I am a medical doctor in Los Angeles and an independent UFO investigator.
Thank you for your report on your sighting that appears in the current
I have written a position paper on what I view is the fundamental challenge
to UFOlogy. If you have recieved this paper already, please excuse this
Feedback would be appreciated.
Ufology's Fundamental Challenge
Copyright 1998 Joseph Burkes MD
The civilian UFO community often known as "ufology" exists as a
multitude of individuals and groups who all share a common interest
the subject of unidentified flying objects. Since 1991 I have shared
this passion with other so called "ufologists."
For several years I was closely associated with Dr. Steven Greer's
Center for the Study of Extraterrestrial Intelligence, CSETI. In the
course of my activities with that group I had a number of limited
interactive encounters with what appeared to be Extraterrestrial
For a number of reasons, personal as well as professional, I have
curtailed much of my UFO oriented activities. At this point I would
like to offer my observations concerning what I perceive is the
fundamental problem in this field and call for a dramatic solution
the crisis in ufology.
It is my assessment that ufology has failed to recognize the
importance of how an Extra-terrestrial presence profoundly threatens
all terrestrial elites. This includes the international corporate,
military, political and religious leaders of our planet. Without
recognizing and thoroughly analyzing this challenge to terrestrial
power, those interested in understanding the phenomenon of
Extraterrestrial spacecraft visiting our planet, will in my opinion
hopelessly confused. More importantly, UFO enthusiasts may have
unrealistic expectations and may be wasting important energy in
projects that can not bear fruit given the depths of the power
structure's opposition to acknowledging an Et presence.
Currently a number of prominent UFO groups are advocating that
Congress hold open hearings on the issue of government secrecy
concerning Extra-terrestrial spacecraft visiting our planet. Retired
military and intelligence officers who have had direct personal
experiences with Extra-terrestrial intelligence during their official
work have been identified. There is now an opportunity to inform the
public, if these official witnesses can be induced to testify.
As might be expected the push for public hearings on the topic of the
presence has encountered resistance. It has been the not too secret
hope of many UFO activists that some kind of official disclosure might
be underfoot. It is my assessment however that no disclosure will take
place without tremendous pressure on the terrestrial power structure,
more pressure that can be applied to Congress at the current time.
Frustrated by years of official denial, how can UFO enthusiasts work
to remedy this predicament? A broad based coalition employing
coordinated political action will be an essential part of the
disclosure process. This will probably require dozens of organizations
and thousands of activists. Such a campaign will probably take the
form of the grassroots movements for social change. Models of such
efforts include the union organizing drives of the 1930s and the peace
and the civil rights movements of the 1960s . To develop such a
coalition of individuals and groups, an analysis of the Et challenge
to all terrestrial power is required.
Our planet's population is divided into over 100 nation states.
National political leaders are able to exercise their power on the
basis of nationalism. As the prominent ufologist Stanton Friedman has
said, "Nationalism is the name of the game." Once the people of the
planet are permitted to acknowledge the ET presence, the masses will
tend to see themselves as "terrestrial" or simply "human." Faced with
what will likely turn out to be an incredible diversity of ET
cultures, people on our planet will likely start to identify with the
Earth as a whole rather than with their particular nation state. Thus
the power of national politicians would be threatened by admitting
that some UFOs represent Extra-terrestrial spacecraft built by non-
humans from the stars.
>From the point of view of ordinary citizens, an end to nationalism
and the realization of the slogan "One planet, one people", might not
be tragic at all. Given the sad record of this century, with over 100
million killed in wars resulting from national rivalry, it might make
very good sense to place nationalism in the dust bin of history. Of
course national political leaders who derive their power from "the
people", i.e. their nation's people, would understandably be
threatened by an outside presence which undermines
their ideological power base.
The Extra-terrestrial presence challenges military leaders of every
nation. Advanced civilizations visiting our planet appear to be quite
capable of producing craft which can fly circles around the military's
high performance jets. Military leaders are thus unable to secure our
planet's airspace from ET intrusion. This provides one rationale for
the military-intelligence community's role in maintaining the secrecy
regimen concerning UFOs.
The Extra-terrestrials appear to have access to incredibly powerful
energy systems in order to propel their spacecraft. Speculation within
ufology has suggested that their craft use non-polluting so called
"free energy systems." If the authorities acknowledged the Et presence
and over a period of time our culture were allowed to download such
efficient energy technologies, many of our economic as well as
environmental problems might be solved. From the point of view of the
multinational oil corporations, this would not be a favorable
development. The downloading of ET energy systems would likely
threaten their worldwide monopoly which has been the source of much
wealth and influence for important sectors of the corporate elite.
Considering that the Gulf War and other military actions in the Middle
East are driven by a hunger for cheap oil, we see the strategic
importance of what has been called the "empire of oil." Thus the Et
presence threatens important sectors of the
economic elite of our planet.
An important pillar of our planet's belief systems is organized
religion. The true history of our planet may reveal that the flying
saucer phenomenon is really an ancient process rather than a modern
one. Renaissance religious painting depicting flying saucers certainly
suggest this possibility. The myths of ancient civilizations declaring
that their knowledge and technology were obtained from so called "star
people", provides additional support for ancient astronaut theories.
What if the holy men and prophets of biblical times were in reality
contactees? Their religious experiences may have reflected encounters
with non-human intelligence, some of which might have been
Extra-terrestrial in nature. If this theory were indeed true or even
merely probable, then acknowledging the Et presence would threaten
organized religion. Thus the spiritual elite of our planet is
threatened by the Et presence.
If this analysis accurately reflects the perceived self interest of
our planet's elites, then the Extra-terrestrials visiting our planet
must threaten all terrestrial power. The world wide secrecy campaign
concerning UFOs can now be seen as the logical consequence of ruling
classes which appropriately take action in self defense. This need
be seen as a conspiracy. Efforts to deny the Et visitations, to resist
public disclosure is the natural response of any social system
attempting to preserve the status quo.
In the course of human development, both evolutionary and
revolutionary historical trends can be seen. The creation of
Christianity out of Judaism can be viewed as the creation of a
revolutionary force which spread monotheism across the planet. The
Roman Empire cognizant of the challenge, violently suppressed the new
religion which placed an almighty God over the emperor. The
acceptance of an all powerful and ethical God by this planet's peoples
has done much to promote their welfare. Concepts such as the rule of
law and social justice, as well as the ending of human sacrifice and
slavery, all have their moral roots in that wave of revolutionary
monotheism which swept our planet during the first millennium of the
In a similar fashion, the rule of both kings and political despots
have been ended by the democratic revolutions of the 17th through 20th
centuries. The old regime never gives up without a fight. Indeed the
struggle for democracy continues to this day. It is therefore only
natural the Earth's ruling elites will combat what some might perceive
as the ultimate threat. As long as the Extra-terrestrial visitors
spare us undeniable displays of their physical presence, indirect
means can be employed to maintain the status quo. This includes the
ridicule of witnesses and the suppression of credible reports of
encounters. Direct violent confrontations may also be taking place
meet the Et challenge. If retired Army Lt. Col. Philip Corso, author
of "The Day After Roswell", is to be believed, covert military actions
against Et craft are taking place.
Corporate control of the mass media has been used to relegate
reportage on UFOs to tabloid formats which trivialize this important
subject. Security oaths under national security regulations are
employed to silence credible military witnesses of UFO encounters.
Ufology itself in my opinion is a likely target for disinformation
spread by special sections of the intelligence services authorized
deal with the UFO subculture. It is only reasonable to assume that
when threatened, terrestrial power will defend itself.
These efforts will likely continue in the future.
The creation of a citizens network to challenge the existing regimen
of secrecy and denial, will by necessity be a difficult and prolonged
struggle. There will be the need for accelerating the educational
process to alert the public of the reality of
Extra-terrestrial spacecraft visiting our planet.
One of most important factors in this equation is the actions of the
Extra-terrestrials themselves. For reasons that are only known to
them, they have chosen not to impose on our culture irrefutable
displays of their physical presence. Although the tempo of sightings
and other types of human-Et interactions appears to be accelerating,
it seems likely that the proverbial "landing on the White house lawn"
will not occur any time soon. It may never take place.
Rather than passively waiting for the power structure to acknowledge
the reality of Et spacecraft visiting our planet, those who feel
passionately about this issue should be prepared to take action. Non-
governmental organizations have a long tradition of finding innovative
solutions to important problems. As a former peace activist
from the 1960s through the 1980s I recall the slogan,
"When the people lead, the leaders will follow."
The most central problem for such a movement is what is the nature of
the Et presence. This is perhaps the most divisive question for those
most interested in the flying saucer phenomenon. Is their presence
good, bad, or indeterminate at the present time? Dozens of popular
theories abound. It seems likely that no consensus
will emerge in the near future.
The alien abduction proponents assert that humanity is being
victimized by the extra-terrestrial visitors. Opposing this camp are
constellation of contactee groups who would have us believe that the
Et presence is positive. The vast majority of UFO witnesses, like the
general population simply don't know what to make of the phenomenon.
As writer and UFO experiencer Whitley Strieber has pointed out, " the
only thing consistent about this phenomenon
is that it consistently strange."
This lack of consensus is a major impediment for establishing a
movement to pressure the authorities to deal with the
Extra-terrestrials. Successful mobilizing will likely require large
numbers of individuals who share a common view as to what the
Extra-terrestrials have in store for us. From an organizers
perspective, there are inherent difficulties in the alien abductionist
position. It is hard to organize people who identify themselves as
victims. Their psychological needs for healing
take precedent over other activities.
The contactee paradigm is certainly a more hopeful one. Activists will
more likely fight in a protracted political campaign if they believe
their efforts will result in a better world. Although it appears to
a long shot, I believe that some kind of assistance for humanity is
possible from advanced civilizations visiting our planet. It was this
upbeat notion which initially attracted me to Dr. Steven Greer's
CSETI. Despite my team's extremely limited success in drawing Et
spacecraft into our research sites, I still am very supportive of
concept "human initiated close encounters" as embodied by Greer's
"Close Encounters of the Fifth Kind Initiative."
For the contactee movement to actually get off the ground and
facilitate face to face encounters with Extra-terrestrials, a
qualitative change in the human-Et relationship is required. There
will need to be more clarity, consistency and absolutely more equality
in future interactions. As the general awareness of the Et presence
increases within our culture, the social pressure for concerted action
will correspondingly rise. Eventually our planet's elites will be
compelled to openly reply to this challenge to power. For the sake
future generations, let us hope that their response
will be a peaceful one.