A joint update from Paradigm Research Group (PRG)
and the Extraterrestrial Phenomena Political Action Committee (X-PPAC) on activities and
developments surrounding the politics of UFOs/disclosure. Previous updates are archived at
the X-PPAC and PRG
websites. Some recipients may also receive this update via email. Those not on this
updates list can get on by emailing:
founded on July 13, 1999, had a limited public announcement July 21, 1999 on the Art Bell
Show and has begun receiving contributions. It is the first political action committee in
history directly targeting the politics of UFO/ET phenomena. It is an independent,
unconnected PAC. To the initial contributors, "Thank you for making a statement.
Beyond the funds, you have set the table and made it 'ok' for others to follow."
While X-PPAC has attracted considerable media attention
(see below), there will be extensive promotion of the existence and purpose of X-PPAC over
the coming months via radio and internet appearances. A schedule of appearances will be
maintained at: http://www.paradigmclock.com/speaking&eventschedule.html
X-PPAC may soon exert influence over several developing
initiatives. They are:
Press conference at the National Press Club
April/May 2000 rally in Washington, DC
UFO State Ballot Initiative
Washington Post full-page ad/statement to the Congress and the Executive
The future of political activism, political
campaigns, and social change lies with the internet and interactive media
specifically websites, email, and talk radio/television. To put this in perspective,
consider the following: the raw cost of sending a comprehensive mail piece to one million
citizens is about $500,000. Contributions must cover that amount before any funds are
available for directed purpose, which in the case of campaigns, is often a nauseous stream
of short, trite and expensive commercial television spots.
Using basic technology it is possible to send an email
piece to one million citizens for a raw cost less than $100 5000+ to 1. Websites
permit comprehensive campaign positions or social statements to be available nationwide,
24 and 7. Talk radio/television provide nearly unlimited time for expanded discussion and
presentation of ideas and political platforms. More importantly, unlike the traditional
methods available to a limited number of funded organizations, the new paradigm in
social/political change is available to any group or person.
Thus we have an extraordinary irony. At the exact same
time our constitutional republic is being converted into a national security state by an
out-of-control military industrial complex, we are entering the golden age of political
activism. Paradigm Research Group is dedicated to using the second half of this potent
irony to ensure the first half does not come to pass. The next and most challenging PRG
project will be to assist in creating a massive, informal coalition of UFO/ET
organizations, websites, mail lists, companies and media to seek common purpose.
In that vein, any research or activist
organization desiring representation of its interest in disclosure and open government is
invited to contact PRG. Lobbying and consulting assistance is offered without
All of the pieces are in place, save one, for a
sustained, multifaceted political drive forcing the UFO/ET phenomena issue into the very
important state and national elections in 2000. Additionally, this drive can result in
full, open congressional hearings for government witnesses to events and evidence
regarding extraterrestrial related phenomena, and the end of the 50-year cover-up. These
pieces are as follows:
The signature collection process for the State Ballot Initiative will
begin in several states and continue through the balance of 1999 until the fall of 2000.
It will attract considerable media attention during this time as a mainstream political
process targeting an issue with extraordinary implications. PRG will soon complete a
comprehensive web presence for the USBI and donate it to MUFON
to use as it sees fit.
A successful collection process will mean an election event in November
of 2000 as millions of American citizens formally vote for the first time in history on
the UFO/ET issue in a national election. Just the prospect of such a vote will exert
A national, non-FOIA lawsuit has been filed in Phoenix, AZ by CAUS, which will tactically raise the UFO/ET issue in
conjunction with Article 4, Section 4 of the Constitution. This will also attract
mainstream media attention and will play itself out though the balance of 1999 into 2000.
The national Open Congressional Hearing Petition (not to be confused with
the USBI signatures) will be promoted heavily along with X-PPAC and begin to attract media
attention as the number of signatures becomes sizable.
If contributions to X-PPAC are sufficient, it will fund the Washington
Post ad and target placement right after the end of the year.
Continuation of an ongoing backdrop of UFO/ET documentaries with
increased political content airing on both cable and network channels.
One piece is missing which PRG and X-PPAC are willing to
assist in providing.
It is long past time for the UFO/ET phenomena reality
and government cover-up to be addressed by a major political rally in Washington, DC. Not
a demonstration, march or protest - a political rally attended by an appropriate count of
citizens and residents reflecting the importance of the issue - who will listen to
political, research and media presentations and make their desires unambiguously clear to
a sizable press contingency and to the leaders of the nation.
PRG is prepared to immediately begin the significant
work required to hold such a political rally. X-PPAC is prepared to hold a substantial
press conference at the National Press Club which forcefully brings the entire picture
regarding the national drive for Congressional hearings to the entire political media,
while simultaneously announcing the intent to hold a political rally in April/May 2000.
What are the particulars and what is required for this
final piece to be put in place?
April/May 2000 in DC
The number of attendees to be a minimum of 100,000. A rally of one or two
thousand is not appropriate. It is time for the citizens and residents of the United
States to decide if they are prepared to become full partners in the most profound process
in all of human history or treat disclosure and contact as just another television program
to spectate. If there is not an extraterrestrial presence in our world now, such a rally
would be only modestly relevant (secrecy reform). If there is, and be assured there is
such a presence, such a rally must reflect the importance and power of the issue.
Throughout the promotion for this rally, RSVPs by fax, phone, email, and
mail will be requested and compiled by PRG. When the RSVP count is at 100,000 the rally
will be locked in. The standard 50% no-show rate will be mitigated by the remaining
promotional efforts. [Note: 100,000 is somewhat of a magic number for breaking through to
the next level. If 100,000 citizens signed the national petition, 100,000 signed UFO State
Ballot Initiative requests, 100,000 contributed to X-PPAC and 100,000 come to a political
rally - the UFO/ET cover-up is going to end. It doesn't have to be the same 100,000, but
you get the point. Numbers count when it comes to politics and policy. The numbers are
there, many times over. Only an act of collective will is required. Are we educated, free
citizens of a constitutional republic, or are we potted plants - some suggest mushrooms -
to be occasionally watered with nonsensical explanations or ignored all together?]
PRG will carry the responsibilities of permits, media promotion, national
website presence, and securing speakers. However, such an event cannot take place without
a substantial national coalition of interested parties. A political rally of this quality
and magnitude is a challenging opportunity for the complex segments of this vast movement
to put aside their personal and professional differences in focused service of this event.
The World Wide Watch launched by the MSN UFO Community
and Diana Botsford recently provided an excellent example of such a process. Organizations
from around the world quickly came together for an interesting and worthwhile goal. A
similar process is underway with the SETI Home program.
It is not to minimize the substantial issues between
persons and groups to say that we all have much more in common and stand to accomplish so
much more if these differences can be set aside, if only to create an event driven,
temporary, national coalition.
The long term interests of 6 billion human beings
depends upon the ability of the current array of organizations, websites, mail lists,
UFO/ET media and individuals to come together in common purpose. A partial list of such
entities is provided at the end of this update, along with web URLs and email addresses.
It is not complete, but gives a sense of how large and varied the movement has become. It
also includes examples of organizations with parallel concerns such as the Federation of
American Scientists (secrecy reform) and the American Gulf War Veterans Association
(tactical cover-up). The addresses are provided for those who might convey suggestions of
the merit of a coalition to hold the largest rally of its kind in history.
What would be asked of those who wish to formally
support this effort?
No organization funds are requested. X-PPAC and PRG will provide the
funding for the rally and press conference. However, any and all assistance will be
welcome in promoting the existence and purpose of X-PPAC, so the public for whom these
efforts are aimed can contribute to the history being made.
Coalition members would agree to consistently promote the rally via their
mail lists, websites, and media appearances in drum beat fashion on through to the event.
Coalition members would permit their name to be listed on press releases,
the national website, and other materials as a supporter of the political rally event.
Over the last 3 years PRG has received numerous offers of volunteer
support. All those making such offers have been sent this update and will soon be
contacted on how they can directly engage the work. Naturally, any such offers from
coalition participants would be helpful and welcome as well.
What are the likely particulars of this rally?
It will be held in the last week of April or the first week in May. This
is about as good as it gets for visiting the nation's capital.
It would be held on Federal land with permit.
Every attempt would be made to get members of Congress to address this
gathering along with speakers from the movement itself.
The signatures from the national Open Congressional Hearing Petition
would be presented to representatives of the House and Senate at the event.
A website with all required information and a national number would be
set up by PRG.
An intense and comprehensive effort will be made to fully inform every
media base in the country well in advance. Every investigative, political reporter in the
country will know this rally is taking place.
All would begin with a press conference. The particulars
of this PC would be:
Targeted dates are September 27, 28, October 3 or 4 - all at 8 to 11 am.
The location would be the main ballroom of the National Press Club.
During the first 45 minutes the following would announced to the media:
a) the launch of the political rally process
b) the full picture of the political initiatives underway through Nov. 2000
c) the creation of the largest coalition in the history of the UFO/ET
d) information about X-PPAC
e) the nature of the developing government witness pool and the scope of
their likely testimony
f) the remaining time would be for questions from the press.
discussions are underway with possible presenters.
The potential impact of a broad based, national
coalition on the press cannot be overstated. Such an event-centered coalition will, in the
minds of hard-nosed reporters, meet threshold requirements affecting editorial leeway.
Both UPN and Fox News Washington are doing
expanded pieces on X-PPAC and the politics of disclosure. Both have indicated a
willingness to incorporate this press conference into these news pieces. This is of some
significance. The process of putting on the press conference, the people presenting and
the aftermath become a story in and of itself, providing another dimension to the issues
at hand. This is an excellent opportunity and indicates how the politics of disclosure is
working its way up the news media hierarchy
This update has been sent to about 2000 recipients,
including every entry on the list below. Every organization, website, mail list or media
who can agree to informal coalition will add weight to this press conference and insure a
serious reception. Response options are as follows:
Mail: 4938 Hampden Lane, #161, Bethesda, MD 20814
[Note: a formal name for the proposed rally to end the
UFO/ET cover-up has not been decided upon. Any suggestions are welcome and can be sent via
the contact info above - the sooner the better. Thanks.]
Other items of note:
Rally to End Secrecy
Another coalition will hold a political rally in
Washington, DC on October 24, 1999, at noon on the steps of the Capitol. Remy Chevalier [firstname.lastname@example.org], a friend of the UFO/ET
field, is a good contact. Information about this event, which targets the secrecy reform
issue in general, can be found at http:www.endsecrecy.com.
October is also an outstanding month to visit DC.
Contributions have passed the $1000 mark. FEC rules for
PAC funding are as follows:
Contributions are limited to $5000 per individual per year.
Contributors must be U.S. citizens or residents with green cards.
Contributions are not tax deductible.
Contributors of more than $200 per year must provide name, address,
occupation and name of employer.
Regular financial reporting must be made to the FEC [Note: X-PPAC also
posts all financial transactions of the PAC on its website within 48 hours.]
Secure credit card capability is in the offing. Mailed
funds would be made out to X-PPAC and sent to: X-PPAC, 4938 Hampden Lane, #161,
Bethesda, MD 20814
MSN UFO Community (Forum) Moves
One of most heavily traveled, comprehensive websites
covering UFO/ET phenomena is expanding at a new location. Here is the press release:
"Something wonderful is going to happen"!
...2010, The Movie
In a bold new chapter of exploration, we say farewell to
MSN on August 30th and embark on a new website that will premiere later this fall
entitled: DESTINATION: SPACE (http://www.destinationspace.net).
Expanding on our coverage of the UFO phenomenon,
DESTINATION: SPACE will provide coverage and a home for community on topics including:
Astronomy/Space: NASA/JPL and beyond. With the advent of
privately funding aeronautical firms such as Robert Bigelow's, the space race is truly on.
Slippery Disks: The ever elusive search for the truth behind the UFO Phenomenon. Focusing
on the efforts of researchers, investigators, historians and activists - join us in asking
the hard questions.
Planetary Sciences: From life on Jupiter's moons to the
ozone depletion on our own. Find out what the scientific community is discovering and how
you can be a part of it.
Final Frontier: Quantum Physics, Fusion Power and how it
affects our future.
The Mind's Eye: The world of the fantastic. Tomorrow's
science is today's fiction and we welcome its inspiration from individuals such as Arthur
C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov, Marion Zimmer Bradley and a few new surprises. Pysche & Soul:
The mythologies of the past and the religions of today often clash in their theories and
intentions. Sitting smack in the middle is man's attempt to understand just what a
'spiritual experience' is. Join us in a look beyond the differences with an eye towards
the similarities of the Spirit.
Throughout DESTINATION: SPACE you'll find links to the
latest breakthroughs in everything from Archaeology (and it's implications on our
civilization) to successes (and failures) of leading edge scientists the world over to the
latest findings from the realm of UFOlogy in it's
From column pieces, reviews, commentaries to the stuff
that makes a community truly a home: chats, message boards, guest speakers....
All this and more will be available at DESTINATION :
SPACE in the upcoming weeks. So stay tuned, keep your eyes and mind open and get ready for
the 21st Century.
Diana Botsford, Executive Producer
CAUS Lawsuit Filed in Phoenix
The filing of the Federal lawsuit by CAUS adds a new dimension to the disclosure pressure. Here
is the release:
Immediate Release - 9/1/99
BASED UPON SUBSTANTIVE EVIDENCE FOR AN
"ET" INVASION, A CITIZENS GROUP SUES THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND THE STATE OF
ARIZONA FOR PROTECTION
PHOENIX - In a continuing effort to end government
secrecy surrounding UFOs and contact with a non-human intelligence, Arizona attorney Peter
A. Gersten filed papers today in U.S. District Court requiring the Federal Government to
protect residents of Arizona from a "clandestine invasion."
Gersten, the Executive Director of the Phoenix-based
Citizens Against UFO Secrecy, Inc. (CAUS), had filed an earlier lawsuit under the Freedom
of Information Act on January 22, 1999, against the Department of Defense (DOD).
Today's precedent-setting legal initiative comes under
Article IV, Section 4 of the Constitution, which requires the federal government to
protect each of the 50 states against invasion.
CAUS is an Arizona activist organization dedicated to
ending secrecy surrounding contact with an "extraterrestrial intelligence." The
organization sent letters to the country's 50 governors as well as Secretary of Defense
William Cohen and Attorney General Janet Reno requesting they take immediate action to
protect U.S. citizens against these intruders. Three governors have replied.
"It's outrageous that this threat is continually
ignored," Gersten stated. "I can prove in a court of law, beyond a reasonable
doubt, that we are in contact with another form of intelligence. More importantly, one
aspect of this contact poses a threat to our safety."
"Arizona will be a test case," Gersten said.
He cites the reported crash of an "unusual" craft in Paradise Valley in 1947,
the Travis Walton disappearance in Snowflake in 1975, the infamous "Phoenix
lights" seen throughout the state in 1997 and countless other reports during the past
52 years. "Arizona is definitely a targeted area for these clandestine
intruders," Gersten asserts.
The CAUS filing contends the intruders are conducting
nonconsensual physical acts including abductions, sexual abuse, assaults and unlawful
imprisonment of citizens of the State of Arizona.
CAUS is asking the federal court in Phoenix to compel
both the Federal government and the State of Arizona to initiate an immediate study and
investigation, and "to proceed to protect the citizens from the intruders"
which, according to Gersten," would restore the full measure of independence, safety
and security guaranteed by the federal government."
The full text of the complaint is posted on the CAUS
website at: http://www.caus.org
Contact: Peter A. Gersten: CAUS, 8624 E. San Bruno
Drive, Scottsdale AZ 85258
Other Political Developments
The secrecy reform bill introduced by Sen.
Patrick Moynihan is slowly working its way through the Senate with little fanfare. It is
the intention of X-PPAC to point out to the bill's manager the reality of the tens of
millions of Americans who have demonstrated clear interest in the UFO/ET question and the
wall of secrecy surrounding the government posture on the matter. For these millions of
Americans, secrecy reform has a tangible and powerful connection. Would it not make sense
to tap into that interest in order to press forward with a bill that will most certainly
meet with great resistance?
The presidential campaigns have begun much too
early. The election contests in 2000 are going to be intensely fought. There has never
been a better time for citizens to take advantage o these campaigns to ask these would-be
office holders what they think about the UFO/ET question. It would be desirable if
candidates across the country in both state and national elections were confronted with
key questions about Col. Philip Corso, the statements of Dr. Edgar Mitchell, the
allegations of Presidential staff briefings, CIA Director Woolsey, the French COMETA
report, and anything else worth asking. It does not matter whether the candidates in
question are remotely informed on the subject. What matters is they hear these questions
coming at them and are asked to take a public position on their knowledge of the issue or
For those of you who enjoy bold predictions,
heres one. George W. Bush is commanding the lion share of funding and media
attention, which is driving other Republican contenders out of the race. As the convention
nears, the GOP is going to realize that Governor Bush is not electable in November. With
few candidates left standing, a considerable effort will be made to draft Colin Powell.
Elizabeth Dole will do well enough to earn a place on the ticket. Powell will accept a
draft. The Democrats will respond with a woman in the VP slot, ensuring the first woman
Vice President. The Powell/Dole ticket will win easily. For other reasons, the GOP will
lose both the House and Senate to the Democrats. This prediction is somewhat biased by a
strong sense that Powell/Dole represents a very favorable Executive under which disclosure
can take place. File this for future reference.
The recent revelations regarding the FBI and Waco
perfectly demonstrate the consequences of an entrenched government wide culture of
cover-up and secrecy. Regardless of the outcome, citizen trust in government will be the
victim. The original event itself was a powerful metaphor for a developing adversarial
relationship between government and public. This pattern is repeatedly turning up: the
abandonment of the Area 51 workers, attacks on investigative journalists, incomplete
reports from the TWA 800 investigations, lying to Congress, shredding documents, tardy and
incomplete response to Gulf War veteran complaints, the Paducah, KY plutonium exposure
scandal, and on and on. To the medias credit, all of these instances of abuse are
being covered by the press. What the press is not doing is connecting the dots to
show an endemic pattern. As regards our concerns, the press has failed to recognize
this pattern of abuse, secrecy and misrepresentation at play in the UFO/ET reality
management since 1947. X-PPAC and PRG are dedicated to helping the press make this
Organizations, Websites, Mail Lists and UFO/ET Media
Is this the basis for the largest ET/UFO coalition in history?
4938 Hampden Lane, #161, Bethesda,
MD 20814 s PRG@paradigmresearchgroup.org s