Million Fax on Washington is a November 2008 – January 2009 petition aimed at influencing the President-elect of the United States to put the extraterrestrial issue on the new administration's agenda. The strategy by which to achieve this is to have citizens flood the transition administration with letters and faxes urging for this issue to become a legitimate area of government attention, specifically to begin by disclosing secrets which the UFO enthusiast community believes has been kept hidden from the public by the United States government in secret black budget projects for more than 60 years and to hold congressional hearings on the issue.
The project which is organized by Maryland-based Paradigm Research Group led by lobbyist Stephen Bassett, wants the incoming president to insist on a "full briefing from military services and intelligence agencies regarding what they know" and to open congressional hearings "to take testimony from scores of government witnesses who have already come forward with extraordinary evidence and are prepared to testify under oath." Bassett is also Executive Director of the Extraterrestrial Phenomenon Political Action Committee (X-PPAC) which is the only registered political action committee on the extraterrestrial and UFO issue. The initial goal of the Million Fax on Washington project is to reach 40,000 faxes sent to the administration in the 77-day period between election day November 4, 2008 and the presidential inauguration on January 20, 2009.
Phase II of the Million Fax on Washington began on January 20, 2009 and ran through May 31, 2009. Letters, faxes and emails with the same requests were directed to the White House.
Phase III of this organized petitioning process began on June 1, 2009. This third and final phase of the project was announced to the public April 20, 2009 at a press conference held by Paradigm Research Group at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. The target for Phase III correspondence is the White House press corps care of the White House Correspondents' Association. The press corps is called upon to start asking questions relevant to the UFO/extraterrestrial subject.
The organizers of the campaign expressed optimism that then President-elect Barack Obama would be sympathetic to their cause because key members of his administration have previously involved themselves in the UFO disclosure issue. John Podesta, co-chairman of the Obama-Biden Transition Project, has advocated government disclosure on the UFO issue on several occasions and has actively supported the Coalition for Freedom of Information, a pressure group which seeks the truth behind UFOs by gaining access to secret government records about UFOs. Also Bill Richardson who has been appointed Secretary of Commerce in the forthcoming Obama administration has given mainstream credence to the UFO issue by writing a foreword in a book on the Roswell incident and UFO sightings within New Mexico where he is currently serving as governor. He has also voiced the opinion that there has been a cover-up on the issue of government files related to the UFO issue.
According to Paradigm Research Group there has been in place a government imposed "Truth Embargo" regarding an extraterrestrial presence engaging the human race. Stephen Bassett who heads the campaign cites the responses of other nations, such as Britain and France, which have already made many of their UFO-related government files public.
On the Million Fax on Washington website people who wish to participate in the petition are encouraged to address several specific issues in the letters they write to the transition administration: