The UFO Bubble Goes Pop

The Pentagon, Jan. 26, 2020. Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Associated Press 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…

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The UFO Bubble Goes Pop

Updated: December 2, 2022 — 9:26 pm