Paola Harris on UFOs, Europe and Mario Borghezio
Technorati contacted Italian-American investigative journalist Paola Harris to get her take on Italian MEP Mario Borghezio’s July 7 press conference calling on EU member nations to declassify their UFO files and establish a center for study of apparent alien activity on our planet. (See our July 10 article for more information about the press conference.)
Harris, whose list of published works includes two books on exopolitics, is a frequent presenter at UFO conferences and a familiar name to students of the UFO phenomenon. She does not hold Borghezio in high regard.
You’ve got to look at the integrity (of Borghezio),” Harris says, “He’s a neo-fascist and he’s done violent things in the past.”
A prominent member of the ultra-conservative Lega Nord (Northern League) political party, Borghezio was found guilty of arson in 2005 after setting fire to the sleeping pallets of immigrants living under a bridge in Turin. At the other end of the emotional spectrum, he has described the experience of speaking at political rallies as “almost an orgasm.”
“On the exopolitics forum, there’s been quite a bit of discussion about this,” Harris says, referring to Borghezio’s association with the disclosure movement. “There’s the camp that looks at integrity as being part of disclosure. There’s a real division in the exopolitical community."
Exopolitics concerns the creation or influence of government policy toward extraterrestrial phenomena and extraterrestrial beings. Denver activist Jeff Peckman’s ballot initiative, covered in a recent Technorati feature, is exopolitical in nature.
The Weaponization of Space
Harris believes that Borghezio’s motives for calling for UFO disclosure are three-fold. Other than normal curiosity about the phenomenon, which would be the first motive, Harris says that Borghezio simply wants attention. Judging from his comments about the erotic benefits of public speaking, one is inclined to agree with her.
Harris speculates that his third motive may be more insidious, however.
"(Borghezio) is the kind of guy who could create an argument for shooting (UFOs) out of the sky because they’re an enemy,” Harris said. She points out that this militaristic approach to the phenomenon was predicted by Werner von Braun.
Dr. Carol Rosin, spokesperson for von Braun during the last years of his life, has testified that von Braun predicted that the weaponization of space ultimately would be justified as defense against alien invasion. According to Rosin, von Braun said that “the last card is the alien card … and all of it is a lie."
In distancing herself from Borghezio, Harris also parts ways with those in the disclosure movement who are less discriminating about the celebrity endorsement trophies they choose to display on their mantle.Continued on the next page