ran out and obtained the latest issue of Popular Mechanics, (Feb,
2004, Vol. 181, No. 2). No, I wasn't looking for the latest wrench
to do my oil change with.
On the cover
is a dramatic photo of a large disc, perhaps 30 meters across,
hovering at night a foot off the ground at what is apparently
the Washington Mall, with the Capitol building looming in the
background. The Headline reads: "When UFOs Arrive: What Will
You Do?" Inside, on pages 52-57, PM Science Editor Jim Wilson
lays out the story with the subtitle: "The U.S. and other
world governments already have detailed secret plans for first
contact." Science Editor Wilson starts off the story wih
the statement that "Within the scientific community, the
question is no longer whether extraterrestrial life exists, but
if ET is smart enough to do long division."
[Are you listening,
debunkers of SCICOP?] The article goes on to make the following
declarations. "With little public fanfare, governmental officials
have begun preparing for the single most important event in human
history: first contact." "The broad-brush outline for
Earth's response to the first alien encounter is set out in an
international agreement caled the "Declaration of Principles
Concerning Activities Following the Detection of Extraterrestrial
Intelligence." Written by a committee of scientists organized
by the SETI Institute, the Declaration spells out that after first
contact, astronomers agree to keep secret news of imminent contact
"until authorities have been notified."
NASA "sent out an invitation for extraterrestrials to visit
Earth. A ... map showing the location of Earth was attached to
the Pioneer 10 spacecraft", sent towards the star Aldebaran.
"If ET turns up at NASA's doorstep bearing that invitation,
it [sic] is in for a surprise. Instead of getting a handshake
from the head of NASA, it will be handcuffed by an FBI agent dressed
in a Biosafety Level 4 [moon-]suit. ...[T]he alien will be whisked
away to the Department of Agriculture's Animal Disease Center
on Plum Island off the coast of New York's Long Island. Here it
will be poked and probed by doctors from the National Institutes
of Health. A Department of Energy (DOE) Nuclear Emergency Search
Team (NEST) will tow way its spacecraft..., moving it to a DOE
facility, most likely in New Mexico, where it will be in close
proximity to the Sandia and Los Alamos nuclear laboratories and
the White Sands Missile Range." [!] [First hint of WSMR's
involvement in Star Visitor technology.]
This sly article
with its various insouciant leaks ends with a droll observation
on interstellar relations. "Skeptics often ask why UFO sightings
seem to take place in remote locations instead of on busy city
streets. Perhaps ET knows what earthlings have in mind when it
lands." Popular Mechanics also goes on to add that "The
International Academy of Astronautics in Paris maintains a list
of volunteers willing to help world governments if ET arrives."
PM then goes on to name its Dream Team, which would include Se.
John Glenn, Dr. Frank Drake of the SETI Project, Dr. Hal Puthoff,
post-quantum and Zero-Point Energy physicist, comparative anthropologist
Jane Goodall, and others. Not mentioned in this carefully-naive
are the following facts:
- The Star
Visitors have already made contact, engaged in lengthy dialogue,
and some are even resident here.
- The SETI pictographic signal sent out to "ET" in space
from the Arecibo, P.R. radiotelescope has already been answered,
via a closely-matching pictograph "crop circle" etched
in the British hillside next to a UK observatory.
- Despite the plans of the International Academy of Astronautics,
the Star Visitors have long since picked and chosen whom they
wish to talk to on Earth: millions of ordinary citizens from all
walks of life. As an attempt by the Public Acclimation Program
to grab the attention of Joe Lunchpail on the issue of getting
psychologically prepared for WHEN, NOT IF, UFOs arrive, Popular
Mechanics gets a B+.
But the National
Security Council has a long way to go in completing blue collar
America's orientation to what its government already knows. NSC's
grade is F+.
Richard Boylan, Ph.D., LLC
Behavioral scientist, exo-anthropologist, researcher, hypnotherapist,