Very high level meetings and conversations involving President Truman took place as a result of this famous incident. I did post this information at
the tail end of some older threads about the 1952 DC sightings but got no response and think it is worthy of its' own thread.
While the first two links in this chain have been chewed over for some time, I don't believe anyone has ever made a point of the September 3 meeting
at the White House and I have Googled it in every way possible. The connection is self-evident. This was an incredibly important meeting.
This from Capt. Edward Ruppelt in 1955: "About 10:00 A.M. the President's air aide, Brigadier General Landry, called intelligence at President
Truman's request to find out what was going on. Somehow I got the call. I told General Landry that the radar target could have been caused by weather
but that we had no proof."
Landry was, in fact, Truman's personal red tape cutter with the Air Force and briefed Truman on UFOs on a regular basis starting in 1948. From Landry
in 1974. "I was directed to report quarterly to the President after consulting with Central Intelligence people, as to whether or not any UFO
incidents received by them could be considered as having any strategic threatening implications at all.
The report was to be made orally by me unless it was considered by intelligence to be so serious or alarming as to warrant a more detailed report in
writing. During the four and one-half years in office there, all reports were made orally. Nothing of substance considered credible or threatening to
the country was ever received from intelligence."
Finally, on September 3, 1952, a meeting was held and documented on the President's Calendar:
12:30 pm (The President met in Cabinet Room, with group from Air Force,
the Rand Corporation and National Security Resources Board,
for briefing on defense of Capital. LOWER WEST DOOR, HALF
HOUR OFF THE RECORD
DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE
FOWLER, Colonel John G.
GARLAND, General William
GRAHAM, Colonel Gordon
HUNNER, Major Paul
McCLELLAND, John C.
HENDERSON, Lawrence J.
NILES, Walter W.
NATIONAL SECURITY RESOURCES BOARD
GORRIE, Honorable Jack
LANCASTER, Presley, Jr.
LANDRY, Brig. Gen. Robert B., Air Force Aid to the President
Dennison, Rear Adm. Robert L., Naval Aid to the President
I did do some cursory research into the resumes of the attendees and found that the Air Force guys were largely from "target" backgrounds, meaning
radar. Why two members of the Rand Corporation were there is anyone's guess, but Henderson did attain the role of vice president with the