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.