Those who promote unsubstantiated UFO “artififacts”

(ABOVE, Lee Spiegel’s photo of the supposed “Authentic Alien Artifact” in the Area 51 exhibit of the National Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas, Nevada – 2013)

December 24, 2017 – courtesy of Robert Sheaffer:


In the days since that New York Times story  (of December 16, 2017)  burst on the scene, attention is starting to turn to the following puzzling lines in that story:

By now, everybody knows that contracts obtained by The Times show a congressional appropriation of just under $22 million beginning in late 2008 through 2011.  The money was used for management of the program, research and assessments of the threat posed by the objects.

The funding went to Robert Bigelow’s company, Bigelow Aerospace, which hired subcontractors and solicited research for the program.

But, according to the New York Times story, under Mr. Bigelow’s direction, the company modified buildings in Las Vegas for the storage of metal alloys and other materials that Mr. Elizondo and program contractors said had been recovered from unidentified aerial phenomena.

Bigelow’s company modified buildings in Las Vegas for the storage of artifacts gathered from UFOs? 

That does not seem to be possible, but that is exactly what the Times story says.

How many tons of alleged UFO artifacts must Bigelow have to need to modify buildings to store it?

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By the way, in 2013, there was a UFO discussion panel held at the The National Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas. They had a special exhibit on “Area 51.”

During the question and answer session, Las Vegas skeptic John Whiteside asked about the supposed “authentic alien artifact” in the Area 51 exhibit.

The moderator referred the question to reporter George Knapp, in the audience, who (scandalously)  was the source of that “artifact.”

Knapp has made a career out of reporting on weird stuff like alleged saucers at Area 51, Robert Bigelow’s Haunted Ranch in Utah, etc.

Who had verified that supposed artifact?

The Russians, and others.  Who exactly?  No answer.

The moderator encouraged the two to take the discussion off-line afterwards.

Immediately after the close of the questions, Whiteside says he was approached by Jim Brown who identified himself as the Acting Director of the Museum.

Brown berated him for asking such a question, claiming that it threatened their funding.

If a Museum’s funding is threatened by asking a legitimate question, the fault lies not with the questioner, but with the Museum.  Whiteside went looking for George Knapp after this, no more than five minutes later, to find that he had quietly slipped out the door.

I’m thinking it’s very likely that this was one of the same “UFO artifacts” that Bigelow had.  If so, one would scarcely need to modify any buildings to house it.


Thanks, once again, to Robert Sheaffer.

As I stated elsewhere many many times, I am a realist who believe that the UFO phenomenon itself seems to be real.   But to me, UFOs do not represent conclusive evidence of physical extraterrestrial visitations by physical extraterrestrial, biological entities in physical extraterrestrial spacecraft of any kind.  There is more to this phenomenon than the ET hypothesis.  I am also highly skeptical of the existence of authentic UFO artifacts.



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2 thoughts on “Those who promote unsubstantiated UFO “artififacts”

  1. This whole break-out story is just getting weirder -with the motives being a key issue for me, at least -all the while I’m trying to sort out the various hypothesis’ of the phenomenon, how they interface, etc, proposed by some our most high profile researchers, yourself included. Thanks for continuing to keep us informed and provoked in to critical thought and analysis.


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