"We are being visited," he said. "It is now time to put away this embargo of truth about the alien presence. I call upon our government to open up ... and become a part of this planetary community that is now trying to take our proper role as a spacefaring civilization."
Those words came from Edgar Mitchell two years ago at a gathering for UFO researchers at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. If the name Edgar Mitchell sounds vaguely familiar, there is good reason for that. He is a former astronaut with a PhD in aeronautics. He was a crewmember on Apollo 14, a mission to the Moon where Mitchell logged the longest lunar walk in human history. What I did not know is that Dr. Mitchell was born and raised in Roswell, New Mexico...site of what I and many others believe to be the crash of an alien spacecraft (or something likewise not of human origin) in 1947. After his return from the lunar mission, Dr. Mitchell testifies that Roswell residents told him plainly that they had witnessed the retrieval of alien bodies and were threatened not to speak of it.
Mitchell is not the only astronaut in NASA's stable to speak out openly on their belief in extraterrestrial visitation. Mercury astronaut Gordon Cooper has repeatedly and unquestionably stated that he had witnessed alien craft both as an astronaut and an Air Force pilot. There is also a rather suspicious statement from legendary Apollo astronaut Buzz Aldrin about a monolith on Phobos, moon of Mars. Although what Aldrin, a UFO skeptic in the past, truly means by that assertion on CSPAN is subject to interpretation. In a more recent example, space shuttle astronaut Dr. Story Musgrave has often spoken candidly about a UFO he witnessed on a shuttle mission.
Despite what a few have said in the wake of Leslie Kean's book, UFOs: Generals, Pilots, and Government Officials Go On the Record, I take the testimonials of pilots and astronauts very seriously. While they are still prone to the same kinds of human error that the rest of us are, they are more highly trained than most of us in the realm of aerial observation. Additionally, in the case of astronauts, they have actually been in space and the instances of UFOs witnessed by astronauts while either in orbit or in transit to the Moon are numerous. To whitewash their arguments with the same "official denial" is more than dismissive, it's insulting. Astronauts, especially the early ones such as Gordon Cooper, were ordered to basically sit on top of a firecracker that was going to hurl them into space and they may or may not come back. All for God and country. They took on this task willingly and ably. To be dismissive of their ardent testimony regarding aliens is quite frankly, foolish and disrespectful.
In a similar vein, check out this video from a former soldier who alleges a "battle" took place between US troops and aliens at Fort Benning, Georgia.
Special thanks to Smithy for the link to the Edgar Mitchell story.
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