that there appears to be substantial evidence of unexplained
UFO phenomena, what company would you be keeping if you were to
consider the possibility of planet Earth being visited by
Over the years, the
US and other governments have adopted an official line of
debunking reports and ridiculing witnesses, and this has
probably turned out to be one of the most enduring and
successful policies since the Second World War.
Yet behind the
public scepticism, many serious commentators, including many of
the astronauts who have actually been into space as well as
Prime Ministers, Ministers of State, senior NATO officials,
senior CIA personnel and even the Vatican, have all voiced
their belief in the extraterrestrial hypothesis.
The following pages
detail some comments made over the years.
Major Gordon Cooper,
Astronaut Project Mercury
Major Gordon Cooper, a NASA astronaut, wrote in his book
‘We Seven’, "I also had the idea there might be some interesting forms of
life out in space for us to discover and get acquainted with. I don’t believe in
fairy tales, but as far as I’m concerned there have been too many unexplained
examples of unidentified objects sighted around this earth to rule out the
possibility that some form of life exists beyond our world." (1)
Cooper went on to state "Intelligent beings from other planets
regularly visit our world in an effort to enter into contact with us…. NASA and
the American Government know this and possess a great deal of evidence.
Nevertheless, they remain silent in order not to alarm people. I am dedicated to
forcing the authorities to end their silence (2)".
Cooper has a
distinguished career. He was one of the seven original
astronauts in Project Mercury and was the first American to
sleep in orbit and he also flew the longest spaceflight of
the Mercury project. Although never involved in the Apollo
missions he was involved in the early Gemini project.
Cooper received many awards including the Air Force Legion
of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross with oak leaf
clusters, the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal, the
Collier Trophy, the Harmon Trophy, the DeMolay Legion of
Honor, the John F. Kennedy Trophy, the Iven C. Kincheloe
Award, the University of Hawaii Regents Medal and the
Columbus Medal. He was a Master Mason (member of Carbondale
Lodge 82 in Carbondale, Colorado) and was given the
honorary 33rd Degree by the Scottish Rite Masonic body.
In 1978 two debates on
the subject of UFOs were held at the United Nations. Cooper attended the first of these, a meeting of the Special Political Committee of the
United Nations General assembly. Later that year, a letter from Cooper was read
at a UN debate on UFOs held in the General Assembly:
"…. 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, co-ordinated
programme to scientifically collect and analyse 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
Cooper added, "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.