The UFO Phenomenon
Former Pentagon UFO chief attacks conspiracy-driven 'core group'
By T.K. Randall
January 31, 2024 · 86 comments
Dr. Sean Kirkpatrick. Image Credit: NASA / Joel Kowsky
Former AARO director Sean Kirkpatrick has criticized government spending in response to unsubstantiated UFO claims.
Kirkpatrick, who previously headed up the All-Domain Anomaly Resolution Office (AARO) before stepping down last year, has blamed a "core group" of government workers for driving frivolous government spending by propagating unsubstantiated claims and conspiracy theories.
Speaking on the In The Room With Peter Peter Bergen
podcast, Kirkpatrick described the situated as a "self-licking ice-cream cone".
"They're the same people that worked with a US company and the US army to explore a piece of material that they claim was a UAP and really is a piece of missile casing from the 1950s," he said.
"They're the same people that have been influencing some of these whistleblowers who have come forward to say: 'Hey, I don't have any first-hand evidence, but all these people are telling me this.'"
Although he didn't mention anyone by name, it is likely that this was a reference to David Grusch who recently made headline news with his claims of "non-human biologics" and UFO cover-ups.
"The best thing that could have happened in this job is I found the aliens, and I could have rolled them out, but there's none," Kirkpatrick continued. "There is no evidence of extraterrestrials."
"There is no evidence of aliens, and there's no evidence of the government conspiracy."
"Worrisome is the willingness of some to make judgments and take actions on these stories without having seen or even requested supporting evidence, an omission that is all the more problematic when the claims are so extraordinary."
"Some members of Congress prefer to opine about aliens to the press rather than get an evidence-based briefing on the matter."
"Members have a responsibility to exhibit critical-thinking skills instead of seeking the spotlight."
Source: The Guardian
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