NASA astronaut stirs up debate over E.T. contacts with Earth

Huffington Post | 27 Aug 2015

[AM editor’s note: the angle of the story below focuses on peripheral detail over who said what to whom. However, it doesn’t alter the fact that some “in the know” believe that E.T.’s have been in contact with Earth one way or another some time. It perhaps reads like a “partial limited hangout”].

Edgar Mitchell, the 6th man to walk on the moon, accuses a British paper of fabricating a story about ETs saving America

Few people are surprised by the eye-popping headlines in The Mirror. But when the infamous British tabloid quoted astronaut Edgar Mitchell as saying that “UFOs came in peace” to “save America from nuclear war,” it shocked everybody — including Mitchell.

“I don’t know where The Mirror got the story,” Mitchell, 84, said in an email to The Huffington Post, accusing the paper of fabricating his quotes and denying that an interview for this story ever took place.

The sixth man to walk on the moon has been outspoken over the years in his belief that extraterrestrials have visited the Earth and the moon — and that the government is withholding vital information about UFOs. Still, Mitchell insists the Aug. 11 Mirror story has no basis in the truth and disavows the information in it.

In the story, the Apollo 14 veteran allegedly told the tab that “military insiders” had seen the “strange crafts” on July 16 over missile bases and the White Sands facility in Las Cruces, N.M., where the first nuclear bomb was tested 70 years ago.

The Mirror quotes Mitchell saying the following:

“White Sands was a testing ground for atomic weapons, and that’s what the extraterrestrials were interested in.”

“They wanted to know about our military capabilities.”

“My own experience talking to people has made it clear the ETs had been attempting to keep us from going to war and help create peace on Earth.”

“Officers from bases on the Pacific coast told me their [test] missiles were frequently shot down by alien spacecraft.”

When HuffPost asked Mitchell if he had told The Mirror that peace-loving aliens came to Earth to stop a nuclear war, that aliens were interested in our atomic weapons testing areas, and that ETs attempted to keep us from going to war and help create peace on Earth, he said, simply, “None of those statements were originated by me.”

In recent years, Mitchell has gone on record suggesting that, despite the fact he has never seen a UFO or extraterrestrial, his many conversations with people in the military and intelligence community have convinced him that extraterrestrials have visited Earth and the truth about that has been covered up.

While the former moonwalker has no problem suggesting that Earth is being visited by extraterrestrials who may also be using the moon as a good vantage point for keeping an eye on our planet, in this particular case, he’s saying that the specific quotes attributed to him by The Mirror were, frankly, alien to him.

HuffPost contacted Jasper Hamill, who wrote the story in The Mirror. He maintains that he accurately reported his May 5 conversation with Mitchell. A Mirror editorial spokesman, Ben Rankin, confirmed Hamill “stands by his story and has notes from the interview he conducted with Mr. Mitchell.”

Mitchell does believe ETs have an interest in humanity’s destructive capabilities. In his email to HuffPost, he states the following:

“I have told several sources about my connections over the years with military officers manning missile silos during the Cold War with the Soviet Union who told me personally of UFOs hovering over their missile sites and disabling the missiles targeting the Soviet Union.

“Also, that some of our military missiles were shot down by UFOs during some missile tests from a military station on the California coast. This was rather common knowledge coming from various military officers from years back.”

The “common knowledge” factor doesn’t refer to what the public was told of these incidents. It was information that he believes was shared among military officers who were stationed at locations where UFOs were allegedly responsible for disabling American missiles.

The following segment of “Larry King Live” from 2008 includes military personnel describing their experiences where they claim UFOs interacted with U.S. missiles, in addition to an animated simulation of an event where a missile was knocked out of the sky by an unknown object.

Mitchell isn’t the only prominent individual outspoken about UFOs and alien visitation of Earth.

Paul Hellyer was Canada’s minister of defense during the 1960s. After his retirement, he became the first cabinet-level politician from a G8 country to go on record claiming that aliens are already on Earth.

“I know they are here. As a matter of fact, they’ve been visiting our planet for thousands of years. There’s just so much evidence, if anybody will take time off to do a little bit of research and study,” Hellyer said on a Russian television program.

In the following video, Mitchell talks about why he thinks UFO information has been kept under wraps:

In 2013, Mitchell told HuffPost he hopes the truth embargo that surrounds the UFO-ET issue will end.

“I can’t say where they’re from, but evidence of their presence here is pretty overwhelming — if you care to look for it. My only guess as to why there’s this embargo is because of the profit potential that goes along with having the capability and the technology that could go outside of our solar system.

“[We need to] spread a little bit more truth about the type of universe we live in and the fact that we’re not alone. We’ve got many, many mysteries on our hands and mysteries to solve.

“We really don’t know the scope of our existence and our picture of the universe is still pretty primitive.”

Politicians and UFO Sightings

Bill Clinton

2005 — Former Pres. Bill Clinton (D), speaking in Hong Kong, discussed UFOs, Roswell and Area 51: “The Roswell thing, I think, really was an illusion – I don’t think it happened. I did attempt to find out if there were any secret government documents that reveal things, and if there were, they were concealed from me, too. I wouldn’t be the first president that underlings have lied to or that career bureaucrats have waited out. But there may be some career
person, sitting around somewhere, hiding these dark secrets, even from elected presidents. But, if so, they successfully eluded me, and I’m almost embarrassed to tell you I did try to find out.”
Ronald Reagan
1974 – California Gov. Ronald Reagan (R) was one of four people in a Cessna Citation plane who witnessed an unusual object that was a steady light which elongated and went from a normal cruising speed to a rapid acceleration. Reagan told the Wall Street Journal, “We followed it for several minutes. It was a bright white light, and all of a sudden to our utter amazement, it went straight up into the heavens.”
Ronald Reagan
1987 – Pres. Ronald Reagan (R) told the United Nations General Assembly: “In our obsession with antagonisms of the moment, we often forget how much unites all the members of humanity. Perhaps we need some outside, universal threat to make us recognize this common bond. I occasionally think how quickly our differences worldwide would vanish if we were facing an alien threat from outside this world.”
Jimmy Carter
1969 – Georgia Gov. Jimmy Carter (D) filed an official report in which he claimed to have seen a UFO – a “self-luminous” object “as bright as the moon.” Most skeptics and debunkers have maintained that the future president had only misidentified the planet Venus in Leary, Ga.
John F. Kennedy
1963 – Pres. John F. Kennedy (D) sent a memo to the head of the
CIA, seeking documents about UFOs, just 10 days before he was
assassinated. In a letter dated Nov. 12, 1963, JFK wanted a review of all UFO intelligence files that might affect national security. On the same day, Kennedy sent a separate memo to NASA, indicating he wanted to cooperate with the then-Soviet Union on outer space activities.
Barry Goldwater
1975 — Ariz. Sen. Barry Goldwater (R) revealed he had previously attempted to find out what was in the building at Wright-Patterson
Air Force Base in Ohio, where UFO information was allegedly stored.
His request was denied because it was classified above Top Secret. In a 1988 interview with Larry King, Goldwater said he believed secret government UFO investigations were going on.
Fife Symington
1997 — Ariz. Gov. Fife Symington (R) was one of thousands of eyewitnesses to the historic Phoenix Lights, a mass UFO sighting, which he didn’t admit was real until 10 years later, and which he felt was an extraterrestrial vehicle.
Bill Richardson
2004 — New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (D), and 2008 presidential candidate, calls on the U.S. government to declassify all Roswell UFO documents. Richardson wrote: “The mystery surrounding this crash has never been adequately explained. Clearly, it would help everyone if the U.S. government disclosed everything it knows. The American people can handle the truth — no matter how bizarre or mundane.”
John Podesta
2007 – Former Clinton White House Chief of Staff John Podesta (D)
tells a National Press Club press conference about the need for UFO
disclosure: “I think it’s time to open the books on questions that have remained in the dark and the question of government investigations of UFOs. It’s time to find out what the truth really is that’s out there. We ought to do it because the American people, quite frankly, can handle the truth.”
Dwight Eisenhower
2010 — NH State Representative Henry W. McElroy (R) records a video on which he claims to have seen a briefing document from the 1950s that described how benevolent aliens were present in the U.S. and that a meeting could be arranged between them and former Pres. Eisenhower.
Gerald Ford
1966 — Michigan Rep. Gerald Ford (R), before becoming president, called for an official government hearing on the subject of UFOs after his home state experienced a wave of sightings. This was the incident which resulted in the famous use of the phrase “swamp gas” as a possible explanation for UFOs. Ford wrote a letter to the House Armed Services committee that read, in part: “In the firm belief that the American public deserves a better explanation than that thus far given by the Air Force, I strongly recommend that there be a committee investigation of the UFO phenomena. I think we owe it to the people to establish credibility regarding UFOs and to produce the greatest possible enlightenment on this subject.”
Richard M. Nixon
1974 — Pres. Richard Nixon (R) became part of UFO folklore when he allegedly took comedian Jackie Gleason to Homestead Air Force Base in Florida in 1974 and showed him wreckage of a flying saucer as well as the remains of several extraterrestrials. The story was made public by two people: Gleason’s wife, Beverly, told Esquire Magazine that her husband had related this tale to her. And Gleason, who was known to have a strong interest in UFOs, reportedly told the story to author Larry Warren, who had been involved in real UFO encounters experienced by many American military personnel at the RAF Bentwaters base in the U.K. in 1980.
Dennis Kucinich
2007 — Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D) entered the UFO culture during one of the 2007 Democratic presidential debates, by admitting he had seen a UFO. “It was an unidentified flying object, OK? It’s like, it’s unidentified. I saw something. More people in this country have seen UFOs than I think approve of George Bush’s presidency,” he said.
Richard B. Russell
1955 — Georgia Sen. Richard B. Russell Jr. (D), chairman of the Armed Services Committee, was on a trip to Russia, traveling on a train when he and others in his party saw a disc-shaped craft take off near the train tracks. The reports filled out to the U.S. Air Force by Russell and his aides were classified as Top Secret and remained that way until they were eventually released via the Freedom of Information Act.
Harrison Schmitt
1982 — New Mexico Sen. Harrison Schmitt (R), the Apollo 17 astronaut who was the last man to walk on the moon, was also interested in UFOs. He’s quoted saying, “If the government has any information on UFOs, it should be released to the public — barring anything that might affect national security. We ought to be involved in a search to find out if there’s any good evidence that UFOs really are spacecraft that are being piloted by extraterrestrial beings.”
Edward Roush
1968 — Indiana Rep. J. Edward Roush (D), a member of the Science and Astronautics Committee, was the chairman of a UFO symposium in 1968, which included six scientists invited to discuss the various aspects of UFOs. In 1975, Roush told HuffPost’s Lee Speigel, “The people want to know what a UFO is, and therefore, any chance that we have to learn, we should take advantage of it. When you tell an American, ‘I can’t explain it,’ he wants to know, ‘Why can’t you explain it? Why doesn’t someone explain it?’ And I think that kind of pressure is going to change the view of many government officials and members of Congress in the future.”
John Gilligan
1973 — Ohio Gov. John Gilligan [D] reported that while he and his wife were driving near Ann Arbor, Mich., in October 1973, they saw what might have been a UFO. Gilligan described the object as vertical-shaped and amber-colored.
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