Some online UFO websites are revisiting the strange case of Clark C. McClelland, a man who claimed in 2008 that he was a retired spacecraft operator (ScO) with NASA's Shuttle Fleet at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida from 1958 to 1992.
McClelland claimed that he was involved in more than 650 NASA missions, including the Mercury program, Apollo missions, launching of the International Space Station (ISS) and the Space Shuttle program.
While skeptics have dismissed McClelland as delusional, UFO and alien enthusiasts take his disclosures with characteristic credulity. His incredible story has had a profound impact on the ET/UFO disclosure movement and the historical development of alien/UFO conspiracy theories since 2008. Disclosures such as McClelland's have been the mainstay of the "fanatical fringe" of the ET/UFO disclosure movement.
On July 29, 2008, McClelland released a story on his website Stargate Chronicles, in which he claimed that he once observed an 8-9ft tall extraterrestrial interacting with NASA astronauts during a Space Shuttle mission he was monitoring from the Kennedy Space Center.
According to McClelland, while monitoring the mission -- a top secret DoD mission -- from the Kennedy Space Center's Launch Control Center (LCC) on a 27 inch video monitor, he saw something he was not meant to see -- an 8-9 foot tall alien with a humanoid form -- two arms, two hands, two legs, two feet, a slender torso, proportionate head -- standing upright on two legs in the Space Shuttle Payload Bay, interacting with two tethered U.S. astronauts.
He also observed the spacecraft of the aliens in a stabilized safe orbit near the Space Shuttle main engine pods. McClelland claimed he observed the unusual interaction for exactly one minute and seven seconds.
Denying that he might have been mistaken in his observations, McClelland claimed that he has expertise in "visual recognition of crafts created and flown by the human race, whether secret or otherwise."
He declared, "I know an ET and Alien craft when I see them."
According to Mclelland, "aliens are here on Earth, they walk among us. They may have been implanted into our various Earth governments."
"NASA is not a civilian space agency. The Pentagon owns NASA. Some of the DoD (Department of Defense) missions I participated in were top secret. Those missions carried TS Satellites and other space mission hardware into orbit where several crews met with ETs."
McClelland claimed he was a personal friend of NASA astronaut Edgar Mitchell, Lunar Module Pilot of Apollo 14, and sixth man to walk in the moon. Mitchell has made earthshaking alien/UFO disclosures of his own, including the famous statement that "90 percent sure that many of the thousands of unidentified flying objects, or UFOs, recorded since the 1940s, belong to visitors from other planets."
The claims that NASA is concealing vital information about its knowledge of aliens, that the U.S. likely has a secret military alliance with at least one race of aliens and that the International Space Station is being used as a rendezvous for an alien race and representatives of the U.S. government got a strong impetus from McClelland's disclosures.
Significantly, no one has ever come forward to refute Mclelland's claim that he was for 34 years a spacecraft officer with NASA. On the contrary, his websites and other websites featuring astounding tales of his ET and UFO sightings display apparently authentic photos and documents from his years with NASA.
"With my verifiable background, there is no Federal Government Agency that can say I am crazy!
"I am a space program pioneer. I assisted in launching the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Apollo-Soyuz, Skylab, Space Shuttle, Deep Space Missions, and the International Space Station.
"I have received character substantiation from: Walter Cronkite, Major Donald Keyhoe, NICAP Director; Richard Hall, Assistant Director of NICAP Astronomer...
"I served as the Assistant State of Florida and KSC Director of MUFON, the Director of the NICAP (National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena) at Cape Canaveral and KSC. I have received honored mentions from US Senators, Congressman, Military Officers and Scientists."
The failure of NASA to refute his claim that he was with NASA as a spacecraft operator means that you either accept him as a primary source of information about alien life and alien contact with humanity or you dismiss him as a grossly delusional man.
If you believe, as members of the alien and UFO community do, that he is a truthful and reliable source of information, then the implications are far-reaching: McClelland's disclosures provide eyewitness evidence supporting claims of rendezvous between human astronauts working in the ISS and extraterrestrial beings. His testimony provides evidence substantiating claims that NASA has been deliberately suppressing information about its contact with aliens. It gives credence to recent claims of sightings of alien UFOs docked with the ISS. It appears to substantiate some of those wild allegations that the US government has some form of secret military alliance with an extraterrestrial race, otherwise why would aliens be rendezvousing regularly -- as members of the UFO community claim -- with NASA astronauts on the ISS?
For instance, in January last year, online UFO hunters claimed that NASA's live feed showed a UFO docked with the ISS. A YouTube video showing the alleged event went viral online as evidence that the ISS was being used as a secret rendezvous between the U.S. government and alien visitors.
An article by the Examiner on the alleged sighting illustrates the influence of McClelland's alien encounter stories in the development of conspiracy theories about NASA's alleged secret alien contacts. The article cited McClelland's story as lending credibility to the "idea that alien ships could dock with the ISS and have meetings with its occupants."
A few observers have, however, pointed to a factor that might have motivated McClelland's disclosures -- pecuniary gain.
McClelland has been making desperate efforts to commercialize his story, and in one of his website posts he states unabashedly, "I am ready to tell my story, but, for compensation."
He tells a hard-luck story that some think could explain why he began inventing what skeptics dismiss as "cock-and-bull stories" about aliens interacting with NASA astronauts.
"I lost the $$ I had, lost my family, my son, died at age 19, my wife divorced me, I lost our home, I was not able to find a job paying over $4.25 hour, My beloved parents were devastated… I am asking those that are rich, famous, like Rock Stars, Movie Stars, Bill Gates, all who have enough $$ for ten life times, Please help me! I am doing this for you, the Human Race!"[Image: via The Living Moon]