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Kids nowadays don't know Victor Marchetti from Adam, and Billy Cox hopes to set the record straight. Long before whistleblowers enjoyed indefinite asylum in Russia, Victor called out the U.S. government on hinky shenanigans during the cold war. Of interest to anomalists is his insight on the official take of The Great Taboo.
For your pleasure, Billy reprints a gem from 1979 on Victor's UFOlogical agnosticism while surrounded by many interested in the phenomenon. The inclusion of the NSA and SIGINT's dabbling in aliens, and their methodologies, to separate the wheat from the chaff, is provocative. An interesting point is there are no real secrets, but admitting one knows the secret causes all kinds of trouble. Despite being written 36 years ago, Victor's narrative remains steadfastly relevant to the information age and Snowden's revelations even if you ignore the UFOs. And how could anyone ignore them?
Retro Friday: a blast from the past
Before blowing the whistle on America's illegal covert Cold War activities, Victor Marchetti was a 14-year CIA veteran ultimately promoted to executive assistant to The Agency's Deputy Director. After resigning in 1969, he wrote two exposes -- 1971's The Rope Dancer, and The CIA and the Cult of Intelligence in 1974. The latter, which the federal government attempted to ban from publication, was among the many slings and arrows contributing to the formation of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearings in 1975.
In 1979, Marchetti stoked yet another controversy by providing a rare if largely speculative glimpse into the mindset of The Agency's uneasy relationship with The Great Taboo. Titled "How the CIA Views the UFO Phenomenon," Marchetti's magazine piece took a cautious approach. "The topic was rarely discussed at internal meetings," he wrote. "It seemed to fall into the category of 'very sensitive activities,' e.g., drug and mind-control operations, domestic spying, and other illegal actions. People simply did not talk about the UFO phenomenon."
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Governments prefer an ignorant and gullible public because an unknowing public is much more easily manipulated. In fact, that is one of the major reasons for so much governmental secrecy and official disinformation.
If the existence of UFOs were to be officially confirmed, a chain reaction could be initiated that would result in the collapse of the Earth's present power structure. Thus, a secret international understanding--a conspiracy -- has been agreed to by the world powers to keep the public ignorant of and confused about contacts or visitations from beyond Earth.
The purpose of the international conspiracy is to maintain a workable stability among the nations of the world and for them, in turn, to retain institutional control over their respective populations. Thus, for these governments to admit there are beings from outer space attempting to contact us, beings with mentalities and technological capabilities obviously far superior to ours, could, once fully perceived by the average person, erode the foundations of the Earth's traditional power structure. Political and legal systems, religions, economic and social institutions could all soon become meaningless in the mind of the public. The national oligarchical establishments, even civilization as we know it, could collapse into anarchy. Such extreme conclusions are not necessarily valid, but they probably accurately reflect the fears of the "ruling class" of the major nations, whose leaders (particularly those in the intelligence business) have always advocated excessive governmental secrecy as being necessary to preserve "national security." The real reason for such secrecy is, of course, to keep the public uninformed, misinformed, and, therefore, malleable.
originally posted by: AthlonSavage
Victor Marchetti wikipedia page doesn't mention Ufos at all..
originally posted by: MichiganSwampBuck
ETA: This part at the end sounds the most reasonable to me.
"If the existence of UFOs were to be officially confirmed, a chain reaction could be initiated that would result in the collapse of the Earth's present power structure. Thus, a secret international understanding--a conspiracy -- has been agreed to by the world powers to keep the public ignorant of and confused about contacts or visitations from beyond Earth."
"Governments took notice, organizing task forces, encouraging secret briefings and study groups, funding classified research and all the time denying before the public that any of the phenomena might be real. The major revelation of these Diaries may be the demonstration of how the scientific community was misled by the government, how the best data were kept hidden, and how the public record was shamelessly manipulated."
Dr. Jacques Vallee, astrophysicist, computer scientist 1992
originally posted by: Ridhya
Ex-government spook wants the world to unite about aliens - nice try.
The globalists have been wanting to fake an alien invasion to create a world government for decades. See books such as The Stars Are Too High by Agnew Bahnson, The Flying Saucer by Bernard Newman, and The Watchmen, by Alan Moore.
How come people never find it suspicious when agents "leak" info but dont wind up dead... and how come people never see the reverse psychology... people see aircraft in the sky and the government denies they saw anything. OBVIOUSLY thats going to make them believe harder! Not to mention, leaving a 0.5% margin unexplained. If anything they're deliberately fuelling speculation about aliens. Covering up their horrid MK experiments, spying, drug running.
originally posted by: LA1IMPALA
a reply to: Asynchrony
There are actually laws inplace by NASA if a human in the USA comes in contact with an alien they are to be quarintined.
originally posted by: cenpuppie
The eye opening thing i read is when our man more or less hinted at the fact that the NSA intercepted or recieved some signals that aint from earth.
Although Victor Marchetti, the former Special Assistant to CIA Director Richard Helms, first published intriguing information relating to high-level discussion of recovered UFOs and dead aliens in 1979, in an article published in Second Look magazine, most people are completely unaware of it.
Indeed, an online search for the piece, titled “How the CIA Views the UFO Phenomenon”, yields very few results. While the Internet provides access to vast numbers of UFO-related documents, books, articles and blogs, one of the most important pieces ever written on the topic, authored by a knowledgeable government insider, has been almost completely overlooked.
Ex-CIA Official Says Stories of Crashed UFOs and Little Gray Men “on Ice” Discussed at a High-Level