In April 1997, Dr. Mitchell participated in the Washington, D.C. UFO briefings organized by Dr. Steven Greer and CSETI. Though he did not claim to have any personal UFO experiences, Mitchell endorsed Greer's efforts to bring UFO information out into the open through Congressional hearings.
Now Edgar Mitchell has again made strong public statements of his belief that UFOs and alien visitation are real and must be taken seriously. His statements came during a panel discussion at the Prophets Conference in Phoenix, Arizona on Saturday, October 11, 1997.
CNI News has not yet acquired an actual transcript of Dr. Mitchell's statements. However, his remarks drew notice in the Associated Press. Following is the AP's brief story, dated October 13, 1997:
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. The purported secret project has been going for decades under a parallel government administration, separate from the president and the highest-ranking members of the Pentagon, Mitchell said.
On Saturday [Oct 11], Mitchell called for congressional hearings on whether the United States has captured alien craft and studied them to produce new technologies.
"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."
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