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Leslie Kean's 3rd COMETA Article In 'VSD'

From: Giuliano 'Jimmy' Marinkovicc - AGETI <9a4ag@clarc.org>
Date: Thu, 14 Sep 2000 03:06:26 -0500
Fwd Date: Thu, 14 Sep 2000 09:27:11 -0400
Subject: Leslie Kean's 3rd COMETA Article In 'VSD'


Dear List members,

In my recent correspondence with journalist Leslie Kean (she
recently published articles about COMETA French UFO report in
The Boston Globe and The Irish Independent) I have found out
that she also published her third article in the French magazine
'VSD' (the one that first released COMETA report back in July
1999).

The article that I am sending you is a translated, non-edited
version. Leslie says that she is not happy that VSD cut much
from this version, but I think that people will be interested to
see how it all looks in the original. Unfortunately we don't
have a published version in English. Anyway here it is posted
with Leslie's permission.

Note that in this third article the focus is more on the
pressure for Congressional UFO hearings in 1997 (Greer,
Rockfeller and Clinton involved).

VSD is a weekly magazine. But since, as Leslie says, it was a
special issue on UFOs, it didn't have the date of a particular
week on it. It was just dated June. Leslie continues: "The VSD
piece was not very well edited, and they cut almost half of what
I submitted... so I'm not thrilled with it, but the information
is important."

So here you go:

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Posted with permission of Leslie Kean:

VSD, France
June, 2000

USA: UFOS AND NATIONAL SECURITY
Leslie Kean

The recent diffusion in the United States of the Cometa report
generates multiple reactions starting from politicians from
Congress and military men from the Pentagon. Leslie Kean, an
American journalist, examines the situation

"No response is awaited, only action. The Cometa made no request
to the American government. It is not entitled to do so,"
explains Michel Algrin, spokesperson for the Cometa, attorney
and political scientist. But he adds, "In this report, we
recommend to the French government to cooperate with its
American ally on the subject of UFOs."

Dr. Edgar Mitchell, the Apollo 14 astronaut who was the sixth
man to walk on the moon, strongly supports such cooperation.
Along with five-star Admiral Lord Hill-Norton, the former head
of the British Ministry of Defense and Major Gordon L. Cooper,
one of America's original seven Mercury astronauts, Mitchell is
calling for Congressional hearings to shed light on the UFO
question. "People have been digging through the files and
investigating for years now. The files are quite convincing. The
only thing that's lacking is the official stamp," he explains.
Despite the fact that Mitchell is a national hero, his request
for an investigation has been ignored by the American
government. As the COMETA report points out, the United States
is unique in its silence on this issue. The report UFOs and
Defense notes that many UFO files are classified above top
secret, and accuses the United States of following a policy of
disinformation. It says that the government has an "impressive
repressive arsenal" in place, which includes military
regulations prohibiting public disclosure of UFO sightings.

Air Force Regulation 200-2, ``Unidentified Flying Objects
Reporting,'' for example, prohibits the release to the public
and the media of any data about ``those objects which are not
explainable.'' An even more restrictive procedure is outlined in
the document JANAP 146 (Joint Army Navy Air Force Publication
146), which threatens to prosecute anyone under its jurisdiction
- including pilots, civilian agencies, merchant marine captains,
and even some fishing vessels - for disclosing reports of
sightings relevant to US security.

A few months after the French release of the COMETA report, US
Naval Reserve Commander Willard H. Miller agreed to go on the
record about his participation in a series of previously
undisclosed briefings for Pentagon brass about national security
and military policy regarding UFOs. Miller has been a key
liaison to the Pentagon on the subject for years. In asserting
publicly that "It's time to give some credibility to the fact
that there are those in high places in the government who have
an interest in this subject," W.H. Miller has taken considerable
risks.

Miller retired in 1994 from active duty on the Current
Operations Staff  of U.S. Atlantic Command, Norfolk, Virginia
where he worked operations, intelligence, and special
contingency issues. With over thirty years of experience in Navy
and Joint Interagency operations with the Department of Defense,
Commander Miller has held a Top Secret clearance and thus had
access to sensitive compartmented information.

It has not been easy for Miller to overcome the taboo that the
UFO subject carries among his colleagues in the military. "It is
treated much the way we used to view mental illness. Hide the
crazy daughter in the attic," he says. In a February, 2000
confidential memo titled "Selected Discussions with Key United
States (US) Department of Defense (DoD) Intelligence Personnel
on the Subject of Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) and
Extraterrestrial Intelligence (ETI)", Miller spelled out the
details of meetings between 1989 and 2000 with high level
Department of Defense intelligence personnel - including the
Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), an Admiral on
the Joint Staff, and the U.S. Atlantic Command Director for
Intelligence - among others.

Concerned that many high-ranking military officers are not
properly informed about the UFO phenomenon, Miller believes that
the generals who have come forward in France could have a
significant impact. "Without preparation and planning for
encounters, precipitous military decisions may lead to
unnecessary confusion, misapplication of forces, or possible
catastrophic consequences," he says.

The Navy Commander's concern is justified by the historical
record.  Declassified government documents show that unexplained
objects with extraordinary technical capabilities pose
challenges to military activity around the globe. U.S. fighter
jets have been scrambled to pursue UFOs, according to North
American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) logs and U.S. Air
Force documents. Peruvian and Iranian Air Force planes attempted
to shoot down unexplained objects during air encounters, and two
Belgium F-16's pursued UFO's in 1990.

In earlier decades, such concerns were openly discussed among
American government officials. In 1960, for example,
Representative Leonard G. Wolf of Iowa entered an "urgent
warning" from former CIA Director Vice Admiral R.E.
Hillenkoetter into the Congressional Record that "certain
dangers are linked with unidentified flying objects."  Wolf
cited Gen. L.M. Chassin, NATO coordinator of Allied Air Service,
warning that "if we persist in refusing to recognize the
existence of the UFOs, we will end up, one fine day, by
mistaking them for the guided missiles of an enemy - and the
worst will be upon us."

Wolf also referenced a three-year study which determined that
air defense scrambles and alerts had already occurred due to the
presence of UFOs. The study said that all defense personnel
"should be told that UFOs are real and should be trained to
distinguish them - by their characteristic speeds and maneuvers
- from conventional planes and missiles."

These concerns were taken seriously enough to be incorporated
into the 1971 "Agreement on Measures to Reduce the Outbreak of
Nuclear War" between the United States and the Soviet Union.
The treaty states that the two countries will "notify each other
immediately in the event of detection by missile warning systems
of unidentified objects... if such occurrences could create a
risk of outbreak of nuclear war between the two countries." The
Cometa assures its readers that UFOs have not been the cause of
any hostile acts "although intimidation maneuvers have been
confirmed."

Reports such as the one from France may open the door for the
United States and other nations to be more forthcoming. Chile,
for example, is openly addressing it's own concerns about air
safety and UFOs.

While Commander Miller alerted the Pentagon, researcher Dr.
Steven M. Greer was working the issue within the US Congress and
the executive branch. In 1993, Greer was invited to meet with
President Clinton's first sitting CIA Director, Admiral James
Woolsey. The three hour event was arranged by futurist John L.
Petersen, President and founder of the Washington area think
tank The Arlington Institute, who "specializes in the area of
national and global security" and currently serves as a Pentagon
consultant, according to Institute materials.

In August 1995, philanthropist Laurance Rockefeller presented
Greer's briefing materials to President William Clinton, Hillary
Clinton, and Presidential science advisor Jack Gibbons while
they spent a weekend at Rockefellers' Wyoming ranch. Clinton
then instructed Associate Attorney General at the Justice
Department, Webster Hubbell, to investigate the existence of
UFOs, as disclosed in his book Friends in High Places.  Despite
this request from the Commander-in-Chief, Hubbell was unable to
obtain information on the subject.

On April 9, 1997, Greer and his associates held an
unprecedented, confidential congressional briefing at the Westin
Hotel in Washington. The VIP's in attendance included
Representative Dan Burton, Chair of the House Committee on
Government Reform and Oversight, with his chief of staff, and
staffers from nearly thirty congressional offices.
Representatives from the executive branch, including a staff
member from Vice President Gore's office, were present, along
with representatives of two state governors, the Department of
Defense, and the scientific community.

Two years after the Washington briefing, the COMETA released its
dramatic report.

"Because the Congress is afraid they won't get re-elected, they
don't even want to talk about this. I just think somebody should
do something," said a congressional staff member. Nonetheless,
one congressman did respond to public pressure.

In 1993, New Mexico representative Steven Schiff requested that
the General Accounting Office investigate the infamous 1947
crash of a mysterious object in the desert near Roswell, New
Mexico.  Two years later, he learned from the GAO that all
documents and radio messages during the relevant time period had
been destroyed "without proper authority." Schiff was unable to
attend the Washington briefing in 1997 and died of an aggressive
skin cancer the following year. No other member has picked up
where he left off. On September 15, 1998, Commander Willard
Miller and Dr. Steven Greer entered the Pentagon through the VIP
entrance. Thirty minutes later, the DIA Director came out of his
office, parting company with an entourage of high-level foreign
Admirals and Generals. He graciously ushered in his two guests,
taking his place at the head of a massive wood table. According
to Miller's confidential memo of February 2000, an Army Colonel,
a DIA staff member and a Defense Department clerk were also
seated around the table. The briefing lasted 50 minutes.

Greer and Miller explained to the DIA Director that there is no
credible evidence of hostility from UFO occupants. "Some US Air
Force denials defy logic and strain the public's tolerance,"
Miller says he told the Pentagon officials.

His point was dramatically illustrated in the aftermath of an
extraordinary event that occurred one spring evening over the
state of Arizona.  On March 13, 1997, thousands observed
enormous, lighted, triangular craft flying low and silently,
sometimes hovering wingless over populated areas. More than 90
meters long, air traffic controllers failed to register them on
radar. To this day, the people of Arizona do not know what
penetrated US airspace that night. In 1999, Arizona attorney
Peter Gersten responded by filing a Freedom of Information Act
lawsuit against the Department of Defense.  The case challenged
the adequacy of the governments "reasonable search" for
information about the triangular objects seen over Arizona in
1997 and elsewhere in the United States over the last twenty
years.

As recently as January 5, 2000, four policemen at different
locations in St. Claire County, Illinois, witnessed a brightly
lit, huge triangular craft flying at 330 meters, according to
the Los Angeles Times. Most alarming was the report from Lebanon
police officer Thomas Barton that he witnessed the hovering
object jump at least 8 miles in 3 seconds. Aeronautical expert
Paul Czysz, who spent 29 years at McDonnell-Douglas designing
faster-than-sound aircraft, says that such rapid motion cannot
be explained in conventional terms. Yet nearby Scott Air Force
base and the FAA purport to know nothing

On February 29, 2000, a reporter brought the issue of military
denial and the Arizona lawsuit to the attention of U.S. Senator
John McCain of Arizona at a California press conference. "I
think it's of great interest," responded the Presidential
candidate, acknowledging that the 1997 "lights" seen over
Arizona had "never been fully explained."

Nonetheless, the DoD continues to maintain that it can find no
information about the triangular objects. It provided details of
its search to the court as required by U.S. District Court judge
Stephen M. McNamee of Phoenix for Gersten's lawsuit. On March
30, 2000, the judge concluded that "a reasonable search was
conducted' even though no information was obtained, and he
dismissed the case.

Once again, the French generals made the same point raised
by their American counterparts. "How can one try to ignore a
phenomena that is manifested by the regular crossing of our
air space by moving objects...If we do nothing, the very
principle of defense and air intelligence would be called
into question," they state.

UFOs and Defense: What Should We Prepare For? recommends that
the French government reflect on "the measures to take in the
event of a spectacular and indisputable manifestation of a UFO."
Surprisingly, the United States has taken one small step in that
direction.  The second edition of the Fire Officer's Guide to
Disaster Control is currently used for training by the Federal
Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at its National Fire Academy
and is taught nationally through the seven universities offering
degrees in fire science. Chapter 13 of the guide is titled
"Enemy Attack and UFO Potential."  It warns fire fighters of
known "UFO hazards" such as electrical fields that cause
blackouts, air and ground travel disruptions by force fields,
and physiological effects. "Do not stand under a UFO that is
hovering at low altitudes. Do not touch or attempt to touch a
UFO that has landed," the book warns.

Dr. William M. Kramer, professor of Fire Science at the
University of Cincinnati and an Ohio Fire Chief, co-authored the
chapter and will be updating it this year. The French Institute
of Higher Studies for National Defense and the National Center
for Space Studies are a few steps ahead of the United States
military and NASA. Not only do they openly present information
acknowledging the existence of UFOs and attempt to explain their
origin, they also recommend a widespread information and
training campaign on preparedness which would reach all sectors
of the relevant political, military, and civilian spectrum in
their country.  Perhaps the report by the bold French generals -
with its goal of "stripping the phenomenon of UFOs of its
irrational layer" - will be a catalyst for American authorities
to examine the issue of UFO's in a new light and to end the
existing impasse.

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VSD PHOTO CAPTIONS

Unidentified Flying Objects were said to have flown with
complete impunity over the forbidden zone of the Capitol and the
White House in Washington D.C. in July of 1952, without any
successful attempt of interception.

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) building in Langley, in
the suburbs of Washington D.C.

The astronaut Edgar D. Mitchell from the third mission to the
moon "Apollo 14 " at the command of the lunar module on February
5, 1971. He remains convinced of the reality of secrecy about
UFOs in the USA.

Commander Willard H. Miller of the U.S. Naval Reserve.

Famous since the release of the film "Independence Day" in July
1996, Route 375 - or Extraterrestrial Highway - which borders on
the well-known "Zone 51" in the state of Nevada, remains the
designated meeting point of American  ufologists

An Air Commando of the U.S.A.F. on guard, armed with an assault
weapon M-16 in front of a strategic bomber B-1B "Lancer" on the
air base of Dyesss AFB  (Texas). The Air Force has been in
charge of controlling and defending American air space since
1948.

The "Californian firemen guide," developed by Dr William W.
Bahme, a retired U.S. Navy Captain and lawyer, recognizes the
material existence of UFOs.

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Best regards,

Giuliano Marinkovicc
UFO News Co-ordinator
Croatia, Europe
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