Disclosure is one of the most frequently used words in the UFO community. Popularized by the likes of Dr. Steven Greer and Steve Bassett, the term has become so key a concept that it’s habitually capitalized, and has become the desired end-state for many, when it comes to ufology. People have varying ideas about what might lead to Disclosure, and what the consequences would be, but it’s fair to say that there’s a fairly standard (and clichéd) view of what Disclosure would look like. Broadly speaking, the scenario people envisage consists of TV schedules being hurriedly cleared, followed by the US President making an announcement that begins something like this:
“My fellow Americans, people of the world, we are not alone.”
Interestingly, such a statement, taken in isolation, would pose no problems, politically or legally. However, problems would arise if it transpired, for example, that an extraterrestrial spacecraft had crashed at Roswell in 1947, because the (unstated) implication would be that every Administration since 1947 had consistently lied about this issue. Maybe the lies could be justified, or maybe (if the secret had been kept by a tiny cabal) it could be argued that Administrations hadn’t lied at all, but that’s a debate for another day. The essential point is this: announcing the existence of extraterrestrial life isn’t a problem, but acknowledging the existence of a cover-up is.