Considering that here at "The Slender Man Chronicles," we deal primarily with the unexplained, it might be easy to dismiss myself and the good Reverend as crackpots, shut-ins, or deluded sc-fi nerds who have seen too many movies. I think we'd both admit to being all of the above, but before you dismiss us entirely, let's look at a few quotes attributed to actual "authority figures," and see what they know, and have been keeping from us, all these years.
"The amazing phenomenon reported is something real, and not visionary or fictitious."
-Gen. Nathan Twinning, Chief of Staff, USAF, in his Air Materiel Command Report, September 23, 1947.
"I must insist upon full access to discs recovered. The Army grabbed one and would not let us have it for even a cursory examination."
-handwritten memo from FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, dated July 15, 1947
"Pilots have revealed cases when a UFO would fly right off their plane's wing. Highly secret Government UFO investigations are going on that we don't know about."
-Senator Barry Goldwater, who further claims he was denied access to "The Blue Room" at Wright-Patterson Air Force base, where UFO artifacts are allegedly stored under extremely tight security.
"The evidence is now so consistent and so overwhelming that no reasonably intelligent person can deny that something unexplained is going on in our atmosphere."
-Lord Hill-Norton, Admiral of the British Fleet, Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, 1974-1977
"More than ten thousand sightings have been reported. I am convinced these objects do exist, and that they are not manufactured by any nation on earth."
-Air Chief Marshall Lord Dowding, Commander-in-Chief of the RAF during the Battle of Britain, 1954
"UFO's are interplanetary in origin."
-Air Technical Intelligence Center, Situation Estimate Document, dated august 5, 1948
(which USAF Gen. Hoyt Vandenberg ordered destroyed for fear it would "cause panic.")
"If you could see the reports coming in from the Airborne Gendarmerie, the Mobile Gendarmerie, and the Gendarmerie conducting investigations, then you would see it is all pretty disturbing."
-French Minister of Defense Robert Galley, 1974
"It is my view that the UFO situation has possible national security implications which transcend the interests of a single service."
-Gen. Walter Bedell Smith, CIA Director, 1950-53, in a memo to the National Security Council.
"For the last six months we have been working with a Congressional Committee investigating official secrecy concerning proof that UFO's are real machines under intelligent control."
-Major Donald Keyhoe, during a live CBS broadcast, although audio was cut off mid-statement for "Reasons of National security."
"Behind the scenes, high ranking Air Force officers are soberly concerned, but through official secrecy and ridicule, citizens are led to believe that UFO's are nonsense."
-Rear Admiral Roscoe Hillenkoetter, CIA Director, 1947-50
"UFO's do exist, are very real, and are spaceships from another or more than one other solar system."
-Professor Herman Oberth, former German rocket scientist and "Father of American space travel."
"It seemed to move toward us, then partly away, then return, then depart. It was bluish, reddish, and luminous."
-UFO sighting report by then Governor Jimmy Carter, 1969
"If the earth faced an invasion by extraterrestrials, the United States and the Soviet Union would join forces to repel it."
-President Ronald Reagan, speaking to UFO eyewitness Mikhail Gorbachev at the Geneva Summit, 1985. Reagan repeated this statement three times.
"We deal now not with things of this world alone, but with the ultimate conflict between a united human race and the sinister forces of some other galaxy."
-Gen. Douglas MacArthur, in his address to the Military Academy at West point, 1962
Convinced? The truth is ultimately more horrifying than our fantasies. What else are they keeping from us?