Tuesday, March 1, 2011

IPUs? We doan' need know stinky IPUs.

In the late Forties and early Fifties, the US Army led  an ad hoc UFO investigations committee called the Interplanetary Phenomenon Unit. Over time, this "Unit" was replaced by all sorts of more official but later disbanded investigations such as the Condon Report and Project Blue Book.  Oddly enough, once earthlings became space travelers themselves, governmental interest in the UFO topic seemed to wane.

Many UFO researchers insist that  it continues to exist and that it is masterminded by an organization buried under a quilt of ultra secret clearances. MJ-12, a purported outgrowth of Eisenhower's original UFO advisory group, is the one some believe to be in charge now. Like every other "belief" in the UFO field, this one has ardent devotees who are not going to be at all happy with the conclusions of John Alexander's latest book. UFOs: Myths, Conspiracies, and Realities.  One reviewer says "the highly decorated officer...[spent] a quarter of a century going through the top levels of the U.S. government and military searching for the group of people who were allegedly responsible for UFO information and the supposedly decades-old UFO cover-up. His conclusions: ... there is no such group and no cover-up." (Las Vegas Weekly)

 I am far more intrigued by his idea that disclosure about UFOs has already occurred on official levels. Apparently (as his logic seems to go) the subject has been found too complex to yield itself to up to research modeling, and the government is throwing investigations back on civilian shoulders.

From what I have read, experienced, and believe, I would have to say that NOW we are beginning to get somewhere. The first sign of wisdom is knowing that we we don't know.

1 comment:

Dan said...

The trouble with Alexander's book, which I enjoy despite several shortcomings, is that he is an intelligence "insider".

So if he is privy to a secret group or groups he is cleared to know about he wouldn't be able to tell us. If he doesn't have the clearance, then he did not have access to the information and is in the dark himself. This renders his statement on that issue meaningless.

The same goes for other "insider" books.

On the other hand, it is still a fascinating read and I'd love to work with him. ;)