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Ron Patton | April 29, 2019
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Most conspiracy theory is fueled by a desire to see the universe as ultimately intelligible the bargain being that things can make sense, but only if you believe in a pervasive totalitarian cover up.

One of the biggest conspiracy theories has always been the cover-up of activities in space and the relationship our military has with possible extraterrestrial encounters.

For some time there has been an attitude of malice towards the government and the military with regard to what is invading our airspace. This has engendered cloak and dagger attitudes that have lingered after the Cold War with regard to cover-ups at Roswell, Men in Black, detainments at Area 51, and the belief that the new Space Force is all about alien warfare in a future war in space.

However, the conspiracy theories of a cover-up are now being dissolved as science is advancing towards the confidence of alien contact and biological signatures being discovered on other planets.

It appears that science is now lagging behind the military and even mainstream religion with what it knows about the possibility of extraterrestrial relations with mankind. The disclosure process, while underway, is not as easy as we think it should be.

For decades, the evidence proving that UFOs exist, or that exotic aircraft has been reverse engineered from crashed extraterrestrial aircraft that has allegedly been squirreled away behind locked doors in a secretive hangar at Wright Patterson Air Force Base.

At least that is what the unofficial story has been. We have been hearing speculative theories about such things in TV specials and there have been many researchers that have said such things.

Astronauts have said that they were aware of strange craft following them during their missions and of course there have been Military officials, who have spoken about the Roswell Crash, the Air Defense command’s report on the Minot Air Force Base incident where UFO’s shut down our missile defense systems, the Rendelsham incident where military personnel came in contact with a triangular craft, and the Nimitz incident in 2004, where fighter pilots of the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group reported seeing a fleet of unidentified aerial phenomena.

For many years it was considered a career ender to report unexplained encounters; so many military personnel downplayed them.

As we have reported recently, the attitude of the military has changed regarding the reporting of UFOs or UAPs.

Several former officials lauded the move and consider it a big step towards removing the stigma associated with reporting “encounters” with unidentified aircraft.

With the new guidelines, such reports will be given consideration and a proper investigation. They might even help the Navy uncover important information they need for security and defense.

This could be crucial in identifying extremely advanced Russian aircraft or perhaps a new weapon devised by China.

However, there is also the other possibility that the Department of Defense has downplayed the possibility that these strange aircraft are piloted by extraterrestrial intelligence or as some scientists are saying, something else.

The question today is now that the attitudes about these phantom flying machines have changed and new guidelines are being set by the military, where do we go from here?

There are many that are now claiming that this part of the drip disclosure, not only about the existence of so-called black government projects to study UFO sightings, but also what is perhaps a more interesting revelation for scientists and engineers: that in our airspace there exists technology that defies our known laws of physics, and we are actively trying to reverse engineer it.

It is evident that we have reached a breakthrough in the national-security bureaucracy and that the lines between fiction and reality have been blurred, at least for now.

Several members of the U.S. Congress have recently become aware of a supposed covert branch of the Defense Intelligence Agency dedicated to examining UAP and UFO reports.

A former congressional staffer said the program might have been launched to monitor the potential of foreign powers, such as China or Russia, developing next-generation technologies that could one day threaten the United States.

The office had reportedly spent $25 million carrying out a series of technical studies and evaluations on what they have called several UAP incursions.

I was especially interested in the use of the word incursion. While the Navy has used the word to describe how strike forces have encountered these strange aircraft – some see the word as “military speak” for invasion.

Significantly, the UFO activity occasionally transcends mere surveillance and involves direct and unambiguous interference with our strategic weapons systems and threatening engagement with pilots.

Recently, the focus has been on an incident which involved a sighting near the USS Nimitz Carrier Strike Group in 2004. The Navy deployed its fighter jets to intercept the unidentified aircraft, but they were said to have been outmaneuvered when the target suddenly flew in ways that defied normal laws of physics.

The science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke once said:

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”

This statement is commonly known as Clarke’s Third Law. Many people have heard this quotation, but few people really think about its implications.

While the Department of Defense is rewriting its criteria for UFO reports, we also have to understand that the reason this is happening is because there has been an event beyond the recent incursion that has sent a shockwave through the Department of Defense — an event that is forcing those in top positions to redefine what the military has encountered and how it affects national security.

Whatever this event is or was it has created urgency for a revamped space program, the proposal of a Space force, and it has also forced NASA and other groups to define just what their mission is for the future.

We have to assume that an event has occurred that has changed everything.

From 2017, we knew of the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP was a secret investigatory effort funded by the United States Government to study unidentified flying objects.) In 2018, NASA moved forward with a workshop on how to identify techno-signatures from possible extraterrestrial worlds.

Last week, there was a huge meeting of the minds that convened at UC Berkley regarding “Breakthrough Discussion” on the “The Migration of Life in the Universe.”

The topic of discussion was very telling as to what is happening or what has happened to prompts serious discussions on the topics of the search for extraterrestrial genomes, the emigration of earth life to other planets, and the migration of life to earth from extraterrestrial sources.

The conference theme summary is very telling of what is in store for our future and what discoveries they are about to announce. According to their website:

“Humanity may well be on the verge of discovering life elsewhere in the Universe. We are certainly close to being able to spread life into the solar system. If life is found elsewhere, one of the most urgent questions will be its origin. We will want to know if we share a common origin: was this life transferred to or from Earth, or did life arise independently on each world? The possibility that life can or might be transported among planets, star systems, and galaxies frame the major questions being explored at Breakthrough Discuss 2019.”

Furthermore, it was discussed that astrobiological dogma assumes that life evolved from a primordial soup of chemicals on the early Earth via an RNA world to the current DNA world. But an alternative view is that these steps occurred on another planetary body more than 4 billion years ago and that highly-evolved DNA-based life seeded the Earth as soon as it was habitable.

If complex microbial life has been transferred between planets and planetary systems, the single-molecule sensitivity tools of modern genomics can be used to detect life. SETI projects can also look for DNA sequences in aperiodic transmissions.

Migration of DNA-based life between star systems could be a simple natural phenomenon, or it could have been directed, just as terraforming by microbial inoculation may be the next step in the colonization of Mars. And if life on Earth was intentionally seeded, are there messages embedded in genomes for the evolved molecular geneticists and astrophysicists.

Four billion years later, and we are about to decode it.

When it comes to looking for biosignatures, scientists are limited by the fact that there is only one planet that we know of that supports life: Earth. But the challenges extend far beyond to include issues of funding and much of what is being studied goes beyond that of mere biosignatures on nearby planets.

There are some scientists that want to know how both biosignatures and technosignatures of alien worlds are combining in the realms of UFO or UAP studies.

There have been many UFO theorists that have observed that perhaps the little bald grays with big eyes are simply synthetic intelligence. The argument assumes that there are highly intelligent extraterrestrials that built the first artificially intelligent robots and that they are observing us via remote control.

Susan Schneider of the University of Connecticut and the Institute for Advanced Studies at Princeton theorizes that the aliens that we claim are visiting this planet may be Artificial Intelligence that is billions of years old.

Schneider has reported that “all lines of evidence converge on the conclusion that the maximum age of extraterrestrial intelligence would be billions of years, specifically ranges from 1.7 billion to 8 billion years.”

If and when aliens decide to reveal themselves to us on a grand scale, they probably won’t look like little green men or spiny insects. It’s likely they won’t be biological creatures at all, but rather, advanced robots that outstrip our intelligence in every conceivable way.

So far it seems that scientists have all but admitted that they have observed listened to and even have documented alien technology – now they want biological proof of aliens but both technological and biological aliens are a threat.

Biological aliens might well be hostile, but an extraterrestrial AI could pose an even greater risk. It may have goals that conflict with those of biological life, have at its disposal vastly superior intellectual abilities, and be far more durable than biological life.

Normally, we expect that if we encountered advanced alien intelligence, we would likely encounter creatures with very different biologies but they would still have minds like ours in an important sense and while their DNA could be affected by their environment, it would not be too far of a leap to consider that biologically they would share some components of our DNA.

However, if the occupants of these so-called UFOs are nothing more than advanced robots then this would put us at odds with an alien intelligence programmed into subservient drones, doing the bidding of extraterrestrial intelligence.

We would be dealing with machines that have no consciousness, which of course, is the philosophical cornerstone of our moral systems, being key to our judgment of whether someone or something is a self or person rather than mere artificial intelligence or synthetic intelligence.

But how can beings with vast intellectual differences and that are made of different components for life recognize consciousness in each other? What is their mission and what is their objective?

It is evident that these entities have been observing us. There have been reports over the years that they have interacted with us – what if the beings that we have been dealing with are not even biological entities?

Science is now breaking with tradition and is now leaping into philosophical questions about consciousness and whether the universe and all that it has produced has some form of consciousness. With this emergence of the new paradigm and the more open scientific method, humanity seems to be rolling back the domain of the gods.

What I mean is that in the past, gods answered our unknowns. Now with new scientific discoveries, there are fewer unknowns.

In the latest news, the U.S. Congress has authorized NASA to spend $10 million on the search for alien intelligence among the stars. This is money welcomed by those who have been doing this type of work for decades.

Timing is everything when seeking alien intelligence. Human civilization is only recently technically savvy. It is only a century since we began making the Universe beyond Earth aware of our technological existence. We started with radio, then television, and now rockets, satellites, and humans in near-Earth orbit.

An alien AI may already have achieved immortality elsewhere in the Universe. That AI may have started off as an assistant to its creators, developed to be a symbiont, and then ultimately have gone on to become capable of harvesting the energy of the Universe to sustain itself. Such an AI would be wholly unrecognizable to us with the advantage of a billion-year head start in its evolution.

If there are aliens out there observing us, then they most certainly are aware of our technology, and we can only imagine what kind of technology they have.

The fact that the government chose to spend some cash on a supposedly scientific look at UFOs and that the Department of Defense is now interested in reports particularly as they could be crucially related to national security threats really should be no surprise.

What is surprising is how information from the alien domain is now taking on a whole new direction.

Written by Ron Patton

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