July 11, 2011
On July 8, 1947, Air Force Gen. Roger
Ramey held a press event at the 8th Army Air Force headquarters in
Fort Worth, Texas, in which he allegedly changed the just-released
story of a
recovered crashed disk near Roswell, N.M., to that of a
retrieved Rawin weather balloon.
To UFO believers, this marked the beginning of a 64-year cover-up by
the U.S. government and other major foreign countries to deny or
hide the reality that extraterrestrials have made contact with
Now, a group of UFO truthers is hoping to turn this date into one of
revelation, not repression, by declaring July 8 as the first ever
"World Disclosure Day."
It's an annual 24-hour period when pro-disclosure advocates like
Stephen Bassett hope people will focus attention on an alleged truth
embargo that he says has resulted in the withholding of knowledge by
all major world governments about a supposed extraterrestrial
presence here on Earth.
In addition, supporters are encouraged to discuss how things might
change once an official announcement has been made and what policies
should - or have been - enacted by world leaders post-disclosure.
Bassett is a registered lobbyist who runs the
Phenomena Political Action Committee, an organization that since the
late 1990s has been demanding Congress release information about the
presence of aliens as soon as possible.
Among his accomplishments since he started his UFO activism include
popularizing the term "truth embargo" instead of the old "UFO
Although Bassett would like the U.S. to be the first country to
declare the existence of aliens on this planet, he says there are at
least a dozen countries that are on their way to doing so, such as
Russia, China, Brazil, France and the United Kingdom.
"There was an arms race, a space race, and now we have a disclosure
race," he told AOL Weird News in an email interview.
"There are a
dozen or so countries that might well effect disclosure tomorrow. It
is hoped the Obama administration will become aware of this and take
As close as we may be to the official ET announcement, Bassett
doesn't expect it to happen on "World Disclosure Day." At least not
"The purpose of World Disclosure Day is to provide a focal point for
people and organizations to come together to assert their right to
know extraordinary information being withheld from them by their
governments - the truth embargo," he said.
"World Disclosure Day
will also help broaden public awareness of the disclosure process
and those organizations involved in this advocacy work."
The date of July 8 wasn't pulled out of a hat, Bassett says.
definitely meant to harkens back to Gen. Ramey's original press
conference in 1947.
"This was the informal beginning of the now 64-year truth embargo
regarding an extraterrestrial presence," Bassett said. "For this
reason, the date July 8 was chosen to emphasize the need to reverse
that now inappropriate policy."
Although disclosure of an alien presence would be the biggest news
story in modern history, Bassett doesn't expect his "UFO-liday"
supporters to hold big events.
"At this point in time, you don't celebrate WDD, you participate in
it," he said. "The first phase of developing this concept is
acquiring endorsements from around the world. This is underway now."
More than 1,700 endorsements have come in since July 1, when
Disclosure Day was announced, Bassett said.
Endorsements are being
sorted by the U.S. and international countries, and any endorsements
from persons or organizations of special note will be highlighted in
a separate section.
"It's still new, so the high-profile endorsements haven't come yet,"
Even people who do believe there has been an E.T.
presence for decades, like
Stanton Friedman, a nuclear physicist who
was the first civilian to investigate the
Roswell crash in the late
1970s, are skeptical about the concept, and warns that it doesn't
consider all the questions that need to be answered in advance.
"I think the intentions are good but do not consider the many
ramifications from a national security viewpoint and don't really
deal with the difficulties," said Friedman, who on July 31 will be
giving a speech entitled "Are We Ready For Contact?" to attendees at
Mutual UFO Network symposium in Irvine, Calif.
Friedman said that getting major world leaders to give up the
secrets about extraterrestrials also requires them to possibly give
up power (something they won't do easily).
"Will everybody be willing to share any technical information they
may have learned and which almost by definition will involve serious
military consequences?" he asked.
"Nobody in power wants to give up
power. Nationalism is the only game in town. Who would give up
power? It seems to me that all leaders would feel they have more to
lose than to gain by disclosure."
Bassett said that the announcement of World Disclosure Day is
actually just the start of his plan.
The second phase will be developing as much public awareness as
possible of WDD over the next 12 months, and also to educate people
on what will happen after the extraterrestrial presence is
Bassett said the revelations would require a new school of politics
called exopolitics, the politics of dealing with extraterrestrials,
something that people like
Michael Salla, a scholar in international
politics, conflict resolution and U.S. foreign policy, are already
Salla said that it's imperative for the planet to have a plan just
in case an ET decides to make Earth his new home.
"It's not necessary to assume ETs are real, just possible," Salla
AOL Weird News. "Then you prepare for it and think through all
According to Salla, those issues include deciding how the alien
presence would be announced (he advocates announcing the presence of
microbes and working up to more sentient beings), and who would be
in control - a secret committee or a corporate entity.
Even more important: If the ETs have superior technology, should
they be forced to share it?
Of course, another big issue is determining the protocol for contact
between humans and aliens, lest either side be exposed to strange
viruses, a Romeo and Juliet situation between Martians and
Earthlings - or worse.
"A big question is how will humans interact with aliens," Salla
said. "If someone is threatened by one, will they take a shot at
them while driving by? And, if so, will this be as illegal as
shooting a human?"
But while these pioneering exo-politicians figure out the answers to
these questions, the truth is that the current economic and
political climate on Earth drastically affects if and when
disclosure happens, according to Bassett.
"The election of Barack Obama helps disclosure because he, unlike
George Bush or Bill Clinton, is acceptable to the
military/intelligence managers as a disclosure president," Bassett
"Recent nuclear reduction treaties also helped by reducing
instability and tensions, thus creating a safer disclosure
Bassett said the unfolding economic collapse in Europe and the
United States are also hindering disclosure, because,
great uncertainty and gets politicos running scared."
Surprisingly, Bassett said the recent suspension of funding for the
Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) program by NASA is
actually a good thing for disclosure advocates like him.
"SETI was created as a propaganda front to take pressure off the
government.," Bassett said. "It would have looked awkward if there
was not an effort to 'look for extraterrestrials.'
"It was funded by NASA," he added. "When it was launched the
government already knew E.T.s were here. Do the math. Later on,
members of the SETI program would debunk UFO research and
researchers, etc. SETI is one of the worst corruptions of science
SETI senior astronomer Seth Shostack declined to comment on
Meanwhile, another disclosure supporter, Bryce Zabel, hopes that
true believers take inspiration from the recent Arab Spring in the
"The Arab Spring, while not totally related to disclosure, is a
great model," said
Zabel, the creator of "Dark Skies," a UFO
conspiracy theory-based sci-fi television series that aired on NBC
between 1996 and 1997.
"When people want something, they will take
to the streets and get it. Substitute Area 51 for Tahir Square and
you get the picture."
However, some skeptics, such as
Joe Nickell of the
Skeptical Inquiry in Amherst, N.Y., thinks having 100 World
Disclosure Days over the next century won't make a bit of a
difference if there is nothing to disclose.
"There's no such evidence for these claims," he said.
"All of the
claims that aliens exist and are being hidden somewhere are
fantasies and hoaxes. A lot of conspiracy theories like this are
un-American, and this is very similar to the Obama birth certificate
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