The New York Daily News of December 18, 1995 ran a brief story claiming that billionaire Laurance Rockefeller had funded and would send a major UFO report to President Clinton and other world leaders. The Daily News story, part of a column written by George Rush and Joanna Molloy, was headlined "Far Out" and said, in part:
"Laurance Rockefeller...the 85-year-old philanthropist has funded a 150-page study of 'the Roswell Incident.' This month, he's due to send it to White House Science adviser John Gibbons, as well as every U.S. congressman and senator.
"'The Best Available Evidence' features testimony from former military officials and astronauts that contradicts Air Force denials of an alien landing, says Michael Luckman, director of the New York Center for UFO Research."
CNI News has received further information about the Rockefeller UFO initiative from a reliable source who worked on the project. According to this source, the Daily News story was "planted" by Michael Luckman, who works mainly as a press agent and trades odd stories for regular mention of his show-business clients in the Daily News column.
In a faxed message to CNI News, our source said there were many inaccuracies in Luckman's version of the story. He further states:
"There is no Roswell study done or contemplated by the Rockefeller group. There is a book, actually an extended briefing paper, that will be back from the printers any day, containing about a dozen UFO cases thought to be the best, with some emphasis on the worldwide nature of the events. This will be sent to heads of state and a handful of members of congress and the senate, certainly not all. Only 1,000 copies of the book are being printed.
"The concept is to alert leaders of government throughout the world of the nature and perhaps urgency of the UFO problem. This is in keeping with what Laurance Rockefeller and the BSW Foundation in New York have been doing for about two years, quietly. I don't think they appreciate the publicity."
In a followup conversation with CNI News editor Michael Lindemann, the source declined to comment further on the project except to say that he had worked with the Rockefeller group for about one year and had reviewed the manuscript in question.
In recent years, Laurance Rockefeller has given substantial financial support to a number of prominent UFO/alien researchers, including Dr. John Mack and Dr. Steven Greer. He has also urged President Clinton to acknowledge the reality of UFOs, both indirectly through Clinton's science advisor John Gibbons, and directly, especially recently when Rockefeller hosted the president at his ranch in Wyoming.
Some of Rockefeller's UFO-related activities have been conducted in cooperation with the low-profile BSW Foundation, headed by wealthy New Yorkers Sandra Wright Houghton and Bootsy Galbraith. Rockefeller's latest initiative, the UFO briefing report, is expected to reflect the view shared by himself, Greer, Houghton and Galbraith that the earth is being visited primarily by benevolent E.T.s who pose no threat to the established order.
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