Many of you have written requesting my thoughts and impressions of the Secret Space Program conference at which I had the honor of being invited to speak. The speakers' rostrum included Mark McAndlish, Michael Schratt, Dr. Carol Rosin, former Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (during the Administration of G.H.W. Bush), Catherine Austin Fitts, Richard Dolan, and Robert Morningstar. Notwithstanding some technical glitches, one of which was beyond the control of the conference organizers and which could be ascribed to lack of speaker preparation, the conference was a beginning in what most of the speakers agreed upon prior to the conference should be a clear goal: to remake the conference culture, and direct it away from the parade of goofiness that such conferences often become, into a more sober atmosphere where serious issues can be addressed in a serious fashion, sans the usual "story-telling" and "evangelistic tent meeting" atmosphere that often prevails at such events.
To this end, the conference organizer, Mr. Jeroen van Stratten of the Netherlands, did a superb job organizing the order in which the speakers spoke, and I can confidently say that the speakers, who did not consult with each other over the contents of their presentations, played off of each other remarkably well. Mark McAndlish and Michael Schratt both gave excellent presentations covering a variety of technical and technological issues regarding hidden technologies and their implications for the possibilities of a secret space program, and Secretary Fitts added some crucial insights on the emerging financial structure of the West. Richard Dolan and Dr. Carol Rosin rounded out the presentation with historical and political perspectives. All in all, it was an effort to "reverse engineer" some aspects of the policy-formation culture that might be at work in the upper echelons of the black projects world, and in that, I think the conference as generally successful.
One unique feature of this conference was that it was agreed by both the speakers and organizers to have a pre-conference and post-conference get together with each other to go over details, and to critique the event and learn from mistakes in order to avoid them at any future event. This I found to be particularly helpful.
During our conference post-mortem, three major areas were addressed: the need to cut down or eliminate the "preachification" tendency so often in evidence at such conferences during (1) the open panel discussions and (2) audience Q & A sessions. Most were in agreement that this tendency, evident in this conference as well, had to be dealt with and means were proposed for doing so that, if implemented at future events, will work effectively. This point was driven home to us by the fact that during the open mic Q & A sessions, almost have of the audience got up and left, being uninterested in hearing people preach their agendas or share their testimonies. The problem of preachiness from the panel discussion itself was addressed by simply urging more careful vetting of those invited to participate, or by the expedient of simply allowing only one such homily, and if it was reverted to, simply turning off the mic. To their credit, none of the invited speakers indulged in this, The final problem of technical glitches was addressed simply by the recognition that speakers had to do their part to ensure that their presentations would run smoothly on the platforms available to conference organizers.
For my part, I greatly enjoyed being able to meet and speak with people whose work I have followed, but never met, and this included Dr. Carol Rosin (who helped clarify some details concerning the Nazi Paperclip scientists for me), whose attendance in person at the conference was widely appreciated(not the least by me!). I also had the honor of meeting and talking with Mr. Richard Dolan for the first time, as well as Mark McAndlish.
The bottom line: we did well, but we all recognized that we can do better, and that this was not an end, but a beginning, in an effort to raise the bar of standards at such conferences. There were other ideas discussed as well, but these are of a more proprietary nature, and hence I am reluctant to comment on them openly. But suffice it to say, if implemented, they will also go a long way to raise that bar.
No such review of a conference would be complete without a thank you to all those who made it so enjoyable for me. First and foremost, of course, to Mr. Jeroen van Stratten, his wife Maddy, Robert Dupper, and their team who worked so hard to make it all happen and to organizer such a rostrum and mix of intriguing speakers. And a big thank you to the speakers who contributed their time and insights that made it, for me, such an enjoyable event: Catherine Austin Fitts, Dr. Carol Rosin, Richard Dolan, Mark McAndlish, and Jon Rappaport. And a final word of thanks, also, to my friends Chuck McCorkle and Walter Bosley for "riding shotgun" (they'll know what I mean), and to all of you for your thoughts and prayers.
See you on the flip side...