John B. Alexander
A Review of UFOs: Myths, Conspiracies, and Realities by John B. Alexander
He's Got a Ton More Where This Came From
As well-credentialed as John B. Alexander is, and objective, astute and dogged, he is still no match for the systemic summary judgment against the reality of the extraterrestrial question. He is very correct in his desire to move on past that question to what the answer would indicate to a provident and prepared population. His argument can be condensed into this narrative told in his UFOs: Myths, Conspiracies, and Realities about Tom Clancy:
- "During one of our numerous UFO discussions we talked about the rumors of a black program based on the Roswell crash. Tom's comment was quite informative. He said he knew we did not have a craft 'because somebody would have told me!' That is probably an accurate statement." (John B. Alexander. UFOs: Myths, Conspiracies, and Realities, 2011, p. 39.)
This is the theme of the book and, the world can only hope, of John B. Alexander's life. Note the question Tom Clancy is asking: reverse technology? Is that a real thing? Alexander wants first of all to establish "Are UFOs real?" is NOT in question. The problem here is the depth to which this failure to establish fundamental knowns and unknowns is a serious hindrance to further discussion.
His testimony as a career specialist on this question is first of all fascinating and authoritative a very close second. As a witness, he reports on what he himself saw and did or heard from reputable sources. The sources for the reality of the presence of craft in our skies he establishes to the point of being silly to dispute, the documentation and reality of vehicles making "impossible" maneuvers beyond question.
His lifetime effort to find anyone to take in hand the threat of extraterrestrial intervention in human affairs concludes: "The high strangeness of events, coupled with near-irrational objections from many in the scientific community, have rendered a technically competent study of UFOs close to impossible without great personal risk to one's career." Yet in his own experience he also finds "that no legal adverse action has ever been taken against a person making claims about UFO encounters.... It is safe to talk." Further he emphasizes "Most people already believe that there probably is intelligent life elsewhere," though many need to get over the belief "that [extraterrestrials] will assist humanity in cleaning up our mess." (John B. Alexander. UFOs: Myths, Conspiracies, and Realities, 2011, pp. 269 & 272.)
What we don't know can hurt us; consensus opinion must align with reality. Despite eyewitness and recorded evidence, reality is overshadowed by mystery. Now doubt has settled in now after 70 years after what turns out to be mostly titillation? Despite the clear fact of extraterrestrial presence on and interest in our planet, the reality is completely overshadowed by the human expectation that a threat would have revealed its hand by now.
A Consensual Reality
The Allies of Humanity explain in sufficient detail why better vigilance is needed--and John B. Alexander presents exactly the kind of trained observation and assessment that they call for.
- There is plenty of evidence of harm to humans and other creatures.
- It is easy to see how futile is war in a nuclear age.
- "As above, so below," applies in terms of resource exploitation and colonization--what we have observed in human history is found throughout the known universe.
- The extraterrestrial agenda is not to exterminate but to enslave; the methods not military but through seducing us to agree to relinquish our freedom.
Alexander's December 1980 article"The New Mental Battlefield: Beam Me Up, Spock. " in Military Review generated heat from columnist Jack Anderson disparaging "voodoo warriors" at the Pentagon.(Dolan M. McKelvy . Pyschic Warfare: Exploring the Mind Frontier, 1988)
UFOs: Myths, Conspiracies, and Realities, NY: St. Martin's Press, 2011. ISBN-13: 978-1250002013 on Amazon