Last month, when I wrote about the current UFO flap for The New Republic, I discussed the paranormal themes that occasionally crop up in Lue Elizondo’s discussions of UFOs. It was, to my mind, fairly obvious that he had become heavily influenced by the space poltergeist investigations from which his Pentagon UFO program originated. But hundreds—literally, hundreds—of UFO believers pushed back, often vociferously, arguing that Elizondo was not pushing a paranormal or extraterrestrial narrative but was strictly interested in the national security concerns surrounding unidentified craft.
Well, that went out the window this week when Elizondo told Tom Rogan of the Washington Examiner that he wasn’t just sure the government is looking into ETs but felt that UFOs could also be paranormal entities or hidden Shaver Mystery-style Deros operating on Earth:
Instead, Elizondo says it is a credible line of government inquiry that these UFOs are "extraterrestrial, extradimensional," or the creation of an Earth-based intelligence entirely unknown to our human society. Elizondo says it is "nothing more than an infinitesimally small possibility" that these extraordinary UFOs are of either U.S., Chinese, or Russian origin (or Israel or Elon Musk, etc.). […] Elizondo pushed back against [the upcoming UFO] report's purported assertion, that the government has no evidence to indicate an "extraterrestrial" origin for these UFOs. Elizondo told the Washington Examiner that the government has evidence to indicate that the most extraordinary UFOs are not "human-made machines." In deference to his continuing security clearance obligations, Elizondo would not offer more information on this specific topic when pressed.
This is literally the Shaver Mystery, resurrected and polished for new generation. The FBI looked into the question back in 1947 and determined that the myth of UFOs as intelligently piloted spacecraft was likely an invention of Richard Shaver, the author of the Shaver Mystery, and his editor, Ray Palmer. There is more actual public government documentation that Shaver and Palmer invented an explanatory myth for alleged flying saucer sightings than there is government documentation proving anything extraterrestrial or extradimensional about UFOs.
Recent reports in the mainstream media, including a CNN piece on yesterday’s Navy and FBI UFO briefing to the House Intelligence Committee, reveal that, contrary to Elizondo’s claims, the Pentagon and the intelligence services had no interest in UFOs and no desire to investigate them until Congress put public pressure on them to do so, which they did as a result of lobbying from Elizondo’s colleague Chris Mellon and reporting in mainstream media source driven by Elizondo and Mellon.
Not content with a scientific and/or defense investigation into nuts-and-bolts UFOs, members of Elizondo’s former team are doing their best to push the UFO question into the paranormal and spiritual realms, unintentionally reinforcing the underlying reality that the UFO question has never been about national security and beneath feints toward material concerns has long been a metaphysical cosmic journey.
Elizondo’s former boss at To the Stars Academy of Arts and Science, Tom DeLonge, was rather candid in explaining his supernatural view of UFOs while promoting his new album this week.
We have so many lifeforms which are interacting with us which we don’t even know about. Not just UFOs, but things like ghosts and Bigfoot, too. The universe is basically this one giant mind – like the mind of God – with trillions of stacked frequencies of thought. Not linear, parallel: past, present and future all existing right now. But there’s a duality there, too, like the concept of The Force in Star Wars, where there’s Light and Dark. Matter and antimatter stacked on top of each other. Every particle has its counter particle. Protons, electrons, neutrons, whatever…
Supposedly sober observers tried to separate DeLonge’s Ancient Aliens-style paranormal, mystical fantasias from the supposedly serious UFO claims of his ex-partners Chris Mellon and Luis Elizondo, but as Elizondo’s recent claims have made plain, in embracing other dimensions and secret civilizations, the “serious” UFO people and the fantasists are a lot closer to one another than they want us to believe.
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