Nature of the Alien:
ETs, Demons or a Government Plot?
Part 17
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Bill Kochman

Published On :
April 30, 1997

Last Updated :
January 19, 2018

Jacques Vallée On Government-Staged UFO Hoaxes, Holograms And Bogus UFOs Used As Psychological Warfare And Experimentation 1980 Rendlesham Forest UFO Incident, Government Infiltration And Manipulation Of UFO Groups, Manipulation Equals Confusion Apollo 14 Astronaut Edgar Mitchell Exposes Gov't. UFO Tactics UFO Stories And Views Of American Astronauts White, McDivitt, Slayton, Carpenter, Armstrong, Conrad, Musgrove, Cernan And O'leary, 1969 Recording Of Apollo 11 Astronauts Armstrong And Aldrin Concerning UFOs On The Moon, NASA Scientist Maurice Chatlein Confirms American Astronauts Were Followed By UFOs, Russian Cosmonaut Victor Afanasyev's Account OF UFO Encounter February 1961 Soviet Space Incident, Mikhail Gorbachev States UFO Phenomenon Is Real, General Maltsev And March 1990 Moscow UFO Encounter, 1989 Belarus UFO Incident, High Credibility

Jacques Vallée also believes that other nations of the world may likewise be initiating UFO hoaxes as well, in order to conceal certain activities they are conducting which may be frowned upon by the rest of world. These secret activities may include, for example, testing missiles which may be in contradiction to certain international treaties. In that same interview, Dr. Vallée stated:

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"Jim Oberg, who is a specialist in the Russian space program, pointed out to me that some of the sightings that I published from the Soviet Union -- a strange yellowish crescent seen going through the sky by many people in the Soviet Union -- that those were rocket tests that were illegal under the SALT agreement; and obviously, they couldn't hide it in the sky. . . . so the government planted the story that there was a flying saucer, and that got into the newspapers."

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Vallée is also convinced that certain governments have staged some UFO sightings and encounters as a form of psychological welfare, such as during wartime. One particular example that Vallée mentioned, occurred during World War I. Vallée states that both the Germans and the French relied upon holographic projections in order to manipulate the other side by creating images of religious figures. Dr. Vallée offered the following:

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"Our gods have always come from the sky. And how would a god come from the sky today? He would come down in some kind of spaceship. He couldn't just appear out of the clouds, I mean, that won't work. Although in World War I the Germans were using psychological warfare by projecting photographs, slides along French lines. And I'm sure the French were doing the same thing to the Germans. And there are very sophisticated devices now being used in psychological warfare to create holograms, to create visions to influence people. It might not work with you and me today if we go out today and see something in the skies, it might not destabilize us. But if we were under a lot of stress -- if you've been fighting for a month on some little island, and all of the sudden something like that happens . . ."

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In some instances, Dr. Vallée believes that governments may even conduct psychological experiments with their own people in the military, in order to gauge their reactions to UFOs. Earlier, I briefly mentioned the December 1980 Rendlesham Forest UFO event; during which a triangular craft was seen by a considerable number of people who were stationed nearby at two NATO air bases: RAF Bentwaters and RAF Woodbridge. At that time, these bases were being leased by Great Britain to the U.S. Air Force. During a period of four days, personnel from the two bases observed a metallic-looking, triangular craft in the Tangham Woods area of Rendlesham Forest. This craft emitted a brilliant light which lit up the surrounding area. Was this a real spacecraft from another planet? In Dr. Vallée's view, it was not. He stated in the interview:

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"The [Rendlesham Forest] event had all the earmarks of being staged for the benefit of the witnesses so that they could be studied, and the reactions of the different psychological types and of different ranks could be studied. And when you think about it, it's not that weird. If you were in charge of a project like that, you'd have to test it in conditions where nobody is [in] danger, and you can get the data you need. In cases like this one -- not many but a few of them -- that I investigated, I had to conclude that these were tests of virtual reality projectors . . . But I think there was no UFO there. I think the UFO story was invented."

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Allow me to clarify that the reason why Vallée states "you'd have to test it in conditions where nobody is in danger", is because the base personnel who were sent into the forest, were unarmed. If their superiors really believed that there was a serious threat in the forest, would they have sent in personnel unarmed? It certainly doesn't make any sense to me. The tragedy of situations like this, where people are being manipulated on purpose by their own governments, is that the victims of the hoax become thoroughly convinced of what they've seen and heard; and when they later share their experiences with others, they are in fact telling the truth; even though it isn't really the truth. This is why it is so difficult for us to separate truth from fiction, when it comes to the UFO phenomenon. As Dr. Vallée also stated:

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"I was investigating some cases that were physically real, but they were hoaxes; yet not hoaxes on the part of the witnesses."

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But perhaps the most disturbing facet of government hoaxes, is that, as I noted earlier, they will also manipulate some sincere UFO researchers, as well as infiltrate certain UFO groups, in order to study and gauge their reaction to rumors and certain pieces of disinformation. As Dr. Vallée stated:

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"In some cases, the community of UFOlogists may simply be used in a sociological experiment, because they are a convenient group of people to test, to see how they react to different rumors."

"Again, the UFO research community is a useful laboratory in which to observe the effects of propaganda and disinformation, since it is driven in large part by an intent to expose "the coverup." This creates an opportunity for people to masquerade as good guys and "reveal" all sorts of unverifiable rumors. They meet with a receptive audience, because the context is one of independent inquiry of original, bold, nonconformist ideas. Does that mean we should necessarily believe the man who claims he was in NATO intelligence and saw a classified document about the four humanoid races that live on the moon? I don't think so."

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The sad end result of all of this government psychological manipulation, is that people like you and I are left more confused than ever. We simply don't know what to believe. If we decide to place our trust in the evidence provided by some respectable UFO researcher, we may be disappointed later when that individual turns out to be a fraud; and there have been plenty of them over the years, as we have already discussed.

The idea that the U.S. Government might be playing both ends of the field when it comes to the alien-UFO phenomenon, is even embraced by certain people in high places. For example, in a taped interview, Apollo 14 Astronaut Edgar Mitchell not only states that he is convinced that the 1947 Roswell event was a real UFO crash, but he also explains how the American Government will reveal UFO-related information, while at the same time, will deny that very same information:

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"I've talked with people of stature, of military and government credentials and position, and heard their stories, and their desire to tell their stories openly to the public. And that got my attention very, very rapidly. The first hand experiences of these credible witnesses that, now in advanced years are anxious to tell their story, we can't deny that, and the evidence points to the fact that Roswell was a real incident, and that indeed an alien craft did crash, and that material was recovered from that crash site"

"The U.S. Government hasn't maintained secrecy regarding UFOs. It's been leaking out all over the place. But the way it's been handled is by denial, by denying the truth of the documents that have leaked. By attempting to show them as fraudulent, as bogus of some sort. There has been a very large disinformation and misinformation effort around this whole area. And one must wonder, how better to hide something out in the open than just to say, 'It isn't there. You're deceiving yourself if you think this is true.' And yet, there it is right in front of you. So it's a disinformation effort that's concerning here, not the fact that they have kept the secret. They haven't kept it. It's been getting out into the public for fifty years or more."

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Over the years, quite a few other American astronauts have had encounters with what they believe to have been crafts of an extraterrestrial origin, and a few of them have stepped forward to share what they know. Other information has been released by other parties who have known some of these men, and who have had intimate conversations with them. One early UFO incident involves Ed White and James McDivitt, who were astronauts during the Gemini missions. In June 1965, as they orbited over the Hawaiian Islands, they encountered a weird, metallic object which had arm-like extensions sticking out of it. McDivitt took several pictures of the object, but to date, the pictures have never been released to the public. As the strange object approached their capsule, the men became alarmed. In a later interview where he discussed the event, McDivitt commented:

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"At one stage, we even thought it might be necessary to take evasive action to avoid a collision."

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So this was obviously a very real, physical object, and not just ball lightning, a reflection, or any similar natural phenomenon. Neither was it a weather balloon. Fourteen years earlier, in a 1951 interview, Astronaut Donald Slayton, who eight years later would participate in the Mercury missions, shared this amazing story of his encounter with a UFO:

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"I was testing a P-51 fighter in Minneapolis when I spotted this object. I was at about 10,000 feet on a nice, bright, sunny afternoon. I thought the object was a kite, then I realized that no kite is gonna fly that high. As I got closer it looked like a weather balloon, gray and about three feet in diameter. But as soon as I got behind the darn thing, it didn't look like a balloon anymore. It looked like a saucer, a disk. About the same time, I realized that it was suddenly going away from me; and there I was, running at about 300 miles per hour. I tracked it for a little way, and then all of a sudden, the damn thing just took off. It pulled about a 45 degree climbing turn, and accelerated, and just flat disappeared."

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On May 24, 1962, another Mercury astronaut, Scott Carpenter, photographed a UFO as their capsule orbited the Earth. As had occurred with Astronaut James McDivitt, NASA never released the photograph taken by Scott Carpenter. As a result of his experiences, Carpenter later made the following profound statement:

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"At no time, when the astronauts were in space, were they alone: there was a constant surveillance by UFOs."

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A number of other astronauts have publicly expressed their views concerning the possibility that intelligent life may exist in other parts of the Universe, as well as whether or not some of those life forms may have already, or may even now, be visiting the Earth. Consider the following quotes:

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"We have no proof, But if we extrapolate, based on the best information we have available to us, we have to come to the conclusion that other life probably exists out there, and perhaps in many places."

- Apollo 11 Astronaut, Neil Armstrong, Oct 21, 1999

"There are one hundred million suns out there somewhere, with planets around them like ours. We would be remiss if we thought we were the only life in the Universe."

- Apollo 12 Astronaut, Charles "Pete" Conrad, 1973

"We all know UFOs are real. All we need to ask is where are they from."

- Apollo 14 Astronaut, Ed Mitchell, 1971

"I have been over the years very skeptical like many others. But in the last ten years or so, I have known the late Dr. Allen Hynek, who I highly admire. I know and currently work with Dr. Jacques Vallée. I've come to realize that the evidence is building up to make this a valid and researchable question. Further, because my personal motivation has always been to understand our universe better, and my own theoretical work has convinced me that life is everywhere in the universe that has been permitted to evolve, I consider this a very timely question."

"By becoming more involved with the serious research field, I've seen the evidence mount towards the truth of these matters. I rely upon the testimony of contacts that I have had -- old timers -- who were involved in official positions in government, and intelligence, and military over the last fifty years. We cannot say that today's government is really covering it up. I think that most of them don't know what is going on anymore than the public."

- Apollo 14 Astronaut, Ed Mitchell, MSN Interview Oct. 1998

"Statistically it's a certainty there are hugely advanced civilizations, intelligences, life forms out there. I believe they're so advanced they're even doing interstellar travel. I believe it's possible they even came here."

- Apollo 16 Astronaut, Storey Musgrove

"I've been asked about UFOs and I've said publicly I thought they were somebody else, some other civilization."

- Apollo 17 Astronaut, Eugene Cernan, L.A. Times, 1973

"We have contact with alien cultures."

- Apollo Scientist-Astronaut, Dr. Brian O'leary

As we saw earlier, Astronaut Scott Carpenter clearly stated that at no time were American astronauts ever alone in Outer Space. He said that their activities were constantly being monitored by UFOs. This leads us to what is without a doubt one of the most amazing, and highly controversial recordings ever made of astronauts' conversations from Outer Space. The following exchange is alleged to have occurred in July, 1969 during the famous Apollo 11 lunar mission. The astronauts in this conversation are Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin:

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Astronauts: "Those are giant things. No, no, no . . . this is not an optical illusion. No one is going to believe this!"

Houston Mission Control: "What . . . what . . . what? What the hell is happening? What's wrong with you?"

Astronauts: "They're here under the surface."

Houston Mission Control: "What's there? Emission interrupted . . . interference . . . control calling Apollo 11."

Astronauts: "We saw some visitors. They were there for awhile, observing the instruments."

Houston Mission Control: "Repeat your last information."

Astronauts: "I say that there were other spaceships. They're lined up on the other side of the crater."

Houston Mission Control: "Repeat . . . repeat!"

Astronauts: "Let us sound this orbit a . . . In 625 to 5 . . . automatic relay connected . . . My hands are shaking so badly I can't do anything. Film it? God, if these damned cameras have picked up anything . . . what then?"

Houston Mission Control: "Have you picked up anything?"

Astronauts: "I didn't have any film at hand. Three shots of the saucers, or whatever they were, that were ruining the film."

Houston Mission Control: "Control, control here. Are you on your way? Is the uproar with the U.F.O's. over?

Astronauts: "They've landed there. There they are, and they are watching us."

Houston Mission Control: "The mirrors, the mirrors . . . have you set them up?"

Astronauts: "Yes, they're in the right place. But whoever made those spaceships surely can come tomorrow and remove them. Over and out."

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At first glance, the above conversation may be viewed as a very creative fabrication of someone with a very imaginative mind. Perhaps it is just one of many invented stories which have been disseminated on the Internet for years. However, before jumping to such a quick conclusion, allow me to point out that there appears to be yet another source which tends to validate incidents such as the above. Back in the 1960s, Maurice Chatlein was a NASA scientist who helped to design the Apollo communications and data processing systems. Like other NASA employees, he was a very serious-minded person not given to flights of fancy. On page twenty-seven of his book "Our Ancestors Came From Outer Space", published by Dell in 1975, Chatlein writes:

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"It seems that all the Apollo and Gemini flights were followed, both at a distance and sometimes also quite closely, by space vehicles of extraterrestrial origin - flying saucers or UFOs (Unidentified Flying Objects) if you want to call them by that name. Every time it occurred, the astronauts informed Mission Control, who then ordered absolute silence."

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In that one paragraph, Chatlein not only confirms that being monitored by UFOs from other worlds was a common occurrence, but he also supports the argument expressed by others, that the U.S. Government has had a long-held policy of pressuring and silencing anyone of importance, who dares to speak out regarding their encounters with alien intelligences in Outer Space.

As should be expected, UFO sightings and encounters have not been limited to American astronauts alone. There have been some leaks of UFO encounters by Russian cosmonauts as well. For example, in April of 1979, Cosmonaut Victor Afanasyev made the following comments concerning a UFO he encountered while en route to the Solyut 6 space station:

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"It followed us during half of our orbit. We observed it on the light side, and when we entered the shadow side, it disappeared completely. It was an engineered structure, made from some type of metal, approximately 40 meters long with inner hulls. The object was narrow here and wider here, and inside there were openings. Some places had projections like small wings. The object stayed very close to us. We photographed it, and our photos showed it to be 23 to 28 meters away."

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An equally strange incident, possibly UFO-related, occurred about eighteen years earlier. In February of 1961, the Soviet Union launched a seven-day space mission from their Baikonur facility. Rumor has it that the original goal of the mission was to conduct a circumlunar flight. The space vehicle, which was alleged to be a Lunik spacecraft, carried a two-man team, comprised of one man and one woman. While it is not known for certain who the cosmonauts were, it has been speculated that they may have been Gennady Mikhailov and V. Zavadovskiy; who, like other Russian cosmonauts, have become known simply as "phantom cosmonauts", due to the veil of secrecy which has always shrouded the Soviet Union's space program.

Initially, the mission appeared to be going well, as the team would radio back "Everything satisfactory. We are maintaining the prescribed altitude." However, at some point, apparently a serious malfunction of unknown origin occurred, and both the electrical system and the cosmonauts' air supply began to fail. As the cosmonauts made attempts to repair the damage to their space capsule, they transmitted the following messages on February 24th. This, according to the story, is the last time that they were ever heard from:

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Female Cosmonaut: "I'll take it and hold it with my right hand. Look out the peephole! I have it!"

Male Cosmonaut: "There is something! If we do not get out the world will never know about this!"

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Exactly what did they see outside of their space capsule? What was the female cosmonaut trying to hold? What was so important that they had to tell the world about it? Some people remain convinced that they had a collision with an alien spacecraft which damaged their capsule. What do you think?

Former Soviet President, Mikhail Gorbachev, was apparently also convinced of the reality of the UFO phenomenon. In the May 4, 1990 edition of the Soviet Youth magazine, Gorbachev is reported -- in a declassified CIA document -- to have made the following comment to workers in the Urals:

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"The phenomenon of UFOs does exist, and it must be treated seriously."

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It is possible that Gorbachev's position was influenced by another UFO-related incident within the former Soviet Union, which came to light on April 19, 1990, when the newspaper, Rabochaya Tribuna, published an amazing story entitled "UFOs On Air Defense Radars". It was based upon a detailed report which had been submitted to it by a general by the name of Igor Maltsev. Maltsev was the chief of the Main Staff of Air Defense Forces, which is comprised of Russia's most elite fighter pilots. This particular event occurred on the night of March 21, 1990, in the northeast sector of Moscow known as Pereslavl-Zalesskiy. According to General Maltsev, "more than 100 visual observations" were made, based upon reports which had been compiled by the commanders of several Air Defense Forces units of the Moscow Military District.

In submitting his report to the newspaper, General Maltsev had included five credible witness accounts. One of these was from Soviet pilot, Lt. Col. A. A. Semenchenko, who had flown over the craft. He stated that as he flew over the object, he observed "two flashing white lights" and the faint silhouette of the object against the city lights below. Semenchenko's comments were confirmed by Captain V. Birin, who stated that the object "looked like a flying saucer with two very bright lights along the edges." Another observer, Capt. V. Ivchenko, as well as other pilots, stated that the UFO's lights flashed more rapidly as the craft increased its speed.

A second report was submitted by a ground-based surveillance radar tracking station, which described a rapidly moving, shining object with red lights. Following behind this craft was another object with white lights. Included in the report from the radar tracking station were times, azimuths and the distances of the objects. General Maltsev concluded that what had been observed were indeed extraterrestrial crafts. In his released statement he said:

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"I am not a specialist on UFOs, and therefore I can only correlate the data and express my own supposition. According to the evidence of these eyewitnesses, the UFO is a disk with a diameter from 100 to 200 meters. Two pulsating lights were positioned on its sides. When the object flew in a horizontal plane, the line of the lights was parallel to the horizon. During vertical movement, it rotated and was perpendicular to the ground. Moreover, the object rotated around its axis and performed an 'S-turn' flight both in the horizontal and vertical planes. Next, the UFO hovered over the ground, and then flew with a speed exceeding that of the modern jet fighter by 2 or 3 times. All of the observers noticed that the flight speed was directly related to the flashing of the side lights: the more often they flashed, the higher the speed."

"The objects flew at altitudes ranging from 1,000 to 7,000 meters. The movement of the UFOs was not accompanied by sound of any kind, and was distinguished by its startling maneuverability. It seemed the UFOs were completely devoid of inertia. In other words, they had somehow 'come to terms' with gravity. At the present time, terrestrial machines could hardly have any such capabilities. The object was observed as a 'pip' from a radar target on the screens of aircraft radar sights, and on the screens of several electronic surveillance sub-units. One station did not establish an observation."

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The above UFO incident was also reported in various American newspapers in 1990, including the New York Tribune, and the Arizona Republic. At the time that this incident occurred, Russia was experiencing a very active UFO flap. Almost seven months earlier, on September 30, 1989, the Russian newspaper "Sotsiahisticheskaya Industriya", or "Socialist Industry", reported an equally amazing story regarding a UFO encounter which had occurred over the city of Borisov in Byelorussia, today known as the Republic of Belarus. The encounter, which would later prove to be deadly, involved two Soviet fighter jets. The newspaper article stated in part:

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"The crews of two Soviet aircraft reported seeing a large flying disk in their vicinity with five beams of lights emanating from it: three beams were directed toward the ground and two were projected upward when the object was first sighted. The ground controller instructed one of the planes to alter its course and approach the object, at which point the disk flew to the same level and aimed one of its beams at the approaching Soviet plane, illuminating the cockpit."

"At this time, the copilot was at the controls. He observed the maneuver that the object had just carried out and was able to raise his hand to shield himself from the unbearable light. The aircraft commander was resting in the adjoining seat, and a bright ray of light, projecting a spot with a diameter of 20 centimeters, passed across his body. Both pilots felt heat."

"The copilot was forced to leave his job due to a sudden deterioration in his health, including the onset of sudden prolonged periods of 'loss of consciousness.' The aircraft commander died within a few months. The cause of death was listed as 'cancer', and 'injury to the organism as a result of radiation from an unidentified flying object' was listed as a contributing factor on the official medical record in the hospital where the commander died."

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While many UFO incidents have occurred in Russia over the years, encounters such as the previous ones stand out, due to the caliber of the individuals who have made the reports. As in the other cases we have examined, and the many quotes I have provided for you, these reports deserve a high level of credibility; particularly when we realize that they were made by the Russian military establishment; which, prior to "glasnost", would have never released this kind of info to the general public. It is obvious that they did so with the permission of the highest echelons of power within the Soviet government.

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