Over the last several decades a global movement has formed where people of all stripes and colors are calling on the governments of the world to
disclose what they know about the UFO subject. This initiative has evidently met with some success, as the U.S. has released over 129,000 pages of
documentation; the British government is unlocking the whole MoD archive for public consumption; and many other governments are following
There is no one specific organization or person at the helm of the exopolitical movement. However three people, Steven M. Greer (a trauma room surgeon
by training), Stephen Bassett (a political lobbyist), and Michael Salla (a PhD in government studies) have made strides to promote
themselves as the movement leaders. Their success and that of the exopolitical initiative, is largely due to the critical mass attained through the
advent of online video publishing. In contrast, the FOIA material and testimony that the movement is built around is much older and has its roots in
organizations from the 50's and 60's. In fact much of the FOIA documentation available today is the hard-won work of early organizations like
NICAP, GSW, CAUS, APRO, and CFI petitioning for UFO-related government documents.
Beyond legal discovery of government records, more politically serious UFO advocates like journalist Leslie Kean (CFI) and Brad Sparks (previously of
CAUS and now a MUFON consultant), work campaigning for secrecy-free congressional hearing with the hope of resuming a full-blown governmental
investigation. Realistically though Ms. Kean and Dr. Wickersham (a University of Missouri psychologist) recognize that this is unlikely to
happen in the short-term due to the inability to get a dialogue started at the governmental level.
The lack of political interaction and the years of stonewalling has led older researchers to conclude the U.S. intelligence community knows more than
it cares to admit. These ruminations and suspicions have shaped the dialogue of younger UFO activists who now believe the world superpowers know the
"truth" about the subject, but for some reason are unwilling to publicly admit that earth has been visited by off-world intelligence. Skeptical
analysts disagree with the "grand conspiracy cover-up" hypothesis. They instead argue the government is as equally as in the dark as the rest of the
public. Key amongst these more scientifically minded UFO researchers is late atmospheric physicist, Dr. James E. McDonald, who helped spearhead the
1968 congressional symposium on UFOs before the U.S. Committee on Science and Astronautics,
"I do not believe, let me stress, that this has been part of some top-secret cover-up of extensive investigations by Air Force or security agencies;
I have found no substantial basis for accepting that theory of why the Air Force has so long failed to respond appropriately to the many significant
and scientifically intriguing UFO reports coming from within its own ranks. Briefly, I see grand foul-up but not grand cover-up. Although numerous
instances could be cited wherein Air Force spokesmen failed to release anything like complete details of UFO reports, and although this has had the
regrettable consequence of denying scientists at large even a dim notion of the almost incredible nature of some of the more impressive Air
Force-related UFO reports, I still feel that the most grievous fault of 22 years of Air Force handling of the UFO problem has consisted of their
repeated public assertions that they had substantial scientific competence on the job."
A similar yet less barbed position attacking the competence of the USAF, is that the U.S. intelligence community was fearful an open study would
mislead the public into believing there was necessarily something to the topic. An internal CIA memo sent out August, 1 1952 echoes this,
"It is recommended that CIA surveillance of [the UFO] subject matter, in coordination with proper authorities of primary operational concern at ATIC,
be continued. It is strongly urged, however, that no indication of CIA interest or concern reach the press or public, in view of their probable
alarmist tendencies to accept such interest as "confirmatory" of the soundness of "unpublished facts" in the hands of the U.S.
Although many additional arguments and counter-argument have been put forward in an attempt to construct a cogent narrative. Probably the only
thing that can be said with any certainty is that understanding the motivations behind governmental secrecy is likely as inscrutable as the UFO
phenomenon itself. So the debate rages on, and continues to be a hot button topic.
As for present day political lobbying, the most recent serious petition to build political traction for the UFO subject is the little known Rockfeller
Laurance Rockefeller in 1993, along with his niece, Anne Bartley, the stepdaughter of Winthrop Rockefeller and the then-president of the Rockefeller
Family Fund, established and presented the "UFO Disclosure Initiative" to the Clinton White House. They requested all UFO information held by
the government, including from the CIA and the US Air Force to be declassified and released to the public. Later in 1995 Rockefeller briefed Clinton
on the results from the Rockefeller funded Stanford Sturrock Report. Clinton did produce an Executive Order in late 1994 to declassify numerous
documents in the National Archives, possibly at the insistence of his Deputy Chief of Staff John Podesta, but this did not specifically refer to
Looking to the future, political news commentators point out that the UFO subject is serious enough that the United Nations through the Office for
Outer Space Affairs has appointed an Earth contact for alien communications. Signaling to space enthusiasts, futurists, and politicians alike
that exopolitics is an inevitable outgrowth of continued space exploration.
== Notes/Refs ==
( more information can be found at:
 "What is the Project Blue Book Archive?" -- www.bluebookarchive.org...
 UK MoD "UFO files" -- www.nationalarchives.gov.uk...
 "New Zealand Government Opens UFO Files" -- news.discovery.com...
and "New Zealand
releases UFO government files" -- www.bbc.co.uk...
 "Brazil Declassifies New UFO Secret Documents" -- www.ufodigest.com...
 "Canada's UFOs: The Search for the Unknown" -- www.collectionscanada.gc.ca...
 "Danish Airforce released materials about UFOs" --
 "Declassified Russian Cold war UFO Files more Abyss than Close Encounters" --
 "French space agency to publish UFO archive online" -- www.reuters.com/article/2006/12/29/us-france-ufo-idUSL2979618020061229
 "Ecuador has released all of its UFO files" -- www.abovetopsecret.com...