Sunday, January 28, 2018

Pentagon has spent millions hunting for UFOs

The Pentagon Is Hunting for UFOs. Guess How Much It Costs. - Foundation for Economic Education - Working for a free and prosperous world - Camilo Gómez:

January 28, 2018 - "Last December, the New York Times broke the story about a secret Pentagon program that searches for UFOs. The Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program was a pet project of Harry Reid, the Nevada Democrat and then-Senate majority leader. The program ran from 2007 to 2012 and cost $22 million. It was funded by 'black money,' the term used for classified Pentagon programs. This explains why the project wasn’t public until this year...

"The Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program gave most of the money to Reid’s billionaire friend Robert Bigelow, who runs an aerospace research company that has worked with NASA. Since Bigelow was already a billionaire, the obvious question is: why can’t he ... fund his own program?

"The relationship between UFO searching and the US government ... started in 1948 with a program by the United States Air Force called Project Sign, then it changed its name to Project Grudge. Then, in 1953, it became Project Blue Book for the next two decades. The program had two goals: to determine if UFOs were a threat to national security and to scientifically analyze UFO-related data.

"In 1968, the Condon Report was published by the University of Colorado UFO Project, a group funded by the United States Air Force from 1966 to 1968.... The conclusions of the Cordon Report were that UFOs are not a threat to national security, that unidentified sightings didn’t represent technological developments or principles beyond the range of modern science, and that there is no way to determine if UFOs are of extraterrestrial origin.

"In 1970, Project Blue Book came to an end, but that didn’t mean the government stopped funding the search for aliens. The SETI Institute, a non-profit organization founded in 1984, received funding from the government, but it stopped after the criticism as a waste of money without any relevant objective by two Democratic Senators, William Proxmire of Wisconsin and Richard Bryan of Nevada. But this was just the direct funding....

"The American government has wasted money on silly things like birdwatching, changing sand in beaches, and funding a clown school in Argentina.... UFO searches sound like a more imaginative way to waste money, but it’s still not a legitimate government function.

"[C]ould we trust that if a government actually solves the UFO mystery, they would reveal it? It seems doubtful, given their love for secrecy.... Plus, politicians tend to be hawkish, so if they are first to contact an extraterrestrial civilization, the risk of war increases. Searching for UFOs is just not the government’s business. We all would be better off if we leave that task to the private sector."

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