A few years ago, I decided to take a trip with Mulder and Scully and I began The X-Files. I regret to say, I didn’t finish up the series, because once Mulder went MIA I slowly began to lose interest. However, I’ll always remember those first few seasons because they were fantastic and I loved the monster of the week episodes as well as the lingering government conspiracy theme that was running through the series.
One of the things I found so riveting about The X-Files was the idea that the government would both conceal information as well as dilute it. They let the whackos go nuts because the crazier the conspiracy theories the less likely people were to believe them. This sort of misinformation seemed like a fantasy just a few years ago, but I’ve seen how it works first hand as the government skews, hides, misinforms, and rewrites history seemingly on a daily basis. I was naïve enough to think this sort of behavior was only found in the movies and not in real life.
This week, The Pentagon declassified a group of videos that show the United States Navy engaging UFOs. Now, UFO means unidentified flying object, so that doesn’t necessarily insist that it’s extraterrestrial but these are flying vehicles that our government has not been able to identify. The New York Times ran a story regarding the Navy encountering UFOs last year, which really didn’t get the attention I thought it would. These videos had been leaked online for some time and while the US Navy admitted they were indeed real videos, they weren’t declassified until this week.
I think what’s most interesting about all of this is: The Pentagon admitted to there being UFOs (whether extraterrestrial or not) and no one seems to really care. Of course, releasing this sort of information when a pandemic dominates the news cycle is probably a good way for it to get lost in the shuffle, a move I’d expect to see on an episode of The X-Files.
I think it’s pretty safe to not jump to conclusions that whatever the Navy encountered are alien. However, the fact that one of the videos dates back sixteen years is a little strange. So, the Navy hasn’t been able to identify this craft in the past sixteen years? Why is that? I totally get some secret spy craft, but you’d think with that amount of time that more would have been spotted or something would have leaked enabling the military to identify such craft.
It doesn’t take much for a little conspiracy theory to kick off and there are plenty of those online, but I do find it intriguing and it’s hard not to think that confirming these videos may be the first step in releasing additional information regarding other encounters.
Another interesting thread to this story is the video that The Pentagon officially released, were initially released by Tom DeLonge, the former guitarist for Blink 182. He began a program called To the Stars… Academy of Arts & Sciences that researches UFOs and well, I think most people (myself included) thought of him as a bit of a punchline. He was that guitarist from Blink 182 who spent all his time and money researching UFOs and now he’s at the center of arguably the biggest government admittance of the possibility of alien technology or at least advance technology unidentified by The United States. Talk about shutting up the critics.
Part of me would love for there to be proof of alien life, but I’m not so quick to jump to those conclusions. My thinking tends to fall more in line with any possible alien life being bacteria or something less advanced than something that can make a spaceship. Still, the nerd and science fiction fan inside of me would love for there to be something to this, especially if it was able to inspire hope. Something more like First Contact in Star Trek and less like Independence Day.
The fact that government took this long to declassify these videos (only years after they were leaked and easily found online) makes me whole heartedly believe that if (and there probably is) more footage or information out there, they won’t be releasing it anytime soon. It leads a little more credibility to those crazy conspiracy theorists and who knows what the future might reveal. But in a world where all we hear about is a dying economy, death, shut downs, protests, and the like, a little news about UFOs is greatly appreciated and a nice distraction.