posted on May, 27 2009 @ 02:34 PM
Truth is right.
UFOs became big in the 20th century. Kenneth Arnold, Roswell, among other important cases showed up, bring to the table that UFOs may actually be
extraterrestrials from another world.
Now, imagine: WWII is over. America and the Soviet Union now stand as the two most powerful nations on this planet, and the air is getting thick with
anticipation of nuclear war. People are scared, and then comes Kenneth Arnold, giving his report of seeing UFOs that opened the door.
Now, people are freaking out. UFOs are being seen by people. The government is receiving calls and mail, asking if the United States is safe.
Hell, in 1955, Douglas MacArthur, General of the Army during WWII, one of the most respected soldiers in United States history, predicted that the
next war the US would fight would be a war between them and extra-terrestrials.
So, in response, the government tells the public they are setting up panels and reports to help document the growing UFO craze.
Various "Projects," reports, and commissions come and go.
It wasn't until 1952 that Project Blue Book was set up that people took a real interest in it. Over 12,000 reports were taken in over an 18 year
period. To this day, 94% of these incidents are classified as IFOs (Identified Flying Objects). Only 6% of these can't be solved.
Yet, the government, at the same time as they're trying to alleviate people's fears, they set up panels, such as the Robertson Panel. They tried to
show that UFOs were not a national threat, but were a threat to standard military communications due to public interest; AKA, they wanted to allow the
UFO craze to die down.
In the end, the Robertson Panel had it's effect. It made Ufology a disreputable field, and it made people who reported UFOs to be crazy and
Many people were afraid of saying anything, seeing they thought they would be ridiculed.
The government did a lot of harm to ufology, but now, in the 21st century, reporting a UFO is not crazy, and many people believe that UFOs are
controlled by extraterrestrials from other worlds.