This past week, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) made some controversial statements about UFOs when questioned about the Senate Intelligence Committee’s insertion of a requirement in legislation that the U.S. intelligence community produce a detailed reported about flying saucers. Rubio’s comments attracted a lot of attention an also served the more important purpose of distracting media attention from the ongoing catastrophe of Florida’s COVID-19 response and the Republican senate conference’s failure to reach an agreement on a plan to prop up the economy as the disease spreads uncontrollably. But, hey, a space alien! Over there! Look!
Specifically, Rubio said the following:
We have things flying over our military bases and places where we’re conducting military exercises and we don’t know what it is and it isn’t ours. Frankly, if it’s something outside this planet that might actually be better than the fact that we’ve seen some sort of technological leap from the Chinese or Russians or some other adversary that allows them to conduct this sort of activity. That to me is a national security risk and one we should be looking into.
Many ufologists treated this statement as an admission that flying saucers come from another world, though, really, Rubio’s statement hypothetically suggests that he would rather find out space aliens were buzzing us than that our enemies had superior technology.
In that assessment, Rubio’s views are identical to those of the U.S. Army Air Forces (the predecessor of the Air Force) and even the first UFO believers in the summer of 1947. In late June of that year, Kenneth Arnold originally suggested that flying saucers were U.S. military aircraft. After the Air Forces denied this publicly in the days after Arnold’s sighting (and more emphatically repeated the same to the FBI), speculation raged that the craft belonged to the Soviets, leading to arguments that space aliens would be preferable to Reds since America did not want its enemy stealing a march. Arnold adopted the space alien line in early July 1947, and the rabidly anti-communist U.S. government quickly fell in line, tolerating and sometimes encouraging space alien speculation to help cover up Cold War activity.
The more things change, right?
Rubio went on to claim in a CBS News interview that he has received UFO reports for the past ten years and that nobody know what UFOs are:
I’ve seen reports on this now for the better part of a decade. Other countries have had similar reports and so, but for our perspective is, there is someone flying in the airspace that no one else is allowed to fly in and we don’t know who it is and it isn’t something we have. We need to know what that is. […] If we can’t determine what it is, then that’s a fact.
Ufologists are very excited about these words, though at face value they discount much of ufology’s belief in secret U.S. government UFO crash retrievals and embassies to space aliens. Rubio’s “reports”—which he does not actually define as U.S government records of engagement with space aliens, and might just as easily refer to any UFO-adjacent material, in or out of government—tell him that no one knows what flying saucers are. If true, then the UFO program has so far been a failure and there remains no evidence of space aliens. If false, then Rubio doesn’t know the actual truth and his statements must be discounted as propaganda or lies. It’s a no-win cloud of hot air.
7/22/2020 09:33:07 am
All well and good to go after politicians who can be linked to any sort of "UFO's are aliens" perspective, or that play upon same. However, the quote below is simply the sort of politicking that runs counter to any sort of claimed capability on your part for "complex analysis":
7/22/2020 10:54:07 am
For a guy that can't even spell politics,,,,,,,,,
7/22/2020 07:28:48 pm
That's like saying Aleister Crowley couldn't spell magick.
7/23/2020 11:56:25 am
A few years back I had decided to purchase the Kindle edition of Jason's "The Cult of Alien Gods: H.P. Lovecraft And Extraterrestial Pop Culture: H. P. Lovecraft and Extraterrestrial Pop Culture".
7/23/2020 12:30:04 pm
Just who is this bullshit politicks man? First time that I have heard of him.
Not the Comte de Saint Germain
7/23/2020 06:36:38 pm
7/28/2020 05:03:21 pm
7/29/2020 10:06:45 am
Well, should our host choose to parrot Republican talking points or make tenuous stretches to link Democrats with the Fringe, you might find out otherwise. Absent same, you are left solely with your assumption that by being critical of complex analysis tainted with partisan politics, I am therefore Jason's political opposition. That's why you'll never get me. Ever. A flaw in your reasoning, not mine.
7/29/2020 12:53:22 pm
Joe Scales: 8/29/2018 10:07:00 am
7/29/2020 10:08:53 pm
Jim, you imbecile... I wasn't parroting anyone. I looked into Henry, the falsifier of history from the Amelia Earhart sitting on the dock of the bay fiasco, well before 2018 and NO ONE was talking about his connection with CrowdStrike and the DNC at that time. No one Jim, but me. No rightwing Republican talking points even existed on this one at that time... and tell you the truth, I haven't seen anyone else making the connection in Henry's regard.
7/30/2020 12:12:36 am
7/30/2020 09:54:07 am
"A grainy photo purported to be a depiction of Amelia Earhart that turned out to not be her is your proof that the the Russians didn't hack the DNC ????"
7/30/2020 03:01:27 pm
"So who hacked the DNC if it was in fact "hacked"? I couldn't tell you."
7/31/2020 10:45:34 am
"HE FALSIFIED NOTHING !!!"
7/31/2020 06:31:45 pm
Weak sauce Joe.
8/1/2020 08:48:12 am
8/1/2020 12:32:38 pm
So , no evidence whatsoever Joe ? Just your opinion ?
8/3/2020 10:50:44 am
For a guy that can't even spell Jim...
7/22/2020 09:59:48 am
Excellent, succinct blog...adored the vibe and birds eye view in the lst paragraph and the 'le plus ca' reference. I just finished your (2012) book RE Theosophy Studies. It was most enlightening and pertinent! Thanks much.
7/22/2020 07:44:05 pm
"COVID blah blah..." Jason, you are aware that Senators haven't represented their States since the 17th Amendment worked its magic and unless there's an exceptional case I'm unaware of Senators don't have a role in state government, right?
7/22/2020 10:27:31 pm
"Sorry, but you're doing exactly what Trump did when he tried to pin the state of Elijah Cummings' district on Cummings."
7/23/2020 11:23:55 am
7/23/2020 05:11:39 pm
No, παλιάτσος, Jason specifically was talking about Florida.
7/23/2020 10:22:18 pm
" Jason specifically was talking about Florida."
7/24/2020 02:42:13 pm
7/24/2020 05:53:49 pm
7/24/2020 07:35:53 pm
Again with the Wikipedia logical fallacies. Moving on...
7/24/2020 08:57:09 pm
"The analogy between Jason and Trump :: Rubio and Cummings is spot-on. I understand how you as an idiot didn't get it. James."
7/25/2020 01:38:36 am
Yes, James. I get it. Trump bad. The analogy wasn't Rubio and Cummings, it was Jason and Trump. How stupid one has to be to not get that is an interesting question, one I will leave for those smarter than me. Rest easy James.
7/25/2020 04:13:34 am
7/23/2020 05:26:46 pm
“Jason, you are aware that Senators haven't represented their States since the 17th Amendment worked its magic.”
7/22/2020 11:59:27 pm
Shut up, and go watch this. We'll speak about it later...
7/23/2020 02:47:39 pm
Politics.....again?!! Come on!!!
7/23/2020 06:50:25 pm
7/23/2020 05:42:25 pm
Summer 1947, unknown weather balloon or spy balloon crash landed near Roswell. Air Corps sent out to retrieve it. It is Russian. It was taken back to the base. No aliens, just a rusky spy toy. And some farmer got a piece of it, but it was later retrieved decades, afterward.
7/24/2020 11:06:04 am
7/26/2020 01:53:15 pm
I've known "Little Rubio" since he was a pup. If there has ever been a more poorly informed grandstander without a moral code or any semblance of a commitment to public service... Oh, wait,... Trump. Never mind.
7/26/2020 07:42:09 pm
You don't know him, you're just slightly older than him. Maybe. By your logic I've known John Mayer since he was a virgin. So what?
7/27/2020 10:15:48 am
Atta boy Kent, call someone a liar because "maybe".
7/27/2020 01:03:49 pm
I swore I would not get into the gutter of ad hominem crosstalk on this site, but I am much (sadly) much older than Marco. In fact I knew his parents before he was born. I knew him when he was a Mormon, for God's sake (no pun intended). Heck, my uncle was invited to his sister's wedding to the entertainer Carlos Ponce.
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