Unidentified Aerial Putins

When I last wrote about UFOs (now officially and paradoxically relabelled “UAPs” though, we are told, the government knows they are alien spacecraft and therefore “objects” and not merely “phenomena”), it was in the wake of the release of the “Tic-tac” episode by the Pentagon. I speculated, tongue in cheek, about the possibility that they might simply be the equivalent of interstellar dolphins rather than anything more intelligent.

But UFOs have been part of our “black” culture since at least World War II, and most people either believe they are extra-terrestrial craft, or that the extra-terrestrial craft don’t exist. It is only the more whimsical who accept any other explanation, like Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull who, on the album Passion Play, has Lucifer boasting of his evil deeds and adds:

Legends were born, surrounding mysterious lights
Seen in the sky (flashing)
I just lit a fag, and then took my leave
In the blink of an eye.

Since 2019, however, the drip feed of official and “whistleblower” information has neither ceased, nor led to a full disclosure of government files. Instead, “credible witnesses” like retired senior intelligence officers (do they ever really retire, given Christopher Steele and his ilk?) have slowly asserted that there are actually several crashed spacecraft in secret US custody, that they have been reverse-engineered for decades, and that dead aliens have not only been dissected, but live ones interrogated. Meanwhile more official video footage has been occasionally released, and the odd general has suggested that extra-terrestrial invasion by a technologically superior race is the biggest threat facing us. Apart from Russia. Or climate Armageddon. Or new pandemics. Or far-right insurrections.

Now, since the early days there have been many apparently reliable witnesses of “aerial phenomena” that weren’t weather balloons, though often officially explained as such even before the Chinese had them. There have been nutty contactees, often selling millions of books, many more fake photos than real ones, and always the dark hints that government “men in black” know a lot and aren’t telling us. The whole package forms a significant piece of Western mythology.

But many people are beginning to wonder why more than 80 years on from WW2 foo-fighters, Captain Mantell’s seminal 1948 sighting, and George Adamski’s trips round the moon, the whole thing is now becoming a serious part of national life. Congressional committees, official admissions, and the trickle of plausible whistleblowers are seen occasionally on the MSM, but very much more widely on the “alternative” media like Joe Rogan, Redacted and so on. That is, the news is primarily being directed at those already sceptical of officialdom – those who have tended over the last three years to demonstrate that the difference between a conspiracy theory and a fact is about three months.

Yet compared to the anti-science of COVID or climate emergency, or the blatant propaganda of US proxy wars culminating in the Ukraine debacle, the picture being built up over UFOs is distinctly more dodgy. Yes, there is a significant body of enthusiasts eager for the “cover up” to be finally blown apart any time now, so that we finally know we are not alone. But others – I among them – are deeply suspicious of anything involving Western intelligence services, especially when there are many claims, but little material evidence.

If scientists have, for many decades, reverse-engineered interstellar anti-gravity craft with absurd acceleration, how come the Russians and Chinese have beaten America in hypersonic missiles and electronic defence? If secret organs of the government have had good indications of hostile alien intentions since the 1950s, why pursue confrontational and exploitative foreign policies rather than bringing the world together against a common enemy? And, of course, one has to ask why said aliens have been swarming around the world for nearly a century (or more, if some of the older reports of “giant airships” are to be believed), when they could have got their invasion over and done with before our technology improved.

An acquaintance of mine, Gregg Davison, has written an excellent Sci-Fi trilogy (“The Mulapin Trilogy”) which, though completed before the Great Gloom of 2020, is remarkably prescient about the various deceptions we have actually experienced or anticipate, from lockstep governments to everyone “taking the chip” to gain all kinds of pretended conveniences. In Gregg’s story, the instigators are a weak alien force seeking to subvert, and destroy, the earth’s inhabitants by stealth. It’s pretty much the role we attribute to the Deep State, and it’s all too easy to see Gregg’s aliens as a metaphor for satanic “Powers and Principalities” behind world events – a comparison that he deliberately avoided.

But some of us are just a little suspicious that we sniff the more familiar Deep State behind the current drip-drip of UFO stories, rather than hostile ETs. It seems at least possible that the public mind is being “prepped” for something, just as it was primed to fear Putin through apparently unconnected events like Russiagate and the Scripal case, and as it is now being wound up to support war against China by shooting down spy balloons that didn’t spy, reporting genocides that the targeted minority seems to deny, and so on. And remember for how long we were told about the risk of novel pandemics and the virtues of mass-vaccination, and how we got dry runs like Swine Flu and Ebola over a couple of decades, before the COVID machine was unleashed.

But how could the Deep State capitalise on something so widely disbelieved as UFOs? They’re an obsession for a few, and for most a matter of open-minded indifference and coffee table conversation. One friend had a premonition in a dream. Another has a dog that seems to know when master gets in his car to drive home from work. Another had his asthma cured by laying on of hands. And another once saw a UFO. Interesting, and it shows there are more things in heaven and earth, but it doesn’t change your life.

But to me, that semi-mythical status makes a pretended alien invasion quite a good political tool for the unprincipled. And nowadays, powerful people do “unprincipled” in style. It’s pretty unprincipled to condemn millions to death by demonising effective antivirals against your engineered virus, like hydrochloroquine and ivermectin, and by cancelling their expert proponents, in order to maximise profits from patent drugs and vaccines. But it’s just happened. It’s pretty immoral to sabotage peace treaties and perpetuate a proxy war “to the last Ukrainian” in order to sell weapons, but it is happening as I write. Hundreds of thousands have died, but think of the profits!

And remember that whilst “Project Bluebook” was secretly investigating UFO sightings, it took a brave JFK to reject the CIA’s 1962 “Operation Northwoods” plan to create a false flag by killing US citizens in order to provoke a war against the Communists. It wasn’t long before Kennedy, a US citizen, was shot, and his death blamed on a Soviet sympathiser. I don’t think the morality of taxpayer-financed warmongers has improved since the 1960s, do you? And now there is no JFK in their way.

If false flags are not out of the question (and for America they appear to be routine), then a non-existent alien invasion might be an ideal way of generating popular fear, and therefore imposing more central control, in a sufficiently well prepared population. For it could be engineered to have even more of a panic effect than COVID, which would more than make up for any lack of the kind of “campaign of false evidence” seen in, say, the climate crisis. Let me paint a possible scenario, and you can judge it on its merits.

The current drip-drip of semi-offical admissions in alternative media primes the more sceptical folk to believe “there’s something in it after all.” If that leads to the wider public hearing about it – perhaps from a statement by a congressional committee that there has indeed been a long history of knowledge of ETs by the intelligence community and even (hint hint) some solid evidence which, at some future date, may be cleared for public scrutiny – then this issue will now be on everyone’s radar, without their actually knowing anything. Add to that senior generals complaining that this is the greatest threat to National Security and that funds ought to be dedicated to developing new weapons – purely for defence, of course.

They’d now have set the scene for some false flag like the nuking of a small city, ideally in some distant vassal state like Kosovo, but perhaps a town in West Virginia would have more impact on the US consciousness. Hell, we could do both a couple of days apart – that worked on Japan, after all. Since a majority trusts the government (not knowing about Operation Northwoods) not many would doubt the official line that large UFOs were seen just before both attacks, and the blurred AI-generated video footage from an F35 would confirm it. Recent experience shows that few would ever suspect such a dirty home-grown trick, and those who did would not dare say so in such an acute emergency. Nobody wants to be lynched as an alien-stooge.

Fortunately the President would be able to announce, gravely, that one UAP was shot down with our new hypersonic missile (and a second by a plucky hillbilly with a shotgun), and a whole agenda of curfews, lockdowns, censorship and weapons programs could plausibly keep the whole shebang going for an appreciable length of time, whilst a full technocracy was imposed. One might not even need any more actual “hostilities,” since news reports of atrocities far away work very well in a highly-censored society – we learned a lesson or two from 1984, after all.

Now, you’ll notice this plan lacks an endgame strategy, though they couldn’t keep the non-existence of the aliens secret forever. That may be a pointer towards its reality, though – from Vietnam to Ukraine, from Net Zero to lockdowns, withdrawal strategies have been notably absent in Western elite thinking. But as I consider the matter, it wouldn’t be hard to bring the campaign back down to earth by revealing that Chairman Xi and President Putin had allied with the aliens to destroy Truth, Justice and the American Way. That would bring us back on to familiar territory, and the bug-eyed guys could simply be forgotten, perhaps after the Ghost of Kalamazoo shot them all down before a Russian drone got him.

Now, to be honest, I don’t see this whole scenario as very likely, though I don’t see it as far-fetched either. But I have written about it so that, if talk of UAPs as not only real, but a threat, continue to be talked up in the media, you will be forewarned that the bursting of Independence Day into the real world may be as easy for merely human ingenuity to produce as was the movie. And, as Orson Welles showed way back, it would produce widespread public compliance.

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About Jon Garvey

Training in medicine (which was my career), social psychology and theology. Interests in most things, but especially the science-faith interface. The rest of my time, though, is spent writing, playing and recording music.
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