When last we heard from UFO booster Jeff Peckman (on December 2), he was alienated by the suggestion of some Denver council members that the threshold for putting initiatives before city voters needed to be raised because of his success at getting a measure to create an "extraterrestrial affairs committee" on the 2010 ballot.
Now, Peckman is taking on an even more powerful politician: President Barack Obama. In a letter to BO that a fellow Examiner.com blogger calls a "well-mannered but exigently crafted dispatch," Peckman argues that "Americans have been imprisoned for over 60 years behind a 'Berlin wall' of oppressive lies and secrecy about UFOs and extraterrestrial visitors." As such, he paraphrases a famous Ronald Reagan speech, demanding that Obama "'tear down this wall' of UFO secrecy."
Clearly, matters such as war in Afghanistan and Iraq, airport security and healthcare for all Americans pale in comparison to this vital issue, as Peckman will no doubt convince you. Read the letter below -- and then watch the skies!
Open letter to President Obama:
Dear Mr. President,
Americans have been imprisoned for over 60 years behind a 'Berlin wall' of oppressive lies and secrecy about UFOs and extraterrestrial visitors. Those who dared to escape this prison and expose the truth have been threatened, harassed, assaulted, and worse, by agents of the U.S. Government. This letter is an appeal to end such illegal and un-American activities and to disclose secret UFO files.
Your first calendar year in office has been admirable. Even your first day in office included your historic memorandum stating that, "The Government should not keep information confidential merely because public officials might be embarrassed by disclosure, because errors and failures might be revealed, or because of speculative or abstract fears."
Your memorandum of December 30, 2009 continued this theme by stating that "no information may remain classified indefinitely" with respect to national security. Your instruction in the same memorandum, to "identify classified information that no longer requires protection and can be declassified", potentially opens the gate for your historic effort toward openness in government, but only if applied.
Therefore, I urge you to disclose files on UFOs and visits by extraterrestrial intelligent beings to the United States. President Reagan and President Carter reported clear UFO sightings. Hundreds of former U.S. military and intelligence personnel, and government contractors have been part of The Disclosure Project. They have shared first hand accounts of similar and other incidents but in greater detail. Once you authorize official disclosure, even more details will emerge that will be of great interest to the public.
Mr. President, you know that diplomatic relations and trade with other countries are vital for economic development, healthcare, cultural richness, and education of our country and the world. Acknowledging the presence of "people from other planets" will result in even bigger and more diverse benefits for humanity and our damaged environment.
Public opinion polls conducted for the last 10-20 years have shown that a large majority of those polled believe that we are not alone in the universe. Similar majorities believe that we have been visited by other civilizations and that the U.S. government has covered up these facts. These poll respondents are many of the same smart, brave, and progressive American citizens that elected you to the Office of President.
Mr. President, it is time to reveal that we are being visited by people from outside our planet. It is time to consider the benefits of peaceful relations with them. Over 10,000 people in Metro Denver alone have signed the petition to put a proposed ordinance on the August 2010 Denver ballot to create an Extraterrestrial Affairs Commission. A recent L.A. Times blog poll showed that over 70% of respondents thought that their hometown should also have an Extraterrestrial Affairs Commission.
We would be honored to work with you on this historic and timely campaign to acknowledge our visiting extended 'family' from throughout the universe. But we will not wait for you. We are doing this now because, as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, "It is always the right time to do the right thing." Disclosure of UFO files is the 'right thing'. It is long over due for America but is already under way by other nations, including Russia.
The UFO "balloon boy" hoax of October this year was but a small mirror image of the vast and costly hoax done by the U.S. government to American citizens. This hoax has lasted for over 60 years -- more than twice the period of the Berlin wall.
The 20th anniversary of opening the Berlin wall occurred this year. So on New Year's Eve of 2009, in making this appeal to you, I paraphrase President Reagan's famous challenge to Mr. Gorbachev:
"We, the People, welcome change and openness; for we believe that freedom and security go together, that the acknowledgement of our extraterrestrial brothers and sisters can only strengthen the cause of world peace. There is one sign the United States government can make that would be unmistakable, that would advance dramatically the cause of freedom and peace. President Obama, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the United States and the world, if you seek truth, come here to this historic opportunity. Mr. President, open the files on UFOs and extraterrestrial visitors. Mr. President, 'tear down this wall' of UFO secrecy."
Happy New Year!
Jeff Peckman Director -- EXTRA Campaign
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