Excerpt from Valle's Mesengers of Deception (fwd)

Francisco Lopez (d005734c@dcfreenet.seflin.lib.fl.us)
Mon, 23 Dec 1996 14:53:14 -0500 (EST)


Note: The ramifications of the matters discussed in the post are beyond
the inmediate object of discussion of the article. They could apply to
several other "movements" and could sheed light on the influence of
spreading of information by official sources capable of influencing the
process of historical interpreation.

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Excerpts from "Messengers of Deception" - (c) 1979 Jacques Vallee,
And/Or Press, Berkeley CA 94702, ISBN: 0-915904-38-1.
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[...] Scientific analysis will undoubtedly provide part of the
truth about UFOs; however, I no longer believe it will lead to the
whole truth. I owe this realization to a man I shall call "Major
Murphy," although his actual rank is much higher than that of Major.
He taught me a lesson I am not likely to forget.

Major Murphy, who retired from a U.S. Intelligence service quite
a few years ago, had seen action in World War II in Italy, and also
described vividly his investigations in the Caribbean, where he
organized efforts to intercept submarines and German spies on their
way to the United States. I met him at a gathering of UFO
contactees and suggested a drink when it was over. I expressed my
surprise at his interest in the event, which I had regarded as a
complete waste of time. He asked me to clarify this judgement, and
I said that in my opinion none of the people in attendance knew
anything about science. Then he posed a question that, obvious as
it seems, had not really occurred to me: "What makes you think that
UFOs are a scientific problem?"

I replied with something to the effect that a problem was only
scientific in the way it was approached, but he would have none of
that, and he began lecturing me. First, he said, science had
certain rules. For example, it has to assume that the phenomenon it
is observing is natural in origin rather than artificial and
possibly biased. Now, the UFO phenomenon could be controlled by
alien beings. "If it is," added the Major, "then the study of it
doesn't belong in science. It belongs in Intelligence." MEANING
COUNTERESPIONAGE. And that, he pointed out, was his domain.

"Now, in the field of counterespionage, the rules are
completely different." He drew a simple diagram in my notebook.
"You are a scientist. In science there is no concept of the 'price'
of information. Suppose I gave you 95 per cent of the data
concerning a phenomenon. You're happy because you know 95 per cent
of the phenomenon. Not so in Intelligence. If I get 95 per cent of
the data, I know this is the 'cheap' part of the information. I
still need the other 5 per cent, but I will have to pay a much
higher price to get it. You see, Hitler had 95 per cent of the
information about the landing in Normandy. But he had the WRONG 95
PER CENT!"

"Are you saying that the UFO data we use to compile statistics
and to find patterns with computers are useless?" I asked. "Might we
be spinning our magnetic tapes endlessly discovering spurious laws?"

"It all depends on how the team on the OTHER SIDE thinks. If
they know what they're doing, there will be so many cutouts between
you and them that you won't have the slightest chance of tracing
your way to the truth. Not by following up sightings and throwing
them into a computer. They will keep feeding you the information
they want you to process. What is the only source of data about the
UFO phenomenon? It is the UFOs themselves!"

Some things were beginning to make a lot of sense. "If you're
right, what can I do? It seems that research on the phenomenon is
hopeless, then. I might as well dump my computer into a river."

"Not necessarily, but you should try a different approach.
First you should work entirely outside of the organized UFO groups;
they are infiltrated by the same official agencies they are trying
to influence, and they propagate any rumor anyone wants to have
circulated. In Intelligence circles, people like that are
historical necessities. We call them 'useful idiots.' When you've
worked long enough for Uncle Sam, you know he is involved in a lot
of strange things. The data these groups get are biased at the
source, but they play a useful role.

"Second, you should look for the irrational, the bizarre, the
elements that do not fit: that's what I have come to observe at
this meeting tonight. Have you ever felt that you were getting
close to something that didn't seem to fit any rational pattern, yet
gave you a strong impression that it was significant?"

[... Deleted: Vallee's discussion of the immortality-claming group
"Human Individual Metamorphosis," the strange life of Jacques
Bordas, and the mysterious Order of Melchizedek...]

The absurdity of many UFO stories and of many religious visions
is not a superficial logical mistake. It may be the key to their
function. According to Major Murphy, the confusion in the UFO
mystery may have been put there deliberately to achieve certain
results. One of these results has been to keep scientists away.
The other is to create the conditions for a new form of social
control, a change in Man's perception of his place in the universe.
Are his theories fantastic? Before we decide, let us review a few
other facts. We need to examine more closely the political
connections.

Paris Flammonde, in his well-documented "Age of Flying
Saucers," remarked that "a great many of the contactees purvey
philosophies which are tinged, if not tainted, with totalitarian
overtones."

A catalogue of contactee themes, compiled from interviews I
have conducted, includes the following.

INTELLECTUAL ABDICATION. The widespread belief that human
beings are incapable of solving their own problems, and that
extraterrestrial intervention is imperative to save us "in spite of
ourselves." The danger in such a philosophy is that it makes its
believers dependent on outside forces and discourages personal
responsibility: why should we worry about the problems around us, if
the Gods from Outer Space are about to solve them?

RACIST PHILOSOPHY. The pernicious suggestion that some of us
on the Earth are of extraterrestrial descent and therefore
constitute a "higher race." The dangers inherent in this belief
should be obvious to anybody who hasn't forgotten the genocides of
World War II, executed on the premise that some races were somehow
"purer" or better than others. (Let us note in passing that
Adamski's Venusian, the Stranger of the Canigou seen by Bordas, and
many other alleged extraterrstrials were all tall Aryan types with
long blond hair.)

TECHNICAL IMPOTENCE. The statement that the birth of civilization
on this planet resulted not from the genius and ability of mankind,
but from repeated assistance by higher beings. Archaeologists and
anthropologists are constantly aware of the marvelous skill with which
the "Ancient Engineers" (to use L. Sprague de Camp's phrase)
developed the tools of civilization on all continuts. No appear to
superior powers is necessary to explain the achievements of early
culture. The belief expressed by the contactees reveals a tragic
lack of trust on their part in human ability.

SOCIAL UTOPIA. Fantastic economic theories, including the
belief that a "world economy" can be created overnight, and that
democracy should be aboloished in favor of utopian systems, usually
dictatorial in their outlook.

Such ideas are present, in one form or another, in the
statements of organized UFO cults and sects that are described here,
and they deserve to be examined in some detail.

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