6 July 2012

Senior CIA Officer Claims Knowledge of Roswell-Alien Cover-up

By Robbie Graham and Matthew Alford, PhD


On 23 June, 2012, in an interview for the popular American radio show, Coast to Coast AM, the CIA’s former liaison to the entertainment industry, Charles ‘Chase’ Brandon made extraordinary claims about the so-called “Roswell incident,” in which the US military is widely believed to have retrieved extraterrestrial materials and bodies after a mysterious object crashed in the deserts of New Mexico.

Brandon declared:

Chase Brandon
"I also absolutely know as I sit here talking to you that there was a craft from beyond this world that crashed at Roswell, that the military picked up remains of not just the wreckage, but cadavers." 

Most explosively, Brandon recounted an occasion when he saw direct proof of the alien nature of Roswell while conducting research at the CIA’s Historical Intelligence Collection (HIC) as part of his role as CIA Entertainment Liaison Officer (ELO). Brandon claimed he had the rare opportunity to look inside a box labelled “Roswell” containing “materials... papers... [and] other items” but stressed that he “cannot, will not, under any imaginable set of circumstances tell you what I saw in there specifically,” with the implication being that to reveal more specific details would be a breach of national security.

Based on what he claims to have seen in the box, Brandon stated unequivocally: “100 percent, guaranteed... Roswell happened. There was a craft, absolutely cadavers,” but added, “Beyond that, I have no idea where anything else went.”

The “Roswell Incident” first came to public attention 65 years ago on 8 July, 1947, when the Roswell Army Air Force (RAAF) hastily announced to the press its “capture” of a downed “flying saucer” on an isolated ranch. A few hours later, the RAAF changed its story to the effect that what had been recovered, in fact, was a common weather balloon. The United States Air Force (USAF) was to change this story again in 1995 with the announcement that the “weather balloon” had been a Top Secret high-altitude spy balloon. This story was then officially re-written in 1997 to account for several apparently non-human bodies multiple eyewitnesses claimed were recovered from the crash. The bodies, the USAF equivocated, were human corpses, test dummies, or both.

To date, Brandon is the most senior CIA officer – former or serving – to have claimed direct knowledge of an extraterrestrial link to the Roswell incident. Brandon worked for the CIA for thirty-five years, twenty-five of which he spent in the Agency’s elite Clandestine Service as an undercover, covert operations officer. His foreign assignments involved international terrorism, counterinsurgency, global narcotics trafficking and weapons smuggling. He was also an Agency foreign political affairs analyst, Presidential briefer to Bill Clinton and an instructor in paramilitary and espionage tactics at secret CIA training camps. In 1996, Brandon began his ELO role in which he advised on numerous films and TV series– often uncredited – quietly shaping scripts, characters and concepts. In other words, he is an expert at working both the news and popular media. It fits, then, that Brandon was speaking in the context of a promotional interview for his new fictional UFO-themed book, The Cryptos Conundrum.

Judging from online chatter, the UFO community is wondering if Brandon’s Roswell comments may herald the much anticipated ‘Disclosure’ of alien reality. Brandon’s book passed through the Agency’s Publications Review Board (PRB), and his radio interview should, as standard procedure, have also been subject to prior approval by the PRB. If Brandon’s comments were subject to official approval, and if he was speaking the truth, then this might indicate that the CIA is using him to work what the Agency calls a ‘limited hangout,’ whereby previously hidden information is released to the public in order to prevent a greater exposure of more damaging details.

In this context, it is noteworthy that Brandon carefully absolved the CIA of any on-going complicity in an active cover-up of the Roswell incident. Brandon implied that all that now keeps this information from the public is 65 years’ worth of storage dust and the patchy institutional memory of the powers that be. As Brandon tells it, the Roswell incident is as dead as the alien cadavers he claims must be stored “somewhere.” Yes, Roswell was real and extraterrestrial, says Brandon, and yes, the evidence was “put in cold storage,” but today’s Agency should not be held accountable for the actions of a handful of panicked and perplexed Cold War-era agents who shuffled off their mortal coils decades ago and who took what little knowledge they had to their graves. And those Agency employees who do occasionally stumble across Roswell evidence today have no real understanding of what they’re looking at or what to do with it. In terms of a revelation about the existence of aliens, Brandon’s rendering is about as depoliticized as it gets.

Victor Marchetti
Victor Marchetti, former special assistant to Deputy CIA Director Richard Helms, once said that the government uses limited hangouts “when their veil of secrecy is shredded and they can no longer rely on a phony cover story to misinform the public.” In such instances, said Marchetti, “they resort to admitting – sometimes even volunteering – some of the truth while still managing to withhold the key and damaging facts in the case. The public, however, is usually so intrigued by the new information that it never thinks to pursue the matter further.”

Fittingly, in 1979, Marchetti himself raised eyebrows with his own public statements on the UFO issue. In an article for Second Look magazine, Marchetti wrote: “I do know that the CIA and the US government have been concerned over the UFO phenomenon for many years and that their attempts, both past and recent, to discount the significance of the phenomenon and to explain away the apparent lack of official interest in it have all the earmarks of a classic intelligence cover-up.” He added, “My theory is that we have, indeed, been contacted – perhaps even visited– by extraterrestrial beings, and that the U.S. Government, in collusion with other national powers of the Earth, is determined to keep this information from the general public.” However, Marchetti was merely voicing an opinion and does not claim to have seen proof of extraterrestrial contact with his own eyes, as Brandon does.


Not insignificantly, Brandon also claimed during his interview to have spoken to JFK’s coroner, who he says confirmed to him that the President had been shot from the front and was therefore most definitely the victim of a conspiracy. Of course, Brandon’s own personal ‘disclosures’ may prove an effective way to sell copies of his book, and also to whet appetites for his forthcoming sequel, The Hour Glass. This is certainly the more mainstream interpretation of what has transpired here. Still, such a deceitful and outlandish marketing strategy runs the risk of Brandon appearing to be, well, deceitful and outlandish. For a man currently employed as Senior Consultant to SpecTal, the intelligence division of defence giant BAE Systems, Brandon’s Roswell declarations are liable at least to raise difficult questions among colleagues. Furthermore, in the unlikely event that any costs result from Brandon’s statements, such as if they prompt someone to steal material from the HIC, he could at least be sued by the government.

A former high-level Reagan Administration official told us that “if” extraterrestrial material was in the possession of the US government, it would of course be classified, while another highly-respected ex-CIA Special Operations officer stressed to us that “All [CIA] employees sign a Secrecy Agreement. Violation of that agreement can bring severe repercussions.” When we made doubly clear to this CIA veteran that our enquiry related specifically to the UFO issue, he restated his position word-for-word, with the addendum “Have a nice day.” In theory, the penalties include life in jail or even a death sentence. 

As yet, however, Brandon has fallen artfully through the cracks in the national security system. Even though in practice the government is clearly sensitive about the UFO phenomenon (with reams of declassified documentation from every branch of the government revealing high-level concern about UFO incidents worldwide into the post-Cold War era), it has maintained since the closure of the USAF’s Project Blue Book in 1969 that UFOs are definitely not a national security concern. Furthermore, the very concept of ‘national security’ is more slippery than is often suggested by the image of square-jawed, be-suited men with guns. Former Chairman of the PRB, John Hollister Hedley, commented recently that even the CIA’s own definition of national security was not “hard and fast” or “absolute or constant.” Consequently, whether there is any truth to Brandon’s statements or not, Washington would be hard-pressed to prosecute, even if it had the will to do so.

We asked Chase Brandon to elaborate on and justify his Roswell comments. He has yet to reply.

We also sent the CIA a list of questions and requested a formal response to Brandon’s allegations. The Agency has assured us they are looking into our enquiry and will get back to us “quickly.” We are still waiting.


About the Authors:

Robbie Graham is a doctoral candidate at the University of Bristol for a PhD examining Hollywood’s historical representations of UFOs and potential extraterrestrial life. He holds a Masters degree with Distinction in Cinema Studies from the University of Bristol and a First Class Honours degree in Film, Television and Radio Studies from Staffordshire University. He has broadcast on BBC Radio, Radio Ireland and Canal+ TV. His articles have appeared in a variety of publications including The Guardian, New Statesman, Filmfax, Fortean Times, Adbusters and the peer-reviewed journal of North American Studies, 49th Parallel.



Matthew Alford, PhD is the author of Reel Power: Hollywood Cinema and American Supremacy (Pluto Press, 2010). His academic and journalistic work focuses on the relationship between entertainment, political power, and propaganda in the United States. His academic work has appeared in a number of peer-reviewed journals, including Scope: An Online Journal of Film and TV Studies, Westminster Papers for Communication and Culture, and 49th Parallel. He has been interviewed as an expert on Hollywood propaganda for publications and broadcasters including Vanity Fair, Media Lens, Z-Net, Russia Today, Press TV and Al Jazeera, among others.



A note from the authors about this story:

We were unable to find a mainstream outlet for our report, despite its conspicuous newsworthiness in light of this week’s 65th anniversary of the Roswell incident. Our article was submitted to the following mainstream and alternative news outlets:

Huffington Post

Telegraph

Telegraph on Sunday

Roswell Daily Record

Albuquerque Journal

Santa Fe New Mexican

Guardian

Daily Mail

Los Angeles Times

National Post

Globe and Mail

Toronto Sun

Toronto Star

Raw Story

Mother Jones

Z-Net

Alternet

GregPalast.com

Regardless of the exact nature of the UFO phenomenon, it is a great shame for those of us interested in either UFOs or government propaganda that Chase Brandon's statements have been unchallenged and, indeed, unreported outside of the UFO community and that the CIA itself has yet to respond to them, despite our enquiries. Brandon’s statements beg explanation for several reasons, not least because they indicate that the concerns of the powerful are very distant from those of ordinary citizens in a participatory democracy.

32 comments:

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  2. Yes, gents. Roswell is real. An ET spacecraft crashed there, and ET cadavers were recovered. No one in the USG has the right to lie to the American people about this or anything else.

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  3. What Brandon saw in theswe boxs were written records and photos the real material is stored on miltary bases well hidden out sight of the public and UFO investigators thats the problem.

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  4. Who on Earth would believe anything Brandon would say? Even if it is true so what? We don't need the government to tell us Roswell is real or that ETs visit Earth, we have countless ordinary honest humans who have been doing that since the dawn of history. Even though the story is about ETs ostensibly, it's really about power. I suggest not being lead around by the nose by any government, meaning don't let them set the talking points, and with an objective scientific approach analyze data for yourself.

    Still I think it would be fun to turn the tables and have fun with the locals in Washington DC. When they do leak out some truth, just use their own tactics on them, making some obviously stupid explanation to counter their disclosure, you know like, "Weather balloons can't reach Earth from Mars." Or maybe, "There is no CIA, it's just a reflection of the planet Venus amplified by swamp gas escaped from a leaking Chinese Lantern."

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  5. Is it possible that you submitted your article to the "San(t)a Fe New Mexican"?
    http://www.santafenewmexican.com/
    You wrote: "Sana Fe New Mexican".

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    1. Many thanks Jorge, I've corrected it now.

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  6. Have you guys read Jodi Dean's book, 'Aliens in America'? To me it is the definitive academic treatment of UFOs thus far and a pretty damning critique of the UFO belief system. Not that all academic treatments are dismissive. There is an excellent 2008 article by Wendt and Duvall - similarly applying a poststructuralist frame - which argues that UFOs are necessarily in the blind spot of western liberal sovereignty.

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    1. Hi Kris, yes, and we quote Wendt and Duvall in the following journal article:

      http://www.49thparallel.bham.ac.uk/back/issue25/Graham-and-Alford.pdf

      Your 'After Contact' blog is great, by the way!

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    2. Great article, thanks for the link. I didn't know about Emenegger's training in propaganda and advertising - that detail makes the whole mythology around 'UFOs: Past Present and Future' that much more tantalizing. What do you make of those bizarre 3 minutes of staged cutaways and artist impressions of the purported Holloman landing?

      For your readers who don't know about that film, here is a link to the relevant clip
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7cgBWUx8IcQ

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  7. By way of introduction, I was the co-editor of Second Look magazine (1978-80) mentioned in your article above, and I commissioned the article in question from Victor Marchetti, an old friend of mine. Victor also endorsed my book Cosmic Test Tube. What I, and Victor, find disturbing about the Brandon claims concerning Roswell is the timing. He is promoting a fictional book. He has a financial incentive to benefit from the publicity he stirs up about Roswell. That taints his message.If he had come out years ago, publicly, with this information, and didn't stand to gain financially, I would give more credence to his claims.---Randall Fitzgerald

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    1. Hi Randall, thanks for your comment. I'd love to chat with you further about this. Please feel free to contact me at: rbbgraham@aol.com

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    2. Fine feature:

      It's too ironic that our "transparent" government even covers-up the cover-ups.

      Right on - WRITE ON!

      Respectfully, Yoda http://www.magnifiedview.com

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  8. May I suggest that one reason governments may not be willing to disclose what they know about these phenomena is that they haven't a clue as to what they represent, much less a notion of how to control it.

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    1. That comment really speaks more highly of how naive you are of the occult forces in high places working behind the scenes on every level to control and manipulate humanity. They have far more than an idea of what is going on and are deeply involved and have been for ages.

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    2. I always try to express my naivete as clearly as possible.

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    3. ^ That made me laugh out loud, hahah nice!

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  9. well yes he's promoting his book. I don't really understand why Randall finds it disturbing to promote a book. that's what you do when you write one. you come out and talk about the thing's that are discussed in it. timing really... that's what your going on to try to discredit this man. He has thirty five years in the CIA He's worked with governments around the world sat in meeting with the secretary of defense and the President which God only knows what was discussed seen top secret documents and artifacts on thing that supposedly never happen'd, take's all this info that he has done, heard, and seen over all these years writes a book comes out and talks about it and Randall is saying the timing is concerning, he has financial gain and it taints his message. REALLY!!! I thank I will take Chases resume over a co-editor for a magazine for, wow two, years and wrote a book. Due me a favor Randall go to your closet grab one of those books out of the hundred you still have in a box and send it to me. I would love to read it, and I'm sure it would be free of charge sense you had no financial incentive for writing it. Eric Tipton

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    1. Mr. Tipton, I have written and published, under my own name and as a ghostwriter, dozens of books since 1976, which is probably before you were born. I am quite familiar with book promotion and I am familiar with Mr. Brandon. Mr. Brandon wrote FICTION and is promoting fiction.

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  10. CIA = Trained henchmen satanic/luciferian deceivers of the highest degree.

    National Security = another guise of control and manipulation of the masses by those same satanic megalomaniacs who wish to keep humanity from understanding ourselves.

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  11. The myth of a saucer/UFO crashing near Roswell with the variety of what was recovered from a spaceship that was reverse-engineered and "pickled aliens" is so ingrained in the collective mind as is religion yet neither is supported by historical evidence. Now we have another claimant that will never provide the evidence, just bs. People buy bs. They are mentally-conditioned to believe the most outrageous claims without demanding evidence. Anyone can make claims because they know they will never be challenged to provide evidence. Not only does Brandon bs'es about Roswell but he adds that JFK was shot from the front! Again without any evidence. The shame about this article is not the claims made by Brandon but that 2 highly educated dupes found it necessary to involve themselves with this hack and promote bs. No saucer/UFO crashed near Roswell nor anywhere on earth. No government has any debris and no government knows any more about "aliens" than you or I. I'm 74 and I got into flying saucers in 1957 and I'm no UFOol!

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    1. Myceddie writes:

      >"No saucer/UFO crashed near Roswell nor anywhere on earth. No government has any debris and no government knows any more about "aliens" than you or I. I'm 74 and I got into flying saucers in 1957 and I'm no UFOol!"

      Someone who has such superb access as to be able to claim what you do above is most certainly not to be trifled with.

      However, I would go so far as to say that there is a phenomenon with varied characteristics, although what it represents is beyond me. BTW, I am a contemporary of yours.

      I think that what we are seeing is nothing so banal as a movement along the route of an inter-stellar bus service, with Earth as a local stop. Nor does the term "alien" have much meaning, except to denote something extrinsic to consensus experience.

      Think of the indigenous inhabitants of Botany Bay, for whom Captain Cook's ship was so strange that they did not so much as look at it, much less approach it. The strangeness of the phenomenon we are discussing is much greater than that.

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    2. I appreciate what you said and I'm glad your reply was, as far as I can tell, not a support of the Roswell claims. Since I have experienced 5 or 6 unquestionable sightings, videotaping a daylight "hoverer", I will not dispute the reality of UFOs. My UFO "resume" is not of the average UFO enthusiast but one of involvement.

      It is normal to think that UFOs carry aliens and that they must originate from vast distances. But, again, there is no evidence for that view and no one can provide any aside from opinions. We have no idea where UFOs come from and where they go and whether UFOs have occupants. Any theory is as good as the rest because of the lack of true knowledge. UFOs, in all of their variety, are the biggest mystery in our existence.

      What happened near Roswell was nothing more than a military secret that was exposed but not handled well by the participants. Anything else or anyone else should go back into the woodwork.

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    3. Look at the video of JFK being shot. His brains blew out toward the back of the car. His wife reached back to gather up the pieces. That could only happen from a bullet entering the front of his head not the back. The evidence is plain for anyone to see that knows anything about guns.

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  12. I said it once and I will say it again. When you have a conference with military pilots four star generals and public air line pilots stating in seeing the same things. When you have ancient wall drawing's of a creatures dating back over a thousand years, and when you have things that are being heard and seen by numerous people in houses, hotels, old factories etc.. I don’t need to see, touch, taste, or smell it myself before I believe it. Randall, Randall, Randall... of course it has to published as fictional. there is only one way you can publish it as fact, and If you thank you can walk into a top secret facility pull out a cannon and start snapping pic's or sit in a meeting with top official's pull out a recorder sit it on the table and say ok lets talk, your an idiot. And yes i was around before 76, thanks for opening that door. it let's me know that your hole carrier is based on assuming and assumption with no real hard core investigating experience to gather personal individual information on a matter. It's clear you feel threatened by Chase and his book and that it will put you in the back seat. I get it, but you have know right to try and discredit a person's reputation, experience and knowledge for your own personal gain. Thank's, this has been fun, but time to move on. Keep your ears open in the dark, and your eye's on the sky because you never know what mite happen. Eric

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  13. And now we know where Obama came from !!!!!

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  14. Your article was in one of Sweden's largest newspaper today:

    http://www.expressen.se/nyheter/cia-agent-talar-ut-det-var-ett-ufo/

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  15. Really like the goverment is ever gonna tell HUMANITY the truth about our cosmic nieghbors. They don't give a crap about us! They only want power/control/corruption/greed! The best chance we have is websites like this one that can give us bit and pieces of possible truth, but mostly disinformation!

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  16. A friend of mine's father was involved in Roswell. He was a piolet with the Air Force stationed at Wright Paterson A.B. He was scrambled among other piolets from the A.B to Roswelll. Upon landing in Roswell he and others were walking by a hanger, which had M.P.'s guarding the buiding. He asked the M.P what are you guarding and he was told a alien craft. I don't know much more than that. My friends father was on vacation a few years back and stop in their motorhome at Roswell, he and his wife went to the UFO museum in Roswell, as he was signing the visitor's log he told the lady at the desk about his story when he was alerted. It was not to long after he arrived back in Florida from his vacation, that the FBI came to his home. The lady at the museum must have contacted them. The FBI just wanted to know his story first hand. He told them what he knew and they said they(the FBI) was investigating the story. They left after the interview and nothing was said after that. taw747@Yahoo.comm

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    1. someone overheard what was being said or the "FBI" had an on going relationship with the woman who worked there.

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  17. http://www.corbettreport.com/enemy-of-the-state-flnwo-06/ Corbett Report reveals Brandon Chase was the CIA consultant to the film "Enemies of the State" - on the NSA invasive surveillance. The film was a psy-op intimidation tactic.... and so on to the E.t. psy-op for Brandon Chase!

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