Yesterday, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand gave a statement to UFO podcaster Osvaldo Franco after a public event in which she provided an incoherent account of the latest developments in the saga of Congress’s interest in UFOs. The statement makes plain that Gillibrand is deep into UFO conspiracy theories but also highlights, in its contradictory assertions, that Gillibrand has not seen any definitive evidence of what UFOs are, or else there would be no need to hunt down additional evidence that she believes, based on UFO conspiracy culture claims, is hidden in the private sector. After all, if Congress already has “everything” from “video” to “materials,” why is it impossible to draw any conclusions?
Immunologist and UFO researcher Garry Nolan told Australian journalist Ross Coulthart that he had encountered alien-like creatures in his childhood bedroom, confirming under his own name a story Diana Pasulka reported about "James," a pseudonym in American Cosmic (2019) that Pasulka indicated she used for Nolan. The two versions of the story agree in some details and differ markedly in important details. This shows exactly the kind of slips and distortions of memory that skeptics have long argued make witness memories an unreliable guide to events without corroborating details.
On Sunday night, Australian journalist Ross Coulthart presented a documentary on Australia’s 7 Network covering UFOs—again. In the newest documentary, Coulthart relied heavily on Garry Nolan for insight, with Nolan telling Coulthart that he believes that witnesses to UFO crash retrieval programs are about to come forward and spill the beans on seventy years of alien cover-ups. Coulthart provided a companion article laying out Nolan’s allegations:
John Greenwalde, Jr. of The Black Vault published an unredacted copy of a March 22, 1950 FBI memo about space aliens revealing for the first time how the head of the Washington, D.C. FBI bureau, Guy Hottel, came to write to J. Edgar Hoover that the Air Force had recovered a crashed flying saucer with three dead bodies. However, the unredacted version makes it much clearer than ever how this information came to the FBI and why it is false.
The unredacted text makes for rather humorous reading:
Yesterday, Stanford immunologist and UFO investigator Garry Nolan appeared on Tucker Carlson’s Fox Nations streaming morning show Tucker Carlson Today to offer his thoughts on space aliens and the government’s efforts to investigate UFOs. Nolan offered nothing that would pass for convincing evidence, but he did make a number of eyebrow-raising claims, which, if true, shed unfortunate light on the depth of delusion and lunacy permeating the Congressional efforts to legislate UFO conspiracy theories into law.
This weekend paranormal investigator Hal Puthoff, late of To the Stars Academy of Arts and Science, and later of Robert Bigelow’s UFO and afterlife research initiatives, published a paper on ultraterrestrials in the Journal of Cosmology, a low-quality paranormal journal designed to ape more prominent scholarly publications like the Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics. The journal’s poor reputation and mid-1990s online aesthetic are beyond our concern here. Instead, let’s take a look at Puthoff’s ideas about how to hunt and track antediluvian supernormal humanoids, such as Atlanteans and djinn.
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