I know a bureaucratic evasion when I see one and yesterday’s hearing before a committee of the Huse of Representatives was certainly one such. It was very much like a scene from the old Brit TeeVee series “Yes, Minister.” Here we had the well briefed Deputy Minister of Defense for Intelligence backed up (supervised really) by a very polished and slippery CAREER SES who is Deputy Head of naval intelligence. Butter would not melt in the man’s mouth.
No actual naval officers appeared. They did not want to mislead the Congress?” Why? They have “gotten religion?”
The two civvie “slicky boys” served up some trvial imagery and then undermined their own exhibits. The Deputy head of Naval Intelligence actually said, “We do not believe there is any evidence of extra-terrestrial activity.” End of message but delivered with a smile while wearing his best suit.
Fortunately, the members of both parties did not believe it. More to follow…. pl