Opening Statement CHD April 29
OPENING STATEMENT CITIZEN HEARING ON DISCLOSURE PAUL T. HELLYER
May I say at the outset that I am not a ufologist. I am a politician who served in the governments of three Canadian Prime Ministers – Louis St. Laurent, Lester B. Pearson and Pierre Elliot Trudeau. My portfolios included 5 years as Minister of National Defence under Pearson, and later Transport with Trudeau, when I was senior minister, a position which was subsequently designated deputy Prime Minister.
Although I received UFO sightings reports when I was Minister of Defence, I was too busy re-organizing the navy, army and air force into a single Canadian Defence Force to take an active interest in the subject. It was only a little more than 8 years ago, when a young man from Ottawa who trusted my judgment, and thought that I would look at the material he sent objectively, started sending me documents that persuaded me to become actively involved.
A book he sent me was The Day After Roswell, by Col. Philip J. Corso (Ret.). It looked interesting so I saved it for summertime reading in 2005. The book was compelling and raised some extremely important issues that needed, and still need, broad public debate. So after checking with a retired USAF general, who said, “Every word is true, and more,” I decided to accept an invitation to speak at a Symposium at the University of Toronto in September, 2005, where I said, “UFO’s are as real as the airplanes flying overhead,” which earned me the dubious distinction of becoming the first person of cabinet rank in the G8 group of countries to do so.
Once I had gone public, documents and books arrived on my doorstep. I read nearly all of them. I was then briefed by many of the best ufologists in Canada and the U.S. including several who have participated in this event. My hands-on experience included talking to people who had worked in the so-called “black ops,” talking to a retired officer who had personally seen an EBE, interrogating at length a number of abductees including Travis Walton and Jim Sparks, and concluding their testimony was authentic. All of this in addition to hearing dozens of presenters, each with his or her own specialized knowledge. So I am now quite familiar with the subject, and my concern for disclosure has intensified.
There are many reasons for this and I will just mention two or three of the most important. The first is to end a decades-old culture of misinformation and disinformation. It has become all-pervasive and infected many of America’s highly respected citizens. In a democracy it is not enough to talk about transparency. Citizens have the right to expect that their political and military leaders are levelling with them and speaking the truth. In a society numbed by rumours, it is only the truth that will satisfy our legitimate need to know.
A second need for disclosure is the need to know if hundreds of billions of dollars have been spent on projects that may be of interest and curiosity to their promoters, but rate less highly in taxpayers minds than their personal needs for education, health care and other matters related to human well-being. Some of us suspect that we should have paid greater heed to General Eisenhower’s warning about the military-industrial complex.
Finally, and most urgent in my opinion, is the need for full disclosure of new energy sources developed, in part at least, with the aid of the extraterrestrials. Many usually reliable sources have told me that zero point energy and cold fusion have been developed to the point where one or both could be quickly adapted for commercial use.
This one is an absolute must! Global warming in the number one problem facing humankind today. In a book entitled Light at the End of the Tunnel: A Survival Plan for the Human Species, published in 2010, I said that we had about 10 years to convert the power supply in every car, truck, tractor, airplane and home on Earth from fossil fuels to clean energy, in order to have any hope of maintaining our planet as a reasonably hospitable habitat.
Two years have gone by and essentially nothing has been done. The situation is becoming desperate. We need the same kind of mobilization we had in World War II when every automobile and appliance factory was converted to the production of armaments. But this time in reverse, when the arms plants must be converted to manufacture the little boxes that will supply our energy needs.
But we have to start with the technology. For a handful of people to keep it secret is, in fact, a crime against humanity, and the most powerful argument possible for full disclosure now.