I started today with morning coffee at Oh-Dark-Thirty and needed something a bit mindless while I waited for “The machine that turns caffeine into programming” to wake up and get rolling. I decided to let it idle up to speed on Netflix watching “whatever”. On the “trending” list, I think, maybe, I saw a bit of what I expected to be fluff about UFOs and Alien Visitation. Just the thing, I thought. Requires I keep skepticism engaged, but doesn’t need too much actual thinking…
The show in question is titled “Unacknowledged”. Here’s the IMDB summary of it:
“Unacknowledged” focuses on the historic files of the Disclosure Project and how UFO secrecy has been ruthlessly enforced-and why. The best evidence for extraterrestrial contact, dating back decades, is presented with direct top-secret witness testimony, documents and UFO footage, 80% of which has never been revealed anywhere else. The behind-the-scenes research and high-level meetings convened by Dr. Steven Greer will expose the degree of illegal, covert operations at the core of UFO secrecy. From briefings with the CIA Director, top Pentagon Generals and Admirals, to the briefing of President Obama via senior advisor John Podesta, chairman of the Hillary Clinton Campaign, we take the viewer behind the veil of secrecy and into the corridors of real power where the UFO secrets reside. The viewer will learn that a silent coup d’état has occurred dating back to the 1950s and that the Congress, the President and other world leaders have been sidelined by criminal elements within the military-industrial-financial complex.
Here is the web site of the folks who made it. The Disclosure Project
The Disclosure Project is a research project working to fully disclose the facts about UFOs, extraterrestrial intelligence, and classified advanced energy and propulsion systems. We have over 500 government, military, and intelligence community witnesses testifying to their direct, personal, first hand experience with UFOs, ETs, ET technology, and the cover-up that keeps this information secret.
I watched it without additional payment on Netflix. The IMDB site has a tie-in with Amazon where they link to a pay-per-view at $3.99 but when you get to the link it actually wants $4.99 to watch. IMHO not worth it. Better to buy a month of Netflix and use the left over 30.375 days at $4 more to watch all sorts of other stuff…
OK, enough pointers and background. My oppinion:
It is a fascinating show for 2 major reasons.
1) It is very well done, presenting all sorts of very believable quotes (often with video) from folks in positions of authority who ought to know, that confirm the existence of extraterrestrial intelligent visitation of earth and “UFOs”. They have example documents from various government agencies and video interviews with folks who ought to know. Even President Of The USA clips.
2) It weaves a picture of conspiracy and intrigue that ranges over just about every possible angle. From JFK and Marlyn Monroe to Tesla to Zero Point Energy then on to the Military Industrial Complex and CIA control of the media. (Plus a whole lot more).
It makes it very had to decide just where they have gone off the rails, how much is firmly tongue planted in cheek, and what might actually be true. If a “put up job”, it is incredibly well done.
Yet I’ve been faced with a literally Crazy Person seeing things that were not there and they too did an “incredibly good job”. Complete with sweating and emotional angst that was quite real. I joined them in their concern for about 20 minutes until it was pointed out to me that the car they said contained the folks following them had been parked across the street for about 3 days… (Hey, it was late at night, I was about 19, this was a black guy in a town known to have white trash who abused blacks, his story fit the reality… but was all in his head.)
That experience caused me to add a filter that says “Even if they clearly 100% believe it, do not accept that as validation.” Part of why today I don’t buy into things like Global Warming just because someone emotes strongly about it… Both appeal to authority and appeal to emotion are marked as “BOGUS Reasoning” for me.
So I’m NOT endorsing the validity of the film. As I’ve pointed out before, in a world where CGI (Computer Generated Imagery) can create full motion live film Klingons and Vulcans complete with their space fleet, it takes much much more than a bit of video to prove anything. Even apparent documents need a full forensic evaluation including lab work to verify they are not fraudulent (and even that isn’t easy).
Yet the film is fun, and makes “connections” (real or imagined) that are interesting speculation. The basic thesis is that post W.W.II a strong secret service effort was put in place to control just what happened in the world. Emphasis on control of nuclear issues and then with the capture of some alien tech and bodies, to limit and control the impact of that in the economic and political arenas.
Folks are interviewed (with appropriate job titles shown so they ought to know) who state things like the CIA having carefully placed agents in all the major media outlets and hubs to shape the narrative and suppress stories they don’t like. (Virtually a given, really, at this point). Explains some of the Fake News angle (and labels it as Fake News). Covers the fact that Presidents (POTUS) have asked for information and been denied, as have folks who are in nominal control in Congress and Agency heads. Essentially demonstrating that the Black Budget arena is seriously beyond any real control by the formal structure of Government. It also wanders into the arena of Character Assassination (and real assassination if that doesn’t work) and suppression of various technology that isn’t fully controlled for the benefit of the elite.
There is clearly much truth in some of it. For example, the video of folks like Carl Sagan starting out pro ET as likely then turning anti-ET later (and gaining fame and fortune in the process). Quotes from famous folks stating that ET is real, and the history of their character assassination after that are easily validated or repudiated, so unlikely to be bogus. Some statements I remember from when they were made, 1/2 Century ago or even more recent, so attempts to erase that history would be very difficult. Jimmy Carter saying he had seen a UFO. Ronald Reagan saying an ET Threat would unite the world.
Yet some of it is clearly in the Crazy Talk category. The famous water carburetor driven car. (Water as LENR fuel I can go for, but carburetted into an engine is not going to give you free energy…) Then there is the film of an “alien body” where they have a “body” that looks like Ice Man in that it is basically a skeleton with a thin brownish coating on it. Unfortunately, it is about 9 inches long… and the bones have a remarkable correlation to a human skeleton (same appendage bones and ribs and pelvis and…) The skull is funny shaped, though. The odds of separate evolution resulting in the same types and placement of bones is essentially zero. (No, I didn’t count the ribs, fingers, or others things easily changed. It’s the overall look of it that’s too human. Clearly either a small human skeleton with deformities or a fake).
There was also some creative editing where a person talking about False Flag operations confirms they happen (well duh!) but in between the discussion of False Flags and the “Yes we’ve done it” is a bit of another line about something NOT false flag ( I forget exactly what it was as I was busy going but But BUT!!!! but it was something like planning to start an ET war false flag or destruction of witnesses or something similarly unrelated). The net effect being to transfer the “Yes we do False Flags” to being “Yes we do that other thing”. So watch for that.
Overall, worth watching. Just keep your skeptics skull cap as close as your tinfoil hat through the whole thing…
What Do I Believe?
It is mathematically and chemically impossible that we are the only life in the universe (heck, in the galaxy) and some of that life MUST evolve intelligence. We are not alone by a very long shot. Some of them will be dumber than us and still pre-contact. Some will be a Billion years older than us, and likely see us as we see fire ants: Organized, brutish, a threat, and pretty dumb. In between will be some who are about our equals.
Some, almost certainly, will have visited our planet at some point in time. Be that a million years ago or last week, TBD. Heck, we might even the the equivalent of someone’s Ph.D. thesis (“let’s introduce limited intelligence into the primitives apes on this planet and watch how it evolves”…) There simply is no way to know given our present state of understanding. My best guess is that it started a few thousand years ago but that we “got their attention” as more than a study of primitive peoples in their native habitat when we suddenly blew off a few nuclear bombs. (That being a long leap ahead of where we were thought to be at the time). So we’ve likely had much more “intervention” since the W.W.II time frame.
However: I also believe that the speed of light is a very real limit. This means that life from other Galaxies will not be visiting as it is just too much lost time to send any information back to a home that would no longer exists. Even inside our own Galaxy, we’ve got 100,000 light year problem. So with the assumption of “free energy” and control of gravity one could get essentially free acceleration, but that runs into mass increase at close to speed of light… so you MIGHT be able to get to, say, 75% of C (speed of light). That still leaves you with a 6 year problem to near stars and a couple of decades to a “few”. Any visits will be from local stars with crew dedicated to a long expedition. Yet given the number of stars with planets, it’s almost certain there would be some life inside a 100 light year sphere, IMHO. So most likely it’s just the “neighbors” checking us out.
Now I could be wrong. Far be it from me to say what tech a Billion year old species might have. Maybe they do break the C barrier. But very unlikely.
So that’s my view of things. Small expeditions from a few light years away, with very advanced tech, just studying us and maybe with a few interventions (like, oh, a miracle or two and a set of rules to live by with the pronouncements from a flame-speaker built to look like a bush…). Then a few nukes get set off and all hell breaks loose. The monkeys have rockets and nukes!!! Oh God!
Would such a people “lean on” our society to shape it against expansionism? Motivate us to stay in our reservation? Abandon war like ways? Institute “Global Governance” (under their gentle guidance…) and with a secret agency method? It is what I would do, were I them. Herd the cattle more effectively and train the wolves to be guard dogs… (Oh, wait, we already did that…)
To the extent I found support for my world view in the Unacknowledged video, I found it believable.
(Do I really need to adorn that with a /sarc; tag to flag it as tongue in cheek self deprecation self awareness?)
To the extent is has a Vast Both Wings Conspiracy Theory in it, along with artful dodgy editing and unverifiable “witnesses”, well, it’s still fun entertainment. Things like the indirect assertion Tesla had discovered how to harness zero point energy when the reality is more that he had discovered wireless transmission of EMF but had not realized the horrid inefficiencies in it. He WAS hooked up to the local power generation facilities…
So fun to watch. Well made. Wide ranging and fascinating “connect the dots” for all sorts of secret dots (some of which even exist…)
Just don’t swallow it all without being selective.