- It is time for the truth to be brought
out... Behind the scenes high-ranking Air Force officers are soberly concerned
about the UFOs. But through official secrecy and ridicule, many citizens
are led to believe the unknown flying objects are nonsense.... I urge immediate
Congressional action to reduce the dangers from secrecy about unidentified
- Former CIA Director Vice Admiral Roscoe
Hillenkoetter, signed statement to Congress, August 22, 1960.
- I don't know whether this story has ever
been told or not. They weren't called UFOs. They were called enemy helicopters.
And they were only seen at night and they were only seen in certain places.
They were seen up around the DMZ in the early summer of '68. And this resulted
in quite a little battle. And in the course of this, an Australian destroyer
took a hit and we never found any enemy, we only found ourselves when this
had all been sorted out. And this caused some shooting there, and there
was no enemy at all involved but we always reacted. Always after dark.
The same thing happened up at Pleiku at the Highlands in '69.
- General George S. Brown, USAF Chief of
Staff, Department of Defense transcript of press conference in Illinois,
October 16, 1973.
- We have, indeed, been contacted -- perhaps
even visited -- by extraterrestrial beings, and the US government, in collusion
with the other national powers of the Earth, is determined to keep this
information from the general public.
- Victor Marchetti, former Special Assistant
to the Executive Director of the CIA, in an article written by him for
Second Look entitled "How the CIA Views the UFO Phenomenon",
Vol 1, No 7, Washington, DC, May, 1979.
- In any case, the Air Force has arrived
to the conclusion that a certain number of anomalous phenomena has been
produced within Belgian airspace. The numerous testimonies of ground observations
compiled in this [SOBEPS] book, reinforced by the reports of the night
of March 30-31 , have led us to face the hypothesis that a certain
number of unauthorized aerial activities have taken place. Until now, not
a single trace of aggressiveness has been signalled; military or civilian
air traffic has not been perturbed nor threatened. We can therefore advance
that the presumed activities do not constitute a direct menace.
- The day will come undoubtedly when the
phenomenon will be observed with technological means of detection and collection
that won't leave a single doubt about its origin. This should lift a part
of the veil that has covered the mystery for a long time. A mystery that
continues to the present. But it exists, it is real, and that in itself
is an important conclusion.
- Major-General Wilfred de Brouwer, Deputy
Chief, Royal Belgian Air Force, "Postface" in SOBEPS' Vague d'OVNI
sur la Belgique - Un Dossier Exceptionnel, Brussels: SOBEPS, 1991.
- More than 10,000 sightings have been
reported, the majority of which cannot be accounted for by any "scientific"
explanation... I am convinced that these objects do exist and that they
are not manufactured by any nation on Earth. I can therefore see no alternative
to accepting the theory that they come from some extraterrestrial source.
- Air Chief Marshal Lord Dowding, Commander-in-Chief
of the Royal Air Force Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain, printed
in Sunday Dispatch, London, July 11, 1954.
- The evidence that there are objects which
have been seen in our atmosphere, and even on terra firma, that cannot
be accounted for either as man-made objects or as any physical force or
effect known to our scientists, seems to me to be overwhelming... A very
large number of sightings have been vouched for by persons whose credentials
seem to me unimpeachable. It is striking that so many have been trained
observers, such as police officers and airline or military pilots. Their
observations have in many instances... been supported either by technical
means such as radar or, even more convincingly, by... interference with
electrical apparatus of one sort or another....
- Lord Hill-Norton, Chief of Defense Staff,
Ministry of Defense, Great Britain, 1973; Chairman, Military Committee
of NATO, 1974-77; quoted from his foreword to "Above Top Secret"
by Timothy Good, Morrow & Co's Quill Books, 1988.
- The number of thoughtful, intelligent,
educated people in full possession of their faculties who have "seen
something" and described it, grows every day... We can... say categorically
that mysterious objects have indeed appeared and continue to appear in
the sky that surrounds us.
- General Lionel M. Chassin, Commanding
General of the French Air Forces, and General Air Defense Coordinator of
the Allied Air Forces of NATO, in foreword to Aime Michel's "Flying
Saucers and the Straight-Line Mystery", Criterion Books, 1958.
- I must say that if listeners could see
for themselves the mass of reports coming in from the airborne gendarmerie,
from the mobile gendarmerie, and from the gendarmerie charged with the
job of conducting investigations, all of which reports are forwarded by
us to the National Center for Space Studies, then they would see that it
is all pretty disturbing.
- I believe that the attitude of spirit
that we must vis-a-vis this phenomenon is an open one, that is to say that
it doesn't consist in denying a priori, as our ancestors of previous centuries
did deny many things that seem nowadays perfectly elementary.
- M. Robert Galley, French Minister of
Defense, interviewed on radio by Jean-Claude Bourret, February 21, 1974.
- Taking into account the facts that we
have gathered from the observers and from the location of their observations,
we concluded that there generally can be said to be a material phenomenon
behind the observations. In 60% of the cases reported here, the description
of this phenomenon is apparently one of a flying machine whose origin,
modes of lifting and/or propulsion are totally outside our knowledge.
- Dr. Claude Poher, Ph.D. in astronomy,
founder and first director of GEPAN, the UFO investigative office under
the French government's National Center for Space Sciences which analyzed
reports from the Gendarmerie from 1974 through 1978, writing in the GEPAN
Report to the Scientific Committee, June, 1978, Vol 1, Chapter 4.
- Around Szolnok many UFO reports have
been received from the Ministry of Defense, which obviously and logically
means that they [UFOs] know very well where they have to land and what
they have to do. It is remarkable indeed that the Hungarian newspapers,
in general newspapers everywhere, reject the reports of the authorities.
- George Keleti, Minister of Defense, Hungary,
in article by Attila Lenart entitled "Ask a Question to the Minister
of Defense: George Keleti, Are You Afraid of a UFO Invasion?", Nepszava,
Budapest, August 18, 1994.
- UFOs sighted in Indonesia are identical
with those sighted in other countries. Sometimes they pose a problem for
our air defense and once we were obliged to open fire on them.
- Air Marshall Roesmin Nurjadin, Commander-in-Chief
of the Indonesian Air Force, in a letter to Yusuke J. Matsumura dated May
5, 1967, reprinted in Good ibid.
- First of all, I told a magazine this
past January that, as an underdeveloped country with regards to the UFO
problem, Japan had to take into account what should be done about the UFO
question, and that we had to spend more time on these matters. In addition,
I said that someone had to solve the UFO problem with far reaching vision
at the same time. Secondly, I believe it is a reasonable time to take the
UFO problem seriously as a reality... I hope that this Symposium will contribute
to peace on Earth from the point of view of outer space, and take the first
step toward the international cooperation in the field of UFOs.
- Toshiki Kaifu, Prime Minister, Japan,
in a letter to Mayor Shiotani of Hakui City, dated June 24, 1990, endorsing
an upcoming Space & UFO Symposium.
- I believe that UFOs are spaceships or
extraterrestrial craft... The nations of the world are currently working
together in the investigation of the UFO phenomenon. There is an international
exchange of data. Maybe when this group of nations acquires more precise
and definite information, it will be possible to release the news to the
- General Carlos Castro Cavero, General
in the Spanish Air Force and former Commander of Spain's Third Aerial Region,
in an interview with J. J. Benitez, La Gaceta del Norte, Balboa, Spain,
June 27, 1976.
- No agency in this country or Russia is
able to duplicate at this time the speeds and accelerations which radars
and observers indicate these flying objects are able to achieve... there
are objects coming into our atmosphere at very high speeds.
- Admiral Delmer S. Fahrney, former head
of the Navy's guided-missile program, printed in New York Times, January
17, 1957, p. 31.
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