I occasionally manage to stay awake for late-night “Twilight Zone” reruns. If you’re looking for a Rod Serling fix this week, look no further than the National Press Club, where a panel of former senators and representatives is holding a faux congressional hearing on UFOs, extra-terrestrials and an alleged cover-up of same by the U.S. government.
As my colleague Guy Kovner reported, former Rep. Lynn Woolsey of Petaluma is among the six politicians pocketing $20,000 each to preside over this hunt for flying saucers, Martians, Wookies and the government’s secret X-Files.
You have to hunt a little to find any press coverage – hey, there wouldn’t be any mystery if we all had a “Men in Black” surveillance system showing the location of every alien on Earth – but it’s worth the search.
Josh Richman, writing in the San Jose Mercury, has the best lead so far: Lynn Woolsey, phone home.
This headline appeared in the Guardian: Only little green men at National Press Club are dead presidents on $20,000 honorariums paid to committee members
For a full account, here’s a link to a Yahoo News report. If you don’t want to read the whole thing (sorry, there is no optional mind-meld edition), you get a pretty good picture from this passage:
After the morning session the group broke for lunch, and I met a man wearing a copper forehead headband with a crystal piece atop a silver coin. He told me in no uncertain terms that he was born more than 1,800 years ago beneath the surface of the Earth in a subterranean city where several million people live near Mount Shasta in California.
All humans, he said, are aliens from other constellations.
“You’re from Pleiades,” the man, who called himself Zaraya, told me.
“How do you know that? Do I look like someone from Pleiades?” I asked.
“No, I just know your essence,” he said.
As Rod Serling once said, “Imagination … its limits are only those of the mind itself.”
– Jim Sweeney