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UFOs land on Congress floor.
Whatever happened to the good old days when the US government could hush up any news of UFOs?
Now renamed UAPs (Unidentified Aerial Phenomena), they’ve been getting big press in the past weeks from the strangest of places: mainline media. That ‘old’ media is simply reporting on something just as mainline, a US House Committee Hearing on any number of subjects over many decades, from a US President trying to overturn the results of an election, to the Watergate break-in.
Indeed, it doesn’t get more traditional than white men in blue suits testifying in Congress about something that other people in power don’t want revealed.
But there are four things that make these hearings on ‘little green men’ different.
1. People in power are talking. Among them, former intelligence officers David Grusch and Jay Stratton. They are leading a growing number of military pilots and Pentagon officials with everything to lose reputationally in raising their hands to say “I saw what I saw.” Why would they do that unless the temper for whistleblowers had changed?
2. One of the two existential fears of the existence of UAPs is losing its hold on us. The argument for the US government denying they exist is based on fears that such knowledge would cause huge disruptions to the economy and to people’s religious beliefs. The first fear I can understand, and we’re all players, albeit in tiny ways, in the economy. But learning we humans are no longer alone in the universe, or that we’re not at the top of the heap? I just don’t believe such knowledge would cause humankind to scream in panic anymore.
3. UFOs have gone respectable. There’s even an institute at Harvard, of all places, called the Galileo Project, that’s “daring to look through new telescopes” and study them.
4. The Congressional Hearings are bipartisan. When was the last time that Democrats and Republicans agreed to do anything together?
Likely like you, I have no idea if “they’re out there.” But I’ve moved from being a skeptic to being an agnostic on the issue of UAPs because, as one publication put it: “Either the U.S. government has mounted an extraordinary, decades-long coverup of UFO retrieval and reverse-engineering activities or elements of the defense and intelligence establishment are engaging in a staggeringly brazen psychological disinformation campaign.”
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