This week, the House of Representatives introduced its own version of the legislation that will outline the government’s efforts to investigate UFOs. The House version raised eyebrows because it included language not found in preceding Senate version, namely a requirement that the government report on crash retrievals and efforts to hide UFO parts from ufologists by stashing them with defense contractors. The language is quite bizarre, demanding that the Comptroller General
compile and itemize a complete historical record of the intelligence community’s involvement with unidentified aerospace-undersea phenomena, including successful or unsuccessful efforts to identify and track unidentified aerospace-undersea phenomena, efforts to recover or transfer related technologies to United States-based industry or National Laboratories, and any intelligence community efforts to obfuscate, manipulate public opinion, hide, or otherwise provide unclassified or classified misinformation about unidentified aerospace-undersea phenomena or related activities, based on the review 20 conducted under paragraph (1).
That this paragraph is a very close approximation of the UFO Twitter grievance list as defined by the interknit group of UFO enthusiasts orbiting Robert Bigelow and Skinwalker Ranch. These are the claims that Lue Elizondo and Chris Mellon promoted (Mellon notably did so in endorsing Jacques Vallée’s ridiculous claim that the Army recovered an occupied, avocado-shaped spaceship in 1945), and helped convince Harry Reid to investigate, thus entering them into the New York Times and the New Yorker.
Given that Elizondo recently bragged about him and Chris Mellon working with members of Congress to write this legislation, and the Senate version introduced Elizondo’s own pet grievances about wanting to sue the government for UFO “retaliation,” it seems impossible not to conclude that this is another instance where members of Congress are working with proven liars to create special-interest, paranoid legislation reflecting ufological conspiracy theories and fantasies more than real life.
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