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Former President George W. Bush is on a book tour promoting, “Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors.” The book features his talent for painting portraits of veterans and telling their stories.

Since leaving the White House, Bush has poured himself into his art and many people who have watched his recent interviews on TV see a man that is relaxed and confident and at times, self-deprecating. He now can sit back and be proud of his accomplishments and laugh at his foibles.

He recently appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live and as with all of the politicians he has interviewed, Kimmel always asks questions pertaining to the UFO and alien issue.

He has presented the same questions to former President Obama and both Bill and Hillary Clinton.

Kimmel asked Bush, “When you were in office, did you go through the secret files – the UFO documents?”

Bush presented a sheepish grin and replied,”Maybe. You know, it’s funny, my daughters asked the very same question. But I’m not telling you. I’m not telling you nothing.”

Coincidentally, according to a new poll released on the same day as the interview, 55 percent of Americans believe the government would continue their policy of deny, deny, deny if there was any contact with an alien species. Even though, as Kimmel pointed out, Bush is no longer part of the government, the former President answered yes when asked, “Are there really great secrets that you know that you can’t share with people?”

This brings up an excellent topic – and that is just what does a President know about the alien presence? Does being President include learning about top secret information regarding extraterrestrials?

Well, we know that Bush knows a lot about UFO’s and aliens because of events that took place in 2003. In the November of that year, radar picked up a UFO in restricted space around the White House. Two fighter jets were called to the area but no craft was found. On the morning of April 27, 2005, another UFO was spotted heading from Reagan National Airport towards the White House at up to 120 miles per hour. The president was rushed into the protective underground bunker and three helicopters (one military and two police) came to the location but no craft was seen.

Then there was the UFO at the president’s ranch in Texas. On January 8, 2006, numerous sources reported that over a dozen people saw a 300 meter (985 foot – although some said “mile-long”) silent UFO with bright lights that was flying low over Stephenville towards the president’s ranch in Crawford … followed by USAF jets. The president was not at the ranch at that time. Some witnesses said it stopped and hovered. MUFON noted that the object was seen on radar but the reports were heavily redacted. The military at first denied the reports, then admitted that an “error was made regarding the reported training activity of military aircraft” and that “10 F-16s from the 457th Fighter Squadron were performing training operations in the Brownwood Military Operating Area.

However, if you do any research on George W. Bush and UFO’s you will find very little about what he had to say – or any comments on UFO encounters near the White House or at his ranch.

In an interview with Diane Rehm on PBS, former Vice President Dick Cheney sounded as if he were intellectually ambushed when a caller into the program asked him a question about UFO’s.

Cheney had been a Senator and also Secretary of Defense under President George Bush Sr. before becoming Vice President.

The caller asked Cheney whether he had ever been briefed about UFOs when he was in the government. To this Cheney replied, “Well, if I had been briefed on it, I’m sure it was probably classified and I couldn’t talk about it.”

Cheney talked around the question without giving an unqualified denial. Again, the key to this Cheney mentioning how the subject matter would be classified, so that he couldn’t talk about it if he had received such briefings.

The denial move is not evidence of a cover up and the confirmation of the intelligence without details may be evidence of proof. The way I see it is that if history is any indication of confirmation or disclosure, we may have already been given the hint and that there is a more complex explanation about the aliens than a President or even a Vice President can’t disclose, because he is not briefed on the matter.

We know that both President Truman and Eisenhower had openly talked about the “flying saucers” and after the Rosewell crash of 1947, the National security state was born with the creation of the CIA just months after the event took place.

In 1976, presidential candidate Jimmy Carter promised the American people that he would open any government UFO files that might exist. Recall that while Governor of Georgia, Carter had a UFO sighting and actually filed a report.

After winning election to President, Carter met with CIA Director George H. W. Bush seeking a briefing on the topic. Bush turned him down, claiming that neither as President nor as Commander-in-Chief did he have a “need to know.”

Once in office Carter turned to NASA for information, directing presidential science advisor Frank Press to ask NASA administrator Robert Frosch to “form a small panel of inquiry” to investigate the UFO situation.

This letter and other correspondence may be found in “UFOs and NASA” (Journal of Scientific Exploration, pp. 93–142, 1988). Nothing at all came of this as recounted by Richard C. Henry, then a young astrophysicist (now a prominent Johns Hopkins professor) working as a deputy to the director of what was the Astrophysics Division at NASA headquarters, on whose desk this “hot potato” request landed. For five months NASA went through some amusing twists and turns, recounted by Henry, before politely declining.

Discounting the NASA farce, and assuming that any possible UFO program would exist as a Special Access Program in the Department of Defense, on what legal basis would the President and Commander-in-Chief be denied access?

The three-tier standard government security clearance levels are well known: confidential, secret and top secret. However just having a clearance at one of these levels does not automatically give access to any information at that level.

There has to be a demonstrable “need to know” in order to be briefed or read in on a given project, program, facility or intelligence product. But this system is merely the “white” side of the security system. There is a massive secret “black” system as well, the existence of which is known while the details are deeply hidden.

It is likely that the UFO topic is actually classified by one or more laws duly enacted by Congress in the late 1940s concerning national security, but without any overt reference to UFOs of course — and signed by President Truman.

Only a handful of members of Congress, if any at all, would have known that more than Cold War issues were involved in this far-reaching national security legislation enacted at a time of near panic over a Soviet nuclear threat. There are at least two bins into which the UFO topic could have been placed such that a future president could not unilaterally release it (legally) or, in fact, maybe even know about it.

One bin is the category of Restricted Data (RD) established by the Atomic Energy Act in 1946 and pertains to Special Nuclear Material (SNM); another bin would be what has since evolved into the Waived Special Access Program system set up under the authority of the National Security Council which traces back to the National Security Act signed by Truman in 1947 (interestingly only a couple of weeks after the Roswell episode).

That means that even if an incoming President asked someone who knew about the existence of such a program, that individual would be required by law to not only not tell the President, but also to actively mislead him, if necessary. (Such a policy is actually spelled out in controversial documents that researchers Ryan and Robert Wood obtained and traced back to CIA Director Allen Dulles in the 1950s. The source of these documents is unclear.) If a president today tried the same thing without the appropriate clearances (which he could not give to himself) he would likewise be told (legitimately) there was nothing to disclose. If this hypothesis is correct, then UFO information would be “Born Secret” by the Atomic Energy Act, and not releasable to anyone without at least an AEC “Q” clearance (and likely higher, R or above), plus a legitimate need to use it in his/her job. By law, all RD is “owned” by the AEC Commissioner at its inception.

The AEC clearance standards are somewhat different than executive branch standards. In order to grant a Q or higher clearance, the Commissioner must find that the applicant is of “good moral character,” among other things. Thus, if the Commissioner didn’t like Richard Nixon’s burglary at the Watergate Hotel, or Bill Clinton’s dalliances, the Commissioner could withhold access to RD even on those grounds.

A new president who wants to know what the government knows about UFOs would have to be persistent, clever, and informed before beginning the quest, as Clinton’s failed attempt via Associate Attorney General Webster Hubble attests.

Simply issuing a presidential executive order declassifying the topic might yield the mistaken conclusion that there is no such material. The first step would be to determine under exactly what legal jurisdiction the matter is classified.

This could best be accomplished by a small dedicated research team reporting directly and personally to the President with at least high enough clearances to be able to read all classified Presidential Decision Memoranda and the classified appendices to the Atomic Energy Act and the National Security Act.

Probably the only president to be candid about aliens and UFO’s was President Ronald Reagan.

Ronald Reagan made one of his most famous alien remarks when he hosted Steven Spielberg in the White House. While Spielberg was at the White House to present a private screening of his soon to be released movie “ET: The Extraterrestrial.”

Along with the Reagan’s and Spielberg, 35 people were invited to the special screening. Included in the list of distinguished guests was Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. The event started with a reception in the Blue Room where the Reagan’s met with the invited guests. From there the group moved to the Red Room where the Presidential party had dinner and watched the film. The movie was one that moved the Reagans. “Nancy Reagan was crying towards the end, Spielberg recalled, “and the President looked like a ten-year-old-kid.”

Following the screening the President leaned over, touched Spielberg on the shoulder, and quietly commented, “You know, there aren’t six people in this room who know how true this really is.” Unfortunately, the sudden press of people approaching Spielberg and the President prevented Spielberg from pursuing the strange comment made by Reagan. Reagan sent a thank you note to Spielberg congratulating him on a great film.

Spielberg told the story of Reagan’s “how true this is” comment to Hollywood television producer Jamie Shandera shortly after the incident occurred. This occurred while Shandera was helping a Japanese film crew who were making a documentary on Spielberg.

Of course, later we heard Reagan’s famous “Alien Threat” speech to the United Nations General assembly.

Reagan seemed to be speaking ex cathedra on four different occasions about extraterrestrial threats before the end of his presidency. Reagan even spoke with General Secretary Gorbachev in Geneva about world wide differences dissolving if we had to face of a universal extraterrestrial threat. Reagan’s statements were confusing when on one hand he declared that the alien threat was already among us and that their agenda is war:

Reagan said , “Occasionally think how quickly our differences worldwide would vanish if we were facing an alien threat from outside this world. And yet, I ask is not an alien force ALREADY among us? What could be more alien to the universal aspirations of our peoples than war and the threat of war?”

While many of Reagan’s comments were interpreted as ramblings about an alien attack, it can also be theorized that Reagan had his mind couched in apocalyptic thought and the possible threat of an asteroid or comet hitting the earth and causing a worldwide catastrophe.

A threat from space would definitely humble the planet. It would be hoped that it would humble our leaders into becoming more aware of just how fragile our existence on this planet truly is. At the forty-second session of the UN General Assembly on September 21, 1987, President Ronald Reagan said:

“In our obsession with antagonisms of the moment, we often forget how much unites all the members of humanity. Perhaps we need some outside, universal threat to make us recognize this common bond.”

In the 1988 article, “Ronald Reagan’s Obsession with an Alien Invasion,” A. Hovni wrote about how Russian leader Gorbachev reacted to the Reagan’s statements about extraterrestrials.

He wrote that Gorbachev himself confirmed the conversation in Geneva during an important speech on February 17, 1987, in the Grand Kremlin Palace in Moscow, to the Central Committee of the USSR’s Communist Party.

Gorbachev was further quoted as saying:

“At our meeting in Geneva, the U.S. President said that if the Earth faced an invasion by extraterrestrials, the United States and the Soviet Union would join forces to repel such an invasion. I shall not dispute the hypothesis, though I think it’s early yet to worry about such an intrusion.”

Once again, was Gorbachev participating in a bit of backhanded unqualified denial, where he in one breath confirms and acknowledges the intelligence and then downplays it by saying it is too early to speak of an intrusion my aliens?

It is interesting to point out that Gorbachev never spoke of how weird the conversation was; he only commented that it may be too early to talk about such an event as an alien invasion. Did this indicate that perhaps there is a date when it would be more appropriate to discuss these things?

Or have the governments of the world been planning on a date where they announce to the world that “life is out there in space,” or have they been planning on a date where they would stage an alien invasion?

On December 7th, 2012 Russian Prime Minister Medvedev during an on-camera interview with reporters in Moscow, continued to respond to reporters and made some off-air comments without realizing that his microphone was still on. He was then asked by one reporter if “the president is handed secret files on aliens when he receives the briefcase needed to activate Russia’s nuclear arsenal.” Medvedev responded:

“Along with the briefcase with nuclear codes, the president of the country is given a special ‘top secret’ folder. This folder in its entirety contains information about aliens who visited our planet. Along with this, you are given a report of the absolutely secret special service that exercises control over aliens on the territory of our country. More detailed information on this topic you can get from a well-known movie called, Men In Black. I will not tell you how many of them are among us because it may cause panic.”

Western news sources reporting on Medvedev’s shocking reply about aliens stated that he was “joking” as he mentioned the movie Men in Black, which they wrongly assumed was a reference to the 1997 American sci-fi adventure comedy about two top secret agents battling aliens in the US.

Medvedev, however, wasn’t referring to the American movie but was, instead, talking about the famous Russian movie documentary, Men in Black, which details many UFO and alien anomalies.

Where Western news sources quoted Medvedev as saying, “More detailed information on this topic you can get from a well-known movie called Men In Black,’” his actual answer was, “You can receive more detailed information having watched the documentary film of the same name.”

The reasons for Western propaganda news outlets deliberately distorting Medvedev’s words become apparent after his shocking statement, and as evidenced in just one example of their so-called reporting on this disclosure of alien life already being on our planet where the title of one such article was “Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev makes a crack about aliens, and conspiracists promptly lose their minds.”

Conspiracists aren’t losing their minds – they are losing their faith in a media that continues to produce derisive giggles about the alien question.

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