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SHOULD WE BE CALLING ET?

Just when some thought we were more or less alone in the universe, we find that planets like earth may be common. In fact, a new study presented at the American Association for the Advancement of Science conference in Boston in February estimates that perhaps 60% of the sun-like stars in our galaxy, the Milky Way, may form rocky planets much like ours. Astronomers using NASA’s Spitzer Space telescope have detected the presence of warm dust around 309 distant stars which they believe is the aftermath of planetary interactions.

Such research can only buttress the arguments of those who believe that life, such as we find on earth, may also be common throughout the universe, and that the day when we make contact with such life can only be getting clos­er. For some, who see potential salvation from our planetary perils in some kind of alien intervention, that moment couldn’t come too soon and they eagerly promote plans to hasten the day. In fact, the old days of SETI (Search for Ex­tra-Terrestrial Intelligence), which has been essentially a passive listening strategy aimed at detecting any possible alien presence, seems to be giving way to more proactive approaches. In February, for example, NASA started to beam the Beatles’ song “Across the Universe” toward the North Star, in an apparent attempt to let anyone listening know we are here. The project drew congratulations from Sir Paul McCartney. Meanwhile, an even more ambitious effort to reach out and communicate with someone in the stars is under way in Russia where the Russian Academy of Scienc­es is transmitting powerful radio signals into deep space in the hope that they will be picked up and analyzed by ET Intelligence, who hopefully will respond in a friendly way.

Optimism and idealism aside, though, many are saying, not so fast. The point being, we don’t know what kind of intelligence we may be contacting. Regarding the Beatles’ broadcast, Douglas Vakoch of the Seti Institute said, “Be­fore sending out even symbolic messages, we need an open discussion about the potential risks.” In a column of the British newspaper The Guardian, commentator David Cox expressed alarm with the Russian project. “The problem is obvious,” he said. “If we discover alien life ourselves, we can decide what, if anything, to do about it. If, on the other hand, we alert aliens to our own existence, we’ll be at their mercy. There’s no reason to suppose they’d be friendly. On the contrary, Independence Day (the movie) may provide us with a more useful model than Close Encounters (the movie).”

For still others, such a debate is far too late since, as far as they are concerned, the aliens are already here and in­terfering routinely with life on earth now—so-called exopolitics. Some such as Dr. Michael Salla think that is reason to be very concerned, while others like former Carter administration official Alfred Webre want to throw the plane­tary doors wide.

Whether phenomena, such as alien abduction, cattle mutilation, bizarre surgery, etc., provide the model or it’s something more benign, such as crop circles, common sense would suggest that an abundance of caution is in order. The observation of Britain’s former Astronomer Royal, Sir Martin Ryle, is worth remembering, “Any creatures out there” could be “malevolent or hungry.”

REMOTE VIEWING GETS A NEW LOOK

The American military application of remote viewing technology was by all official accounts suspended in the mid 1990s. Even though veterans of the program have testified to its cold war successes, the Pentagon—embarrassed by accounts in the press fed by professional “skeptics” ridiculing the project as tantamount to witchcraft and calling for it to be stopped—apparently dropped the whole business like a hot potato. According to most accounts that was the end of it. But was it?

New reports from the U.K. indicate that the British Ministry of Defense, at least, has not dropped the research and today there are many who believe that the British continue to take their lead from the U.S. military. Recently released top secret MOD documents say armies in many countries have tried to use psychic capabilities to further their aims.

Remote viewing for military purposes involves the systematic application of clairvoyant visualization to a target to extract intelligence. Based on the research from the 1960s, the military had devised a method of analysis to ascertain the reliability of information derived from the efforts of trained operatives. Well-known successes included the loca­tion of a kidnapped American officer in Italy, and identification of clandestine military activity in the Soviet Union. Stories from ex RV warriors like David Morehouse and Joe McMoneagle have been widely publicized.

Now, according to NewsMonster online in the U.K., researchers are pursuing experiments to verify many of the la­tent human powers suggested by remote viewing history. Dr. Chris Roe, a professional parapsychologist at the Uni­versity of Northampton, says her results show that “remote viewing or clairvoyance is something that should be tak­en seriously.” The Nobel Prize-winning physicist from Cambridge University Dr. Brian Josephson concurs, “The experiments have been designed to rule out luck and chance. I consider the evidence for remote viewing to be pretty clear-cut.”

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