UFOs: The Good News and the Bad News
John B. Alexander
This presentation addresses both the overwhelming evidence supporting the physical reality of UFOs and how institutions respond. A central thesis is that the U.S. Government is not involved in UFO research. That statement is made after many years of direct involvement in the field and attempts to interest various organizations in conducting appropriate studies. This includes firsthand experience in briefing senior leaders in many governmental and civilian industrial organizations.
Included in the presentation is a description of activities designed to create Congressional Hearings on the topic. While there was such a proposal from a Congressman in position to initiate hearings, powerful opposing forces were encountered. However, once the UFO proponent group, The Disclosure Project, held their noisy accusations at the National Press Club in Washington in 2001, all existing support quickly dissipated.
Addressed are the basic problems in reasoning espoused by many UFO enthusiasts. Most pronounced is their inability to distinguish between the personal interests of government employees and official organizational involvement in the topic. There are many people in government positions that have had personal observations of UFOs. That, however, does not translate into official programs based on established requirements to either collect data or conduct research on the topic. Despite extensive evidence of national security implications from UFO interactions, and dangers to commercial aircraft, there is a total lack of institutional support for research. Given the severe budgetary constraints imposed by the war in Iraq, propensity for new research is likely to get worse. Unfortunately, we are still living with the effects of the fatally flawed Condon Report.
Recorded at the 27th annual SSE Conference in 2008 in Boulder, Colorado, USA.
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