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“They” Are Watching…

As I noted here just recently, I have had several curious experiences that seem to suggest – quite strongly at times – I have been the subject of some degree of official surveillance as a result of my UFO pursuits – directly or indirectly. And much of that very same surveillance appears to have been in the form of telephone-based monitoring and interference.

This is not exactly surprising, since I do a lot of research (and interviews with witnesses) via the phone. But, just in case you think this is all simply a case of me – and only me – getting overly paranoid and seeing the  sinister Men in Black just about here, there and everywhere, it’s worth noting I’m far from alone when it comes experiencing, or commenting upon, such matters.

On September 3, 1999, author (of the acclaimed Project Beta), researcher, radio host and good friend Greg Bishop stated the following in an email exchange with Jim Keith – an author of numerous books on UFOs and conspiracy theories who died, under circumstances that some still see as highly suspicious, only four days after he and Greg exchanged emails:

“I turned on my computer about mid week last week (the last week of August, 1999) and found that all of my article and work in progress files had been deleted. Luckily, I had backed them up. What was weird was the fact that the articles were not only ‘trashed,’ but were also deleted from the trash AND erased from he trash sector of the hard drive, making them unrecoverable. This takes a few steps of which I would have most likely been aware, and certainly don’t remember, if indeed I was the culprit. There are a few possibilities: I was hacked through the modem, I was given a virus that only affects my article folder and no other Word files, or someone broke in the house and deleted them. I guess I’ll believe the story that makes me feel best.”

And this odd and slightly unsettling affair was far from being a singular event, as Greg astutely noted when he referred to yet another curious series of circumstances in which he found himself well and truly immersed:

“Mail tampering is the darling of clinical paranoids, but nearly every piece of mail that the late researcher/abductee Karla Turner sent to [my] PO Box looked like it had been tampered with or opened. Since this is easy to do without having to be obvious, we figured someone was interested in her work enough to make it clear that she was being monitored. She took to putting a piece of transparent tape over the flap and writing ‘sealed by sender’ on it.”

Greg continued with the story: “Karla pretty much took it for granted after awhile, and suggested I do likewise. The same mail problems later cropped up with a cattle mutilation researcher. Our postal and even e-mail exchanges were often a marvel of missed and misrouted communications. He recently suggested that we back off our discussions for awhile for reasons he would not talk about. Then there were the endless hang-up calls. ‘*69’ never worked with any of them. These came in sometimes five to ten times (or more) a day. If we picked up the receiver, there was static or silence.”

And Greg has still more to say on this matter of official, secret attention by, well, someone. This time, it’s with regard to Greg’s self-published magazine of the 1990s, The Excluded Middle, that sought to uncover the many and varied intricacies of the UFO puzzle and a whole range of conspiracies and secrets:

“Is a silly little UFO zine worth any attention? Well, maybe. Just think of all the wasted effort and money that our government puts out to justify a salary or political peccadillo. With unlimited cash flow plus idle hands and an intel operative’s pet paranoia in charge, we begin to see why this might not be so far-fetched.”

Indeed, it might not. And, I cannot begin to tell you how many more friends and colleagues in Ufology – and also in Cryptozoology, for some very baffling reason – have experienced extremely similar things. I made mention of some of these additional events in my 2006 book, On the Trail of the Saucer Spies. Today, however, the number of stories I have in my personal possession – which have never, ever seen the light of day and which originate with numerous well known figures in Ufology – has reached ridiculous proportions.

Someone is watching us, the collective Fortean community. They most certainly have the means, the funding, the motivation and the technology to do so, and in a highly organized, secret and widespread fashion, too. The big, nagging question that remains is: Why…?

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  • Rogoraeck

    Just one advice “Nihil Fidei”

  • xicota

    These experiences must be frustrating and annoying indeed. My concern for you (and all current UFO/phenomena researchers) is your personal safety. The “why” of the harassment is what I simply do not understand; no matter how dedicated and diligent a researcher is, there is always “deep, dark information” that is beyond one’s reach. The targeting of individual researchers is a mystery.

  • bright garlick

    Hey Nick – nice article. Sorry to state the obvious but of course they are watching ! Anyone with something worthwhile to say or some influence is monitored. Not only that, the monitoring extends to friends and family. You can check this with ceratin tools and toys like Clustmaps. A good proxy server is the only way round but personally I suggest we just accept it and get on with our work. If you work carefully around specific details in regard to touchy subjects like TPTB and military sites, they seem to leave you alone.

    Those in control have always watched the populous and wanted to know what specific individuals did, said and thought. You can trace that back thousands of years. The only difference now is the technology and the fact that more of us know about or visitor friends.

    Different levels of the system want to know different things. And of course much of it is authorized under the umbrella of in the interest of national security and containing civil unrest. Democracy and human rights in exchange for imperialism and control.

    This is just the beginning !

    Keep up the great work !


  • They are out there

    What better way to mess with you then make you think you are being watched. After all, sending you down the path of becoming a paranoid person helps to accomplish their goal. The next step is making you privy to some “official” information. You are becoming an unsuspecting participant to their intelligence operation. The question is whether or not you will catch it in time and flip the script on them. But I will warn you, once they feel like they aren’t in control of you they don’t need you anymore.

  • govs are spying everyone not only ufo off conspyracy fans its well known that in a cople off years ore les that there fly 30 000 drones over the united states and i think it shal not stay only in the us but it shal spread its self to the rest off the world greetz btw nice blog i read it fore a whyle now

  • … and then there’s Facebook. This would have been a wet dream for the likes of East Germany’s Stasi and Stalin’s NKVD. No need to convince citizens to spy on their neighbours, cut out the middle man and let them spy on themselves. When I joined Facebook a few years ago, it struck me as rather odd (I avoid using it these days) that there was a question asking about your political affiliations (I left that one blank).

    Big Brother is watching us all – and most of us don’t seem to care.

  • wylekat

    I know that every time I contact MUFON (ok, three times) about my 3 things that are actual, solid and needing answers… me and my g/f are written off, for the most part, and the investigation is closed. I do not report lights and tiny things flitting around the sky, and everything that is more than 15 feet off the ground is not a UFO. I am not prolific in reporting, and only report the stuff that makes *me* go “wow!”.

    BTW- anyone ever hear about a person who sleeps regularly with someone (spouse, S/O, b/f or g/f) who wakes up in the middle of the night, and instead of finding said person, finds a small “plastic” (for lack of a better understanding of the material. Plexiglass, Lucite- something firm and heavy was described by my g/f) cube that upon touching it, it is lights out (person passes out like a drunk instantly)?

    The MUFON person suggested “a bad dream”. My g/f does not have “bad dreams” like that- and said she was awake. she woke up because *I* was having what she thought was a bad dream ( I tend to slide out of bed a lot. The bed is low to the ground), found the cube, went “what the he-” and passed out. I know her. By all rights I should have been poked on the head with it with a drowsy “what is this, and why is it in bed….”

    I will readily admit- I probably am taken so much, I commute. It doesnt disturb me (should it?), and I do have some unexplained surgery scars. Thing is, I have not had surgery. Closest I have gotten was when I broke a finger in a furniture clamp, and needed some work done on it. Like the nail being… (ugh) removed.

    And thank you for everyone for not saying “but maybe you forgot you had surgery?” Ummm… NO. Where the scars are (back, thumbs on the joints) I would have remembered that sort of pain, thankyouverymuch.

  • wylekat

    It’s called “make an example of them”. Keeps the leash on and at the right tension for anyone else getting uppity.