The UFO-alien debate recently generated bouts of controversy when whistleblower Edward Snowden claimed to be in possession of specific documents capable of proving the reality of alien life.
Regardless of the motives and speculations behind the fake UFO images released by the former National Security Agency contractor, the existence of aliens remained a heated internet topic this month.
In a guest appearance on the Jimmy Kimmel show last week, former President Bill Clinton said he “wouldn’t be surprised” if the Earth was visited by aliens.
“We know that there are billions of stars and planets literally out there — and the universe is getting bigger. We know from our fancy telescopes that just in the last two years more than 20 planets have been identified outside our solar system that seem to be far enough away from their suns — and dense enough — that they might be able to support some form of life,” he added.
It is not the first time that Clinton has made comments of that nature.
“I got a letter from 13-year-old Ryan from Belfast. Now, Ryan, if you’re out in the crowd tonight, here’s the answer to your question. No, as far as I know, an alien spacecraft did not crash in Roswell, New Mexico, in 1947. And, Ryan, if the United States Air Force did recover alien bodies, they didn’t tell me about it, either, and I want to know,” he said in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in 1995.
“Well, I don’t know if you all remember this, but there was actually, when I was president in my second term, there was an anniversary observance of Roswell. You remember that? People came to Roswell, New Mexico, from all over the world. And there is also a site in Nevada where people were convinced that the government had buried a UFO and perhaps an alien deep underground, because we wouldn’t allow anybody to go there. I can say now, because it has now been released into the public domain, I actually had so many people in my own administration convinced that Roswell was a fraud, but this place in Nevada was really serious, there was an alien artifact there. So I actually sent someone there to figure it out, and it was actually just a secret defense installation, alas, doing boring work that we just didn’t want anybody else to see,” he told the moderator in a Q-and-A session in Hong Kong for CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets in 2005.
But Clinton is not the first prominent figure to talk about the possibility of the existence of aliens.
Jimmy Carter brought a new hope to UFO enthusiasts in the 1970s when he claimed to have seen a UFO himself. “I don’t laugh at people any more when they say they’ve seen UFOs. I’ve seen one myself.”
Just like Carter, Ronald Reagan claimed to have seen a UFO too. “I looked out the window and saw this white light. It was zigzagging around. I went up to the pilot and said, ‘Have you ever seen anything like that?’ He was shocked and he said, ‘nope.’ And I said to him: ‘Let’s follow it!’ We followed it for several minutes. It was a bright white light. We followed it to Bakersfield, and all of a sudden to our utter amazement it went straight up into the heavens. When I got off the plane I told Nancy all about it.”
Well known to UFO researchers is the famous “Alien speech” he gave to the United Nations in the 1980s. “And more secure for you and your children. I couldn’t help with one point in our discussions privately with general secretary Gorbichov when you stop to think that were all gods children where ever we may live in the world I couldn’t help but say to him just think how easy his task in mind might be in these meetings that we held if suddenly there was a threat to this world from some other species from another planet outside in the universe. Wed forget all the little differences we have between our countries and we would find out once and for all that we really are all human beings here on this Earth together.”
Also in the 1980s, ex leader of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev surprised many of his devout followers when he said that the “phenomenon of UFOs does exist, and it must be treated seriously.”
In 2009, deputy director of the Space Research Institute of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences Lachezar Filipov admitted to being studying crop circles and that they were already in contact with the mysterious beings. “Aliens are currently all around us, and are watching us all the time,” he said. “They are not hostile towards us, rather, they want to help us but we have not grown enough in order to establish direct contact with them.” If this statement is correct, we could be looking at a new type of cryptids worth studying by cryptozoologists.
General Douglas MacArthur warned in 1955 about a coming interplanetary war where “the nations of the earth must someday make a common front against attack by people from other planets”.
Former NASA astronaut Edgar Mitchell said in 2009 that aliens were real. The claims became even stranger when he suggested that the government was hiding the evidence. “We are being visited,” he said. “It is now time to put away this embargo of truth about the alien presence. I call upon our government to open up and become a part of this planetary community that is now trying to take our proper role as a space faring civilization.”
Perhaps more shocking were professor Stephen Hawking speculations made in 2010, warning there could be a hostile alien invasion of the planet Earth. “To my mathematical brain, the numbers alone make thinking about aliens perfectly rational. The real challenge is to work out what aliens might actually be like. We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn’t want to meet. I imagine they might exist in massive ships, having used up all the resources from their home planet. Such advanced aliens would perhaps become nomads, looking to conquer and colonize whatever planets they can reach.”
It appears that, according to the words of some of the most influential minds of the past two centuries, we should be expecting an alien visitation in the near future. Or as Clinton told Kimmel, “if we were visited some day, I wouldn’t be surprised”.
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