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UFO researchers Richard Dolan and Bryce Zabel have created an official White House petition asking the government to “Investigate Unidentified Aerial Phenomena as Reported by Citizens, Police, Astronauts, Pilots and the Military“:

Searching for microbes on Mars and radio signals from space is not enough. We must explain Unidentified Aerial Phenomena, or UAP, right here on Earth.

For six decades worldwide, credible witnesses (including Presidents Carter and Reagan) have consistently described objects with flight capabilities beyond our technology. UAP are often verified by radar and even seen at nuclear sites by military officers.

Given the national security implications, the United States should conduct an independent investigation. This inquiry must transparently review the key unsolved UAP reports with access to classified documents. It must have the power to call witnesses and grant immunity.

The findings should be publicly presented.

I have to say though that I don’t see a petition doing much to further UFO research, and right now is probably not the best timing given all the other ‘real-world’ things that people would like to see from government at the moment (maybe an ‘Occupy Roswell’ would be more hip?). But certainly go add your name to the list if you agree with the petition – they’re looking for 25,000 signatures before the end of December.

Update: Richard Dolan explains the petition (thanks RPJ):