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BRANTFORD, Canada—Hillary Clinton played a key role in the ’90s as First Lady in an effort to uncover classified government information on unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP, the new preferred term for unidentified flying objects, or UFOs). Now, Clinton and her campaign chairman, John Podesta, have talked about making public any remaining confidential UAP files if she is elected president.
It’s an unprecedented approach to the controversial topic for a presidential campaign. And although it’s far from a major focus of Clinton’s campaign, it has caught the attention of many who have long called for such disclosure.
Among the topics discussed by a panel of experts on UAP disclosure in Brantford, Canada, on June 25, was Clinton’s power—past and future—to release such classified information.
Clinton’s Interest in UAP as First Lady
Clinton had a major, if restricted, role in pushing for UAP-related disclosure when her husband, Bill Clinton, was president in the ’90s.
Grant Cameron, a prominent Canadian UAP researcher who was on the panel, has delved into stacks of documents received through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. Some of those documents, the so-called “Rockefeller files,” pertain to a major push by billionaire philanthropist and businessman Laurance Rockefeller for disclosure during Bill Clinton’s administration.
“Everything that was going from Rockefeller … [and] back to Rockefeller was going through the First Lady’s office,” Cameron said. “The reason Hillary Clinton was involved was because … she was unofficial; she could actually take the material and show it to the president without the president being [officially] dragged into the subject.”
The Clintons visited Rockefeller at his ranch outside of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, during their vacation in August 1995. A photo taken during that visit shows Hillary Clinton holding a book about extraterrestrials, “Are We Alone?” by physicist Paul Davies, while walking with Rockefeller.
A letter dated Nov. 1, 1995, from Rockefeller’s attorney, Henry Diamond, to Jack Gibbons, the president’s science advisor from 1993 to 1998, refers to an attached document: “A draft letter to the President which Laurance has been discussing with Mrs. Clinton and her staff.”
A communication from Gibbons to Rockefeller dated Feb. 5, 1996 states: “You indicated that you will keep the First Lady’s Office informed, and we shall as well.”
Thousands of UAP-related documents were declassified during Bill Clinton’s administration. But some believe the most pertinent documents remain buried and they are calling for further disclosure.
Podesta said during a KLAS TV interview, “There are still classified documents that can be declassified.”
But Chris Mellon, who had high-level security clearance in the Department of Defense (DoD) during the Clinton administration, said that Hillary Clinton isn’t likely to find much of interest if she delves in again.
“I highly doubt DoD or any other government agency is concealing UFO information,” he said in a May interview with author Leslie Kean. “I participated in a comprehensive review of DoD’s black programs … I visited Area 51 and other military, intelligence, and research facilities. During all those years, I never detected the faintest hint of government interest or involvement in UFOs.”
Clinton’s Ability to Uncover Information as Secretary of State or President
Mellon discussed the inability of White House officials to penetrate the DoD’s secrets, and noted that, as secretary of state, Clinton was not likely to have had deep access.
He told Kean: “I recall instances when White House officials sought briefings on highly compartmented DoD programs and were flatly refused. Access to such programs is on a need-to-know basis. In general, nobody outside DoD, including the secretary of state, is deemed to have a need to know. Officials like John Podesta and Secretary Clinton can easily serve for years in senior positions and be avid consumers of classified intelligence analysis but never obtain access to DoD’s compartmented programs.”
Some UAP researchers think that—if there is deeply hidden information on extraterrestrials—even the presidents may have had limited knowledge, or no knowledge, about it. Administrations change frequently, while those who work on DoD’s black programs, for example, may traverse multiple administrations. Those who work on the black programs for decades may guard its secrets from presidents if the presidents are not deemed to have a “need to know,” according to UAP researchers.
However, Cameron affirmed that presidents can push through all secrecy barriers. He referred to Executive Order 8381, written in March of 1940 by President Franklin Roosevelt, which established how the government would handle classified information.
Cameron summarized: “All secrecy and all classification, except for atomic energy secrets, go through the executive office of the president. The president is running the show.”
Roosevelt created the classifications of “restricted,” “confidential,” and “secret.” President Harry Truman added “top secret,” and President Dwight Eisenhower added “national security.”
Cameron said: “The president built this ‘secrecy box,’ and the same organization that built it can disassemble it. The president, I say now, is running the show.”
Hillary Clinton’s statements on the issue have been made to various media outlets. She told talk-show host Jimmy Kimmel, for example, “I would like us to go into those files and hopefully make as much of that public as possible.” She qualified the statement, saying she would release information, “unless it’s a threat to national security.”
She went so far as to tell the Conway Daily Sun, “I think we may have been [visited already]. We don’t know for sure.”
Should Clinton maintain that position, unlike her position on free trade, which has changed multiple times, a Clinton presidency could finally answer the question: “Are they out there?”
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