UFO Symposium Mixes It Up Between ET Believers And Skeptics
By Lee Speigel
UFOs and ETs were on tap this weekend at the 42nd annual MUFON Symposium in Irvine, Calif.
The UFO menu at the Hyatt Regency Hotel drew over 400 people who received healthy doses of topics like government conspiracy, religion, remote viewing, secret antigravity propulsion projects, reported encounters with alien beings, time travel, crop circles, life on Mars and a famous astronaut dispelling the idea of extraterrestrial visits to Earth.
“The first 41 symposiums focused on trying to prove to people that UFOs were real, that they did exist and there was physical evidence to support that,” said MUFON board member Jan Harzan.
“What we’ve tried to do this year as a group was to look at this question: We know ETs are out there — we can argue about whether they’re here or not. What will happen when Earth comes in contact with an ET race?” Harzan added.
The overall theme of the other-worldly symposium was “ET Contact: The Implications For Science and Society.” To that end, a roster of speakers offered answers and opinions, sometimes openly disagreeing with each other.
“Disclosure has happened,” said former Army Col. John Alexander (Image right), who spent 25 years using his high security clearance to weave through top levels of the U.S. government and military, searching for signs of a UFO cover-up.
“President Harry S. Truman, on April 4, 1950, said at a press conference, ‘UFOs are real and they’re not from this planet,’” Alexander said. “In the the headlines of April 5, 1950, you don’t even find UFOs mentioned, so the idea that this was going to be a big breaking story just wasn’t true. After that … we’ve had presidents around the world, and any number of governments that have dumped, basically, all of their files. I’m not sure how many times you have to be told this is real before we’re willing to accept that it’s real!”
“I would take issue with that strongly,” nuclear physicist Stanton Friedman quickly countered. (Image left) “Because all the stuff that’s been released so far by all these governments releasing their files is not top secret material. There’s no indication that the top secret code word stuff has been released, and I’ve never been able to find evidence that Truman actually said that — I’ve seen that claim made, but I checked at the Truman library and they have no record of there being a press conference at which he said that.”