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Mulder, Scully…and Hillary? A presidential candidate thinks the UFO truth is out there

April 29, 2016

My latest article for The Weekly Standard:

Roswell: Where aliens mean business

In 1995 the city of Roswell, New Mexico, population just trailing 50,000 then as now, discovered that it had the potential to become a major tourist site, courtesy of The X-Files. That immensely popular television series ran from 1993 to 2002 and was briefly revived in early 2016. It combined extraterrestrial-centric science fiction, evergreen paranoia about government cover-ups, and a Twin Peaks-style atmospheric noir that signaled a pervasive darkness underlying cheery middle-American culture. It had as its myth of origins an event that had occurred in Roswell in July 1947: the crash of a mysterious object, believed by some to be a UFO, at a ranch not far from town. The X-Files’ troubled protagonist, maverick FBI agent Fox Mulder (David Duchovny), was one of the believers. Much of The X-Files’ narrative centered around Mulder’s efforts to persuade his skeptical and sometimes murderously hostile confreres that a well-placed U.S. government cabal had deliberately buried evidence that the Roswell crash not only involved a genuine UFO but had yielded, amid its debris, extraterrestrial corpses and possibly also extraterrestrial survivors hastily spirited away along with most of the downed spacecraft by military operatives during the dead of night.

The 2016 resurrection of The X-Files lasted only six episodes watched by an ever-diminishing audience. Both Duchovny and his costar Gillian Anderson (playing his loyal but mostly unconvinced FBI partner and sometime lover, Dana Scully) looked worse for wear after 14 years, and the show itself seemed exhausted as it tried to interest its viewers in the discovery that Scully might be carrying alien DNA. But strangely enough, the Roswell cover-up narrative has gotten a shot in the arm from an unlikely but potent political source: Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton.


In December 2015 Hillary Clinton told a reporter in New Hampshire that she planned to “get to the bottom” of the UFO issue if she became president. She reiterated this promise in a March 24 interview with Kimmel in which she also declared her preference for the less-kooky-sounding acronym “UAP” (“unexplained aerial phenomenon”) in contrast to the more common “UFO” (“unidentified flying object”). Then on April 7 Podesta, who had served as Bill Clinton’s chief of staff (and from 2014-2015 as counselor to President Barack Obama), told CNN correspondent Jake Tapper that Hillary Clinton as president would aggressively pursue the declassification of UFO-related documents in the government’s possession, especially as related to Area 51, an Air Force facility in Nevada about 100 miles north of Las Vegas, used for top-secret military aircraft testing. It is Area 51 whither the alien remains from Roswell were said to have been transported and where experiments are said to be conducted to this day in reverse-engineering the extraterrestrials’ technology.

Posted by Charlotte Allen

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One Comment
  1. Lastango permalink

    experiments are said to be conducted to this day in reverse-engineering the extraterrestrials’ technology.

    If that’s true, we don’t seem to have much to show for it.

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