Thursday, May 30, 2013

It's Time to View UFOs With Our Eyes Open

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It's Time to View UFOs With Our Eyes Open

By Fred Lundgren
The Huffington Post

     "Move along folks, there's nothing to see here."

That's always the official government response to any inquiry about UFO sightings and our place in the universe.

Such was the national media's treatment of a recent five-day Citizens Hearing on UFO Disclosure that brought former members of Congress to the National Press Club to hear testimony from dozens of researchers, former military officers and former federal agency employees. The following former members of Congress were in attendance:
• Former Senator Mike Gravel (D-AK)
• Former Congresswoman Carolyn Kilpatrick (D-MI)
• Former Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey (D-CA)
• Former Congresswoman Darlene Hooley (D-OR)
• Former Congressman Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD)
• Former Congressman Merrill Cook (R-UT)
Evidently, I must have been on "Ten Forward" when the UFO hearings occurred, because I totally missed the event.

Last week, I finally learned about the hearings by reading the Weird News vertical of The Huffington Post. In my opinion, the story should have been published in the political section because it involved six former members of Congress.

Except for The Huffington Post, most coverage was unnecessarily critical. Many media organizations either ignored the story or emphasized the "giggle factor." Others heaped ridicule on both witnesses and the former members of Congress who attended.

Reporters who covered the event seemed astonished that former members of Congress received $20,000 for five days of attendance, while making no comparison to active members who receive thousands for attending a one-hour breakfast.

Commenter websites and blogs were overwhelmingly negative. It almost seemed like I was reading an orchestrated chorus of derision, but, to what end? . . .

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