Paratopia Presents: Citizen’s Hearing on Disclosure

JericatureThe Jer channels his inner Mel Blanc to bring you a very special interpretation of the Citizen’s Hearing on Disclosure, in this first-ever Paratopia radio play.

No one is safe. You have been warned.

Now available in the Paratopia Archive.

One thought on “Paratopia Presents: Citizen’s Hearing on Disclosure

  1. The Citizen’s Hearing on Disclosure was touted as the rightful, righteous public remedy to a Congress disinterested in exposing the great governmental alien contact cover up. The show featuring a parade of expert ‘witnesses’ offering unsworn ‘testimony’ in the National Press Club facilities certainly produced a most revealing message.

    The program included some of Ufology’s brightest stars with an overarching theme of forcing the government to tell us what they know. Read that last sentence carefully, it captures something about the focus; it is never clear precisely who knows what. Clearly, these faux hearings provided the ideal venue to supplant a vilified Congress and simply expose to the public directly the many facts suppressed by the authorities. However, instead of substantive revelations to drive the issues forward, these empty hearings only delivered another meaningless publicity event thinly disguised as a call for disclosure.

    In aggregate, the show did expose something. The luminaries on the stage have not, alone or collectively, ever mustered unequivocal proof of anything despite decades of tail chasing effort. The final, unintended take-home message was simple – if any of our claims is ever going to be proved the government will have to come forward with the goods. We Ufologists have been abjectly impotent when it comes to producing any meaningful conclusions on our own.

    Three years before Mr. Arnold reported flying saucers and the crash at Roswell, scientists published a paper implicating deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) as the key hereditary material (1). At that time it was completely unclear how genetic information was coded and decoded in cells. If you read that paper you can get a sense of the controversy as the authors make a strong case for DNA while taking pains to acknowledge that their experiments still could not rule out protein contamination. Within another 10 years, DNA was firmly established as the informational molecule, its molecular structure had been solved (2) and productive hypotheses as to how it functioned mechanically were under investigation. After less than 30 years, scientists were cloning genes and manipulating living organisms with unprecedented power. Forty years later the complete human genome had been deciphered entirely. Today we are on the verge of astonishing technological and medical advances built on the fundamental knowledge of DNA and how it functions. A burgeoning collection of peer-reviewed publications, Nobel Prize awards and novel diagnostic and therapeutic interventions against diseases offer ample objective evidence of the many superb accomplishments for all humankind that all began when a handful of scientists coupled sharp eyes with good ideas. How far did Ufology progress in that same interval?

    Being unable to book an expert guest to provide a hard fact-based balancing context to your parody was the ultimate symbolic symmetry. Maybe it is best to keep in mind that a ‘disclosure’ may also be an admission. Citizens, you are truly on your own.

    1. O. T. Avery, C. M. Macleod and M. McCarty. 1944. Studies on the nature of the substance inducing transformation of pneumococcal types: Induction of transformation by a desoxyribonucleic acid fraction isolated from Pneumococcus Type III. Journal of Experimental Medicine 79:137-158.

    2. J. D. Watson and F. H. Crick. 1953. Molecular structure of nucleic acids; a structure for deoxyribonucleic acid. Nature 171:737-738.

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