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UFOs, Transparency, and Civil Rights

April 26th, 2011 No comments

Introduction

I will never hide the truth because it’s uncomfortable. I will deal with Congress and the courts as co-equal branches of government. I will tell the American people what I know and don’t know, and when I release something publicly or keep something secret, I will tell you why.
– President Barack Obama, National Archives, May 21, 2009

This article assumes that since government and military officially consider UFOs a non-issue, and hence not a matter of national security, it can also be taken as read that any interference and/or activities in the field, official or otherwise, are completely unwarranted.

Despite grand ideas concerning government transparency at the outset of the Obama administration, it would appear no real “change” has been forthcoming.

President Obama has said if something is to be kept secret that he will “… tell you why.” The problem with this is how does one pose the question to begin with? Attempts have been made to contact the White House concerning UFO secrecy, calls have been made, letters sent, but the administration refuses to acknowledge this. And so it would appear that the easiest way to not keep one’s word, such as telling the American public why they can’t have this information, is to pretend you didn’t hear the question. Read more…

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Obama Briefing Documents

March 12th, 2010 3 comments

Online now are Steven Greer’s Presidential Briefing Documents for President Obama.

This includes an three page NRO document concerning group meetings held outside of Area 51, and a list of  locations and organizations believed to have connections to the UFO subject.

Whether or not some of this stuff is false does not detract from it’s interest. We who have an interest in UFOs need to taken on board as much as possible, if we agree with it or not, distill, contemplate, and come to our own individual conclusions… if that’s even possible.

Having a constantly shifting world-view keeps one interested in life itself.

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Disclosed Encounters: Why UFO Buffs Think Barack Obama is Their Best Hope for the Truth About ET

March 10th, 2010 No comments

Below is a link to an article in the Washington Monthly. It covers Stephen Bassett’s work, John Podesta, Bill Richardson, the Clintons, and, of course, The Rockefeller Initiative.

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/features/2010/1001.tms-fromson.html

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Steven Greer’s Disclosure Project 2010

January 15th, 2010 2 comments

Dr. Steven Greer and Chantal Boccaccio is putting together a package for a TV show and has released a couple of video clips.  In these clips, Greer mentions briefing CIA directors (DCI) and work put together for President Obama.

DISCLOSURE PROJECT Interview w/ Dr. Greer – Part One
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DISCLOSURE PROJECT Interview w/ Dr. Greer – Part Two
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Obama UFO Nobel Peace Prize UFOs in Oslo Norway December 10-12-2009

December 30th, 2009 No comments

A YouTube video has surfaced showing what appear to be UFOs in the night sky while a large crowd waits for Obama to give a speach. The video clearly shows three bright lights in the skies above Oslo. The poster says aircraft overflights were allowed at the time.

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A Letter to the President

December 14th, 2009 No comments

Most of you will be well aware of Steve Bassett’s Million Fax on Washington initiative.  I sent my letter out quite a while ago.  And yes, I must admit in being somewhat of a pessimist where the idea of Disclosure is concerned, but there’s certainly no harm in trying. Many question the point of it all, and Steve’s work in general, to which I would reply, “and what, precisely, are you doing to help out?!”

Jim Quirk’s new ‘the quirk zone blog‘ has a letter that outlines his thoughts on disclosure in A Letter to the President. To read his letter please see this link…

http://blog.thequirkzone.com/2009/12/08/a-letter-to-the-president.aspx

And while we’re on the subject of Steve Bassett and disclosure, it has come to my attention that PRG is, as always, in need of your help and financial backing.  Please dig deep and help my friend Steve out if you can…

http://www.paradigmresearchgroup.org/PayPal.htm

Why an Open Government Matters

December 14th, 2009 No comments

Below is a copy of a new article posted recently on the Whitehouse.gov website. The main concern of this blog author, however is that the Obama administration pay more than just lip service to their own arguments and rights of the people. By this I mean taking action rather than just talking/writing about it.

For the original online article see:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2009/12/09/why-open-government-matters

Why an Open Government Matters

Posted by Norm Eisen, Beth Noveck on December 09, 2009 at 03:16 PM EST

Each year millions of visitors stream through the rotunda of the National Archives in Washington, DC, to view the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence.  These foundational documents of our democracy are on public display because of the importance of openness in government.

Openness promotes accountability by enabling journalists, researchers, government officials, and the public to scrutinize, question, and ultimately improve how government works.  But, as with many aspects of Democracy, openness must evolve. The Progress Report on Open Government to the American People describes how the Administration is doing just that.

Recently, for example, the Obama Administration began to publish online the names of everyone who visits the White House offices; provide online access to White House staff financial reports and salaries; disclose and limit lobbyist contacts; publish the membership of Federal advisory committees in downloadable form; and create unprecedented ways to track how the government spends taxpayer dollars. Advancing that trend, yesterday the White House released an historic Directive requiring all agencies to adopt aggressive open government policies that will further promote the principles of transparency, participation and collaboration. (For those who can’t wait till the end, click here to see what others have said about the Administration’s Open Government policy and why it matters.)

This new degree of openness is enabled in part by 21st century technology, which makes it possible for government to open its doors and databases more than ever before.  From online listening tours and chats to web-based brainstorming by government officials with the American public, the White House and federal agencies are opening up the way they work to improve accountability in government and deepen our democracy.

But creating an open government – one that is committed to transparency and civic engagement – does more than promote accountability. Working in the open fosters collaboration between government, private industry, and the public to improve the lives of Americans in their communities.

To mark the publication of the Directive and the Report, every Cabinet Department is launching a new open government project.

For example, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is unveiling “Virtual USA,” a collaboration among DHS, eight states, and the emergency response community that uses new technology to share emergency response information seamlessly among Federal, state, local, and tribal first responders. The Virtual USA system links these partners’ disparate tools and technologies to share the location and status of power and water lines, flood detectors, helicopter-capable landing sites, emergency vehicle and ambulance locations, weather and traffic conditions, evacuation routes, and school and government building floor plans, and does so without requiring any participating entity to change either the system it now uses or the way it does business.

During a recent Virginia Nuclear Power Plant exercise, the ability of decision-makers to gather, analyze, and disseminate information via the Virtual USA information-sharing system reduced by 70 percent the time it took to make a decision about evacuation.  In addition, Virtual USA provides mechanisms for Americans in their own communities to contribute information to complement that of police, fire, and other government workers, essentially crowdsourcing a more detailed picture of disaster and recovery capabilities.

The Department of Agriculture is using open government innovations to address the obesity epidemic, one the Administration’s top priorities. This week the Department made available for download on Data.gov nutrition data for standard portion sizes of more than 1,000 most common food items. In addition,  it is launching a national competition that challenges entrepreneurs, software developers, and students to leverage the newly released data to create educational games to help children make healthy eating decisions.  By making reliable government data available to the American people and inviting their collaboration in developing new products and tools for the public good, the Department of Agriculture is taking the values of openness and translating them into practical ways to address a national priority.

Open government initiatives are also helping fledgling businesses convert government information into entrepreneurial opportunities that can create jobs and strengthen economic growth. Government agencies are home to treasure troves of data and information, but much of it is buried in websites or exists in formats too cumbersome to be of practical use. Now a group of six departments and agencies has worked together to offer easy access to information on publicly-funded technologies that are available for license, opportunities for Federal funding and partnerships, and potential private-sector partnerships.  By making information from multiple agencies available in RSS and XML feeds on Data.gov, the government empowers innovators to find the information they need and receive real-time updates instead of having to probe government websites repeatedly.

At the same time, the United States Patent and Trademark Office has committed to make all published patents available for download so they can be easily searched by entrepreneurs and innovators.

These are just a few of the innovative approaches being announced this week to continue the process of lifting the veil from the workings and resources of the Federal Government. By turning its philosophical commitment to openness into real policies and practices, the Obama Administration is empowering all Americans to address the many pressing challenges of our time.

P.S. We’re not the only ones who think this is big.  An array of experts on government transparency and accountability are praising the Obama Administration’s unprecedented Open Government Directive.  The following is just a sample of their reactions:

U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy, Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee: “I commend President Obama for issuing an historic directive on government transparency, participation and collaboration that will make our government more accessible and accountable to the American people.  I am particularly pleased that, for the first time, the public will have immediate access to government data that for too long had been shielded from view by excessive secrecy and outdated technologies.” [Press Release, 12/8/09]

U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman, Chairman, Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee: “The President’s Open Government Directive is heartily welcomed by those of us who have worked to make government more transparent and accountable to the American people. Back in 2002, I authored and Congress passed the E-Government Act, which helped spur Federal agencies to make documents and services more accessible to the general public. The Federal government has come a long way since 2002 and today, it takes a giant step closer to taking full advantage of available information technologies to maximize not just the transparency, participation, and collaboration of people with their government but also to maximize management efficiency.” [Press Release, 12/8/09]

In alphabetical order by last name:

Steven Aftergood, Federation of American Scientists: “It’s an ambitious attempt to open up the government and to change the way that agencies do business.” [USA Today, 12/8/09]

Gary D. Bass, Executive Director, OMB Watch: “The results appear to be well worth the wait. The president demanded the directive be built around three main principles — transparency, participation, and collaboration. The new directive, issued today, delivers on all three principles with specific requirements and deadlines for all agencies.” [Washington Post, 12/8/09]

Carolyn J. Lukensmeyer, President and Founder, AmericaSpeaks: “I applaud the Obama Administration for taking bold steps today to open the government and make it more transparent and accountable. Clearly the President and his team have listened to and taken seriously Americans all across the country who want a stronger voice and a seat at the table in American democracy.”

Patrice McDermott, Director, OpenTheGovernment.org: “The Open Government Directive, when fully implemented, will take the Federal government many steps toward real openness. Far from representing the end of the process, today’s announcement is the beginning of an on-going effort to build transparency and accountability into the way government operates.” [Press Release, 12/8/09]

Ellen Miller, Executive Director and Co-Founder, Sunlight Foundation: “The Open Government Directive issued today demonstrates the seriousness of administration’s commitment to data transparency and citizen engagement. It is evidence that the administration recognizes that transparency is government’s responsibility. At the same time, it shows the administration is matching aspirational goals with concrete policies and accountability measures.” [Washington Post, 12/8/09]

Peter M. Shane, Author of Madison’s Nightmare: “What is arguably most impressive about the Directive, as highlighted in a public briefing by CIO Vivek Kundra and [sic] CTO Aneesh Chopra, is its specificity and focus on execution.” [Huffington Post, 12/8/09]

Jim Tozzi, Advisory Board, Center for Regulatory Effectiveness: “The Open Government initiative is a real piece of work – an excellent document.”  [Communication to <em>opengov@ostp.gov, 12/9/2009]

Anne Weismann, Chief Counsel, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW): “This directive represents the kind of bold and far reaching initiative President Obama promised on his first full day in office.  By establishing a new paradigm of public access to government information, the administration has paved the way for a truly transparent and accountable government.” [CREW Press Release, 12/8/09]

John Wonderlich, Policy Director, Sunlight Foundation: “[W]e are very excited. They’re really taking on a lot of initiatives and doing so in an aggressive fashion. We couldn’t have written it better ourselves. It’s very ambitious.” [CNET.com, 12/8/09]

Norm Eisen is Special Counsel to the President for Ethics and Government Reform
Beth Noveck is United States Deputy Chief Technology Officer and Director of the White House Open Government Initiative

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Gary McKinnon Update

November 30th, 2009 No comments

Gary McKinnon In recent developments, it appears that the last gasp attempts at trying to block Gary McKinnon’s extradition to the U.S. have failed. Here are two of the most recent articles from the U.K.:

The two articles show a definite split in attitudes over the issue within the Houses of Parliament.

Although McKinnon should not have done what he did to begin with, one cannot help but think that he will be used as an example to all. And in the meantime, I’m sure the Pentagon continues to have to deal with hacking attacks of a truly malicious nature by the likes of state sponsored cyberterrorism originating from countries such as North Korea and China.

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Steven Greer’s Special Presidential Briefing

October 28th, 2009 1 comment

As with President Clinton it apparently falls to civilian researchers to bring  President Obama up to speed on the UFO situation.

The CIA, wishing to wipe their hands of the subject even where Presidential interest is concerned, had Ronald Pandolfi hand the task of getting Clinton clued in to Dr. Bruce Maccabbee.

That was 1993.

And now, 16 years later, it falls to Steven Greer and The Disclosure Project.

In his recent letter to President Obama, Greer states…

The full Briefing contains detailed information on the projects, project code numbers, names, corporations, locations etc., associated with the UFO/ET subject. (The full briefing is too lengthy to release at this time.)

This SPB has also been provided to the head of state of at least one G7 country, senior members of Congress, and other key government officials via known and reliable points of contact (POCs) directly to these leaders.

It is believed that “the head of state of at least one G7 country” may well be France’s President Sarkozy.

Right click and save as to download the following CSETI PDF files…

For more CSETI / Disclosure Project information visit…
http://www.disclosureproject.org/

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Will Obama Be the First President to Tell the Truth About UFOs?

October 12th, 2009 No comments

by R. J. Thomas

After decades of waiting for a president to brief the American public on the existence of UFOs, paranormal buffs are now wondering if President Obama will be the first to finally tell the truth about flying saucers and other such matters.

The Extraterrestrial Phenomena Political Action Committee is requesting the president ask for a full briefing from the military and government officials on what they know about UFOs. The committee, also known as X-PPAC, is the first group in history to directly target politics and the subject of UFOs. They organized the Million Fax on Washington, a petition where faxes, letters, and e-mails were sent to Obama just after he was elected last November, requesting he bring all UFO secrets into the light and officially end years of government secrets and mysterious cover-ups.

But is Obama even interested?

“Unlike presidents Carter, Reagan, and Clinton, President Obama appears to have very little interest in UFOs,” said filmmaker R. J. Thomas, whose mock-documentary, “The Top Secret UFO Project” parodies UFO sightings and cover-ups. “Obama says he is more concerned about improving people’s lives than he is about aliens.”

At the close of “The Top Secret UFO Project,” it is mentioned that “The Jasper Incident,” a UFO-themed, film-within-the-film, was shown to President Bush at the White House in early 2004. The next day, the president told the press that he found the film very entertaining, but said that no spaceships were ever seen or seized by the government, and that anyone who believes in flying saucers is out of his mind.

The epilogue is a joke, illustrating the fact that Bush, like most of Washington, was in no hurry to tell the nation about the truth about UFOs. Bush was a ten-year-old boy when the town of Jasper, Colorado, experienced a series of UFO encounters, but, as the president of the United States in 2004, he must continue the tradition of keeping the town of Jasper’s secret (and all other known UFO stories) carefully in the closet.

“Bush promised to investigate the UFO issue, but then the subject mysteriously disappeared,” Mr. Thomas said. “I imagine Obama must be curious. UFOs must have crossed his mind at one time or another. And of all the jobs you could have to best find out information about UFOs, it would be the president of the United States.”

Many presidents of the past have had a strong interest in the subject.

In 1973, Jimmy Carter, then the governor of Georgia, filed a form with the NICAP to report a UFO sighting. Carter said that if he became president, he would make every piece of information this country has about UFO sightings available to the public.

“Jimmy Carter was the first president to admit that he had seen a UFO,” Mr. Thomas said. “Many applauded him for his bravery. He was taking a chance. A man preparing for a presidential bid is in no position to say things that make him sound like a crackpot.”

It was 1969, and Governor Carter was in Leary, Georgia, for a meeting with the Lion’s Club. Shortly after dark, he saw a bright object in the sky that was a big as the moon and kept changing colors.

But after Carter took office in January of 1977, his promise of announcing UFO information was not to be. Walter Wurfel, the administration’s Deputy Press Secretary, told the press, “There might be some aspects of some sightings that would have defense implications that possibly should be safe-guarded against immediate and full disclosure.”

Ronald Reagan was the first president to talk about the possibility of an alien invasion from outer space, and he said it in at least three speeches.

“There is a story that before he became the governor of California, Reagan and his wife, Nancy, spotted a UFO on a highway near Hollywood,” Mr. Thomas said. “They were on their way to a dinner party. When they got there, they told the guests they had just seen a UFO coming down the coast.”

As president, Reagan even discussed this matter with Mikhail Gorbachev, the head of the Soviet Union.

“At our meeting in Geneva, the U.S. President said that if the earth faced an invasion by extraterrestrials, the United States and the Soviet Union would join forces to repel such an invasion,” Gorbachev said. “I shall not dispute the hypothesis, though I think it’s early yet to worry about such an intrusion.”

The most amusing story involved a special screening of “ET” at the White House in 1982. Director Steven Spielberg was present, and, after the movie, Reagan supposedly turned to Spielberg and whispered, “There are only a handful of people who know the truth about this.”

Bill Clinton had always been curious about the existence of UFOs. After taking office in January of 1993, he was was determined to find out if tales of flying saucers were a myth, or if the government did, indeed, have many secrets hidden away somewhere in a well-secured vault.

“Clinton became president and the first thing he wanted to do with his power was to find answers to, along with JFK’s assassination, the existence of UFOs,” Mr. Thomas said. “This was information not accessible to most anyone else, whether it be the governor of Arkansas or the man in the street. Did he get any answers? Some say ‘yes’ and some say ‘no.’”

The Clinton Administration did their best, however, to uncover the decades-old mysteries of spaceship sightings. Even Hillary was in on the act, helping billionaire philanthropist Laurence Rockefeller edit a UFO-themed letter to the president.

But no new UFO information was made public, no answers were given, and Clinton never held a press conference to announce what really happened in Roswell or anywhere else.

“Some people believe the president never found any answers, that even he was not immune to government cover-ups,” Mr. Thomas said. “Others believe he did find answers, but chose to continue the tradition of keeping the public in the dark. And my film is a parody about keeping the public in the dark.”

Based on Mr. Thomas’ 2004 novella of the same name, “The Top Secret UFO Project” chronicles the UFO-related events experienced by a tiny Colorado hamlet called Jasper in the summer of 1956. Billed as “the movie the government does not want you to see,” “The Top Secret UFO Project,” is a spoof of the cheesy UFO documentaries of the 70’s like “Overlords of the UFO,” and of TV programs like “In Search Of.”

“Not everyone is a UFO buff,” Mr. Thomas said, “but everybody loves a good campfire story.”

But to Obama, is this all a campfire story? Or will he show some curiosity about this like the past presidents?

“If he can find some time between his work on the economy and health care, he might ask some questions,” Mr. Thomas said. “But there are people waiting. On the home page of X-PPAC’s website, there is a countdown of Obama’s days in office without dealing with the UFO matter. It reads ’so and so days since President Obama’s inauguration without disclosure.’ So they’re on him. They’re not going to let up.”

Mr. Thomas has been a guest on “The ‘X’ Zone,” Rob McConnell’s internationally-syndicated radio program which specializes in the unusual and the unexplained.

“The Top Secret UFO Project” is on DVD at BooksAndSuchMart.com and available for download at Grapeflix.com.

CONTACT: R. J. Thomas
310-288-6605
rjt1976@yahoo.com
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