The Pentagon Admits to Investigating UFOs, Plus: Graham Hancock Cleared of Josh Reeves's Plagiarism Charge
The usual characters from cable TV ufology are very excited this week because a Pentagon spokesperson confirmed that the military investigates when it receives reports of incursions into U.S. airspace by unidentified aerial vehicles. In response to a question from the New York Post that I would guess was connected to the upcoming History channel series following To the Stars Academy of Arts and Science and their efforts to explore military UFO research, the Pentagon conformed that it investigated “unidentified aerial phenomena,” a fact that should have surprised no one.
The Pentagon confirmed to the Post that the shuttered program known as AATIP investigated sightings of UAP, which we already knew from published accounts and documents. The statement read, in part:
The Department of Defense is always concerned about maintaining positive identification of all aircraft in our operating environment, as well as identifying any foreign capability that may be a threat to the homeland. […] The department will continue to investigate, through normal procedures, reports of unidentified aircraft encountered by US military aviators in order to ensure defense of the homeland and protection against strategic surprise by our nation’s adversaries.
Ancient Aliens star Nick Pope was one of those who claimed to be surprised, even though the Pentagon has repeatedly and frequently released material about UFOs for six or seven decades now. “Previous official statements were ambiguous and left the door open to the possibility that AATIP was simply concerned with next-generation aviation threats from aircraft, missiles and drones — as skeptics claimed. This new admission makes it clear that they really did study what the public would call ‘UFOs,’” he said. So what? The Pentagon has studied UFOs several times, most famously with Project Blue Book, and each time ended up with the same result: no evidence of aliens.
The Pentagon statement makes plain that the Department of Defense investigates when military pilots claim to see things in the sky. We already knew that they did that, both from material released in the past and the recent flap over the Navy creating a new bureaucratic process for reporting such sightings. There remains no indication that anything reported as a “UAP” is or was an alien spacecraft.
It’s nice, though, that the Pentagon is doing so much to help the History channel promote its To the Stars series airing next week.
I also want to share with you today a video Andy White made calling out YouTuber Josh Reeves for his false claim that Graham Hancock plagiarized from him. As you can see, Reeves mistakenly believed that because Hancock used a quotation from the same source that Reeves also quoted from that Hancock therefore “plagiarized” Reeves:
You’ll remember Josh Reeves as the minor fringe figure who attacked Scott Wolter on vile personal terms after becoming upset at Wolter for not believing Rockwall, Texas to possess the remains of an antediluvian wall. Apparently the intervening years have not made him a better scholar or a less phlegmatic member of the historical fringe.
5/24/2019 10:04:43 am
"... Reeves mistakenly believed that because Hancock used a quotation from the same source that Reeves also quoted from that Hancock therefore “plagiarized” by Reeves"
5/24/2019 10:29:42 am
"You’ll remember Josh Reeves as the minor fringe figure who attacked Scott Wolter on vile personal terms after becoming upset at Wolter for not believing Rockwall, Texas to possess the remains of an antediluvian wall."
5/24/2019 12:00:13 pm
"Is this rock wall the same as the "ancient dam" 70s Fringe writers clamored about?"
5/24/2019 10:36:41 am
Fringe writers accusing each other of being copycats and denouncing each other for being close-minded and refusing to acknowledge the "truth."
An Anonymous Nerd
5/26/2019 09:09:32 pm
Yeah it is pretty amusing to see them turn on each other.
5/27/2019 10:26:52 pm
You should take a look at the dust-up that occurred when Robert Schoch stated that the mountain-sized pyramid in Bosnia isn't a pyramid. I think that he also caught flak from the Hancock crowd when he said that those underwater formations in Asia that Hancock said are manmade ain't no such thing. Some of these fringe folks are willing to draw the line at a certain point. It's just hard to figure out where the point is? But the Tweedle Dee vs. Tweedle Dum catfights are certainly fun to watch.
Scott David Hamilton
5/24/2019 10:59:19 am
I’m interested to know the history of Egyptian/Mississippian comparisons. I know it's been a part of Andrew Collins' writing for at least the last ten years.
6/13/2019 02:15:10 pm
Same. I recently asked Andrew for this, as well as some others on his group...a link to the written myths etc. Andrew told me to look for myself essentially....wouldn't even give me a link. I don't know if there are primary written sources, or if it is just oral tradition.
5/26/2019 08:01:04 am
An Anonymous Nerd
5/26/2019 09:08:46 pm
According to Merriam-Webster's Internet site, Google's definition (which you quote from) is the secondary definition. The primary definition is "resembling, consisting of, or producing the humor phlegm."
5/27/2019 07:44:29 am
Yeah, Jeez, thanks for pointing out that definition that I missed which is only a few hundred years old and nevereverever mentioned to high school students.
An Anonymous Nerd
5/27/2019 09:40:33 am
[Yeah, Jeez, thanks for pointing out that definition that I missed which is only a few hundred years old and nevereverever mentioned to high school students.]
5/27/2019 11:17:37 pm
Tone-deaf says what?
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