I know the truth about the aliens, it is burning me up, and now I’m going to tell you what I know

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you are like me, you are willing to accept the difficult truth about the U.S. Navy’s declassified UFO videos Gimbal and GoFast and Flir, wherever that trail leads. You want to know the facts, but more than that you want to understand and make sense of those facts. And you want to know who or what can be trusted to tell you things that are in fact facty facts.

I realize it is taboo to say you know something about this, even taboo to discuss it in many circles. In fact, among skeptics as well as believers it is all equally and understandably taboo to say the wrong thing. It is yet another polarizing issue in our ever-more-polarized times.

But I don’t care, I can’t keep silent any more.

I’m here to tell you that the truth is out there, and it is more horrible and terrifying and maybe ultimately hopeful than you realize.

So let’s go straight to the heart of it all. I’m going to teach you an important concept. If you can grasp it, you’ll have the key to unlock the mysteries that I will unveil to you here, slowly, but not too slowly. Just slowly enough that you feel like reading faster so that you don’t stop reading my content, but also spend more time on the content.

Here is the concept:


Understanding маскировка, or maskirovka, is essential to any serious effort to understand the strange news coming from the US military lately.

And if we want to understand maskirovka, we have to go back to Stalingrad, even though Stalingrad isn’t where it all began. Its roots go back to Czarist Russia’s espionage practices and earlier still, fading into the ancient mists. But it was at Stalingrad that the seeds of conspiracy burst into a more mature and modern form.

So let’s go back to the fall of 1942. After a long and terrifying string of German victories and many devastating sacrifices and losses by the USSR, the tide of World War II has begun to turn. Outside of Stalingrad the Russians are preparing to strike a decisive counter-blow against the German war machine. They will envelop the German Sixth Army as well as the Third and Fourth Romanian armies in a devastating double-pincer operation. It goes by a fittingly otherworldly name: Operation Uranus.

But there is a problem. It is much harder to encircle an army if they know that you’re coming. Secrecy is of the utmost importance to the success of the operation. How to make something as large and noisy and logistically demanding as an army turn invisible?

The answer is maskirovka, the secret cloaking technology that gives Operation Uranus the potentially decisive element of surprise.

The USSR engages in an elaborate system of coordinated deception in order to make it appear that their army is not in fact where it is, but is instead feebly lashing out around Moscow. Trenches are dug in the wrong places. Ineffectual attacks are carried out in the wrong places. False newspaper articles are planted and false radio traffic created, while the real radio traffic is silenced. Civilians are evacuated around Moscow. Importantly, certain sorts of systematic deception are less effective if the military is the one saying it, and so putting stories in the media or having surrogates carry messages is also central to the strategy. Movements near Stalingrad only occur at night under the cover of darkness, and units are camouflaged during the day. Every channel of communication and perception that you can think of is manipulated and jammed, not only to conceal what is real but also to create false impressions that the Red Army is located far out of range.

It works fabulously. The Germans can’t see what is going to hit them until it is much too late. Using the novel otherworldly technology of modern maskirovka, Operation Uranus turns the Soviet army invisible.

Imagine what it would be like to be on the receiving end of this. One piece of information after another confirmed what you already knew: the Soviets were digging in around Moscow, weakened and ineffective and in disarray as they had so often been, and they had no capacity to attack around Stalingrad. There was plenty of evidence for the Moscow thesis, and nothing reliable for the Stalingrad thesis.

This strategy is also deployed to great effect by the other allies. The US and UK master the art of knowing more about the Germans than the Germans know about them. After the Allies successfully broke the famous German Enigma code, they quickly gained large amounts of information about German operations. Importantly, they were careful to conceal that they knew this. They even routinely avoided acting on information gained through the Enigma program, even when it was clearly in their immediate interest to use it. Even when it would save lives. After all, if the Germans ever learned that the code had been cracked they would have surely changed their code and the advantage would be lost. If they know that you know, you won’t know for long.

Especially for those in the US and the UK, the American and British use of maskirovka in the lead-up to D-Day is the stuff of celebrated legend. As in Stalingrad, the Allies used elaborate and systematic deception to make a massive naval invasion disappear. Without the Allies’ use of this maskirovka technology from Uranus, the brutally challenging work of establishing beachheads at Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword may have never happened at all.

In competent military circles, maskirovka or Denial and Deception and Information Operations are not controversial in the least. For any minimally capable military in the world today, the basic elements of this game are as well-understood as the notion that bishops move diagonally in chess. You want to hide your cards, make them think you have different cards, see their cards, and not let them know that you see their cards. None of this is rare or strange or upsetting in a military context, any more than you get upset that the Allies tricked the Germans about D-Day. Lying elaborately and systematically and convincingly across multiple channels is just another day at the Information Operations office.

This means that you can’t trust a single thing that the US military says or does, especially when classified information is in view, simply because it is a competent contemporary military.

That’s the power and the cost of maskirovka. It brings the illusion of another world, not our own, crashing into reality. It can make armies and warranted trust disappear in the blink of an eye, as another world displaces the real one. Or at least this other world appears to displace our own until reality snaps back into view, astonishingly, and it is all too late.

Maskirovka and the Aliens

The most basic horrible truth that needs to be acknowledged here is that where we know maskirovka is practiced, we know that we can know very little in detail. And we know that if something appears a certain way according to a source that is probably engaged in maskirovka, that is often good reason to think that things must be another way.

Whatever is happening with the Department of Defense and some of its contractors and some of its pilots and its briefings, one of the few things we can truly be confident about is that maskirovka is probably being used in some way, especially if classified information is in view.

The example of World War II helps us see that this isn’t some kind of strange and dastardly thing in defense circles. It is just the job. And here’s what’s even worse: none of this is necessarily a sign of corruption in the sense that they have betrayed their mission to militarily defend the United States. Instead it is a sign that they’re doing their job as a military. Still it also creates an environment in which corruption can flourish. More deeply it is a sign of a different and more fundamental corruption, a corruption of the truth. But in this sense it means that the work of any competent military is fundamentally corrupt and corrupting, because deception is a basic job requirement.

In turn, this means that if we are ever going to get truly credible information about alien technology on Earth, it can’t come from the Department of Defense or sources associated with it. Even contractors and soldiers who seem to be leaking, who seem to be going rogue, can very easily just be following orders. Using surrogates and “leaks” to spread misinformation are standard and simple maskirovka techniques. Now if the military were to publicly provide scientists with materials that they thought were of otherworldly origin, and scientists publicly investigated them and reached this consensus as well, that would constitute powerful evidence of alien technology. Short of that, anything that comes from those quarters that increases the probability of alien technology being present can only ever simultaneously increase the probability that the illusion of “alien technology” has something to do with a normal maskirovka operation.

This can sound a bit abstract, and because we’re humans we need details to really get our heads around ideas. To that end, I’d like to provide a detailed and plausible scenario that can make sense of all of the “alien technology” stories that are currently surfacing. It isn’t that I know that any of this is right, but I do know that something like this really could be right. So here, I’ll lay out a vivid and plausible and entirely speculative scenario that can account for the information we currently have, all without any appeal to alien technology at all.

A Mask of Masks

Imagine that you’re an officer who helps implement Denial and Deception strategies for the US government. You have top level clearances, so you know that since 2004, Iran has been deploying a Chinese-developed spy drone and balloon system to disrupt and monitor US military exercises, as part of our long simmering and now escalating conflict. Because the US trains as it fights, the intelligence gathered is of significant operational value to them. It also constitutes a fairly strong diplomatic signal that they understand these exercises as acts of aggression and they won’t accept them lying down.

The system uses advanced radar balloons to gather intelligence and disrupt and confuse sensors, and these balloons can be deployed and moved around by specialized drones. It is an advanced modern system that uses information technology and materials in novel ways, but which is also very affordable and easily mass-produced. As such it can provide an asymmetric advantage.

When the USS Nimitz encounters this system for the first time, the pilots end up doing just what the developers of the system had hoped: they become confused about what exactly they are seeing, the balloons detect the encounter, and then self-destruct. If our sensor systems are unable to address these issues, this could turn out to be an effective new disruption and espionage system.

Over the years other pilots also have some confusing encounters with these ever-evolving systems, which become increasingly understood by the US military and highly classified. The reason for the Top Secret classification of the encounters and the recovery of these objects is clear: as with Enigma, you want to know what they’re doing but they must not know that you know. This is all perfectly standard.

Things are going fine, and you’ve retrieved elements of this advanced system and basically pieced together how to avoid being disrupted by it. But sometimes pilots, especially ones getting used to new sensors, get confused about what they’re encountering until they can get used to the system. This situation isn’t helped much by the fact that the Top Secret classification means your training can’t be terribly explicit since you don’t want the information getting out too widely. A culture sets in of training pilots to dismiss these devices for the most part, while the Top Secret division develops tactics and doctrine that can disrupt the system without spreading that information too far.

Then one day in 2017, some of your nuttier contractors and the lead singer of Blink-182 file a Freedom of Information Act request and some of the videos go public. Oh no, here comes Eric Davis, the nutjob who did the teleportation study with diagrams that look like they were scribbled by a 4th grader. He works for Yuri Geller with Harold Puthoff, right? Geller you can respect. He’s a magician, just like you. You both make things disappear. But you’ll never get over the fact that Puthoff fell for Geller’s schtick and got that trash into Nature. Any chance we can hire Geller instead?

One of the most hilarious videos from your perspective is Gimbal, which shows a pilot being confused by the Gimbal feature of the camera that rotates its lens, because he was also confused about how to interpret the heat signature of a distant drone. Even before it was declassified you had named it Gimbal, since the interesting thing about the video was the way the camera made it look like the thing was rotating when it wasn’t.

But now you have a problem: you don’t want to tip your hand about everything you know about this novel system, but you also need to report to the civilian government routinely, and now you have these “UFOlogists” going nuts. Sometimes you wish the CIA had never done that “alien tech” maskirovka operation during the Cold War. “Convince the Russians we have alien tech,” they said. “It’ll be a great deterrence strategy,” they said. “It’ll help us unify humanity against the common alien menace,” a couple of real wackos over there in intelligence operations said. Well now look what you have to deal with.

But maybe that’s the answer after all. Now that the video is out, why not have a couple of pilots act like they really thought they did have an otherworldly encounter? You might even throw some UFO references into your civilian briefing slides. No lies, exactly. Just a little “could be aliens” here and there for good measure. This could actually work really well. As usually happens with this sort of thing, bringing in aliens makes the whole thing look fringe and nobody but the wackos wants to touch it. And if the Iranians think our pilots are really that confused about all of this, or think they might be, so much the better. It’ll keep them from changing things up too much. The story will probably end up dying and getting buried and the intel will probably stay safe. This will also let us brief Congress on “novel weapon systems” so they’ll understand what is happening well-enough, while also maintaining the UFO partial cover story.

Normal Everyday Noble Corruption

Have I figured out what exactly is going on with all of the new UFO reporting?

Part of the awful truth is that I haven’t.

It is an important question for all kinds of reasons, and I’m not one to dismiss the possibility of alien technology out of hand. However, I’m thoroughly unconvinced so far. There are plenty of readily-available explanations based on things we already know, and the underlying sources are all highly untrustworthy for various reasons. There might always be a new bombshell that changes the picture, but what we have now isn’t anywhere near as convincing as it seems at first glance. So I’m not holding my breath, and 95% of my chips are on “not aliens.”

Still, I do know some important things.

I know that information coming from the US military and its environs is inherently untrustworthy, especially when classified information is in view. This means that anything from those quarters that might increase the probability that there really is alien technology must also, simultaneously, increase the probability that there’s some maskirovka operation involving “alien technology”. If we’re ever going to learn anything about this with the help of the Department of Defense, it can only come through them making something like physical materials or far more compelling footage directly available to the public scientific community. Of course that’s just the way they like it, since they’re a competent military doing their job.

But the still more important truth, as I think is often the case, is the one that is hidden in plain sight.

And that is this: deception makes us aliens to ourselves.

Even when it is beneficial in the short term, it sows distrust and rips at the fabric of society in the long term. Reality becomes opaque and inaccessible to us and we can no longer know who we are or where we stand. This is the cost of maskirovka. The price is very high when the corruption of truth becomes a normal and noble job.

The scars of war run so deeply that they tear us apart. They even tear apart our ability to understand reality together. It is in peace, the real and abiding kind, that we find the courage and capacity to pursue truth together. How can that be found in a world that continues to be marked by violence and hatred, within and between societies? Where we learn to love our enemies, even in the midst of conflict, we can find a deeper peace that surpasses our limited understandings and makes possible the pursuit of truth, together.

Community Organizer. Enemy Lover. Pastor. Practices honest, serious, loving and fun discourse. (Yes, still just practicing.) Author of According to Folly, etc.

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