Newspaper column: Stop wasting taxpayer money on secret UFO studies

Reid being interviewed on KLASA-TV

As they say on “The X-Files,” the truth is out there.

Apparently it is still out there, because no one has revealed it. Maybe that is because it is classified. Yeah, that’s the ticket. It’s classified.

In December, The New York Times revealed that former Nevada Sen. Harry Reid had secretly managed in 2007 to direct $22 million in taxpayer money to a secret UFO study, with much of the money going to Reid crony and contributor Robert Bigelow of Las Vegas.

The program was called the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP), apparently the linguistic avatar for UFO studies.

According to the Times, money was spent by Bigelow’s company, Bigelow Aerospace, to hire subcontractors and solicit research, as well as modifying buildings in Las Vegas for the storage of metal alloys and other materials “recovered from unidentified aerial phenomena.”

The Defense Department told the Times the funding dried up in 2012, but Reid told the newspaper that only he and Sens. Ted Stevens of Alaska and Daniel Inouye of Hawaii knew about the funding to begin with. So how do we know it ended?

“This was so-called black money,” Reid was quoted as saying. “Stevens knows about it, Inouye knows about it. But that was it, and that’s how we wanted it.” And you thought it took a majority vote.

Both Stevens and Inouye have since died. Reid retired from office this past year.

The Times further noted that in 2009 Reid wrote a letter to William Lynn III, a deputy defense secretary at the time, requesting the creation of a highly secret, severely limited access program, because “much progress has been made with the identification of several highly sensitive, unconventional aerospace-related findings.”

The paper also reported that a 2009 Pentagon briefing on the study claimed “what was considered science fiction is now science fact” — without explanation as to what that might be — but Reid’s request for the super secret squad reportedly was denied.

Recently a Las Vegas television station got its hands on that 2009 letter and posted a copy online.

The letter is a buzzword- and jargon-filled screed claiming extraordinary findings without a shred of supporting documentation or evidence. It never mentions unidentified flying objects or UFOs. Instead it talks about “emerging disruptive aerospace technologies … in regard to advanced lift, propulsion, the use of unconventional materials and controls, signature reduction, weaponry, human interface and human effects.”

The second paragraph, which was partially quoted by the Times, reads: “Since the Advanced Aerospace Threat and Identification Program (AAITP [sic]) and study were first commissioned, much progress has been made with the identification of several highly sensitive, unconventional aerospace-related findings. Given the current rate of success, the continued study of these subjects will likely lead to technology advancements that in the immediate near-term will require extraordinary protection.”

What progress? What rate of success? Extraordinary protection from whom? The taxpayers?

In fact, Reid’s letter specifically states that it is critical for industry partners to be protected, lest public awareness of such folly discourage industry participation.

Reid’s letter further states, “Associated exotic technologies likely involve extremely sophisticated concepts with the world of quantum mechanics, nuclear science, electromagnetic theory, gravitics, and thermodynamics. Given that all of these have the potential to be used with catastrophic effects by adversaries, an unusually high degree of operational security and read-on discretion is required.”

Gravitics? That’s not science. It is science fiction.

The Las Vegas television station also posted what is reportedly a list of studies funded by Reid’s largesse with our money. Titles include “Wormholes in SpaceTime,” “Antigravity Studies,” “Vacuum Energy Applications,” “Warp Drives, Dark Energy, and Dimensions,” “Quantum Entanglement Communications,” “Brain-Machine Interfaces” and “Quantum Tomography of Negative Energy States in the Vacuum.”

The word quantum merely means a specified quantity.

At least two people who have been identified as working without Bigelow on the materials “recovered from unidentified aerial phenomena” have declared they could not talk about their “findings” because they are classified.

Precisely how is the public ever to find out if their money — being spent in secret and producing only secret findings — has been well spent? That is the definition of unaccountability with the potential for chicanery and tomfoolery.

The truth may be out there, but how are we to know?

A version of this column appeared this week in many of the Battle Born Media newspapers — The Ely Times, the Mesquite Local News, the Mineral County Independent-News, the Eureka Sentinel and the Lincoln County Record — and the Elko Daily Free Press.

11 comments on “Newspaper column: Stop wasting taxpayer money on secret UFO studies

  1. John Smith says:

    Beware the royal nonesuch.

    Sent from my iPhone

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  2. Steve says:

    Isn’t that redundant?

    And hey, how do we expect to get low rent housing in space without dark money?

  3. Rincon says:

    The Trump Administration is a walking catastrophe. It and the Republicans are putting us deeper in debt than the much criticized Obama Administration. Trump himself, if not in collusion with Russia, is at the very least, doing a laundry list of things that Putin himself would have planned if he could. No words about any of that. Instead, you’re worried about $22 million spent at least 6 years ago. Talk about avoiding the elephant in the room! That’s OK though. We’ll discuss the mouse.

    Although it is possible that the UFO thing was bogus, it’s also possible it was not. We do not know what evidence was involved. Your criticism of other government funded research though, is unwarranted without a lot of backup. The benefits of government research have have been incalculable. Atomic energy for example, came from basic research, along with a thousand other technologies and benefits. Had we not engaged in atomic research, it’s quite possible that Germany would have developed the atomic bomb without us even knowing that it was possible.

    One portion of government research money has improved my life dramatically, along with the lives of countless others. The mortality and morbidity rate from smoking, a poor diet, and lack of exercise is far lower than it was when I was young. At that time, anyone over 40 was essentially sessile if they had any choice in the matter. They didn’t know any better. Today, I and a variety of friends still enjoy our sports much as we did when we were 25. Although I cannot be sure that I will live longer than my father, I am way more active and physically capable than he was at this age. Most of the credit belongs to government funded research. Does anyone really think private companies would bother to research such things? They don’t lead to anything that can be sold.

    If the government wastes a few bucks going down some dead ends, I’m fine with it, because dead ends are part and parcel of the science that has brought us the standard of living that we have.

  4. But the results, if any, are secret. Only three senators approved this fiasco.

  5. Besides, there are enough people hyperventilating over Russian collusion already.

  6. ufojoe1 says:

    Congressional staffers are interviewing various military witnesses to these incidents with UFOs. These things, whatever they are, are flying circles around our craft and have been for seven decades. Go listen to Commander David Fravor talk about his close up encounter with a Tic Tac shaped object. This thing ran circles around our F-18s. Go listen to the former head of the AATIP program, Luis Elizondo, speak about what they learned. Or one of the leading scientists, Hal Puthoff share some the science. Google and YouTube are your friends. Their lectures are online. Physicist Eric Davis is another one. This next year is going to be very eye opening. Besides those three Senators, former Senator, the late John Glenn, also urged them to pursue this study. Something is interacting with us. Time to wake up and realize that.

  7. Steve says:

    UFO’s are the best distraction ever created. Keep the public focused on that hand will the other does the dirty work.
    Don’t fall for the hype and FUD.

  8. Steve says:

    Will? Auto correct does it again!

    While. That’s the word.

  9. ufojoe1 says:

    Not may people are distracted. So, if that’s their intended goal, it’s failing miserably.

    If the ones driving the UFOs are “alien” to our society, this could be the biggest story in the history of mankind. If it’s our black tech, it’s still a huge story. Listen to Dave Fravor talk about his close-up encounter. If we have tech like this, it’s a major game changer. Why secret tech would be flown so close to our white world, military guys is another story. Doesn’t make sense. But like I said, stay tuned. Lots more to come these next 12 months.

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