It’s hard to believe a year has passed since altPOV.tv launched. For Richie, Patrick and me, the week leading up to the launch — and especially the 48 hours before — will be something we won’t forget soon due to technical challenges and Patrick’s missing time experience. But we survived, and finally had a chance to share the award-winning documentary film extraordinary: the stan romanek story with a global audience.
In the year since the launch, we have added 1,700 members and have received more than 102,000 page views on our site. Jack Roth has conducted 24 podcasts that have been viewed more than 8,000 times. Not bad. But we want the site to have an even greater reach, and we will continue to develop additional content. More on that later. But first:
Back to the additional content. Our goal from the outset was to provide a variety of alternative point of view content above and beyond the extraordinary: the stan romanek story documentary. The podcasts, blog content and social media content have been relatively easy to keep up with — assuming our full-time jobs allow. The challenge has been to edit and present some of the content that we promised at the outset, including additional footage from the interviews conducted for the documentary. Time and money are always a factor for independent projects, and we are considering a few crowd-sourcing options that may help us create a pathway to more content. Stay tuned for more in the coming weeks.
Finally, we’re wondering what you would like to see on the site in addition to the content we’re already providing. Politics? Religion? Conspiracy theories? Let us know in the comments area what you’d like to see more of.
For those of you who have stuck around for the past year, we thank you for your continued support via comments, emails and social media engagement. It is much appreciated.
altPOV.tv learned today that Stan Romanek has been deemed competent to stand trial following his arrest in February on charges of child pornography possession. A pretrial has been set for Jan. 21, 2015, where the judge will review the case to determine if there is sufficient evidence to move to trial.
The pretrial was delayed due to injuries Stan sustained during an attack on February 24, 2014, which included a head injury, a cut to his right arm that required 10 stitches, a fractured orbital bone, a broken tooth, internal bruising on his liver and a significant disruption in his cognitive abilities.
The defense attorney had Stan evaluated by a psychologist in July to determine if he was mentally fit to stand trial following his injuries, which, according to conversations we had with both Stan and Lisa at the time, made it difficult for Stan to process information and communicate clearly with his attorney. Based on these challenges, Lisa shared that the only desire was to get Stan to a point where he could clearly understand and process information before moving forward.
“We never wanted to avoid a trial,” Lisa said. “Our goal all along was for Stan to go through a restorative process that would allow his brain to heal and function clearly. He just wanted time to heal his brain so he would be able to defend himself from these charges.”
When the July defense psychologist report claimed Stan Romanek was not yet competent to stand trial, the DA requested a second review, hiring a psychologist to conduct an evaluation in September.
On Monday, December 1 — which happened to be Stan’s birthday — the two psychologists appeared in court to state their evaluations before the judge, and, according to Lisa, it was a grueling day of significantly opposing points of view.
My assessment of what Lisa shared about Monday’s testimony was that the DA and its psychologist attempted to discredit the prior psych evaluation, the psychologist and Stan himself. Again, this is my interpretation, based on the lengthy conversation I had with Lisa today. After nine hours of testimony on Monday, the judge recessed and said he would have his decision today, Wednesday, December 3.
And that decision was, despite recognition of some cognitive challenges, Stan was competent to stand trial and would need to work with his attorney to overcome any communication obstacles.
According to Lisa, now that a pretrial date has been set, Stan and his attorney will move into defense-planning mode despite the cognitive and communications challenges Stan faces.
“He’ll continue with his therapy so he can do the best he can when the time comes to defend himself,” said Lisa. “Despite everything going on, he’s trying to relax and allow his brain to heal.”
We will continue to share information about Stan Romanek’s case as it develops.
Stephen Bassett is a leading advocate for ending the 67-year government-imposed truth embargo regarding an extraterrestrial presence engaging the human race. In this incredible interview, he discusses the obstacles he has faced over the years, and how, over time, the U.S. government has been losing it’s very firm grip on its secrecy campaign.
Did you know that the CIA actually founded and funded the National Enquirer to spread disinformation and misinformation to millions of Americans?
Did you know that the Cold War was the perfect alibi for those who have been suppressing the truth?
Thanks to the advent of the Internet and cyberspace, people have been able to communicate with each other – across the globe – more and easier than ever before. Stephen Bassett’s Paradigm Research Group has been operating in cyberspace since 2001 and, along with other UFO researchers, lobbyists and exopolitical advocates, has a plan in place that may lead to full disclosure by February 2015 …
But he needs your help!
Watch this informative Stephen Bassett interview to learn exactly what you can do — no matter where you live in the world — to help facilitate disclosure in 2015.
Stephen Bassett has a plan, and boy did he present it emphatically at last weekend’s StarworksUSA UFO conference in Laughlin, Nevada.
One slide in his presentation said it all:
Disclosure: February 2015?
Whoa! Say what? After the murmur in the room subsided, Stephen Bassett brought the audience up to speed with the activities underway that are leading to this reality.
3 moves to disclosure
Before outlining his three moves, Bassett talked about the awareness that led to this point in time, including the release of the COMETA Report in 2000 (which encouraged the release of government documents about UFOs from 16 countries over the last 14 years), Steven Greer’sDisclosure Project press conference at the National Press Club in May 2001 (which lost its momentum a few months later after 9/11), astronaut Edgar Mitchell’s testimony and former Canadian defense minister Paul Hellyer’s admissions, among others. The path was indeed prepared for Bassett’s most recent efforts, which he believes will lead to the end of the truth embargo within the next few months.
Accelerating this possibility is an unprecedented level of awareness and acceptance, which Bassett emphasized with these insights:
20 percent of the global population
believes aliens live among us.
80 percent of US citizens believe
the government is not telling the truth.
2 percent of the population
has experienced contact.
Think about that last one for a minute. In the U.S. alone, that’s 1.6 million people. Expand that globally, and we’re talking about 70 million citizens who are contactees. That’s an awful lot of tinfoil hats, wouldn’t you say?
The proverbial skids have been greased, so what happens next or is already happening to lead to disclosure? That’s when Steven Bassett unveiled the three-move win — two of which have already occurred and the third is underway.
Move #1: The Petition
At first, Stephen Bassett expressed significant disappointment to the White House’s response to two separate petitions, with a combined 17,465 signatures, requesting acknowledgement of disclosure.
“The U.S. government has no evidence that any life exists outside our planet, or that an extraterrestrial presence has contacted or engaged any member of the human race. In addition, there is no credible information to suggest that any evidence is being hidden from the public’s eye.”
“The response is a lie,” said Bassett. “They could have said, ‘ETs are here, but we’ll have to get back to you.’ Instead, they delivered an absolute lie. An indefensible lie.”
He stated more than 60 years of science and evidence easily refutes that statement, and he pondered for a moment that it was idiotic to even say as much. The White House could have avoided using language like “no evidence” or “no credible information” but they went there. And that’s where Bassett thinks maybe, just maybe, it was intentional.
He even went so far as to say it was “genius” if, indeed, it was intentional, suggesting it was a “gift to the disclosure community” that would help accelerate demand for a congressional hearing. “It was either really stupid or really smart,” he concluded.
Move #2: Citizens Hearing
“Nothing I have been involved in my entire life has come close to receiving the response this event has received,” said Bassett.
The Citizen Hearing for Disclosure, a mock hearing held in Washington, D.C., April 29-May 3, 2013, was conducted with six former members of Congress and yielded more than 30 hours of testimony from 40 witnesses.
“It was truly amazing because the panel of representatives we hired had no idea what was coming,” said, Chase Kloetzky, a full-time ufology field investigator who accompanied Bassett to the hearing. “When we started, every panel member was expressionless, expecting to hear a few stories from a handful of people. By the end of the first day, they were fully engaged, expressing disbelief and outraged that this information was not getting the attention it deserved from the government. By the end of the week, they clearly understood the importance of our mission. I was honored to be there.”
After the hearings, which were streamed live on the web, Bassett was inundated with messages of support from all over the world.
“We’ve made progress globally,” he said, “but no comment from our government. … Yet.”
Which brings us to Bassett’s anticipated checkmate move …
Move #3: Congressional
This masterful move would make Bobby Fischer, Boris Spassky and even Deep Blue proud. The Citizen Hearing was the setup move, and now Stephen Bassett is going in for the kill move — the Congressional Hearing Initiative — which is a three-act process in itself.
First Act: #disclosure tweet storm. The Citizen Hearing on Disclosure DVD set was mailed to all 538 members of Congress on Nov. 5, and Bassett expected the DVDs would begin arriving on desks this week.
And now — right now — is the time for a tweet storm. Bassett created the website www.faxonwashington.org to instruct the masses how to deliver an onslaught of social media messages to Congress, encouraging members to take the Citizen Hearing seriously and escalate the need for a congressional hearing.
The website gives detailed instructions on how to engage Congress and includes suggested messages to drive home these three points:
Review the record on the Citizen Hearing on Disclosure.
Meet with Stephen Bassett to discuss the Citizen Hearing.
Hold the hearing immediately so scores of military/agency/political witnesses can testify under oath confirming an extraterrestrial presence engaging the human race.
“Now is the time,” said Bassett on Saturday. “#disclosure is currently trending at 2,000 tweets per hour, and we’d like to see that get up to 10,000 within the next two weeks.”
If the people engage, the social media outreach will get members of Congress talking with staff throughout December, setting up the next step.
Second Act: Meetings in Washington. Stephen Bassett will be spending January on Capitol Hill, meeting with every member of Congress he can.
“The social media storm will open doors,” said Bassett, “and we’ll be there to walk through them.”
Bassett explained that the president will be the one who announces disclosure, but he doesn’t think we have to wait until after a congressional hearing for that to happen.
“This strategy is not about Congress, it’s not about the hearing and it’s not about the president ” said Bassett. “It’s about the press. It has always been about the press.”
Third Act: Media frenzy. According to Bassett, the social media campaign is so important because it sets up the meetings in January, and if the meetings are plentiful, there’s a chance the media will catch wind of a potential congressional hearing on disclosure.
“Once the media hears about this, they will respond,” said Bassett. “Every agency in D.C. has a spokesperson, and they all will be grilled about a possible hearing. When that happens, game over.”
Bassett explained that no agency will want to answer these questions daily, which will amplify the asking of even more questions, which eventually will force President Obama to meet with the Pentagon to discuss a post-disclosure plan that protects US national security.
“That’s when President Obama will walk to the podium and deliver the news,” said Bassett. “The truth embargo will end in February.”
Stephen Bassett’s convictions were obvious throughout the conference — during his presentation, when he was on a panel and when he was talking to attendees in the hallways. He repeated over and over “now is the time” and his expectations are extremely high that citizens will visit www.faxonwashington.org and do their part in driving disclosure.
The time is now, and you can play a role in ensuring disclosure occurs in February 2015.
This is only the second UFO conference I’ve been to; the first being the International UFO Congress in 2010 right here in Laughlin at the very same Aquarius Casino Resort. The difference between the two is as wide as the gap between believers and debunkers.
Why? The last conference was a celebration of experiencers and their renowned stories. The old guard had amazing stories to tell — albeit the same ones they told the same way at every conference they attend. I know this not from first-hand experience but from talking to attendees at this year’s conference, many of whom came to Laughlin annually to hear the same contactees talk about the same stories again and again at the International UFO Congress annual event. These repeat attendees have noticed a difference, too, and they are thrilled the conference has gone to a new level by focusing on the future and the role consciousness will play in the journey of awareness and acceptance of what’s next.
One repeat attendee shared with me this morning that this is not what she anticipated when she decided to attend. “I was expecting more of an emphasis on ufology. Instead, this has been a conference about the heart, head and soul and the role all play in guiding us to where we go next. I’m thrilled.”
I couldn’t agree more. Most sessions I’ve attended have focused on extraterrestrial phenomena but more about what it all means and what our role is in the evolution of humanity — whether it’s advancing the effort for disclosure or understanding the soul journey and our connection to source. The overriding message is that our ascension to what’s next — whatever that may be — is driven from within. Our intentions and actions and thoughts and desires and willingness to accept all come from the heart and from our essence, not from external influences. The minute we open our minds to the possibilities of who we are, where we came from and why we’re here, we — as individuals and a species — will manifest change immediately. But that’s easier said than done. As a friend once told me “writing poems is easy, living them is hard,” and that sage advice applies here.
Just talking about the value and role that consciousness plays in where we go from here is meaningless unless we, as individuals, apply what we learn. Speakers and books and websites and films can only inspire. Transformation occurs after we motivate ourselves into action — which isn’t easy. We have to be exposed to ideas that resonate, then we have to expand our knowledge and awareness on the subject before we can move from intent to action. But the gap between intent and action widens every day we move further from the moment of inspiration. The good news is the groundswell of action by those truly engaged has been shared by presenters like Regina Meredith, Andrea Perron, Stephen Bassett and Grant Cameron. They have illustrated the value that action has in advancing an idea to a point of awareness and eventual acceptance.
The melding of “contact” and consciousness created a level of energy in the conference center that was missing the last time I was here. Before it was a lot of old-timers patting each other on the back as they shared war stories and attendees treated them like rock stars. This conference has an air of — dare I say it? — love. I have witnessed a lot of hugging and tears, and I’ve received hugs from people I’ve never met but feel strongly connected to in this moment.
The big question: Will this momentary and overflowing positive energy continue to inspire and motivate attendees to inquire and learn about the role consciousness plays in our existence? I think it’s time to start living those poems.
The StarworksUSA conference — “Back to the Future: Nostalgia, UFOs and Consciousness” — is a return to the desert for fans of ufology. For 20 years, Bob Brown and his family hosted the International UFO Congress in Laughlin, Nevada, from 1990-2010 before the torch was handed off to Open Minds Productions and moved to Phoenix.
Paola Harris revived the concept of bringing a conference back to Laughlin through StarworksUSA. And boy is she smart. She brought back Bob Brown as host, knowing Bob’s followers would return — and they did. She also was brilliant to focus on something profoundly more important than solely on the UFO experience, thus the conference title. The “nostalgia” part is Bob Brown and Laughlin and the Aquarius Casino Resort and friends getting together to reminisce about their memories of events past. And Bob acknowledge as much with his voice cracking during the opening comments Friday morning. But when Bob brought Paola on to the stage, the tone changed. No more discussions about the past or telling the same stories from the same people for the umpteenth time. The focus shifted dramatically. Paola is all about where we are now and where we’re going as humanity. While the subject of UFOs and experiencers is integral to the event, a significant focus is on awareness and raising consciousness among the masses.
Paola brought 10 year old Anna McClure to the stage during her intro to introduce a future torchbearer of awareness. Anna is an experiencer, and Paola shared the importance of reaching younger generations who can continue the research and storytelling that her and her colleagues have done for 30+ years.
She was a bit emotional, too, when discussing that many of her contemporaries are no longer with us, and that it’s important that others are waiting in the wings ready, willing and able to continue when Paola and her contemporaries steps aside.
Anna’s story: simple and innocent
I tweeted an image of Paola on stage with Anna yesterday, and it was met with some negative responses; the assumption was Paola was using Anna to advance her personal agenda. Taken out of context, I completely understand how this might come across. But the message really was simple: It’s time for the next generation to step up, and they are here.
I had a chance to talk with Anna and her mother, Kerry, about Anna’s experience and whether or not she felt she was being “used” to advance an agenda.
“Absolutely not,” said Kerry with a puzzled look on her face. She couldn’t fathom the idea that she or her daughter was being manipulated. “This was all Anna’s idea. She hounded me to attend Paola’s event in Sebring last year. She was relentless. And she’s the only reason why we’re here today. She absolutely had to be here.”
Anna’s experience is straight forward. When she was seven years old, she saw a UFO hovering outside her brother’s bedroom window and told her mom about it.
“She said it was hovering with lights directly outside the window, ” recalls Kerry. “I was going along with her, not wanting to discount what she was saying — ‘uh, huh … yes … really … wow … that’s special.'”
Kerry said no one in their family has seen a UFO or had experiences before, so she really didn’t think much about it, until Anna shared one additional detail the next morning.
“Mommy, there’s one more thing I forget to tell you,” said Anna, according to Kerry. She went on to tell her mother she had a dream that she was visited and taken from her bedroom. “She went on to share details about what happened and I was amazed. I then did some research, and the things she was sharing were similar to what others who have been abducted have shared. There’s no way she could have been exposed to the details she shared with me.”
Kerry expressed that Anna is a normal child, who goes to school, has numerous friends and gets picked on by older brothers. She has simply had a unique experience — one that she is not frightened by.
So much so that when Anna learned about a UFO conference in Sebring, FL, in May 2013, she pleaded with her mother to go.
“She was relentless; there was no denying her,” said Kerry. At that conference, Anna approached Paola to share her story. As a result of that outreached, Anna collaborated with Paola on the book “Anna’s Tale: Contact from Space.”
“Really, the only thing Anna wants from this is to find other children who have had similar experiences so she has someone her age to connect with,” says Kerry.
Are there any other Annas out there?
Dinner with George Noory
Lori Wagner, a valued friend of altPOV.tv, sponsored Coast to Coast radio host George Noory‘s visit to Laughlin for the conference. As the sponsor, Lori had the opportunity to eat dinner with George and his producer, Tom Danheiser. And she invited me to tag along, too.
While some might think dinner with George would be nothing but nonstop discussions about UFOs and conspiracy theories, it was far from that. We were four people shooting the breeze over dinner talking about a variety of subjects. There were a few jokes, George humming to the muzak while the rest of us were talking, and several contested convos between George and Tom, which George assured us was the norm: “I fire him all the time and rehire him minutes later.”
The one observation I had was that George appreciated time when he was not in the spotlight as host of Coast to Coast. Whether it’s walking down the street, riding in cabs or walking to the restroom during our dinner, people notice George and want to tell him their story. I imagine that gets a little old, so having dinner and not talking shop was most welcome.
As we were wrapping up dinner, there was a 10-minute convo about what was going to happen next with George hosting the mixer event at the conference. Tom blocked out the details and George sat there comfortably nodding, interjecting only for clarification. Then, George calmly said, “Okay, it’s showtime.” We headed up to the conference center for the mixer, George grabbed the mic and took over the room. I don’t think he needed any pre-planning assistance at all. The guy’s a natural when the spotlight’s on, and those in attendance loved basking in George’s spotlight.
“Stranger at the Pentagon”
The evening ended with George introducing a screening of what is an extended trailer for the feature film “Stranger at the Pentagon” adapted from Frank Stranges’ book of the same title by director Craig Campobasso (You can watch the VOD for $5 here — be forewarned, though, the film is only 17 minutes long, including credits). Campobasso’s goal is to use the short format to stimulate interest in financing a long-form feature film about Valiant Thor and his visit to Earth in the 1950s and his connections with President Eisenhower and the Pentagon.
The film quickly introduces Valiant Thor and quickly guides the viewer thru series of conversations with the president, Pentagon officials and members of Thor’s crew on their spacecraft. It’s a teaser that leaves you wanting more and the special effects are low-budget, but given the $20K budget and that the intent of the film is to do a big-budget version, there is promise for something better. Give it a watch if you’re okay with spending $5 for a short film.
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To celebrate Halloween, Jack Roth and Jon Sumple take a trip down memory lane and share their paranormal experiences while filming a pilot for a television show based on ghosts of New Orleans. They discuss Maxwell’s Jazz Cabaret lovers Nico and Anna Maria, Crescent City Bookstore and the moving lens-cap, the apothecary (the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum) and the taste of blood, and the Ashley House and several incidents, including Bobby, the twins, the heart attack and the mad entity that asked us “What are you doing here?”