Monday, April 15, 2013

"A Major Design flaw in the Upcoming Citizen Hearing on [UFO] Disclosure . . ."

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Citizen Hearing on Disclosure

When all else fails …

By Billy Cox
De Void

     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.


  1. For all those individuals, who like me, have had a UFO up close and personal, there is a certain irony to these investigations. None of the 'experts' have experienced what we have experienced, they are perpetually discussing someone else's experiences. This makes them non-experts. When I say up close and personal, I mean hovering 2" from my nose, constructed from something that even that close up I could not define, having no inertia, no lights, and no visible means of propulsion. This was in a leafy suburb in a totally ordinary housing estate. It was silent, and if it hadn't flown up to me I would never have seen it or known it was there. The simple fact is that ET, or at the very least, their surveillance craft are here, and have been for decades if not hundreds of years. No one except those who have witnessed these craft can be 100% certain of their existence. All the discussions, the seminars, the government reports, the defence institutions or anyone else can refute what I have seen with my own two eyes. The results of their investigations are irrelevant. I, and many others already know what the truth is, and that is without any degree of uncertainty whatsoever. In this field we are using a framework of credibility that is inappropriate for use. We seek disclosure from humans whom we perceive to be at a higher level than ourselves, as if that gives us a reassurance of some sort. In this field the framework does not have meaning. Extra-terrestrial intelligence is undoubtedly thousands, if not millions, of years in advance of us. This relates to physical development, as well as technological advances. It is the equivalent of a assigning responsibility to the biggest chimpanzees in the group. There will be no definable outcome as the required understanding of ET and their capability is beyond the understanding of mere mortals.

  2. My name is Rick Carter, and I personally lived at Wright Patterson Air Force base from 1951 to 1953, while my grandfather (Colonel Charles Faulkner Carter) was second in command there. He was personally involved in the background investigation into the Roswell Incident of 1947, and he faithfully followed his own personal line of investigation into this classified issue, one which led him into a veritable minefield of religious issues, any one of which could have blown up in his face and potentially ended his distinguished military career. My grandfather originally started flying Jenny biplanes for the U.S. Army Air Service back in 1918 - 1919, having originally been born in 1898. He was the cousin of Admiral Richard E. Byrd, the famed arctic and antarctic aviator who explored the Earth's poles from the air.

    (I will stop here because it will take a HUGE amount of space to share what I believe I know about this ET/UFO issue which surrounds our precious Earth. If there is ever any public desire to hear what I have to share, then I invite "The UFO Chronicles" to please write me at (I cetainly do not want to be accused of spamming you all.))

  3. Oh Brother! There alway's has to be someone supposedly involved and sympethetic to the UFO "disclosure advocates"..that has to rain on what otherwise is a hopeful enterprise. What is it Bill? Are you jealous of the results Steve Bassett is getting? Or just of his never ending drive for the U.S. Govt. to fess up? This press club debate may not have overwhelming results..I think Bassett has already made that clear..(without your help)..but it will cause more exposure...if babysteps are all we can hope for then so be it. never know...something very exciting to the human race could evolve from this...wouldnt that just be awful, Bill?


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