The Pathway to Mars

From the Earth to the Moon and Mars

by Mary Bennett

Harnessing the Mind

NASA’s desire to achieve human exploration of the Moon and Mars is very much running parallel to the US government’s Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP), which has been gathering data on Unexplained Aerial Phenomena (UAPs) since 2007 and for which an unclassified report was released in June 2021.

It is acknowledged that the term UAP came from the Brits, as was confirmed by retired UK government employee Nick Pope when he was commenting on the AATIP program and discussing the unexplained aerial phenomena and his work when employed at the British Ministry of Defence. None of this UPA business was at all surprising to all those who, like myself, have had the experience of watching military helicopters in the assiduous but vain pursuit of the so-called Amber Gamblers – gambolling lights flying over the crop circle fields of Wiltshire in southern England.

What is surprising is that this AATIP initiative of 2007 is late in its genesis: those crop fields were being monitored by the authorities during the 1980s and 1990s both in the air and on the ground, so it is quite clear that the term UAP was being used decades before this US initiative. Unless of course that 2007 date is less of a ‘start the program’ date more of a ‘start to publicly reveal what we want you to think’ date.

Three months after the June 2021 reveal, a follow-up article was published in The Guardian newspaper, and while it repeated the Pentagon statement on the causative factor the most UAPs:

Most of the UAP reported probably do represent physical objects given that a majority of UAP were registered across multiple sensors, to include radar, infrared, electro-optical, weapon seekers and visual observation.

It was mainly concerned with attaching the ‘alien abduction scenario’ to this AATIP program, specifically citing, among others, author Whitley Strieber in the US (whose 1987 book Communion established the image of the ‘little gray alien’ in the minds of many) and retired Yorkshire police officer Alan Godfrey’s November 28, 1980 UFO encounter/abduction. Despite being retired and apparently living in the US, Nick Pope features heavily in this article as a spokesman for all things UFO/UAP and now Godfrey’s alien abduction experience.

So It is also of interest that a quick Google search reveals that Mr. Godfrey subsequently had his story run in the UK national tabloid The Daily Mail on December 29, 2021. In fact a closer look tells us that Godfrey’s story ran in various media outlets across 2010, 2019, 2020 and 2021.

In point of fact, crop circle events were far more frequent in the UK than they were to the US while abduction scenarios, (and animal mutilations) were far more prevalent in the US than in the UK during the 1970s-1990s.

Whether all this current effort is simply designed to justify more spending on national security and the establishment of the space force in the US, along with defence of the realm in the UK is a good question.

Given that we are dealing with very obvious military minds, it is noteworthy that all these UFO/UAP data releases are being fed into the consciousness of a worldwide public already stressed out by the Covid-19 pandemic. Rekindling decades old tales of strange encounters, which are frightening to many people, is only increasing stress levels at a time when we really could do with being kind both to ourselves and each other. De-stressing.

Here it is as well to remember that other than crewed jaunts to the Moon and Mars, there is a need to sustain funding for government space programs much closer to home, those orbiting from LEO out to the geosat orbital ring. It is asserted by many in the space industry that the public prefer to get behind the notion of real live entities exploring space and are less enthused by machines, even those with cute names.

It would be unsurprising if the current worldwide social and financial turmoil in the wake of a global pandemic has been considered the best way of prising open the public purses. We are so thoroughly wary of each other’s potentially infectious state that infusing the notion, however spurious, that it is necessary to protect the planet from an alleged invasion by alien ‘otherness’ would fall on fertile ground.

From that perspective, seeding these UFO/UAP scenarios into the public domain, is not so much a short-sighted approach as an opportunity seized – or the result of long term planning. And a tip: it would be as well to take forthcoming information of the same ilk with a pinch of salt, and keep that keep a salt pot within easy reach. So far, there is every indication that the AATIP program really does intend to keep the ‘invasive alien’ pot boiling.

Never have the words ‘watch this space’ been more apt.

Mary Bennett

Aulis Online, January 2022

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