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Your Paracast Newsletter — March 24, 2019

Gene Steinberg

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March 24, 2019


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This Week's Episode: Coming March 24: Gene and Randall introduce author John Potash, who explores covert government attacks against famous entertainment figures and artists in his most recent book, Drugs as Weapons Against Us: The CIA’s Murderous Targeting of SDS, Panthers, Hendrix, Lennon, Cobain, Tupac and other Activists. He published his first book, The FBI War on Tupac Shakur and Black Leaders, in 2007, which described more efforts to stifle dissent. Were any of these acts part of the infamous MKUltra project, dedicated to developing mind control schemes? In his personal life, John has worked as a counselor of people with mental health problems and addictions for over 25 years.

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After The Paracast -- Available exclusively for Paracast+ subscribers on March 24: Author John Potash rejoins Gene and Randall with further stories about possible CIA conspiracies covering famous musical artists and more. Gene and Randall bring up possible connections to our paranormal universe, particularly where the CIA might have been responsible for faking some UFO sightings in the early days of the Cold War. And what about those books claiming that model/talk show host Candy Jones, and TV game show producer and host Chuck Barris might have been secretly turned into government assassins?

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Government Conspiracies, the Paranormal and Other Things
By Gene Steinberg

From the earliest days of the modern UFO era it was convenient — and perhaps accurate — to talk about government attempts to silence witnesses and debunk sighings as fakes or conventional objects and phenomena.

It is certainly true that you have to look long and hard to find support for UFO reality in the government. The Air Force’s Project Blue Book, supposedly formed to investigate the phenomenon, was soon reduced to little more than a lightly-staffed public relations office. If there was genuine UFO research, it was being done in secret.

The revelations about that Pentagon UFO study in the early 2000s, while surely intriguing, haven’t really produced any definitive evidence to solve the mystery. A best, there are a few more tantalizing clues.

But in addition to dismissing the possibility that those strange flying objects are unknown in origin, possibly spaceships from other worlds, it may well be that there was direct government intervention in some of the early sightings.

Kenneth Arnold’s sighting on June 24, 1947, regarded as the trigger for major interest in the subject, is considered unknown because the objects moved too fast. It all depends on whether Arnold, a skilled private pilot, calculated their speed correctly. They were said to be flying at speeds in excess of 1,200 miles per hour, much faster than the capabilities of conventional aircraft of that time.

But if his calculations were way off, that those nine ellipsoid objects were flying along at a fraction of that speed, perhaps they were test aircraft after all. At best we have to take Arnold’s word as to how he determined their approximate speed. He is no longer around to discuss the matter.

In those days, there were reports that the U.S. military was testing prototypes of disk-shaped aircraft. One possible candidate was the The Avro Canada VZ-9 Avrocar, a VTOL aircraft developed by the Canadian manufacturer that was said to have been part of a secret U.S. military project.

Introduced in 1958, the unsuccessful project was abandoned in 1961.

So was the Avrocar just one example of attempts to build terrestrial flying saucers? Were there earlier projects that might have sparked a number of those classic UFO reports? Some UFO investigators theorized that many, if not all, of those saucers were, in fact, test aircraft of some sort.

It has been suggested that even the legendary Roswell UFO crash of 1947 also involved test aircraft. The Air Force has claimed that it was actually a Project Mogul high-altitude balloon, but dedicated researchers maintain that there were no scheduled tests during the estimated timeframes for the Roswell incident.

Besides, the soldiers deployed at the Roswell Army Air Field would surely have received a heads-up about any tests of flying disks or balloons.

Through the years, the military and intelligence agencies have been blamed for interfering in UFO research when it wasn’t doing something to create such sightings. The legendary Men In Black were said to represent government operatives who traveled about the landscape threatening people who saw a UFO, or came to know too much about solving the mystery.

While it is certainly true that the Air Force and other agencies did investigate the flying saucers, alleged attempts to silence people are hotly debated. It may well be that efforts to explain away a sighting might have been interpreted by some as threatening. Perhaps some officers became a little too demanding, or maybe there were some rogue individuals who actually felt they were doing good by dissuading people from reporting their sightings.

The supposed originator of the Men In Black legend was one Albert K. Bender, who claimed that three men in black suits visited him at his Bridgeport, Connecticut home one fine day in 1953 and warned him that he had gotten too close to the truth. This came after Bender wrote a short article in his flying saucer magazine hinting that he may have arrived at a solution to the mystery.

But the Bender case became all the more muddled when he wrote a book about his experiences, “Flying Saucers and the Three Men,” in which he claimed he was actually visited by extraterrestrials. The book was published and heavily edited by controversial researcher and author Gray Barker, and one wonders whether he made major changes that moved the story of Bender’s experiences in a more surreal direction.

Later reports of MIB visits did describe beings the didn’t quite look human at all. Were they, as Bender claimed, extraterrestrials who were frightening eyewitnesses for their own purposes? Or was this really the result of government efforts at mind control that may have involved the covert administering of hallucinogenic drugs?

Certainly the CIA was reportedly engaged in far more than overseas intelligence. They also ran a series of human experiments that were conducted under the code name of Project MKUltra. The alleged purpose of this program was to devise methods to control the populace.

There have also been reports over the years that the CIA has gone after famous people in one way or another. In the early days of the peace movement, is it possible that some famous rock stars of the era were victims of covert action? What about the deaths of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Jim Morrison at the tender age of 27? More recent examples of the “age 27 curse” include Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse.

Was it all a coincidence or something more?

There are other alleged curses in the entertainment industry. Some focus on the famous comic book character Superman. Kirk Alyn, who played the “man of steel” in two movie serials in the late 1940s, found his movie career on the skids after those films were released.

In the 1950s, George Reeves became one of the highest-paid actors of that era when he starred in “The Adventures of Superman.” In the final year of the series, Reeves also directed some episodes, and was said to be enthusiastic about continuing his career. But in June 16,1959, he died from a gunshot wound said to be self-inflicted.

Some dispute the official finding, claiming that Reeves was murdered by one or more unknown parties, and that the crime scene was deliberately staged to create the myth of a suicide.

In 1978, an unknown stage actor by the name of Christopher Reeve (no relation) became famous in an A-list movie about Superman. There were three sequels before the series died.

Reeve continued his career, taking on a variety of character roles. But in 1995, he suffered a severe spinal injury as the result of an accident that occurred when he was riding his horse and attempting a fence jump. Trapped in a wheelchair for the rest of his life, and having breathing problems in his later years, Reeve managed to continue his acting career until his death in 2004.

But later actors who took on the Superman role, such as Dean Cain and Brandon Routh, have managed to continue their careers without incident. The stigma of typecasting is no longer as much of a factor as it was decades ago. So one expects that two more recent actors who have taken on the part, Henry Cavill for the movie version, and Tyler Hoechlin, who portrays the TV version of the character, will be able to continue their careers without being tainted by portraying a super hero.

And certainly there appear to be no claims of government intervention in the tragedies involving George Reeves and Christopher Reeve.

But that doesn’t mean the CIA and other agencies haven’t gone after other entertainment figures, with a particular focus on musical stars, particularly those who also become activists.

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