Monday, January 16, 2023

The Great UAP (UFO) Reckoning

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"An unprecedented event is about to occur in our lifetime, one that has the potential to level reset the very soul of America, and to redefine the trust relationship everyday Americans have with their institutions of Government."

     An unprecedented event is about to occur in our lifetime, one that has the potential to level reset the very soul of America, and to redefine the trust relationship everyday Americans have with their institutions of Government. On December 23, 2022, President Joseph Biden signed into law H.R. 7776, the “James M. Inhofe National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2023”.
Among its many provisions:

Not later than 120 days after the date of the enactment of the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2023, the Secretary of Defense, in coordination with the Director of National Intelligence, shall establish an office within a component of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, or within a joint organization of the Department of Defense and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, to carry out the duties of the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force, as in effect on December 26, 2021, and such other duties as are required by this section, including those pertaining to unidentified anomalous phenomena.

The office established … shall be known as the ‘All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office’.

In addition to its primary duty of investigating unidentified anomalous phenomena (UAP), the office also is tasked with preparing reports for Congress, in both classified and unclassified form, including a historical record report, as follows:

Not later than 540 days after the date of the enactment of the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2023, the Director of the Office shall submit to the congressional defense committees, the congressional intelligence committees, and congressional leadership a written report detailing the historical record of the United States Government relating to unidentified anomalous phenomena, including: (i) the records and documents of the intelligence community; (ii) oral history interviews; (iii) open source analysis; (iv) interviews of current and former Government officials; (v) classified and unclassified national archives including any records any third party obtained pursuant to section 552 of title 5, United States Code; and (vi) such other relevant historical sources as the Director of the Office considers appropriate.

The report shall (i) focus on the period beginning on January 1, 1945, and ending on the date on which the Director of the Office completes activities under this subsection; and (ii) include a compilation and itemization of the key historical record of the involvement of the intelligence community with unidentified anomalous phenomena, including:

(I) any program or activity that was protected by restricted access that has not been explicitly and clearly reported to Congress; (II) successful or unsuccessful efforts to identify and track unidentified anomalous phenomena; and (III) any efforts to obfuscate, manipulate public opinion, hide, or otherwise provide incorrect unclassified or classified information about unidentified anomalous phenomena or related activities.

The Archivist of the United States shall make available to the Office such information maintained by the National Archives and Records Administration, including classified information, as the Director of the Office considers necessary.

Essentially, one of the Office’s first tasks is compiling a historical record stretching back some 77 years of intelligence community history to document the IC’s involvement with unidentified anomalous phenomenon (UAP). This includes all restricted access programs that Congress was not privy to.

You can be assured that if Congress was not made aware of these programs – neither were you, or I, or anyone else in the public for that matter. Don’t expect this report to be a re-hash of known government/military/civilian led UAP investigations like Project Sign/Grudge/Saucer/Twinkle/Blue Book or the Condon Report, etc. Those are known publicly. What is being sought after here are those programs that have been collecting dust at very high classification levels in various intel agency vaults, restricted on a need-to-know basis that did not include Senators and Congressmen/Congresswomen.

More importantly, it specifically calls out for a historical accounting of any intelligence agency’s complicity in abusing the UAP subject for information warfare purposes (obfuscate, manipulate public opinion, hide, or otherwise provide incorrect unclassified or classified information about unidentified anomalous phenomena or related activities). This is unprecedented, as Pandora’s Box will be flung wide open on the UAP topic that has spawned a thousand conspiracy theories and that has greatly contributed to the erosion of citizen trust in the institutions of Government.

But why all the way back to January 1, 1945? Although the UAP believer community and sensationalist media are already trying to point to an unsubstantiated 1945 UAP crash as the reason for this earlier date, there is a much more mundane and far more plausible explanation, one that already has a set precedent.

The last great soul cleansing of the Intelligence community was the 1975-76 Senate Select Committee to Study Governmental Operations with Respect to Intelligence Activities also known as the Church Committee whose mandate was to investigate “the extent, if any, to which illegal, improper, or unethical activities were engaged in by any agency of the Federal Government.”

The Church committee decided that most of its hearings would be held in closed, executive session, to protect intelligence sources and methods. The committee held a series of public hearings in September and October of 1975 to educate the American public about the “unlawful or improper conduct” of the intelligence community, highlighting a few carefully selected cases of misconduct.

For 16 months the Church Committee labored away, creating various internal reports, the most well-known of these, the CIA’s so-called “Family Jewels,” which outlined the agency’s misdeeds dating back to President Dwight Eisenhower’s administration. This report, as well as those found in other agencies, provided road maps that staff investigators used to piece together complicated histories of domestic, foreign, and military intelligence programs during the Cold War era. Even with a peak staff of 150, however, organizing and analyzing these materials proved to be an arduous task.

After holding 126 full committee meetings, 40 subcommittee hearings, interviewing some 800 witnesses in public and closed sessions, and combing through 110,000 documents, the committee published its final report on April 29, 1976. Investigators determined that, beginning with President Franklin Roosevelt’s administration and continuing through the early 1970s, “intelligence excesses, at home and abroad,” were not the “product of any single party, administration, or man,” but had developed as America rose to a become a superpower during a global Cold War.

It was the Cold War – the life and death struggle between the United States and the Soviet Union – that gave life and unfounded rationale to the abuses uncovered by the Church Committee. However, UAPs were not part of that historical accounting as they were not on the radar of Church Committee investigators. It stands to reason that any abuse of the UAP topic for information warfare purposes since 1945 would have as its backdrop, the Cold War.

The inception of the Cold War can be traced to the unraveling of the uneasy alliance between the United States and the Soviet Union soon after the defeat of Nazi Germany in 1945. This is the most likely reason for dating the historical report to January 1, 1945. If the United States inadvertently created a myth making machine in its cold war tit for tat with the Soviet Union, those secrets must be revealed.

The 1945 date presents some interesting challenges, as what was considered the intelligence community then differs dramatically from the IC of today. From 1945 till mid-1947, the IC was made up of leftover remnants of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the Special Services Unit (SSU), the Central Intelligence Group (CIG) and other intel components of the War Department (Army and Army Air Force) and the Department of the Navy (Naval Forces and Marines) and the Department of State. There was no Secretary of Defense and no US Air Force at that time.

For those in the UFO believer community who believe this historical report will provide the long-waited Disclosure - the US Government’s mea culpa confession to covering up proof of contact with non-human intelligence or physical proof in the form of recovered biological or physical evidence of non-human intelligence, I would like to taper your expectations.

In the X-File episode: “Jose Chung's From Outer Space”, FBI Agents Mulder and Scully investigate the alien abduction of a Klass County, Washington teenage couple. When returning from a date one evening, the teenagers’ car suddenly stops; they see a UFO and are then captured by a pair of gray aliens. However, the gray aliens are themselves captured by another UFO with a giant third alien from another race.

Fast forward later in the episode where the captured gray aliens are unmasked as two US Air Force personnel in disguise. This fictional episode explains perfectly why this 77-year historical report is so crucial to getting to the truth of UAPs. Unless we unequivocally know what the human hand has been in creating and promoting UAP noise (the Air Force personnel in gray alien disguise), we will never be able to focus on the true signal (the giant third real alien).

When the flying saucer craze of the summer of 1947 made headlines all over the world, and the military and civilian leaderships failed to provide an adequate accounting for what the citizenry was witnessing, the vacuum of silence was filled with speculation, innuendo, rumor, hyperbole, and fantasy – all ultimately just noise.

Throughout the decades since, it is that same noise that has reigned supreme, promulgated by amateur UFO organizations, and brought to mass consciousness by science fiction fantasy movies/TV and sensationalist journalism. Today that noise is amplified to even greater levels by social media and cable TV shows – the focus on the sensational and the outlandish – standards of evidence be damned. As the noise levels grow, so does the average citizen’s distrust in the Government’s ability to inform its citizenry the truth. Conspiracy takes hold. The hidden hand is not to be trusted. One conspiracy begets a thousand more.

Further exacerbating the UAP noise sphere are the unscrupulous click baiter social media posters who have a greater love affair with the number of views and likes they receive than they do with finding and promoting truth. Amateur UFO organizations like MUFON are noise collectors. The average citizen is a noise consumer. Sandwiched in between are the noise creators, the cable channels being the worse offenders. Ancient Aliens is noise, The Secrets of Skinwalker Ranch is noise.

Social media is not far behind, with baseless UAP assertions with zero real evidence to back it up being posted around the clock – Facebook is noise, #UFOTwitter is noise. Noise perpetuators are those that have no interest in UAP truth – they only care about making the rounds of the UAP talk circuit or their next talking head gig on some UAP TV special. A UAP perpetuator has no interest in lessening the UAP noise but instead amplifying it. They have zero interest in finding a true signal.

A clue as to whether this historical report is a sincere effort or just a whitewashing expedition will be to examine the framework on which the report is built. If the focus is on UAP noise, for example, hauling in witnesses to talk about alleged UAP intrusions at missile silos or dogfights with UAPs over military ranges, or alleged crashed UAPs, then the historical report will come up short. If the report attempts to address just the noise sphere of WW2 foo fighters, Roswell, MJ-12, Nazi UAPs in Antarctica, underground alien bases, reverse engineered alien technology, alien abductions, secret alien exchange programs, etc. the report won’t be worth the paper it is printed on.

The other clue will come from those whose testimony is collected. If the parade of witnesses includes UAP noise creators and noise perpetuators, then ultimately what will be produced is a report that accounts for the UAP noise sphere but does not accurately reflect the historical record. If the collected testimony is from the usual suspects, like Mellon, Elizondo, and Puthoff, who have one foot in the UAP community and one foot in the intelligence community, or the UAP gatekeepers who funnel “leaked UAP footage” to the mass media like Knapp or Corbell, or the faux UAP historians like Richard Dolan or the faux UAP journalists like Linda Moulton Howe or Leslie Kean, their testimony as printed in the historical report will also not be worth the paper it is printed on.

If instead, the focus is to recruit cold war, intelligence, and military historians along with sociologists and conspiracy theory experts who can jointly create an investigative framework based on intelligence community precedence, Cold War existential triggers and adversarial fears, and the realpolitik for which the 20th century was known, then this historical report may be the catalyst for citizen trust reset that America so desperately needs.

A glimmer of hope may be found in Sec. 6413 of the same 2023 NDAA , where a Historical Advisory Panel of the Central Intelligence Agency is being formed to assist in conducting declassification reviews and providing other assistance with respect to matters of historical interest. Perhaps it will be just this panel that will take on the arduous task of determining the CIA’s (and predecessor organizations like the CIG) role in UAP information warfare and provide the agency’s response to the All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office’s historical report.

Even then, special attention will have to be paid to records that may not even be considered traditional intelligence agency records but must still be preserved. For example, if a defense contractor while developing the latest class of stealth fighter, cloaks the project with UAP obfuscation for counterintelligence purposes, will those records be included in this historical accounting?

In the Arthurian legend of the Fisher King, the Knight Parsifal is invited to the wounded King’s castle in a kingdom that lays desolate and bare. That night, Parsifal witnesses a strange parade of characters baring holy objects from one room to the next, including the holy grail itself. The Fisher King’s wound could be healed if Parsifal simply asks: “Who does the Grail serve?” But, Parsifal fails to ask the question and when he wakes the next morning, everyone is gone and the castle is overgrown with thorns.

The Holy Grail of UAP truth is separating what is signal and what is noise, and more specifically, what was our government’s own role in creating, promoting, and amplifying UAP noise. Only by knowing the obfuscation efforts it was/is actively involved in, and and throwing out that noise, can we focus on the true signal, if one exists. Only by asking the question, who does the UAP Grail serve, and having our wounded Fisher King – our own government – truthfully answer – can our land begin to heal. 

So here we find ourselves at a crossroad that has consequences for the survival of the United States as a Democracy. Will those who have been tasked with this enormous responsibility do the right thing, and provide the American people what they have demanded for all these years – the plain, simple, and unvarnished UAP truth? Will a complete and accurate UAP historical record finally allow us to separate the signal from the noise? Will the creators of this historical report ask the right question: “Who does the UAP grail serve?” Or will the squander this once in a lifetime opportunity and leave us in a desolate and bare wasteland of ignorance, mistrust, and conspiracy – one that has grave consequences for us all and for future generations to come? The Great UAP Reckoning is coming – and may God help us all.

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