Regarding UFO information in government hands, Vallee said: "Clearly the major governments have data. Tons of it. My tentative conclusion is that they don't know what to do with that data. If they are covering up something, it is primarily their own ignorance. But there is more. They are lying about the fact that some of their covert services use the phenomenon to manipulate public opinion and to obscure their own craven feats..."
Public belief in UFOs, Vallee continued, "could be used to disguise tests of new weapons platforms and could serve as a shield for mind control experiments involving the use of drugs on unsuspecting patients." The reference to mind control was apparently in connection with claimed experiences of alien abduction. Vallee is outspokenly critical of researchers who regard abduction -- especially as reported under hypnosis -- as literal alien contact, but he does not dismiss all abduction accounts as pure fantasy. Instead, he believes that at least some abductions could be the result of government-sponsored experimentation.
Regarding the current state of UFO research, Vallee first called to mind a comment made by the late Dr. J. Allen Hynek, with whom Vallee worked for many years. In a private conversation, Vallee says Hynek told him, "Nobody will ever give you or me a dime to do serious research on UFOs. But if we were to cross the line of professional ethics and went back on stage pretending we had the answer with a capital A, and told these people Ufology was the cure to all their spiritual anxieties, we could raise a million dollars today."
Vallee then commented, "In the last few years that fine ethical line has been crossed again and again by many people claiming to provide both spiritual and scientific answers... I'm an active researcher, and I've become a sorrowful bystander in this field. My impression as I watch this festival of absurdities from the sidelines is one of unceasing wonder with a touch of sadness. The wonder comes from the realization that even in our supposed age of technology there is so little critical examination of the facts... There is no credible ongoing effort scientifically to come to grips with the underlying phenomenon, which I continue to believe is real and informed... All we have left is a few groups of believers standing on mountaintops with flashlights, expecting the aliens to come down and shake their hands. In that sense, the UFO research is falling back into its own infancy, into a folklore that doesn't even have the odd charm of the contactees of the 1950s."
However, Vallee ended his speech on a note of hope: "I continue to hope that someday we will be able to sort out the signal from the noise and get to work on the real UFO phenomenon. If I do feel one major responsibility, it is to transmit the data to posterity so that future scientists will be able to make sense of what seems to us to be hopelessly dank. If we can resist the temptation to jump to hasty conclusions, we may emerge intellectually better and spiritually stronger into the 21st century."
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