Michael E. Salla, PhD
Exopolitics versus Exospin: A Response to Dr. Steven Greer
By Michael E. Salla, PhD
May 5, 2006
In January 1994, I remember visiting the Jakarta office of Mr Irawan Abidin, the former Director of Foreign Information in the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. I had just arrived from a two week field trip to the former Indonesian territory of East Timor researching alleged human rights abuses. I had found ample evidence of abuses through the traumatized testimonies of many East Timorese I had spoken with. Mr. Abidin assured me that systematic human rights abuses were not occurring in East Timor and that such claims were spurious accusations orchestrated by discontented Timorese expatriates who were the former ruling elite. I politely explained to him what I had been told in my fieldwork involving interviews with dozens of private citizens, but he insisted that such claims were gross exaggerations and people were basically content in East Timor. He handed me a Ministry publication to support his position and exhorted me to tell the world how content people were with Indonesian rule in East Timor. In reading Steven Greer's recent public statement, "Exopolitics or Xenopolitics" where he openly criticizes me as someone supporting xenophobic approaches to Exopolitics, I had a feeling of déjà vu with my earlier meeting with Mr. Abidin concerning my research into alleged human rights abuses.
In his May 2 statement, Greer
claims: "While there are certainly diverse opinions regarding why any given
extraterrestrial civilization may wish to visit Earth at this time in our
history, recent public comments by Michael Salla have added a virulent
strain of fear-based xenophobia, based on the flimsiest of documentation."
Dr Greer further states: "He has maintained that a nefarious and injurious
group of ETs have made a secret pact with covert humans - and have a harmful
agenda towards the human race." This, and more. The Disclosure Project has
over 450 military, government and corporate insiders who have first-hand
knowledge of actual UFO/ET events and projects. We find it odd that not a
single one of these insiders can confirm the xenophobic rumors proffered by
Dr Greer claims that his database of 450 military, government, and corporate whistleblower cases do not support the idea that extraterrestrials are engaging in such human rights violations, nor that some extraterrestrials have reached agreements with covert government agencies. He boldly claims that "not a single one of these insiders can confirm the xenophobic rumors proffered by Salla." This is a gross misrepresentation of the data possessed by Dr Greer. This can be easily demonstrated by the case of Lt Col Philip Corso who is prominently featured as a Disclosure Project Witness, and is arguably the most widely known and significant whistleblower to ever emerge in UFO research. According to Greer, Corso did not confirm that some extraterrestrials were engaging in activities that violated individual rights which for Greer are xenophobic claims. That is a gross misrepresentation of Col Corso's position as evidenced in statements such as the following in his soon to be published private notes:
I have privately corresponded with Greer on Corso's testimony but he has repeatedly dismissed this information and now boldly states that not a single one of these insiders can confirm such allegations. As the above quote and other selections from Corso's testimony demonstrate, Greer is incorrect. The case of Corso is not isolated. For example, with regard to allegations of human rights abuses and of a shooting war involving extraterrestrials at an underground facility in New Mexico, Dulce, made by whistleblowers such as Phil Schneider, Greer includes these among the list of xenophobic rumors. Unfortunately, another prominent Disclosure Project whistleblower, Dan Morris, not only confirms the existence of the Dulce facility, but also that Schneider did indeed work there and was eliminated for disclosing classified information about such bases and what had occurred there with resident extraterrestrials. In Greer's' Disclosure book, Morris says: "There are other people who have been eliminated for what they know. One was a friend of mine. Phil Snyder (sic) who worked out here in New Mexico building the tunnels - the biggest one that he was involved with was the Dulce underground facility" (Disclosure, p. 359).
Another area where I have
privately corresponded with Greer concerns alleged covert agreements between
some extraterrestrial groups and covert government agencies. According to
Greer's statement, this is part of the xenophobic rumor mill I am spreading
on the flimsiest of documentation. We do not have to look too far to find
evidence of such covert agreements among Greer's list of Disclosure Project
witness. In addition to Corso who claims that the government had been forced
into a "negotiated surrender" with extraterrestrials, and of Morris's claims
of extraterrestrials residing at the underground Dulce facility, we find the
example of Capt Bill Uhouse, another Disclosure Project witness, who
describes how extraterrestrials would come into classified meetings to give
hints to scientists and engineers concerning the reverse engineering of
extraterrestrial technology. Similarly, Sgt Clifford Stone has testified how
upon his induction into covert projects concerning extraterrestrials, he was
taken into a secure facility under the Pentagon where he was taken to have a
telepathic communication with a gray extraterrestrial where he blanked out
and was then threatened with death if he disclosed what had happened.
Finally, in addition to dismissing the data on different categories of researchers documenting extraterrestrial violations of human rights in the modern and ancient era, Greer dismisses the testimonies of a great number of alleged contactees describing the nefarious activities of some contemporary extraterrestrial visitors. Contactees such as Howard Menger, Enrique Castillo Rincon, Eduard "Billy" Meier, "Prof Hernandez", Brian Scott, and many others whose testimonies have been documented and investigated by competent researchers.
In sum, by filtering the
testimonies of Disclosure Project witnesses on invasive extraterrestrial
activities and covert agreements; excluding the testimonies of
whistleblowers openly describing invasive extraterrestrial behaviors;
excluding the extensive data offered by reputable researchers of the
abduction phenomenon; ignoring the data of exo-archeologists, and dismissing
the relevance of many 'contactee' testimonies, Greer is engaging in a
willful attempt to distort the public conclusions concerning the true
motivations and activities of the extraterrestrial visitors. While his
effort to spin data concerning extraterrestrial activities in a positive
light may be perceived by some to be well intentioned, it is in reality both
naive and dangerous to distort public perceptions in this manner given the
extensive data suggesting that extraterrestrials have been involved in
systematic human rights violations and that some government agencies have
been complicit in these.
This is where in his statement Greer distorts the nuances in my research and argues as follows: "I feel a point has been reached where silence only redounds to the further empowerment of a message of fear, hatred, prejudice - and the unwitting buttressing of the argument for weapons and war in space." So Greer believes that my analysis buttresses the argument for the weaponization of space. The deliberate targeting of extraterrestrial visitors by covert government agencies using advanced weapons is a major concern which I have pointed out on a number of occasions in my recent papers (see: www.exopolitics.org/Exo-Comment-39.htm ). On the other hand, there appears to be a minority of extraterrestrial visitors, who view humans as a biological resource to be exploited and have entered into covert agreements with a number of government agencies who easily exploited due to the latter's desire for advanced technologies. Extraterrestrials entering into such agreements have demonstrated little genuine desire to assist humanity in its evolution to a mature planetary civilization. There is credible evidence that covert agreements have led to various government agencies becoming complicit in some of the more egregious extraterrestrial activities such as what had or is occurring at the alleged Dulce facility. The solution is not a military campaign using space weapons, but a political solution based on political disclosure of the extaterrestrial presence and the public accountability of public officials making key decisions in the management of extraterrestrial affairs.
The truth concerning alleged covert agreements between some extraterrestrial visitors and government agencies makes for a far more complex exopolitical situation than Dr Greer is willing to concede or support. That is understandable since the data is seldom conclusive, important whistleblowers or witnesses are intimidated into silence, which altogether compounds the difficulty of researchers seeking to document their sources and reach reliable conclusions. Nevertheless, the available data is overwhelming that such agreements exist, and that some extraterrestrial visitors are violating human rights with the complicity of government agencies. Greer laments that: "The facile acceptance of every story as true- no matter how dangerously xenophobic - is irresponsible and can only serve the agenda of those who wish to see the populace dis-informed, panicked and cowed into eventually accepting a military, space-based solution to the ET problem." He further argues that trying to distinguish between different categories of extraterrestrial visitors to discern their motivations and activities is a form of racism. He claims: "Today, we see racist appellations applied to certain alleged ET groups - The Grays! The Reptilians! The Tall White Ones! Must we go down this tired, dirty path again? Must we replay the sordid history of human racism, prejudice, and xenophobia as we begin our first steps towards the stars?" Unfortunately, Greer overlooks the solid research data that points to as many as 60 or more different extraterrestrial races actively interacting with or monitoring Earth. This data is supported by credible whistleblowers such as Clifford Stone and Robert Dean.
To conclude that all extraterrestrial visitors are uniform in their benign activities and motivations is greatly mistaken, and it appears Greer wishes to assert such a fallacious view on the general public and use his status to punish or intimidate researchers arguing a contrary position. I have presented my research concerning the motivations and activities of different extraterrestrial visitors and their varying degrees of involvement in covert government agreements in a 17,000 word report (see: http://www.exopolitics.org/Report-ET-Motivations.htm ). The data is impressive and credible, and cannot be simply dismissed by a strongly worded rhetorical flourish of 1400 words as evidenced in Greer's May 2 statement.
While I respect the important work Dr Greer has done through the Disclosure Project in encouraging many credible whistleblowers to come forward, I disagree both with his research method and his conclusions. Greer claims with regard to my research that: "The facile acceptance of every story as true- no matter how dangerously xenophobic - is irresponsible and can only serve the agenda of those who wish to see the populace dis-informed, panicked and cowed into eventually accepting a military, space-based solution to the ET problem." Greer's opinion here greatly distorts the data presented by several of his own Disclosure Project witnesses as explained above, in addition to the work of many other whistleblowers, researchers and witnesses, which are supported to varying degrees by available documentation. I certainly don't accept all data concerning alleged abuses by extraterrestrial visitors, but conclude that there exists credible and substantiated data supporting this conclusion. Rather than get into an acrimonious turf war over what can and can't be said or accepted in exopolitics research, I invite Dr Greer to respond to my criticisms of his research method so I and the general public can gain a more accurate picture of the true motivations and activities of extraterrestrial visitors.
I think a scholarly debate
over the pros and cons concerning the data pointing to the varied
motivations and activities of extraterrestrial visitors, and their alleged
agreements with covert government agencies is highly valuable. Greer
dismisses those holding contrary views on alleged extraterrestrial abuses or
covert agreements as xenophobic, racist, and supporting military solutions
to extraterrestrial visitation. This strikes me as a form of political spin
or "exospin", that replicates methods used by the mouthpieces of repressive
regimes such as Mr. Irawan Abidin of the former Suharto government in
Indonesia. I contend that exopolitics is the scholarly analysis of all
credible data concerning the extraterrestrial presence, not a highly
selective approach that supports a preconceived conclusion of only advanced
benign extraterrestrial visitors to our planet. The latter is not objective
exopolitical scholarship but exospin of the most disingenuous kind.
|The above examples demonstrate that Greer selectively filters out or ignores the testimonies of some Disclosure Project witnesses who describe invasive extraterrestrial behaviors, and agreements between extraterrestrials and covert government agencies.|
I think a scholarly debate over the pros and cons concerning the data pointing to the varied motivations and activities of extraterrestrial visitors, and their alleged agreements with covert government agencies is highly valuable.