At Leeds this August, I was speaking to Natasha Acimovic, who along with David Griffin head up Exopolitics UK, and I would say are fairly close to the cutting edge of ufology. A sort of modern day Jim and Coral Lorenzen. We talked about how exopolitics gives the opportunity for diversity of opinion, of research, of figures on the scene, now and in the future. Cataloguing lights in the sky, while important, was the old days, now we are engaged across the spectrum, from the political to the personal. Certainly, the field of ufology has always been shifting. I mean, if WW2 veteran Donald Keyhoe, who founded NICAP were around today he’d probably slit his wrists or have a heart-attack. But we live in a very different world than the 1960’s. Wildly different, and getting more radical, more novel with every passing day.
Jack Witek, is a sometimes actor, full time dilettante in ufology, and generally reasonable chap. He Needs to Know, and feels you do to. He lives by the sea in Plymouth, England, with his insufferable alien-hybrid cat, Adramelech, or Adra for short. You can catch him in one of the city’s many fine drinking establishments sipping German beer with his head buried in the latest UFO book, trying to look inconspicuous yet mysterious.
The ancient Chinese, in their wisdom, cursed us in triplicate
- May you live in interesting times.
- May you come to the attention of those in authority (sometimes rendered May the government be aware of you).
- May you find what you are looking for.
Exopolitcs is logical result on the first, which leads inexorably to the second, which brings with it the danger of the third. Despite the media (in deference to Nick Pope, yes, that is a generalisation) brushing it aside, putting it down, hushing it up, hurrying it along and laughing it into the Middle Ages and its parade of bumpkin superstitions and prejudices, there is a core of sightings, of encounters, of government projects, of a 60 year paper trail, leading us ever further to the startling conclusion that we are not at the top of the food chain.
As for the second, I think Richard Dolan, and others, have amply demonstrated, this lead to a select few at the top the human pyramid to take it upon themselves to be custodians of this reality. This has led to a collective blind spot that cannot engage with this paradigm, and so here we are trying to rehabilitate the situation. God help us.
Now, thirdly. While I understand it isn’t necessarily sexy and might not make you friends to agree with Mr Pope on certain issues, I think he makes a very valid point, as he did to Sun newspaper reporters covering the conference this year, about marrying ourselves to certain political causes, like 9/11, however worthy those causes may or not be. We have to pick our battles, and we run the risk of over-reach, and of the hubris of thinking we have the answers to this mystery when in fact we do not. Not to a satisfactory degree, anyway. We have leads, we have data, we have models, we have evidence. We can prove - not as much as some of us would like.
However, on a side note, after reading Witness to Roswell by Schmitt and Carey, the former of which Bryce Zabel is writing a film script about called Majic Men, well, if the evidence and witnesses amassed in that volume were to be presented in a fair court of law, I think they’d have a hard time denying that something very important happened that night in 1947.
But that was the past! This is the present! Focus on the real life and death issues today! Ok, I’ll do my best. To reference Sherlock Holmes, nonetheless, there is the Scarlet Thread that runs through all of this, the reality of the UAPs/UFOs in and of themselves, and the behind-closed-doors reality of political and military interest, conspiracy or not.
I think most people were seeing stars, and saucers, by the end of the weekend. But here’s a modest overview. I didn’t get to every speaker, as I would have dropped on the floor twitching if I would have tried, and there were too many people I wanted to talk to, friends to catch up with, which is really half the point of going to one of these anyway.
Friday was themed UFOs and the Media, and was kicked off by Bristol Univ. academic film historian Robbie Graham, who made his case for Hollywood collusion with the UFO truth embargo, and its claimed agenda of predictive programming. This talk was followed by former head of the Ministry of Defence’s UFO desk, Nick Pope, who spoke of his experience with the MoD and the media, being as he is regularly hired to lend his voice to science fiction film promotion and media pieces on UFOs. Nick’s was essentially the polar opposite of Robbie’s views, and this set the tone for much of the weekend. During Q&A for Robbie, a lady who would be persistent throughout the weekend, got up to ask about the “Zionist Agenda” and what she saw its role being for UFOs and world politics and 9/11, and, here it comes, oh yes she did: the ‘Jews in Hollywood’. Bryce Zabel, who I was sitting next to, nearly walked out there and then, but thankfully he managed to get a word on the record.
David Griffin put it forward that the truth of our predicament is caught in a cold war between the contactees, those doing the contacting and abductions, and those behind the scenes keeping afoot of all this. Whether you like it or loath it, most of what we might know about these visitors comes from the testimony of the abductees and contactees themselves. More on this later.
Richard Hall gave a presentation covering investigations he has been doing into the perpetrators of the crop circle phenomena, namely MI5 for the majority of them, as well as his analysis of false-flag events and the ability of the media to frame the paradigm, and how this applies to UFOs as well. He strongly disagreed with Nick Pope on the media’s role, and Richard Hall is also passionate campaigner for 9/11 and 7/7 truth. ‘The two are fundamentally linked because they are both subjects that the media are lying about using the same psy-op methods to keep the truth from the public. We have to expose all of their crimes, not just in one area.’
As so Ian R. Crane, who covered just about everything but UFOs in his lively keynote for Friday. Crane’s research is very much in the vein of David Icke, and Alex Jones, and he is not a straight-up ufologist, but rather focuses on what is now becoming a household name, the Nephilim, or as they are also known, the Anunnaki. Nick Pope got a fair amount of humorous stick. At one point, Ian asked the audience, though actually addressing Nick Pope, to put their hands up if they didn’t think 9/11 was an inside job, if they didn’t think the London bombings were a false flag, and so on. Nick was virtually the only one to raise his hand consecutively. Crane also focused significant time on what he proposed is a real threat potentially: that during the 2012 Olympics the New World Order crowd will use the opportunity to employ Project Blue Beam style holograms and/or drone craft to fool us all into believing there is occurring an alien invasion. Basically the ultimate false flag military operation.
Saturday, UFOs and the Military and Secret Space Programs. I caught police officer Gary Heseltine, who always puts on a compelling, sobering and professional talk. Rendlesham/Bentwaters Incident was the topic, and while some might pass over this, I truly wished we had more like Gary around.
Next I saw Richard Dolan give his Secret Space Program presentation, drawing on sources from aerospace weapons platform journalist Nick Cook, to Jeff Challender’s painstaking archiving of NASA STS videos, to the famous statements Ben Rich, Robert Sarbacher, private correspondence with Edgar Mitchel, and much more besides.
Then Bryce Zabel gave us his view from the Hollywood vista of what Life After Contact could mean for the world, drawing from his experience as creator of Dark Skies and co-author of A.D. After Disclosure. It was multimedia packed, professional, pretty humorous and compelling. You can see my last article on this website -- Letter from England -- which was a review of both the book and the show.
Richard Hoagland ran a marathon four hour lecture, covering theories of hyper-dimensional physics and runaway, breakaway symbolism of those in the know, as he called it in deference and competition with Richard Dolan, the ‘secret secret space program’, focusing specifically on the approach of comet Elenin and what it’s implications could be for Disclosure, and for then taking Phobos, and from Phobos to Cydonia, and from there to ‘the edge of forever’. Well, fingers crossed, anyway. As Hoagland said in Q&A on the panel discussion at the end of the weekend, that in our solar system ancient artefacts are ‘f***ing everywhere’, from a long lost space-faring civilisation. Or as I like to say, paraphrasing Sagan, ‘billions and billions of lines of rectilinear geometry’. Ah ha, I thank you, you’re too kind. I don’t think we’ve heard the last of Hoagland, or Elenin, whatever the event. Richard was a good friend of Arthur C. Clark, who wrote Childhood’s End, a book that completely altered my world-view when I read it many years ago. The past is present, and future.
And finally to Sunday, Human Encounters with Aliens. The day began with Gerard Aartsen who gave a fascinating talk informing us about George Adamski and how we must set our TiVo for when the Space Brothers working with the Ascended One here on earth will broadcast a message of a New Age World Order using every television set in the world, while possessing the hearts and minds of the United Nations council members with vibrations of peace and love. At least I think that was it. I believe he say the Arab Spring is only the beginning. A few hours later, London was burning from riots and blood was flowing in the gutters. I guess he was right about something, at least.
Richard Lawrence, on the other hand, I rather liked. He was a sincere, humane and intelligent man. He spoke on behalf of the Aetherius Society, and told of its founder George King, and his remarkable life.
After that, the day’s schedule was completely altered at the last minute for some reason, but in some order, we had, Kim Carlsberg, who much as Bryce did, gave a multi-media heavy presentation that was very engaging and compelling. Never would I have expected those photos she showed of the crew of Baywatch, but if you want to know, go see her talk.
Brigitte Barclay, an experiencer, who gave her first, and last talk at Leeds ten years ago with Nick Pope, returned this year, again with Nick. You will be hearing a lot more from this articulate and fascinating lady in the future, I am sure.
David Griffin came back to facilitate the introduction of a Sonia, a Muslim woman, and her husband, who has had some rather disturbing yet also highly ambivalent encounters, an aspect of one which appears to have been caught on film, which when shown that day absolutely floored the audience. She talked briefly of how her religion speaks of the Jinn, or beings of smokeless fire, and off the significant similarities between Muslim lore and modern abductee and encounters lore.
And to round things off that day, we had Steve Bassett knock it outa the ball park, as is his habit. Who, What, Why, When, Where and How? It was honestly one of the best ones I have ever seen him do, focusing heavily on the nuclear catastrophe issue, and what THAT would mean for our predicament. Bassett is maybe taking a different tact on 9/11 than he used to, and he touched upon the nature of false flags to derail history.
During the panel discussion, I asked, ‘Robert Bigelow is pretty controversial right now. Unless Steve’s Doomsday scenario happens first, what are the implications for Robert Bigelow colonising space?’ 5 or ten minutes later they were knee-deep in a dispute over who the real perpetrators of 9/11 were, and why, and how much of the burden various panel members had or had not carried in bringing this all to light. This comes down to world-view at the end of the day. Either you believe that the mechanisms of state and media control used for the cover-up of 9/11 are the same as they are for matters of Disclosure, or you take Nick Pope’s stance that these are fundamentally not linked, that 9/11 was not a false flag event, and that we will never get anywhere marrying ourselves to causes like 9/11, to figures like Alex Jones and Ian Crane. Either you think lobbying for UFO Disclosure is currently a winning bet and that by associating ourselves with such causes as 9/11 truth movements, we are dooming ourselves, or you take Richard Hall’s view that you cannot separate the two:
- 'The two are fundamentally linked because they are both subjects that the media are lying about using the same psy-op methods to keep the truth from the public. We have to expose all of their crimes, not just in one area. In 60 years the disclosure and UFO lobby has achieved a big fat nothing. The evidence of media cover up is more easy to expose in 9/11 and 7/7. This is their Achilles heel and we should just ignore it.’
It’s also a question of whether or not this is strategic overreach. Ten years ago, Steven Greer chaired the Disclosure Project event in Washington DC Press Club. It was the most attended Press Club event in memory. Such a feat of getting so many solid witnesses to gather for such a massive press attendance is no small thing. But Greer’s agenda for the day was a little more ambitious. He set out to, ostensibly if not factually, demonstrate that the UFO phenomena and it’s denial is intrinsically linked to the question of alternative energy systems to the fossil fuel monopolies that exist today, and not only that, but the testimony of a dead NAZI cum NASA space pioneer’s fears of an ‘alien threat’ being used to menace us into a contrived World War 3 situation, that would lead to a New World Order. Project Blue Beam under another name. I am referring to Carol Rosin’s Disclosure Project testimony about her work with Wernher von Braun. And while I do not wish to denigrate Carol or her testimony, I do criticise the way the event was organised generally. But whatever the case, then, of course, 9/11 happened.
The legendary general of ancient China, Sun Tzu, is said to have wrote:
"Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win."
'All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when we are able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must appear inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near.
As Steve Bassett said in 2004, it’s not about lights in the sky, It’s about lies on the ground. Since 2001, Steven Greer has moved on to CSETI, and its Ambassador to the Universe & Consciousness Training and Expedition programs. Lights in the bloody sky indeed.
However, more and more, there is a convergence of world views. In fact, very recently Alex Jones was guest keynote at Talkers conference in New York, American talk radio’s equivalent of the Bilderberg meetings. In his presentation, available on youtube, he directly referenced Richard Dolan’s breakaway civilisation model, and more and more has been having guests on his show like Richard Hoagland. Love him or loathe him, his audience, when you combine youtube, radio, films and internet news sites, agragated is in the tens of millions around the world. He was the first to call 9/11 as a false flag, inside job, even announcing on air weeks before that date that he believed there would be false flag attacks in New York and Washington. A thought: even if half of the people in the world believe 9/11 to be an inside job, 9/11-as-a-cover-up is inherently about putting people in jail. For a very long time. Disclosure is not, though who knows? But the starting premises are totally different. You can spin Disclosure, you can’t spin complicity in mass murder as easily. And Nick Pope pointed out to me, if you search google for “9/11 inside job” you will get back millions of hits. You put the same keywords into BBC News, you will come back with essentially zero hits.
The Sun article - which you can read here: http://tinyurl.com/3ujp9h6 - most appallingly of all, other than jeeringly obsessing over Crane’s warning of an Olympic false flag scenario, insinuated that Anthony Beckett was basically in it for the money. Which would make the Sun reporters what, exactly? Indeed. An outfit that is, however, rolling in it, is the rock band Muse. Beckett is a big fan, and I’ve seen them live a number of times. They have sold over 10 million albums, and have been invited to play and tour with bands such as Rage Against the Machine and U2. For their last three albums, they have been dealing with themes from the New World Order, to Project Blue Beam, Mk Ultra, the ancient astronaut theories of Zecharia Sitchin, the wars in the Middle East, and they have even directly referenced both Jim Marrs’ Rule by Secrecy in their song Ruled by Secrecy, and national security luminary Zbigniew Brzezinski’s The Grand Chessboard in their song United States of Eurasia. The press coverage of them is interesting. Generally, at least in Britain, the press doesn’t know whether to laugh at them while grudgingly admiring their home-grown success, or to simply fall down and worship them as some sort of dialectic fulmination of modern rock. The bands frontman, Mathew Bellamy, once appeared on Alex Jones’ radio show discussing 9/11, and Alex uses their songs as bumper music.
As the 9/11 Commission Report states, 'the 9/11 attacks were a shock, but they should not have come as a surprise. Islamic extremists had given plenty of warnings that they meant to kill Americans indiscriminately and in large numbers.' Again, it depends on whether you think it was stage managed, or simply tragic and idiotic oversight. Complicity or stupidity, the legacy of the attacks has been used and abused by governments, corporations and intelligence agencies around the world. The Washington Post published a two-year study in 2010 on the runaway nature of this: http://projects.washingtonpost.com/top-secret-america/
George Noory, who leads up Coast to Coast am, America’s largest paranormal/conspiracy/political radio slot, and one of the most legendary and listened to shows in the world, took a chance and gave Alex a big hand several years back in promoting him, and he remains good friends with Noory. Ironically, Alex, who appeared alongside Keanu Reeves in A Scanner Darkly, has just put out a video addressing Hollywood names to speak out:http://tinyurl.com/3ftdtkx
The aide [later attributed to Karl Rove, Senior Advisor to President G.W. Bush] said that guys like me were "in what we call the reality-based community," which he defined as people who "believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality." ... "That's not the way the world really works anymore," he continued. "We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality—judiciously, as you will—we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors…and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do."
History is a lie... but how much of a lie?
Interestingly, famed theoretical physicist Michio Kaku who is also a UFO advocate who endorses Leslie Kean, recently appeared on MSNBC to discuss current tv project that on the Discovery channel, Alien Invasion: Are We Ready?
The MSNBC host asked Kaku:
'Now I’m wondering if there can’t be an upside to all of this, I’m a big fan of the original Star Trek series and it was only when there were alien civilisations that seemed to challenge the earth that you found that the earth got its act together for the kind of global governance that all the visionaries say we need that if we’re gonna deal with climate change, if we’re gonna deal with all the modern issues, global finance where the sovereignty of political nations is actually a political barrier to solving these big problems. So, can there be an upside to the alien threat?'
'Believe it or not, when president Ronald Reagan met Mikhail Gorbachev, we know know during the transcripts of the meeting that he said that if we were ever attacked by the martians you and me, the soviets and the capitalist US would be allies in the fight against the martians. Well that’s how Ronald Reagan looked at it and believe it or not there’s some truth to it. If we are faced with a common enemy in outer space it would indeed help to unite the earth just the way Ronald Reagan said.'
So, does this therefore make Kaku an insider spreading fear porn. He may know a thing or two, he probably has some friends, but I doubt it. For one thing, even Nick Pope has got in on the act, recently appearing in National Geographic’s show When Aliens Attack (dun dun dun!)
Going back to part two of the Chinese wisdom, or curse, we have Robert Bigelow. Wikipedia states:
Bigelow is a hotel and aerospace entrepreneur. He owns the hotel chain Budget Suites of America and is the founder of Bigelow Aerospace.
Bigelow Aerospace has launched two experimental space modules, Genesis 1 and Genesis 2, and has plans for full-scale manned space habitats to be used as orbital hotels, research labs and factories.
He is also the founder of National Institute for Discovery Science.
How delightfully innocuous. America’s largest UFO organization, MUFON, is currently in crisis, and many, rightly or wrongly, are blaming Bigelow. His old friend and colleague, George Knapp, would maintain his innocence, as I’m sure many of Knapp’s radio listeners on Coast to Coast am would. But many do see him as an insider, engaged in some form of contracted Intelligence gathering, using MUFON and their high strangeness first responders as data cows, only later to send them to slaughter. Like in Sherlock Holmes again, if crime is afoot, and you have the Baker Street Irregulars running around, you may as well make use of them.
From what I understand, Bigelow really came onto the scene when the Skinwalker Ranch was publicised by George Knapp and Colm A. Kelleher in their excellent book Hunt for the Skinwalker. Bigelow bought the ranch after discovering it was a focal point for ufological and paranormal activity in a disturbing way, and his National Institute for Discovery Science (NIDS) went to work pinning it down. At least, they did their best. At least, as far as we know. Richard Dolan said to me that he probably knows more about UFOs than anyone around that we can name. But the last year has seen serious allegations from former MUFON members Chase Kloetske, Elain Douglas, andJames Carrion, amongst others, who are involved in Committee to Reform MUFON: http://www.reformmufon.org/index.html
Chase and Elaine have spoken of how on numerous occasions files have simply disappeared within hours of a significant case being engaged with by MUFON investigators, accusations of people being offered bribes from Bigelow, and threatening, abusive, histrionic phone calls from mysterious figures claiming to be high on the food chain. Clifford Clift also threatened Elaine that if she put her name down for reform of MUFON, she would be fired. I gather that Elaine was fired essentially for pissing of Clift, an accomplishment I’ve heard that is not hard, and several veteran regional directors have been kicked out recently. In email correspondence with Jerry Pippin, Clift wrote: 'I didn’t say she lied, I said she told and untruth.'
Richard Lang, on the other hand, has defended Bigelow throughout. A couple of years ago, MUFON was teamed with he former, and for the first time in their history had any serious funding to do field investigations across the nation. Bigelow wanted, apparently, no privileged access to any information and data, but to act as benefactor for a cause both parties share life-long passion for. Disagreements arose over how the money was to be spent, serious accusations were made by MUFON about Bigelow’s character and motivations, and Bigelow eventually pulled out. An account of this can be found at Lang’s website: http://www.thedarksideofthelookingglass.com/2011/03/what-caused-failure-of-sip-program_06.html
George Knapp also did an interview on Coast to Coast am with Lang earlier in the year which is worth hearing for the record. Both as far as I know, stand by Bigelow, who has not as yet made any statement surrounding MUFON’s current situation.
James Carrion, in his blog, followthemagicthread.blogspot.com, wrote of the relationship:
'What I see in the MUFON-BAASS relationship is active management of MUFON’s work, despite assurances from BAASS otherwise. By carefully controlling the purse strings with each contract evaluation period, they are ensuring they receive a constant flow of information from MUFON while also making sure that MUFON does not end up with operational funding to stabilize its long term financial well being.'
Carrion goes on to explain that he believes Bigelow’s people were planting false information and evidence to hide what the true story of the Skinwalker ranch is.
Elaine Douglas, on the Jerry Pippin show:
'There are people who will tell you, really, that Bigelow is harmless, some people will say well you know there’s a war going on inside MUFON netween the Bigelow and the CIA or something. Obviously, we don’t know, we don’t know and we probably never will know...And this board that we have, shouldn’t have let it become like it is. They shouldn’t have let the secrecy creep in, and they shouldn’t have let the authoritarianism creep in. They shouldn’t be calling David Wisbey in Colorado and saying you take your name off that proposal or you’re going to be fired. I mean, that’s not a 501c3 volunteer charitable organization dedicated to the betterment of mankind. It’s turned into something else.'
As I said, ufology has always been changing, and the sort of debates that were being had in the 60’s over ufology’s role, are being echoed today. Donald Keyhoe from the start set out against what he saw as the 'Silence Group', and spent his career lobbying for secrecy to end. Others were not so daring, nor so sure. But sooner or later, history will catch up with you. MUFON, an organization that’s purpose has not been to engage politically, or exopolitically, has found itself being dragged kicking and screaming into the mud. Whatever the truth is, MUFON now needs to officially answer the very serious claims being put to it. And what of Robert Bigelow, how will he be judged?
One of the themes of Dark Skies was the aliens notion of collectivism, their hive mentality. The aliens said, that is why you will lose this war with us, you cannot even agree what constitutes a good brûlée. Or, as corporate psychologist Clotaire Rapaille said: 'the reptile always wins.' Thomas Paine, an infowarrior 200 odd years before there was an infowars.com, who’s grassroots pamphleteering helped spread the faith and set the tone for the the American Revolution, got into a lot of trouble himself over split allegiances. He was ran out of France during their Revolution, in part for defending the right of the monarchy to a fair trial. If you wanted a humane New Order, why choose as your starting premise the guillotine? If and when Disclosure does occur, if it does follow the model set out by Dolan and Zabel, and if men and woman are put on trial for rampant abuses of the national security apparatus and ideology, will we see similar division? Even now with the riots in London currently, half of my friends, generally speaking, think it’s all understandable at least and even justifiable or even a burgeoning revolution against economic warfare, and the other half tend to write off the whole situation as the actions of mindless thugs. The media (that word again) is playing a large role in shaping this. A friend of mine who lives in South London, Robert Vaughan, wrote:
'Of the kids I spoke to out in Peckham last night, ALL thought it's gone too far, hated seeing independent shops hit (far more shrug-of-the-shoulders about Tesco etc.), genuinely hate/fear the police (to the point where I realized this is a protest) and fear reprisals. "We are gonna suffer for this for DECADES."
The property damage started as a challenge to the cops, ended up as the work of a nutjob minority of seemingly enraptured, frenzied, consumption-lusting crazies & some opportunistics seeing a chance to get some shopping in, ExtremeGroupon style.'
Its like the Dark Skies episode Burn, Baby Burn that portrays the Watts Rebellion, played out in London. As ever, the front pages are dominated by the sensational, the emotional. From a who’s who of the rioters - http://tinyurl.com/3p5z5h4 - to parades of images of London burning to the ground - http://tinyurl.com/3oqust9
As Richard Dolan, if I’m not mistaken a Ron Paul voter, has made the shift to talking about the of the inevitability of globalism, of a New World Order, or as he would hope for ideally, cooperative world federalism (actually not far away from what Alex Jones envisions), so too have the anti-New World Order movements shifted their orbit to contain UFOs and secret space programs, well after the fact of William Cooper. We have gone beyond the burning of Bruno, we now can see the globe, the unity of all things that Edgar Mitchell talks about, and we are measuring the circumference of our ignorance. But our lines do not meet. We are using different systems. We’re all scrambling to connect to the noosphere, but it isn’t so simple.
In Flying Saucers and their Occupants, Coral and Jim Lorenzen, referencing Carl Jung’s Flying Saucers:
'In a traditional sense the “saucer” is the mandala, a symbol of wholeness; it represents a wish for unity by confining dissociated parts within a circle, the smallest possible circumference for a given area. Its role as a potential holder of the “cup of knowledge” should not be overlooked either. The appearance of archetypal components and mediators in a space vehicle provides a technical touch which makes the pageant more easily swallowed by twentieth-century man.'
Just as exopolitics is trying to engage with the presence of the Other - whether Steven Greer’s programs, John Keel’s frantic phone-calls with contactees who were passing back and forth messages between Keel and the alien others (see UFOs: Operation Trojan Horse), to the tireless work conducted by Budd Hopkins and David Jacobs, or David Griffin and Natasha Acimovic’s efforts today - the Others, for all their mercurial aloofness, seem to choose to appear to us in guises that give lie to the pleasant notion that UFOs are ‘nothing but’ space probes from an advance civilisation. Do we really have any guarantee that we are dealing with advanced visitors from a star system completely alien to us?
'We are part of a symbiotic relationship with something which disguises itself as an extra-terrestrial invasion so as not to alarm us.' - Terence McKenna.
During David Griffin’s presentation and introduction of the case of Sonia, the Muslim lady who’s recent life has been interrupted by some Other, asked whether or not what we call aliens have any relationship to what her religion refers to as the Jinn, beings of smokeless fire, or vice versa even. According to references on Wikipedia:
Similar to humans, jinn have free will allowing them to do as they choose (such as follow any religion).
Jacques Vallée, John Keel, Nick Redfern and others take the view that the intelligences behind the flying saucer and its occupants, as it were, are essentially deceptive, and probably earth based. It plays to our hopes and fears and expectations, spiritual and temporal. It is anthropocentric and anthropomorphic, but by choice. It may very well have an interest in this planet and its resources, genetic or otherwise, but it is not honest with us. Not all of ‘it’. Some of them may well be visitors from another planet. Wouldn’t rule it out. But, we seem to be locked in a dangerous game of counterespionage being played by human agencies and whatever agency moves these objects from ‘someplace else’. Lives have been ruined, minds have been lost, careers have been crashed. More than one might suspect.
Do we have any guarantee that whoever is filling in for MJ12 has even the most modest grasp on this situation? Maybe we do. In Messengers of Deception, Jacques Vallée wrote of a conversation he had had with a figure by the name of Major Murphy:
'Then he posed a question that, obvious as it seems, had not really occurred to me: “What makes you think that UFOs are a scientific problem?”
I replied with something to the effect that a problem was only scientific in the way it was approached, but he would have none of that, and he began lecturing me. First, he said, science had certain rules. For example, it has to assume that the phenomena it is observing is natural in origin rather than artificial and possibly biased. Now the UFO phenomenon could be controlled by alien beings. “If it is,” added the Major, “then the study of it doesn’t belong to science. It belongs to Intelligence.” Meaning counterespionage. And that, he pointed out, was his domain.
“Now, in the field of counterespionage, the rules are completely different.” He drew a simple diagram in my notebook. “You are a scientist. In science there is no concept of the ‘price’ of information. Suppose I gave you 95 per cent of the data concerning a phenomenon. You’re happy because you know 95 per cent of the phenomenon. Not so in intelligence. If I get 95 per cent of the data, I know that this is the ‘cheap’ part of the information. I still need the other 5 percent, but I will have to pay a much higher price to get it. You see, Hitler had 95 per cent of the information about the landing in Normandy. But he had the wrong 95 percent!”
“Are you saying that the UFO data we us to compile statistics and to find patterns with computers are useless?” I asked. “Might we be spinning our magnetic tapes endlessly discovering spurious laws?”
“It all depends on how the team on the other side thinks. If they know what they’re doing, there will be so many cutouts between you and them that you won’t have the slightest chance of tracing your way to the truth. Not by following up sightings and throwing them into a computer. They will keep feeding you the information they want you to process. What is the only source of data about the UFO phenomenon? It is the UFOs themselves!”
Some things were beginning to make a lot of sense. “If you’re right, what can I do? It seems that research on the phenomenon is hopeless, then. I might as well dump my computer into a river.”
“Not necessarily, but you should try a different approach. First you should work entirely outside of the organized UFO groups; they are infiltrated by the same official agencies they are trying to influence, and they propagate any rumour anyone wants to have circulated. In Intelligence circles, people like that are historical necessities. We call them ‘useful idiots’. When you’ve worked long enough for Uncle Sam, you know he is involved in a lot of strange things. The data these groups get is biased at the source, but they play a useful role.
“Second, you should look for the irrational, the bizarre, the elements that do not fit...Have you ever felt that you were getting close to something that didn’t seem to fit any rational pattern yet gave you a strong impression that it was significant?”'
Indeed, Vallée was one of the first to present evidence of NICAP, Donald Keyhoe’s UFO investigative and lobbying group, being infiltrated by Intelligence agents. And ironies of ironies, the above quoted conversation, first published in Messengers of Deception, is one that I personally pulled from Hunt for the Skinwalker, the Kelleher and Knapp book about the Robert Bigelow ranch that I have on my computer desk in front of me. Jacques has and does work alongside Bigelow in a science advisory capacity. When Richard Lang was doing Star Team field work for MUFON with Bigelow’s money, Lang was employing one of Vallée’s models to do his investigations: Vallée, J. F. and Davis, E. W., “Incommensurability, Orthodoxy and the Physics of High Strangeness: A 6-Layer Model for Anomalous Phenomena,” in Proceedings of the 2nd International Forum on Science, Religion and Consciousness Oct. 2003, eds. J. Fernandes and N. L. Santos, Center for Interdisciplinary Study of Consciousness, University Fernando Pessoa, Porto, Portugal, 2005, pp. 225-239. See full text (www.jacquesvallee.com) both in English and French. Follow the link to "personal research"
In light of all the claims being made of MUFON and Bigelow, should we take Knapp to be just another ‘useful idiot’? After all, he publicized Bob Lazer. (Richard Dolan and Timothy Good stand by Lazar, Stanton Friedman and others do not) If I really wanted to, which I do not, it wouldn’t be hard to paint a picture of Knapp as being part of the disinfo. I could take James Carrion’s quotes, and I’d be off to a running start. But of course, Geroge Knapp is not part of that crowd, even if he is long-time friends with Bigelow. Is everything in Hunt for the Skinwalker true? How should I damn know. But I have no reason personally to not trust or think ill of Knapp. I’m simply stating how easy it is to become paranoid. At the end of the day, he is a fine journalist doing work that most in his field wouldn’t dare.
I was briefly friends with a former US Air Force mechanic who did refuelling operations in South America during the Drug Wars of the 80’s. He always was adamant that, for all the good William Cooper did, he went funny because he was being fed disinformation. My friend believed that anything relating to UFOs and aliens in Coopers’ writings, such as Behold a Pale Horse (Ian Crane, take note mate), and broadcasts was being directly fed to him to completely discredit him, and the burgeoning anti-New World Order field. Saying that, my friend also believed that we were not being visited by aliens, and that the UFOs were in fact ‘nothing but’ shadow government black-budget creations. William Cooper was also the first person Jacques Vallée ever slammed down the phone on, after Cooper claimed he was disinfo. *sigh*
It seems we’ve always been awestruck and arguing over UFOs and their political and cultural implications. Whether the Baghdad ambassador Susan ar-Rassi who spotted an aerial dogfight in Bulgaria in 922, which the Bulgarian king Almush attributed to what his forefathers called the Jinni, or the Bible’s Ezekiel and his wheel within a wheel, the cylindrical ‘motherships’ of the summer of 1561 in Nuremburg and their passengers, or the 1347 cigar shaped reapers of the Black Plague in Italy or... on and on and on.
In Dimensions, Vallée recounts:
'Observations of beings who flew across the sky and landed are also found in the writings of Agobard, Archbishop of Lyons, France. Agobard, who was born in Spain in 779 and came to France when three years old, became archbishop at thirty-seven. When he died in 840, "one of the most celebrated and learned prelates of the ninth century”, he left an interesting account of a peculiarly significant incident:
We had seen and heard many men plunged in such great stupidity, sunk in such depths of folly, as to believe that there is a certain region, which they call Magonia, whence ships sail in the clouds, in order to carry back to that region those fruits of the earth which are destroyed by hail and tempests; the sailors paying rewards to the storm wizards and themselves receiving corn and other produce. Out of the number of those whose blind folly was deep enough to allow them to believe these things possible, I saw several exhibitions in a certain concourse of people, four persons in bonds - these men men and a woman who they said had fallen from these same ships; after keeping them for some days in captivity they had brought them before the assembled multitude, as we have said, in our presence to be stoned. But truth prevailed.
The entire city gathered about them, crying out they were magicians and were sent by Grimaldus, Duke of Beneventum, Charlemagne's enemy, to destroy the French harvests. In vain the four innocents sought to vindicate themselves by saying that they were their own country-folk, and had been carried away a short time since by miraculous men who had shown them unheard-of marvels, and had desired to give them an account of what they had seen. The frenzied populace paid no heed of their defence, and were on the point of casting them into the fire, when the worthy Agobard, Bishop of Lyons, who having been a monk in that city had acquired considerable authority there, came running at the noise, and having heard the accusations of the people and the defencee of the accused, gravely pronounced that both one and the other were false. That it was not true that these men had fallen from the sky, and that what they said they had seen there was impossible.
The people believed what their good father Agobard said rather than their own eyes, were pacified, set at liberty the four Ambassadors of the Sylphs, and received with wonder the book which Agobard wrote to confirm the judgment which he had pronounced. Thus the testimony of these four witnesses was rendered vain.'
Will we still be arguing about 9/11 in a hundred years? Will understanding the depths of the psychopathy of the alien within in, as Ian Crane talked about at the conference, bring us any closer to the truth of the Other alien within? But whether we marry ourselves to 9/11 truth or not, change happens.. and yet it doesn’t. To end this on a happy note or an ambiguous one, a divisive or conciliatory note? How about both. Julian Assange first, addressing the Splendour in the Grass festival:
'When I was twelve my family and I lived in Byron Bay. Some days I would try to climb up to the lighthouse. Earth would overhang the sea cliffs and sometimes a pebble would shift or a gull would cry and I would wonder if I was standing on the overhang.
Later I would look back and see that in fact there had been nothing between me and the waters below. At any given moment I could not see where I was, I could only see where I had been and where I wanted to go. Only with perspective could I understand.
We are all like that. We all laugh at the dorky fashions from ten years ago but we think we are totally cool now. Well we are, but in a more important way. We are becoming the agents of perspective.
This generation is burning the mass media to the ground. We’re reclaiming our rights to old history. We are ripping open secret archives from Washington to Cairo. We are reclaiming our rights to share ourselves and our times with each other, to be the agents and writers of our own history. We don’t know yet exactly where we are but we can see where we’re going.
The change in perspective that has happened over the last year is what this generation is going to use to find our lighthouse and when we get there we’re going to turn the fucking spotlight on.
So enjoy Splendour In The Grass. Find each other. Find every perspective you can. You’ll need it in the adventure ahead.'
Video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrSbg2XIv7A
And Jacques Vallée’s closing thoughts in Dimensions:
'There is a strange urge in my mind: I would like to stop behaving as if I am a rat pressing levers - even if I have to give up the cheese and go hungry for a while. I would like to step outside the conditioning maze and see what makes it tick. I wonder what I would find. Perhaps a terrible superhuman monstrosity the very contemplation of which would make a person insane? Perhaps a solemn gathering of sages? Or the maddening simplicity of unattended clockwork?'