posted on Jan, 23 2004 @ 03:12 PM
One aspect of this thread is "Is the U.S. President cleared to access UFO (or Any Other) information ?"
As strange as it may seem, the correct answer to this question is "No, not always." The reason is that (as discussed previously) the Government
REQUIRES that anyone seeking highly classified information must not only possess the clearamce level (Confidential; Secret,
Secret-Codeword, Top Secret, Top Secret-Codeword or
Top-Secret Codewrd-Eyes Only; But the NEED to access the information. Often the President has the "clearance" but not the NEED.
Example: In 1961 while I was stationed in Northern Honchu Island, Japan with the USAFSS (A Military Adjunct
of NSA) I guarded a NSA Site as a SP (then called AP).
Early on a Saturday morning I was interupted by my #2 SP that a Staff Car with two motorcycle escorts was pulling into our parking lot. Never having
seen a Staff Car with mororcycle escorts I stepped outside just as the Staff Car parked; as is customary for Field Grade and above Officers, there was
a license plate showing the rank of the Officer, this licence plate displayed Four Stars. It took a few moments for me to realize that this was a
full general; I then thought "who is he, and why is this general here ?"
When the General exited the rear of the staff car I was able to recognize him as Emment R. O'Donnal, some times known as "Rosie O'Donnal", CIC
of U.S. Forces, Pacific. His exec. was a full colonel himself and very much into his job of assisting the General. I explained to the General & his
exec. that we Did Not have a security badge for the General (due to there not being a perceived NEED) but that I had already contacted my commander
(Colonel James Barry) who was enroute to our compound to grant the General what is known as "personal recognition". As it states, this must be
given personally, even though the exec. kept pressing for me to let the General enter the compound due to some "pressing matters" I resisted.
My commander arrived shortly and it wasn't long until the General was given a badge and entered the building. The exec. however was still upset
with me and was discussing the matter with my commander, I felt that I was at best get my butt chewed, or at worse lose a stripe.
Luckily General O'Donnel was passing the two Colonels as my refusal to comply with the exec.'s insistance that since I KNEW the General to be
General O'Donnel, I should have granted access early-on; General O'Donnel spoke up and said to his exec." that I had handled it exactly right",
that he (General O'Donnel) while having a Top Secret-Codeword clearance he Did Not have a NEED for access to this compound. The exec. was also told
to "let it lie". Which is exactly what he did.
Hope this Post is not too long or too boring, but it will show that sometimes Rank, even High Rank just won't get the job done.