UFO Hype: Silly Season is Here

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published by Chand Bellur
June 5, 2021 at 6:01 p.m.
  • Recent news stories from legitimate sources, such as the New York Times, suggest that extraterrestrials visit our planet.
  • The unidentified flying objects have not been detected outside of Earth’s orbit or traveling within our solar system.
  • U.S. government videos show fast-moving and agile-maneuvering objects, with recorded conversation postulating that the mysterious craft are likely drones.
  • Responsible news providers, such as NPR, debunked UFO myths; however, other outlets, such as CNN, continue to insinuate that the craft are of extraterrestrial origin.
  • Some unscrupulous corporate networks hype UFO news stories as rescinding lockdown orders and summer vacations result in unprecedented declining viewership.

The UFOs Are Probably Drones

As part of an evolving process of releasing once-classified information, the U.S. government unleashed provocative new videos depicting unidentified flying objects. Dubbed “unidentified aerial phenomenon” (UAP) by the military, the videos show flying vehicles capable of remarkable speed and agility.

The original, official video includes dialog postulating that the objects are drones. However, the Pentagon contends that the United States does not possess any technology capable of such remarkable aerial capabilities. The evidence leads most rational individuals to conclude that a foreign government, likely China or Russia, created the supposed UFOs. Given China’s advances in technology, including leapfrogging the rest of the world in AI, it’s more likely that the drones are of Chinese origin.

U.S. Government in Search of UFOs

In recent years, the U.S. Government’s inquiry into UAP has become more transparent for purposes of disarming misinformation and out of legislative necessity. The newly released footage debunks counterfeit and deceptive video circulating on YouTube and other haphazardly-moderated social media platforms. It also affirms that some of the video clips are indeed real, or at least from official sources.

The Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, started by the U.S. government in 2007, ceased operations in 2012. Due to a provision in the voluminous COVID-19 disaster relief bill, federal agencies must release a report on UAPs, colloquially known as UFOs. The new videos are part of this disclosure; however, it’s unclear if further investigation into UAPs will continue.

The fact that agencies can compile a report indicates that our government is still actively looking into UFOs. Although the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program no longer operates, other branches of the military and Pentagon departments seem to be involved. 

Much of the investigation seems to be organic and outside the purview of a dedicated organization. Military pilots and other observers, either on missions or in training, rarely encounter unknown objects. There’s no specific department tasked with monitoring UAPs, UFOs, or extraterrestrial life. Even the Space Force lacks a dedicated division in search of aerial anomalies. If such a team exists, it’s secret, defying the government’s recent UFO transparency.

Chinese Drone or Bureaucratic Inertia?

Examing the footage, it seems likely that the UFO is a drone; however, it could be misinformation for the sake of funding a government agency. We live in a world where politicians and bureaucrats often misinform the public to further their ends. Be it the water in Flint or entire presidential administrations, our government is often dishonest, which may be the case with recent UFO footage.

There’s a motive to fudge UFO footage. The concept of “bureaucratic inertia” describes how divisions within organizations will often oversell their value to retain or increase their budgets and continue their momentum. In 2012, Congress stopped funding the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program. Perhaps, to restore this agency or a similar endeavor, someone manufactured the video.

There’s no proof to support the notion that the latest UFO footage is fake. However, there’s little substance to verify that it’s real. Counterfeiters can simulate Raytheon’s advanced imaging system HUD to construct a fake video. It’s all so grainy and low resolution that even a 1980s Commodore Amiga could pull it off.

The one true conclusion derived from the videos is that the flying objects are not extraterrestrial. They would be detected flying outside of Earth’s atmosphere or in our solar system if they were extraterrestrial in origin. Other than this, the video could be fake, or perhaps it captured the advanced drone capabilities of a foreign superpower. Given our nation’s deference for the truth, either scenario is possible.

Some Media Outlets Take Advantage of UFO Hype During Silly Season

Some call it “cucumber time” while others designate it in its self-describing form as “slow news season”. Languages throughout the world feature words or phrases to describe the abundance of frivolous news stories designed to attract a dwindling audience during the summer months.

The summer of 2021 in the United States is different. After a heavy vaccination campaign, the U.S. is opening for business, and once-sequestered people are putting down their smartphones, walking away from their computers, and venturing out into the real world. Americans want to escape their homes. We don’t want to sit on the sofa watching or reading the news.

Appledystopia’s traffic is also down; however, we’ve chosen to take the high road and dispel click-bait rather than wallow in it. Traffic patterns will eventually return to normal; however, corporate news sources need to sustain revenues. Unlike Appledystopia, they’re accountable to shareholders, not news consumers.

The latest furor over UFOs is an extreme example of click-bait used to boost corporate revenues. The tech media conjured up and killed off Apple Car rumors a few months ago. Donald Trump, who once provided a wealth of news fodder, is in limbo but definitely not forgotten. What would CNN do without him? When they only have limited quantities of Trump material, they seem to resort to a cockamamie portrayal of what may be government misinformation.

Make no mistake, the U.S. government takes UFOs seriously now, and we should be suspicious. UFOs are now a legitimate news story; however, some have handled this haphazardly. CNN, in particular, seems to lean toward the direction of Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Perhaps Chris Cuomo will construct Devil’s Tower out of mashed potatoes? If so, that would be worth watching. Until then, I think I’ll tune out and take a trip to the beach. If anything, the UFO story and its treatment has me more interested in terrestrial affairs than little green men and flying saucers.

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