Do You Remember Why ?
Well - This crop circle was deemed as a threat to UK's National Security ! A crop circle, a threat to UK's National Security - REALLY !
If you haven't heard about it then here is the original report to refresh your minds.
Crop Circle At Temple Balsall Warwickshire Reported End of July 2011.
This rather mysterious crop formation first appeared at the Crop Circle Connectors presentation at the Coronation Hall in Alton Priors on the 27th July 2011. It was shown for a few brief seconds to the £10 paying audience but it wasn’t and still isn’t reported on Crop Circle Connectors web site.
When first images of this formation by Steve Alexander were shown, this was indeed a curiosity why such a well constructed formation was not reported. Any information relating to this formation posted on Crop Circle Connectors Facebook page was immediately removed. This of course raised curiosity why such action was taken. Anyone who raised a question why their posts relating to this formation were removed, such posts were also removed.
We however posted the location on RACCF and the possibility why this formation was kept under wraps. We stated that someone may have entered Birmingham International Airport Airspace without prior permission from the control tower. With the current CCA regulations in place such a possibility was not ruled out of the equation.
Soon after our posting of the location I received a phone call from Charles Mallett, stating that it would be a wise for me to remove ALL information relating to this formation. We were informed in such a manner where it was classified as highly sensitive and a threat to National Security. At first we found this to be rather bizarre but took the advice and temporarily removed all our own posts relating to this matter .
As we still found all this rather odd, so we begun to suspect foul play and begun our own investigation into the matter. I begun by making a call to Solihull County Council who with no surprise were kind of surprised to hear the rather unusual request for information. I clearly explained the situation to them and requested information on the area in question. The answer I received was simply that there was nothing in the area which they could classify as ‘ Sensitive Military or Government Establishments’. There was simply nothing which would create the need to call the whole thing as ‘ A threat to national security’.
Surveying the area through various ways and means we also found that the field in question had no barriers/fences etc. and no signage to keep out. This field was just like any other field !!!!! However the location is within Birmingham's International Airport Airspace !.
Within the time we were investing, curious circle chasers went to the location, filmed the formation, took images and posted their work on YouTube.
If such an area was so highly sensitive for whatever reason then surely any such information posted on the internet would be instantly removed, but in this case it was still there for all to see and visiting Circle Chasers would surely have not been able to enter the land.So this raised even more suspicion why such a well made formation was still being kept out of the public arena by the one and only Crop Circle Connector ?.
So Why The Secrecy ?
Just like always Stuart Dike, Julian Gibsone and Mark Fussell of Crop Circle Connector get information of any new crop circles first. They in turn inform their chosen researchers of any new reports, ( such as Bert Janssen - as an example ) so such researchers will go along and take beautiful ground shots for their own website. I had such a privilege back in 2009 and 2010, so basically I would know of any new crop formations before the report was made public on Crop Circle Connectors website. The delay in reporting was simply due to the fact that there was a need to be the first to take aerial images and photographers on the ground could take images of a pristine crop formation, not a trampled one !!! A pristine image will always heighten the belief that something miraculous has happened, and of course if you published your images first then there was a good chance that the press would buy them from you.
So What Happened..?
On this occasion the whole thing backfired and caught them off guard – literally !!.
When the report to Crop Circle Connector was made that there was a new formation at Temple Balsall , Julian Gibsone and Stuart Dike went along to photograph this formation. ( At this stage in time the report was still not made public on their web site.) While Stuart was taking ground/pole shots with his rather long shiny pole. From a distance the farmer who owned the land in question, spotted this unusual activity in his field. At this stage in time, the farmer was not aware that he had a crop circle in his field. So what he saw was an elongated object being raised into the air, as the farmer was not familiar with camera poles of such lengths he suspected something more sinister. As the area is in Birmingham’s International Airport Airspace , the farmer suspected that some act of terrorism was taking place, so he called the Police. Within minutes of making the call, Armed Police swooped on Julian Gibsone and Stuart Dike and questioned them. After a satisfactory explanation the Police gave them a bollocking and the pair left with a tail hanging between their legs. The Police basically warned them not to make this crop formation public as the farmer didn’t wish for crowds to trample all over his field. ( lets be honest this has never stopped them from reporting before – a simple message saying ‘ Farmers request is that no one enters his field’ would have been sufficient .
So rather than owning up to the whole scenario and be found out by Steve Alexander that they knew about this formation and didn’t make it public as they wanted exclusivity on it , they decided to spin a yarn and cover up the whole thing by making up a mysterious circumstance which would also add a bit of spice to the belief of origin of crop circles . So by making it sound like ‘ National Security ‘ they hoped that this would put off the public from going there .
Charles Mallett and a Norwegian documentary maker decided to go and see this crop circle just to satisfy their own curiosity .
This is a short excerpt from Charles's report:
' Our overall conclusion was, considering the regular and repetitive patterns of damage across the entire formation, that this event was constructed on the ground with the use of mechanical devices. '
Charles and the Norwegian documentary maker obviously had no problems in going into the crop circle to make a report !
Just over a week later, the local press ( The Coventry Telegraph ) reported on this crop circle without using words such as ' Threat To National Security ' !. There's a surprise !
Here is the Newspaper Report ..
Below you can see the conversation which followed the posting of the above slide on RACCF.
Regardless how distasteful some comments maybe, its still very important to retain all documents for future reference.