SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The existence of aliens, once a taboo subject reserved for secret government meetings, conspiracy theorists and Hollywood directors, is now a common topic of discussion.
Images captured during a U.S. Navy training mission in 2015 are ultimately what led the U.S. government to formally address the possibility that extraterrestrials could actually exist with the formation of the Unidentified Areal Phenomena Task Force.
Navy pilots: “There is a whole fleet of them, look! My God, they’re going against the wind, the wind is 120 knots west. Check out this thing, man.
In the video, you can see unidentified flying objects maneuvering and flying at speeds that baffled hardened Navy veterans. Six years later, the video, declassified and now seen by millions of people, prompted the government to begin investigating Unidentified Aerial Phenomena, or UAPs, more commonly known as UFOs.
“What we see is pretty much anything in our 100 to 1,000-year-old arsenal. We are dealing with cutting edge technology. The question is, what is our part and what part is something else? In other words, do we have such advanced technology here? Who is it? It doesn’t appear to be something from our Department of Defense, ”said Sam Maranto, MUFON’s Illinois state director. “These things were up there at 80,000 feet, falling just over the water in less than a second. We don’t have technology like that.
Maranto has devoted most of his life to the unknown. He is investigating allegations of UFO sightings for MUFON, a civil nonprofit organization that studies the existence of extraterrestrial life.
Tiffany: “In your experience, given your work, are aliens real?
Maranto: “Yes. I mean, are there people there, other intelligent beings? Yes. Are they here? Of course, that is the question. Are we dealing with something of a higher intelligence than ours? Of course, of course.
Maranto is also investigating encounters with extraterrestrial life. Meetings like the one Terry Lovelace, a US Air Force veteran, says he had in the 1970s.
“I saw things in the sky. I saw UFOs, ”Lovelace said.
Lovelace served in the Air Force from 1973 to 1979 as a qualified medic and AMT. He then obtained his law degree from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. Today, he is a retired lawyer and former Assistant Attorney General living with his wife in Dallas, Texas.
“1977 was when I was kidnapped. I feel like for some reason they chose me for their experiments, ”Lovelace said.
Lovelace was camping in Devil’s Den, Arkansas with a military friend. He says they settled down at the park in a secluded, open area on the heights before things got weird.
“It was clear that this was going in our direction. As soon as it turned on, it turned off on its own. And then immediately there was this laser. Lasers were relatively new in 1977. I had seen them on television but never in real life, ”Lovelace said.
Decades of public denial of the existence of UFOs have kept Lovelace, an honored military veterinarian and respected lawyer, silent for 40 years about his alleged encounter with aliens.
“That big triangular thing that was 3000 feet above our heads when we fell asleep had come down. The second thing I saw was what I took for a dozen or maybe 15 kids, all about three feet tall and I could see them looming in the dark. I asked Toby, I said ‘Man, what are these kids doing here in the middle of nowhere, in the middle of the night?’ He said ‘Terry, man, look at them, they’re not little kids, they’re not human beings.’ He said ‘don’t you remember? They took us and they hurt us. As soon as he said that, my fear level went from 2 to 10. And I actually had very short mental flashes of being inside this thing.
It wasn’t until four decades later, in 2012, that he thought he had found proof, in an unexpected place, of this life-changing experience. A fall had landed him in the emergency room.
“The lady that took my x-rays, the technician, she took a set, then she came over and took a second set, then she asked me ‘Mr. Lovelace, do you have metal in your body or have you ever suffered a shrapnel wound? ‘ And I’m like, “no, I never left Missouri. I’ve never been anywhere to get hit by shrapnel. “And she said to me,” Well, you have abnormalities on your x-ray above and below your knee. ”
Take a close look at the area above his left knee. Doctors in Dallas were left bemused by the bizarre, no-visible scar tissue formation on Lovelace’s knee. Lovelace says the radiologist who looked at the x-rays insisted the only way these objects could get embedded in his leg should have been through an incision.
“There is a square structure the size of a fingernail, above my knee with two wires attached to it. And he said, “It couldn’t have gone under your skin and under your tissues without leaving a scar.” ” It is not possible.’ He insisted on looking at my left knee and he couldn’t find a scar and he was visibly shaken by it.
X-rays are what ultimately prompted Lovelace to tell his story, which he says he always wanted to keep a secret.
“If that came out, I would lose the respect of my peers in the legal community. If it had come out while I was Deputy Attorney General in two jurisdictions… if it had come out I had no doubt that I would have lost my job.
Over the past 9 years, Lovelace has shared his abduction story at conferences and events, turned it into a revealing book, and created his own website, which has made some people question his motives and authenticity. But local paranormal enthusiast Jason Bland believes it.
” I believe him. I believe in his testimony, I believe in his story. And if he is taken against his will or if he has been taken against his will, there is certainly a threat, ”said Bland.
Bland spends at least three hours every Sunday night broadcasting a podcast from his Michigan City basement talking about all things paranormal.
“We have open lines, we let people call and share their experiences. And we have paranormal experiences on the show,” Bland said. “I believe everything is connected. Whether it is ghosts, UFOs, bigfoot, I believe there is a universal paranormal theory that connects it all.”
Sunday after UAP government task force released findings in June 2021, Bland was on the air to openly criticize the federal report, saying the information comes down to nothing.
“I summed it up in about one sentence. We don’t know what they are, we are looking at it, give us more money, “Bland said on his podcast, Paranormal Soup.
In total, government officials reviewed 144 reports of PANs, or UFOs, between 2004 and 2021. The report is one of the first recognitions by the US government that UAPs are a national security issue.
Of these 144 reports, they could only explain, with great confidence, one of these observations. In this case, it was a big balloon that was deflating.
“It was only a nine-page summary. There’s a whole report that’s ten times the size of what Congress saw with satellite imagery that would blow people away, I’m sure. Maybe one day we’ll get our hands on it, but it’s a start. It’s the start of a conversation, ”Bland said.
It’s the start of a conversation that also sparks further studies on national security and technology.
“I found one of the most interesting things is that they said these PSUs can change their signature. They can basically hide stealth. It’s just technology that we don’t have, ”Bland said.
Maranto believes this is a technology that could pose a threat to human life.
“The other aspect of this technology is that it is able to stay permanently or move in the sky for hours without depleting any kind of energy. Has no wings, has no rotors, propellers, nothing. So how does it move? How’s it going ?” said Maranto.
Despite the federal report creating more questions than answers, it looks like paranormal enthusiasts and the government can finally land on common ground. The UAP task force lifts the stigma that alien life is just a conspiracy.
“The biggest takeaway is that the government is now admitting that something is going on,” Bland said.
“First of all, we’re very happy that they came out and say that first of all, it’s real. It is a real phenomenon, there is no UFO if and or cigarette butts exist, the UAPs exist. What exactly are they and where exactly they come from, and do they want exactly what they want, that remains the question. But for us the biggest obstacle is that of ‘you’re crazy’, ”said Maranto.