"Move along folks, there's nothing to see here."
That's always the official government response to any inquiry about UFO sightings and our place in the universe.
Such was the national media's treatment of a recent five-day Citizens Hearing on UFO Disclosure that brought former members of Congress to the National Press Club to hear testimony from dozens of researchers, former military officers and former federal agency employees. The following former members of Congress were in attendance:
• Former Senator Mike Gravel (D-AK)
• Former Congresswoman Carolyn Kilpatrick (D-MI)
• Former Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey (D-CA)
• Former Congresswoman Darlene Hooley (D-OR)
• Former Congressman Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD)
• Former Congressman Merrill Cook (R-UT)
Evidently, I must have been on "Ten Forward" when the UFO hearings occurred, because I totally missed the event.
Last week, I finally learned about the hearings by reading the Weird News vertical of The Huffington Post. In my opinion, the story should have been published in the political section because it involved six former members of Congress.
Except for The Huffington Post, most coverage was unnecessarily critical. Many media organizations either ignored the story or emphasized the "giggle factor." Others heaped ridicule on both witnesses and the former members of Congress who attended.
Reporters who covered the event seemed astonished that former members of Congress received $20,000 for five days of attendance, while making no comparison to active members who receive thousands for attending a one-hour breakfast.
Commenter websites and blogs were overwhelmingly negative. It almost seemed like I was reading an orchestrated chorus of derision, but, to what end?
Are the media becoming so closed-minded that we believe ourselves to be alone in the Universe?
A 1978 United Nations report on UFOs showed that 15 million Americans had seen a UFO. A 1996 Gallup poll showed that 36 million Americans had seen a UFO. By 2010, the worldwide total had approached 100 million sightings.
In order to validate alternatives such as high tech secret aircraft or the weather balloon theory, all 100 million sightings must be wrong! On the other hand, the game is over for the skeptics if only one of these 100 million sightings is proven to be a visitor from another star system.
With odds of 100 million to one, I'm betting on the UFOs.
Here is the link to The Huffington Post article on the event. It was fairly and objectively written by Lee Speigel. Spend some time with it. It is a real eye opener.