Canadian Moonbats Are Funny
[Intel Source: The Drudge Report] Every once in a while, you get a former high government official who goes off the deep end: Pierre Salinger about TWA Flight 800, former US Department of Labor chief economist Morgan Reynolds about 9/11, and former Attorney General Ramsey Clark about pretty much everything.
But for some reason, it seems funnier when a former Canadian Minister of Defense loses his marbles:
"On September 25, 2005, in a startling speech at the University of Toronto that caught the attention of mainstream newspapers and magazines, Paul Hellyer, Canada’s Defence Minister from 1963-67 under Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Prime Minister Lester Pearson, publicly stated: "UFOs, are as real as the airplanes that fly over your head."
"Mr. Hellyer went on to say, "I'm so concerned about what the consequences might be of starting an intergalactic war, that I just think I had to say something."
"Hellyer revealed, "The secrecy involved in all matters pertaining to the Roswell incident was unparalled. The classification was, from the outset, above top secret, so the vast majority of U.S. officials and politicians, let alone a mere allied minister of defence, were never in-the-loop."
"Hellyer warned, "The United States military are preparing weapons which could be used against the aliens, and they could get us into an intergalactic war without us ever having any warning. He stated, "The Bush administration has finally agreed to let the military build a forward base on the moon, which will put them in a better position to keep track of the goings and comings of the visitors from space, and to shoot at them, if they so decide."
I love that logic: "I never saw anything official about it, so it must have happened". I also like how the "moon base" gets brought up; clearly, a base on the moon, with solid ground blocking your field of observation, would be much more efficient than satellites at one of the LaGrange points... (/sarcasm)
It probably won't surprise those familiar with Canadian politics in the 60s and 70s that Paul Hellyer also served as Deputy Prime Minister under Pierre Trudeau. (Trudeau, while a charismatic and important leader, will probably, when the history of the age is written, be best remembered for responding to the concerns of 60s student activists by marrying a hippie.)
Anyway, I'm sure there are those who have valid reasons for believing that intelligent aliens have visited Earth recently, and the government is covering it up. I also know that there is intelligent life in the universe. That being said, I know as much as I know anything that the government is not covering up evidence of a landing of aliens in Roswell; you just can't keep a secret like that. I'll discuss more about why that is in a later post. [Update 0200 26 Nov: The promised post is here.]
For now, just revel in the amusement provided us by our friends to the north... they sure know all aboot saying silly things, eh?
Emergency deep! (To avoid counterfire from my good friends who happen to be Canadians...)
Update 0828 26 Nov: Instapundit has much more on the alien threat.