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Forty-seven years ago an incident occurred in the southwestern
desert of the United States that could have significant implications
for all mankind.  It involved the recovery by the U.S. Military of
material alleged to be of extraterrestrial origin.  The event was
announced by the U.S. Military on July 8, 1947, through a press
release that was carried by newspapers throughout the country.  It
was subsequently denied by what is now believed to be a cover story
claiming the material was nothing more than a weather balloon.  It
has remained veiled in government secrecy ever since.

The press release announcing the unusual event was issued by the
Commander of the 509th Bomb Group at Roswell Army Air Field, Colonel
William Blanchard, who later went on to become a four-star general
and Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force.  That the
weather balloon story was a coverup has been confirmed by
individuals directly involved, including the late General Thomas
DuBose who took the telephone call from Washington, D.C., ordering
the coverup.  Numerous other credible military and civilian
witnesses have testified that the original press release was correct
and that the Roswell wreckage was of extraterrestrial origin.  One
such individual was Major Jesse Marcel, the Intelligence Officer of
the 509th Bomb Group and one of the first military officers at the

On January 12, 1994, United States Congressman Steven Schiff of
Albuquerque, New Mexico, announced to the press that he had been
stonewalled by the Defense Department when requesting information
regarding the 1947 Roswell event on behalf of constituents and
witnesses.  Indicating that he was seeking further investigation
into the matter, Congressman Schiff called the Defense Department's
lack of response "astounding" and concluded it was apparently
"another government coverup."

History has shown that unsubstantiated official assurances or
denials by government are often meaningless.  Nevertheless, there
is a logical and straightforward way to ensure that the truth about
Roswell will emerge: an Executive Order declassifying any
information regarding the existence of UFOs or extraterrestrial
intelligence.  Because this is a unique issue of universal concern,
such an action would be appropriate and warranted.  To provide
positive assurance for all potential witnesses, it would need to be
clearly stated and written into law.  Such a measure is essentially
what presidential candidate Jimmy Carter promised and then failed
to deliver to the American people eighteen years ago in 1976.

If, as is officially claimed, no information on Roswell, UFOs, or
extraterrestrial intelligence is being withheld, an Executive Order
declassifying it would be a mere formality, as there would be nothing
to disclose.  The Order would, however, have the positive effect of
setting the record straight once and for all.  Years of controversy
and suspicion would be ended, both in the eyes of the United States'
own citizens and in the eyes of the world.

If, on the other hand, the Roswell witnesses are telling the truth
and information on extraterrestrial intelligence does exist, it is
not something to which a privileged few in the United States
Government should have exclusive rights.  It is knowledge of
profound importance to which all people throughout the world should
have an inalienable right.  Its release would unquestionably be
universally acknowledged as an historic act of honesty and goodwill.

I support the request, as outlined above, for an Executive Order
declassifying any U.S. Government information regarding the
existence of UFOs or extraterrestrial intelligence.  Whether such
information exists or whether it does not, I feel that the people
of the world have a right to know the truth about this issue and
that it is time to put an end to the controversy surrounding it.

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