By Alfred Lehmberg
UFOs are here, first and foremost. This is the patent reality... I can hear some of the sneering internal dialogue. You're wrong. Shut up.
Credible men and women agree with me, yesterday and today. These rare women and men are of a caliber that facilitates unanswered debate challenges to the most accomplished and well funded of the skepti-bunkies (or the most strident of the puddle-deep negativists). This transparent cowardice of the latter-mentioned is obvious given the narrowness of meager imaginations, the shakiness of privileged positions, and the wide gulf of arrogantly homocentric assumptions. So say credible men and women.
Additionally, these credible men and women allow that the aforementioned concoction of cowardice and shaky assumption can no longer be excused or tolerated! As it is an errant indulgence ill afforded in our quickly accelerating times, it is an increasingly abhorrent behavior that must be moderated at the very least. "Disclosure," as the concept has come to be reviled, is only a first tumultuous step!
Unfortunately, for all concerned, the formerly mentioned credible women and men handily burn their canted opposition down to the ground in a real debate. Their two-color opponents would have to admit some kind of "defeat" at the deliberation's denouement or look like complete fools, in the aggregate, to a balanced observer. That's why they don't debate; they can't debate; they won't debate! The precariousness of their positions precludes the giving of even a nanometer of ground, lest they slide, completely unimpeded, from their unjust airborne towers... but I digress.
Credible men and women agree with me, apparently. In at the ground floor of the quality UFO research mechanism, these persons have been looking into UFOs among other significant investigations for quite some time now. Amazingly, they have done so, for all those years, without even once, remotely, disgracing themselves or their subject. This is astonishing in an age of an unfettered David Jacobs!
Some of these men and women were contemporaries of J. Allen Hynek. Some are conversant with Speilberg. Some are colleagues in contact with J. Vallee. It would appear that these persons alluded to have solid enough credentials.
These have served Ufology well, apparently. I can't find a cogent contrary word about them in many years of looking, burned and shy*! Not above the searching, I've tried to find some meaningful dirt on them.
Stanton Friedman or the late Richard Hall for example, among significant others, avoided the winsome "woo-woo," steered clear of the credulous "crackpot", and sidestepped the foaming *fringe* (it-would-seem!). All in all, their startling claims of decades ago appear to remain unchallenged (indeed, they now seem unsettlingly prophetic!), and their bona-fides continue to increase in value. They might, actually, be the kind of persons most easily typified as true originals of rare intelligence and even rarer talent (...persons with strong convictions that they are not compelled to push up the observer's nose, reflexively!). I like persons like this, and so redouble my efforts to be on extra guard!
Be that as it may, Many of these may continue to serve us well with regard to the ufological. They're putting new material out all the time chronicling their association with same (over the past thirty-some-odd years anyway), and it may go a long way towards facilitating quality information on the subject at hand and on many of the subsets of that subject. Truly, it may go a long way towards facilitating some real "disclosure." They've been around a long time and it appears we have an affordable opportunity to have their rich experience for our own... in a way we can study for ourselves if we wish it so.
"UFOs are here," say Kenneth Arnold (with some agitation!), Jacques Vallee (calmly and reasonably), and J. Allen Hynek (from the standpoint of real science!). "UFOs are here," say Margaret Mead (intelligently), Stanton Friedman (logically), and Klaus Nobel (humbly). "UFOs are here," say Steven Spielberg (candidly), Squadron Leader White (cunningly) , and Reverend William Gill (with 38 other people, astonishingly). "UFOs are here," say Presidents, pilots, and scared air traffic controllers. UFOs are here. Friends and uneasy neighbors! Verily!
Easy now, it's a good thing!
"UFOs are here," continues Ray Palmer... which I'm sure will earn a smirk from a fallacious few with ill-molded minds locked in the comforting stone of their suspicious and moth-eaten "conventional wisdoms." Say what you want about Ray Palmer, a publisher of 1940's tabloid pulp magazines. Some will too reflexively dismiss him as a "puckish showman" and "clever huckster" encouraging a UFO hysteria to sell more "mindless" books and periodicals! Not so fast!
"UFOs are here," says Colin Cameron, recently released from an institution for the insane... and uh-huh... I can even hear the reader's eyeballs roll up! Be not too proud, good reader. As loopy as his story was, he still captured a few seconds of some compelling UFO footage that this writer had never seen before, forgetting that his lack of sanity (whatever that is...) in no way precludes his telling the truth, whatever his personal take on that truth might be! He might be crazy, but he doesn't have to be a liar! Yes, he might be insane, but, like his reflex detractor, he doesn't have to be stupid
Margaret Mead, far from clinically insane, addresses this obliquely when she expresses her irritation at being disingenuously labeled as a "UFO Believer." "The only thing I believe about UFOs," she says, "...Is that they remain [suspiciously] unidentified"! She goes on to point out that not near enough is being done (on any level that matters) to actually identify these things remaining so illusively "unidentified"! The question is begged: Who is the real believer? Or, who really lives in a fantasy world they'd allude to?
No, UFOs are exactly what they are billed to be, and more, more or less. This writer has had some direct involvement, made some small contribution, and actively cultivates truth-seeking associations with the principals and luminaries of ufological research. Such seems compellingly so.
"UFOs Are Here!" They stand apart from the legislated and enforced ignorance of our corrupted society with arms disingenuously akimbo even if palms, decidedly, up in seeming sincere supplication. Moreover, it dares to suggest the answer to the larger question in the minds of the remotely conscious: UFOs are here?
Credible men and women begin to make that more obvious, and we're along for the unusual (but cogent) ride if we want to be. I offer, and it is my intuition, that we are best served by same.
*This writer was a stalwart supporter of both David Jacobs and Jim Mortellaro to his horror and chagrin.