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- Scientific Explanations other than Aliens
- ALL-IN-MIND Government Manipulation, Myths and Media on UFOs
- Incidents of UFOs, Timeline, Reports
- 1947+ Roswell Testing Site and Area 51
- 1950s and Project Sign
- 1950s-1969 Project Blue Book Air Force summary of UFO reports
- 1968 Condon Report
- 1985 Air Force says - Don't Report any more UFOs
- 2000s Air force, Navy Fuzzy Videos "Leaked"
- 2007+ Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program
- Covid 2020 Rise in UFO reports
- Political Support
- 2021 US Govt and Pentagon Reports
UFO Analysis and Science
Time to transit in millions of years - where would aliens hang in last thousands of years?
What are UFOs?
U.F.O. refers to any aerial phenomenon with no immediate explanation. Though reported sightings take place frequently around the world, a vast majority of them turn out to be things like stars, satellites, planes, drones, weather balloons, birds or bats.
Super-Ballistic Flying Objects
Especially in light of the numerous instances of non ballistic behaviors and speeds recorded by "multiple sensors" (not "grainy flying saucer videos") and multiple eye witnesses, in different events lasting days or longer. After 70+ years some of it is extraterrestrial, then pseudo skepticism like this will have a lot to answer for. Time will tell. Phenomenon of potential extraordinary consequences demands extraordinary open-mindedness.
Scientific Explanations other than Aliens
Popular Fascination with Psuedo Science, Religion
Why not ghosts or angels or underwater civilizations that are sending up probes?! It just feels so bizarre to say there are unexplained phenomena and then spend so much time talking about aliens. There’s so much more real and interesting explanations rather than a cultural fascination with aliens and conspiracy theories.
MILITARY Experimental Aircraft clouded issues
The alleged UFO crash in Roswell New Mexico in 1947 was merely a secret government balloon program attempting to sniff out Soviet nuclear tests.
Thousands of UFO sightings during past decades merely represented secret US programs in the form of what was then advanced aviation technology i.e. the high flying U2 spy plane and the SR-71 Blackbird. This “explanation” ignores the fact that many of the UFO sightings continuing to this day describe flight characteristics that in no way match the performance of any kind of conventional aircraft. This includes: 1. the ability to hover silently for long periods of time 2. make right angle turns at high speed 3. instantaneous acceleration from hover-mode to supersonic speeds without generating a sonic boom.
Other Sentient Species on Earth?
Why do these UAP have to be extraterrestrial? Isn't it far more likely that another intelligent species evolved on Earth? Sentient deep sea mollusks perhaps? We know Earth is capable of producing intelligent life, an assertion we can make for no other place in the known universe. It seems the logical place to start.
As far as underwater civilizations, human beings have gone to the very bottom of the oceans and not seen anything like this.
What ARE Scientific Explanations for MAJORITY of sightings?
Of the thens of thousands of reports barely 1% are "unexplained". Why not talk about or have at least a single scientist or expert talk about explanations for these UAPs? It’s much more interesting to hear about how natural phenomenon or man made objects can cause these sightings and educates the public?
UFOs and other World Govts - why mainly in USA?
Why No Contact if Aliens - Is it the "Prime Directive"
Why would the denizens of such [advanced] worlds waste their time visiting little ol' us? And if they did, why wouldn't they pull up on the White House lawn and say howdy? Are they afraid of us? Hard to believe. A society that could produce technology that would allow them (or their drone ships) to flit about the cosmos probably has nothing to fear from our weaponry.
If "aliens" are out there, they surely seem not to want to waste their time trying to talk to us.
Yet if they are so advanced - how do they NOT hide propery?
If they have all this fancy-schmancy tech that will let their airborne craft do magical things -- why do they allow us glimpses of their wonderfulnesses at all?
ALL-IN-MIND Government Manipulation, Myths and Media on UFOs
1960s Cold War Propaganda HYPED UFOs to boost Space, Missile Defense
Using, Fear of SPY Disinformation and Manipulation - Adds to PUBLIC FEAR, WAR SUPPORT
Early C.I.A. documents show the agency worrying that the American public’s obsession with aliens in the 1950s could make the public vulnerable to Russian disinformation efforts. ... If the Soviets were to attack, the agency worried, it might be mistaken for an alien visitation, causing the public not to take shelter but to flood local authorities with false reports. - NYT
[CIA was concerned the] K.G.B. would try to penetrate U.F.O. enthusiast groups that were pestering the American government for details about military capabilities and secret programs. - NYT
War of Worlds, H.G. Wells parody
X-Files - most famous UFOs built on Public Distrust of US Govt
The plot of “The X-Files” was built on a conspiracy theory: The government is lying to you about the existence of U.F.O.s and extraterrestrials. Do I believe the government lies to us? Absolutely. I’m a child of Watergate. - Carter director of X-files
Alien Abductions - All Hype?
People who believe they were abducted by aliens are coming out of the woodwork - for them it is very real
[I was] .. unprepared for the drama of a woman sitting next to me in tears and in terror over the encounter with aliens
Clinic of the Harvard psychiatrist John Mack specialized in the regression hypnosis of self-professed alien abductees. In a Roper survey he was involved in (a poll of 6000 Americans on their belief in the existence of extraterrestrials)
- ‘Abducted: How People Come to Believe They Were Kidnapped by Aliens,’ by Susan A. Clancy of Harvard (2005)
- U.F.O.s: Why the Truth Has Not Always Been Out There - The New York Times
- 'Truth embargo': UFOs are suddenly all the talk in Washington
- Pentagon Releases UFO Report: Here’s What’s Inside
- Is The Truth About UFOs Out There?
Incidents of UFOs, Timeline, Reports
- Book: Area 51: An Uncensored History of America’s Top Secret Military Base by Annie Jacobsen (2011) Jacobsen book covers her dogged investigation uncovered little about aliens and U.F.O.s — she discounts some of the rumors as Cold War intrigue — yielding instead a provocative account of top-secret nuclear arms testing and research into aerial espionage technology.
1947+ Roswell Testing Site and Area 51
No two words in the American lexicon more quickly summon images of little green men and hovering white disks than “Area 51,” the mysterious test range in southern Nevada.
Kenneth Arnold, a private pilot from Idaho, reported seeing nine circular objects traveling at supersonic speeds near Mount Rainier in 1947. Descriptions of the objects injected the phrase “flying saucers” into the popular imagination.
In the summer of 1947, a top-secret U.S. military balloon developed to spy on the Soviet nuclear program crashed in the desert near Roswell, N.M. The military gave only incomplete accounts of what happened, sowing decades of conspiracy theories (and a tourism industry) that built up around Roswell as the site of an alien crash landing. - NYT
1950s and Project Sign
Project Sign, out of concern that such objects could be advanced Soviet weapons, just as U-2,etc. were US secret spy technologies.
In the 1950s, the C.I.A. reviewed the test flights of the U-2 reconnaissance planes and then A-12 aircraft (the predecessor of the iconic SR-71 Blackbird) in the 1960s and found that roughly half of U.F.O. sightings were attributable to those top-secret programs, said David Robarge, the chief C.I.A. historian. Responsible for answering questions, the Air Force publicly attributed those sightings to natural phenomena. - NYT
Cold War era, the public enthusiasm was a double-edged sword. While alien visitation was a helpful theory to explain away the top-secret programs developed near Roswell and in Nevada’s Area 51, where the Air Force and the C.I.A. developed reconnaissance programs intended to look deep into the Soviet Union. - NYT
1950s-1969 Project Blue Book Air Force summary of UFO reports
Project Blue Book, an Air Force effort running in the 1950s and 1960s to examine U.F.O. reports, about 12,000 cases from 1952 to 1969, 701 of which could not be explained.
It is undoubtedly the most famous, fascinating young people for generations and inspiring television programs.
But the effort was shuttered in 1969 after a 1,485-page University of Colorado report, commissioned by the Air Force, cast doubt on the scientific value of examining U.F.O. sightings. - NYT
1968 Condon Report
The 1968 Condon Report is precedent for the USAF releasing a half-baked analysis of a UFO reports. There too non-conclusive analysis was essentially dumped back to the public, much to the chagrin of participating scientists.
1985 Air Force says - Don't Report any more UFOs
1985, officials at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio issued a fact sheet saying they no longer wanted to hear flying saucer reports. “Periodically, it is erroneously stated that the remains of extraterrestrial visitors are or have been stored at Wright-Patterson A.F.B.,” the statement said. “There are not now, nor ever have been, any extraterrestrial visitors or equipment on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.” - NYT
2000s Air force, Navy Fuzzy Videos "Leaked"
2006 A spinning disk that was seen hovering above O’Hare Airport in Chicago
2007 two “sunlight-colored” objects reported by a professional pilot in England
2004-Nov, two Navy fighter jets from the U.S.S. Nimitz were off the coast of San Diego when they encountered a whitish, oval-shaped craft of similar size hovering above the sea, which was churning in an unusual way. As one of the jets began a circular descent to get a closer look, the object — which had no wings or obvious means of propulsion — ascended toward it, then zipped away. “It accelerated like nothing I’ve ever seen, .. It had no plumes, wings or rotors and outran our F-18s” Cmdr. David Fravor, one of the pilots. - NYT
A video of the Nimitz incident, along with two from 2015, was officially released by the Defense Department last year. More recently, the department confirmed that video and images leaked to a documentary filmmaker had been taken by Navy personnel in 2019 and were being investigated by the task force.
These and other fuzzy Navy videos of recent years that show some unexplained phenomena resonated with the public much as reports of sightings 50 years earlier. - NYT
2007+ Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program
The Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program renewed US Military interest in UFOs.
Starting in 2007 with a small, secretly funded program that investigated reports of military encounters, whose existence was revealed in December 2017, was revived by the Defense Department last summer as the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force.
It’s mission was to “detect, analyze and catalog” sightings of strange objects in the sky “that could potentially pose a threat to U.S. national security. It organized reports from military service members, with the idea being that removing the stigma behind reporting something weird would provide the authorities with a better idea of what’s out there.
- Why Are We All Talking About U.F.O.s Right Now? - The New York Times First reported by The New York Times Dec'17
Covid 2020 Rise in UFO reports
Sightings of unidentified objects in the United States have risen during the coronavirus pandemic, as people spending long days at home turned to sky gazing.
Reports increased about 15 percent last year to more than 7,200, according to the National U.F.O. Reporting Center. As in other years, almost all of them had earthly explanations, the center said. - NYT
Harry Reid, the former Democratic senator from Nevada, who as Senate majority leader secured $22 million in funding to create the 2007 program. - Glowing Auras and ‘Black Money’: The Pentagon’s Mysterious U.F.O. Program - The New York Times
There is support for U.F.O. research among current senators as well, including Marco Rubio, Republican of Florida, who added the language to the appropriations package requesting the government report.
End 2020, Trump signed a package that included a provision inserted by lawmakers asking the secretary of defense and director of national intelligence to submit an unclassified report on what the government knows about U.F.O.s.
2021 US Govt and Pentagon Reports
The government has long examined reports of unidentified flying objects or unidentified aerial phenomena — sometimes with skepticism, other times more credulously.
June 25, 2021 Pentagon Report - Does not deny possibility of Aliens, No UFOs explaination
DOA > How did the Defense Department keep a budgeted project — sponsored principally by Senator Harry Reid in 2007 — secret for 10 years? Why, when Mr. Reid sought even higher security — and asked to see physical evidence of U.F.O.s — was he denied? And why only a $22 million budget when looking for answers about sentient life visiting us from worlds far away? (That’s roughly the cost of three episodes of the Netflix series “Stranger Things.”) - “X-Files” director in NYT
A Pentagon report released confirmed the government still has no explanation for reports of unidentified aerial objects.Credit...
It does a meta-review of a total of 143 reports gathered since 2004 remain unexplained, the document released by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence said. Of those, 21 reports of unknown phenomena, involving 18 episodes, possibly demonstrate technological capabilities that are unknown to the United States: objects moving without observable propulsion or with rapid acceleration that is believed to be beyond the capabilities of Russia, China or other terrestrial nations. But, the report said, more rigorous analysis of those episodes is needed.