by Michael Salla
March 7, 2009
from TheExaminer Website
Launched soon after Leahy first proposed his Truth Commission on February 9 at Georgetown University, the petition currently has over 70,000 signatures. It seeks the investigation of abuses that,
If the Senate Judiciary
committee or the House Judiciary Committee decide to launch a Truth
Commission, then the broad mandate described in the petition is necessary. A
broad mandate can expose
Bush administration abuses including suppression of
It is the investigation of precisely this category of abuse that a detailed understanding can emerge of how the Bush administration violated or skirted many laws including those concerning disclosure of UFO information. According to President Clinton’s former Chief of Staff and co-chair of President Obama’s transition team, the non-disclosure of UFO information is a violation of the law.
In a 2002 Press Conference, John Podesta stated:
Podesta was referring to laws such as the Freedom of Information Act and Presidential Executive Order 12958 that specified conditions for the release of classified information. Podesta was influential in President Obama releasing a Freedom of Information Act Memorandum on his first full day of office on January 21, 2009.
It is the willful disregard for laws such as FOIA by members of the executive branch of government that constitutes an abuse worth investigating. Incorporating “executive override of laws” into the mandate of a Truth Commission has a greater potential to reveal abuses including suppression of UFO information; and, as the petition requests,
The Senate Judiciary Committee or its equivalent in the House, should be encouraged to go ahead with the establishment of a Truth Commission with the broadest possible mandate. Signing the Leahy petition that includes “executive override of laws” as an abuse to be investigated gives a wider scope to the proposed “Truth Commission.”
This will help disclose information about UFOs and possible extraterrestrial life that was illegally suppressed during the Bush administration, and reveal whether abuses also occurred in earlier Presidential administrations.
Truth Long Suppressed
by Michael Salla
from TheExaminer Website
According to a statement released by Leahy,
Six expert witnesses spoke at the hearing on behalf of or against Leahy’s proposed Truth Commission which he believes will help restore America’s “moral leadership.” Leahy’s proposal needs to be expanded to investigate all wrong doing in the Bush administration.
A Truth Commission with a broad mandate can
expose many areas in addition to those pointed out by Leahy where laws were
violated in classified programs. Getting witnesses to emerge to reveal these
violations has the potential to expose many secrets, including unanswered
questions about 9-11 and the facts behind the UFO phenomenon.
Leahy further elaborated on the merits of his “middle ground” position:
If a Truth Commission goes ahead, then former Bush administration officials are given amnesty to testify about all they knew.
According to Leahy:
A Truth Commission will encourage many former officials, in exchange for amnesty, to testify about all they know and did.
Many illegal activities can be revealed that occurred in classified programs that provide cover for those authorizing such activities. The idea of restricting a Truth Commission solely to the Bush administration’s policies in dealing with detained prisoners, however, should be dismissed.
A much broader mandate is needed.
March 4, 2009
This will upset some since the historical results of Truth Commissions have been mixed.
Critics of Leahy’s Truth Commission view it as unnecessary since the Department of Justice has all the power it needs to conduct an investigation and to prosecute wrong doers. When Leahy first proposed his idea of a Truth Commission at Georgetown University in Feb 9, 2009, one of the most trenchant criticisms came from George Washington University Law School Professor, Jonathan Turley.
Turley said the proposed Truth Commission is a “shameful” effort to “block the investigation” of “war crimes” by the Bush administration.
For example, the criminal investigation into the leaking of covert CIA officer Valerie Plame's name lasted more than three years (December 2003 - March 2007) and resulted in the conviction of a single person many regard as a scapegoat - Lewis “Scooter” Libby.
More senior officials responsible for authorizing
Valerie Plame’s name for political purposes were never prosecuted since
documentary evidence was hidden and/or destroyed. A Truth Commission would
be more likely to have the truth emerge on Bush administration policies
since it would not be burdened by the high evidentiary standards needed for
Three months after President Bush began office on January 20, 2001, a Press Conference was held at the National Press Club in Washington DC., concerning UFOs (below video).
Twenty two witnesses came forward on May 9, 2001, to reveal evidence that UFOs are intelligently guided vehicles of possible extraterrestrial origin, and governments are illegally suppressing the release of this information.
Four months later, the world was absorbed by events on September 11, and interest in the May 9 UFO Press Conference quickly waned. There has been relatively little interest in a possible relationship between 9-11 and UFO secrets revealed at the May 9, 2001 Press Conference.
A Truth Commission will do much to release the secrets behind unanswered questions concerning 9-11 and the truth behind the UFO phenomenon.