- For over four and one half years, CSETI
has been diligently implementing a strategic plan to effect a disclosure
on the UFO/ETI subject. Recent misinformation and disinformation regarding
this process which has appeared on the Internet and elsewhere necessitates
a reiteration of that strategic plan and an update on the process.
- In the summer of 1993, a group of CSETI
advisors and military consultants met to discuss how to best develop a
reliable point of contact (POC) to the US government. This was felt necessary
after a number of CSETI CE-5 encounter incidents had occurred which resulted
in team members expressing concerns about covert attempts to interfere
with the CE-5 diplomatic initiative. It was felt a reliable POC was needed
for communication and briefing purposes, thus reducing the likelihood of
an undesired outcome or event.
- Ultimately it was decided that we should
pursue various POCs within the Executive Branch of the US government and
the military and to approach congressional leadership at a later point
in the process.
- A strategic plan was devised to 1) collect
and identify the Best Available Evidence related to UFOs/ETI; 2) identify
top-secret military and intelligence witnesses to the matter who were willing
to come forward and disclosure what they knew; 3) create a team of briefers
and advisors to Executive Branch officials and military officials who would
conduct briefings and recommend near-term disclosure of the subject and
the end to secrecy related to the subject.
- By September of 1993 this plan was in
action, and with the assistance of a senior official at the Joint Chiefs
of Staff, a meeting was set up at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base with
the top-secret Foreign Aerospace Science and Technology Center located
there (this had previously been the Foreign Technology Center to which
the 1940's New Mexico UFO crash remains had been sent; it is now called
the National Air Intelligence Center -NAIC). The discussions at Wright-Patterson
AFB were cordial and constructive.
- Eventually, a number of consultants became
involved with the briefing and disclosure process, including national security
think tank heads, friends of the President and others. Continued networking
resulted in briefings for senior Clinton Administration officials, including
CIA Director James Woolsey.
- During these briefings, we recommended
decisive government action to end the secrecy surrounding this subject
and that the Administration should work to disclose substantial facts about
the UFO/ETI issue as soon as possible. In the materials provided for senior
White House, CIA, DOD and other officials we set out the rationale for
the timeliness of this disclosure and the dangers associated with continued
secrecy. We also clearly stated in writing that if the government did
not coordinate this disclosure, that we would bypass the government and
work to disclose these secrets unilaterally. However, we made it clear
that it was in the nation's (and world's) best interest to have so weighty
a matter disclosed cooperatively by the government.
- Unfortunately, very senior Executive
Branch officials, including the CIA Director, senior Presidential advisors
and Pentagon officials found it difficult to penetrate the ultra-secret
black' programs dealing with this subject. As CIA Director Woolsey pointed
out to me, they cannot disclose what they do not know or have access to.
- It is now a matter of public record that
Assistant Attorney General and close Presidential friend Webster Hubbell
had been asked officially by the President to look into the UFO issue (see
Hubble's book Friends in High Places"). Hubbell stated that they were
not satisfied with the answers they were getting from NORAD and elsewhere.
It is disturbing to think that the President - our Commander-In-Chief -
and his inner circle may not have high enough clearances to be briefed
fully on this matter...
- After a period of extensive briefings
for US, foreign and UN leaders, it became obvious that 1) these leaders
were deliberately being kept in the dark on the subject and 2) that they
did not possess the courage or political will to take on the covert apparatus
managing the UFO/ETI matter. In fact, they were visibly shaken by the situation.
- As more and more top-secret witnesses,
documents and other evidence was identified, it became clear that - unless
a Presidential executive order effectively ended the secrecy and resulted
in disclosure - that our next best option would be to identify a member
of congress who would call for and hold open congressional hearings on
- At this point, a number of old wags in
the UFO subculture stated that we should just come forward with what we
knew, identify the top-secret witnesses and let it all come out. This facile
strategic recommendation overlooked three major problems:
- 1. The foundation of the disclosure process
is the pool of dozens of top-secret military and intelligence witnesses
to unambiguous UFO/ET events and programs. These courageous witnesses have
asked for a safe, effective and official means of coming out with their
testimony, if at all possible. CSETI felt a moral responsibility to vigorously
pursue an officially sanctioned venue for so momentous a disclosure, if
at all feasible. To this end, CSETI has - for 4 years - attempted to secure
the highest, safest official venue possible for this disclosure. These
courageous military witnesses have asked this of us, and we have faithfully
pursued that request. Some of these witnesses are in fear for their lives;
others fear other sanctions and punishment. All of them would prefer to
come forward in an official setting, freed from the restraints of their
national security oaths etc.
- 2. The disclosure of the reality of UFOs
and ETI is no small matter. Neither the CSETI leadership nor our witnesses
wanted to appear to be upstaging the US government, the UN or other concerned
governments. It was imperative that we make good-faith efforts to get our
national and world leaders to deal with this subject officially, prior
to a unilateral privatized disclosure. The implications of such a disclosure
are so vast and so profound that only a very reckless person or group would
attempt to effect this disclosure without first offering to work cooperatively
with our governments. We have assiduously created a paper trail which fully
documents these efforts, lest we later be accused of disclosing the ultimate
secret without first consulting with the government. While this process
has been in turns tedious, rewarding, exasperating, expensive and time-consuming,
we are certain that it was the right thing to do.
- 3) In the absence of significant funding
for a privatized disclosure, the best and most cost-effective way to achieve
this goal was to convince the government or the Congress to take on this
task. A congressional hearing, obviously, would be funded by the Congress.
A private disclosure will need to be funded by - who? Those who think
that you simply hold a press conference with the witnesses (arranging that
- including flying into one place, lodging etc dozens of witnesses- would
alone cost tens of thousands of dollars, if not hundreds of thousands)
have never dealt with big media on this subject. We are not willing to
expose these witnesses unless it is strategically effective. There is no
point in taking such risks unless there is a reasonable likelihood that
the status quo will be changed. To privately see that this is the case
-with no support of congress or the government - will be a very complex
and expensive undertaking, far outside the resources of the UFO community
at this time (or at any time in the past).
- In light of the above, from 1995-1997
CSETI pursued a number of briefings with members of Congress. One year
ago, on April 9,1997, we convened the historic CSETI briefings for members
of Congress, White House figures and senior military figures, among others
(see the CSETI Report on the DC Briefings). Since April of 1997, we have
continued to provide briefings and recommended to key congressional committee
chairmen that open hearings be convened as soon as practical. Hundreds
if not thousands of CSETI supporters have written these key congressional
leaders recommending open hearings on the UFO/ETI subject.
- I have personally met with numerous members
of Congress. Key committee chairmen have been fully briefed and given unambiguous
evidence and top-secret witness testimony, in person and on videotape.
And everyone is tossing this hot potato to someone else's committee. Not
unlike the refrain Not In My Backyard, it appears our leaders are saying
Not In My Committee .
- To recap, we have over the past four
and a half years assiduously fulfilled a strategy to identify the best
scientific evidence and government witnesses, brief and advise world leaders,
members of Congress, the Pentagon, the UN and others and have fully documented
this process. We have done everything humanly possible, at immense cost
in funds, time and human life, to see that this process was done properly.
In good faith to our witnesses we took no shortcuts and have consistently
asked the President, the Congress and others to allow this disclosure to
take place officially and safely through proper channels.
- While we are willing to continue to brief
members of Congress, Pentagon leaders and other government leaders when
called upon, and while we still prefer official government involvement
in this disclosure, the time has come to begin these disclosures without
the government. We cannot allow this process to be delayed indefinitely
by bureaucrats or timid politician who will not take on this responsibility.
The opportunity has been offered to them, and we continue to offer our
cooperation should Congress or the President decide to do the right thing
and become involved in this disclosure process.
- Ultimately, however, the time comes when
closure is needed regarding the government briefing process, and we the
people' should exert our rights to free speech and come forward with the
truth as we have found it.
- Without the cover of a Congressional
subpoena, many witnesses may be reluctant to step forward. However, we
know that the most courageous and resolute government witnesses will come
forward with us, independent of the government. They, more than we, are
weary of the excessive secrecy and ridiculing which surrounds this subject.
With these courageous witnesses, we will come forward with a privatized,
civilian led program to disclose the truth of this subject, in the most
credible, highest and most effective manner possible.
- This will consist of a world news conference,
multi-part prime time expose documentary series, compendium books and a
world scientific summit. This process, once begun, must be relentless,
high quality, serious and thorough.
- Ironically, numerous members of Congress,
White House staff, and very senior Joint Chiefs of Staff personnel have
recommended that we bypass the government altogether and come forward with
the evidence and witnesses. Of course, this is somewhat self-serving,
since it gets them off the hook and ignores the fact that many of our best
witnesses will not come forward without officially sanctioned approval
and immunity from prosecution for violating national security regulations.
Nevertheless, after four and half years of thorough strategic implementation,
the time has come to see that the truth comes out via a civilian, privatized
multi-media process. And we have been told by members of Congress that
once this happens, the likelihood of open Congressional hearings will be
- These are the crossroads at which we
find ourselves: The Congress, like Caesars's Senate, pursues trivialities
while Rome burns, and the main stream news media regards the pursuit of
sexual peccadillos as the summit of investigative reporting. How tragic.
- Meanwhile, it is left to the people to
resolve one of the most important issues of our time: That we are not alone,
that intelligent life is visiting this planet, and that a cabal of covert
programs and entities are hiding the truth from our leaders and from the
people. And the means for generating immense amounts of pollution-free
energy is hidden away in black projects, while the earth's geophysical
equilibrium is increasingly upset.
- I suggest we move on.
- Steven M. Greer M.D. Director of CSETI