Nature of the Alien:
ETs, Demons or a Government Plot?
Part 10
Copyright 1994 - 2018 Bill's Bible Basics

Authored By  :
Bill Kochman

Published On :
April 30, 1997

Last Updated :
January 19, 2018

Scientists Hermann Oberth, Walter Riedel, James E. McDonald And Andrew W. Howard Say UFOs Are Extraterrestrials, Aliens Look Like Us Say Dr. Cyril Ponnamperuma And L. Gordon Cooper Physicist Maurice Bilot Believes UFOs Are Extraterrestrials Prof. Thomas Gold Says Human Life Was Seeded By Alien Beings Astronomer J. Garzon Says UFOs Are Real And Extraterrestrial Wilbert Smith, Smith Memo, Project Magnet Says UFOs Are Real Vannevar Bush, American Technology Based On Alien Technology? Jacques Vallée Refutes Crashed UFOs Scenario, If We're Alone Will Faith In Big Brother Government Replace Belief In God?, 1995 GAO Roswell Report, Project Mogul, Roswell Daily Record, 509th Bomb Group, Hottel Memo, Thomas Dubose And Roger Ramey

Two decades later, in a book by Robin Collyns, entitled "Did Spacemen Colonize the Earth?", published by Pelham Books in 1974, on page 236 we find the following quotes attributed to Professor Hermann Oberth as well:

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"The great German space pioneer Hermann Oberth said, "We cannot take credit for our record advancement in certain scientific fields alone; we have been helped." When asked who helped, he said: "The people of other worlds."

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Surely a man of Oberth's stature would not jeopardize his respected standing within the scientific community by making such a controversial and outlandish statement, unless he was sufficiently convinced of what he said. Oberth wasn't alone. Other German scientists apparently shared the belief that at least some UFOs were of unearthly origin. In the April 1952 edition of the popular American magazine, "Life", the cover of which sported a sexy picture of American idol, Marilyn Monroe, we find the following quote attributed to German rocket engineer, Walter Riedel:

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"I'm convinced that saucers have an out-of-world basis."

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As we will be discussing a bit later in our series, 1952 was the year that an amazing UFO wave buzzed over Washington, DC, as Washington officials and the American military helplessly looked on, their fighter jets unable to keep pace with the elusive crafts.

Another American scientist who became convinced that UFOs are of extraterrestrial origin, was Dr. James E. McDonald. A professor of Atmospheric Physics at the University of Arizona, in 1967, he stated:

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"I have absolutely no idea where the UFOs come from or how they are operated; but after ten years of research, I know they are something from outside our atmosphere."

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Harvard University astrophysicist, Dr. Andrew W. Howard, had this to say:

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"Intelligent beings abound in the Universe, and most of them are far older than we are."

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In a 1986 edition of the American newspaper "Blade Tribune", distinguished Sri Lankan chemist, Dr. Cyril Ponnamperuma, who at that time was the Director of the University of Maryland's Laboratory of Chemical Evolution, offered a very interesting perspective regarding the physiology of the extraterrestrial entities. In an article entitled "Scientist States ET's Look Just Like Us", Professor Ponnamperuma stated:

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"Forget about those fanciful Hollywood notions about the bizarre appearance of ET's . . . When we do land on a planet somewhere, someday, don't be surprised if somebody walks up to shake your hand."

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For much of his accomplished life, Ponnamperuma possessed a deep interest in the origin of life. Among his achievements over the decades, in the late 1960's, he was chosen by NASA as the principal investigator for the analysis of the moon dust from the Apollo missions. He remained deeply involved in other NASA programs and missions after that. He died in 1995.

American astronaut, L. Gordon Cooper, who was a participant in the Mercury and Gemini missions, concurred with Professor Ponnamperuma's opinion concerning the physical appearance of extraterrestrials. In an interview on the American TV Show, "The Merv Griffin Show", in agreeing with Griffin's remark that many people believe that aliens look like humans, Mr. Cooper stated:

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"Right . . . apparently from everyone . . . who has had contact with UFOs, they seem to agree . . . that the occupants are really not that different from what we are."

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While I personally have no evidence to back up this view, as a Christian, I am inclined to agree with the position held by Dr. Ponnamperuma and Cooper. While there aren't any strict rules which state what God can and cannot do, based upon the evidence that we do find in the Bible, it seems to me that if the Lord chose to create man in His own image here on Earth, then, if He has in fact sown the seeds of intelligent life on other distant worlds, then He would probably create it in His own image as well; meaning a very humanoid form. Of course, it may also be that God, as the Designer and Creator of life, enjoys diversity in His work. Perhaps one of these days, we, the general public, will know the full answer to this great mystery.

Another important voice from the scientific community is Maurice Bilot, the renown aerodynamicist and mathematical physicist. In the April 7, 1952 edition of the American magazine "Life", Bilot stated:

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"The least improbable explanation is that these things UFOs are artificial and controlled. My opinion for some time has been that they have an extraterrestrial origin."

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Unless I am mistaken, this is the same edition of "Life" in which German rocket engineer, Walter Riedel, also expressed his view that UFOs are piloted by alien intelligences. The title of the article may have been "Have We Visitors From Outer Space?".

Controversial figure, Thomas "Tommy" Gold, who was professor emeritus of astronomy at Cornell University before he passed away, took the idea of alien visitation a step further. Gold was known for his highly provocative theories; some of which were ultimately proven to be correct. One position that Gold adopted, which we discussed earlier, was that life may have first been seeded on Earth by alien beings, as we see by the following quote:

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"Life on earth may have started when space men landed here billions of years ago."

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And then there is astronomer J. Garzon of Mexico's National Astronomical Observatory, located in Mexico City. As some of you will undoubtedly know, over the years, there have been a significant number of UFO sightings in the Mexico City and Puebla area. Many of these events appear to originate in the vicinity of two of Mexico's most famous volcanos. These are Popocatépetl and Ixtaccíhuatl. So what is Doctor Garzon's professional opinion of UFOs? He simply stated:

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"UFOs really exist and apparently come from other planets."

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In light of such provocative statements from serious-minded scientists such as Oberth, Riedel, McDonald, Bilot, Howard, Ponnamperuma, Gold, Garzon, and others not mentioned here, perhaps we need to revisit the question: Is it possible that at least some of our modern technology is the by-product of alien intervention? If so, does this add any credibility to Bob Lazar's story? What do you think?

Before we continue, allow me to share a final quote with you from Wilbert Brockhouse Smith. Smith was a highly regarded member of the Canadian Dept. of Communications. He held both a B.Sc. and a M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering, and was also a Senior Radio Engineer with the Broadcast and Measurements Section of the Canadian Department of Transport. His work in radio communications is recognized around the world. Back in the early 1950's, Mr. Smith both established, and became the director of, Project Magnet, which was regarded as Canada's official UFO study project. Its purpose was to study how magnetic and gravitational principles might be responsible for the amazing flight maneuvers which characterize many UFO encounters and sightings.

In an internal memorandum to the Controller of Telecommunications, dated the 21st of November, 1950, and now commonly referred to amongst UFOlogists as the "Smith Memo", Wilbert Smith expressed his belief that UFOs are real objects. The document, which was eventually declassified by the Canadian government, stated in part:

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"The existence of a different technology is borne out by the investigations which are being carried on at the present time in relation to flying saucers . . . The matter is the most highly classified subject in the United States Government, rating higher even than the H-bomb. Flying saucers exist. Their modus operandi is unknown, but concentrated effort is being made by a small group headed by Dr. Vannevar Bush."

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As a side note, in 1940, Vannevar Bush was appointed as the chairman of the National Defense Research Committee. A year later, the NDRC was absorbed into the Office of Scientific Research and Development, and Bush became its director. This organization was the weapons research and development center for the American military, and maintained direct control of the Manhattan Project. As a matter of record, Vannevar Bush was also in large part responsible for the creation of the National Science Foundation in 1950.

As a result of the "Smith Memo", the Canadian Department of Transport approved Wilbert Smith's proposal to officially investigate UFO sightings; and on December 2, 1950, Project Magnet came into being. Several years later, on August 10, 1953, Smith submitted a report concerning the progress of Project Magnet, in which he not only reaffirmed his belief that UFOs are real, but also that they are extraterrestrial in origin. In that interim report, Smith also mentioned his intentions to try to acquire some of the alien technology:

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"It appears then, that we are faced with a substantial probability of the real existence of extraterrestrial vehicles, regardless of whether they fit into our scheme of things. It is therefore submitted that the next step in this investigation should be a substantial effort toward the acquisition of as much as possible of this technology . . ."

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In agreement with Smith's comment regarding acquiring alien technology, as we saw earlier, some people are in fact of the opinion that some American technology may have resulted from knowledge garnered over the past seven decades from recovered alien spacecrafts. These vessels are believed to have either crashed, or to have been forcibly brought down over American skies, such as at the now-famous 1947 Roswell UFO crash site. I suspect that we may never know the full truth regarding the Roswell incident, or any other alleged UFO crash event; and that regardless of whatever the truth may be concerning such events, it will continue to disappear into the black hole of American military secrecy.

But not everyone accepts the crashed flying saucer scenario. One such person is Jacques Vallée. In the aforementioned 50 GCAT interview, Vallée expresses some strong reservations regarding whether any alien discs have ever really crashed at all; and I must admit, that his argument does make sense to me. During the interview, Vallée stated:

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"Also, I am skeptical for another reason: We build technologies now that are extremely reliable where there is the need. How often does your hard disk crash? I mean, if you keep your computer for 15 years, eventually the hard disk is going to crash. But you don't expect that to happen. If you were going to build a technology that takes you across interstellar space, it would have to be extremely reliable."

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I concur with Vallée. It doesn't make much sense to me that an alien civilization would be so advanced, so as to be able to create a technology which would enable them to transverse the vast distances of interstellar space, simply to have said vessels brought down by something as elemental, or "ancient", as our Earth technology, or else by electromagnetic waves or storms. Such an advanced civilization would surely possess knowledge of such things, and would take the necessary steps to protect themselves, and their crafts, from such potential dangers.

But assuming for a moment that the American Government -- and perhaps other governments as well -- are aware of the reality of the alien-UFO phenomenon, why would our leaders purposely choose to conceal such Earth-shaking news from us? Setting aside the military implications I discussed earlier, should we just accept the standard excuse that such knowledge would cause widespread fear, confusion and chaos; or perhaps even result in the total collapse of the world's religions? While there's certainly some degree of truth in such concerns, so that even I can recognize that such an astounding revelation by our governments could result in a serious upheaval of our current social order, nevertheless, is it possible that there is a more sinister motivation behind such secrecy; that is, of course, assuming that our leaders really are hiding something from us?

Consider the following. If the government, through a subtle, indoctrination campaign, convinces us that extraterrestrial life, that is to say, intelligent life, doesn't exist; and if, through the teaching of the theory of evolution in the public school system, they also convince our children that God, Heaven, Hell, Angels, demons, etc., don't exist either, what does that leave us with? It leaves us with nothing but ourselves and our little blue planet. It means that we must be completely alone in this vast Universe, and that even our very existence must merely be the result of time, evolution, and random chance, and not the result of a Divine Creator, Provider and Protector who loves us. Of course, I personally don't believe this for a moment. As the Apostle Paul said to the Athenians:

"God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath and all things . . . For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring."
Acts 17:24, 28, KJV

But if the government were to convince you that Earth is the only inhabited planet in the entire Universe, and that we're all simply the product of a mindless process of evolution, how would such a possibility make you feel? Alone perhaps? Or insignificant? Would it fill you with despair? Would it make everything seem pointless?

Of course, in the absence of a Divine Creator, Provider and Protector, the vacuum must be filled with something else. Why is this? Because every human being on this Earth has the need to have a purpose in his or her life. Each of us also has the need to feel that we are loved, protected and cared for, and the government, that is to say, your government, is more than willing to play the role. In other words, in the absence of a Divine Creator, the government makes itself everything to us: protector, provider and educator. Big Brother simply replaces God. So we must ask ourselves: If such a conspiracy exists as some people claim, is it possible that there's an intentional suppression of the truth concerning the alien-UFO phenomenon? And if this phenomenon is actually spiritual in nature, and not extraterrestrial at all, is the suppression of this truth purposely meant to destroy our faith in God, so that we each become totally dependent on those who rule over us?

Looking at this issue from the opposite end of the spectrum, there is another possibility as well, and I am not the first person to propose it. It may be that the U.S. Government is actually playing both ends of the field. In other words, on one hand, according to some people, the American Government does all it can to diminish the belief in aliens and UFOs; while on the other, it purposely fuels the very same debate. For instance, to minimize the belief in aliens and UFOs, the American Government will periodically issue technical reports in which it denies the reality of said phenomenon.

One prime example of this particular strategy is the 1995 GAO -- General Accounting Office -- report concerning the 1947 Roswell UFO incident. As I mentioned earlier in this series, according to this widely-circulated, controversial report, the government claims that what was actually recovered in the deserts of New Mexico in July of 1947, wasn't a crashed alien spaceship, but rather a high-altitude weather balloon. According to another report which was released in July 1994 by the U.S. Air Force, this balloon was part of a secret project code named MOGUL. The purpose of the project was to ascertain the nuclear status of the Soviet Union. By using high-altitude balloons, to which were attached a series of radar reflectors and acoustic sensors, the magnitude of Russia's nuclear detonations could be determined.

As I also mentioned earlier, aside from the actual witnesses who have come forward since 1947, one reason why the Roswell story has persisted over so many decades, is because of the rather suspicious manner in which the original press release was handled by the military. To refresh your memory, on July 8, 1947, the public information office of the Roswell Army Air Field announced the crash and recovery of an object which they clearly described as a "flying disc." This amazing story was on the front page of the Roswell Daily Record that day, and stated in part:

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No Details of Flying Disk are Revealed

The many rumors regarding the flying disk became a reality yesterday when the intelligence office of the 509th Bomb Group of the Eighth Air Force, Roswell Army Air Field, was fortunate enough to gain possession of a disk through the cooperation of one of the local ranchers and the sheriff's office of Chaves County.

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Another article which appeared in the Roswell Daily Record, which may possibly have been a revised version of the above story, stated:

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No Details of Flying Disk are Revealed

Roswell Daily Record July 8th, 1947

The intelligence office of the 509th Bombardment group at Roswell Army Air Field announced at noon today, that the field has come into possession of a flying saucer.

According to information released by the department, over authority of Maj. J. A. Marcel, intelligence officer, the disk was recovered on a ranch in the Roswell vicinity, after an unidentified rancher had notified Sheriff Geo. Wilcox here, that he had found the instrument on his premises.

Major Marcel and a detail from his department went to the ranch and recovered the disk, it was stated.

After the intelligence officer here had inspected the instrument it was flown to higher headquarters.

The intelligence office stated that no details of the saucer's construction or its appearance had been revealed.

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As the above articles explain, the recovery was conducted by the highly-trained 509th Bomb Group, which, as I mentioned before, was directly involved with the 1945 nuclear attacks against Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

In short, the Roswell Army Air Field retrieval team did not consist of new, inexperienced recruits. They obviously knew their job well; they undoubtedly knew how to distinguish a flying disc from a weather balloon; and we can assume that the recovery operation was conducted in a very professional manner. In spite of these facts, the next day, the US media reported that the Commanding General of the U.S. Eighth Air Force, located in Fort Worth, Texas, had announced that what the 509th Bomb Group had actually recovered, was a crashed radar-tracking balloon, and not a flying disc, as had been reported the previous day.

Given the above facts, it's quite easy to understand why this sudden reversal would fuel speculation of an intentional U.S. Government cover-up. As outsiders to all of these events, we the public can only wonder. Was the "flying disc" story the cover-up created to protect Project Mogul, or is it possible that the Project Mogul / weather balloon story was the actual cover-up created to protect the U.S. Government's recovery of a real alien flying disc?

Perhaps we can discover at least part of the answer in one of the many US Government documents which have been released in recent years, as a result of the Freedom of Information Act. Commonly referred to by UFOlogists as the "Hottel Memo", the following 1950 document is generally believed to be genuine; that is to say, it is not a hoax; it is in fact authentic. It should be noted that while there's currently no way to verify the reliability of the information contained in the memo, the fact that the names of individuals, and other information, is purposely deleted, (as with many other FOIA documents), does add to the overall strangeness of the memo. The "Hottel Memo" states as follows:

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TO: DIRECTOR, FBI DATE: March 22, 1950



The following information was furnished to SA [blanked] by [ blanked ] [blanked]

An investigator for the Air Forces stated that three so-called flying saucers had been recovered in New Mexico. They were described as being circular in shape with raised centers, approximately 50 feet in diameter. Each one was occupied by three bodies of human shape but only three feet tall, dressed in metallic cloth of a very fine texture. Each body was bandaged in a manner similar to the blackout suits used by speed flyers and test pilots.

According to Mr. [blanked] informant, the saucers were found in New Mexico due to the fact that the Government has a very high-powered radar set-up in that area and it is believed the radar interferes with the controlling mechanism of the saucers.

No further evaluation was attempted by SA [blank] concerning the above.


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Another important piece of information regarding the Roswell case comes from one General Thomas Jefferson Dubose, who in July, 1947 was a Colonel, and the Chief of Staff to Major General Roger Ramey. General Ramey was the head of the 8th Army Air Force at Fort Worth, Texas. It was Ramey who began circulating the weather balloon story after the recovered crash materials -- as well as the alleged alien bodies -- had been transported to the Fort Worth facility from the Roswell Army Air Field. It would later be sent to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, located outside of Dayton, Ohio. In a photo that was circulated at that time, in order to add weight to the weather balloon story, both Gen. Ramey and Dubose can be seen inspecting what appear to be the remains of a broken weather balloon, on the floor of General Ramey's office.

But after decades of alleged cover-up, something interesting happened in 1991. Dubose, who was now a retired Brigadiere General, decided that it was time to reveal the full truth regarding the Roswell UFO incident. In a signed and notarized affidavit, Dubose offered a completely different account of what had occurred back in July 1947. In the full reproduction below, please notice that in paragraph seven, General Dubose clearly states that the weather balloon story and photograph were all part of the U.S. Government's cover-up:

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(1) My name is Thomas Jefferson Dubose

(2) My address is: XXXXXXXXXX

(3) I retired from the U.S. Air force in 1959 with the rank of Brigadier General.

(4) In July 1947, I was stationed at Fort Worth Army Air Field [later Carswell Air Force Base] in Fort Worth, Texas. I served as Chief of Staff to Major General Roger Ramey, Commander, Eight Air Force. I had the rank of Colonel.

(5) In early July, I received a phone call from Maj. Gen. Clements McMullen, Deputy Commander, Strategic Air Command. He asked what we knew about the object which had been recovered outside Roswell, New Mexico, as reported in the press. I called Col. William Blanchard, Commander of the Roswell Army Air Field and directed him to send the material in a sealed container to me at Fort Worth. I so informed Maj. Gen. McMullen.

(6) After the plane from Roswell arrived with the material, I asked the Base Commander, Col. Al Clark, to take possession of the material and to personally transport it in a B-26 to Maj. Gen. McMullen in Washington, D.C. I notified Maj. Gen. McMullen, and he told me he would send the material by personal courier on his plane to Benjamin Chidlaw, Commanding General of the Air Material Command at Wright Field [later Wright Patterson AFB]. The entire operation was conducted under the strictest secrecy.

(7) The material shown in the photographs taken in Maj. Gen. Ramey's office was a weather balloon. The weather balloon explanation for the material was a cover story to divert the attention of the press.

(8) I have not been paid or given anything of value to make this statement, which is the truth to the best of my recollection.

Signed: T. J. Dubose Date: 9/16/91

Signature witnessed by: Linda R. Split Notary Public, State of Florida

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