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UFO believers have been signing a petition to entreat the White House to disclose information about extraterrestrials. Image: Marcusram/Flickr/CC BY-ND

For decades, UFO enthusiasts have been saying that the U.S. government is covering up firsthand information about extraterrestrial visitations. A new White House program has given them an avenue to pressure the administration for information. A petition has been filed and has collected more than the requisite number of signatures.

‘We the People’

The White House has a new petitioning program called “We The People.” According to its site, American citizens can petition the administration “to take action on a range of important issues facing our country. If a petition gets enough support, White House staff will review it … and issue an official response.” The site requires 5,000 signatures collected within a 30-day period to be given consideration.

UFO petition

Reported UFO sightings spiked this summer. According to MSNBC, some states have had more than double their normal recorded sightings. Stephen Bassett, executive director of Paradigm Research Group, penned and posted a petition that pre-supposes the phenomenon as fact:

“We, the undersigned, strongly urge the president of the United States to formally acknowledge an extraterrestrial presence engaging the human race and immediately release into the public domain all files from all agencies and military services relevant to this phenomenon.”

The petition was posted on Sept. 22.

Past presidential efforts

Alejandro Rojas, of the UFO investigatory site Open Minds, asked Bassett if he thought Obama could get access to the information. Bassett responded, ‘Whether or not he knows it to be true, he could easily find out.’”

But that may not be as evident as Bassett thinks. Former President Bill Clinton discussed his inquiries into the matter during an interview in Hong Kong some years ago:

“I did attempt to find out if there were any secret government documents that revealed things and if there were, they were concealed from me, too. I wouldn’t be the first president that underlings have lied to or that career bureaucrats have waited out. But there may be some career person somewhere hiding these dark secrets, even from elected presidents. But if so, they successfully eluded me, and I am almost embarrassed to tell you that I did try to find out.”

Before Clinton, former President Jimmy Carter also looked into the matter unsuccessfully. Daniel Sheehan, who served as the General Counsel to the U.S. Jesuit National Headquarters, says that in 1997 he was told by Marcia Smith — then Director of the Library of Congress’ Science and Technology Division — Carter did ask George H.W. Bush about the phenomenon. Bush was the director of the CIA at the time. Reportedly, Bush told Carter that he did not “have the need to know.”

Petition goal exceeded

As of the morning of Tuesday, Oct. 4, the petition has attained its goal and then some, with a grand total of 7,221 signatures. When and how the White House responds remains to be seen.


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Open Minds:
Huffington Post:
White House:!/petition/formally-acknowledge-extraterrestrial-presence-engaging-human-race-disclosure/wfYDlmlG?

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