The Secret War.
Chapter 1, p. 13.
As soon as I had
organized the sightings by dates, the first significant pattern
became apparent. This was that sightings tended to collect around
specific days of the week. Wednesday had the greatest number of
sightings, and these were usually reported between the hours of 8 to
If the UFO phenomenon had
a purely psychological basis, then there should be more sightings on
Saturday night when more people are out of doors, traveling to and
from entertainments, etc. Instead we find that the greatest number of
sightings are reported on Wednesday, and then they slowly taper off
through the rest of the week. The lowest number occurs on Tuesday.
This inexplicable “Wednesday phenomenon” proved very valid and
was repeated throughout 1967 and 1968. pp. 19, 20.
geographical locations of the reported sightings during these flaps,
we came upon another puzzling factor. The reports seemed to cluster
within the boundaries of specific states. …
Certainly if the UFOs
were meteors or other natural phenomena, they would also be reported
in adjoining states. Cross-state sightings are not as common as the
skeptics would like to believe. …
In my studies of several
other flaps I have discovered this same baffling geographical factor.
If the UFOs are actually machines of some sort, their pilots seem to
be familiar not only with our calendar but also with the political
boundaries of our states. They not only concentrate their activities
on Wednesday nights, they also carefully explore our states
methodically from border to border.
Does this sound like the
work of Martians or extraterrestrial strangers? Or does it sound like
the work of someone who is using our maps and our calendars and may,
therefore, know a great deal about us, even though we know little
about “them”? pp. 20, 21.
Until the fall
of 1967, a
simple pattern seems to have emerged: Less densely populated areas
had a higher ratio of sightings than heavily populated sections. The
Air Force discovered this odd fact back in the late 1940's. If this
were a purely psychological phenomenon, then there should be more
reports in the more densely populated areas. Instead, the reverse has
been true. … It is after 10 P.M. that the unidentified flying
objects cut loose. When they do happen to be observed on the ground,
it is either by accident or design. And usually they take off
the moment they have been discovered, or they inexplicably disappear
into thin air!
Already we can arrive at
one disturbing conclusion based upon these basic factors of behavior.
If these lights are actually machines operated by intelligent
entities, they obviously don't want to be caught. They come in the
dead of night, operating in areas where the risks of being observed
are slight. They pick the middle of the week for their peak
activities, and they confine themselves rather methodically to the
political boundaries of specific states at specific times. All of
this smacks uneasily of a covert military operation, a secret buildup
in remote areas. p. 27.
distribution of the sightings make the popular extraterrestrial
(interplanetary) hypothesis completely untenable. p. 36.
Force intelligence teams realized early in the game (1947-49) that it
would be logistically impossible for any foreign power, or even any
extraterrestrial source, to maintain such a huge force of flying
machines in the Western Hemisphere without suffering an accident
which would expose the whole operation, or without producing patterns
which would reveal their bases. There was never any real question
about the reliability of the witnesses. Pilots, top military men, and
the whole crews of ships had seen unidentified flying objects during
World War II and had submitted excellent technical reports to
The real problem
remained: What had these people seen? The general behaviour of
the objects clearly indicated that they were paraphysical (i.e.,
not composed of solid matter). They were clocked at incredible speeds
within the atmosphere but did not produce sonic booms. They performed
impossible maneuvers which defied the laws of inertia. They appeared
and disappeared suddenly, like ghosts. p. 36.
admittedly even harder to believe than the claims of the various UFO
cults. If you are not familiar with the massive, well-documented
occult and religious literature, his words may be incomprehensible to
you. In essence, he means that the UFO phenomenon is actually a
staggering cosmic put-on; a joke perpetrated by invisible entities
who have always delighted in frightening, confusing, and misleading
the human race. The activities of these entities have been carefully
recorded throughout history, and we will be leaning heavily on those
historical records in this book.
Recently the U.S.
Government Printing Office issued a publication compiled by the
Library of Congress for the Air Force Office of Scientific Research: UFOs
and Related Subjects: An Annotated Bibliography. In
preparing this work, the senior bibliographer, Miss Lynn E. Catoe,
actually read thousands of UFO articles, books, and publications. In
her preface to this 400-page book she states:
A large part of the available UFO literature is
closely linked with
mysticism and the metaphysical. It deals with subjects like mental
telepathy, automatic writing, and invisible entities, as well as
phenomena like poltergeist manifestations and possession. … Many of
the UFO reports now being published in the popular press recount
alleged incidents that are strikingly similar to demoniac possession
and psychic phenomena which has long been known to theologians and
pp. 44, 45.
UFO story must encompass all
of the many manifestations being observed. It is a story of ghosts
and phantoms and strange mental abberations; of an invisible world
which surrounds us and occasionally engulfs us; of prophets and
prophecies, and gods and demons. It is a world of illusion and
hallucination where the unreal seems very real, and where reality
itself is distorted by strange forces which can seemingly manipulate
space, time, and physical matter—forces which are almost entirely
beyond our powers of comprehension. p. 46.
now well-documented cases of
people being seriously injured, even killed, by flying saucers. p.
saucers seem to be nothing
more than a disguise for some hidden phenomenon. They are like Trojan
horses descending into our forests and farmfields, promising
salvation and offering us the splendor of some great
supercivilization in the sky. p. 47.
The World of
Chapter 3, p. 48.
well-known, heavily documented type
of poltergeist (noisy ghost) manifestation produces mysterious fires
“Haunted” houses often burn to the ground eventually. Fires of
undetermined origin erupt suddenly throughout UFO flap areas.
There may be a definite relationship
between the numbers of fires and the numbers of UFOs seen in a
specific sector. A community suddenly beset with fifteen or twenty
major fires within the short span of a week or two seems to produce
more UFO sightings in that same period than a place with no fires. p.
you can't see it, your body is
surrounded by self-generated fields of radiation. The occultists have
always called this radiation the aura. There have been many
people—mediums and sensitives—who have claimed that they could
actually see this human aura. p. 58.
the aura got to do with flying
saucers? Perhaps a good deal. Many contactees have been told that
they were selected because of their aura. Occultists have long
claimed that each person is surrounded by an aura which reveals his
spiritual state. p. 59.
others have claimed that the
ufonauts simply walked through the sides of their craft like ghosts.
(seemingly solid) objects are
another problem. Bullets have been fired at them and have ricocheted
off. They sometimes leave imprints on the ground where they land. If
they are the product of a superior intelligence with an advanced
technology, they seem to be suffering from faulty workmanship. Since
1896 there have been hundreds of reports in which lone witnesses have
stumbled onto grounded hard objects being repaired by their pilots.
In flight, they have an astounding habit of losing pieces of metal.
They seem to be ill-made, always falling apart, frequently exploding
in midair. There are so many of these incidents that we must wonder
if they aren't really deliberate. p. 64.
“secret” of the flying saucers
was exposed in 1896, not by the phenomenon itself but by the hidden
patterns now revealed in UFO activity of a single week that November.
The pattern was a classic of carefully planned confusion and
Crews on ships were seeing glowing
spheres and saucer-shaped machines rising out of the water and flying
away while the Wright brothers were still fussing with gliders.
In March and April of 1897, the airship
reports began to spread across the country but seemed to concentrate
in the Midwest from Texas to Michigan, the same areas which still
account for the largest number of reports.
Again and again in modern contactee
stories we are told that the UFO occupants wear goggles or ordinary
sunglasses, perhaps to hide distinctive Oriental eyes. … His
description of the craft makes it sound like a Rube Goldberg
contraption, but rotating disks have been described on modern UFOs,
Enough of these reports have now been
uncovered so that we can safely assume that some of these airships
did land and that, at least, bearded men were aboard them. Some
researchers point to 1897 as proof that we were being visited by
Martians or Venusians at that time. This not only seems unlikely; in
view of these stories it seems impossible. No, there has to be
another answer to all of this.
We can lay out on the map the actual
courses of some of these objects and find that they often flew an
almost straight line over several towns on a given night until they
reached a place where a landing was later reported. Meteorites and
swamp gas don't fit into these patterns. But neither do the Martians
Whoever was involved in these
activities knew precisely what they were doing, and they set up a
careful smokescreen to cover their real activities. …
Patterns of Deception
The operators of the wonderful 1896
airship(s) followed a careful plan which becomes transparent now that
we are able to apply hindsight to the huge pile of newspaper reports.
(1) It is obvious that a great many
unidentified flying objects were present in our skies in 1897. (2) It
is obvious that they were manned by at least three different types of
beings: (a) the normal types, some with beards and including women, …
(b) the Oriental type, the “Japs” as reported by Judge Byrne; (c)
the unidentifiable creatures described by Alexander Hamilton. … (4)
The occupants of these craft knew a great deal about us, were able to
speak and possibly write our languages.
Since some—or maybe most—of the
ultraterrestrials looked very much like us, they would be assigned to
man the decoys. The other objects, the real vehicles to be
employed in this operation, would carefully remain aloof.
Was there an airship or wasn't there?
Thousands saw it and became convinced, but millions read all of these
conflicting tales and remained skeptical. Obviously, to the
uninformed reader of 1897, there was only one airship and it was
experimental—it was always breaking down somewhere. But what were
those great, multilighted forms hurtling back and forth across the
sky every night? Oh, just the airship.
Where were they going? Where were they
coming from? Well, they were built by a secret inventor in
Nebraska—or Tennessee—or Iowa—or Boston. Take your pick. …
But if there was no secret inventor,
and if there's no such thing as unidentified flying objects, then who
or what was buzzing Eldora, Iowa, in 1897? And why have they chosen
to go back there again and again ever since? pp. 78, 79, 91, 94, 101,
102, 103 [this is mostly a condensed look at
Chapter 5: The Grand Deception].
Wednesday phenomenon is quite
evident in the historical events as well as in the contemporary
sightings. A disproportionate number of UFO events seem to be
concentrated on Wednesdays and Saturdays, particularly the landing
and contact cases. The frequency of the Wednesday-Saturday events
immediately removes the phenomenon from a framework of chance or
coincidence. … Historian Lucius Farish uncovered a number of early
statements and cases which further indicated that this Wednesday
phenomenon had been observed and reported upon long ago.
In Myth and Legend of Ancient Israel,
by Angelo S. Rappaport, the following statement appears:
Concerning “demons”: They lodge in trees, caper
gardens, vineyards, in ruined and desolate houses, and dirty places.
To go alone into such places is dangerous, and the eves of Wednesday
and Saturday were considered dangerous times.
Agrath [daughter of the she-demon Makhlath] commands hosts of evil
spirits and demons and rides in a big chariot. Her power is paramount
on Wednesdays and Saturdays, ...
beams of light; sudden
automobile failures; disturbing lapses of time and memory; all of
these are common-place minor elements in our UFO puzzle. p. 107.
thousands of sightings of phantom
dirigibles and mysterious airplanes from 1896 to 1938 provide us with
a substantial body of evidence which indicates that the phenomenon is
actually flexible and that it tailors itself to adopt acceptable
forms for the time periods in which it operates. p. 138
witnesses seem to be telling
the truth, we must assume that UFOs come in myriad sizes and shapes.
Or no real shapes at all.
Project Blue Book Report No. 14
tackled this problem. Air Force teams ran 434 “unidentified”
reports through a computer, hoping to come up with a basic model.
They ended up with 12 very different basic objects. From the
thousands of reports compiled since then, it is obvious that there
may be 1,200 or 12,000,000 different types. The 12 objects described
in Report No. 14 have rarely been seen since 1955.
So there may not be any types at
In other words, we have thousands upon
thousands of UFO sightings which force two unacceptable answers upon
1. All the witnesses were
mistaken or lying.
2. Some tremendous unknown civilization
is exerting an all-out effort to manufacture thousands of different
types of UFOs and is sending all of them to our planet.
The governments of the world have
seized upon variations of the first explanation. The UFO enthusiasts
accept the second.
I do not accept either one. pp. 142,
Our skies have been filled with
"Trojan horses" throughout history, and like the original Trojan Horse,
to conceal hostile intent. ... This hostility theory is further
supported by the fact that the objects choose, most often, to appear in
forms which we can readily accept and explain to our own
satisfaction—ranging from derigibles to meteors and
conventional-appearing airplanes. ... In other words, flying saucers
are not at all what we have hoped they were. They are a part of
I call that something else Operation Trojan Horse. p. 167.
Another fascinating game, which
the ufonauts play with a vengeance, is the "repair" gambit. Beginning
in 1897, there has been an endless stream of stories and reports, many
from police officers, schoolteachers, and other "reliable witnesses,"
describing how they encountered a grounded UFO and observed the
occupants busily making repairs of some kind. ... The basic details in
these stories are so similar that it seems as if the ufonauts are
following a carefully rehearsed procedure.
The "superior technology" of Operation Trojan Horse has apparently
produced a line of faulty flying machines which constantly break down.
... If the UFOs were real, it would be logical for a saucer in trouble
to seek out a very isolated hilltop to make repairs. Instead, they
prefer to land in the fields of occupied farms and on major highways
close to big cities. p. 178.
The scope of the phenomenon and
the overwhelming quantity of reports negates its validity. p. 182.
The statistical data which I
have extracted, and which I have
summarize briefly here, indicate that flying saucers are not stable
machines requiring fuel, maintenance, and logistical support. They are,
in all probability, transmogrifications of energy and do not exist in
the same way that this book exists. They are not permanent
of matter. p. 182.
The endless messages from the
space people would now fill a
while the communicators claim to represent some other world, the
contents of those messages are identical to the messages long received
by mediums and mystics. p. 183.
[The following quote is
especially for my seventh-day sabbath-keeping Christian
In modern UFO-contactee lore,
beginning in the early 1950's, the constellation of Orion is frequently
cited as the home of "evil spacemen" who are planning to take over the
earth. A famous British contactee, Arthur Bryant, claimed that on April
24, 1965, a UFO occupant informed him that "forces from Epsilon are
already here in the form of poltergeists." Epsilon Orionis is the
central star in the belt of Orion. p. 190.
UFO events seem to occur
century after century in the same
locations. A majority of these events took place on Wednesdays and
Saturdays and were concentrated around the hours of 6 P.M., 8 P.M., and
10 P.M. These facts in themselves are proof that the phenomenon is
guided by an intelligence and that the individual events form part of a
larger plan. p. 195.
No, the real truth lies in
another direction. The contactees from 1897 on have been telling us what they were told by the
ufonauts. The ufonauts are the
liars, not the contactees.
And they are lying deliberately as part of the bewildering smokescreen
which they have established to cover their real origin, purpose, and
motivation. p. 213.
The Cosmic Jokers. Title of
Chapter 12, p. 215.
Demonology is not just another crackpot-ology. ... Thousands of books
have been written on the subject, ... The manifestations and
occurrences described in this imposing literature are similar, if not
entirely identical, to the UFO phenomenon itself. p. 215.
The Devil and his demons can, according to the literature, manifest
themselves in almost any form and can physically imitate anything from
angels to horrifying monsters with glowing eyes. Strange objects and
entities materialize and dematerialize in these stories, just as the
UFOs and their splendid occupants appear and disappear, walk through
walls, and perform other supernatural feats. p. 216.
Operation Trojan Horse is merely the same old game in a new, updated
guise. The Devil's emissaries of yesteryear have been replaced by the
mysterious "men in black." The quasi-angels of Biblical times have
become magnificent spacemen. The demons, devils, and false angels were
recognized as liars and plunderers by early man. These same imposters
now appear as long-haired Venusians. p. 216.
If the UFO phenomenon is
largely hallucinatory, and much of the evidence suggests that it is,
then the parapsychological assumption may be more valid than the
ufological speculation. p. 219.
The records of demonology are filled with striking parallels. During
the outbreak of vampirism in Europe during the Middle Ages, witnesses
to vampires were often paralyzed, and the general descriptions of the
vampires themselves are identical to the "men in black." p. 219.
In the early 1950's, Albert K. Bender dabbled in both black magic and
ufology, and he created a stir in ufological circles when he claimed
that he had been visited by three men with glowing eyes, dressed in
black suits. p. 220.
Dabbling with UFOs can be as dangerous as dabbling with black magic. p.
Thousands of mediums, psychics,
and UFO contactees have been
mountains of messages from "Ashtar" in recent years. Mr. Ashtar
represents himself as a leader in the great intergalactic councils
hold regular meetings on Jupiter, Venus, Saturn, and many planets
unknown to us. But Ashtar is not a new arrival. Variations of this
such as Ashtaroth, Ashar, Asharoth, etc., appear in demonological
literature throughout history, both in the Orient and the Occident. Mr.
Ashtar has been around a very long time, posing as assorted gods and
demons and now, in the modern phase, as another glorious spaceman. p.
The most interesting elemental
type is the humanlike being who materializes at seances. ... In a
seance room such an entity is automatically regarded to be a
spirit—the shade of a long-dead Egyptian. But if the same entity
wearing the same metallic skullcap should stride out of the bushes in
West Virginia and alarm clandestine lovers in a parked car, he would be
considered a spaceman. pp. 232, 233.
I cannot even begin to review
all of the occult evidence here, but
are dozens of excellent books available covering the whole spectrum of
spiritual events. If you take the time and trouble to examine some of
better literature, you will find precise parallels and correlations
the UFO phenomenon. It appears that the same forces are at work in both
situations, the same patterns prevail (particularly the hoax patterns),
and the same underlying purposes seem to be present. p. 235.
Another common factor in
poltergeist cases is the sudden materialization or disappearance of
physical objects. ... UFO contactees report this same kind of
phenomenon shortly after they receive their first visit from the
entities. p. 237.
It is traditional that haunted
houses eventually burn to the ground. UFO witnesses, researchers, and
contactees have this same problem, as I pointed out earlier. p. 238.
(John mentions a chart of known UFO reports) ...
The other is a chart of the
recorded poltergeist cases for the same period. We find striking
similarities in these patterns. In some cases, the poltergeist wave
preceded by a few months or a year or two the UFO activity in the same
area. In other cases, the UFO and poltergeist activities occurred
simultaneously. p. 239.
The trance phenomenon deserves
extensive study because so many aspects of it are directly related to
the contactee phenomenon. The contactees have been told a hundred
different stories of what life is like on other planets. If you review
the descriptions of heaven produced at the thousands of possibly
genuine seances, you will find the same contradictions. The
entities will lie transparently at one point in the seance, and a few
moments later will come up with astounding information which could not
be based upon simple trickery.
The mediums themselves have always been aware of their controls'
mischievous sense of humor. They speak of false shades and malevolent
spirits who perform outrageous hoaxes. ...
The fact that a control can imitate George Bernard Shaw does not
necessarily mean that GBS is doing the speaking from the spirit world.
pp. 243, 244.
Do the ultraterrestrials really
care about us? There is much disturbing evidence that they don't. They
care only to the extent that we can fulfill our enigmatic use to them.
From 1848 to 1851 there was a
worldwide UFO flap, and poltergeist cases hit an interesting peak in
1849. Strange, isn't it, that all these things should explode at once?
The following year, 1859, the
UFOs were busy again. And the year after that there was another
outbreak of poltergeist cases in France and Switzerland. p. 252.
It is likely that an outsider
trespassing on the scene of a UFO contact would see the contactee
standing in a rigid trance, ... p. 271.
This is the tiger behind the
door of prophecy. Some of the predictions are unnerringly accurate; so
precise that there are no factors of coincidence or lucky guesswork.
The ultraterrestrials or elementals are able to convince their friends
(who sometimes also become victims) that they have complete
foreknowledge of all human events. Then, when these people are totally
sold, the ultraterrestrials introduce a joker into the deck. p. 278.
Comment added by John Keel.
Once again the classic, proven pattern had occurred.
Another human being had been engulfed by the ultraterrestrials and led
down the road to ruin. p. 281.
(John comments about a prophecy
of a holocaust on December 24,
Meanwhile, mediums, telepaths, sensitives, and UFO contactees
the world were all reporting identical messages. There was definitely
going to be an unprecedented event on December 24, 1967. Ashtar was
talking through Ouija boards to people who had never before heard the
name. Another busy entity named Orlon was spreading the word. The
curious thing about these messages was that they were all phrased in
the same manner, no matter what language was being used. They all
carried the same warning. p. 282.
Many predictions of the
December twenty-fourth disaster had been
documented well in advance of that date. These messages came through in
many different countries, from people who had no knowledge of or
communication with one another. The UFO contactees received the same
identical messages as the trance mediums communing with spirits. A link
had been established. It was now clear (to me anyway) that all of these
people were tuned into a central source. My earlier speculations seemed
true—the UFO entities and the spirit entities were part of the same
gigantic system. ... Some of the entities were evil liars. p. 283.
Comment added by John Keel.
(John comments about a
contactee) ... In later experiences,
he allegedly visited various planets such as Venus, and he frequently
received telepathic messages and instructions from our old friend
Ashtar. p. 284.
You Can't Tell the Players
Without a Scorecard. Title of Chapter 15, p. 291.
The flying saucers do not come
from some Buck Rogers-type civilization on some distant planet. They
are our next-door neighbors, part of another space-time continuum where
life, matter, and energy are radically different from ours. Ancient man
knew this and recognized it. The original Biblical texts employed the
word sheol, which meant
invisible world. Somehow the translators turned this into "hell" and
gave it an entirely different meaning. p. 291.
The real truth is that the UFO
cultists have been played for suckers for years, not by the government,
but by the phenomenon. p. 294.
The demonological events
discussed in this book have so baffled and confused the UFO
organizations that they have dismissed most of them as hoaxes without
any kind of investigation. p. 295.
It is probable that some small
group within the U.S. government first began to suspect the truth about
UFOs during World War II. There is curious evidence that Adolf Hitler
and his inner circle had some knowledge of the ultraterrestrials and
may have even made an effort to communicate with them. p. 296.
Sir Victor Goddard pointed out
that he believed that most UFO sightings were made by people with
psychic ability, and by nonpsychics who were standing in the auras of
the real percipients and were, therefore, temporarily tuned in. p. 298.
In psychic phenomena and
demonology we find that seemingly solid physical objects are
materialized and dematerialized or apported. p. 298.
The thousands of contacts with
the entities indicate that they are liars and put-on artists. p. 299.
The UFO manifestations seem to
be, by and large, merely minor
of the age-old demonological phenomenon. p. 299.
Finally, we come to the
problem: How do you investigate something that doesn't exist? p. 301.
The elementals or
ultraterrestrials are somehow able to manipulate the electrical
circuits of the human mind. They can make us see whatever they want us
to see and remember only what they want us to remember. p. 302.
There are now many cases in
which the voices of deceased persons have seemingly called up their
loved ones on the telephone, just as the metallic-voiced space people
have been phoning researchers and reporters around the world. p. 306.