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Mirage Men: Film Review

Tantalizing documentary suggests UFO folklore was deliberately fabricated under a U.S. psychological warfare program.

June 13, 2013

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Delving into the shadowy hinterland of delusion, deception and paranoia that fuels UFO mythology, this tantalizing British-made documentary has just had its world premiere at the tenth annual Doc/Fest in the northern English city of Sheffield. Mirage Men features testimony from true believers, close-encounter witnesses, airline pilots and highway patrolmen. But it is chiefly concerned with a more prosaic and earthbound conspiracy, which suggests that much key UFO folklore was deliberately fabricated by U.S. military insiders to discredit extraterrestrial investigators as unhinged cranks, thus deflecting attention from their own covert projects.

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Mirage Men is distilled from the 2010 book of the same name by the British author Mark Pilkington, who is also involved here as writer, producer and onscreen talking head. The film’s focus is narrower, concentrating on the U.S., specifically a handful of well-known figures and events in UFO circles. One pivotal player in both the book and film is Richard Doty, a former counterintelligence officer with the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI), who claims to have spent decades deliberately spreading disinformation about extraterrestrials: “weapons of mass deception,” as one interviewee memorably puts it. Another is ufologist and author William Moore, whose books include The Roswell Incident and The Philadelphia Experiment.

Doty and Moore initially seem plausible enough on camera, though they share a shadowy past. Both admit to feeding false information to Paul Bennewitz, a World War II veteran and electronics expert living alongside a USAF base in New Mexico. According to Doty, the NSA targeted Bennewitz in the early 1980s as a useful idiot in their black propaganda wars, beaming fake extraterrestrial messages into his house and planting bogus spaceship evidence on a nearby mountain range. Convinced he had uncovered an alien invasion plot, Bennewitz turned into a deranged version of Neary in Close Encounters of the Third Kind, wrote warning letters to President Reagan, developed paranoid psychosis and was briefly institutionalized. Mission accomplished.

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« Reply #1 on: Jun 17th, 2013, 8:53pm »

The film is out already man? huh
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« Reply #2 on: Jun 17th, 2013, 9:24pm »

on Jun 17th, 2013, 8:53pm, alvaroslash wrote:
The film is out already man? huh


It debuted a few days ago (June 13) at a film festival in Sheffield, England. I suspect it will make the festival circuit before being possibly shown in a few theaters. I would imagine it will then be on television and available on DVD.
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« Reply #3 on: Jun 21st, 2013, 6:43pm »

A very interesting aspect of the UFO enigma. I look forward to seeing the film, but I expect it won't be on TV anytime soon. Thanks for posting, Jack.

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« Reply #4 on: Feb 15th, 2014, 8:18pm »

The Mirage Men Cometh

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February 15, 2014

The highly anticipated film, Mirage Men, is scheduled for a March 27 online release. The documentary was written by Mark Pilkington and included a collaboration of talented individuals as directors and producers.

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Pre-order rentals are available through this link or through the trailer located in the sidebar to the right [see blogsite]. Full synopsis:

How the US government created a myth that took over the world.

ET visitors… crashed UFOs… back-engineered alien technology… the government cover-up of a secret that would change the world as we know it…

These are the core elements of the modern UFO mythology, a story that has captivated farmers, princes and generals for generations, and shows no sign of loosening its grip on the popular imagination.

But what if, instead of covering up the UFO story, elements in the US military had actively encouraged it as part of their Cold War counterintelligence arsenal – manufacturing the myth of the UFO as a powerful weapon of mass deception and the perfect cover for all manner of clandestine technologies and operations.

Now, for the first time, some of those whose actions have directly shaped the UFO mythology, and some of their victims, tell their stories, revealing a surreal disturbing and sometimes tragic sequence of events that is part Manchurian Candidate and part Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

Mirage Men draws viewers into a saucer-shaped hall of mirrors, a shadow-world where every lie contains elements of the truth, and the truth is far stranger than the UFO believers, or their detractors, would have you believe.
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« Reply #5 on: Feb 16th, 2014, 1:04pm »

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EXCELLENT POST "A LA MIRAGE" cool

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« Reply #6 on: Feb 16th, 2014, 8:07pm »

Read the book when it came out.....interesting stuff , but caveat emptor as always.
Anyone interested in the books ideas about disinfo would do well to read Revelations by Dr Vallee which was written many years before Pilkington's book.
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« Reply #7 on: Feb 17th, 2014, 01:55am »

Vallee did enormous ..titanic work..indeed..some really funny stuff in there as well. Its amazing how Bill Coopers junk was copied with the Gulf Breez matter..
The more people we have on this..the better for all of us..
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« Reply #8 on: Feb 17th, 2014, 08:52am »

on Feb 17th, 2014, 01:55am, Harry Lime wrote:
Vallee did enormous ..titanic work..indeed..some really funny stuff in there as well. Its amazing how Bill Coopers junk was copied with the Gulf Breez matter..
The more people we have on this..the better for all of us..

I would love to sit down with a cup of coffee and have an 'off the cuff' conversation with Dr Vallee about all of this. I think his ideas would be mind blowing and revealing ; especially the ones he has never put in print.
ps: If you haven't read Forbidden Science by him , I recommend it.
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« Reply #9 on: Feb 20th, 2014, 07:40am »

Big interest and big grant dollars in creating and tracking memes. That includes social networks:

http://metro.co.uk/2014/02/19/coming-soon-a-lie-detector-for-twitter-4309908/

It's also nothing new. DARPA has publicly expressed great interest and priority in increasing its meme war capabilities:

http://axiomamuse.wordpress.com/2011/08/22/darpa-prepares-for-meme-war/

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« Reply #10 on: Feb 25th, 2014, 6:15pm »

A worthy read from Greg Taylor of The Daily Grail on UFOs, Snowden and Mirage Men titled, UFOs Finally Turn Up in Documents Leaked by Edward Snowden.
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« Reply #11 on: Feb 25th, 2014, 8:44pm »

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THANX FOR THE LINK...ONE MUST CONSIDER AT MINIMUM A DICHOTOMY WITH SAME...FIRST OF ALL~THOSE WHOM ARE ON THE INSIDE OF THIS PHENOMENA~KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON (WHETHER A SPECTATOR LIKE US OR A PLAYA) AND DO THEIR UTMOST TO SHADOW THE REALITY AND DISCREDIT THE CURIOUS AND THOSE TOUCHING TO CLOSE TO THE TRUTH..

SECOND...THE NEFARIOUS MEASURES AND EXTREMES TO EXPLOIT SUCH...SEED THOUGHT...MANIPULATE THOSE WHOM HAVE BEEN AFFECTED BY SUCH PHENOMENA REVEALS>>>THE COMPASSION<<< FOR THEIR FELLOW MAN...AND THE "DEEP ROOTS" OF THE TECHNOLOGICAL BENEFITS OF REVERSED ENGINEERED BLACK PROGRAMS (UFOLOGICALLY SPEAKING)...

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« Reply #12 on: Mar 12th, 2014, 6:59pm »

'Mirage Men' Sneak Peek: 'Meet Richard Doty'

March 12, 2014

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What if the UFO conspiracy was turned on its head? Instead of the modern mythology of governments covering up UFO sightings, what if the military had been and still is actually encouraging it as part of their ancient cold war counterintelligence arsenal?

Check out the above sneak peek, Meet Richard Doty, and view the official Mirage Men trailer located in the movie player in the sidebar to the right...


Reviews:

“Tantalizing… a juicy subject matter and high end production values.”
-Stephen Dalton, Hollywood Reporter

“A movie for fans of Philip K. Dick and George Orwell.”
-Nick Bradshaw, Sight & Sound (UK)

“I’d put this one right up there with THE IMPOSTER, and any given Morgan Spurlock film. It’s good.”
-aintitcool.com

“Mirage Men is scary, unsettling…”
-Dave Canfield, Twitch

“Undoubtedly one of the must-see documentaries of the year”
-Electric Sheep

See site for links, trailer and more:

http://ufotrail.blogspot.com/2014/03/mirage-men-sneak-peek-meet-richard-doty.html
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« Reply #13 on: Mar 12th, 2014, 9:23pm »

One of dozens of Darpas solicitation was memex, others nice names like Muse..all like the NSA's where Darpas puts the beta stage into real time execution.. making trials even FUN...
DARPA’s Verigames Covered by The Escapist
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DARPA’s new project Verigames funded the development of five new titles, CircuitBot, Flow Jam, Ghost Map, StormBound and Xylem, that translate players’ actions into software security verification. Crowdsourcing the results of these fun new puzzles games keeps PC software safe. Read more at The Escapist.



http://article.wn.com/view/2014/02/06/The_Government_Is_Paying_IBM_To_Build_A_Vanishing_Network/

APR electronics that melt in water See Also This sounds like an April Fool's joke but isn't. The military's tech research organization, DARPA, wants to invent a network of computers, sensors and other devices that will vanish on command. By vanish, they mean press a button and the thing goes "poof," with every component turning itself into dust, preferably biodegradable dust. Alternatively the network should be able to self destruct after so many hours or at a specific time. DARPA just awarded a $3.5 million contract to IBM to try and invent it. DARPA calls the technology "Vanishing Programmable...more »

I stumbled on this..which I know for you JJ and others is like preaching to the choir..but some things..like a mantra..can never be repeated enough..

I saw patterns in the ^ meme that reminded me of many elements of all these discussions..Perhaps you may have as well but the ET meme..may be one still useful..but losing its luster..they have no substitute..for group controls as it did in the beginning..

http://thetruthseekersguide.blogspot.com/


Various Freedom of Information (FOI) requests eventually resulted in a small number of documents being released. MKULTRA came into being (apparently) on 13th April 1953 – although a number of insiders give an earlier date. CIA documentation describes MKULTRA as an ‘umbrella project’ with 149 ‘sub-projects’. These sub-projects include illegal and unsolicited testing of drugs, altered states of consciousness, and implementation of electronics components. Some experiments also involved “remote activation and control” of living organisms.

The phenomenon of state sponsored mind control programming does not begin and end with MKULTRA though. Although MKULTRA is perhaps the most well-known and documented, a myriad of project names (official and unofficial) have surfaced over the years, begging the question of just how far reaching these practices go.

Whilst it is believed by many that the overall goal of these projects was to brainwash individuals to become couriers and spies, some alleged accounts of extreme programming (such as Cathy O’Brien and Brice Taylor) involved examples of physical and sexual abuse and torture, as well as being subjected to occult and ritualistic ceremonies and practices. They loosely referred to their conditioning as “Monarch Programming”.
http://www.trance-formation.com/index.htmhttp://educate-yourself.org/mc/nwomcbturireview.shtml

There are claims that the practice encompassed out of body experiences, and time / space travel. It is also believed that (in some cases) the E.T. contact / abduction phenomenon is a result of some aspect of these programmes. Some victims alleged that part of their programming was conducted at NASA facilities.

There is also an area of study which analyses the behaviour and associations of people who occupy the public stage. Dave McGowan, author of “Inside the Laurel Canyon”, presents a compelling argument – which connects various “agenda players” to famous individuals (artists, musicians, actors, etc.) who lived in or frequented the Laurel Canyon region of California from the early 1960s onward. These connections include many hallmarks of the mind control phenomenon and counter intelligence operations of the period, as well as ritualistic and occult practices.http://www.davesweb.cnchost.com/


As a little aside, I found it interesting to discover that one particularly notable denizen of the Laurel Canyon region during this period was science fiction author Robert Heinlein. Heinlein was dubbed one of the “big three” – himself, Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke. His book “Stranger in a Strange Land” (1961) was hugely influential with many connected to the Canyon scene. (Riggenbach, Jeff. "Was Robert A. Heinlein a Libertarian?" - Mises Daily, June 2, 2010. Ludwig von Mises Institute.)
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It is possible that much of what has been “disclosed” regarding mind control research may actually be a cover in itself – hiding techniques and practices that are unfathomable to the average person. These may encompass the deeper corners of the energy paradigm or extreme levels of consciousness and reality. Although some researchers have posed this hypothesis, it currently resides somewhat within the domain of speculation. Never the less, there are some worrying pointers that deserve our attention. Often times, research and development of technology from the likes of Lockheed Skunkworks and DARPA (Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency) – groups with an intricate association to the energy cover-up, for example - are baffling to say the least. Over the years, various agenda-driven agencies and groups have developed techniques such as “trans-cranial magnetic stimulation”, “microwave effects on the blood brain barrier” and “synthetic telepathy”.


why settle for one or two when you can walk down the hill..and have the whole herd..
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« Reply #14 on: Mar 13th, 2014, 8:06pm »

Thanks, Sys. We might as well cut to the chase, eh? I was recently remarking to some folks that, in my opinion, the topic of the IC in ufology should receive much more attention and consideration than is the case.


The CIA and the Search for the Manchurian Candidate

April 29, 2013

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"Instead of turning to tough cops, whose methods repelled American sensibilities, or the gurus of mass motivation, whose ideology Americans lacked, the Agency's brainwashing experts gravitated to people more in the mold of the brilliant - and sometimes mad - scientist, obsessed by the wonders of the brain."

- John Marks, The Search for the Manchurian Candidate

During the early 1950's, the Central Intelligence Agency allocated significant resources to furthering its understandings of chemical and biological weapons. Projects MKDELTA and MKNAOMI explored such applications, including the production of germ weapons. The projects culminated, along with such behavior modification operations as BLUEBIRD and ARTICHOKE, into MKULTRA in 1953.

Nick Redfern and the late Philip Coppens are among the researchers who explored the possibilities that so called alien contactees may have been related to such psychological operations. There is reasonable evidence suggesting at least some of the higher profile contactees were significantly involved with – if not acting directly on behalf of - the CIA while publicly narrating their elaborate tales of interplanetary diplomacy. Much has also been made of the case of Antonio Vila Boas and its possible origins in quite terrestrial chemical and behavioral covert research.

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Whether or not such theories are entirely accurate, exploring what is known of intelligence operations of the era provides insight into the related possibilities. A review of CIA activities reveals that if the 'company' was not conducting experiments involving the manufacture of alien story lines, it would certainly not have been due to a lack of willingness to try such things on for size. The Agency was neck deep in seemingly every other unconventional weapons and intelligence concept its personnel could conceive.

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While no conclusive evidence has been presented to date that the Agency was responsible for any specific reports of alien abduction, nowhere do we find the cultures of the intelligence community and ufology to mirror one another more than in their explorations and uses of hypnosis. The resemblance is profound, actually, it has been for a long time now, and differentiating between the two communities at times becomes difficult, if even possible.

Hypnosis was extensively explored within MKULTRA Subproject 84, in which John Marks identified Boston psychologist and hypnosis expert Dr. Martin Orne as the lead researcher. A long time consultant for the Agency, the Austrian born Orne conducted research for the CIA at Harvard and his Institute for Experimental Psychiatry. The work was funded through grants provided by the Human Ecology Society and the Scientific Engineering Institute, both of which acted as fronts for the distribution of CIA funds.

MKULTRA document #17486_0001 stated Subproject 84 was designed “to study the nature of the hypnosis process as it may relate to induction of a changed motivational state,” while document #17486_0023 indicated that “an investigation of socially induced special states of consciousness” was prioritized and conducted. A May, 1960 memo (doc #17486_0040) qualified that hypnosis was “an area of direct use to the Sponsor,” or CIA, and was continually suggested “as the panacea to all the Sponsor's problems and needs to be examined exhaustively.”

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Orne's work and Subproject 84 were funded by the CIA during the first half of the 1960's. Alien abduction aficionados will easily recognize the time frame as that of the Hill era. A Subproject 84 report, viewable in doc #17486_0041, stated that the "essence of hypnosis" was believed to be "uniquely related to a variety of psychological experiences, such as mystical experiences, sensory deprivation effects, placebo effects, and, of course, hypnosis.”

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The referenced report further stated “a rigorous study of the phenomenon” took place. Such rigorous study included a year-and-a-half long (and at the time continuing) investigation into what was labeled “the trance phenomena,” which the Agency identified as occurring among people attending Pentecostal churches. Considerable observational data was claimed to be in hand and in the process of being analyzed, which included comparisons between the personal experiences reported by Pentecostal church members and those described by what were termed “good hypnotic subjects.”

Former president of the American Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis Milton Kline acted as a consultant during such CIA studies. The New York psychologist agreed to speak with Marks.

Kline stated that he thought some research subjects could be directed by experienced hypnotists to execute specific Manchurian Candidate types of behavior and as described in referenced document #147025. He and other qualified consultants also stated that a lack of recollection of the related circumstances, or amnesia, could most certainly be hypnotically induced some of the time. Kline confidently claimed to Marks that he could create a patsy in three months and an assassin in six.

The much discussed Hill incident took place in 1961. According to Stanton Friedman in his book, Captured!: The Betty and Barney Hill UFO Experience, US Air Force Captain Ben Swett gave a public lecture on hypnosis attended by the Hills on September 7, 1963. The venue was the Unitarian Church of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and afterward the captain referred the couple to Dr. Benjamin Simon, a Boston psychiatrist. Simon taught at Harvard, was a hypnotist and conducted the Hill's now famous hypnosis sessions of 1964.

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Many are confident the most likely explanation for the Hill case, given the lack of conclusive evidence, is that the couple was simply confused, ultimately resulting in the epic – even if largely inaccurate – popular legend. If, however, we are willing to suspend judgment and entertain some less conventional possibilities, it is not difficult to understand why some researchers suspect that, rather than alien abduction, the Hills may have been the target of covert research. After all, we now know the CIA prioritized and funded exhaustive examination of hypnosis during the specific time the couple was encouraged to be hypnotized.

We also know the Hills were introduced to hypnosis by an Air Force captain while curiously lecturing on the topic at a church, just as described to be of interest to the Agency in the MKULTRA documents. Additionally, the couple was referred to a hypnotist who not only shared the same city, Boston, as MKULTRA Subproject 84 lead researcher Martin Orne, but also shared Orne's employer, Harvard, for a time, where CIA-sponsored drug, hypnosis and mind control research was taking place. It is understandable why some researchers would find such circumstances of interest, particularly as compared to otherworldly explanations.

Such circumstances might indeed deserve their fair share of attention, or at the least should not be completely omitted from discussion of the Hill saga as is typically the case. If nothing more, it would appear that, based on the actions of Captain Swett and Dr. Simon, the Agency significantly influenced the prevailing military interests and psychiatric practices of the era, whether or not the influence was intentional.

It is also reasonably clear that, during the early 1960's and in the circumstances of hypnosis and the Hills, the interests and experimental methods of interrogation practiced by the Agency became virtually indistinguishable from activities undertaken by individuals researching alleged UFO-related circumstances, for whatever reasons. While such blurring of roles and objectives may have initially been somewhat limited to Boston social circles traveled by Air Force captains, the dynamics spread and rather inexplicably continue today to be staples among numerous researchers of alleged alien abduction. This is of course in complete contradiction to well established fact that hypnosis is not a reliable memory retrieval tool.

Orne published segments of his work and went on to sit on the board of directors of the controversial False Memory Syndrome Foundation. He was featured in an article written by Dr. Patricia Greenfield, the sister of John Marks, appearing in the December 1977 edition of the American Psychological Association Monitor. Commenting on medical professionals acting as MKULTRA consultants and the search for the Manchurian Candidate, Orne told Greenfield, “We are sufficiently ineffective so that our findings can be published.”

Full article with references and links:

http://ufotrail.blogspot.com/2013/04/the-cia-and-search-for-manchurian.html
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