The NY Times’ UFO Articles–What’s Going On?

As most people know, the NY Times have been publishing a series of serious articles pertaining to a Top Secret Pentagon program dealing with UFOs, funded by former Nevada Senator (and my former boss), Harry Reid. The article leaked a top secret video from the U.S. Navy showing an actual “UFO.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/16/us/politics/pentagon-program-ufo-harry-reid.html

Since then, a series of articles have been released, with numerous military, DoD and Intelligence sector eyewitnesses coming forward, the most prominent of which is Chris Mellon, former U.S. Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/28/us/pentagon-ufo-videos.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/14/us/politics/navy-ufo-reports.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/28/insider/UFO-reporting.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/26/us/politics/ufo-sightings-navy-pilots.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/28/insider/UFO-reporting.html

Apparently, there were two separate, but major incidents involving UFOs and the US Navy in 2004 and 2015.

In 2004, the USS Nimitz Aircraft Carrier Group was engaged in training off the coast of California near San Diego and Santa Catalina Island. A number of fighter pilots engaged with something looking like an aerial tic-tac, which was confirmed visually, through radar, infrared, and special tracking computers on the fighter planes, E-2 Hawkeye (early warning aircraft that gives fleet commander an electronic bird’s eye view of the fleet and all goings on), as well as a number of naval vessels. All of them gave the same story. Further, even though the video footage shows only one UFO, Navy personnel working with radar claim there were hundreds of these vehicles buzzing the fleet. (These are the videos called “Go Fast,” and “FLIR” https://www.navair.navy.mil/foia/documents.

A second incident happened in 2015 with the USS Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Group. It was operating off the east coast of the United States and was buzzed by a number of UFOs. This time, there was very good, clear video footage of the craft displaying flight-characteristics currently not possessed by any aircraft on the earth–allegedly no propulsion, no need for aerodynamic lift, the ability to  make 90 degree turns at high speeds, and to move in and out of the air and water at will, without any reduction in speed. (Shown in the video called “GIMBAL”) https://www.navair.navy.mil/foia/documents.

The Pentagon’s program for investigating UFOs, called ATIP, was dissolved a few years ago—its functions being incorporated into other intelligence agencies at DoD. It’s head, Lou Elizondo, has been working with former Undersecretary of Defense Mellon in trying to get to the bottom of what’s going on. What’s been disclosed so far is just the tip of the iceberg, they say. There’s even talk about reverse-engineered UFO tech, taken from wrecks.

Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, we have to always keep in mind the fact that Occam’s Razor is still sometimes useful (even though I hate it and regard it as an intellectual panacea). This is that the U.S. military, and its contractors, have had massive secret-weapons programs running for the past 75 years and that these programs have often taken advantage of the “UFO hysteria” for purposes of hiding or masking new military tech.

Unlike things like the Loch Ness Monster, ghosts or Bigfoot, the U.S. Military has always had a strong interest in UFOs, and for obvious reasons–One, the sightings are far more common. Two, the sightings are all very similar. Three, there’s always a major risk that people are seeing top secret US military craft and are threatening national security by describing the appearance and flight characteristics of same to the media. Hence the need for bigger and ever-more-remote testing sights in the nation’s interior.

The modern UFO waves began, more or less, during WW2 and really exploded in the late 1940s. The initial concern by those in the military was that folks were watching too many science fiction movies, and were freaking out by misinterpreting easily explainable atmospheric and vehicular phenomenon. The panic was so bad in the 1950s (when hundreds of people reported UFOs flying over Washington, D.C., causing the Air Force to scramble jets on a failed intercept mission), that the US Air Force commissioned a number of studies to figure out what was going on and put the panic to rest. The fear by many in the government was that widespread panic and pandemonium caused by a UFO sighting could cause public unrest, the clogging of telephone lines, and be used to the advantage of the Soviets as a form of psychological warfare—the idea being that if a Soviet bomber squadron was headed for NY, they could divert regional aerial interceptors by creating a “UFO diversion” somewhere else, merely by flying a disc-like craft around, or spreading rumors of same.

The Air Force spent millions of dollars and funded numerous studies in things like the Condon Report, and Project Blue Book, in order to debunk and put to rest what they publicly stated to be nothing more than mass hysteria. The former science advisor to Project Blue Book, Robert Hynek, however, came forward in the 1970s and said that his job’s explicit purpose was to debunk, not analyze, UFO phenomenon and he claimed that at least 30% of the sightings were legitimate and that he and high-ranking members of the military believed them to be extra-terrestrial in origin. That said, Hynek made this reversal and began to say these things after retirement, when money was hard to come by. Many feel he made these stories up in order to profit from his prior experience on Blue Book, and because official US intelligence policy regarding UFOs had changed.

Sometime in the 1970s/80s, the US military seems to have actually encouraged belief in UFOS (contrary to what was done in the 1950s) in order to confuse and bewilder civilians who accidentally observed top secret US military aircraft. One agent actually forged documents about aliens and ETs and leaked them to “UFO Disclosure Group” in order to discredit them and lead them down a rabbit’s hole when their investigations were bringing them uncomfortably close to the American F-117 stealth fighter program. These efforts at manipulation and information-management are the go-to strategy for the U.S. military and we should always be skeptical when folks tell us that they have found aliens or that UFOs come from outer space.

So what’s going on currently?

Many civilian watchdog groups believe that the US Air Force or Navy may have actually developed a form of electromagnetic propulsion that they are experimenting with by way of drones. The high speeds and 90 degree turns are too much for any human to withstand, and it makes sense that these are being remotely piloted. Electromagnetic energy, too, would explain why these craft can spin around on their axis in mid-air, hover, and not need any form of lift in order to move. The thing is, if the military has such a thing, and they want to keep it secret, why would they fly it off the coast of San Diego in view of the thousands of sailors with the USS Nimitz Battle Group? And why would they engage in actions that led to their being intercepted by fighter-planes—something very dangerous and reckless?

Maybe they would want folks who see it to immediately think it was a UFO, so as to help psychologically camouflage the craft. Magicians do this all the time. The human brain plays tricks on itself, based on its primary operating paradigms. If you go to Loch Ness looking for the monster, and you see a simple tree trunk floating past you, you may interpret it as being a plesiosaur, with a long neck, teeth, flippers and a tale. You wouldn’t be lying, you would just misinterpret what you saw based on your prejudices, and preconceptions.  If people see a top secret aircraft, and interpret along the lines of the X-Files, they may miss-out on the observables most useful to a foreign intelligence-gathering agency. And that may be the point.

We already know that the U.S. Navy has patented such a craft.

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/28729/docs-show-navy-got-ufo-patent-granted-by-warning-of-similar-chinese-tech-advances

There’s also the chance that this is just a big counter-intelligence hoax—that the program is not real at all, just a bunch of Hollywood-level special effects to deceive and trick the Chinese or Russians. Indeed, the US military may want adversaries to THINK it was real—think the SDI program from the 1980s. A clever propaganda narrative can cause the enemy to waste billions of dollars in research and development, if they think the US secretly has such a weapon. (I doubt the Russians and Chinese actually think these craft were operated by ET. No doubt, they think these were secret US military aircraft).

We also need to recognize that the gravy-train of unending war in Iraq and Afghanistan is coming to an end, and the military needs some new way to get funding for their various secret projects.

Don’t get me wrong. Aliens may exist. UFOs may be from other worlds. Who knows? I have an open mind and am willing to look at all angles and forms of proof.

An additional scenario, of course, combines elements of all of these.

That said, the leading suspect in all of this is the U.S. military. That would be the most comfortable option, too. Because if these craft were run by the Chinese or Russians, that would be a huge national security risk. And if they were extra-terrestrial, that would be even worse—for obvious reasons. Luckily, that’s the least likely scenario.

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