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Scientist-Astronaut Edgar Mitchell dropped a bombshell speaking at the fifth annual X-Conference saying about UFOs  “there is extraterrestrial life, and that it’s being concealed by the United States government”.

[When you use quotation marks, you’ve got to use the exact words of the speaker.  And the punctuation, period, goes inside the quotations.]  

At this conference a group of speakers were to discuss  “the governmental, political and media aspects of 60+ years of extraterrestrial engagement and government denials. George Noory Coast to Coast AM radio show host and famous author and archaeologist Graham Hancock  where among the speakers at the gathering.

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During Mitchell’s presentation he explained that he grew up in Roswell, New Mexico, the site of disputed UFO crash in 1947. Mitchell says he and other members of his community were told by military authorities not to talk about it.  But witnesses  “didn’t want to go to the grave with their story. They wanted to tell somebody reliable. And being a local boy and having been to the moon, they considered me reliable enough to whisper in my ear their particular story.” Mitchell claims that they eventually want the story out and he is viewed as a credible messenger because of his resume.

“I urge those who are doubtful: Read the books, read the lore, start to understand what has really been going on. Because there really is no doubt we are being visited,” he said.

“The universe that we live in is much more wondrous, exciting, complex and far-reaching than we were ever able to know up to this point in time.”

Mitchell claimed he used his highly-regarded status to speak confidently with a Pentagon admiral, who confirmed the UFO crash at Roswell. He claims he has since spoken to government officials from three different countries who say they have had contact with aliens. He is now calling for NASA and the government to stop hiding evidence of alien contact and start being honest with the American public.

A NASA spokesperson responded saying that “NASA does not track UFOs. NASA is not involved in any sort of cover-up about alien life on this planet or anywhere else – period.”

This information Mitchell has said before, but what was different this time is that the mainstream media became interested. Mitchell has set the Internet ablaze with articles, blogs, and forum discussion. One reporter acknowledges that Mitchell is respected highly, and is a national hero; he has with a somber, straight face told the world without reservation that we have been visited by UFOs, aliens are real, and our government is indeed, covering up this information.

“Our destiny, in my opinion, and we might as well get started with it, is [to] become a part of the planetary community. … We should be ready to reach out beyond our planet and beyond our solar system to find out what is really going on out there,” Mitchell has said.

Mitchell as a Navy officer achieved a Doctor of Science degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautical engineering from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School. He also holds honorary doctorates from the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, New Mexico State University, the University of Akron, and Carnegie Mellon University.

On Britain’s Kerrang radio show on July 23, 2008, Mitchell told the world that the 500+ witnesses telling us that a UFO from another world crashed in Roswell, N.M, in 1947, were in fact, telling the truth, and that a government cover-up of UFO and alien information began at that time, and continues today. We have been visited by beings from other worlds a number of other times also, some of which he had insider knowledge of during his time at NASA. These events were also covered up. UFO proponents, of course, already took these events as truth, but now we know for certain.

Host Kerrang said there is a big difference between believing something is true, and knowing for certain that it [does]. I want to believe that UFOs are real, Dr. Mitchell knows UFOs are real. In all fairness, we cannot forget that he also told us that a lot of the reports of UFOs are not extraterrestrial in nature, there are a lot of reports that are misidentifications of planes, stars, comets, balloons, etc, reported as UFOs, and of course, we have many hoaxes, faked photos and videos to blur our vision of what is real.

There have been a number of well respected individuals who have told us similar things, and some of them may also have inside information, but none of them had the impact of Mitchell’s statement. Could it be the time of his announcement, coming on the heels of the O’Hare Airport sighting, the Texas sightings, and the ongoing UFO waves over Great Britain? Possibly, or could it be who he is, a famous Astronaut?

“I happen to have been privileged enough to be in on the fact that we’ve been visited on this planet and the UFO phenomena is real,” Dr Mitchell said.

Mitchell was part of the 1971 Apollo 14 moon mission. He is credited with the longest moonwalk in history for his nine-hour walk in the Fra Mauro Highlands region of the moon. Known for his interest in the paranormal, Mitchell conducted ESP experiments during his Apollo 14 mission.

“Make no mistake, Roswell happened. I’ve seen secret files which show the government knew about it – but decided not to tell the public.” Mitchell said.

In an exclusive interview on Oct 10, 1998 from his Florida home, Edgar told John Earls why he is convinced there is life on other planets and that aliens have, in fact, landed on Earth.

As a former astronaut, the military people who have access to these files are more willing to talk to me than to people they regard as mere cranks.

The stories I have heard from these people, who are more highly qualified than me to talk about UFOs, leave me in no doubt that aliens have already visited Earth.

I’ve been interested in the subject since I joined NASA 40 years ago. Probably my most visionary moment was when I actually landed on the moon with Apollo 14.

I felt an overwhelming sense that the universe itself is in some way a conscious being in its own right. This means that all life-forms, whether on Earth or elsewhere, are all part of one giant consciousness.

So when I learned that aliens really do exist, I wasn’t too surprised. But what did shock me when I started investigating extra-terrestrial reports a decade ago is the extent to which the proof has been hushed up.

Indeed, I’ve heard convincing stories about governments all over the world that know of alien visits – including the British government.

Mitchell continued not all governments are anxious to keep their findings quiet. The Belgians have admitted that aliens may be out there and have released information about sightings that cannot be explained away as military planes, weather phenomena and so on.

The whole question of extra-terrestrials should be looked at in an historical context. Five hundred years ago, the astronomer Copernicus was condemned as a heretic for saying that planet Earth wasn’t the centre of the universe but merely a small part of it.

Decent Opinion Essay:  To make this essay more effective, the student needs to give more specific information.  Too many times I read: “other members of his community,” “told military authorities,”  “military old-timers,” “stories . . . from people more qualified than me,” “a number of well-respected individuals,”  a Pentagon admiral.”  These references sound concocted as a reader cannot verify any of these sources.

Now we laugh at those long-dead fools for not listening to the truth. People who believe in aliens aren’t all cranks and some may be looked upon in the future as visionaries similar to Copernicus. Meanwhile, the majority of us still believe mankind is the biological centre of the universe.

We will refuse to accept that intelligent life exists outside Earth unless we personally bump into an alien while we’re doing the shopping. Is this attitude really any different from those “simpletons” of 500 years ago?

My training at NASA only allows me to look at things scientifically. Even if I hadn’t been shown evidence of alien landings on Earth, the assumption must be that somewhere in the universe another planet is capable of supporting alien life.

Those life-forms need not be “little green men”. The scientists’ definition of intelligent life is whether or not it can use and manage information. Even the most primitive microbes on Earth qualify by that definition, and surely there are at the very least similar microbes thriving on planets throughout the universe.

I would describe myself as a cynic. I wasn’t convinced about the existence of aliens until I started talking to the military old-timers who were there at the time of Roswell. The more government documentation on aliens I was told about, the more convinced I became.

I firmly believe that this documentation will have to be made public within the next three or four years. And if proof of ETs is finally made public, nobody will be happier than me.

If the people don’t want to come out to the ballpark, nobody’s going to stop them.  —The One and Only Yogi Berra

Miss McCulla is a retired English teacher of 32 years.  She has Mastery of the grammar and mechanics of English, and has taught expository, fiction writing, and rhetorical skills to hundreds of students and aspiring writers throughout her career.  She has written/edited/self-published five books, and currently manages a writing blog called The Underground Tutor where she gathers years of “teacher tips” and “general interest examples” and passes them on to interested writers.

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March 14, 2019   62   mary    Help With Student Essays, Opinion Essay  
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