Tuesday, September 11, 2001
By BRETT OPPEGAARD, Columbian staff writer


After years of gathering official and top-secret data and persuading government and military witnesses to speak frankly about the subject of UFOs and extraterrestrials, The Disclosure Project was unveiled earlier this year in front of the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

    In the club's prestigious main ballroom, founder Steven Greer presented 20 of his best witnesses, mostly gray-haired retired military men, to the more than 100 media members from throughout the country who filled the room.

    According to reports, Greer and his supporters didn't talk about alien abductions or dimensional travel or alien-human mating. The focus of this project simply is to establish that extraterrestrial life forms have visited this planet and, in turn, end the secrecy about such encounters through congressional hearings.

    "This topic has been rubbished in the tabloids for so long with little green men with buggy eyes and every weird person in a trailer park that it's been put into its own little cubicle of craziness," Greer said during a recent telephone interview. "That's nonsense. We have actual radar tape, public documents, military officials who will talk about when an object was tracked. We have real evidence and hundreds of credible witnesses."

    Greer will present the touring version of his Disclosure Project from 6 to 10 p.m. Wednesday in downtown Portland's First Congressional Church, including two hours of taped testimony from his top witnesses.

    Greer will speak about the subject for about 90 minutes, with time afterward for questions.

    Greer, of Virginia, gave up his career as an emergency room doctor in North Carolina in 1998 to pursue the project full time. He officially has been working on it since 1993, when he briefed members of the Clinton administration, including then-CIA director James Woolsey, about what he had learned.

    Greer says even top officials in the government such as Woolsey are denied access to certain files about UFOs and extraterrestrials, creating a situation in which unappointed, unelected and unsupervised people serve as ambassadors to these beings.

    Greer says through the Disclosure Project tour he hopes to raise awareness about such concerns as well as develop the grassroots following needed to force Congress to acknowledge the issue again.

    The last time Congress officially addressed UFOs and extraterrestrials was in 1968 through the House Science and Astronautics Committee. The Air Force has dealt with all inquiries about the subject since then via its closed Blue Book, which concludes that "no UFO reported, investigated and evaluated by the Air Force was ever an indication of (a) threat to national security."

    Greer contends that secrecy about extraterrestrial contact and the information gathered from such encounters has been holding back technological solutions to some of the world's toughest problems, including energy production, water purification and environmental pollution.

    "The only hard sell on this is to people who won't look at the data," Greer said. "We're not hobbyists or folks just mildly intrigued by the subject. We're serious people taking this in a very serious way to the general community. We're explaining why this issue just isn't something for the X-filers. It has tremendous relevancy. Not only is this real, it has extraordinary and profound implications on a variety of issues. At first glance, this might seem like the silly stuff of tabloids. But that's why we feel it's our responsibility to share this data and show these witnesses. ... If you are concerned about the long-term prospects of the human race, the development of the rest of the world, weaponizing space, the rule of law and the constitution, the environment and such, this issue is relevant to you."


    If You Go

    * WHAT: The Disclosure Project

    * WHEN: 6 to 10 p.m. Wednesday

    * WHERE: Portland's First Congregational Church, 1126 S.W. Park Ave.

    * COST: Admission is $5

    * ON THE WEB: www.disclosureproject.org