Vice-President Dick Cheney
recently returned to the UFO capitol of the world -
Roswell, New Mexico. It was his first trip
there since a visit there during the waning days of the 2000
During his first Roswell visit in late October 2000,
"Cheney was greeted by a sign
that depicted a little green man with a heart and the name
‘Cheney’—as in ‘Space Aliens Love Cheney.’" Because Cheney
had been a former Secretary of Defense, many within the UFO
community speculated that the visit might have been a hint
at an upcoming UFO disclosure. Even the October 26, 2000
New York Times noted the extraterrestrial significance of the
Cheney stopover with its headline "The Alien Factor: And Out
Another reason for the Ufological
optimism was that the 2000 Roswell visit by Cheney
occurred shortly after the now infamous meeting between presidential
candidate George W. Bush and Arkansas native Charles
Huffer. It was during that July 2000 campaign encounter that
Huffer asked George Bush if he were elected President
would he disclose,
"the truth about UFOs."
Bush in reply stated "Sure. I will... It will be the first
thing he (pointing to Cheney) will do. He’ll get right on
Therefore, when Cheney arrived in
Roswell a few months later, many thought it was a sign
of positive things to come. Cheney, to the disappointment of
many UFO watchers, simply made his speech with no mention of
E.T.s or anything remotely close, and flew on to
Wyoming. Disclosure didn’t come, but the UFO hopefuls
still remained optimistic.
The latest October 2002 visit by Cheney to Roswell
also came with signs that this too could be a nod and a wink to the
UFO community. Instead of speaking at the town hall as he had
in 2000, Cheney chose to speak to the 3,000 faithful inside
Hanger 32 at the Roswell Industrial Air Center. (Formally
Roswell Army Air Field) This hanger, of course, is just a hop
and a skip down the tarmac from Hanger 84 where the Roswell alien
bodies were rumored to have been stored following the now famous
1947 Roswell weather balloon crash.
The most recent visit to the old Roswell Air Base also
closely mimicked the visit a fellow Republican, and former
president, Ronald Reagan made to the base for a campaign
speech for then Senator Harrison Schmitt in 1982. Like
Cheney, Reagan made a short stopover Roswell
speech in late October, just prior to the mid-term election.
Like the Cheney visits, the Reagan visit to the
Roswell Air Base also stirred up the UFO community,
occurring only months after Steven Spielberg had visited the White
House and had given a private screening of "E.T.: The
Extraterrestrial" for Reagan and three dozen of his close
friends and colleagues. While giving his Roswell speech, Reagan
always prepared to play to the audience, even mentioned the popular
"E.T." in his speech.
That’s the good news. Now for the bad news.
From the beginning of the Bush administration, the promise
made to Charles Huffer for UFO disclosure appeared to
quickly fade to a distant memory. Once in office the President
Bush did not make UFOs the first thing "Cheney
would do." In fact, all evidence pointed to the fact that the
Bush White House did nothing on the UFO front. Worse in
fact, in light of perceived threats from every direction, the
Bush administration made new riveting cold-war style secrecy the
order of the day. This new secrecy was not exactly amenable to
Moreover, Dick Cheney was asked during an April 2001
Washington D.C. open line show,
"If he had ever been briefed on the
subjects of UFOs, and if so what had he been
told." His reply seemed to put out the final embers of the
UFO disclosure fire. "If I had been briefed on UFOs,"
replied Cheney, "it probably would have been classified,
and I wouldn’t be talking about it."
So it was that when Cheney
arrived at the Roswell Air Base last month, where in 1947
pieces of the first recovered flying saucer were loaded on planes
for Wright-Patterson AFB, his only objectives appeared to be
the same as they were in when he visited in October 2000 -- votes
The Cheney agenda while in Roswell turned out to be
one that would make any extraterrestrial grimace. His
15-minute prepared speech centered on war and the latest
Saddam Hussein, issues that
have elevated the Republicans high in the polls. (Likewise Saddam
Hussein playing the same game - has a popularity rating in his
own country in the high nineties) "Saddam Hussein must
disarm," stated Cheney, "or, for the sake of peace, the
United States will disarm him."
The second item on the Cheney Roswell itinerary was oil
and money. In support of Steve Pearce, 2nd
Congressional District Candidate, Cheney was a featured guest
at the home of Roswell oilman George Yates, chairman and
chief executive officer of HEYCO Energy Group. About 250
guests each shelling out $250 attended. Cheney, who had spent
many days in the past year hiding at an unknown location, was now
freely visible and available for photo sessions with couples that
were willing to put up $1,000. And so it was for the Cheney
visit to Roswell.
And so it is for elections, and the campaign visits that precede
them. They are in the end about votes, and how to get them. It is
the person with the most votes who wins - not the candidate with the
best plan to save the world.
Opinion polls that measure the "what can you do for me factor" in
the electorate, are important despite the words of former Canadian
Prime Minister John Diefenbaker who reportedly said, "Dogs
know what to do with polls."
Getting the most votes takes convincing the people that you best
represent the opinions reflected in the latest pole. It then takes
money to get that image to the voters with advertising, TV
commercials, and the like. ($80.00 per voter is being spent in South
Dakota) It also takes the proper strategy such as sending in your
big guns into close races at exactly the right time to win the
marginal vote, as both parties are doing at the closing bell.
A few years back former President of Penn State University, Dr.
Eric Walker, hinted in interviews that he knew quite a bit about
the UFO situation at the highest level. In addition, he
hinted that he had been there in 1947, as policies were being
developed to deal with the UFO situation.
Dr. Walker was asked who made up the group that controlled
UFO policy. His reply spoke of "invited" rather than
"elected." "They are a group of elite," he stated. "If you were
invited into this group I would know."
In eight years of contact with various researchers Dr. Walker
never indicated that politicians were involved. He stated that the
group was international in nature, and that one would need the "mind
of Einstein" to understand it. Perhaps as Walker hinted,
politicians are not, and have never been a part of the UFO
cover-up. They may simply be pawns like the rest
Politicians, after all are people doing a job. That job
involves following the polls to attract the greatest number of
votes, because re-election, and thereby continued power and
influence, is the name of the game. Find out what people want for
Christmas, and then promise to buy it for them with their own money.
These are items that find no parallel in UFO research.
Consequently, public support has never materialized for UFOs,
because the public does not yet see any financial or security gain
coming from disclosure. UFOs do not yet look like a Christmas
UFOs would not be in the top hundred concerns in
opinion polls, as they do not yet represent an economic or security
concern such as the items that now dominate the polls.
In addition, the UFO disclosure movement suffers from the
fact that there are very few financial backers to finance a 21st
century UFO political campaign. This is because the
money behind many present day politicians (oil industry,
military, legal firms, business, and big stock holders)
is tied into the "old economy" – the one the UFO
technology will leave behind. People are motivated by
self-interest –surprise, surprise!
Politicians are transitory figures who come and go. The president,
for example, has a term of no more than eight years. The UFO
phenomenon, by all indications, is a long-term problem faced by
those who hold the reins. It is therefore not logically a problem
that would ever been handed over to a bunch of short-term
politicians who are here today and gone tomorrow. It is also hardly
the type of problem that could be dealt with by referring to opinion
polls for guidance.
Wilbert Smith, who directed the Canadian government’s
classified UFO study from 1950-1954, described the
politician’s UFO dilemma in a paper he wrote to describe why the
government covered up the UFO phenomena.
"Politicians have two interests in
life; first to win an election, and second, to do as good a job
as possible of representing their constituency. Neither of these
could be considered as embracing flying saucer investigations.
True, a member of the house may ask questions about flying
saucers, suggest that something might be done about their study,
or even introduce a bill to take definite action, but without
strong public support the result is only so much more wordage in
the official record. Furthermore, because of the type of
publicity from which the whole flying saucer subject has
suffered, politicians who are naturally very sensitive to public
reaction are reluctant to stick their necks out. In light of the
foregoing reasoning I feel that we need not expect any
significant statement with respect to flying saucers by any
This is the true signal that should be
perceived from the recent Cheney visit to the holiest of
all UFO shrines. Like Reagan before him, Cheney
was a simply a politician doing his job. That job was to come to the
aid of a congressional seat that was close and therefore winnable.
Furthermore, being a prominent figure he used his prominence to help
gather the millions in campaign funds needed to win elections and
gain political power.
Once gas tops $20.00/gal., or once pollution creates major damage to
the U.S. economy, UFOs might move onto the electors
"Christmas wish list." The election of 2002 is, however, still
dominated by the oil-generated economy and short-term public
The future is not all bleak, however. Disclosure is not dead
yet. Today as President George Bush made a last minute swing
through the American Midwest stumping for Republican candidates, he
ran across the man who started it all – UFO researcher
Charles Huffer. As Bush headed for Air Force One
Huffer stuck out his hand and reminded him of the July 2000
promise to release "the truth on UFOs."
Huffer asked him if the promise still held. Bush’s
answer was "Yes."
In an E-mail to this author Huffer recounted the event.
"Today as This afternoon, 4 November
2002, President George W. Bush attended a Republican
Campaign Rally at the Northwest Regional Airport (XNA) in
Northwest Arkansas. After the rally was over, while on the way
to Air Force One, President Bush shook hands with some of
the people at the rally. My hand was one of those. I took the
opportunity to remind President Bush that he had promised
ME over two years ago that he would tell us the truth about
UFOs. I then asked if he intended to keep that
promise. He answered: ‘Yes’".
"Unfortunately, this time I did not have my recorder with me so
this report is no better than hearsay. But it did happen."