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David Jacobs Warns: Truth Is Out There

From: Stig_Agermose@online.pol.dk
Date: Thu, 25 Jun 1998 02:47:19 +0200
Fwd Date: Thu, 25 Jun 1998 11:58:18 -0400
Subject: David Jacobs Warns: Truth Is Out There

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June 24, 1998

Temple professor warns: Truth Is Out There

In his latest book, respected, tenured David M. Jacobs, the "foremost
expert" on aliens, says they do not come with benign intent.

By Leonard W. Boasberg

So you're walking down Walnut Street and you see this guy coming
toward you, and he looks like an attorney or maybe an

Well, maybe he is, or maybe he's one of those hybrid
alien/humans that Temple University professor David M. Jacobs
writes about in The Threat, just published by Simon & Schuster.

There are thousands of these beings, he contends. They could be
anyone. "Some hybrids look really quite human," Jacobs said in a
recent interview in his Victorian-style home near Chestnut Hill.

But many look like the kind of extraterrestrials you've seen in
movies and trash tabloids. That's the way people have described
them to Jacobs: large heads; big black eyes; no hair, ears or
nose; slits for mouths; thin arms and legs; grayish bodies.

What about that young woman taking her baby out for a stroll in
Rittenhouse Square? Could she be one? "I do not think they are
walking among us," Jacobs says, "or that they have a job at the
7-Eleven, or something like that."

What the young woman might be, though, is one of the thousands
of people who, according to Jacobs, have been abducted by
extraterrestrial beings and taken onto spaceships, stripped, and
used for experimental procedures, including the removal of ova
or sperm.

And the baby? Don't ask. Embarrassing. Frightening. Jacobs
himself is frightened.

The aliens from outer space, he contends, do not come to earth
with benign motives. On the contrary. They have an agenda. As he
describes in The Threat, with the subtitle The Secret Agenda:
What the Aliens Really Want . . . and How They Plan to Get It,
the motive is nothing less than "the systematic and clandestine
physiological exploitation, and perhaps alteration, of human
beings for the purposes of passing on their genetic capabilities
to progeny who will integrate into the human society and,
without doubt, control it."


And it may be too late to stop them. "My own complacency is long
gone, replaced," he writes, "by a sense of profound apprehension
and even dread."

Jacobs, 55, a tenured associate professor of history at Temple,
special izing in 20th-century America, is also, according to his
publisher, "the world's foremost expert on the UFO and abduction

A man of medium height, with a halo of white hair and a white
moustache, he speaks with the confidence of a man who knows his
subject. He's been studying UFOs since 1965. He's written two
previous books on the subject. He appears regularly on the TV
talk show circuit -- Larry King Live, Howard Stern, Geraldo,
A&E, the Learning Channel, the Discovery Channel. He recently
returned from the sixth annual international UFO conference
sponsored by the Republic of San Marino.

Jacobs started studying UFOs as a student at the University of
California at Los Angeles, where he majored in history. In 1973,
he obtained a master's degree in history at the University of
Wisconsin and, later, his doctorate, with a dissertation on the
UFO controversy.

In The Threat, Jacobs recounts the abduction experiences that
people he's interviewed have described. He writes that he has
used hypnosis in more than 700 abduction investigations. He
learned it on his own: "Doing hypnosis is the easiest thing in
the world."

There is something, for example, that he calls "mindscam," in
which the abductors stare into the abductees' eyes at a distance
of a few inches or less, sometimes provoking intense sexual
arousal in both men and women.

A woman Jacobs calls "Laura" said that one night she was lying
in bed with her husband when five of these creatures entered the
bedroom, and one of them got on top of her. There was nothing
she could do to stop him.

"Donna," when she was 20, met a hybrid on a beach in Maine. He
was wearing a T-shirt and jeans, and his hair was down past his
ears. He began kissing her, she recalled, and "you feel your
brain exploding and your toes tingling and everything in between
absolutely -- firecrackers!"

Unfortunately, all we have to go on is Laura's and Donna's word.
All we have to go on in all the cases that Jacobs describes is
what the people involved told him.

"Anecdotal evidence is not evidence at all," says James Randi, a
professional magician, also known as the Amazing Randi, who has
gone around the world debunking claims of the paranormal,
supernatural and occult.

Randi, who received a MacArthur Foundation award for his work in
investigating such claims, says he has offered a million dollars
"for the performance of any paranormal, supernatural or occult
phenomenon under proper observing conditions, and that includes
contact with alien beings from nonterrestrial sources." The
money, he says, is in negotiable bonds at Goldman Sachs in New
York. So far, no claimants.

What about it, professor? There's a million dollars waiting for

Randi, Jacobs says, is like a lot of other critics who "have
done absolutely no research whatsoever."

Even if we had an ashtray stamped "made in Mars," Jacobs
contends, the skeptics would claim it had been made on earth.
"Ultimately, what you need is an alien. You need one of these
little guys wiggling on the end of a pole, and then you would
have something. That would be convincing."

What about photographs? Didn't it occur to any of these people
who claim multiple abductions to have a camera handy the next

The problem, he explains, is that there's a consciousness
alteration at the beginning of every abduction that renders the
abductee passive.

Sure, people hijacked aboard those spacecraft have picked up
things. But see, they're naked, so there's no place to hide

How is it, a Wall Street Journal reviewer of The Threat
wondered, that the aliens always seem to abduct people no one's
ever heard of? Why don't they abduct somebody important, like
Alan Greenspan or Kathie Lee Gifford?

"The answer," says Jacobs, "is that they do." Like who? "Can't
tell you. If the people want to come forward, they will. . . . I
cannot give you names right now."

Jacobs, like many UFO researchers, contends that the government,
along with the media and the scientific community, determined
long ago that the phenomenon had no objective reality. So
"because the normal avenues of academic discourse have been
closed to UFO researchers," he said, "they have been forced to
take to the popular culture airways to bring their message."

"There are no alien spaceships. There never have been," said
Robert Baker, emeritus professor of psychology at the University
of Kentucky. "There's absolutely no respectable scientific
evidence of any alien invasion or that aliens have abducted any
human being."

How then does he explain how people who come from all walks of
life have told Jacobs such similar stories? of being abducted by
aliens from outer space?

It's a phenomenon, well-known to psychiatrists and
psychologists, called "sleep paralysis" -- people wake up in the
middle of the night, find themselves paralyzed, and have
psychological experiences in which they think their dreams are
real, Baker said.

"It's a universal human experience that has been reported from
the beginning of time," he said.

At Temple, Jacobs, in addition to his main job of teaching
20th-century American history, also conducts a course called
"UFOs in American Society," in the American studies program. He
believes it's the only course on UFOs taught at any American
university, and he's pretty sure there's nothing of the kind
anywhere else in the real world.

He teaches both sides of the issue, he says, including required
reading of a debunking book by Philip Klass, UFO Abductions: A
Dangerous Game, "that contends I'm a total jerk."

Jacobs' colleagues in the Temple history department speak highly
of his teaching. There is, said Morris Vogel, former department
chair, "a fundamental disconnect between the David Jacobs of The
Threat and who is on Howard Stern and the David Jacobs we see
every day as a colleague and a teacher. In the classroom, he's a
gifted instructor who covers the same 19th and 20th century
United States in the way most of his colleagues do . . . and
differs from us only in doing that teaching with more success."

Jacobs admits he's never seen one of these extraterrestrials
himself, but he knows they exist. How can he be sure they
haven't installed thoughts in his mind? Laughing, Jacobs
dismisses the question. He knows that many people, including
some of his colleagues, think he's a nutcase.

"I've learned to accept that," he says. It's a sacrifice he
makes to "have the opportunity to make a contribution in a field
of potentially surpassing importance."

"You have to remember," he says seriously, "that I've come to
these conclusions after an adult lifetime of studying this
subject, and I've come to them with full realization of how
fringy they are, of how off-to-the-side they are. I've come to
them with the full realization of the damage it does to my
career and to my credibility. And yet, as an academic and as a
person who is intellectually honest, I feel I must go where the
evidence leads me."  

=A91998 Philadelphia Newspapers Inc.

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