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Fueling the Conspiracy Fire

It’s been fairly well-covered in the blogosphere, so by now you’ve probably heard that one of the Apollo 14 astronauts professes insider knowledge of “real” alien visitations. He claims that the same government that couldn’t keep an affair with an intern secret has somehow managed to cover up 60 years’ worth of UFO activity.

The UFOMystic has a few questions aimed at determining the veracity of the claim, although the blogger’s own speculation made my eyes roll so far back in my head that I sprained one:

What if this is just a huge cover for a push by U.S. authorities to play the “we are talking to the aliens” card (with a poker face aiding the bluff) due to sagging influence around the world?

That’s totally the way to get people to respect you: Claim that you’re in regular contact with aliens.

Posthuman Blues is a bit more skeptical, and The Daily Grail says this is actually old news.

I’m pretty skeptical myself. Aside from being an Occam’s Razor kind of gal where UFOs are concerned, I’d like to know why Dr. Mitchell has decided to go public with what would presumably be one of the most closely-guarded government secrets of all time.

The fact that he’s a former astronaut and “government insider” means that his claims have got UFO enthusiasts in a lather. Even if he comes back now and says, “Um, just kidding,” conspiracy theorists will take that to mean that he was pressured into recanting.

What’s your take on the subject?

Update: via BoingBoing, Discovery Space has another interview with Dr. Mitchell regarding his claims.

Posted in Space July 28th, 2008 by Chip