Nov 11, 2007
The Coalition for Freedom of Information is calling on the U.S. government to re-open investigations into Unidentified Flying Objects that it shut down 30 years ago.
James Fox, producer and director of the documentary film "Out of the Blue" joined forces with the Coalition to organize the panel.
"We want to demonstrate that the phenomenon is real and that it's happening world wide and we want the United States government to start an international exchange of information (and) dialogue on an official level, openly," he told CTV.ca
Using previously classified documents, the group intends to discuss many well-documented cases, including two already investigated by the American government.
The two cases include a Peruvian Air Force pilot who fired several rounds at a craft that was not affected and an Iranian pilot who claims his control panel became inoperable when he attempted to fire on a UFO.
Both pilots will speak publicly about the events on Monday at a panel discussion in Washington D.C., moderated by Arizona Governor Fife Symington.
The panel will include former government, aviation and military officials, with representatives from France, England, Belgium, Chile, Peru, Iran and the U.S. It will call for the U.S. government to re-open its UFO investigations.
The panelists have all either sighted UFOs or conducted an official investigation.
Symington himself claims that he had a sighting 10 years ago during his second term as governor. He said he witnessed a massive object navigate over Squaw Peak, a mountain range in Phoenix, Arizona.
A pilot and former Air Force officer, Symington said the craft didn't resemble any man-made object he'd ever seen.
"It was truly breathtaking," Symington told CNN on Friday. "I was absolutely stunned because I was turning to the west looking for the distant Phoenix Lights."
The governor said that the incident was witnessed by hundreds of concerned Arizona residents who called his office.
The U.S. Air Force eventually claimed responsibility, admitting that they'd dropped flares. However Symington said that what he saw was something else, as flares don't fly in formation.
There are many high-ranking officials who share Symington's concerns, and they want the U.S. government to stop telling the public that all UFOs can be explained in down-to-earth terms.
"I would now like to set the record straight," Symington said. "My office did make inquiries as to the origin of the craft, but to this day they remain unanswered."
Fox told CTV.ca that they have overwhelming evidence that, although they officially ended decades ago, the U.S. government has continued UFO investigations covertly.
"Several generals are here, and they said that it's difficult for any military force to disclose information that would suggest they don't have control, and expose their weaknesses," he said.
Fox, who is producing a follow-up to his UFO documentary, thinks the outing of such information "would definitely have a unifying effect on all of us, and it would give us the bigger picture of how we fit into the universe. We're not the only planet with life or the only intelligence in the universe, which in my opinion would be rather depressing."