Aljazeera.net reported on Thursday that many Moroccans had taken to the hills after Eric Julien, author of La Science Des Extraterrestes (Science of Aliens), predicted devastation caused by comet fragments falling into the Atlantic.
Julien had contended that some extraterrestrials, irritated by nuclear tests and by a possible pre-emptive nuclear strike on Iran by the US, wanted to "transform a comet into a weapon of massive super destruction" against Earth. They would then "seek total domination of humanity after having partially destroyed it".
A friendlier alien race, possibly those who in 2004 Julien claimed abducted him to teach him to fly UFOs, had apparently tipped him off about the plot.
Our article prompted the Exopolitics Institute, a non-profit organisation dedicated to analysing exopolitical issues, to reiterate its disassociation from Julien, who was one of its directors until he went public with his claims last month.
In a letter to Aljazeera.net, Michael Salla, president and founder of the institute, formally distanced himself from Julien's speculation.
"He has, in my opinion, mistakenly mixed his own personal visions and alleged extraterrestrial communications with empirical data concerning the fragmentation and trajectory of Comet 73P Schwassman-Wachman," Salla wrote.
By making his claims, Julien went too far by the institute's standards. Salla said that in interpreting his psychic alien communique, Julien "has overlooked that such visions may symbolise profound changes in human affairs rather than literally meaning a destructive impact event".
He also said that Julien "has misinterpreted the date encoded in the 1995 'Missing Earth' crop circle", which might in any case signify a transformative rather than destructive event.
Extreme alien response
Salla considers it imperative that people be told the facts straight, rather than in sensationalist or alarmist terms.
Apparently, he says, our atomic tests and weapons may well threaten alien civilisations, whose UFOs are thought by some to get about by manipulating space-time, which nuclear activity may destabilise.
And yes, a nuclear strike against Iran may well prompt an alien response. However, Salla said that although "a pre-emptive nuclear attack by the United States on Iran could lead to an extreme response by one or more extraterrestrial groups monitoring the nuclear policies of major nations", aliens may well take less destructive action.
"They may remove those responsible for such a policy from positions of power, or directly impact on the US ability to project its military capacities around the planet," Salla said.
The institute will discuss alien
issues at a peace conference
"Extraterrestrials may alternatively deactivate nuclear weapons systems prior to their deployment and possible use, as has happened at Malmstrom [Strategic Air Command facility in Montana where UFOs are believed by some to have deactivated seven Minuteman nuclear missiles] in 1967 to render such a pre-emptive nuclear policy ineffective.
"They may also give warnings of further impending action if a pre-emptive nuclear policy continues to be promoted by the US."
Salla contends that the approach of George Bush, the US president, to Iran "is of great concern to extraterrestrials, and poses a direct threat to them in ways that are still not fully understood".
He said: "Many of these issues will be shortly discussed in an international conference being sponsored by the Exopolitics Institute in Hawaii from June 9 to 11."
Aljazeera.net cannot confirm whether Bush or Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, his Iranian counterpart, or any alien delegates will attend.
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