Last week on my weekly radio show, The Micah Hanks Radio Program, I had an opportunity to discuss a multitude of subjects related to UFOs and secrecy with the very astute Mr. Stanton Friedman, the famous Ufologist and author of Flying Saucers and Science, who phoned in from chilly New Brunswick, Canada.
We spent close to two hours chatting about various subjects, ranging from the bombing of Pearl Harbor that led the United States into World War II, to secret files Friedman had uncovered from various government bodies that seemed to indicate inconsistencies in the manner in which UFOs were collected by various agencies.
In spite of all the secrecy that has managed to proliferate over the years, there are at least a few instances (well, actually a lot of instances) where information has been gathered and subsequently released into the public domain. The problem, however, has more to do with the presentation of those files when they do eventually reach the public: as Friedman notes, in spite of obtaining a number of files over the years that were formerly classified "Top Secret" and marked with codewords, the majority of the content featured within had been blacked out. Regardless, some surprising information has managed to leak through the cracks, so to speak.
One example of this sort of information has to do with admissions by the US Army, namely in response to FOIA requests by researcher Richard Hall three decades ago, which revealed an organization within the Army Department of Counterintelligence referred to as its "Interplanetary Phenomenon Unit." Researcher Anthony Bragalia commented further on this at The UFO Iconoclast(s) blog recently. Referring to the evasive responses issued by the Army as "disingenuous and... internally inconsistent," Bragalia makes a number of the same assertions that Friedman has made pertaining to inconsistencies in the way information pertaining to UFOs had been collected and disseminated by government officials. But what remains at the heart of this particular circumstance is that the Army's so-called "Interplanetary Phenomenon Unit," by name alone, entails the belief on part of government officials that the UFO phenomenon they had dealt with may have had extraterrestrial origins.
In short, what this seems to amount to is that, in spite of information obtained and collected by the Army proving their interest in UFOs and extraterrestrials, there is no evidence these agencies knew anything more about the phenomenon than what civilian investigators have managed to obtain. Hence, we remain with our eyes fixed on the heavens three decades after Richard Hall tried to obtain conclusive evidence of UFOs and a government cover-up... will we ever know the full story?