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.