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Bill Clinton and the UFO Crash at Roswell

We  know for certain in  January 1993 when Bill Clinton entered the White House in January 1993 that he had an interest in the UFO phenomena because of what Bill Clinton’s long-time friend Webster Hubbell wrote in his 1997 book “Friends in High Places.” Hubbell reported that Bill Clinton had proposed (in the early days of the administration) to him that if he was given a job in the Justice Department as Assistant Attorney General that he should find out “Are there UFOs?” (He was also given the job of finding out "who killed JFK.")

It is not certain where Bill’s original UFO interest came from. One woman came up to me after a lecture in Bill’s home state of Arkansas and told me that either Bill and Hillary or someone very close to them had experienced a UFO sighting in the late 1970s. The woman claimed to be a sister to a key person in Bill Clinton’s Hot Springs background. She promised to provide me the details after talking to her sister, and I never heard from her again.

Whatever caused the interest there were many stories circulating that Bill was interested. William LaParl, a friend of CIA scientist Ronald Pandolfi (who was asked to provide a UFO briefing for President Clinton’s Science Advisor) stated,

It was known among the high CIA people, and the people who had contact with these people (Clintons) that they were on the prowl for UFOs. He (Bill) had been asking anyone who would listen to him, to tell him the secret. You know, he would get some Admiral in there, and say “By the way, tell me the UFO secret.” They would just look at him like “What planet are you from?”

And so the stage was set for Bill Clinton when businessman and philanthropist Laurence Rockefeller appeared at the White House on April 14, 1993 to make his pitch that the President should open up all the UFO files for the American people to see.

Although it is not spelled out in the available documentation, it would appear that Rockefeller, no matter how powerful could not just walk into the President’s office and make his pitch for disclosure. He was instead advised by his close friend and former Secretary of Defense Melvin Laird to start his mission with Dr. John Gibbons, the President’s Science Advisor. That’s where the whole Rockefeller Initiative for UFO disclosure would be played out for almost the next three years.

The Introduction of Roswell

Of the many  meetings between Rockefeller and Gibbons, one of the key meetings occurred on February 4, 1994 when Laurance Rockefeller met with Dr. Gibbons to discuss steps needed for UFO disclosure. During that meeting Gibbons made a proposal “that as a pilot project” he “might seek information from federal agencies about the incident at Roswell, New Mexico in 1947.” It was felt that if the UFO cover-up was as large and secretive as Rockefeller was maintaining, that it might be easier to start with the disclosure of one case rather than taking on the whole cover-up. Rockefeller replied positively to the Gibbons proposal of choosing one case in a follow -up letter dated February 14, 1994.

"We believe that your approach of starting by addressing a specific incident is an important and reasonable way to begin the process of declassification in this area."

It was an opportunity that Rockefeller made the most of. He fully encouraged Gibbons to work to declassify Roswell, the "mother of all UFO cases." Rockefeller wrote,

“The July 1947 Roswell incident would be a logical and challenging place to start. While much in the public sector has been written about it, the government has had nothing to say about it after the original press release saying that a flying disc had been recovered was retracted. The public record of this incident has been thoroughly analyzed. Further information depends upon access to classified information.”

“Many are convinced that Roswell marks the beginning of government secrecy about UFOs. However, whatever the truth of Roswell, a definite statement about it from the government would be very important. If it actually was UFO related, it could be used to start the process of reversing the government’s 40 plus years of denial on the subject. If it can fully be explained as not UFO related, it would be a significant contribution to the field, and perhaps even contribute to more rigor in research on the subject.

If this specific project initiative is successful, it will become an important prototype for the release of all UFO information. Obviously, the means of carrying out this event-related review is up to you. However, to the extent we can be helpful, we want to be.”

Rockefeller added, "Scott Jones and his associates are quite current on research accomplished on this subject. I have asked that they be available to assist your investigation in any appropriate way."

In addition to "lifting classification about Roswell,” Rockefeller asked that President Clinton "grant amnesty on an individual basis to allow those with knowledge of the incident to speak without fear of prosecution."

Finally, Rockefeller asked that Gibbons "designate a staff person for continuing contact." In the meantime, and under these circumstances, Rockefeller promised that he would hold off on the UFO letter he was drafting addressed to President Clinton.

At the same time that Rockefeller was pressing the Clinton administration to declassify the true story of Roswell, there were other efforts to solve the Roswell mystery. The General Accounting Office (GAO) was an investigation that had been commissioned by Congressman Steven Schiff of New Mexico in January 1994. Senator Diane Feinstein joined in requesting that the GAO look into the Roswell incident. On July 28, 1995 the GAO's Report "Results of a Search for Records Concerning the 1947 Crash Near Roswell, New Mexico” about its Roswell and related saucer crashes documentation findings was presented to Congressman Schiff and Senator Feinstein.

Congressman Schiff released the 20-page, General Accounting Office (GAO) Report in a press release on July 28, 1995. In the press release Congressman Schiff indicated that, “important documents which may have shed more light on what happened at Roswell, are missing.”

Then in October 1995 the Air Force put out “The Roswell Report: Fact vs. Fiction in the New Mexico Desert.” This was the final report of an earlier version published in 1994 called “Report of the Air Force regarding the Roswell Incident.” Both these Air Force reports concluded that nothing extraterrestrial had occurred in Roswell in July 1947. All the flying saucer stories had actually be caused by a Top Secret balloon program called Project Mogul intended to detect Soviet nuclear explosions.

Belfast Roswell Talk

One month later Bill Clinton acted on Roswell. He had done nothing publicly, but it is generally believed that through his science advisor Dr. John Gibbons the USAF was given the green light to re-investigate the Roswell UFO crash.

In a November 30 Belfast, Northern Ireland speech in front of 80,000 people Bill Clinton answered back to the USAF report stating that nothing extraterrestrial had been behind the 1947 Roswell crash.

Those who have studied the making of presidential speeches realize that nothing gets into a presidential speech without good reason. Speeches are rewritten up to 30 times, and are signed off by various government agencies. Sometimes two dozen or more agencies will have to approve of what the president is saying. Every work is checked in a presidential speech.

Therefore when Bill Clinton started taking about Roswell in a speech that was advertised as a peace speech, the president wanted to say something important. The speech was given only weeks after the final USAF report on Roswell so it was probably this report that caused President Clinton to speak out.

There had been a letter writing competition in Northern Ireland. School children wrote letters to the visiting U.S. president and the two winning letter writers were on the stage with Clinton during his speech. Neither of their letters, however, was read. Instead, Clinton answered a letter from Ryan who was asking about Roswell. (An FOIA filed with the Clinton Library failed to find this key letter)

This is what Clinton said in his speech,

I got a letter from 13-year-old Ryan from Belfast. Now, Ryan, if you're out in the crowd tonight, here's the answer to your question. No, as far as I know, an alien spacecraft did not crash in Roswell, New Mexico, in 1947. And, Ryan, if the United States Air Force did recover alien bodies, they didn't tell me about it, either, and I want to know.

When combined with the just released USAF final report on the Roswell crash, it is obvious what Bill Clinton was doing. He had helped force a new investigation by the Air Force of the Roswell evidence. Their final report given to the president weeks before the Belfast speech told the president – we checked it out and it wasn’t caused by ETs.

Clinton, however, was not satisfied with the answers in the Roswell report. It was another dead end in years of trying to get an answer to the UFO mystery by the President. In short, the President was saying you claim that there was no supporting evidence for ET, but you did not deal with the many claims by witnesses that there were dead alien bodies recovered in the Roswell crash. 

With his public rebuke, Clinton effectively forced the USAF to go back and reinvestigate the question of the bodies. This however, ended up in another whitewash by the Air Force in 1997 with a third 231-page Roswell report called “The Roswell Report: Case Closed.” President’s Clinton’s challenge to explain the witness reports of bodies was answered by the explanation that the so-called alien bodies that witnesses reported seeing in the desert in separate incidents were anthropomorphic test dummies that were carried aloft between 1954 and 1959 by Air Force balloons, then dropped attached to parachutes"

The Lewinsky Roswell Connection

Despite the fact that Clinton’s Roswell body challenge did nothing more than cause the Air Force to do another Roswell study, it did bring a new and important figure into the Roswell crash history story – Paul Davids. Davids was motivated by the Belfast speech.

Paul Davids is a Hollywood Director, Executive Producer, Producer, Screen Story, Screenwriter. Following a daylight UFO sighting in 1987 Davids took a strong interest in getting to the bottom of the UFO mystery. He went on to executive producer and co-writer of  the 1994 movie Roswell, which was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture for Television.

Davids had some connections to Bill Clinton. His father Dr. Jules Davids had been Bill Clinton’s professor for American Diplomatic History at Georgetown University.  Bill and Dr. Davids had continued a relationship after Bill had graduated.

Paul Davids had also written Bill Clinton an early letter of “enthusiastic support” during the 1992 campaign telling him about writing a series of Star Wars books he was writing and offering to help write speeches for Governor Clinton.

 Bill wrote back on February 12, 1992 stating that he was looking forward to the Star Wars looks appearing in the stores, and promising to send his letter to George Stephanopoulos.

Davids wrote Bill Clinton later with pictures of his dad and the first round of six Star Wars books that Davids was writing. Then President-elect Clinton wrote back thanks Davids for the items he had sent and his support.

Paul Davids, therefore, was not afraid to contact the President after ABC covered the President in Belfast talking about the Roswell crash, and how he had not been given all the answers.  “I wanted disclosure very badly,” Davids said, “I had a connection to the president, and I wasn’t afraid to be a little bold.”

Paul Davids said, “I heard the President wanted to know so I took it upon myself to write him a Personal and Confidential letter.”  In the letter dated January 3, 1996 Paul stated,

When you recently made a statement about the Roswell incident during your trip to Ireland, I felt moved to write to you. Your statement concluded with the words, “If the United States Air Force did recover alien bodies, they didn’t tell me about it either and I want to know.”

To help Clinton – who wanted to know- Davids enclosed a videotape of his 1994 movie Roswell, a videotape of a keynote speech he had give to a banquet for the Golden Anniversary of the White Sands Missile Range, a one hour videotape compendium of media and news coverage on the Roswell case throughout the years, and a videotape of a speech Paul Davids gave following the USAF release on Roswell called “Reply to the Air Force on the Roswell Incident.” Most importantly Davids included with his package the 1991 book “UFO Crash at Roswell” written by written by Kevin D. Randle and Donald R. Schmitt.

The materials were passed through to Clinton through Nancy Hernreich, Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Oval Office Operations. Bill Clinton replied by overnight mail on March 20, 1996 thanking Paul for the videotapes.

In September 1998 the Roswell book that Davids had sent became public again during the impeachment of President Clinton when it was found in the president’s private study. Prosecutors were searching out Nicholson Baker’s novel on phone sex called “Vox” that had reportedly been sent to the President by White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

The associated press reported that the novel “was listed on a shelf right between volumes entitled "Churchill on Courage: Timeless Wisdom for Persevering'' and an Air Force report, "UFO Crash at Roswell.''





In September 2005 the UFO crash at Roswell again appeared in Bill Clinton’s life, but this time he brought it up in response to a question which had nothing to do with UFOs but rather the idea of “secrets being passed from president to president.” The question came to President Clinton in a question and answer session following a speech made to the CLSA in Hong Kong.

Clinton in reply began speaking about Roswell,

"Well I don't know if you all heard this, but, there was actually, when I was president in my second term, there was an anniversary observance of Roswell. Remember that? People came to Roswell, New Mexico from all over the world. And there was also a site in Nevada where people were convinced that the government had buried a UFO and perhaps an alien deep underground because we wouldn't allow anybody to go there. And uhm… I can say now, 'cause it's now been released into the public domain.... This place in Nevada was really serious, that there was an alien artifact there. So I actually sent somebody there to figure it out."

"I did attempt to find out if there were any secret government documents that revealed things. If there were, they were concealed from me too. And if there were, well I wouldn't be the first American president that underlings have lied to, or that career bureaucrats have waited out. But there may be some career person sitting around somewhere, hiding these dark secrets, even from elected presidents. But if so, they successfully eluded me…and I'm almost embarrassed to tell you I did (chuckling) try to find out."

In 2007 the Roswell crash again became a talked about issue when Tom Carey and Don Schmitt released their new book Witness to Roswell.” Paul Davids, who wrote the forward to the book, and who had provided “UFO Crash at Roswell” to President Clinton in 1996, decided there was new “case-closed” evidence that Bill Clinton had to see.

Therefore “armed with ‘Witness to Roswell’ and another new book titled “The Roswell Legacy” by Jessie Marcel Jr.”, Davids told his wife that he “was determined to get these two books to ex-President Clinton. I wasn’t sure how I was going to do it.”

In August 2007, while considering a trip to Harlem, New York where Bill Clinton had an office, an opportunity arose to attend a pancake fundraiser in the Hamptons for Hillary Clinton who had started her run for President. Bill Clinton reportedly would be there.

Paul had some reservation about putting up the money to attend, and whether there would be agents who might take the bag of books from him.

“I might go to all this trouble,” Paul Davids told the 2007 X-Conference, “and never give him the books.” While considering the options Paul discovered that the fundraiser would be held on Davids Lane (Davids LA on the street sign). The location had both his rare last name and LA where he lived. The synchronicity of this situation led Paul to believe that he was on the right track and it was meant to be.

When Paul and his wife arrived at the fifteen million dollar mansion where the fundraiser was being held, there was no one there to stop Paul from bringing in the Roswell books.

Bill and Hillary were there, and were in a very good mood. It was a beautiful day. Paul quickly took a picture of himself (remembering to smile) with Hillary in the background to prove that he had been there.

Paul moved his way right up to the little patio along the house where he listened to Bill give a speech. As he listened he planned how he would get his “own private moment with the President.”

Paul had consulted the owner of the house about his mission, and was told to get as close as possible and then make a dash once Hillary was done because everyone would be distracted surrounding Hillary.

As soon as Hillary finished Paul made his move. He moved back behind where Bill Clinton has seated by himself.

“I had the president to myself for between five and ten minutes,” Paul said. ‘There I was with my bag of books in my moment in front of the President. First I introduced myself. I reminded him of the fact that I was the son of Dr. Jules Davids… without being too direct at first I said, ‘Mr. President. I wrote the forward to a new book that just came out recently and I would really hope that you would read it. It’s quite a good forward and actually quite a good book.”

“Oh,” replied Clinton, “what’s the book?

Paul then took “Witness to Roswell” out of the bag and gave it to Clinton who looked at it. “His eyes were riveted on the ‘unmasking the cover-up’ part of the title,” recalled Paul.

“When you were in Ireland,” Paul said as the President continued to look at the cover, “you said that you were very very interested in this subject, and you said if it happened the Air Force hadn’t told you and you wanted to know about it.’

Paul then told Clinton that he had not gone along with the Air Force report that had been released by the Air Force during the Clinton administration, but mentioned that it was good that the head of the Air Force had released servicemen from their secrecy oaths related to the 1947 crash.

“The authors of this book went to meet with all those servicemen and all the testimony you never got is in this book,” Paul added as the President continued to stare at the book. “I think it shows that the report that was released when you were President is false, unfortunately, but the truth is here.”

Then he gave the President the second book “The Roswell Legacy” by Jessie Marcel Jr.,  and a new affidavit that had been released following the death of Walter Haut, in which Haut confirmed the object had been from outer space and that there had been bodies. Paul had made a blown up 120% copy to present to the President. He “stuck it in the book so the President couldn’t miss it just in case he didn’t make it to the last chapter.”

The last thing that Paul mentioned to the President was “that the people have to know this. The people have a right to be told.” He further mentioned that the former Defense Minister of Canada Paul Hellyer had been speaking out about this, and that the former Governor of Arizona Fife Symington had spoken out about it.

 “When I said Fife Symington something lit up in his eyes, he took the whole bag…” Paul recalled.  “He said ‘You know, I’ve always been really interested in this stuff, and I’m going to read this.”