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UFOs and ETs: Manipulated taboos

Published on -2/28/2013, 4:34 PM

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In the mid-1990s, my older brother had a one-cab taxi business in Flagstaff, Ariz. A couple of times, he drove visiting astronomers up Mars Hill to Lowell Observatory at the edge of town. Being an inquisitive type, on one of these occasions he casually asked his passenger if he or any other astronomers had ever seen anything in the sky they couldn't identify as natural or man-made phenomena.

At the question, the astronomer in the back seat leaned forward with pricked interest and answered matter-of-factly but emphatically, "Oh yeah, we see lots of things."

When my brother remarked that he'd had his own close-up UFO sighting in Kansas in the '60s, the astronomer leaned farther forward, hands grasping the front passenger seat, intently asking for particulars. My brother proceeded to recap the late spring night when he and his wife were driving home through an area several miles northeast of their Hoisington home. They spotted a cigar-shaped vehicle with blinking colored lights maneuvering over a nearby field.

They pulled off on the shoulder of the road, whereupon the object came closer and hovered at about the height a helicopter might, as if observing them. They saw it was about the size of a commercial airliner, with what appeared to be a bank of windows along its edge. After a few minutes, lights still blinking, it shot away rapidly and disappeared.

At the top of Mars Hill, the astronomer disclosed in a semi-secretive tone that what my brother and sister-in-law saw that night on the Kansas plains was in keeping with what he and other astronomers, professional and amateur alike, had seen in close-earth orbit, as well as reports by many pilots and naked-eye witnesses on the ground. Then he paid his fare, got out of the cab and went to work.

I began here by recounting my brother's UFO sighting and 30-year later exchange with the astronomer because together they sum up in a most personal context both the reality of the UFO (and by extension, ET) experience and the uselessness of our government's continuing, systematic suppression of the evidence for the reality.

The ultimate purpose for the institutional cover-up of the UFO-ET phenomena (i.e., sightings of otherworldly aerial craft and associated encounters of various kinds with alien beings) can be roughly assigned to one of two basic schools of thought -- though not mutually exclusive in the broad picture.

The first can be referred to as the "soft" conspiracy view that sees a comprehensive program of public perception management by a cross-institutional coterie of top-placed officials in government agencies (i.e., military and civilian intelligence departments, NASA, etc,), academia and mass media outlets.

In the soft view, the involved elites are more or less sincere humanists who believe that the greater global populace cannot be presented with a full-scale revelation of the UFO-ET presence without mass psychological destabilization, resulting in the undermining of our staple (mainly religious and political) social institutions, thereby threatening us with fundamental cultural breakdown and chaos. Thus, for our own psychological and physical welfare, we must be ever so gradually and deeply habituated to the very concept of highly intelligent extraterrestrial beings, not to mention the possibility that such has visited, or is presently, visiting our planet.

The "hard" conspiracy theory is that the top-echelon manipulators have no intention of ever coming clean to the public about visiting UFOs and beings. In this perspective, they have little or no concern for the well-being of ordinary people other than as units of production for creating the wealth that they largely monopolize. Obviously, the ultra-wealthy elites, whose money and influence bankrolls the institutional manipulators, have the most to lose from social disintegration and conceivable reformation. They have the motivation, therefore, to discourage us from developing inquiring minds. The urge to keep one's mind open in any arena of life usually transfers to doing so in others, thus rendering the practice of real open-mindedness, combined with regular reality-checking, a truly subversive activity.

A number of independent UFO-ET investigators, some astute and tirelessly dedicated to uncovering the truth, are convinced that the top-elite information suppressors are privy to astounding evidence of extraterrestrial humanoids (e.g., the "greys") visiting earth and even contacting humans, including government officials. They maintain that the era of secrecy began with the now-fabled "flying saucer" crash near Roswell, N.M., in 1947, in which dead aliens allegedly were recovered from the wreckage, secreted away from public inquiry. The crash was at first confirmed by Air Force officials, then later denied; the reputed debris as explained (with an exhibitory photo) as the grounded remnants of a weather balloon.

Some investigators have concluded that at least one alien likely survived the Roswell crash but later died in captivity, after examination and interrogation. This information, they claim, has been disclosed by anonymous witnesses. They contend that other mostly, unnamed (with a few notable exceptions such as Sgt. Clifford Stone, who claims to have actually met one extraterrestrial) former insiders have knowledge that technology retrieved from the Roswell crash has been reverse-engineered by our scientists, and that most of our leading technical advances over the past decades are due to that clandestine program.

All of which may seem fantastical to skeptical minds. Yet who is qualified to dismiss such scenarios as impossible across the board without thorough, honest examination of the facts? Truth is indeed often stranger than fiction. After a half-century of UFO sightings by sane, believable eye-witnesses, including civilians, military personnel (mainly pilots who have gone on record) and commercial airline pilots, the media debunkers and ridiculing UFO skeptics are shown to be the ones not dealing adequately or honestly with the reality.

The late astronomy popularizer, Carl Sagan, said when we first meet the extraterrestrials face-to-face, it will be an event of high strangeness. His prognostication has been depicted in countless versions of aliens by science fiction writers and filmmakers. Yet there is the possibility that a few of the other-worlders are, in appearance at least, not nearly so fearsomely hideous as we have been media-conditioned to believe.

In fact, one ET group has been described by "contactees" as attractively human-like. Perhaps they are masters of disguise (shapeshifters?) though, and really are bizarre-looking underneath, in which case, if the accounts are true, "they" really may be "walking among us." The possibilities for the reason of their presence are many if they're really here.

But let's have what verifiable reality is actually available about them given to us by those who know, soon. Surely most of us can now handle the truth, and the information suppressors must know that. So, what's the holdup?

A. Wayne Senzee, formerly of Hays, is a published author now residing in Salina.

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