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The Pied Pipers of the CIA

UFOgate    The Pied Pipers of the CIA The UFO contactee movement was led by people that worked hand-in-hand with the CIA; the abductee scenario was created by CIA personnel. It reveals an intriguing alternative universe of the contactee and abductee phenomenon. by Philip Coppens A major development in the UFO phenomenon was the emergence in the early 1950s of “contactees”: people who claimed to …

With his head in the stars

Feature Articles –   With his head in the stars Carl Sagan led a controversial life. Forever in search of life in the universe, he was nevertheless adamantly opposed to “pseudoscience”, such as UFOlogy and crop circles. Sagan was no stranger to controversy… and in the end became a controversy himself. by Philip Coppens Carl Sagan died in December 1996. A professor in astronomy at Cornell …

The Mother of all Crashes: The Roswell Incident

UFOgate    The Mother of all Crashes: The Roswell Incident Was the so-called Roswell Incident of 1947 the crash of an extra-terrestrial spacecraft or was it instead an act of government disinformation? by Philip Coppens On 8 July 1947, just 14 days after Kenneth Arnold’s “first reported sighting” of a “flying saucer”, Jesse Marcel, of the press office of Roswell Army Air Force Base (AAFB) …

UFOgate

Memes    UFOgate One of the less explored areas of UFO research is the involvement of intelligence agencies with the phenomenon. On occasion, this took the format of these agencies actively endorsing or using cases to mask more mundane, but nevertheless deemed secret information. Extra-terrestrial intelligence or terrestrial intelligence agencies? It is trendy to suggest to friends and family that the US government knows more …

A missing Pentacle

UFOgate    A missing Pentacle The so-called “Pentacle Memorandum” convinced UFO researcher Jacques Vallee that the US government had been toying with the official UFO investigations, and that these were a front for something else… if not something more sinister. by Philip Coppens In Forbidden Science (1992), Jacques Vallee, who was the inspiration for one of the main characters in Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the …

Extra-terrestrial intelligence or terrestrial intelligence agencies?

UFOgate    Extra-terrestrial intelligence or terrestrial intelligence agencies? It is trendy to suggest to friends and family that the US government knows more about the UFO phenomenon… or even extra-terrestrial beings. Though entirely speculative, it does not mean that the US government plays no role in the phenomenon whatsoever. There is good evidence that shows that it, either officially or unofficially, has been interested in …

Faking a Martian Invasion

UFOgate    Faking a Martian Invasion The first book to appear on flying saucers – a novel – spoke of how alien crashes were staged by a “League of Scientists”, with the hope of creating world peace against a common, extra-terrestrial enemy. Is it fiction… or fact? by Philip Coppens Bernard Newman’s “The Flying Saucer”, was published in the United Kingdom in 1948 (the US …

The strangest UFO encounter… or a hoax?

UFOgate    The strangest UFO encounter… or a hoax? In 1947, strange events occurred in Maury Island, Washington. Two men reported a UFO and afterwards went to great lengths to ridicule their own story. Did they receive the help of the intelligence community? by Philip Coppens The UFO phenomenon was launched on June 24, 1947, by Kenneth Arnold. Though he was not the first to …

MJ-12: Majestic, or Incredulous?

UFOgate    MJ-12: Majestic, or Incredulous? Nothing has changed the world of UFOs as much as the infamous MJ-12 documents, purported to be presidential briefing papers and evidence that the US government is covering up an extra-terrestrial presence on Earth. Always deemed too good to be true, is it the biggest disinformation campaign the field has seen? by Philip Coppens On December 11, 1984, UFO …