In early 2016, Hillary Clinton gave what might be the most significant signal ever telegraphed to the American people about UFOs.

Or she just confirmed that the concussion she suffered three years ago has finally gotten to her.

On Jan. 4, Clinton, in response to a question from a reporter, stated that she intended to get to the bottom of the UFO issue and opined that she thinks we may have been visited, but wasn’t sure. She also stated that her campaign manager, John Podesta, made her personally pledge to get the information out. She suggested a task force might be created to look into the matter.

This is not the first time a person running for the Presidency has expressed an interest in the topic. President Jimmy Carter, during his 1976 campaign, stated that, as president, he would seek to get all the information about UFOs released to the public. It has been reported that during a top-secret intelligence briefing, one of the first questions the newly elected President Carter asked the then-current CIA director George H.W. Bush was whether he could get access to the government’s information related to UFOs. Bush denied the request, stating that the president-elect had no “need to know” this information.

President George H. W. Bush

In a strange twist, we fast-forward to Oct. 15, 2015, when that very same former CIA director and former-President George H.W. Bush — while campaigning for his son Jeb — was asked whether the government would ever tell the truth about the UFO phenomenon. His response was, “Americans can’t handle the truth.” Naturally, Jeb’s spokesman said the comments didn’t represent the campaign.

Toward the end of the same article, reporting on the President’s comments, the writer suggested that Bush Sr. was likely suffering from some form of senility; however, undercutting that assertion in the very same article were the former president’s 1988 comments on the subject when his senility was not in question. He verified that the issue was classified, and that he knew a good deal about it.

Mainstream media have long-dismissed stories on the subject by making the obligatory comment about little green men. Everyone then chuckles because educated media types all know that humans are the only beings in the universe.

True to form, when Hillary Clinton broached the subject in January, CNN suggested she was joking. But while she may have been somewhat playful in her demeanor, the substance and extent of her comments suggested purpose and planning.

Clinton has been involved in UFO discussions through what the UFO community refers to as the Rockefeller Initiative. She has a good bit of background on the issue. We can either assume she is senile, was just joking, or she has some calculated interest in revealing what would be the most important disclosure in human history.

Clinton’s campaign manager John Podesta

The key is John Podesta. He has stated that getting the UFO files released was his greatest failure while in the Obama Administration.

Podesta UFO tweet

He also encouraged Lena Dunham to ask Hillary about UFOs several months ago.

The campaign neither disavowed Hillary’s comments nor suggested she was joking. Also, keep in mind that her comments were made on the weekend at a small-town newspaper, a prime time and location to test the waters on a new issue.

The main directive of any campaign manager is to stay on point. Promoting the campaign manager’s UFO opinions is not part of that prime directive. I find it hard to believe that the campaign hadn’t rehearsed this and probably a thousand other off-the-wall questions. She could easily have said she had no interest in the topic. If she wanted to be playful, why not joke about Donald Trump’s hair being the vestigial remains of his Sasquatch heritage?

Of course, maybe these were the gratuitous ravings of a politician trying to get the UFO community’s vote. But she didn’t just make one statement: She promised action. These tangible expressions and promises for the government to review the issue are steps that no governmental official, past or present, has been willing to even acknowledge, much less pursue.

In this author’s humble opinion, the evidence for the UFO phenomenon is so overwhelming that only the uninformed will be surprised by the reality of UFOs. (Check out the Citizen Hearing on Disclosure for a comprehensive background). What the phenomenon represents is another matter.

The political repercussions of UFO disclosure

Regardless of your view, the perplexing question remains: What could the Democratic frontrunner for the U.S. presidency gain by interjecting the issue of UFOs into her campaign?

The speculation starts with the assumption that UFOs are a real phenomenon that the government knows exists but is unwilling to admit. If we don’t assume at least that much, then I can’t really see any advantage for Hillary Clinton to mention the subject.

As a candidate who is not adored among her supporters nor trusted among the voters generally, what would be the advantage to mention the topic if she thought it were a dead end? It would seem to have only downsides and no upside; however, what if she felt she needed to swing for the fence with some truly game-changing information that could change the dynamic and the topic of the race?

There is no doubt changing the topic of her campaign would be helpful. Recently, she has faced questions about her health. She is facing an insurgent campaign from Bernie Sanders that has gained momentum. Bill Clinton’s sexual escapades have been forcefully reconstituted in the new book, The Clintons’ War on Women, and are systematically seeping into the campaign. Her role in the destruction of the credibility of Bill’s victims is a major part of the book and an awkward issue for the campaign. The never shy Donald Trump has not so gently fanned those flames.

The Clinton Foundation’s fundraising from foreign sources is still ripe for discussion. The Benghazi affair lingers. Finally, and probably most importantly, the classified email problem continues to fester and could result in an indictment, and an indictment in the middle of the campaign would be almost insurmountable.

All these issues undercut the image of Hillary as a champion of women and a competent, trustworthy leader. UFO disclosure is the one issue that could vaporize every one of her political liabilities and render Donald Trump and the seven dwarfs irrelevant.

The effects of a Disclosure President

Hillary would probably not be the Disclosure President; however, for Hillary to get the political benefit of disclosure, she only has to set off the chain reaction and watch as President Barack Obama makes the announcement. In this one stroke, Obama is made relevant and thrust back into a worldwide media storm — not the story of the year, but the story of all recorded human history. While President Obama might bask in the attention, he would have to answer some of the most difficult and delicate questions a president has ever been asked, thus clearing the way for the next president to continue the project of disclosure with very little political risk.

In the meantime, disclosure would suck all of the air out of the election, obliterating her political baggage. She would then become a champion of truth on the most important issue of all time. She would be instantly changed into the good government advocate that brought transparency to that good ol’ boy military-industrial complex, which had been sitting on this truth for its own purposes for at least 70 years. It would give her the power to move forward and control the debate on the issue.

It would also disconnect her from the systematic deception of the government. How would Americans react if the country had been denied the benefits of transformative technologies paid for by the citizens but hidden for decades? What if NASA had been building rockets while the government had space technology capable of traveling easily to planets and maybe the stars? By initiating the start of disclosure, Hillary Clinton would guarantee her role as the first woman president and the greatest whistleblower the world has ever seen.

Presidential candidates Cruz and Trump

One can imagine the confusion and consternation of the two leading Republicans with the change of topic. How could Trump recapture the limelight? His campaign against illegal “aliens” would take on a new meaning. He would no doubt brag that he had long known everything there is to know about UFOs. (In fact, he was trailed by a UFO at a recent campaign stop.) But he would be in the most uncomfortable position of having President Obama and Hillary Clinton leading the discussion with the real inside scoop.

Ted Cruz would have a different problem. Since his base is substantially made up of the evangelical right, the religious implications would pose a serious challenge to this group’s religious world views. Would they take the position that disclosure was an elaborate conspiracy? Not a preposterous idea. Would they express the revelation as demonic interference and mesh this notion into their end-times theology? A person with Cruz’s intellect, political smarts and obvious religious faith would have to very quickly come up with a convincing and unifying reaction.

Many Americans would sigh a bit of relief that the government had finally admitted what was obvious to them. The cultural conditioning that has been going on for the last 70 years would finally make sense to everyone.

If Hillary could pull off disclosure, she would likely guarantee her election; however, if she attempted it and failed, it would probably be the final nail in the coffin of her candidacy.

Either way, it would be the most interesting presidential campaign in American history.