Breaking the Silence on UFOS: Why Now?

Irvine, CA -- It all started with an article on the front page of the Sunday New York Times.

A $22 million allotted to a secret UFO agency loses its long-time manager for a private day job. His new company goes  public with three official videos of military pilots confronting unidentified aerial phenomena (UAPs). The pilots gasp as they see multiple tic-tac shaped objects zooming around them. The videos go viral.

Ralph Blumenthal spent three months researching “Glowing Auras and ‘Black Money’: The Pentagon’s Mysterious U.F.O. Program” for December 16, 2017. He collaborated with Pentagon correspondent Helene Cooper and author-UFO researcher Leslie Kean.

“Our readers are plenty interested in unidentified flying objects. We know that from the huge response ...revealing a secret Pentagon program to investigate U.F.O.s. The piece has dominated the most emailed and most viewed lists since.”

It seems like ‘I told you so,’ when several government, military, and UFO researchers heard about the story. They went on the record in mainstream publications, a phenomenon in itself. The Washington Post, New York Magazine, Newsweek, fashion-oriented, (gaming news), and the New York Times weighed in   

Robert Wood, Ph.D., retired aeronautical engineer, and co-author of Alien Viruses: Crashed UFOs, MJ-12 and Biowarfare, comments: "I believe the Government is merely disclosing what the vast majority of people already know: They have crashed, we have been studying the topic secretly for nearly eight decades, some are alien, and that avoiding public panic when the details come out is a dominant principle. I also think that most of those involved in releasing information do not grasp the full reality of what we have learned."

Former U.S. Senator Harry Reid (Nevada) has always been fascinated with UFOs. In May 2018, Eric Benson of NewYork Magazine asked him:

 Do you know things about this program that you can’t discuss publicly?
“Yeah, but there’s plenty that can be discussed publicly, and I’ve tried to do that. I’m interested only in research. I’m interested in science, and in helping the American public understand what the hell is going on. You know at this stage in the reports, we have thousands of people who have seen this stuff. Not hundreds — thousands.”

“You know, people just don’t talk about them. They’re all afraid of the issue just like the pilots who won’t report these strange things. They’re afraid somebody will think they’re some kind of a wacko.”

The topic is still taboo, according to Leslie Kean, author of UFOs: Generals, Pilots, and Government Officials Go on the Record. “Ridicule has been generated towards this topic since the 1950’s in order to make it go away, and the “giggle factor” has become ingrained in our culture. Some may feel that if these crafts have an extraterrestrial origin, they are way more advanced than us, that they could have complete power over us if they wanted to, and that we have no control over them or what they do. This is frightening, so the reaction is to avoid dealing with UFOs altogether. And, our government’s attitude does not help either.” ( -September 2017)

Unabashed by the public’s thinking him a wacko, in 2007 Senator Reid had secured $11 million in a defense appropriation bill to investigate aerial phenomena. Called Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, (AATIP) the agency was tasked to investigate and report unidentified aerial phenomena, a potential threat to the U.S. Its manager was a 22-year veteran of the Department of Defense, Luis Elizondo. Ten years later, he left-- citing its disregard of “overwhelming evidence” that unexplained phenomena have been interfering with the U.S. military.

“We trust the American people to know that Kim Jong Un has thermonuclear weapons pointed at L.A.,” he says. “We trust the American people to know there’s a potential Ebola pandemic that could come out of Africa. And yet we don’t trust the American people with information that there are unidentified phenomena in our airspace, and that we don’t know how it works?”

Elizondo joined Tom DeLonge’s To the Stars Academy, whose members had been “operating under the shadows of top-secrecy for decades” before joining DeLonge. TTS announced its intention to serve the public by researching and releasing reports on aerial phenomena.

“I think they really do want us to know. I do, at this point, feel like it’s going to be a tough thing to swallow for people and I think there are elements about it that people are not ready for,” DeLonge told George Knapp, the chief investigative reporter for KLAS TV in Las Vegas and weekend host of Coast to Coast AM.

“Basically, it made UFOs go mainstream,” Jan Harzan, executive director of the Mutual UFO Network says. “UFOs are real. And it represents advanced technology in our skies. If we want to advance as a civilization, this is something we have to focus on.”  His organization accepts eyewitness accounts from all over the world. Over 600 field investigators in every state in the U.S. scrutinize, vet and then report their findings online at “That’s the strength of MUFON as an organization, and as really being the-truth seekers of the UFO field.”

After a drought in media coverage for eight decades, is the public ready to learn the truth? And has the Pentagon eased up on the secrecy?

Leslie Kean believes that there are advantages for having the private sector tackle the issue. She says the government priorities are different, that there’s a lack of funding, and the topic it too hot. She suggests that religious fundamentalism and personal ideology may lead to ridicule and suppression of government investigations.

Chris Mellon, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Intelligence (now at TTS) cites a lack of awareness of a major problem and a need for change. “This is another case in which the system will not repair itself and people outside of government need to take action for breakthroughs to occur.” He trusts his new team has the skill set to analyze and disseminate information that will benefit all.

Luis Elizondo can speak out. “Now is the time to move forward and try to answer some of life’s deepest mysteries.” He is the keynote speaker at the 49th MUFON Symposium, open to UFO enthusiasts, experts and the public. The theme is just right for him: “UFOs, Extraterrestrials and the Future of Humanity.”

For the full schedule of weekend events, visit

FROM: Bambi Dudley for MUFON

FOR Release: 7/20/2018



“UFOs, Extraterrestrials and the Future of Humanity”


WHAT:           The largest UFO conference on the east coast, the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON)

Symposium hosts the leading minds in UFO research to vigorously test the assertion

"that we are not alone." Experts in science, defense, government, aerospace, and

psychology present not only science-based evidence but compelling reasons to pursue

the truth for the benefit of humanity. Eyewitnesses will share their encounters with beings

"not of this world." MUFON is the largest civilian-based UFO research organization in the world.


WHEN:          Friday, July 27, 2:00-3:00 pm


WHERE:        Crowne Plaza Hotel, 2349 Marlton Pike West, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002                   


WHO:             MUFON executive director, Jan C. Harzan welcomes the media

Each presenter gives a brief summary of his/her talk. Photo opportunities available


·         Luis Elizondo, former director AATIP- “The Pentagon UFO Program”

·         John Brandenburg, plasma physicist- “A Report from Mars”

·         Lynne D. Kitei, M.D. educator- ”The Phoenix Lights Inspire our Future Generation”

·         Nick Pope, former UK Defence Ministry officer- “The World in 2045”

·         Robert Wood, Ph.D.,- “Are Alien Viruses a Problem for the Future of Humanity?”

·         Ted Peters, Lutheran pastor,- “UFOs, Extraterrestrials and the Future of Humanity-

A Theological Perspective”

·         David Paulides, researcher- “Unexplained Disappearances in Rural Areas: Missing 411”

·         Dan Richter, producer-director hosts the “50th Anniversary of ‘2001.’”

·         Don Donderi, Ph.D.-“The American Personality Inventory (API)-Evaluating Abduction Reports”

·         Salma Siddick & Randall Nickerson, filmmaker- “Exploring the Ariel School Event of 1994”

·         Travis Walton, UFO Experiencer, author- “1975 UFO Encounter: Onboard their Ship”

·         Kathleen Marden, author-researcher- “The MUFON Experiencer Survey: What it Tells us About

Contact and the Implications for Humanity’s Future”

The full weekend features programs, panels, one-on-one sessions, a film festival, workshops,

                        vendor area, art gallery, and Friday banquet with keynote speaker, Luis Elizondo.

                        RSVP: Credentialed members of the media who would like to attend should RSVP by July 26 to


For Release: June 14, 2018
Bambi Dudley, publicist for MUFON
49th MUFON International Symposium Set
for July 27-29, 2018 in Philadelphia
"UFOs, Extraterrestrials and the Future of Humanity"

Irvine, CA –-- Twelve leading scientists, researchers and authors will present at the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) Symposium  to be held July 27-29, 2018 at the Crowne Plaza -Philadelphia in Cherry Hill, NJ.

Among the presenters are keynote speaker and former director of the Pentagon's UFO Program, Luis Elizondo who has studied scores of reports of unusual phenomenon and sightings of aircraft that could not be identified or explained; retired UK Minister of Defense officer, Nick Pope; his research on the Global Strategic Trends Program enabled him to imagine "The World in 2045." Other speakers are plasma physicist John Brandenburg on "A Report from Mars," and UFO field investigator and Lutheran pastor, Ted Peters on "UFOs, Extraterrestrials and the Future of Humanity- A Theological Perspective."

The recent disclosure of the Pentagon's $22 million secret Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP) has reignited interest among UFO researchers around the world. That program produced "documents that describe sightings of aircraft that seemed to move at very high velocities with no visible signs of propulsion, or that hovered with no apparent means of lift." (The New York Times, December 16, 2017). AATIP officials also studied videos of encounters between unknown objects and American military aircraft 

According to Jan C. Harzan, executive director of MUFON, "Based on the Pentagon's admitting to having a UFO program called AATIP, and AATIP's findings that these advanced technologies are not from this earth, what profound impact will this have for all of us on this planet? Come find out from our excellent panel of speakers! This may be the biggest revelation since Copernicus discovered the earth was not the center of the universe in 1543." 

The weekend will include a Friday night banquet, eleven presentations over two days, a Saturday luncheon and Q & A with the speakers, a UFO art exhibit, UFO-related books and memorabilia, and Saturday and Sunday, free UFO film screenings.  All segments of the symposium are open to the public.

New this year: FREE FRIDAY=FREE ADMISSION, July 27 (10 am-3 pm) where all are welcome to meet two eyewitnesses, Lynne D. Kitei, M.D. presenting a multimedia lecture on the mass sighting of "The Phoenix Lights," and experiencer (abductee), Travis Walton whose five-day capture aboard a mysterious craft in 1975 elicited a firestorm of controversy, and resulted in two films, Fire in the Sky and TRAVIS-The True Story of Travis Walton. You can learn the UFO hot spots near your town, county or state from UFO statistician, Cheryl Costa.

To learn more and to register for the weekend, visit The Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) is the world's oldest and largest civilian UFO investigative organization. Based in Irvine, CA, MUFON has nearly 600 active field investigators that review and report on hundreds of sightings each month from around the world.  Since 1969, the nonprofit has investigated more than 100,000 cases.  


Established in 1969,The Mutual UFO Network, headquartered in Irvine,  CA, is the world's largest research organization dedicated to investigating, researching and reporting incidents and activities related to the UFO phenomenon.

A 501(3)(c) organization, the non-profit group has chapters across the country and a membership of more than 4,000 worldwide and funds ongoing research and regular reporting of investigated and vetted phenomena. More information on the organization can be accessed at

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