Now it’s time to move on subject that I have wanted to research, but lack of time has put some limits to my investigations. But did you know that US government has studied UFO phenomenon many times and used people’s tax money to research extraterrestrial life? Yep and they have done this in silence. Just recent years there have been people who have raised these projects to the spotlight and what is more interesting is that in these studies there have been thousands of reports, which include UFO sightings, abductions etc.
So let’s start our journey with maybe the best known piece of the study called “Project Blue Book”. Here is a brief description of it:
Project Blue Book was one of a series of systematic studies of unidentified flying objects (UFOs) conducted by the United States Air Force. Started in 1952, it was the second revival of such a study (the first two of its kind being Projects Sign and Grudge). A termination order was given for the study in December 1969, and all activity under its auspices ceased in January 1970.
Project Blue Book had two goals:
- to determine if UFOs were a threat to national security, and
- to scientifically analyze UFO-related data.
Thousands of UFO reports were collected, analyzed and filed. As the result of the Condon Report (1968), which concluded there was nothing anomalous about UFOs, Project Blue Book was ordered shut down in December 1969 and the Air Force continues to provide the following summary of its investigations:
- No UFO reported, investigated and evaluated by the Air Force was ever an indication of threat to our national security;
- There was no evidence submitted to or discovered by the Air Force that sightings categorized as “unidentified” represented technological developments or principles beyond the range of modern scientific knowledge; and
- There was no evidence indicating that sightings categorized as “unidentified” were extraterrestrial vehicles.
By the time Project Blue Book ended, it had collected 12,618 UFO reports, and concluded that most of them were misidentifications of natural phenomena (clouds, stars, etc.) or conventional aircraft. According to the National Reconnaissance Office a number of the reports could be explained by flights of the formerly secret reconnaissance planes U-2 and A-12.A small percentage of UFO reports were classified as unexplained, even after stringent analysis. The UFO reports were archived and are available under the Freedom of Information Act, but names and other personal information of all witnesses have been changed.
Public USAF UFO studies were first initiated under Project Sign at the end of 1947, following many widely publicized UFO reports (see Kenneth Arnold). Project Sign was initiated specifically at the request of General Nathan Twining, chief of the Air Force Materiel Command at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Wright-Patterson was also to be the home of Project Sign and all subsequent official USAF public investigations.
Sign was officially inconclusive regarding the cause of the sightings. However, according to US Air Force Captain Edward J. Ruppelt (the first director of Project Blue Book), Sign’s initial intelligence estimate (the so-called Estimate of the Situation) written in the late summer of 1948, concluded that the flying saucers were real craft, were not made by either the Russians or US, and were likely extraterrestrial in origin. (See also extraterrestrial hypothesis.) This estimate was forwarded to the Pentagon, but subsequently ordered destroyed by Gen. Hoyt Vandenberg, USAF Chief of Staff, citing a lack of physical proof. Vandenberg subsequently dismantled Project Sign.
Project Sign was succeeded at the end of 1948 by Project Grudge, which was criticized as having a debunking mandate. Ruppelt referred to the era of Project Grudge as the “dark ages” of early USAF UFO investigation. Grudge concluded that all UFOs were natural phenomena or other misinterpretations, although it also stated that 23 percent of the reports could not be explained.
In response to the Condon Committee’s conclusions, Secretary of the Air Force Robert C. Seamans, Jr. announced that Blue Book would soon be closed, because further funding “cannot be justified either on the grounds of national security or in the interest of science.”The last publicly acknowledged day of Blue Book operations was December 17, 1969. However, researcher Brad Sparks,citing research from the May, 1970 issue of NICAP’s UFO Investigator, reports that the last day of Blue Book activity was actually January 30, 1970. According to Sparks, Air Force officials wanted to keep the Air Force’s reaction to the UFO problem from overlapping into a fourth decade, and thus altered the date of Blue Book’s closure in official files.
Blue Book’s files were sent to the Air Force Archives at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama. Major David Shea was to later claim that Maxwell was chosen because it was “accessible yet not too inviting.”
Ultimately, Project Blue Book stated that UFOs sightings were generated as a result of:
- A mild form of mass hysteria.
- Individuals who fabricate such reports to perpetrate a hoax or seek publicity.
- Psychopathological persons.
- Misidentification of various conventional objects.
These official conclusions were directly contradicted by the USAF’s own commissioned Blue Book Special Report #14. Psychological factors and hoaxes actually constituted less than 10% of all cases and 22% of all sightings, particularly the better-documented cases, remained unsolved. (See section below for details and Identified flying object.)
As of April 2003, the USAF has publicly indicated that there are no immediate plans to re-establish any official government UFO study programs.
There’s this nice YouTube series called “Stuff They Don’t Want You To Know” and they have small episode of this project:
There’s tons of information about this project, but here is one document series about UFO phenomenon and Project Blue Book “Alien UFO: Project Blue Book Majestic 12”:
So with Project Blue Book we have thousands and thousands of UFO cases filed and archived and still the official conclusion was:
When the Air Force finally made Special Report #14 public in October 1955, it was claimed that the report scientifically proved that UFOs did not exist. Critics of this claim note that the report actually proved that the “unknowns” were distinctly different from the “knowns” at a very high statistical significance level. The Air Force also incorrectly claimed that only 3% of the cases studied were unknowns, instead of the actual 22%. They further claimed that the residual 3% would probably disappear if more complete data were available. Critics counter that this ignored the fact that the analysts had already thrown such cases into the category of “insufficient information”, whereas both “knowns” and “unknowns” were deemed to have sufficient information to make a determination. Also the “unknowns” tended to represent the higher quality cases, q.e. reports that already had better information and witnesses.
My personal opinion is that there are too many unsolved cases and that’s why my conclusion is that… the Truth is out there.