Thanks to Google Earth, some believe 2000 feet beneath the ocean in an area near Point Dume, Malibu, California is an underwater alien base. The vehicles these aliens pilot are called “USOs” (Unidentified Submersible/marine Objects) as opposed to the more familiar UFOs which do not enter or exit from oceans/lakes as these apparently do.
The aforementioned base is a merely a seamount formation. Due to its flat appearance and supposed pillars, kooks are agape. There are problems for Jimmy Church, the crank radio host who has endorsed and publicized this structure, though.
Nature has long created objects that appear man-made and all of them are vastly more impressive and symmetrical than the Point Dume formation. Hell, even a fool like Lee Speigel does not appear to believe this gibberish.
Nevertheless, it is understandable Church is a fool. His guest list includes flakes like Richard Dolan, Kerry Cassidy, David Wilcox, and Jason Martell. In research, you are what you eat; hence, Church has chronic dysentery (1)(2)(3).
George Sauder is perhaps the most popular exponent of underground base theories around. I agree with him there may well be some funky subsea bases around. Johnathan Gray’s interesting “64 Secrets Still Ahead of us” discusses a document Sauder unearthed dating from 1966, detailing the use of underwater bases by the United States going back decades. It is good verifiable documentation. Nonetheless, Sauder should avoid mixing with kooks like Church too often (4)(5).
David Hatcher Childress Lurking Beneath the Waves
The reason I say this is no matter how interesting the subsea base subject could potentially be, king David Hatcher Childress has leaped on-board. In 2005, he republished Ivan T. Sandersons 1970, book “Invisible Residents: The Reality of Underwater UFO’s.” (6)
The English born Sanderson was a popular Charles Fort inspired biologist, agent, adventurer, and storyteller in the 50s and 60s. Many believe Sanderson to be the person who first coined the term “cryptozoological” for off-beat creatures he wrote about like the “Abominable Snowman.” (7)
Returning to his “Invisible Residents” book, one of Sanderson’s most fascinating and influential claims in it concerns an object noted on sonar circa 1963 travelling at over “150 knots” and went to “28,374 feet below sea level” by the U.S Navy.
He quoted this story from two different articles lacking any sources. The real story appears to have taken place with an incident seen by the Royal Navy off the Norwegian Coast in February of 1963. It was an interesting tale and it contained no stories of objects descending to any such depths (8).
Yet, what struck me once more was how Childress attached himself to Sanderson like a parasite. Because, he is such a schmuck he sucks the fun out of anything Sanderson ever touched. Moreover, he seems to advocate for dubious pseudo-science with white supremacist undertones.
Like Childress, as a kid, I too was fascinated with the idea of advanced underwater/lost civilizations; indeed, the possibility of aliens under the depths fascinated me. Hence, Atlantis was where I wanted to go and from whence most discussions of underwater civilizations/bases start.
Plato described the Atlantean’s way back sometime near 300 BC. It is doubtful any Atlanteans existed as described by Plato who seemed to use it as an allegorical tale. Nevertheless, I am a huge fan of Robert Ballard who pointed out due to volcanoes and rising water levels we have numerous communities from which legends of Atlantis could have sprung (9).
What I am not a fan of are the bogus theories about Atlantis advocated by Ignatius Donnelly in the 19th century. He, alongside folks like Helena Blavatsky, helped popularize the idea of the Atlanteans being a technologically superior group of people.
It sounds groovy until one digs a little deeper and the Atlanteans turn out to be white skinned overlords who influenced numerous ancient civilizations. Childress has unquestioningly leaped all over this dubious guff. So much so, he described Atlanteans as a league of races led by blonde haired folk with red turbans (10).
Scott Beekman pointed out the influence of William Pelley on many of Hatcher Childress’ topics, as has arch critic of Childress Jason Colavito (11)(12)(13).
William Hamilton is another ufologist influenced by the Aryan bull spread by 19th Century fools like Blavatsky, and Donnelly, the 20th Centuries own fantasist Pelley. Like Hatcher Childress, he also buys into the rubbish about Mount Shasta and Lemuria (14). Hamilton has dabbled in hidden bases for years and is widely scorned in ufological circles; his dabbling with Dan Burisch killed any little credibility he had (15)(16).
Furthermore, the fact he propagates the claims of Marineland Pacific Park near Palos Verdes being an experimental submersed naval base shows his Childress level of studiousness (17)(18).
Compelling Stories of Bases: AUTEC Facility
In terms of funky undersea bases straight from the imagination of Ian Fleming, a good place to look is the Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Centre (AUTEC) facility on Andros Island in the Bahamas. If the aforementioned documents Sauder found are authentic (and they look to be) there are likely some cool human made and inhabited bases out there.
As for alien bases, one imagines if they are capable of living underwater they would be invisible to any earthly scanning equipment and therefore us civilians. If we do see them emerge or dive into the water, one ponders… “Are these turkeys buzzing us for a laugh?”
Who knows, I just hope they are not Gungans. Yet in making jest, I may be shooting myself in the foot. The glut of sightings concerning UFOs emerging/descending into waterways particularly in Latin America indicates some U.S military weirdness is going on.
A prototype multi-purpose surveillance/weapon drone maybe…
The Valentich Case 1978
The above may tie into the Valentich case.
Arguments against UFO involvement in his case focus on Fredrick Valentich’s incompetence. However, even if he was crap one finds it hard to believe he mistook stars for a solid object circling him.
Most of the time, inexperienced pilots jeopardize themselves by missing marks or confusing constellations at night. According to his flight controller, Valentich showed no signs of confusion or disorientation concerning navigation.
Valentich probably screwed up; nevertheless, the object he saw, and the distraction it caused may well have assisted those errors (19).
One witness, Ray Manifold, supposedly photographed an object emerge from the water near where Valentich disappeared. While this sounds somewhat dubious. Manifold, does not come across as a turkey; furthermore, regardless of his comments the Valentich case is a suspicious and worthy of investigation. Therefore, anybody keen on the case should check out Richard F Haines’ work (20).
References & Image Credits:
(1) Jimmy Church Radio
(3) Huffington Post
(4) Gray, Johnathan: “64 Secrets Still Ahead of us.” Page, 58-59
(6) Abe Books
(8) Water UFO
(9) National Geographic
(10) Orser, Charles “The Prehistory of Race and Archaeological Interpretation Part I.” Page, 69
(11) Jason Colavito
(12) Double Standards in Fringe History
(13) Beekman, Scott: “William Dudley Pelley: A life in Right Wing Extremism and the Occult.” Page, 233
(14) MSL Publishing
(15) Godlike Productions
(16) The Outpost Forum
(17) UFO Evidence
(19) Herald Sun
(20) Scientific Exploration
(22) World UFO Photos and News
(23) Google Earth