September 27th, 2010
11:08 PM ET

UFOs eyed nukes, ex-Air Force personnel say

Seven former U.S. Air Force personnel gathered in Washington Monday to recount UFO sightings over nuclear weapons facilities in decades past – accounts that a UFO researcher says show extraterrestrial beings are interested in the world’s nuclear arms race and may be sending humans a message.

At a news conference at the National Press Club, the six former officers and one ex-enlisted man recalled either personal sightings or reports from subordinates and others of UFOs hovering over nuclear missile silos or nuclear weapons storage areas in the 1960s, '70s and '80s.

Three of the former Air Force officers – though they hadn’t seen the UFOs themselves - told reporters that UFOs hovering over silos around Montana’s Malmstrom Air Force Base in 1967 appeared to have temporarily deactivated some of the nuclear missiles.

Much of the testimony already has appeared in books, websites and elsewhere. But UFO researcher and author Robert Hastings, who organized the news conference, said the time has come for the U.S. government to acknowledge the UFO visits.

“I believe - these gentlemen believe - that this planet is being visited by beings from another world, who for whatever reason have taken an interest in the nuclear arms race which began at the end of World War II,” said Hastings, who added that more than 120 former military personnel have told him about UFOs visiting nuclear sites.

“Regarding the missile shutdown incidents, my opinion … is that whoever are aboard these craft are sending a signal to both Washington and Moscow, among others, that we are playing with fire – that the possession and threatened use of nuclear weapons potentially threatens the human race and the integrity of the planetary environment,” he said.

Former Air Force Capt. Robert Salas – who has written a book about the Montana incidents – said he was underground when a UFO hovered over his missile silo in March 1967, and therefore couldn’t see it. He said one of his guards above ground told him a red, glowing object about 30 feet in diameter was hovering just above the front gate of the facility, in an isolated area far from Malmstrom.

“And just as I [called my commander], our missiles began going into what’s called a no-go condition, or unlaunchable. Essentially, they were disabled while this object was still hovering over out site,” Salas said.

Salas and others said the military urged them at the time not to talk about the incidents.

Retired Col. Charles Halt recalled seeing UFOs over the woods near Royal Air Force Stations Bentwaters and Woodbridge in eastern England in December 1980. He and security personnel were investigating reports of strange lights just outside one of the bases.

“All through the forest was a bright glowing object,” he said Monday. “The best way I can describe it, it looked like an eye – with bright red, with a dark center. It appeared to be winking. It was shedding something like molten metal, was dripping off it.

“It silently moved through the trees, avoiding any contact, it bobbed up and down, and at one point it actually approached us. We tried to get closer. It receded out into the field, beyond the forest, and silently exploded into five white objects – gone. So we went out into the field looking for any evidence, because something had been apparently falling off it – and we find nothing,” he said.

He recalled subsequently seeing other objects in the sky, including one that stopped about 3,000 feet overhead and “sent down a concentrated beam at our feet.” No one was harmed.

“The best way I can equate it is sort of a laser beam. We stood there in awe. Was this a warning? Was this an attempt to communicate? Was this a weapon? Or just a probe?” he said.

At about the same time, he was hearing radio reports from base personnel that beams from some of the objects were “falling into or near the weapons storage area.”

In a staff meeting later, a general decided “it happened off base, so it’s a British affair,” Halt recalled. “In other words, they were loathe to get involved.”

The Air Force investigated UFOs from 1948 to 1969 under a program eventually called Project Blue Book. The service, on its website, says the project concluded that “no UFO reported, investigated, and evaluated by the Air Force has ever given any indication of threat to our national security.” It also says there has been "no evidence that sightings categorized as 'unidentified' are extraterrestrial vehicles."

Salas said the UFO phenomenon “is real, not imaginary.”

“There is current excessive secrecy in our government surrounding this phenomenon,” he said.

A reporter asked how many of the former military personnel subscribed to Hastings’ theory that the message of extraterrestrials is that humans should get rid of nuclear weapons, and how many of them believed that we should get rid of nukes. Of the seven, it appeared that only Salas raised his hand.

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  1. Doug

    My republican friends are having a hayday with this...They are now saying " President Barrack Obama is not a Muslim but a Extraterrestrial ".

    October 1, 2010 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Ben

      ...they are wasting your precious time...avoid them like the plague.

      October 1, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. dufus

    Apparently the CIA had the best hallucinogens.

    October 1, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ben

      You dufus are a fool or a very good troll. Either way, you represent the worst of humaity and ignorance. You are akin to those stating that world is flat and would burn those at the stake for stating otherwise. You represent regression and the dumbing down of the public at large. You Dufus are exactly what the definition states: doofus |ˈdoōfəs| (also dufus)
      noun ( pl. doofuses) informal
      a stupid person.
      ORIGIN 1960s: perhaps an alteration of goofus , or from Scots doof [dolt.]
      variant spelling of doofus .

      October 1, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. dufus

    I mean seriously. It's pretty sad these folks were being experimented on without knowing it and think they actually saw this stuff.

    October 1, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Annie

    My late father was a Colonel in the Air Force stationed at Bowling AFB, in the 50s and 60s their was a great deal of activity that from his standpoint was questionable as to how the US intellengence agencies were disputing citizens on what they were seeing. Today, we know about project BLUE BOOK. UFO sightings and reports continue to be released and or leaked to the global press. I t hink its time that the USA come clean, so that all of us on a global network can address the issues responsiblity and with out fear. I would rather be proactive then reactive.

    October 1, 2010 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ben

    I have been studying this phenomena for over 20 years now and what I find disheartening and sad is that disclosure has been discussed on several occasions where it has been said that we are just on the threshold of "The Event", only to be discouraged by the abject silence and avoidance of the issue at hand by those in possession of "The Information". Plausible denial, avoidance and ridicule has been the standard modus operandi for decades and I am afraid this will never change on the part of the powers that be. There have been several major countries that have come forth and opened their Top Secret files on Unidentified Flying Objects, such as Chile, the UK, France, Brazil etc. Perhaps their actions will assist in prying open the door to this enigma.

    October 1, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Sourwood

    To the Comedian:
    As a slightly thick hillbilly I recall seeing my one sighting of a UFO. Then you hear of other sightings in other similar surroundings and they match yours. If you see one you do not have doubts, you know. And to answer other questions, I was not using wacky weed, radiator juice, was not with my sister, have an IQ over the number of fingers and toes I have,(I think) or any of the other hillbilly euphemisms.

    October 1, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Andrew

    They are here and everybody needs to get used to it. Cnn you need to report more on these kinds of stories. The public has been left in the dark for too long on this issue. Shame to all who think anybody who believes in et visitation is crazy. Granted there are a lot of new age alien follower nut cases out there but there are also respected scientists and researchers they are just harder to come by. The idea that they are here is not that hard to believe. Think what we will be capable of in 100 years, 1000 years a million years! Don't you think we would be traveling the stars with relative ease?

    October 1, 2010 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  8. D Frank

    If the ETs are here and I concede its likely, whatever they are up to may not have anything to do with us. I might something that our nukes would interfere with though – research? They probably find humans disgusting. If knew as much about them as they know about us I might be disgusted with both species. But no one's ask me to take sides...yet.

    October 1, 2010 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  9. rez

    The Truth is Out there

    October 3, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  10. rez

    October 3, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • alumette

      That is what politicians do . They lie, cheat, cover-up and pray they will get re-elected. UFO's have been around for a very long time. They are watching us and essentially making sure we do not blow ourselves up. Roswell was the biggest cover-up but some people have made statements since they have nothing to fear after all these years. Maybe someday we will have governments that will be open and honest about what they know instead of covering it up and making us look insane. Newsflash ! politicians are liars.

      October 27, 2010 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  11. rez

    Take the time to be open minded & give yourself a chance to realize how significant this phenomenon is. Also, check out the conclusions of the French Government's extensive research into the subject called "The Cometa Report." After extensive & unbiased research, they have concluded that 5 percent of UFO sightings are indeed extraterrestrial & that's a huge statement coming from any government.

    October 3, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • alumette

      The French are more open. The population does not like to be lied to. They strike.

      October 27, 2010 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Tommy

    All truth passes through three stages.
    First, it is ridiculed.
    Second, it is violently opposed.
    Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.

    October 3, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Sam

    One of the technologies owned by the Subterranean based Greys is a wireless Matrix-like gadget where instead of wires being put into your head (like in the movie Matrix). The Greys just use a "ball of light" which can interface to your brain and can cause you to experience virtual reality much like Matrix where they can put any contents they want. Many contactees who were "taken" on rides to another planet are just having wireless Matrix-like gadgets deployed. One of their favorites is taking you on joyride to other planets to hide the fact that they are not aliens but ultraterrestrials who have lived with us for a long time and they want masses to believe they are aliens and the professionals to discredit the masses, etc.

    October 3, 2010 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • alumette

      I hear there is one in Albuquerke and several others around the world. I can't remember how to spell that city.

      October 27, 2010 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
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      March 14, 2012 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  14. juan

    Do you believe Dr. David Jacobs account above that the grey Hybrids are now fully grown and walking with abductees to groceries and department stores in full daylight for example to teach the Hybrids how to behave in public, etc.? If true, the Hybrids have so low Emotional Intelligence and they shouldn't be tasked to fly the advanced ships. I think we humans must act on this matter urgent. Pls. comment when you have read Jacobs article above so you know what I"m talking about.

    October 4, 2010 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  15. featherzzzzz

    Ahh, yes, we are the center of the universe and there is no one out there. Is that believable? My take on things is that this earth is shared with many beings, visible and not. When we are setting up to blast holes in the earth with nukes, we are saying that someone better over see our childish creations!

    October 6, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
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