In a recent podcast appearance, former US Army counterintelligence special agent, U̳F̳O̳ promoter and media persona Luis Elizondo explained why he claims Earth is essentially a zoo ruled by space a̳l̳i̳e̳n̳s.
Luis Elizondo led a secret U̳F̳O̳ investigation program known as the Aerospace Threat Identification Advanced Program (AATI) from 2007 to 2012, funded by the US government, which spent $ 22 million from the Department of Defense’s $ 600 billion annual budget.
“What if it turns out that there is another species that is even higher on this ladder than we are? Do we need the social institutions that we have today, do we need the state and religious organizations that we have today, if it turns out that there is something else, or someone else, technologically more advanced and possibly more advanced from an evolutionary point of view? Are we wasting all this time? Or are we doing exactly what we should be doing?”
“What if it turns out that humanity is actually just another animal in the zoo? If we saw ourselves in the role of the zoo keeper before, then maybe we are just another exhibit inside the zoo? What would this mean to us?”
“There will come a time when we have to come to terms with ourselves, whatever that means, whatever philosophical point of view you take. This will affect all of us. And I think this is important. Are we in a situation where history may need to be rewritten? That’s what I meant”.
This hypothesis is a continuation of Charles Fort’s assertion that some non-human mind essentially rules the Earth as a prison or an anthill to watch us, and it underlies the claims of a “prison planet” by some modern theorists of A̳n̳c̳i̳e̳n̳t̳ astronauts.
He was also possibly the first to explain strange appearances and disappearances of humans with the a̳l̳i̳e̳n̳ abduction hypothesis, and was one of the first proponents of the e̳x̳t̳r̳a̳t̳e̳r̳r̳e̳s̳t̳r̳i̳a̳l̳ hypothesis, in particular, suggesting that strange lights or objects seen in the sky could be a̳l̳i̳e̳n̳ spaceships.
Note that there is a distinct echo of Christian millenarianism in Elizondo’s suggestion that a̳l̳i̳e̳n̳ existence would require the overthrow of social, political, and cultural structures in favor of a new, more utopian world dominated by a higher heavenly power.
It is hard not to see in his words about the “human zoo” – the Christian Apocalypse from Revelation, reinterpreted in scientific terms.
A similar hypothesis can also be seen in the case of Matilda O’Donnell McElroy, a senior master sergeant in the Women’s Army Air Force’s medical service. She claimed to have interviewed an a̳l̳i̳e̳n̳ named “Airl” who survived the 1947 Roswell disaster. The creature told her where they came from and why they came to Earth.
Lawrence R. Spencer, author of Interviews with A̳l̳i̳e̳n̳s, claims to have received a letter from Matilda in which she revealed information about a series of interviews with Airl. She wrote that the Domain Expeditionary Force, a race of beings, had been conducting operations in the solar system for the past 10,000 years and using the asteroid belt as an intergalactic base.
In her notes, Matilda wrote:
“The Earth is a small planet at the edge of the galaxy. This makes the Earth very isolated geographically from the more concentrated planetary c̳i̳v̳i̳l̳i̳z̳a̳t̳i̳o̳n̳s̳ that exist towards the center of the galaxy. These obvious facts made the Earth suitable for use only as a zoological or botanical garden, or for its current use as a prison – but not for much else.”