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March 21, 2012


UFO Petition reaches inside the White House - Calls for Obama to investigate Clinton/Rockefeller UFO Letters

Not since the Watergate tapes has anyone reached into the inner sanctum of the White House to expose once hidden Presidential communications; this time about lifting UFO secrecy. Someone has, and the results are of Watergate proportions. However this time - there's no 18 minute gap - anywhere.

Toronto [ZNN] The Fourth Estate continues to operate on the premise that the White House is a consecrated enclave - a political icon impervious to any press offensive or foreign onslaught that may demean its purity. This posture - despite the historical events and dirty deeds of the Nixon Watergate era remains the embedded catechism of the press as it kneels before the altar of democracy.

Most Americans continue to indulge themselves in a similar belief - the White House as hallowed ground. Stephen G. Bassett of the Paradigm Research Group does not.

Mr. Bassett appears to have reached deep inside the White House to discover de facto documentation that proves the White House has soiled itself by remaining close-lipped about their involvement in discussions about UFOs and extraterrestrials. Documents show a White House administration and its President on the verge of lifting government secrecy surrounding UFOs and extraterrestrial intelligence.

If this is not the case - would President Clinton's "I want to know..." 1995 statement in Belfast Ireland then be considered an innocuous slip-up or was it Clinton's own less than cryptic message to the world that he wasn't getting the truth about UFOs either?

To highlight these unambiguous revelations, Bassett has asked citizens to support a WE THE PEOPLE petition to the White House - one aimed at placing these never before seen documents on the altar of American political reality.

Any political analyst viewing the documentation Bassett has acquired would have to agree the evidence is indisputable; not only because of the impeccable clarity of the correspondences but also because of their pedigree and sheer authenticity. Bassett indicates, thanks to Canadian researcher Grant Cameron who unearthed this documentation from the Clinton Library, that he has almost 1000 pages of Freedom of Information data which verify the existence and authenticity of the correspondences.

While the air-tight nature of this series of events is extremely difficult to dispute, there are also other matters on an even greater level of intrigue to which the press remain oblivious. There appear to be overtly obstructive tactics being employed by the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) staff and WE THE PEOPLE officials to de-rail and subvert any serious consideration by the White House of both the 2011 and 2012 petitions by Stephen Bassett on the UFO/ETI matter.


Bassett has engineered the acquisition of a series of explosive letters to President Bill Clinton from long-time Clinton family friend, billionaire Laurance S. Rockefeller, each of which prove beyond any doubt the White House and the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) were involved in discussions about lifting secrecy on the UFO/extraterrestrial intelligence matter between 1993 and 1996. An unusually large number of the Clinton White House staff - including the office of then First Lady - Hillary Clinton were also involved in exchanges of correspondence on this matter.

While the obvious may sometimes escape even the most perceptive journalist - one can only wonder why this kind of proof-positive documentation has not yet been examined by the mainstream media at large unless they have been instructed to yield on this matter by officials within the inner sanctum.

Case in point.

Does it not seem unusual that CBS 60 Minutes has routinely devoted generous hours of coverage to the tasty but featherweight news of India's infatuation with gold, kindergarten academic redshirting, the passing of Steve Jobs and the death of Michael Jackson; yet avoids the opportunity to provide any air-time at all about how and why a member of the influential Rockefeller family be-friends a US President and his wife, then writes to the President asking him to lift government secrecy on UFOs and extraterrestrial intelligence?

Might Rockefeller's numerous letters to President Clinton's science advisor Dr. Jack Gibbons, meetings with him as well as with the First Lady Hillary Clinton about UFOs be something the intrepid 60 Minutes may wish to inform the American people about before it investigates the IQ's of pre-schoolers?

The answers to these questions may reside in the offices of Jeff Fager, Chairman of CBS News and Leslie Moonves CEO of CBS Corporation... or maybe even higher - in the White House. One can only speculate - is the Fourth Estate at this level paying attention or are they complicit in their silence within the inner sanctum?

As this scenario unravels under the nose of CBS and other American TV networks and newspapers, the players in these explosive Clinton/Rockefeller letters give substance and plot to what amounts to the biggest political story in American Presidential history - a screen play that Spielberg, the West Wing or Sir Arthur Conan Doyle would find almost impossible to conjure.


Stephen G. Bassett is the Executive Director of the Paradigm Research Group based in Washington DC. On the basis of these letters, Basset has submitted a WE THE PEOPLE petition demanding the Obama administration investigate letters sent to President Bill Clinton and the OSTP by billionaire philanthropist Laurance S. Rockefeller - seeking to have Clinton, a known UFO enthusiast, lift government secrecy surrounding UFOs and ET intelligence.

The WE THE PEOPLE petition process enables Americans to submit to the White House any petition they feel can garner enough signatures to be considered and examined by the White House. Over 10,000 petitions of all kinds have been submitted.

According to the Bassett petition this series of letters - that have come to be known as the Rockefeller Initiative - confirm Clinton White House officials did indeed engage in discussions with Rockefeller and his solicitor Henry Diamond about lifting secrecy surrounding UFOs and extraterrestrial intelligence.

In one of the Rockefeller letters to President Clinton, entitled Lifting Secrecy on Information about Extraterrestrial Intelligence... Rockefeller wrote:

”Dear President Clinton: This letter is to request that you personally and specifically direct a review of current government information on policy concerning Extraterrestrial Intelligence including Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs). It is widely believed that agencies of the federal government have substantial information about the existence or non-existence of UFOs and that it has been unnecessarily withheld from the public as classified.” [For a brief video explaining the Rockefeller Initiative go to: ] To view this letter in its entirety click on: Rockefeller to Clinton 1995.

Other letters were exchanged between Rockefeller and the President’s Science advisor Dr. Jack Gibbons, head of the influential OSTP – Office of Science and Technology Policy in the White House. According to several of these letters, meetings and telephone conversations to discuss the UFO/ETI matter also occurred.

ZNN's investigation also reveals that during this period, Secretary of State and then First Lady Hillary Clinton is mentioned in letters and, that she made at least one visit to see Rockefeller at his JY Ranch near Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming in August of 1995.

The petition submitted by Stephen G. Bassett on February 23, 2012 has now accumulated over 6700 signatures to date. Bassett hopes the petition to hit 25,000 by March 23. With only two days remaining this may be a faint hope. However, there are several other intriguing aspects to this scenario than just the petition submitted by Bassett. He has undoubtedly struck a nerve within the inner sanctum of global politics - a strike that White House observers are watching very, very closely in the hope that the Fourth Estate remains asleep at the switch.


Even if the petition does not hit the 25,000 signature mark, Bassett and Cameron are well aware the letters are authentic and could very well set off a media frenzy that would be very damaging to any effort by the White House to keep talk of UFO secrecy out of the newspapers and away from public scrutiny.

If a major news outlet like the Washington Post or its not-so-formidable rival the Washington Times were to decide to expose these letters - all matter of delirium and excitement would hit the press. Sagging newspaper circulation and falling advertising revenues at the Post may trend upward, perhaps marking the beginning of a recovery from the Post's 6.2 million third quarter losses in 2011 and its decline in circulation ranking it out of the top five in the nation.

Prominent names like Rockefeller, Bill and Hillary Clinton combined with lifting secrecy on UFOs would also provide a sustained level of investigation by either or both of these flagging Washington newspapers - one lasting well through the next quarter and into the election. Although the Democratic leaning Post realizes this news may not sit well with the Obama administration - the profit motive may be too much to resist in quelling the Post's scarlet bottom line.

For the new generation Washington Post publisher Katherine Weymouth, it may also be an opportunity for her to follow in her grandmother's footsteps - the late Katherine Graham, who, along with the journalistic instincts of editor Ben Bradlee and journalists Woodward and Bernstein - broke the Watergate story leading to the fall of Richard Nixon.

News about President Bill Clinton, White House insiders and UFO secrecy would indeed make spectacular headlines not to mention profits for the first newspaper to break the story regardless of who currently occupies the White House.

Further bolstered by statements already made by the likes of Apollo 14 astronaut Dr. Edgar Mitchell, Mercury astronaut Gordon Cooper and others as to the reality of UFOs and an ET presence - The Rockefeller Initiative documents represent a political flesh wound the press would find virtually impossible to ignore and for the White House to bandage with evasive denials. Bassett remains convinced there may not be a bandage big enough to stop the bleeding if the Rockefeller Letters hit the news - with or without a successful petition.

A media frenzy may not stop there. Bassett and Cameron - like Special Watergate Prosecutors Archibald Cox and Leon Jaworski - have cast a wide net over several high-level government officials who were involved either directly or indirectly in the Rockefeller Initiative within the Clinton administration and beyond.

During a recent interview with the ZlandCommunications News Network Bassett stated: “Those who knew and have not spoken publicly of this initiative include: President Bill Clinton, Sec. of State Hillary Clinton, Obama transition chairman John Podesta, Sec. of Defense Leon Panetta, Vice President Al Gore and Gov. Bill Richardson." Astronomer Carl Sagan and evangelist Billy Graham are also mentioned as dignitaries in the Rockefeller Initiative.

By comparison, the Watergate roster of witnesses and whistle-blowers, the likes of Presidential Counsel John Dean, Attorney General John Mitchell, Nixon aide John Ehrlichman and Chief of Staff H.R. Haldeman, stands in history. Are the people involved in The Rockefeller Initiative next in line?

These similarities are well worth examining, yet more drama remains.


Although there does not appear to be any 'wrong-doing' evident as yet - there may be indications of administrative obfuscation.

In the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) - the office charged with responding to Bassett's first petition in 2011, significant levels of bias appear to exist in memoranda that may have served to minimize the political impact and deter comprehensive press coverage of Bassett's first petition. Well before the White House response to Bassett's first petition in late 2011, at least 15 memos were exchanged among OSTP staff and at least two to NASA HQ personnel which show bias against developing a proper and balanced response to Bassett's petition.

If the usage of specific language in one particular memo is any indication, the OSTP appears to have had its mind made up prior to any analysis of all the evidence - thus undermining Bassett's 2011 petition from the very beginning.

Members of the press may wish to examine one particular October 11 memo to NASA HQ from Mr. Phillip Larson (OSTP assistant). In it, Mr. Larson states: "We got tagged with drumming up a response to a ''please acknowledge aliens' petition...'' This less than subtle use of the phrase 'drumming up' appears to connote an effort by the OSTP to fabricate or concoct a response to Bassett's first petition. See October 11 memo at:

What is more - in another sentence in the same Oct 11 memo Mr. Larson states about the OSTP response: "This version has their [the White House] unofficial blessing and they didn't require us to do any more clearances...". This directly implies that the White House did not require the OSTP to make any other inquires to any other government agencies that may have information about UFOs - such as the CIA, FBI, the United States Air Force or Navy, all of which are on record as having monitored and collected extensive data on UFOs for decades. [CIA UFOs -  FBI UFOs - ]

Why did the White House limit inquiries to NASA alone? Why would the White House not require the OSTP to make full and exhaustive inquiries with all relevant government agencies that may have information about the UFO question? Not only was the OSTP investigation myopic in its analysis - significant bias against the 2011 petition is clearly evident. This lack of due diligence by all concerned calls into question the credibility of the OSTP response, the thoroughness of its examination of the facts and above all, the integrity of the OSTP and the White House.

Other anomalies have transpired.

ZNN, in conversation on March 5, 2012 with Mr. Rick Weiss Director of Communications for the OSTP, Mr. Weiss denied any knowledge of Mr. Bassett's current 2012 petition. During this conversation Mr. Weiss requested that ZNN send him information on Bassett's second petition in order for him to comment on it. ZNN did forward this information to Mr. Weiss but he has failed to respond. [NOTE: Mr. Weiss' name does appear on several 2011 internal memoranda concerning the vetting of a response to Mr. Bassett's first petition in 2011.] It is also clear, as stated by Mr. Bassett in a PRG press release, he is troubled by reports that the current petition process is fraught with problems - denying citizens proper access to the registration process or voting procedures.

As stated in Bassett's November 8, 2011 press release about the White House 2011 response penned by Mr. Larson:

“1) It is a political lie. Whatever the executive branch personnel may know about extraterrestrial evidence, the administration cannot acknowledge any such awareness in order to protect the President's political prospects in the next election.

2) It is a national security lie. The administration cannot acknowledge any such awareness of the evidence as a matter of national security. Which is to say the people cannot handle such truths.

3) It demonstrates the present executive branch of the United States government, including a substantial collection of military, science and intelligence advisors, is completely unaware of the massive evidence for an extraterrestrial presence that has been accumulated over six decades by an extraordinary citizen science/truth movement. Which is to say the administration is both ignorant and incompetent."

It seems Basset really does have the goods on this one. He also appears to have more first-hand evidence up his sleeve that he may be holding back until the right moment. One piece of it however has been on the table for a while. A former high-ranking White House insider has blown the lid off this story during a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington DC in 2002 but this has been conveniently ignored by the press for nearly 10 years.


After leaving the Clinton White House, President Clinton's Chief of Staff John Podesta made an unprecedented statement before the prestigious Washington National Press Club in 2002, condemning government UFO/ETI secrecy.

Podesta stated:

“I think it's time to open the books on questions that have remained in the dark on the question of government investigations of UFOs. It's time to find out what the truth really is that's out there. We ought to do it because it's right, we ought to do it because the American people, quite frankly, can handle the truth and we ought to do it because it's the law.”

Why would Podesta - a lawyer, come forward in such a publicly dramatic manner after witnessing the circulation of UFO related letters among his staff at the White House and Rockefeller unless there was something valid about what he had witnessed? Why would he state that in some way the law has been violated? Is this a subtle indication from a well-placed insider and solicitor that, in some way, the Justice Department must eventually step in? Can the invocation of 'national security' restrictions about UFOs be used indefinitely by the White House to stave off press inquiry and the disclosure of the facts in this elaborate chess match? And, why - in its 'investigation of the facts' did the OSTP appear unaware of Podesta's statement?

One can only speculate on the impact of Podesta’s statement. Had it been made before a Congressional hearing similar to those of the Watergate era or at the 1968 Congressional UFO Hearings in which then Congressman Donald Rumsfeld played a role, the Justice Department would assuredly have been put on notice. It seems that the press as well as the OSTP have conveniently failed to notice this subtlety. The question remains - is there an editor or a corporate CEO out there who has the courage to step forward and expose the Rockefeller Letters for what they are? - a bombshell ready to detonate.

Had Nixon Presidential Counsel John Dean come forward in a similar manner to access the internet and You Tube in 1973, the Watergate crescendo would have peaked months earlier and spared the United States from a protracted political blood-letting never seen before within the White House.

Yet here we have it all - decades later - unfolding before our very eyes on the internet and still the media avoids what they would have fed upon voraciously back then - making Judge Sirica's job a lot easier. [The providential Podesta statement has been on web sites and on You Tube for months, accumulating over 58,000 views. View Podesta's statement at: ]

Have Stephen Bassett and Canadian researcher Grant Cameron found the political smoking-gun? Will the press take a look down the muzzle of the gun to examine the unacknowledged political wounds this evidence has caused or is yet to cause or will it remain silent, continuing to deflect the attention of Americans away from this Presidential matter with tedious talk about the price of oil, the premier of 'Dancing with the Stars' or a Syrian war-in-waiting?

If nothing else - Bassett has made the right call - rising to the occasion by providing the Fourth Estate with a ready-made case with all the evidence it needs to bring The Rockefeller Initiative forward as a Cosmic Watergate - the first chapter in a global move towards UFO/ET Disclosure.

It seems Bassett was not far wrong when he once wrote about the press in 2001:

" For the best part of 50 years, when the biggest story of all time and the seminal event in human history phoned in, the ‘fourth estate’ was screening its calls."


A word to Katherine Weymouth and to Jeff Fager of CBS News: Woodward and Bernstein worked hard to get the goods on Watergate. Bassett and Cameron have already done the leg-work for you on the Rockefeller files.

Grant Cameron can be reached at: .
Stephen Bassett can be reached at: or at 202-215-8344

Background Sources:

Review the PRG petition, go to: Disclosure Petition ll -

ZlandCommunications Press Release:

Rockefeller Initiative Related Files: 














November 8, 2011

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Press Release
November 8, 2011

White House Response to the Disclosure Petition I
Washington, DC - Sixty-four years after flying disks became a worldwide phenomenon, a formal position on this phenomenon has been issued in print by the executive branch of the United States government for the first time.   On Friday, November 4 the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) responded to two petitions submitted to the We the People section of the White House website.  One of these, the Disclosure Petition, was submitted by Paradigm Research Group.   The White House response gave the administration's assessment of the assertion by a growing number of researchers and activists that flying disks and other related phenomena confirm an extraterrestrial, non-human intelligence engaging the human race.  See:!/response/searching-et-no-evidence-yet    and

OSTP researcher Phil Larson wrote, "The fact is we have no credible evidence of extraterrestrial presence here on Earth."  Unfortunately for the OSTP and the Obama administration, that assertion is false.  Furthermore, given that approximately 50% of the American people are now convinced of an extraterrestrial presence and more than 80% believe the government is not telling the truth about the phenomenon, it is an embarrassment.

There are only four possible explanations for this statement from the OSTP:

1)  It is a political lie.  Whatever the executive branch personnel may know about extraterrestrial evidence, the administration cannot acknowledge any such awareness in order to protect the President's political prospects in the next election.

2)  It is a national security lie.   The administration cannot acknowledge any such awareness of the evidence as a matter of national security.  Which is to say the people cannot handle such truths.

3)  It demonstrates the present executive branch of the United States government, including a substantial collection of military, science and intelligence advisors, is completely unaware of the massive evidence for an extraterrestrial presence that has been accumulated over six decades by an extraordinary citizen science/truth movement.   Which is to say the administration is both ignorant and incompetent.

4)  The statement is correct and the aforementioned accumulation of evidence is just a sixty year, worldwide misunderstanding.

There are no other possible explanations, and in due course administration officials will have to defend their formal statement on one of these bases.

Paradigm Research Group invites the political media to give the evidentiary matrix behind the extraterrestrial reality a modest examination and consider challenging the Obama administration's position on what is easily the most important issue in the world today.   Such an examination might include:

1)  Reviewing quotes by persons of high rank and station over many decades.  See:
2)  Reviewing a database of thousands of sightings by pilots in flight.   This database is managed by NARCAP.  See:

3)  Reviewing the following books:  UFOs and the National Security State - Vols. 1 and 2 (Dolan), UFOs and Nukes (Hastings), Witness to Roswell (Carey/Schmitt), UFOs: Generals, Pilots and Government Officials Go On the Record (Kean), Missing Times: News Media Complicity in the UFO Cover-up (Hansen), Above Top Secret (Good), Abduction: Human Encounters with Aliens (Mack), Top Secret/Majic (Friedman).

4)  Reviewing the following documentaries:  Out of the Blue (Fox/Coleman)     UFOs: 50 Years of Denial (Fox)    The Day Before Disclosure (Toftenes)

5)  Reviewing the public statements of two astronaut legends:  Col. Gordon Cooper and Dr. Edgar Mitchell. See: and

6)  Reviewing the government witness testimonies amassed by the Disclosure Project.   See:

The above represent but a small fraction of the evidence the White House now formally claims is either not credible or does not exist, and there is one more area of enquiry the political media might engage - one with an ironic aspect.

From early 1993 to late 1996 billionaire Laurance Rockefeller engaged the Clinton administration through the Office of Science and Technology Policy to convince President Clinton to release all files regarding the UFO/ET issue and end the truth embargo.  Why is this relevant to the current administration?   Those persons who at the time were either directly involved with or knew about what has come to be called the "Rockefeller Initiative" include:  Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton (Secretary of State), John Podesta (Obama transition co-chair), Webster Hubbell, Leon Panetta (CIA Director/Secretary of Defense), Dr. John Gibbons - involved; Albert Gore, Bill Richardson (Governor of New Mexico) - knew.

None of these high level officials have ever spoken publicly about the Rockefeller Initiative or been asked a single question about the Initiative in public by the political media.  Perhaps it is time for that to change.  


PRG executive director Stephen Bassett will soon submit more extensive op-ed commentary on the OSTP position statement to the appropriate newspapers for consideration.

PRG press releases archived at:

Contact:   Stephen Bassett

Paradigm Research Group
4938 Hampden Lane, #161, Bethesda, MD   20814  202-215-8344

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