Why the government wants you to believe in crashed UFOs

It’s worth noting (mainly because few have bothered to note it, or to understand and appreciate the significance of the matter) that one of the “Recommendations” of a lengthy Technical Report prepared by the Air Force’s flying saucer study, Project Grudge, way back in August 1949, states: “That Psychological Warfare Division and other governmental agencies interested in psychological warfare be informed of the results of this study.”

The Department of Defense’s official definition of psychological warfare is: “The planned use of propaganda and other psychological actions having the primary purpose of influencing the opinions, emotions, attitudes, and behavior of hostile foreign groups in such a way as to support the achievement of national objectives.”

As the above Grudge revelations show, way back when in the formative years of Ufology, certain players were looking to understand how the subject could be used psychologically.

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  1. Bill Whitcomb

    June 3, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    I always tended to think that Area 51 is filled with mundane technology so hideous that our government would much prefer we think they’ve got a crashed saucer and aliens on ice.

  2. Nazis built UFOs during WWII (see Hunt for the Zero Point or Brotherhood of the Bell) and they were implanted into the military-industrial-intelligence complex during Project Paperclip. The reached technical success during 1947 when the waves began. This is all well documented.

    See NYT 1944/Dec 14.th. – “lLoating Mystery Ball is New Nazi Air Weapon” aka Foofighters

  3. Bill Whitcomb

    June 4, 2009 at 12:47 am

    Hmm. I could agree on “not impossible”, which isn’t saying much, but not “well-documented”, unless you mean that it is well-documented that people saw strange stuff. Also fails Occam’s Razor.

  4. Not unlike wild JFK conspiracy theories being beneficial to those who want to keep mundane JFK conspiracies dull and unstudied. JFK had affairs, made bad policy choices, did illegal things – but hey, look over there at the puff of smoke and the umbrella man!

  5. Bill Whitcomb

    June 8, 2009 at 12:36 am

    Yeah. I generally figure that Jackie got him.

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