No one was going to lie to him and risk his wrath. Secondly, a technology like this is so radical, it can't just appear out of nowhere. There have to be facilities, there has to have been research and development, a prototype. We don't see any evidence of that anywhere. Thirdly, these aircraft are being observed operating in and around carrier battle groups that are armed with air-to-air missiles and so forth.
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We never, to my knowledge, put at risk those personnel—or test personnel—by flying them in an uncoordinated manner against carrier battle groups. That's just not how we operate. They are not necessarily asserting that these are alien craft or anything of that kind. They are people like me who see this as an incredible mystery and enigma that that needs to be resolved. My goal, personally, in my role within the organization, is to help break down the bureaucratic walls that are preventing this information from reaching Congress and the American people.
I'm not trying to drive any particular agenda. I want to ensure, if possible, that people who have responsibility for national security are informed and have the facts and the data. A small portion of that is directed toward trying to uncover, identify exobiology—alien life. They're looking for microbial life on Mars, and they want to use the next generation of space telescopes to examine the atmospheres of different planets for molecules that would be consistent with life.
Not necessarily intelligent life, just some kind of life. So that's a very slow-moving, wonderful program—exquisite science, but not likely to answer the question anytime soon. There's a Russian billionaire who has self-funded a program listening for signals from space that might reveal alien communications. It's a very worthwhile effort.
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But so far they've had no success. We probably don't even know what to look for. We probably wouldn't recognize the signals. So it's a difficult proposition. The third effort, that we're associated with, is trying to convince our government to use the capabilities it already has to understand the UFO phenomenon.
And if we find out it's the Russians or Chinese or others, then we've done a great thing for the country and for national security. The U. And that fairly exquisitely sophisticated and calibrated sensor network is acquiring data that could help answer these questions that no one is even bothering to look at. On the other hand, if the United States had developed a force-field propulsion technology—well, our stretch as a lone superpower following the collapse of the Soviet Union was not characterized by excessive prudence.
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Compared to earthly hegemons, alien Tic Tacs seem benign, apart from their erratic driving. We know that life is fragile and that it continues at the mercy of a universe on a little planet orbiting around a star that will eventually flame out. The odds of these supersonic ovals in our midst turning out to be a net plus for humanity are low.
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Read More. By Eric Lutz. By Tina Nguyen. He claimed to have met a Venusian called Orthon , and had a secret meeting with the Pope. It was never going to be enough just to observe. There had to be a conversation of the telepathic kind. They invited Cedric Allingham to come to give them a talk.
He was the author of Flying Saucer From Mars , in which he relates his meeting with a Martian while on holiday. He remained elusive. They persisted, begging Allingham to make a public appearance. Eventually, his publisher wrote to say that, alas, the author had gone to Switzerland, but had fallen down a mountain and died.
I was about the only guy in the pub who had not had a fling with an alien. The first flying saucer convention was held in Los Angeles in at the Hollywood Hotel. The connection with Hollywood is not coincidental. Hollywood, it hardly needs saying, embraced aliens. The fundamental premise of Men in Black , that creatures from other worlds are ubiquitous, is true of terrestrial culture. From Independence Day to Arrival to Avengers: Endgame , we are under sie ge from imaginary extra-terrestrial immigrants. But actual abductions — being beamed up into a craft poised overhead — seem now less common than they once were.
He was then duly investigated by a clandestine committee at Harvard, presumably because they started to doubt his sanity. In the foreword to Flying Saucers Are Real! His mother once saw a flying saucer: but she needed to see one, he believes, living in rural Tennessee, largely on her own, riven by loneliness and anxiety. Aliens would at least be good company.
Quite why they would bother with us is hard to explain. Something like the antithesis of God. He also pointed out that such sightings were not the preserve of the post-Second World War world. Jung notes the resemblance of the sphere shape to the mandala and sees all similar sightings on a par with dreams and alchemical mysticism. He sees saucers as an aerial conspiracy theory, roughly on a par with theories about the assassination of JFK. Conspiratorially enough, one man, Fred Crisman, who was once notionally in possession of metal from a saucer, was also spotted on the grassy knoll. I was not abducted so far as I know , but I definitely wanted to be.
I felt a definite pang when the craft flew off without me. The vehicle, roughly the size of a small football stadium, was poised about hundred feet straight up, parked in the sky as serenely as a bus at a bus stop. Perfectly still.
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Perfectly silent. It could have been a blimp or a zeppelin except for one thing: after a few minutes it took off across the fields at high speed in a zigzagging trajectory, still without making a sound. No airship can do that. But then again, maybe we have. Earthlings are lonely. Flying saucers seem like a solution, connecting up heaven and earth. She was the deputy editor of The Unexplained and living in south London when, in one night in , around 2am, she saw her UFO.
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She was an insomniac, wide awake at the time, and staring out of the window. The two then fused into one, then split into five separate entities, and finally reunited as one and zoomed off at top speed. It seems to manifest intelligence. For me, the real mystery is: why did they ever fade away? Once upon a time, aliens were all over the place, helping to build the pyramids and sketching out astral maps on the plains of Nazca.
Fine, Erich — but why did they suddenly stop coming? What do you see? An eye in the sky? The odd paradox of human beings is that we are both paranoid, fearful that someone is keeping an eye on us, and yet at the same time desperate for someone to keep an eye on us, in a benevolent sort of way. An omniscient being once performed this function, but extremely wise, blonde aliens might do just as well, peering down out of their porthole windows.
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Rather like the apotropaic eye painted on the side of certain buildings and now on the tail of planes belonging to a Turkish budget airline , their point was to ward off evil. Flying saucers were a talisman, our good luck charm. If they have largely deserted us it is because our every move, our every purchase, every film we watch or book we read, is constantly tracked and monitored and watched over by the likes of Google and Facebook. How could we possibly wish for greater surveillance? I fear that the smartphone may have killed off the flying saucer. But perhaps, like those poor aliens who died in the Arizona desert, they have only been buried beneath the massive, non-stop invasion of cranks, crackpots, craziness, hearsay, hoaxes, speculations, scams, myth and mysticism that is the internet.
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