Stanton Friedman has investigated UFOs for over fifty years, searching for scientific proof of their existence. He’s a retired nuclear physicist who has worked on highly classified projects involving fusion and fission rockets and nuclear aircraft for state-of-the-art companies including General Electric, Westinghouse, McDonnell Douglas, General Motors and Aerojet General Nucleonics.
In 1958, he became interested in UFOs and began doing research.
Since 1967, Friedman has been giving lectures — he has lectured at over seven hundred colleges and professional organizations in all 50 states and abroad — about extraterrestrial spacecraft. He calls the cover ups a “cosmic Watergate.”
Physicist Researches Roswell 1947 UFO Episode
In July, an unknown object crashed into a field near the town that, according to the initial official report, was a flying saucer. The US Air Force quickly changed the story, claiming it was a weather balloon.
Three decades after the Roswell incident, Friedman met with key military personnel who were involved in the investigation. He was told about witnesses who saw the object crash and he learned that pieces of an unknown metal and bodies were recovered. He is now convinced there was a Roswell cover up.
Physicist Blasts SETI Institute’s Handling of UFO Incidents
Friedman is angered by the attitude of scientists who use radio and optical telescopes to search for extraterrestrial existence, including people at the SETI Institute in California.
SETI is an acronym for Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence. The private nonprofit organization’s members claim their purpose is to scientifically discover the beginning, character and frequency of life in the universe.
Friedman is disturbed by the fact that they don’t reference any evidence to support the existence of UFOs.
UFO Incidents were Covered Up According to Physicist
Friedman is convinced that the government has known about UFOs since 1947. He believes that some are spacecrafts piloted by intelligent extraterrestrials and there has been an extensive government cover up, although a few select officials are privy to top secret UFO information.
Friedman cites two similar cases and the debunkers’ explanation. In 1958, the crew and scientists aboard the Brazilian ship Almirante Saldanha saw and photographed a Saturn-shaped object that approached land and made a steep turn before rapidly flying away.
At the time, Brazil’s President Juscelino Kubitschek confirmed the authenticity of the photographs. A 747 over Alaska encountered an object twice the size of an aircraft carrier that circled the jet.
Both the UFO and the 747 were picked up by radar. The debunkers claimed the radar detected the planet Jupiter!
Physicist’s Thoughts about the Government’s Cover Up
Other scientists have suggested earth has been visited by extraterrestrials. Friedman is the most vociferous. Why would the government cover up UFO incidents when there is evidence, primarily witnesses and photographs, that they exist?
During Project Blue Book’s era, the time of the Cold War, the reason for cover ups was national security. This entity was the branch of the USAF that investigated UFOs.
Government officials thought that knowledge of UFOs’ existence and extraterrestrials would cause people to panic like they did during Orson Wells’ 1938 broadcast of War of the Worlds about a fictional Martian attack.
People thought the invasion was real because there were simulated news bulletins. Friedman believes this has changed and that, from a national security perspective, some people would want to capture a UFO, find out how it works and use it against the enemy. How does one acquire a UFO? His answer was to wait until one crashes.
Government Still Covers Up UFO Incidents
In 1965, a UFO crashed in Kecksburg, Pennsylvania that was dubbed the Roswell of the East because of the similarities. There have been sightings, photographs and, later, videos of unknown objects flying through the sky since 1947.
There were a multitude of surveys and polls that have shown many people are interested in and some are concerned about UFOs during the past fifty years.
A recent poll indicated that that nearly three-quarters of Americans thought the government isn’t revealing all it knows about UFOs and over two-thirds of the respondents thought the government knows more about extraterrestrial life than it releases.
In recent years, hundreds of planets circling other suns have been discovered. It’s believed planets that can sustain intelligent life similar to earth is ten to the tenth power. In 2008, the Pope’s chief astronomer, the Reverend Gabriel Funes, stated that intelligent beings created by God could exist in the universe.
All of this makes Friedman optimistic that there will be some proof, albeit partial, that earth isn’t the only planet having intelligent life in the universe, during his lifetime.
By Jill Stefko