UFO Disclosure or UFO Circus?

Stephen Bassett’s latest event at the National Press Club has been making headlines recently. The Citizen Hearing on Disclosure is supposed to assemble a gallery of credible UFO witnesses to be interviewed by a distinguished panel of former U.S. congressmen. Having former high-ranking statesmen conduct the inquiry, according to Bassett, will lend credibility to the event, which recently got positive airtime on MSNBC.

“They are essentially conducting themselves as if they were still in Congress. We’re looking for them to be objective and gather information,” Bassett told HuffPost Weird News. “We do not care what their opinion is, it’s not a factor. We simply want them to do the job.”

But who, exactly, are these congressmen? According to website Parapolitical, they are the “nuttiest former U.S. congressmen in history.” Taking a closer look at the biography of the panelists reveals a range of anecdotes that could be amusing, if it weren’t so frightening to imagine these people once held high public office.

The hearing panel will be headlined by former congressman Merrill Cook (R – Utah) who was once famously banned from his own party’s offices after a profanity-laced tirade and was plagued during his few years in Congress by reports of erratic behavior leveled by his own staff. “Merrill has taken up permanent residence in whacko land,” Cook’s chief of staff Janet Jenson wrote in an inter-office e-mail in 2000. ”If he asks you to fax his underwear to the speaker’s office, please just do it.”

Joining Cook will be former congressman Roscoe Bartlett (R – Maryland). The 86 year-old raised eyebrows in 2004 when he attended a Unification Church event to receive the “Ambassador of Peace medal” from cult leader Sun-Young Moon who, afterwards, declared himself the Messiah as Bartlett watched in delight.

But, that’s not all! Former senator Mike Gravel (D- Alaska) will also be there. After twice filing for bankruptcy, Gravel has apparently taken to making public appearances for anyone who will buy him lunch – his previous engagements have included a conference sponsored by the holocaust denial website Barnes Review.

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  • eric82

    LOL … and people wonder why no one takes UFO dudes seriously.

    • Juan

      Exactly. It’s too bad I think, because there is more than likely something very intersting going on that merrits serious study.
      I am not a devotee, but from the bit of research I’ve done, one of the few people that I consider credible in regard to this topic is Jacques Valee.

      • Zebulon

        In that case you definitely do *not* want to read the comments section in this article ol’ Jacques wrote on BoingBoing: http://boingboing.net/2010/03/23/in-search-of-alien-g.html

        your list of the credible would go from 1 to 0

        :)

        • Juan

          Thanks for the link. Intersting read.
          Maybe I missed something, but he still seems credible to me. Nothing crazy there, he’s suggesting that crop circles are the result of the military calibrating a directed energy weapon. So?

          • Zebulon

            “he’s suggesting that crop circles are the result of the military calibrating a directed energy weapon”

            I guess our standards of crazy vs. plausible are different …

          • Juan

            I dunno, to me, that’s way less crazy than some of the more out there new age explanations I’ve come across. That does not mean I believe him. I remain agnostic because I simply don’t know.
            Haven’t groups of artists come forward and claimed responsibility for these things and showed how they did it? Are they responsible for all of them?
            What do you think is happening?

    • nozodurendozuuo

      There are three types of people who cause the UFO phenomenon to be taken as a joke.

      One type is the crackpot wackadoodle nut bag and the other is the pseudo-skeptical arrogant know-it-all types like yourself.

      The last is a guy in a buisness suit with a gun.

  • nozodurendozuuo

    This article is biased and misleading. UGh I can’t even comment it’s so infuriating. Yes crazy people are into UFOs! Crazy people are also into the internet and Food.

    But there is a large and growing list of distinguished individuals who have come forward to testify to the reality of this phenomenon which incudes
    multiple NASA astronauts, Military insiders, radar technicians,
    scientists and Politicians such as the former heads of defense for the
    UK and Canada and the former CIA director Roscoe Hillenkoetter.

    • eric82

      “But there is a large and growing list of distinguished individuals who have come forward …”

      sounds like none of them will be at this event – lol

      • Anarchy Pony

        FLAME WAR! FLAME WAR! FLAME WAR!

        • http://iuwus.deviantart.com/ Threedinium

          *assembles deck chair and popcorn

      • nozodurendozuuo

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      • nozodurendozuuo

        Here is a Partial List of the witnesses speaking at this event.

        Capt. Edgar Mitchell, PhD (USN, NASA, Ret.) Apollo Astronaut

        Col. Jesse Marcel, Jr., MD (USANG, Ret.)first military officer on the scene of the Roswell UFO crash

        Geoffrey Torres For Maj. Milton Torres, PhD (USAF, Ret.) range control officer at Cape Canaveral AFS for the Gemini and Apollo space programs.

        Nick Pope United Kingdom Ministry of Defense – His postings included being assigned to the Joint Operations Center during the Persian Gulf War, where he was a briefer in the Air Force Operations Room. He left the MoD in 2006 after his final posting, in which he served as an acting Deputy Director in the Directorate of Defense Security

        Sun Shili, PhD (People’s Republic Of China) Chinese scientist Sun Shili, a retired foreign ministry official

        Lt. Col. Kevin Randle (USAR, Ret.)A military veteran, Kevin Randle served in the United States Army during both the Vietnam War and the Second Gulf War.

        There is more to see under the “witness” section. http://www.citizenshearing.org/

        however I don’t expect any of the “true believers” of the official story or the pseudo-skeptical science-enthusiasts to even bother looking.

        • NathanSpeller

          When your only real info weapon is ridicule, then you pick the easy targets as this article has obviously done.

        • eric82

          Can you confirm through any source that isn’t a UFO blog and/or podcast that Sun Shili is a “retired foreign ministry official” of the PRC? So many other people at this woo-woo event have been outed as having faked their credentials, got degrees from diploma mills, etc., it’s a reasonable question to ask.

          What Barnum said is true … there’s a sucker born every minute.

  • BuzzCoastin

    UFO Disclosure or UFO Circus?
    UFO Circus!

    • Matt Staggs

      I think UFO Circus opened up for Deep Purple back in 1978…

      • BuzzCoastin

        they also covered DP’s Smoke on the Water
        on their album, Sumtin fer da Masses

  • http://artasith-m-nasdsnre.tumblr.com/ Simon Valentine

    the last UFO i encountered cast a magical spell in attempt to prevent further discourse concerting Moore’s Law. seems like a dangerous terrorist~

    do we think that we could convince a rather Icarus fellow among
    ourselves (or our entirety) that one may swing a pale of water round the
    head so fast as to generate enough outward force that we may pull
    ourselves up into the sky against? i have not done much in the way of
    engineering my UFO just yet, certainly, however, this is the jist of it.
    happy Easter? ha ha! jolly ho then!

    • http://artasith-m-nasdsnre.tumblr.com/ Simon Valentine

      Facebook recently dug this Zelda up for me. Ridiculously convenient, machine code can be. “I am not a Mosis!” “I did not free the PC slaves from Abram abolishmentism!” *cough* This hermetic monument I know not save if it were that covenant scripted in conjunction with Chinese monks and Philistines. Son of Anak! That one who cannot be struck save for that one who strikes to be that one! The covenant Xeen as the eleventh commandment is that monk Master Xeen, that Anakim, that spirit. For indeed to punch, kick, or in any way damage Xeen (Anak) is to trade places with Xeen. “In Soviet Russia…” Anak is king? Hmm. Yarl? Jgant crown? Monk indeed. Bah! Airbender my demi-fart! Shart! How art though?!? Anak the void bender shall win through anyhow! The arc is shadow and shadow is king, king is he and he is Anakim! Arc geas! Allegiance! Rank! Class! Genera! Speciality!

      Genius, Spectres. Genius.

      http://disinfo.com/2008/12/get-your-ka-off-the-couch-disinformation-world-news/#sthash.HL3hnfwT.dpbs

      • NathanSpeller

        Think I’m starting to translate, I just needed to put my Joyce glasses on.

        • http://artasith-m-nasdsnre.tumblr.com/ Simon Valentine

          yeah i myself am accustomed to going outside-in to get it worked on and then inside-out to get back to sanity. honestly, i’ve had multitudes of my own times interpreting my own work subsequently to ‘letting it go out’. fractals. that is all. the motherload fractal. :)

          • NathanSpeller

            Fuck ya Fractals :D The fractal quality of time, once we get a handle on that I can see a rebirth of astrology as socially acceptable among the rational minded.

          • http://artasith-m-nasdsnre.tumblr.com/ Simon Valentine

            it’s certainly got its pockets and cards sir. don’t ration yourself out of an experience, say, see? time indeed. it’s more like wack-a-mole, aint it? mostly i’d say an object is time, as an omega, as thought, as space, aether, et cetera. then going backwards we wonder why we started with the object in the first place. then it’s all about using what we learned doing all that to fix up some stuff and live and go to meet the aliens~

  • NathanSpeller

    Having had two contact experiences over the last year…I know they exist. But our ideas of “little green men” are outmoded. The ufos cross the technological/spiritual divide. Open your mind to the vast universe.

  • wcarver

    I will give a second look at alien UFO’s when I see a picture that isn’t a fuzzy blur or a frizbee.

  • Juan

    Matt, having major issues posting here. The thing freezes up on me and I am unable to type. I have to hit post then go back and edit. I have to do this four or five times for a

    comment consisting of a few lines. Very frustrating.
    Also, I am unable increase the size of the image on the iPad. The font is too small.

    • Juan

      Fuck, I can’t even edit the comment above

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Antony-Milne/1060213982 Antony Milne

    This ‘disclosure’ thing has been going on for too long, and is totally unnececcesary. Top ranking defence and intelligence circles in the US and UK have already been ‘come clean’ for years and have CONFIRMED that Ufos exist as unexplained phemenona. There is too much emphasis on getting civilian politicians to make statements, but John Alexander, a veteran political, Nasa and defence insider explains the political inhibitions about this. Leslie Kean points to the numerous semi-official and inter-agency enquiries, but she is still pushing for a government agency to legitimize’ the subject and to encourages ‘positive’ attitudes to it. Again this is unnecesssary,as the subtitle of her book ‘UFOS’ is ‘Generals, Pilots and Government Officials Go On the Record’ must make plain. Both Alexander’s and Kean’s books are essential reading on this subject of Ufos and officialdom.

    The difficulty here is the mainstream scientific establishment which feels it must uphold the western scientific canon at all costs, because there is too much at stake otherwise. This applies to the silence or disparagement about anything connected to the paranormal. For example, any public statement by the President of the US would probably immediately be challenged or criticised by mainstream scientists, thus arousing unwanted controversy that would would obviously not benefit him in political terms.

    • eric82

      “This ‘disclosure’ thing has been going on for too long, and is totally
      unnececcesary. Top ranking defence and intelligence circles in the US
      and UK have already been ‘come clean’ for years and have CONFIRMED that
      Ufos exist as unexplained phemenona.”

      Oh good, well that’s settled then. Now what should we talk about next?

      lmao

  • CosmicAmazing

    The reason why this subject is kept secret, ridiculed, and riddled with disinfo, is because of the types of technology associated with this phenomena. If the US government were to issue a statement disclosing the truth about UFO’s and/or Aliens, the next question would be “how are they getting here?”. One of the things I found rather credible about that Sirius movie is the way they explain this connection. Our industrial world is run largely off of fossil fuels and energy systems that consume something. When people finally realize this is unnecessary and that there are alternative technologies which don’t pollute, don’t consume, and don’t require a large infrastructure, but instead provide clean unlimited energy. The current world economic system would collapse or get left behind. There would be trillions of dollars at stake, millions of jobs would become obsolete, empires built upon fossil fuels would disintegrate or be forced to change etc etc.. War would become less important and scientific discovery would become more important.

  • Richard Frith

    Things in the sky that can’t be identified? That’s downright crazy! You’re crazy and an idiot, etc.

  • http://ykr.be/py2demux0 The Sirius Film

    Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. – “Planet earth has been and is being visited by highly evolved intelligent beings that are not from this world.” It Is Time For You To Know! – Follow The Sirius Film on Twitter, Pinterest & FB @TheSiriusFilm

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