Summary: A collection of UFO-related quotes by various international government officials.
"There are of course many phenomena in this world which are not explained and it is possible to say that the orthodox scientist is the last person to accept that something new (or old) may exist which cannot be explained in accordance with his understanding of natural laws."
-Earl Alexander of Tunis, British Minister of Defense
"I share your concern over the secrecy that continues to shroud our intelligence activities on this subject."
-Congressman Thomas L. Ashley in a letter to NICAP (National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena) on the subject of UFOs.
"Congressional investigations have been held and are still being held on the problem of unidentified flying objects. Since most of the material presented is classified the hearings are never printed."
-Congressman William H. Ayers -(Does anyone know when this was said?)
Former U.S. President, Jimmy Carter, five-time nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize
"Sightings of unexplained objects at great altitude and traveling at high speeds in the vicinity of major US defense installations are of such nature that they are not attributable to natural phenomena or known types of aerial vehicles."
-Dr. H. Marshall Chadwell, former assistant director of the CIA's Office of Scientific Intelligence, in a December, 1952 memo to then-director of the CIA, General Walter B. Smith.
"I've been convinced for a long time that the flying saucers are real and interplanetary. In other words we are being watched by beings from outer space."
-Albert M. Chop, deputy public relations director at NASA, and former US Air Force spokesman for Project Blue Book.
"Scientifically we eliminate the simple hypotheses: It's not a plane. It's not a helicopter. It's not a natural phenomenon because the descriptions don't match. Therefor this global phenomenon resists any other explanation. The only remaining hypothesis is the hypothesis of extraterrestrial origin."
-L. Clerebaut, Secretary General, SOBEPS (Any idea what this stands for? The documentary I got this quote from didn't say.)-In charge of investigating UFO sightings for the Belgian Government.
"As far as I know, an alien spacecraft did not crash in Roswell, New Mexico, in 1947. ... If the United States Air Force did recover alien bodies, they didn't tell me about it either, and I want to know."
-U.S. President Bill Clinton--In reply to a letter from a child asking about the Roswell Incident.
"In the firm belief that the American public deserves a better explanation than that thus far given by the Air Force, I strongly recommend that there be a committee investigation of the UFO phenomena. I think we owe it to the people to establish credibility regarding UFOs, and to produce the greatest possible enlightenment of the subject."
-Former U.S. President Gerald R. Ford, while in congress, 1966
U.S. Senator Barry Goldwater, retired Air Force Reserve Brigadier General and pilot.
"The phenomenon of UFOs does exist, and it must be treated seriously."
-Former Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev (Soviet Youth, May 4, 1990)
"I know that neither Russia nor this country has anything even approaching such high speeds and maneuvers. Behind the scenes high ranking officers are soberly concerned about UFOs, but through official secrecy and ridicule many citizens are led to believe that the unknown flying objects are nonsense. . .To hide the facts, the Air Force has silenced its personell."
-Admiral Roscoe Hillencoter, former director of the CIA, at a 1962 NICAP press conference in Washington D.C.
J. Edgar Hoover, Director of the FBI
* -- "LA" in this case may refer to Los Alamos, where the first atomic bombs were developed. There is some coroboration for this in the newly released, but unofficial MJ-12 documents.
"I feel that the Air Force has not been giving out all the available information on the Unidentified Flying Objects. You cannot disregard so many unimpeachable sources."
-John W. McCormack, Former Speaker of the House, January 1965
"I was the pilot of the plane when we saw the UFO. Also on board were Governor Reagan and a couple of his security people. We were flying a Cessna Citation. It was maybe 9 or 10 o'clock at night. We were near Bakersfield, California when Governor Reagan and the others called my attention to a big light flying a bit behind my plane. It appeared to be several hundred yards away. It was a fairly steady light until it began to accelerate, then it appeared to elongate. Then the light took off. It went up at a 45-degree angle-at a high rate of speed. Everyone on the plane was surprised. Governor Reagan expressed amazement. I told the others I didn't know what it was...The UFO went from a normal cruise speed to a fantastic speed instantly...If you give an airplane power it will accelerate-but not like a hot rod, and that's what this was like"
-Bull Paynter, a pilot with thousands of logged hours, in Sacremento California. Also see Reagan's unverified quote.
Nick Pope, headed up the "UFO desk" at Air Secretariat 2-A, British Ministry of Defense from 1991-1994, and has served in other departments of the Ministry of Defense since 1985.
-above excerpts are from a taped interview.
"I occasionally think how quickly our differences, worldwide, would vanish if we were facing an alien threat from outside this world."
-Former U.S. President Ronald Reagan, in a speech with President Mikhail Gorbachev, in 1988. He made almost exactly the same comment on many occasions. --Also See Unverified Quotes.
"I can assure you the flying saucers, given that they exist, are not constructed by any power on earth."
-Former U.S. President Harry S. Truman - Press conference, Washington DC, April 4, 1950.