- WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Americans
should sleep soundly at night with no fears of an alien abduction -- because
the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff certainly does.
- Gen. John Shalikashvili made his revelation
during a question-and-answer session at the National Press Club today.
After responding to questions about pressing issues such as Bosnia, military
down-sizing and sexual misconduct scandals, the Clinton administration's
top military advisor fielded one from deep out of left field.
- The question, read by a moderator, asked
Shalikashvili if the United States had been truthful about threats the
country faces from aliens traveling in unidentified flying objects.
- It claimed a recent survey showed a sizable
percentage of Americans fear abduction by aliens. That prompted Shalikashvili,
who came to the United States as a teen, to quip, "Am I the alien
they're talking about?"
- On a slightly more serious note, he said
he believes U.S. military officials have been completely forthcoming about
extraterrestrials. Some people believe the government has covered up evidence
that a flying saucer crashed in New Mexico 50 years ago, but Shalikashvili,
who retires next week, said no evidence exists.
- He concluded, "I sleep well at night
without the fear an alien being is going to capture me."