Image- Watchers by Tom Estes
In the face of all these false positives, mysteries, and straight-up hoaxes, it’s hard to keep faith in reports of extraterrestrials. It’s enough to make Fox Mulder hang up his badge and gun.
Project Blue Book was the official government organization tasked with investigating UFO sightings across the United States. Formally created in 1952, it handled roughly 12,000 sightings of potential UFOs and brought together a team of scientists and military personnel. The project was discontinued in 1969, and its records were later declassified.
Like MKULTRA or Project Y (the US Air Force’s experimental flying saucer, also called the Avrocar), Project Blue Book is one of those secret government projects that seem to confirm every conspiracy theorist’s suspicions: the government did have secret task forces investigating extraterrestrials, and its findings were kept secret from the public. What’s more, Blue Book was created at a time when UFO sightings had escalated to the point of mass hysteria-Kenneth’s Arnold’s famed encounter with a V-shaped formation of lights over Mount Rainier became the impetus for Project Blue Book’s inception.
During its operation, Project Blue Book investigated a number of high-profile UFO cases, including the Lubbock Lights. The scientific consultant and astronomer for the Project, J. Allen Hynek, also codified the “Close Encounter” categories-the basis for the title of the sci-fi movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Under Captain Edward Ruppelt, the organization coined the term “Unidentified Flying Object” and attempted to create more rigorous reporting methods for UFO sightings. As the Project progressed, the majority of sightings were determined to have mundane explanations, but a small number were deemed genuinely unexplainable.
However, in the summer of 1952, Project Blue Book was brought before the Robertson Panel, which was meant to assess the Project and its findings. According to a memorandum, the members of the Panel were unimpressed with the Project’s results and mandated that its primary goal change to creating “an integrated program designed to reassure the public of the total lack of evidence of Inimical forces behind the phenomenon.” This meant the goal of Project Blue Book had essentially changed from seriously investigating extraterrestrials to convincing the public that UFO sightings were anything but extraterrestrial.
Like the majority of Project Blue Book’s cases, the supposed Blue Book alien interview on YouTube was quickly proven to be fake. It was revealed as a pet project of Aristomenis Tsirbas, the digital effects artist behind several Star Trekproductions. Isaac Koi, a UFO debunker, wrote up a thorough report on the video and pointed out that Tsirbas had created another UFO hoax video, titled UFO Over Santa Clarita, in 2012, along with a breakdown of how the video was created. You can read Isaac Koi’s full report here.
And yet, the Alien Interview prokes some interesting questions. Human evolution is the evolutionary process that led to the emergence of anatomically modern humans, beginning with the evolutionary history of primates—in particular genus Homo—and leading to the emergence of Homo sapiens as a distinct species of the hominid family, the great apes. We learn about our ancestors in many ways- mostly by studying them. Bones tell us what they looked like. Teeth reveal their diet. Tools, pots, art and other artefacts hold stories about their culture. The theory that humans are descended from aliens has been around for quite some time, but what if we have it the wrong way around? What if aliens are descendents from humans? Perhaps they have mastered time travel and have come back in time to study us?