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NBC News publishes an op-ed on the reality of UFOs... sort of

Added 08-03-20 06:35:02pm EST - “In a galaxy far, far away” - Hotair.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Hotair.com: “NBC News publishes an op-ed on the reality of UFOs... sort of”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

I touched on this subject over the weekend when discussing the (admittedly small) possibility that President Trump might decide to shoot for some sort of UAP Disclosure as an October election surprise, but I wanted to circle back to it today. One of the more remarkable evolutions we’ve seen in the area of UAP/UFO debates in this country is the way that more mainstream media outlets are choosing to cover the topic. One of the last to get into gear (after CNN (twice this week), the New York Times and the Washington Post) has been NBC News. But to my surprise, they opted to run an op-ed over the weekend from someone who is an expert in a related field, tackling the question of whether or not we truly might be on the verge of Disclosure and whether or not the United States government has anything really remarkable to disclose to begin with.

The article was written by Dr. Seth Shostak, an astrophysicist who currently serves as the Senior Astronomer for the SETI Institute (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence). Sounds like he should be qualified to chime in on the subject, eh? Well… yes. He certainly knows a lot about what’s out in the skies, provided you’re talking about things that are way, way out there in space. But when it comes to the idea of UFOs flitting around in our atmosphere and the possibility of extraterrestrial life having visited us, he’s developed something of a reputation as a debunker. You get a sense of that from part of the title of the article which reads, “But Navy’s alien sightings don’t quite add up.” Fair enough, however. We should hear him out.

Shostak begins by reviewing all of the recent news about this topic, reports in major outlets, congressional hearings and the rest of the material most of our regular readers are familiar with by now. He then asks the leading question, “So, where there’s smoke, there’s fire, right?” But that’s where he pumps the brakes and begins to throw cold water on everyone’s parade.He notes that these craft seem to show up frequently near our military facilities, but points out that anyone with the technological capability to navigate the void between the stars wouldn’t give a hoot about our weapons. It would be like Jean-Luc Picard checking out piles of slingshots on a primitive planet.

And that’s the point where we get to the serious debunking effort. Check out his closing argument. (Emphasis in original)

If the UFOs are interested in our military, that’s actually an argument against them being visitors from another star system. Instead, it suggests Russian aircraft, Chinese drones, or something else terrestrial — hardware we could understand.

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