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on December 14, 2017
Please don't be mislead by my attempted humor in my headline. All of these questions are discussed in the book and the are answers to them are backed up by solid facts. This is a very serious and scary book that reveals the true state of the smoke, mirrors and deceptive practices that make up the majority of UFO research, if you can call it that, today and yesterday, I was not familiar with Jack Brewer's writings till I came across his excellent essay in Robbie Graham's recent book; UFOs, Re-framing the Debate. The true-believers in the Extraterrestrial hypothesis will no doubt denounce Mr. Brewer as a debunker and gnash their teeth while they utter the name of the late great Philip Klass, renowned debunker extraordinaire under their breath. But this book not only examines the poor quality of agenda driven UFO research by so called scientific organizations and individuals, it also delves deep into the manipulative covert black ops the U.S. government has orchestrated world wide and especially within the UFO community. (See, I told you it was a scary book.) One thing I really liked about the book is that all the sources referred to, are conveniently positioned at the end of each chapter. This book will give you a totally new, head-clearing perspective on all the high strangeness supposedly happening around us, you won't be disappointed.
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on November 16, 2017
Researcher Jack Brewer is not overly concerned with the UFO mystery. Instead, on his blog The UFO Trail and in this new book, The Greys Have Been Framed: Exploitation in the UFO Community, Brewer's focus is on how UFOs and ufology are exploited by certain researchers, government agents and agencies, and other charlatans to manipulate, defraud, and deceive, and to further traumatize the already traumatized or mentally unstable.

Following a brief discussion of how certain personality types are susceptible to the manipulations of insane yet charismatic leaders (the Heaven's Gate cult, the Seekers) who use the UFO myth to propagate eschatologies meant to subjugate their followers, Brewer turns his attention to the questionable use of hypnotic regression in abduction research, recounting in painful detail Budd Hopkins's and David Jacobs's controversial methods. Rather than assist their subjects to heal from traumatizing experiences, these researchers’ methodologies, Brewer argues, are essentially a means of extracting repressed memories (the result of screens installed by aliens ostensibly to cover their tracks) -- often fabricated -- that support confirmation of their own pre-conceived biases concerning the alien abduction narrative.

Hypnotic regression is now largely dismissed as an ineffective means of memory recovery, as views concerning the intricacies of memory have evolved considerably over the past few decades; currently, most experts discount the "recording tape" view of memory acquisition and retention. As for claims by abduction researchers that the aliens are undertaking extensive breeding programs in order to produce alien/human hybrids, Brewer readily offers that advances in genetic testing would easily detect any alleged alien manipulation of the human genome.

In detailing these researchers’ unethical, and now outdated, practices, Brewer draws on Jacobs's indefensible treatment of his subject "Emma Woods", and Hopkins's ex-collaborator (and ex-wife) Carol Rainey's observations of Hopkins's abundance of credulity, coupled with his decided lack of concern for his subjects' well-being. Brewer notes the tendency among abduction researchers to respond to critics by labeling their critics "debunkers" (as Hopkins did Rainey) that, much like Trump with his "fake news" soundbyte, represents a transparent attempt to silence opposition rather than responsibly address their legitimate criticisms. Researcher Tyler Kokjohn, in a brief interview with Brewer included here, provides a sober -- and damning -- analysis of alien abduction research and its capacity for self-deception, bad science, and lack of ethics.

In the second half of the book Brewer, drawing largely on the previous researches of Nick Redfern and Mark Pilkington, addresses the storied history of government involvement with UFO phenomenon, and the various forms of chicanery perpetrated by officialdom. Government infiltration into UFO groups and among independent researchers, Brewer contends, was undertaken in order to create confusion and disarray and to protect top secret espionage and spy efforts, including advanced weaponry and equipment (essentially spy planes and satellites). Moreover, in 1947 the FBI believed that UFO sightings -- including those spotted on radar -- were hoaxed in order to cause mass hysteria. According to Brewer, two years later, the CIA got in on the action, utilizing the UFO as a method of psychological manipulation. By 1952 they were manufacturing saucers utilizing electronic counter-measures technology to create false radar blips (as in the 1952 Washington DC flap).

Special focus is here paid to James Carrion's research on the 1940s "ghost rocket" phenomenon as an example of government deception program, and the Betty and Barney Hill abduction, inexplicably regarded by Brewer as an example of manipulation by the intelligence community. More recent examples include Area 51-stationed Airman Simone Mendez's experience with a fraudulent government document that allegedly concerned NORAD tracking of UFOs, and the Leah Haley abduction case and Carpenter Affair, a strange admixture of the classic abduction narrative of missing time, repressed memories, and unexplained body markings, coupled with the familiar conspiracy narrative of intimidating and unusual visits from unidentified military personnel, as well as the subsequent exploitation of her story by researchers in the ufological establishment, namely MUFON.

Brewer in fact considers many UFO-related events to be the result of government deception (including, according to Brewer, much of the UFO mythology as we now know it, everything from Roswell to Rendlesham, from the Flatwoods Monster to the Villas Boas abduction and beyond), a continuation and expansion of Cold War-era mind control and propaganda efforts of various individuals and institutions involved in the intelligence community. Brewer's claim is bold, and indeed something of a stretch, for, apart from some definite examples of government shenanigans (e.g. the Bennewitz affair and Serpo, among others), much of the mythology government actors perpetrated in fact drew from civilian experience and literature, itself deriving in part from pulp fiction and horror and science fiction films, in what amounts to a kind of modern-day folklore. Many of these high strangeness events simply defy comprehension and cannot be accounted for by the various sciences -- including consciousness studies or indeed current physics -- let alone the result of something as prosaic as mere government manipulation.

Brewer provides adequate citations (interestingly, and perhaps tellingly, his references are entirely limited to various websites, perhaps a sign of the times but also betraying the oddly limited scope of Brewer's researches) and a passable, if limited, index. The sections detailing government-perpetrated human experimentation past and present, while illustrative of the extent to which certain publically funded agencies -- primarily the CIA -- would engage in unethical, illegal, and harmful activities, seem a little beside the point.

The Greys Have Been Framed (the title is a bit odd, given the subject matter) is nevertheless an enlightening and disturbing, if ultimately frustratingly flawed, look at the use of the UFO phenomenon by professionals in and out of government for decidedly non-altruistic purposes. For those interested in pursuing a more nuanced understanding of UFO phenomena, Brewer provides a cautionary tale, warning against the tendency of government agencies and certain individuals in the ufological community to use experiencers and researchers as means to an end. Brewer may not be interested in the UFOs themselves, yet his efforts at identifying these manipulative efforts helps to clear away much of the smoke that continues to cloud the field. - Eric Hoffman, Fortean Times
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on June 20, 2017
This book is a good antidote to the unquestioning approach of too many books on UFOs. Author Brewer raises a number of interesting points that you haven't necessarily heard before even if having already read a number of books pertaining to UFOs. Numerous authors have simply disregarded important points as those bits of information didn't support their narratives. This book helps the honest researcher fill in some of the important blanks in ufology so that the real phenomenon can be discerned a bit better. The book doesn't answer the big questions but blows a bit of smoke aside which is helpful to our understanding.
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on February 4, 2017
Well-documented. The "pro-UFO/abduction" crowd won't like what they read....quite disturbing! However, the author ignores certain abduction and UFO cases which can't be so easily explained!
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on January 9, 2017
After I read and reviewed Richard Dolan's “UFOs for the 21st Century”, I concluded it would be my last review of a general overview of the UFO phenomena. It was time to start drilling down. Over and over the same stories get passed around and some books promise brand new, never before evidence and revelatory proof of alien contact. They never deliver but to anyone not critically thinking during the read, they appear to. They're usually just brand new speculations and/or dubious witnesses with anecdotal testimonies after the fact. In essence, they keep spinning the same yarn.

(Full disclosure. The author, Jack Brewer, was kind enough to provide me with a courtesy copy of “The Greys Have Been Framed” for review. Now on to the review.)

“If you poke a sacred cow then you become anathema to the community...” - James Carrion.

Jack Brewer's, “The Greys Have Been Framed” is probably the most honest book on UFO alien abduction I've ever seen since the likes of Philip Klass. Brewer makes it clear from the beginning of the book, this is a most dangerous game (as Philip Klass titled his own on the subject). Whereas so many other books I've read on the subject work from a conclusion backwards and looking to cash in on X-Files fame, the present volume is really about getting at the truth. This is really where modern UFO research needs to be at present.

Most UFO books exist to promote the ET hypothesis. Not just books but most media on the subject works the same way. On page 256, Brewer remarks, “Websites, radio shows, and those featured on them often present sensational material with little regard for either accuracy or the consequences of failing to prioritize it.” And also, page 9, “Among the many challenges awaiting those who wade into the UFO community, particularly in the United States, is identifying reliable, evidence based information.”

That is exactly what's refreshing about the present volume. It puts a crushing blow, no apologies on the sacred cows. It works with the evidence and goes forward. Not the other way around, which plagues the UFO community to no end.

Beginning with UFO cults and individuals who got caught up in wild speculations and becoming victims with disastrous endings, Brewer notes that bad beliefs can lead to deadly decisions. Then we get in to the topic of using hypnosis for memory recovery and how that fraud of a claim should have been retired a long time ago. Hypnosis doesn't retrieve memories, at best, it makes up new ones!

This leads us into the works of David Jacobs and Budd Hopkins. You can't discuss alien abductions without discussing these two. They practically invented it as we know it today. And Brewer pulls no punches showing it is, in fact, an invention. There is a real trauma and experience but all too often exploited by those in the UFO community bent on the ET hypothesis. The deception, fraud, irresponsibility and (in the case of Jacobs) almost predatory sexual conduct with one particular “victim”, Jacobs and Hopkins used people who were already traumatized for reasons unknown, to steer them into narratives of alien abduction. In essence, they have their own alien agenda and probably caused irreparable harm to those who sought their help. Untrained in the methods they used, Jacobs and Hopkins should have been dismissed by the UFO community a long time ago. But, such is the nature of extraordinary claims and the wish to believe them.

The second part of the book covers the Intelligence Community and its use of UFOs for Cold War disinformation and even, as it appears, to mess with people to see what happens. Starting with Ghost Rockets, the remainder of the present volume discusses the probability that the discs we've been reporting in the sky, aren't from outer space. They're from our own government tricksters (and hoaxes, misunderstandings of aerial phenomena, fraudulent memories, con-men, etc). The only problem I have with concluding much (most?) of the UFO era of the 1940s to the present is a big disinformation campaign is that it doesn't address the UFO era before it. Many works have shown UFOs have been with mankind since mankind has been with itself. One only need peruse Jacque Vallee's book, “Wonders in the Sky” to see how far back the phenomena goes.

With that said, Vallee also wrote about government disinformation campaigns launched at, not only the UFO community, but at the world at large in his book, “Revelations”. So what seems to be taking place is a genuine phenomenon, strange things in the sky, and a group of people bent on exploiting it. What do I mean by genuine phenomenon? I mean people see things and don't always know what they are. That's it. And that's a UFO. This doesn't rule out completely man-made hoaxes, psy-ops, etc. I think there's room for lots of things going on. Each case must be addressed on its own.

While the last half of the book was conclusive on Intelligence Community meddling in one form or another, I wondered what the point is messing with people in the UFO community? The Intelligence Community is doing it. But why? Brewer doesn't have the answer either. On page 223 he makes some educated guesses, all or none of which could be correct.

Question: Is the Intelligence Community involved in the New Age movement as well? Are they doing this to, say, astrologers? I don't know. Is it to keep those of us off the trail of experimental aircraft and aerial programs? Drugging, preparing and passing “secret” dossiers, late night phone calls and long courtships of people to what end? It seems like an awful lot of work when simple denial could work. And, what is interesting to me is that the Intelligence Community seems bent on spreading fake confirmation, not denial, of the ET hypothesis. Those with an interest in UFOs seem to get passed bogus information confirming ET, not denying it. For what reason? Why not tons of documents with all kinds of speculations ranging from underground Nazis and killer robots just to see how far they can go? My own thought is the possibility of a Secret Space Program and the ET hypothesis works nicely to make all of us looking for it look ridiculous. I've no proof of this. It's an interesting theory.

Maybe, just maybe, we're easy fruit. Hey, if you're attending UFO conferences and entertaining the idea of little grey men, maybe half the work is already done for the Intelligence Community. Maybe it is a psy-op.

The only reason I can think of why the Intelligence Community is involved is for the same reason they've gotten into every fringe group in the past. Dissent is not in the interest of the power structure. And the UFO field began for all intents and purposes in the 1940s with alleged cover-ups. Maybe they're there to monitor for possible acts of aggression. Maybe they're there to throw people off the trail of whatever it is they got close to. Or before they do.

My two favorite parts of the present volume were the interviews of Dr. Tyler Kokjohn and James Carrion. Dr. Kokjohn says everything you need to know about alien abductions and how easy, yes easy, it would be to confirm such stories and yet, the likes of Jacobs (and now the late Hopkins) won't bother. Carrion is a must read on what happens in the UFO community when the ET hypothesis is found to be wrong and what happens to the messenger.

The present volume should be read by anyone interested in hypnosis, from paranormal investigators to law enforcement. It should be read by everyone interested in UFOs and alien abductions. It should be read by anyone to understand human experimentation didn't stop after Auschwitz was liberated. It continues today. It should be read by anyone interested in the harm of beliefs without evidence and how important it is for the UFO community to demand of itself to do better.
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on June 14, 2016
Organized, objective, constructive, comprehensive, flexible, acceptable, specific and thoughtful. This is no reductionist screed of the dimensionless debunker; this is a person reflecting on the consequences and hazards to individuals drawn into the information vacuum produced by duplicitous social structures ignoring the uninvestigated ufological as the province only of the misleading, misled, and mentally ill! Monsters may abound in this aforementioned vacuum preying on "research subjects" for irksome sport. The evidence of this is in a self-described monster's own words. A huge festering and suppurating wound is exposed, thereby, in a paranormal research community, needs attention not fettered with the cognitive dissonance of lick-spittles and anxious fan-boys... and cries out for resolution or censure. Brewer is no errant pelicanist, sneering skeptibunky, or crass klasskurtxian; he's able to perceive abusive trees from an unknowable forest and call a spade a spade!
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on June 1, 2016
One of the most biased books against hypnosis and alien abductions in particular that I've ever encountered. Part of it is a platform devoted to showcasing and endorsing unproven claims of incompetency and abuse on the part of alien abduction researchers. Claims sourced from a handful of people with documented biases who've publicly displayed palpable animosity against their targets. The author presents and praises factually inaccurate papers written in attempts to discredit abduction cases as accurate, verified and revered. He seems to present and endorse anything that supports his position, regardless of its actual veracity.

The treatment of hypnosis, the brief treatment it is given, is equally slanted. Academics who support the author's position (against hypnosis) are noted, quoted and praised. No mention is made of any of the clinical and legal cases that demonstrate hypnosis accurately retrieving memories that were subsequently independently verified.

The author's personal bias against hypnosis and alien abductions is obvious and it brings the whole book down as a result of it. The redeeming qualities of the book lie in the material not devoted to smearing researchers and misrepresenting hypnosis.
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on May 30, 2016
It seems to be two books, the first proves the non-validity of using hypnotic regression to recover memories, especially in "alien abduction" research. It also documents the exploitation (some of which can actually be called abuse) of their subjects by several high-profile alien abduction researchers. It's a reasoned, well-researched, and thorough discrediting of alien abduction research. It's the stronger section of the book.

The book then segues to MK-Ultra, mind control, and the intelligence community's (IC) creation of the UFO myth and it's manipulation of the UFO community for its own purposes. It's equally well researched. But, while I accept that the horrors of mind-control experiments are real and have been used in relation to UFOs, I'm not convinced that the entire UFO phenomenon can be laid at the feet of the IC. I accept that might well be so for high profile cases that won't die and continue to make the rounds in Ufology (e.g., maybe the reason Rendlesham zombies on is that it was an intelligence operation that might still have some limited utility).

Where I think the author's case about the IC breaks down is where people experienced high strange UFO events that were never reported other than to family members or one or two close, trusted friends. Their cases are unknown outside their small circle of intimates. I know of a spectacular case in my own family with several witnesses that took place over several nights in a tiny rural hamlet near nothing of strategic importance. It was never reported anywhere. No MIBs showed up afterward nor were any strangers poking around before or after. How or why would the IC be inserting itself into situations such as these? It probably wasn't aliens, and my family isn't convinced it was, but it definitely appears to have been something outside of what we believe is normal.

Likely there are two distinct things going on. The first is "Ufology", with its blogs, Websites, podcasts, broadcasts, organizations, conferences, TV shows, films, publications, high-profile superstar researchers, and the same cases that are continually circulating among them. I think it's in these that the IC very likely has a heavy hand.

The second are the largely unknown, unreported, high strangeness events that have been happening for centuries. While very unlikely to be extraterrestrial in origin, they might represent forces in nature or temporary malfunctions in the human brain of which we're still unaware. These events stand outside "Ufology". It would be unfortunate if these continue to be ignored by science because of the ongoing war between believers and skeptics alike claiming they have "the" answer for everything UFO.
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on May 9, 2016
(A disclosure up front: My own work in the field of ufology is discussed by the author at length in this book.)

The Greys Have Been Framed brings us an author, Jack Brewer, whose integrity glows quietly throughout these pages. He’s not someone generally given to credulous acceptance of the myriad conspiracy theories that gather, brood, and multiply in the strangely unique American subculture of people fascinated by all things ufological. Yet Brewer has taken this opportunity to delve into some of the more fascinating and enigmatic cases. He has documented and written intelligently about aspects of the UFO world that I had scant concrete knowledge of, mainly the U.S. intelligence community’s apparent decades old involvement with the UFO phenomenon. He explores how spooks just may have been behind the scenes all along -- shaping the very phenomenon that so many people believe to be real, tangible, and most likely extraterrestrial.

Because the cases Brewer researched and presents here were often strange and new to me, the book offered more of a challenge than the usual UFO-related publication. Over the years, I’d heard rumors of government interest in what UFO researchers were up to. But I had no idea what was true and what wasn’t. Brewer has done the hard work of tracking such stories to their lairs, at least as far as he was able to.

After reading The Greys Have Been Framed, I’m now more alarmed – and ticked off – than ignorance had permitted me to be. I wish I could say ‘Thanks, Brewer,’ but he’s opened my eyes to some new dark holes in the fabric of my government. Perhaps the author might have taken pity on his fellow Americans during this extended Monty Python sketch of an electoral process. We can only endure so much before we pop, like the cosmetically over-stretched, impossibly youthful corpse of Jonathan Pryce’s mother in Brazil.

But even as Brewer’s findings disturbed me, I found myself enjoying the way the author regularly leavened his prose throughout with a dry wit and a number of offbeat analogies, such as this one: ….”The apparent circumstances of Mr. DePaula provide yet another easily identifiable example of ufology and the intelligence community sharing a cab ride. It is unfortunately much more difficult to identify their desired destinations.” In explaining how he came to abandon the phenomenon itself and instead turn his attention to studying the charlatans and faux researchers of the field, Brewer finds solace and a wry humor in the situation: “[I thought that] identifying what to weed out…would potentially make the flowers stand out a bit more.”

So we find that Brewer’s garden, for all his pessimism about the condition of the ufological field, still contains flowers, after all. Or even the hope of flowers.

Thanks, Brewer.

The Greys Have Been Framed: Exploitation in the UFO Community
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on March 6, 2016
Jack Brewer's book is one of the most important ufo books of recent years. It details the way that intelligence and military organisations have been influencing, and using, the UFO research field for decades, and how the UFO phenomenon may be a product or by-product of mind control projects such as the infamous MKULTRA project.

It shows the reality of the situation as it currently stands, today, in the UFO field, and how innocent and vulnerable people have been used, and abused by well known people currently still working as "researchers" in the UFO and "alien abduction" fields.

If you want a good idea of where the UFO research community is at the moment, you should read this book. It is a book, that hopefully will begin to open the floodgates to real and serious researchers, and not the ethically challenged researchers who are currently doing the rounds of well known late night talk shows.

Highly recommended.
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