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A study by one "John Doe"
(said to be economist John Kenneth Galbraith), _Report from Iron Mountain
on the Possibility and Desirability of Peace_ was published in 1967.
The study considered the possibility that belief in UFOs
might be used to improve prospects for peace and redirect humankind toward
a unified social order. In theory, the report pointed out, a perceived
threat from extraterrestrial beings might provide an incentive for human
civilization to abandon its internal strife and present a unified front
against the alleged menace from alien
beings. A threat from "extraterrestrials" was one of several suggested
means for helping to unify human society and discourage warfare on Earth.
The report presented other possible scenarios including the threat of ecological
catastrophe. The study also suggested that some flying saucer reports
were actually experiments in manipulating public belief, with the aim of
reshaping society by encouraging belief in hostile extraterrestrial powers
menacing Earth. The report ultimately dismissed the threat-from-aliens
scenario, however, as "unpomising" and encouraged investigation of other
ways to manufacture "fictitious ... enemies" that might serve to unify
humankind. _Report From Iron Mountain_ treats the UFO phenomenon
from a viewpoint complementary to that of prominent UFO investigator Jacques
Vallee, who has argued that UFOs may constitute a system to control