Leslie Kean's 3rd COMETA Article In 'VSD' -
From: Giuliano 'Jimmy' Marinkovicc - AGETI <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Sep 2000 09:39:10 -0500
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Subject: Leslie Kean's 3rd COMETA Article In 'VSD' -
Sorry, a correction of Leslie Kean's 3rd COMETA Article In 'VSD'
I have just found out that the piece that I posted was the
original article, published in VSD and edited by them.
The article below, is a broader version not published in VSD.
This version has much more interesting data than the one
Here it is:
By Leslie Kean (draft non-released version for VSD):
COMETA spokesperson Michel Algrin says that the report was
delivered to French president Jacques Chirac and Prime Minister
Lionel Jospin. "No response is awaited, only action," he says.
"The COMETA made no request to the US government. It is not
entitled to do so," says Algrin, an attorney and political
scientist. "But, in its report, it recommended to the French
government to seek for a cooperation [sic] 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, is one of many supporters of such
cooperation. "It's significant that individuals of some standing
in the government, military and intelligence community in France
came forth with this," he said in a recent interview from his
home in Florida. Mitchell, who holds a doctor of science degree
from MIT, is convinced "at a confidence level above 90%, that
there is reality to all of this."
He joins 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, in calling for
Congressional fact-finding hearings into 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," Mitchell says.
Despite the fact that Mitchell is a national hero and has been
honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the USN
Distinguished Service Medal and the NASA Distinguished Service
Medal, his request for an investigation has been ignored by U.S.
As the COMETA report points out, the U.S. is unique in its
silence on this issue. UFOs and Defense notes that many UFO
files are classified above top secret, and accuses the U.S. 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 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.
Although some documentation has been released through the
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), researchers have had an
increasingly difficult time accessing information about a
subject that the U.S. government claims does not exist. A 1980
federal suit is a case in point. The case was filed in the US
District Court of the District of Columbia against the National
Security Agency (NSA) for 156 UFO documents the agency refused
to release. The NSA provided U.S. District Court Judge Gerhard
A.Gesell with a 21-page, Above Top Secret affidavit justifying
the withholding. No one else was permitted to see the affidavit.
The judge dismissed the lawsuit stating that "public interest in
disclosure is far outweighed by the sensitive nature of the
materials and the obvious effect on national security their
release may entail."
MILITARY CLOSE ENCOUNTERS
A few months after the French release of the COMETA report, U.S.
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. "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,"
he says, taking a considerable risk by coming forward.
Miller retired in 1994 from active duty on the Current
Operations Staff (J3) of U.S. Atlantic Command, Norfolk,
Virginia where he worked operations, intelligence, and special
contingency issues. With over 30 years of experience in Navy and
Joint Interagency operations with the Department of Defense,
Commander Miller has held a Top Secret clearance with 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)"
prepared for this reporter, Miller spelled out the details of
meetings between 1989 and 2000 with named 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. Miller says he initiated briefings "to provide the
flag officers with information to help the military
decision-making processes when these unexplained craft are
encountered by members of the Department of Defense."
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 Defence 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
Belgium F-16's equipped with automatically guided missiles
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. 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" the study said.
These concerns were taken seriously enough to be incorporated
into the 1971 "Agreement on Measures to Reduce the Outbreak of
Nuclear War" between the U.S. 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." In France, they say, there have been "visits above
secret installations and missile bases" and "military aircraft
shadowed" by UFOs. Like Miller, they warn against impulsive,
uninformed actions. "In the face of an unknown situation, one
must be on guard against any instinctive self-defense reaction
that could be easily interpreted as a provocation."
Reports such as the one from France may open the door for the
U.S. and other nations to be more forthcoming. Chile, for
example, is openly addressing it's own concerns about air safety
and UFOs. The now retired Chief of the Chilean Air Force has
formed a committee with military and civil aviation experts to
study recent near collisions between UFOs and civilian
GOVERNMENT WITNESSES: EXTRAORDINARY AND UNAMBIGUOUS EVENTS
While Commander Miller alerted the Pentagon, researcher Dr.
Steven M. Greer was working the issue within the U.S.Congress
and the executive branch. Greer, an emergency physician who has
assembled government documents, visual evidence and credible
witness reports on UFOs, also attended some of the Pentagon
briefings with Miller.
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. Petersen's credentials include
stints at the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the
National Security Council staff.
Petersen declined to answer questions concerning his purpose in
hosting the dinner meeting at his home in Arlington, Virginia.
However, he obviously was aware of the high stakes involved. In
a sensitive memo he sent to Greer just prior to the meeting, he
said that the dinner with Woolsey would "move the whole thing to
a much, much higher plane..." and that "the most powerful people
in the world will have a deep, compelling interest in our
activities..." At the same time, he pointed out that the meeting
- kept secret until 1998 - would raise "significant red flags
for those who don't want to see this succeed."
Greer says he only needed 15 minutes to present Woolsey with the
documentation he brought in a large briefcase. Woolsey was
already convinced as to the reality of UFO's. Most of the
meeting was spent discussing "what all of this means" and "the
geopolitical implications of disclosing this matter fully to the
public," Greer says
In August 1995, philanthropist Laurance Rockefeller provided
Greer's briefing materials to President 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.
Greer has worked tirelessly in an effort to bring about
Congressionsal hearings into the UFO question. He has earned the
trust of over 100 government witnesses with personal, first-hand
knowledge of UFO phenomena and related projects who are
committed to testify under oath. These witnesses made their
observations while in the Air Force, Army, Navy, NASA, private
industry and intelligence operations. According to Greer, they
are waiting only for Congressional subpoenas to protect them from
penalties for violating national security oaths before coming
Apollo Astronaut Edgar Mitchell has talked to a number of these
witnesses. "They have stated their first hand experience with
conviction and their stories check out," he said. Coupled with
the new military disclosures acknowledging national security
concerns, advocates for Congressional hearings believe that the
testimonies of these highly credible government witnesses could
force, once and for all, a government examination of the "extra-
terrestrial hypothesis" as has been done in France.
As a small prelude to these hearings, eleven witnesses risked
coming forward "for ethical, moral and patriotic reasons" as
Greer explained it. 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.
Greer told the attendees that the witnesses "have directly
handled this subject or have been present while it was occuring
- major events, unambiguous events, not a light in the sky, but
extroardinary events" and "are tremendously dedicated to trying
to bring this forward to the public."
For over one and a half hours, participants heard from a
Pentagon cryptologist who said he viewed extraterrestrial space
debris containing indecipherable writing, and a NASA
subcontracter who saw restricted satellite photos showing flying
discs that were routinely airbrushed out before public release.
A navy pilot and his crew experienced electromagnetic effects in
their airplane when a 300 foot UFO flew 25 miles in two seconds
directly in front of the plane, as confirmed by Gander radar and
official government documents.
Witnesses touched on national security concerns such as those
brought to the Pentagon by Commander Miller. Loring Air Force
base was visited by a silent triangular ship which hovered over
B-52's on strategic alert. A senior admiral, amid command center
chaos, issued a "force down" order against an elliptical-shaped
craft of unknown origin, tracked by satellite, radar, and chased
by military planes. According to the witness, it literally jumped
between states in under a minute, flew out to sea and suddenly
left the earth's atmosphere.
By all accounts, the VIP's present paid close attention. They
had been clearly informed that these witnesses were only the tip
of the iceberg out of a pool of more than 100. "This is a
subject that can either bore you to death or shock you to death
or absolutely leave you speechless" witness Major Steven Lovekin
A veteran Congressional staffer received a standing ovation
when, unsolicited, she took the floor and declared her
determination to bring this information to the public by
organizing for hearings on capitol hill. The next day, Miller,
Lovekin, Mitchell and Greer brought the same information to the
Joint Staff Vice Director for Intelligence at a private Pktagon
PROTECTING HARD-EARNED REPUTATIONS
Two years after the Washington briefing, the COMETA released its
dramatic report which ended by stating that "only increasing
pressure from public opinion, possibly supported by the results
of independent researchers, by more or less calculated
disclosures, or by a sudden rise in UFO manifestations might
perhaps induce U.S. leaders and persons of authority to change
their stance." Witness testimonies and other evidence presented
in 1997 did not seem to create movement in that direction.
"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," says the Congressional staffer who is working for
hearings behind the scenes.
When Representative Burton left the Westin Hotel that night, he
requested that all information on the subject be sent to his
office. Yet a recent inquiry to Burton's office revealed that
whatever interest the Congressman may have shown will not bear
fruit until the demand for hearings - from both the press and
the public - escalates. "We haven't heard a very loud call for
hearings on this issue yet," said press secretary John Williams.
"As far as any intention of holding hearings regarding the
existence of UFOs or anything that pertained to that briefing,
we have no intention of holding any hearings on that right now."
Williams stated that Burton's interest in the subject is purely
Some representatives are interested, but only behind closed
doors, says a democratic campaign manager, requesting anonymity,
who has been intimately involved in electoral politics for 29
years. He has met personally with a number of members of
congress on the subject. "With our thirty second commercials'
ability to destroy hard-earned reputations, particularly using a
subject like this, people are very hesitant to take a leading
role on the subject, although they know that it's a very real
matter," he says.
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.
Dr. Greer, who has privately briefed both Representative
Christopher Cox and Senator Richard Bryan of the Senate
Intelligence Committee, is asking supporters to apply pressure.
Missouri, the "Show Me" state, has become the first to launch a
ballot initiative urging Congress to convene hearings in which
government witnesses can testify "regarding their personal
knowledge of any UFO-related evidence." Certified by the
Missouri secretary of state in March, the initiative states that
"the Federal Government's handling of the UFO issue has
contributed to the public cynicism toward, and general mistrust
of, government - a development injurious to our republic."
Robert Bletchman, a Connecticut attorney who conceived of the
initiative, has no doubt it would win votes in the November
election, as long as the requisite number of signatures are
collected in time. "My expectation is that Missouri will kindle
a firestorm of proactive interest throughout the country in
those sixteen states that allow for the direct initiative," he
says. Hundreds of thousands of votes would be involved. "What
does Congress pay attention to? How real people at the ballot
box actually vote," Bletchman says. "Maybe for the first time the
politicians would have to pay overt attention."
THE REAL NATIONAL SECURITY THREAT
On September 15, 1998, Commander Willard Miller and Dr. Steven
Greer entered the Pentagon through the VIP entrance. After
passing through metal detectors, they were escorted past armed
security guards, up the massive staircase and into the innermost
ring of the Pentagon. An electrically controlled door brought
them into the comfortable outer office of the Director of the
Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), adorned with mahogany,
walnut, brass, and military plaques.
Thirty minutes later, the DIA Director came out of his inner
chamber, 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
Greer provided the military officials with declassified
documents from the CIA, DIA, FBI, NORAD, SAC (Strategic Air
Command) and NMCC (National Military Command Center),
referencing specific UFO events connected with military forces
and bases. At the general's request, he provided a
"comprehensive overview" of the subject.
Commander Miller's Military Information Outline prepared for the
briefing included a discussion of national security
implications, military risks and recommended courses of action.
Greer and Miller explained to the DIA Director that there is no
credible evidence of hostility from UFO occupants. "The only
threat to the national security of the United States is the
continued denial of undeniable physical UFO occurrences and
sightings to a public growing increasingly frustrated with its
government's weak explanations," Miller says he told the
Pentagon officials. "Some US Air Force denials defy logic and
strain the public's tolerance, he said.
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. Hundreds of
feet 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 response to public demand, Phoenix city council member
Frances Barwood initiated an investigation into the Arizona
triangles. "I like answers. I don't like unfinished business.
People need to push their elected officials to find out what is
invading our air space," she says. Barwood says she personally
spoke with over seven hundred people who saw the objects.
She was never provided any reasonable explanation. Instead, the
councilwoman was given the run-around from her city, state and
federal government - including Arizona Senator John McCain - and
was publicly ridiculed by the mayor of Phoenix. Yet she still
considers this "an issue of state and national significance."
Barwood has retired from politics to write a book about this
experience. "The fact that the government never interviewed one
witness doesn't make me feel too secure about our national
security," she commented during a recent interview.
Arizona attorney Peter Gersten responded by filing a Freedom of
Information Act lawsuit against the Department of Defense in
1999. 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 US over the last
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 1000 feet, 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. The object would be a
"fireball" and "people on board would be mush," he says. 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 have "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
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.
Like Barwood, Gersten is incredulous. "What is it that has
unlimited, unrestricted access to our airspace in populated
areas?" he says. "With so many worries about terrorist attacks,
how could they not know what these triangles are?"
The danger of such blatant denial is what Navy Commander Willard
Miller brought to the attention of the three star general from
the Defense Intelligence Agency that day in 1998. Miller told
him that the continued denial of information "causes the public
to begin to loose additional faith in the military and the
government. That's not good for the country. That type of non-
response threatens the stability, trust and fabric of an open
democratic society," he said.
Miller and Greer left the DIA director with a multi- volume
package of briefing materials and video documentation which had
been prepared for the Washington briefing in 1997.
Once again, the French Generals make 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,"
According to Miller, all of the high-ranking military officers
at the briefings showed "a great amount of inquisitiveness."
There was little laughter. "The briefings were accorded the same
serious attention given to other briefings on national security
matters," says Miller. He has yet to assess, however, whether he
achieved the desired effect of transforming military policy
towards UFO encounters and response to public inquiries.
"WHAT SHOULD WE PREPARE FOR?" ASK AMERICAN FIRE FIGHTERS
UFOs and Defense: What Should We Prepare For? recommends that
the French government reflect on "the measures to take in the
event of a spectacularžand 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
Researched primarily by now deceased US Naval Reserve Captain
Charles Bahme, a Los Angeles deputy fire chief who also worked
for the Department of Defense and the U.S. State Department, the
chapter describes the role that fire fighters should play "in
the event of the unexpected arrival of UFOs in their
communities." As an example, it outlines a scenario of a UFO
crashing into the boiler room of a school, where the spilled oil
ignites, endangering the lives of those inside the craft. The
fire officials are instructed to let the military take over.
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. Kramer says that
"the vast majority of fire fighters believe very definitely that
UFOs are genuinely unidentifiable craft and are not natural
phenomena native to our known earth and our known existence."
Like most people, they are reluctant to admit this publicly.
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.
Giuliano Marinkovicc (Croatia, Europe, ICQ UIN #67412597, tel:+385-23-430-970)
UFO News Co-ordinator
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