Update: After seeing Examiner readers’ response to the following article, Dr. John B. Alexander has agreed to grant an exclusive interview to answer questions from you. For more information, be sure to read, “Exclusive: Dr. John B. Alexander to answer questions about UFOs and disclosure.”
If there’s one word in ufology that suffers more than its fair share of use it’s ‘disclosure.’ But Dr. John B. Alexander, last night’s guest on Coast to Coast AM Radio, says fuhgeddaboudit. The government has been disclosing information all along, lo these many years, and you’re still not happy. You don’t really want disclosure. You want confirmation. And that, my friend, just ain’t gonna happen.
Dr. John B. Alexander, author of “UFOs: Myths, Conspiracies and Realities,” is a former Special Forces commander and Army Intelligence officer, worked on non-lethal weapon research at Los Alamos National Labs and has been around long enough to not only remember Roswell but to know many of the people involved in the incident. He admits, right off the bat, that what he has to say is going to tick off just about everybody who listens to Coast to Coast.
Alexander starts off by saying that yes, UFOs are real. Not he BELIEVES they’re real. He says they are real. Period. They’re just not what you think they are.
He goes on to say that there is absolutely no government coverup involved and it’s easy enough to believe him when you look at it from his point of view. Alexander states, and most will agree, that the people of the United States have very little faith in the members of their government. We don’t believe anything any of them say and we think they’re all just a bunch of incompetent, high-paid monkeys.
Yet, because we’re so eager to believe in extraterrestrial life, we’re willing to overlook the fact that our government is in the hands of a bunch of baboons and, as it regards aliens and UFOs, we give all of them enough credit to be smart enough to completely hoodwink the entire population of the United States of America.
During the course of his research, Alexander found that 7% to 10% of the population have actually seen UFOs and this holds true for government agencies as well. In fact, he found a ton of hard, physical evidence that points to their very existence. Basically every single monitoring and tracking system we have at our disposal, including space sensors, will register UFO activity.
While still serving in the Army, Alexander was commissioned to ‘find out what’s going on’ with UFO activity. He found himself asking where one might go to find out more about UFO sightings and who might have some of this ‘secret’ information.
He turned first to a colleague, Ben Rich, head of Lockheed Skunk Works. Skunk Works was the name given, in 1943, to the Army’s first jet fighter project.
Rich said he definitely had an interest in UFOs but had no first-hand information himself – no recovered UFO parts, no secret memos, nothing. The Skunk Works program was a defense program, concentrating on defending the United States against German jet threats and, as such, had no involvement in UFO investigations that might have been going on at the time.
Next, Alexander turned to Burt Rutan, a giant in the aerospace industry. Rutan was the first to circumnavigate the world, non-stop and without refueling, with Voyager. He most recently won the X Prize for being the first civilian agency to put a man into space twice with a reusable craft.
Rutan admitted that he was very interested in UFOs himself. He’d even had a sighting. But he had no knowledge of any research being conducted, clandestine or otherwise.
Next stop, Dr. Teller, inventor of the hydrogen bomb. If the events at Roswell really did occur as rumored, and if it was true that only 5 people knew what really happened, then Teller would be one of them.
Again, interested but no information.
Alexander said he got this same response from every agency he visited – FBI, CIA, DOD, DIA, NORAD, NSA, DID, SID – all said they were interested, some even admitted seeing a UFO themselves, but no one had any hard, fast evidence or information.
But Alexander says all of these agencies have one thing in common. They were all created to defend the people of the United States against the threat of human invaders. If a UFO were deemed a threat to national security, then certainly they would have investigated. But only to the extent needed to determine the level of the threat and how to counteract. Since nearly all UFO sightings are either peaceful or too wacky to even be considered legitimate, there has been no reason for these agencies to investigate their appearance. It doesn’t matter to them what they are, where they came from or who is sitting at the wheel as long as they don’t try to attack the U.S.
Alexander says most of the agencies he contacted did keep some sort of records when UFOs were reported but there was no set regulation requiring them to do so, nor were they required to pass the information up the line. Consequently, there’s no real consistent record keeping.
But here’s the real kicker. When asked why there have been no official statements from the White House, statements disclosing all the facts and research that have accumulated over the years, Alexander says the government has been disclosing information all along.
The idea that there are ‘special access programs’ which insinuates that the President of the United States is being kept in the dark, is ludicrous, says Alexander. He says it absolutely boggles the mind that this one secret has been held for decades yet everything else in Washington leaks. Everything that’s supposed to be kept secret comes out but this? Not a chance.
Alexander brings to our attention that United States presidents have been disclosing for years. Truman saw a UFO, Carter saw a UFO, Reagan saw a UFO. And they’ve publicly stated they saw these objects.
He also states that it’s not illegal, in any way, for any member of a government or military organization to go public with information about aliens and UFOs. Yes, because of peer pressure it may tarnish their reputation, but it’s not illegal.
According to Alexander, the vast majority of the information is already out there. The problem with the UFO community is that they’re not looking for disclosure. They’re looking for confirmation and if it doesn’t fit their preconceived notion of reality then they assume there must be a conspiracy.
Think about it. One person sees a triangular shaped ship, a mile wide, and another sees a saucer. The next sees bouncing orbs of light and someone else sees a multi-colored gyroscope. Someone sees Greys, someone else sees Reptilians. Everyone has a preconceived notion of who or what is visiting us, if they’re even visiting at all, and if the government doesn’t come right out and confirm it we think they’re lying to us.
Alexander says that undoubtedly, something crashed at Roswell, it was not a weather balloon and there are highly credible witnesses to the event. However, he believes you can explain everything that happened there without the introduction of UFOs.
Alexander references an episode of UFO Hunters where Bill Birnes meets with 2 witnesses who actually handled some of the ‘material’ that was recovered from the Roswell crash. A series of different materials were layed out and the witnesses were asked if any of those materials resembled what was found in the crash. They both said yes and they both selected the same piece of material.
The material behaved exactly as the material from the crash was reported to have behaved – when crumpled it returned to it’s original state, it was impervious to heat, etc. Yet this material, unknown to the witnesses, was of man-made origin. It was the same material used to make the balloons for Project Mogul, a top secret project that the US Army was working on that involved microphones being flown on high altitude balloons.
Alexander believes the Air Force really botched the investigation but it’s not really their fault. As most everyone said back then, “It was a different time.” Everyone was very concerned about national security, attacks from the Soviet Union, and national survival. Aliens and UFOs were the furthest thing from everyone’s mind.
Which is also why, according to Alexander, UFOs and aliens are not high priority today. We have major problems to worry about these days – global terrorism, the ever-worsening financial crisis, the health care crisis.
According to Alexander’s research there are 3 groups of people – a small group, intently interested in UFOs, a somewhat larger group of people who are only slightly interested, and then the greater part of humanity, those who have other, more pressing issues on their mind.
Alexander does not believe there’s a controlling organization that’s taken charge of the investigation or a cover up. He says the UFO crowd likes to point out legislation that makes it illegal NOT to report unidentified flying objects but most people misunderstand the law. It really says we must report anything ‘that’s a threat to the United States’ – NOT just any weird thing you see.
Again, Alexander does believe there’s something out there but that 95% of these sightings have some type of logical explanation. And he conceded that we’re left with a certain amount of cases that, no matter how hard you try to explain them, they just don’t go away.
One of the reasons we have such a difficult time with disclosure and confirmation is because there are so many different belief systems involved. Alexander says that 70% of the public believe in various kinds of phenomenon. When you speak to professors about UFOs you’ll find that 50% of them believe. Out of scientists surveyed, 15% believe. And when you get to the scientists at the National Academy of Scientists, only 4% believe in extraterrestrial phenomenon. The belief systems of the general public and the scientists are so different that it’s impossible to even discuss it between the two.
So what does Alexander think of all of these sightings? What are they? Where do they come from? Why are they here?
Alexander says we’re not asking the right questions yet. We need to be asking – What is a UFO? Is it a ball of light, an aircraft more than a mile wide or everything in between? There are so many different types of sightings and observations that to try to pin it down and say that these are little green men just stopping by while they were in the neighborhood doesn’t fit all the different observations.
George Knapp suggested that maybe it’s some type of manipulation of consciousness and we have no idea what they look like or what their spaceship looks like, or even where they come from.
We do know one thing, says Alexander. A number of these objects that are UFOs have been recorded using multi-sensory data, so that means alien-ness is NOT just in the eyes of the beholder.
When Goerge asked Alexander if the situation is solvable or if it’s just meant to be a learning curve, taking us down a path, Alexander replied with his “Alexander’s Laws of Appropriate Complexity:
“In life, wherever you are, you’re presented with a number of challenges. And just as you get to where you figure out how you’re going to handle all those challenges, a whole new order of complexity emerges.”
Dr. John B. Alexander is the author of “UFOs: Myths, Conspiracies and Realities,” available at Amazon.com.
Update: After seeing Examiner readers’ response to the above article, Dr. John B. Alexander has agreed to grant an exclusive interview to answer questions from you. For more information, be sure to read, “Exclusive: Dr. John B. Alexander to answer questions about UFOs and disclosure.”
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