- July 1, 1998
- From: Sarah McClendon White House Correspondent
- Washington, D.C. - Pressure is building
up for Congress to give attention to the controversy over unidentified
flying objects. With scientists from Stanford, MIT, Cornell, Princeton
and elsewhere studying UFO evidence, the controversy is now being brought
out into the open and heavy secrecy surrounding the subject is being lifted.
Seminars on UFO evidence are being held periodically throughout the country
with laymen discussing the evidence without fear of being ridiculed.
- When about 30 members of Congress or
their staff heard a briefing on UFOs in April of 1997, Rep. Dan Burton,
R., Ind. chairman of the Government Reform and Oversight Committee, displayed
some interest in the matter. His committee has received a number of letters
on the subject, according to staff member Matthew Ebert. "These letters
are treated seriously," he said. Ebert thinks there is a possibility
congressional hearings will be held.
- At a May 11 hearing on human rights documents
pertaining to Guatemala and Honduras held by the House subcommittee on
Government Management Information and Technology, its chairman Rep. Steve
Horn, R. CA, asked how the government classifies UFO documents. The two
witnesses, Lee Strickland, chief of the Information Review Group of the
Central Intelligence Agency and Steven Garfinkle, director of the Security
and Oversight Group of the National Archives, both said they thought UFO
documents should be considered as public information.
- There may be economic benefits from this
emerging information. Dr. Steven Greer, an emergency room physician, who
for eight years has briefed and been briefed by government and U.N. officials
on the subject of unidentified objects in U.S. airspace, is convinced that
the materials and technology of UFOs carry enormous benefits. For example,
he says their energy creating apparatus does not use internal combustion.
- Greer asserts the financial and environmental
cost of exploiting oil and gas to service 6 billion people worldwide can
be dramatically reduced. Large scale energy production derived from UFO
technology would reverse environmental damage and save hundreds of billions
of dollars annually in direct costs.
- Dr. Greer is the International Director
of the Center for the Study of Extraterrestrial Intelligence and leads
a working team of around 200 composed of CSETI members and associates,
government employee witnesses, consultants and government contacts. Their
hope is to get congress to hold hearings and take testimony from witnesses.
He has explained his conclusions to a number of congressional members.
- A national petition utilizing the Internet
and calling for congressional hearings was launched last year by another
group, Stargate International out of Tucson, Arizona. It has accumulated
20,000+ names to be presented to congress. A million signatures are sought.
- Greer is aware that many employees of
the government keep secret facts which they have obtained about UFOs. He
feels it is unconstitutional for government to bottle up information of
this importance. He would like to see UFO's openly discussed and covered
widely in the press.
- For some years the belief has been widespread
there is in the public domain a presidential executive order forbidding
government employees from talking about UFOs. Dr. Greer is not aware of
any such an executive order but indicated concern that secret executive
orders have been issued and not disclosed to Congress or the public. Such
secret orders would make it difficult for people to learn more about UFOs.
From the White House it was learned that a check of executive orders going
back to the early eighteen thirties shows none has been issued on this
subject. Surprising is the growing number of citizens showing an interest
in finding out more about UFOs. Seminars are being held around the country
every week with as many as five and six hundred in attendance.
- 202-483-3791 McClendon News Service,
Inc. Fax: 202-328-1818
- Sarah McClendon is the Dean of the White
House Press Corps
- The following is a March 30, 1998 Press
Release on the subject by Ms. McClendon
- By SARAH MCCLENDON WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT
March 30th, 1998
- Washington, D.C. -- Unidentified Flying
Objects, a term given for many years to unexplained sightings of craft
in the skies over every state in the Union, are actual visitors from other
worlds, believe a community of scientists and technicians employed by government.
- The real danger to the U.S. and perhaps
this whole planet is the government has placed such a heavy blanket of
secrecy upon this issue. So much secrecy, those in government who have
knowledge showing UFOs are identifiable feel the subject cannot be discussed
by those in the know without serious repercussions. Others are afraid their
friends and co-workers will think they are crazy if they even so much as
insinuate that UFOs are identifiable as manned craft from outside the earth.
This particularly applies to newspaper editors and publishers, reporters
and analysts. Thus the U.S. is denying itself the chance to learn more
about UFOs or to encourage research despite the fact the U. S. stands to
gain from such discussions.
- Not publicized but true is that the Clinton
administration, soon after coming to office, had many briefings on the
subject. Laurance Rockefeller provided the information for the President
and Mrs. Clinton. Others provided documents and verbal briefings to presidential
advisors Jack Gibbons (science), Bruce Lindsay (personal), Anthony Lake
(national security) and Vice President Albert Gore. About the same time
a three hour briefing was given by Dr. Steven Greer to the sitting Director
of the CIA, Admiral Woolsey.
- Subsequently, Clinton instructed Webster
Hubbell, when naming him to the position of Associate Attorney General
at the Justice Department, that he wanted him to investigate and report
back to him on two things, circumstances surrounding the death of President
John F. Kennedy, and the existence of UFOs. Hubbell, despite his position
and the presidential imprimatur, was boxed in at Justice Department and
never was able to find out. All of this was disclosed in Hubbell's memoir
Friends in High Places.
- Now the lid on UFOs is gradually coming
off. There is a national drive underway to get one million signatures on
a petition calling for an open Congressional hearing for government employee
witnesses. Dr. Steven Greer, Director of the Center for the Study of Extraterrestrial
Intelligence (CSETI), devotes most of his time seeking disclosure of government
evidence proving the existence of craft manned by non-humans. Another who
feels that positive proof exists within government, is Lt. Col. Philip
J. Corso (retired), who reveals in a recent book, The Day After Roswell,
that he was in charge of the Roswell files during his tenure as head of
the Army's Foreign Technology Division. He states unequivocally that these
files confirm the crash which occurred at Roswell, New Mexico was an alien
space craft. This completely refutes the Air Force denials and subsequent
explanations. Corso says that the crashed vehicle was studied and proved
to be manufactured of materials unknown as to source and usage in this
country. In time, he says, this and other UFOs provided technologies which
were "worked into the commercial world via front companies."
Incidentally he vouches for the fact that this has proven to be a valuable
contribution to U.S. aircraft design and other commercial products.
- After the Roswell incident, the Air Force
replied to reporters' inquiries that this was all part of research using
weather balloons and other equipment. Corso and hundreds of others who
work or have worked in secret defense and scientific agencies, are willing
to swear under oath that alien craft are repeatedly penetrating our airspace.
- Whenever the military agencies are asked
to look into this matter further, the answer is always the same - "We
do not investigate UFOs."
- McClendon News Service