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Draft Position Paper on Cosmic Peace
 Joseph Burkes MD, Copyright 1999


A phantom has appeared in the skies of Earth. It is the specter of Unidentified Flying Objects. On the slopes of volcanoes in Mexico, over US ballistic missile bases, in the vicinity of large cities as well as in remote locales, unearthly crafts have been observed by millions. Who is piloting these strange vehicles? Are they visitors from other planets? If so, then what is their mission? Are they friends or foes? No one has definitive answers for the many questions about UFO sightings.

A growing number of people find the extra-terrestrial explanation the most reasonable answer to the UFO question. Acceptance of this explanation is growing despite the recognition that many sightings are attributable to other phenomena. Honest skeptics, as well as prejudiced, self- styled debunkers would have us believe that all structured crafts that appear to defy the laws of nature, are nothing more than advanced terrestrial military craft. Considering the skeptics' pronouncements, the UFO phenomenon is quite robust. The
number of close encounters with true unknowns continues to increase. Sightings of unearthly craft, appearing as flying golden globes, saucers and triangles persist, in defiance of the debunkers.

From 1992 till 1998, I was closely associated with Dr. Steven Greer's Center for the Study of Extraterrestrial Intelligence, (CSETI). While participating with his group, I had a number of limited interactive encounters with what appeared to be extra-terrestrial spacecraft. Further, my field work with individual contactees has demonstrated to me that consciousness-mediated, i.e., mind to mind interaction, is a
mode of communication with non-human intelligence. I have worked with a number of credible investigators who have quietly described direct, face to face encounters with non-human beings of presumed et origins. For some witnessesto the UFO phenomenon, the extraterrestrial
hypothesis approaches the level of certainty. I count myself among this group.


The reactions of terrestrial elites, governments, scientific and
religious authorities have been predictable and unenlightened. I
believe the current et presence profoundly threatens all terrestrial power, including the international corporate, military, political and religious leaders of our planet.

Without irrefutable evidence that the Extra-terrestrials are here, our leaders have simply ignored their presence. A de facto policy of denial of the et visitations has been in effect for half a century. Witnesses to the extra-terrestrial presence are routinely subjected to ridicule in an attempt to discredit their reports and secure their silence.

Sadly, within the civilian UFO research community, harrowing tales of routine abuse by of non-human beings are being promulgated. The so called, "alien abduction" experience is the focus of much investigation by sincere private citizens. The bizarre nature of these accounts prompts many to question the reality and veracity of these stories. Most UFO investigators lack the scientific research tools and financial resources to adequately study this phenomenon.

Volunteer investigators often can not provide professional counseling for witnesses who claim to have experienced psychological trauma at the hands of non-human beings. A popular mythology has emerged. Frightful tales  portray humanity as the helpless victims of an onslaught of "alien abductors". On the pages of scandal sheets, in sci-fi horror films and on  tabloid television, fear of the unknown is
exploited to promote xenophobic, racist and militaristic fantasies in response to what appears to be a growing extra-terrestrial presence.

Under the current conditions of general societal denial, the
predominant human response to sightings has been passive. The UFO literature is rife with accounts describing how those observing et crafts make no attempts to interact with the intelligence piloting these strange vehicles. The reactions of passive amazement, and/or fear of the et presence, are not the only possible human responses.


Individuals and small groups with a more active and optimistic
approach to the ets have taken the daring step of deliberately
inviting contact. As a result of these efforts, numerous encounters with extra-terrestrial spacecraft have been documented in the course of field work. A smaller number of human initiated close encounters with Extra-terrestrial Biological Entities (EBEs) also has been described.

One example of such an effort is the extraordinary work of the group known in the past as Mission Rama. Founded in 1974, in response to the contact experiences of Sixto Paz Wells and his coworkers in Peru, for more than two decades Rama has quietly facilitated human-initiated close encounters for thousands of people. The result has been the creation of a worldwide network of contactees promoting interplanetary solidarity and peace.

Another organization seeking positive interactions with the extra- terrestrials is the Center for the Study of Extraterrestrial Intelligence(CSETI). Founded in 1990, by the North Carolina physician Steven Greer, it has carried out a campaign to initiative contact called the CE-5 Initiative. The designation CE-5 stands for Close Encounters of the Fifth Kind, which is the term CSETI has coined to describe human-empowered contact with the extra-terrestrials. The CE-5 Initiative openly deploys teams of UFO researchers to secure locations at night. There, Dr. Greer and his followers attract et craft for limited, peaceful interactions. As a former facilitator of a CSETI working group, I will testify to the efficacy of Greer's approach to initiating limited contact.


Unfortunately, these preliminary attempts at civilian diplomacy are not the only examples of humans interacting with et visitors to our planet. Mounting evidence indicates that secret military programs focusing on the et presence are also underway. Initially, these covert groups probably worked under government auspices. Today, informed sources report that  private defense contractors now play a predominant role.

CSETI Director, Steven Greer has reported meeting with many retired military and intelligence officers who allegedly have been involved with the UFO phenomenon as a result of their work. He has also described a December 1993, private briefing with then CIA Director Woolsey.

In the May 1994 CSETI Newsletter Dr. Greer wrote:

"I have reached the tentative conclusion that virtually all of the
U.S.'s elected and appointed officials, including the President and Cabinet members, are "out of the loop" on this subject. This is an informal opinion based on significant meetings with relevant and knowledgeable people. Exactly who, then, is at the reins of this whole area, both in the U.S. and internationally, remains a mystery. But we have a good idea of the nature of this group. It is probably:

         1. Multi - National
         2. Multi - Agency
         3. Quasi - Governmental
         4. Quasi - Private
         5. Extraordinarily Secret

If true, this means a number of things:

                      1. The President of the U.S., the Cabinet, and
perhaps even the Joint Chiefs of Staff may not be able to disclose anything on this subject, since they probably do not have access to the real information. And if they ask, I am not at all confident that they would be told the truth, if anything at all.

                       2. Those controlling this subject may do so
without any legal, constitutional, or  moral authority. This would be true both in the U.S. and abroad."


It appears more than possible that "those controlling this subject" may be covertly directing military action against the extra- terrestrials. In his 1998 book, "Confirmation", author Whitley Strieber analyzes a controversial NASA videotape made on the space shuttle Discovery during mission STS-48.

This video has been featured several times on national television. It displays what appears to be unidentified flying objects being fired upon by some sort of particle beam weapon. The incident transpired on September 15, 1991. The Discovery was flying near Australia, approximately 1500 miles northwest from a secret US military base located at Pine Gap near Alice Springs. Strieber details a thorough analysis of the videotape by physicist Dr. Jack Kasher and imaging specialist Dr. Mark Carlotto. They conclude that the prosaic explanations provided by NASA are simply not credible.

Support for the notion that covert military forces are fighting a
secret war against the extra-terrestrials also has been provided by Philip Corso, a retired US Army Colonel and author of the controversial book, "The Day After Roswell." Corso was a former staff member of President Eisenhower's National Security Council. He worked under General Trudeau at the Army's Research and Development Division's Foreign Technology desk. In "Day After Roswell", Corso alleges that he passed out pieces of the wreckage of a crashed UFO to
high tech firms. This supposedly allowed advanced alien
technology to be analyzed and then integrated into our industrial culture.

After the publication of his book, Philip Corso quickly became a
celebrity within the flying saucer subculture. Sadly, few UFO experts criticized his openly bellicose response to the et presence. He writes, "These creatures weren't benevolent alien beings who had come to enlighten human beings....As long as were incapable of defending ourselves, we had to allow them to intrude as they wished. ... We hid the truth and the EBEs(Extra-terrestrial Biological Entities) used it against us until 1974 when we had our first real shootdown of an alien
craft over Ramstein Air Force base in Germany."

It is virtually impossible to verify the particulars of Philip Corso's account. In "Day after Roswell", he does not offer the names of others who might corroborate his version of the events described. On July 16, 1998,  at the age of 83, he reportedly died from a heart attack.

As a former peace movement activist, I find Philip Corso's extremist views chilling. Still, I suspect that his perspective on the et-human relationship has great value. It is my suspicion that Corso's diatribes may provide us with insight into the thinking of a very important group, the wing of military-industrial complex that will likely try to use disclosure of the et presence to unleash a new cold war.

Now that the United States has presided over the downfall of the Soviet Union, defense expenditures have decreased dramatically. The good fortune of some of the most economically powerful and politically influential corporations on the planet is threatened. In the current political atmosphere, I fear that any disclosure of the et presence will be used to fuel xenophobia and to precipitate a costly arms race against an unlikely adversary.

Open war with advanced et civilizations is an extremely remote
possibility given the likelihood that UFOs are an ancient phenomenon. Extra-terrestrials have probably been here for centuries, if not millennia. If the ets were planning aggressive action against humans, then why wait so many years before mounting an open attack? By passing a test of time, their non-threatening posture has been repeatedly confirmed.

If disclosure of the Et presence was suddenly made today, then defense corporations, along with their military and political allies, would probably use such a revelation for their own narrow interests. They would intensify and accelerate the " Star Wars" program. I imagine the slogan, "We must negotiate from a position of strength," would be featured prominently in the congressional sales campaign for space based weapon systems. A trillion dollars might be needlessly spent to
prepare us to  battle an enemy we could never truly fight. On a planet where some 10 million children every year die from hunger and preventable disease, squandering our limited economic resources on such weaponry would be tragic.


How can socially responsible citizens respond to the threat of an arms race against the extra-terrestrials? As long as there is widespread societal denial of the et presence, political action will be difficult. Fortunately, ideas are changing. Ever increasing numbers of people are sighting anomalous craft and experiencing other types of contact. There is a greater acceptance of the Et hypothesis. Government secrecy and press ridicule are no longer potent weapons against the credibility of UFO witnesses. Recent polls confirm this
shift in public opinion and perception.

Still, the risks of conflict are ever present, as long as the planet's elites are unwilling to adequately prepare humanity for the inevitable disclosure of the et presence. The situation is even more dangerous because these elites have not reined in the militarists who are planning, and if Philip Corso is correct, even fighting a secret war against ets.

To help prevent war and hopefully usher in a new era of interplanetary cooperation, the creation of a new kind of peace movement is required. The new paradigm acknowledges the et presence and resists the social forces that are systematically fanning the flames of war. The movement requires a strong spiritual base. The realization that we are not alone compels humanity to ask, "What then is our true place in the universe?" This question has far-reaching religious implications that
must be addressed by those promoting cosmic peace.

The new movement will traverse the path cleared by pioneering groups like Rama and CSETI, as well as other networks of contactees. Individuals who affirm that they have experienced positive, enduring relationships with non-human intelligence, will likely be prominently featured in the cosmic peace campaign. These contactees' direct personal bonds with the extra-terrestrials may appear quite bizarre at present. Hopefully, they will serve as examples of how humanity may
coexist, and perhaps even prosper, within the context of an Et-human relationship. A new internationalism could emerge, based on the realization that here on Earth we are truly one people, living in one homeland.

Does this sound too idealistic? Consider the facts of our recent
history. Humanity is facing a constellation of man-made problems that threaten the very existence of life on our planet. Global environmental destruction from pollution is becoming an increasingly probable end point as the atmosphere heats up with the release of greenhouse gases. Nuclear proliferation will continue as long the great nuclear powers do little to reduce their stockpiles of nuclear weapons. Without a robust program of nuclear disarmament, it is likely that these instruments of genocide will be used during the coming decades. We should never forget that some 100 million people have died from war, revolution and the resultant famines during this century
alone. Regional wars continue across the globe, threatening to spark yet another worldwide military conflagration.

 I urge those who insist that extra-terrestrials are a potential enemy to consider this premise. Preconditions for any culture to become star-faring, likely include conditions of enduring peace and ethical development far beyond anything accomplished on Earth. The enormous energy required to move between stars, if used for military purposes, would likely cause a civilization to self-destruct. So, if a race of intelligent beings has survived long enough to be able to arrive here, then they are probably wise enough to live in peace, not only with us,
but with other civilizations they might encounter while traversing the sea of stars.

Current UFO literature provides some support for the notion that "aliens" are friendly. A growing number of individuals claim to have experienced Close Encounters of the Third and Fourth Kinds. These witnesses often describe different races of EBE's working together, cooperatively, on the same alien spacecraft. To accept the hypothesis that extra-terrestrials are not harmful, most of the "alien abduction" literature must be discounted. At this time few UFO enthusiasts are willing to take such a difficult, controversial and divisive step.

My personal view is that by acknowledging the et presence, we can promote new hope for a better future here on Earth. I see the benefit of accepting the reality of extra-terrestrial visitations as primarily an ideological. After all, our planet is beset by what appear to be unsolvable problems. If these so called "aliens" have survived their own dark times, perhaps  similar to those we currently face, then maybe we too can survive and prosper. If they can curb self destructive tendencies and travel to distant solar systems, then we too can make it to the stars!

It is extremely unlikely however that extra-terrestrials will save us from ourselves. Similarly, in the opinion of many observers, is it unlikely that they will seriously harm us. As Dr. Steven Greer in his many lectures has pointed out, "The ets are neither Dar Vadar nor Jesus Christ in a spaceship." Humanity will have to overcome its own problems by exercising wisdom, compassion and a fierce determination to survive. This is our promise.

This optimistic, encouraging message is particularly important for the current generation of youth. So often they experience a sense of hopelessness when threatened with what appears to be insurmountable social, economic and environmental problems. To Earth's young people, the realization that they are not alone in the universe, may inspire them to join a campaign promoting interplanetary peace and cooperation. Youths already exhibit a tremendous interest in UFO
phenomena. If a link could be made between the Et presence and the ongoing struggles to save humanity from its self-destructiveness, then the resulting movement could change the course of history. There is much work to be done!

This draft position paper is part of a series of documents. It
outlines the parameters of a future movement for cosmic peace, solidarity and cooperation. For persons interested in this subject, the web sites of CSETI( and Rama(, offer additional information. As always, I welcome dialogue on this important topic and eagerly anticipate email correspondence.


Joseph Burkes, MD