Lately, we have been pondering the issue of “proof” of the existence of UFOs and government knowledge and involvement with them. Those eager to dispute the testimony of David Grusch point to his lack of direct contact with alien bodies or ships and that he relies on the testimony of those who supposedly had seen them. This second-hand knowledge is discounted, and the government is quick to respond through its reliable spokeswoman, Susan Gough, that the Pentagon’s inquiries have not resulted in “any verifiable information to substantiate claims that any programs regarding the possession or reverse engineering of extraterrestrial materials have existed in the past or exist currently.”
Okay, but we have heard that line before, like COVID-19 did not come from a lab leak—until the narrative changed that it probably did, and worse, was a gain of function project paid for by the US Government. That brings us to an interview that Robert Kennedy, Jr did on his podcast last week with Kris Newby, regarding the US bioweapons program during the Cold War and the potential link to Lyme Disease. Kris produced the award-winning documentary, Under Our Skin, and then later wrote the book, Bitten, The Secret History of Lyme Disease and Biological Weapons.
We ordered the book, and it is a compelling narrative, in which the author compiles a constellation of data points about the work done by the US Military and the National Institute of Health at Fort Detrick in Maryland and the Rocky Mountain Lab in Hamilton, Montana in the 1950’s through the 1970s to put viruses and bacteria into fleas and ticks to use as biological weapons. She cites a history of tests done over US population areas of aerosolized lab-grown products during that same period that did sicken people. She interviewed and reviewed the papers of Willy Burgdorfer, who was a lead scientist in the weaponization of ticks.
However, Ms, Newby admits that she was never able to find a whistle blower who would tell her definitively that the disease that appeared quite suddenly in the late 1960s to early 1970s in and around Lyme, Connecticut and Long Island, New York, was related to an intentional or unintentional lab leak of a military-enhanced diseased tick. We can only hope that Ms. Newby may finally get that smoking gun she needs to prove out the illness that affected her and her family and countless others was a government project.
That said, her work on Lyme parallels well with the work of so many Ufologists, who have pieces, but not the entire story, of UFO’s, their crashes and recoveries, and what the government has and knows but is not disclosing since the 1940's. Our catalog of back issues is filled with many of these stories. Ms. Newby has been thwarted by same kind of unresponsive FOIA requests and historical practices of document destruction that those in the UFO field have faced. Yet, she has been able to get substantial documentation of the government’s projects from that time period. Likewise, alumni of this magazine worked with Colonel Philip Corso to write his book, The Day After Roswell, about his personal involvement with deploying alien technology out to government corporate contractors. This was a first-person account, but we have not since seen evidence to corroborate his story. Perhaps someday, someone will get and release definitive proof of the U.S. government’s role in UFOs, aliens and their technology.