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Jimmy Carter and UFOs: A Presidential Promise and Disturbing Revelations

The world of paranormal phenomena, UFO sightings, government cover-ups, and extraterrestrial encounters has always been a subject of fascination for many. In the vast sea of conspiracy theories and unexplained mysteries, one name that stands out is former President Jimmy Carter. In 1973, before his presidency, Carter filed a report with the International UFO Bureau, revealing that he had experienced a UFO sighting in October 1969. This event, along with other UFO-related incidents during Carter's time in office, has sparked numerous speculations and debates about the existence of extraterrestrial life and government secrets.

President Jimmy Carter, 39th president of the United States (1977-1981)

The UFO Sighting of Jimmy Carter:

In 1969, Jimmy Carter, who was yet to become the President of the United States, witnessed a remarkable event in the small town of Leary, Georgia. He and approximately 10 to 12 other witnesses observed a bright object in the night sky, roughly the size of the moon. Carter vividly described this encounter in an interview, saying, "He described waiting outside for a Lion's Club Meeting in Leary, Georgia, to begin, at about 7:30 p.m., when he spotted what he called 'the darndest thing I've ever seen' in the sky." The object proceeded to perform astonishing maneuvers, changing colors from white to blue and red, and moving towards and away from Earth before vanishing into the distance.

Carter's Vow and Later Retreat:

Carter's UFO encounter left a lasting impression on him. He made a public promise that, if he were to become President, he would ensure that all available information about UFO sightings would be made accessible to the public and scientific community. His words were clear: "One thing's for sure, I'll never make fun of people who say they've seen unidentified objects in the sky. If I become President, I'll make every piece of information this country has about UFO sightings available to the public and the scientists."

However, after winning the presidency, Carter backtracked on this promise, citing national security concerns and potential implications for defense. This shift in stance only fueled conspiracy theories and speculation about government involvement in concealing UFO-related information.

The Disturbing UFO Briefing:

Former NASA researcher Ed Harris shed light on a haunting aspect of Carter's involvement with UFOs. According to Harris, serious researchers believe that Carter was briefed about classified UFO information during his presidency, which had a profound impact on him. Harris stated, "U.S. presidents are only given a cursory overview of the subject by the CIA, and presidential curiosity is not considered a sufficient need to know." Carter, being deeply religious and having witnessed a UFO himself, was expected to be the one to reveal UFO information to the public.

However, the briefing reportedly left Carter deeply disturbed. He was allegdly told that major religions, including Christianity, were created by extraterrestrials to prevent humanity from self-destruction while they conducted experiments on us. This revelation raised concerns about the potential economic and social upheaval that could result from such information becoming public.

An answer from Ed Harris on Quora

Richard Dolan's Perspective: Unveiling the White House UFO Briefing

Renowned author and leading UFO researcher, Richard Dolan, has also delved into the perplexing world of President Carter's alleged UFO briefing in his book, "UFOs and the National Security State: The Cover-Up Exposed." Dolan's insights add yet another layer of intrigue to this enigmatic episode.

According to Dolan's book, claims suggest that on June 14, 1977, President Carter received a UFO briefing within the hallowed walls of the White House. This briefing, as per the accounts, was delivered by a solitary MJ-12 briefing officer, surrounded by corroborating independent sources. The content of this briefing was nothing short of astonishing.

The leaked document, known as "Executive Briefing: Project Aquarius," provided what is considered the standard narrative of multiple retrievals of alien technology. This document hinted at a clandestine world where governments were in possession of extraterrestrial technology, sparking curiosity and concern in equal measure.

One of the leaked Project Aquarius pages

A Witness to Presidential Emotion:

One striking aspect of this tale is the emotional toll it allegedly took on President Carter. A presidential aide described as being "very, very close to Carter" purportedly witnessed the aftermath of a UFO-related briefing in the Oval Office. It's said that the President, who had already encountered UFOs personally, was profoundly affected by the information he received during this briefing. He was reported to have sobbed and shown visible signs of deep distress in the weeks that followed.

Project Blue Book and Daniel Sheehan's Revelation:

Further adding to the intrigue surrounding UFOs and government involvement, Daniel Sheehan, a Harvard-educated Constitutional Trial Lawyer, revealed an astonishing incident during Carter's presidency. Sheehan attempted to obtain information about UFOs and extraterrestrials from the Vatican Library but was unsuccessful. However, with Carter's help, he gained access to the classified sections of the Air Force's Project Blue Book in May 1977.

Inside Project Blue Book, Sheehan claimed to have discovered classified documents and photographs depicting a crashed UFO being investigated by Air Force personnel. He described the scene vividly, recounting that the UFO had crashed into a field, leaving a visible trench. Sheehan's discovery, while astonishing, was met with a lack of interest from religious authorities when he offered to share the information.


The enigmatic connection between former President Jimmy Carter and UFOs continues to captivate the imagination of those interested in paranormal phenomena. Carter's UFO encounter, his broken promise to disclose UFO information, and the disturbing briefing he allegedly received about the origins of religion and extraterrestrial involvement all contribute to the complex tapestry of UFO conspiracy theories. While concrete evidence remains elusive, the fascination with these events endures, leaving us to wonder about the mysteries that may still be hidden in the cosmos.

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