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Five Good Reasons To Believe in UFOs

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By: Patrick J. Kiger

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As most credible UFOlogists readily admit, proving that extraterrestrial spacecraft have visited our planet is a maddeningly difficult chore.

“The hassle over the word 'proof' boils down to one question: What constitutes proof?” Edward J. Ruppelt, who headed the U.S Air Force’s secret investigation of UFOs in the early 1950s, once wrote.  “Does a UFO have to land at the River Entrance to the Pentagon, near the Joint Chiefs of Staff offices? Or is it proof when a ground radar station detects a UFO, sends a jet to intercept it, the jet pilot sees it, and locks on with his radar, only to have the UFO streak away at a phenomenal speed? Is it proof when a jet pilot fires at a UFO and sticks to his story even under the threat of court-martial? Does this constitute proof?”

More recently, Investigative journalist Leslie Keen, author of the 2011 book “UFOs: Generals, Pilots and Government Officials Go on the Record,” has noted that  in roughly 90 to 95 percent of UFO sightings, observers turn out actually to have seen weather balloons, ball lightning, flares, aircraft, and other mundane phenomena.  But another five to 10 percent of sightings are not so easily explainable, but that’s not the same as demonstrating that they are extraterrestrial in origin. Nevertheless, she argues, the hypothesis that UFOs are visitors from other worlds “is a rational one, and must be taken into account, given the data that we have.”

Here is some of the most compelling reasons that UFOs may be more than simple misidentifications of natural phenomena or terrestrial aircraft:

The long, documented history of sightings. UFOs were around, in fact, long before humans themselves took to the air. The first account of a UFO sighting in America was back in 1639, when Massachusetts colony governor John Winthrop noted in his journal that one James Everell, “a sober, discreet man,” and two other witnesses watched a luminous object fly up and down the Muddy River near Charlestown for two to three hours. There are documented sightings of what were then called “airships” during the 1800s as well, such as the July 1884 sighting of a Saturn-shaped UFO (a ball surrounded by a ring) in Norwood, NY, and a fast-moving object that briefly hovered over the startled townspeople of Everest, KS in 1897.

Numerous modern sightings by credible, well-trained professional observers. In Ruppelt’s 1955 book , “The Report on Unidentified Flying Objects,”  he documented numerous instances of military service members, military and civilian pilots, scientists and other credible professionals who had observed UFOs. In one instance, Ruppelt describes the experience of a pilot of an Air Force F-86 fighter jet, who was scrambled to track a UFO and got to within 1,000 yards of a saucer-shaped object that abruptly flew away from him in a burst of speed after he fired upon it.   He also mentions a 1948 UFO encounter in which two airline pilots got to within 700 feet of a UFO and saw two rows of windows with bright lights.

Consistencies in the descriptions of purported alien ships. Over the decades, witnesses who’ve seen UFOs have shown remarkable consistency in the shapes and other characteristics of the objects they’ve described.  In 1949, the authors of the report for Project Sign, one of the early military investigations of UFOs, identified four main groups of objects—flying disks or saucers, cigar or torpedo-shaped craft without wings or fins, spherical or balloon-shaped objects that were capable of hovering or flying at high speed, and balls of light with no apparent physical form that were similarly maneuverable.  Nearly a quarter-century later, a French government investigation headed by Claude Poher of the National Center for Space Research found similar patterns in more than 1,000 reports from France and various countries.   One caveat is that in recent years, reports of wedge-shaped UFOs—which bear a similarity to the latest terrestrial military aircraft—have begun to supplant some of the traditional shapes.

Possible physical evidence of encounters with alien spacecraft. The 1968 University of Colorado report, compiled by a team headed by James Condon, documented numerous instances of areas where soil, grass, and other vegetation had been claimed by witnesses to have been flattened, burned, broken off, or blown away by a UFO.   A report by Stanford University astrophysicist Peter Sturrock, who led a scientific study of physical evidence of UFOs in the late 1990s, describes samples of plants taken from a purported UFO landing site in France in 1981. French researchers found that the leaves had undergone unusual chemical changes of the sort that could have been caused by powerful microwave radiation—which was even more difficult to explain, considering that they found no trace of radioactivity at the site.

Physiological effects on UFO witnesses. The Sturrock report describes in detail various symptoms reported by individuals who had encountered UFOS, ranging from burns and temporary deafness to persistent nausea and memory loss.  Among the most vivid examples:  Betty Cash, Vickie Landrum and Landrum’s young grandson Colby, who reportedly happened upon a “large, diamond-shaped object” hovering over a Texas road in December 1980. All three became ill afterward;  Cash, for example, developed large water blisters on her face and swelling that closed her eyes, in addition to severe nausea and diarrhea. The effects persisted for years, and she was hospitalized more than two dozen times.

19 comments
Daniel Rolan
Daniel Rolan

After reading a great deal on UFOs, Abductions, Animal Mutilations and government collusion it is becoming clear to me that there is a dark and secretive alien agenda at work in the world. I highly recommend those interested and concerned about the UFO phenomenon to read The Allies of Humanity Briefings. These briefings provide critical information about the ET presence. http://www.alliesofhumanity.org

Giorgio Piacenza
Giorgio Piacenza

Strictly speaking, "PROOF" of the extraterrestrial presence (from a rigourous academic point of view) would be more classically limited to mathematics and logic but not to evidence obtained inductively after the senses however frequent the perceptions. The same applies to scientific theories, models, explanations that correspond to observations or sensorially obtained data. However, there is STRONG, ROBUST EVIDENCE that the Extraterrestrial Hypothesis is VALID and that it is the more LOGICAL hypothesis to explain SOME cases. Here the simplest explanation following the advice from "OCCAM's "Razor" is the ETH hypothesis rather than trying to contrive other explanations that do not fit the data (as was done several times with Project Blue Book and other research efforts on UFOs). This evidence not only includes contactees and abductees but analyzed objects (like alleged implants) with isotopes that not only do not naturally occur on Earth but which also emit radio waves while subcutaneously lodged in normal people that alleged to have been abducted by some varieties of aliens. There also are serious CREDIBLE, sane whistleblower witnesses (some 400 just in the Disclosure Project) and as Monsignor Corrado Balducci said in Italian TV, there's a healthy limit to being suspicious of what others say and the normal human need to give some credence to human witness testimony must take over!  

There are trained pilots (check out NARCAP), even some valiant astronomers that could not identify some objects they saw displaying intelligent maneuvering that cannot be replicated with current human technology as far as we know; there are radar-visual cases that include military pilots. There are analyzed UFO photographs of metallic looking structured craft. landing traces with soil and plant anomalies.   In fact the main reason for denial would be that it sounds ludicrous because it challenges how we naturally perceive "reality" through our physical senses and our biological-psychological adaptations to a classic (non-quantum or local) physical experience. We simply dismiss and ridicule ideas and reports that seem more fit to be included in a movie or fantasy and assume that being well educated we should already know by now; that "they" wouldn't be able to travel faster than the speed of light...in all cases assuming that what we know applies to the alleged ETs.   

I think that learning about the means ETs may have to interact with our particular world/ reality system (even if briefly from our linear perspective) would activate in us other ways of understanding other aspects of reality co-existing with us. It may activate in us interpretive instincts adapted to non-linear ways of being. These "instincts" may be less related to an dichotomous "either-or" Aristotelian or classic way of thinking (more useful for understanding stable objective patterns). We would need to know what other possibilities there are in the Cosmos in order to better understand the ET mind and to make intelligent, informed decisions.  

Perhaps Integral Theory is one of the integrative models emerging to help us better understand the world, our lives, ETs and and our roles in "reality"  in an age in which linear thinking doesn't work well with the interconnected complex systems we have artificially created.  I think we need to grow up intellectually and ethically. Furthermore, I think that we can indeed grow up and that genuine, long term security rests in this growing up, not on remaining ignorant of what is going on. Otherwise, there's good anecdotal and other evidence that we won't be considered capable to handle becoming a space-faring civilization and we won't earn a maturity status that equates with cosmic-level respect"sovereignty".  We need to understand why different alien entities with different agendas seem to be allowed to pursue their different goals under our current state of understanding. We need to find in a non-condemnatory, non-xenophobic and more integrally intelligent manner who among the various ETs are our friends and our foes in terms of them being willing to work with us to help us develop our highest potentials as a species while not violating our CONSCIOUS free choice. 

Alison Kruse
Alison Kruse

Shame that the media keeps their focus on OLD cases-- ones that can never be verified to skeptic's approval.  In the last 4 years, UFO sightings worldwide have increased in volume and frequency to many repeat-sighting places that the excuses for not investigating are no longer valid.

Many REPEAT sighting locations exist and can easily be found upon simple UFO report filings and from people posting non-CGI videos online stating the behavior and conditions that seem to produce the best sighting opportunities.  For instance, a new UFO report to MUFON on October 30, 2013 described what sounds like the same behavior of UFOs seen frequently in my county of Westmoreland, PA... which happens to be rural county in USA with most reports of UFOs.    I have a list of over 100 others in various worldwide locations experiencing the SAME UFO behavior who have also filmed them and studied them to verify they are same type UFOs that can, if they choose, emerge or morph from a firey, plasma-like sphere form into various-shaped crafts (triangle and diamond being popular).  In USA, only the "Lake Erie Lights" UFOs has gotten prime TV News attention for a brief period years ago when NASA, military & airports confirmed they weren't 'ours'.  Those UFOs are THE SAME as ones seen the most worldwide and are continuing repeat visits in many locations even LAST NIGHT.


I've not only filmed the repeat activity here in PA with HD equipment and nightvision, but had over 50 eyewitnesses to verify the activity -- including state police and constable on repeat occasions -- filming everything of course. And in addition, I also have FAA primary radar reports to back up claims that these are not solid man-made objects since they don't make any hits even for a larger craft on direct flyover (11/12/2010 film).  They PEG EMF meters (Trifield EMF meter NEM2 model w/10X coil and SUM setting) when their smaller probe spheres are closer --within 100 feet--also on film) and can be filmed with nightvision devices even if invisible to bare eyes.  I have terabytes of evidence on film & 4 complete radar reports for some of my better captures.  Yet, with a few exceptions, the talking-heads of "UFOlogy" have in the majority proven to be just that:  "Talking Heads" who do no actual in-field investigations but gladly will take your money to attend conventions where they will also gladly sell you their book claiming to be an expert without any actual in-your-face sightings or proof thereof.  Shame that the greatest discovery of our recent times is being mostly repelled/ignored by mainstream science because of this type circus.


The famous UFO sighting location of Hessdalen, Norway "Lights" has scientists there that have managed to get funding for a surveillance trailer with the proper equipment to attempt to document and study their behavior.  Many places in the USA have regular enough sightings to warrant the same.  However, only SETI gets funded over a million dollars to seek primitive radio waves which these advanced visitors obviously don't use to communicate.  You skeptics want evidence?  Follow the trails of repeat sightings reported to MUFON or NUFORC websites and GO IN PERSON TO SEE YOURSELVES.  Evidence of advanced ETs will never be handed to you in neat little package, since whoever they are are trying hard to avoid detection & capture.  ...And I don't blame them since war-like humans would probably just shoot them down to steal their advanced technology, dissect their bodies and mount their heads on a wall.   If you're a SERIOUS SCIENTIFIC RESEARCHER, contact me on Facebook and I'll show you personally where you can study them and teach you their covert behavior.

Alexander Hagen
Alexander Hagen

Fastest asteroid 65,000 mph 1 light year about 6 trillion miles = 600 million hours = 20 million days = 240,000 years to travel to nearest star. Definetely have to do better than that. Voyager 1 would take 500,000 years to get to nearest star.

Tom Grovenstein
Tom Grovenstein

The issue that continues to keep me in the "not a believer" category is the fact that there would, by definition, be enough evidence found by non military individuals for at least some real and verifiable alien craft. While the simple fact that most sightings would be by those who spend the most time in the air -ie: those who would be most likely to agree to make the story 'fit' are those who most likely would be in the right place at the right time. I would assume that - if an alien race did 'appear' - then it would be peaceful, for the fact that any race with advanced capabilities would not have been capable to reach that level if they were hostile, since they would have destroyed themselves long before they would have made it to 'us'. 

I believe that the possibility of long duration and long distance (multiple light year travel) has become more believable since the discovery of string theory, IF string theory is shown to be viable. Otherwise, I believe that this type of travel is simply not possible in a way that would allow those from a distant star to come here. Yes, there is much we don't know, but physics and laws of nature are not confined to earth, they are ever present and the laws don't 'cheat'.

Perhaps I will be shown to be wrong. If so, then I will look up with renewed interest and wonder at the changes "they" will bring. Will God be rendered "unnecessary"? For now, I will await real and verifiable truth.

Tom Grovenstein
Tom Grovenstein

The issue that continues to keep me in the "not a believer" category is the fact that there would, by definition, be enough evidence found by non military individuals for at least some real and verifiable alien craft. While the simple fact that most sightings would be by those who spend the most time in the air -ie: those who would be most likely to agree to make the story 'fit' are those who most likely would be in the right place at the right time. I would assume that - if an alien race did 'appear' - then it would be peaceful, for the fact that any race with advanced capabilities would not have been capable to reach that level if they were hostile, since they would have destroyed themselves long before they would have made it to 'us'. 

I believe that the possibility of long duration and long distance (multiple light year travel) has become more believable since the discovery of string theory, IF string theory is shown to be viable. Otherwise, I believe that this type of travel is simply not possible in a way that would allow those from a distant star to come here. Yes, there is much we don't know, but physics and laws of nature are not confined to earth, they are ever present and the laws don't 'cheat'.

Perhaps I will be shown to be wrong. If so, then I will look up with renewed interest and wonder at the changes "they" will bring. Will God be rendered "unnecessary"? For now, I will await real and verifiable truth.

Tom Grovenstein
Tom Grovenstein

The issue that continues to keep me in the "not a believer" category is the fact that there would, by definition, be enough evidence found by non military individuals for at least some real and verifiable alien craft. While the simple fact that most sightings would be by those who spend the most time in the air -ie: those who would be most likely to agree to make the story 'fit' are those who most likely would be in the right place at the right time. I would assume that - if an alien race did 'appear' - then it would be peaceful, for the fact that any race with advanced capabilities would not have been capable to reach that level if they were hostile, since they would have destroyed themselves long before they would have made it to 'us'. 

I believe that the possibility of long duration and long distance (multiple light year travel) has become more believable since the discovery of string theory, IF string theory is shown to be viable. Otherwise, I believe that this type of travel is simply not possible in a way that would allow those from a distant star to come here. Yes, there is much we don't know, but physics and laws of nature are not confined to earth, they are ever present and the laws don't 'cheat'.

Perhaps I will be shown to be wrong. If so, then I will look up with renewed interest and wonder at the changes "they" will bring. Will God be rendered "unnecessary"? For now, I will await real and verifiable truth.

Philippe Barbaux
Philippe Barbaux

: SI demain vous découvrez une vérité incroyable par vous même  et dans le même temps qu'un de vos amis en a eu l'information ... _ au point d'en arriver à échanger _ il est peu probable que votre 'ami ' vous remonte 'l'information ' .. mais vous sauriez pour l'avoir vécu _ cette 'vérité ' .. vous seriez probablement en dehors des modes de communications conventionnelles pour aller de l'avant ! .. < 

K. Lam
K. Lam

5 reasons NOT to believe in UFOs ( Of Alien origin)

1)" UFOs were around, in fact, long before humans themselves took to the air."..... well Patrick what does this say about what people saw in the sky back then......that they must be alien flown space ships?.......or could it just be that the witnesses saw natural phenomena which often catches out modern day sky watchers let alone witnesses from 500 years ago!

2) "sightings by credible, well-trained professional observers."........ sure but even military pilots aren't familiar with all the natural phenomena in the skies.......and they probably won't be aware of any secret military projects.

3)" Consistencies in the descriptions of purported alien ships"....... well lots of people reported seeing "saucer" shaped craft after Kenneth Arnold reported seeing objects that moved liked  "saucers skipping on water" even though he described the objects as crescent shapes not "discs or saucers", but the term "flying saucer" was adopted by the media........this tells us more about how media can shape human perceptions and indeed fears.

As for "cigar" shaped  UFOs........well air ships & blimps are "cigar shaped"  and blimps are even today being misidentified as being "alien" spaceships. Missiles and rockets are also "cigar shaped" so its probable that many "cigar" shaped sightings are merely test rockets or missiles

4) "Possible physical evidence of encounters with alien spacecraft".........this evidence is scant and not well documented, but even if it were genuine.......why would it have to involve "aliens".......... any secret military projects may just as readily produce this type of "evidence".

5) " Physiological effects on UFO witnesses" ......in the Landrum case that you refer to it was determined that exposure to radiation  was most likely the cause of the sickness........but again why come to the conclusion that it was due to "aliens" rather than secret military projects?

So Patrick, to conclude,  I don't think any of your 5 points are all that "compelling" as all can be explained by simple terrestrial based explanations albeit some might be "secret" to the public........or indeed just plain old natural phenomena which to this day is still being discovered and learnt about. UFOs of the "alien kind need not be involved in any of your 5 points I am afraid.



James Letang
James Letang

So why do the Aliens always breathe oxygen in these reports? Not once have I heard a report of them having breathing devices or for that matter, the "victims" having something to breathe through?

Wow, what a huge coincidence. But, I guess they're that advanced.

There's also a side that says for hundreds of years people have encountered sleep paralysis and night terrors in dreams. In the past they were of the devil or some demonic being, documented in many sources. The new take on this is people believing it's Aliens instead of Satan's creatures, the new phobia of our culture. 

I've experienced sleep paralysis first hand, and found it to be very disturbing and frightening, at the time. I've even woken shortly afterwards and questioned if something was still in the room. But I've always woken up the next day, unscathed with no implants, that I could find.

As for reports of witness accounts being the same, they've all read the same books, watched the same youtube videos, how hard is it to fake hypnosis? Hell, isn't the credibility of that still in question.

Bottom line; I do believe that Alien's have been here and that there are a handful of credible accounts, witnesses, and evidence. 

What pisses me off are the 95% of people who just write crap about this to make money, or make crappy tv shows about it.

it's harmful and a disservice to the truth. Anything that has commercials should not be trusted. If some filmmaker finds funding and actually puts out a documentary with private funding, that might be credible.


Nat Geo, has sold out. 


I'm sure I'll be sensored and locked out after this post, if it even gets posted.



Ed Grabski
Ed Grabski

I like your comment, about SETI, and the heads on the wall. I am not a scientist although I studied first year chemistry and physics :)))  but would like to follow you on Facebook but not sure how, I can't find your profile.  I also agree there is no damn way we will get any evidence in a nice package or sit for dinner with extraterrestrials.  What would people expect, maybe a "we come in peace" type of message and a speech from an "alien politician"  haha... Maybe a round table meeting to discuss issues at hand..haha..



Alexander Hagen
Alexander Hagen

@Tom Grovenstein Interstellar travel could occur with our current tech. It would be closer to 10% of speed of light. Therefore any really useful journeys would take between 50 and 1000 years. Suspended animation, multigenerational travel, etc

Travis Milligan
Travis Milligan

@Tom Grovenstein 

I respect your opinion and your detailed explanation of your point of view. I am currently researching the subject of UFOs, Alien beings, and potential alien technology that may have been introduced to society. At this point I am undecided  - not yet a believer - but I am moving in that direction as I continue to uncover more evidence to substantiate the existence of aliens/UFOs that have visited earth. My only suggestion to you would be to dig a little deeper. Begin with the videos of Dr. Charles Hall (retired USAF). Follow this with the video of Paul Hellyer (former Canadian Defense minister) discussing the existence of UFOs & Aliens. Our present understanding of the laws of nature and physics are incomplete and flawed. Look into the studies in quantum entanglement conducted by the University of Geneva - recording entangled photons - interacting  - travelling at 10,000 times the speed of light. If we completely understood all of the laws of nature and physics - our technology and power sources would be much more advanced. Our primitive planet-killing fossil fuel transportation network is a prime example of how little we currently know as a race - and the limitations of our understanding of science and physics.

Chris R
Chris R

@Tom Grovenstein correct...by now one of these massive floating cities as they are often described would have landed on a float during the Olympics in front of the world or on a football field during an NFL game. Why is it always on some country road with no witnesses? Why not grab an ashtray or a hand towel next time your abducted?? Agreed...there would so much tangible absolute proof by now if this was happening all the time. 

Bruce Davies
Bruce Davies

@K. Lam well I think it time for you to look out side the square, and not be so tunnel , you dont see much there I am afraid,how blind you must be, how do you think we get the so called military projects that others may have witness, sure we are clever or man thinks he is, he still knows jack, technology that have not been released and still in the garage stage were do you think some or most of that tech came from, that's right it has crashed here, and our elite have been working on ever since, get you head out of the sand.    

Frank Kling
Frank Kling

@James Letang This is a perfect example of a skeptic who fails to research the evidence. Skeptics like this gentleman do not want to be bothered by the details since their minds are already made-up. For example,  during the Travis Walton abduction the aliens were using breathing apparatus. if you had done even the most basic research, you would be well familiar with the Travis Walton incident in 1975. Walton and the other six persons who witnessed the abduction have all voluntarily submitted to multiple polygraph tests and all have passed. The skeptics have tried everything under the sun to debunk this abduction, including the offer of $25,000 cash bribes to any of the witnesses who would claim it was a fraud. Almost 40 years have passes and this has stood the test of time.

When you seek a path to any new truth, you must expect to find it blocked by ‘expert opinion.’~~~Dr. Albert Guérard

Chris R
Chris R

@Travis Milligan @Tom Grovenstein I would just suggest that for each "credible" story you stumble upon, you allow yourself to research those that claim to debunk these stories. With an open mind I doubt you'll find one single case that is very "credible" by any stretch of the imagination.

I want to believe more than anyone but come on, by now one of these ships would have landed in the middle of the Los Angeles freeway system or on a major freeway. There is always some 'reason' why there is no physical proof of any visitation...not happening.

Bruce Davies
Bruce Davies

@Frank Kling @James Letang Well done and well said, that's a skeptic for you, hoping money could lie, when you have seen something that know-one else has, that is a privilege to a point if it hasn't been to stressful, you can't take knowledge of someone by trying to buy it and prove a point at the same time, not even if you have $100,000 I know what I am talking about, you know what you see when you see it, Man still and always will know jack. The world live amongst us and with in us, heart and sole, if you have pure in both you will be OK if not you will grow to understand you have failed.