Sunday, December 18, 2005

2005 Ufological Top 10 - #9 Paul Hellyer & Exopolitics

Remember, when I started this list, I said it would be the top 10 developments or events of ufology in 2005, for good or ill. #9 definitely falls into the "ill" category.

I have dealt with Hellyer's entry into the UFO field elsewhere; see Paul Hellyer - The Big Fish Flops and Ladies and Gentlemen, Meet the REAL Paul Hellyer, columns that anyone who thinks this is "good" news should read carefully, and objectively. The man has been an embarassment for ufology, and, frankly, for Canada. He and his exopolitical fellow travellers have set the cause of the serious and scientific study of the UFO phenomenon back, not moved it forward. Last night on Strange Days... Indeed, Hellyer was called "courageous" by two commentators. There is nothing courageous about what he has done, because he had nothing left to lose (What? His reputation and credibility?? Sorry, but that ship sailed years ago). None of the exopolitics crowd have anything to lose. How is that courage?

Answer: it isn't.

Still, this development does symbolize two things, in a broader sense, for ufology.

First, it highlights the frustration felt by many people at the failure of the mainstream to take ufology seriously (a situation which isn't as bad as they sometimes make it out to be, and which as much ufology's fault as it is anyone else's). Most of these folks are good people, like Victor Viggiani, the Strange Days... Indeed co-host who organized the Toronto exopolitics conference this fall where Hellyer had his coming out party (and where Philip Corso's The Day After Roswell got a new lease on life). What these well-meaning people don't realize, however, is that things like exopolitics (and the constant, conspiratorial nattering on about the "Truth Embargo" and "disclosure" that goes with it), and Paul Hellyer's involvement therein, do far more harm than good to the serious study of the UFO phenomenon. It is the 21st century equivalent to the contactee movement of the 1950s. The attention that it draws to ufology is uniformly negative.

Second, it highlights a "methodology" that has elbowed it's way into the study of the UFO phenemenon, which is not really a methodology at all, but rather an evangelical belief system masquerading as a methodology. A read-through of any of the convoluted writings of Michael Salla, or Alfred Webre, reveals exopolitics to be nothing more than an unscientific, a-historical sham, foisted upon people who desperately want to have their belief in the Extra-terrestrial hypothesis confirmed, and will follow any pied-piper, no matter how ridiculous, down the merry-little path of self-delusion. It isn't science; it isn't even pseudo-science.

That would be fine, in the "hey, each to their own" sense, except for the fact that in the process of their whacked-out, New Age, ETH evangelism, the expolitics crowd taints all of ufology. It is, after all, easy to dismiss someone like Dick Hall, Kevin Randle or Brad Sparks these days - just point to Salla, Hellyer, Webre, and Steven Bassett (a self-important quartet if ever there was one), and say, "well, they're all part of the same bunch." Indeed, it forces good guys like Randle, Sparks, and Hall, to waste their time countering the garbage put out by the exopolitics cadre, in the hopes of setting the record straight. Alas, as the exopolitics gurus seem to be making a full-time career of it, it's almost impossible to keep up; they drown out the voices of reason simply by the amount of material that they produce, almost as if they were being paid by the word, like a hack pulp novelist churning out bad sci-fi paperbacks .

Alas, quantity seems to be trumping quality these days, as the guys who are getting the publicity are the Hellyer's of the world - ridiculed on American television, in the Canadian press, and so forth.

This is a good thing?

Nope.

Lately, Webre et al, with Hellyer as front man, have been calling for public hearings / disclosure here in Canada (does this remind anyone of similar calls for disclosure made a few years ago by that Steven Greer south of the border??). Here is a confident prediction for 2006 - nothing will come of it, except for more ridicule heaped on ufology in general, and more television and radio appearances for the publicity hounds that steer the exopolitical ship - a "ship" which, more and more, seems to be dragging ufology in it's wake.

It's time for ufology to change course... before that "ship" sinks, and drags ufology down under, once and for all, into the depths of complete and utter irrelevance.

Paul Kimball

7 comments:

Alfred Lambremont Webre, JD, MEd said...

Paul - Hi! I am sure you mean well in your own mind. Scientific Ignorance of the sources of data for the EXOPOLITICS model is no excuse for your and your colleague Stanton Friedman spreading misinformation about EXOPOLITICS in Atlantic Canada and elsewhere.

UFOLOGY is but one source of experimental data for building the EXOPOLITICS model. Scientific Remote viewing, developed by my two colleagues at Stanford Research Institute, Dr. Hal Puthoff and Russell Targ, is probably a more important source of replicable data regarding the nature and organizational structure of ethical, advanced Off-Planet Cultures now visiting Earth.

At least in my radio programmes on Vancouver COOP RADIO (CFRO 102.7 FM www.coopradio.org), I have established scientific sources on the air. My understanding from listeners is that your Strange Days Indeed programmes are largely subjective opinions that the likes of you and Stan Friedman (who is abysmally ignorant of Remote Viewing) propagate.

As a New Year's Resolution for 2006, I suggest you begin by reading EXOPOLITICS: POLITICS GOVERNMENT AND LAW IN THE UNIVERSE. We have an SDI in the book - STAR DREAMS INITIATIVE.

http://www.peaceinspace.net

Unsubstantiated opinion will get you about as far as this blog's pages, mon ami.

Here is what a Atlantic Canadian journalist wrote in the Halifax Gazette. Maybe you should emulate your regional peers a bit more in the future, and meet the minimum standards of reportage.

The Gazette (Halifax, Nova Scotia), 2001.

CHEERS,

Alfred Lambremont Webre
EXOPOLITICS.COM
(The Original Expolitics/UFO Blog Founded in 2000.)


http://exopolitics.blogs.com/exopolitics/2005/02/exopolitics_int.html


EXOPOLITICS INTERVIEW with Alfred Lambremont Webre

Vancouver, BC

Q: How could advanced non-terrestrial contact assist us out of our "petroleum-nuclear planetary coffin" and aid us in leading a sustainable society? Where do you see us in, say 11 years [by 2012] and 50 years [by 2050]?

A: The essence of exopolitics is that our relationships depend on our interaction. Right now, our official human culture denies the existence of the ecology of intelligent civilizations that surround us in space and among the interactive Universe dimensions. There is not very far that we can get with that kind of denial. We are a sort of autistic civilization, insistent on the fact that we alone are alive. That autism is artificial. It is the result of a ruling network of terrestrial elites who have kept humanity ignorant of the existence of non-terrestrial civilizations for at least the past half-century, since the end of World War II. Open interaction with Universe society could yield fairly rapid results in forestalling our ecological crisis, and elevating human society. New energy non-polluting energy sources - of human design and application could at last be made available without their inventor's fearing assassination by petroleum and nuclear interests. Our petroleum civilization would be stalemated and made obsolete. Universe society's laws and institutions prohibit war as a conflict resolution mechanism. The ruling terrestrial elites - and the permanent war economy - have historically used war as a key means of production and power.

Exopolitics is the study of law, government and politics in the Universe. It is Universe law, government, and politics that will liberate human society.

As to the time frame, that is dependent on human interactivity. We must build an exopolitical grass-roots on Earth - a Decade of Contact for community politics and education about Universe society and our Universal heritage.

Q: What encompases our Universe society? What do you believe is actually going on here? A re-integration? Has there been a continuous, hidden, non-terrestrial presence on earth throughout history?; What is your theory on non-terrestrial intervention?

A: Universal law encompasses all of the Universe - Universal law and justice exist and govern all intelligent life in the Universe. Universe society is one society - a multiplicity of societies under Universal law.
Human society, by analogy, is a unitary, multi-cultural society on a single life-bearing planet.
We are to Universe society as a garden is to the gardener. Life-bearing planets and the life species on them are grown and developed by dimensional civilizations which are devoted to this.

There are many inter-acting facets to what we call "Non-terrestrial" or "Extraterrestrial". What we see as "Interstellar space" is but one dimension of a multi-dimensional Universe. Thus advanced, interplanetary civilizations are in fact, "multi-dimensional", "extraterrestrial" "interstellar" and perhaps even "planetary" on another life-bearing planet. What is of important to Exopolitics is that all of this reality - all interactions and relationships by intelligent life in the Universe -are ruled by law, government and politics.
Q: Are global management bodies in contact with some sort of Galactic Federation or with some sort of supernatural spiritual adepts?

A: Possibly. From some evidence there may have been fifty years of intrigue and power relationships between a lower order non-terrestrial force and USA military-intelligence networks. Conversely, the highest covert priority of the USA military over the last 50 years appears to be waging an information war against the non-terrestrial presence - a knowledge embargo; black propaganda and black ops to demonize the non-terrestrials.

But this is almost beside the point in the long run.

Universe society is acting to increase the awareness of the human race as a whole. Open interaction with the highest levels of Universe society is designed for the evolution of the human race, not the illusory temporal power needs of a few white men.

Q: If your 1977 Carter White House Extraterrestrial Communication Study had not been terminated, what would you have found? Would we have had disclosure over the last 25 years? How would today be different?

A: We would most probably be now acting under 25 years of open disclosure. The differences could be incalculable, with that degree of power and authority to open up interaction and get beyond the zero-sum game of the death forces that now enforce the embargo against open contact.

"The only way out is through," the saying goes. Well, we didn't get through under the Carter Administration, so now we must get through at the grass-roots.

Q: Are the non-terrestrials acclimating/acclimatizing us to their presence? What must humanity do before they exist with us more openly?

A: Yes. Acclimating is a good term for this process. The entire UFO phenomenon can be seen as a vast peripheral-cuing mass psychological condition project to enhance our awareness of higher intelligence in the Universe.

Humanity is in a very good place, psychologically and Universally. Between 50 and 100 million adult North Americans (between 25% and 50% of the adult populations - Gallup and Zogby polls) believe in the reality of extraterrestrial presence on Earth. They will not have a problem absorbing the new post-reality.
The difficulty is not the human population - it is the networks of human governments and the ownership of a petroleum and nuclear energy civilization that is in the hands of retrogressive forces. The ruling terrestrial elites are not ignorant of the non-terrestrial presence. They are actively carrying out a fifty year information war against our integration with Universe society.

Q: Please offer your thoughts on weapons in space; killer comets/asteroids; the role of the United Nations with non-terrestrial contact; some sort of shift in the consciousness of humanity.

A: The USA's "Star Wars" and the militarization of space is part of the information war against Earth's integration with Universe society. Star Wars is an "inside code word" for this war among the military planners. The issue is whether our space technology will be in accord with Universal principles, or controlled by a military empire. Dealing with near earth objects is a common application of space technology. The USA will ultimately suffer ignominious defeat by Universe society should it persist as a space military power.

Q: Exopolitics seems to involve elite power groups- information, propaganda, coverup, disclosure;etc. What is the situation concerning pro and anti-disclosure factions? Will the non-terrestrials bypass this earth-style politics?

A: Exopolitics merely describes a process - that of law, politics and government in the Universe. Politics does not end at the geostationary orbit. It is Universal.

The task of our generation is to make exopolitics at the grassroots level. Where are the concerts on behalf of integrating with the Universe? Where are the artists, the activists, the students, the writers, the militants? Answer - they are coping with the effects of the information war and the embargo against even thinking that non-terrestrial civilization.

How do we bust out into a grassroots exopolitics - like the Peace movement, say of the 1960s-80s?

Q: What essential points are you trying to make in EXOPOLITICS: POLITICS, GOVERNMENT AND LAW IN THE UNIVERSE?

A: Exopolitics is more than extraterrestrial politics. Exopolitics is real and an immediate part of Earth's social ecology. Exopolitics, as a discipline, is the study of politics, government and law in the Universe. It is an authentic, newly received branch of human knowledge, as well as an exciting frontier. Exopolitics is also the self-regulating process of a populated, highly advanced and organized Universe. Exopolitics provides the institutional framework for Earth's integration into Universe society. That process is now ongoing and will accelerate as exopolitical realities are awakened in humankind.

Q: What, in your mind, are the political implications of the book EXOPOLITICS: POLITICS, GOVERNMENT AND LAW IN THE UNIVERSE?

A: Well, we don’t know yet the impact of the Exopolitics perspective. But the implications of exopolitics itself for human politics are profound. The change to be brought about is not a sea change, it is a Universe change for human kind. The current paradigm of human politics has the political process ending at Earth's edge (as the human law of outer space establishes). Exopolitics mediates Earth's political and governmental relationships with societies and organizations in interplanetary society. The impact of exopolitics on human politics will be transformative. An aware Grass roots politics will deconstruct the information war waged against the Extraterrestrial Initiative, largely by Echelon countries (USA, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada). Humankind will reclaim their Universal rights to Universal citizenship. Earth's politics will extend to the exopolitics of other societies in the Universe.

Q: How do your credentials and background bolster the disclosure process?

A: I think of my contribution to the exopolitical process in terms of praxis, the melding of theory and practice. As theory, in The Age of Cataclysm (1974) we developed the context theory of extraterrestrial communications. That is, interpreting UFO encounters and the UFO phenomenon as intentional communication, through an analogue of dream interpretation theory. Many UFO encounters are archetypal communications from a higher source. The UFO phenomenon itself can be seen as peripheral cueing of our species with a goal of activating Universe awareness. These UFO-based communications are part of our process of Universe integration.

As practice, in 1977, as a futurist with the Center for the Study of Social Policy at SRI, I formulated and developed a proposed study with the Carter White House on extraterrestrial communication. That study was brutally terminated by the intervention of the SRI-Pentagon liaison in September, 1977. So I am familiar with the information war, and am a practitioner of exopolitics.

Q: If you were to narrow down the most important aspect of your contribution to this process, what would it be?

A: This question itself illustrates the fresh perspective exopolitics brings. "Important" from whose perspective: the perspective of terrestrial civilization, or the Extraterrestrial Initiative? The Extraterrestrial phenomenon - in its Universal manifestation - is interactive, highly evolved, multi-dimensional (I am not talking about near-Earth remnants of our Universe quarantine). I am still not quite sure how my actions might be "important" from an Extraterrestrial perspective. Thanks for the question.

Vancouver, BC

Interview by Graham Simms
The Gazette (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
University Newspaper

Copyright 2001

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Alfred Lambremont Webre, a Yale Law School graduate, is active in Exopolitical issues.

EXOPOLITICS: POLITICS, GOVERNMENT AND LAW IN THE UNIVERSE (Universebooks 2005) by Alfred Lambremont Webre, J.D., M.Ed. is available online at http://www.universebooks.com

Paul Kimball said...

Mr. Webre:

I see that your definition of "good reportage" basically means anyone who will give you free, positive publicity. Well, I'm happy to say that, by that standard, I'm a lousy reporter.

Graham Simms is a nice fellow - I've met him a number of times. Like others who fall for the exopolitics line, he means well... which sadly makes it that much easier for you and the exopolitics crowd to exploit them. You and the rest of the exopoliticians should be ashamed, both of how you take advantage of them, and the damage you do to the serious study of the UFO phenomenon.

As science, law or history, exopolitics is ridiculous. As science fiction, it barely qualifies as a second-rate pulp novel.

Of course, what you're really on about has little to do with UFOs, and everything to do with getting people to hop aboard your far left, anti-American bandwagon. Good luck to you, and your pals in Cuba, China, and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela (see: http://peaceinspace.org/).

It is the old bait and switch. The far right used to do the same thing.

Paul Kimball

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The Manager said...

Hello Paul!

Merry Christmas to you, Linda, Zorgrot, and any and all of her bears that survived the 1990 bouncing at Acadia.

I hope none are suffering the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Hope it's a good one, mang.

Yours etc.
Ignatius and family

The Manager said...

Well, Gorsh, I just actually read the entire first comment in this thread from the esteemed Mr. Alfred Webre, practitioner of exopolitics.

I believe I now have a better handle on what exopolitics is, or perhaps more accurately, what it purports to be.

I am struck by this line, among many, in Mr. Webre's comment and attached interview, that "(h)umankind will reclaim their Universal rights to Universal citizenship. Earth's politics will extend to the exopolitics of other societies in the Universe."

Questions:

1) Even if the existence of extraterrestrial societies organized anywhere near the legal and political lines Mr. Webre descrbes were proved, why would we necessarily want to join in the fray? I'm quite happy just to be an earthling, not some citizen of an assumedly far left-wing 'Universe society.' Hell, that more closely describes Canada than I even care to admit now. Barf.

2) Why would the Universe society want to adopt any of Earth's politics? Don't extraterrestrials have standards? As much as I don't want to join their society, I'm sure they probably wouldn't want our politics extending into and influencing theirs.

2) Mr. Webre, why have you not better described Scientific Remote Viewing? It seems to be the crux of your criticism of Mr. Kimball (i.e., that he ignores scientific data so collected). A better description of this "important source of replicable data" (as you describe it), along with its methodology and perhaps a description of its adherence to the strict standards of science, would go a long way (in my humble view) to convince critics of exopolitics to reconsider their views. Is there anything to tell?

Best regards,

Ignatius

Paul Kimball said...

Utah Ig:

Ditto, and right back at you to you and yours, you old neo-con scoundrel!

Indiana Stu

Paul Kimball said...

Ig:

Re: remote viewing:

Like most areas of the paranormal, one should not dismiss it out of hand. The CIA and the DoD spent a fair amount of money looking into it at one time (see: http://www.parascope.com/ds/articles/parapsychologyDoc.htm).

Still, it remains unproven, and as an investigative tool unreliable, to say the least, especially when the "evidence" that Webre et al claim it supports is undermined by other, proven research methods.

Paul