In 1977, Steven Spielberg’s “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” told of a vast government conspiracy to cover up humanity’s first contact with alien life. The next year, the United Nations formally recognized Unidentified Flying Objects, or UFOs, as a “valid issue.” Now 32 years later, the European Union may pick up where the United Nations left off.

Recently, Italian Northern League party leader Mario Borghezio urged the European Union to disclose all information on UFOs. Paranormal expert Lee Speigel played an important part in bringing UFOs to the attention of the U.N. back in the late '70s. Through AOL News, Speigel writes on Borghezio, the U.N., and the unidentified flying objects that have held the world’s attention for possibly thousands of years.

As Speigel reports, in 1977 Prime Minister Eric Gairy of Grenada hoped to focus the attention of the United Nations on UFOs. Speigel had recently produced a documentary album about UFOs and offered his assistance to Gairy. Speigel writes, “Dreamer that I was, I wanted to bring something before the United Nations, to try to get that esteemed group of international leaders to finally come together on a subject that could potentially advance the world in both scientific and sociological ways.” Gairy agreed, and soon Speigel was putting together a massive presentation to the U.N. on UFOs.

Speigel gathered a group of experts to present their case to the United Nations in November 1978. Among the authorities were astronomer and UFO consultant to the Air Force, Dr. J. Allen Hynek. Also gathered by Speigel were French astronomer Jacques Vallee, astrophysicist Claude Poher and psychologist David Saunders. Hynek gave Speigel an Air Force manual on UFOs compiled by the American government but not meant for public viewing. In this manual, the government outlines detailed evidence of UFOs.

Hynek, who also served as a technical advisor on Spielberg’s “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” testified before the United Nations on Nov. 27, 1978. As Hynek told the United Nations Committee, “We have on record many tens of thousands of UFO reports. Even granting that by no means are all of these of high quality, they include extremely intriguing and provocative accounts of strange events experienced by highly reputable persons.”

The 1978 United Nations conference ended on a promising note, with nations committing to coordinate information on UFOs. However, the movement stalled when Gairy was overthrown in Grenada. Still, Speigel remains hopeful that new efforts by Borghezio will pay off in exciting new revelations.

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