October 21, 2006
They shipped in people with every kind of background: clerks, professors, classical musicians, tradesmen and lawyers along with their spouses and children. No rank or station in life was exempt. They packed them into the designated sector four, five six families to an apartment or house. Outside commerce and services were eliminated or rationed. Guard towers were built, and where necessary gated walls were constructed to complete sector integrity. The residents inside would improvise, overcome, adapt or perish. It mattered little to the overseers one way or the other. In time sector life decayed as sanitation, health, resources, all the customary necessities, eroded.
On occasion members of the controlled press would visit and inquire about the sector's status. The commandant would escort them to viewing ports atop the gated walls. Together they would look down upon the unkempt residents as they slouched along in ragged clothes with listless demeanor. "Do you see what a mess these people are?" the commandant reflected for the benefit of the press. "That is why we must keep them in this ghetto."
Excerpted from Secret Empire: Paradigm Shift, Truth Embargo
and the Intellectual Ghettoization of UFOlogy
by Stephen Bassett. Unpublished.
For many of the thousands of researchers and activists and millions of interested public who engaged the phenomenology of UFOs prior to 1991 the transition out of the UFO era has been uncomfortable and unwelcome. There is considerable resistance to the concept of exopolitics. One source of this resistance lies with a significant component of the delineation between the two eras.
While it is not possible to cover in this short article the full range of issues defining this suggested bifurcation of history, one point of comparison stands out: in the UFO era the ETH (extraterrestrial hypothesis as explanation for the unexplained 5% of extraordinary sightings) was a theory under consideration. In the era of exopolitics post 1991 the ETH is not a theory, it is a given. It was proven by the work of hundreds of researchers over a period of 44 years - an extraordinary accomplishment under great hardship and against state policy.
Those who are unable to make the transition and accept the ETH as fact, whatever the reason, are not comfortable confronting an emerging group of academics, activists and researchers who do. This circumstance is not unprecedented. All previous social and scientific paradigm shifts have produced similar tensions
It is also true that previous major shifts in world view have often been opposed and interfered with by state and religious institutions. The cosmic birthing process now underway is not the exception.
As remarkable was the citizen/science/activism that confirmed the ETH and revealed the extraterrestrial presence, equally remarkable was the effort by the United States Government to impede, misdirect and undermine the citizen driven process of discovery.
From 1947 forward every resource available to the developing military/intelligence complex was brought to bear on American society to create an embargo on the most profound truth in human history. The task must have seemed incomprehensible in the beginning - prevent every major institution within one of the most literate and open societies in history during a period of exponential expansion of electronic communication and multi-tiered media growth, from engaging an issue driven by phenomena not under human control.
While extraterrestrial craft were being seen and photographed around the world and extraterrestrial beings were interacting with humans on every continent, the United States Government was able to prevent American academics, clerics, editors, publishers, state and federal political leaders and foundation board members from studying, teaching, covering, politically engaging or funding the issue in an appropriate manner leading to public understanding. It was and is a brilliant accomplishment now approaching its sixtieth year.
The tools used to control the extraterrestrial disclosure process were forged in the fires within the Secret Empire that burned most fiercely during the prosecution of the Cold War (1947-1991). These same tools were also used in a wide range of abuses of power, the impact of which on American policy and the future of the nation can not yet be projected. But the outlines of this impact are beginning to emerge, and the picture is not attractive.
The basic mechanisms of suppression are now well known: misinformation, disinformation, subversion, intimidation, lies, denial and misdirection. But these mechanisms were part of a broader process of social manipulation that this author has termed the "intellectual ghettoization of ufology."
The "ghettoization" of people and ideas by ruling authority has a long history. It is always unpleasant but always effective. There is something fundamental within the human psyche that makes people susceptible to this maneuver. Let us hope some genes are diced and spliced in order to prevent future iterations of this nasty melodrama.
It is so simple. You direct intense ridicule at a selected target (a person, a race, an idea, a religion) and begin a process of isolation and separation. Then you associate more people and/or ideas to the selected target creating a defined and growing discredited grouping. If necessary, with people you build a physical wall to encompass the group. Whenever you need to add to the group you toss another person over the wall.
With ideas you build walls in the mind. Such a wall is the "ridicule curtain" built by the United States Government in the early 1950's around the study of UFOs. Once it was built every person who touched the issue from that time forward was "tossed over the wall" into the ghetto of ufology. No one was spared. Walked on the Moon? Won a Pulitzer Prize? Commanded a Naval ship? PhD from MIT? "Greatest jet pilot that ever was?" No matter. Touch the subject of UFOs and you are in the ghetto. The money dries up, the job offers diminish, programs are cancelled, medals are pinned elsewhere, college tenure is challenged, spouses leave home, phone calls are not returned.
Occasionally someone might attempt to break out and run for mainstream daylight. If the stain of the ghetto was strong enough, they might be ignored. Who will believe them? If not, well, collateral damage is an integral part of modern rule. The murders were few by historical standards.
As the years passed without resolution the misery mounted. Many good people spent their lives in pursuit of truths they would not live to see acknowledged and shared. Many others "burned out" and withdrew. Those who stayed on became increasingly frustrated and frayed around the edges. Within the confines of the ghetto they turned on each other. Everyone was suspect. Anyone could be an operative.
With vision obscured by a wall of lies many lost sight of the most important point - one which should be etched onto a plaque and mounted over every door. The failure to resolve the political impasse preventing the formal disclosure to the world of the extraterrestrial presence is the fault of one entity - the government of the United States - period. It's not the researchers or activists one doesn't like. It's not the character flaws so clearly seen in others but not in oneself.
It's the government, stupid, the one many didn't bother to vote for because they were too disgusted or simply didn't care any more. It is the government that acts on our behalf every day whether we voted or not and can make our life a living hell anytime it wants - if we let it.
The UFO era is over. It ended in 1991. The United States Government by intention or default is trying to extend the intellectual ghettoization of the extraterrestrial issue well into the second decade of the exopolitics era. This same government also wishes to extend its tenure in loco parentis to a nation of "children."
It is essential, it is critical the American people stand up and assert their role as parent to a misbehaving government which has lost its way. Those within ufology and exopolitics must recognize the "ridicule curtain" is a wall in the mind only. It can be torn down with an act of will.
Tear down the wall, leave the ghetto, stand up to the state and demand the truth.
If those trying to escape the intellectual ghetto built for them by their own government should on occasion out of frustration, desperation or impatience make a mistake, remember the bigger picture and consider cutting them some slack.