Retired Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey of Petaluma will help preside over a five-day media event aimed at revealing evidence of an "extraterrestrial presence" and a decades-long government effort to cover it up.
Woolsey, who retired last year after representing Sonoma and Marin counties for 20 years on Capitol Hill, is among six former federal lawmakers tapped as panelists for the Citizen Hearing on Disclosure, starting April 29 at the National Press Club in Washington.
The $600,000 event, put on by the Bethesda, Md.-based Paradigm Research Group, will offer — and film for a future documentary — 30 hours of congressional-style hearings devoted to the premise of an ET-like presence "engaging the human race."
"This event is a milestone; this has never been done before," said Stephen Bassett, executive director of Paradigm, a lobbying organization formed in 1996.
More than 30 witnesses will testify over five days during the Citizen Hearing on Disclosure, focusing on what Bassett's group calls "the most important issue of this or any other time."
The event's international spokesman is Edgar Mitchell, a former Apollo astronaut and moonwalker who asserts that alien visits to Earth include the 1947 crash at Roswell, N.M.
One of the witnesses, Chinese scientist Sun Shili, believes that extraterrestrials live on Earth and could hold keys to research on high-speed travel, renewable energy and fast-growing crops, according to the hearing's website.
Woolsey, reached at home on Friday, said she was not commenting on the event until it was over. Asked if she would talk about it then, Woolsey said: "Maybe."
The six panelists are being paid $20,000 each plus their expenses for participating, which Bassett said was "totally appropriate."
Bassett said the six-figure cost of the event is being covered by a backer who will be identified later. The backer is "someone who wants to see this issue resolved," Bassett said.