Disclosure or deception? Pentagon’s new UFO office divides believers

WASHINGTON — The U.S. government is finally get back in the UFO business.

And depending on which UFO believer you ask, it’s either a historic step to get to the bottom of conspiracies, or a ploy to regain control of the narrative – and possibly even prepare for interplanetary war.

The creation of a new office, enacted just before the New Year, to study the “unidentified aerial phenomenon” has divided the loose community of activists, researchers and pseudo-scientists who seek proof that we are not alone. In the universe.

Some hail the legislation creating the new office, nestled in item 1683 of the massive National Defense Authorization Act, for bringing new resources, rigor and bureaucracy to the investigation of a phenomenon – and potential threat to national security – that has long been stigmatized by ‘a way that makes it difficult to study.

“Our national security efforts rely on air supremacy and these phenomena present a challenge to our dominance,” said Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, DN.Y., who led the bipartisan measure. “The United States needs a coordinated effort to gain control and understand whether these aerial phenomena belong to a foreign government or something else.”

It’s been decades since Washington formally studied UFOs comprehensively, so one would expect the news to be cause for celebration among so-called ufologists.

But the movement has long believed the government is covering up history’s biggest secret, so many find it hard to believe the feds want to do anything but crack down after several years of it becoming socially acceptable to elders. presidents and the CIA. directors to speak publicly about strange things they had seen in the sky.

On social media and forums like AboveTopSecret, a hub for ufology and conspiracy theories, debates have raged over whether the new office represents the beginning of the end of the alleged cover-up or its rebirth.

“This is a subject with a proven history of secrecy, and anything that lacks a new openness to information is subject to greater, perhaps inappropriate, scrutiny,” said Ron James, gatekeeper. -says the Mutual UFO Network, which bills itself as “the oldest and largest UFO organization in the world.

“We don’t think that means new resources will be devoted to the issue. We believe that considerable resources have always been devoted to the issue at some level within government and industry,” added James.

Luis Elizondo and Christopher Mellon, the former government insiders who helped spark renewed interest in Unidentified Aerial Phenomena, or UAPs as they’re more commonly known now, by posting videos of military aircraft, applauded Gillibrand’s amendment – but fear it was watered down before final passage and will be buried by the Pentagon.

In a editorial in The HillElizondo criticized the Pentagon’s decision to place the new PSU office within the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security, which he said is “the perfect place to put it” if “we want 70 more years of secrecy on this subject”. .”

Activists complain about the lack of civilian involvement in the new Pentagon office and assume that it will simply classify anything it finds interesting, so that its unclassified reports to Congress will be little more than sheets of paper. vine.

Dr. Steven Greer, who retired from the ER to pursue the hunt for aliens as a self-proclaimed ‘world’s UFO expert’, opposes the idea that UFOs should be treated as a threat to national security .

According to him, the extraterrestrials are here to help us and the military-industrial complex exaggerates their danger and creates the US Space Force to prepare for interplanetary war, arguing that films like “Independence Day” are part of “a fake story created by secret groups working to instill fear of aliens.

But Stephen Bassett, the only lobbyist in Washington dedicated to the “formal recognition by the US government of an extraterrestrial presence”, as his official lobbying disclosure says so, sees this moment as the culmination of all he and others have been working towards.

“No, this is not a new psyops program. This is a planned effort to end the truth embargo,” Bassett said. “While I appreciate those who are skeptical, this group has tried to find the dark side of every development – the hidden hand.”

Instead of a new cover-up, Bassett sees the new office as part of a multi-year plan by a faction of insiders to ultimately force the government to reveal that it has had contact with extraterrestrials for decades.

“This is a sea change brought about by the work of thousands of people and activists over more than 70 years,” he said. “But some of these people can’t help but see this as a smart black ops mission.”

Meanwhile, the national security apparatus has more earthly concerns.

The Department of Defense moved quickly to establish the new Airborne Object Identification and Management Synchronization Group, which “will synchronize efforts across the Department and the broader U.S. government to detect, identify, and attribute objects of interest”. according to the Pentagon.

The military made it clear that it was primarily focused on incursions into restricted airspace, such as military bases, and talked more about drones and new technologies being developed by the Russians, Chinese and other earthlings.

The wording of the legislation itself goes a step further, calling for prompt on-the-ground investigations into incidents of PAN, including “adverse physiological effects.” It envisions “materials testing, medical studies and theoretical model development”, as well as potential future investments, to “reproduce all of these advanced features and performance” discovered.

For Mick West, a prominent UFO debunker and villain of ufologists, believers have “a kind of real backdoor problems”, that is, military pilots have seen things they can’t explain.

“If you read the text of this legislation, it seems to reflect the concerns of believers in the extraterrestrial hypothesis,” he said. “Now the military is kind of having to jump through some kind of silly hoops while doing some serious work.”

Whatever the new office reveals, he fears it will further convince those who want to believe – whether that’s because they’ll say the government is finally acknowledging the truth about extraterrestrials or because it continues to cover up the good stuff.

“I think it will clear up some things, but also add fuel to the fire,” he said.

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