Steven M. Greer

Steven M. Greer (June 28, 1955) is an American ufologist[1] and retired physician who founded the Center for the Study of Extraterrestrial Intelligence (CSETI) and the Disclosure Project, which seeks the disclosure of alleged classified UFO information. Greer in 2007 Born June 28, 1955 (age 68) Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S. Occupation(s) Physician (retired) Ufologist

Steven Macon Greer in 2007
BornJune 28, 1955 (age 68)

Occupation(s)Physician (retired)


Early life

Greer was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 1955. He claims he saw an unidentified flying object at close range when he was eight years old. He claims he saw another UFO when he was 18.[2] Greer was trained as a Transcendental Meditation teacher and served as director of a meditation organization.[2][3] He received a B.S. degree in biology from Appalachian State University in 1982 and an M.D. degree from the James H. Quillen College of Medicine of East Tennessee State University in 1987. He received his Virginia medical license in 1989, worked as an emergency room physician,[1] and in 1998 retired as a physician in favor of his ufology activities.[4][5]

Ufology career

Greer founded the Center for the Study of Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (CSETI) in 1990 to create a diplomatic and research-based initiative to contact extraterrestrialcivilizations.[6][7][8] The group defined CE-5 or ‘close encounters of the fifth kind’ as human initiated contact and communication with extraterrestrial life.[8] CSETI claims to have over 3,000 confirmed reports of UFO sightings by pilots and over 4,000 of what they describe as landing traces.[7] The organisation utilizes ‘Rapid Mobilisation Investigative Teams’ with the aim of arriving at landing sites as quickly as possible. CSETI has defined a protocol for human initiated contact to UFOs using consciousness.[9][3]

In 1993, Greer founded the Disclosure Project, the goal of which is to publicly disclose the government’s alleged knowledge of UFOs, extraterrestrial intelligence, and advanced energy and propulsion systems.[10][11][12] Greer describes the Disclosure Project as an effort to grant amnesty to government whistleblowers willing to violate their security oaths by sharing classified information about UFOs.[13]

In October 1994, Greer appeared in Larry King‘s TV special The UFO Coverup?[14]

In May 2001, Greer held a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. that featured 20 retired Air Force, Federal Aviation Administration and intelligence officers.[6][15][16][17][18][19]


In 2013, Greer co-produced Sirius, a documentary detailing his work and hypotheses regarding extraterrestrial life, government cover-ups and close encounters of the fifth kind.[20] The film was directed by Amardeep Kaleka and narrated by Thomas Jane, and covers Greer’s 2006 book Hidden Truth, Forbidden Knowledge. The movie premiered on April 22, 2013, in Los Angeles, California, and features interviews from former government and military officials.[21] Sirius depicts a six-inch (15 cm) human skeleton known as the Atacama skeleton, which they claimed was an alien skeleton.[22][23] However, genetic evidence demonstrated that it was human, with genetic markers found in “indigenous women from the Chilean region of South America”. The director of the center that did the analysis said: “It’s an interesting medical mystery of an unfortunate human with a series of birth defects.”[24]

In 2017, Unacknowledged, a crowdfunded documentary featuring Greer was released. It was directed by Michael Mazzola and narrated by Giancarlo Esposito. After debuting on iTunes and digital platforms on May 9, ‘Unacknowledged’ moved to the number 1 documentary spot on those platforms internationally, and number 2 in the U.S.[25]

Close Encounters of the Fifth Kind: Contact has Begun was released April 2020. The documentary was directed and written by Michael Mazzola and features Greer, Daniel Sheehan, Jan Harzan, and Russell Targ.[citation needed]

Writing in Variety, film critic Owen Gleiberman described the film:

“…fantasy propaganda…a conspiracy documentary built around the thesis that the ‘national security state’ has concealed it from all of us,… [Greer is] like a ’70s computer nerd played by John Waters with a touch of Guy Pearce.”[26]

Writing in the Los Angeles Times, critic Noel Murray reported that the film was “overlong and rambling — more concerned with disconnected anecdotes than making a compelling case or telling an interesting story.”[27]

John Defore of The Hollywood Reporter wrote that the film “is far too impassioned in its nuttiness to be a purely cynical, Scientology-style sham,” that it “rather strangely squeezes the last few years of UFO-related news coverage into a misleading frame, arguing that journalists, pundits and the government are collaborating to build fear in the public that would justify the establishment of a “one-world government” that could wage an “interplanetary war”, and notes that “though [Greer’s] been summoning [UFOs] from across the galaxy for decades, he can never convince an alien ship to travel an extra couple of miles and hover for a good photograph.”[28]


  1. Lewis-Kraus, Gideon (April 30, 2021) How the Pentagon Started Taking U.F.O.s Seriously. The New Yorker. Retrieved on July 5, 2021.
  2. Thompson, Keith (October 1989). “If We Call Them, Will They Come?”. Yoga Journal. pp. 70–77, 1–154. Retrieved March 8, 2013. page 70: By day, he is chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at a medium-sized hospital, frequently on call for periods of 12 to 24 hours.
  3. Heard, Alexander S. (September 1, 1994). “Alien douglas brothers, come on down!”. Outside. Retrieved March 12, 2013.
  4. Oppegard, Brett (September 11, 2001). “Founder of UFO Project is Coming to Portland”. The Columbian. Archived from the original on June 25, 2001. Retrieved March 10, 2013. Alt URL
  5. Berger, Joanne (December 1, 2001). “Doctor UFO”. Internal Medicine News. Archived from the original on May 9, 2013. Retrieved March 10, 2013.
  6. “They’re Here; UFO watchers to reveal proof that aliens have visited Earth”. The Daily Record. May 9, 2001.
  7. Masselos, Poppy (September 26, 2000). “The aliens on the Internet”. Courier Mail. Queensland, Australia. p. H04.
  8. Heard, Alex (March 21, 1999). “Apocalypse soon: A close encounter in the wilds of Minnesota”. The Ottawa Citizen. p. C4.
  9. Hulse, Tim (July 26, 1998). “Make friends with an alien, says UFO man”. The Independent. London, UK. p. 4.
  10. Schmidt, Brad (April 25, 2002). “Alien theorist offers proof of government coverup”. Oregon Daily Emerald. Retrieved December 12, 2012.
  11. “The Disclosure Project Website”. The Disclosure Project. 2010. Retrieved March 7, 2013. The Disclosure Project is a research project working to fully disclose the facts about UFOs, extraterrestrial intelligence, and classified advanced energy and propulsion systems.
  12. Tudor, Silke (September 26, 2001). “Alien Culture”. SF Weekly. Retrieved March 10, 2013.
  13. Cox, Billy (August 6, 2008). “Admiral: Never looked for UFO data”. Herald Tribune. Retrieved March 21, 2013.
  14. Mendoza, Manuel (October 10, 1994). “Alien Obsession Hits Even Larry King”. The Wichita Eagle. Archived from the original on October 11, 2012. Retrieved March 8, 2013. Alt URL
  15. Duin, Julia (May 11, 2001). “Government is covering up UFO evidence, group says”. The Washington Times. Archived from the original on May 16, 2001. Retrieved March 8, 2013.
  16. Katelynn Raymer; David Ruppe (May 10, 2001). “Group Calls for Disclosure of UFO Info”. ABC News. Retrieved March 11,2013.
  17. “UFO spotters slam ‘US cover-up'”. BBC News. May 10, 2001.
  18. Kehnemui, Sharon (May 10, 2001). “Men in Suits See Aliens as Part of Solution, Not Problem”. Fox News. Retrieved May 10,2007.
  19. McCullagh, Declan (May 10, 2001). “Ooo-WEE-ooo Fans Come to D.C.” Wired News. Retrieved May 10, 2007.
  20. Sullivan, Paul (April 9, 2013). “New documentary proves aliens exist. We’re dead Sirius”. Metro News. Archived from the original on April 28, 2013.
  21. “Tiny Alien Humanoid Claimed To Exist In Steven Greer’s documentary ‘Sirius’ [PHOTO, VIDEO]”. April 9, 2013. Retrieved April 24, 2013.
  22. “UFO film to provide proof that aliens exist”. April 10, 2013. Retrieved April 24, 2013.
  23. “UFO Film May Provide Proof of Tiny Extraterrestrial Aliens: Six Inch Body Dissected (Video) : Space”. Science World Report. April 9, 2013. Retrieved April 24, 2013.
  24. “Atacama Humanoid is Human, Researchers Say”. Medical Daily. May 1, 2013. Retrieved September 9, 2013.
  25. Hillary Clinton Championed UFO Disclosure, Doc Filmmakers Say. The Hollywood Reporter (May 31, 2017). Retrieved on 2021-07-05.
  26. Glieberman, Owen (April 8, 2020). “‘Close Encounters of the Fifth Kind’: Film Review”. Retrieved July 7, 2021.
  27. Murray, Noel (April 9, 2020). “Review: Five new movies to watch at home (or not), ranked from must-see to skip it”. Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 8, 2023.
  28. Defore, John (April 6, 2020). “‘Close Encounters of the Fifth Kind’: Film Review”. The Hollywood Reporter. The Hollywood Reporter, LLC. Retrieved February 8, 2023.

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