Vol 1:4 (October 2006): 307-12. ISSN 1938-1719
Let’s change that Prime directive! The Agony and the Ecstasy of Ufology
By Paola Leopizzi Harris, M.Ed.
In these days, when the fate of the planet is
hanging by a thread in the
Looking at this scenario, I believe we have come to a crossroads not only of aggression and war but also of a certain insensitivity to the evidence of Extraterrestrial visitations. Audiences still listen to speakers at conferences but then go home, have a few beers and switch on the game. Recently a close girl friend of mine put it aptly when she said: “I do not want to know if there are UFOs, Paola. I have enough to worry about!” This reminded me of a very discouraging statement made by aeronautics heir John Lear whose father developed the Lear jet. In a recent interview, he commented on the disclosure efforts of serious researchers in this way.
T'was a noble effort by noble people. Unfortunately they had not the slightest idea of the ramifications of what they were trying to disclose. In their naive innocence, they assumed they were disclosing the existence of flying saucers from outer space. What they failed to realize is that not everybody is ready for that information. Probably 99 and 99/100% are not. That information would not help them in their daily lives. It would not help them raise their children. It would not help them pay their taxes. It would not provide them with more income. It would not provide them with a new God. As a matter of fact it might destroy their faith in their old God. Those for disclosure only want one thing: they want to prove THEY KNOW THE TRUTH ABOUT FLYING SAUCERS. So do a lot of other people. Get over it. It’s an ego trip. Let go. It’s not time and won't be time for several generations. Relax, disclosure is none of your business. Have a sip Courvoisier XO and a Cohiba Esplendido and talk about it amongst your friends but don't try to go on Larry King and bang the U.S. Government over the head with a flying saucer. They don't know what’s going on either. Have a heart.”
He is absolutely correct! This is the pathetic state of affairs on planet Earth in 2006. So some researchers may say “why bother?
To add to this negative picture, I heard a famous radio host recently comment about Buzz Aldrin’s denial of his sighting of UFOs during the Apollo 11 moon mission saying: “Again we do not have a shred of "real evidence” after all this time that proves the existence of UFOS. May I remind him that just because someone of the caliber of Buzz Aldrin denies it, does not mean other astronauts do. To add insult to injury, Buzz Aldrin, in that same radio interview, used the old "speed of light argument" to explain why ET cannot come here. With discoveries in cutting edge quantum mechanics, we know now that no one in their right mind accepts this argument any more. This statement sets us back eons.
Is it true that we are no further along in
acquiring proof after Buzz Aldrin
cautiously denied he saw UFOs on the moon? Of course no one wants to
explain the several film canisters which are actually missing from the NASA
moon footage in the National archives. Only Richard Hoagland does. On his
, Richard Hoagland is addressing this mystery showing real Apollo 11 moon
mission photographs. Thank God, in 2006, Richard Hoagland, Steven Greer, Ryan Wood, Bill Hamilton are still
plugging away, even after the negative Lear
statement. But is it worth all this effort and money that we
researchers put into disclosure, when the result is total apathy? Maybe it is a
July 22rd 2006, MUFON
researcher Alejandro Rojas passionately orchestrated a “Colorado
Briefing” on the grounds of the State Capital in
Lastly, I spoke about the signing of the ET Citizen Diplomacy effort, Hawaii Declaration, by Ex- minister of Defense Paul Hellyer and US Ambassador John McDonald (see cover of Area 51 July Issue!). A formidable cast of credible speakers briefed the Colorado Public on the Capital grounds. But, maybe John Lear is right. No one really cares. I must admit that there was little media attention with approximately 30 people seated in the hot sun, while perhaps the rest at home prefer “not to worry about UFOS”. We may refer to that as “ the agony” of the many disclosure efforts. But still overhead“ someone is watching”!
On the other hand there is ecstasy in
this work. Disclosure goes on in the highest level. Jesse Marcel Jr. was just of 11 years old
when he saw and handled the
Recently when I asked Jesse Marcel Jr. (who will
be a special guest at our Rome Roswell Conference in
The other side of the same coin has
Edgar Mitchell’s testimony. It was a
pleasure but no surprise when I heard Edgar Mitchell, in
have never had doubts that of the millions of planets and galaxies out
there, that there is life. Yes! I believe in UFOs but I had no personal first
hand experiences except that I have been briefed by people “in- the-know”, high
level superiors, and old timers who had these particular jobs in Intelligence.
They were there especially during the
Mitchell continued: “people know I am on the Board of NIDS (
Mitchell added: “You want to know
why it has been covered up. That story is not too hard to explain . It goes to
the mid 40’s, the
There was an applause for
one of those ecstatic moments where someone of the caliber of Edgar Mitchell
Apollo 14t Astronaut who, like Aldrin, also walked on the moon had
the courage to address the UFO question publicly and ask for a certain
openness. Likewise, ex minister of Defense, Paul Hellyer in
Often, I am asked why I work in this field for information and disclosure? I must admit, often discouraged, I do think of the John Lear “who cares response,” but then I remember Dr. J Allen Hynek, Colonel Philip Corso and Dr. Michael Wolf Kruvant who are no longer with us. They believed the following:
1. It is a matter of National Security and we need to know who we are dealing with before we shoot! It is a political or rather an exo-political concern especially to finance a “Space War”, perhaps the next war Werner Van Braun warned about”
2. If we are visited by different races, they could have a relationship to as a human Species. Were we inseminated from the Stars as most indigenous people believe?
3. If these visitations are of ancient origins, we may need to rewrite our true history and update our archives. That is essential for future generations.
These are three powerful arguments for continuing UFO research but this brings back to the precarious state of this planet currently at war. Besides having to worry about UFOs, after viewing Al Gore’s powerful film, “An Inconvenient Truth, I realize we have ten years before complete environmental destruction.
“The reality of this and the ET Issue is that we have not been able to move government at any level in our country so other countries will move on it. I frankly believe we have far more serious issues right now than the ET presence. If these creatures are benign and there are conflicting stories, they may try to help us out. But it seems they are trying to take a “hands off, wait and see what happens attitude” to us!. Our major problem is sustainability, ( survival) and the consumption ethic. All of these facets are about to be featured in brand new ways and Al Gore’s environmental global warning is the beginning of it. I’m hoping that we will get all these issues that are hidden and important to our way of life opened out.”
So do I Dr. Mitchell, or we will need to change the “Prime Directive” and ask for help from the Stars!
About the Author: Paola Harris, M.Ed. is an Italo-American photojournalist and investigative reporter in the field of extraterrestrial related phenomena research. She has studied extraterrestrial related phenomena since 1979 and is on personal terms with many of the leading researchers in the field. She has written for Nexus, UFO Magazine, Notizario UFO and Dossier Alieni, among others publications. Her book is entitled, Connecting the Dots: making sense of the UFO Phenomena (Granite Press). Her main website is: www.paolaharris.it .