In 1995 Bassett decided to bring a 15-year background in business development and consulting and a degree in physics into the issues surrounding extraterrestrial-related phenomena. His point of entry was a four-month stint working at the Program for Extraordinary Experience Research (PEER), founded by the late Dr. John Mack in Cambridge, MA.
In July of 1996 he left Cambridge to set up an advocacy organization, Paradigm Research Group (PRG), in Bethesda, MD, just outside of Washington, DC. The mission of PRG was to use all means possible to confront the United States government regarding its policy of a truth embargo on the events and evidence demonstrating an extraterrestrial presence engaging the human race and the formal acknowledgement of that presence. One of the first moves of PRG was for Mr. Bassett to register as a lobbyist advocating UFO/ET issues, most importantly Disclosure. He was the first person to ever do so.
In April of 1997 he attended the press and congressional briefings conducted in Washington, DC by Steven Greer and CSETI. During the July, 1997 events in Roswell, New Mexico, he assisted Stargate International in launching the "Petition for an Open Congressional Hearing on Modern UFO Evidence." This is part of an ongoing process to bring the United States Congress formally into the process of disclosure. The petition continues to gather paper and e-mail signatures and will eventually be presented to the Congress at the appropriate time. In October 1997 he assisted Frances Barwood, city councilwoman in Phoenix Arizona, in dealing with an aggressive attempt by her political opponents to discredit and punish her for speaking publicly and in council session on the lack of a proper investigation of the Phoenix UFO sighting in March of 1997. Ms. Barwood won her recall election by a 2 to 1 margin.
Another project of importance during this period was publicizing the complex issues represented by the Area 51 environmental damage lawsuit on behalf of former Area 51 employees. This case was pressed by Jonathan Turley of the Environmental Law Advocacy Center at George Washington University and eventually went to the Supreme Court where it was unfortunately rejected. In November of 1997, he turned his attention to the issue of the disposal of records and documents which may have historical bearing on the actions and posture of the U. S. government relating to UFO events and evidence.
In January of 1998, Mr. Bassett assisted in launching the campaign of Frances Emma Barwood for Secretary of State of Arizona, the first candidate to ever run for high state or federal office in the United States who will directly address publicly the issue of possible intelligent extraterrestrial presence in our airspace and lack of proper government response to citizens demands on this matter. She subsequently lost the primary election.
At midnight on April 30, 1998 he published the "Paradigm Clock" to the World Wide Web. This website is designed to support the researchers/activists in the field. The Clock itself is a metaphor for citizens and the media to develop a feel for the process of disclosure underway. Then from early April of 1998 Mr. Bassett worked to develop media interest in the anomalies present in the photographic returns of the Cydonia region of Mars from the Mars Global Surveyor. Additional concerns included the fate of journalists who had done investigative pieces unfavorable to elements of the government and the secrecy reform legislation (S-712) introduced by Sen. Patrick Moynihan.
Early in 1999 Bassett began a collaboration with Robert Bletchman and Larry Bryant of MUFON who had developed a UFO State Ballot Initiative targeting the 16 states permitting direct referendum. He developed a web subsite to represent this project. Missouri became the first test effort under the guidance of MUFON state director, Bruce Widaman. Then in July, after assisting Virginia MUFON in promoting MUFON's '99 International Symposium in DC metro area, he begun a process for a more intense approach to Congressional members. Consequently, on July 13, 1999 he founded the Extraterrestrial Phenomena Political Action Committee (X-PPAC), the first PAC in history to target the politics of UFO/ET phenomena and the government embargo of facts confirming the presence of extraterrestrial life forms in our world, now. Announced nationally on July 21 it will be promoted via its website at www.x-ppac.org and by ongoing guest media appearances.
In 2000 political initiatives were restrained by the pending change of government. Mr. Bassett continued to speak to the issue at conferences in Santa Clara, CA and Santa Fe, NM later that year.
Early in 2001 Paradigm Research Group and X-PPAC put their support firmly behind a major new political initiative titled “The Disclosure Project.” Specifically assistance was given to the holding of an important press conference on May 9, 2001 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. At that time the testimony of 70 government and agency employees, 21 in person, directly relating to extraterrestrial-related events and evidence was presented to the media. The totality of this testimony, compiled from 120 hours of interviews, essentially confirmed an extraterrestrial presence and a government embargo on formal acknowledgement of this fact.
On April 17, 2002, in a press conference held at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, "Disclosure2003: the Maryland 8th District Congressional Campaign of Stephen Bassett" was formally announced. This campaign sought to challenge the voters of the 8th District (parts of Montgomery and Prince George's Counties) as well as the other candidates to engage the politics of disclosure and the facts of an extraterrestrial presence along with a range of other controversial issues neglected by America's increasingly risk averse politicians. The campaign website is archived..
On January 13 of 2003 PRG proposed a new project, Citizen Hearing, which would conduct a week-long hearing in Washington, DC before former Members of the House and Senate. The motto for this project is, "If Congress will not do its job, the people will." PRG continues to seek the funding to launch this project which has the power to end the truth embargo in short order.
In April of 2004 he produced the 1st Exopolitics Expo - the X-Conference - held at the Hilton Washington, DC North/Gaithersburg. This was followed by X-Conferences 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010.
On October 1, 2008 PRG launched the Million Fax on Washington with the goal of directing thousands of letters, faxes and emails toward the transition headquarters of the new President Elect. The considerable correspondence generated all called for the new president to end the truth embargo, release all files, call for congressional hearings, and make available ET derived technologies to the public domain. Phase II of the Million Fax on Washington began on February 1, 2009 with the new destination the White House. The final phase of the MFW began on June 1, 2009 whereupon all correspondence was directed at the White House press corps via the White House Correspondents' Association. These letters, faxes and emails are calling upon the White House press corps to do their job by asking the tough, appropriate questions of the Press Secretary regarding the UFO/ET issue. By extension this campaign includes the political media covering the Department of Defense, Department of State and the CIA.
Perhaps the most important ongoing project of PRG is the Exopolitics World Network. Initiated in March of 2008 (and followed in June by the Exopolitics United States Network) the EWN is setting up exopolitics portal sites in nations around the world. This global network of volunteer sites has a naming protocol to help knit the network together - Exopolitics United States at: www.exopoliticsunitedstates.us, Exopolitics Germany at: www.exopoliticsgermany.de, etc. In July of 2010 PRG launched the Exopolitics World Network Cities Initiatives and began setting up volunteer exopolitics talking groups in cities around the world.
On July 1, 2011 launched a new project to establish July 8 as World Disclosure Day. Endorsements are being collected at www.worlddisclosureday.org and are nearing 5000. This project will help raise public awareness about the Disclosure process.
In September of 2011 Paradigm Research Group submitted a Disclosure Petition to the White House's "We the People" project which generated a response from the Obama administration on November 4, 2011. This response was the first time the executive branch has put a position in writing on the ET issue and is a milestone. A second Disclosure Petition was submitted on February 23, 2012 designed to draw attention to the Rockefeller Initiative (1993-1996).
Concomitant with these projects is the continuing public awareness work via the PRG website and media appearances coupled with lobbying of the political media to take notice of what is easily the biggest and most important news story in history.
With the nation and world moving into new and troubling territory, Mr. Bassett will continue to work to create a broad based coalition within the extraterrestrial phenomena research/activist community capable of reaching out to the twenty million plus American citizens who are following the politics of disclosure with interest and concern. The aim is to form a political awareness of sufficient size to meaningfully influence government policies and actions leading up to and following the formal acknowledgment of the extraterrestrial presence.