Last September, Paul Hellyer, an octogenarian former Canadian Minister of the National Defence (from the 1960s), came forward and stated that he believed ET was here on Earth, and that the government was involved in a massive cover-up of this knowledge. Where did this knowledge come from? He read Phil Corso's Day After Roswell, and that convinced him. The exopolitics faction of ufology made a big deal about this development. A few comedians and political commentators had some fun with Mr. Hellyer (whose career as a political flip-flopper hasn't left him with many friends or any influence). And that was about it. Most of the rest of us saw it for what it was - a non-event (at best).
Well, Mr. Hellyer and his exopolitics chums are still at it, nattering on about the need for official "disclosure" (although Mr. Hellyer has said that he didn't see anything to disclose during his tenure as Minister of Defence!) - they have even called for hearings in the Canadian Senate on the subject of the "Cosmic Watergate" (sorry, Stan, but in part these are your illegitimate ideological "children").
In a new development, however, they've decided to bring in some "help" from south of the border.
Canada, meet Dr. Steven Greer!
On May 9th, Mr. Hellyer and Dr. Greer will be joining forces at a Toronto press conference to promote the exopolitical cause in all its glory (you can view the press release here).
That's right - Canada's exopolitics adherents, led in this case by Ontario's Mike Bird and Victor Viggiani, have enlisted the aid of the man who most American ufologists believe single-handedly killed any prospect of Congressional hearings into the UFO phenomenon back in the late 1990s... to forward the cause of Parliamentary hearings on the UFO subject in Canada!
There are many words that can be used to describe this turn of events. I'll leave it to the reader to come up with his or her own favourite, but here's mine... Nuts!
Alas, I won't be able to attend (I seriously considered flying up to Toronto to watch the circus, and get a good laugh, but I'm too busy prepping for the upcoming Best Evidence shoot). But, in the interests of common sense, here is Errol Bruce-Knapp, host of Strange Days... Indeed, in an interview with UFO Review's Stuart Miller, summarizing what people interested in the serious study of the UFO phenomenon think of Dr. Greer:
"SM: Why don’t you care for [Steven Greer]?
EBK: Because he’s a loose-cannon. The man is erratic and he can’t focus and UFOs is what we’re focussed on and this whole Star Dreams initiative, Star Wars Defence initiative, Steven Greer, the lying shysters and all of the other nonsense this man is spouting just gets in the way and up here in Canada we have one chance. Just like Greer had the one chance at the possibility of getting Senate Hearings in the United States and he blew it. He showed up at the press conference with all of these witnesses without having checked them all out and you got the Warrens and the Clifford Stones and a couple of other people there, all ready to swear on their lives, and lying shysters, some of them. So what we have now going on is an absorption of Alfred Webre and Steven Greer and all his nonsense and Michael Salla and this is a combination that ain’t gonna work. And as I’ve said to Victor [Viggiani], my concern for Victor is that he’s going to get dragged down and tarred with the same brush as all of these other people. Exopolitics ain’t going to work. They have one run at it here and they’re going to blow it."
If you doubt that Errol's view reflects a fairly broad consensus, go to UFO Updates, and run a search of Dr. Greer's name with the name of one of your favourite UFO researchers (try Dick Hall for starters).
Oh well. Maybe after the press conference is over, Dr. Greer can take any media members who show up out to Newmarket, or some other suburban area, and try to contact a few spaceships with flashlights. I'm sure that will impress them!
The shame is that some of the "Disclosure Project" witnesses are quality, credible people with stories that the media should take seriously. However, these good witnesses have been largely ignored because the people who present their testimony have no credibility, and their accounts are mixed in with those of frauds, con-men and loons.
People like Mr. Viggiani say, "well, you shouldn't throw the baby out with the bathwater".
This statement misses the point completely.
The blame for the indifference shown to the legitimate witnesses goes directly to people like Mr. Viggiani and Mr. Bird, who, by continuing to associate with and promote Dr. Greer and the exopolitics "movement," actively keep the baby in the bathwater.
As Errol said, you only get one chance to make a good first impression. On May 9th, the organizers of the Exopolitics press conference are going to blow that one chance right out of the water.