UFO Conspiracy Theories

April 3, 2016
alien autopsy exhibit in Roswell UFO Museum
alien autopsy exhibit in Roswell UFO Museum

Some of the most famous conspiracy theories involve aliens and UFOs. Remember the Roswell incident? An Air Force surveillance balloon crashed near Roswell, New Mexico, back in 1947. Some people claimed it was actually an extraterrestrial spaceship. By the late 70s, thousands of people believed that all kinds of flying saucers had landed and that the U.S. military was holding actual aliens.  So what's with our obsession with UFO conspiracies. David G. Robertson is the guy to ask.  He's the author of "UFOs, Conspiracy Theories, and the New Age." He spoke with Rehman Tungekar.

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I am not certain who is the more gullible, people like those who believe the Illuminati are in charge of the world or experts whose own theories ridicule the idea that groups of people get together and do things in secret that can have far-reaching effects on other people.

Thank goodness Steve Paulson at least brought up COINTELPRO (derived from COunter INTELligence PROgram). That was a series of covert (and at times illegal) projects conducted by the FBI aimed at surveilling, infiltrating, discrediting and disrupting domestic political organizations, particularly anti-war groups and the Black Panthers.

After the revelations of Edward Snowden, who can doubt there are groups of individuals in the National Security Administration who are doing everything possible to achieve total surveillance of every man, woman and child in the United States and may also have other nefarious objectives? And, not surprisingly, most of their collective efforts are made in secret.

If you are not convinced that conspiracies DO exist, I suggest the well-researched book, The Devil's Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America's Secret Government, by David Talbot. Or try Annie Jacobsen’s The Pentagon's Brain: An Uncensored History of DARPA, America's Top-Secret Military Research Agency.

Then there is ALEC, the corporate-funded American Legislative Exchange Council, through which global corporations and state politicians meet and vote behind closed doors to try to rewrite state laws and replace them with so-called "model bills" that reach into almost every area of American life and often directly benefit huge corporations

Almost 98% of ALEC's funding comes from corporations like Exxon Mobil, corporate "foundations" like the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation, or trade associations like the pharmaceutical industry's PhRMA . Those funds help subsidize legislators' trips to ALEC meetings, where they are wined, dined, and handed "model" legislation to make law in their state.

These days the “dupes” may as easily be those who dismiss all claims of conspiracy
as those who believe President Obama is a Kenyan Muslim.

Rehman Tungekar.brought interesting other research /sources to this conversation. Thanks!
I think Mr. Tungekar is too young to recognize how easily those of us who grew up under Nixon and then uncovered other lying government leaders (before and after Nixon) can easily believe in the US government engaging in subterfuge, cover-ups, conspiracies and other shenanigans.

It is too bad that so many books that are otherwise interesting or valuable are not well-written/edited.

A set of facts/beliefs only resides in the "counter-culture" until it's taken up by the mainstream folks, right? So, very often, it is not the facts that are being challenged, but rather, it's a matter of which and how many people are aware of and believe them and how early they are adopted by mainstream folks. Sad, because so many of the "counter-culture" ideas and recommendations have turned out to be true, useful, and factual/accurate, and now ARE "mainstream"....

David G. Robertson is ignorant if he doesn't believe that there are Satanists and abusers claiming to be Satanists in the USA. The FBI has documented many cases.

Oh, well.

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