THERE is a misperception, fostered vigorously by some, that the only people who see UFOs are attention-seekers, hoaxers or those prone to hallucinating.
At best, they are people who are unable to decipher correctly what is in plain sight.
But the truth is somewhat different.
The Disclosure Project (www.disclosureproject.org), which exists to bring into the public domain the testimony of those whose knowledge of the UFO enigma cannot be so easily deflected, is proof of that.
UFOs exist, and the governments of this world are finding it increasingly hard to disguise the fact.
Dr Stephen Greer, founder of the Disclosure Project, says: “The witnesses are extraordinarily brave men and women – heroes in my eyes – who have taken great personal risks in coming forward.
“Some have been threatened and intimidated.
“All are risking the ever-present ridicule that attends this subject.
“Not a single one of them has been paid for his or her testimony: it has been given freely and without reservation, for the good of humanity.”
And just who might those witnesses include?
Scientists, such as sociologist Dr Roberto Pinotti, Professor Paul Czysz from the aeronautical engineering department at Parks College in St Louis, physicist and solar energy consultant to the UN Dr Paul La Violette, and Dr Robert Wood, the McDonnell Douglas aerospace engineer.
And then there are the military witnesses, including Major-General Vasily Alexeyev (Russian Air Force), Merle Shane McDow (US Navy Atlantic Command), Captain Robert Salas (US Air Force, SAC launch controller), Lt Frederick Fox (US Navy pilot), Captain Bill Uhouse (US Marine Corps) and Admiral of the Fleet Lord Hill-Norton.
In addition, we can point to Nick Pope (MOD specialist on UFOs) astronaut Dr Edgar Mitchell, John Callahan (Federal Aviation Administration division chief), Dr Robert Wood (McDonnell Douglas aerospace engineer), Dr Alfred Webre (senior policy analyst at the Stanford Research Institute) and astronaut Gordon Cooper.
The list goes on and on ... and on. (www.syti.net/UFOSightings.html)
I’ve personally interviewed US military personnel who were present at what has been called “the British Roswell”, when a bizarre-looking craft landed in Rendlesham Forest, Suffolk, near RAF Woodbridge, in December 1980.
Three alien creatures were seen, and the craft was examined and photographed for no less than 45 minutes by US military and British police officers before it finally shot off into the heavens.
Sergeant Jim Penniston, an eye-witness, publicly admitted in an interview with CNN’s Larry King that he had taken part in the examination of the craft.
Subsequently, every piece of evidence – with the exception of an audio recording of the incident made by deputy base commander Colonel Charles Halt – was confiscated by the US military.
Sceptics have claimed that Penniston was the only person to claim he’d seen the craft, which is a false assertion, for at least two others (including Colonel Halt) have also made that claim.
Some of the best testimony comes from astronauts.
Scott Carpenter testified: “At no time, when the astronauts were in space, were they alone: there was a constant surveillance by UFOs.”
Major Gordon Cooper also testified before the United Nations: “I believe that these extra-terrestrial vehicles and their crews are visiting this planet from other planets ... most astronauts were reluctant to discuss UFOs...
“I did have occasion in 1951 to have two days of observation of many flights of them, of different sizes, flying in fighter formation, generally from east to west over Europe.”
These are not simply vague lights in the sky that are being seen, but metallic, manufactured craft that can perform manoeuvres way beyond anything our own aircraft are capable of.
To reject the testimony of experienced witnesses who observed UFOs at such close range is bordering on the absurd.
UFOs do exist. The only question is when will our governments finally come clean and admit it?
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