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Intelligence Community Influence Is a Ufology Staple

Intelligence Community Influence Is a Ufology Staple

     Historian Aaron J. Gulyas is doing a podcast, The Saucer Life, and I recommend checking it out. Gulyas is a longtime researcher, writer, and presenter in the UFO community. He does good work and his podcast is entertaining, as well as full of intriguing, well sourced tidbits. The Nov. 26 episode, Encounter 206: And then the feds showed up…, addressed the type of circumstances often explored here at The UFO Trail.

The show focused on a chain of events involving the 1954 Detroit Flying Saucer Club. Gulyas cited declassified FBI documents he located at The Black Vault which indicate members of the Saucer Club became

Jack Brewer
By Jack Brewer
The UFO Trail
12-5-17

concerned about the potentially anti-American and subversive activities of other attendees. A concerned citizen contacted the FBI, touching off an investigation, a series of covert interactions surrounding FBI agents and club members, and, as Gulyas put it, an example of why government interest in flying saucers was really never about the saucers in some cases.

Points I find interesting about the saga include similarities between mid 20th century fear of communist aggression and current day Islamophobia. For instance, activities at least one Detroit Flying Saucer Club member felt warranted reporting to the FBI included the expression of anti-nuclear war sentiments and the promotion of peace. Not exactly treason, but apparently disturbing enough for a self-described patriotic American to call the feds.

Also of interest was a central figure, Laura Mundo, who conducted a campaign to promote the film The Day the Earth Stood Still. We might reasonably assume her support of predominant themes in the movie – namely, aliens, universal peace and disarmament – primarily fueled her interest in the film, pending substantial reasons to suspect otherwise.

It’s an intriguing side plot that the CIA in all likelihood substantially influenced the production of The Day the Earth Stood Still. As writer/researcher Robbie Graham pointed out, verified propaganda specialists were employed on the set as a production chief and a script writer, among other significant circumstances (see Graham’s book Silver Screen Saucers and paper The CIA, the Movie Mogul, and ‘The Day the Earth Stood Still’).

This presents any number of interesting scenarios, including Mundo becoming indirectly influenced by intelligence agencies conducting projects using the UFO topic as a tool. She was neither the first nor the last to be ensnared in the cloak and dagger activities of such agencies, seemingly at least sometimes unaware of the actions and objectives of one another. The Saucer Life might lead us to revisit some related circumstances.

Intelligence and UFO Communities

As we have previously explored, investigation of espionage has been much more relevant to the UFO community than its disproportionately low amount of attention suggests. Espionage and counterespionage operations have significantly shaped UFO-related beliefs, inadvertently or otherwise, of any number of community members, some of them more directly and noticeably than others. This is often without so much as a smattering of discussion. What’s more, the involvement of intelligence personnel in ufology is not only nothing new, but a staple. If we were to make a Venn diagram of the intelligence and UFO communities – particularly ufology’s high profile members – the much larger circle of the former would significantly overlap the latter.

The birth of the modern era of UFOs was fathered by the intelligence community. The ghost rockets, Kenneth Arnold story, Roswell saga and more are saturated with IC involvement and verifiable instances of under the table activities.

The contactee movement, which, as Gulyas reports, included Laura Mundo’s support of George Adamski, was itself saturated with intel implications as well. To omit the involvement of the IC in an exploration of the contactee era would render an incomplete assessment. As a matter of fact, many ufology circumstances from the times involved intelligence agencies, as Gulyas is exploring at The Saucer Life. The cases are many and frequent.

The USAF Office of Special Investigations became a regular player in the UFO genre, and the FBI always was. Career CIA and NSA personnel substantially contributed to the evolving fantastic story lines and subplots, ranging from sitting on boards of directors of UFO organizations to making sensational yet unsubstantiated claims themselves. The list goes on.

The covertly CIA-sponsored Robertson Panel suggested to the Agency in 1953 that UFO “organizations should be watched because of their potentially great influence on mass thinking if widespread sightings should occur. The apparent irresponsibility and the possible use of such groups for subversive purposes should be kept in mind.”

CIA Instruction To Fabricate
View the full transcript of the Jan. 30, 1954 CIA cable
via the State Department

Far from above such subversive actions itself, the CIA recommended in 1954 to operatives in Guatemala to consider fabricating a story about flying saucers. The objective was to distract public attention from Agency sponsorship of a coup in the Central American nation.

It began that way in ufology in the mid 20th century, and it really hasn’t changed a whole lot since. “Disclosure activists” are indeed continuing to hang their hopes on the cryptic statements of intelligence personnel, arguably reading between the lines exactly what they desire to find. What’s more, the much discussed Tom DeLonge identifies himself as willing and able to sort IC fact from fiction and inform us of what he “knows” about the alien presence. Actual substance is disappointingly – and quite noticeably – absent from his disclosures.

I can understand when UFO enthusiasts aren’t interested in the intelligence community. I really can. I realize many people want to hear about unexplained phenomena. It’s interesting, and very few of us ever picked up our first UFO book or attended our first conference to learn about the significance of espionage in the UFO community. There are indeed any number of intriguing UFO cases with well presented research surrounding them. It’s reasonable to find them of interest.

It is nonetheless equally true that the mid 20th century to present era of UFOs includes substantial activity of the intelligence community. The reasons are many, and the objectives, whatever they all may be, are different from one situation to the next. The fallout is relevant. Whether we choose to find it more interesting to stock our bookshelves with reports of unusual phenomena, or the social circumstances surrounding them, may at times be considered comparable to viewing an optical illusion, the kind in which we see either a vase or two faces opposite one another, depending on perspective. It might sometimes be worth remembering that the entire disorienting illusion was created by an artist in the first place.

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Flying Objects Stir Inquiry By Pentagon | UFO CHRONICLE – 1957

Flying Objects Stir Inquiry By Pentagon - LA Mirror News 11-6-1957

     The Pentagon is “greatly concerned” about many reports of unidentified flying objects fitting about the country, and is “directing a very thorough investigation,” Col.Dean Hess, Air Force public information officer here, said this afternoon.
By LA The Mirror News
11-6-1957

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Pursuit of UFOs Dangerous for Hynek | UFO CHRONICLE – 1966

Pursuit of UFOs Hard On Hynek - Chicago Daily News 4-2-1966

     The peril of pursuing Flying Saucers [UFOs] has come home to J. Allen Hynek, the distinguished Northwestern University astronomer with the pointed beard.
By Arthur J. Snider
Chicago Daily News
4-2-1966

He has been denounced as a prevaricator, accused of cover-up and threatened with harm if he returns to Michigan.

The wave of belligerence is the outgrowth of his report a week ago that the flying saucer sightings there were produced by marsh gas.

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First Person To Report UFO’s Still Believes in Phenomenon | UFO CHRONICLE – 1977

First Person To Report UFO's Still Believes in Phenomenon (Kenneth Arnold) - Grit 7-10-1977

     On June 24, 1947, Kenneth Arnold, of Meridian, Idaho, was flying his two-seater plane from Chehalis to Yakima, Washington, over Mt Rainier.
Grit
7-10-1977

Suddenly, there in his path, he said, were nine shiny, pulsating objects flying over the Cascade Mountains as fast as 1,700 miles per hour. They were moving in a strange weaving motion.

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Russia Taking UFOs Seriously

Russia Taking UFOs Seriously - Statesman Journal (Salem Oregon) 11-27-1967

     The Soviet Union has taken an about face on Flying Saucers [UFOs]. After dismissing them as “fairy tales” and an “American hoax,” it has created a government commission to investigate the many sightings over Russian territory and to find out what they are.
BY The Statesman Journal
11-27-1967

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Scientists Probing UFO Mystery | UFO CHRONICLE – 1967

Scientists Probing UFO Mystery - Morning Call (Allentown Pennsylvania 7-23-1967)

     … Dr Edward Condon, physicist, is in a sense looking for UFOs. He heads a team of scientists investigating reports of UFOs, which some persons believe are visitors from distant planets….
The Morning Call
7-23-1967

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Gen. Curtis LeMay on UFOs over Ancient Egypt

General Curtis LeMay, UFOs and Ancient Egypt

     General Curtis LeMay was a larger than life figure who rose to prominence through his command of bombers in the second World War, and and afterwards for his development of the United States’ armed warfare during the Cold War. For an overview of his military career, see the biography at the Air Force’s site.
By Curt Collins
thesaucersthattimeforgot
9-26-17

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To UFO buffs, Gen. LeMay is best known for his role in the anecdote that Senator Barry Goldwater told….

Remarks at a Rodeo

Gen. Curtis LeMay, asked what he thought about flying saucers, replied:

“The best information in my opinion on them is to be found in a book written by an Englishman explaining numerous such mysteries. He says that the first flying saucers were seen in Egypt about the year 3,000 B. C.”

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“UFOs and Nukes” Documentary Takes On Controversial Topic

UFOs and Nukes – The Secret Link Revealed

Since the dawn of the atomic age, UFOs have been
monitoring humankind’s use and storage of nuclear weapons.

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     Hastings’short-and-sweet documentary is actually well done and uses believable graphics and re-enactments that tone down the

By Andrew W. Griffin
www.reddirtreport.com
8-1-17

usual “cheese” level you can get with “fringe” documentaries of this nature. Hastings makes it clear that this is no joke and that if the unknown individuals piloting these mysterious craft can disable nuclear weapons – or, more scarily – trigger launch countdowns, only to stop them at will – it is something humanity needs to address openly and honestly.

And when Hastings is asked why these UFOs are interfering with humankind’s civilization-ending weapons arsenal, he suggested that “they” are warning humanity not to “play with fire.”

We agree. And seven years ago, CNN took the topic seriously enough to provide coverage of a Washington press conference addressing the subject of UFOs and their links to nukes. Sobering stuff.

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Perpetrators of National UFO Hoax Reunite

Perpetrators of National UFO Hoax Reunite

Trainee engineers from the former Royal Aircraft Establishment
put the nation on high alert in 1967 with their flying saucers

      Masterminds of a national alien hoax cooked up in Farnborough in 1967 are holding a reunion on the eve of its 50th anniversary.

A band of mischievous trainee engineers from the MoD’s ( Ministry of

By Fergus McEwan
www.getsurrey.co.uk
8-27-17

Defence ) Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAE) in Farnborough were behind the audacious prank.

The ringleaders, aged just 21 at the time, came up with the idea to raise money for charity as part of the college’s Rag Week.

They also wanted to see how the authorities would react if there was an alien invasion, and to find out just how prepared Britain was.

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Mystery Discs (UFOs) Trail Plane | UFO CHRONICLE – 1959

Mystery Discs Trail Plane Here (Headline) - Detroit Times 2-25-1959
Detroit Times / 2-25-1959

     … Clearly visible off the left wing was were what appeared to be three saucer-shaped orange-yellow lights moving along with the plane.
Flagship News
3-9-1959

“They aren’t stars,” continued the captain, “and no airplanes have colors like that,” He told his passengers to “make up your own minds what they are.”

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