This was not your run-of-the-mill Washington press conference. UFO researcher Robert Hastings organized a briefing yesterday (Sept. 27) to issue a warning about aliens having visited our nuclear facilities.
Hastings said he believes "this planet is being visited by beings from another world, who, for whatever reason, have taken an interest in the nuclear arms race which began at the end of World War II." And he said more than 120 former service members had told him they'd seen unidentified flying objects near nuclear weapon storage and testing grounds.
Other retired Air Force personnel told of unexplained lights in the sky, facility glitches and shutdowns, and other events they suspect to be UFO-related, CBS News reports.
The Air Force's response? Go see our web site on the matter (Air Force Project Blue Book, which looked into UFO sightings between 1947 and 1969), they said. It reads: "No UFO reported, investigated and evaluated by the Air Force was ever an indication of threat to our national security.”
The flap comes in the same month as the release of a book about other purported UFO sightings and a call to investigate them.
Our stock closer on these kinds of stories: So far, there is no firm evidence to support any of the potential sightings that have made headlines over the years, and skeptics note that it's hard to prove something isn't out there, while it's comparatively easy to assume an inexplicable sighting might have to do with aliens.