As we investigated the Roswell case, the question frequently came up about what the presidents knew about UFOs and Roswell. I had always been of the opinion that a president can learn pretty much all that he wants to know because he is the head of the government. All he needs to do is ask the right questions of the right people… and if they refuse to answer, he could fire them and ask their successors the questions.
I had been of the opinion that the president, as the head of the government had many important problems to solve, and that UFOs were not at the top of the list. With wars raging in two countries, with terrorists running around killing people, with the country and the world on the edge of economic collapse, it would seem that UFOs would be way down the list. It would be one of those nice to know things, but the president didn’t have to know anything about it unless UFOs suddenly appeared on the scene in such a way that they couldn’t be ignored… you know, like the big honking ship in orbit and other, smaller ships filled with fighters hovering over cities. At that point denial would seem to be a pretty poor strategy.
But Bill Clinton was asked about UFOs in general and Roswell in particular on a couple of occasions. In 2005, in Hong Kong, he said, "The Roswell thing, I think, really was an illusion - I don't think it happened. I did attempt to find out if there were any secret government documents that reveal things, and if there were, they were concealed from me, too. I wouldn't be the first 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 try to find out."
We know that some presidents have changed their minds about revealing UFO information. Jimmy Carter said that he was going to get to the bottom of the UFO conspiracy and release all the files, but never did. It would seem that if there was nothing to release, he would have said as much, but didn’t.
We know that Senator Barry Goldwater (who did run for president) talked to many about UFOs and of a secret room at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base filled with saucer evidence. He even suggested that it was where the Roswell stuff was housed. But then he was just a senator, without the power of the president. Goldwater was never allowed to see it, though, from his letters to UFO researchers, there seemed to be no denial about its existence. It was there, but he couldn’t see it to tell us what was in it.
Of course none of this proves that there are any hidden UFO secrets. Clinton seems to suggest that he was told there was nothing hidden, though his language is a little vague. It is also interesting that he mentions the career bureaucrats waiting out the president. He’ll be gone in four or eight years, and the bureaucrat will still be there, protecting his turf.
So Clinton said that he thinks it is “an illusion… I don’t think it happened.” Except, of course, something did happen. It is the interpretation of that event that creates all the friction. I hope as my partners and I continue our research, we’ll be able to find some answers to the questions. We have a mountain of material, it is just a question of finding the right bits and pieces and asking the right questions… Maybe Bill Clinton didn’t do that. Maybe that is why he failed… in this particular case.