Las Vegas SUN
October 13, 1997
ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOENIX (AP) -- Former astronaut Edgar Mitchell is among those who believe aliens have crash-landed on Earth.
Mitchell, who in 1971 became the sixth man to walk on the moon, wants congressional hearings into what he calls a secret U.S. government that knows all about it.
He believes some military and other planes use technology derived from alien spacecraft that have been captured and dissected.
"When I went to the moon 26 years ago, it was conventional wisdom, religiously and philosophically, that we were still the biological center of the universe," Mitchell told a spiritual gathering called the Prophets Conference on Saturday. "Few, if any, thinking, knowledgeable people accept that theory anymore."
Excerpts of Edgar Mitchell's speech:
I'd like to add a bit to what Steven [note: the scammy Dr. Steven Greer] had to say. It was a marvelous report, but what I'd like to add to it is that in our briefing of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Intelligence Group, it became very clear to us that they were naive. They did not really know any more about this effort than we do, if as much. That is because, as Bob Dean pointed out earlier, most of the people in government were not in government when I retired twenty five years ago, they are younger people. The files going back fifty years just no longer exist. They've either been purged, compromised or whatever. They don't exist. So when we blame government for not being forthright, they really don't have anything to be forthright about, at least at that level. Now, somewhere there's knowledgeable people, and Steven has ferreted out quite a few of them. And in my own efforts in talking with these folks, and talking with government, the question often comes up as to how they could have kept this a secret for so long. And friends they haven't. It's been around us all the time, but it has been denied, and obscured.
I often like to state the condition, the story, the myth if you will, about Columbus coming here and some of the Indians not seeing the ships simply because it was not in their collective consciousness and their repertoire, they at least didn't want to see them. Much of what we're seeing now is what many people don't want to see either. There's been a massive effort at creating that, of denying the obvious, of saying that you're not seeing what's sitting right in front of you right now, thus causing doubt in your own mind. It's amazingly effective. So, documentation and evidence, that is probably the smoking gun type of evidence, has been totally compromised by saying that it's simply not true. So it is not true that they (government) have kept the secret. They haven't kept the secret, but it has been totally compromised by misinformation and disinformation.
Now for my own experience, I have had no first hand experience like so many of you. I have not encountered a UFO, and we did not have them trailing, us as far as we know, going to the moon. We didn't meet anyone on the moon. We did it just like we said we did. For the last twenty-five years we have dealt with the issue of, on one hand, the flat-earthers who said, 'you didn't go anywhere, it was all filmed out here in the desert,' and on the other hand, another fringe that said, 'yes you have been there, but you were followed. You were in contact with UFOs. There were beings on the moon that you met and had contact with.' Well, that's not true either. So, we have walked between these two extremes of misinformation, disinformation and pure ignorance. We did what we said we did, and I want to assure you, from that period up until the current time, NASA was one of the organizations ignorant of this type of activity. And the prevailing wisdom in NASA (at-the-time) was that we didn't even think about it. It was a ridiculous idea that we would encounter beings on the moon.
However, in the last twenty-five years since that time, I became quite knowledgeable and became friends with Allan Hynek. I know and work with Jacques Vallee consistently now, and I have known the gentlemen on this stage, Bob Dean and Steven Greer for a few years. For me with all the evidence, it's not a matter of believing, it's a matter of the preponderance of evidence, and the evidence keeps building. The sightings keep happening. So it is clear that if they are ET, and I will question some of the sightings as to if they are ET, they are making their presence known. I also think that the prevalence in the modern era of so many events - the sightings, the continual mutilation events, the so-called abduction events - that we are looking at likely reversed engineered technology in the hands of humans that are not under government control or any type of high level control. I find that quite alarming.
With regard to the technology itself, I work with folks who do know what is in our technological data base and what is available to modern armies. The so-called ET technology, the ability to have silent engines and flying machines that make no sound, flying machines that have the characteristics that are consistent with reproduction of UFO sightings, are not in any nations arsenal, but they do exist. So if there are back engineered technologies existing, they are probably in the hands of this group of individuals, formerly government, formerly perhaps intelligence, formerly, under private sector control with some sort of oversight by military or by government. But this (oversight) is likely no longer the case as a result of this access denied category that is now operating. I call it a clandestine group. The technology is not in our military arsenals anywhere in the world, but it does exist, and to me that's quite disconcerting.
I do work with a number of groups. We do know about some of the things that the technologies are used for, and I want to assure you that these technologies are not that far beyond our current state of knowledge. Now understanding it scientifically, understanding how it can be, is a long way from having a fully developed usable technology. But if in our knowledge we can understand how it has to be in order to create that technology, we're not that far away. So I want to assure you that we're not talking about technologies that are so farfetched that we can't understand them. They're just beyond the technological horizon.
I want to tell you that it doesn't appear we need to be using ultra-dimensions and wormholes, etc., for this. It looks like our three dimensional or four dimensional space-time universe is about what it appears to be, and that we can operate within that space-time universe with these types of technologies. We have tended, like the ancients of old, to have invented myths about too many dimensions and time travel, wormhole travel, etc., and it doesn't look like that's necessary to explain what we're seeing.