As children, we watch cartoons and movies about aliens and are led to believe by parents, society, the world and the U.S. government that aliens are not real, but one man begs to differ.
Hundreds of students filled the UVU Grand Ballroom Tuesday, Oct. 18, as Robert Hastings spoke. Hastings, author and UFO researcher, believes aliens are real. He believes they have visited the Earth several times to warn the U.S. and Russia that we are “playing with fire” when it comes to nuclear arm both countries possess. The interest taken by the visitors, Hastings explained, started with the beginning of the nuclear weapons race at the end of World War II.
“What we are about to hear and see may seem like a joke, or fiction,” Hastings said as he began his speech, “but I urge everyone to have an open mind.”
He went on to explain that he did not come to UVU to get followers, but to tell people why he does what he does.
“I believe if UFOs are real and we have visitors from somewhere else, no government should lie about it,” Hastings said.
Hasting centered his speech on implications that UFOs exist, and that the U.S. government, U.S. Air Force, FBI and CIA have been and continue to lie about it. Over 37 years of research, which Hastings shared with the audience, explicitly showed proof that backs his belief of the existence of UFOs and alien life.
A video Hastings made about his discovery was showed after his introductory speech. In the video, Hastings describes UFOs using eyewitness accounts that describe them as objects large enough to look like a man-made aircraft that can float in the air and travel at tremendous speeds silently. These UFOs are known to hover around U.S. missile sites, weapon storage facilities and nuclear bomb test sites interfering with US strategic weapons systems. There have been numerous incidents of unexplained malfunctions of nuclear missiles just as one or more UFOs appeared.
Hastings gave a chronological order of the history of UFO phenomenon, starting with the first appearance in Montana, April 1947. After a thorough investigation was completed, officers stated in the report to the Air Force the conclusion that UFOs were alien spacecraft. This information, Hastings explained, had being hidden from the public and the officers involved were sworn to secrecy.
It wasn’t until the Freedom of Information Act went into effect in 1967 that some of the information about UFOs was released.
With these declassified government documents and eyewitness testimony, from former and retired government personnel, Hastings has being able to confirm “beyond a reasonable doubt” the ongoing UFO activity near U.S. nuclear and military sites.
Hastings showed several of these declassified documents that he used to prove the existence of these alien aircraft, and concluded with the recommendation that students can browse website sources on their own to find a conclusion for themselves. Two online sources Hastings cited were the Fund for UFO Research and the Center for UFO Studies.
Spencer Jones, a senior from Orem majoring in Psychology, talked about how he felt when he heard Hasting’s argument.
“It’s interesting, but it’s hard to make an objective statement, just because we have being taught from childhood that aliens are not real,” Jones said.
Notwithstanding what he had being taught since childhood about aliens, Jones said he believed Hastings had a legitimate reason to claim that the government is hiding something.
Sophomore Addyson Reynolds, adding that his insights were valuable, said that speakers like Hastings on campus enlighten students.
“People get turned off immediately when they hear something like this, but its something cool to consider and it brings different ideas to students on campus,” Reynolds said.
By Gloria Kajo
Photo by Gilbert Cisneros