Lecture # 14
Long-time UFO research Robert Hastings’ second editioned “UFOs and Nukes, Extraordinary Encounters at Nuclear Weapons Sites” published in 2017 would, at the end of 2017, be profoundly reinforced in its informing impact. The December 16 2017 revelations in the NY Times of U.S. Navy gun camera film of UFOs and the subsequent reporting by former U.S. Senate Majority and Minority Leader Harry Reid and government officials (like the retiring DOD official Luis Elizondo) of UFO incursions into sensitive nuclear weapons sites gave credence to the long-standing work of Robert Hastings.
On October 30 2019, Hastings published what he says may be his last book due to the onset of a serious heart disease requiring mind-clouding medications. Yet, he reports in the very first sentence of his book that “several friends and acquaintances have urged me not to write this book”. This book is co-written by Dr. Bob Jacobs, a retired university professor in communications and a key military witness of a UFO event at a launch of a dummy nuclear warhead off the west coast in 1964.
Both men courageously “out” themselves publicly as people who have had direct encounters with non-human beings associated with UFOs. In CONFESSIONS, Our Hidden Alien Encounters Revealed, the stories of several other military personnel involved in witnessing UFOs at sensitive nuclear weapons sites likewise encountering non-human beings are also related.
Robert Hastings had serious concerns about coming forth as he had established a well-deserved reputation for serious research and investigation, grounded in a body of the governments own now declassified documentation and in-depth testimony from over 160 military personnel gathered over a four decade period.
The so-called “alien abduction” subject is very taboo, even in many quarters of the “ufo community”, and most people do seem most psychologically comfortable in not straying from a focus on close encounters of the first and second kind. Hastings notes that in going public now “that there will be negative consequences for me personally and for my reputation as a reliable, nuts-and-bolts researcher who models his work on principles integral to investigative journalism”. (page one)
He explains why he came forward (page 5, Introduction):
“Nevertheless, after all these years, I am still left with the unanswered question as to why I’ve devoted so much time and effort to studying the topic of UFO activity at nuclear weapons sites. It is not an exaggeration to say that I am compelled to do so, for reasons I don’t really understand.
“That said, in the back of my mind I have long suspected that I already knew the answer to this question. The experiences I will describe in this book–one occurring in early childhood—suggest, at least to me, that a very real but mostly unseen guidance has existed in my life, emanating from a source that might be called ‘alien’. If I am correct, this outside influence, in effect, nudged me down the path that culminated in my research career and instilled in me the urgent sense that I must present my findings publicly as part of a consciousness-raising effort.
“Similiarly, now that I am getting on in years, I’ve belatedly decided that some value may derive from my going public with my personal, paranormal encounters. I am certain that many other closet experiencers have agonized over their situation and wondered whether they should openly discuss it with others. Perhaps this book will give them the courage to do so. At the very least, it will be therapeutic for me to be able to openly discuss my long-held initiative.”
Hastings’ memories of his experiences are very spotty and were not too sigificantly enhanced by multiple hynoptic sessions. So, he notes that he is likely “to disappoint those readers who anticipate a thorough, insightful narrative about my abduction experiences..” (pg 8) In his case, he seems to have been encountered by the Greys, and what he is able to recall seems to fit the basic pattern and features reported by other experiencers of this type of close encounter.
In many abduction reports, abductees note being on board a craft where other humans are also gathered, most (but not all) as if dazed, subdued neurologically, and entranced. Individuals in military uniforms are among those who have been seen in such a situation.
Hastings himself was not in the military but his Dad was a career Air Force guy and they lived near Air Force bases. And, Hastings himself worked as a custodian while in high school at a base where his Dad worked and there is where (in 1967) he first heard of a fresh UFO encounter at the base. Thirteen or so years later, after several years of research and FOIA request work where he had gathered documentation on UFO/military events, Hastings became a regular speaker on the college lecture circuit. (I saw him speak at a junior college in Napa in the 1980s.) Today, due to his experiences, he strongly senses (as noted in a quote above), that these beings are ENCOURAGING his public education work (while he has at the same time been clearly harassed on occasion by likely government agents).
A retired CIA official named Jim Semivan, who today is associated with other retired government insiders working through Tom DeLonge’s inspired To The Stars Academy of Arts and Sciences, has publicly reported that he and his wife some years ago had a very puzzling encounter with alien beings who had suddenly appeared in their home. He has not shared publicly the details of that, only that they had an encounter that to this day leaves them very puzzled. And, unclear as to what it was all about.
On July 17 2019, Tom DeLonge in the course of a radio interview excitedly (as is his custom) blurted out something jaw dropping that possibly relates to all of this, I suspect:
“DeLonge: You know, there might be. [radio interviewer had asked if it was possible a cloaked alien could be in the studio with them, lol] But I will tell you this: I have met very, very, very high-ranking intelligence officials that have had encounters. Direct…
Ryder: Is that right?!
Allie McKay: Experiences? Direct Encounters?
DeLonge: Yeah,there’s actually some unnerving aspects as far…you know, there’s one thing….there’s one program where there’s hundreds of operatives that have been having contact and they’re trying to figure out what that’s all about. It’s wild.”
For the full transcript done by Joe Murgia of Las Vegas of this radio interview on the Kevin and Bean show on KROQ, see:
Hearing this obviously arouses questions about any covert governmental addressing of all of this. We do know that Air Force Office of Special Investigation agents often interview and debrief, and then commit to silence, military witnesses in the course of their duty.
In CONFESSION, Robert Hastings cites one odd anecdote from a military witness of a UFO event in 1975 who only came out after retiring as an attorney (with his final job as an Assistant Attorney General in Vermont in 2011). Hastings has interview Terry Lovelace, who bared all in a 2018 book called Incident at Devil’s Den. When Lovelace and a fellow Air Force medic responded to the site of a missile silo at Whiteman AFB in Missouri to help an injured airman (in 1975), and along with the security personnel witnessed a rectangular shaped UFO hovering over a silo and then silently rapidly ascending, they were debriefed by the Hospital Squadron Commander, told they saw a secret helicopter prototype, and to stay quiet about it. They weren’t debriefed by OSI. Two years later, he and his medic partner went camping to film eagles at an isolated and wild site away from the base. They reportedly were abducted and underwent traumatic medical testing. Hastings, pg176 in CONFESSION: “…Afterward, the two men were interrogated and even hypnotized by OSI agents back at Whiteman AFB, WHO HAD SOMEHOW LEARNED OF THEIR ENCOUNTER [my emphasis, not RH’s]…”
While there is extensive lore conveyed to the audience of those with a significant UFO-interest that suggests many different things about what is going on in relation to alien activities and any covert governmental response that attempts to address and understand the alien presence, we know NOTHING about all that in reality. We have had confirmation, though, from Harry Reid, Luis Elizondo and others that there exists within the military and intelligence communities factions or individuals who strongly push for ignoring all of this because they feel that the beings are a demonic presence that shouldn’t be encouraged with attention. Apparently, according to these tidbits coming out characterizing the divided insider dynamics of the pentagon, there are others who feel serious attention needs to be brought to bear on all of this.
As Robert Hastings wisely observes, the subject of humans directly encountering non-human beings associated with so called UFOs is not something likely to receive significant attention for a very long time even from within the field of “ufology” let alone members of Congress, journalists, scientists, academics, and the general public.
Of course, that actually may change. But, not because of any governmental disclosure. My next, and last lecture in the series covering the Close Encounters of the Third and Fourth Kind, will cover possible signs that these beings are actually emerging more into the open as we enter what appears to be mankind’s most difficult chapters ahead.