By Michael E. Salla, Ph.D.
The White House has once again launched â€œWe the People,â€ an online platform designed to hear from the American public about their key issues. In the midst of a highly competitive election season, President Obama is once more reaching out to the public to show he cares about their issues. The White House website declares:â€œWe the People provides a new way to petition the Obama Administration to take action on a range of important issues facing our country. We created We the People because we want to hear from you. If a petition gets enough support, White House staff will review it, ensure itâ€™s sent to the appropriate policy experts, and issue an official response.â€Â Among the many petitions being launched, and hoping to pass the lofty 25,000 threshold, is one dealing with the famous Roswell UFO incident and the possibility that it was extraterrestrial in origin.
Steve Bassett from the Paradigm Research Group (PRG) has formally petitioned the Obama Administration to: â€œreinvestigate an alleged extraterrestrial vehicle crash near Roswell, NM in 1947 and an Air Force cover-up of the facts.â€ In support of his petition, which he titled, â€œDisclosure Petition V â€“ Roswell,â€ Bassett cites a former astronaut, military officers and a retired CIA officer who all believe that something out of this world really did happen at Roswell:
Lt Col. Philip Corso (USA) “I came into possession of the Roswell File. This file contained field reports, medical autopsy reports and technological debris from the crash of an extraterrestrial vehicle.”
Capt. Edgar Mitchell (USAF/NASA) “Roswell was a real incident, and that indeed an alien craft did crash, and that material was recovered from that crash site.”
Chase Brandon (CIA) “It was a craft that clearly did not come from this planet.”
Lt. Col. Richard French (USAF) “There were actually two crashes at Roswell.”
Bassett even cites Gov. Bill Richardson to support his petition for a new investigation: “The mystery surrounding this crash has never been adequately explained â€“ not by independent investigators, and not by the U.S. government.”
I contacted Steve Bassett and asked him a few questions about his current petition which is the fifth in a series of White House petitions launched by him
Q1. Why is this petition important?
Disclosure Petition V focuses on Roswell and is aimed to point back to the White House response to Disclosure Petition â€“ I claiming there was no evidence for extraterrestrial engagement of the human race or for government suppression of any evidence for such.
The immediate effect of the White House “We the People” project was to permit the ET issue to be posted to the White House website for the first time.Â This was a milestone.Â Â As it happened the first Disclosure petition received the necessary 5,000 signatures triggering a formal written response from the Obama administration â€“ also a first.Â Â It remained up on the White House website for two months.Â Â The subsequent Disclosure petitions were posted for 30 days each.Â Â This is not just any website, it is the Internet presence for the President of the United States, and since September 22, 2011 the ET issue has been addressed on that website with regularity.
I expect the “We the People” section to be closed after the election, regardless of the outcome.Â Until then, PRG will continue to post Disclosure petitions to the site.
Q2. What was the White House response to your earlier petitions on UFO disclosure? Do you expect a different response this time? Why?
There will be no White House response to Disclosure Petition V â€“ Roswell as there is little chance it will acquire the necessary 25,000 signatures.Â The “We the People” project is fading out, largely due to actions by the White House.Â There is an upside as the number of posted petitions has shrunk to about 30 providing the Disclosure petitions more visibility.
Q3. What do you think will happen if you achieve the 25,000 threshold?
Under their own rules 25,000 signatures would generate a White House response.Â It would be quite interesting to see how the White House would maneuver around the statements of Col. Corso, Capt. Mitchell, Gov. Richardson, Agent Brandon and Col. French.Â Essentially, these men have called the U. S. Air Force a liar.Â Awkward.Â Such contradictions are rife throughout the truth embargo.Â However, as long as the public and the media are willing to live with these contradictions, the truth embargo will continue.
After the first successful petition, Phil Larson from the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy, officially responded:
The U.S. government has no evidence that any life exists outside our planet, or that an extraterrestrial presence has contacted or engaged any member of the human race. In addition, there is no credible information to suggest that any evidence is being hidden from the public’s eye. However, that doesn’t mean the subject of life outside our planet isn’t being discussed or explored. In fact, there are a number of projects working toward the goal of understanding if life can or does exist off Earth.
Larson went on to discuss the Search for Extraterrestrial Life Initiative (SETI); the Kepler Space Telescope seeking Earth-like exoplanets; and the Mars Science Laboratory, as examples of government projects focused on possible extraterrestrial life.
If â€œDisclosure Petition V â€“ Roswellâ€ does reach the 25,000 threshold it would be helpful to know if Mr Larson or the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy could give a different response this time. The official Obama Presidential Campaign slogan is Forward â€“ it would be good if we could move forward on a genuine investigation of the Roswell UFO Crash and possible cover up of extraterrestrial life.
You can sign Disclosure Petition V here: http://wh.gov/WiQk