“Between the people and
government today lies a double standard of morality. Anything
remotely scientific has become by government definition a matter of
military security first; hence of secrecy, something which does not
breed security but fear. If we see anything unusual, even in the
skies, we the people must either freeze our lips, like a Russian
peasant at the sight of a commissar, or give our names, addresses,
business connections, and testimony to be screened and filtered by
anonymous intelligence officers.
“Feared and respected by many people, these anonymous creatures
can deny what we say, ridicule what we say, and sometimes (and in an
increasing number of countries) jail us for what we say—especially
if our timing does not match to the second their intended
official pronouncements on the subject.
“The only way for a free people to fight such encroachments on free
inquiry is to say in advance, “What I am telling you will be
denied,” or “This is true but those who say so now will be branded
as dreamers, and if they persist, as liars.
“This may seem a dreadful way to treat our own flesh and blood, our
commissioned sons who have been trained for combat but are assigned
in peacetime to espionage and counterespionage. But since our sons
in uniform do not report to us, the people, but to Central
Intelligence (which as far as we can make out reports to nobody
and is answerable to nobody), how otherwise can we get our current
findings to our friends?
“Scientists believe they have suffered more than any other group
from the postwar loyalty hysteria but writers cannot be far behind
them. The “thread of intolerance” which runs through our history has
now become as thick as a noose to hang us.
“Propaganda has made true-and-false practically obsolete in our
language. If a spokesman has served time in intelligence, it may be
fairly said, the truth is no longer in him.
“Scientists do not want to go to war with the Army over the issue.
They have to get essential materials for research, and certain
branches of the Department of Defense might find it difficult to
find such essential materials for scientists who will not cooperate.
“Is it any wonder then that I advise my readers to treat any
official statement as no more than old newspapers blowing in the
wind. In fact, if such faceless men should say that the objects are
(a) newspapers or (b) not newspapers but fragments of flying
saucers, they are not to be believed either way. Not until
we, the people, we who have names, addresses and the courage of our
convictions, not until we say there are such things as flying
saucers, is it authentic."