When it comes to militarily important nations of the world, Canada ranks pretty highly. For one thing, it’s one of the closest (if not THE closest) allies of the US, frequently conducting joint training and exercises with the US military and given privileged access to US military data. Canada is also a core member of NATO and to a tripartied mutual defense pact with the US and the UK.
Canada and the US both operate the North American Aerospace Defense Command, one of the largest air and space monitoring systems on earth. Canada hosts many of the advanced radar systems used by NORAD. These systems are integrated into a global air and space monitoring system which is responsible for other purposes, including being called upon to track civilian aircraft that go off course and tracking and cataloging orbital debris.
During the Cold War (and to some extent after) it was presumed that any air strike by the Soviet Union or Russia would include attacks on North America, flying over Canada’s airspace. As the second largest nation by area, Canada has enormous airspace and controls a very large portion of the North Atlantic and Pacific as territorial waters.
Although not as large as that of the US, Russia or China, the military of Canada is a very formidable fighting force and has been called upon for combat operations Afghanistan and in support of numerous relief operations and disaster responses around the world.
As a result, the Minister of National Defense of Canada is a pretty damn important job.
Paul Hellyer served briefly in that position. He was a Canadian Member of Parliament from 1949 to 1974, making him one of the longest serving members of Parliament. After leaving Parliament, Hellyer served in a number of advisory rolls on affairs related to the Canadian military. After becoming less active in politics, Hellyer attempted to return to elected office through the formation of the Canadian Action Party in 1997. However, he was defeated in the election.
All things considered, Hellyer has served in some very important positions in a very important country. It might seem odd that he would be intrusted with such posts given that he has had a very strong interest in UFO’s and aliens since at least the late 1960′s. He began making extremely strong statements in the early 2000′s and became a fixture at North American UFO conferences.
Apparently the revival of his interest in UFO’s was the result of reading some conspiracy theorist books on UFO’s. Prior to this, it seems that Hellyer had only a passing interest in the topic and never took a strong stand on the issue. Hellyer has since gone on to claim to claim that UFO’s are absolutely real and demanded that the government’s of the world disclose what they know about alien technology.
Hellyer warned, “The United States military are preparing weapons which could be used against the aliens, and they could get us into an intergalactic war without us ever having any warning. He stated, “The Bush administration has finally agreed to let the military build a forward base on the moon, which will put them in a better position to keep track of the goings and comings of the visitors from space, and to shoot at them, if they so decide.”
And here is a video of what he had to say about UFO’s more recently:
Just another reminder: This may was once the highest ranking minister overseeing a military force that was equipped with nuclear weapons, loaned from the United States, was responsible for some of the most important radar installations in the world and was a core founding member of NATO.
A little historic background on the issue of military interest in UFO’s:
A UFO is an Unidentified Flying Object. Before it became associated with the presumption that aliens were visiting the earth, the term was a perfectly acceptable way of acknowledging that there was a flying object, but its identity was not known. It was therefore entirely proper to say something like “A UFO was spotted” if something was seen or detected, but it was not possible to tell if it was an aircraft, a missile, a balloon or something else entirely.
From the 1940′s up through the 1970′s, the militaries of the West took UFO reports by citizens seriously enough to investigate them and even keep some of the data compiles secret. There are two reasons for this, which have nothing at all to do with a belief in alien life visiting the earth. The first was the concern that reports of strange flying objects could indicate some kind of exotic or previously unknown aircraft invading the airspace of the US, Canada or another country without detection. The fear, of course, was that they could be from the Soviet Union.
This was by no means an unrealistic fear. At this same time, the US and its allies were regularly violating Soviet airspace with aircraft that were extremely non-conventional by the standards of the day. The high-flying U2, the extremely fast A-12 and SR-71 and a variety of other experimental aircraft were being flown on a regular basis.
The existence of secret advanced aircraft such as these was another reason why UFO reports were kept secret. In many cases, it was sightings of these exotic aircraft that caused the reports. Other programs, such as Project Mogul created UFO reports. As a result, when a UFO was reported, the military often took steps to make sure it was not a foreign aircraft and that if it was one of their own, the incident was kept under wraps.
Because of these Cold War tensions, UFO’s have become strongly associated with the militaries of the world, especially the US military. But this does not mean they were alien spacecraft – quite the opposite. There is no evidence at all to indicate such. Considering that even the most highly guarded programs were eventually compromised, it’s all but unfathomable that the military could have kept a lid on this for so many decades.
This entry was posted on Friday, June 28th, 2013 at 9:59 pm and is filed under Bad Science, Conspiracy Theories, Culture, Just LAME, Paranormal. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.
View blog reactions