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DeWilde, saw a craft that had landed and two occupants of it, French police and Air Force Intelligence regard the object as unidentified. (Photo courtesy of. UFO cults praying to the skies secret "psychotronic" weapons for bending the human mind. The evidence Jacques Vallee reveals, after many years of scientific investigation, adds up to something more menacing than monsters from outer space. MESSENGERS OF DECEPTION UFO CONTACTS. Documents Similar To Jacques Vallee - Messengers of Deception. Jacques Vallee - UFOs - The Psychic Solution () Jacques Vallee - Messengers of Deception - UFO Contacts and Cults ().

Not only have these issues continued to simmer under the surface while UFO believers basked in their benign expectation of aliens from the stars, but a veritable mass conversion has taken place among the public and the media elite, The belief in extraterrestrial visitation is practically taken for granted among wide sections of the population, and especially among the young. While the hypothesis of alien contact is an exciting one; justified on the basis. The present text is [he third American edition. I believe that UFOs are physically reaL They represent a fantastic technology controlled by an unknown form of consciousness. But I also believe that it would be dangerous to jump to premature conclusions about their origin and nature, because the phenomenon serves as the vehicle for images that can be manipulated to promote belief systems tending to the long-term transformation of human society" I have tried to identify some of the manipulators and to highlight their activities, which range from apparently harmless hoaxes such as the false professor George Adamski's meetings with Venusian spacemen to bloody expeditions that have littered the American landscape with the carcasses of mutilated animals. I have found disturbing evidence of dangerous sectarian activities linked to totalitarian philosophies. The ease with which journalists and even scientists can be seduced into indiscriminate promotion of such deceptions is staggering.

Schneider is a long-time professional civil servant. His urbane soft-spoken response brushes the question aside. Are we talking primarily about public relations, then, rather than science? Before our circumspect "Invisible College" a network of scientists who are privately investigating the mystery invests time and effort in presenting our data - probably the most detailed and best-Investigated set of UFO cases ever selected - we have to know these answers.

Is the government thinking of starting a new Project Blue Book? A new Condon Report? If so, we would certainly not participate. That would not leave the Science Adviser without assistance, however.

A file of papers on the desk contains letters from UFO groups, offers from contactees who want to tell the President about their "Space Brothers," recommendations to set up saucer observatories equipped with radar and lasers. They have spent lonely nights on hilltops waiting for visitors from the sky.. And some have returned claiming to have met them.

Eleven thirty. I leave the New Executive Office Building, calling to mind another conversation a few months earlier, with a member of the French Cabinet, The quiet apartment was the setting for a private discussion, which began with a review of French research on the subject, and drifted toward the possible causes of the.

If UFOs did not have an extraterrestrial cause, if they were not space visitors, then what? I suggested that the phenomenon, or at least its social effects, might be closely monitored by a human group - not necessarily a government. No analysis of the problem would be complete if it did not address the possibility that a group of unknown persons either influences the phenomenon itself or is using public reaction for its own purposes.

My host did not seem to think so. Standing by the window my friend looked at the darkening streets] then turned around to say,. But we know what human beings would do with such power. I have seen the effects of power, believe me, in my years in government. If your hypothesis turns out to be the answer, I will jump into the Seine without waiting for developments.

In the bright sun of Washington, the humid hazy air, I remember the chill of that conversation in Paris. Did I sense the same helplessness in the answers I have just heard?

The Carter administration is acting as if it is concerned only with responding to public interest in the subject. NASA will rapidly sense this attitude and will turn down the assignment.

The mood in Washington is far removed from the reality of a phenomenon which may be scaring farmers in Iowa right now, or playing with high-performance aircraft over Japan, Iran, and Spain. Washington is not partial to long-term analyses. Besides, the Potomac is not the Seine.. No one ever jumps from the Key Bridge. The topic of unidentified flying objects has always posed a thorny problem of public policy, but it has always been approached as a short-term question of public relations.

I have followed the application of this policy with interest, both in France and in the United States. When I first became interested in the sightings. At the time I was a student, had no access to good information, and could only wonder about government attitudes. I became seriously interested in , when I saw French astronomers erase a magnetic tape on which our satellite-tracking team had recorded eleven data points on an unknown flying object which was not an airplane, a balloon, or a known orbiting craft.

Better forget the whole thing. Let's not bring ridicule to the observatory; Let's not confess to the public that there is something we don't know. The main argument against UFOs at the time was that "astronomers don't see anything unexplained. Not only were we denying it, we had destroyed the data! I wanted to know how many of our colleagues were doing the same thing, how many sightings were swept aside, how many lay dormant in scientific or military files.

Air Force. I wrote a couple of books on the subject to summarize what I had found. There was a real phenomenon there, I concluded. And it might very well originate from outer space. The Washington policy at that time was not to ridicule the witnesses, but simply to claim that 98 per cent of all sightings had been explained by the Air Force. Why is it, I wondered that the "occupants" of UFOs behave so much like the denizens of fairy tales and the elves of ancient folklore?

Why is the picture we can form of their world so much closer to the medieval concept of Magonia, the magical land above the clouds, than to a description of an extraterrestrial planetary environment? And why are UFOs becoming a new religious form? I spent a year researching this. I could no longer regard the "flying saucers" as simply some sort of spacecraft or machine, no matter how exotic its propulsion. Back to my computer: In my spare time, I pursued my UFO studies, trying to find some pattern in the global distribution of slghtings.

The most clear result was that the phenomenon behaved like a conditioning process. The logic of conditioning uses absurdity and confusion to achieve its goal while hiding its mechanism. There is a similar structure in the UFO stories". I am beginning to perceive a coherent picture of the ' Hying saucer" phenomenon for the first time, now that I am pursuing the idea that UFOs may be a control system, and now that I am aware of their link to human consciousness.

I still think there is a genuine technology at work here, causing the effects witnesses are describing" But I am not ready to jump to the conclusion that it is the technology of some kind of "spacemen.

The first aspect is physical. The UFO behaves like a region of space, of small dimensions about 10 meters , within which a very large amount of energy is stored. This energy is manifested by pulsed light phenomena of intense colors, by other forms of electromagnetic radiation, and by microwaves that create distortions of the witnesses' sense of reality.

The second aspect is psychological. It is debatable whether anybody has seen the actual technology that supports the phenomenon. What is seen, and reported, is an image; that is, the perception of a UFO by a human witness. Reports of UFOs show all kinds of psychophysiological effects on the witnesses: Witnesses also show.

Exposure to the phenomenon causes visions; hallucinations, physiological effects, and long-tern personality changes.. Belief in the reality of lJ. FOs- is spreading rapidly at.. Books and periodicals on the subjectappear at an ever-increasing rate. FO; generation young men and women who were horn just. Expectations about life in the universe. Political andeconomic attitudes are changing, too. Marty' of the themes of yesterday's counterculture can be traced.

The experience of a closeencounter with a UFO is a shattering physical and mental. In this Canadian case, nearChapeau, Quebec, an area 27 feet In diameter was scorched. New types of behavior are conditioned, and new types of beliefs are promoted.

The social, political, and religious consequences of the experience are enormous if they are considered, not in the days or weeks following the sighting, but over the timespan of a generation. Could it be that such effects are actually intended, through some process of social conditioning? Could it be that both the believers and the skeptics are being manipulated? Is the public being deceived and led to false conclusions by someone who is using the UFO witnesses to propagate revolutionary new ideas?

One day in two friends met for lunch in a quiet Paris restaurant. One of them was a journalist with a long-standing interest in the UFO problem. The other was an intelligence officer with the French Air Force, who had enthusiastically promised, during a previous conversation, to find out all he could about the true state of affairs on the military side.

They sat down at a quiet table in a corner, far from curious ears. The officer took a long time in replying. Is our government hiding terrible secrets?

They don't know anything. I went to my American contacts. You see, it rests on a combination of trust and fear. People will transfer their fear and their trust to a different place. The question went unanswered as a waiter approached to take their order. When his friend had made his choice between the Sole Meuniere and the Entrecote the journalist continued: This thing is too big.

The journalist settled back in his chair, lacking the satisfaction of the simple conspiracy that he had frankly expected. What he had received was a problem of much more vast and subtle proportions. What this French officer didn't realize was that the impact could not be avoided indefinitely. UFOs continue to be seen in such large numbers that the public is forcing scientists and the military to examine the issue. But other, more subtle things are happening, roo.

They have to do with those who claim to have received direct knowledge from UFOs: Whenever a civilization approaches a dramatic turning point, some symbol or concept arises to crystallize that change. The shining eagle of the Roman legions, the Ternplars' cross on the sails. Manypeoplearound us today are preparing to greet it with delight, even if that means faUlng under the. These people are the-UFO' contactees and the believers In celestlal visitarion, the followers. In either case, the implications are serious.

It is not because of their numbers or because of their leaders thirst for power that the followers of such sects will be especially influentiaL Our institutions are vulnerable to the spreading belief in the irrationaL People like Gregory do offer us a new dream, but it is so far from reality that it could easily turn into a complete fantasy. Here is a sample of his writing, of his pseudo-historical "revelations" received from wise beings who fly through outer space:.

For the purpose of assembling the high consciousness required to conceive and establish this new Union, God sent His son Melchizedek, one time Lord of Salem, unto Christopher Columbus. The Earth is the property of one group of saucers that controls this end of the universe, and they call themselves the Brothers, and they are the ones who brought the Christ on Earth years ago..

They told us they would. Before we reject these views as examples of harmless lunacy, we should observe that people once had the same view of the Church of Scientology. Indeed, the inventor of Dianetics is said to have practiced ritual magic with a rocket expert named Jack Parsons, who met in the Mojave Desert in a "Spiritual Being ' whom he regarded as a Venusian.

People also used to reject completely the beliefs of the Mormon Church, whose founder would today be. For every individual who is openly identified as a contactee, how many more have received what they regard as a "secret illumination"?

It is apparent that the transformation they undergo can strike at any place and at any age. Is it purely random, then, or do the UFOs select their "victims"? Does it spread like an epidemic, or does it develop like a psychosis? Although one group of contactees was studied in detail by sociologist Leon Festinger in his book When Prophecy Fails , we do not really know the answers to these. What we do know is that their transformation releases ideas that challenge established structures,.

The followers of modern UFO cults are often persons who, like Gregory, have become disenchanted with science and technology. Scientific reluctance to consider valid claims of paranormal phenomena is slowly driving many people to accept any claim of superior or mystical contact.

The voice of science has lied too often. A large fraction of the public has tuned it out completely. The social sciences have not yet achieved an understanding of the process by which new religious experiences arise and new sects become influential churches; also, revolutionary cultural changes often appear at first as the UFO sects do today to be irrational, absurd, and contemptible, There is an historical parallel for this disenchantment with rationalism.

To the educated disciples of Aristotle and Plato, many religious writings such as the Apocalypse of St. John must have looked like laughable tissues of delusions unworthy of scholarly examination. Aime Michel, the noted French author, has pointed out that none of these brilliant minds speculated for a second that such "lunacy," spreading among their ignorant slaves, might eventually spell the end of the Classical World.

In the nineteenth century, the religious establishment laughed when a young man named Joseph Smith followed the orders given to him by an angel of light named Moroni and founded the Mormon. Today we find it easy to laugh at the UFO contactees like Gregory because they are still isolated.

We dismiss the phenomenon that fuels their beliefs as a mental aberration derived from a physical mirage. Scientists joke about the strange lights reported by housewives, and refuse to study the genuinely unexplained phenomena that are contained, for example, in the files of the u.

As for the claims of the contactees who believe they have been aboard the "vehicles," the scientists simply know this cannot be true! By blatantly dismissing these claims, they are ignoring some of the hard lessons of man's spiritual history.

For in the words of sociologists Glock and Stark, Hall religious experiences, from the dimmest to the most frenzied, constitute occasions defined by those experiencing them as an encounter between themselves and some supernatural consciousness.

Faced with the new wave of experiences of UFO contact, our religions do seem obsolete. Our idea of the church as a social entity working within rational structures is obviously challenged by the claim of a direct communication with visible beings who are endowed with supernatural powers. Some modern preachers have already recognized this challenge. V Fundamentalist Presbyterian radio preacher Dr. But why restrict our interest to the traditional view of angels? Who is likely to be the underdog in the conflict between the old myths of rationalism and the new myths of revelation from space?

I am afraid human reason has much to lose. The history of man is not one of smooth, continuous development. Rationalism, on which modern scientific thought is based, had to fight long and hard to establish itself Once in power, however, it has fallen into complacency, has become unwilling to recognize the occurrence of the irrational.

I think Airne Michel is correct when he draws our attention to early confrontations of this kind. Western culture went through such a confrontation when the fanatics of the early Church destroyed the Greek scientific establishment:. The conversion which humanity underwent in antiquity was prepared by the collapse of the ancient religion, began in the middle of the Hellenistic period and went on with ever greater strength under the Empire, until it was perfected in the victory of Christianity and the passing of the ancient culture into the Middle Ages,.

Nilsson in his book Greek Piety. During this grave crisis, the Greek rationalists proved to be incapable of recognizing the cultural changes around them and fell into a thousand-year darkness.

What form did the conflict take? It was a conversion from rationalism to mysticism: The real counter-culture of today is not one of new lifestyles and radical attitudes. The counter-culture of UFO contact is more durable, more subtle, because it is not tied to a particular social group or age bracket.

If the Science Adviser to the President ever decides to ponder seriously the policy questions posed by the UFO phenomenon, he might begin with the observation that the modern world faces spiritual bankruptcy because of its failure to deal with the irrational. What the barbarians did to the works of Plato and Aristotle, some new cults may very well do to modern science and philosophy, Airne Michel once wrote to me in a depressed mood:. All of this has happened before, complete with occupation of scientific citadels by "contactees' and with gradual replacement of experimental doubt by faith and superstition.

What strikes me most is the contempt in which the intellectuals of the time held their enemies. They found themselves killed or at least thrown out into the street before they could realize what was going on..

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The whole idea [of blind faith] had seemed so ridiculous to them that they had not even bothered to seek information about it. A young man who has spent months on the trail of contactee cult leaders "Bo and Peep" recently sent me a pathetic tape. His appeal was direct and profound:. I am confused now. I go through periods of emotional agitation. I represent a person who is going through what normal people call a depression, or a difficult period.. But I have gone through these difficult periods enough times so that now it's quite creative.

I know I'm confused. I'm really asking you for help. After two weeks with these girls on this Bo and Peep thing, I got. I got as subtle as I believe my mind is capable of getting. I had to let go, give up believing that I could know. So I was driven to other faculties. Faith is one of them.

I do have faith in the process, in the Gods beings more evolved than us, in Hying saucers or not. And we pray to them in our language, we pray for specific things. The cult this young man has joined will be described in more detail in Chapter 4. I hope that he will find in this book some answers to his tragic puzzlement. His adventure makes obvious the depth of the emotions that the UFO counter-culture can generate and channel.

This "counter-culture" of modern contactees comes at a time when science has already shut itself off from the common man. At the same time science has the power to determine the future of humanity.

It can destroy our planet. For all practical purposes, there is no longer any meaningful communication between the man in the street and the frontiers of research where such power is generated and controlled.

The language of each discipline has become an esoteric jargon that cannot be penetrated even by someone with an advanced education in another field. Scientists are often socially and geographically isolated. This isolation of knowledge is matched by the failure of other social structures. Here, too the parallel with ancient Greece is interesting. Under these conditions - so similar to those of the Western world today, in which human government is regarded with suspicion and in which education of the ' emerging nations" by the affiuent ones is nonexistent - what did the Greeks do?

This sense of failure, this progressive loss of hope in the world, in sober calculation, and in organized human effort, threw the Greek back upon his own soul, upon the pursuit of personal holiness, upon emotions, mysteries, and revelations, upon the comparative neglect of this transitory and imperfect world for the sake of some dream world far off.

A dream world for off. In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, a group leader attempting to start a new cult based on revelation was likely to be opposed by the combined powers of church and state.

Modern contact cults find fewer obstacles. The intolerance that destroyed early heresies has gone out of fashion in our society. A more humane attitude prevails toward groups with extreme beliefs. The media seek colorful theories to feed the public's expectations of miraculous "breakthroughs. While doing research into the theories of occult groups in California some of which I joined as a "participant-observer' to learn their views about UFOs , I did not find a single group that had a consistent belief system, but neither did I find one that did not claim to have had some form of "contact" with an alien form of intelligence.

I am not at the moment a member of any such. The public is already cynical about the roles and values of government, science, and the military establishment. The mere statement that unknown objects are penetrating our atmosphere and maneuvering at will would further erode the people's confidence in all political structures. It would generate fear in many sectors.. Consequently, governments in every country are trying to avoid such potential effects by censoring information about unexplained phenomena, as the discussion in the Paris restaurant quoted earlier indicates.

But I doubt that censorship can long be effective in the face of continued sightings by the public. I think that UFOs represent an objective reality that we can study only by revolutionizing existing disciplines. Confronting the irrational means promoting pioneer research in physics and biology. We also need to begin a kind of research that will take UFO data as empirical observations and try to use them to initiate an interaction with the phenomenon itself And we should do this now, before the new myth is created, before the myth of extraterrestrial revelation replaces belief in the rational acquisition of knowledge.

Sooner or later, the emotions stored in the UFO phenomenon will be released. What kind of social reaction will appear then? There may be new churches, new political movements.

Although these projects would do nothing to explain the observations of unusual objects on Earth, they might deflect some of the public pressure the observations are creating. Such projects might be an astute political move to prepare the public for other things to come, a wise form of life insurance for rationalists attempting to preserve their own power.

But they could never solve the spiritual. The real consequences will be much more complex, and will go much deeper. I propose: Have we allowed our need for rationalism to become so much like a dogma that it cannot afford the open discussion of such possibilities? The idea of contact with "alien" intelligences has acquired an explosive quality that goes far beyond the ludicrous appearance of a few fanatical statements by isolated believers.

But it must be faced - precisely because it is so potentially dangerous. UFOs are extremely important to contemporary civilization because irrational forces are an integral part of the nature of man. These forces can be recognized; once they are recognized they can be nurtured and used. The subtle power of groups like the contactees lies in the unwillingness of existing structures to recognize the reality of new phenomena and the need for change.

This failure makes it necessary for each individual to deal with the challenge on his own spiritual level.

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. The contactees are a part of that machinery. They are helping to create a new form of belief an expectation of actual contact among large parts of the public. In turn this expectation makes millions of people hope for the imminent realization of that age-old dream: With the release of popular UFO movies many people who previously were skeptics have begun to jump on this bandwagon 1'1' outer space.

I wish them bon voyage. However, if you take t he: This role may be very important if. Are the manipulators, in the final analysis, nothing more than a group of humans who have mastered a very advanced form of power? Let me summarize my conclusions thus far. Part One of this book will assemble the arguments against the idea that UFOs come from outer space.

Part Two will expand the discussion to a subject that is shunned by all UFO researchers - politics. For if UFOs make an impact on our social reality, they are bound to change our political realities as welL This discussion will lead to a new "model" of what is happening, a model in which UFOs appear against the background of a worldwide manipulation operation. Part Three will show the brutal consequences of this model: A friend who read this book in manuscript advised me not to publish it: The panel of investigators which the magazine maintains to review UFO cases - a committee on which leading civilian research groups are represented - has decided that the link between UFOs and the mutilators was an idea whose time had not yet come.

All the UFO groups have avoided the issue. It is time, perhaps, to take a long look at the facts. There is in many of USJ obviously, a deep-seated desire to assent to extraterrestrial forces - to be embraced by them, overwhelmed by them, and if possible deprived by them of our own weary responsibility for ourselues. People wonder if they looked like an outer-space deal. I told them I didnt know what "an outer-space deal" looked like, but I do know this was made in America; I am sure.

It had a plain old G. J would know the man if I saw him in Chicago tomorrow. What gets me is that if they are supposed to be such secrets why do they put themselves in a compromising situation? Being near a highway - he did not have to be there; there wasn't any point in being there.

Seated between Dr. Carl Sagan and an astronaut, he describes the two robots who came down to take him into the UFO. There was a big machine with an eye, and it examined him. Ufological experts across America pull out their yellow pads and consult their data bases.

The fisherman has been hypnotized by an engineer who learned the technique in his spare time and who assures us that the experience was real. A UFO "expert," having interviewed the witness in a room full of screaming reporters, has seen the truthfulness of his reactions by the light of their flashbulbs.

This is what America is being told - and it happens to be what America wants to hear. This man, we are asked to believe, is adding to the knowledge we have of other worlds. The ufologists are cross-indexing his every. In their view there is no room for doubt: Sagan, now making small talk with the astronaut who, by the way, may have seen a UFO in space , has obviously observed the landing of a spacecraft, and has been abducted by its robot occupants.

The time has come to challenge this statement. I do not need a lie-detector test to know the witness is describing what he saw. But I don't buy the story that he saw a spacecraft from another planet,. The study of UFOs is very much like American politics in one respect: In politics, you can be only a Democrat or a Republican.

In ufology, either you don't believe in UFOs at all, or you believe they are spacecraft from another planet. But are these necessarily the only two possibilities? If UFOs are real, is it obvious they are spacecraft? For many years the best cases of unexplained sightings were of disks that appeared to be metallic of large size, and capable of fantastic acceleration. They frequently disappeared by going straight up out of the witness' view, suggesting that they were going "home' to another planet.

Their occupants were wearing diving suits and walked awkwardly. The French press of , for instance, was fuJI of reports about ' the robots" and ' the Martians," The consensus among UFO researchers in the '60s was that we were probably dealing with space visitors.

The idea, at the time, was revolutionary. Scientists like Carl Sagan pointed out that space visitations, if they occurred at all, would be very rare" Other scientists, like Donald Menzel, rejected the whole idea because even the nearest stars are too far away for interstellar travel to be feasible, even at high speeds.

All such arguments are valid only if one assumes that "their" science has not superseded in any fundamental way the. Phoro courtesy of United Press International. In fact. It could have had many" centuries of development beyond our own science.. We need to examine closely the so-called "evidence,' to decide whether or not it contributes anything to the.

In my own files I currently have approximately 2, cases of close encounters from every country on Earth, many of them involving occupants of various sizes and shapes. It may seem that 2, cases in some 20 years is not a very large number, but we are talking only about the cases that were actually reported. It is possible to calculate how many landings this represents if, as the contactees claim, UFOs are spacecraft whose occupants happened to be surprised by witnesses who wandered onto the scene as the craft was being repaired or as the crew was conducting some exploration of our planet.

To make this estimation we must take into account three factors: Most landings are reported to take place after 6: The frequency distributions that my computer studies have disclosed for every continent show this activity peaking at about There are few reports after 6: What could this mean? That the activity of the objects is nocturnal by nature and by choice. Then why do the reports decrease in frequency around midnight?

Simply because people go to bed: Then let us ask the question: We would have to multiply the number of cases by a factor of Now, this last figure does not begin to approximate the actual number of events, because we know from many independent studies l hat only one case in ten ever gets reported. Then we should have not 30, but , cases in our files! But this still isn't the whole story: Again; taking a conservative multiplying factor of ten leads us to the staggering conclusion that the UFOs, if they are spacecraft engaged in a general survey of our planet, must have landed here no fl-wer than three million times in two decades].

This is one of the little-recognized facts of the UFO problem t hat any theory has yet to explain. The theory of random visitation does not explain it. Either the UFOs select their witnesses, or they are something entirely different from space vehicles.

In either case, t hei r appea ra n ces a re staged! The following unexplained sightings have been extracted from dozens of similar cases in my files. Aman observed two occupants of a football-shaped craft who spoke in a strange language. The craft vanished silently and instantly. June , Verona, Italy. Following a UFO observation, a woman was awakened by a feeling of intense cold and saw a being with a bald head near the house.

She called other witnesses and all saw the apparition shrink and vanish on the spot "like a TV image when the set is turned off". October , Whidbey Island, Washington State. A middleaged woman saw a strange craft with three figures inside. It tilted partially sank into the ground, grew in size, and departed with a flash. November , France. A prominent doctor saw two large diskshaped objects merge into one, and the single object send a beam of light in his direction.

It vanished with a sort of explosion, leaving a cloud that dissipated slowly. Consider what these sightings have in common.. In each case the so-called "spacecraft" did not disappear by moving away, even at high speed.. It simply vanished on the spot, or it slowly faded away like the Cheshire cat, sometimes leaving behind a whitish cloud, sometimes also producing the sound of an explosion..

I hardly need to point out that this behavior is contrary to what physical objects do" and quite impossible to duplicate with our current spacecraft technology, It is the behavior of an image, or a holographic projection..

Yet at other times the objects have left material traces.. There may be a machine involved, but a machine that remains out of view of the witnesses, who see only what it is projecting. When we go to the movies, we look at the objects and the people on the screen; we do not stare at the projector.

Sounds and voices, too, come to us from the screen, not from the direction of the tape machine. Besides, a single physical machine a camera can trigger millions of similar experiences in the people who watch the resulting film projection. Most witnesses are not primarily reporting an object or a craft; they are reporting a light, a massive, multicolored, intense, pulsating light, a playful, fascinating, impressive, hypnotic light, which is accompanied by strange sounds.

How much do we know from the available scientific literature about the effects of strong, pulsed, colored lights and other electromagnetic radiations? Pitifully little. U ntil this area is fully explored, we will have to think about the "physics" of UFOs mainly in terms of the witness's perceptions, not in terms of spacecraft propulsion. In so me cases the beings turned out to be robots or dwarfs in ,I lvi ng suits, but in most incidents they were humanoid, and they J.

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They walked normally on our planet. In u variety of sightings they were accompanied by human belngs. However, visitors from outer space would not necessarily be human in shape. They would certainly not breathe our air for [cur of viruses " They might have serious problems with the Ii', a rths gravity. But even these outlandish assumptions fail to explain the facts. Temple, Oklahoma, March 23, An instructor in aircraft electronics at Sheppard Air Force Base is driving to work at 5: I went on to turn west on Highway I went a quarter of a mile or so, and changed my mind and thought that it was a house that was being moved down the highway in the early morning hours.

It was parked on the highway and I got within a hundred yards of it and stopped, got out of the car, and. I got about fifteen steps or so, and I happened to think I had a Kodak on the front seat, and I would like to get a picture.

I hesitated just a second, and while I did, why, this man that was dressed in military fatigues, which I thought was a master sergeant. UOh, yes, he was just a plain old G. He had a flashlight in his hand, and he was almost kneeling on his right knee, with his left hand touching the bottom of the fuselage..

The object looked like an aluminum airliner with no wings or tail, and with no seams along the fuselage. It lifted up vertically for about fifty feet, and headed southeast almost straight backward, off by about ten degrees, at a speed estimated to be about mph, judging by the barns it illuminated along its path across the valley. It was the size of a cargo plane, but had no visible means of propulsion.

The witness was grilled by a roomful of officers at the Air Force base.

A truck driver down the road had observed the same object. Whoever he was, the man in the baseball cap was no interplanetary explorer.

Whatever they are, the occupants are not genuine extraterrestrials. This leaves us with few alternatives. Either they are images created within the brains of the witnesses, possibly by remote stimulation of the visual cortex this would explain why contactees Betty and Barney Hill disagreed on several details of the occupants' appearance , or they are characters in a staged occurrence, actors in.

Although our search that day was negative, it is worth telling because it shows an element of the rna nipulation that is rarely discussed by the participants: Deserts have always exerted a peculiar fascination on the hu man mind. As we were driving along the Garlock fault in the lour-wheel-drive Toyota, we passed small ranches, ruins, forgotten mines, twisted tracks that indicated the power of this dream: Miraculously, some of their endeavors had even survived: Go and find crystal, but no machines, just pure crystal.

Take crystal to valley, point toward the sun, hold your mind still and wait, No matter how many of you. The force is strong. Only wi th thought can you return, You will see the old way. We had decided to follow these instructions to the letter and see what would happen.

The man who had "channeled" them was with us. He had already made several trips into the desert without linding anything. He sent me a copy of the message transcript,.

Retrieve pure crystal and use this as instructed. Not a game but serious method for moving time block aside. This is absolutely necessary if we are to communicate. The messages were supposed to come from conscious beings who traveled through time. There were certain places on Earth, they claimed, which could serve as doors to other physical planes.

They used these places in their own travels.. The purpose of the crystal was to see through the time block: As the Toyota left the paved road and headed up the canyon past the old mines, I was reading the transcript again:. You must strive to prepare a small group of people who can work in the realm of the incomprehensible;. At a turn in the road we stopped, raising a cloud of dust from the scorched ground.

As it settled we met six men who had driven earlier from Los Angeles with sound equipment and cameras. The days of UFO investigation on a bicycle were gone, I noticed.. The team assembled here had three powerful trucks equipped with four-wheel drive. With our electronic equipment and communication gear, we looked more like an Army strike team than like a group of researchers trying to verify some elusive psychic data.

At last we neared the place indicated by the transcript. We were within two miles of the point it called "the node. We found nothing that day, although we climbed over hills and rocks, peered into old mine shafts, and observed many tracks in the desert.

Everything was alive here. There was no peace. Some of the mines we came upon were obviously still in use. I took pictures with and without the crystal at several places that resembled the description of the "node" given in the Il'a nscript, I got only pictures of the blurred landscape with its I wisted bushes and rock piles, but I came close to experiencing 1 h.

Our expedition was not without its minor mystery. Driving higher into the hills overlooking Garlock, we found a mine entrance sheltered from the great desert wind. There we discussed t he possible meaning of all this, and the remote chance that the Inessage might come from some real alien source, The most likely explanation" of course, was that it simply came from our guide's II nconscious; most automatic writing can be shown to have a purely psychological explanation" At that moment there was the sharp sound of a minor explosion behind me, like the popping of a flash bulb being crushed, There were only two of us in the entrance to the mine at that moment, and nothing was found that could explain the noise.

As a mystery it did represent quite an anticlimax after hours of climbing and driving and picking up rocks and scrutinizing the sky and the barren hillsides.

I had a more mundane reason for going into the desert beyond Mojave with my camera: The photographs I took to try to duplicate this effect did show some dark spots, but they were quickly explained as being a result of the developing process.

Perhaps there are flying saucers that hover beyond the hills where old mines are. What I did find was the power of human imagination. In such isolated, unfamiliar places, it doesn't take much to create mystery, and the slightest influence will amplify it. Bringing scientific equipment such as cameras, tape recorders binoculars, and radios will only create opportunity for peculiar effects.

Jacques Vallee - Messengers of Deception

And the more people in the group, the easier it will be to give the strength of reality to a faint impression of mystery and danger. We drove back to Los Angeles in a sober frame of mind" If UFO phenomena continue to be observed in that area, there will be no lack of believers.

Here again there is an opportunity for a new mythology. Many UFO investigators have become very excited in recent years because a witness of obvious sincerity, Mrs. Betty Hill had described what was believed to be the star map used by our mysterious visitors.

These investigators are convinced that the map she saw inside the "flying saucer" had guided the pilots to our solar system. This "proves,' they argue, that we are in fact being visited by a race of space explorers. I claim that it proves nothing of the kind. Betty's drawing is a map to nowhere. If there is some intelligence involved, Betty's map is another deliberate attempt to lead us astray..

At first it looks like a star, They keep driving on the lonely road, observing the object. It comes closer and looks like a disk,. Figure 1. Barney stops the car, gets his binoculars.. The object has a large curved window and behind that window, humanoids are looking at him.

Barney rushes back to the car, frightened, and drives away.. A few miles down the road the middle-aged couple loses all awareness of their actions. They next remember driving past Ashland The story of their nightmares and the hypnosis they underwent has been told many times.

A psychiatrist took Betty and Barney back to the instant of the incident by using regressive hypnosis, and they both described a scene they could not remember consciously: Barney Hill is dead now.

He suffered a cerebral hemorrhage at Betty has become a UFO celebrity and a rallying point for the believers in extraterrestrial visitation. She is often heard on talk shows and seen on television" She has done more than any other UFO witness in the last ten years to spread among the American public a belief in space visitors. Several ufologists have now claimed that the home base of these visitors has been identified: This is by no means the first time that the supposed origin of "flying saucers" has been revealed, either by the ufonauts themselves or by deduct jon from the words of the witnesses.

In each case the witness seems genuinely sincere and believes in the "revelations. The history of such identification goes back to the days of the airship, whose occupants invited witnesses to come with them to "a place where it doesn't rain.. On July 23, , near Pitanga, Brazil, a group of surveyors saw a disk-shaped craft land near them. One of them, Jose G. I n a radio interview and in conversations with me, a contactee na rru-d "Jim" has identified the home base of the saucers as Orion:.

A man of dark complex ion came out uf t he strange Hying machine and approached him. The man was tl rcssed in a blue shirt and blue trousers, and gave the witness a Illcssage saying he came from another world called Lanulos. On September 4, , in Latin America, a police officer named Andrade saw a dwarf wearing silver coveralls near a hovering disk. The dwarf then urrernpted to convince Andrade to come to his world, which was "very distant and much larger than the Earth, with many advantages Il f Earthlings.

A complex series of messages allegedly corning from a "Cosmic Federation of Planets" has been received by people in Spain and in France. These messages from UMMO claim 0 give full details on the origin and civilization of our visitors:. We wish to inform planet Earth of our origin and of the purpose of our visit to you. Finally, Uri Geller has stated that his powers come from a form of consciousness emanating from "Hoooa," and Spanish contactee Jacques Bordas believes that the strange being he saw was from Titan.

Thus we have at least nine different "revelations" of the saucers' point of origin! An Ohio schoolteacher named Marjorie Fish has now added another chapter to this great quest by constructing a model of known sunlike stars and matching it to a map that Betty Hill saw inside the flying saucer. It is this model that indicates to many authorities among the UFO believers - men like Stanton Friedman and Dave Saunders - that the saucer which abducted the Hills hailed from Zeta Reticuli. Marjorie Fish visited Betty in to get more information about the map.

Betty told her that she drew the map under post-hypnotic suggestion in She remembered it as a Rat, thin display giving an impression of depth. Since she didn't move while viewing it she couldn't tell whether or not it was truly three-dimensional or just Bat like a television screen. It was about three feet by two feet and showed many stars, of which she remembered only the prominent ones, connected by lines.. Fish investigated this pattern by compiling a list of all the known stars within 55 light years of the Sun that are good candidates for supporting life,.

These are stars that are not too hot or too cold, that do not vary in brightness, and that rotate slowly, the slow rotation being necessary if the stars are to have planets around them. There are 46 such stars. Marjorie Fish went on to build models of the positions of Ihr"r stars by using beads dangling on threads and looked for ".

An astronomy professor at Ohio State, Wu Iter Mitchell; has recreated the model by using a computer and h"" stated that he was" impressed. People I have spoken to after such lectures came away with the feeling that I he whole UFO mystery had at last been solved.

I believe they are corn plerely mistaken. Before I present my side of the story, I want to state that I think Betty and Barney Hill really saw a UFO and that something unknown stopped their car and took control of their minds.

They were not lying, and they were not "nuts," I also think that Betty's recollection of a star map is a fact, and not simply something she invented" I base this opinion on similar sightings in which objects have been described, often of very high symbolic value. These objects generally refer to time like a clock or to space like a map or a compass. We are not dealing here with an isolated incident but with a rather typical event. The second point I want to stress is the great value of Marjorie Fish's work.

The similarity between her model and the computer map is a tribute to her ingenuity and to the accuracy of her work. Recognizing that the witness is sincere and that the analyst is accurate, we still have two very important problems before us.

It is appalling to find that no one has raised them, and that UFO "investigators" have been so eager to jump to a sensational. The two questions we must ask are these.

Let us examine the answers,. How good are you at the "game of the seven errors? You can see at once that the sizes of the dots vary, and that many angles are not the same.. The pattern does look similar, but lines have been drawn on it to reinforce this impression, so that one really doesn't get a sense of how exact or inexact the true resemblance is. Superficially there is agreement between the two patterns, but the detailed examination tells a different story.

What about the duplication of this pattern by a computer? Doesn't this indicate that it is genuine? No, it definitely does not" It only means that Ms. Fish's model was accurate a fact I have already emphasized,. The question posed to the computer was the wrong one. Given the stars in the model and the viewpoint chosen by Marjorie Fish, the computer was bound to display the same pattern that she had already found with her little beads and threads.

It would be a lot more interesting to ask the computer to place itself in succession at each of the millions of possible space viewpoints, and to calculate how many would give a "good" fit to the original map. We would probably generate a list of many points in space from which 16 of the 46 stars form a. Map A shows the "star map" that contactec Berry Hill recalled under hypnosis.

The model in B presented as "proof" that the saucer wh ich abducted Betty and Barney Hill carne Irom Zeta Rericuli, relies on flimsy statistical evidence. Drawings courtesy of Space Age Review.

Zeta Reticuli mayor may not be significant when these results are sorted out. Clearly this experiment hasn't been done. Students have moved the computer model around using a television-like display, to explore many possible positions, but the human mind is notoriously subjective in carrying out a job like this. Once it has found a possible solution, it will always come back to it. The nu mber of possible patterns to be explored is in the billions, and it would take the lifetimes of hundreds of students to explore them all by visual inspection to see if they resembled B etty's map.

How many ways are there of picking 16 stars out of 46? There are 46 choices for the first one, 45 for the second one, and so on, until there are only 31 choices for the sixteenth one.

The number of space configurations we should examine, then, is the number we obtain by multiplying together the numbers from 31 to 46; it is about 2 x that is, two followed by 25 zeroes. Clearly this has not been done. Marjorie Fish has selected one particular angle from which one particular group of 16 stars seemed to her eyes to give a good match..

This is quite insufficient for positive identification. What if a perfect match was found? What if it identified Zeta Reticuli as the hub of the star pattern?

This would still not mean much in terms of the possible origin of our visitors. An important, even a crucial, fact seems to have escaped the attention of those who have examined Betty Hiles drawing: The size of the stars - if the Fish interpretation is correct - does not correspond to their brightness.

The distance between the two stars of Zeta Reticuli, in particular, is exaggerated to the point where the map would be useless for navigation. What could a saucer pilot do with such a map?

Why draw it from a viewpoint that doesn't correspond to any known celestial object? If the map is real, it must have been placed there for Betty Hill to see, not for the pilot to use!

Exposing unsuspecting people to staged scenes in order to further a certain belief is an old trick. During World War II, for example the British changed all the road signs along the route of a German general who had been captured and who was driven to the coast in an exchange of prisoners. He could thus testify to the German High Command that he had seen tanks, trucks, and barracks in the area where the Allies were assembling a "phantom army" ready to strike in northern Europe.. We can only guess at the purpose of staging such a scene for Betty Hill.

Perhaps it served to reinforce her belief that she was dealing with space visitors. Perhaps it diverted her attention away from something else. Perhaps the purpose was to have her convince others that a space invasion was imminent,.

I do not believe that any of the contactees - not even Betty and Barney Hill - have been physically on board an actual "saucer. The symbols it uses are engineered to have certain effects. Those who experience these effects, like Betty Hill, snap out of the objective reality where ordinary perceptions apply.

They develop alternative mental realities to cope with these amazing new perceptions. Some succeed, some fail. In the process they become believers in strange powers beyond the realm of man.

They become the tools of the very system that has destroyed their former self. In turn, they begin to change the social reality around them. Is the public being deceived and led tofalse conclusions by someone who is using the UFO witnesses topropagate revolutionary new ideas? The purpose of this book is to explore these questions. In a Paris RestaurantOne day in two friends met for lunch in a quiet Parisrestaurant. One of them was a journalist with a long-standinginterest in the UFO problem.

The other was an intelligence officerwith the French Air Force, who had enthusiastically promised,during a previous conversation, to find out all he could about thetrue state of affairs on the military side.

They sat down at a quiettable in a corner, far from curious ears. Is our government hiding terrible secrets? They dont know anything. Iwent to my American contacts. You dont need an American to.

You see, it rests on a combination of trust and fear. The Dont you see, if we let people believe thatthose things are out there, and we have no explanation for them,the whole structure is in trouble. People will transfer their fear andtheir trust to a different place.

When his friend had made his choice between theSole Meuniere and the Entrecote, the journalist continued: This thing is too big. Everybody simply avoids looking at theproblem. Why upset the whole machine? What he hadreceived was a problem of much more vast and subtle proportions. The World of the ContacteesWhat this French officer didnt realize was that the impact couldnot be avoided indefinitely.

UFOs continue to be seen in such largenumbers that the public is forcing scientists and the military toexamine the issue. But other, more subtle things are happening,too. They have to do with those who claim to have received directknowledge from UFOs: Whenever a civilization approaches a dramatic turning point,some symbol or concept arises to crystallize that change. Theshining eagle of the Roman legions, the Templars cross on the sails The man standing at the left is the main witness,patrolman Lonnie Zamora.

Photo courtesy of United Press I nternational. For the world of the comingdecades, the key symbol may well be a shining disk from heaven. Many people around us today are preparing to greet it with delight,even if that means falling under the control of forces they do notunderstand. These people are the UFO contactees and the believersin celestial visitation, the followers of the saucer prophets.

They canpave the way for dramatic changes. It is a common mistake to assume that contactees are alwaysirresponsible crackpots or elderly mystics. A case in point is ayoung man named Gregory, whom I used to know as a systemsprogrammer with one of ou r lead ing "think tanks. He is now publishing a newsletter devotedto his experiences with higher entities; he believes that, in so doing,he follows the telepathic instructions of a superior force.

Some feelthat he has found a new moral framework based on revelation. Others argue that he is the victim of a delusion that could spread In either case, the implications are serious.

It is notbecause of their numbers or because of their leaders thirst for powerthat the followers of such sects will be especially influential. Ourinstitutions are vulnerable to the spreading belief in the irrational. People like Gregory do offer us a new dream, but it is so far fromreality that it could easily turn into a complete fantasy. Here is asample of his writing, of his pseudo-historical "revelations receivedfrom wise beings who fly through outer space: For the purpose of assembling the high consciousness required to conceive and establish this new Union, God sent His son Melchizedek, one time Lord of Salem, unto Christopher Columbus.

Other contactee groups have overt political purposes. The leader ofone such group told me: The Earth is the property of one group of saucers that controls this end of the universe, and they call themselves the Brothers, and they are the ones who brought the Christ on Earth years ago. If we get a little out of control, and maybe Russia would start to throw some missiles at us, from Cuba.

They told us they would. This group of contactees is nationally organized as a political party. Before we reject these views as examples of harmless lunacy, weshould observe that people once had the same view of the Churchof Scientology. Indeed, the inventor of Dianetics is said to havepracticed ritual magic with a rocket expert named Jack Parsons,who met in the Mojave Desert in a "Spiritual Being" whomhe regarded as a Venusian.

People also used to reject completelythe beliefs of the Mormon Church, whose founder would today be But how many religious movements startedin the same way? For every individual who is openly identified as a contactee,how many more have received what they regard as a "secretillumination"?

It is apparent that the transformation they undergocan strike at any place and at any age. Is it purely random, then, or dothe UFOs select their "victims?

Does it spread like an epidemic, ordoes it develop like a psychosis? Although one group of contacteeswas studied in detail by sociologist Leon Festinger in his book When Prophecy Fails , we do not really know the answers to thesequestions, because too few of the contactees have been carefullyinvestigated.

What we do know is that their transformation releasesideas that challenge established structures. The followers of modern UFO cults are often persons who, likeGregory, have become disenchanted with science and technology. Scientific reluctance to consider valid claims of paranormalphenomena is slowly driving many people to accept any claim ofsuperior or mystical contact.

The voice of science has lied too often. A large fraction of the public has tuned it out completely. The social sciences have not yet achieved an understanding ofthe process by which new religious experiences arise and new sectsbecome influential churches; also, revolutionary cultural changesoften appear at first as the UFO sects do today to be irrational,absurd, and contemptible.

There is an historical parallel for thisdisenchantment with rationalism. To the educated disciples ofAristotle and Plato, many religious writings such as the Apocalypse o St. John must have looked like laughable tissues of delusions f unworthy of scholarly examination.

Aime Michel, the noted French author, has pointed out that none of these brilliant minds speculated for a second that such "lunacy," spreading among their ignorant slaves, might eventually spell the end of the Classical World. In the nineteenth century, the religious establishment laughed when a young man named Joseph Smith followed the orders given to him by an angel oflight named Moroni and founded the Mormon Today we find it easy to laugh at the UFO comactees likeGregory because they are still isolated.

We dismiss the phenomenonthat fuels their beliefs as a mental aberration derived from aphysical mirage. Scientists joke about the strange lights reportedby housewives, and refuse to study the genuinely unexplainedphenomena that are contained, for example, in the files of the U.

As for the claims of the contactees who believe they havebeen aboard the "vehicles," the scientists simply know this cannotbe true! By blatantly dismissing these claims, they are ignoringsome of the hard lessons of mans spiritual history.

For, in the wordsof sociologists Glock and Stark, "all religious experiences, from thedimmest to the most frenzied, constitute occasions defined by thoseexperiencing them as an encounter between themselves and somesupernatural consciousness.

Our idea of the church as a socialentity working within rational structures is obviously challengedby the claim of a direct communication with visible beings whoare endowed with supernatural powers.

Some modern preachershave already recognized this challenge. Evangelist Billy Graham,for example, has suggested that UFOs may, in fact, be "heavenlyangels"; their occupants, he says, are "astonishingly angel-like insome of their reported appearances. But why restrict our interest to the traditional view of angels?

Anequally impressive parallel could be made between UFO occupantsand the popular conception of demons, and indeed sociologistshave pointed out that "the same elements are involved in diaboliccontacts as in the divine encounters of increasing intimacy withwhat is defined as a supernatural consciousness.

I am afraid human reason has much to lose. Once in power, however, it has fallen intocomplacency, has become unwilling to recognize the occurrence ofthe irrational. I think Aime Michel is correct when he draws ourattention to early confrontations of this kind. Western culture wentthrough such a confrontation when the fanatics of the early Churchdestroyed the Greek scientific establishment: The conversion which humanity underwent in antiquity was prepared by the collapse of the ancient religion, began in the middle of the Hellenistic period, and went on with ever greater strength under the Empire, until it was perfected in the victory of Christianity and the passing of the ancient culture into the Middle Ages,writes M.

Nilsson in his book Greek Piety4 What he describesis the catastrophe that befell the ancient world, with its advancedknowledge of astronomy, of geometry, of mechanics, and ofphilosophy.

During this grave crisis, the Greek rationalists proved tobe incapable of recognizing the cultural changes around them andfell into a thousand-year darkness. What form did the conflict take? It was a conversion from rationalism to mysticism: The counter-culture of UFO contact is moredurable, more subtle, because it is not tied to a particular socialgroup or age bracket. If the Science Adviser to the President ever decides to ponderseriously the policy questions posed by the UFO phenomenon,he might begin with the observation that the modern world facesspiritual bankruptcy because of its failure to deal with the irrational.

What the barbarians did to the works of Plato and Aristotle, somenew cults may very well do to modern science and philosophy. Aime Michel once wrote to me in a depressed mood: All of this has happened before, complete with occupation of scientific citadels by "contactees" and with gradual replacement of experimental doubt by faith and superstition. What strikes me most is the contempt in which the intellectuals of the time held their enemies.

They found themselves killed or at least thrown out into the street before they could realize what was going on. The whole idea [of blind faith] had seemed so ridiculous to them that they had not even bothered to seek information about it. A young man who has spent months on the trail of contactee cultleaders "Bo and Peep" recently sent me a pathetic tape. His appealwas direct and profound: I am confused now. I go through periods of emotional agitation.

I represent a person who is going through what normal people call a depression, or a difficult period. But I have gone through these difficult periods enough times so that now its quite creative. I know Im confused. Im really asking you for help. After two weeks with these girls on this Bo and Peep thing, I got I got as subtle as I believe my mind is capable of getting. I had to let go, give up believing that I could know. So I was driven to other faculties.

Faith is one of them. I do have faith in the process, in the Gods, beings more evolved than us, in flying saucers or not. And we pray to them in our language, we pray for specific things. The cult this young man has joined will be described in more detailin Chapter 4. I hope that he will find in this book some answersto his tragic puzzlement.

His adventure makes obvious the depthof the emotions that the UFO counter-culture can generate andchannel. This "counter-culture" of modern contactees comes at atime when science has already shut itself off from the common man. At the same time, science has the power to determine the futureof humanity. It can destroy our planet.

For all practical purposes,there is no longer any meaningful communication between theman in the street and the frontiers of research where such poweris generated and controlled. The language of eachdiscipline has become an esoteric jargon that cannot be penetratedeven by someone with an advanced education in another field. Scientists are often socially and geographically isolated. This isolation of knowledge is matched by the failure of other social structures.

Here, too, the parallel with ancient Greece is interesting. Under these conditions - so similar to those of the Western worldtoday, in which human government is regarded with suspicion andin which education of the "emerging nations" by the affluent onesis nonexistent - what did the Greeks do? This sense of failure, this progressive loss of hope in the world, in sober calculation, and in organized human effort, threw the Greek back upon his own soul, upon the pursuit of personal holiness, upon emotions, mysteries, and revelations, upon the comparative neglect ofthis transitory and imperfect world for the sake of some dream world fur off.

In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, a group leaderattempting to start a new cult based on revelation was likely tobe opposed by the combined powers of church and state.

Moderncontact cults find fewer obstacles. The intolerance that destroyedearly heresies has gone out of fashion in our society. A morehumane attitude prevails toward groups with extreme beliefs. Themedia seek colorful theories to feed the publics expectations ofmiraculous "breakthroughs. I am not at the moment a member of any such The public is already cynical about the roles and values ofgovernment, science, and the military establishment. The merestatement that unknown objects are penetrating our atmosphereand maneuvering at will would further erode the peoples confidencein all political structures.

It would generate fear in many sectors. Consequently, governments in every country are trying to avoidsuch potential effi: But I doubt that censorship can long be effective in theface of continued sightings by the public. I think that UFOs represent an objective reality that we canstudy only by revolutionizing existing disciplines.

Confrontingthe irrational means promoting pioneer research in physics andbiology. We also need to begin a kind of research that will takeUFO data as empirical observations and try to use them to initiatean interaction with the phenomenon itself. And we should do thisnow, before the new myth is created, before the myth o extraterrestrial frevelation replaces belie in the rational acquisition o knowledge.

What kind of social reaction will appear then? There maybe new churches, new political movements. Each sector ofsociety willreact in its own way. The temptation will be great for our technocratsto respond by building giant facilities to eavesdrop on the universe,like the multi-billion-dollar projects already proposed by some radioastronomers.

Although these projects would do nothing to explain theobservations of unusual objects on Earth, they might deflect some ofthe public pressure the observations are creating.

Such projects mightbe an astute political move to prepare the public for other thingsto come, a wise form of life insurance for rationalists attempting topreserve their own power.

But they could never solve the spiritual The real consequences will bemuch more complex, and will go much deeper. The idea of contact with "alien" intelligenceshas acquired an explosive quality that goes far beyond the ludicrousappearance of a few fanatical statements by isolated believers.

But itmust be faced - precisely because it is so potentially dangerous. Theseforces can be recognized; once they are recognized they can benurtured and used. The subtle power of groups like the contacteeslies in the unwillingness of existing structures to recognize thereality of new phenomena and the need for change.

This failuremakes it necessary for each individual to deal with the challengeon his own spiritual level. I believe there is a machinery o mass manipulation behind the fUFO phenomenon. It aims at social and political goals by divertingattention from some human problems and by providing a potentialrelease for tensions caused by others.

The contactees are a part ofthat machinery. I n turnthis expectation makes millions of people hope for the imminentrealization of that age-old dream: I wish them bon voyage. However, if you take1 he trouble to join me in the analysis of the modern UFO myth,you will see human beings under the control of a strange force1 h3t is bending them in absurd ways, forcing them to play a rolein a bizarre game of deception.

This role may be very important iflhanging social conditions make it desirable to focus the attentionof the public on the distant stars while obsolete human institutionsare wiped out and rebuilt in new ways.

Are the manipulators, in1 he final analysis, nothing more than a group of humans who havemastered a very advanced form of power? Let me summarize my conclusions thus far. UFOs are real. Theyare physical devices used to affect human consciousness. They maynot be from outer space. Their purpose may be to achieve socialchanges on this planet, through a belief system that uses systematicmanipulation of witnesses and contactees; covert use of varioussects and cults; control of the channels through which the alleged"space messages" can make an impact on the public.

Part One of this book will assemble the arguments against theidea that UFOs come from outer space. It will describe what thecontactees are actually experiencing,: Part Two will expand the discussion to a subjectthat is shunned by all UFO researchers - politics. For if UFOsmake an impact on our social reality, they are bound to changeour political realities as well. This discussion will lead to a new"model" of what is happening, a model in which UFOs appearagainst the background of a worldwide manipulation operation.

Part Three will show the brutal consequences of this model: A friend who read this book in manuscript advised me notto publish it: If UFOs are connected with unexplainedmutilation of cattle and with behavior modification on a grandscale, America doesnt want to know about it. The panel of investigators which the magazine maintains to reviewUFO cases - a committee on which leading civilian research groupsare represented - has decided that the link between UFOs and themutilators was an idea whose time had not yet come.

All the UFOgroups have avoided the issue. I am of a different opinion. The public is equally impatient withthe believers rhetoric and with the official denials. It has now heardboth sides and suspects that both sides are lying. It is time, perhaps,ro take a long look at the facts. There is in many ofus, obviously, a dee p-seated desire to assentto extraterrestrial forces-to be embraced by them, overwhelmedby them, and ifpossible deprived by them o our own weary fresponsibility for ourselves.

I told them I didnt know what an outer-space deal" looked like, but I do know this was made in America, I am sure. It had a plain old G. I in it, I know that much. I would know the man ifI saw him in Chicago tomorrow. What gets me is that ifthey are supposed to be such secrets, why do they put themselves in a compromising situation? Being near a highway - he did not have to be there; there wasnt any point in being there.

Seated between Dr. Carl Sagan and an astronaut, he describes thetwo robots who came down to take him into the UFO. There was abig machine with an eye, and it examined him. Ufological expertsacross America pull out their yellow pads and consult their data bases. The fisherman has been hypnotized by an engineer who learned thetechnique in his spare time and who assures us that the experiencewas real. A UFO "expert," having interviewed the witness in a roomfull of screaming reporters, has seen the truthfulness of his reactionsby the light of their flashbulbs.

This is what America is being told- and it happens to be what America wants to hear. This man, we are asked to believe, is adding to the knowledgewe have of other worlds. The ufologists are cross-indexing his every In their view there is no room fordoubt: Sagan, now making smalltalk with the astronaut who, by the way, may have seen a UFO inspace , has obviously observed the landing of a spacecraft, and hasbeen abducted by its robot occupants. The time has come to challenge this statement. I do not need alie-detector test to know the witness is describing what he saw.

ButI dont buy the story that he saw a spacecraft from another planet. In politics, youcan be only a Democrat or a Republican. In ufology, either youdont believe in UFOs at all, or you believe they are spacecraft fromanother planet. But are these necessarily the only two possibilities? I f UFOs are real, is it obvious they are spacecraft? For many years the best cases of unexplained sightings were ofdisks that appeared to be metallic, of large size, and capable offantastic acceleration.

They frequently disappeared by going straightup out of the witness view, suggesting that they were going "home"to another planet. Their occupants were wearing diving suits andwalked awkwardly. The French press of , for instance, was fullof reports about "the robots" and "the Martians. The idea, at the time, was revolutionary. Scientists like Carl Sagan pointed out that space visitations, if theyoccurred at all, would be very rare. Other scientists, like DonaldMenzel, rejected the whole idea, because even the nearest starsare too far away for interstellar travel to be feasible, even at highspeeds.

All such arguments are valid only if one assumes that"their" science has not superseded in any fundamental way the Sh ipyard worker Charlie Hicksondescribes the October night in when, he says; an unidentified flyingobject landed in the old Schaupeter shipyard. Hickson claims three"things" picked him and young Calvin Parker up, and carried themaboard the craft, where they were dosely examined. Phoro courtesy ofUnited Press International. I n fact, we canmake no such assu mption about a space civilization.

It could havehad many centuries of development beyond our own science. The real question is, does the "spacecraft" hypothesis explainto our satisfaction the facts of the UFO phenomenon as we knowthem today? The answer is a definite and resounding NO. What about our ownobservations in deserts and remote areas? And, finally, what We need to examine closely the so-called"evidence," to decide whether or not it contributes anything to the" , spacecraft theory.

There Are Too Many LandingsThe first argument against the idea of flying saucers as spacecraftlies, oddly enough, in the large number of verified, unexplainedsightings. In my own files I currently have approximately 2,cases of close encounters from every country on Earth, many ofthem involving occupants of various sizes and shapes. It may seemthat 2, cases in some 20 years is not a very large number, butwe are talking only about the cases that were actually reported. Itis possible to calculate how many landings this represents if, as thecontactees claim, UFOs are spacecraft whose occupants happenedto be surprised by witnesses who wandered onto the scene as thecraft was being repaired or as the crew was conducting someexploration of our planet.

To make this estimation we must rakeinto account three factors: Most landings are reported to take place after 6: Thefrequency distributions that my computer studies have disclosedfor every continent show this activity peaking at about There are few reports after 6: What could this mean? That theactivity of the objects is nocturnal by nature and by choice. Then whydo the reports decrease in frequency around midnight?

Simply becausepeople go to bed: Then let us ask the question: We wouldhave to multiply the number of cases by a factor of The Case A g a i n s t t h e Spacecraft 29 Now, this last figure does not begin to approximate the actualmber of events, because we know from many independent studies1 hat only one case in ten ever gets reported. Then we should have " " 30,, but , cases in our files! But this still isnt thewhole story: If the Earths population were distributed evenly insteadof being concentrated in city areas, how many reports would wehave?

Again, taking a conservative multiplying factor of ten leads" to the staggering conclusion that the UFOs, if they are spacecraftcngaged in a general survey ofour planet, must have landed here noflower than three million times in two decades! This is one of the little-recognized facts of the UFO problem1 hat any theory has yet to explain. The theory of random visitationdoes not explain it. Either the UFOs select their witnesses, or theyare something entirely different from space vehicles.

In either case,their appearances are staged! March , SantaMaria, Brazil. A man observed two occupantsof a football-shaped craft who spoke in a strange language. Thecraft vanished silently and instantly. Following a UFO observation, awoman was awakened by a feeling of intense cold and saw a beingwith a bald head near the house. She called other witnesses, and allsaw the apparition shrink and vanish on the spot "like a TV imagewhen the set is turned off.

Ittilted, partially sank into the ground, grew in size, and departedwith a flash. It vanished with a sort of explosion, leaving acloud that dissipated slowly. Consider what these sightings have in common.

In each case theso-called "spacecraft" did not disappear by moving away, even athigh speed. It simply vanished on the spot, or it slowly faded awaylike the Cheshire cat, sometimes leaving behind a whitish cloud,sometimes also producing the sound of an explosion. In other cases,UFOs have been reported to enter the ground. I hardly need to point out that this behavior is contrary to whatphysical objects do, and quite impossible to duplicate with ourcurrent spacecraft technology.

It is the behavior of an image, ora holographic projection. Yet at other times the objects have leftmaterial traces.

There may be a machine involved, but a machinethat remains out of view of the witnesses, who see only what it isprojecting. When we go to the movies, we look at the objects andthe people on the screen; we do not stare at the projector. Soundsand voices, too, come to us from the screen, not from the directionof the tape machine. Besides, a single physical machine a camera can trigger millions of similar experiences in the people who watchthe resulting film projection.

UFO events could be staged the sameway, to suggest to us an impending intervention from outer space. Most witnesses are not primarily reporting an object or acraft; they are reporting a light, a massive, multicolored, intense,pulsating light, a playful, fascinating, impressive, hypnotic light,which is accompanied by strange sounds.

How much do we know from the available scientific literature aboutthe effects of strong, pulsed, colored lights and other electromagnetic radiations? Pitifully little. Until this area is fully explored, we willhave to think about the "physics" of UFOs mainly in terms of thewitnesss perceptions, not in terms of spacecraft propulsion.

In some cases the beings turned out to be robots or dwarfs indIving suits, but in most incidents they were humanoid, and theywuld breathe our air. They walked normally on our planet. However, visitors from outer space would not necessarily beIutman in shape.

They would certainly not breathe our air forlear of viruses. They might have serious problems with theFa rths gravity. You can push these objections aside, and assume that thevisitors are advanced enough in genetic manipulation to have"grown" humanoid pilots for their spacecraft.

Perhaps they haveeven kidnapped humans to breed space children destined to becomesaucer-crew members. But even these outlandish assumptions failto explain the facts. Temple, Oklahoma, March 23, An instructor in aircraftelectronics at Sheppard Air Force Base is driving to work at 5: I went on to turn west on Highway I went a quarter of a mile or so, and changed my mind and thought that it was a house that was being moved down the highway in the early morning hours.

It was parked on the highway and I got within a hundred yards of it and stopped, got out of the car, and I got about fifteen steps or so, and I happened to think I had a Kodak on the front seat, and I would like to get a picture. I hesitated just a second, and while I did, why, this man that was dressed in military fatigues, which I thought was a master sergeant. He had a flashlight in his hand, and he was almost kneeling on his right knee, with his left hand touching the bottom of the fuselage.

It lifted up vertically forabout fifty f eet, and headed southeast almost straight backward,off by about ten degrees, at a speed estimated to be about mph, judging by the barns it illuminated along its path across thevalley.

It was the size of a cargo plane, but had no visible meansof propulsion. The witness was grilled by a roomful of officers atthe Air Force base. A truck driver down the road had observed thesame object. Whoever he was, the man in the baseball cap was no interplanetaryexplorer.

Whatever they are, the occupants are not genuineextraterrestrials. This leaves us with few alternatives. Either they areimages created within the brains of the witnesses, possibly by remotestimulation of the visual cortex this would explain why contacteesBetty and Barney Hill disagreed on several details of the occupantsappearance , or they are characters in a staged occurrence, actors in T h e Case A g a i n s t t h e S p a c e c r a f t deception operation carefully borrowing its concepts from basicl u 1 1nan archetypes in order to force a global behavioral change.

Although our search that daywas negative, it is worth telling because it shows an element of thea nipulation that is rarely discussed by the participants: Deserts have always exerted a peculiar fascination on thehnman mind. As we were driving along the Garlock fault in thef Jta-wheel-drive Toyota, we passed small ranches, ruins, forgottenines, twisted tracks that indicated the power of this dream: Miraculously, some of their endeavors had even survived: Go and lind crystal, but no machines, just pure crystal.

Take crystal to valley, point toward the sun, hold your mind still and wait. No matter how many of you. The force is strong. Only with thought can you return. You will see the old way. We had decided to follow these instructions to the letter and seewhat would happen. The man who had "channeled" them waswith us. He had already made several trips into the desert withoutfinding anything.

He sent me a copy of the message transcript, Retrieve pure crystal and use this as instructed. Not a game but serious method for moving time block aside. This is absolutely necessary if we are to communicate. The messages were supposed to come from conscious beings whotraveled through time.

There were certain places on Earth, theyclaimed, which could serve as doors to other physical planes. Theyused these places in their own travels. The purpose of the crystalwas to see through the time block: You must strive to prepare a small group of people who can work in the realm of the incomprehensible,said the instructions, and our guide had done just that. At a turnin the road we stopped, raising a cloud of dust from the scorchedground.

As it settled we met six men who had driven earlier fromLos Angeles with sound equipment and cameras. The days of UFOinvestigation on a bicycle were gone, I noticed. The team assembledhere had three powerful trucks equipped with four-wheel drive. With our electronic equipment and communication gear, we lookedmore like an Army strike team than like a group of researcherstrying to verify some elusive psychic data.

At last we neared theplace indicated by the transcript. We were within two miles of thepoint it called "the node. Everything was alive here. There was no peace. Some of the mines we came upon were obviously still in use.

The Case A g a i n s t t h e Spacecraft 35Uott ndaries were marked with white paint. Twice we saw a cartlriving in the distance.

I took pictures with and without the crystal at severalp la ces that resembled the description of the "node" given i n the1 1 a nscript. I got only pictures of the blurred landscape with its1 wisted bushes and rock piles, but I came close to experiencing1 he feeling of anticipation and excitement that gets hundredsuf people to drive out into the hills and the desert in search of. Our expedition was not without its minor mystery. There we discussed1 he possible meaning of all this, and the remote chance that themessage might come from some real alien source.

The most likely.. X planation, of course, was that it simply came from our guidesunconscious; most automatic writing can be shown to have apurely psychological explanation.

At that moment there was thesharp sound of a minor explosion behind me, like the poppingof a flash bulb being crushed. There were only two of us in theentrance to the mine at that moment, and nothing was foundthat could explain the noise.

As a mystery it did represent quitean anticlimax after hours of climbing and driving and pickingup rocks and scrutinizing the sky and the barren hillsides. But I could understand how the will to believe could turn thesmallest incident into a sign leading to other signs and feeding theimagination until it constructed vast space-operas. I had a more mundane reason for going into the desert beyondMojave with my camera: The photographs I took to try to duplicate this effect didshow some dark spots, but they were quickly explained as being aresult of the developing process.

Perhaps there are flying saucersthat hover beyond the hills where old mines are. Perhaps they areonly visible in the infrared range. Perhaps there are time-folds and What I did find was the power of human imagination. In suchisolated, unfamiliar places, it doesnt take much to create mystery,and the slightest influence will amplify it.

Bringing scientificequipment such as cameras, rape recorders, binoculars, andradios will only create opportunity for peculiar effects. And themore people in the group, the easier it will be to give the strengthof reality to a faint impression of mystery and danger. We droveback to Los Angeles in a sober frame of mind. If UFO phenomenacontinue to be observed in that area, there will be no lack ofbelievers. Here again there is an opportunity for a new mythologyto arise.

I find another example of it in the remarkable story of BettyHill, who thinks she has located the origin of flying saucers, andhas convinced several scientists that they came from outer space. Betty Hill,had described what was believed to be the star map used by ourmysterious visitors. These investigators are convinced that the mapshe saw inside the "flying saucer" had guided the pilots to our solarsystem.

This "proves," they argue, that we are in fact being visitedby a race of space explorers. I claim that it proves nothing of the kind. Bettys drawing is amap to nowhere.

If there is some intelligence involved, Bettys mapis another deliberate attempt to lead us astray. At first it looks like a star. They keep driving on the lonelyroad, observing the object.

It comes closer and looks like a disk. During a field trip the Mojave Desert, the authorphotographed this apparent "UFO formation" using infrared film. The"UFOs" are simply artifacts of the film-development process.

GINO from Washington
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