When the last official UFO investigation project, Blue Book, was shut down, nothing put in its place, and documents remained classified for years afterwards. However, the FBI, NSA, US Air Force and CIA have all declassified some files, often with missing pages or blacked out text, in an attempt to quell public curiosity. According to NASA, further research into the UFO phenomenon is not considered a valid subject of study.
If this phenomenon is so harmless and unimportant, why hasn’t more information on this supposedly unimportant topic been released to the public? More importantly, should it be?
Former Air Force employees have admitted that Blue Book had been used to cover up sightings of top secret, experimental aircraft. It’s entirely possible that a percentage of modern day UFO sightings could be caused by the same thing.
This leads to the rational that part of the reason why there isn’t full disclosure is in the name of keeping these craft secret. By encouraging the perception of those who spot unidentified objects in the sky as unreliable or flaky, few people are interested in reporting what happened. This, in turn, steers those who may otherwise ask uncomfortable questions away from looking too deeply into issues the military would rather not address.
In this way, non-disclosure or partial disclosure works to ensure the secrecy around advanced technology.
In addition, if there are alien aircraft in governmental custody, there’s no reason why the government would want to disclose its existence to the public and potential international enemies.
Former USAF Captain Talks About UFO Shutdown of Nuclear Missiles
On the other hand, some UFOs have posed as distinct threats to the military and civilian population. Some experiences, like the one that took place on Lake Erie in 1988, are simply frightening, but there have been reports of UFOs interacting with aircraft in mid-flight, such as the one which shadowed a Japanese commercial airliner in Alaska skies. There have also been power outages to nuclear missiles during or shortly after UFOs had been sighted over the bases.
These events are extremely frightening because they demonstrate the powerlessness the military has to protect civilians from the actions of these craft. Unfortunately, the stigma and possible loss of work discourages people from reporting the sightings.
Countries With Full or Partial UFO Disclosure
This question has been pondered by every developed country on the planet, and several have released documentation about their own documentation. This is a partial list of those which have made official information about UFOs public.
- New Zealand
- United Kingdom
The primary reason that the government had decided to keep the UFO phenomenon secret was out of fear of mass panic. The climate of the 1950s was that of fear, thanks to the ongoing Cold War. Schools conducted regular air raid drills, and nuclear war was at the forefront of the public’s mind. During this time, flying saucers enjoyed great popularity as well.
The combination of an already fearful public and the acute fascination with mysterious lights in the sky seemed like the perfect combination for panic, if alien life really was visiting Earth. Since the government still had no definitive proof of whether or not many of those sightings were simply misidentification or really close encounters, the ones in charge felt the best course of action was to maintain secrecy.
There may be a bit of that mindset on the government’s part today, but with the internet and the greater accessibility to information that brings, the general public is less likely to become blindly panicked by what may be revealed.
Although there will always be fearful sections of the populace, learning about a new, off world cultures may help us evolve as a society in both social and technological aspects. That, however, depends on how the information is framed, distributed and, of course, received. It’s also dependent on if there has actually been contact with extraterrestrials, which, of course, we have no way of knowing.
One way full disclosure would help the general populace is in the removal of the harmful stigma associated with UFO sightings, and perhaps other paranormal experience. Although encounters continue to this day, those who report them are often brushed off as “crazy” or incompetent, regardless of what they do for a living. Airline pilots have lost their jobs and credibility when they come forward with the sightings. Military personnel have passed on reporting their experiences for fear of how their higher ups or peers may react to the information.
Because UFOs by their nature are “unidentified”, it’s entirely possible that they’re neither human nor alien made. Perhaps they represent undiscovered changes in the atmosphere, or even unique life forms which live in our planet’s atmosphere, much like the strange life deep within our oceans, such as squids, hag fish and various photo luminescent life forms. Unless sightings are investigated, useful information about how our world works and reacts to human intervention may be ignored.
UFO Sighting and Alien Life Addressed in Democratic Presidential Debate
One of the primary motivators to any government is the politics of the region. In close connection to the stigma associated with UFO sightings, when the topic is brought up in a public forum, it’s met with derision, as evidenced by the excerpt from the debate between Barack Obama and Dennis Kucinich during the Democratic primaries.
This type of reaction could very easily translate into voter activity at the polls, because it’s possible that admission of belief in UFOs could take away from the candidate’s credibility. This is a problem, because if the topic of full disclosure were to be voted on by those in office, fewer politicians may be will to vote in line with their personal beliefs in favor of trying to guarantee themselves votes for the next term. This is evident in issues which directly effect people in every day life, like women’s reproductive rights and the rights of the LGBTQA+ community.
Beyond that, there’s no telling what types of scandals government officials are hiding behind the demonization of the topic of UFOs and extra terrestrials. There may be fear on the parts of government officials that if those secrets are exposed, they’ll at least lose support, and at most incite protest.
On the other hand, greater transparency in this field will not only eliminate the ongoing debate of why it has been kept secret for so long, and it may buy the government improved public opinion, because of that honesty.
So, should there be full disclosure by the US government? Although it doesn’t look likely at this point, I personally feel more honesty is needed in this field and others. In comparison with the other issues facing our nation today, UFO disclosure may seem like an unimportant issue, but it would be an important step in the right direction.
Emilie S Peck (author) from Minneapolis, MN on June 16, 2019:
That sounds like a wild sighting. I do agree, technology has really taken off over the past several decades, and I have no doubt we don't know even half of what's going on behind closed doors.
Glenda Bruns on April 22, 2019:
Look up information on the net about the Tr3b. It’s the U.S. government’s craft , people. I saw one over a drive-in I was at in 1986 in western Pennsylvania. Since I see the white graphic triangular picture of the craft on some saved people’s stuff here, I know some of you know this info.
In 1986 I ,and all hundred or so people at that drive-in, thought it was a ufo. Apparently, however, our government started working on, training with and flying with these things way back.
I think they mention ‘reverse engineering’ in some write-ups or cooperation with aliens at secret bases in some others. Anyhow the government is also talking about ‘Space Force’ now.
Seriously, our aeronautical engineering capabilities have sped up super fast some how over the last few decades, don’t you agree? Take your time and seriously read tr3b’s capabilities and don’t doubt there’s any lies to it. I saw one- big as the drive-in parking lot- hover 20 minutes silently and take off diagonally and disappear into space in about 3 seconds . . .almost 40 years ago.
Emilie S Peck (author) from Minneapolis, MN on April 06, 2017:
I tend to agree with you. Whether the objects are alien origin or not, there are some secrets that won't be told for decades, if ever.
Dark Mysteries from Brighton on March 28, 2017:
I don't think we will ever get disclosure. Not in my life time anyway. After studying the subject for many years, I believe that there is overwhelming evidence that something strange is flying in our skies. Military sightings alone tells me this, and also tells me that our governments take this subject very seriously, even though they would like us to believe that they do not.
Emilie S Peck (author) from Minneapolis, MN on September 02, 2013:
Unfortunately there's no way to please everyone all of the time, but I do know that there are a fair amount of people who would feel far better about the government if they were to give a more serious response than they have.
Also, what the CIA "revealed" was already public knowledge via the Air Force's disclosed information for many years, now. I don't know if the media covered that first declassification as widely as they did this one, though.
mbuggieh on August 22, 2013:
"... greater transparency in this field will not only eliminate the ongoing debate of why it has been kept secret for so long, and it may buy the government improved public opinion, because of that honesty."
A couple of things:
Unless the government says what UFOlogists want it to say---which is that we have been visited by little green men, there will be no ending the debate. UFOlogists will not accept the truth; they will not accept that we have NOT been visited by aliens.
The same line of reasoning is true for disclosure as a cure-all for current anti-government sentiment. Your statement suggests that the government is, in fact, hiding something. So unless the government "admits" that it was hiding something there will be no improvement in public opinion.
The government, which recently disclosed a great deal of information about operations at Area 51, had been backed into an effective corner by UFOlogists and their allies.
That corner: Prove that you (the government) do NOT have what we say you have. And no one can prove what they do NOT have---not even the government.
Emilie S Peck (author) from Minneapolis, MN on June 28, 2013:
Thank you so much!
Firoz from India on June 28, 2013:
Impressive article. Voted up.
Emilie S Peck (author) from Minneapolis, MN on June 27, 2013:
Michele - I agree completely! There are very, very few politicians I trust, but that's a story for another day. However, there have been a number on both sides of the isle who have tried getting more information about them, like Bill Clinton and John McCaine. From what I remember, they got no further than civilians who have tried.
CR - Agreed. Their refusal fuels a huge amount of doubt about what they're really doing under the radar. You're very welcome!
Thank you both for commenting!
Pamela Hutson from Moonlight Maine on June 27, 2013:
The US should fully disclose what it knows. Its refusal to do so is really holding up serious investigation into UFOs. Many other nations take the phenomena seriously. Thanks for this hub!
Michele Travis from U.S.A. Ohio on June 27, 2013:
This is very interesting. The only problem is that no politician will ever be honest. At least that is what I believe about politicians.
They will only tell us what they want us to hear.