MONOLOGUE WRITTEN BY CLYDE LEWIS
Eric W. Davis, an astrophysicist who worked as a subcontractor and then a consultant for the Pentagon U.F.O. program since 2007 told the New York Times he gave a classified briefing to a Defense Department agency as recently as March about the alleged “off-world” vehicles. He also gave classified briefings on retrievals of unexplained objects to staff members of the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Intelligence Committee last October.
Davis said that in some cases he had failed to determine the source of recovered materials, leading him to conclude, “We couldn’t make it ourselves.”
Though the Pentagon had said it disbanded a program to investigate unidentified flying objects, the Times reported that investigations into encounters between military pilots and unidentified aerial vehicles continue under a renamed program — the Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon Task Force — inside the Office of Naval Intelligence. While the program is not classified, it deals with classified matters.
A Senate committee report last month said the program was to “standardize collection and reporting” on sightings of unexplained aerial vehicles. The program was ordered to report at least some of its findings to the public within 180 days after the passing of the Intelligence Authorization Act.
In 2017, The New York Times disclosed the existence of a predecessor unit, called the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program. Defense Department officials said at the time that the unit and its $22 million in funding had lapsed after 2012.
People working with the program, however, said it was still in operation in 2017 and beyond, statements later confirmed by the Defense Department.
The program was begun in 2007 under the Defense Intelligence Agency and was then placed within the office of the undersecretary of defense for intelligence, which remains responsible for its oversight. But its coordination with the intelligence community will be carried out by the Office of Naval Intelligence, as described in the Senate budget bill. The program never lapsed in those years, but little was disclosed about the post-2017 operations.
There has always been a broad consensus among world governments that UFOs are objectively real; albeit, currently not fully understood by science. They have been worthy of further study because of the overwhelming reports of sightings that have been with us since the Cold War.
However, there are historians that believe that the UFO phenomenon has been with is for 100’s of years as these objects have been explained as fiery shields, chariots of fire, fiery whirl winds, wheels and Elijah’s vehicles.
Today, we are getting hints from the Navy that U.A.P. or Unidentified Aerial Phenomena have been investigated and monitored in the interests of aviation safety and national security. For years the United States has been standing outside of world consensus on the matter as if it had a lot to hide. Up until 2017, there has been total silence on the UFO issue, something that it has maintained since the closure in 1969 of the Air Force’s long-running UFO investigations project: Blue Book.
Despite shunning discussion of the phenomenon today, the US government’s historical concerns regarding UFOs clearly represent a significant passage, if not an entire chapter in the history of its early Cold War machinations. Yet academic discourse surrounding the accepted historical meta-narrative of the US national security state rarely, if ever, accommodates serious discussion of UFOs.
There is a lot of money to be made in denial, and a lot of secret projects that can be created under the mask of the UFO phenomenon.
Many people are not aware that UFO’s and their mystery can be used for political reasons as well.
This may be why we are getting a crash course in disclosure from the mainstream media. There is some political value in digging up UFO stories and disclosing the possibility that the military has in their possession machines that are not of this world.
After there were many reports of UFOs in 1947—President Truman was very concerned about how this would look to the public at large – he feared that if the people could see that we lacked security in protecting the people from the phantom rockets the they would not trust their own military to maintain the task.
UFO investigation programs began after the Maury Island sightings in the Puget Sound, the Kenneth Arnold sightings near Mount Rainier and the crash of an alleged flying disc near Roswell New Mexico in July of 1947.
In that year the US passed the Marshall Plan, an effort in part to stop the spread of communism in Europe. Also, it was around the time the country began rampant missile testing in New Mexico, thanks in no small part to the German scientists and engineers. After World War II, the government gave German scientists often from the Nazi party new identities and fresh lives in America, as part of an initiative called Operation Paperclip.
It aimed to bring American rocketry to former German Heights, while keeping that same achievement from the Soviet Union. With their Teutonic know-how, our aero-flight program could catch up with the Russians, who had also stolen some scientists from across the border.
Initially called Project Saucer an obviously bad PR idea, the government quickly renamed its first UFO program Project Sign. It began in January of 1948 and ran for just one year. At the time, rockets from the Operation Paperclip scientists were not for space-faring; they were weapons. But some of these stolen scientists (and their non-Paperclip peers) reasoned that with a little more thrust, the rockets could enter orbit. And with a little more power than that, they could leave orbit. Despite the less warlord dreams, the country wouldn’t send rockets to orbit till the late 1950s. It’s interesting that looking out into the universe, we saw our own future and foisted it onto others, already successful.
In the Kenneth Arnold/ Roswell era of almost-kind-of spaceflight, fears about who might take over or destroy the world pervaded the US. The country had just gotten out of a war, using planet-destroying bombs that the Soviets would also soon possess.
The globe felt cold and tenuous. And Project Sign attempted to find out whether the potential conquerors included experimental enemy aircraft or hostile aliens.
We’re in a similar situation today, with worries about whether America will be overtaken by China, about the influence Russia has over our world-leading government. The shadow of international tension looms large, and it’s a little like those focused on the threat of UFOs have managed to capture and redirect our existential fear outward (way outward), while tinging it with awe.
Three months after Kenneth Arnold’s sighting, Lieutenant General Nathan Twining sent a message called “AMC [Air Materiel Command] Opinion Concerning ‘Flying Discs’” to the commanding general of the Army Air Force.
The disputed document outlined the Lieutenant General’s belief that, while some may have been the result of “natural phenomena, such as meteors,” the objects reported were, in fact, real. Twining detailed the appearance of the objects—disc-like, and as large as a man-made aircraft—and suggested the possibility, based on reports of their movement, that “some of the objects are controlled either manually, automatically or remotely.”
These objects, he continued, tended toward the metallic, usually leaving no trail. They were normally soundless and fast. Given a lot of money and development time, the US could build aircraft with these characteristics, so maybe these UFOs were just UF-Ours, part of a classified project he wasn’t privy to. Also possible was that they were another country’s. But also possible, they didn’t exist at all.
The Air Force had undertaken low-level, unmandated investigation already, but Twining’s memo, some claim, ushered things into officialdom.
In 1948, the US Air Force produced its Top Secret and highly controversial “Estimate of the Situation,” an official report concluding flying saucers to be interplanetary in origin.
Other factions within the Air Force, however, favored the more palatable (though perhaps no less alarming) idea that the saucers were the product of technological innovations in the Soviet Union. Either way, secrecy regarding the issue was of paramount importance as the question of whether the objects were physically real had already been affirmatively answered in the minds of America’s military leaders.
In 1979, Oscar-winning Disney animator Ward Kimball claimed that in the 1950s the USAF had approached Walt Disney himself to request cooperation on a documentary that would help acclimate the public to extraterrestrial reality but that the project was abandoned when the USAF reneged on its offer to provide “real” UFO footage. Indirect support for Kimball’s claim was offered in 1997 by Philip Corso, a retired Lieutenant Colonel and former Chief of the Pentagon’s Foreign Technology desk.
Corso claimed that the production of flying saucer movies was secretly encouraged by government-led UFO study groups in the 1950s to acclimate the public to extraterrestrials whilst simultaneously manipulating perceptions of the phenomenon; he referred to this alleged strategy as: “camouflage through limited disclosure.
Basically, what most people call predictive programming.
What we are learning now about what the government is doing behind the scenes and what is out in the open in not surprising –what is more surprising is how the mainstream is not getting behind a campaign to secure this now revealed disclosure from the Navy and the rest of the military.
Despite Pentagon statements that it disbanded a once-covert program to investigate unidentified flying objects, the effort remains underway, renamed and tucked inside the Office of Naval Intelligence, where officials continue to study mystifying encounters between military pilots and unidentified aerial vehicles.
Pentagon officials will not discuss the program, which is not classified but deals with classified matters. Yet it appeared last month in a Senate committee report outlining spending on the nation’s intelligence agencies for the coming year. The report said the program, the Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon Task Force, was “to standardize collection and reporting” on sightings of unexplained aerial vehicles, and was to report at least some of its findings to the public within 180 days after passage of the intelligence authorization act.
While retired officials involved with the effort, including Harry Reid, the former Senate majority leader hopes the program will seek evidence of vehicles from other worlds, its main focus is on discovering whether another nation, especially any potential adversary, is using breakout aviation technology that could threaten the United States.
Senator Marco Rubio, who is the acting chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, told a CBS affiliate in Miami this month that he was primarily concerned about reports of unidentified aircraft over American military bases — and that it was in the government’s interest to find out who was responsible.
While Rubio said some unidentified aerial vehicles over U.S. bases may have featured technologies not in use in America, he also said, “Maybe there is a completely, sort of, boring explanation for it. But we need to find out.”
For more than a decade, the Pentagon program has been conducting classified briefings for congressional committees, aerospace company executives and other government officials, according to interviews with program participants and unclassified briefing documents.
In some cases, earthly explanations have been found for previously unexplained incidents. Even lacking a plausible terrestrial explanation does not make an extraterrestrial one the most likely, astrophysicists say.
Harry Reid, the former Democratic senator from Nevada who pushed for funding the earlier U.F.O. program when he was the majority leader, said he believed that crashes of objects of unknown origin may have occurred and that retrieved materials should be studied.
No crash artifacts have been publicly produced for independent verification. Some retrieved objects, such as unusual metallic fragments, were later identified from laboratory studies as man-made.
Now we see a convenient about face with reports of machines that are not of this earth that are in possession of the United States Military.
There is no indication of how long the military has been in possession of such machines and why there has been a sustained cover-up when many governments have fully disclosed their positions on unidentified craft being of extraterrestrial origin.
Does this bit of knowledge, which has been talked about by conspiracy theorists for years also mean that the cover-ups about extraterrestrial encounters both military and civilian are true?
What about the so called MiLabs and abduction claims that have been with us since the report that was filed by Betty and Barney Hill in the 1960’s ?
A Senate committee report last month presents the country’s intelligence expenditures for this upcoming year. In the report, an Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon Task Force was mentioned. It is tasked “to standardize collection and reporting” regarding unexplained aerial vehicles. This task is about gathering intelligence that might be related to “adversarial foreign governments.” The UAPTF will assess “the threat they pose to U.S. military assets and installations.”
The Select Committee on Intelligence recognizes the sensitivity of some information obtained by the UAPTF. However, it still requires the task force to submit a report every six months. The Director of National Intelligence, the Secretary of Defense, and other relevant agency heads will be overseeing the report.
The New York Times also noted retired officials involved in the task force. Former Senate majority leader Harry Reid hopes that the program could gather proof of “vehicles from other worlds.” Although, its main focus remains on keeping an eye on any other nation that gets its hands on new aircraft that could pose a threat to US interests.
Overall, we should be picking up on this pattern of disclosure –and the various pieces of the puzzle that are coming together over time
The pattern indicates that for over six decades national security institutions, or at least powerful factions within them, in contrast to their publicly stated disinterest in UFOs have closely observed and altered their stance of the phenomenon, typically in line with broader government objectives in an attempt to prevent UFOs from gaining greater legitimacy or political currency.
This may change. With all of the problems facing us today, we could be seeing a political move to disclose what can be disclosed about the phenomenon in order to barter in the world plan for global reset –which of course Ronald Reagan said would happen if we were to face an alien threat from outside of this world.