The indefatigable Stephen Bassett has come up with a new, creative idea to keep nudging American officialdom to disclosing its UFO secrets: a citizen hearing at the National Press Club, at which four former federal lawmakers will hear an anticipated 30 hours of UFO- and ET-related testimony from researchers, military personnel and witnesses.

It’s a pretty good idea in my view – really, a natural extension of what Steve’s devoted his life to for many years. Hopefully it will produce something one could call a positive result.

However, these sorts of things always make me wonder what I think is an obvious consideration. What if this event or some other effort *did* compel a confession or disclosure — and the answer was basically “We really don’t have any hard evidence of ET life; we just didn’t want the public to know we had no answers all these years”? Would anyone who desperately wants disclosure today believe them? Granted, I think there’s a little more to the issue than this hypothetical answer, and don’t imagine the government would tell the public lots of things they ought to, but the problem is potentially real: If the authorities really tell you what they can, holding nothing back, and their answer isn’t the one you wanted, then what?

According to the Citizen Hearing on Disclosure website, the event will occur April 29 through May 3 and “will be filmed as the basis for a forthcoming documentary-Truth Embargo – by Just Cause Entertainment.” The former federal lawmakers participating are:

Senator Mike Gravel (Dem/Lib, AK), Congresswomen  Lynn Woolsey (Dem, CA)Carolyn Kilpatrick, (Dem, MI), Darlene Hooley (Dem, OR); and Congressmen Roscoe Bartlett (Rep, MD) and Merrill Cook (Rep, UT).

The entire hearing “will be live streamed worldwide in English, Spanish, Arabic, Hindi, Japanese and Mandarin (archive only).”

Witnesses are listed on the hearing website under the appropriate tab.