Fifty-six years after the CIA-sponsored Robertson Panel recommended a program of "education and debunking" to control the American public's
perception of the UFO subject, the agency is still at it.
Note this article from Fox News and Popular Mechanics earlier this year in which the CIA estimates that half of all UFO reports during the 1950s and
1960s were caused by sightings of the U-2 spy plane and the SR-71.
To the average, uninformed reader, this claim might appear plausible. To anyone who has any knowledge at all of the content of UFO reports from the
period in question, this claim appears ridiculous.
Take a look at this free online version of The UFO Evidence, which is essentially the National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomenon's
collection of unidentified reports through 1964:
You will notice that none of the reports describe anything even remotely resembling any airplane, including the (admittedly unconventional) SR-71 and
the (highly airplane-like) U-2.
A thorough review of the serious UFO literature reveals the same thing. The UFO reports of that time period - or even today for that matter - are
OBVIOUSLY not prompted by sightings of spy planes.
Most importantly, UFO reports describe objects that maneuver unlike any plane - spy or otherwise. Which of the planes on the CIA's list is able to go
from traveling at top speed to a dead stop? Which one is able to hover and then shoot off vertically at top speed? Which is able to reverse direction
at top speed without turning around? These characteristics are what UFO witnesses describe.
I cannot emphasize enough how absurd this claim is to anyone who has looked into the matter. And how interesting that, rather than examining the
claims of the CIA to find out whether there is any validity to them, media outlets instead choose to simply serve as an agency mouthpiece.
The question then becomes this: Why would the CIA - an agency that has been monitoring UFO reports for decades and knows full well that few, if any,
UFO reports have ever been made as a result of spy plane flights - release this nonsense to the news media? And, perhaps more interesting, why is this
piece of propaganda appearing in the news at this time? Something to think about.
Author and science writer Terry Hansen, who wrote The Missing Times: News Media Complicity in the UFO Cover-up, gives a nice brief overview of the
topic in this video:
In addition, Mark Rodeghier gives a nice summary of CIA involvement in the UFO issue here:
The "spy plane" nonsense piece, when viewed in the context of the CIA's history of dealing with the UFO issue, is rather concrete evidence to any
informed student of the subject that the agency continues to this day to take a strong interest in managing public perception regarding the
reality/non-reality of UFOs.
Also check out my in-progress UFO Education page at:
[edit on 8-12-2009 by Orkojoker]