In doing the research for this book, my superiors in the military
became aware of my interest and activities involving UFOs. As a
result, some members of my chain of command attempted to force my
retirement from military service. As one official report on my
situation put it, my superiors tried to get rid of me "through the
use of pressure, intimidation, or insinuation."
My command also ordered me to undergo a mental health evaluation at
Fort Bliss, Texas, because I was writing Freedom of Information Act
requests concerning UFOs and talking to the media.
My diagnosis was
based upon interviews and testing, and reflected that I was,
alert and oriented. Thinking was clear and coherently expressed. No
psychotic processes noted.... Memory intact...[my] mental status was
found to be within normal limits. Problems appear to be related to
situational stress manifested by interpersonal and occupational
The report further stated:
"It appears the command
may have overreacted to the newspaper article on UFOs [after the
subject was interviewed by a reporter]." Finally, their report
stated that my superiors felt I was "an 'embarrassment' to command."
After the psychiatric report, my case got kicked all the way up to
the Army Inspector General's Office. In the final analysis, I was
cleared of any wrongdoing, reinstated in my job, and I chose to
remain on active duty with the United States Army.
An official investigation was made into this entire sordid affair
which resulted in three members of my command being relieved of duty
and reassigned for, among other things, their part in trying to
force my retirement. I eventually retired from the Army in January
1990. However, this was my decision and retirement was not forced
With everything that was happening to me, I could have easily ended
up getting kicked out of the Army, and then I probably would never
have written this book. However, with the support of many friends
and family members, I was able to overcome all of the hardships put
before me and to prevail.
I wish to express my love and appreciation to my loving wife, Hanh,
and my children, George, Julia, Robert, and John, who all stood
beside me and were willing to undergo any hardship, no matter what
the cost, to assist in my fight against the unjust actions taken by
members of the military chain of command against me.
I also wish to express my thanks to Ralph Heick, who stood beside me
in my time of need and supported me as a true friend and companion
in my darkest hour. Further, I wish to express my appreciation to
Major Earl A. Peterson, Captain Kenneth C. Ross, and Captain Michael
V. Jernigan for their support, at the risk of their careers, in
defending my right as a member of the armed services to express my
personal viewpoints as a private citizen.
And I would especially like to express my appreciation to Larry W.
Bryant of CAUS (Citizens Against UFO Secrets), whose support gave me
the courage and spirit to dare to fight back and write this book.
While there exist many others who supported me—too many to name
here—you all know who you are and I wish to express my thanks to you
And lastly, I would like to thank my super agent Bill Birnes, my
thoughtful editors at S.P.I. Books, Isaac Mozeson and Ian Shapolsky,
and the editorial staff at S.P.I., including Jay Bond, Robin Souza,
and Donn Teal.
Without you all this book would still be just a
work-in-progress instead of an important document that can be used
to change our country's existing flawed systems for dealing with the
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This book should not exist.
Why do I say this?
Simply put, according to the U.S. Air Force,
there is no government interest in the subject of UFOs. If this were
truly the case, then the documents that make up the bulk of this
book should have never been created by the various agencies of the
U.S. Government. Furthermore, I myself could not have been assigned
by the U.S. Army to the investigation of UFO debris for more than 22
When I first wrote this book, it was my desire to provide the public
with documented proof, with government records that clearly show
that something we commonly refer to as UFOs actually exists. While
many records have been declassified and released to the public, many
other relevant records remain classified in the interests of
national security. Even the documents I could not obtain, therefore,
prove that UFOs represent a vital national security issue.
Parts of this book were included in a report I submitted to the U.S.
Congress in the hope of getting a congressional hearing into two
little-known military operations codenamed
Project Moondust and
Operation Blue Fly. You will learn in the chapters to come that the
U.S. Air Force even lies to members of Congress to conceal the
activities of these two missions. Recently, the Air Force has
rehashed these old lies into a report called "The Roswell Report:
Case Closed," conveniently timed to discredit the fiftieth
anniversary commemoration of the Roswell Incident and, by extension,
the belief in UFOs by the majority of the American people.
The Air Force states that no records exist—classified or
otherwise—on these two missions. However, since December 13,1994,
the Air Force has not been able to explain why it still has
classified documents on these nonexistent missions. (I can prove
that they have at least such documents.)
On December 13, 1994,1 filed an appeal for the release of the
above-mentioned documents. As of June 1997, the U.S. Air Force has
not responded to that appeal. They have yet to figure out a way to
deny these records without admitting they knowingly lied to members
of Congress about the existence of these same records.
As for me, I continue my search for answers to some of the many
questions raised by the one truth I have come to know about all of
this: MAN IS NOT ALONE IN THE UNIVERSE.
Clifford E. Stone
Roswell, New Mexico
June 25, 1997
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The U.S. government, and specifically the Air Force's
Declassification and Review team, released a preemptive attack on
the 50th anniversary UFO activities in Roswell, NM on June 24, 1997.
The Air Force timed the release of this previously prepared 1996
report in an attempt to strategically deflate what they fear is
becoming a popular movement. If the government claims that UFOs
don't exist, why should it bother to put the time and effort into
creating a 231-page report that unsuccessfully attempts to disprove
every bit of evidence supporting the likely scenario of a UFO crash
at Roswell in 1947?
The "powers that be" in the Military and Intelligence agencies are
not concerned with more
Heaven's Gate-type victims, as they claim,
but rather in quieting the charges of deliberate government
cover-ups. So how did they deflect all that mistrust of the
government? With another elaborate cover-up, of course.
"The Roswell Report: Case Closed" includes such convenient
government explanations as balloon-dropped life-sized crash dummies,
badly burned crash victims of a military plane, and round
hovercraft, all of which must have been mistaken by hysterical
civilian witnesses for alien corpses and flying saucers.
To briefly counter this clumsy deflection:
All the crucial sightings of
dead, live and burnt aliens describe child-sized figures that
were half the size of the government's crash dummies
explanation. (The dummies were generally 5'4" to 6' in height.)
The datings of the Air Force incidents and exercises are up
to a decade after Roswell's reports.
The slow hovercraft never got higher than several yards,
while flying saucer reports by civilians and scores of Air Force
pilots involve high altitude crafts with unprecedented speed and
Most important, all these attempts to
"close" the Roswell case don't put a dent in the many decades of UFO
data collected by civilians and military personnel—like
myself—around the nation and world.
For many years now the American Intelligence Community has been
charged with the alleged cover-up of UFO data and not releasing this
information to the American public or to members of Congress. Worse
than not releasing UFO information to Congress is the verifiable
fact that the Intelligence Community regularly lied to Congress
about this sensitive subject.
Congress serves as a weighty factor in our democracy's system of
checks and balances. Our various Congressional Committees serve as
significant watchdogs to oversee those government agencies entrusted
with our national security. Because we have our U.S. Constitution
and our Congress, we cannot have an all-powerful secret police force
that is typical of autocratic nations. While various types of
information must be protected (classified) and kept from the public
in the legitimate interests of national security, we can never
accept that such information may not be discreetly revealed to the
relevant Congressional Committee in a closed executive session.
Over the years, Congress has held many open hearings on the subject
of UFOs, but there has never been any mention of any executive
sessions held on the subject. These hearings have always been based
Project Blue Book files, with no mention of any other
agencies' involvement. This is more than deceptive, since, as you
shall read further on, Blue Book was conceived as a government smoke
screen to keep the American people from the true depth and scope of
its government's work on UFOs.
With the enactment of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) of 1974,
documents were released alluding to more than a passive interest by
the U.S. Military in UFOs. Exposing Blue Book for what it was, it
then became clear that many government agencies other than merely
the U.S. Air Force were involved in UFO work. These released
documents were once classified and heavily censored. Also, there are
strong indications that the Congress was never made aware of the
existence of these documents, their classified nature, or even the
other agencies' involvement in UFOs.
Not restricted to dramatic UFO events in the 1940s and '50s, many of
these documents deal with incidents in the 1970s, '80s, and '90s.
They also reflect a concern that UFOs are something real, not
theoretical, and that they involve technologies far in advance of
our own. If this is truly the case, it means that the Air Force
purposely lied to the U.S. Congress and the American people about
UFOs' not existing and not posing a potential threat to our
I am of the firm belief that Congress should hold a hearing on the
involvement of various U.S. intelligence agencies concerning their
past and present interest in UFO phenomena. This would not be held
to determine, for example, whether discovered UFO debris is composed
of materials not found on Earth, but rather to determine if
information is being illegally kept from Congress and how we may
guarantee that proper channels of information are kept open in the
The primary intent of this book is not to provide the American
people and members of Congress with reliable documentary evidence of
interplanetary spacecraft, even though I would question the
reasoning powers of a reader who continues to doubt the reality of
UFOs, given the documentation provided in this book. My main goal is
to prove through documented evidence that many different government
agencies are involved in serious UFO investigation—even though this
fact has been expressly denied. In addition, this documentation
clearly shows a high level of national security interest, often
classified Top Secret; yet the appropriate members of Congress are
not being kept informed about significant developments relating to
the safety of their constituents.
Our nation is not a banana republic ruled by a military junta.
Congress must protect its own rights and powers, as well as the
trust placed in it by the American People. Our senators and
representatives who serve in the most significant committees
overseeing our national security must be well informed of the
activities of all other governmental agencies. We don't want our
leaders to find out crucial information about UFOs when it is too
late to do anything about this phenomenon. I'm a proud career
soldier, but I don't want information of global importance
restricted only to military minds.
While it is understood that some information must be kept out of the
public domain to insure legitimate national security interests, no
justification must ever be accepted for the exclusion of the U.S.
Planet Earth may have some serious decisions to make in the
immediate future, and we'd better make sure that the leaders of its
mightiest nation are involved in a manner that befits our world's
Don't just read this book. Act on it.
Make certain that the few (key
officers in the Air Force) do not bully the many (our nation's
leading senators and congressmen), creating convenient Warren
Commission-type reports, such as "The Roswell Report
- Case Closed,"
keeping us in the dark when our skies are lit with vital questions.
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by Stanton T. Friedman
June 19, 1997
Fredericton, NB, Canada
As a nuclear physicist with a strong interest in flying saucers
since 1958, and having lectured on the subject "Flying Saucers ARE
Real" since 1967 in fifty states, nine provinces, and ten foreign
countries, I have met many people who claim to be "UFO researchers."
Often what they mean is that they are interested enough to have read
several books, many newspaper articles, and seen a few TV shows on
the topic. Usually, they have not seriously researched all aspects
of the UFO phenomena and have made no objective attempt to evaluate
what they have read, seen, or heard.
Most so-called documentaries on television are very short on
documentation and very long on unsubstantiated opinion. Both sides
of the discussion often seem to take the same approach:
"Don't bother me with the facts; my
mind is made up." Debunkers also seem to abide by another rule:
"What the public doesn't know, I won't tell them."
Sergeant Clifford Stone (ret.), in
contrast, has spent an enormous amount of time, energy, and money
documenting the role of the U.S. Government with regard to the
investigation of flying saucers. Stone risked his military career by
trying to dig out the facts about highly classified USAF projects
such as Moon Dust and Blue Fly. This truly dedicated researcher
demonstrates throughout this book that the government agencies
responding to his requests often gave contradictory testimonies.
There clearly seems to be a certain level of incompetence
demonstrated by those who responded to his requests under the
Freedom of Information Act. More importantly, there is also a
definite indication of intentional misrepresentation by official
government agency spokesmen.
It is outrageous to consider that a serving member of our military
forces is not enticed to exercise his rights as an U.S. citizen. To
the best of my knowledge, the Freedom of Information Act and the
various executive orders used to control dissemination, storage,
declassification, etc., of government documents are not restricted
to either civilians or die military. As an officer in the Armed
Forces, SFC Stone's primary duty was the defense of this nation's
citizens. Wasn't it his duty to do everything possible to inform
members of Congress about visitations by aliens? This is especially
important in view of the constant stance of government agencies who
maintain that UFOs are not a threat to the security of the United
Sergeant Stone provides ample evidence of the willingness of our
government agencies to lie to its citizens. Even worse, he
demonstrates that lies are even told to members of Congress, such as
New Mexico's Senator Bingaman.
As Clifford Stone lives in Roswell, New Mexico, he presents a number
of documents dealing with the USAF's efforts to cover up the facts
about the recovery of a crashed flying saucer near Roswell in July
1947. He includes the complete texts of the report on Roswell by the
General Accounting Office and of the Air Force's attempted
preemptive strike against the Federal Accounting Office. He points
out the Air Force's deceptive and nasty tricks, such as leaving out
a crucial phrase from an FBI memo and conveniently omitting a very
important quote from the Roswell newspaper article about the crash.
Stone also documents from military sources the fact that Project
Blue Book was not even the primary USAF group that concurred with
investigation of flying saucer reports. The author describes and
criticizes the activities of the other agencies that censored out
reports which were often too sensitive to be included in Project
I am frequently surprised that most citizens aren't aware that the
U.S. Government maintains special teams ready to retrieve components
from interstellar objects that inadvertently crash on Earth. The
vast technical resources we maintain for surveillance of the upper
and lower atmosphere, including radar and orbital satellites, can
trace those rare pieces of Russian (or old Soviet) payloads falling
out of orbit and/or crashed flying saucers.
There is obviously a need to provide security as quickly as possible
when a highly classified aircraft, such as a U2, goes down. When a
strategic airborne or ground-based vehicle has an accident, a prompt
response is necessary to seal off the crash site and to report the
significant details. To recover classified components such as code
books, sophisticated electronics, or nuclear warheads are obvious
It should further be noted that our primary sky and ground
surveillance systems all produce data that is immediately classified
rather that distributed to the news media. Every year our military
and intelligence community agencies, such as the National Security
Agency, the National Reconnaissance Office, the Air Defense Command,
and others all detect and monitor flights of "uncorrected targets."
Here is a very provocative quote from a November 1961 USAF document
from this book:
These three peacetime projects [UFO
Investigation, Project Moon Dust, and Project Blue Fly] all
involved a potential for employment of qualified field
intelligence personnel on a quick-reaction basis to recover or
perform field exploitation of unidentified flying objects, or
known Soviet Bloc aerospace vehicles, weapons systems and or
residual components of technical equipment.
This quote certainly indicates that
there would have been standard procedures written for personnel
carrying out these functions such as are described in "Majestic-12
Group Special Operations Manual SOM1-1 Extraterrestrial Entities and
Technology, Recovery and Disposal," which is revealed in my own
book, Top Secret/Majic.
Sergeant Stone is to be congratulated for providing a multitude of
government documents, many never before published, for interested
readers to evaluate on their own. Some will be especially shocking
for those who think U.S. government agencies cannot keep secrets.
The unwillingness of agencies to often say no more than "we cannot
confirm nor deny" gives a clear indication of high security, and
certainly establishes the sensitive nature of matters relating to
Unidentified Flying Objects...long after the closure of Project Blue
One can only hope that major media organizations such as the New
York Times, the Washington Post, Sixty Minutes, 20/20, etc., will
read this book and expend the same energy blowing the lid off this
cosmic Watergate as they did concerning the political one.
The newly established (1995) Executive Order 12958 makes it much
more difficult for military and intelligence organizations to keep
any files classified for more than twenty-five years. The rule now
is "If in doubt, declassify," rather than the reverse philosophy
from our Cold War days. The government should justify maintaining
Top Secret security status for UFO documents after so many years.
With the efforts of hard working, truth-seeking researchers like
Clifford Stone, there is a chance that the truth will finally come
out by the end of the century.
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