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"The Five Elephants in the Room"

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Carl Sagan:

"One of the saddest lessons of history is this:

If we've been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We're no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It's simply too painful to acknowledge even to ourselves, that we've been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, [once you've learned to deceive yourself and become prideful about being right] you almost never get [self-honesty] back."



In A.A. it is said that "we are as sick as our secrets." From this point of view, we, like other world societies, are quite ill.

The United States is beset by a large number of crucial secrets. The question is whether our population (including progressives) are deeply distracted by relative superficialities, simply indifferent, or are unwilling to bear the discomfort of questioning their assumptions.

One example, of course, is the material relevant to the assassinations of John and Robert Kennedy, Martin Luther King, and Malcolm X. Documented data on these events exists in the public domain; yet much is still being withheld from the general public.

I would suggest that 1) our secrets have to do with how power is held; and 2) ask whether it is possible to evoke the momentum necessary to unearth the revelations of these secrets to create a transformation of our society (and potentially, the planet).


I see five secrets that have immediate importance. There is an abundance of verifiable information available on all of these. I will leave it to you, the reader, to determine, what is credible, and what may be off-the-wall "conspiracy theories" or simple ignorance. I will also include references that, if you wish, you can consult.

This piece is listed as "positive news," following the assumption that revealing these secrets may lead to a new birth for humankind.

1) 9/11:

These days more than 1,000,000 websites are dedicated to 9/11. Videos and books have seriously researched and documented the event and deserve a careful review.

The official government version of events alleges a conspiracy hatched and carried out by a group of Muslim extremists primarily of Saudi origin but based in Afghanistan and led by former CIA special operative Osama Bin Laden.

However, for a growing number of people, alternative theories appear more plausible and more solidly supported by evidence than the official theory. According to various opinion polls cited in World Affairs: The Journal of International Issues (2005), approximately 50% of New Yorkers are convinced that the U.S. government knew in advance of the 9/11 plot, and "probably" played a role in its execution.

Many theories, backed up by facts, suggest that it was a "false-flag" operation, similar to the February 1933 burning of the Reichstag building (home of the German parliament in Berlin, which greatly facilitated Hitler's rise to power.

Various theories regarding the rationale for the operation have been offered. These include gaining control of the oil in Iraq and the Middle East; providing a context for our military bases to overspread the world (due to "the war that will not end in our lifetime"); creating an avenue for feeding the military-industrial complex; clamping down on citizen's rights in the U.S., having a readily identifiable enemy, and re-establishing the poppy trade in Afghanistan, as well as making way for the Unilocal oil pipeline, to which the Taliban were manipulated into refusing access.

If you have doubts about whether our government would carry out such a plan, look into "Operation Northwoods."


The New Pearl Harbor Revisited by David Ray Griffin, 2012.

Crossing the Rubicon by Michael Ruppert, 2004.

Also, see the 22 installments of Francis Shure's piece, 'Why Do Good People Become Silent or Worse About 9/11?' at


2) Surveillance

Edward Snowden was a contractor who blew open some of the secret operations of our "security services." Publication of leaked documents has revealed previously unknown details of a global surveillance apparatus run by the United States' NSA in close cooperation with Australia, the UK, and Canada. The first program to be revealed was PRISM, which allows for court-approved direct access to Americans' Google and Yahoo accounts, reported by both The Washington Post and The Guardian.

Edward Snowden has defended his leaks as an effort "to inform the public as to that which is done in their name and that which is done against them." His disclosures have fueled debates over mass surveillance, government secrecy, and the balance between national security and information privacy.

On September 2, 2020, a U.S. federal court ruled in United States v. Moalin that the U.S. intelligence's mass surveillance program exposed by Snowden was illegal and possibly unconstitutional.

The initial reports included details about the NSA call-database, "Boundless Informant," and of a secret court order requiring Verizon to give the NSA millions of Americans' phone records daily, the surveillance of French citizens' phone and Internet records and those of "high-profile individuals from the world of business or politics."

"XKeyscore," an analytical tool that allows for collection of "almost anything done on the internet," was described by The Guardian as a program that shed light on one of Snowden's most controversial statements: "I, sitting at my desk [could] wiretap anyone, from you or your accountant, to a federal judge or even the president, if I had a personal email."

The NSA's top-secret black budget, obtained from Snowden by The Washington Post, revealed that the NSA was paying U.S. private tech companies for clandestine access to their communications networks.

In addition, it was revealed that the NSA was harvesting millions of email and instant messaging contact lists, searching email content, tracking and mapping the location of cell phones, undermining attempts at encryption, and that the agency was using cookies to piggyback on the same tools used by Internet advertisers "to pinpoint targets for government hacking and to bolster surveillance." The NSA was shown to be secretly accessing Yahoo and Google data centers to collect information from hundreds of millions of account holders worldwide by tapping undersea cables.

In October 2013, Glenn Greenwald said "the most shocking and significant stories are the ones we are still working on, and have yet to publish." In November, The Guardian's editor-in-chief, Alan Rusbridger, said that only one percent of the documents had been published.

In March 2014, documents disclosed by Glenn Greenwald writing for The Intercept showed the NSA had plans to infect millions of computers with malware. According to a report in The Washington Post in July 2014, relying on information furnished by Snowden, 90% of those placed under surveillance in the U.S. were ordinary Americans, and are not intended targets from other nations and/or terrorists. The newspaper said it had examined documents including emails, message texts, and online accounts, that support this claim.

A NSA mission statement titled "SIGINT Strategy 2012-2016" affirmed that the NSA had plans for continued expansion of surveillance activities. Their stated goal was to "dramatically increase mastery of the global network" and to acquire adversaries' data from "anyone, anytime, anywhere."

As of 2021 It seems doubtful that these programs have been discontinued, and likely that they have been expanded.


No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State, Glen Greenwald

Permanent Record by Edward Snowden


("Power [and hubris] corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely." - Lord Acton;

1984, anyone?)


3) "The Extraterrestrial Problem"

Paul T. Hellyer is a seasoned politician, journalist, and commentator, and Canada's Senior Privy Councillor best known for the unification of the Canadian Armed Forces and for his 1968 chairmanship of the Task Force on Housing and Urban Development.

In recent years he had become interested in extraterrestrial presence on Earth, and in September 2005 he became the first person of cabinet rank in the G8 group of countries to state unequivocally that "UFOs are as real as the airplanes flying overhead." He is the author of Light at the End of the Tunnel: A Survival Plan for the Human Species, a book which also claims that "exotic" energy sources exist, which could eliminate our need for gas and oil.

Hellyer was appointed to the cabinet of Prime Minister Louis S. St. Laurent in 1957, just eight years after his first election to the House of Commons in 1949 at the age of 25. He was later appointed to the position of Minister of Defence. His multi-faceted career, in addition to a near-lifetime in politics, gives Hellyer a rare perspective on what has gone wrong in the critical fields of both world politics and economics.

With more than 65 years of participation in and observation of political and economic systems - beginning with the Great Depression, extending through World War II, the postwar era of hope for a better life, the Cold War, the subjugation of democracy by oligarchy, and the continuous militarization of America - he suggests that radical measures are needed to introduce a universal culture of peace and cooperation.

He argues for the existence of exotic power sources to replace fossil fuels, and consequently recommends an immediate end to fracking and offshore drilling for oil. He further urges an immediate worldwide mobilization to replace the energy source in every car, truck, tractor, ship, airplane, and house on Earth in seven years in a desperate effort to save the planet from further overheating.

(Army Lt. Colonel Philip Corso, who was in charge of transferring ET technology into private industry as "proprietary property" where it could be developed without detection, reported in his book, The Day After Roswell, on a conversation he allegedly had with an ET visitor where he was told that we could have "a new world, if you can take it.")

Hellyer's book blasts government secrecy, and more than 65 years of alleged lies and disinformation and demands full disclosure of what is known about visitors from other realms, their technology and the extent of their collaboration with governments, including any treaties that may have been signed by them. Reporting on his conversation with a general, he stated that the general had said that "there have been face-to-face meetings between U.S. officials and visitors from other star systems."

He states that many beings from a number of other planets are concerned about the fate of the Earth. They do have a policy of non-interference (ala' - the "prime directive" in Star Trek.) However, there may be a loophole if things deteriorate too badly; for example, there are documented reports of ET vehicles shutting down nuclear missile silos.

However, their basic attitude is essentially: "You clean up your act. It is your planet. And if it comes to a dead end, it will be because you let it or made it. It is one of the best planets and you have been destroying it. There is much for you to do."

Hellyer reports that alternate energy sources have been developed by the U.S. "shadow government" at the massive underground "black operation" installations in Nevada and Arizona using technology borrowed from visitors from other planets. Yet they remain secret for the alleged benefit of the privileged few.


Steven Greer is a former chief of emergency medicine who left that job to publicize the fact that the extraterrestrials have been visiting Earth since at least the 1940's. He is a beyond-courageous, intrepid researcher, whose life has been threatened and his assistant killed.

What is essential is the energy source extraterrestrials use to travel through the vastness of space. According to Greer, they use "zero-point energy." Our physicists apparently know this can exist (at the quantum level the vacuum of space has near infinite energy); however, Greer clearly asserts that we are able to manufacture this energy source, but that it is being suppressed, as it would supersede the need for gas and oil. Because energy is drawn from the vacuum, it would essentially be free. He has reported that many of his own technicians have quit after being threatened.

Greer has briefed a number of U.S. presidents by proxy, as well as the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the head of the CIA. He states for decades that the whole extraterrestrial matter has been managed by a relatively small unelected, unaccountable cabal. Presidents, other heads of state, and the majority of high-ranking government officials are, to a major degree, kept out of the loop.

In a recent, detailed video he argues that a number of ET craft have been shot down and then reverse-engineered. He reports that, as confirmed by Werner Von Braun, the extraterrestrials have been "the last card to play" on a list of enemies that has included the communists, rogue states, and international terrorists. Carol Rosen, von Braun's assistant for many years, has conveyed the statement he made many times both before and at the time of this death, that, "It's all a lie."

Greer cogently argues that a false flag operation (similar to 9/11) has been planned for many years, featuring a highly believable attack by reverse-engineered craft, piloted by humans, which is designed to lead us toward some form of world totalitarianism.

The ET matter has been one of the most highly classified matters for decades. A primary strategy has been to mock, peripheralize and ridicule citizen researchers outwardly, while the military-industrial-intelligence complex has been "obsessed" with this issue. Many of us have internalized this strategy, telling ourselves that only "tin-foil-hat wearing" (crazy) people would give this phenomenon any credence(see initial Carl Sagan quote).

T here are more than 3500 military and commercial aircraft pilot reports of encounters worldwide; many cases have corroborating radar documentation and multiple witnesses both on the ground and in the air.

It is prudent to return to a statement made by the first director of the CIA; Roscoe Hillenkoetter's in 1960 in a letter to Congress, as reported in The New York Times:

"Behind the scenes, high-ranking Air Force officers are soberly concerned about UFOs. But through official secrecy and ridicule, many citizens are led to believe the unknown flying objects are nonsense."

With the Internet and the current approach of the military-industrial-intelligence complex, bits and pieces of data - videos, reports, etc. are being released to the public piecemeal, along with movies such as "Independence Day," which portrays ET's as threatening Earth.

It would seem that we are being readied for disclosure and/or the conviction that ET species are hostile. Meanwhile, there is strong evidence that, at least the majority of ET species we have encountered, are peace-loving and quite concerned with what we are doing to our own planet and other life-forms in space.


Paul T. Hellyer, Former Minister for National Defence Interview on Youtube ---- The Money Mafia: A World in Crisis

Steven M. Greer, Hidden Truth, Forbidden Knowledge, 2006. (as well as multiple other books and Youtube videos by this author)

"Cosmic Hoax" or


4) The Corona Virus

The Corona virus and vaccines: serious questions have been raised as to whether these are some forms of bioweapon - opening the doors to a "Global Reset" and/or are preparing us for further passivity and conformity re- future operations. There are resemblances between elements of the situation vis-a-vis the Covid virus and 9/11. Much is still unknown, and it is advisable to question pronouncements coming from "Big Pharma," the CDC, etc.


5) Apocalypse Soon

The truth, which is hard to admit and harder to discuss, appears to be that we are facing a major extinction event re- our own human species and the destruction of the biosphere. News stations avoid this subject like the plague (focusing instead on our current version of a plague).

Yet, what does the data actually tell us?

Although I would prefer them to be wrong, many wise, highly intelligent and caring individuals trained in a variety of disciplines are predicting that over the next forty years, events may synchronize in a ghastly way with the devastation the world systems we have so far taken for granted, such as species diversity, access to food and water, climate stability, and a relative economic (even though grossly inequitable) stability.

It increasingly appears that in the next decades the human species will be facing some grim realities. We may be able, if we have the collective will, to slow down some of the more shocking realities, but given the insane greed of corporations and our own penchants for inertia and denial, it seems that a massive breakdown is coming.

Human population and consumption are increasing at the same time as essential resources, such as freshwater, fish stocks, topsoil and oil reserves are in decline.

All at the same time we have begun to experience increasing climate disruption, spreading regions of water scarcity, declining agricultural productivity, growing inequality in wealth and well-being, rising numbers of climate refugees, spreading extinction of plant and animal species, oceans polluted with plastics, aging bureaucracies of overwhelming scale and complexity, the simultaneous rise to political power of multiple malignant narcissists with populations seeking "Big Daddy fix-it leaders" (at the cost of ethics and basic freedoms), and nations grasping for resources such as oil under whatever pretexts they can manufacture.

While reversals in the economy have left many feeling desperate about how they are going to manage, trillions of dollars are spent on the making of war. No surprise that so many of us are experiencing a profound loss of confidence in the future.

Living systems naturally use feedback loops to regain their balance whenever they detect they are off course. As living systems, we humans navigate through life by paying attention to information, or feedback, that tells us when we are off course, and hopefully respond with a course correction. Yet now, this would entail a planet-wide awareness of the cliff toward which we, lemming-like, are heading. Denial prevails. Even beyond this, it is highly probable that malignant narcissist leaders will use this crisis to solidify their power.

We may be in for an apocalyptic series of events, that, with the blessings of good fortune, could enable the birth canal of a new humanity. However, discussing the need to prepare ourselves in the present is itself a thankless task, due to humanity's egocentrism and hubris, which has made us choose distraction and denial. In general, we remain stone deaf to any kind of truth that might wake us up to the ordeal that appears to lie ahead.

It seems that a reckoning is coming our way. If we have time before we destroy ourselves, we will need to turn en-mass toward a psychospiritual transformation - an awakening at the very center of our being. Duane Elgin and others have suggested that the massive suffering that will accompany the collapse of the environment and social systems over the next few decades may be necessary to stop our suicidal momentum and facilitate such a transformation in our consciousness.


Carolyn Baker and Andrew Harvey, Radical Regeneration, Birthing the New Human In the Age of Extinction, 2020.

Duane Elgin, Awakening Earth, Exploring the Evolution of Human Culture and Consciousness, 1993.

--- Choosing Earth, Humanity's Great Transiton to a Mature Planetary Civilization, 2020.

Joanna Macy, Active Hope, 2012.


The issue, of course, is misuse of power.

In the pioneering work being done at the Stone Center at Wellesley College, the writings of Judith Jordan, Jean Baker Miller and other feminist scholars clarify the salient differences between two modes of being:

"In the 'power-over' or 'power-for-oneself only' model there is an assumption of an active agent exerting control that [arises from] an actual or threatened use of power, strengths or expertise.

"The alternative model of interaction that we are proposing might be termed 'power-with' or 'power-together'... It suggest[s] that all participants in the relationship interact in ways that are based on connecting and enhancing everyone's personal power."

Alice Miller and others have shown how abuse of power originates in both society's mores and in one's family or origin.

Riane Eisler and Philip Slater have discussed the origins of "dominator"/authoritarian culture" currently operating on our planet.


The following is a contemplation on what Jung called the "dark shadow:" elements of the psyche we hide from ourselves and others.

From the well-known Jungian analyst Adolph Guggenbuhl-Craig:

"Sadism can be understood as an expression of the destructive side of people, 'an expression of the murderer within us.' It is a specifically human trait to find joy in" [conscious] destructiveness [and this is] a psychological phenomenon with which every human being must come to terms. The joy of destroying [for its own sake], obliterating, of torturing, usually involves an intoxication with power, the ability to dominate a partner completely and play with him like a cat with a mouse."

Abuse of power makes those who have a "hole in their soul" feel alive. It is our responsibility to address this issue.

Misuse of power frequently is accompanied by secrecy. Thomas Merton referred to extreme evil as "the unspeakable." Meanwhile, Gandhi, who succeeded in ejecting the British empire from India, ascribed his success to satyagraha - "truth-force" or "soul-force." Truth, he maintained, was, in the long run, the most powerful force on Earth. As should be clear from what has been said above - in the long run, we will need to live in truth and speak truth if we wish to survive.

It appears that in reality we are hitting an "evolutionary wall" and need to make a pivotal turn as a species. We will be increasingly running into the physical limits of nature to sustain humanity; as such we are being called to turn to more mature ways of being and living on our planet. Our current trajectory is driving us into a disastrous future. We will be challenged to wake up together and rise to a higher level of responsibility as a species. This will not happen automatically: we will either consciously choose, together, a regenerative path for living on Earth or we will lose our future, continuing our rush to ruin.

It would seem that pretending that there are no "elephants in the room" or remaining ignorant of the realities will only guarantee more anguish for ourselves, our children, and our grandchildren.

As Einstein said, there are categories of problems "that cannot be solved at the same level of thinking that created them."

It is past time for us to explore avenues through which we can mature and evolve our thoughts, emotions, behavior and spiritual life.

Additional Resources Carolyn Baker and Andrew Harvey, Radical Regeneration, Birthing the New Human in the Age of Extinction, 2020.

Richard Dolan, Bryce Zabel, Jim Marrs (Foreword), A.D. After Disclosure: When the Government Finally Reveals the Truth About Alien Contact, 2012.

Duane Elgin, Awakening Earth: Exploring the Evolution of Human Culture and Consciousness, 1993/ ---- Choosing Earth: Humanity's Great Transition to a Mature Planetary Civilization, 2020., 1988.

Adolf Guggenbuhl-Craig, Power in the Helping Professions, 1998. Paul Levy and Catherine Austin Fitts, Dispelling Wetiko, Breaking the Curse of Evil, 2013. Paul Levy and Larry Dossey. M.D. Wetiko: Healing the Mind-Virus That Plagues Our World, 2021.

Alice Miller, For Your Own Good: Hidden Cruelty in Child-Rearing and the Roots of Violence, 2002.

Philip Slater, A Dream Deferred: America's Discontent and the Search for a New Democratic Ideal, 1992.

----- The Chrysalis Effect: The Metamorphosis of Global Culture, 2008., The Stone Center for Developmental Services and Studies at the Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW).

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