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HOAGLAND.LET [ ***] Marsface author writes Pravda -DEC/89
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Richard C. Hoagland
Old Gate Farm
Rt 4 Box 168
Wytheville, VA 24382
December 1, 1989
% Komsomolskaya Pravda
It was great to talk with you again the other morning (even
though th only time I could finally get a circuit between the United
States and Moscow was about 4:30 _AM_ -- when my body kept insisting
it was still "night!"). From the sound of your voice and our brief
conversation, including our exchange last Spring at Peggy Carters',
I know if we lived closer -- at least on the same continent -- we'd
have many things to talk about -- especially now, in view of what is
taking place around the world.
Attached is my "Op-Ed piece" on our Mars Investigation -- and
what I now believe is the "fingerprint" of its dramatic, real-world
impact on the current history taking place before our eyes. I look
forward eagerly to your reaction.
I've thought a lot about what you were trying to describe that
night so many months ago, when you were telling us about the new,
important role for journalism in your country; it reminded me of the
feelings trhat I had, when I got my first major journalistic opportun-
ity "to make a difference." At the somewhat "tender" age of twenty-
three, I was suddenly, "miraculously," invited to join CBS News about
twenty years ago (see attached biographical sketch) -- "to help them
go to the Moon." [The actual invitation was to become a science adv-
isor, during the Apollo lunar missions, to Walter Cronkite (can you
believe?). At the time, Walter was known as "the most trusted man in
America," and indication of the esteem in which he was held, both by
the public and his journalistic colleagues].
The almost indescribable feelings that I had on that remarkable
occasion -- when I realized that my (at the time, _very_ meager!) sci-
ence journalistic skills were actually being sought by an almost legen-
dary world news organization, if not by its very dean of journalism (!),
to contribute even in a tiny way towards an unprecedented moment in the
history of all Humanity, the First Lunar Landing -- I've thought, many
times since our first meeting, must have been very similar to the
feelings you attempted to describe that night in North Carolina, in-
volving your own role these days in Moscow: being witness to -- if not
an active participant in -- History.
If I remember correctly, you said something like "we [journalists]
now feel like soldiers 'on the front lines.' We feel a great, almost
historic responsibility to may 'peristroyka' work!"
Because of the historic "moment" you are now experiencing, Olga
-- participating in the extraordinary rebirth of an entire nation,
literally grappling with the Future (as opposed to "just" reporting it)
-- I believe that you can share some of my own vicarious excitement,
as I watch from half-way around the world, and wonder. . . is it
_possible_ that, behind ALL the extraordinary, revolutionary changes
we are seeing. . . what we have discovered on the Viking photographs
is partially responsible. . . ?!
ANCIENT RUINS LYING ON A NEARBY PLANET, RUINS WHICH WILL CHANGE
THE COURSE OF HISTORY FOR EACH OF US. . . IF THEY AREN'T DOING SO
When we first discussed the possibility of my writing something
for you regarding our research, I certainly could not have stated these
ideas with such apparent certainty. But, over the course of the summer,
several major breakthroughs have occurred -- on both the scientific
front, and on the "politics of verification." These have remarkably
verified our "intelligence hypothesis," and crystallized my thoughts
-- and the result is the "editorial" you have before you.
The dramatic political developments -- which have included a
_total_reversal_ of "policy" with regard to the "Cydonia artifacts"
by NASA, and in less that 6 months (correspondence attached to this
letter) -- occurred, after 13 years of dismissing the possibility as
"nonsense," almost as rapidly as the revolutionary changes your
government is now undergoing after 70 years, prompting me to ask:
what's really going on here?
In particular, when you and I first met, I had just returned
from Washington (April 19), and a face-to-face meeting with Congress-
man Robert A. Roe, head of the most powerful science committee in the
U.S. Congress. As you can see from the attached correspondence (just
follow the dates), after our meeting Roe asked me for a memo of re-
commendations. . . then he took a long time (over 6 months) doing
"something". . . followed by a sudden flurry of announcements to the
media and various constituents, affirming (directly opposite NASA's
previous "position") that "NASA does plan to take new images of the
'Monuments of Mars'. . ." The very day the article in the WALL STREET
JOURNAL, announcing this development, appeared, was the _same_day_
that Chairman Roe did an interview for radio (I have the tape) in
which he bluntly said, "I've seen the [Viking] pictures. . . and they
[the objects] don't appear natural. It would be stupid _not_ to look!"
This from the Chairman of a major Congressional Committee in
the U.S. Government!
As if this weren't enough, as I said, we also had a major
scientific breakthrough this summer in the Cydonia research: we
believe we've now actually _decoded_ the first part of a _mathematical_
_message_ represented by the exquisite, redundant geometry we had
previously discovered at Cydonia. How do we know? Because the
mathematics _predict_ certain geophysical events, at _specific_
latitudes on other planets in the solar system, and the Sun. . . and
when we look at the geodetic maps of these celestial bodies -- the
phenomena are there!
As I said many times in MONUMENTS: "Science is nothing, if it's
In mid-August we published a technical paper on these dramatic
findings -- including a series of _very_specific_ geophysical pre-
dictions regarding what our Voyager unmanned spacecraft would find at
Neptune (_before_ it got to Neptune!). Because of the short lead-time,
we published electronically in a world-wide computer-information system
called "Compuserv" (the managers of Compuserv have specifically told
me, incidentally, that they will give you _free_access_ from Moscow, if
you want to communicate "live" with our on-going Mars Mission Issues
conversation, where we are actively discussing the major issues that I
raise in my "guest editorial." Or, you can simply access a vast range
of information. We can discuss details of that fascinating possibility
later, if you're interested).
Anyway, two weeks after we had published our "message paper,"
Voyager flew by Neptune. . . and observed _exactly_ what our "Cydonia
equations" had predicted -- based on a set of mathematical geophysical
principles discovered where there should be nothing capable of giving
any valid predictions for events taking place on a planet in the distant
outer solar system!
The only logical conclusion you can come to from these data, is
that we indeed have successfully decoded a specific "message" intended
by someone -- whomever "built" Cydonia -- to lead whomever would
discover "the Cydonia artifacts" to these _specific_geophysical_
_phenomena_. Why? Because they are clues to how planets really "work"
-- including our own Earth. And finding that out is essential to
_preserving_ any planet, if not possibly much more (we're working on
additional possibilities right now).
So you put these remarkable developments together, and you wind
up asking: "Are we the _only_ smart guys on this planet, to have
finally figured it out -- if only the beginning?!
And the answer is: "Of course not."
Your next question might be: "If these facts were also known
to members of the Government, particularly, since one key member --
a Chairman of a major Congressional Committee -- has now publicly
admitted "they _don't_ appear natural. . .") -- HOW WOULD THE GOV-
ERNMENT BE ACTING?"
And, if you had, in fact (as I report in the editorial),
briefed high-level members of both governments -- the U.S. and the
U.S.S.R. -- and one of them subsequently had a brilliantly-equipped,
working spacecraft actually in orbit around Mars for several months
. . . before it mysteriously "quit," your next logical question would
DID THAT SPACECRAFT ACTUALLY _FIND_ SOMETHING. . . SOMETHING
WHICH COMPLETELY VERIFIES OUR VIKING INFORMATION, IF NOT RADICALLY
_EXTENDS_ IT. . . ?
But then you'd have to ask: "If that were true, if Mr. Gorbachev
is truly holding absolute proof (from Phobos 2) of the most phenomenal
discovery in history -- HOW WOULD HE BE ACTING?
My conclusions -- if not some of the significant evidence which
has led to these conclusions (the computer-enhanced Viking photographs,
along with my official documents and letters) -- you now have before
you my "editorial."
* * *
Olga, after a lot of soul-searching and weighing of our evidence,
I think the confirmation that the Human Race Is Not Alone -- as Mr.
Reagan _repeatedly_ has provided us the clues (see "editorial") -- is
the _only_ thing "big enough" to have suddenly , almost overnight,
forced the radical events we have been witnessing. And I think pro-
viding the crucial, hard evidence of that New Reality, to a series of
major leaders at the top of key governments (including now, the Pope!)
-- both within and without the so-called "Communist world" -- is the
reason Mr. Gorbachev remains so confident that the major "restructuring"
he's planning for your country -- if not the world -- is actually going
Because, if I am right, this discovery represents an extra-
ordinary New Beginning for Humanity. And Mr. Gorbachev, more now than
any other leader (since Ronald Reagan's Presidency ended), seems to
realize the power of that concept for creating needed Change. Just
compare television images of him and Mr. Bush. . .
Olga, I know this sounds bizarre. It would have appeared that
way to me, if anyone had seriously proposed this even a few months ago.
But the Mars data is inviolable, and the terrestrial clues are there --
including a series of truly curious events I _didn't_ detail in the
editorial, for simple lack of space. These events include:
* * *
A September meeting, against the backdrop of developments
sweeping out of Moscow and across all Eastern Europe, between ex-CIA
and ex-KGB agents, held in the United States -- ostensibly, to discuss
"possible interagency cooperation on international terrorism." One
key participant -- Mr. William Colby, former Director of the CIA --
as he was being interviewed on the ABC network program, NIGHTLINE,
along with Lt. General Fjodor Sherbak, former First Deputy Director
of the KGB, suddenly introduced into the conversation (for a total of
_five_ occasions in the last four years) former President Reagan's
curious scenario. Colby:
"President Reagan said to Mr. Gorbachev one time, that if
hostile MARTIANS [sic] landed on the Earth, we would be together
against them. . . (emphasis added)."
* * *
In the context of what we have discovered on the Viking images,
and against Roe's own comments that "they don't appear natural," isn't
that just a little _too_ coincidental. . . ? What REALLY was occurring
at that meeting? And remember, Mr. Gorbachev used to be the equivalent
of Deputy Director of the KGB. . .
Or, take the following, truly bizarre sequence of events:
* * *
Within days of this strange repetition of Reagan's curious
"alien threat" -- and from a former head of the U.S. intelligence
community no less -- came a bizarre, real-life "extraterrestrial
invasion story," appearing on the official TASS wires. The "report"
originated out of Voronezh, a city of about 800,000 people south of
Moscow. The correspondent, writing from Voronezh, seriously des-
cribed a "landing" in a city park by a "glowing alien vehicle"; a
"stroll around the park" by its giant humanoid inhabitants; and
even the temporary "disappearance" of one of the severely frightened
witnesses through the action of some kind of "ray of light," wielded
by the "aliens." The witnesses consisted of both children and adults,
reportedly including one high-ranking police official from the city,
Lt. Sergei A. Matveyev.
In early October, President Gorbachev visited East Germany,
to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the German Democratic Republic.
He then returned to Moscow, amid reports that Eric Honecker had
issued live ammunition and crackdown orders, against increasing
demonstrations for democracy across East Germany.
Then, suddenly, the preceding official TASS report, on an
"alien invasion of a Soviet City," appeared on official Soviet
television, in the official Party newspaper, SOVIETSKAYA KULTURA,
and throughout the West -- including in THE NEW YORK TIMES, THE
WASHINGTON POST, and on our evening network television. . .
THE SAME DAY -- OCTOBER 9 -- THAT ERIC HONECKER WAS SUDDENLY
REPLACED BY EGAN KRENZ, AS HEAD OF THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF THE GDR.
Then, a few days after returning from his own quick trip to
Moscow, Egan Krenz, after instituing additional sweeping changes in
the entire GDR government and Party structure, announced dramatically
that the Berlin Wall "is obsolete" -- and three million East Germans
flocked to West Berlin across one deliriously happy weekend, as we
all watched in disbelief. . .
Mr. Reagan's "human family," at least in Eastern Europe, was
taking shape with staggering rapidity and, eerily, precisely as Mr.
Reagan had himself, repeatedly, "predicted" -- this time, literally
against the backdrop of an officially-reported "alien invasion" of
the Soviet Union. . .
What the hell was REALLY going on. . . a "public reminder" --
to a new, unenthusiastic Bush Administration in the West, and to a
resisting Party structure in the GDR -- "to get with the Reagan-
Gorbachev program" . . . or else Gorbachev would prematurely reveal
the evidence (from Phobos 2) of REAL aliens (which is the _last_ thing
this American government wants)?
Is that why Bush (and Baker) are so obviously _unenthusiastic_
about the upcoming Malta meetings? Because now, it's clearly "Gorby's
game?" I (and a lot of other Western observers, who have remarked
about it repeatedly in all our media the past few weeks) have seen
men going to their own _hangings_ -- who've looked happier!
* * *
Olga, as hard as this evidence, and as fantastic as my inter-
pretation of the effects it is creating, might seem -- are the "real"
events any less fantastic? And do the "it's all driven by the des-
perate Soviet economics" explanations really "fit?"
If it weren't for our now indisputable imaging and mathematical
evidence, and the repeated statements of a former President of the
United States (not to mention Chairman Roe's own statements and actions
on behalf of our findings), I would say "yes." But the contrary
evidence is there, and almost overwhelming; something of this magnitude
-- unprecedented in all human history, therefore, CALLING FOR AN UN-
PRECEDENTED HUMAN RESPONSE -- _must_ be behind the staggering events
that are occurring. It is the only thing which could be "bigger" than
"history as usual," creating a need for unprecedented actions.
If this analysis is true, the _real_ facts and decisions that
are being made are being hidden from us. These _must_ be made public,
I believe -- and publicly debated. Otherwise -- as I end the editorial
-- "glasnost" and "self-determination" are merely hollow phrases, being
parroted by leaders who are _all_ treating us like children -- which
has been precisely the problem for too much of human history!
I'll bet you didn't expect this, when you invited me to do a
piece for you on our research! But, ask yourself: if the Viking
evidence we have painstakingly assembled (some of which you now
possess) is truly what we think, what would we be seeing as its
effect upon the world -- given, that the leadership decided NOT to
tell us. . . yet. . . until we were somehow properly "prepared" to
handle it?! And what would that "preparation" look like?
You now know what I believe.
* * *
As I was finishing the final draft of what I have submitted,
I realized that what we had originally discussed -- a presentation
of our "ET evidence," followed by a discussion of how it will affect
"the average Soviet citizen" -- was just not possible within a single
editorial; events have progressed too far and too rapidly: if this
hypothesis is accurate, both the "average Soviet citizen" and the
"average American citizen" are being deeply affected _at_this_very_
_moment_, as are the "average citizens" of the GDR, Czechoslovakia,
Hungary, Poland, etc. -- if not the rest of humanity on Earth. These
effects are not going to occur in some hypothetical and distant
"future"; they are happening _right_now_ -- only , without the proper
background information, no one knows how to interpret these events.
Therefore, a good deal of the piece contains the crucial "background."
But, Olga, I still feel that readers need a further amplif-
ication of the immense consequences flowing from this now rapidly-
advancing, unprecedented situation.
For instance, that one extraordinary, almost immediate effect
-- with staggering, immediate consequences for everyone on Earth --
has been the visible, rapid retreat of the likelihood of nuclear
annihilation. Even our Defense Secretary, Richard Cheny (sic), has
turned (in less than _two_weeks_,) from a vigilant "hawk," who was
then giving speeches arguing that we "could not rest our national
security on the future of one man, Mr. Gorbachev," into someone now
agressively promoting the need for about 180 billion dollars worth
of U.S. defense _cuts_ -- over the next three years -- regardless of
whether President Gorbachev is still around! Clearly, Cheny feels
there has been some kind of _fundamental_ change in the Soviet
Union. . . or in the larger situation embracing _both_ the super-
powers on this planet.
The immediate4 _economic_ effect of this new attitude is
also making itself felt, not only in the United States but also in
your country: a so-called "peace-dividend," the monies that here-
tofore have been lavished on these huge, super-expensive arms-
stockpiles and high-tech weapons systems -- an almost uncountable
number of conventional weapons, nuclear warheads, intercontinental
missiles, planes, bombers, battleships, etc. -- is being rapidly
"earmarked" for diversion into "productive," peaceful industries;
I understand there are, even now, former rocket factories in the
U.S.S.R. which have already been "converted" -- and are, in part,
Olga, because of the necessity of providing proper background
to this whole extraordinary sequence of developments, I was only
able -- in a line! -- to touch upon this immediate economic "dividend"
of finding out the Human Race Is Not Alone. But there is more --
So, here is my additional proposal:
If you like what I have given you, and decide to run it, I
would like to expand upon the "effects" of these developments in a
"Part II." Since the economic impact of what is taking place is of
crucial importance to both of our respective cultures, the process
of "conversion" of 40 years of weapons industries to productive
output should be of major interest to your readers -- particularly,
if it is directly coupled (as it _will_ be) to the exploration of
what we've found on Mars.
For years, we have been discussing in the United States --
both inside and outside of NASA -- the potentially awesome terrestrial
economic effects of establishing "space industries" in orbit, to ex-
ploit the unique resources and enviroments of outer space. But with
massive weapons budgets and other constraints upon our federal budget,
there have been no "extra" monies to pay for such developments. Your
country, with its "MIR" space station and its various "materials
experiments" conducted during the long "stay-time" in zero-gravity by
cosmonauts in orbit, has developed far more experiences than we have
in exploring the kinds of materials that one can uniquely make in
orbit -- then send down to Earth. But even your space program has
been limited in applying this developing technology, by the massive
resources that have been going to the military, and by one other real
constraint -- the current, prohibitively expensive necessity of taking
_all_ materials, to be processed, into space from Earth. The costs
of lifting those resources _into_ space for processing, with present,
primitive rockets, is simply "killing."
All that dramatically can change -- if we pursue its exploration
properly -- because of what we have discovered at Cydonia.
What I would like to cover in "Part II" is the stunning
economic prospects for mining the _Martian_moons_ for these critical
resources, and the resulting industrial renaissance these abundant,
unique materials could stimulate on Earth -- with all the resulting
economic "fall-out" of new industries, new jobs, new markets, and new
consumer goods. Many economic studies, carried out both in the
United States and in the Soviet Union, indicate that with current
space technology (such as our space shuttle) IT IS CHEAPER TO GO TO
THE MARTIAN MOONS AND RETURN, THAN TO SEND MEN AND WOMEN OT THE
SURFACE OF OUR OWN MOON! (One of our own MARS MISSION associates,
Dr. Brian O'Leary, mentioned in the editorial, is an extensively
published pioneer in many of these studies.)
The fact that the Soviet Phobos mission was directed at
intensive study of the composition of the _moons_ of Mars, before
its enigmatic "failure," is demonstration of the Soviet perception
of eventual economic importance of these objects. _If_ we have
indeed discovered a former extraterrestrial civilization once
resident within the Martian system, the political and social impetus
to exploring fully its potential -- if adequately publicized --
could easily create an economic renaissance which could dramatically
affect the economies of both our countries -- particularly, if we
_jointly_ agree to explore the Martian "ruins," and similarly, to
_jointly_ develop the technologies to exploit the moons of Mars.
The result could be a swift, almost painless, economic
transition -- for those major industries in both our countries
which currently employ millions of workers in the production of
weapons of destruction -- rockets, warheads, advanced electronic
avionics, and all the other high-tech gadgetry used in making war.
These same skills and technologies, employed through such a "Mars
conversion program," could usher in a literal New Age for everyone
But of course, if I am right, the greatest benefit of all will
be in the dramatic new perspective that these discoveries will give
to every person living on this planet. There is almost a "spiritual
dimension" to discovering this truth -- that Humanity is NOT alone
before the Universe. This, I believe, is why those Orthodox Russian
priests were invited into the Phobos 2 Control Center. . . and why
Mr. Gorbachev met with Pope John-Paul this morning just prior to
his first face-to-face meeting with the current American President;
invoking the spiritual leaders on this planet in helping us to
"break the news" will be _essential_ to successful "preparation"
of the planet for the truth.
Well, that's it for now. I eagerly look forward to hearing
from you regarding all of this. I know it's a LOT to take in all
at once. But, just look at your television screen this weekend. . .
Does any other explanation really fit?
Enjoy. . .
P.S. I had another thought. If you agree that this should now
be publicly debated -- and in both our countries -- I would suggest
you might propose to the American television network news program,
NIGHTLINE, that they do a _joint_ program on this information with
your television program, in Moscow. You could contact Terry Irving,
the NIGHTLINE producer Ted Koppel assigned some months ago to
research our story; we've met with Irving in Washington at the ABC
News Bureau for several hours, now, and have provided him with all
the images and analyses -- including now a copy of my "editorial".
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