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"There are unimaginable wonders [out there], for those who
can remove some of Truth's protective layers"
-- Astronaut Neil A. Armstrong, on the occasion of the
 25th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing

"The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers." [Henry VI, Part 2]
-- William Shakespeare


Enhanced section of Mars Odyssey 2001 infrared/visible light composite.
Composite by Keith Laney. Enhancement by Richard C. Hoagland


For the last several weeks, since the release of the Mars Odyssey 2001 THEMIS infrared images of Cydonia, we have been working feverishly to produce a detailed, scientific Report on our initial findings. As you may have surmised from our numerous "Captain's Updates" and the image above, the discoveries we have made in the course of extracting the first data from these images have been overwhelming, even to our jaded eyes. After more than two decades of trying to tame this dragon, we stand tonight on the Edge of Forever -- finally holding the proverbial "smoking gun" that should end once and for all the literal decades of repetitive debate over Cydonia as an archeological reality.

It won’t of course -- probably not for quite a while. But that’s not our problem. Ours is simply to report the extraordinary new evidence that we have found.

There can be little question now that what we are seeing at Cydonia is "architecture." Although we have already made what we consider an incredibly strong case over the years that certain objects at Cydonia -- including the famous Face on Mars -- are artificial, the latest THEMIS data is on a totally different level. As you will soon see (when Richard finally posts his preliminary technical Report), it will ultimately end this debate once and for all.

If only we could get the data to stand still.

In order for you to understand this central "problem" -- and our reasons for the great degree of confidence we are now displaying in even our preliminary findings -- we must first take you on a "mini-tour" of that document Richard is still, after four grueling weeks, painstakingly working to complete. We’ll begin by going back to the beginning, in late July, 2002 … as we naively started to address the data just released on the official THEMIS web site ….


As a deliberate choice, Enterprise Mission investigators, including Richard Hoagland, decided early on to stay completely out of the "processing phase" of this Investigation. We instead elected to utilize the skills of two outside volunteers in image processing -- who freely offered invaluable technical assistance at this crucial time: Holger Isenberg and Keith Laney.

Neither were full-time members of our long-standing team of other imaging and geological experts, whom we have previously turned to over the years, but rather highly qualified and completely independent recent "interested persons" in our work (Holger is a graduate engineer for Applied Computer Science at Dortmund University, as well as a Unix System and Network Administrator at a German software company. Keith Laney is a digital imaging and software applications specialist and MOC image processor for the NASA-Ames' MOC MER2003 Landing Sites Project). We felt this would give the maximum degree of credibility to our eventual results.

Since the other key factor in gaining credibility in scientific circles is reproducibility, we also decided that Keith and Holger should aim at accomplishing the same tasks, but work as separately from each other as was practical.

Keith, at first, was not very enthusiastic about any aspect of the "project."

Hoping to see a full color, multi-spectral image (per Dr. Saunders’ -- Odyssey Project Scientist -- "preview Web announcement," made just prior to the July 24th release), Laney was so displeased with what was eventually published on the THEMIS web site (a set of grayscale, side-by-side, multiple-band image strips), that he didn't even bother to download the composite THEMIS image the first day (July the 24th, 2002) -- flatly declaring that "it sucked," when asked about it in the Enterprise Conference and on other message boards across the Net.

Because of this highly visible position, Keith (and a few others who had also publicly criticized the quality of the new image) than began to get a series of interesting "responses" in the Enterprise Conference and in private chats. These "responses" came from two new visitors to our site: "BAMF," and one "Dan Smythe" The former had begun posting about a month before the image release; the latter appeared simultaneous with its release. Both of these new found "friends" seemed to know quite a bit about "infrared image processing," and pretty much goaded Keith into finally going back and processing the full-size TIFF file -- which (according to his own computer log) he had downloaded on the 25th of July, at 10:27 PM EDT.

We were, from the get-go, more than a tad "suspicious" of both BAMF and Smythe, and that suspicion only deepened when we discovered that "BAMF" was in fact none other than "Noel Gorelick" -- who claimed (in his on-line Enterprise Conference profile) to be the Manager of Arizona State University’s Mars Computation Center. Gorelick went on to further claim that he was in fact the person who had hand-assembled (over a period of four days) the infrared Cydonia image posted on the THEMIS web site!

While from the beginning publicly acerbic and disparaging of the very reason for the existence of Enterprise -- as a platform for scientific investigation and discussion of possible artificial ruins on another world, imaged by a variety of NASA missions -- privately, "Bamf" and Smythe provided Keith and Holger -- and anyone else with the smarts to work with the new image -- a virtual on-line "how-to"  tutorial in "infrared image processing." In fact, Gorelick was so helpful, so omnipresent (spending literally hundreds of hours in both the Conference and in "chats"), that we began to suspect that there might be "more than one of him" … suddenly "living electronically at Enterprise" from ASU.

Using the image he had downloaded on the 25th, and working with a state-of-the-art software suite that included ENVI 3.5 (a superb remote sensing software enhancement product created by Research Systems Inc. a division of the Kodak Corporation -- which provided a crucial "decorrelation stretch" tool) once he "got the hang of it," Keith began to achieve astonishing results. His initial color ratio composites – from the nine strips of drab B&W imaging he had downloaded from the official THEMIS website -- were nothing less than stunning (below).

In addition to a whole new IR perspective on the "long-familiar features" of Cydonia – the Face, the D&M, etc. -- Laney found a troublesome, quasi-regular pattern of easily discernable pervasive rectilinear markings … running almost the entire length of each band of the IR Cydonia strips. When he queried Gorelick about the annoying "blockies" (as he called them), "BAMF" grudgingly admitted "so, you've found our dirty little secret." The ASU Manager acknowledged that the THEMIS team had also seen this peculiar "noise," and had decided NOT to create the normal, multi-spectral color images produced of other areas on Mars from the same THEMIS camera … because of this disfiguring pattern. Remarkably, he also admitted that, despite their best efforts, they could not seem to remove the "noise" … or find it on other published IR THEMIS images.

It seemed singularly unique to the Cydonia THEMIS IR images ….

Keith then began feverishly working on his own methods to remove this offending pattern – even sharing a couple of "destriping tricks" with Gorelick (who was quietly soliciting outside assistance on the problem) in the process. But, ultimately, he had no more luck than the official THEMIS team.

Around the same time, Enterprise principal investigator Richard C. Hoagland (who was following this unique exchange between "Bamf" and Laney via e-mail) decided to suggest a radically different process for eliminating this peculiar noise, a well-known technique for "noise averaging" used for decades in astronomical photography -- called "luminance layering." Hoagland outlined adding the earlier Odyssey visible light image (released April 12, 2002) to the stunning three-color IR composites Keith was creating from the latest THEMIS release. Laney, remarkably, had at about the same time independently decided to do the same thing! Once Keith did this -- essentially "adding" the visible light image to the color stretched IR data (below) -- things rapidly got very interesting.


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What both men found to their surprise was that the pattern not only wouldn’t go away … it actually got more pronounced. It suddenly struck Hoagland that what he and Laney (not to mention the THEMIS team itself!) thought was "noise" in the Cydonia images might really be the signal. Working on this radical assumption, Hoagland switched gears and quietly urged Laney to start trying to amplify the pattern in his on-going ENVI processing of the "raw" data, rather than continue efforts to remove it.

At the same time, taking the composited VIS/IR "decorrelated" versions Laney already had completed, Hoagland began a few experiments of his own ….

That's when the "cityscape" -- the mile upon mile of individual, clearly artificial structures hiding beneath the dusty plains of Cydonia -- became completely obvious.

By simply increasing the image saturation of the composite VIS/IR image (below), what had been "an annoying and mystifying block pattern," suddenly was revealed by Hoagland to be a stunning, highly detailed city … silently sleeping for untold ages "beneath the timeless sands of Mars’ …..

Our usual critics will at this point begin arguing that this is simply "enhanced noise," or, that we have somehow "made all this up."

In reality, it is fairly easy to put such notions to the test. For one thing, the pattern does NOT follow the scan lines of the imager, but rather true Cydonia north and south -- exactly as terrestrial cities (especially "modern" American ones) most often do. In addition, there are a wide variety of individual "structures" which do NOT conform to this north/south grid at all. We are completely confident that these structures are not "noise," since they show, in both layout and design, clear evidence of architectural intent and organization. And even the smallest structures are at least an order of magnitude (ten times) above the (very low) noise threshold of these superb VIS/IR composites – both in terms of resolution as well as intensity.

Without any further enhancement, massive individual structures simply "fell out" of the data by simply turning up the color saturation. Previously identified features, like the "tunnel" running out of the Fort, could now be seen to continue out across the Cydonia plain … literally under the soil ....

First noted by us because of its similarity to the "Glass Tunnels" Hoagland found several hundred miles west of Cydonia two years ago, and that got Arthur C. Clarke so excited just last year, we said at the time (to howls of protest) that this "linear Fort feature" was consistent with our model that the "Glass Tunnels" were some kind of subterranean "transport system." The exposed portion of the "Fort tunnel" is clearly visible even in the Viking data from over 20 years ago, and runs out from underneath the Fort at a roughly 60° angle to the Face-side wall. However, in the visible images, the tunnel runs for only a few hundred feet before it disappears beneath the Cydonian sands.

In the more recent B&W visible light MOC images we have received from MGS (Mars Global Surveyor), the close-up view of the tunnel (below) revealed that it has a distinct rib cross-structure -- strikingly similar to the other Martian "Tunnels" we had found (which our NASA critics, with boring predictability, dismissed as simple "dune trains").


MOC Enhancement by Keith Laney

On the Cydonia VIS/IR composites, we found more of them (below).

One new "transport tunnel" emerges from the base of a "building" we are now calling the "train station" in "downtown Cydonia" -- and runs straight into the "mesa" just south of the Face (and just north of the massive tetrahedral ruin we first noted on the "Catbox" image). In fact, it runs into the "mesa" (which, from the new IR data, we are strongly suspecting is NOT even a "mesa") at the exact lateral center of that massive above-ground structure. Close examination of the other end of the tube (below, right) shows that the "tunnel" terminates at the base of the "train station" directly in front of a series of striking open archways in that building!

What is absolutely clear from the new THEMIS enhancements is that the "tunnels" are indeed just that. The THEMIS image allows us to see that the "Fort tunnel" is not just a simple depression in the landscape, but a coherent, tubular feature that runs for many miles beneath the Martian desert and across the Cydonia plain into the heart of the buried "Cydonia city." There are also clear structural cross-members -- massive in scale -- that run 90° to the tunnel at various points along its traverse, as well as its companion tunnel leading to the "mesa" south of the Face. Architects and engineers will again quickly recognize these features as obvious evidence of intent and design. The simple fact that the tunnels can be seen to continue below the ground, is clear evidence that they are not natural formations of any kind.

Some (NASA) geologists will probably try to claim that the features are "lava tubes," or some other nonsensical ad-hoc explanation. But just how they reconcile that vain hope with the multi-story buildings we see all around these linear features will be interesting to watch.

This should also, for all intents and purposes, end the debate with geologists like David Pieri as to the reality of the other "glass tunnel-like features" we (and other "anomalists") have now found literally all over Mars ….

And there are the other, even more unimaginable wonders on this THEMIS image.

The most prominent being a stunning, overwhelmingly architectural structure we are now calling "The Temple" (below).

You can clearly see, without even straining your eyes, the individual cells and what appear to be decorative buttresses all around this multi-story structure. This object, just east (to the "Face side") of the Fort, is an architectural marvel -- clearly a structure of significance and, with the exception of its apparently missing roof, in nearly pristine condition.

Sharp eyes will detect numerous other completely obvious buildings of various types scattered all across the image. We can and will identify many of these individual structures in our image gallery and in our follow-up Preliminary Technical Report (which we will post in the next few days). For the moment, let's just feast our eyes on a couple of other wonders, and contemplate the reality of "the Lost City of Cydonia" ....

Not only is this model completely consistent with our previously published Mars Tidal Model, it is also the only explanation for these buried features we are seeing on the IR composites. It is also the only reasonable explanation for why we’re seeing them at all. Long wave infrared imagers have a limited ability to penetrate underground, by detecting surface "hot spots" conducting heat upward from below. But they cannot possibly show the kind of detail we are seeing … unless … we are sensing our "city" through a layer of "fluffy, micron-sized dust" essentially transparent to the THEMIS wavebands ... covering another, thicker layer of protective (and also IR transparent) ice.

But given the now confused state of the paper trail of this data, how do we know that our images are "real," how can we so confidently claim -- besides the obvious visual clues already laid out -- that these objects are really there, really mummified in an icy coffin just beneath the surface of Cydonia?

That is really beyond the scope of this article, and will be fully addressed in Richard's technical Report. However, we will highlight a few additional points here.


Just as we were ready to "go to press" two weeks ago, we suddenly became aware that the original THEMIS daytime IR image of Cydonia posted on the website may have been altered. The first hints came when Holger Isenberg (remember, the other imaging assocociate working from Germany), was unable to duplicate our key results. Holger was not working with precisely the same software suite as the rest of us (ENVI 3.5 was unavailable to him, gratis, unlike Keith’s copy, in Europe), which was both a good and bad development. For, it inadvertently gave us a chance to compare the results when two different, but functionally similar sets of imaging tools were applied to the same IR data.

The first assumption was that there might be something that either he or we were doing "wrong" that gave us differing results. We eventually discovered that Holger was using the .PNG version of the THEMIS image, as opposed to the full size .TIFF that the rest of us were working with. But, that did not account for the entire discrepancy that we were seeing. PNG's are a fundamentally solid file format, completely lacking the "lossy" compression problems of JPG's of GIF's.

Beyond that, the objects that we were finding were so big, so far beyond the noise level of the image and so easy to bring out (once the compositing of the IR bands had been done properly), that even with a compressed web image file format, Holger should have seen these objects literally jump out at him. Instead, there seemed to be a distinct lack of information in the images he was processing.

And all of this came on the heels of the dramatic and curious developments of the preceding week or so. Our new found "friend," BAMF, aka Noel Gorelick of ASU, made some emphatic statements that seemed to fly in the Face (!) of his previous attempts to help our efforts. On or around August 20th, 2002, Gorelick made what seemed at the time to be a bizarre and arrogant claim. He insisted he had the power -- and indeed the right -- to flagrantly alter the data posted on the official THEMIS website… at his whim. To quote him verbatim:

 

"The daily images web site is a service I provide and support entirely because I'm a nice guy. There is no NASA mandate or contractual requirement for me to provide these images to anyone before they're delivered to the PDS. I do so because the public is interested in what's going on with the mission, and it's good for public relations. Accordingly, if I feel like degrading the data before I post it, I'm certainly free to do so. If I want to scribble on the images with a crayon before posting them to my web site, I'm probably free to do that too. The 'government data' that the public paid for is being well cared for while it's being prepared for delivery to the PDS."

-- BAMF, aka Noel Gorelick

Tagged onto an earlier, equally strange statement in the same vein made by Gorelick -- claiming that "no one can tell if an image has been fundamentally altered …" -- we began to become more than a tad concerned. This, in turn, led to us withdrawing from our original plan to post the infrared Cydonia THEMIS data and our Preliminary Analysis on August 22, 2002 -- while we rechecked our data’s fundamental integrity and lineage.

And that prompted an immediate response from ASU's Dr. Philip Christensen, the Principal Investigator for the Mars Odyssey 2001 THEMIS instrument. He sent us an email late in the evening on August the 22nd, as if he had been waiting either at home or in the office for our appearance on "Coast to Coast AM." The complete text of his email to Enterprise associate investigator Mike Bara read:

Dear Michael,

I am confused by your statements regarding the THEMIS IR data and your decision not to release your findings.  The data were calibrated [sic] our standard processes and in the same way that is done for the THEMIS science team.  I am not sure why you are suggesting that Noel, or anyone else on the THEMIS team, has done anything to alter the data - he was simply questioning how you have treated the data and how you have validated your methods and processes. 

I look forward to your release and to a detailed description of exactly what you have done to the data once you have downloaded [sic] from our web site.  Hopefully you will provide an accurate description of these techniques and the methods that you have employed to validate everything you have done to the data.

Sincerely,

Phil Christensen
THEMIS Principal Investigator

At this point, we made a conscious decision to pretend in public that we were more than satisfied with this response. The truth was, it only deepened our concern. Not only does Christensen's e-mail make a blatant misstatement -- Gorelick certainly did imply he might have altered the data (and more than once), and was NOT simply "questioning how you have treated the data." And, if threatening to "scribble on the images with a crayon" doesn't strike Christensen as a reason for us to imply that Noel might have done something untoward to the data, well, Phil, what would qualify?

But the most disquieting part of the email was Christensen's inordinate interest in our "methods and processes." Why was he so interested in what we had done to the data, when he himself and his own team had provided nothing to the public (which, Gorelick's assertions to the contrary, owns the data) about what they might have done to it? The THEMIS team hadn't provided any description as to how the data had been handled, treated or possibly "enhanced." They hadn't provided the slightest hint of what filters may have been applied, a paper trail of who had handled it, or even the most rudimentary ancillary data (spacecraft geometry, lighting, etc.) for any of the released Odyssey images. If they weren't even willing to provide the date, time, and orbit number of the THEMIS Cydonia image, why would they be soooo interested in us providing an "accurate description" of what we had done?

We didn't quite know yet, but we knew we needed to find out.

So we went back through the data stream and tried to find any discrepancies in either our processes or tools. The one thing that kept coming out was that Holger Isenberg just did not seem to be getting the same results as Keith Laney. In fact, he wasn't even coming close. Granted, he didn't have full use of ENVI (because he could not get a temporary European license for it), but that alone didn't seem to fully address the striking differences ….

Keith was non-plussed by this problem. After initially thinking that Holger just wasn't "getting it," he finally decided to retrace his own steps, go back to the THEMIS web site and download the image "one more time" and literally start from scratch, working with Holger step by step (at this point our "separate but equal processing strategy" seeming to effectively have run its course).

When he did so -- to put it bluntly -- he (and we!) got a major shock.

When he brought up the two images side by side … the one he’d downloaded on the evening of July 25th, and the one he just downloaded again from the exact same official THEMIS website on the evening of August 25th they didn’t match.

As you can clearly see from the comparison graphic (above), Keith's original July 25th version is noticeably different – even to naked eye inspection -- from the one currently posted (as of this writing) on the official THEMIS web site. In Keith's version, you can plainly see the block pattern, or part of it, even in the so-called "raw" data -- without any computer processing. In the official THEMIS posting, these "blocks" are completely absent.

The differences become even more striking when standard IR enhancement processes are applied. In Keith's version, he can easily replicate his previous results (with ENVI) and get down into the data. The result is a beautifully clean, IR composite image -- with very little noise (below, right). When he uses precisely the same processes on the "official" website version, the result is absolute, unadulterated, "noise-filled crap" (left image, below).

Some readers in the Enterprise Conference have been confused because in the "raw," the official version seems noticeably sharper. In fact, this is apparently because it has had a sharpening filter applied to a visual image overlaying the IR. The "real" one (in our published version) had a mild (0.42) Gaussian blur applied to it. Keith mistakenly applied this to the original image in an attempt to enhance what appeared initially to him to be a "fuzzy," noisy image (attesting to the absolute limits of simple visual inspection of IR data for meaningful content!). Fortunately, he saved an unblurred copy of the original -- which we intend to publish as corroboration that, in fact, our "real" THEMIS IR Cydonia image was originally untouched.

In any event, this should not be a major cause for concern.

As the ENVI software manual points out, in a true multi-spectral IR image, you cannot "destroy" or add to the data with a simple filter, like a "Gaussian blur". You can only enhance it -- because each individual IR pixel retains the same base intensity data that it had originally (D&M image, below right). On the other hand, if you reduce the resolution with resampling, overlay a visible light image, and then apply a sharpen filter (while adding an unknown amount of pure "white noise") -- as apparently has been done with the "official" website version (below, left) -- then you will get pretty much what we see on the (obviously!) degraded version ....


The D&M Pyramid, processed using the "official" version of THEMIS IR Cydonia image (left)
and the "real" version (right). Note the similarity in color distribution on both images, and the unmistakable
structural details of the D&M itself in the "real" version. Both images composited, color ratioed, and decorrelation stretched
using ENVI 3.5 image enhancement software.

The aforementioned "noise filled crap."

So what is happening here?

Our conclusion, based on a number of facts we will lay out below, is that the image Keith has is a genuine, or at least "close to a genuine," Mars Odyssey 2001 THEMIS IR image. What is currently posted on the THEMIS web site, and what was apparently posted on the 24th of July 2002 when the vast majority of interested parties downloaded it, is a highly modified, highly degraded image of unknown origin.

In other words; a highly diluted fake. A deception, deliberately perpetrated on the American people by "someone."

A BIG LIE.

Indeed, if you read the abstract of Dr. Christensen's own recent paper on the THEMIS results, "New Observations of Mars from the Odyssey Thermal Emission Imaging System," he makes it quite clear that the instrument is more than capable of achieving excellent "ground penetration." To quote from the abstract:

 

"Regional 100-m mapping has revealed the presence of channel systems in ancient crater terrains not detected by Viking and not mapped by the high-resolution camera on Mars Global Surveyor."

In other words, "We're seeing stuff with the THEMIS instrument below the ground that can't be seen on the visible light Viking or MGS images." Now again, revist the graphic above and ask yourself which of those two images is consistent with Christensen's previously reported results, and which one seems to be practically opaque.

Kind of makes you wonder what might be under the ground at Cydonia that they don't want you to see, doesn't it?


Faced with this discrepancy, we elected to hold off last Thursday night, August the 29th, 2002, and instead simply put the source data out side by side so that it could be evaluated. We waited to see if there was a response from Christensen, but when none was forthcoming, we elected to take the initiative and simply send an email. We also attached a copy of the "real vs. official comparison" we had posted in our story.

Here is the full text of our initial query:

To: Dr. Phillip Christensen
THEMIS Principal Investigator
Arizona State University

From: Richard C. Hoagland
Principal Investigator
The Enterprise Mission
P.O. Box 3550
Edgewood, New Mexico,
87015

SUBJECT: DISCREPANICIES IN THEMIS INFRARED DATA POSTED ON THE THEMIS WEB SITE

Dear Dr. Christensen,

I am writing you today because of a vexing problem my team has encountered in trying to make use of the THEMIS Cydonia infrared data your team posted to the THEMIS website on July 24th, 2002. In the course of working with this data and attempting to extract the information through normal enhancement processes, we have discovered at least two and possibly as many as four distinct versions of this image have been posted on the THEMIS public web site at http://themis.la.asu.edu/zoom-20020724A.html at various times. These differing versions of the source data are difficult for us to explain away as some sort of bureaucratic error on your teamąs part.

All of the images in question have slightly differing text in the header tags attached to the images, although several appear to be made from a PNM source image, so it is possible they may have come from the same root source image. There are also numerous visual differences which are readily apparent upon even a rudimentary inspection and comparison. The image which appears to have been posted initially on the THEMIS website, and apparently upon which the image caption (and several poorly researched news stories) seem to have been based is in marked contrast to later version downloaded by other members of our team. In fact, it is so distorted by noise and so lacking in data at the grayscale level that we do not consider it useful for even casual research. It also displays numerous characteristics that lead us to conclude ­ on a preliminary basis ­ that it is actually a visible light image and not an infrared image at all, although it may be simply a visual image strip overlaid on the original IR data. In any case, it is not useful to us and we doubt it would be of any use to other workers.

Conversely, a very different version of the composite IR image strips was obtained from the THEMIS website by another member of our team that is very rich in detail and free of the noise that renders the official version useless for our purposes. We have determined that this is not due to any error on our part, or lack of capability of the THEMIS instrument, or improper calibration of the data. This difference is therefore one we are hard pressed to explain and I am hoping that you will be able to illuminate the issue for me. Is there some compelling reason why the images available for download on the THEMIS page I linked above would be changed without warning or acknowledgment on the website itself? And if there is, would you be willing in the future to publicly acknowledge such changes in the image caption when a new version is released?

Given the concern you expressed in your email to my colleague Mike Bara on 8/22/2002 about our handling of this data, Iąm sure you can appreciate the difficulty of publishing even preliminary conclusions about a dataset that keeps changing without notice. It would also be helpful if you would at least publish the date, time and orbit of the spacecraft for this image, along with all of the other ancillary data normally expected in a data release of this type. Dr Stephen Saunders has sent an email that says, łMy official position is that there is no proprietary period for the exclusive use of mission data by the investigators.˛ I take this to mean that any hold-up in the release of the ancillary data for THEMIS IR image 20020724A is purely an administrative issue for your team. However, due to the intense degree of public interest in this matter, I respectfully request that you expedite the process for this image and provide the data immediately.

I'm sure you agree that the public who paid for this mission and your instrument should have access to the same information as NASA researchers do through the PDS database, and in a timely manner.

I might also suggest that the image you currently have posted on the official website, which appears to have so much noise in it, should be pulled in favor of the much cleaner version we have found. Independent researchers will have a much easier time replicating our work if they have access to the same database as we do.

Our job would also be made considerably easier if you would have a member of your team simply send us the nine individual IR band image strips (6.62µm[x2], 7.88µm, 8.56µm, 9.30 µm, 10.11µm, 11.03µm, 11.78µm, 12.58µm) as single files, uncompressed, without rotation, without reducing them in size or resolution, and in TIF file format. Please consider this a formal request.

For your consideration, I have attached a comparison of the łbetter˛ version of the THEMIS Cydonia infrared data we have obtained from the website linked above, and the official one currently on your site. Iąm sure you will conclude that it is far superior to that posted on the website on July 24th 2002 and at various times since that initial posting. Please feel free to contact me or Mike Bara with a any questions you may have pertaining to any of the issues I have raised in this communication.

Cordially,

Richard C. Hoagland 09/02/2002

On September 3rd, Christensen responded:

Dear Mr. Hoagland,

We created the THEMIS image that is on our website on July 22. That image has been posted continuously since it was first made available. I have no idea where you got the images that you have been posting and discussing, but the data on our site has not changed. I looked at the image you posted last week that you humorously claim to be "real". You have clearly processed and tinkered with these data - I note that even the lettering at the bottom of the "real" image has been filtered...

Phil Christensen

Of course, Christensen had noted the Gaussian blur filter that we mentioned before had been applied to the image. But we found it rather odd that he hadn't looked at the data closely enough to notice that his official version was completely inferior to the "real" version Keith had obtained from his own website. Choosing to assume the best -- that he simply hadn't looked close enough -- we responded again, and this time included a side-by-side comparison of two of the color ratioed and decorrelation stretched images we have posted above. He would clearly be able to see the difference.

Our response:

Dear Dr. Christensen,

I can understand your confusion on this issue, however I can assure you of two things:

1. We have not "tinkered" with the real image in any way. The lettering looks different because a mild (0.42) Gaussian blur was applied to the image as an attempt to enhance it. Subsequently, the person who obtained this image has discovered that he did keep a completely unaltered version of the source data, and we will be publishing that along with a full explanation of this minor discrepancy on Thursday. I am sure you know as well as we do that this filter is used as an enhancement tool, and cannot account for the differences between the two sets of images.

2. We did not mean to imply that you personally had anything to do with the striking differences in these two data sets.

I take your statement that the data on your site has not changed to mean that you have verified this with the person who is in charge of creating and maintaining the web pages, which I presume is Noel Gorelick. In case you are not aware of it, Mr. Gorelick has made several curious statements during his visits to our Conference area. To quote him:

"The daily images web site is a service I provide and support entirely because I'm a nice guy. There is no NASA mandate or contractual requirement for me to provide these images to anyone before they're delivered to the PDS. I do so because the public is interested in what's going on with the mission, and it's good for public relations. Accordingly, if I feel like degrading the data before I post it, I'm certainly free to do so. If I want to scribble on the images with a crayon before posting them to my web site, I'm probably free to do that too. The "government data" that the public paid for is being well cared for while it's being prepared for delivery to the PDS."

Obviously, Mr. Gorelick is implying that he has the right to alter data published on the THEMIS web site. Whether he did this or not we are not certain. However, we have no doubts about the integrity of the person who supplied our source data for the real image, nor do we assert that the "real" image has been "degraded" in any way. In fact, if you examine it closely using proper imaging procedures, you will see that it is far superior to the "official" version that is currently on the THEMIS web site (see attached).

Finally, we can tell you that the person who downloaded the "real" image did so from a website that appeared to be either the genuine THEMIS web site, or an exact copy of that site. How this may have occurred is somewhat mysterious to us, but you may discover a hint if you do some research into Mr. Gorelick's nickname that he used on our message board, "Bamf."

Cordially,

Richard C. Hoagland

PS ­ I have included a side-by-side comparison of the data from the version on the THEMIS web site and the version we believe is real. Both images have been processed precisely the same way utilizing six properly ratioed bands, and a decorrelation stretch. Since our real image shows virtually no noise and your website image is almost submerged in noise, this has led to our questioning of these very diverse datasets. It should be obvious that one cannot take the noisy website image, and produce the noise free version.

He couldn't avoid seeing the difference this time, could he?

Well, evidently he could. Since we have sent him this communication and the comparison enhancement, we have heard nothing now … in almost 48 hours.

We think his silence speaks volumes. But regarding what exactly, well ...


Now, before we discuss the scientific and political implications of this latest NASA sponsored fraud, let's go over some of the other points which make it overwhelmingly clear to us that the image Keith is working with is the "real deal." Our analysis has resulted in four separate proofs that lead us to this conclusion. In addition, there are several other, finer points that reinforce our stance.

First: we know that Keith's image and the official image probably don't come from the same source. The header tag in Keith's version shows that it was converted from a PNM format, a standard conversion format used inside NASA to process remote probe images. In Holger Isenberg's opinion (remember, he's a UNIX administrator for a German software company), Keith's image was also processed on an older UNIX-based computer -- typical of the type of equipment used by universities and the government. The "official" version, on the other hand, appears to have been processed on a Windows based machine and shows no sign of having been converted from a PNM. So, there is nothing inconsistent in the header tags with Keith's image being the genuine article.

Since we are all used to working with data in the visual light spectrum, we have been taught to assume that "sharper is better." Which it is -- if you are working in the visible light bands. However, visual resolution does not equate to infrared sensitivity or information "richness." The "real" image, while it may look a bit blurry, in fact contains far more data than the "official" version, no matter what the "official" version looks like on first (naked eye) inspection. That's why the processing and enhancement tools used for multi-spectral imaging, to accomplish exactly that, are crucial to extracting that signal from this set of IR images.

When you do a visual inspection of the two sets of raw data side by side (or, in our case, one over the other), there are additional visual clues that will tell you that the "real" version is true THEMIS IR data, and that the "official" version is (at best!) a "poorly rendered copy."

The first proof of this can be found with a simple visual inspection of some specific features in the "raw" versions of both the "real" and "official" versions of the THEMIS Cydonia IR data (above).

In Keith's real version, there are subtle but distinct differences in specific features from frame to frame (bottom row). This is what true IR data should show -- because each signal return in each individual IR waveband is going to find (in the "dusty surface model") a slightly different "bottom" on the planet below. The longer wavelength signals will penetrate more deeply than the shorter wavelength signals. As an inevitable result, there will be subtle changes in the appearance of certain features ... but only if they are "real" features on (or just below) the planet's visible dusty surface!

Conversely, in the official version of the Cydonia "IR" dataset (top row), you see NO difference from frame to frame as you go up the infrared bands. All you can see is steady, overall "brightening." This proves that the top layer of the "official" version is not only not real IR data, but that someone must have simply brightened the entire image, or methodically darkened the individual image strips, in a blatant attempt at misdirection -- a blatant fraud made up to look like "real IR data" to the uneducated eye.

The second major proof validating the "real" version is obtained by a comparison of specific features in earlier visible light images of Cydonia. There are numerous areas on the Odyssey, MGS, and Viking visible light images which can be inspected and compared to the "real" IR data. When we do so, we would expect to see some of the "block" features that appear in the infrared to also appear in the visible light images, assuming that some of these buried structures are actually near the top of the dusty, icy layer.

Again, this in fact is exactly what we see (below) ….

This is a side-by-side comparison of two typical "blocks" from Keith's processed IR image, located on the platform just north of the D&M Pyramid. As you can see, the very obvious block features directly correspond with features from the decorrelation stretched IR image. There are numerous other examples of similar features, which will be included in Richard's full Report -- but the point is that if these were processing artifacts (or "scanner marks," as one person actually suggested), then there would not be any correlation between visible features and the IR "blocks." The existence of even one correlation constitutes a "proof" that the blocks represent real features -- on or just beneath the Cydonia dusty plain.

The next proof is in the analysis of the "noise floor."

As you can see from the ENVI-generated side-by-side comparison (above), Keith's version is much clearer, shows far more detail, and simply contains far less noise than the "fake." What the graphs are showing you is that the "real" image (on the left) has a much wider range of spectral data in it, owing to the enhancement capabilities of the ENVI 3.5 decorrelation stretch technique and the much cleaner source data. The image on the right (the official version) may have actually been generated from the same original, but as you can see, the spectral range of the image -- in essence "the signal" -- has been deliberately compressed, resulting in the extremely noisy and scientifically worthless (by comparison) visual image on the right. In short, if you were working with the data on the right, you couldn't see the proverbial forest for the trees, or in this case, the artifacts for the Artifacts ....

This second major point -- which numerically validates for us the entire reality of Keith's version -- is that it is entirely consistent with the kind of quantitative results one would expect from the exquisite THEMIS instrument. While the "official" version is entirely inconsistent with what that amazing instrument is capable of producing.

According to this JPL document (also still available on the web in HTML despite the .pdf being removed after we downloaded it), the THEMIS instrument is accurate to plus or minus 0.001K (one thousandth of a degree Kelvin) temperature measurement. That means that it is capable of differentiating temperature differences – instrument thermal "noise" -- in increments THIS incredibly precise.

What that translates to visually is brought out when you decorrelation stretch the images -- as Keith has done with ENVI 3.5 -- essentially separating the thermal data from the compositional data, to allow you see more detail in the "composition bands." And that is why, when we add the visible light overlay to the "good" THEMIS data, as we have, the screen literally explodes with rich detail and stunning clarity. In short, our version of the THEMIS data behaves exactly as REAL THEMIS data should -- and the "official version" posted on the web site does not.

The final and most conclusive proof -- that Keith's version of the Cydonia IR image is the real one -- comes, from of all places, the very instrument on another spacecraft (MGS) that was fraudulently used by NASA in a failed attempt to debunk the Face back in 2001 ...

In an ironic twist, we can use published MOLA (Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter) data from Mars Global Surveyor to ultimately clinch our "buried City" model.

The laser altimetry data from a single pass over the Face (above) provides an excellent test of our "dust covered ice" model. The MOLA instrument operates at the10.6 micron wavelength, essentially smack-dab in the middle of the THEMIS sensing band. The altimeter is not capable of penetrating solid ground at that wavelength, but it should not have a problem piercing a "fluffy" layer of micron-sized dust and an underlying long-wave IR translucent material … like ice. When, in fact, we look at the altitude scan (above), we can see that the majority of the ground truth at Cydonia (incredibly!) seems to lie below the mean datum of the visible plain (in some areas many thousands of feet below). In addition, there are no corresponding visible troughs or "geologic" features to account for this anomalous "penetration" -- but there is our stunning "cityscape" ....

So what the MOLA data is exquisitely confirming is that Cydonia is not a "flat, relatively featureless plain" -- with some "mildly eroded" mesas scattered about. It is, in fact, a deep, dust covered plain which lies atop a thick layer of ice that has preserved and concealed -- literally for countless millennia -- a once highly advanced, plainly technological, and mysteriously now absent civilization.

All it takes to peel back this "Truth's protective layer," is to go there … brush away the dust … and literally start drilling ....

And there is one final point to be made here. Another reason we are so certain that this new Cydonia data is the "real deal," and the official version is a cruel hoax on the American people … if not the World … is because the data from Keith's version of the IR data is consistent with what we already know about what secrets Mars holds under the surface.

In case any of you have forgotten, this THEMIS Cydonia "city pattern" is a virtual twin for the discovery made by a similar "thermal IR scanner" aboard Russia's Phobos 2 spacecraft in 1989. A side by side comparison (above) clearly demonstrates that "Cydonia City" is NOT an isolated settlement, but rather part of what appears to be a planet wide, far-reaching civilization ...

There can be no middle ground here. Architects and engineers will instantly recognize the form, fit and function of their craft in the objects scattered all throughout the THEMIS image. And even more, some of the features can be seen, just barely covered over, in the Odyssey visible light image … and even on the original Viking data. How "noise" could occupy the same area and location on images taken 25 years apart, by completely different instruments, and on completely different spacecraft … is going to be a tough hurdle for the usual suspects to clear. In addition, the MOLA data confirms that a great deal of Cydonia exists below the visible surface (why didn’t the MOLA scientists back at Goddard catch this years ago …?) -- precisely in the "basin" occupied by our frozen City.

The laser can't lie.

So Keith's version of the IR image -- the only one which is consistent with all the other observations -- must be the closest thing to the "real" data returned by the THEMIS instrument we have now in the public view (again, all this will be covered in even more detail in Richard's document).

But there is one final point.

We are pretty sure at this point that the "official" version has a visible light image layered over the top of the degraded multi-spectral THEMIS image. We don't have proof positive yet, but we are working on that. However, there are a couple of issues that fall out of that critical assumption.


We had hoped, based on Enterprise Principal Investigator Richard C. Hoagland's discussion with NASA's Dr. James Garvin -- the head scientist of NASA's on-going Mars programs -- to avoid the usual "cloak and dagger" nonsense over this new data that has so permeated and tainted our various interactions with NASA over the years. However, we must now reluctantly conclude -- based on this most recent "bait and switch" maneuver, apparently cooked up by someone inside ASU's official THEMIS team -- that nothing’s really changed in this regard. As we considered what might have happened, had we gone ahead and published our results on August the 22nd, 2002, as originally planned, it became very obvious that someone in NASA/ASU was trying very hard—

To set us up!

Had we gone forward with our original announcement, and revealed the images you have seen here for the first time, we would have naturally called upon NASA professionals and experienced IR imaging experts in the private sector and academia to replicate our work. They would have then gone to the official THEMIS web site, downloaded the "official" version of the THEMIS IR data … and been totally unable to accomplish that -- even given the proper multi-spectral software and experience.

We would have been thoroughly and publicly discredited -- certainly in the eyes of the "curious middle" of this debate. And any nascent interest in the possibility of a former, now extinct Martian civilization -- beginning to stir among some of the "honest" professionals inside NASA (and other agency's), who have finally begun to be suspicious that there is more to this question than has been officially admitted by NASA over the years -- would have quietly died ….

As "someone" carefully intended.

It was a desperate gamble really, a sign of panic and disorder behind the scenes. And it has just blown up in their Faces ....

A few of you may recall that, sometime back, we discussed our contention that not only were the vast majority of NASA employees "honest and open," but that among the "insiders," the ones who knew the reality of Cydonia and the bigger questions inside the Agency, there was a literal "war" (of sorts) going on.

We divided these two groups into the "Owls" and the "Roosters," two terms used inside the intelligence community to refer to groups that advocate suppression of a given issue vs. revelation of a given issue. Based on the events of recent months, the replacement of Dan Goldin with Sean O'Keefe, the MOC image of the Face, and the increasing signs of cooperation from NASA (the "Garvin phone call") for the first time in decades, we had concluded that the "Roosters," the whistle blowers, were "winning" this peculiar "war." We also concluded that it was only a matter of time before the walls around the Cydonia question came crashing down. We felt confident in this for one essential reason --

We know their timetable.

However, this does not mean that the losers, the "Owls," will go quietly away. And just which side is running this current "operation" – "will the Real THEMIS image please stand up" -- is what we are still trying to figure out ourselves.

In order to separate the good guys from the bad guys, our first order of business was to determine just "how" and "why" Keith Laney was apparently specifically targeted to receive this data, and just "who" pulled the necessary strings to implement this part of the "Grand Plan." And, most importantly -- who gave the orders!

In order to reconstruct that trail, we must go back a ways, and necessarily, delve into the pervasive ritual pattern behind NASA's behavior that still makes some in the anomalist community so uncomfortable.

We can start by going back to the two main players in this little psycho-drama, "BAMF" and "Dan Smythe."

They both showed up in the Enterprise conference area within about a month of the release of the Cydonia IR data (actually, Smythe only surfaced after the image was released). This was shortly after Hoagland's seeming "breakthrough conversation" with Jim Garvin, and before any of us had a hint that this Cydonia IR data release from Odyssey was coming.

In retrospect, it is now obvious that this was a reconnaissance mission, an attempt to sort out just who among our "crowd" might have the knowledge and expertise to work with the "real" data once it was released. Keith Laney would be an ideal candidate for this kind of operation. He was reasonably independent of Enterprise, worked for NASA/AMES (or "Rooster central" as we like to call it) Marsoweb Project, and had quite a bit of experience in visual image processing. What he lacked was any experience working with multi-spectral data. Into this void stepped Gorelick and Smythe -- as we’ve documented repeatedly above.

Once we had a "heads-up" from Stephen Saunders, the Chief Project Scientist for the Mars Odyssey Mission, that this data was going to be released the week of July the 26th, we looked back to our "ritual calendar" and tried to make a prediction as to what day it would actually be released. Since the original nighttime IR data had been released of Hydaspis Chaos exactly 13 years to the day after the taking of the Phobos 2 image of the same region, we felt very strongly that this data release would follow a similar pattern.

Very quickly, a date jumped out at us as perfect for the completion of this "NASA ritual."

July 25th, 1976, was a very important date, not only in the history of this investigation, but in the annals of NASA’s record keeping. It was on that day, at 3:26 PM GMT, that a NASA probe named Viking 1 passed over a northern plain on Mars and snapped a photograph that would forever change the course of the space program, if not of History itself.

It did so, you shouldn’t be surprised to learn by now, precisely in accordance with the now familiar "Osiris ritual" that we have documented so many times in NASA’s 44-year history.

Immediately, we realized that in order to complete this arcane "ritual," to stay consistent with the bizarre pattern of behavior that we had documented over and over again, they would have to release the new THEMIS Cydonia IR data on Thursday, July 25th, 2002, the 31st anniversary of the taking of 35A72 -- the famous first "Face on Mars" image. No other date fit the pattern.

Imagine our surprise then, when for the first time in memory, they broke the pattern and released the image in the early afternoon of July 24th, 2002, not on the 25th. As we contemplated this break with tradition, we wondered if perhaps this was a hopeful sign, and indication that the ritualists inside NASA had – finally! -- lost control of the agenda.

We now know better.

What was released on the 24th, and what the vast majority of the press and public downloaded, was not the "real deal" at all, NOT the real data -- but the not-so-cleverly constructed fake. Keith Laney, almost certainly their #1 candidate to receive the "real" IR data, took a quick look at the public release, pronounced "it sucks" and didn't even bother to download it. Richard Hoagland quoted Keith that night on "Coast to Coast AM," and following that, Keith got into get a series of pointed exchanges with both BAMF and Smythe. Eventually, after much prodding, Keith went back to the THEMIS website, and downloaded the image we now know is the "real" data … on July the 25th, 2002 at 10:27 PM EDT.

So in essence, "someone" did complete the ritual: by getting the "real data" to Keith - and thus to Enterprise, and to the American people -- on the correct ritual date, July 25th!

One other point.

We know many of you are uncomfortable with our investigation or discussion of these types of ritualistic behaviors on the part of NASA. We are sensitive to that, but we cannot allow it to sway us from the truth. So we must report one other strange but consistent "ritual observation" that Keith Laney discovered almost straight away. When you crop and rotate the individual image strips from his "real" source data to the vertical, and examine the pixel count -- it turns out that the image strips are 1947 pixels by 333 pixels … down and across.

Or, 19.5 X 33, if you are tracking this sort of ritual. We thought that was pretty cute ...

Following that, BAMF proceeded to provide enough assistance to Keith (and Holger, among others) to enable Laney eventually to figure out how to properly process the data he’d been given, and exactly what software he would need to carry out the job. Bamf interlaced this crucial private e-mail tutoring in "multi-spectral imaging" with his previously mentioned bizarre public comments on our Enterprise investigation, along with other categorically false assertions on the THEMIS Cydonia data themselves.

Among these were unambiguous statements that "the IR data on the website were useless" because they had "not been calibrated," and that "the Face is not any different than any other object at Cydonia … is not made of anything unusual, like metal or plastic …." Not only are both these statements wrong -- they are flat out contradictory.

A JPL paper on decorrelation stretch techniques (Algorithm Theoretical Basis Document for Decorrelation Stretch, version 2.2, August 15th, 1996, Ronald E. Alley Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 4800 Oak Grove Drive, Pasedena CA. 91109.) states flatly that calibration is not necessary to make use of decorrelation stretched IR data, because of the nature of the algorithm and the quality of the process itself. All calibration ultimately does is identify which colors relate to which materials -- assuming you know what materials you are dealing with in a totally alien context the first place. There is, obviously, some question on that matter raised by this particular Cydonia data.

And as for Gorelick declaring that "he knew what the Face is composed of," after he already claimed that the data "wasn't calibrated," this simply made no sense. Forgetting that it conflicts with not only the image caption that he (presumably) posted, it also conflicts with Christensen's email in which he (Christensen) restates that the data is "calibrated." So for Gorelick to presume he knows what the Face is made of, when by his own claim he is working with uncalibrated data, was and is "pure poppycock."

And even if the data is calibrated, as the THEMIS web site and his boss now claim, he still can't possibly know what the Face or anything else is made of down there … because right now, nobody knows what "Cydonia City" is composed of ... there being literally NO "spectral library" on alien construction methods and materials ….

All of these conflicting signals left us with a few certainties, and many more unanswered questions. We knew Keith's dataset was valid, and we knew that Gorelick had tried to help us "to some degree." We also knew that "somebody" was hoping to sucker punch us -- by changing the data on the official site, in order to create profound confusion when we tried to have our own analysis verified by reference to that "official" data set.

So this left us with two questions: just who were the "good guys" and "bad guys" inside the ASU THEMIS team; and, how did they get the right data to Keith Laney -- and only Keith -- for their "ritually perfect" July 25th ritualistic window?

What then became clear was that the answer to one question should provide the answer to the other.

Exactly how had Keith been targeted? And, how come, nobody else (apparently) got the same image … on the same anniversary date?

Suddenly, the answer to that crucial question became very, very clear … very, very quickly.

Keith Laney has a cable modem connection to the Internet. What that means is that he has a "static" IP address. Every time he goes online (or even has his computer turned on and physically connected to the Web), he broadcasts the same identifier to the whole world. It would certainly be a piece of cake for any reasonably savvy computer network expert to "ping" Keith's system, determine his static IP address, and lay a "trap" for him .…

Once "they" had convinced Keith to go back (on the 25th) and finally download the THEMIS Cydonia image, it would be a fairly easy process to simply wait for his IP address to "log-in" to the official THEMIS website, and then redirect him -- and only him -- to a duplicate website … that looked exactly like the official THEMIS page, but which instead contained the "real" data Keith now has on his computer.

But, how do we know that this was done? How can we be so sure he was "set up" in this precise pre-calculated manner?

For one thing, although it now appears that a couple of other people may have obtained a version of the "real" IR data similar to Keith's (which reinforces the bizarre aspect of official data constantly changing on a supposedly unchanging website) -- none of them obtained it on July 25th. So far as we can determine, only Keith Laney got the "real stuff" on that key date.

But the second, and most important reason we know this was done, is because this exact process -- the act of redirecting someone to a different server or webpage, with or without their knowledge -- has a specific name amongst the world’s computer geeks. In the jargon of the techno-savvy, of which Noel Gorelick is undeniably a world-class member, it's called simply ...

Bamfing ...!

So what Gorelick was doing all along -- in his months-long "away mission to the alien land of Enterprise" -- was apparently seeking out the just right person to leak this crucial IR data to … finding the perfect character to "Bamf" the real, stunning Cydonia  images.

So just who are Gorelick and Christensen, anyway? Heros … or villains? Friend or foe? Both … or neither?

We honestly still don't really know.

It could be that they worked together to help set us up, or it could be that Gorelick leaked the real data to Laney because he was tired of all the cover-ups and nonsense behind the scenes. Or, it could be that both men were pressured, put upon by a powerful outside "Owl" element, to participate in this continuing fraud perpetrated on the American people and the World.

Unfortunately, we tend to think that this latter scenario is the more probable at this point.

Do not forget that "Deep Space," our inside Administration source (who, in turn, is fronting for a host of other sources …), told us weeks ago that "the lawyers are running everything at this point" inside NASA, in response to our own continuing political and legal initiatives. This sort of smarmy trick, this kind of underhanded double dealing on this key new Cydonia data, is exactly the way some such individuals tend to think and operate.

Especially, when they’re desperate.

Certainly, anyone who has worked with the real "new data" over the last month can see this war is about over.

The reality of Cydonia's artificiality is a train that has already left the station, an inevitability that must increasingly be Faced. As we have repeatedly pointed out, the real battle is no longer about the reality of the Monuments of Mars -- that battle was won a long time ago -- but over who gets to define the meaning of those extraordinary monuments. It is that battle which is now crucial and obviously in full force -- as is our ability to do that which strikes fear into the heart of the "Owl's" who have worked so hard to conceal the Truth about Cydonia and Mars … for so damn long.

If they could get the data out, become "a little bit pregnant" and at the same time manage to marginalize the Enterprise Mission, they win all the way around. But they have failed in this desperate gambit. We have once more swept aside another clumsy assault on our scientific and political credibility.

Our enemies will now go even further, and probably claim that we somehow "fabricated" the data we have now presented to the world. But what else can they say? The important point to remember is that "we," as in the Enterprise Mission, have not presented this data at all. If you are going to accuse someone of not telling the truth, of fabricating the "real" data here, then you must accuse Keith Laney of the NASA/AMES Marsoweb Program, NOT "Richard Hoagland," "Mike Bara," or anyone else associated with Enterprise itself!

We literally had NO HAND in obtaining this source data.  We simply recognize what we are seeing in its stunning evidence ….

And again, we must ask you to consider just which side has more credibility here. The side that perpetrated the "Catbox" fraud upon the world, and followed that with the MOLA fraud … or the side which has now exposed yet another attempted duplicitous deception on the part of NASA, with the Mars Odyssey 2001 THEMIS IR data?

We also understand that in an 11th hour move, NASA/ASU is now putting out multiple versions of the "real" data -- in an obvious effort to hide it amongst the "noise" that will be subsequently generated. Obviously, they are trying to flood the market with so many differing versions (Deep Space had told us there are now 20), that they hope to create so much doubt about the integrity of the "real" source data that the majority will ultimately have to declare that "no dataset can be counted on as real."

Too bad they didn't think to check the MOLA data first.

So, we must focus solely on the real THEMIS data itself, on its extraordinary internal consistency and scientific testimony … and on the proof that we now have. To this end, we will not even consider working with anything other than the data that Keith first obtained on the 25th of July, 2002. All other datasets must now be considered suspect, because they have all popped up subsequent to our public exposure (on "Coast to Coast." August 29th) of the fraud perpetrated by NASA/ASU one month earlier.

What is now abundantly clear is that the system inside NASA/JPL/ASU is so poisoned with corruption that nothing short of complete oversight and entirely new standards of accountability can be contemplated as a solution to this problem. Until that happens, no one inside the THEMIS team had better so much as lose their parking place as a consequence of all of this.

It is now more imperative than ever that nighttime IR images of, not just Cydonia -- but every Odyssey image taken so far of the entire planet -- be released without delay. Any new data acquisitions must be monitored by outside sources, and full accountability must be demanded of the paper trail for each and every image.

We can only do this with your help.

As Richard C. Hoagland will call for tonight, we must now take this issue without delay to the Congress, to our President, and to our last real hope for Freedom ... the media itself. We finally have the proof of what is down there at Cydonia. What we must now do is to collectively -- together -- twist the arms of "the bad guys" … until they publicly admit that Truth.

When the lights come on, the cockroaches inevitably scatter.

Ironically, "Cydonia" derives from a Greek root, meaning "enlightenment." Or, in this context "to illuminate the True History of All Mankind."

It is our intent – with the help of the American people, and our loyal "crew" here -- to shine Cydonia’s light of Truth intensely on the THEMIS team, regarding the wonders that await us all beneath the dusty Cydonia plains … as it has never shone before. And on those still hiding in the dark … still attempting -- with their last minute, desperate efforts -- to manipulate us all.

OK guys, Cydonia – the Light – is coming. Time to start scattering .…

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