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Mirage Men Revealed by Glenn Greenwald and Edward Snowden?

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[disinfo ed.'s note: This post is by Mark Pilkington, who wrote the book on which the film Mirage Men is based, streaming NOW at Yekra]

A Powerpoint presentation made available on journalist Glenn Greenwald’s web site, Firstlook.org, may just have revealed the Mirage Men – or at least one branch of their operations.

The presentation is called The Art of Deception, Training for a New Generation of Online Covert Operations and was given by GCHQ’s Human Science Operation Cell (HSOC), linked to the Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group (JTRIG), whose existence was uncovered by Greenwald via the documents leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

[Initially I won't reproduce any of the presentation itself, but you can see the whole thing here]
 

While the textual content of the presentation is not online, we can infer from the slides that the powerpoint outlines applied techniques for deploying psychology, deception, illusion, dissimulation, magic, religion and belief in their intelligence and counter-intelligence operations.… Read the rest

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Mirage Men: Who Is Paul Bennewitz?

From the forthcoming movie Mirage Men:

For more information on Bennewitz here’s his Wikipedia entry:

Paul Frederic Bennewitz, Jr. (September 29, 1927 – June 23, 2003) was an American businessman and UFO investigator who originated UFO Conspiracies in the 1980s.

A one-time PhD candidate in physics, Bennewitz claimed the existence of a plot involving an extensive network of UFO bases tied to an alien colonization and control scheme to subjugate the human race. After he saw the hypnosis sessions of Myrna Hansen, who claimed to have UFO experiences, he became convinced that cattle mutilations were due to aliens. As a result, Bennewitz claimed to have uncovered evidence of aliens controlling humans through electromagnetic devices, and furthermore claimed that UFOs were regularly flying near Kirtland and the nearby Manzano Nuclear Weapons Storage Facility and Coyote Canyon Test Area.

Convinced that he was intercepting electronic communications originating from alien spacecraft located outside of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Bennewitz soon believed that he had located a secret alien facility that he called Dulce Base.

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Explanations For UFOs

[disinfo ed.'s note: the following is an excerpt from UFO Investigations Manual: UFO investigations from 1982 to the present dayby Nigel Watson, courtesy of Haynes Publishing]
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Jupiter Storm. Chemical compounds, blasted by lightning storms and tossed around by Jupiter’s vertical air circulation, might create the building blocks of life. – Andrew C. Stewart/Fortean Picture Library

Over the years, many explanations have been put forward to try to ‘solve’ the UFO enigma. Some sound very convincing, and others sound like a science fiction novel gone wrong. Not surprisingly, there never seems to be an answer that satisfies everyone.

At the dawn of ufology the USAF used experts to consider all manner of natural and man-made phenomena that might cause witnesses to think they had seen a UFO. The cases that remained unexplained were (a) regarded as the result of insufficient information being available for an adequate explanation, (b) ignored as implausible, or (c) were the work of hoaxers.… Read the rest

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Former U.S. Senator Claims White House Is Covering Up UFO Evidence

evidence of ufosDecide for yourself whether the advocacy at the UFO conference by Gravel, who declared personal bankruptcy a few years ago, could have been influenced by the previously noted payment of $20,000 he received for his appearance. Yahoo! News reports:

Former Sen. Mike Gravel (D-Alaska) says the White House has helped keep the truth about the “extraterrestrial influence that is investigating our planet” from the public: “It goes right to the White House…it just goes down the chain of command, everyone stands toe.”

Gravel is one of six former congressional representatives who were paid by the UFO advocacy group Paradigm Research to participate in a Congressional-style Citizen Hearing on Disclosure in Washington this week, where witness after witness presented first-hand accounts of UFO sightings and extraterrestrial visits.

Gravel says the strongest accounts of alien encounters are from former military officers, such as retired Air Force Capt. Robert Salas, who testified that UFOs temporarily disabled nuclear weapons on his watch.

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UFOs, ETs, and Alien Abductions: What We Know

PurportedUFO2[disinfo ed.'s note: In this excerpt from UFOs, ETs, and Alien Abductions, psychologist and researcher Don Donderi examines the evidence and research from the past several decades on the changing nature of UFOs. He looks at why the scientific establishment takes a dim view of UFOs and abduction evidence and examines how the US government has collected and suppressed UFO evidence.]

What We Know

Twenty-first century media document the adventures of anthropologists, archaeologists, geologists, and naturalists who study every culture, geographical anomaly, and ecological niche on our planet. But one adventure excluded from this lively quest for knowledge is our study of the creatures who are studying us.89 Science and the media largely ignore our own efforts to understand the extraterrestrial exploration of our planet and the extraterrestrials’ study of ourselves. The next chapters of this book aim to correct that omission. This chapter summarizes what we know about UFOs; chapter 9 explains why science and the media ignore UFOs; and chapter 10, which outlines the recent history of our social and political response to UFOs, concludes by proposing how we should deal with UFOs, ETs, and alien abductions.… Read the rest

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From Beyond the Grave – The Final Edition of Saucer Smear

The Men in Black never beat him, and death can’t either. Jim Moseley’s recent passing hasn’t stopped him from getting out one last issue of Saucer Smear.  Since the early 1950′s Moseley has been front and center for the development of the UFO culture. Officially named in 1981, Saucer Smear was the final iteration of a popular insider newsletter that he had been producing since the early ’70′s.

The newsletter has been a staple of UFOlogy, and provided an open forum to discuss every aspect of the field from classic cases to the latest arguments in the ranks of the UFOlogical elite. Dr. Tim Brigham, a personal friend of Moseley’s and a Contributing Editor at Saucer Smear, sent out the following brief communique to announce the digital release of the final issue:

Don’t let the MIB stop it. Download your copy of the Last issue of the longest running flying saucer zine in the galaxy: Jim Moseley’s ‘Saucer Smear.’ In loving memory (and free!)

Watch The Skies

Tim Brigham, Phd

Contributing Editor, Saucer Smear (Ret)

In true form this issue covers critical exchanges with Nick Redfern over the reality of MIB’s, Stanton Friedman over his credentials as a physicist, and the sad state of contemporary UFOlogy.… Read the rest

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James W. Moseley, Founder and Lead Editor of Saucer Smear, Has Gone Off-World

A more tangible loss has come to the UFOlogical community than the recent announcement by some folks in the UK that the Age of Flying Saucers has come to a close. Jim Moseley, founder of the longest running UFO magazine around, Saucer Smear, has passed on at the ripe age of 81.

Jim brought an air of humor and sociological consciousness to what can otherwise be a contentious and cliquish field of inquiry. Saucer Smear’s running motto was, “Shockingly Close to the Truth,” which provides a good idea of where he was coming from. Greg Taylor, founder of The Daily Grail, puts it well in his memorial published on TDG:

“Jim Moseley entered the world of ufology at the very beginning, with his first two magazines devoted to the topic, Nexus and Saucer News, being published in the 1950s. He was an associate of many ‘legends’ in the Fortean field, from Gray Barker to James Randi – and like those two individuals was somewhat of a trickster figure, often straddling the line of truth that separates researcher from raconteur.

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Here Come The Men in Black

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LiveScience explores UFO buffs’ stories of the mysterious Men in Black.

Were any of these stories true? It is of course possible that at some point dark-suited men from government agencies made inquiries into UFO reports; there was, after all, an Air Force program that investigated flying saucer claims in the 1950s called Project Blue Book. Government officials (including those with the military, police, Secret Service, FBI, or IRS, for example) are sometimes known to throw their weight around and intimidate people, even unintentionally. Of course, hoaxing a Men in Black encounter would be very simple, and require nothing more than three somber, dark-suited pranksters to menace a UFO eyewitness. [The Real Men in Black: Secret Service Agents (Infographic)]

Mysterious, authoritative, and menacing figures dressed in black are hardly unique to UFO mythology. In fact, folklore from around the world often describe such figures as representing Satan or other dark forces.

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