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(Republished from The Rundown Live)

In recent days the subject of disclosure and the possibility of recovered and / or reverse engineered extraterrestrial craft have once again made news headlines following the recent appearance of former Fox News host Tucker Carlson on the Joe Rogan podcast, during which Carlson discussed newly released files pertaining to an Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon (UAP) program by the name of Kona Blue. Carlson claims the files were accidentally leaked, however the documents themselves implicitly state on page one they were in fact declassified and approved for public release.

According to the official documents from the Department of Homeland Security, Project Kona Blue was a prospective special access program (PSAP) between the Pentagon and the Department of Homeland Security for the study and reverse engineering of advanced technology from allegedly recovered unidentified flying objects, referred to in the documents as advanced aerospace vehicles (AAV’s). The purpose of studying the technology was purportedly to ascertain potential threats to national security.

The program was originally proposed in 2008 but ultimately scrapped in 2012 after no such advanced aerospace technology was recovered. Funding for the program was earmarked from the Pentagon budget through three fiscal years, however as News Nation reports the allocated funds were not spent due to the closure of the project.

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Interestingly, despite the project only recently receiving widespread attention, it seemingly flew under the radar when the documents were initially disclosed and received a modicum of coverage from various mainstream outlets in early March, when the Department of Defense released a public version of a congressionally ordered comprehensive review of classified U.S. government programs since 1945 that debunked decades of speculation about UFOs, saying it found no evidence of extraterrestrial activity or efforts to withhold information from Congress, reports Politico.

However this reporting also contradicts previous mainstream media reports which essentially asserted the opposite. In July of 2020 the New York Times released a major report titled No Longer In The Shadows, The Pentagon’s UFO Unit Will Make Some Findings Public, wherein the outlet reported on a decades old program from the office of naval intelligence regarding the study of such phenomenon.

In the report they cite one Eric W. Davis, an astrophysicist who worked as a subcontractor and consultant for the Pentagon UFO program starting in 2007, stating (emphasis ours);

In some cases, examination of the materials had so far failed to determine their source and led him to conclude, “We couldn’t make it ourselves.”

The constraints on discussing classified programs — and the ambiguity of information cited in unclassified slides from the briefings — have put officials who have studied U.F.O.s in the position of stating their views without presenting any hard evidence.

Mr. Davis, who now works for Aerospace Corporation, a defense contractor, said he gave a classified briefing to a Defense Department agency as recently as March about retrievals from “off-world vehicles not made on this earth.”

Mr. Davis said he also gave classified briefings on retrievals of unexplained objects to staff members of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Oct. 21, 2019, and to members of the Senate Intelligence Committee two days later.

In December of that same year, a report from The Jerusalem Post touted statements from former Israeli space security chief Haim Eshed stating matter-of-factly that entities of an extraterrestrial origin do in fact exist, and have been in contact with the governments of Israel and the United States for decades but keep their presence hidden from the general population because humanity as a whole just “isn’t ready”.

Similarly, in March of last year the Military Times reported statements in which director of the Pentagon’s All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office Sean Kirkpatrick comfortably asserted the possibility of UFO motherships in the solar system…

Obviously it goes without saying that neither the official statement of the government nor the word of the mainstream media should be taken at face value or without a grain of salt given both entities long storied history of perpetuating lies and propaganda to the public.

But it is that very same history with regard to the recent years of mainstream UFO coverage that raises a serious question; Why?

Without question, independent researchers and reporters fascinated by the subject who’ve dedicated the time to thoroughly analyzing it, gathering reports and amassing evidence, such as our colleagues at The Pulse, can attest that there is legitimacy to this phenomenon. Something strange is occurring, and has been for hundreds of years. Yet to the objective thinker exactly what that something is is still the focus of study and debate.

But why has the government and the corporate media, after spending decades ridiculing anyone who dare attempt to broach the subject as tinfoil hat conspiracy nuts, all of a sudden done a 180° turn around?

For some of us with a tenure in studying psyops and information warfare the answer seems quite obvious; narrative control. Hijacking the narrative, as some have suggested, and disseminating only approved talking points through corporate media outlets while continuing to censor and stifle other independent researchers presents the unique opportunity of appearing transparent, while “poisoning the well” of UFO research and utilizing a “disclosure psyop” to advance pre-existing agendas.

One such example is continuing to beef up funds for the national security state and the military industrial complex. Since “disclosure” went mainstream beginning around 2017 one aspect of the narrative that has been nearly ubiquitous has been that of the potential security threat posed by the UAP/UFO phenomenon. Subsequently being used as a convenient excuse to argue for the continued proliferation of US militarism.

At the same time we’ve witnessed these same entities supposedly dedicated to the transparency of the subject take deliberate steps to hinder the release of pertinent information, such as in late 2023 when Congress passed legislation which gutted the transparency efforts of The UAP Disclosure Act.

Meanwhile the waters are muddied even further by dubious ufologists such as Dr. Steven Greer, who has himself cast doubt on the mainstream disclosure efforts, and media outlets promoting sensational hoaxes such as the alleged “alien mummies” presented to the Congress of Mexico by the previously debunked self-proclaimed “UFO researcher” Jamie Maussan, while conspicuously ignoring far more credible researchers the likes of Richard Dolan, Marc D’Antonio, and Donald Schmitt.

With regard to the latter it is interesting to note how the whole of the mainstream conversation of disclosure seemingly deliberately ignores the 1947 Roswell incident in its entirety, despite the tireless work of Schmitt and his colleague Tom Carey compiling what is perhaps the most compelling and comprehensive body of work regarding arguably the most prolific UFO incident in history.

Concerning the Kona Blue project and how it fits in to this continuous cacophony of confusion, it is the opinion of this author that the intentional release of these documents appears more likely to be the latest attempt to disseminate materials for perception management, rather than a genuine act of truth seeking.

Whatever is actually going on with regard to the UFO/UAP phenomenon the public deserves to know the whole truth, and that can only be achieved with full transparency and a genuine critical public discourse of the subject.

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