It Is Time To Call Off The Citizen Hearing on Disclosure

April 29th to May 3rd, Stephen Bassett’s Paradigm Research Group is slated to serve up the latest publicity stunt on behalf of “disclosure.” It is called the Citizen Hearing on Disclosure and it will be held at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. The slogan for this event is “If the Congress won’t do its job, the people will.”

As a concerned citizen I am calling for this not to happen–and not for any ufological or phenomenological disagreement I may have with the participants. The reason is simply this: pulling a stunt like this after the Boston Marathon bombing is sick. Congress has a more urgent job to do than listen to a mixture of frauds, peddlers of frauds, and well-meaning self-promoters rant about a presumed undisclosed reality. They’ve got reality reality to deal with.

If after the Boston Marathon bombing you participate in a faux disclosure hearing featuring “testimony” from known frauds and promoters of known frauds to tell us to drop everything and pay attention because you’re presenting the most pressing issue of the day, what does that say about you? Granted, there may be a few people slated to speak who are ignorant of the motives of their fellow speakers. Heck, they may be from other countries and not even understand the significance of the bombing. Those few can be forgiven. But the rest?

Anyone who is scheduled to speak at Bassett’s “citizen hearing” needs to take a long hard look at themselves and their moral compass before hitting that stage. This is beyond selling books to the ufological crowd or drumming up interest in UFO conferences. Some things in life are more important than dollar signs and free publicity. Attempting to pull Congress’s and America’s focus during a time of more immediate concern is one of them.

The ones who may mean well, generally speaking, are taking the stage with others they know are frauds or promoters of fraud and that cannot be because they think mingling with frauds is the answer to shaking up Washington or making a beneficial dent in the American psyche about disclosure. You only take the stage with frauds when it doesn’t matter. You take the stage with them when it benefits you. That’s all well and good at a UFO conference but the last thing Washington or we need right now is this circus lying to us and telling us it is more than entertainment, more than important–it’s the most important issue on the planet.

No. No, it is not. It is, as I said, a publicity stunt. America’s latest wake-up call to reality came in the form of two bombs at the finish line of a race, not at the ungloved palms of Steven Greer’s “top scientists” manhandling an alleged alien fetus everyone with half a brain knows will turn out not to be that.

Below are the lists of speakers and former Congress people scheduled to attend. You can parse out who the good, the bad, and the innocent are on your own. If you feel the same way, send a note of disappointment or this link to your favorite speaker and/or ex-congress personality. Tell them it’s not okay, not this time. In fact, it’s objectively disgusting.


Stephen Bassett
Sgt. John Burroughs (USAF, ret)
John Callahan (FAA, ret)
Grant Cameron (Canada)
Anthony Chionetti (Argentina)
Dr. Anthony Choy (Peru)
Peter Davenport
Richard Dolan
Maj. George A. Filer, III (USAF, ret)
Lt. Co. Richard French (USAF, ret)
Stanton Friedman (Canada)
A. J. Gevaerd (Brazil)
Dr. Steven Greer
Paul Hellyer (Canada)
Gary Heseltine (United Kingdom)
Linda Moulton Howe
Antonio Huneeus
Dr. Rodger Leir
Dr. Jesse Marcel, Jr. (Col. ANG, ret.)
Denice Marcel
Jesse Antoine Marcel, III
Dr. Edgar Mitchell (USAF/NASA, ret.) (by Skype)
Sgt. James W. Penniston (USAF, ret)
Roberto Pinotti (Italy)
Nick Pope (United Kingdom)
Dr. Kevin Randle (LTC USAR, ret.)
Capt. Robert Salas (USAF, ret)
Col. Ariel Sanchez (Uruguay)
Col. Oscar Santa Maria (PAF, ret.), (Peru)
Donald Schmitt
Daniel Sheehan, JD
Dr. Sun Shi-Li (People’s Republic of China)
Geoffrey Torres for Dr. Milton Torres (Maj. USAF, ret.)
Dr. Thomas Valone
Dr. Robert Wood 


Mike Gravel
Lynn Woolsey
Carolyn Kilpatrick
Darlene Hooley
Roscoe Bartlett
Merrill Cook

Or contact director Stephen Bassett directly and tell him this is not okay.


Stephen Bassett