Remember the game that the editor of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists played with the clocks hands on the cover of the magazine? I wonder how many minutes before midnight we are on this issue. Scott Jones writing to Science Advisor Jack Gibbons on December 13, 1994
On June 1, 1994, Clinton Science Advisor received a letter from
Laurance Rockefeller asking if there had been any developments in the effort to get
answers to the Roswell mystery. In addition,
for the first time in the OSTP documents, the name of Melvin Laird, former Secretary of
Defense for President Nixon, and former boss to Hillary Clinton,
is mentioned. Rockefeller mentions in the letter, that it was Laird who had advised that
he go to Gibbons as the proper point of contact and coordination with the federal
Included with the letter was a copy of a letter that Rockefeller
had received from Laird a couple weeks before. Rockefeller attached it to show Gibbons
Lairds support for our approach of constructively seeking release of
The Laird letter stated
that the efforts towards declassification of any government projects which might
have been associated with Unidentified Flying Objects seems to be on the right
track. More importantly, Laird outlined his personal opinion about what the final
answer would be.
Also in the June 1, 1994 letter Rockefeller announced that he
had conducted preliminary discussions with a group who were planning a United Nations
Conference on extraterrestrial intelligence. He hinted to Gibbons that the group could use
someone of Gibbons stature and knowledge to make the United Nations effort a success.
Only days after Melvin Laird had sent his letter to Rockefeller
over the question of declassification, and its possible implications for the subject
of UFOs, Clintons general Counsel Robert G. Damus sent out a memorandum to agency
heads regarding Clintons proposed declassification Executive Order titled
Declassification of Selected Records within the National Archives of the United
The draft of the order prepared by the National Security Council
proposed a major declassification of materials in the National Archives. After reading the draft, Rockefeller must have
felt that disclosure was only a short distance away.
Even though the OSTP was not on the distribution list a copy of
the proposal was found in the office files. The
draft proposal asked for the immediate declassification of 48.8 million pages of
information held by the United States Archives. The
spirit of the proposal was described as,
The interests of the United States and its citizens are best
served by making information regarding the affairs of Government readily available to the
public, and whereas, large number of classified records in the permanently valuable
holding of the National Archives and Records Administration no longer require national
It is not known yet how the declassification proposal document got to Gibbons office, but the office copy was attached to a letter from Anne Bartley, Trustee and President of the Rockefeller Family Fund. Anne was the niece
of Laurance Rockefeller,
daughter of Winthrop Rockefeller. Her name
appears a couple of times in the OSTP files so it appears that she played a role in the
Rockefeller initiative. Interestingly, Anne
had a strange tie in with Bill Clintons administration. Her father Winthrop Rockefeller, had like Bill
Clinton, been Governor of Arkansas.
Anne Bartleys letter was written on July 27th,
almost two months after the declassification proposal was first circulated. In the letter, Bartley asked Dr. Gibbons if he
thought that a relaxation of the classification system would be helpful
in producing more information about extraterrestrial intelligence.
Bartley also pressured Gibbons
by reminding him of the promise he had made in the February 4, 1994 meeting he had with
Laurance and herself, You suggested
that you would initiate an informal inquiry into the availability of information within
federal agencies about the 1947
Roswell, New Mexico,
event. Is there anything to report?
As the summer of 1994 came to an end, the Rockefeller team
figured their efforts to reveal the secrets of UFOs and extraterrestrial intelligence were
about to produce fruit. Gibbons had
initiated an informal inquiry on Roswell, and President Clinton had produced
the Executive Order to force mass declassification of documents. The scene was one of an imminent disclosure of
In mid August Scott Jones wrote Gibbons telling him that there
was a new highly respected member of the Rockefeller briefing team. In the letter Jones
offered Gibbons the advice of Apollo astronaut Ed Mitchell in areas that Laurance,
you, and I have been discussing. Mitchell,
Jones wrote, passed me the word . . . he would be glad to meet with you.
Further, Jones, who was sharing information with CIA agent
Ronald Pandolfi, reported to Gibbons about the efforts of CIA Director James
Woolseys to uncover the UFO secret. He has a document search under way,
wrote Jones, but has not discovered anything of significance.
Jones suggested that perhaps Gibbons and Woolsey would benefit
by sharing UFO information. You may
want to talk to Woolsey about what you are doing, wrote Jones, . . . Woolsey
believes that the public could handle any disclosure the government might make on this
This disclosure about the active UFO role of the CIAs
James Woolsey in the August 11, 1994- Jones letter is important. It provides a independent dated letter supporting
Dr. Greers contentions that 1) Woolsey was supportive of UFO disclosure, and 2)
Woolsey was actively attempting to uncover the truth and 3) Despite being the top
intelligence official in the country Woolsey was cut off - unable to discover anything
about what was really going on.
In addition, this letter (combined with the appearance of
Woolseys wife at the April 1997 briefing that Greer provided for interested
Congressmen, and other powerful Washington movers and shakers) goes a long way to demolish
the September 16, 1999 Woolsey denial of his personal UFO interest and support. Woolseys denial was issued in a public
letter following Greers telling of the Woolsey UFO briefing in the introduction to
his 1999 book Extraterrestrial Contact.
Just when the efforts towards UFO disclosure seemed to be going
so well, Jack Gibbons ended the party. In a
handwritten note, on White House stationary, dated August 17, 1994 he wrote Laurance
Two days later Gibbons and UFO supporter Senator Pell met for
lunch. Undoubtedly, the meeting had been set
up to discuss the conclusions of the final Air Force report were discussed. The OSTP files contain a letter from Gibbons
thanking Pell for the lunch. Enclosed with the hand-written thank-you letter Gibbons
enclosed the final summary text of the Air Force report on the Roswell
On September 5, 1994 Laurance Rockefeller wrote back
acknowledging the Gibbons note about the final Air Force report. He did not acknowledge
having seen a copy of the report. Rockefeller simple wrote, We are grateful for your
leadership on this issue and when you feel it is appropriate, we would welcome the
opportunity to talk to you about it.
Three days later Secretary of the Air Force Sheila E. Widnall
sent a copy of the Air Force Press release to Gibbons, outlining the conclusions of the
study to locate records that would explain an alleged 1947 UFO incident.
The Air Force Press conference to announce the release of the
Air Force Report, was held without even
telling New Mexico Congressman Steven Schiff. The Air
Force press release was made before Schiff had even read the final Air Force report,
giving him no chance to publicly dispute the final conclusions. The lack of warning may
not have been an accident.
Schiff was a key UFO supporter who had helped initiate a General
Accounting Office (GOA) investigation of the Roswell case. He did this with a March 11,
1993-letter to Secretary of Defense Les Aspin demanding an investigation of the events
surrounding the rumored Roswell crash.. He wrote to the Department of Defense instructing
him to direct such a review be undertaken on a priority basis and that
representative or representatives of the Department of Defense and the responsible
Military Departments promptly arrange to brief and provide me with a written report
providing a current, complete, and detailed description and explanation of both the nature
of what was recovered, and all official actions taken on the matter. (Roswell)
The conclusion arrived at in the Air Force Roswell report was
not what the Rockefeller team had hoped for. A
copy of the Air Force news release in the OSTP files described the Air Forces final
The Air Force research did not locate or develop any information
that the Roswell Incident was a UFO event nor was there any indication of a
cover-up by the Air Force. Information obtained through exhaustive record
searches and interviews indicated that the material recovered near Roswell was consistent
with a balloon device of the type used in a then-classified project. No records indicated or even hinted at the
recovery of alien bodies or extraterrestrial materials.
Rockefeller did not express his disappointment with the Air
Force Report until three months after the report was issued. When he finally decided to
comment he did it in his careful diplomatic style. The
December 9th letter from Rockefeller to Gibbons, and his key Roswell aide Skip
Johns, read in part:
Rockefellers chief assistant in the White House UFO initiative, Scott Jones, was much more blunt with his opinions regarding the Air Forces Roswell Report. He wrote to Gibbons Jones lashing out at the Air Force and at the White House.
Unlike Rockefeller, Jones was much quicker at voicing his
disagreement with the Air Force conclusions. He
wrote a nine-page review of the Air force report and attached it to his letter to Gibbons. It was prepared and mailed to Gibbons office
only six days after the Air Force Roswell press conference.
The report was titled Assessment
and Recommendations for Action on the Report of Air Force Research Regarding the
Jones, undoubtedly speaking with Rockefellers blessing,
wrote of the Air force report:
Several important precedents have been established by the Air Force effort:
1) The subject of UFO
phenomena and government knowledge about it is now viably in the public domain. 2) Interviewees were provided with authorizations
from either the Secretary of the Air Force or the Senior Security Official of the Air
Force that would officially allow discussion of classified information, if applicable, or
free them from any prior restrictions in discussing the matter, if such existed.
Jones, besides commenting on the September Air Force Roswell
report, spent a great portion of his assessment paper expressing his views on the entire
UFO problem. These conclusions and
assessments, outlined by Jones, are important because they indicate where the entire
Rockefeller team stood on the key UFO issues, and hence which ideas they were passing on
to the Clinton administration.
Jones conclusions on the Roswell report helped to clarify where he stood on the UFO
issue based on his view from the inside about what was going on inside the
Clinton White House.
public, Jones had said very little. Part of this was due to an agreement he and
Rockefeller had made with Gibbons when the UFO Disclosure Initiative began. In a lecture
in gave to the International UFO Congress in 1998 Jones explained,
Jones was a key player, who described his prime responsibility in the White House Initiative as to develop a strategy that would get us into the White House to make our case for more openness on the subject. He served not only as a partner to Rockefeller, but earlier as a key aide to Senator Claiborne Pell, Chairman of the powerful Foreign Relations Committee, who was also had an active interest in UFOs. These contacts had provided Jones insights into what might be going on. In his review of the Air Force Roswell report he outlined what he believed might be going on.
The disappointment and disagreement with the Air Force
conclusions by other UFO researchers was found and described in the OSTP files. They were much less diplomatic about their views
on the Roswell Report than was Laurance Rockefeller.
Although Gibbons files contained the counter arguments made by other
researchers, there were no indications in the documents anyone in OSTP office answered the
charges, or took any investigative actions.
The first letter to arrive from in Gibbons office came
from aviation and science writer Don Berliner. Writing
on behalf of The Fund For UFO Research, Berliner enclosed a paper he had written titled
Air Force Explanation of 1947 Roswell UFO Crash a Lot of Hot Air. Berliner wrote:
Another comment attacking the Air Force Roswell Report found in
the OSTP papers was a 28-page paper identified as Document 24 in the
collection. This letter with attachments was written by UFO researcher, writer, and
lecturer Stanton Friedman. Friedman was an Roswell expert who had written and lectured
extensively on the subject.
Friedmans paper written on the Air Force Report was titled
The Roswell Incident: The USAF and the New York Times. There was no indication in the files of when the
OSTP received the document, or even how the Friedman paper got into Gibbons office.
The report appeared to go unanswered by Gibbons staff.
Stanton characterized the Roswell report as a preemptive
strike against the GAO and a continuation of a
long, easily documented, history of USAF misrepresentation about UFOs. In a careful analysis of the Air Force Report
Friedman carefully pointed out the flaws in the reports argument for the 1947
Roswell crash being caused by a Mogul balloon.
As 1994 came to a close the records of the OSTP showed that
discussion of Roswell by the Rockefeller group had stopped. Yet, actions and statements by
President Clinton in 1995 and beyond seemed to indicate that the President was still
interested in the topic of Roswell. An example illustrating this interest was revealed in
September 1998, when during the Lewinsky investigation, the Clinton White House turned
over to prosecutors a list of books held in Clintons private library. The list of
books did not include the Air Force Report on Roswell which basically concluded to
paraphrase Scott Jones, nothing happened, you can go back to sleep. The Presidents book list did include
UFO Crash at Roswell by Kevin Randle and Donald Schmitt, which concluded there
was a crash at Roswell, and it had nothing to do with balloons, as claimed in the Air
More importantly, statements made by President Clinton indicated
he was no more a believer in the Air Force Roswell explanation than those in the
Rockefeller group, or the other UFO researchers who had sent in dissenting papers to the
Clintons lack of faith in the September 1994 Air Force
Report was most evident during a late
November 1995 trip to Belfast, Northern Ireland to promote a peace plan in the war torn
country. During the lighting of the city
Christmas tree, Clinton read a letter from a thirteen-year-old Belfast boy named Ryan
dealing with Roswell.
He then proceeded to answer the letter with a response that to
the untrained eye seemed nothing more than an attempt to entertain the crowd with a
humorous reply. In effect, the reply was loaded with meaning.
Speeches prepared for sitting Presidents are very carefully
prepared events. Whatever words turn up in a Presidential speech do not appear there by
accident. In the Reagan administration, for
example, speeches went through up to 30 drafts, and had to be signed-off by up to 25
agencies, departments, and individuals. Every single word was checked and approved for
What President Clinton appeared to be saying in his Belfast
speech was that he knew he wasnt being told the whole story on Roswell, and he like
everyone else, would like to be told what really happened.
In late 1994 the Rockefeller/Gibbons discussion turned from
Roswell to other UFO angles such as abductions. In a December 13, 1994-letter, found in
the OSTP files, Scott Jones wrote Gibbons sending him information about the latest book
release from one of the most prominent UFO/abduction writer Whitley Strieber. The new book
was titled Breakthrough.
The discussion of Strieber and abductions had actually begun
during the initial April 1993 briefing given to Gibbons, where Jones had provided
Striebers first best selling book Communion. Now in December 1994 Jones was sending
Striebers latest information on the subject. In the letter Jones stated that he was
sending the Strieber manuscript in part because he believed Gibbons would find:
This was not the first time Jones had talked to Jack Gibbons
about the importance of the mind related to the UFO mystery. As mentioned previously, Jones had warned Gibbons
about possible mind control research being part of the UFO matrix during the February 4th
face-to-face meeting between the two men. In
that discussion Jones warned that the UFO phenomena was being used to cover mind control
Part of the information Jones had based this assessment on came
from Dick Farley and Jacques Vallee who had claimed there was much more to UFOs than
Roswell. Farley described these UFO items as high strangeness cases and
psychiatric abuse issues (mind control experimentation by U.S. black
operations). My colleagues and I refused to limit our work to just Roswell etc. as
we had been commanded by Scott to do, wrote Farley. The evidence for the other
stuff was too strong... The issue between Scott and I was whether to let the
perps of the BAD elements of UFOlogical disinformation of the hook.
In fact, after Farley broke with the Rockefeller Disclosure team
he went as far as to say that Rockefeller and Scott Jones stuck with the Roswell
scenario despite knowing first hand that it was a gigantic hoax.
An interesting sidelight to this apparent insight by Jones about
the core issue is the fact that the idea of the importance of the metaphysical
went back almost 50 years to the very first days of UFO research done by Canadian
researcher Wilbert Smith who headed up the Canadian governments investigation of
In the often quoted Top Secret Memo to the Controller of Telecommunications most researchers refer to Smiths four key points identifying what he learned about the flying saucers while making inquiries in the United States:
1) the matter is the most highly classified subject in the United States
2) flying saucers exist
3) a group headed by Vannevar Bush is working on the problem,
and 4) the matter is considered of tremendous significance.
Most researchers, however, ignore the very next line, which indicates the United States government may have realized right from the very beginning that the metaphysical was the core issue. In the very next line of the memo following the four points Smith wrote about the importance of the mind to the UFO mystery.