Some people believe we are soon going to pass over a threshold of new understanding about the longstanding presence of these mysterious phenomena. Others with a view grounded in a more historical perspective expect yet another whitewash of obfuscation. For many people the official acknowledgement by the government of UAP existence alone will be a huge breakthrough, even though that already has essentially happened over the past three years. Visionaries dream sweepingly of revealed technologies and friendly new partnerships that will transform human life and save the planet. Who is likely to be fulfilled and who disappointed?
The forthcoming UAP report is a vehicle for many expectations, doubts, and wishes.
Let the Games Begin
Roswell is a fundamental reference that must be addressed directly in the UAP report.
Past experience with government reports in ufology necessarily leads to skepticism. Deceits and denials over decades have taken a toll on the credibility of anything coming from official sources. The original sin in 1947 was the forcing of a reliable and savvy guy, Lieutenant Colonel Jesse Marcel, to pose with debris anyone would recognize was from an ordinary weather balloon and make him squat in the blame of mistaking the tinfoil and balsa wood tatters spread out on the floor for a flying saucer. With this sacrificial display, the U.S. Air Force clutched at their naked ignorance and sought a fig leaf for public relations. For various reasons compelling to them at the time, the decision was taken to lie and ridicule. Study of the phenomena has been tainted by that moment ever since, unto the very day the coming report is to be released.
Three times the “official” story applied to whatever happened at Roswell has changed, each one successively weaker than the last. We know better in many different ways. Congressional investigation through the General Accounting Office during the 1990s confirmed significant operational military records from the time in question were destroyed without proper authorization. Hundreds of people have given testimony about their witness of events. More than a few mentioned dire threats to the lives of themselves and loved ones for ever discussing their experiences. We don’t have a count of how many kept the secret to their deaths rather than face the risk of telling the world, but enough did speak up for ufologists to have collected a compelling body of documentation.
For a long time, it has been obvious that something extraordinary happened in the vicinity of Roswell, New Mexico. This event was the apparent cause of all the secrecy and denial about everything that followed afterwards. We are going to need straight answers to questions about a great many other things that are said to have occurred since, and maybe before, but those inquiries can be formed properly only when we know reliably this first truth upfront.
If the UAP report is going to be credible about anything else, Roswell will require more than a passing reference or a footnote in small print. Should Roswell be ignored or information given that does not match the hard-won historical research available to us, chances are the Big Lie is still being carried forward. Whatever else is in the pages of the report is then equally suspect. For better or worse, Roswell has been inherited as a touchstone for what is yet to be learned in our overall understanding of the phenomena.
Turning on a Single Point
Roswell is key for one reason far above any others.
There are only two possible positions that can be revealed in the report. Either the authorities controlling the disavowal know what the phenomena are, or they don’t. The report might say, “Yeah, well, we’ve been observing these things as they come and go. We see what they can do, but otherwise they elude our understanding.” The only other possible answer is found in an acknowledgement saying, “Yes, we have come into direct contact and have certain knowledge of their existence.”
Either a crashed disk recovery happened at Roswell and everything that brings up is therefore on the table, or the accumulated historical indication that one did is a complexly wrought masterpiece of deception in its own right.
The preponderance of available evidence favors the simpler explanation that something otherworldly smashed into the earth. The debris was collected and hastily secreted in military labs for study. Whether there were alien bodies or even living entities found, whether you believe Philip Corso’s narrative about seeding commercial industry with recovered technology (prominent researcher of the Roswell incident Stan Friedman did not), or whether the military was responsible for shooting a craft down, none of that much matters before the UAP report admits what happened at Roswell was a genuine encounter or reprises “Yes, we have no bananas today.”
There is no in-between. Waffling with some excuse of lost records or sidestepping with statements of misunderstanding or irrelevance is not credible. The rubber stamp saying Case Closed is worn out and the red ink pad has long gone dry. Honest disclosure about Roswell to some degree means everything to how we can value whatever else is presented in the report.
A Mummer’s Tale
The UAP report has been called into being out of an awareness that something powerful exists in the world which is beyond us and our capabilities.
Shades of national security will haunt everything we are told, but the report is deliberately unclassified. Everyone can read it, including foreign adversaries. That alone should dislodge the rose-colored glasses of those hoping for fantastic revelations. We can reasonably expect no mention of zero-point energy sources, electrogravitic engines, time warp generators, or quantum dematerialization beams unless the Russians and the Chinese are willing to share theirs.
More likely, there might be a list of astonishing flight characteristics and other types of cataloged behaviors you’d find mentioned on any good UFO website. Also, don’t discount the possibility of the report claiming many or even most things believably reported were our own, since the development of highly secret aircraft has taken unrelated unidentified aerial phenomenon as a cover story for decades. Muddied waters can be slow to clear. A single report for the general public isn’t going to be able to undo the flood of disinformation that has gone on for a very long time.
The possibility of using the UAP report as a counterintelligence exercise will be tempting to the contributing intelligence agencies, of course. Spy versus spy never takes a rest. The military services will be at the table with their best cardplayer faces (Air Force to the Navy: “No, I don’t have any aliens. Go fish.”). If there really is an organization like the purported MJ-12, influencers wielding red pencils will appear and vanish like ectoplasm as the draft evolves. Many hands may make light work, but they can also make light of the work with sleight of hand.
Only a Fool Fights in a Burning House
If we get nothing without Roswell, Roswell may be all we get.
Starting with Roswell and going forward, nothing in the history of the coverup has been about fairness or justice. The UAP report is not going to litigate that. Demanding postures of outraged righteousness over the withholding of information with such profound importance to the whole human race have made exactly zero difference thus far. Even the dying Dr. J. Allen Hynek, the story goes, was summarily kicked out of the office of the Secretary of Defense when he pleaded with old colleague Dick Cheney to tell him the truth before his grave closed.
If there is one clear lesson descended from what started with Roswell, it is that what people believe they should know (and that others should believe what they know) doesn’t signify much at all. The UAP report has a minuscule likelihood of changing that circumstance even if it does serve to kick start a longer process of revelation.
There seems to be a large number of people expecting validation to come out of the report for their personal experiences. As experiencers of the phenomena, or what they have taken as the phenomena, individuals caught in a spider web of carefully cultivated cultural denial can feel deeply aggrieved at the way they have been treated when trying to bring attention to something they feel has the highest significance. They want their stories to be heard with respect and imagine the UAP report is at last a starting point.
No charge of anything like this social adjustment was made to those responsible for writing the report. Almost certainly, the UAP report will not give mention to abductions, cattle mutilations, underground bases, federated galactic diplomacy, channeled ascended masters, or hybrid star children. National security as related to unidentified phenomena is the sole thing on the menu. Those nurturing wishful thoughts otherwise are very likely doomed to further disappointment. The best we can realistically hope for remains that what we are told is truthful, however little detail or explanation in that information there may be, and go from there.
The Breaking Wave
The past moral iniquities and ethical violations of the coverup cannot be changed, and possibly cannot even be redressed.
If the UAP report speaks honestly about Roswell and provides authentic supporting evidence, we will need to extinguish lingering resentment and cynicism about what has come before in order to hear clearly what is being explained. Adopting this attitude of openness and acceptance, though probably not full trust, can serve as an encouragement to tightfisted authorities for further disclosure.
At best result, the coming report is a first toe in the water for sharing by those who have kept this knowledge to themselves. Roswell is an enormous secret for them to give over, necessary but not inevitable. Being agitated that we were not allowed to see before now is just as counterproductive as expecting everything on a wish list to be laid out all at once. There are never going to be public tours of the S-4 facility at Area 51 to see the dead bodies and the sports model flying saucer like an informant of Wendell Stevens said Dick Cheney did (Bob Lazar has a wee bit of corroboration there, though it may have been for the purpose of a psyop).
If at long last we know the truth about Roswell, then we have a genuine foundation to stand on and tackle the rest of our realizations. If not, the UAP report is just another shallow public relations exercise. We must take what we receive, and we have to wait a short while yet to see what that will be. Then we will know one way or the other. After nearly eighty years, we seem to want only for a little more patience.
Other articles from Trail of the Saucers that deal with the issues in this essay are:
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