In a followup to this story, the content of the lecture was revealed. Secrets, but no evidence.
The U.S. government has been accused of a long-running, massive cover-up of a secret agency that solely deals with evidence and information about UFOs and alien visitors, and the claim comes from several high-ranking military officers and a British secret agent who all gathered here over the weekend.
Lee told me that the bold accusation about the government’s secret UFO agency was made by former Air Force Col. Charles Halt, saying: “I’m firmly convinced there’s an agency, and there is an effort to suppress.” Two former Air Force officers who were part of Project Blue Book, the official military UFO investigation in the 1950s and ’60s, and a former investigator with Britain’s Ministry of Defense also were on the panel “Military UFOs: Secrets Revealed.”
I joined the group the night before the panel at a dinner at the museum, which houses the controversial Area 51 exhibit. I was impressed with their reputations, military standings and convictions on the subject sometimes scoffed and scorned by others. These were distinguished and serious-thinking military men with their own UFO experiences. Col. Halt himself when a U.K. military base commander at RAF Bentwater was one of numerous eyewitnesses to several UFOs.
Source: Las Vegas Sun
There are many problems with stories EVEN from military officers. First, AND FOREMOST, everyone can be fooled. Authority means nothing if you are a person telling an extraordinary story. No one knows all the facts. Observations are flawed. Memory gets warped. There is a disconnect between what event really happened, what gets reported and what has been interpreted. Also, we just don’t know the details because information is missing and can never be retrieved.
Second, we get to the right answer when lots of arrows point in the same direction. All we have with UFOs is stories. Stories, more stories. Why don’t we have evidence from other places that point towards a problem to be solved? Why such scant and poor physical evidence, why so few reinforcing pieces of evidence? No, we have allegations of coverup. We have no progress in 50 years.
Third, there is no denying that strange experiences happen. But to assume it is UFOs, some external cause, some threat, is not warranted. A recent Skeptical Inquirer piece suggested that pilots, for example, did not realize they were experiencing optical illusions that may have been the reason they felt disoriented and reported UFOs (strange lights that appeared to follow them). Are we barking up the wrong tree by assuming that the cause is external, not internal? That’s actually a more reasonable approach than thinking physics-violating craft are visiting earth.
The investigation into UFO sightings doesn’t need these military guys spouting more fantastic stories to feed the baseless hype, we need to take a fresh look at the topic from a different perspective.
Also, see this post on the National Atomic Museum invoking Carl Sagan. Stop it, you are ridiculous.