posted on Jul, 28 2011 @ 09:19 PM
Nice thread. I think it nicely reveals the varying degrees of proof different people would require to answer this immense question of ET contact.
Government: I don't believe anything the United States government or military tell the public unless I can find solid proof of the claim, whatever it
may be. I apply this to everything, from information about war to economic status. Similarly, I would never believe a disclosure coming from any
branch of the government or from the military directly.
I do, however, believe some independent eye-witnesses who once worked for the government or military. Generally, those I believe are often in the same
situation; they have next to nothing to gain from disclosing the information they possess, and in fact risk retaliatory action from their respective
former agencies to do so. I also believe airline pilots who come forward with information, risking their careers to tell the public about what they
witnessed. These pilots are almost always grounded after giving their accounts, with very few exceptions.
Since this is my first post, I guess it would be a good time to tell of my first UFO experience, since it is what took me from a very skeptical
observer, to a nearly convinced researcher.
My own experience was simple enough, but it was very unsettling. I was outside of my townhouse at the time, which was in the downtown area of
Columbia, SC. It was around 10:30 PM, a cool night in late October with no wind. I had just finished work on a 6 hour rush freelance writing job for
an English client, so I was out to stretch my legs and get some air. I was standing on my balcony, which was 10 feet or so off the ground. After about
5 minutes of enjoying the evening, I saw an object moving to my right behind the building next to mine. It moved toward me at a steady pace, and my
first thought was that is a strange balloon. As it came closer I saw that it was approximately the size and shape of a basketball, was flat
black, and had 8 lenses situated in an axis configuration on the sphere. The lenses were flush with the rest of the sphere. The object rotated as it
moved toward me, first rotating one way, stopping, and then rotating the other way. When I saw this movement and realized there was no wind to cause
it, my heart jumped. Then, when the object was directly in front of me, no more than 10 feet away, it stopped moving altogether, and hovered
motionless there in front of me. In a snap movement it rotated one lense directly toward me, and the lense was glowing a faint red. It made no sound.
After around 10 seconds, the object started to rotate again for a moment, and then continued to move to my left at an increased speed. I chased it on
foot and was able to keep up with it for a short time, maybe 45 seconds, during which it changed direction twice to avoid colliding with a telephone
pole and a tree. It then lifted quickly into the sky and out of sight.
What would disclosure mean to me? Even after my encounter with the spherical object, I am still skeptical of the alien question, but I have no doubt
there is something very strange taking place on our planet and beyond its atmosphere. For me to finally put the question to rest mentally, I would
have to be in the presence of an alien entity or at very least witness a very clear, very close, very large vehicle that could not possibly be created
on this earth. I am a very open minded person, but I try very hard not to believe so much as wait for irrefutable evidence of alien visitation.
I do not put any stock into lights in a black night sky, or something so easily faked as that. I can sit on my toilet at night with my cell phone and
make a fake UFO video from the window using two streetlights seen through a line of trees. Simple lights in the night sky are too easy to fake, and
too easy to mistake. I have seen hundreds of extremely strange videos and photographs, but since I did not take them myself, I still always have that
nagging doubt in my mind. Its just the way I am wired, I guess. Anyway, sorry for the wall of text; I'm a writer and can't help it. Thanks for
reading if you made it this far.