Famous People Talk About
The UFO/ET Issue
Not Even Debunkers Deny These!
Submitted by Tim Edwards
Dr. Herman Oberth, the father of modern rocketry, is quoted as saying in 1954, "UFOs are conceived and directed by intelligent beings of a very high order, and they are propelled by distorting the gravitational field, converting gravity into useable energy. There is no doubt in my mind that these objects are interplanetary craft of some sort. I and my colleagues are confident that they do not originate in our solar system, but we feel that they may use Mars or some other body as sort of a way station. They probably do not originate in our solar system, perhaps not even in our galaxy."
Years later he was quoted as saying, "We cannot take the credit for our record advancement in certain scientific fields alone. We have been helped." When asked by whom, he replied, "The people of other worlds." [More about this quote at the bottom.]
Senator Barry Goldwater, a retired Air Force Reserve Brigadier General and pilot with many decades of flying experience, was quoted as saying, "I certainly believe in aliens in space. They may not look like us, but I have very strong feelings that they have advanced beyond our mental capabilities." He said he was refused permission to check the Air Force files on UFOs and added, "I think some highly secret government UFO investigations are going on that we don't know about--and probably never will unless the Air Force discloses them."
He said that he put faith in the reports of the Air Force, Navy, and commercial pilotswho reported instances where a UFO would fly near them--right off their plane's wing--and then just zoom away at incredible speeds. "I remember the case in Georgia in the 1950's of a National Guard plane going after a UFO and never returning. And I recall the case in Franklin, Kentucky, when four military planes investigated a UFO. One of them exploded in midair and no one knows why."
Dr. Werhner Von Braun (ledendary rocket engineer), reflecting on the deflection of the US June 2 rocket from orbit in 1959, stated "We find ourselves faced by powers which are far stronger than we had hitherto assumed, and whose base is at present unknown to us. More I cannot say at present. We are now engaged in entering into closer contact with those powers, and in six or nine months time it may be possible to speak with some precision on the matter."
Gen. Douglas MacArthur, in a speech given to the United States Military Academy on May 12, 1962 stated, "You now face a new world, a world of change. We speak in strange terms, of harnessing the cosmic energy, of ultimate conflict between a united human race and the sinister forces of some other planetary galaxy."
Colonel L. Gordon Cooper, Mercury 9, Gemini-5 Astronaut: "I believe that these extraterrestrial vehicles and their crews are visiting this planet from other planets which obviously are a little more technically advanced than we are here on Earth. I feel that we need to have a top level, coordinated program to scientifically collect and analyze data from all over the earth concerning any type of encounter, and to determine how best to interface with these visitors in a friendly fashion. We may first have to show them that we have learned to resolve our problems by peaceful means, rather than warfare, before we are accepted as fully qualified universal team members. This acceptance would have tremendous possibilities of advancing our world in all areas. Certainly then it would seem that the UN has a vested interest in handling this subject properly and expeditiously. For many years I have lived with a secret, in a secrecy imposed on all specialists and astronauts. I can now reveal that every day, in the USA, our radar instruments capture objects of form and composition unknown to us. And there are thousands of witness reports and a quantity of documents to prove this, but nobody wants to make them public. Why? Because the authorities are afraid that people may think of some kind of horrible invaders. So the password still is: We have to avoid panic by all means."
In another interview he said, "As far as I am concerned, there have been too many unexplained examples of UFO sightings around this Earth for us to rule out the possibilities that some form of life exists out there beyond our own world."
Edgar D. Mitchell, Apollo 14 Astronaut, 1971, "We all know that UFOs are real. All we need to ask is where do they come from."
Wilbert Smith, in a formerly classified Canadian government memorandum dated November 21, 1950: "The matter is the most highly classified subject in the United States Government, rating higher even than the H-bomb. Flying saucers exist. Their modus operandi is unknown but concentrated effort is being made by a small group headed by Dr. Vannevar Bush."
Richard Terrile, Astronomer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, "The time will have to come when we realize that we're not the center of the universe. The galaxy may be teeming with life. There may be millions of civilizations."
Dick D'Amato, National and International Security Specialist for Senator Robert Byrd and a member of the National Security Council, stated in 1991 that an incredibly powerful "black arm" of the government has been keeping UFO information secret and has also been illegally spending enormous sums of money in this operation.
Dr. Vladimir Azhazha: "Neil Armstrong relayed the message to Mission Control that two large, mysterious objects were watching them after having landed near the moon module. But this message was never heard by the public -- because NASA censored it." According to a Dr. Aleksandr Kasantsev, Buzz Aldrin took color movie film of the UFOs from inside the module, and continued filming them after he and Armstrong went outside. Armstrong confirmed that the story was true but refused to go into further detail, beyond admitting that the CIA was behind the cover-up.
Eugene Cernan was commander of Apollo 17 and part of the crew of Apollo 10. In a Los Angeles Times article in 1973 he said, about UFOs: "...I've been asked (about UFOs) and I've said publicly I thought they (UFOs) were somebody else, some other civilization."
NASA's Scott Carpenter - Mercury-7 astronaut: "At no time, when the astronauts were in space were they alone: there was a constant surveillance by UFOs."
On June 7, 1968, Lee Katchen, an atmospheric physicist with NASA stated that on the basis of the 7,000 reports that he had examined, he believed UFOs to be extraterrestrial probes. "UFO sightings are now so common, the military doesn't have time to worry about them - so they screen them out. The major defense systems have UFO filters built into them, and when a UFO appears, they simply ignore it." When asked for specifics, Katchen specifically singled out the radar network employed by SAGE (semi-automatic ground environmental system), the North American tactical air defense system, which tracks all aircraft flights. "The filters cut out all unconventional objects or targets and makes no record of UFOs".
Unconventional targets are ignored, because, apparently we are only interested in Russian targets, possibly enemy targets. Something that hovers in the air, then shoots off at 5,000 miles per hours, doesn't interest us, because it can't be the enemy. UFOs are picked up by ground and air radar, and they have been photographed by gun camera all along. There are so many UFOs in the sky that the Air Force has had to employ special radar networks to screen them out."
During the November 1966 Gemini-12 flight, in which James A. Lovell Jr. and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. set a record for that time of 5 1/2 hours of extravehicular activity, Lovell said he saw "four objects lined up in a row. I knew that they weren't stars."
The U.S.A's first astronaut, Colonel John Glenn, was quoted as saying that he believed, "certain reports of flying saucers to be legitimate." On his historic mission on February 20, 1962, Glenn radioed to all of Earth his eerie description of the thousands of greenish-yellow "fireflies that had approached his space capsule."
"Through official secrecy and ridicule, may citizens are led to believe that unidentified flying objects are nonsense. To hide the facts, the Air Force has silenced its personnel." Admiral Roscoe H. Hillenkoetter, Former Director of the CIA. February 28, 1960.
Bob Dean who has served 27 years in the Army and has researched UFOs for the last 40 years once saw an astonishing super-secret NATO report entitled "The Assessment. " This top-secret report had been complied in the early 1960's by top-level military experts and scientists, and it's conclusions were:
1) Earth has been spied upon by several extraterrestrial civilizations for thousands of years.
2) These civilizations appear to be peaceful since they are so advanced they could have taken over our planet by now.
3) The visitors are increasing contact with us in a gradual unfolding of a plan in which they eventually interact with Earth's inhabitants.
Bob Dean's conclusions from his 40-year study is that "The human race is a hybrid race and not only are we not alone in the Cosmos, but we have never been alone."
Dean also stated, "The human race has had an intimate inter-relationship with several high technology, extremely advanced extraterrestrial civilizations for several thousand years."
Among Oberth's colleagues [or former colleagues] was Dr. Walther Riedel,>once chief designer and research director at the German rocket center in Peenemunde. After the war he engaged in secret work for the U.S. LIFE Magazine reported on April 7, 1952: Dr. Riedel has never seen a saucer himself, but for several years he has kept records of saucer sightings all over the world. He told LIFE: "I am completely convinced that they have an out-of-world basis." >Dr. Riedel has four points to his argument:
"First, the skin temperatures of structures operating under the observed conditions would make it impossible for any terrestrial structure to survive. The skin friction of the missile at those speeds at those altitudes would melt any metals or nonmetals available.
"Second, consider the high acceleration at which they fly and maneuver... In some descriptions the beast spirals straight up. If you think of the fact that the centrifugal force in a few minutes of such a maneuver would press the crew against the outside, and do likewise to the blood, you see what I mean.
"Third.... There are many occurrences where they have done things that only a pilot could perform but that no human pilot could stand.
"Fourth, in most of the reports there is a lack of visible jet. Most observers report units without visible flame . . . and no trail. If it would be any known type of jet, rocket, piston engine, or chain-reaction motor, there would be a very clear trail at high altitude. It is from no power unit we know of . . ."
Also quoted in the LIFE article was Dr. Maurice Biot, leading aerodynamicist and mathematical physicist, who said, "The least improbable explanation is that these things are artificial and controlled ... My opinion for some time has been that they have an extraterrestrial origin."
Dr. Herman Oberth, the father of modern rocketry, is quoted as saying in 1954, "UFOs are conceived and directed by intelligent beings of a very high order. They probably do not originate in our solar system, perhaps not even in our galaxy." Years later he was quoted as saying, "We cannot take the credit for our record advancement in certain scientific fields alone. We have been helped." When asked by whom, he replied, "The people of other worlds."
Oberth made his statement to a group of reporters in 1959 or 1960 upon his retirement. But Oberth wasn't alone in such pronouncements.
Wilbert B. Smith was a Canadian electrical engineer. Following an interview with physicist Robert Sarbacher back in 1950, in which Sarbacher confirmed the existence of crashed saucers and the recovery of alien bodies, Smith got the Canadian government to establish Project Magnet, an attempt to understand and duplicate flying saucer performance. This has all been well-documented from Smith's notes of his meeting with Sarbacher, confirmation by Sarbacher in the 1980s, and various declassified Canadian government documents.

Smith gave a tape-recorded speech in Ottawa, Canada on March 31, 1958, in which he summarized findings of a two-year UFO investigation, including a series of communications with intelligences claiming to be extraterrestrial and laboratory experiments suggested by these entities that confirmed the validity of their alien science. The transcript of Smith's speech is in "Flying Saucer Review," Sept/Oct 1963, pp. 13-16.

Timothy Good in "Above Top Secret" (p. 205) also noted that Smith wrote an article in 1958 in which he said that contact had been established with the occupants of UFOs and that he had learned a great deal from investigating these contacts. He wrote, "But it soon became apparent that there was a very real and quite large gap between this alien science and the science in which I had been trained. Certain crucial experiments were suggested and carried out, and in each case the results confirmed the validity of the alien science. Beyond this point the alien science just seemed to be incomprehensible.

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