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Perhaps some of the most controversial and contradictory
information concerning attempts at space communication
surrounds the project known as Cyclops.

Construction of Cyclops began in November of 1971, 20 miles
north of Carlson, Arizona. This project was said to have begun
operating Thursday, May 31, 1973 and was headed by John M.

On February 14, 1976, it was reported in The New York Times
under the heading, "Late Bulletin," that Cyclops had picked up
intelligent signals from the Ophiuchi star system in a "series
of tones, in a regular rhythmic pattern that could not
possibly be of random natural origin." This star system is
approximately seventeen light years away! The transmission
lasted about 28 seconds.

On February 29, 1976, The New York Times ran another story
claiming that the Cyclops project had lost its credibility and
on March 27, 1976, the President, in a White House press
release, accused Dr. John M. Oliver of "staging a hoax of
colossal magnitude in order to enlist unearned support for the
federally-funded program."

On April 10, 1976, in another press release issued by the
President, it was stated that the "hoax was carefully planned,
the finished product having fooled the scientific experts
across the nation, including Dr. Oliver himself." He said the
'supposed" alien message was composed of the regular
emanations of a pulsar, over-dubbed with
artificially-generated tonal pulses. After receiving the
natural pulsar signals, two unidentified astronomers fed the
additional compatible tones into the computer tapes for the
final results.

In the summer of 1977 I requested a copy of the report on
Project Cyclops and received a rather large book detailing the
plans and hopes for the project, and a letter from John
Billingham, Chief of the Interstellar Communications Study

There was no indication of problems of a hoax in the Cyclops
project. That would seem to be the end of it, however, further
investigation revealed the probability that the communications
were real and had been partially decoded, and that Cyclops
would continue under a new name with new and additional
funding. The classified black project apparently continues to
monitor Ophiuchi and Eta Cassiopeia systems.

Apparently several nations are in hot pursuit of technology
for interstellar communications. Contracts are made, then
suppressed; information is gained, then buried. As long as
rival governments are playing games it becomes the
responsibility of private civilian investigators to collect,
research and disseminate information. Even if the best we can
do is call attention to these projects, that is a fruitful

Other research into interstellar communications is being
conducted by large universities worldwide. Classified as
experimental or paranormal research, many acclaimed colleges
today are continuing studies begun in the 1960s and 1970s
concerning the abilities of some gifted espers to contact
off-world beings or to manifest appearances of UFOs at will.
Even some federal intelligence agencies, while they publicly
deny it, are using espers to seek out and communicate with
off-world beings.

At some time in the future, a number of researchers claim,
some gifted people will set in motion all the engines of the
world and keep them going with the power of their thoughts
alone! This new physics or supranormal mental activity does
not suggest a solution to the age-old question of the effects
of the human mind over matter; it does, however, admit to the
possibility of such action and suggests where this action will

The following letter, received from NASA in July 1977 seems to
indicate that Project Cyclops was under full power with no
hint of the scandal.


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