Mirage Men: An Adventure into Paranoia, Espionage, Psychological Warfare, and UFOs (英語) ハードカバー – 2010/9/13
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Just how has the U.S. government manipulated the public’s belief in UFOs to hide military aircraft experimentation? Among the UFO believers are the mirage men”a close-knit group of men and women whose careers span science medicine, the military, and the intelligence services. They believe they have received parts of a flying saucershaped puzzle, whose final pieces lie tantalizingly out of reach. Dive into this comprehensive and astonishing exposition of exactly what these Mirage Men believe, and why. Interviews, anecdotes, and cold hard facts make this a persuasive book that’s hard to ignore. Many are sure that official disclosuregovernment announcement of extraterrestrial presenceis just around the corner.
His impeccable investigative journalism makes other books on this subject read like fantasy fiction.
Pilkington knows how to spin a yarn.... Written in a lively, 'Can you believe this stuff actually happened?' style, the book is an absolute must-read for believers and skeptics alike.
Ultimately it is persuasive, if not definitive. In Pilkington's telling, UFO stories are "weapons of mass deception," used in bureaucratic battles to discredit competing agencies or protect real secrets. This is the stuff of normal power politics.
[Pilkington] makes a persuasive case that much UFO-logy canon was started or encouraged by the government trying to conceal Cold War military projects.
If you are looking for a good general review of the subject of UFO's, this isn't it. For that read Hynek or Vallee. If you are interested in how the various intelligence agencies have involved themselves in controlling beliefs about the phenomenon, then this is an excellent source. The author took considerable time and effort to travel and speak directly to some of the key players of the UFO story and puts them on record. What they have to say will enhance one's understanding of the subject.
After reading this mish-mash I tossed it right in the can. Head for the hills before you waste your money. on this one..
The problem with the book is that it's target audience is really anyone who is open to the idea that there are conspiracies, but has not settled on exactly who is conspiring and why they are doing it. Unfortunately the book answers neither question, in fact the author asks himself the questions repeatedly while presenting evidence that definitely qualifies as psychological deception. So the audience is niche.
The author is not attempting to tell us that our government is hiding evidence of extraterrestrials. In fact, the author seems to believe that our government is hiding evidence of our own advanced technologies and attempting to use UFO stories as a way of smoke-screening the truth. Therefore, people who believe that most UFO sightings and stories are valid evidence of extraterrestrial activity (which I think is very incorrect) will dismiss this book once they realize that agenda. However, I think the author has gotten himself caught up in the very whirlpool of deception that he has pointed out. While I think he is correct on a number of points (that there are black organizations within several governmental agencies who are purposely deceiving not only the public but other branches of government, and that they are trying to conceal black projects so that they can escape governmental oversight), I think he is wrong to assume that all of the sightings of unexplainable objects, that cannot be dismissed as natural or hoax, are secret advanced technologies. I think there are legitimate non-man-made technologies flying around in our skies. They are much more rare than the UFO culture would have us believe, but I think these black organizations indoctrinate these sightings with false positives (such as government communication with E.T.s and so forth) in order to push any legitimate sighting far into a realm that is too hard to believe for the common person and too easy to believe for the UFO-alien enthusiast (who embraces a much larger and highly dubious paradigm that includes alien abductions, cattle mutilations, crop circles, and ancient aliens jump-starting human civilization theories).
In other words, by adding more UFO lore to a particular sighting, the sighting becomes "overqualified" and less apt to be taken seriously. The added information may also be purposely contradictory to other, more legitimate testimony. This creates doubt.
Simultaneously, they have an opposite-facing stand. They deny any knowledge, offer ridiculously mundane explanations that sound plausible only to those who weren't witnesses and who did not study all the details of the incident, and may even set off flairs, launch planes, and play other tricks to give themselves a reason to say, "it was our own training activity." Take the Phoenix lights for example. Many people saw what appeared to be a very strange pattern of lights fly overhead into Phoenix, then past it, and head out of Phoenix. The lights were in a boomerang shape, although witnesses differ as to speculation on whether it was a single object or a group of objects flying in formation, but it flew over controlled air space and looked extremely unusual. Several hours after the sighting, the US military base launched high altitude, high intensity flairs that formed a similar arch pattern in the sky. As people were already excited by the early sighting, the second one was caught on video. It has been debunked. The military response was originally that they had no flairs that night, then they changed their story and said that they did, and the video of the second formation of lights were definitely flairs. So what were the first groups of lights? As very few people had their video cameras ready for it, there is only one compelling video of the first set of lights, and it looks quite a bit different from the flairs seen later on, which was debunked. Like most UFO videos, it's dim and shaky. It can be seen in James Fox's documentary "I KNOW WHAT I SAW."Again, people who weren't there, who didn't see the object(s) that caused all the stir, know that the video of the military flairs later that night were not what they saw. This includes the Governor of Arizona.
Mirage Men is, I think, the best book of its kind. The author has very wisely lifted the UFO culture's hood and gave us a full description of what can be seen underneath. It is rare that someone should do this who is not predisposed to believing that either extraterrestrials are everywhere, or that witnesses are just being fools and making something out of nothing (the latter being the position of hardcore skeptics). Because, in the author's view, neither is the truth -- rather, people are the unwitting victims of high tech magic tricks and psychological deception experiments perpetrated by members of the Air Force, the CIA, and probably other communities (who are deceiving each other as much as the public, and certainly deceiving elected officials). The burning question is why. I don't think there's a single answer, but rather a myriad of answers, depending on the case, the time period in our history, and the place the incident occurred.
It is a highly recommended book. But I would advise getting a companion book: Leslie Kean's UFOs: Generals, Pilots and Government Officials Go On the Record. This way a reader has both the top and bottom slice of bread for the UFO sandwich. The next question is: what's in between? Without full disclosure and exposure of what these black ops are doing, which I tend to find unlikely, that answer will be left to perpetual speculation.
I "Guess" that I'm lucky as UFO's are not that interesting to me. What does interest me is the "Trade-craft" of how our US government manipulates us. This can be a very slow process taking years BTW. "WHY" we think the way we do. How we came to believe simple basic facts that we "Think" everybody else knows and understands. The typical American.
A lot of Mirage Men goes into the process of how the US Government creates/forms public opinion. This includes what we believe and what we Don't believe.
In case you missed it.. Stephen Hawking turned heads when he publicly CAME OUT and declared he believed in intelligent life elsewhere in the universe. I'm like Duh.. of course there is intelligent life out there.
Even though using "Science" I'm not able to PROVE this to be a fact.. but simple math should. In our typical life here on earth.. we accept many technologies based on anecdotal observation that science still can't explain. If we lived our life within the realm of what science recognizes as fact... We wouldn't be driving cars or flying airplanes. Probably not using telephones either!
Remember we only know 5% of how the universe works. Maybe as much as 5%. The facts don't change.. only our perception of the facts.
Our Telescopes are finally getting good enough (even for the amateur)to find Earth type worlds in the cosmos. Funny how new discoveries happen when Joe Blow Amateur can see it for himself? Nobody would be suppressing technology would they? Or maybe even basic discoveries.. like the fact the moon has an Atmosphere? (The Apollo moon flag had a Poll inserted so it wouldn't blow in the breeze BTW) National Secrets you know.. NASA knew about this for years and never thought WE needed to know. (Remember we paid for it)
In fact I own a strangely supplied pamphlet that came with a telescope I bought. It very much states that the MOON has no Atmosphere! Of course written pre discovery of ice on the moon. Probably so I wouldn't waste my time watching the Seasons on the moon. (Yes there are seasons up there you can track with a good scope)
This kind of thing should make everybody wonder what else we are not told as a society? Why our collective beliefs are so important to governments, corporations, etc.
I was totally blown away as Hawking's "Coming Out" was such a big deal. A REAL BIG DEAL!! Then several of the other publicly known - famous physicists HAD to follow suit. "Come out" in support of Hawking. Why? Because they didn't want the general public to think them morons / "Fundamentalist Church" idiots that still don't believe in Evolution or that sun and planets revolve around the Earth.
As an avid observer I am fascinated how far folks will go to reinforce their own beliefs! Be it UFO's, ET's, or Jesus Christ! Heak just check out the other reviews found here.
The author gives the reader much material to research. I ended up buying several newly found books because of reading Mirage Men. And I spent a great deal of time running down facts via the Internet.
Strange (maybe typical) how a UFO book written by a British Citizen answers so many questions a simple US citizen needs to know. Or provides a venue for asking questions we should be asking ourselves everyday.
If you are ready to "Challenge" what you believe.. get this book.
Oh and one last factoid. I read (and further challenged) a Review Journal reporter about his story about the "Test Site" 100 or so miles North of where I live. Las Vegas.
The RJ reported that the Test Site (it has a new name BTW) budget is in the neighborhood of 400 million a year. What our little towny rag doesn't report is that in 2009 over 65 BILLION dollars was spent up there. I don't have the figures for 2010.. But I'm sure they are just as high if not higher.
Classic case of Mis Dis Information at work.
Thanks for reading,