WATCH: Is the government hiding secret technology brought to Earth by aliens?

"UFOlogist" Steven Greer proposes a conspiracy theory that the government is hiding the truth about alien visits

By Amanda Marcotte

Senior Writer

Published May 29, 2017 4:00PM (EDT)

According to self-appointed “UFOlogist” Steven Greer, aliens have come to the Earth many times over — and even had a meeting with President Dwight Eisenhower in the 1950s! — but most people are unaware because of a government conspiracy to hide the truth. And he has a new documentary out, titled “Unacknowledged,” that promises to blow the lid off the whole thing.

“The evidence for interstellar civilizations will be presented,” his website reads, “along with evidence of an illegal cartel hiding from the public and Presidents alike the truth that we are not alone and that we now know how they get here.”

In the documentary, Greer warns viewers of the very real dangers awaiting anyone who dares expose the secret government cover-up of alien visitations.

“If you tell anyone about this project, this bullet has your name on it and it will find you,” he says in a dramatic tone in the film.

But when I spoke with him for a Salon interview a few days ago, Greer had a different message: Don’t worry about getting a bullet to the head.

“So I’m having you here on Salon . . . to talk about this. Should I be worried about my safety?” I asked.

“No,” Greer said.

“Why not?” I replied. “We’re exposing the truth, aren’t we?”

 “There’s been a sea change in how people view this secrecy, and that it’s time to bring this subject out,” Greer replied. “You know, 2017 is not 1997.”

Greer seemed largely undeterred during the interview by my skepticism, happily describing the aliens — “4 feet tall, have no hair, no earlobes, a very small nose and slight lips lips” — as well as the alleged conspiracy to hide the truth from the public.

Unfortunately, he didn’t have a very good answer for why these super-advanced alien races keep crashing into our planet instead of sticking the landing.

Watch more of our conversation on Salon.

By Amanda Marcotte

Amanda Marcotte is a senior politics writer at Salon and the author of "Troll Nation: How The Right Became Trump-Worshipping Monsters Set On Rat-F*cking Liberals, America, and Truth Itself." Follow her on Twitter @AmandaMarcotte and sign up for her biweekly politics newsletter, Standing Room Only.

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