ET Spacecraft: Stanton Friedman Presents the Evidence


Stanton Friedman, a nuclear physicist, has lectured on UFOs at more than 600 colleges and 100 professional groups in 50 U.S. states, 10 Canadian provinces and 18 other countries. He has published more than 90 UFO papers and has appeared on hundreds of radio and TV programs. He is the author or co-author of books on the Roswell crash, the Majestic 12 Group, and the Betty and Barney Hill abduction experience, among others. He has provided written testimony to Congressional Hearings and has appeared twice at the UN. See the end of the article for a more extensive bio and links to his website.

MTPS:

How did you – a nuclear physicist – get drawn into the UFO phenomenon?

Stanton Friedman:

stantonEntirely by accident. I was working as a nuclear physicist for General Electric back in 1958 when I ordered The Report on Unidentified Flying Saucers by Air Force Captain Edward Ruppelt from a mail-order discount book supplier. I only ordered it because I needed one more book to get free shipping for my entire order. The book looked like a good read – I was an admirer of the Air Force, and the ad for the book said that Captain Ruppelt was head of Project Blue Book. While the book didn’t convince me about the reality of ET spacecraft, I found it intriguing and continued to read other books on the subject.

My epiphany was when I visited the University of California Berkeley library and found a copy of Project Blue Book Special Report #14, which was a statistical analysis of 3200 reported UFO sightings collected between 1947 and 1954. I’m a data hound so naturally I was fascinated.

And what I soon realized was that the Secretary of the Air Force Donald Quarles had lied back in 1955 when the report was released. In an official press release the Secretary was quoted as saying: “On the basis of this study, we believe that no objects such as those popularly described as flying saucers have overflown the United States. I feel certain that even the Unknown 3% could have been explained as conventional phenomena or illusions if more complete observational data had been obtained.” The problem, however, was that the 3% figure he referred to had nothing to do with Special Report #14 – it was data the Air Force cherry-picked after the study was already complete.  If  you go through the data as I did (while the press report was widely distributed back in 1955, the report itself was not – most people never even saw it), the numbers show a completely different story. In Project Blue Book Special Report #14, there are a total of 3,201 UFO observations listed, of which 689 were categorized as “Unknown” – 21.5%. There were an additional 298 observations – 9.3% – that were categorized as “Insufficient Data.” Knowing that I – and everybody else – was being lied to and deliberately misled got me hooked.

MTPS:

But how and why did you eve make the leap from being a UFO enthusiast to a public spokesperson? I believe you did this before you ever even thought about becoming an author.

Stanton Friedman:

It was a good fit for my talents and interests. I was working as a nuclear physicist on advanced propulsion issues, so was interested in how spacecraft might be powered. I’m also a data hog, so was happy to go through all the numbers and lists to see if they added up. And I like being on stage – I used to be in high school debate so I was good as presenting an issue, listening to objections, and then demolishing them with facts. I called up a local radio talk show and volunteered to speak on the book, Flying Saucers, Serious Business, which was a best seller at the time. They weren’t enthusiastic, but when a guest previously scheduled unexpectedly canceled they called me up (I lived near the station). A coworker heard the program and invited me to speak to her book club which was reading the same book. It just snowballed from there.

Besides, flying saucers and extraterrestrials are a very important issue – it all comes down to man’s place in the universe.

MTPS:

Have you ever witnessed a UFO yourself?

Stanton Friedman:

No I haven’t. But I don’t have to see it to know it exists. I never seen protons or neutrons either, and they exist.

MTPS:

I have to admit I welcome the mindset you bring to the issue – the idea that some UFOs are ET spacecraft, but that most are not. Your research and legwork surrounding UFO events – tracking down and consulting the primary documentation as well as personally talking with the people involved before you make decisions on authenticity – is phenomenal. Do you ever find, however, that your approach to the UFO phenomenon is ever unwelcome among other enthusiasts who may be less discriminating with regards to the evidence?

Stanton Friedman:

Not really. When I tangle with people in the field its mostly on specific issues. I’m very good at investigation, and have visited over 20 archives – the Library of Congress, the Eisenhower Library, the Truman Library and the Kennedy Library, among others – to examine the original documents and make sure my facts are straight. Many others, however, do investigation via proclamation. One example of this is when UFO debunker Phillip Klass insisted that government documents regarding Operation Majestic 12 were hoaxes because a memorandum was written in Pica typeface rather than the Elite typeface that President Truman’s staff used, and offered to pay me $100 for each example (up to 10 maximum) for genuine documents written in Pica typeface. Klass had never been to the Truman Library, but I had. I sent him 14 examples; he sent me a check for $1,000.00.

Klass Check

MTPS:

In your book, Flying Saucers and Science, you point out in detail where future advances in certain technologies could enable interstellar voyages. Many scientists – several of them very well known and respected – dismiss interstellar travel as impossible. Why do you think this is?

Stanton FriScreen Shot 2015-02-04 at 10.25.21 AMedman:

I think this is just the standard scientific mindset. Academics imagine that all important research is done in academia. But what about Los Alamos and Sandia? What about defense contractors? …And those people all have security clearances. For example, back in 1956 Britain’s Astronomer Royal, Sir Richard van der Riet Wooley, stated “Space travel is utter bilge.” Only thirteen years later a man walked on the moon. The point we need to understand is that technological progress comes from doing something differently in an unexpected way. A laser, for example, is not just another kind of light bulb. Many scientists made false claims regarding the limits of technology because they’re making the wrong assumptions.

MTPS:

An organization that appears to also take a scientific approach is SETI, which searches for extraterrestrial life using radio and laser signals. SETI stands for the “Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence.” However, you state the acronym should really stand for “Silly Effort to Investigate.” Could you talk a little bit about that?

Stanton Friedman:

SETI is an example of someone making wrong assumptions. First, they assume that life is out there – I agree with that. But second, they assume that ET technology will be compatible with ours. Why should that be the case? And why blindly send messages to random exoplanents on the off chance that someone will receive and understand a radio signal when we have proof that ETs are already here? The problem is that SETI refuses to look at ET evidence – we have both physical trace cases and proof that governments are engaged in a cover up. The Air Force is supposedly the only USG agency involved in UFOs. In response to FOIA requests and court orders, however, the NSA released 156 documents (whited out so that on, average, there was one readable sentence per page), and the CIA released 800 pages (also largely blacked out). Moreover, the Air Force has two separate channels for handling UFO reports – reports that affect national security are handled separately and have not been acknowledged or released.

MTPS:

Folks at SETI are very smart, yet the assumptions they make in their search for extraterrestrial intelligence are surprisingly narrow and self-limiting. Do you think this is deliberate? Do you ever wonder whether SETI is a part of a larger disinformation program?

Stanton Friedman:

Not really, I think it’s more a case of self-interest, and the astronomy community seems to get along with them so it’s self-reinforcing. I think SETI suffers from an attitude of what I have begun to call “the David Susskind Syndrome.” Susskind had a TV talk show; his staff told me they were planning on doing a show on UFOs, so I helped put them in contact with several people. While taping the show, Susskind summed up his position by stating “I read the New York Times and haven’t seen anything in it to convince me these things are real.” In a nutshell that’s it: “If there was anything to it, we’d know about it.” That’s my sense of the attitude that rules SETI.

MTPS:

Some have called you the “Father of Modern UFOlogy.” Your research on the Roswell crash, the Betty and Barney Hill abduction case, and Operation Majestic 12 has raised the bar for other UFO investigators. However, those cases are several decades old. Are there any recent UFO cases that you find intriguing and would like the opportunity to investigate.

Stanton Friedman:

Not really. I’m 80 years old and don’t do a lot of fieldwork anymore. But that doesn’t mean there are not a lot of great cases. MUFON – the Mutual UFO Network – gets reports of 600 sightings a month. NARCAP – the National Aviation Reporting Center on Anomalous Phenomena – has thousands of UFO sightings by pilots and other aviation professionals. But there are plenty of field investigators, and they do a good job. Right now I’m focusing on communication – that’s a job I can do better than most.

MTPS:

In your book you establish that national governments have evidence that some UFOs are ET spacecraft. Governments (especially the U.S. Government) balk at releasing this information. However, in the late 1990s the Government of France published a study titled “UFOs and Defense: What Must We Be Prepared For?” (also known as “the Cometa Report”). This in-depth 99-page document presents UFO cases from France and other countries, describes related and ongoing scientific research into possible technologies, and discusses defensive methods that should be considered, as well as possible strategic, political and social implications. This French Government study is far beyond anything the U.S. Government has put out in terms of addressing the UFO issue objectively. Do you know whether it has had any influence among USG officials?

Stanton Friedman:

The biggest impact it had was to encourage people. The Fund for UFO Research paid for an English translation, and investigative reporter Leslie Kean did some very good reporting on if for the Boston Globe. I get angry when people say there is no evidence. They just haven’t looked for it.

MTPS:

The U.S. Government shows little inclination to publicly disclose information on UFOs. However, now we’ve gotten to the point where we have credible eyewitness testimony, official documents, paper trails and smoking guns. Should we spend a lot of effort trying to get confirmation from the USG that some UFOs are ET spacecraft? Let’s take the U.S. Government out of the equation and assume that no further information regarding UFOs will ever be forthcoming. Is there a path forward for the rest of us?

Stanton Friedman:

Spaceship4The big issue will be how we can make UFOs respectable. What we need is a Woodward and Bernstein to investigate the UFO cover-up rather than Watergate. If anyone would spend that kind of time and effort on UFOs, it would have a major impact on the media. The fact is that 80% of the population believes in UFOs and 10% have actually witnessed one – but of that 10%, a full 90% have not reported it. When asked why not, they say that they didn’t want people to think they were nuts.

The Kepler Satellite has helped make the idea of life on planets other than Earth more acceptable. Previously many scientists believed it was possible that we were the only solar system in existence. But Kepler has shown us that there are at least 1 billion planets in the Milky Way galaxy alone.

We also need to look at our spending and what it says about us and about our priorities. We spend over $1 trillion annually on the military, but hardly anything on astronomy. We act like a primitive society whose major activity is tribal warfare. That said we’re not in the Dark Ages anymore. Los Alamos tested a fission nuclear engine that was less than eight feet in diameter at a power level of 4400 magawatts (twice the power of the Hoover dam). Fusion rockets can eject charged particles having 10 million times as much energy per particle as can chemical rockets. Almost all the energy in the universe is produced by nuclear fusion in the stars, so we ourselves have technology that shows you can get here from there – if we are willing to spend the money.

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Nuclear Physicist-Lecturer Stanton T. Friedman received his BSc. and MSc. Degrees in physics from the University of Chicago in 1955 and 1956. He was employed for 14 years as a nuclear physicist by such companies as GE, GM, Westinghouse, TRW Systems, Aerojet General Nucleonics, and McDonnell Douglas working in such highly advanced, classified, eventually cancelled programs as nuclear aircraft, fission and fusion rockets, and various compact nuclear powerplants for space and terrestrial applications.

Stanton Friedman is the original civilian investigator of the Roswell Incident and co-authored Crash at Corona: The Definitive Study of the Roswell Incident. TOP SECRET/MAJIC, his controversial book about the Majestic 12 group, established in 1947 to deal with alien technology, was published in 1996. An expanded new edition was published in 2005. Stan was presented with a Lifetime UFO Achievement Award in Leeds, England, in 2002, by UFO Magazine of the UK. He is co-author with Kathleen Marden (Betty Hill’s niece) of a book in 2007: Captured! The Betty and Barney Hill UFO Experience. His book Flying Saucers and Science was published in June 2008. His newest book, also co-authored with Kathleen Marden, is Science Was Wrong released in June 2010.   He has spoken at more MUFON Symposia than anyone else.

For more information visit Stanton Friedman’s website at: www.stantonfriedman.com

 

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