Article by Tyler Manning October 21, 2019 (fairfieldsuntimes.com)
• Helena College at the University of Montana in Helena, Montana offers a class titled “Are UFO’s a threat to national security?” The course is taught by Dr. Richard O’Connor and Dr. Joan Bird who discuss the history of UFOs both in Montana and nationwide. After taking the class, students generally accept that ‘aliens exist’ as an absolute truth.
• The first class in the course focuses on breaking down the taboo around discussing the possibility of extraterrestrial activity. Says O’Connor, “The fact that we are in an academic setting discussing this show’s how far we’ve come.” O’Connor believes that the nationwide discussion is at a tipping point as it becomes less and less taboo to openly discuss UFOs and extraterrestrials. The more people talk about it, the more normalized it becomes.
• O’Connor said he’s spent the past few years charting the progress in the national conversation. The UFO phenomena has received coverage in major news publications like The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and USA Today, and major networks like Fox News, CNN, and NBC. This culminated in September 2019 when the United States Navy confirmed videos of UAPs (or “Unidentified Ariel Phenomena”).
• In succeeding classes, Bird focuses on UFO and extraterrestrial activity in Montana. Bird said that while there are sightings all across the state, the ‘Hi-Line’ (the northern area along the US-Canadian border) is a hot bed of activity due to the number of nuclear missile silos in that region of the state. Bird discusses the history of missile silo shutdowns and their correlation with UFO sightings and the threat of nuclear war. These incidents have dramatically changed the perspectives of those involved.
• Bird’s fascination with extraterrestrials began in 1998 when she investigated crop circles around Flathead Lake in Northwestern Montana, and in England. She said it provided her glimpses of other realities. “Then I discovered highly credible military witnesses and the secrecy around missile shut downs,” Bird said. ” I’d have to be too cynical to not believe.”
• “Are UFO’s a threat to national security?” O’Conner asked. “Should we just ask them?”
“Alien’s exist” is something that is generally accepted as an absolute truth by the select few who take the class of Dr. Richard O’Connor and Dr. Joan Bird.
The Helena College continuing education course titled “Are UFO’s a threat to national security?” is a trip down the rabbit hole of nationwide and Montana specific extraterrestrial activity. The aim is not only to educate those who choose to take the class on the extensive history of this activity, but to also encourage engagement in a topic previously considered taboo.
As for the title of the class, O’Connor has an answer for that: “Are UFO’s a threat to national security?” he asked. “Should we just ask them?”
This question and response acts as a kind of thesis statement for the entire mission of the class. The course is taking place each Thursday night for the four weeks of October. O’Connor dedicated the first 2 1/2 hour class to breaking down the taboo around discussing possibly extraterrestrial activity.
“For a long time there was no way you could get a class like this in a college anywhere,” O’Connor said. “The fact that we are in an academic setting discussing this show’s how far we’ve come.”
O’Connor believes that the nationwide discussion is at a tipping point as it becomes less and less taboo to openly discuss UFOs and extraterrestrials. He said the more people talk about it, the more normalized it becomes. O’Connor backs this theory up with articles in major news publications like The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and USA Today. The phenomena has also received major television news coverage from major networks like Fox News, CNN, NBC and more.
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