from the May 2009 Star Beacon
By Ann Ulrich Miller
12th annual UFO symposium was held the last weekend in March in
Aztec, N.M. This year’s event was limited to Friday night and all
day Saturday, with five lectures crammed into one day. About 350
people attended the conference, which began with a Meet ‘N Greet
Dinner Friday evening.
The informal dinner was a benefit for the Aztec Public
Library and gave attendees a chance to mingle and meet with each of
the speakers, who came around to different tables and gave a little
talk on what they would be discussing the next day.
I met two friends with whom I’d enjoyed e-mail
correspondences. Ray Larsen from Cedaredge, Colo., took a weekend
break from his busy life in the recycling business, and Terri
Miller, a massage therapist from Pagosa Springs, was able to join
us. I also met some other new friends, Rose, a paranormal
investigator who lives and works on the Navajo Reservation, and
Gayle and Joyce, visitors from the Pacific Northwest, among others.
morning was Niara Isley’s first public presentation of her UFO and
military experiences. Niara heads Durango Exopolitics in the Four
Corners area. She had prepared a Power Point presentation to
accompany her talk, but the technicians couldn’t get it to work, so
Niara winged it and did a professional job, speaking from her heart.
Niara has been an abductee since the age of 4, and explained how her
experiences affected her life and how she searched for answers that
lay buried in her subconscious mind.
During the early 1980s Niara had missing time during her stint at
Tonopah, Nev., when she was in the Air Force. Her quest to learn
what had transpired during those few months led to a hypnosis
session with Budd Hopkins and the terrible truth that plunged her
into years of wanting to run and hide from her past, due to the
trauma of her experiences.
In recent years Niara has managed to heal from many of the
experiences from which most normal people could probably never
recover. Her story is poignant, terrifying, yet bold and inspiring.
She is currently at work on a book, Facing the Shadow, Embracing the
Light: A Personal Story of Trauma, Healing and Transformation, which
she hopes to release in 2009 or early in 2010.
Norio Hayakawa was the second speaker. Norio moved from Torrance,
Calif., to New Mexico a year ago, because he feels New Mexico is the
state in which things will culminate. He has been a health advocate
for workers at Area 51 in Nevada, and now is interested in
uncovering what is going on at Dulce, N.M., where an alleged alien
base is supposed to be located under Archuleta Mesa. Norio wants to
know whether the information is factual or simply disinformation.
In 1990 Norio was part of a Japanese TV crew that interviewed Bob
Lazar in Las Vegas. Lazar had made public some startling information
about Area 51, where he had worked. The TV crew was at Lazar’s home
filming for four hours, and Norio remembered that during that whole
time there were two men sitting next to Lazar and each had a black
square box at their side, which was some kind of communication
system. These men went wherever Lazar went, from room to room, and
when Norio asked who they were, Lazar said they were “just friends”
and “not to worry.”
Area 51 became known to ufologists and the public
in 1989 after Bob Lazar’s appearance on KLAS TV (Las Vegas) with
George Knapp on “Eyewitness News.” John Lear and William Moore knew
about Area 51’s secrets in 1987. In 1988 Moore sent Norio a 10-page
document on Area 51. Norio received information from John Lear that
same year on both Area 51 and Dulce, N.M.
Paul Bennewitz was actually the source of rumors about the Dulce
base. Bennewitz was, in Norio’s opinion, a brilliant scientist, an
electrical engineer who worked on humidifiers for military purposes
at Thunder Scientific Corp., next to Kirtland AFB. Norio disclosed
that Bennewitz was aware of an information campaign.
Bennewitz, a member of the now defunct APRO, said he saw
unidentified flying objects from his house every night. He claimed
that in the mid 1970s the government began experimenting with
“remotely controlled platforms” or UAVs (unidentified aerial
In 1979 a woman named Myrna Hanson drove her car from Cimarron and
was allegedly abducted by a strange light in the sky. Paul Bennewitz
was interested and met with her and interviewed her about her
experience. Hanson claimed she was taken to an underground base in
New Mexico and Bennewitz concluded it was at Dulce.
Norio’s focus on the Dulce area, like Area 51, centers around health
issues of workers. There is a relatively high rate of cancer in the
area as well as fertility issues. (See Norio’s report on Dulce, page
One interesting thing Norio pointed out in his lecture had to do
with the Roswell UFO crash in July 1947. The crash site lies on the
33.33 degree latitude. It has been found that the site is exactly
2,012 miles from the equator. He wonders if the crash was
intentionally staged to set up a time marker and a conditioning
process that could culminate in the year 2012.
Victoria Liljenquist’s talk on Saturday afternoon was about her
encounters with the Sacred Language of Light, UFOs and Merkabah
vehicles that are preparing for the Second Earth. Victoria receives
visions and special messages regarding the transformation of and
arrival of our “New Earth.” She presented video footage of film
she’s taken over the years that appear as amazing pictographic
images, ancient symbols and Star Gate images revealing the Sacred
Language of Light. She has even captured mother ships on film. If
you get a chance to see Victoria’s DVD, “Encounters with Angels,
UFOs and Divine Messages,” you’ll see for yourself.
Victoria, a resident of Pagosa Springs, Colo., possesses a unique
voice and special gift of singing that brings in the ships. She is
able to help people tap into their own abilities to call forth
David Hatcher Childress was the next speaker, on “Ancient
Civilizations, UFOs and Tesla Technology.” David is known to some as
the “real life” Indiana Jones. He has authored or co-authored more
than 20 books and traveled the world several times over, seeking
adventure and answers to the mysteries of mankind’s past. The eight
books of his “Lost Cities” series include fascinating information on
advanced technology and anomalous architecture of our predecessors.
He was both knowledgeable and entertaining. He has a magazine, World
Explorer, and his own publishing company, Adventures Unlimited
Last speaker was Dr. Michael Salla, who traveled from Hawaii and,
due to a spring snowstorm, got stuck at the Denver airport an extra
Dr. Salla spoke on “Exposing U.S. Government Policy on
Extraterrestrial Life.” He is known for his work with Exopolitics,
which is the study of political associations with extraterrestrial
Walter Haut’s affidavit concerning events at the 1947 Roswell
crash revealed that U.S. national security officials had secretly
approved a range of government policies on extraterrestrial life
that would have the highest security classification.
Dr. Salla’s presentation focused on how select government
agencies, in the U.S. and elsewhere, have secretly implemented
public policy over six decades. He examined different ways in which
U.S. public policy has been set in terms of resource exchange
agreements with extraterrestrial life, including illicit funding of
black projects concerning ET life; suppressing civilian initiatives
related to ET technologies, and developing strategic national
He showed how these policies have been justified using
national security arguments that appear tenuous at best. He also
discussed exopolitics as a new disciplinary approach for
understanding the development of public policy on extraterrestrial
life. He also discussed the different ways the general public might
respond to disclosure of secret U.S. public policies on ET life, and
what can be done in preparation for that disclosure.
A panel of locals concluded the conference by revealing some
strange and unusual experiences with visitors from beyond. Also
there were trips out to the Aztec UFO crash site, located 12 miles
away, for those who wanted to brave the dusty and bumpy natural-gas
field roads. There was an alleged UFO crash in Hart Canyon in 1948,
and the Friends of the Aztec Public Library, a nonprofit
organization, has been sponsoring the symposium each year in order
to raise funds for the Aztec library.
All in all, it was an excellent conference with plenty of
good information crammed into a full day of lectures.
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