Citizen hearing on UFOs producing lots of Mulders, no Scullys so far

The Citizens Hearing on Disclosure is three days into the storytelling and rampant speculation. Note this is a committee made up of FORMER Congresspeople, not active ones making this NOT a Congressional hearing.

SPACE CADETS HIT D.C.: UFO buffs beam up to well-paid ex-pols – NY Daily News.

On Monday, six former members of Congress, who were paid $20,000 each, plus expenses, heard testimony in a setting designed to resemble a Capitol Hill hearing room.

For several hours, “UFOlogists” like Stanton Friedman, who calls himself the “original civilian investigator” of a supposed alien encounter in Roswell, N.M., in 1947, testified about extraterrestrial visits to Earth and an alleged conspiracy to suppress the truth about them.

A UFO “truth” organization called the Paradigm Research Group is spending $600,000 — reportedly donated by a Canadian oil baron — to stage the week-long hearing and videotape the testimony for a documentary.

It’s the same group that filed a petition on the White House’s “We the People” website in 2011 urging President Obama to “formally acknowledge an extraterrestrial presence engaging the human race.”

Throughout the day, the former members of Congress who took testimony — including former Sen. Mike Gravel (D-Alaska), who once ran a quixotic campaign for President, and former Reps. Roscoe Bartlett (R-Md.) and Merrill Cook (R-Utah) — listened intently. All kept a straight face.

So far they have talked of the Rendlesham Forest incident, animal mutilations, the Majestic documents and many more hyped up, alternatively explained subjects. There is no balance (and I don’t mean that there SHOULD have been scientists here, because that would be a waste of their time.) This is a circus. But it’s a very public circus and they succeeded in making it look official. I suspect more will come out of this. We might take this as a lesson on what happens when science ignores a subject the public thinks they SHOULD be interested in. You get a bunch of pro-paranormalists and zero credibility – I don’t care how many books they wrote or if they were military officers. Nothing but stories and debunked tales.

This theater is funded to the tune of several hundred thousand dollars by a wealthy benefactor, the guy can do what he wants.

Photo credit: Kevin Wolf

Photo credit: Kevin Wolf

For a play by play live blog, check out the Huff Post. They sit through this so you don’t have to.

The committee seems unhappy with the snarky response from the media.

*Snark*

What did you expect?

Original Story: UFO Disclosure conference coming to National Press Club .

 

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  8 comments for “Citizen hearing on UFOs producing lots of Mulders, no Scullys so far

  1. spookyparadigm
    May 1, 2013 at 6:25 PM

    This is pathetic on multiple levels.

  2. May 1, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    so, I did say I could be bought. But I would have to be starving to put up with HOW MANY HOURS of STANTON FRIEDMAN for $20,000. Only if I could keep listening to episodes of Monster Talk via hidden ear buds during the testimony.

  3. May 1, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    Testimony – lots.

    Testable evidence – zero.

  4. May 2, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    THREE DAYS! And that’s only “so far”? Can you imagine how hard it was for these poor retirees to get out of bed on the second morning? Suddenly $20,000 doesn’t sound like very much money.

    • May 2, 2013 at 12:06 PM

      Oh, I think it would be entertaining. For a while. I must say that I prefer people doing Stanton impressions than actually listening to Stan. As Bob Schaffer said, he’s stuff hasn’t changed much in a decade.

  5. Richard
    May 9, 2013 at 12:17 AM

    We are shutting down meals for home-bound indigent seniors, school lunch programs, housing vouchers for families who could become homeless, but paying for THIS?

    • May 9, 2013 at 1:16 AM

      No no, fear not, this was all paid for by a private UFO crank. It does not involve any US government resources, and the panel is all retired people.

  6. ben dyball
    May 14, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    I watched the first hour and fifty minutes of this charade. Clearly dishonest – pretending to be an official hearing with faux oaths and omitting the retired status of the panel who failed to ask a single probing question and who allowed the most outrageous use of hearsay. Zero evidence produced from witnesses of dubious authority and obvious bias. A sham.

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