UFO sightings continued to mount up during the 1960s; so many that Congress even began discussing the subject. In fact, between 1966 and 68, three open hearings on the subject of UFOs were conducted by the US House of Representatives.
One such Congressional UFO hearing was held by the Committee on Science and Astronautics in 1968, and it included expert testimony from researchers and scientists from a variety of backgrounds. The list of experts included the great Dr. Carl Sagan, J. Allen Hynek, professor of astronomy and famous UFO investigator, and a number of others.
One of those experts was Dr. James Harder, a civil engineering professor from U.C. Berkeley. Dr. Harder was asked to comment on the problem of UFO propulsion and advanced technologies. He went on to testify about his study of the subject and his analysis of the technical implications of well-documented sightings. He presented the following summary in his testimony:
“Over the past 20 years a vast amount of evidence has been accumulating that bears on the existence of UFO’s. Most of this is little known to the general public or to most scientists. But on the basis of the data and ordinary rules of evidence, as would be applied in civil or criminal courts, the physical reality of UFO’s has been proved beyond a reasonable doubt. With some effort, we can accept this on an intellectual level but find a difficulty in accepting it on an emotional level, in such a way that the facts give a feeling of reality.”
When will another congressional UFO hearing be held? Should it be a priority to hold further congressional UFO hearing s in the future?
Edit 1/5/2015: A group of private citizens, led by Stephen Bassett of Paradigm Research Group, has organized a new push to hold congressional hearings on the UFO issue and the possibility that extraterrestrial species have been interacting with Earth. You can help support this cause by signing the WhiteHouse.gov petition starting on January 7th at http://www.paradigmresearchgroup.org/disclosure_petition.htm.