investigators or intelligence agents would call a "pattern break," an indication that something fundamental had changed, something that the target was trying to conceal. And time and again we see a steady rate of technological change suddenly shoot skyward after 1947.


THE WELL

In 1997, at the height of the popularity of The X-Files, a retired military intelligence officer released a book that caused a firestorm of controversy. The book was called The Day After Roswell and seemed to confirm many long-held suspicions of the UFO conspiracy community, suspicions that seemed to reaching a boiling point as the book hit the stores:
Colonel Philip J Corso explains how he gained access to the Roswell files whilst working at the Foreign Technology Desk, R+D at the Pentagon.  Corso explains how the extraterrestrial technology was retrieved and reverse engineered by corporations who were granted the patents for such technology.  Corso also explains how an organization was set up within the government which would seal the lid on the extraterrestrial presence and make it inaccessible to future presidental administrations...
The book became an instant best-seller but many prominent researchers in the UFO field expressed skepticism about both it and about Corso himself, including Kevin Randle, Stanton Friedman, Budd Hopkins and Brad Sparks

The timing seemed suspicious to some. Here was a Lt. Colonel from the Foreign Technology Office telling UFOlogists everything they wanted to hear exactly when they wanted to hear it. And critics noted the book was rife with basic errors of fact.

Many of errors were curious- some had nothing directly to do with Corso's Roswell claims and were the kind of mistakes that could have very easily been corrected by his co-author Bill Birnes when the book was in the editing process.



A further controversy erupted when Senator Strom Thurmond -under whom Corso worked as an aide after he left the service- demanded his (rather glowing) foreword be removed from the book, claiming he wasn't aware of the book's subject matter (though a memo reprinted in UFO Magazine later showed that the foreword was for a "Roswell" book).

So what do we have here? A hoax? A delusional old man cashing in on the UFO craze of the time? A deliberate disinfo campaign meant to splash water on Roswell fever (which in many ways the backlash to the book did)? 


Michael Salla- whose resume is strangely more fitting to a Undersecretary of State than a UFO researcher- dug into the controversy over Corso's book and found than many of the claims made against his reputation and his credibility were either false or trivial. And Thurmond's introduction made it clear that Corso had been a highly partisan Cold Warrior in the 50s and 60s, which Salla claims had made him a lot of enemies.


Roswell's official city seal

Could this then have been what is called in intelligence parlance "cooked information," a sandwich of truth and deception? Or could it have a been a kind of inoculation, a way to seed shards of information to the public but do so through an individual who might easily be dismissed by most, given his fuzzy memory and outrageous claims?


Those claims were essentially as follows:

Together with his commanding officer, Lieutenant General Arthur G. Trudeau, Corso said he developed a plan to "seed" the technologically advanced artifacts to defense contractors who were already working on similar projects. But this had to be done, for the most part, without telling the scientists involved where the artifacts had come from.

According to Corso, he eventually did figure out where to take much of the debris for reverse engineering. Companies like Bell Labs, IBM, Dow Corning and Hughes Aircraft subsequently managed to create new technological breakthroughs that gave the U.S. a decided edge in a projected military response to the aliens.
 
Among the products that Corso says resulted from the Roswell debris were: 
Image intensifiers, which ultimately became "night vision,"  Fiber optics, Supertenacity fibers,  Lasers, Molecular alignment metallic alloys, Integrated circuits and microminiaturization of logic boards, HARP (High Altitude Research Project), Project Horizon (a military base on the Moon to compete with both the Russians and the aliens.), Portable atomic generators (ion propulsion drive), Irradiated food, "Third Brain" guidance systems (based on the headbands reportedly used by the aliens), Particle beams ("Star Wars" antimissle energy weapons), Electromagnetic propulsion systems, Depleted uranium projectiles
That's quite a list- interesting to see the EM drive on there, which you're suddenly hearing quite a lot about these days. But it doesn't end there:
Corso maintains that the implementation of the "Star Wars" project led to the end of the Cold War. And, while neither Reagan or Chairman Mikail Gorbachev said so publicly, the U.S. and Russia now present a united front against the common alien enemy. The paranoia that had existed between the two countries since the end of World War II had now given way to a determination to fight together for the sake of mankind as a whole.
In his original manuscript Corso claimed the aliens were not smiling space brothers: 
"They have violated our air space with impunity and even landed on our territory. Whether intentional or not, they have performed hostile acts. Our citizens have been abducted and killed" (Dawn of a New Age, p. 77).

"The above are acts of war which we would not tolerate from any worldly source. It also appears they do not tolerate any such acts on our parts on their bases." (Dawn of a New Age, p. 77)
 
... the aliens have shown a callous indifference concerning their victims. Their behavior has been insidious and it appears they might be using our earth and manipulating earth life.  (Dawn of a New Age, p. 98)

Former Canadian Defense Minister Paul Hellyer claims that The Day After Roswell had a revelatory effect on him, particularly after he called a friend who had been a General in the US Military. Hellyer claims the General told him:
 "Every word of it is true, and more." We then spoke 20 minutes or so discussing the "and more" to the extent he could without revealing classified material. What he said was just as fascinating and compelling as the book. UFOs are real as the airplane flying overhead. That is my unequivocal conclusion..."
Critics countered that many of the technologies Corso cites were already in development, which Corso already had acknowledged to a degree. However, if you look carefully at those claims you'll find that most of what was being worked on was either theoretical science or crude prototype projects that actually bore little resemblance to the technologies as they finally emerged.

But the fact that some of these technologies were being conceived- if only theoretically- seems to fit a very old pattern, one we'll explore in depth in future posts. After all, you don't give a toddler the keys to your Lamborghini, do you now?




And almost without exception, all the big breakthroughs with actual working patents came in the period Corso cites (the 1950s and 1960s) and through the companies he claims were seeded with materials to experiment on. 

So if Corso were making it all up he certainly did his homework. Back when his original manuscript was written that would entail a lot of research, probably a lot of trips to the library. Corso never gave the impression that he was up to all that. Note that Corso did admit that he came into FT late, almost 15 years after Roswell.


Fiber optics is an interesting case- the science was worked on in Japan and Germany (both firmly under the US's thumb then) and England in the 1960s (many of the scientists seemed to get awards for their work in the 1970s, strangely) but was still classified when used by NASA in 1969. It was refined by Corning Glass in 1970 and apparently made ready for commercial use in 1986 by who else? 


Bell Labs. 
Huh. Go figure.


One of Corso's most controversial claims is that the transistor- the basic building block of the entire technological revolution- came from Roswell. Critics responded that it had been in development long before.

But the truth is that the paper trail on the transistor is shockingly thin. Here's what the Wiki has:

 The thermionic triode, a vacuum tube invented in 1907, enabled amplified radio technology and long-distance telephony. The triode, however, was a fragile device that consumed a lot of power.
OK; this is a fucking vacuum tube. Why is included in the history of the transistor? Maybe this is why:
Physicist Julius Edgar Lilienfeld filed a patent for a field-effect transistor (FET) in Canada in 1925, which was intended to be a solid-state replacement for the triode. Lilienfeld also filed identical patents in the United States in 1926 and 1928.
Well, that seems pretty weak. I mean, there's got to be more evidence than a couple lousy patent forms, right? There's got to be some kind of paper trail that can be conclusively dated, establishing the timeline of the development of this world-changing technology.
However, Lilienfeld did not publish any research articles about his devices nor did his patents cite any specific examples of a working prototype.
Oh. So in other words, all the stuff that couldn't be faked doesn't exist. Even a bio of the scientist claims the history of these devices is "sketchy." The Wiki, again:
Because the production of high-quality semiconductor materials was still decades away, Lilienfeld's solid-state amplifier ideas would not have found practical use in the 1920s and 1930s, even if such a device had been built. In 1934, German inventor Oskar Heil patented a similar device. 
We'll learn more about the problem of semiconductor materials in the next post. It's no small problem.*

Be that as it may, it stands to reason that in between 1934 and 1947 there's gotta be a MASSIVE paper trail, right? I mean, this is the TRANSISTOR, people, the Holy Grail of modern electronics. What's the next step in the official history here?
From November 17, 1947 to December 23, 1947, John Bardeen and Walter Brattain at AT+T's Bell Labs in the United States performed experiments and observed that when two gold point contacts were applied to a crystal of germanium, a signal was produced with the output power greater than the input. Solid State Physics Group leader William Shockley saw the potential in this, and over the next few months worked to greatly expand the knowledge of semiconductors.
Oh. Guess not. But Lilienfeld's work served one important purpose:
When Brattain, Bardeen, and their colleague chemist Robert Gibney tried to get patents on their earliest devices, most of their claims were rejected due to the Lilienfeld patents.
Translation: A paper trail documenting the development of the Bell Labs transistor needn't be produced because of these alleged patents.


What else is curious about Lilienfeld is how he seems to fall off the radar in 1935 or so. He's said to have moved to the Virgin Islands (where he was said to have moved to get away from wheat allergies he was suffering in...the metropolitan Boston area) but there doesn't seem to be much of a track record on him from that point forward. A very mysterious story for such an apparently important scientist.†



SOMETHING HAPPENED

Whatever it was exactly, something happened after Roswell- the data, the paper-trail, the radical changes in technology bear that out. Whether or not it had something to do with Roswell is another story entirely but the event did seem to act as a harbinger of major changes to come. 


But that's the UFO paradox; at the same time UFOlogy is a minefield of hoaxery and humbug, UFO events so often act as powerful augurs of change.

Of course, the major problem with the Roswell narrative- and other UFO crash stories- is that we're led to believe that such an advanced technology could be defeated by primitive radar systems or electrical storms. But then again our own advanced aircraft often crash in storms or in strong winds or even when birds fly into the engines. Nature is an infinitely powerful force- don't believe otherwise.

However, I have a feeling that something else was afoot and that the alleged 'crash' may in fact have been a cover story for something far stranger- and far more complex.  Something that may in fact happened some time before Roswell. 

A lot of people will cite the influx of German scientists into the US through Operation Paperclip for the radical changes in technology. But the rocket scientist Hermann Oberth has been quoted as saying in 1972, “We cannot take the credit for our record advancement in certain scientific fields alone; we have been helped.”

THE ROSWELL FUNHOUSE  

The levels of deceptionº over Roswell are deep. So much so that I have trouble believing any of the interpretations of the story, whether from skeptics or believers. I think something did crash, but I suspect that it was neither an alien spaceship or a weather balloon but something actually created to crash. I'll explain why in an upcoming post.

What's more the fact that a General was actually flashing a memo to reporters that contradicted the story he was telling at the press conference (and a memo I'm quite certain he was disappointed no one deciphered until fairly recently) says to me that a very complex intelligence strategy was unfolding over this event.

Corso died a year after The Day After Roswell was released (in Jupiter, Florida, of all places) and the buzz and the controversy over the book soon died down. Or at least seemed to. In UFO circles the fire was still burning because another insider came forward and told a very similar story to the one Corso had.

But his story went into depths of detail Corso barely scratched at.



TO BE CONTINUED


* It's at the heart of the matter. After all, there's a chasm between an idea and an application. Men were contemplating traveling into space a long time ago. It took a long time to do it.

† What else I find curious- if not actually suspicious- are these narratives from Bell Labs about the development of the transistor I've seen in some books on the subject. This was a very sensitive project with major implications for the company. Knowing what I know about my grandfather's work at MITRE I am willing to bet that any discussion of the project would be kept within the actual working group, especially during that paranoid "Reds under every bed" postwar period.

º And outright nonsense- see the "Roswell Slides" psyop.