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UFO Files: Are You On The List? Pt. 1&2

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1 UFO Files: Are You On The List? Pt. 1&2 on Thu Sep 10, 2015 10:10 am



UFO Files: Are You On The List? Pt. 1

  •  September 10, 2015
  •  Nick Redfern

Is it just paranoia to suspect that agencies of government might take an interest in you for researching and writing about UFOs? Well, no, actually, it’s not. Not at all. The Freedom of Information Acts (FOIA) of more than a few nations have demonstrated time and again that, yes, elements of the UFO research community have been watched. And not just for years, but for decades. It’s very important to keep things in perspective, however. And I’ll explain exactly what I mean by that.
On more than a few occasions, a UFO researcher who we can prove has been the subject of official files, has also spent time digging into other potentially sensitive areas that might attract the attention of agencies of government, the military, and/or the intelligence community. This is an issue I wrote about extensively in my 2006 book, On the Trail of the Saucer Spies. It’s worth noting, however, that a great deal more (and relevant) data has surfaced since the publication of my book, and which demonstrates how and why they watch us.
Certainly, the lengthiest FOIA files are those on the Contactees of the 1950s. Or, it may be more accurate to say that I’m talking about the lengthiest files currently in the public domain. Admittedly, we don’t know the full extent of what still goes on behind closed doors. But, what we can say for sure is that both George Adamski and George Van Tassel were the subjects of extensive investigations by the FBI. Was it because J. Edgar Hoover wanted to know if long-haired Venusians were really visiting the Earth? Or if fellow Contactee, Truman Bethurum, got down and dirty with a hot space-babe named Aura Rhanes? Nope.

George Adamski
Bear in mind the time-frame: it was in the early 1950s that most of the surveillance of Adamski took place. This was the period of McCarthyism and “Reds under the beds” scares. And who was loudly claiming that his hippie-like space-buddies were dreaded commies? George Adamski, that’s who. He was saying it to sizable audiences, too. And let’s not forget the thousands of people who read his books. Adamski also stated that communism was the way of the future and that Russia was destined to dominate the world. The completely understandable concerns the FBI had about Adamski revolved around not what he claimed to know about UFOs, but of the possibility that he was using the flying saucer phenomenon as a means to spread communism. In that sense, it would be amazing if there wasn’t a file on Adamski!
As for George Van Tassel, the FBI had a more cordial relationship with him – and probably because while working at Hughes Aircraft in the 1940s, Van Tassel helped FBI agent Walter Bott on a number of investigations. Yes, the FBI visited Van Tassel on a few occasions and asked him to do describe his experiences with the Space-Brothers. The files, however, show that the FBI was particularly interested in the fact that many of Van Tassel’s lectures focused on controversial matters relative to atomic weapons (and the dangers they posed), religion, and the economy.
Files declassified via UK FOIA laws show that, close to 60 years ago, the UK Police Force’s Special Branch took an interest in a famous Contactee named George King (of Aetherius Society fame). While Special Branch concluded that King was – and I quote – “obviously a crank,” its personnel took far more than a passing interest in King’s political stance. A declassified Special Branch document of May 7, 1958 states:
“Since 1st June 1957, the date of the last report about the Aetherius Society, this organisation has remained active in its campaign against nuclear weapon tests, and in this respect its policy is closely allied with that of the Communist Party. However, there is still no evidence of open communist association with the Society.”
It doesn’t take a genius to see what was going through the minds of Special Branch staff. Here was a man, who had a degree of prominence, and who was speaking out against the British Government’s stance on atomic weapons. Special Branch’s “crank” comments show that it was not UFOs – directly – that concerned the police. It was the political nature of the cosmic, brotherly message King was spreading that bothered them and which led them to compile a 40-page dossier on the man.

Then there’s the infamous (and alleged) UFO crash at Aztec, New Mexico in March 1948. This notorious affair – a “little brother” to Roswell, one might say – attracted the FBI’s attention to a notable degree. But not so much because of the crash. Or the hoax, depending on your perspective. The reason was because two of the key players in the story were Silas Newton (whose FBI file you can find here) and Leo Gebauer. The G-Men were knew exactly who they were, and were far from impressed by either man. Which is hardly surprising.
Newton had a long history of controversial deals. The words “mining swindle” and “under indictment” leap out of the FBI’s files on Newton. As for Gebauer, in 1941, as FBI records show, he referred to Adolf Hitler as nothing less than “a swell fellow.” He added that the United States would benefit from having “two men” to run the country, in much the same way that Hitler ruled Germany. And he called the Brits “a dirty bunch of rats.” Something which would have led me to give Gebauer a good kicking and a few precisely delivered punches had I been around back then.
So, yes, we have a situation where FBI agents very closely monitored both Newton and Gebauer. And at the height of the Aztec UFO affair, too. But, who can blame the FBI? After all, both men were up to their necks in controversy, as well as things that were so shady you would imagine the pair lived under a permanent solar eclipse!
Now, with the past done with, it’s time to bring things up to date. Keep a look-out for part-2…

Thanks to:

  I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity ~ Edgar Allan Poe

2 Re: UFO Files: Are You On The List? Pt. 1&2 on Thu Sep 10, 2015 10:12 am



UFO Files: Are You On The List? Pt. 2

  •  September 10, 2015
  •  Nick Redfern

Part-1 of this article demonstrated that, as far back as the late 1940s/early 1950s, government agencies opened files on many figures within the field of Ufology. As I noted, this included such characters as George Van Tassel, Silas Newton, George Adamski, Leo Gebauer, and George King. As I also noted, however, the thrust of the surveillance was not directly connected to UFOs. It actually revolved around certain other issues which those same figures were tied to. We’re talking about people who – as well as looking for aliens – were also championing the world’s biggest piece of scum that ever lived (Adolf Hitler), engaging in swindles and cons, and promoting communism.
All of which brings us to today. Where, exactly, do things stand now? Well, it’s pretty much the same as it was way back then. As I noted in part-1, in 2006 I wrote a book titled On the Trail of the Saucer Spies, which was a full-length investigation of the monitoring of the UFO research community by intelligence- and military-based agencies. After the book was published, the well-known UFO researcher Dr. Bruce Maccabee reviewed it for The Journal of Scientific Exploration. He noted the following in his review:
“…After I spoke at a UFO conference near Washington, D.C. in February 1993, I was contacted by an assistant military attaché who was stationed at the Russian Embassy. He wanted to know how to obtain US government files on UFOs…you can imagine my surprise and amusement when, about six months later, while I was at work I got a call from the ‘dreaded’ FBI…it became obvious to me that the agent didn’t know much about the UFO phenomenon and was amused to learn about the FBI files on the subject. But he was especially interested in my interactions with the military attaché.”

George King
This, of course, is very similar to the situation spelled out in part-1 of this article, in which the UK Police Force’s Special Branch opened a file on George King of the Aetherius Society. Not because King was championing the UFO phenomenon, but because he was an adherent of the idea that nuclear disarmament was a good thing. Something which surely pleased the Kremlin. And it wasn’t UFOs that caused the FBI to pay Maccabee a visit. It was that certain Russian military attaché who, no doubt, was following some not entirely innocent agenda. To say the least.
Also not long after my On the Trail of the Saucers Spies was published, a batch of interesting and entertaining files surfaced under the provisions of the Australian Freedom of Information Act. From the archives of the Australian Security Intelligence Organization (ASIO) we learned that Australian UFO researchers had been watched because of wide and varied concerns. That list included matters relative to communism, vegetarianism, and even nudism! It’s clear that the ASIO was focusing its attention on people who it viewed as “different.” And that included UFO researchers. No doubt, those researchers who were communist, avoided meat, and regularly ran around butt-naked became the subjects of the most comprehensive files!
Decades after the Special Branch file on George King was closed, its personnel were on the trail of a couple more men who were causing them concern. Their names were Robin Cole and Matthew Williams. In the mid-1990s, Cole focused his attention on a place in Cheltenham, England called the Government Communications Headquarters. For those who may not know, GCHQ is the UK equivalent of Edward Snowden’s former employers, the National Security Agency. That Cole was asking a lot of questions not just about UFOs and GCHQ, but about the agency itself, led him to get the kind of visit that Bruce Maccabee got for chatting with a pesky Russian. [url= Cole gchq&f=false]Special Branch knocked on Cole’s front-door[/url], he let them in, and then found himself grilled by two detectives who wanted to know what he was up to with his GCHQ research. And why.
As for Williams, at the same time Cole was digging deep into the world of GCHQ, he was poking his nose where it definitely wasn’t wanted: a military installation in Wiltshire, England, called Royal Air Force Rudloe Manor. It’s a place where – the UFO rumor-mill of the day suggested – top secret research into UFOs was taking place. There were even rumors of dead aliens stored deep below the base, and amid numerous winding tunnels, caves and caverns.
Matt Williams took a memorable and alternative approach to finding the truth of the Rudloe-UFO link. On several occasions he stealthily scaled the fence of the base and photographed just about anything and everything he could before quickly escaping. And on more than a couple of times, he penetrated those old tunnels, too. Williams also knew Robin Cole. And, as a result of all this, Special Branch was soon seeking to find out what Williams’ agenda was. And what his link was to Cole. Forget UFOs: Special Branch suspected Williams was collecting data for terrorists, and using his UFO research as a convenient cover-story.

Yet again, we’re seeing extensive surveillance of UFO researchers, but in situations where UFOs themselves are not actually the primary area of interest. It’s what else is going on in the lives of those same researchers that so often prompts an agency to sit up and take notice. You should remember that. If you suspect, or even have evidence, that you’re being watched, it may not be because you recently interviewed some old guy who claimed to have seen the Roswell bodies. It may be because you once demonstrated against the war in Iraq. Or because you penned an article on the Patriot Act.
I’m not, of course, saying that ufologists are never watched specifically because of their UFO pursuits. What I am saying, however, is that, so far, just about everything that has surfaced via Freedom of Information legislation shows that UFOs were secondary. It was concerns about communism, terrorism, subversion, and alternative lifestyles which dominated the investigations. And which, in many ways, is even more interesting than if it were just little gray men with big, black eyes that provoked all the surveillance…

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  I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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