Increasing Number of Politicians Admit Belief in UFOs
In 2017, Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera, Miami Republican congressional candidate for the state senate in Florida was ostracized for admitting eight years earlier that she had been abducted by aliens. Perhaps the public just wasn’t ready for what seemed like such a bold and crazy admission to many voters.
Or maybe the general public is unwilling to admit what they secretly believe. In any case, more and more politicians are now coming out of the closet, so to speak, joining the millions who believe we are not alone in the universe, including a number of candidates currently running, or who recently ran for president.
More than a third of all Americans believe aliens have visited our planet, according to a poll conducted by the most famous of all pollsters — Gallup. Newsweek reported that demographic groups more likely to believe in visiting extraterrestrial spaceships include the young (18-29), non-college graduates, and the irreligious — with respondents in those categories trending toward 40 percent. Even with variation across demographic groups, no category fell below 27 percent of respondents describing some UFOs as alien spacecraft.
At this point in time, Newsweek reported, the extraterrestrial explanation for the UFO aerial phenomena represents a minority of US citizens. However, a large majority agrees that the government knows “more about UFOs than it is telling us.”
Politicians, UFOs, and Alien Abductions
In a 2009 television interview, political candidate Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera said three blond, big-bodied beings — two females, one male — visited her when she was seven years old. The aliens, she said, communicated telepathically with her several times in her life. Aguilera told the Miami Herald, “I went in. There were some round seats that were there, and some quartz rocks that controlled the ship — not like airplanes.”
Aguilera said that politicians, including presidents Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter, as well as astronauts, have publicly claimed to have seen unidentified flying objects. Scientists, including Stephen Hawking, and institutions like the Vatican have stated that there are billions of galaxies in the universe and we are probably not alone.
“I personally am a Christian and have a strong belief in God, I join the majority of Americans who believe that there must be intelligent life in the billions of planets and galaxies in the universe,” Aguilera said. Regardless of being in good company, she was laughed out of public service, thanks to South Florida’s local media that garnered national attention.
US Politicians Admit Seeing UFOs
Here we are, only a few years after Aguilera’s media debacle, and even the big hitters on the American political scene are fessing up to their feelings and experiences with UFOs. A number of political candidates running for the 2020 election, and politicians in general, have been commenting on the possibility of UFOs and alien visitations. Among them are Amy Klobuchar, William Weld, Michael Bennet, Eric Swalwell, and Pete Buttigieg (to name a few).
Three videos, including one from 2004 and two from 2015, show incursions into US military-training ranges by “unidentified aerial phenomena” (the new official term for UFO). When asked about the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier’s UFO incident in 2004, presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg defended the right and responsibility of military personnel to be able to report strange incidents without fear of ridicule or reprisal. This isn’t quite an admission of belief in UFOs, but it is certainly a refreshing change from what the government has been covering up for decades.
Last summer, presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders said he will release any information about ETs and UFOs if he is elected in 2020. The last time we heard this promise was by Hillary Clinton, who ran for president in 2016. She said she would “get to the bottom” of the UFO phenomenon, and she added that aliens may have already visited Earth, but “we don’t know for sure.” The New York Times reported Clinton’s vow that, barring any threats to national security, she would open up government files on the subject. Her position sat well with UFO enthusiasts, who called her the first “ET candidate.”
A month before Sanders revealed his intentions on the Joe Rogan podcast, candidate Andrew Yang told CBS News that as a “huge fan of transparency,” he’d “love” to declassify information on alien life forms and UFOs. “If I become privy to any information about aliens or Area 51 or anything that I am able to share, I will share it,” Yang said.
On Jan. 2, 2020, New York magazine online reported that Minnesota senator and presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar hinted at disclosing UFO information if elected. She told a New Hampshire Daily Sun reporter, “I think we don’t know enough … I don’t know what’s happened, not just with that sighting, but with others,” she said. “And I think one of the things a president could do is to look into what’s there in terms of what does the science say; what does our military say.”
While the newest crop of politicians seems to treat the UFO — and US government cover-ups — as serious topics, few are willing to openly admit to close encounters.
Back in 2008, Ohio congressman and presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich were outed by Shirley MacLaine that he had seen a UFO and felt “a connection in his heart and heard directions in his mind.” In a Democratic presidential debate, Kucinich acknowledged seeing something airborne that he couldn’t identify, but he quickly followed up with a joke about opening a campaign office in Roswell. After keeping quiet about the UFO encounter for 25 years, two of the people who were with Kucinich that evening, at MacLaine’s home in Graham, WA, described the event. The Wall Street Journal reported that MacLaine’s bodyguard, Paul Costanzo, said, “I sensed that I was in the presence of greater technology and intelligence.”
UFOs Into the Mainstream
With so many Americans climbing on board the alien spacecraft belief, we’re about to see whether the tipping point is now happening. As more and more official records are revealed to show that the old weather balloon explanation just doesn’t fly any longer, perhaps the next generation of politicians will take the nervous giggles out of discussions of alien abductions and UFO sightings. Meanwhile, the fact that so many mainstream politicians are openly answering questions and calling for disclosure is a good sign not only for UFO enthusiasts but also for those who have been ridiculed for decades merely for witnessing something that is beyond the understanding of modern science.
US Space Force Hesitant to Take on UFO Study
Should the US Space Force take over the tracking and studying of UFOs? Space Force reportedly says, “no.” Why wouldn’t they want this high-profile job?
In the wake of the UAP report from Congress, which called for the US government to “standardize the reporting, consolidate the data, and deepen the analysis,” officials are reportedly calling on the recently formed Space Force to play an increased role in the tracking and study of UFOs. But in a recent report by Politico, who spoke to five unnamed officials, the Space Force command is wary of the assignment because “they want people to take them seriously.”
With such a high-profile order for a service which is not even two years old, why would they balk at such an idea?
Cheryl Costa is an investigative journalist and researcher who spent nine years in the US military, including five years as a Navy Electronic Warfare Specialist, she is the co-author of “UFO Sightings Desk Reference USA 2001-2020.”
She said, “Well as far as Space Force taking over, let’s go back to the early 2000s, ships like the Nimitz and things started experiencing these UFO sightings, had that been anything that resembled a Russian aircraft or Chinese aircraft, a dozen different intelligence groups would have been all over it. We’ve had this stigma since 1968 with the Condon Report that made it to Congress that made everybody who reports a UFO look like a kook or a crackpot.”