There’s disappointing news for UFO conspiracy theorists.
“According to a 1985 fact sheet from Wright-Patterson, posted online by the National Archives, the Air Force decided to discontinue UFO investigations after concluding that “no UFO reported, investigated and evaluated by the Air Force has ever given any indication of threat to our national security [and] there has been no evidence indicating that sightings categorized as ‘unidentified’ are extraterrestrial vehicles.” Wright-Patterson also said the Air Force has not seen any evidence suggesting the sightings “represent technological developments or principles beyond the range of present-day scientific knowledge.”
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Walter Bedell-Smith is viewed as being the first person to envisage the CIA using UFOs as potential PSYOPs via this message he sent to Raymond Allen, head of the PSB (Psychological Strategy Board) in 1952:
“I am today transmitting to the national security council a proposal in which it is concluded that the problems connected with the UFOs appear to have implications for psychological warfare as well as for intelligence and operations… I suggest that we discuss at an early board meeting the possible offensive and defensive utilization of these phenomena for psychological warfare purposes.”
In the mid to late 1970’s Harley D Rutledge, a Ph.D. in physics, conducted a field investigation of UFO phenomena in Southeastern Missouri. Rutledge was then the chair of the physics department of a small state university at Cape Girardeau, MO. He did something that the USAF never actually did. He led teams of volunteer investigators, reasonably well equipped with scientific instruments, out into the field in an effort to directly observe and measure the phenomena that were being called “UFO’s”. In 1981 he published his work in “Project Identification-The First Scientific Field Study of UFO Phenomena”. I recommend his work because of it’s carefully reasoned and disciplined approach to the problem. In contrast Project Bluebook was a poorly run exercise in public relations with little to no effort to conduct proper analysis. Their answer to everything was nicely summarized in the now famous line:
“All right, Beatrice, there was no alien. The flash of light you saw in the sky was not a UFO. Swamp gas from a weather balloon was trapped in a thermal pocket and reflected the light from Venus.”
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That is a fascinating article you put together there, especially was the part about Cabell:
“In response to my questions Col. Stevens said that he was a US Air Force Colonel in the 1960s, assigned to Project Blue Book at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, (where I went to college).
Who was his commanding officer?
Why that would be General Charles Pearre Cabell – the commander of the Air Force during the Bay of Pigs invasion and brother of the mayor of Dallas, Texas at the time of the assassination.”
Reality can be as artistic and poetic as fiction. Rhythms, compositions, ends and beginnings… Metaphor!!
Easy to dismiss UFOs and silly conspiracy theories, but harder to understand the serious and successful covert disinformation and psychological warfare operation that was behind this effort.