Apr 30, 2021 I Nick Redfern

The UFO Phenomenon: Is it Really From Here and Not From Another World?

In a new article at his UFO Conjectures blog titled "Something almost odd..." Rich Reynolds touches upon Mac Tonnies' 2010 book, The Cryptoterrestrials. Its subtitle: A Meditation on Indigenous Humanoids and the Aliens Among Us. Tonnies' third book happened to be his last one. He died in 2009. Given that the book, and its theories, are now being discussed again, I thought I would give you my thoughts on Tonnies' particularly controversial theory on UFOs and aliens. Namely, that our presumed visitors are really the vestiges of an ancient race of beings that have always lived right here on planet Earth. In other words, the ETs - that so many people believe in - are really from here and nowhere else. But, to protect themselves from being exposed, they present themselves as aliens from faraway worlds. It's certainly not a new theory, but Tonnies gave the whole thing a good spin. He also presented some thoughts and ideas that, admittedly, made a lot of sense. On the other hand, though, the scenario has its flaws, too. With that said, let's have a look at the scenario of the "aliens that actually aren't" and try and figure out what the truth might really be.

Certainly, one of the things that really got Tonnies thinking was the undeniable "staged" nature of some UFO events. The Contactees of the 1950s caught Tonnies' attention. He wondered why the so-called "Space Brothers" and "Space Sisters" of that long gone era warned so many people that we needed to lay down our atomic weapons. If not, the end of our civilization would soon be looming on the horizon, said the long-haired wise ones. Tonnies thought it was very strange that beings from a faraway world would take so much interest in - and have so much concern for - our world. If the aliens really were from a faraway galaxy, a good, solid case could be made that they wouldn't care for us. Why should they? But, suggested Tonnies, if the very human-looking Space Brothers really secretly live on our world (and always have) then that just might explain their deep concerns. In other words, if we destroy our world, then the Space Brothers will be obliterated, too.

Tonnies also had his suspicions about the Betty and Barney Hill "alien abduction" of September 1961. Tonnies noted that the technology "the aliens" used seemed to be barely ahead of ours. Maybe a few decades or so, but that was pretty much it. He also brought into the story the matter of the so-called "star map" the alleged aliens showed to Betty and Barney while on-board the "spaceship." The idea that aliens from light-years away would need to navigate the universe with maps is fucking ridiculous. Totally crazy. We can navigate just about anywhere with our phones. And yet, the aliens, back in the Sixties, had to resort to maps?  Come on! Also on the alien abduction issue, Tonnies mused on the possibility that being from Earth all along - but now on a dangerous, evolutionary decline - the Cryptoterrestrials might take eggs, sperm, DNA and so on from us to try and "beef up" their society, and particularly so if they weren't in great condition. Using us, because we are the closest thing to them, makes a great deal of sense. But, for our visitors to come from countless light-years away, and for them to be near-perfect compatible when it comes to splicing us and them, so to speak. is just not feasible.

Betty Hill, Barney Hill and Delsey their dog

Now, we come to the creepiest part of the story. Namely, the numerous accounts Tonnies came across of strange beings "infiltrating" our society. Tonnies had a lot of cases of people encountering what were assumed to have been aliens, but that seemed to be something else. And by wearing wraparound sunglasses, pulled-down hats, collars placed high, and mainly coming out at night, they were able to worm their way into our world and not be overly noticed. This reminds me of the reports of the strange-looking Men in Black - pale, skinny, and with bulging eyes - that have been around for decades. So, it has to be said that Tonnies did present some interesting material - and equally interesting scenarios. There was, however, one big issue that he wasn't able to tackle fully. It revolves around the matter of where the Cryptoterrestrials live. It's all very well to address the nature and agendas of the Cryptoterrestrials, but where are they when they're not abducting us or warning us of nuclear destruction?

Tonnies touched on the matter of the likes of "underground bases" and so on. But, not to a degree that really worked on a worldwide scale. Is it feasible that an entire civilization of Cryptoterrestrials could live deep underground, and all across the planet? If so, why don't we see them regularly soaring out of ancient caves and huge tunnels in their craft? Back to Rich Reynolds. He has been looking at the idea of an indigenous race living not on land, but in the oceans of our world. I can't say that if we put all of the above together it gives us a perfect scenario; it doesn't. However, it could be said that the Cryptoterrestrial angle has at least more than a few things going for it. Maybe, it's time for someone to carry on with the work that Tonnies did up until 2009. There may be some incredible surprises to be found. And those same surprises just might come from right here.

Nick Redfern

Nick Redfern works full time as a writer, lecturer, and journalist. He writes about a wide range of unsolved mysteries, including Bigfoot, UFOs, the Loch Ness Monster, alien encounters, and government conspiracies. Nick has written 41 books, writes for Mysterious Universe and has appeared on numerous television shows on the The History Channel, National Geographic Channel and SyFy Channel.

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