by Stephen Bassett
Bethesda, MD USA
December 2, 2006
Function: noun plural but singular or plural in
Etymology: From Greek exo, outside, from
ex, out of, and from Greek politika, from neuter
plural of politikos political.
1: the art or science
of government as concerned with guiding or influencing governmental
policy toward extraterrestrial phenomena and extraterrestrial
2: exopolitical actions, practices, or policies.
the exopolitical opinions or sympathies of a person.
4: the total
complex of relations between the human race and non-human,
Stephen Bassett is a political activist,
founder of the Paradigm Research Group, Executive Director of the
Extraterrestrial Phenomena Political Action Committee (X-PPAC),
author of the Paradigm Clock website, and a political columnist and
commentator. You can reach him at: PRG@paradigmresearchgroup.org
Virginia there is a place called Gravelly Point Park.
It's not much
of a park, but quite the place. It is known throughout the region because
it sits a mere 1000 feet from the north end of runway 1/19 at Reagan
National Airport. Bicyclists pull off the Mount Vernon Trail and tourists
pull off the George Washington Parkway to watch the planes land and take
off - a longstanding pastime uninterrupted (remarkably) by the events of September 11,
Landing planes fly over this grassy patch so low
you can see the tread on the tires. Wind direction permitting, planes
taking off will rattle the fillings in your teeth. During the day the park
is never empty. It's addictive.
This author has been there many
times and remembers one perfectly clear day during the summer of 1992. As
the planes passed overhead this thought came to mind: while the
destination of the plane was known, the Washington, DC metro area, the
point of origin was not known. Neither was it known how many people were
on board, if any - it could be remote controlled - nor their names,
reasons for coming, home towns, hopes and dreams. And depending upon the
viewing angle, it might not be possible to even know the
With so much missing information one might be tempted to
say, "What we have here is an unidentified flying object, a UFO."
But that would be ridiculous, wouldn't it? What we had there was an
airplane almost certainly containing human beings coming to the
Washington, DC area for one reason or another.
Perhaps you see
where this is going for the very next thought that came to mind was this:
during the five decades since 1942 millions of people around the world had
been seeing unusual objects moving in the earth's atmosphere. Tens of
thousands of reports had been filed.
The objects had
been photographed, filmed, recorded on radar and sighted by trained
observers - sometimes all four at once.
been seen in the air and stationary on the ground.
been seen traveling and maneuvering at seemingly impossible fashion
for the historical period.
been seen by pilots off the wings and cockpits of planes - fully
formed metallic looking discs.
been seen by Army, Air Force, Naval and Coast Guard personnel; air
traffic controllers, astronauts, police officers, amateur astronomers,
doctors, lawyers, political leaders and scientists.
referring to these craft had been discovered in government files,
delivered anonymously to researchers and formally released by government
authorities without prompting - not just in the United States, but in most
first-world nations. Systematic investigations had been conducted by
civilian and government organizations over the entire fifty years.
books, papers, articles and documentary films had been published
specifically addressing this phenomenon. Reports have poured into
researchers (their numbers would eventually swell to the tens of
thousands) of direct contact with beings, clearly not human, who could
well be the occupants of some of these craft.
When one of these
"objects" would pass overhead or close track a plane in flight the
destination could properly be assumed to be the planet Earth, but the
point of origin was not known. It was also not known whether the object
contained humans, non-humans or no beings at all (remote controlled). If
containing beings, their names, reasons for coming, hopes, dreams, etc.
were also not known.
With so much
missing information it would be appropriate to call the "object" an
unidentified flying object - a UFO - wouldn't it? No, it wouldn't.
It would be appropriate to call it an alien or extraterrestrial space
craft, most likely piloted by non-human beings, origin Earth, reasons for
presence unknown. This was on this author's mind in the summer of
Paradigm Research Group was founded four years later,
but it was not until 2000 the implication of those thoughts in 1992 became
manifest. The implication was that the era of the "UFO" was over and a new
era had begun - the era of exopolitics.
The partitioning of
history when dealing with large scale, implicative trends is usually done
in retrospect. There is no shame in this, but there is often an arbitrary
aspect to assigning the time frames. That is done by consensus of
historians, but being early has its advantage. Here is the early line: the
UFO era ended and the exopolitical era began in late 1991
with the dissolution of the Soviet Union into Russia and 14 other
The short answer as to "why this demarcation?"
1991 the evidence which had been gathered and analyzed establishing some
sightings as extraterrestrial craft was overwhelming. The researchers
had done their job in the face of great resistance by the state. The
verdict was in. (The government's refusal to accept this result was
irrelevant to this conclusion but entirely relevant to the truth embargo
and propaganda campaign waged by the government to negate and subvert
end of the Cold War removed the single most powerful restraint keeping
military, agency and civilian contractor insiders from revealing
personal, direct and indirect knowledge of events and evidence
corroborating the extraterrestrial hypothesis behind the sightings. The
gradual emergence of these insiders into the public domain gave the
disclosure process substance.
this transition is critical for anyone wishing to impact impending events.
"exopolitics" is not yet listed in any standard dictionary or encyclopedia
(it is listed in Wiktionary, Webster's Open
Dictionary and Wikipedia), it is not
surprising there is much misunderstanding over scope and usage. The
primary misconception is that "exopolitics" only deals with "galactic diplomacy," how
humans should politically engage theoretical or asserted alien beings.
Whatever the assertion of facts, this is but one aspect of
exopolitics. It is the icing for a cake which is still in the oven.
Exopolitics covers all social and political implications of
the engagement of extraterrestrial-related phenomena by humans since the
phenomena were first recognized. This will likely be split into two parts:
the modern era beginning in the 1940's and the pre-modern era going back
to earliest recorded times. [The pre-modern era will perhaps be subsumed
under the broader umbrella of exohistory - the study of
non-terrestrial influences on human history.]
exopolitics includes the full history of the government truth
embargo (cover-up) and the national security structures created to manage
the research, the actions or lack thereof of the public and institutions
such as the press, Congress and academia, and most importantly, the
disclosure process itself.
It is a large field of study. It will
fill scores of books and documentaries and spawn PhD theses for centuries.
In time it will be subsumed into the larger field of political science. A
student will major in political science with an emphasis on exopolitics.
By comparison the phenomenological, scientific aspects of the
phenomena will be dispersed into departments such as exobiology,
cosmology, physics, astrophysics (already established) and yet to be
established fields such as exoarcheology, exomedicine and
exoscience (the study of the practice of science by
But the academic evolution of
exopolitics is the lesser aspect of our present
Formal disclosure will be a cosmic birthing of a new world
view, and the human race has now been in labor for 60 years without
screaming can be heard from pole to pole and out to the Kuiper Belt.
subject for exopolitical study is to describe the state of the
world at the moment of this birthing. What is the condition of the planet
and what is the disposition of the species - the variety and depth to the
spirituality, science, politics, philosophy, psychology and mental
capacity of Homo Sapiens Sapiens - as formal self-disclosure
The short answer is "not good." Many Durantian attempts
will be made to explain all this in multi-volume sets.
ourselves to two perspectives with immediate implications.
By virtue of
its military and economic power, its prevailing in the Cold War and its
success in building the vast superstructure of secret operations this
author has often referred to as the Secret Empire, the United
States still appears to have the final say as to when and if formal
disclosure takes place, and, if the decision to proceed is made, play the
lead role in what will surely be the "greatest show on earth."
what is the state of the nation as the actor prepares to take the stage?
So much has happened to the people and institutions of the United States
since the 1945 signing of surrender by Japan, one hesitates to pick one
trend and drag it out for close scrutiny, but one trend begs for such
treatment, cries out for explanation and adjustment.
after World War II the United States was a major economic, political and
moral force for good in the world. The American people had demonstrated an
almost superhuman capacity to manufacture, deliver and maintain a war
machine never witnessed in human history. The nation's post war treatment
of the defeated enemies was so extraordinarily generous in its intent, so
effective in its application, it eclipsed the horror of the nuclear
The American people were viewed as capable, caring,
fearless, generous, patriotic, family oriented, church going, honest and
optimistic. They were in love with their country, and trust in government
institutions was rock solid.
And then it all began to go
late 1947 for reasons well known and less well known the United States
embarked on the creation of what would become the Secret Empire -
the intelligence wing of a vast national security state complex
established for two reasons:
wining an ideological cold war against international
understanding, exploiting and secreting the material facts in evidence
confirming an extraterrestrial presence engaging the human race and
the planet Earth
As the Secret Empire grew in size and scope it began to make
alterations to the social contract, bending it to the breaking
serious alteration was to embrace the concept of government in loco
parentis - the government as replacement parent for citizens now
viewed as children of the state.
This view became a cancerous
growth centered in the gut of the Secret Empire which finally metastasized
outward into every corner of governance - a glioblastoma multiforme
with tentacles reaching into the FBI, ATF, DoJ, DOD, Office of the
Executive, Congress, NIH, FDA - only the judiciary remained largely
The Secret Empire had become larger than the Roman
Empire with layer upon layer of management in place before an elected
official was even in sight. It now consists of tens of billions of above
black (itemized) funding, tens of billions of black (not itemized)
funding, additional billions in below black (undisclosed) funding, unknown
amounts of rouge funding, millions of classified documents, millions of
classified personnel, thousands of classified programs, hundreds of
unacknowledged special access programs, huge above ground facilities and
equally vast underground facilities.
Within this cloistered
megastructure developed a cult of secrecy and unaccountability which
placed those who run it above the law and outside societal norms. The
secrets of nuclear war, world control mechanisms, extraterrestrial
technology, alien beings and such were so profound only the initiated
members of the secret world could even bear up under the knowledge. The
average citizen would surely go mad, or so it was thought by those holding
The public has long sensed this process underway and
manifests this awareness by embracing phrases in the popular culture such
as "you can't handle the truth," "need to know basis," "don't ask, don't
tell," "if I told you that, I'd have to kill you," and many more. They
embrace fictional accounts of the process in books and movies but are
unable to marshal anything approaching an effective societal protest to
the process itself.
More significantly, the public's new status as
children to be seen and not heard by a parental state has resulted in
unprecedented drops in trust in all aspects of governance. Trust in the
executive, the Congress, the judiciary and the press is near historical
lows. Only 25% of citizens bother to vote. What does "government by
consent of the people' mean if the people are children and not of age to
[It should be pointed out the social net (welfare
programs) promulgated by democrats and moderate republicans does dovetail
into this parental modality. But it arises from a separate ideological
source and does not present the same danger to the nation.]
existence of a Secret Empire contained within a developing national
security state operating in loco parentis is now the greatest
threat to the preservation of the Constitutional Republic, and the most
important exopolitical issue now being considered is whether or not
the disclosure event (formal acknowledgment by world governments of the
extraterrestrial presence engaging the human race), however
achieved, has the power to change the status quo and permit reform of the
Secret Empire and reconstitution of the social contract.
of the UFO which ended in 1991 was about "lights in the sky." The
era of exopolitics which followed is about "lies on the ground." It
is about the intersection between the phenomenology and the politics of
secrecy and control. When Bob Woodward published his latest book, State
of Denial, he confined the title's metaphor to the Iraq war and
If only he knew
(or does he know?) how much further this proffered status extends.
shipped in people with every kind of background: clerks, professors,
classical musicians, tradesmen and lawyers along with their spouses and
children. No rank or station in life was exempt. They packed them into the
designated sector four, five six families to an apartment or house.
Outside commerce and services were eliminated or rationed.
were built, and where necessary gated walls were constructed to complete
sector integrity. The residents inside would improvise, overcome, adapt or
perish. It mattered little to the overseers one way or the other. In time
sector life decayed as sanitation, health, resources, all the customary
On occasion members of the controlled press
would visit and inquire about the sector's status. The commandant would
escort them to viewing ports atop the gated walls. Together they would
look down upon the unkempt residents as they slouched along in ragged
clothes with listless demeanor.
"Do you see
what a mess these people are?" the commandant reflected for the benefit
of the press.
"That is why
we must keep them in this ghetto."
For many of the thousands of researchers and activists and
millions of interested public who engaged the phenomenology of UFOs
prior to 1991 the transition out of the UFO era has been
uncomfortable and unwelcome.
'Truth Embargo - The Secret Empire and the Intellectual Ghettoization of
considerable resistance to the concept of exopolitics. One source
of this resistance lies with a significant component of the delineation
between the two eras.
While it is not possible to cover in this
short article the full range of issues defining this suggested
bifurcation of history, one point of comparison stands out: in the
UFO era the ETH (extraterrestrial hypothesis as
explanation for the unexplained 5% of extraordinary sightings) was a
theory under consideration. In the era of exopolitics post 1991 the ETH
is not a theory, it is a given. It was proven by the work of hundreds of
researchers over a period of 44 years - an extraordinary accomplishment
under great hardship and against state policy.
Those who are
unable to make the transition and accept the ETH as fact, whatever the
reason, are not comfortable confronting an emerging group of academics,
activists and researchers who do. This circumstance is not
unprecedented. All previous social and scientific paradigm shifts have
produced similar tensions.
It is also true that previous major
shifts in world view have often been opposed and interfered with by
state and religious institutions. The cosmic birthing process now
underway is not the exception.
As remarkable was the
citizen-science-activism which confirmed the ETH and revealed the
extraterrestrial presence, equally remarkable was the effort by the
United States government to impede, misdirect and undermine the citizen
driven process of discovery.
From 1947 forward every resource
available to the developing military-intelligence complex was brought to
bear on American society to create an embargo on the most profound truth
in human history. The task must have seemed incomprehensible in the
beginning - prevent every major institution within one of the most
literate and open societies in history during a period of exponential
expansion of electronic communication and multi-tiered media growth,
from engaging an issue driven by phenomena not under human
While extraterrestrial craft were being seen and
photographed around the world and extraterrestrial beings were
interacting with humans on every continent, the United States government
was able to prevent American academics, clerics, editors, publishers,
state and federal political leaders and foundation board members from
studying, teaching, covering, politically engaging or funding the issue
in an appropriate manner leading to public understanding. It was and is
a brilliant accomplishment now approaching its sixtieth year.
The tools used to control the extraterrestrial disclosure
process were forged in the fires within the Secret Empire which
burned most fiercely during the prosecution of the Cold War (1947-1991).
These same tools were also used in a wide range of abuses of power, the
impact of which on American policy and the future of the nation can not
yet be projected. But the outlines of this impact are beginning to
emerge, and the picture is not attractive.
The basic mechanisms
of suppression are now well known: misinformation, disinformation,
subversion, intimidation, lies, denial and misdirection. But these
mechanisms were part of a broader process of social manipulation which
this author has termed the "intellectual ghettoization of
The "ghettoization" of people and ideas by
ruling authority has a long history which was always unpleasant but
always effective. There is something fundamental within the human psyche
which makes people susceptible to this maneuver.
It is so
simple. You direct intense ridicule at a selected target (a person, a
race, an idea, a religion) and begin a process of isolation and
separation. Then you associate more people and/or ideas to the selected
target creating a defined and growing discredited grouping.
isolation process requires a containment barrier. With people you build
a physical wall to encompass the group. Whenever you need to add to the
group you toss another person over the wall.
With ideas you build
walls in the mind. Such a wall is the "ridicule curtain" built around
the study of UFOs by the United States government in the early 1950's.
Once it was built every person who touched the issue from that time
forward was "tossed" over the wall into the ghetto of ufology.
No one was
subject of UFOs and you are in the ghetto. The money dries
up, the job offers diminish, programs are cancelled, medals are pinned
elsewhere, college tenure is challenged, spouses leave home, phone calls
are not returned.
As the years passed without resolution the
misery mounted. Many good people spent their lives in pursuit of truths
they would not live to see acknowledged and shared. Many others "burned
out" and withdrew. Those who stayed on became increasingly frustrated
and frayed around the edges. Within the confines of the ghetto they
turned on each other. Everyone was suspect. Anyone could be an
Occasionally someone might attempt to break out and
run for mainstream daylight. If the stain of the ghetto was strong
enough, they might be ignored. Who will believe them? If not, well,
collateral damage is an integral part of modern rule. The murders were
few by historical standards.
With vision obscured by a wall of
lies many lost sight of the most important point - one which should be
etched onto a plaque and mounted over every door. The failure to resolve
the political impasse preventing the formal disclosure to the world of
the extraterrestrial presence is the fault of one entity - the
government of the United States - period. It's not the researchers or
activists one doesn't like. It's not the character flaws so clearly seen
in others but not in oneself.
It's the government, stupid. The
one many didn't bother to vote for because they were too disgusted or
simply didn't care any more. It is the government that acts on your
behalf every day whether you voted or not and can make your life a
living hell anytime it wants - if you let it.
The UFO era is
over. It ended in 1991. The United States government by intention or
default is trying to extend the intellectual ghettoization of the
extraterrestrial issue well into the second decade of the
exopolitics era. This same government also wishes to extend its
tenure in loco parentis to a nation of "children."
essential, it is critical the American people stand up and assert their
role as parent to a misbehaving government which has lost its way. Those
within ufology and exopolitics must recognize the "ridicule curtain" is
a wall in the mind only. It can be torn down with an act of will.
Tear down the wall, leave the ghetto, stand up to the state and
demand the truth.
and expand a construct of such complexity over time required a widely
dispersed "carrier" - a kernel which could accrete the layers of ridicule,
propaganda and mendacity - and which, like the spores of the dandelion,
would attach itself to all who came in close proximity and spread.
that carrier was and remains the acronym "UFO."
It is the truth
embargo's flag, the "hook" upon which "the mainstream" can hang all who
dare to challenge the status quo.
Ultimately "UFO" has to go. Not simply because the "UFO Era"
is over, but because it no longer serves the truth process.
this acronym is entrenched in the culture. It is in the titles of
magazines, books, papers and a legion of websites. It will take time, and,
of course, that is exactly what is desired by the keepers of the ghetto.
the transition to a new lexicon within the era of exopolitics must
be advanced as quickly as possible by those able and ready to do so.