Yes, I Believe in UFOs and It Turns Out So Does The U.S. Navy

Ever since I’ve been a kid my fascination with space and the universe has been quite strong. I’ve always paid attention to and that only accelerated when I first watched Carl Sagan’s TV series Cosmos.

Sagan was always teased about his answer to the question: How many galaxies and planets are there? His answer was always “billions and billions” which is, in fact, a best-guess correct answer. Astronomer’s educated estimates are that approximately 100 billion galaxies exist and our own Milky Way galaxy could contain 300 billion stars with a possible 30 billion planets surrounding them!

The University of Cambridge Institute of Astronomy gets a little more detailed than Sagan did in his answer:

In terms of the number of solar systems present in the universe, there are something like 300 billion stars in the Milky Way, so if 10 per cent of them have planets there are around 30 billion planets in our galaxy alone, and there are over 100 billion galaxies in the observable Universe for a total of something in the order of 10^21 (that’s 1 then 21 zeros) planets in the observable Universe.  There is still quite a bit of uncertainty in that number however, and we don’t yet know how many of them would look like our solar system.

So from the time I was a kid until now as an adult, I’ve always believed that it would be quite likely that there could be trillion’s of planets in the universe and therefore very unlikely that ours was the only one in the universe with intelligent life.

Bear with me as I disclose my own UFO encounter, discuss a recent Netflix documentary, and close with the U.S. Navy patenting what is believed by many to be reverse-engineered alien propulsion technology.


Late afternoon on Thursday, August 19, 2004 (I know because I made a calendar entry) I was walking across from my office building in downtown St. Paul to a parking garage. Someone was looking up in the air so I glanced up. In the sky there was a metallic object, hovering approximately 500 feet in the air, and it was completely motionless.

I stood there for 20 minutes as a crowd gathered. The object made no noise and didn’t move … an inch … so we all assumed it was an object that was unidentifiable (i.e., a UFO).

Later I looked for reports but found only two: One at the Minneapolis StarTribune and the other at the local St. Paul, MN ABC station, KSTP. Unfortunately both reports are no longer available on their websites.

But I did search for my own encounter incident and found this page pulled from a database of Minnesota UFO sightings:

Occurred : 8/19/2004 16:30 (Entered as : 08/19/2004 16:30)
Reported: 9/5/2004
Posted: 9/9/2004
Location: Saint Paul, MN
Shape: Teardrop
Duration: Several Hours
Strange object in Metro sky

This is a report of the same UFO sighted in the Twin Cities area on this date- thousands of people saw this- it went right over the metro. I left work in downtown St Paul around 4:30 in the afternoon. As I walked down the street I saw several people pointing up. As this is an odd occurance in the middle of the city, I felt compelled to look up. My experience is about the same as the others who reported. It was a white or metallic reflective object, circle or somewhat teardroped in shape. I don’t believe it had lights of it’s own, it just looked like reflected sunlight. It did not appear to be moving and was very high. It was quite small to the naked eye. Others have mentioned, and I agree, a pea held at arms length would have covered the object. Where and when I viewed it, it was very near overhead. Perhaps a hands-width or two from directly overhead. Reports of the object spanned the Twin Cities metro- sighting of this object was also reported on 8/19 and 8/20 in Wisconsin. It was a rather obvious sight since the sky was crystal blue with no (few) clouds. I did not spend more than a few minutes watching this object. I did see reports on the news that said it had been around for hours. I’m very interested to get an explaination.

So this encounter was my first experience with something no one could explain (and still haven’t done so). The original news reports of this incident also described military National Guard craft scrambling to view this object but nothing was reported after the initial coverage.


Secret U.S. base dubbed “Area 51”

We all are likely aware of the Roswell Incident, have watched such shows as Ancient Aliens on the History Channel, and have possibly made fun of anyone who believes. That said, you might even have had your own alien encounter as well and so you are more open to the possibility Earth is being visited by extra-terrestrial craft and beings.

For many years I’ve heard about this guy named Robert Lazar, a man who claimed that he attempted reverse-engineering alien spacecraft for the United States military at a secret base near Area 51 called S-4 in the 1980s.

For shits-and-giggles I’d sometimes watch YouTube UFO videos and many of them were ones picking apart — or fully supporting — Lazar’s claims. For the most part I had always leaned toward those who thought Lazar was a charlatan and a quack…

…until I watched this Netflix documentary Bob Lazar: Area 51 & Flying Saucers last weekend.

Lazar’s claims haven’t wavered for decades. In the 1980s he revealed several things (don’t want to spoil the documentary for you) that have come true. So I then followed up watching this recent Joe Rogan podcast (here’s a short Rogan clip about that interview which does reveal a bit) as well as the full Joe Rogan podcast here with Lazar and the documentary’s director, Jeremy Corbell.

The documentary swayed me more toward believing fully and being less skeptical. It did so to Joe Rogan as well. But what has really turned me toward full belief are the things that have emerged in 2019 alone, especially from the U.S. Navy and their recent patent on what sure appears to be the reverse-engineered propulsion technology that Bob Lazar worked on near Area 51, especially since recent discovery of U.S. Navy patents have drawings within them that mirror Bob Lazar’s drawings which you can see in the Netflix documentary.


Reports are increasingly emerging about UFO encounters by highly trained military or civilian personnel (like police and airline pilots) whose observational skills are acute and relied upon by authorities.

The U.S. Navy (and the Pentagon) have increasingly been releasing archive footage of their pilots encounters with UFOs, craft which defy our current understanding of the laws of physics.

But it’s the patent that really got me. Again, because the U.S. Navy patent have drawings within them that mirror Bob Lazar’s drawings which you can see in the Netflix documentary (and yes, the patents were submitted and awarded after the documentary was released).

Below is the actual patent where you can compare its drawings with the ones Bob Lazar made in the documentary (and here is a link to the PDF):



So that is why I believe. It’s also why I think a lot more will be revealed over the coming months and years. Let’s just hope that aliens are not us coming from Europe, committing genocide on native people and killing off millions of bison.

As the famed physicist Stephen Hawking once noted, human beings have a terrible history of mistreating, and even massacring, other human cultures that are less technologically advanced — why would an alien civilization be any different to us? Let’s hope that’s not the case and they come in peace.

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