Revelations: Alien Contact and Human Deception (英語) ペーパーバック – 2008/1/7
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In REVELATIONS, the final volume of a trilogy, Dr. Jacques Vallee presents startling evidence that well-constructed hoaxes and media manipulations have misled UFO researchers, diverting them from the UFO phenomenon itself. Vallee takes readers step by step into the tangled web of UFOlogy's dark side, in an effort to clear the ever-thickening underbrush that has obscured the real nature of the UFO phenomenon.
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The overuse of words like "ridiculous," "fantasy" and "silly" grates after a while. Whilst his criticism of some of the mainstream UFO research and researchers is often valid, his quoting of people like Jenny Randles in his work is of concern, as for example, Randles has tried to cover up elements of certain cases (such as the 1974 Berwyn mountain case - see Richard D Hall's film).
Vallee has his own hypothesis about "what UFO's are" but it is not clear exactly what this hypothesis is. Whilst he provides some useful perspective on the Rendlesham case, he too is guilty of ignoring evidence in relation to that case - and others. For example, he states he met Travis Walton, but he does not describe the case in detail and what the most likely explanation is.
It also seems Vallee "had it in" for the likes of John Lear and Cooper and rather than trying to sort "the good from the bad," and does not "give credit where credit is due" - particular in the case of Cooper, who predicted in 2001 that something would be blamed on Osama Bin Laden.
Vallee fails to adequately connect the UFO cover up into the activities of the Military Industrial Complex (though at several points he implies the talk of aliens etc provides a convenient cover for some of their black programmes). Perhaps I shouldn't be too critical here, as this book was written before the events of 9/11 (which Vallee in later interviews seems reluctant to talk about). However, when we read at the end that he worked on "Department of Defense computer networking projects," perhaps this gives us a clue to where some of his sympathies lie and why he can't speak quite so openly about certain topics.
For those wanting a wider context and less selective review of some of the available evidence, please read my book "Acknowledged: A Perspective on the Matters of UFOs, Aliens and Crop Circles" - available free from my website, or on Kindle and in paperback (I quote Vallee twice).
The book's subtitle is "Alien Contact and Human Deception." Vallée appears to engage in this himself.
On page 191 of his Forbidden Science vol. 2 he states, "We spent last evening with Brendan, who didn't leave until 3 A.M. Tantalizing ideas but few verifiable facts. His friend Jan claims to have an uncle who was one of the Air Force officers who analyzed a saucer that crashed in Aztec, New Mexico." On page 197, he states, "When I recently went back to SRI to meet with Brendan's spooky friend, Jan Brewer, we talked until one in the morning. Jan's family comes from the Aztec area where Scully claims that two saucers crashed in the 1948-49 time frame. His uncle worked at Wright-Patterson, in the technical section. Between 1953 and 1955 the man was withdrawn from his job and placed in an asylum, to the despair of his wife who kept claiming that he wasn't insane at all. He was treated with electroshocks, lost all memory. His wife committed suicide after killing both their kids, but there is no proof that any of this was connected with UFOs."
Vallée wrote the above words in 1973. He uses the words "tantalizing ideas" in connection with the alleged Aztec UFO crash. Yet in Revelations he claims that Frank Scully was the "notorious author of the colorful book Behind the Flying Saucers. Scully did not hesitate to reprint the wildest rumors of his time." By publishing the account of the reported uncle who reportedly analyzed the reported Aztec UFO, Vallée is contributing to the presumably what he considers to be the wild rumour of crashed Aztec UFO, so it appears that he is a hypocrite.
Vallée appears annoyed in general about claims of crashed UFOs. Regarding the reported Roswell incident he has this to say: "Something ubdoubtedly fell from the sky at Roswell in July 1947 ... There are consistent reports of hard evidence at Roswell ... John Keel, an experienced researcher, believes that the object that crashed at Roswell was a Fugo balloon. He states that hundreds of people have reported similar crashes in other locations, with debris identical to what was recovered at Roswell ... But even if the object was not a Fugo balloon, this should give us a clue to certain other possibilities ... Material that can be his with a sledgehammer without damage, yet will remain flexible and will not burn, is not beyond modern technology at all. I am bothered, however, by the alleged hieroglyphics found on the balsa wood. You would think that Air Force intelligence could have come up with something better."
Firstly, the idea that the Roswell incident was the landing of a Fugo balloon is absurd. "Even the flammable Fugo balloons launched by the Japanese during WWII to harass the U.S. mainland were blamed as the crashed intruder by veteran Fortean researcher, John Keel. While it's hard to imagine how a balloon could fly aloft for two years in our stratosphere before crashing, other Roswell researchers, Schmitt, Moore and Friedman, have independently put the theory to rest," reports Leonard Stringfield in his UFO Crash Retrievals Status Report 6. (The Fugo balloons took 30 to 60 hours to reach the U.S. coast from Japan. More on this can be read by searching for the Guardian (U.K.) newspaper article "How Japan’s fire balloons took the second world war to American soil"). Secondly, by stating "You would think that Air Force intelligence could have come up with something better," Vallée implies that Roswell was some kind of Air Force disinformation exercise. Yet he has no evidence to substantiate such a theory.
Vallée doesn't appear impressed with Leonard Stringfield. He states that J. Allen Hynek was "highly skeptical of the existence of crashed saucers ... He regularly met with a man named Leonard Stringfield." What Vallée doesn't say is that he met Stringfield too, and that they sat round a table together to discuss UFOs at the United Nations in 1978, along with astronaut Gordon Cooper and Ufologists Hynek, David Saundes, Claude Poher, Ted Phillips and Lee Spiegel. My impression is that Vallée is confused on this matter. At the end of the book he states that for further information, "Much valuable information will be found in Flying Saucer Review." Flying Saucer Review, over several editions, reprinted the first two of Leonard Stringfield's Crash Retrieval reports. Future editor Gordon Creighton, in the November 1979 issue of FSR stated, in his introduction to the first part of Stringfield's Retrievals of the Third Kind, "It looks as though there may be a real likelihood at last that the whole cover-up will be blown sky-high. If this happens, UFO researchers everywhere will owe a great debt to Leonard Stringfield." Researchers excluding Jacques Vallée presumably. Despite referring to "the respected Flying Saucer Review" elsewhere in his book, Vallée appears fixated on his notion that stories of alien contact form "a striking parallel to the intercourse with angels, demons and elves in earlier ages."
Revelations appears to me the product of someone who appears almost desperate to debunk the notion that UFOs are physical craft. The Gulf Breeze reported UFO sightings are dismissed, as a UFO model was found in the attic of the former home of Ed Walters, Walters had previously been in trouble with the law and "veteran Ufologist" James Moseley reckoned that it was some kind of military disinformation exercise. The findings of Robert Friend can be presumably be ignored, as, "'Colonel' Friend ... was barely a major when he headed Project Blue Book." The Rendlesham Forest incident can be dismissed as a disinformation exercise, according to Vallée: "To me the most plausible theory is that the U.S. Military has developed a device or a collection of devices that look like flying saucers, that they are primarily intended for psychological warfare, and that they are being tested on military personnel." He offers no proof for this, but instead states that UFOs featured in the opening ceremony of the Los Angeles Olympic games and in a concert by the Electric Light Orchestra.
How then does he explain the Travis Walton incident? He states, "I have met with Travis Walton and with the crew boss Mike Rogers, who had seen the craft and the beam. I am satisfied that they are telling the truth as they experienced it, although I am not ready to take in the hypnotic data literally, for reasons I have explained in detail in previous works." So, if Walton and Rogers were telling the truth, what is Vallée's point? Is he suggesting that Rogers and Walton were the victims of a staged event conducted by the U.S. Military? Is he suggesting that not only does the U.S. Military conduct psychological warfare experiments on military personnel, as at Rendlesham, it also conducts experiments on the public? Vallée doesn't say.
The book concludes with some details of some reported UFO landings in Russia, which Vallée seems to think were genuine. The implication seems to be that Russians can be trusted more than Americans.
This deeply flawed book concludes with the text of a couple of speeches Vallée made at a MUFON conference and at a Conference of the Society for Scientific Exploration, in which he states he doesn't believe in the Extraterrestrial Hypothesis.