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Blatant CIA anti-UFO propaganda - 56 years and still going strong

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posted on Dec, 8 2009 @ 09:56 AM
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]

posted on Dec, 8 2009 @ 10:32 AM
As an aside, this preturbs me to no end. Debunking usually follows a set list, and if each is accounted for, then the final fallback for the debunker is "Well.. it's obviously a secret military project." When they get to that point, you know you have a good case on your hands.

Because you know, we like... have no problems flying black projects worth probably billions of $$$s over crowded cities to "test them out." And even over other countries, where if one were to crash, we'd be not only causing a case for war, but handing over our newest and greatest technology on a silver platter.

Triangular and unexplained? Well that's obviously an Air Force platform! Because UFOs don't exist, what else could it be? Huge craft flying around Indianpolis? Well, that's clearly a stealth blimp! They oftenly fly those around crowded cities. And it goes on and on.

Any UFO case that gets down to "military project" has passed the photo hoax, CGI gambit, eyewitness testimony reports, and so on... it's the last bastion of debunking. So, any case that gets to that point is a very good one to study.

By the way, the Phoenix Lights (not the flares, but the object seen before and after the flares over Phoenix proper), are now being credited as being some sort of airborn weather lab. They are just NOW telling everyone. Great stuff.

posted on Dec, 8 2009 @ 11:29 AM
reply to post by Orkojoker

Excellent post.

Richard M Dolan makes some interesting comments about the CIA sponsership (and the pre-conceived conclusions) of the Robertson panel in his book 'UFOs and the National Security State', theres a short excerpt of it here - theres also a number of government documents which seem to suggest that these objects are 'not ours':

Title: Unidentified Flying Objects

To: Director of Central Intelligence

Author: Marshall H. Chadwell, Assistant Director Scientific Intelligence

Date: December 2, 1952


"At this time the reports of incidents convince us that there is something going on that must have immediate attention. The details of some of these incidents have been discussed by AD/SI (SI: Scientific Intelligence) with DDCI.

Sightings of unexplained objects at great altitudes and travelling at high speeds in the vicinity of major U.S. defense installations are of such nature that they are not attributable to natural phenomenon or known types of aerial vehicles."

As well as some interesting statements:

"... no aircraft, neither in the United States, either in the Soviet Union is currently able to achieve the speed attributed to these objects from the radars and from the observatories. These objects appear to be driven by an intelligence the way in which they fly. According to reports from scientists and technical personnel, these objects fly in formation and finish manoeuvres that seem to point out that are not completely driven from an automatic equipment. These objects are in incontestable mode the result of long investigations and highly technological and exceptional knowledge."
Rear Admiral Delmer S. Fahrney, head missile testing of the American Navy on January 16, 1957.

"I know that neither Russia nor this country has anything approaching such high speed maneuvers.. Behind the scenes high ranking Air Force officers are soberly concerned about UFOs. But through official secrecy and ridicule, many citizens are led to believe the unknown flying objects are nonsense..To hide the facts, the Air Force has silenced its personnel."
Admiral Roscoe Hillenkoetter, CIA Director under President Truman
1962 NICAP press conference in Washington D.C.

"More than 10,000 sightings have been reported, the majority of which cannot be accounted for by any scientific explanation, eg that they are hallucinations, the effects of light refraction, meteors, wheels falling from aeroplanes, and the like. They have been tracked on radar screens and the observed speeds have been as great as 9,000 mph."
Air Chief Marshall Lord Dowding, Commanding Officer of the RAF during WWII.

"The evidence that there are objects which have been seen in our atmosphere, and even on terra firma, that cannot be accounted for either as man-made objects or as any physical force or effect known to our scientists seems to me to be overwhelming... A very large number of sightings have been vouched for by persons whose credentials seem to me unimpeachable. It is striking that so many have been trained observers, such as police officers and airline or military pilots. Their observations have in many instances... been supported either by technical means such as radar or, even more convincingly, by... interference with electrical apparatus of one sort or another..."
Admiral Lord Hill-Norton (GCB), Chief of Defense Staff, Ministry of Defense, Britain; Chairman, Military Committee of NATO; Admiral of the Fleet; Member of House of Lords.

"There are some definite flight type characteristics that are seen now that I would say represent genuine instant acceleration; instant stop; vertical acceleration -up into the air and down to the ground; reverses in direction; right angle turns -all in silence -multiple objects sometimes separating and then going back into each other.
They are classic,what I would call,genuine UFO characteristics -things that we can not do in a conventional sense".
British Detective Constable Gary Heseltine - Police UFO reporting organisation,PRUFOS.


[edit on 02/10/08 by karl 12]

posted on Dec, 8 2009 @ 03:04 PM
reply to post by karl 12

Nice one Karl 12.

And yet, they still say there is no proof of UFO's, even with testimony of such high caliber, such as you present in your post, and the wealth of photos and videos (official and unofficial sources), in their hundreds of millions around the globe.

Of course there is a lot of fakery and 'digital manipulation' that goes on, increasingly so it seems, but with people of such impeccable character going on the record about UFO's and what they know, it put's the swamp gas\Venus\Chinese lantern theories into the minority camp, in terms of credulity.

posted on Dec, 8 2009 @ 04:34 PM
For one thing, the U-2 and the SR-71 operated in fairly specific areas... (you're not going to take off from Kansas to fly over Russia or Cuba, for example)....

That's why this idea is such a crock.....

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