After dismissing UFOs as nonsense for more than seventy years, The New York Times, Washington Post and the rest of the establishment media are suddenly reversing course, reporting that UFOs are, in fact… you know… real.
The trend began on December 16, 2017 when the media reported on a Navy pilot’s close encounter with a UFO in 2004 during a training mission over the Pacific Ocean. The pilot, now retired Commander David Fravor, told the WAPO that the object – which has become known as the tic-tac UFO because of its resemblance to the well-known breath freshener – was “40 feet long with no wings, just hanging close to the water.” Fravor attempted an intercept, but the craft left him in the dust. “It had no plumes, wings or rotors and outran our F-18s,” said the former fighter pilot, who told the Times he had no idea what he saw, but would like to fly one. The media reported the story straight up. No snickering. No quips about little green men and no condescending “conspiracy theory” ridicule. To be fair, no speculation about ETs either, or what it might mean… But this happened- Boom!
The establishment media’s sudden flip-flop from dismissive to sober coverage is a sure sign that the ultimate paradigm shift is now underway. In the past, pilots couldn’t talk about their UFO sightings. Military regulation JANAP 146(b) (Joint Army Navy Air Force Publication) made it illegal for pilots to discuss UFO sightings deemed a threat to national security punishable under the espionage act of 1934 by 1-10 years in prison or a ten thousand dollar fine. If that wasn’t enough of a deterrent, any pilot who dared buck the system faced career-ending ridicule no matter his Top Gun status. “We even have to discredit our own pilots. It’s a raw deal,” said Blue Book head Capt. Ed Ruppelt about the official policy, back in the day. Many a hero, like WWII fighter pilot Captain Thomas Mantell, fell victim to the policy.
Apparently, it’s a new day. The Pentagon didn’t smear Fravor like it did his peers during the early stages of UFO denial; instead it supported his claims by releasing video to the public- video that had been scrutinized by a secret Pentagon program sponsored by the former Senate majority leader Harry Reed, to study UFOs, or UAPs (Unidentified Aerial Phenomena) as they have been rebranded.
For Joe Six Pack, this may or may not have been interesting news. For the UFO community this was nothing less than a world-changing paradigm shift. The Pentagon, the government, and specifically, the Air Force, have insisted that UFOs are nothing of significance since 1968, after over twenty years of official investigation. All of a sudden – hey, they’re real, and it may mean something – stay tuned. Just like that decades and decades of denial came to an end. Well, almost.
But then the circus started up again and the looney-tune stories that spring from/or play well in our clown culture returned to the airwaves: Reality TV Game Show Host becomes President – Deceased Brothel Owner Wins Election to State Senate Despite Being, Well, You Know, Dead – Patriots Win Another Super Bowl – Prince Harry Gets Married – Kardashians Do Whatever It Is Kardashians Do, etc. The circus carried on as usual until May 27, 2019 when the Times reported that Navy pilots attached to the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt encountered unexplained objects during training missions off the east coast:
The strange objects, one of them like a spinning top moving against the wind, appeared almost daily from the summer of 2014 to March 2015, high in the skies over the East coast. Navy pilots reported to their superiors that the objects had no visible engine or infrared exhaust plumes but that they could reach 30,000 feet and hypersonic speeds.
The Times, Washington Post, etc., made sure to note that the Department of Defense was not saying the objects were extraterrestrial. Nor were they saying they weren’t. According to the Pentagon, these vehicles could be the technology of a terrestrial foreign power, which would be a big problem, because they fly circles around our most advanced fighter jets.
And so UFO Disclosure, which happened unofficially almost 20 years ago on May 9, 2001, with the Disclosure Project press conference at the National Press Club led by Dr. Steven Greer, is now going mainstream. The public is now being treated to a reenactment of the 1948 Project Sign Estimate of the Situation.
Way back when, military personnel tasked with investigating UFOs realized the phenomenon had to be interplanetary relatively quickly despite being out of the loop about Roswell. Secret technology, either foreign or domestic, didn’t make sense. The U.S. military wouldn’t put the public at risk by testing such technology over populated areas. What’s more, if you want to keep something secret you need a remote testing site. Think Area 51. Other countries also wouldn’t risk their secret weapons over foreign territory where it could fall into enemy hands.
Simple logic argued against an earthly explanation, but it was the objects themselves that drove the final conclusions. Back then, it was even more obvious than it is today that objects lacking any visible propulsion system, zipping about at hypersonic speeds, leaving our fastest propeller-driven puddlejumpers in the dust, could not come from any nation on Earth. Even in today’s high tech world the strange craft are far beyond us. Back then it was so far over the Moon that Air Force Chief of Staff, Hoyt Vandenberg, an MJ12 member, could get away with flatly rejecting the Estimate. Copies were allegedly burned.
Back here in the future, the case for the ETH will be made on TV. The Times article noted that the eyewitness accounts of Lt. Graves and fellow pilot Lt. Danny Accoin would appear in a documentary series set to air on the History channel called Unidentified: Inside America’s UFO Investigation. It was here that the replay of the 1948 Estimate of the Situation played out.
The six-part series left a lot to unpack. More than I can cover in this initial post. The series documents an ongoing UFO investigation led by Luis Elizondo, former head of the Pentagon’s Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program. AATIP is the secret program sponsored by former Senate majority leader Harry Reed that documented and investigated the ‘Tic-Tac’ UFO incident reported by Lt. Commander David Fravor. According to Elizondo, AATIP was able to use radar data, video footage and eyewitness accounts to establish the reality of UAPs, but was unable to get the department of defense to respond accordingly. Bryan Bender, national security correspondent for Politico, who appears in the series, explained that the issue is Kryptonite to the national security establishment, which led Elizondo to take the effort public.
Several former intelligence officials joined Elizondo’s new UFO investigation, including former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, Chris Mellon, former director of Advanced Systems Development at Lockheed Martin Skunkworks division, Steve Justice and physicist Hal Puthoff, a Disclosure Project witness.
Elizondo’s team interviewed Navy pilots involved in both the 2004 Nimitz incident and the more recent Roosevelt encounters including Ryan Graves, Danny Aucoin, David Fravor and his wingman, whose identity was kept secret. The team also analyzed video of the incidents – released by the Navy – and the stage was set for a public reenactment of the Project Sign Estimate. Mellon, Justice and company debated whether these UAPs could be foreign technology or perhaps secret domestic technology or whether, gulp, this is something else altogether. As before it all boils down to the objects themselves. “We have helicopters that can hover… We have aircraft that can fly at 30,000 feet and right at the surface… combine all that in one vehicle of some type with no jet engine and no exhaust plume,” said Navy pilot Lt. Ryan Graves when asked to speculate what they were. “These things that we’re seeing: they don’t have wings; they don’t have tails; they don’t really have any cockpits that we can see. They don’t have anything that we would normally associate with a traditional aircraft,” said Elizondo in a discussion with Justice, who said, “We can create systems that do pieces of each of these and not a single system that does all of these.”
Elizondo arrived at the same conclusions low-level Air Force investigators came to not long after the modern UFO era began with the Kenneth Arnold sighting in 1947. “Here’s the bottom line. There’s three options. It’s a foreign technology. The second option is it’s our technology. Something that we have managed to keep under wraps for a super long time. The third option is that this is something else. Where does that leave us?”
The implications were just the same as they were way back in 1948, over half a century ago, although Elizondo and company seemed reluctant to state it outright, leaving it to investigative journalist George Knapp, who said, “The day will come when this occurs to you that it’s real- that there’s some other intelligence here- that it’s far more advanced than us- that it could do whatever it wants to us and we’d be powerless against it.”
And therein lies the key to understanding how official, mainstream Disclosure will unfold- through the lens of national security. Ever since the bogus Condon report gave it the pretext it needed, the Air force has claimed that UFOs are nothing more than mistakes, misidentifications and hoaxes and are not a threat to national security. Those days are clearly over. The Navy has admitted they’re real, set up a new protocol for reporting UFOs and allowed its pilots, both recently retired and active duty, to talk about their encounters with members of congress and the media. It has released video evidence of the incidents showing UFOs, or ahem, UAPs, and the DoD has admitted the videos are the real deal. The times, as they say, are a changing.
The modern debate about UFOs led to an interesting twist on an old question. Even though UAPs clearly fall into the category of “something else,” foreign technology is still a threat. UFOs have been around for a long time. Someone else could’ve figured out how they work by now. Knapp summed it up best. “This technology is for all intents and purposes magic. So you know we would like to get it. Whoever cracks the code and figures this stuff out first would have a tremendous advantage over our other adversaries.”
This storyline that our enemies may have figured out how these things work and could now have a huge technological edge over us reveals America’s new UFO investigation to be, at least at this point, a modified limited hangout. It’s a Watergate era intelligence strategy to release a partial admission of the truth with some added spin or misinformation that leads the target audience away from the higher, much more important truth. In this case, the partial truth is that UFOs/UAPs are real. The misinformation is that we’ve been ignoring this all long and the higher truth is that we’ve already got this technology. According to Disclosure Project witnesses, it’s locked up in black budget programs called Unacknowledged Special Access Programs (USAPs).
We also know they’re ET. That’s the new open secret. At least it is until America’s new UFO investigation gets there. They appear headed in that direction. Aerospace engineer Bob Bigelow, who got involved with the Pentagon’s secret program at the request of Harry Reed, is already there. In an interview, Chris Mellon asked Reed about a recent statement that Bigelow made on national TV that ETs are here. Reed said, “I feel it would be from a congressional standpoint it would affect my credibility if I started talking about everything I know.”
Reed’s statement suggests that congress isn’t yet ready to hear the truth. News flash: This is nothing new. Congress hasn’t wanted to deal with this situation from the get-go. No government does. As Corso explained in The Day After Roswell, the best way to deal with a problem that has no solution is to pretend the problem doesn’t exist. The military can’t do anything about UFOs that violate our airspace, so- no aliens; no problem. Inside America’s new UFO investigation actually makes this point in a segment featuring a meeting between Luis Elizondo and his Italian counterpart, Lt. Col. Clarbruno Vedruccio, special forces, Italian Navy. “So I know several information. But my government doesn’t want to know. Because if my government know… they must do something,” said Verdruccio to Elizondo.
And so here we are. At long last, the mainstream establishment media is finally copping to a secret the government doesn’t know how to deal with. What does this mean? The most obvious explanation is that it has no choice. It wouldn’t otherwise. I’ve written that the closer we get to the technological Singularity the less possible it is to hide this reality. Fear that someone else has cracked the code – which could actually be the catalyst that finally forces this issue out into the open, not because some other country has gained a tremendous advantage, but because they’ve finally caught up – is just one angle that fits that premise. There are others that make the natural sociological response of denial and cover-up unsustainable. That future is coming fast.
America’s new UFO investigation feels like a do-over, an attempt to reboot the process by going back to the beginning and following in the footsteps of the original investigators. The difference is this time the real findings will be allowed to come out. If this is the case then reprising the 1948 Estimate of the Situation is likely just the opening act. One would expect that Act Two might feature a re-do of the 1968 Condon study. They’ve already sort of done that with the three videos released by the DoD. That could be the foundation for a new scientific study that won’t be rigged to produce a pre-determined result like the Condon study was last time around. In 1968, Condon’s fake conclusions were used to put an end to the government’s Project Blue Book UFO investigation. This time unbiased conclusions will instead lead us to the 2001 Disclosure Project press conference at the National Press Club. This time witnesses like Navy fighter pilots David Fravor, Ryan Graves and Danny Aucoin will testify with the stamp of officialdom and the national media will actually have to engage the story. Fun times ahead.