They say hindsight is 20/20, but for future presidential candidates, that’s also the year they will have another shot at the White House.

In a letter to CNN published Oct. 11, President Barack Obama outlined his ambition to send humans on a trip to Mars and back by 2030. In an address to the 67th annual International Astronautical Congress in Mexico last month, billionaire entrepreneur and SpaceX founder Elon Musk suggested he could send the first pioneers there eight years sooner, by 2022.

But to hear Andrew Basiago tell it, he’s already been there. Americans, in fact, have been traveling to Mars since at least 1968, when he was recruited to participate in a top-secret program of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) named Project Pegasus, one that teleported Americans through time domestically, internationally and interplanetarily.

Basiago (pronounced Buh-shah-go) will also return to Mobile Nov. 18-20 as the keynote speaker at the fifth annual conference of the Mars Anomaly Research Society (MARS), an organization founded after he published a 41-page research paper in 2009 entitled “The Discovery of Life on Mars.” In it, he explains how analysis of photographs taken by NASA’s Spirit rover on the Martian surface in 2007 conclude that “life on Mars consists of intelligent, bipedal hominids capable of carving statues and building structures and a variety of animal species that exist, that once existed or that have never existed on Earth.”

( As a presidential candidate, Andrew Basiago offers 100 policy proposals. This is one.

( As a presidential candidate, Andrew Basiago offers 100 policy proposals. This is one.

Where a casual review of NASA’s photographs may reveal little more than red-tinted dirt and rock formations, Basiago and other MARS researchers zoom in, finding human forms, structures, carved statues and bas reliefs in what otherwise appear as pixelated smudges. Within the thousands of photos taken by Spirit on the Martian surface, Basiago discovered centipede-like humanoids, scorpion-like humanoids and mantis-like humanoids.

In the past decade, Basiago, a 55-year-old Washington state attorney, began to make public appearances and publish works on his involvement with Project Pegasus, in which he claims to have been recruited as a child to travel through time and space via teleportation. From the comfort of “jump rooms” in New Jersey and, later, New York and California, Basiago took part in eight different forms of time travel, including holograms, “Montauk chairs” (similar to those portrayed in “The Matrix” film franchise), “chronovisors” and stargates.

From 1969 to 1972, he reports, he was the first child to be teleported, in split-second travels between a military contractor’s base in New Jersey to various military and civilian sites in New Mexico. He once “worm-holed” to the Gettysburg Address using a contraption called a “plasma confinement chamber.”

In 2012, Basiago filed an affidavit claiming then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld knew of the 9/11 attacks as many as 30 years before they occurred. How, one may ask? Project Pegasus participants heard of the attacks during their travels, and even obtained video of a jet plane crashing into the World Trade Center which was shown to Rumsfeld and others in 1971.

Basiago is also running for president in 2020. He does not identify as a Republican or Democrat, nor does he align with the Green or Libertarian parties. He describes himself as a “democratic capitalist” beholden only to the truth, and the truth is this:

“For 70 years, the U.S. government has been concealing advanced technologies because they might be socially, economically or technically disruptive in nature,” a statement on his campaign website reads ( “These technologies include the teleportation technology developed by DARPA’s Project Pegasus. They may also include cancer cures. The government should begin a program to declassify and deploy this knowledge. The standard of technical disclosure should be what provides the people the ‘best available technology.’ This will enable the United States to reclaim its mantle as the world’s catalyst of applied science.”

Eventually, as a 19-year-old undergraduate, Basiago says he was recruited by the CIA for teleportation to Mars. Among the other participants was another student he knew as Barry Soetoro, who everyone knows today as Barack Obama.

Their goals were rather simple: establish an extraterrestrial defense regime protecting Earth; create a basis for claiming U.S. territorial sovereignty over Mars; and Acclimate Martian humanoids and animals to our presence.

As a presidential candidate, among Basiago’s “100 proposals” are banning fluoride in the U.S. water supply and the artificial sweetener aspartame (they are toxins), banning chemtrails (which cause respiratory distress) and listing the Sasquatch under the provisions of the Endangered Species Act (they exist). But he also has plans to eliminate homelessness, alleviate economic disparity and defend from terrorism and state-sponsored aggression.

But at the MARS conference, Basiago wants to talk about Mars. During an interview last month, he said he would be focusing on “three major disinformation statements” made by Obama about the reality of human life on the red planet.

“His three denials … don’t allow one to extrapolate that there has been a major human buildup on Mars and establish that we have a defense presence there now,” he said. “Not only has the human population on Mars extended to antiquity, the U.S. presence on Mars now exceeds 50 years.”

Tickets for the conference, available via, are $125 for the weekend and include lunches and a reception.   

“The only reason the kind of information shared at this conference sounds far out, is the information was never shared with the people by the government, so they can’t put it into context,” Basiago said. “Seventy-two years after the advent of atomic weapons, it’s not that far out to talk about travel to another planet … Secrecy prevented people from gradually acquiring this knowledge. Consider the time that has passed, the trillions of dollars that have been spent, and the people who were involved.

“I would encourage all space enthusiasts, all people interested in learning the truth about the active deployment of persons in space, those curious about Mars as our neighboring planet, anyone who cares about future, the transparency, wondering about the Mars, to attend.”