Former pilots and officials call for new U.S. UFO probe
An international panel of two dozen former pilots and government officials called on the U.S. government on Monday to reopen its generation-old UFO investigation as a matter of safety and security given continuing reports about flying discs, glowing spheres and other strange sightings.
"Especially after the attacks of 9/11, it is no longer satisfactory to ignore radar returns ... which cannot be associated with performances of existing aircraft and helicopters," they said in a statement released at a news conference.
The panelists from seven countries, including former senior military officers, said they had each seen a UFO or conducted an official investigation into UFO phenomena.
These are not tin-foil hat wearing technogeeks, these are serious former pilots and government officials. How is it that after 9/11, we can be satisfied with getting many radar returns of objects, and yet have absolutely no idea what they are? How is it that we can have hundreds of sightings - some videotaped over major American cities, and yet not be worried...or even slightly curious? Incidents are happily ignored, or laughed off with little green men jokes.
But is it not our position as liberals to be open-minded? To search for truth? Why admonish and ostracize those who claim to have seen UFOs? Not all of them are Indiana hicks:
Former presidents Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter are both reported to have claimed UFO sightings.
This is not only an issue of national security, but also fundamental scientific and human curiosity.
Why not reopen the files? The truth, after all, is out there.