When Tom Bauerle sought help identifying “invisible” figures scurrying through his Williamsville yard, he turned to a California engineer.
And Richard N. Schowengerdt, identified in news articles and scholarly papers as inventor of technology he claims can emit or absorb energy to minimize radar or sonar detection, came to Bauerle’s defense.
Schowengerdt told The Buffalo News he reviewed the photographs and videos that the WBEN talk show host sent him and noted similarity to a San Diego case years earlier – the only other instance he has encountered of such surveillance.
“There were some really odd things going on,” Schowengerdt said, adding that he suspected people in Bauerle’s back yard were carrying equipment cloaked in the invisibility technology he had invented.
Schowengerdt pointed to various websites and technical papers referring to his technology, and said the U.S. military considers it part of its “soldier of the future” studies. The military has the ability to cloak its vehicles in invisibility technology, he claims.
“You can do so much now with just ordinary video let alone getting in the sophisticated stuff,” he said. “And I concluded these photos and videos showed some surveillance going on.”
Like Bauerle, Schowengerdt would not discuss why anyone would conduct high-tech spying of a radio talk show host in Buffalo. He does not know details, he said, except he understands it concerned “something [Bauerle] said on the air.”
Frank A. Panasuk also acknowledged the surveillance using invisibility cloaking sounded “pretty off the wall.” But the retired Town of Hamburg detective said he believed his friend once he saw the video that Bauerle’s security equipment had captured.
“I was apprehensive about it at first, too,” he said. “When you see the video, you understand it. No doubt about it.”
Panasuk and Schowengerdt submitted statements supporting Bauerle, who contends that “graduate students” and “certain entities” spent months surveilling his home for reasons he will not disclose. The veteran of the Hamburg Police Department said he has no expertise in what Bauerle described as “non-linear optics” and “adaptive camouflage,” but said his 18 years in uniform helped him conclude that those in Bauerle’s back yard were “using some pretty high-tech stuff.”
“I’m not a scientist or anything, but any qualified individual could look at the photographic or video evidence and make a determination,” he said. “It would be like looking at the Zapruder film.”
Panasuk said he knows the motive behind the surveillance group’s alleged activities but will not discuss it because of alleged non-disclosure agreements Bauerle reached with those whom he claims have harmed him.
“Believe me, the guy is not crazy,” Panasuk said, but added part of the situation stems from Bauerle’s occupation as a radio host.
“With the business he’s in, you’ve got to get people to listen to you,” he said. “It’s part showmanship.
“He’s a target because he has to be a bit opinionated and controversial,” he added. “You can’t go on and be like Casper Milquetoast. If you’re like C-SPAN, nobody will listen to you.”