By: Patrick Kiger
These days, allegations of conspiracies and coverups are pretty popular in on Capitol Hill, as evidenced by one Senator's recent 13-hour filibuster in order to obtain an assurance that the government isn't going to use robotic aerial assassins to execute U.S. citizens without trials. But that must make it all the more frustrating for UFOologists, who in many ways are the progenitors of the government conspiracy-coverup meme, because they're getting drowned out by all the noisy newcomers screaming that the Boston Marathon bombing was a "false-flag" operation or that the Pentagon is secretly modifying the weather.
The last time UFOologists succeeded in getting any attention from Congress was in the late 1960s, when then-House minority leader Gerald Ford pushed for hearings after a spate of UFO sightings. The future President chided the U.S. Air Force for keeping its Project Blue Book findings under wraps, and proclaimed that "the American people are becoming alarmed by the UFO stories." But good luck getting anyone in office to issue a similar clarion call today.