Mirage Men, a documentary premiering online today, turns the whole debate over the origin of UFOs on its head.
Said to include the revelations of military insiders, the film suggests the unexplained crafts are not from another planet or galaxy but secret aircraft developed by a U.S. government that wants to keep the little green men myth alive to suppress the truth.
By the way, if you don't want to watch Mirage Men online via Yekra starting today, you can wait until the expanded DVD release in June.
Even if you still cling to the idea of otherworldly visitors, you might at least be entertained by the documentary Sight & Sound describes as "a movie for fans of Philip K. Dick and George Orwell." (Mirage Men producers call the sequence of events they follow "part Manchurian Candidate and part Close Encounters of the Third Kind.")
Over the years, the government has provided little official response to the myth ET visitors crashed UFOs, that they've back-engineered alien technology and that a massive cover-up has protected these events.
But what if, as the film proposes, the government has provided just enough false clues to keep those beliefs alive "as a powerful weapon of mass deception and the perfect cover for all manner of clandestine technologies and operations?"
It would make a certain amount of sense since UFOs seem to be spotted most in remote or rural areas, away from large populations, which would serve those trying to protect government secrets about crafts and propulsion just as much as it would shy aliens from other worlds.
So if Mirage Men is correct, the believers have unknowingly been the suppressors' best friends.