One of the many conspiracy-theories out there is that we have been conducting a “secret space program” that is much more advanced than the publicly known space programs of NASA, ESA and other space agencies. There are numerous supposed “whistleblowers” who claim to have been involved in such programs. Could there be any truth to it? I`m willing to entertain the idea but haven’t seen any convincing proof so far, even in the several writings I’ve read on the subject. Healthy skepticism coupled with an open mind seems to be the best approach in these cases.
Black Budget and Special Access Programs
The Legal Governmental Context in which secret space programs could happen is actually in place. In the U.S., they are the “Black Budget” and “Special Access Programs”. Quoted from Wikipedia:
A black budget is a budget that is allocated for classified and other secret operations of a nation, a corporation, a society of any form, a national department, and so on. A black budget usually covers expenses related to military research and covert operations. The black budget is mostly classified due to security reasons.
The United States Department of Defense has a black budget it uses to fund black projects—expenditures it does not want to disclose publicly. The annual cost of the United States Department of Defense black budget was estimated at $30 billion in 2008, but was increased to an estimated $50 billion in 2009.
A black budget article by the Washington Post, based on information given by Edward Snowden, detailed how the US allocated $52.8 billion in 2012 for the black budget.
To get a better sense of the mind-boggling gravity of these amounts: 1 Billion Dollars equals a 1000 Million. We spend 50 times that amount on projects that are not known to the public. And that’s in only one year and one country. If we spread that over, say, 20 years, it would be enough money not only to build an entire fleet of spaceships but also secret landing ports both on and off earth and a vast network of underground facilities to hide them.
Don’t think so? According to NASA, it costs about half a Billion to send a space shuttle off planet. And we don’t use any secret budget to do so. So how massive and incredible must secret “Black Projects” which the “Black Budget” funds be to cost approximately 50 Billion a year? Such an amount could easily come to around 700 Billion in a 15-year time span.
To give you an idea of what Mega-Projects cost: Building the tunnel between France and England can be done for approximately 22 Billion US Dollars. Building a modern international airport costs about 25 Billion. One of the most expensive building projects of all time, the building of an entire city from scratch, namely King Abdullah City in Saudi Arabia will cost around 86 Billion. The international space station called ISS is considered the most expensive project “of all time” and cost $150 Billion. Source
Projects that cost this much are highly visible and involve gigantic structures that are celebrated all over the world. The U.S. alone, spends this kind of money every year on projects that are not visible to the public.
Special access programs (SAPs) in the federal government of the United States of America are security protocols that provide highly classified information with safeguards and access restrictions that exceed those for regular (collateral) classified information. SAPs can range from black projects to routine but especially-sensitive operations…
Two types of SAP exist — acknowledged and unacknowledged. The existence of an acknowledged SAP may be publicly disclosed, but the details of the program remain classified. An unacknowledged SAP (or USAP) is made known only to authorized persons, including members of the appropriate committees of the United States Congress. Waived SAPs are a subset of unacknowledged SAPs in the Department of Defense. These SAPs are exempt by statutory authority of the Secretary of Defense from most reporting requirements and, within the legislative branch, the only persons who are required to be informed of said SAPs are the chairpersons and ranking committee members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senate Armed Services Committee, House Appropriations Committee, and the House Armed Services Committee. Oftentimes, this notification is only oral.
In other words, there are U.S. Government programs that are not only kept from the public but even kept from large parts of the Government itself! While I understand the need for some amount of secrecy, I am sure most tax-paying citizens would find it highly disrespectful if they knew that this much of their money goes into programs neither they nor their elected representatives know anything about.
I`m not saying that any of this is evidence of a secret space program, of course. But it is evidence that if such programs were to exist, the framework for them is firmly in place.
Claims of Government-Built UFOs
There have been countless claims of “Flying Saucers” and “UFOs” not in the context of alien visitations but secret earth projects. These are just a few examples of what are claimed to be genuine U.S. Government craft (I am not claiming that extraterrestrials or aliens don’t exist, they most likely do. I am merely suggesting that some of those UFOs may actually be secret military devices):
In the year 2011, this truck was towing this covered, mysterious object through several states. Several hundred people called various “UFO Reporting” stations about their sighting. Some believed it to be a movie prop. It was later found out that the object was being towed to the US Navy air station in Maryland. The press officials of the Navy claimed that it’s an unmanned Drone of the model Northrop Grumman X-47B. This is what the Drone actually looks like uncovered:
This is interesting from several perspectives. One could say that the Navy is lying and that the covered object is not only smaller but differently shaped than the Drone. Or one could argue that the Drone could easily be mistaken for a UFO whether its covered or in the air. In fact, from a certain angle and flying in the air it would be hard to discern from a flying saucer to the naked eye:
On the other hand, images of actual, uncovered mysterious objects being transported by truck have also emerged in recent years:
The Image is taken from a 2013 Video of a UFO supposedly being towed in the Mojave Desert between California and Nevada. This is the full Video:
It is widely assumed that this object is a “movie prop” but to date no film producer has come forward saying it is. Others have assumed that it is yet another military drone. This is an image taken by a separate witness who, on an Internet Discussion Board, says that the road was blocked to let the military arcade pass:
Whether these are military aircraft mistaken for “UFOs” or Military-UFOs or Alien-Craft captured by the military is not relevant to this article. What is relevant is that the line between military aircraft and things that look like flying saucers is blurred.
The image above is a secret flying saucer developed by the U.S. Air Force in the 1950s. It was created by Avro Aircraft Ltd. in Canada. Once this became public, the U.S. Air Force claimed it had abandoned the “project” in 1961. But the fact that they were already building flying saucers back in the 1950s should at least have UFO-Enthusiasts scratch their head. Where did they get the idea? Mass-sightings of flying saucers first came up in the late 1940s and 1950s. Was the Airforce inspired by flying saucers or were they the source of flying saucers? Subsequently, a bunch of footage showing wobbly and malfunctioning military saucers has shown up. This footage has been used to debunk the idea that the military had any functioning saucers. But those could just as well be campaigns of disinformation to conceal successful programs with saucers. You see, if the air force did not believe they could work, they`d have stayed mere drawings or models rather than building them.
Hypersonic Space Planes
The following is an image of one of the latest Hypersonic Space planes. This one was built in China, it is capable of horizontal take off (meaning it does not need a runway like normal planes) and it is said to be able to travel 8 times faster than the speed of sound. Built by The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CATSC), it is able to enter orbit and should therefore be considered both a plane and a spaceship.
The image below shows an experimental NASA space-plane X43A that has reached 10 times the speed of sound back in the year 2004.
The Russians have also already announced their own Hypersonic stealth bomber that can “fly anywhere in the world within 2 hours”.
In light of the emergence of hypersonic space planes it seems rather silly that the U.S. Government is still denying the existence of its hypersonic “Aurora Program” that has been ongoing since at least 1989. They even got Wikipedia to comply with their “it doesn’t exist” propaganda:
Aurora was a rumored mid-1980s American reconnaissance aircraft. There is no substantial evidence that it was ever built or flown and it has been termed a myth.
The U.S. government has consistently denied such an aircraft was ever built. Aviation and space reference site Aerospaceweb.org concluded, “The evidence supporting the Aurora is circumstantial or pure conjecture, there is little reason to contradict the government’s position.”
To the Wikipedia editors credit, the article does go on to admit:
Others come to different conclusions. In 2006, veteran black project watcher and aviation writer Bill Sweetman said, “Does Aurora exist? Years of pursuit have led me to believe that, yes, Aurora is most likely in active development, spurred on by recent advances that have allowed technology to catch up with the ambition that launched the program a generation ago…
The Aurora legend started in March 1990, when Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine broke the news that the term “Aurora” had been inadvertently included in the 1985 U.S. budget, as an allocation of $455 million for “black aircraft production” in FY 1987. According to Aviation Week, Project Aurora referred to a group of exotic aircraft, and not to one particular airframe. Funding of the project allegedly reached $2.3 billion in fiscal 1987, according to a 1986 procurement document obtained by Aviation Week…
By the late 1980s many aerospace industry observers believed that the U.S. had the technological capability to build a Mach-5 replacement for the aging Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird. Detailed examinations of the U.S. defense budget claimed to have found money missing or channeled into black projects. By the mid-1990s reports surfaced of sightings of unidentified aircraft flying over California and the United Kingdom involving odd-shaped contrails, sonic booms, and related phenomena that suggested the US had developed such an aircraft. Nothing ever linked any of these observations to any program or aircraft type, but the name Aurora was often tagged on these as a way of explaining the observations.
It is reasonable to assume that what they are trying to hide is just how far back in time they have been in possession of hypersonic planes. If secret space travel started in the 1980s, who knows what they are capable of in this year of 2017 or what they’ve already established in space.
It is a well-known fact that the “elite” is usually about 40 years ahead of the public in terms of technology. The Internet was invented by the U.S. Military in 1962. It was being widely used by military staff in the 1970s. The public only started receiving its privileges in the early 1990s. The Television was invented in the 1930s but it took until the 1960s until it was available to almost everyone. Mobile phones were being used as far back as the 1980s but only came to common use in the 2000s. Airplanes were being flown in World War I, long before there were public airplanes. Hence it would not be that fantastical if a Secret Space Program already exists for an entire Generation before we, the public, can benefit from it.
The image above allegedly shows “the TR 3 Black Manta” a subsonic stealth airplane supposedly created with black budget and sighted near airforce bases in California. While there is no official confirmation of its existence, I had it here as an example of how secret airplanes might be mistaken for UFOs.
NASAS EM Drive
In the year 2001 NASA introduced its EM Drive. Because it “defied the laws of physics” it was widely rejected by the “scientific community”. Then, toward the end of 2016, 15 years later, it mysteriously “passed peer review” and went mainstream all over the press and media. From an article titled “Test of ‘Impossible’ EM Drive Passes Peer Review”:
A new study suggesting that the seemingly impossible space engine may actually work has passed the peer-review process.
The study — which was led by physicist Harold “Sonny” White, of NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston — found that an EmDrive design generated small amounts of thrust in the lab. These results were leaked online recently, and now the paper has been published, in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ Journal of Propulsion and Power.
Development of the EmDrive was begun by British scientist Roger Shawyer about 15 years ago. The engine works by bouncing microwaves around inside a chamber; it requires no propellant and could therefore usher in a new era of superfast and efficient spaceflight, advocates say.
There’s just one little issue: The EmDrive shouldn’t work, if you put any stock in Newton’s Third Law of Motion (“for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction”). The EmDrive doesn’t blast anything out the back, so just how it produces thrust (the equal and opposite reaction) is a mystery.
The Case of Gary McKinnon
Quoted from Wikipedia:
“Gary McKinnon (born 10 February 1966) is a Scottish systems administrator and hacker who was accused in 2002 of perpetrating the “biggest military computer hack of all time,”
McKinnon was accused of hacking into 97 United States military and NASA computers over a 13-month period between February 2001 and March 2002, at his girlfriend’s aunt’s house in London, using the name ‘Solo’.
The US authorities stated he deleted critical files from operating systems, which shut down the United States Army’s Military District of Washington network of 2,000 computers for 24 hours. McKinnon also posted a notice on the military’s website: “Your security is crap”. After the September 11 attacks in 2001, he deleted weapons logs at the Earle Naval Weapons Station, rendering its network of 300 computers inoperable and paralyzing munitions supply deliveries for the US Navy’s Atlantic Fleet. McKinnon was also accused of copying data, account files and passwords onto his own computer. US authorities stated the cost of tracking and correcting the problems he caused was over $700,000.”
If you are unfamiliar with the case you can read more of it in the link above or elsewhere. The interesting part of the McKinnon Saga was that he claimed to have found a list of Navy officers titled “Non-Terrestrial Officers” as an Excel Spreadsheet. Excerpted from an Interview with the Guardian in 2005:
“What was the most exciting thing you saw?” I ask.
“I found a list of officers’ names,” he claims, “under the heading ‘Non-Terrestrial Officers’.”
“Non-Terrestrial Officers?” I say.
“Yeah, I looked it up,” says Gary, “and it’s nowhere. It doesn’t mean little green men. What I think it means is not earth-based. I found a list of ‘fleet-to-fleet transfers’, and a list of ship names. I looked them up. They weren’t US navy ships. What I saw made me believe they have some kind of spaceship, off-planet.”
“The Americans have a secret spaceship?” I ask.
“That’s what this trickle of evidence has led me to believe.”
“Some kind of other Mir that nobody knows about?”
“I guess so,” says Gary.
“What were the ship names?”
“I can’t remember,” says Gary
The Testimony of McKinnon gains a little bit of credibility because the U.S. Government fought hard for his extradition and imprisonment and then, as if out of nothing, suddenly dropped those requests. McKinnon continues to live a normal life in the UK. This highly unusual behavior by the U.S. arouses the suspicion that McKinnon may have threatened to release retrieved evidence and may have bought his freedom with the promise not to release it. Whether his claims are true or not, there is no way of saying without any specific evidence. Only time will tell.
U.S. Government funded “UFO-Research”
The now famous “Podesta Emails” provided to Wikileaks were instrumental in having Hillary Clinton lose the Presidential Election in 2017. Many other emails got drowned out by the noise, among them this one by musician and UFO-Researcher Tom DeLong to John Podesta, Chairman of Hillary Clintons campaign. In it, Tom DeLong refers to General McCasland helping the author assemble a team of high ranking Air Force Generals to assist him in uncovering the alleged truth about UFOs. Just this little email made the General famous among the “UFO Community” overnight and likely directed a lot of unwanted attention at him. An official Bio-Page of McCasland states:
Maj. Gen. William N. McCasland is the Commander, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He is responsible for managing the Air Force’s $2.2 billion science and technology program as well as additional customer funded research and development of $2.2 billion. He is also responsible for a global workforce of approximately 10,800 people in the laboratory’s component technology directorates, 711th Human Performance Wing and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.
I bring this up because Tom DeLonge is not the first UFO-Researcher to receive support by high ranking Government Officials. According to the Haines Report, published on the website of the CIA itself, the U.S. Government was actively involved in making people think that their secret aerial programs were actually “UFOs of Alien Origin”. The CIA actively supported and sponsored well-known “UFOlogists” and their book publications (Google “UFOlogists who have worked with the CIA” or similar).
After at least 70 years of UFO-Sightings by credible witnesses such as pilots, astronauts, radar operators, police officers, politicians and civilians, it is still not clear what the origins of all these anomalous aircraft are. They may very well be extraterrestrial, inner-terrestrial, inter-dimensional or something else entirely. But there is certainly also a case to be made for them being aircraft of secret man-made projects. If they are man-made, why would they be kept secret? The answer would be simple: Competitive Advantage. Humans need for superiority and safety. Peoples tendency to want to horde advantages for a select few. Before pointing fingers, think of your own psychological tendency to be protective of precious things. If you discovered an empty paradise-beach, would you want it to be overrun by everyone else or keep it secret? If you had a piece of jewelery that everyone desperately wants, would you display it openly or keep it to yourself? I believe this is the type of mentality that causes secrecy. Eventually however, there will be a demand for public and civilian flying cars…and sooner or later, civilian spacecraft. As shown in my Atlantis research, all of this has happened before, long ago…and it will happen again.