but I guess he has a right to be here as much as the NSA/CIA/NASA/DIA spOOks: Oby-1, Borsch, Echelon,
Adams and Caddy!!
Former astronaut Edgar Mitchell, UFO proponent like Gordon Cooper
FLORIDA TODAY — PEOPLE–January 12, 1996–Section D, page D-1
Apollo-14 Astronaut Searches for the Truth
By Billy Cox, FLORIDA TODAY staff
With the 25th anniversary of Apollo-14 coming up, the sixth man to walk on the
hopes to swing the spotlight onto a more contemporary agenda — pressing for the
declassification of government records on unidentified flying objects.
If his suspicions are true, former astronaut Edgar Mitchell says the lid of
secrecy engages nothing less than “criminal culpability”.
Mitchell, 65, returned to the Space Coast recently to do location shots for an
“NBC Dateline” retrospective on the Apollo 14 adventure.
At the highlight of that mission — Jan. 31-Feb. 9, 1971 — Mitchell and Alan
Shepard spent 33 hours roving the desolate lunar hills of Fra Mauro.
It was there that Mitchell first courted an avant-garde reputation by conducting
off-the-clock mental telepathy experiments by transmitting symbolic images to an
acquaintance in Chicago. Shortly thereafter, Mitchell left the astronaut corps
and founded the Institute for Noetic Sciences in an effort to integrate various
into the study of human consciousness.
Mitchell’s upcoming book, “The Way of Explorers”, will address the
research upon its release in April. Perhaps because of the imminent publicity,
Mitchell found himself invited to a private meeting of former
government/military officials hoping to recruit his visibility for their most
“These were people who, in their official capacity, had an opportunity in
course of their duties to have ET (extraterrestrial) contact,”
Mitchell says. “The purpose of the meeting was not to convince anybody else
their stories, but to get people released from their security oaths with regard
to these phenomena. Given who they were, and their credentials, I have to tell
you it pushed my confidence level up five notches.”
Taking a break from the NBC taping, the MIT-educated former Navy captain relaxed
at the Villa Roma restaurant in Rockledge and rolled his own imported tobacco.
He expressed his “total disbelief” in a recent U.S. Air Force report
the alleged crash of an ET spacecraft in New Mexico in 1947 to a classified
Last summer, the General Accounting Office announced the failure of its 18-month
effort to acquire the dispensation records of the debris from that celebrated
event. In 1994, the Air Force admitted that it initially lied about the wreckage
in order to conceal a balloon-based nuclear-monitoring system called Project
Mogul. But — unable to produce the paperwork on the retrieval in question —
USAF officials based their case on circumstantial arguments.
“I am convinced there is a small body of valid (UFO) information, and that
is a body of information 10 times as big that is total disinformation put out by
the source to confuse the whole issue,” says Mitchell.
“The information is now held primarily by a body of semi- or quasi-private
organizations that have kinda spun off from the military intelligence
organizations of the past. Just like we build a rocket through a private
contractor, there have been private groups involved with this issue for a number
of years because they have the expertise.
“The dangerous part is, they’re still operating under a black budget, which
been estimated at over $30 billion a year. And nobody knows what goes into black
budgets. The prime requisite is security first and everything else second.
Imagine an organization that has a black budget, an unquestioned source of
funds, reports to no one, and has this exotic technology that they can keep to
themselves and play with.”
Mitchell, Mercury astronaut Gordon Cooper, and some 20,000 Americans have signed
the Roswell Declaration, a grass-roots petition calling for an executive order
to release UFO documents to the public. Mitchell, however, stresses he has no
first-hand knowledge of the existence of recovered ET artifacts. And during his
Apollo-era training, the subject of UFOs never arose.
“NASA at that time was so sure there were no such things, there was
no discussion of it,” he says. “I would say, however, that if there
knowledge of ET contact existing within the government, and we were sent into
space blind and dumb to such information, I think it it a case of criminal
“To send us up there? Into a what-if scenario? If the evidence is real, and
were led to believe no such thing was possible? To me, that’s criminal.”
He says he’s looking forward to the discussions his new book will generate.
“We’re talking about a revolution. It’s a mind-blower.”