In a dramatic new political development, research associates and consultants of "The Mars Mission" were invited Wednesday, April 13, within days of their initial request, to a face-to-face meeting with the Chairman of the powerful House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, Congressman Robert A. Roe (D-New Jersey). The Committee is the Full Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives (not the sub-Committee, devoted strictly to space science). Sub-committees report back to full Committees which, in this case, exercises final authorization for all proposed Federal funding of scientific research conducted by the Government of the United States -- including the National Science Foundation, the National Research Council, and NASA.
Richard C. Hoagland, Dr. Mark Carlotto, Erol Torun and Lois Lindstrom briefed Congressman Roe and his senior staff assistant, Robert Maitland, for about an hour in the Congressman's Washington D.C. office, in the Rayburn Building on Capitol Hill. Detailed in the briefing were both the remarkable new data supporting the Intelligence Hypothesis (see other Hoagland Statement), and the apparent political agendas within NASA which are preventing rapid verification. Also discussed were the major international geopolitical implications of verification -- in particular, what the Soviets may know (from Phobos 2) and how to determine their official interest and intentions.
At the conclusion of the meeting, Congressman Roe requested a written list of specific recommendations from "The Mars Missio"^B which, if enacted, would advance verification of the Hypothesis. These recommendations, in a reproduction of the original Memo, are archived in a separate entry in this Library (see Roe Memo, Intelligence Hypothesis).