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Re: U.S. Spies On Ufologists - Pope

From: Nick Pope <nick.nul>
Date: Sun, 17 Jun 2007 17:48:28 +0100
Fwd Date: Mon, 18 Jun 2007 08:15:51 -0400
Subject: Re: U.S. Spies On Ufologists - Pope

>From: Nicholas Redfern <nick_redfern.nul>
>To: ufoupdates.nul
>Date: Thu, 14 Jun 2007 06:46:07 -0700 (PDT)
>Subject: Re: U.S. Spies On Ufologists


>My 2006 book, On The Trail Of The Saucer Spies (Anomalist Books)
>was a full-length study of how and why government, military,
>intelligence and police agencies have spied (and still do spy)
>on elements of the UFO research community.


>However, time and again, I found a couple of central themes to
>the surveillance: namely that it was undertaken because (a)
>intelligence agencies suspected that certain ufologists were
>being duped and hired by overseas intelligence agencies into
>gathering for them classified defense information of a
>specifically non-UFO nature (but while using their UFO research
>as a cover); and (b) because it was suspected that some
>ufologists were using the UFO subject as a way of subtly
>spreading political data of a type that the Intel world had
>concerns about.


Nick has it right, though looking at some of the posts in this
thread I think there's a danger of making a simple issue unduly

Many ufologists pay close attention to military bases, military
personnel and military documents. In some circumstances this is
going to bring them to the attention of the authorities, both in
terms of counter-terrorism and counter-intelligence.

CT and CI aside, there's a third factor to bear in mind when
considering why the authorities may be interested in certain
ufologists, and it relates to straightforward criminal activity.

To give an example, in the UK there are a small number of
ufologists who have been involved in drug use, drug dealing and
extremist politics. Clearly this in itself may bring them to the
attention of the authorities.

Best wishes,

Nick Pope


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