On March 18, 2007, the Arizona newspaper, The Daily Courier, headlined “Symington Confirms He Saw UFO 10 Years Ago.” In turn, Arizona Governor Fife Symington told CNN and FOX News that he was “awestruck” by his sighting of a UFO, but like most government officials he lied and covered-up the truth. “If I had to do it all over again I probably would have handled it differently,” explained Symington during an interview with investigative journalist Leslie Kean in her book “UFOs: Generals, Pilots, and Government Officials Go on the Record.”
Governor becomes UFO sighting spokesman
In turn, Mary says he’s invited “Fife” to Oregon and Stonefield Beach “to watch the UFOs together,” but notes how his famous cousin “has been through so much that he’s now more famous in UFO circles than in politics.”
Symington, 66, is now famous in ufology circles for appearing with a panel of guests discussing their UFO experiences on Larry King Live on Nov. 9, 2007. Marty, an Oregon UFO “watcher” posted at Stonefield Beach, said his famous cousin also served as moderator for a UFO press conference at the famed National Press Club in Washington, D.C., a few days after he told Larry King that he saw UFOs.
Moreover, this former governor of Arizona also appeared as “a witness of the Phoenix Lights” in an updated version of the 2002 UFO documentary “Out of the Blue.”
Governor covers up UFO sighting and a UFO witness testimony in Arizona
“Can you imagine what would have happened if I had said anything,” Symington told Kean in her book “UFOs.” In turn, Kean says although Symington’s decision to cover-up a major UFO sighting – that took place on March 13, 1997, when “multiple triangular and V-shaped UFOs made a series of brazen new appearances passing near Phoenix” – “is understandable” but “a sad commentary on our unspoken political policy toward UFOs, and the power of that irrational, habitual taboo that most of us have not questioned and that led Governor Symington to believe that he would be branded a ‘buffoon’ or a ‘loony’ if he acknowledged something he and countless others had seen in the sky.”
During an interview with “The Daily Courier” in Prescott, Arizona, Symington said: “I'm a pilot and I know just about every machine that flies. It was bigger than anything that I've ever seen. It remains a great mystery. Other people saw it, responsible people. I don't know why people would ridicule it.”
Symington also told the paper: “It was enormous and inexplicable. Who knows where it came from? A lot of people saw it, and I saw it too. It was dramatic. And it couldn't have been flares because it was too symmetrical. It had a geometric outline, a constant shape.”
Still, the governor is now infamous in UFO circles for telling the people of Arizona in 1997 that “he would look into the mass sighting, but then quickly ridiculed it at a press conference where he had his chief of staff dress up in an alien costume, telling reporters that they had found the culprit. His explanation today is that as a public official he felt a responsibility to avoid public panic and therefore tried to introduce some levity into the situation.”
Although Symington was at risk politically for saying he too spotted the UFOs over his state, Kean notes that “such damaging labels are not only dangerous for political figures such as he, but are also harmfully applied to many everyday people who witness the phenomenon. Imbued with prejudice and an irrational fear of the unknown, these attitudes have been entrenched in our culture for over 50 years, and have not been well understood.”
Symington busted for extortion and making false statements
A public record states that Symington was “indicted on charges of extortion, making false financial statements, and of bank fraud. He was convicted of bank fraud in 1997. As Arizona state law does not allow convicted felons to hold office, Symington resigned his office on Sept. 5, 1997, while also going public that he lied about not seeing UFOs over Arizona.
However, his conviction was overturned in 1999 by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. While they were an appeal by the government to convict Symington, this former governor was pardoned by President Bill Clinton before the government could retry him.
A wealth of UFO evidence exists along Oregon coast and in the desert of Arizona
While more and more visitors to the central Oregon coast on a quest to see their own UFO sightings, it’s no wonder that visitors from nearby Arizona also lay claim to “regular UFO sightings over the desert.”
In fact, UFO and aliens are considered to be a kin to “rock stars” here in these somewhat “strange” states that boasts numerous UFO organizations, clubs and followings that number in the tens of thousands.
Both Oregon and Arizona are so “into” UFO’s and aliens that it’s no big deal when there’s a UFO sighting, “because that happens around here almost every day,” adds Marty.
At the same time, other UFO experts are wondering about Stonefield’s green goolish water that continues to attract a lot of attention from experts, to include marine biologists at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in nearby Newport, Oregon.
“No, it’s not some sort of algae or something from the Pacific. It’s strange, and I can’t explain it,” says Hugh Miller who’s a member of The Trails End Paranormal Society of Oregon.
“They’ve taken a lot of it,” adds Miller. “But what’s left is amazing.”
Still, even this green tide pool doesn’t get much of a rise from coastal residents who don’t want so much attention paid to this remote area because, like former Governor Symington, they don’t want to be viewed as crazy even though they say this “green stuff” is from another world.
Image source of John Fife Symington III who served as Governor of Arizona from 1990-1997. Photo courtesy Wikipedia