by Jean Eisenhower
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
At least half the population of
the United States, according to polls, believes in intelligent life
beyond Earth’s atmosphere. (Statistics are even higher in other
countries.) Most of those also believe it’s probable that ET life
has already contacted humanity or will one day. And many say they
know people, and thousands say they are people, who have been
That we don’t acknowledge this
suppression may be evidence we are content, as a culture, to be “of
In Stephenville, Texas, the publisher of the Empire-Tribune felt compelled to fire his only staff reporter, Angelia Joiner, for not thoroughly enough refusing to respond to the world-wide (http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/story?id=4142232&page=1) (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22656172/) and local interest in the UFOs sighted in their small rural community by over fifty vocal citizens.
Maybe it had something to do with
her last story, about a primary
witness harassed by someone who apparently had the power to stop or
not stop the military jets and helicopters flying repeatedly over
his property after his testimony. (I've experienced that.)
When I searched the site of the
Associated Press, I discovered that both the San Diego
and Stephenville stories have been deleted from the archives.
I’ve been in the news business for years, as a radio feature producer (UPI award-winning) and PR professional. When I worked for the United Way or local domestic violence shelter, everything I sent out resulted in excellent coverage: powerful editorials and once a three-night series on prime-time news.
As soon as I began to write about
environmental and political problems, however, one project
spearheaded by two powerful corporations, nothing was printed,
despite my material being professionally presented, well-documented,
and supported by numerous national and international organizations,
one a prestigious science association not commonly involved in
What they said, the reporter could not
tell me, but he hung his head as he admitted he couldn’t stand up to
their harassment – allowed by his publisher.
This sort of story is told by independent reporters all across the nation. It answers the oft-asked question,
Another common question,
...is ironic because in the 1950s, LIFE Magazine printed on its cover a photo of a convoy of UFOs flying by the dome, and America was quite excited about it.
The Air Force, back then, called them ETVs – “extraterrestrial vehicles” – a term quietly laid to rest
since then, as our government now pretends they’re “unidentified.”
The heavy-handed treatment of those who
see UFOs (ETVs) – so similar to the treatment of environmental
activists – is an interesting coincidence, and meaningful, I
This opening, though, serves notice to
the reader that certain elements within our government can fail to
defend the citizens, can slander the innocent and even the attacked,
can control what we’re allowed to learn through our un-"free press,"
and can certainly fail to tell us what we think we should know about
and might naively think our government or schools or someone should
Many Americans believe there’s a UFO cover-up, but many don’t believe it’s an important issue.
Explanations include the benevolent and malign:
I have no single opinion on this at the moment. For one thing, “the government” is not monolithic. Researchers have found evidence that even our Presidents, such as Jimmy Carter, who promised to open up the information, and Bill Clinton, were refused the information they requested.
Apparently, all those motives above might apply to
different individuals at different levels of government.
An interesting coincidence in Dr. Mack’s research is that many abductees reported experiences with aliens that caused them to “wake up” to the environmental problems on our planet and to become activists for environmental causes. This work, most activists know, threatens corporate bottom-line thinking, so well supported by our government today.
So there appears a series of correlations:
The reason behind these correlations
might be debated, but the relationships should, at least, be
In a very real way, we are almost all victims of the split mind, the mind that separates what we know in our hearts from what we’ll speak about in public, or even acknowledge in the privacy of our own conscious thoughts.
This splittedness, I believe, is endemic to our culture, and maybe others
The United Press carried a story under a
section titled “Quirks
in the News”, describing how people are becoming “less
shy” about the topic. Let’s hope. It could be the beginning of the
end of our sociological splittedness.
Meanwhile, consider why our nation holds
this “ideal” of separation of mindsets, as in “separation of church
and state.” Presuming we hold to the scientific model (which I
actually believe is twisted quite often), wouldn’t it be a
scientifically and philosophically high-minded practice to work to
integrate the “two minds” – to integrate our spiritual and political
It’s far less reasonable to insist that no intelligence would find us in "the emptiness of space," since life is so diverse and seems to exist everywhere on the planet, from sand dunes to boiling water under the ocean, and current science posits many dimensions of reality with easy access between them.
Moreover, the theory of alien contact is
supported by ancient history and sacred scriptures from every
culture on the planet, by archeology, folklore, and probably even by
our own families’ experiences and beliefs in demons, angels, ghosts
and more. And it’s usually supported by common people like you and
me, when we’re not standing in that cocktail party, pretending to be