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Joe Burkes, MD says thanks to Doc

From: Joseph Burkes MD <md1jb3@pol.net>
Date: Wed, 20 Jan 1999 00:21:51 -0500
Fwd Date: Wed, 20 Jan 1999 05:36:59 -0500
Subject: Joe Burkes, MD says thanks to Doc

Dear fellow friends of Doc.

When I first met the Doc on the internet last year I thought he
might be a fellow medical doctor. I found he was a kindred
spirit who was far more open and supportive than most of my
colleagues when it came to the question of "Are we alone in the
universe?" He understood what I was trying to express and was
very supportive of the views I put forward in the following
position paper.

I wish there were more Docs like Doc. Joe Burkes, MD

The Role of a Power Structure Analysis in ufology

The civilian UFO community, often known as "ufology," exists as
a multitude of individuals and groups with a common interest in
unidentified flying objects. Since 1991 I have shared this
passion with other so called "ufologists."

For several years, I was closely associated with Dr. Steven
Greer's  Center for the Study of Extraterrestrial Intelligence.
In the course of my activities with that group, I had a few
limited interactive  encounters with what appeared to be
Extraterrestrial spacecraft.

For a number of reasons, personal as well as professional, I
have curtailed many of my UFO oriented activities. At this point
I would like to offer my observations concerning what I perceive
is the fundamental problem in this field.

It is my assessment that ufology has failed to recognize the
importance of how the Extraterrestrial presence profoundly
threatens all terrestrial elites. This includes the
international corporate, military, political and religious
leaders of our planet. Without recognizing and thoroughly
analyzing this challenge to terrestrial power, those interested
in  understanding the phenomenon of Extraterrestrial spacecraft
visiting our  planet, will be hopelessly confused. More
importantly, UFO activists may have unrealistic expectations and
maybe wasting important energy in projects that can not bear
fruit given the depths of the power structure's opposition to
acknowledging the ET presence.

Currently, a number of prominent UFO groups are advocating that
Congress hold open hearings on the issue of government secrecy
concerning Extraterrestrial spacecraft visiting our planet.
Retired military and intelligence officers who have had direct
personal experiences with Extraterrestrial intelligence during
their official work have been identified. There is now an
opportunity to inform the public, if these official witnesses
are induced to testify.

As might be expected, the push for public hearings on the topic
of the ET presence has encountered resistance. It has been the
not too secret hope of many UFO activists that some kind of
official disclosure might be underfoot. It is my assessment,
however, that no disclosure will take place without tremendous
pressure on the terrestrial power structure; more pressure than
can be applied to Congress at the current time.

Frustrated by years of official denial, how can UFO enthusiasts
work to remedy this predicament? A broad based coalition,
employing coordinated political action will be an essential part
of the disclosure process. This will probably require dozens of
organizations and thousands of activists. Such a campaign will
likely take the form of the grassroots movements for social
change. Models of such efforts include the union organizing
drives of the 1930s and the peace and the civil rights movements
of the 1960s. To develop such a coalition of individuals and
groups, an analysis of the ET challenge to all terrestrial power
is required.

Our planet's population is divided into more than 100 nation
states. National political leaders are able to exercise their
power on the basis of nationalism. As the prominent ufologist
Stanton Friedman has said, "Nationalism is the name of the
game." Once the people of the planet are permitted to
acknowledge the ET presence, the masses will tend to see
themselves as "terrestrial" or simply "human." Faced with what
will likely be an incredible diversity of ET cultures, people on
our planet may start to identify with the Earth as a whole
rather than with their particular nation state. Thus, the power
of national politicians would be threatened by the admission
that some UFOs represent Extraterrestrial spacecraft built by
non-humans from the stars.

>From the point of view of ordinary citizens, an end to
nationalism and the realization of the slogan "One planet, one
people", might not be tragic at all. Given the sad record of
this century, with over 100 million killed in wars resulting
from national rivalry, it might make good sense to place
nationalism in the dust bin of history. Of course, national
political leaders who derive their power from "the people",
i.e., their nation's people, would understandably be threatened
by an outside presence that undermines their ideological power

The Extraterrestrial presence challenges military leaders of
every nation. Advanced civilizations visiting our planet appear
to be quite capable of producing craft that can fly circles
around the military's high performance jets. Military leaders
are thus unable to secure our planet's airspace from ET
intrusion. This provides one rationale for the
military-intelligence community's role in maintaining the
secrecy about UFOs.

The Extraterrestrials appear to have access to incredibly
powerful energy systems to propel their spacecraft. Speculation
within ufology has suggested that their craft use non-polluting
"free energy systems." If the authorities acknowledged the ET
presence and over a period of time our culture was allowed to
download such efficient energy technologies, many of our
economic as well as environmental problems might be solved. From
the point of view of the multinational oil corporations, this
would not be a favorable development. The downloading of ET
energy systems would likely threaten the worldwide monopoly that
has been the source of much wealth and influence for important
sectors of the corporate elite. Considering that the Gulf War
and other military actions in the Middle East are driven by a
hunger for cheap oil, we see the strategic importance of what
has been called the "empire of oil." Thus the ET presence
threatens important sectors of the economic elite of our planet.

An important pillar of our planet's belief systems is organized
religion. The true history of our planet may reveal that the
flying saucer phenomenon is really an ancient process rather
than a modern one. A Renaissance religious painting depicting a
flying saucer certainly suggests this possibility. The myths of
ancient civilizations declaring that their knowledge and
technology were obtained from "star people", provides additional
support for ancient astronaut theories.

What if the holy men and prophets of biblical times were in
reality contactees? Their religious experiences may have
reflected encounters with non-human intelligence, some of which
might have been Extraterrestrial in nature. If this theory
proves true or even possible, acknowledging the ET presence
would threaten all organized religion. Thus, the spiritual elite
of our planet is threatened by the ET presence.

If this analysis accurately reflects the perceived self-interest
of our planet's elites, then the Extraterrestrials visiting our
planet must threaten all terrestrial power. The worldwide
secrecy campaign concerning UFOs can now be seen as the logical
consequence of ruling classes, which understandably, take action
in self defense. This need not be seen as a conspiracy. Efforts
to deny the ET presence, to resist public disclosure of their
visitations is the natural response of any social system
attempting to preserve the status quo.

In the course of human development, both evolutionary and
revolutionary historical trends can be seen. The creation of
Christianity out of Judaism can be viewed as the creation of a
revolutionary force that spread monotheism across the planet.
The Roman Empire, cognizant of the challenge, violently
suppressed the new religion that placed an almighty God over the

The acceptance of an all powerful and ethical God by this
planet's peoples has done much to promote the welfare of the
Earth's population. Concepts, such as the rule of law and social
justice, as well as the ending of human sacrifice and slavery,
all have their roots in the wave of revolutionary monotheism
which swept our planet during the first millennium of the common

Similarly, the rule of both kings and political despots have
been replaced by the democratic revolutions of the 17th through
20th centuries. The old regime never gives up without a fight.
Indeed the struggle for democracy continues to this day.

It is only natural that the Earth's ruling elites will combat
what some might perceive as the ultimate threat. As long as the
Extraterrestrial visitors spare us undeniable displays of their
physical presence, indirect means can be employed to maintain
the status quo. This includes the ridicule of witnesses and the
suppression of credible reports of encounters. If Philip Corso,
author of "The Day After Roswell", is to be  believed, covert
military actions against ET craft are taking place as well.

Corporate control of the mass media has been used to relegate
reports of UFOs to tabloid formats which trivialize them.
Security oaths, under national security regulations, are
employed to silence credible military witnesses of UFO
encounters. Ufology is, itself, a likely target for
disinformation spread by sections of the intelligence services
authorized to deal with the UFO subculture. Terrestrial power
can be expected to defend itself. These efforts will surely
continue in the future.

The creation of a citizen network to challenge the existing
regimen of secrecy and denial, will by necessity be a difficult
and prolonged struggle. There will be the need for accelerating
the educational process to alert the public of the reality of
Extraterrestrial spacecraft visiting our planet.

One of most important factors in this equation is the actions of
the Extraterrestrials themselves. For reasons that are only
known to them, they have chosen not to impose on our culture
irrefutable displays of their physical presence. Although the
tempo of sightings and other types of human-ET interactions
appears to be accelerating, it seems likely that the proverbial
"landing on the White house lawn" will not occur any time soon.
It may never take place.

Rather than passively waiting for the power structure to
acknowledge the reality of ET spacecraft visiting our planet,
those who feel passionately about this issue should be prepared
to take action. Non- governmental organizations have a long
tradition of finding innovative solutions to important problems.
As a former peace activist from the 1960s through the 1980s, I
recall the slogan, "When the people lead, the leaders will

If a broad based people's movement is to be created there will
be the need for much organizing. A special role for building
unity also exists because ufology is rife with sectarianism. The
UFO community has in many ways been isolated from the mainstream
culture. Breaking free from this isolation will require a
balanced program of public education.

I would like to encourage ufology to consider this analysis. It
is my sincere hope that by understanding the power relationships
that are at work here we can do much to change the current
situation. I invite comments on the points raised here and look
forward to a productive dialogue.


Joseph Burkes, MD

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