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Congress, UFOs, NICAP and The CIA

Congress, UFOs, NICAP and The CIA

     Mr. Wolf: Mr. Speaker, under leave to extend my remarks, I include an urgent warning by Vice Adm. R.H. Hillenkoetter, former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency [CIA], that certain potential dangers are linked with unidentified flying objects–UFOs.
By The Congressional Record
8-31-1960

Admiral Hillenkoetter’s request that Congress inform the public as to the facts is endorsed by more than 200 pilots, rocket, aviation, and radar experts, astronomers, military veterans and other technically trained members of the National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomenon.

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Congress Passes FOIA Improvement Act


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     The House of Representatives yesterday approved the Freedom of Information Act Improvement Act, which had previously been adopted by the Senate. If signed by President Obama, as expected, it will strengthen several provisions of the FOIA and should enhance disclosure of government records.
By Steven Aftergood
Secrecy News
6-14-16

The bill “reaffirms the public’s right to know and puts in place several reforms to stop agencies from slowly eroding the effectiveness of using FOIA to exercise that right,” said Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC).

“The most important reform is the presumption of openness,” according to Rep. Meadows. “Before claiming an exemption [from disclosure under FOIA], agencies must first determine whether they could reasonably foresee an actual harm.”

“The bill would also put a 25-year sunset on exemption 5 of FOIA, the deliberative process exemption,” added Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY). “It would modernize FOIA by requiring the Office of Management and Budget to create a central FOIA Web site for requesters to submit their request, making it more efficient and accessible to the public.” …

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Alex Jones Show: Tuesday (12-30-14) Jon Rappoport

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On this Tuesday, December 30 edition of the Alex Jones Show, guest host David Knight covers the latest on Sony’s “The Interview” and the impetus for Congress to revisit CISPA-style laws following the hack erroneously attributed to North Korea. David also looks at GMO labeling as a corporate bought and sold Congress works to violate states’ right by passing legislation prohibiting local laws mandating GMO labels. In addition, David covers new traffic laws in Austin, Texas, and China’s crackdown on religion. On today’s worldwide transmission, David welcomes journalist and author Jon Rappoport back on the show.

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RT Liz Wahl – Testifies To Congress That “Truthers” Are CULT MEMBERS – Corporate Whore Sell Out

***This is used under FAIR USE*** The very same RT reporter who last year pulled a stunt claiming to quit live on air recently spoke in front of Congress exposing the truth about the Russian propaganda machine that is RT, however, she went on to show her true colors by attacking all truthers, conspiracy advocates, internet bloggers, etc… She was basically being used to attack internet freedoms in general, especially the independent reporters, media, alternative information in general, etc…. This corporate bimbo is either a handled agent right now, or will be working in a federal or establishment position very soon.

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Air Force Blocks Congressional Investigation on UFOs | UFO CHRONICLE – 1961

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The International UFO Congress: Sense of Humor Required

As many of you recall, I attended the International UFO Congress in Scottsdale, AZ a week ago. The trip had three purposes.

The first was publisher business. I wanted to promote my novels, The Facade and The Portent.  I didn’t sell much. You never do at an event like this when your aim is to give people real data (even in story form) that might lead them to rethink their UFO religion. But the good news was being able to re-unite with two members of Miqlat, “Ward” and “Clarise” (those of you who have read The Portent will understand). We had a lot of interesting conversations during the week, including some that dealt with Christianity (the real kind, not its gnostic new age caricature or its demonization that one often encounters at events like this). Several Christians came up to the table and thanked us for showing up.

For me the most interesting moment was the conversation I had with Byron Belitsos, one of the folks who were in the booth next to ours promoting the Urantia book (sort of the ET-alternative history Bible). I of course don’t put any credence in the Urantia book (it feels like warmed-over theosophical literature). Byron was in a doctoral program years ago and planned to do his dissertation on the Urantia book but couldn’t because its foundation refused to allow any citation of it in any documents. Things are different now since the foundation lost a lawsuit over that, but it’s too late for Byron. He said he was anti-Sitchin and told me he’d given a lecture critiquing Sitchin at a Contact in the Desert Conference. I haven’t been able to find any description of such a lecture, though (but I’ve only put a few minutes into that). But at least in our conversation he had no enthusiasm for Sitchin. My guess is that he “corrects” Sitchin at points (whereas my advice would be to just ignore anything he says about ancient astronauts). At any rate, it would be amazing that the Contact in the Desert conference tolerated anti-Sitchin material since 2015′s event features basically all the members of the pro-Sitchin / ancient astronaut nuttiness pantheon (Giorgio Tsoukalos, Jason Martell, Michael Tellinger, Erich von Daniken, James Gilliland). The amount of verified data/truth from primary texts and peer-reviewed research you’ll find in their collective presentations would fit on the back of a postage stamp. Byron offered to ask the organizers to invite me to speak at one of those events. I wished him luck. It was a nice gesture, but one sort of like when Art Bell tried to arrange a debate between me and Zecharia Sitchin. That of course never happened because Sitchin was no fool.

The second purpose was to chat with a couple serious ufologists (yes, they do exist) about a further round of testing for the Majestic documents. I got some encouragement, direction, and promises of data that will help frame the project. At some point in the future I’ll announce what’s up.

The third purpose was vacation time. My wife and kids were along. We had a lot of fun, on-site and off.

More generally, for those who’ve never been to a UFO conference, this one was pretty typical: lots of unsubstantiated claims (the session on the Allaghash abductions was a textbook sampling) mixed with mind-numbing nonsense (James Gilliland is the new master of that domain), with a dash of thoughtful material (Rich Dolan’s session is one example). Here are some links with pretty good synopses of the IUFO lectures by Robert Sheaffer of the Bad UFOs blog:

A Skeptic at the UFO Congress 2015 – Part 1

A Skeptic at the UFO Congress, 2015 – Part 2

A Skeptic at the UFO Congress, 2015 – Part 3 (final)

 

 

 

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Petition seeks presidential support for congressional hearings on alien life

A new petition is asking the Obama administration to “support congressional hearings for government/agency/political witnesses to extraterrestrial related events and evidence.”

This petition was added to the White House’s We the People website on Wednesday, January 7. This is the latest effort by UFO advocacy organization Paradigm Research Group (PRG) to bring about official government disclosure regarding UFOs and extraterrestrials.

PRG produced an event titled the Citizen Hearing on Disclosure (CHD) that took place from April 29 to May 3, 2013. Military personnel, government officials, researchers, and activists from several countries assembled to present testimony in Washington, DC to six former members of the United States Congress about “events and evidence indicating an extraterrestrial presence engaging the human race.”

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The international panel at the Citizen Hearing on Disclosure. From left: Antonio Huneeus (Chile/France/Russia), Nick Pope (U.K.), Grant Cameron (Canada), Sun Shili (China) and Roberto Pinotti (Italy). (Credit: Citizen Hearing on Disclosure)

On November 5, 2014, PRG began the second phase of its campaign to encourage the government to acknowledge an extraterrestrial presence on Earth. This second phase, called the Citizen Hearing Initiative, began with DVDs of the testimony presented at the CHD being sent to all members of the United States Congress. The organization then launched a “tweet-email storm,” encouraging supporters to post messages on Twitter and send emails to members of Congress, requesting that these members of Congress support congressional hearings regarding the extraterrestrial subject, and to meet with PRG director Stephen Bassett to discuss the topic.

The petition posted to the We the People website on January 7 is the next step in the Citizen Hearing Initiative.

This latest petition marks the seventh petition submitted by PRG to the We the People website. The organization’s first petition was submitted in September 2011, and it garnered enough signatures to receive an official response from the White House. That petition boldly asked for the White House to “formally acknowledge an extraterrestrial presence engaging the human race.” The response states, “The U.S. government has no evidence that any life exists outside our planet, or that an extraterrestrial presence has contacted or engaged any member of the human race. In addition, there is no credible information to suggest that any evidence is being hidden from the public’s eye.”

PRG director Stephen Bassett at the International UFO Congress. (Credit: Open Minds)

PRG director Stephen Bassett at the International UFO Congress. (Credit: Open Minds)

Obviously, PRG disagrees with this response, and the organization continues to push for an official government admission of extraterrestrial knowledge.

The initial petition created by PRG is the group’s only petition to collect enough signatures to merit a response. That petition garnered more than 12,000 signatures. But, at the time, the required signature threshold was a low 5,000 signatures. That requirement is now at a significant 100,000 signatures.

If you’re interested in helping PRG in its efforts to gain White House support for congressional hearings regarding extraterrestrials, you can sign the petition HERE.

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Activist Demands Congressional Action On Extraterrestrials

Activist Demands Congressional Action On Extraterrestrials

By Jennifer Harper
The Washington Times
11-24-14

     While Congress and the White House argue over illegal aliens, Stephen Bassett — founder of Paradigm Research Group and a registered lobbyist – continues to demand that lawmakers, the White House and assorted officials tell what they know about aliens. As in extraterrestrials.

The determined Mr. Bassett has already organized a “Citizen Hearing on Disclosure” last year at the National Press Club in the nation’s capital. A DVD of the 30-hour close encounter between witnesses, six former congressmen, law enforcement, experts and journalists was sent to all members of Congress on Nov. 5, as a matter of fact.

Mr. Basset now says he will “renew direct engagement” with lawmakers and has organized an aggressive social media campaign among like-minded voters who also want answers about UFO sightings, alien technology and other matters. He offers a dozen sample tweets for interested folk, a #disclosure hashtag and a mission statement: “Dedicated to ending the government imposed
truth embargo regarding an extraterrestrial presence engaging the human race.”

Congress last addressed the issue formally in 1968, Mr. Bassett says. . . .

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Extraterrestrials and UFOs discussed on Capitol Hill: Congress giggles

When Congress discusses the search for intelligent life in the universe and the seemingly related topic of UFOs it usually falls under the purview of the House science committee. Exceptions were when the Pentagon was still examining the phenomena in an attempt to establish if UFOs posed a threat to national security. Then it was the House Armed Services Committee that held a hearing. The last time a hearing was held specifically about the singular topic of UFOs was in 1968, the hearing was called “The Symposium on Unidentified Flying Objects” and several prominent scientists were called to give witness testimony. Those scientists included J. Allen Hynek, James McDonald and Dr. Carl Sagan. That symposium was held in the same room in which the current House science committee meets, Room 2318 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

Rayburn House Office Building

Rayburn House Office Building where the hearing took place. (Credit: Shepherd Johnson)

One year after a mock congressional hearing was held with former congressional representatives and members of the UFO community at the National Press Club, an actual congressional committee convened on May 21, 2014 and discussed extraterrestrial life on other worlds and in a back door way, UFOs, and such fringe topics as the ancient alien theory. Two key members of Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) were on Capitol Hill to discuss the SETI mission and the current state of the scientific search for life elsewhere in the universe before the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. Senior Astronomer for SETI, Dr. Seth Shostak was joined by Dan Wertimer, the director of SETI Research at the University of California, Berkeley, to discuss technical details on SETI’s research, funding problems, scenarios in which extraterrestrial life might be discovered, and a good dose of flying saucer popular culture which Shostak has come to describe as, “the giggle factor.”

Committee on Science, Space, and Technology

(Credit: Shepherd Johnson)

Opening remarks by Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) mentioned a high school class from Herndon, Va present in the hearing room that had specifically chosen this hearing topic for a class field trip from a list of several different choices. With the current popularity of the federal government’s efforts to shine a light on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) awareness, it was no surprise that Smith singled out the class field trip and praised the young students.

After Shostak and Wirthimer gave their prepared opening statements the floor was open to questioning by the committee members. Representative Bonamici (D-OR) asked the witnesses if there was a contingency plan for the day when intelligent life is found to exist on other planets. To which Shostak replied that there is no plan other than a few SETI protocols. Shostak continued that there is no secret government project designed to cover up extraterrestrial contact should it occur and that the government simply doesn’t care about such things. Such speculation isn’t surprising however considering the popularity of movies like Contact which was mentioned earlier by Shostak in his opening testimony. The film production for Contact used Seth Shostak as a consultant and also received US government cooperation from NASA and the Department of Defense. In the film, an extraterrestrial signal is detected and the astronomers have to thwart attempts by the Pentagon to appropriate and militarize the project.

Dan Wirthimer and Seth Shostak

Dan Wirthimer and Seth Shostak. (Credit: Shepherd Johnson)

There was a noticeable shift in the discussion from seemingly thoughtful questions to the more esoteric when Congressman Chris Collins (R-NY) prefaced his inquiry with “I think I might ask the question everyone in this room wants to ask…” At this point there was a brief pause and an almost palpable sigh of “here we go…” floated around the witness table. Collins then launched into a question unrelated to SETI involving the television show Ancient Aliens and if the two scientist witnesses had ever seen it and what they thought about the program. Hardly a relevant question in regards to radio astronomy but the SETI scientists held their own and Dr. Shostak responded that he had in fact been interviewed and appeared on Ancient Aliens and then stated, “I think that the pyramids for example were probably built by Egyptians, I know that that’s a radical idea for some people…” Responding to the same question, Mr. Werthimer said, “UFOs have nothing to do with extraterrestrials, even though I’m optimistic with life, there is no evidence that any of these sightings, some of these sightings are real phenomena. We get a lot of calls when the space station goes over, although some people embellish and they say it has windows and things. And some of it is people’s imagination and we know that because it ties very closely to popular culture.” He goes on further to say, “When people watch movies then we get a lot of reports that are tied to what’s in the movies and some of it is actual deliberate hoaxes for people making money.” Both the congressman and the witness’s remarks received laughter from the audience in the chamber. Then Congressman Collins, satisfied with his statements, sat back and read something in his lap for the rest of the hearing.

After the “ancient alien” question, Representative Edwards (D-MD) prefaced her query with, “You know, my favorite movie is Contact, right, so every year it comes out since 1997… I watch it, I dream, I think, well, you know, who knows?” and then went on to ask about the panchromatic SETI project and a question about internet security concerning the open source SETI crowd sourcing research program called SETI@home.

congressional representatives

Congressional representatives. (Credit: Shepherd Johnson)

Then Representative Posey (R-FL) asked a question concerning the SETI scientist’s thoughts on Project Blue Book, a USAF 20 year program that investigated reports of UFOs and which closed in 1969 almost 45 years ago. Shostak responded that he is skeptical about the UFO phenomenon and that “one third of Americans believe that we are being visited: that’s the result of polls that have been taken since 1960s and that number doesn’t change.” The Project Blue Book question was rather stale and again not relevant to the SETI format.

The only time the SETI representatives differed on opinion was on a question concerning active SETI and passive SETI or should we as a planet be actively sending signals into space in an attempt to seek out intelligent life elsewhere. Werthimer thought this was a bad idea while Shostak admitted that we have already been sending signal into space though not intentionally except for an instance when NASA broadcast the Beatles song ‘Across the Universe’ toward the star Polaris.

Seth Shostak

Dr. Seth Shostak. (Credit: Shepherd Johnson)

Representative Schweikert (R-AZ) did his own roundup when asking questions of the SETI scientists, noting the references to a previous remark made by Shostak about the Beatles song being intentionally beamed out into space, another remark about whether or not aliens will enjoy Earth’s television programming which is also being beamed out into space and his colleague’s remark about the movie Contact. After Shostak offered a scenario about ordinary people sitting around in a bar sharing drinks and speculating about life on other planets, Schweikert proposed, “seeing some of our questions, there may have been a lot of drinks going on,” a rare moment of Congressional self-awareness.

There is no doubt that popular culture concerning aliens and UFOs has had an influence on the general public’s question of “Is there other life in the universe?” Popular culture also appears to have had an effect on the opinions of members of Congress, a terrifying notion when you realize that pop culture is affecting public policy and the legislative balance of our society. With an overall approval rating of 13%, Congress should probably focus less on pop culture ideas of “little green men” and juvenile giggles which are more appropriate in an elementary school cafeteria and focus more on actual scientific endeavors meant for furthering our understanding of the universe. But Seth Shostak is hopeful and doesn’t think that UFO pop culture diminishes from the scientific search for extraterrestrials. Maybe it’s not such a bad thing, if pop culture raises awareness behind the actual science involved in trying to prove that we are not alone in the universe. Perhaps pop culture is the only way the public can truly relate to the incalculable scientific reality behind the potential for life in the universe.

Dan Wirthimer and Lamar Smith

Dan Wirthimer and Lamar Smith. (Credit: Shepherd Johnson)

Speaking of raising awareness, for those that can’t get enough of extraterrestrials on Capitol Hill, the Library of Congress will be hosting a two day symposium on astrobiology on September 18-19, 2014. SETI research is important. The question, “Is there life out there?” is a question we all ask ourselves and discuss with others. SETI’s task is monumental and it is often threatened with termination for lack of funds. That would be a shame. The discovery of extraterrestrial life would be the most groundbreaking discovery in the history of humanity. It would be too bad if nobody were looking, diminishing hope and stifling dreams of “what if?”

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