Ensuring the U.S. stockpile of nuclear weapons requires vigilance from the military’s most rigorous minds, who in turn rely on a hierarchy of checks and balances and sophisticated safeguards to reduce liabilities in the nation’s arsenal.
But toss E.T. into the mix, and all bets are off.
Just ask retired U.S. Air Force Captain Robert Salas, whose 1967 encounter with an unidentified aerial object opened his eyes to more than just the vulnerability of America’s strategic supply.
“I was in a capsule, 60 feet underground, and the UFO was reported by my top-side guard,” Captain Salas told Larry King in 2008. “A bright red oval object hovering outside the front gate.”
The unannounced visit at the Maelstrom Air Force Base in Montana took a quiver of Salas’s otherwise reliable nuclear-tipped Minuteman missiles offline.
“They shut down one after the other. I remember losing all of them. And not only that, but 10 more missiles were shut down under similar circumstances.”
Salas, who by all appearances seems more cool-headed than crackpot, will offer his experience along with those of six other retired U.S. Air Force officers and one former enlisted man next Monday at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
Dubbed "Witness Testimony: UFOs at Nuclear Weapons Bases," the press conference will present evidence from more than 120 former or retired military personnel to demonstrate extraterrestrials’ ongoing pattern of interest and intervention in the nation’s nuclear weapons sites and instruments of mass destruction.
Salas is scheduled to co-host the event with Robert Hastings, author of UFOs and Nukes: Extraordinary Encounters at Nuclear Weapons Sites.
Some of the panel’s featured stories bear a striking resemblance to the one told by Salas, in which a disc-shaped object arrives at a missile field and hovers above while nukes malfunction below.
Any nuclear weapons glitch—whether its origins are Earth-based or otherwise—poses a sobering cause for concern.
Malfunctions in the nation’s nuclear arsenal have the potential of vaporizing civilization; so inexplicable hiccups are always worth a conversation, even if the source points to evidence beyond most people’s imagination.
Salas has tempered expectations that the presser will inspire anyone in this galaxy or beyond to initiate a new study on the national security implications of stateside stopovers by alien out-of-towners.
“Unless our government comes forward and makes an official statement that this phenomenon is real, that there’s something to it, there’s just no way we’re going to generate political support for a new study.”
Even with a study, it’s unlikely that we’ll ever know what UFOs want with our WMDs.
If the future masters of the human race bring their bulbous heads and vastly superior Scrabble skills to bear on mankind's most destructive weapon, we only hope they enforce the very thing we've been demanding all along.