UFOs: Reframing the Debate – Edited by Robbie Graham
TrUFO vs UFaux: Planetary Poltergeists & Weapons of Mass Enchantment
The following transcript is a condensed excerpt from a two-part lecture titled “UFOs and Consciousness: The Fantastic Facts About UFOs, Altered States of Consciousness, and Mind-at-Large.”  That lecture sought to highlight the literature supporting areas of research I think could be most useful in progressing UFO investigations forward and which support some of the speculative hypotheses that I find the most compelling. It has been edited to focus solely upon the probable use of the UFO for Covert Folklore Warfare by all too human actors.
In this talk, I’ll give you an overview of what I call ParaCryptoUFOlogy; the alternative theories of the UFO phenomenon that suggest a covert socio-cultural control system of earth lights and ball-of-light phenomena that interact with human consciousness in parapsychological ways. It may also interface with the collective unconscious of humanity and other species as well as some sort of a planetary mind, or Gaian consciousness, that some have described as a GeoPsyche and Planetary Poltergeist.
We’ll also discuss the potential misuse of these mechanisms for “Grand Deception” stratagems that manipulate the phenomenon and we’ll reconsider classic strange encounters in light of known government mind control programs. And finally, the probable fake, false, faux UFO campaigns and concocted contact narratives being created by certain human agencies for reasons that have to do with socio-cultural control rather than extraterrestrial aliens.
I must stress that I am not trying to convince you that my perspective is the right perspective. That, to me, is the hallmark of somebody from whom you should run screaming. I am here tonight to tell you about the many different areas of exploration that I’ve come across that I think point to something more interesting and more complicated than simple extraterrestrials in nuts and bolts craft that are vehicles whose tires you can kick physically. That is not to say that there are not these types of encounters happening. In fact, many of the ideas that I’m going to talk about would provide the perfect cover for such traditional extraterrestrial encounters.
This is the problem I have with most people who claim to have an answer to the UFO phenomenon: they pick a theory, but it only fits part of the data. That’s also why I advocate for a multiple-theory interpretation of the UFO phenomenon. I don’t think there is any one explanation that accounts for all the data. I think there are a number of things going on simultaneously.
My obsessive search for information about UFOs occurred in the height of the 1990s “Zine Scene” as desktop PC enabled publishing was expanding upon the photocopied Samizdat networks. Great magazines like Crash Collusion, from here in Austin, Excluded Middle Magazine in California, Arcturus Books catalog in Georgia, and many others inspired my own foray into self-publishing. Those were great, heady times, all of which led me to publish my first issue in the summer of 1994. It was called E.L.F. Infested Spaces after Terence McKenna’s phrase, “Elf Infested Spaces;” E.L.F. because of the ubiquitous stories of mind control that I kept coming across and research about the psychoactivity of electromagnetic fields and how these various psychotronic mind influencing technologies could be used to manipulate people and theories of E.L.F. waves serving as the conduit for psychic information.
Over the years I came across, and reprinted in ELFIS when I could, a number of really important UFO studies that speak to these more alternative theories of UFOs, “UFOs: The Pineal Connection” by Serena Roney Dougal,  “Topographic Brain Mapping of UFO Experiencers,”  and one of my favorites, “A Testable Theory of UFOs, ESP, Aliens, and Bigfoot”  by Synchronicity author Alan Vaughan looking at correlations between geomagnetic activity and reports of various types of phenomena.
Another is the “Bibliography on the Psychoactivity of Electromagnetic Fields”  which is an incredible resource. It’s page after page listing scientific papers about the effects of ELF and other electromagnetic radiation on physical and psychological responses. A number of the research projects were at military bases near where, gee, there’s been a lot of UFO activity. See also, “ELF Magnetic Fields and EEG Entrainment: A Psychotronic Warfare Possibility?” by Robert C. Beck. 
It was likely Whitley Strieber’s first book Communion that got me thinking about psychotronic effects and the role of the earth. He wrote that the human brain and various body parts give off electromagnetic fields and that perhaps these could be manipulated. “A more acute technology than our own might be able to mediate mental and physical function to a great degree.”  His intimations of an interplay between these energies and a planetary consciousness inspired the romantic animist in me.
Terence McKenna also encouraged that notion when he said, “one possible view of the flying saucers is that it is a kind of projection from the consciousness of the planet, that is Gaia,” and “I think in that sense, Jung was really onto something when he saw it as coming from the unconscious … almost as though the UFO is a manifestation of Gaia as mother goddess.” 
Jacques Vallee said in his “Five Arguments against the Extraterrestrial Theory” paper that “… it could be Gaia.” He provided two variants on this idea. “An alien intelligence, possibly earth based, could be training us towards a new type of behavior. It could represent the visitor phenomena of Strieber or some form of super nature,” like Lyle Watson talked about, “possibly along the lines of a Gaia hypothesis.” 
It’s perhaps Paul Devereux’s research that has most influenced my romanticized thinking of UFOs as organelles in a Gaian ecosystem. For years he’s researched these weird earth lights phenomena; luminous lights that are generated by the earth due to earthquakes and tectonic stress. In 1995 he wrote a passionate article called “Beyond UFOlogy: Meeting With the Alien”  in which he talked about the importance of altered states of consciousness, the DMT research of Rick Strassman, and Terence McKenna’s perspectives that this is some kind of history haunting phantasm that is somehow tied to the earth. He also cites Dr. Kenneth Ring’s work,  and includes many other little known bits of data regarding the effects of these electromagnetic fields on human physiology and consciousness.
The environmental issues related to “fracking” have made headlines in recent years. Did you know it may be relatively easy to trigger such luminous phenomenon? There’s been research into this since at least 1992 with fluid injection causing luminous phenomena.  It seems highly likely that various human agencies have noticed this and might be using this to their advantage.
Another researcher whose books I’ve been really fascinated by and who cites all the medical and electromagnetic literature on the physiological and consciousness effects of such EM fields is Albert Budden. His book is called Allergies and Aliens: The Electromagnetic Indictment. You may have heard about people who are hypersensitive to chemicals, they can’t get near the fumes of gas, or various other types of chemicals cause them extreme reactions. Well, there are also people who are electromagnetically hypersensitive who can’t wear a watch, can’t be near computers, can’t be under 60 Hz frequency fluorescent lighting. His contention is that the phenomena represent the collective unconscious trying to, as several other people have suggested, make us believe in them but that it’s a result of electro pollution. Another aspect of his “Electro-Staging” hypothesis is the phenomena’s ability to, like a poltergeist, telekinetically manipulate the physical environment and use everything from water vapor to dust particles to larger size physical objects to cobble together a physical form through which to interact with the witness. He says, “the unconscious responds to external geo-generated EM fields during altered states of consciousness and presents perceptions and realities that are dramatizations of alien contact in order to establish an acceptance of the unconscious within society.” 
Paul Devereux speaks of humanity’s Shamanism technology, lost techniques for accessing the world around us. He and others have documented the world wide belief that Balls-Of-Light represent disembodied consciousness and spirits. Certain classes of BOL accounts are closely associated with miners and the earth’s interior. Within all the UFO-lore and the contactee stories, whether it’s belief in some kind of ascended masters under Mount Shasta or ideas about Shambhala or the Vril or even in the science fiction pulp of Shaver and Ray Palmer, there is this consistent imagery of inner earth mythology. I believe this and other Gaian overtones are due to the probable source, the earth herself.
The buzzing sounds associated with UFO close encounters and the hive mindedness of the beings reminds me of ancient traditions that deal with the oracular, the dispensation of prophecy and wisdom from the gods.  Their messengers were often heard in association with the buzzing of bees. I think it’s not just the electromagnetic technological aspect of the sound but that there is obvious symbolism there that points to this idea of the hive, like the bees, and this hive mindedness, this hierarchy that is so often evident in the Theosophical traditions of so many esoteric groups, whether it’s the Ashtar Command and the various levels of their command structure and ascended masters and white lodges. I think perhaps these are reflections of the onion like layers of Jung’s collective unconscious and more than merely analogous to the hierarchical taxonomy of biological classification.
One of the most important things that abductee / abduction researcher Karla Turner added to the dialog on UFO abduction reports was the idea of the Virtual Reality Scenario.  She talked about this a lot in her lectures and gave examples where the abductee, the experiencer, would see and experience one thing, but nearby witnesses would see something quite different but still anomalous and weird.
There are a few examples of this in the literature where the researcher followed the abductee as they drove somewhere and watched them sit and never leave their car, but later on the experiencer would relate that, “Oh, the UFO came down, and I had this experience.” It’s not that these people are necessarily lying. They seem to have had some sort of fugue-like state, some kind of Out-of-Body-Experience. So many of the descriptions of these close encounters have the quality of OBEs. Karla Turner also believed that “abductees report alien-controlled information” and this alien Other force controls the perceptions of the experiencer.
Back in the 1990s Rupert Sheldrake’s book A New Science of Life was declared by Nature as “the best candidate for burning there has been for many years.”  More recently his lecture was initially banned from the TED-Talks YouTube channel. I find a lot of the ideas that Sheldrake has espoused really important in trying to understand UFOs and related phenomena. His ideas about fields (not the physical electromagnetic fields that we’ve been talking about) involves looking at them more as an abstract idea. I think that they have relevance to the realms of Psi and remote viewing, Jung’s Collective Unconscious, and Aldous Huxley’s Mind-at-Large. I’ve often tried to put it this way: To me, morphic fields and morphic resonance theory are akin to the various esoteric ideas about the Akashic records and the collective unconscious. I suspect that pretty much any idea can be its own field and that such fields can be accessed non-locally by consciousness. I’m reminded of the famous incident where former military remote viewer of much ill repute, Ed Dames, was fooled into remote viewing a mythical character, but thought it was a Soviet missile attack because, well, he perceived that there was some metal object rocketing across the North Pole. It was red, and it was heading to the United States so of course, he saw it as a Soviet missile attack. But what had he been tasked with remote viewing? Santa Claus! If something as unreal or as quasi-real as Santa Claus can be remote viewed, well, then that pretty much means to me that these Akashic fields can be tapped, and I suspect that may be one way of communicating across vast distances in a way that we think of SETI doing but without the electromagnetic radio waves. Vallee suggested as much in his 1992 book UFO Chronicles of the Soviet Union: A Cosmic Samizdat, when he spoke of the Soviet technique of “biolocation,” or biological-field dowsing. 
British UFOlogist Jenny Randles coined the phrase the “Oz Factor,” which is “a sort of inner tuning, as the percipient’s mind blocks out attention to all external sounds in order to note the message that is about to bombard his or her consciousness.” Again, I think this has relevance to Sheldrake’s species field. Within at least two of her books, Mind Monsters  and Beyond Explanation,  and within her UFO newsletter,  she put forth this idea of Synchronistic Reality Mode and the ability for the human mind to take in this anomalous information in a parapsychological way and create a virtual reality telepresence experience.
We’re now moving into a time when we’ve got this technology ourselves, in our pockets. Here is an artist’s rendering of someone wearing eyeglasses like Google Glass. In this example the person is getting information about somebody who is buried in a cemetery in the form of a “hologram” standing in front of them that looks rather like a ghost, but it’s simply them interacting with some kind of informational field, and it’s projecting information into an augmented reality, a virtual reality created by the glasses they are wearing. There’s an App for that! You can get an app for your smartphone that will use your phone’s GPS coordinate data with other databases to see if somebody has tagged the area where you are located with metadata. Then your app can extract that, and it can be displayed as an overlay with your phone’s camera display. Perhaps this is the same way that people, when they go into haunted houses, may be tapping into some kind of informational field that’s present and accessing past experiences embedded in that field.
I think that the phenomena can be interacted with in a way that’s more akin to that portrayed in Carl Sagan’s book and movie Contact where Jodie Foster’s character experiences a very vivid real feeling meeting with an extraterrestrial, except that it appears to her in the form of something that she can more easily comprehend. Instead of using radio waves, there is some other kind of biological field that can be tapped into and that we can experience these things as perceptually real, and they may be from real beings somewhere else, or they could be right here just one dimension over. Or perhaps they are undetectable to us because they are part of a mirror world left-handed molecular ecosystem. 
I suspect that the UFO phenomenon represents a transpersonal virtual reality communications channel. These various altered states of consciousness facilitate anomalous information transfer, facilitate telepathy, remote viewing, and other forms of ESP. They are the interface mechanism for us to receive and transmit messages from not just our own collective unconscious and the archetypes, but to experience the collective consciousness of other beings and other intelligences, other species on this planet and elsewhere.
Jenny Randles expressed that very possibility as a thought experiment on the UFO UpDates email list back in 2000:
“Aliens are in contact but not actually coming to earth. They are only capable of long range probes that treat abductees like receiving radio telescopes. These ‘psychic’ people are used to communicate, extract information about us and engage in inter-species relationships at a deep level of our inner selves. As such the aliens are real, the contact with them not physical, the experience of contact subjective, but reflective in a psycho-social sense of the ‘mental rape’ being conducted (hence the extent to which these experiences are visualised and dramatised in this way).” 
Dennis Stillings edited one of my favorite UFO books that has the greatest title ever, Cyberbiological Studies of the Imaginal Component in the UFO Contact Experience.  Cyberbiology is defined as “consciousness-related aspects of relations to ourselves, and to other systems, including the environment.” This idea that somehow we are in a biofeedback type relationship with the phenomenon led me several years ago to write that “the UFO phenomenon exists in a synergistic cybernetic interface with humanity. Whatever the true nature of UFOs, they interact with us within several different milieus, all of which are influenced by the media and culture. This media and culture in turn feeds back into the phenomena in a continuous cycle.”  Through his editorial choice of essays, Stillings is supporting this idea that we’re dealing with some sort of cyberbiological planetary poltergeist.
Another writer, researcher is retired colonel Thomas Bearden who wrote a really fascinating book called The Excalibur Briefing.  He too describes the onion-like aspect of the collective unconscious or the Akashic records and this idea that we could be interacting through this phenomena – through the transpersonal channel that I’ve been trying to describe here – with various aspects of our own individual unconscious, the collective unconscious of the entire species or, as he breaks it down, to family, city, state, creed, nation, race, geographical area, species, biosphere, and the universal. Bearden expounds on the intricate physics he believes scientifically prove the Tulpoidal mechanism of this planetary poltergeist idea; that our collective anxieties are psychically manifesting in a worldwide type of poltergeist activity that causes physical manifestations.
I think that there are these hierarchies and at any of those levels there could be a variety of independently operating consciousnesses that we could be interacting with. I really think that it’s quite possible that the reason we experience these apparent alien others as insectoid is because their ultimate origin could be the collective species unconscious of the insect kingdom. I mean, my God, we are committing insecticide every day. It would seem to be in their best interest to try to convince us to stop damaging the ecology of the planet.
Another area relevant to the connection between humanity’s collective anxieties and UFO contact phenomena is the work done by courageous ethnologists and anthropologists on UFO Encounter and Alien Abduction narratives. There have been a number of theses, dissertations done on this that deal with the idea that what we’re seeing in the narratives is not so much a reflection of physical, real encounters but that they are a reflection of societal problems that are going on. Anthropologist and Adjunct Lecturer at Florida International University, Dr. Steven Mizrach, wrote a very controversial article back in the 1990s called UFO Abductions and Race Fear.  He was expounding upon the work of James Pontolillo: Demons, Doctors, and Aliens: An Exploration Into the Relationships Among Witch Trial Evidence, Sexual-Medical Traditions, and Alien Abductions, which was put out by the International Fortean Organization in 1993. Susan Lepselter, Associate Professor within Indiana University’s Anthropology Department, did her dissertation here in Austin, Texas on The Poetics of the Uncanny. It is a fascinating read and has just been published by Michigan University Press as The Resonance of Unseen Things: Poetics, Power, Captivity, and UFOs in the American Uncanny. Also of relevance to issues of race, captivity narratives and power role reversal is the dissertation Taken: Constructions of race, biology, and Colonialism Informing the Alien Abduction Narrative in the United States by Carol Suzanne Matthews, University of Kansas (2001).
If there is such a worldwide phenomenon of earth energies that is tied into some sort of GeoPsyche and that is connected to our collective anxieties, could that channel (and the earth energy organelle programs of socio-cultural control flowing through it) have been hijacked by human agencies for nefarious purposes?
Another classic quote from Vallee:
“I believe there is a machinery of mass manipulation behind the UFO phenomenon. It aims at social and political goals by diverting attention from some human problems and by providing a potential release for tensions caused by others. …
UFOs are real. They are an application of psychotronic technology. That is they are physical devices used to affect consciousness. They may not be from outer space. They may, in fact, be terrestrial based manipulating devices. Their purpose may be to achieve social change on this planet.” 
Several years ago, Greg Bishop interviewed parapsychologist Dean Radin and they spoke about this idea of psychotronic devices and how they could affect the local geomagnetic environment in ways that affect people’s consciousness, perhaps as an unintended byproduct of whatever the device is intended to do:
“… exotic military hardware – experimental gizmos – most of which is mistaken for UFOs. Some of which can indirectly (not intentionally) cause people to perceive things. You can imagine that having this gigantic electromagnetic thing hovering in the air, it changes the local environment in ways that makes people’s brains go funny. That sort of stuff apparently really does go on.” 
Michael Persinger of Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, is the researcher who proposed the Tectonic Strain Theory that is akin to Paul Devereux’s Earth Lights Hypothesis. Whereas Devereux is very much a Gaia kind of guy, Persinger is a much more materialist reductionist, hard science guy. While there are claims that his research has yet to be replicated, he’s developed what’s come to be called the God helmet, which is a series of magnets in a head-mounted device that can induce experiences similar to Out-of-Body-Experiences, as well as a sense of a felt presence similar to that described in abductions, hauntings, and close encounter-type phenomena.
Persinger doesn’t believe there is any alien Other within these phenomena. Yet in 1977, he and Gyslaine F. Lafrenière also put forth the idea of the GeoPsyche that, “essentially involves the interaction between large numbers of biological systems and the geomagnetic environment within which they are immersed.” 
I should add that Persinger’s and Devereux’s earth generated luminous phenomena ideas are not widely accepted. Another of my favorite Canadian researchers, Chris Rutkowski, has written several highly critical counter arguments to Persinger’s and Devereux’s theories that are worth considering. 
When researching UFOs, one inevitably comes into contact with stories of mind control: tales of close encounters, telepathic contact and control, stories of electronic harassment, gaslighting, and gang stalking, etc. You’d have to have been living under a rock to have never heard of the CIA’s MKUltra project. All of these stories of alien ESP, military RV (Remote Viewing), unwitting human experimentation by government, earth energies influencing perception, led me to dig deeper into MKUltra and related projects.
It continues to blow my mind every time I read about just how widespread these programs were and how our government became as bad as our enemies. If you’ve never heard of Operation Paper Clip, it involved the importation of Nazi scientists from Germany after World War II. More than 1,500 of these engineers, scientists, and technicians were seeded throughout the United States educational system, across universities from one coast to the other.
The best book I’ve found on these mind control projects is Hank Albarelli, Jr.’s, A Terrible Mistake: The Murder of Frank Olson and the CIA’s Secret Cold War Experiments.  That book is huge, and is filled with facts about the CIA’s MKUltra program. There were many subprograms – MKNAOMI, MKDELTA, Blue Bird and others. Of course, there are also the rumors that have yet to be substantiated of Project Monarch, but all of these projects had as their aim things like a truth serum, enhanced interrogation techniques, and Manchurian candidate style mind control assassins.
Also in Albarelli’s book he writes about how MKUltra employed magician John Mulholland to investigate psychic researcher Andrija Puharich and the famous Kelly Hopkinsville case. Which makes me wonder, “were they just trying to get his assessment of cases and people that they felt were not trustworthy, or were they having him follow-up on their own mind control experiments?”
What does this have to do with UFOs? Several researchers have suggested over the years that some or all UFO close encounters and alien abduction experiences might be the result of continued MKUltra type research. Vallee was talking about these issues in interviews with other leading UFOlogists like Jerome Clark (for FATE magazine) back in 1978:
“What we do know is that you can make people hallucinate using either lights or microwave or electromagnetic energy. You can also make them pass out; you can cause them to behave strangely, put them into shock, make them hear voices or even kill them.” 
However, nothing ignited the mind control conspiracy sub-genre within the UFOlogical scene as much as Martin Cannon’s important paper, “The Controllers: A new hypothesis of Alien Abduction,” first published in the pages of the MUFON UFO Journal in 1989.  Jim Keith’s Mind Control, World Control: The Encyclopedia of Mind Control (1997) and Mass Control: Engineering Human Consciousness (2003), Helmut and Marion Lammer’s MILABS: Military Mind Control and Alien Abduction (2000) and others signaled that the mind control interpretation of Close Encounters had successfully carved out its own niche within the UFO scene.
The level of paranoia within the UFO community has only grown since then. These days, just about everyone eventually gets labeled as an agent provocateur, even ol’ Carl Jung, whose ideas on the collective unconscious and the archetypes I incorporate so deeply into my ideas about UFOs. It apparently is not widely known but is well established that Jung worked with the founder of the CIA (when it was the OSS) Allen Dulles, in his psychological profiling of Hitler and the German people during the war.
It’s been suggested by others that this may be where Dulles got the idea to use people’s belief in the paranormal and specifically UFOs for psychological warfare purposes. In fact, a former chemist and researcher on the Manhattan Project, Leon Davidson, as far back as the 50s and into the 70s was talking about this idea that the UFO phenomenon was being manipulated by the CIA specifically as part of a Cold War tool to disinform the Soviets and for various other purposes:
“Dulles also adopted a concept from his old friend Carl Jung and co-opted the myth that benign aliens have visited Earth for millennia. He used magicians’ illusions, tricks, and showmanship to blend in sightings, landings, and contacts with the legitimate military test sightings. … Later, Dulles found the saucer believers and their clubs an ideal propaganda vehicle.” 
MKUltra has had a very lasting legacy. There are a lot of different cases during the 70s of these apparent mind control assassins. H.P. Albarelli and others before him have found dramatic connections between the people surrounding Oswald, the MKUltra mind control research community, and individuals at the birth of the modern UFO era.  Kenn Thomas  and Peter Levenda  have both written books and/or lectured on these very bizarre links between the formation of the Flying Saucer Era, Post-WWII American Nazism, and MKUltra activities.
Did you know that Ted Kaczynski participated in one of the CIA’s MKUltra programs? He wasn’t dosed with LSD, and he willingly volunteered. He was not, like so many others, one of the unwitting experimentees in the MKUltra programs. 
What about Whitey Bulger, the Mafioso? Like the alleged killers of Frank Olson – the subject of that book I cited earlier, A Terrible Mistake – Olson’s assassins and Whitey Bulger were active in organized crime and willingly participated in MKUltra prison experiments.  Afterwards they were used by the CIA and FBI for their own nefarious purposes.
There have been a number of different attempts over the years to get the truth out about these experiments, the first of course were the Church Committee hearings in the 1970s, the US House of Representatives Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) in 1978, and the Advisory Committee on Human Radiation Experiments in the 1990s. The Canadian government had to create “The Allan Memorial Institute Depatterned Persons Assistance Plan,” and provided $100,000 to each former patient of Dr. Ewen Cameron’s MKUltra experiments.  Cameron served as President of the American Psychiatric Association, Canadian Psychiatric Association, American Psychopathological Association, Society of Biological Psychiatry, and World Psychiatric Association.
I’ve described the many different classic cases that I grew up loving as a kid. Let’s briefly look at them again “through a glass, darkly,” through the lens of covert-ops and deception.
The Flatwoods Monster in 1952 was one of those classic flying saucer monster cases I grew up on. I’m not saying this is an explanation for it, but Nick Redfern has reported  on a RAND document called “The Exploitation of Superstitions for Purposes of Psychological Warfare” that was written for the Air Force back in 1950.  In it there is a description of a particular psychological operation that was done in Italy to spook the locals, and it involves the creation of a simple robotic scarecrow that they would wheel into town and scare the natives, supposedly. He noticed the similarity in the description to this 12-foot being that was described in the Flatwoods case and wonders if the two may be related.
One of the first abduction cases before the Betty Hill abduction case has also come under scrutiny. Antonio Vilas Boas was out tilling his field. The tractor began to stall. He saw a UFO. It landed. Occupants came out. They gassed him, dragged him onboard, and forced him to have sex with a very peculiar naked humanoid that barked like a dog and then after they’d had sex she pointed at her belly and then to the sky as if to imply, “Your children are coming with us up there.”
One has to wonder if maybe this was the test-bedding of new human technology. In 1978, an individual by the name of Bosco Nedelcovic, who was an interpreter and translator at the Inter-American Defense College, started talking to UFO researchers in the states about his participation in various projects that he says were the ones perpetrating at least some UFO incidents, specifically the Vilas Boas abduction. According to researcher Philip Coppens, Nedelcovic claimed that he was, “part of a nine-man helicopter team that abducted civilians and conducted both psychological warfare experiments and hallucinogenic drug tests, specifically in the Minas Gerais region of Brazil. The team included a doctor, CIA and Navy personnel, while the helicopter was equipped with a metal cubicle, about five feet long and three feet wide, used – somehow – in the psychological warfare operations.” 
I’ll tell you what that 5×3 box reminds me of, it’s the isolation coffins that were used by the psychiatrist Ewen Cameron in Canada, as part of his MKUltra sensory deprivation and psychic driving experiments where they abused hapless Canadians who were just looking for a little psychological relief. 
Let’s move on to the first publicized “alien” abduction in North America. Again, I’m not suggesting that this is the definitive explanation, but it’s always struck me as significant that the description Barney Hill gave of the lead alien (besides his other description of a “red-headed Irishman” – that doesn’t quite fit with any of the rest of it) he said “He looks like a German Nazi. He’s a Nazi. He had a black scarf around his neck that was dangling over his shoulder.” The drawing Barney sketched under hypnosis, with the little cap on its head, and the scarf on the shoulder,  always reminded me more of French fashion than German. Over time, his description became more in line with that of his wife and more in line with the standard grey alien with big eyes. There are other aspects of this case, like the strange beeping noise that they heard right before the experience, and descriptions of strange marks on the hood of the car that always struck me as where somebody could’ve placed one of these psychotronic mind control devices.
Nick Redfern has also reported on the famous army reserve helicopter encounter that brings us again to the connection between UFOs and Out-of-Body-Experiences. He writes:
“Captain Coyne received telephone calls from people identifying themselves as representatives of the Department of the Army, Surgeon General’s Office, asking if he, Coyne, had experienced any ‘unusual dreams’ subsequent to the UFO incident. As it happened, not long before the Army’s call, Coyne had undergone a very vivid out-of-body experience.
Sgt. John Healey also reported … ‘the Pentagon would call us up and ask … have I ever dreamed of body separation? And I have. I dreamed that I was dead in bed and that my spirit or whatever was floating, looking down at me lying dead in bed.” 
Another famous case is the Pascagoula, Mississippi Clawmen from 1973. I always found this case fascinating probably because it involved radically different alien entities than the classic short, big-headed, black-eyed aliens. This case involves tall clawmen with elephant-like skin and pinchers for hands that floated over the pier where the two witnesses were fishing and is very different than other types of close encounters.
According to Hank Albarelli and Zoe Martell, they’ve talked to researchers who were chemists at Fort Detrick, which was the testing ground of so much of the chemical warfare research that was part of MKUltra, and they make the claim that this was somehow part of that experimentation. They say that “former Fort Detrick researchers … revealed an odd experiment that took place in Pascagoula, Mississippi and produced one of the most puzzling UFO and strange entity cases on record in America.” They go on to state, “that the pier was not far away from a former Fort Detrick research site, Horn Island.”
“Detrick microbiologists conducted intensive experiments on the islands “involving human research subjects” and a number “of natural hallucinogens as well as advanced neuroscience techniques” aimed at the objection of producing “previously unexplored and unique psychological warfare methods.” 
There are many more threads we could tug on to discuss this weaponization of folklore and governmental, military, and intelligence communities misuse of the UFO community’s belief systems as weapons of mass enchantment for psychological warfare. Quickly, here are just a few.
In his 1991 book Revelations: Alien Contact and Human Deception, Vallee pondered the possibility that the reason for the numerous sightings of UFOs over sensitive military installations might be due to hoaxes performed to test the security of these bases and the reaction of the personnel when confronted by a UFO. In that book he writes, “antiterrorist exercises in which the attackers disguised their craft as a flying saucer have actually been run more than once.”  He was discussing this in the context of the Bentwaters / Rendlesham base encounters. Jacques seems to have been convinced of this in the 1980s by former CIA analyst Dr. Christopher “Kit” Green,  both of whom are alleged members of the infamous UFOlogical “Aviary” of intelligence community spooks.  More recently self-described “Infomaniac Housewife” Sacha Christie has continued this line of inquiry. 
Jacques Vallee, Gerald K. Haines and others have stressed the idea that UFOs have been used as cover for exotic military R&D tech, helping protect projects like the U2 spy planes and stealth aircraft before they are made public. Haines asserts that the Air Force’s Project Blue Book knowingly misattributed sightings of the CIA’s U-2 and OXCART planes as UFOs.  Other UFO researchers, such as Bruce Maccabee vehemently disagree that this could be true except in a few rare cases. 
There is also the classic Paul Bennewitz case where AFOSI agent Richard Doty used a variety of unethical tactics in the name of protecting National Security – there are rumors that J. Allen Hynek delivered one of the computers to poor ol’ Paul that was loaded with software installed on the part of the Air Force or NSA to convince Bennewitz that he was intercepting communications from aliens. Of course that claim comes via disgraced but intriguing UFO researcher Bill Moore, who admittedly was also doing AFOSI agent Dick Doty’s bidding in driving his friend Paul further into madness. 
Former head of MUFON, James Carrion, before stepping down from the job moved in the direction of interpreting UFOs as a psychological warfare technique. He went so far as to suggest that the Roswell incident was a disinfo ploy to cover up research about the United States’ efforts at creating a tsunami bomb,  and continues researching his claim that the Ghost Rockets were one of the earliest examples of UFOs being used for strategic deception operations. 
What’s the purpose? Is there an attempt to manipulate human consciousness? Does this go beyond the simple use of UFO stories as laughter-curtain-cover for exotic aircraft and technology testing? A recurring theme is the idea of uniting humanity through a common enemy by manufacturing a counterfeit foe.
There are many important historical figures suggesting this unification in the face of an extraterrestrial threat, like John Dewey in 1917:
“Some one remarked that the best way to unite all the nations on this globe would be an attack from some other planet. In the face of such an alien enemy, people would respond with a sense of their unity of interest and purpose.” 
I know this sounds familiar to you because you’ve probably heard it from various other people. It was said by Sir Anthony Eden in 1947:
“It seems to be an unfortunate fact that the nations of the world were only really united when they were facing a common menace. What we really needed was an attack from Mars.” 
Sir Eden’s quote inspired the 1947 book Flying Saucer by Bernard Newman, which proposed the idea that is mirrored in the 1963 Outer Limits episode “Architects of Fear,” the idea of scientists creating a Chimera, a fake alien threat and staging events to unite humanity against a common, but counterfeit foe: Uniting us against the UFaux, the false, counterfeit UFOs.
This is one you’ve got to remember, old “Ronnie RayGun” saying, no less than three times that:
“Perhaps we need some outside, universal threat to make us realize this common bond. I occasionally think how quickly our differences would vanish if we were facing an alien threat from outside this world.” 
He made nearly identical statements as this, first in 1985 in front of a high school student body and faculty,  then at the general assembly of the U.N. in ‘87, and again at the Grand Ballroom for the National Strategy Forum in 1988. 
In Vallee’s seminal 1979 book Messengers of Deception he talked about what had just become declassified in 1978 (as reported in the book Bodyguard of Lies by Anthony Cave Brown) and that was the LCS (London Controlling Section), and what he called the “Martian Conspiracy.” The Brits called their psychological warfare experts the “Martians.” Vallee suggests that at the end of World War II there was, within this joint deception campaign between the Americans and the British, a sense of, “well, we’ve managed to unite our intelligence agencies and use these engines of deception. Could these same techniques be used to prevent another world war?”
More recently, economist and Nobel Prize laureate Paul Krugman went so far as to say that we need a fake alien invasion to stimulate the economy. He said this on CNN,  and then went on Real Time with Bill Maher, echoing the theme of the infamous, allegedly satirical, Report from Iron Mountain (1967) with “a serious proposal” suggesting we need a fake alien threat to boost the economy. 
There is this history of notable people warning about this possibility. I mentioned previously Manhattan Project scientist Leon Davidson who wrote about the CIA using ECM, electronic countermeasures, to fake UFO sightings. One such technology platform was called Palladium. Apparently we’ve had this technology to spoof objects on radar for quite some time. The Holy Grail, for most UFO researchers, is when we have witnesses and radar. But now we find that these radar blips can be faked. This apparently was used widely in harassing the Cubans and the Soviets to try to ascertain the abilities of their electronic countermeasures and radar stations. Gene Poteat talks about Project Palladium in his 1998 essay, “Stealth, Countermeasures, and ELINT, 1960-1975” and elsewhere. 
The idea of spooking the natives, so to speak, has been around for quite a long time. Peter Watson talks in his 1978 book War on the Mind about projecting images on clouds and using loud speakers as psychological warfare to convince people of various things. Then there are the infamous plans of Major General Edward Geary Lansdale to stage a Second-Coming-Coup against Castro using a submarine projecting images of Jesus Christ off the Cuban coast. 
On September 11th, 2001, there were a lot of UFOs in the form of unidentified blips on radars along the Eastern Seaboard of North America. This reminds us of Palladium and technology for spoofing aircraft. There are reports, both military and mainstream, about their ability to inject into the radar screens these false radar returns. This may have actually confused the air traffic controllers and aided the perpetrators of that day’s events. 
In May of 2001, alien disclosure zealot Steven Greer held a well attended event at the Press Club in Washington D.C. At that press conference, Dr. Carol Rosin told of her mentor Dr. Wernher von Braun warning her that the powers-that-be were going to stage an escalation of threats from terrorism to asteroids to extraterrestrial invasion, and that this was going to be used to justify space weapons.  Remember, von Braun was one of those more than 1,500 German researchers embedded in America after World War II.
Over the last several years, UFOs have seemed to become a little more mainstream; from childhood educational systems to adult global economic policy discussion. I’ve said for some time that UFOs are a great way of educating people to think critically and to rationally investigate the world around them. Well, between 2008 and 2013 UFO crashes and alien abductions have been repeatedly staged for little kids at primary and middle schools in the UK . It’s all part of a creative writing program. There is a non-governmental organization called the National Literacy Trust which is funded by the Department for Children, Schools, and Families. The program is called “Everybody Writes.” 
There was the Davos World Economic Forum in 2004. They had a panel titled, “The Conspiracy Behind Conspiracy Theories: Have Extraterrestrials Made Contact With Government Leaders?” Dick Cheney was one of the people on the panel for that discussion, and the moderator was Chief Executive Ian Much from the international corporation that “prints the money,” De La Rue. 
At the 2011 Global Competitiveness Forum on “Global Challenges and Solutions 2020” Conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, there were several UFO researchers speaking – Nick Pope, Jacques Vallee, and Stanton Friedman. Bill Clinton gave the keynote address and said “I don’t have to tell you what the implications of that would be, if it turned out to be true,” alluding to the potential discovery of earth-like planets. 
Whether the UFO phenomenon is considered simply as the result of human misperception of mundane stimulus or something more exotic such as a transpersonal virtual reality communications mechanism, or planetary poltergeist (with or without its own consciousness or self-directing autonomy), human belief in alien Others create cults, religions, and social movements of significance. Even in the absence of specific documentation declaring and funding UFO deception programs, it is clear that a wide variety of human agencies have manipulated the superstitions and myths surrounding stories of contact with non-human entities; folklore has been weaponized as a means to various ends.
We know that despite there being “no evidence of a direct threat to national security” the infamous CIA sponsored Scientific Advisory Panel on UFOs (the Robertson panel) formally suggested debunking the phenomenon to “reduce the current gullibility of the public and consequently their susceptibility to clever hostile propaganda,”  going so far as to suggest the Disney corporation be involved in such public re-education – which is intriguing considering Disney animator Ward Kimball worked with Von Braun, was an original founding board member of the Fund for UFO Research, and claimed that the Air Force approached Disney to produce alien acclimatization films.  And what about Walt Disney Studios Director of Educational Research, Robert S. Carr, whom Vallee claims worked for Disney on classified projects  and later became a regional director for NICAP?
One of the other outcomes of the Robertson Panel was the CIA memo from H. Marshall Chadwell to the Director of Central Intelligence urging “the psychological strategy board immediately investigate possible offensive or defensive utilization of the phenomena for psychological warfare purposes both for and against the United States.”
Certainly we have evidence of several human agencies attempting such manipulation through popular culture as reported in Robbie Graham and Dr. Matthew Alford’s A History of Government Management of UFO Perceptions through Film and Television, wherein they document the Robertson Panel’s debunking influence more than a dozen years later on the CBS TV broadcast of UFOs: Friend, Foe, or Fantasy? (1966 – narrated by Walter Cronkite) and Pentagon employee Chief Master Sgt. Mike Gasparetto’s recognition of the 2007 Spielberg production of Transformers, as “a great recruiting tool.” They also documented the history of US government and military bait and switch operations in which filmmakers are offered tantalizing evidence of UFOs and alien reality as part of apparent acclimatization efforts, only to renege at the last moment. 
More recently we have pop-punk singer turned UFO disclosure spokesperson Tom DeLonge claiming contact with military sources feeding him information verifying a wide variety of UFO myths. However, thanks to the WikiLeaks release of John Podesta’s emails, we have record of DeLonge perhaps giving us a truer hint at what his military mentors are really after. DeLonge says in an email to Podesta, “This project is about changing the cynical views of youth towards government.” 
We have over 15 years of evidence of elaborate campaigns conducted by both corporate and non-governmental organizations utilizing people’s interest in UFOs, the paranormal, and conspiracies for viral / stealth marketing and alternate reality gaming; from the Majestic ARG  in 2001 to the Fourth Kind movie (resulting in Universal Pictures paying out $22,500 to the Alaska Press Club and Calista Scholarship Fund for its use of ‘fake news’ and websites promoting the false storyline)  to the MacMillan Space Centre’s viral marketing UFO drone hoax  in 2013 and the faked green fireball video and crashed alien-craft sight for a FutureLife smart-drink ad campaign in South Africa  in December 2015.
Tension surrounding any subject can lead to very negative behavior and outcomes. Within the UFO literature there are obvious tensions surrounding the issues of race, ridicule, and sovereignty of nation states and individuals; not to mention the potential domination and subjugation resulting from encountering a technologically superior species. The manipulation of such tensions is the domain of public relations both commercial and political.
Researchers Wendt and Duvall point out in their 2008 paper, “Sovereignty and the UFO,” that state institutions are inherently threatened by the very possibility of such potential otherworldly political actors due to the anthropocentric structure of modern rule. Such alien interlopers violate our airspace and populations at will and call into question the relevance of individual state sovereignty in favor of potential global governance in the face of potential off-world visitors. Thus the governing structures have had to ignore the phenomena and enforce the “UFO taboo.”
In the face of such empires of ignorance, Wendt and Duvall rightly advocate for (while acknowledging the dangers of) a militant agnostic resistance to the UFO taboo:
“… resistance must also be militant, by which we mean public and strategic, or else it will indeed be futile. … Modern rule and its metaphysics are extraordinarily resilient, so the difficulties of such resistance cannot be overstated. Those who attempt it will have difficulty funding and publishing their work, and their reputations will suffer. UFO resistance might not be futile but it is certainly dangerous, because it is resistance to modern sovereignty itself. In this respect militant UFO agnosticism is akin to other forms of resistance to governmentality” 
So in our attempts at understanding UFOs and possible contact with Alien Others, let us recognize the challenge of resisting and overcoming such taboos so that we may be free of both the cultural overlays imposed by our faulty perceptions and the perception management programs being waged against us, whether in furtherance of global governance or nationalistic independence and xenophobic tribalism. We as stewards of spaceship earth must no longer be ruled by false fears of counterfeit foes nor the manufactured machinations and stratagems of empires that seek to undermine our ability to truly see and understand whatever lies behind the UFO phenomenon.
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