Monday, December 5, 2016

It's About Time

"The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history."
- George Orwell, 1984

Ghost rocket era photo
released by Swedish army
70 years. That's how long it's been since intelligence analysts coined the term "ghost rockets" for select reports of aerial phenomena. Some UFO researchers eventually attributed the sightings to extraterrestrial visitation, a remarkably unsupported conclusion.

69 years. That's the amount of time since Kenneth Arnold reported seeing multiple unidentified flying objects while involved in an investigation of what turned out to be an extremely suspicious UFO case.

69 years is also the time since Project Seal, which had actually been discontinued, was misrepresented to the press as an ongoing top secret operation involving an airborne super weapon on the scale of the atomic bomb. Articles about the Arnold sighting and what would later prove to be the false weapons development story were in at least one instance published on the same newspaper page.

It's also been 69 years since the Roswell Army Air Field issued a press release stating the 509th Operations Group recovered a "flying disc," quickly followed by a second statement advising a "weather balloon" was retrieved. The story went on to - oh, never mind. Let's just say decades of unreliable research and unverified claims were followed by a hair brained mummy story and an unpublished debate.

Allen Dulles
63 years. That's how long since DCI Allen Dulles formally green lighted MKULTRA, a behavior modification project consisting of torture, drugs, hypnosis and involuntary human experimentation. It's been 53 years since the creation of the KUBARK interrogation manual which contained techniques for use on uncooperative detainees. It was 14 years since the Bush administration began using Guantanamo Bay as a prison, and seven years since ex-Bush official Lawrence B. Wilkerson told the AP most detainees were innocent and there was no meaningful attempt to discriminate who was transported to Cuba for interrogation. Two years is how long since the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released its 500-page summary of the still classified 6,000-page CIA torture report, and it's been a little over a year since publication of the Hoffman Report, a document calling into serious question the relationship between the CIA and American Psychological Association. It was about a year ago the ACLU filed a lawsuit against two psychologists who developed "enhanced interrogation techniques" for the Agency, and it's been a few days since writer and researcher Joseph Hickman, who served in the 629th Military Intelligence Battalion at Guantanamo Bay, stated in an interview that ideas about operations and techniques used at Gitmo came from the MKULTRA program. For more info see the work of Jeffrey Kaye, the reporting of Jason Leopold, and the Seton Hall Law Center paper, Guantanamo: America's Battle Lab, among other sources.

60 years is the length of time it's been since the FBI launched Counterintelligence Program, or COINTELPRO. It was a brutal effort, later acknowledged by the FBI to be "rightfully criticized," to "expose, disrupt and otherwise neutralize" targeted organizations. About a month is how long it's been since the FBI director questionably chose to formally announce an investigation of a presidential candidate while failing to disclose the Bureau's quite likely investigation of a rival candidate

David Jacobs
Over half a century. It's now been 53 years since Dr. Benjamin Simon employed hypnosis with Betty and Barney Hill. In spite of all the material now published by qualified experts establishing hypnosis as extremely ineffective as a memory enhancer - and the fact Dr. Simon was reportedly treating trauma, not conducting a UFO investigation - a segment of the UFO community continues to promote hypnosis-induced testimonies as accurate interpretations of objective reality. It's been some 40 years since Leo Sprinkle influenced the genre with his hypnotic regressions, 35 years since Budd Hopkins employed hypnosis to establish himself as a supposed UFO expert, and 20+ years since former MUFON Director of Abduction Research John Carpenter covertly provided Robert Bigelow with data, including recordings of hypnosis sessions, from case files of alleged alien abductees in exchange for cash. It was six years ago the story broke that amateur hypnotist David Jacobs instructed Emma Woods during telephone hypnosis sessions to tell people she suffers from multiple personality disorder, consider wearing a chastity belt - that he could send her - as a strategy for dealing with alleged ET-human hybrids, and mail him her unwashed underpants without thinking about it afterwards. Jacobs rather incredibly described himself as an advocate of scientific methodology. 

27 years ago Bill Moore, while delivering his keynote speech at the annual MUFON con, told attendees he collaborated with Richard Doty and additional undisclosed members of the intelligence community to publish disinformation directed at Paul Bennewitz and the collective UFO community.

Vance Davis of the GB6
26 years ago half a dozen NSA intel analysts deserted their posts in West Germany and lit out for Florida to protect the world from the Antichrist. Claiming to be under the direction of aliens and Mother Mary, the group, dubbed the Gulf Breeze Six, was eventually taken into custody - under arguably unusual circumstances - literally down the street from where the annual MUFON con had just wrapped up. The late Philip Coppens reported that when the case was declassified, 1400 of its 1600 pages were withheld.    

20 years is how long we've been tolerating fantastic stories of Skinwalker Ranch since an article ran in the Eugene Register-Guard. The article stated property owner Robert Bigelow declined an interview, while CIA consultant and non-lethal weapons expert John Alexander told the newspaper details of how or why research was being conducted would not be provided. Former ranch owner Terry Sherman said Bigelow had him sign a nondisclosure agreement. It was five years ago James Carrion wrote he and an accompanying scientist were denied access to the ranch, and Bigelow, during dealings with MUFON, moved funds on behalf of an undisclosed financial sponsor, the identity of which was revealed only to John Schuessler, but not to the rest of the MUFON board of directors.

It's been over three years since UFO disclosure activist Steve Bassett stated, "The goal of the Citizen Hearing on Disclosure is the end of the truth embargo in 2013," and two years since he announced a "concentrated three-month effort" which, if followed by Congressional hearings, would make it "quite likely the truth embargo will collapse." It's been six months since Bassett declared, "We are going to get disclosure this year," adding that he was 85 percent sure Obama would make an announcement before leaving office.

Atacama humanoid, featured in Stephen Greer film 
Two years ago Stephen Greer, who considers himself the father of the disclosure movement, released a crowdfunded film that would once and for all blow the lid off UFO secrecy. A year ago he initiated crowdfunding for a film that would once and for all blow the lid off UFO secrecy.

Last week Gene Steinberg, a podcaster who's perpetually spinning one suspicious story or other about why everyone should send him their money, wrote his e-list that he's falling behind on rent for a residence he urged them to send him cash to obtain in the first place about two months ago. 

You were right if you chose less than a week on the over/under on how long it would take the new International Association of UAP Researchers (IAUAPR) to stumble into public relations problems. Just a few days after issuing a release about its intentions to up ufology's game via such activities as accepting and reviewing research papers, the group's organizer became entangled in social media flame-throwing about proper protocol for conducting professional research.

Right now - as Van Halen put it - Tom DeLonge is promoting work which includes an upcoming film framing the U.S. intelligence community as heroic for its cover-up of alleged aliens. He says he has high level sources in his disclosure camp. Good thing, 'cause we're obviously an extremely discriminating bunch about where we get our information.


  1. Thank you for your painstaking work keeping track of the crappola of UFOlogy for the masses.

  2. Ufology was and still is a small, fringe subculture that's never posed a major threat. I seriously doubt all that mind control activity was ever aimed at this subculture or was meant to create one. That's a hell of lot of money to spend on manipulating a relatively small number of people, many of whom aren't exactly representative of the larger population (remember, there's always been a big "woo woo" contingent in the UFO community).

    More likely the UFO myth was created, kept alive, and encouraged by the military and intelligence communities because in a much less technologically sophisticated era it worked well as a cover for sightings of military/intelligence hardware R&D and spy planes, ones belonging to us and ones belonging to other governments (I don’t buy the fiction that US air space is or ever has been inviolable). Since people are more sophisticated about technology today, they’re less likely to assume or believe something they can’t identify is alien and more likely to think it’s a piece of advanced terrestrial tech (say, a cool new type of drone). So the UFO cover's been retired because it’s no longer useful. As a result, UFOs are now a dying horse that can't be whipped back to life.

    All of the mind manipulation is concerning, distressing, disturbing, and frightening. But it’s a subject of its own separate from UFOs. I find it hard to believe it was ever targeted or applied to the UFO community regularly or routinely. Let’s be honest here, Ufologists and believers aren’t nearly as important as they’ve always liked to think they are.

    There may have been some occasional intersections between Ufology and these mind control activities (a small handful of individuals might have gotten the "treatment” over the years – Bennewitz? - because they came close to inadvertently revealing secrets). But thinking it through, mind control was after far bigger fish not about making people believe Earth is being visited by Reptilians and little gray guys from Alpha Centauri who take them in the night. If MILABS ever were conducted for these experiments, they were likely limited to individuals who met a specific profile as well as an equal number of random subjects (the control group). I would bet not all subjects would receive the false memory that they’d been abducted by aliens and different non-ET memories would be implanted as well based on subject susceptibility to variety of scenarios.

    As for De Longe, yeah, he’s probably being manipulated because he wants to believe. Since we don't see UFOs "catching fire" as they did in the past, the purpose or results of his ramblings are hard to discern. Who’s to say the person feeding him information isn’t one bubble off plumb himself (folies a deux)? On the other hand, If this is an actual intelligence operation, it might not even be meant for US internal consumption since it’s not having any impact other than the brief, below-the-fold coverage of De Longe’s leaked (and likely unsolicited) e-mails to Podesta, which was very quickly supplanted and overshadowed by the renewed FBI investigation of Clinton and Trump’s ongoing Twitter rants. De Longe’s utterances seem to be taken seriously only by the UFO community where he’s preaching to the choir anyway.

    1. I think you make some valid points, PG. Some related thoughts:

      I can appreciate and empathize with you investing the effort in posting a lengthy enough comment to try to adequately express yourself. I find it to be an ongoing challenge to address complex material without constantly starting back at the beginning, providing lengthy overviews and so on.

      I was recently sharing with a friend that if I were to do an interview on likely explanations for reported UFOs and related phenomena, and if the material offered was in proper proportion to what actually takes place, then I'd estimate that about 55 minutes of an hour interview would be dedicated to topics ranging from optical illusions to cultural conditioning. The last five minutes would address more unusual possibilities, with a few seconds allocated to the ETH. We all know it's what's in that five minutes that people find most interesting, even if it possibly represents only a small percentage of reports, but the disclaimer and overview indeed deserve visiting from time to time. I'd like to think I do that adequately, maybe even better than most.

      My personal interests have evolved to include the overlapping of the intelligence and UFO communities – whatever the reasons for those intersections may prove to be. I've come to think it a worthy area of study, and I currently hold the opinion that we will not conclusively know the specifics until we dig enough to find out.

      To try to assist you in taking the discussion a little deeper, I'd say I agree completely that many classified operations had nothing at all to do with targeting the UFO community – and may have nonetheless substantially effected it. As an example of such potential dynamics I often think of the Argo saga: The UFO community would have been turned on its ear had it discovered the CIA was sponsoring a film production studio which purchased an alien-themed script. Researchers could not in their wildest dreams have accurately guessed the actual reasons for employing cover as scifi filmmakers in Hollywood was an operation in Iran. As a matter of fact, they'd have been minimized as conspiracy theorists for suggesting it.

      I similarly suspect past and present ops might effect pop culture, and the UFO community, in ways many of us have only begun to imagine, and I think the ETH mindset serves to derail competent research, whether by design or otherwise. I suspect we agree that the most effective ways to learn about such things are through systematic research, and that both sides of the aisle tend to intentionally exclude certain relevant points from their often biased, entertainment-based discourse (and I'm talking about supposed skeptics here as much as credulous believers).

      Thanks for your interest and comments. They're appreciated.

  3. Its also been 64 years since George Adamski met Orthon in the Mojave Desert; 62-years ago Buck Nelson was taken to the Moon and Venus; 59 years since Life Magazine documented the Giant Rock UFO Conventions, which were larger than anything today; and less than one year ago when attendees at the International UFO Congress were introduced to hybrids giving a presentation on stage, shortly before Barbara Lamb was given an achievement award.

    I have a certain fondness for the days when the Space People just wanted us to live in world peace - before the Grays showed up - and an alien could be named in a divorce proceeding. But has anything really changed that much?

    1. We could indeed go on at length. Stubblebine, Remote Viewing, Stargate, Doty, Serpo, MJ12 docs, etc., etc., etc.

      And may we never forget that the same activity, hypnosis, used as an interrogation technique by the IC to influence testimony and in all likelihood solicit false confessions, is employed as an investigative tool among alien abduction researchers!

  4. I came across a good read wich falls write in line with Coln Bennettes Meme wars: we have an agenda
    that uses the writer Jorge Luis Borge as the sin que non of his thesis..
    we see the same reality reconstruction by Karl Rove
    Years ago, or so we’re told, a reclusive southern businessman, contemptuous of the world around him, decided to invent a country of his own. Using his vast fortune, he bankrolled a secretive organization of writers and intellectuals whose mission was to construct nothing less than every last detail of an alternate reality, similar to our own in many ways, but more orderly and elegant, in which anything could come true as long as enough people believed in it. The result was an enormously convincing fictional world, and its reception exceeded its creator’s most optimistic expectations. Presented with such a beautiful falsehood, the rest of humanity gratefully embraced the illusion. It began to study, teach, and debate a totally imaginary history and science, until the real thing, neglected, was all but forgotten.
    This is the plot of “Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius,” one of the most famous stories by the Argentine fabulist Jorge Luis Borges, who belongs on any short list of the greatest writers of the 20th century. Borges has a lot of admirers, including me, but if the story above seems uncomfortably familiar, it may be due to the influence of one of his most avid fans. He’s a man who, in response to a Proust questionnaire in Vanity Fair, put Borges at the top of an alphabetical catalog of beloved authors, and playfully named the real Borges as his favorite hero of fiction. He mentions Borges prominently on his website, with an approving nod to the story about “the encyclopedia on a nation that doesn’t exist,” and in a video promoting one of his own books, although he has trouble pronouncing Borges’s name correctly. He is Karl Rove.

    Rove refers to this story as involving “a lottery in Baghdad,” a Freudian slip of epic proportions.)

    These ideas find their fullest expression in “Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius.” In the fictional world invented by Borges’s army of scholars, the only science is psychology, and an idea, or even a physical object, can become real if enough people believe it exists. Rove has put this principle into action more aggressively than any other political figure in recent memory. It lurks behind the push polls in the South Carolina primary calculated to plant the rumor that John McCain had fathered a black child, and in the White House Iraq Group, chaired by Rove, designed to sell the public on the supposed threat of Saddam Hussein—a more targeted version of Orbis Tertius, with its secret group of intellectuals “directed by an obscure man of genius.”

    1. Hey, Manny. Hope you're doing well! Reminds me of the quote attributed to DCI William Casey during a 1981 staff meeting, "We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false."

  5. Well done Mr Brewer. Your writing goes from strength to strength and you are one amongst a very few of whom keep my spirits alive and give me hope that this subject isn't quite yet dead in the water.

    Re: purrlgurrl

    Yes, you are correct in saying that Ufology is a small, fringe subculture. In my opinion, the psyops are designed and targeted with the widespread influencing of culture and thought in mind. This means that at least some of this UFO business is serious business.

    We aren't going to get real UFO Disclosure. But might we be being lead towards what I will now call psyop Disclosure? The two things are very different. Is this what the DeLonge/Podesta malarkey is about?

    When one considers the scale of the defence and black budget programs, would it even matter if the aliens/threat were real or imaginary? The successful selling of the concept to those in power and the general pubic would potentially trigger justification for literally billions of dollars worth of spending.

    I used to believe that there was no money in UFOs.

    Now I firmly believe there are literally trillions of dollars in them there lights in the sky. That's not to suggest that I don't think there's a genuine component to the UFO mystery. Just that I think there are far more down to earth reasons for any political or power structure maneuvering that may be occurring. After all, the main theme so far of the DeLonge delusion is that the military-industrial complex are awesome!

    How punk is that exactly?

    1. De Longe: I don't think he's convincing anybody of anything. I offer as evidence our President-Elect, who for all intents and purposes not only IS but ran as a government outsider. And many like him because they're totally fed up and angry with the government. They love his slash and burn approach to politics and policies.

      Woo boy, now it appears he might be taking aim at the CIA. This should be fun.

      So whatever the motivation for De Longe's statements, only the relatively small UFO community is taking any serious note of them.

    2. I disagree. The Disney film, Emenegger, DeLonge; these projects are little to do with the UFO subculture, but more to do with influencing mainstream culture. Look at the headlines in the mainstream press DeLonge (and Psyop Disclosure) have scored. To many people the UFO term is now synonymous with ET life. Period.

  6. Hi Jack..Keep digging! These folx have a bigger sense of entitlement than all the EBT cardholders put together.

    “Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: but in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him” (Acts 10:34-35, King James Version).

    Replace God with Deep State and it all falls into place!
    Dec 8, 2016 5:51 PM

    Georgia Accuses Homeland Security Of Attempting To Hack State's Election Database

    “At no time has my office agreed to or permitted DHS to conduct penetration testing or security scans of our network. Moreover, your department has not contacted my office since this unsuccessful incident to alert us of any security event that would require testing or scanning of our network.”

    Reckon they suspected Ruskis are voting in GA?. :D

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  8. There are two components of history; the objective-factual component and the subjective-interpretative component. While the objective-factual component can be established as true or not true, it is not particularly interesting or informative.

    The other component is a subjective-interpretive component. It can not be established as either completely true or completely false. Despite the difficulty of verifying the accuracy of the subjective-interpretive component, it is the most interesting part of history.

    As an example, it is an undisputed fact that in May of 1940, German troops temporarily halted their offensive operations on the outskirts of Dunkirk, and most of the BEF was able to evacuate the city.

    What is open to interpretation is the reason for their delay. Was it because Goering asked Hitler to allow the Luftwaffe to destroy the British? Did Hitler order the troops to halt because he was hoping for an armistice with Britain? Was it because he viewed the British as fellow Aryans and disliked killing them? Or, was it part of a power struggle between Hitler and General von Rundstedt? Or, was it due to all of the above or none of the above?

    Propaganda usually consists of variations of the subjective-interpretative component of history. All of us have different explanations and understanding as to why something happened. However, distorting the objective-factual components of history is the most blatant and evil type of propaganda and is unforgivable. Throughout WWII, Germans were told, and believed, that Polish troops invaded Germany first. In the 1960s, the American people were told, and believed, that the USS Maddox was attacked a second time by Vietnamese craft. In fact, it had not. In 2001, the American people were told, and believed, that the Iraqis possessed operational Weapons of Mass Destruction. In fact, they did not.

    Intelligent individuals are able to question or discount subjective-interpretative components to historical events. However, when the objective-factual components are falsified, it becomes impossible to escape propaganda. We can argue or discuss whether or not Saddam Hussein would actually use the WMDs he possessed, and a variety of opinions may be legitimately held. I can understand propaganda claiming that we should invade to destroy these weapons. However, if the entire premise that he actually possesses WMDs is false, we have been unforgivably misled.

  9. Dr. Steven Greer is the only one who has a handle on the truth of the UFO/ETI phenomenon as well as the hear of many governments, intelligence agencies, military officials, scientists, astronauts and cosmonauts, private industrialists, etc. In other words you don't get to command this sort of attention unless you are accurate in your assessments,understand the finer nuances of this phenomenon and have actually established contact and communications with many different ETI. Dr. Greer is on the fore front of this phenomenon, a true pioneer in this field and is deserving of respect!