New Washington & the ET Issue

Will the Incoming Administration Bring an End to UFO Secrecy

Newly confirmed Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, has long had an interest in UFOs and the existence of extrater­restrial life. She was given an informal briefing in August 1995 by billionaire philanthropist, Laurence Rockefeller, on the best available UFO evidence.

An August 4, 1995, memo by President Clinton’s Science Advisor, Dr Jack Gibbons, confirmed that the Clintons would be vacationing with Rockefeller at his Teton Ranch in Wyoming that summer, and they would discuss UFOs: “You will probably see Mr Rockefeller on your vacation in the Tetons. He will want to talk with you about his interest in extrasensory perception, paranormal phenomenon, and UFOs.”

In the memo, Gibbons then attempted to dissuade the Clintons from pursuing Rockefeller’s agenda to disclose na­tional security files concerning UFOs: “He knows that we are trying to be helpful in responding to his concerns about UFOs and human potential … but I’ve made no secret about my conviction that we must not be too diverted from more earthly imperatives.”

Both Clintons were involved in numerous attempts to force the release of national security files concerning UFOs. According to Grant Cameron, founder of the Presidential UFO website, the “Clintons tried to get UFO documents re­leased as part of President Clinton’s 1995 Executive Order 12958.” Executive Order 12958 was similar to President Obama’s recent January 21 Presidential Memo on “Transparency and Open Government,” where he instructed gov­ernment agencies and departments to relax rules governing the release of national security files.

Cameron has made numerous FOIA requests on Clinton administration files and found “that there are literally thousands of pages of UFO files.” He concluded that this is “clear evidence of an administration that was active but unsuccessful on the UFO front.”

Hillary Clinton’s subsequent public statements concerning UFOs and alien life show that she was greatly con­cerned with the negative stereotypes created by Hollywood concerning extraterrestrials. January 25, 1999, at the White House Fifth Millennium Evening, she said: “Most of the movies about the future show aliens descending from outer space determined to blow up the world, and somehow they always begin or end with Washington, D.C.” Later that same year on June 17, in Paris, she explicitly questioned the rationale behind such movies: “… often in these mo­vies, for reasons that I question, we have space aliens who are always blowing up Washington, D.C., and the White House.”

Most revealing is a recent comment she made during the recent presidential campaign on December 17, 2007:

“Remember that movie Independence Day, where invaders were coming from outer space and the whole world was united against the invasion? Why can’t we be united on behalf of our planet? And that’s what I want to do.”

Clinton’s criticisms of Hollywood stereotypes of invading aliens alludes to her disapproval of secret national secur­ity policies concerning UFO evidence and ‘future’ relations with extraterrestrial life.

Clinton’s public statements and sustained interest in UFOs suggest that, if given the opportunity, she intends to create a very different national security policy concerning extraterrestrial life. As Secretary of State, Clinton will stress ‘galactic’ diplomacy over ‘future’ military confrontation with extraterrestrial life. That may represent a depar­ture from national security policies that have been secretly developed and implemented over six decades of the UFO phenomenon.

Also prominent in President Obama’s inner circle is John Podesta. The co-chair to President Obama’s transition team, Podesta played a key role in selecting personnel for Presidential appointments. His influence was most clearly displayed in the Executive Orders and Presidential Memoranda on Obama’s first full day of office on January 21 pro­moting Transparency and Open Government. Transparency and Open Government were signature issues for Podesta during his time in the Clinton administration when he pushed aggressively for Executive Order 12958.

EO 12958 prescribed “a uniform system for classifying, safeguarding, and declassifying national security informa­tion” that would reflect a greater “commitment to Open Government.” EO 12958 was viewed as an essential tool in ensuring the release of many national security files that had been unnecessarily classified for decades. After the pas­sage of EO 12958, Podesta served on the Commission on Protecting and Reducing Government Secrecy, chaired by Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-NY). In its 1997 report the Commission observed: “The best way to ensure that se­crecy is respected, and that the most important secrets remain secret, is for secrecy to be returned to its limited but necessary role.”

Podesta’s transition team work has ended with the Change.Gov website now directing visitors to the official White House website. While he formally moves back to his Washington D.C. think tank, the Center for American Progress, Podesta’s influence will not end. One reason is that the Center for American Progress will produce policy papers that will influence the direction of the Obama administration.

More importantly, Podesta is close to key figures in Obama’s administration that share a Chicago political back­ground and will undoubtedly have influence and access to Obama himself. Podesta is particularly close to Rahm Ema­nuel, the new White House Chief of Staff; and Pete Rouse, a White House Senior Adviser. This will permit Podesta to play an influential key, behind-the-scenes, role in promoting his signature issues of Transparency and Open Government.

An issue closely associated with Open Government initiatives is classified national security files concerning UFOs. The Clinton White House failed in a vigorous effort to gain access to and release such files according to FOIA docu­ments gained by Canadian UFO Researcher, Grant Cameron. On October 22, 2002, Podesta made a statement at the National Press Club concerning the legality of UFO information that has not been released to the public on national security grounds:

“I think it’s time to open the books on questions that have remained in the dark on the question of government investigations of UFOs. It’s time to find out what the truth really is that’s out there. We ought to do it because it’s right; we ought to do it because the American people, quite frankly, can handle the truth and we ought to do it be­cause it’s the law.”

President Obama has made no formal policy statement concerning UFOs or extraterrestrial life. The closest he has come is during the presidential election where he jokingly responded to a reporter’s question about what he would do if he learned that government had covered up the existence of extraterrestrial life. “It depends on what these aliens are like,” he smiled, “and whether they were democrats or republicans.”

As Obama will quickly learn, issues concerning UFOs and extraterrestrial life are no laughing matter to the na­tional security establishment. UFO files continue to remain very highly classified with even presidents denied ‘need­-to-know’ access as evidenced by FOIA documents. President Obama only needs to ask Hillary Clinton at the State De­partment and Leon Panetta at the CIA just how difficult it is for presidents to gain access. In John Podesta, Obama has a strong ally whom he can call on for help in getting to the bottom of the UFO mystery.

President Obama’s January 21 Memoranda to promote Open Government and strengthen the Freedom of Infor­mation Act (FOIA) are intended to release unnecessarily classified national security files. Among the many millions of classified files to ultimately be released, some will concern UFOs and extraterrestrial life. From these releases, UFO enthusiasts and exopolitical researchers hope to find clues into how government policy has been developed. More im­portantly, FOIA releases will point to where the bulk of the nation’s UFO files are located. That’s when the Obama ad­ministration will run up against corporate control of UFO files and policy.

Testimonial evidence exists that corporations have become the ultimate repository of the nation’s UFO secrets. A number of whistleblowers have emerged revealing how corporate control has been achieved. A recently deceased cor­porate whistleblower revealed how, during the mid-1980s, he worked for six months as an archivist for a large aero­space defense contractor based in California. It was a temporary assignment with his employer at an obscure office building. The archivist found many files dealing with flying saucers and extraterrestrial life. The files contained: “Re­ports, photos, media materials (tapes, films, video cassettes) and material from crashed saucers.” When asked where the files came from, he revealed the “materials came from everywhere—CIA, Air Force, Navy, Army, DARPA, NORAD, DoD, FBI, and government officials to name most.”

If the archivist’s testimony is accurate, this means that prior to the mid-1980s UFO files were taken out of the pos­session of U.S. government agencies and military departments due to security concerns. One reason for this is that the proprietary rights of corporations would enable UFO files to remain hidden from the prying hands of congress­men, and private citizens using the Freedom of Information Act first passed in 1966 and strengthened in 1974.

The above scenario is supported by comments by Ben Rich, former CEO of Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works. In handwritten responses to questions from John Andrews of the Testor Corporation in 1986, Rich confirmed the exis­tence of both manmade and extraterrestrial UFOs. Most importantly, Rich revealed to Andrews how control of UFO files had slipped from the U.S. military to private corporations. Andrews relayed Rich’s responses to questions from UFO investigator William McDonald which confirmed: There are two types of UFOs—the ones we build, and ones THEY build. We learned from both crash retrievals and actual “hand-me-downs.” The Government knew and, until 1969, took an active hand in the administration of that information. After a 1969 Nixon “purge,” administration was handled by an international board of directors in the private sector.

Former astronaut Dr. Edgar Mitchell recently confirmed an incident in 1997 where the Head of Intelligence for the Joint Chiefs of Staff was supplied the code names of UFO related projects, but was denied need-to-know access. The first to report the incident was UFO researcher, Dr. Steven Greer, who in 2001 revealed that Admiral Wilson was furious over his failure to gain access. On a July 4, 2008, CNN interview, Dr Mitchell confirmed Greer’s version of events when he said that Admiral Wilson “had found the people responsible for the cover-up and for the people who were in the know and were told, I’m sorry, admiral, you do not have need to know here and so, goodbye.” A reliable source furthermore revealed to UFO researcher Richard Dolan that Admiral Wilson was frustrated by attorneys of a corporation that denied him access. I interviewed an active duty U.S. Navy officer in October 2008 who confirmed the powerful role of corporations involved in UFO projects.

A number of senior officials in the Obama administration were deeply involved in Clinton administration efforts to disclose files concerning UFOs. If President Obama’s January 21 Memoranda are fully implemented, FOIA requests will allow much information about UFOs to emerge. This will give important clues to where the bulk of the nation’s UFO files are kept. That is when the Obama administration will run up against powerful corporate interests claiming proprietary control of UFO information and advanced extraterrestrial technology. The Obama administration will ul­timately need to confront corporate interests that house UFO files and have controlled UFO policy since the Nixon Administration.

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By Michael Salla, PhD.

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