'The Day After Roswell' - book review Part II

After writing my recent review of 'The Day After Roswell' by Philip J. Corso, I remembered two more interesting things in the book that I didn't cover in my first review. Neither of them are actually about U.F.O.'s or aliens, which, I think, shows how much stuff is present in Corso's book; it really is a treasure trove of thought-provoking material.

First off, in between the hard-to-believe alien stuff in Corso's book, Corso touches on an oddity in America's space exploration programme; why haven't the United States put a base on the moon? I wrote an article on this subject a while back. In the article, I described some of the military benefits of having a base on the moon and why it is a major mystery why the United States or Russia still don't have a base on our moon.

In his book, Corso discusses, at length, the U.S. military's interest and plans in setting up a moon base, a plan hatched in the late fifties and designed to be completed by the mid-sixties. Corso makes it clear that General Trudeau, his commanding officer, was involved in a plan to land on the moon and then establish a base there, with the moon landing being simply one step in a larger process. The reasoning laid out in Corso's book is more extensive than my comments in my article, which is not surprising as it was a major U.S. military project, but the essential premise is the same. The moon is the high ground and anyone who establishes a base on it will have a huge military advantage. Corso dedicates an entire chapter to the project and adds an appendix with photocopied briefing documents, detailing what became known as Project Horizon. But, as we all know, there is no moon base. Corso explains why; his answer is logical but it involves UFO's, so its veracity is a matter for debate.

The 'no moon base' mystery is, I think, a 'curious incident of the dog in the night-time' situation. The phrase originally came from a Sherlock Holmes story where Holmes points out to Watson, as part of investigating a crime, that the dog didn't bark in the night. Holmes's point was that the absence of something can be as significant as the presence of something. The dog was a barker and should have barked. Something significant and important must have stopped it barking. In the same way, the complete lack of a moon base on the moon, even now, shows us that 'the dog didn't bark'. It is a huge sign saying: 'something major and mysterious is stopping the military powers of the Earth from establishing a base on the moon'.

The second fascinating section in the book that I'd like to talk about is Corso's reports of his encounters with Italian scientists at the end of the Second World War, in particular Aldo Castellani. Corso spent time with them while he was running U.S. intelligence in Rome. To quote from the book:

Professor Franck introduced me to another one of his colleagues, the celebrated research biologist and physician Dr Castellani, who had many years earlier isolated and identified the disease called 'sleeping sickness' and perfected what during the 1930's and 1940's became known as Castellani Ointments as treatments for a skin diseases. When other doctors, he said, had focussed on treating only the symptoms they could see on the skin, Doctor Castellani said that the problems of many skin rashes, psoriasis or inflammations that looked like bacterial infections were, in fact, correctable by changing the skin's electromagnetic resonance. The ointments, he said, didn't attack the infection with drugs; they were chemical reactants that changed the electrostatic condition of the skin, allowing the long frequency waves from the brain to do the healing.

All three men [Franck, Castellani, Flesch] were using these electromagnetic waves to promote healing in ways I considered astounding. They made claims about the ability of electromagnetic treatments to affect the speed at which cells divide and tumours grow. They claimed that through directed electromagnetic waves propagation, they could cure heart disease, arthritis, all types of bacteriological infections that interfered with cell function, and even certain forms of cancer.

I think the heart disease claim might be far-fetched, but the work they were doing is intriguing. It still astonishes me that while biochemistry is the darling of modern healthcare research, biophysics is a pariah, a banned subject inhabited only by cranks, fools and charlatans (officially). This is flat-out bizarre. We know that at the fundamental operating level of any organism, electromagnetic radiation is zipping about all over the place. Chemistry is nothing more than quantum physics events at the atomic level. Effectively banning an entire scientific subject, that is also a fundamental area, smacks of religious dogma, or possible hard-nosed corporate strategy.

Modern mainstream science operates on a funding model. Scientists' reputations get them funding. If their reputations are sullied, they lose their funding and they're out on their ears. Nearly all of them tow the line.This process is also a top-down hierarchical one, which means that a small number of people decide what research is done by the majority. If those elite, or their backers, say an area is bunkum, it is avoided by thousands of researchers. Therefore, in the modern world, corporations and an elite group decide all 'respectable' research. It's not hard to imagine how this could be a less than ideal scenario.

Fortunately, for our long-term prospects in understanding ourselves and the universe, a few scientists do go out on a limb and investigate intriguing subjects, ignoring the dogma and applying their skills and minds to promising lines of research. I've mentioned several of them in my articles, such as Luc Montagnier (who won a Nobel Prize) and Robert Jahn. The way they've been treated when they conduct their solid research into 'banned' subjects isn't pretty, but they are carrying out crucial work. History shows us that many of our leaps forward in science have been made by people that were villified at the time; there's no reason to think that it'll be any different now.

A while back, I wrote an article putting forward the idea that the military are often the ones who make the great leaps forward in science actually happen. For example, Galileo is celebrated as the man who showed that the Earth goes around the sun and not the other way around, but I think his work would have languished for centuries if it wasn't for the military usefulness of telescopes. The military's priorities helped bring about the widespread use of telescopes. This enabled many people to directly perceive the moons of Jupiter and thereby, through sheer weight of numbers, defeated the Catholic Church's geocentric control.

It would be great to think that the military will do the same with subjects that are currently heretical in the eyes of the mainstream scientific establishment, such as biophysics, remote viewing and UFO technologies such as faster-than-light travel. If they are true, then it would be an enormous leap forward for our knowledge. Unfortunately, it looks as if we may be in a very different culture at the moment, one where the majority are not going to be told what an exclusive, elite minority know. Corso's book and other evidence indicates that an awful lot of research work is going on in secret nowadays and it's all classified. At the same time, the superpowers have astonishing levels of knowledge about their own citizens, that they do not reveal to those citizens. We probably aren't going to know for decades what is really going on, what a privileged group of top secret scientists and engineers do know about how our universe works.

Then again, it took a century for Galileo to act upon Copernicus's theories and two more centuries for geocentrism to finally die. Maybe we will be leaps ahead in our understanding in 2200 AD? It's something to look forward to.