President Clinton may have to hold still for a lecture on UFOs if he expects to squeeze campaign money out of Laurance Rockefeller.
The 85-year-old philanthropist was among the VIPs at Clinton's 49th birthday last weekend in Wyoming. It's safe to say that the venture capitalist has the President's ear-- at least while Clinton is vacationing on the Rockefeller spread.
Chances are the two men have, or will, talk about the environment since Laurence has been a conservation adviser to every Present since Eisenhower. It's also likely that Rockefeller will bring up the alien issue.
Immigrants from Mexico? No, from outer space.
Rockefeller has been pressing the Clinton administration to open the government's UFO files.
Correspondence we've obtained shows that Rockefeller has told White House Science Adviser John Gibbons that the government must put an end to 40-plus years of denial on the subject of UFOs, particularly the rumored crash of a spacecraft in Roswell, NM in 1947.
A Rockefeller-funded study on UFO activity -- conducted recently with the help of three former astronauts -- should be presented to the White House this fall, according to Michael Luckman, of the New York Center for UFO Research.
Rockefeller is also said to have financed a group trying to contact extraterrestrials with lasers.
What makes Rockefeller so interested in ET? Some say the octogenarian hopes the aliens will share their secrets of longevity.
"I don't know about any anti-aging cure," says Rockefeller spokesperson Frasier Sietel. "But Laurance's interests are broad. He's a real eclectic fellow."
BILLIONAIRE URGES CLINTON: "PROBE UFO MYSTERY"
President Clinton is being pressured to reopen supersecret government files on the world's most baffling UFO incident. The man who wants the secrecy ended is billionaire philanthropist Laurance S. Rockefeller, a personal friend of the president.
UFO experts believe the government covered up a UFO crash in 1947 near Roswell, N.M., from which alien bodies were recovered.
This mystery was the basis of a highly-rated show on the Fox television network which was repeated Sept 5.
"Many are convinced that Roswell marks the beginning of government secrecy about UFOs," says Rockefeller in a letter to the White House obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. "Whatever the truth of Roswell, a definitive statement about it from the government would be very important," the letter continues.
Rockefeller hosted President Clinton at his western ranch during the chief executive's recent vacation in Jackson Hole, Wyoming -- and insiders believe he bent Clinton's ear about the UFO issue. He also wrote to President Clinton's science advisor, John Gibbons, to urge that all UFO-related information be released.
UFO enthusiasts have long cited the Roswell incident as the most blatant example of government cover-up. They claim that after an alien spacecraft crashed, the bodies of the ET visitors were autopsied and then secretly flown to an Air Force base in Ohio.
In his letter to the White House, Rockefeller suggests that a cover-up may very well have been imposed by jittery bureaucrats.
"While much in the public sector has been written about it, the government has had nothing to say about it..." says Rockefeller. He called on the President to promise there would be no persecution for those coming forward and revealing their eyewitness accounts of the New Mexico incident.
"In addition to lifting classification about Roswell, consideration should be given to granting amnesty on an individual basis to allow those with knowledge about the incident to speak without fear of prosecution. There is reason to believe that there are individuals who would provide information about the incident under that circumstance," [Rockefeller wrote].
The Roswell incident has been repeatedly dismissed by the Defense Department.
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