An. Actual. UFO?

February 11, 2023

Did not have UFO shootdown on my bingo card this weekend.

Is this the way it unfolds, on cable news?

Here’s what I was looking for. From the intro to Close Encounters of the Third Kind, in 19 77.
For my money as memorable as any UFO sequence in any movie.


6 Responses to “An. Actual. UFO?”

  1. neilrieck Says:

    People have been seeing these things since 1947 but never were able to provide any photographic evidence. However, almost every smart phone sold after 2012 includes a hi-def digital camera and yet no on can provide any photographic evidence. And despite the fact that the recent American defense budget is in for more than three quarters of a trillion dollars, the best the military can provide is an out-of-focus dot bouncing around a crappy picture?. Give me a break. Although the universe is vast, the interstellar distances are too large to allow any extra-solar visitors.

    • rhymeswithgoalie Says:

      Back when we people used film cameras, there was a range of speed resolutions you could get (like high end “spy film” that was exceptionally sensitive and couldn’t go through X-ray machines). I used to posit a special low end grainy film that was only sold in tourist shops at Loch Ness, Area 51, etc.

    • rhymeswithgoalie Says:

      BTW, beware of US military pilots prone to misidentification.

      This Thunderf00t video (desperately in need of editing, as usual), debunks one of the alien reports that made the rounds after the Pentagon released some footage. The start of useful technical analysis (after an intro by Tucker) is here:

      • neilrieck Says:

        This video is just another example of wishful thinking by someone (but not Phil Mason). I find it very difficult to understand why many modern people wish to engage in magical thinking (or interpretation)

  2. Ron Benenati Says:

    so….will they be upset after we blew their craft out of the sky?

  3. Jim Torson Says:

    Here is a commentary on the recent “object” (balloon?) shoot-downs that have been in the news. It’s from Christopher Mellon, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Intelligence.


    Statement For the Press and Public Regarding Recent UAP Shoot-downs

    It is important for the public to understand the larger context of the events of the last 10 days involving the shoot-down of unidentified objects over U.S. and Canadian airspace.

    Briefly, these reported UAP incidents are only a small part of a much larger failure on the part of the U.S. Intelligence Community. Consider the following:

    On October 4, 2017, Luis Elizondo resigned his position on the staff of the Secretary of Defense in protest over the failure to report or investigate UAP violating restricted U.S. airspace. This occurred after we had spent months working to alert senior officials and get them to take action regarding UAP violating restricted military airspace. Most of these incursions were not slow, high-flying objects, but craft operating at much higher speeds at much lower elevation in much closer proximity to U.S. forces and facilities. Notably, many of these objects appeared to exhibit performance characteristics that are far more impressive and concerning than any of the objects recently downed by the U.S. Air Force.

    In his letter Elizondo stated:

    “Despite overwhelming evidence at both the unclassified and classified levels, certain individuals in the Department remain staunchly opposed to further research on what could be a tactical threat to our pilots, sailors, and soldiers, and perhaps even an existential threat to our national security.”


    Frustrated and concerned that this vital information was being ignored, and not knowing what else to do, I contacted the New York Times and provided them the now Famous “Flir” and “Gimbal” videos as well as introducing the reporters to Mr. Elizondo. To my mind, what was occurring was reminiscent of elements of both Pearl Harbor and September 11, 2001: Unidentified aircraft were being detected but no warning information was being sent up the chain of command. At the same time, it was clear that each of the services and many of the intelligence agencies had UAP information they were not sharing with one another (e.g. NRO, DIA, CIA, NGA, NSA, Army, Navy, Air Force, DOE, etc.).

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