Air Force servicemen drugged after UFO sighting says retired Colonel

Charles Halt

Retired Colonel Charles Halt says that he believes security personnel were secretly drugged and hypnotized after witnessing an extraordinary UFO event. Halt was the base commander of Bentwaters Royal Air Force base, where the UFO incident took place, while it was being leased by the USAF during the cold war. He made these statements on Open Minds Radio, an online radio program featuring news on the UFO phenomena and will be elaborating on his experience at the International UFO Congress in Scottsdale, Arizona next February.

While serving as Deputy Commander of RAF Bentwaters in 1980, Halt was made aware of a UFO investigation conducted by base security on the evening of December 26. Staff-sergeant James Penniston and two airmen went into nearby Rendlesham forest to investigate strange lights. They reported coming across a luminous triangular object that Penniston was able to approach and touch before it rose into the air and flew off at an incredible speed. Halt was skeptical of the encounter until the evening of December 28 when the strange lights returned. Halt investigated this sighting himself. Taking along a few servicemen, the group observed strange lights in the forest and luminous objects in the sky that moved abruptly and beamed lights onto the ground and into the base weapons storage area. In Leslie Kean’s recent best-selling book, UFOs: Generals, Pilots and Government Officials Go On the Record, Halt says that what they found in the forest that night was “something beyond our technology, judging from the speed of the objects, the way they moved and the angles they turned…”

Illustration of UFO beaming forest at night.
Illustration of UFO beaming forest at night.

The Rendlesham forest is British territory so Halt’s superiors decided that the incident was the UK’s responsibility. However, Halt says he learned years later that “OSI [Office of Special Investigations] operatives harshly interrogated five young airmen…who were key witnesses.”  Halt says “the agents told them not to talk about the UFO events, or their careers would be in jeopardy.” And that “Drugs such as Sodium Pentothal…were administered during the interrogations…” His concern is that “the whole thing has had a damaging, and lasting, effects on the men involved.”

Halt is the highest ranking military officer to go public with an UFO encounter that occurred during his service and will be discussing this encounter at the International UFO Congress this February. Researcher Linda Mouton Howe will also be presenting her research regarding the Rendlesham forest incident and will be holding a Q and A session with Penniston along with one of the airmen who accompanied Penniston into the forest that fateful evening, John Burroughs. This month marks the 30th anniversary of the event.

From left: Nick Pope (Ex-UFO researcher for the British Ministry of Defence), James Penniston, Charles Halt. All three will be participating in the 2011 Internationl UFO Congress. (image credit: James Fox)
From left: Nick Pope (Ex-UFO researcher for the British Ministry of Defence), James Penniston, Charles Halt. All three will be participating in the 2011 Internationl UFO Congress. (image credit: James Fox)

The UFO Congress is the largest gathering of UFO researchers and those interested in the phenomenon in the world. It boasts highly credible speakers, from retired military officers and scientists, to political figures such as an ex-minister of defence for Canada. It is being held February 23 to the 27, 2011 at the Radisson Fort McDowell resort in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Charles Halt discussing the drugging on Open Minds Radio:

Entire Open Minds Radio interview with Charles Halt:

Open Minds Radio interview with James Penniston:

Alejandro Rojas

Alejandro Rojas is a radio host for Open Minds Radio, editor and contributing writer for Open Minds magazine as well as For several years Alejandro was the official spokesperson for the Mutual UFO Network as the Director of Public Education. As a UFO/Paranormal researcher and journalist, Alejandro has spent many hours in the field investigating phenomena up close and personal. Alejandro has been interviewed by media organizations around the world, including the largest cable and network news agencies with several appearances on Coast to Coast AM.

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  1. It would seem that James McGaha has now filled the “Disinformationist-Go-To” position left vacant by the late Philip Klass.

    I have my own opinion as to whether or not he is paid for his buffoonery, but for what other reason would a person be willing to make such a fool of himself in the media?

    He is not even consistent with his “stories”. A few years ago, he was interviewed on a tv special, and stated that he was at Rendlesham during the time period in which the sightings took place, and that he knew for a fact that what the airmen saw was the lighthouse.

    Another tv program aired a year or so later, and he stated he was in the U.S. at the time of the event, but went to the U.K. later, and “researched” the event. He said he was confident that the lighthouse was the cause.

  2. James, James James, Me thinks James McGaha had his junk squeezed too hard, and obviously way too many times on his trip through the airport, so hard in fact he thinks Janet Napolitano is a crash test dummy instead of the alien creature we red blooded UFO loving AMERICANS know she really MUST be (strange behavior that one)……As Charles halt would (and has) said……WEIRD

  3. I was stationed at RAF Bentwaters form 1989 until the base closed, during that time I had heard all kinds of stories of what now is called the Rendlesham Incident. One thing I recall is how this subject was kind of taboo even though most everybody had heard about it. It wasn’t a subject that was spoken about openly and was kind of hush hush. Why? I have no idea. Rumors by the British nationals thought it was because of the bombs that might have been secretly stored their as American weapons like nukes were not allowed on British soil, who knows? Also, at the Butley Oyster (a local pub) locals their told me this wasn’t the first time something like this has happened as strange lights have been seen around the twin base skies in the past. I don’t think we will ever find out who or what visited let alone why. One thing for sure it wasn’t the light from the Oford Ness Light House because it’s light is blocked from shinning toward the bases with sheet metal or something like it covering the windows.


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