From: Lan Fleming <lfleming5.nul> Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2004 12:50:29 -0600 Fwd Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2004 12:09:26 -0500 Subject: Re: Suppression Of Exopolitics Book - Fleming >From: Ray Stanford <dinotracker.nul> >To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul> >Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2004 12:32:20 -0500 >Subject: Re: Suppression Of Exopolitics Book - Stanford <snip> >While admitting strong skepticism about the claim that on >February 20, 1954, Dwight David Eisenhower met with aliens, I >must state that I am somewhat skeptical of Eisenhower Library >archivist Herb Pankratz's statement quoted in the Washington >Post article, which was reported as follows: >"It's interesting how these stories have changed," Pankratz >noted in an e-mail. "Initially, the accounts claimed the >President made a secret trip to Edwards Air Force Base to view >the remains of aliens who had crashed at Roswell, N.M., in 1947. >Later stories then claimed he had actually visited with live >aliens." >Why am I a bit skeptical? In 1957 I was visiting a 'well-placed' >friend in Palm Springs who said she had a very highly placed >U.S. Air Force source (an officer of very high rank, who she >named, but whose name I do not recall after 47 years, in part >because I didn't attach any great importance to a story that >would be difficult, if not impossible, to verify) who assured >her in no uncertain terms that President Eisenhower had met with >some kind of extra-terrestrials in February, 1954, while >visiting the area. >Anyhow, the story - true or false - already involved aliens as >of 1957, and there was no mention of the President's having gone >there to merely view remains of aliens. One might wonder why a >President should make a trip to view alien bodies over six years >after the alleged crash in New Mexico? >Furthermore, if Sala's information that his book had disappeared >from the books-available list is accurate, then one really might >have cause to wonder if there has been a hired hacker at work. >If so, then in my mind it may add some possible credence to the >story that Eisenhower was in the Palm Springs area on a highly >secret and truly 'far-out' mission, instead of for a mere >vacation complicated by emergency dental work. Allegations like Eisenhower's meeting with extraterrestrials are so difficult to verify that I usually don't pay very much attention to them. But it was hard for me not to pay attention after watching an MSNBC "news" show spend almost 10 minutes ridiculing the Eisenhower story a few nights ago. (I can't remember the shows name, but it was the one right after "Hardball"). It went way beyond the usual 30 seconds of snickering and smirking that the talking heads typically devote to UFO stories. They made quite a production out of it. They showed lots of silly pictures of movie aliens and so forth. After interviewing the Washington Post reporter, they had on some unfunny comedian who calls himself "Moe Rocca" to drag it out a while longer. I came away half-convinced that somebody with influence over the news media was really intent on quashing this story for good. That someone would go to the trouble of hacking a publishers' database kind of reinforces that impression.
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