By Dennis Balthaser
I'm one of those people who believe with some two billion planets scattered around are universe, there has to be a couple more that can support life on it."
In previous editorials I have addressed my concern about whom in our government (and possibly in the military), has the authority to withhold information about UFOs. Information is being withheld not only from the public, (who in most cases, pay the salaries of these individuals through taxes), but also to our leaders, some of which are in the highest positions of our government. Most presidents since Harry Truman have shown an interest in getting the information public, only to be stone walled and not given the information.
I am convinced that the presidents are briefed on the existence of UFOs but not much more and it’s my conviction that the reason is simple. The President of the United States cannot be trusted with such information, primarily because they are temporary employees (elected for 8 years maximum). If that’s the case, then who in our government has the authority to withhold that information, and who has given them that authority?
Withholding or denying information to those in high government positions is not something new either, nor to those private citizens that are high profile individuals. But for almost 60 years the lid has been kept on the truth, and apparently only those individuals that “need to know”, know!
One example that has always intriqued me is the Senator Barry Goldwater incident back in the 1960’s. Goldwater was a United States Senator representing the state of Arizona, was a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, had been a colonel in the United States Air Force, (eventually achieved the rank of Brigadier General), and was the Republican candidate for President of the United States, losing to Lyndon Johnson in the 1964 Presidential election. As a young adult in 1964, I always thought that Barry Goldwater was ahead of his time, in some of his political views and particularly his interest in the subject of UFOs, but as we quickly found out, his curiosity with UFOs would not be allowed to be pursued.
Senator Goldwater’s interest in UFOs, prompted him to seek access to the “blue room” at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, which was denied, when he made the request to General Curtis LeMay, who was the head of the Strategic Air Command in the 1960’s. Goldwater thought that was where they kept the UFO records. General LeMay told Goldwater, “ You can’t go in there and I can’t go in there”, but the General never informed Goldwater what was in there or why access was denied, and neither affirmed or denied that UFO records or materials were in the room. Senator Goldwater apparently had a top-secret clearance, which obviously wasn’t a high enough clearance to access the room. Rumors have continued about a blue or green room at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base ever since, but no one has of yet revealed what if anything the room contains.
In a 1994 interview on the CNN television show hosted by Larry King, Goldwater stated, “I think at Wright-Patterson, if you could get into certain places, you’d find out what the Air Force and the government does know about UFOs. Reportedly, a spaceship landed. It was all hushed up. I called Curtis LeMay and I said, ‘General, I know we have a room at Wright-Patterson where you put all this secret stuff. Could I go in there?’ I’ve never heard General LeMay get mad, but he got madder than hell at me, cussed me out, and said, ‘Don’t ever ask me that question again!’”
Senator Goldwater never asked about the room at Wright-Patterson again, and took his curiosity and discussion with General LeMay to the grave with him. Goldwater died May 29, 1998. Others high up in the government have unfortunately gone the same route as Goldwater did many years ago, being denied information although you would think that they were in a position to be told. Some of those included, President’s Carter, Ford, Reagan and most recently Clinton.
In an entry in President Clinton’s diary posted January 6, 2005, he stated, “I was on the inside of the government, so I know there is more out there than meets the eye”. He also said, “I never did get a clear answer about Area 51 from the ones with the security clearances”. Clinton had an interest in the 1947 Roswell Incident, even bought a book on the subject, and asked Webster Hubbell to investigate the matter, which Hubbell was unable to do. Later Clinton said, “Sometimes you shouldn’t ask questions why, you just have to accept reality”. As a researcher and a tax-paying citizen of the United States, I find that response unacceptable.
Based on these denials for information, I have to wonder who is in control, who put them in that position, and who, (if anyone) do they answer to? It confirms my belief that the United States has been operating under a “cover-up” policy for many years, not only dealing with the subject of UFOs, but also in many other areas. 58 years after the Roswell Incident, it’s going to be hard, if not impossible, for anyone in our government to admit that the American people have been lied to by their government for all these years. That’s the reason I say, “Young people in our country don’t understand cover-up---because they’ve grown up with it, and apparently are accepting it”.
Although Senator Goldwater never got access to the room at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base he requested to visit, nor the answer’s he wanted to the UFO phenomenon, he did communicate with several individuals on both these topics. Several letters written by Goldwater, in the 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s, in response to inquiries made to him have surfaced. In general his responses included such statements as, “I have long ago given up acquiring access to the so-called Blue Room at Wright-Patterson, as I have had one long string of denials from chief after chief, so I have given up”. He also stated, “I don’t know of anyone who has access to the “blue Room,” nor am I aware of it’s contents, and I am not aware of anything having been relocated.”
In another letter response, Goldwater said, “I have no idea who controls the flow of ‘need-to-know’ because, frankly, I was told in such an emphatic way that it was none of my business that I’ve never tried to make it my business.” He also said, “I’m one of those people who believe that with some two billion planets scattered around our universe, there has to be a couple of more that can support life on it.”
In a letter to a gentleman in California March 28, 1975, Goldwater wrote in part, “I have, however heard that there is a plan under way to release some, if not all, of this material in the near future. I’m just as anxious to see this material as you are, and I hope we will not have to wait too much longer.”
Senator Goldwater, 30 years after you wrote that--- we’re still waiting!!!
Based on other correspondence and comments from Goldwater, he apparently had a serious interest in the 1947 Roswell Incident, and also stated that Colonel Butch Blanchard and him were close friends. (Blanchard of course was the base commander and head of the 509th Bomb Wing, when they were stationed at Roswell Army Air Field in 1947).
These few responses from Goldwater indicate the interest he had in the subject of UFOs, the real possibility that something extremely important was housed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, and instead of ignoring the letters he received, he took the time to answer them, which sounds to me like he was sharing his disappointment in not being able to find the truth.
All of us that do this research share his disappointment in our government leaders, and the frustration we encounter in trying to find the truth.