For those who missed it, yesterday was World Disclosure Day, when, presumably, the public will get new information about the ongoing UFO cover-up by governments around the world.

According to a piece on AOL News:

“Pro-disclosure advocates like Stephen Bassett hope people will focus attention on an alleged truth embargo that he says has resulted in the withholding of knowledge by all major world governments about a supposed extraterrestrial presence here on Earth. In addition, supporters are encouraged to discuss how things might change once an official announcement has been made and what policies should—or have been—enacted by world leaders post-disclosure. Bassett is a registered lobbyist who runs the Extraterrestrial Phenomena Political Action Committee, an organization that since the late 1990s has been demanding Congress release information about the presence of aliens as soon as possible. “The purpose of World Disclosure Day is to provide a focal point for people and organizations to come together to assert their right to know extraordinary information being withheld from them by their governments — the truth embargo,” he said. “World Disclosure Day will also help broaden public awareness of the disclosure process and those organizations involved in this advocacy work.”

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Yet World Disclosure Day is based on what seems to be a false premise: That there exists a very successful global conspiracy that has spanned at least six decades and been agreed to by all countries around the world, throughout different administrations and regime changes, to cover up hard evidence of extraterrestrial contact.

UFO conspiracy theorists such as Bassett have a difficult time explaining why, exactly, all the governments of the world are so concerned about the public being aware of aliens. Often the claim is that the public “isn’t ready to know,” that it would send the public into an alarmed panic.

This is easily refuted when you note that many people are already convinced that aliens not only visit Earth on a regular basis, but may even be secretly living among us. According to a CNN poll,“80 percent of Americans think the government is hiding knowledge of the existence of extraterrestrial life forms. Sixty-four percent of the respondents said that aliens have contacted humans, half said they’ve abducted humans, and 37 percent said they have contacted the U.S. government.”

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So whether or not aliens really exist and are visiting us, many people already believe they do, and thus the idea that such knowledge is too world-changing to accept is nonsense. No one is screaming or panicking. Why would the world’s governments go to such lengths to avoid people having final proof of something most of them already believe? It just doesn’t make sense. Either governments have no credible evidence of UFOs to disclose, or they are spending an incredible amount of time and effort keeping what they do know secret for no apparent reason.

Robert Sheaffer, a longtime UFO researcher, noted on his Bad UFOs blog that people have always believed that the truth about UFOs would be revealed any day now. He quoted about a half-dozen predictions from writers and UFO researchers—many written in the 1970s—that the truth about UFOs would be revealed soon.

Alas, this World Disclosure Day, like all the others, came and went without any new information about extraterrestrials being released. Maybe next year.

Image: A UFO. Over a field. Credit: CORBIS.