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E.T., phone Brussels.

A European Union lawmaker urged member governments Tuesday to open their secret files on UFOs, saying people need to know about close encounters of the third kind.

Mario Borghezio, an Italian member of the European Parliament, told The Associated Press in an e-mail Tuesday that the EU needs its own "X Files" archive where anyone can see information on UFOs — including data gathered by the military. Borghezio said all European governments should go public and stop what he called a "systematic cover-up."

Opening the files is not unprecedented: Last year, Britain published 4,000 pages online on 800 alleged encounters with aliens during the 1980s and 1990s. And over the past three years the British defense ministry has been gradually releasing previously secret UFO papers after facing Freedom of Information demands.

Borghezio also said it is essential to have a scientific center to research unidentified flying objects. Its investigations could have "major scientific and technological spinoffs," he said.

"I think that, under the principle of transparency, the EU member states have a duty to make public and available to all scientific data on UFOs which today are partially or wholly withheld," he wrote in the e-mail.

He is seeking the support of other lawmakers from the 736-member assembly for a statement calling on governments to act.

So far, though, he's collected only 18 signatures.

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    >>> d.c. meets e.t. in the house square today. forget the banks, insurance companies or big oil . did you know there's a ufo lobby? focused on the implications of human contact with the beyond. and these guys have one goal, they want the federal government to spill the beans about any documented knowledge of other life forms. i don't believe that's real video you're seeing. this is the only registered lobbyist on the issue. also with wilber allen, a ufo enthusiast who takes pictures of the sky up to d.c. you had $5 last time. now you're up to $40. who gave you the other $35?

    >> it's had about $20,000 put into it. the aren't organization spent about $300,000 since 1996 pursuing the issue of the ufo . a growing movement called the disclosure movement. the goal is simple. to get the united states government to finally acknowledge the e.t. presence. formally to its citizens. we think it's coming soon.

    >> you have a quote here in the paper that says capital police do a great job, but they are not prepared to deal with extraterrestrial life forms. should they be?

    >> i believe that they should especially with the history the united states capitol has with ufos. an example starting in july of 1952 . july 16th to be exact. a squadron of anomalous objects flew by the its capitol dome . the encounter i photographed was july 16th , 2002 , 50 years after the fact.

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    >> i don't think they did. they may have left george on the moon. i wasn't sure of the type of activity he was involved with with the extraterrestrials.

    >> we're not sure either.

    >> steven, what do you want a government to do? should we be prepared? should we shoot at them? should we be friendly? what should we do?

    >> definitely don't shoot at them. they sequestered this issue for national security reasons. i think justifiably back then. that truth embargo ran its course since the cold war ended. the basis has evaporated. other nations like france, united kingdom , belgium, ben ma denmark are releasing thousands of ufo files . a man who walked on the moon has been repeatedly going for the cameras and calling for the end of this embargo and making it clear he thinks the e.t. presence is real.

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