I don’t think there are very many ideas out there that are quite as irresistibly fascinating as that of visitation to Earth by beings from another world. The whole matter is unmatched in its range of implications. Were it to be revealed somehow that the UFOs we see in the sky were controlled by beings from another world, our technological outlook and our religious foundations would be transformed forever. All it would take was one of the thousands of UFOs spotted in the skies above us every year to be of otherworldly origin, and technological in nature, for us to have a real, respectable phenomenon on our hands.
Of course, the question of whether or not UFOs as such are real is something only asked by those who have not put any appreciable amount of time or attention into studying ufology. UFOs are just that. The acronym stands for Unidentified Flying Object. In other words, a UFO is something in the sky that a person cannot readily identify upon seeing, hence the “unidentified” in Unidentified Flying Object. Therefore, whenever someone sees something in the sky that they can’t name, they are seeing a UFO, technically speaking. As I’m sure you can imagine, this in fact happens all the time, so the question of whether or not UFOs are real is the past. UFOs are very real. However, most of the people who see a UFO are not well-versed when it comes to the whole range of things that could appear in the sky at any given time. They are not trained in being able to identify different kinds of very earthly aerial phenomena under a variety of conditions, like aircraft or balloons, which can take on strange attributes during certain weather events for example. This is why, as many ufologists cite, the majority of UFO sightings can be ruled out by educated people as phenomena more ordinary than those which the eye-witnesses themselves may have initially believed or hoped for. Some say that the percentage of all reported UFO sightings that belong to this statistic is as high as 95%. Fortunately though, for us UFO buffs, the remaining 5% or so gleams too brightly with wonder for us to be disheartened by such numbers.
I suppose the birth of ufology as we know it today happened with the publicization of the Roswell story, wherein the wreckage of a strange craft was found near the town of Roswell, New Mexico by a lone rancher named W.W. Brazel. After being brought to the local Sheriff’s office by Brazel, the wreckage was picked up by the Roswell Army Air Field. Shortly thereafter, an article appeared in the town paper summarizing the whole incident, and described what was discovered by the rancher and then obtained by Roswell Army Air Field as nothing less than “a flying disc.” Now, here’s where things get interesting. The author of the report, a man named Walter Haut, was made immediately thereafter on orders from the Roswell Army Air Field commander to publish an edited version of the story because the original version was “inaccurate”. The “corrected” press release contains the infamous photograph of Major Jesse Marcel kneeling beside what appears to be nothing more than some wrinkled scraps of tinfoil. A weather balloon, the new report indicated, is all that was found in Roswell, New Mexico.
With such obvious undertones of secrecy, it’s no wonder why UFO buffs don’t believe the official story, that is, the story containing all of the “corrections” in it. And yet, as conspicuous as all of the secrecy in this story is, and also because of it, Roswell didn’t become widely known in the field of ufology until the late 70s, when Stanton Friedman and Bill Moore began investigating it heavily. They came to find even more to the Roswell case than Walter Haut’s original press release indicated (1).
A little over a decade after that, we have Bob Lazar’s sudden appearance on the world stage with his testimony of having worked at Area 51 (a facility that wasn’t even supposed to exist at that time) and seeing anti-gravitic technology , among other things, be demonstrated there. These two stories, Roswell and Lazar’s testimony, are among the most important in all of ufology.
Then came the internet and internet radio, allowing for the dissemination of such subject matter to a much wider audience than before. People like George Noory Art Bell came to prominence, along with Bill Cooper and others. It was a revolution in communications that coincided perfectly with all of the new hubbub surrounding the subject of UFOs.
And today, we have YouTube, riding a decade-plus long wave of popularity that has yet to show any signs of slowing down. With the advent of video-sharing sites like YouTube, the ability to publish amateur footage of UFO activity for viewing by anyone anywhere at any time was suddenly realized. And that brings us to the present, where despite all of the video footage and other forms of evidence that exist of the UFO phenomenon, there remains an inordinate amount of skepticism and disinterest towards the whole topic in general. In my opinion, with as much as has been documented and divulged, something indeed is going on. The question is, what? Intelligent beings visiting us from another world is just one of the many plausible answers to that question.
By Sha’Kim Bush
1. Jacobsen, Annie. Area 51: An Uncensored History of America’s Top Secret Military Base. May, 2011. Pages 15-17.
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