Rethinking the Extraterrestrial
Strange “paranormal” occurrences have been a recurring motif for as long as man has philosophized. From the countless religious accounts of higher and lower dimensional beings, extra-sensory perceptions, and the like – to modern studies in parapsychology, and the research community considered as “ufology,” humankind has always abundantly speculated about the abilities and experiences beyond the basic comprehensions. Furthermore, they have done so with good reason. While there is always a great deal of information “fluff” to these stories (ie: the legends that are created from firsthand accounts), modern research into paranormal motifs like the “Mothman,” the non-human “Men In Black” entities, and indeed even monuments like the Great Pyramid bring about questions that seem to beg answers in the realm of the inexplicable.
Is it really as simple as an “Ancient Aliens” theory? Are there really “extraterrestrials” visiting us from other planets throughout the cosmos, abducting human beings and mutilating cattle, genetically tampering with human DNA, and making secret deals with earth governments? Are these earth governments, like the US, really sitting on massive caches of classified documents revealing evidence of the ET, that are just waiting to have their lids blown wide open? Or is this undeniable thread in human experience a much more nuanced, misunderstood, and possibly metaphysical experience?
To some this comparison between metaphysics and ufology might seem a bit fantastical and outlandish, but interestingly enough, this was the ideal maintained by Jack Parsons of Jet Propulsion Labs, which later publicly dove-tailed into NASA as it is known today. While producing groundbreaking scientific material at JPL, Parsons was a practitioner of the esoteric order of Thelema, and was close friends with not only L. Ron Hubbard, but Aleister Crowley as well (detailed in the book, “Sex and Rockets: The Occult World of Jack Parsons” by John Carter.)
To the surprise of many people, it is actually a significantly documented matter of record that the UFO phenomenon has always had the roots of its promulgation within the Government Intelligence agencies, and the wealthy elitists that fund these agencies by proxy. Case in point: The “Rockefeller Initiative” of the early 1990’s, during the Clinton Administration. The Rockefeller Initiative served as a little publicized but highly influential pull by Laurence S. Rockefeller to “pressure” the Clinton Administration into disclosing the alleged classified information about the UFO phenomenon. The subsequent declassifications made by the Clinton Administration were influential in the development of the modern ufology community, and if this were not suspicious enough: the so-called “Father of the UFO Disclosure Movement,” Dr. Steven Greer, has consistently gone on record advocating his relationship to Laurence Rockefeller and the Rockefeller Initiative. Greer fully acknowledges a corporate industrial take-over of modern society, predominated by a wealthy group of elitists (like the Rockefellers) that can be demonstrated by following the money trail – but Greer claims that Laurence is “one of the good guys.” Among Greer, there are dozens more prominent UFO researchers that were directly spurred by the Rockefeller Initiative and served as foundations in the field, such as Dr John Gibbons, Dr. Ron Pandolfi, Webster Hubbell, a variety of senators and representatives, and so forth.
And then there are the other “Advocates of UFO Disclosure” like former Canadian Prime Minister of Defense, Paul Hellyer, and his outspoken statements about ET communication with humans. This is treated by the ufology community as if Canada has held some reputation as a paragon of truth. On the contrary, it has always played a clear and distinct role as an asset in US foreign policy, which sets a poor precedent, to say the least.
The list could, unfortunately, even go on from here, with all the “former” Navy and other Intelligence officials “whistleblowing” their knowledge about ET’s that they learned while serving high ranks in the military. Meanwhile, while the UFO phenomenon is promulgated endlessly by Hollywood and mainstream “news sources” like the History Channel and onward, the US has seen a converse and unprecedented spike in its crackdown on government whistleblowers. Granted, a large portion of these UFO whistleblowers were coming out with information while this crackdown was still being cooked up – but if the UFO phenomenon was such a grand and well-kept secret, wouldn’t there be a much heavier enforcement on all these so-called UFO-whistleblowers, even the ones from the past?
This is, of course, not to suggest that the US government has never harassed civilian eye-witnesses to UFO/ET’s, but that the US government often does not seem to go after these officials on the matter – and they tend to only question the civilians. This cannot be taken as a black-and-white, blanket statement – and again, this is not to suggest that the UFO/ET motif is entirely fictitious, but that it has been directly cultivated to serve as a research community of half-truths and limited understandings.
So when researchers like David Wilcock are making claims like “Humans got fiber-optic technology from the Roswell crash,” how literally can these statements be taken? As great as these ideas sound, they should be heavily speculated.
For those unfamiliar with the concept of US Military Intelligence making direct and long-term efforts to mislead the ufology community, the story of Richard Doty and Paul Bennewitz from the 1980’s is recommended for research. A heavily documented case that has been covered in compelling documentaries like Mirage Men, Richard Doty, a military intelligence operative, was essentially tasked with promoting fantastical and untrue ideas/theories about ET communication with governments, to Mr. Paul Bennewitz. Doty received this strange line of work from his government officials because Bennewitz, a highly skilled satellite communications technician and technical handyman, began snooping through the private radio broadcasts of Kirtland Airforce Base in New Mexico. Long-story-short, Bennewitz subsequently stumbled onto talk and eventually sightings of some highly classified government aerial technology, and since Bennewitz was an avid UFO conspiracy theorist, he began theorizing as such right away. Unfortunately for Bennewitz, his downfall was contacting the Air Force base in order to be a “good American” about his UFO findings. This is where Richard Doty came in.
While the jury is certainly not out yet, it seems that the most likely explanation for modern UFO sightings can very heavily be attributed to the sighting of highly advanced and suppressed government technology – and this likely includes lots of drones.
Perhaps you thought that the History Channel was giving you the key to ancient esoteric philosophy…?
As far as the entire “Ancient Aliens” theory goes, the jury is not out on this one, either. But, articulated by researchers like Graham Hancock, a person does not need a grand conclusion of extraterrestrials traveling interstellar distances to Earth in order to explain the pyramids – and a person certainly does not need the laughable mainstream Egyptology explanations either. Hancock and other researchers in his field of “Alternative History” propose the general idea (highlighted with different reasons by different researchers but with a cohesive body of evidence) for a formerly highly technologically sophisticated human society that far predated Egypt, which gave rise to Plato’s and others’ ancient tales of Atlantis (called other names in other accounts). While this does seem like the biggest conspiracy of all time with a lot more work to be done on the matter, it legitimately stands as a much taller theory than the “ancient alien” ideas or even the mainstream ideas of a primitive slave-labor production of the pyramids with pulley-systems (as research today shows the convoluted nature of mainstream Egyptology; see RA Schwaller de Lubicz).
As a final assessment, the comparison between the UFO phenomenon and religious experience is brought to consideration once more. From rituals like praying, all the way to the pentagram or the Kabbalistic Tree of Life, metaphysics has always been predominantly interested in understanding higher dimensions and the entities that are said to inhabit these places. Shamanic experiences during meditations that lead to encounters with angels and demons seem to be oftentimes very reminiscent of some modern-day ET encounters, and even more comparative are the links between psychedelic compounds and spiritual experiences, and the modern-day equivalence between psychedelics and ET’s that is peddled by many people today.
There certainly does seem to be a true phenomenology to some UFO and ET accounts, and researchers like John Keel are some of the best testaments to this. However, the research into the UFO community, in contrast to esoteric/occult philosophy of Natural Law, bears many overt fallacies and misconceptions. Seeing as how esoteric philosophy has been around for thousands of years, and ufology largely seems to be a product of government intelligence, the choice doesn’t seem very difficult. However, the overall difference between mainstream religion and occult principles of Natural Law should be specified as different concepts. People seeking deeper understanding of the world through either religion or ufology might be better suited looking to these esoteric principles instead.
This is, of course, not without its pitfalls either, as the theories of “archontic alien mind control” are rampant on the internet, and serve as a possible interpretation of the Gnostic Nag Hammadi Scrolls. While this is a tale for another time, it should be stated that there ultimately appears to be varying, nuanced shades of truth and lies in any given statement. The real trouble is sorting through it all.
UFO Investigator Blasts Lack of Transparency in UFO Studies, Seems to Blame CIA Mind Control Experiments
UFO Investigator Blasts Lack of Transparency in UFO Studies, Seems to Blame CIA Mind Control Experiments
I am tentatively planning to collect some of my best blog post from late 2013 through now for a collection of essays similar to my 2013 anthology Faking History. If you have a favorite blog post you think should be included, feel free to let me know. The only stipulation is that I won’t be using book or TV reviews. In theory, someday those will go into another book. I don’t have a timeline on producing the book yet, but the first step is gathering to the material together. I’m looking for around 50 total blog posts, articles, and essays to fill out the volume.
Today I thought I’d share with you what I’ve read recently about UFO investigator Jack Brewer’s new self-published book, The Greys Have Been Framed. In the book, according to the promotional text (I have not read the book), Brewer looks into the “UFO community” and uncovers misconduct ranging from U.S. government interference to scientific fraud to outright hoaxing for cash. The overall theme seems to be that the “UFO community” of believers have been taken for a ride by a long line of charlatans and hucksters who are more interested in making UFOs into entertainment to sell conference tickets and low-quality books than they are in uncovering the so-called truth.
Brewer is a former grant writer, and he therefore examines the UFO movement through the lens of grant writing and non-profit accountability. In an interview with Lee D. Munro, Brewer explained that organizations claiming to search for the truth lack even basic levels of financial transparency, rendering them suspect:
… nonprofit organizations in the American UFO community lack transparency as compared to their counterparts in other segments of the nonprofit industry. Nonprofit organizations, frequently structured as 501(c)3 tax exempt corporations of the US Internal Revenue Service code, typically prioritize transparency in not only their financial matters, but also operations. Nonprofits often post their most recent financial audits on their websites for easy public access, as well as detailed reports of funding sources, primary program activities and significant accomplishments.
We're just not seeing that in ufology. It's very common for the directors and board members of ufology nonprofits to be difficult to access, particularly for questions of financial disclosures and accountability. It is similarly difficult to confirm specific program activities, numbers of program participants served and similar such information. Reporting and publishing such data is considered standard operating procedure in other aspects of the nonprofit industry.
He went on to criticize ufology nonprofits for making their leadership difficult to contact and for hiding financial conflicts of interest and the sources of their funding. “We should expect much higher levels of accountability and attention to detail from nonprofits that solicit our funding dollars and claim to be professionally operated.”
It hardly surprises me that UFO nonprofits would have shady accounting practices and a lack of disclosure. After six decades of “research” into UFOs, these organizations have produced not a single piece of verifiable evidence in favor of extraterrestrial spacecraft or interdimensional demons (or whatever they pretend UFOs are these days), but they have bilked their membership out of untold millions of dollars in fundraising. We’ve all heard about deceptive charities that spend the vast majority of their income on executive salaries and more fundraising campaigns, so it would hardly surprise me to learn that UFO nonprofits are similarly piggy banks for their leaders. That said, I’m assuming that Brewer is primarily taking aim at MUFON, the only nonprofit in the field he mentions by name. I have no information about MUFON’s financial structure, so I can’t comment on the implied criticism.
However, Brewer seems to suggest that one of the reasons for the lack of transparency—and here he goes off on the UFO crazy train—is that it covers deep U.S. government infiltration of the UFO community for mind control purposes. He apparently feels, if I understand his interviews correctly, that intelligence agencies are manipulating organizations and individuals for a variety of purposes, and he suggests (quite against all known documentation and based on the work of, sigh, Nick Redfern) that the CIA used mind control drugs to induce a UFO hallucination in Betty and Barney Hill as part of a racist plot to suppress the Civil Rights movement. I haven’t seen any documentation that would suggest this level of interest, though in the 1960s the government certainly did send in agents to monitor UFO meetings for covert Soviet propaganda, and the CIA and Air Force happily used UFOs as a cover for testing new aircraft.
His source, Redfern, claims the CIA paid John Fuller, the author of The Interrupted Journey, an account of the Hill abduction, to hide CIA-implicating mind control details related to the now-declassified MK ULTRA experiments in favor of a UFO narrative. The warrant for this, according to Redfern, is that Fuller once did research for a book on a mass-ergot poisoning incident in Pont-Saint-Esprit, France in 1951 that Redfern attributes to mind control experiments, despite the widespread scholarly consensus to the contrary. The trouble is that while Fuller had been aware of the story since reading of it in a newspaper in 1951, he only wrote the book about the French incident in 1968, two years after The Interrupted Journey. If he was a CIA patsy, it seems odd that the CIA waited many years after the fact to use him as such and then purposely revived interest in stories that few either remembered or cared about.
Redfern alleged in his 2014 book Close Encounters of the Fatal Kind that Fuller received information about MK ULTRA from parapsychologist Karlis Osis in 1957 but he provides no source and admits that he has no information that Fuller ever followed up on the alleged tip. (There isn’t any evidence Osis had any knowledge of MK ULTRA in 1957, so far as I can tell.) As with so many Redfern claims, they only make sense if you already believe the conclusion they are supposed to support.
Redfern has claimed in various online postings that he has declassified documents to support his version of events, but he has never quoted from or provided these, so far as I can tell.
Redfern’s claims aren’t original to him (surprise!) and can be found going back many years. An earlier version by H. P. Albarelli, Jr., in 2009 is less sensational: Fuller wrote an article about parapsychology in 1957, and he interviewed Osis for it. Osis then asked Fuller if he wanted to learn more about his ESP and afterlife experiments, which he did. As it turns out, Osis’s work was partially funded by grants from the military and the CIA (as was much junk science in the 1950s) in an effort to counter alleged Soviet parapsychology, which then lets us “connect” Osis to MK ULTRA through the transitive property of fringe history.
I guess I got a bit away from Brewer, who accepts Redfern’s “research” as factual. While Brewer’s standard of proof is much lower than mine, he is correct that “much too often ufology has served as a medium for like-minded individuals to support the subjective beliefs of one another.”
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