The Catholic Universe columnist Sean Ellard continues his examination of the current round of Pentagon disclosures in the USA on Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) – or as they are more popularly known in modern culture, Unidentified Flying Objects
Being a good neighbour is as much about doing the right thing, as it is about putting up with another person’s terrible, annoying habits you just have to live with. But, at some point, when things become untenable, it can force a confrontation.
According to Lue Elizondo, former head of the Pentagon’s UAP/(UFO) Task Force, the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP), there is a chance we are not alone. Not just in the universe, but maybe here on Earth. And we might even be the new kid on the block. As experts go step by step unravelling the evidence, some of the possible options that arise appear to be the most outrageous.
According to Elizondo, one area of speculation looks at whether these strange craft that are being reported are being controlled by something deemed ‘ultra-terrestrials’. Some kind of earth-based entity that is more advanced than we are and could predate modern human civilisation.
It might be that we are being observed by them using probes, or the more pedestrian sounding, drones, which could account for the majority of benign sightings and encounters. Like naturalist Dian Fossey observing gorillas in the Virunga Mountains, (only, I’m pretty sure Fossey’s favourite Silverback, Digit, never acquired a hydrogen bomb) we might just be a curious and lesser developed version of them to be observed, not concerned about.
We may be seeing them, and vice versa. Perhaps our inferior status made us irrelevant to their greater purpose – until the nuclear age. But, as former US President Barak Obama agrees, these things are real, unidentified and likely not American. So what could they be? It might depend where they are from.
The entity may have some kind of direct connection to the ocean or water. Many of the UAP sightings in North America tends to happen around coastal areas or places like the Great Lakes Region, which are huge bodies of water. Many military encounters, not linked to nuclear weapons or facilities, seem to have a relative proximity to water.
We have evidence, from equipment being sucked underwater by giant objects beneath the surface, to fast-moving objects entering and exiting water with seemingly no resistance, there are sightings that defy our logic (the video of the USS Omaha incident and the Puerto Rico trans-medium bifurcating object are great examples). Traveling between the two mediums appears to be a common theme witnessed on many US military UAP encounters.
Several credible, data-backed, recent encounters involving trans-medium events between air and water have been made public. The USA’s former Deputy Assistant Deputy Defense for Intelligence, Christopher Mellon, says Fravor’s tic-tac incident, involving the USS Nimitz carrier group, is one of the most credible UAP incidents on record. It is also backe dup by classified military data the public hasn’t seen as yet.
The witness statements from US Navy Cmdr. David Fravor and his gutsy fellow pilots, (who don’t enjoy his same rank or public notoriety) have come forward to echo and expand on their collective, similar encounters. Some de-classified Navy videos capture objects seen moving between air and water – with no means of propulsion, avionics or heat signature.
Below the surface
USO’s (Unidentified Submersible Objects) seem to be another common oddity with no explanation that seems to overlap. There have been reports for decades of submarines encountering things travelling at seemingly impossible speeds, many hundreds of knots underwater at extreme depths, with no idea what it is.
Sonar operators have offered stories of strange readings similar to those of their surface companions monitoring radar. And considering how little we know about the bottom of the ocean, it’s easy to spot where some of knowledge deficits might emerge. Despite that, maritime encounters, both civilian and military, with strange crafts and glowing objects, may go back centuries.
While underwater inhabitants might be one wild option, it certainly isn’t the only one. Elizondo passed on other possible theoretical avenues of discussion being looked at. One included the craft possibly coming from outside our planet venturing to Earth. But the objective may be linked to something beneath the surface of the water. Again, no one seems to know.
If these things are coming from space, the big questions is why? What does Earth have that makes it so unique, at least in our corner of the galaxy, that it draws other non-human intelligence (NHI) to come here? Humans may not be what makes Earth special – at least to NHIs. Or perhaps humans are the very thing that draws them here.
Whether the probes are AI controlled, or maybe produce synthetic entities that can pop-up upon arrival (just add water!) after traversing deep space, the picture remains as murky as ever. (When quantum science is applied to the idea of multi-dimensional beings, or possible time travel, this too has become drawn into possible points of consideration.) And that really goes to the heart of what is going on right now. Despite so many best efforts, the most advanced technology in the world and the best trained eyes – no one seems to know what it is. And no one can replicate it.
One of the points of concern helping fuel the push for the UAP Disclosure Report is the need to get everyone on the same national security page. At the heart of disclosure is national security. In order to address the security issue, the Pentagon needs to create an environment where people feel comfortable coming forward with UAP reports.
The data proves these are real. The Pentagon confirms they are real. Presidents confirm its real, and witness testimony and logic solidifies it. It’s just that we don’t know what it is we are seeing, or who is controlling them.
Humans have gone from warring bi-pedal hominids to a creature with the power to end all life, without the wisdom to understand why they shouldn’t have it. I wouldn’t give a handgun to a chimpanzee and a sit across from it indefinitely. So imagine your violent-prone neighbour acquires the ability to obliterate your entire neighbourhood over domestic squabbles about books. It doesn’t bode well for anyone.
We are at a time when so much of our collective faith in whatever we choose to believe, however we choose to see the world, and our place in it, is challenged in ways we may never have imagined. As the Vatican prepares to shepherd its followers through the coming uncertainty, it is becoming clear that we all must work to unify ourselves and bring humanity together. Because, as former President Regan said to the UN, we must ask how quickly humanity will push petty differences aside in the face of an off-world existential threat.
Many voices, few choices
Details, details, details. North Americans love experts squeezed into every corner of our media who can hopefully tell us ‘how it is’. From what we eat, think and listen to, we are a glutenous mass of voracious consumers who lack the forgotten skill of independent, critical analysis. Part of the tremendous effort to re-educate and calibrate our societal attitudes and biases about UAP’S is the lack of so-called ‘reliable public experts’.
In Part 4 of the Disclosure series I will look at some of the science, speculation and so-called specialists at the heart of the UAP/UFO issue. Including why the illuminated path to helping understand the phenomena involves spending time in a black vault and listening to a different pope who investigated UFOs for the British Government.
Sean Ellard is a professional feature writer for CBR.com and a former senior national news producer. He has also served as director/producer for a number of TV series, including series like Border Security: Canada’s/ America’s Front Line, Yukon Gold, Love It or List It, The Bachelor Canada and 60 Minutes International. You can find out more about him at Twitter: [email protected]
Photo: Footage of a mysterious object in the sky, captured by the cockpit camera of a US military aircraft. Similar unexplained phenomenon have been reported in and around water countless times by experiences US Air Force/Navy pilots