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Op-Ed: The U.S. Doesn't Investigate UFOs Even Though Everyone Else Does

By Paul Wallis     Nov 13, 2007 in World
This is a CNN video about recent testimony concerning UFOs by retired military and civil officials. If you were looking for the textbook response, the giggling anchor person, the bemused reporter, and the rest of the cliché, it’s right here.
I must warn you, this is a very irritating, patronizing, bit of TV. All it needed was some hick to come on and talk about “normal” people.
There was a time when media could get away with that.
Some substance, however, came out of this sanitized, “don’t offend anyone” approach. It seems that the US is almost alone among Western nations and the rest of the world in not investigating UFOs.
There’s a history to this level of insularity. Project Blue Book was the last attempt by the US to investigate UFOs. The US Air Force conducted a lengthy investigation, interviewed thousands of people, and came to the conclusion that because tens of thousands of people have seen UFOs, they don’t exist.
Perfectly sane, impeccable logic, from the finest minds money could buy. interestingly enough, UFO hoaxes only really came into popularity after that investigation. World War Two pilots saw them regularly. Many air force pilots, including the retired Iranian general mentioned in this CNN video, tried to shoot them down.
Since then tens of thousands more people have seen them.
I’ve seen one myself. Total silence, a hundred feet off the ground, lights shining, but not shining on anything, like headlights.
Yet, as usual, the public is wrong. Not because anyone has much to gain by being “normal” about disbelieving anything they’re told to disbelieve, but because that’s the established policy.
The bureaucratese is equally spellbinding. The FAA says it doesn’t have the authority to investigate UFOs. Which is awfully sweet, but isn’t the little matter of airspace security slightly relevant to someone? Some years ago, New Zealand sent up fighters to intercept a UFO, because they saw it on radar, and “didn’t like unidentified flying anythings in their airspace”.
The USAF has a sort of welcoming committee over some defence zones, in which commercial airliners are cordially invited to get shot down if they continue to stray over those areas.
But not UFOs…
Given the high levels of info-McCarthyism which the US has been pleased to subject its citizens in the last few decades the result isn’t surprising. What’s surprising is that there’s anyone old enough still around to believe this sort of spin works any more.
Let’s try to look at this as though logic wasn’t the exclusive prerogative of mindless geeks with the IQs of decayed cockroach dung:
1. The rest of the world is apparently still naïve enough to be interested in what shows up in its radar.
2. Tens of thousands of people are prepared to risk ridicule by their trustworthy media because of what they saw.
3. For the last 60 years, nearly 70, a stream of unexplained information has been accumulating, and remaining unexplained. Whole new sciences have come into existence since, but not so much as an adjective has been added to that information.
4. The US, being an advanced nation, has arrived at an official position whereby there is now a schematic for considering its citizens to be liars, whatever the circumstances.
Now a scenario:
The EU finds out that it has confirmation of a genuine UFO. It has advanced MRI airborne scans to prove it. Ground data from other nations adds to that information. Satellites designed to monitor radiation, gravity effects, and atmospheric compounds confirm it.
A video of the UFO, from official sources, is shown to the world. The US remains aloof, and dismisses the evidence. The rest of the world doesn’t blink, and researches the data. Evidence of a field drive system is found, and scientists start working with that data, and discover how to duplicate it, using the large amounts of information and readings they got from their own sources.
The internet, and its hardcore collection of scientists, amateur and professional, adds more data. Corporations come in with their top end technology, seeing a financial angle which would be obvious to anyone.
China says that it has more information, previously classified, and wants in on the new technology. So do Russia and Japan. The US belatedly comes up with a bit of information it managed to use from its own secret intelligence, which has now been superseded by more advanced techniques.
US position, credibility and input at this point?
Up a very well known creek without a canoe.
Forget it, guys, the world has moved on, with you or without you. That CNN video may well be the last gasp of an information medium we’ve all come to know and despise over those decades.
Don’t say you weren’t warned.
If knowledge is power, you’ve disavowed the knowledge.
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