As the dust settles from the Citizen Hearing on Disclosure and front man Steve Bassett jockeys to take the show on the road to the United Nations, citizens might choose to evaluate and reflect on the proceedings. ‘Orlando Paranormal Examiner’ asked Mr. Bassett in February how success of the event would be measured, to which he replied the goal was to end the ET truth embargo in 2013, and that the hearing would greatly increase worldwide awareness of such efforts. Bassett added that ending the truth embargo meant “the formal acknowledgment of an extraterrestrial presence engaging the human race by world governments.”
When asked in February how the public should later judge if the event was a success when deciding whether or not to support future projects, Bassett replied that if the hearing moved the world closer to disclosure, then it was a success. “Each person will make their own judgment in that regard,” Bassett added. “It is not easy to assess progress when dealing in areas of governmental secrecy and propaganda.”
Perhaps not, but an argument could well be made that project personnel should take such circumstances into account when designing their methodology and manners of measuring success. The public must now indeed decide for itself if such strategies are competent and if such measurements, or perhaps more accurately stated, lack thereof, are practical or effective.
Microbiologist Dr. Tyler Kokjohn apparently concluded the event indeed established some things, even if they were not what Bassett intended. Recently commenting at JayVay, the doctor wrote, “In aggregate, the show did expose something. The luminaries on the stage have not, alone or collectively, ever mustered unequivocal proof of anything despite decades of tail chasing effort.”
Many agreed. Many others, however, adamantly supported the efforts of Bassett, Steven Greer, Linda Moulton Howe and a cast of additional ufologists that noticeably excluded researchers of alleged alien abduction. The point, for whatever reasons, was largely omitted from discussion within a UFO community that predominantly supports the extraterrestrial hypothesis.
When reflecting on the Citizen Hearing on Disclosure, and whether to support additional events, as well as whether to support the work of certain abduction researchers, individuals might indeed inquire further of the absence of such researchers from the mock hearing. It would be reasonable to ask why Barbara Lamb, for instance, a woman incredibly claiming to personally know at least three ET-human hybrid beings, would not present details of such circumstances at an event purporting to be dedicated to disclosing such information.
The lack of abduction researchers in Washington seemed to present some Bassett supporters, those who consider alien abduction a literal occurrence, with a conflict of interest they were simply not addressing. Those who subscribe to the assertions of such individuals as David Jacobs and Kathleen Marden must come to terms with why such information was omitted from a hearing on an extraterrestrial presence engaging the human race.
No matter how time may show such discrepancies to be rationalized and temporarily resolved, a more discriminating segment of the UFO community will continue to observe such shortcomings in logic to be prevalent within ufology. In the end, the well informed individual will remain aware of historical precedence demonstrating the challenges inherent to bypassing the scientific method in lieu of unsubstantiated claims and empowering governing bodies to rule on truth and fact. The nonexistence of direct evidence for desired and preconceived conclusions is not a legitimate reason to abandon scientific inquiry. Actually, doing so became known as a witch hunt.