by Steven Greer, M.D.,
PI-40 is a quasi-governmental,
USAPS (Unacknowledged Special Access Programs)
related, quasi-private entity operating internationally/transnationally.
The majority of operations are centered in private industrial 'work
for others' contract projects related to the understanding and
application of advanced extraterrestrial technologies.
Related compartmentalized units, which are also USAPS,
are involved in:
so-called abductions and
mutilations, reconnaissance and UFO tracking
space-based weapons systems
specialized liaison groups
(for example to media, political leaders, the scientific
community, the corporate world etc)
Think of this entity as a hybrid between
government USAPS and private industry.
PI-40 consists primarily of
mid-level USAPS-related military and intelligence operatives,
USAPS or black units within certain high-tech corporate
entities, and select liaisons within the international policy
analysis community, certain religious groups, the scientific
community and the media, among others. The identities of some of
these entities and individuals are known to us, though most remain
or those comprising the decision-making body of PI-40 are now
in favor of a public disclosure of some type on this matter;
these are, in general, the younger members who have less complicity
in past excesses. The remaining members are opposed or ambivalent
regarding a near-term disclosure.
Actual policy and decision-making seems to rest predominantly at
this time in the private, civilian sector, as opposed to USAP-related
military and intelligence officials, though some information
indicates that there is significant relative autonomy in certain
areas of operations. It is our current assessment that a rising
degree of debate exists within PI-40 regarding certain covert
operations and the advisability of a disclosure.
Many compartmentalized operations within ‘black’ or USAPS
projects are structured so that those working on the task may be
unaware that it is UFO/ET related. For example, some aspects
of the so-called ‘Star Wars’ effort, or SDI, are
intended to target extraterrestrial spacecraft which come
into close proximity to earth, but the vast majority of scientists
and workers in the SDI program are unaware of this.
We have learned from three separate, corroborating sources that
since the early 1990s, at least 2 extraterrestrial spacecraft
have been targeted and destroyed by experimental space-based weapons
The vast majority of political leaders, including,
other world leaders,
...are not routinely briefed on this
matter. When and if inquiries are made, they are told nothing about
the operations, nor is the existence of any operation confirmed to
them. In general the nature of this covert entity ensures that such
leaders do not even know to whom such' inquiries should be
International cooperation exists to a wide extent, though some,
witnesses state that certain countries, particularly China,
have aggressively pursued somewhat independent agendas.
Major bases of operations, apart from widely diversified private
Edwards Air Force Base in
Nellis Air Force Base in
Nevada, particularly S4 and adjacent facilities
Los Alamos New Mexico
Fort Huachuca Arizona (Army
the Redstone Arsenal in
a relatively new,
expanding underground facility accessible only by air in
a remote area of Utah, among others
Additional facilities and operations
centers exist in a number of other countries, including:
the United Kingdom
Numerous agencies have deep cover,
black, USAPS related units involved with these operations,
the National Reconnaissance
the National Security Agency
the Defense Intelligence
the Air Force Office of
Special Investigations (AFOSI)
Air Force Intelligence
An even more extensive list of private,
civilian and corporate entities have significant involvement.
The majority of scientific, technical
and advanced technology operations are centered in the civilian
industrial and research firms. Significant - and lethal - security
is provided by private contractors.
The majority of personnel as well as the leadership of most if not
all of these agencies and private groups are uninvolved and unaware
of these compartmentalized, unacknowledged operations. For this
reason, sweeping accusations related to any particular agency or
corporate entity are wholly unwarranted. ‘Plausible deniability‘
exists at many levels. Moreover, specialization and
compartmentalization allows a number of operations to exist without
those involved knowing that their task is related to the UFO/ET
Both positive inducements to cooperate and penalties for violating
secrecy are extraordinary. A senior military source has related to
us that at least 10,000 people have received $1 million or
more each to ensure their cooperation, over the past few decades.
Regarding penalties, we know of more than one credible case where
individuals have had their families threatened should they break the
code of silence, and we have learned of two recent alleged ‘suicides’
at a private contract industrial firm which occurred after the
victims began to violate secrecy on
a reverse-engineering project
related to ET technology.
A senior congressional investigator has
privately related to us that ‘black budget’ funds apparently are
used for this and similar operations, which are
black budget involves
conservatively $10 billion, and may exceed $80 billion per year. The
amount dedicated to the UFO/ET operation specifically is unknown at
this time. Additionally, significant funds are derived from overseas
sources and private and institutional sources. Amounts deriving from
these activities are also unknown by us.
This is part of what we know at this time. Obviously, there are more
questions than answers here, and what is unknown exceeds what is
known. Nevertheless, we have, I believe, made significant and
historic advances in understanding how this entity operates. I have
presented this general assessment to a number of important military,
political and policy institute figures, and was surprised that it
was regarded as quite accurate and in agreement with independent
assessments arrived at separately by them.
But the larger question is why? As in life in general, the what’s,
who's and how's are always easier than the whys. Why the continued
secrecy and deception?
I am reluctant to go too much further out on this limb, because here
we get into questions related to ultimate motive and purpose, which
is always a rather squishy area, ill-defined in the best of cases.
And this, I am afraid, is no ordinary matter, and the emotions,
motives and purpose behind such extraordinary and high-stakes
actions are likely complex and dissonant. Indeed, such motives are
likely a very mixed bag, ranging from the initially noble and
well-intentioned, to the depraved.
Sen. Barry Goldwater told me in 1994 that the secrecy
surrounding the ET subject was “a damn mistake then and a
damn mistake now...”. I am inclined to agree with the senator here,
but the drive for secrecy was not and is not altogether rooted in
stupidity. Rather, I see it rooted in fear and a lack of trust.
While I generally dislike psyche-babble, I believe the psychology of
all of this is important. It is my belief that secrecy, especially
extreme secrecy of this degree, is always a symptom of
illness. If you have secrets in your family, it is a sickness,
born out of fear, insecurity and distrust. This, I feel, can be
extended to communities, companies, and societies. Ultimately, the
drive for secrecy is a symptom of a deeper malaise derived from a
fundamental lack of trust, and an abundance of fear and insecurity.
In the case of UFOs/ET, the early days of the 1940s and 1950s
were, I sense, a time of fear bordering on panic. We had just
emerged from a devastating world war, and unleashed the horror of
nuclear weapons. The USSR was expanding its empire, and
arming itself to the teeth with bigger and deadlier nuclear weapons.
And they were beating us in the race into space.
Now along comes extraterrestrial spacecraft, which are retrieved
along with deceased (and one living) life form. Panic. Fear.
Countless unanswered questions arise, all tinged with
Why are they here?
How will the public react?
How can we secure their
technology - and keep it from our mortal enemies?
How can we tell the people
that the most powerful air force in the world cannot
control its airspace?
What will happen to
religious belief! To the Economic order? To Political
To the keepers of current
It is my opinion that the early days of
secrecy: were predictable, even understandable, and possibly even
But as the decades rolled by, and especially with the end of the
Cold War, fear alone does not fully explain the secrecy. After
all, 1996 is not 1946 - we have been to space, landed on the moon,
detected planets around other star systems, found the building
blocks of life in far-away space, and about 50% of the population
believe the UFOs are real. And the soviet empire has
I believe two other significant factors are at play now: Greed
and control, and the inertia of decades of secrecy.
Greed and control are easily understood: Imagine being
involved with a project unraveling and then applying advanced
extraterrestrial technology. The power and economic impact - and
thus value - of such technology exceeds the combined significance of
the internal combustion engine, electricity, the computer chip and
all forms of telecommunications. We are talking about the
technology of the next millennium. You think the
computer/information age revolution is big? Fasten your seat belts,
because down the road - sooner or later - will be the non-linear,
zero point technological revolutions based on advanced ET
No wonder the corporate, military-industrial complex interest and
secrecy exceeds even that of the government related
USAPS. The formula for Coca Cola has nothing on
The bureaucratic inertia of large secret operations is yet another
matter. After decades of operations, and of lies, public deceptions
and worse, how does such a group unravel all the webs it has weaved?
There is a certain addictive allure to secret power for some types
of people; they are charged by having and knowing secrets. And there
is the specter of a sort of cosmic Watergate, with all manner
of people calling for this head or that. It becomes easier to
maintain the status quo, something all bureaucracies are adept at
And even now there is fear. Not just fear of being exposed in the
age of Watergate, this-gate and that-gate, but a rather
xenophobic and primitive fear of the unknown. Who are these
humanoids, why are they here; how dare they enter our airspace
without our permission! Humanity has a long tradition of fearing -
and hating - that which is different, unknown, from elsewhere.
Witness the still-rampant racial, ethnic, religious, and
nationalistic prejudice and hatred which ravage the world of
humanity. There is an almost ingrained xenophobic response to the
unknown and that which is different. And it is certain that the
ETs are more different from us than, say, protestants are from
catholics in Ireland.
I once asked a physicist involved with military and intelligence
operations related to UFOs why we were attempting to destroy
these spacecraft with advanced space-based weapons. He immediately
became agitated and said,
“Those cowboys running this thing
are so arrogant, so out of control, that they view any entry by
a UFO into our air space as an offense worthy of a hostile
response. And they are going to get us into an inter-planetary
conflict if we are not careful ..."
And so it goes. Fear. Fear
of the unknown. Greed and control. Institutional
Inertia. These are a few of what I see as the current animating
forces driving the continue secrecy of PI-40.
But where to from here? How to transform this situation from extreme
secrecy to disclosure?
There is an old Chinese proverb which says,
“Unless we change directions, we are
likely to end up where we are going.”
How true. And where we are going in this
area is immensely dangerous. Extreme secrecy, especially on
something this far-reaching and important, undermines democracy,
subverts the constitution, concentrates enormous technological power
in the hands of the unelected few and puts the entire planet in
harms way. This must end.
Project Starlight has been
working for nearly 3 years to collect evidence, identify current and
former government, military, intelligence and corporate witnesses,
and brief various world leaders. Much has been accomplished, with no
paid staff, no significant funding and the dedication and volunteer
efforts of a persistent team.
But much remains to be done.
Here is a partial list:
In June of 1995, we convened a
meeting of important military and government witnesses from the US and Russia, and we all signed a letter asking
President Clinton to issue an executive order permitting
such witnesses to speak without penalty or retribution. I
suggest that the Administration, in cooperation with Congress,
sponsor open hearings where these witnesses, who now number over
2 dozen, could openly testify to what they know about the
This would constitute a definitive
disclosure, I assure you. In this regard, you can help in two
Write the President
and ask that he issue an executive order permitting these
witnesses to safely come forward, and at the same time write
your Senator and Congressman and request that they sponsor
open hearings where these witnesses may speak.
Contact me immediately if
you or someone you know may be a current or former
government, military or corporate witness. We have
protective measures in place, and the more witnesses we
have, the stronger the case - and the greater the margin of
safety for all concerned. Please help us if you can.
The international community and the
United Nations should similarly hold open hearings on this
matter. We have witnesses from all over the world, and ideally,
an international disclosure and evidence gathering effort should
The world community should not sit by passively, thus abdicating
responsibility to secret operations.
CSETI has for 5 years been
involved in a citizens diplomacy effort, and made significant
breakthroughs in developing protocols to contact these
extraterrestrial visitors. Rather than passively watching this
as some distant ‘phenomenon’, we should attempt to establish
communication with these life forms, and begin the early stages
of an open inter-planetary relationship. If you are interested
in learning more about how you can be involved in such a
research and diplomacy effort, contact us.
Lastly, we must be prepared to forgive.
There is nothing to be gained by calling for severe retribution for
those involved with either current or past secrecy. Many may have
felt they were doing the right thing at the time, and even
currently. We do not need a cosmic Watergate, and we must
collectively renounce it. We should be willing to look to the moment
and to the future, and forgive the past. There is precedent for
this: In the early days of the Clinton Administration, there
were sweeping disclosures about past excesses and crazy experiments
within the Department of Energy, and the former Atomic Energy
We learned of plutonium being put
on the oatmeal of kids in orphanages, of deliberate radiation
releases in populated areas to see ‘what would happen’, and so
forth. This truth came out, and the world did not end. Nobody
had to go to jail. The government did not collapse, and the sky did
not fall. Let us move forward, with some real compassion and
forgiveness, and begin the next century anew.
Ultimately, if the people will lead, the leaders will follow.
Courage, vision and perseverance are needed to transform this
situation, and create a time of openness, trust and to lay the
foundation for both global and inter-planetary peace. If our leaders
currently lack this courage and vision, then we must manifest it for
them. The stakes are too high to look the other way while our future
is stolen from us.
The future of life on earth, and our place in the
cosmos, are at risk.
Together, let us work to secure it, for our
children and our children’s children.