BALLOT INITIATIVE ON UFO SECRECY INITIATED
Will Ask States to Declare 2000 "Year of UFO Awareness"
by Dan Pinchas
ORTK member Larry W. Bryant and activist Robert Bletchman have recently
proposed to MUFON to undertake an ambitious ballot initiative ahead of next
year's elections in 16 states that permit legislation by direct voter
petition. Voters will be asked to officially proclaim the year 2000 as the
Year of UFO Awareness, urging open Congressional hearings. MUFON
subsequently endorsed the proposal.
According to Bletchman and Bryant, scores of current and former military
personnel and other credible eyewitnesses stand ready to present sworn
testimony based on personal knowledge, if granted immunity from prosecution
for any potential breach of security oaths.
The process known as "Direct initiative" produces new laws when the people
directly place (by petition) proposals on their state ballot, submit them to
the voters, and win their approval. Currently, 16 states offer the direct
initiative: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Idaho,
Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota,
Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. These states will be the main target of
MUFON's efforts during the coming year.
Here is the complete text of MUFON's UFO Ballot Initiative statement:
"We the voting citizens of this state do hereby issue an OFFICIAL
PROCLAMATION, the wording of which follows:
"We proclaim that the year 2000 be observed as the Year of UFO Awareness.
Because of the federal government's failure to be officially forthcoming
about Unidentified Flying Objects, the public remains ill-informed and
confused on a matter of potentially great consequence. We therefore urge the
U.S. Congress to expeditiously convene open, comprehensive hearings in which
governmental personnel (military, civilian-contract, and agency employees --
active and retired) are permitted to present sworn testimony regarding their
personal knowledge of any UFO-related evidence, to be given under immunity
by waiver of any applicable security oath or agreement of nondisclosure.
"This proclamation acknowledges the following facts:
the weight of the cumulative evidence -- e.g., eyewitness,
electronic-detection, photographic, documentary -- overwhelmingly supports
the conclusion of a majority of Americans that some of the reported UFOs
represent somebody else's spacecraft;
the federal government's handling of the UFO issue has contributed to the
public cynicism toward, and general mistrust of, government -- a development
injurious to our republic;
this initial year of the third millennium affords us a renewed opportunity
to explore, assess, and convey every facet of UFO reality."
For further information, contact:
Robert Bletchman, phone 860-675-6379
Larry W. Bryant, phone 703-931-3341
Paul Krugerstraat 6
7551 GX Hengelo (ov)
+31 (0)74-24 25 514
7500 CD Enschede
tel: +31 (0)53 4310412
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