Tag Archives: UFOs, Alien Abduction

MK-ULTRA Settlement in the News

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) recently ran this headline (both the title and sub-title are noteworthy):

Federal government quietly compensates daughter of brainwashing experiments victim
Lawsuit filed after The Fifth Estate re-aired documentary about Dr. Ewen Cameron’s CIA-funded experiments

I’ve mentioned the film (not a documentary) called “The Sleep Room” before on this blog. It’s very good. You get a clear idea of what Cameron did, the CIA’s role, why the CIA was able to circumvent legal consequences, and the reality of MK-ULTRA. It’s story-telling that is based on historical events. The Fifth Estate documentary has the same goals. I recommend watching both.

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PEERANORMAL Episode 10: Interview with Jack Brewer on Hypnosis, Alleged Alien Abduction, and U.S. Mind Control History

Jack Brewer is the force behind the excellent blog, The UFO Trail. Since 2009 Jack has devoted considerable time to researching the connections between elements of the alien abduction narrative, hypnosis techniques used to “recover” memories of the alleged abduction experience, and research programs and personnel associated with documented government mind control programs such as MK-ULTRA. These connections are well documented in his book The Greys Have Been Framed: Exploitation in the UFO Community. Jack shares elements of his research in this interview.


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Dr. Ellen Tarr Has Some Good Questions for the FREE UFO Experiencer Survey Folks

This post over at the information-rich UFO Chronicles website drew my attention for reasons I can’t fully divulge right now: “Questioning Alien Abduction Research Methodology.” The post leads to another post by Dr. Ellen Tarr, accurately describes as “a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Immunology [and] an Associate Professor at Midwestern University.” I’ve corresponded with Prof. Tarr in regard to her recent paper on the misunderstandings over (and abuse of) Rh-Negative blood factor. Seems some “researchers” out there want to associate this blood factor with alien hybrids and nephilim offspring (eye-rolls are appropriate at this point). Dr. Tarr graciously gave me a copy of her presentation, which is awaiting publication — hence I can’t get into its details here, at least right now. But take note, all you out there who think such misguided thoughts about Rh-factor blood. Tarr not only shows these ideas to be absurd; she shows the whole thought process about Rh-Negative to be woefully uninformed. You might want to recant early before her work appears in publication. Just a heads up.

Anyway … The above post leads to Dr. Tarr’s thoughts on the recent research survey by FREE (Foundation for Research into Extraterrestrial Encounters). I blogged about the survey back in July. Dr. Tarr has some critical things to say about the study in her post, “Not So Fast on the UFO Warm Fuzzies.” Here’s her first paragraph:

On Feb. 19, Motherboard posted an article by Daniel Oberhaus entitled, “This Neuroscientst Wants to Know Why People Who See UFOs Feel So Good.” The interview with Dr. Bob Davis discussed recent results of the FREE (Foundation for Research into Extraterrestrial Encounters) study. Information about the study as well as results from the Phase 1 and Phase 2 surveys can be found on the FREE website. The finding highlighted in the article and in their first paper is that of 3,057 people studied who have conscious memory of “contact with a physical craft associated with some form of non-human intelligence,” approximately 85% “are being transformed in a very positive behavioral or psychospiritual way.” This is an interesting finding, and even Davis points out that is wasn’t what was expected. However, there are a number of reasons these claims should be interpreted with caution and at least a little skepticism.

The short post is worth the read. I’ve asked FREE for the raw data of the survey, which, not surprisingly, they won’t release. Too many of the questions are, in my view (and I’m certain survey-creation professionals would agree and see even more) far too leading. Why not subject the questions (the whole idea really) to those who specialize in the language of such things? Hmmm.

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Aliens and Demons: New 90-Minute Documentary

This has been quite a while in coming, and I had to keep it under wraps. My employer, Faithlife (makers of Logos Bible Software) has a relatively new streaming TV channel called Faithlife TV. They’re about to launch a documentary featuring some of my thoughts on an immensely popular fringe topic of UFOs and alleged alien contact. You can watch the trailer here.

As many readers till know, I’ve had a presence in the UFO community since the publication of my first novel, The Façade. (For why I bother with writing paranormal science fiction, blogging on UFO Religions, podcasting on paranormal topics, and participating in fringe communities like this, read this).

Those familiar with my involvement / ministry in know that I don’t think the question of an ET reality is a problem for Christian theology. I’ll be lecturing in Roswell, NM this summer during the festival for the 70th anniversary of the “Roswell event” on that and other topics. That said, what passes for contactee messaging  and alien abductions is, in my view, quite sinister, and demonization is one (strong) possibility in my mind for explaining those phenomena. The trailer page describes the documentary in part this way:

In a series of four provocative interviews Dr. Heiser draws together UFOs, Roswell, government conspiracies, alien abductions, ancient alien theories, and enigmatic biblical passages. The documented overlaps between alien abductions, occult rituals, and ancient texts . . .

Faithlife TV is hoping to launch a subscription model to the channel via Aliens and Demons. I hope many of you will subscribe to watch the entire documentary. It’s inexpensive ($4.99 a month). For those wondering, none of that goes in my pocket. The Roswell conference this summer is the ONLY place, so far as I know, that this documentary will be available in DVD. So if you want it in that form, come to Roswell!  Otherwise, it will be exclusively Faithlife TV streaming content.

The subscription gives you access to a lot more content than the documentary. The channel is in its beginning stages, but there’s actually a lot on it already. As the site notes, the channel aims to be “the premier video library for students, scholars, and self-proclaimed Bible geeks. Faithlife TV has more than 1,000 Bible documentaries, dramas, biographies, kids videos, and more.”

Check it out!


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Sleep Paralysis and Alien Abduction

A few months ago my PEERANORMAL podcast did an episode on the phenomenon of sleep paralysis. As is our format, I and the other hosts read several peer-reviewed articles about the topic and discussed them. Below is an article we didn’t discuss, as the episode wasn’t specifically about alleged alien abduction. I offer it here because it is accessible on the internet:

Richard J. McNally and Susan A. Clancy, “Sleep Paralysis, Sexual Abuse, and Space Alien Abduction,” Transcultural Psychiatry vol 42:1 (2005): 113–122

This paragraph (p. 115) frames the article and the study that generated it:

Although other scholars have suggested that reported encounters with space aliens may have origins in sleep paralysis episodes (e.g. Spanos, Cross, Dickson, & DuBreuil, 1993), few have directly assessed any ‘abductees.’ As part of a laboratory study on psychophysiologic reactivity to audio-taped scripts of ‘memories’ of alien encounters, we interviewed 10 abductees who mentioned apparent sleep paralysis episodes accompanied by hypnopompic [“upon awakening” – MSH] hallucinations (six women, four men; McNally, Lasko et al., 2004). Abductees were recruited through newspaper advertisements seeking people who believed that they had been abducted by aliens, and by word-of-mouth via other local researchers who had worked with this population. The hallucinatory content included feeling electrical sensations (sometimes painful), seeing alien beings in the bedroom, seeing flashing lights or glowing objects, and feelings of levitating off the bed. Most abductees had experienced multiple episodes.

The authors also conducted studies of victims of CSA (childhood sexual abuse) in regard to sleep paralysis episodes. From later in the same article (p. 119) they note that “Our studies suggest that people who report having been either abducted by space aliens or sexually abused as children experience episodes of sleep paralysis at higher rates than do those denying histories of alien abduction or CSA.” The authors also discuss possible correlation between belief in alien abduction, CSA, and sleep paralysis.

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Review of The Greys Have Been Framed: Exploitation in the UFO Community

I’ve been intending to review Jack Brewer’s book, The Greys Have Been Framed: Exploitation in the UFO Community, for some time now. I’ve linked to some of Jack’s research posted on his blog The UFO Trail before. Jack has devoted considerable effort into tracking the connections between what passes for alien abductions and documented, historical mind control programs run under the auspices of U. S. agencies since the Cold War began. Those connections are not coincidental. Whereas Jack’s blog gives readers glimpses into the tangled web that results from the intersection of the high strangeness of alien abduction reports and things like MK-ULTRA, his book delivers the motherlode and — most importantly — citations and links to the available documentation.

If you can’t already tell, I consider this book a must-read for anyone interested in the alien abduction phenomenon. Most readers of my material will know my view of what people experience in this regard. I don’t think it has anything to do with extraterrestrials. While I leave room for certain cases that sound a lot like genuine demonization or possession, I think most of what passes for alien abduction is either natural brain function (e.g., sleep paralysis) or very human (and very sinister) intentional abuse of people. Jack’s book chronicles the latter, providing the paper trails that lead to people, events, clandestine agendas, psychological techniques, and drugs and other “technologies” for inducing such experiences and manipulating victims. And the data for all that aren’t new.

His book goes even further in that he documents how the abuse extends to defending the extraterrestrial narrative for what experiencers report when they seek help. This doesn’t mean, of course, that the same people behind inducing experiences are the ones intentionally furthering an extraterrestrial explanation. The latter typically occurs in the office or correspondence of a therapist or researcher already convinced that the abductions are part of an alien agenda. One would hope that the factual documentation offered in this book would persuade any reader to look elsewhere for answers, but I’m not holding my breath. At the very least honesty ought to require researchers to track through Brewer’s sources and demonstrate how they fail to account for something. Sure, that takes work, but it took work to ferret out the data in this book. Is it too much to ask that those who desperately want the abduction experience to prop up an extraterrestrial visitation worldview to do the same sort of work? Frankly, instead of funding and conducting a survey about peoples’ abduction experiences, whose questions are often leading, and whose raw data is apparently off limits to the public, perhaps Edgar Mitchell’s Foundation for Research into Extraterrestrial Encounters (FREE) could pay for research into the truckload of material that connects these experiences to sinister human causation? Dear FREE: While trying to validate an experience through a survey, did it ever occur to you that the cause of said experience might not be what you presumed it to be when you wrote the survey? That’s called objectivity.

I won’t survey every chapter of The Greys Have Been Framed here (there’s just too much significant material), but a few stand out in their importance, at least to my thinking.

  • Chapters 2 (“Hypnosis and Memory”) and 3 (“Go West, Trance States, Go West”) are for anyone who has ever wondered about the accuracy (and even coherence) of memories solicited under hypnosis, and whether there might be some relationship of hypnosis to known mind-control programs. I’ve wondered both, so this chapter and its sources was worth the price of the book. The presumed validity of what hypnosis yields and the notion that it is purely “recovering” memories (instead of something is) are fundamental to the alien abduction phenomenon. Both are far from being assured.
  • Chapters 4 and 5 constitute a two-part treatment of the abduction experience colorfully titled, “The Raping, Murderous, Mind-Reading, Sperm-Collecting, ET Human-Hybrid Baby Snatchers” (Acts One and Two). While the chapters naturally overview what people claim happens to them during an alien abduction, these chapters overview the now-infamous Emma Woods case that has so tarnished the reputation of David Jacobs. Chapter 7’s interview with Dr. Tyler Kokjohn (PhD in Biochemistry) is also focused on thoughts about the Emma Woods case.
  • For those who’d be inclined to trust Budd Hopkins’ work with abductees over that of David Jacobs (with or without the demolition of Jacobs in the wake of the Emma Woods testimony), Chapter 6 will cut off that retreat (“Carol Rainey and the Priests of High Strangeness”). Rainey was the wife of Budd Hopkins and assisted him in his work with abductees. The chapter isn’t filled with whining and ranting about her ex-husband. Instead it recounts her habit of asking simple questions about ethics and method that Hopkins found irritating. Point: anyone who sincerely wants to find truth won’t be threatened by calls for transparency.
  • Chapter 11 (“Betty and Barney go to Montreal”) sheds light on inconsistencies and forgotten details of the mother of all alien abduction cases, that of Betty and Barney Hill. The chapter is a combination of Brewer’s own investigation and the work of Nick Redfern, a well-known UFO researcher who is convinced the Hill case is best explained by its MK-ULTRA connections. Why is Montreal mentioned? You’ll have to read the chapter, but here’s a hint: McGill University.
  • Chapter 13 (“Leah Haley and the 139”) is a shot across the bow not just to abduction research, but ufology in general. It details MUFON complicity (and ineptitude) in regard to what has become known as the Carpenter Affair. The experiences, research, and turnabout (rejection of an ET explanation for abductions) of Leah Haley are part of the chapter. Readers will be intrigued by connections between the Carpenter affair and the emerging panopticon state glimpsed through the case of Edward Snowden.
  • Chapter 14 (“21st Century U.S. Illegal Human Experimentation”) speaks for itself. In simplistic terms, this chapter seeks to connect the modern question of torture (think Abu Ghraib) to 20th century Cold War justification of human experimentation with respect to mind control programming. (One could add things like Project Sunshine as well). I was a little dissatisfied with the analysis here because the threats are somewhat different, but it’s legitimate to say they are similar enough to avoid dismissing points of connection that are real.

As noted above, the book is highly recommended. I can think of only one potential improvement. Jack’s resources are mostly online. That doesn’t mean the links don’t lead to solid sources. They overwhelmingly do. But the links leave me wondering if he deliberately included only those sources to make access to those sources easy for readers. I’m not sure that Jack had access to major databases that would no doubt provide more material that isn’t available for free online (like scholarly journals). Some of the links do of course lead to journal articles. I just didn’t check every link, so I’m thinking that his case could be made even more compelling.


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Mike Heiser Interview with John Ventre of UFOs Over Pittsburgh: Part 2

This is Part 2 of 2 of my interview with John Ventre, the Director of Pennsylvania MUFON. Part 1 can be found here.

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Mike Heiser Interview with John Ventre of UFOs Over Pittsburgh: Part 1

John Ventre is the Pennsylvania MUFON Director and has been a member of that MUFON chapter since 1998. He recently interviewed me about UFOs, alien abduction and, of course, my thoughts on Zecharia Sitchin’s work. Here is Part 1 of 2.

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PEERANORMAL Episode 6: Sleep Paralysis

Sleep paralysis can be defined in several ways. In terms of the experiencer, it can be described as “a visitation by a malevolent creature which attacked its victims as they slept” (Cox). More clinically, sleep paralysis is understood as “a transient,conscious state of involuntary immobility occurring when falling asleep or upon wakening” (Cheyne, 2002). Research into sleep paralysis has produced compelling evidence that the phenomenon can be explained by brain chemistry and physiology in conjunction with REM sleep. But is that all there is to it?

Check out the episode and the sources for this episode at this link.

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No, this isn’t a giveaway. Nor is it advocacy for a new persecuted minority.

FREE stands for the Foundation for Research into Extraterrestrial Encounters, an organization founded by the late astronaut, Dr. Edgar Mitchell. The FREE website explains it this way:

FREE was formally incorporated as a Not for Profit Research Organization on July 15, 2015.  FREE has been established by various retired Ph.D. Physicists, Ph.D. Scientists, Ph.D. Psychologists, Ph.D. Neuroscientists and lay researchers to facilitate investigations into “UFO related contact experiences with non-human intelligent beings and associated paranormal activity, from a grounded and rigorous scientific foundation”.  These interrelated subjects include alleged UFO related extraterrestrial encounters, UFO related contact with non-human intelligent entities from parallel worlds or other dimensions, plus UFO related associated manifestations that appear to violate known physical laws.

As part of gathering data on such experiences, FREE has created two surveys:

No one has ever attempted this type of academic research study. Our study involves 2 comprehensive quantitative surveys totally more than 600 questions and 2 qualitative research instruments. Phase 1 is our initial simple survey, comprised of 150 questions that can be completed in 15-20 minutes. Our Phase 2 Survey, comprised of 450 questions will be administered to those individuals completing Phase 1. Phase 3 is a qualitative instrument and involves written responses to 60 open ended questions along various thematic categories. Phase 4 involves a formal structured interview that will be orally recorded and transcribed. The participant’s complete anonymity will be strictly held.

As of December 1, 2015, we have received over 2,000 responses to our Phase 1 survey and over 1,200 responses to our Phase 2 survey, both in the English language.

To participate in the survey, follow the link below:


Should you have any question about our research study please send us an email to: info@experiencer.org
Dr. Rudy Schild, Executive Director
Dr. Jon Klimo, Chair, FREE Experiencer Research Study
The Foundation for Research into Extraterrestrial Encounters  (FREE)

ANONYMITY: Confidentiality and Anonymity is extremely important to us. As a participant for our 3 surveys and formal interview, the Participant has a choice to remain completely “ANONYMOUS”. There will not be a way for anyone to find out who is the Participant, where they live, or any other personal information to identify you. In addition, the Interviewer will not have any personal identifying information about you. Instead, the Participant will be given a Respondent Number. During your Interview you will not be asked any information to identify who you are (name, address, or other sensitive personal ID information). All of the interviews will be audio recorded and later transcribed to paper via appropriate software. This is the reason why it is important to maintain complete anonymity. After the voice files have been transcribed, they will be destroyed. What will be left is a transcribed document that will not have any personal identifying information except for the Respondent Number.

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