The government may deny that they take UFOs seriously, but a major government-funded think tank, the RAND Corporation, has been studying them for over 60 years.
RAND (which stands for "Research And Development") is a ostensibly a nonprofit organization, but one of its primary clients is the CIA. The idea for the think tank came from Donald Douglas, CEO of Douglas Aircraft, Major General Curtis LeMay and General Hap Arnold.
On the UFO Iconoclasts blog spot, Anthony Bragalia writes that "LeMay's UFO involvement was related by GovernorBarry Goldwater in a live worldwide broadcast with CNN's Larry King in 1994. The USAF had just issued its report that debunked the Roswell crash of 1947 as a Mogul balloon. Goldwater informed King that he knew the truth to be far different because in the 1960's he had approached LeMay about the crashed UFO issue. Goldwater told Larry King: 'I think at Wright-Patterson, if you could get into certain places, you'll find what the Air Force and the government knows about UFOs. Reportedly, a spaceship landed. It was all hushed up. I called Curtis LeMay and I said, "General, I know we have a room at Wright Patterson where you put all of this secret stuff. Could I go in there?" I've never heard General LeMay get mad, but he got madder than hell at me, cussed me out and said, 'Don't ever ask me that question again!'"
Whitley, who used to know Laurence Rockefeller (who had a big interest in UFOs) personally, heard a similar story fromhim about a confrontation he had with President Clinton on Rockefeller's ranch in Montana.
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