posted on Sep, 21 2006 @ 07:19 PM
That comment that Rich made was at his retirement speech in 1993 (I think that was the year). As for the veracity of the speech...... the retiring
Vice President of one of the world's largest aerospace companies doesn't come out and make "crazy" statements without there being any truth behind
them. He's not stupid and he knows the implications of what he says. Regardless of what his health is like or not (he died 5 years later), he knows
the potentially explosive nature of the comments that he made.
Basically what he's said is that we have the capability for interstellar travel now, but the military-industrial complex, of which he was a part,
have tied it up so tight in secrecy (or did till then), that we'll never get the benefit of it. They're keeping it for themselves.
Power and Money.
Quite frankly it will take an "Act of God" to pry it loose from them. It'll take a government of integrity and honesty to put the screws on the M-I
and make them release what they've got. The really crazy thing is if they did release it so everyone would benefit from it, with all the world's
scientists working on it, their original drive systems would improve out of sight in a very short time.
Eisenhower warned the people that something like this would happen, back in 1961. That the M-I would become so powerful that they'd be able to do
whatever they wanted, without proper oversight or scrutiny. Hell, with all the major intelligence services, sections of the armed forces and big
business involved.....plus co-opted pollies, how could they lose. Even if the President wanted to change things, he'd be given the run around and
thwarted at every turn. In reality it'd take a vote of Congress and some very robust legislation to get the ball rolling. Or a very emphatic
executive order from the President......and only then if he was aware of the situation.