May 18, 2022 I Nick Redfern

The Sinister and Mysterious Saga of the "Dulce Underground Base"

Dulce is a pleasant and inviting town that is situated in New Mexico’s Rio Arriba County. It’s a small town of less than 3,000 people and which is around thirteen square miles in size. It was founded in the latter part of the 19th century and, today, is the home of the Jicarilla Apache Nation. There is nothing particularly unusual or out of the ordinary about Dulce – at least, not at first glance. Look a little bit closer, though, and you’ll find yourself in a world filled with dark secrets and terrifying tales of the cosmic and conspiratorial kind. And, “by closer,” I mean below your feet. Way below your feet; maybe even miles down. Since the late 1970s, rumors have swirled to the effect that deep within the massive Archuleta Mesa, which dominates the town, there is a secret and futuristic facility that has been out of bounds to the U.S. Government since 1979. Today, it’s said that the installation is under the complete control of hostile and deadly extraterrestrials – the so-called “Greys” of UFO lore, those dwarfish, black-eyed, large-headed entities that are practically part of popular culture. So the story goes, it was in seventy-nine that a violent confrontation between military personnel and the aliens broke out – and we were the losers. The base, which was once a hub of human / alien interaction, is now theirs – and theirs alone. Witnesses talk of people going missing, and of vast, cavern-like rooms in which people are devoured by voraciously hungry aliens. Are the tales true? How did the rumors begin? Let’s take a trip back in time to the mid-to-late1970s.

Paul Bennewitz was a scientist who, at the time, ran a company in Albuquerque called Thunder Scientific – a company that quite literally backed onto the well-guarded fences of Kirtland Air Force Base. It was around 1978 that Bennewitz – who had a pre-existing interest in UFOs – began to hear of more and more so-called alien abduction events in and around Albuquerque and further up into northern New Mexico. On top of that, strange signals were picked up by Bennewitz on his radio equipment. He saw weird-looking aircraft soaring silently across the skies over Kirtland late at night and in the early hours of the morning. He was given accounts of abductees being secretly taken to Kirtland and grilled by U.S. intelligence agents, who were deeply concerned about the growing number of people seemingly being kidnapped from their homes and subjected to terrifying and bizarre experiments of a genetic nature.

(Nick Redfern) At the grave of Paul Bennewitz

As the weeks and months progressed Bennewitz came to believe something incredible: that deadly ETs were secretly getting ready to take over the planet. They were planning on doing so from their command post deep below the town of Dulce. Worldwide invasion and the enslavement of the human race were lurking just around the corner – as Bennewitz saw it, at least. Suspecting that the end really was possibly getting nearer and nearer, Bennewitz prepared a dossier on his findings and theories. He called it Project Beta. Bennewitz mailed copies of the controversial report to the FBI, to the CIA, to the NSA, to every branch of the military, and even to the White House. People had to be warned – and warned now, Bennewitz wrote.

Notably, Bennewitz was not written off as a crank, as many might expect him to have been. In fact, quite the opposite was the case: intelligence agents at Kirtland Air Force Base quickly established a secret liaison with Bennewitz. They warned him about digging any further into things that could be dangerous – even to Bennewitz’s life, no less. But, those same agents also confided in Bennewitz something incredible: that he was on the right track. They did all they could to keep Bennewitz quiet, almost to the point of begging him to keep his mouth shut on what he knew. For Bennewitz, though, this was like a red rag to a bull: the somewhat veiled threats to keep his nose out of things only served Bennewitz to push further for answers. As a result, U.S. intelligence fed Bennewitz more and more horror stories of what was supposedly going on several miles below Dulce, including tales of the aliens using captured people – in their thousands – as food. It’s no wonder – given the nature of the stories and that they were coming directly from the military – that Bennewitz became more and more paranoid. Eventually, he became completely unhinged, and to the point where he ended up spending time in a local medical facility, where he was treated for stress, anxiety, and, finally, what practically amounted to a complete mental collapse. Thankfully, he recovered, but was careful kept his distance from Ufology.

Today, some UFO researchers dismiss Bennewitz’s theories and conclusions – preferring, instead, to suspect that Bennewitz had stumbled on not alien activity but top secret programs of the U.S. military and intelligence community. By steering Bennewitz down a path filled with fictitious tales of dangerous aliens, the government would be able to divert him away from the far more down to earth truth, so the theory goes. On the other hand, Bennewitz, who died in 2003, still has a huge following of UFO sleuths who are absolutely certain that below Dulce something abominable is going on – and has been for years. Maybe even for centuries.

While Bennewitz’s Project Beta report does read like something straight out of the early years of The X-Files, there is absolutely no doubt that Dulce itself is a very weird place, one where strange activity has been reported for years. For example, in the 1960s the area around Dulce became the site of a classified U.S. Atomic Energy Commission program called Gasbuggy. It was part of a larger operation codenamed Plowshare. The plan was to explode a significantly-sized atomic device, underground, deep below the Carson National Forest, which just happens to be only a few miles from Dulce. The reason was to try and access massive and precious supplies of natural gas. The bomb was detonated on December 10, 1967 – more than four thousand feet below the surface. Although the Plowshare program continued in the area until the late 1970s, even today digging underground in the area is strictly forbidden. In light of all of Bennewitz’s findings, it’s not at all surprising that there are those in the UFO community who believe that the Plowshare program was actually a cover story – one created to mask the fact that the U.S. Government had tried to destroy the alien base under Dulce with a nuclear weapon. That just such a weapon really was exploded, underground, and only a few minutes’ drive from Dulce, only ensures that the rumors of an alien presence in the area continue to thrive. And, that people are warned not to dig underground in the area only adds to the suspicions that there is something very sinister going on below Dulce.

Not only that, in 1989, and thanks to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the FBI declassified into the public domain its extensive files on so-called “cattle mutilations” in the Dulce area, all of which occurred in the 1970s. Such mutilations have been reported all across the county and since 1967, but Dulce is renowned for the huge number of cases in its midst, as the FBI learned. Cattle are found lacking major organs. Blood is removed from the bodies in astonishingly quick time. And, black and unmarked helicopters are seen in the areas of mutilation – as are strange lights in the sky, and UFOs too. Incredibly, all of these issues are discussed at length in the FBI’s official files on the mutilations in and around Dulce, all of which can be read online at the FBI’s website, The Vault. So, yes, there is definitely something strange going on at Dulce – and something which has been going on for an extraordinarily long time. All of which now brings us to the most controversial aspect of this story – that the Dulce base amounts to nothing less than a vast slaughterhouse. No surprises when it comes to who is being slaughtered. And why.

(Federal Bureau of Investigation) Tantalizing extracts from the FBI's archives on cattle mutilations in New Mexico

If the stories coming out of Dulce really are true, then we may well be in big, big trouble. All of us. Rumors suggest there are multiple levels in the Dulce base, which is said to extend miles down into the Archuleta Mesa and where the ETs are said to be conducting bizarre experiments and procedures – which involve using us as food items. We're told by one source: “Level 7 is worse, row after row of thousands of humans and human mixtures in cold storage. Here too are embryo storage vats of humanoids in various stages of development. I frequently encountered humans in cages, usually dazed or drugged, but sometimes they cried and begged for help. We were told they were hopelessly insane, and involved in high risk drug tests to cure insanity. We were told to never try to speak to them at all. At the beginning we believed that story. Finally in 1978 a small group of workers discovered the truth.” The alien truth, that is.

Another source who has revealed what he knows about the Dulce base writes under the name of “Branton.” He claims to know - from what was secretly learned by some of the workers who fled for their lives when the aliens gained complete control of the base in 1979 – something remarkable, and which has a notable bearing on the theme of this article. Branton stated in his The Dulce Book that during the course of his research he learned that the human body is, in reality, “…surrounded by the etheric ‘body,’ surrounded by the astral ‘body,’ surrounded by the mental ‘body.’” Now, we come to the most important part. One of Branton’s Dulce insiders revealed to him: “We also actually have an extra ‘body,’ the emotional ‘body,’ that the aliens don’t have. This part of us constantly puts out a kind of energy they cannot generate or simulate. This emotional energy…is to them, like a potent, much sought-after drug. They can take it out of us and bottle it, so to speak…Also during this ‘harvesting,’ Greys will look directly into our eyes, as if they are drinking something or basking in light.” In a 1991 book Matrix II, Valdemar Valerian refers to  one particular alien abductee at the Dulce base seeing “…a vat full of red liquid and body parts of humans and animals…she could see Greys bobbing up and down, almost swimming.”

Joshua Cutchin is the author of a 2015 book, A Trojan Feast: The Food and Drink Offerings of Aliens, Faeries, and Sasquatch, Cutchin’s findings add to this bleak and harrowing controversy: “While abduction research does not overtly suggest that aliens are harvesting people for consumption, there may be a grain of truth to the report [contained in the pages of Valerian’s Matrix II]. ‘Nourishment is ingested by smearing a soupy mixture of biologicals on the epidermis. Food sources include Bovine cattle and human parts…distilled into a high protein broth…’” David Jacobs is the author of two books on alien abductions, The Threat and Walking Among Us. He believes that “aliens obtain fuel differently from humans, that their skin has a very unique function, and that they convert ‘food’ to energy very differently.” This may well be connected to the concept of what is known as “foyson.”  It’s a centuries-old word that is directly linked to another kind of diminutive entity that, just like the black-eyed Greys of Ufology, were also renowned for kidnapping people and leading them to magical realms: the faery. 

In terms of what foyson is, Patricia Monaghan, in her 2008 book, The Encyclopedia of Celtic Mythology and Folklore, explains that, “Within every substance on earth is its foyson…The foyson of food is its nourishment, and it was this, Irish folklore contends, that the faeries stripped form food when they stole it. The milk might remain there, creamy in the milk pail, but without its foyson, it had no nourishment left.” This sounds very much like the concept which David Jacobs has suggested – that the aliens convert food into energy in highly alternative ways. It also sounds astonishingly like the stories coming out of Dulce. It’s notable that researchers such as John Keel and Jacques Vallee postulated that the tales of the Greys of today and the faeries of yesteryear have a common origin. They may well be one and the same – but whose origins and identities have been distorted via cultural beliefs, traditions and perceptions.

The strange saga of the Dulce Base still goes on.

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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