Paranormal nerds among you will be aware of Carl Sagan’s famous flip-flop on the possibly of extraterrestrial contact early in the development of human cultures. At first he was very open to the idea. Then he was aginnit.
On the surface, you only need to look at the beaming, moronic shill they got to reboot Cosmos recently to understand why. Science media must in no way advance scientific enquiry.
Inevitably, there is probably a lot more to it.
I’ve shared some of Dr Brandenburg’s video presentations on the blog over the past year or so, because if you’re looking for an open-and-shut set of evidence for the reality of complex life on Mars in the very distant past, then Xenon 129 in the atmosphere is it. You do not have to squint at doctored photos that JPL deigns to release, or listen to ‘whistleblowers’ (which you shouldn’t, anyway). The data are the data.
By now you’re familiar with the theory, so I’ve instead cut together some of Dr Brandenburg’s observations about how science -and particularly space science- operates.
Brandenburg’s book, Death on Mars, contains several run-ins with Sagan over the course of his career as a plasma physicist, Mars scientist and Clementine Mission consultant. They’re probably quite illustrative of at least some of the reasons behind Sagan’s flip flop. Let’s have a couple of quotes from the book.
I got a nice letter from Carl Sagan a few weeks later, apologizing for his criticisms of our IMIT effort. He offered to review an article we wanted to write. Puzzled by this sudden friendliness, I called his office the next day to thank him and explained to his secretary that I had left Sandia and was going someplace else. To my surprise I again found myself speaking to him on the phone.[..]
“I heard you have found some new objects on Mars” he said. The Mars community is a small planet.
“Yes, they are quite interesting. I can send you some copies of the images if you like.”
“Yes, I would like that,” he said. I copied down his office address at Cornell University, I grabbed some copies of the Utopia images I had, with comparisons to the face in Cydonia, stuffed them in a stamped envelope and put them in the mailbox
“John has a call,” she announces with a smile. My boss frowns in response. “It’s Carl Sagan,” she adds. My boss looks at me with amazement. “And he is kinda snippy.[..]”
I go to my office and the call is transferred. “So Carl, what did you think of the pictures of the new faces?” I ask.
“I never got them!” Carl said flatly. He and I are silent for a long minute.
I know that this meant the government was now heavily involved, and the government wanted us to know it. My phone calls to DiPietro are now sounding funny, and Vince also knows what this means.
“Ok,” I say to Sagan, “they are on Viking frame 86A10, and I will send you a fax with the objects circled.[..]”
In a few weeks, Carl then published a Sunday newspaper piece comparing the face in Cydonia to the tortilla with the face of Jesus on it. I was furious. “This Sagan is a real comedian!” I told Vince. But Sagan included the new image of the face from frame 70A13 in the article, and this made us wonder if he was playing a deeper game.
Before we unpack this a bit, the less-hardcore paranerds need to be introduced to Vince DiPietro, mentioned above. He was one of the Goddard photo analysts who first identified the Cydonia structures and was thus one of the founding members of Hoagland’s Mars nerds. So let’s skip forward a few pages in the book:
However, we both knew we were under government surveillance. I would call him from Northern Virginia where I lived to Maryland, near Baltimore, a long distance call. The phone line would begin sounding funny, usually right after we mentioned the word Mars. When the phone line would pop and crackle after the word Mars, we would both respond by mixing our discussions of what to do next on Mars with patriotic speeches concerning how we all wanted an American manned mission to Mars because we couldn’t allow the Russians to get there first.[..] We must have made that patriotic speech a thousand times between us, probably driving the intelligence people listening to us to tears of boredom… To add to the absurdity, calls to Vince no longer appeared on my long distance phone bill.
“Vince, we have our own long distance phone company!” I laugh over a beer, and showing him the mysterious bills, where none of my calls to his house appear any longer.
One of our friends, who would accompany us on our trips to the Washington DC Mars conferences with their sparkling champagne receptions was Larry. Larry was a PhD astronomy professor at a local community college in Maryland. He was very knowledgeable about Mars and we gladly shared everything we were finding, including the Utopia faces.
Later at the conference, all three of us were standing there together in the hall, Larry, Vince and me, when an Air Force Colonel approaches us, greeted Vince cordially, then turned to Larry and said “Hi there, Larry. How are things at the DIA?” The DIA is the Defence Intelligence Agency, the “Pentagon’s CIA.” Vince looked at me in alarm, but I simply grinned and mentioned for him not to get excited. Larry, obviously a real professional, didn’t even bat an eyelash.
“They’re just fine, Colonel. Thanks for asking,” Larry says cheerfully. Larry kind of wanders off after that at the conference, and we did not see much of him for several years. Vince was stunned, but after Larry left, I assured Vince “Well Vince we thought this stuff on Mars was important. Now apparently a lot of other people agree with us.”
Sagan was there at the conference, urging a joint US/Soviet mission to Mars to help end the Cold War. It was now apparent that more than just the Cold War suffered a sea change in the previous year. Somehow, Sagan, either because of the terrifying intensity of the Cold War, or his exposure to the Cydonia data, or some combination of the two, was now advocating a joint American-Russian human mission to Mars. This was a big reversal for him.
What are we to make of all this, then? Well, Dr Vallee has been saying since the 60s that he suspects at least one of the reasons for shadow state infiltration of UFO groups is to ‘outsource’ the research, so to speak. It looks like that may be what’s going on here. Insofar as Sagan’s volte-face is concerned, it may have occurred to him based on the Mars data that any offworld interaction with human culture is no longer as simple as little green men making sporadic visits. The game is much bigger, weirder and probably a whole lot more dangerous.
We may just be able to spy some of the hidden policy changes associated with our improving view of Mars over the last forty years. Consider:
Late 70s to late 80s:
- Viking Data: there are structures on Mars. They appear to have been deliberated destroyed. What do we do??
- Church Committee -> Bush Snr goes from CIA to VP in the 80s and makes the office of the VP responsible for Top Secret clearances given to private companies -> widespread privatisation of space assets and programmes.
- Early Stargate members are now training military personnel at Fort Meade to remote view off planet locations, particularly the Moon and Mars.
- CIA funding via its control of the drug trade is dialled up to 11.
Mid 90s to Mid 00s:
- Stargate ‘closes’: They probably don’t want people seeing this stuff now that they have a better idea of what it is. We especially don’t want them seeing our stuff out there looking at it, our astronauts wandering around Cydonia. (I put it out there on a speculative basis only.)
- As Catherine Austin Fitts points out, laws are changed for military contractors so that they do not have to report financial performance to the markets. Military contractor shares take off and outperform the market.
- Better images of Mars.
- All those Mars films and TV programmes with curious NASA involvement.
- More Mars films. Far less visionary, far more ‘pragmatic/materialist’.
- Private space missions are a thing now.
- Brandenburg gets Pentagon approval to publish his findings.
- Companies in China, US and Germany claim to have fusion technology.
So why Brandenburg and why now?
- His book makes it clear that he has an abrasive personality, knows it, and has rubbed people the wrong way. So it would be fairly easy to discredit him if they so wish. He’s also extremely religious which would help to discredit his ‘science’ if they needed to go down the ad hominem route, which they usually do.
- To trigger further ‘outsourced’ research.
- As part of the ‘background cultural information release’ designed to build support for Mars missions, and/or more of the same disinfo strategies from the last Cold War, implying to the Russians just how advanced the US might be.
- The AngloAmerican breakaway types are now so far along they do not consider this information strategically sensitive anymore. i.e. – they’ve been there already, maybe? Or they could get there fairly quickly if need be.
- Any combination of the above.
It is interesting to speculate on the worldview of any such private/secret space group. Firstly, you are dealing with a boatload of hyper-pragmatic science types. But you are also interpreting data arrived at via consciousness-based means, such as remote viewing. Any such group will also know that a goodly portion of UFO lore is their own disinfo to cover their covert technological and experimental programmes. These factors combine to give a view of our planetary neighbour that shows the destroyed remnants of a probably-very-humanoid species that is much too old for us to be its direct descendants. Nevertheless the architectural parallels remain with some of our earliest cultures… who often somehow retain myths that are eerie matches for what it is they believe they are looking at.
I know a few of you don’t like me saying programmes like Ancient Aliens likely have a significant psy-op component to them, but let me remind you I used to work in multi-channel television and I can tell you nothing like that gets out without ‘the nod’. If the material was presented in a way that matches the ‘militarised space shamanic’ worldview I think these groups are running with, then that’s far more destabilising than the mere existence of little green men. If it’s not a psy-op, then the sheer stupidity of much of its content accomplishes the same goals. It turns people off reconsidering our distant past and the implications of our ancestors’ obsession with the stars. (Good thing I wrote you that book then, hey?)
Why is it far more destabilising? Because it is a magical worldview that sweeps the legs out underneath our belief in technology and progress. Inevitably, Jeff Kripal explains the limitations of ‘nuts and bolts’ AAT better than me in the introduction to his latest book -written with Whitley Strieber- The Super Natural: A New Vision of the Unexplained.
Where things go wrong, then, is when individuals take this very modern and very practical way of knowing something about the world and assume that it represents the whole world. Things go more badly still when individuals (who have no training in history or the study of religion) project these very recent (and no doubt very temporary) assumptions backward into the distant past and advance highly speculative mechanistic and materialistic scenarios. So the universally attested phenomena of magic—whereby a mental event “in here” is astonishingly correlated with a physical event “out there”—becomes nothing more than the misinterpreted effects of an advanced technology. Gods descending from the sky to bestow cultural or practical knowledge become ancient astronauts. Chinese dragons become misperceived spaceships. Mayan funerary art illustrates a rocket ship taking off. And so on. In each case, a religious expression is “reduced” to a distorted technological or material fact.
I think a lot of very dangerous people worked out the unsophisticated materialist interpretation was wrong quite a while ago, and that a more accurate interpretation is really quite stunning in its implications.
I think we should, too.