The Government You Paid For

Number 19

Yes, people, we are finally getting the government we paid for. For example:

Glowing Auras and ‘Black Money’: The Pentagon’s Mysterious U.F.O. Program

WASHINGTON — In the $600 billion annual Defense Department budgets, the $22 million spent on the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program was almost impossible to find.

Which was how the Pentagon wanted it.

For years, the program investigated reports of unidentified flying objects, according to Defense Department officials, interviews with program participants and records obtained by The New York Times. It was run by a military intelligence official, Luis Elizondo, on the fifth floor of the Pentagon’s C Ring, deep within the building’s maze.

The Defense Department has never before acknowledged the existence of the program, which it says it shut down in 2012. But its backers say that, while the Pentagon ended funding for the effort at that time, the program remains in existence. For the past five years, they say, officials with the program have continued to investigate episodes brought to them by service members, while also carrying out their other Defense Department duties.

The shadowy program — parts of it remain classified — began in 2007, and initially it was largely funded at the request of Harry Reid, the Nevada Democrat who was the Senate majority leader at the time and who has long had an interest in space phenomena. Most of the money went to an aerospace research company run by a billionaire entrepreneur and longtime friend of Mr. Reid’s, Robert Bigelow, who is currently working with NASA to produce expandable craft for humans to use in space.

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Need I remark? That is one earnest use put to our tax dollars. Harry Reid, a Democrat, retired from the Senate in January at the end of a 30-year term. Does foolishness, or corruption, ever reach so high? Oops! I’m sorry I asked that question. I momentarily forgot the other events of last January.

Apparently the rot was not skin deep. Additionally from The New York Times:

Two other former senators and top members of a defense spending subcommittee — Ted Stevens, an Alaska Republican, and Daniel K. Inouye, a Hawaii Democrat — also supported the program. Mr. Stevens died in 2010, and Mr. Inouye in 2012.


Anyhow, what’s $22 million here or there? I mean, what else were they planning on doing with the money? For one thing, they could have given it to me. Some friends of mine and I have chipped in and put up a $12,000 bounty for anybody who can prove, among other things, the existence of outer space aliens visiting Earth. We would take the $22 million and offer that in place of our (still uncollected) prize. We would post a notice: “$22 million for proof of aliens from outer space.” Then we would sit back while the claimants flooded in.

And flood they likely would. We might get Cody Knotts, who is producing a film about the Kecksburg Incident:

The producer is Cody Knotts, originally from Taylortown, PA., and the above link leads to a pitch for crowd-funding to get the picture off the ground. The pitch, apparently penned by Knotts, stresses these additional points:

  • The public deserves to know the truth about Kecksburg. Our government has no right to continue to hide the truth.  Even Hillary Clinton can’t get the records, but this feature film can help keep Kecksburg in the public eye.  Even more important, this film can help drive tourism to the Pittsburgh region and Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. Roswell gets $95 million annually and Kecksburg nearly nothing.
  • Are you tired of your government lying to you?  Then join our fight, help us make this film.  Help us expose the truth.
  • Do you care about Pittsburgh?  Would you like to help change a region for the better?
  • Films are forever.  They last beyond our lifetimes.  This is our chance to tell a story that has fascinated the public for decades.  Bryant Gumble, Ancient AliensUnsolved Mysteries and the History Channel  have all investigated Kecksburg but no one has brought the legend to life, until now.  We need your help and we want you to be a part of the legend.

Or we might receive an application from Jenny Randles, who published the book shown above. I have this and her other book, Alien Contact & Abductions. Maybe some book reviews are in order.

So what would a claimant need to show in order to score the $22 million prize? There are a number of things a claimant would not need to bring to any demonstration. One of these would not be:

“We look down, we see a white disturbance in the water, like something’s under the surface, and the waves are breaking over, but we see next to it, and it’s flying around, and it’s this little white Tic Tac, and it’s moving around — left, right, forward, back, just random,” he said.

The object didn’t display the rotor wash typical of a helicopter or jet wash from a plane, he said.

The planes flew lower to investigate the object, which started to mirror their movements before disappearing, Fravor said. “As we start to cut across, it rapidly accelerates, climbs past our altitude and disappears,” Fravor recalled.

Yeah, I was thinking we would want something more like any one of the following:

  • Spacecraft lands, and aliens confer with government officials.
  • Spacecraft crashes into the Capitol Building, and scientist analyze the remains.
  • Aliens contact me, and I take a ride in the spacecraft.

My plan has the additional advantage that at the end of each fiscal year the money would still be in the United States Treasury. You can’t beat a deal like that. It is the government you paid for.

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