[Dr. Steven Greer, founder of CSETI (Center for the Study of Extraterrestial Intelligence) and Project Starlight, has told CNI News that a number of government and military witnesses are prepared to testify before Congress concerning the reality of UFOs as spacecraft of non-human origin. Greer says a group of these witnesses will convene in a closed "get acquainted" meeting this spring in or near Washington, D.C. This meeting will also provide an opportunity for invited members of Congress and the Clinton administration to privately meet these witnesses, as a step toward the possible convening of Congressional hearings in the future. Greer told CNI News that other plans for bringing the testimony of these witnesses before the public are also in development, in the event that Congress does not choose to convene hearings.
The following is an official statement issued on January 25 from CSETI Headquarters in Asheville, North Carolina.]
The Center for the Study of Extraterrestrial Intelligence (CSETI) through its Project Starlight initiative, has identified a significant number of first hand United States government, military and intelligence program witnesses to UFOs of extraterrestrial origin.
In an effort to widen the scope of these investigations, CSETI is calling for additional government UFO witnesses to come forward, and for the U.S. Congress to hold open hearings where these witnesses may testify without fear of reprisal.
CSETI has received legal opinions that the ongoing, extra-constitutional covert management of this subject is in violation of the U.S. constitution, and that therefore the witnesses to these events are not legally bound to silence by pre-existing national security oaths on this subject.
In a letter dated 15 November 1996, CSETI stated this position, and asked for relevant feedback from the White House, key members of Congress, the CIA, and other government officials. The letter also stated that, unless otherwise directed (UNODIR) we would regard these witnesses as free to speak openly about this matter as of 1 January 1997. None of the agencies or government leaders, all of whom acknowledged receipt of the letter, provided any policy, guidance or refuting materials by 1 January 1997 to correct this position.
Additionally, under current legal opinion, these witnesses are now considered free to speak without penalty, punishment or reprisal because of provisions provided by the Congress within the so-called 'Whistle Blower' legislation. This legislation, designed to allow government employees and government contractor employees to come forward with information regarding corruption and wrong-doing, protects these government UFO witnesses from any punishment or reprisals. This protection extends to both government employees and civilian employees of private government contractors.
Given the illegal and extra-constitutional nature of current covert projects dealing with these issues, CSETI maintains that government and government contractor witnesses to UFO programs and events have a constitutional obligation to come forward with information on this subject, and are encouraged to do so .
CSETI will be convening a closed meeting of such witnesses in the early spring of 1997, and will be asking members of Congress to hold open hearings where these witnesses may testify.
Since the current covert management of this issue constitutes a grave and growing threat to the national security of the United States, CSETI is asking that these hearings take place by this summer.
Any government employee or government contract UFO witnesses who would like to cooperate with this initiative should contact CSETI's International Director Steven M. Greer M.D. as soon as possible. CSETI has determined that assembling numerous such witnesses in a coalition, to come forward in unison, is the safest and most credible way to move this subject to public disclosure.
Prospective witnesses should contact Dr. Greer at:
Phone: 704-274-5671 or Fax: 704-274-6766
or write: CSETI, PO Box 15401, Asheville NC 28813
Original file name: CNI - Greer.release
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