CAVEAT LECTOR: Informed political sources indicate that former Republican Governor Fyfe Symington III may intend to run for election to public office in Arizona in 2008. Please read Symington's biographical notes at the end of this article and listen to the EXOPOLITICS RADIO episode entitled "The Phoenix Lights" with Dr. Lynne Kitei. Then consider the reliability of this alleged witness before making a final evaluation.
Based on former Gov. Symington's television and radio interviews on major media, including CNN, ABC, and Coast to Coast AM, it does appear that Gov. Symington is sincere about his having seen the reported Phoenix Lights space craft on the night of March 13, 1997. His coming forward at this time is laudatory. However, Gov. Symington has not provided a justifiable or adequate response as to why he did not report his sighting publicly in 1993, as Governor of the State. Gov. Jimmy Carter reported his 1969 UFO sighting in 1973 while Governor of Georgia. Moreover, Gov. Symington, in our view, has not provided a justifiable response at to why he called and held the "spoof" press conference, thereby reinforcing disinformational anti-Extraterrestrial stereotypes, especially since he admits he had just personally witnessed the craft.
Still, under the test of the South African Amnesty Process - that public confession of a crime yields public absolution - Gov. Symington has passed the text. In this case, the potential crime could be stated as potentially knowingly abetting the Extraterrestrial cover-up by his behaviour as Governor of Arizona in 1997.
By this view, the Extraterrestrial cover-up and embargo, aggressively held in place by the U.S. military-intelligence authorities since the early 1950s, may constitute the international humanitarian crime crimes against humanity, as defined by the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, and the Geneva Conventions.
Fife Symington decides to set record straight ten years after famed “Phoenix Lights” incident
Phoenix, AZ – Ten years after the Arizona UFO incident known as the “Phoenix Lights,” former Arizona Republican Governor Fife Symington, III, now says that he himself was a witness to one of the “craft of unknown origin,” even though he originally did not say so publicly.
In an exclusive interview by Leslie Kean, an investigative reporter with the Washington-based Coalition for Freedom of Information, released today in the Prescott Daily Courier, Symington now admits that he saw an enormous, inexplicable craft that evening.
On March 13, 1997, during Symington’s second term as Governor, thousands saw gigantic triangular and V-shaped unidentified objects, gliding slowly and silently across the sky. Witnesses throughout the state estimated that the eerie, lighted vehicles were bigger than many football fields, up to a mile long.
They reported that these were clearly solid, technological flying machines that blocked out the stars - not merely lights. The objects were seen earlier than the row of lights near Phoenix, videotaped and shown repeatedly on television, which were most likely flares.
Symington was well known for ridiculing the incident at a spoof press conference, so his statement marks a dramatic turnaround. According to his comments to Kean, he wants to make amends to his constituents and set the record straight.
The former Governor, a cousin of the late Missouri Senator Stuart Symington, states that the incident remains unsolved, and should be officially investigated. The U.S. Government has never acknowledged that something was in the sky that night, despite official documentation of a very similar flying craft of unknown origin investigated in the 1990’s by the governments of England and Belgium.
FIFE SYMINGTON DECIDES TO SET RECORD STRAIGHT TEN YEARS AFTER FAMED "PHOENIX LIGHTS" INCIDENT
By Leslie Kean
Ten years after the Arizona UFO incident known as the "Phoenix Lights," former Arizona Republican Governor Fife Symington, III, now says that he himself was a witness to one of the strange unidentified flying objects, even though he originally did not say so publicly.
"It was enormous and inexplicable," he said in an exclusive interview from his home in Phoenix. "Who knows where it came from? A lot of people saw it, and I saw it too."
On March 13, 1997, during Symington�s second term as Governor, thousands saw multiple triangular and V-shaped craft, gliding slowly and silently across the sky for half an hour beginning at approximately 8:15 pm. Awestruck witnesses, throughout the state, estimated that the eerie, lighted vehicles were bigger than many football fields, up to a mile long.
Arizona Senator John McCain, a friend of Symington�s who the former Governor describes as "open-minded," acknowledged at a 2000 press conference that lights were seen over Arizona. "That has never been fully explained. But I have to tell you that I do not have any evidence whatsoever of aliens or UFOs," he said.
The evidence for a possible UFO, which simply means something in the sky that can�t be identified, lies in the fact that countless witnesses reported seeing low, gigantic, technological flying machines that blocked out the stars - not merely lights. Now the former Governor attests to that.
Symington says he saw a large triangular "craft of unknown origin" with lights, moving slowly. "It was dramatic. And it couldn't have been flares because it was too symmetrical," he says. "It had a geometric outline, a constant shape."
The sightings of the objects that evening are sometimes confused with the row of lights that appeared at about 10 pm, near Phoenix, and have been shown repeatedly on television news. These later lights were probably flares. People witnessed the objects at around 8:30 because they were outside on that pleasant, cloudless night watching the Hale-Bopp Comet.
Symington was known for ridiculing the incident at a spoof press conference, so his statement marks a dramatic turnaround. He wants to make amends to his constituents and set the record straight.
On the morning of June 19, 1997, when pressure was building from frustrated citizens who wanted answers, the Governor announced on television that he was ordering a full investigation and would make "all the necessary inquiries. We�re going to get to the bottom of this. We�re going to find out if it was a UFO," he said in a serious tone.
Later that same afternoon, Symington suddenly called a press conference and told viewers that he had found the source behind the Phoenix Lights. His chief-of-staff, Jay Heiler, was escorted in by public safety police officers while handcuffed, wearing a large rubber mask and dressed as a space alien. The Governor presented the costumed extraterrestrial as the "guilty party." While laughter filled the room, he joked that "this just goes to show that you guys are entirely too serious."
"It was an insult to the intelligence of the witnesses," Barwood recalls. "The message to Arizona citizens was that reporting this was stupid."
"If I had to do it all over again I probably would have handled it differently," Symington explains. He says that the state of Arizona was "on the brink of hysteria" about the UFO sighting when he called the press conference, and the frenzy was building. "I wanted them to lighten up and calm down, so I introduced a little levity. But I never felt that the overall situation was a matter of ridicule," he says.
The former Governor, a cousin of the late Missouri Senator Stuart Symington, states that the incident remains open and unsolved, and should be officially investigated. The US Government has never acknowledged that something was in the sky that night.
Phoenix city councilwoman Frances Barwood was the only elected official to launch a public investigation in 1997, but she received no information from any level of government. Barwood spoke with over seven hundred witnesses, including police, pilots and former military, who provided very similar descriptions. "The government never interviewed even one witness," she says.
Symington also attempted to find an explanation. He called the Commander at Luke Air Force Base, the General in charge of the National Guard, and the head of the Department of Public Safety in 1997. None of these officials had answers, and they were "perplexed," he says.
In 2000, the Department of Defense maintained that it could not find any information about the triangular object, in response to a court-ordered search requested by a U.S. District court in Phoenix, as part of a class action suit filed by witnesses.
"How could they possibly not know about these huge craft flying low over major population centers? That�s inconceivable, but it�s also frightening," Barwood commented.
Symington�s announcement is bolstered by the fact that similar flying objects have been documented by the governments of England and Belgium.
On March 30, 1990, the Belgian Air Force sent two F-16s armed with missiles to intercept a black triangular UFO displaying bright lights on its underside. The object could accelerate or dive at tremendous speeds, starting from a stationary position, as recorded on radar. It flew at the speed of sound without making a sonic boom.
The Belgian Ministry of Defense released all its data on the UFO to the press, after eliminating American stealth aircraft and all other possible explanations.
On the night of March 30, 1993, three years later to the day, a vast triangular-shaped craft, also capable of rapidly accelerating in seconds from a virtual hover, was seen by over a hundred witnesses in England, including police officers and military personnel. The British Ministry of Defense stated that "none of the usual explanations put forward to explain UFO sightings seem applicable" and concluded that the evidence showed that "an unidentified object (or objects) of unknown origin was operating over the UK."
According to an April 1993 MOD document, the agency sent a letter to the US Embassy which was "disseminated to all �interested Agencies� in the US" to find out whether the March UFO could have been attributable to some US prototype such as the Aurora.
"The answer I got back was extraordinary," reports Nick Pope, the MOD official who investigated the 1993 sighting. "The Americans had been having their own sightings of these large, triangular-shaped UFOs and wanted to know if the RAF might have such a craft."
This statement, four years before the display over Arizona, contradicts the 2000 claim by the US DOD that the department had no information at all about the triangles. To this day, US officials continue to keep the lid on the Phoenix Lights and other well-documented American sightings of mysterious giant triangles.
"I wish that government entities would stop trying to shut down these investigations by putting out some flakey story," says Symington, a long-time pilot, drawing an analogy to the November sighting of a hovering disc by many aviation witnesses at O'Hare airport, which the FAA explained away as a "weather phenomenon."
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Leslie Kean is an investigative journalist whose articles have appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines around the world such as the Boston Globe, Baltimore Sun, Providence Journal, Sacramento Bee, Atlanta-Journal Constitution, Newark Star Ledger, The Nation magazine, International Herald Tribune, Globe and Mail, the Sydney Morning Herald, the Bangkok Post, the Kyoto Journal, and the Journal of Scientific Exploration. Her stories have been syndicated through Knight-Ridder Tribune, Scripps-Howard, New York Times Wire Service, Pacific News Service and the National Publishers Association. She is the co-founder of the Washington-based Coalition for Freedom of Information.
EXOPOLITICS RADIO Program March 10, 2007 "THE PHOENIX LIGHTS" with Dr. Lynne Kitei including coverage of former Arizona Republican Governor Fife Symington, III
"Governor Symington was born in New York City
in 1945 and was raised in Maryland. He graduated from Harvard University
in 1968. Governor Symington served with the United States Air Force and
was stationed at Luke Air Force Base, Glendale, Arizona. He received the
Bronze Star for service in Vietnam and he attained the rank of captain.
He was partner with Lincoln Property Company from 1972 to 1976 and was
the founder of the Symington Company shich he was involved from 1976 to
1989. Mr. Symington was elected Governor in 1991 in a run-off election
held February 26, 1991. He took office on March 6, 1991. Governor Symington
served as chairman of the Western Governor's Conference from 1992 to 1993.
He married Ann Pritlaff and they have five children."
Resigned on September 7, 1997 after convicted
of fraud September 3, 1997.
"Republican J. Fife Symington became governor
in 1989, but he also encountered legal problems. In 1994 Symington reached
a settlement in a lawsuit with the government over charges that as a director
of a savings and loan association he had engaged in actions that violated
conflict-of-interest laws. Symington paid no money under the settlement
and maintained his innocence. Symington was indicted again by a federal
grand jury in June 1996 on multiple counts of fraud and extortion. In September
1997 a federal jury convicted Symington on seven felony counts for repeatedly
misstating his net worth to financial institutions to obtain loans. By
Arizona state law he was forced to resign his position as governor because
of the felony convictions. He was succeeded in office by Arizona's secretary
of state, Republican Jane Dee Hull. Symington was sentenced to two and
a half years in prison and five years' probation, but remained free pending
the outcome of an appeal. In 1999 Symington's convictions were overturned
by a federal appeals court because a juror had been improperly dismissed
during his trial."
VANCOUVER, B.C. – In the late 1980s, I was asked to meet with a Gallup family heir who wished to explore a collaborative venture for a public opinion poll of "transformational" attitudes worldwide. Before our meeting, I half expected a dull, cautious businessman-bureaucrat. Instead, in sauntered in a brilliant imagination, a bright intellect, with the twinkle of cosmic change. This Gallup seemed more like a utopian resident of Sir Francis Bacon’s New Atlantis (some interpret Bacon’s unfinished work as an allegory about Earth’s coming integration with a larger Universe society), rather than the stereotypical captain of corporate America. That meeting was my first expansive Gallup encounter.
A decade or so later, I once again encountered an expansive Gallup. This time my encounter was not with a scion, but with a Gallup public opinion poll. The subject matter of the poll related to my research on Exopolitics, the study of politics, government, and law in the Universe. I found the Gallup organization had compiled a public opinion poll that illuminated key terrestrial dynamics of the study of governmental structures and political processes in the Universe.
Yes, you read that sentence correctly. It did say "key terrestrial dynamics of the study of governmental structures and political processes in the Universe." Our terrestrial law of Space now ends at the upper atmosphere, or at best at the Moon. Everything beyond those near-earth orbits is, legally speaking, the Void. No living entity or system of government or law is presumed to exist there. Human law assumes that no supra-human politics or regulation exists in outer or dimensional Space.
Exopolitics, as a discipline for understanding Universe society through
its politics and government, may turn our dominant view of the Universe
upside down and inside out. As exopolitics posits, the truest
conception of our human circumstance may be that we are on an isolated
planet in the midst of a populated, evolving, highly organized
inter-planetary, inter-galactic, multi-dimensional Universe society.
From an exopolitical perspective, Earth only appears to be isolated
because we are in intentional quarantine, imposed by the technology and
justice of structured, rational Universe society. We may be isolated
from the rest of Universe society as the result of a formal, Universe
governmental and political process.
Are we as a planet on the verge of being re-integrated into Universe
society? That’s very likely. The signs are all around us. In fact, as
the Gallup organization polls suggests, contemporary human attitudes
about our populated Universe may themselves constitute one of the main
signs of our pending reintegration into Universe society.
As with other historical transformations of human society, politics
may be a key mechanism for navigating Earth’s integration into Universe
society. Politics is a process by which the interests of individuals,
groups, and institutions will mediate, compromise, and create a
collective future. Politics, however, does not end at Earth’s edge.
Politics is a process that is universal. Earth’s integration into
Universe society is occurring as part of a definable political process
within Universe government. That process is part of the discipline we
can term exopolitics.
The Exopolitical Majority
Does the exopolitical version of our Universe reality sound vaguely
familiar to you? Does it raise a tingle along the back of your neck?
Does it have the ring of truth? Or do you react to it as flaky and
unscientific? Well, you can compare your own attitudes about
exopolitical reality in the results of a very significant public
opinion poll by, yes, the Gallup organization. This poll has profound
exopolitical implications. This Gallup poll is almost like a "tracking
poll" for extraterrestrial politics.
Each of our personal opinions about the reality of an
extraterrestrial presence on Earth now falls along a spectrum of public
opinion that has already been scientifically measured by the Gallup
organization. A 1996 Gallup poll showed that 72 percent of the U.S.
adult population believes there is some form of extraterrestrial life.
Fully 45 percent of the adult population believes the Earth is visited
by extraterrestrial life.
By extension, we may assume that public opinion about
extraterrestrial visitation may be roughly the same in the other
regions of the planet. The proportion of world youth that likewise
believe extraterrestrials have visited Earth may be even higher than
the adult population. These polls, I am sure, will be measured in the
not too distant future, if they have not been measured already.
The Gallup poll now shows that nearly 100 million adult humans in
the United States – 45 percent of its adult population – believe that
Extraterrestrial civilization has visited or visits Earth.
Let’s explore the political dimensions of this finding. One hundred
million adults is approximately the number of U.S. adults who vote in a
U.S. Presidential election! The U.S. Federal Election Commission
reports that 96,277,634 persons voted in the 1996 Presidential general
We can assume that as a whole these 100 million adults aren’t
delusional, mind-controlled, or brainwashed. Our poll population can
intuitively filter out those extraterrestrial "visitations" which are
staged secret psychological warfare operations by human
military-intelligence agencies. A more recent poll shows that 70
percent of U.S. adults believe the U.S. government is covering up an
By the very premises of public opinion polls, these 100 million
extraterrestrial-sensitive humans are responding to something they
believe is true. Down deep in their intuition they hold that
extraterrestrials have visited Earth. Philosopher Immanuel Kant would
call this perfectly valid intuitive knowledge. In short, human
intuition is reality-oriented enough to filter out false propaganda
from Universe reality.
What are the implications of the finding that more adult U.S.
citizens believe extraterrestrials visit Earth than vote in a U.S.
Presidential election? Public opinion polls are prime tools in
terrestrial politics. Suppose a public opinion poll were to show that
100 million U.S. adults were favor of a particular type of health care
or social security plan. You can safely bet that governments and
politicians (especially at election time!) would be jumping to meet
these poll-driven political demands.
By contrast, a valid public opinion poll showing that 100 million
U.S. adults believe there is an extraterrestrial presence is not
driving any political outcomes. No mainstream politicians have defined
extraterrestrial presence as a live political or public policy issue.
No sizable number of citizens of any terrestrial nation are moved to
call upon their local politicians or the political process to connect
with the extraterrestrial presence, or study it, or even acknowledge it
officially. Why is this anomaly occurring in politics and government?
You could say that a major reason for the disconnection between
terrestrial politics and the extraterrestrial issue is cultural and
contextual. Our modern human culture has not yet placed these issues –
the extraterrestrial presence, terrestrial politics, and Universe
society – in the same context. Our "mainstream" collective human mind
literally cannot now see how governments and politics might be
connected to an extraterrestrial initiative.
But cultural context is not the whole cause. Public interest
research shows that a determined covert terrestrial network may be
attempting to "engineer" human attitudes toward the extraterrestrial
initiative, and in turn, toward Universe society. Two principal tools
of this attitude engineering are official secrecy about actual
extraterrestrial contact, and a raging information war against the
These quasi-official, secret "black operations" networks appear to be
hosted largely in the anglophile countries of United States, United
Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada. Coincidentally, these
anti-extraterrestrial networks are in the countries that manage "Echelon," a secret Internet surveillance operation.
The recent unofficial three-year COMETA study
formally suggested the hypothesis of an extraterrestrial presence as
viable based on the evidence. The senior French scientists, along with
former space and Air Force officials, who completed the COMETA study
may be taking sides in the information war. Whether consciously or not,
functionally they act as informal diplomatic allies of Universe
society. The French government itself has sued the Echelon countries
for industrial espionage in violation of the European Union. Thus there
may be the makings of a diplomatic divide in the global
anti-Extraterrestrial information war!
The anti-Extraterrestrial information war has been in place since
the early 1950s. This war has no terrestrial political sanction, has
not been approved by any constitutional body, and violates the norms of
international law. The illegal information war is, on analysis, a
principal exopolitical block to Earth’s fuller integration with
The Disclosure Movement
Not surprisingly, a public disclosure movement is emerging in North
America and worldwide. Its focus is to force credible disclosure of
official contact, and to stop the information war against the
extraterrestrial presence. Disclosure movements have longstanding
political and constitutional roots in the U.S. and elsewhere. Public
interest groups have often used the political and constitutional
process to make public and stop secret unconstitutional wars and
programs. Such was the case in the Watergate cover-up, the Iran-Contra
drug-weapons scheme, and the war in Central America (which killed more
than a million persons, with questionable constitutional
Public disclosure of extraterrestrial contact and of the information
war is a nexus point where terrestrial politics and exopolitics meet.
To mix many metaphors, disclosure is "where the rubber meets the road."
Public disclosure is how exopolitics acquires "traction" in human
awareness and terrestrial politics. Disclosure is the procedural
antecedent to full, sustained, institutional contact with an
extraterrestrial (and multidimensional) Universe society.
Televised public legislative hearings on extraterrestrial scientific
and public policy issues are a key strategic option for triggering
official disclosure. The political and mass-educational impacts of an
open, uncensored legislative hearing before a bipartisan,
gender-balanced panel of U.S. Congresspersons could be profound.
Televised legislative and educational panels in different regions of
the Earth could follow. France, Brazil and Japan are fruitful of venues
for public disclosure hearings that readily come to mind. Hearings in
these countries may be even more open than hearings in the U.S., the
prime venue of the information war. The U.S., with only five percent of
the world’s population, may be serving as unwitting host for the brunt
of the anti-extraterrestrial information war.
Official legislative hearings can create a credible forum for
high-impact disclosure testimony and evidence. The prime function of
televised public disclosure is global public education about an
extraterrestrial presence. There are many concurrent disclosure
activities that could provide valuable testimony and evidence for
official hearings. These include high-level French participants in the
three-year COMETA study, as well as witnesses in Washington, D.C.-based
CSETI’s disclosure project (where I recently submitted testimony on a
1977 Carter White House extraterrestrial communication study).
Exopolitics: The "Alien" vs. Extraterrestrial Distinction
The information war is designed to sow confused, negative human
attitudes about extraterrestrial reality. Many "alien abductions" may
in reality be classic psychological warfare operations, and a
phenomenon of the information war. Abduction experiences may be a
mixture of: 1) growth-oriented dimensional experiences of an archetypal
nature, as described by Harvard Professor John Mack; 2) psychological
operations by various sides in the information war; 3) MILAB or
terrestrial military-intelligence operations, mimicking "alien
abductions" as part of the information war (thus, many abductions may
be "psy-war" phenomena of the anti-extraterrestrial information war).
From an exopolitical perspective, I use the term "extraterrestrial"
to refer to organized Universe society as it exists in interstellar and
multidimensional space. Extraterrestrial societies are the participants
in the exopolitical process. Exopolitics is a fundamental organizing,
mediating, social, and governmental process in our interplanetary and
interdimensional space. Exopolitics is how a highly populated and
regulated Universe governs itself.
Exopolitics is designed to elicit and illustrate basic principles
and dynamics of politics, government, and law in the Universe.
Towards a Decade of Contact: A Vision
How can the human population get beyond the anti-extraterrestrial
conceptual traps our institutions and terrestrial leaders keep
constructing for us? One way is to build a new, participatory
exopolitical process whose purpose is to foment and structure
humankind’s preparedness to enter interplanetary society.
This participatory process is the Decade of Contact. As a society, we
can dedicate a ten-year period of human education and community action
around integrating Earth into Universe society. The Decade of Contact
is both a process and a public attitude. Extraterrestrial contact is
our doorway into re-integration with Universe society. Extraterrestrial
contact is an interactive process, both with our fellow humans and with
Universe society itself. Just how many decades it will take to
re-establish working contact with the organized Universe seems to be
partially in our own hands.
The Decade of Contact is simple and straightforward. Any individual,
group, age group, institution, nation, or government can participate.
Participants in the Decade of Contact commit to transform their lives,
their institutional focus, and resources to re-establishing integration
with organized interplanetary society. Rejoining Universe society is an
exopolitical process, and will happen only as political momentum
gathers at the personal, local, regional, and global levels. The
process of Universe integration may take time in lift-off, like a space
vehicle starting its long journey with slow lift-off from Earth.
Mobilizing the human species to integrate with Universe society will
take place in many concurrent ways. A key task is the gathering of
information, research, and scientific and educational resources about
Universe society. Our dominant terrestrial model of reality is
functionally a legacy from the Middle Ages. Our collective new
knowledge base must be assembled from an exopolitical context.
There are also important cultural components to the Decade of
Contact, as human awareness builds to a critical mass. These include
political movements, public events, concerts, music, art, and media to
celebrate Universe society. Our reunion with Universe society is a
ground of our basic human rights. The contact process transforms our
civilization from within, from a terrestrial culture to a Universal
Transformation of human society will occur when we reach a
Universe-sensitive critical mass. With approximately 45 percent of
Earth’s population now extraterrestrial-conscious, can critical mass be