When George W. Bush was running for president, he was asked about UFOs. “It’ll be the first thing he (Dick Cheney) will do,” Bush said. “He’ll get right on it.” But it hasn’t happened yet.

Billy Cox writes in Florida Today that Bush isn’t the only president who made a promise he didn’t (or couldn’t) keep. Jimmy Carter filed a report of his own UFO sighting with the National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena and promised an open investigation during his 1976 campaign. Bill Clinton, according to the memoirs of former deputy Attorney General Webster Hubbell, directed him to get to the bottom of UFOs, but Hubbell failed. Last year, former Clinton chief of staff John Podesta announced he was working with the Coalition for Freedom of Information to try to get to the bottom of the UFO secrecy.

Ted Roe, of the National Aviation Reporting Center on Anomalous Phenomena (NARCAP), says, “The really strange (sightings) involve cylinders, discs, spheres, red lights and white lights, V-shaped or boomerang-shaped objects. Some of them are huge?Some of them seem to demonstrate an alteration of magnetic fields, which can cause compasses to turn up to 20 degrees off direction. They can have transient or permanent effects on avionics systems, such as shutting off transmitters.”

In early September 2001, NARCAP sent survey questionnaires about UFOs to 300 pilots of a major airline carrier. “We couldn’t have picked a worse week,” says Roe. “Two days later, the (World Trade Center) towers fell.” They still got a response rate of 24%, with one out of every 6 pilots saying they’d seen something so bizarre they couldn’t identify it. “But not a one of them reported it to management,” Roe says. “The airline facilitator who was trying to promote our survey wound up getting two psychiatric evaluations,” he says. “There are 500,000 people in our target culture, the aviation community, who are very interested in this subject. But these experiences become toxic when they manifest into (pilots’) environment.”

UFO researcher Stanton Friedman says, “The only way we’ll make any progress with this issue is when the press gets off its duff and takes a serious look at all the documents that have been in the public domain for years. I’d like to see them spend just 10 percent of the energy they invested in covering Gary Condit, Elian Gonzales and Monica Lewinsky?The media needs a commitment to the truth and to ignore the crap. There was a conference in Chicago in 1997, on the 50th anniversary of Roswell, and one guy shows up wearing alien antennae on his head. CBS was covering the event and?wouldn’t you know it??the guy with the headgear is the one who makes the news that night. This is typical.”

Is it government secrecy or media laziness that’s to blame?or is it the visitors themselves who want to keep the secret? Personally, we think that announcing some government-documented facts about UFOs would gain public respect for any U.S. President?if he had the courage to do it. It would take the public?s attention off the latest Presidential mistakes and scandals. And in every recent administration, there’s been a time when scandals and mistakes needed to be forgotten.

At Dreamland, we’re not about coverups?we believe in getting the news out there.

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