May 09, 2022 I Nick Redfern

Are Our "Aliens" Really Time Travelers From a Mysterious Future?

Is it possible that the UFO phenomenon on our world has nothing to do with aliens, but everything to do with time travelers? It's a controversial question, but it's not impossible. Let us have a look at some UFO events that might need to be radically altered. We'll begin with the Roswell affair of July 1947. One of those who revealed his thoughts on this particular scenario was Lieutenant Colonel Philip Corso, co-author with William Birnes of the much-debated, championed and denounced UFO-themed book: The Day after Roswell. The unusual bodies found within the wreckage of the craft, Corso claimed, were genetically created beings designed to withstand the rigors of space flight, but they were not the actual creators of the UFO itself. Right up until the time of his death in 1998, Corso speculated on the distinct possibility that the U.S. Government might still have no real idea of who constructed the craft, or who genetically engineered the bodies found aboard. Notably, Corso gave much consideration to the idea that the Roswell UFO was a form of time machine, possibly even one designed and built by the denizens of the Earth of a distant future, rather than by the people of a faraway solar-system..

Despite the fact that many have championed Corso as a solid proponent of the idea that extraterrestrials plunged to earth in New Mexico in 1947, in reality, Corso was willing to consider something very different. The unusual bodies found within the wreckage of the craft, Corso maintained, were genetically created beings designed to withstand the rigors of space flight, but they were not the actual creators of the UFO itself. Right up to the time of his death in 1998, Corso speculated on the distinct possibility that the U.S. Government might still have no real idea of who constructed the craft, or who genetically engineered the bodies found aboard or in the vicinity of the wreckage. Of course, it’s vital that I make it clear Corso’s story has been the subject of a great deal of intense debate. His account relative to Roswell has been both vocally championed and loudly denounced. Others seem unsure what to make of it all. But, unfortunately for those trying to make some sense of the situation, Ufology has always been like that when it comes to matters of a highly volatile nature. We never get a definitive answer. It always ends up, to use a terrible but appropriate pun, in a “grey” area.

If history shows there’s nothing to the story of Philip Corso, then so be it. But, if there is even a small nugget of truth to the story, then here is something we should muse upon: Maybe, by studying the Roswell materials, officialdom has learned something deeply troubling and terrible about our future, something it dares not share with us, the populace at large. Ever. Is this, perhaps, the reason why the Roswell affair is one still shrouded in overwhelming secrecy, more than 60 years after it occurred? To paraphrase The X-Files, when it comes to UFOs and Roswell, “the truth” may not be “out there” after all. Instead, it might be countless millennia ahead of us.

(Nick Redfern)

Now, let's take a trip to Rendlesham Forest, U.K. One of the key figures in the Rendlesham affair of December 1980 was Jim Penniston. He entered the U.S. Air Force in 1973. At the time all hell broke loose in Rendlesham Forest, Penniston was a Senior Security Officer. Both he and Halt had startling encounters in those December nights. Penniston actually touched the whatever-it-was; something that he now believes caused him to receive a binary code message that was, essentially, downloaded into his mind. Techopedia explains what, precisely, binary codes are: “Binary code is the most simplistic form of data. It is represented entirely by a binary system of digits consisting of a string of consecutive zeros and ones. Binary code is often associated with machine code in that binary sets can be combined to form raw code, which is interpreted by a computer or other piece of hardware.”  

In 1994, Penniston underwent hypnotic regression, as part of an attempt to try and recall deeply buried data relative to what occurred to him during one of Britain’s closest encounters. Very interestingly, and while under hypnosis, Penniston stated that our presumed aliens are, in reality, visitors from a far-flung future. Our future. That future, Penniston added, is very dark, in infinitely deep trouble, polluted and where the Human Race is overwhelmingly blighted by reproductive problems. The answer to those same, massive problems, Penniston was told by the entities he met in the woods, is that they travel into the distant past – to our present day – to secure sperm, eggs and chromosomes, all as part of an effort to try and ensure the continuation of the severely waning Human Race of tomorrow.

(Nick Redfern)

How about the Men in Black and time travel? One of the more intriguing rumors surrounding Area 51 is the theory that it is the home-base from where the legendary and ominous Men in Black operate from – and that they may be nothing less than time travelers, rather than government agents or aliens in disguise. Make mention of the Men in Black to most people and doing so will likely provoke images of Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones. After all the trilogy of Men in Black-themed movies were phenomenally successful and brought the subject to a huge, worldwide audience. Outside of Ufology, most people assume that the Men in Black were the creations of Hollywood. This, however, is very wide of the mark: in reality, the movies were based upon a short-lived comic book series that was created by Lowell Cunningham in 1990. Most important of all, the comic-books were based on real-life encounters with the MIB – which date back decades. As for those real MIB, they just might be skilled surfers of time.

In the movies, the characters portrayed by Jones and Smith are known as J and K. There is a good reason for that: they are the initials of the late John Keel, who wrote the acclaimed book, The Mothman Prophecies and who spent a lot of time pursuing MIB encounters, and particularly so in the 1960s and 1970s. In that sense, the producers of the Men in Black movies and comic-books were paying homage to Keel. Now let’s get to the heart of the matter, namely, the real Men in Black; not those of Hollywood. Who are they? Where do they come from? What is their agenda? One particularly intriguing theory concerning the MIB and time travel came from UFO writer-publisher, Gray Barker. Although he didn't complete his theory, Barker shared it with anomalist investigator, Ivan Sanderson. In Barker's scenario the Men in Black were what we might call "secret historians," collecting as much data as possible to chronicle our history. It's unfortunate that Barker didn't complete his theory, but it demonstrates yet another example of how the UFO subject and time travel just might blend together.

Robert Davis was someone who, before his passing in 2019, spent a lot of time digging deep into the early years of the UFO subject: the 1940s to the 1970s. Davis was someone who was noted for his huge amount of correspondence with fellow UFO seekers. One of them was Gray Barker. He wrote the very first book on the Men in Black, 1956’s They Knew Too Much About Flying Saucers. In correspondence in 1981, Barker confided in Davis that – after looking closely into the strange story of Indrid Cold, and after having written his own book about Mothman and Indrid Cold (The Silver Bridge, published in 1970) – he suspected that Cold was not an alien but a time-traveler. Maybe, even, a time-surfing historian taking a peek around late 20th century America. Frustratingly, Barker didn’t expand on how or why he thought that Cold was from the future, only that he, Barker, had received a “message” from Cold himself. Clearly, both Barker and Davis were on the same path when it came to time travel and future-historians. Let us now look at another angle on time travel and UFOs:

Mac Tonnies, the author of the book After the Martian Apocalypse, which is a study of the controversial “Face on Mars” mystery, believed he had the answer to the potential problems cited by Hawking: “Stephen Hawking condemned time travel because, in his opinion, it should enable a constant stream of visitors from our own future. He assumes, perhaps unwisely, that we'd be aware of these visitors, when in truth it's remarkably easy to think of reasons our ancestors might choose not to visit at all.” Tonnies continued: “Other physicists are at work refuting the paradox of going back in time and killing your parents before you are born. If they're right, a time traveler from the future could interact with others, including his or her past self, so long as no action was taken that would endanger the traveler's own continued existence. It's difficult to visualize how this might work, although the idea makes logical sense.  Maybe the best analogy would be a physical system that relies on a principle of least action, such as a ball rolling inexorably downhill.”

Tonnies further noted: “The fascinating upshot of this is that there's a chance we're indeed being visited by advanced beings from our own future, but their interactions with us would be necessarily limited lest they doom themselves to nonexistence.” Tonnies also wonders if the many UFO sightings that have been reported for decades may not be due to the actions of aliens from the other side of the galaxy, but the result of time-traveling humans masquerading as ET to keep secret their real point of origin. “If time travel is possible,” said Tonnies, “the behavior of UFOs may be at least partially explained: formal contact with us would result in a causality violation of some sort, so they must remain content with maintaining their presence behind a curtain of subterfuge.” And if we are indeed being visited by time-travelers from the future, then surely the biggest questions are: how are they getting here and what is their agenda in our time?   

Nick Redfern

Nick Redfern works full time as a writer, lecturer, and journalist. He writes about a wide range of unsolved mysteries, including Bigfoot, UFOs, the Loch Ness Monster, alien encounters, and government conspiracies. Nick has written 41 books, writes for Mysterious Universe and has appeared on numerous television shows on the The History Channel, National Geographic Channel and SyFy Channel.

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