No government person shall suppress information regarding UFOs.
No person in government, elected, hired, or appointed, shall suppress any information relating to the sighting or existence of extra-terrestrial phenomena and shall have a duty to preserve and disclose any such information to the public promptly as it becomes available, including information existing at the time of the adoption of this amendment.
The phenomena of unidentified flying objects and ancient cultures mystify Americans. In response to growing curiosity, the History Channel, the Discovery Channel and others devote considerable time and money to displaying ancient information indicating that alien cultures previously existed on earth. Yet, few scholars and intellectuals either study or investigate the issue and most of them reject the entire concept as fanciful. As with any phenomenon of this sort, there is usually a diehard minority who suspects a conspiracy that the government knows more than it is telling us and that this is wrong.
We believe that information, if any, related to unidentified flying objects or aliens should be disclosed to the American people. If, in fact, there is no such information, then the disclosure obligation is irrelevant. If there is such information, then there is no reason why our government should know it and not the people since it would affect all of us.
We were influenced in proposing this amendment by the comments of Maurice Chatelain, a French mathematician and a specialist in radar radio transmissions, telecommunications, and orbital calculations. He began service in this country in our space program when he left France in 1955. In his book Our Cosmic Ancestors (1987), he made the following comments after describing the NASA space program in detail:
But the astronauts were not limited to equipment troubles. They saw things during their missions that could not be discussed with anyone outside of NASA. It is very difficult to obtain any specific information from NASA, which still exercises a very strict control over any disclosure of these events.
It seems that all Apollo and Gemini flights were followed, both at a distance and sometimes also quite closely, by space vehicles of extraterrestrial origin – flying saucers, or UFOs (unidentified flying objects), if you want to call them by that name. Every time it occurred, the astronauts informed Mission Control, who then ordered absolute silence.
I think that Walter Schirra aboard Mercury 8 was the first of the astronauts to use the code name "Santa Claus" to indicate the presence of flying saucers next to space capsules. However, his announcements were barely noticed by the general public. It was a little different when James Lovell on board the Apollo 8 command module came out from behind the moon and said for everybody to hear: "We have been informed that Santa Claus does exist!" Even though this happened on Christmas Day 1968, many people sensed a hidden meaning in those words that were not difficult to decipher.
James McDivitt was apparently the first to photograph an unidentified flying object, on 4 June 1965, when he was over Hawaii aboard Gemini 4. Frank Borman and James Lovell took magnificent photographs of two UFOs following Gemini 7 on 4 December, 1965, at a distance of a few hundred yards. The UFOs looked like gigantic mushrooms with their propulsion systems clearly showing a glow on the underside.
The following year, on 12 November, 1966, James Lovell and Edwin Aldrin in Gemini 12 also saw two UFOs at slightly over half a mile from the capsule. These were observed for quite some time and photographed repeatedly. The same happened to Frank Borman and James Lovell in Apollo 8 on Christmas Eve 1968, and to Thomas Stafford and John Young aboard Apollo 10 on 22 May, 1969. The UFOs showed up both during the orbit around the Moon and on the homeward flight of Apollo 10.
Finally, when Apollo 11 made the first Moon landing on the Sea of Tranquility and, only moments before Armstrong stepped down the ladder to set foot on the Moon, two UFOs hovered overhead. Edwin Aldrin took several pictures of them. Some of these photographs have been published in the June 1975 issue of Modern People magazine. The magazine did not tell where it got them, vaguely hinting at some Japanese source.