Wednesday, May 20, 2009

New York Times article boosts ET/UFO disclosure movement, as exopolitics struggles for its identity

NASA: The Planet Mars


On May 14, 2009, the New York Times – whose motto is “all the news that’s fit to print” – published an article by Anne C. Mulkern of Greenwire, a leading environmental and policy news portal, entitled: “A climate solution that’s out of this world.” Ms. Mulkern’s article put a respectable, mainstream media spotlight on the ET/UFO disclosure movement, and one of its principal advocates, Stephen Bassett.

Ms. Mulkern’s article begins with an overview of one of the principal arguments of the ET/UFO disclosure movement. She writes, “One of the newest energy lobbyists claims he has the answer to climate change: spaceships.

“The government has in its possession ‘extraterrestrial vehicles,’ lobbyist Stephen Bassett said. As in flying saucers.

“Imagine the power source, he said, behind a 30-foot wide saucer that weighs the same as a tractor-trailer yet hurtles through galaxies at 20,000 miles per hour.

“’What is the energy system operating that craft?’ Bassett said. ‘They're not burning kerosene.’

“He added, ‘It eliminates oil. It eliminates coal. If it's as good as we think it is, it transforms everything.’"

Anne Mulkern ends her New York Times revelation on a positive note: “One energy analyst said it is not surprising that among the great diversity of energy lobbyists there is one who wants to expose a UFO cover-up.

“’I hope he's right. Wouldn't it be cool?’ said Jerry Taylor, senior fellow and energy analyst with the libertarian Cato Institute. ‘Good luck to him. Hopefully, the magic energy machine will be coming our way shortly.’”

Bassett’s advocacy and Mulkern’s New York Times reporting are following a disclosure advocacy and exopolitics research tradition that reaches back to 1901.

Nicola Tesla, father of exopolitics and early disclosure advocate

Nicola Tesla, an early developer of fuel-less, non-polluting energy devices, can be considered an originator of exopolitical experiments, and an early advocate for extraterrestrial disclosure. While developing an energy device for communicating with a possible Martian civilization, Nicola Tesla followed a lead from a front-page New York Times report of Jan. 16, 1901 that American astronomer William Henry Pickering, the director of the Lick Observatory, had reported a "shaft of light" seen to project from Mars, with a 70 minute light flash coming from Mars. In 1901 Tesla reported he used one of his inventions placed on the top of Pike’s Peak (Colorado), and reportedly successfully replicated communication with an apparent intelligent civilization on another planet, presumably Mars.

Fast-forward to 2009, the New York Times and its reporting on possible Extraterrestrial-derived energy breakthroughs.

Why, one can reasonably ask, have we had to wait for more than a century (100 years), after Tesla’s early exopolitical research and disclosure advocacy, before the subject of advanced extraterrestrial-derived energy sources is considered once again “all the news that’s fit to print” in the New York Times?

Exopolitics: the new political science of outer space

One answer to this question can be found through the fledgling discipline of exopolitics (which itself is still variously defined), the new political science of outer space – the science of relations between our human civilization and other intelligent civilizations in the Universe.

Founded in its next incarnation after Tesla as a discipline by Alfred Lambremont Webre in 2000 with a lecture at a University of Wyoming conference hosted by Prof. Leo Sprinkle PhD, an alien abduction scholar, and a free online book “Exopolitics: A Decade of Contact,” exopolitics has provided a model for interface between human civilization and other intelligent civilizations.

Webre writes (in Spanish) in the Prologue to the Spanish edition of Exopolitics (Exopolitica: Politica, Gobierno y la Ley en el Universo), “As a ‘meme’ or psycho-social thought form, the Exopolitics model is now driving public policy regarding governmentally classified programs, observations, surveillance, and files of Extraterrestrial-related phenomena. Since the year 2000, governments from various regions of the world have begun to release formerly secret files and make public statements regarding reports of Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs), which may be either Extraterrestrial spacecraft or terrestrial craft based on Extraterrestrial technology, known as Alien Reproduction Craft (ARVs). Likewise, former government officials, space experts, pilots and other officially sanctioned observers have also come forward to disclose their own experiences and provide testimony regarding the presence of Extraterrestrial civilizations on Earth."

Disclosure movement and exopolitics come together in 2001

The movement for disclosure by the U.S. government of an extraterrestrial presence and the nascent discipline of exopolitics came together with the publication of Webre’s book in 2000, and an invitation to Webre by Dr. Stephen Greer, a principal force in the U.S. disclosure movement, to become a Disclosure Project witness. The Disclosure Project press conference of May 9, 2001 was then in the planning, and Dr. Greer invited Webre to present his testimony as to the proposed 1977 Carter White House Communication Study. This study, which Webre directed as a futurist at Stanford Research Institute, was Webre’s early effort at achieving extraterrestrial disclosure during the Carter administration.

Jimmy Carter had promised in the 1976 U.S. Presidential campaign to release the U.S. government’s secret UFO files if elected. Carter himself was a UFO contactee (and perhaps abductee), and the convergence of these propitious circumstances was the inspiration behind the study. The proposed Carter White House study was prematurely terminated by intervention of the Department of Defense, which threatened in October 1977 to cancel $25 million of SRI’s DOD study monies if the study went forward.

At Dr. Greer’s invitation, Webre traveled to Sacramento, CA., where a 2-hour videotaped session of his testimony of the proposed Carter White House extraterrestrial communication study was taken, and where Webre completed a detailed sworn affidavit of his Disclosure Project testimony (the only sworn affidavit amongst all Disclosure Project witnesses). Webre, was invited to present his testimony at the May 9, 2001 Disclosure Project National Press Club press conference, and due to visa issues, did not attend the event in person. Rather, he served as Congressional coordinator, and answered many of the press inquiries following the press conference.

How is ET/UFO disclosure different from exopolitics?

Disclosure advocate Stephen Bassett writes, “When ‘exopolitics’ is formally (academically) recognized as the term describing the political and social intersection of the human race with extraterrestrial-related phenomena and ultimately extraterrestrial beings, the primary origin of this enormously important nomenclature will be attributed to Alfred Lambremont Webre. Dr. Michael Salla subsequently worked to expand and develop content within the intellectual framework, and Stephen Bassett worked to bring this framework and terminology to a larger audience.”

Exopolitics – the discipline studying relations between our human civilization and other intelligent civilizations in the Universe – bears the same relationship to the ET/UFO disclosure movement as political science does to a specific political cause – say the movement for U.S. civil rights. Exopolitics (political science) may study the ET/UFO disclosure movement (civil rights movement), and historically many of the researchers involved in Exopolitics (political science) may also support and be active in the ET/UFO disclosure movement. The two fields – Exopolitics and ET/UFO Disclosure – may share some same goals, missions, evidence and outlook, but they are not synonymous. In fact, in some cases the tactics and strategies of ET/UFO disclosure movement may clash with the research and education strategies of exopolitics as a discipline.

The same may happen in political science and the U.S. civil rights movement, for example. Political science is a research discipline, ideally unfettered by political goals, interested in knowledge about the process of how individuals, groups, societies interact and resolve their mutual or different goals through the process of politics.

Exopolitics can inform the ET/UFO disclosure advocacy community in useful ways, and visa versa.

However, the strategies and tactics of successful ET/UFO disclosure advocacy cannot be permitted to limit the perspectives, paradigms, and research directions of exopolitics, the science.

The birth pangs of Exopolitics – “Thinking out of the box”

Exopolitics, by its nature, must be based on responsible research, empirically based on evidence, not bias. Exopolitics is meant to be a process of science, where minds are permitted to go where the data leads them and to announce those results, “without fear or favour”.

Exopolitics is not meant to function as a religion, with belief structures and hierarchies, Popes and Bishops.

Exopolitics is meant to function as a big tent of science, not a narrow advocacy perspective. Exopolitics is now in danger of adopting a sort of orthodoxy of belief. Major current discoveries, such as the existence of intelligent life on Mars by Andrew D. Basiago based on NASA rover photographs cannot be discussed civilly in Exopolitics circles, because of some perceived threat to an ET/UFO advocacy posture.

All this, more than 100 years after Nicola Tesla apparently achieved replicable exopolitical communication with an apparent intelligent civilization on Mars!

On the other hand, this is not so surprising in a field (UFO/ET studies) whose recent history is riddled with disinformation. Belief structures trump science in that case.

Exopolitics as a science is much broader than the ET/UFO disclosure movement; in the same way that political science is broader than a specific political campaign or cause.

Exopolitics is a science that publicly explores extraterrestrial paradigms and parallel universes that may be far different from our own, and nevertheless are real and affect our reality. It is a science which bravely investigates whether 6.3 million alien abductions of U.S. residents are in fact directed from parallel dimension to our own by a non-mammalian (reptilian) rogue group that is inimical to the human (mammalian) species and wishes to displace us on this planet, and perhaps our solar system. It is a science which relentlessly investigates and proves that Mars is inhabited by species of intelligent humans, intelligent non-mammalian reptoids, and animals that have a different evolutionary pathway that our own species, and announces these discoveries to the world no matter how strange and repulsive the results might be. Xenophobia, primal fear, hyper-reaction to strangeness have no place any more in the calm evaluation of diverse and hyperdimensional exopolitical realities.

These struggles by Exopolitics to define itself and make room for its unfettered “out of the box research” are the birth pangs, not the death knells of Exopolitics.

Alfred Lambremont Webre

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