In an interview June 21 with George Knapp on KLAS-TV in Las Vegas, Travis Taylor announced that he served as the head of science for the U.S. government’s UAP Task Force, the entity which analyzed UFO incidents and delivered the June 2021 report to Congress which precipitated the current Congressional UFO action, including a 2021 law establishing a permanent UFO office and a 2022 UFO hearing. While serving in this capacity, Taylor appeared on CBS Sunday Morning in 2021 to analyze UFO videos and comment on the imminent UFO report without disclosing to CBS or to the audience that he was a paid government UFO researcher working on that very report. He has appeared since then on both Ancient Aliens and The Secret of Skinwalker Ranch to analyze and research UFOs without disclosing to the audience that he served as a paid government analyst of the same material he discussed on the History channel as an “independent” analyst. Taylor also works for a defense contractor analyzing UFOs for the federal government. Taylor and his former UAPTF boss both now work for the same contractor.
The shocking lack of ethics astonishes even me, as does the incestuous relationship between government UFO “research” and cable TV UFO media. This is the second time a star of a History channel show “investigating” UFOs admitted to also serving as a paid government UFO researcher. Lue Elizondo’s lawyer, Danny Sheehan, recently admitted that Elizondo has been the lead UFO analyst for Space Command, during a period when he presented himself in the media—including on 60 Minutes as well as his History channel show Unidentified—as an independent ex-government analyst.
Skinwalker Ranch owner Brandon Fugal said in a tweet that he and the History channel team were not aware that Taylor was working for the government until this week, but he praised Taylor for moonlighting for the UAPTF while also investigating paranormal phenomena for their reality TV show.
In the KLAS-TV report, Taylor reviewed now-debunked video of triangle-shaped camera artifacts and easily identifiable stars and falsely claimed they were inexplicable. The same day, Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT) told Avengers actor Chris Evans during a podcast appearance that he had reviewed all of the UAPTF evidence and “we don’t have any definitive proof of extraterrestrial activity.” He added that the UAPTF evidence and other classified military material made plain that most UFO sightings were of weather balloons, flying debris, and other misidentified terrestrial sources, but said that in that data may be some misunderstood reports of foreign technology, which is why not all information can be shared publicly. Himes directly contradicts Taylor.
We should all be disgusted that the Pentagon and Congress continue to patronize the same crew of lying spooks and kooks orbiting Skinwalker Ranch—people who have turned up no evidence of aliens or space ghosts after decades of taxpayer-subsidized research, people who frequent shows claiming racist space aliens had sex with prehistoric women, people who grift across UFO conferences and media, people who have no compunction about lying to the public while collecting media and government checks. It’s corrupt, and bright red line that should never be crossed.
6/22/2022 02:24:42 am
Jesus Christ Jason, put your big boy pants on. The question is "did he tell his hirers" that he worked on "Ancient Aliens" et al.or the other way around.
6/22/2022 12:32:23 pm
Maybe Maybe not . It's possible that his government contacts told him not to expose his connection.. The government is NEVER going to tell the public the real truth of UFOs. And if anyone suggests that aliens are the Watchers of the bible, , that the Sons of God came down from Heaven and mated with the daughters of men, according to the Book of Genesis, then automatically you are a nut case.. Yet there maybe more truth in that , than people will admit.
6/26/2022 08:16:44 pm
" It's possible that his government contacts told him not to expose his connection.."
7/31/2022 08:28:46 pm
I don't think he's ever made any secret of having worked with (or for) DOD and NASA in Huntsville. In fact, he states it to improve his credibility I suppose. No idea if he was an actual government employee or a contractor all along. But this is the first I've heard that he was associated with the UAP report and continuing "study". Maybe his current employer likes having a TV personality working for them - who knows. I believe he also has taught, maybe still is, courses at UAH.
6/22/2022 01:51:18 pm
Actually, yesterday I saw Travis Taylor on the street carrying a sign that read "Will support any half baked theory for ten dollars".
6/22/2022 06:41:51 pm
As far as government ethics goes it matters whether he was a contractor or a government employee. If a contractor then I doubt there is any ethics violation. If an actual government employee then he would have had to disclose any external employment and it would be reviewed for conflict of interest. My guess is he was a contractor.
An Over-Educated Grunt
6/23/2022 10:28:02 pm
Yeah, I hate to agree with Kent but this is a non-issue. RDT&E money is weird; researchers aren't paid out of the same pot of money as most military personnel and are instead something like contractors even when they've been here for forty years. Their hiring process is weird and their retention process is just as weird. Even if he didn't actually work for, say, Raytheon at a GOCO lab, there are any number of reasons from classification of the material to simple lab NDAs that he wouldn't have mentioned it.
6/26/2022 10:16:32 am
Most DoD employees are government civilians not contractors. For DoE it is just the opposite. DoD labs are not usually GOCO unlike DoE which are. AFRL has lots of contractors mixed in with civilians but the organization isn’t still primarily government civilians, The Army and Navy labs have a much smaller amount of contractors.
6/29/2022 10:15:28 pm
Maybe not a great starting point. But at least a nick in the game of death by a thousand cuts.
6/27/2022 12:44:05 pm
People here don’t seem to understand that the problem is that Taylor went on a news show and misleadingly presented himself as an independent expert regarding the government funded UAP Task Force report and did not disclose that he worked for the UAP Task Force and that he actually helped to write the UAP Task Force report! I bet if the Biden administration sent out publicly subsidized shills to news media shows and they presented themselves as neutral commentators without disclosing that they were paid by the Biden administration, then people here would understand the problem. lol
7/1/2022 10:49:42 pm
Have you changed your handle because Jason rightly gave you stuff about using the name of an actual person? It won't stop you from douching on, but following the rules is a start.
7/2/2022 01:34:49 pm
I did it with the hope that it would cause you to stop obsessing over my name — boy was that hope misplaced! Ha ha ha!
7/3/2022 09:21:38 pm
We are indeed fortunate to have hall monitor Kent to keep us abreast of forum rules.
7/6/2022 06:19:42 pm
Not using someone else's name is in fact one of Jason's rules. Strangely enough, urging people to commit suicide is allowed. Verbum sap.
8/26/2022 12:44:23 pm
The bottom line here is EVERYONE has an opinion pretty much and sadly some have a controlling agenda. That being said my beloved father worked as a cryptographer communications expert for the US Navy and then as a private citizen for the US government I took care of him at home and a week before his passing he told me never trust any government for they are no one's friends and they keep a lot of secrets in order to control the population. My Beloved Father was also a Nuclear Veteran ORDERED to be in "Operation Hardtack" a series of six nuclear bomb tests starting with Bikini Island which was the worst, a hydrogen bomb... all of this being said basically the uber wealthy elites have run this world throughout the ages and they run it on secrecy and playing games IE : power mongering hypocrisy of epic vapid vein ego MANIA, however the bottom line for me is I have seen things that I cannot discount that "WE" (ALL the SO called more "advanced governments") either have the technology as part of their controlling war arsenals or there ARE other "Humanoid" Beings out there in the seemingly INFINITE Universes OR these are other Dimensional Travelers OR it is Us from THE Future coming back to study were WE went wrong & maybe they are trying to remedy that so that the future is less dismal because apparently they cannot reproduce and we reproduce at an ad nauseam egocentric IRRATIONAL IRRESPONSIBLE rate of downright stupidity to Our future of ANY sensibility. As I live in a High Mountains region and observe the skies at night frequently I can say without a doubt yes there are many satellites up there but then you see the ones that have a very specific weird astonishingly fast bizarre flight patterns actually they're not even patterns they go aways and then they zigzag and fly off so fast you can't even see them I have seen countless bizarre things in the sky for instance the other night I was watching the Milky Way and there was what looked like , a Star pulsating which is normal however it started getting EXTREMELY bright and that beyond lightning speed it's sped off into weird angles and then just disappeared...THAT is not how a Star behaves nor a Planet not a satellite. So who cares whether Travis is paid by the government or not, personally my experience directly with the government and my Papa is NOT the ONLY one in my family that has worked for the government or works for the government & YES there are contractors there are subcontractors there are direct employees and these people all have THEIR personal OPINIONS too and I am sure as matter of fact positive that they are typical and curious as well because intelligent people usually are extremely curious to do their own research.
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