I watched a lot of X-Files as a teenager. My best friend had a big crush on David Duchovny, and we would watch episode after episode with Mulder and Scully investigating mysterious situations, usually involving aliens.
But we knew it was silly. Nobody really believed in aliens, right? It was just crazy people in the desert that thought UFOs were real. Or people giving fuzzy photos to the National Enquirer. Nobody respectable talked about aliens.
How times have changed.
On May 1, a Las Vegas family called the police to say that an alien spacecraft landed in their yard and eight-foot-tall creatures emerged that were definitely not human. Local police found the family credible enough to install cameras this past week in case the aliens came back.
Just this week, a New York man provided footage of an alien encounter in his backyard.
These reports with supposedly alien footage have gotten a lot of publicity.
Individuals have been reporting unusual phenomena for years, but they were always dismissed as rubes, or drunks, or conspiracy theorists. But perhaps the people involved in these more recent sightings have been taken more seriously because of the recent change in tone we’ve seen from not only legacy media outlets like the New York Times but also respected government agencies like NASA.
Sightings are no longer the realm of the “crazy.”
In 2017, the New York Times reported that the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program was supposed to have ended in 2012. However, after receiving bizarre footage taken by Naval pilots of unidentifiable objects maneuvering in ways they had never seen before, the Navy admitted that the program investigating these kinds of incidents was still operating.
Over the past six years, stories have been slowly dribbling out about various unexplained phenomena. “Unidentified Anomalous Phenomena,” or UAP, is the preferred term now, rather than UFO. In late 2019 and early 2020, a series of strange drone sightings occurred across Colorado, Nebraska, and Wyoming. One of my children and I personally witnessed a bizarre string containing hundreds of lights, not airplanes, moving across the sky. I knew other people who had witnessed these, as well. These sightings were extensive and never satisfactorily explained.
Suddenly, it’s official.
While sightings such as these remain mysterious, the government has slowly been taking more interest. On May 17, 2022, the House Intelligence C3 Subcommittee hosted a hearing on UAP, the first in fifty years, some of which were open to the public and posted on YouTube.
In June 2022, NASA announced that they were commissioning a study team to investigate UAPs, and it’s filled with renowned scientists. The team is headed by astrophysicist David Spergel, former department chair for astrophysics at Princeton. They began a study on October 24, 2022 investigating the best ways to collect and then analyze data regarding UAPs, and expect to publish their study sometime this July.
The Department of Defense has been taking a closer look, too. In August 2020, the Under Secretary of Defense authorized the creation of an Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) Task Force. The DoD formed this Task Force to improve understanding of UAPs, particularly any that could affect national security.
Some of this seems pretty reasonable. We should probably know what our commercial airplanes and satellites are likely to encounter as they travel through the sky.
But wait a second…
However, some people think there might be more to this than pure research. One member of the UAP Task Force, David Grusch, began providing classified information to the Department of Defense Inspector General in 2021. He claimed that information regarding UAPs was being illegally withheld from Congress, who were unaware of where funding was going, and the level of technology that had been hidden. These leaks were reported in The Debrief on June 5.
David Grusch is no quack. He was a decorated combat officer in Afghanistan who moved through various government agencies before becoming the co-lead for UAP analysis. Likewise, the initial reporters at The Debrief, Leslie Kean and Ralph Blumenthal, have worked extensively for legacy media outlets. The Debrief is not Weekly World News.
And yet, some of what Grusch reported on in his News Nation interview sounded totally bizarre. He described the UAP being denied access to military programs that had recovered technical vehicles of “non-human origin” from crash sites. Grusch hasn’t provided photographs or documents backing up his claims, but a variety of people from the government, military, and legacy media seem to think he’s totally legitimate.
What’s really going on here?
So, what’s going on? Is the federal government about to finally reveal what they’ve been hiding since the 1940s about different crash landing sites?
I suspect not. I watched a few of Grusch’s interviews, and he did not strike me as particularly honest. Admittedly my opinion doesn’t mean much. But professional psychiatrist, body-language expert, and YouTuber Dr. G posted an interesting analysis of Grusch’s behavior during his interview here that quantified much of the distrust I sensed in watching Grusch’s interviews. Grusch may be telling the truth, and Dr. G never accuses him of lying, but he does say that Grusch exhibits many signs of extreme stress throughout the interview.
I don’t want to say that Grusch is an outright liar. But he’s not the only whistleblower. Love him or hate him, time has proven Edward Snowden’s claims about mass government surveillance correct. And he has had thoughts on UAPs, as well. After digging through government files for years, Snowden is convinced that there is no real proof that the U.S. government has been covering up evidence of UAPs.
Of course, I have no hard evidence either way, but I suspect that these news releases are an attempt to distract the general public.
Distract from what, you might ask?
There’s a whole list of things.
Daisy just wrote an article about the very real structural problems in our economy that most people seem to want to ignore.
Similarly, most people are aware that undocumented migrants have been entering the U.S. at record levels. But did you know that our southern border is so porous that migrants now are not simply Mexicans traveling a few hundred miles north; they consist of people pouring in from all over the world?
Who destroyed Nordstream, creating one of the world’s biggest environmental catastrophes and seriously damaging the European economy? Sy Hersh says the Americans did it. The American legacy media blames the Ukrainians. At the end of the day, establishment figures just want this question to go away.
Did you know we’re about to hand over huge powers to the World Health Organization? If this new pandemic treaty gets passed in 2024, and it looks like it will, WHO bureaucrats will be able to declare lockdowns anywhere they want. Oh, and they’ll be taking 5% of our healthcare budget, too.
The efforts being made to put former President Trump behind bars have reached banana republic-levels of ridiculousness, particularly when contrasted with the Clintons’ various indiscretions or the Biden family crime syndicate. This situation gets harder to stomach the more you think about it. Mainstream media’s solution? Don’t think about it! Look, aliens!
And we just found out that the Chinese are in advanced negotiations with the Cuban government, getting ready to build a military training facility 100 miles from Florida. Nothing’s finalized yet, but I can’t pretend it doesn’t make me a little nervous.
And of course, there’s Hunter Biden’s sweetheart-no-jail-time-deal for not paying taxes on $8.3 million in income and federal gun charges. As well, did you know that articles of impeachment were filed against President Biden? (Of course it’s being played off as a far-right conspiracy.)
There are probably things out there but…
I absolutely believe that there are objects in the atmosphere, space, or in the deep ocean that we don’t really understand. But do I think the U.S. is about to reveal a bunch of 80-year-old secrets? Color me skeptical. I think it’s far more likely that this is part of the “circus” in the “bread and circuses” phase in the cultural evolution of the American public.
But I could be wrong!