[Dr. Edgar Mitchell, Apollo 14 astronaut and the sixth man to walk on the moon in 1971, spoke in October, 1997 at the Prophets Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. Brief excerpts from his remarks on UFO secrecy were widely reported by the Associated Press at that time. Now, thanks to the organizers of the Prophets Conference (email@example.com), here is the full text of Dr. Mitchell's remarks (slightly edited) from a panel discussion following a presentation by Dr. Steven Greer.
Edgar Mitchell holds a Doctor of Science in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and honorary doctorates in engineering from New Mexico State University, the University of Akron and Carnegie Mellon. He has been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the USN Distinguished Service Medal, and the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, among other honors. After retiring from NASA and the Navy, Dr. Mitchell founded the Institute of Noetic Sciences in California.
As such, he is one of the most distinguished Americans ever to assert the reality of UFO phenomena and call for an end to official secrecy on UFOs.
For more information on the Prophets Conference, visit their web site at http://www.aloha.net/~axiom/]
Edgar Mitchell's remarks follow:
"I'd like to add a bit to what [Dr. Steven Greer] had to say. What I'd like to add is that in our briefing of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Intelligence Group [presumably April 1997], 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 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 [Greer] has ferreted out quite a few of them. In my own efforts, 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. 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 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 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 -- probably smoking gun type evidence -- has been totally compromised by saying that it's simply not true.
"So, they [government officials] haven't kept the secret, but it has been totally compromised by misinformation and disinformation.
"I have had no first-hand experience. 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 25 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 25 years since that time, I became quite knowledgeable and became friends with [astronomer and UFO researcher] Allen Hynek. I know and work with [UFO researcher] Jacques Vallee consistently now, and I have known 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, they are making their presence known. I also think that, [with] the prevalence in the modern era of so many events -- the sightings, the continual mutilation events, the so-called abduction events -- we are looking at likely reverse 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 characteristics consistent with reproduction of UFO sightings, are not in any nation's arsenal -- but they do exist.
"So, if there are back engineered technologies, they are probably in the hands of [a] 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. I call it a clandestine group. 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 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."
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