They're Here; UFO watchers to reveal proof that aliens have visited Earth.
EOPLE who claim to have seen UFOs have long been ridiculed and written off as practical jokers or attention seekers.
But a unique event being held today will challenge even the most sceptical members of our society.
At a Press conference in Washington DC, evidence from a group of more than 20 sober citizens, including former top military and government personnel, will put forward the case for UFO sightings to be finally taken seriously.
US casualty doctor Steven Greer, who leads the conference, will claim he has definitive proof of what millions of X-Files fans have long suspected ... not only do aliens exist, but they have also made contact.
Dr Greer has spent eight years and a staggering pounds 3.5million gathering evidence to prove little green men are not just figments of our imagination.
He claims his expert witnesses will verify that aliens make frequent visits to Earth. Dr Greer says: "These testimonies establish once and for all that we are not alone."
The expression "flying saucer" dates back to June 1947, when pilot Kenneth Arnold spotted something strange over Mount Rainier as he flew home to Oregon.
In the same year came Roswell, when it was claimed a spacecraft crashed near the town in New Mexico and alien bodies were taken away for examination.
The sighting went on to boost Roswell's tourist trade and even spawned its own TV show, Roswell High, which was shown on BBC2.
Since then, humans have been going saucer-crazy.
Hollywood has fuelled the "we are not alone" argument with a series of blockbuster movies, including ET and Men In Black, in which Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith were agents in a special force which dealt with aliens who came to Earth and posed as humans.
Away from the film studios, sightings are on the increase and claimed alien abductions and crop circles have become regular occurrences.
But today's historic event, which will be broadcast live on the Internet, will reveal perhaps the most compelling evidence yet that UFOs do exist.
More than 20 military, intelligence, government, corporate and scientific witnesses will tell the world's media - and millions of online viewers - that life does exist beyond this planet ... and that it has already made contact with Earth.
There will be sceptics, but there can be no doubting the calibre of the witnesses.
They include Master Sergeant Dan Morris, former US Air Force and National Reconnaissance Office operative with cosmic top secret clearance, Dr Carol Rosin, space missile defence consultant and former spokesperson for Wernher Von Braun, and Major George A Filer III, formerly of Air Force Intelligence.
BUT perhaps the most amazing witness will be John Callahan, former Division Chief of the Accidents and Investigations Branch of the US Federal Aviations Authority, who says he has first- hand experience of extra-terrestrial activity.
Callahan says he watched in disbelief as a flying saucer chased a Japanese Airlines 747 across the Alaskan skies for 31 incredible minutes.
Air and ground-based radars confirmed that the former aviation chief wasn't seeing things and half-an-hour of radar data was collected.
Yet 24 hours later, Callahan's report of a UFO sighting had mysteriously vanished.
According to Callahan, he attended a meeting the next day with representatives from the FBI and President Reagan's Scientific Study Team.
But according to the CIA, that meeting "never took place" and the incident was never recorded.
Callahan, though, is defiant. He insists: "As far as I'm concerned, I saw a UFO chase a Japanese 747 across the sky for over half-an- hour on radar. It was faster than anything I know of in our government."
Today's event, at the National Press Club in Washington DC, will see a similar story from US astronaut Gordon Cooper, who claims his squadron filmed a landed UFO at his American Air Force base.
Cooper says the film was "flown out on a general's plane to the Pentagon" and was never seen again as it mysteriously vanished.
Then there is the US Navy captain who recovered the bodies of three 40-inch tall, four-fingered aliens in olive green flight-suits from an escape pod in the South Atlantic. The aliens were removed by a US submarine - and then disappeared without trace.
There is also an Air Force intelligence major who claims an alien was shot dead trying to get into the New Jersey McGuire Air Force Base in 1998.
They will be joined by a senior intelligence officer who says the US keeps alien vehicles and ET bodies in storage at Arizona's Fort Huachuca air force base.
Since August last year, the event's host, Dr Steve Greer, has been gathering evidence from more than 100 UFO witnesses from around the world.
GREER is the founder and director of the Centre for the Study of Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence in North Carolina, which he set up in 1990 to "establish a diplomatic and research initiative to contact extra- terrestrial civilisations.
It was set up to forge a "sustainable, peaceful and mutually beneficial relationship" and "to educate all sectors of human society about this subject in a credible and non-harmful manner".
CSETI is the only worldwide organisation dedicated to establishing peaceful relations with extra-terrestrial life forms.
Greer believes these first-hand testimonies, along with supporting government documents, will establish without any doubt that extra-terrestrials regularly visit our planet.
He reckons he can prove that the American military has tracked and even recovered alien spaceships - and their occupants - and wants the US government to disclose records of its alleged encounters with extra-terrestrial life-forms.
He says: "Technologies related to extra-terrestrial phenomena are capable of providing solutions to the global energy crisis and other environmental and security challenges."
Greer's infatuation with UFOs started at the age of eight, when he claims to have seen a flying saucer in broad daylight. He is convinced that there is a plot to conceal their existence from us and that for the past 50 years, the US government has kept a tight lid on the matter.
He says today's conference has the world's best collection of sworn statements from military and space agency personnel, scientifically-confirmed photographs, videos and movie footage of UFOs and ET craft.
All the witnesses who speak today have agreed to testify under oath.
The conference will be broadcast live on the Internet from 2pm today on www.connective.com/ events/disclosureproject.
Greer is convinced today's event will convince sceptics that UFOs do exist and will also bring contact with aliens a significant step nearer.
And he insists that can only be a good thing for the people of the world.
He explains: "The disclosure of the truth will have far-reaching implications for our society - new technologies to end pollution and global warming, long-term solution to the energy crisis and the beginning of an era of peaceful relations with other civilisations in space."
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|Publication:||Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)|
|Date:||May 9, 2001|
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