A new book by an American University professor espouses a theory that Dwight Eisenhower made a secret trip to an Air Force base to meet two extraterrestrial aliens while on vacation in Palm Springs, Calif.
Michael Salla, who now heads the Peace Ambassador Program at American University’s Center for Global Peace in Washington, D.C., dismisses the standard explanation of Eisenhower’s actions 50 years ago tomorrow, Feb. 20, 1954, the Washington Post reported.
It’s just a cover story, insists Salla, who published his theories in his new book, “Exopolitics: Political Implications of the Extraterrestrial Presence” and in an article on his “Exopolitics” website.
The Dwight D. Eisenhower Library in Abilene, Kan., contends on the night in question the president made an emergency trip to the dentist after chipping a tooth.
However, as the Post reports, the story is made even more intriguing by an Associated Press bulletin that evening reporting, “Pres. Eisenhower died tonight of a heart attack in Palm Springs.” It was retracted two minutes later.
The facts everyone accepts are that Eisenhower made an unscheduled departure from the Smoking Tree Ranch in Palm Springs after dinner that night. The next morning he showed up at a church service in Los Angeles, and his spokesman told reporters the president had visited the dentist to fix a tooth chipped while eating a chicken wing at dinner.
But Salla doesn’t buy the explanation. The professor, who earned a Ph.D. in government from the University of Queensland in his native Australia, believes Eisenhower was whisked away to nearby Edwards Air Force base where he chatted with two extraterrestrials.
Salla said the aliens – with white hair, pale blue eyes and colorless lips – traveled to the base from another solar system.
“There was telepathic communication,” Salla told the Post. “It’s as though you’re hearing a person but they’re not speaking.”
The aliens, known as “Nordics” in UFO circles because of their features, tried to convince Eisenhower to destroy America’s nuclear weapons in exchange for their advanced technology and spiritual wisdom, Salla said.
“They were afraid we might blow up some of our nuclear technology, and apparently that does something to time and space and it impacts on extraterrestrial races on other planets,” he explained to the Washington paper
The professor said Eisenhower turned down the offer but later that year agreed to a pact with another race of aliens known as “Greys.” That deal allowed the extraterrestrials to capture cattle and humans for medical experiments if they agreed to bring the humans back to earth safely.
Salla believes “millions” of humans have been kidnapped since then.
A student of conflict resolution in the 1990s, Salla became disillusioned after unsuccessfully attempting to apply his knowledge to the conflicts in East Timor and the Balkans, the Post said.
He turned to an extraterrestrial explanation for human misery and found the theory about Eisenhower’s encounter on the Internet among numerous stories of ET visitations.
“There’s a lot of stuff on the Internet,” he told the Post, “and I just went around and pieced it together.”
Meanwhile, staff at the Center for Global Peace are quick to distance themselves from Salla, the paper said.
“The research that Michael Salla is doing is not research that he is conducting on behalf of the center or in collaboration with the center,” said Betty Sitka, the center’s associate director, according to the Post. “This is his own personal research.”
At the Eisenhower library, Jim Leyerzapf laughed at the theory, but said he and his colleagues have had so many requests on the subject they have a person who specializes in it.
Herb Pankratz, a transportation specialist, has added “flying saucers” to his job description, Leyerzapf told the Washington daily.
Pankratz said UFO books in the ’80s and ’90s prompted many queries.
“It’s interesting how these stories have changed,” Pankratz said in an e-mail to the Post. “Initially, the accounts claimed the president made a secret trip to Edwards Air Force Base to view the remains of aliens who had crashed at Roswell, N.M., in 1947. Later stories then claimed he had actually visited with live aliens.”
He notes – citing the work of James Mixson, professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry – surgeon general records opened to researchers in 1991 show on Feb. 20, 1954, Eisenhower chipped the porcelain cap of his “upper left central incisor” and it was repaired by Dr. Francis A. Purcell.
Mixson wrote the lack of a dental record from the office of Purcell, who died in 1974, has helped fuel the belief in a UFO encounter, but “the President had well-documented difficulties with this crown.”
What about the AP report that Eisenhower died that night?
Pankratz said it was mistakenly sent out by someone “fooling around.”
Eisenhower died in 1969.