Major UFO hearing underway in Washington DC

By Ted Bonnitt on April 20th, 2013
Major UFO hearing underway in Washington DC
UFOs flying near U.S. Capitol building in July, 1952, caused a public uproar.
UFOs flying near U.S. Capitol building in July, 1952, caused a public uproar.

Dozens of military officials, researchers and civilian witnesses are testifying about UFO evidence before former members of the United States House of Representatives during a week-long hearing in Washington, DC.

The event, called "Citizen Hearing on Disclosure" is being held at the National Press Club, and is intended to shed light on UFOs and change the way Washington politicians have publicly ignored the popular phenomenon for decades.

"If the Congress will not do its job, the people will" is the motto of The Citizen Hearing on Disclosure, organized by Stephen Bassett, a self described political activist and head of Paradigm Research Group (PRG), the organization behind the event.

The hearing, which is being streamed live on the internet is directed to news media to encourage more open and serious coverage of the subject.

The live streaming is being translated into several languages to reach half the world's population.  There is a $3.80 subscription fee to access the live stream and event related lectures.

UFOgrid will provide updates on the proceedings this week.

The list of people testifying at the event is a virtual who's who of UFO experts. 

Speakers include the National UFO Reporting Center's Peter Davenport, nuclear physicist and author Stanton Friedman, Apollo astronaut and moonwalker Edgar Mitchell, Former UK Ministry of Defence investigator Nick Pope, leading UFO investigative journalists Antonio Huneeus, Richard Dolan and Linda Moulton Howe, Disclosure Project's Steven Greer, and several former military officers.

One witness scheduled to speak is Dr. Roger Leir, a California podiatrist who has performed numerous surgeries to remove mysterious materials found embedded in people after their reported encounters with UFOs and unknown beings.

Dr. Leir has performed more than a dozen procedures to date, and the materials removed from his patients have exhibited unknown physical properties and defy conventional origins. Lier calls his retrieved evidence the "smoking gun" of the UFO phenomenon.

Their testimony will be heard by a mock congressional committee comprised of six former U.S. Congress members from around the country. Like their witnesses, the committee members are being compensated for their time and travel by PRG.

One former congressman on the committee, Merrill Cook (R-UT), characterizes himself as an open-minded skeptic. He told the Salt Lake Tribune that he made it clear to Bassett that he is "unlikely to be persuaded" by the testimony.

Cook said he's never seen a UFO and doesn't know why he was asked to join the committee, telling the Tribune, "Maybe I’m just somebody who said yes to them."

Derisive press has already begun the attack, calling the proceedings a "Kangaroo court."

Bassett invites the skepticism. His goal is to air the information, believing that the evidence will speak for itself and put pressure Congress to open public investigations into UFOs.

According to PRG's website, Bassett is a physicist by training and was introduced to the UFO phenomenon in the mid-1990's when he worked briefly with Harvard Professor Dr. John Mack on UFO Abduction witness research.

Bassett's established a lobbying presence on Capitol Hill through his Extraterrestrial Phenomena Political Action Committee (X-PPAC) to promote UFO disclosure and engage the Washington DC political media.

His hope is to normalize political dialog on the subject and "bring an end to a government imposed truth embargo of the facts surrounding an extraterrestrial presence engaging the human race."

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