He claimed to have met German rocket engineer Wernher von Braun at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and was shown a piece of crashed unidentified flying object (UFO). When von Braun joined the U.S. military and space programs after World War II, he quickly became one of the foremost scientists credited with developing the ballistic missile.
"When I met him, Wernher von Braun took an object from a safe and presented it to me. He said it was a piece from a crashed UFO," Geller recalled. "He wanted me to tell him what I felt from the material. I felt it wasn't terrestrial – it was metallic, elongated and had a hue I have never seen before."
Geller said the material felt "like it was alive" and "breathing," and that “the surface had a pearl-like quality that almost seemed to be in three-dimensional color."
The Israeli-British psychic made the revelations after the Pentagon released its long-awaited unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP) report to the Congress on June 25, revealing unexplained encounters with the military of UAPs and not ruling out a possible alien origin. The military has rebranded UFO as UAP in part to avoid the stigma that has been attached to claims of aliens visiting the Earth.
Geller said "for years" the Pentagon has known UAPs are real. "They may suggest they are secret technology from China or Russia, but believe me, they know much more than this," he said.
In a new biography, Geller recounted his own experience with UFO, or UAP, when he was just three years old on Christmas Day of 1949 near the working-class neighborhood in Israel where he grew up.
The young Geller wandered into their backyard after hearing kittens when a bright light suddenly appeared above and struck him, apparently activating his powers. Later in life, Geller was subjected to a series of bizarre secret experiments that aimed to weaponize psychic abilities as revealed by documents from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
During the experiments he was asked to sit in a sealed and monitored room. One of the tests involved drawings. A word was selected at random from a dictionary. The researchers concluded Geller "demonstrated his paranormal perceptual ability in a convincing and unambiguous manner."
"For years I had to deny my true mission and camouflage my work," Geller said. "Few people know the truth. I presume all world leaders – Obama, Trump, Netanyahu – do [know] we are communicating with ET." (Related: UFO expert: Extraterrestrial contact will happen soon and from water rather than air.)
The report presented to Congress didn't reveal much. The findings were based on the review of 144 UAP reports involving observations made by military aviators between 2004 and 2021, but mostly from the last two years.
The Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force (UAPTF), which has standardized the collection and reporting of UAP sightings, considered but opted not to focus on "a range of information on UAP described in U.S. military and intelligence community reporting," for its lack of "sufficient specificity."
Of the 144 reports, the task force could only determine an explanation for one – a deflated balloon. The rest remain unexplained.
In a total of 18 events, witnesses "reported unusual UAP movement patterns or flight characteristics." According to the report, that unusual behavior included UAP that "appeared to remain stationary in winds aloft, move against the wind, maneuver abruptly or move at considerable speed without discernible means of propulsion." In 11 instances, U.S. aviators reported dangerous near misses with UAP.
The nine-page report concluded that there is currently no evidence that any of the objects are related to a secret U.S. weapons program or were developed by foreign adversaries; the clustering of sightings near U.S. military bases may just be the result of several kinds of collection bias; most of the UAP probably were physical objects, since most were detected in multiple ways, including via radar, infrared, electro-optical, weapon seekers and visual observation; there are probably multiple types of UAP; objects exhibiting unusual flight characteristics (like the ones which appeared to demonstrate advanced technological capabilities) could also be the result of sensor errors, spoofing or observer misperception and require additional rigorous analysis; UAP clearly pose a risk to flight safety in the increasingly crowded skies and may pose a challenge to national security, particularly if the UAP were developed by foreign adversaries; and the U.S. needs to collect and analyze more information, consolidate reporting and develop a more efficient way of screening and processing the reports.
In response, the military will set up an "X-Files office" and make recommendations to military bases.
In a letter to military chiefs, Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks said: "All members of the department will utilize these processes to ensure the UAPTF, or its follow up activity, has reports of UAP observations within two weeks of an occurrence."
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