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New organization aims to get answers about UFOs

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UFO researcher Donald Schmitt is seen here on May 25, after announcing formation of the International Coalition on Extraterrestrial Research, talking about the displays at the recently renovated International UFO Museum and Research Center. (Christina Stock Photo)

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Tourists visiting the International UFO Museum and Research Center on May 25 were greeted by the sight of a television crew interviewing renowned UFO researcher and author Donald Schmitt.

Schmitt, an expert on the alleged 1947 UFO crash on a ranch near Corona, has dedicated his life to solving the mysteries surrounding unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP). He returns each year for lectures during Roswell’s UFO Festival.

Now, he’s joined with scientists and other researchers who have formed a new organization — the International Coalition on Extraterrestrial Research, or ICER — dedicated to finding the answers about UFOs.

“We just announced today (May 25) the start of an international coalition, 27 countries, an international coalition on extraterrestrial research,” Schmitt said. “Russia, China, Japan, throughout South America, throughout Europe, all are coming together. It’s never happened before and as far as it goes, we’re really going to push.”

Schmitt said that many scientists and researchers are skeptical of the U.S. military’s recent release of documents and of confirmations of cases of UAPs in leaked videos.

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The thousands of pages of documents released, he said, don’t hold any details. “Nothing is in there or (it’s) redacted, blacked out. It’s so frustrating for us,” he said.

Scientists and researchers in other countries are facing the same difficulty finding answers from their governments and militaries, he said. That’s what’s led them to unite and form the new organization.

Asked if any governments are involved, Schmitt said that wasn’t the case. “But we will be eventually recognized by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), which means then that we can present at the UN,” he said. “We are going above individual governments.”

Schmitt said that he is sure the organization will grow. “I am the North American representative, and we had meetings in China, and then we met in Moscow. We put this all together. I had dinner in Moscow with two of the cosmonauts — we are getting people in pretty high places,” he said.

Asked if ICER is similar to the existing Mutual UFO Network (MUFON), Schmitt said it is not, and that MUFON specializes in collecting data. “That’s a membership, and there are few people who work in the field,” he said.

A press release from ICER states the organization is not-for-profit and that it is comprised of scientists, academics and leading UFO/UAP researchers on five continents who are unanimous in their recognition that “we are not alone in the cosmos. Based on more than 75 years of research, ICER acknowledges that the UFO/UAP phenomenon is real; it acts with intelligence and is likely to be extraterrestrial/non-human in origin.”

One of the researchers who joined the organization is Professor Lachezar Filipov of Bulgaria. Filipov is an astrophysicist and his career has included being deputy director of sciences at the Bulgarian Space Research Institute. He is an expert in astrophysical and space dynamics. Bulgaria has a long history of space exploration that includes cosmonauts and more than 100 experiments in space.

Another ICER member mentioned is astronomer Eamonn Ansbro of the Republic of Ireland. Ansbro is the director of Kingsland Observatory and SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Kingsland in Ireland.

“Eventually, we will be 50 countries and then we’ll put real pressure on the U.S. government. No more talk, let’s do it — if there is something there,” Schmitt said.

One of the goals of ICER is to propose awareness programs to be established in all countries, and “to prepare for confirmation that Earth has been engaging with non-human intelligences.”

Schmitt will be guest speaker at the UFO Museum’s 2021 Ufologist Invasion, July 1-4, which takes place during the UFO Festival and MainStreet Roswell’s Alien Fest.

Christina Stock may be contacted at 622-7710, ext. 309, or at vision@rdrnews.com.