Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011 | 5:13 p.m.
Retired Army Col. John Alexander is one heckuva guy with an amazing background in and out of the military. He’s a former Green Beret commander happily married to Victoria Alexander, a film critic for Films in Review magazine. They live quietly here in Las Vegas, a few miles west of the Strip, and we’ve often run into one another at various events. Just a regular Las Vegas power couple?
Not so fast because John has just published a new book about UFOs and extra-terrestrials that’s bound to upset people. UFOs: Myths, Conspiracies and Realities also is en route to becoming a bestseller.
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My longtime good friend Lee Spiegel, an AOL editor in New York, tipped me to the fact that the highly decorated officer had used his military savvy and high security clearance to spend a quarter of a century going through the top levels of the U.S. government and military searching for the group of people who were allegedly responsible for UFO information and the supposedly decades-old UFO cover-up. His conclusions: Not only is there no such group and no cover-up, but also disclosure about UFOs has already occurred on official levels.
Lee told me: “Whether you believe or disbelieve the notion that UFOs are visitors from another planet, he’s come forward with information that may infuriate those on both sides in the ongoing debate. UFO disclosure has already occurred, and the ultimate solution to UFOs is more complex than most people think.
“With so many people crying out these days for the U.S. government or the United Nations or even The Vatican to issue some sort of ‘we are not alone in the universe’ disclosure statement, John says the information has been dripping out all around us, over decades, with top officials casually making statements about UFOs.
John points out the 1950 remark by President Harry Truman: “I can assure you the flying saucers, given that they exist, are not constructed by any power on Earth.”
“Disclosure has happened! It starts with former Presidents Truman, Carter, Reagan and the Soviet Union’s Gorbachev. I’ve got stacks of generals, including Soviet generals, who’ve come out and said UFOs are real. My point is, how many times do senior officials need to come forward and say this is real?” John told Lee at AOL News and confirmed that former military officers have come forward to discuss their experiences when UFOs reportedly tampered with U.S. nuclear missile sites.
“At one time, before a lot of this information was released, I could see both the classified and the unclassified material. And I will tell you that 98 percent of the information was already in the public domain. The only things that weren’t there was stuff like sources and method, which is protected, but the information about the incident was already out there. Despite overwhelming evidence of interaction, nothing was done. It’s like a number of things that simply get put in the too-tough-to-handle bin. If it happens again, we’ll get nervous, but since it didn’t happen, put it aside.”
The 74-year-old one-time A-Team commander and weapons developer at Los Alamos, N.M., will speak and present his views at this weekend’s International UFO Congress taking place in Scottsdale, Ariz. Lee told me: “He takes issue with both true believers who assume any strange light in the sky is from another planet and hard-nosed skeptics who debunk any and all UFO reports and evidence to the contrary.”
In his new book, John says categorically: “UFOs are real! With no prevarication or qualification of terms, there are physical objects of unknown origin that do transit our universe. The evidence that supports those statements is simply overwhelming. The problem is, when you discuss UFOs, we are talking everything from little balls of light to hard craft a mile or more across, and everything in between. So what is it? I argue that, not only are we not solving the problems yet, we’re not even asking the right questions because we approach this wrong.”
Lee told me that John is a frequent radio talk show guest, and Emmy Award-winning investigative reporter and weekend Coast to Coast host George Knapp praises John’s stance and suggests that his book “will almost certainly infuriate zealots on both ends of the UFO spectrum.” In his review of John’s book, George wrote: “Alexander’s military mind instinctively gets to the heart of UFO cases and issues, makes quick work of charlatans and fools, and will likely inspire a new round of speculation about his presumed role as an MIB-type spook who spies on the UFO community.”
In the early 1980s, John, with top-security clearance, created a behind-the-scenes government UFO study group called Advanced Theoretical Physics made up of members of the military, scientific and intelligence communities. He says that ATP looked at many UFO cases and concluded that there was sufficient evidence supported by high-quality data to know that some UFO cases were real anomalies -- not just poor observation or misidentification, and that there were cases involving military weapon systems that posed a significant threat and should be investigated.
Additionally, multisensory data supported observations of physical craft that performed intelligent maneuvers that were far beyond any known human capability. There also were cases that involved trace physical evidence.
John said that the Roswell, N.M., UFO case of 1947 was not, in fact, a crashed alien spacecraft but a top-secret military project called Mogul. “It was a real incident, no doubt about it. Project Mogul wasn’t a weather balloon -- it was something really quite different. It was designed to listen to the Soviet Union. It was super secret, but it didn’t involve UFOs.”
Lee summed up for me: “After many years of deep research into UFOs, Alexander is convinced from both a personal and military point of view that it’s a much more complex issue than the idea of Earth being visited by extraterrestrials.” John explained: “The public is interested but ambivalent in general. The public believes in UFOs, but it doesn’t affect their daily lives. In the military, you learn very quickly it is not career-enhancing to bring up anomalies that you don’t have good answers for.”
I am fascinated with the subject, and you can be certain the next time I run into the retired colonel, we’ll share a glass of fine champagne and maybe a little caviar and talk a little more about the phenomena. Why am I never surprised who we find living next door to us in Las Vegas?
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