Even though the four minute trailer for NBC's new series, The Event,
doesn't explicitly mention UFOs or aliens, it's not hard to imagine that,
somehow, these themes are important to the series. The President learns of a
deeply secret CIA operation dealing with "others" of some sort who
are held in a secure base in Alaska.
"So this is true," he says, "this is all true." He is
brought to their location and meets their "leader." He is going to
hold a major press conference, but there is an attempt on his life. What is
happening, according to The Event's Wikipedia entry, is "the
biggest cover-up in U.S.
history; a coverup which shapes the very core of mankind as a

Makes you wonder, for sure. 

Other bloggers, such as Larry Lowe, have discussed their knowledge that
The Event is UFO/ET related
. I've also been quietly told by another
researcher that this is indeed the case. 

I learned about this show sometime during the summer. At that time, I
talked about it with Bryce Zabel, my intrepid co-author of the upcoming A.D., After
Disclosure: The People's Guide to Life After Contact.
Bryce and I had spent
the spring and summer writing about what the world really will look like
following the Disclosure of the UFO/ET reality here on planet Earth. So you can
see why we would be especially interested in following this "event"
for a major broadcasting network, especially since our own book is complete and
due for release in late October. 

With the release of a major television show based, it would seem, on
something to do with a significant Earth-changing "event," I can only
reflect on what I think will be the real Earth-changing event. 

That will be the Disclosure — whether by an American President or some
other major public figure — of the reality of a non-human intelligence
interacting with humanity. An intelligence that is connected to the UFO
phenomenon, and that is, fundamentally, "not us." They are "Others." 

This does not mean they are extraterrestrial, though of course they might
be. Perhaps, too, these Others inhabit some other dimension of reality. Or
maybe they are humans from another place or time. Or maybe something entirely
different, or some combination of possibilities. Dealing with them, trying to
understand them, was one of the key issues of our book, but by no means the
only one. 

As far as I can tell, what we have done is unique. Bryce and I have tried to
peer into the future, into a world in which the UFO reality is fully and openly
acknowledged. A future in which we recognize that at least some UFOs have been
the product of an advanced intelligence not from our civilization. 

Ask yourself: how would the open acknowledgment of such a truth affect our
world? How would it affect you personally? 

For most of this last decade, I have been lecturing on the challenges and
opportunities presented by a true disclosure of the reality of UFOs. The topic
fascinates me. But what I discovered is that it is a lot easier to talk about
why UFO secrecy ought to end, than it is to glimpse the murky future of a
post-disclosure world. 

But here is what I think will happen. There will be a day when the truth —
the big, big truth — does come out. Today is not yesterday, and tomorrow
surely will not be today. By that I simply mean that our world is changing too
fast. We cannot possibly expect that in the coming years we will perceive and
understand reality as we do today.

Think about the radical nature of some of our newest shared technology. Such
products as pervasive as smart-phones and YouTube have only been with us for
about five years. Do we really think time will just stand still, in a 2010
holding pattern for the remainder of our lives? What new technologies and new
capabilities will exist in 2015? Or 2025? Or 2050? 

Is it possible that, at some point between now and then, we achieve a
critical mass in what we know and how we know it? One that forces "The
Powers That Be" into acknowledging the obvious? Yes, I think it certainly
is possible. I would say it is likely. 

What will that "Event" be? That real event, not the one made for

Well, it can be a number of things, certainly, but my money is on a future
sighting. A mass sighting, most probably, and one that is captured on multiple
devices, from multiple perspectives. It would help if a major media
representative were already there, forced into reporting the event because it's
right there.

You think it's impossible? I would beg to differ. The UFO story of the past
half century contains a rich history of mass sightings. But only in the last
few decades have we had any practical capability to record objects in the sky.
Even today, we are not quite able to have multiple, high quality devices ready
to record strange things in the sky. Ever try getting a good night video out of
your phone? Then you know what I mean. Within a few years, though, there is no
question that things will be different. 

So, if you consider that, at some point between now and then, an Event of
some sort makes Disclosure an inevitability – what then? What happens after

One thing you can be sure of is that, in such a world, everything will be
affected. In the first place, before even dealing with the Others — whoever,
whatever they are — there will be many shocked people. It will be an
"everything-you-thought-you-knew-was-wrong" moment. People will immediately
understand that their government has lied to them for an entire lifetime. Then,
following the initial shock, they will be very angry. 

For once people begin asking how the lie succeeded for so long, they will
begin looking at some of the major institutions of our world: government,
media, academia. They will want to know how it happened that these bodies,
supposedly representing the people, lied to them for so long. What they will
find will be corruption and manipulation embedded within those institutions,
all in the service of secrecy. 

There will also be questions about energy. That is because one of the
immediate issues in a post-Disclosure world will be the glaring obviousness of
one thing: that whatever these Others use to get around, it isn't high-octane
gasoline. Clearly, they use something different, something much better.
Whatever that "better" is, it will seem logical to try to replace
petroleum with it. Everyone dreams of a post-petroleum world, but how do we
actually, concretely, make that transition — especially when we are talking
about the biggest business in the world? No one is saying we should not do it,
but to think it will happen easily is pure fantasy. 

Questions about petroleum are indelibly linked to questions about world
finance. The world, after all, is a petroleum-based economy. Most of the value
of world's goods is a direct reflection of the cost of the energy used to
create and transport them. What, then, if we get something like
"free" energy? Aside from creating a potential utopia or dystopia,
how will that affect stock valuations, for starters? 

We might also ask how Disclosure will affect world culture and society? Will
there be a mass rejection of old values in favor of something new? Will there
be a new generation gap, such as what people experienced during the 1960s
("don't trust anyone over 30")? Will there be a resurgence in
hallucinogenic drugs, based on the idea that taking them will allow you to see
other entities (this is already becoming a widespread belief among people who
take certain substances common to South America).
Will Disclosure perhaps spark a renaissance of the human spirit, learning, and

There are issues of religion and spirituality. How would the world's major
religions deal with Disclosure? Are some better prepared than others? How might
they interpret the Disclosure Event differently from one another? What kinds of
new religions might we expect? Will Disclosure cause religions to collapse, or
will it cause them to become more deeply entrenched? 

We can ask the same of how Disclosure will affect the world of science.
Certainly, scientists themselves are likely to be deeply upset by the news, at
least initially. After all, most of them have spent their entire lives denying
even the possibility that UFOs might actually be real. They will be in for a
rude awakening. But then what? It is quite possible that Disclosure will spark
a new era in science, new questions, new discoveries. 

Then there will be the ultimate political fall out. After the shock to our
institutions, the angry populations around the world, somehow, some way, our
global system will realign itself. How will this happen? What will the new
system look like? Will we have a global police state, or will Disclosure offer
the opportunity to break the chains of authoritarianism? 

These are not easy questions to answer. Some were not even easy to ask. None
of us has a true crystal ball into the future. But in the course of
writing A.D., After Disclosure, one thing became obvious to Bryce
and me. The radical transformation of every facet of our world by Disclosure
provides the reason for the secrecy itself. Bryce is no stranger to
expressing these ideas in dramatic form on television — his earlier NBC
series about alien invasion, "Dark Skies,"
 can easily be viewed
as a cautionary tale for why the government intends to keep the secret intact
at almost any cost.

In other words, the intrusion into our world by "Others" is
radical enough. But even more radical is openly acknowledging them. Because
doing so will rock our world so thoroughly that very little will be
recognizable after the fallout. 

Some may see this as a reason for not pushing Disclosure. Better safe than
sorry, they might say. And indeed, those few who are in full possession of the
secret have always felt this way. But you see, here is the problem with their
position: the world is not static. Time keeps moving. 

The day will come soon — whether fifty years from now or tomorrow — in
which something will force their hand. Someone will have to admit something.
Once that happens, all hell will break loose. Yes, leaders will continue to lie
their asses off. Of course they will. Spin and lies will be the order of the

But this time something will be different. This time the intellectual
playing field will be different. Lies and spin will be harder for the elite,
not easier, in a post-Disclosure world. Not impossible, but certainly not
easier. This is because once their lifetime of lies is revealed, everything
goes on the table for discussion, and I can assure you there will be no
shortage of good, reliable data, concerning the long history of UFO encounters,
from which to begin your own research. I should know: I have spent nearly two
decades poring over such data. It's there in abundance. 

The real world, after the real Event, will surely be rather different from
the fictionalized world portrayed on NBC following its fictionalized Event. No
doubt, the television show will entertain. But the real-life issues caused by a
lifetime of the greatest cover-up in modern history — that is, the UFO
cover-up — are vastly more profound and complex than even those portrayed by
NBC's latest thriller.