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.]

It’s a mad, mad world

February 15, 2001
Stephen Bassett

“That’s some catch, that Catch-22.”
Yossarian to Doc Daneeka

Washington, DC – In the years after the war Joseph Heller wrote what not a few literary pundits consider the greatest American novel of the 20th Century. It’s not easy to write the greatest American novel of the 20th Century. Some believe its claim to this title is because it was very, very funny. It was, but that’s not enough. Tom Robbins wrote some novels so funny, if you read them while eating potato chips, you could choke to death.

No, in order to write the greatest American novel of the 20th Century, you have to tap into something deep, something profound about that wonderful claque of bipeds known to biologists and others who care as Homo Sapiens. And what might that be, you tentatively inquire, not sure you want to read further because you are slightly concerned the author is, how would you say it, deranged?

Paradox. Catch-22, for those who have not read the book (and if you haven’t, you had better, if you wish to stay sane during the coming months), is the elegant tool used by Doc Daneeka to determine the fitness of bomber pilots to fly. Anyone who continued to fly off to near certain death was clearly crazy. Anyone who was crazy was not fit to fly and merely had to ask to be sent home. Anyone astute enough to ask to not be forced to fly off to near certain death was clearly sane and could not be sent home.

The novel was, of course, filled with these little circular devils working their way within the context of a major, transforming historical event. That….is why it is the greatest American novel of the 20th Century.

You see, of all the known animal species of which there are millions, only humans understand, suffer from and practice the art of paradox. Not ants, not pandas, not paramecia – just humans. Not even the monkey with its 99% similar DNA or the magnificent dolphin with its human sized brain, language and sonar practice the art of paradox.

Animals can often act against their best interest – eat out the food supply and starve, migrate into the ocean – but that’s not paradox, that’s cause and bad effect – straight-line, non-circular.

Just exactly when Lucy and her descendants became capable of paradox will probably never be known, but one would think it was fairly recent, perhaps even an aspect of modern, “civilized” societies, and further, that as you move closer to the present, it gets worse. It has been said that one way to go insane is to attempt to hold two mutually exclusive, completely contradictory ideas in your head at the same time. Anyone who doesn’t think that people are getting crazier, has never been stuck at the railroad crossing when the Prozac train passed by.

It is fitting that Catch-22 was written about and just after the war.   From WWII on you can’t fall down and not hit your head on a paradox. Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD) is a favorite.   Another favorite is the one embedded in the prolife movement: ending a pregnancy is a sin and must not happen, taking measures to avoid a pregnancy in the first place is also a sin, with the exception of complete abstinence, which if practiced faithfully incites a powerful disposition toward masturbation, which is also a sin. This is not purely circular, but rather spiral with one door out, a bullet in the head (also a sin but not related to the original behavior).

And who can forget the paradox at a seminal moment in the movie, Cool Hand Luke?   You know, the one where poor Luke can’t dig one boss man’s ditch without putting the dirt on the other boss man’s plot. However, the paradoxes of daily life are not the concern here.      It is those associated with major events that are of importance.   Which brings us to ufology. You doubted we would get here?

Could the true reason the planet is up to its collective keister in extraterrestrials be they have come here to rid the world of paradox? Don’t bet against it.

The closest thing to a slam-dunk paradox in science is the wave/particle dualism of matter, and modern physicists are not all that far from resolving that one. The physical world has no use for paradox – it is strictly a creature of consciousness. And as anyone who has spent ten minutes on the internet knows, consciousness is evolving right here, right now. It may be that in order to effect a properly populated, sustainable and just planet, it is required that humans evolve beyond their penchant for paradox – something the visitors have already done.

Also of interest is this: when you look closely at the UFO/ET/Disclosure movement, you find it to be riddled with self-contradiction. Where to begin?

Scientific credibility

The media and debunkers blather on about the fact that reputable scientists do not believe in here-and-now extraterrestrials. However, when any reputable scientist does step forward with that view, they are immediately discounted. Why? Because there are no extraterrestrials, and any scientist who would believe such, can’t be reputable.

Evidence

The phrase rolls off the tongue of every counter-scheduled guest on every talk show: “There is not a shred of evidence that shows that……..blah, blah, blah.”   “But have you read this book, seen this document, watched this video, viewed these photographs, talked to this astronaut?”   “No, I haven’t and I don’t need to.”   “Why is that?”   “There are no extraterrestrials, so there can’t be any evidence for extraterrestrials, and so there is nothing to look at.”

Congress and the media

If you talk to the media about the need for congressional hearings, the media will tell you there is no need for hearings and if there were, the congress would hold them. When you talk to members of congress, you are told that they might consider making a move in this area, but are afraid to do so because the top media show no real interest in or acceptance of UFOs and a cover-up.

Trust

Trust in government is dropping with unpleasant consequences. Americans are forming militias, blowing up federal buildings, and refusing to pay taxes. Any prospect of reasonable and effective, federal and state gun policy have been blocked because millions of citizens believe the government will not only take their guns, but will create a national security state, and they will need their guns to take the country back. There are shootouts, burnouts, and new cult formations. People are behaving badly.

One of the reasons for this is government lying, excessive secrecy and secrecy abuse. The UFO cover-up is the crown jewel of military/intel secrecy. Within the UFO/ET research community are those who believe that disclosure should not take place. Why? If the people are told the truth, they would lose trust in government and behave badly.

Experience

If an individual remembers an ET encounter with the aid of hypnosis, it is bogus because recall with the aid of, as opposed to without the aid of, hypnosis, creates false memories. If they remember such an encounter via unaided, conscious memory, it is invalid. Why? There are no extraterrestrials, so it must be a false memory of child abuse.

Proof vs. Hoax

With regard to the skeptics, if you can show that one particular event is completely unexplainable by any known science, it proves nothing. But if you can show that one particular event was hoaxed, it invalidates and entire phenomenon (crop circles).

The Internet

If you are discussing the internet with the political or business media, they tell you the internet is the most powerful tool ever created for commerce, information dissemination, news, etc. If you are discussing the internet with the science or political media as a huge resource for information on the UFO/ET reality, they tell you the internet is a grotesque mishmash of nonsense, time wasting detritus, fraud and misinformation.

There’s more, but you get the picture. Paradox is powerful stuff. It can kill. The Nazis used it a lot. They would herd people into closed ghettos, where, stripped of many belongings or means of support, they would decay into an unsightly mass. Then the SS would stand on the ghetto walls with visiting media and say, “See what a mess these people are. That’s why we have to keep them in this ghetto.”

Time to stop the madness.

Days of Mircle & Wonder: Clearing the decks for the new century

January 1, 2001
Stephen Bassett

These are the days of miracle and wonder
This is the long distance call
The way the camera follows us in slo-mo
The way we look to us all
The way we look to a distant constellation
That’s dying in a corner of the sky
These are the days of miracle and wonder
And don’t cry, baby, don’t cry
Don’t cry
Paul Simon from the Graceland Album

Washington, DC – Activism is not a profession one aspires to at a young age. “And what do you want to be when you grow up, child?”  “I want to march on Washington, nana?” No. Much later you come to it obliquely after losing control of the wheel of your life or being bumped off the road by some outrageous event. Activism is not taught in the schools – if anything, it is taught against.

The modern, mainstream version was launched by JFK in 1961. What a concept. Take two years of your life, leave the country and work on behalf of some distant people’s need in some countryside where the cockroaches are as big as hamsters. The baby boomers, the same group Paul Begala excoriates in the April 2000 Esquire (“The Worst Generation”) as “the most self-centered, self-seeking, self-interested, self-absorbed self-indulgent, self-aggrandizing generation in American history” (What is his problem?), flocked to the Peace Corps, creating an international phenomenon.

Who knew the idea would spill over and add to the line of buses streaming into the segregated south? There activist youth lost their lives trying to save the south from itself, ending the American apartheid and turning Democrats into Republicans in droves.

Most societies find it difficult to appreciate activists in their lifetime, or afterlife time, for that matter. Yeah, sure, they change the world for the better, sacrifice their interests, face down huge obstacles.   But they are usually a pain in the ass.

The very nature of activism is to cram a new point of view down society’s throat when society is not hungry – much like worming a German Shepard. The dog appreciates that the pills banished the worms, but can’t quite lose the idea of ripping your arm off. By the late sixties, the majority of Americans knew in their gut the war was a disaster. They supported its end but were not comfortable with, what were to them alien life forms, marching on anything with Greek columns and screaming obscenities at their cherished institutions. “Yeah, we know it needs to be over, but would y’all mind jumping back into your VW buses and let nature take its course. We’ll win the damn thing at whatever cost and regret it later.”   Activists rarely listen to reason.

Decades afterward the leaders of the anti-war movement, and the civil rights movement as well, were regarded with ambiguity. It’s always that way – women’s rights, labor, environment – the accolades are slow in coming as if the middle class doesn’t want to be reminded of another painful transition. There’s renewed notice and some acceptance when a Jerry Rubin does a one-eighty. More common is a relegation to a state of underachievement where men and women, who, sans the activist path, would have reached another level of influence and position, but are only permitted a lesser status. Tom Hayden and Julian Bond come to mind. Sometimes it ends in the bedroom of a modest house with a Seconal cocktail, as with Abbie Hoffman.

Societies need new ideas pumped in like airliners need fresh air. Cut off new and challenging thinking, and the intellectual air grows stale, the passengers sickly. Activists are the pump, and greater appreciation for what they do will keep the air flowing.

It’s been five years since this author arrived in Cambridge, Massachusetts to begin a mid-life activist’s journey into a world unlike any other. Compared to the careers of many in the field, this is not a long time. But it’s long enough to appreciate what the old timers have gone through – 10, 20, 30 years up against a world view thousands of years in the making.   Nevertheless, given what is about to happen, it’s hard not to feel like Rosie Ruiz*. Perhaps some others feel the same way. As the saying goes, lie down until the feeling passes. It’s time to rock.

Or rant. After five years of wins and losses, grief and glory, obsession and compulsion, this is a good opportunity to clear the deck before starting fresh in the new millennium. So, if you don’t mind, the author would like to get a few things off the chest. Then they will be put away, in a little lockbox, and hopefully never revisited again. Let the venting begin.

Lighten Up

Ufologists are too hard on each other. Ufology is too hard on itself.   One is reminded of the classic Bill Cosby routine with a football team in emotional high dungeon at half-time ready to hit the field and lay waste to the opposition. “Let’s go,” the coach screams. They lunge for the door – it’s locked. One assumes this hapless team finally gets the door open and finishes the game. Not so with the UFO/Disclosure movement since 1947. Here the door remains shut, nowhere to go, weeks pass, the team in frustration trashes the locker room and then beats the hell out of each other. The government locked the door 53 years ago. Don’t pound on each other. Find the key and open it.

The Boys in the Band

Of course, it has been suggested that some in the field wear brass knuckles because that is their job, paid or otherwise, to keep the pot and the minds boiling – some patriotic subversion for a good cause.   Note to such: better check with headquarters and get up to speed.   You don’t want to be perched on the ramparts waving your arms and belching about the planet Venus, swamp gas, lying Lt. Colonels and nano-mechanical ice crystals while your brethren are setting up the chairs at the press conference announcing a million year old alien presence in your world.

Painful Moments

One occurred poolside in 1995 in San Luis Obispo at a time of deciding whether to leave one life behind and drive cross country to Cambridge to begin another. The marvelous book, The Holographic Universe by gifted writer Michael Talbot, had been read just a few weeks before. At a time when you are about to make a major decision, you look for anchors. Something about this book and its author held a powerful resonance. Here was a visionary man with amazing life experiences trying to see the world in a new way. There was so much more to learn, and he was talented, published and only 40 – I thought. Being 50, there seemed ample time to discover a new universe and make a difference. Time even to meet this wonderful writer on the other side of the continent.

So that day, reading Whitley Strieber’s Breakthrough under a warm, California sky, moving through the chapter entitled “Michael’s Gift,” a numbing cold descended as it slowly became clear the chapter was about Michael Talbot, and he was dead of leukemia at 37.

What could those at the pool have thought of a middle aged man blubbering into the pages of a book?  Did they know how precious time can be when you suddenly have a passion to use it?   Did they know that a few weeks later, 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 would come a sense of elation never felt before in a life of small consequence, a sense of certainty and purpose so powerful, all fear fell away?

Which was good, because there would be more painful moments.

  • Learning in April of 1998 that Representative Steven Schiff was dead of cancer at 51 and feeling like a fool, being the “UFO lobbyist” and never securing a meeting with one of the few members of the House to ever stand up to the cover-up.
  • Learning of the death of Shari Adamiak, Karla Turner and Phil Corso, the latter more so because the Army and the top media had successfully dodged dealing with his memoir and public statements while he was alive and able to respond.
  • Watching from a distance an unbelievable assault via radio and internet on Art Bell and his radio program.
  • Hearing on the phone the uncontrolled, screaming anger of a suicidal colleague as a life collapsed and another marriage fell apart under the pressures of the work and the frustration.  This pain is revisited every time another skeptic/debunker/operative rants on about con artists milking a gullible public. This against a backdrop of early deaths, heart attacks, heart arrhythmias, cancers, busted bank accounts, and years of persistence by researchers and authors earning a fraction of what their talents would command in the “acceptable” segments of the business and academic world.
  • Learning that Paul Allen had thrown $20 million down the drain of the SETI science propaganda project, while the disclosure movement confronts the military industrial complex with nickels and dimes. This pain is compounded by the fact that the few individuals in and around the field with the wealth to truly make a difference will not direct a penny toward the politics of disclosure.

Lessons Learned

  • Don’t publish anything anywhere on the internet you aren’t prepared to see forwarded, copied, printed, embossed and put on a billboard in Times Square.
  • Don’t respond to email that infuriates until the next day or not at all.
  • Whatever your reaction to some new development in the field of ufology, reduce that reaction by half, and then by half again. Then deal with it.
  • Email is very conducive to expressions of ego and no help to humility whatsoever.

Anger

The very nature of ufology assaults the underbelly of human vulnerability – fear, shame, ego, and need. The most difficult discipline has been ego management. After that comes anger. In all of five years very few times has there been real burning anger and they have been put aside. Only one item remains to be extinguished.

When the amazing story of this 50-year struggle is written, aside from any grotesque acts by the government in defense of its little secret, within the public arena one piece of mischief will stand out.   It is the circumstances by which members of a skeptic organization contrived to set up a distinguished college professor and destroy this professor’s work, career and reputation. They used a vulnerable third party to carry out the plan and then compounded the crime by inviting the professor to give a good faith presentation at their organization’s annual dinner – only to spring the fruits of the plot on their guest.

It will come to be known as one of the most despicable acts in the history of modern science, directed at someone who had done more in a lifetime of work to help humanity than any score of their kind combined.

It has been said that ufology has suffered most from its “inability to conduct proper science.” Not true. It has suffered most from the quality of the skeptics that rose to challenge its findings. Putting aside Carl Sagan, more complicit than skeptic, there hasn’t been a media active debunker worthy of carrying the tape recorder of the typical field investigator.

There, we’ll just take that over here and put it in the little lockbox with the other stuff. Ah, yes, that feels better. Much better. Happy New Millennium.

*   Infamous runner who jumped into the last thousand yards of the woman’s Boston Marathon and claimed the winner’s trophy until found out the next day.

The Disclosure Cookbook

November 1, 2000
Stephen Bassett

Abbie Hoffman would have titled it, “Disclose this Book”

Washington, DC – It is the question most often asked.  “How will it happen?” A more important question is, “How should it happen?”   Both deserve an answer. Putting optimism aside for a moment, our first recipe serves up an order of “will.”

It will be bi-partisan. The predominant party affiliation of career military, intelligence, corporate defense contractor and NASA personnel is Republican. But for the select few in command and control of the UFO/ET agenda, a political party biased disclosure process would be both dangerous and transparent. It would directly threaten the civilian control of the military and call into question the patriotism of line officers and managers, who, in most cases, would be learning of this new reality at the same time as the general public.

It will happen early in the administration of the new president. While a second term scenario would be preferable to the party in power, a first term will do if circumstances require it, and they do.   The nation, and this projection is confined to the nation, will need as much time as possible to digest the disclosed information prior to reentering the next presidential election cycle. The mid-term election is not a factor.

Preliminary briefings directed at the Democratic and Republican candidates will begin during the campaigns. They will be done with great care and not without some risk.  Any of the four candidates might choose to go public based upon personal ethics. However, this risk is small as the arguments for keeping the subject from exploding into the middle of an ongoing election will be persuasive.

This strategy to inform both aspiring presidents and vice-presidents “before” the election outcome is the ultimate act of bipartisanship.   By this act the military/intelligence agencies place themselves outside of politics for the coming process, as either party might win – a very close election would serve to accentuate this neutrality.

These briefing will be logistically difficult. Any leak to third parties would portend chaos. So they will be direct, avoid any electronic transmission, and will take place as close to the source as possible.   Think campaign airplanes sitting on runways in the right airports.

After the election is over, briefing of the new president will continue during the transition period. This is ideal as this period is nothing but meetings which can be held anywhere in the country. Once a president enters the White House, the issue is formally enjoined and the logistics change dramatically.

And from where will this information and people to transmit it emerge? There are many possible vehicles. It will be a national security focused and somewhat ecumenical, cross agency entity.   It will likely be in the control of the CIA because this agency has the cleanest hands and whitest hats (surprised?). It is also the symbol of national security intelligence to a general public largely ignorant of the myriad of other extant agencies conducting intelligence.

A possible candidate would be the National Intelligence Council.

The National Intelligence Council, managed by a Chairman and a Vice Chairman, is comprised of National Intelligence Officers–senior experts drawn from all elements of the Community and from outside the Government. The National Intelligence Officers concentrate on the substantive problems of particular geographic regions of the world and of particular functional areas such as economics and weapons proliferation. They serve the DCI in his role as leader of the Intelligence Community by providing a center for mid-term and long-term strategic thinking and production.         Through routine close contact with policymakers, collection, research, and community analysis, the NIC provides the DCI with the information he needs to assist policymakers as they pursue shifting interests and foreign policy priorities. The NIC also draws on nongovernmental experts in academia and the private sector to bring in fresh perspectives and analytic methods to enhance the intelligence process. Finally, the NIC assists the Intelligence Community by evaluating the adequacy of intelligence support and works with the Community’s functional managers to refine strategies to meet the most crucial needs of our senior consumers.
From the 2001 CIA Website

Selected individuals from any segment of the nation’s infrastructure (with high security clearance being a likely qualifier) could be brought in and engaged on the subject within the confines of such an entity. From these meetings would come the specific content of the pre- an post-election briefings.

The Disclosure Event

If Washington, DC was a cruise ship it would sink in half an hour.   Here, leaking information has been perfected to a fine art. There will be an enormous challenge facing the White House as it formulates the disclosure event itself. Given that our nation, in its wisdom, has chosen to permit several hundred media members to operate inside the West Wing of the White House on a daily basis, maintaining the integrity of the process will be extraordinarily difficult.

For that reason alone, things will happen quickly. The disclosure event will take place within a few weeks or months of taking office.   What form will it take?

There will be considerable internal debate over two approaches: 1) the classic presidential address to the nation, and 2) the mega press conference modeled after the NASA Mars life event of 1997.         Both will be used with the emphasis on the second – a brief announcement from the White House immediately followed by what will be the largest and longest press conference in the nation’s history.

The concerns here are these: 1) a presidential address to the nation alone would be too ominous and would not permit immediate broad based questions from the press, 2) a presidential press conference would be too political and would also not permit extensive broad based questions with answers from experts in each aspect of the matter at hand. The public is going to want information and a lot of it, and they are going to want it immediately.

The President, who is both the leader of the nation and the leader of a political party, will open the event which then will shift location to a press conference with several dozen participants. The usual suspects will have been rounded up. A likely cast would include: Senate/House majority/minority leaders, the CIA Director, the Chairperson of the Joint Chiefs and possibly the Joint Chiefs (an important tactical decision which will be affected by the content), the NASA administrator, a half-dozen scientific specialists (biology, exo-biology, chemistry, physics, cosmology/astrophysics, propulsion engineering, etc.), two or three well-know religious leaders, and three to five social/political community leaders (there will be gender and ethnic diversity).

And, yes, Carl Sagan addressed this structure in Contact. That was a novel.

A spokesperson will be selected to present the basic statement of facts. That statement will define the rules of engagement and the boundaries. It will be made clear that some information will for the time being remain classified. The amount and nature of that information will be the most important tactical decision of the disclosure team and will be the first indication of the direction the process is going.

The press conference will, of course, be universally broadcast. And while it will be broadcast around the world, it will be a national event with an American focus.

It will begin at mid-morning and will still be going on late into the evening. Members of the panel will take breaks from time to time, but the press conference will go on uninterrupted until the fatigue of all participants, press and panel, will bring it to an end.

The Paradigm Clock will be set to midnight.

Within a week, the Congress will begin a series of fact finding hearings on the UFO/ET subject matter and related issues that will go on for several years.

Note: Knowledgeable readers will be wondering, “what happened to open congressional hearings before and forcing the disclosure event?” Good question. The people who run the United States government are, contrary to the opinion of some, not stupid.   This includes the UFO/ET management team.   They are sufficiently wise to know they do not want to be forced into a disclosure event by congressional hearings. If they do not act, those hearings are going to take place.   So they will act.

What should happen

While the disclosure event will certainly reflect the reality of human foibles and the imperfection in this world, if ever there was a time to rise above the behavioral status quo, this will be it.

First and foremost, it has to be the truth. If leaking is an art form in Washington, lying is a science. Some individuals at the initial disclosure event and in the subsequent hearings will lie and they will regret it. The level of complexity of this subject matter and the degree of scrutiny to which it will be subjected will make lying to serve ulterior agendas a risky and foolish choice.

It needs to be global. Logistics will likely prevent a proper globalization of this event in which the United Nations and a host of other countries are direct participants at the outset.   In a world in which national and religious divisions are often close cousins, a strong association between the extraterrestrial presence and one country or one religion is not desirable.

It needs to incorporate the UFO/ET research community. The temptation to shut out the thousands of people worldwide who have pressed for the truth in this matter for 50 years will be great. They serve as constant reminders of certain institutional failures.           Whether in or out, they are not going away.

Truth, global cooperation, inclusiveness – these are virtues of the new paradigm. What better time to embrace them then the event that ushers in that new world?

Put me down for $100 million on Disinformation in the fifth

October 10, 2000
Stephen Bassett

“Regarding disclosure, if you picked the military industrial complex and our  more years, YOU LOSE.”
                     Warner Wolf (ok, he never said that, but if he  was a UFO guy,  he woulda said it. Betcha.)

Washington, DC – Before going further, it would be best if any impressionable small children left the room and sharp objects were placed out of reach – just to be on the safe side. It’s going to get ugly.

When you were a kid, if you’re over 50, it was called “propaganda.” The evil Sovietskies were masters at it. If a government and its controlled press feeds people a bunch of baloney, the people make sandwiches and feast on it every time. By the time the 60’s came along you were getting a little suspicious your own government was maybe in the baloney business, too. You were right.

Who knows why people do this?   In the sixteen and seventeen hundreds (as the recent movie “Patriot” has reminded us) the ruling class told people the way you fight a war with honor is to march out into a field shoulder to shoulder, without cover, stand a few yards from the enemy’s lines and shoot at them in ordered cadences. The enemy would do the same. Amazingly hundreds of thousands of perfectly sane men did exactly that and were slaughtered. Level 1 of Doom II was harder. The generals remained in the background, of course, marveling at the raw, stupid courage of these baloney eaters and wondering what they would have for dinner.   Pheasant perhaps, with a nice pâté, certainly not baloney – they just serve it, they don’t eat it.

It goes on. Recently the fine leaders of Yugoslavia informed their loyal citizenry it was time to kill all the Albanians. “No problem, let me finish this pastry, I’ll be right with you.” In Rwanda, some minister goes on the radio and informs the Hutus its time to get out the machetes and kill all the Tutsis who, sadly, had all been possessed by demons. “Sure, just a second, that machete is around here somewhere.”

Because the word propaganda had been so thoroughly associated with communist countries, another term was needed for its practice in the United States – disinformation, which as it turned out, needed a cousin, misinformation, to fully describe the subtleties of the art.   These should probably be combined into one word, dismisinformation, which has the added benefit of describing exactly what one has to do if one is to be led into some new manner of idiocy.

It is notable the UFO/ET research movement was front and center in bringing the terms disinformation and misinformation to the general public’s attention. The United States is a sophisticated nation with sophisticated, educated citizens. No one is going to be foolish enough to try and sell the old “target practice” theory of warfare to this group.

No, they are going to sell you on putting nuclear, laser and even chemical weapons into space. Pitch taking the product of 10,000 years of technological development in the making of arms, the finest fruit of the Homo Sapien brain, and put it into orbit where it can be properly exercised before introducing it to the rest of the galaxy.         And guess what, many of you, most of you, are going to slap some lettuce, tomato and mayo on that order and wolf it down.

Now, you don’t serve up a load of crap entrée like that without a soup, salad and appetizer. Which, of course, brings us to PAC’s, lobbyists and soft money.

PAC’s, Lobbyists and Soft Money

Lobbyists are the root of evil in American civic life. Get rid of them and justice will emerge from the milieu of politics like the risen Phoenix. BALONEY.

Get rid of lobbyists and the nation will fall on its ass.   What exactly are a group of concerned citizens to do? There are umpteen thousand issues at play at any given time. The average member of congress has maybe mastered a few dozen (optimistic). A hundred of you desperately want your issue advanced (dam this river, stop this logging, end this tax, build this monument), so you all jump on a plane, fly to Washington, spend a few $million and wander around the Capitol like a deer herd foraging for tree bark. Take a few meetings, fly home and wait for the action to begin. Not.

Ok, you could pay one of your members to become expert on the issue and move to Washington to press the case on a consistent basis, week in, week out. You’ll save a fortune and still have a life. No, wait, then that person would be a lobbyist.

Can’t do that. Lobbyists bribe office holders, drag them off to golf junkets, serve them really good, gourmet baloney and mesmerize these poor public servants with their dazzling rhetoric.

The wealthy ruling elite love this stuff.   Gawd how they love it. If every lobbyist was stuffed into a fleet of space shuttles and launched to the moon, thousands of public interest issues would be disemboweled. Meanwhile the private and corporate money would still be able to influence governance in a thousand ways before the average Jane and Joe had their teeth brushed in the morning.

Get it. Spread disinformation about lobbying and lobbyists and convince the average person they’re the problem. Pretty soon you reduce the entire realm of social activism to the writing of letters to the editor.

Ok, maybe lobbyists provide a valuable service. But the PAC’s, the PAC’s, now there is the real evil. PAC politics is ruining the nation.   What a terrible idea – a formal entity empowered by the Federal Election Commission to receive donations (only from individuals), educate the public and influence governance. BALONEY.

Every single social concern in the country has a PAC.  A million individuals can target such a concern, and for $10 a person, bring enormous pressure on the Congress to act when it would rather just adjourn. But all those huge corporations and special interest groups pouring money into their PAC’s would be muzzled if all PAC’s were gone. Right? Wrong. All those corporations and special interests would still have huge bank accounts. It’s the poor, the disenfranchised, the persecuted, the average Joe and Jane – meaning you – who are out of the game. A committee is a matter of right to assemble. Politics is how things get done. Action is what makes the world go round. So a political action committee is how you direct resources to make the nation better.

The two political parties and their candidates will rail against the terrible PAC’s and evil lobbyists. They mean it, right?  Wrong. It’s disinformation. They want you eat that baloney and not send your $10 to a PAC that might bust their chops about something actually important. PAC’s are not going anywhere. The influence of the moneyed elite is not going anywhere. They want you to hate PAC’s and lobbyists so you don’t go anywhere.

If a PAC breaks the law, if a lobbyist makes a bribe, if money is raised illegally, put people in jail, take away the registration. Just don’t buy the baloney.

Ok, ok. So maybe law abiding PAC’s and lobbyists are actually good things in American society. But soft money, ah, soft money, that is truly the root of all political evil. Right? Wrong again.

Soft money is the reason elections cost so much. Right? Wrong. Elections cost too much because the public pays too much. It’s the same reason guys batting .275, who can’t throw to first base, are making $3 million a year in the Major League.

The gawd awful primary season has been stretched out so long the campaigns last for a year or longer. Some winners just start campaigning again the day after the election. Shorten the campaign season to three months and watch the costs go down.

Some fool spends two generations of inherited wealth to run for dogcatcher, and the public votes him in. Why not vote in the other candidate? She spent a couple thousand dollars and actually has some very good positions. Reward grotesque spending with victory and watch it grow.

Yeah, but what about all those soft money ads spouting all those ideas you don’t like about candidates you do like. What about it?   It’s called free speech. Money is speech.   Information, the truth, persuasion, ideas, debate – it all costs money. Don’t like what those ads say? Don’t support that party. Don’t support those ideas. If a political party wants to spend $100 million airing ludicrous ads on your TV, it’s ok, it’s the First Amendment. Turn them off and vote for the other party.

Campaign finance reform is one of the truly ingenious disinformation efforts of our time.   Both parties tell you how much it is needed, work you up about evil dollars being spent by evil people. At the same time they are turning you off to lobbying and political action committees. If you buy into this scam, you lose two of the most important political tools available to help make a better country, and they get to cut back on their soft money raising by having it replaced with tax funded dollars out of your pockets – the dollars they don’t want you to give to a lobbyist or to a PAC pressing an issue you care about. And they get to keep all of their personal money to influence the nation’s business in ways you can only dream about.

PAC’s, lobbyists and soft money aren’t the problem with electoral politics in America. Baloney is the problem, along with the people who keep buying it, when, with a little thought, they could be having a really fine vegetarian lasagna.

Reasons to Disclose

August 17, 2000
Stephen Bassett

Washington, DC – In a June 14 Alien Zoo column the question was asked, “What does the ‘politics of UFOs’ mean?” The answer:  making the case to the general public why their personal vital interests and their nation’s vital interests are served by a comprehensive and truthful disclosure of the facts known to their government relating to the extraterrestrial presence. Events intervened delaying a follow-up column making that case, until now.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the reasons why formal disclosure of the extraterrestrial presence needs to occur at this time. You will probably not read here anything that has not been written somewhere else, but there is a power to gathering them in one place. So, the reasons to disclose:

It’s True

Sometimes historical events are built on lies. That doesn’t mean the events were not powerful or dramatic. In such an instance activists might still pursue issues with vigor and well meaning ardor.   It does mean the outcomes were tainted, possibly destructive, and certainly confusing. Activism for the sake of activism is no virtue. The well-being of people, nations and the planet is best served by events built on truth.

It is of no small consequence the presence of extraterrestrials in our world is fact. An educated guess, a maybe, would be quite another thing. The evidence has been amassed by largely competent researchers for five decades. That members of certain established institutions – high end media, top universities, military and intelligence public relations offices – refuse to properly examine this evidence is not relevant to its dispositive value. Placing a paper bag over ones head is not acceptable conduct in the jury box.

One argument against the disclosure effort is simply there is nothing to disclose – no extraterrestrials, no contact, no retrieved craft, and no cover-up. In the shadow of this argument is the accusation the UFO/ET disclosure movement is a front for attacks on the military/intelligence infrastructure – a deceptive attempt to draw people into the secrecy reform movement who otherwise would have no interest. The truth of the phenomena negates that attack.

It is a powerful operating tenant of free societies of law that it is just as dangerous to suppress the truth in matters of great importance as it is to proffer lies. The very truth of the ET presence demands it be engaged. It is no small truth, and the possible outcomes and impact are beyond the ability of mere humans to predict.   In such instances the best course is open involvement by every aspect of the culture – bring to bear every talent, viewpoint, and skill.

The Cover-up Corrupts

The American people have granted certain intelligence entities the right to pry and keep secrets. But they did not grant the right to lie. The appropriate answer to a UFO/ET question by the government is “no comment.”   When any agenda at times forces members of the Army, Air Force, NASA, the Congress, the Executive, the CIA, NSA and other agencies to lie straight faced to the public, it corrupts the people lying and the entity that employs them. Worse, it lowers the barriers to more lies about other issues, making it a standard operating procedure. Over time this corruption becomes pandemic, spreading to other agencies not even related to the forcing agenda.

The corrupting effects of the UFO/ET cover-up are now in their 53rd year – a lot of time, a lot of damage.

The Cover-up Warps

As stated previously in other columns, the UFO/ET cover-up acts like a huge gravitational field warping and unbalancing the other components of government in their constitutional orbits.         Presidents are kept out of the loop, congressional oversight is breached, hidden wars are conducted, intelligence agencies violate their mission statements, the judiciary passes on illegal suppression of evidence and upholds unconstitutional executive orders, military services are recruited to maintain the deception, and civilian agencies such as NASA are twisted away from their legislated mandates.

Disclosure will turn that magnetic field off so our government can be brought back into equilibrium.

Sequestered Technology

The late Col. Philip Corso revealed in his memoir, The Day After Roswell, that some alien based technology was migrated into the commercial marketplace to give the United States a competitive edge.   Most of that technology has come to benefit all nations. Well and good. But the evidence mounts that the two most impacting technologies have been sequestered for national security reasons – how alien craft are propelled and how they derive the energy to effect that propulsion.

While the exact nature of these two technologies cannot be stated, they have come to be known by somewhat metaphorical terms – electrogravitic drive and zero point (free) energy.       In a world where thousands of children die every day from starvation and medical neglect, where hundreds of millions suffer from various deprivations, it is not acceptable to hold back technologies of this potency on the basis of national security or any basis.

And last, but certainly not least:

International Trust

The most valuable currency in the new century will not be gold or silver, U.S. or Euro dollars – it will be “trust.”   The list of threatening issues that have gone global and from which no single nation can withdraw, grows larger. It includes:

  • 1) non-coercive population control which does not violate human rights.
  • 2) mitigating international terrorism without the imposition of marshal law and violation of national sovereignties.
  • 3) ending the “war” on drugs without having to imprison absurd percentages of the population, wage real war, or violate national sovereignties.
  • 4) nuclear and biological arms proliferation.
  • 5) non-coercive disease management.
  • 6) environmental issues on a level impacting all nations – rain forest elimination, Russian nuclear ships rusting in heaps, fishing out the seas, genetic engineering foods to address famine.
  • 7) the turning of near-earth space into a landfill and a weapons platform.
  • 8) voluntary withdrawal from ancient ethnic hatreds and the concomitant spirals of violence.

Without unprecedented global cooperation, these problems will not be solved, and that cooperation will have to be purchased with trust, not money. The UFO/ET cover-up is nicely positioned to empty the American vault of that commodity.

Aside from the distrust bred of abuse of power, the breaking Echelon scandal being but the latest in a lengthening list of such abuses, the UFO/ET cover-up holds some spectacular possibilities to create international and cultural riffs that might last for centuries.

What are citizens of other nations and adherents of other cultures to think? The United States has lied about the most important event in human history to everyone for decades. It has captured extraordinary technology and kept it hidden. It has attempted to develop new weapons from this technology to add to its already unmatched arsenal. It has denied earth changing, life sparing, environmental saving technology from the human race for “national security” reasons. It has interacted with and perhaps entered into agreements with non-human entities for unstated, hidden purposes. It has denied financial and medical assistance to its own employees for “national security” reasons. It has forced other nations to adhere to its UFO/ET cover-up and timetable. It has either condoned, permitted, and/or conducted bizarre and sometimes coercive interactions with citizens of its own country and other countries, while denying any knowledge of such events.

The United States and Great Britain mutually agreed to keep all atomic bomb secrets from the Soviet Union for fear it would be the new enemy. The resulting Cold War and arms race cost between $10 and $20 trillion dollars. What will be the price tag on this latest game of hide and seek?

The New Paradigm

If the citizens who inhabit this planet of nations are not going to repeat the mistakes of the 20th Century on an even grander scale, they must think and act in a new way. The UFO/ET cover-up is old paradigm, formal disclosure and the end of the cover-up is new paradigm. Governments must open up, personal privacy must be reassured, nations must cooperate, people must give up their bigotry, the environment must be preserved – these are the elements of the new paradigm.

None of these goals can be achieved in an atmosphere of secrecy and mistrust. The formal disclosure of the extraterrestrial presence – the end of the UFO/ET cover-up – is a necessary and critical step toward a world of governments that realizes – and not simply promises – freedom, justice and the basic needs of life for all.

What does “The Politics of Disclosure” mean?

August 16, 2000
Stephen Bassett

Washington, DC – It is a strange phrase – other worldly, ambiguous.    It’s also a standing joke which goes like this: the lobbyist/activist is lurking at some soirée or another in Georgetown or Bethesda or the Capitol. Amiable chatting is taking place, harmless banter, until that magic moment occurs when the unsuspecting attendee asks innocently, “Now what is it that you do?”

Heh, heh, heh, of course this is exactly why the lobbyists/activist is there in the first place – for just this question, this polite act of networking so essential to everything that happens in this town.

The answer always catches them off guard. {“He seemed so normal – well dressed, articulate, sane.”} They were expecting something to do with the oil depletion allowance, passenger-side air bags, some newspaper in the mid-west. But “the politics of disclosure?”

These are not dumb people. They recover quickly. Something light is called for, something to diffuse the awkwardness, “You mean you lobby on behalf of aliens. Do they pay well?”

The questioner doesn’t realize this is a perfectly appropriate question. Extraterrestrial beings are here. They seem to have an agenda, which Jim Marrs, David Jacobs or a number of other fine researchers are quite happy to elaborate upon.  They want something, probably have all sort of neat things to swap, and would likely prefer our military stop shooting at them. Sure, they could use a lobbyist.

Unfortunately, there is not an iota of evidence they have anything remotely resembling money. No coin, no plastic – nada, zilch, nichevo. The lobbyist/activist can understand this. Just about everyone associated with this subject (with a few notable exceptions) hasn’t got any money either. Why should the aliens?

One could wonder whether any of the symbols on the Roswell wreckage happened to be alien for “pro bono,” but why bother? If the extraterrestrials want representation in Washington, this lobbyist is more than willing to take on a new, non-paying client and present their interests on the Hill. Of course, he would prefer the initial consultation were probeless. This goes without saying.

So, to all those with a more direct connection to our elusive visitors – channelers, hybrids, walk-ins, experiencers, the guy at Wright Patterson sitting outside the cell door – feel free to pass on the offer.   Perhaps some day it will be possible to answer the question above with, “They don’t provide a retainer, but you would not believe my vacation venues.”

The Reality Segue

Back to the soirée. It’s time to move off the humor and get to the point. “Nope, don’t represent ETs, but research and activist organizations addressing the phenomena.” This elaboration usually elicits the logical, yet dreaded, comeback, “Why?”

Why indeed. This legitimate yet troubling question lies at the heart of the politics of disclosure.

When politics is at its best it is a constant, external dialogue with those near the center speaking outwardly to the general public, telling us truthfully what is going on in the world and the details of their activities. At its worst, politics becomes an internal dialogue with those near the center speaking truthfully only to those within their own group – a kind of informational incest. Outside of these inward directed entities, no one really knows what is going on. At some point people even cease to care. Now you have real trouble. As world history clearly shows, this happens often. At this time the political and activist mandate must be as follows: making the case to the general public why their personal vital interests and their nation’s vital interests are served by a comprehensive and truthful disclosure of the facts known to their government relating to the extraterrestrial presence. (Comprehensive as opposed to full, since full disclosure will not happen. National security will always require some information be withheld – the key question being, “how much?”)

Unless the reasons for disclosure are widely presented and valid, the general public cannot be faulted for giving their government the benefit of the doubt in this matter indefinitely. And general public means everyone, not just the interested minority. This includes people who presently know absolutely nothing of UFOs, ETs, and cover-ups.

Our society is revered for its willingness to permit controversial information to be disseminated as far and wide as necessary. But it is not automatic. A deliberate and competent effort has to occur. The politics of Disclosure is all about such an effort.

Women

August 8, 2000
Stephen Bassett

Washington, DC – There is something you carry around with you twenty-four and seven that is absolutely essential to your well being, even operating while you sleep, infiltrating your dreams.

It is your world view. No aspect of ones personal reality is more taken for granted. You move through your life with a shadow composed of millions of small and large components acquired via the conscious and unconscious mind. This shadow is the vector sum of every experience you have had from floating in amniotic fluid to cutting your foot on a bottle cap to having someone explain why the stars stay up in the sky. World view is also affected by genetics, luck and timing.

With each passing year this shadow welds ever firmer to your self and becomes a prophylactic glove protecting you from the dangers about. Don’t leave home without it.

If you did, you wouldn’t even survive long enough to be voted off the planet. Your world view tells you that objects have mass and moving objects have momentum. Step in front of one and you feel the big hurt. World view tells you gravity is constant and certain. You could leap off a 20-story building, feeling like a little flying and calculating that gravity might be on holiday. You don’t.

You live in a highly developed social structure with great commonality of experience, so you are not surprised that world view tends to group. You like it when the person next to you has a similar, if not identical world view. It’s convenient and comforting and so very ancient.

When a single adult has a major change of world view, it is called a mid-life crisis, an epiphany, rehab, an awakening, getting one’s act together. When the population of an empire or continent or race have a major change of world view, it is called a paradigm shift.

That which is about to happen in the world needs a name, and paradigm shift is it. Yes, you are sick to death of this phrase. The word “paradigm” is all over the place and getting tiresome. Nevertheless, when a phrase or word matches up with events or phenomena of sufficient power, it becomes ubiquitous by virtue of that power.

The person most responsible for this is Thomas S. Kuhn who wrote The Structure of Scientific Revolutions in 1962. He introduced the concept of paradigm shift to describe what happens when a particularly profound, new scientific data set dramatically changes a base premise by which reality is interpreted.

As it happens, this type of shift will occur in science without the average person buying a slurpy at 7/11 knowing or caring. However, on occasion a scientific tremor is followed by a massive aftershock whereby such a shift explodes into the world at large and affects the world view of every living person. The Copernican Revolution had such an impact, altering politics, religion, literature, philosophy, planetarium building – the works.

What do you call that? The supershift, the megashift, a paradigm shift with lettuce, tomato, pickle and special sauce?  It’s a wonderful phrase and Kuhn just set his sights too low. A scientific revolution is a fine howdy do, but a tectonic change in world view by billions of people forcing reassessment of most of human history? – now that’s a spicy meatball.

Please permit a modest suggestion for the sake of clarity. If the extraterrestrial presence were merely a matter of scientific inquiry, its disclosure would create a Kuhnlike paradigm shift. But it is much more than that, representing the biggest change in world view ever on Earth. So we shall call it a Paradigm Shift with a capital “P” and “S.”

Let’s review. Light is both a particle and a wave – paradigm shift. Telepathic aliens are floating your brother into a saucer – Paradigm Shift. Disease is caused by microscopic organisms – paradigm shift. So many spacecraft are landing in Mexico they need valet parking – Paradigm Shift.

Since you now understand this, we, naturally, are led to the subject of “women.”

Human beings are, in general, a self-possessed species. When considering the importance of any event or circumstance, humans take a “what good has it done for me, Al Franken” approach. Let’s depart from that perspective and examine the 20th Century as to how it will impact the entire planet and every living thing on it for the next thousand years – the big picture.

On that basis, what is the single most important facet of the last century – more important than WWII, the atomic bomb, the moon landing, Velcro, the United Nations, the civil rights movement, environmentalism, the Bolshevik Revolution and painless dentistry? The answer – the political empowerment of women, the suffrage/women’s rights movement.

And, surprise, surprise, there is a very powerful tie-in to the politics of UFOs. “Ok, son, you’re out of your everlovin’ mind, but I’m willing to give you a couple paragraphs to explain this before I hyperlink the hell out of here.” Thank you.

The UFO cover-up is a male enterprise, run and managed by men based upon a world view constructed by male experience going back 3 million years. Virtually the same can be said about the waging of war, invention of weaponry, and the structure of politics, diplomacy and religion.

In other words, the 20th Century was shaped by a world view which was predominantly male. As it happens, that world view ceased to be adequate around the middle of that century, say 1945.

By that time, the long term future of Earth was based upon three extremely entrenched premises which are false. They are:

1)  the continuing increase in human population will auto-correct itself without serious human intervention, massive suffering and unnecessary deaths.

2)  one of the auto-corrective mechanisms mitigating the population issue will be the movement of second and third world countries to first world status accompanied by the appropriate level of technology and consumption.

3)  peace and the pursuit of happiness can be indefinitely preserved by secrecy, control, and the threat of using ever more effective weapons.

As a result of these premises the Earth enters the 21st Century on the brink of global calamity. Note the important word, “global.” The suffering in Belair, Marin County, and Westchester may not be too awful, but the suffering outside the U.S. borders will be terrible beyond description.

A major reason for this most unfortunate circumstance is this: the world view of women is not the same as that of men and that world view has not been sufficiently operative in shaping the modern world. It is the classic matter of yin and yang.

In the most powerful nation on Earth, women’s suffrage only comes about 35 years before the atomic bomb. Women still only represent a small portion of the U. S. Congress at a time when we are moving to place weapons of mass destruction in space. The Earth has been host to a seminal race between the empowerment of women and the consequences of a male dominated approach to politics, diplomacy and religion – it is losing the race by about 50 years. Had the timetable for parity between male and female world view in the conduct of world affairs been advanced a mere half-century, much of the worst of the 20th century might have been avoided.

The male dominated world view is so entrenched in our politics, the timely alteration of the premises above will require circumstantial change of the highest degree. There are only two candidates with sufficient leverage to effect such change: 1) full political leadership parity by women in most of the developed nations, and 2) formal disclosure of the extraterrestrial presence.

Even the most sanguine view of world politics will not project a yin/yang of male/female world leadership parity in time to avoid a 21st century nightmare.

This author believes the extraterrestrial entities presently engaging us know this, and that is one of several good reasons why they have seemingly been forcing the pace of formal self-disclosure for 20 years.

Even if true, the question remains: will the missing female parity in political leadership damage the process of self-disclosure and mitigate its impact on the lopsided rationales leading us toward a world of hurt?

Dark Matter

July 26, 2000
Stephen Bassett

Washington, DC – The average person in the street has but the faintest clue as to how far cosmologists and astrophysicists have gone in attempting to understand the universe. Oh, they note the occasional science article in their daily paper, the one about this black hole, that quasar, a superstring here, a quark there. But few are able to piece together the complete picture human science is painting about the world outside the planet earth. It is astounding – not simply for what is being hypothesized – but that it is being done at all.

The human brain, barely out of the nursery, has actually forged a logic train back to the “big bang” and, even beyond. Yes, there are scientists making serious efforts to understand the pre-big bang reality. Happily, we live in the golden age of science journalism and all of these findings and projections are being chronicled in a manner, also remarkable, even a reasonably educated non-scientist can follow.

However, for two decades the efforts of cosmologists working on the universal jigsaw puzzle have been thwarted by a missing piece.   A host of calculations including galactic rotation, clustering and expansion could not be properly interpreted without factoring in what has come to be called “dark matter” – missing, unseen matter we are just beginning to understand.

The extraterrestrial hypothesis is the dark matter of political science and science policy in the second half of the twentieth century. It may very well be the missing piece for archeology, anthropology, and the history of religion, but that is for another columnist to address.

Whether you are a reporter nosing around for a story, a legislative aide trying to figure out what all the fuss is, or just a bewildered Mr. or Mrs. Jones wanting to know what’s happening, hear this: the actions and policy of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the conduct and treatment of presidents, the actions of the intelligence agencies, and the investigative and response policies of the military services do not calculate (make sense) unless you factor in the presence of extraterrestrials in the world, the ET hypothesis.

At its core, the disclosure process is the reinterpretation of history in light of the ET hypothesis. One of the reasons this process is intensifying is the quality of people stepping into the arena – it increase year to year.

A key continuing tactic of the insider, anti-disclosure cabal has been to refuse to acknowledge any new contribution by people of rank and stature – the higher the stature, the stricter the adherence to this tactic. Harvard education? Ph.D.? Pulitzer Prize? Career military officer? A dozen decorations? Member of the Congress? President of the United States? Accomplished, published scientist? If you are talking ET hypothesis, you don’t exist and will be ignored or stonewalled, if complete disregard is not an option (president, congressperson).

And like just about anyone who ever worked for Richard Nixon, you are left to twist slowly in the wind, whereupon members of the UFO/ET research community (to be fair, some government operatives) will gladly pick you apart until your contribution is likely rendered useless or marginalized.

Times are a changin’.  As more people of rank and station keep turning up, the tactic of pretending they don’t exist increasingly insults the collective national intelligence. Consequently, the fine people running things inside the Beltway look more and more like idiots. This author lives inside the Beltway and can state without hesitation, these people hate being thought of as idiots.

Guess what? Two new players just entered stage left. Let’s take a look.

Daniel Sheehan is one of the leading social activists of our time. He has three Harvard degrees; founded the Christic Institute, an interfaith center for law and national policy; was legal counsel on the Karen Silkwood, Iran/Contra, Pentagon Papers, and Watergate Burglary Cases, and numerous other landmark issues; represented Dr. John Mack during the Harvard Medical School inquiry; has raised millions of dollars for legal activism; is known throughout the world; and currently heads the Strategic Initiative to Identify the New Paradigm, one of six major projects spun out from the Gorbachev Foundation.

In 1977, while General Counsel to the United States Jesuit Office of Social Ministry in Washington, DC. he served as a Special Consultant to the United States Library of Congress Congressional Research Office Project on Extraterrestrial Intelligence ordered by President Jimmy Carter. Dr. Sheehan was given access not only to the classified portions of the United States Air Force’s “Project Blue Book” files but to the confidential report prepared for the Science & Technology Committee of the United States Congress by the Library of Congress Congressional Research Office. During this assignment he saw extraordinary evidence for the ET hypothesis.

On the July 6, 2000 radio broadcast (still archived) of Coast to Coast AM with Mike Siegel, Dan Sheehan committed himself and the prestige of the Christic Institute to ending the government UFO/ET cover-up.   The interested public should expect more news of this extremely important development over the coming months.

Now, don’t you just know the boys down at MJ-12 central, or whatever they call themselves these days, are just thrilled to hear about this?

Alfred Webre is a Fulbright Scholar, graduate of Yale University, Yale Law School with a JD degree, and the University of Texas.   He has been an environmental lawyer, a futurist at the Stanford Research Institute (SRI), professor (Yale University and the University of Texas), author, and social activist.  Webre has been a non- governmental delegate to the United Nations and a delegate to the Texas Democratic Convention.

In 1977, while at the Stanford Research Institute, Alfred Webre also worked on the Carter study of extraterrestrial intelligence. The study was to have been undertaken jointly by the National Science Foundation and the Center for the Study of Social Policy at SRI where the author was a futurist and principal investigator.   In his new book, Exopolitics, he claims that the 1977-78 Carter White House study was secretly suppressed at the behest of Pentagon officials, led by the SRI liaison with the Pentagon.

Dr. Webre will be participating in the new initiative previously mentioned.

The entrance of these exceptional men into the disclosure movement will have several points of impact, one of which being the reopening of the facts surrounding the Carter study. The parallels to the Clinton presidency as relates to the UFO/ET question are eerie.

Carter arrived in Washington as an outsider and governor of a southern state. Very early in his administration he showed unilateral interest in the UFO/ET issue. He made inquiries, started a research study and requested information from several agencies. He was generally stonewalled.

In fact, when he approached the NASA administrator, Fletcher, to involve NASA in the study, his request was rejected. When he approached the CIA Director, he was told to look elsewhere. That director, George H. W. Bush.

The study was closed down early and an inconsequential report authored by Marcia Smith was published.

Carter then came under attack from several directions.   These attacks were often of a personal nature.   He was called a liar. Attempts were made to connect him to a financial scandal.   His family members, particularly his brother, were ridiculed in the press.  His Ambassador to the UN, Andrew Young, was driven out of office.

Jimmy Carter essentially never spoke of the UFO/ET issue again and was voted out of office. A legend has grown up around the last days of the 1980 election. It is called the “October Surprise.”   Authors have claimed a deal was struck with the Ayatollah Khomeni to withhold the American hostages until the republican candidate was elected. The man allegedly leading the negotiation of that deal, George H. W. Bush, the former CIA Director and Vice President elect.

After William Clinton, a flawed man to be sure, showed formal, unilateral interest in the UFO/ET question, he came under attack as no other president in history. While the effort to limit him to one term failed, he has been humiliated and marginalized as he completes his tenure. The republican seeking to replace him in the White House, George W. Bush, son of George H. W. Bush.

Allow to be put forward a theory for your consideration. Some presidents are allowed to know the particulars of the UFO/ET reality and some are not.  Jimmy Carter and William Clinton were not invited to the party.   In fact, it was supposed to be George H. W. Bush’s party. He lost, but his son is slated to take his place as the disclosure president. The selection of former Secretary of Defense Richard Cheney is in line with that agenda.

The idea that some elected presidents are not briefed on issues of massive importance because certain insiders, perhaps composed of members of the other party, don’t wish them to be briefed, is not acceptable. It is illegal, it is dangerous, and it is part of that “dark matter” you need to embrace, if you want to make sense of the last 50 years of history.

Jimmy Carter is viewed by both political parties as one of the greatest ex-presidents in this or any time. He has risen above politics in his post-presidential life and garners great respect worldwide.

The presence of extraterrestrials in our world is bipartisan and affects everyone, everywhere. Maybe the last great act of Jimmy Carter’s life is to step into the disclosure arena himself and bring the process to all the people. At this point he is just about the only person left anyone would trust. Jimmy, come on dowwwwnnnnn.

The Paradigm Clock

July 17, 2000
Stephen Bassett

Washington, DC – You, the person reading this right now, yeah, you, guess what? You’re not supposed to be here. That’s right, you shouldn’t be alive. You should be dead or at least not born. Want to know why?

A group of men you most certainly never met, and in some cases never heard of, got together at the beginning of the century and started doing some science. Initially most of the science was out in the open. As each decade passed much of it became secret.

It was the physics of the manipulation of atomic structure, and the men included Fermi, Bohr, Einstein, Szilard, Teller, Seaborg, Lawrence, Oppenheimer, von Neumann, Heisenberg, Frisch, Gamow, Bethe, Hahn, Feynman, Morrison, Kistiakowsky, Neddermeyer, and dozens of others. Their work directly or indirectly led to the creation of the atomic bomb. Later, some of these men with others created the hydrogen bomb.

These men knew what they were doing and some were terrified. Had there not been a driving justification for this science, a world war needing an end; had they just been, as is sometimes the case, doing it because it could be done, many would have refused to proceed, or proceeding, had a nervous breakdown or committed suicide.

At one point they became concerned that igniting an atomic bomb might set the atmosphere on fire and kill all life on the planet. After a few head sessions, they decided the probability of that was “low” and they set off the test codenamed Trinity, a term used to describe the Godhead of the Christian faith.

Starting to get the picture? It was as close as men had come to being gods. They were about to create the means to destroy a world. In time the bombs were built, placed atop missiles, enhanced, MIRVed, and targeted on an enemy who had done the same. Two vast nations, each despising the other, with completely different ideologies, poised to strike in seconds – and not a single soldier had to leave a trench. It was electronic, sterile and easy.

By any historical criteria you might apply to this grotesque circumstance, those missiles should have been launched and you should not be here. But they weren’t, and you are. And the reason you are here has little to do with science; it has everything to do with politics.

The politics of science came of age at Los Alamos as these men attempted to grapple with the implications of their inventions. They lobbied, petitioned, argued and agonized over how to control the physics of nuclear destruction. They reached out to presidents, the public and the press. That effort continues to this day.

Two very powerful developments connect the politics of atomic physics with the politics of disclosure:

1)   In 1947 the editors of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists published to the world the “Doomsday Clock” – a public relations device intended to influence public opinion and awareness of the proximity to nuclear war.  In an effort to attract the media to the political implications of the bomb, a metaphorical clock was set at seven minutes to midnight. If the missiles created by demigods were ever launched, the Doomsday Clock would strike midnight. Over time it would be closer or further from midnight depending upon world events.

2)   There is mounting evidence that from the WW II until the present, intelligent beings from other worlds have attempted to influence our decision making as regards the use of nuclear weapons and the conduct of mass war in general. A fertile and vociferous debate goes on within the UFO/ET research/activist community as to the ultimate intentions of these beings towards our species and our planet. The high end of the mainstream press has yet to catch up with this debate.

Therefore, on April 30, 1998, the Paradigm Research Group published to the World Wide Web the “Paradigm Clock.”  It includes a chronicle of events that have moved the clock. When the governments of the world, most likely but not necessarily led by the United States, formally disclose to their citizens the presence of extraterrestrial beings, the Paradigm Clock will strike midnight.       The time set for April 30, 1998 was 11:57:00 pm, three minutes to midnight, reflecting a view the disclosure process had advanced substantially since the “end” of the Cold War in 1989.

However, there is a wonderful concordance between the politics of disclosure and the politic of atomic physics. The Doomsday Clock was published in the same year the modern UFO era began, 1947 – the year of Roswell and Kenneth Arnold. For that reason the Paradigm Clock was retroactively created going back to 1947 and was initially set at the same time – 11:53:00 pm.

Since it was published in 1998, the Paradigm Clock, has been reset three times:

  • July 27, 1998: Time reset back to 11:56:30 pm
  • July 28, 1999: Time reset forward to 11:57:15 pm
  • July 12, 2000: Time reset forward to 11:58:10 pm

The developments which affected the last time setting are shown below.  Other events going back to 1947 can be found in the Time Change Chronicle at the Paradigm Research Group website.

  • 7/6/00 – On Coast to Coast AM, noted legal/social activist, Daniel Sheehan, confirms the existence of remarkable evidence presented to him during his work on a 1977 research report on extraterrestrial intelligence initiated by President Jimmy Carter.  Former Stanford Research Institute futurist and author of the new eBook Exopolitics, Alfred Webre, who also worked on the Carter report, confirms the project was shut down prematurely.   Daniel Sheehan commits the resources of the Christic Institute to the formal disclosure process.   Both publicly state strong convictions regarding the ET hypothesis.
  • 6/25/00 MSNBC airs a substantive one-hour news documentary on the UFO/ET issue.
  • 6/22/99 – NASA holds a press conference to announce photographic evidence pointing toward active subterranean water on Mars.
  • 6/23/00 – Internet entrepreneur, Joseph Firmage, who has publicly stated his belief in an extraterrestrial presence, launches an integrated media network, Project Voyager, with Ann Druyan, widow of the late Carl Sagan. Firmage declares his venture capital firm, Intend Change, has amassed $225 million.
  • 6/00 – Lt. Col. Philip  Corso comes under intense attack by researchers when FBI files on him are released to and then partially published by Larry Bryant.  These files contain much negative material written up by FBI agents over a span of several decades.
  • 5/23/00 – The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) releases 27,000 new Mars photos onto the Internet, which immediately come under close scrutiny by a host of Mars researchers.  The archive covers one Mars year, 687 Earth days, beginning in September 1997 and extending through August 1999.
  • 5/21/00 – Leslie Kean, an accomplished freelance journalist, publishes in the Boston Globe an extended piece on the UFO/ET issue, focusing on the COMETA report published in France in July of 1999.  The Globe is one of the top ten dailies in America.  The Minneapolis Star-Tribune (May 29), Memphis Commercial Appeal, Irish Independent (June 27, and VSD Magazine (July) follow up with versions of the story.
  • 4/26/00 – Mike Siegel seamlessly replaces Art Bell on Coast to Coast AM.     Premiere Radio Networks makes it clear the program will remain devoted to the show’s previous subject matter, including the UFO/ET/Disclosure issues.   Siegel, who has a Ph.D. and a law degree, demonstrates keen interest in the politics of disclosure.
  • 4/5/00 – The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) release new photographs of the Cydonia region of Mars that had been held back in violation of an agreement to publish such photos quickly.
  • 3/11/00 – A Canadian cable television technician reveals he has taped direct NASA Shuttle videos.  Martyn Stubbs comes forward with anomalous imagery and thousands of hours of tape to examine.
  • 3/10/00 – Touchstone Pictures releases Brian DePalma’s provocative movie, Mission to Mars, and introduces the Cydonia/Face controversy to millions of Americans.
  • 11/99 – Dr. John Mack of Harvard University publishes Passport to the Cosmos: Human Transformation and Alien Encounters, his long awaited follow-up to Abduction: Human Encounters with Aliens.

The new time setting of 11:58:00 pm is intended to inform the public and the press that disclosure is near.

Should we fear the science of atomic physics and the science of the extraterrestrial propulsion and energy systems, or should we fear the politics of that science?  Can good policy emerge from a morass of lies, covert programs, illegal actions, subversion and public ignorance?

These are the questions the Paradigm Clock invites you to consider, and more importantly, invites your political leaders to consider – openly.  So far more people on this earth have perished prematurely from bad politics than from the laws of nature.

It comes down to what kind of world you want to construct. If you desire a political reality that is done “by you” rather than “to you,” there are two things you have to do – pay attention and get involved.  And now is a very good a time.