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Your Paracast Newsletter — May 9, 2021

Gene Steinberg

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May 9, 2021

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This Week's Episode: Gene and Randall present a UFO reality check with author and researcher Kevin D. Randle. Kevin will provide a update on what he expects may or may not come from the Pentagon UAP Task Force, which was supposed to deliver a report on its investigations in June 2021. Kevin is considered the foremost living expert on the Roswell incident. is the author of of such books as "Project Moondust," Conspiracy of Silence," "A History of UFO Crashes" "Roswell in the 21st Century, and "UFOs and the Deep State: A History of the Military and Shadow Government's War Against the Truth." He also served in the United States Army during both the Vietnam War and the Second Gulf War. After the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, Randle joined the Iowa National Guard as an intelligence officer. He retired from the Iowa National Guard as a lieutenant colonel in 2009.

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After The Paracast -- Available exclusively for Paracast+ subscribers on May 9: Veteran UFO author and researcher Kevin D. Randle sticks around to talk shop, pop culture, and such topics as whether UFOs are time travelers from the future or just a fun topic for sci-fi writers to use as a plot device in their stories. He also talks about Travis Walton and other UFO abductees, the "Not" Roswell Slides affair where false hopes were raised about the discovery of a photo of an alleged "alien" body, and what it might take to interest younger people in getting involved in UFO investigation. In addition to his work in the UFO field, and as a sci-fi writer, Kevin served in the United States Army during both the Vietnam War and the Second Gulf War.

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A Pentagon UAP Task Force Double-Cross?

By Gene Steinberg

When the first report of a Pentagon UFO — make that UAP — investigation program was revealed in a piece in The New York Times on December 16, 2017, disclosure advocates felt they had ample reason to be optimistic.

The story delivered details of the $22 million Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, which was set up in 2007 to look into UAPs, largely at the request of former U.S. Senator Harry Reid, then Senate Majority Leader. Most of the funding ended up in the hands of one of Reid’s supporters, the ever-mysterious billionaire hotel magnate, Robert Bigelow.

Followers of UFO lore will recall Bigelow’s long interest in UFOs, and his involvement in the Skinwalker Ranch — a place where frequent paranormal episodes allegedly occurred — and an aborted attempt to fund research by MUFON.

In a May 2017 interview on the CBS “60 Minutes” news show, Bigelow confessed his interest in UFOs and his belief that they were extraterrestrial.

The original Times story also made an obscure Pentagon intelligence figure, one Luis Elizondo, a person of interest in the UFO field because of his involvement with the Pentagon program. After his departure from government service, Elizondo worked for a time for a curious venture from former rock star Tom Delonge, the To the Stars Academy for Arts and Science.

Elizondo has since gone out on his own and has gotten some press coverage as a “whistleblower” on UFO reality. His “revelations” about unknown craft capable of incredible speeds and maneuverability may seem familiar to those who have followed the subject for years, but having it come from a former Pentagon employee, supposedly in the know, does carry a level of credibility.

But it doesn’t end there. Come June there are hopes that the lid might finally be blown off alleged UFO secrecy. Well that’s the hope.

You see, the former president, Donald Trump, signed an appropriations bill for $2.3 trillion in December of 2020 that included a provision that requires a report from yet another UFO group, the Pentagon UAP Task Force, within six months. That takes it to late June, and expectations are rising as to just what that report might contain.

Or not contain.

You see, it’s not that the Pentagon would necessarily suffer from some dire consequences should that report not appear. And even if it does appear, it’s not at all certain that it will reveal anything new or different about the existence of UFOs.

I write this weeks away from the expected — or hoped for — release of that report. But the possibility that the U.S. government will confess that it knows UFOs have an offworld origin seems remote. When asked, the Pentagon public information people will say the group is looking into whether the phenomenon represents a possible threat to national security. That could very well mean that they are seeking evidence that such countries as Russia, China, perhaps Iran, are sending planes or drones into our airspace.

If they aren’t, that, as they say, would be that.

Now it’s very possible that the Task Force might ask for more time, or not even respond. It’s not as if there would be some sort of legal or financial penalty should that report fail to appear as mandated, although it does seem as if at least some members of Congress might not be too happy with such a turn of events.

But if the report simply states there’s no evidence of a national security threat, where do we go from there? It could be a case of raising expectations and then dashing them, a repeat of the Condon Report experience in 1968. Indeed, a year after that report appeared, the Air Force used it as the excuse to shutter Project Blue Book.

Now the stories about the Task Force and Sen. Reid’s UFO interest more or less ignore the sorry history of the field. It’s almost as if Project Blue Book never existed, and the decades of work by civilians investigating the phenomenon are simply being ignored. The public meme is that, after over 70 years, UFOs are finally being taken seriously by the government — which is decidedly not true.

Then again, it’s hard to believe that there is a deliberate purpose to raising expectations only to have them dashed. The New York Times story from 2017 came out of left field. Although there have been ongoing efforts by such figures as Stephen Bassett to force the U.S. government to disclose what it allegedly knows, it’s not as if there were any critical events that turned things around.

Even the original $22 million Pentagon program might have been regarded as little more than an indulgence to placate a powerful member of Congress who wanted to help out one of his constituents and supporters. Sure, the sightings that have been revealed from the U.S. Navy since then, which include some blurry gun camera photos, are interesting enough in the scheme of things.

Certainly they fit the pattern of military sightings over the years, involving aircraft that can maneuver in ways we can’t duplicate. But there’s nothing there that provides anything close to a smoking gun. It just shows that UFOs have evidently not gone away and are still around to perplex and befuddle us.

I have certainly followed this subject for what now turns out to be most of my life. I would welcome an actual disclosure from the authorities that we are being visited by ET, although I have long been skeptical of that explanation. But considering our growing knowledge about possible Earth-like planets in our galactic neighborhood, it would make plenty of sense.

But we should be realistic about how it may all turn out. Long-time UFO researcher and author Kevin D. Randle has said in his “Different Perspective” blog, and on The Paracast, that he expects the forthcoming Task Report may end up being “Condon 2.0.”

I hope he is wrong, but I agree that we should be properly skeptical of what might happen in the next few weeks.

Indeed, I am also skeptical of what might happen if the President of the United States one day holds a press conference to reveal that we are being visited by ET. Fact is, a sizable portion of the population wouldn’t believe a word of it. They can’t even agree on who the President is.

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