Inside Hillary Clinton's Strange, Bizarre UFO Lobby

"[Rockefeller] will want to talk with you about his interest in extrasensory perception"

 

Finally there's a nice harmless Clinton scandal that doesn't involve sexual assault, taking money from foreign governments, corruption or cover-ups. Just good old UFOs.

Earlier Hillary Clinton had made headlines with some strange comments about space aliens.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has said that if she is elected, she will 'get to the bottom' of questions over what the government knows about UFOs and aliens.

When asked if she would support UFO disclosure group efforts, she enthusiastically said 'yes'.

'Yes, I'm going to get to the bottom of it,' Hillary Clinton told The Sun reporter last week. 

'I think we may have been (visited already). We don't know for sure,' she said.

She added that she would like to look into Area 51, which she first called Area 54 but quickly corrected herself. 

'He has made me personally pledge we are going to get the information out,' Hillary Clinton said. 'One way or another. Maybe we could have, like, a task force to go to Area 51.'

Okay so that's weird. But it's not really news that the Clintons are into New Age stuff. Hillary Clinton became infamous for her Eleanor Roosevelt seance. But the UFO story gets weirder from here on in.

Hillary's campaign chairman John Podesta is a certifiable UFO fanatic.

In 2002, Podesta told reporters at the National Press Club that the U.S. government should “declassify records that are more than 25 years old.” He was, of course, discussing UFOs. “It’s time to find out what the truth really is that’s out there,” he said. “We ought to do it, really, because it’s right. We ought to do it, quite frankly, because the American people can handle the truth. And we ought to do it because it’s the law.”

Podesta also wrote the foreward for Leslie Kean’s 2010 book, UFOs: Generals, Pilots, And Government Officials Go On The Record. In it, Podesta made the same case for disclosure. “It’s time to find out what the truth really is that’s out there. The American people—and people around the world—want to know, and they can handle the truth.” 

Leaving his White House post in February, Podesta again fueled Area 51 and Roswell conspiracy theories by tweeting that his "biggest failure of 2014" was "not securing the #disclosure of the UFO files."

But there's an even bigger base for the bizarre Clinton UFO pandering complete with some influential figures.

Stephen Bassett is ready for Hillary. Bassett, Capitol Hill's only registered UFO lobbyist, anticipates that another Clinton presidency will offer another shot at what's long been the Holy Grail for extraterrestrial enthusiasts: full disclosure of what the US government really knows about aliens. "This is the most important issue in the world," he says.

His enthusiasm is shared by Michael Salla, an academic turned UFO researcher who maintains that aliens have been secretly involved in American politics since the Cold War. He thinks a Clinton presidency would be a good thing for the UFO community. "I think Hillary would play a positive role in getting this information out," he says. "I think that Hillary definitely is much more the pro-disclosure candidate, where as someone like Jeb Bush is basically status quo."

So Jeb Bush is beholden to the aliens? Salla better check if the aliens aren't donating to the Clinton Foundation.

The other reason that UFO enthusiasts are excited about a potential Clinton victory goes back to the X-Files era. In early 1993, Laurance S. Rockefeller began to lobby the Clinton administration to release any government information related to UFOs and extraterrestrials, including the 1947 Roswell incident. The fourth child of John D. Rockefeller Jr., Rockefeller was a successful venture capitalist, philanthropist, and conservationist. One of his lesser-known interests was UFOs. (He died in 2004.)

In August 1995, Rockefeller met with Hillary Clinton, and perhaps Bill, at his Wyoming ranch. In a memo, the then-director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Jack Gibbons, warned the Clintons about Rockefeller's agenda before the visit. "[Rockefeller] will want to talk with you about his interest in extrasensory perception, paranormal phenomena, and UFO's," he wrote. Gibbons said he'd tried to persuade Rockefeller "not to bother you with this issue" and to focus instead on the administration's science and technology policies. Rockefeller, he continued, "knows that we are trying to be helpful in responding to his concerns about UFO's [sic] and human potential—and that we're keeping an open mind about such matters—but I've made no secret about my conviction that we must not be too diverted from more earthly imperatives."

Documents from the Rockefeller Initiative posted on Bassett's website suggest that the first lady was kept in the loop. A November 1995 letter to Gibbons from one of Rockefeller's lawyers included a draft letter to President Clinton "which Laurance has been discussing with Mrs. Clinton and her staff." Three months later, Rockefeller wrote Gibbons about the letter, which the White House was apparently in no hurry to receive: "It well may be that it will be timely to put this before the President late this year in order that it might receive attention in a second term. You indicated that you will keep the First Lady's Office informed, and we shall as well."

How seriously did the Clintons take this stuff? Seriously enough.

President Clinton was intrigued by UFOs and wanted to know if they really existed, says a new book by his golfing pal, disgraced Justice Department official Webb Hubbell.

Hubbell says finding out about UFOs was one of the top priorities Clinton gave him in sending him over to a job as one of Attorney General Janet Reno's top deputies.

Clinton had said, "if I put you over at Justice I want you to find the answers to two questions for me," Hubbell recounts.

"One, who killed JFK. And two, are there UFOs."

"Clinton was dead serious. I had looked into both, but wasn't satisfied with the answers I was getting," Hubbell adds.

So there are two possibilities. Either the Clintons will pander on anything to anyone. Or they're actually nuttier than we thought. Neither is an especially comforting thought.

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