|Ashtar Galactic Command|
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Ashtar Galactic Command (or Ashtar Command) is an extraterrestrial organization whose existence and purpose is asserted by contactees, New Age believers and channellers, including American Ufologist George Van Tassel. The Command consists of several named beings with distinctly defined roles.
Originally, the singular Ashtar transitioned to the collective Ashtar Command by channeller Robert Short, friend of Van Tassel and editor of a 1950s UFO magazine called Interplanetary News. Two of the most prolific channellers publish the messages they receive under the adopted names Tuella and Tuieta.
Ashtar Sheran is the name given to the leader of Ashtar Command, a benevolent being who spreads messages of peace amongst mankind to prepare it to enter the Aquarian Age. The figure of Ashtar was most notably promoted by George Van Tassel and a European contactee, Herbert Victor Speer.
Vrillon, a purported representative of the Ashtar Galactic Command, was the name used by an unidentified voice who broadcast on the Hannington transmitter of the Independent Broadcasting Authority in the United Kingdom for six minutes at 5:10 PM on Saturday November 26, 1977.
The voice, which was disguised and accompanied by a deep buzzing, broke into the broadcast of the local ITV station Southern Television, over-riding the audio signal of the early-evening news from ITN to warn viewers of "the destiny of your race" and "so that you may communicate to your fellow beings the course you must take to avoid a disaster which threatens your world and the beings on other worlds around you".
As the broadcast did not affect the video signal, it was difficult to detect its source, and the transmission disappeared at the end of what sounded like a prepared statement. Most observers have concluded that the broadcast was a hoax, achieved by directing a powerful signal at the Hannington UHF transmitter.
At the end of what engineers later described as a "rogue transmission", as the signal faded back, short bursts of the adverts playing after the news bulletin can be heard, then the Southern TV ident music, then a Looney Tunes cartoon, the Art Davis cartoon "The Goofy Gophers".
The broadcast is presently a footnote in ufology and does not represent a particularly significant development in pirate television broadcasting, supplanted largely by the boom around 1984.