A great deal of UFO news, none particularly good, bubbled up this week. Lue Elizondo announced his departure from the UFO podcast circuit but then promptly returned, scheduling new podcast appearances just six days into his leave of absence. MUFON confirmed that “top ranking officials in Government” have been in contact with the UFO organization over the past three months. MUFON said it stood by to help the government in any way possible. “With over 10k reports a year, MUFON has a 92% rate of being able to explain the sightings. We hope that Congress and the DoD continue to be transparent w/the American people. MUFON stands ready to assist the government in any capacity,” executive director David MacDonald said.
The United States Congress held the first hearing on UFOs since the 1960s, and it went about as well as those of us in the reality-based community could have hoped. In the hearing, called in a subcommittee of the House Intelligence Committee by Rep. André Carson (D-Ind.), who recently admitted to getting his UFO ideas from cable TV and media articles, naval intelligence officer Scott Bray and Defense Department intelligence official Ronald Moultrie effectively made the case that the flap over UFOs is a tempest in a teapot driven by sensationalism.
Unfortunately, yesterday my son and I both tested positive for coronavirus. As of this writing, we are both doing OK, with mild symptoms. I am feeling tired, though. So, in lieu of a blog post, please enjoy Steven Greenstreet's Basement Office episode for The New York Post in which he dissects the murky path through which a group of propagandists created a UFO flap by leveraging the New York Times. As I have pointed out many times, and as Greenstreet explains in the video, Leslie Kean and Ralph Blumenthal purposely omitted essential information about AAWSAP's paranormal research in order to create a piece of advocacy rather than journalism in order to generate spurious "credibility." At the end, Greenstreet catches Lue Elizondo in a lie. Despite claiming never to have been involved with paranormal-hunting AAWSAP, only the later UFO-hunting AATIP, Elizondo claimed in official documents to have worked for AAWSAP for two years and to have performed the function of its director. Elizondo took to social media to try to mitigate the damage, arguing that his involvement didn't count because he decided "within 24 hours" not to perform his assigned AAWSAP duties. His explanation was implausible.
This week, Rep. André Carson announced that his subcommittee of the House Intelligence Committee would hold a hearing next week on the Pentagon’s lack of transparency on UFOs. It is the first UFO hearing in Congress since 1966. Naturally, the New York Times brought back its biased reporters Ralph Blumenthal and Leslie Kean, both with conflicts of interest, to cover the story. Both reporters are longtime members of the UFO community. Blumenthal has openly spoken of his “transcendent” belief in the paranormal power of UFOs, and Kean spent much of the last year working for Bob Bigelow, a key figure in the government UFO story. She was also the longtime romantic partner of the late Budd Hopkins, an alien abduction researcher funded by Bigelow.
As part of the research for the new book I am crafting out of parts of the one that didn’t garner much interest, I have been researching government persecution of queer people in the postwar era. In so doing, I came across a rather dramatic fact that led me down a statistical rabbit-hole as I hunted the source of a seemingly dramatic fact that turned out not be what it seemed.
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