Thursday, September 26, 2013

Andy Basiago Traveled Through Time and Space to Mars

Basiago claims that as a child, he participated in a top-secret series of government-operated experiments called Project Pegasus. The program was run by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to test various means of teleporting and traveling both backward and forward in time, he said. Basiago told his story during an appearance at Yelm’s Triad Theater on Monday, explaining how he’s traveled into the past, the future and even to Mars with a young Barack Obama. Whether one believes Basiago’s story is fact or fiction, at its heart, it’s an adventure story — a tale of the pioneers of the first teleportation and time travel machines. It’s a story fit for the big screen. Whether it would get there as a documentary or as a sci-fi blockbuster is up for debate. Some have suggested Basiago’s claims are the result of mental illness. Others say he’s a pathological liar. But Basiago, a Seattle attorney who speaks in a deep, steady voice — probably the result of ample practice orating in courtrooms — comes across as intelligent and well-balanced. His story is filled with detailed anecdotes from his time travel adventures, and while that doesn’t necessarily mean his claims are true, it’s enough to make people wonder.