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United States Senators and Congressman
Robert F Kennedy
As you may
know, I am a card-carrying member of the Amalgamated Flying Saucers Association.
Therefore, like many other people in our country I am interested in the
phenomenon of flying saucers. It is a fascinating subject that has initiated
both scientific fiction fantasies and serious scientific research. I watch with
great interest all reports of unidentified flying objects, and I hope that some
day we will know more about this intriguing subject. Dr. Harlow Shapley, the
prominent astronomer, has stated that there is a probability that there is other
life in the universe. I favor more research regarding this matter, and I hope
that once and for all we can determine the true facts about flying saucers. Your
magazine can stimulate much of the investigation and inquiry into this
phenomenon through the publication of news and discussion of material. This can
be of great help in paving the way to aknowledge of one of the fascinating
subjects of our contemporary world.
In a letter to Gray Barker Publisher,
Saucer News May 9, 1968.
Daniel K. Inouye
"There exists a shadowy Government with its own
Air Force, its own Navy, its own fundraising mechanism, and the ability to
pursue its own ideas of national interest, free from all checks and balances,
and free from the law itself."
Gerald R. Ford
"I think there may be substance in
some of these reports ... I believe the American people are entitled to a more
thorough explanation than has been given them by the Air Force to date. I think
we owe it to the people to establish credibility regarding UFOs, and to produce
the greatest possible enlightenment of the subject."
U.S. Senator, Retired Air Force Reserve Brigadier General, and pilot.
"It is true that I was denied
access to a facility at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, because
I never got in. I can't tell you what was inside. We both know about the rumors
(concerning a captured UFO and crew members). I have never seen what I would
call a UFO, but I have intelligent friends who have."
From a letter April,
"I think some
highly secret government UFO investigations are going on that we don't know
about--and probably never will unless the Air Force discloses them."
the case in Georgia in the 1950's of a National Guard plane going after a UFO
and never returning. And I recall the case in Franklin, Kentucky, when four
military planes investigated a UFO. One of them exploded in midair and no one
"Hell no, you
can't go. I can't go, and don't ask me again."
Senator Goldwater quoting
General Curtis Lamey's response to the senator's request to visit the "Blue
Room" at Wright Patterson Air Force Base where, Goldwater claims he was told
physical evidence exists confirming the existence of alien spacecraft.
Senator Goldwater's response to Larry King's question: "Do you think our
government knows UFOs are real and are keeping this fact from the American
believe in aliens in space. They may not look like us, but I have very strong
feelings that they have advanced beyond our mental capabilities. " and added, "I
think some highly secret government UFO investigations are going on that we
don't know about-and probably never will unless the Air Force discloses them."
He said he was refused permission to check the Air Force files on UFOs.
U.S. Senator, Head of Senate Armed Services Committee.
discussed this matter with the affected agencies of the government, and they are
of the opinion that it is not wise to publicize this matter at this time."
Regarding his sighting of a UFO during a 1955 trip to the Soviet Union.
William H. Ayres
"Congressional investigations ... are still being held on the problem of
unidentified flying objects and the problem is one in which there is quite a bit
of interest.... Since most of the material presented to the Committees is
classified, the hearings are never printed."
Thomas L. Ashley
your concern over the secrecy that continues to shroud our intelligence
activities on this subject."
In a letter on the subject of
UFOs to NICAP (National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena.
John W. McCormack
U.S. Representative, Former Speaker of the House.
"Some three years ago, (1957), as
chairman of the House Select Committee on Outer Space out of which came the
recently established NASA, my Select Committee held executive sessions on the
matter of 'Unidentified Flying Objects.' We could not get much information at
that time, although it was pretty well established by some in our minds that
there were some objects flying around in space that were unexplainable."
November 4, 1960 letter to Major Donald Keyhoe.
"I feel that
the Air Force has not been giving out all the available information on the
Unidentified Flying Objects. You cannot disregard so many unimpeachable
Jerry L. Pettis
"Having spent a great deal of my
life in the air, as a pilot... I know that many pilots... have seen phenomena
that they could not explain. These men, most of whom have talked to me, have
been very reticent to talk about this publicly, because of the ridicule that
they were afraid would be heaped upon them... However, there is a phenomena here
that isn't explained."
July 29, 1968 during the House Committee on Science and
Astronautics hearing on UFOs.
Steven H. Schiff
"I wrote to the Dept. of Defense,
laying out these allegations and asking them if someone could come over with the
file and brief me on it. My intent was to simply release this back to whomever
inquired, which is very routine in Congress."
In response to inquiries from his
constituents in 1993 concerning a possible cover-up of the crash of an alleged
UFO outside Roswell, NM in 1947, requested information from the Department of
I got was not routine. The response I got was a very brief letter from the Air
Force saying that my request had been referred to the National Archives, without
any further comment... and without any offer of any kind of assistance in
retrieving it... So I went to the National Archives and the National Archives
wrote a letter back to me saying they didn't have anything in their files on the
Roswell incident... I just have to say this much: the way the Dept. of Defense
has responded has not been routine."
been given a "runaround" in his search, he instigated an inquiry by the GAO
(General Accounting Office) in 1994 into the handling of Air Force files
relating to this matter."
"I did not
ask the General Accounting Office to try once and for all to resolve this
matter... What I asked the GAO to do was to assist me in locating whatever Air
Force and Defense Department files would have existed on the subject, or an
accounting of what happened to them. "
"To me the
issue is government accountability. I think that people who want to see
government records are entitled to see government records or to get an
explanation of what happened to them, regardless of their reason, regardless of
the subject matter. It was my intention simply to make that information public
if I could... unless there is a present security reason why not - and I have to
add real fast if the matter is classified 'military secret,' we members of
Congress can't just go monkeying around in there anytime we want. There are
procedures for us too and that's fine with me."
not told that we have a file that's classified. I was simply referred to an
agency which I have to believe - now that I know the prominence of the Roswell
incident - I have to believe the Dept. of Defense knew very well that I wasn't
going to find anything in the National Archives when they sent me there twice."
difficult for me to understand even if there was a legitimate security concern
in 1947, that it would be a present security concern these many years later.
Frankly I am baffled by the lack of responsiveness on the part of the Defense
Dept. on this one issue, I simply can't explain it."
Excerpts of Congressman
Schiff's remarks on CBS radio's The Gil Gross Show, February 1994.
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