- By Brian FungBrian Fung is an editorial researcher at FP.
Either the tin hats were right all along, or Churchill was as crazy as the rest of ’em. Among the revelations made in files released this week by the British National Archives is the discovery that Winston Churchill had a UFO sighting covered up for 50 years — to keep terrified earthlings from losing their heads:
The government took the threat of UFOs so seriously in the 1950s that UK intelligence chiefs met to discuss the issue, newly-released files show.
Ministers even went on to commission weekly reports on UFO sightings from a committee of intelligence experts.
The papers also include a wartime account claiming prime minister Winston Churchill ordered a UFO sighting be kept secret to prevent "mass panic".
Maybe the White House ought to consider making John Podesta its next intelligence director — just in case the aliens come back.
Daniel W. Drezner is professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a senior editor at The National Interest. Prior to Fletcher, he taught at the University of Chicago and the University of Colorado at Boulder. Drezner has received fellowships from the German Marshall Fund of the United States, the Council on Foreign Relations, and Harvard University. He has previously held positions with Civic Education Project, the RAND Corporation, and the Treasury Department.| Daniel W. Drezner |