Sunday, July 27, 2008

Paging Fox Mulder

And he says extra-terrestrials have visited Earth on several occasions - but the alien contact has been repeatedly covered up by governments for six decades.

Dr Mitchell, 77, said during a radio interview that sources at the space agency who had had contact with aliens described the beings as 'little people who look strange to us.'

He said supposedly real-life ET's were similar to the traditional image of a small frame, large eyes and head.

Chillingly, he claimed our technology is "not nearly as sophisticated" as theirs and "had they been hostile", he warned "we would be been gone by now".

Dr Mitchell, along with with Apollo 14 commander Alan Shepard, holds the record for the longest ever moon walk, at nine hours and 17 minutes following their 1971 mission.

"I happen to have been privileged enough to be in on the fact that we've been visited on this planet and the UFO phenomena is real," Dr Mitchell said.

"It's been well covered up by all our governments for the last 60 years or so, but slowly it's leaked out and some of us have been privileged to have been briefed on some of it.

"I've been in military and intelligence circles, who know that beneath the surface of what has been public knowledge, yes - we have been visited. Reading the papers recently, it's been happening quite a bit."

Dr Mitchell, who has a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautical engineering and a Doctor of Science degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics claimed Roswell was real and similar alien visits continue to be investigated.

He told the astonished Kerrang! radio host Nick Margerrison: "This is really starting to open up. I think we're headed for real disclosure and some serious organisations are moving in that direction."

Mr Margerrison said: "I thought I'd stumbled on some sort of astronaut humour but he was absolutely serious that aliens are definitely out there and there's no debating it."

Officials from NASA, however, were quick to play the comments down.

In a statement, a spokesman said: "NASA does not track UFOs. NASA is not involved in any sort of cover up about alien life on this planet or anywhere in the universe.

'Dr Mitchell is a great American, but we do not share his opinions on this issue.'

Mitchell isn't the first person to have formerly held a responsible position with the government to come out with a pronouncement like this. Remember Air Force officer Jesse Marcel who made a great many ridiculous statements about the so-called Roswell incident late in his life? He was a man who served honorably in Air Force intelligence yet saw fit to throw his reputation away by feeding the alien visitation mythology.

As for Mitchell none of this is new for him. He has been saying for years that the government has been covering up alien encounters and that scientists are studying the bodies of aliens which were recovered from crashed UFO's. Even while he was in the space program he had an interest in paranormal phenomena and conducted ESP experiments while in space (trying to make psychic contact with friends on earth). Mitchell claims that the was healed of kidney cancer by a psychic healer.

What motivates men like Edgar Mitchell and Jesse Marcel? Perhaps in Marcel's case it was a desire to cash in financially so that he would have something to leave his family. And Mitchell? Frankly he just comes across as a crank. Yes he was an astronaut and he has a very good education in the hard sciences but that's no protection against having a screw loose.