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  • A U.S. Navy jet radar display zeros in on a UFO. The object remains unidentified. (Photo: U.S. Navy)

    On its face they latest revelation about UFOs and space aliens — no matter how credible the source — needs to be taken with a grain of salt.

    Right off the bat, if these aliens are so advanced and their technology so superior, how has the U.S. government been able to capture crashed, or otherwise downed spaceships, including their passengers, going back decades?

    By the time aliens reach a level of intelligence that allows them to travel great distances in space, they would likely have perfected the technology to get here without being discovered.

    Nontheless, in the latest twist to the controversy, a former intelligence officer claims he has talked with other government officials who have first-hand knowledge of an alien presence here on earth.

    The government, he says, has known for decades that aliens are routinely visiting earth and have recovered crashed spacecraft and even the bodies of their alien pilots.

    The U.S. government has been researching the existence of UFOs since the 1940s, starting with the supposed crash of an alien spacecraft in 1947 near Roswell, New Mexico.

    Initial reports of the crash, however, were quickly denied. In 1994, the U.S Air Force officially concluded in a special report that the supposed cover story — the crash of a weather balloon — was, in fact, true.

    These days, UFO investigations fall under the jurisiction of the Pentagon’s “All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office (AARO).” Its mission is to examine reports of unidentified objects near military assets.

    The office worked in relative obscurity until the Pentagon, in 2020, released three videos taken by U.S. Navy pilots.

    The videos show objects on aircraft radar screens flying through the atmosphere. The pilots can be heard over radio channels expressing surprise at the UFO’s physics-defying capabilities.

    Initial reports of a 1947 UFO crash in Rosewell, NM, quickly denied by the government.

    The videos were captured in 2014 and 2015 off the East Coast. Navy pilots claimed the objects had no visible engine or infrared exhaust trails, but could soar into the sky at hypersonic speeds, generally five times the speed of sound.

    “These things would be out there all day,” Super Hornet pilot Ryan Graves, told The New York Times in 2019. “Keeping an aircraft in the air requires a significant amount of energy. With the speeds we observed, 12 hours in the air is 11 hours longer than we’d expect.”

    Of course, as far as the public is concerned, the objects remain unidentified. But Pentagon whistleblower David Grusch, a former intelligence officer, says the government damn well knows who and what they are.

    He said he’s handed  over the classified details to the inspector general and Congressional committees.

    Radio telescopes. (Photo: Colby Gutierrez-Kraybill)

    Oddly, his claims have yet to gain much traction.  The Washington Post, Politico and other mainstream publications reportedly passed on the initial story. But two days ago (June 27), Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) gave Grusch’s claims a boost.

    Other intelligence community members have come forward with “firsthand” accounts of UFO techology in the government’s possession, he told NewsNation. The whistleblowers have also provided details to the Senate Intelligence Committee.

    “What I think we owe is just a mature, you know, understanding — listening and trying to put all these pieces together and just sort of intake the information without any prejudgment or jumping to any conclusions,” Rubio said. 

    His comment encapsulates the rationale,underlying decades of government denial — the public just can’t handle the truth.

    The idea became part of government orthodoxy in 1953 when the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) Office of Scientific Intelligence warned of the danger of mass hysteria should intelligent extraterrestial life appear on earth.

    In contrast, a 2011 poll on the question found only 25% of American respondents anticipated people would panic. The truth may lie somewhere in between.

    One thing is certain, the confirmation of intelligent extraterrestials would upend the world’s religions. All are based on the existence of one all-powerful diety with dominion over heaven and earth. Aliens would be proof to the contrary.

    Intelligent aliens could also upend physics and the laws of nature as they are understood today and answer whether intelligence and human emotions –empathy, reasoning, passion, hate, love — are universal or just a by-product of our own unique evolution.

    Enrico Fermi, a mid-20th century physicist and creator of the world’s first nuclear reactor, came up with his own UFO theory in 1950, which has come to be known as the “Fermi Paradox.”

    During a casual conversation over lunch with fellow physicists Edward Teller, Herbert York, and Emil Konopinski, Fermi had a Eureka moment: “But where is everybody?” he reportedly proclaimed.

    He postulated that any intelligent species in the Milky Way would require one billion years to colonize our thirteen-billion-year-old galaxy.  By his mathematical reasoning, aliens should have arrived on earth by now. 

    Instead, earth has been met by the second great paradox: “The Great Silence.

    Despite decades searching the universe with powerful radio telescopes, no evidence of intelligent life has ever been discovered, even light years from our own galaxy.

    The silence gives rise to the third and most controversial paradox: “The Great Filter.”  It holds that intelligent life in the universe tends to destroy itself once it has developed the technology to do so.

    That, of courses, is a uniquely terrestrial constuct, given the development of nuclear weapons and our own ability to wipeout civilization.

    Yet, UFO sightings, which have gain credibility with the latest evidence, leads to the only other possibility.

    The Fermi Paradox has been solved, intelligent aliens do exist and they have at least visited earth over the eons — our govenment just isn’t telling us about it.

    As astronomer, planetary scientist, cosmologist, astrophysicist and astrobiologist Carl Sagan once said, “Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.”

    Grusch and apparently others say the U.S. government has extraordinary evidence. If so, it’s time to produce it and move the nation firmly into the 21st century.