A conquest of Earth by some super-powerful extraterrestrial species has been a suitably frightening premise for science fiction, from the 1938 radio version of War of the Worlds to the 2011 movie blockbuster Battle: Los Angeles.
Among UFOologists, the alien apocalypse scenario resonates strongly as well, to the extent that some have even questioned why U.S. defense officials haven’t done more to prepare for the potential menace of alien invasion. Or, perhaps more accurately, why government officials haven’t done anything, since there’s scant evidence that the risk of giant saucers hovering over Washington DC and leveling buildings with blasts from energy-beam weapons has ever even been seriously contemplated. In the National Security Agency’s online reading room, for example, the only germane item seems to be this 1979 National Enquirer article, dutifully clipped and filed by some nameless agency employee, which purports to describe a “startling” NSA report warning that the U.S. should prepare for the possiblity of a “Pearl Harbor-type UFO invasion!”
This cavalier negligence no doubt frustrates believers in flying saucers as much as the Defense establishment’s disinterest in strategic bombers prior to World War II once irked Lt. Col. Billy Mitchell. A few UFOologists even have taken the liberty of developing their own anti-extraterrestrial strategy, which was published in book form in 2006 as An Introduction to Planetary Defense: A Study of Modern Warfare Applied to Extra-Terrestrial Invasion. Another author, W. H. Mumfrey, published 2009’s The Alien Invasion Survival Handbook: A Defense Manual for the Coming Extraterrestrial Apocalypse. The latter, alas, seems to be a tongue-in-cheek parody of alien-invasion scenarios gleaned from sci-fi flicks, rather than the practical treatise that we might desperately need when the pod people start dropping their seeds from the skies.
But here’s another, possibly even scarier, scenario that’s been circulating on conspiracy-theorist web sites for a while. What if nefarious cabalists in government, banks and multinational corporations staged a phony alien invasion, and used the resulting crisis as an excuse to impose martial law on a global basis and institute the dreaded New World Order?
As one poster explained in a thread devoted to the subject on Abovetopsecret.com back in 2008:
Terrorism is almost done as an excuse, and the current global collapse is beginning—-a new world order is close at hand. The only thing missing is a global threat [note: my emphasis] to bind everyone to a new order, a new co-operation, a new monetary system, and a global elitist control.
But it’s not just anonymous web pundits who have warned of a false-flag UFO attack. Carol Rosin, founder of the Institute for Security and Cooperation in Outer Space, says in this YouTube video that her former employer, Werner Von Braun, warned back in 1977 that governments might eventually use the threat of alien attack to justify putting weapons in orbit.
In science fiction, the idea goes back even further. A phony alien invasion, staged by elites in an attempt to unify the world’s population against a common foe, actually was the premise of “Unite and Conquer,” a 1948 short story by Theodore Sturgeon. The idea was again ultilized in “Architects of Fear,” an episode of the TV series Outer Limits back in 1963. In the episode, the conspirators fake the death of a volunteer, one Dr. Alan Leighton, who then undergoes a series of grisly surgeries so that he can pass as an alien invader when he lands at UN headquarters in New York. The plot is foiled when Leighton’s wife, who apparently has psi talents and experiences mysterious bouts of sympathetic pain during his surgeries, recognizes him.
Skeptics might say that a fake alien attack would be too difficult to stage, and that the number of required collaborators would be so great that the secret would be impossible to keep. But then again, faith in such a sprawling plot probably isn’t such a reach for those who believe that the World Trade Center actually was destroyed by controlled demolition on 9-11, and the jets hijacked by terrorists was just a cover story. And some suggest that such a phony event could be made to appear real through the use of the flying saucer equipped with anti-gravity technology that supposedly was developed by Nazi scientists during World War II. There are rumors on the Internets that the U.S. government captured that saucer at war’s end and then kept under wraps for the past 65 years, as it cloned the technology and developed a fleet of similar UFO-like craft. Which were also kept hidden, perhaps in anticipation of a moment in history just like this one.
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