NYT`s UFO article
Drip by drip information gets leaked, $22 million spent on UFO study (that might not seem like a lot of the total defense budget, but they already have the equipment and employees in place). The 1960`s "Blue Book" was supposed to put the lid on it so we could all sleep soundly at night. But drippings from the Mars rover of possible structures and ancient civilizations and once lakes and rivers and atmosphere on the Red planet. So what`s going on here?
Think it was Reagan that once said tongue-in-cheek that `an extra terrestrial threat to earth would bring the world together`. In the 90`s after the Cold War, the Military Industrial complex worried about a slowdown in their revenue thought of selling a "Star Wars" scenario, but 9/11 bailed their industry out. We are slowly running out of Arabs to kill. We do have North Korea, but they`ll be over in 5 minutes once the smack talking would turn serious.
Millenials that`ve been reared on alien movies and labeled "snowflakes" and legally smoking pot in more & more states are becoming a "majority minority" in the country and would buy an extra terrestrial threat as more plausible than their great grandparents would`ve. If more is revealed, I think the world would forget most of their petty bickering and come together in peace for as long as the perceived common threat is there.
WASHINGTON — In the $600 billion annual Defense Department budgets, the $22 million spent on the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program was almost impossible to find.
Which was how the Pentagon wanted it.
For years, the program investigated reports of unidentified flying objects, according to Defense Department officials, interviews with program participants and records obtained by The New York Times. It was run by a military intelligence official, Luis Elizondo, on the fifth floor of the Pentagon’s C Ring, deep within the building’s maze.
The Defense Department has never before acknowledged the existence of the program, which it says it shut down in 2012. But its backers say that, while the Pentagon ended funding for the effort at that time, the program remains in existence. For the past five years, they say, officials with the program have continued to investigate episodes brought to them by service members, while also carrying out their other Defense Department duties.
The shadowy program — parts of it remain classified — began in 2007, and initially it was largely funded at the request of Harry Reid, the Nevada Democrat who was the Senate majority leader at the time and who has long had an interest in space phenomena. Most of the money went to an aerospace research company run by a billionaire entrepreneur and longtime friend of Mr. Reid’s, Robert Bigelow, who is currently working with NASA to produce expandable craft for humans to use in space.
On CBS’s “60 Minutes” in May, Mr. Bigelow said he was “absolutely convinced” that aliens exist and that U.F.O.s have visited Earth