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.


riggs3234 said...

I believe that a lot of what you say is possibly true. And the reasons for the survellance is partly for national security, and partly paranoia, which is not all bad if you are trying to protect the people from kooks and spooks. I myself have nothing to hide so I don't really care if someone, even the dreaded CIA reads my e-mail or taps my phone. I am also sure that some have a different agenda.

Nick Redfern said...

I do understand what you say, and I appreciate your comments. However, I think that everyone who is innocent of any wrong-doings *should* care if the intelligence community is watching them.

My own personal view is this: if you, me or anyone is being watched and we've done absolutely nothing wrong at all, we *should* be completely outraged that we are being watched, because our privacy and freedom is being undermined.

I actually once heard someone say they wouldn't mind if they and their family had tracking devices implanted in them - because they haven't done anything wrong, and don't plan on doing anything wrong.

But my view is - why should people who are decent members of society be subjected to tracking devices, microchips, email and phone surveillance?

The answer is: they shouldn't. But they should be angry if governments try to implement such schemes.

For example, one of the reasons for the "War on Terror" was to preserve our freedoms and our way of life.

But if that includes being monitored 24-hours a day, having your phone and email monitored by the government etc, then the old way of life *has*, by definition, been changed, and as for freedom: well, it's hardly freedom if some phones their sister or aunt to wish them a happy birthday and the government is listening to every word.

I think in an uncertain world of the type we live in, of course we need security and we need to be vigilant.

But we also need to exercise common-sense, and realize that the 85 year old lady next door does not need to be treated the same way as does someone who is suspected of being involved in terrorist activity.

When we allow governments to have total surveillance of us because we've done nothing wrong, then for me, we've lost our freedom.