Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it’s a UFO. Stanton Friedman, prominent ufologist and nuclear physicist, having studied the facts on UFOs and visitations from intelligent extraterrestrial life forms, acknowledges the government is keeping information secret on UFOs, and suggests a variety of reasons for this.

Since 1967 I have given over 700 lectures in all 50 US States ,10 Canadian Provinces and 18 other countries. Because I was trained as a nuclear physicist with BSc and MSc degrees from the University of Chicago and worked on exciting, classified and high tech nuclear technology programs for such companies as GE, GM, Westinghouse, McDonnell Douglas, Aerojet General Nucleonics, the talks have usually been very well attended. I believe I have answered thousands and thousands of questions after the lectures, during classroom visits, and during radio and TV interviews. Attendees have no trouble accepting the detailed information I present. However, they are especially interested in my answering a variety of “Why?” questions.

I make a point of showing some heavily censored highly classified top secret Umbra CIA UFO documents and point out that the NSA, the National Security Agency or as I like to call them No Such Agency, has released 156 UFO documents on which one can read one sentence per page with everything else blacked out. The censorship excuse is that it is sources and methods data which can’t be released, which is absurd. So one of the frequent questions is “Why are governments covering up the facts about flying saucers?”

The most common reason suggested is that governments are afraid of panic such as happened in New Jersey in 1938 when Orson Welles broadcast a radio version of H.G. Wells’ “War of the Worlds”. This was one of the most densely populated areas of the USA and it was made to sound like a news broadcast telling of martians having invaded and now destroying buildings and people. If true, panic was justified. I don’t think the same reasoning applies about UFOs.
Here are my six primary reasons for all governments to want to cover up the truth about alien visitations:

Every government would very much like to duplicate the flying capabilities of the visitors. Being able to fly higher, faster, with greater maneuverability, the ability to hover, silently, are all very desirable qualities for military aircraft for defensive or offensive purposes. Huge sums of money are spent in pursuit of such craft. The US had Lockheed Aircraft develop the Stealth aircraft in secret over a period of 10 years and a cost of $10. Billion. The basic rule for secrecy is one can’t tell one’s friends without telling one’s enemies. They listen to the radio and TV, read the newspapers. The US alone in 2012-13 will spend $600 Billion on the military. During WWII billions were spent to develop nuclear weapons. One building in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, was one mile long and used 5% of the electrical power produced in the USA to enrich uranium in the U-235 Isotope. President Truman as a Senator and then Vice President did not know about the program, though it involved over 60,000 people, until 13 days after he became president upon the death of President Roosevelt.

Every country would justifiably be concerned about its enemies developing new technology based on any saucers they might recover and measurements they might make of saucer capabilities. How to defend against them? We don’t want them to know we know they know. Weapon, counter weapon, counter-counter weapon. It is an old game. If I find out about your radar, I will be ready to jam it.

If an announcement were to be made worldwide, perhaps by the Queen and the Pope, that indeed aliens are visiting, what would happen? I believe the stock market would go down, church attendance and mental hospital admissions would go up, and based on hundreds of college lectures, I believe the younger generation would push for a new view of us as being all Earthlings rather than Chinese, American, Russian, Greek etc. From an alien viewpoint we are all Earthlings, though we don’t seem to like that very much. All governments want us to keep our nationalistic attitudes rather than planetary ones. Nobody in power wants to give up power. Besides, deciding who speaks for the planet would be incredibly difficult, to say the least.

Certain religious fundamentalists, such as Pat Robertson, in the USA have loudly proclaimed that Earth is the only place in the universe which has intelligent life and that UFOs are the work of the devil. They have also proclaimed the world was created in 4004BC.They would be up the creek without a paddle if an announcement were to be made.

Some have told me that, if aliens are visiting here, and we are not visiting there, that means they are much more advanced technologically than are we. Soon there would be new methods of energy production, ground and air transport, computers and communication systems. There would be economic chaos. I disagree. Not many companies are making cassettes anymore, but we have managed anyway.

In the course of my travels, I have had 7 individuals quietly tell me of cases about which they were aware involving military aircraft chasing UFOs and not returning, If I have heard of 7 such cases, surely there were many more.

For reasons unknown, I have had some people insist that secrets can’t be kept. Dr. Seth Shostak of the SETI institute said that the proof that secrets can’t be kept was demonstrated by the US when FEMA made such a mess after Hurricane Katrina, and the poor operation of the post office. He seemed not to be aware of the NRO, NSA, CIA, DIA,OSI who all do very highly classified work. Another astronomer, Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson told a college audience that the proof the government couldn’t keep secrets was how much we know about President Clinton’s genitals!!! How naïve can one get?

Others have insisted to me that surely people involved in highly classified matters would have told their spouses. Mrs. Donald Menzel told me she knew nothing about her husband’s multitude of classified activities during and after WWII, which included working with CIA, NSA and Majestic 12 organisation set up in Sept 24th 1947 by President Truman to deal with the Roswell incident and other ufological matters. Nothing about Menzel’s Post WWII highly classified activities appears in two issues of Sky and Telescope dedicated to Menzel at the time of his death and the 100th anniversary of his birth.

It is entirely possible to keep information secret if those in power i.e. the government want it to be secret. Whether we should call for this information to be made public, is the question to deal with. It would be an end to the privileged position of those in power, and may initially cause chaos, but it could also result in a civil revolution where everyone recognised themselves as an Earthling part of one civilisation.

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