For drama, this life story matches those in best-selling books and films:
Through his own efforts, idealistic young lawyer rises to prominence in New York city, stirs up action in the Carter administration White House, runs smack into the wall of military secrecy, survives directed-energy attacks, and points our attention toward the stars—toward Universe Society.
However, that lawyer, Alfred Webre III, isn’t writing his memoirs yet. Middle-aged now, he remains an idealistic scholar and would prefer that you focus on his concepts. His new book Exopolitics: Politics, Government and Law in the Universe is a treatise rather than a thriller, although quite readable. In terms of significance, its concepts top those of any bestseller. It seems that harmonious technology for non-polluting abundant energy is merely one of the stunning gifts waiting for humankind when and if our leaders openly and benevolently interact with representatives of spiritually and technologically advanced civilizations.
Exopolitics is the study of how we can bridge from our current human politics out into Universe society. Why would someone who has taught Economics at Yale and strode in Washington, D.C. corridors of power risk his career for such far-out ideals?
To get some answers, I convinced Alfred Lambremont Webre, III, to describe some—not all—of his life’s turning points. He said his first influence was his Cuban-American mother who drummed a message into her nine children: “We’re here on earth to do good and leave the planet a better place.”
Alfred began his career with academic honors from the preparatory schools and universities that produce our political leaders. A Fulbright Scholar, he graduated from Yale University and earned a doctorate from Yale Law School, where he was a National Scholar.
In New York city, Webre joined the Environmental Protection Administration in 1970 as General Counsel. He rubbed shoulders with ecological scientists and other intellectual stars in closed thinktanks, pushed through landmark legislation for the city and was quoted in the media as a spokesperson for Gaia (earth as a living entity).
Having made a name in Mayor John Lindsey’s city, Webre was promoted to further challenges when Lindsey ran for president. Webre became a consultant to the Ford Foundation and helped launch major environmental fundings.
At the same time, he was becoming aware of Gaia’s need to join a larger Universe society. Webre won’t tell how he encountered such paradigm-shattering information, but if you talk with him long enough you know intuitively that this straightforward soul couldn’t ignore a call that involves huge potential benefits for humankind.
His response was in character—as a scholar. By 1975, with the help of colleagues he had published a theory of how off-planet cultures from advanced societies would communicate with a lower-order society. His “Context Communication Theory” interprets ET actions and messages almost as if they were dreams.
The timing seemed perfect for opening up such topics. Then-governor James Earl (Jimmy) Carter had had a personal UFO experience in 1969 while waiting for a Lions’ Club meeting. As he headed toward the White House in the mid-1970s, Carter reportedly vowed to make the issue public. Meanwhile, Webre’s writings and accomplishments earned him a prestigious job; he was chosen to be one of six futurists at the Center for the Study of Social Policy at Stanford Research Institute (SRI). During his job interview, Webre asked to do a study based on the theory he had published in the early 1970s, the Context Communication Theory. When he was hired as a SRI senior policy analyst, Webre thought, “This is it! SRI does research for the federal government…”
He began spending four days a week in Washington, D.C. and the rest of the week in Palo Alto, California, with his family. He was doing research with the National Science Foundation and other agencies, but at the same time reminding SRI officials why he came there to work—he wanted to head an extraterrestrial communication study.
Previously such studies had always been under the aegis of the military, but he wanted to do the first civilian scientific extraterrestrial study in the history of the U.S. government. It would be sponsored by the White House instead of the Pentagon, with NASA, National Science Foundation and panels of outside experts coming in. He gathered support and advice from scientists in the SRI community and they put together a proposal.
Meanwhile he was travelling coast to coast for various meetings. For instance, he was on a Senate panel regarding future national security needs. He sat at tables across from people such as the head of the Defense Intelligence Agency. (Webre told me he was outspoken and had been known to verbally blast the DIA chairman for what Webre saw as ecological blasphemy.) On that panel, a powerful senator sat on his right and an admiral—the founder of the Center for Defense Information—was also at the table. The admiral and Webre had co-authored a book proposal titled Armageddon—The Chilling Prospect of Nuclear War. With such influential connections, Webre felt somewhat like a knight in shining armor. It looked as if he had a perfect opportunity to do as mother had advised—make a difference on earth.
He asked around and was given the names of Carter White House domestic policy staff who were interested in the extraterrestrial issue. During his frequent visits to Washington, he contacted those staff members and presented the audacious proposal for the study. There were to be no secret findings; it would all be made public. “And we went forward.”
Stanford Research Institute approved the project in May of 1977. Webre viewed it as a Rolls-Royce of projects, and rejoiced that he had everyone on board. But that fall the project was abruptly terminated, under the threat of SRI having all its contracts with the Department of Defense (DoD) cancelled.
Who made the threat? Webre replies that it was issued verbally from the DoD to the liaison between SRI and the DoD. The liaison then traveled to California, to SRI. Webre was called into the office of the SRI vice-president and to told to “desist.”
I prod Webre’s memory of that scene. He recalls that the meeting took place in the office of the SRI vice-president, a man of African–American descent. Peter Schwartz, who later co-authored the 2002 Abrupt Climate Change study for the Pentagon, was there too. Schwartz, also a senior Policy Analyst, was an advisor to the ET-related project, according to Webre.
Before the liaison flew in from Washington, they called Webre in to prepare him for hearing the ultimatum: if SRI went ahead with the extraterrestrial communication project, the DoD would terminate all of the many contracts between SRI and the Pentagon.
The outraged Webre was told to hide his feelings, sit quietly and “yes” the DoD liaison. “When he comes in, dissimulate.”
Webre says he couldn’t follow those instructions; he can’t present a false front even with a DoD liaison. Instead he burst out with “What do you mean, it’s cancelled? I’m working with the White House!”
Webre repeatedly tried to get answers. “The White House just approved the project. Why doesn’t the Pentagon want it to go forward?”
The Pentagon/SRI liaison reportedly gave a flat reply. “There are no UFOs.”
Webre describes that meeting as a donnybrook – a bitter quarrel. However, the government department had the financial power, so the project was terminated. “Then came the attacks upon my person. Using microwave weapons…”
Those attacks began in Washington, slightly earlier, he recalls. Just before he returned to SRI to have that meeting with the liaison, Webre had been on a secondary project, meeting with the assistant secretary of defense. When he came out of that meeting he was hit with what he calls mind control weapons.
What did it feel like? Webre replies, “It’s very painful and it stuns you psychologically. It feels like you’re totally disoriented.”
“This is how they have coped with activists in this area. . .”
The attacks opened up a chapter in his life in which he became cognizant of electromagnetic or more exotic weaponry and became an advocate for others who are similarly targeted. The victims are put in an unbelievable situation in which they will no longer be taken as seriously.
Nevertheless, with some help from friends Webre continued a career of varied accomplishments. For instance, he was a delegate to specialized United Nations conferences. California governor Jerry Brown appointed Webre to a taskforce on earthquake preparedness. Webre produced and hosted the first live radio broadcast between the USA and the former Soviet Union, in 1987. He was elected as a delegate to the 1996 Texas Democratic convention. Webre is still a member of the District of Columbia bar. He taught civil liberties at the University of Texas. The list goes on.
In the year 2000, Webre went public with the concept of exopolitics, which is now an emerging field. A prominent author in the field, social scientist Dr. Michael Salle, is said to have read Webre’s earlier online treatise before expanding on the topic and writing his own Exopolitics book. Webre praises Salle’s effort and that of Stephen Bassett. Bassett hosted the first Exopolitics conference, last year in Washington D.C. Webre’s new book will be launched at the second annual Exopolitics gathering, on April 22–24. (www.paradigmclock.com/x-conference.htm)
Interest in the discipline is developing fast, he says, and couldn’t come at a more strategic time. He cites global problems that are largely caused by our fossil fuels/nuclear civilization.
“An ecological approach to these problems may provide us with life-saving and planet-saving solutions.” Webre speaks of a Galactic Federation that sees our potential self-induced ecological catastrophes as necessary for humankind’s evolution, so that we’ll “acknowledge our short-sighted exploitation of earth’s resources and our social dysfunctions, and then build anew after a considerable period of self-searching.”
Today, Webre is International Director of the Institute for Cooperation in Space (ICIS), an on-air host on Vancouver Coop Radio (www.coopradio.org) and author of a half-dozen books.
His voice joins others who issue warnings. For instance, Steven M. Greer MD, director of The Disclosure Project, calls for open congressional hearings into the UFO matter. Dr. Greer has said “There are ongoing illegal covert programs that consider themselves above the law and have deliberately acted outside of constitutionally-required control and oversight. These programs deal with UFO and extraterrestrial matters and new energy and propulsion technologies. They have consistently denied congress and U.S. Presidents’ access to these programs, and (the covert operations) constitute a grave threat to U.S. national security.”
Webre speaks of many alternatives, such as naming a public interest diplomacy outreach program to Off Planet Cultures, a “Star Dreams Initiative (SDI),” and developing “a project that offers an alternative vision to the weaponization of space.”
In Exopolitics, Webre argues that most of the story modern human beings have been told about earth and its outer space environs is wrong. He presents the hypothesis that earth is a quarantined planet in a populated, evolving, highly organized inter-planetary, inter-galactic, multi-dimensional universe society of life-bearing planets. And that the quarantine, which probably has a spiritual cause, may be ending. He makes the point that our society will have to kick its perpetual-war habit, however, before being invited out.
His Exopolitics model bridges between the familiar locked-in limited consensual thinking of our society and an expanded awareness we could enjoy in what he calls Universe Society. The insights in Exopolitics: Politics, Government and Law in the Universe resonate with what researchers on the energy frontier have learned about socioeconomic, environmental, geopolitical and spiritual awareness issues related to truly paradigm-busting breakthrough energy inventions.
If you attend the Exopolitics Expo, get his book, read it and remember to ask Dr. Webre about the proposed Decade of Contact and not his personal story. He’s serious about that, even though he was persuaded to tell a bit of his story just thi
May/June 2005 – #51