Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily

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
4 comments

4 Comments

  1. You take one question out of many to portray me as some kind of wide-eyed believer. The question was one of many I posed as a thought exercise. I would prefer that people who read this knew the rest of my http://www.ufomystic.com/wake-up-down-there/that-edgar-mitchell-ufo-show/ speculated on other issues:

    Is Mitchell the victim of some sort of controlled info leak? Are the people who told him this victims as well?

    Are the people he’s talked to actual witnesses to ET beings and hardware? Is Mitchell?

    Do those who know about contact sure about its origin? How do they trust it?

    Are those who know about this contact sure that they know the whole story, or is it a working hypothesis?

    It would also be nice to know where and from whom Mitchell heard these stories, but that might be naming names. Given that he’s not afraid for his safety anymore, could he name places and times that could be checked out?

    Thank you,

    Greg B.

    Comment by Greg Bishop — July 28, 2008 @ 10:12 am

  2. You take one question out of many to portray me as some kind of wide-eyed believer.

    Not at all. I did link to your entire post and said you had several questions about the claim. I just thought that particular question was rather silly.

    Comment by Chip — July 28, 2008 @ 3:14 pm

  3. I think it would have been more fair to say “one of the questions,” instead of spraining your eyeballs.

    Perhaps I’m splitting hairs, but it’s an important hair to me! Thanks for the link.

    Comment by Greg Bishop — July 28, 2008 @ 4:01 pm

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

    It’s always worked for me.

    /fails {more_meds != respect}

    Comment by zyxt — July 28, 2008 @ 10:37 pm

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.