Article by Douglas Bower
Reagan seemed more enthralled with UFO's than all the U.S. Presidents, including Nixon. Reporter Billy Cox noted the many mentions of extraterrestrials in Reagan's speeches and commented, "Ronald Reagan's abiding fascination with extraterrestrials." One of Reagan's daughters also commented on her father's obsession with UFO's and life on other planets. The source of his fascination is often thought to be the "few" sightings he claimed to have had.
In September 1981, Reagan received a letter from an UFO research group director, Major Ret. Colman VonKeviczky. This man had made a second career of sending plaintiff pleas to not only the Presidents of the United States but to the U.N. Secretary Generals. When a new president was elected or a new Secretary General came on the scene they all heard from Major Ret. Colman VonKeviczky.
What VonKeviczky wanted was to get the figures of power and authority in governments to recognize that UFO's, "...represented an intergalactic task force that will destroy earth unless world leaders band together to end their hostile actions against UFOs." [http://www.presidentialufo.com/reagan_ufo_story.htm]
He was relentless. As a true believer of what he said he sent letter and packages with materials outlining the dangers and with demands than plans be drawn up for a defense against the alien threat. In the September 1981 letter, more than 17 documents were sent to Reagan outlining the immediate threat to the world from the aliens. This was his third letter to Reagan.
While his previous letters were not answered, his third one was. A distinguished Army officer who gathered many high ranking positions and metals including Director of Strategy, Plans and Policy; Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans; National Security Defense Group Director; and the Chief of the Policy Branch of SHAPE in Belgium, Major General Robert Schweitzer, answered it. Schweitzer was the Chief Military Advisor of the White House and National Security Council.
Part of Schweitzer's answer to VonKeviczky read as so:
"The President is well aware of the threat you document so clearly and is doing all in his power to restore the national defense margin of safety as quickly and prudently as possible." [Ibid]
Well, VonKeviczky didn't need a flying saucer to fly like the wind to the Associated Press with "an admission" of the alien threat by the Reagan administration. The AP almost put it out on the wire but didn't once they called and talked with Schweitzer. Had Schweitzer put the word "UFO" in between "the" and "threat" they would have run with the story. You've just got to ask what Schweitzer was really thinking? Was his song and dance he offered to the AP the real deal, was it a stupid slip, or did he really mean "the UFO threat" in the context of VonKeviczky's persistent screed?
The Chief Military Advisor of the White House and National Security Council, Major General Robert Schweitzer, was let go on 10/26/81.
Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) program
Though Reagan was credited with this program and its "possible use" against space invaders, it was concept decades in the making and one has to ask the question, how come? Generals Douglas MacArthur and John A. McDavid both made comments for public consumption of the possible invasion of interplanetary beings. McDavid said an Air Force approved speech at Milliken University, Decatur, Illinois:
"Before long, people may be forced to realize and accept as a fact that this earth is only an infinitesimal grain of sand in an infinite universe," declared McDavid. "The human is one of many forms of life with which God is concerned and others are superior to us. And if this is true, our meeting with other types of existence in other places in the universe quite likely will increase the potential element of conflict rather than reduce it." [Ibid]
Why would a brigadier general have to have an Air Force approved speech unless he was treading on Top-Secret grounds and had to walk a very thin line in what he said? And, why if UFO's don't exist, they are just balloons and swamp gas, would he have to walk a very thin line and get Air Force approval?
A career State Department diplomat, Michael Michaud, wrote of Nixon's worry about an alien invasion:
"Aliens from other solar systems are a potential threat to us, and we are a potential threat to them. Scientists and others have often postulated that extraterrestrial societies more advanced than ours would be less warlike. Regrettably, the stereotypes of the benevolent, super intelligent alien may be as unrealistic as the stereotype of the bug-eyed monster carrying off shapely human females. Even if a species had achieved true peace within its own ranks, it would still be worried about us, and would take the measures it felt were necessary to protect itself. This includes the possibility (not the inevitability) of military action... Our basic interest will be to protect ourselves from any possible threat to Earth's security..." [Ibid]
There is some speculation that "Reagan's" SDI had a two-fold purpose: To defend against the Soviets and extraterrestrials. Here are some of the sources:
In a June 1995 Bay Area Lecture Dr. Steven Greer announces information leaked to him from the North American Air Defense Command in Colorado shows that the Air Force tracks an average of 500 "fastwalkers" (term used for UFOs) entering the earth atmosphere every year.
New York Times Pulitzer prize winning author Howard Blum reports that NORAD deep-space radars track many UFOs.
Two Aerospace engineers working on the AeroJet's DSP spy satellite claim UFOs are detected coming from deep space two or three times a month.
Author Whitley Strieber, in his book Breakthrough, stated that he had seen part of a document which revealed that the EG&G Corporation is involved in developing defense weapons against extraterrestrials.
Two further sources have told Greer that rogue units within Unacknowledged Special Access Programs, have directed black budget funds to develop SDI weapons to down UFOs. Further the sources have stated that they have been successful in shoot downs.
It must be said that there are other Ufologists who do not agree with these sources.
A Close Encounter of the Spielberg Kind
When Steven Spielberg's movie, ET, came out, Spielberg did a private showing for Ronald and Nancy Reagan in the White House. There were guests invited for this private screening totally about 35 other persons. Apparently, the Reagan's loved the movie indicated by Nancy's tears and Ronald's enthusiasm.
After the movie ended, the President leaned over to Spielberg and in a hushed tone said,
"You know, there aren't six people in this room who know how true this really is." [http://www.presidentialufo.com/reagan_spielberg.htm]
Spielberg told a TV producer of Reagan's comment while being interviewed for a documentary.
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Doug Bower - My New Book: I WAS ABDUCTED BY ALIENS But They Threw Me Back