UFO FAN PICKET AGAINST COSMIC COVER Protesters say US knows about aliens – Baltimore Sun

WASHINGTON – WASHINGTON – Michael Regimente d’Annapolis is sensitive to the problem of the image.

He says, “It’s not like this is a Star Trek convention featuring the Pear People’s Attack on the Great Unwashed.”

Yet, that’s what many people think of when supporters of unidentified flying objects, aliens from other planets, and flying saucer kidnappings come together to picket the White House for the “Right to Know” about phenomena outside. of this world.

About 50 people from across the country marched past 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in brutal heat and humidity yesterday to persuade the United States government to release roughly 20,000 pages of documents they say prove the existence of UFOs.

One of the signs read, “Stop Cosmic Watergate!” “

“Depending on the poll you use, maybe 50 or 60 percent of the American public believe in UFOs, but they don’t talk about them because of the stigma,” said Mr. Regimente, a 44-year-old construction manager. . who practiced the subject as a hobby for about four years. “And there’s a lot more going on than even these people want to suggest.”

Yesterday’s protest was the second in as many years for “Operation Right to Know,” a Washington group dedicated to ending government secrecy about aliens, including the alleged recovery by the US military in 1947. crashed flying saucer and dead aliens in Roswell, NM

Larry W. Bryant, a “Right to Know” supporter, has filed a lawsuit here demanding that the military and Walter Reed Medical Center release autopsies of aliens allegedly recovered in the desert outside Roswell on July 5, 1947.

“If the government at least recognized the truth about Roswell, it would take ufology out of the nut case category and into the legitimate scientific realm,” said Mr Regimente, who spent the weekend at a seminar on UFOs in Richmond, Virginia, which has attracted scientists and academics as well as those who say they have been abducted by aliens and taken aboard spaceships for observation.

Last year’s White House rally drew fewer than a dozen people, but such humble beginnings suit leaders of “Operation Right to Know,” who compared their mission to civil rights marches of black Americans in the 1950s and 1960s.

“The civil rights movement began when a lady refused to give up her seat on a bus,” said Ed Komarek, a real estate investor from Thomasville, Ga., Who co-founded “Operation Right to Know”. a lot of dissatisfaction. We want full disclosure. “

According to Hal McKenzie, an organizer from Maryland: “This protest is bigger than any protest ever in Washington, DC It affects everyone.

A big deal to be taken seriously, Komarek said, are the supermarket tabloids with screaming headlines like “Aliens take Elvis from grave!”

And he criticized the mainstream media for being more interested in interviewing freaks who show up at UFO gatherings in space costumes with silver antennas on their heads than in filing Freedom of Information Act requests for find out why the government will not talk about Roswell and other incidents. .

A leaflet distributed to protesters advised the pickets on how to deal with journalists, who outnumbered the protesters.

“There may indeed be aliens walking through the walls of your room,” the document said. “But no newspaper could print this without making a fool of you.”

Mindy Gerber, a 35-year-old RN from East Windsor, New Jersey, braves the ridicule.

“I am an abductee, this has lasted my entire life and will continue to continue,” said Ms Gerber, who said she had no conscious recollection of the abductions but vaguely recalls the hypnotic experiences.

“Aliens study some people the same way we might study animals in nature. Everything is a bit gray to me, I’m not very clear on what I’ve learned except that a lot is going on. things we don’t know know about. “

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