The Citizens Hearing on Disclosure, or CHD, is attempting to look at evidence of extraterrestrials in a faux congressional setting. Panel members will be able to testify in front of former members of Congress over the course of a week beginning April 29.
The Citizens Hearing will include 40 different researchers and witnesses of extraterrestrial activity, including unexplained footage or photographs, close encounters, alien abductions and testimony from air-traffic controllers or military pilots from around the world. The individuals will testify in front of Senator Mike Gravel, D-Alaska; Rep. Darlene Hooley, D –Ore.; Rep. Carolyn Kilpatrick, D-Mich.; Rep. Lynn Woolsey, D-Calif.; and Rep Merrill Cook, R-Utah.
According to the CHD, the congressional style “will attempt to accomplish what the Congress has failed to do for 45 years: seek out the facts surrounding the most important issue of this or any other time.”
Evidence of alien encounters with humans is usually left for conspiracy theories or television shows, with few taking any mention of extraterrestrials seriously. The CHD hopes to correct such a distinction and present testimony in a structured manner that offers insight to the phenomena.
The CHD also notes the White House issued a statement on alien encounters in 2011. The official statement reads, “The U.S. government has no evidence that any life exists outside our planet or that an extraterrestrial presence has contacted or engaged any member of the human race. In addition, there is no credible information to suggest that any evidence is being hidden from the public's eye.” The CHD challenges such a notion saying, “From April 29 to May 3, the Citizen Hearing on Disclosure will present en masse the evidence the White House says doesn't exist.”
Each day is broken up into blocks of morning and afternoon testimony. On the first day of the CHD, the committee members listened to the history of alien encounters and extraterrestrial from researchers and eyewitnesses while Tuesday begins the hearings in earnest. The CHD committee will listen to evidence involving the 1980 UFO encounter over Rendlesham Forest near the Royal Air Force Station Bentwaters in the UK. The afternoon panel will include a looking at the possibility of UFOs tampering with nuclear technology.
Other topics that will be discussed during the CHD will include the Roswell incident, pilot and air traffic controller encounters with UFOs, the theory that there is a truth embargo on extraterrestrial evidence, alien encounter evidence from South America and other countries, as well as a look at alien technology.
The CHD has already received its fair share of skepticism. The Atlantic Wire noted the former Congress members were paid $20,000 in appearance fees to preside over the panels, while each member has their own dubious reputation. The Atlantic Wire believes that the CHD is for believers and any chance of a skeptical look at the evidence will not happen during the hearings.
The Huffington Post is running a live stream of the Citizens Hearing on Disclosure which runs until Friday.
Charles Poladian joined IBTimes in October 2012 and, when not reporting on all things topical, can be found reading or photographing concerts.