The Citizens Hearing was the first of it's kind since 1968 and took place just one week after the release of Dr. Steven Greer's Sirius movie. Dr. Greer was also present at the event.
On the committee for the Citizens Hearing On Disclosure were:
- Congressman Roscoe Bartlett (Rep, MD)
- Congressman Merrill Cook (Rep, UT)
- Congresswoman Darlene Hooley (Dem, OR)
- Congresswoman Carolyn Kilpatrick (Dem, MI)
- Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey (Dem, CA)
- Senator Mike Gravel (Dem/Lib, AK)
As a result of the Citizens Hearing, a new UFO documentary entitled Truth Embargo was produced. Some of the people who testified as part of the hearing included Dr. Steven Greer, Nick Pope (formerly of UK's Ministry of Defence), Dr. Edgar Mitchell (6th astronaut on the moon), Stanton Friedman (author of Crash At Corona), Donald Schmitt, Paul Hellyer (former Defense Minister of Canada), Dr. Roger Leir (Podiatrist), Dr. Thomas Valone, Colonel Kevin Randle, Colonel French (who saw two alien greys working on a landed UFO) and Sgt. Jim Penniston (of the 1980 Rendlesham Forest incident).
As part of the hearing, remarkable evidence (including physical trace evidence) of many UFO encounters was put forth and although the former members of Congress were skeptical at first, by the last day of the hearing all of their opinions had changed as they began to realize how seriously the UFO phenomenon had been dealt with and what had really gone on at the highest levels of government. Both Sgt. Jim Penniston and Sgt. John Burrows confirmed that they had both received threats over testifying about the Rendlesham Forest incident at the hearing, even though over thirty years had passed.
The Citizens Hearing on Disclosure, which was organized by Steven Bassett's Paradigm Research Group, has now led on to the Congressional Hearing Initiative. As part of the initiative, 30 hours of footage from the Citizens Hearing was sent to all congressional offices, along with a letter signed by the witnesses for new congressional hearings on the extraterrestrial presence. In 2015, Disclosure Petition VII - Congressional Hearing ended with over 13,500 signatures on the White House website.
The Paradigm Research Group have also confirmed that meetings with congressional staff are already underway on both the House and Senate side and Paradigm Research Group is now acting upon communications with presidential candidates who seek an end to the secrecy surrounding the extraterrestrial presence.
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