Jun 08, 2011 I Nick Redfern

UFO Disclosure: Nope!

One question I'm often asked at conferences and on radio-shows is: "When do you think UFO Disclosure is coming?" And, yes, it is spelled with a capital "D." Or, it is by those who near-orgasm over the "D-Word." Well, the answer to this particularly thorny question is pretty much dependent upon two particular assumptions: (A) That someone within government, the military, the intelligence community, or a murky combination of all three, actually has an agenda to spill the alien beans in the first place; and (B) That there really is something worth disclosing!

Many researchers accept - utterly without question at times - points A and B as being entirely valid. But let's see what we really know, what we can ascertain about this situation, and the ever-controversial issue of Disclosure. Or, as I like to call it, "The Truth Really Is Coming. Honest, it is!"-syndrome.

As I see it at least, there's an unconscious tendency on the part of whole swathes of the UFO research community to imagine and conclude that if the world of officialdom is hiding startling data on UFOs (and, perhaps, even recovered craft and bodies), then this somehow means officialdom has all the answers as to who is visiting us, the nature of their agenda, and, hell, even the color of their underwear. But, is such credit due? I most strongly suggest not.

What does having in their possession the wreckage of a UFO that may have crashed outside of Roswell, New Mexico in the summer of 1947 tell those tasked with examining it? And if that same craft was piloted by diminutive, large-headed aliens from some far-away world, and their pummeled corpses are, today, held in cryogenic storage deep below Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, what does that tell them? I'll put you out of your misery: It tells them...not very much at all.

Being in possession of an alien spacecraft would surely be amazing, incredible even. And to actually get to see the preserved remains of entities born on another world must be a jaw-dropping, awe-inspiring - perhaps even fear-inducing - sight. But, being in possession of technology and lifeforms from another star-system tells us absolutely nothing about the agenda of those same entities. All it really tells us is that someone - from somewhere far away - is skulking around in the dead of night, spying on us, watching us, and maybe - just maybe - even abducting us. And, of course, occasionally crashing and inadvertently revealing themselves to us in the process.

But, unless there has been some form of up close and personal, one-to-one relationship between the humorless, bug-eyed little gray chaps from...well, from wherever... and elements of the government, then the reality of the situation may well be that officialdom has no more idea of the actual agenda behind the UFO entities' presence here than does the big-toe on my right-foot! Many people in Ufology expect governments to come clean because they assume those same governments have all the answers, and one day we will know those same answers when - finally - someone at an official level develops what is generally known as a conscience. A conscience? In government? Reeeeeeeally?

You should consider the following possibility, instead: Officialdom may have a lot of profound UFO reports that have never, ever seen the light of day. And maybe they even have bodies and craft. But perhaps that's all they have. The significant answers to "who, why, what, and from where?" may still utterly elude them - totally. Do you really think any elected official, influential religious figure, or well-known king or queen is one day going to stand up before the entire world and say something like: "Yes, aliens really did crash at Roswell. But we have no idea of their origin, intent, or long-term agenda. We suspect they are kidnapping citizens, and their program seems to have a genetic link to it. But, we have no real answers. None. We're as in the dark as you are. Thanks for listening. Good night"

It's utterly ludicrous to imagine such a scenario.

Governments will only reveal the truth if (A) they have a substantial body of answers (not just a pile of debris and a few decaying corpses); (B) they have good news; and (C) it's in their interests (not in our interests) to disclose. Bad news, no substantial answers, and no advantage gained by disclosing, will ensure one thing, and one thing only: NO DISCLOSURE.

As for the idea that getting thousands, or millions, of people to write to their congressman, representative, blah-blah-blah, etc, etc, and push them to seek Disclosure will somehow work: Does anyone really believe that asking the government to reveal a secret it has hidden for more than 60-years has even a remote chance of working? Please!!!! Such innocent naivety is downright tragic, sad, and pathetic.

So, at the end of the day, it's down to us - that loose-knit rabble of misfits known as Ufology - to keep digging. Why? Because that's the only way we might get at least some of the answers. Disclosure? Don't make me laugh. Well, no, actually, it doesn't make me laugh. It just annoys the crap out of me that people think it stands even the remotest chance in hell of coming true.

Nick Redfern

Nick Redfern works full time as a writer, lecturer, and journalist. He writes about a wide range of unsolved mysteries, including Bigfoot, UFOs, the Loch Ness Monster, alien encounters, and government conspiracies. Nick has written 41 books, writes for Mysterious Universe and has appeared on numerous television shows on the The History Channel, National Geographic Channel and SyFy Channel.

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