Friday, 22 June 2012

The Star Trek Conspiracy - Part Two

 The reduced involvement of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, heralded a new and entirely murkier direction for the franchise. Much of this can be blamed (ironically) on George Lucas and Star Wars. Paramount Pictures knew that they had a potentially huge profit making machine on their hands, however the involvement of Roddenberry became a huge thorn in the side of their franchise plans. Roddenberry, still very much interested in all things esoteric, wanted to make cerebral science fiction - along the lines of Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. However, space battles and epic adventure were the call of the day.
Harve Bennett
 Despite the financial success of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Roddenberry was increasingly pushed into the background. This allowed Paramount to hand the reins of Trek over to others. Amongst those now in charge were: Harve Bennett, Nicholas Meyer and Leonard Nimoy. The following five movies took the franchise in a far more militaristic direction - no surprise, given that many of those involved in the overall production of the films, came from military families or backgrounds. Harve Bennett alone was decorated with the Outstanding Civilian Service Medal, the Department of Defence’s second-highest civilian decoration. The principle Art Director on the first movie of this new direction was Lee Cole, who had previously worked for Rockwell / Aerospace. The list goes on…
 Sets were redesigned along darker, more submarine like lines and costumes became literally ‘uniform’ in colour and style. The rank and insignia also (strangely) became far more freemasonic in nature, displaying a striking similarity to some of their medallion regalia. The writers also seemed to focus on some usual concepts that were either expanded from the original series or new. Harve Bennett said that at the core of the movies was “a trinity… a triangle… logic from Spock, passion from Bones and there’s Kirk, who has to say: ‘we have to do it this way’” Some interesting use of archetypes in that statement!

 The subject matter of the movie series could also stand a little scrutiny. ‘The Wrath of Kahn’ deals predominantly with the destruction of supporting mechanistic units – family, friendship… in other words: the dismantling of communities. ‘The Search for Spock’ tackles death and rebirth. ‘The Voyage Home’ is built around ecological issues. ‘The Final Frontier’ addresses organised religion, and ‘The Undiscovered Country’ deals with fear based, preconceived notions of “who the enemy is”. It is strange that documents such as ‘Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars’ and ‘Report from Iron Mountain’ (as well as many others) highlight these specific areas as primary means through which a global agenda could control and manipulate humanity into willing servitude.

 Sensing the sea change, Roddenberry tried to reaffirm his perspective of Star Trek in 1986 when he approached Paramount in the hopes of bringing the franchise back to TV land. His efforts paid off and in 1987, Star Trek: The Next Generation was launched. By the third season, his deteriorating health reduced his involvement again to an advisory capacity for another year at most. By this point, a second group had stepped in to steer the franchise. Led by Rick Berman, this group included (at various points): Michael Piller, Jeri Taylor, Ronald D Moore, Ira Steven Behr and Brannon Braga. The importance of Trek, by this point, even prompted a visit by Ronald Reagan to the sets. Subsequent series became a curious mix of their own perspectives, contemporary television agendas, Roddenberry’s vision and the militaristic approach to the Trek universe as seen in the movie series.

 More obvious at this point (although it had existed for a long time) was the emerging role of Star Trek as a recruiting tool for the military/industrial complex - especially the likes of NASA. Trek had a longstanding relationship with NASA and is no more apparent than in its plans to name the first space shuttle “Enterprise” - despite the conviction that a 400,000 strong letter campaign was the catalyst for the naming decision. Something that I suspect came after the fact… 

 I have often found it curious that more people haven’t noticed the continued similarity in the logos of the branches of the Department of Defence – in relation to Star Trek. The various branches of NASA, JPL, Aerospace, Space Defence, and so forth, all incorporate the chevron aspect to their logos. This is also true of the space agencies of numerous nations across the world. It is the same chevron that has become synonymous with ‘Trek’. We really should ask the question – why?

 The serials had scientific advisors (predominantly Andre Bormanis and Naren Shanker) who had extensive connections with the various branches of the military/industrial complex. The Next Generation played host to the likes of Stephen Hawking and Dr Mae Jemison (NASA). Hawking played himself in the episode “Descent” and Jemison played a transporter operator in “Second Chances”. Many of the Starfleet shuttlecraft vehicles were named after prominent figures within the arena: the “Goddard” (for rocket scientist Robert H. Goddard), the “El-Baz” (for planetary geologist Farouk El-Baz), the “Hawking” (for Stephen Hawking), and so on. A prominent writer on the show was (son of Carl) Nicholas Sagan, whose father was name-checked throughout the history of Trek.

 The sets of the subsequent serials were frequented by employees of the establishment – no more obvious than when three naval officers from the USS Enterprise (CVN-65), Robert S. Pickering, Sara Elizabeth Pizzo and Timothy J. Whittington visited the “Star Trek: Enterprise” soundstages, presented a plaque to the producers, and were allowed cameos roles in this episode: “Desert Crossing” - as engineering officers. The involvement of the military is also carefully documented in David L. Robb’s book: “Operation Hollywood”. The producers of the fourth movie (‘The Voyage Home’) were allowed to film a portion of the feature on the aircraft carrier USS Ranger (which doubled for the carrier USS Enterprise) in exchange for extensive Pentagon rewrites to the script. Military P.R. at its best!

 Several of the ‘Trek’ cast members went on the have extensive involvement in these arenas. Nichelle Nichols (Lt. Uhura) became an advocate of women and ethnic minorities in NASA. Nichols was perhaps spurred on by her infamous encounter with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (who encouraged her to remain involved with Star Trek), and certainly by the presence of Dr. Jesco von Puttkamer (NASA’s science director and a fan of the show) as a featured speaker at a convention in Chicago during 1975 – which Nichols also attended. Puttkamer’s presentation about the space program represented the first time that NASA had an official presence at a Star Trek convention. In her 1994 autobiography, Nichols described how she was “inspired” by his presentation and decided to address “the space agency’s poor record of inclusion”. Eventually, she was appointed to the Board of Directors of the National Space Institute (NSI) and was hired to head up an “outreach” program of recruitment into NASA. In more recent years, she has moved in much higher political circles and was cited as an “inspiration” by Barack Obama…

 Another cast member, Levar Burton (Chief Engineer Geordi La Forge), has also travelled a similar path. Burton became involved with numerous causes and his activist work has placed him in several political circles. Most notable of these is his involvement with The Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) which was co-founded in 1973 by former astronaut Dr Edgar Mitchell and investor Paul N. Temple to encourage and conduct research on human potentials (see also, Esalen). I could talk at length here about Dr Mitchell (and IONS!)… The short and long of it is that he is somebody who has changed his views on extra-terrestrial life, secret space programs, and so on, more times than I’ve had hot dinners! It appears likely that he has (over time) become an agenda disinformation agent. However, please don’t take my word for it. Take the time to do the research and I suspect you’ll see for yourself.

 In 2007, Burton was the host and executive producer of a documentary entitled “The Science of Peace”. It “investigated the science and technology aimed at enabling world peace, sometimes called peace science. The film explores some of the concepts of shared noetic consciousness, having been sponsored in part by the Institute of Noetic Sciences.” (Wikipedia)

 Robert Picardo (Voyager’s ‘Emergency Medical Hologram’) has been extensively involved with NASA/JPL and has served on the advisory board of The Planetary Society for (to my knowledge) at least the last 15 years. The Planetary Board is an interesting curiosity. Despite being dedicated to promoting mainstream scientific notions of space explorations (i.e.: Mars is red… even though it clearly isn’t JUST red!), it is interesting to note that The Planetary Society is (by its own admission) sponsored by the likes of Underwriters Laboratories… so a huge number of questions should be asked, especially given the connection between Underwriters and the 9/11 cover story.

 James Doohan (Scotty) also had an association with NASA. He is documented as having visited their Dryden Flight Research Centre in 1967 and was once praised by Neil Armstrong (an engineer before he participated in NASA's Apollo program), who told him on stage at Doohan's last public appearance, "From one old engineer to another, thanks, mate." In the mid-1980s, Deforest Kelley (Bones) guested on Bill Jenkins "Open Minds" radio show. Whilst discussing a UFO encounter he once had (as well as being witness to the 1942 “Battle of Los Angeles” event), he talked about the intimate relationship between NASA and Trek.  "We have perhaps the biggest university audience in the country. NASA works with us... there is always somebody there from NASA, because they feel that we have lassoed the youth so to speak and they're there to sell them on their program... (many enter) into all fields of the sciences as a result of the show."

 I don’t wish to claim that these actors have an ulterior motive. I am simply connecting the dots. Several actors have been involved with projects that also discuss hidden global agendas. Jonathan Frakes has worked on several documentaries that discuss (amongst other things) the likes of Ufology, weather modification and HAARP. He has also written several fictional books on similar subjects. James Doohan also narrated a feature that addressed (in depth) Cold Fusion, entitled: "Cold Fusion: Fire From Water."

As with many who work in the military/industrial complex, I suspect that they (in most cases) have no real insight into the true depths of these organisations. By this, I mean a set of hidden agendas… because they clearly exist. It is not a discussion about the true nature of ET life (for example), which is a subject for another article entirely… I know how some people love to debate the matter! It is really about the fact that something underhand is obviously going on, even if we don’t necessarily understand the shape of it.

 Under the original charter, it states that “NASA is an adjunct/division of the Department of Defence and it is beholden to the Department of Defence.” It is no exaggeration to state that NASA is part of a massive cover-up on the part of the establishment. When you question why there should be the existence of “ET retrieval teams”, why Gary McKinnon discovered references to the “transfer of non-terrestrial officers”, why NASA keeps a “Chronological Catalogue of Reported Lunar Events”, why astronauts have witnessed unknown craft in Earth orbit and around the moon, why various agencies feel the need to doctor many of the probe images that are taken of the planets in our Solar System… it becomes clear why many have redubbed the acronym NASA as “Never A Straight Answer.”

 Do the makers of Star Trek realise this? It would be naïve to think that there isn’t anybody behind the production who knows the score to some degree. Star Trek obviously served a purpose for the agenda players.

 This is not an accusation of blame directed at Gene Roddenberry, but it is telling that NASA posthumously awarded him the Public Service Medal in 1992. It seems that Star Trek was considered “a job, well done” by those in the military/industrial establishment.

 In the final part, I will look at some of the more downright bizarre aspects of Star Trek speculation on the part of the various alternative researchers. I will also look at the third and final group to take control of the franchise and create a particularly dark coda to the Trek story. Enter Mr J.J. Abrams!

Until Next time.
The Truth Seeker’s Guide.

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Andrew Johnson said...

Once again, this is more food for thought - Star Trek has some great storylines and provokes a strong affection for "its universe". Perhaps for this reason, any subliminal messages that are embedded go to a deeper level of our psyche?

The darker connections outlined here show that it wasn't just "a walk in the park". Having met 4 cast members myself, I have to say that I was surprised that 2 of them had no interest in the evidence of ET life that I discussed with them at the time... but that's another story...

The Truth Seeker's Guide said...

I know exactly what you mean. I met Robert Picardo a few years back and he seemed like a thoroughly nice bloke. The trouble is, in light of these things we find out, you look at these folk and think to yourself: 'what do you really know?! How can I be absolutely sure that you're on the level?'
I'd like to think that intuition and common sense goes a long way in drawing these conclusions, but these hidden aspects do sometimes run very deep.
Thanks for dropping in.
All the best.
Carl (The 'Guide)

captron52 said...

once again Carl you have given us much to think about. your storehouse of info on things never cease to amaze me my friend. Please keep up the great work! Enjoy the weekend!

The Truth Seeker's Guide said...

You too Cap!
Many thanks for the kind words and support.
All the best my friend.
Carl (The 'Guide)

julie myr said...

"By the third season, his {Roddenberry's] deteriorating health reduced his involvement again to an advisory capacity for another year at most. By this point, a second group had stepped in to steer the franchise."

Died of a heart attack, eh? You mean like Breitbart and Tim Russert, et al? Hmmm...interesting turn of events.

The Truth Seeker's Guide said...

Many thanks for your thoughts Julie.
I've thought the same thing myself!
All the best.
Carl (The 'Guide)