"I think the significance – and they are probably exaggerating it – but the significance is that I'm the first person of cabinet rank in the G8 to have come out openly and unequivocally and said the extra-terrestrial presence is real.”
~ Paul Hellyer, former Canadian Federal Defense Minister
A new group is pushing for full government disclosure about extra-terrestrials. For some, the first instinct is to call them another band of nutty conspiracists were it not for the fact that a former Federal Defense Minister is backing them up.
Victor Viggiani, a retired elementary school principal, has spent years lobbying reporters to blow what he calls “a massive government cover-up” wide open. He says the government knows full well, and covers up the fact, that extra-terrestrials have visited our planet.
"I have no intention of convincing anybody of anything," said Viggiani, 59, director of media relations for Exopolitics Toronto, a non-profit educational group pushing for the disclosure. "What I do is point them to the evidence."
Exopolitics is a field of study that goes beyond the question of whether or not we are alone in the universe. They say there is plenty enough evidence to take it as fact that intelligent, sentient, ethical extra-terrestrials exist, that they have made contact; and could share advanced technology with us if we were ready for it.
He says part of getting ready to handle alien diplomacy on such a high level would involve lifting what exopoliticians refer to as the "truth embargo" on government information about the subject.
Viggiani has a collection of thick reams of documents, files he obtained from the Canadian Department of National Defense under the Access to Information Act on what pilots talk about when they are scrambled to track "non-correlated targets," also known as UFOs.
But before a team of investigative reporters would be willing to dive into what Viggiani calls a "cosmic Watergate," he say the biggest hurdle of all must be faced: "the ridicule factor."
He says ridicule is a potent weapon meant to ensure that the media handles all news of extra-terrestrial activity by either ignoring it, or turning it into a joke.
For example, it was announced earlier this year that the PR officer who handled the Roswell incident left an official sworn affidavit that he had lied to the public during Roswell, and that there were alien bodies recovered from the crash site. It should have been big news by any standard, but was largely ignored by the US media. It was mostly reported outside of the US.
Lieutenant Walter Haut was the public relations officer at the base in 1947 and was the man who issued the original and subsequent press releases after the crash on the orders of the base commander, Colonel William Blanchard.
Haut died last year but left a sworn affidavit to be opened strictly after his death. Others who made similar statements in life were persecuted and ridiculed by the military, so it is likely that Haut kept his secret out of fear, or a sense of duty. However, his confession matches that of others who personally saw the craft or bodies.
His affidavit also asserted that the “weather balloon” claim was a cover story and that the real object had been recovered by the military and stored in a hangar. He described seeing not just the craft, but alien bodies as well. Haut's affidavit mentions a high-level meeting he attended with base commander Col William Blanchard and the Commander of the Eighth Army Air Force, General Roger Ramey.
Haut states that at this meeting, pieces of wreckage were handed around for participants to touch, with nobody able to identify the material. His testimony matches the key witness, Major Jesse Marcel’s testimony, the intelligence officer who had gone to the ranch to recover the wreckage. He described the metal as being wafer thin but incredibly tough, and that it was as light as balsa wood, but couldn't be cut or burned.
Now even if Haut had gone mad, unbeknownst to he family and friends, and made all of this up—wouldn’t it still be newsworthy that the PR Officer of Roswell (who had firsthand, intimate knowledge of the event) had renounced the official story? Why then, did it receive so little attention in the US media?
"The ridicule factor is extremely powerful," said Viggiani.
However, Stephen Bassett, executive director of the Paradigm Research Group in Washington, D.C., said he has noticed a change in the way extra-terrestrial topics are covered in the media lately.
"They still have to apply the same sort of phraseologies and some of the lightness and the humor and – I guess you could call it ridicule – but they get all the information in," said Bassett, referring in particular to three recent stories published in the Washington Post.
Even so, Bassett believes major media publishers and national security forces have an agreement to keep things quiet.
"The failure of the major media in the United States to cover the ET issue is one of the great failures of all journalism."
Posted by Rebecca Sato
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