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July 14, 2019
Nick Redfern Reports on the Russians Meddling with UFO Research on The Paracast
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About Meddling and Other Things
By Gene Steinberg
I’ve said it often that you can’t keep a good hoax down. Even when it’s exposed as the fake it is, it nevertheless returns to befuddle us. The same is true about supposedly strange events that are found to be merely conventional.
Now most of you know the checkered history of the MJ-12 documents. Among its recipients in the early 1980s were UFO author Timothy Good and one Jaime Shandera, then described as being involved in videography.
Shandera’s copy came to him in an envelope that contained a roll of film, which, when developed, revealed the eight-page document. It told of a super-secret group known as “Operation Majestic Twelve,” allegedly authorized by President Harry S Truman.
To some in the UFO field, it was a wet dream, confirming the crash of a flying saucer in Roswell, NM in 1947, and efforts to deal with the recovered craft and its potentially treasure trove of advanced technology. How might it be exploited?
Before you get to the specifics of formatting and such, there was one telltale sign that it was most likely bogus, or an inside joke at the very least, and that was the claim that astronomer and UFO debunker Donald Menzel was a member of MJ-12. When I first heard about it, I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry.
While the documents were readily exposed by people familiar with government document formatting in the early 1950s, and other inconsistencies, the late UFO author/lecturer, Stanton T. Friedman, and filmmaker/Ufologist Linda Moulton Howe reportedly believed that the documents were genuine. I suppose the same can be said of Timothy Good, who wrote about them in his 1987 book, “Above Top Secret.”
When we interviewed Good on The Paracast for our December 22, 2013 episode, my respect for him diminished quickly when he expressed his belief in the George Adamski contacts. I recalled the common schtick on an old sitcom, in which one of the stars would spit out their coffee when confronted with something unbelievably silly or stupid.
Fortunately, my office desk remained clean; I had finished my morning cup of java before the recording session began.
Over the years, I have not seen any reason to believe that MJ-12 was anything more than a hoax. The real question is who might have been responsible, and there are candidates.
One possibility is author William Moore, one of the early Roswell researchers who left the field after admitting he had been colluding with government agents in secret. There was always the irrepressible and often unreliable Rick Doty, a former AFOSI agent, who insisted that MJ-12 was real.
But did those documents even originate in the U.S.?
Consider Nick Redfern’s latest book, “Flying Saucers from the Kremlin: UFOs, Russian Meddling, Soviet Spies & Cold War Secrets,” which reveals that the Russians are not just meddling in our elections. They may also have been involved in UFO disinformation, of which MJ-12 was a part.
Of course, the Russians and the U.S. have been spying on one another since the early days of the Cold War. Dirty tricks were also involved. Indeed, it was suggested by James Carrion, a former director of MUFON, that the Ghost Rockets of the 1940s and even the Roswell crash were fabricated to spook the Russians.
Redfern’s book also covers those infamous flying saucer contactees who first came on the scene, including George Adamski, Truman Bethurum, Daniel Fry, Howard Menger and Orfeo Angelucci. Freedom of Information Act requests reveal that the FBI was interested in what they were up to, and not because any agents believed those contact claims to be true.
Certainly Adamski’s expressions of apparent sympathy with communism during his lectures was sure to attract attention by the authorities. Remember, those were the days when “red” paranoia was at its extreme. Were some of those contactees working in concert with the USSR to promote an extreme leftist agenda?
Adding the Russians into the mix of the UFO mess should come as no surprise, particularly if U.S. intelligence was trying to create the impassion that those flying objects were their own secret weapons. If true, it would certainly teach the Kremlin a thing or two about engaging in aggressive behavior.
As many have written in the past, the goings on in the UFO field during the early days surely had the fingerprints of government involvement. It may even be that some UFO-related events were meant to deflect attention away from the development of advanced aircraft. All it took was to embellish the descriptions of the maneuverability of the flying saucers — or even to fake some sightings — to foster the impression that it would be dangerous to mess with the U.S.
Add to the mix the claims of the crash of alien spacecraft, efforts to reverse engineer advanced technology, and the existence of a top secret gang to keep tabs on the whole mess, and you have more than enough information to generate lots of potential conspiracy theories.
Even if most of the unidentified flying saucer sightings represent manifestations of a genuine phenomenon, adding a few faked UFOs, alleged whistleblowers, and supposedly secret documents, would surely direct attention away from what might really be going on.
I can also see where a prominent figure in the UFO field might live a double life as a spy. Aside from a small band of loyal followers, few would take them seriously, leaving them free to engage in the requisite intelligence activities.
Well, in the cable TV drama, “The Americans,” Soviet spies are brought to America, where they start a family and run a small business, a travel agency. On the side, they are engaged in various intelligence activities which, in that series at least, sometimes included murder.
One key reason the 1980s period drama was so effective, so believable, was the fact that its creator, Joe Weisberg, is a former CIA agent.
The long and short of it is that, with all this spy and disinformation activity going on around us, it is often difficult to get a handle on where facts end, and fiction begins. Is it possible that the recent efforts to make UFOs more credible in the mainstream media are, themselves, meant to conceal other activities that we aren’t meant to know about?
Well, until the powers-that-be decide it’s the right time to let us in on the secret. If there is a secret.
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