Sheldan Nidle (born November 11, 1946 in New York City) is the founder of the Planetary Activation Organization, a UFO religion. He states he is capable of telepathic communications and is in contact with extraterrestrials.
December 17, 1996 prediction
Nidle is known for his prediction that the world would end on December 17, 1996. Nidle, then residing in Walnut Creek, California, predicted that it would happen with the arrival of 16 million spaceships and a host of angels from the "photon belt". When this did not occur, Nidle claimed the angels had transferred humanity into a holographic projection in order to give it a second chance.
Following his prediction's failure, Nidle removed all reference to it from his website.
Planetary Activation Organization
Nidle founded the Planetary Activation Organization (PAO) in 1997, a movement which grew out of his Ground Crew Project group of the 1980s. The PAO predicted that 10,000 alien ambassadors would arrive on Earth in 1997. The PAO also predicted that benevolent extraterrestrials would help transform the earth into a terrestrial paradise by the end of the year 2012.
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