The Philadelphia Experiment – A Conspiracy Within A Conspiracy?

First Published: December 31, 2016 Last updated: February 7th, 2019 Written by: Marcus Lowth Estimated Reading Time: 11 minutes Posted in: Conspiracy

The Philadelphia Experiment is an alleged event, wrapped in a conspiracy theory cloaked in mystery, and has more twists and turns than you could shake a smoking gun at. No surprise then that the story has endured over time and is still debated to this day.

An experiment that was said to have taken place during the Second World War has been linked to time travel as far into the future as the twenty-eighth century. Not to mention claims of people being “phased out of existence”, alternative timelines, and apparent secret projects that are both blood-curdling and darkly intriguing in equal measure.

USS Eldridge.

USS Eldridge.

Perhaps bizarrely, it was the release of a b-rated sci-fi movie in 1984 based on these alleged events that brought the once thrown away conspiracy back into the public arena – apparently helping to unlock the repressed memories of one key witness.

Before we get into that though, and the events that led up to it, check out the trailer of aforementioned movie, “The Philadelphia Experiment” below.

VIDEO: The Philadelphia Experiment (1984) Official Trailer #1

The Need For “Invisible” Warships

As World War Two engulfed much of the planet as the forties struggled on, the crossing of the Atlantic for US Navy vessels carrying supplies to allied forces in Europe became an increasingly deadly journey. In 1942 alone close to one thousand US and allied ships were sunk by German submarines, their valuable cargo ultimately lost to the sea to add further insult.

To combat this, allied forces created smaller “escort destroyers” in the docks and shipyards of the upper east coast of the United States. One of these was the USS Eldridge. These faster, sleeker ships were much more easily controlled, and more importantly, they were a genuine threat to German submarines.

The USS Eldridge was also said to be “invisible” to her enemies. While a technique called “degaussing” was relatively widespread during the Second World War – a technique that manipulated the electromagnetic field around the vessel – some believe that the technology on the USS Eldridge went way beyond mere radar invisibility, and literally made it optically invisible.

It is claimed by people who subscribe to such theories, that the finest minds had worked on this device, including Einstein, who was genuinely “employed” by the US Navy at the time. It is also claimed that much of foundations of the work was based on the stolen papers of Nikola Tesla, who coincidentally or not had died only several months earlier in January 1943.

His paperwork and notebooks that contained his work and theories had mysteriously gone missing within hours of his death. Rumours spread that the FBI had “confiscated” them, something that they deny to this day. They are still officially missing, but several informants have come forward stating that secret CIA time travel experiments have been conducted based on the information and theories contained within Tesla’s private papers.

The short video below looks at Nikola Tesla, and the papers that went missing following his death.

VIDEO: Did the US steal Nikola Tesla’s research?

The Philadelphia Experiment

As well as the skeleton crew that was on board the USS Eldridge at the time of the experiment, there were several military figures observing from a close, but safe distance.

The story suggests that out of nowhere upon switching on whatever device they were utilising, the whole ship was engulfed in a strange green-tinged fog. A few moments later, before their very eyes, the entire vessel vanished in a flash of blue light. According to reports of the incident, it was claimed to have re-appeared in Norfolk, Virginia – two hundred miles away – where it remained in full view for all to see for ten minutes. It then disappeared from the Norfolk waters, and appeared again in the shipyards of Philadelphia.

Not only had it become invisible, the whole ship, including her crew, and seemingly teleported to another location and back again.

However, the horror that awaited those on board as well as the witnesses to the events was beyond comprehension. Some of the crew were said to be suffering from extreme nausea, while others had apparently turned “completely mad” and could not be calmed. Rumours had it that these men were secretly placed in asylums, their families told they had been lost at sea due to the war effort.

Those men it seemed were the lucky ones. Other crew members were said to be “embedded” into the steel of the ship itself, as if their molecular structure had been undone, and then entwined with that of the destroyer. Those that seemed to escape the incident unharmed were later said to be victims of “freezing” – an experience that saw them almost fade out of existence temporarily, as if they were a hologram that was losing power.

The short video below runs down the basic facts and theories of the Philadelphia Experiment.

VIDEO: The Philadelphia Experiment

Morris K. Jessop And The Origins Of The Conspiracy

It was in the 1950s, with the alien and UFO craze in full swing across America, that the seeds of the Philadelphia Experiment conspiracy were planted.

In 1955, author and researcher, Morris K. Jessop released his book, “The Case for the UFO” which was well received by the general public. The following year, Jessop received the first of what would be several letters and correspondence from a man named, Carlos Allende (sometimes known as Carl Allen), who was writing in response to this book, in particular Jessop’s call for further study into Einstein’s Unified Field Theory. According to information that Allende apparently had, this theory had already been studied, and implemented by the US Navy.

From these series of communications, came the basis of the events of October 1943 in Philadelphia. He claimed to have been a crew member on the nearby “SS Andrew Furnseth”, and had gone unnoticed from his position on the ship’s deck. From there, he assured Jessop that he had witnessed the entire episode.

Jessop quietly continued his research into the alleged “Philadelphia Experiment”, and was eventually able to attend the “Office of Naval Research” for further study. When he arrived, a US Navy officer handed him a copy of his aforementioned book. As he opened it and thumbed through its pages, he saw that careful annotations had been made throughout the manuscript. It appeared as though there were at least three different people having made these corrections to his work, but one of the handwriting styles he immediately recognised as being Allende’s.

Many theories were discussed within the notes, not least was the event that would become known as the Philadelphia Experiment. Jessop himself, a scientific, but ardent UFO researcher, continued his work for several more years.

“I’m On To Something Big!”

By early 1959, Jessop believed he had made a “breakthrough” in his research, and in April of that year arranged to meet fellow scientist, Dr. J. Manson Valentine, to discuss his work and how he should present it. It was a meeting he never made it to. Instead, he drove to Matheson’s Hammock Park in Dade County, Florida, and proceeded to take his own life by running a tube from his exhaust into his vehicle. His death was obviously ruled a suicide, but those that knew him, in particular those that knew of his work, had their doubts.

The Valentines themselves expressed concern after his body was discovered, stating they had been trying to contact Jessop for three full days before his apparent suicide. They claimed to have been genuinely “worried about what he had told them” on his final phone call to Dr. Valentine, that he was “on to something big!”

The story took on many strange twists from this point, including Allende stating that he had in fact made up the entire story. He would then later claim that he had been telling the truth all along and his earlier confession should be disregarded. Hardly behaviour that makes him a credible source or witness, but the letters he sent to Jessop are very interesting reading, as is his apparent death-bed confession on the issue.

For the most part, the conspiracy had been put to bed. Allende had been exposed as a fake and an opportunist, and Jessop had “committed suicide!” That was until the mid-eighties when a low budget sci-fi movie based on the events was apparently closer to the truth than perhaps even its makers realised.

Before we look at that thought, the short video below looks at the actual conspiracy theories surrounding the alleged experiment.

VIDEO: The Philadelphia Experiment – Teleportation and Time Travel in WWII?

The Bizarre Al Bielek And Ed Cameron Timeline Connection

Following his watching of the 1984 movie, “The Philadelphia Experiment”, Al Bielek began to experience memories of his life that he claimed had been intentionally hidden from him. As he accessed more and more of these repressed memories, he began to paint a picture that was more fascinating than any sci-fi movie the most imaginative writer could have written – and according to Bielek, it was all very true.

The events were so intense they had apparently “ripped a hole in space time in 1983” and Bielek himself saw his life interwoven with another person entirely, a man called Ed Cameron.

The proposed timeline of Al Bielek and Ed Cameron is an intriguing one, not least because it takes some getting your head around. It is probably best that we pick up the timeline from 1943, when the Philadelphia Experiment was said to have taken place, and when according to Bielek, he was serving on the USS Edridge.

After the experiment began, the ship had in fact been sent forward in time forty years to 1983, and not simply teleported to another location in the United States. Bielek and the crew were catapulted there with it, only he was now Ed Cameron and was with his (Ed’s) brother, Duncan, along with the other unfortunate skeleton crew who had been kept on board as the experiment took place.

Bielek, as Cameron, claims to have witnessed the grim realities of the molecular and physical breakdown of other crew members, and in a panic, leapt from the side of the ship with his brother, expecting to hit the water below.

They instead found themselves falling through “perpetual clouds” in a strange nothingness. Confused, disorientated and scared, they soon blacked out. They awoke to find themselves in a hospital, their bodies covered in strange burns.

Even stranger was the fact that the year was 2137.

The Floating Cities Of The Twenty-Eighth Century

Ed and Duncan Cameron spent several weeks at the hospital in 2137 being treated for radiation burns – burns that according to Bielek (who was now Ed Cameron) had been sustained in hyperspace, the nothingness they experienced when they had leapt from the USS Eldridge.

Following this brief stay, and for reasons unknown even to himself, Cameron was then sent hurtling forward even further in time – this time, to the year 2749. He spent two years in the twenty-eighth century, even claiming that he worked as a tour guide during his stay.

During the many lectures and interviews that Bielek gave from the early nineties until his death in 2011, he claimed he had clear “memories” of his time in the future. He claimed that the entire planet was controlled by a “synthetic computer system” and that humans for the most part inhabited floating cities that moved around the planet, and were controlled entirely by “the system”. He also claimed that there were several “independent” floating cities that had their own independent computer systems to keep order.

This synthetic computer system was described by Bielek as a huge crystal that communicated with people telepathically. This particular assertion is interesting given recent advancement in the use of crystals for storing data in computers.

Governments – at least as we understand them today – do not exist in the twenty-eight century. He also revealed that the population of the planet had been drastically reduced to 300 million, and then intentionally held at that figure permanently. He spoke of some people choosing to live outside of these computer ruled cities, almost as rebels or a resistance of sorts. Perhaps most chilling, is that Bielek claims that no-one he spoke to in the twenty-eighth century seemed to know who had built the computers that ruled them, nor why.

The short videos below sees Bielek speak of these events in a little more detail. The first speaks mainly of the year 2137 while the second concentrates exclusively on Bielek’s time spent in the twenty-eighth century.

VIDEO: Al Bielek – YEARS 2137 & 2749

VIDEO: Time Travel: Al Bielek Travels to the 28th Century

Back To 1943, Regressed Existence and Project Montauk

Following his two year stay in in 2751, Cameron was suddenly pulled back through time to 1983, where he was back in the company of his brother Duncan. According to Bielek, the two brothers were then debriefed and “convinced” to travel back in time to 1943. Both brothers were still employed by the US government to work on top secret projects, but Ed Cameron was considered a “threat” to the projects. So much so that Bielek claims he was “regressed out of existence”, right back to the year 1927 and into the body of one, Al Bielek – hence the connection that Bielek believes he has with Ed Cameron.

Only after his regressed memories came back to him did Bielek understand why he could understand adult conversations before the age of one – even though he himself as a baby could not yet talk. He believes it is because he had the “soul” or the “memories” of Cameron within his genes.

Bielek worked as an electrical engineer as a young adult, but claimed his regressed memories revealed that he had been approached to work on “secret” projects for the US government as far back as the 1960s. The work he did undertake – sometimes but not exclusively at the Montauk base – was carried out in what Bielek describes as an “altered state!”

Some of his further claims were that he had been sent to Mars by teleportation to obtain “light and dark energy”, while another time he was sent to the year 6037 on another secret mission. He even stated that he was sent as far as 100,000 years into the future on a mission to a remote research station.

Perhaps of more concern, certainly if you believe there is any truth at all to his claims, are the assertions that the amount of missing children and teenagers in the United States are a result of top secret experiments that use these youngsters as guinea pigs, or to carry out such secret missions as the ones that Bielek himself took part in.

The video below is a three hour interview with Bielek, so it might be best to come back to his later. It is interesting listening though and attempts to put across as much information as possible regarding the alleged Montauk Project.

VIDEO: AL BIELEK : The Montauk Project

Real Invisibility Technology – More Credence To Bielek?

Of course the one thing that hurts Bielek’s credibility more than anything else is his offering no physical proof of his journeys in time. He also offers no explanation as to how some of his wilder claims, such as “existence regression” were achieved. He countered these accusations by asserting that he can only access what his brain allows him to, and furthermore that those memories have been intentionally hidden from him through the altered state his mind was in at the time.

That being said, certain elements of the claims are perhaps worth delving a little deeper into. While we have looked at time-travel and mind control in previous articles, the question of invisibility is an interesting one, especially given “known” developments in this field.

There are some reports of actual invisibility cloaks having been developed very recently by a Canadian company, who perhaps unwittingly became intertwined somewhat with the strange death of Elisa Lam, who was discovered naked in a sealed water tank on top of the Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles in 2013. There are an absolute plethora of theories as to what happened to the young Canadian, one of which is particularly relevant to the alleged technologies involved with the Philadelphia Experiment.

The Invisible Light Company

The Invisible Light Company appeared to have been operating out of a room at the Cecil Hotel at the time of Lam’s stay. It seemed that she had taken a particular interest in their activities, even posting pictures online in social media forums of what they were working on. One of these technologies was said to have been cloaking devices.

She had also used social media to share a story that the company were about to be commissioned by the Pentagon to develop these cloaking devices. Had they been testing them at the Cecil Hotel? Lam’s last known movements were recorded in the security camera of an elevator of the hotel. It is haunting, spine-tingling footage to say the least.

Lam acts as though she can sense someone close to her, even appearing to follow an unknown and invisible entity’s movements with her eyes while pressed against the wall of the elevator. Some people feel that Lam’s actions – particularly in the hallway around the two minute mark – appear as though there are two “invisible” people who are manipulating and bending her arms. Did she get too close to a technology so secret, it would be worth killing for?

You can check out the security video of the last known footage of Elisa Lam below – right around the two minute mark is where Lam appears to be “grabbed” in the hallway. Could it be that she is being “apprehended” by an invisible assailant?

VIDEO: Elisa Lam Video

If there is any truth in secret technologies being developed – and most people, even those in the mainstream accept that governments are usually twenty or thirty years ahead of where the public thinks they are – then maybe the claims of secret projects such as Montauk are also true. It wouldn’t be the first time such wild theories have turned out to grimly true.

Perhaps a further reason for concern is that still to this day there are an extraordinary amount of children and teenagers who go missing in the United States. Bielek was making such claims before the internet, and before many had pieced together that there was a larger problem of missing young people than had previously been imagined.

This documentary below looks at the Montauk base as well as such secret projects as the Philadelphia Experiment and is interesting viewing to say the least.

VIDEO: Conspiracy Time Travel Proof Government Alien Coverup

About Marcus Lowth

Marcus Lowth is a writer with a love for anything interesting, from UFOs, aliens, and the Ancient Astronaut Theory, to the paranormal, general conspiracies and unsolved mysteries. He also has a passion for film, music, and the NFL. Marcus has been Editor-in-Chief at UFO Insight for several years due to his excellent knowledge in these fields. Marcus also regularly appears as an expert on radio talk shows discussing these topics.

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