|Regan Lee is author of the UFO blog The OrangeOrb, and has a monthly column in UFO Magazine by the same name. She is also a contributer to the Binnall of America website, writing her 'Trickster's Realm' column. Drawing on her life long relationship with UFOs and the paranormal, Regan writes about UFOs and Forteana in Oregon , her home for many decades, and is also a UFO witness and experiencer herself. Regan is also an aritst, and author of Two Oregon Tales: UFOs and Bigfoot, soon to be available as an e-book. Email Regan Lee.
"No UFOs Here Ma'm"
by Regan Lee
Posted: 22:40 June 15, 2007
A recent article by UFO researcher Bill Knell reminds us of the sharp contrast between the factual experiences of UFO witnesses, and the ridiculous responses -- or non-responses -- of government agencies.
In his article Mod Report Says Ufos Do Not Exist In The Uk: Some British Pilots And Military Members Might Disagree, Knell writes:
"According to a once secret report released by the British Ministry of Defense in April of 2007, UFOs are not anything to get excited about. The MoD report claims that all the incidents they have investigated show the objects in question to be without mass, no danger to air traffic and not under intelligent control. Despite the four hundred pages of nay saying, not everyone agrees."
Much of the official response to UFOs within the United States seems to be a sort of Alfred E. Neuman one: "Who, you mean mean us?" Conspicuous by their silence, the authorities remain mum when it comes to sightings. When pressured, they start passing the investigator, witnesses, reporter, civilian along to other agencies, who give the same response. Now and then there'll be a gruff admonition to stop inquiries. The point is, no agency seems to be responsible for maintaining a public presence in the context of UFO sightings.
As Richard Dolan has commented about this bizarre lack of overt interest on the part of our government:
"As strange as UFOs are, I often think that the silence of official channels is more surreal than the objects themselves. How can it be possible that so many thousands (millions?) of witnesses continue to be ignored?" ~ Richard Dolan,What Are The Triangles?
Equally surreal is the acknowledgment that, while UFOs may exist, they aren't anything to get worked up about. Pathological skeptics like that one; their collective response to the UFO phenomena is a disingenuously jaded one: "UFOs, lights in the sky, so what?"