Cyprus Mail

UFOs, a demand for transparency

By Elias Hazou

“HAVING been a witness at the Citizens Hearings in Washington in 2013, I fully support the Congressional Hearing Initiative by Steve Bassett. It is important and it is high time the US government came clean on all that they really know on the subject of UFOs and extraterrestrial contact.”

The above quote was given to the Sunday Mail by longtime UFO researcher Gary Heseltine. He’s among many in the field convinced that the evidence amassed for ETs isn’t just beyond a reasonable doubt, it’s compelling. What’s more, many in the milieu freely concede that some – perhaps even most – of these objects may not be of extraterrestrial origin. It’s definitely a twist to this 67-year-old tale, but by no means a deal-breaker. More on that later.

Whilst still a serving police officer in Britain, Heseltine launched an unofficial national database for police officers reporting UFO sightings, called PRUFOS (Police Report UFO Sightings). After years of research he has collected over 400 reports dating back to 1901 involving over 900 police officers.

UFO researchers and activists have been calling for government disclosure for decades. Nothing new there. Except now they might – just might – get it.

No doubt it’s a long shot. In the US political arena right now, ETs will have to contend with Ebola, ISIS and immigration, to name but a few.

Heseltine was among dozens of individuals who from April 29 to May 3, 2013, gave testimony in Washington, DC to six former members of the United States Congress about events and evidence indicating an extraterrestrial presence engaging the human race.

The witnesses included activists, military/agency/political witnesses and scientists representing ten countries. And they’re willing to testify, under oath, before proper congressional hearings should they be called.

The unprecedented event, both in scope and importance, came to be known as the Citizen Hearing on Disclosure. On the panel was former US Senator Mike Gravel, a candidate in the 2008 US presidential election.

To hardened sceptics and ‘believers’ alike, footage from the hearings – a great deal of which is available on Youtube – makes for some of the most captivating viewing.

The push for disclosure didn’t stop there. On November 5 this year, hundreds of video copies of the full record of the Citizen Hearing on Disclosure (CHD) were shipped to all members of the United States Congress.

Shortly after the DVD box sets were sent – and this is now ongoing – activists led by Stephen Bassett launched a social media blitz on Congress to get it to hold hearings on extraterrestrial related phenomena.

feature elias - Gary Heseltine and Linda Moulton Howe (an UFO researcher) at the hearings in Washington in May 2013

Dubbed the ‘Tweet-Email Storm,’ and using the hashtag #disclosure, the campaign urges the public to contact members of the US Congress asking them to hold hearings. People from all over the globe can take part. Details are available here:

Meanwhile the Paradigm Research Group – headed up by Bassett – is petitioning the Obama administration to support congressional hearings “for government/agency/political witnesses to extraterrestrial related events and evidence.”

In lectures and interviews, Bassett has said he believes that if congressional hearings are held, it is quite likely the decades-long truth embargo – more polite language for ‘cover-up’- will collapse.

Should a congressional committee agree to hold hearings, Bassett is confident it will trigger a cascade, with the mainstream media – which by and large has made light of the issue – finally swinging to the camp of the disclosure-seekers.

An ensuing media feeding frenzy could then force the US government into a formal disclosure of ET presence. This could happen by February 2015, Bassett has said.

Bassett is a leading advocate for ending the 65-year government- imposed truth embargo regarding an extraterrestrial presence engaging the human race.

He is the first registered lobbyist on the ET issue, and the person who made the 2013 Citizen Hearing on Disclosure happen.

Flanking him during those hearings was Steven Greer, a key – and to some controversial – figure. Greer founded the Centre for the Study of Extraterrestrial Intelligence (CSETI) and The Disclosure Project, which seeks the disclosure of suppressed UFO information.

In 1997, Greer along with other members of CSETI, including Apollo astronaut Edgar Mitchell, made a presentation at a background briefing for members of Congress.

Greer was instrumental in organising a press conference on May 9, 2001 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. The testimony of 70 government and agency employees, 21 in person, directly relating to extraterrestrial-related events and evidence was presented to the media.

Among the coterie of UFO researchers and activists, the demand for transparency is only part of the story. Other than a formal acknowledgment that ET is here – in itself profound – Greer believes disclosure will help lift the veil on exotic energy and propulsion technologies, developed in secret by the military, intelligence and corporate world, and known as Unacknowledged Special Access Projects.

If made public, says Greer, this know-how- at least some of which has allegedly been obtained by back-engineering extraterrestrial tech – would change the world as we know it, as it would make reliance on fossil fuels a thing of the past.

Another prominent figure at the 2013 mock congressional hearings was Daniel Sheehan, a lawyer who has participated in numerous legal cases of public interest, including the Pentagon Papers case and the Watergate Break-In case.

Time will tell if they succeed, but one thing’s for certain: these folks are dead-serious.

Some of the most robust evidence in the field of UFO research comes from commercial and military pilots. There have been hundreds – if not thousands – of reported cases where the same object has been seen and been tracked by radar.

The Sunday Mail reached out to a number of pilots and air traffic controllers in Cyprus, both current and retired, who said they could not specifically recall an incident involving a UFO.

However one civil aviation official, who asked not to be named, did mention an incident that occurred some 10 years ago. It involved a Cyprus Airways pilot, who reported that a fast-moving light had buzzed his plane on his landing approach to Larnaca airport.

As far as the official could recall, tower control radar did not pick up anything. He could not remember more details and did not know whether any report was logged.

John Knowles, a pilot and intelligence officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force from 1941 to 1945, and currently living in Paphos, has personally sighted UFOs and has written extensively on the subject. He has stated that the evidence accumulated over the past half-century and more is “unassailable”.

“It’s high time we had disclosure. Many people in government know about this,” Knowles told the Sunday Mail.

And so we come full circle. The following account is taken from an item published in issue 4 of UFO Truth Magazine, kindly provided to the Sunday Mail via email by the magazine’s founder and editor Gary Heseltine.

It recounts the experience of an RAF Akrotiri pilot in the mid-1960s.

On a fine summer afternoon the then young flight lieutenant was scrambled to check out a UFO the military had been tracking for a while. As it happened on the day, there was no radar cover on the island, and the military got an altitude reading on the object using theodolites – precision instruments for measuring angles in the horizontal and vertical planes.

Initially the airman was told the object was hovering at 1500 feet, and given this data he expected to reach it in no time. But his Lightning Mk2a jet never got close. The object slipped away, higher and higher into the sky, the pilot giving chase. Moments later, having gone supersonic, he had reached an altitude of 60,000 feet.

“When I looked at this object while at 60,000 ft, it was about a third bigger than from the ground, and was a bright metallic silver/chrome coloured cone-shaped object with no windows. I don’t think it originated on Earth,” the pilot said describing his experience decades later. While airborne, he verified that his target did have a shadow side, indicating it was a solid object.

The aviator then descended to 30,000 feet, got the radio controller on the horn, and was told: “You’re not going to get anywhere near it.”
“Why, what height is it,” he asked.

“They’ve got a height on it, but I’ll tell you when you get down!”

Back on the ground, the pilot got his answer: the object had reached 168,000 feet. The pilot himself calculated that the object was massive, perhaps half a mile across.

A few days later, he came upon the Wing Commander in the mess hall and tried to talk to him about the scramble.

The officer replied: “What scramble, officially you never took off.”

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