To the editors:
I'm not surprised to see that the only response Cate Plys was able to muster in regard to Bob Archer's letter was clarification of her particular gender [Letters, October 25]. Bob is a knowledgeable guy, and when he lets fly, he usually hits his target.
Actually, given the totally facetious nature of Plys's article on the UFO situation, I thought Bob exercised a great deal of restraint. Like the rest of us UFOlogists, he takes the whole business pretty seriously, and as George Andrews notes in one of the books Bob recommended: "Faced with (recent) disclosures (in the field of UFOlogy), a complacent facetious attitude can be maintained only by idiots, as the support system for it has eroded away to nothing."
Furthermore, in Extraterrestrials Among Us, Andrews went on to say that the book Clear Intent, by Lawrence Fawcett and Barry Greenwood, "does such a masterful job of using the government's own documents to prove that the UFO phenomena are real that no open-minded person who inspects the assembled evidence is likely to have any further doubt about it. . . . Clear Intent provides massive, overwhelming and irrefutable evidence based on the government's own documents that our highest public officials and the elite of our security and intelligence organizations have been deliberately and persistently lying to tax-paying citizens on the subject of UFOs for the past 44 years."
Fawcett and Greenwood were eventually able to extract over 4,000 pages of documents relevant to UFO activity from the Departments of State, Army, Navy, and Air Force as well as from government agencies like the CIA, FBI, DIA, and NSA--all of whom did their level best to avoid letting go of anything. Here's a brief summary of the conclusions these authors were able to draw from all this documentation resulting from the Freedom of Information Act:
(1) UFOs are a real, material, physical phenomenon, completely unidentifiable in conventional terms.
(2) UFOs display intelligence of a very high order.
(3) Granting that UFOs are real and intelligent, somebody is behind the phenomenon; that is, advanced biological life forms.
(4) These life forms are here for a purpose. A "clear intent" has been demonstrated numerous times.
(5) Their purpose at the present time is unknown but may be related to an extended surveillance of what might be termed a primitive, embryonic society.
(6) The origin of the biological life forms is unknown, but the extraterrestrial hypothesis seems to be the most attractive explanation.
(7) UFOs have overflown U.S. military and other government facilities since World War II.
(8) This activity has extended to other nations.
(9) UFO activity over some U.S. military and other government facilities has been of such a sensational, dramatic nature that a definite threat to U.S. national security is considered as fact within the highest levels of government.
(10) Documented UFO reports of national security significance have been and continue to be withheld, under tight secrecy regulations, as UFO-related information is classified ABOVE TOP SECRET.
In 1968, a report prepared by/for the National Security Agency was even discussing the "far-reaching implications" of all this UFO activity "for human survival." In part, the authors of this report noted: "If 'they' discover you, it is an old but hardly invalid rule of thumb, 'they' are your technological superiors. Human history has shown us time and time again the tragic results of a confrontation between a technologically superior civilization and a technologically inferior people. The 'inferior' is usually subject to physical conquest." Compared to the Grays, as the extraterrestrials are called due to their skin color, we are technological primitives.
So the government is secretly contemplating our possible annihilation at the hands of Super Tamerlanes leading hordes of celestial ravagers, and it does not even have the decency . . . the morality . . . to level with its own people, much less ask for their input in this supposedly democratic society. If nothing else, I guess its failure to do these things tells us something about the true nature of this society (and universe) in which we live.
I hope we hear some more from Bob Archer because he has a UFO library you would not believe. He has a lot he could share with us. To his list of books for those starting out in the field, I would only add Above Top Secret: The Worldwide UFO Cover-Up by Timothy Good, Uninvited Guests by Richard Hall, and UFOs and the Alien Presence: Six Viewpoints, edited by Michael Lindemann.
Len "Spider" Strong