Feb. 7, 1989 In a manner like no other civilian field of endeavor with heavy geopolitical
Feb. 7, 1989
In a manner like no other civilian field of endeavor with heavy geopolitical
overtones, UFO research is a mine field of covert operations by agencies
connected with the government and military powers. In the 40-plus years
Americans have been aware of the phenomenon, "Big Brother's" hand has
effectively stymied the free flow of dependable, factual information on
UFOs and has managed to keep whatever evidence it has deeply hidden.
Shielded by the worn-out canard of "national security," members of an
"invisible government" maneuver undetected throughout the UFO community. In
that sense, ufology reflects the wider use of secrecy measures which are
usually inappropriate, often illegal and always antithetical to what most of
us would consider an open, principled democracy. But the distinction of
Ufology--which is already an offbeat underground of sorts--is its readymade
cushion of myth and propaganda, backed by an atmosphere of debunkery and
ridicule, which makes the so-called "cover-up" a more-or-less natural
extension of prevailing cultural attitudes about the phenomena.
Legitimate interest and research in UFO/alien _facts_ remain the purview of
a hardy and courageous and very tiny minority. The lack of legitimizing
efforts by mainstream science and media leaves ufology endlessly "out in the
cold," where decent investigators find themselves in a sea polluted with
manipulators, hoaxsters and charlatans, and no directional guide on how to
detect the "agents among us." Since the days of NICAP's overwhelming
infiltration by CIA elements, the discovery of Blue Book as little more than
hype, and the official stonewalling that still greets any sincere
questioning of government agencies by citizenry, the dangers of covert world
have only increased.
That danger is bolstered by the forth estate, when it comes to UFOs, not
minimized or exposed: UFO is still a subject which few journalists can
report on with a straight face and in a serious tone of voice. Without
grounded facts, the UFO phenomenon in general inspires false hopes and a
range of fanciful speculations, but little real reflection and fact
1. The phenomenon itself operates on the principle of deception and
2. Those who study the phenomenon tend to gravitate toward
information that supports their pet theories and will shut out most
3. Ufology tends to be a petty "in-crowd" prone to fragmentation
4. The covert forces ensure that ufology remains in a state of
fragmentation and dissent.
5. The covert forces infiltrate the field, manipulate its members
and exploit valuable research and case material to suit their own
And finally, the covert forces overlay the UFO community with less-
than-honorable counterintelligence "games" designed to fulfill several
purposes at once, not the least of which appears to be the implementation of
psychological warfare against vulnerable UFO researchers and witnesses.
I believe that the Billy Meier case, the Gulf Breeze events, the "Lear
material" and the entire MJ-12 imbroglio have to some degree or another been
examples of covert action by factions in the intelligence community with an
accent on counterintelligence. With MJ-12 in particular, the scent of "red
herring" and expert manipulation and diversion is POWERFUL.
I have very little to prove the above allegations. Let's just say
my intuitive self refuses to let go of this semi-paranoid
Paranoia is justified in today's world.
One last note: the "covert forces" just may be BOTH alien and
- Vicki Cooper, UFO Magazine
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