Space aliens have visited Earth

The photo above is copyright Hannah McRoberts and has been analyzed by Richard Haines. Source: Sirius Disclosure Project.

The evidence that space aliens have visited Earth is overwhelming. All of the evidence available to the general public is indirect, and like all indirect evidence, it is subject to uncertainty and to multiple interpretations. However, the indirect evidence is of high quantity and sometimes of high quality, such that it is very improbable that space aliens have never visited Earth. I would be amazed if the evidence for ETs visiting Earth is all correctly interpreted as being something else.

Space aliens are more formally called extraterrestrials, or ETs for short. When I say that space aliens have visited Earth, I mean that ETs have, in the recent past, flown space vehicles in Earth’s atmosphere. I will refer to this possibility as “ET visitation,” for short.

Undoubtedly there is a lot of misinformation and fabrication on the subject of ET visitation. I would not be surprised if most of the available information about ET visitation is false. I assume people often pass around false rumors about ET visitation, and that the causes of these false rumors include unintentional errors in conveying and interpreting information, and also intentional deception.

On the other hand, some of the information about ET visitation seems to have a high degree of credibility, and after studying this evidence with an open mind, it is difficult to deny that there is a very high probability that some of it is a result of ET visitation.

Here’s one bit of evidence. It’s not conclusive by itself. Let’s take it as an appetizer and spend some time analyzing it. The analysis will lead to some conclusions about this piece of evidence, and those conclusions can basically be generalized to all of the evidence.

Jimmy Carter believed in UFOs. He claimed to have seen one. During his campaign to be President of the United States, he promised to disclose everything the US government knew about UFOs. After becoming President, he walked back that promise, citing “defense implications.”

Supporting those claims, Wikipedia says (Aug 30 2017):

During his 1976 election campaign, he is said to have told reporters that, as a result of it, he would institute a policy of openness if he were elected to office, saying:

One thing’s for sure, I’ll never make fun of people who say they’ve seen unidentified objects in the sky. If I become President, I’ll make every piece of information this country has about UFO sightings available to the public and the scientists.[7]

Despite his earlier pledge, once elected, Carter distanced himself from disclosure, citing “defense implications” as being behind his decision.[8]

[7] Good, Timothy (1989) “Above Top Secret: The Worldwide U.F.O. Cover-Up” Quill, ISBN 0-688-09202-0

[8] This day in history – “1973: Carter files report on UFO sighting”, The History Channel

Why would there be defense implications in revealing classified information about UFOs if there was nothing exciting going on with any UFOs?

Is this story about Jimmy Carter conclusive evidence of ET visitation? Not at all. There are a variety of ways of interpreting this evidence which don’t involve postulating ET visitation.

Maybe Jimmy Carter lied when he said there were defense implications in revealing UFO information.

Maybe the facts about Jimmy Carter which I have cited are not true.

Maybe there were defense implications to revealing UFO information because many UFOs were secret government military craft, and revealing all information about UFOs would entail revealing the existence of these secret defense projects.

As I’ve just shown, there is plenty of room for uncertainty about what the cited facts about Jimmy Carter mean. Carter’s comments are open to the interpretation that the US government was aware of ET visitation and keeping it secret; but they are also open to other interpretations. As an isolated piece of information, Carter’s comments are not conclusive evidence of ET visitation.

Carter’s comments are more interesting in the context of the broader picture of the available information about ET visitation. I will paint a version of this picture which I believe. After that I will survey some sources supporting the narrative.

  • There have been cases where ETs visited Earth.
  • The US government and other governments became aware of such cases.
  • The US government and other governments concealed ET visitation from the public.

Let’s get into more evidence. Here are a few more quotes from famous individuals on the subjects of UFOs and ET visitation:

Of course the flying saucers are real, and they are interplanetary.

– Air Chief Marshal Lord Dowding; Head of Royal Air Force during World War II. Quoted in Reuters, August 1954. Sources: Unacknowledged by Steven Greer, Adamski Foundation.

I am convinced that these objects do exist and that they are not manufactured by any nations on earth.

– Air Chief Marshal Lord Dowding. Source: The Telegraph.

My theory is that we have, indeed, been contacted — perhaps even visited — by extraterrestrial beings, and that the U.S. Government, in collusion with other national powers of the Earth, is determined to keep this information from the general public.

– Victor Marchetti, former Special Assistant to the Executive Director of the CIA. Sources: Unacknowledged by Steven Greer, DeclassifiedDocuments.com.

Note: The version of the quote in Unacknowledged does not include the phrase “my theory is.”

“Behind the scenes, high-ranking Air Force officers are soberly concerned about the UFO’s.”

“To hide the facts, the Air Force has silenced its personnel.”

– Roscoe Hillenkoetter, former CIA director

Source: The New York Times, via WantToKnow.info.

Somebody I know personally, through my profession, has told me that she has seen UFOs. She described two occasions. On one occasion, she says, she saw a flying saucer so close up that she could see the windows. On one occasion, she says, she saw a UFO through her bedroom window, so close up that it filled up her whole view of the sky. I am not disclosing the identity of this person. Hearing her story helped me to believe the narrative I’m painting, because it gave me evidence beyond words and pictures on the Internet to. As usual, her claims are not conclusive evidence of anything, and I don’t expect the reader to take them as such.

The Sirius Disclosure Project by Dr. Steven Greer is the best compilation I’ve found of evidence for the narrative I’m painting. It includes, among other evidence:

  • Video of testimony from many people who worked for governments, especially the US government, who claim to have witnessed evidence of ET visitation, with varying degrees of directness, in the course of their duties.
  • Video and photographic evidence of UFOs.
  • Government documents containing evidence of UFOs.
  • Information about the Atacama Humanoid, a strange dead body claimed to be that of an ET.
  • Documentation of an initiative Greer calls CE-5, with the goal of making peaceful contact with ETs. Greer and others have claimed to have received direct evidence of ET visitation by following the CE-5 protocols he formulated.

Here is an example of somebody claiming that the Disclosure Project’s CE-5 protocols helped them to have a UFO sighting. This is a review of the Disclosure Project’s ET Contact Tool app in the Google Play store. This was not the only review of its kind.

Steven Wentworth

5 Stars 10/7/16

It works!

We used Steven Greer’s meditation last night and what we saw none of us can explain. After seeing approx 8 small lights (could have been satellites but changed direction) a very bright circular one descended over us. It was the brightest object in the sky. It moved slowly over us getting brighter before ascending again. Military helicopters even came to check it out too! Can’t wait for next time.

I’ve personally seen two UFOs which I am unable to explain as being any conventional, well-known type of thing.

  1. I was staring at the night sky. Over the course of less than a second, a dot of light popped into my field of vision, rotated in a perfect circle, and popped out of my field of vision.
  2. I was staring at the sunlit sky. I started to see a bright oval of light in the sky. I was amazed by it and wondering what it could be. I thought that, as a conventional explanation, it could be a cloud with sunlight reflecting off it. Shortly after I thought that, the oval disappeared suddenly and completely. To my mind that ruled out the cloud explanation.

From the standpoint of a reader, any of the evidence I’ve cited could be fabricated, hallucinated, misinformed, or otherwise misleading.

I have already pointed out one place where Greer is a little misleading: he omits “my theory is” from the Marchetti quote above. I would say this omission significantly changes the meaning of the quote, and it creates some concerns for me about Greer’s degree of scholarly rigor in interpreting his data.

Edgar Mitchell, one of the Apollo astronauts, has claimed that Steven Greer “began to overreach his data continuously.” and that the Disclosure Project makes “certain claims that simply are not true.” In Unacknowledged, Greer writes, “when the lunar module landed, the rim of the crater was crowded with ETVs (extraterrestrial vehicles).” Mitchell denies seeing “anything in space suggesting UFOs or structures on the moon, etc.” He says “we did it just like we said in the official reports.” So Mitchell can be interpreted as saying that Greer is wrong in saying the Apollo lunar module encountered ET vehicles.

I lend credence to this interpretation of Mitchell, and I accept the likely possibility that Greer is wrong in saying the Apollo lunar module encountered ET vehicles. On the other hand, I also accept the possibility that Greer is correct in making the stated claim, and that Mitchell is lying, possibly because he has been threatened by people in the government. There are other possibilities, such as that the source linked in the last paragraph is fake, and Ed Mitchell never made the quoted statements.

Though Mitchell asserts (in the source linked above from rense.com) that the Disclosure Project is wrong about some things, he asserts in Disclosure Project material that “there have been ET visitations,” and he confirms this belief in the source from rense.com.

Let’s look at more possible examples of inaccuracies in the Disclosure Project.

For a possible example, in the book Unacknowledged, Steven Greer quotes William Colby (a former CIA Director) as saying “The CIA owns everyone of any significance in the major media,” but it has been argued that this quote is made up. As the linked page at metabunk.org notes, William Colby has commented about the CIA’s infiltration of the U.S. mainstream media. though he may have never made that specific statement.

I’m not saying that William Colby definitely did not make the statement Greer quotes him as making. However, the quote does not appear to be well-sourced and may be made up. This is an example of a case where we may doubt the accuracy of Steven Greer’s research.

For another example, it has been argued that the Atacama Humanoid is a human fetus, whereas the Disclosure Project argues that that explanation does not hold much water, citing for example that “the specimen has only 10 ribs, a finding not yet found in humans.” I’ll leave you to decide whose argument is more persuasive here: the UFO/conspiracy theorist’s or the debunker’s.

The Disclosure Project’s witness testimonies are generally credible in terms of who the people claim to be and how they claim to have come across evidence of ET visitation. They include testimonies from people known to the general public.

A good example is Paul Hellyer, a politician who held the positions of Defence Minister and Senior Minister in the Canadian national government.

Paul Hellyer does not claim to have personally had contact with ETs, but Hellyer argues that he has validated the narrative above (and more) on the basis of sources he has seen, his personal background knowledge, and his connections. He has argued this in multiple interviews, and multiple books.

Hellyer cites The Day After Roswell, by William J. Birnes and Lt. Col. Philip Corso, as a source which persuaded him of the truth of ET visitation. Hellyer says he confirmed with the retired United States Air Force general Philip Corso that the claims in the book were true.

What should we make of the Disclosure Project’s video and photographic evidence? It includes photos and videos that don’t look like any usual kind of thing, and look like they could be ETs or ET vehicles.

Video and photographic evidence, generally speaking, can be fabricated in various ways. I am not sure how to tell the difference between accurate and forged photos and videos. Even if a photo or video is accurate, it can still be difficult to determine what it is.

Please comment if you have expertise in the area of photo and video analysis and you’ve applied it to evidence such as that available from the Sirius Disclosure Project, or if you’re aware of research of this type that’s worth looking at. It would be especially interesting if you can provide explanation of the methods of arriving at such conclusions.

At the top of the post is linked an analysis by Richard Haines of one photo sourced by the Sirius Disclosure Project.

The people involved in the Sirius Disclosure Project may possibly have ulterior motives. I believe that in all probability, their primary motives are sharing truth. However, it is possible that the Disclosure Project is a money-making operation based on fabricated evidence, and it is possible that witnesses are motivated by attention-seeking, getting paid, etc. I don’t expect these possibilities are the case, but these are possibilities not strictly ruled out by the evidence I have.

Steven Greer, the leader of the Sirius Diclosure Project, claims to have sustained economic losses by undertaking the project, by giving up a lucrative career as a doctor to work on the project full time, and spending his own money on the project.

Some have called into question Steven Greer’s motives by speculating that he is working with people who are trying to suppress information about ET visitation and related secrets. According to this conspiracy theory, Greer is an operative who is working to control information about ET visitation by exposing some things and not exposing other things which are more critical to hide from the perspective of those who are in control. I do not believe this conspiracy theory, but I acknowledge it is possible.

My belief in ET visitation is not, at the end of the day, based on the assumption that Steven Greer’s sole motives are sharing truth.

The kind of evidence the Sirius Disclosure Project has is not available exclusively through that project. The broad claims of the Sirius Disclosure Project are corroborated by other numerous other sources. To name a handful of others:

  • Paul Hellyer;
  • UFO researcher Grant Cameron;
  • Government whistle-blower William Tompkins;
  • the book The Secret History of Extraterrestrials: Advanced Technology and the Coming New Race by Len Kasten, which was source endorsed by Paul Hellyer in The Money Mafia;
  • the book The UFO Experience: A Scientific Inquiry by J. Allen Hynek. Hynek was a scientist paid by the U.S. Air Force to study the UFO phenomenon.

There is a huge amount of information out there on the subject of ET visitation. It isn’t all true. Therefore researching the topic requires a curious, patient, cautious and skeptical attitude. I have pointed the reader to a relatively small number of sources that I find credible to some important extent.

I am not myself an expert on the literature on ET visitation. I haven’t looked at most of it. I have merely selected out for this post a comparatively small fraction of evidence which, taken together, I find compelling.

Steven Greer, in the Disclosure Project, has provided an extensive body of evidence for ET visitation. Paul Hellyer is a well-known and credible person who corroborates the claim of ET visitation, based on separate evidence which he collected and studied. Other individuals I have quoted corroborate the narrative as well: Apollo astronaut Edgar Mitchell, Air Chief Marshall Lord Downing, Jimmy Carter, Victor Marchetti of the CIA, and CIA Director Roscoe Hillenkoetter.

The evidence I’ve pointed to is ambiguous and uncertain. What was really behind Jimmy Carter’s comments? Is the Sirius Disclosure Project mostly true information, or is Sirius Disclosure a fake news operation motivated by money or power politics? What about Paul Hellyer? Is he misinformed or correct in his opinions? And so on and so forth. One may question the credibility of every source I’ve put forward.

I could add more evidence to the pile, but basically it would all have the same ambiguities and uncertainties that are present in the evidence that’s already on the table. I’m going to assume I’ve put enough evidence on the table to support my argument. The question, which every reader can answer for themselves, is whether this evidence is sufficient, considering the degrees of uncertainty present in it.

What makes the evidence convincing for me, despite the uncertainties, is the following philosophical reflections.

What we have in essence are a large number of signals appearing to convey the message, ETs have visited Earth. Strictly speaking, we don’t know where the signals came from. There are multiple possible explanations of how the signals reached us. If ET visitation has not occurred, then all the messages testifying to ET visitation are misrepresentations. If some are not misrepresentations, then ET visitation has occurred. How probable is it that none of the signals which appear to be indicative of ET visitation are in fact consequences of ET visitation?

These signals are indirect evidence. All indirect evidence is subject in some way to the kinds of uncertainties I’ve pointed to in interpreting the ET visitation evidence on the table.

It is true as an exceptionless rule that there are multiple different possibilities consistent with a finite set of observations. No matter how much information you have, there are multiple different ways the world could be that are consistent with your information.

In the case of indirect evidence such as testimonies and reports, there are always sources of uncertainty resulting from the indirectness.

Even so called direct evidence of one’s own senses is only trustworthy to the extent one can trust one’s perceptions. Hallucinations occur. To use perceptions as evidence one needs to recall them through memory, but memory is fallible, and it is possible to have memories of things that did not happen. The trustworthiness of one’s own sensory perceptions is not absolute.

If I personally talked with an ET, then I would be more confident than I am that ET contact with humans has occurred. There would be fewer degrees of uncertainty in the evidence on which I base that conclusion. And, evaluating the evidence would be much simpler.

Evaluating the ET evidence which I have put on the table requires processing a lot of information and then trying to look at it holistically to form an overall judgment about what can be concluded from it.

Each piece of information is subject to sources of uncertainty. The question is, how likely is it that at least some of the evidence is a consequence of real ET visitation? As said, my judgment is that it’s highly likely. In other words, it’s highly unlikely that all of the available evidence for ET visitation is fabricated, misinformed, or otherwise fake.

In general I am happy to accept that things occurred on the basis of much less evidence than what I have for the proposition that ET visitation occurred. Usually, to believe that something occurred I just need to hear a report or two of it.

In the case of ET visitation, I have seen reports from numerous sources of apparent character and distinction, and I have seen a variety of other evidence.

Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. The claim that ETs have visited Earth is extraordinary, and the evidence for it is extraordinary.

It’s your responsibility, if you choose to accept it, to decide what you think. Let me know what you think in the comments, if you want.

You believe in conspiracy theories

I’m a conspiracy theorist. What is a conspiracy theorist? Is it good or bad to be a conspiracy theorist?

Here are some definitions, one from Google and the others from me:

  1. conspiracy is a secret plan by a group to do something unlawful or harmful. (Google)
  2. conspiracy theory is any hypothesis or theory which postulates the existence of a conspiracy.
  3. conspiracy theorist is one who studies conspiracy theories and who believes that conspiracies exist.

Do conspiracies exist? Yes. The Holocaust, the mass imprisonment and killing of undesirable people by the Nazis in WWII, is an example of a conspiracy. The Holocaust was a secret operation, but the defeat of the Nazis blew the lid off the secrecy.

If you believe the Holocaust didn’t happen, then you still believe in conspiracies, because you believe there is a massive conspiracy to fabricate the Holocaust.

If you’re not sure whether the Holocaust happened, then you can still see by logic that either the Holocaust happened, or there was a massive conspiracy to fabricate the Holocaust, and therefore one conspiracy or the other happened.

So in any case, you, the reader, believe there has existed at least one massive conspiracy in the history of the world.

“The Holocaust happened” is a conspiracy theory. It’s a theory which postulates a conspiracy. If you’ve studied the Holocaust, then you’ve done conspiracy theory (at least a little bit of it).

In at least a small sense, you, the reader, are a conspiracy theorist. You’re a conspiracy theorist in the sense that you’ve studied and believe in the Holocaust — unless you doubt the official story of the Holocaust, in which case you’re a conspiracy theorist for that.

The only readers who might not be conspiracy theorists are any readers who have never studied the Holocaust. In that case, you’ve taken an interestingly unique path of education, and you should go learn about the Holocaust, because it teaches some important lessons about humanity.

Basically, then, anybody reading this is a conspiracy theorist, at least to a small extent.

Is it good or bad to be a conspiracy theorist?

Studying true conspiracies is good if you believe the truth is generally good for us.

Studying untrue (non-real) conspiracies is basically a waste of time. It can be entertaining and/or a good learning experience. It can also cause a lot of unnecessary fear, anger, and sense of alienation.

Unfortunately, to tell whether a conspiracy theory is true or not, you have to study it.

Most people choose not to gamble their time on learning about conspiracy theories that might or might not be true. However, some conspiracy theories are true. Conspiracies really occur, and they can have major consequences for society and individuals. So it’s important that people are looking into conspiracies.

Being a conspiracy theorist can be good or bad, depending on what kind of impact it has on you and the people around you. Being a conspiracy theorist has good and bad consequences.

Personally, I value learning about conspiracies. I value the truth, and I have taken it upon myself to try to figure out what’s going on, to the extent that my resources and competing priorities allow. I believe that conspiracy theories are important to study if you aspire to some approximation of an accurate big picture of what’s going on on Earth right now. I think there are probably very interesting conspiracies out there whose existence is not accepted by mainstream thinking.