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Some Of The Greatest Topics on Over The Past Ten Years

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posted on Jan, 12 2015 @ 02:33 PM
Ten years ago today, after some significant efforts to improve the ATS technology infrastructure and site functionality, we began to see a significant increase in traffic and new members to our beloved community. To celebrate that occasions, I and several of our staff have combed the archives and our memories to find what we think are the most amazing topics our members have created. While there are threads that have garnered more replies or flags than some of these listed below, we tried to focus on topics that were:
(1) Unique to ATS: completely original content.
(2) The opening post provided a compelling alternative analysis of news
(3) The thread, as a whole, is a compelling collaborative analysis of news

These are what we found. Feel free to add to our list to create a complete repository of some of the best content found anywhere online.

We even included three of the more interesting HOAX threads, primarily because of the way everyone collaborated on proving the hoax.
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posted on Jan, 12 2015 @ 02:33 PM
Aliens & UFOs

Are extraterrestrials real? As real as the nose on your face.
date: Apr, 9 2005
flags: n/a
Once upon a time I was in the United States Army and I not only seen alien space ships UFOs, but I was in one. Inside the ship is real life Alice in Wonderland stuff. Distinguishing what is real or imaginary is impossible. It’s another dimension like the Twilight Zone.

62 children meet aliens in Zimbabwe?
date: Jul, 22 2005
flags: n/a
The Ruwa Incident: On September 16-18th of 1994, a bizarre event occurred in Zimbabwe Africa; 62 children at a school were playing in the schoolyard ; and the story of their 'encounter' is as follows…

Proof Positive of Alien Comms
date: Oct, 16 2006
flags: n/a
For all you who think that we (we being those who can and willing communicate with grays are nuts) I empower you to try it for yourself. Below is an exercise you can use to communicate in the beginning with your new friend. So before you go flaming this thread saying all kind of things that are negative all I ask is that you try it. This is a meditation exercise that has been modified so you can start your dialogue with the grays.

ATS and Robbie Williams UFO Investigation: Round One of Gilliand Videos
date: Sep, 8 2008
flags: 258
After reading many accounts from what has been termed, "credible witnesses" (airline pilots, engineers, etc...), related to strange experiences and sightings at the base of Mount Adams (and the ranch owned by James Gilliland) we decided it was time to take a look for ourselves and our membership.

ATS and Robbie Williams UFO Investigation: Round Two of Gilliand Videos
date: Oct, 2 2008
flags: 118
Not only do we have new video captures for you, but Johnny has also a number of very strange sounding audio clips that has a few professional audio folks mystified. This batch also contains some day time captures that are interesting on many levels and Johnny does his best to rule out the mundane and provide some basis to establish size and scale in the "comparisons/comments" video.

The Milky Way - Welcome to your New Home Galaxy!
date: Dec, 9 2010
flags: 387
Recent observations by the Spitzer Infrared telescope have shown that the Milky Way is in collision with the Sagittarius Dwarf Galaxy... in fact it is absorbing this galaxy. It appears that our solar system was indeed originally part of the Sagittarius Galaxy and has now 'crossed over' into the larger galaxy we call the Milky Way.

Crete UFO Image Captured - What Is It?
date: Sep, 30 2012
flags: 337
We were contacted via email a few weeks ago by a photographer in Germany who was recently in Greece on holiday. While that does sound pretty mundane, the image file she attached to her email was anything but, at least to my "not professionally trained in digital imaging" eyes, it was the best "UFO" image I've had emailed to me in years.

Oz X-Files : “authenticated sighting”, “appear to be inexplicable”, USA “very interested"
date: Apr, 23 2013
flags: 223
With the permission of the National Archives of Australia (on behalf of the Commonwealth Government of Australia), I've uploaded searchable PDF files containing over 10,000 pages of Australian UFO documents to a directory at the link below. Some highlights from that collection are given in the post below.

Swarm of Lights Appear Over Argentina and Chile And Is Filmed From Six Cameras.
date: May, 10 2013
flags: 190
There was a swarm of lights that appeared in the skies over Argentina and Chile on May 9th, 2013. This video shows the swarm, or cluster of shining lights from three different cameras; it seems to me that the first two are from Argentina and the third is from Chile.

posted on Jan, 12 2015 @ 02:34 PM
General Conspiracies

Barksdale Missile Number Six: The Stolen Nuclear Weapon
date: Sep, 11 2007
flags: 255
Someone, operating under a special chain of command within the United States Air Force, may have just stolen a nuclear weapon. Barksdale Missile Number Six deserves far more public attention than it's received to date. Missile Number Six is potentially the major story of at least this year.

"Silent Weapons For Quiet Wars" - A Must Read Article
date: Sep, 27 2007
flags: 175
This is perhaps one of the most disturbing articles I have ever read. Not only for the insidious methodology applied to manipulating the population, but one can easily see how frequently this is happening in the U.S. Think of all of the "doom and gloom" economic indicators that are constantly reported. We get an update daily on the price of oil alone. It even begins to explain the ridiculous immigration policy that the U.S. has been determined to pursue.

FBI Fears Chinese Hackers Have Back Door Into US Government & Military
date: Apr, 21 2008
flags: 218
Some months ago, my contacts in the defense industry had alerted me to a startling development that has escalated to the point of near-panick in nearly all corners of Government security and IT infrastructure. The very-real concern, being investigated by the FBI, is that either the Chinese government or Chinese hackers (or both) have had the benefit of undetectable back-doors into highly secure government and military computer networks for months, perhaps years. The cause: a high-number of counterfeit Cisco routers and switches installed in nearly all government networks that experienced upgrades and/or new units within the past 18 months.

NAVY Space Command Uncovered
date: Aug, 15 2009
flags: 454
Many of you know that for years John and I have insisted on there being a secret astronaut program. We have taken the abuse all these years but today its time to present a case for this. It is our contention that the US NAVY is in charge despite the existence of the USAF Space Command, just like in Star Trek it is the NAVY that commands the space fleet.

All Roads Lead to Rome
date: Apr, 25 2010
flags: 607
One of the most popular subjects and matters of contention here on ATS, are the New World Order Conspiracies. Some people are convinced that behind the scenes lays a powerful shadow government and organization dedicated to the proposition of a One World Government that drives and manipulates political events towards it. While others believe that this is all a myth and fabrication to play upon and manipulate our fears of such a world for other nefarious reasons. While some, believe neither, that we live in a world of random events, unrelated, and unconnected, that is naturally evolving in reactionary ways.

An email from a "BP Insider" -- Possible Conspiracies Are Numerous
date: Jun, 14 2010
flags: 247
We have received a "Contact ATS" email from a source claiming to be connected to BP and the operations in the Gulf of Mexico. While the person making contact omitted a reply-to email address (apparently out of concern for his safety), we can verify that the IP of origin is from the Gulf region... specifically a city in Louisiana well-populated with people that work in the Gulf oil industry.

Crazy Reported News That Was Quickly Dropped & Never Heard Of Again
date: Oct, 8 2010
flags: 361
It is up to us to remember these coverups, and to hold people accountable. Please add more to the list!

Stuff they don't want you to know!
date: Sep, 25 2011
flags: 237
Greetings, while I'm sure that a good many of you are well versed in the "Stuff they don't want you to know" series produced by How Stuff Works, I'm also sure that many others haven't had a chance to dig into this well put together video series so I thought I would compile some of the better ones in my opinion and let you have a go at them.

The Mother of All Conspiracies
date: Apr, 17 2012
flags: 296
Our dependence has been deliberately engineered and our economy, as we understand it today, is a contrivance, conjured from thin air. The whole entire thing is a sham; a sham that has been deliberately rigged from the start that we have all been forced and conditioned to participate in. And that is the heart of this conspiracy theory: we can't NOT participate in their contrived socio-economic game. Well, we can, it's just very, very difficult to live in this country without playing some small role in the game they've all engineered. The exit doors to independence have all been sealed shut - they've seen to that, and that's what I mean by rigged.
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posted on Jan, 12 2015 @ 02:34 PM
Breaking Alternative News

I Once Dreamed of Liberty (Op/Ed)
date: May, 16 2006
flags: n/a
And here we live. Our river of the dreams of yesterday shattered on the rocky shore of reality. The outpouring of our genius founders has been twisted. The foundation of yesterday's sacrifice has been boldly refashioned into a hymn of tomorrow's apathy. Today's self-evident truth is fear, and tomorrow's is liberty lost.

Did North Korea just test a Nuke? YES they did!
date: May, 24 2009
flags: 96
We just got an EarthQuake Alert for the Area. A Magnitude 4.7. Did they just test?

The Conspiracy Theory Is True: Agents Infiltrate Websites Intending To "Manipulate, Deceive…
date: Feb, 24 2014
flags: 179
The article's messenger in this case is Glenn Greenwald. Greenwald's new site(see here, "How Covert Agents Infiltrate the Internet to Manipulate, Deceive, and Destroy Reputations") has data, which I will share some of in the following reply posts. This coupled in with the results in action of Comcast's corruption, not just a start, but it's rearing it's ugly head.

Air Craft Projects & Military Projects

SR-72 Confirmed: Mach 6 Project Blackswift
date: Aug, 26 2007
flags: 109
I spoke to an extremely reliable source who told me that the huge new hangar at Groom Lake is for a Mach 6 hypersonic UCAV that has spun off from the hypersonic Falcon project. The source told me that this is to be a system that will have both ISR and attack versions and it is being made at Lockheed's Skunk Works. Support equipment has already arrived at Groom Lake along with operator flight sim workstations, etc.

Star Wars: It has begun...
date: Feb, 15 2011
flags: 515
I chose the Title: Star Wars: It has begun... for many reasons, Obviuosly because of it's implications and the nickname given to a project that was introduced by US President Ronald Reagan [SDI]. I will admit that during his term and still to this day there are many who are skeptical that such a system could actually be developed and or deployed. After reading many posts and replies here at ATS I've come to the conclusion that many still fail to grasp the concept of the potential of modern technology. But before we begin we need to dispel a modern societal misconception.

Space Exploration

John Lear's Moon Pictures on ATS
date: Sep, 13 2006
flags: n/a
At long last, the FULL QUALITY, HUGE FILE SIZE, moon images John Lear had scanned into his computer by Bob Lazar many years ago are online here at, the NUMBER ONE destination on the web for the CIVIL discussion and collaborative research of EVERYTHING "Alternative".

The Most Interesting Mars Picture I've Come Across
date: Jan, 23 2013
flags: 234
Like many people, sometimes when I'm bored, I like to download some pics from the Curiosity mission and look them over. First thing I want to say is that I'm not one of those people that finds something in every picture I look at. I've looked over hundreds of pictures from Mars and in 98% of them, I see absolutely nothing that looks unusual to me. This is why this one image interests me so much.

9/11 Conspiracies

WTC Challenge
date: Jun, 26 2005
flags: n/a
I hereby issue a challenge to those who believe that the collapse of WTC1, 2, and or 7 was the result of a controlled demolition.

Professional engineer Jon Cole cuts steel columns with thermate, debunks Nat Geo
date: Dec, 19 2010
flags: 417
Engineer Jonathan Cole tries several different configurations, including one that would fit completely inside the bolt-access holes of WTC perimeter columns, and a configuration that only destroyed the bolts between perimeter columns. Some exploded, or generated quick successions of small explosions, others only produced flows of molten iron. He put together simple devices himself using common, commercially-available materials, as he shows in the video.
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posted on Jan, 12 2015 @ 02:35 PM
Gray Area & Skunk Works

Alien Communication and the Evolution Homo Sapiens IS Now Underway
date: Dec, 13 2006
flags: n/a
I have consulted the grays and have received new information in the form of another technique that will make it easier to contact the stream and have alien comms. I have forgone the title of “proof positive” for obvious reasons since the last thread did not go as planned and has stirred up to much human emotion in the dialogue.

I’m coming clean on Extraterrestrials
date: Jan, 12 2007
flags: 163
We humans are unique and come with different expectations on what is suitable evidence, anyway some of us want to believe and some would rather remain in the safety of our cultural bubble. The vast majority in fact will remain asleep to reality and continue to live in the illusions crafted for us by religions, scientists, and politicians---to each his or her own.

Area 51

Pictures from Inside Groom Lake
date: Jun, 4 2005
flags: n/a
Here are some pictures that I have found that were taken within the Groom Lake test complex. I am hoping to make this an authoritative thread for "within" Groom Lake photos - please add on whatever you can.

Ancient & Lost Civilizations

Ancient Maps That Shouldn't Exist
date: Mar, 26 2013
flags: 583
Today I bring you an ancient mystery…..maps, drawn in antiquity, that show areas supposedly unknown and unexplored, such as the continent of Antarctica. How did the cartographers manage to accurately portray entire land masses that were unknown in their day and time? Could it be that these maps, often drawn based on even older knowledge, indicate that our ancestors knew more than we realized? Where did they come by such knowledge? You be the judge.

Ancient Peru. The Enigma
date: Jan, 14 2014
flags: 171
This will be a journey into some rather fascinating aspects of our collective human history that we seemed to not only have forgotten but sadly seem to want to leave forgotten. I'll try to reintroduce these real world items in a new light. You see, these skulls are real, the great ancient monuments with highly engineered and produced great works are real. For some it's impossible to see them for how they must have looked when they weren't crumpled buried in the Earth.

Other Current Events

Everyone is tired, and no one knows why
date: Jul, 14 2008
flags: 131
Everyone, and I do mean everyone I come across at the present time, from friends and associates, through to work colleagues and even people who's conversations I hear in the street all seem to be saying the same thing, that they are tired and run down, and have no idea what they've done to cause it.

Medical Conspiracies

Secret New Documents Reveal Shocking Truth About Vaccine Cover UP.
date: Jan, 8 2013
flags: 212
It seems the doubters about vaccines are correct. New documents reveal a concerted and ongoing operation to product the vaccine industry regardless of health consequences to the recipients.

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posted on Jan, 12 2015 @ 02:36 PM
Deconstructing Disinformation

The One People's Public Trust & Sovereign Citizens Movement Scams Broken Down.
date: Feb, 12 2013
flags: 237
There was a post yesterday by a site owner about the One People's Trust announcement and the fact that they are trying to file UCC documentation and "recover' the planet for the peoples of the Earth through just taking all land and holding it in trust. Amongst all of the pseudo-legalese are interviews by the "trustees" and one of them just really smacked me in the face this morning and I had to chime in finally and with some information.

Social Issues and Civil Unrest

Something took over me earlier today
date: Nov, 15 2011
flags: 207
It's sad how money decides whether or not you'll have a place to sleep, if you'll eat or if you'll live or die. What happened to compassion? Why have we decided to put Money above everything else? Have we really sunk so low that having money decides whether or not someone will live or die?

Philosophy and Metaphysics

Jesus spent 40 days in the Desert. I only spent 21, but here's what began to happen
date: Dec, 26 2012
flags: 245
It was an old, dusty, spider and spider web filled mini-camper, just enough for one person to sleep in with a small cook stove and sleeping bag. No phone, computer, radio, TV, just a handful of books and quest to reach deep down within myself, to find myself, God, Nature ....whatever may be. I was dropped off and left there, not to see another soul for another 3 weeks.

Global Meltdown

Dummies Guide to EASY silver bullion refining at home as a long term precious metal investment
date: Feb, 18 2012
flags: 270
As informed ATS mermbers, I'm sure you're all perfectly aware of the extreme volatility in the current global financial market and even more aware of how our money buys less and less and less as the years go by. What's also very apparent to those that watch the precious metals market e.g. silver and gold, that contrary to the "value" of paper based currency which has been continuously decreasing, that the "value" of silver and gold has been on a continual increase.

Paranormal Studies

Earths Unsolved X-Files (Part 1 of 3)
Earths Unsolved X-Files (Part 2 of 3)
Earths Unsolved X-Files (Part 2 of 3)
date: Sep, 14 2012
flags: 212
The following accounts of strange events remain the subject of mysteries and miracles to this day - the stories themselves are truly chilling in their details. In some of these cases extensive scientific & forensic analysis has been undertaken leaving skeptics and believers scratching their heads as to the cause and/or anomolies surrounding the case(s).

Fragile Earth

Earth is a self-aware living creature
date: Dec, 2 2011
flags: 180
I have a very different view that some here I think will share, I think we human beings (the supposed pinnacle of life evolution) are “part” of a larger organism much like the bacteria living inside our sentient bodies. How do we know the bacteria (from its perspective ) isn’t “self-aware” and “conscious”? I wonder if bacteria thinks it’s the pinnacle of life evolution? Remember that according to relativity perspective defines your reality.


Isaac CARET - Drones
date: Jun, 26 2007
flags: n/a
The following thread is a grand discussion that ultimately seeks to discover who the hoaxers are and what their motivations could be. There is much in the way of genuine research and excellent speculation to be found in these hundreds of pages of discussion. Enjoy.

UFO over Jerusalem
date: Feb, 2 2011
flags: n/a
I am about to tell you a story that really happened. Though I was not there when it was filmed, I saw much of the fallout after it flashed and flew away into the sky. I am talking about the Jerusalem Temple Mount UFO incident and the epic that followed in its wake.

Haiti UFO Video - YouTube
date: Aug, 9 2007
flags: n/a
This video looks pretty authentic to me, but I'm no video expert.

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posted on Jan, 12 2015 @ 02:49 PM

These are what we found. Feel free to add to our list to create a complete repository of some of the best content found anywhere online.

I am adding this one then if it's alright.

General Chit Chat

Post A Funny (T&C Friendly) Pic Part III: The LOL Strikes Back!

Even conspiracy theorist's need comic relief.

posted on Jan, 12 2015 @ 02:53 PM
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Trying to access the Area51 photo's.
It's password locked.
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posted on Jan, 12 2015 @ 02:59 PM
a reply to: Bigburgh


posted on Jan, 12 2015 @ 02:59 PM
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Science & Technology
looks to have been left out,
is there a consensus on what threads from that forum are worthy?

ps this is a good idea
thanks SO


posted on Jan, 12 2015 @ 03:02 PM
a reply to: SkepticOverlord

I think you missed the Global Meltdown thread title.

On a side note, cool idea.

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posted on Jan, 12 2015 @ 03:03 PM

originally posted by: SkepticOverlord
a reply to: Bigburgh



posted on Jan, 12 2015 @ 03:08 PM
a reply to: SkepticOverlord

This is really interesting. Is there some way I can save it for future reference?

posted on Jan, 12 2015 @ 03:14 PM
Thanks for all of the interesting links. I'm going to be busy the next few hours entertaining myself. Go ATS!

posted on Jan, 12 2015 @ 03:15 PM
a reply to: TonyS

You might try bookmarking it on your browser. That should work.

posted on Jan, 12 2015 @ 03:27 PM

posted on Jan, 12 2015 @ 03:29 PM

originally posted by: Bigburgh
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Trying to access the Area51 photo's.
It's password locked.
Remove dev. from the url

Okay I'm too slow to respond.
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posted on Jan, 12 2015 @ 03:32 PM

originally posted by: ~Lucidity
All Roads Lead to Rome



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posted on Jan, 12 2015 @ 03:37 PM
Wow, those threads seem like yesterday.

Cant believe Ive been here over ten years, but then again, .... Someone has to keep an eye on all of you ! o_0

posted on Jan, 12 2015 @ 04:01 PM
a reply to: IntastellaBurst

Ditto. I started lurking on ATS after 9/11. I found ATS by typing in 9/11 conspiracy theories.

Heh, i joined in 08 because that's when ads started slipping in for non members *Snip* .The rest as you know, its history.
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