"The truth is out there..." the CIA blogs. Wait, what?... the CIA has a blog? And it covers UFOs?
The CIA put together a nifty roundup of now declassified documents about UFOs, its own "X Files", ranging from specific cases to internal memos to opinionated essays. From reading these many documents, a point of view does come across - that while UFOs are real and have posed a real threat to American air craft in the past ("foo fighters"), most reports of UFOs are misguided and distracting and don't contribute anything to to the greater good.
However, the CIA ends with a detailed and surprisingly reasonable article instructing its readers on "How to investigate a flying saucer," with 11 steps, summed up as: (1) get a group together, (2) determine your objective, (3) talk to experts, (4) organize evidence and reports, (5) get rid of cases with obvious explanations, (6) eliminate all natural or man-made explanations, (7) examine evidence thoroughly, (8) experiment, (9) test forensic evidence, and (10) discourage hoaxes. Though a little bland and repetitive, this is all decent advice that any good ufologist would agree with, so the question isn't if UFOs exist, but why is the CIA giving advice on how to investigate them? At the very least, it appears that the CIA would like to be associated with agents Fox Mulder and Dana Skullyfrom the X-Files.
The CIA blog post was, after all, entitled "Take a Peek into Our X Files" and was published just a few days prior to the much-anticipated return of the actual television series the X-Files. Sunday night's season premier included a variety of crowd-pleasing yet fringe topics, like (slight spoilers ahead -->-->) aliens, 9/11, and the Illuminati, with fans giving it mixed reviews but seeming to be satisfied overall. It's interesting that the CIA would piggyback on this subject matter - but it is clearly trying to remain relevant by boldly comparing its non-fiction X Files to the FOX's fictional ones!
With the recent attention to Star Wars, the X-Files and the upcoming Independence Day film, we should probably expect to see the government participating in chatter related to UFOs and space. So far the government appears sympathetic to and possibly even invested in the UFO Disclosure movement, though not as swayed by the fanciful theories that they perceive the American public and perhaps even serious UFO researchers to have. With all that said, could this CIA "how-to" guide for investigating UFOs, and NASA's recent YouTube video on how to find Planet X (together), signal a shift in government thought on these sorts of issues?
Is it time for citizens and government to openly discuss and investigate these mysteries together? Did you see the season premier of the X-Files? What do you think? Share your thoughts on this story or the Disclosure movement overall on the Texas UFO Sightings Facebook page.
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