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Ufology – veritas numquam perit (truth never perishes)

rand_home_computer“UFOs: What to Do?”

Ufology began in the late 60s when the RAND Corporation (then a leading contractor for the U.S. Air Force) crafted a document that would become the guide for Ufology-related activities of that time, titled ‘UFOs: What to Do?” Rand’s vision of the home computer turned out to be far from the actual events. For years the document was denied, but eventually surfaced and is available in its entirety on the NICAP website. Was it more suitable to the future of Ufology? It begins…

Common sense is the quintessence of the experiences and prejudices of its time. It is a most unreliable advisor when one is confronted with a perfectly new situation. Gustav Naan

UFOs — unidentified flying objects, or flying saucers as they are often called — have been on the mind of the public for at least the last 22 years. For a number of reasons, we know little more about them now than we did at the outset. There exists a great amount of misinformation about the phenomenon not only in the minds of the public, but among educated groups such as scientists as well. It is the purpose of this series of essays to describe various aspects of the phenomenon, make clear my prejudices and the reasons for them, and to suggest a means of proceeding on this interesting and potentially very significant problem.

40 Years Later… Stephen Bassett… votum separatum

Who is Stephen Bassett?

Stephen Bassett is a leading advocate for ending the 65-year government imposed truth embargo regarding an extraterrestrial presence engaging the human race.  He is a political activist, lobbyist, commentator, the executive director of Paradigm Research Group and the Extraterrestrial Phenomena Political Action Committee (X-PPAC) and executive producer of the X-Conference.  His work has been covered extensively by national and international media.

In September of 2011 Paradigm Research Group submitted a Disclosure Petition to the White House’s “We the People” project which generated a response from the Obama administration on November 4, 2011.  This response was the first time the executive branch has put a position in writing on the ET issue and is a milestone.  A second Disclosure Petition was submitted on February 23, 2012 designed to draw attention to the Rockefeller Initiative (1993-1996).

Concomitant with these projects is the continuing public awareness work via the PRG website and media appearances coupled with lobbying of the political media to take notice of what is easily the biggest and most important news story in history. Just how deeply involved is the extraterrestrial presence with our world and its people? Are they really living among humans? What do they want? Are they dangerous?

With the nation and world moving into new and troubling territory, Mr. Bassett will continue to work to create a broad based coalition within the extraterrestrial phenomena research/activist community capable of reaching out to the twenty million plus American citizens who are following the politics of disclosure with interest and concern.   The aim is to form a political awareness of sufficient size to meaningfully influence government policies and actions leading up to and following the formal acknowledgment of the extraterrestrial presence.

I have known Stephen for a couple of decades now, with a few personal chats andstephen bassett discussions about Ufology and his unyielding efforts to bring the Disclosure issue to the proper authorities. There are many who have been working toward disclosure, including Dr. Greer, that have brought credible folks together to share their stories. None, however, have been in the limelight in Washington, DC like Mr. Bassett. His work to constantly keep Disclosure (ET and UFO) in the Government’s ears and eyes is nothing short of a lifetime achievement and commitment.

Today concerned citizens have a way of assisting this effort. The recent Citizens Hearings are now on DVD and one of the Paradigm Research Group’s next projects is getting copies into the hands of Representatives and Senators. There is also a film in development about the work and how important it is for our development as a nation and world. Steve and the Paradigm Research Group, as well as many legitimate ufologists campaigning for disclosure, needs your help to keep the pressure on Washington, DC. Grab a copy of the Disclosure Dialogues

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Ufology Research Blog

Chris RutkowskiAn astronomer, Chris Rutkowski has been studying reports of UFOs [or PFTs – “pesky flying things”, as he sometimes likes to call them] since the mid-1970s. A writer and editor for science and technology publications, he also writes about his investigations and research into UFO cases.

Chris publishes, along with Geoff Dittman, ‘The Canadian UFO Survey‘, an annual compilation of UFO Reports from across Canada. They pull double duty with Ufology Research Blog.

Chris has had five books published: ‘Visitations?’ (1989) and ‘Unnatural History’ (1993), the latter of which is in its third printing. ‘Mysterious Manitoba’ (1997), co-authored with Dave Creighton and Brian Fidler, 1997, ‘Abductions & Aliens – What’s Really Going On‘ published by Dundurn, 1999 and The Canadian UFO Report with Geoff Dittman. Apparently there may be more, though, as A World of UFOs, I Saw It, Too! Real UFO Sightings and The Big Book of UFOs are also under his name.

The Canadian UFO Reports is a popular history of the UFO phenomenon in Canada, something thatGeoff Dittman has captured the imaginations of young and old alike. Drawn from government documents and civilian case files – many previously unpublished – the book includes a chronological overview of the best Canadian UFO cases, from the very first sighting of “fiery serpents” over Montreal in 1662 to reports from the past year. There are chapters on the government’s involvement with UFOs, UFO landing pads, media interest, and even UFO abductions.

Stop by and visit their blog and tell ’em we sent you. Maybe they’ll post our PRSS Corp Member Badge.

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Changed Priorities Ahead

ChangedPrioritiesXSmallWe’ll shift focus from our contributors for a moment. In a personal post Dr. Joseph Burkes, ufologist from Contact Underground and associate of Kosta Makreas, mentions John Keel and Dr. Jacques Vallee as inspirators for his quest to understand the UFO phenomena. Who has inspired you in your quest?

The original post referenced the challenge of science to deal with UFOs. In main stream scientific realms, the mention of UFOs could be a death knell of your career. It inspired me to offer some additional considerations which also puts me on the fringe of the fringe. I changed my priorities years ago, choosing to view the phenomena through a larger lens.

Changed Priorities Ahead

Keel’s work didn’t put UFOs in a positive light for the most part. It wasn’t obvious whether he spoofed the serious or tried to equate the phenomena with some nefarious supernatural conduct. Vallee, on the other hand, advocated the early extraterrestrial hypothesis and later the interdimensional hypothesis. Both influenced a large number of folks in the Ufology community.

There appears to be a very beneficial engagement that keeps getting swept away, though. It has more to do with Vallee’s theories than those of Keel. The subject is rarely, if ever, addressed in the realms of Ufology. It is like the proverbial hot potato. The field is fringe enough with deception and denial of even the most logical intelligence and/or reports of interaction beyond the physical.

John Keel’s use of ‘ultraterrestrials,’ I sense, may be better termed ‘intraterrestrials’ because of the appearance on inner planes of consciousness more than the physical planes to date. Yes they do have many forms and may indeed adjust their forms to fit our ability to perceive. I have a different perspective because of my personal path, but I wonder nevertheless. Rather than rely on other material, I figure why not engage our own truth-seeking mechanisms that are built into our consciousness? In the case of experience, why not question it differently?

In his recent autobiographical book, Forbidden Science, Vallee summed up his views about the provenance of UFOs, a viewpoint that he’s developed through decades of research: “The UFO Phenomenon exists. It has been with us throughout history. It is physical in nature and it remains unexplained in terms of contemporary science. It represents a level of consciousness that we have not yet recognized, and which is able to manipulate dimensions beyond time and space as we understand them.”

It would seem not only possible but probable that after so long (hundreds if not thousands of years of ‘contact’) that there would be some mixed blood lineages on Earth as well? Heck, there might even be some pure blood lineages. Some already believe this to be true and that they are part a global dominance conspiracy. If they can manipulate space/time, are their humans that can as well?

Considering the number of races visiting, is it possible we could have many lineages whose ‘mission’et-disc-binary is to get along? Could it be that intimate? Would it make sense that intimacy has occurred beyond the stories of abduction and embryo snatching? Are paranormal events initiated by humans an indication of evolution or display of ‘extraterrestrial/intra-terrestrial/ultraterrestrial’ lineage?

Like the ascension to consciousness or self-realization, maybe the process of questioning identity and reality leads us to this truth as well. Those who’ve had close contact and/or conversations with ‘intelligence’ (often non-corporeal yet presenting an off-planet source) tend to lean toward a more beneficial interaction intended to assist humanity in getting their proverbial shit together. Their main concern is for us to learn how to get along and respect our planet.

If one steps back and views the long-term, would this not make sense? It might even explain the phenomena of those who have had ongoing contact, staying out of the limelight and only recently beginning to speak out. If the general level of intelligence is so belligerent toward possibility, how can we possibly more forward with compassionate exploration? It would seem only appropriate to at least consider our potential discoveries.

Certainly the early expierencers/explorers might not be able to articulate their events eloquently, but might have sounded like flower children in their referencing the out-of-this-world discoveries. Imagine experiencing something wonderful; out of the boundaries of any known phenomena yet beneficent in nature. How might you interpret and report such an event?

Not too many folks would give you the time of day, believing instead that you have ingested something or were just ‘out there’ by psychological default. In the cold hard fact world, the warm fuzzy subjective experience would go unnoticed and/or be trivialized for some time, imho. Science has no way of objectifying subjective reality.. or do they? Maybe that’s where Valle and Keel began.

It is that consciousness that I believe is present in humans, at least to some degree, and those who are having ongoing contact experiences are part of that world-bridging effort. Because it is within our evolving consciousness, it is something that has to be discovered, like asking the right questions. If one is given answers to questions unasked, the knowledge falls on deaf ears.

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Open Minds Team

Open Minds Production is based in Tempe, Arizona. The Open Minds team consists of internationally-recognized journalists, researchers and media specialists who have worked in the UFO arena for decades.

ALEJANDRO-ROJAS_142_1Magazine Editor, Open Minds UFO Radio Host

Alejandro Rojas is the host for Open Minds UFO Radio, editor and contributing writer for Open Minds magazine as well as OpenMinds.tv. For several years Alejandro was the official spokesperson for the Mutual UFO Network as the Director of Public Education. As a UFO/Paranormal researcher and journalist, Alejandro has spent many hours in the field investigating phenomena up close and personal. Alejandro has been interviewed by media organizations around the world, including the largest cable and network news agencies with several appearances on Coast to Coast AM.

antonio_2012Contributing Writer, Open Minds Magazine

J. Antonio Huneeus has covered the UFO field from an international perspective for over 30 years. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications in the U.S., Latin America, Europe and Japan. He was also the co-author of the Laurance Rockefeller-funded “UFO Briefing Document – The Best Available Evidence” and edited the book “A Study Guide to UFOs, Psychic & Paranormal Phenomena in the USSR.” Huneeus studied French at the Sorbonne University in Paris and Journalism at the University of Chile in Santiago in the 1970s. He has lectured at dozens of UFO Conferences all over the world and been interviewed by many media outlets including The Washington Post, the Sy-Fy and History Channels, Nippon-TV, etc. He received the “Ufologist of the Year” award at the National UFO Conference in Miami Beach in 1990 and the “Courage in Journalism” award at the X-Conference in Gaithersburg, Maryland, in 2007.

jason_2012_teamMagazine Editor, Spacing Out! Host/Producer, Web Content Manager

Jason McClellan is an editor and staff writer for Open Minds magazine. Jason is also the producer and co-host of the web series Spacing Out!, web content manager and staff writer for OpenMinds.tv, and co-organizer and technical producer of the International UFO Congress.

maureen_2012_teamMarketing Director, Spacing Out! Host/Associate Producer

Maureen Elsberry is the Marketing Director, Co-host and Associate Producer for Spacing Out!, and Co-Organizer of Open Minds Events. She is also a contributing writer for OpenMinds.tv and Open Minds magazine. With a degree in Journalism and Media Production, Maureen has spent over 8 years working in Internet Media, Marketing and Radio. She now spends her time investigating, reporting and spreading news related to the UFO phenomenon.

tom_2012_teamTelevision Executive Producer

Tom Ruffin began his career in television in 1984, with a BA degree in Broadcast Journalism from Cal State Long Beach. Working for a small, and at the time unknown, show called Entertainment Tonight. As the popularity of the show grew he began to climb the ladder. After 21 years he was the only one employed who was a member of the Directors Guild of America (DGA) and the International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees (I.A.T.S.E.) . In the summer of 2009 Tom was hired by Open Minds to develop a television show for broadcast television. He looks forward to this challenge and learning more about this interesting and vital topic.

michael_cline_avatar21Video Editor, Segment Producer

Michael Cline has a diverse background with more than ten years of video production experience at multiple TV stations and ad agencies, along with his own freelance endeavors. A strong interest in the unknown motivates him to research, write, and edit video segments on a variety of UFO related topics.

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Dr. David Clarke – Ufologist

drwho-ClarkeDr. David Clarke

Dr. Clarke’s bio on his website is well written, so we’re just pasting it here without edits. We want you to know about him regardless. Why reinvent the wheel when a perfectly good one exists and we can just share it? He states…

I am course leader and senior lecturer in journalism at Sheffield Hallam University, South Yorkshire, UK.  The department forms part of the Media, Arts and Communication subject group.  I am responsible for nine members of staff and more than 250 students on the undergraduate Journalism course. The university also runs postgraduate courses in International Broadcast Journalism and Sports Journalism.

The journalism team also form part of the university’s CCRC (Communication and Computing Research Centre). My specialist research interests include investigative journalism, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), official secrets, censorship and media law. I teach on UG and PG modules in Investigation and Research Skills, newsroom skills and Media Law. I also mark Media Law exam scripts for the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) and qualified for the NCTJ’s National Certificate in Journalism whilst training on regional weekly newspapers. I was the winner of the Yorkshire Press Awards Feature Writer of the Year (Weekly Newspapers) in 1994 for my work as Deputy News Editor on the Rotherham Advertiser.

Prior to teaching journalism skills I worked as a news reporter for The Sheffield Star and the Yorkshire Post covering a range of general news and crime stories. Included in my exclusives was a plan to fly nuclear waste over Yorkshire cities, a major corruption scandal in local government and a multi-million pound scam to re-sell contaminated meat to unsuspecting consumers.

After leaving the journalism beat I spent four years working as a Press Officer in local government as ‘poacher turned gamekeeper’. My freelance work has appeared in a variety of national and international newspapers, magazines and academic journals including BBC History, Contemporary Legend and Folklore. I continue to co-write a monthly column, Flyingsaucery, for the news-stand magazine Fortean Times.

In addition I am the author and co-author of 12 books on aspects of supernatural belief, UFOlogy and contemporary legends. In my capacity as a journalist and ‘expert’ on UFOs and modern myth, I frequently work as a consultant and contributor to a range of radio, TV and satellite programmes covering these subjects.

In 2000 I launched a campaign to persuade the Ministry of Defence to release the remaining UFO files retained in their archives (mostly post-1984).  I quickly became their most “persistent correspondent”, using firstly the Code of Practice for Access to Government Information and, from 2005, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to apply for the release of UFO-related policy documents and other papers.

During 2001 my requests led to the release of the MoD’s file on the famous Rendlesham Forest UFO incident of 1980 (known as ‘Britain’s Roswell’) and the 1951 report by the oddly named ‘Flying Saucer Working Party’, set up by the MoD to investigate reports of strange objects in the sky. This report was used to brief PM Winston Churchill during the following year when a UFO flap in Washington made headlines across the world. MoD had long maintained the report had been destroyed, but my inquiries discovered the last surviving copy and this was released to me – and to the world – in 2001.

The later stages of my campaign for UFO document disclosure coincided with the introduction of the UK’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) in 2005. In the first year, the subject of UFOs became the third most popular subject for requests made to the MoD. And it was during 2005/6 that I used the FOIA to secure the release of a hefty four volume study of UFOs (or UAPs, as MoD preferred to call them), known as ‘the Condign report’. Originally classified as ‘Secret – UK Eyes Only’ the report was completed by the secretive Defense Intelligence Staff in 2000. Its release in 2006, made headlines across the world.

My work to secure full release of all surviving UFO data held by MoD continued and in 2007 the Ministry announced that it planned to transfer its remaining papers to The National Archives, in a phased programme that began in May 2008 and is still continuing.

What do you think?

Is Dr. Clarke’s work significant to the progress of Ufology? In your opinion, what do you think are the three main factors inhibiting a unified front within the Ufology community?

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