Take a look at the photo above. This was taken just before President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania November 19, 1863.
What’s so special about it, you ask? The young boy in the center of the photo wearing shoes too big for him and gazing off to the left is Andrew D. Basiago, an attorney. The special part? Andy was born on September 18, 1961 in Morristown, New Jersey, 98 years after this photo was taken.
Let’s back up a little…
Recently I was listening to an episode of “Coast to Coast AM with George Noory” about a man named Andrew D. Basiago, who claims to be a child participant in a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) program called “Project Pegasus”. Project Pegasus was a secret program that tested experimental holographic technology, along with teleportation, and even time travel, according to Basiago.
“Coast to Coast AM” has a bit of a sketchy reputation among skeptics, with most of the guests and topics discussed on the show being called everything from pseudoscience to outright fabrication. Normally I would agree, choosing to listen to it to indulge my sometimes overactive imagination, but every once in a while I come across a story that deserves a little more attention and scrutiny. Andrew’s story is one such story.
For those of you who didn’t listen to the show, I will do my best to summarize Andrew’s story as I go. Even though it is over an hour long, I still suggest you listen.
According to Mr. Basiago, DARPA has been using holographic technology to witness past and future events since the 1960s for the purpose of intelligence gathering. (Which makes me nervous, considering the implication in regards to privacy.) DARPA allegedly used a device Basiago calls a “Chronovisor” which projects 3D holographic images of events as they happened or will happen. This device was based on work conducted by two priests, Pellegrino Ernetti and Francois Brune, who stumbled upon it by accident while studying the harmonics of Gregorian chant. Andrew said there were multiple versions of the Chronovisor, ranging in size from a small tabletop to ones as large as an entire room. Andrew viewed with this device, among other things, the signing of the American Constitution, recognizing George Washington and Benjamin Franklin. According to Andrew, this method of intelligence gathering is only relatively successful due to the fact that the images presented to them via Chronovisor are of parallel timelines.
This part of the story stuck out to me because I remember reading a Popular Science article about DARPA’s “new” holographic technology. I probably don’t need to tell you that when the Department of Defense reveals new technology, it is sometimes 20+ years old. That being said, it is believable to me that the holographic technology existed in the 60s and 70s. (Link to the PopSci article here) Whether or not they could use it for divination purposes is something completely different.
Basiago has revealed that between 1969 and 1972, as a child participant in Project Pegasus, he teleported back and forth across the country in vortal tunnels opened in time-space via Tesla-based teleporters located at the Curtiss-Wright Aeronautical Company facility in Wood Ridge, NJ and the Sandia National Laboratory in Albuquerque, NM. After the children teleported back to Wood Ridge, New Jersey from New Mexico, they were electro-magnetically shocked to impede memory of their experiences. Andrew Basiago allegedly trained himself to create ciphers in his mind to survive the brainwashing by remembering landmarks like the Thunderbird Inn and the King’s Rest Inn on Cerrillos Road in Santa Fe which he used later in his life to recall Project Pegasus experiences.
“I think another breakthrough will come in the form of accounts from residents of Santa Fe [New Mexico] about children suddenly appearing at the state capitol complex there in the early 1970′s. Our arrivals were sometimes witnessed. Several of my own arrivals were witnessed. I have spoken with area residents who knew that individuals were teleporting into Santa Fe in the early 1970′s. Some of that knowledge resulted from the arrival of teleportees, including myself, being seen by others; other knowledge resulted from the fact that employees of LANL [Los Alamos National Laboratory] were bringing stories about the teleportation that was going on home from work and sharing them with their children around the dinner table in Los Alamos and White Rock.” ~Andrew Basiago
Of all of Mr. Basiago’s claims, this one seems the most likely to contain the most truth, if for no reason than it is the least fantastic of all of his claims. I don’t think it is too far-fetched to think that a brilliant scientist inspired by Nikola Tesla would figure out how to teleport matter. Apparently when Nicola Tesla died, the War Department and the FBI raced to his apartment to take possession of his papers. If this story is to be believed, the War Dept. won and the military establishment developed some of the ideas contained in them.
Now we come to the issue of time travel. According to Basiago, by 1972, the US government was using “quantum displacement” of this kind to both send people forward in time several years to store sensitive military secrets in the future and backward in time several years to provide the government current intelligence about future events. In one such event, Andrew was sent to Gettysburg to witness Lincoln’s famous speech, where the picture at the top of the page was supposedly taken.
“I am the boy standing in the foreground of the image at center-left, looking to his right. My shoes were lost in the transit through the quantum plenum that took me from the plasma confinement chamber at the time lab in East Hanover, NJ in 1972 to Gettysburg, PA on the day that Abraham Lincoln gave his famous address there in 1863. When I walked into downtown Gettysburg, where the shops were, after walking into town along the north-south arterial that led into Gettysburg, a cobbler by the name of John Lawrence Burns accosted me and took me inside a millinery shop and furnished me with a pair of men’s street shoes and a Union winter parka that he took from a stack of military clothing in a storeroom at the back of the shop. In this image, one can see how over-sized the shoes were. I can confirm that this image was taken right after President Lincoln arrived on the dais, because when I walked over to this location and stood in this manner to detract attention from my shoes, I had been standing over by the dais, and Lincoln had not yet arrived, and I only stood in this position for several minutes before the quantum field effect produced by the plasma confinement chamber ended and I found myself back in the time lab in NJ.” ~Andrew Basiago
I am really not sure how to feel about Andrew’s claims of time travel. This would be the hardest information to find any evidence of even some relative truth. I do believe the photo is genuine, but that is not to say that the child in it is Andrew Basiago. The only information I could find is to establish that the man he claims to have met, John Lawrence Burns, did exist and was in fact at Gettysburg. But if I was able to find it, it is possible Andrew could have done the same if he were inclined to make this story up.
As one would suspect of anyone participating in a top secret government program, Andrew did receive brainwashing and memory suppressing drugs while a member of Project Pegasus. It is possible that his memory is flawed. It is possible he is remembering things as the government wants him to remember it. They could very well have gave him false memories as a way to spread disinformation about what Project Pegasus was really about. Either way, I think that within his story lies some relative truth. But please, make up your own minds.
(There is more to this story, involving the space program, but I am going to save that part for another post. feel free to do your own research if you find this one interesting.)