Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Are We Alone, #6 Government Control of Information

"For many years I have lived with a secret, in a secrecy imposed on all specialists in astronautics. I can now reveal that every day, in the USA, our radar instruments capture objects of form and composition unknown to us. And there are thousands of witness reports and a quantity of documents to prove this, but nobody wants to make them public." Major Gordon Cooper, May 15, 1963

The very idea that the government official policy has been to steadfastly deny the existence of visitors from space and their insistence that the photographs and the sightings by trained observers are nothing more than weather balloons, swamp gas ,hallucinations, and the most ridiculous of all, birds, should be enough to convince even the most skeptical non-believer that we have had visitors from other worlds.

Although the study of unidentified flying objects had been ongoing for some time with Project Sign and Grudge, the increase of thousands of sightings in the early 50's prompted the government to begin a new and more "public" scientific investigation. The United States Air Force was assigned the task of a systematic study of UFOs. Project Blue Book was established in 1952 and their stated goals were:
1. To determine if UFOs were a threat to the national security, and
2. To scientifically analyze UFO-related data.

see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Blue_Book

By the time that Project Blue Book ended in January 1970, it had collected 12,618 reports and concluded that most were misidentifications of natural phenomena. Only about 6% were classified as unknowns and defying detailed analysis. The UFO reports are available under the Freedom of Information Act, but the names and personal information of the witnesses have been changed.

There have been many critics of the Project that have charged that the Blue Book was engaging in dubious research and even perpetuating a cover up of UFO evidence. The most damning criticism of Blue Book came from the only real scientist to ever serve on the Project, the astronomer, Dr. J. Allen Hynek. He worked on the project from its creation until it was abandoned. He is said to have started the project as a skeptic and left as a true believer. He wrote extensive criticism of the project, citing that the scientific inquiry was "grossly inadequate and faulty". He further stated that the basic attitude and approach of the Project was "illogical and unscientific". After leaving the project he became a UFO "activist" and had a cameo role in the Steven Spielberg movie, "Close Encounters of The Third Kind".
It appears that in 1952 our government had a real bad case of the heebie-jeebies over all of the UFO encounters. After much publicity, these sightings led the Central Intelligence Agency to establish a panel of scientists headed by Dr. H. P. Robertson, a physicist of the California Institute of Technology. In their final report they suggested debunkery through the mass media, including the Walt Disney Co, and using psychologists, astronomers and celebrities to ridicule the phenomenon and put forward prosaic explanations. Furthermore, civilian UFO groups "should be watched because of their potentially great influence on mass thinking." By the way, boys and girls, these are the same wizards that were going to get Castro with a loaded cigar. Anybody remember how that worked out for them?

In December 1953, Joint Army-Navy-Air Force Regulation number 146 made it a crime for military personnel to discuss classified UFO reports with unauthorized persons. Violators faced up to two years in prison and/or fines of up to $10,000.

In spite of the heavy government censorship, the NASA Astronaut Major Gordon Cooper testified before the United Nations: "I believe that these extra-terrestrial vehicles and their crews are visiting this planet form other planets ... Most astronauts were reluctant to discuss UFOs."

In a later interview Major Cooper was asked the reason for the secrecy and he said: " Why? Because authority is afraid that people may think of God knows what kind of horrible invaders. So the password still is: We have to avoid panic by all means."

Some of the most highly trained and imminently qualified observers in the world have reported sightings and encounters. Here are some of their names; Ed White, James McDivitt, James Lovell, Frank Borman, Neil Armstrong, Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, Donald Slaton and NASA's Scott Carpenter. These men are all considered the best of the best and they have observed and filmed numerous sightings, both on near and outer space missions. Those pictures have never been released.


For the past Fifty or so years our Big Brother or Mother in the big white buildings have looked down from their high places and decided the we little folks can't stand a little truth. Perhaps that might explain a great deal of their behavior. I don't know about you but I have had enough of Disney characters telling me what to believe. No thanks, Goofy!

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