The Alien Cover Up (Part 2)

Robert Taylor was the only witness to the events he described.  But his account was judged to be reliable.  Everybody who's investigated the case says.  And he was not somebody who was known for making up stories, or making incredible claims. For want of a better word. In fact, that's the words he used.  He saw a spaceship. Unlike many UFO sightings, Taylor's eyewitness statement was supported by physical evidence. 

When the police visited the clearing where Taylor claimed he was attacked, they found the ground scarred with strange indentations.  The police photographs and sketches are not the only evidence that remains from the incident. They found evidence that something had attached itself to his trousers. But, ultimately, despite all the eyewitness and physical evidence,  the police investigation ground to a halt. 

And when the government's UFO files were finally released in 2009,  there was no file on Robert Taylor's encounter.  For Malcolm Robinson, this is evidence of a deliberate cover-up of what really happened in Dechmont Woods. Robert Taylor's account goes down as one of the most mysterious British UFO sightings ever.

But skeptics believe there is a more mundane explanation for his alleged encounter. The theory is that in the forest that day Robert Taylor may have experienced some kind of epileptic seizure. But if Robert's UFO experience could have been a seizure...  there is still no explanation for the marks in the clearing, or the rips in his trousers.

The police case remains open and unsolved, and the rumors of conspiracy continue. The Robert Taylor and Rendlesham incidents are not the only encounters conspiracy theorists claim the government is covering up. Many believe one particular account, recorded in the UK UFO files,  points to the willful destruction of the best evidence ever produced of a UFO over Britain.  

According to the UFO files, in August 1990 two hikers were walking in the Scottish Highlands, close to Calvine, north of Pitlochry. Suddenly they saw something incredible. It was a chance for the picture of a lifetime.  The hikers immediately contacted journalists from the "Scottish Daily Record" newspaper.  After viewing their photos, the journalists chose to share both pictures and negatives with the Ministry of Defence. The UFO desk files say that the images were then analyzed by the best team in the business. They identified a small jet in the background.  But the large diamond-shaped craft in the foreground defied classification.

At the time, Nick Pope was a junior member of the UFO team.  He remembers the response of the MoD's top UFO expert.  Behind Nick's UFO project desk, the Calvine picture had pride of place.  Then suddenly things changed.

According to Nick Pope, an internal cover-up began.  Outside evidence of the photograph's existence had also disappeared.  The "Daily Record" never published the pictures.  And now their journalists claim no knowledge of the story. Without the journalists, the hikers could not be traced, and they have never come forward. All that now survives in the UFO desk's Calvine image file are a couple of crude line drawings. The original photograph has disappeared without trace.  And many believe this points to a cover-up.      

   

But could there be another explanation for a government conspiracy, one that does not involve aliens?  The truth is that during the Cold War, the US military had many secrets to hide, including the stealth and spy aircraft technology that had led to the F117 fighter and B2 bomber.  Rumors that the Americans were working on an even more advanced spy plane had circulated in the months leading up to the Calvine incident. 

Skeptics believe that the head of the British UFO desk, although not cleared to know about Aurora, would have had the incentive to protect an American military secret.  The desire to protect technological secrets could explain why all traces of the Calvine photograph were removed  hidden in an air force hangar somewhere. 

But UFO believers remain unconvinced. And they claim government cover-ups now extend into space. They allege that a recent space probe is just a cover  for a more sinister mission. To rendezvous with aliens. 2014 leaves one name written in space. Rosetta.   The European Space Agency portrays the Rosetta mission as pure science.  A ten-year voyage, across millions of miles of space, to survey the distant comet, 67P. Rosetta's images and measurements are helping scientists to learn more about the role of comets in the evolution of the solar system.  But some believe this mission is a smokescreen.

Joe White runs the UFO spotters' web channel, ArtAlien.  In August 2014, he received a mysterious email. The email's anonymous author claimed they worked at the Space Agency, and that Rosetta's scientific mission was a cover. The email alleged that the real aim of the probe was to carry out a military mission to make contact with aliens.  It states that decades ago, a mysterious radio signal had been received from the distant comet, 67P.   

 

Conspiracists believe the signal is a message from intelligent extra-terrestrials.  This mission was never really about just randomly landing on a comet 350 million miles away. Conspiracists claim that Rosetta is designed to rendezvous with the aliens who sent the signal. Joe believes the final conclusive evidence is hidden in plain sight, in the photographs Rosetta is now beaming back to Earth. “I think the ESA know exactly what this is and...  This is exactly why we went there in the first place, and I think that the email stating as such is bang on the money” he said.  

But many skeptics challenge even the basic premises of this conspiracy.  If you look at the conspiracy theory version of this, until its original launch was delayed, the Rosetta mission was destined for comet 46P.  Comet 67P was the back-up option. And skeptics say the argument that Rosetta was much too expensive to be a simple science mission is just not true.  A lot is made about the expense of this mission.  "It was a billion-pound mission!" A billion is nothing, essentially, in the budgets of these types of missions.  

The scientists also have a rational explanation for the radio signal.  It was recorded very recently by Rosetta's Philae probe on its approach, and was created by the comet's own fluctuating electromagnetic fields. That still leaves the buildings on the surface, but the skeptics are not convinced. There's a psychological phenomenon called pareidolia,   because we are all programmed to find patterns in randomness.  And people are looking at landscapes, and because they believe in aliens, and they believe in UFOs, they're seeing random objects as alien faces.

   

So, should we believe in the existence of alien contact?  Is there any evidence to back up the idea that there is a global conspiracy to keep the truth hidden? Or is there another explanation for the grip of this idea on the popular conscience? 

Psychologists believe alien cover-up conspiracies exist because they tap into a deep human need. The universe is such a very, very, very large place. But the vast spaces that separate us leave us to be marooned from each other, if not permanently marooned. That is very difficult for a lot of people to accept, so, therefore, they have to believe that contact is not just possible, it must have happened. 

People want to think there are creatures out there that are intelligent,  that are interested in us, that want to stop us from destroying ourselves with atomic weapons,   And people will constantly look for evidence of those things, and find it.  Believers are not dissuaded by these arguments.  For them, the search for truth continues.  

We have the government lying, really, from day one.   Whether the ESA agree to mention this to the public or not. The volume of evidence that has been gathered   I honestly believe... I wouldn't be sitting here today. Wherever sightings remain unexplained, anything is possible.  There's always the chance that maybe, just maybe, there is someone out there. 

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