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“For nearly a year between 2014 and 2015, Navy pilots training over the Atlantic Ocean encountered unidentified flying objects that appeared to have capabilities beyond the means of earthly technology. Video from the fighter jet cameras “showed objects accelerating to hypersonic speed, making sudden stops and instantaneous turns — something beyond the physical limits of a human crew,” according to The New York Times, which broke the story to great excitement over Memorial Day weekend.
The question now is, which 2020 candidate is going to seize this moment and take up the possible existence of extraterrestrial life as a campaign issue?
To be sure, there is only the remotest chance that little green men have made it to our planet. The Times quotes astrophysicist Leon Golub’s significant caveat that the so-called “Roosevelt Incidents” in ’14 and ’15 could merely be the result of “bugs in the code for the imaging and display systems, atmospheric effects and reflections, [or] neurological overload from multiple inputs during high-speed flight.” Writing at Slate, Shannon Palus dismissed the possibility that the Navy pilots’ encounters were extraterrestrial, calling the thought “akin to getting a headache, skimming WebMD, then announcing that you might have cancer.” BuzzFeed News reporter Rosie Gray deadpanned her own astute observation on Twitter: “Why are the aliens flying around harassing Navy pilots instead of coming down to Earth and conquering us.””
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