by John Kelly
The deep politics of Mars were explored by distinguished Vancouver futurist, Alfred Lambremont Webre and Andrew D. Basiago, lawyer and author of “The Discovery of Life on Mars”, during Wednesday night’s broadcast of Truth Frequency Radio. During the show, Basiago stated that by calling him both a “nut” and a “disinformation agent” on Coast to Coast AM, the Enterprise Mission's Richard C. Hoagland had surrendered “the mantle of leadership of Mars research.” Other statements by the pair described their encounters with “CIA enforcement” along with a de facto North American truth embargo of information about the reality of life on Mars.
A shot in the dark
A recent media flash point highlighting Mars research was a May 26, 2010 comment made by the Enterprise Mission’s Richard C. Hoagland on Coast to Coast AM, the most-listened-to late night talk radio show in North America. In refusing to respond to a request for comment by a caller regarding the work of Basiago, Hoagland explained why in this way:
He's an absolute 100% nut and he is being paid by the intelligence agencies to spread disinformation far and wide."
According to his biography, Andrew D. Basiago, a graduate of both UCLA and the University of Cambridge, is a lawyer, writer, and 21st century visionary. The team leader of Project Pegasus, he is an emerging figure in the Disclosure Movement who is leading a campaign to lobby the United States government to disclose such controversial truths as the fact that Mars harbors life and that the United States has achieved “quantum access” to past and future events.
Alfred Webre’s biography describes him as a space activist who works with others to prevent the "weaponization" of space and transform the permanent war economy into a sustainable, peaceful, cooperative, Space Age society, re-integrating with a larger, intelligent Universe society. Webre is the author of “EXOPOLITICS: Politics, Government, and Law in the Universe”.
Robertson Panel enforcer
During their interview on Truth Frequency Radio, Basiago and Webre both responded to false and defamatory attacks made against them by Hoagland on Coast.
Webre pointed out:
[On] one program he called me "crazy". He actually called me "crazy"... Paola Harris was in the living room with him and can testify to that, and there are 15 million people that heard him call me "crazy" because of these assertions that I’m making that there’s present life on Mars. That sounds a lot to me like what the Robertson Panel recommendations were, right? In other words, why should Richard C. Hoagland, another private researcher, be enforcing ... the CIA Robertson Panel recommendations of 1953 to debunk any researcher and ridicule them in public if they bring up extraterrestrial issues?“
Webre later asked again, “How is it that Mr. Hoagland, who supposedly is a private citizen and is a researcher, can now get up and with impunity on a program that goes to 15 million people and apply the standards of the 1953 Robertson Panel?”
Speaking directly to Hoagland's remarks, Basiago attempted to clarify:
Richard, which am I? Am I crazy, or am I working in a very un-crazy way to spread disinformation for US intelligence agencies? In other words, these are two claims that are impossible to both be true simultaneously, so each discredits the other claim.”
Basiago also gave his version of the chronology of events leading up to the flash point on Coast:
We had just proved at Alien Event, that Mars is inhabited. And I had just called on the second man to walk on the Moon, in this epoch of civilization at least, namely, Buzz Aldrin to evaluate our data and either affirm or deny the premise that Mars is inhabited ... I think this actually provoked the US intelligence community working through Richard Hoagland to attack me in the way that he did.”
Get out of the way
Weber elaborated more forcefully:
There’s an urgency to the work that we’re doing. We are trying to get to the mainstream with this information that many governmental agencies and sort of hangers-on are trying to block. And we’re trying to get to these space agencies and educate them that Mars is inhabited, such that they won’t run into the cognitive dissonance and still be acting out the imperatives of the 1953 Robertson panel ... The clock is ticking here. And it’s vital that we get this out. And it’s vital that if people in the research community, like Richard Hoagland, don’t transform, well then that they get out of the way.”
There have been other notable critics of Basiago’s Mars research. In a story for the Discovery Channel Website, Ray Villard, the news director for the Hubble Space Telescope, wrote, “At a recent convention called, you guessed it, Conspiracy Con 2009, self-styled Mars sleuth, Andrew Basiago, accused NASA of hiding evidence of Martian life in photos taken from the rover Spirit.”
In his blog Bad Astronomy for Discover Magazine, Phil Plait, like Hoagland and Villard a present or former NASA employee, wrote, “Well, there is evidence of life in that image. You can see parts of the rover in it. But I don’t think that’s what Mr. Basiago is talking about. What I’m talking about is that this is just more pareidolia, of course, except in this case it’s mixed with a person utterly convinced that what he’s seeing is real.”
In response to his critics, Basiago told the Truth Frequency Radio listening audience:
Here we have literally publicists for the space agency who, when they are commenting about myself or Alfred or the Mars findings, aren’t marshaling scientific facts or reason, not even valid theory, to rebut what we’ve been stating, but have simply engaged in snide character assassination ... It’s amazing that they would risk the reputation of the space agency and their own professional standing by engaging in rank disinformation, because that’s what we have to call it.”
Perhaps the most ambitious remarks heard on the show were those Webre and Basiago both saved for the Exopolitics community. Citing a truth embargo against their Mars research, Webre explained that, "We were prohibited from presenting the Mars findings at the major Exopolitics conference, literally prohibited ... And I was at the 2010 conference just recently and I was submitted to a lecture about the non-validity of these findings.”
Basiago elaborated by stating:
So in this vanguard of leading figures in Exopolitics, over the last two years Alfred and I have been shocked that they’ve not only been absent without leave. ...They’ve not only shown condign ignorance of the findings. [We] wish that that was what it had been. Instead, they have shown this puerile hostility towards even considering the data, as if they have somehow been instructed that when Mars comes up, stick with the Hoagland position. ... Quite frankly we’ve had many discussions and we’re quite mystified as to why all the major figures in Exopolitics have been defaulting on this issue. We have profound suspicions that some of them are actually government operatives and they’re maintaining a gate keeping role and actively sequestering the discourse about Mars.”
Webre summarized with his remarks “[To] break the embargo that is here in North America ... We have to ask, “What is the function of this cover-up, and how are we going to break it?””
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