Technically Incorrect: John Podesta, a senior White House adviser who's leaving to, reportedly, head up a Hillary Clinton bid for the presidency, says his biggest regret on departing is not securing the release of "the UFO files."
Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.
The notion of any government telling the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth is quaint in its optimism.
However, those who believe that there are alien beings who have visited our Earth and even partaken of our Burger King believe that the truth is (somewhere) out there.
Clearly, it might cause panic in streets and palpitations in hearts if the US president suddenly stood up and announced that half the Senate was from the Planet Plim. For myself, it would cause no surprise at all, other than to wonder whether everyone on that planet lived alone, married themselves and self-cannibalized late in life.
Still, outgoing White House senior adviser John Podesta is sad that the government hasn't told us what it really knows about UFOs. He took to the most extraterrestrial medium he could find -- Twitter -- in order to reveal: "Finally, my biggest failure of 2014: Once again not securing the #disclosure of the UFO files."
He added the helpful hashtag #thetruthisstilloutthere.
It's reassuring, in one sense, that there is some truth that hasn't been revealed. Otherwise, all the comic book artists, movie makers and conspiracy theorists would have been unnecessarily winding us into a tizzy for decades.
Podesta, who is reportedly now going to work on the possibly, maybe Hillary Clinton for President campaign, has long been a proponent of full disclosure of what the government knows, or doesn't, about aliens. In 2002, he spoke publicly about opening the vaults and revealing the little green people's bones (metaphorically speaking).
He even penned a forward to "UFOs: Generals, Pilots, and Government Officials Go on the Record," a book published in 2010.
In it, he wrote: "As someone interested in the question of UFOs, I think I have always understood the difference between fact and fiction. I guess you could call me a curious skeptic. But I'm skeptical about many things, including the notion that government always knows best."
He also championed the efforts of others to persuade the government to release UFO files (surely someone has dubbed them X-Files) through the Freedom of Information Act. "The American people," he wrote, "can handle the truth."
You might conjecture, therefore, that he knows at least a little of what might lie concealed.
Depending on how one takes his remarks, he wouldn't be the only senior member of government to tease a past visit from an otherworldly species. Only last year, President Bill Clinton appeared on the Jimmy Kimmel Show to offer these tantalizing words: "If we were visited some day, I wouldn't be surprised."
Is it possible that both the president and Podesta know more than they (are allowed to) let on? If your answer is yes, that leaves us to speculate on why they're not revealing it.
Is it because we'd be frightened? Or is it because our belief systems would become so displaced that what remains of our social cohesion would dissolve?
What if Will Smith and Tom Cruise really were from the Planet Scientolog? What if Texas were now in the hands of extraplanetary beings whose goal wasn't secession but wholesale migration back to the Planet Archaica? What if Google were nothing more than a secret experimental lab planted here by beings from the Planet Insania?
Surely the government can at least give us a flavor of what is here and from out there. I mean, we're all about transparency these days, aren't we?