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PRAVDA.Ru Interviews Stephen Bassett

From: Stig Agermose <stig.agermose@privat.dk>
Date: Sun, 23 Jun 2002 08:33:56 +0200
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Subject: PRAVDA.Ru Interviews Stephen Bassett


Source: PRAVDA.Ru

http://english.pravda.ru/main/2002/06/19/30723.html

June 19, 2002

Stig

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18:06 2002-06-19

UFO POLITICS: PRAVDA.RU INTERVIEWS STEPHEN BASSETT

Recently, PRAVDA.Ru interviewed Mr. Stephen Bassett, a
congressional candidate in the eighth congressional district of
the state of Maryland. In addition, he is a well-known UFO/ET
activist.

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P: Greetings Mr. Bassett. We appreciate your willingness to give
PRAVDA.Ru this exclusive interview. Please start by describing
yourself for our readers.

B: I make it a point to emphasize the Disclosure2003 campaign is
not about me, but about the issues. My background is not
special. Here is the background info I provide to all media:

Stephen Bassett is a political activist/lobbyist. He is the
founder of Paradigm Research Group; Executive Director of the
Extraterrestrial Phenomena Political Action Committee (X-PPAC);
author of the Paradigm Clock website; and political
columnist/commentator for numerous websites, publications and
radio programs. Presently he is the only registered lobbyist in
the U.S. representing UFO/ET research/activist organizations. On
April 19, he announced as an independent candidate in the 2002
congressional campaign for the 8th District of Maryland.

X-PPAC (pronounced expack) is the first political action
committee in history to target the political implications of
UFO/ET phenomena.

Since 1996, Mr. Bassett has assisted a number of organizations
and initiatives, which have been making the case for (1) an end
to a government embargo on the truth surrounding an
extraterrestrial presence and (2) the need for open
congressional hearings for government witness testimony to
UFO/ET events and evidence. He has spoken to millions of
Americans about the likelihood and implications of a formal
disclosure event.

P: It seems that your main issue is the disclosure of the US
government of information pertaining to what it knows regarding
the presence of UFOs and extraterrestrial life. When did you
first become involved in this issue and why?

B: I entered the field in 1996. It was a very deliberate
decision, not casual. A critical influence at the time was the
work of Harvard psychiatrist, Dr. John Mack, at the Program for
Extraordinary Experience Research (PEER) in Cambridge, MA. My
views on extraterrestrial phenomena had been taking shape since
early childhood. The key aspect of entering a new field of work
is to find the appropriate niche. For me that was the "politics
of disclosure." I was very lucky in the timing and the fit of
this approach. A second critical aspect was the decision to work
pro bono, to not charge any organization or individual for any
assistance provided within the field of UFO/ET
research/activism. This was important to networking and
developing trust. Having spent most of my personal resources,
the work will increasingly depend upon donations from the
interested and concerned public. The public will decide to what
extent it wishes to support this work, which is at it should be.

P: How does your congressional campaign tie into your activism
regarding UFOs?

B: The Disclosure2003 congressional campaign is a direct
outgrowth of the lobbying work of Paradigm Research Group
(www.paradigmclock.com) and the Extraterrestrial Phenomena
Political Action Committee (X-PPAC - http://www.x-ppac.org).
July 4 marks my sixth year in the activism of disclosure. It has
been an extraordinary experience. PRG was founded in July of
1996. X-PPAC was founded in July of 1999. Along the way every
attempt has been made to assist every political initiative being
put forward by other individuals and organizations with the goal
of "disclosure." Right now the most important of these other
initiatives is the Disclosure Project
(http://www.disclosureproject.org).

P: You use the term "the politics of disclosure." What does this
term mean exactly?

B: "Disclosure" has a very specific meaning and is coming to be
thought of in this context by millions of people around the
world. That meaning is this: formal, public acknowledgement by
the governments of the planet (likely starting with the U.S.) of
the extraterrestrial presence. The "politics of disclosure"
refers to the process, which began in earnest around 1991,
leading up to this formal event. It is the biggest political
news story of all time.

P: How would you describe yourself politically? For example, do
you consider yourself to be a "populist?"

B: As a matter of fact, I do consider myself a "populist." I am
currently a registered "independent." This is important for a
number of reasons, not the least being that the key issue -- the
fact of an extraterrestrial presence -- is obviously a non-
partisan issue. In fact, it is a transcendent issue. Other
issues emanating out from this core issue are also non-partisan.
It is important to take this campaign to all Americans, local
and national. The extraterrestrial presence will have planetary
impact on the human species as a whole.

Wishing to be viewed as a fully legitimate candidate, I have
taken positions on a range of national and international issues.
These positions are both left and right of center. Perhaps the
vector sum of all these positions would be slightly left of
center.

P: Other than the issue of UFOs and extraterrestrial life, what
issues are important to you and your campaign?

B: Here are the core themes of the campaign: reforming the
oversight of the intelligence community, citizen empowerment,
restoring citizen trust in government, separating journalism
from the national security state, repairing the fundamental
relationship within the social contract, empowering women around
the world. The motto of the Disclosure2003 campaign is
"transparent government, private citizenry." That simple phrase
packs a lot of meaning.

Some specific issues include the following: signing the land
mine ban treaty, oversight of the Echelon surveillance system,
the presidential override of the 1978 Presidential Records Act,
the "war on drugs" and the criminalizing of America. There are
many more presented on the campaign website.

P: How is your congressional campaign going?

B: The campaign is going smoothly. Right now, the emphasis is on
getting nominating signatures. Maryland law is like most states.
If you are not filing as a candidate of one of the two main
political parties, you must obtain a specific number of
nominating signatures to be on the ballot as an independent
candidate. In Maryland, that amount is 1% of the total
registered voters within the congressional district --
approximately 3800.

The rules regarding independent candidates is key to the
activist strategy. A two-party candidate (Democrat or
Republican) must run in the party primaries, which can take
place as early as March. If they lose, they are out of the
election. An independent candidate who obtains the necessary
signatures is on the ballot and able to campaign right on
through to the November election.

We are confident we will deliver the required number of
signatures by the deadline, August 5.

There has been media attention and more is expected. Notable is
a recent mention in a large article in the June 16 Daily/Sunday
Express in Great Britain. The website is developing well and is
already quite comprehensive: http://www.Disclosure2003.net

While campaigning is going on, it will not begin in earnest
until the signatures have been certified -- around August 15.

P: If you are elected as a congressman, what will your immediate
goals be?

B: There is little chance I will become a congressman. It is
estimated the three top candidates in the 8th District election
(two Democrats and one Republican) will collectively raise and
spend approximately $6 million by election day. The strategy is
to get on the ballot and then challenge the two-party candidates
with questions relating to the core themes, to take advantage of
all the national press this particular race will attract and to
give confidence to other candidates across the country to come
forward and speak to the issue of the UFO/ET reality.

There is also the possibility that I will hold the swing votes
by October. This could result in serious discussions with the
parties about the core issues.

This is an activist campaign designed to raise public awareness
regarding the most important truth facing the human race --
extraterrestrial beings are manifest about the planet. There is
no doubt that the Disclosure2003 will achieve this basic goal.

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Questions compiled by Justin Cowgill

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