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Written by Grant Cameron   
Thursday, 12 July 2012 19:02

“There is clearly an endless supply of such stories, and they are always volunteered to people who are prone to believing them but have no ability to check them." Jacques Vallee

In a July 8th story run in the Huffington Post 35-year CIA veteran Chase Brandon spelled out for reporter Lee Speigel how he came to learn that the 1947 Roswell crash was an extraterrestrial event. He stated that he learned this while walking through an area at the Langley headquarters.

"It was a vaulted area and not everybody could get in it," Brandon told Speigel. "One day, I was looking around in there and reading some of the titles that were mostly hand-scribbled summations of what was in the boxes. And there was one box that really caught my eye. It had one word on it: Roswell.”

"I took the box down, lifted the lid up, rummaged around inside it, put the box back on the shelf and said, 'My god, it really happened!'"[1]

At first the story sounds good, and Brandon turned out to be exactly the CIA agent he represents himself to be. It appeared that a long time CIA official had confirmed the Roswell story, and disclosure was right around the corner.

Well not quite. As the old saying goes “If it seems too good to be true - it probably is.”

There are many problems with the story but the one that I will discuss here deals mostly with the “Roswell box” that Brandon claims he saw.

The main problem with the Roswell box story is that this is not how things are done in government archives, and the CIA is part of the government. Big organizations like the CIA have to have very complex and complete filing systems to keep track of the vast amount of material they must process, and then use quickly when the time is right.

archives boxI have researched at dozens of government and non-government archives and there are no boxes with hand-written summations on them. A government archives box is going to have date, file number, agency, and a host of other things. There is lots of money for this kind of stuff and the archivists working there are well paid professions.

Moreover, the UFO topic is the most highly classified subject in the United States. It will therefore be controlled by Top Secret Special Access. This means that the materials will be compartmentalized on a “need to know” basis. The photos will be with the photo people, the metal with the metallurgists, and on and on. Each person working on the crash will only be given access to what he or she needs to do their job. At no time will you have all the material in a “Roswell box” where numerous people can see what everyone else is doing.

An important point about Brandon’s mention of the box is his statement about what was in the box, "Some written material and some photographs, and that's all I will ever say to anybody about the contents of that box." Brandon is stating that he can talk about the box but give no specifics about the pictures and written material in the box. As to the material in the box Brandon said, “"I'm not reluctant to talk about it -- I won't talk about it.”

Combine this information with the fact that Brandon seems to be saying that he is not violating his security oath - “to not say anything about sources, methods, classified information having to do with working for the Central Intelligence Agency.”

"We all sign a secrecy agreement,” Brandon explained, “that says we understand we are forbidden to do that by law, and that is an inherent part of keeping and safeguarding what we do, how we do it, why we do it, out of national security concerns.”

He can talk about finding the box but “won’t talk” about the items in the box. How can this be so?

Let me guess.

As archives don’t file stuff in boxes with hand-written Roswell markings on the side, the box does not exist. Brandon, or more accurately the CIA, made this part of the story up. There is no box. Therefore, it is not classified, and he can talk about it.

On the other hand, Brandon spells out that the specific items he saw related to Roswell he “won’t talk about” and references his oath to guard classified information. The Roswell pictures and written material is classified. If Brandon mentions a specific document or picture he is in violation of his security oath.

The reader should be reminded that at this present moment congress is investigating President Obama and the White House for leaks of classified material related to bombings done by US drones, and a computer hacking attack against Iran. If they can investigate the President, there certainly isn’t going to be a free “get out of jail” card for Brandon.

The Brandon story is being told on the 65th anniversary of Roswell. It harkens back to another similar story told on the 50th anniversary of Roswell. In that story Col. Phillip Corso told a similar story of finding Roswell material. Corso’s Roswell discovery came not in an archives box, but in a filing cabinet in his Pentagon office. Like Brandon Corso took oaths to guard classified material that he had been entrusted with during his long military career.

The big question is how were Corso and Brandon given a pass when the President of the United States doesn’t seem to have immunity?

Well, the obvious answer begins with there was no Roswell box and no filing cabinet. If the story isn’t true it can’t be classified and no one will prosecute you for talking about it. Well then what about the material in the box? It’s classified and Brandon isn’t talking.

Starting to make sense?

So are Corso and Brandon bad guys running a scam to sell books? It’s possible there is another interesting possibility. In September 1980 UFO researcher Bill Moore was contacted by a high level CIA agent. Moore recounted the event,

"In early September, 1980, I was approached by a well- placed individual within the intelligence community who claimed to be directly connected to a high-level project dealing with UFOs. This individual told me that he spoke for a small group of similar individuals who were uncomfortable with the government's continuing cover-up of the truth and indicated that he and his group would like to help me with my research into the subject in the hope and expectation that I might be able to help them find a way to change the prevailing policy and get the facts to the public without breaking any laws in the process.”

The key part of the statement was that Falcon told Moore a high level group wanted to help “without breaking any laws in the process.” Moore was told that the material he would be given would be a mixture of true and false information. Moore would have to separate the wheat from the chaff.

Both Corso and Brandon came out on major anniversaries of Roswell. Perhaps the government is replaying the operation that Falcon began with Bill Moore many years ago. You convey the message to the public that Roswell was real, and mix it in a story of a box of Roswell goodies found in an archives box or a filing cabinet.

It is not fair to question whether Corso made such a deal to tell his story with some of the details changed by government officials as he is not around to defend himself. We do have some evidence that supports the fact that this was what Brandon did.

Brandon had just had contact with the CIA. He was being a good boy and had taken his upcoming fictional book which deals in part with extraterrestrials reviewed and cleared by the CIA. In that process they remove anything Brandon put in that might be classified.

Then Brandon appears on Coast to Coast AM where he drops the bomb that Roswell was an extraterrestrial crash complete with bodies.

That incident inspired Robbie Graham, a PhD candidate whose expertise is Hollywood’s historical representations of UFOs and potential extraterrestrial life, to write a letter to the CIA (of which I am a signatory). Graham explained to the CIA what Brandon had said and asked for an explanation of what was going on. The CIA Public Affairs person Ian Tuttle replied, “Off the record, we will look into your questions and get back to you as quickly as possible.”

In order to “look into” our query (assuming they didn’t set it up and therefore had no intention to search) the CIA would have had to pull the Coast to Coast AM audio to see what Brandon said. Then in order to look for the files in the Historical Intelligence Collection files at Langley where Brandon said he found the box, they would have to talk to Brandon and ask him where in the HIC he found it.

If Brandon had made up the story, thereby implying that the CIA had lied about not being interested in UFOs since 1953 as is their claim, the CIA certainly would have shut him up. That did not take place.

What did take place is that Brandon immediately replied to a request from another major media outlet – The Huffington Post. At the same time he stopped taking questions from one UFO researcher who was in contact with him. In the Huffington Post interview he added to what he had stated on national radio, adding that he wouldn’t be specific about any of the items of evidence he saw.

Eventually the CIA replied stating that they had looked in the HIC for the material Brandon had talked about but couldn’t find it. As predicted, they did not defend Brandon or call him a liar.

Assuming that the CIA, and not Brandon, was behind the story, I was not surprised. This is exactly what I had predicted. The story was out and making the rounds. The job was done. The CIA would now go back to the standard line that they have not been interested or involved since 1953.

What Brandon did is done all the time at the CIA. There are parts of CIA history that are classified but for one reason or another need to be told. The main reason is that some CIA agent wants to write a book about his career, so that his grandchildren will know that he was a James Bond figure who saved the western world from imminent disaster.

Like the Roswell crash, what happened to the agent is classified. Because no one wants to go to jail, the classified material cannot be told – that is unless it appears in a fictional novel mixed with made up material (known in the UFO world as disinformation). So like the CIA agent desperate to tell his story, writes up his story as a fictional tale. His grandchildren are left to figure out what is true and what is not.

Brandon did the same thing taking the draft of his book The Cryptos Conundrum goes to the CIA so they could review it. He spoke about how the fictional tale that involved Roswell had reviewers wanting to pull material (even though the CIA claims to have no classified UFO material).

" That book “Cryptos Conundrum” is a good case in point, stated Brandon. "It was in and out of the publications review board and this taken out and something else substituted, and I argued that this was all based on totally public sector information and so in the end it was approved as is the second manuscript for the next book called “Hour Glass” which I hope will be out in the next 16-18 months, once Cryptos has run its hard back and paper back period of time. Actually that one – Hour Glass- got hammered more in the publications review process, because it’s not science fiction – it’s just fiction but it is pretty realistic fiction, and it’s classic espionage spy thriller where Cryptos is science fiction, but has an awful lot of real history and real names in it – and real information having to do with other things including UFOs."

It is exactly the same process used by the Falcon to tell Moore the stories of the UFO cover-up – the Falcon warned that he would mix true material and false material together. Moore like the agents grandchildren would be left to figure out what was true and what was not.

The agent gets to tell his heroic tale, the agency gets to tell the CIA story without violating security, and everyone is happy. Bill Moore got his insights into the world of UFOs and the government. His story, however, did not have a happy ending. Once he revealed that he had cooperated in the government’s game, he was no longer respected in the UFO community and he walked away from the UFO field.

So it was with the 65th anniversary of Roswell. Like the 50th anniversary when Corso came out, the CIA wanted to give the American people the message that Roswell was real. It was sort of a birthday present.

That is the way it has to be done. They can’t just come out and say it’s real for that would disclose material that is still classified. They also don’t want to reveal it because they probably don’t want to be dragged through the streets by an angry mob like poor Gaddafi was when the public in Libya concluded they had been had.

That’s why Brandon hasn’t been prosecuted for lying about the CIA. That’s why the CIA didn’t call him a liar. The Roswell box story is a made up story with no breaches of security. Brandon and the CIA are a team. That’s why nothing was done by the CIA, and nothing will be done.

The game played by Brandon and the CIA is not new. They have been doing this kind of disclosure for at least 40 years and there are piles of examples that can be sited.

Kit Green, a former CIA analyst from 1969-1983 spoke about how this gradual UFO disclosure works. He should know as he has long been rumored to have been in control of the “UFO desk” during his time at the CIA. He has also been rumored to be a person who has briefed the President on UFOs. Researcher Bill Moore, who called Green the “Bluejay” in his aviary, described Green as “a person close to the President of the United States, capable of checking on information to determine its reliability."

Green indicates that what the government is trying to get across is the “core story.” Green, along with researcher Jacques Vallee and scientist Dr. Hal Puthoff, came up with the core story concept in 1987 after sitting down and trying to establish what they knew to be true among all the thousands of UFOs stories that have been told. As Green described the core story, ‘The ETs came here, maybe once, maybe a few times. Either through accident or by design, the US government acquired one of their craft. The only problem was that the physics that powered the craft were so advanced that for decades we humans have struggled to understand it or replicate it.”[2]

Green also described the problem that the United States government and the CIA face in trying to get the story out to the public in the least damaging way.

“If something really strange in the area of UFOs is true, then what do we do about conveying that information to the public? First we must consider what may be the basic facts if you were to give them the core story right off the bat, they’d get sick, so you do it slowly over ten or twenty years. You put out a bunch of movies, a bunch of books, a bunch of stories, a bunch of Internet memes about reptilian aliens eating our children, about the crazy stuff we’ve see recently in Serpo (a bizarre series of e-mails that appeared on the internet claiming that there had been an exchange of people between the aliens and the US military – These e-mails apparently were watched closely by many high government people). Then one day you say. “Hey, all that stuff is nonsense, relax, it’s not that bad, you don’t have to worry, the reality is this” and then you give them the real story.”[3]

The conclusion of the story is that there are really no bad guys. The government is facing a challenge of protecting classified material related to the technologies involved, and of informing the population to what is going on. It is not disinformation to throw people off, but information to acclimatize people just in case something happens that the government can’t control and the UFO cover-up unravels.

Disinformation is not necessary and does not make sense. This was pointed out by Jacques Vallee many years ago already when he said, "Something does not make much sense here. Why would someone in Washington mount a disinformation effort if the only result is to confuse members of the UFO research community, which is a very small group without much influence over the public at large?"

In 1969 the united States government shut down Project Blue Book and they were officially out of the UFO business. They could have just stayed quiet and would never have to face the UFO question again. If they faced a question they would simply have to say, “Don’t know. Not interested. Not Involved.”

That however is not what the United States government did. Like the CIA failing to do anything about a 35 year veteran of their organization running to major media outlets claiming that they are lying and covering up the fact we have been visited by extraterrestrials, the United States government started already in 1973 information indicating theywere still interested and all the alien rumors were true.

It was in 1973 that they signed a contract in the Pentagon for Bob Emenegger and Allen Sandler to do a documentary on UFOs. They provided them with the story that the CIA had channeled an alien in 1959 that flew by the window of one of the most Top Secret CIA facilities in Washington, D.C. They provided them film of a landing of aliens at Holloman Air Force Base and film of UFOs tracking a missile launch out of Vandenberg AFB (which they still have).

Yes, the government and especially the CIA started telling Brandon like tales starting in 1973 and they have been telling these tales to various researchers in various ways almost every year since. The Brandon “Roswell is real” tale is only the last in a long stream of planned government leaks.

The CIA runs great risk in doing this because sooner or later something is going to go wrong and the walls of Jericho are going to come crashing down. If they do the President goes with them, because they work for him and he is responsible for what happens at the CIA.

That is important in light of the Brandon story. In a tough election year where Obama is struggling to stay up in the polls, the CIA must be very sure they know what they are doing. They may just be experts as they have done it so many times. An interesting point to note, however, is that the CIA does not just go and do what it wants, especially in an election year. As Brandon cannot just go and talk to the media the CIA cannot just run a UFO scam to see how it will work.

This means that the Brandon story had to have a green light from the White House. The CIA takes direction from the White House. The risks are too high, and the damage to Obama if it failed, would be too great.

It may be that Obama wanted this message sent to the American people for the 65th anniversary. Like Clinton before him Obama has been talking about UFOs more than most Presidents before him. He brought in up in a trip to New Mexico saying “we will keep our secrets on Roswell” when there was no related question. He brought up the subject unprompted. In the same way he openly played with Will Smith’s son at the White House saying “I can neither confirm nor deny the existence of aliens.” Why would Obama keep talking about extraterrestrials and Roswell knowing that at any moment some Congressman or Senator, or some major news agency might press the point of what’s going on.

Did Obama order this Brandon Roswell confirmation? Did he send a message on the 65th anniversary of Roswell like a UFO friendly Bill Clinton might have done of the 50th anniversary in 1997? Like everything else in the UFO world it is impossible to prove. It’s nice, however, to think that we might just have a friend in the White House.



[1] Lee Speigel, Roswell UFO Was Not Of This Earth And There Were ET Cadavers: Ex-CIA Agent Says” Huffington Post, July 8, 2012

[2] Grant Cameron, “John Alexander, UFOs, Myths, Conspiracies, and Realities: The Rest of the Story” http://presidentialufo.com/articles-a-papers/359-john-alexander-ufos-myths-and-conspiracies-and-realities-the-rest-of-the-story

[3] Grant Cameron “The True Story of Area 51: A Look at the Actual Evidence”

 http://presidentialufo.com/articles-a-papers/379-the-true-story-of-area-51-a-look-at-the-actual-evidence/ 

Last Updated on Friday, 13 July 2012 03:50
 

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