by Michael Salla, Ph.D.
March 17, 20009

from TheExaminer Website


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Today a select group of United Nations officials learn about war and peace from the perspective of life on an extraterrestrial mothership with much battle experience. It won’t however be real life extraterrestrial veterans imparting their knowledge of war and peace in space, but the creators and cast members from the popular TV series, Battlestar Galactica.


The UN Department of Public Information (DPI) and the Sci Fi channel are co-hosting the event which will be moderated by Whoopi Goldberg. The event will explore “themes of importance to both the United Nations and Battlestar Galactica."


These include:

  • human rights

  • children and armed conflict

  • terrorism

  • “reconciliation and dialogue among civilizations and faiths”

It is hoped that discussing themes in relation to the Sci Fi series which depicts extraterrestrial civilizations experiencing war and peace will give fresh perspectives on contemporary global problems.

Juan Carlos Brandt, Chief of Advocacy and Special Events at the UN explained that the initiative grew out of the Sci Fi channel’s interest in participating in the Secretary-General’s Creative Outreach Initiative.


The initiative was launched in July 2008 by Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon and aimed to foster collaboration between the entertainment industry and the UN.

“They came to us and explained that there were themes common to both the show and the UN” according to Mr. Brandt, and “that those themes could be discussed here in a serious manner.”

He explained that this will be the first time that a TV show has been invited to participate in a UN panel discussion. A webcast and a transcript of the panel discussion is planned to be later released by the Sci Fi channel.

The choice of Battlestar Galactica to cast light on global conflicts is intended to seriously explore the virtues of reconciling cultures with a history of armed conflict. The show depicts human looking extraterrestrials looking for a new world inhabited by a thirteenth tribe of humanity that escaped the genocidal war that destroyed the home worlds of the original twelve human tribes.


The 50,000 humans that escaped the carnage are pursued by a group of cybernetic extraterrestrials called Cylons bent on the destruction of all human life. The Cylons begin to replicate with organic bodies and infiltrate the escaping human society. By the end of the fourth season of the show, the humans and Cylons have learned the painful lessons of war.


They were finally ready to seriously embark on a new adventure of reconciliation and dialogue, by integrating the two warring extraterrestrial groups into a new species.

I asked Mr Brandt,

“in what way does the Battlestar Galactica depiction of extraterrestrial life practicing reconciliation and dialogue assist humanity in preparations for a future where extraterrestrial life may be discovered?”

He responded with a selection from a speech from Asha-Rose Migiro, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations:

"Nobody can close their doors to cultural intervention. And if we're talking of peace and security, we have to talk of the different cultures that there are, the different beliefs, and how human beings should learn to live with one another. So this is one way that also contributes to peace, contributes to stability and, therefore, creates the conditions for development."

Battlestar Galactica takes themes related to past genocidal conflicts and more recent ethnic cleansing campaigns, to the level of a planet wide war of extermination by cybernetic extraterrestrials that have learned to infiltrate human society. This would certainly not be the form of “cultural intervention” envisaged by Ms Migiro.


However, is it coincidental that another famous Hollywood actor, President Ronald Reagan, who visited the UN said something eerily similar about the cultural intervention to be expected from extraterrestrial life, and the need for humanity to unite?



President Reagan speech UN General Assembly





The possibility of cultural intervention by extraterrestrials was considered in 1960 by the Brookings Institute that was commissioned by NASA to write a report to the US Congress about the peaceful uses of space.


The Brookings Report described the cultural impact of the discovery of extraterrestrial life and the risk of civilizational collapse.


The report said:

"The consequences for attitudes and values are unpredictable, but would vary profoundly in different cultures and between groups within complex societies; a crucial factor would be the nature of the communication between us and the other beings.


Whether or not earth would be inspired to an all-out space effort by such a discovery is moot: societies sure of their own place in the universe have disintegrated when confronted by a superior society, and others have survived even though changed. Clearly, the better we can come to understand the factors involved in responding to such crises the better prepared we may be."

Among the UN officials scheduled to attend the Battlestar Galactic panel discussion is Dr Robert Orr, Assistant Secretary General for Policy Coordination and Strategic Planning. He earlier served at the U.S. National Security Council, where he was in charge of peacekeeping and humanitarian operations.


If the United Nations were to ever be seriously confronted with issues of reconciliation and dialogue with extraterrestrial life in conflict with humanity, Dr. Orr would be high on the list of UN officials qualified to lead such an effort.

The themes of human rights; children and armed conflict; terrorism; and “reconciliation and dialogue among civilizations and faiths”, are certainly perennial global problems worth considering from a fresh perspective. The UN can benefit greatly from considering these themes from the perspective offered by the creators and cast of the Battlestar Galactica series.


The choice of Battlestar Galactica in discussing themes of war and peace from a fictional extraterrestrial perspective, however, does run a risk. The show perpetuates the anthropomorphic idea that genocidal human conflict is as much a part of extraterrestrial behaviors as they are human. While humanity may have much experience with genocidal conflict, it is certainly not something that ought to be automatically projected onto extraterrestrial life.


The UN may well consider implementing a 1978 UN General Assembly Decision 33/426 (see below insert) that called for “Member States to take appropriate steps to coordinate on a national level scientific research and investigation into extraterrestrial life.”


Perhaps then humanity would not risk mistakenly projecting genocidal human conflict to possible galactic neighbors.








U.N. ‘Battlestar Galactica' Forum

Omits ET/UFOs on 30th Anniversary of U.N. ET/UFOs Decision
by Alfred Webre
March 18, 2009

from TheExaminer Website

A March 17, 2009 United Nations ‘Battlestar Galactica” forum failed to mention extraterrestrial civilizations on the 30th anniversary of a U.N. General Assembly decision on establishing an agency for unidentified flying objects (UFOs) and extraterrestrial life.

In an exclusive post-event interview, Juan Carlos Brandt, U.N. spokesperson for an invitation-only forum ‘Battlestar Galactica’ at the United Nations admitted that,

“extraterrestrials were not mentioned at the Battlestar Galactica forum. Extraterrestrials were not brought up by anyone on the U.N. side, or on the audience side.”

About 100 New York City high school students were invited to attend the forum, held in the U.N.’s Economic and Social Council Chamber, and ask questions of moderator Whoopi Goldberg, actors Edward James Olmos and Mary McDonnell as well as representatives from the United Nations’ offices of the secretary general and high commissioner for human rights.

The omission of any mention of extraterrestrial civilizations is startling because Battlestar Galactica is about a extraterrestrial civilizations, and the year 2009 marks the 30th anniversary of United Nations General Assembly Decision 33/426, on the,

“establishment of an agency or a department of the United Nations for undertaking, co-coordinating and disseminating the results of research into unidentified flying objects (UFOs) and related phenomena.”




United Nations General Assembly Decision 33/426 (1978)

[Reproduced from Resolutions and Decisions Adopted by the General Assembly during its 33rd Session (1978-1979): A/33/45 (GAOR, 33rd Session, Suppl. No. 45)]

33/426. Establishment of an agency or a department of the United Nations for undertaking, coordinating and disseminating the results of research into unidentified flying objects and related phenomena.


At its 87th plenary meeting, on 18 December 1978, the General Assembly, on the recommendation of the Special Political Committee adopted the following text as representing the consensus of the members of the Assembly:

  1. The General Assembly has taken note of the statements made, and draft resolutions submitted, by Grenada at the thirty-second and thirty-third sessions of the General Assembly regarding unidentified flying objects and related phenomena.

  2. The General Assembly invites interested Member States to take appropriate steps to coordinate on a national level scientific research and investigation into extraterrestrial life, including unidentified flying objects, and to inform the Secretary-General of the observations, research and evaluation of such activities.

  3. The General Assembly requests the Secretary-general to transmit the statements of the delegation of Grenada and the relevant documentation to the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, so that it may consider them at its session in 1979.

  4. The Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space will permit Grenada, upon its request, to present its views to the Committee at its session in 1979. the committee's deliberation will be included in its report which will be considered by the General Assembly at its thirty-fourth session."



U.N. Battlestar Galactica forum lauded

The U.N. Battlestar Galactica forum appears has been lauded in the mainstream media, where over 130 articles appeared both prior to an after the forum, praising the forum for its openness, and for sparking debate on real world issues the U.N. and the TV series deal with:

  • human rights

  • terrorism

  • children and armed conflict

  • reconciliation and dialogue among civilizations and faiths

Edward James Olmos, star of the Battlestar Galactica series, for example stated at the forum:

“They’ll never be able to stop using the word “race” as a cultural determinant. I just heard one of the most prolific statements done by one of the great humanitarians, he’s really trying to organize and bring us together, and he used the word “race” as if there is a Latino race, an Asian race, an indigenous race, a Caucasian race.


There’s no such thing as a Latino race. There never has been. There never will be. There’s only one race, and that’s what the show brought out. That is the human race, period.”


Reasons why extraterrestrials were not mentioned at U.N. forum

Why did not any of the senior United Nations officials, any of the actors like Whoopi Goldberg and Edward James Olmos, or any of the 100 high school students attending the U.N. forum on Battlestar Galactica, raise a question about the relevance of extraterrestrial civilizations to the issues being discussed or to the United Nations itself?

Mr. Brandt, U.N. Chief of Advocacy and Special Events, attempted an answer on behalf of the U.N. Secretariat.


He stated that the,

“people attending the forum might have thought that it was more important to resolve problems on our own planet before looking to civilizations on another planet.”

We can only speculate that the socializing effect of the CIA 1953 Robertson Panel, which has functionally prohibited public discourse of the extraterrestrial presence in the mainstream media and in government kept the minds of the audience of high school children and the likes of The View host Whoopi Goldberg from asking even one “ET-related” question.


The UN & extraterrestrial civilizations - One (1) member nation is needed

U.N. General Assembly Decision 33/426, adopted December 18, 1978,

"invites interested Member States to take appropriate steps to coordinate on a national level scientific research and investigation into extraterrestrial life, including unidentified flying objects (UFOs), and to inform the Secretary-General of the observations, research and evaluation of such activities.”

I asked U.N. spokesperson Brandt, who stated he had seen a copy of UNGA Decision 33/426, 1978 several years ago, whether the United Nations would entertain a similar forum to the Battlestar Galactica forum on the question of the extraterrestrial presence.


He stated unequivocally,

“if there is one (1) U.N. member state that would ask for a meeting on extraterrestrials, it would take place. The U.N. Secretariat is not going to create a forum on extraterrestrial civilizations on its own.”

U.N. spokesperson Brandt’s attitude toward UNGA 33/426, 1978 is very similar to that of the office of Miguel D’Escoto Brockmann, the former Sandinista foreign minister of Nicaragua (1979-90), who is the President of the 63rd U.N. General Assembly.


When I spoke with the Ambassador Norman Miranda, President Brockman's Chief of Cabinet regarding implementation of U.N. General Assembly Decision 33/426 on extraterrestrial life, Dr. Miranda stated that President Brockmann's office would be very willing to go forward with the implementation of UNGA Decision 33/426 if one (1) U.N. member nation were file a resolution for its implementation.


The challenge - Find one (1) U.N. member nation to implement UNGA 33/426, 1978

The U.N. member nation of Granada, whose Prime Minister Sir Eric Gairy was reportedly an ET/UFO contactee, and whose office had reportedly found the body of an extraterrestrial washed ashore on Granadan beaches originally introduced UNGA Decision 33/426.


Although the U.S. delegation attempted to derail UNGA Decision 33/426, the U.N. General Assembly adopted it.

It is now 30 years after its adoption, and UNGA Decision 33/426 has not been implemented. All that it would take to break the embargo on the extraterrestrial presence would be for one of the 192 member nations of the United Nations to sponsor a resolution at the United Nations General Assembly to that effect.


The Chief of Cabinet of the U.N. General Assembly President, Miguel D’Escoto Brockmann, has said that his office is ready to move forward with the resolution implementing UNGA 33/426. President D’Escoto Brockman will be in office until the end of the U.N. 63rd session in September 2009.

Who is our new Sir Eric Gairy, Prime Minister of Granada? Are the ranks of present world leaders so devoid of vision and courage that no single leader can step forward and sponsor a simple resolution at the U.N. General Assembly?

A civil society effort, including Ambassador James McDonald of the Institute for Multi-track Diplomacy, Dr. Michael Salla of the Exopolitics Institute, Victor Viggiani of Exopolitics Toronto and Alfred Lambremont Webre of the Institute for Cooperation in Space (ICIS), has been launched to locate that far-sighted U.N. member nation that will introduce a resolution to implement UNGA Decision 33/426.

Please feel free to contact this reporter with any leads to a U.N. member nation that may wish to introduce this implementing resolution at the United Nations General Assembly.


Why does it matter that the U.N. recognize the extraterrestrial issue?

Skeptics of the human governance process may argue that the United Nations is hopelessly co-opted as the instrumentality of a genocidal and anti-democratic “new world order” to be implemented by corrupted elites such as the Rockefeller and City of London, Bilderberger group control groups.


Historically, that may or may not be the case, and fundamental U.N. reform including abolition of the Security Council, and the establishment of a constitutional, democratically elected Earth Legislature may cure many of the current infirmities of the United Nations.

We would point out that it is precisely the instrumentalities of the war economy on Earth that have perpetuated the embargo on public discourse of an extraterrestrial presence, starting with the Durant Report of the 1953 CIA Robertson Panel. It is time to overturn this embargo and start an open world discourse on the extraterrestrial presence.

If the extraterrestrial presence is ethical and has the human interest at heart, opening public discourse on this subject is in the public interest and part of our rights under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

If there is any specific extraterrestrial civilization that has entered into secret agreements with terrestrial authorities or is infiltrating our international and constitutional order, then it is absolutely necessary for the security of our planet and, as Edward James Olmos says, “the human race” that the full extraterrestrial presence be studied at the level of the United Nations on the public record.

As Admiral Adama (Edward James Olmos) said at the U.N. forum,

“There is only one race: the human race. SO SAY WE ALL!"

Our future exopolitical research may need to determine just how prevalent the human race may be among intelligent species among the 750 billion to 1 trillion solar masses of the Milky Way galaxy and in other galaxies.

Discussion of these key issues is one of the fundamental reasons why we need the extraterrestrial presence as part of public discourse at the United Nations.