What do you think of when you hear the word UFO? If you’re like me, you think outer space, extra-terrestrial, abduction, flying saucer, etc. According to a CNN poll, “80 percent of Americans think the government is hiding knowledge of the existence of extraterrestrial life forms. About 54 percent believe intelligent life exists outside Earth. Sixty-four percent of the respondents said that aliens have contacted humans, half said they’ve abducted humans, and 37 percent said they have contacted the U.S. government.”
In other words, almost everyone believes that aliens from outside our planet exist, and of those who believe, most assume that we’ve been visited. It certainly is a compelling theory. With sightings being reported for as far back as anyone can remember, wishy-washy Government responses, well respected eye witnesses, not to mention movies and TV being inundated with E.T. scenarios…. well, we’d be hard pressed NOT to believe on some level.
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But, suppose for a moment that everything we’ve seen, everything we know or think we know is wrong. Or at the very least…. misinformed. What if there is an alternative explanation to the UFO phenomena?
Many prominent people in the exopolitical and alternative media arenas believe that there is another side to the UFO story. Some feel that it is a very sinister side. Others, that is is something less from the physical realm, and more of a spiritual origin. Still others believe that what we have been seeing is nothing more than an illusion; a cruel hoax on an unsuspecting public, looking to the skies when the answers lie very much in the terra firma. Maybe when given the right amount of persuasion… we’ll believe anything we want to believe, ignoring all signs that point to something a little more human.
The purpose of this series of articles is not to dissuade anyone from their currently held beliefs, and it certainly is not designed to ridicule anyone who has had a personal encounter of an alien origin. A cursory glance at the archives of Extraordinary Intelligence will show that I want to believe as well. And largely, I do.
But in fairness to the vast catalog of theories that lie slightly in the shadow of the primary schools of thought, I am going to explore some alternatives. The ultimate decision as to what is real and what is illusory is yours. Maybe we’re all right. Perhaps we’re all wrong. It is possible that no one knows the truth. But we try our hardest to sort it out. That is my mission. What follows over the next few days is a short list of theories as to the origins of the alien presence that as captivated so many of us for so long. It is by no means complete, and I invite you to share your theories in the comments section. The Universe is vast, the ability of human kind to be cruel is sadly endless, the unexplored areas of our own Earth are surprisingly numerous, and the world of spirit has yet to be even remotely understood. For these reasons, it is important to keep an open mind.
Theory #1: Secret Government Testing (Weapons/Aircraft)
It is often theorized by UFO naysayers that most sightings can be explained away as nothing more than secret Government spy planes and weapons tests, misidentified as being of alien origin. This isn’t difficult to fathom in some cases. When one looks at the shapes and specs of the now common aircraft used by our military today, it is easy to imagine being spooked by them in the dead of night. Especially with stealth technology, one could not be labeled a fool for being confused.
The CIA attributes about 50% of all UFO sightings during the 1950′s and 1960′s to the U-2 and SR-71 Blackbird spy planes. It is even said that the military may have actively promoted the UFO craze in an effort to distract the public (and rival nations) from seeing new technological advances in flight and weaponry as they were being developed. Perhaps while we focused on other planets, the Military bought itself the freedom to run field tests right over our heads.
A U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit stealth jet bomber, viewed edge-on in flight in October 2000. Image: AP
As mentioned, it is not only Military aircraft that could account for misplaced UFO sightings. Weapons tests also have played a part in stirring up panic. One of the best examples took place in 1967 in Soviet Russia. During that year, wave after wave of UFO report cluttered the media and captivated onlookers. Years later, in 1979, the Observations of Anomalous Atmospheric Phenomena in the USSR: Statistical Analysis Report by Petrovskaya L. M. Gindilis, or simply, the Gindilis Report, was released and distributed around the world. It concluded that there was no known explanation for what witnesses had seen in 1967, calling it “anomalous atmospheric phenomena.”
It turns out, the Gindilis Report was counterfeit. Its purpose? To deter attention from what was really going on.. an illegal space-to-earth nuclear weapon. Witnesses were seeing things in the sky, but rather than E.T. craft, it was actually Soviet thermonuclear weapons tests masquerading as true UFOs.
Other more mundane examples of mistaken identity are illumination flares (And before you hassle me, I do not believe that the Phoenix Lights were flares), clandestine spy “weather balloons”, and the like. Are all UFO sightings of Military origin? No. People may even be seeing craft being tested by entities other than the Government. With the race to return to space being privatized, we find more and more individuals and corporations designing elaborate planes and vehicles capable of space flight. An example would be Virgin Atlantic owner Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic project. The possibilities are endless.