Jan 01, 2022 I Nick Redfern

A New Year and “UFO Investigations” – Possibly Not What Many are Expecting

As I write this article it's just a couple of days before the end of 2021. And, word is out there that there will be knew revelations concerning "government UFO investigations." We should, however, keep in mind what that term ("government UFO investigations") actually means. Well, it can mean many things, and that's a very important thing to note. For example, way back in the 1950s, the FBI initiated investigations into the activities and claims of the Contactees - people who said they had regular, face-to-face contact with aliens and who looked just like us and who came to our Earth from such places as Venus and Mars. Collectively, the FBI's collective files on the Contactees amount to more than 1,000 pages. The ones who were under surveillance included Dana Howard, George Van Tassel, George Hunt Williamson, Orfeo Angelucci, Truman Bethurum, Margit Mustapa and George Adamski. The surveillance of all these people took up a large amount of work for J. Edgar Hoover's agents. Indeed, the coverage of the above went on for years. However, the FBI had no direct interest in UFOs and/or alien worlds. It was the pro-Russian/Communist stance that so many of the Contactees held to that had the FBI worried. And, the fact that the Contactees had hordes of followers, too. Over the pond, another well-known Contactee, George King, was the subject of an investigation undertaken by the U.K. police force's Special Branch. It was all because of King's politics and atomic weapons. Just like his American comrades, King had politics that made the U.K. government disturbed - mainly because he, too, had large numbers of followers. Now, onto another angle.

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(Nick Redfern) "Giant Rock," the hang-out of the Contactees and the Space Brothers

In the 1950s, the CIA initiated what was termed "The Robertson Panel." Time and again, I have seen people totally skew what the panel really did - and was. The fact is this: the overall conclusion of the Robertson Panel was that while UFOs, per se, did not appear to have a bearing on national security or the defense of the United States, the way in which the subject could be used by potentially hostile nations to manipulate the public mindset and disrupt the U.S. military infrastructure did have a bearing – and a major one, too – on matters of a security nature. According to the panel’s members: "Although evidence of any direct threat from these sightings was wholly lacking, related dangers might well exist resulting from: A. Misidentification of actual enemy artifacts by defense personnel. B. Overloading of emergency reporting channels with ‘false’ information. C. Subjectivity of public to mass hysteria and greater vulnerability to possible enemy psychological warfare." So, yes, the CIA did investigate the UFO phenomenon, but most of this was circulating around psychological warfare and not ETs.

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(Nick Redfern) The Aetherius Society: Watched by the U.K. Police's Special Branch. All because of politics and "atom bombs."

In the mid-1990s, an Englishman named Robin Cole tried to penetrate the secrets of the U.K. 's Government Communication Headquarters (GCHQ). It's the U.K. equivalent of the United States' National Security Agency.  Cole clandestinely spoke with GCHQ personnel, discovered that the agency had a large library of UFO books, and that staff had reports on-file of UFO sightings. When GCHQ learned that Cole was nosing around in the work of GCHQ, they sent a couple of Special Branch staff to Cole. GCHQ wasn't particularly interested in UFOs. Rather, the agency was worried that Cole might have been working for a for a foreign agency, under the cover of being a "Mulder and Scully idiot," as one file described Cole in 1997. Once again, though, yes the UFO-themed investigations were real, but they were based around worries GCHQ had concerning (a) politics and (b) fears of U.K. citizens being recruited by foreign nations. Another one watched by Special Branch was Matthew Williams. He was a Crop Circle-maker and someone who, on several occasions, broke into various military bases in the U.K.; they were bases that were said to know all about UFOs. One of them being Royal Air Force Rudloe Manor.

What all of this tells us is that yes, over the years and decades there have been numerous UFO investigations by government agencies. But, that doesn't mean those investigations were based on trying to determine if intelligent alien life had reached Earth. Quite the opposite: the governments of both the U.K. and the U.S, were largely focused on how the UFO subject could be used for manipulation and psychological warfare. So, with all of that said, it would not surprise me if some of the things that, right now, are being whispered about  -namely, "UFO investigations" - will actually be found as projects of our making. On this topic: in November 2021, for example, I was given tidbits of information on what is said to be a classified report that will appear into the public domain at some point in 2022. That same report will be focused on how and and why foreign nations have used extremely sophisticated drones as UFOs to "create unease." And, to see the responses of the public and the media  So, yes, I look forward to seeing what's coming in 2022. But, I'm not at all sure that the "UFOs" will be extraterrestrial in nature.

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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