We know that military breakthroughs in technology usually occur a decade or more before civilian applications begin to appear. That’s one of the advantages the military has with generous taxpayer funding of its secret ‘black ops’ projects.
During the first decade of the 21st century, we began to see some of these advances in holographic research receive attention in science journals. An edition of Science Daily (June 15, 2005) carried an article summarizing science papers that had appeared in Optics Express and other specialized journals showing how a laser-based holographic system works in practice. One example given in the article of how this technology can be applied was the holographic image of circling fighter jets projected to a point in space.
Over the years I had heard rumors from civilian and military types that the technology necessary to project three-dimensional images to a point in space had been tested at Fort Huachuca and elsewhere during the 1990s. But until the Arizona Lights event in 1997, there had been no clear evidence that these electrical optical and laser devices had been used to target a civilian population to test their reactions to unusual phenomena.Read part one of the whole article here. Read part two here.
I didn't think much about it until I noticed that the author, Randall Fitzgerald, was labeled as a 'Scepticism Examiner'. What I thought was ironic was that he was attempting to debunk the claim that the Phoenix Lights were a single UFO but presented a theory that it was a government psychological experiment instead. Isn't a secret government psychological experiment with classified technology usually the kind of thing a skeptic would try to debunk? Yet here we have a skeptic presenting it as an alternative theory to a UFO sighting. That's just a little bit ironic to me.
In his defense though, Fitzgerald's bio describes him as a "skeptic, not a cynic." Maybe that's his way of distancing himself from the Michael Shermer's of the world.
I'm not suggesting his theory is wrong, but I'm not suggesting it is right either. I'm not suggesting the the lights were planes or a single object either. I don't know what they were, but the video footage I've seen appear to show lights that weren't moving across the sky.
Those lights in the video look stationary to me.
H/T's here and here.