Jeff Peckman's claim to fame is a video he released in 2008 that purports to show an alien in the window of a house. It wasn't his video, and it was not well received, but that hasn't stopped Peckman.
On Tuesday, concerned about the Gulf oil spill, Peckman told the Denver Daily News extraterrestrials could solve the environmental disaster with their superior technology. Peckman said “More recent messages coming from this direction or that direction have affirmed that there are such technologies in existence that could be made available to us once there is open contact, acknowledgment and diplomatic relations with these advanced extraterrestrial cultures." Peckman failed to say how Earthlings would contact the extraterrestrials with the plea for assistance, and instead focused on his attempt to create an Extraterrestrial Affairs Commission (EAC).
The Commission is Peckman's self-appointed mission, one he has worked on for the past two years. The Commission, if Denver voters agree, would post "evidence" of aliens from outer space on Denver's municipal website.
Peckman's website explains the reason for creating the EAC. The Extra Campaign, as Peckman calls it, is all about "Knowing the truth about Extraterrestrial beings, their visits to Earth, and the broad implications of these realities for humanity, is why an Extraterrestrial Affairs Commission is needed." Peckman has said the Commission would establish a protocol for communicating with aliens from outer-space, and he also thinks that establishing a dialogue with extraterrestrials would foster the sharing of technology.
The persistent Peckman needed nearly 4,000 signatures to get his Extraterrestrial Affairs Commission onto an election ballot. He just barely succeeded, and when the matter comes up in the November vote, if Denver voters agree, the Commission will be created. The Commission would also deal with visiting extraterrestrials, according to an article posted on UFO Digest.
Peckman's website clearly states a widely-held belief that the United States has extensive knowledge of extraterrestrial technology, but has kept that information secret. Peckman advocates for full disclosure, and he takes some strength from the credentials of a retired Canadian politician, Paul Hellyer. Hellyer once held the posting of Minister of Defense, and the man's controversial views on extraterrestrials were originally reported by the Ottawa Citizen. More recently, the 86-year old Hellyer took issue with Stephen Hawking's comments on extraterrestrials, telling the Toronto Star"The reality is that they’ve (aliens) been visiting Earth for decades and probably millennia and have contributed considerably to our knowledge. Microchips, for example, fiber-optics, they are just two of the many things that allegedly — and probably for real — came from crashed vehicles.”
Peckman was inspired to take action by American Stan Romanek, who has allegedly has had about 100 visits from extraterrestrials. The video footage Peckman showed in 2008 was in fact shot by Romanek in 2003, allegedly in Nebraska. Romanek is sitting on his footage, saving it for a movie version of his life, so the story goes.
A retired US Colonel wrote a book claiming many new gadgets were a result of reverse-engineering alien technology from the supposed Roswell extraterrestrial spaceship, fostering the widely-spread belief that many modern gadgets are based on extraterrestrial technology. Whether or not there ever was a UFO studied at Roswell, the military base was once the site of the testing of cutting-edge technology, such as the work on rocket fuel.
On the other side of the belief spectrum, Newsweek reported that Christians believe the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico heralds the biblical Apocalypse.