Press and public now regard abductees as tiny curiosities, yet
science, for the most part, still banishes their tales to the domain
of the damned, as Charles Fort defined damnation. So too with
claimed victims of mind control. The Voice of Authority tells us
that MKULTRA belongs to history; like Hasdrubal and Hitler, it
threatened once, but no more. Anyone insisting otherwise must be
silenced by glib rationalization and selective inattention.
Yet these two topics — UFO abductions and mind control — have more
in common than their mutual ostracization. The data overlap. If we
could chart these phenomena on a Venn diagram, we would see a
surprisingly large intersection between the two circles of
information. It is this overlap I seek to address.
Note, however, that I can not address all the other interesting and
important issues raised by the UFO abduction experience. For
example, I have written, admittedly rather vaguely, of nasal
implants reported by abductees — the sort of detail which might
place an account in the “high strangeness” category, and of course,
a detail central to my thesis. But what percentage of the
percipients speak of such implants? A truly scientific analysis
would provide a figure. Unfortunately, I haven’t the resources to
compile a sufficiently large abductee sample from which one could
draw statistics. Nor can I make an over-arching qualitative
analysis, measuring the value of “high strangeness” reports against
other abductee claims. All I can do is note the available
literature, and leave the reader to wonder, as I do, whether the
compilers of that literature concentrated on exceptional cases or
were biased in favor of the less fantastic abductee accounts. I have
supplemented readings of the abduction literature with my own
interviews with percipients — which, since abductees tend to know
other abductees, can give a surprisingly wide view of the
phenomenon. This view has been broadened still further by my talks
and correspondence with other members of the UFO community.
Of course, we must recognize the difference between testimony and
proof. No one can state definitively that abduction reports have a
basis in objective reality (however misperceived). Ultimately, all
we have are stories. Some of these stories may be of questionable
veracity; others may be contaminated by investigator bias; many are
insufficiently detailed. No one research paper can resolve all
abduction controversies, and many necessary battles must be fought
on other fields.
Still, the testimony won’t go away — and we certainly have enough to
allow for comparisons. I maintain that an unprejudiced overview of
abduction reports in the popular press and the less-familiar
material on mind control will demonstrate a striking correlation.
Once other abduction researchers have been educated in the ways of
MKULTRA (and this paper is intended as an introductory text) they
may note a similar pattern. If so, we can then begin to write a
revisionist history of the phenomenon.
The abduction enigma contains within it sub-mysteries that slide
into the mind control scenario with surprising ease, even elegance —
mysteries which fit the E.T. hypothesis as uncomfortably as a size
10 foot fits into a size 8 shoe. As we have seen, the MKULTRA thesis
explains the reports of abductee intracerebral implants
(particularly reports involving nosebleeds), unusual scars,
“telepathic” communication (i.e., externally induced intracerebral
voices) concurrent with or following the abduction encounter,
allegations that some abductees hear unusual sound effects (similar
to those created by the hemi-synch and cognate devices), haywire
electronic devices in abductee homes, personality shifts, “training
films,” manipulation of religious imagery, and missing time.
Needless to say, the thesis of clandestine government
experimentation readily accounts for abductee claims of human beings
“working” with the aliens, and for the government harassment that
plays so prominent a role in certain abductee reports.
Let’s look at some more correlations.
The Hill Case and the “Advanced” Aliens
Earlier, I asked, “Do the aliens also watch black-and-white
television?” in reference to their alleged use of old-fashioned,
Terra-style brain implantation devices. Abduction accounts abound in
other examples of alien “retro-technology.” The most striking
example can be found in the
Betty and Barney Hill incident, the
details of which are too well-known to recount here.
As we have
already glimpsed during our discussion of the Rex Niles affair, the
Hills’ “interrupted journey” abounds in data which, taken together,
permits the construction of an alternative explanation.
At one point during the alleged UFO abduction, the “examiners”
inserted a needle in Betty Hill’s navel, telling her that this
practice constituted a test for pregnancy.
rashly assume that Betty Hill’s “pregnancy test” is evidence of
advanced extraterrestrial technology, since her 1961 account
pre-dates the official announcement of amniocentesis, which does
indeed make use of a needle inserted into the navel. But we now have
much less invasive means of testing for pregnancy than
amniocentesis. True, amniocentesis is still sometimes used to gather
information about the fetus, but the wielders of a highly evolved
technology would certainly use other methods of determining the
existence of pregnancy in the first place.
Betty Hill’s testimony reminds us of certain other abduction
accounts, which contain descriptions of “healings” surprisingly
similar to the procedures associated with still-experimental
electromagnetic therapy techniques, such as those described in
Robert O. Becker’s
The Body Electric. For example, abductee
Dube described for me an abduction-related “regeneration” of her
long-damaged heart; had she been familiar with Becker’s work,
she might have been a bit less rapid to ascribe her healing to
Medical breakthroughs often undergo years of testing before their
official “discovery.” For some of these tests, finding volunteers
presents a major obstacle. If we accept the proposition that the
Hill incident originated in an external and objective stimulus, we
must then ask ourselves which scenario is more likely: Did Betty
Hill encounter human beings using a technique ten years ahead of its
time? Or did she encounter aliens (reputedly a “billion years ahead
of us”) using science from eons before their time?
One must also ask why Betty Hill’s aliens seemed to have no grasp of
basic human concepts (such as how we measure time) — yet they knew
enough about us to speak English fluently and had even mastered our
slang. Were these real aliens, or humans engaging in theatricals
(and occasionally muffing their lines)? For that matter, why did
Betty Hill originally recall her abductors as humanoid, only later
describing them as aliens?
The Hill case provided a particularly controversial piece of
evidence — the celebrated “star map” recalled by Betty Hill under
hypnosis. In later years, an Ohio schoolteacher named Marjorie Fish
made an ingenious and laudable attempt to discover a match for this
map by constructing an elaborate three-dimensional model of nearby
star systems; whether she succeeded remains a matter for keen
debate. For now, I prefer to avoid taking sides in this dispute
and will confine myself to insisting that pro-ET ufologists answer
(without resorting to glib ripostes) a point first raised by
Jacques Vallee: The map makes no sense as a navigational aid.
that, even if we grant the Fish interpretation, the stars are not
drawn to scale — and at any rate, alien spaceships would surely be
navigated the same way we guide our own spacecraft: via computers
and telemetry. The validity of the Fish interpretation is
irrelevant; the point is that any such chart would have no value to
an interstellar star-farer.
Fish’s work raises other controversies: Allegedly, the map points to
Zeta Reticuli as the aliens’ home system and pictures
as a single star, a view consistent with scientific opinion of the
1960s. Yet in later years scientists discovered that Zeta Reticuli
is binary. Moreover, how did our
abductee manage to remember so
accurately a complex chart glimpsed in passing? Even allowing for
the possibility of increased accuracy of recollection under hypnotic
regression, the memory feat here seems remarkable. Consider the
circumstances of the abduction: Kafka on hallucinogens couldn’t have
conceived of the nightmare vision confronting Betty Hill that night
— yet for some reason this particular arrangement of stars emerged
as her most intensely-detailed recollection of the experience.
This memory (if not confabulated during regression, a possibility we
should always weigh) is comprehensible only as an example of
artificially-induced hypermnesia. In other words, Betty Hill was
directed to store that chart within her subconscious. The celebrated
star map ought to be recognized for what it was: a prop, a
seemingly-confirmatory circumstantial detail meant to convince her —
and perhaps us — of the reality of her abduction.
The question of motive arises. Why — if my thesis is correct — were
these two fairly innocuous individuals chosen for this new variation
on the old MKULTRA tricks?
The selection might, of course, have been arbitrary. Or perhaps
circumstances now irretrievably lost to history rendered the couple
a convenient target. Interestingly, Barney Hill had become
acquainted (through church functions) with the head of Air Force
intelligence at Pease Air Force Base; perhaps this relationship
first brought the Hills to the attention of members of the
intelligence community. Arguably, the Hills could have been fingered
for a wide variety of reasons; as a general rule, the clandestine
services prefer to satisfy a number of itches with one scratch.
In fact, the espionage establishment had one particularly compelling
reason to focus on the Hills. Barney Hill (a black man) and his wife
held important positions in several civil rights organizations,
including the NAACP. The abduction took place during the 1960s,
when the NAACP and allied groups fell victim to an increasingly
paranoid series of attacks from the FBI and other governmental
agencies (under operations
COINTELPRO, CHAOS, GARDEN PLOT,
etc.). At that time, infiltration of civil rights groups proved
a difficult chore; while most left-leaning groups provided easy
targets for FBI stooges, the average undercover operative would have
had an exceptionally difficult time posing as a black activist. (In
1961, the only black people on the FBI’s payroll were the servants
in J. Edgar Hoover’s home.)
In light of these facts, we should recall Victor Marchetti’s
anecdote about the cat that the CIA had “wired for sound.” Perhaps
an ambitious covert scientist proposed a similar experiment, in
which a human being would play the role that had once been assigned
to the unfortunate feline? As Estabrooks noted, the ultimate
espionage agent would be the spy who doesn’t know he is a spy.
Barney Hill, a well-regarded figure with a near-genius-level IQ, was
a safe bet to obtain a leadership role in any group he joined; he
would have been remarkably well-positioned, had any outsiders wished
to use his ears to overhear prominent black organizers in
Of course, many intelligence professionals would counter this
suggestion by reminding us that eavesdroppers on the civil rights
movement had plenty of less-flamboyant methods: Bugging, “black bag”
jobs, paying for information, etc. The point is valid. But if the
technology to create a “human bug” was developed circa 1961 — and
there is documentation suggesting that such was indeed the case
— the intelligence agencies would surely have wanted to test the
possibilities in the field. And considering the expense of such a
test, why not conduct the experiment in such a way as to reap the
maximum benefits? Why not choose a Barney Hill?
Arms and the Abductee
Budd Hopkins told the following story during his lecture at the Los
Angeles “Whole Life Expo.” He considers the case “very
good...lots of corroborating witnesses for parts of it.” Though not,
presumably, for this part:
Hopkins’ informant, after the by-now familiar UFO abduction, was
given a gun by the aliens. Not a Buck Rogers laser weapon — this was
something Dirty Harry might have packed.
The abductee was also given someone to shoot. Not a little grey
alien — another human being, tied to a chair. The “visitors” told
their armed abductee that this captive had done “evil on the earth,
and he’s a bad person. You have to kill him.” If the abductee didn’t
do as asked, he would never leave the ship.
The captive proclaimed his innocence, and pleaded for his life. The
abductee, caught in the middle of all this, became quite upset.
(Worth noting: he seems to have at least considered the aliens’
request to shoot someone he had never met.) Ultimately, the abductee
turned the gun on the aliens, and said, “Nobody’s going to get shot
According to Hopkins, “The aliens said ‘Fine. Very good.’ They took
the gun from him; the man [presumably, the captive] got up, walked
away, disappeared, and they went on to the next thing.” Obviously,
this little drama had been staged — a test of some sort.
I submit that this surreal incident is incomprehensible as either an
example of alien incursion or of “Klass-ical” confabulation. The
scenario described here exactly parallels numerous experiments in
the hypnotic induction of anti-social action as revealed both in the
standard hypnosis literature and in declassified ARTICHOKE/MKULTRA
documents. For example, compare Hopkins’ account to the following,
in which Ludwig Mayer, a prominent German hypnosis researcher,
describes a classic experiment in the hypnotic induction of criminal
I gave a revolver to an elderly and readily suggestible man whom I
had just hypnotized. The revolver had just been loaded by Mr. H.
with a percussion cap. I explained to [the subject], while pointing
to Mr. H., that Mr. H. was a very wicked man whom he should shoot to
kill. With great determination he took the revolver and fired a shot
directly at Mr. H. Mr. H. fell down pretending to be wounded. I then
explained to my subject that the fellow was not yet quite dead, and
that he should give him another bullet, which he did without further
Of course, if a conservative hypnosis specialist were asked to
comment on the above account, he would quickly point out that
hypnotic suggestions which work in an experimental situation would
not easily succeed outside the laboratory; on some level, the
subject will probably sense whether or not he’s playing the game for
real. Similarly, a conservative abduction researcher would, in
reviewing Hopkins’ material, emphasize the problems inherent in
using testimony derived during regression, where the threat of
confabulation lurks. I’ll concede both arguments — for the moment —
only to insist that they are beside the point. The matter of primary
importance, the sticking point which neither Klass nor Hopkins can
comfortably confront, is the convergence of detail between Mayer’s
hypnosis experiment and the testing event related by Hopkins’ abductee. Why are these two stories so similar? Did the good Dr.
Mayer take pupils from Sirius?
Hopkins says he knows of other instances in which abductees found
themselves in similar crucibles. So do I.
One person I spoke to can remember (sans hypnosis) being handed a
gun inside a ziplock baggy, and receiving instructions that she will
have to use this weapon “on a job.” Early in my interviews with her
(and with no prompting from me) she recited an apparent cue drilled
into her consciousness by the “entities” (as she calls them): “When
you see the light, you will do it tonight,” followed by the command,
“Execute.” (One can only speculate as to how such commands would be
used in the field; we will discuss later the use of photovoltaic
hypnotic induction.) Though her personal feelings toward firearms
are decidedly negative, she vividly describes periods in her
“everyday” life when she feels an uncharacteristic, yet overpowering
urge to be near a gun — a quasi-sexual desire to pick one up and
touch the metal.
She is not alone. Another has been so affected by gun fever that he
became a security guard, just to be near the things. The
abductees I have spoken to connect this sudden surge of Ramboism to
the UFO experience. But I suggest that the UFO experience may be
merely a cover story for another type of training entirely.
One of the primary goals of BLUEBIRD, ARTICHOKE, and MKULTRA was to
determine whether mind control could be used to facilitate
“executive action” — i.e., assassination.
It isn’t difficult to imagine the media’s reaction if a public
figure were murdered by someone acting at the behest of the “space
brothers.” Who would dare to speak of conspiracy under such
circumstances? The hidden controllers could choose a myth structure
that conforms to the abductee’s personality, then pose as higher
beings, who would whisper violence into the ear of the percipient.
Using this ruse, the trick that scientists such as Ludwig Mayer
could perform in the lab might now be accomplished in the field. As
Estabrooks’ associate Jack Tracktir (professor of hypnotherapy at
Baylor University) explained to John Marks, anti-social acts can be
induced with “no conscience involved” once the proper pretext has
“They Will Think It’s Flying Saucers”
Jenny Randles contributes an anecdote from Great Britain which
dovetails nicely with this hypothesis.
In 1965, “Margary” (a pseudonym) lived in Birmingham with her
husband, who one night told her to prepare her for a “shock and a
test.” As Randles describes what she calls a “rogue case”:
They got into his car and drove off, although her memory of the trip
became hazy and confused and she does not know where they went. Then
she was in a room that was dimly lit and there were people standing
around a long table or flat bed. She was out on it and seemed
“drugged” and unable to resist. The most memorable of the men was
tall and thin with a long nose and white beard. He had thick
eyebrows and supposedly said to Margary, “Remember the eyebrows,
honey.” A strange medical examination, using odd equipment, was
performed on her.
Both the husband and the scientists, using (apparently) hypnotic
techniques, flooded her mind with images that, she was told, would
be understood only in the future. According to Randles, “At one
point one of the ‘examiners’ in the room said to Margary in a tone
that made it seem as if he were amused, ‘They will think it’s
flying saucers.’” The husband also revealed that he had a second
identity. After the abduction, this husband (am I going too far
to assume his employment with MI6 or some cognate agency?) left,
never to be seen again. Margary did not recall the abduction until 1978.
This affair can only baffle a researcher who insists on fitting all
abduction accounts into the ET hypothesis; once we free ourselves
from that set of assumptions, explanations come easily. I interpret
this incident as a case in which the controllers applied the flying
saucer cover story sloppily, or to an insufficiently receptive
subject. If my thesis is correct, the UFO “hypnotic hoax” technique
would still have been fairly new in 1965, particularly outside the
United States; perhaps the manipulators hadn’t yet got the hang of
it. The odd comment about the scientist’s eyebrows may refer to an
item of disguise donned for the occasion. The unscrupulous
hypnotist, unsure about his ability to induce an impenetrable
amnesia — and mindful of the price paid by his forerunners in
mesmeric criminality — would understandably want to hedge his
bets; by indulging in the British penchant for theatrics, he could
further protect his anonymity.
A similar incident was brought to my attention by researcher Robert
Durant. The relevant excerpt of his letter follows:
“Now I want to turn to a case that I have been investigating for
several months. The subject is an abductee. Standard abduction
scenario. Twice regressed under hypnosis, the first time by a
well-known abduction researcher, the second time by a psychologist
with parapsychology connections.
In the course of many hours of listening to the subject, I
discovered that she has had close personal contact over a long
period of time with several individuals who have federal
intelligence connections. She was hypnotized many years ago as part
of a TV program devoted to hypnosis. Her abductions began shortly
after she attended several long sessions at a laboratory where,
ostensibly, she was being tested for ESP abilities. Two other people
who were “tested” at this same laboratory have also had abductions.
All three were told by the lab to join a local UFO group. During her
abductions, the principal alien spoke to the subject in the English
language in a normal manner, not via telepathy. She recognized the
voice, which was at one time that of her very close friend of
yesteryear who was then and is now employed by the CIA. The other
voice was that of an individual who works in Washington, has what I
will call very strong federal connections as well as a finger in
just about every ufological pie, and who just happened to bump into
her at the aforementioned laboratory. He also anticipated, in the
course of telephone conversations, her abductions. When the subject
confronted him about this and the voice, he claimed to be psychic.”
The “ESP” connection is suggestive; the
MKULTRA documents betray an
astonishing interest on the part of the intelligence agencies in
Some researchers would object that examples such as this are rare;
most abductions contain no such overt indications of intelligence
involvement. But have investigators looked for them? As mentioned in
the introduction, a false dichotomy limits much ufological thought;
as long as the abduction argument swings between the ET hypothesis
and purely psychological theories, researchers will not recognize
the relevance of certain key items of background data.
Glimpses of the Controllers
In an interview with me, a northern-California abductee — call him
“Peter” — reported an experience which was conducted not by a small
grey alien, but by a human being. The percipient called this man a
“doctor.” He gave a description of this individual, and even
provided a drawing.
Some time after I gathered this information, a southern-California
abductee told me her story — which included a description of this
very same “doctor.” The physical details were so strikingly similar
as to erase coincidence. This woman is a leading member of a Los
Angeles-based UFO group; three other women in this group report
abduction encounters with the same individual.
Perhaps those three women were fantasists, attaching themselves to
another’s narrative. But my northern informant never met these
people. Why did he describe the same “doctor”?
One of the abductees I have dealt with insisted, under hypnosis,
that her abduction experience brought her to a certain house in the
Los Angeles area. She was able to provide directions to the house,
even though she had no conscious memory of ever being there. I later
learned that this house is indeed occupied by a scientist who
formerly (and perhaps currently) conducted clandestine research on
mind control technology.
This same abductee described a clandestine brain operation of some
sort she underwent in childhood. The neurosurgeon was a human being,
not an alien. She even recalled the name. (Note: This is not the
same individual referred to above.) When I heard the name, it meant
nothing to me — but later I learned that there really was a
scientist of that name who specialized in electrode implant
Licia Davidson is a thoughtful and articulate abductee, whose
fascinating story closely parallels many found in the abductee
literature — except for one unusual detail. In an interview with me,
she described an unsettling recollection of a human being, dressed
normally, holding a black box with a protruding antenna. This odd
snippet of memory did not coincide with the general thrust of her
abduction narrative. Could this remembrance represent an
all-too-brief segment of accurately-perceived reality interrupting
her hypnotically-induced “screen memory”? Peter clearly recalls
seeing a similar box during his abduction.
Interestingly, Licia resides in the Los Angeles suburb of Tujunga
Canyon, a prominent spot on the abduction map: Many of the abductees
I have spoken to first had unusual experiences while living in this
area. Near Tujunga Canyon, in Mt. Pacifico, is a hidden former Nike
missile base; more than one abductee has described odd, seemingly
inexplicable military activity around this location. The reader
will recall the connection of Nike missile bases to the disturbing
story of Dr. L. Jolyon West, a veteran of MKULTRA.
Some abductees I have spoken to have been directed to join certain
religious/philosophical sects. These cults often bear close
The leaders of these groups tend to be “ex”-CIA operatives, or
Special Forces veterans. They are often linked through personal
relations, even though they espouse widely varying traditions. I
have heard unsettling reports that the leaders of some of these
groups have used hypnosis, drugs, or “mind machines” on their
charges. Members of these cults have reported periods of missing
time during ceremonies or “study periods.”
I strongly urge abduction researchers to examine closely any small
“occult” groups an abductee might join. For example, one familiar
leader of the UFO fringe — a man well-known for his espousal of the
doctrine of “love and light” — is Virgil Armstrong, a close personal
friend of General John Singlaub, the notorious Iran-Contra player,
who recently headed the neo-fascist World Anti-Communist League.
Armstrong, who also happens to be an ex-Green Beret and former CIA
operative, figured into my inquiry in an interesting fashion: An abductee of my acquaintance was told — by her “entities,” naturally
— to seek out this UFO spokesman and join his “sky-watch”
activities, which, my source alleges, included a mass channelling
session intended to send debilitating “negative” vibrations to
Constantine Chernenko, then the leader of the Soviet Union. Of
course, intracerebral voices may have a purely psychological origin,
so Armstrong can hardly be held to task for the abductee’s original
“directive.” Still, his past associations with military
intelligence inevitably bring disturbing possibilities to mind.
Even more ominous than possible ties between UFO cults and the
intelligence community are the cults’ links with the shadowy
group, founded by Guy Ballard in the 1930s. According to
researcher David Stupple,
“If you look at the contactee groups
today, you’ll see that most of the stable, larger ones are actually
neo-I AM groups, with some sort of tie to Ballard’s
This cult, therefore, bears investigation.
Guy Ballard’s “Mighty I AM Religious Activity,” grew, in large part,
out of William Dudley Pelly’s Silver Shirts, an American Nazi
organization. Although Ballard himself never openly proclaimed
Nazi affiliation, his movement was tinged with an extremely
right-wing political philosophy, and in secret meetings he “decreed”
the death of President Franklin Roosevelt. The I AM philosophy
derived from Theosophy, and, in this author’s estimation, bears a
more-than-cursory resemblance to the Theosophically-based teachings
that informed the proto-Nazi German occult lodges.
After the war, Pelley (who had been imprisoned for sedition during
the hostilities) headed an occult-oriented organization called
Soulcraft, based in Noblesville, Indiana. Another Soulcraft employee
was the controversial contactee George Hunt Williamson (real name:
Michel d’Obrenovic), who co-authored
UFOs Confidential with John
McCoy, a proponent of the theory that a Jewish banking conspiracy
was preventing disclosure of the solution to the UFO mystery.
Later, Williamson founded the I AM-oriented Brotherhood of the Seven
Rays in Peru. Another famed contactee,
George Van Tassel, was
associated with Pelley and with the notoriously anti-Semitic
Reverend Wesley Swift (founder of the group which metamorphosed into
the Aryan nations).
The most visible modern offspring of I AM is Elizabeth Clare
Prophet’s Church Universal and Triumphant, a group best-known for
its massive arms caches in underground bunkers. CUT was recently
exposed in Covert Action Information Bulletin as a conduit of CIA
funds, and according to researcher
John Judge, has ties to
organizations allied to the World Anti-Communist League.
Prophet is becoming involved in abduction research and has sponsored
presentations by Budd Hopkins and other prominent investigators. In
The Armstrong Report: ET’s and UFO’s: They Need Us, We
Don’t Need Them [sic.],
Virgil Armstrong directs troubled
abductees toward Prophet’s group. (Perhaps not insignificantly, he
also suggests that abductees plagued by implants alleviate their
problem by turning to “the I AM force” within.)
Another UFO channeller, Frederick Von Mierers, has promulgated both
a cult with a strong I AM orientation and an apparent con-game
involving over-appraised gemstones. Mierers is an anti-Semite who
contends that the Holocaust never happened and that the Jews control
the world’s wealth.
UFORUM is a flying saucer organization popular with Los Angeles-area
abductees; its founder is Penny Harper, a member of a radical
Scientology breakaway group which connects the teachings of L. Ron
Hubbard with pronouncements against “The Illuminati” (a mythical
secret society) and other betes noir familiar from right-wing
conspiracy literature. Harper directs members of her group to read
The Spotlight, an extremist tabloid (published by Willis Carto’s
Liberty Lobby) which denies the reality of the Holocaust and posits
a “Zionist” scheme to control the world.
More than one unwary abductee has fallen in with groups such as
those listed above. It isn’t difficult to imagine how some of these
questionable groups might mold an abductee’s recollection of his
experience — and perhaps help direct his future actions.
Some modern abductees, with otherwise-strong claims, claim
encounters with blond, “Nordic” aliens reminiscent of the early contactee era. Surely, the “Nordic” appearance of these aliens
sprang from the dubious spiritual tradition of Van Tassell, Ballard,
Pelley, McCoy, etc. Why, then, are some modern abductees seeing
these very same other-worldly Uebermenschen?
One abductee of my acquaintance claims to have had beneficial
experiences with these “blond” aliens — who, he believes, came
originally from the Pleiades. Interestingly, in the late 1960s, the
psychopathically anti-Semitic Rev. Wesley Swift predicted this odd
twist in the abduction tale. In a broadcast “sermon,” he spoke at
length about UFOs, claiming that there were “good” aliens and “bad”
aliens. The good ones, he insisted, were tall, blond Aryans — who
hailed from the Pleiades. He made this pronouncement long before the
current trends in abduction lore.
Could some of the abductions be conducted by an extreme right-wing
element within the national security establishment? Disagreeable as
the possibility seems, we should note that the “lunatic right” is
represented in all other walks of life; certainly hard-rightists
have taken positions within the military-intelligence complex as
Grounds For Further Research
John Keel’s ground-breaking
Operation Trojan Horse, written in an
era when abductees still came under the category of “contactees,”
includes the following intriguing data, gleaned from Keel’s
extensive field work:
Contactees often find themselves suddenly miles from home without
knowing how they got there. They either have induced amnesia, wiping
out all memory of the trip, or they were taken over by some means
and made the trip in a blacked-out state. Should they encounter a
friend on the way, the friend would probably note that their eyes
seemed glassy and their behavior seemed peculiar. But if the friend
spoke to them, he might receive a curt reply.
In the language of the contactees this process is called being
used... I have known silent contactees to disappear from their homes
for long periods, and when they returned, they had little or no
recollection of where they had been. One girl sent me a postcard
from the Bahama Islands — which surprised me because I knew she was
very poor. When she returned, she told me that she had only one
memory of the trip. She said she remembered getting off a jet at an
airport — she shouldn’t recall getting on the jet or making the trip
— and there “Indians” met her and took her baggage...The next thing
she knew she was back home again.
Puzzling indeed — unless one has read
The Control of Candy Jones,
which speaks of Candy’s “blacked out” periods, during which she travelled to Taiwan as a
CIA courier, adopting her second
personality. The mind control explanation perfectly solves all the
mysteries in the above excerpt — save, perhaps, the odd remark about
Hickson and Mendez’
UFO Contact At Pascagoula contains the
interesting information that Charles Hickson awakes at night feeling
that he is on the verge of re-awakening some terribly important
memory connected with his encounter — yet ostensibly he can account
for every moment of his adventure.
Hickson also received a letter from an apparent abductee who claims
that the grey aliens are actually automatons of some sort — perhaps
an unconscious recognition of the unreality of the
hypnotically-induced “cover story.” In this light, the film
version of Communion — whose screenplay was written by Whitley
Strieber — takes on a new interest: The abduction sequences contain
inexplicable images indicating that the “greys” are really props, or
Transformation contain passages detailing what seems
to be a hazily-recalled Candy-Jones-style espionage adventure, in
which Strieber was shanghaied by a “coach” and a “nurse” (both human
beings) who apparently drugged him. Recall the example of
Keel’s informants. Moreover, Transformation contains lengthy
descriptions of alien beings working in apparent collusion with
Abductee Christa Tilton also recalls both human beings and aliens
playing a part in her experience. Ever since her abduction, she
claims, she has been “shadowed” by a mysterious federal agent she
calls John Wallis.
Christa’s husband, Tom Adams, has confirmed Wallis’ existence.
Report On Communion, Ed Conroy — who seems to have become a
participant in, and not merely an observer of, the phenomenon —
describes harassment by helicopters, which as we have already noted,
seems to be quite a common occurrence in abductee situations.
Researchers blithely assume that these incidents represent
governmental attempts to spy on UFO percipients. But this assertion
is ridiculous. Helicopters are extremely expensive to operate, and
the engines of espionage have perfected numerous alternative methods
to gather information.
After all, we now have a fairly extensive
bibliography of FBI, CIA, and military efforts to spy on numerous
movements favoring domestic social change. Why have no veterans of
COINTELPRO (either victim or victimizer) spoken of
helicopters? Obviously the choppers serve some other purpose beyond
mere surveillance. One possibility might be the propagation of
electromagnetic waves which might affect the perceptions/ behaviors
of an implanted individual. (Indeed, I have heard rumors of
helicopters being used in electronic “crowd control” operations in
Vietnam and elsewhere; alas, the information is far from hard.)
Contactee Eldon Kerfoot has written of his suspicions that human
manipulators, not aliens, may be the ultimate puppeteers engineering
his experiences. He describes a sudden compulsion to kill a fellow
veteran of the Korean conflict — a man Kerfoot had no logical reason
to distrust or dislike, yet whom he “sensed” to have been a traitor
to his country. Fortunately, the assassination never
materialized. But the situation exactly parallels incidents
described in released ARTICHOKE documents concerning the remote
hypnotic induction of anti-social behavior.
One last speculation:
Intercept But Don’t Shoot
 outlines a fascinating
scenario for the “secret weapon” hypothesis of UFOs. Vesco points
out that if these devices are one day to be used in a superpower
conflict, the attacking power would be well-served by the myth of
the UFO as an extra-terrestrial craft, for the besieged nation would
not know the true nature of its opponent. Perhaps, then, one purpose
of the UFO abductions is to engender and maintain the legend of the
little grey aliens. For the hidden manipulators, the abductions
could be, in and of themselves, a propaganda coup.
I do not insist dogmatically on the scenario that I have outlined. I
do not wish to dissuade abduction researchers from exploring other
avenues — indeed, I strongly encourage such work to continue. Nor
can I easily account for some aspects of the abduction narratives —
for example, any suggestions I could offer concerning the reports of
genetic experimentation would be extremely speculative.
But I do insist on a fair hearing of this hypothesis. Criticism is
encouraged; that which does not destroy my thesis will make it
stronger. I ask only that my critics refrain from intellectual
laziness; mere differences in world-view do not constitute a valid
attack. God is found in the details.
I recognize the dangers inherent in making this thesis public. New
and distressing abductee confabulations may result. I would prefer
that the audience for this paper be restricted to abduction
researchers, not victims, who might be unduly influenced. However,
in a society that prides itself on its ostensibly free press, such
restrictions are unthinkable. Therefore, I can only beg any
abduction victims who might read this paper to attempt a superhuman
objectivity. The thesis I have outlined is promising, and (should
trepanation ever provide us with an example of an actual abductee
implant) susceptible of proof. But mine is not the only hypothesis.
The abductee’s unrewarding task is to report what he or she has
experienced as truthfully as possible, untainted by outside
Whether or not future investigation proves UFO abductions to be a
product of mind control experimentation, I feel that this paper has,
at least, provided evidence of a serious danger facing those who
hold fast to the ideals of individual freedom. We cannot long ignore
A spectre haunts the democratic nations — the spectre of
technofascism. All the powers of the espionage empire and the
scientific establishment have entered into an unholy alliance to
evoke this spectre: Psychiatrist and spy, Dulles and
microwave specialists and clandestine operators.
A mind is a terrible thing to waste — and a worse thing to
Selected Bibliography on Mind Control
Acid Dreams, by Martin A. Lee and Bruce Shlain (Grove, 1985).
Outstanding work on MKULTRA and drugs.
The Body Electric, by Robert Becker (Morrow, 1985). Important.
The Brain Changers, by Maya Pines (Signet, 1973). Outdated, but an
excellent chapter on the stimoceiver and related technologies.
Brain Control, by Elliot Valenstein (John Wiley and Sons, 1973).
Highly conservative; outdated; still worth reading.
CIA Papers, compiled by the Capitol Information Associates (POB
8275, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 48107). Interesting selection of MKULTRA
The Control of Candy Jones, by Donald Bain (Playboy Press, 1976).
Human Drug Testing By the CIA, hearings before the Subcommittee on
Health and Scientific Research of the Committee On Human Resources,
United States Senate (Government Printing Office, 1977).
Hypnotism, by George Estabrooks (Dutton, 1957). See especially the
chapters on hypnosis in warfare and crime. Some modern experts in
clinical hypnosis decry Estabrooks’ work. These “experts” tend to
have a history of funding by CIA cut-outs and military intelligence.
I suspect they denounce Estabrooks not because his work was shoddy,
but because he let the cat out of the bag.
Individual Rights and the Federal Role in Behavior Modification, by
the Staff of the Subcommittee on Constitutional Rights of the
Committee of the Judiciary, United States Senate (Government
Printing Office, 1974).
Megabrain, by Michael Hutchison (Ballantine, 1986). The only popular
book on modern mind machines.
Messengers of Deception, by
Jacques Vallee (And/Or, 1979). Vallee
has been criticized, correctly, for including in this book invented
“conversations” with a composite character he calls Major Murphy.
But the section on cults in this book bears a haunting resemblance
to stories I have heard in my own investigations.
The Mind Manipulators, by Opton and Scheflin (Paddington Press,
1978). Conservative, but extremely useful as a reference work.
Mind Wars, by Ronald McCrae (St. Martin’s Press, 1984).
Operation Mind Control, by Walter Bowart (Dell, 1978). The best
single volume on the subject. Difficult to find; indeed, this book’s
rapid disappearance from bookstores and libraries has aroused the
suspicions of some researchers. (Tom Davis Books, POB 1107, Aptos,
CA 95001, carries this work.)
Physical Control of the Mind, by Jose Delgado (Harper and Row,
1969). Outdated; still essential.
Project MKULTRA, joint hearing before the Select Committee On Health
and Scientific Research of the Committee On Human Resources, United
States Senate (Government Printing Office, 1977).
Psychic Warfare: Fact or Fiction? edited by John White (Aquarian,
1988). See especially Michael Rossman’s contribution.
Psychotechnology, Robert L. Schwitzgebel and Ralph K. Schwitzgebel
(Holt, Rhinehart and Winston, 1973).
The Scientist, by John Lilly (expanded edition: Ronin, 1988).
Bizarre — Lilly is an ex-“brainwashing” specialist who claims to be
in contact with aliens. Is he controlled or controlling?
The Search for the “Manchurian Candidate”, by John Marks (Bantam,
1978). An invaluable book. However, many people have made the
mistake of assuming it tells the full story. It does not.
Were We Controlled? by Lincoln Lawrence (University Books, 1967).
Explores possible connections to the JFK assassination. Dr. Petter
Lindstrom’s endorsement of this work makes it mandatory reading.
Who Killed John Lennon? by Fenton Bresler (St. Martin’s Press,
1989). Interesting thesis concerning the possible use of mind
control on Mark David Chapman. Better in its analysis of Chapman
than in its history of mind control. In my own work, I have
encountered data which may help confirm Bresler’s theory.
The Zapping of America, by Paul Brodeur. (MacLeod [Canadian edition]
1976). Contains a good chapter on microwave mind control technology.
The important stories of Martti Koski and Robert Naeslund can be
obtained by sending three dollars to: Martti Koski, Kiilinpellontie
2, 21290 Rusko, FINLAND. Koski’s description of his “programming”
sessions should not be taken at face value: We cannot always trust
the perception of someone whose perception has been altered. His
research into the technology of mind control is solid.