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14                       Pentagon Taking UFO’s Seriously?

         How the Pentagon Started

          Taking U.F.O.s Seriously

         For decades, flying saucers were

             a punch line. Then the U.S.
          government got over the taboo.

                 By Gideon Lewis-Kraus

        On May 9, 2001, Steven M. Greer took the
        lectern at the National Press Club, in
        Washington, D.C., in pursuit of the truth about
        unidentified flying objects. Greer, an
        emergency-room physician in  Virginia and an
        outspoken ufologist, believed that the
        government had long withheld from the
        American people its familiarity with alien
        visitations. He had founded the Disclosure
        Project in 1993 in an attempt to penetrate the   fall of the Soviet Union suggested that the have individuals that look very much like you
        sanctums of conspiracy. Greer’s reckoning that   anxiety about an arms race supercharged by and myself, that could walk among us and you
        day featured some twenty speakers. He            alien technology was mutual.)  All of this,      wouldn’t even notice the difference,” he said.
        provided, in support of his claims, a four-      ufologists claimed, had been covered up by
        hundred-and-ninety-two-page dossier called the   Majestic 12, a clandestine, para-governmental Leslie Kean, an independent investigative
        “Disclosure Project Briefing Document.” For      organization convened under executive order by journalist and a novice U.F.O. researcher who
        public officials too busy to absorb such a vast  President  Truman. President Kennedy was had worked with Greer, watched the
        tract of suppressed knowledge, Greer had         assassinated because he planned to level with proceedings with unease. She had recently
        prepared a ninety-five-page “Executive           Premier Khrushchev; Kennedy had confided in published an article in the Boston Globe about a
        Summary of the Disclosure Project Briefing       Marilyn Monroe, thereby sealing her fate. new omnibus of compelling evidence
        Document.”  After some throat-clearing, the      Representative Steven Schiff, of New Mexico, concerning U.F.O.s, and she couldn’t understand
        “Executive Summary” began with “A Brief          spent years trying to get to the bottom of the why a speaker would make an unsupported
        Summary,” which included a series of bullet      Roswell incident, only to die of “cancer.”       assertion about alien cadavers when he could be
        points outlining what amounted to the greatest                                                    talking about hard data. To Kean, the corpus of
        secret in human history.                         Greer’s “Executive Summary” was woolly, but genuinely baffling reports deserved scientific
                                                         discerning readers could find within it answers scrutiny, regardless of how you felt about aliens.
        Over several decades, according to Greer, untold  to many of the most frequently asked questions “There were some good people at that
        numbers of alien craft had been observed in our  about U.F.O.s—assuming, as Greer did, that conference, but some of them were making
        planet’s airspace; they were able to reach       U.F.O.s are helmed by extraterrestrials. Why are outrageous, grandiose claims,” Kean told me. “I
        extreme velocities with no visible means of lift  they so elusive? Because the aliens are knew then that I had to walk away.” Greer had
        or propulsion, and to perform stunning           monitoring us.  Why? Because they are hoped that members of the media would cover
        maneuvers at g-forces that would turn a human    discomfited by our aspiration to “weaponize the event, and they did, with frolicsome
        pilot to soup. Some of these extraterrestrial    space.” Have we shot at them? Yes. Should we derision. He also hoped that Congress would
        spaceships had been “downed, retrieved and       shoot at them? No. Really?  Yes.  Why not? hold hearings. By all accounts, it did not.
        studied since at least the 1940s and possibly as  They’re friendly. How do we know?
        early as the 1930s.” Efforts to reverse engineer  “Obviously, any civilization capable of routine Ufologists have perpetual faith in the imminence
        such extraordinary machines had led to           interstellar travel could terminate our of Disclosure, a term of art for the government’s
        “significant technological breakthroughs in      civilization in a nanosecond, if that was their rapturous confession of its profound U.F.O.
        energy generation.”  These operations had        intent. That we are still breathing the free air of knowledge. In the years after the press
        mostly been classified as “cosmic top secret,” a  Earth is abundant testimony to the non-hostile conference, the expected announcement was
        tier of clearance “thirty-eight levels” above that  nature of these ET civilizations.” (One obvious apparently postponed by the events of
        typically granted to the Commander-in-Chief.     question seems not to have occurred to Greer: September 11th, the  War on  Terror, and the
        Why, Greer asked, had such transformative        Why, if these spacecraft are so advanced, do financial crisis. In 2009, Greer issued a “Special
        technologies been hidden for so long? This was   they allegedly crash all the time?)              Presidential Briefing for President Barack
        obvious.  The “social, economic and geo-                                                          Obama,” in which he claimed that the inaction
        political order of the world” was at stake.      At the press conference, Greer appeared in thin- of Obama’s predecessors had “led to an
                                                         framed glasses, a baggy, funereal suit, and a red unacknowledged crisis that will be the greatest
        The idea that aliens had frequented our planet   tie askew in a starched collar. “I know many in of your Presidency.” Obama’s response remains
        had been circulating among ufologists since the  the media would like to talk about ‘little green unknown, but in 2011 ufologists filed two
        postwar years, when a Polish émigré, George      men,’ ” he said. “But, in reality, the subject is petitions with the  White House, to which the
        Adamski, claimed to have rendezvoused with a     laughed at because it is so serious. I have had Office of Science and  Technology Policy
        race of kindly, Nordic-looking  Venusians who    grown men weep, who are in the Pentagon, who responded that it could find no evidence to
        were disturbed by the domestic and               are members of Congress, and who have said to suggest that any “extraterrestrial presence has
        interplanetary effects of nuclear-bomb tests. In  me, ‘What are we going to do?’ Here is what we contacted or engaged any member of the human
        the summer of 1947, an alien spaceship was said  will do. We will see that this matter is properly race.”
        to have crashed near Roswell, New Mexico.        disclosed.”
        Conspiracy theorists believed that vaguely                                                        The government may not have been in regular
        anthropomorphic bodies had been recovered        Among the other speakers was Clifford Stone, a touch with exotic civilizations, but it had been
        there, and that the crash debris had been        retired Army sergeant, who purported to have keeping something from its citizens.
        entrusted to private military contractors, who   visited crash sites and seen aliens, both dead and
        raced to unlock alien hardware before the        alive. Stone said that he had catalogued fifty-
        Russians could. (Documents unearthed after the   seven species, many of them humanoid. “You                              (Continued on Page 15)
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