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           'Truth embargo': UFOs

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        "We don't know if it's extraterrestrial. We don't
        know if it's an enemy. We don't know if it's an
        optical phenomenon," said new NASA
        Administrator Bill Nelson, a former astronaut
        and Florida senator, in a recent CNN interview.
        “And so the bottom line is, we want to know."

        Two former CIA directors — John Brennan,
        who served under Obama, and James Woolsey,
        who served under Clinton — recently said in
        separate podcast interviews that they’ve seen
                                                         Scientists didn’t believe meteorites really came A New Generation
        evidence of aerial phenomena they can’t          from space until the early 1800s, for instance.
        explain. John Ratcliffe, who was the director of
                                                                                                          In recent years, though, a newer generation of
        national intelligence under then-President       Government secrecy can lead to confusion and     activists has been at center of recent high-profile
        Donald Trump, told Fox News in March there
                                                         misunderstanding that might be cleared up with   disclosures thanks to a more professional,
        were “a lot more sightings than have been made
                                                         the help of a wider circle of experts and        careful and credible approach.  They include
        public.”                                         investigators.                                   people with serious national security credentials
                                                                                                          like Christopher Mellon, the former deputy
        Cold War and Fish Farts                          Sweden spent years futilely chasing what it      assistant secretary of defense for intelligence,
                                                         thought were Russian submarines off its coast.   and Luis Elizondo, the former  Army
        Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, the top Republican     But when the navy let civilian researchers listen  counterintelligence special agent who led an
        on the Senate Intelligence Committee, pushed     to a recording of the alleged submarine, they    earlier Pentagon team to investigate UFOs.
        the government to conduct the UFO report. For    figured out it was actually the sound of schools
        him, it’s a question of national security and    of fish farting.                                 The budget for Elizondo’s team — a modest $22
        understanding whether rivals like China or
                                                                                                          million in the scheme of defense spending —
        Russia have developed advanced technology we     Important people have had an interest in UFOs    was secured by former Senate Majority Leader
        don’t know about.                                for a long time; they just didn’t really talk about  Harry Reid of Nevada, a powerful ally who has
                                                         it.                                              helped drive the resurgence of interest in UFOs.
        “I want us to take it seriously and have a process
        to take it seriously,” Rubio told “60 Minutes.”  Former President Jimmy Carter claimed to have    The newer activists have worked with
                                                         seen a UFO while he was governor of Georgia      mainstream news outlets to deliver evidence and
        For others, like Ravi Kopparapu, a planetary     and even filed two formal reports of his         eye witnesses that meet their high editorial
        scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight         observations. Former President Ronald Reagan     standards and are careful when speaking to
        Center, and Jacob Haqq-Misra, a research         allegedly told people he saw one too while       general audiences to avoid talking about aliens
        scientist with the Blue Marble Space Institute of  riding in a small plane, according to the pilot,  — though Mellon and Elizondo have appeared
        Science, it’s about discovery.                   who was quoted in a book by John Alexander,      on controversial podcaster Joe Rogan’s show as
                                                         the former  Army colonel whose paranormal        well as "Coast to Coast A.M.," a long-running
        "For too long, the scientific study of unidentified  investigations were featured in the book and  radio program devoted to conspiracies and the
        flying objects and aerial phenomena — UFOs       movie “The Men Who Stare at Goats.”              paranormal.
        and UAPs, in the shorthand — has been taboo,"
        they wrote in a Washington Post op-ed. "If we    As the Cold War intensified in the 1950s, U.S.   Both the skeptics and the believers don’t expect
        want to understand what UAP are, then we need    officials worried the Soviet Union would use a   the Pentagon report to settle anything. Instead,
        to engage the mainstream scientific community    UFO hoax to drum up fear in the  American        they hope it will start something new.
        in a concerted effort to study them."            public. Civilians started seeing what they
                                                         believed were UFOs but were actually secret spy  “The idea of some super powerful aliens coming
        Scharf looks for life on other planets and is a bit  planes, like the U-2, so the government settled  to visit us is a very compelling story,” West said.
        tired of people asking him if alien life has visited  on a policy of silence and denial.          “So if you get even a tiny little taste of
        us on ours, but he said looking more at the skies                                                 something like that, it really spices up the story.”
        could yield information about how our own        ''Over half of all U.F.O. reports from the late  []
        world works.                                     1950s through the 1960s were accounted for by
                                                         manned reconnaissance flights,” according to a    FACT*oids:
        “Stuff like this has a scientific interest not   secret CIA study that was declassified in the late
        because we're necessarily thinking we're going   1990s,  The New  York  Times reported then.       Are you a pluviophile? That’s someone who
        to find aliens, but maybe there's an unknown     ''This led the Air Force to make misleading and   enjoys rainy days.
        phenomenon or a collection of phenomena that     deceptive statements to the public in order to
        are giving rise to some of these sightings,” he  allay public fears and to protect an              A newborn koala is about the size of a jelly
        said. “There's never been a systematic effort to  extraordinarily sensitive national security      bean.
        categorize and catalog stuff that people see, and  project.''
        from the past, we know that some of this stuff
                                                                                                           When stored in large quantities, pistachios
        sometimes turns out to be interesting.”          The very real government stonewalling fed         can spontaneously combust.
                                                         bogus conspiracy theories, which came to
        The history of science is filled with accidental  dominate the study of UFOs and made the topic    It took the  telephone 75 years to reach 50
        discoveries and incidents where the hubris of    even more off-putting to serious scholars.        million users/ It took the game Pokemon Go
        religious or scientific authorities dismissed
                                                                                                           19 days.
        something as ridiculous that later proved true.
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