VIP's and UFO's
Here is a non-exhaustive list of VIP's and celebrities regarding UFO's.
- Dan Ackroyd, well known comedian, producer, screenwriter and musician, is a major proponent and researcher of UFOs. In 2005 he made a documentary called Dan Aykroyd Unplugged on UFOs. He served for several years as the official Hollywood representative of the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON). In 2015, Aykroyd said about his own UFO sightings:
"Two specifically were definitely aerial constructs of some kind. One of them with a light, and one of them dull gray, and they were structures – one of them going very slow, one of them hovering over me."
- Jimmy Carter, ex president of the USA (1977–1981), reported in September 1973 that he saw a UFO, together with about 25 other people at a Lions Club meeting. In his report, he described it as being about the size of the moon.
In a 2005 interview, Carter stated: "... there was a bright light in the sky. We all saw it. And then the light, it got closer and closer to us. And then it stopped, I don't know how far away, but it stopped beyond the pine trees. And all of a sudden it changed color to blue, and then it changed to red, then back to white. And we were trying to figure out what in the world it could be, and then it receded into the distance."
During his 1976 election campaign, Carter told reporters that 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." But once elected, Carter distanced himself from disclosure, citing "defense implications" as being behind his decision.
- Hillary Clinton said that she would look into alleged UFO sightings, if she was elected as president. She also said that she would "get to the bottom" of whether the government has been hiding information on aliens.
- Tom DeLonge left his rock group blink-182 and started the company To The Stars Academy. Luis Elizondo, formerly responsible for the government's AATIP project for the study of UFO's, joined DeLonge's company. Others affiliated with the company:
- Dr. Harold Puthoff, worked for General Electric, Sperry, the National Security Agency, Stanford University and SRI International;
- Jim Semivan, ex CIA;
- Steve Justice, ex Program Director for Advanced Systems from Lockheed Martin Advanced Development Programs, better known as the "Skunk Works";
- Christopher Mellon, ex Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, ex Minority Staff Director of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence;
- Dr. Paul Rapp, professor of Military and Emergency Medicine at the Uniformed Services University and Director of the Traumatic Injury Research Program, professor of Medical and Clinical Psychology;
- Dr. Norm Kahn, consultant on national security for the US Government, more than 30 years with the CIA;
- Dr. Colm Kelleher, biochemist, ex Deputy Director of the National Institute for Discovery Science, the "NIDS";
- Dr. Adele Gilpin, served at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and the Medical College of Pennsylvania.
- Vice Admiral Roscoe Hillenkoetter was the first CIA director. He retired from a distinguished Navy career in 1957 and joined a UFO research group called the National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena (NICAP). Its chief purpose was pressuring the government to disclose what it knew about UFOs. Hillenkoetter went after the intelligence community, writing angry open letters that said things like:
"It is time for the truth to be brought out in open Congressional hearings. Behind the scenes, high-ranking Air Force officers are soberly concerned about the UFOs. But through official secrecy and ridicule, many citizens are led to believe the unknown flying objects are nonsense. To hide the facts, the Air Force has silenced its personnel." (New York Times, February 28, 1960)
- Admiral Lord Peter Hill-Norton, United Kingdom Chief of Defense (1971 - 73), stated:
"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. 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 – and have been visited for many years – by people from outer space, from other civilizations. It behooves us to find out who they are, where they come from, and what they want. This should be the subject of rigorous scientific investigation, and not the subject of rubbishing by tabloid newspapers."
- J. Edgar Hoover, head of the FBI from 1935 to 1972, said of a famous incident when flying saucers were allegedly fired at over Los Angeles in 1942: "We must insist upon full access to disks recovered. For instance, in the LA case the Army grabbed it and would not let us have it for cursory examination."
- John McCain, a leading Republican candidate for President in 2018, said that there are very interesting aspects of the UFO question and he was ready to investigate what he could, after he was elected. But he didn't get elected...
- Reinhold Messner, one of the world's foremost mountaineers, said he watched a UFO "the size of a full moon" for nearly three hours while climbing in the Himalayas. "It was moving very slowly," he said. "It moved eastward and then went again southwest and drifted finally north into Tibet." His climbing partner Doug Scott, a British schoolteacher, also sighted the object, he said, as did a nearby joint Polish-British expedition.
"It could not be a satellite" he said. "The movements of this object were irregular."
- John Podesta, Hillary Clinton's former campaign manager and former Chief of Staff to President Bill Clinton and Obama, has repeatedly said he believes the UFO phenomenon is something very serious and worth investigating. Podesta tweeted "Finally, my biggest failure of 2014: once again not securing the disclosure of the UFO files."
When WikiLeaks published the Hillary Clinton emails, a number of Podesta's mails mentioned aliens and involved contact with believers like Tom DeLonge and astronaut Edgar Mitchell. Podesta began publicly crusading for NASA to release UFO documents. He wrote a foreword to Leslie Kean's best seller UFOs: Generals, Pilots, and Government Officials Go on the Record: "It's time to find out what the truth really is. The American people - and people around the world - want to know, and they can handle the truth."
- Ronald Reagan, ex President of the USA, had two UFO sightings. He recounted his 1974 UFO sighting to Norman Miller, Washington bureau chief for the Wall Street Journal. Reagan was accompanied by pilot Bill Paynter and two security guards.
- Fife Symington, governor of Phoenix Arizona, stated: "I witnessed a massive delta-shaped, craft silently navigate over Squaw Peak, a mountain range in Phoenix, Arizona. It was truly breathtaking." "As a pilot and a former Air Force Officer, I can definitively say that this craft did not resemble any man-made object I'd ever seen. And it was certainly not high-altitude flares because flares don't fly in formation."