By Robert HastingsBecause I am going out of town tomorrow, and will not be back home until next week, my full response to Dr. Clarke’s predictable and disingenuous retort will have to wait until then.
That said, I will address one of his charges at this time:
Clarke: If anyone is guilty of being "naive" then it is Hastings . He says that Col Halt "is on record" as saying he saw a disc-shaped UFO hovering near the WSA. But when did Col Halt go on record to this effect? What Hastings does not mention is that Halt actually made this claim decades later.
No, not “decades” Dr. Clarke. As far as I am aware, Col. Halt’s first public statement about the startling incident at the WSA was made in 1991, less than 11 years later, when he briefly alluded to it during an Unsolved Mysteries television program. He stated, “We could very clearly see [the UFO]...I noticed other beams of light coming down from the same object, falling on different places on the base. My boss was standing in his front yard in Woodbridge and he could see the beams of light falling down, and the people in the [Bentwaters] Weapons Storage Area and other places on the base also reported the lights.”
The reason Col. Halt did not publicly mention the WSA-connection earlier stems from the extreme sensitivity of the situation. Indeed, as his affidavit about the incident (below) reveals, he is reluctant to acknowledge that nuclear weapons were stored at the WSA, even now. The reason he did not mention the WSA in his initial January 13, 1981 memorandum on the UFO incursions will be addressed in my next post.
Nevertheless, Halt believes that the time has come, at long last, for the facts to be officially revealed. Consequently, he will participate in a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. on September 27th—together with six other former or retired USAF personnel who witnessed nuclear weapons-related UFO incidents—to urge the U.S. government to end it's six-decade policy of secrecy regarding these momentous events.
More, much more, soon.