Over the past few years, there have been at least a dozen people who have suggested that disclosure is coming. In February of 2016, Presidential Adviser John Podesta tweeted that his greatest regret on leaving his White House post was that he had not gotten President Obama to do this. Now, according to Tom DeLonge, there is supposed to be a disclosure event on May 16.
He does have some inside knowledge. I know this because of some contacts he has attempted. So maybe something real will happen. I say maybe. I have no way to tell for sure.
However, one might ask what such an event would be. One possibility would be a release of some radar tracks, analysis and reports from the late fifties and early sixties. These documents show that the objects observed maneuvered at extraordinary speed and the reports conclude that, to all appearances, they were under intelligent control.
In Mr. Podesta’s original tweet, he mentioned that the release of the materials he was apparently thinking about should be carried out because it’s the law. What he meant was that more than 30 years had passed since the material was classified and there was no evidence of any national security issue. Therefore, like the Rendlesham Forest documents that are being withheld by the British government, they are not legally secret, but are simply not being released.
Unfortunately, the public has been ill prepared for the release of such documents. I am not trying to further the absurd idea that such an official admission would result in panic. Hardly. What it would do, however, is start what is going to be a generations long process in a way that is going to be profoundly misleading.
This is because the media and the people will at once jump to the conclusion that the objects involved must have been spacecraft from other planets. But this is not the way to look at this phenomenon and, in fact, is counterproductive.
At the core of all reality in this universe, and this goes as well for what we call the UFO phenomenon, there is a level of ambiguity. In fact, it is the same level of ambiguity that is responsible for quantum indeterminacy. For this reason, it is not possible to move from the observation of objects like UFOs to a hard and fast conclusion that they are alien spacecraft.
What’s worse, there is a whole folklore that has grown up around the mystery of the UFO and the close encounter. This involves stories about different alien species and their interference across history, about alien alliances and federations and "good aliens" and "bad aliens" and on and on.
The truth is that we know that there are mysterious aerial phenomena and that people report ambiguous and unsettling experiences from time to time that appear to involve enigmatic entities that don’t appear to be human. The insiders know that there are fragments of technology that do not appear to be of human manufacture, but their origin and purpose remains a mystery. As to the close encounters, they are almost as much of an enigma to those who work behind closed doors, I feel sure, as they are to those attempting to study them in the public forum.
However, the moment that those old reports are presented to the public, all sorts of people with no real idea of what is happening are going to be explaining who they are and where they come from. In a matter of days, the media is going to be bringing on people with terrifying stories of abduction. Lost in the brouhaha will be the fact that the only thing actually verified is that some unknown objects with unusual flight characteristics were seen and recorded.
But let’s take this a step further. Say some organic material is revealed. Alien bodies, for example. Surely that would be definitive proof of the presence of aliens from another planet. But it wouldn’t. It would be proof of the existence of such bodies in our possession, and it would not be time to draw the further conclusions that would inevitably be drawn. In fact, we know too little about the universe to draw any conclusion beyond the fact that the bodies don’t appear to be human and are not of known earthly species.
Now let’s go even further. Say documents reflecting conversations between officials and what appeared to be aliens are released. They will be take as absolute gospel, no matter what they say. But should we do that? I don’t think so. Without knowing the motives behind the statements and whatever factual basis may be involved, there is simply no way to evaluate them. It is vitally important, in fact, that such statements not be taken at face value at all, not even if they are made by apparent aliens live on television.
Disclosure at any of these levels wouldn’t bring panic, but it would bring confusion. UFO hucksters and the media would rush to exploit the situation. As a result, we would all be the poorer for it.
We’ve gone through two generations of denial, as a result of which a huge folklore has been built up around the UFO and close encounter phenomena. All any process of disclosure into that folklore is going to do is to make it seem to most people as fact.
How ironic that disclosing the truth of this mystery would only further deepen it.
For there to be a better result, there are going to have to be people involved publicly who understand the issues I have outlined above and can address them clearly and rationally. Such people exist, certainly. I know a number of them. Let’s hope that their voices are heard, and not just those of the fantasists, the liars and the hucksters.