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|By Billy Cox|
A major design flaw in the upcoming Citizen Hearing on Disclosure is its premise that “an extraterrestrial (is) presence engaging the human race.” That may well be true, but it can’t be proven with the available evidence. And yet, CHoD architect Steve Bassett, who’s staging the week-long National Press Club testimonials in Washington beginning April 29, is using the White House rejection of that very contention in 2011 as evidence of a “truth embargo.”
Once upon a time, 20 years ago, as head of the British Ministry of Defence’s UFO desk, Nick Pope was on the receiving end of such accusations. Nevertheless, the author of Open Skies, Closed Minds was sympathetic to public frustrations over official indifference. In 2008, he wrote an op-ed piece for the New York Times calling for the U.S. to reopen scientific UFO investigations if for no other reason than to get a better grip on documented threats to air traffic safety. But the circumspect Pope drew the line with conspiracy theorists.
“Any statement that implies the government is lying is going to be counter-productive,” he wrote in 2011. “When someone accuses you of being part of a cover-up, you can’t and don’t engage with them. I got this sort of thing all the time at the Ministry of Defense, and no meaningful dialogue was possible with such people. I simply gave them a polite brush-off, and I understand exactly why this is necessary within government. To get results, a constructive request should stress the reasons why the phenomenon is worthy of official investigation.”
Well, that was then. Three weeks from now, Pope will be among those presenting UFO evidence to at least five former elected officials in a simulated congressional hearing. What gives?
“My views on this have evolved somewhat,” he wrote in an email to De Void. “While I continue to believe that the ideal approach would be a less accusatory one, I think the potential benefits on the Citizen Hearing on Disclosure far outweigh any negative points.
“We have here an extraordinary gathering of experts and witnesses, including some insiders with verifiable government/military backgrounds. This presents a tremendous opportunity to keep this subject in the media and public spotlight and to generate some important political contacts. A gathering such as this will inevitably include people with a wide spectrum of views but I think this is a good thing and can only encourage discussion and debate on a subject that I believe raises important defense, national security and air safety issues, whatever the true nature of the UFO phenomenon and whatever government may or may not know about all of this.”
Maybe he’s right. Maybe Bassett’s million-dollar gambit will generate unimaginable exposure and political momentum. For more than half a century, we have been inundated with documentation of something profoundly weird going on in our skies which deserves the attention, resources and skills of our sharpest minds. But no other related National Press Club event — not the sober and impressive 2007 gathering of former pilots, generals and government officials, not the 2010 lineup of Air Force veterans reporting on UFOs snooping around our nuclear missile sites — has succeeded extending those brief news cycles. This is, after all, America. Maybe, were he alive today, P.T. Barnum would’ve come up with a better plan.
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