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Your Paracast Newsletter -- November 14, 2009

Gene Steinberg

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Your Paracast Newsletter -- November 14, 2009

November 14, 2009

An Lifetime of UFO Abductions Featured on The Paracast

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Flash Notice: Sunday, November 15, 2009: The Paracast, with Gene Steinberg and David Biedny, covers a world beyond science, where UFOs, poltergeists and strange phenomena of all kinds have been reported by millions across the planet.

Set Up: The Paracast hosts interview long-time researchers in the field, to shed light on the mysteries and complexities of our Universe and the secrets that surround us in our everyday lives.

Join Gene and David as they explore the realms of the known and unknown, and hear great stories of the history of the paranormal field in the 20th and 21st centuries.

This Week's Episode: We feature veteran UFO researcher Jim Moseley, editor of Saucer Smear, and contactee/abductee David Huggins, who is featured in the book “Love in an Alien Purgatory: The Life and Fantastic Art of David Huggins.

Coming November 22: James Carrion, International Director of MUFON, talks about the organization?s 40-year history of UFO research, focusing on key cases, including the controversy over the claims of contactee Stan Romanek.

MUFON's Site: Mutual UFO Network - MUFON - Dedicated to Scientific Study of UFOs

Note: </b>Archives of previous episodes are available for free download direct from the site or via a Podcast directory, such as Apple iTunes.

Reminder: Don't forget to visit our active Discussion Forums for the latest news/views/debates on all things paranormal (and note our new Internet address): https://www.theparacast.com/forum/</p> The Three Men in Black Revisited

Most of you are probably familiar with the Men in Black (or MIB) by dint of the two popular movies or the comic books of that name. In the real world, however, their origins can be traced back to the earliest days of the modern UFO era.

In the 1950s, for example, the alleged existence of the MIB was front and center in the book, ?They Knew Too Much About Flying Saucers,? by the late Gray Barker. According to Barker, a UFO researcher from Connecticut, one Albert K. Bender, abandoned his research activities supposedly because he was visited by three men ?in dark suits? who admonished him to stop talking about the subject, because he had somehow stumbled upon information he shouldn?t reveal to the public.

Now I don?t pretend to know the truth or falsity of the original Bender claims, except that Barker was legendary for cloaking his factual reporting in a fictional veneer, not above embellishing his stories to achieve a desired literary effect. Indeed, Bender later wrote a book, ?Flying Saucers and the Three Men? -- heavily edited by Barker -- in which he claimed his visitors were extraterrestrial.

I don?t pretend to know the truth or falsity of Bender?s claims, although he seemed a personable enough if troubled individual when I met him years ago.

However, Bender wasn?t the first person to allegedly confront individuals attempting to generate fear and confusion in the UFO field. Shortly after the late Kenneth Arnold?s legendary UFO encounter, in June, 1947, he got involved in investigating another case, which occurred shortly thereafter in Maury Island, in the state of Washington.

As recounted in the book, ?The Coming of the Saucers,? which he co-wrote with the editor who assigned him to check into the Maury Island Case, the late Ray Palmer, Arnold came front and center with possible government shenanigans. Upon his arrival in Tacoma to begin his on-the-scene investigation, he discovered that a room had already been booked for him in one of the city?s major hotels. He did not make that reservation.

As readers of the book came to realize, the goings on in Arnold?s room were being monitored, evidently by the government. There were no men in black around, but the activities in which supposed intelligence people engaged were nonetheless questionable and, in a few cases, had a deadly outcome. I?m referring to the death of the pilots of an airplane that was reportedly carrying metallic material supposedly dropped by a UFO.

As you examine the history of the UFO field through the years, there are clear footprints indicating the presence of possible intelligence operatives. Consider, for example, the controversial MJ-12 documents, which supposedly described the activities of a secret group devoted to investigating UFOs. While it may well be that there?s a kernel of truth in a few of the documents, most are generally regarded as blatant fakes.

A government conspiracy or just some private individuals playing pranks?

If the result of government activity, it may well be that they have been hard at work muddying up the waters in the UFO field for years. Unfortunately, these questionable activities only make it all the more difficult for researchers to figure out just what?s really going on.

With all the clamoring for disclosure, maybe it would be a good idea for the government to come clean about the mess its created in this field, but I hold out little chance of that happening anytime soon.

Gene Steinberg
Co-Host, "The Paracast"

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