If you are unaware of the prevalence of this subject among those close to Obama, you should find this article very intriguing. Now, I have no knowledge of Obama actually having ridden on a UFO, or communicating with Extraterrestrials. Honestly, there are no indications that he has any interest in the subject whatsoever. However, his chosen Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, and the man in charge of his transition into the White House, John Podesta, have shown great interest.
Transition Project chairman, John Podesta
Let’s start with the most vocal of the two. John Podesta served on Bill Clinton’s staff from 1993 until Clinton left office. Podesta’s final position was as Clinton’s Chief of Staff. He is now advising the Obama administration as well. He has remained influential in politics as the Founder and President of a respected liberal think tank called the Center for American Progress.
It has always been known that Podesta is a big sci-fi buff. He made headlines during his tenure in the White House when
he had an X-files themed birthday party. He was especially keen on that series. For a man at his level to have an interest in sci-fi is not that unusual. However, to speak at a press conference at the National Press Club, and ask the government to release its secret files on UFOs so that scientists can determine the nature of the phenomena can justifiably be called startling.
In 2002, the Coalition for the Freedom of Information headed by journalist Leslie Kean, along with the Sci Fi channel, held a press conference at the National Press Club to address the issue of secrecy regarding the subject of UFOs. At that meeting Podesta stated, “It is time for the government to declassify records that are more than 25 years old, and to provide scientists with data that will assist in determining the real nature of this phenomenon.” He made this comment in front of many major media representatives in attendance. The video can be seen below.
Freedom of information was a major concern for the Clinton administration. In fact, Podesta was in charge of a project to declassify millions of government documents. Did Podesta not find the UFO documents he was looking for in those stacks of declassified files? We do know that Podesta was not alone in the Clinton White House when it came to searching for the truth behind the UFO mystery.
Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton
Files retrieved in Freedom of Information Act Requests submitted by researcher Grant Cameron of PresidentialUFO.com contained two letters from the mid-nineties regarding correspondence between Laurance Rockefeller and President Clinton’s Science and Technology advisor, John Gibbons. The letters were regarding Hillary Clinton’s assistance with Rockefeller’s initiative to release UFO information to the public in 1995 and ‘96.
Laurance Rockefeller fights for UFO disclosure
Laurance Rockefeller, one of the Rockefeller heirs, worked diligently during Clinton’s administration to fund research in UFOs, and to get official government information released. Laurance, who passed in 2004, was by no means a black sheep of the powerful Rockefeller family. He held a seat on the New York Stock Exchange, and was the founding trustee of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund for forty-two years. He was a venture capitalist who was involved with among other things, the rise of the computer era. He helped shape history, and now he wanted the public to be informed about UFOs and was seeking Hillary Clinton’s advice on how to present this to the President.
In the Rockefeller-Gibbons letters, they refer to Hillary and Rockefeller discussing a letter to the President about evidence regarding UFOs and lifting secrecy on Extraterrestrial technology. Another letter between the two referred to keeping the first lady’s office up to date on Rockefeller’s efforts.
Does this confirm that Hillary was interested in the subject? Perhaps not, perhaps she was only helping Rockefeller out of friendship or respect. However, there is other evidence that suggests her husband was certainly interested.
Clinton’s search for the truth
There are actually many instances where Bill Clinton mentioned looking into the UFO subject. You can read many of these at Cameron’s PresidentialUFO.com Web site, one of the more interesting stories was printed in a book by Clinton’s friend William Hubbell. Hubbell was a friend of the Clintons from Arkansas, and was actually indicted for fraud in the Whitewater scandals. Before his indictment he was assigned to the Attorney General’s office as the Associate Attorney General. Hubbell wrote in his book Friends in High Places: “Clinton had said, ‘If I put you over at Justice, I want you to find the answers to two questions for me,’ Hubbell recounts. ‘One, who killed JFK. And two, are there UFOs?’ Clinton was dead serious. I had looked into both, but wasn’t satisfied with the answers I was getting.”
In a recent interview with Grant Cameron, he told me that he felt that he had amassed enough evidence to show that the Clintons were interested in the subject of UFOs, but that not even the President has the power to demand that sort of information. He doesn’t have the need to know. In an interview in Hong Kong, Clinton was asked about his UFO interests, and he admitted that he is sure that career bureaucrats withhold information from the President. You can watch that video below.
Americans need to know
When I had read about this whole saga, I was fascinated. If this is the first time you have heard of it, hopefully you are intrigued as well. Grant Cameron’s Web site is great, so be sure to read more there. I have read every word.
So what does this all mean? Well, if Obama, Hillary, and Podesta are in a meeting and the boss asks, “So what about this UFO stuff?” He will be sure to get an ear full, and it is a conversation I would love to hear.
Does it mean that Obama will seek UFO information like Clinton? If Cameron is correct, they will need to try some new tactics. They will also need to weigh whether it is worth the effort.
Proponents of disclosure point out the benefits of the technology. They argue that if ET technology has been obtained in secret that it would be able to help us with the major issues facing the world today, such as the energy crisis. ET technology might be able to help us get off of our dependence on fossil fuels, and open up a whole new world of clean energy. That is, of course, if ET technology has been recovered, and if we can make heads or tails of it.
Very interesting connections. It’s good to see open minds regarding the UFO phenomena also be open about the Obama administration. (As Jacques Vallee points out, the right-wing of UFO gossipers and pseudo-researchers’ anti-Obama-and-world-order rants brings a bad light and disservice to true UFO researchers.)
Budd Hopkins’ autobiography is sad, but “must” reading!
Leslie Kean’s relatively recent appearance at the arm of elderly artist and famed UFO/ET abduction researcher and author, Elliot Budd Hopkins, is of significance to what you are discussing here, Alejandro.
Budd’s autobiography, “Art, Life and UFOs: A Memoir,” is required “UFOlogy” reading (Anomalist Books, 2009. ISBN 1933665416. Paperback. http://www.anomalistbooks.com).
Oddly, some of Budd’s recollections reflected in his narrative do not square with previously reported facts, including how Budd met the late Dr. John Mack, as well as Budd’s fuller involvement with the late Laurance S. Rockefeller (whose name he misspells, as well as the name of murdered civil rights activist Medgar Evers, in another context).
Whether the Rockefeller errors are editing anomalies or intentional blurrings of Budd’s centrality to much of what happened “UFOlogically” in the 1980s and 1990s is yet another “UFO mystery.” But the overall memoir is of importance even for the differences between Budd’s story and, to be diplomatic, “consensus reality” and history.
Although it is a fascinating and illuminating read about this nice man and his complicated efforts to express his creative urges, readers looking for “UFO revelations” will find few. And some Budd does include are distorted; whether by shaded memory or shady revisionism is unclear.
But Budd’s recollections and “this is my story and I’m sticking to it” apparent edits to his history, if he is solely responsible, contribute to his legacy as both an enigma and an affable “UFO personality” who now seems to be firmly under the control of a bizarre but all-too-familiar “intelligence community deathwatch,” where guys like Hopkins, the late Timothy Leary and the late John Lilly are “befriended” by nice ladies who somehow seize control of their files and their legacies when they die.
Budd’s recollections of his home town, Wheeling, West Virginia — one of a number of coincidences he and I share, although he “landed” in Wheeling sixteen years before my own advent — are quite obviously shaped by his later-in-life leftist leanings, perhaps painted in the pastels of retroactive rationale rubbing off on Budd during his “Life as art” in Manhattan and on Cape Cod.
I knew and continue to know Budd’s extended family, a nicer, more intelligent and caring group of folks one will not meet. Thus, Budd’s persistent bashing of his father for apparent cultural biases characteristic of the senior Hopkins’ era felt to me like Cape Cod and Manhattan cocktail party rationalizations meant for an audience to whom Budd catered: for “art marketing?”
It adds to the mystery that, in an early 1990s article, a controversial “mind control” commentator accused Budd and John Mack of being “CIA assets” working on a project funded by “Rockefellers” called the Institute for the Study of Human Ecology, allegedly a funding conduit for a series of illicit psychiatric experiments in Canada and other locales, which John Mack denied to me in 1993.
Unexplained other than by a facile dismissal of her by Hopkins is what really happened to one short-term wife, Carol Rainey, with whom Budd authored perhaps his most interesting, insightful book: “Sight Unseen: Science, UFO Invisibility and Transgenic Beings,” published by Pocket Books in 2004. (ISBN 0743412192). Carol is just “gone.”
That Mr. Hopkins’ current handler (and as Budd puts it, “life partner”) is Ms. Leslie Kean is significant, as even a cursory Googling will suggest. Kean’s role in the sanitizing of Budd’s recollections is indiscernible, but what ol’ Budd is “forgetting” conveniently dovetails nicely into retail UFOlogy’s most recent shape shifting to erstwhile competing and combative “ET/UFO disclosure” movements, collaborating in their faux attacks on the US intelligence community while abjectly ignoring obvious answers to various “UFO mysteries” which do not fit the apparent globalist mind-bend strategies underlying the purpose of many of our oligarch-fueled “ET advo-zealots.”
Laurance Rockefeller, whatever else he may have been, was not simply a “naive” if not yet doddering aging UFO billionaire, idealistically approaching President Clinton, as Budd’s revision of history suggests. Nor has Budd’s whitewash of his intense battles with others in the UFOlogy field, both known and “unknown men,” had an effect other than to mire Hopkins’ legacy in controversy.
Whoever Leslie Kean really “is,” (and it all depends on what the meaning of “is” is), that she now has control of Budd Hopkins and his immensely interesting files will shape his legacy far beyond Budd’s own recollections in his memoir, distorting future understanding of his work.
Ah, Budd boy! We hardly knew ye! And that is truly sad.
Note: Dick Farley is an award winning journalist and veteran policy analyst, who staffed the first “UFO Disclosure” initiative to the Clinton White House on behalf of Laurance S. Rockefeller, via the nonprofit Human Potential Foundation, chaired by then US Senator Claiborne I. Pell. Farley’s role is outlined at Grant Cameron’s http://www.presidentialufo.com site. Farley also is Washington Correspondent for Cape Cod Today (online)at http://www.capecodtoday.com, where his “Washington Window” has his story about Edgar Mitchell’s latest call for “UFO Disclosure,” as picked up and linked “planet-wide.”
This was pretty interesting and informative.
I heard that some presidents were interested in the UFOs. If the US Government knows something about the UFOS, I wonder why the Government has not yet come out with the information or revealed it to the Presidents (referring to Clinton’s UFO speech in Hong Kong).
Maybe obama has Podesta close to him to intimidate him. You know keep your friends close but your enemies closer, eg., hillary
Obama will probably release the info on UFOs so he can remain in office.