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Denver's Initiative 300: An Extraterrestrial Affairs Commission



On Nov. 2, Denver voters will decide whether or not to create an Extraterrestrial Affairs Commission. Yes, you read that correctly.

Jeff Peckman, Initiative 300's chief proponent, gathered enough signatures to get the initiative on the ballot.

In his campaign, Peckman has underscored that such a commission would not cost taxpayers anything, with funding coming from grants, gifts and donations.

A seven-person expert panel that would make up the commission would be charged with:

-- Dealing with credible citizen reports of UFOs or contacts with extraterrestrial intelligent beings.

-- Responsibly listening to, or documenting reports of, encounters or abductions regardless of the highly unusual and credible evidence.

-- Referring such reports to private or public individuals or organizations that have dealt with such matters responsibly.

-- Helping citizens that know of no place to turn for help on potentially traumatic experiences.

From the Initiative 300 campaign mission statement:

It's a BIG universe but we need to share it with others who are not from Earth.

Our grand mission is dedicated to ensuring the health, safety and welfare of human beings in relation to interactions with extraterrestrial beings, and to creating peaceful, harmonious, and mutually beneficial relationships between all beings in the universe.

If this was on the ballot in California, do you think it would pass? What is the future of extraterrestrial interest in the United States? Should federal and state funding be put toward such efforts? Do you think Initiative 300 will pass?

Share your thoughts in the comments below.

-- Lori Kozlowski

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== A Voyage We All Can Take ==

This, the ultimate grassroots response to the ages-old mystery of what's out there and why it's visiting Earthly environs, is sending a powerful (and challenging) message to all rulers of Earth: we defy your embargo on UFO-E.T. truth; and, by this Denver initiative (which can serve as a model for, say, direct-initiative California), we express our resolve to promote greater UFO-E.T. freedom of information and accountability.

Does California have a group (i.e., two or more persons) with enough stamina, focus, and determination to clone pioneer Peckman's historic effort at expanding the public's UFO-E.T. intelligence quotient? If so, they can visualize and plan their own project by signing the petition at . Notice how many signatories thus far originate from California. The UFO-E.T.-awareness train is fueling up at the station -- why let it depart without you? -- Larry W. Bryant (27 Oct 10)

I think exploring the possibility of extraterrestrial life is a fascinating idea, and I've always supported the efforts of NASA and SETI in this endeavor. However, Initiative 300 in Denver does not do anything except allow a commission composed of people who already believe that aliens are visiting us, to push their beliefs onto the Denver web site. It has no power to force the government to disclose anything. I suggest everyone read the full ballot initiative text. If LA decides to look into the ET issue, I recommend they get someone other than Mr Peckman to write the text. Maybe NASA or SETI. But not people who are trying to use the LA government to legitimize their own belief systems.

I fully support this Initiative 300. The UFO phenomenon is real as proven by the thousands, if not millions of witnesses to UFO events over decades. The time is long over-due for the public to have a vote in demanding that government tell the truth about this phenomenon and listen to the voices of the people on the issues surrounding it. Every year, California residents report more UFO sightings to the National UFO Reporting Center than any other state. Certainly California should also have a similar initiative!

I just got back from early voting, and literally laughed out loud when I read this proposal at the end of my ballot.

There is also an opposition group: the MIB.

I'm not kidding!
Mission for Inhibiting Bureaucracy

Check it out. It's actually serious and well done, and has listed many problems with the ballot initiative that the proponents have not been able to answer.

On November 2, 2010, Denver citizens rejected this idea with an over 80% no vote.


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