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THEY call it an October Surprise – a sudden and unexpected revelation that can change the course of a US presidential election.
In the final days of the most bitterly-fought US election in history, some believe that President Trump might be about to unleash the ultimate October Surprise – aliens.
Rising speculation about an imminent UFO disclosure isn’t being driven by internet gossip, but by hints dropped by President Trump himself.
Earlier this month on a Fox News show the president promised to take a “good, strong look” at UFOs, before launching into a statement about the formidable power of the US military, and weapons that he hoped would never have to be used.
Given the conspiracy theory that the Space Force was set up to counter an alien threat, the president’s bullish comments will only fuel the rumours about a real-life War of the Worlds.
When asked about Roswell – where UFO hunters believe an alien spacecraft crashed in 1947 – he cryptically responded: “I won’t talk to you about what I know about it, but it’s very interesting”, adding “I’ll have to think about that one” when asked if he’d consider declassifying it.
What makes these quotes even more extraordinary is the fact that less than three years ago the official position of the US government was that nobody was interested in UFOs and nobody was investigating.
UFO enthusiasts didn’t believe the denials and this time they were right. Aseries of bombshell revelations has exposed the shocking truth about America’s UFO secrets.
It started in December 2017 with a New York Times exclusive, revealing the existence of a shadowy Pentagon project called AATIP – Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program – set up years earlier by former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
AATIP is still shrouded in mystery, but in a letter to Congress the super-secret Defense Intelligence Agency confirmed that this multi-million dollar programme had conducted research into the sort of theoretical physics that would be needed for interstellar travel, including anti-gravity, warpdrives and wormholes.
The Department of Defense claimed that AATIP focused on “next-generation aerospace threats” and it’s true there’s huge concern about things like hypersonic missiles and drone swarms controlled by Artificial Intelligence.
But one of the AATIP research papers related to the Drake equation – used by astronomers to estimate the number of extraterrestrial civilizations in our galaxy.
The implication was clear: if AATIP was about advanced aerospace threats, it wasn’t threats from Russia or China, but from somewhere much furtheraway…
Several of the pilots have spoken on the record about these sightings and when quizzed about these mid-air encounters President Trump praised the pilots, saying: “Some of them really see things that are a little bit different than in the past, so we’re going to see, but we’ll watch it”.
In another interview he said: “That’s a hell of a video”, adding: “I just wonder if it’s real.”
It was real. On April 27 the Pentagon issued a press release confirming that all three films “were indeed Navy videos”, adding that the phenomena observed remain “unidentified”.
It turned out that there is – and has been for many years – an ongoing series of incursions into restricted military airspace, and over sensitive military installations.
It’s even claimed that UFOs have hovered over nuclear bases and deactivated the weapons, in what UFO hunters believe is a chillingwarning to the human race.
In response to all this, the US Navy issued instructions to its pilots, telling them what to do if they encounter a UFO.
Senior political figures have demanded action. Two powerful Senate bodies, the Armed Services Committee and the Intelligence Committee have taken a particular interest and classified briefings have taken place, though the senators involved have remained tight-lipped.
“I’m not going to get into any of the contents of the briefing. It was a classified briefing,” was all Mark Warner – Vice Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee – said, when quizzed by a reporter.
Senate Armed Services Committee member Jeanne Shaheen went a bit further when she admitted: “We have been briefed. It was a classified briefing so I’m not allowed to talk about it.
“But if you were to ask me personally do I believe there are UFOs, I think that there are events that have happened that have not been explained adequately”.
Whatever these senators were told about UFOs by the military intelligence briefers must have spooked them.
When the Senate Intelligence Committee published the IntelligenceAuthorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021, a section had been inserted under the heading ‘Advanced Aerial Threats’, in which they demanded a report on the phenomenon from the Director of National Intelligence.
In response to the committee’s demand that spy chiefs and the military get to the bottom of the UFO mystery, Deputy Secretary of Defense David L. Norquist authorized the creation of a new group called the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force.
Led by the Navy and with involvement from the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security, no details of this shadowy unit will be made public, though a Pentagon press release dated August 14 offered some intriguing clues, when it stated: “The Department of Defense establishedthe UAPTF to improve its understanding of, and gain insight into, the nature and origins of UAPs.
“The mission of the task force is to detect, analyze and catalog UAPs that could potentially pose a threat to U.S. national security”.
People who’ve been following developments closely have noticed that the word ‘threat’ crops up repeatedly in official statements and documents about UFOs.
All this high-powered activity suggests the Americans are aware of some profound truth about UFOs.
But it’s not being shared with allies. The so-called Special Relationship doesn’t seem to extend to UFOs, which is unfortunate if there is a threat.
The Ministry of Defence project I ran in the Nineties was axed at the end of 2009, despite our having had some influence over US policy: it was our rebranding of ‘UFO’ to ‘UAP’ in the Nineties that finally got the subject takenmore seriously, and a US press officer recently acknowledged that the term UAP “was borrowed from the United Kingdom”.
But the UK desperately needs to get back in the game, reopen investigations, and exchange information with the Pentagon’s UAP Task Force.
I formally call on the Secretary of State for Defence, Ben Wallace, to take these actions, in consultation with his US opposite number Mark Esper.
Back in the US, as the election approaches, interest in UFOs is reaching fever pitch.
And celebrities are getting in on the act too, with pop princess Miley Cyrus revealing she had her own UFO encounter in California, confessing to being “chased down” and then making “eye contact” with an alien being.
Hers is the latest in a long line of celebrity saucer sightings, dating back to John Lennon seeing a UFO in New York in 1974.
Robbie Williams – who I met at a UFO conference in 2008 – has gone skywatching at the infamous Skinwalker Ranch in Utah, where numerous UFO sightings and paranormal events have been reported.
Despite the intense speculation, I don’t know whether or not President Trump will make any announcement about UFOs in the run-up to the election, or in his second term, if he wins.
And if Trump loses, we have yet to learn what Joe Biden would do – though interestingly, Democratic vice-presidential nominee Kamala Harris is a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, so she may already have been briefed.
As speculation about imminent UFO revelations reaches fever pitch, a series of bombshell sightings has rocked the US.
Aliens would certainly be the ultimate October Surprise, but whether or not we get official disclosure, government, military and intelligence community figures in the US have finally woken up to the fact that UFOs are a serious national security issue.
Nick Pope worked for the Ministry of Defence for 21 years. From 1991 to 1994 he ran its UFO project.
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