Stephen Bassett launched the initiative for the 'Citizen Hearing on Disclosure' on 13 January 2003. The intention was to conduct a week-long hearing in Washington, DC before former Members of the US House and Senate, under the motto: "If Congress will not do its job, the people will."
The Citizen Hearing on Disclosure took place from 29 April to 3 May 2013. Several researchers, activists, political leaders, and military / agency witnesses from ten different countries gave testimony in Washington, DC to six former members of the United States Congress on the evidence for an extraterrestrial presence engaging the human race. In the span of five days, forty witnesses presented over thirty hours of testimony. This constituted the most concentrated body of evidence regarding the extraterrestrial issue ever presented to the press and the public at one time. In many ways, the Citizen Hearing on Disclosure was an unprecedented event. There was the size and scope of the occasion, the unmatched media attention (see: www.citizenhearing.org/press.html), as well as the involvement of former members of the U. S. Congress.