The text of the National Defense Authorization Act requiring the Pentagon to create a historical report investigating the U.S. government’s involvement with UFOs was quietly altered prior to final passage to change the dates covered by the report from 1947 to 1945 in order to force the government investigate ridiculous tall tales about miniature space aliens and an avocado-shaped flying saucer promoted by Jacques Vallée in his most recent self-published book, Vallée claimed in a Daily Mail interview after the bill was signed into law late last month. Vallée claimed that his “friends” in D.C.—by which likely means Chris Mellon, his top fanboy with government connections—pushed the change through on Vallée’s behalf.
“I was not involved in the drafting of the legislation, but several of my DC friends were, and they got the date of the investigation pushed back to 1945,” Vallée told the Daily Mail. “Several of the Congressmen involved have the book that Paola Harris and I wrote about our research at [the alleged crash site called] Trinity.”
The new text requires a report “report detailing the historical record of the United States Government relating to unidentified anomalous phenomena, including” a “focus on the period beginning on January 1, 1945, and ending on the date on which the Director of the Office completes activities under this subsection.”
Vallée’s book, Trinity: The Best-Kept Secret, written with Paola Harris, was widely derided as an embarrassment upon its 2021 release because of its lack of evidence, bizarre illogic, and over-reliance on fantastical tales told by a trio of elderly people who allegedly were sharing memories from kindergarten or first grade six or seven decades after the fact. The old folk claimed that as small children they witnessed an egg-shaped craft crash in the New Mexico desert, followed by small aliens emerging and running about as Army personnel loaded the ship onto a truck and hauled it off.
The story seemed to be a highly distorted memory of nuclear bomb testing near White Sands. The physical evidence presented appeared to be standard spare parts and industrial waste. Vallée went so far as to claim that a universal consciousness directed a super-dimensional UFO to crash in order to see America with cosmic technology for intellectual and spiritual enlightenment. You know--science. However, the book carried the endorsement of UFO advocate and ex-Pentagon official Chris Mellon, who said the book provided “fresh reason to believe that our government is concealing physical proof of alien technology.” Due to the efforts of Mellon and Lue Elizondo, Trinity has become a bit of a litmus test of UFO faith, with even believers who initially rejected the book pledging allegiance to its ridiculous story to show loyalty to Mellon and Elizondo. Initial criticism vanished down the memory hole.
Now, we have a clear example of how UFO legislation is being manipulated to benefit the cadre of UFO believers whose wild tales and supernatural nuttiness created so much humiliation in earlier rounds of government-sponsored UFO research. People in Congress changed a law on the strength of a claim that a supernatural intelligence purposely crashed a UFO into New Mexico as a spiritual lesson.
Or, more accurately, we see the force of government being used, intentionally or otherwise, to boost an aging author’s self-published book sales.
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