Eli has a tendency to chew with his mouth open. I think it is a Japanese thing, like slurping noodles. He tells me it taste better that way.
As most would probably agree, the UFO craze ended by 2000. You go into bookstores such as Borders or Barnes & Noble and you find a shelf or two at most devoted to speculation that includes UFOs. Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena doesn’t even have one UFO book. Why the change? I suspect the military found themselves up to their necks in blowback and backfire.
Blowback is a term used by intelligence agencies to describe a situation in which disinformation returns to its source (the disinformer) in a slightly altered form. The disinformer or his or her agency now believes the disinformation is information. Just such a scenario occurred in the late 1970s as described by Howard Blum in “Out There,” when a secret military working group investigated UFO claims. Blowback probably prompted the President of the US, Bill Clinton, to ask his buddy Hubbell, who he sent to the Justice Department, to find out the truth about UFOs. According to Webb Hubbell in “Friends in high places …,” when he was Assistant Attorney General he and Bill Clinton were not satisfied with the answers they were getting from NORAD about the UFO issue. If the CIA Motto, “The Truth Will Set You Free,” is correct then disinformation will bind your freedom.
Instead of simply covering black budget programs with UFO disinformation, it backfired. They generated an almost religious fanaticism (Heaven’s Gate kind of folks) for the subject. After Robert Lazar, who briefly worked at Area 51 in 1989 made claims that he saw alien back engineered flying saucers at the bases S4 facility, thousands of people flocked to this otherwise unknown and top secret base. They shouldn’t have told Lazar the technology was alien. I’m quite certain he saw flying saucers but the technology probably originated in Nazi Germany.
They remedied their problems at Area 51 cleverly, thanks to Glen Campbell and their seizing large tracks of land along the border to the base in 1995. The excitement of it all settled down and now Area 51 is not even newsworthy.
But I believe the disinformation program continued for a few more years. Insiders like Michael Wolf (purportedly NSC), Dan Sherman (AF-NSA) and Lt. Col. Phillip Corso (AF intelligence). I absolutely destroyed Wolf’s credibility by conducting a background investigation that found his real surname was Kruvant. The reason I am so sure his story was disinformation is because when I contacted Georgetown University to verify his education, it immediately got back to him and he made inquires about me to the Director of MUFON in Los Angeles. Kruvant has since died, his last act to write a very strange book, “Catchers of Heaven.”
A similar set of circumstances occurred with Phillip Corso. Having had a long career in military intelligence, in retirement and shortly before he died he wrote “The Day After Roswell” in which he claimed he distributed alien technology from the Roswell crash to the private sector for development. There wasn’t a piece of this supposed alien technology that didn’t have a long history of development. There wasn’t one sliver of original thought in the book. Like Kruvant, he is dead now. A last act of disinformation for god and country. And it makes it kind of hard to question these guys now since they are dead.
So much has changed in the last decade I believe it would be difficult to sustain a prolonged alien disinformation campaign. With the discovery of more than 200 extrasolar planets the possibility of discovering life away from earth is increasingly likely. The myth may become reality. An the lie that a single stage to orbit spacecraft is too difficult to develop was smashed by a low budget Spaceship 1 built by Bert Rutan. But there are disinformation hanger ons such as Linda Moulton Howe. I’d guess she now does it more for profit than anything else. Of course they (military disinformers) were probably doing if for money too, without oversight.