Statements made in this article are documented, but many readers may prefer to view them as “faction”: speculations and inferences based on real facts.

On a grey spring afternoon of 1992, I was in a restaurant near the Lubyanka in Moscow. Across from me were the Deputy Chairman of the KGB (6th Directorate) and a General from the GRU. Those were gloomy days in Russia, in economic disarray after the dismemberment of the Soviet Union.

My hosts, like several other officials, were working to find solutions to the crisis. Investments from abroad were sought in many sectors, including secretive high tech industries related to space, psychic research and warfare, but the KGB boss made his views clear: “We could go into joint ventures with other nations on certain projects,” he said, “but the Americans are trying to take away the most valuable inventions. Our country must be reorganised to protect itself. We are being ruined and will become a Third World nation otherwise. Our best scientists and engineers are leaving because we cannot pay them.”

In the United States in previous years, I had noticed the frequent arrivals of Soviet scientific teams into American universities. The visitors worked in frontier areas of research. In Moscow, I had been taken to some laboratories and given cryptic briefings on esoteric projects: parapsychology, bio-electromagnetics, plasma and lasers. However, I went to the point and I brought up the Blue Files. The two officials remained impassive, but they did not draw the curtain as I suspected they might.

“The Blue Files are our equivalent of the US Blue Book,” the KGB Deputy Chairman said matter-of-factly. “For decades we collaborated with certain NATO states on many aspects of our investigations. Now that we are down, the US wants to leave us far behind but we will keep our aces.”

I had learnt a lot over the years in America about the extensive work done to reverse-engineer awe-inspiring, exotic technologies retrieved from downed interstellar craft that are frequently tracked in the sky or spotted when they land. They have been observed for centuries, if not millennia. During a conversation held in 1987 in Boulder, Colorado the director of the Strategic Defense Initiative had conceded that Ronald Reagan’s controversial Star Wars project was mainly a cover for an ongoing multi-national endeavour to build a space shield, intended to protect mankind from a feared invasion by highly advanced organisations operating in outer space. Ten years later in 1997, the “Holy Grail” appeared when Colonel Philip Corso’s book, The Day after Roswell was published. Corso, a veteran of the Defense Intelligence Agency and the National Security Council, disclosed many secrets and connected the dots. I then understood better why an undisclosed array of military satellites equipped with weapons capable of hitting incoming targets from outside the atmosphere had been deployed. The superpowers had concluded that we needed a protective system from alien forces more than arms to fight each other, although the former did not exclude the latter. The system was set up in the greatest secrecy through a panoply of “black” programmes consuming untold billions of dollars. It was agreed that all those without a need to know, i.e. the overwhelming majority of us, would be kept in the dark. Too much was at stake, including the global, then bipolar order in its political, economic, military and even religious dimensions. However, a window to that hidden horizon was opened through the medium of science-fiction. People could get glimpses of the truth and a foretaste of the future, behind the veil of fantasy in blockbuster movies and popular TV series.

Wildly implausible rumours circulated amidst independent investigators. Since the 1950s, the US, Russia, Canada and Australia among others had set aside vast, inaccessible areas where closed communities of technicians worked under the strictest classification protocols and where national laws did not apply. Back in 1954, President Eisenhower had met at Muroc (later Edwards) Air Force Base with a team of visiting extraterrestrial envoys and agreed to enter a treaty with them for technology transfer, reportedly to fend off other dangerous and predatory species from outer spaces. “Sanctuaries” had been allocated for those guests to reside and operate, away from prying eyes. They would bring about subtle neural and genetic modifications in certain humans in order to make them intellectually capable of working in an expanded reality and handling new hitherto inaccessible technologies. Under the agreed protocols, they would also extract natural and genetic resources from the planet. All that is ongoing.

I have heard predictions and promises: ‘We have discovered the key to omnipotence. We are going through a period of incubation, but once that new knowledge bursts out, progress will become exponential.’ 

Once the pact was made, the UFO issue went underground, beneath a cloak of official denial and censorship. Only at the end of the last century did many of those apparently incredible allegations receive multiple validations and confirmations while numerous pertinent documents were gradually declassified or leaked.

Over the years, I was given ominous predictions and heard wondrous promises: “We have discovered the key to omnipotence. We are going through a period of incubation, but once that new knowledge bursts out, progress will become exponential. Human evolution has gone at an arithmetic pace in the last few centuries. Soon it will turn geometric. We will find how to travel at the speed of light if light has a speed, how to live ever longer and disease free, how to accumulate knowledge endlessly with the aid of cyber-electronics. Our brains and senses will merge with information networks. Computers and robots will harness the laws of quantic physics and will no longer be assembled, but grown like biological beings. We will create things out of subquantic stuff with plasma waveguides and machines of the size of atomic particles. We will cease to be humans; we know that is possible because those we are following are already there. They move in unified field space-time in their subtle bodies and vehicles which they can materialise or teletransport at will and they visit the past and the future like pages of a book opened at leisure without any particular order.”

That was said to me and to others during the 1980s and 1990s by military and civilian individuals in positions of authority, but little known outside their immediate professional circles.

Since then, many witnesses and experts have publicly made similar statements. Sometimes on record and under oath. We now can see this transhumanist process at work. Yet it carries the gravest threats to our survival, as it is taking place in the military sphere as well. Electromagnetic pulse and zero-point energy, warp drive propulsion, quantum radars and communication systems, gravito-magnetic engines, 3D printing, Artificial Intelligence, molecular and atomic machines, the interplanetary Internet of Things—all have obvious and terrifying applications for warfare and their development is driven by defence labs until they are quietly outsourced to military-industrial corporations, evocatively nicknamed “beltway bandits” in the US. New giant companies are hatched out of garages in the Silicon Valley and elsewhere when algorithms and formulas come into the hands of whiz-kid entrepreneurs discreetly funded by government related “angel investors”.

Just read these excerpts from “WikiLeaked’ correspondence addressed by Dr Edgar Mitchell, the “sixth man on the Moon” of the Apollo programme, to John Podesta, the special adviser to President Barack Obama in the summer of 2014:

“Five decades of UFO information have dramatically shifted the public awareness of an extraterrestrial presence. And yet, our government is still operating from outdated beliefs and policies. These are detrimental to trust in government transparency, science, religion, and responsible citizenry embracing the next step in our country’s space travel and research.

“Three disclosure issues are prominent: 1) planet sustainability via next generation energies such as zero point energy, 2) galactic travel and research undertaken as an advanced species aware of the extraterrestrial presence, not as uninformed explorers who revert to colonialism and destruction and 3) the example of a confident, engaged government who respectfully regards the wisdom and intellect of its citizens as we move into space.”

In this age of intense polar melt, only a fraction of the cosmic disclosure iceberg has yet emerged out of the dark ocean of official secrecy. 

Come Carpentier de Gourdon, convenor of the International Board of World Affairs, The Journal of International Issues, is the author of various books—the most recent being Memories Of A Hundred And One Moons: An Indian Odyssey (2015)—and of many published papers about such topics as history of culture and science, geopolitics, exopolitics, philosophy and aspects of Indian civilisation. He has lectured in several universities in India and in other countries in Europe, Asia and the Americas.