Jun 02, 2016 I Paul Seaburn

Christopher Mellon, UFODATA and the Release of UFO Documents

No matter which candidate is elected U.S. president in November, will he or she have full access to classified UFO and ET documents and will they be able to unveil them to the public? That question was addressed recently by Christopher Mellon, a 20-year high-level employee of the federal government in a variety of national security positions and a member of famous wealthy family that has long held the power and finances to gain access to such data. What does he think and why should we listen to him?

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Chris Mellon

According to its website, UFODATA was founded a few years ago “to design, build and deploy a global network of automated surveillance stations that will monitor the skies full time looking for UFOs. UFODATA has no interest in alleged government conspiracies or adding more witness reports or FOIA documents to the thousands already on file.” Despite that pledged aversion to conspiracies, it recently added Chris Mellon to its board. According to his bio on the website, Mellon was “… a Legislative Assistant for Senator William S. Cohen he drafted the legislation establishing the US Special Operations Command … Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Security and Information Operations during the Clinton Administration … Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Intelligence in the Clinton and Bush Administrations.” He also professes a lifelong interest in UFOs. Sounds like someone who might know something about classified UFO documents, doesn’t it?


Since his appointment to the UFODATA board, Mellon has shared his insights on, among other things, the promises that Hillary Clinton and her campaign manager, John Podesta, have made to open government UFO and Area 51 files to the public. Because Area 51 falls  under the Department of Defense, Mellon claims presidential access to secret or “compartmented” Programs is on a need-to-know basis.

I recall instances when White House officials sought briefings on highly compartmented Department of Defence (DoD) programs and were flatly refused … In general, nobody outside DoD, including the Secretary of State, is deemed to have a need to know.

Nobody. Mellon goes further to discuss government involvement with UFOs during his time in Washington and what he expects the response to be..

During all those years, I never detected the faintest hint of government interest or involvement in UFOs … I think the conspiracy theorists will be angry and unconvinced.

Not a hint. Why? Mellon says “the UFO mystery is a scientific problem” and, as board member of UFODATA, he offers this advice to Hillary Clinton:

If Clinton really wants to get to the bottom of the UFO issue, I think she should officially task NORAD with collection and analysis responsibility. Simultaneously, she should assign the Office of Science and Technology Policy the job of reviewing available evidence, coordinating with other countries and providing scientific assessments and recommendations.

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UFODATA's proposed approach to collecting UFO data

A scientific approach to UFO research. Would that work? Would the results be accepted by the public? By the skeptics?

Would Chris Mellon and UFODATA be standing by to offer its “global network of automated surveillance stations that will monitor the skies full time looking for UFOs”? If there's a budget, that’s one question with an easy answer.

Paul Seaburn

Paul Seaburn is the editor at Mysterious Universe and its most prolific writer. He’s written for TV shows such as "The Tonight Show", "Politically Incorrect" and an award-winning children’s program. He's been published in “The New York Times" and "Huffington Post” and has co-authored numerous collections of trivia, puzzles and humor. His “What in the World!” podcast is a fun look at the latest weird and paranormal news, strange sports stories and odd trivia. Paul likes to add a bit of humor to each MU post he crafts. After all, the mysterious doesn't always have to be serious.

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