reply to post by Nightaudit
I think you ask a very good question...one that's typically overlooked by most folk with an interest in UFOs.
In my opinion the answers are complicated and interconnected.
For example, the USAF (Office of Special Investigations) has certainly been instrumental in fanning the flames of ufology and creating a smokescreen
of investigations, reports, news reports and blanket denials. They've been responsible for creating the myths of Roswell (through denial and
changing stories), MJ-12 (seeding BS documents through Doty and Moore) and the Dulce underground bases (Doty, The Aviary and Bennewitz) with vats full
of human body parts for the aliens. In this light, they've encouraged the widespread mythologies of ufology in a way unheard of in other countries.
Project Blue Book was commissioned by the USAF and studied over 12000 UFO reports. Despite over 20% of the reports remaining unidentified, it was
brought to a close in 1969. The conclusions of Blue Book were that...
1. No UFO reported, investigated, and evaluated by the Air Force has ever given any indication of threat to our national security.
2. There has been no evidence submitted to or discovered by the Air Force that sightings categorized as "unidentified" represent technological
developments or principles beyond the range of present day scientific knowledge.
3. There has been no evidence indicating the sightings categorized as "unidentified" are extraterrestrial vehicles.
Since 1969, we don't what part of the USAF has kept records on UFO reports. The regular appearance of AFOSI personnel tends to suggest that they
would know the answer to the questions. I strongly agree with UFO researchers who believe the USAF has bought and sold UFO myths as part of its remit
against espionage and a means of cloaking their secret technology. They've been on a debunking mission ever since and encourage the ridicule that's
so much a part of ufology.
At the same time, the USA is a major arms developer with missile tests, new aircraft and new technology being tested every day. From Australia,
western Europe and back in the USA, they are constantly testing new stuff. Where are all the sightings of new-tech? Shouldn't there be at least one a
day from somewhere? They're buried away in the MUFON database and places like that.
Genuine UFOs are out there, but are there as many as we think there are?
Combined with the undoubted influence of USAF, we also have a culture of UFO groups in the US that goes back to 1950. From that point on, people would
discuss sighting, take clipping from newspapers and engage in a loose network of like-minded folk that crossed the USA. If people had a sighting, they
could report to UFO groups like NICAP, APRO and any of hundreds of others. Likewise, newspapers ran the stories in the front pages until the 60s.
Many, many books have been published from fringey BS to credible efforts. Hollywood jumped on the bandwagon and churned out hundreds of 'Mars
Attacks' type movies. UFOs became cultural and particularly specific to the USA. Not limited to the States, but definitely more focused there.
The point I'm trying to make is that the USA is uniquely placed to have the perception that UFOs are focused there. They have the media, the UFO
groups and intelligence/military agendas fuelling the flames. If we consider other large nations like China or India...they don't have the culture of
UFOs or the infrastructure to report them. There might be just as many UFOs in their skies over a year, but would they consider them as 'UFOs' and
how would they report them if they did? Perhaps the same applies to the continent of Africa? Since the death of Cynthia Hind of UFOAfrinews, to whom
would anyone report a UFO if they thought they'd seen one? In Russia, we have plenty of reports of sightings, but I'm not aware of any particular
organisation that they can report to and that will add to a database. Their Cold War secrecy has left little or no evidence of UFO activities. Given
their position as a major weapons developer, it's inevitable they would have a large amount of people seeing UFOs in the population.
Looking at any world UFO sightings map, it isn't just America that has so many sightings. There's a distinct clustering effect across the
English-speaking western countries...Australia, Britain, France, Germany etc. Coincidentally(?!), countries with USAF bases in the region seem to have
more sightings than elsewhere. There's a current upsurge in South and Central American countries reporting sightings. Based on the UFO accounts of
the 50s onwards, I think the increase in reports is a reflection on improved organisations to report to and a large media interest. Also, the
militaries of Peru, Argentina, Brazil and Mexico (off top of my head) admit to their citizens when incidents occur. I think they've always had a
major presence of UFOs, but the reports are just becoming organised and logged.
To bring this 'too long' post to a close...the USA is likely over-represented in the UFO reports league and other nations are under represented.
There's a hundred reasons why...not least the activities and BS of the military-industrial complex and the USAF.
PS. I've flagged this thread and flagged your other one too. A couple of years ago, I had the exact same idea and looked everywhere to see what
'swamp gas' looked like. Couldn't find anything at all!