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Why Darrell Issa Should Hold Hearings on Space Aliens

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This, it turns out, has real policy implications. "They know visitors to this planet might not be friendly," she says of the whistleblowers—which "means Star Wars [the missile defense program] might just be a good idea." Cook is less sure. But, he tells her, "UFOs are real. Exactly what their origin is, is unclear."

What follows is a rush transcript of the ensuing exchange:

—Are you aware of bases? Underground bases?


—I'll go as far as underground cities, are you familiar with that?

—Uh, no.

—Are you aware of the Venture Star?


—The Venture Star is off-planet. The US is interstellar. Does that blow your mind?

—[Stammers.] I'm approaching everything with an open mind.

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