PSYCHOLOGY OF DREAMLAND
How Secrecy is Destroying Public Faith
in Government and Science
Terry Hansen © 1995 -- page 2
Readers who are old enough to remember the 1960s may dimly recall
that, in 1966, when the Air Force had exhausted its credibility
with the public over the persistent UFO issue, the Secretary of
Defense turned the matter over to physicist Edward Condon at the
University of Colorado. Like Donald Menzel, Condon was a respected
scientist with impressive credentials and a history of secret military
work. He had been director of the National Bureau of Standards and
president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
At last, it seemed at the time, the UFO issue was to get its long-overdue
day in the court of science.
Soon after this investigation got started, however, Condon began
to behave in a most unscientific manner. Long before the results
of his study were made public, Condon started giving speeches ridiculing
UFO witnesses and the subject in general. Scientists both inside
and outside the investigation team found this behavior very upsetting--as
they should have. But what really upset insiders was the discovery
of a memo from project coordinator Robert Low indicating that the
investigation planned to trick the public and scientific community
by focusing on the psychology and sociology of UFO witnesses, rather
than investigating the physical reality of the UFOs themselves.
This was the last straw for team psychologist David Saunders who
leaked the Low memo to the press. This action ultimately resulted
in his dismissal by Condon for "insubordination." Saunders, with
reporter Roger Harkins, later wrote a fascinating expos? of the
whole twisted affair called UFOs? Yes! Where the Condon Committee
Went Wrong (New York: Signet, 1968).
Many observers of the University of Colorado episode concluded
the CIA was orchestrating the entire peculiar affair to derail any
serious scientific attempt to study UFOs. As Saunders put it in
a concluding chapter of UFOs? Yes!, "The Central Intelligence
Agency is around, everywhere." Direct, completely unambiguous connections
between the CIA and the Condon Commission are difficult to establish,
however. The Agency was clearly wary of revealing its interest in
UFOs. As Timothy Good pointed out in Above Top Secret (New
York: William Morrow, 1988), the CIA even took care that any work
performed by its National Photographic Interpretation Center for
the Condon Commission was not identified as being performed by the
(The latest controversy involving the CIA has to do with Dr. Bruce
Maccabee, an optical physicist with the Naval Surface Weapons Center.
Maccabee is well known in the civilian UFO research community for
his technical analyses of UFO photos and films. It recently came
to light that Maccabee secretly had been lecturing about UFOs at
the CIA, a fact that set off alarms of paranoia in certain quarters.
This is probably a tempest in a teapot but it demonstrates again
an ongoing, clandestine interest in the UFO phenomenon by the intelligence
News That's Unfit to Print
Roger Harkins, then a reporter for the Boulder Daily Camera,
had a particular interest in documenting the CIA's suspected involvement
with the Condon Commission. One day he was asked by the Denver Associated
Press (AP) Bureau to file a story about an upcoming press conference
by Jim and Coral Lorenzen of the Aerial Phenomena Research Organization
(APRO), then an influential private UFO-research group. Harkins
decided to use the opportunity to smoke out any CIA operatives he
thought might be lurking in or around the Denver AP Bureau by doing
a story purposely linking the Agency with UFOs.
APRO's Jim Lorenzen provided Harkins with a seven-point rationale
for the CIA's interest in UFOs. Harkins then wrote his story around
this indictment of the CIA, assuming the Agency would want to suppress
the story and that the AP might just do it. He then filed the story
with the AP and returned to the _Daily Camera_'s office to wait
for it to come across on the teletype. He waited all night and the
rest of the next day and, just as he expected, the story never appeared.
While this doesn't prove CIA involvement, it raises some interesting
questions in light of the Robertson Panel's recommendations. Those
who think the CIA couldn't, or wouldn't, suppress news about matters
judged to have national security implications have something to
learn from authors Victor Marchetti and John Marks. In their book
_The CIA and the Cult of Intelligence_ (itself the subject of a
famous CIA censorship effort), the authors made it clear that planting
CIA operatives in deep cover with major American media organizations
has been a long-established tradition at the Agency. More common,
perhaps, are the CIA's efforts to suppress news coverage through
pressure or friendly persuasion.
For most Americans, all they know is what they read in the newspapers
or see on TV, and if they don't read about or see UFO reports, then
they effectively cease to exist. Like government maps, newspapers
and television broadcasts are often mistaken for a faithful description
James McCampbell, an engineering physicist and author I interviewed
in 1979 for a radio documentary broadcast on National Public Radio
said he, too, had concluded UFO news stories were being suppressed.
In response to a question about lack of American press coverage
of sensational UFO-related developments in France, McCampbell responded,
"I think that the principle sources of information in the media
are controlled, at least by pressure from the government, to keep
information concerning UFOs out of general circulation. I reach
that conclusion when I compare the hundreds and hundreds of [UFO]
clippings I get from small-town newspapers throughout the United
States, none of which ever get covered in the wire services. The
principle newspaper editors are relying quite heavily on the wire
services for information."
Paranoia? Well, consider the fact that some of the most sensational
UFO flaps in recent years were never mentioned by most of the nation's
leading newspapers. According to the U.S. government's own documents,
retrieved under the Freedom of Information Act, UFOs haunted major
military bases across the United States in 1975. Unusual lighted
objects were seen by Air Force personnel over bases in Maine, Michigan,
Montana, North Dakota, Florida, New Mexico and elsewhere, only to
escape again into the night. The Air Force explanation for some
of these events was that the objects were unidentified helicopters.
Even if you accept this explanation, one would think that a story
about unidentified helicopters flying at will over some our nation's
most sensitive nuclear-weapons facilities would be worth a few column
inches in _The New York Times_ or the _Washington Post._ Yet, the
story never surfaced until the FOIA documents came out years later.
Press coverage hasn't improved much since 1975. An electronic
searchfor articles about the triangle-shaped UFO seen nightly by
thousands of people over Belgium in 1990 turned up only one tongue-in-cheek
story in The Wall Street Journal. Across the Atlantic, however,
these sightings were being seriously reported in major European
publications such as the July 5, 1990, Paris Match. The sightings
were even officially confirmed by the Belgian Defense Minister who
released radar tapes from an F-16 fighter that had chased and tracked
the mysterious object. The unidentified craft also was videotaped
by several ground observers. Yet, unless you're a loyal devotee
of tabloid TV or spent that time in Europe, you probably don't know
these events occurred.
A still more sensational series of UFO sightings took place over
and around Mexico City during and after the total solar eclipse
of 1991. This being the age of the video camcorder, many people
recorded these UFOs on tape. Hundreds of such videotapes, including
footage from broadcast TV cameramen in Mexico City, have been edited
into two documentaries, _Messengers of Destiny_ and _Masters of
the Stars_ (available from Genesis III, Box 25962, Munds Park, AZ
86017). This was big news for months in Mexico, but _The New York
Times,_ along with other major U.S. newspapers, apparently decided
it was just not news that was fit to print. An electronic search
revealed not a single story about these events in any of the indexed
major U.S. newspapers.
The major TV networks haven't much to crow about, either. For
example, on October 1982, the PBS network broadcast _The Case of
the UFOs_ on its popular NOVA science series. By any standards,
it was a masterful piece of anti-UFO propaganda, completely misrepresenting
the most basic facts about the subject, albeit in a seemingly objective
style. Although many UFO researchers were filmed for the program,
nearly all of this footage wound up on the cutting-room floor. Footage
of the few researchers who were allowed to speak was carefully edited
to completely misrepresent their views. Their original testimony
in support of UFO research was presented to suggest that they thought
there was little evidence for the phenomenon.
Even worse, the nation's most famous and experienced UFO researcher
who founded the non-profit Center for UFO Studies, the late astronomer
Dr. J. Allen Hynek, was not allowed to speak on the program in defense
of the subject to which he had devoted much of his life. The heavily
slanted program left viewers with the impression that few scientists
believe UFOs exist or should be studied, an idea that is completely
contradicted by polls and surveys of scientific and engineering
In 1977, for example, 53 percent of 1,365 members of the American
Astronomical Society who responded to a survey from Stanford University
physicist Peter A. Sturrock, said they thought UFOs "certainly"
or "probably" should be investigated further. Surveys published
by Industrial Research magazine show similar support for
UFO research among engineers and scientists. Dozens of professional
scientists are currently involved in UFO research and hundreds more
would certainly join them if federal funds were available. Of course,
you can't get federal money to study something the government insists
does not exist.
It later came to light that content decisions for the NOVA program
had been made on the advice of Kendrick Frazier, editor of The
Skeptical Inquirer, the mouthpiece for the Committee for the
Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal. The organization
has waged a kind of holy war on UFO researchers for years and could
hardly be counted on for a balanced view of the controversy.
However you account for all of this, the evidence shows that the
national media, for whatever reasons, have not been providing accurate
coverage of either the UFO phenomenon itself or those who study
it. Again, it may be jumping to conclusions to attribute this to
government policies; perhaps American journalists have simply decided
that mass sightings of UFOs have less public appeal than, say, traffic
accidents, robberies, and celebrities--to which they devote enormous
time and resources. Even so, suppression of UFO coverage was precisely
the goal the CIA set out to achieve in the early 1950s when media
reports began to pose a national-security problem for the U.S. government.
Whether by design or dumb luck, they seem to have gotten their wish.
Little Gray Men
If the military-intelligence community really *has* been studying
alien technology out there in the Nevada wasteland, it doesn't take
much imagination to come up with reasons why authorities would want
to keep this information out of circulation. Advanced technical
knowledge has inescapable political consequences, as those attempting
to stop nuclear proliferation know so well. Simply admitting that
alien contact has taken place could open up a virtual Pandora's
If authorities were to acknowledge that alien beings are here,
then everyone will quite reasonably conclude that they may have
been here all along. The religious and scientific establishments
would suddenly find many of their fundamental assumptions called
into doubt. Human society is built upon belief in the authority
of its principle institutions. Undermine those beliefs and the entire
system starts to crumble, a phenomenon that has often occurred in
world history. When Robert Lazar was asked what would happen if
the technology he claims to have witnessed was released, he replied,
"It would change everything."
For most bureaucracies, the prime directive is self-preservation.
Maintaining the political and economic status quo has always been
job one for the military-intelligence community. If they discovered
something they believed would "change everything," releasing that
information all at once could totally upset the political apple
cart. Thus, some observers of the UFO controversy speculate that
we're being slowly conditioned to the idea of extraterrestrials
through films, advertising campaigns and calculated leaks of pertinent
information, all designed to minimize culture shock.
Culture shock might be the least of the government's problems,
however. If aliens are here, the next question is, *why* are they
here? This might not be an easy question to answer but increasing
numbers of UFO researchers have concluded that thousands of people
are being picked up, examined, and used in strange genetic experiments.
Here things *really* start to get spooky.
It almost doesn't matter whether any of this is true in the physical
sense. The point is that the evidence, whether genuine or fabricated,
suggests to scientists *who are familiar with it* (and that's a
critical and often overlooked qualification) that something very
weird and shocking is going on. Again, we're talking about *beliefs*
here. If Americans start believing that aliens are snatching people
out of their homes and cars, and the authorities can't do anything
about it...well, it doesn't exactly enhance the public's faith in
the value of government.
Until fairly recently, even UFO researchers - who become accustomed
to hearing strange stories - were deeply skeptical about evidence
that people were being abducted. Much of this evidence was obtained
under hypnosis, a technique that many researchers felt was plagued
with serious methodological pitfalls. They wanted physical evidence.
One of the pioneers in this field is psychologist Leo Sprinkle,
formerly a professor at the University of Wyoming. Like most intellectual
pioneers, Sprinkle experienced some very tough times with his academic
associates who felt his conclusions were completely ludicrous.
Inconvenient though it may be, alleged abductions have long been
a component of the UFO phenomenon. The issue first burst into public
consciousness in 1966 with the publication of The Interrupted
Journey (New York: Berkley, 1966) by journalist John G. Fuller.
The book told the now well-known story of Betty and Barney Hill
and their encounter with a UFO and its occupants on an autumn night
in New Hampshire. According to information obtained under hypnosis,
the Hills seemed to have been taken aboard the UFO and subjected
to some kind of examination by aliens.
Public interest in the subject was rekindled with the appearance
in 1981 of the best-selling book Missing Time (New York:
Ballantine, 1981) by artist Budd Hopkins. Hopkins took a much closer
look into the phenomenon of alleged alien abductions. He concluded
that certain recurring patterns provided support for the idea that
abduction experiences were more than just random psychological delusions.
A still more thorough exploration of the issue appeared in 1992
with the publication of Secret Life (New York: Simon & Schuster,
1992) by Temple University history professor David M. Jacobs (author
of The UFO Controversy in America mentioned earlier). Now
the issue was finally out of the closet. Even the ultra-cautious
New York Times, whose coverage of the UFO controversy has
been exceptionally sparse, recognized the abduction phenomenon with
a surprisingly open-minded story about Jacobs in its Oct. 28, 1992,
Jacobs does not mince words when drawing conclusions about the
abduction phenomenon. "We've been invaded," he says in the final
chapter of Secret Life. "At present we can do little or nothing
to stop it. The aliens have powers and technology greatly in advance
of ours, and that puts us at a tremendous disadvantage in our ability
to affect the phenomenon or gain some control over it."
Before you dismiss Jacobs and others who share his assessment
as crazy, you might want to talk with John Mack, professor of psychiatry
at Harvard Medical School. Mack says he became interested in the
abduction phenomenon in January of 1990 when an associate offered
to introduce him to Budd Hopkins. Mack's initial assessment when
told of Hopkins' activities was, "He must be crazy." After becoming
involved with abduction cases himself, though, Mack now says he
regards the phenomenon as having tremendous scientific and cultural
importance. (His book about the phenomenon, Abduction: Human
Encounters with Aliens, was published in April 1994 by Charles
As with Leo Sprinkle and David Jacobs before him, Mack has faced
intense criticism from some of his academic associates who are not
at all happy with what he has to say. "They've stretched the limits
of mid-life crisis," he joked at the Triad conference in July of
1994. "I'm 63. I thought mid-life was, you know, 45-50, so they
haven't really got a category for me yet."
Mack insists the experiences of abductees are genuine and says
he is continually astounded at the lengths to which educated people
go to force-fit them into some inappropriate conceptual framework.
"There are new limits of stupidity you encounter in this work,"
he said. "It's amazing to me the extent to which people will go
to avoid something new."
As far as the underlying cause, Mack agrees with many others who
have investigated different aspects of the UFO phenomenon over the
past few decades. "I don't see any explanation for this phenomenon
other than that there is some intelligence that we don't understand
at work," he said.
"The resistance to accepting that there's other intelligences
at work here is not a scientific matter, it's a *political* matter,"
he insisted. "It has to do with who decides, in a particular culture
at a particular time, what is reality."
Mack said that the phenomenon is subtle and seems to be trying
to correct our self-destructive world view--the view held by large
corporations who employ science and technology to carve up the earth
for material profit and power. As Mack puts it, "What [the phenomenon]
says is, 'We are not masters of the universe; we are not in control.'"
For people who encounter it, this is usually a terrifying notion,
he explained. "The terror [that the phenomenon inspires] is the
terror of the realization we are not in control."
Dr. Pierre Guerin, a high-ranking French astrophysicist who was
employed by the French space agency to study the UFO problem, expressed
very similar conclusions in 1979. "...what is quite certain is that
the phenomenon is active here, on our planet, and active here as
Master. We can neither stop the phenomenon nor comprehend it, and
we are well aware that its power totally defies not merely our technological
possibilities but probably our mental possibilities as well."
"Science...believes in [extraterrestrials] only on condition that
they remain at distances of many light-years from Earth," Guerin
continued. "Or rather, it believes that, if they do visit us they
will not do it in the fashion in which they are now doing it, -
clandestinely, and with the dice loaded, making it crystal-clear
that they come from a transcendental level right outside of and
beyond the cozy, reassuring little framework into which our scientists
are so anxious to fit this whole new UFO scene with which we find
Dr. Guerin agreed with Mack that this realization inspires terror
in government authorities. "Even the security forces of the various
governments (who, in our opinion, do know what the truth is about
the reality of the UFOs, but have no idea of how to go about tackling
the problem) are wary of making the matter public, because of their
fear that by so doing, they might not only cause a panic that could
destabilize the entire globe, but also they might trigger off a
backlash from the intellectual and political elites, who would refuse
to give credence to the security services revelations."
War of the Worlds?
Assuming the U.S. government reached similar conclusions to those
expressed by Mack and Guerin, but much earlier due to its superior
intelligence-gathering resources, the seemingly contradictory behavior
the government has exhibited over the past 45 years begins to make
sense. Seen from the perspective of government, an organization
whose entire purpose is control, the UFO phenomenon presents a counterintelligence
threat, not simply an interesting scientific problem for open discussion
in learned journals.
Science generally assumes that the phenomena it is studying do
not "mind" being studied. Such an assumption is unsafe in the world
of counterintelligence, where one must assume that potential opponents
are aware of your every move unless precautions are taken to disguise
them. In fact, it is standard technique to disseminate a cloud of
false information, the purpose of which is to deceive the opposing
force. In order to deceive an enemy, one must also deceive friends--i.e.,
the public. Thus, an elaborate game of deception evolves between
the opposing forces.
It has often been said that if the U.S. military-intelligence
community had undeniable proof for the existence of extraterrestrial
visitors, they could not possibly keep this information secret,
since leaks would inevitably occur. In fact, leaks *do* occur in
any intelligence-gathering operation but they don't necessarily
compromise the secret because the leaks are typically buried in
a dense cloud of false and contradictory information. An intelligence
expert (or UFO investigator) is thus presented with the formidable
task of determining which among the vast sea of facts are reliable
In Anthony Cave Brown's classic history of British Intelligence
efforts in World War II, Bodyguard of Lies (New York: Harper
& Row, 1975) the author explains the basic method used by the elite
corps of English aristocrats who made up the powerful London Controlling
Section (LCS): "Deception was the province of the LCS, and its special
assignment was to plant upon the enemy, along the channels open
to it through the Allied high command, hundreds, perhaps thousands
of splinters of information that, when assembled by the enemy intelligence
services, would form a plausible and acceptable - but false - picture
of Allied military intentions."
The plan worked extremely well, as history testifies. Even the
massive D-Day invasion force managed to reach Normandy without knowledge
of German intelligence. If the entire German intelligence force
could not divine the true intentions of the Allied forces, imagine
the difficulty of attempting to divine the intentions of an alien
intelligence with technologies beyond our conception. Imagine also
the difficulties UFO researchers have faced in attempting to penetrate
the security veil of the U.S. intelligence community which has had
hundreds of billions of dollars at its disposal.
Were the members of Majestic 12 the equivalent of the British
LCS? If the MJ-12 document is genuine, it would appear so. Assuming
this was the case, their main problem would have been to gather
UFO information clandestinely while feigning disinterest so as not
to alarm the public or tip off the perceived opponent to its progress.
In this light, the strange games played by Project Blue Book, the
mysterious machinations of CIA, the apparent suppression of relevant
news and information about the phenomenon, and the Condon Commission's
peculiar tricks suddenly come into sharper focus: they are all consistent
with a clandestinely planned and executed war of the worlds. Of
course, as German intelligence discovered in World War II, consistency
and truth may be different matters.
Darkness and Paranoia
In The Russians (New York: Times Books, 1983), Hedrick
Smith's pre-glasnost tale of life in the former Soviet Union, the
author describes a society in which the most wild and astounding
rumors were given serious credence by the populace because the official
explanations were almost universally regarded as lies. The price
the Soviet government paid for suppression of information was a
population that was ready to believe *anything,* so long as it did
not appear to come from an official source.
A similar situation has developed in the United States in regard
to UFO sightings. The constant background of sightings - reported
now mainly by regional newspapers, videotapes, specialized newsletters
and books - has been greeted in recent years only by official silence.
Attempts to discover the government's true attitude toward the phenomenon
through the Freedom of Information Act have been met by resistance
and censorship justified on vague national-security grounds. This
absence of official information has fostered an environment rich
in rumors of the most bizarre and creative sort.
It's being said, for example, that the U.S. government has opened
direct, face-to-face negotiations with extraterrestrials, similar
to what was portrayed in Steven Spielberg's film Close Encounters
of the Third Kind. Others claim the government has made a kind
of Faustian pact with the aliens, allowing them to use some of our
people and farm animals for their genetic experiments in return
for saucer technology. (Robert Lazar claims to have seen nine well-preserved
alien spacecraft at S-4, a surprising number.)
Another story has it that a massive cooperative effort is underway
between the U.S. military-intelligence community and the aliens
to construct vast underground bases where horrific biomedical experiments
are underway using abducted street kids as guinea pigs! Others say
the U.S. government is planning to use its clandestine knowledge
of alien technology to stage a fake extraterrestrial invasion in
an attempt to unify the world's people behind a common but manufactured
threat. Some say the whole captured-alien-hardware story is just
a highly elaborate cover for the wholesale looting of the federal
treasury by the corrupt and cynical secret government. Many of the
most bizarre and unsubstantiated rumors originate with self-appointed
"investigators" who seem to appear out of nowhere to suddenly become
superstars of the UFO lecture circuit. One of the more controversial
examples is John Lear, son of the Lear Jet's inventor and an admitted
former CIA employee. Lear claims his inside knowledge of the frightening
UFO situation originates with sources in the U.S. intelligence community.
More established and conservative UFO researchers say they are deeply
suspicious of Lear and claim he is effectively a government disinformation
agent out to undermine the movement's credibility. By making the
entire subject sound as ludicrous as possible, they say, the CIA's
psychological warfare people can ensure that most serious scientists
and journalists will never come *near* the subject, much less publicly
admit any serious interest in it.
Whatever the case, paranoia runs very deep indeed. As reporter
George Knapp commented in July 1994, "We all have our share of loonies
to deal with but the [government] coverup angle attracts a special
breed--dark, foreboding conspiracy buffs who see evil tentacles
around every corner: Secret treaties between the government and
the aliens--they give us technology; we give them permission to
conduct abductions--as if they need our permission; the Trilateral
Commission; the CFR; the Bilderbergers, the Illuminati; Neo Nazis;
the Rockefellers; One World Government - and UFOs. The gang's all
But as someone once observed, just because you're paranoid doesn't
mean they really aren't out to get you. And therein lies the dilemma.
After all, the U.S. government clearly does lie about quite a few
things and doesn't say much at all about many others. As long as
very odd things continue to happen and authorities are unable or
unwilling to tell us what they know, almost anything begins to seem
possible. Take a persistent and genuinely puzzling phenomenon, add
a half-dozen or so secrecy-obsessed government bureaucracies, a
scientific establishment that is fearful of pressing for an investigation,
throw in hundreds of well-meaning but financially strapped amateur
investigators, a handful of cynical con artists, a few literary
opportunists, some disinformation agents, and half a dozen egotistical
scientists who glibly dismiss events they've never taken time to
study, and you've got the perfect recipe for mass confusion.
Welcome to the troubled frontier of officially sanctioned knowledge.
Whether American society will ever move beyond this frontier depends
entirely on whether we can summon the courage to do so, for we must
accept that the answers to our questions may not be to our liking,
nor to the liking of powerful commercial and government interests.
Science, always a potentially subversive activity, began as an
investigation into the nature of experience conducted by a handful
of brave intellectuals, often in the face of brutally repressive
church-state authorities. Things haven't changed all that much in
350 years. As Herbert Foerstel explains in _Secret Science: Federal
Control of American Science and Technology_ (Westport: Praeger,
1993), the U.S. government has increasingly come to regard scientific
knowledge as both a threat to social stability and an opportunity
for increased geopolitical control. Foerstel reports that most scientific
research in the U.S. is now federally funded and most of this research
is conducted by the military whose obsession for secrecy is astounding.
Over one trillion classified documents are now in existence, Foerstel
"Scientists have taken their place as an influential force in
society, even as the state has emerged as the chief sponsor and
promoter of scientific research," Foerstel writes. "As a result,
scientists have compromised two of the most cherished aspects of
the scientific ethos; the freedom to pursue knowledge unhampered
by interference from authorities, and the freedom to communicate
their ideas without hindrance to the international community of
scientists to which they belong."
More fundamental than the question of scientific freedom, though,
is the question of whether we wish to live in an open society or
in a society controlled by military bureaucrats who determine, without
oversight by our elected officials, what we can and cannot know
about what they're up to. It would not be overstating matters to
say that the choice is really between totalitarianism and democracy,
between a society of ignorant serfs and an open society of informed
Etched on the main lobby wall of the Central Intelligence Agency
in Langley, Virginia, is this line from the Bible:
"And ye shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free."
Perhaps the truth is that no terrifying mysteries lie within the
tightly guarded boundaries of Dreamland or anywhere else in the
scattered network of secret military facilities that dot our nation.
Although there are now many good reasons to doubt it, the U.S. intelligence
community may be just as mystified by the UFO phenomenon as are
civilian researchers. Given the stakes, though, the most disturbing
lesson of this elaborate and long-running controversy may be that
American citizens have lost their right to find out.
reprinted with permission