The civilian UFO community often known as
"ufology" exists as a multitude of individuals and
groups who all share a common interest in the subject of
unidentified flying objects. Since 1991 I have shared this
passion with other so called "ufologists."
For several years I was closely associated with
Dr. Steven Greer's Center for the Study of Extraterrestrial
Intelligence, CSETI. In the course of my activities with that
group I had a number of limited interactive encounters with what
appeared to be Extraterrestrial spacecraft.
For a number of reasons, personal as well as
professional, I have curtailed much of my UFO oriented
activities. At this point I would like to offer my observations
concerning what I perceive is the fundamental problem in this
field and call for a dramatic solution to the crisis in ufology.
It is my assessment that ufology has failed to
recognize the importance of how an Extra-terrestrial presence
profoundly threatens all terrestrial elites. This includes the
international corporate, military, political and religious
leaders of our planet. Without recognizing and thoroughly
analyzing this challenge to terrestrial power, those interested
in understanding the phenomenon of Extraterrestrial spacecraft
visiting our planet, will in my opinion be hopelessly confused.
More importantly, UFO enthusiasts may have unrealistic
expectations and may be wasting important energy in projects that
can not bear fruit given the depths of the power structure's
opposition to acknowledging an Et presence.
Currently a number of prominent UFO groups are
advocating that Congress hold open hearings on the issue of
government secrecy concerning Extra-terrestrial spacecraft
visiting our planet. Retired military and intelligence officers
who have had direct personal experiences with Extra-terrestrial
intelligence during their official work have been identified.
There is now an opportunity to inform the public, if these
official witnesses can be induced to testify. As might be
expected the push for public hearings on the topic of the ET
presence has encountered resistance. It has been the not too
secret hope of many UFO activists that some kind of official
disclosure might be underfoot. It is my assessment however that
no disclosure will take place without tremendous pressure on the
terrestrial power structure, more pressure that can be applied to
Congress at the current time. Frustrated by years of official
denial, how can UFO enthusiasts work to remedy this predicament?
A broad based coalition employing coordinated political action
will be an essential part of the disclosure process. This will
probably require dozens of organizations and thousands of
activists. Such a campaign will probably take the form of the
grassroots movements for social change. Models of such efforts
include the union organizing drives of the 1930s and the peace
and the civil rights movements of the 1960s . To develop such a
coalition of individuals and groups, an analysis of the Et
challenge to all terrestrial power is required.
Our planet's population is divided into over 100
nation states. National political leaders are able to exercise
their power on the basis of nationalism. As the prominent
ufologist Stanton Friedman has said, "Nationalism is the
name of the game." Once the people of the planet are
permitted to acknowledge the ET presence, the masses will tend to
see themselves as "terrestrial" or simply
"human." Faced with what will likely turn out to be an
incredible diversity of ET cultures, people on our planet will
likely start to identify with the Earth as a whole rather than
with their particular nation state. Thus the power of national
politicians would be threatened by admitting that some UFOs
represent Extra-terrestrial spacecraft built by non- humans from
From the point of view of ordinary citizens, an
end to nationalism and the realization of the slogan "One
planet, one people", might not be tragic at all. Given the
sad record of this century, with over 100 million killed in wars
resulting from national rivalry, it might make very good sense to
place nationalism in the dust bin of history. Of course national
political leaders who derive their power from "the
people", i.e. their nation's people, would understandably be
threatened by an outside presence which undermines their
ideological power base.
The Extra-terrestrial presence challenges
military leaders of every nation. Advanced civilizations visiting
our planet appear to be quite capable of producing craft which
can fly circles around the military's high performance jets.
Military leaders are thus unable to secure our planet's airspace
from ET intrusion. This provides one rationale for the
military-intelligence community's role in maintaining the secrecy
regimen concerning UFOs.
The Extra-terrestrials appear to have access to
incredibly powerful energy systems in order to propel their
spacecraft. Speculation within ufology has suggested that their
craft use non-polluting so called "free energy
systems." If the authorities acknowledged the Et presence
and over a period of time our culture were allowed to download
such efficient energy technologies, many of our economic as well
as environmental problems might be solved. From the point of view
of the multinational oil corporations, this would not be a
favorable development. The downloading of ET energy systems would
likely threaten their worldwide monopoly which has been the
source of much wealth and influence for important sectors of the
corporate elite. Considering that the Gulf War and other military
actions in the Middle East are driven by a hunger for cheap oil,
we see the strategic importance of what has been called the
"empire of oil." Thus the Et presence threatens
important sectors of the economic elite of our planet.
An important pillar of our planet's belief
systems is organized religion. The true history of our planet may
reveal that the flying saucer phenomenon is really an ancient
process rather than a modern one. Renaissance religious painting
depicting flying saucers certainly suggest this possibility. The
myths of ancient civilizations declaring that their knowledge and
technology were obtained from so called "star people",
provides additional support for ancient astronaut theories. What
if the holy men and prophets of biblical times were in reality
contactees? Their religious experiences may have reflected
encounters with non-human intelligence, some of which might have
been Extra-terrestrial in nature. If this theory were indeed true
or even merely probable, then acknowledging the Et presence would
threaten all organized religion. Thus the spiritual elite of our
planet is threatened by the Et presence.
If this analysis accurately reflects the
perceived self interest of our planet's elites, then the
Extra-terrestrials visiting our planet must threaten all
terrestrial power. The world wide secrecy campaign concerning
UFOs can now be seen as the logical consequence of ruling classes
which appropriately take action in self defense. This need not be
seen as a conspiracy. Efforts to deny the Et visitations, to
resist public disclosure is the natural response of any social
system attempting to preserve the status quo.
In the course of human development, both
evolutionary and revolutionary historical trends can be seen. The
creation of Christianity out of Judaism can be viewed as the
creation of a revolutionary force which spread monotheism across
the planet. The Roman Empire cognizant of the challenge,
violently suppressed the new religion which placed an almighty
God over the emperor.
The acceptance of an all powerful and ethical God
by this planet's peoples has done much to promote their welfare.
Concepts such as the rule of law and social justice, as well as
the ending of human sacrifice and slavery, all have their moral
roots in that wave of revolutionary monotheism which swept our
planet during the first millennium of the common era.
In a similar fashion, the rule of both kings and
political despots have been ended by the democratic revolutions
of the 17th through 20th centuries. The old regime never gives up
without a fight. Indeed the struggle for democracy continues to
this day. It is therefore only natural the Earth's ruling elites
will combat what some might perceive as the ultimate threat. As
long as the Extra-terrestrial visitors spare us undeniable
displays of their physical presence, indirect means can be
employed to maintain the status quo. This includes the ridicule
of witnesses and the suppression of credible reports of
encounters. Direct violent confrontations may also be taking
place to meet the Et challenge. If retired Army Lt. Col. Philip
Corso, author of "The Day After Roswell" is to be believed, covert military actions against Et craft are taking place.
The Day After Roswell
Corporate control of the mass media has been used
to relegate reportage on UFOs to tabloid formats which trivialize
this important subject. Security oaths under national security
regulations are employed to silence credible military witnesses
of UFO encounters. Ufology itself in my opinion is a likely
target for disinformation spread by special sections of the
intelligence services authorized to deal with the UFO subculture.
It is only reasonable to assume that when threatened, terrestrial
power will defend itself. These efforts will likely continue in
The creation of a citizens network to challenge
the existing regimen of secrecy and denial, will by necessity be
a difficult and prolonged struggle. There will be the need for
accelerating the educational process to alert the public of the
reality of Extra-terrestrial spacecraft visiting our planet.
One of most important factors in this equation is
the actions of the Extra-terrestrials themselves. For reasons
that are only known to them, they have chosen not to impose on
our culture irrefutable displays of their physical presence.
Although the tempo of sightings and other types of human-Et
interactions appears to be accelerating, it seems likely that the
proverbial "landing on the White house lawn" will not
occur any time soon. It may never take place.
Rather than passively waiting for the power
structure to acknowledge the reality of Et spacecraft visiting
our planet, those who feel passionately about this issue should
be prepared to take action. Non- governmental organizations have
a long tradition of finding innovative solutions to important
problems. As a former peace activist from the 1960s through the
1980s I recall the slogan, "When the people lead, the
leaders will follow."
The most central problem for such a movement is
what is the nature of the Et presence. This is perhaps the most
divisive question for those most interested in the flying saucer
phenomenon. Is their presence good, bad, or indeterminate at the
present time? Dozens of popular theories abound. It seems likely
that no consensus will emerge in the near future.
The alien abduction proponents assert that
humanity is being victimized by the extra-terrestrial visitors.
Opposing this camp are a constellation of contactee groups who
would have us believe that the Et presence is positive. The vast
majority of UFO witnesses, like the general population simply
don't know what to make of the phenomenon. As writer and UFO
experiencer Whitley Strieber has pointed out, " the only
thing consistent about this phenomenon is that it consistently
This lack of consensus is a major impediment for
establishing a movement to pressure the authorities to deal with
the Extra-terrestrials. Successful mobilizing will likely require
large numbers of individuals who share a common view as to what
the Extra-terrestrials have in store for us. From an organizers
perspective, there are inherent difficulties in the alien
abductionist position. It is hard to organize people who identify
themselves as victims. Their psychological needs for healing take
precedent over other activities.
The contactee paradigm is certainly a more
hopeful one. Activists will more likely fight in a protracted
political campaign if they believe their efforts will result in a
better world. Although it appears to be a long shot, I believe
that some kind of assistance for humanity is possible from
advanced civilizations visiting our planet. It was this upbeat
notion which initially attracted me to Dr. Steven Greer's CSETI.
Despite my team's extremely limited success in drawing Et
spacecraft into our research sites, I still am very supportive of
concept "human initiated close encounters" as embodied
by Greer's "Close Encounters of the Fifth Kind
For the contactee movement to actually get off
the ground and facilitate face to face encounters with
Extra-terrestrials, a qualitative change in the human-Et
relationship is required. There will need to be more clarity,
consistency and absolutely more equality in future interactions.
As the general awareness of the Et presence increases within our
culture, the social pressure for concerted action will
correspondingly rise. Eventually our planet's elites will be
compelled to openly reply to this challenge to power. For the
sake of future generations, let us hope that their response will
be a peaceful one.
Joseph Burkes, MD
Reprinted with permission of the author.