NASA chief Bill Nelson the latest official to suggest UFOs have otherworldly origins

On a carefree October 19 discussion on space policy, NASA administrator Bill nelsonClarence (Bill) William Nelson Democrats face mounting obstacles in a bid to impeach DeSantis NASA adviser resigns after request to change the name of the telescope James Webb refused that NASA will not change the name of Space Telescope James Webb Despite Controversy MORE He spoke passionately about his agency’s mission to search for life beyond Earth. In his comments, Nelson pivoted almost immediately to a number of U.S. military encounters with mysterious flying objects, many of which looked like maneuver on extraordinary shapes while in restricted airspace.

After talking to several of the naval aviators who observed the unknown ship, the head of NASA is convinced that the pilots “saw something and their radars were fixed on it.” When asked to speculate on the nature of the phenomena, Nelson, an army veteran, former senator, and former astronaut, responded: “Who am I to say that planet Earth is the only location for a civilized and organized like ours? “

As surprising as his answer may be, Nelson is only the latest high-level official to hint that UFOs may have otherworldly explanations.

When asked in June about the military’s recent encounters with mysterious ships, the former president Bill clintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson Clinton Hypersonic Missile Defense is a Space Force Job Two Strategies to Save Democracy and Stop the Rise of Authoritarianism Biden must be both Mr. In and Mr. Out MORE – as Nelson – answered by pondering the vastness of the universe and the high probability that life exists beyond Earth. Similarly, the former President ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaObama Honors Jay-Z As ‘The Embodiment Of The American Dream’ 2022 And ‘The Passion Gap’: Why Republicans Are Most Excited Virginia Prepares To Elect First Woman Of Color For Lieutenant Governor MORE speculated about the extraordinary transcendence if the recent incidents involved objects from another world. Notably, Clinton and Obama retain access to high-level intelligence briefings.

But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Asked about the Navy encounters with UFOs, former CIA director John brennanJohn Owen Brennan The CIA’s Next Mission: Strategic Competition with China and Russia Clinton’s Attorney Indictment Reveals “Bag of Tricks” Still in the Game: Will Durham Report Throw a Slow Curve Ball at Key Political Players? PLUS speculated that objects could “constitute a different way of life.” Channeling NASA’s Clinton, Obama and Nelson, Brennan declared that “it is a bit presumptuous and arrogant that we believe that there is no other life form anywhere in the universe.”

Along the same lines, former CIA Director James Woolsey, a longtime UFO skeptic, recently noted frankness to the possibility that such encounters have otherworldly explanations.

John ratcliffeJohn Lee RatcliffeSunday Shows Progress: Senate Votes To Raise Debt Ceiling; Facebook Whistleblower Criticizes Company During Biden Testimony, Trump’s Battle Over Who Is To Blame For Afghanistan On Sunday Shows Progress: US Dealing With Rising COVID-19 Cases PLUS, previous President TrumpDonald Trump: Impressive Poll Gives Gloomy View of Burgeoning Anti-Democratic Opinions Southwest Investigation Report Pilot Said ‘Let’s Brandon’ On Flight Texas Police Denied Requests to Escort Biden’s Bus Surrounded by Trump Supporters – Report PLUS‘s director of national intelligence, is particularly vocal about UFOs.

In a series of interviews, Ratcliffe ruled out secret US technology and cited “high confidenceIntelligence evaluations to eliminate foreign adversaries as possible explanations for the most compelling UFO encounters. According to the former US intelligence chief, some UFOs exhibit “technologies that we do not have and, frankly, that we are not capable of defending ourselves against.”

Like Ratcliffe, the senator. Mitt romneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt Romney Photos of the Week: Bipawtisan Dog Costume Parade, California Floods and Tiger Cubs 12:30 PM Report from The Hill – Presented by Facebook – Biden Doesn’t Discuss Abortion with Pope Francis Report The Hill’s Morning – Brought to you by Facebook – Biden doesn’t get what he wanted before next week’s election MORE (R-Utah) discarded foreign powers or highly classified American technology, leaving few explanations for the phenomenon.

By now, readers should be sufficiently convinced that this issue transcends America’s deepest political failings.

Perhaps most importantly, Luis Elizondo, former director of a Pentagon unit that analyzed military encounters with UFOs, has He suggested that the most compelling incidents have extraterrestrial explanations. The same goes for Christopher Mellon, the top civilian military intelligence official during the Clinton administrations and the second Bush administrations. At the same time, US intelligence analysts. considering the possibility that recent encounters involved “non-human technology.”

As surprising as these developments may seem, a holistic view of the phenomenon suggests that history is repeating itself.

Reports of extraordinary maneuvers by unidentified ships increased in the 1940s, shortly after the first nuclear weapons they were detonated. With strong parallels to recent developments, declassified documents show that from 1947 to 1952, US intelligence analysts. discarded foreign adversaries, such as the Soviet Union, or highly ranked American technology as plausible explanations for the most credible and compelling UFO encounters. Unsurprisingly, senior military officials began “in earnest considering the possibility of interplanetary ships “.

However, in early 1953, such objective and open-minded government analyzes came to stop abruptly.

For several days the summer before, radar pilots and operators in Washington, DC, reported extraordinary (and still inexplicable) encounters with unidentified objects. But the sheer volume of UFO reports, and the spate of public consultations that followed, spooked America’s defense planners.

The officials grew worried that mass UFO sightings in the future would return to overwhelm intelligence and communication channels. The Soviet Union, these concerned officials, could exploit the public interest in UFOs to sow “mass hysteria and panic, “Delivering Moscow a” Surprise advantage in any nuclear attack. “

In response to these Cold War fears, the CIA convened a panel of scientists to assess the UFO phenomenon. Over the course of two days, the scientists, who, critically, “did not receive access to the truly disconcerting [UFO] cases, ”recommended a major government effort to“ discredit ”the UFO sightings.

Fearing another spate of UFO reports, the panel convened by the CIA reasoned that a campaign of “discrediting” decrease “Public interest in ‘flying saucers'” and reduce “Americans’ susceptibility to intelligent hostile propaganda.”

As investigative journalist Leslie Kean notes, the remarkably brief and perfunctory meetings of the CIA “would forever change both the course of Media coverage and the official attitude towards the UFO issue. “

In fact, the two decades of the US Air Force. draft to investigate UFO reports turned in a determined effort to debunk UFO sightings and witnesses, no matter how credible it is. According to James McDonald, one of the atmospheric physicists, the Air Force began to apply “meteorological, chemical and optically absurd” explanations to the most convincing ufo sightings.

Vice Admiral Roscoe Hillenkoetter, the first director of the CIA, summarized the situation: “Through official secrecy and ridicule, many citizens are led to believe [UFOs] they are nonsense. … Behind the scenes, “however,” high-ranking Air Force officers are seriously concerned … “

As the Air Force systematically discredited witnesses (many of whom had nothing to gain by coming forward), public and congressional anger Following.

Unsurprisingly, the Air Force’s campaign to “discredit” UFO sightings at all costs fueled widespread perceptions of a government cover-up, creating fertile ground for a variety of exotic (and enduring) conspiracy theories. Furthermore, by unfairly calling credible witnesses nutty, the Air Force further fueled the powerful stigma which continues to suppress the good faith reporting of unidentified objects by trusted observers.

Perhaps worst of all, as Air Force UFO project longtime astronomer and consultant J. Allen Hynek bluntly. set: 1953 CIA panel “made the UFO issue scientifically unrepeatable.”

Ultimately, the two scientists who immersed themselves in the study of UFOs more than any of their contemporaries became fierce advocates of serious academic query of the phenomenon.

Initially skeptical, renowned atmospheric physicist James McDonald and J. Allen Hynek – whose career inspired the film “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” – proceeded to make convincing arguments what else convincing UFO incidents can have from another world explanations.

Sixty years later, as high-level officials openly speculate about such extraordinary possibilities, McDonald and By Hynek meticulous, undeniably scientific works deserves thorough examination.

Marik von Rennenkampff served as an Analyst in the US Department of State’s Office for International Security and Non-Proliferation, as well as an Obama administration appointee to the US Department of Defense. Follow him on Twitter @MvonRen.

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