posted on Jan, 30 2014 @ 08:55 AM
Major Donald Keyhoe established the UFO tenet of the government cover-up. He believed that the government had a knowledge and understanding of flying
saucers, but was keeping it secret from the public. This notion is built into the UFO belief system, but is it true?
The members of Project SIGN were openly talking about their ideas about what flying saucers were, and it was from this chatter that True Magazine's
editor, Ken Purdy got wind of the story, assigning it to Donald Keyhoe. The first sources Keyhoe turned to were military, and they gave him material
and case details that he used to create the article he would later expand into a book,"Flying Saucers are Real."
Shortly thereafter, Navy Captain Robert B. McLaughlin had a True Magazine article detailing UFO sightings by military personnel at White Sands Proving
Ground. McLaughlin's testimony as an actively serving officer gave the topic an air of legitimacy and a big boost in the public eye. Keyhoe
incorporated McLaughlin's cases into his book, citing them as key evidence.
In my mind, something does not compute. If all of his material came from military sources, then where is the cover up? Certainly the Air Force and the
military in general had operational secrets during the Cold War, but there is no reason to automatically assume that it related to UFOs.
It seems that when Keyhoe asked and didn't get an answer he liked, he called it a cover up. The real cover up seems to have been more about real
military secrets and the inadequacy of Project Blue Book. I think that Major Keyhoe did a great job in bringing the study of UFOs into the public eye,
and that's what he should be remembered for.