Monday, July 02, 2007

More Crackpot Theories

I can't resist blogging about my favorite pet subject, especially when it keeps coming up in the news. It's fascinating on several levels, not least of which is the psychological aspect of it all. Who believes and why? ... that kinda stuff. Also who doesn't believe and why is just as interesting. Anyway, here's the stuff that no one but me finds remotely convincing.

Another UFO story from another dubious source. Seriously, if there really were UFOs, how come only airline pilots and ex-military people talk about them?

Feh, like anyone trusts footage from NASA.

Decorated Vietnam vets? Liars, the whole lot of em!

Like this group of air traffic controllers, commercial pilots, Harvard grads, and top secret clearance holding defense specialists have any credibility. How dumb do they think we are plus there rednecks.

Kidding aside, that last one is a very long, very stuffy, and very interesting disclosure of our supposed evidence of UFOs (of course they don't actually show us any of it). This is the sort of symposium that would take place if 9/11 were a conspiracy. I'm not saying they're right, but I am asking why would this specific group of people make it all up? They clearly believe in UFOs, and they claim to have seen the evidence. That matters when enough credible people say it.

Have you ever met a military pilot? They're not exactly prone to making stuff up, and they certainly wouldn't publicly promise to testify under oath before Congress about events their superiors want to keep quiet. Unless they knew it was true and thought we needed to know, that is.

Why would all of these people name names and describe specific events if it were all a huge conspiracy? I suppose it's possible, but I find it unlikely. What would the point be? These are people who would lose their medical or law licenses if they were caught perpetrating a hoax. I can understand overlooking Uncle Jeb's explanation for how the van got in the ditch, but not the Canadian Defense Minister (yes Canada is lame, how very clever).

I ridiculed UFO believers for a long time. I've always had a "put a body on the table" attitude towards fanciful alien tales. But I'm beginning to change my tune.
I don't 100% believe in alien contact (I'll have to see it first hand for that), but I am leaning dangerously close to more than 50% that way.

I don't mean that there's simply life somewhere else in the vast universe, which just about everyone agrees with. I mean that we've been and are being visited by someone. There's no proof, other than credible people telling us that it's true, which is why I can't betray my skeptical mind and go all in. It took a lot for me to get this far (actual serious consideration).

It's hard for me to admit this because I know how ridiculous it sounds. But when you hear enough stories from enough people, it adds up.

How about this from the former public relations officer at Roswell? He signed an affidavit to be opened only after his death (which recently happened). That link lead me to this:

But last week [ed: the week before July 1st, 2007] came an astonishing new twist to the Roswell mystery.

Lieutenant Walter Haut was the public relations officer at the base in 1947 and was the man who issued the original and subsequent press releases after the crash on the orders of the base commander, Colonel William Blanchard.

Haut died last year but left a sworn affidavit to be opened only after his death.

Last week, the text was released and asserts that the weather balloon claim was a cover story and that the real object had been recovered by the military and stored in a hangar.

He described seeing not just the craft, but alien bodies.

Just more loony tales from the "I want to believe" crowd? Why go through all the trouble to sign an affidavit to be opened after your death? Lt. Haut just wanted to play a funny joke on us?

This seems to confirm what a former US Air Force pilot I knew said about it. He said the classic Roswell UFO crash story was true, though his sources were secondhand. Apparently the scuttlebutt around the Air Force back in the day was they had aliens speaking english walking around bases in Nevada. He said he saw lots of unexplainable stuff, but never saw any aliens walking around. Still, he also believes, one of the most rational and responsible men I've ever met.

My brother saw something flying over our house in West Virginia that he described as a silver cigar that hung there for a bit, then just disappeared (I note that we lived close to a WV National Guard base). He scared the bejeezus out of my sister when he told her aliens were landing in the woods behind our house (good times).

I always chalked these stories up to highly advanced military aircraft, but I've finally lost my last sense. I mean, read this quote from John Glen, and tell me it doesn't at least make you wonder:

"Back in those glory days, I was very uncomfortable when they asked us to say things we didn't want to say and deny other things. Some people asked, you know, were you alone out there? We never gave the real answer, and yet we see things out there, strange things, but we know what we saw out there. And we couldn't really say anything. The bosses were really afraid of this, they were afraid of the War of the Worlds type stuff, and about panic in the streets. So we had to keep quiet. And now we only see these things in our nightmares or maybe in the movies, and some of them are pretty close to being the truth."

I read that and am forced to consider the possibility. To be fair, he said this in the context of a cameo on Frasier, so it's more than likely a joke. Or maybe he's trying to tell us something under perfect cover.

John Glen would have some clout involving the script, so I find it hard to believe he was handed this and just said ok, I'll call myself and NASA a bunch of liars. Haha? I dunno, maybe. But Glen is on record discussing "fireflies", the little things flying around in low earth orbit he saw every dawn up there. Not exactly first contact, but it's still something not officially acknowledged.

I've been reading this book off and on, The Day After Roswell, by Col. Philip Corso. It confirms the Roswell story, and details all the technological advances we supposedly gained from the craft. Among those are integrated circuits, fiber optics, night vision, kevlar, anti-gravity drive, and particle beam weapons, just to name a few.

I don't know how much stock to put into it, but I have to think the former Chief of the Foreign Technology desk in Army R&D at the Pentagon has some credibility. This is the same guy who ran occupied Rome at age 25. Again, why would someone like that make it up? He claims the true purpose of the SDI (aka StarWars) was to defend Earth from aliens, with the dual purpose of shooting down incoming ICBMs.

I would be remiss at this point to not link the famous snippet of Reagan's speech before the UN where he alludes to an alien threat among us (the true believers love this one). And since I'm on a roll, how about this quote from Gen. Douglas MacArthur:

"...the next war will be an interplanetary war. The nations of the earth must someday make a common front against attack by people from other planets. The politics of the future will be cosmic, or interplanetary"

Have you ever wondered why the President doesn't have authority to enter super top secret sites, such as the infamous Area 51? ("super top secret" is a real term) According to the speaker in the fourth link from the top, the CIA knows of the black reverse engineering of alien technology, but has no access to it. Col. Corso confirms this as he says part of his job was to keep everything from the CIA, which is/was considered completely untrustworthy by the military.

There's authority above the executive branch and the CIA. Does that not suggest that the government as we know it is not really the one in charge? Who is then?

Well, since I've lost all credibility anyway, here's fake Japanese footage of a UFO at the WTC attack. Neat, but it shows how easy it is to fake video evidence of a sighting.

I assume you're skeptical, and rightfully so. I sure as hell am. I just hope that collectively, we're not irrational. In case you need any more ammunition, I'm mostly convinced that there's a base on the darkside of the Moon.

Commence the ridicule.


At 5/7/07 07:54, Blogger Dave said...

I don't have a problem with the possibilities of UFOs (via space or time travel). I do have a problem with the idea of a conspiracy hiding all the true UFO info from us.

At 5/7/07 11:22, Blogger TSS said...

It seems to me that the coverup isn't working, which is what I would expect if it were true. Like I said, if 9/11 were an inside job, you would see similar things, people coming out of the woodwork to say what really happened (which may yet happen, who knows).


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