- History continues to be made in the Show-Me state, where
the Missouri secretary of state recently certified the signature-petition
language for the first-ever ballot initiative to combat official government
secrecy on UFO reality.
- "With receipt of this action," explained petition-drive
committee co-chair Bruce Widaman, "we can start gathering the requisite
number of about 75,000 signatures for placing the measure on the ballot
during the general election this fall."
- After several months of navigating the complex review-and-approval
process, Widaman and some of his Missouri-based colleagues in the Mutual
UFO Network, Inc. now are gearing up to start circulating the signature
petition. "To have any chance at all of meeting the state's deadline
of May 7th, we have to round up at least 500 signature-gathering volunteers,"
he said. "And maybe some benefactor will step forward to fund a corps
of professional circulators. But even if we fail to muster that degree
of support, we already have achieved a moral victory in coming this far
-- and there's always the prospect of renewal for the next general election."
- That moral victory can serve as a model for the other
15 direct-initiative states (as well as the seven indirect-initiative ones).
And Widaman hopes that volunteers from those states will come forward
early to follow the Missouri lead. In doing so, they will have added their
voices to the growing call for full accountability as to what the government
really knows (and when it knew it) about the origin and nature of unidentified
- Widaman noted that a UFO-ballot-initiative dedicated
banking account has been established at MUFON headquarters in Texas (http://www.mufon.com)
to help support the project. "As in all public-interest endeavors,
we need some funding from the citizenry to offset expenditures," he
said, adding: "And now's the time for volunteers to start the process
in the other states." He listed the other DI states as Alaska, Arizona,
Arkansas, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota,
Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.
- Numerous UFO researchers worldwide view this initiative
as a formal means for gaining (and expressing) the sense of the electorate
on a vital public issue: "If indeed the Earth is being visited by
alien spacecraft, then we have a right to know and the government has the
duty to tell," Widaman concluded.
- He defined the direct-initiative process as a grassroots
means for empowering the voters to legislate statutory change -- in this
case as an official proclamation to urge congressional action toward ending
the government coverup of the UFO experience.
- Here's the full text of the proposed proclamation (which
would take effect immediately upon a favorable majority vote by the Missouri
- "Be it enacted by the people of the state of Missouri
that the year 2000 be proclaimed and 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 government 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: (1)
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; (2) 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; (3) this initial
year of the third millennium affords us a renewed opportunity to explore,
assess, and convey every facet of UFO reality."
- SIGHTINGS HOMEPAGE
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