Former Clinton White House staffer John Podesta has written a foreword to a new pro-ET book by Leslie Kean simply called UFO. I’m looking forward to reading it, as it’s based on testimony from American military and government insiders and Kean is clearly a sober-minded journalist.
I don’t doubt that many of these accounts are based on genuine experiences, some of which may even be anomalous, but as I try to make clear in Mirage Men, it’s the interpretation of these experiences, by the witnesses themselves and those that hear their stories at second and third hand, that has contributed to the ongoing development of the UFO lore.
Some true UFOs accounts surely represent as-yet not properly understood meteorological or physical phenomena, a small number are the result of sightings of unusual and radical classified technologies that are secret to all but a very few, while the vast majority stem from the misidentification of mundane objects. All three categories of UFO, however, can be transmuted into ET craft through the power of myth.
The notion that UFOs represent intrusions into our airspace by an off-world intelligence is a meme that was initially seeded by the popular culture and then fertilised by military and intelligence specialists – it’s a process that began in the 1950s and apparently continues to the present day.
Perhaps Leslie Kean’s book will change my mind, but my own investigation has lead me to the conclusion that UFOs from other planets are a matter of faith and belief, not a matter of fact.
ET interaction is an appealing idea that has run rampant through the corridors of political and military power, in just the same way that any other belief system does. True, I’m not privy to the military’s best-kept secrets, but the compartmentalised and increasingly privatised nature of the black world means that very few people are – and it’s this secrecy that allows these beliefs to gain power and spread so rapidly.
I discuss this issue at length in the book, but I also touched upon it in this short piece for the Guardian last year:
Last year, the astronaut Edgar Mitchell announced that aliens had repeatedly visited our planet. Mitchell hadn’t seen them himself but had talked to people in the military who had. And he believed them. So, should we believe Edgar Mitchell?
His views are shared by millions of others, some of them well-placed in the world’s political, military and intelligence elites. Trust plays a critical role in these hierarchical organisations, where you might one day rely on your colleagues to save your life. So, if someone tells you that there are aliens at Area 51, you are inclined to listen.
Read the full Guardian piece