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January 28, 2014
 
Congressional Hearing Initiative (CHI)
Due to bad weather, bad politics and funding issues, PRG's Congressional Hearing Initiative launch has been moved back and scheduled for March 31, 2014. This date is firm. The CHI will seek to secure congressional hearings this year for scores of military/agency/political witnesses ready to testify under oath to events and evidence collectively confirming the reality of an extraterrestrial presence engaging the human race. If comprehensive hearings are held, the Truth Embargo could end in 2014 - July would be nice - 67 years after the U.S. Army recovered a craft and bodies of an extraterrestrial origin near the only nuclear base in the world at Roswell, New Mexico.
 
A Cautionary Tale
COMMENTARY
Generoso Pope, Jr. (1927-1988) was a highly intelligent man who studied at the Horace Mann School and graduated from MIT at 19.  He was the son of an Italian-American newspaper magnate and took over the management of his father's newspapers in 1948. 

 

In mid-1950 - three years after the events at Roswell, NM - Generoso Pope, Jr. began a year with the psychological warfare section of the CIA. He was 24 years of age.  His father had recently passed that April.

  

In 1952 - the year of the famous July sightings over the nation's capitol - Mr. Pope bought the New York Enquirer for $75,000 (about $700,000 in 2013 dollars). 
 
In 1954 - a year after the Robertson Panel delivered its report to President Eisenhower - Pope, Jr. converted the newspaper to a tabloid and renamed it The National Enquirer
 
From 1954 to 1966 The National Enquirer sold only on newsstands and in drugstores and focused on sex, violence and other salacious material. It's circulation increased to 1 million. 

 

In 1967, at a time when the U.S. government was initiating a complex process to rid itself of the public's irritating interest in the UFO phenomenon, Pope, Jr. revamped The National Enquirer, moved aggressively to place it in grocery stores across the country, and added frequent UFO stories to the content.  Photos and graphics promoting questionable UFO stories were featured on the covers of the tabloid and seen millions of times by U. S. citizens.
 
In 1979, shortly after Stanton Friedman met and began researching the testimony of retired army intelligence officer Major Jesse Marcel, Sr., Pope, Jr. launched the Weekly World News in all the grocery stores carrying The National Enquirer.  For the next 28 years Americans going to buy groceries were treated to the likes of these stories:
 
 
The Weekly Word News became a legend for making everything up while posing as tabloid news. From 1979 through the end of the Cold War, the Clinton Administration, and well into the Bush administration the WWN sat next to The National Enquirer taking over the ET disinfo heavy lifting. While not all Americans have a degree in quantum mechanics, or for that matter finished high school, in time few did not know the WWN was simply nonsense. 
 
It closed down in 2007 and went to live as parody on the Internet.  Pope, Jr. died in 1988 a multi-millionaire having served his country well, or at least the CIA well. The Truth Embargo had made it through the Cold War intact.  The disinformation division of the Truth Embargo moved on to the Internet working under different parameters.  How many websites the CIA and other agencies control may never be known.  
 
The Truth Embargo has lasted because, like the Pyramids of Giza, it is built with thousands of well crafted blocks fit tightly together. It is a master work that will soon be as inert as those pyramids.  This because, unlike newspapers in racks at checkout counters, the Internet provides the citizen receiver as much power as it provides the disinformer.  It is self cleansing with a living immune system to counter the manipulations of the state.
 
When the Truth Embargo does end with Disclosure, the public will have many decisions to make, not the least of which is, "Do we want this to ever happen again?" 
 
Stephen Bassett
PRG Executive Director
 
[Feel free to republish this commentary.]
Developments of Interest
PRG Award
The LA Conscious Life Expo has announced that Coast to Coast AM and Beyond Belief host George Noory will present a lifetime achievement award to PRG Executive Director Stephen Bassett for his Disclosure advocacy work. The presentation will be part of a special event on Saturday, February 8 from 6 to 7:30 pm at the LAX Hilton.

 
IUFOC Conference - Arizona
The next IUFOC conference is February 12-16 in Fountain Hills, AZ.  Stephen Bassett will be in attendance for the full conference and will present on the 12th and the 13th.

 
Marina Del Rey, CA Screening of Watchers 7
For those living in the Los Angeles area Just Cause Entertainment will hold a screening of  Watchers 7 at the JCE Studios, 4130 Del Rey Avenue, Marina Del Rey (map) on Saturday, February 1 at 7:30 pm. Come early. Doors open at 7 pm. There is no charge. Please RSVP your group to jceevents@gmail com There will be a panel discussion afterward including some of the persons featured in the film.
 
Other Developments

Moon Object
A recent story of some interest is gaining traction in the media.  PRG will follow it closely.

Google Moon viewer at coordinates 22042'38.46N and 142034'44.52E
 
Should this object be confirmed and not a prank by the happy crew at Google Moon View, it would be a direct threat to the Truth Embargo.
 
Passings
The research/activist community has lost another pioneer with the passing of Elaine Douglas. Her decades of commitment to seeking the truth - MUFON, Operation Right to Know, Journal for Abduction-Encounter Research (JAR), and more - are matched by but a few.  PRG regrets she did not see the resolution of the ET issue in her lifetime.  

Schedule Change
PRG executive director Stephen Bassett has withdrawn from the April Royal Caribbean Seminar at Sea due to a conflict with the PRG Congressional Hearing Initiative launch on March 31. 
 

Congressional Hearing Initiative Advance Preparation
Over the next eight weeks leading up to the Congressional Hearing Initiative there are a number of actions those interested in seeing the end of the truth embargo can take to broaden the support base for PRG's Disclosure advocacy work. These websites offer a number of options.  Obviously any and all link sharing is helpful.
World Disclosure Day
At this site you and/or your organization can endorse July 8 as World Disclosure Day.
Exopolitics World Network
PRG is seeking volunteer webmasters to acquire, create and maintain a portal exopolitics website for as many countries as possible - one per country. Site names and URLs include the country name. Anyone interested with website skills and knowledge of the ET issues, please contact PRG.
Exopolitics United States Network
In like fashion PRG is seeking volunteer webmasters to acquire, create and maintain a portal exopolitics website for as many states as possible - one per state. Site names and URLs include the state name. Anyone interested with website skills and knowledge of the ET issues, please contact PRG. 
Fax On Washington
Drop in and visit the website that will help coordinate emails, faxes and tweets to members of Congress when the Congressional Hearing Initiative begins on March 31.
Drop in and visit the website where Disclosure Petition VI - Congressional Hearings will be posted on March 31 prior to being submitted to the White House website.
FACEBOOK
Citizen Hearing Foundation and the UN Initiative
The Citizen Hearing Foundation website is up with new information regarding a multi-nation resolution to the UN General Assembly calling for a UN backed world conference on the ET evidence. This will help galvanize the political media as well as the Congress, which would not relish being preempted by the UN on the extraterrestrial issue.
Conferences Upcoming
 
Los Angeles, CA - Feb 7 - 9 
Fountain Hills, AZ - Feb 12-16 
Ft Lauderdale, FL - Apr 7-12 
 
Erie, PA - April 26
Elmhurst, IL - May 2-4
McMinnville, OR - May 15-17
Tampa, FL - May 16-17
Birmingham, UK - June 28
Philadelphia, PA - July 18-20
Joshua Tree, CA -  Aug 8-10
Pittsburgh, PA - Nov 8
 
 
PRG Projects
PRG Media and Interview Schedule - 2014
Upcoming Interviews - 2014
 
January 28 - 8 pm PST  Outtasite Radio w/ Angel Espino
February 20 - 5-7 pm PST  Third Phase of the Moon
 
Upcoming Lectures
 
Conscious Life Expo - Los Angeles, CA - February 7-9, 2014
IUFOC Conference - Fountain Hills, AZ - February 12-16, 2014
MUFON International Symposium - Cherry Hill, NJ / Philadelphia, PA - July 17-20.
Contact in the Desert - Joshua Tree, Ca - August 8-10, 2014 

Past Interviews [included as most are archived.]
 
January 21 - 6:30 pm PST   
January 17 - 7 pm PST  
Jan 8 - 6:30 pm PST
 
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