Although it is not relevant to the following discussion, I wanted to mention
that Tucker Carlson, as he began his report about the UAP study, mentioned the
Roswell UFO crash. He showed one of the pictures of Brigadier General Roger
Ramey crouching near the balloon wreckage that was claimed to have been part of
the debris recovered. Carlson mentioned that a balloon was probably responsible
for the Roswell debris and while this has been the Air Force (well, Army in the
beginning) explanation, it fails to explain any number of facts. There is no
good terrestrial explanation for what fell at Roswell and for those who wish to
follow up on that I suggest looking at Roswell in the 21st
Century. That book provides the evidence that demolishes the balloon
explanation for Roswell… now that I have that off my chest… now an analysis of
the latest government report on UFOs… I mean UAPs.)
|General Ramey and Colonel Dubose with the wreckage of a rawin
radar target and the blackened balloon envelope. According to
both Dubose and Jesse Marcel, that was not the material
found near Corona and flown to Fort Worth.
We now have access to the report on UAPs that was required as part of the Covid-19 stimulus package for some bizarre reason. It is nine pages long and readily available on the Internet for those who wish to read it themselves. I found it here:
it is made up of 144 reports (but not necessarily 144 separate events) and notes that only one has been identified with
any degree of certainty. That was a partially deflated balloon. The others are
not identified but the report notes that there probably isn’t a single
explanation for the sightings and that they don't have complete information on many of them. They wrote, however:
data and inconsistency in reporting are key challenges to evaluating UAP
[meaning UFO in the classical sense]. No standardized reporting mechanism
exited until the Navy established one in March 2019 [except of course Air Force
regulations that were rescinded a long time ago and the JANAP 146 series which
were standardized]. The Air Force subsequently adopted a mechanism in November
2020, but it remains limited to USG reporting. The UAPTF regularly heard
anecdotally during its research about other observations that occurred but
which were never captured in formal or informal reporting by those observers
[which is a fancy way to say that if it wasn’t reported, then it doesn’t
where we are today. There is no discussion of hoaxes, illusions or
misidentifications and no suggestion that drunks, or the uneducated are those
who are reporting UFOs (well, UAPs). Instead, the report suggests that most of
the cases are of physical objects. Not only that, a high number of the cases,
that is 80 of them, have multiple chains of evidence, meaning that they are
captured on radar, and infrared electro-optical seekers and there is a visual
component, meaning people, as well.
are reports of flight characteristics that suggested an advanced technology but
there is nothing to actually suggest alien visitation. The report does not rule
out the possibility, however. To bolster their claim that this is something
unusual, and that no government on Earth has any equipment that can operation
in the envelopes exhibited by these objects, they note the unusual flight
characteristics and that the sightings are found near military training areas. Robert
Hastings reported years ago, and has been collecting data for decades, that
suggests an interest in our nuclear capability with sightings around military
installations. He detailed this in his book UFOs and Nukes.
thing that came up and I mentioned it before on this blog was the danger of a
midair collision. In the report there is a mention of eleven cases in which
pilots reported near misses. I quoted the commanding officer of VFA-11, a strike fighter
squadron, who wrote, “…although
this report is primarily submitted for tracking purposes, it is only a matter
of time before this results in a mid-air collision…”
while all of this is exciting and suggests a change in attitudes, I worry about
the history of government investigations into and announcements about UFOs.
During the summer of 1947, and according to Captain Ed Ruppelt, the Pentagon
had been in a panic about these flying saucers or flying disks (which I mention
to begin the evolution of names for these things). They didn’t know what was
going on, only that something was flying around the US and the military seemed
unable to stop it. This was a national security problem.
September, 1947, Lieutenant General Nathan Twining, commander of the Air Materiel
Command, provided an analysis of the situation. He wrote (and this has been
quoted for decades) “The
phenomenon reported is something real and not visionary or fictitious.”
also wrote, “The reported operating characteristics such as extreme rates of
climb, maneuverability (particularly in roll), and action which must be
considered evasive when sighted or contacted by friendly aircraft and radar,
lend belief to the possibility that some of the objects are controlled either
manually, automatically or remotely.”
he wrote, “The possibility
that some foreign nation has a form of propulsion possibly nuclear, which is
outside of our domestic knowledge.”
in other words, Twining’s letter (probably written by Colonel Howard McCoy for
Twining’s approval and signature) concluded, nearly 75 years ago, what this
latest study has just concluded. It means that three quarters of a century ago,
the US military was worried about flying saucers, didn’t know what they were,
and that Twining called for the establishment of a program, a fairly high
priority program, to find the answers to the flying saucers. It was kept inside
the military establishment and it is not clear if the contents of the letter were
released to Congress or the President at that time.
know that after time had passed and the invasion fleet, neither alien nor
Soviet had arrived, the pressure was off. The priority investigation devolved
into nothing more than a clearing house for reports to be filed and forgotten…
that is until the summer of 1952, and UFOs (as they were now called) were seen
over Washington, D.C.
heightened interest in UFOs, inspired by the sightings known as the Washington
Nationals, resulted in the formation of the CIA sponsored Robertson Panel. The
members were scientists, all who seemed to believe that those seeing UFOs were
not the brightest and that there was really nothing to UFOs. This was the bailiwick
of the unenlightened, the uneducated and the ignorant.
Robertson Panel examined, for five days, the best evidence about the UFOs.
These included movies taken over Great Falls, Montana and Tremonton, Utah. It
included cases that seemed to be difficult to resolve and other evidence
suggesting that UFOs might be something other than terrestrially based craft. The panel, in its final report, suggested:
to the request of the Assistant Director for Scientific Intelligence, the
undersigned Panel of Scientific Consultants has met to evaluate any
possible threat to national security posed by Unidentified Flying Objects
("Flying Saucers"), and to make recommendations thereon. The Panel
has received the evidence as presented by cognizant intelligence agencies,
primarily the Air Technical Intelligence Center, and has reviewed a selection
of the best documented incidents.
2. As a result of its considerations, the Panel _concludes_:
a. That the evidence presented
on Unidentified Flying Objects shows no indication that these phenomena
constitute a direct physical threat to national security.
believe that there is no residuum of cases which indicates Phenomena which are attributable to
foreign artifacts capable of hostile acts, and that there is no evidence that
the phenomena indicates a need for the revision of current scientific concepts.
3. The Panel further _concludes_:
a. That the continued
emphasis on the reporting of these phenomena does, in these parlous times,
result in a threat to the orderly functioning of the protective organs of the
We cite as examples
the clogging of channels of communication by irrelevant reports, the danger of
being led by continued false alarms to ignore real indications of hostile
action, and the cultivation of a morbid national psychology in which skillful
hostile propaganda could induce hysterical behavior and harmful distrust of duty constituted authority.
4. In order most effectively to strengthen the national facilities for the
timely recognition and the appropriate handling of true indications of hostile
action, and to minimize the concomitant dangers alluded to above, the Panel
a. That the national
security agencies take immediate steps to strip the Unidentified Flying Objects
of the special status they have been given and the aura of mystery they have
b. That the national security agencies institute policies on intelligence,
training, and public education designed to prepare the material defenses and
the morale of the country to recognize most promptly and to react most
effectively to true indications of hostile intent or action.
that these aims may be achieved by an integrated program designed to reassure
the public of the total lack of evidence of Inimical forces behind the
phenomenon, to train personnel to recognize and reject false indications
quickly and effectively, and to strengthen regular channels for the evaluation
of and prompt reaction to true indications of hostile measures.
other words, the Robertson Panel was unimpressed with the evidence, they saw no
evidence of a real national security threat, and thought that the best thing to
do was to debunk UFOs and that training programs would bring about the changes
in public attitudes and the reporting of UFOs that the Panel thought
appropriate. They wanted to take UFOs out of the headlines and out of the
official communications channels.
while the Air Force began the debunking program, they continued to collect UFO
reports. Their answers to extraordinary cases were extraordinarily
uncomplicated. The Levelland UFO reports of stalled car engines was reduced
from more than a two dozen witnesses at thirteen separate locations to just
three who had seen the object. The cars were stalled, not by some
electromagnetic effect but by a broken rotor in one case and a postulated mist
in the other two. In the end, the Air Force wrote off the case as ball
lightning, paying no attention to the fact that the very existence of ball
lightning was being debated by scientists. In any case, ball lightning is
extremely rare, never manifests itself in a form more than two feet in
diameter, and lasts for mere second. The Air Force had taken the
recommendations of the Robertson Panel to heart and were acting to, well,
suppress the data.
it seemed that the Robertson Panel was advocating an end to UFO programs, the
investigation of UFOs would continue for another sixteen years with various
government agencies and officials suggesting an end to the program. That
opportunity came in the late 1960s with the creation of what has become known
as the Condon Committee. After eighteen months of investigation, Dr. Edward
Condon issued his report. Like the Robertson Panel before, he determined there
was no national security implications, that nothing of scientific value could
be learned by further study, and that the Air Force end its investigation. You
might say, this was Robertson 2.0
after some twenty-two years of official investigation, Project Blue Book, which
began in secrecy in 1948 (publicly called Project Saucer with the classified
name of Sign) ended. Nothing more could be learned by further study. Project
Blue Book was closed and the Air Force began a campaign of convincing people
that they were no longer interested in UFO sightings. Of course, this wasn’t
true because their mission demanded that they investigate the penetration of
the defense zones around the country. And there are many pictures of American
fighters “escorting” Russian bombers that have penetrated those zones and were
flying over the United States.
|Russian bomber escorted by American fighter.
this brings us back to the latest report, which, I suppose could be seen as Twining
2.0. This latest report actually nullifies the Condon Committee report… at the
moment. This latest is telling us that something real is going on and that it
deserves some investigation.
again there is an issue with national security. Now we are concerned about
midair collisions. And most astonishingly, we see that something over 99% of
the reports are unidentified but that might because of a lack of data or investigation. We don't know how many of these reports are from the same events, meaning the number of incidents might be lower. Blue Book “solved” all but just
about five percent of the more than 13,000 cases reported to them but there are thousands labeled as "insufficient data for a scientific analysis," which is not a solution. Condon left
more than a third of the cases unresolved.
was concerned and suggested a priority investigation, which he got. Within
months, it had degenerated into little more than a filing cabinet for reports
thanks to the influence of the Air Force Chief of Staff, General Hoyt S. Vandenburg.
No one was interested in doing any actual investigation when it was clear that
Vandenburg had his own ideas. Over the years, and beginning in the early 1950s,
the emphasis was on solutions rather than investigation. Slap on a solution and
be done with it.
was told what his conclusions were supposed to be before any investigation was
conducted and he went out and found them. Condon’s job was to kill Blue Book
and that he did. Now, when scientists tell us that the “scientific”
investigation found nothing of substance, we can say, but this new UAP report
did. That is one of the important take-aways here.
and this is what concerns me, is if this isn’t the implementation of the
Robertson Panel idea. Show the public a very mysterious sighting and then
reveal what it really was. Convince the public, and by extension the Congress,
that while there is something real happening, it is not alien and it is not a technological
leap forward by a competitor on this planet.
us, the point is that they didn’t come out and say that there was alien
visitation, but then they didn’t rule that out either. They kept that door
open, however slightly. The only question left for us is if this was Robertson 3.0 and Condon 2.0
or if this is something that is going to produce unbiased and accurate results.
Are we going to learn something of value or is it going to be hidden under a
pile of security regulations and government obfuscation or is it going to
actually provide some useful answers?
we’ve been down this road before and it depends on which fork is taken. Are we
nearing Disclosure or is this just another attempt to teach us the “truth”
about flying saucers… I mean UFOs… I mean UAO*… I mean UAPs.
*For those interested, Coral Lorenzen of APRO came up with the term Unidentified Aerial Object in an attempt to remove preconceived notions about what they are… She failed.