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.
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.
What did you expect?
Original Story: UFO Disclosure conference coming to National Press Club .