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UFO phenomenon goes mainstream

A retired Air Force officer took the UFO phenomenon mainstream when he accused his superiors of retaining near-intact ET wrecks – and bodies.

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Today CNAV addresses a controversy we have been reluctant to address, because it borders on the fanciful. Since even during the War Between the States, stories of Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs), and their alleged crews, have abounded. But usually no sober-minded person wants to report a UFO, and risk having people cast doubt on his mental faculties. Furthermore, except for one or two modern invented belief systems – the Raelians and the Scientologists (whom the late Robert A. Heinlein once called Hubbardites or Elronners, after the founder of Scientology, fellow novelist L. Ron Hubbard), no major religious tradition has any room for UFOs. But now a narrative has taken hold that the UFO phenomenon is real, and represents an extraterrestrial scout of Earth. Here we review the current buzz, such evidence as we can find, and likely causes.

What is a UFO?

The abbreviation UFO stands, of course, for Unidentified Flying Object. In the earliest stages of the Cold War, American officials used the term UFO to stand for anything that might be an incoming Soviet intercontinental ballistic missile. (The Chinese now have missiles of their own, but they do not have the range to cross the Pacific. The Americans and the Soviets, of course, aimed missiles at one another across the Arctic Ocean.)

But today UFO stands exclusively for any object that flies by apparent means other than aerodynamic lift or rocket power. These are the “Flying Saucers” (or, in one memorable movie, flying serving plates) of Hollywood lore. American motion-picture producers have used this as a trope since shortly after the Second World War.

The United States Air Force originally had a project (Blue Book) to investigate persistent reports of these objects. They suspended that project in 1969. Officially they denied that any of these objects represented extraterrestrial aircraft or spacecraft. But they admitted that they could not explain every report they received as something other than such a craft.

More recently the Air Force has had a project – the All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office – to investigate such reports. (Originally they called it “Task Force on Unidentified Aerial Phenomena.”) Out of this project came the officer who is popularizing the narrative today. Furthermore he admits he is doing so against the wishes of the government.


Who’s making the reports?

The problem the Air and Space Forces now have, is that the reports are coming in, not only from laypeople, but from commercial and military pilots and other military witnesses on the ground or at sea. Kay Smythe at The Daily Caller covered some of these reports.

The Defense Department, last April, promised to investigate 650 UFO reports from various source, according to Newsweek. They have in fact declassified some of their video footage recently. A “reaper drone” spotted one of these objects overflying the Middle East. That surely must be sensitive – because the Koran and Hadiths have no more place for UFOs than has the Bible.

Recently the Air Force changed its terminology. They prefer the term UAP for Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon. That has a significance they don’t care to admit. It means that no astronaut has ever reported anything like a UFO. That is, no one has reported anything like that in space. Astronaut Scott Kelly once reported such an experience – while he was flying in his two-seat warplane. More broadly, he casts serious doubt on the phenomenon, and believes people are misidentifying balloons or optical illusions.

Astronaut Kelly made his statements as part of a NASA briefing on its own UFO study.

The latest report – a UFO coverup?

But this latest report casts the phenomenon in an entirely different light. Mr. David Grusch, a retired Air Force officer, filed a whistleblower complaint with Congress this week. He alleges that the Air Force has in fact been recovering nearly intact wrecks of flying objects that have crashed. These, he says, are spacecraft, some of which had crew – and the Air Force has their remains. According to Newsweek, the government has been withholding information from Congress, information vital to national security, about these objects. They also have laid a disinformation campaign on the general public, which he finds “extremely unethical and immoral.” He made these statements to the outlet News Nation. Tucker Carlson discussed that report in his first Twitter show.


One Member of Congress already suspects such dissemblance. Rep. Tim Burchett (R-Tenn.) said in March he believed the military had these strange craft, were covering that up, and were reverse-engineering the technology of the craft. In fact, the Air Force apparently shot down three objects over Alaska and Lake Huron – then said they never found the wreckage. Last year a key House subcommittee actually held hearings on UFO reports.

Apparently not all encounters with such objects are benign. The Pentagon also reported that some people come away from them with radiation burns and/or brain damage.

Most influencers won’t touch the story, though Tucker Carlson did. But Jordan Wright (a/k/a “The Angry Astronaut”) fairly jumped on the story and finds it credible.


Former colleagues of David Grusch describe him as “beyond reproach.” Jordan Wright believes he has no reason to lie – or at least, not to tell his present story as a lie. Yet the Defense Department “categorically denies” every charge Mr. Grusch has made.

Grusch provides few or no details – except that he speaks of recovery, not merely a cordoning-off. Recovery necessarily sets limits on the size of any object subject to recovery. So these objects, if real, are not the “flying serving plates” of the movie Independence Day (1996). Nor would they, on their own, be capable of crossing interstellar space. They are instead equivalent to the small craft – and aircraft – that U.S. Navy ships carry today. That means motor whaleboats, one- or two-seat aircraft, perhaps fighter or attack aircraft on reconnaissance missions, or light scouts.


But logically, a fleet including capital ships would then have to be located somewhere in our solar system. Again, no astronaut has reported a UFO sighting from the International Space Station or any ground-to-space shuttle. (Here we include Russian Soyuz and SpaceX’ Crew Dragon craft, in addition to the retired Space Transport System orbiters.) So where is the mothership? We see three possibilities:

  • The mothership(s) are lying-to in the asteroid belt or the Kuiper Belt, where Earth-based telescopes can’t see them. (The James Webb Space Telescope probably could spot them – if its controllers knew where to look.)
  • Those ships are “stealthy” even against visible light.
  • Those UFOs are ground-based craft.

Where do they come from?

These three options all go to the question of the origin of these craft. If they come from a far-distant star – as Jordan Wright thinks most likely – then an expeditionary fleet must exist. So they have either an excellent hiding place or the ultimate stealth technology. No launch authority would risk sending one ship, however well-defended, on an expedition of this kind. Christopher Columbus set out in three ships; Ferdinand Magellan set out with five. The only lone colony wagon in history was Mayflower, and that only because the captain of her escort ship Speedwell sabotaged his own mission – or so say persistent rumors.

If those small vessels are all ground-based, then who sent them? Jordan Wright has been covering space programs for years. He does not believe the People’s Republic of China remotely capable of building craft of this type. According to reports, some of these craft can achieve speeds up to Mach 2 (twice the speed of sound), with rapid acceleration and extreme maneuvers. Wright speculates on some kind of magnetic drive, like one NASA is studying, literally to ride the solar wind. But if so, then those craft can have no crews – because the extreme maneuvers would literally splatter them against bulkheads or inner hulls. Yet some of them did have crews – David Grusch says the Air Force has the bodies. That leaves only one possibility: total gravity manipulation, the one thing that can assure a safe ride.

The case for or against extraterrestrial origin

All of which goes to the most important case for an extraterrestrial origin for these classes of UFO. Their technology represents an advancement beyond anything known or suspected by any nation-state on Earth. Again paraphrasing Wright: why would the Chinese send bulky, slow-moving balloons when it can field supersonic recon craft?

Wright promised a follow-up video describing the kind of civilization that might field an expedition of the type he says we are now seeing. At time of posting, this video is not yet available.

The UFO story – all options

CNAV cannot expect Jordan Wright to conceive, much less agree with, all the options we are about to present. He is, by his own admission, an atheist, believing that Christians believe in a God of the Gaps. Furthermore he identified Comet Oumuamua as an extraterrestrial light-sail craft. Yes, Oumuamua is a long-period comet, with an effective period of about 5300 years, give or take a century. Which is to say, the elapsed time since the Global Flood.


The Bible delivers this major strike against the extraterrestrial UFO origin theory: it implies that God created two or more races, or that Satan had creative power. The Bible denies both. So any extraterrestrial expedition would still have an Earthly origin.

One such origin suggests itself, though most Bible scholars would be extremely reluctant to entertain it: the Nephilim. That word is a Hapax legomenon, a word appearing once in the Bible, specifically in Genesis 6:4. This page has all the English translations of that verse – and the word Nephilim appears in almost all of them.

The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of mankind, and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown. Genesis 6:4 (NASB)

For Bible scholars, the sticking point is the idea that anyone escaped the Flood, except Noah and his family. But the Nephilim are a class of beings that appeared on Earth before and after the Flood. The word means “fallen ones,” fallen from a high estate. Might they retain technological secrets humans are not supposed to know?

Further detail

Thus we deal here with “fallen ones” who escaped the Flood and its consequences, or were born on Earth afterward. If they were born afterward, they are not truly extraterrestrial – but they command a superior technology. That explains our failure to find the mothership fleet – it simply doesn’t exist. Or else these creatures used their technology to escape the Flood, then came back to Earth after the waters receded. Again – no fleet, and that’s why we can’t find it.

But suppose these creatures built ships to carry them to a reasonably nearby star – and now they’re coming back? This leads to the historical reports of creatures who might have commanded these technologies. CNAV has seen the following historical reports:

  • In 1862, First Lt. Elbridge Gerry Spencer USA, on leave from the Army, encountered a village physician who told of recovering a blue-skinned pilot of a crashed craft of unknown design. That physician even showed Lt. Spencer the pilot’s amputated limb. Lt. Spencer vanished without trace in 1869. Did the Army abduct him and murder him? (See here, here, and here.)
  • In 1896, a Col. H. G. Shaw USA (retired) reported that he and a friend encountered three tall, lean beings, apparently carrying breathing masks. The three tried to abduct the two and force them to board their ship. But they were weak, and Col. Shaw fought them off easily.

This article has several other reports, eerily consistent with the reports we hear today.

One more option

But CNAV would like to share one more option. Suppose this entire account is an invention of the World Economic Forum, the Atlantic Council, or another such group? Suppose they could even suborn a man like David Grusch, with promises only a billionaire oligarch could make and keep? Their motive would be one or both of two options:

  • To distract people from some dirty work at the crossroads, like the WHO Pandemic Treaty, or:
  • To scare people into accepting one-world government, with the threat of an enemy external even to our very Solar system.

Perhaps human beings have a built-in false-scare radar, which would explain the enduring Chicken Little tale. A chicken has an acorn fall on her, and thinks the entire sky is falling! She persuades others, and the group encounters another creature who offers a shortcut. Except that this creature is a wolf. You can guess the rest.

Could humanity have just had an acorn dropped on its collective head? Are we imagining an external enemy and thus playing into the hands of an internal one? The recent COVID experience should remind us that human society has its share of wolves. Maybe the Big Bad Wolf of Davos originated this latest tale. That’s something Congress won’t think to investigate – as they should.

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Terry A. Hurlbut has been a student of politics, philosophy, and science for more than 35 years. He is a graduate of Yale College and has served as a physician-level laboratory administrator in a 250-bed community hospital. He also is a serious student of the Bible, is conversant in its two primary original languages, and has followed the creation-science movement closely since 1993.

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