The UFO Bubble Goes Pop
Watch the skies? No, watch our intelligence agencies and their penchant for disinformation.
Die UFO-Blase platzt
Den Himmel beobachten? Nein, beobachten Sie unsere Geheimdienste und ihre Vorliebe für Desinformation.
Call it the buildup to a letdown, as the latest of the required intelligence reports to Congress on the UFO question undergoes a prolonged and likely angst-filled vetting before being delivered to the relevant committees.
A month has passed since its leaked contents were detailed in the New York Times, and still the document has not appeared and it’s not hard to guess why. Its findings will be surprising only to those who imbibed previous official disinformation on so-called UAP, or unidentified aerial phenomena. The most credible and widely trumpeted sightings by Navy pilots now are explained as illusions. Though Chinese surveillance drones do operate in areas where U.S. training flights occur, these are conventional drones, with no unusual capabilities. They aren’t the uncannily speedy, supernaturally maneuverable objects mentioned in previous accounts.
Oops. But at least Biden officials have become alert to the risks of the defense establishment’s indulgence of the UFO bunco. The belated fessing up, if it comes, arrives just as Reason magazine, under the headline “The Military-UFO Complex,” points out the suspect incentives behind the alien-visitation racket, which started five years ago with the purported “leak” of pilot videos. The author correctly notes also a “creeping weirdness in the Pentagon” on the subject of unidentified aerial phenomena.
Bingo. Last year’s first mandatory intelligence report in what now seems a misdirection claimed several sightings “appear to demonstrate advanced technology.” A procession of current and former officials in the media hinted at secret and disturbing knowledge. The public was listening, with academics speculating that the long history of such now-validated sightings means aliens have been among us for decades if not millennia. America’s allies and adversaries were listening too, and reasonably wondered if our military pilots were actually recording encounters with secret U.S. super-capabilities that might tip the military balance.
A year ago NASA’s Bill Nelson was enjoying the frolic, telling the press, “Who am I to say that planet Earth is the only location of a life form that is civilized and organized like ours?” More recently, he seems to have recognized that matters were getting out of hand and launched a NASA research project with the implicit purpose of delivering to the American people the non-hysterical truth that our intelligence agencies, for some reason, were withholding.
Former Obama CIA chief John Brennan, who by now should be recognized as a reliable font of disinformation, told a podcaster two years ago that the evidence indicated “some type of phenomenon that . . . constitutes a different form of life.” If the Times is right, he and colleagues have known this was bunk all along. UFOs were a smokescreen. At best, their motive may have involved wanting to conceal their knowledge of Chinese spying techniques. But don’t dismiss the possibility that they see a Putinesque benefit in keeping Americans bamboozled and susceptible to manufactured panics and conspiracy theories.
The New York Times itself, after the cockpit videos surfaced in 2017, became a giddy and credulous purveyor of UFO disinformation. In its latest reporting debunking the phenomenon, it now cites a “long history of the U.S. government using speculation over conspiracy theories to prevent secrets from becoming widely known.”
Quite a change in tone, but then the UFO kerfuffle has much in common with the FBI and intelligence community campaign to promote the false Russia collusion story. It has much in common with the convoluted efforts of former FBI chief James Comey to turn false pifflemasquerading as “Russian intelligence” into the secret but widely leaked justification for his improper actions in the Hillary Clinton email case.
Finally the real danger comes into view, and it’s not aliens or even Chinese or Russian possession of super-advanced technology. It’s intelligence officials who think their job includes promoting false and tendentious information to the American public for their own purposes. The representative spy of our time really is Britain’s Christopher Steele, presumably trained by MI6 in both information and disinformation techniques. It was only the latter that he peddled to his private clients, including the FBI and the Clinton campaign, in the collusion hoax.