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A Young Steven Spielberg Meets the President (Reagan)

Grant Cameron, Presidential UFO

On June 27, 1982, a year after Reagan entered the White House, Ronald Reagan made one of his most famous alien remarks when he hosted Steven Spielberg in the White House. Spielberg was at the White House to present a private screening of his soon to be released movie called "ET: The Extraterrestrial."

Bush Says UFO Promise Still On

Grant Cameron, Presidential UFO

Therefore, when Cheney arrived in Roswell a few months later, many thought it was a sign of positive things to come. Cheney, to the disappointment of many UFO watchers, simply made his speech with no mention of E.T.s or anything remotely close, and flew on to Wyoming. Disclosure didn’t come, but the UFO hopefuls still remained optimistic.

Carter White House Denied UFO Info

Disclosure Project (Mar 2002)

A former Defense Intelligence Agency official, a senior Stanford Research Institute policy analyst and famed constitutional attorney Daniel Sheehan have all confirmed that President Carter's attempts to obtain UFO information was thwarted by illegal actions by rogue military and intelligence entities.  R

Eisenhower’s 1954 Meeting With Extraterrestrials: The Fiftieth Anniversary of First Contact?

Michael E. Salla, PhD, Exopolitics.org, Revised Febuary 12, 2004

This paper explores the evidence that the First Contact meeting had occurred with extraterrestrials with a distinctive ‘Nordic’ appearance, the likelihood of an agreement having been spurned with this ‘Nordic race’, the start of a series of meetings that led to a treaty eventually being signed with a different extraterrestrial race dubbed the ‘Greys’, and the motivations of the different extraterrestrial races involved in these treaty discussions. The paper will further examine why these events were kept secret for so long, the significance of the 50th anniversary of Eisenhower’s meeting with extraterrestrials, and whether an official disclosure announcement is likely in the near  R

Extraterrestrial Politics in the Clinton White House (1993-2001) and the Laurance Rockefeller Initiative

Grant Cameron, Presidential UFO

Records from the Clinton Office of Science and Technology Policy related to UFOs, extraterrestrial intelligence and the Laurance Rockefeller Initiative. This paper is an attempt to provide an overview of what is contained in the collection, as well as provide a bit of background of what was going on related to UFOs in the Clinton White House outside of these documents which only with The Office of Science and Technology Policy, which is only one arm of the White House.

Former White House chief of staff supports openness of info about Area 51

October 23, 2002, Las Vegas Review Journal

The federal government should conduct a review of what information could be made public about the top-secret Area 51 air base in Nevada, former White House chief of staff John Podesta said Tuesday.  R

How Presidents Have handled The Topic Of UFOs

Robert Barrow, Argosy UFO, Winter 1977-78 (Grant Cameron)

Two men voiced their concern over the existence of UFOs before assuming the highest elective office in this country: Former President Gerald R. Ford and President Jimmy Carter. R

Ike and the Alien Ambassadors (Eisenhower)

Peter Carlson, The Washington Post, February 19, 2004

Fifty years ago tomorrow -- on Feb. 20, 1954 -- President Dwight Eisenhower interrupted his vacation in Palm Springs, Calif., to make a secret nocturnal trip to a nearby Air Force base to meet two extraterrestrial aliens. Or maybe not. Maybe Ike just went to the dentist. There's some dispute about this.  R

Jimmy Carter, the Nobel Prize, and Extraterrestrials

Grant Cameron, Presidential UFO

The most recent winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, former President Jimmy Carter, has long been interested in the peaceful co-existence of humans on this planet. If historic records are any indication, however, it appears that the former President has long held a similar interest in peaceful relations with extraterrestrials who might be visiting this planet, since his sighting of a strange unidentified object in Leary, Georgia in 1969.

Jimmy Carter’s UFO Close Encounter

Buck Wolf, ABCNEWS.com

When a President Says He’s Seen a UFO, You Really Have to Wonder if the Truth Is Out There. President Carter filed two formal reports when he was governor of Georgia describing his observation of an unidentified flying object to organizations that collect and promote UFO sightings as unexplained phenomena.  R

Media Control and the Presidents Interest in Ufology

Dennis Balthaser, 10/18/01

The general public has a hard time accepting the statements I make from time to time, that the news media is controlled to some degree by the government, and that the President of the United States is not totally informed about the UFO situation.

President Carter, Daniel Sheehan, and Donald Menzel : The Congressional Research Service UFO Studies for President Jimmy Carter

Grant Cameron, Presidential UFO

Shortly after President Carter came to power in January 1977, Daniel Sheehan, then General Counsel to the United States Jesuit National Headquarters - National Office of Social Ministry in Washington, D.C., was reportedly approached by Marcia S. Smith, Director of the Library of Congress’s Science and Technology Division of the Congressional Research Service.from 1984-1985. Sheehan reported that he was asked by Smith "to participate in a highly classified major evaluation of the UFO phenomena, and extraterrestrial intelligence."

President Eisenhower Meets the Aliens?

William L. Moore, Gazette, Hollywood, California, March 29, 1989

The story about Eisenhower's February 1954 trip to Palm Springs for a winter holiday, and his subsequent late Saturday night disappearance, has fueled rumors that Eisenhower traveled to nearby Edwards Air Force Base to meet with aliens. One of the best recounting of this rumor was done by William Moore a prominent California researcher who traveled to the Eisenhower Library to do research and actually interviewed the wife of one of the key witnesses to the story.  R

President George Bush (Sr.) and UFOs

Grant Cameron, Presidential UFO

Of all the Presidents that have been faced with the UFO problem, George Bush seemed, on the surface, to be the best qualified President to have been given the secret. He spent a year as Director of Central Intelligence, the head of the entire United States Intelligence Community for President Ford. Then as DCI, he was in charge of giving intelligence briefings to Jimmy Carter during his transition to the Presidency in 1976.

President George W. Bush and UFOs

Grant Cameron, Presidential UFO

The second strong indicator that Bush was not open to UFO disclosure came from the experience of John E.L. Tenney, the co-founder of M.A.I.N, or the Michigan Anomalous Information Network. His efforts to get campaigner George Bush to talk about UFOs met with the same failure that Peter Robbins had experienced.

President Gerald Ford and UFOs

Grant Cameron, Presidential UFO

Prior to becoming President Gerald Ford was a Representative representing Michigan in the U.S. Senate, and also Minority Leader in the Senate. In 1966 Michigan experienced hundreds of UFO sighting. The reports of weird dancing light produced quite a furor.

President Harry S. Truman and UFOs

Grant Cameron, Presidential UFO

President Harry Truman is the first President to have to deal with the UFO phenomena publicly. There may have been sightings and/or UFO crashes before Truman, but nothing that had to be dealt with publicly. More importantly, Truman was the first President who had to deal with the public relations problems that go along with the UFO phenomena.

President Jimmy Carter and UFO's

Grant Cameron, Presidential UFO

President Jimmy Carter has often been referred-to as the "UFO President" due to the fact that he publicly claimed to have had a UFO sighting prior to becoming president. Moreover, he was the only president on record to actually file a UFO sighting report related to his sighting. Thirdly, on at least one occasion while campaigning for president, Carter declared that, if elected, he would "make every piece of information this country has about UFO sightings available to the public and scientists."

President Jimmy Carter's Actual UFO Sighting Report

Grant Cameron, Presidential UFO

Many internet sites display a UFO sighting report related to President Carter's 1969 UFO sightings. The NICAP report, however, is only a retyped version of the original report which was filed with the International UFO Bureau in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Below you will find the original handwritten report made by the Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter in 1973, along with the letter written to him by Hayden Hewes, the Director of IUFOB at the time, asking for the report. This copy was found at the Carter presidential library in Atlanta.

President John F. Kennedy and the UFOs: Was JFK silenced for knowing too much?

Jim Marrs, 06/08/2000

President John F. Kennedy may have had more than the usual knowledge about UFOs, according to several credible sources. R

President John F. Kennedy and UFO's

Grant Cameron, Presidential UFO

As with many other U.S. presidents, there was a report that Kennedy had sighted a UFO. The event occurred in 1963, while boating off Hyannisport on Cape Cod. The object was "disc-shaped, about 60 feet in diameter, with a grey top, and shiny bottom." It hovered above the water for 40 seconds, emitting a low pitched humming sound. Then it flew straight up in the air and was gone. Kennedy swore those present to keep the incident secret.

President Reagan saw UFO, often spoke of a world united because of alien invasion

UFO Universe, 1998

Supermarket tabloids, that strange breed of sensationalistic American journalism, have been talking for most of the decade about Ronald Reagan's fascination with things like astrology and space aliens. Little attention was paid to the matter ... after all, the stuff was printed in the tabloids and nobody sane is supposed to believe in them. Yet truth is becoming stranger than fiction in the case of Ronald Wilson Reagan and some of his more curious remarks.  R

President Richard Nixon and UFO's

Grant Cameron, Presidential UFO

Even though the Nixon Presidency was short and rocky, a number of UFO stories and related space developments did take place. Nixon, for example, was the President who was able to take credit for an achievement dreamed of and initiated by President Kennedy. He presided over the landing of the first men on the moon in July 1969. Nixon described the Apollo 11 mission as the "greatest week in the history of the world since Creation," a statement that brought criticism from his close friend Billy Graham.

President Ronald Reagan and UFOs

Grant Cameron, Presidential UFO

A question remains, however, as to how much of the UFO secret was given to Reagan the President. Reagan like the many Presidents before him had tens of thousands of issues being dealt with below him in the government. Only the most critical items were brought to the Oval office for his attention.

President's Talk UFOs

Grant Cameron, Presidential UFO

The President of the United States of America is considered by many to be the most powerful man in the world. If that very powerful President is in change of the UFO cover-up, then that relationship is the key relationship to study in determining what is going on. If the President is not the head of the UFO cover-up, cut out of the loop by some Machiavellian group bypassing the constitution, then that is the key story to investigate. In short, the President’s relationship to the UFO situation is the key to understanding what happened, and how to end the cover-up.  R

Rockefeller Tells Clinton to Tell All About UFOs (press report)

New York Daily News, August 24th, 1995

President Clinton is being pressured to reopen supersecret government files on the world's most baffling UFO incident. The man who wants the secrecy ended is billionaire philanthropist Laurance S. Rockerfeller, a personal friend of the president.  R

Ronald Reagan's legacy goes well beyond this world

Billy Cox, FloridayToday.com - 6/10/2004

Tons of newsprint and airtime dedicated to Ronald Reagan's legacy this week, but -- surprise -- not word one about curiosity over unidentified flying objects. It'll be the same way when Jimmy Carter dies.  R

Searching for the Truth: Media Control and the Presidents Interest in Ufology

Dennis Balthaser, Oct 18, 2001

When doing radio or TV interviews and lectures, I am frequently questioned about the cover-up of the Roswell Incident and other related topics. The general public has a hard time accepting the statements I make from time to time, that the news media is controlled to some degree by the government, and that the President of the United States is not totally informed about the UFO situation.  R

The Role of the Presidency in the Politics of Disclosure: Part III - The Case for and against Gore

Stephen Bassett, Paradigm Clock

The public is fairly fed up with ludicrously expensive, winning-is-everything politics. Gore has embraced both adjectives with a passion. As a result, his willingness to touch the UFO/ET problem on moral/ethical grounds, knowing it will damage him politically and hurt his party, is most certainly in doubt.

The Role of the President in the Politics of Disclosure - Part II: The case for and against George W. Bush

Stephen Bassett

Let’s get one thing straight right up front. The politics of UFOs, how the presence of extraterrestrial beings in our world, now, is going to affect you, your government, and every other person on the planet, is not only bipartisan, it’s transcendent. R

The Role of the President in the Politics of Disclosure: Part I: The Decline of the Executive

Stephen Bassett

One of the most important political trends in the second half of the 20th Century is the weakening of the American presidency - important because of its role in the intricate, constitutionally structured checks and balance system mentioned in the first column in this series.

The Shocking Truth: Ronald Reagan's Obsession With An Alien Invasion

A. Hovni, UFO Universe, September 1988

This is an article on Ronald Reagan's reputed UFO encounter, and how that encounter may serve to explain his continued interest in UFOlogy and EBEs. R

The White House Role in Crashed UFO Retrievals

Grant Cameron, Presidential UFO - 1st UFO Crash Retrieval Conference, Las Vegas, Nov. 2003

The following are some of the stories that look at what the president might have known about the subject of crashed saucers. These few examples I have chosen, are the result of attempts to track down rumored stories, and investigate them with interviews and material from the various presidential libraries.

Vice-President Dick Cheney and UFOs

Grant Cameron, Presidential UFO

Because of Dick Cheney's high White House positions in past Ford and Bush Sr. administrations, the appearance of Cheney's name on the George W. Bush Presidential ticket, led many ufologists to feel that Cheney might represent an attempt by the government to make a disclosure on UFOs.

White House Briefed on UFOs

Sarah McClendon, White House Correspondent, McClendon News Service, March 30, 1998

(This article is written by Sarah McClendon, the nation's longest-serving White House Correspondent, who passed away on 9 January 2003.) Unidentified Flying Objects, a term given for many years to unexplained sightings of craft in the skies over every state in the Union, are actual visitors from other worlds, believe a community of scientists and technicians employed by government. R

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Extraterrestrial Politics in the Clinton White House

Grant Cameron, Presidential UFO

In-depth, 8-part series documenting President Bill Clinton's involvement with the UFO subject.