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Don Donderi of McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, said the US Government did recover a crashed extraterrestrial craft in the New Mexico desert near Roswell in 1947.
Mr Donderi, who has a PhD in psychology from Cornell University, even claims people have been abducted by aliens.
He is behind a course at McGill University called UFOs: History and Reality. The course argues “UFOs are real and extraterrestrial.”
He told the Montreal Gazette he believes aliens exist “beyond a reasonable doubt.”
Referring to Roswell, he said: “The US government recovered the remains of a crashed unidentified flying object or to be more correct, an extraterrestrial vehicle.
“It is believed that they also recovered bodies of dead aliens.”
Roswell has been at the heart of the UFO scene since the military announced in a press release it had found the remains of a crashed flying saucer in the nearby desert, in July 1947.
But the following day it retracted the statement, saying it was in fact a damaged US Air Force air balloon.
Witnesses later came forward to say there had been alien bodies within the “crashed craft”, which along with the wreckage were then taken to the mysterious top-secret Area 51 military base in Nevada.
Mr Donderi explained why the events had been covered up.
He said: “The technology involved is extremely advanced; the implications for human society are incredible and possibly upsetting because we are under surveillance by technologically superior beings from other planets.
“We don’t know how to do what they do. We don’t know what their motives are or their interests are.
“And at the moment, as far as I know, we don’t have any active defences or preparations to deal with the situation.
“So it’s obviously upsetting. Secrecy is because when governments, any government, gets hold of new technology, and want to figure out how it works, their first interest is protecting their own turf on this and not sharing it with the world.”
Asked if he was certain of aliens existing, he said: “I’m 100 per cent certain of that.
“Some of what people report as UFOs are extraterrestrial vehicles. That proposition, I believe, is established beyond reasonable doubt.
“Proposition two is that some of the extraterrestrial vehicles have ET crews, and proposition three is that some of these ET crews ‘catch and release’ humans to study them, so-called alien abductions.
“Proposition two, I think, is established beyond a reasonable doubt, and proposition three is bound on probabilities.
“I know many people. I’d say 10, at least, who have claimed to be abducted. And in many cases, I respect their claims because I think they’re based on sound evidence.”