There are a number of ways you can contact Congress. With the advent of the Internet, people tend to privilege electronic means of communication.
Online petitions are probably the least effective way to have your voice heard, as although they can have great reach, notably through media coverage, politicians are more likely to respond to calls for action from the people that elected them rather than a diverse pool of internet users.
Targeted e-mails are more effective. Your representatives’ staffers will read them, and try to sort them into “buckets” before bringing them to your representatives’ attention. Individual e-mails on their own may have limited ability to influence, but in large enough numbers, they can absolutely make a difference.
Sometimes, representatives will hold Q&A sessions. These are great opportunities to bring a group and ask questions directly if you can be physically present. Check your representatives’ schedule and try to be there.
You can also try writing an actual letter and sending it by snail mail.
Calling by phone is another good way to engage; you’ll be able to speak to a staffer and discuss the representative’s priorities.
Ensuring Your Voice Is Heard
When you contact Congress about UFOs, it’s important to be mindful of the stigma associated with the topic. If your representatives’ staffers have traditional views on the UFO topic, they might be hesitant to pass on your message. It’s helpful to start off with a line like:
Although the topic of UFOs is often associated with fringe beliefs, your serious consideration would be greatly appreciated.
Also, although sending a message from a template is the easiest, it’s always a good idea to write a personal, unique letter that truly reflects your own point of view.
And while it is rare for letters to receive a personalized, specific response addressing your concerns, ensure your message contains a call to action: for example, ask your politician to clarify their stance and to confirm what steps, if any, they intend to take on this issue.
Here are a few items you’ll probably want to include:
Mention the New York Times article that started it all. The article plainly stated that the Pentagon is actively studying UFOs, that members of the program believe UFOs are a real phenomenon, and that in addition to cataloging military sightings, the government has in its possession physical materials allegedly recovered from UFOs.
- Link: Glowing Auras and ‘Black Money’: The Pentagon’s Mysterious U.F.O. Program (New York Times, Dec 17, 2017)
Tell them about some compelling cases.
- The 2004 Nimitz series of incidents off the coast of San Diego, as featured in The Nimitz Encounters and on Unidentified: Inside America’s UFO Investigation
- The 2014/2015 incidents off the East Coast of the U.S., as featured in The New York Times in May 2019 and on Unidentified
- Repeated incidents near nuclear missile bases, as reported on the Unidentified series on History and at a 2010 press conference on UFOs & Nukes organized by Robert Hastings
Tell them that some information shouldn’t be classified. Knowledge about the universe informs the way we lead our lives in the same way that religion does. It is not the domain of the government to keep this information secret.
Tell them we have been continually lied to throughout the years. We now know through the testimony of personalities such as Richard Doty that some agencies of the government have been actively engaged in disinformation operations against the American people, intentionally and illegally obscuring the truth about UFOs.
Tell them you understand that “the government” is not just one solid entity. The reason we do not have closure is because the bureaucracy is built in such a way that it’s illegal for the truth to come out. Only 8 members of Congress, nicknamed the Gang of Eight, are legally able to request information about Special Access Programs. They are the only ones that can lead the charge on our behalf and propose reform so that information can flow out.
Tell them some senators and congressmen, as well as the President, have already received a classified briefing on UFOs in the past 18 months. If they have not already had a briefing, they are being left out!
- Senators receive classified briefing on UFO sightings (CNN, June 2019)
- Trump says he was briefed on Navy sightings of UFOs (Politico, June 2019)
Tell them that as this issue grows in importance for the electorate, it is incumbent upon them to be informed. The issue will come up in debates, in interviews, and hopefully on the Senate and House floors. You’d better hope their only point of reference isn’t the X-Files or Independence Day.
Ask the Right Questions
It’s important to understand that although we have evidence that some conclusions are being withheld, and many of us personally believe that UFOs are real, we still don’t know for sure what they are, where they come from, how long they may have been here, how many different types exist, how many are attributable to human activity, or what their intentions may be.
It’s critical to avoid assumptions, such as stating that Area 51 definitely houses flying saucers and alien bodies from another galaxy.
It’s also important to think outside the box. Besides aliens and UFOs, the pockets within the military/intelligence apparatus tasked with studying the weird also touched on topics such as: Technologies that could change our daily lives and the way wars are fought, mind control, hypnosis, precognition, ESP, remote viewing, poltergeist phenomena, interdimensional travel and communication, quantum phenomena, mind-machine interfaces…
The breadth and depth of the knowledge hidden within black programs could be orders of magnitude greater than we, the public, are currently able to even fathom.
Therefore, although the angle of attack is through the topic of UFOs, remember the can of worms we are trying to open could be much bigger. The goal is not for our curiosity to be satisfied, it’s to create lasting mechanisms that ensure excessive secrecy does not hinder human progress.
Finding Your Representatives
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