“We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people." — John F. Kennedy, 1962

As psychologist Linda White watched former intelligence officer David Grusch testify about UFO/UAP Special Access Programs before a House Oversight subcommittee last summer, she was flushed with an unexpected surge of empathy. And it wasn’t over the UFO topic per se – it had more to do with the stifling secrecy, the harassment, the intimidation Grusch claimed to have endured from the bureaucracy for pushing transparency.

White knew a few things about military discipline. For three years, her father was stationed at Malmstrom Air Force Base, renowned for reports of nuke-missile shutdowns during UFO flyovers. In fact, Maj. George Thomas White, Sr., was a launch control officer at the Montana SAC base before being redeployed in December 1965. Fifteen months later, the incursion that took 10 Minuteman missile warheads offline at MAFB made a lifelong impression on airman Robert Salas, whose account of the 1967 incident at Oscar Flight Launch Control Center has been scrutinized in books, documentaries, and press conferences.

“The man who Captain Salas woke up and said hey, there are UFOs up there? That would’ve been my dad a year or so before,” Linda White recalls. “And we know now that wasn’t the only encounter.”

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