Sunday, November 17, 2013

UFOs : What Does the President Know? (Pt 1)

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UFOs : What Does the President Know?

By Grant Cameron
Is the President running the country or is he a puppet to a secret government within the government? What does the constitution say about the problem of UFO secrets? Has the American public been dis-informed about the President's UFO role? Many interviews, articles, and documentaries have looked at this question. It is one of the key questions there is in ufology "What does the most powerful man in the world know about what might be the most important subject in the world - UFOs?"

This article takes a long hard look at the evidence regarding presidential UFO knowledge as it applies to the many US Presidents that have faced the UFO mystery since Roosevelt.–GC

"Don't interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained,
for it is the only safeguard of our liberties."
Abraham Lincoln

    Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.–Quote from Dwight Eisenhower inscribed on a wall surrounding his final resting place in Abilene, Kansas

There is a commonly held belief inside the UFO community that President Eisenhower was the last president to be in control of the UFO situation. By the end of Eisenhower’s second term, as the theory goes, a secret government within the government had taken control of all things dealing with UFOs. The president was relegated to playing the role of a puppet manipulated by an unelected unseen few who control of the world.

Any indication that the president may not be in charge presents a serious problem for the United States. That is because the United States government is often held up as a model for the rest of the world. If the president isn’t in charge it also presents a serious constitutional problem, because in America the constitution is treated like the inspired word of God.

The constitutional dilemma of an uninformed president cannot be overstated. That is because if the UFO cover-up is taking place in the government, constitutionally the president is the CEO of the government and therefore ultimately in charge. If the UFO cover-up is taking place in the military, the constitution places the president as the civilian commander-in-chief of all US military forces. If the UFO cover-up is being conducted by an intelligence arm of the government then the president is at the top of that pyramid as well and should be in charge. If the UFO cover-up is dealing with ETs or non-human entities they are not Americans but foreigners. Any treaty or negotiation with such being would involve the president. He is the constitutional head of state and responsible for any treaty or negotiation. You can’t have a GS-13 or an Air Force Colonel negotiating with aliens on behalf of the government.

Constitutionally the president has to cover all four bases of the UFO cover-up. Anything else would be a violation of the constitution.

Every president since Roosevelt has gone along with the cover-up which indicates that there must be rules that everyone in the know agrees with and supports with their actions. Without a proper constitutional framework and rules there would be opposition by loyal Americans involved with the UFO cover-up. There appears to be no opposition, even from President Obama who is a constitutional lawyer.

Dr. Eric Walker - 1950 in Pentagon
One of the high level people who seemed to confirm that such rules exist was the former President of Penn State University, Dr. Eric Walker, who appeared by all evidence to have been a key UFO insider. Dr. Walker had 14 honorary doctorate degrees, and was co-developer of the homing torpedo in WW2. He was Chairman of the Institute for Defense Analysis which was the think tank of choice for the US defense department. He set up and ran the Navy's Applied Research Laboratory which did advanced research on submarine related technologies.

At one point in one of the many interviews researchers tried to do, he became angry with an interviewer who was trying to squeeze out answers about the UFO cover-up. In an angry reply Walker shot back, “Why should we change the rules to satisfy your curiosity?” Walker seemed to be indicating a government with rules, as opposed to a secret second government doing whatever it pleased.

The main piece of evidence that is raised to support the idea that the military industrial complex had taken over the UFO situation in the United States late in the Eisenhower administration comes from the words of the final speech given by Eisenhower before leaving office.

In that speech Eisenhower stated, “In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.”[1] The speech has become one of the most well-known of all presidential deliveries, and the most referenced by UFO historians.

Many have interpreted this warning as implying that Eisenhower had lost his control over the key UFO data and policy had ended and that the “military industrial complex” was the group that everyone should fear.

A close investigation of the speech reveals, however, that the speech probably had nothing to do with UFOs.

The key reason for this non-UFO interpretation is that the initial speech referred not to the military industrial complex but rather “the military industrial congressional complex.”[2] It was a warning about a growing hunger for war because of the money and jobs it provided. Eisenhower hated war stating at one point, “I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity.”[3]

Shortly before the speech was delivered close advisors to Eisenhower encouraged him to remove the world congressional from the final draft so as not to offend sitting legislators. A second proposal to call it “the military industrial scientific complex” also was pulled at the advice of Eisenhower’s science advisor James Killian.[4]

The UFO interpretation becomes even more unlikely when we realize the word “military industrial” replaced the earlier more accurate “war-based industrial complex.” The term war-based or military–industrial–congressional complex refers to the policy and monetary relationships between legislators, national military forces, and the military industrial base that supports them. Eisenhower was warning of the escalating spending on weapons that took away from more noble programs. “The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this,” Eisenhower warned to a gathering of the American Society of Newspaper Editors in 1953. “A modern brick school in more than 30 cities. It is two electric power plants, each serving a town of 60,000 population. It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals. It is some 50 miles of concrete highway. We pay for a single fighter plane with a half million bushels of wheat. We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people.”

The warning from Eisenhower about spending did come to pass. Spending on military hardware soared during the Kennedy administration that took over the White House only days after the speech. Lyndon B. Johnson, who succeeded Kennedy, led America into a hugely expensive land war in Asia that was a military industrial complex wet dream. Sixty years after the speech the military budget, backed by congressional members bringing back job creators such as weapons factories, military research facilities, and military bases, has risen to the point where “the US military budget accounts for approximately 40% of global arms spending. The 2012 budget is 6–7 times larger than the $106 billion military budget of China, and is more than the next twenty largest military spenders combined.”[5]

This was forcefully spelled out by David Berteau, who helped President Obama fiscal commission craft $100 billion in defense cuts. Berteau stated, “Cutting defense spending is a political minefield. Every major weapons program and every major military base has forceful advocates on Capitol Hill – the House and Senate members whose districts would lose jobs and income when specific programs or bases are cut.”[6]

A complete review of Eisenhower’s final speech shows clearly that UFOs are probably not the focus of the speech. This is especially true with the earlier draft speech drafts that included the words congress and science. It would also be hard if not impossible to tie science of congress into a secret unelected government calling the UFO shot.

The idea that Eisenhower had lost control of the UFO subject as also totally inconsistent with much of the presidential UFO history that follows. Start with President Kennedy for example.

I didn’t know Kennedy but I am sure he was no General Dwight Eisenhower. Kennedy was not a 5-Star General, nor a former Commander of Allied Forces. He was a liberal democratic politician who fought against the idea of secrecy as evidenced by his one speech on secrecy where he stated, “The very word 'secrecy' is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths, and to secret proceedings.”[7] If Eisenhower had lost the oversight of UFOs then Kennedy’s bio would hardly qualify as someone the “shadow government” would return to overseeing the most highly classified subject in the United States.[8]

Kennedy also threatened to “splinter the CIA in a thousand pieces and scatter it to the winds” and slept with many women. Both items would make him a serious security risk and yet it appears from stories that he did have control over the most highly classified information on UFOs.

There are unverified UFO documents that have floated around the UFO community for years that show that Kennedy demanded the CIA share the UFO information with the Soviets.[9] There is also a document that indicates that he may have shared the UFO secrets with Marilyn Monroe.[10] Does this then mean that the Soviets and Kennedy’s girlfriends were given access to the UFO secrets but Eisenhower was denied access?

The more likely hypothesis is that all Presidents are told as the constitution demands.

Allene Gramley and Lucile Andrew told of their
father's pre-1944 encounter with alien bodies
below the Capitol Building in Washington, DC.
Like Roosevelt, Truman, and Eisenhower there is also a story that Kennedy met with the aliens.[11] If true this would not have happened if the UFO information flow had stopped at the end of the Eisenhower administration. The Kennedy story begins with a meeting between UFO contactee George Adamski and Kennedy which took place at the White House in late 1961. It was there that Adamski passed on a letter to Kennedy from human looking extraterrestrials that he had been communicating with. The alleged letter contained information on handing on the Cuban missile crisis and an invitation for Kennedy to meet with the extraterrestrials at a secret airbase in Desert Hot Springs, California.[12] The meeting reportedly took place but Kennedy did not go on the trip on the flying saucer that had been offered. The story makes constitutional sense because aliens would considered a foreign power and Kennedy, as the constitution Head of State, would be the United States representative for any such meeting.

Kennedy's Air Force Aide General Godfrey McHugh
Also like Roosevelt[13] before him and Nixon after him there is a story that Kennedy went to Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida to view the alien bodies at a medical facility there. The visit involved not only the President but other high brass, which is consistent with a government (as opposed to shadow government) control over the UFO phenomena. The story is told by long time UFO researchers Timothy Good who recounted an interaction he had in 2006 with an impeccable source who was close to Kennedy and a member of the White House Staff. According to the source the meeting to see the bodies had been set up by General McHugh, the Air Aide to the President. (In this regard there is a significant parallel to the Truman administration where General Robert Landry, the Air Aide, had as part of his job the job of providing an oral briefing to the President on flying saucers every three months.) The source told Good:
"Around 1961/62 President Kennedy expressed a wish to see the alien bodies associated with an alien crash-site…General Godfrey McHugh, (the Air Force Aide to the President, who had dated Jacqueline Bouvier prior to her marriage to Jack Kennedy, who was responsible for Air Force One, rode in the middle of the front seat of the Presidential State car when the president was transported, and was the man who guarded the president’s body on Air Force One after the 1963 assassination in Dallas) was in charge of the arrangements at the time and the Air Force One was used to take Kennedy and other top brass on this visit…the alien bodies were taken to Florida when Kennedy went to see them at a medical facility. They have probably moved around over time."[14]
President Richard Nixon, like Kennedy reportedly saw the alien bodies. He knew where the bodies were at Homestead Air Force Base in Florida where he landed on every trip he made during his presidency on the way to his southern White House and Key Biscayne. Like Kennedy Nixon took others to see the bodies. In the one case we know about he was able to take comedian Jackie Gleason to see the aliens at Homestead without any interference from the people guarding the bodies on the base. Nixon like Kennedy seemed to have the access to the most secret UFO information.

The idea that Eisenhower lost control of the UFO situation is inconsistent with the stories told about President Jimmy Carter when they are read in the proper context. Carter like Kennedy was a liberal democrat who had run against the idea of the Washington insiders. Yet it appears that he too had the keys to the Top Secret UFO vault as the constitution would demand.

Carter made two promises when he was running for President. In the one instance he told the National Enquirer, “"If I become President, I’ll make every piece of information this country has about UFO sightings available to the public and scientists. I am convinced that UFOs exist because I have seen one."[15]

The statement to the Enquirer has led to the generally held misconception that Carter promised to release everything and that he was completely denied anything on the subject of UFOs.

In evaluating what really happened it is important to note that Carter did not promise to release everything about UFOs. Carter’s Deputy Press secretary Walter Wurfel spelled out the actual UFO promise,
"He (Carter) is committed to the fullest possible openness in government and would support full disclosure of material that was not defense sensitive that might relate to UFOs. He did not, however, pledge to 'make every piece of information concerning the UFOs available to the public." There might be some aspects of some sightings that would have defense implications that possibly should be safe-guarded against immediate and full disclosure.'[16]
A close look shows that Wurfel is right. Carter only promised to release to the public the material that fell outside the rules of national security. Carter stated,
"There may be some aspects of the UFO information, with which I am not familiar which might be related to some secret experiments that we were doing that involve national security – a new weapons system. I surely wouldn’t release that, but if it was something removed from our national security, then I as president would go ahead and release it. I see nothing wrong with that."[17]
The second misconception is that Carter was denied any UFO material. The actual situation was there were two types of UFO information – UFO information for the public and the UFO information he would require to oversee and make policy regarding the UFO situation.

What actually happened when Carter became President is that he did try and fulfill his promise to get out the UFO information to the public that did not involve national security. The effort had only limited success.

Carter began his attempt to get the files he had promised the public when he asked for “the UFO files” during his president-elect briefing on national security in November 1976. The story that is told is that Bush turned him down stating that if he wanted the UFO files he would have to go through the House Committee for Science and Technology.

The significant point to note is that Bush didn’t turn him down but sent him to a house committee. This hints that Carter’s UFO request had nothing to do with getting information on UFOs for himself as President, but may just have been Carter asking for the UFO files to satisfy his election promise – all of the UFOs that did not involve national security.

This makes sense because if he wanted the Above Top Secret UFO files, Bush would certainly not have sent him to the House Committee for Science and Technology to find the files. The Top Secret files for the “President’s Eyes Only” would have more likely be held by the National Security Agency, CIA, MJ-12, DIA, or some other agency with access to black budget funding. Because Bush sent him to the house the request must have been for files that could he could publicly release.

Once in office Carter had high level officials in his administration such as Press Secretary Jody Powell and Science Advisor Frank Press contacted various agencies such as the CIA, FBI, and NASA. The FBI released 1,600 files, the CIA released about 1,000 with the help of a private lawsuit files by a research group, and NASA offered to analyze UFO hardware and answer UFO mail. (which involves sending out a pamphlet with the government party line that there are no ETs) They walked around heading up another Blue Book type study. Carter’s science advisor was told NASA did not have the resources to do another study and they lacked the “appropriate scientific protocols” established. This came after they received a letter from USAF Col. Charles Senn encouraging them to avoid participation in the Carter’s idea of opening up the UFO subject to the public.

Another thing Carter did in an attempt to fulfill his UFO promise to release UFO files was the signing of an Executive Order 12065- National Security Information which introduced the "public interest balancing test." It became an important consideration in the way UFO (and any other subject) FOIA requests were dealt with. The consequence was a deluge of declassified government UFO documents released under the Carter administration as Carter had probably planned. The CIA, FBI, NSA, State, Army, USAF and the Navy department released thousands of pages of UFO documents under the Carter administration which made up over half of the UFO documents ever released under the FOIA.

Carter summed up his efforts to fulfill the UFO promise during a private conversation with actress Shirley MacLaine shortly after she released her 1983 book “Out on a Limb” which described her experiences with UFOs.

Carter hinted to MacLaine he had been briefed on the most sensitive UFO information. He told MacLaine that it was true- “There were crafts and there were occupants – why should we be the only ones in the universe.”

Then in a reference to trying to get the information out to the public Carter stated he had done what he could. He told MacLaine that he had “tried to shine the sunshine laws[18] on intelligence, to expose it, to see how the people would react, but he didn't and wouldn't and couldn't.”[19]

So was there concrete evidence that Carter himself got the classified UFO information? The following information points out that Carter, unlike the public may just have gotten the truth about UFOs, despite beliefs to the contrary.

• Prominent Harvard training civil rights lawyer Danny Sheehan has testified many times that in 1977 when he was Chief Counsel for the Jesuit headquarters in Washington DC, that he was contacted by Marcia S. Smith, Director of the Library of Congress’s Science and Technology Division of the Congressional Research Service as a consultant. Sheehan was asked to help with two classified reports Smith was preparing for the president – one was on UFOs and a second report dealt with extraterrestrial intelligence.

As part of his consultant role he asked for and spent one afternoon reviewing the classified Blue Book files which included pictures of a crashed flying saucer being recovered. If Sheehan, as just a consultant to the two reports, saw pictures of a downed saucer it would indicate nothing much was held back from Crater who was the final customer for the classified reports.

Sheehan reported that he saw the final classified reports that went to the president. In the study on extraterrestrial intelligence Sheehan reported that he read that it had been determined it was estimated that there were at least 2-6 extraterrestrial races visiting the Earth.

• Secret service agent Harvey Jack McGeorge tells a story of being in the Carter briefing. The story came in a recounting by reporter Harry Lebelson who was then at OMNI magazine. Lebelson heard it from a close friend of McGeorge. McGeorge was a munitions counter weapons specialist.

The story told by McGeorge is that he was in the UFO briefing where Carter was told the and why the aliens were here, the religious implications, and the fact the aliens are in control. He was also shown the Holloman Air Force Base landing film which purported shows a landing of a UFO at Holloman in May 1971 where aliens get out and are greeted by base officials. The concept was later adopted by Steven Spielberg in his 1977 “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.” (I have a separate source who told me he had received information from both Gerald Ford and George Bush Sr. that they had seen the same Holloman film. Bush saw it as CIA Director and Ford stated he had viewed it during his presidential briefings. The Bush and Ford stories are further indicators that all presidents are given the Top Secret UFO briefing)

• There is also a document called the Aquarius document that floated around in the 1980s that purported to be notes from the Carter UFO briefing that occurred on June 14, 1977. This 9 page document mentions many UFO projects complete with code names.

• Researcher Timothy Good had written correspondence with Carter’s CIA Director Stansfield Turner from 1977 to 1981 on the subject of UFOs. Good reported that the one question refrained from responding to was the subject of MJ-12, the alleged group that ran the UFO cover-up. If Turner and Carter were out of the loop Turner could just have said he knew nothing about such a group or it didn’t exist. He didn’t.

[1] Military-Industrial Complex Speech, Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1961 Public Papers of the Presidents, Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1960, p. 1035- 1040

[2] Eisenhower biographer Geoffrey Perret wrote that Eisenhower “originally intended to include Congress in this indictment. At the last minute, he struck out ‘congressional.’

[3] Address before the Canadian Club, Ottawa Canada, 1/10/46

[4] Robert Schleinger, “White House Ghosts: Presidents and Their Speechwriters” page 99

[5] World Wide Military Expenditures". 2006. Retrieved 10 May 2010.



[8] In November 1950 the Canadian government produced a Top Secret memo in which they described what had been learned about UFOs from American officials. One thing that was listed was the fact that the subject was considered to be “the most highly classified subject in the United States.”



[11] Lou Zinsstag and Timothy Good, “George Adamski The Untold Story,” Ceti Publications 1993, page 63-64.


[13] Allene Holt Gramley and her sister Lucile Andrew were daughters of the late Reverend Turner Hamilton Holt, who was the minister at the Shenandoah Christian Church in Greenwich, Ohio. Both women, then in their 80s, told me in a 2009 video interview that they had been told a story by their father around 1948. The story was that their father’s cousin, Roosevelt Secretary of State Cordell Hull, had showed him a crashed metal object and bodies of three “creatures” a sub-basement of the Capitol Building in Washington DC. As Hull left office in 1944 the incident happened during the Roosevelt administration.

[14] Timothy Good, “Need to Know: UFOs, the Military and Intelligence” Pegasus Book 2007, page 420-421

[15] From the actual audio tape of the conversation provided to me by Bob Pratt who did many UFO stories for the Enquirer.



[18] Investopedia describes sunshine laws as “Regulations requiring openness in government. Sunshine laws make meetings, records, votes, deliberations and other official actions available for public observation, participation and/or inspection.”


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