In a recent issue of THE WEEK on page 16 the question was asked: “UFOs: Why the military isn’t scoffing anymore?” Personally, I do not believe the military ever scoffed at UFOs.
The brief article mentioned the AATIP (Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program) created in 2007. It was closed in 2012 after its 22-million-dollar budget ended.
Personally, I have always been fascinated with UFOs and the stories, the myths and legends associated with them. In 8th Grade Science we were asked to do a report, and I chose to do my report on UFOs, which was unique; no other student chose that avenue.
Of course, it helped that I had several magazines and books on the subject. My conclusion back then was that no one knew for sure what these aerial phenomena were, even though Project Blue Book had identified a number of “sightings” as terrestrial in origin, but there were a number which could not be identified.
Over the years since 8th Grade Science, there have been numerous lectures, articles, books, television programs and films devoted to UFOs. Perhaps two of the best television series I watched were THE INVADERS which ran on the ABC network in 1967-68 and Project UFO (based on Project Blue Book) on NBC 1978-79.
Among films there are too many good ones to choose from for favorites. However, Robinson Crusoe on Mars 1964, First Spaceship on Venus 1960, and of course, the 2001: A Space Odyssey 1968 would be in my top 10 for the 1960s.
Perhaps, in discussing UFOs the primary question is, if there are extraterrestrials, why doesn’t ET give us a call? Why travel this far to visit a planet inhabited by humans who for the most part are sterling examples of a species who are doing the best they can to survive on a planet traversing the cosmos?
Of course, human history is not a testament to a deep appreciation of alien cultures; issues which existed before European exploration and the decimation of millions over the centuries. Life from out there among the stars would be cautious in making first contact, but it is difficult to comprehend why they would play aerial games with human planes.
A civilization advanced enough for interstellar travel would not play mind games with a less developed civilization. It would not be logical.
Of course, there are those religious types who see UFOs as of the devil, commonly known as Satan or on Netflix as Lucifer. Since the 1940s, demons or fallen angels piloting aircrafts in earth skies make interesting sermons.
However, there are other theories about UFOs—vessels from the hollow earth, interdimensional crafts, time ships from the future, spirits of the dearly departed, optical hallucinations, etc. Perhaps the most rational concepts for things which have no explanation are experimental aircrafts housed at Area 51 or other secret bases.
Perhaps, star sailors grace the earth from time to time to see what is happening. More likely, these may be just sky mysteries which humans in their vast knowledge don’t comprehend, and, like Occam’s razor, the simplest explanation is the correct one.
As the tagline for the series The X-Files stated so eloquently: “The Truth Is Out There.” The poster in Special Agent Fox Mulder’s FBI Office depicted a longing of humans for millennia as they gazed upward at the night skies and wondered about the stars: “I Want To Believe.”
In the final analysis, perhaps one day we will know for sure if out there among the stars there is life waiting to make contact or to save humans from themselves. With things progressing the way they are on this majestic orb hanging in the sublime, space salvation from the stars may be humans’ last best hope.
G. D. Williams © 2019
The Pentagon finally admits it investigates UFOs
The Pentagon has finally uttered the words it always avoided when discussing the possible existence of UFOs — “unidentified aerial phenomena” — and admits that it still investigates reports of them.
In a statement provided exclusively to The Post, a Department of Defense spokesman said a secret government initiative called the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program “did pursue research and investigation into unidentified aerial phenomena.”
And while the DOD says it shut down the AATIP in 2012, spokesman Christopher Sherwood acknowledged that the department still investigates claimed sightings of alien spacecraft.
Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program
Project Blue Book
On December 17, 1969, the Secretary of the Air Force announced the termination of Project BLUE BOOK, the Air Force program for the investigation of UFOS.
From 1947 to 1969, a total of 12, 618 sightings were reported to Project BLUE BOOK. Of these 701 remain “Unidentified.” The project was headquartered at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, whose personnel no longer receive, document or investigate UFO reports.
The decision to discontinue UFO investigations was based on an evaluation of a report prepared by the University of Colorado entitled, “Scientific Study of Unidentified Flying Objects;” a review of the University of Colorado’s report by the National Academy of Sciences; past UFO studies and Air Force experience investigating UFO reports during the 40s, ’50s, and ’60s.
As a result of these investigations and studies and experience gained from investigating UFO reports since 1948, the conclusions of Project BLUE BOOK are:(1) no UFO reported, investigated, and evaluated by the Air Force has ever given any indication of threat to our national security;(2) there has been no evidence submitted to or discovered by the Air Force that sightings categorized as “unidentified” represent technological developments or principles beyond the range of present-day scientific knowledge; and(3) there has been no evidence indicating that sightings categorized as “unidentified” are extraterrestrial vehicles.
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