Despite some confusion and disorientation at the beginning of SEAT's Second ETI Symposium (Oct.22) because seating accomodation and technical equipment at the UN Church Centre hall were far below those of the UN main auditorium, where the event was originally scheduled, the situation was kept well under control by the skill of its moderator, Michael Geoghegan.
While the timing of the last minute change was clearly "unwelcome," there is no need to invoke dark conspiracies directed specifically at this symposium. Inquiries with SEAT's President and other UN staffers and accredited correspondents show that the new and more draconian security measures apply equally to all societies and clubs of the UN Staff Recreation Council, when a large number of "outsider guests" is concerned. The combination of the current General Assembly with the threat of terrorism are the real reasons why the event place was changed and not any specific policy against the open discussion of UFO's. (sic).
Beside the three speakers (Colin Andrews, John Schuessler and Dr. Rauni Kilde), the Symposium featured a surprise guest, Johsen Takano, co-ordinator of the government-funded Space & UFO Museum and Archives in Hakui City, Japan. He read a greeting letter from Satchki Eda, chief of the Japanese Science and Technology Agency, whose Hope space shuttle project was described by the media as a "black flying saucer." Mr Takano flew on his own expense, just like the three other noted ufologists (Dr. Kilde, Dr. Hoang-Yung Chiang from Taiwan, Michael Hesseman from Germany) and dozens more from other states in the USA.
There was much expectation from the speaker, well-known pioneer cereologist Colin Andrews, who was assigned by SEAT to study a very important and difficult subject: giving an introduciton to the "decoding of ET languages". He attempted to fill this complex task by showing a wide variety of symbols, patterns and alphabets anywhere from the mythical signs of MU as collected in the classic books of Colonel James Churchward, to old alphabets like Hebrew and Sumerian; Celtic symbols and aboriginal rocks and sand markings; as well as more controversial items like channeled material, symbols seen, dreamed and/or found in the bodies of UFO experiencers (abductees and contactees); alleged alien markings from crashed flying saucers and sightings; cereological pictograms and so on. No one could say that Mr. Andrews has not done his homework, but there is a problem with such a wide accumulation of symbology; the sources of information have varying levels of reliability.
Mr. Andrews' emotional tone and, at times, even anger, did not enhance the quality of his message. He talked of official opposition to the presentation of earth-shattering revelations by Hopi elders (something that was finally accomplished at an official UN meeting on November 22nd), and of a dramatic "Christmas present" to the world when a car running on free energy will be driven from Seattle, WA, to the UN building on Dec. 25 by its inventor Richard McKie. He also talked of the Interactive Brainwave Visual Analyzer (IBVA), a wonderful biofeedback computer software developed by Mashiro Kahata (who was present), which allows you to see your own brainwaves. The two measured the brainwaves of dowsers at a crop circle formed last summer in England. The results, according to Andrews, were very promising, since they showed the dowsers experiencing a peak on their brain's right side.
The second speaker, John Schuessler of Houston, Texas, Deputy Director of MUFON and an aerospace engineer with the Space Station Freedom, gave a good, sober presentation on the difference between real UFOs and advanced propulsion systems currently used to or projected by human aerospace industry. He pointed out that humans do not have this kind of technological prowess. He explained that some theoretical and hypothetical future power drives, including concepts for anti-proton, anti-matter and anti-gravity propulsion systems, are not even near an advanced state of design, which means, in Schuessler's view, they are not secret terrestrial projects as some researchers speculated.
The final speaker was Dr. Rauni Luukanen-Kilde, a former chief medical doctor in Finland and a prominent Scandinavian parapsychologist, ufologist and author. As in SEAT's first Symposium, she explained that UFO abductions are not really a negative experience but rather a positive one in which the "genetic manipulation" is aimed at finding "bricks to build a new race for our evolution". Talking from several abduction cases she had investigated, mostly of middle-aged women whom she hypnotized, she concluded that "when we are abducted, we are awakened to a greater reality."
Despite problems with the microphone and other small details due to the sudden change of meeting place, all the staff and friends of SEAT must be commended for having put together another interesting and timely review of the ET question and its influence on human future, and for reminding us once more of the existance of UN General Assembly Decision 33/426 on UFOs and related phenomena and the need to activate it.