As most of you probably know, Tim McMillan has an article in the new online news site The Debrief in which he outlines the continued Pentagon interest in the question of flying saucers, or "unidentified aerial phenomena" as they have been known among the military on and off for the past seven decades or so. The article, which is a bit shaggy and at times somewhat unclear, contains some new details about previously reported interactions between the To the Stars Academy of Arts and Science and lower-level staffers for the U.S. Senate:
A former private contractor for AAWSAP and AATIP, Dr. Hal Puthoff, confirmed for The Debrief he was one of a handful of persons who conducted the October briefings. “I have been invited to brief congressional staffers on the Senate Armed Services Committee on UAP matters in the last couple of years,” Puthoff said in an email, “and have done so on more than one occasion.” Dr. Puthoff described the staffers during these meetings as being “engaged,” and provided “positive responses, [and] more details always being requested.”
We already knew this, but it is still sad to see that a man who has spent decades researching interdimensional space poltergeists is feeding his nonsense to Congress. On the other hand, Congress is riven with conspiracy theories and false facts. Nevertheless, when senators send staffers to meetings, it is generally a sign they do not consider the issue important, or else they would have taken the meeting themselves.
By far, however, the most sensational claim in the article is also one that McMillan provides no evidence to support, a hearsay claim that an intelligence report contains a "clear" photograph of a triangle-shaped craft that rose from the ocean:
The photograph, which is said to have also been taken from inside the cockpit of a military fighter jet, depicted an apparent aerospace vehicle described as a large equilateral triangle with rounded or “blunted” edges and large, perfectly spherical white “lights” in each corner. Officials who had seen it said the image was captured in 2019 by an F/A-18 fighter pilot.
This account is at least a third-hand recitation of whatever happened, and it raises a number of questions about the logistics of the story. The claim, of course, rests on the photograph, and it is beyond curious that no one is curious. Neither the military nor the Senate reacted at all as though they had just seen proof positive of space aliens, or the lost technology of the Deros in the Shaver Mystery's underground and undersea lairs. They acted like kids who just discovered porn. McMillan describes the two Pentagon UFO intelligence reports going "viral" among government workers who tittered about it and did nothing.
If the alien invasion ever does come, I suppose the aliens know that we will be easy pickings. No one is going to lift a finger to stop them, but someone might write a report about it six months to a year later.
UPDATE: McMillan posted a leaked copy of a Navy photo of one of the UFOs this afternoon. At first glance, it appears to depict a balloon or a drone, suggesting a good reason no one cared too much. SECOND UPDATE: A Twitter user convincingly showed the balloon to be a Mylar Batman children's novelty balloon.
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