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October 3, 2013
PRG Congressional Hearing Initiative and Congress
COMMENTARY  In July of 1996 I registered as a lobbyist with the House and Senate in order to engage their members regarding the extraterrestrial issue and the truth embargo. The Disclosure advocacy movement was nascent (the term was not even in use yet), the little known Rockefeller Initiative targeting the Clinton administration was winding down, Art Bell was about to make a critical decision he would allow political discussions of the ET/UFO issue on his show (he hated politics in general) and the government was about to launch a counter offensive to block the advocacy movement that would get nasty.
 
Congressional approval from the American people was running around 40% - not great but not awful.  The economy was excellent and growing. All good. However, the willingness of members of Congress to publicly, even privately, engage the UFO/ET issues was almost zero.  The only example circa 1996 of such an engagement was the courageous effort by lone Congressman Steven Schiff of New Mexico.  It did not go well for Congressman Schiff who died while in office shortly after going public with his concerns about government handling of the Roswell records and the Roswell events in general.
 
Dealing with Congress in those years was effectively the equivalent of bouncing a ping pong ball off a brick wall.  For this reason I redirected PRG's lobbying efforts toward the political media, which has always had the power to end the ET truth embargo by simply doing their job. 

Since 1996 both private and public efforts to draw Congress into the issue via congressional hearings have failed. Congress remained a brick wall. Why then is PRG heading back to Capitol Hill to again press for the first congressional hearing on the extraterrestrial evidence since 1968? There are two key reasons.

Following the events of September 11, 2001 the congressional approval rating had risen to an extraordinary 84% at which time began the most profound drop in congressional status in history. In a span of twelve years congressional approval dropped to 10% as of this PRG Update.  This is unprecedented. As the Gallup polling data below show, Congress has had its low points, but never such a collapse in approval.
If you are a member of Congress with an approval rating of 84%, you have no motivation to do anything to risk your status.  Life is good, no courage required, nowhere to go but down.  But when you are a member of the current Congress you have nowhere to go but up.  This most dysfunctional of American institutions desperately needs an issue that is both profoundly important and essentially non-partisan.  Ending the truth embargo is that issue.   
 
Which raises the second key factor. How to get Congress's attention? Never has the truth advocacy movement had an entrée like the Citizen Hearing on Disclosure. Sitting congressional members can watch former colleagues react to 30 hours of testimony over 5 days from researchers and government/agency/political witnesses in a setting designed to look like a congressional hearing.
 
The CHD is the key to the door.  Combined with the level of public awareness of the ET issues circa 2013, it may be the key to Disclosure. 
 
CHD DVD Project
 
The Congressional Hearing Initiative cannot begin until the editing and production of the CHD DVD sets are completed and 535 sets are delivered to all members of the House and Senate.  About half of the funding needed to complete this project is in.  
 
The advocacy timetable would be much advanced with an Executive Producer level donation - someone who wishes to receive the executive producer credit on all DVD sets including those sent to Congress. More info on the campaign can be seen here

 

Truth Embargo Documentary
The full website for the documentary film Truth Embargo will be launched soon along with a crowd funding campaign. This movie in concert with the Citizen Hearing, UN and Congressional Hearing initiatives has the potential to end the 67-year policy keeping the truth of an ET presence from the American people.
 
Citizen Hearing Foundation and the UN Initiative
The Citizen Hearing Foundation website will be launched soon 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.
 
 
PRG executive director Stephen Bassett will speak at the IV World UFO Forum, November 21-24, Iguazu Falls, Brazil.  His presentation will address Brazil's potential leadership of the U. N. joint resolution. There will be advanced publicity to that effect in Brazil and an effort will be made to set up post conference meetings with Brazilian officials.
Developments of Interest
Current Galactic Planet Census 

Number of confirmed planets outside the Solar System: 1000
Estimated number of star orbiting planets galaxy wide: 160 Billion
Estimated number of habitable planets galaxy wide: 15 to 30 Billion 
Chance that Earth holds the only life in the galaxy:  >0%
Chance that humans are the only sentient life in the galaxy: >0% 
Has other sentient life visited Earth?  Evidence is everywhere. QED
New Poll from  
A new poll just out reconfirms that approximately one half of American adults are convinced UFOs have an extraterrestrial origin - a percentage which has held for two decades. Only 35% are of the opposite opinion.  More here.
UFOCon 2013 - November 9-10
The annual conference in San Jose, CA is up and running again.  Stephen Bassett will present along with Dr. Roger Leir, Jordan Maxwell, Steven Colbern, Melinda Leslie, Ken Thomas and many other speakers.
Lecture - November 12
Stephen Bassett will present "Taking the ET Issue to the Congress and the UN" in Walnut Creek CA.  See details here.
 
Conferences Upcoming
 
San Jose, CA - Nov 9-10
Holmfirth, UK - Nov 16
Iguazu Falls, Brazil - Nov 21
More Info 
Los Angeles - Feb 7-9
Fountain Hills, AZ - Feb 12-14
Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Apr 7-12
Elmhirst, IL - May 2-4
 
PRG Projects
PRG Media and Interview Schedule - 2013/14
Upcoming Interviews/Lectures

Interviews
 
 
Oct 17 - 2 pm PST 
Oct 10 - 6 pm PST 
Lectures
 
UFOCon 2013 - San Jose, CA - Nov 9-10
IV World UFO Forum - Iguazu Falls, Brazil - Nov 21-24 
Royal Caribbean Seminar at Sea - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - April 7-12, 2014 

Past Interviews [included as most are archived.]
 

 
September 7 - 6-7 pm PST
Ohio Exopolitics w/ Mark Snider
 
August 28 - 3:48 pm PST
Capital City Recap w/ Michael Cohen
 
August 25 - 7 pm PST
The Jackal's Head w/ Angel Espino
 
August 23 - 5-6 pm PST   
Hot leads, Cold Cases, Para-X Radio, w/ Nancy du Tertre
 
August 13 - 5-7 pm PST
Truth Denied Radio w/ Roxy Lopez
 
August 3 - 6-7 pm PST 
Ohio Exopolitics w/ Mark Snider
 
August 2 - 2-4 pm PST
Veritas - w/ Mel Fabregas
 
July 31 - 8 pm PST
CA MUFON Radio w/ Lorien Fenton
 
July 31 - 7 pm PST 
Trev Kernested
 
July 28 - Noon PST
PhD dissertation research
Kai Rene Olsen
 
July 26 - 10 am PST
Common Ground w/ Kimberly Jaeger 100.7 WZLX CBS Boston
 
July 21 - 6 pm PST
PANG Radio w/ Mike Lucas and Jamie Havican
 
July 21 - 3-5 pm PST
Truth requency Radio w/ Chris & Cheree Geo
 
July 13 - 7 am PST
Expanding Awareness w/ Victor Venckus
 
July 11 - 1 pm PST Tape
Documentary shoot w/ L.A. Marzulli
 
July 10 - 8 pm PST
Mike Siegel Show
 
July 7 - 5 pm PST
World Today Weekend w/ Sean Leslie
 
July 1 - 10 am PST 
We Are Not Alone w/ Dave Twitchell
 
June 23 - 8 pm PST
Conspiracy Show w/ Richard Syrett
 
June 6 - 5 pm PST
Global Radio Alliance w/ Paola Harris
 
June 5 - 2 pm PST
We Are Not Alone w/ Dave Twitchell
 
May 24 - 10 pm PST
Coast to Coast AM w/ George Knapp
 
May 23 - 6 pm PST
Third Phase of the Moon w/ John Ilias
 
May 22 - 8 pm PST
Media Monarchy w/ Clyde Lewis
 
May 20 - 2:30 pm PST
Joe Rogan Questions Everything w/ Joe Rogan
 
May 19 - 12:30 pm PST
Planet X Radio w/ Darren Perks
 
May 18 - 11 am PST
First Contact Radio w/ Josh Poet
 
May 17 - noon PST
Buzzsaw w/ Tyrel Ventura and Sean Stone
 
May 17 - 8:30 am PST
Tony Topping w/ Tony Topping
 
May 14 - 10\:30 AM
Ground Zero w/ Clyde Lewis
 
May 14 - noon PST 
HPANWO Radio w/ Ben Emlyn-Jones 
 
May 12 - 2 pm PST
CKNW Radio w/ Sean Leslie
 
May 10 - 10 am PST 
May 9 - 2:30 pm PST 
May 8 - 5 pm PST
UFO Undercover w/ Joe Montaldo
 
May 2 - 6:35 pm PST
Clear Channel Media
 
April 29 - 10:15 am PST
Coast to Caost AM w/ George Knapp
 
April 28 - 8 am PST 
Tercer Milenio w/ Jamie Maussan
 
April 26 - 1pm PST
Night Shift w/ Anthony Trupiano
 
April 25 - 1 pm PST
First Contact Radio w/ Josh Poet
 
April 25 - 9 am PST
Politico TV w/ Patrick Gavin
 
April 24 - 5 pm PST
Camelot Radio w/ Kerry Cassidy
 
April 24 - 8:30 am PST
Morning Show w/ Andrea Roane
 
April 23 - 7 pm PST
Night Shift w/ Anthony Trupiano
 
April 20 - 5 pm PST
CKNW Radio w/ Sean Leslie
 
April 20 - 3-5 pm PST
Truth Frequency Radio w/ Chris and Shereer Geo
 
April 19 - 11:45 PST
Buzzsaw w/ Tyrell Ventura and Sean Stone
 
April 18 - 5-7 pm PST
Third Phase of the Moon w/ Blake Cousins
 
April 14 - 9:30 pm PST
Phonetics Radio w/
 
April 5 - 10 am PST
Kate Valentine Show w/ Kate Valentine
 
April 2 - 5:45 pm PST
Argentine Radio w/ Sonia Picolet
 
April 1 - 5 pm PST 
Jerry Pippin Show w/ Jerry Pippiin
 
April 1 - 10-11 am PST
Galactic Roundtable w/ Beth Trutwin
 
March 30 - 11 am PST
First Contact Radio w/ Josh Poet
 
March 25 - 9 am PST
Washington Examiner w/ Nikki Schwab
 
March 20 - 3:30 pm PST
w/ Azaria McClenton
 
March 16 - 4 pm PST 
Night Search w/ Eddie Middleton
 
March 3 - 10 pm PST
Conspiracy Show w/ Richard Syrett
 
February 13 - 9-10:30 pm
CA MUFON Radio w/ Lorien Fenton
 
February 7 - 4 pm PST
Third Eye Talks Event w/ Chris Russak
 
January 15 - 5:30 pm PST
Mysterious Universe w/ Ben Grundy
 
January 12 - 9 pm PST
Starseed Radio w/ Jonah Bolt
 
January 10 - 4:30 pm PST
Global adio Alliance w/ Race Hobbs
 
January 8 - 3 pm PST
Third Phase of the Moon w/ Blake Cousins
 
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