by Dr. Jospeh Burkes
To help prevent war and
hopefully usher in a new era of interplanetary
cooperation, the creation of a new kind of peace
movement is required. One which acknowledges the ET
presence and resists those social forces which are
systematically fanning the flames of war. Such a
movement will definitely require a strong spiritual
base. The realization that we are not alone compels
humanity to ask the question, "What then is our true
place in the universe?"
A phantom has appeared in the skies of Earth. It is the specter of
Unidentified Flying Objects. On the slopes of volcanoes in Mexico,
over US ballistic missile bases, in the vicinity of large cities as
well as in remote locales, these unearthly craft are being seen by
millions. Who is piloting these strange vehicles? Are they visitors
from other planets? If so, then what is their mission? Are they
friend or foe? No one seems to know for sure.
A growing number of people find the Extra-terrestrial explanation
most reasonable for the UFO dilemma. Yes, many sightings are
undoubtedly due to other types of phenomenon. Honest skeptics as
well as prejudiced self styled debunkers would have us believe that
all structured craft which appear to defy the laws of nature, are
simply advanced terrestrial military craft.
Despite the skeptics'
pronouncements, the UFO phenomenon is quite robust. The number of
close encounters with true unknowns continues to increase. Sightings
of unearthly craft, appearing as flying golden globes, saucers and
triangles, persist in defying the mandates of debunkers.
From 1992 till 1998 I was closely associated with
Dr. Steven Greer's
Center for the Study of Extraterrestrial Intelligence, (CSETI).
While participating with his group I had a number of limited
interactive encounters with what appeared to be Extra-terrestrial
spacecraft. In addition my field work with individual contactees has
demonstrated to me that consciousness mediated, or in other words,
mind to mind interactions, is a mode of communication with non-human
I have worked with a
number of credible investigators who have quietly described their
having direct face to face encounters with non-human beings of
presumed ET origins. Thus the Extraterrestrial hypothesis for some
witnesses to the UFO phenomenon approaches the level of certainty. I
count myself among that group.
The reaction of terrestrial elites, governments, scientific and
religious authorities, has been a predictable, albeit not an
enlightened one. It is my assessment that the current ET presence
profoundly threatens all terrestrial power. This includes the
international corporate, military, political and
of our planet. Without acknowledging and thoroughly studying this
challenge to terrestrial power, those interested in the phenomenon
of Extra-terrestrial spacecraft visiting our planet, will in my
opinion be hopelessly confused.
In the absence of undeniable evidence that the Extra-terrestrials
are here, our leaders have simply attempted to ignore their
presence. A de facto policy of denial of the ET visitations has been
in effect for half a century. Witnesses to the Extra-terrestrial
presence are routinely subjected to ridicule in an attempt to secure
Sadly within the civilian UFO research community, harrowing tales of
routine abuse by of non-human beings are being peddled non-stop. The
so called "alien abduction" experience is the focus of much
investigation by sincere private citizens. The highly bizarre nature
of these numerous accounts leads many to question the reality of
what is being told. UFO investigators often lack the scientific
research tools and financial resources to adequately study this
often can not provide professional counseling for witnesses who
claim to have experienced psychological trauma at the hands of
non-human beings. Thus a popular mythology appears to have emerged.
Frightful tales portray humanity as being the helpless victim before
the onslaught of "alien abductors". On scandal sheets, in sci-fi
horror films and in tabloid television reportage, fear of the
unknown is being exploited to promote xenophobic, racist and
militaristic fantasies in response to what appears to be a growing
Under the current conditions of general societal denial that we are
being visited by ETs, the predominant human response to a sighting
has been a passive one. The UFO literature is rife with accounts
describing how those observing ET craft make no attempts at
interacting with the intelligence piloting these strange vehicles.
The response of passive amazement, as well as fear based approaches
to the ET presence, are not the only ones that humanity is capable
of. The situation is beginning to change in positive ways.
Individuals and small groups with a more active and upbeat approach
to the ETs have taken the daring step of deliberately inviting
contact with Extra-terrestrial Intelligence. As a result of these
efforts, numerous encounters with Extra-terrestrial spacecraft have
been documented in the course of field work. A smaller number of
human initiated close encounters with Extra-terrestrial Biological
Entities (EBEs), have also been described.
One long standing example of such an effort has been the
extraordinary work of the group known in the past as Mission Rama.
It was founded in 1974 around the contact experiences of Sixto Paz
Wells and his coworkers in Peru. For over two decades Rama has been
quietly facilitated human initiated close encounters for thousands
of people. The result has been the creation of a world wide network
of contactees who are promoting interplanetary solidarity and peace.
Another organization seeking positive interactions with the Extra-
terrestrials is the Center for the Study of Extraterrestrial
Intelligence (CSETI). Founded in 1990 by the North Carolina
physician Steven Greer, it has carried out a campaign to initiative
contact called the CE-5 Initiative. The designation CE-5 stands for
Close Encounters of the Fifth Kind, which is the term CSETI has
coined to describe human empowered contact with the
The CE-5 Initiative is
openly organizing teams of UFO researchers to go out at night to
secure locations. There Dr. Greer and his followers are attracting
ET craft for limited peaceful interactions. As a former facilitator
of a CSETI working group, I can testify to the efficacy of Greer's
approach to initiating limited contact.
Unfortunately these preliminary attempts at citizen's diplomacy are
not the only examples of humans interacting with ET beings visiting
our planet. There is growing evidence indicating that secret
military programs focusing on the ET presence are also underway.
Although initially these covert groups probably worked under
government aegis, informed sources have reported that private
defense contractors now play a predominant role.
CSETI Director Steven Greer has reported meeting with many retired
military and intelligence officers who allegedly have been involved
with the UFO phenomenon as a result of their work. He has also
described having a December 1993 private briefing with then CIA
In the May 1994 CSETI Newsletter Dr. Greer wrote the following,
"I have reached the
tentative conclusion that virtually all of the U.S.'s elected
and appointed officials, including the President and Cabinet
members, are "out of the loop" on this subject. This is an
informal opinion based on significant meetings with relevant and
knowledgeable people. Exactly who, then, is at the reins of this
whole area, both in the U.S. and internationally, remains a
But we have a good idea of the nature of this group. It
2. Multi - Agency
3. Quasi - Governmental
4. Quasi - Private
5. Extraordinarily Secret
If true, this means
a number of things:
The President of
the U.S., the Cabinet, and perhaps even the Joint Chiefs of
Staff may not be able to disclose anything on this subject,
since they probably do not have access to the real
information. And if they ask, I am not at all confident that
they would be told the truth, if anything at all.
controlling this subject may do so without any legal,
constitutional, or moral authority. This would be true both
in the U.S. and abroad."
It appears more than
possible that "those controlling this subject" may covertly be
taking direct military action against the Extra- terrestrials. In
his 1998 book "Confirmation", author Whitley Strieber's analyses a
controversial NASA video tape made on space shuttle Discovery during
mission STS-48. This video has been featured several times on
national television. It displays what appears to be unidentified
flying objects being fired upon by some sort of particle beam
The incident transpired
on September 15, 1991. The Discovery was flying near Australia,
approximately 1500 miles northwest from
a secret US military base
located at Pine Gap near Alice Springs. Strieber details a thorough
analysis of the video tape by physicist Dr. Jack Kasher and imaging
specialist Dr. Mark Carlotto. Their conclusion is that the prosaic
explanations provided by NASA are simply not credible.
Support for the notion that covert military forces are fighting a
secret war against the Extra-terrestrials has also been provided by
Philip Corso, a retired US Army Colonel and author of the
controversial book, "The Day After Roswell." Corso was a former
staff member of President Eisenhower's National Security Council.
Colonel Corso worked
under General Trudeau at the Army's Research and Development
Division's Foreign Technology desk. In "Day After Roswell" Corso
alleges that he passed out pieces of the wreckage of a crashed UFO
to high tech firms. This supposedly allowed advanced alien
technology to be analyzed and then integrated into our industrial
Philip Corso after publication of his book quickly became a
celebrity within the flying saucer subculture. Sadly few UFO experts
criticized his openly bellicose response to the ET presence.
267-267 he states,
weren't benevolent alien beings who had come to enlighten human
beings....As long as were incapable of defending ourselves, we
had to allow them to intrude as they wished. ... We hid the
truth and the EBEs (Extra-terrestrial Biological Entities) used
it against us until 1974 when we had our first real shoot-down
of an alien craft over Ramstein Air Force base in Germany."
It is difficult if not
impossible to verify the particulars of Philip Corso's account. In
"Day after Roswell" he does not offer the names of others who might
corroborate his version of the events described. On July 16, 1998,
at the age of 83, he reportedly passes away from a heart attack.
As a former peace movement activist, I find Philip Corso's extremist
views chilling. I suspect that his perspective on the ET-human
relationship nevertheless has great value. It is my suspicion that Corso's diatribes may provide us with an insight into the mind set
of a very important group, the wing of military-industrial complex
which will likely try to use disclosure of the ET presence to
unleash a new cold war.
Now that the US has presided over the downfall of the Soviet Union,
defense expenditures have decreased dramatically. Thus is threatened
the good fortune of some of the most economically powerful and
politically influential corporations on the planet. In the current
political atmosphere I fear that any disclosure of the ET presence
will be used to fuel xenophobia and to precipitate a costly arms
race against an unlikely adversary.
Open war with advanced ET civilizations is an extremely remote
possibility given the likelihood that
UFOs are an ancient phenomena.
Extra-terrestrials have probably been here for centuries if not for
millennia. If the ETs were planning aggressive action against human-
kind, why should they wait so many years before mounting an open
attack? Thus, by passing a test of time, their non-harmful posture
If disclosure of the ET presence were suddenly made today, defense
corporations, their military and political allies would probably use
such a revelation for their own narrow interests. This would result
in an accelerated "Star Wars" program. I imagine the slogan, "we
must negotiate from a position of strength," would be featured
prominently in the congressional sales campaign for space based
A trillion dollars could
be needlessly wasted to prepare against an enemy which we could
never truly fight. On a planet where some 10 million children every
year die from hunger and preventable disease, squandering our
limited economic resources on such weaponry would be particularly
How can socially responsible citizens respond to the threat posed by
a future arms race against the Extra-terrestrials? As long as there
is general societal denial of the ET presence, political action will
be difficult to say the least. Fortunately things are changing. Ever
increasing numbers of people are having their own sightings of
anomalous craft and other contact experiences. Thus there is a
greater acceptance of the ET hypothesis. Government secrecy and
press ridicule are no longer potent weapons against the credibility
of UFO witnesses. Recent opinion polls confirm this shift.
Nevertheless the risks of conflict are ever present as long as the
planet's elites are unwilling to adequately prepare humanity for
what appears to be an inevitable disclosure of the ET presence. The
situation is even more dangerous because these elites have not
reeled in the militarists who are planning, and if Philip Corso is
correct, even fighting a secret war against ETs.
To help prevent war and hopefully usher in a new era of
interplanetary cooperation, the creation of a new kind of peace
movement is required. One which acknowledges the ET presence and
resists those social forces which are systematically fanning the
flames of war. Such a movement will definitely require a strong
The realization that we
are not alone compels humanity to ask the question, "What then is
our true place in the universe?" This has enormous religious
implications which will need to be addressed by those promoting
Such a movement will naturally stand on the shoulders of pioneering
groups like Rama and CSETI, as well as other networks of contactees
who have remained mostly secret up until now. Individuals who affirm
that they have experienced positive, long lasting relationships with
non-human intelligence, will likely be prominently featured in the
cosmic peace campaign.
These contactees' direct
personal bonds with the Extra-terrestrials appear quite bizarre at
the present time. Hopefully they could serve as an example of how
humanity might coexist, and perhaps even prosper, within the context
of an ET-human relationship. A new internationalism could emerge
based on the realization that here on Earth we are truly one people
living in one homeland. If this sounds too idealistic let us
consider the following.
Humanity is facing a constellation of man-made problems which
threaten the very existence of life on our planet. Global
environmental destruction from pollution is becoming an increasingly
probable end point as the atmosphere heats up with the release of
greenhouse gases. Nuclear proliferation will continue as long the
great nuclear powers do little to reduce their obscene stockpiles of
Without a robust program
of nuclear disarmament, it is most likely that these instruments of
genocide will be used at some point during the decades to come. We
should never forget that some 100 million people have died from war,
revolution and the resultant famines during this century alone.
Regional wars continue across the globe and threaten to be the
sparks for another world wide military conflagration.
I urge those who insist that the Extra-terrestrials are a potential
enemy to entertain this consideration. Preconditions for any culture
to become star-faring, likely include conditions of enduring peace
and ethical development far beyond anything accomplished on Earth.
The enormous energy required to move between the stars, if used for
military purposes, would likely cause a civilization to
self-destruct. Thus if a race of intelligent beings have survived
long enough to be able to arrive here, then they are probably wise
enough to live in peace, not only with us, but with other
civilization they might encounter while voyaging across the sea of
The UFO literature of the modern era provides some support for the
notion that the so called "aliens" are friendly. A growing number of
individuals claim to have experienced Close Encounters of the Third
and Fourth Kinds. These witnesses often describe different races of EBE's working together cooperatively on the same alien spacecraft.
To accept the hypothesis that Extra-terrestrials are non-harmful
however, most of the "alien abduction" literature would have to be
discounted. At this time few UFO enthusiasts are willing to take
such difficult step.
My personal view is that by acknowledging the ET presence we can
promote a new hope that a better future is possible right here on
Earth. I view the benefit of accepting the reality of Extra-
terrestrial visitations as being primarily an ideological one. After
all, our planet is beset by what appear to be unsolvable problems.
If these so called "aliens" have survived their own dark times,
similar to those we currently face, then perhaps we too can survive
and prosper. If they can curb self destructive tendencies and travel
to distant solar systems, then God willing, we too can make it to
the stars! This is our hope.
It is extremely unlikely however that the Extra-terrestrials will
save us from ourselves. Nor in the opinion of many observers is it
likely that they will seriously harm us. As Dr. Steven Greer in his
many lectures has pointed out, "The ETs are neither Dar Vadar nor
Jesus Christ in a spaceship."
Humanity will have to overcome its own
problems by exercising wisdom, compassion and a fierce determination
to survive. This is our promise.
This upbeat message is particularly important for the current
generation of youth. So often they experience a sense of
hopelessness when threatened with what appears to be insurmountable
social, economic and environmental problems. To Earth's young
people, the realization that they are not alone in the universe,
will in my opinion inspire them to join a campaign promoting
interplanetary peace and cooperation.
Youth already exhibit a
tremendous interest in the UFO topic. If a link could be made
between the ET presence and the ongoing struggles to save humanity
from its self-destructiveness, it is my firm conviction that such a
movement would change the course of history. There is much work to
This draft position paper is the first in a series of documents. I
will endeavor to outline the parameters of a future movement for
cosmic peace, solidarity and cooperation. For those interested in
this subject, I suggest that you visit the web sites of both CSETI
As always I encourage dialogue on this important topic and
look forward to email correspondence.