Report: The X-Conference
by Tim Binnall
The X-Conference was an amazing experience. It was the first conference that I've been to and it was well worth the trip. The speakers were mingling with everyone and there were many ample opportunities to speak with them. There were so many lectures and workshops throughout the weekend, that by the time it was over, I was exhausted from having absorbed so much enlightening information.


Pictured l to r, Tom Van Flandern, Tim Binnall, Richard C. Hoagland


Being my first conference, I was wondering what the UFO community was like and I was not disappointed. Everyone from the speakers, the AV staff, and all the other people who came from all over the world were extremely friendly and welcoming to a "newbie" like me. Peter Robbins (one of the speakers and author of "Left at East Gate"), in particular, was a fantastic individual who entertained me with stories well into the evening at the hotel bar. Stephen Bassett, organizer of the X-Conference, was working his tail off all weekend and deserves tremendous credit for pulling together such a diverse collection of speakers over the course of a very ambitious weekend.

Here is a recap of the speakers' lectures and workshops that I caught at the X-Con. The recaps are based on memory, not notes, so bear with me.

In order, the seminars I attended :

Saturday:

1> Dr. Michael Salla gave a solid cursory view of the world of exopolitics, essentially hitting the major moments in political history that may have been influenced by the UFO phenomenon.

2> Richard Dolan detailed the similar subject of the National Security State and UFOs. I had to slip out halfway to catch the Jim Marrs lecture.

3> Jim Marrs (pictured with me) spoke about the Ormus elements and white powder gold, briefly touched on the Roswell ghosts story, and gave a thorough speech on Remote Viewing, it's history, it's relation to UFOs, and his work in RV. On Sunday he lectured on the secret society connection to the UFO phenomenon, its potential roots in ancient times and it's status today.

4> Stanton Friedman went through his usual methodical style of refuting the many methods and theories that debunkers use to disprove and downplay the UFO phenomenon.

5> Dr. Steven Greer did a Q & A with the audience of his workshop and discussed the Disclosure Project. Greer was very humorous, more so than I expected and his arms were enormous, numerous people mentioned this. He must be a gym rat or something. He talked about being harassed by the gov't, finding witnesses, and how he got involved in the disclosure movement. There seemed to be a lot of press at this lecture, though I was sitting between two people from the press taking notes (which I, of course, read), so my perception may be skewed.

7> Richard C. Hoagland (RCH) discussed the history of the NASA program, Disney's role in shaping the mindset of American's to become interested in space, Project Paperclip, the moon missions, present day missions, and the Space Initiative. He finished up by making his case for his idea of eliminating NASA and creating a cabinet (the "Department of the Exterior") position to take over its duties.

8> At the evening's dinner banquet, Stephen Bassett first presented RCH with a birthday cake (it was his birthday) that featured a very cool depiction of "the face". He proceeded to give a great keynote address about Disclosure, exopolitics, the Washington scene, and the mood and future of ufology. Probably one of the best of the speakers I'd heard, because he seemed so genuine and managed to connect with my feelings on the subject of ufology very well. He then gave out a bunch of awards and inducted Stanton Friedman and J. Allen Hynek into the Paradigm Research Group Hall of Fame.

Sunday:

1> Peter Robbins detailed the strange case of the death of James Forrestal, purported original member of MJ12.

2> Phil Corso Jr. said that the Roswell crash of 1947 caused a time line schism and that we (the human race) must create and send a Roswell ship back to that time to crash by 2030 or else the time schism will skip back to the original time line and it will be bad. (This was VERY confusing, but the workshop was Q & A and he extolled more on this theory there.) My recap here was from memory of the "gist" of what he said there.
2b> William Birnes extrapolated more on Corso's Q & A session and detailed changes in the upcoming relaunch of sorts for the UK UFO magazine. The two workshops were merged to a 2 hour block.

3> Nick Pope went through the variety of strange and humorous cases he handled while working as a UK government official dealing with UFO reports.

4> Terry Hanson detailed the CIA work with CBS in the 1950's and potential that the National Enquirer was created as a CIA front to deal with the UFO phenomenon. He most likely goes into this in his book, but I've yet to read it.

5> Dr. Tom Van Flandern explained his exploding planet hypothesis and how new Mars Rover data helps to confirm it. I found his lecture to be informative and entertaining.

6> RCH went on last with his very detailed review of his tidal model. This went hand in hand with Van Flandern's presentation. Hoags must have gone on at about 7:15 or so (I wear no watch) and finished up at an amazing 10:15 (roughly). Vintage Hoagland, as he threw in a variety of stories and pop culture references to illustrate his point and made off-the-cuff remarks about some lady in the audience's giggle, an inept radio reporter putting a microphone directly in front of Van Flandern's face on the podium, and some girl, who he apparently knew, who ran out from the front row while he was saying something and he told her to sit down until he made his "dramatic point."

7ish> Stephen Bassett came out and thanked everyone, talked about what a great success the X-Conference was and called in all the speakers for the group pictures to be taken.

Hope you enjoy the recaps. I did my best to recollect the vast array of speakers and presentations, the many stories I heard from people and the cool people I met.

Tim Binnall
tbinnall@hotmail.com