From: Stuart Miller <stuart.miller4.nul> Date: Fri, 6 May 2005 18:52:03 +0100 (BST) Fwd Date: Fri, 06 May 2005 14:46:40 -0400 Subject: Project Beta And Underground Bases Project Beta and Underground Bases Air Force Files And Strange Tales Wednesday, May 4, 2005 By: Nick Redfern Co-Editor Phenomena Magazine Several weeks ago I highlighted a new book titled Project Beta: The Story Of Paul Bennewitz, National Security And The Creation Of A Modern UFO Myth. Written by radio host, author, and the editor of the magazine The Excluded Middle, Greg Bishop, the book is arguably one of the finest and most important, published contributions to the subject of UFO research. And, as I also mentioned previously, the subject matter of Project Beta is an unusual and bizarre one. And were it not for the fact that the story is meticulously detailed, referenced and researched by Greg, the reader might be forgiven for thinking that they had stumbled upon the ufological equivalent of a high- tech, X-Files-meets-The Manchurian Candidate-meets-Robert Ludlum-style thriller. In essence, the truth-is-stranger-than-fiction book relates the fascinating and compelling story of New Mexico-based physicist Paul Bennewitz, who - after stumbling upon Air Force and National Security Agency (NSA) secrets at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, that he believes are connected to the activities of sinister extraterrestrials forces flying around in their UFOs - is literally bombarded (both physically and electronically) with a mass of disinformation, faked stories and outright lies, all carefully provided to him by the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI) and the NSA, with the express intent of diverting him away from his research and leading him down the rocky path towards mental and psychological collapse. In reality, what Bennewitz perceived to be alien-connected activities at Kirtland were instead directly linked to a number of distinctly down-to-earth operations, including a new technique for tracking and photographing the movements of Soviet space satellites, a classified communication system developed by the National Security Agency, and the test-flight of prototype, "drone" aircraft. As Greg carefully and skillfully demonstrates, many of the sacred cornerstones upon which much of today's ufological lore are constructed, had their origins not in the far corners of the galaxy, but in the fertile and imaginative minds of American military intelligence and the behind-the-scenes spook-brigade, who came up with bizarre tale-upon-bizarre tale to divert Bennewitz=92s attention away from Kirtland. One of the most controversial stories fed to Bennewitz by the AFOSI - and one that still persists to this day - centered upon the alleged existence of an underground "alien base" deep in the mountains at a town called Dulce, New Mexico. According to the tales fed to Bennewitz, hostile aliens were living deep under Dulce, they were abducting American citizens, they were implanting them with tracking devices, and -- most disturbing if all - they were almost ready to launch a planet-wide assault on the human race. Horrified by this "official lie" Bennewitz began contacting congressmen, senators, the Media, even then-President Ronal Reagan in an attempt to reveal the horrible "truth" and to warn the world of the impending, alien threat. It is perhaps easy to see why, when bombarded with such data Bennewitz finally had an almost complete mental collapse. The UFO truth that has captivated so many for so long might not be "out there" after all - in fact, it may all be one big con behind which a veritable plethora of classified, military projects have been carefully hidden. And although many of the tales told to Bennewitz by the military on the subject of "underground, alien bases" were merely elaborated upon by the Air Force - having been based upon the man=92s already-existing beliefs in this area - it is curious to note that this was not the first time that the AFOSI had involvement in the subjects of UFOs and secret, underground bases. For example, AFOSI documentation of 1949 covers similar ground. Titled Flying Saucers, Aerial Phenomena, dated 29 June 1949 and prepared by a Special Agent of the AFOSI at Scott Air Force Base, its contents concern a woman (whose name is deleted from the declassified documentation) then living in Missouri but who had previously lived with her former husband in Mexico. She had informed the AFOSI Special Agent that while in Mexico in 1944 "she would hear talk of secret weapons" that were being built in "an underground aircraft factory" and that was situated "beneath a mountain near Monterrey, Mexico City..." According to the story, the woman=92s husband (whose name is also deleted from the official documentation) "had been given the privilege of visiting this underground factory where he saw thousands of aircraft which were being constructed of some metallic or plastic material that could not be seen in flight. The crews of these aircraft could see out but on-lookers were unable to see in..." The document continued that: "these aircraft were being prepared for a special operation against the United States and were rocket-powered." Interestingly, a somewhat plausible theory was discussed by the AFOSI concerning how and why the woman=92s husband was granted access to this presumably Top Secret underground factory: "...[He] is a member of a famous singing combination in Mexico City, and as such, has privileges granted by high standing Mexican Statesmen..." The document reveals little more. Curiously, however, a further document found in the declassified files of the AFOSI focuses its attention upon a letter written in December 1967 by a concerned resident of Staten Island, New York, to FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, that discusses the letter-writer=92s knowledge of "stolen children" kept captive by aliens in "Mexico City inside the tops of mountains..." Does this tantalizingly fragmentary body of official documentation mean that there really are aliens living deep underground and kidnapping American citizens, as Paul Bennewitz believed? Probably not. However, it may well be that, in part at least, the roots of these tales acted as the foundation for the later, more elaborate (but very similar) disinformation accounts weaved by the AFOSI to destabilize Paul Bennewitz. If there is any justice in the world for the now-deceased and tortured Bennewitz, Project Beta will lead to the opening of floodgates of cosmic proportions that lead to intense questions being asked at a higher, official level about the Bennewitz affair.
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