reply to post by Sclee
I don't think there's a conspiracy at play here, even though I do believe a great deal of information is hidden from the public. Rather I think the
people at the top convinced themselves there was nothing to the phenomenon (ie/ the Hynek theory).
Look at what happened after Project Sign. Ruppelt handed the Estimate of the Situation (EOTS) to his commanding officers, they completely disagreed
with the conclusion, and born out of the conflict was Project Grudge. According to members of the team Grudge was aptly named in that it was given the
directive to look for more down to earth explanations for the sightings despite the original Sign research pointing to the ET hypothesis.
Once that was set in motion, the few remaining people on the project as military personnel, did as directed.
By stating their position on UFOs that set in motion the "ridicule" of anyone who differed in opinion.
This ridicule factor became self-perpetuating. If you look at the Condon Report it's easy to see that Condon was driven by a) fear of alienation from
fellow scientists and b) complete disdain for the subject probably in part due to societal indoctrination leading him to believe there was nothing to
the subject in the first place. Despite having a bias against the subject, and being very loud about his opinion, when asked to study the subject he
said he would remain impartial. No sooner had he said that he drafted the 'Trick Memo':
"The trick would be, I think, to describe the project so that, to the public, it would appear a totally objective study but, to the scientific
community, would present the image of a group of non-believers trying their best to be objective but having an almost zero expectation of finding a
So think about it this way. Following Kenneth Arnold's sighting, those at the top of government were given strong signals for nearly 20 years that
there was nothing to the UFO phenomenon. This was then reinforced by what was supposed to be an unbiased scientific study conducted by a prominent
scientist at a reputable university.
That's why I think the answer to the question of "Why all the secrecy?" is rather complex.
At the start the answer was, "It can't be therefore it isn't." (The Hynek Theory) Or to quote James McDonald, "We have managed to so let our
preconceptions block serious consideration of the possibility that some form of alien technology is operating within our midst that we have succeeded
in simply ignoring the facts." Then the opinion of those top few officials percolated out to the mainstream and the scientific establishment. 'Group
think' kicked-in reinforcing the notion that only idiots and crazies believed such nonsense. Thus ridicule was born.
Along the way I'm sure there were Generals who discovered information that proved to there satisfaction there was something to the UFO talk. Events
like the 1956 RAF Lakenheath / Bentwaters sighting, 1957 RB-47 incident, etc. The problem is admitting UFOs exist would also be an admission that the
government was wrong or, worse, that officials had lied. It would also beg the question, "Do they pose a threat?" It would bring stories like the
1967/1975 ICBM missile shutdown to the foreground of public commentary. So by admitting the truth the government ran the risk of not only panicking
the country, but facing a potentially huge backlash for what citizens would consider bureaucratic incompetence of the highest order.
Looking at all that it's not a conspiracy so much as it is people covering their asses and trying to prevent the system from falling apart on
[edit on 5-2-2009 by Xtraeme]