by Robert Hastings
This will be my last regularly-scheduled column. After 18 months, I feel that the time has come to pass the baton to someone else. I wish to thank Editor Roger Marsh for giving me the opportunity to share some of my research with the Journal’s readers. I will make guest appearances from time to time, as developments warrant.
After researching the UFO “phenomenon” for 40 years, I must conclude that the technology involved is so advanced that a human origin for it can be automatically ruled-out in almost every bona fide sighting case. The radar data alone substantiate the presence of unknown craft in our atmosphere whose capabilities are vastly beyond our own aircraft and which defy known aerodynamic principles.
Therefore, the available facts suggest to me that extraterrestrial visitation, by one or more races of beings, is occurring. Indeed, the idea of effective faster-than-light travel has now gained respectability among theoretical physicists—with more than 100 papers on the topic having been published in peer-reviewed scientific journals—even though empirical evidence to support its reality is currently lacking.
I further contend that alien visitation accounts for all of the nuclear weapons-related UFO incidents I have investigated over the years. In my view, a message is being sent to those who control those weapons: As long as nukes exist, they remain a potential threat to the future of humankind and to the planet itself. Get rid of them!
To those who think this a radical or ridiculous idea, it will be noted that former Project Blue Book chief, U.S. Air Force Captain Edward Ruppelt, once revealed that high-level officers at the Pentagon had seriously considered the possibility of an extraterrestrial interest in our atomic weapons testing.
According to Ruppelt, that particular assessment occurred in 1952, well before most of the UFO-related incidents I have uncovered. Given what my ex-U.S. military sources have divulged—certainly remarkable accounts but undoubtedly only a small part of the picture—I must assume that the current crop of UFO specialists at the Pentagon and the CIA have a far clearer understanding of the reality of UFO activity at our nuclear weapons sites than did their predecessors half-a-century ago, and more or less grudgingly endure it.
Further, given the pattern of ongoing UFO incursions at nuclear weapons sites over the last six decades, one might reasonably predict that as long as such weapons exist, that activity will continue to occur.
While overwhelming empirical evidence is not yet available, at least in the public domain, to confirm an extraterrestrial origin for UFOs, it can at least be said that some as-yet unexplained mystery has been thrown in the faces of those who planned, and still plan, to use these terrifying weapons.
Despite the many unanswered questions, I believe that the collective testimony of my sources, as well as those interviewed by other researchers, strongly supports the idea that those who pilot the UFOs are determined to make our military strategists and their superiors think twice, not only about using nukes as an instrument of war, but about possessing them in the first place.
Many of my ex-military sources, including former Air Force missile launch officer Bob Salas, agree with this contention. He says, “I honestly think, and this is pure speculation, but I really think the message is, ‘Let’s do away with nuclear weapons. Don’t play with these nuclear weapons, because you’re going to destroy yourselves with them.’ I think they mean to send some kind of message like that, because all they did was disable the missiles [I controlled at Malmstrom AFB, in March 1967]. I think they probably had the capability of doing a lot more, and that’s all they did.”
Significantly, based on the few KGB and Ministry of Defense documents currently available, it appears that the Soviet Union also experienced similar UFO-related “operational anomalies” at their own nuclear missile bases, at least once, as well as at one of their missile warhead depots. (I suspect that the total number of such incidents in the Soviet Union, and now Russia, is actually far higher. However, proving this is another matter.)
Despite the U.S. and Russian governments’ national security concerns, UFO interference with strategic nuclear weapons—although entirely unexpected and certainly unsought—might, if openly acknowledged, prove to be a catalyst for worldwide nuclear disarmament and, therefore, serve to ensure the long-term survival of humanity.
“Ah ha!”, the skeptics will say, “Hastings is just another one of those gullible UFO believers who thinks that aliens are here to save us from ourselves.” Well, no, that’s not really what I’m saying. The available reports from the missile fields suggest a scenario far more ambiguous, complicated, and subtle than that. In fact, a last-minute intervention by our visitors, to prevent the wholesale nuclear destruction of humanity, seems far from certain, and is not necessarily inferred by what has happened thus far.
The occasional disruption of a few of our missiles, as described by ex-U.S. Air Force personnel, falls well short of an intervention in the currently-dormant but still-revivable nuclear confrontation between the U.S. and Russia. So far as the public knows, no alien has secretly communicated with government officials from any nuclear-armed country, and issued an ultimatum to them to get rid of their weapons.
Moreover, because thousands of nuclear warheads and bombs continue to be deployed or stored by the major nuclear powers, there has obviously been no unilateral action on the part of our visitors to disable those weapons themselves, except in the most limited, intermittent manner.
Regarding my past discussion of the ominous incidents at Minot AFB, North Dakota, in 1966, and at an Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile base in Soviet Ukraine, in 1982—during which the launch sequence in a number of nuclear missiles was apparently activated by UFOs—I am convinced that no missiles would have actually flown, either in the U.S. or the U.S.S.R. In other words, those aboard the UFOs were not trying to start World War III. Instead, I think those events were demonstrations designed to scare the hell out of the command-level personnel in both countries. Similarly, the ongoing missile shutdown incidents were meant to demonstrate a different but equally-effective technological tool at our visitors’ disposal.
Therefore, it seems to me, what has taken place to-date appears to be more of a heavy hint, so to speak. As former Lt. Robert Jacobs nicely put it, maybe those who pilot the UFOs have—by their occasional interference with our nuclear weapons systems— “fired a shot across the bow of our nuclear silliness ship.”
But the occasional disruption of a few weapons is one thing; a decisive action by aliens to neutralize all of the nuclear weapons possessed by any two countries on the brink of war is quite another. As advanced as our visitors are, they still might lack the technological ability to pull off such a feat.
And then there is the question of will. We have no assurance that, after decades of futilely harassing the key players in the nuclear arms race, those aboard the UFOs won’t just throw up their hands in frustration and watch helplessly—at a safe distance—while we humans nuke each other. In short, none of what has been uncovered by my investigations necessarily portends salvation from the sky, should a full-scale nuclear war actually be launched by some nation.
So, in answer to those who might intentionally or unintentionally misconstrue my conclusions, no, I do not think that we can, or should, rely on outsiders to step in at the critical moment to prevent a nuclear conflict. We need to do that work ourselves, by eliminating nukes, as soon as possible.
Although the process has already begun to reduce their numbers, at least in the U.S. and Russia, complete disarmament will be a daunting task, given the entrenched obstinacy of strategic planners and political leaders, on both sides of the ocean, who believe that possessing some nuclear weapons is essential for their nation’s security.
So Show Yourselves!
Many people in my lecture audiences, after listening to my UFO-Nukes Connection thesis, have asked me why the aliens, if they are really here, don’t just openly reveal themselves once and for all—like the extraterrestrial Klaatu in the original version of The Day the Earth Stood Still—and use the same type of shocking, in-your-face First Contact to bring us to our senses regarding nuclear weapons.
After all, presumably our visitors could, if they so chose, land on the White House lawn or outside of the Kremlin and—at a single stroke—dramatically warn all of mankind against the perils inherent in possessing nukes. Because they have not done so, other factors appear to be at work—a larger game-plan of some kind—perhaps involving a gradual progression to open contact with humans in the future.
Or, instead, the visitors may adhere to a policy of very limited interaction with relatively primitive species such as ours—one which restricts direct communication, in one form or another, to situations in which a potentially disastrous, planetary-wide crisis is imminent—consequently requiring some type of interference in the affairs of those semi-savage societies.
In short, if either of these scenarios has merit, there will be no dramatic UFO landing on the White House lawn, or in the Kremlin’s courtyard, at least not anytime soon.
The American Dilemma
For me, one of the most important UFO-related issues has always been political and philosophical in nature. Our country’s government has been proclaimed to be “of the people, by the people, and for the people.” If this is indeed the case—and democratic principles do in fact guide our national policies—then a relative handful of people at the Pentagon, CIA, NSA, and the other intelligence agencies, must not be permitted to retain full and unchallenged discretionary power in a matter so momentous as the reality of UFOs.
While the official disclosure about our visitors’ existence and presence here must be handled with great care and consideration, it is nevertheless advisable and inevitable. The basic question is whether a secret as important as alien visitation should continue to be hidden from the American people, and the rest of humanity, decade after decade.
As I see it, the ongoing UFO intervention in U.S. strategic affairs is now a tale that needs to be told, in unflinching terms, to our legislative assemblies, if possible, but from the rooftops if necessary. All bold endeavors bear both planned-for and unintended consequences. The admission by U.S. government officials that our nuclear weapons have long been monitored, and at times compromised, by those of unknown origin and objectives, is not without its perils.
But the facts will—and should—become known, sooner or later, by one means or another, in a society such as ours. And that’s a good thing. After all, isn’t that how a democracy is supposed to operate?
While those in-the-know at the Pentagon and CIA can be expected to continue to view the unwanted interference with our nuclear weapons testing and deployment as alarming—understandably, since it is a situation over which they have no control—it nevertheless appears to be unavoidable, given the superior technology and unpredictable, hit-and-run tactics employed by our visitors.
All nations have national security secrets which need to be kept. Nevertheless, the fact that our officials are so determined to perpetuate the UFO cover-up begs the simple question: To what end? Is the secrecy designed to prevent the dire consequences of a possible public panic? Has Washington secretly learned of malicious alien intentions? Is the cover-up still in place to protect the defensive advantage our military might gain from its reverse-engineering of one or more recovered alien spacecraft, which credible sources claim we do indeed possess?
Or is the purpose of the secrecy to preserve, as long as possible, the planet’s status quo—keeping current political structures intact, religious beliefs unchallenged, and human enlightenment about our cosmic connections indefinitely postponed? We in the public simply cannot know at the present time.
When considering the nuclear weapons incidents in particular, one might ask whether the U.S. government is operating to protect the American public against some genuine threat from above or, instead, merely attempting to keep all of us in the dark regarding the visitors’ insistent, provocative actions at our nuclear weapons sites for other, perhaps questionable motives? If their interference with our nukes is in fact an expression of concern and/or disapproval over our possession of them, shouldn’t the public be made aware of this fact?
In other words, are “we the people” actually being defended against an outside threat, or is it instead the U.S. government’s desire to protect, unchallenged, its nuclear weapons capability that drives the cover-up of the now-well-documented UFO incidents at missile sites?
While there are undoubtedly a myriad of considerations underlying the official secrecy relating to UFOs, our government would obviously be concerned with maintaining its power and influence in the world—a position currently dependent, to a large degree, on its arsenal of nukes.
Consequently, the question arises: Regarding the issue of nuclear disarmament, can the American people truly rely on our elected officials to do the right thing and rid the world of these weapons, if our top leaders secretly believe that complete disarmament would be against our strategic interests?
Consider this: If all American citizens were to be candidly informed about the UFO activity at our nuclear weapons sites, and the apparent motivation underlying it, would the result of such a disclosure be a broad-based questioning of the need for nukes? Possibly. Even if only half, or a quarter, of the population were to actively agitate for the complete disposal of these weapons, that would surely be a development our government—currently committed as it is to its nukes-based strategic policy—would not wish to confront.
So, again, the question becomes: Is the U.S. government’s secret policy toward UFOs, and their pilots’ problematic behavior toward our nuclear weapons—at least from the Pentagon’s point-of-view—actually in our country’s, and the planet’s, best interests?
Old Enemies Are Still Wary
Over the past two decades, much has changed for the better regarding the international nuclear arms situation, however, some developments seem distressingly familiar and are perhaps far more ominous than the average person realizes. Although steps have been taken to reduce the number of American and Russian nuclear weapons—the latest cuts were ratified by the U.S. Senate in 2010—we still have a long way to go to achieve complete disarmament.
The bottom-line is this: Our two countries are still armed to the teeth and there is no guarantee that these weapons will not be used at some point. The concern that I and many others have about the continuing and still-precarious nuclear stand-off between the U.S. and Russia has long been enunciated by the respected Bulletin of Atomic Scientists. First published in 1945, at the dawn of the Nuclear Age, the bulletin has been a reliable source of information on the arms race, as well as a strong advocate of nuclear disarmament.
Its Executive Director and Publisher, Kennette Benedict, observes that although world attention has been focused in recent years on terrorists armed with nukes, the nuclear aspirations of Iran, and a possible nuclear conflict between India and Pakistan, the real threat lies elsewhere.
Benedict says, “Those are not the countries I would worry about…I think the elephant in the room is still the fact that Russia and the U.S. have not stood down from their Cold War launch-readiness...”
Joseph Cirincione, an arms control analyst with the Center for American Progress, reinforces the point, “The Russians and the U.S. still have thousands of weapons, many of them ready to launch in 15 minutes or less. This is enough to destroy both countries and, in fact, the world...There are several ways a nuclear war could start in the next decade or so. The most likely is by accident—one side, misinterpreting the actions of the other, thinks they’ve launched a nuclear attack and then responds in kind...”
In short, we humans are not out of the proverbial woods yet.
As long as I have been speaking publicly and writing about UFOs, I have said that a critical mass of evidence is currently lacking to prove the extraterrestrial hypothesis of UFOs. However, while it is technically necessary to have all of the pieces of a puzzle to complete it, one rarely requires every last one of them to comprehend the overall picture. Therefore, I will suggest that those who have read my columns, but still scoff at the idea of alien visitors tampering with our nukes, simply cannot see the forest for the trees.
Yes, there is much that we do not know about the UFO enigma. Many of the facts are currently unknown or, at least, not readily accessible to members of the public. But the basic choice we have is a simple one: We as a species can either continue ignoring or avoiding the next phase of our intellectual evolution—by refusing to look for those missing pieces of the UFO puzzle—or we can make a collective effort to learn the truth, whatever that might be. One thing is certain: Neither blind rejection nor blind acceptance of the “phenomenon” will provide the answers we need.
In my view, those aboard the UFOs do not intend to provide humans with many of those answers. Instead, they are prompting us to ponder and investigate their reality and presence here.
The visitors are attempting to force us to think for ourselves, and to willingly act in our own best interests.
It remains to be seen whether this is a temporary approach—part of the decades-long acclimation process which I propose is underway to gradually acquaint us with themselves—or a permanent feature of our relationship with them.
In either case, the journey ahead will undoubtedly be an exciting one.