Even though many people believe aliens exist, there has not been much evidence to back up their claims until recently. Many people, including police officers, politicians, scientists, and even high-ranking military officials, are saying that they know UFOs are real and that we are not alone in the universe. Here is a list of people willing to talk about their encounters with aliens in public, even though their reputations and careers are at stake.
Dennis Kucinich, former Congressman
Dennis Kucinich is a well-known politician in the United States. From 1997 to 2013, he was a representative for Ohio’s 10th congressional district in the House of Representatives of the United States of America. In both the 2004 and 2008 presidential elections, he was a candidate for the Democratic candidature. Mr. Kucinich claimed to have seen a UFO hovering over the house of actress Shirley Maclaine in Washington state back in 1982. (Source)
“It was an unidentified flying object, OK? It’s, like, it’s unidentified. I saw something.” Kucinich confirmed this during the 2007 presidential debate. While Mr. Kucinich declined to comment on his sighting, two witnesses to the events of that day came forward, they were Paul Costanzo and his then-girlfriend. “The experience was life changing for me and my girlfriend,” said Paul Costanzo. “I sensed that I was in the presence of a greater technology and intelligence.” (Source)
Costanzo and his girlfriend (who prefers to remain anonymous) had heard an odd high-pitched noise before Mr. Kucinich saw the UFO. “There was a sense that something extraordinary was happening all day,” said the girlfriend.
When asked to describe what they had seen, the girlfriend said it looked like a triangle with red and green lights running along the edges and a red “laser-like” tail. Costanzo agreed with his girlfriend but did not mention the “laser-like” tail. Both witnesses noted that the triangular UFO was big, unlike any traditional aircraft. It even made a strange sound. “There was a feeling of wanting to communicate something, but I didn’t know what,” said Mr. Costanzo. “It was proof to me that we’re obviously not alone,” said the girlfriend.
John Podesta, former White House Chief of Staff
Podesta was a political consultant who served as the White House Chief of Staff under President Bill Clinton from 1988 to 1995 and as a counselor to Barack Obama from 2014 to 2015. He is a famous personality among UFO enthusiasts for his constant interest in UFOs. Podesta admitted that his biggest failure in 2014 was not to ask the government in the Obama administration for the release of UFO files. During Hilary Clinton’s election campaign in 2016, he declared he would convince Clinton to declassify as many UFO files as possible. (Source)
During the 1990s, Laurance Rockefeller took the initiative to encourage the government to release classified information about UFOs. The matter was already common in the White House. In 1998, The Post quoted Press Secretary Mike McCurry.
“John can get totally maniacal and phobic on certain subjects,” McCurry said. “He’s been known to pick up the phone to call the Air Force and ask them what’s going on in Area 51.”
Podesta said: “It’s going to come out anyway. It might as well be put out.” He added: “So we can deal with it. The U.S. government could do a much better job in answering the legitimate questions people have about what’s going on with unidentified aerial phenomena.”Podesta claimed: “The American people can handle the truth.” (Source)
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Gordon Cooper, Former Astronaut
Former astronaut Leroy Gordon Cooper, who passed away in 2004, believed that extraterrestrial life existed and that visitors from other habitable worlds had visited Earth. Cooper was one of the seven pioneers of human spaceflight who participated in Project Mercury, the first human space program to get a man on the Moon before the Soviet Union. In 1963, he was a member of the Mercury-Atlas 9 crew and went to space. Then, in 1965, he proved that humans could survive in space by being the first to go 3.3 million miles onboard Gemini 5.
Major Cooper saw a UFO while flying an F-86 Sabre Jet in Western Germany in 1951. He said the UFOs were solid metallic saucer-shaped discs far too fast for any American combat plane. The unusual “metallic, saucer-shaped vehicles” would occur on multiple evenings in a row. He did not doubt that intelligent beings were controlling these crafts. In addition, he had serious doubts that they were from Earth, based on his wide knowledge of the matter. (Source)
Cooper said in an interview: “They were flying quite high how high we couldn’t tell because we couldn’t get anywhere near their altitude, but they were either very large craft way up or smaller crafts still well above what we can get.”
In 1957, when Cooper served as a test pilot at Edwards Air Force Base in California, he saw a flying saucer with the diameter of about 10 meters that hovered nearby and landed on the dried lake. He said: “I had a camera crew filming the installation when they spotted a saucer. They filmed it as it flew overhead, then hovered, extended three legs as landing gear, and slowly came down to land on a dry lake bed.”
“And they picked up their cameras and started over toward it filming as they went. And when they got in fairly close, it lifted up, put the gear back in the wheel, tipped up and took off at a great rate of speed. and so they came into my office and told me what happened,” Cooper claimed.
After that, Cooper sent the recordings to Washington and filed a report of the UFO encounter. “After a while, a high-ranking officer said when the film was developed I was to put it in a pouch and send it to Washington and I don’t know whether anyone’s ever seen it since. He did not say anything about me not looking at the film. That’s what I did when it came back from the lab and it was all there just like the camera crew reported.” The saucer was similar to the one he encountered in 1951.
Clifford Stone, former U.S. Army officer
Retired Army sergeant Clifford Stone claimed to have cataloged 57 different species of aliens. He served as a decorated Vietnam war veteran for 22 years. From 1968 to 1990, he was the member of a top-secret team tasked with recovering crashed UFO or E.T. components, alien bodies, and artifacts. In addition, he stated that intelligent life had visited our planet in highly advanced crafts capable of covering many light-years in less time, which is beyond modern human knowledge. (Source)
In 1973, Stone was involved in the retrieval of a crashed UFO. He hid a small metallic piece of UFO in his shoe and buried it near his property in New Mexico, Nevada, after his retirement in 1989. He said: “Yes, I have it and wouldn’t dare to keep it in the house. I had it here to show some people where I kept it, a day longer than I should have and then somebody actually came here and tried to take it. That was some tense moments, I almost shot somebody that day.”
On May 9, 2001, over twenty military, intelligence, government, corporate and scientific witnesses came forward at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, to establish the reality of UFOs or extraterrestrial vehicles, extraterrestrial life forms, and the resulting advanced energy and propulsion technologies. As part of the Disclosure Project, Sgt. Stone publicly revealed his story and was willing to testify before Congress if they asked him. Click here to read the full transcript of Sgt. Stone’s part in the Disclosure Program.
Angelia Lynn Johnston, Former Intelligence Officer
For decades, there have been rumors that there may be an extraterrestrial base hidden deep in the Mojave Desert of the southwestern United States. In 2021, former intelligence officer Angelia Lynn Johnston, aka Añjali, held a press conference to confirm these rumors. During the conference, she claimed that she had been escorted through tunnels to an alien base where she met two extraterrestrials, who communicated with her through her thoughts. (Source)
“We communicate on a regular basis,” Johnston said. She said it was there when she met two aliens of different races who communicated with her through her consciousness. She said that the aliens were aware of her conducting the press conference, approved it, and were peaceful creatures. “And I am looking forward to them communicating with you all.”
Luis Elizondo, Former Intelligence Officer
Former intelligence officer Luis Elizondo acknowledged the existence of aliens. Elizondo disclosed that he was assigned to a secret Pentagon unit to investigate UFO sightings and determine whether they threatened U.S. national security. He had access to top-secret information and claimed to have witnessed an unidentified aerial phenomenon (UAP) that could not be explained by any known aircraft or natural event.
“The American people now know a small portion of what I and my colleagues in the Pentagon have been privy to: That these UAP (unidentified aerial phenomenon) are not secret U.S. technology, that they do not seem to belong to any known allies or adversaries and that our intelligence services have yet to identify a terrestrial explanation for these extraordinary vehicles. This conversation is only just beginning.”
Robert Salas, Former Air Force Captain
Robert Salas is best known for his role in the famous UFO sighting at Malmstrom Air Force Base in 1967. He believed that UFOs were real and did interfere with the military’s nuclear program. (Source)
On March 24, 1967, while Salas was on duty, one of the nuclear missiles abruptly fell offline. During his investigation, two security guards reported seeing a glowing red object hovering over the facility before taking off quickly. Shortly after that, the missile inexplicably returned to service. When additional military personnel investigated the occurrence, they could not determine why this had happened, and the incident has never been completely explained. The Air Force Office of Special Investigations later instructed Salas not to speak about his experience again, classifying it as a “secret” incident.
In 2010, Salas signed an affidavit about the 1967 incident to encourage other military members to come forward with their own stories of unexplained activity. “I want the government to acknowledge that this phenomenon exists,” said Robert Salas, a former U.S. Air Force Nuclear Launch Officer. “I want the Air Force, the government to come forward and say this is a real phenomenon.”
Harry Reid, Former United States Senator
Former Senator Harry Reid admitted publicly that he believed in UFOs. He believed that defense contractor Lockheed Martin might have had fragments of a crashed UFO in its possession. Though he never managed to see the remains personally, he did attempt, unsuccessfully, to obtain approval to investigate the area and hunt for UFOs and aliens at the military base Area-51 in his state, Nevada, rumored to house both.
“I was told for decades that Lockheed had some of these retrieved materials,” Reid said. “And I tried to get, as I recall, a classified approval by the Pentagon to have me go look at the stuff. They would not approve that. I don’t know what all the numbers were, what kind of classification it was, but they would not give that to me.”
Reid was also a proponent of government transparency when it came to UFOs. “The government should be more transparent about such issues. If anybody claims to know the answer to these problems, they’re fooling themselves,” he said. “No one knows the answer yet, but we have lots of thoughts… People all over the world are seeing things — we’re not talking about just one country.”