Q: Gen. Clark, when you were running for President, you said you thought mankind would one day fly faster than light and visit the stars. My question is, when you were in the military were you ever briefed on the subject of U.F.O.s?

At this point Clark looked down for a moment and shook his head, perhaps somewhat chagrined at being put on the spot or thinking how he should respond, but then looked at me and answered:

A: I heard a bit. In fact, I'm going to be in Roswell, New Mexico tonight.

Q: So you were briefed?

A: There are things going on. But we will have to work out our own mathematics.

In interpreting Clark's remarks, we have to realize that he was speaking in Washingtonian code on a touchy subject.  He never directly admitted to receiving an official briefing, thus leaving himself a possible out.  He could claim, e.g., that what he meant was he had heard the usual stories and rumors, just like everybody else.

But on the other hand, he never gave a simple, flat denial to the questions about being briefed, such as "No I wasn't."  That would have put an end to it right there.  Instead he dropped broad hints indicating that he was indeed briefed and that UFOs were real craft.  Hence his comments about hearing a few things when he was in the military and "there are things going on." 

Further, why talk about developing our own mathematics for something that was nonexistent?  If you look back at Clark's FTL comments above, he likewise spoke of the need to explore higher and applied mathematics in order to eventually achieve FTL travel.  In this respect, Clark's brief remarks to me were very similar to his FTL remarks a year before. My interpretation is that his FTL statements were indeed tied to the subject of UFOs.

Another broad hint was how he spontaneously brought up the subject of Roswell, N.M. immediately after saying he had heard some things..  Perhaps that was his oblique way of saying that the alleged Roswell flying saucer crash was one of those things that he had "heard a bit" about when he was in the military.

(According to fellow researcher Grant Cameron, Clark may have more than just heard about Roswell. When he recently posed the question of Clark's UFO knowledge to NIDS, a Las Vegas-based UFO investigation group composed of a number of people having contact with government insiders, one of them told him that "Clark has been given access to crashed saucer material."  Another source said that Clark "knows something about the crash retrieval."  For more, see Cameron's web site and Linda Moulton Howe's Earthfiles, also discussing the Wesley Clark story.  I had contacted Cameron immediately after returning from Reno and he then shared the information with Howe.)

To understand the somewhat cryptic manner in which Clark responded, it is important to realize  that he would only be briefed if the topic were treated with dead seriousness by the military.   It would necessarily be classified at a very high level.  Clark can't speak directly about what he might know without violating his security oath.  Hence the care with which he tip-toed around the questions without actually denying anything.

A similar situation happened when Grant Cameron managed to ask Vice President Dick Cheney the UFO briefing question on the Diane Rehm PBS radio program, April 11, 2001.  (http://www.ufoevidence.org/documents/doc887.htm) Cheney had been a Senator and also  Sec. of Defense under Pres. George Bush Sr. before becoming Vice President.

Cameron asked Cheney whether he had ever been briefed about UFOs when he was in the government.  To this Cheney replied, "Well, if I had been briefed on it, I'm sure it was probably classified and I couldn't talk about it."

Like Clark, Cheney talked around the question without giving an unqualified denial.  Again the key to this, as Cameron points out, is Cheney mentioning how the subject matter would be classified, so that he couldn't talk about it if he had received such briefings.

Gen. Clark was in exactly the same position as Cheney, and I appreciate that he bothered to respond to my questions at all.  Hopefully at some time in the future, Gen. Clark will tell us a little more about what he might know.

2008 Update

Grant Cameron recently tipped me off that on December 19, 2005 somebody followed up on the UFO briefing question over on Wesley Clark's blogClark was asked the following:

General Clark, as a former Supreme Allied Commander in Europe and your military
background, have you ever been briefed on UFOs?  Do you know what really
crashed near Roswell New Mexico in 1947?  Why does the U.S. Government feel the
need to keep this information above top secret?  What national security reasons would keep
them from fully disclosing this information to us?  What are your opinions on the UFO/ET
subject.  Thank you sir, I respect you very much.

PS -Do you think the alien technology we've recovered is the reason for the 50+ years of
denial when it comes to UFOs?  Do agree it's time for disclosure and some congressional
UFO hearings so that the 400+ Disclosure Project witnesses can testify before congress like
they wanted to do just before the 9/11 attacks?  Thank you...

Fifteen minutes later, Clark responded tersely, "I've never been briefed on Roswell."

Then the anonymous poster quickly reprinted the exchange on the Above Top Secret discussion forum.   He followed up by saying:

I emailed Ufologist Bill Hamilton about this [denial of briefing on Roswell]. He replied
saying, "He wasn't briefed on Roswell, but was briefed on faster-than-light spaceships that
        we have in our underground space bases."

There are many possible ways to interpret Clark's remark.  He flatly denied any briefing specifically about Roswell, though he was actually asked whether he had been briefed on UFOs in general, and did not directly answer this question, nor any other question put to him.

I also have my doubts about Bill Hamilton's comments.  If Clark already knew that we had our own FTL craft, why would he make a public statement in 2003 saying he favored a massive research and development program to develop such craft?

My own current take on this remains that Clark did receive briefings on UFOs (which he again did not deny receiving).  I would speculate that in such briefings, he was informed they had FTL capability and that we were attempting to back-engineer them from captured technology, though perhaps unsuccessfully so far. Knowing that FTL travel was indeed possible would explain why Clark would be willing to commit to his "faith-based" very expensive and lengthy R&D program, if elected President, in order to develop such technology.  Furthermore, knowing in general about captured alien technology and back engineering attempts would tell him that Roswell was a real alien crash-recovery event, even if he wasn't specifically informed of this.

Another line of speculation is that a public R&D FTL program would enable future introduction of such technology, perhaps for commercial purposes, without having to admit to its ultimate origins, which might still be considered to be very socially disruptive.
Related links:

Full transcript of Clark's FTL/space travel remarks

More comments by Clark on future space travel:  http://www.presidentialufo.com/old_site/space_propulsion.htm

How Clark's FTL remarks got distorted into "time travel"

Clark speaking in Reno, Oct. 30, 2004, from (Reno Gazette-Journal--pay for article only)

Clark speaking in Roswell, Oct. 31, 2004, from (Roswell Daily Record--link now broken)

More Generals speak out on UFOs and Roswell:

Brig. Gen. Arthur Exon on Roswell being a crashed spacecraft, Roswell alien body recovery, alien materials testing at Wright-Patterson AFB, and other crash recoveries during his tenure as C/O of Wright-Patterson..

"Brig. Gen." Steven Lovekin on Pentagon UFO briefings while in the Kennedy/Eisenhower White House, being shown alien crash materials from New Mexico, being told of alien bodies being recovered, and Eisenhower's concern over corporations seizing control of UFO information from the government (tied in with Eisenhower's famous "military/industrial complex speech")

Brig. Gen. Thomas Dubose on the Roswell weather balloon coverup ordered from Washington to get the press off their backs; high security surrounding Roswell, and secret shipments of debris to Washington and Wright-Patterson.

Brig. Gen. Harry Cordes was stationed at Roswell in 1947 (then as a lieutenant).  His widow, raised on a farm in the Roswell area, spoke of how her husband unsuccessfully tried to find the Roswell files when he worked with the CIA in the early 1950s, how their neighbors, Sheriff and Mrs. George Wilcox, had been threatened, how base commander Gen. William Blanchard was a "believer", knowing of mortician Glenn Dennis' nurse, how the base had cleaned out all the ice in town at the time, how machine-gun toting airmen kept out residents from the ranch areas, hearing of caravans of trucks heading back to the base, plus more.  From Kevin Randle's blog spot.
Last updated on: December 4, 2012
General Wesley K. Clark on UFOs
In a short encounter, Gen. Clark drops some hints about UFO reality

by David Rudiak

Added November 3, 2004
Gen. Wesley K. Clark is a retired four-star Army general.  At the peak of his career from 1997-2000 he was NATO Supreme Allied Commander in Europe and Commander-in-Chief, United States European Command.

He graduated first in his class from West Point in 1966 and was a Rhode's Scholar at Oxford University from 1966 to 1968.  This only briefly touches on his educational and military background, but indicates he was one of the nation's top generals and one very sharp guy.
(Detailed biography of Clark)

Most people, however, know Gen. Clark as a Democratic candidate for President in 2003-2004.  During a campaign event Sept. 27, 2003,  in New Castle, New Hampshire, before about 50 people, Clark stated his belief that humans will someday be able to travel faster than the speed of light (FTL travel), putting no limit on how far we will be able to explore in space.

Clark's remarks were prompted by a question from Dr. Jay Buckey, who was an astronaut on the space shuttle.  He asked what Clark envisioned for America's space program after the Columbia shuttle tragedy.  Clark said he was a great believer in the space program and wanted a vision well beyond that of a  new shuttle or space plane.  He hoped mankind would eventually leave this planet and explore space beyond the solar system.  Clark thought such a vision could probably require a lifetime of research and development in various fields of science and technology. Then at the end of his remarks, Clark dropped a bombshell when he said the following:

       "We need to look at the realms of applied and higher mathematics.  I still believe in
       E = mc squared.  But I can't believe that in all of human history, we'll never ever be
       able to go beyond the speed of light to reach where we want to go.  I happen to
       believe that mankind can do it.  I've argued with physicists about it.  I've argued with
       best friends about it.  I just have to believe it.  It's my only faith-based initiative."

The mass media then mocked Clark for his remarks, claiming that Clark said he believed in "time travel."  But Clark never said any such thing, only that he believed we would one day travel faster than light. [Check the audio (NEW) and transcript.]

What was the basis of Clark's unusual belief, which flies in the face of conventional scientific wisdom?  Some of us speculated that maybe Clark, as a top general, had been briefed on the subject of UFOs, knew them to be real extraterrestrial craft, and therefore already knew that FTL travel was very likely possible.
As luck would have it, I happened to be in Reno, Nevada on Oct. 30, 2004, at the same time that Clark was doing a campaign rally on behalf of John Kerry.  That gave me the opportunity to briefly question Clark.  After his speech, a small crowd gathered around Clark.  Clark shook hands, posed for pictures, signed autographs, and spoke informally with various people.

Finally I got my chance to ask him about his FTL remarks and what prompted them.  Unfortunately, I wasn't prepared for this and didn't have a recording device with me, but the following is very close to my questions and Clark's answers, which I wrote down from memory immediately afterwards: