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Lynn Woolsey on panel at UFO hearing

By Josh Richman
Tuesday, April 30th, 2013 at 1:31 pm in Lynn Woolsey.

Lynn Woolsey, phone home.

The former North Bay House member is one of six former members of Congress who are taking testimony at a public hearing this at the National Press Club on what the U.S. government really knows about extraterrestrial life.

Yes. Really.

“The Citizen Hearing on Disclosure of an extraterrestrial presence engaging the human race will attempt to accomplish what the Congress has failed to do for forty-five years – seek out the facts surrounding the most important issue of this or any other time,” according to the hearing’s website.

Besides Woolsey, also plumbing the final frontier’s mysteries this week are former U.S. Sen. Mike Gravel, D-Alaksa, and former Reps. Roscoe Bartlett, R-Md.; Merrill Cook, R-Utah; Darlene Hooley, D-Ore.; and Carolyn Kilpatrick, D-Mich.

The multi-day hearing, which started Monday and ends Friday, promises testimony from about 40 researchers and military/agency witnesses and is being live-streamed in English and Spanish – but it’s viewable only after paying a $3.80 subscription.

The event was organized by the Paradigm Research Group – a UFO conspiracy-theory group in Bethesda, Md., founded by activist Stephen Bassett, which invited the former lawmakers to use their House-honed skills in interviewing witnesses.

The White House in November 2011 answered a pair of petitions seeking disclosure of information on extraterrestrial life – including a petition launched by Bassett – by stating “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.”

Woolsey, 75, retired last year after 10 terms in the House; she was succeeded by Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael.

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  • RR senile columnist

    These humanists look beyond regionalism

  • JohnW

    Makes me want to watch Independence Day for the 12th time.

  • Elwood

    Your headlines just get better and better, Josh!

    Lynn Woolsey and UFO in the same headline!

    A tie with Boxer and fertilizer I’d say.

    Woohoo!

  • Josh Richman

    It has been quite a day here on the Political Blotter, I admit.

  • GV Haste

    Lynn Woolsey, still the same brilliant intellect.

    How she ever mananged to stay in office for so long.
    Shows how broken our system was prior to the new “top two” giving us a chance.

    Keeping Lynn Woolsey in office is like the Raiders still keeping JaMarcus Russell as starting quarterback, because he had senority.