Friday, June 19, 2009
Disclosure, Disinformation, Delusion and the DSM-IV
Well, it’s more than 100 days in for the Administration of the Messiah, and no UFO Disclosure. The likes of Stephen Bassett will be crying in their Cap’n Crunch about that, but that’s no surprise. What the advocates for the delusion of disclosure have failed to realize is that they are dealing with a pathological egomaniac in the White House. Do you really think for one minute that Barack Obama would divert attention from himself for one minute to disclose the biggest story of all time?
No, precisely because Obama thinks he is the biggest story of all time.
Why anyone would think that the same criteria used for the original cover-up are different today is beyond astonishing. Nothing has changed! This society is still as fragile as it ever was, and the United States government is still completely impotent to stop whatever our off-world visitors are up to.
Exactly the same as 50 years ago.
Let me put it bluntly: You cannot be a student of these events and phenomena without being a student of sociology and psychology. And to not understand the psychology of power and the narcissism of those who seek it is being voluntarily naïve. But, then, the same principle applies to those in the UFO “community”.
Perhaps even more so.
I read last month with some glee that Project Camelot is having financial problems. Project Camelot, for those of you who have better things to do, is a website that supports the work of so-called “whistleblowers”, supposedly from top secret projects and the like. The problem, of course, is things that are supposedly “above top secret” can’t be verified. So any nutjob can say what he wants. Dan Burisch is my favorite example of a completely delusional wack-job, with multiple last names and an unverifiable doctorate degree. And there are others – Bill Deagle, Benjamin Fulford and the completely debunked Gordon Novel – that seemingly outnumber the actually credible personalities like Richard Hoagland, John Lear and the fascinating Bob Dean.
But this is the club foot of the UFO movement: people making claims about belonging to “above top secret” projects, saying they are speaking out for the first time, yet not being able to verify anything. The folks that run the Project Camelot site have an idea of “verification” that simply means they found someone else that says something similar. That isn’t verification. That’s merely someone who concurs.
So my only meter of credibility comes from people who are actual witnesses to
unusual events, not those claiming to have belonged to top secret groups. This is getting old. Conversely, Richard Dolan has written some amazing material on the UFO phenomenon and the National Security system of the United States. Now this is someone who looks at societal mechanisms that deal with the unknown – or not deal, as is plainly evident. But this seems to get ignored among the tidal wave of nutsery.
Anyway, this is all “sound and fury”. It’s often hard to critique something that is considered illegitimate by much of the mainstream. Such is the UFO movement. But the reason I do it is because the tide of events in the world are changing and if what some of us know to be an ultimate truth is not scrutinized the potential for intellectual and philosophical chaos is daunting. And this is not a subject for the unstable. There are those who are suffering with experiences at the edge of reality who are being spiritually raped by charlatans whose mental issues surpass the entirety of the DSM-IV.
UFO organizations need to stop their paranoia about who may be infiltrating them from without and see who is rotting them from within. Critical thinking and forensic reasoning need to apply at all times.
Until then shooting one’s self in the foot will continue to be entirely acceptable.
Copyright 2009 by J. Aaron Paciulli