SECTION ONE: SHEER DAMN LOGIC
Before we go further it is necessary to define our terms. A UFO (Unidentified Flying Object) can be anything you see in the sky that is, well, flying around, and you don't know what it is. A UFO can be an alien spacecraft, an advanced U.S. Air Force military aircraft, a Cessna, a sky rod, Venus, whatever.
An alien is any intelligent life form that isn't human. I'm assuming something living is piloting those flying saucers, and that's what this series of blog posts is going to discuss.
I'm not going to try to convince you of anything, or tell you how much I believe in what. What I'm going to do is start with some of the first modern UFO sightings that you are already familiar with, and then keep going until you've read about some more obscure theories you probably have never heard of before.
I'm not a conspiracy theorist. I'm a cynic, a skeptic, a realist, a Christian and a weirdo, so my job is just to serve as your host and guide into the more unknown reaches the topic of aliens can take you.
When most people think of UFO's and aliens, they start with Roswell, New Mexico, where on July 8th, 1947 the local military claimed that a flying disc had crashed in the desert, and they had recovered it. A few days later, it turned out they had not, but decades later, when you think of Roswell, you think of aliens.
Every once in a while, you'll hear about a really big sighting on the news, but it's often treated as an isolated incident, given a requisite 1.5 minute blurb, and then it's off to find out who Lady Gaga is dating.
In September of 2010 seven former members of the Air Force who had worked for the military during the 60's, 70's and 80's gathered together for a live, televised National Press Club meeting organized by UFO researcher Robert Hastings. The press conference ended up on the news around the world, including CNN.
The biggest announcement wasn't that aliens existed, it was that UFO's had been regularly visiting military installations like Montana's Malmstrom Air Force Base and deactivating nukes. Former Air Force Captain Robert Salas claimed that while he was stationed there, a glowing red orb hovered 30 feet above the base, turned off many of the ICBM's, and then vanished.
When he reported the event to his higher-ups, Salas claims he was told to keep quiet about it. Other military and government officials have reported similar events, but what disturbs me is how much you have to wrap your brain around:
a) These people weren't lunatics, they were sober professionals and experts in their positions. They worked for the government.
b) They claims that UFO's exist and had some sort of agenda.
c) Aliens turned off nukes.
Their biggest complaint was that the government was being irresponsible by not reporting an event that they feel is the greatest discovery of our time. The officials gathered at the conference were also disturbed that such a huge threat to our national security was being ignored.
You see, Roswell really was mostly lame. The initial report about a crashed flying saucer was reported by a person that wasn't even there. Only a few days later, the matter was pretty much closed. Decades later one former member of the military claimed he was there, and saw some kooky things. No one else has really backed up his claims, so for all it's hype (Roswell is basically the Disneyland of the American UFO phenomenon) there's just not enough real data to consider.
Compared to the action going down in Montana, where aliens are turning off our fucking nukes and it's being reported by more than half a dozen solid eyewitnesses, a story about a weather balloon crashing in the desert isn't even worth talking about.
The topic of aliens keeps going. It doesn't stop. While most conspiracy theories tend to stay within their borders (the Loch Ness Monster, the JFK assassination, the Jersey Devil), when you are dealing with the concept of non-human, vastly more intelligent life forms flying around, visiting our planet, and possibly influencing humanity on a global level, it's a conspiracy theory as pervasive as water, flooding other topics in a tide of data, eyewitness accounts and even caveman drawings.
The real experts in the subject of aliens, UFO's, etc. either publish books that end up in the goofy section of the Barnes & Noble, or get just famous enough that they end up on a popular daytime talk show where they are eventually mocked and destroyed by either the host or another guest who works for a mainstream scientific organization.
But while the mainstream media continues to ignore the subject, and governments remain silent, research continues all around the world. Newspapers in Russia, Puerto Rico, South America and Cuba continue to report sightings on the front page.
We've gone from Roswell to Montana, but there's still a lot to cover. I'll be back soon with a Part III.