dailymail - He is on an advisory body to the Queen, works as an environmental campaigner and is credited with integrating Canada's armed forces.
But aside from all this, the ex-Canadian defence minister says UFOs are real, aliens have visited Earth and the U.S. government is covering up information about them.
Paul Hellyer says he would probably get fired for his views if he was still Canada's Minister of National Defense today, but is adamant he has seen UFOs himself.
The 87-year-old, who is the longest-serving member of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada, said he never discussed his views with top officials when he was in office.
‘This is the kind of thing that sometimes they don't tell politicians about,’ he said.
‘I have no doubt that there were probably people in my employ who would have been more knowledgeable than I was at the time.’
‘I got periodic reports on sightings and I looked at them very casually. It was decided that about 80 per cent of them were natural phenomena of one sort or another and the other 20 per cent roughly were unexplained and therefore unidentified.’
Mr Hellyer is presenting his views on UFOs this week at the International UFO Congress in Scottsdale, Arizona, and says he is ‘convinced’ of their existence.
‘We lived too long in a sense of isolation, thinking that Earth was the centre of the cosmos, that we were the only species and, therefore, probably the most advanced.'
‘And when we come to the realisation that we're not any of those things, then I think we should be aware of it (and) learn to live with it,' he told AOL News.
Mr Hellyer claims to have seen a UFO with his wife when spending last Thanksgiving near Toronto, and they stared at the sky for 20 minutes watching it moving.
He told AOL: ‘By process of elimination, we determined it wasn't a star or satellite and it wasn't the space station, so there was really no explanation for it other than it was, in fact, a UFO. It looked like a star, but it manoeuvred in a way that stars don't.’
He believes the U.S. has developed new forms of energy at secret ‘black operation’ units using alien technology and that a ‘shadow government’ is behind this activity.
Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell, founder of the Institute of Noetic Sciences research group, has described Mr Hellyer's theory as an 'important contribution' to literature.
‘His experience in government, his interest in exo-politics and the issues of sustainability of civilization are significant areas of current discourse,' he said.
Retired Army Colonel John Alexander, also speaking at this week’s conference, believes UFOs are real but says there has never been a cover-up.
Mr Hellyer added: ‘People keep talking about transparency and still not telling the truth, and this applies in various other areas as well as UFOs.
'It's just about time that we started getting open with each other and trying to get along and live together.’
He said he would 'probably be open-mouthed about it' and 'might get fired for it' if he talked about his opinions in office today.
He said in 2005 that the U.S. military was preparing weapons to use against aliens, and they 'could get us into an intergalactic war without us ever having any warning'.
He said two years later that governments should be using alternatives to fossil fuels from alien technology obtained during alleged UFO crashes to fight climate change.
Mr Hellyer was responsible in 1963 for creating the Canadian Armed Forces from the integration of the Royal Canadian army, navy and air force into one organisation.
He has also campaigned over issues such as monetary reform, the Middle East and the environment.
Mr Hellyer's website says that he is the 'first person of cabinet rank in the G8 group of countries to state unequivocally “UFO’s are as real as the airplanes flying overhead".'
Other public figures who have stated UFOs are of extra-terrestrial origin include former USSR leader Mikhail Gorbachev, Professor Stephen Hawking and Ronald Reagan.
NOTE: Hellyer has been making these claims for a few years now...here are links to previous posts - Former Canadian Defense Minister Says Aliens Have Been Visiting Earth For Thousands Of Years and Former Canadian Defense Minister Says UFO Proof 'Irrefutable'...Lon
Is 3-8-11 `Alien Disclosure'? Date Disclosed In Exclusive Interview With Shaman Lujan Matus
Today I reveal the contents of an e-mail exchange I have been having with a man who is positioned as a modern day Shaman - Lujan Matus. What you are about to read are the very recent exchanges LM and I have had to set up the next post - originally for THS (The Heavy Stuff) - but, now posted here at UDCC instead, due to the nature of the information relating to UFO Disclosure that came forth from my questions. (Which is ONLY a part of what you will be reading.)
So, I'm ready to lay this out for you - keep your mind open and your hands on the railings. Continue reading at Is 3-8-11 `Alien Disclosure'? Date Disclosed In Exclusive Interview With Shaman Lujan Matus
Evidence is overwhelming that UFOs are real, retired Army colonel says
Retired Army Col. John Alexander is one heckuva guy with an amazing background in and out of the military. He’s a former Green Beret commander happily married to Victoria Alexander, a film critic for Films in Review magazine. They live quietly here in Las Vegas, a few miles west of the Strip, and we’ve often run into one another at various events. Just a regular Las Vegas power couple?
Not so fast because John has just published a new book about UFOs and extra-terrestrials that’s bound to upset people. UFOs: Myths, Conspiracies and Realities also is en route to becoming a bestseller.
My longtime good friend Lee Spiegel, an AOL editor in New York, tipped me to the fact that the highly decorated officer had used his military savvy and high security clearance to spend a quarter of a century going through the top levels of the U.S. government and military searching for the group of people who were allegedly responsible for UFO information and the supposedly decades-old UFO cover-up. His conclusions: Not only is there no such group and no cover-up, but also disclosure about UFOs has already occurred on official levels. Continue reading at Evidence is overwhelming that UFOs are real, retired Army colonel says
South Africa falls for horror 'cash-for-organs' stunt
BBC - The authorities in South Africa have been duped by a "cash-for-organs" hoax, which turned out to be a publicity stunt for an upcoming horror film.
"We pay the best prices for all your body parts and organs," read pamphlets widely circulated in Johannesburg city.
Police were reported to be trying to track down "Dr Uba", who advertised quick and painless same-day procedures.
The Health Department also issued a statement of concern before the hoax was revealed on Thursday afternoon.
The flyers advertised Dr Uba's Clinic and directed people to an active website that had gory photos of the procedures.
It said Dr Uba was offering 5,000 rand ($700; £432) for a pair of eyes, 2,500 rand for a tongue and testicles could fetch up to 1,600 rand each.
"Stop suffering in silence. Rush to get that cash you need. If not for you, do it for your loved one," the website said.
By Thursday morning, newspapers, social networking sites Twitter and Facebook, and blogs were dominated by news of the surgery that was harvesting human body parts.
But the BBC's Pumza Fihlani in Johannesburg says that when it turned out to be a hoax, many people were shocked.
They said the publicity stunt was in bad taste given recent revelations about a kidney-trafficking syndicate, she says.
Last year, private hospital group Netcare admitted it had been involved in an international syndicate worth millions of dollars by performing several operations at its hospital in Durban in 2003.
The website for Dr Uba's Clinic now says: "Some things are worse than dying" - and directs people to a site for the forthcoming film, Nightdrive.
Justin Head, the film's director and writer, said the movie was about a group of tourists who encounter a poacher who hunts human body parts, South Africa's Eyewitness News reports.