It seems that it is now fashionable to take a less positive view of the ETH ( I personally think the truth is a rich mixture of scenarios that is
beyond our present level of comprehension ).
However there has been a huge amount of serious of research and evidence gathering over the last 50+ years from a ETH viewpoint that is still very
relevant to the field.
The following are quotes on the subject by many important individuals over the years.
John Alexander, NIDS, “Refuting Fermi: No Evidence for Extraterrestrial Life?”
“The undeniable reality is that there are a substantial number of multi-sensor UFO cases backed by thousands of credible witnesses. In the physical
domain there are many photos, videos, radar tracking, satellite sensor reports, landing traces including depressions and anomalous residual radiation,
electromagnetic interference, and confirmed physiological effects. Personal observations have been made both day and night, often under excellent
visibility with some at close range. Included are reports from multiple independent witnesses to the same event. Psychological testing of some
observers has confirmed their mentally competence. Why is none of this considered evidence?
There are over 3000 cases reported by pilots, some of which include interference with flight controls. On numerous occasions air traffic controllers
and other radar operators have noted unexplained objects on their scopes. So too have several astronomers and other competent scientists reported
their personal observations. Many military officials from several countries have confirmed multi-sensor observations of UFOs. The most senior air
defense officers of Russia, Brazil, Belgium and recently a former Chief of Naval Operations in Chile all have stated that UFOs are real. These cases
and comments are a miniscule fraction of the total body of evidence.
Of course they do not constitute irrefutable proof. However, to state there is no evidence suggestive of intelligent extraterrestrial life simply
belies the facts. Decades in duration and global in nature, there are too many hard sensor data-points and millions of eyewitnesses to ignore. We
certainly can debate the significance of specific data and question whether or not it establishes a causal relationship between the observations and
extraterrestrial life. However, it is only through ignorance or pomposity that one can say no evidence exists.”
Stanton Friedman, The Case for the Extraterrestrial Origin of Flying Saucers, 1995
“Abstract: Careful review of a vast array of relevant evidence clearly leads to the conclusion that some unidentified flying objects are
intelligently controlled vehicles whose origin is outside our solar system. All the arguments against the extraterrestrial origin seem to be based
upon false reasoning, misrepresentation of evidence, neglect of relevant information, ignorance of relevant technology, or pseudo sophisticated
assumptions about alien appearance, motivation, or government secrecy….
The primary UFO evidence consists of UFO sighting reports, multi-witness close encounters, still and motion pictures, radar trackings, simultaneous
radar-visual sightings, physical traces (environmental changes in dirt, vegetation, trees, etc.) produced by UFOs, abductions by aliens of Earthlings,
and very likely (in hidden locations) crashed UFOs and preserved alien bodies. The worldwide origin of the various data collections indicate similar
experiences occurring and being reported independently all over the planet. The overall quality and quantity of reports is far better than most
people—especially open-minded skeptics and scientists and newspaper reporters—are aware….
There is no doubt in my mind, after 37 years of study and investigation that the evidence is overwhelming that planet Earth is being visited by
intelligently controlled vehicles whose origin is extraterrestrial. There are no acceptable arguments against flying saucer reality, only people who
either haven’t studied the relevant data or have a strong will not to believe that Earth is at the bottom of the heap sociologically and
technologically in our local galactic neighborhood.”
Stanton Friedman, nuclear physicist and leading UFO researcher, author of several books and numerous articles on UFOs.
“The evidence is overwhelming that the Earth is being visited by intelligently controlled vehicles from off the Earth.”
“There are no good arguments to be made against the conclusion that some UFOs are intelligently controlled vehicles from off the Earth. Some
skeptics may be well intentioned, but they are almost always ignorant of the significant scientific data indicating UFO reality. They read the
newspapers but not the solid information. They are unaware of the myriad landing-trace cases, the multitude of “critter” reports and Earthling
abductions, the numerous large-scale scientific collections of data, the many published scientific studies indicating that trips to nearby stars in
our galactic neighborhood are already feasible without violating the laws of physics or invoking science fiction techniques.”
James McDonald, atmospheric physicist, leading UFO scientist in 1960’s– “UFOs: Extraterrestrial Probes?”
“On the basis of an intensive study of the UFO problem, I believe that the extraterrestrial-origin hypothesis must now be given extremely serious
…After a year of scrutiny of highly unconventional phenomena credibly reported from all parts of this country and [I believe] from most of the
entire world, I have been driven to consider possibilities that I'd ordinarily not give a moment's thought to in my own personal brand of orthodoxy.
It is the UFO evidence that slowly forces the diligent UFO student to seriously consider the extraterrestrial hypothesis - evidence that I can only
describe as extraordinary in its total nature….
All over the globe persons in all walks of life, representing a wide range of educational and cultural backgrounds, are reporting, often in the face
of unpleasant ridicule, sightings of objects that appear to be completely real objects yet have characteristics that match nothing about which we have
Hoax, fraud, and fabrication account for a few but, in terms of percentage, negligible numbers of UFO sightings. Misinterpreted meteorological and
astronomical observations and the like do account do account for lots of poor UFO reports, but experienced investigators learn to recognize these
almost at a glance and dismiss them from further attention…
It is the detailed, close-range sightings by persons whose reliability cannot be brought into serious question that carry great weight.
Pacing of aircraft and buzzing of cars by UFOs go on rather steadily. These cases so strongly suggest something vaguely resembling surveillance or
reconnaissance that the student of the problem is forced to weigh the possibility that the UFOs are probes of some type engaged in something we would
loosely call "observation."
There are many other categories of sightings suggesting the same tentative hypothesis. How can this be? There is, in my opinion, no sensible
alternative to the utterly shocking hypothesis that the UFOs are extraterrestrial probes.
There is, in my opinion, no sensible alternative to the utterly shocking hypothesis that the UFOs are extraterrestrial probes.”
Dr. Steven Greer, “Foundations of Interplanetary Unity”
“The evidence that at least one extraterrestrial civilization has visited Earth is extensive both in scope and detail. In its totality it comprises
a body of evidence which at the very least supports the general assessment that extraterrestrial life has been detected, and that a vigorous program
of research and serious diplomatic initiatives is warranted. Consider the following overview of facts:
• There are numerous daytime and night time photographs and videotapes of clearly non-human spacecraft from all over the world; these films and
videotapes have been evaluated and deemed authentic by competent experts in optical physics and related fields.
• There are more than 3500 military and commercial aircraft pilot reports of encounters worldwide; many cases have corroborating radar documentation
and multiple witnesses both on the ground and in the air.
• There are more than 4000 landing trace cases from around the world.
• There are hundreds of electromagnetic cases where spacecraft have been observed by police, military personnel and civilians to affect car engines,
radios and other electric devices.
• There are more than 100 first- and second- hand witnesses to the retrieval of an extraterrestrial spacecraft and at least four extraterrestrial
bodies from a crash which occurred in July, 1947, 75 miles northwest of Roswell, New Mexico; written and videotaped testimony from several first-hand
witnesses who are respected military officers have been obtained.
• There are hundreds of credible reports, many with multiple witnesses, of humanoids in association with landed spacecraft.
• There are several multiple-witnessed events where humans have been taken on board spacecraft.
• CSETI (The Center for the Study of Extraterrestrial Intelligence) has in the past 18 months succeeded in intentionally establishing contact with
extraterrestrial spacecraft, on two occasions at very close range, and with multiple witnesses present.
• Various polls have indicated that approximately 10% of Americans (25 million people) have seen them at close range so that details of the
structure of the object can be discerned.
• Numerous US. Government documents exist which indicate that these objects are real and have been involved with observing Earth for several
It is an understatement to say that the time has arrived for a serious and open international dialogue regarding the possibility of future
interplanetary relations. In no other area of human experience has so much evidence existed for so long, and yet been attended by such a paucity of
serious research and analysis - at least in the civilian domain. While the subject matter [of UFOs] itself is extraordinary, it is the absence of a
serious human response to it that is most extraordinary.”
Leslie Kean, journalist, UFO researcher, “Science and the Failure To Investigate Unidentified Aerial Phenomena”
“Unidentified aerial phenomena, otherwise known as UFOs, are real, not the stuff of science fiction. Something for which there is no scientific
explanation has been observed in America’s (and the world’s) air space for over fifty-five years. Trained observers -- pilots, air traffic
controllers, radar operators, astronauts, military personnel -- and government agencies have reported and documented spectacular events visually,
photographically, and on
radar. Many accounts are available in the literature.”
Lord Hill-Norton, Chief of Defense Staff, Ministry of Defense, Great Britain (1971-73);
”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—though by no menas a majority—been supported by technical
means such as radar or, even more convincingly, by visible evidence of the condition of the observers or –and this is common to many
events---interference with electrical apparatus of one sort or another…. It is difficult to credit that they have all been either lying or
From the earliest days of the modern outbreak of sightings some forty years ago, there is a quite remarkable similarity between the descriptions given
by observers of the flying vehicles. It is the more remarkable that there have been tens of thousands of these reports, from observers who range who
range from illiterate peasants in Argentina and Spain to people with Ph.D.s in other countries and they have all been given spontaneously—which has
led to the generic term “flying saucer.” It must be more than a coincidence….
“There have been thousands, perhaps tens of thousands, of sightings and encounters, physical results and of the latter, by people all over the world
whose evidence on any other subject would be accepted without question. There have been major investigations lasting thirty or forty years by the
governments of the USA, Russia and France, for certain, and probably Britain and other countries. At the end of it all—today—we have no hard
official information to weigh against some hundreds of books on the subject by private individuals or groups of individuals.”
Don Berliner, UFO researcher, author, FUFOR (Fund for UFO Research), “Is There a Case for UFO’s?”
”If every UFO report could be convincingly credited to some conventional astronomical or atmospheric phenomenon, there would be no UFO mystery. It
is precisely because so many UFO reports cannot logically be blamed on stars, planets, satellites, airplanes, balloons, etc., that a UFO mystery has
existed since at least the mid-1940s.
The most convincing UFO reports were produced in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s by airline pilots, military pilots and ex-military pilots. These men had
the training and the experience to be able to distinguish between normal sky sights and highly abnormal sights. They knew what airplanes looked like,
and what meteors looked like, having seen them many times. Their visual observations were frequently supported by radar data which showed essentially
the same thing. They were therefore able, on many occasions, to methodically eliminate conventional phenomena from consideration when trying to
In those same decades, most UFO sightings were made in the daytime and frequently at close range, when shapes and surface features could be
distinguished, thus making positive identification of normal sights easier and the descriptions of unusual sights more detailed. When all normal
explanations had been eliminated, the witnesses could concentrate on those aspects of the experience which were most abnormal.
These abnormal aspects included the shapes of UFOs and their behavior. Most of the UFOs seen in the daytime were said to have had simple geometric
shapes--discs, ovals, spheres, cylinders--and surfaces that looked like metal. Such shapes are not only nonexistent among known aircraft, but contrary
to all known theories of flight, in most cases offering control and performance disadvantages rather than advantages.
Even more unusual were the specifics of their flight performance: silent hovering, silent high-speed flight, extreme acceleration, supersonic flight
at low altitude without sonic booms, and violent, very high-g maneuvers. The actions of many UFOs have suggested that they fly independently of the
air and even of the force of gravity. The accomplishment of these maneuvers has been among the major goals of the world's aerospace industry for
On the basis of their appearance, behavior and frequent well-kept, tight formation flights, we must face the possibility that some UFOs may be
manufactured, high-tech vehicles….
At first glance, the idea that some UFOs may be vehicles from outside the Earth seems utterly preposterous, the baseless result of wishful thinking by
highly unscientific minds.
When authoritative reports of radical-design craft having spectacular performance are viewed in the light of a stream of astrobiological discoveries,
the possibility that some UFOs are alien does not seem quite so farfetched. Serious-minded scientists in astronomy and other disciplines estimate
there could be billions of planets in the universe, and millions that could harbor life. If even a few of those planets were occupied by technological
civilizations, their ability (if not desire) to explore other worlds, such as ours, must be a possibility.
Hundreds of thousands of UFO sightings have been made by persons in all walks of life, in all parts of the world. Tens of thousands of UFO reports
have been made to governmental and private agencies in the past 55+ years. Thousands of these reports have withstood careful scrutiny and appear to
represent real objects having a novel nature.
Patterns of these UFOs' appearance and behavior suggest a limited range of sizes and shapes of unidentified craft, despite the often-desperate efforts
on the part of the American and other governments to discount them as nothing more substantial than mistakes made by naïve individuals. Their
performance, observed repeatedly by expert witnesses, remains as far off the scale today as it was in the 1940s.
If even one of these unidentified UFOs turns out to be an alien craft, the impact on all aspects of our nation's culture--economic, political,
personal--will be limited only by what is learned from an open, serious, objective study of the subject.”
Don Berliner, “What UFOs Are and Are Not”
“For more than 50 years, men and women around the world have reported sights in the sky that are strange to their experience and understanding.
Inasmuch as many of these sights appeared to be solid objects having impressive performance, they have become known as Unidentified Flying Objects
(UFOs) or, colloquially, flying saucers. Their positive identification is one of the major public/scientific challenges of the era, with a significant
number of these sights so far defying all reasonable efforts at classification.”
Francis Ridge, UFO researcher, site coordinator, NICAP (National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena)
“The following is what makes UFOlogy worth pursuing and is not intended for the close-minded. We already have:
1) Millions of sightings worldwide and a hundred-thousand-plus sightings are on computer (UFOCAT).
2) 3,000-plus sightings from aircraft (Dr. Richard Haines).
3) 489 radar cases, many radar/visual (Dominique Weinstein); 363 radar cases, 76 as R/V (USAF records alone).
4) 5600 trace cases documented, 4104 involving UFO visual sightings (CUFOS).
5) Over 500 cases of E-M effects associated with UFO sightings (CUFOS) and 185 E-M cases documented involving UFOs near aircraft (Dr. Richard Haines).
6) Hundreds, if not thousands, of excellent close encounters by credible obswervers whose testimony in court would be taken at face value.
7) About 4,000 (701 originally) UNKNOWNS listed in Project Blue Book files.”
Admiral Roscoe Hillenkoetter, first Director of the CIA (1947-50), NICAP board member
"Unknown objects are operating under intelligent control... It is imperative that we learn where UFOs come from and what their purpose is... "
(Maccabee, Bruce, "What The Admiral Knew: UFO, MJ-12 and R. Hillenkoetter," International UFO Reporter, Nov./Dec., 1986.)
"It is time for the truth to be brought out in open Congressional hearings. 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." (Statement in a
NICAP news release, February 27, 1960.)
President Harry S. Truman
"I can assure you that flying saucers, given that they exist, are not constructed by any power on earth." (April 4, 1950, White House Press
President Gerald Ford, 1966:
" I have taken special interest in these accounts [of UFOs].. I think there may be substance to some of these reports… I think we owe it to the
people to establish credibility regarding UFOs and to produce the greatest possible enlightenment on this subject." (Committee on Armed Services of
the House of Representatives, Eighty-Ninth Congress, Second Session, Hearing on Unidentified Flying Objects, April 5, 1966.)
President Jimmy Carter, during his election campaign in May 1976:
" I am convinced that UFOs exist because I've seen one... " (The National Enquirer, June 8, 1976, "The Night I Saw a UFO." Statement confirmed by
White House special assistant media liaison, Jim Purks, in an April 20, 1979 letter.)
In October of '69, Jimmy Carter witnessed a UFO. From "Above Top Secret" (book): During his election campaign of 1976 he told the following to
"It was the darndest thing I've ever seen. It was big, it was very bright, it changed colors and it was about the size of the moon.. We watched it for
ten minutes, but none of us could figure out what it was. One thing's for sure, I'll never make fun of people who say they've seen unidentified
objects in the sky.”
Air Chief Marshal Lord Dowding, Commander-in-Chief of RAF Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain, made the following comment to the press in
"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." (Sunday Dispatch, London, July 11, 1954.)
Professor Hermann Oberth, German rocket expert
"It is my thesis that flying saucers are real and that they are space ships from another solar system. I think that they possibly are manned by
intelligent observers who are members of a race that may have been investigating our earth for centuries.” (Oberth H., "Flying Saucers Come From A
Distant World," The American Weekly, October 24, 1954.)
"It is my conclusion that UFOs do exist, are very real, and are spaceships from another or more than one solar system. They are possibly manned by
intelligent observers who are members of a race carrying out long-range scientific investigations of our earth for centuries." (UFO News, 1974.)
Gordon Cooper, Astronaut (Mercury), November 9, 1978:
"I believe that these extra-terrestrial 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.”
“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.”
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