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Project Beta: The Story of Paul Bennewitz, National Security, and the Creation of a Modern UFO Myth Paperback – February 8, 2005
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And what you will read, if you do, is a masterful treatise on exactly how the US intelligence agencies have historically used the UFO phenomena for their own advantage in order to plant false information in the minds of those they want to target. And why would they do this? To lead them away from black budget activities that they would rather people didn't look at.
It does mean though that as a result of the activities of AFOSI, some of the tennets of modern ufology are false. It is extremely unlikely for example that there ever was an underground base at Dulce and that means no firefight and no large jars of embryonic humans etc.. The book also strongly suggests that cattle mutilations and the way they were carried out are comfortably within the scope of human ability.
This isn't a novel, it's a factual account of historical events with the main character already passed on at the time of writing and given these circumstances and the background this all falls into, Greg has done a marvelous job in bringing the personalities to light. Bennewitz is portrayed as brilliant, nay a genius, and yet at the same time deeply flawed by naivete. Bill Moore comes over as much a victim as anyone else and even Richard Doty is portrayed as having some humanity.Read more ›
In essence, the truth-is-stranger-than-fiction book relates the story of physicist Paul Bennewitz, who after stumbling upon Air Force and National Security Agency secrets that he believes are connected to the activities of sinister extraterrestrials and UFOs, is bombarded by the murky world of officialdom with a mass of disinformation, faked stories and outright lies in order to both divert him from his research and lead to his mental and psychological disintegration.
While anyone and everyone with an interest in UFOs should read Greg's book, it is unlikely to please some - particularly the I-want-to-believe crowd that foam at the mouth whenever the words "underground base," "cattle mutilations," and "alien abductions" surface. As Greg shows, many of the cornerstones upon which today's ufological lore are built, had their origins in the fertile minds of military intelligence and the behind-the-scenes spook-brigade.
The UFO truth might not be "out there" after all - it may all be one big con behind which a veritable plethora of classified, military projects have been hidden.
Hopefully, Project Beta will open the floodgates that lead to questions being asked at a higher, official level about the Bennewitz affair, and those who manipulated the man to the point of collapse will be made to answer for their actions.
First, the author himself cannot always distinguish between information and disinformation about UFOs, a subject with which he seems only moderately conversant. He signals his confusion from the very start, when he cites a bogus claim by (evidently) CIA historian Gerald K. Haines. In 1997, Haines claimed that the CIA used UFO reports as cover for spy planes such as the U-2, and that the Air Force knowingly went along with this deception. Always ready to accept CIA material, the `New York Times' ingested the story - hook, line, and sinker. And thus another bogus claim became historical fact.
There are many problems with the claim. First, the CIA is never a credible source about its own history. After all, it is in business to deceive. Second, spy plane flights were too few in number to account for many UFO reports and they were carried out in areas far from public view. Third, the black U-2 and A-12 "Oxcart" flew at very high altitudes and were difficult to detect both visually and (in the case of the A-12) on radar. Fourth, UFO reports of the era bear little if any resemblance to the flight characteristics of high-altitude spy planes. But most fatally, Lt. Col. (Ret.) Robert Friend, head of the Air Force's Project Blue Book from 1958 to 1963, later said there is absolutely no truth to the CIA's claims. Not only was Haines wrong about an agreement between the CIA and Air Force but Friend said he never received a single UFO report that he thought could be attributed to a spy plane. Oops!Read more ›
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Blows the lid off ongoing secret government activities to monitor, infiltrate, and tamper with the UFO research community. Everyone interested in UFOs should read this book. Read morePublished 6 months ago by RoswellBooks
Read it (then be carefull who you share your UFO sightings with).Published 12 months ago by Tim Winters
real government denial and attempts to destroy the messenger. So TruePublished 12 months ago by redwood
For me, Bishop's book provides a logical foundation and explanation (an "origin story," if you will) for so many of these dubious UFO and underground base claims from Dulce,... Read morePublished 13 months ago by C. Johnsen
Lucky there are no symbols for 1/4 stars..
When people describe this book as being "Carefully researched" you have to wonder about the reading/critical thinking abilities of... Read more
I find the Dulce myth fascinating and will read all i can find on it. One side says that an underground base exists, and even that local natives had a fight with the aliens who... Read morePublished on June 5, 2013 by Amazon Customer
As much a spy thriller as a "UFO" book, Project Beta is a cautionary tale of madness mixed with off-the-books malfeasance by government agents, expertly told by Greg Bishop.Published on April 6, 2013 by Kerouacpk