The news conference was held on Monday September 27 and was reported widely by British news organizations, and thus far in the U.S. by the Air Force Times. The event was organized by Robert Hastings, a well known UFO researcher.
The men who spoke at the presser used declassified data to support some of their first-hand accounts of visits from outsiders, who according to them seem fixated on our nuclear weapons. It was not an easy decision for some of them who kept quiet for years due to a fear of committing career suicide in the military.
Charles I. Halt is one of a number of senior former members of the U.S. Air Force who went public today over claims that UFOs had tampered with nuclear missiles in the US and the UK. Halt retired in 1991 as an Air Force colonel who served in Vietnam, Japan and Great Britain.
Halt says he witnessed an incident in 1980 when he was base commander of U.S. forces stationed at a British RAF station, called Bentwaters, about 80 miles outside London. His account of the episode makes the claim that UFOs beamed light sources into a nuclear storage area. Just as suddenly as they appeared, they vanished. The light sources coincided with measurable levels of radiation, according to Halt and that the weapons were momentarily disabled.
In 1980 Retired Colonel Charles Halt witnessed UFOs disabling nuclear missiles outside London
Former Captain in the Air Force, Robert Salas was a missile launch officer as well as an engineer on the Titan 3 missiles. He spoke of an incident in 1967 at Mahlstrom Air Force base in Montana, during which 16 nuclear missiles became non-operational at two different launch facilities after guards saw UFOs hovering above. In this case, the Air Force investigated and officially did not find probable cause for what occurred. Salas says he was required to sign a confidentiality agreement at a debriefing about the investigation and told not to ever discuss it, even among his fellow military officers.
The Air Force Times, reported on the press conference and the declassified documents, some of which detail official U.S military investigations. "From 1947 to 1969, the Air Force investigated unidentified flying objects under what was called Project Blue Book. Of a total of 12,618 sightings under the program, 701 remained "unidentified." The military discontinued the program after consulting with scientists and concluding that none of the objects posed a threat to national security or could be identified as "extraterrestrial."
Both Mr. Salas and Mr. Halt disagree vehemently, as does the moderator, Mr. Hastings who said that he has heard of a UFO incident occurring at the Montana base at which Salas was stationed, as recently as 2007. He ended on this note: "The American people have a right to know the facts. This is a national security issue but it is (also) a need-to-know issue, a right-to-know issue. Citizens in every country on Earth should be let in on this secret."
Mr. Halt said, "I believe that the security services of both the United States and the United Kingdom have attempted - both then and now - to subvert the significance of what occurred at RAF Bentwaters by the use of well-practiced methods of disinformation."
Mr. Salas ended his part of the news conference with this: "What you have heard here is evidence of a phenomenon. Our evidence is now public domain the evidence is what is the public going to do with it?"