High Strangeness: OMG! Citizen Hearing on Disclosure -- Part 2

Thursday, May 2, 2013

OMG! Citizen Hearing on Disclosure -- Part 2

Ever since I first blogged about the Citizen Hearing on Disclosure, I have been besieged by comments, some positive, some negative, all interesting and thought-provoking. Well, except for the one that told me I had my head up my ass I should shut the fuck up. That was not thought-provoking at all.

One commenter made the point that the Hearing was valuable because, even though much of the information being presented is ancient, there are a lot of people new to the party who don't know the full history of the UFO phenomenon. Good point. Another commenter said, "UFOs are a joke, because UFO advocates are a joke." Again, good point, and I say that knowing full well that she may have been referring to me.

As I mentioned in that first post, it's never a bad thing when a whole lot of people talk openly about UFOs, what they are, what they mean, what we should be doing about them... And I give the Citizen Hearing credit for starting a lot of conversations this week.

I have been avoiding listening in on the hearing today, though, because I heard something yesterday that just bugged the hell out of me. It was sometime in the afternoon, there were several "witnesses" at a table, and the former Congresspeople were interviewing one of those witnesses, Jesse Marcel, Jr., the son, I might add, of Jesse Marcel, Sr. Now, Jesse, Sr. is famous for having been the first military officer on the scene after the alleged Roswell UFO crash of 1947. He recovered bits and pieces of strange debris from the alleged crash site, and took them home with him that night.

Back home, Jesse, Sr. showed the materials to his wife and kids, and so yesterday Jesse, Jr. was being questioned about the events of that night. But here's the thing: the guy was 11 when this happened in 1947, so that makes him 77 now. He was doing his best to answer the questions about that night 66 years ago, but there were times when he faltered, got confused, lost his train of thought.... all things you would expect of a 77 year-old man trying to recall something that happened 66 years ago.

So what do you think happened? Every time Jesse, Jr. faltered, or got confused, or lost his train of thought, another panelist, Stanton Friedman, would jump in and respond for him. For those of you who don't know, Friedman is a nuclear physicist and an outspoken critic of the government's alleged UFO cover-up; he knows his stuff and can talk UFOs and conspiracy theories 'til the mutilated cattle come home. If they could come home.

Jesse Marcel, Sr. with alleged wreckage.
But Friedman didn't have the floor.

Maybe he and Jesse, Jr. are old buddies and have it all worked out that Friedman can answer Jesse, Jr.'s questions when Jesse, Jr. can't come up with something. Maybe. But it came across as one phenomenally rude person interjecting himself repeatedly into another person's interview. Really, really stupendously obnoxious. Whatever Jesse Jr. had to say was completely drowned out by Friedman, and how, I wonder, does that advance the cause of UFO research, or enrich the historical record of the UFO phenomenon?

I really wanted to hear what Jesse, Jr. had to say, Stanton, but you made it impossible. In fact, you made it seem as though you were trying to cover for Jesse, Jr., for some reason, which, in the context of a "Congressional hearing" -- even a phony one -- is seriously troubling.

So I'm taking a day off from listening to the live stream and instead working on my J. Allen Hynek book. Which brings up an interesting point. A big part of the chapter I'm working on centers on a series of Congressional hearings that took place in 1966, so I've had an interesting time comparing those real hearings of 1966 with the phony hearing that's going on this week. What I've realized is that those real Congressional hearings, in the end, accomplished very little of any lasting value. So why would the organizers of this week's festivities model their event after something that has never worked in the past?

Maybe Stanton Friedman can jump in on this one.
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