by Andrew Arnett

Last week the Pentagon officially released videos purported to show UFOs, or “unidentified aerial phenomena,” that had been previously leaked by To The Stars Academy of Arts & Sciences. There is of course a global pandemic going on, so if the world wasn’t jolted by the news, it is understandable. Most people are, after all, hunkered down in makeshift bunkers just trying to survive. Nothing short of a black triangle landing on the White House lawn and absconding with the President will lift many eyebrows.

Another factor may be that this isn’t exactly new news. It was back in December of 2017 when The New York Times broke the story on these videos, with the accompanying revelation that a clandestine government program spearheaded by former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and military intelligence officials was formed to investigate the UFO question. In September of 2019, the Navy acknowledged the veracity of the videos.

By now, everyone in the UFO community has seen the footage, with the iconic radio transmissions from the cockpit: “It’s a f@cking drone, bro,” a pilot says to his colleague in the first clip. “My gosh! They’re all going against the wind. Look at that thing, dude!” In another released video, a pilot in hot pursuit of a UFO is heard saying, “There’s a whole fleet of them!”

So what gives? Why has the Pentagon decided to double down on this UFO related material at this time? According to Pentagon spokesperson Sue Gough, the reason for officially releasing the videos now is “in order to clear up any misconceptions by the public on whether or not the footage that has been circulating was real, or whether or not there is more to the videos.” She adds:

After a thorough review, the department has determined that the authorized release of these unclassified videos does not reveal any sensitive capabilities or systems and does not impinge on any subsequent investigations of military air space incursions by unidentified aerial phenomena.

Let’s unpack this. First off, if the government wants to “clear up whether or not there is more to the videos,” they are not doing a good job. Nothing has been cleared up. If anything, they’ve just opened a new can of worms. On the other hand, maybe that’s what they want. By cryptically telling us that the video does not impinge on any “subsequent investigations”  of “unidentified aerial phenomena,” the Pentagon is leaving the door open to the possibility that their inquiry into the UFO phenomena is active and ongoing.

In conjunction with the Pentagon statement , the Navy is revamping guidelines for reporting UFOs. In an official statement, the Navy commented, “The Navy is updating and formalizing the process by which reports of any such suspected incursions can be made to the cognizant authorities,” adding, “A new message to the fleet that will detail the steps for reporting is in draft.”

The hoopla has even caught the attention of the President himself. On Wednesday, Trump commented on the videos, saying “I just wonder if it’s real . . . that’s a hell of a video.” Previously, the President admitted he’d had official meetings on the UFO situation, telling ABC News “I did have one very brief meeting on it . . . but people are saying they’re seeing UFOs. Do I believe it? Not particularly.”

Coincidently, or perhaps, no coincidence at all, the United States Space Force dropped its first recruitment video on Wednesday. The Space Force was signed into law at the end of 2019 after President Trump directed the Pentagon to form a new branch of the military dedicated to keeping U.S. assets in space safe. A recruitment slogan for the Space Force asks asks, “Maybe your purpose on this planet isn’t on this planet.”

The question remains, what is the ultimate purpose of this Space Force? Proponents claim that the U.S. has fallen behind other nations that have put resources behind weaponizing space. One purpose of the Space Force is to help deter further weaponization of space and keep military assets safe in orbit. How about keeping us safe from “unidentified aerial phenomena?” Er, aliens?

The coordinated public emphasis on these matters by various branches of the military at this time makes us wonder, what is really going on? What does the government know and is not telling us? That is a long standing question and one that goes back through many Presidential administrations, at least to President Dwight Eisenhower, if not earlier.

UFO theorists allege that in February of 1954, President Eisenhower met with extraterrestrial beings at Edwards Air Force base (previously Muroc Airfield). Eisenhower was, at the time, on a ‘vacation’ to Palm Springs, California when he went missing. When he appeared the following morning at a church service in Los Angeles, the baffled press were told that Eisenhower had to have emergency dental treatment. UFOlogist claim that he was actually in negotiations with extraterrestrials at Muroc.

According to the claim, a treaty was eventually signed between the U.S. government and an E.T. group and, due to its sensitive nature, Eisenhower imposed a policy of total secrecy concerning UFOs. A secret policy, Mandate 0463, was adopted, stating that “under no circumstances are the general public or public person to learn about the existence of these entities.” Are we now about to get a glimpse behind this veil? Can 2020 get any weirder than it already has?