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PRG/X-PPAC 'Beyond Little Green Men And SETIi's

From: Stephen G. Bassett <SGBList2@aol.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Oct 1999 14:41:37 EDT
Fwd Date: Tue, 26 Oct 1999 18:58:17 -0400
Subject: PRG/X-PPAC 'Beyond Little Green Men And SETIi's

                      Paradigm Research Group


A copy of the newspaper column below and its web location is
being sent out to the PRG/X-PPAC contact list as well as the
national media list of several thousand.  It is a masterpiece.

It is written by Billy Cox, a great media friend of the
UFO/Dislcoure movement for "Florida Today," which serves
Central Florida - home of the Kennedy Space Center.

All receiving this are requested to do everything possible
to spread the content of this column and its web location.
Post on your website, send to your email list, send to
your local media, and send to your political representatives.

The UFO/ET cover-up is ending.  The media will drive the
process, open Congressional hearings will define the process,
and disclosure will culminate the process.

It is time for American journalists to step forward and take on
the biggest news story in history.  Colleagues like Billy Cox are
showing them the way.

Stephen Bassett
Paradigm Research Group
Spread the word about X-PPAC
   and the politics of disclosure

Source: Florida Today
Space Online
Oct. 23, 1999

Looking Beyond Little Green Men And SETIi's Cult

By Billy Cox

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - As cults go, members of the Search for
Extraterrestrial Intelligence community are a benign crowd.
What's  not to love? They're cool. They want to contact ET -
using radiotelescopes.

They are dreamers with doctorates. They command the vocabularies
of science with eloquence and self-effacing humor. They are the
underdogs; they fight bland congressional tightwads for funding
and lose. They bounce back, resilient. They reside, with the
greatest of ease, simultaneously, in opposing worlds of
rationalism and faith. And it is that faith - pursued without
evidence to support the sanctified medium of radio, dogmatic and
selective in its beliefs, closed to alternative possibilities -
which makes their science look so insecure.

A full house turned out Tuesday night in Cocoa to catch the SETI
show at Brevard Community College's Fine Arts Auditorium.
Leading the sermon was Dr. Seth Shostak, a brilliant wit at the
privately funded SETI Institute of Mountain View, Calif. Given
a) the billions of stars orbiting billions of galaxies, b) the
ongoing discovery of new planets, and c) amino acids-laden
cosmic debris seeding the universe like sperm cells, painting
space as a yawning pond wriggling with life forms was easy
enough. Audience members were told how they, too, could assist
the radio hunt by downloading and crunching signals with the
so-called SETI@Home program.

The doors slammed when several listeners advanced the UFO
heresies, wondering if maybe those alien life forms hadn't
already arrived.  One woman rattled off a list of related Web
sites, prompting Shostak to charge, "None of those sources
you've mentioned are credible."

Too bad. Because one of the sites Shostak dismissed -
www.blackvault.com - as nothing to do with alien implants,
ancient astronauts, or any other subjective aspect of the
phenomenon. It's jammed solely with scanned-in photocopies of
government documents - 7,000 or so, from acronyms such as the
CIA, DIA, FBI and USAF - acquired through the Freedom of
Information Act. The patterns of high-level interest are clear;
what they're onto is not. We get glimpses of what we already
know - military and commercial pilot reports of wild UFO evasive
maneuvers, associated power failures, radar signatures, etc. -
but the best stuff presumably has been blacked out by censors.

Pressed further by another listener who asked why UFO
researchers and SETI guys couldn't reason through this thing,
Shostak replied, "Scientists don't object to a dialogue; it just
doesn't go anywhere."

Speaking for all scientists, naturally. But not a nine-member
Stanford University panel led by physicist Peter Sturrock who,
after examining the available evidence in 1998, advocated a
rigorous public investigation. Good luck.

The data Sturrock's colleagues studied was assembled by
billionaire philanthropist Laurance Rockefeller, who circulated
a lengthy briefing paper on UFOs to top government officials,
reportedly including President Clinton. But the lid remains
sealed. In his memoirs, Friends In High Places, now-disgraced
former associate attorney general Webb Hubbell states one of his
greatest regrets was being unable to get to the bottom of the
UFO mystery, which Clinton ordered him to do.

Our chief executives often lack the proper security clearances
to know what's going on. Witness Ronald Reagan's Iran-contra
debacle. Or consider the Venona intercepts of the 1940s. That's
when Signals Intelligence monitored the chatter of Soviet
espionage rings in the United States and knew everything about
the real - but extremely limited - activities of domestic
agents. Disclosure could've preempted Joe McCarthy's
persecutions of the innocent, since the names of the guilty were
known, but protecting the information was evidently more
important than protecting American citizens. We didn't learn
until Senate hearings in 1996 that then-Joint Chiefs of Staff
Chairman Omar Bradley withheld access to the truth from
President Truman.

Among the ironies of Shostak's remarks was that the not-credible
Black Vault - constructed by 18-year-old John Greenewald Jr., of
Mission Hills, Calif. - also offers instructions on how to
participate in SETI@Home. Thus, by appropriating "scientists"
for the SETI elite and shooing everyone else into the barnyard
of cheap laughs over "little green men," Shostak and colleagues
create artificial schizoid divides that fail to further the
public interest.

The Cold War is over, but the pathology of secrecy oozes
forward. Consequently, SETI glows in the dark.


Billy Cox can be reached at (407) 242-3774, or
FLORIDA TODAY, P.O. Box 419000, Melbourne, FL 32941-9000.

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