The classic science fiction films of the 1950s like The Thing From Another World, The Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Man From Planet X and The Day The Earth Stood Still had one warning for us. Watch the skies! There is something out there and it is coming here. Many of us as kids, like Fox Maulder of The X Files would say, “I want to believe.”
Just as we thought any such government concerns were no more and that we could forget The X-Files we learned over the holidays that the issue is not dead. The Washington Post reported that in the annual defense budget there was $22 million allocated for investigating reports of unidentified flying objects. For years the program was run by a military intelligence official Luis Elizondo. The Defense Department says it was shut down in 2012, however its work is heavily classified and believed to still be in existence. Much of the money went to a company run by Robert Bigelow who is currently working with NASA to produce expandable craft to be used in space.
As Joby Warrick of The Washington Post reported the program titled Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program was a rare instance of continued government investigations into a UFO phenomenon that was the subject of multiple official inquiries in the 1950s and 1960s.
Elizondo, the former head of a Pentagon program told several media outlets that extraterrestrial life may exist. Simultaneously,the public benefit corporation he is affiliated with has raised more than $2.2 million to research “exotic technologies” affiliated with “unidentified aerial phenomena.” Elizondo said the program had found “a lot” of strange aircraft while it was in existence. “These aircraft — we’ll call them aircraft — are displaying characteristics that are not currently within the U.S. inventory nor in any foreign inventory that we are aware of.”
Though the Defense Department has been trying to underplay this story, Fox News on television has had recent interviews with pilots describing strange sightings of aircraft that clearly had abilities that none of ours had or any other nation.
In light of this news this writer was reminded of two other theories. One came from Professor Philip Klass of Penn State who opined that UFOs could be time travelers. There are also people who have studied Revelation in the Bible and think that such sightings are demonic.
It might be better if we found it was Martians who colluded with the Russians.