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.
The visual of Nolan, who is gay, chatting chummily with Carlson, who supports anti-LGBTQ policies and defends anti-LGBTQ bigots, was rather striking.
Nolan told Carlson that the “CIA” had approached him to investigate why people who see UFOs experience brain problems. This is quite different from what he told Vice last year. Back then, the story was that the CIA passed along unusual MRIs to former CIA paranormal investigator Kit Green, now a medical doctor serving as an assistant dean at the Wayne State School of Medicine, mostly as a courtesy between friends. Green brought in Nolan, whom he knew through mutual friends like Jacques Vallée and Hal Puthoff. Nolan and Green both agreed last year that as soon as Havana Syndrome became a political issue, the CIA yanked their access to the health records—a true vote of confidence. Nolan has massaged the story into a more heroic narrative.
More to our ends, Nolan told Carlson that he wrote a white paper advising “these committees”—meaning the House and Senate committees drafting UFO legislation—to require the Pentagon to include “scientists”—meaning him and colleagues like Avi Loeb—in their investigation of UFOs. Congress adopted Nolan’s position wholesale, explaining rather clearly why the original draft legislation rather bizarrely planned to anoint Avi Loeb a key figure in the UFO investigation despite not having actually investigated any UFOs up to that point. It is also worth noting that Nolan seems to have purposely hid his involvement with Congress from the public for a year while making public comments about Congressional efforts that he had himself influenced.
Nolan also said that he briefed members of the House about the alleged “Wilson memo,” the set of almost certainly fictitious documents recording Eric Davis’s conversation with Admiral Thomas Wilson in which Wilson supposedly admitted that the government had a crashed Roswell saucer. Nolan and Davis work with the same people, the same tight circle orbiting Lue Elizondo and Hal Puthoff, so it is no surprise that Nolan is as convinced by the story. This is apparently the reason that Rep. Mike Gallagher entered the document into the Congressional Record after this spring’s UFO hearing. Also yesterday, Rep. Tim Burchett, the Republican who appeared on Ancient Aliens to claim God was a flying saucer and who sells UFO merchandise, told the Project Unity podcast that “someone” texted him right after Gallagher brought up the Wilson memo at the UFO hearing to tell him that the Pentagon is lying about the memo. He did not identify the “someone,” who we can certainly have reason to presume is one of the same team of advocates surrounding Nolan, Elizondo, and Puthoff.
Nolan added that the government secreted crashed saucers in warehouses belonging to aerospace companies, and he said he has come to suspect that there may be two competing factions of paranormal monsters battling for control of the Earth, one species of extraterrestrial or interdimensional beings from beyond Earth and the other a species of cryptoterrestrials, akin to the Deros or Atlanteans. Nolan said that these creatures seek to provide humanity with medical and scientific assistance because they fear our nuclear capability will destroy the Earth but are not able to do so because they are waiting for political leaders to invite them. Other than being a fairly direct summary of the setup for the “To Serve Man” episode of The Twilight Zone, it’s also absolutely batshit crazy. There is no evidence of even one species, let alone two, nor do we have any logical or evidentiary basis for imagining their motivations, much less that they have some weird Star Trek-style fixation on securing diplomatic recognition.
Neither of Nolan’s published papers provides any evidence of space aliens. Indeed, he repeatedly wrote in his alien-themed papers that nothing otherworldly was found. He did not mention this to Carlson.
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