Sunday, 20 January 2013

Through The Keyhole interview about Para-News

Last Friday (January 17, 2012) I appeared on Through The Keyhole with Karyn Dolan to talk about my new book PARA-NEWS. If you missed it, you can listen to the complete interview HERE.

Thursday, 27 December 2012

Talk Radio Europe Richard Thomas Para-News Book Interview




Is the Bermuda Triangle a good place for an alien base? Kenny Jones interviews me about a chapter in my new book Para-News: UFOs, Ghosts, Conspiracy, Cryptids - and More.

Monday, 10 December 2012

Signed copies of Para-News and Sci-Fi Worlds now available!

I am now selling signed copies of my two books, Para-News and Sci-Fi Worlds. Use the PayPal button at the bottom of this post or visit my Amazon store to make a purchase.

ISBN 9781907791727 Para-News: UFOs, Ghosts, Conspiracy, Cryptids - and More, Bretwalda Books (11 October 2012)

Product Description:
A gripping account of the very latest developments in the esoteric worlds of conspiracy theories, Ufology, paranormal investigations and the bizarre.

Most people will have heard of UFOs, ghosts and yetis, but what about the wilder shores of the paranormal, the conspiracy theorists and down right bizarre? In this book, one of the world's leading and most prolific paranormal bloggers takes readers on a voyage of discovery like no other ever written.

The key players are interviewed, explaining their views on the JFK assassination, the shadowy and sinister Illuminati, the influential Bilderberg Group, allegations of an incipient New World Order, cover ups and how hidden messages can be found in Hollywood movies such as Blade Runner and TV shows including the X-Files. Dean Haglund, Richard Dolan, Steve Watson, Richard Holland, Nick Pope, Bryce Zabel, Christopher Knowles and Nick Redfern are all here.

The book takes a critical look at timeslips, ghosts, UFOs, cryptids, mind control, aliens, disinformation, black-ops, the Bermuda Triangle and a host of other paranormal phenomena.

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ISBN 9781909099357 Sci-Fi Worlds - Doctor Who, Doomwatch, Battlestar Galactica And Other Cult TV Shows, Bretwalda Books (1 June 2012)

Product Description:
Internationally renowned blogger and writer on the paranormal, science fiction and conspiracy theories, Richard Thomas takes the reader on a tour through the galaxy of sci-fi worlds that have dominated our TV screens over the past 50 years. Along the way he interviews Nick Redfern, Nick Pope, Lex Gigeroff and others.

In this fascinating ebook, Richard Thomas explores the deeper meanings behind some of our best loved TV science-fiction shows. He looks at Dr Who, Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Doomwatch, and many others. He explores the themes used in the programmes, from time travel to transhumanism and explains some of the hidden meanings of the visual imagery shown on screen.

Contents
* Introduction
* The Eleven Faces of The Doctor
* A History of the Cybermen
* William Hartnell Back in Time
* Nick Pope: Interview With A Real Man In Black
* Interview With Nick Redfern - Author of Science Fiction Secrets
* Interview With Richard Holland - Author of Haunted Wales
* Interview With Richard Freeman of the Centre for Fortean Zoology
* Interview with Lance Parkin - Author of A History: An Unauthorised History of the Doctor Who Universe * Interview With Lex Gigeroff: Lexx Co-Writer/Actor
* Battlestar Galactica * Rise of the Planet of the Apes
* Secret Society Symbolism In Ridley Scott's Blade Runner And Other Sci-Fi Films
* Nigel Kneale * Interview With Scott Burditt - Webmaster of Doomwatch.org
* Transhumanism in Doomwatch
* Interview With Dean Haglund - Star of The X-Files And The Lone Gunmen
* Conclusions

About the Author
Richard Thomas is a freelance feature writer specialising in Fortean subjects. Richard has written for high street magazines, including Alien Worlds Magazine, Paranormal Magazine and UFO Matrix Magazine. He is also a blogger for UFOMystic and Binnall of America. In addition to writing about the paranormal and unexplained, Richard also writes a column entitled “Big Day Out” for the South Wales Evening Post, Wales’ largest circulation newspaper. His first book PARA-NEWS - UFOs, Conspiracy Theories, Cryptozoology and much much more was published by Bretwalda Books in May 2011 as an ebook. For more information about Richard Thomas go to his website at www.richardthomas.eu.

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Saturday, 3 November 2012

Time slips




Below is part of an email I received from a reader about an alleged "time slip" experience she experienced.
 
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As for my experience, I had written recently to Dr. Pam Heath regarding a paper that she had published a few years ago on place memory (although not my area of specialization, I have always been somewhat of a physics geek.) It was she who introduced me to the term “time slip,” and led me to you.

I suppose I can dispense with the urge I feel to begin by saying “I know this is going to sound crazy, but…”
 
What happened was this: Up until the 4th grade, all of my teachers had been attentive, benevolent creatures, I excelled, and school was a joy to me. That year, however, instead of spending all day in “home-room,” we began to change classes for different subjects and I found myself in a math classroom with a teacher who was always angry, especially at me for some reason. She would call on me incessantly and find a reason to upbraid me. I became so afraid that I would feel physically ill every day on the way to her class.

A few weeks into the year, she reassigned our seats because we were all “bad.” I now found myself much further back in the room, and near a side wall. Along with all of the usual things found on elementary school walls, there was a painting there, just at eye level, that I had never noticed before. I would sit and stare at it, and it made me feel calm and safe. The teacher never called on me again, despite the fact that I was clearly paying no attention. I must have done my work and turned it in, although I have no memory of doing any work in there after the painting appeared. So far, sounds psychological, right?
 
Then it gets strange. Near the close of the year, an art teacher visited our home room. He talked about various artists, gave us some simple drawing supplies, and passed around a humanities book with some color plates of paintings. One reminded me of the painting hanging in the math room; I raised my hand and said so. To my surprise, other students who shared that class with me said there was no such thing. My homeroom teacher trusted me and asked that I go down the hall and see if the math teacher would mind very much if we borrowed it for the day’s art lesson. I happily went, but when I got there, it was gone. There was nothing on that part of the wall at all, and the teacher said there never had been. I was confused and embarrassed. It did not reappear.
 
Afterward, I did my best to describe the painting to my mother, but it wasn’t enough to go on to track down the artist/image. I wondered about it on and off, but could never make sense of it. Many years later, I came across a cafĂ© selling postcards and foam-board posters on a sidewalk. While idly flipping through them, I spotted it. It was a Wyeth entitled Christina’s World; I was stunned. So, it did exist!
 
Okay, my brain did not create a painting out of nothing…but rather brought us together somehow? How? Was I transported, or was it? Why that image? What is the connection?
 
I still have no idea, but do think that Jung was correct about the existence of a collective unconsciousness, and that certain conditions can spark connections. Since then, prints and copies of Christina’s World have continued to unexpectedly pop up in my life, seemingly only during times of great stress. But it is such a famous image, I would have to concede that there is some chance of coincidence.

There you have it. Not my only brush with the paranormal, but one of the weirdest. If truth be told, I do not believe that there is a “para” normal, only a normal that most scientists have yet to fully engage, to their shame.

If you are not familiar with the group IONS, you might want to check them out.

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Top ten UFO sightings caught on surveillance cameras

Excellent guest article by Clint Henderson about UFOs caught on surveillance and security cameras. If you have an idea for a guest article email Richard Thomas at richard@richardthomas.eu


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Top UFO Sightings Caught on Surveillance & Security Cameras 
 
About the Author: Clint Henderson works for 2M CCTV, a surveillance and security solutions website. They design, install, and supply complete security systems world-wide. You can contact them for a free quote here
  
We have scoured the web for the top 10 UFO sightings captured by security and surveillance cameras. Some are a bit older than others, but if there are some you’ve seen before, here’s your chance to take a second look. Feel free to leave your comments below!

1. UFOS CAUGHT ON ISS LIVE CAMERA!!!! 4_11_2012. While reflections can be a possible explanation of these objects, it seems unlikely considering the pattern of their appearance. There is something unknown here.
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2. UFO Sighting Caught on Security Camera Russia, May 22, 2009 A mysterious object flies in from the top let corner of the screen at 0:10. What is that object flying in the atmosphere?

3. UFO CAUGHT BY CITY SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS ( MEXICO ) Well it sure isn't the moon. It looks like the Death Star. Should we be concerned?

4. Australia - UFO Hovers over Queensland, Australia The UFO is thin and long. What could it possibly be? It’s not a plane for sure.

5. Tucson, AZ July 6, 2011 UFO Caught on Security Camera The lights emitted from both UFOs are overtly brighter than a normal airplane.

6. 3 lights over Flintshire, UK - 16 July 2010 Again, another sighting of 3 lights in a triangular shape. How can there be identical reflections in a triangular shape? This cannot be a coincidence.

7. UFO Sightings Caught on US News Report LIVE July 2010 An object is clearly flying beyond the smoke. There has to explanations as to what this camera picked up.

8. UFO caught on security camera Kent UK 1998 What is that large object? Could it be a blimp, or is it a UFO? It doesn’t seem to have enough lights to be either. What do you think?


9. WebCam UFO, Phoenix, 2/14/2009 This recording is particularly interesting because the object appears as a halo. Like most UFOs what is captured is a brief light that cannot really be explained by anything.

10. UFO SIGHTING: UFO seen over Fukushima Reactor For once, an object is actually seen during the day. This makes the recording even stranger because there are no lights or glow. Just a flying object that does not look like anything known to us.

Saturday, 24 March 2012

NASA’s Project Blue Beam - Will the US Government Stage UFO Sightings in 2012?

Not since the Millennium Bug panic in the years running up to the year 2000 has a specific date been the subject of so many apocalyptic theories about the end of the world as December 21, 2012. The date believed to be the end of a 5,125-year-long cycle in the Mayan Long Count calendar.

The Maya civilisation used many calendars to measure time and record history. The main two calendars used by most ordinary Maya would have been the 260-day Tzolkin and the 365-day Haab. Because neither of these calendars numbered years, a combination of both the Tzolkin and Haab dates was used to identify the precise date. This method was sufficient because a particular combination of the two dates would not occur again for about 52 years, which was above the general life expectancy of the time.

To specify dates that occurred more than 52 years ago the Maya used another calendar called the Long Count. This calendar identified a date by counting the number of days from the day when the Maya believed that time began, on August 12, 3114 BCE. The Long Count used a 360-day year called a Tun, in which 20 Tuns made up a Katun (72,00 days) and 20 Katuns made up a Baktun (144, 000 Tuns). The 13th Baktun will be completed on December 21, 2012, which is said to be the end of the 5,125-year-long “Great Cycle.” However, sceptics say that this is a misinterpretation and that there is no evidence that the Maya believed the world would end on that day.

Whatever the truth about 2012 it would seem that someone wants us to believe something Earth shattering will happen on December 21 in that year. The doomsday theory has been featured in bestselling books, as well as documentaries, films and popular TV shows.

In the last episode of The X-Files (tantalisingly called The Truth) it is discovered by agents Mulder and Scully that aliens plan on colonising the Earth on December 21, 2012.

When I asked Dean Haglund, who played Langly in The X-Files, about the 2012 revelation in the final episode of the sci-fi cult, he told me he was sceptical about 2012 doomsday scenarios:

Here is an excellent example of a collective fear manifesting itself into popular culture. Since this airing, 2012 has become the hot topic at all the conventions, however, as Paul Dean said in our documentary, when he was talking to a Mayan priest about all of this, he said that ‘western society has it all wrong’ and that since we cannot hold a duality in our minds, a quantum Schrodinger's Cat scenario if you will, then we can only picture the end of something as a finite disaster and not both that and the re-awakening into the light.

Haglund was less sceptical, however, about the possibility that US government agencies could have been feeding information to The X-Files writers.

“I have heard that the popular culture is used as a tool by whatever elite, business, government, Illuminati, etc., to both gauge and control the populace,” The X-Files and Lone Gunmen star told me when I asked him about his comments on The Alex Jones Show back in 2005 about the script writers being approached by members of the CIA, FBI and NASA with ideas for episodes.

But why would US Government insiders want the viewers of The X-Files to associate 2012 with an alien invasion? One popular theory on the internet is NASA’s alleged partly declassified Project Blue Beam, a supposed plan by the US Government to create a “New World Order” by staging a fake UFO invasion using holograms and other advanced technology. A researcher who appeared in the documentary film The New World Order and is a screen writer himself, told me in an interview:

“The alien invasion hoax is also another reason why so many Hollywood science fiction movies involve aliens arriving in vast armadas to destroy us and take over our planet. They were quite prevalent in the 50s and you can find modern-day examples like Independence Day, War of the Worlds and even Mars Attacks. Very few movies about extra-terrestrials actually involve aliens with peaceful intentions. E.T. certainly comes to mind, but even movies where they arrive as our benevolent ‘saviours’ like The Day The Earth Stood Still, is still another permutation of the New World Order hoax, in which case it's about giving up our sovereignty, our ‘petty little differences’ as Reagan put it, and joining a fascist global regime in order to achieve an alleged ‘world peace’. It will be world peace but with a seriously heavy price on our freedoms. Mostly, though, these movies are programming us to believe that once we see vast armadas of classified military vehicles hovering in the sky, that they will in fact be UFOs driven by ‘extra-terrestrials’ who are here to ‘kill us and take over our planet.’ And then the only solution we'll be presented with will be a heavy reliance on a Militarised 'New World Order' to save us. That's where the real agenda lies.”

While many UFO researchers are sceptical about some of the specifics about Project Blue Beam, the basic premise that the US Government might be fostering the belief that UFOs represent aliens from outer space is another matter. The US government definitely has technology a lot more advanced than what they admit to having. In 1993 the “father of stealth” Ben Rich, director of Lockheed's Skunk Works from 1975 to 1991, stated at the University of California School of Engineering in 1993: “We already have the means to travel among the stars, but these technologies are locked up in black projects . . . and it would take an Act of God to ever get them out to benefit humanity.”

Other government insiders have also made comments implying the US Government were behind UFOs or at least hyping the ETH. In his book, The Secret Team, Colonial Fletcher Prouty, who was the real life basis for the Mr X character in Oliver Stone’s film JFK, speculated that with the fall of communism in the early 1990s UFOs and aliens would take the place of the Soviet Union as the new major threat to the United States.
 
"This is the fundamental game of the Secret Team. They have this power because they control secrecy and secret intelligence and because they have the ability to take advantage of the most modern communications system in the world, of global transportation systems, of quantities of weapons of all kinds, and when needed, the full support of a world-wide U.S. military supporting base structure. They can use the finest intelligence system in the world, and most importantly, they have been able to operate under the canopy of an assumed, ever-present enemy called ‘Communism.’ It will be interesting to see what ‘enemy’ develops in the years ahead. It appears that ‘UFO's and Aliens’ are being primed to fulfil that role for the future. To top all of this, there is the fact that the CIA, itself, has assumed the right to generate and direct secret operations."
   
More recently Mark Pilkington in his new book Mirage Men has argued that instead of perpetrating a UFO cover-up the US intelligence agencies have really been promoting ideas like alien abductions, UFO crashes and recoveries, and secret bases all along.

“In the book I'm specifically referring to those people from military and intelligence organisations who have used the UFO lore as a cover for their operations and, in extreme cases, have seeded new material within the UFO culture to further muddy the waters,” Mark Pilkington told me when I interviewed him in 2010. Although Mark didn’t think all UFOs were explainable.

“I'm not sceptical about UFOs themselves – people see them every day – nor am I sceptical of the existence of ET life, I believe it's out there, and I can accept that it will come here and perhaps even has done at some point in our past. What I am very sceptical of is the popular notion of ET visitation as presented in the UFO lore that has emerged since the late 1940s. This has developed out of a multi-directional feedback loop between UFO experiencers, UFO book authors, mainstream popular culture and those in the military and intelligence worlds who would exploit and shape these beliefs and ideas.”

So will the US Government or one of its alphabet agencies really stage a massive UFO sighting on December 21, 2012? We’ll have to wait to see. But with the London Olympics, Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the US presidential election all taking place in 2012 perhaps we shouldn’t be so focused on December 21 in particular.

Thursday, 15 March 2012

Top ten strangest conspiracies

In 2008 I begin writing a regular column for the website binnallofamerica.com. Called Richard’s Room 101 this bi-weekly column mostly focused on the paranormal and what most people know as conspiracy theories. Topics like 9/11 and how much the US Government and its alphabet agencies really knew ahead of the attacks, as well as secret societies, the JFK assassination, UFOs and other government cover-ups. The column also gave me the chance to interview some of the best known researchers on these topics. Men like Jim Marrs author of Crossfire: The Plot That Killed Kennedy, UFO authors Timothy Good, Richard Dolan, Nick Pope and Nick Redfern, as well as Zoological Director for the Centre for Fortean Zoology (CFZ) Richard Freeman and writer for Alex Jones’ alternative news website Infowars.com Steve Watson, and many others. I even interviewed Dean Haglund, better known as Langley in the popular 90s TV series The X-Files, who had his own opinions on why some people believe in the paranormal and conspiracy theories: "Belief and Truth! Two great ideas that are often jammed into one. For the last year, as a camera followed me around the world and we interviewed many people, like Alex Jones, Jordan Maxwell, etc, I asked them the question what is the truth and why do they believe they know it and not the other guy with a completely alternative viewpoint. Some said because they felt it or that history beard them out. But the thing that all of them had in common was the need to follow this path regardless or the personal toll it took. That the truth, however subjective it may seem, was ultimately an objective quantity that they were getting to."
 
What follows are ten of the weirdest sounding paranormal and conspiracy theories I researched while writing my column. It’s worth remembering, though, just because something might sound a bit weird doesn’t mean it’s not true, decide for yourself.

TEN: British Big Cats

Pumas and other big cats are not supposed to be roaming wild in the remote hills and countryside of Britain, but in 2010 newly released documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act revealed that a government agency tasked with investigating more than 100 big cat sightings across England since 2005, concluded that 38 were genuine.
 
But if these creatures are in fact real, and not just the stuff of myth and human imagination, where could they have come from?

According to Cryptozoologist, people who study unknown species of animal, these beasts are the descendents of escapees.

Richard Freedman of the CFZ told me, "Until the Dangerous Wild Animals Act in 1976 anyone could keep anything they wanted as a pet and up until the early 1980s any old duffer could start a zoo in their backyard! The nucleus of the current big cat population in the UK was from these irresponsible people."

Another theory is that these British big cats are a form of "Zooform." In the words of author of Monster! - The A-Z of Zooform Phenomena Neil Arnold, "a term coined by Fortean researcher Jonathan Downes who runs the CFZ to describe ‘a void of creatures’ which clearly aren't flesh and blood, yet which Cryptozoology and the paranormal realm attempts to file, and yet such 'monsters' fit into neither."

NINE: UFO Crash Retrievals

Everyone has heard about the famous Roswell incident, the alleged crash and recovery of a UFO by the US Government in the New Mexico desert in the summer of 1947. Few realise that there have been rumours of other UFO crashes, however, including some British cases.

Nick Redfern author of The Real Men in Black and other UFO books told me, "There have been rumours for many years of an alleged UFO crash - or Foo Fighter crash - in Britain at some point during the Second World War. Unfortunately, the details are very brief and no-one has really been able to pinpoint with any real accuracy what exactly happened … However, there are stories of elements of the British Government and military supposedly examining such a device - and crew - at some point prior to 1955."
 
Some British ufologists even speculate that there might be a link between this UFO crash and the JFK assassination in 1963. According to Nick, "details of this story turn up in a controversial ‘leaked’ document that has ties to the JFK assassination. And as bizarre as it may sound, there are many threads that link UFOs and the JFK assassination, which leads some people to suspect there is a direct connection."

The best known alleged British UFO crash, however, is the Berwyn Mountains crash-story of 1974. Nick Redfern said of this case, "Back in the mid-90s, I was of the opinion that a UFO had come down, then I changed my mind after reading the research of Andy Roberts. However, I still get accounts now and again from locals and retired military people (all specifically from RAF Valley, interestingly enough) of knowledge of bodies recovered and taken to Porton Down, Wiltshire. So, I'll be the first to admit that, today, it's one that continues to puzzle me."

Another famous British crash case is the 1980 Rendlesham Forest incident, which involved American airmen from RAF Woodbridge who reported seeing mysterious lights and a landed craft.

French-born American scientist Jacques Vallee has suggested that the Rendlesham Forest incident may have been some kind of psyop, pointing out that the American soldiers who went out to investigate the UFO that night were told to leave their guns behind. Former MoD UFO investigator Nick Pope is sceptical about this theory, however: "As much as I respect Jacques Vallee, the psyop theory is extremely unlikely to explain the Rendlesham Forest incident. I worked at the Ministry of Defence for 21 years. One of my jobs involved working closely with the Defence Intelligence Staff, while my final post was in a security-related job. If this had been a psyop, there is absolutely no way that the authorities would have allowed a paper trail to be generated in the way that it was. The affair would have been allowed to play itself out, but the moment people started putting things in writing, those running the psyop would have had a quiet word and stopped anything from being committed to paper. Any documents had had slipped through the net would have been quietly withdrawn."

EIGHT: RAF Rudloe Manor

If crashed UFOs have been retrieved by the British then where do they take them? Many in the British UFO research community believe that alien saucers in the possession of the British Government may have been kept at Rudloe Manor, a Royal Air Force station located south-east of Bath, between the towns of Box and Corsham.

In a guest article for my website Para-News.info historian Rupert Matthews wrote about the rumours linking the base with UFOs: "By the later 1990s the rumours had begun to take a more definite form … According to these reports, there was a vast underground complex beneath the apparently innocuous barracks and office buildings scattered in the grounds of the old manor house. This much could be checked out and was accurate. The manor had been taken over by the RAF at the start of World War II precisely because these huge underground caverns existed. They were the abandoned workings from which the much prized Bath Stone had been quarried out in the 19th century. Being deep underground the tunnels and caves were, of course, proof against German bombing. From 1940 onward a whole range of government and military units and installations were located in the tunnels of Rudloe Manor where they would be safe from the Luftwaffe. Much of what went on there at the time is now well known and while it was all vital to the war effort is hardly controversial."

Nick Redfern has also investigated Rudloe Manor-UFO connection, telling me: "The whole Rudloe-UFO saga has been a puzzle in itself. There's no doubt that the RAF's Provost & Security Services - who were based at Rudloe for two decades - have played a role in official UFO investigations. There are even a few declassified files available at the National Archive, Kew. But the big question is the extent, or otherwise, of those investigations. Some researchers have suggested - and particularly Matthew Williams in the mid-to-late 90s - that Rudloe's role went far beyond that officially admitted by the MoD. Others merely see it as a minor aspect of official UFO investigations that got blown up out of proportion by the UFO research community. As with the Berwyn case, I still get accounts now and again from people talking about how, at one point at least, Rudloe was involved at a far deeper level. But I will concede that actually proving this has not happened yet."

SEVEN: The Illuminati and Secret Society Symbolism

Fans of Dan Brown’s novel Angels & Demons will be familiar with the Illuminati and the conspiracy theory that this secret society behind world events hides its secret symbols and messages in art and architecture. One film riddled with examples of alleged "Illuminati Symbolism" is Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner, a film based on a novel by sci-fi author Philip K. Dick.

In that film, there are numerous examples of symbols and ideas often associated with the Illuminati and other popular secret society conspiracy theories on the web. "The Owl of Bohemia," the "all-seeing eye," even David Icke's Reptilians (an extra-dimensional race of reptiles, of which, Queen Elizabeth II is supposedly a member of) are given a nod to in the form of a replicant snake! And all this in 1982 … which was more than a decade before the internet gave conspiracy theorists the power to reach millions around the world with their exciting mix of in-depth research and New Age paranoia.

Author of the popular Secret Sub blog Christopher Knowles has his own thoughts on Dick and Blade Runner: "Well, we know that Dick was all over anything weird or mystical, but I don’t think he had much involvement in the movie itself. Blade Runner kind of presents us with this kind of technocratic dystopia that some of these elite cult types would see as the paradise of their apotheosis. The cognitive elite in their penthouses and the poor, teeming masses huddled in the streets and the middle class a distant memory. The constant rain is kind of like the piss of the new gods in that regard. Maybe Scott incorporated some of those symbols as part of the overall social critique of this world that runs throughout the film. Maybe it was the screenwriter David Peoples, who also did similar films like Twelve Monkeys and Soldier."
 
SIX: Mind Control and Assassinations
 
About 80% of Americans say in polls that they believe there was a conspiracy to kill President Kennedy in Dallas, TX in 1963. But many believe that there was also a conspiracy to kill his brother Robert Kennedy. The gunman Sirhan Sirhan has never been able to consciously remember the details of the shooting and has only been able to recall what happened under hypnosis. In the pages of a diary Sirhan kept leading up the assassination he wrote over and over again phrases like "RFK must die" and RFK must be assassinated, leading some to believe he was being mind controlled.

There are also other signs that Sirhan was hypnotized the night of the assassination. Witnesses who saw Sirhan before the assassination that night said that he looked like he was in a trance and later after the assassination when police shined a torch in Sirhan's eyes his pupils were dilated as if Sirhan had been drugged. Richard Dolan, author of UFOs and the National Security State, thinks that Sirhan may have been the victim of a CIA programme called "MK-Ultra." In a text interview for my blog Dolan wrote: "The technology of mind control is more substantial and goes back much farther than many people realize. There were substantial efforts by the CIA and other agencies from the 1940s onward to find ways of harnessing the human mind. We all know about how the CIA pioneered the use of LSD during the 1950s, but many people forget it was in order to find the ultimate mind control chemical. Advances in hypnosis were also far more profound than is generally believed."
 
FIVE: The Cryptoterrestrials

The initials UFO stand for Unidentified Flying Object. The extraterrestrial hypothesis is simply the most popular explanation for the UFO phenomenon. But if these mysterious objects don’t come from outer space where else could they come from. The only other alternative is that they originate from this world, either built by a parallel human civilization we know nothing about, or perhaps even stranger another species native to this planet existing in the remotest parts of planet Earth. Perhaps deep underground or beneath the seas.
 
Before his untimely death in 2009, Mac Tonnies wrote a book entitled The Cryptoterrestrials exploring this theory. In a text interview for my blog Tonnies wrote: "Cultures all over the world seem to have a special affinity with insect intelligence, a theme we seem to see reiterated in Western pop culture's eponymous image of the ‘Gray’ alien. ‘Trippers’ who ingest DMT sometimes describe similar insect-like entities. The question that naturally arises is whether we're indeed making contact with an intelligence external to our own minds or else tapping into some neural legacy."

FOUR: Alien Abductions
 
Just as the UFO phenomenon has no single explanation there are various different explanations for the alien abduction phenomenon. Some cases will be hoaxes and some may be attributable to some form of hallucination or delusion. To this we can probably add vivid dreams, sleep paralysis, false memory syndrome and various other factors. However, these explanations can’t explain all cases.

Scientific studies of the abductees show no evidence of psychopathology or falsehood and suggest that in recalling their experiences they exhibit physiological reactions (e.g. increased heart rate and perspiration) not seen in control groups of non-abductees.

Nick Pope told me, "My own case files on this run to about 100 incidents. The most compelling involves a young woman called Brigitte Grant (a pseudonym), who I worked with for a number of years. There's some information about her on the internet, but she's dropped out of ufology now and witness confidentiality precludes my saying anything not already in the public domain."

When I interviewed best selling UFO author Timothy Good he told me about two encounters with extraterrestrial beings he thought he had had:
Yes, in fact I've had several encounters with beings I believe were from elsewhere. The first occurred at a diner near the Arizona/California border in November 1963 while I was on tour with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. It would take me too long to go into all the details, but it involved an unusual young woman who - in the presence of three of my colleagues - responded very positively, but non-verbally, to my telepathic question as to whether she was from elsewhere. Just after we left the diner in our convoy of three coaches, I was astonished to see a road sign for Desert Center - I'd no idea we were anywhere near there. Quite a coincidence! 
The second encounter took place in the lobby of a hotel in the middle of New York in February 1967, between a rehearsal and concert with the London Symphony Orchestra. About half-an-hour after I'd transmitted a telepathic request for definitive proof that some aliens were living among us, an immaculately suited man walked into the lobby then sat beside me. Following my telepathic request to indicate by means of a certain sign if he was the person I was looking for, he did so immediately. Neither of us spoke. It was a cathartic experience for me.

THREE: The Secret Space Programme

Back in 2005 Garry McKinnon made international headlines after he was charged with various counts of hacking into Pentagon and NASA computers, in search of what the computer hacker described as ‘free energy technology,’ which McKinnon believed the US Government had reversed engineered from recovered UFOs.
 
While the mainstream media largely concentrated on the US Government's dubious claim that McKinnon caused some $700,000 worth of damages to its computers, some truly out this world comments the supposed "cyber terrorist" made to the author of The Men Who Stare At Goats, Jon Ronson, in an interview printed in the July 9, 2005 edition of The Guardian were all but ignored. In particular, McKinnon’s assertions that while hacking into the US space command he discovered "lists of officers names" under the tantalising heading "Non-Terrestrial Officers" as well as records of what McKinnon called ‘fleet-to-fleet transfers' and a "list of ship names."

Rather than extraterrestrials, though, the computer hacker told The Guardian columnist that he thought he had found evidence of a secret space program of some kind. When Ronson asked McKinnon "The Americans have a secret spaceship?" McKinnon answering, "That's what this trickle of evidence has led me to believe."

Author of UFOs and the National Security State Richard Dolan has speculated that advanced technology obtained via UFO crash retrievals in the 1940s and 50s could of lead to the creation of a ‘parallel human civilisation’ separate from any government with its own secret space program: "That’s when I realized, very concretely, that the notion of space anomalies was indeed a serious topic. I began to consider: if there is covert interest in the anomalies on Mars, would there be a covert space program to investigate? To this day, I don’t know the answer with certainty, but over the years I have encountered no shortage of quiet, serious-minded people who tell me of their knowledge that there is such a covert program. One component of this, it appears, has to do with the Moon. Are there bases on the far side of the Moon? Again, I do not know for sure, but I cannot rule it out. More than once, people I consider to be informed insiders have steered me in this direction."

TWO: Chemtrails and Population Reduction

Chemtrails, not to be confused with airplane contrails, are a new phenomena which has struck all over the world. Chemtrails differ from conventional airplane vapour contrails in that they usually extend continuously and expand to transform into a cirrus type cloud layer.

Texas author Jim Marrs wrote about the chemtrail phenomenon in a guest article for Para-News.info: "High levels of Barium, along with aluminum oxide, already had been identified among the contents of chemtrails by tests. During a three month period in 2002, three separate rainwater and snow samples from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, were collected and submitted for formal double-blind laboratory analysis. Therese Aigner, an accredited environmental engineer, found significant amounts of barium, aluminum, calcium, magnesium and titanium in the samples, all of which had a verified chain of custody. Ms Aigner concluded that that the consistency of the findings indicated 'a very controlled delivery (dispersion) of chemtrails by aircraft in your area.' She added that whoever was responsible for the chemtrails was violating more than a half dozen federal laws and regulations."
 
But if the governments of the world are conspiring together to covertly spray the global population with dangerous chemicals, why are they doing this?
 
The Bilderberg conference is an annual secret meeting of approximately 140 of the world’s most influential politicians and business leaders. Some Bilderberg researchers believe the covert spraying is part of a long term plan to reduce overpopulation: "Although many of the hypotheses regarding chemtrails warrant further investigation, I keep veering towards the population control agenda. Henry Kissinger's NSSM-200 states the global elite's plan to reduce world populations by at least 3 billion by the year 2050. This number could be far greater if you believe the Georgia Guide-stones or Ted Turner's pronouncement that 95% of world populations need to be eliminated. NSSM-200 states that artificial food scarcity can be created and used as a weapon to create famines, thus reducing the world population to more manageable levels."

ONE: NASA’s Project Blue Beam

Project Blue Beam is an alleged NASA plan to stage a fake alien invasion using holograms and use this staged crisis to create an authoritarian world government. The basic premise of Project Blue Beam that the US alphabet agencies like the CIA encouraging the belief that UFOs=aliens was explored by Mark Pilkington in his book Mirage Men.
The earliest version of this story I know of is a speech made by British Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden to the UN in March 1947, in which he posits that an invasion by Martians would be the only thing that might unite the world's nations. Of course the Roswell incident took place four months later, something that was picked up on by former intelligence agent Bernard Newman in his 1948 novel The Flying Saucer. In which scientists stage a fake invasion to bring about world peace.
 
Reagan famously alluded to the idea again in 1987, also talking to the UN. It's a common motif in science fiction - I was recently pointed to an Outer Limits episode, “The Architects of Fear,” which follows the same premise. There are rumours that Wernher von Braun believed that a false ET invasions was on the cards, and it's something that UFO researcher and Manhattan Project scientist Leon Davidson also talked about in the 1960s referring to the contactees, who he thought were being deceived in elaborate setups by the intelligence agencies. It's a very appealing idea whether true or not.

As a screenwriter and filmmaker himself conspiracy researcher Timucin Leflef sees evidence that we are all being programmed via TV and films to fear an alien invasion: "The alien invasion hoax is also another reason why so many Hollywood science fiction movies involve aliens arriving in vast armadas to destroy us and take over our planet. They were quite prevalent in the 50s and you can find modern-day examples like Independence Day, War of the Worlds and even Mars Attacks. Very few movies about extra-terrestrials actually involve aliens with peaceful intentions. E.T. certainly comes to mind, but even movies where they arrive as our benevolent "saviours" like The Day The Earth Stood Still, is still another permutation of the New World Order hoax, in which case it's about giving up our sovereignty, our 'petty little differences' as Reagan put it, and joining a fascist global regime in order to achieve an alleged 'world peace.' It will be world peace but with a seriously heavy price on our freedoms."