"Government Is Covering Up UFO
Evidence, Group Says"
By Julia Duin
©2001 The Washington Times
The U.S. government has been covering up evidence of
extraterrestrial visits for more than 50 years, an array of 20 retired Air
Force, Federal Aviation Administration and intelligence officers said Wednesday.
They demanded Congress hold hearings on what they say is long-standing secret
U.S. involvement with UFOs and extraterrestrials.
Calling it the "greatest
secret of the 20th century," the officials, who termed themselves "witnesses" of
UFO-related events, described a series of military investigations they said they
saw: crashes of alien spacecraft, bodies of alien beings, secret government
documents, even James Bond-style "erasures" of people who knew too much.
"The individuals who have these sightings range from airline pilots and military
pilots to police officers, some of the people your lives depend on, on a daily
basis," retired Air Force Lt. Col. Charles Brown told a roomful of skeptical
"They are very reputable, dependable people," he said.
"The field is filled with hoaxes and scams," said Dr. Steven Greer, director of
the Disclosure Project, which had gathered the witnesses. "But it doesn't mean
all of it is."
The 20 witnesses, he said, were a fraction of the 400 people who are willing to
testify under oath and under congressional immunity about a secretive portion of
the government they say has gone out of control.
UFOs have long fascinated Americans, including several U.S. presidents. Webster
L. Hubbell, a former associate attorney general under President Clinton, has
described in an autobiography his unsuccessful quest to determine government
involvement in the topic. John Callahan, a former FAA division chief of
accidents and investigations, said he was directed by CIA officers to cover up a
Nov. 18, 1986, incident involving a UFO and a Japanese airliner near Anchorage,
"We were all sworn to secrecy that this event never happened," he said.
Michael Smith, a former U.S. Air Force air traffic controller stationed near
Klamath Falls, Ore., in the 1960s and early 1970s, reported seeing a UFO
hovering at 80,000 feet one night.
"I was told you keep it to yourself," he said. "NORAD [North American Aerospace
Defense Command] called me one night to say there's a UFO coming up the
California coastline. I asked them what to do. They said nothing, not to write
After he was stationed at another military base in Michigan, UFOs were so close
to one landing strip, he said, that two incoming B-52s had to be steered around
The Disclosure Project, a Crozet, Va.-based research organization that has been
gathering government witnesses for several years, says its reason for going
public is because the U.S. government has long had information on anti-gravity
propulsion systems. These have been retrieved from downed spacecraft, such as
those from a purported crash in Roswell, N.M., in July 1947.
systems, which would use electromagnetic and "zero point energy state"
technology to produce vast amounts of energy without any pollution, would
drastically change the world's oil-based economy. Such energy sources would not
require damming the world's rivers or building power plants, transmission lines
or other expensive infrastructures needed to produce electricity for the world's
6 billion inhabitants. Such electro-gravitic technology would also allow people
to travel totally above the ground, rendering roads obsolete.
Several witnesses talked of incredible speeds demonstrated by these crafts,
estimated by radar technicians to be more than 10,000 miles an hour. The fastest
known speed of a man-made aircraft is 3,000 miles an hour. But information on
extraterrestrial speeds is never made public, said Daniel Sheehan, counsel for
Project Disclosure. Even the Vatican Library, he said, has hidden information on
UFOs. Donna Hare, a NASA design illustrator with secret clearance, said UFOs
were routinely airbrushed out of high altitude photos of the Earth before being
released to the public.
"We always airbrush them out before we release them to the public," one
technician told her. Curious, she began asking around the agency.
"A guard told me he was asked to burn some photographs and not to look at them,"
she said. "And there was another guard guarding him, watching him burn the
photographs. He looked at one and it was a picture of a UFO and he immediately
was hit in the head and had a big gash in his forehead."
Apollo astronauts, she said, had spotted UFOs, but they "are told to keep this
quiet and not to talk about it," she said. One of them, Edgar Mitchell, who
walked on the moon as part of the Apollo 14 team, is a witness for Project
Karl Wolf, an Air Force sergeant who was assigned to the National Security
Agency, said that mysterious structures were discovered on the far side of the
moon when the United States was mapping its surface before the 1969 lunar
landing. Those photos too were culled out of the public record. The Pentagon
does not comment on UFOs, except to say they do not exist and that such objects
really are high altitude balloons, swamp gas or military aircraft.
Despite the government's refusal to discuss the issue, several witnesses have
also told of being stationed at military bases or near silos containing nuclear
missiles when a UFO swung by. Afterward, military officers would discover the
missiles had been temporarily deactivated.