Alien Conspiracy Theories, is the US Government Concealing the Truth?
I started this post, like so many others, with research. Well, even a modicum of research shows that a huge percentage of the US population believes the government knows more about aliens than they are letting on. Maybe 50% or more of the population, though depends on the poll and just what is being asked. It’s an astounding percentage to me. Live and learn I guess, I had more or less thought this was a fringe belief that not too many people take seriously. I was wrong. Hell, more Americans may believe in this conspiracy than believe the earth is 7,000 years old. I … guess … this is a good thing.
Does this widespread belief in a US government cover-up about aliens indicate there might be something to it? Sadly, no. People believe all sorts of silly things, the ugly truth is that people are highly suggestible. And the cultural phenomena that might engender such a widespread belief has long and deep roots going back to the fifties. In other words, starting in the late forties, a lot of people starting making a lot of money writing UFO books that claimed the US government had knowledge of aliens. Some were best sellers in their day, even if they are forgotten now. (Helpfully illustrated above.) So it’s no wonder that so many people believe in alien cover-up conspiracies, and the government’s own schizophrenia on the topic hasn’t helped any either. One has to remember that even when governments and bureaucrats and military people haven’t a clue to what’s going on, that’s the one thing they never ever want to let on. Understanding this for example makes the current US government position on the Afghanistan War a lot easier to follow, but I digress. Well, if the government is hiding evidence of UFOs, it’s not a very well kept secret.
So, psychological and folkloric aspects of the topic aside, how to approach this situation. There’s a lot of directions to look, but let’s look at technology transfer. If say, the US government, has secret contact with aliens, what are they getting for it? Well, wouldn’t technology be something the government would covet beyond all else? And here, we have a problem. If the US government has obtained alien technology, they certainly haven’t put it to use. According to comic books and movies and sadly the mainstream media, we have all sorts of amazing military gadgetry now. Well, yes and no. One must understand that we are still flying B-52s, a plane that was built in the 1950s. Correct me if I’m wrong, but there does not seem to be any technology in use on Earth that doesn’t have long established roots in human science and knowledge. Worse, this extends back in history. I don’t know of any example of “out-of-time” technology. No Roman electric generators, no medieval nuclear piles, nada. Even the Anitkythera device, amazing as it is, doesn’t show evidence of alien influence.
Moving on, in a strictly empirical physical sense, if we’ve had interactions with interstellar travelling aliens, no one has managed to ever steal so much as a paper clip, let alone a death ray? There are all sorts of ways an artifact made by another civilization on another planet by another species would have telltale physical characteristics. It would be unmistakable, especially if late twentieth century scientists examined it. Again, correct me if I’m wrong, but no such artifact has surfaced. Either currently, or in the historical record. And yeah, there’s ways one can explain away objections like these and still maintain a “secret government contact with aliens” theory, but when one has to start explaining away objections to a theory, the theory rapidly gets less viable.
Which segues into my favourite alien conspiracy theory. The “aliens are crafty little buggers theory.” In this theory, the USA did indeed make contact with aliens in the 1940s. And cut a deal with them. They would give us technology, and in exchange they would get to do “medical experiments” on us. And they hoodwinked us, the technology they gave us was useless, and they have abducted huge numbers of Americans and conducted bizarre medical experiments on them. In other words, and I hope people can follow this, the aliens did to the US government what the Dutch did to the Indians … bought Manhattan with beads and trinkets. IE our government was tricked into giving aliens “legal” access to the only thing about humanity that might be of value as a galactic commodity exchange, the very nature of our beings and our DNA, in exchange for, well, what?
I like this theory because it not only explains all the evidence, especially and including why the US government (or any government for that matter) is reluctant to reveal what they know about aliens. Who would want to be the one to reveal that not only did the US government contact aliens, they hoodwinked us out of the only thing we had of value in the galactic market? Maybe even sold us into galactic slavery for all practical purposes? Even Obama would have a hard time with that, although, honestly, no one could do it better. The man does have a silver tongue. Maybe that’s why the powers that be had him elected? Now I’m scaring myself.
(The above image is claimed as Fair Use under US copyright law. Basically it is a low resolution reproduction of the original, is not being used for profit, and it’s use here is in no way interfering with the copyright holder’s commercial use of the image, arguably the opposite. And the author of the book passed in 98, so I think I’m in the clear. Credit and copyright: Cosimo Classics. For the record, I don’t think any current government has contact with aliens or secret knowledge of aliens, but I certainly don’t think it’s impossible. I just don’t see any evidence of it.)
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