POLITICAL SPIN AND EXTRATERRESTRIAL DISCLOSURE – SHAPING PUBLIC OPINION FOR ‘FIRST CONTACT’ WITH EXTRATERRESTRIALS
© Michael E. Salla, PhD
January 1, 2005
There has been a worldwide suppression of a secret extraterrestrial presence on Earth for at least 50 years from the general public and most elected public officials. The official public disclosure of the extraterrestrial presence has long been speculated to be imminent. The repeated delays have led to much uncertainty over when the secret extraterrestrial presence will eventually be disclosed. Some whistleblowers persuasively argue that once international terrorism fails to be a credible justification for the vast military expenditures by the U.S. military, then military-intelligence agencies will turn to the extraterrestrial presence to justify such expenditure. However, rather than ‘when’ being the critical issue to be decided, it appears that the more difficult issue is ‘how’ the extraterrestrial presence will be disclosed or ‘politically spun’. The different scenarios of a first contact that have emerged into the public arena by various UFO researchers/whistleblowers point to a competition between and within government agencies for how ‘First Contact’ will be ‘spun’ for world-wide consumption. It appears that there are strong factional rivalries within clandestine organizations that respectively have their own favored contact scenario. It is these rivalries that best explain the long delay in public disclosure of the extraterrestrial presence.
Preparing for ‘First Contact’ is a means of understanding the full extent of the extraterrestrial presence, the accompanying secrecy that has accompanied this, and being ready for a ‘First Contact’ event that firmly transforms human life on Earth. There are, however, a number of contact scenarios that put a particular ‘spin’ on the extraterrestrial presence that would allow clandestine national security agencies to continue to control extraterrestrial affairs in a secret and undemocratic manner. Significant changes in public opinion of extraterrestrials can be attributed not just to alleged extraterrestrial behavior and spontaneous changes in public attitudes, but to a secret competition between different factions of the ‘shadow government’ promoting perceptions that support a particular First Contact scenario that best permits their continued influence and power. Beginning in the months of October/November 2003, an alternative scenario began circulating on the World Wide Web that has led to the emergence of a new actor in how public opinion is being shaped for a ‘First Contact’ event. This new actor is outside of the mass media system that is largely controlled by a small number of elites associated with management groups of extraterrestrial affairs, and appears to be solely a result of a spontaneous global response to ‘when’ and ‘how’ First Contact should occur. In what follows, I examine three First Contact scenarios that have varying degrees of support and can be considered most likely to occur. Finally, I examine how public opinion is being shaped in ways that promote particular First Contact scenarios, and the respective roles of extraterrestrials, national security agencies, UFO/exopolitics researchers, and the general public.
About the Author
Dr. Michael E. Salla is a pioneer in the development of exopolitics, the scholarly study of the political implications of an extraterrestrial presence that is not acknowledged to the general public, elected officials nor the mass media. His interest in exopolitics evolved out of his investigation of the sources of international conflict and its relationship with the undisclosed extraterrestrial presence. He cites evidence of as many as sixteen different extraterrestrial races currently interacting with humanity in a variety of ways, with a number of other races simply monitoring the Earth (click to read). His groundbreaking book Exopolitics: Political Implications of the Extraterrestrial Presence (Dandelion Books, 2004) presents the first scholarly framework for understanding the political implications of the extraterrestrial presence.
Dr. Salla is an internationally recognized scholar in international politics, conflict resolution, ‘track two diplomacy’, US foreign policy, and is the author/editor of an additional four books including The Hero’s Journey Toward a Second American Century (Greenwood Press, 2002); Essays on Peace (Central Queensland University Press, 1995); Why the Cold War Ended (Greenwood Press, 1995); and Islamic Radicalism, Muslim Nations and the West (1993). He has also authored more than seventy articles, chapters, and book reviews on peace, ethnic conflict and conflict resolution. He has held academic appointments in the School of International Service& the Center for Global Peace, American University, Washington DC (1996-2004); the Department of Political Science, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia (1994-96); and the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, Washington D.C., (2002). He has a PhD in Government from the University of Queensland, Australia, and an MA in Philosophy from the University of Melbourne, Australia.
Dr Salla has conducted research and fieldwork in the ethnic conflicts in East Timor,Kosovo, Macedonia, and Sri Lanka, and organized succesful ‘track two diplomacy’ and peacemaking initiatives involving mid to high level participants from these conflicts. He combines his experience in ‘track two diplomacy’ in the interational arena with his exopolitics research to produce a unique set of skills and knowledge base for ‘galactic diplomacy’ involving private citizens and groups. It is his unique scholarly combination of conflict resolution, ‘track two diplomacy’, international politics and exopolitics that provides a firm foundation for establishing key principles and practices of ‘track two galactic diplomacy’.
POLITICAL SPIN AND EXTRATERRESTRIAL DISCLOSURE – SHAPING PUBLIC OPINION FOR ‘FIRST CONTACT’ WITH EXTRATERRESTRIALS
There has been a worldwide suppression of a secret extraterrestrial presence on Earth for at least 50 years from the general public and most elected public officials. The official public disclosure of the extraterrestrial presence has long been speculated to be imminent. In an alleged 1954 meeting between President Eisenhower and an extraterrestrial delegation, for example, it was reported that disclosure of the extraterrestrial presence was imminent.  The repeated delays have led to much uncertainty over when the secret extraterrestrial presence will eventually be disclosed. Some whistleblowers persuasively argue that once international terrorism fails to be a credible justification for the vast military expenditures by the U.S. military, then military-intelligence agencies will turn to the extraterrestrial presence to justify such expenditure.  However, rather than ‘when’ being the critical issue to be decided, it appears that the more difficult issue is ‘how’ the extraterrestrial presence will be disclosed or ‘politically spun’. There appears to be a secret effort to shape public opinion of an extraterrestrial presence in a way that prepares the public to accept a particular ‘first contact’ scenario.
It appears that what has yet to be decided is when public disclosure of the extraterrestrial presence occurs and how it will be ‘spun’ to facilitate continued control by small clandestine groups of public officials not governed by usual democratic rules over accountability and transparency. The different scenarios of a first contact that have emerged into the public arena by various UFO researchers/whistleblowers point to a competition between and within government agencies for how ‘First Contact’ will be ‘spun’ for world-wide consumption. It appears that there are strong factional rivalries within clandestine organizations that respectively have their own favored contact scenario. It is these rivalries that best explain the long delay in public disclosure of the extraterrestrial presence.
Preparing for ‘First Contact’ is a means of understanding the full extent of the extraterrestrial presence, the secrecy that has accompanied this, and being ready for a ‘First Contact’ event that firmly transforms human life on Earth. There are, however, a number of contact scenarios that put a particular ‘spin’ on the extraterrestrial presence that would allow clandestine national security agencies to continue to control extraterrestrial affairs in a secret and undemocratic manner. Significant changes in public opinion of extraterrestrials can be attributed not just to alleged extraterrestrial behavior and spontaneous changes in public attitudes, but to a secret competition between different factions of the ‘shadow government’ promoting perceptions that support a particular First Contact scenario that best permits their continued influence and power. Beginning in the months of October/November 2003, an alternative scenario began circulating on the World Wide Web that has led to the emergence of a new actor in how public opinion is being shaped for a ‘First Contact’ event. This new actor is outside of the mass media system that is largely controlled by a small number of elites associated with management groups of extraterrestrial affairs, and appears to be solely a result of a spontaneous global response to ‘when’ and ‘how’ First Contact should occur.
The new actor comprises a number of rapidly emerging ‘contact groups’ that believe global humanity has been recently contacted by extraterrestrial races that want to know if ordinary citizens want extraterrestrials to simply ‘show up’ and end public secrecy over the extraterrestrial presence. The rapid emergence of these ‘contact groups’ their impact on global public opinion on extraterrestrials, and repression of key spokespersons of these contact groups, suggests a secret struggle exists between multiple players over ‘when’ and ‘how’ First Contact will occur. In what follows, I examine three First Contact scenarios that have varying degrees of support and can be considered most likely to occur. Finally, I examine how public opinion is being shaped in ways that promote particular First Contact scenarios, and the respective roles of extraterrestrials, national security agencies, UFO/exopolitics researchers, and the general public.
Political Spin and the Extraterrestrial Presence
William Safire defines ‘political spin’ as “a deliberate shading of news perception; attempted control of political reaction.”  The terms ‘political spin’ and ‘spin doctors’ first came to be used in U.S. Presidential campaigns.  The following editorial by the New York Times referred to how ‘political spin’ was professionally handled by President Reagan’s senior advisors shortly before the 1984 elections:
A dozen men in good suits and women in silk dresses will circulate smoothly among the reporters, spouting confident opinions. They won’t be just press agents trying to impart a favorable spin to a routine release. They’ll be Spin Doctors, senior advisors to the candidates, and they’ll be playing for very high stakes. How well they do their work could be as important as how well the candidates do theirs. 
Rather than something that pertains solely to the conventional political process, ‘political spin’ has been used in managing the extraterrestrial phenomenon from the 1940’s due to the covert work of military intelligence agencies whose task it has been to cover up the extraterrestrial presence to the general public. Official documents leaked to the general public show that a secrecy policy was initiated as early as 1947 under the Truman administration.  The following passage from an ‘alleged official document’ leaked to UFO researchers, describes in stark detail the official secrecy policy as it had evolved by April 1954:
Any encounter with entities known to be of extraterrestrial origin is to be considered to be a matter of national security and therefore classified TOP SECRET. Under no circumstances is the general public or the public press to learn of the existence of these entities. The official government policy is that such creatures do not exist, and that no agency of the federal government is now engaged in any study of extraterrestrials or their artifacts. Any deviation from this stated policy is absolutely forbidden. 
The officially sanctioned secrecy policy was supported by military intelligence agencies whose task it has been to deflect public attention away from the extraterrestrial presence. Arguably the single most important achievement in deflecting public attention away was in developing the term ‘UFO’, which was supposedly coined by Captain Edward Ruppelt in 1951 to replace the less scientifically precise term ‘flying saucer’. Ruppelt claimed that “UFO is the official term that I created to replace the words ‘flying saucers’.”  Yet as Dr Steven Greer discovered in his consultations with a range of military-government insiders, the term UFO was not widely used at all by insiders: “They’re actually ETV, extraterrestrial vehicle, related. No one uses the word UFO, by the way. UFO was coined after they knew they weren’t unidentified.”  The term UFO therefore provided a useful cover for the extraterrestrial vehicles that were known rather than unidentified. This piece of word sophistry proved to be invaluable in the succeeding decades for senior officials who might have to occasionally go on the public record. So rather than outright lying, senior government and military officials who knew about the extraterrestrial presence were strictly telling the truth when they could say, for example, ‘that they had seen no evidence supporting the existence of UFOs.’
Such denials of the existence of UFO’s or evidence supporting them was simply military intelligence ‘spin’ based on secret military knowledge of extraterrestrial piloted craft that were ‘identified’, rather than ‘unidentified’. According to John Maynard, a former Defense Intelligence Agency analyst who helped in covering up the extraterrestrial presence this was done through what he described as ‘disinformation’ which has a similar dynamic to political spin:
Disinformation or misinformation: The art of provided information in a form that has a certain amount of truth in the statement to make it a plausible answer to a question or a possible solution to the topic at hand. Yet, if employed correctly will lead the person to believe the opposite of what is correct, in other words, come to the wrong conclusions… [For example] A simple program, say changing the shape of an object, such as flying saucers. State the real fact of what was stated, but add that you ‘thought it was saucer-shaped’, and suggest that the person who was looking at it from a different angle, saw something like this: “You said it was cigar-shaped, I thought it was more of a saucer shape myself, probably the angle made the difference.” If you keep repeating this eventually they will believe it was saucer- shaped. The truth: the person saw a cigar-shaped object. You changed their minds, and that is what will be reported. 
So along with disinformation, ‘political spin’ made it possible for senior officials to cover up for decades what they knew, and to allow the general public to remain in the dark about visiting extraterrestrial races. So rather than a new development, ‘political spin’, along with other military intelligence strategies such as disinformation, has been used since the very beginning of the UFO phenomenon to shape public perceptions about the reality of visiting extraterrestrial races and their vehicles. So I now precede to examine two ‘officially sanctioned’ scenarios that are likely to be ‘spun’ to prepare the general public for ‘first contact’ with extraterrestrial races in a way that will assist the long term agenda of national intelligence agencies.
Contact Scenario 1: ‘War of the Worlds’ – The Hostile Extraterrestrial
In 1938, Orson Wells produced a radio adaptation of H.G. Wells, ‘War of the Worlds’.  In the famous broadcast, listeners believed they were hearing genuine news reports of an attack by Martians on Earth, and the destruction of the United States. While Wells’ production shocked listeners, it gave a classic example of how mass communication could very easily shape public opinion of extraterrestrial races. Moving to the present era, Dr Steven Greer, director of the ‘Disclosure Project’, has interviewed over 400 whistleblowers that are former or current employees in the U.S. military-intelligence community, corporations working on military projects, or the aviation industry.  In his interviews he has learned of a secret plan that involved producing another fictitious ‘War of the Worlds’ as a ‘First Contact’ event where the global population would officially learn of the hitherto secret extraterrestrial presence in terms of a contrived extraterrestrial invasion:
To justify eventually spending trillions of dollars on space weapons, the world would be deceived about a threat from outer space, thus uniting the world in fear, in militarism and in war. Since 1992 I have seen this script unveiled to me by at least a dozen well-placed insiders. Of course, initially I laughed, thinking this just too absurd and far-fetched. Dr. Rosin gave her testimony to the Disclosure Project before 9/11. And yet others told me explicitly that things that looked like UFOs but that are built and under the control of deeply secretive ‘black’ projects, were being used to simulate – hoax – ET-appearing events, including some abductions and cattle mutilations, to sow the early seeds of cultural fear regarding life in outer space. And that at some point after global terrorism, events would unfold that would utilize the now-revealed Alien Reproduction Vehicles (ARVs, or reversed-engineered UFOs made by humans by studying actual ET craft – see the book ‘Disclosure’ by the same author) to hoax an attack on Earth. Like the movie Independence Day, an attempt to unite the world through militarism would unfold using ET as the new cosmic scapegoat (think Jews during the Third Reich). 
The fake extraterrestrial invasion would presumably happen at a time and place that suits the interests of clandestine organizations that have secretly managed extraterrestrial affairs since the Second World War era. 
A significant development that supports such a possibility is the production of modern version of ‘War of the Worlds’. Directed by Steven Spielberg, staring Tom Cruise and produced with a budget of $200 million, the remake was fast –tracked for release in June 2005. The movie would, like the “Independence Day” movie, popularize in the U.S. and global population the idea of an extraterrestrial invasion, and the need for a coordinated global defense. Such a need was something that former U.S. President Ronald Reagan fervently believed was necessary based on his secret knowledge of the extraterrestrial presence:
In our obsession with antagonisms of the moment, we often forget how much unites all the members of humanity. Perhaps we need some outside, universal threat to make us recognize this common bond. I occasionally think, how quickly our differences worldwide would vanish if we were facing an alien threat from outside this world. And yet, I ask is not an alien force ALREADY among us?” “There are only a handful of people who know the truth about this. 
The association of Spielberg with the new ‘War of the Worlds’ is quite significant since there have been rumors that his earlier movie, “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” was secretly an effort to prime the general public for disclosure of the extraterrestrial presence. 
A contrived ‘War of the Worlds’ would allow military-intelligence organizations in the U.S. and elsewhere to continue their vast network of secret projects that are funded by ‘black’ budgets that in the case of the US, go as high as $1.7 trillion dollars annually.  The ‘fake invasion’ would allow the passage of strict national security laws that would benefit those factions within the national and global extraterrestrial management groups that desire to maintain full control of all aspects of the extraterrestrial presence without being scrutinized by open and transparent democratic processes. The strongest supporters of a fake extraterrestrial invasion have been described by former ‘government insiders’ Daniel Salter and Michael Wolf, as a mysterious military ‘Cabal’ within the ‘shadow government’ running extraterrestrial affairs, that has in the past approved policies targeting and shooting down visiting extraterrestrial space craft. According to Salter, a “renegade force called the Cabal is responsible for attacking and retrieving extraterrestrial entities and craft. They may be the group that is aggressively disturbing the potential of contact between the ETs and humankind.” 
According to Greer and another UFO researcher, Dr Richard Boylan, many of the recent reports of extraterrestrial abuses are related to military abductions (MILABs). They cite the work of Dr Helmut Lammer who has provided extensive analysis of the role of military-intelligence agencies in the abduction experience.  Lammer’s work suggests that these MILABs have a genuine extraterrestrial component in them implying either cooperation or connection with extraterrestrial abductions. For example, if an extraterrestrial abduction occurs, then this is somehow monitored and the same ‘victim’ is then abducted and examined by military-intelligence forces using invasive medical and psychological techniques. Reflecting on the relationship between extraterrestrial abductions and MILABs, Lammer writes: “If one speculates that a core of the alien abduction phenomenon is indeed real, the same people who are behind these [secret military] projects would have an interest in alien biology/genetics and mind control procedures.” 
Prominent UFO ‘abduction’ researchers such as Dr David Jacobs, Budd Hopkins and the late Dr Karla Turner have provided detailed case studies of the abusive aspects of UFO ‘abductions’.  These researchers found disturbing evidence of abusive treatment of individuals taken into UFO craft, of women being involuntarily subjected to a genetic program aimed at producing human-extraterrestrial hybrids, and of adult hybrids performing humiliating sexual activities on female abductees. Jacobs elaborates on the possible goal of the extraterrestrial abduction program as follows:
With the use of superior technology, both physical and biological, they are engaging in 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…. In the end it is possible that it will be of some benefit to us but if we survive as a species, the price for this charity will be relinquishment of the freedom to dictate our own destiny and, most likely, our personal freedom as well. 
Elaborating on recent reports of abusive human extraterrestrial encounters, the well-known UFO writer, Whitley Strieber suggested that a ‘dark chapter’ has started as far as the extraterrestrial presence is concerned for those experiencing the abduction phenomenon.  More disturbingly, he cites reports of human mutilations as worrying testimony of this disturbing new phase. A detailed study of one human mutilation was evidence that the perpetrators had no concern about the life of the victim and of leaving the evidence behind.  In addition to the human mutilation phenomenon, are reports of underground bases where extraterrestrials perform a variety of experiments on abducted humans who are held indefinitely and appear to be little more than laboratory specimens. Most disturbing is evidence that national security agencies are aware of such abuses and even complicit in their occurrence. 
The increasing evidence of hostile extraterrestrial behavior have contributed to shifts in public opinion of extraterrestrials from the friendly ‘space brothers’ of early UFO experiences such as George Adamski, to the more dangerous ‘hostile visitors’ that need to be closely monitored and even opposed by national security agencies.  This increase in reports of abusive extraterrestrial behavior may have different explanations. The first is that there has been an increase in extraterrestrials performing abductions and/or humans remembering and reporting these negative encounters as Jacobs and Strieber contend. The second is that there has been an upsurge in military-intelligence abductions which have thrown a distortive layer into the more benign human-extraterrestrial encounter as Greer and Boylan contend. It is likely that both explanations are valid which accounts for the wide range of perspectives found in those studying the abduction phenomenon. 
Consequently, the evidence in terms of increased reports of abuses related to the abduction phenomenon points to the conclusion that there has been a distinct shift in the way the extraterrestrials presence is being managed and being ‘leaked’ to the general public. It is very likely that the military-intelligence community is playing a prominent role in leaking information that extraterrestrials visiting Earth are hostile and regularly violate human abductees. This ‘spinning’ of the extraterrestrial data would make possible a First Contact scenario where an extraterrestrial invasion is faked either entirely by military-intelligence units, staged with cooperative factions of extraterrestrials, or represent a limited military confrontation with extraterrestrial races performing unauthorized abductions.
As Steven Greer suggests, the contrived war on terrorism and invasion of Iraq are stepping-stones to the ultimate ‘war of the worlds’.  The ‘Cabal’ is very influential within the Bush administration as evidenced by the preemptive war in Iraq, and views its long term interests as best served with continuation of a strict national security system.  A contrived extraterrestrial invasion would allow the Bush administration to release sufficient information about the historic extraterrestrial presence to support past U.S. military intelligence polices regarding the cover-up of the extraterrestrial presence. This would ensure that former officials involved in secretly managing extraterrestrial affairs would not be made accountable for past actions and protected from legal prosecution. While there appears to be firm support from within the U.S. military-intelligence community for a ‘contrived invasion’, there has also reportedly been significant opposition that has led to factional splits in the ‘shadow government’ responsible for managing ET affairs. 
Furthermore, there appears to be only weak support from global institutions for a contrived ‘war of the worlds’ that are more influenced by moderate extraterrestrial control management groups associated with international institutions such as the Bilderberg Group and the Trilateral Commission. According one researcher:
The “progressives” within Bilderberg and within the National Security apparatus of the U.S. have as their objective that the world’s conflicts be ended, and that thus, there be no temptation to weaponize ET technology, before ET high-tech such as zero-point energy devices are allowed to go into public circulation. 
This is reflected in major global opposition to the Bush administration’s policies in Iraq which is a cover for a more aggressive extraterrestrial management role by the Cabal embedded within the U.S. national security system.  It appears that there is a genuine factional struggle between a hard-line control group apparently wanting to have or to create the impression of a need for a war with extraterrestrial races, and another faction seeking cooperation and a more genuine form of disclosure. Consequently, a contrived “War of the Worlds’ is a possible extraterrestrial contact scenario that would be spun for general public consumption, and has varying degrees of support in the secret management groups that run extraterrestrial affairs.
Contact Scenario 2: Close Encounters of the Third Kind – The ‘Friendly Though Enigmatic’ Extraterrestrial
This contact scenario would use a variation of scripts popularized by Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and the more recent television mini-series he produced Taken.  Here the extraterrestrials would be depicted in a more friendly though enigmatic light as a technologically advanced race that has entered into some loose agreements with the U.S. and possibly other national governments. In these agreements, the extraterrestrials exchanged their advanced technology for the U.S. government acquiescing to the extraterrestrials using human genetic material for the biological enhancement of their race. The agreements would portray the relationship and motivations of both the extraterrestrials and clandestine government authorities as benign, but that these agreements suffered hiccups due to the willful activities of a renegade group of military-intelligence officials – the ‘Cabal’.
The secrecy surrounding extraterrestrial-government agreements, extraterrestrial abuses of civilians, shooting down of extraterrestrial ships would presumably be attributed to the willful activities and disinformation stemming from the ‘Cabal’, and/or the possible assistance of ‘rogue’ extraterrestrial groups.  Military-intelligence officials associated with the ‘Cabal’ would be identified and made accountable for their activities, and/or ‘rogue extraterrestrials’ would be forced to leave. The script for this scenario would then involve the world celebrating the open appearance of ‘friendly’ extraterrestrials willing to assist humanity acquire advanced technology, purging of the ‘Cabal’ from the military intelligence community, and/or departure of ‘rogue’ extraterrestrials. Remaining extraterrestrials would subsequently be depicted in a more positive light as friendly though enigmatic entities that can assist in the development of human civilization.
Supporters of Spielberg’s Close Encounters ‘contact scenario’ within the military intelligence community have long leaked information of the benign intentions of extraterrestrial visitors. This ‘leaked’ information comes from ‘whistleblowers’ or those embedded with national security organizations that may be part of a covert campaign to shape public opinion for a forthcoming public disclosure. Researchers such as Steven Greer and Richard Boylan support the view that extraterrestrials are friendly and that all stories of abusive extraterrestrial behavior are due to disinformation stemming from the ‘Cabal’. Greer in particular cites an impressive array of military whistleblowers he has interviewed who testify to the benign nature of the extraterrestrials. For example, Clifford Stone who served for twenty years in covert retrievals of extraterrestrial craft, stated the following in an interview with Greer:
We have contact with aliens not originating from some foreign country but from some other solar system. And I have been a party to that. I’ve worked it. I’ve been there. And I know some of the things we do is really, really, really, really terrible. The are not hostile toward us. We are the enemy in this instance – be we are the enemy, I like to think, for good reasons.” 
Another whistleblower Greer interviewed, Daniel Salter, also attests to the benign nature of extraterrestrials: “[Werner] von Braun knew that from 1947 through 1951, we had shot down, captured and arrested extraterrestrials with their vehicles so we could study them. Yet the ETs have never committed an aggressive act towards humans; humans have always shot first.”  Boylan relies on interviews with Dr Michael Wolf to assert the benign intentions of extraterrestrials. 
Despite these clear references to benign extraterrestrials, there are references by some of these same whistleblowers to ‘rogue extraterrestrials’ in other interviews not cited by Greer or Boylan. For instance in another interview, Clifford Stone distinguishes between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ extraterrestrials, and clearly refers to one group, the Grays, as committing egregious abductions and that the U.S. government is unsure how to disclose this to the general public:
“The good guys [ETs] are, well, I like to refer to them as being nomadic. What you’re talking about, about the non-intervention with other intelligent life forms is a universal law. The nomadics go along with that. The greys violated the universal law…. I think there is the effort for the good guys to make contact with the people within our government, but I think now what is happening is that the U.S. government learned in 1983 or thereabout that they are NOT dealing with the good guys, but really don’t know what to do about it. 
Michael Wolf also elaborated on the motivations of extraterrestrial races in an interview where he stated:
Most are benevolent. Occasionally some get through the alien barrier, but they don’t generally come back. They don’t come back here once they are spotted and identified. Once they have hidden agendas, once they are identified, they are barred from coming here…. But those are out of a myriad of races, and they are few and far between. 
The idea that most extraterrestrials are benign, but that a few are rogue who form a troublesome minority in the galactic community has been supported by the remote viewer, Dr Courtney Brown who has conducted numerous remote viewing sessions of visiting extraterrestrials.  He argues, for example, that the “reptilians are involved with weapons manufacture… I suggest that these prototypes are designed to shoot down ships aligned with the Galactic Federation, particularly Grey ships.” 
The most intriguing whistleblower information concerning different extraterrestrial factions come from a microbiologist, Dr Dan Burisch, who allegedly worked closely with a ‘Gray’ extraterrestrial known as J-Rod.  According to Burisch he actually took biological samples from the extraterrestrial that was from Zeta Reticulum: “I was briefed that J-Rod was an alien, specifically from the (Zeta) Reticuli 1 and 2 (binary) system, specifically from Reticulum 4 (fourth planet from one of the suns).”  Using the knowledge and material gained from his interaction with J-Rod, Burisch allegedly worked on a highly classified project called ‘Lotus’ which focused on acquiring knowledge of a mysterious ‘Ganesh Particle’ that could lead to cell regeneration and the creation of life.  The case involving Burisch has led to the release of information of his classified work with J-Rod, his work on Project Lotus, and his communications with select shadow government committees.
A very significant fact about Burisch is that a number of independent researchers have been able to conduct face to face interviews concerning his classified activities, and were even allowed to distribute this information to the general public. These include well known researchers such as Linda Moulton Howe and Bill Hamilton, and members of a popular internet forum, Sterling D. Allan and Harry Dschaak.  Even the author of this paper was able to have a limited email communication with Dr Burisch that discussed aspects of the classified projects Burisch was engaged in.  These researchers have all detected something of great significance occurring in the Burisch case, and their unprecedented access to Burisch who was actively engaged in a classified project suggested that the disclosures made by Burisch had insider support. Prominent individuals within one of the key shadow government committees, apparently the ‘Committee of the Majority’, were facilitating access, and enabling the distribution of the Burisch material.  According to Burisch’s supporters, this is because Burisch is insisting on the information he possessed being distributed to the public, otherwise he wouldn’t cooperate in Project Lotus which was essential since he apparently was the only microbiologist with the requisite knowledge to understand the Ganesh particle. 
Another significant aspect of the Burisch saga is that there is apparently a policy schism within the secret committee system that runs extraterrestrial affairs. While Burisch has had access to the general public and been able to release classified information, there have also allegedly been efforts to intimidate and silence him by those insider factions opposed to the disclosure process he was participating in. Apparently, Burisch was physically attacked, had his memories removed, was taken to remote locations and held incommunicado for extensive periods. 
Some of the major exopolitical themes coming through the Burisch saga are that there are two factions of J-Rod extraterrestrials. One faction apparently helped Burisch in his research and is benign, and wants the knowledge concerning the ‘Ganesh particle’ disseminated in a way that helps humanity, and also assists the Grays/J-Rods themselves in repairing their own damaged DNA. The other faction of J-Rods/Grays is somehow causing problems that leads to ‘reactionary’ or ultra-nationalistic national security officials (i.e., ‘the Cabal’) implementing xenophopic policies towards extraterrestrials. Evidently, the Cabal wants to gain control of the Ganesh Particle so it can be used for the usual range of self-serving reasons of power, greed and exploitation.
Burisch’s information and public interviews is evidence of a factional struggle between different control groups within the extraterrestrial management system over how to present the first contact scenario.  ‘Progressive controllers’ are allegedly in an intense struggle against ‘reactionary’ controllers (‘the cabal’) in setting up policy on extraterrestrials and how to respond to Dan Burisch. There is also a split between friendly J-Rods/Grays and rogue J-Rods/Grays in terms of extraterrestrial motivations and activities towards humanity. Individuals following the Burisch saga believe that the very fate of humanity is being decided through this clandestine struggle, and the general public is being urged to support Dr Burisch in releasing the information and appearing before the U.S. Congress.  This implies supporting the progressives within the management system in their ‘difficult struggle’ against the reactionaries and rogue ‘J-Rods’. Such a struggle is alluded to by Boylan in his discussion of progressive and reactionary management factions in U.S. and global institutions, and his support for ‘progressive’ factions. 
What can be concluded from the Burisch material is that it has been largely developed to present a credible contact scenario sought by military-intelligence organizations managing extraterrestrial affairs. The unprecedented public access to Burisch and his ability to disclose classified information indicates he is ‘unknowingly’ part of a covert campaign to influence public opinion about the extraterrestrial presence and classified projects. Burisch’s work with J-Rod/Grays and his involvement with ‘Ganesh particle’ indicates a joint government/ extraterrestrial effort to give a more morally positive image to the extraterrestrial presence, and to create the perception that their biological work has beneficial applications for both humanity and the Gray extraterrestrial race. At the same time, the existence of ‘rogue extraterrestrials’ and a reactionary ‘Cabal’ provides the basis for explaining the more negative aspects of the extraterrestrial presence found in numerous abduction reports and whistleblower testimonies. 
Another variation of the ‘friendly though enigmatic’ extraterrestrial contact scenario emerges from the recent publication of a whistleblower’s experiences with a race he described as ‘Tall Whites’.  Charles Hall was stationed at Nellis Air force base from 1965-67 where his duty was to use weather balloons for the Air Force from the Indian Springs location on the base. He describes his interactions with ‘Tall Whites’ beginning in 1965 and how he and other servicemen coped with their disturbing presence. Hall described a catalogue of incidents where the ‘tall Whites’ terrorized other military servicemen who didn’t understand them, surprised them or threatened them in some way. The ‘tall Whites’ are described in enigmatic terms as a race that physically intimidated some servicemen, yet were capable of displaying sincere friendship and appreciation to Hall since he had apparently saved the life of a ‘tall White’.  This is where the Tall Whites display more positive qualities such as friendship and superior knowledge that they shared with Hall and with the U.S. Air Force. Hall describes how the US Air Force would supply the tall whites with metals such as titanium and aluminium, and food and clothing in exchange for the technologies relating to development of atomic powered space crafts. 
Significantly, the ‘Tall Whites’ began to be seen in the Mojave desert area in 1954 indicating that they were associated with the agreement(s) reached between the ‘tall Grays’ and the Eisenhower administration in 1954.  Hall further describes regularly seeing them in the presence of Air Force generals and other senior officials who recognized the ambassadorial status of the Tall White leader.  This indicates that a disclosure announcement will be likely made that spins information in a way that justifies the shadow government’s agreements with the ‘tall Whites’, and casts them as ‘friendly though enigmatic’ extraterrestrials.
In conclusion, the contact scenario that is being spun for public consumption is based on success by one faction of an extraterrestrial control management group (the ‘progressives’) over a more reactionary faction (the Cabal). The public disclosure process and the subsequent purging of the Cabal would be ‘spun’ in a way that legitimates the policies and approach of the ‘progressive’ faction of the management groups responsible for extraterrestrial affairs. This First Contact scenario would be more peaceful than the ‘War of the Worlds’ scenario and would lead to a more genuine account of the extraterrestrial presence. However, it would still be ‘spun’ in a way that disguises the full extent of extraterrestrial abuses, government complicity in this, and the presence of more ‘service oriented’ extraterrestrial races that have not been permitted to operate openly in human affairs.  This First Contact scenario would be based on cooperation between ‘progressives’ and extraterrestrials participating in secret agreements, to hide the full extent of the extraterrestrial presence on the planet, and the abusive activities that have occurred.  The shaping of public perceptions for a ‘First Contact’ scenario with ‘friendly though enigmatic’ extraterrestrials is well advanced as evidenced by public interest in the Burisch saga, the extraterrestrial abduction phenomenon, the popularity of the mini-series Taken, and the recent publication of Charles Hall’s memoirs.
Scenario 3: Star Trek – The Galactic Federation Shows Up
Very recently, another First Contact scenario emerged into the public arena that could very easily have come from the pen of the famous Star Trek producer Gene Rodenberry. It involved a message that claimed to originate from a group of extraterrestrial races addressed to ordinary citizens or ‘individuals without distinction’, and operating under a principle very similar to the ‘Prime Directive’ Rodenberry attributed to the Galactic Federation in his Star Trek series. The ‘Change the World’ message was received and distributed by a French aviation expert, Jean Ederman, and continues to circulate on the Internet, and gained worldwide attention.  The alleged extraterrestrial sponsors of the message transmitted through Ederman wanted to ask “individuals without distinction” the question “Do You Wish That We Show Up?” The extraterrestrials claimed to be conducting a global ballot on behalf of extraterrestrials concerned about the future of humanity’s sovereign control of the planet.
The extraterrestrials described how they had earlier attempted to reach agreement with government representatives on establishing First Contact but were rejected:
There are two ways to establish a cosmic contact with another civilisation: via its standing representatives or directly with individuals without distinction. The first way entails fights of interests, the second way brings awareness. The first way was chosen by a group of races motivated by keeping mankind in slavery, thereby controlling Earth resources, the gene pool and human emotional energy. The second way was chosen by a group of races allied with the cause of the Spirit of service. We have, at our end, subscribed to this disinterested cause and introduced ourselves a few years ago to representatives of the human power who refused our outstretched hand on the pretext of incompatible interests with their strategic vision. 
The reference to abusive extraterrestrial races that had signed secret agreements with human representatives is an accurate description of what has historically occurred, and presented a dilemma for more ‘service oriented’ extraterrestrials races that wanted to assist global humanity but were limited to something similar to Rodenberry’s Prime Directive. 
In explaining how they would establish contact by raising ‘awareness’ the extraterrestrials wrote about how a response to the question over them showing up would be the catalyst for the First Contact scenario they had in mind. A simple answer could be monitored and tabulated in some way as part of a ballot of global humanity:
“The truth of soul can be read by telepathy. You only need to clearly ask yourself this question [Do You Wish That We Show Up?] and give your answer as clearly, on your own or in a group, as you wish. … YES or NO, IMMEDIATELY AFTER ASKING THE QUESTION!” 
In understanding the significance of this message and the plausibility of the contact scenario is describes, it’s worth first examining the individual responsible for distributing the ‘Change the World’ message, it’s consistency with earlier contactee reports of ‘benevolent’ extraterrestrials, and the likelihood that it is a genuine communication from extraterrestrials. \
The author of the message is Jean Ederman, a French pilot, air traffic controller and airport manager, who claims to have been given the Message by a visiting group of ‘benevolent extraterrestrials’ after ‘mentally projecting himself into their space’. On his website he describes a number of experiences he has had with visiting ET races over the years as well as the experience that produced the ‘Change the World’ message: “after having learned how to mentally project myself to a place in the presence of benevolent ETs, I received the following message on behalf of their hierarchy.” 
Ederman’s method of communication falls into the category ‘telepathic thought exchange’. Such a form of communication is not unusual when it comes to analyzing the literature on extraterrestrials since many researchers/former government employees have commented on this including Dan Burisch and his interaction with J-Rod. For example, Sergeant Dan Sherman has written extensively of his participation in ‘Project Preserve Destiny’, a secret U.S. National Security Agency communication project that used psychics for establishing telepathic contact with extraterrestrial races.  This suggests that Ederman’s claimed communication with extraterrestrials is plausible. The difficult question is how to ascertain whether it is genuine or not? One way is to look for clues in Ederman’s own experiences and writings concerning extraterrestrials, the other way is to examine the message itself in terms of textual clarity, coherence, and its political content as far as extraterrestrials are concerned.
In examining Ederman’s website and his writings, one finds a chronology of Ederman’s experiences with extraterrestrials that date from 1977. He provides descriptions of extraterrestrial technology that while technical in nature, are not that difficult to conceptually grasp. Much of his material is consistent with the material provided by well-known whistleblowers such as Bob Lazar, a former physicist employed at Area 51.  Based on his experiences, website material, and the history of psychic communications with extraterrestrial races, there is nothing to dismiss the possibility that Ederman did genuinely achieve telepathic communication with one or more advanced extraterrestrial races in the ‘Change the World’ message. This now takes me to a textual analysis of the message.
What immediately stands out in the ‘Change the World’ message allegedly received from extraterrestrials is the strange grammar. This grammatical oddity appears to be little more than a translation problem from French to English, and may have been an intentional aspect behind the message, and the choice of a non-English speaker by the possible extraterrestrial race(s) behind it. The odd grammar forces the native English speaker to deviate from the typical left hemisphere brain processing that dominates when reading textual information. The left-brain processing of information tends to be analytical, logical, and reductive. The pondering of the strange grammar forces English speakers to use the right brain hemisphere where the processing of information is more creative, intuitive and expansive.  If an advanced extraterrestrial culture wanted to communicate to the general mass of humanity, and in the process shift individuals from using left brain dominant processes, to right brain dominant processes in order to more fully appreciate the content and significance of the communication; then translation from a non-dominant global language into the dominant language used on the internet would partly achieve this purpose.
The overall text in the ‘Change the World’ message is coherent and consistent, and indicative of someone with a high degree of intelligence and conceptual sophistication. He is able to express a range of complex issues in an accessible manner, despite the grammatical difficulties the English reader encounters when reading the French translation. More importantly, the text brings together a range of issues that combine together very well to frame the essential question posed by the text: “Do You Wish that We Show Up?” The organization of the text suggests someone who is familiar with the issues and concepts being discussed, and is competent in communicating this to others.
Ederman’s style is deliberative and purposive, rather than discursive or didactive. This is indicative of someone who wants to ‘inform’ others rather than ‘impose’ beliefs on others.  The message outlines the choices humanity has in dealing with a range of problems it has, rather than telling humanity what to do. The message makes clear what the extraterrestrials recommend, but does so in a way that leaves the choices up to humanity to decide. This suggests that the writer, is not setting out to establish a new philosophy or religion, but merely acting as a vehicle for transmission of the Message. My overall conclusion based on my analysis of the text is that Ederman is a rational intelligent individual, intent on faithfully communicating a message he has received, rather than concocting a story for a hidden agenda due to some psychological need for attention or ego gratification. The choice of a non-English speaker also appears to be significant in how the majority of humanity would process the ‘Change the World’ message. This takes me now to an exopolitical analysis of the message.
The content of the message refers to different extraterrestrial races that have interacted with various governments, and that the orientations and agendas of extraterrestrials differ widely. I have argued in another paper that there are at least seventeen different extraterrestrials races interacting in a significant way with humanity.  Six of these have extensive ties with or cooperated with what is described as a ‘military-industrial-extraterrestrial complex’. The other eleven extraterrestrial races were outside of this ‘military-industrial-extraterrestrial complex’ due to their principled opposition to giving technology to national governments that might be used for weapons research. My analysis is that the extraterrestrial races that apparently communicated with Ederman lie outside of the military-industrial-extraterrestrial complex. This is evidenced in the concern the extraterrestrials in the ‘Change the World’ message display with the human predicament and the sense of urgency they have in terms of the little time they argue humanity has. They show special concern for the situation created by ‘official representatives’ of humanity entering into agreements with other extraterrestrials and creating a military-industrial-extraterrestrial complex.
The extraterrestrials communicating in the ‘Change the World’ message are very respectful as evidenced by their asking for humanity’s permission and they appear to be quite guarded in what they can offer. Their reference to a hierarchy of extraterrestrials to which they report suggests that they are following galactic protocols laid down by more developed extraterrestrial races for intervention on planets such as Earth. Such protocols are described in the work of Alfred Webre who conducted research into different forms of communication with visiting extraterrestrial races. 
Thus far, my (exo)political analysis of the ‘Change the World’ message is quite consistent with the research I have conducted on the political implications of the extraterrestrial presence. The message is sophisticated in its analysis of the political problems caused by extraterrestrials visiting the planet and the consequences of the agreements they have reached with the military-intelligence communities that have ‘represented’ global humanity.
I now look at the ‘Change the World message’ and its consistency with contactee reports of extraterrestrials visiting and physically interacting with humanity. Ever since George Adamski wrote his famous book, Inside the Flying Saucers, in 1955, there has been a succession of private citizens who have claimed to have been contacted by extraterrestrial races and had extensive communications and interactions with them.  Along with Adamski, some of these initial contactees included Howard Menger, Orfeo Angelucci, Paul Villa and George Van Tassel.  These communications and interactions with extraterrestrials varied considerably depending on the contactee but essentially all revealed that extraterrestrial races were deliberately contacting private individuals to disseminate information about the existence of extraterrestrial races, and the benevolent intentions of extraterrestrials who were making contact. Over the years, the list of ‘contactees’ has grown considerably and the more well known in the recent era include Billy Meier, Carlos Diaz, Alex Collier, Enrique Castillo, and Phillip Krapf.  These ‘contactees’ have consequently given public lectures, written books, formed support groups, and communicated with key elites, all with the purpose of conveying the information given by extraterrestrials and convincing a skeptical public of the friendly nature of these extraterrestrials. The message distributed by Ederman is very consistent with the information distributed by most of these contactees who describe secret agreements involving national governments, deception by ‘rogue’ or ‘manipulative’ extraterrestrials, use of extraterrestrial technologies for military purposes, and widespread global environment damage caused by existing government policies.
I now look at one further possibility that might cast doubt on the genuineness of the message. One possibility that has been raised is that the message is a form of sophisticated disinformation.  The military-intelligence community in the U.S. and elsewhere has developed sophisticated disinformation strategies to distract UFO/Exopolitics researchers, misdirect their meager resources to unproductive areas, create division in the UFO/exopolitical research community, or to simply confuse and create uncertainty.  The primary goal of such disinformation is to direct attention away from any information that might threaten the non-disclosure policy of the military-intelligence community. The ‘Change the World’ message, on the contrary, achieves precisely the opposite. It has achieved a growing degree of public attention by disseminating information that undermines efforts by the military-intelligence community and responsible political representatives to deny the reality of the extraterrestrial presence. The message directs attention to the culpability of national agencies in establishing agreements with extraterrestrial races that have led to abuses of individuals and global humanity more generally. This reference to the culpability of the military-intelligence agencies is not something that these agencies desire to become public as evidenced in efforts to cover up cases such as human rights abuses in shared military-extraterrestrial facilities.  Due to the orientation and effect of the message, and the consistency with results of my own research on the extraterrestrial presence, I conclude that it is not government disinformation.
As a result of my analysis of Ederman’s background, intellectual abilities, and technical knowledge, nothing stands out as excluding the possibility that his ‘Change the World’ message constitutes a genuine communication from one or more extraterrestrial races. My analysis of the political implications of the message indicates that it is consistent with the basic facts concerning the extraterrestrial presence. Perhaps the most compelling reason for believing in the authenticity of the ‘Change the World’ message is what has occurred to Jean Ederman subsequent to his distribution of the message up until March 12, 2004. After mysteriously disappearing for several weeks where he allegedly spent time as a ‘contactee’ with the extraterrestrials responsible for initiating the message, Ederman subsequently returned only to be silenced by French national security agencies through a series of threats and intimidation against family members. Ederman was prevented from disclosing to the general public more information about the extraterrestrials responsible for the ‘Change the World’ message and his more recent extraterrestrial contact experiences.  This is consistent with the practice of National Security Agencies to silence ‘contactees’ who have physically interacted with extraterrestrials with threats and intimidation.  My overall conclusion is that the Message is a genuine communication to global humanity from one or more extraterrestrial races.
The ‘Change the World’ message describes a very different First Contact scenario to the first two described in this paper which are different spins on the extraterrestrial presence created by the shadow government responsible for extraterrestrial affairs. The ‘Change the World’ message provides an offer of tangible assistance to a global political problem we have – the world wide suppression of the extraterrestrial presence and the secret agreements that exist. By going directly to the general population – individuals without distinction – this group of extraterrestrials has sparked a very different process for shaping public opinion concerning First Contact. At the time of writing, the message had been translated into fourteen languages, and continues to generate numerous website discussions and initiatives including an online petition with over 750 signatures by December 2004. 
The spread of the message and the enthusiasm it generated for an alternative contact scenario has had a surprising effect on public opinion of the extraterrestrial presence. Contact groups are emerging around the planet united by enthusiasm for the prospect of a First Contact and promise to be a significant new actor in how the extraterrestrial presence is understood and managed.  The emergence of these contact groups and the impact on public opinion they are having may well have been the primary purpose of the message – preparing humanity to openly interact with extraterrestrial races.
Conclusion: Political Spin and Extraterrestrial Disclosure
In startling testimony for the Disclosure Project, Dr Carol Rosin testified how she had been present in secret high level discussions where disclosure of the extraterrestrial presence would occur after international terrorism failed to be a credible justification for vast military expenditures by the U.S. military.  These expenditures are vital to major U.S. corporations that have played a critical role in secretly servicing the vast network of projects that are directed towards the extraterrestrial presence. In an interview, Dr Carol Rosin revealed how Dr Werner Von Braun who had intimate knowledge of the vast covert projects that dealt with extraterrestrials, catalogued the list of future ‘threats’ to be used to justify military expenditures.
He [Von Braun] would say that starting where I entered the industry with the supposed Russian threat, but never actually existed the Russians were made to be the enemy. Then there would be terrorists, Third World country threats, there would be an asteroid threat. They might even say to us to try to influence the public into believing that there are many reasons for why we should put weapons in space. There might be a reason to protect our assets in space. But, the real one that he was always holding off on and would say again with tears filling his eyes every time he said this to me repeatedly was that the last card they are holding is the ‘alien card,’ the extraterrestrial card and none of them are hostile. 
The eventual exhaustion of conventional threats that justify growing military expenditures related to extraterrestrial projects is certain to result in eventual disclosure of an extraterrestrial presence. Furthermore, the growing amount of extraterrestrial related information released on to the internet also points to a critical point being reached that makes disclosure unavoidable. Consequently, it can be asserted with some confidence that public disclosure of the extraterrestrial presence is inevitable, but what remains to be decided is how this will happen. The role of public perception is the key to understanding ‘how’ First Contact will occur and how political spin will be used in this process. There is evidence that powerful factions within the control groups managing extraterrestrial affairs are competing to secretly shape the public’s perceptions of the extraterrestrial presence in a way that makes possible a contact scenario that suits the long terms agendas of these factions. 
One of these factions, described as the ‘Cabal’, represents a very nationalistic and militaristic approach to extraterrestrial affairs that is based on distrust over extraterrestrial motivations and activities. Another faction, the ‘progressives’, represents a more internationalist approach to extraterrestrial affairs that depict those extraterrestrials that have cooperated with covert agencies as ‘friendly though enigmatic’. While it was expected that an effort to shape public opinion would be something different factions in the extraterrestrial management groups would attempt due to the long history of non-disclosure and their complicity in this secrecy and use of ‘political spin’, the rapid spread of the ‘Change the World’ message has come as a major surprise.
Groups of individuals are emerging around the world believing that they now have a role to play in how the extraterrestrial presence is managed, and how First Contact emerges. Their unifying principles include ‘transparency’, ‘openness’ and ‘participatory democracy’. As these groups communicate and network amongst themselves, they have the potential to become a global mass movement that emerges as a major player in the way in which the extraterrestrial presence is managed at the national and global levels. Already one popular Yahoo discussion group with approximately 750 members by December 2004, ‘prepare4contact’, has drafted and voted on a document that outlines the aspirations and expectations of ‘individuals without distinction’ in how extraterrestrials need to conduct themselves when visiting Earth.  The public silencing of the author of the ‘Change the World’ message will ultimately only hinder rather than reverse the spread of the message and its popularity.
There is consequently a competition occurring between two factions of the clandestine groups that manage the extraterrestrials presence around the planet – the ‘progressives’ and an ultra nationalistic ‘Cabal’ that ostensibly represent the ‘light’ and ‘dark’ sides in how the extraterrestrial presence will be disclosed and ‘spun’ to the general public. However, a third actor in the form of an emerging global mass movement has been sparked into action by an unknown group of extraterrestrials responsible for initiating a series of global ballots on whether extraterrestrials should show up. These contact groups represent a genuine revolution in management of the extraterrestrial presence, going far beyond the limited reforms promised by ‘progressive’ global insiders in their efforts to remove the ‘Cabal’ from dominating the management of the extraterrestrial presence, while still maintaining a high degree of secrecy over the true extent and history of the extraterrestrial presence.
The effort to shape public opinion is likely to enter unchartered waters as the two rival factions in the extraterrestrial global management system find that the rise of a broad based global movement of contact groups represents a new dynamic in ‘when’ and ‘how’ First Contact will occur. The contact scenarios supported by opposing factions of the shadow government are variations of two dominant themes both of which involve extraterrestrials that have been parties to various agreements with the shadow government. The first is the emergence of ‘hostile extraterrestrials’ leading to a ‘War of the Worlds’ promoted by ‘reactionary insiders’ or the ‘Cabal’. The second is the emergence of ‘friendly though enigmatic extraterrestrials’ that are given a cautious welcome by ‘progressive’ elements of the shadow government. These two insider supported contact scenarios have been joined by a third scenario – a plausible ‘Star Trek’ – like contact event involving extraterrestrials who have not previously entered into agreements with military intelligence organizations. The emergence of this group of extraterrestrials with no track record of secret agreements or intrusive interactions with the global population is gradually capturing the hearts and minds of many familiar with the extraterrestrial presence.
The political spin surrounding First Contact is already well underway, and it is up to every individual to learn as much as possible in the remaining time before a disclosure announcement of the extraterrestrial presence is made or extraterrestrials emerge into the public consciousness in some unanticipated way. Understanding and learning about the extraterrestrial presence and First Contact is the best way in which private citizens or ‘individuals without distinction’ can influence ‘when’ and ‘how’ First Contact will occur, and limit the political spin that will be used to shape public perceptions about the extraterrestrial presence. A new world awaits us all with disclosure of the extraterrestrial presence, now is the time to contribute to how that new world will be shaped by our expectations and aspirations.
 I sincerely thank Angelika Whitecliff for her enthusiastic support and encouragement in the revision and completion of this paper. I also thank H.M. for identifying a number of typographical errors.
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 See Hall, Millennial Hospitality, vol 1., 451-54. For a range of online information concerning Charles Hall, go to: http://126.96.36.199/~exopoli3/charles-hall.htm
 See Michael Salla, ‘Tall White’ Extraterrestrials, Technology Transfer and Resource Extraction from Earth – An Analysis of Correspondence with Charles Hall,” http://188.8.131.52/~exopoli3/Exo-Comment-25.htm
 For Eisenhower-Extraterrestrial agreement see Michael Salla, “Eisenhower’s 1954 Meeting With Extraterrestrials,” available online at: http://exopolitics.org/Study-Paper-8.htm. For information on when the Tall Whites were first seen, see Hall, Millennial Hospitality, vol 1., 236.
 Hall, Millennial Hospitality, vol 1., 440-54.
 For description of different extraterrestrial races and their motivations, see “A Report on the Motivations and Activities of Extraterrestrial Races,” Exopolitics.org (July 26, 2004). Available online at: http://184.108.40.206/~exopoli3/Report-ET%20Motivations.htm
 Michael E. Salla, “The Dulce Report: Investigating Alleged Human Rights Abuses at a
Joint US Government-Extraterrestrial Base at Dulce, New Mexico,” Exopolitics.org (September 25, 2003). Available online at: http://220.127.116.11/~exopoli3/Dulce-Report.htm
 “Change the World By the Lever Effect,”, is reprinted in the appendix and is and is available online at: http://www.geocities.com/changetheworld_now/Changetheworld1.htm
 “Change the World By the Lever Effect,” is reprinted in the appendix and is available online at: http://www.geocities.com/changetheworld_now/Changetheworld1.htm
 For description of different extraterrestrial races and how these have historical interacted with humanity, see “A Report on the Motivations and Activities of Extraterrestrial Races,” http://18.104.22.168/~exopoli3/Report-ET%20Motivations.htm
 “Change the World By the Lever Effect,” available online at: http://www.geocities.com/changetheworld_now/Changetheworld1.htm
 For discussion of left/right brain functions, see David A. Sousa, How the Brain Learns, 2nd Edition (Corwin Press, 2000). For online information go to: http://coe.sdsu.edu/eet/Articles/dominance/index.htm
 For discussion of different learning strategies that lead to critical and emancipatory thinking, see Paulo Freire, Education For Critical Consciousness, (Continuum, 1993); and Pedagogy of the Oppressed. Rev. ed. (Continuum, 1994).
 See “A Report on the Motivations and Activities of Extraterrestrial Races,” http://22.214.171.124/~exopoli3/Report-ET%20Motivations.htm
 For discussion of experiences of an extensive number of contactees, see Timothy Good, Alien Base: The Evidence for Extraterrestrial Colonization on Earth.
 See Gary Kinder, Light Years: An Investigation into the Extraterrestrial Experiences of Eduard Meier (Publisher Group West, 1987); Phillip Krapf, “The Challenge of Contact: a mainstream journalist’s report on interplanetary diplomacy,” (Origin Press, 2001). An online article on Carlos Diaz is available at: http://www.ufoevidence.org/documents/doc1180.htm; A book by Alex Collier, Defending Sacred Ground is available online at: http://126.96.36.199/~exopoli3/collier-dsg1.pdf . Finally, see Enrique Castillo Rincon, UFOs: A Great New Dawn for Humanity (Blue Dolphin Publishing, 1997).
 For a critique of the message as disinformation, see Anthony Hargan & Henry, “Cosmic Spam: We are contacting you for a mutually beneficial transaction…” http://www.cassiopaea.org/cass/lever-effect.htm
 For discussion of the use of disinformation strategies used by military intelligence services, see John Maynard, “From Disinformation to Disclosure,” Surfing the Apocalypse, http://www.surfingtheapocalypse.com/maynard.html
 See Michael E. Salla, “The Dulce Report: Investigating Alleged Human Rights Abuses at a
Joint US Government-Extraterrestrial Base at Dulce, New Mexico,” Exopolitics.org (September 25, 2003). Available online at: http://188.8.131.52/~exopoli3/Dulce-Report.htm
 Confidential email correspondence with Jean Ederman by the author May-October, 2004.
 Confidential phone interview with Alex Collier, July 2004.
 For website information on the message see: http://www.geocities.com/changetheworld_now/index.html. For the online petition, “We Are Ready to Change the World,” go to: http://www.petitiononline.com/readynow/petition.html
 One internet discussion group created in response to the ‘Change the World’ message was formed on November 3, 2004, and to date has over 700 members.
 “Testimony of Dr. Carol Rosin,” available online at: http://www.davidicke.net/mysteries/reports/rosinreport.html
 Linda Moulton Howe, “German Scientist Werner von Braun Anticipated Terrorists, Asteroids and ETs on American ‘Enemy’s List’,” Earthfiles.Com (June 18, 2004).
 For discussion of these factions and their relationship to the 2004 Presidential election, see Michael Salla, “The U.S. Presidential Election and Extraterrestrial Disclosure,” Exopolitics.Org (November 2, 2004) http://184.108.40.206/~exopoli3/Exo-Comment-19.htm .
 Distributed December 9, 2003 on the discussion forum http://groups.yahoo.com/group/prepare4contact/ http://groups.yahoo.com/group/prepare4contact/message/1063