Sunday, December 28, 2008

MIB Lecture

In October of this year, I gave a presentation at the annual Boston-based Mass UFO Show on those ultimate Saucer-Spies: the Men in Black. Most of the data presented in my lecture was extracted from my On the Trail of the Saucer Spies book, and a segment from my lecture can now be found online at You Tube.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Saucer Spies Lecture

I gave a well-received lecture on Friday night at the annual Mass UFO Show in Boston on my book, On the Trail of the Saucer Spies. The lecture focused on the history, legends and exploits of the Men in Black; as well as the FBI's files on the so-called Contactees, such as George Van Tassel, George Adamski and others.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

FBI Files in UFO

As readers of my On the Trail of the Saucer Spies book will know, I spend a great deal of time discussing how the FBI secretly watched many well-known figures within Ufology, such as Leonard Stringfield, George Adamski and George Van Tassel.

For those who may be interested, the new issue of UFO Magazine includes an article written by Larry W. Bryant titled The McDonald Legacy, FBI-Style that is a study of the FBI's file on acclaimed UFO researcher, Professor James Edward McDonald.

A Saucer-Spies Lecture

On the night of Friday October 17, I’ll be speaking at the Mass UFO Show in Boston, and will be speaking on the subject of my book, On the Trail of the Saucer Spies.

For those who may wish to attend, here’s the press release:



Fascinating Presentations of Some Spectacular UFO cases

Boston, Mass. – August 11, 2008 – The Mass UFO Show is pleased to announce an exciting program for its third annual rendition of New England’s only UFO conference, to be held at 7:00 PM on Friday, October 17th, 2008 at the Hibernian Hall in Watertown, Massachusetts.

Building upon last year’s event (that featured a riveting theme of maritime UFOs or “USOs”), this year’s theme focuses on the alleged UFOs and the Struggle for Government Openness, Men In Black, The Roswell UFO Incident, alien abduction and a radio broadcast that spooked The United States in 1938.

Three speakers will take the stage at the third annual Mass UFO Show at the Hibernian Hall in Watertown, Massachusetts at 7:00 PM on Friday, October 17th, 2008.

The keynote speaker is Budd Hopkins, whose lecture will be entitled “The UFO Abduction Scenario: What We Know Today”.

Budd Hopkins is a world-renowned artist, author, and pioneer UFO abduction researcher. Having investigated well over 700 cases, he now heads the Intruders Foundation, a nonprofit, scientific research and support organization. Budd first became interested in the UFO phenomenon when he and two others had a daylight UFO sighting near Truro, Massachusetts, in 1964. In 1975 he carried out his first major investigation which involved a UFO landing and occupant incident in North Hudson Park, NJ. Shortly thereafter, he began to concentrate on the investigation of the UFO abduction phenomenon, which led to the eventual publication of his findings. Taken together, his four books, Missing Time (1981), Intruders (1987), and Witnessed (1996) are widely regarded by researchers and skeptics alike as comprising the most influential series of books yet published on the abduction phenomenon. Intruders was later adapted to television. Hopkins’ latest book is Sight Unseen: Science, UFO Invisibility, and Transgenic Beings. These works, along with Hopkins’ lectures, and his other presentations have been responsible for bringing a number of other noted researchers - namely David Jacobs, John Carpenter, Yvonne Smith, and John Mack - into this extraordinary area of specialization. His documented discoveries have become the basis of most later abduction investigations and research.

Budd Hopkins has long been considered ufology’s most visible figure. He pioneered and continues to lead the investigation into the most controversial aspect of the UFO phenomenon-the systematic abduction of human beings by UFO occupants. As the world’s premier expert on this issue, he has worked with more than one thousand people who have reported abduction experiences over the past twenty years. These individuals come from all walks of life and include physicians, psychiatrists, attorneys, police officers, military personnel, political figures, personalities from the entertainment world, and even a NASA scientist.

A prolific writer and internationally respected painter, Hopkins has delivered hundreds of UFO lectures around this country and around the world. His groundbreaking first book, Missing Time, was the first work to compare a number of UFO abduction cases in order to isolate the patterns they revealed. His second book, Intruders-The Incredible Visitation at Copley Woods, was a New York Times bestseller and the basis for the popular 1992 CBS miniseries, Intruders, which has since been broadcast internationally. His most widely acclaimed book is Witnessed-The True Story of the Brooklyn Bridge UFO Abductions that deals with a high-ranking United Nations official being abducted by aliens.

Hopkins’ goal has always been to bring an objective, dispassionate scientific intelligence to bear on the UFO abduction phenomenon. To this end, he founded the Intruders Foundation (IF) in 1989. IF is a nonprofit organization devoted to research and public education concerning this extraordinary enigma. They publish a respected journal, as well as offer a nationwide referral service for those wishing to explore their own suspected abduction experiences.
Despite its extremely controversial nature, Hopkins’ research has received serious commentary in such mainstream publications as Time, Paris Match, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, Omni, People, and Cosmopolitan. He has been a guest on hundreds of television and radio programs including Nightline, Good Morning America, The Today Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Tonight Show, Charlie Rose, Larry King Live, The Charles Grodin Show, Sally Jesse Raphael, The Geraldo Rivera Show, 20/20, 48 Hours, Unsolved Mysteries, Encounters, A Current Affair, Nightwatch, The Late Show, The Art Bell Show, Tom Snyder, The Laura Lee Show, Hieronimus & Company, Weekend Edition (National Public Radio), Voice of America, Armed Forces Radio, numerous BBC affiliates, and many other shows and forums.

Leslie Kean is an investigative reporter who has been published widely in national and international mainstream media, such as the Boston Globe, the Baltimore Sun, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, The Newark Star Ledger, The Nation magazine, the Montreal Gazette, the International Herald Tribune, the Globe and Mail, the Sydney Morning Herald, the Bangkok Post, and the Irish Independent, among many others. Since 2000, beginning with her story on the COMETA Report which was published in the Boston Globe, her ongoing reporting has focused on providing serious, well-documented coverage of the UFO issue. In 2007, she broke the story of Governor Fife Symington’s UFO sighting in Arizona and wrote about the O’Hare Airport UFO encounter for the Sacramento Bee, the Providence Journal and Scripps Howard wire service.

Kean is a co-founder of the Washington-based, advocacy group the Coalition For Freedom of Information (CFI,, and is the plaintiff in a landmark Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed against NASA in 2002 attempting to acquire documents on the Kecksburg UFO crash case. Settled last fall, NASA has been required to provide hundreds of previously withheld documents to Kean. John Podesta, former Chief of Staff for President Clinton, who has supported this effort since 2002, described her victory as “a triumph for open government and the spirit of inquiry.”

With filmmaker James Fox, Kean co-organized and produced a landmark international press conference in Washington, DC in November, 2007. Moderated by former Arizona Governor Fife Symington, the event featured high level military, aviation and government officials from seven countries and was covered widely by media around the world. At the press conference, Kean and CFi launched a new international initiative - backed by Generals and other high level officials from many countries - urging the US Government to open a new, official investigation into UFOs, as other countries have already done. Kean has worked as a producer with Fox on his new film, and is working with another independent film company on a second UFO documentary.
Leslie’s lecture will be entitled UFOs and the Struggle for Government Openness.

Another prolific author, UFO expert and government agitator is Nick Redfern. Nick was born in Great Britain and now resides in the United States. He has appeared on more than 60 TV shows to promote his numerous books (including the Sci-Fi Channel). He has written several books about paranormal and UFO mysteries and the attempt to discredit them. He has appeared on MSNBC with Keith Olbermann. He has lectured at a variety of conferences, including the Laughlin UFO Congress (in 1998 and 2001); the Mutual UFO Network Conference in 2004; the Aztec UFO Conference in 2003; the Texas Bigfoot Research Conference in 2004; at numerous events for the British-based UFO Magazine between 1997 and 2000 (now closed); and at the UFO Crash Retrieval Conference in Las Vegas (in 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2006).

His many book titles include On The Trail Of Saucer Spies: UFOs and Government Surveillance, Strange Secrets: Real Government Files on the Unknown, Body Snatchers in the Desert: The Horrible Truth at the Heart of the Roswell Story and Cosmic Crashes.

Nick’s lecture at the Mass UFO Show will be entitled “Men In Black”. Redfern will reveal his first-hand encounters with the “Saucer Spies” and also look at how Men-In-Black have fit into popular western culture via two major motion pictures in 1997 and 2002. There will also be a brief discussion about an imposter who posed as a UFO investigator and was encountered by the Massachusetts Mutual UFO Network several years ago.

Back again as a co-host of the Mass UFO Show will be Matt Moniz. Matt has over 20 years experience investigating UFO phenomena and has had many other paranormal adventures. He has a “Forrest Gump”-type litany of involvement with historical UFO case investigations. As a chemist, he analyzed soil samples from the famed “Bentwaters Incident” and was acknowledged accordingly in the book “Left at East Gate” by Larry Warren and Peter Robbins. He will be bringing soil samples from that area where an alleged UFO landing took place 27 years ago. Matt was also featured in the popular books “Witnessed” by Budd Hopkins, and “Glimpses of Other Realities” by Linda Moulton Howe. Matt will be reporting live from the Mass UFO Show for the hit fortean radio show Spooky Southcoast that is hosted by Tim Weisberg and Matt Costa.

Matt will engage Nick Redfern in a brief but lively debate about what really happened at Roswell, New Mexico in 1947. Nick has a radically different view of the event that is in opposition to the traditional UFO legend.

Finally, in addition to the typical ambient ufo-related music and motion picture themes that waft in the background of the Mass UFO Show, a recording of Orson Welles’ controversial radio program The War of the Worlds will be played at 6:00 PM (when doors open to the hall). This is a 70th anniversary tribute to the radio broadcast that was transmitted by Mercury Theatre on the Air on October 30th, 1938. Based upon the popular novel of 1898 by H.G. Wells, this drama frightened the entire Northeastern Coast of the United States. Later, two major motion pictures were also adapted from this event, in 1953 and again in 2005.

Special guests will include esteemed cryptozoologist and popular author Loren Coleman. Coleman, the world’s greatest living cryptozoologist, who will be speaking about Mothman the following night at the Mass Monster Mash, will be available to sign copies of his books, including his culture-changing masterpiece Mysterious America, considered by many to be the seminal book of cryptozoology. It was Coleman who dubbed the anomalous area in Southeastern Massachusetts as the Bridgewater Triangle. He also created Cryptomundo, the premiere cryptozoology web site on the World Wide Web.

Also appearing as a special guest will be Tim Binnall. Tim is the producer of the Binnall of America Audio Series and webmaster of the very popular internet portal Binnall of America that deals with “esoteric” phenomena. Tim is a webmaster for Coast to Coast with George Noory and he will be back to meet-and-greet the speakers and attendees while again serving as the Mass UFO Show Ambassador. He was a vital participant in last year’s conference (and recognized as such with an award) and his company was enjoyed by many.

Finally, if you have had what you believe to be a UFO encounter, you’ll be able to report it to Massachusetts Mutual UFO Network personnel. They will be on hand to answer any questions or provide information about their organization.

This event was created and produced by philanthropist and paranormal gadfly John Horrigan. Horrigan has a vast history of paranormal exploration and is considered by many to be an innovative popular historian, accomplished sports show announcer and lecturer.

The venue is the historic Watertown Hibernian Hall, located at 151 Watertown Street in Watertown, Mass. Seating is limited, but there is ample free parking. It is accessible by public transportation.

Doors open at 6:00 PM (for the 1938 War of the Worlds re-broadcast) and presentations begin at 7:00 PM.

Other events and activities will include trivia, souvenirs, concessions, exhibits and a Q&A session. There will be an admission fee of $25. Tickets are limited and will not be sold at the door. They can be obtained through Paypal here or by mailing a check or money order for $26.00/ticket to Mass UFO Show, P.O. Box 145, Watertown, MA 02471 and the envelope must be postmarked before October 1st, 2008.

For more information:
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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

MIB In-Print

My new book, There's Something in the Woods, is predominantly cryptozoology-based; however, it does include a chapter on the definitive saucer-spies, the Men in Black...

Monday, June 23, 2008

The FBI, The Contactees: The Review

The new issue of Fortean Times magazine (issue 238, July) includes a review from me of the Retro UFO gig I attended in California a couple of months ago. As I have mentioned here in an earlier post, my lecture at Retro was on the issue of how and why the FBI secretly spied on the so-called UFO Contactees of the 1950s and 1960s -- a subject that is a central theme in my On the Trail of the Saucer Spies book.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

The FBI and the Contactees: A Forthcoming Lecture

If you're in the Dallas, Texas area on the afternoon of Sunday, 18 May, I'll be lecturing for the Dallas-Fort Worth Mutual UFO Network group (this link will provide details of time and location). The subject of the lecture will be my visit last weekend to the California-based Retro UFO gig at George Van Tassel's famous Integratron. During the course of the lecture I'll be discussing how and why the FBI secretly spied on Van Tassel throughout the 1950s and much of the 60s - a subject that features heavily in my On the Trail of the Saucer Spies book.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Going Offline

I'll be offline from now until next Tuesday.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Greg Bishop: Saucer Spies, the Aviary And More...

Once again, Greg Bishop delves deep into the murky world of Saucer-Spies, secret intelligence-based ops, UFO disinformation and more.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Still On The Trail Of The Saucer Spies...

The latest issue (number 2) of Stuart Miller's new magazine, Alien Worlds, goes on sale next week and includes an article from me that provides an update on my research into how and why government, military and intelligence agencies spy on the UFO research community - which was the subject of my 2006 book, On the Trail of the Saucer Spies.

In the article you'll learn a great deal about UFO-espionage on the part of British, Russian, American and Australian authorities - and, in some cases, for distinctly unusual reasons.

Indeed, as I am careful to point out in the article: "Time and time again, I found that the reasons why British, American and Australian Intelligence agencies (to name but three nations involved) were secretly spying on the UFO community actually had nothing whatsoever to do with UFOs, aliens, dead extraterrestrials held in cryogenic storage, or tales of Area 51 and Hangar 18.

"Rather the motivation was prompted by the fact that those same intelligence communities were acutely worried some UFO researchers were also tied with political extremists, the criminal underworld, and hostile, overseas intelligence agencies - such as those of the former Soviet Union and North Korea.

"They also feared that our UFO research was acting as a form of ingenious camouflage to mask the fact that we were, in reality, trying to uncover defence and intelligence secrets of a distinctly down-to-earth nature for those same aforementioned hostile overseas intelligence agencies."

Yes, as a ufologist, you are being watched; but for reasons that have very little to do with little green (or grey) men with big black eyes.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

The Retro UFO Gig: A Reminder

A quick reminder: there's still time to purchase tickets for the Retro UFO gig later this month, where I'll be speaking about how and why the FBI secretly spied on many of the early "Contactees" like George Van Tassel and George Adamski.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

The Men in Black in "Beyond"

The new issue (No. 14) of Britain's Beyond Magazine includes a lengthy article from me on one of the most intriguing aspects of of Saucer-Spying: that of the Men in Black. As I note in the article, for the most part at least, the puzzle can be traced back to an unusual encounter with three mystery MIBs that UFO researcher Albert Bender had in the early 1950s.

The story is told in Gray Barker's book, They Knew Too Much About Flying Saucers, and is most definitely a weird and wild one - as is Bender's own book on the subject: Flying Saucers and the Three Men.

And while Bender's story has definite occult-type overtones to it, there is no doubt that the MIB motif has been ingeniously utilized by elements of the Intelligence communities of several nations (including both the US and the UK) as part of its efforts to keep tabs on certain elements of the UFO research community and UFO witnesses.

Perhaps the most astonishing thing I found during the course of my research into this matter was a batch of FBI documents showing that none other than FBI boss J. Edgar Hoover ordered one of his agents to secure for him a copy of Gray Barker's book on the MIB puzzle.

Take care if you ever hear a slow, ominous knocking on your front-door: "they" may be coming for you too...

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Stargate 007

Spies, Lies and Polygraph Tape is a great resource tool for anyone wanting to dig deep into the world of UFOs and shadowy figures in the world of intelligence. Highly recommended!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Greg Bishop on The Aviary

Over at UFO Mystic, good friend and fellow-blogger Greg Bishop has an excellent two-part post on the shadowy "Aviary." As you'll see, Greg's post delves deeply into saucer-spying, cloak-and-dagger activity, and much more of truly out-of-this-world proportions.

And, of course, Greg is also the author of the book Project Beta - arguably the most important UFO book of the last few decades. Greg's book describes how and why one man - Paul Bennewitz - was spied on, manipulated and ruined by the Intelligence community and the military as a result of his UFO pursuits.

As Greg's book graphically demonstrates, the Saucer-Spies can be a truly ruthless bunch when they want to be.

Here's part one of Greg's article and here's part two.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

The Retro UFO Gig: How the FBI Spied on the Contactees

In On the Trail of the Saucers Spies I include two chapters that detail how the FBI secretly - and very deeply, too - spied on many of the early so-called "Contactees" in the 1950s, such as George Adamski, George Hunt Williamson, George Van Tassel, Daniel Fry and several others.

I'm pleased to announce that I'll be speaking on this intriguing aspect of "FBI-UFO spying" in a fully illustrated lecture at this year's Retro UFO gig at Giant Rock, California - home to George Van Tassel's famous Integratron.

Here's the official press release on the event:



Contact: Barbara or Rob Harris

Phone: 760-365-3266 or 760-365-5646


Contact: Barbara or Rob Harris

Phone: 760-365-3266 or 760-365-5646


The UFO phenomena once experienced by thousands at Giant Rock, in Landers, CA in the middle of the last century returns for its third year RETRO UFO (3)

Event Held At The Integratron in Landers, California
Whether you believe in UFO’s or not, RETRO UFO (3) will take you beyond the typical UFO lecture hall of a hotel conference room and into a new, and nostalgic way of viewing the UFO phenomenon that has intrigued thousands for a millennia. The event is presented in tents and canopies on the grounds of the World Famous Integratron.

Speakers will lecture, share their stories and experiences about Giant Rock, The Integratron, Crop Circles and the latest UFO’s information. Many of these stories will show how a small group of men and women impacted a region of the Mojave Desert and made history, often compared in scale to the stories of Roswell, New Mexico.

The original events of The Giant Rock Spacecraft Conventions ended well over 30 years ago. Returning for its third year, Retro UFO (3) has more speakers and programs designed to excite memories and feelings of this nostalgic era of the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s. At the event this year we’ll explore the UFO movement and the pioneers that paved the way for current UFO believers. One of the earliest pioneers of that movement was George Van Tassel.

George, his wife Eva, and their three daughters lived under Giant Rock, once considered a sacred space to early American Indians. Once known as the largest free standing boulder in the world until its split in February of 2000, Giant Rock and surrounding areas are presently owned and cared for by the Bureau of Land Management.

It was George and his family during the period of the 1950’s to the 1970’s who hosted Spacecraft Conventions at Giant Rock Airport in the Mojave Desert. Eva, his wife became famous for serving hamburgers and apple pie from her restaurant, The Come On Inn. Records show that Howard Hughes would fly into Giant Rock Airport just to enjoy a piece of Eva’s apple pie.

Crowds of thousands gathered from the late 1960’s to the mid 70’s to hear Contactees tell their stories and to share their UFO experiences. George himself, a Contacee would channel messages and talk about boarding a spaceship and meeting “space people” who shared information with him on how to build the Integratron an Electro-static generator that was to be used for the cellular rejuvenation of humans.

Many of the original Contactees who participated in the Spacecraft Convention of the 60’s and 70’s have passed on, however a small group still remain and will be at Retro UFO (3) to share their stories.On Saturday, April 26, and Sunday April 27 modern day enthusiasts such as Dr. Louis Turi, Kenn Thomas, Nick Redfern, Paul Kimball, Ralph Ring, Barbara Lamb, Greg Bishop, Alexandra “Chica” Bruce, Adam GoRightly and a host of others will share their present day experiences and research.

Other well-known UFO Researchers are scheduled to drop by to check out the Dome Vortex and be part of another history making weekend Sharing personal up close experiences for their third year will be Rev. Robert Short and wife Shirley, both original attendees of the Giant Rock Conventions.

Our Master of Ceremony, Guy Malone, of the 2007 Roswell Festival will be introducing speakers and adding his own special touches to the festivities. Other speakers such as, Carol Peterson and Laura Lee Mistycah will be sharing their insights and providing demonstrations. Not only does Retro UFO (3) offer lectures by well known and reputable speakers, we’ll also be offering for the third year a historical recreation of George Van Tassel by Lloyd Noel, The Morongo Basin Historical Society, Vice President.

The Pioneer Town Posse, also a local favorite will present a short drama on, “What does a Cowboy do when he sees a UFO... shoot it?”Other demonstrations on how the Integratron was intended to work by Bob Benson, exhibits by local artists, music, vendors, Sound Baths, prizes for the Best Costume and Who Builds the Best Aluminum Foil Hat will round out some of the festivities for the weekend.

Also planned is an evening program featuring Zamora, The Torture King (His Las Vegas name by the way), And the Movie Farewell Good Brothers along with a laser light show all projected on the Dome. (Weather permitting).
This year Retro UFO (3) promises to be the most exciting and FUN to date. This conference is sponsored by Barbara and Rob Harris of Adset Graphics, both passionate supporters of The Integratron and Giant Rock.

This event is gaining in popularity, and space is limited. The intention of this conference is to awaken old memories of the past, and allows us to be a little nostalgic for a simpler time. By combining information from the past with new and modern philosophies of the present we begin to create our own history taking the UFO movement into new undiscovered directions.


Rooms in Yucca Valley, Joshua Tree & Twenty-Nine Palms have been set aside for this event, but will only be held until the end of March.

SEE DETAILED INFORMATION AT Retro UFO (3) or call 760-365-3266 or email

PLUS WE’LL GIVE YOU A FREE DVD“UFO’S 101” a lecture presented by our MC, Guy Malone at the 2007 Roswell UFO Festival. The DVD is yours FREE including the shipping, as our way of saying THANK YOU registering early.

Friday, February 8, 2008

UFOs, Spies and Intimidation

Steve Hammons discusses my On the Trail of the Saucer Spies book and delves into a recent story of alleged UFO witness intimidation of a distinctly MIB nature.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

The Ultimate Saucer Spies

Those ultimate saucer-spies, the Men in Black, are back. Maybe.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Saucer Spies: New Revelations

The premier issue of Stuart Miller's new UFO magazine, titled Alien Worlds, hits the newsstands next month. Issue one includes an article from me that reveals the very latest on Roswell as it relates to the material contained in my Body Snatchers in the Desert book.

Issue two of Alien Worlds will include a comprehensive feature from me detailing the latest news on how and why elements of the Intelligence community spy on the UFO community. Expect much in the form of new documents, new sources, and a wealth of new data.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

The Men in Black

The Men in Black are an integral part of the history of Saucer-Spying. If you think they are merely the things of mythology, folklore and Hollywood films, you're dead wrong. The official world has carefully used the MIB motif as an ingenious cover to allow for the clandestine monitoring and threatening of both UFO witnesses and elements of the UFO research community. I have just written an article on the subject for a forthcoming issue of Britain's Beyond Magazine. I'll keep you posted when it hits the newsstands.

Friday, January 4, 2008

Special Branch and Cryptozoology

Although Jonathan Downes of Britain is predominantly known for his investigations into all-things-cryptozoological, such as Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster, he has written a number of UFO titles, including The Blackdown Mystery and UFOs Over Devon.

The updated edition of his book The Owlman and Others reveals how and why Downes was himself watched by the British Police Force's Special Branch because of his Fortean pursuits.