Sharing the stories of experiencers is still a top priority for UFO researcher Ryan Stacey, but he’s taking a new approach to topics like full disclosure on his website.
It all came to fruition after an investigative trip to North Bay ended up drawing the curiosity of military law enforcement and the ire of his wife.
The August 2021 jaunt and 15-minute detainment of Stacey, which was captured on video for The Experiencer Support Association subscribers, included the questioning of him by military police.
He had been following a lead from a declassified document, which brought him to Mattawa, up the Ottawa River and to North Bay.
“I went in and filmed everything. I recreated the event, went to where exactly it all started and started filming,” Stacey recalled. “There were no signs that said I couldn’t film, but it was restricted.”
The military officials threatened a proper search and seizure, but they ended up doing an interview, answering questions about UFOs, much to the chagrin of Stacey’s wife, who was in the car at the time.
CFB North Bay has a 200-strong Air Force unit situated at the base. Its mission is to protect Canada under NORAD, Canada’s joint defence pact with the United States.
In 2007, two master corporals stationed at North Bay witnessed an intense light over the base. It’s one of many sightings in Northern Ontario, and across Canada that have been recorded, and Stacey was there to dig up more details.
Events such as the master corporals’ experiences in North Bay have prompted Stacey to revise the Experiencer Support Association to include reports on past encounters with UAPs/UFOs.
The hope is to have journalists working on UFO stories gather the proper documents that Stacey has obtained over the years and categorized them online.
He’s been a source for journalists previously, but has been scratching his head over how to get his name out there all while avoiding playing “the hostile game”.
“(TESA’s) essentially a meeting place for anyone to talk about experiences; just have the conversation,” Stacey said during an early August phone conversation. “Then we talk about TESA, the people we meet and the resources we’ve collected and the partners that we’re endorsing.”
Stacey has now made TESA a media company, where they assist people with podcasts, investigations and other productions, all while maintaining its presence as a safe space for those who have had close encounters. Stacey has his podcast, Beyond the Tin Foil Hat, which is presented through TESA.
“That’s why I started putting up all my government documents, now that I have an actual place to build this database, instead of just talking about it,” he added, saying each document will go into a timeline so readers can “start to get the whole picture.”