Former AZ Governor Does About-Face on UFOs
Former Arizona Governor Now Admits Seeing UFO
Fife Symington Decides To Set Record Straight Ten Years After Famed Phoenix Lights Incident
By Leslie Kean
Ten years after the Arizona UFO incident known as the ‘Phoenix Lights’, former Arizona Republican Governor Fife Symington, III, now says that he himself was a witness to one of the strange unidentified flying objects, even though he originally did not say so publicly.
“It was enormous and inexplicable”, he said in an exclusive interview from his home in Phoenix. “Who knows where it came from? A lot of people saw it, and I saw it too.”
On March 13, 1997, during Symington’s second term as Governor, thousands saw multiple triangular and V-shaped craft, gliding slowly and silently across the sky for half an hour beginning at approximately 8:15 pm.
Awestruck witnesses, throughout the state, estimated that the eerie, lighted vehicles were bigger than many football fields, up to a mile long.
Last night on Radio Misterioso, a caller asked my guest Paul Kimball what he thought about this Symington business. Kimball replied that the former governor was not a reliable witness because he had been convicted, and then pardoned of bank fraud. I don’t agree that someone who has a shady past should be shut out of the witness paddock, and in this case there were thousands of eyes looking at the same phenomenon. The importance of this news item is that it gives the case a high-profile witness, which may bring some pressure to bear on those who can provide an explanation.
However, I am not holding my breath.
Some of you may remember that Symington called a press conference on June 19th, 1997, some three months after the Phoenix lights incident(s). He brought out a member of his staff in an oversized alien costume and proclaimed the mystery solved. Why has he changed his mind? Symington claims that he was trying to calm hysteria that was swirling around the Phoenix area, but now says that it is time to admit what he saw. In a quote from the article, he dismisses his actions weakly: “I wanted people to lighten up and calm down, so I introduced a little levity. But I never felt that the overall situation was a matter of ridicule.” As Paul Kimball pointed out, this is the coward’s way out. Kimball also suspected that the governor possibly didn’t want to jeopardize his political career, which is now finished.
Due to my conspiracy-addled mind, I would also like to speculate that someone may have suggested that Symington sweep this one under the rug as best he could. While many have suggested that the lights were “merely” flares dropped for a training exercise at nearby Luke Air Force Base, this of course does not explain the huge, triangular-shaped craft witnessed on multiple nights by the greater portion of metropolitan Phoenix. Either the authorities know what happened, or they don’t. Either way, no one from the military is going to admit to it. Not for a very long time, anyway.
“Fife Symington, III” sounds like some sort of prep-school name from a movie parody anyway.
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