Though it was just this past summer that a group of Hong Kong scientists rendered time travel impossible due to the fact that nothing can travel faster than the speed of light, Seattle-based attorney Andrew Basiago is calling bullshit. His argument? Basiago says that he's traveled through time before...as a part of a secret U.S. government program that existed when he was a kid.
OK, OK, don't get us wrong - time travel would be awesome, especially if Deloreans and hoverboards and covers of Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode" were involved. But Basiago's claims seem like a whole 'nother level of crazy, so we can't even bring ourselves to joke about it. We'll just let you judge for yourself.
"They trained children along with adults so they could test the mental and physical effects of time travel on kids," Basiago told The Huffington Post. "Also, children had an advantage over adults in terms of adapting to the strains of moving between past, present and future."
Another lawyer specializing in "exopolitics," Alfred Webre, backs up Basiago's claims, saying that teleportation and time travel have been around for 40 years. "It's an inexpensive, environmentally friendly means of transportation," Webre said. "The Defense Department has had it for 40 years and [former Defense Secretary Donald] Rumsfeld used it to transport troops to battle."
Basiago goes on to claim that he was present for the Gettysburg Address in 1863, and even goes to far as to supply a picture (seen above) that he claims he's visible in. Additionally, he claims that he was present when Abraham Lincoln was shot in 1865, though he "did not, however, witness the assassination."
Basiago said each of his visits to the past was different, "like they were sending us to slightly different alternative realities on adjacent timelines. As these visits began to accumulate, I twice ran into myself during two different visits."
Being sent back in time to the same place and moment, but from different starting points in the present, allowed two of himselves to be in Ford's Theatre at the same time in 1865.
"After the first of these two encounters with myself occurred, I was concerned that my cover might be blown," he recalled. "Unlike the jump to Gettysburg, in which I was clutching a letter to Navy Secretary Gideon Welles to offer me aid and assistance in the event I was arrested, I didn't have any explanatory materials when I was sent to Ford's Theatre."
Is it just us, or does this all sound like a plot for the next really bad Syfy original movie or something?
[via Huffington Post]