This is what I mean when I say I hope that Stephen Hawking’s comment prompts disclosure. It’s given many expopolitical commentators, in this case former Canadian Defence Minster Paul Hellyer, an opportunity to rebut Hawking and make the public aware of the extraterrestrial presence, proving once again that publicity, whether positive or negative, can be good.
by Peter Rakowbowchuk
May 2, 2010
Former federal Defence Minister Paul Hellyer, 86, believes not only that aliens have visited Earth but also that they have contributed greatly to human technological advances.
So he can’t quite understand why the world renowned astrophysicist views them with such trepidation; Hawking recently warned that malevolent aliens could lead to the destruction of humanity.
The longtime cabinet minister accuses Hawking of spreading misinformation about extraterrestrials.
“I think he’s indulging in some pretty scary talk there that I would have hoped would not come from someone with such an established stature,” Hellyer said in an interview.
“I think it’s really sad that a scientist of his repute would contribute to what I would consider more misinformation about a vast and very important subject.”
Hawking speculates in a new documentary that most extraterrestrial life will be similar to microbes, or small animals – but he adds that advanced life forms may be “nomads, looking to conquer and colonize” new planets.
Hellyer served in the Liberal cabinets of Louis St. Laurent, Lester Pearson and Pierre Trudeau, later crossed the floor to the Conservative party, and eventually returned to the Liberals.
Hellyer, who ran for the Liberal party leadership in 1968, has been speaking out publicly about “the star visitors” for years. His most recent speech was in Washington in April 2009.
He dismisses a suggestion that some people might find his views a little hard to believe.
“The reality is that they’ve (aliens) been visiting Earth for decades and probably millennia and have contributed considerably to our knowledge,” Hellyer said.
He says earthlings owe a lot to their alien friends. Even that computer screen on your desk, he says, can trace its origins to spaceships.
“Microchips, for example, fiber-optics, they are just two of the many things that allegedly – and probably for real – came from crashed vehicles,” Hellyer said.
Hellyer admits that when he was defence minister, he never got any briefings on UFOs from the military. He says he got reports of sightings, and that some of them could not be explained.
(Thanks to Ed Fontaine)