On Monday, news broke in American media about an Israeli former space security chief seeming to confirm the existence of extraterrestrials. It looks like the article was first published in English by the Jerusalem Post. The story was also picked up by more mainstream American news sources, including NBC. The man behind the story, Haim Eshed, a retired Israeli general and current professor, claims both the United States and Israel have been in league with extraterrestrials for decades, that these extraterrestrials have formed a Galactic Federation, and that humans and these extraterrestrials share at least one base under the surface of the planet Mars. He further claims the existence of these extraterrestrials has been hidden from people because humanity is not ready for the knowledge of such things. The authors of these articles obviously do not take the claims seriously, but it appears Professor Eshed’s credentials are impeccable.
Before we go full tinfoil hat accusation mode, let’s take a look at some of the most well-known UFO stories. In 2004, Top Gun US Navy pilot, David Fravor, saw what he described as a Tic Tac looking object hovering above the Pacific Ocean, which thereafter moved in ways no known aircraft could. You can see the video, which has been authenticated by the US Navy, for yourself here. I would also recommend watching Lex Fridman’s podcast with David Fravor for a full breakdown of the event in his own words. Also, who can forget the Phoenix Lights event in 1997, where thousands of people saw bright lights in the sky in the shape of a V from Phoenix to Tuscon? I remember watching the event myself on broadcast television. Lastly, remember when in 1947 the US Army Air Force reported it recovered an alien flying saucer then changed the story to a weather balloon?
UFO events such as these have been the basis for some of the best science fiction stories out there, but could there be some truth in these stories? The recent account from Professor Eshed makes me think about an episode from Stargate SG-1 entitled Wormhole X-Treme! If you don’t know about Stargate SG-1, it was a spinoff television series based on the movie Stargate, starring Kurt Russel and James Spader. The basic premise of the movie is the god, Ra, from Ancient Egypt was really an alien who enslaved people and brought a portion of the Ancient Egyptian population to another world through a device called a Stargate. The Stargate opens a wormhole allowing people to travel to different worlds instantaneously. The television show is about a group of explorers, SG-1, who travel to different worlds through the Stargate. The Stargate Program is controlled by the US Air Force and is kept top secret. In the Wormhole X-Treme! episode, a television show about the Stargate Program and SG-1 is being made within the actual television show itself, and the show within the show, entitled Wormhole X-Treme!, is uncanny to the events and characters of SG-1. At first the US Air Force thinks to shutdown the show within the show for revealing top secret information, but it eventually allows the show to continue because Wormhole X-Treme! provides plausible deniability as to the existence of the Stargate Program.
The episode begs the question, is the show Stargate SG-1 itself plausible deniability for the existence of a secret government space program? Maybe what Professor Eshed is claiming is true. In Stargate SG-1, there is no alien group with the name the Galactic Federation, but there are alien species that have decided to ally with humans to defeat common enemy alien species. The humans in Stargate SG-1 have secret bases on other worlds they share with aliens. The secret government space program is kept hidden from the general population, and only a select number of world governments know about the existence of the Stargate Program. These similarities are intriguing, but they can just as easily be dismissed as science fiction tropes. At the end of the day, you have to judge for yourself.
I do not know if what Professor Eshed is claiming is true. I would like it to be true because that would be pretty awesome and open up a whole new arena for exploring the nature of reality and the meaning of our existence. However, at the very least the story ignites our curiosity and reminds us why we love science fiction in the first place.