Bloomberg News via HoustonChronicle.com
By A. Craig Copetas
January 21, 2004
A galactic mystery hovers over the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos,
Switzerland: How many of the 2,280 global leaders, including 31 heads of
state, gathered in this Alpine resort conduct business with
This is no whimsy for Davosians.
It's on the agenda of the annual powwow of the influential and affluent
who will ask forum participants such as Vice President Dick Cheney,
Coca-Cola Chairman Douglas Daft and De La Rue Chief Executive
if the aliens have landed and are collaborating with them to concoct
government policy, brew soda pop and mint Iraq's new bank notes.
"The extraterrestrials have yet to make contact with me," said
will help moderate tonight's dinner seminar (closed except to forum
participants) on The Conspiracy Behind Conspiracy Theories: Have
Extraterrestrials Made Contact With Government Leaders?
The British moneymaker is confident — at least for now — that De La Rue
remains the largest nongovernment printer of bank notes in the Milky Way.
"If the aliens are here," Much reckoned, "I'd absolutely expect them to
call me to have their currency printed."
Despite the twilight zone topic arching many an eyebrow along the snow-covered
strip of fashionable hotel bars, forum officials maintain their five-day
program on Partnering for Security and Prosperity requires an
unambiguous examination of extraterrestrial presence on Earth.
"The panelists are the best in their domain; they all have expertise in
specific fields," explained Philippe Bourguignon, the forum's co-chief
executive officer and a former CEO of Club Mediterranee. "The themes and
sessions at Davos reflect the global agenda."
And the public's pulse. A 1996 Gallup Poll found that 71 percent of
Americans believe the government knows more about UFOs than it has
disclosed. A Roper poll found that some 80 percent of those questioned
think Wall Street and Washington are hiding knowledge of
extraterrestrial contact. And the Internet search engine Google turns up
as many Web pages dedicated to UFOs as it does for investment banking.
"It is possible that UFOs really do contain aliens, and the government
is hushing it up," Cambridge University physicist Stephen Hawking told
British television viewers in a 1998 interview.
President Bush's recent call to put a man on Mars before 2030 has
swelled investor interest in exotic technologies, last week boosting the
Bloomberg Aerospace Index 1.9 percent, its biggest gain since October.
Earth's leaders prospecting extraterrestrial commerce as part of the
forum's agenda has set off anticipation not seen among UFO analysts
since Close Encounters of the Third Kind was released on DVD.
Richard Boylan, a retired professor of behavioral science at the
University of California, couldn't be more gleeful if Capt. Kirk had
beamed him aboard the Enterprise.
"The Davos dinner may represent the great leap forward we need to
unravel the fact that corporations and governments are doing business
with star visitors," says Boylan, widely regarded by ufologists as a
specialist in intergalactic mergers and acquisitions.
Boylan says he isn't surprised the forum neglected to invite him and his
colleagues to Davos for the first significant, high-level discussion on
emerging alien markets and other popular conspiracy theories that
stretch from whether the U.S. government was behind the attacks of Sept.
11 to the question of whether Humpty Dumpty fell or was pushed off the
"I've learned to live with insults," the 64-year-old psychologist says
from his home in California. "Billions of dollars have been spent to
intimidate witnesses and use the giggle factor to put on a funny farm
anyone who suggests corporations have privatized extraterrestrial
According to the calmly resolute Boylan, more than 100 extraterrestrial
races are in cahoots with companies including IBM, Ford, Lucent
Technologies, Northrop Grumman, Dow Corning, Monsanto, Boeing and
European Aeronautic, Defense & Space Co.
"Most Earth corporations are working with visitors from the Altair star
system," Boylan says.
Altair is the brightest star in the constellation Aquila, 15.7 light-years
from Wall Street.
Forum participant Martin Reese, Britain's royal astronomer, says, "There
is no logical or illogical reason why Earth corporations would be doing
business with Altair."
Although Altairian executives were unavailable for comment, Francois Auque,
a managing director at EADS, says he's eager to hear from them.
"I'd love to establish links with extraterrestrials," says Auque,
the businessmen behind the Aurora Project to discover if there's water
on Mars. "So far, no messages on my cell phone."
Rattling off lists of purported government documents and first-person
testimonies, Boylan says star visitors have instructed global leaders to
publicly reveal the intergalactic mergers by 2007.
Still, the American academic frets that the politicians of Earth won't
honor the deal and that the forum's conspiracy dinner may be part of the
"If all the extraterrestrial technology came out at once," Boylan
reasons, "it would hurt stockholders in obsolescent industries, and
multinationals don't want to lose their power."
As Boylan tells it, the extraterrestrials first came to Wall Street in
1947 by way of Roswell, N.M. It was that year when U.S. Army
Col. Philip Corso said he found five aliens amid the buzzards and rattlesnakes at a
UFO crash site in the desert. The new arrivals were just over 4 feet
tall, with grayish-brown skin, four- fingered hands and watermelon-size
heads without hair.
In his book
The Day After Roswell, Corso says he salvaged parts from the
downed UFO and managed a government-sponsored reverse-engineering
program that decanted the technology to IBM, Bell Labs and
The flotsam of Roswell and other UFO encounters,
Boylan adds, was used
to formulate laser beams, fiber optics and Microsoft Corp.