The Pentagon’s UFO PsyOps


Authored by Finian Cunningham via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

There are reasons to be skeptical. After decades of stonewalling on the issue, suddenly American military chiefs appear to be giving credence to claims of UFOs invading Earth.

Several viral video clips purporting to show extraordinary flying technology have been “confirmed” by the Pentagon as authentic. The Pentagon move is unprecedented.

The videos of the Unidentified Flying Objects were taken by U.S. air force flight crews or by naval surveillance and subsequently “leaked” to the public. The question is: were the “leaks” authorized by Pentagon spooks to stoke the public imagination of visitors from space? The Pentagon doesn’t actually say what it believes the UFOs are, only that the videos are “authentic”.

A Senate intelligence committee is to receive a report from the Department of Defense’s Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) Task Force next month. That has also raised public interest in the possibility of alien life breaching our skies equipped with physics-defying technology far superior to existing supersonic jets and surveillance systems.

Several other questions come to mind that beg skepticism. Why does the phenomenon of UFOs or UAP only seem to be associated with the American military? This goes back decades to the speculation during the 1950s about aliens crashing at Roswell in New Mexico. Why is it that only the American military seems privy to such strange encounters? Why not the Russian or Chinese military which would have comparable detection technology to the Americans but they don’t seem to have made any public disclosures on alien encounters? Such a discrepancy is implausible unless we believe that life-forms from lightyears away have a fixation solely on the United States. That’s intergalactic American “exceptionalism” for you!

Also, the alleged sightings of UFOs invariably are associated with U.S. military training grounds or high-security areas.

Moreover, the released videos that have spurred renewed public interest in UFOs are always suspiciously of poor quality, grainy and low resolution. Several researchers, such as Mick West, have cogently debunked the videos as optical illusions. That’s not to say that the U.S. air force or naval personnel were fabricating the images. They may genuinely believe that they were witnessing something extraordinary. But as rational optics experts have pointed out there are mundane explanations for seeming unusual aerial observations, such as drones or balloons drifting at high speed in differential wind conditions, or by the crew mistaking a far-off aircraft dipping over the horizon for an object they believe to be much closer.

The military people who take the videos in good – albeit misplaced – faith about what they are witnessing are not the same as the military or intelligence people who see an opportunity with the videos to exploit the public in a psychological operation.

Fomenting public anxieties, or even just curiosity, about aliens and super-technology is an expedient way to exert control over the population. At a time when governing authorities are being questioned by a distrustful public and when military-intelligence establishments are viewed as having lost a sense of purpose, what better way to realign public respect by getting them to fret over alien marauders from whom they need protection?

There is here a close analogy to the way foreign nations are portrayed as adversaries and enemies in order to marshal public support or least deference to the governing establishment and its military. We see this ploy played over and over again with regard to the U.S. and Western demonization of Russia and China as somehow conveying a malign intent towards Western societies. In other words, it’s a case of Cold War and UFOs from the same ideological launchpad, so to speak, in order to distract public attention from internal problems.

However, more worrying still is that there is a dangerous reinforcing crossover of the two propaganda realms. The fueling of UFO speculation is feeding directly into speculation that U.S. airspace is being invaded by high-tech weapons developed by Russia or China.

U.S. lawmakers are demanding answers from the Pentagon about whether the aerial “encounters” are advanced weaponry from foreign enemies who are surveilling the American homeland at will. Some U.S. air force aviators have recently expressed to the media a feeling of helplessness in the face of seeming superior technology.

At a time of heightened animosity towards Russia and China and febrile talk among Pentagon chiefs about the possibility of all-out war, it is not difficult to imagine, indeed it is disturbingly easy to imagine, how optical illusions about alien phenomena could trigger false alarms attributed to Russian or Chinese military incursions.

The stoking of UFO controversy appears to be a classic psyops perpetrated by U.S. military intelligence for the objective of population control. Its aim is to corral the citizenry under the authority of the state and for them to accept the protector function of “our” military. The big trouble is that the psyops with aliens are, in turn, risking the exacerbation of fears and tensions with Russia and China.

With all the Pentagon-assisted chatter, it is more likely that an F-18 squadron could mistake an errant weather balloon on the horizon for an alien spacecraft. And amid our new Cold War tensions, it is but a small conceptual step to further imagine that the UFO is not from outer space but rather is a Russian or Chinese hypersonic cruise missile heading towards the U.S. mainland.


  1. The thesis that it’s only the US which has a “UFO issue” would be wrong. I know for a fact that the Soviets experienced similar things, had similar reports, and were highly disturbed to think that the US had gotten ahold of something that could do what they had reported.

    Also had a guy who was involved in the periphery of the whole UFO thing intimate that at least part of the reason why what little got let out about them back in the day was done partially to reassure the Soviets that we, too, had the same problems. There were supposedly back-channel communications going on all the time to let them know if we were really doing anything, which I presume was filled with misdirection.

    I’ve got no idea about what the hell the UFO phenomenon might represent, or be, but… I’m going to point out another thing about these assholes: They simply are not imaginative or good enough at lying to pull off a widespread disinformation op like this. Your average US intel type can’t even fathom how to utilize your typical Arab/Islamic credulity and inability to distinguish reality from fantasy, let alone work up some deal like this.

    Trust me on this: They’re not smart enough. If they are, and it becomes a proven fact, I’ll eat my words, but… The way to bet on this is clear–Whatever is going on, it’s not them trying to pull the wool over our eyes.

    Me? I’m an agnostic when it comes to this crap. Sure, it could be mass hysteria, but… I just don’t know. At the same time I recognize the nuttiness of someone flying in from Betelguese to perform random anal probes on the mentally deficient, I also have to recognize that there are some phenomenon we simply can’t explain away with “conventional thought”.

    No doubt they’re using the leaks for some purpose, but what the hell it might be? No. Fucking. Clue.

    Couple of guys I respect and who’ve had very level shoulders in situations I’ve personally observed have told me about experiences of theirs that make these latest “revelations” look tame. And, as an aside…? Optical illusions generally do not have accompanying radar returns.

    One of the guys I’m thinking of regards the whole thing as “potentially” the artifact of the rather messy way the human mind works with its senses, but at the same time, he’s also a little leery of that explanation when there are outside sources like air traffic control radar tapes that show a return at about the same location he and his crew observed the “UFO”. Neither he nor I buy into the whole “Little Gray Men” mode of thought, but… There are no known phenomenon that combine simultaneous optical illusions and legit radar returns, plus ground observations at the same time.

    I keep an open mind on this, and apply Occam’s Razor as much as I can. Only really final determination I make? I don’t have enough information to say anything definitively.

  2. Kirk, it’s something I spent time looking into.
    Yes, there are UAP’s or UFO’s and no one has a Frigging clue what they are.
    Reports from highly qualified individuals under conditions of perfect visibility ( White Sands Proving Ground workers among others) are similar and come from all corners of the world.
    And as you note more recent sightings are accompanied by data from a variety of sensors.
    There’s been some speculation that they may be living creatures ( If you think that idea is strange come to a City Council meeting in Sebastopol) or that they are visitors from an alternate universe.
    Why now?
    Some kind of distraction from or justification of an action TPTB do not want noticed is my bet.

  3. I’ve come to wonder if some of these things are privately held tech and not exactlty beholden to any governmental entity as we know it. There are powerful and immensely wealthy people and groups in the world that exist and operate beyond the sphere of nation state structures. It would only seem prudent that someone with the means to meddle with things on a global level, could also acquire technology that would secure their wellbeing against any existing military. Occasionally flaunting the superiority of their technology would also keep any wild card national leaders from throwing back the veil or getting haughty. Governments would much rather foster the idea that it’s “aliens” than admit they’re outgunned and at the beck and call of shadowy, megalomaniacal, uber rich Bond villain types. Again, this is just something i’ve been thinking about, not a theory or statement of belief.

    • Thing is, though, the super-rich are subject to the same laws of physics as the rest of us are.

      If something is behaving like a UFO is supposed to, performance-wise, then either (a) it isn’t real, or (b) it’s operating on physical principles we don’t know yet.

      Assume it’s (b). Certainly there are things we don’t know yet about the universe, no question there! But then you have to ask about the ability of a small, hidden group to come up with such performance, based on current technologies.

      There’s an interesting thing to note about science and technological progress – discoveries tend to come in parallel, or at least approximately so. The reason for this is simple: the researchers in a field are generally trained in the same things, and interested in the same problems, so concurrent advances tend to crop up. So, the super-rich would have to have funded secret research, making far faster progress than the rest of the world, for some time. For that group to get so far beyond the existing body of knowledge, so fast, is not very plausible.

  4. I’ve also read accounts of US nuclear missile sites being inexplicably shut down or rendered inoperable while visited by ufo type craft. This is often chalked up to some sort of caring, extraterrestrial warning against nukes, the good of humanity etc. I think it’s more likely someone that no one in the know wants to name, flexing on us. Has anyone noticed anything odd about the United States government types who have some sort of tie to “disclosure” or pushing this alien thing? Harry Reid and John Podesta are two that immediately come to mind. A couple of really upstanding dudes with no shady business or skeletons in the closet.

  5. I’ll add that two people have spoken to me about their sightings of odd “Craft”.
    One is now a retired airline pilot who told me about two discs flying formation with him for several minutes before taking off vertically and disappearing.
    Unlimited visibility.
    The other was my Grandmother who was nicknamed “The General”, if you have ever seen a depiction of “Britannia” you have an idea…
    Solid people.
    As to the US Government doing something sneaky, dishonest and illegal isn’t that what our tax dollars are for?

  6. I’ve seen just enough of the universe to comprehend that I really don’t have a clue about a lot of things, and the UFO deal is one of the more minor ones.

    I’ve seen stuff that conforms to the UFO deal, but which I’m relatively sure was down to that whole “optical illusion” idea. Relatively. As the experience didn’t include anything past “Hey, that sure as hell looks funny and unusual…”, I can’t say much past that. I keep an open mind, but until I’m buying coffee down at the local place with Gort and his buddies, I’m gonna maintain skepticism right along with it.

    People put a lot more faith in their senses and what passes for consciousness than they really should. I’m not surprised that there are “glitches in the matrix” that produce things like UFO reports, considering just how kludged-together human consciousness is in the first damn place. And, if you read history, you’re aware that there have been “UFO” reports going back to pre-history, to include accounts in the Bible that absolutely reek of late-20th Century UFO “experiences”, just couched in terms that a shepherd of that era would place things in. There are also reports all over the Old West, with guys reporting they were “visited” by strangers hanging around in what they describe as “airships”, and which, again, sound just like UFO reports.

    What’s going on? Really going on? Normal, everyday human mental dysfunction. I won’t rule out “space alien”, but the reality is it’s a lot more likely that it’s just routine human mental processes going off the rails, as they have throughout history.

    Then again, who the hell knows? I’m not saying anything definitive until and unless someone shows up with some totally incontrovertible evidence, as in “I’m standing next to Gort in line for coffee…”. And, even then? I’m gonna be wondering if I’ve finally lost my shit, and the whole thing is a figment of my imagination.

  7. The entire point is a distraction. It isn’t supposed to make sense. It is meant to sow chaos and disruption of discussing real issues. There is always experimental aircraft decades more advanced than public knowledge. The Navy makes you sign NDA agreements because you will see weird shit possibly out at sea on a ship. I’ve had sailors tell me that they’ve seen crazy shit they cannot describe and they believe it to be bleeding edge tech. You cannot even 90% stop people from seeing shit they’re not supposed to see. It is way easier and practical to put out BS propaganda and turn it into a shit-show.


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