Nov 28, 2022 I Nick Redfern

Mysteries of the Ancient Type - and the Interest of Government / Intelligence Agencies

Now and again I have focused my interests on the matter of the connection between Noah's Ark and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). There's a genuine mystery there that still has to be resolved. It just so happens that the CIA holds an extensive file on the claims that Mt. Ararat was the final resting place for Noah’s Ark. Or, as it is referred to within the CIA, and by the Pentagon, too: the “Ararat Anomaly.” It is a reference to a large object first spotted in 1949 by the crew of a U.S. Air Force spy-plane. Whatever the strange object is, no-one doubts it exists. For some it’s nothing stranger than a weirdly-shaped, rocky outcrop that vaguely resembles a boat. For others, it is nothing less than Noah’s Ark itself. For more than a few, it’s an ancient, wrecked UFO, one that crash-landed on Mt. Ararat thousands of years ago, and which led to the development of the Ark legend – due to the assertions that the UFO had aboard numerous examples of terrestrial animals. Whatever the truth of the matter, there’s no denying that the CIA’s interest in the Ararat Anomaly dates back to the late 1940s. Then, in the 1950s, CIA U-2 spy-planes were flown over the area to secure high-quality photographs of what some thought was the remains of Noah's Ark. In 1973, spy-satellites were vectored over Turkey – once again, as part of a concerted effort to try and figure out the true nature of the Anomaly. The official story is that no firm conclusion has been reached, chiefly because of (a) the inhospitable, icy, snowy environment at the top of Mt. Ararat; and (b) the reluctance of the Turkish Government to permit people to examine it in person.

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Let's have a look at certain, other ancient issues that have attracted the U.S. Government. I should stress that the data I'm about to share with you is very brief: it takes up just a few lines of page 264 of the late H.P. Albarelli, Jr., Albarelli's book, A Terrible Mistake, (be aware that there are a couple of editions, so the page numbers might differ). But, for those interested in matters relative to missing and hidden files, you may want to look into the following further, to see if something intriguing just might surface. I should also stress that I know nothing at all about the documents, beyond the tidbits Albarelli shares with us in the pages of A Terrible Mistake. That said, he writes: "Several heavily redacted CIA documents reveal a keen interest in the Ark of the Covenant," in the "rock at Horeb," and in "Solomon's Temple." He also states that the CIA had an interest in the "peculiar apparatus reportedly witnessed by Ezekiel." Albarelli presents those "peculiar apparatus..." words in quotation marks, suggesting they are taken from CIA papers. Albarelli quotes from what is described as "one document," and which reads as follows: " These subjects without doubt appear strange and extreme, but one cannot easily escape the reality of their effects and impacts. Exploration of a thorough nature is wise, and may well prove beneficial in a number of areas. Thusly, concerns about appearances, or ill comments, should by put aside, but caution should be exerted at every step."

Now, onto a man named Morris K. Jessup. Born just outside of Rockville, Indiana, Morris Jessup was someone who, as a young boy, gravitated, ahem, towards the growing field of astronomy. Such was his passion for the subject, and as time went by, Jessup secured a bachelor of science in 1925 at the age of twenty-five, while working at the Lamont-Hussey Observatory, which was operated by the University of Michigan. Just barely a year later a Master of Science Degree followed for Jessup. Despite all of these impressive achievements, Jessup – somewhat baffling - spent much of his life working as a salesman in parts for cars. That didn’t stop Jessup from digging deeply into his other passions, however. One was the field of archaeology. And, when the era of the Flying Saucer began in 1947, Jessup wasted no time eagerly looking into that issue, too. Of course, the blending of the two issues that Jessup was deeply into – ancient civilizations and UFOs – meant that it was almost inevitable he would become a well-known figure in the UFO scene. Sadly, time was already running out for Jessup. He didn’t know it, though.  

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Jessup became obsessed with the UFO phenomenon in the 1950s, traveled around Central America, South America and multiple other places, too. He also turned his attention to nothing less than the near-legendary "Philadelphia Experiment." It was in 1955 that a highly controversial book on flying saucers was published. The author was Morris Ketchum Jessup, and the title of his book was The Case for the UFO. It was a book which, for the most part, highlighted two particular issues: (a) how gravity could be harnessed and used as an energy; and (b) the source of power of the mysterious flying saucers that people were seeing in the skies above. It wasn’t long after the book was published that Jessup was contacted by a man who wrote Jessup a number of letters that detailed something astounding. The man was one Carlos Allende, a resident of Pennsylvania. Allende’s letters were as long as they were rambling and almost ranting, but Jessup found them oddly addictive. Allende provided Jessup what he – Allende – claimed were top secret snippets of a story that revolved another nothing less than invisibility – of the type achieved, in fictional formats, at least, in the likes of The Invisible Man movie of 1933, starring Claude Rains. It wasn’t just invisibility that Allende had on his mind: it was teleportation, too, and of the kind which went drastically wrong for Jeff Goldblum’s character, Seth Brundle, in 1986’s The Fly.

Jessup read the letters with varying degrees of amazement, worry, fear and incredulity. That’s hardly surprising, given the nature of the alleged events. So Allende’s tale went, it was at the Philadelphia Naval Yard, in October 1943, when the U.S. Navy reportedly managed to bring both teleportation and invisibility into the real world. According to Allende, the ship in question – the DE 173 USS Eldridgevanished from Philadelphia and then very briefly reappeared at Norfolk, Virginia, after which it returned to the Philadelphia Naval Yard. How did Allende know all this? He told Jessup that he was on-board a ship whose crew were monitoring the experiment, the USS Andrew Furuseth. In one of his letters, that detailed his own, claimed sighting of the Eldridge vanishing form view, Allende wrote that he watched “the air all around the ship turn slightly, ever so slightly, darker than all the other air. I saw, after a few minutes, a foggy green mist arise like a cloud. I watched as thereafter the DE 173 became rapidly invisible to human eyes.” It should be noted, however, that, in the 1950s, Jessup took a great amount of interest in ancient mysteries - and particularly the ways that massive stones had been moved. He suggested some kind of anti-gravity was the source.

Jessup, speaking to 1950s-era ufologist, Gray Barker – the man who just about kicked off the mystery of the Men in Black, by the way - made a concise statement that he used on several occasions –in lectures, primarily - before his 1959 death took him away: “I have used the word ‘levitation’ as a substitute for power or force. I have suggested that flying saucers used some means of reacting with the gravitational field. In this way they could apply accelerations or lifting forces to all particles of a body, inside and outside, simultaneously, and not through external force applied by pressure, or harness, to the surface only. I believe that this same, or a similar force was used to move stones in very ancient times. I believe the source of this lifting or levitating power was lost suddenly.” Some have said that Jessup's controversial death of 1959 was connected to various ancient mysteries. 

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Our foray into the strange world of Morris Jessup is almost at its end. For now, at least. It’s not a good ending. In fact, it turned out to be an absolutely deadly one. On the late afternoon of April 29, 1959, at Florida’s Dale County Park, the body of Morris Jessup was found – dead - in the driver’s seat of his car. The conclusion: suicide. The cause? Carbon-monoxide poisoning. Not everyone, however, was sure that Jessup’s death was due to suicide. Jessup’s wife, Rubeye, noted that several towels had been pushed into the windows of the car, as a means to prevent any carbon-monoxide from getting out. So, why didn’t Jessup take a few towels from the home to the car? He could easily have done that. Yet, Jessup chose to go to a nearby store and get some new towels. What would be the point in creating such a convoluted situation? On the other hand, though, who can really say what goes through the fraught mind of someone when they are just about to end their life? Then, there’s also the matter of a certain phone-call that was made the very night before Jessup’s life was snuffed out.

As The Unrevealed Files reveal: “A friend of Jessup, Dr. J. Manson Valentine (an oceanographer, archaeologist, and zoologist) said, ‘Jessup was very upset during the last months of his life and was reaching out more than ever to talk with me or someone who can understand his feelings. It was during these last months that Jessup shared his innermost feelings about the Philadelphia Experiment with me.’ It’s very probable that Dr. Valentine was the last person to talk with Jessup. He had spoken to Jessup on April 20, 1959, and had invited him to dinner; Jessup accepted his invitation but never visited.” It’s important, too, to note that that whenever, and wherever, anyone in the field of UFO research and writing dies, there are always rumors and whisperings to the effect that there just had to have been suspicious circumstances. I have to say that that says much more about the UFO scene – and some of the people in it – than it does about the ways by which their lives really ended. 

Now, onto Bruce Cathie, who died in 2013. Let’s dig deep further into his strange, yet intriguing, world of UFOs, of the Levitators and of Antigravity. For many years, he was a captain with the National Airways Corporation of New Zealand. Chiefly, he flew Fokker Friendship and Boeing 737 planes. After a UFO encounter of his very own kind at Mangere, Auckland, back in 1952, Cathie decided to try and solve the UFO mystery all on his lonesome. That was a pretty impressive thing to try and do. Some chance of that, but Cathie did at least his best. What Cathie did discover, however, was what he termed a “world magnetic grid system” – an invisible grid that had its origins in ancient times and that allowed those piloting the UFOs to soar across the Earth, almost as a train on the New York City Subway or on the London Underground would. The imagery is decidedly impressive. But, what about the reality of Cathie’s theories? Well, it wasn’t long before Cathie began to focus all of his UFO research on the “grid” angle. In doing so, he uncovered some incredible data.

The story gets somewhat sinister. The Defense Intelligence Agency's declassified UFO papers show that Cathie had put in nothing less than a stern complaint with the Americans, to the effect that (a) he was being watched by U.S. agents (and watched closely); and that (b) he wanted those same agents removed – and quickly, too. Cathie said - but failed to explain how he knew – that the Men in Black-type characters were stationed at the USS Eltanin. This suggests that at least a portion of this story has gone missing. As for the ship itself, it happened to be in-port in New Zealand when Cathie went on his rant to the U.S. government. As for the USS Eltanin here’s a brief description of it: “The USS Eltanin was launched in 1957 as a noncommissioned Navy cargo ship with a special feature that would prove essential to scientists: she was built with an ice-capable, double hull, and officially classified as an Ice-Breaking Cargo Ship. In August of 1962, she was refitted to perform research in the Southern Ocean and reclassified an Oceanographic Research Vessel (T-AGOR-8) - in fact, Eltanin was one of the world’s first Antarctic research ships.”

The DIA outlined the story of this curious surveillance: “Capt. Cathie said that he had been cleared by the NZ government to pursue his research and that he had a letter to this effect signed by the Prime Minister. He stated that the Member of Parliament from his area, Dr. Findley, had interceded for him and obtained government approval for his work. He then asked the DATT (Defense attaché) to ‘call your agents off. I have official approval to continue my work. I don’t want them tailing me.’ The DATT made no reply to this request. This man is obsessed with his theory and no amount of argument can convince him that he has not stumbled on a highly complicated system which he says leads directly to the existence of UFOs.” Perhaps, Cathie really did discover such a “complicated system.” Or, maybe there was a fair degree of paranoia, after all, of the type that had infected Morris Jessup. As this article shows, government agencies and ancient mysteries most definitely blend together. Maybe, one day, we'll have the answers for those long-gone puzzles.

Nick Redfern

Nick Redfern works full time as a writer, lecturer, and journalist. He writes about a wide range of unsolved mysteries, including Bigfoot, UFOs, the Loch Ness Monster, alien encounters, and government conspiracies. Nick has written 41 books, writes for Mysterious Universe and has appeared on numerous television shows on the The History Channel, National Geographic Channel and SyFy Channel.

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