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Scientific Credentials Launched in Search for UFOs

“I don’t think staying ignorant is a good idea.” With those words, there might be hope for UFO vindication on the horizon.

I recently read an NBC news interview with the man who sent that message, Ari Loeb. One of our nation’s best known astronomers and the longest-serving chair of Harvard’s astronomy department. Loeb revealed receipt of private funds to search for what is usually an unmentionable in scientific and academic circles.

UFO’s, or what is now apparently called “unidentified aerial phenomena,” or UAPs. I’ll revisit this new official euphemism and inevitable acronym in a semi-flash. First, some background.

This news comes in the wake of the Pentagon’s June release of footage taken by military aviators, aired in primetime by mainstream media figures brave enough to endure ridicule by those who deride others as delusional and conspiratorial for admitting they or anyone else have seen UFOs.

If you recall, this fascinating video footage is part of the intelligence report wherein the US government admitted it could explain only one of 144 encounters with UFOs experienced by members of our armed forces.

Now, billionaires are coming forth to fund research, likely aware that the Department of Defense, even if it has engaged in past projects, may not have done so with an open mind, nor would it necessarily reveal results to American taxpayers who funded their efforts to begin with.

No, our government is too busy trying to keep secrets, and threatening citizens with violence like common thugs to do so (see warning signs on the perimeter of Area 51 in Nevada).

Enter Ari Loeb with the Galileo Project, named for the 17th century Italian astronomer physicist known for using telescopes and for controversial findings.

Controversial because, no matter how brilliant the scientist imparting the message, folks since the dawn of time grapple with information not fitting preconceived notions of what they’re pre-programmed to believe about their own existence.

With the Galileo Project, Loeb launches the search for UFOs with $1.755 million from private sources, installing small telescopes across Earth to watch the skies with the aim of capturing in high resolution what Loeb himself calls “something weird.” This endeavor will use artificial intelligence to rule out identifiable objects such as planes, drones, or birds.

“If there is something out there, we need to find out,” said Loeb.

Loeb describes this project as basically observational astronomy, looking through telescopes to understand the universe. So simple, yet so very daunting to many who apparently prefer to delude themselves that we are both alone in the vast universe and also vastly superior to every other living and potentially living thing.

“Here we are, talking about a discovery that would change the history of humanity, so how dare we push it aside,” said Loeb.

How dare we, indeed.

After all, in addition to DoD employees, there’s been plenty of other government officials who’ve acknowledged seeing things they can’t explain. Folks like a NASA Administrator, senators including former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, as well as former CIA directors and President Barack Obama.

I’ve seen UFOs too, and I’m not famous, though I did once work for the Pentagon. But how many others out there might have seen them as well?

Loew himself acknowledges that too many astronomers are afraid to speak out for fear of being discredited. Add pilots and astronauts to that list, who have also not been allowed to speak out, even if they wanted to risk humiliation from hordes of judgmental jerks.

In Being Alienated, first book of my Other Worldly series, protagonist Rowan Layne discusses seeing UFOs with a friend in the central rural Nevada town where she lived when the truth about aliens among us was revealed. Her friend comments on how so many people are oblivious to the world around them—and UFOs in the skies above them.

Rowan responds, “Or it’s like ghosts. People are afraid to admit they’ve seen or heard them, even to themselves.”

Back to those “unidentified aerial phenomena.” DoD is notorious for turning everything into an acronym, and one supposes UFO was too touchy-feely or sci-fi fantasy for them. Using UFO instead of UAP or anything else might come off as throwing in their lot with the reality that there are things unexplainable—and that they haven’t been able to annihilate with advanced weaponry.

Not that they likely haven’t tried. The Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force is a program of the US Office of Naval Intelligence used to “standardize collection of reporting” on sightings of UAP.

There is only one reason such a program would fall under the auspices of the military—our government has always seen UFOs as a threat to national security. Despite the inconvenient and glaring reality that not one of the sightings they can’t explain entailed aggression, violence, or otherwise threatening behavior on the part of whomever is operating this mysterious technology.

Which is another issue in and of itself. The government’s utter failure to admit that a living entity is flying or remotely controlling this “phenomena.” It’s a wonder they didn’t use “unmanned” instead of “unidentified” in their newly stylized acronym. That way, they could be both predictably sexist and refrain from admitting they couldn’t identify something that they nonetheless insist on self-servingly seeing as a threat.

Additionally, the fact that the Pentagon’s aim is to “standardize” something it can’t explain might be inherently part of their credibility problem. The issue all along has been an inability to stretch the mind to comprehend something outside the parameters of our own existing reality—and technological abilities.

Acceptance is sorely lacking when it comes to UFO sightings and the possibility of extraterrestrial life. Yet the experience of seeing UFOs is not something to hide, be embarrassed by, or ashamed of.

It is naysayers who should be called out for their closed minds, for attempts to keep secret that which they –the government, scientists, academia, the media—don’t seek to understand. All who make childish jokes at the expense of those whose first-hand experiences are all the proof they need.

Here’s hoping Ari Loeb and Project Galileo can turn the tables on the tiny-minded who choose to stay ignorant or attempt to keep the rest of us in the dark.

 

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