Daniel Sheehan, JD

Daniel Sheehan, JD
Daniel Sheehan graduated Harvard Law School, founded the
Christic Institute, and taught world politics at the University of
California. He has a distinguished history in public interest service.
Sheehan co-founded with Sara Nelson the Christic Institute in
Washington, DC, which for nearly two decades was the country’s
preeminent public-interest law firm. The Christic Institute was
directly responsible for surfacing and prosecuting the
unconstitutional conduct of George Bush, along with senior and
numerous members of his administration in the Iran/Contra
scandal during the 1980s. They also co-directed the Karen
Silkwood case (which stopped the construction of all new private
nuclear power stations in the United States from 1979); the Three-Mile Island case (which stopped the
Federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission from dumping the radioactive waste materials from the
damaged Three-Mile Island Nuclear Facility into the Susquehanna River); and the American Sanctuary
Movement case (which declared unconstitutional the efforts of the Reagan/Bush Administration to deport
legitimate political refugees from the United States back to El Salvador or Guatemala). Dan also served
as legal counsel to the New York Times in the Pentagon Papers case and represented Fathers Daniel
Berrigan and Phil Berrigan during their Viet Nam activism. Mr. Sheehan was the Director of the Strategic
Initiative to Identify the New Paradigm launched by President Mikhail Gorbachev’s State of the World
Forum in San Francisco.
In 1994 Sheehan defended Dr. John Mack before an review panel of the Harvard Medical School in the
wake of Mack’s book Abduction: Human Encounters With Aliens. This was not his first, nor his last,
encounter with the important issue of extraterrestrial-related phenomena. In 1977, while general counsel
to the United States Jesuit Office of Social Ministry in Washington, DC., he served as a special
consultant to the United States Library of Congress Congressional Research Office Project on
Extraterrestrial Intelligence ordered by President Jimmy Carter. In this capacity, he was given access not
only to the classified portions of the United States Air Force’s infamous “Project Blue Book” files but to
the confidential report prepared for the Science & Technology Committee of the United States Congress
by the Library of Congress Congressional Research Office pursuant to this Presidential assignment.
What he saw changed his life.
His ongoing projects include the New Paradigm Institute which holds that there exist eight separate,
internally consistent worldviews, or paradigms. These paradigms are best understood when placed on a
spectrum. The New Paradigm Institute will bring the most promising new knowledge from a wide variety
of fields – including physics, ecology, religion, and philosophy – directly to bear on a wide spectrum of
American public policy issues. Another project involves investigating the potential secret illegal dumping,
by U.S. Government contractors, of deadly radioactive nuclear waste materials on Native American
Reservations across the country on behalf of The Traditional Elders of The Lakota Nation in North and
South Dakota.
Published Books: Assault on Nicaragua: The Untold Story of the U. S. ‘Secret War’ (1987);
Inside the Shadow Government: Declaration of Plaintiff’s Counsel Filed by the Christic Institute (1988)

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