"My intentions are, ah, to go to King Island. Ah, Melbourne, that strange aircraft is hovering on top of me again. (Two seconds of open microphone) It is hovering and it's not an aircraft..."
Final words of Cessna pilot Frederick Valentich to Air Traffic Control, Melbourne, 7:12pm, 21 October 1978.
"An outstanding report. This case is a classic which meets all the criteria necessary for a valid study of the UFO phenomenon: a) the object was seen by multiple witnesses from different locations ... and viewpoints. b) the credibility of many of the witnesses was high (an Air Force General, qualified air crews, and experienced radar operators). c) visual sightings were confirmed by radar. d) similar electromagnetic effects (EME) were reported by three separate aircraft. e) there were physiological effects on some crew members (i.e. loss of night vision due to the brightness of the object). f) an inordinate amount of maneuverability was displayed by the UFOs."
Unknown author, summary from U.S. Defence Intelligence Agency report of the Tehran incident, 1976.
"The US Government hasn't maintained secrecy regarding UFOs - it's been leaking out all over the place.
But the way it's been handled is by denial, by denying the truth of the documents that have leaked. By attempting to show them as fraudulent, as bogus of some sort. There has been a very large disinformation and misinformation effort around this whole area. And one must wonder, how better to hide something out in the open than just to say, 'It isn't there. You're deceiving yourself if you think this is true.' And yet, there it is right in front of you.
So it's a disinformation effort that's concerning here, not the fact that they have kept the secret. They haven't kept it. It's been getting out into the public for fifty years or more."
Dr Edgar Mitchell, NASA Astronaut, Apollo 14
"2. It is the opinion that:
a. The phenomenon reported is something real and not visionary or fictitious.
b. There are objects probably approximating the shape of a disc, of such appreciable size as to appear to be as large as man-made aircraft."
"Flying Disc" memo signed by Lt. General Nathan F. Twining and sent to Brig. General George Schulgen, 23September 1947.
"I'm a little bit apologetic about this because obviously, when I was in MoD, I had to play this game myself. To really achieve our policy of downplaying the UFO phenomenon, we would use a combination of 'spin and dirty tricks.' We used terms like UFO buffs and UFO spotters - terms that mean these people are nut jobs. In other words, we were implying that this is just a very somewhat quaint hobby that people have as opposed to a serious research interest. Another trick would be deliberately using phrases like 'little green men.' We were trying to do two things: either to kill any media story on the subject, or if a media story ran, insure that it ran in such a way that it would make the subject seem ridiculous and that it would make people who were interested in this seem ridiculous."
Nick Pope, ex-MoD Sec (AS) 2a, quoted in the Huffington Post August 2011
"The Air Force has arrived at the conclusion that a certain number of anomalous phenomena has been produced in Belgian airspace. The numerous testimonies of ground observations reinforced by the reports of the night March 30-31 (1990) have led us to face the hypothesis that a certain number of unauthorised aerial activities have taken place. The day will undoubtedly come when the phenomenon will be observed with the technological means of detection and collection that won't leave a single doubt about its origin. This should lift a part of the veil that has covered the mystery for a long time; a mystery that continues to be present. But it exists, it is real, and that in itself is an important conclusion."
Colonel Wilfred De Brouwer, Chief of Operations, Belgian Air Force, 1990.
"As I was getting closer, I noticed that my radar was basically so strong that I could see all the lights that were coming on. He had decided to get the hell out of there, at something like Mach 10. It was beyond anything I could measure. He left me standing there. And this happened in maybe one or two seconds... There was nothing I could do, that was it."
USAF pilot (retired) Dr. Milton Torres, speaking about his encounter. Interview by Paola Harris, "Exopolitics: Stargate to a New Reality".
"The simple truth is this: if there is a form of life and consciousness that operates on properties of space-time we have not yet discovered, then it does not have to be extra-terrestrial. It could come from any place and any time, even from our own environment. It could certainly come from another solar system in our galaxy, or from another galaxy. But it could also coexist with us and remain undetected. The entities could be multi-dimensional beyond space-time itself. They could even be fractal beings. The Earth could be their home port."
Dr. Jacque Vallee, extract from "Revelations", published 1991.
"For the government to continue to maintain that UFOs are non-existent in the face of the documents already released and of other cogent evidence... is puerile and in a sense an insult to the American people."
Dr Josef Allen Hynek, from his foreword to 'The UFO Cover Up', Fawcett and Greenwood, 1984.
"...by the early 1990s, a variant twist to the UFO phenomenon must be considered. A deep-black program could well have existed, operating beyond the boundaries of the open legal system, possibly beyond the boundaries of the standard military system, working for unknown superiors, which used extraordinary means and technology to take humans for testing and interrogation. If we also consider the possibility of covert breakthroughs in propulsion technology and the 'off the grid' nature of the deep-black world itself, we come to the possibility that we are dealing with, in effect, a 'breakaway civilization.' One with loose connections at various points to the open civilization of humanity, but with great independence, secrecy, and a monopoly of certain key scientific secrets."
Richard Dolan, UFO Historian, "The Cover-Up Exposed, 1973-1991".
"I made discreet enquiries through the Canadian Embassy staff in Washington who were able to obtain for me the following information:
1) The matter (UFOs) is the most highly classified subject in the United States government, rating higher even than the H-bomb.
2) Flying saucers exist.
3) Their modus operandi is unknown, but concentrated effort is being made by a small group headed by Dr. Vannevar Bush.
4) The entire matter is considered by US authorities to be of tremendous significance."
Senior Radio Engineer Wilbert B. Smith, Canadian Department of Transport memo, 21 November 1950. Memo previously classified Top Secret.
"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."
Professor Hermann Oberth, The American Weekly, Oct 1954.
"If it is true that the American Air Force or the government withholds telling facts, then one can only say that this is the most unpsychological and stupid policy one could invent. Nothing helps rumours and panics more than ignorance. It is self-evident that the public ought to be told the truth."
Dr C. G. Jung, in a letter to NICAP Director, Major Donald E. Keyhoe
"I strongly recommend that there be a committee investigation of the UFO phenomena. I think we owe it to the people to establish credibility regarding UFOs and to produce the greatest possible enlightenment on this subject."
Former US President Gerald Ford
"Look, I have a pension to worry about. I have a family to take care of, and they told me to just back away from this entirely or else."
Astronaut James Irwin, Apollo 15
"More than 10,000 sightings have been reported, the majority of which cannot be accounted for by any scientific explanation, e.g. that they are hallucinations, the effects of light refraction, meteors, wheels falling from aeroplanes, and the like... They have been tracked on radar screens... and the observed speeds have been as great as 9,000 miles an hour... 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... I think that we must resist the tendency to assume that they all come from the same planet, or that they are actuated by similar motives."
Lord Hugh Dowding, Air Chief Marshal of the Royal Air Force Fighter Command during WWII, speaking in the Sunday Dispatch newspaper, July 1954.
"The evidence that has now been obtained by the major powers is so valid and it has such devastating implications for future military systems that the decision has been made to keep it under lock and key, and to entrust its study only to highly specialized teams with selected, compartmented access. In my opinion, the work of these teams is doomed to failure, as it has been since 1953, in spite of all the resources behind it and in spite of the absurd disinformation operation that surrounds it to keep it secure."
Jacques Vallee, extract from 'Confrontations'
"I have frequently been asked why a person of my background, a former Chief of the Defense Staff, a former Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, why I think there is a cover-up of the facts about UFOs. I believe governments fear that if they did disclose those facts, people would panic. I don't believe that at all. There is a serious possibility that we are being visited by people from outer space. It behooves us to find out who they are, where they come from, and what they want."
Admiral Lord Hill-Norton, Chief of Defense Staff, Ministry of Defense, Great Britain, 1973; Chairman, Military Committee of NATO, 1974-77
"Skeptics, who flatly deny the existence of any unexplained phenomenon in the name of 'rationalism,' are among the primary contributors to the rejection of science by the public. People are not stupid and they know very well when they have seen something out of the ordinary. When a so-called 'expert' tells them the object must have been the moon or a mirage, he is really teaching the public that science is impotent or unwilling to pursue the study of the unknown."
Dr Jacques Vallee, Astrophysicist, UFO Researcher.
"Unknown objects are operating under intelligent control... It is imperative that we learn where UFOs come from and what their purpose is."
Admiral Roscoe Hillenkoetter, first Director of the CIA (1947-1950)
"a. That the national security agencies take immediate steps to strip the Unidentified Flying Objects of the special status they have been given and the aura of mystery they have unfortunately acquired;"
Recommendation from 'The Durant Report', produced by the Robertson panel, 1953.
"What is actually known about UFOs is that we have no idea what they are, including whether they are alien; far from proving UFO skepticism, science proves its ignorance. With so little science on either side, therefore, the UFO controversy has been essentially theological, pitting ET believers against unbelievers. In this fight, the unbelievers have secured the authority of science, giving them decisive advantage. Their views are taken as fact, while those of believers and agnostics are dismissed as irrational belief. Since science does not actually justify rejecting the Extra-Terrestrial Hypothesis, why would unbelief be so hegemonic?"
Alexander Wendt and Raymond Duvall, "Sovereignty and the UFO"
"In the broadest sense, alien technology would betray itself through some sort of anomaly, something that 'looks fishy' - out of place or out of context. It might be small, perhaps only a minor perturbation, easily overlooked, but bearing a distinctive hallmark of artificiality. As we don't quite know what it will be, it pays to be as open-minded and imaginative as possible."
Paul Davies, Professor at Arizona State University, "The Eerie Silence".
"There is no doubt that Lonnie Zamora saw an object which left quite an impression on him. There is also no question about Zamora's reliability. He is a serious officer, a pillar of his church, and a man well versed in recognizing airborne vehicles in his area. He is puzzled by what he saw, and frankly, so are we. This is the best-documented case on record and still we have been unable, in spite of thorough investigation, to find the vehicle or other stimulus that scared Zamora almost to the point of panic."
Hector Quintanella, Jr., Head of Project Blue Book 1963-1970. Extract from his classified article "The Investigation of UFOs", commenting on the close encounter experienced by New Mexico policeman Lonnie Zamora.
"Personally I don't believe that "it can't be." I wouldn't class myself as a "believer", exactly, beause I have seen too many UFO reports that first appeared to be unexplainable fall to pieces when they were thoroughly investigated. But every time I begin to get skeptical I think of the other reports, the many reports made by experienced pilots and radar operators, scientists, and other people who know what they're looking at. These reports were thoroughly investigated and they are still unknowns. Of these reports the radar-visual sightings are the most convincing...We have no aircraft on this earth that can at will so handily outdistance our latest jets."
USAF Captain Edward J. Ruppelt, Head of project Blue Book 1951-1953. Extract from "The Report on Unidentified Flying Objects", 1956 edition.
"I have no idea there is intelligent life out there and no idea whether any of the sightings which have taken place or
whether any incidents which have taken place have any basis in truth.
I do believe in freedom of information and openness and this question has been asked from time to time and I think we should be as open and clear as possible.
What has tended to happen when people have looked at the Roswell incident, or when people have looked at pictures, is a rational explanation tends to be produced to try and show what has happened is not what those who believe in UFOs suggest.
But I think we should be a open as possible, so I would be quite happy to give you a guarantee that if I became prime minister I would always be entirely open and frank about these things.
I don't think any of us have any clue whether there's intelligent life out there and it is certainly not something that any Government should seek to hide from anyone."
Prime Minister David Cameron, responding to a Disclosure question during a 'Cameron Direct' session, January 2009.
"I did attempt to find out if there were any secret government documents that revealed things. If there were, they were concealed from me too. And if there were, well I wouldn't be the first American president that underlings have lied to, or that career bureaucrats have waited out. But there may be some career person sitting around somewhere, hiding these dark secrets, even from elected presidents. But if so, they successfully eluded me and I'm almost embarrassed to tell you I did try to find out."
Bill Clinton, September 2005 to CLSA (Credit Lyonnais Securities Asia) group, Hong Kong.