Aliens to Earth: We come in peace – The Star Online

WHAT would you say if I told you aliens – as in extraterrestrials (ETs) – tried to warn us against destroying our environment 27 years ago?

That may be hard to believe, especially if you are not into ETs and unidentified flying objects (UFOs), but a documentary called The Phenomenon makes a powerful case for their existence and earthly visits.

It was released in October last year by director James Fox, a well-known ufologist, but I only watched it on Friday night at my son’s urging. Nick was so taken by the documentary’s revelations that he felt it was worth watching on our family movie night.

When The Phenomenon was released, it did create a bit of buzz but it was of course overshadowed, like many issues of global importance were and still are, by Covid-19.

What makes the documentary a fascinating watch is its piecing together of the US government’s long kept secrets, with major figures taking the UFO phenomenon and evidence – which includes debris and credible witness accounts – very seriously.

Among them are former US president Bill Clinton, Nevada Senator Harry Reid, former US deputy assistant secretary of defence Christopher Mellon and retired astronaut Edgar Mitchell.

In 2017, The New York Times published an exclusive story with videos from 2004 and 2015, showing the US Navy intercepting what the American military refers to as “unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP)” off the East and West Coasts of the country.

Then in late 2020, the US Senate passed a Bill that required intelligence agencies to share what they know about UAP and the report was recently released on June 25. Bottom line: It doesn’t confirm the existence of alien spacecraft – the so-called flying saucers – but concedes it cannot explain the unusual movements of the UAP.

Former US Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe is quoted as saying UAP are: “Movements that are hard to replicate, that we don’t have the technology for or are travelling at speeds that exceed the sound barrier without a sonic boom”.

Claims by people seeing or encountering UFOs (a term I still prefer) are usually met with scepticism and dismissed as crackpot ufology linked to conspiracy theories of alien invasion.

Malaysia, too, has its fair share of UFO sightings and encounters. These include a sighting of a huge UFO with flashing lights by villagers in Tanjung Sepat, Selangor, in 1995 and another in 2002 involving air traffic controllers and airport ground personnel at Kota Kinabalu International Airport who reported seeing a large cylindrical object on their radar screens and in the sky that silently vanished at high speed.

A more recent sighting was blogged by an individual who said he saw a UFO on the night of July 2, 2019, in Alor Setar that flew faster than fighter jets. He added he contacted the air force but never got a reply.

That is not surprising as such claims are usually ignored or rubbished by government and mainstream media, and greeted with scepticism by most Malaysians. That disbelief was reflected in a survey conducted by multinational market research firm Ipsos on predictions for global events in 2020, which found 65% of Malaysians polled said it was unlikely aliens would visit Earth.

Where the United States is concerned, ever since Orson Welles’ realistic 1938 radio broadcast of the HG Wells classic sci-fi novel, The War of the Worlds, Americans have generally believed aliens to be hostile.

The US Defence Department, as detailed in the NYT report, had from 2007 until it was shut down in 2012, a secret unit called the “Advance Aerospace Threat Identification Program”. The American belief that aliens would be hostile is probably why the US government, despite making great efforts to investigate the phenomenon for decades, chose to cover up records – like the famous Roswell crash incident – to prevent creating mass hysteria and fear.

Fox, who spent years making the documentary, provides stunning revelations like how alien sightings took place at many sensitive nuclear weapons facilities in Britain, the US and Russia during the Cold War.

This was another closely-held secret that only came to light when missile launch officers told the National Press Club in Washington DC in 2010 how UFOs hovered over the launch sites and sent beams of light into the silos holding nuclear missiles, and sometimes disabled or briefly activated them, much to the horror of the officers manning them.

Yet no alien incursions at these sites led to nuclear detonations or launches that could have set off a war. Instead, it was as if, as one officer said, the aliens were asking, What are you people doing with nuclear weapons?

The Phenomenon goes on to indicate that visiting ETs wanted to warn humankind not just of the danger of nuclear war, but also of the harm being done to our environment. This is what “Contact”, the last segment in the documentary, focuses on.

In 1994, there was a wave of UFO sightings over Zimbabwe, Zambia and South Africa. People on the ground and in several aeroplanes spotted them, but it was what happened at a school in Zimbabwe that led to the most extraordinary alien encounter.

On Sept 19, more than 60 schoolchildren who were outside during their recess at noon saw disc-like objects land among a clump of trees. When they rushed to the scene, they saw human-like figures standing on the ground.

The BBC sent a crew to the school and the children interviewed all gave consistent accounts of the event and described the aliens as about the size of 10-year-olds, dressed in black body suits with big black eyes.

When Harvard psychiatrist Dr John Mack interviewed the kids, they spoke of how the aliens stared at them with those huge eyes and conveyed messages. According to then 11-year-old Emma Jelic Kristiansen, the message was that people “were making harm on the world and we mustn’t get too ‘technologed’.”

Her schoolmate, Lisil Field, told Dr Mack that the message she got was that if “we did not look after the planet, all the trees would go down and there would be no air and people would die”.

Almost 20 years later, during the course of making the documentary, Fox gathered some of the children – including Kristiansen, now a school teacher, and Field, a social worker – and they recalled the encounter, which most of them had kept to themselves over the course of their lives. They said it was not a schoolkid prank as some disbelieving adults suggested in 1994.Watching these people speak as children and then as adults clearly shows, to me, their experience was genuine.

The Phenomenon has strengthened my belief in alien visitations. I only wish these benign beings will really show us how to stop ourselves from further harming Mother Earth. A cure for Covid-19 would also be most appreciated.

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The views expressed here are entirely the writer’s own.

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