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UFO Disclosure Deserves Skepticism                                                                                     17

                Why The NY Times

          Pentagon UFO Disclosures

           Deserve More Skepticism

                     By Andrew Whalen

          On Saturday,  The New  York  Times ran a
          bedazzling exposé on a secret Defense
          Department program that funneled money to a
          hotel billionaire to research this century’s most
          compelling UFO evidence. "Glowing Auras and
          ‘Black Money’:  The Pentagon’s Mysterious
          U.F.O. Program” is headed by a mind-melting
          video of an unknown object tracked by a Navy
          fighter pilot, just the first of several blockbuster
          revelations, like a Las  Vegas facility where
          government contractors store “metal alloys and
          other materials… recovered from unidentified
          aerial phenomena.” But left unexplored are the
          confounding motives for the secretive public-
          private UFO program and background on
          sources whose claims warrant a level of scrutiny  like, say, Soviet military installations), got  our species.”
          not evident in the reporting.                   duped by psychic fraud Uri Geller and has since        Now that it’s been revealed that
                 The New York  Times reports that $22     been a major proponent of pseudoscientific      Bigelow’s secret-hoarding has the backing of
          million, masked as “black money” within the     zero-point energy. If Puthoff is indicative of the  powerful senators and government money, it’s
          Defense Department’s $600 billion budget,       caliber of researchers brought aboard by        more important than ever that UFO disclosure
          went to a Pentagon program called the           Bigelow, then there’s likely to be far less     step out from the cover of anonymous sources
          Advanced Aerospace  Threat  Identification      substance to the program’s findings than its    and incomplete information to become the
          Program,     which      investigated    UFO     most sensational claims suggest.                rightful knowledge of the democratic citizenry
          (Unidentified Flying Objects) reports. Evidence        Even the video, with its mysterious,     bankrolling Bigelow’s investigation. []
          claimed by former military intelligence official  barrel-rolling craft, might soon reveal some
          Luis Elizondo, who ran the program, include     obvious flaws. Reporter Leslie Kean (one of the
          high velocity craft with “no visible signs of   three sharing the NYT byline), author of UFOs:   DID YOU KNOW...
          propulsion,” anomalous materials and video      Generals, Pilots and Government Officials Go
          recordings, complete with chilling audio from   on the Record, has been instrumental in                             by
          baffled pilots with movie-ready lines like      bringing similarly enigmatic military footage to         Rob McConnell
          “There’s a whole fleet of them.”                the public’s attention, including a video released
                 The program, originally greenlit by      by the Chilean government at the beginning of
          Nevada senator Harry Reid in 2007, either       2017. Kean’s reporting on that sighting
          ended in 2012 or is ongoing. Despite the        dismissed    or   downplayed      convincing
          Pentagon-centered framing, the  Times story     explanations   provided    by    independent
          reveals most of the money went to Bigelow       investigators, focusing as much on the
          Aerospace, which “hired subcontractors and      legitimacy of their venue as their conclusions. A
          solicited research for the program.”            similar debunking of the Times' new footage is
                 Bigelow Aerospace is owned by Robert     complicated by the Defense Department's
          Bigelow,    described   as   a    “billionaire  refusal to share the date and location of the
          entrepreneur and longtime friend of Mr.         sighting.
          Reid’s.” Bigelow has donated tens of thousands         There is no smoking gun that disproves
          to Reid and Searchlight Leadership Fund,        the existence of scientist-stumping UFO
          Reid’s Political  Action Committee, and the     materials or provides a mundane explanation for
          complete absence of their financial relationship  extraordinary UFO sighting footage, but there
          from the Times story neatly excises an alternate  are more than enough unspoken assumptions,
          interpretation of the Pentagon program as       unannounced motives and dubious sources
          essentially a pass-through for public money to  present in the NYT’s report to justify far more
          fund a billionaire donor’s pet project, making  skepticism. And while it’s not ideal countering
          the program’s secrecy as much about its         big revelations with little more than insinuations          Thousands of
          political unseemliness as its explosive evidence.  of untrustworthiness, it’s the only option made
                 Even    more    damning     than   the   available by the outsized secrecy surrounding             Facts and Trivia
          unmentioned possibility of corruption is one of  the privatization of UFO research.                   That Will Family and
          the story’s sources: Harold E. Puthoff.                In May, I called for Robert Bigelow to
          Describing Puthoff as “an engineer who has      put up or shut up about UFOs after a 60 Minutes            Friends Alike.
          conducted research on extrasensory perception   appearance during which he said “There has             This Book That Was
          for the C.I.A. and later worked as a contractor”  been and is an existing presence, an ET
          for Bigelow’s program doesn’t come close to     presence” on or around Earth:                      Limited To The Media Is
          approaching the level of skepticism Puthoff’s          “Bigelow should make a choice between      Now Being Made Available
          contribution to the story warrants.  A former   revealing what he knows — even if it means
          Scientologist who used L. Ron Hubbard’s e-      burning sources or leaking classified                           To You!
          meter to search chicken eggs for psychic        information — and relinquishing the rhetoric of
          sensitivity, Puthoff conducted ludicrously      certainty and insinuation. Otherwise we might     DID YOU KNOW by Rob McConnell is
          flawed, military-funded studies into “remote    be lead to the conclusion that Bigelow is                       available at
          viewing” (“seeing” distant targets with the mind  deliberately withholding from the population of
                                                          Earth the most important truth in the history of
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