“The truth is out there”, lamented Fox Mulder from the hit television series The X-Files, and Americans are growing increasingly aware of that fact.
In recent years, the increase of UFO sightings and admissions have Americans once again wondering about extraterrestrials visiting the earth. The most famous recent incident even came to us from the Navy, who released a series of videos from the early 2000’s showing “unexplained aerial phenomena,” in which fighter pilots engage with what appears to be an intelligently-controlled spacecraft over the Pacific Ocean.
The videos, along with observations by pilots and radar operators, “appear to provide evidence of the existence of aircraft far superior to anything possessed by the United States or its allies,” writes Christopher Mellon, a former defense official in the George W. Bush and Clinton administrations and an adviser to To the Stars Academy.
One clip, “FLIR1” shows a dark, pill-shaped object hovering for several seconds before scooting sideways extremely fast. The second, “GoFast” shows the observing aircraft’s sensor lock onto a fast-moving target as the pilots are heard in the background excitedly wondering what exactly they’ve stumbled across. And the third “Gimbal” shows an oblong object moving steadily before stopping and rotating as the pilots observing it exclaim in surprise.
In the videos, air crews loudly debate what the objects are and where they came from.
“GoFast” shows the observing aircraft’s sensor lock onto a fast-moving target as the pilots are heard in the background excitedly wondering what exactly they’ve stumbled across.
“Gimbal” shows an oblong object moving steadily before stopping and rotating as the pilots observing it exclaim in surprise.
This admission has sparked curiosity as to whether or not the government is becoming increasingly willing to divulge their knowledge on the UFO phenomenon.
Now, a group of UFO lobbyists are pressuring Congress to work toward disclosure… and it’s working.
For years, Steven Bassett was Capitol Hill’s lone UFO lobbyist. He became a registered lobbyist in 1996 and set up an advocacy organization, the Paradigm Research Group (PRG), which has the goal of using “all means possible to confront the United States government regarding its policy of a truth embargo on the events and evidence demonstrating an extraterrestrial presence engaging the human race and the formal acknowledgement of that presence,” according to Bassett’s website.
“It’s not about UFOs. The term is a product of government propaganda in service to the truth embargo and no longer of value,” Bassett told Motherboard. “It’s about extraterrestrials and the Disclosure process.”
It may sound far-fetched, but Bassett claims that Congress are truly interested in the unexplained.
“A significant percentage of all people on Capitol Hill are convinced there is an ET presence. They are just not able to speak to it—publicly,” Bassett said.
And there are plenty more where Bassett came from.
TV personality and UFO researcher Chase Kloetzke also works in Washington as a lobbyist meeting with lawmakers about ‘the phenomenon.’ The issue all of the lobbyists face, Kloetzke explains, is that UFOs are considered sensitive information.
“This topic is now in the hands of the Pentagon, military strategists and intelligence agencies. It’s all classified. To be part of ANY discussion in DC about UAPs, you need a security clearance,” Kloetzke said in an email. According to Kloetzke, she has “spoken to senior staff for seven lawmakers and two Senators.” While she is unsure as to how much progress she has personally made, she is convinced that To the Stars is a key player in all this and that the Pentagon’s Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program is “still in play.”
This latest news comes just weeks after several hundred people descended upon secretive military base Area 51 in the Nevada desert, demanding to “see them aliens”; a reference to a popular conspiracy theory about the clandestine government facility.
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