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.
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