A Ballot Initiative of Intergalactic Proportions

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This election season there’s been plenty of talk of about aliens—but not the kind that are the focus of a ballot initiative in Denver, Colorado, where I’m reporting from today. Initiative 300 asks voters a simple question: “Are you ready for the truth?” The only truth the backers of the initiative appear to be seeking, however, is access to information about what the government, military, etc. know about contact between humans and aliens. See, it’s not just California that gets the fun ballot initiatives.

Here’s what the backers of the ballot measure have to say about it: “Over 400 government, military, and intelligence community witnesses have testified to their direct, personal, first-hand experience with UFOs, ETs, ET technology, and the cover-up that keeps this information secret.”

Think of it as an intergalactic Freedom of Information Act, if you will.

David Moye explains what passing the initiative would mean in practice:

Put it simply: If the measure is approved by the voters, Denver’s mayor will have to select seven volunteers for a commission that will meet twice a year and gather the most compelling evidence regarding the existence of extraterrestrials and UFOs and put it on the city’s website.

In addition, Jeff Peckman, the man behind the proposal, says the commission will be a place where citizens can report sightings and assess the risks and benefits of dealing with the E.T.s.

Peckman says that he doesn’t expect only to learn about bad alien encounters—you know, the implanting-metal-things-in-your-brain and/or usurping- your-body-to-incubate-alien-fetuses type of stories. He notes also that there are “possible business opportunities or medical treatments that could come from them.”

Anyway, back on this planet, I’m heading over to the election night headquarters of Tom Tancredo, the former Republican congressman who is making a bid for governor on the American Constitution Party ticket. Tancredo, of course, is much better known for his fearmongering about the kind of aliens that cross over the border from Mexico.

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