Richard Hoagland, Author of the Month for December 2007
Dark Mission: the Secret History of NASA (cont.)
By Richard C. Hoagland and Mike Bara
The most disturbing part of "Brookings" to policy makers, however — even before these shattering discoveries were verified — was its thinly-veiled, authoritative warnings regarding what could happen to our civilization if NASA's 1950s-style "ET predictions" were confirmed:
"Anthropological files contain many examples of societies, sure of their place in the universe, which have disintegrated when they had to associate with previously unfamiliar societies espousing different ideas and different life ways; others that survived such an experience usually did so by paying the price of changes in values and attitudes and behavior…" [Emphasis added.]
The literal disintegration of society — simply from knowing that "we're not alone."
The Brookings discussion of the implications of such a crucial discovery also encompassed a critical second-level problem: What to do if the Agency, at some point in the future, actually made such a momentous, world-changing confirmation of extraterrestrial intelligence next door? Or even of their surviving ruins and artifacts?
NASA's discussion of these problems before they occurred — and the draconian measures it was seriously considering — is revealing:
"Studies might help to provide programs for meeting and adjusting to the implications of such a discovery. Questions one might wish to answer by such studies would include: How might such information, under what circumstances, be presented to or withheld from the public, for what ends? What might be the role of the discovering scientists and other decision makers regarding release of the fact of discovery?" [Emphasis added.]
Following the political tumult and excitement of the first successful Apollo Lunar Landings, the White House and NASA dramatically changed the direction of the entire space program — under the excuse of a lack of public interest and insufficient funding.
The Agency quickly dropped any pretense of following up on the Apollo Program with permanent bases on the Moon, as well as indefinitely postponing all discussion and plans for going on to Mars.
Instead, under the now-proven lie of developing an economical, reliable, reusable space transportation system, and a "world-class" space research laboratory for it to re-supply — i.e., the Shuttle, and the International Space Station — NASA collaborated with the White House in a fateful set of decisions in the early 1970s that would consign American astronauts to endlessly circle the Earth for decades, while the Moon — with stunning ruins and bits and pieces of a miraculous, preserved technology orbiting just a quarter of a million miles away — was totally ignored.
On February 15, 2001, Fox Television aired a widely-advertised show titled Conspiracy Theory: Did We Land On the Moon? With this program, Fox removed the last weak link in NASA's ongoing, 40-year-old chain of overlapping cover-ups.
It is our assertion that this "Moon hoax" tale was carefully constructed as an elegant piece of professional disinformation — as a desperately-required distraction from the real lunar conspiracy documented here, which was beginning seriously to unravel as early as 1996. For, I can personally testify that I was a first-hand witness to true beginnings of "the Moon hoax" far, far earlier than the 2001 Fox Special — back in 1969, and in the heart of NASA itself!
The occasion was the unforgettable Apollo summer of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin's epic journey to the Moon — the amazing July landing of Apollo 11. I, of course, had been deeply immersed in all aspects of our CBS coverage of the upcoming Apollo 11 mission for months, as official science advisor to CBS News Special Events and chief correspondent, Walter Cronkite.