Disclosure and the State of the Union

October 29, 2013
Stephen Bassett

In the past I have steadfastly avoided straying too far from the core issues of the ET truth embargo and government abuse of secrecy.  I am going to make an exception with this commentary. At the end of this non-partisan essay you will find out why.

The recent debacle in Washington, DC over the budget and debt ceiling is only one of many indicators the body politic is suffering from multiple organ failure. Nations, empires, kingdoms – they die the same way people do. No society is perfect, no person is perfectly healthy. Both can withstand the odd dysfunction (illness).  When the illness spreads and becomes multiple organ failure the person (society) dies or is enfeebled.

It happened to the Sun-never-sets-on-the-British Empire. The Soviet Union was able to sustain multiple system dysfunction well past its shelf life by sheer force of raw suppression, but inevitably blew up into fifteen republics (mercifully without too much violence).  And, of course, there is the famous and extensively studied collapse of the Roman Empire. What took several hundred years in the time of Rome now can be accomplished in a few decades.

That said, it still takes years to achieve the state of affairs in which the U. S. now finds itself. Time enough for too many citizens to not see the process of failure unfold. Not anymore. Eventually the suffering person realizes they are terminally ill. The American people, thanks in large part to the power of the Internet, are now quite aware their vaunted society is coming apart at the seams.  Let’s review.

— The two-party political system by virtue of bad law, bad judicial decisions and pure greed for money and power has frozen into a block of ice  (“Some say the world will end in fire……”).  New ideas are strangled in their crib. New political parties are throttled.  Independent candidates crippled.

— The American education system is slowly imploding with U. S. students collectively falling further behind other nations in every category.

— The American health care system, while satisfactory for the very wealthy, is collectively one of the worst in the developed, industrialized world.  It is helping to destroy the middle class – the primary engine of social stability. Health issues are the leading cause of personal bankruptcy.

— The massive U.S. military spending – not long ago greater than all other nations in the world combined – guarantees that fiscal balance and adequate funding in support of the human condition will not be possible.

— Along with war spending, massive entitlement commitments made without any effort to control that war spending going back to 1960 now place the nation in immediate debt of $17 trillion dollars with an almost incomprehensible long term exposure of $80 to $100 trillion in unfunded liabilities.

— Economic recovery after the 2008/2009 greatest train robbery is a temporary illusion created by an enormous “printing” of $trillions of new money that will eventually lead to inflation.

— The investment and standard banking industries have bought politicians to pass laws that have allowed a massive shift of wealth to the upper class and stripping the middle class of pensions, jobs, home values, and home ownership. Virtually no one is held criminally accountable for this.  Eventual fines are trivial.

— Behind the confiscation of middle class assets by the investment banking abuses is the exposure to derivatives (casino debt). Some experts claim this exposure is over $200 trillion. If you’re counting, that’s over $300 trillion in risk exposure for the U. S. society.

Voting systems in the U. S. are an antiquated joke with voter turnout one of the lowest in the developed world. This is made worse by a venal policy of one of the political parties to suppress voter turnout in every way possible that would undermine the other political party.

— The very infrastructure of the nation – roads, bridges, dams, waterways, power grids, sewers – are falling apart with little funds to fix. $2.5 trillion of investment is needed by 2020.  Half baked efforts and illusionary promises are put forward that few believe sufficient.

— American international influence, trust levels and esteem are declining under a plethora of terrible policies, brutal war measures and outright stupidity.

— American political institutions, particularly the U. S. Congress, have fallen to record levels of disapproval, and distrust in government has polarized the nation making common sense policies next to impossible.

— The U. S. dollar, the cornerstone of American financial power, is being circled by a number of nations quite willing to replace or diminish it for their own benefit. The U. S. literally submits to this process with profoundly destructive financial decisions year after year. Loss of reserve currency status all or in part would trigger significant inflation.

— American manufacturing jobs are disappearing by being shoved off shore or replaced by low paying service jobs at minimum wage.

— The gap between the rich and poor grows and the American middle class is diminished.  This is a recipe for violence and disorder in the most heavily armed nation in the world.

— The criminal system is antiquated, extraordinarily expensive and hamstrung by absurd laws which have created the highest level of incarceration in the world.

—  Perhaps well intention legislative and judicial blunders resulted in the granting of “personhood” status to corporations leading to a destructive shift of power away from actual persons (citizens) and a wholesale corruption of the election process in the United States at all levels.

— A fossil fuel based energy industry has bought politicians in order to get away with monopolizing energy production, fixing prices, misrepresenting both held and potential reserves, not building new refineries and pushing exploitation of more dangerous extraction modalities such as tar sands, shale and fracking.   In other words, utilize every trick to drive the price of energy higher at the nation’s expense. Meanwhile, government and corporate entities have been buying up and suppressing competing energy patents, intimidating inventors and confiscating competing technology under national security imprimatur.  All this while fossil fuels are contaminating U.S. air, rivers, soils and ground water and bringing premature death to millions.

— The food industry is being taken over by a consortium of companies led by Monsanto that intend to own a re-engineered food and seed supply designed to force the use of their own pesticides in mass quantities.  Few things are more representative of the concept of system failure than the losses in the honey bee population (Colony Collapse Disorder). Growing evidence connects CCD to the actions of companies like Monsanto, easily the most dangerous corporation in the world today. The environmental impact will be devastating. The government does nothing. Huge corporate spending thwarts citizen activism.

—  Lastly, a secret empire was built to service the $10+ trillion (in adjusted dollars) Cold War (acknowledged) and address the presence of extraterrestrials (non-human intelligence) engaging the planet (not acknowledged). This “empire” has become a world unto itself with a low opinion (perhaps justifiable) of politicians meaning senators, congresspersons, the president and their staff. Just yesterday the White House indicated the NSA had not informed the President about the surveillance of foreign heads of state’s phone calls.  This empire is vast, out of control and in dire need of overhaul and reform.

Read enough? It’s a partial list, but the point is made.

Why am I telling you this?

The children, grandchildren and great grandchildren of the baby boomers are more likely to inherit a greatly diminished rather than a viable society moving forward unless something very powerful, very profound intervenes to short circuit the multitude of current trends leading to the emasculation of America.

What could possibly be sufficiently powerful to alter the world view of political institutions, corporations, and 300+ million people overnight and open the door to multi-system reform? The usual candidate is a war equal to the magnitude of distress. The last version of that scenario was WWII. Sadly any war worthy of the present dilemma would destroy the world itself. What does that leave?

Disclosure.  Every day the citizens of Earth are denied the truth they are not alone in the galaxy as sentient life, that a vast new world awaits them when that truth is out in the open – a world where once again all things are possible –  is one more day closer to the end of the American Dream – the 21st Century nightmare study after study projects.

Disclosure will be the most profound event in human history. It is inevitable, but will it be soon enough? All who have a basic understanding of this have a decision to make.  Stand up and support the Disclosure advocacy movement or stand down and hope for the best.

PRG Congressional Hearing Initiative and Congress

October 3, 2013
Stephen Bassett

In July of 1996 I registered as a lobbyist with the House and Senate in order to engage their members regarding the extraterrestrial issue and the truth embargo. The Disclosure advocacy movement was nascent (the term was not even in use yet), the little known Rockefeller Initiative targeting the Clinton administration was winding down, Art Bell was about to make a critical decision he would allow political discussions of the ET/UFO issue on his show (he hated politics in general) and the government was about to launch a counter offensive to block the advocacy movement that would get nasty.

Congressional approval from the American people was running around 40% – not great but not awful.  The economy was excellent and growing. All good. However, the willingness of members of Congress to publicly, even privately, engage the UFO/ET issues was almost zero.  The only example circa 1996 of such an engagement was the courageous effort by lone Congressman Steven Schiff of New Mexico.  It did not go well for Congressman Schiff who died while in office shortly after going public with his concerns about government handling of the Roswell records and the Roswell events in general.

Dealing with Congress in those years was effectively the equivalent of bouncing a ping pong ball off a brick wall.  For this reason I redirected PRG’s lobbying efforts toward the political media, which has always had the power to end the ET truth embargo by simply doing their job.

Since 1996 both private and public efforts to draw Congress into the issue via congressional hearings have failed. Congress remained a brick wall. Why then is PRG heading back to Capitol Hill to again press for the first congressional hearing on the extraterrestrial evidence since 1968? There are two key reasons.

Following the events of September 11, 2001 the congressional approval rating had risen to an extraordinary 84% at which time began the most profound drop in congressional status in history. In a span of twelve years congressional approval dropped to 10% as of this PRG Update.  This is unprecedented. As the Gallup polling data below show, Congress has had its low points, but never such a collapse in approval.

If you are a member of Congress with an approval rating of 84%, you have no motivation to do anything to risk your status.  Life is good, no courage required, nowhere to go but down.  But when you are a member of the current Congress you have nowhere to go but up.  This most dysfunctional of American institutions desperately needs an issue that is both profoundly important and essentially non-partisan.  Ending the truth embargo is that issue.

Which raises the second key factor. How to get Congress’s attention? Never has the truth advocacy movement had an entrée like the Citizen Hearing on Disclosure. Sitting congressional members can watch former colleagues react to 30 hours of testimony over 5 days from researchers and government/agency/political witnesses in a setting designed to look like a congressional hearing.

The CHD is the key to the door.  Combined with the level of public awareness of the ET issues circa 2013, it may be the key to Disclosure.

Exopolitics: The ET Ticket

June 15, 2007
Stephen Bassett

Washington, DC – In case you hadn’t noticed there is a presidential campaign underway. It started rather early for two reasons: 1) the current president has fallen so low in popularity and esteem the Republican candidates had to begin campaigning early to create distance from the administration and overcome an overwhelming lead by the Democrats, and 2) the Democrats are so sure they have the presidential election sewed up, everyone including the office manager at the DNC is running for president. More candidates on both sides are in the wings ready to jump on stage. It’s beginning to look like the draw for the U.S. Open.

Meanwhile, various states, i.e. Florida, in piques of adolescent indulgence are moving their primaries up on the calendar in order to “be more relevant.” The absurdly stretched out primary season will help make the 2008 federal election the most expensive in all of recorded history breaking the previous record of $3.9 billion in 2004.

Does anyone believe they’ve gotten $3.9 billion dollars worth of new leadership skills since January of 2005?

Since it is my job to religiously watch every cable news channel so you don’t have to, I had the pleasure of viewing all of the “presidential debates” on CNN, MSNBC and Fox. It is difficult to find the right words to properly express how insipid, pointless, contrived, superficial, evasive, and irrelevant were these debates.  (Maybe it isn’t difficult.)

And so we begin another journey in the democratic process leading to the 44th President of the United States and the 110th Congress. If the electorate maintains their recent enthusiasm, they will vote at a rate of 60% of the voting eligible population. This was a strong turnout by U. S. standards. (40% of the voting eligible population turned out in the 2006 midterm – also strong by U. S. standards.)  By contrast the voter eligible turnout for the French 2007 election was 84%. In Australia, one of a number of first-world countries with compulsory voting laws, turnout runs around 95%.

I could list here the critically important issues, national and international, the two dozen two-party candidates will assiduously avoid throughout the campaign right up until taking the oath of office, but I won’t – not enough space. So let’s focus on one – the exopolitical issue of the government imposed truth embargo on the facts confirming an extraterrestrial presence engaging the human race.

A simple question: without consideration for partisan perspective, what pair of candidates in either party would be the most favorable to the Disclosure process leading to a formal acknowledgement of the extraterrestrial presence by the U. S. government?

As it happens, that pairing – the ET Ticket – is also the most likely ticket to emerge from the milieu of combinations of candidates. It is Hillary Clinton and Bill Richardson. No other combination is a close second.

Let’s begin with Bill Richardson. He has been in the race for some time but did not formally announce his candidacy until May 21 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. He is the first Hispanic Democrat to run for the presidency. While his name recognition is well below that of Clinton or Obama, Richardson is often called the most qualified Democratic candidate by virtue of experience. He served 14 years in the House of Representatives, one year as Ambassador to the United Nations and two years as Secretary of Energy. He then became a successful governor for the past four and a half years. Along the way this trilingual son of a Mexican mother and American father participated in numerous foreign missions of every type and has visited scores of nations in one capacity or another.   He is well known as one of the most likable figures in American politics with good friends in both parties.

That said, it should be added that Bill Richardson is not going to be the next president – wrong state at the wrong time for the top of the ticket and others are ahead of him in line. He has been running all along for the second spot and the legacy of the first Hispanic Vice President. He would be an ideal running mate for any of the east-of-the-Mississippi candidates (the rest of the field save for Gravel) and could deliver several key western states.

Not much needs to be elucidated here regarding Hillary Clinton’s candidacy. She is the front runner, has nearly 100% name recognition, has raised the most money and will likely be the presidential nominee. And oh yes, she is a Democrat at a time when the Republican Party is undergoing something between systemic collapse and self-immolation.

If you apply the usual political calculus, it is not difficult to determine that the best pairing for Richardson’s strong VP presence is Hillary Clinton.Take Clinton/Richardson in the office pool and plan how to spend the extra cash.

So much for the likely ticket. Why the ET ticket? Now it gets interesting.

From March of 1993 to mid-1996 billionaire Laurance Rockefeller made a formal approach to the Clinton administration to do what Jimmy Carter promised to do in 1976 but failed – release the government documents regarding extraterrestrial-related phenomena and essentially end the truth embargo. This effort now referred to as the Rockefeller Initiative was run through the Executive based Office of Science and Technology Policy headed by Dr. John Gibbons. Watching from close by but not directly participating were President Clinton, his senior aide John Podesta and Hillary Clinton. Significantly, both Bill and Hillary Clinton visited Rockefeller’s JY Ranch near Jackson Hole, Wyoming in 1994 and 1995 while the Initiative was still underway. It is assumed they discussed Laurance’s intentions privately.

It was during this period that President Clinton asked his close friend and Associate Attorney General, Webster Hubbell, to inquire about the UFO question at the Justice Department and elsewhere.  Hubbell described this effort in his book Friends in High Places.  Clinton would later make occasional public references to Roswell and UFO’s.

John Podesta went on to become Clinton’s Chief of Staff in the second term. Then in 2002 and 2003 Podesta gave the opening remarks at two press conferences held by the Coalition for Freedom of Information at the National Press Club.  His remarks included these statements:

“I think it’s time to open the books on questions that have remained in the dark on the question of government investigations of UFOs……………..We ought to do it because . . . the American people quite frankly can handle the truth, and we ought to do it because it’s the law.”

“It is time for the government to declassify records that are more than 25 years old and to provide scientists with data that will assist in determining the real nature of this phenomenon.”

Podesta then went on to found the progressive think tank, The Center for American Progress, and remains a major theorist within the Democratic Party.

Hillary Clinton, of course, became the Junior Senator from New York and the front runner for her party’s nomination.It is inconceivable, given the events described above, she has not come to some conclusions with regard to the validity of the extraterrestrial issue.

Bill Richardson knew he was going to run for a place on the Democratic ticket some time ago. Even with that, he wrote for posterity the following in a foreword to the Roswell Dig Diaries published in 2004:

“the mystery surrounding this crash (at Roswell) has never been adequately explained – not by independent investigators, and not by the U.S. government.”

“It would help everyone if the U.S. government disclosed everything it knows. With full disclosure and our best scientific investigation, we should be able to find out what happened on that fateful day in July of 1947. The American people can handle the truth no matter how bizarre or mundane, and contrary to what you see in the movies.”

Even those who do not watch the political scene closely might be astounded that a candidate-to-be for president would dare write those words, which essentially contradict the government’s stated policy of many years on perhaps the most controversial issue in the world.

For those who do closely follow politics it is absolutely unfathomable.

Even more intriguing is this: at a time when partisan politics is as vicious as many can recall and every opportunity to bring down an opponent, within or without one’s party, is taken with relish, John Podesta and Bill Richardson are completely untouched regarding their provocative statements relating to Roswell and extraterrestrial-related phenomena. This cannot be explained under the current political rules of engagement. Apparently the rules have changed.

Are the Democrats planning a Disclosure event in the early months of 2009 should they win the White House? Are Republicans sufficiently aware of a pending Disclosure event to refrain from attacking Richardson and Podesta on this issue in fear of consequences if the truth comes out?

If Clinton and Richardson become the nominees in 2008, these questions will take on new relevancy.

In the meantime will even one in the multitude of candidates have the courage to utter the taboo word “extraterrestrial” as they seek the most powerful office in the world?  That’s up to you.  Given the campaign still has many months to go, there is plenty of time to find out what they think on the matter. You just have to ask.

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Relevant Web Links:

Clinton’s at the JY Ranch:   http://tinyurl.com/35rg4b
John Podesta at the National Press Club:   http://tinyurl.com/yr8nw7
Roswell Dig Diaries http://tinyurl.com/28bosp
Friends in High Places
: http://tinyurl.com/yqsvnl

Exopolitics: UFO RIP

October 21, 2006
Stephen Bassett

ex·o·pol·i·tics
Function: noun plural but singular or plural in construction
Etymology: From Greek exo, outside, from ex, out of, and from Greek politika, from neuter plural of politikos political.

1:the art or science of government as concerned with guiding or influencing governmental policy toward extraterrestrial phenomena and extraterrestrial beings.
2:
exopolitical actions, practices, or policies.
3:
the exopolitical opinions or sympathies of a person.
4:
the total complex of relations between the human race and non-human, intelligent beings.

Bethesda, MD USA – In Alexandria, Virginia there is a place called Gravelly Point Park. It’s not much of a park, but quite the place. It is known throughout the region because it sits a mere 1000 feet from the north end of runway 1/19 at Reagan National Airport. Bicyclists pull off the Mount Vernon Trail and tourists pull off the George Washington Parkway to watch the planes land and take off – a longstanding pastime uninterrupted (remarkably) by the events of September 11, 2001.

Landing planes fly over this grassy patch so low you can see the tread on the tires. Wind direction permitting, planes taking off will rattle the fillings in your teeth. During the day the park is never empty. It’s addictive.

This author has been there many times and remembers one perfectly clear day during the summer of 1992. As the planes passed overhead this thought came to mind: while the destination of the plane was known, the Washington, DC metro area, the point of origin was not known. Neither was it known how many people were on board, if any – it could be remote controlled – nor their names, reasons for coming, home towns, hopes and dreams. And depending upon the viewing angle, it might not be possible to even know the airline.

With so much missing information one might be tempted to say, “What we have here is an unidentified flying object, a UFO.”  But that would be ridiculous, wouldn’t it?  What we had there was an airplane almost certainly containing human beings coming to the Washington, DC area for one reason or another.

Perhaps you see where this is going for the very next thought that came to mind was this: during the five decades since 1942 millions of people around the world had been seeing unusual objects moving in the earth’s atmosphere. Tens of thousands of reports had been filed. The objects had been photographed, filmed, recorded on radar and sighted by trained observers – sometimes all four at once. They had been seen in the air and stationary on the ground. They had been seen traveling and maneuvering at seemingly impossible fashion for the historical period. They had been seen by pilots off the wings and cockpits of planes – fully formed metallic looking discs. They had been seen by Army, Air Force, Naval and Coast Guard personnel; air traffic controllers, astronauts, police officers, amateur astronomers, doctors, lawyers, political leaders and scientists.

Documents referring to these craft had been discovered in government files, delivered anonymously to researchers and formally released by government authorities without prompting – not just in the United States, but in most developed nations. Systematic investigations had been conducted by civilian and government organizations over the entire fifty years. Nearly 10,000 books, papers, articles and documentary films had been published specifically addressing this phenomenon. Reports have poured into researchers (their numbers would eventually swell to the hundreds of thousands) of direct contact with beings, clearly not human, who could well be the occupants of some of these craft.

When one of these “objects” would pass overhead or close track a plane in flight the destination could properly be assumed to be the planet Earth, but the point of origin was not known. It was also not known whether the object contained humans, non-humans or no beings at all (remote controlled). If containing beings, their names, reasons for coming, hopes, dreams, etc. were also not known. With so much missing information it would be appropriate to call the “object” an unidentified flying object – a UFO – wouldn’t it?  No, it wouldn’t. It would be appropriate to call it an alien or extraterrestrial space craft, most likely piloted by non-human beings, origin Earth, reasons for presence unknown. This was on this author’s mind in the summer of ’92.

Paradigm Research Group was founded four years later, but it was not until 2000 the implication of those thoughts in 1992 became manifest. The implication was that the era of the “UFO” was over and a new era had begun – the era of exopolitics.

The partitioning of history when dealing with large scale, implicative trends is usually done in retrospect. There is no shame in this, but there is often an arbitrary aspect to assigning the time frames. That is done by consensus of historians, but being early has its advantage. Here is the early line: the UFO era ended and the exopolitical era began in late 1991 with the dissolution of the Soviet Union into Russia and 14 other post-Soviet states.

The short answer as to “why this demarcation?” is this: 1) by 1991 the evidence that had been gathered and analyzed establishing some sightings as extraterrestrial craft was overwhelming. The researchers had done their job in the face of great resistance by the state. The verdict was in. (The government’s refusal to accept this result was irrelevant to this conclusion but entirely relevant to the truth embargo and propaganda campaign waged by the government to negate and subvert this conclusion.), and 2) the end of the Cold War removed the single most powerful restraint keeping military, agency and civilian contractor insiders from revealing personal, direct and indirect knowledge of events and evidence corroborating the extraterrestrial hypothesis behind the sightings. The gradual emergence of these insiders into the public domain gave the disclosure process substance.

Understanding this transition is critical for anyone wishing to impact impending events. Given that “exopolitics” is not yet listed in any standard dictionary or encyclopedia (it is listed in Wiktionary, Webster’s Open Dictionary and Wikipedia), it is not surprising there is much misunderstanding over scope and usage. The primary misconception is that “exopolitics” only deals with “galactic diplomacy,” how humans should politically engage theoretical or asserted alien beings. Whatever the assertion of facts, this is but one aspect of exopolitics. It is the icing for a cake that is still in the oven.

Exopolitics covers all social and political implications of the engagement of extraterrestrial-related phenomena by humans since the phenomena were first recognized. This will likely be split into two parts: the modern era beginning in the 1940’s and the pre-modern era going back to earliest recorded times. [The pre-modern era will perhaps be subsumed under the broader umbrella of exohistory – the study of non-terrestrial influences on human history.]

Thus, exopolitics includes the full history of the government truth embargo (cover-up) and the national security structures created to manage the research, the actions or lack thereof of the public and institutions such as the press, Congress and academia, and most importantly, the disclosure process itself.

It is a large field of study. It will fill scores of books and documentaries and spawn PhD theses for centuries. In time it will be subsumed into the larger field of political science. A student will major in political science with an emphasis on exopolitics.

By comparison the phenomenological, scientific aspects of the phenomena will be dispersed into departments such as exobiology, cosmology, physics, astrophysics (already established) and yet to be established fields such as exoarcheology, exomedicine and exoscience (the study of the practice of science by extraterrestrials).

All of this sounds so fascinating and fun and academic, doesn’t it?  Well, two out of three will have to do, since it is anything but fun.

Formal disclosure will be a cosmic birthing of a new world view, and the human race has now been in labor for 60 years without an epidural. The screaming can be heard from pole to pole and out to the Kuiper Belt. A significant subject for exopolitical study is to describe the state of the world at the moment of this birthing. What is the condition of the planet and what is the disposition of the species – the variety and depth to the spirituality, science, politics, philosophy, psychology and mental capacity of Homo Sapiens Sapiens – as formal self-disclosure unfolds?

The short answer is “not good.” Many Durantian attempts will be made to explain all this in multi-volume sets. Let’s confine ourselves to two perspectives with immediate implications.

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“When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.”

 Apostle Paul, 1 Corinthians 13:11

By virtue of its military and economic power, its prevailing in the Cold War and its success in building the vast superstructure of secret operations this author has often referred to as the Secret Empire, the United States still appears to have the final say as to when and if formal disclosure takes place, and, if the decision to proceed is made, play the lead role in what will surely be the “greatest show on earth.”

But what is the state of the nation as the actor prepares to take the stage? So much has happened to the people and institutions of the United States since the 1945 signing of surrender by Japan, one hesitates to pick one trend and drag it out for close scrutiny, but one trend begs for such treatment, cries out for explanation and adjustment.

Immediately after World War II the United States was a major economic, political and moral force for good in the world. The American people had demonstrated an almost superhuman capacity to manufacture, deliver and maintain a war machine never witnessed in human history. The nation’s postwar treatment of the defeated enemies was so extraordinarily generous in its intent, so effective in its application, it eclipsed the horror of the nuclear bombings.

The American people were viewed as capable, caring, fearless, generous, patriotic, family oriented, church going, honest and optimistic. They were in love with their country, and trust in government institutions was rock solid.

And then it all began to go wrong. Beginning in late 1947 for reasons well known and less well known the United States embarked on the creation of what would become the Secret Empire – the intelligence wing of a vast national security state complex established for two reasons: 1) wining an ideological cold war against international communism, and 2) understanding, exploiting and secreting the material facts in evidence confirming an extraterrestrial presence engaging the human race and the planet Earth.

As the Secret Empire grew in size and scope it began to make alterations to the social contract, bending it to the breaking point. The most serious alteration was to embrace the concept of government in loco parentis – the government as replacement parent for citizens now viewed as children of the state.

This view became a cancerous growth centered in the gut of the Secret Empire which finally metastasized outward into every corner of governance – a glioblastoma multiforme with tentacles reaching into the FBI, ATF, DoJ, DOD, Office of the Executive, Congress, NIH, FDA – only the judiciary remained largely untouched.

The Secret Empire had become larger than the Roman Empire with layer upon layer of management in place before an elected official was even in sight. It now consists of tens of billions of above black (itemized) funding, tens of billions of black (not itemized) funding, additional billions in below black (undisclosed) funding, unknown amounts of rouge funding, millions of classified documents, millions of classified personnel, thousands of classified programs, hundreds of unacknowledged special access programs, huge above ground facilities and equally vast underground facilities.

Within this cloistered megastructure developed a cult of secrecy and unaccountability that placed those who run it above the law and outside societal norms. The secrets of nuclear war, world control mechanisms, extraterrestrial technology, alien beings and such were so profound only the initiated members of the secret world could even bear up under the knowledge. The average citizen would surely go mad, or so it was thought by those holding the secrets.

The public has long sensed this process underway and manifests this awareness by embracing phrases in the popular culture such as “you can’t handle the truth,” “need to know basis,” “don’t ask, don’t tell,” “if I told you that, I’d have to kill you,” and many more. They embrace fictional accounts of the process in books and movies, but are unable to marshal anything approaching an effective societal protest to the process itself.

More significantly, the public’s new status as children to be seen and not heard by a parental state has resulted in unprecedented drops in trust in all aspects of governance. Trust in the executive, the Congress, the judiciary and the press is near historical lows. Only 25% of citizens bother to vote. What does “government by consent of the people’ mean if the people are children and not of age to give consent?

[It should be pointed out the social net (welfare programs) promulgated by democrats and moderate republicans does dovetail into this parental modality. But it arises from a separate ideological source and does not present the same danger to the nation.]

The existence of a Secret Empire contained within a developing national security state operating in loco parentis is now the greatest threat to the preservation of the Constitutional Republic, and the most important exopolitical issue now being considered is whether or not the disclosure event (formal acknowledgment by world governments of the extraterrestrial presence engaging the human race), however achieved, has the power to change the status quo and permit reform of the Secret Empire and reconstitution of the social contract.

The era of the UFO which ended in 1991 was about “lights in the sky.” The era of exopolitics which followed is about “lies on the ground.” It is about the intersection between the phenomenology and the politics of secrecy and control. When Bob Woodward published his latest book, State of Denial, he confined the title’s metaphor to the Iraq war and concomitant events. If only he knew (or does he know?) how much further this proffered status extends.

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They shipped in people with every kind of background: clerks, professors, classical musicians, tradesmen and lawyers along with their spouses and children.  No rank or station in life was exempt. They packed them into the designated sector four, five six families to an apartment or house. Outside commerce and services were eliminated or rationed. Guard towers were built, and where necessary gated walls were constructed to complete sector integrity. The residents inside would improvise, overcome, adapt or perish. It mattered little to the overseers one way or the other. In time sector life decayed as sanitation, health, resources, all the customary necessities, eroded.

On occasion members of the controlled press would visit and inquire about the sector’s status. The commandant would escort them to viewing ports atop the gated walls.   Together they would look down upon the unkempt residents as they slouched along in ragged clothes with listless demeanor. “Do you see what a mess these people are?” the commandant reflected for the benefit of the press. “That is why we must keep them in this ghetto.”

Excerpted from Secret Empire: Paradigm Shift, Truth Embargo
and the Intellectual Ghettoization of UFOlogy

by Stephen Bassett.  Unpublished.

For many of the thousands of researchers and activists and millions of interested public who engaged the phenomenology of UFOs prior to 1991 the transition out of the UFO era has been uncomfortable and unwelcome. There is considerable resistance to the concept of exopolitics. One source of this resistance lies with a significant component of the delineation between the two eras.

While it is not possible to cover in this short article the full range of issues defining this suggested bifurcation of history, one point of comparison stands out: in the UFO era the ETH (extraterrestrial hypothesis as explanation for the unexplained 5% of extraordinary sightings) was a theory under consideration. In the era of exopolitics post 1991 the ETH is not a theory, it is a given. It was proven by the work of hundreds of researchers over a period of 44 years – an extraordinary accomplishment under great hardship and against state policy.

Those who are unable to make the transition and accept the ETH as fact, whatever the reason, are not comfortable confronting an emerging group of academics, activists and researchers who do. This circumstance is not unprecedented. All previous social and scientific paradigm shifts have produced similar tensions

It is also true that previous major shifts in world view have often been opposed and interfered with by state and religious institutions. The cosmic birthing process now underway is not the exception.

As remarkable was the citizen/science/activism that confirmed the ETH and revealed the extraterrestrial presence, equally remarkable was the effort by the United States Government to impede, misdirect and undermine the citizen driven process of discovery.

From 1947 forward every resource available to the developing military/intelligence complex was brought to bear on American society to create an embargo on the most profound truth in human history. The task must have seemed incomprehensible in the beginning – prevent every major institution within one of the most literate and open societies in history during a period of exponential expansion of electronic communication and multi-tiered media growth, from engaging an issue driven by phenomena not under human control.

While extraterrestrial craft were being seen and photographed around the world and extraterrestrial beings were interacting with humans on every continent, the United States government was able to prevent American academics, clerics, editors, publishers, state and federal political leaders and foundation board members from studying, teaching, covering, politically engaging or funding the issue in an appropriate manner leading to public understanding. It was and is a brilliant accomplishment now approaching its sixtieth year.

The tools used to control the extraterrestrial disclosure process were forged in the fires within the Secret Empire that burned most fiercely during the prosecution of the Cold War (1947-1991). These same tools were also used in a wide range of abuses of power, the impact of which on American policy and the future of the nation can not yet be projected. But the outlines of this impact are beginning to emerge, and the picture is not attractive.

The basic mechanisms of suppression are now well known: misinformation, disinformation, subversion, intimidation, lies, denial and misdirection. But these mechanisms were part of a broader process of social manipulation this author has termed the “intellectual ghettoization of ufology.”

The “ghettoization” of people and ideas by ruling authority has a long history that was always unpleasant but always effective. There is something fundamental within the human psyche that makes people susceptible to this maneuver. Let us hope some genes are diced and spliced in order to prevent future iterations of this nasty melodrama.

It is so simple. You direct intense ridicule at a selected target (a person, a race, an idea, a religion) and begin a process of isolation and separation. Then you associate more people and/or ideas to the selected target creating a defined and growing discredited grouping. If necessary, with people you build a physical wall to encompass the group. Whenever you need to add to the group you toss another person over the wall.

With ideas you build walls in the mind. Such a wall is the “ridicule curtain” built by the United States Government in the early 1950’s around the study of UFOs. Once it was built every person who touched the issue from that time forward was “tossed over the wall” into the ghetto of ufology. No one was spared. Walked on the Moon? Won a Pulitzer Prize? Commanded a Naval ship? PhD from MIT?  “Greatest jet pilot that ever was?” No matter. Touch the subject of UFOs and you are in the ghetto. The money dries up, the job offers diminish, programs are cancelled, medals are pinned elsewhere, college tenure is challenged, spouses leave home, phone calls are not returned.

Occasionally someone might attempt to break out and run for mainstream daylight. If the stain of the ghetto was strong enough, they might be ignored. Who will believe them? If not, well, collateral damage is an integral part of modern rule. The murders were few by historical standards.

As the years passed without resolution the misery mounted. Many good people spent their lives in pursuit of truths they would not live to see acknowledged and shared. Many others “burned out” and withdrew. Those who stayed on became increasingly frustrated and frayed around the edges. Within the confines of the ghetto they turned on each other. Everyone was suspect. Anyone could be an operative.

With vision obscured by a wall of lies many lost sight of the most important point – one which should be etched onto a plaque and mounted over every door. The failure to resolve the political impasse preventing the formal disclosure to the world of the extraterrestrial presence is the fault of one entity – the government of the United States – period. It’s not the researchers or activists one doesn’t like. It’s not the character flaws so clearly seen in others but not in oneself.

It’s the government, stupid, the one many didn’t bother to vote for because they were too disgusted or simply didn’t care any more. It is the government that acts on our behalf every day whether we voted or not and can make our life a living hell anytime it wants – if we let it.

The UFO era is over. It ended in 1991. The United States Government by intention or default is trying to extend the intellectual ghettoization of the extraterrestrial issue well into the second decade of the exopolitics era. This same government also wishes to extend its tenure in loco parentis to a nation of “children.”

It is essential, it is critical the American people stand up and assert their role as parent to a misbehaving government that has lost its way. Those within ufology and exopolitics must recognize the “ridicule curtain” is a wall in the mind only. It can be torn down with an act of will.

Tear down the wall, leave the ghetto, stand up to the state and demand the truth.

Exopolitics: The Men in Gray 

July 6, 2005
Stephen Bassett

Activism and advocacy take many forms such as the raised fist, marching feet, candlelight vigil, silent witness (the good); the dynamite belt, assassin’s gun (the bad); a burning flag, bucket of blood, flaming cross (the ugly). But behind all of these symbolic forms, and always in the culmination, are words, and words matter.

During the nearly ten years since I entered the realm of extraterrestrial-related phenomena research/activism I have placed special emphasis on assisting the development of new language which appropriately conveys the tenor, substance and history of the paradigm shift underway. While it appears clumsy now, the “politics of UFOs” seemed like progress a decade ago. Soon the word “disclosure” began to take hold and then the phrase “politics of disclosure.” Disclosure is now a critical term in the emerging lexicon.

And, of course, in 2000 (and appropriately so) the term “exopolitics” sprung forth from the work of Alfred L. Webre. It has been picked up by many others, most notably Dr. Michael Salla, and moves assuredly toward formal acceptance by the world’s dictionaries. Exopolitics is the over arching term for the political engagement of extraterrestrial-related phenomena and extraterrestrial beings by governments and people. Disclosure and the politics of disclosure are but items within this vast field of study that began many thousands of years ago when humans first noted the presence of off world beings and/or craft in their world.

I want to introduce a new metaphor and a new phrase to help those trying to understand the transition now underway. It is quite possible I will torture this metaphor and apologize for that in advance.

Consider the “capacitor,” a useful electrical device a very nice teacher tried to explain to you oh so many years ago in a high school science class. Some of you slept through that class.  Others of you can make capacitors sing and dance. Here’s a basic definition:

a device that stores energy in the electric field created between a pair of conductors on which equal but opposite electric charges have been placed. Capacitors typically have thin conducting plates (usually made of metal), separated by a layer of insulating dielectric material. A dielectric material is a substance that is a poor conductor of electricity, but an efficient supporter of electrostatic fields. If the flow of current between opposite electrically charged plates is kept to a minimum while the electrostatic lines of flux are not impeded or interrupted, an electrostatic field can store energy.

Here’s a simple diagram:

Two things to know. The dielectric prevents the immediate discharge from one plate to another but allows some charge to transfer – a good thing. If you build up too much charge on the plates, the stress on the dielectric can become so great it will literally explode and a catastrophic discharge will take place – a bad thing.

Now comes the metaphor. [Note: there is a nice little irony to this metaphor. See if you can see it coming. Answer at the end.]

Consider the disclosure event (formal acknowledgement of the extraterrestrial presence by the world’s governments) as a jump (discharge) from one paradigm to another paradigm – the standing world view to a new world view. Think of the old paradigm and the new paradigm as the two plates of a capacitor. If it is not considered desirable for this jump to happen suddenly, then there needs to be a dielectric between the two paradigms (plates).  What is that dielectric?

Answer:  the Men in Gray – MIGS. There are very few “Women in Gray” for well understood reasons. These few are, of course, called WIGS.

This concept can be helpful, and once again words matter.  It is important that you clearly understand what Men in Gray (or Women in Gray) means in this context. The definition is intended to be precise:

Men (Women) in Gray are persons who are working or have worked in government service (elected or appointed officials, military and agency employees) and are engaging extraterrestrial-related phenomena and exopolitics in the public arena in any form or fashion.

It doesn’t matter how they engage these issues, what they believe, what there motives are or when they entered the public arena.  There are hundreds, perhaps thousands of such men and the paradigm shift that will inevitably take place with the disclosure event could not, would not and probably should not happen without them.

Over the past five decades there has been great debate and study of such men. Many assertions and accusations have been made. There has been confusion, paranoia and misunderstanding. This is no different from other complex historical processes, and in the long run, such Sturm und Drang will be of secondary importance.

Men in Gray cover a broad spectrum of involvement with these issues.  Some are simply witnesses to events and evidence. Some are paid operatives charged to observe or impede or disrupt or disinform. Some may well be paid to assist the truth process and some are completely independent in their actions. Some are carrying out their obligations as elected officials.  Some are researchers deeply involved in specific areas of study. They have divergent motives and views. What they have in common is the definition above.

What is important to understand is that the presence in the public arena of the Men in Gray with their diverging impact acts in the collective as the dielectric buffer between the two paradigms and prevents the paradigm shift from happening too violently, too suddenly, and perhaps too soon, while still allowing the historical process to move forward.

Who are the Men in Gray? Here are but a few. If you are knowledgeable of the history of the field since 1947 you will immediately see the complexity and diversity of impact on the issues of these men (and two women).

Art Bell (Air Force) Graham Bethune (Air Force) Michael Smith (Air Force)
Bruce Maccabee (Naval Labs) J. Allen Hynek (Air Force Contract) Nick Pope (British Defense Ministry)
Carl Sagan (Government contract) James Kopf (Navy) Philip Corso (Army)
Charles Brown (Air Force) James Oberg (Air Force, NASA) Richard Doty (AFOSI)
Charles Hall (Army) Jesse Marcel (Army) Richard Haines (NASA)
Chuck Sorrells (Air Force) Jesse Marcel, Jr. (Army Reserve) Richard Hall (Air Force)
Clark McClelland (NASA) John Alexander (Army intelligence) Robert Collins (Air Force)
Clifford Stone (Army) John Brandenburg (NASA) Robert Dean (Army)
Derrel Sims (CIA) John Callahan (FAA) Robert Jacobs (Air Force)
Don Phillips (Air Force, CIA) John Lear (CIA Contract) Robert Salas (Air Force)
Donald Keyhoe (Army) John Maynard (DIA) Robert Walker (Army)
Donald Menzel (CIA) John Podesta (Executive appointee) Robert Wood (Defense Contractor)
Donald Ware (Air Force) John Schuessler (NASA) Ron Pandolfe (CIA)
Donna Hare (NASA) – WIG John Williams (Air Force) Roscoe Hillenkoetter (Navy)
Dwynne Arneson (Air Force) Karl Wolfe (Air Force) Ross Diedrickson (Air Force)
Ed Fuche (Air Force) Kevin Randle (Army, Air Force) Steven Schiff (Congress)
Edgar Mitchell (Air Force, NASA) Larry Bryant (Army) Stoney Campbell (Air Force)
Frederick Fox (Navy) Larry Warren (Air Force) Walter Andrus (Navy)
George Filer (Air Force) Lord Hill-Norton (British Navy) Wendelle Stevens (Air Force)
Gerald Ford (Congress) Lori Rehfeldt (Air Force) – WIG William Cooper (Air Force, Navy)
Gordon Cooper (Air Force, NASA) Merle Shane McDow (Navy) William Hamilton (Air Force)

 

Many more could be added and many others operated in the public arena, but are unknown.  It is instructive to note that the list includes Roscoe Hillenkoetter and Donald Menzel, but not Vannevar Bush.   Hillenkoetter entered the public arena when he became a member of the NICAP Board of Directors. Menzel entered the public arena when he debunked the UFO phenomena in books and statements.  Bush confined his involvement within his duties in government and did not enter the public arena.

The study and engagement of UFO/ET phenomena has from the beginning had at its center former and active government employees. Many of these have engaged the issue in a public way.   They are the dielectric that insulates the two paradigms.

They were an essential and required buffer, whether intentional or circumstantial, to prevent the catastrophic discharge of the greatest world view change in human history before it was time. Some opposed the process of disclosure and some encouraged it. Some acted on behalf of the government and others in their own interests.  It is not unreasonable to believe that with few exceptions they did what they thought was right.

Now I’ll answer the obvious question, “Isn’t everyone who touches this issue part of the dielectric regardless of their background.  Yes, of course. But the history and circumstance of the transition underway since the late 1940’s clearly shows that former and active government employees are the critical component.

But this dielectric metaphor is made up of sentient beings who can alter their orientation. What you can expect to see in the immediate future is a shift of that orientation toward disclosure as well as the addition of new MIGs so disposed. Let the historians sort out the details and focus on the prize. That prize is the end to the truth embargo, and the sooner the better.

* The irony? The capacitor in micro form is a major component of the integrated circuit which is part of the foundation of the modern world.   It was publicly reported that advanced concepts related to such technology and derived from extraterrestrial sources were provided to private companies to benefit the nation – reported by Lt. Col. Philip Corso – a quintessential Man in Gray.

Exopolitics:  Was Seeing Believing?

February 11, 2005
Stephen Bassett

Laughlin, NV – Peter Jennings, the last anchor standing, instructed his company, PJ Productions, in 2004 to create a documentary (really news special) on what he would call UFOs and I would call extraterrestrial-related phenomena. Actually, the original focus was “extraterrestrial life,” and to their credit they refocused onto the phenomena being examined by thousands of researchers and activists since 1947. Eventually it was titled Peter Jennings Reporting UFOs: Seeing is Believing and aired on February 24, 2005 for two hours in opposition to Survivor, The OC and The Apprentice – three of the highest rated programs on network television. It was sweeps week. The irony of this special about a reality the government of the United States still denies airing against “reality” programs selling a contrived reality to a public which increasingly can’t tell the difference, was difficult to miss.

And so it was that ABC News made its first significant contribution in many decades to the issues this magazine presents. There had been a few guest appearances on Nightline by a researcher here and there (Bruce Maccabee, Stanton Friedman). There was the legendary Disney generated documentary in 1995, but this was not associated with the formidable news division. And, of course, how can we forget the infamous March 30, 1997 appearance  by Lee – I made it all up, but I’m a science fiction writer, that’s what I do – Shargel on This Week with David Brinkley?

It was the 21st Century, government witnesses were emerging from every direction, disks (daylight and nighttime) had been seen and video recorded all over Mexico, press briefings were taking place at the National Press Club, polls were returning 50% positive responses on ET presence (and 80% negative responses as to government veracity on the subject), huge and slow moving black triangles were being seen all over the world, former French government officials (COMETA) had issued a report calling for the United States to stop stalling a proper investigation and exposition of the known facts, the UK government was dumping classified documents into the public domain, Laurance Rockefeller had tried to convince Bill Clinton to be the “disclosure president,” Hollywood was cranking out movies and television series with one kind of extraterrestrial or another in leading roles. The 10-hour series, Taken, was notable. War of the Worlds is up next. Who could blame the ABC television network from wanting to climb on board?  The saucer was leaving the space port.

If you think ABC and Peter Jennings just learned there were unusual objects in the sky and jumped on a story, think again.   Here are some things you didn’t know.  More awareness effort has been directed at the ABC News division than all the other networks combined, including Fox (to its credit, Fox has been responsive). Paradigm Research Group, the Disclosure Project and others have approached ABC News repeatedly over the past 15 years. Much of this was aimed at Nightline with Ted Koppel.   I met with producers at Nightline; passed on information, books (Day after Roswell), tapes (Out of the Blue); made offers to set up meetings with government witnesses; sent dozens of press releases; and more. Dr. Steven Greer met with top ABC News producers on several occasions.

Immediately after the May 9, 2001 Disclosure Project press conference at the National Press Club was completed, the 4-hour video compilation of witness testimony was walked directly over to Ted Koppel’s office. He was given the tape, viewed a portion and was asked to consider program segments with these witnesses. That night I received a phone call from my contact requesting the names of six of the best witnesses for ABC News to check out for possible guest appearances. This request was passed on to Dr. Greer. Six witnesses were selected and passed back to ABC News.

In time I learned the first witness selected for vetting was retired FAA administrator John Callahan, witness to the events surrounding the 1986 Japan Airlines flight 1628 sighting over Alaska. It was the late summer of 2001, seven months into a new Republican administration badly in need of a legacy building issue, and it was difficult to suppress a rising expectation of a media breakthrough.   On September 11 this optimism, the witness vetting process and any media momentum collapsed upon itself like the towers in New York.

During the intervening years it has not been easy to insert the issues of exopolitics and extraterrestrial-related phenomena into the political arena. But the issues surrounding extraterrestrial-related phenomena haven’t gone away for many reasons, not the least of which being because the extraterrestrials haven’t gone away.  Sightings continued unabated, public awareness continued to grow and countries other than the United States engaged the issues, i.e. Mexico, India and the United Kingdom.

Peter Jennings did not produce and present a documentary to his network about extraterrestrial-related phenomena for a few ratings points. They did the special because they are behind the curve on this issue and they know it. They are playing catch up with Fox New and the Discovery, TLC, History and A&E cable channels and they know it. That said, the people, evidence and theories pertaining to this subject are still confined to an intellectual ghetto fostered by a government which still declares there is no there there. What to do?  They ran it right down the middle with no small amount of skill.

Here is a simple exopolitical assessment of the Peter Jennings UFO special. The first hour was a nice present to the UFO/ET research/activist community. The fundamental question of unresolved anomalous phenomena was reinforced. Government incompetence (though not government conspiracy to hide) was charged. A call for more investigation was made. Intelligent and fair representations of unusual sightings, witnesses and researchers were made. The skeptibunkers’ usual silly counter explanations were given without enhancement or endorsement. What was not to like about that hour of prime time?

The second hour was a present to the government of the United States and the corporate defense contractors (some of which own major media entities) still faced with the daunting problem of ending a 57-year truth embargo and coming out looking good on the other side of disclosure. Three things were accomplished during this hour, which were quite significant.  First they tied the matter of a government “cover-up” to Roswell.  Second, they debunked Roswell with prejudice. It was quite remarkable. Peter Jennings suddenly lost all objectivity and pronounced Roswell a myth. No ifs, ands or buts about it. Roswell was myth, and by extension the idea of a government “cover-up” was myth.  Peter says so.  Wow!  Third, they attempted to shape the public perception of the contact/abduction issue by pitting Budd Hopkins, the “artist,” against skeptical Harvard University professors while leaving out Harvard trained and connected researcher, the late Dr. John Mack, and Temple University associate professor David Jacobs.*  Why did they do this?

I have no idea. Just kidding.  Here, in my opinion, is why they took this approach. The following two points are absolutely critical to understanding the government dilemma and past actions. First, the inside management group (MJ-12, Council of the Majority, whatever they’re called) have always considered Roswell the greatest threat to the truth embargo. That is why they have invested so much effort to counter the developing public awareness. They moved to block Congressman Steven Schiff, backed and published two books, publicly put forward three different explanations, held a press conference at the Pentagon to announce one of these explanations (it was so silly even the Pentagon reporters laughed it off), and more.  Outside of Roswell the government position is “what ETs” and “go away.”

Second, the matter of abductions, whether conducted by extraterrestrials or military, is THE most explosive exopolitical issue.  It is a huge public relations (and possibly legal) problem embedded in any disclosure scenario.

ABC News put the government on notice. The message was this:  this is news, and it is no longer possible to pretend otherwise; we are putting you on notice we are going to do more specials on this subject; we are giving you some maneuvering room.

ABC got twice the viewing audience it normally gets for that competitive time slot. In a weaker slot the audience might have exceeded 20 million. You can bet your Roswell souvenirs the other networks took notice. The business of America is business.

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* Budd Hopkins has been treated this way before, and I truly hope Budd hangs around long enough to receive an apology from everyone who owes him one – not a small number.

Relevant Web links:

Disney’s 1995 Documentary: www.hedweb.com/markp/disney.htm
JAL 1628 Sighting (1986): www.ufoevidence.org/topics/JALalaska.htm
Peter Jennings Reporting UFOs:  www.abcnews.go.com/Technology/Primetime/story?id=468496
Pentagon Roswell Briefing (6/24/97): www.defense.gov/transcripts/1997/t06241997_t0624asd.html
 www.cnn.com/TECH/9706/24/ufo.presser/
Disclosure Project NPC Press Conference:  www.disclosureproject.org/npcwebcast.htm

Exopolitics: Those Pesky Myths, Misperceptions and Misunderstandings

December 24, 2004
Stephen Bassett

Hello, 2005, the 58th year of the extraterrestrial-related phenomena truth embargo. I was born in December of 1946.  By then the cover-up, as some prefer to call it, was already underway.  While July of 1947 serves nicely as a formal beginning of this policy, there had been sightings during and just after the war. Thus, the truth embargo completely encapsulates my life. What a long strange trip…………

Fortunately the frustration and anticipation which accompanies this issue like few others, somewhat in the fashion of Lt. Dunbar’s approach to life in Catch 22, makes the passage of time seem sooooo much slower.  How long can this go on?  Should I take out a 401(k)?   The prize, disclosure, hangs out there in the hazy future, both inevitable and unreachable at the same time.

It would help to move things along if all of the myths, misperceptions and misunderstandings could be cleared up. Let’s start off the New Year by taking a look at three examples.

The Great Halloween Fiasco of ‘38

On the eve of Halloween, October 30, 1938, Orson Welles and the Mercury Theater on the Air performed a radio play version of H. G. Wells’ War of the Worlds. It was postured as a “real” news broadcast and immediately entered the realm of myth and legend.  While there were disclaimers provided, many of the listening public were dial-hopping back and forth from another popular show, the Chase and Sanborn Hour, thought the broadcast was real and proceeded to panic in various and sometimes creative ways.

The Welles fiasco remains just an interesting footnote in history if it doesn’t get caught up in exopolitical matters, namely the truth embargo. In time the War of the Worlds panic becomes a touchstone for those who wish to make the case the human race “can’t handle the truth.”  If you are reading UFO Magazine, you know the issues and have heard this non sequitur repeated many times. It’s baloney.

Here is the ironic but proper inference that should have been taken from the “panic of 1938.” It is not that humans, when confronted with the idea of an extraterrestrial presence, hostile or otherwise, go to pieces. The panic which ensued was unpleasant but hardly rose to the level of the Coconut Grove fire. That was panic.  Given how little exposure Americans had had to the extraterrestrial hypothesis by 1938, the reaction was not exceptional.

But let’s assume for the sake of argument people got upset, and that was bad. Here is the inference which should have been drawn: when an institution of public trust (a major radio network) completely fabricates a false and scary scenario, people get upset. The message of 1938 is not people can’t handle the truth, but rather people can be misled into inappropriate response by elaborate lies. October 30, 1938 does not support a cover-up, it supports disclosure.

The Brookings Report

Ah, the Proposed Studies of the Implications of Peaceful Space Activities for Human Affairs, the Brookings Report, what would a truth embargo have done without this fine tome commissioned by NASA’s Committee on Long Range Studies from the Brookings Institution in 1960.  Quite a few people in and out of government have used a few sections of this report to justify taking a passive approach to the disclosure process. Such an interpretation is a profound misconception. Take a moment and read the exact material in the private report which did not become generally known until the early 1990’s.

From the Summary:  Introduction: Goals and Methods

  1. Certain potential products or consequences of space activities imply such a high degree of change in world conditions that it would be unprofitable within the purview of this report to propose research on them. Examples include a controlled thermonuclear fusion rocket power source and face-to-face meetings with extraterrestrials.

From the Summary:  Attitudes and Values

  1. Though intelligent or semi-intelligent life conceivably exists elsewhere in our solar system, if intelligent extraterrestrial life is discovered in the next twenty years, it will very probably be by radio telescope from other solar systems. Evidences of its existence might also be found in artifacts left on the moon or other planets. The consequences for attitudes and values are unpredictable, but would vary profoundly in different cultures and between groups within complex societies; a crucial factor would be the nature of the communication between us and the other beings. Whether or not earth would be inspired to an all-out space effort by such a discovery is moot: societies sure of their own place in the universe have disintegrated when confronted by a superior society, and others have survived even though changed. Clearly, the better we can come to understand the factors involved in responding to such crises the better prepared we may be.
  2. While the discovery of intelligent life in other parts of the universe is not likely in the immediate future, it could nevertheless happen at any time. Whenever it does occur its consequences for earth attitudes and values may be profound. Hence a long-term research effort, which would aid in preparing for this possibility, could usefully begin with:

A continuing determination of emotional and intellectual understanding and attitudes regarding the possibility and consequences of discovering intelligent extraterrestrial life.

From Section 9: Attitudes and Values:  Possible Implications for the General Public

Recent publicity given to efforts to detect extraterrestrial messages via radio telescope has popularized — and legitimized — speculations about the impact of such a discovery on human, values. It is conceivable that there is semi-intelligent life in some part of our solar system or highly intelligent life which is not technologically oriented, and many cosmologists and astronomers think it very likely that there is intelligent life in many other solar systems. While face-to-face meetings with it will not occur within the next twenty years (unless its technology is more advanced than ours, qualifying it to visit earth), artifacts left at some point in time by these ‘life forms might possibly be discovered through our space activities on the Moon, Mars, or Venus. If there is any contact to be made during the next twenty years it would most likely be by radio — which would indicate that these beings had at least equaled our own technological level.

An individual’s reactions to such a radio contact would in part depend on his cultural, religious, and social background, as well as on the actions of those he considered authorities and leaders and their behavior, in turn would in part depend on their cultural, social, and religious environment. The discovery would certainly be front-page news everywhere; the degree of political or social repercussion would probably depend on leadership’s interpretation of (1) its own role, (2) threats to that role, and (3) national and personal opportunities to take advantage of the disruption or reinforcement of the attitudes and values of others. Since leadership itself might have great need to gauge the direction and intensity of public attitudes, to strengthen its own morale and for decision making purposes, it would be most advantageous to have more to go on than personal opinions about the opinions of the public and other leadership groups.

The knowledge that life existed in other parts of the universe might lead to a greater unity of men on earth, based on the oneness of man or on the age-old assumption that any stranger is threatening Much would depend on what, if anything, was communicated between man and the other beings: since after the discovery there will be years of silence (because even the closest stars are several light years away, an exchange of radio communication would take twice-the number of light years separating our sun from theirs), the fact that such beings existed might become simply one of the facts of life but probably not one calling for action. Whether Earthmen would be inspired to all-out space efforts by such a discovery is a moot question. Anthropological files contain many examples of societies, sure of their place in the universe, which have disintegrated when they have had to associate with previously unfamiliar societies espousing different ideas and different life ways; others that survived such an experience usually did so by paying the price of changes in values and attitudes and behavior.

Since intelligent life might be discovered at any time via the radio telescope research presently under way, and since the consequences of such a discovery are presently unpredictable because of our limited knowledge of behavior under even an approximation of such dramatic circumstances, two research areas can be recommended:

  •    Continuing studies to determine emotional and intellectual understanding and attitudes — and successive alterations of them if any — regarding the possibility and consequences of discovering intelligent extraterrestrial life.
  •    Historical and empirical studies of the behavior of peoples and their leaders when confronted with dramatic and unfamiliar events or social pressures.  Such studies might help to provide programs for meeting and adjusting to the implications of such a discovery. Questions one might wish to answer by such studies would include: How might such information, under what circumstances, be presented to or withheld from the public for what ends?  What might be the role of the discovering scientists and other decision makers regarding release of the fact of discovery?

These are measured statements completely in accord with an academic analysis. They clearly could be used to support and intellectual argument in the privacy of government meeting rooms as to why government personnel should maintain strict secrecy controls regarding all things extraterrestrial and honor all appropriate non-disclosure/secrecy agreements until such time as the government felt comfortable with a public disclosure. Perhaps they even tossed in 1938 for emphasis.

But to use these dry, academic projections to assert the Brookings Institution sagely made the case human beings (particularly those in the United States and First World nations) 10, 20, 40 years ahead would fall apart, society would collapse, and the sum of all benefits from global awareness of the truth would be drowned out by some anthropological comparisons, is, well, thin.

Read it again.  Does it strike fear in your heart?   On a scale of 1 to 10, how does it measure up to the constant drumbeat of government predictions of possible dirty bomb, nuclear, biological and chemical attacks by persons unknown?  Said predictions made in the open, not carefully couched in private reports. If the Brookings Report had been made public in the early 1960’s it would have been debated by intellectuals around the world until its more cautionary assertions were as inert as neon gas.

Attack of the 50’ Insane Christian Fundamentalists

Here is a misperception (misinformation?) I am quite tired of hearing. While most people will be able to handle a disclosure event, those crazy disciples of Jerry Falwell will become so upset they will literally bring down society all by themselves. They will commit terrible unspecified acts so heinous the disclosure event will be catastrophic. Pleeeeeeease.

The vast majority of evangelical, fundamentalist Christians are as reasonable in their actions, as demure in their behavior as any run-of-the-mill secularist. The few that are extreme are just that – a few.  Nothing new here, and global policy can’t be held hostage to the discomfort of a few.

If there is a government policy basis for concern regarding evangelical Christians it would more appropriately be their end times, Rapture beliefs when in close proximity to the Executive.   This issue has been raised by numerous journalists, including Bill Moyers. Why worry about the environment or a “prophecy fulfilling?” war in the Middle East when the Second Coming and the end is near?

Whatever the outcome of that debate, the obvious point to make is such an end times belief structure would only serve to insulate such a worldview from a disclosure event, not incite mayhem. There are other beings in the world. So what? Just one more irrelevant piece of information at the end of days.

It is long past time to stop using fundamentalist Christians as scapegoats to justify continuing the truth embargo

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Relevant Web links:

Brookings Report:  www.anomalies.net/brookings/report.pdf
War of the World
s Broadcast: http://history1900s.about.com/od/1930s/a/warofworlds.htm

Exopolitics: Peter & John

October 18, 2004
Stephen Bassett

“Has anybody here…………

Dr. John Mack

“There are no coincidences.”

It would not be appropriate to say I was a friend of John Mack. Acquaintance perhaps – we had met and spoken on a few occasions. It would be a considerable hubris to say a common interest in extraterrestrial-related phenomena made us colleagues. John Mack was a giant of the 20th Century, whose work will soon (but not soon enough) be vindicated. I was a repressed activist without portfolio who had misplaced the first half of his life and sought a role and purpose for the last half.

But John Mack would influence my life as no other. In 1995, while reexamining my long, but not pursued interest in the UFO question, I read Abduction: Human Encounters with Aliens. That such a distinguished academic would dare to engage the abduction issue left an impression. It was one of many indications the study of extraterrestrial-related phenomena had risen to a new level.  This in no way diminishes the work of Budd Hopkins, David Jacobs and others. But Mack’s 45-year relationship with Harvard University had implications for disclosure, the political resolution, and combined with other indicators pointed toward such a resolution being at hand.

And so it was in the late fall of 1995 from California I approached the Program for Extraordinary Experience Research (PEER) in Cambridge with a request to volunteer as a development assistant.  PEER was part of the Center for Psychology and Social Change founded in 1982 by Dr. Mack and colleagues. Then Executive Director, Karen Wesolowski, handled such matters and generously accepted my offer.

For the drive across country I deliberately routed through Roswell. While driving in twilight across the vast expanse of New Mexico, approaching Roswell and staring into the darkening and beckoning mysteries of the government captive desert, there came an overwhelming sense of impending events and a sense of certainty and purpose so powerful, all fear fell away.

I arrived in Cambridge January 26, 1996 in the middle of one of the worst winters in decades. Cleared snow was piled higher than the tops of buses. Dr. Mack was out of town, so a week to settle in would be followed by an introduction upon his return in the first week of February.

John Mack had just passed through the two most difficult years of his professional life. It began when a woman approached him at a UFO conference and told him she was very interested in his work and wanted assistance in exploring her “abduction” experiences. She would eventually undergo several hypnosis sessions and shortly thereafter approach Time Magazine with a story of how she had “faked” her experience in order to expose Dr. Mack’s research methodology and UFO “cult.” The April 25, 1994 Time article triggered by her “scoop” led to a 14-month Harvard investigation that put Dr. Mack through the wringer and did not end until the fall of 1995 when Harvard issued a report which chose not to censure him and “reaffirmed Dr. Mack’s academic freedom to study what he wishes and to state his opinions without impediment.”

Behind the scenes this woman continued to create disruption for Dr. Mack including turning up at the June 1994 Annual Meeting of CSICOP, which had invited Mack to present. John estimated the cost of his Harvard investigation defense to be in excess of $250,000.

During 1995 the respected PBS program NOVA produced a documentary titled “Kidnapped by UFOs” featuring Dr. Mack and Budd Hopkins among others. Early in February of 1996 NOVA delivered to the office of PEER a pre-broadcast copy of the documentary as a courtesy. On the morning of his return to Cambridge John reviewed the finished documentary for the first time. He quickly learned that NOVA had turned the documentary into a “hit piece.” (One NOVA producer resigned when PBS suits demanded the documentary take this direction). Along with poor science and bad editing, NOVA had given over a full segment to the sting operation by the woman who had plagued Mack’s work for two years and nearly cost him his tenure. Her name was Donna Rice Bassett. *

Right after viewing the documentary Dr. Mack joined Karen Wesolowski and me in a meeting room. Karen made the introduction. “John, this gentleman has come all the way from California to help us and is very interested in your work. Please meet Stephen Bassett.”

In early 2004 I invited John to speak at the April X-Conference. His schedule was quite full, and as expected, he declined through an intermediary who did add that John was a bit uncomfortable with my “confrontational approach.” This did not offend. I am a political activist and confrontation (non-violent) is an indispensable tool. The government is enormously powerful and yields its secrets and its power with great reluctance – and time is running out. There are many paths.

But upon reading the reply I immediately recalled that February day in 1996 when we met for the first time. Later that afternoon in the reception area of PEER John was sitting on the sofa contemplating the NOVA documentary soon to be aired. He muttered to himself, “the fascists are coming to get me.” Inside the gentle professor was an activist who wanted a better world based upon understanding and compassion. I held out hope John would agree to present at X-Conference 2005. It would have been an honor.

Are there no coincidences? Certainly the synchronicity of that February day has remained with me. In May of that year, sitting in my office in Cambridge and contemplating my departure from PEER, my course for the next eight years simply fell out of the ether fully formed. I left for Washington in July to engage the “politics of UFOs” meaning the “politics of disclosure” meaning exopolitics. The work continues.

And the work is difficult, which is why one likes to find hooks upon which to hang their motivations. I found one. A woman who married a gentleman with the same name as mine tried to ruin a great man and demean his work. I am going to help end the truth embargo which prevents the vindication of his work. It will be a pleasure.

Peter Morgenstern-Clarren

….and flights of angels…….

In 2002, during one of hottest summers on record, 30 volunteers set out to gather 5000 signatures from registered voters in the 8th Congressional District of Maryland in order to secure a place for me on the ballot as an independent candidate. The subject of exopolitics would be front and center in the campaign. The grocery stores did not permit soliciting inside the entrance areas, and with the high humidity the heat index consistently rose to 110 and stayed that way for the entire signature gathering process. They succeeded. There was no chance to “win.” It was purely about issues and principal. How do you thank such people?

Two of those volunteers were Derek Garcia and Peter Morgenstern-Clarren, both students of Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. At the time Derek was the managing editor of the campus paper, Peter wrote for the paper and both were activists. These young men were way ahead of their time. They invited me to speak at Wesleyan and later created a student run course on extraterrestrial-related phenomena. There was so much interest they had to turn away applicants.

Peter was the history major, the social activist, leader of the campus chapter of Amnesty International, the brooder on social ills. He cared, he paid attention, he voted. After he graduated he spent time tutoring at his former elementary school. In a nation of citizens turning away from politics, from voting, from caring – even from reality – Peter was the antidote.

When the Cold War ended in 1991, it was as if the glue that held the American superstructure together melted. There were some good economic times, but something very wrong was happening deeper down, something hidden. The symptoms were emerging, and Peter saw them clearly. He saw them too well. He was an empath. The suffering in the world that was rising like a tsunami as the planet raced wildly forward without leadership and with common sense all but abandoned, was difficult to bear. He could not see past it.

On April 21 this year he stepped in front of a racing train leaving his family and his great friend Derek behind. I wrote Derek at the time:

“It will never ‘make sense’ because it is an act of passion and emotion.  It is the surrender of reason to the moment and a refutation of the uncertain future. It is, in the end, what he wanted. He would have traveled to the stars. Now you will travel to the stars on his behalf.”

As I write this, it has been a difficult 13 months. Aside from the usual travails of this world, the community of researchers and activists has lost Graham Birdsall, Laurance Rockefeller, Lord Hill-Norton, Eugene Mallove, Gordon Cooper, John Mack and Betty Hill. But the death of Peter Morgenstern-Clarren affected me the most.

Is it not enough that the baby boom generation (children of the bomb) will leave our young people a bankrupt treasury, a degraded environment, fished out oceans, holes in the sky and a broken down political system which kills ideas before they are born? At least let them know the truth of their world. Let them know there is a galaxy awaiting them because the human race has already been found. It is being engaged. And this truth is more important than all the anti-matter weapons we can build, all the particle beam weapons in space, all the “extra edge” we can get on our new enemies, whomever they are, all the delayed technology transfer oil revenues we can bank, all the warm and fuzzy feelings that come from “knowing something you don’t know,” all the arrogance of power, the abuse of trust, and all the mansions in McLean, Virginia. The truth embargo isn’t worth it.

I wouldn’t trade Peter for all the political pundits, all the military/intel “insiders,” all the hot shot news anchors and the entire retinue of the Congress of the United States.

Peter and John are the alpha and omega of this paradigm change – a man near the end of his life trying to open the world for the young man seeking to find his life. Both stood up to a complex of thinking that surpasses even the closed minds of the 14th Century who stood at the edge of the ocean and commanded the tide to stop – these closed minds stand before the whole galaxy and command it to go away.

So the disclosure work will go forward. And these two men, named after two who traveled with one of the greatest truth tellers to ever walk the earth, will be in our thoughts.

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* At the time of these events Donna Rice was married to Edward Bassett who had worked with Phil Klass at the Washington Bureau of Aviation Week and Space Technology in the late 70s and early 80s. Klass claims he played no part whatsoever in setting up Dr. John Mack – this from a man who tried to destroy Dr. James McDonald in the 1960s. Perhaps there are no coincidences.

Relevant Web links:

John E. Mack Institute:   www.centerchange.org
Mack’s response to NOVA:    www.beyondweird.com/ufos/John_Mack_Letter_To_Nova_February_1996.html
Peter Morgenstern-Clarren eulogies:  www.wesleyan.edu/argus/archives/may042004/dateyear/w11.html www.wesleyan.edu/argus/archives/apr302004/dateyear/n2.html

Exopolitical Activism?  

September 9, 2004
Stephen Bassett

dis·clo·sure d-sklzhr
Function: noun:
1: the act or process of revealing or uncovering.
2: something uncovered; a revelation.
3: formal acknowledgement by the United States government and other governments of an extraterrestrial presence engaging the human race and the planet earth. (pending)

ex·o·pol·i·tics   ks-pl-tks  (pending)
Function: noun plural but singular or plural in construction
Etymology: From Greek exo, outside, from ex, out of, and from Greek politika, from neuter plural of politikos political.
1: the art or science of government as concerned with guiding or influencing governmental policy toward extraterrestrial phenomena and extraterrestrial beings.
2: exopolitical actions, practices, or policies.
3: the exopolitical opinions or sympathies of a person.
4: the total complex of relations between the human race and non-human, intelligent beings.

ac·tiv·ist  kt-vst
Function: noun
A proponent or practitioner of activism: political activists.
Function: adj.
1: of, relating to, or engaged in activism.
2: of, relating to, or being an activist.

Washington, DC – Recently a colleague who is producing a conference referred to me in a release draft as an “exopolitical activist” – an appropriate and catchy moniker. I asked that it read “political activist.” There are two important reasons for this correction.

The first has to do with the concept of “normalization.”  This has been a fundamental and ongoing strategy of Paradigm Research Group, which attempts to directly confront the intellectual ghettoization inflicted on the field of extraterrestrial-related phenomena research and advocacy since 1947. The creation of intellectual or even physical ghettos to separate ideas and people from the larger culture in order to diminish their influence has been used by ruling classes and institutions since the beginning of “civilization.” It is very effective.

This metaphor is not put forth casually. Other 20th Century examples are well known and intensely remembered. Physical ghettos with walls of stone lead to great human suffering.  Intellectual ghettos with walls of ridicule have a more complex and subtle impact on the human condition, but still one of great consequence.

The intellectual ghettoization of extraterrestrial-related phenomena research/activism was orchestrated by elements within the United States government with purchased, voluntary and unwitting complicity from private citizens and institutions. The full description of its construction and implementation will fill books, but would include:

  • Placement of absurd stories in low-end tabloid newspapers.
  • Direct statements of ridicule of events and evidence from military spokespersons and line officers.
  • Arrangements with selected newspapers to limit serious coverage and encourage humorous coverage of the subject matter.
  • Arrangements with selected television networks to do the same.
  • Interjection of false information to discredit people and organizations, misdirect the media and waste resources.
  • Direct, false denial of events and evidence to undermine credibility of government witnesses.
  • Planting of agents within the research/activist community to incite conflict, engineer career attacks* and “muddy the water.”  Such agents ran the gamut from skeptics to debunkers to subversive agents. Some emerged from the milieu with a personal agenda but without government connection, and were then encouraged to “keep it up” by invites to radio and television interviews as resident skeptics to counter any and all assertions and evidence put forward by “ufologists.”
  • Prevention or termination of government research studies which could not be controlled by either the Department of Defense or the intelligence agencies.
  • Suppression of the reporting of military pilot and radar operator sightings and other evidence which threatened the cover-up.
  • And much more.

Once the walls of ridicule are constructed the cover-up begins to self-manage. Whenever anyone touches the issue, whatever that person’s credentials or life accomplishments, they are immediately assigned to the ghetto (tossed over the wall) and instantly diminished. Particularly vulnerable to this process are academics without tenure and all “licensed” professions such as doctors, lawyers, psychologists/therapists, etc.**

“Normalization” is one way to counter this tactic. Treat the issue in the appropriate fashion and encourage others to do the same.   If an issue, any issue, has great social and political implications, it should be lobbied – register as a lobbyist; it should have a political action committee – create one; it should be debated by balloted federal candidates – get on a ballot; it should have town hall meetings – hold them; it should have press conferences at the National Press Club – conduct them. To be just an “exopolitical activist” is to imply it is not “political activism.” It is not a great distinction – just one less brick in the wall.

The second reason for my correction is a matter of accuracy. When you engage the “politics of UFOs” meaning “the politics of disclosure” meaning “exopolitics,” you quickly note political issues of a very terrestrial nature intertwined and impossible to ignore. You learn things about your country you would prefer not to know.   Matters of secrecy reform, abuse of power, constitutional degradation, violation of separation of powers, legislative ineptitude, voter apathy, two-party power concentration, environmental and energy implication, etc.  This is “political activism” in the rawest sense. “Exo” does not cover this job.

It is a long held hope of Paradigm Research Group that activists in these related areas would someday publicly interact, network, with their “exopolitical” counterparts and share experiences – normalization. Over the years PRG invites of various types have been extended to environmental activist attorney, Jonathan Turley; secrecy reform activist, Steven Aftergood; intelligence specialist attorney, Mark Zaid; land mine ban activist, Jody Williams; Gulf War activist, Joyce Riley; secrecy/FOIA reformer, Thomas Blanton; secrecy reformer and presidential aide, John Podesta; and others.  Many were connected with the 2004 X-Conference. All such invites have been declined or unacknowledged. Maybe next year.

The wall of ridicule is a structure within the mind. It has no brick or mortar. It is as formidable as each person permits it to be. It will not be brought down by blows from a sledge, but by acts of courage.

Recently I had the honor of meeting with Marcia Shiff, widow of New Mexico Congressman Steven Schiff, and presenting her with the PRG Award for Political Courage given to her late husband at the April 2004 X-Conference. Who will stand with Steven Schiff’s legacy? ***

Members of the mainstream political and journalistic establishment: tear down this wall.

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NASA’s Dilemma – Metaphor in the Sand

The fate of the returned Genesis capsule presents an irresistible metaphor. From the moment of its inception in 1958 NASA has been a primary victim of the extraterrestrial-related phenomena truth embargo. The agency designated to explore space on behalf of the American people would not, could not publicly acknowledged any evidence it might encounter pointing toward sentient extraterrestrial beings, living or dead. The stress this has caused within the agency can only be imagined.

After so many years and many spectacular failures how odd to watch the centerpiece of the latest malfunction – a shiny saucer-like craft – wobble to the earth at 200 mph and embed itself in the sand.   How could anyone who has pursued this matter not immediately note the metaphor?

It was my privilege to hear the great explorer and author, Dr. Edgar Mitchell, present at the July Roswell Festival.  In his lecture he acknowledged the likelihood that extraterrestrial technology from crashed vehicles had been in the hands of the U. S. government for some time.

After the lecture I asked this question (paraphrasing): “Dr. Mitchell, you stated the U. S. Government likely possessed advanced technology from crashed extraterrestrial vehicles. Others have come to the same conclusion. Does it not trouble you that 14 astronauts have died being blasted into space by exploding chemicals and returned on gliding hotplates, while propulsion systems with greater capability were hostage to the cover-up and withheld?

While this question was not intended to be an indictment of NASA, any prudent person would know such an interpretation was unavoidable.  Dr. Mitchell is not just prudent, he is brilliant – and loyal.  In all of his public statements in support of the research and activism targeting the truth embargo, he has never impugned the legacy or integrity of the agency he served and allowed him the extraordinary privilege of standing on the moon. His answer to my question was consistent and safe.

There is a nobility in this, and I will not challenge an aging legend whose life accomplishments are of a substance and depth about which I can only dream. No astronaut has done more to assist this truth process or put pressure on the government to end the cover-up. He has made his mark.

Yet, as I studied the sad image of that $260 million capsule in the sand, I could not help but think the women and men who have risked their lives to explore and understand space on our behalf deserve better than this. And better will not come until NASA is freed of the truth embargo. Perhaps other astronauts will begin to come forward and join Dr. Mitchell, Gordon Cooper, Story Musgrave and Brian O’Leary who have directly and indirectly pointed toward a larger, transcendent truth behind the history of space exploration in the 20th Century.

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*    Two notable examples of such attacks were orchestrated by legendary debunker, Phil Klass, who in the 1960s tried to destroy the career of Dr. James MacDonald and later in the mid-1990s, with the help of a colleague’s wife and CSICOP, tried to destroy the career of Dr. John Mack.

**   A recent victim of this process is Dr. Michael Salla, who was moved out of American University’s sphere of influence due to the “direction of his thinking.”

*** Perhaps the Governor of New Mexico, Bill Richardson, has decided to stand with Schiff.  In the foreword to the just published Roswell Dig Diaries (Pocket Books), which Richardson most certainly knew would come out during the presidential campaign, he states, “the mystery surrounding this crash has never been adequately explained — not by independent investigators, and not by the U.S. government. …There are as many theories as there are official explanations. Clearly, it would help everyone if the U.S. government disclosed everything it knows. …The American people can handle the truth — no matter how bizarre or mundane. … With full disclosure and our best scientific investigation, we should be able to find out what happened on that fateful day in July 1947.”   Kudos to the Governor.

Relevant Web Links:

Dr. Michael Salla:  www.exopolitics.org
Joyce Riley/Gulf War Veterans Association: www.gulfwarvets.com
John Podesta/Center for American Progress:  www.americanprogress.org
Mark Zaid/James Madison Project: www.jamesmadisonproject.org
Thomas Blanton/National Security Archive:    www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/
Jody Williams/International Campaign to Ban Land Mines:  www.icbl.org
Steven Aftergood/Federation of American Scientists:  www.fas.org

[Sept/Oct 2004 Column in UFO Magazine]

The Role of the Media in the Politics of Disclosure

June 1, 2001
Stephen Bassett

For the best part of 50 years, when the biggest story of all time and the seminal event in human history phoned in, the ‘fourth estate’ was screening its calls.”

Discovery vs. Disclosure

Discovery is the end process of the scientific method. In an ideal world it would not be political. Three generations of Americans have passed through and now coexist in the greatest age of discovery in history. The sum of human knowledge doubles in but a few years. We revel in the fruits of these discoveries and take them to be our heritage. We create and trust institutions to carry out this process and pay them handsomely to do so. We expect science to be pursued openly and fairly. Often it is.

And often it is not. Huge portions of science and technology were secretized by the military industrial complex to service the prosecution of the Cold War. More portions were secretized by businesses protecting their commercial interests. So now much of science is hidden from us – only to turn up when and if it is considered appropriate for it to be disclosed. The act of disclosure is almost always political.

The greatest scientific discovery in history, the existence of non-human, intelligent life forms with interstellar propulsion technology, has been hidden from the general citizenry for over fifty years. The justification for this has varied from decade to decade and the methodology has at times violated the laws and the Constitution of the nation.

For disclosure to take place on the public’s terms, the grassroots investigative efforts of the last half-century must marry up to institutional action with political initiative presiding over the wedding. If we are to regain our trust in societal structures which have failed us, those same structures must be part of the process of correction. Right now, the most critical of these is the media.

A Quick Look at the Overall Record

Someday, in the aftermath of disclosure of the extraterrestrial presence there is certain to be an intense assessment of how our formal institutions, the ones we have spent 224 years and billions of dollars perfecting, acquitted themselves.

The military and civilian agencies will be severely criticized, but a host of reasons will be brought forward in their support.  National security, the Cold War, the specific circumstances in 1947 at the beginning of the cover-up and fear of destabilization will be considered as acceptable justification by many.  Of particular interest will be the actions of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. However, NASA will be able to point to the intelligence community and its obligations to the Department of Defense under the 1958 Space Act, and claim a damned-if-we-came-forward-damned-if-we-didn’t dilemma.

As for the elected officials in the House and Senate, their near complete failure to pay attention will be laid to the campaign finance demands of the modern “politics of money” where votes are bought as never before.  With some House seats going for millions and Senate seats for tens of millions, the fear of alienating funding sources with anything approaching independent thinking has become paralyzing. This paralysis translates into a Seinfeldian “politics of nothing,” with Congress awash in petty, personal bickering, and all major social/political change hostage to vanity and loathing. [Note: to minimize metaphorical confusion, let’s borrow from the music of Dire Straits and refer to this period as the “politics of money for nothing.”]

Religious bodies will claim ignorance and point to the “separation” doctrine to explain their non-involvement in the disclosure process. It was, after all, a message they were not particularly eager to hear anyway.

The university system and the research structures it contains will be targeted for some of the heaviest rebuke.  After all, the very essence of the science is a continuing exploration of new facts, new understanding, new perspectives on nature and the universe.  The department heads, university presidents and individual scientists will plead their hands were tied.  Science in America is now as much about money and grants as it is about unfettered search for understanding. They will profess their sheer terror at the prospect of losing grant monies and reputations had they dared show any public interest in the unfolding extraterrestrial phenomena.   Scientists, by nature conservative, were largely defenseless against the government driven disinformation campaigns that created the infamous “laugh curtain.”

The institutions of politics, religion and science have indeed dropped the ball.   But another in particular has failed spectacularly. This institution has violated every fundamental precept upon which it is founded.  It has gone against a host of self-interests – money, prizes, huge increases in customer base – and rammed its head into the sand.

The role of the news media in our society is much more than story coverage.  The fourth estate is an essential part of the check-and-balance system created by the Constitution.  News media are the eyes and ears of the public.     Sometimes they are its voice.  They are paid to tell us what the public institutions are doing and to convey our concerns to those same institutions in the form of commentary.

For the best part of 50 years, when the biggest story of all time and the seminal event in human history phoned in, the “fourth estate” was screening its calls.

For those who attempted to make those calls, the voice mail menu was easy to understand – “This is your favorite, mainstream news desk.  If you have information about anyone who has ever slept with the President, press one and a reporter will be with you immediately. If you have any information regarding UFOs and other extraterrestrial phenomena, press two and leave a message.  We might get back to you when and if we stop laughing.”

Every top-tier news venue in this country has been approached countless times by citizens and researchers with events and evidence relating to extraterrestrial phenomena. These editors have not done their job, and in this instance have abrogated their mandate to report and investigate a most critical matter impacting our society.

The New Media Structure

As we begin the 21st Century the circumstances of coverage have changed.  While the most respected news organizations such as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post and ABC/NBC/CBS/CNN news television still steadfastly refuse to properly investigate extraterrestrial phenomena and the process of disclosure, there has been an explosion of alternative media to fill the vacuum created by their absence.

To the surprise of no one a multi-tiered news/media structure has evolved simultaneously with the most important technological innovation in history – the Internet.  The acceptance of this structure by the general public has meant that any news story, regardless of its controversy or inconvenience to established authority, has a point of entry into the national news marketplace. (A representation of this media structure, which is a work in progress to be updated over time, is available at Media Structure.

It has become commonplace for particularly controversial news stories to break in with lower-tier media and then progress upward when always nervous, higher-tier editors are forced to follow up or lose story position.  During the 90’s this was certainly the case with extraterrestrial related phenomena.

Examples abound. The April, 1997 Phoenix, Arizona event was one of the most spectacular set of UFO sightings in American history. The top-tier media wanted nothing to do with it, and might have ignored it completely had it not been for the candid comments and queries by Phoenix Councilwoman Frances Barwood, which drew renewed attention as a political story. However, it was the second-tier USA Today which came forward with an excellent piece on the event by Richard Price.

By now 50 million plus cable television subscribers have figured out that the third-tier TLC and Discovery Channels (Discovery Communications, Inc.), Arts and Entertainment Channel (A&E), and the History Channel have established a library of UFO/ET documentaries which they are airing and re-airing. New ones are being added and will appear later this year.

The “Face on Mars/Cydonia” story, which has now been covered by every tier level at one time or another, was first introduced to the larger public in tier-six and tier-seven tabloids.

Are Journalists Finally Getting It?

Such trends notwithstanding, it still takes courage for any journalist to address the extraterrestrial phenomena subject matter – the higher up the tier structure the greater the courage. While their number is not commensurate with the magnitude of the story, slowly reporters, with the support of some editors, are stepping to the plate. They deserve to be recognized.  Examples would include Paul Hoversten (formerly of) and Richard Price of USA Today, Billy Cox of Florida Today, and Julia Duin of the Washington Times. (A tracking chart of American journalists, who have written about UFO/ET phenomena and treated the core material with circumspection and reasonable seriousness, is located at Journalists.

Meanwhile, as America’s editors ponder whether to get their act together, can a breakthrough from one or more top-tier sources take place?  Yes.

While it may not yet be apparent to most of the public, the editors and producers of some top-tier news outlets are taking meetings behind the scenes on the matter of the extraterrestrial presence and the government cover-up of same. The relentless pressure of the public to know and the increasing media competition makes an investigative breakthrough by at least one top-tier news outlet, inevitable.

For ten years the disclosure boat has been taking on provisions, passengers, crew and cargo. Now the turbines have been primed and the docking ropes are being untied. The boat is about to set sail. Every editor, every reporter and every living person, who has had any connection with the UFO/ET issue during the past 50 years, has the same decision to make – get on board or remain on the dock and wave goodbye.

Right now, Dan Rather, Ted Koppel, Peter Jennings, Tom Brokaw, Donald Graham and Arthur  Sulzberger, Jr., are standing on the dock.  Should the disclosure issue hit critical mass, don’t make the mistake of standing between them and the gangplank.

In fact, by the time this issue of UFO Magazine is published, two major press conferences with the power to create that critical mass, will have taken place in Washington, DC.  If all goes well, they will be the subjects of the next “World View” column.

Once ET/Disclosure issue is formally in play at the top tier, the subject will be fully engaged by the whole of the media structure. The fourth estate will finally fulfill its role, leaving the government with nowhere to turn but outward to the waiting public. Under tremendous pressure from investigative reporting, the cover-up, already weakened by internal defections, will collapse. The new paradigm will begin.

[June 2001 UFO Magazine version.]