A US Marine veteran who claimed his unit saw a secret military UFO in 2009 has said he is now living in fear for his life as he believes dark forces want him silenced.
Former rifleman Michael Herrera, 33, has said he doesn’t want to end up like disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein – who he suggests was killed, despite his August 2019 death being ruled a suicide.
Last month, Denver-born Herrera sensationally claimed that while he was serving in Indonesia in 2009, his six-man unit stumbled across a flying saucer being loaded with weapons.
Herrera was then a 20-year-old rifleman sent on a Navy humanitarian mission during the 2009 Sumatra earthquake and tsunami that devastated the region.
He told the Mail that while guarding an airdrop of aid supplies outside the city of Padang in October that year, his six-man unit stumbled across a hovering octagonal craft in apparent use by clandestine US forces.
Herrera claims an Air Force lieutenant colonel told him: ‘You’re not allowed to talk about what happened. You will go to prison, or you will die’
‘I could see something moving and rotating. It was changing colors between a very light matte gray to a very dark matte black,’ he said. ‘It stuck out like a sore thumb.’
They were then threatened at gunpoint by unmarked US forces at the scene who told him not to disclose his sighting of the ‘flying saucer’ to anyone, according to Herrera, and his camera was seized by some mysterious ‘men in black’.
Herrera, 33, said he doesn’t want to suffer the same fate as Jeffrey Epstein – who he suggests was killed registered as a suicide
Now, the former Marine claims the threat continues to hover over him – quite literally, as he says black helicopters have been circling his Denver home.
People who say they’ve had alien encounters often complain about being stalked by black helicopters – a common trope which skeptics claim is just an urban myth.
Speaking at length with podcaster Shawn Ryan, he said he is worried that he will one day be killed by the sinister forces which he believes are trying to cover up the Pentagon’s UFO secrets.
‘I don’t feel like harming myself …everybody makes the joke Epstein didn’t kill himself… so the same goes here,’ Herrera said.
‘I don’t have any reason to harm myself so if anything happens – it’s not from me.
‘I’ve had numerous encounters with f***ing helicopters hovering over my house,’ he added. ‘They were hovering over my dad’s house too.
‘They get so low, where they rattle the walls [and] scare the sh*t out of the animals that we’ve got.
‘[My dad’s] dogs were going f***ing crazy at that point and he was concerned because he was home and he was like I’ve never heard anything like that.’
Herrera added that he believes other UFO whistleblowers have been subjected to similar intimidation tactics.
‘There’s just a kind of hysterical factor to this how much money they’re f***ing spending on this to happen to try to either intimidate me or anybody else for that matter,’ he said.
Herrera says he was emboldened to break his 14-year silence by new UFO whistleblower protections and in April testified under oath about his wild story
‘There’s some elected officials, and even some government officials I know they’re having the same thing happen to them because they’ve told me about it personally.’
Herrera’s claim about seeing the UFO in Indonesia came after 14 years of silence.
He felt emboldened by new UFO whistleblower protections, and in April testified under oath to the government’s UFO investigation team, the All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office (AARO), as well as a Senate committee.
The veteran provided his unblemished four-year service record, and texts about the incident with an alleged fellow witness – who refused to talk, saying it was ‘not worth my life or jeopardizing my family’.
Peripheral aspects of his account were verified by DailyMail.com using military sources. But Herrera, 33, does not have documentation or photos of the incident itself.
**By Laura Parnaby