A key part of John Alexander’s argument against a government cover-up is the fact that Alexander used his high level government access to ask “need to know” officials such as the director or deputies in all the alphabet agencies the question about whether or not there is a department within the government dealing with the UFO phenomena. Alexander stated that he was told that although officials might have had personal experiences or interest none of the officials indicated any knowledge of government involvement.
This Alexander position came up again in the just concluded Dolan – Alexander debate on whether or not there is a government cover-up or a black program to deal with UFO technologies.
Because of these inquiries by Alexander, many researchers and media people, recognizing Alexander’s clearances, have conceded that maybe there is no government role in the UFO mystery.
Although Alexander is probably telling the story as he experienced it, I have a problem with the no UFO cover-up based on my own limited experience. I am a Canadian with no security clearances or access to high level officials like Alexander. My limited encounters with high level officials, and the study of these officials, has produced answers exactly the opposite answers to what Alexander said he was given.
Personally, I have had only one personal encounter with a high level official. In April 2001 I asked then Vice-President Dick Cheney about the UFO cover-up when he was a guest on the Diana Rehm show in Washington D.C.
Assuming that Cheney would have the necessary “need to know” I asked “In all your jobs in government, have you ever been briefed on the subject of UFOs, and if so when was it and what were you told.”
Cheney answered, “If I had been briefed on that subject it would probably be classified, and I couldn’t talk about it.”
That is a long way from Alexander contention that there is no cover-up and that high level officials openly conceded to him that they knew nothing. “UFOs would probably be classified.” It sounds like there is some UFO material that is being withheld to me.
If a nobody like me can get the only official encountered to conceding that the UFO subject is classified (as opposed to the “I know nothing” response that Alexander got 100% of the time) it leaves open the possibility that Alexander talked to the wrong people or asked the wrong question.
A few years after I had this encounter with Cheney my friend Dr. David Rudiak asked the same briefing question to General Wesley Clark after he made a statement while running for President stating that he believed we could go faster than the speed of light, and after I got an inside tip that Clark had been briefed on UFO crash recoveries. The conversation went like this;
Q: Gen. Clark, when you were running for President, you said you thought mankind would one day fly faster than light and visit the stars. My question is, when you were in the military were you ever briefed on the subject of U.F.O.s?
A: I heard a bit. In fact, I’m going to be in Roswell, New Mexico tonight.
Q: So you were briefed?
A: There are things going on. But we will have to work out our own mathematics.
Again, as opposed to Alexander getting the answer “I know nothing,” Clark indicated he heard a bit and there are things going on. How is it that Alexander did not get such an answer from all the people he asked?
The final example from my limited experience with high level people came when I reviewed the personal papers of Senator Barry Goldwater. In the papers Goldwater wrote a number of letters on UFOs which he was very interested in. In many he described his attempt to get into the Blue Room at WPAFB (where all the Top Secret UFO material was rumored to have been stored) but was denied access by General Curtis LeMay. In reference to the Lemay incident, Goldwater added in a 1975 letter, “It is still classified above Top Secret.”
Prior to 1981 Goldwater stated in his letters that beyond this Wright-Patterson incident he didn’t know anything more than the man on the street. In 1981, after Goldwater became Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, the tone of the letters changed. He no longer stated that he knew no more than the man on the street.
After 1981 Goldwater began to speak of a cover-up of UFO information by the government.
Speaking to a fellow ham radio operator Goldwater made this statement indicating that he had obtained some secret inside knowledge on Roswell, “Relative to your question about the accuracy of the details in the “Roswell Incident,” they are partially true, but not completely. I can’t give you any other answer than that so please don’t push it.”
In addition, unlike Alexander’s contacts who claimed total ignorance, Goldwater indicated in another post 1981 letter that despite the USAF position that all the files were released in 1969 there was information covered up and it would not be coming out any time soon, “I have been interested in this subject for a long time and I do know that whatever the Air Force has on the subject is going to remain highly classified.” (please note Goldwater says “I do know” as opposed to I think or I would guess)
Finally, in an interview with Larry King Goldwater stated, “I think some highly secret government UFO investigations are going on that we don’t know about-and probably never will unless the Air Force discloses them.”
Is there a cover-up of UFO information by the government? My brief interaction with high level officials show the answer is a resounding yes.
Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner. James Bovard
The FOIA documents released by the OSTP, totaling about 50 pages, can be summed up by one line written by the OSTP public relations officer Phil Larson whose signature is attached to the White House ET petition reply. In an e-mail to David Weaver and Bob Jacobs at NASA, Larson stated, “We got tagged with drumming up a ‘please acknowledge the aliens” petition from ‘We The People’ feature on WhiteHouse.org.”
The FOIA Results
The first FOIA filed with the OSTP asked what the OSTP office had used for research to produce their official government statement that there is “no credible evidence” that ETs have visited Earth. The answer according to the FOIA was nothing – they had no documents in the office on the subject of UFOs, or extraterrestrials – not a single piece of paper. (This OSTP claim is at odds with an FOIA that they answered in March 2011 where they did find “UFO” documents – see http://www.scribd.comdoc/70845097/All-UFO-documents-from-the-Executive-Office-of-the-President-Office-of-Science-and-Technology-Policy
The official conclusion of “no credible evidence” by the White House is therefore not supported by any evidence itself – whether credible or not. The Obama White House has become like a student who produces a book report without reading the book. Even more unpardonable is the fact that the FOIA exposed the fact that the OSTP did not even look for any evidence. The conclusion – the scientific arm of White House has been caught rigging the experiment to come to a preordained conclusion.
Another of the FOIAs requested all the drafts of the ET petition response in order to determine who wrote it, which outside agencies had input on the wording, and what words were changed to arrive at a final draft. This FOIA for the investigation of the drafts was intended to get to the thinking that went into producing the official response. It has worked well in the past such as in the case of the famous “alien invasion” remark in the 1987 United Nations speech by Ronald Reagan. The drafts of that speech showed that the alien invasion remark had been pulled by speech writers, and was only put back in the speech when Reagan penned a note to put it back in. It was hoped that this FOIA would provide some similar insights.
The plan was thwarted by the constant use of the B5 FOIA exemption by the OSTP FOIA archivists who reviewed and sanitized the documents. The use of this exemption to hide the facts was expected. This exemption in short says that any internal advise given is exempt because if it were not people would be reluctant to give advice. The FOIA release showed that page after page was exempted from release and none of the group of 4 that appeared to work on the ET reply had their advice or opinions made public. The OSTP simply used the B5 exemption to cover everything that happened behind the scene.
One filed FOIA attempted to find out the highest level name responsible for Larson being given the job to draft the official ET petition reply. That FOIA failed to produce a name, although another more detailed FOIA will be filed to try to determine the answer. The FOIA failed because the ET petition reply was assigned to OSTP by Katelyn Sabochik who runs the “We the People” site on the White House Website. As she does not work for OSTP, she and whoever she gets her orders from are outside the scope of the FOIA.
The FOIA documents showed that the only outside agency contacted by the OSTP for comment and correction was NASA. The OSTP offices in previous administrations contacted the CIA for information but this did not happen this time.
At NASA Bob Jacobs, the Deputy Assistant Administrator of Public Affairs, (seen below schmoozing with Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong) and David Weaver, Associate Administrator for the Office of Communications, were sent a draft of the ET petition response. Both had nothing to add or change. This is no surprise considering that neither man is a working scientist with any expertise in the available UFO evidence, but rather senior administrators specializing in government, politics, media relations and public policy. When the OSTP went public with their ET petition reply Jacobs retweeted the news to the world on his twitter page but made no mention of NASA’s involvement.
The most important document in the FOIA release was the reply to the FOIA that asked for all documents that would show that President Obama or someone representing him in the Oval Office actually saw the petition that 12,000+ people thought they were sending to him. The reply was “no records” which means that Obama, according to available OSTP records, never saw the petition.
Summing it Up
So what’s the latest on aliens – which incidentally is the e-mail heading that was used by OSTP people when e-mailing each other on the ET petition reply? Simply put “We the People” got screwed – again.
The documents released by the OSTP showed that the OSTP appeared to spend less time putting out an official statement than those 12,000+ people who signed the ET petition took to add their signatures. A big part of this regressive attitude may go back to the OSTP decision to consider “UFOs and birth certificates as ‘off-topic’” issues when it comes to their open government plan.[i]
The documents released also confirmed that the evidence for a possible ET presence on Earth is still unchallenged. It’s not like the White House did a study and found that we are wrong, or that our evidence is bad. The White House simply took a lazy political approach to the petition request. Their main goal was to stay clear of any controversy that properly dealing with the petition might have presented.
The whole exercise “We the People” petition site was meant to make the American public think that the White House actually cared about their opinion by putting up a link on the White House website where they could sign their names on issues they cared about.
The answer to the ET petition showed that in reality that the “We the People” site is a shallow political marketing effort sort of like the appeal that American will be hearing many times in the next year – your vote counts. The reality is the status quo. The White House is staffed by politicians, political advisors, and politically appointed staffs who are interested in power and in maintaining their jobs. They will continue to take the easy road as they have on other issues such as the federal debt. They will continue to promote the idea that it is government of the people by the people, when in fact it is a game of what to said, what not to say, how to say it, and staying in power by making it sound like you really give a damn when you really don’t.
The White House, its website, and the ‘We the People” petition site will always take second place to political consultants who know the names of the 13,000 Washington lobbyists, and the names of the people who pay up to $35,800 to attend political fundraising dinners. It is about votes and how to get elected and then reelected. It is projected that the 2012 election will cost 6-7 billion. That money will come from interest groups who will want their interests protected. They are ones being listened to – not those signing petition on ‘We the People.”
The FOIAs to the OSTP on the ET petition have sadly confirmed these truths about how things are really in Washington. Hopefully no one will be terribly surprised.
A couple new FOIAs will be filed based on the information released in these FOIAs. Nothing new or revealing is expected. The just released OSTP documents can be viewed at
[i] Office of Science & Technology – Open Government Plan – http://www.whitehouse.gov/open/around/eop/ostp/plan
Written by Grant Cameron
Written by Grant Cameron