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Your Paracast Newsletter — September 20, 2020

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September 20, 2020

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The Danger of Inflated Expectations

By Gene Steinberg

No doubt many long-term followers of UFO lore cheered loudly in 2017 when the “old gray lady,” The New York Times, ran a positive story about UFOs. Well, it was about UAPs, but the distinction didn’t matter. That acronym had already been used by such organizations as NARCAP, which focuses its attention on “aviation safety-related observations and incidents.”

Indeed the revelation about a Pentagon-based UFO — er UAP — study, the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP), appeared to mirror NARCAP’s mission.

That the authors of the Times piece included a figure well known in the UFO field, Leslie Kean, certainly added to its credibility in the field. True, most people never notice the names of reporters who work on a story, unless it’s someone independently famous, such as a Bob Woodward. But the important thing was that a serious newspaper was taking a subject, long debunked, as something that merited serious attention.

Since then, there have been occasional stories about those Naval UAP encounters, such as the 2004 USS Nimitz “Tic-Tac” video, but it’s not as if there’s been a revelation as to what’s really going on. It’s just more stuff, and there have been tens of thousands of reports over the years that have also failed to produce much in the way of compelling evidence that takes us any closer to solving the mystery.

More recently, there was news of a Pentagon UAP Task Force that was formed in response to a request from the U.S. Congress, and has been directed to deliver reports of its progress every six months.

However, it’s not so simple. Regardless of who is in charge after November’s election, there is no real penalty if Pentagon officials fail to deliver the promised report, or, if they do, the report fails to produce any meaningful data. It’s not that the defense budget will suddenly be chopped or that government bureaucrats will find their jobs endangered.

It may all indeed be little more than something with which to mollify the masses who have demanded some acknowledgment that there is a UFO/UAP problem that should be investigated. It doesn’t appear at all that any of this will lead to some sort of disclosure.

In saying that, I suppose there could be a sort of UAP-related “October Surprise” by the Trump administration to get votes. Of course, the fight over a Supreme Court nominationm to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, is expected to be the September/October event that will fight with the pandemic to get coverage.

Even if there is a UAP revelation of some sort, it could pass by without notice. Consider the Pentagon UAP Task Force. It received some press, but it’s not that there was much discussion about it beyond a few guest appearances before cable TV talking heads by the usual suspects and, of course, the UFO community.

Beyond that, I’m sure most of you will agree that, if polling is done as to how many people know such a group exists, the results would be pitifully low. Indeed, if there was some sort of half-hearted or brief UFO disclosure that we might be visited by extraterrestrials, it would likely not be noticed. Some believe that any such disclosure has likely already occurred with the tiny bits of news about ongoing UAP investigations.

Then again, it’s all about priorities. The public mandates for these government UAP programs are not about seeking evidence of visitation by spaceships. It’s about monitoring for the presence of unknown aircraft that could endanger national security, and that doesn’t necessarily mean extraterrestrial. It could be about incursions in U.S. airspace by the Chinese or the Russians, or the Iranians.

Consider the government response to one of a series of questions about the mission of the Task Force from Roger Glassel, as published in Curt Collins blueblurrylines.com blog:

5) Will the newly established UAP Task Force look into other aspects of the nature and origins of Unidentified Aerial Phenomena, or will the UAPTF just look at the aspect of UAP being a potential threat to U.S. national security?

The Department of Defense established the UAPTF to improve its understanding of, and gain insight into, the nature and origins of UAP incursions into our training ranges and designated airspace. The mission of the task force is to detect, analyze and catalog UAP incursions that could potentially pose a threat to U.S. national security.

Sure, you can assume that incursions might include aircraft from other planets, but that is not specifically spelled out in this response, or in others about the group’s mission. It does give the authorities plenty of weasel room to deny any connection with possible ETs, and make the phrase “nature and origins of UAP incursions” seem perfectly ordinary.

While it is still encouraging, it’s really no more than what the Air Force did with Project Blue Book and other efforts to investigate UFOs. Blue Book wasn’t promoted as having a search-for-ET mission, even if that was a possible consequence of its investigations.

It doesn’t mean that the government won’t someday come out with the sort of disclosure many hope for, but if that never happens, there are no promises to be broken. The Task Force could close down with a simple release that no evidence has been presented of any possible threats to national security, and that, as they say, is that.

And even if there is evidence of the possible presence of unknown objects that may not originate on this planet, it’s not as if it’ll necessarily be possible to demonstrate their actual origin. That would require possessing physical evidence of manufactured materials that are not of this Earth.

While the Roswell UFO and other incidents may indicate such evidence may have been recovered, that has never been proven. Physical trace evidence examined by civilian researchers hasn’t produced any smoking guns.

Sure it would be nice to have something meaningful revealed about UFOs/UAPs or whatever. Just don’t be surprised if those inflated expectations about disclosure are never fulfilled.

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