On Thursday, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) submitted a revised version of her amendment to create a UFO office within the Pentagon. The new amendment, SA 4810, is now cosponsored by a bipartisan coalition of senators, including Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Marco Rubio (R-FL). Most of the amendment remains the same, and there is one key provision of the amendment worth highlighting now that the bipartisan legislation seems likely to become law.
Every version of the amendment lays bare the real purpose behind all of the hubbub over UFOs for the past several years. While superficially, the UFO office would be required to investigate the role of foreign adversaries and nonstate actors in provoking UFO sightings, the new office’s mission will be greatly expanded now into the science fiction realm:
SCIENCE PLAN.—The head of the Office shall supervise the development and execution of a science plan on behalf of the Secretary and the Director to develop and test, as practicable, scientific theories to account for characteristics and performance of unidentified aerial phenomena that exceed the known state of the art in science or technology, including in the areas of propulsion, aerodynamic control, signatures, structures, materials, sensors, countermeasures, weapons, electronics, and power generation, and to provide the foundation for potential future investments to replicate any such advanced characteristics and performance.
As you might notice, this science plan mirrors the work that BAASS and AAWSAP did in imagining the theoretical operation of supposed interdimensional vehicles, as recorded in a series of papers that Hal Puthoff and his team submitted as part of the last organization Congress required to investigate UFOs (see 2018 Defense Intelligence Agency document below). I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the UFO office, championed by Chris Mellon and Luis Elizondo, who worked closely with ex-BAASS and AAWSAP staffers at To the Stars Academy, is being designed around developing and testing the bad ideas BAASS’s sci-fi fantasies proposed during the last go-round. The fact that you could substitute Star Trek for UFOs in this science plan without impacting the pseudoscience they will do tells you everything you need to know about the disconnect between the “science plan” and the purported purpose of the UFO office.
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