01 - Signs of the Times
"I can assure you that flying saucers, given that they exist, are
not constructed by any power on Earth."
President Harry Truman,
April 4, 1950 White House press conference.
"For the next two or three days the saucers passed over the base
daily. Sometimes they appeared in groups of four, other times as
many as sixteen. They could outmaneuver and outflank us seemingly at
will. They moved at varying speeds - sometimes very fast, sometimes
slow - and other times they would come to a dead stop as we zoomed
Astronaut Gordon Cooper, describing his first
direct encounters with
UFO's while serving as a military pilot in Germany. (from Leap of
Faith, Gordon Cooper’s autobiography, p. 91)
“It was a four-foot human shaped figure with arms, bizarre-looking
four-fingered hands… and an oversized incandescent lightbulb-shaped
head… pale gray skin...But the eye sockets themselves were oversized
and almond shaped and pointed down to its tiny nose, which didn’t
protrude from the skull.”
Eisenhower White House National Security
Council staff member Col. Philip J. Corso describing dead aliens he
saw in glass containers en route from Roswell, NM to Wright Field in
Ohio. From Corso’s 1997 book The Day After Roswell, p. 32.
"These (gray aliens) were living, breathing creatures, just as
mortal as you and I. They had feelings, they had families. They had
a cultural society. The one thing they didn't have was hate,
hostility. They had anger, from what I observed - and I don't know
how to explain it better than stating - it was an intellectual anger.
They could not... comprehend how a species such as us, that had such
great potential to do such wonderful and marvelous things, could do
such horrible and nightmarish things to one another."
Master Sgt. Clifford Stone, ret., who testified that he
encountered "gray" aliens while working in a US Army unit that
retrieved crashed extraterrestrial vehicles. (from Stone’s cassette
Insider: In His Own Words, Global View Communications 2001).
"I suspect that we have, indeed, been contacted - perhaps even
visited - by extraterrestrial beings, and the US government, in
collusion with the other national powers of the earth, is determined
to keep this information from the general public."
former CIA official Victor Marchetti quoted in "How the CIA Views
the UFO Phenomenon," Second Look, vol. 1, no. 7. Washington, D.C.
Imagine the following. You go to a science museum and proceed to the
hall of ancient civilizations.
There, you walk among scenes of
primitive life: crude shelters, fires, and
handicraft. As you bend close to look at semi-apes with small skulls
and big jawbones, a powerful stench overwhelms you. Suddenly, it
hits you - this is no ordinary museum. When you approach the
displays they turn into life, transporting you to the actual scene
of such events: the smoke, the fears and passions of a cruel but
How would you feel?
Your experience would be similar to what aliens might feel when
planet Earth, with one exception. Some aliens could be expected to
to a level that’s many times beyond the difference between you and
in the museum.
How could aliens be more advanced than laser surgery, semiconductors
and jet flight? Wouldn't they at least sympathize with our
literature, our legal institutions and our charity?
They probably would, yet some might be pained to see humans make the
same mistakes that they, themselves, made thousands, if not billions
of years earlier. They might want to hint at a better way of life.
No doubt, some would want to help us evolve more peaceably.
Other less-advanced aliens might try to take advantage of our
backwardness in order to expand their sphere of influence and have
access to our vicinity's resources. In some cases that would go
against the larger off-world grain, but if the offending aliens were
formidable intruders from another galaxy, for example, there might
be little that Earth's neighbors could do to turn them back. The
dangers of conflict would be too severe. Instead, neighboring aliens
might try to educate us to be more responsible for both the larger
universe and ourselves.
They might find us a stubborn breed, prone to superstition and a
reluctance to explain Bronze Age religious concepts scientifically.
On the other hand, an alien visitor might be impressed by the
intellectual movements of our last 30 to 40 years.
feminist thinking that distinguishes between biological gender
and exaggerated popular ideas about gender
a global movement to
recognize both the rights and human resources of native peoples
a deepening awareness of our finite global ecology
but important popularization of the concepts and logic of quantum
Although most people haven't fully assimilated the
fundamental weirdness of quantum physics, we use computers that are
based on such phenomena daily.
No doubt, one further trend in human thought would stand out
sharply. A large number of the world's peoples have been exposed to,
if not deeply influenced by, portrayals of extraterrestrial life.
Unlike the world of fifty years ago, most people now recognize that
large-headed figures with almond-shaped eyes represent a certain
kind of alien. High tech companies run ad campaigns comparing their
innovations to the otherworldly, and the all-time list of
top-grossing movies is thick with films about extraterrestrials.
The alien theme runs much deeper. According to recent opinion polls,
40-80 percent of people in the United States think the government is
hiding certain facts about aliens. Forty percent is 124 million
people (roughly the number who voted in the 2002 US election). About
one-third of those polled think that humans have actually made
contact with aliens.
Believe it or not, other nations’ news outlets regularly feature
footage of UFO's moving across their skies. For example, millions
have seen large formations of non-human objects passing behind
clouds on Mexico’s version of “60 Minutes,” anchored by Jaime
Defense ministry commissions in both France and Britain
recently published reports concluding that their governments should
prepare for the high "probability" that aliens visit the earth and
that downed alien technology has found its way into a secret “black
budget” structure in the United States. Ten years ago Russia's
highest-ranking military officer announced that his government
regularly observes alien craft and has possession of downed alien
Chinese officials speak openly about the subject, as
have officials in numerous other nations. In fact, what were once
known as UFO's are increasingly described by generic type or as ETV’s: extra-terrestrial vehicles.
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