At the recent IUFOC in Phoenix, for example, Bentwaters witness James Penniston re-told the story about how in September 1994 he allowed himself to be hypnotized to help him recall what happened in Rendlesham forest and what it might mean. In the session, Penniston stated that he received telepathic communication from a landed craft in the forest and that the craft’s occupants had come from Earth’s future to gather genetic material to help them survive.
When I heard this, I knew that sounded more than a little familiar to me. Then I saw a post today from UFO skeptic Ian Ridpath who offered the explanation that Penniston may have gotten the idea from a movie he'd seen that claimed the same thing and aired just ten months before his hypnosis.
I wrote that movie.
In November 1993,the first original film for the Sci-Fi Channel (now SyFy) was produced from my screenplay, Official Denial. Although it was about the UFO cover-up and was the first piece I wrote that invoked Majestic-12, it contained a twist ending in which the question turned out to be not where the aliens were from, but when they were from. The Others were not alien after all: they were ourselves. Having bred diversity from their DNA in order to survive an environmental collapse, they had returned backward in time to save us, and thus to save themselves. The abduction of certain people was part of a protocol to follow specific bloodlines that were important in DNA development and ancestry. Later, I followed that "Bloodlines" theory up in Dark Skies as well, as that was the title of our final episode.
For those who aren't familiar with him, James Penniston was an Air Force Staff Sergeant at a joint U.S. Air Force and Royal Air Force base at Bentwaters in the UK. On December 26, 1980, he was sent to investigate strange lights in the forest. What he and others found was a triangular craft that he examined at close range and for an extended period. This has become one of the best documented UFO sightings in history, referred to as the Rendlesham Forest Incident.
My film was released on video in May 1994, only a few months before Penniston’s hypnosis. As Ridpath interprets it, "The similarities between the film and Penniston’s story are striking. Of course, we have no evidence that Penniston actually saw this film, so it could simply be coincidence."