When one's cachet expires
|By Billy Cox|
It’s fascinating to watch how former Canadian Defence Minister Paul Hellyer’s “revelations” about extraterrestrials have evolved, not only in complexity but also on the world media stage. Particularly interesting is how this thing has contorted like a game of telephone from Russia Today to Iran’s semi-official English-language Fars News Agency.
On Sunday, Fars reported that Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) had reviewed some 2 million purloined documents from “American ex-patriot” (sic) Edward Snowden and determined they contained smoking-gun evidence of space aliens directing an entire range of U.S. policies. Yeah, it doesn't sound all that far-fetched -- it's getting harder and harder for The Onion and Cracked to mine parody these days; Fars, a reported mouthpiece for Iran's Revolutionary Guard, is evidently muscling in on their turf. In the latest twist, Fars apparently cut-and-pasted much of its ETs-run-America article from a daffy Western web site, which claimed Snowden’s secret documents indicated the “Tall White” aliens supported Nazi Germany with military technology beginning in the 1930s. Hellyer mentioned the Tall Whites in his recent 26-minute interview with Russia Today. He made made no Nazi connections during that Q&A, but the poor guy did claim some ETs were from the Saturn moon “Andromedia,” which, so far as De Void can determine, does not exist on current solar-system maps. Fars claimed Hellyer “confirmed” the existence of America's “secret regime” to Russia’s FSB upon examining Snowden’s documents. After granting an “extensive electronic interview” to FSB, states Fars, Hellyer was then “allowed” to be interviewed by Russia Today, where he curiously avoided discussing the Third Reich’s exploitation of ET assistance with U-boat technology. (De Void wonders how a military power with access to Andromedian war machinery could ever lose a battle, but whatever). Fars went on to report that, by 1945, the aliens had switched allegiances to The Great Satan. (Maybe, given the results in Vietnam and Afghanistan, the secret regime should renegotiate the Andromedia contract.)
Still, given his Russia Today statements about Tall Whites being in cahoots with a “U.S. air force base in Nevada,” Hellyer provided Fars with plenty of material. It's hard to imagine anybody with brains actually taking this stuff seriously; for Western media like The Washington Post, Foreign Policy, and Radio Free Europe, it amounted to amusing diversion. The general consensus is that the Fars piece — illustrated with a clownish montage of Barack Obama with Adolph Hitler — reflected yet another Iranian hard-liner play for hearts and minds in ongoing tensions with moderates.
Unfortunately, it’s probably time somebody nudged Hellyer offstage. As one of the star witnesses for last year’s Citizen Hearing on Disclosure, Hellyer’s high office in Canada may have lent gravitas to that week-long event, but with a conspicuous lack of documentation to back any of his claims, the returns on his authority are not only shriveling but growing counterproductive. He’s obviously had an impressive career of public service to his country. But at age 90, Hellyer’s UFO tales are unintentionally degenerating into clumsy propaganda stunts that merely perpetuate the stigma of The Great Taboo. What a shame if his open-minded efforts to advance the conversation come to be regarded as just more worthless clutter.
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