What do you think UFOs are? by Tony Garcia
Answer by Tony Garcia:
Whenever someone claims to have definitive proof supporting or denying the existence of Unidentified Flying Objects, a subject steeped in controversy, a caution flag should appear in one’s mind.
The proliferation of doctored films and photographs littering the Internet, and the unsupported 2nd- and 3rd-party heresay claims of exopoliticians, demand that a rigorous scientific approach be adopted to the quasi-scientific field of ufology. That is the only way to separate the wheat from the chaff.
This approach, however, is not the same as the one adopted by dogmatists who debunk every sighting as misinterpreted natural phenomena, experimental aircraft, meteorological anomalies or hoaxes.
While images of Unidentified Flying Objects can be and often are faked, several of the early photographs and films (1950’s-1960’s) were subjected to rigorous scientific analysis. Within the semi-scientific realm of ufology, serious research scientists like astronomer Jacques Vallée have found the provenance of UFOs to contain images that pass scientific scrutiny. Vallee believes UFOs are likely “windows” to other dimensions manipulated by intelligent, often mischievous, always enigmatic beings we have yet to understand.
Vallee also contends that some UFOs may have a terrestrial origin, beyond the realm of experimental aircraft. In lectures he has recounted how the Watergate investigations revealed a plan by President Richard Nixon and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger to project holographic images of Jesus Christ onto low-flying cloud formations off the coast of Cuba to make the citizenry believe there was to be an imminent “second coming”—all this as part of a coup attempt to overthrow Fidel Castro.
While the U.S. government’s position on UFO’s has remained a steadfast denial of the existence of any evidence supporting visitation by extraterrestrial craft, one must take into account the 1960 recommendations of the Brookings Institute, who were asked to study the social, economic, political, legal, and international implications of the use of space for peaceful and scientific purposes.
Brookings issued a report, Proposed Studies on the Implications of Peaceful Space Activities for Human Affairs, by Donald N. Michael, that postulated on the response of the American people should there be contact with extraterrestrials or evidence of their existence—such as structures on the moon.
The Report advised the government to withhold any evidence of extraterrestrial contact from the public.