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How the Rendlesham Forest Incident binary code message was received, revealed and decoded

“During the night I was often wakening with thoughts, or rather images, of visions of ones and zeros running through my mind, my mind’s eye…” – Jim Penniston, Encounter in Rendlesham Forest

In 2010 it was revealed by Jim Penniston that he initiated a download of information when he touched the pictorial glyphs on the craft of unknown origin during his investigation in the early morning hours of December 26th, 1980, in Rendlesham Forest.  26-year-old Sgt. James Penniston was part of the three-man USAF Security Police team called to investigate the landed craft of unknown origin in Rendlesham Forest.  The men with Sgt. Penniston, were A1C John Burroughs and A1C Ed Cabansag.  Only Penniston and Burroughs went into the woods to investigate the landed craft, Cabansag stayed near the truck as a radio relay for the men.

Cabansag watched the mysterious pulsating multicolored lights in forest, while his two team members headed out on foot.  As Penniston and Burroughs approached the unusual lights, they noticed abnormal sensations on their hair, skin and clothing.  It seemed as though the air was electrically charged.  Also, a time distortion occurred.  According to the men, time seemed as though is slowed and it was difficult to move. Another odd characteristic, was everything was void of sound.

Now visible, the craft was sitting silently at the bottom of a berm, on the pine forest floor. Penniston cautiously approached the non-aero dynamic, triangular, black, glassy craft.  It was like nothing he had ever witnessed before or since.  The craft had patterns of blue, yellow and red colors running through the surface as though part of the craft.  It was very difficult to put into words what he was witnessing.  Sgt. Penniston was versed in all types of aircraft; He was a United States Air Force trained aircraft observer and crash investigator.  As part of his USAF advanced training, he studied both the NATO and WARSAW PACT inventories of aircraft.

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His up-close investigation of the craft included photographs, measurements and drawings, which he recorded into his USAF issued notebook.  He took special note of the strange pictorial type markings on the side of the craft.

When Sgt. Penniston put his hand on the etched symbols, which felt like sandpaper compared to the rest of the smooth molded surface, everything became a brilliant bright white.  He could neither see nor hear.  He was alone in a brilliant bright white light.  This occurred for an undetermined amount of time then his sight returned.  He was standing next to the craft, facing the pictorial glyphs.  The craft started to turn a vivid bright white color. So bright in fact, Sgt. Penniston thought it was going to explode. He took a defensive position nearby as the craft was engulfed in the light.  The craft then lifted off approximately four feet from the ground, maneuvered between the trees, ascended to tree top level and disappeared in the blink of an eye.

The following day, back in his room Jim was "seeing" ones and zeros (1's and 0's) in his minds eye.  Troubled by the revolving flashing images of ones and zeros he received from touching the glyphs, he felt compelled to write them down in a notebook.  Jim records the ones and zeros in his notebook.

Upon completing the transfer to notebook paper, the image in his mind disappears.  Jim puts the notebook away with his belongings and doesn’t think too much about again until the year 2010. In 2010, during a casual conversation with a researcher, he mentions the codes and displays the notebook.  The researcher immediately recognizes the ones and zeros as binary code and sets out to help Jim decipher it.

Binary code complete decoded and interpreted message:

The Rendlesham Forest incident binary decode by professional binary code expert and researcher Joe Luciano

Binary Code From Jim Penniston's Notebook (Full 16-pages in original format) by Joe R. Luciano

01000101 01011000
01010000 01001100
01001111 01010010
01000001 010101000
111 01001000 010101
01001110 01001001
01010100 01011001
0011011 0011011
0011011 00111000
00110001 00110000

00110101 00110010
00110000 00111001 0011
010000110010 0011
0101 00110011 0011
0010 01001110
00110001 0011001100
110001 00110011
0011000100110010 0011
0110 00111001 0101
0111 01000011 0100
1111 01001110
01010100 0100
1001 001 01001110

0101010101001111 01 01
01 01 0101 001101
01000110 01001111
1110 01000101010101
0001000001 0101
0010 01011001
01000001 01000
100 01010110010
00001 01001110
000111 001 000
100 100001

101010 10010010101
01000 10101000011010
0111101001 11001010
100 01001001 01001110
10001 010 1010101000
1010 1001110
01000011 011000101
01010000 0101001
0 01000010 01000
101 010 0011 0 010011
11 01010010


001100 1 00110110 0011
0111 00110110 00110011
0011000 1 00 11 01
1100110111 0100
1100 1 00110001
00110001 00110
1110011011100 11
0 110 0 0 1 1 1
000 01010111
0011001100 1 1
0100 00111000
001 1000000

00110001 00110001
00111 00000
110100 00 11 00
01100011011 1
0 10 00111001
00111001 001
10 1 11

00 11 0011 001 1
0 1 10 0 100
1110 00110011
0011000 1 0011
0001 00110011
0011 0001 0011
0110 00110100
00111 00101000

11000 10011010100
110000 00110101
010100 1100110111
0 110110011011100
1100000110 10 00
0 1 1 00 1 1
010101 1100110011
0011 0 110 00

0100 00 11
0 1 0 1 01
01 001 1
0 001

0 0110
111 0011 0001
11 0000 0011
01 10 0011
0011 0011
0010 010001010

0 0011 0010
10 1 11 0011

0011 000101000
10 1

01000 101
0 101 0011
010011110100011 0
0100010101011001 01
000 0 10 10

0011 000 00 111001
00 11 0100 00110010
001101 01 0011 0011
0011 0010 01001110
00110001 00 11
00110011 000 1
0001 00 11
0010 00110110
011100101010 111

01 00 111101010010 01
001 00 1 0 1 00 0
111 01001001 0100
11 1 0 0101100101000
1010100000 1 010100
1000111000 001100
01 00110 000
0011000 0

FINALIZED Interpreted Coordinate Set

Coordinate Number Latitude Longitude Status Location
#1 from Pages 1-5
   and Pages 14-16    52.0942532N 13.131269W FINALIZED Hy Brasil
#2 from Pages 6-13 16.763177N 89.117768W FINALIZED Caracol, Belize
#3 from Pages 6-13 34.800272N 111.843567W FINALIZED Sedona, Arizona
#4 from Pages 6-13 29.977836N 31.131649E FINALIZED Great Pyramid in Giza, Egypt
#5 from Pages 6-13 14.701505S 75.167043W FINALIZED Nazca Lines in Peru
#6 from Pages 6-13 36.256845N 117.100632E FINALIZED Tai Shan Qu, China
#7 from Pages 6-13 37.110195N 25.372281E FINALIZED Portara at Temple of Apollo in Naxos, Greece

Coordinate sites from decoded Rendlesham Binary Message (Click links below for more information)

How binary works?

The binary number system (aka base 2) represents values using two symbols, typically 0 and 1. Computers call these bits. A bit is either off (0) or on (1). When arranged in sets of 8 bits (1 byte) 256 values can be represented (0-255). Using an ASCII chart, these values can be mapped to characters and text can be stored. It's not magic, it's just math!

Written statement from Jim Penniston regarding the Rendlesham Forest Binary code:

"The binary codes, were a direct result of contact with a physical craft. A craft of unknown origin. Meaning it was a unidentified craft and where it came from is still unknown.

The communication of binary codes was accomplished, when I physically touch the craft’s glyphs, which were located on the outside skin of the craft. It activated a technology which is unknown to me, and apparently to everyone else too... The technology then communicated a series of ones and zeros to me. The communication transfer was accomplished within minutes. There was an area of about fifteen feet which surrounded the outside of the craft. This area I will call the bubble. For within the bubble, static electric pulsed upon my clothes, skin, and hair. Also, an appearance of slowing of time. The air seemed dead, not transmitting any sound.

The next day, while looking at my notebook... The glyphs in particular. I have had the codes running through my head since the incident the day before. I had a feeling to write them down... for I did and immediately after finishing them, the codes were gone from my mind. I was finally at rest with them. The notebook was then put away and retired to a box. For a new one for work I had available. My thoughts at the time, although profound, were actually much simpler.

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I wanted it to go away, and I had no need to talk about it either. For this was not to be the case. For I was methodically and consistently interviewed and interrogated by my chain-of-command, and other agencies. Every time, I was promised that this was the last interview, and it would be absorbed into the classified annuals of data, and I would need not tell or talk about it no more. This was not the case.

I went through at least fourteen debriefings and two by non-air force personnel. I gave all information from memory, and at no time was the notebook ever brought up. The debriefs were all for the last time, I was promised. Tell all, and tell it correctly and it would be the last of questions on Rendlesham. For these were to continue, no matter what I had said. I do believe the command element, were more for obtaining knowledge. But the external interrogation, were for much more, I am afraid.

The timeline of the incident and the debriefs. The timeline for Rendlesham and information flow. Incidents occurred Dec 26-28, 1980. On the morning of the 29th of December, AFOSI building, meeting with two American Agents, more likely Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), and/or National Security Agency (NSA), Penniston writes a four-page written statement to the agents. He dates it and signs the document.

Agents then give Penniston a typed statement, which is generic, and is limited on details. For example, observation of a metallic craft, and not getting within 50 yards of it. Penniston is instructed by the Agents that an official investigation is underway, and he is to tell all who asks, the cover story that was provided to him. He reads it several times and then agrees to do so. Penniston, Burroughs, Cabansag, are debriefed at the Deputy Base Commanders office, Colonel Halt. Statements written and then drawings made.

Penniston, Burroughs and Cabansag are taken into the Wing Commanders Office with Base and Deputy Base Commanders present. The NSA account is briefed to the officers. The Wing Commander, thanks the Security Policemen for the report, and asks no questions. all direct witnesses are briefed to treat all discussion about Rendlesham as Top Secret. Ending all conversation on base by those directly involved. We are assured that this incident will never see the light of day. For it is classified, and names have been sanitized from reports.

Jan 1981, beginnings of physical problems from radiation begin. Inner ear disorder develops, treated for these conditions at RAF Bentwaters. The other primary witnesses begin medical issues from the incident and the encounter from contact. No treatment for post-traumatic stress was afforded to no one after the incident.

1981 Jan - August. All primary witness were transferred from base or separated from the Air Force. With the exception of Colonel Halt and Sergeant Penniston. They remain on base till 1984.

1991 Medical issues with inner ear are now diagnosis as Ménière’s disease.

What is Ménière’s disease?

Ménière’s disease is a disorder of the inner ear that causes severe dizziness (vertigo), ringing in the ears (tinnitus), hearing loss, and a feeling of fullness or congestion in the ear. Ménière’s disease usually affects only one ear.

Attacks of dizziness may come on suddenly or after a short period of tinnitus or muffled hearing. Some people will have single attacks of dizziness separated by long periods of time. Others may experience many attacks closer together over a number of days. Some people with Ménière’s disease have vertigo so extreme that they lose their balance and fall. These episodes are called “drop attacks.”

1993 Retire from the USAF. When asked, the Air Force says nothing about Rendlesham is classified. All reference to the Rendlesham Forest Incident is unclassified, and we are free to talk about it. So, what was up with this. They monitored me through my Air Force career, and now it’s a non-event? I was thinking why, not just say it is classified, and that would forbid speaking about it in the future. I have never understood this line of thought, by the US Air Force.

1994, due to severe sleep issues, and post-traumatic stress from the incident, and continuing problems from the now diagnosis of Ménière’s Disease. The Veterans Administration treated Ménière’s Disease. They would not afford post-traumatic stress treatment for the incident. They said there was no evidence of anything happening at Bentwaters in 1980 which could produce this condition. So, I had to seek private help for the sleep disorder and the post-traumatic stress. I also sought to remember, for I had memory voids of things from that time.

1994 Sept. Hypnosis was accomplished. Talked about time travelers and the receipt of the binary code which was given from contact with the craft. Treatment continued for the PTSD. No help on the sleep issues.

1996 In a letter (email) to a colleague, I terminated a contract with a possible book, which would have told all about Rendlesham. But in my letter to this writer, I tell her, I cannot proceed with the book, for she has her own agenda, and it was not in the interest of the facts being told about the Rendlesham Incident. I also told her, that the answers she also seeks will be given in 2010, some fourteen years later. Little did I understand this feeling or should I say impression which was left from contact on December 26th 1980. It seemed like a pie in the sky thought back then.

1998 Contacted by Linda Moulton Howe on book she is doing. Wants me to be a contributor... I speak of the time element and receiving binary codes at contact location. I agree with the thought of a correct version of the facts about Rendlesham. At this point, skeptics just were making things up... They had no claims that they were making ever challenged. The most ridicules one was that it was a light house. This skeptic made a 30-year career on this. Others were even more outlandish. Planets, stars, re-entry vehicles, and the list went on and on. They referred to Rendlesham as just another UFO case. It was far, far, from that. For information was transferred through a technology which is still and will be unknown for eons to come.

A couple documentaries which came out, were just on the verge of fabrication. I started to understand this documentary thing. It was a necessary evil to getting the true story out. But I learned slowly, what I needed to control the information, to insure it was correct. Or at least as correct as possible.

I had not seen or talked to John Burroughs since a 1994 Strange But True, show which was broadcasted on London Weekend Television. Even while shooting I was always with Halt. John and I were afforded very little contact with each other. Also, it was designed for us not to be in Rendlesham together during the shoot.

Over the years I did a few documentaries, never being satisfied with any of them. Then out of the blue, in fall of 2009, I was contacted by John Burroughs, after years of saying he had disappeared and was not able to locate him. John’s just simply calls me on the phone. Pleasantries are past back and forth and the conversation comes to one question from John. He said, do you know what we need to do next year? I simply said, yes, I know, we must return to Rendlesham. He said, that is exactly what we must do. For it has been a drive for him since 2007 to do this, and I said I have known this since 1996. So, we do not know how to begin, but John said we can make it happen. For if the trip is not funded, we will go on our dime.

I agreed with John wholeheartedly. John said he had just done a conference with Linda Mouton Howe, and she could help us with this he believed. Linda was considering writing a book about the Return to Rendlesham, and she was interested in us as co-authors. I was not overly excited about doing the book with Linda. But kept an open mind. After much back and forth between us all, I agreed to do a book with her as a partner. It was figured that this would be the best bet to disclose all information about the Rendlesham Forest Incident without, losing control over the content or accuracy of what really happened.

Now recall was starting to happen with John and I and we kept in contact with these things. (Exact content of information which John and I shared is confidential and will not add to this note or make a difference in writing it)

John and I met at a diner, on Illinois Interstate 39. He was visiting family in Bloomington, Illinois and I lived in Freeport, some three hours north of Bloomington. We agreed to meet. So, in July 2010, John and I sit down for the first time since the incident in December 1980. We discuss many things, from the time discrepancies on our watches to mysteries and inconsistencies between his and my statements and my reports through-out the years on various documentaries.

We decide to go back to Rendlesham in December 2010. We would try to get it funded, but, if not, we were more than eager to pay for all, so we could return together for the first time. Our feelings were of total recall, and answering questions we had. It would also establish the landing site, and put to bed all the distortions that others and skeptics did throughout the years.

In September, John contacts me, and said Linda believes we had possible funding for the trip. She was working that. In the meantime, John and I were turning Documentaries down, which were being scheduled in England for the thirty-year anniversary. For we wanted to have it funded, but not at the expense of these type of documentaries. They would not add nothing to solving anything, they were about sensationalism and selling the documentaries. So, John and I turned them down, expecting to pay for the trip ourselves... For it was our dive to return and nothing would stop us from doing that. We were prepared to start travel arrangements.

Late September, we get a call from Linda to tell us she secured funding for the trip. We would have to agree to doing a television appearance on the show Ancient Aliens Series, on the History Channel... John and I reviewed the show, and it did not look too bad. We also had conference calls with the Prometheus Picture company, its producer, and us arranged a filming shoot for the show in Phoenix at the beginning of October 2010. In return we would have tickets and such paid for so we could return to England.

We arrive for the shoot on the 2nd of October in Phoenix, it is the first time since the incident that John and I have filmed together, speaking about what had happened. A very intense and emotional time for me and him. For I was recalling fear, from that night as I filmed and John watched on. At one point I had to break filming to re-compose, It was just horrible.

After composure, I simply was talking about receiving the codes and I mention that I recorded them in this notebook. The original notebook I had from that night was in my hand. Well, everyone one pretty much stopped and got excited. They said, you recorded them? I said yes. All eyes were on them at that point. Linda wanted some experts to see them. I agreed for her to do that... But I also gave copies of the codes to Prometheus for their expert to decipher. A week later I gave Linda her copy to send in to decipher. I only did this with Linda, after I receive a call from the producer of Prometheus a few days earlier after my return from Phoenix.

Kim (the producer) calls and says, get in front of your computer and I will down load what our expert found. We will go through them. I asked her, you mean they were not gibberish? She said no, there anything but that. So, I perused the docs while talking to Kim. I was in utter shock the codes were actually information and readable.

I told her I needed time to absorb this information, and I am sending copies to Linda to have her decipher, so they may be verified. I told nothing to Linda that Prometheus had already deciphered them. I wanted a unbiased report from her experts.

Linda comes back in a week and verifies the information and decipher, it is all the same except for the hi-brazil location. Linda’s was at Woodbridge. So that is the decipher and how it came to be.

The Prometheus Pictures said they would release a seven-minute segment of our Phoenix shoot, in an Ancient Aliens the Series show on December 30th 2010. We were shown the clip on the morning of the 29th. We knew the controversy of the subject and what the codes meant. I still had eight more pages in my notebook which needed to be deciphered. This was just not given, because I thought the first several pages would prove it was gibberish. Little did I know the codes could be deciphered. 

For John and I have gone back and forth with the release of the final pages. We will release them, and let the public can do what they want with them... for I believe they can only benefit us and the other decipher will mean nothing to others. The codes were given to me in a format that they knew could be deciphered. And they also knew when they should be deciphered. So, your seven, eight, nine or whatever bit, does not matter. We must quit thinking inside the box and we need to think outside of it for the answers. For yesterday is tomorrow."

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