posted on Mar, 20 2006 @ 05:02 AM
I’ve read numerous books, looked at literally hundreds of pics and seen many dozens of video’s, all relating to the UFO phenomenon. But, I still
find stumbling blocks when attempting to make a personal judgement.
I usually come to ATS for info when I need a question answering, but one problem I have is that when someone poses a genuine question here, we see the
same thing happen over and over with replies like these…”you should believe in alien life because I’ve seen a UFO”. “You have to believe it
because such and such a person who worked in the military said they saw one/worked on one”, “it must be true because some famous
scientist/politician does”. Etc. etc. etc.
Now, I’m probably going to be shot down in flames by some for this post, but I’m going to stick to my guns and be completely open and honest. As
Mulder’s poster said “I want to believe”. But, I can’t. I’m a natural sceptic and find those who are rabid believers in alien life because
they have seen a UFO (NOT an alien) and those who believe the Bob Lazar’s of this world to be the ones who put me off. They preach, they
proseletize, yet rarely present **objective** arguments. Telling me you’ve seen a UFO and that I should believe in aliens as a result is not my idea
of objectivity. Yes, that’s a sweeping statement, but a lot of the time, it’s true for me. The claim that someone told me in a dream that they are
here from the planet Zog is NOT proof, nor is it convincing!
I keep seeing post after post from people saying there’s proof, but where is it? The closest I came to tipping over the edge of the fence into the
believer pasture was when I first saw the Phoenix lights video. Since that time, I’ve researched and listened and watched. Up to now, I have
encountered more people who put me off the whole idea than those who sound convincing. The problem is, the ones who are the most far fetched are
muddying the waters so much that those with something interesting and intelligent to say are ignored or marginalised.
Take the Disclosure Project (DP) for example. It all looks very nice, with a long list of people who are supposedly “in the know” and who have had
very disturbing experiences. Yet, I look at the site and think “misinformation?”. Is it? Who can say. I know many here think very highly of DP
compared to something like Serpo, but I’ve gotten to the point now where I see the word misinformation everywhere I look. I really cannot see the
truth (if this indeed exists) because it hasn’t been revealed to me.
The problem with the whole UFO culture is that there are so many idiots proclaiming inside knowledge, often with no supporting evidence that the
sensible theories are treated with the same derision by the general public and media. Too many times have I read books and articles where the author
has asserted the truth about aliens, but refuses to reveal his/her primary source because they want to remain anonymous. I mean, come on! Do these
people really expect to be taken seriously?? It’s just commercialism.
The provision of proof positive is the responsibility of the person making the claim. Yet, nobody has yet provided this. I cannot and will not even
begin to try to understand what was shown in some of the NASA footage I’ve seen posted on many websites, or the Phoenix lights or Mexico film.
There are many, many strange things that have been filmed and photographed over the years and defy explanation. I wouldn’t dream of dismissing them
all and I’m convinced the authorities feel the same way. So, this brings me full circle. When the Mexico UFO’s were filmed, when the thousands of
people stood and watched the Phoenix lights, what exactly were the governments and military people thinking and doing about it? Considering their
obvious paranoia (by default I guess), I’d have supposed the military would be clamouring for answers and spending a lot of time and effort to
figure out what is going on. We don’t hear about it though, which begs the question: Why? If thousands saw and recorded something strange and
inexplicable in the night sky, why was it not headline news around the world? That makes no sense to me. Looking at some of the banal nonsense the
world’s media prints in headlines, I’d have thought something as monumental as a UFO sighting as strange as those over Phoenix would merit more in
depth coverage. I know it was mentioned, but it wasn’t even close to number one on most news agencies lists for important news. Why?
Here’s another example. I have to laugh when writing this paragraph because I’m doing here exactly what I’m complaining about…read on! I
actually spent an evening a few years ago with a guy who was in the RAF and was directly involved in the Rendlesham incident (allegedly!). He
recounted his tale and told us that after the fact, he was told by his superiors that he was not to talk about what happened and that the radar
records were to disappear. Now, this was an intelligent guy, with seemingly no axe to grind. With a bit of effort, it would probably be possible to
confirm that he’d been in the RAF, but that’s about all. His claim sounded convincing and was very impressive. My main problems with his tale were
twofold: 1. He had no proof. 2. I have worked in an industry (nuclear), where I had to sign the Official Secrets Act. Even today I am bound by this.
So, how can someone involved in a supposed military cover-up of a UFO incident get away with telling anyone who’ll listen and even have their story
published (which he did in at least one book that I have on my shelf)?! This makes absolutely no sense to me and only serves to illustrate my point.
Why isn’t the military taking steps to prosecute all these ex-military personnel who have suddenly come out of the woodwork to publish and release
information relating to issues which (by their accounts) are top secret? It’s crazy and literally beggars belief.
Am I to believe that the governments and military, who by their nature must be secretive and proactive with their security, are letting ex-members
spill the beans on top secret projects and investigations? The counter argument to this is the old adage about the best place to hide something is in
plain sight. Let those people proclaim their insider knowledge, but also spread lots of ridiculous claims alongside them that people will mock and
there you have it. The perfect cover. Many people (like me?) will listen to the UFO claims with increasing scepticism because of the idiots, so that
when someone worth listening to comes along, we all nod our heads and smirk.
Do I believe? I can’t answer that question properly. One part of me would like to because of some of the things I’ve seen that really defy
explanation. However, the other part is telling me that I should just sit back and wait for proof positive.