How the U.S. Government Contributed to the Creation of a Modern UFO Myth
Thursday, June 9th, 2016 at 10:30 pm EDT, the resolute seeker of truth, René Barnett of NightVision Radio is joined by radio personality, journalist and author of It Defies Language: Essays on UFOs and Other Weirdness, Greg Bishop to discuss everything from UFOs to ghosts to cryptozoology.
GREG BISHOP co-founded a magazine called The Excluded Middle, which was a journal of UFOs, conspiracy research, psychedelia and new science. His first book, “Wake Up Down There!,” anthologized many of the articles and features. Greg’s second book was “Project Beta: The Story of Paul Bennewitz, National Security, and the Creation of a Modern UFO Myth,”which documented a government campaign of disinformation perpetrated against an unsuspecting U.S. citizen. “Weird California,” a portrait of strange and eerie history and places in the Golden State, was released in 2006. From December 2007 to November 2011, Greg blogged for the UFO and paranormal site Ufomystic. “It Defies Language!” released in 2016,is a collection of essays on UFOs, the U.S. government, and fringe issues and personalities.
His current podcast can be heard at radiomisterioso.com. Interviews with fringe-topic researchers and weird music are the usual fare. He has lectured at numerous paranormal conferences and meetings. He also flies paragliders and ultralight aircraft and is a licensed private pilot.
It Defies Language!: Essays on UFOs and Other Weirdness
A collection of essays about the Ufo subject and related phenomena. The first chapter discusses the U.S. Government’s involvement along with the author’s personal experiences with agents and military personnel. The text also includes historical perspectives on the subject, and theories and opinions on the current search for answers about Ufos from a viewpoint that is neither belief-based nor that of a doctrinaire skeptic. There are also entries about square craters on the Moon, black-eyed kids, and baseball games at Area 51. Foreword by Nick Redfern. Illustrated by “Red Pill Junkie.” – amazon.com
Project Beta: The Story of Paul Bennewitz, National Security, and the Creation of a Modern UFO Myth
THE HORRIFYING TRUE STORY OF A GOVERNMENT-AUTHORIZED CAMPAIGN OF DISINFORMATION THAT DEFINED AN ERA OF ALIEN PARANOIA AND DESTROYED ONE MAN’S LIFE.
In 1978, Paul Bennewitz, an electrical physicist living in Albuquerque, New Mexico, engaged in some aggressive radio monitoring of the nearby Sandia Labs, then managed by the Department of Defense. When he became convinced that the strange lights hovering over the labs and Kirtland Air Force Base signaled the vanguard of an extraterrestrial alien invasion, he began writing TV stations, newspapers, senators — and even President Reagan — to alert them.
For the most part Bennewitz received form-letter replies, but Air Force investigators paid him a visit, as did Bill Moore, author of the first book on the Roswell incident. Before long Moore — then a new force in civilian UFO research — was tapped by a group of intelligence agents and a deal was struck: Moore was to keep tabs on Bennewitz while the Air Force ran a psychological profile and disinformation campaign on the unsuspecting physicist. In return, Air Force Intelligence would let Moore in on classified UFO material.
This is Bennewitz’s harrowing tale, told by fringe-culture historian Greg Bishop. It is the troubling account of the custom-made hall of smoke and mirrors that eventually drove Bennewitz to a mental institution, as well as the story of the explosive propagation of disinformation that began in 1979 and reverberates through the UFO community and pop culture to this day. – amazon.com
Tune in on Thursday at 10:30 pm eastern to participate in the discussion over fascinating evidence of government involvement in the modern UFO myth, right here on the Inception Radio Network.