2010 X-Conference Organizer Calls for Formal Acknowledgement of Extraterrestrial Presence
The X-Conference, an annual “disclosure movement” conclave presented by Washington lobbyist Stephen Bassett’s Paradigm Research Group, concluded May 10 as expected: with a call for the Obama administration to make “formal acknowledgment to the American people of the extraterrestrial presence engaging the human race.”
For the first time since its inception in 2004, the three-day- X-Conference was held entirely at the National Press Building. It’s arguably the most sober of all major UFO-related conferences and conventions held regularly in the United States.
Presenters at previous X-Conferences have included such unlikely “truth embargo” opponents as Apollo astronaut Edgar Mitchell, Vatican prelate Msgr. Corrado Balducci and former FAA Division Chief of Accidents, Evaluations and Investigations John J. Callahan, as well as commercial and military airline pilots, government and military officials and scientists from around the world.
“It is the nature of government today, that the more difficult and important the issue is, the more intransigent the government gets,” Bassett said. He then went on to say that he knows “for a fact that there are a number of contactees in the Congress.”
A “contactee” is a person who has had direct contact, up close and personal, with an extraterrestrial. Abductees are a subset of this category.
As far-fetched as Basssett’s claim may seem, there’s no shortage of high-ranking government and military officials who’ve gone on record with their own unambiguous close encounter experiences. Astronaut Gordon Cooper is one. Former Arizona Governor Fife Symington is another. Even Jimmy Carter felt strongly enough about a sighting he had while governor of Georgia to promise during his presidential campaign that, if elected, he’d get to the bottom of the UFO enigma. Although accounts of his efforts to do so vary, no findings were made public.
Bassett says the tide is turning.
The Clinton connection
“We believe the national security structures want to go forward (with disclosure),” Bassett said. “Therefore, if the president makes the effort, it will happen. It’s a non-trivial matter that (John Podesta), after having served for four years as the chief of staff to President Bill Clinton, called for the release of these files.”Continued on the next page