I have been on deadline this week writing a book review for the New Mexico Historical Review and another piece under consideration elsewhere, so I have not had as much time to write blog posts as usual. However, I did want to make note of this rather extraordinary exchange from a recent interview with Lue Elizondo, the former reality TV UFO hunter turned co-founder of UFO think tank Skyfort LLC. Here, the ex-Pentagon UFO investigator uses a series of strategic on-denials to imply that fictitious organizations like Majestic-12 and the Collins Elite are real.
In the clip, Elizondo says that there are "individuals" who "fit the description" of the Collins Elite, an alleged group operating inside the Pentagon who organized to suppress UFO studies for fear of provoking Satan and his demons. The Collins Elite were promoted by Nick Redfern in a book a decade ago, from which the idea gained traction, in Redfern's telling, with Elizondo's former To the Stars Academy of Arts and Science colleagues like Hal Puthoff. The idea is also, according to American Cosmic author Diana Pasulka, believed by Jacques Vallée, whose work Elizondo's associate and fellow UFO advocate Chris Mellon has explicitly endorsed.
In a similar vein, in an NPR interview this week, Harry Reid offered words that could be read as supporting these bizarre claims when he alleged that unnamed people in power might be suppressing UFO truth: "There could be many reasons because people in authority feel it would be damaging to the security of our country. It isn't the first time they've - the government has hidden things from the American people for reasons that they felt was right but not necessarily so."
Both of these ideas, of course, contradict the official line currently being used to justify Congressional interest in investigating UFOs. Mellon is the architect of the current PR line that the government is shamefully ignorant of UFOs and has dogmatically ignored them for generations, thus requiring Congressional intervention.
That was, apparently, always a convenient lie, a means to an end.
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