Former U.S. Senator Claims White House Is Covering Up UFO Evidence

evidence of ufosDecide for yourself whether the advocacy at the UFO conference by Gravel, who declared personal bankruptcy a few years ago, could have been influenced by the previously noted payment of $20,000 he received for his appearance. Yahoo! News reports:

Former Sen. Mike Gravel (D-Alaska) says the White House has helped keep the truth about the “extraterrestrial influence that is investigating our planet” from the public: “It goes right to the White House…it just goes down the chain of command, everyone stands toe.”

Gravel is one of six former congressional representatives who were paid by the UFO advocacy group Paradigm Research to participate in a Congressional-style Citizen Hearing on Disclosure in Washington this week, where witness after witness presented first-hand accounts of UFO sightings and extraterrestrial visits.

Gravel says the strongest accounts of alien encounters are from former military officers, such as retired Air Force Capt. Robert Salas, who testified that UFOs temporarily disabled nuclear weapons on his watch.

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  • emperorreagan

    Speaking & appearance fees are generally only highlighted if someone is looking to cast aspersions on the speakers.

    That the government could have evidence and lie about it is no doubt true – the nature of the government in this era is that information is chopped up, compartmentalized, and classified.

    • Reasor

      So are you arguing that financial conflicts of interest are too commonplace to be concerned about? Wouldn’t you like to see these kinds of compromises of integrity exposed to the light of day more often?

      • emperorreagan

        I’m arguing that speaking fees are typically highlighted in articles where they’re used as Ad Hominem attacks against the attendees – not in the interest of transparency.

        It’s lazy journalism, because anyone seeking to criticize this particular conference and the people on the panel could find plenty to question on merit and performance – both as politicians and as participants in this conference.

    • alizardx

      I’m wondering what money is behind Paradigm Research that they can afford to pay $20K speakers’ fees. If their speaker fee budget is well over $100K, how much money will they be paying to publicize the results, and where will it go? (check the automatically delivered ads here for some examples Real Soon)

      What corporate interests are served by attempts to panic the public about what’s in the skies that are not drones built by crony contractors who are also paying off politicians?

      The 1971 Powell memo agenda updated by the Kochs took over the political mainstream a long time ago, Koch and other corporate money has been working on co-opting the fringes. (Libertarianism and Futurism come to mind.) Maybe the time for the UFO movement to become a corporate money information control conduit has arrived.

      That said, I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised to discover that what former Senator Gravel is saying is 100% true. Lying to the public is SOP for the Feds and in particular, to the Obama Adminstration. Though if Mittens had won, we’d be getting the same kind of lies in different packages.

      We can check the evidence that’s publicly available for or against what the ‘investigation’ is telling us. To me, “Conspiracy Theory” means check the evidence, is it tinfoil, or something the mainstream media’s owners don’t want us to know?

      We can also attempt to “FOLLOW THE MONEY” into Paradigm Research.

      This message is approved by the Reptoid Conspiracy… er, so I’ve heard.

      • gustave courbet

        Good points.

      • emperorreagan

        Cursory attempt to follow the money:

        The hearing is evidently going to be part of a documentary. Reuben Langdon (who calls himself a truth seeker) and Just Cause Entertainment Production are attached in addition to Paradigm Research and Stephen Bassett.

        Looking at what Paradigm Research publishes on their website, they certainly didn’t fund the fees.

        A production company with someone who has been tied to projects like Avatar and is planning a documentary? Probably able to either pay the fees or get financing as part of the documentary’s budget.

        • alizardx

          Found this page at Paradigm Research: http://www.paradigmresearchgroup.org/underwriters.htm

          Lots of donations with “name withheld”, and the top “$50,000+” donation name space left blank.

          They say they’re a political advocacy org and therefore not tax deductible, but they also say that if someone wants a tax deduction, to contact the organization.

          http://www.paradigmresearchgroup.org/contribute.htm

          Nothing turned up on Sourcewatch.

          • emperorreagan

            I saw something that indicated Paradigm Research has raised around $500,000 since its founding, but can’t find that link this morning. Makes it far more likely that the funding came from the production company, if true.

            The drone perspective is interesting. The government certainly does its part to feed these claims through official statements – particularly dubious claims (like it was just a weather balloon!) on the part of the military when what they’re really most likely doing is testing new technology. I wonder how much of the UFO thing is actively cultivated through less open channels.

            I lived near Dugway Proving Grounds during the summer after my senior year of high school. When the electronics shut down in my car in the middle of the desert near the base I assumed it was either someone being a dick with something they were flying or something they were testing nearby, not a UFO…but there were plenty of UFO rumors about that area, I assume because there were plenty of similar experiences.

            I could see where it would be in the interest of some parties to try to create confusion & disinformation rather than just admitting they’re flying drones domestically.

      • Anarchy Pony

        We should make that a site meme, making a distinction between plausible conspiracy theories and “tinfoil” conspiracy theories.

        • Andrew

          I call ridiculous conspiracy theories invented to make the whole idea of conspiracy look implausible “astrofoil” (astroturf + tinfoil).

          • Anarchy Pony

            I like it.

          • alizardx

            I could live with that… someone should create an appropriate image for a site award.

  • BuzzCoastin

    I’m thinkin’ there some little grey men who answer all these questions
    quickly & percisely

    would the real UFOs please stand up

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