THE LURE OF THE EDGE
MONOLOGUE WRITTEN BY CLYDE LEWIS
After the Pentagon issued their statement about the $22 million dollars set aside for Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, there was a lot of buzz about the confirmation of UFO investigations being carried out by the Defense Department.
For years, the program investigated reports of unidentified flying objects, according to Defense Department officials, interviews with program participants and records obtained by The New York Times.
Having the reports being exposed by what calls itself the American paper of record gave validity to all of the UFO reports that were filed after Project Blue Book attempted to debunk them as objects of fantasy.
The Defense Department has never before acknowledged the existence of the program, which it says it shut down in 2012. But its backers say that, while the Pentagon ended funding for the effort at that time, the program remains in existence. For the past five years, they say, officials with the program have continued to investigate episodes brought to them by service members, while also carrying out their other Defense Department duties.
The shadowy program — parts of it remain classified, began in 2007 and initially it was largely funded at the request of Harry Reid, the Nevada Democrat who was the Senate majority leader at the time and who has long had an interest in space phenomena.
What was not reported by the New York Times was how much of the program was declassified and how much of it surely indicated that UFO’s or unknowns were being recorded by the military and the DOD.
The entire program was funded by what is called Black Money – meaning that the issue would not be brought up on the senate floor for review or debate. Senator Harry Reid and a group of other powerful people put in their defense appropriation bill, 11 million dollars. The purpose of it was to study aerial phenomena. The money was given, a directive was given to the Pentagon, to put this out to bid and they did. The program had to be dropped because President Obama had no interest in space or a threat assessment dealing with UFO’s and so it wasn’t until December of 2017, just after President Trump was elected that the documents were released, It can be argued that it was a political move towards disclosure, however hundreds and hundreds of papers, were released and available 80 percent of the programs details were made public and the press were lured to the edge, but did not report all of the details of what was revealed.
What they failed to report was the increase of UFO reports that have been filed by military personnel and whether or not they posed a threat to national security. Senator Harry Reid was quoted as saying that these reports were not in the hundreds but in the thousands.
Meanwhile, July 2nd, 2018 was declared World UFO Day and while UFO enthusiasts have a lot to talk about including confirmation of the anomalies, the mainstream press issued a statement that claims that UFO sightings were on the decline.
According to the National UFO Reporting Center, more than 1,300 UFO sightings have been reported so far this year.
While the organization only recorded 307 sightings back in 1990, they reached a peak of 8,619 in 2014, before falling slightly to 5,516 in 2016.
This is a curious trend, given that almost every other aspect of our world is better documented than ever before. More people are carrying cameras on them and more people have access to the internet and can therefore share their strange observations.
That is the point – people will rush to the internet to post their UFO videos but they do not officially report their sightings to MUFON or The National UFO Reporting Center.
It can also be said that the culture around alien investigations has shifted to focus on exopolitical conspiracies—and a push for disclosure by governments to lift the veil on subjects like the Roswell Incident, Kenneth Arnold Sightings, and the Maury Island affair – all sightings and events that happened in July of 1947.
As far as I can tell, after the announcement of the Pentagon investigations, the release of military footage showing UFO’s being tracked on radar it appears that the more we hear about the UFO phenomenon being validated the novelty may be wearing off and the reality is sinking in, which may not help in the reporting of such phenomena.
Many scientists are now making more evidence-based arguments that we will eventually discover life in outer space. To true believers, what may be more uncertain is whether or not such news would cause global panic.
However, how we react depends on our environment. Already as science closes in on definitive proof of biological extraterrestrial life— there are extremist religious groups that claim that the evidence is a delusion and that mankind’s discovery of life out there is the discovery of fallen angels or demons.
While UFO’s and extraterrestrials are considered physical entities and not spiritual ones, there are factions on both sides of the argument that see them as saviors, or see them as demons that will bring about or destruction.
This is understandable since our minds, are so greatly influenced by our earthly environment and society. The general perception would most certainly be that there is a potential threat of something utterly outside our familiar normalcy bias.
Our brains are wired with ancient circuits to defend us against the idea of invaders.
But as we navigate through the world, experience can also shape what we come to accept or to fear and how open we are to the experience – or to the reality that for years has been denounced in the mainstream as myth or even fantasy.
For example, clowns are purely a novelty in circuses and at kiddie birthday parties. They are a symbol of joy and frivolity.
However, place a clown on a street at 2 in the morning standing on the corner with balloons and the novelty wears off. The strangeness kicks in and if the clown approaches you, you might find yourself transfixed with sheer terror.
This can be applied to the UFO and alien phenomena.
The novelty is getting on your cell phone some strange aircraft hovering over a city, or a meadow. The novelty wears off when the UFO lands and something steps out and starts moving toward you. What is even more terrifying is when the event happens to you and nobody believes you, even if you report it to the police.
That is why reporting your experience to MUFON or the National UFO reporting center is vital. This way they can pinpoint and event and present the documentation in order to see if there is a pattern or if there have been multiple sightings of an event.
UFO reporting is important, some may see it as a novelty or a hobby, but there are some serious things about the sightings that people need to consider.
They can be a threat – even if they are not piloted by extraterrestrials. They can be incoming missiles, space junk, or other things that pose a real risk to public safety.
We’re generally positively predisposed to the novelty of a UFO sighting, unless we have strong reason to suspect it could harm us, then this is where the panic sets in. This is why it is important that we report various sightings to officials that take the time to study the events and document them.
Individually or collectively, human beings will respond very differently to observing a black panther or a wolf at a zoo versus – seeing one roaming the streets at night in their normally quiet neighborhood. If you saw a big black cat walking down your street at night you would report it.
If someone had the ultimate documentation of something literally out of this world, but also in the sense that we can’t compare it with anything we know, it seems futile, even silly, to make predictions about how humanity would react.
They would probably end up being curious but also a little scared.
There would probably be some positive responses and some negative ones, but they will all be “based on humans’ need to control their environment and make sure things are not threatening to them.
Today on World UFO Day, those hunting for extraterrestrial life will be pointing their telescopes skyward once more.
What is most interesting in this day is that there is yet another announcement that once again kindles hope in the search for extraterrestrial life.
As we predicted large, carbon-rich organic molecules seem to be spewing from cracks on the surface of Saturn’s icy moon, Enceladus, according to a new study of data collected by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. The discovery means that Enceladus is the only place besides Earth known to satisfy all the requirements for life as we know it.
Again NASA will not declare that this is proof that life exists on Saturn’s moon.
Beneath its icy crust, Enceladus holds a warm, mysterious ocean that sits above a rocky core. Enormous plumes of icy vapor hundreds of miles high escape from the subsurface ocean into space through cracks in the crust.
Instruments aboard NASA’s Cassini spacecraft grabbed samples from those plumes during the craft’s close flyby of Enceladus on Oct. 28, 2015. Cassini analyzed the samples using the Cosmic Dust Analyzer and a mass spectrometer. Researchers then reviewed the data and found the telltale signs of large, complex, carbon-rich molecules.
Until now, Cassini had detected only much smaller organic molecules with molecular masses less than 50 atomic mass units. These newly discovered molecules have molecular masses over 200 atomic mass units and are classified as macromolecules. And they’re complex: They’re made up of large chains and rings of carbon. “This is the first evidence of large organic molecules from an extraterrestrial aquatic world.
Cassini has also detected molecular hydrogen in the plumes emerging from Enceladus’ surface — a key ingredient for life as we know it. Hydrogen provides a source of chemical energy supporting microbes that live in the Earth’s oceans near hydrothermal vents.
Once again confidence is high, but NASA doesn’t want to comply — they lure us to the edge, but they do not show us what is on the other side.
Whether or not the source of these complex molecules is biological remains unclear, so the researchers look forward to the next generation of exploration to help them figure that out. So they need to send another spacecraft to analyze some more, and of course, that takes more money and several years before we know for sure.
This finding indicates that the biological synthesis of organic molecules on Enceladus is possible.
Life again is possible – again and again – and NASA will not come clean and admit that life is out there.
A new program under the umbrella of the space force is the Nexus for Exoplanet System Science, project. It hopes to answer the questions of what planets could host life – and what that life could look like.
In a set of five review papers published last week in the scientific journal Astrobiology, NExSS scientists revealed their first project, taking an inventory of the most promising signs of life, called biosignatures.
They considered how to interpret the presence of biosignatures, should we detect them on distant worlds.
A primary concern is ensuring the science is strong enough to distinguish a living world from a barren planet masquerading as one.
Through their work with NExSS, scientists aim to identify the instruments needed to detect potential life for future NASA flagship missions.
The detection of atmospheric signatures of a few potentially habitable planets may possibly come before 2030, although whether the planets are truly habitable or have life will require more in-depth study.
However, keep in mind that all of this amazing talk and discovery is not really catching on with the public at large because of the political climate. This may also be the reason why UFO reports are on the decline.
Think about what the overall reaction has been to the New York Times story about the Department of Defense studies on UFO’s – You all know about it because of talk shows that are on late at night.
I wouldn’t be surprised if the majority of people would even know that the project has been declassified validating the UFO phenomenon to the general public.
This was the most important Times story of the year; maybe of the decade. No, maybe ever. This story should be the only story anyone is discussing because the implications are profound.
For decades, while engaging in disinformation or stonewalling freedom of information requests from UFO researchers, the U.S. government rationalized its “excessive secrecy” with a belief that any such information could lead to mass hysteria and a panic that could bring about the collapse of society.
Or they stigmatized any interest in the subject as the stuff of active imaginations.
What was considered science fiction is now science fact. Once again they have lured us to the edge.
The response from the mainstream appears to be crickets.
NASA – it is time to come clean, there is life in space.