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UFO hucksters: Nick Redfern, Tim Beckley, Bill Birnes, Sean Casteel, Commander X & more!

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posted on Jun, 20 2013 @ 02:55 PM

Originally posted by CardDown
Secondly, the topic leads, by its nature, to an unsatisfying conclusion. .

Which is one reason why the subject seems to have been largely covered already. People believe they have perceived UFOs, there is little verifiable evidence. From the point of view of those looking for well researched and objective reporting there are only so many books and so many approaches to that one can come up with.

I did find "Mirage Men" very interesting. A lot of it was new to me but apparently it also covered familiar territory.

It often seems to me the situation has come full circle back to Jung.

posted on Jun, 20 2013 @ 03:59 PM
reply to post by DelMarvel
Speaking of Jung, here's an interesting article from Fortean Times that might be new to some.

The Occult World of CG Jung

posted on Jun, 21 2013 @ 09:26 AM
Getting back to the "cut and paste" allegations in the OP, he's not far off the mark. I'm examining the Cash-Landrum incident of 1980, and have tried to get my hands on everything written about it. According to Isaac Koi:

This incident is Case 30 in Isaac Koi's "Top 100" article, since it was referred to in 68 of the books covered by that article.

I've found several other books not on his list, but its all the same, no independent investigation, just a recap of someone elses work, 90% of it is simply repeating the reports John Schuessler printed in the MUFON Journal. Doing so, they are usually passing along the biases, spelling and factual mistakes in the earlier material. Typically, the only new thing offered is speculative analysis based on second-hand material.

This problem is not confined to the UFO field, it's common in books providing an overview of the history of a topic. It is also a relatively easy way to boost your page count!

posted on Jun, 22 2013 @ 01:20 AM

Originally posted by The GUT
reply to post by DelMarvel
Speaking of Jung, here's an interesting article from Fortean Times that might be new to some.

The Occult World of CG Jung

Thanks for posting this! I knew the story about Freud's bookcase, of course, but a lot of this was new to me.
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posted on Jun, 22 2013 @ 04:19 AM
The more intelligent humans, as they age, they come to the same conclusion as the OP.

UFOlogy is a field of literary snake oil salesmen.

Guess what? I just graduated from UFO University, I'm an "expert" in the field of The Unknown!
That's right, I'm a UFO expert, who can tell me I'm not? Nobody that's who! Sell a book as an
expert, make money, find out my E.T.'s I made up are a little boring so I'll read a few fellow
hoaxer UFO books, collect their ideas, twist them a bit, but I'll mention them because you know
what? At the next UFO convention I can blow smoke up that guy's bum and say "Oh yeah...
the little short blue guys, like smurfs, right?" And the guy will play the same game back
"Uhm, yeah, their real alright, cha-ching, as real as the money in my bank account".

To those who are unaware, this is the Truth concerning 99% of UFOlogy, if there is 1 good
one, I would say it was Stanton, maybe someone else, but most are simply Whitley Streiber
types who can't sell their Sci-Fi, so they start calling it "real". I could go on and on, the
entire subject is shrouded in mystery for a reason, I know the true nature of 'paranormal'
UFOs, not the ones built by humans, it helps in knowing the B.S. from the truth but even
by not knowing anything about the true nature of paranormal UFOs the average citizen
could catch onto it, it's as authentic as shape-shifting reptilian out of focus horrible quality
pixelated videos on youtube, the cover for it that is, but there is a true 'secret' about paranormal
UFOs which seems to attract scum-bags across the universe to want to become UFOlogists,
the very very very few are pure in heart, and that heart is corrupted easily, it's because
of the nature of the subject itself.

posted on Jun, 22 2013 @ 12:38 PM
There's really something about David Icke that rubs me the wrong way. His sales are astronomical on books and seminars. I'm not too sure how credible Jesse Ventura's "Conspiracy Theories" is but Icke seemed pretty stuck up about the whole thing. Birnes I genuinely like but think he tends to hold back for some reason.

Anybody care to share some thoughts on Icke in particular? I sat through his Credo Mutawaa interview for around five hours and some of it could barely understand. Never read any of his books though. Only John Mack, Phillip J. Imbrogno, Phillip Corso, and a little bit of Budd Hopkins. There are more I just can't think right now.

posted on Jun, 22 2013 @ 03:39 PM
reply to post by DarkTemplar101

There's a huge world of difference between a David Icke and, say, a Jacques Vallee. I've never paid much attention to Icke but he's obviously selling a mythology that has no significant connection or concern with the reality (if any) of the UFO phenomenon.

The general gist of this thread is on target in that "ufology" is in a sorry state and has been for some time (maybe always and I was just naive.) Just look at the example of a Michael Lee Hill. You can take videos of airplanes at night over a major urban area and that and a wacky backstory are enough to launch you onto the UFO DVD and lecture circuit endorsed by a number of prominent "ufologists" none of whom even bother to do any real research whatsoever into your alleged sightings. These are lights that appear in the same place every night for years. It could be the best documented UFO flap in history. Instead, these folks apparently are off talking about Annunaki blood lines and other fantasies. It's almost as if everyone knows the Lake Erie lights aren't really UFOs, it's just a flimsy pretense to create a new UFO celebrity.

posted on Jun, 23 2013 @ 12:46 PM
In my opinion there is not a problem when people use the UFO world making money off of books, just because all writers and publishers need to make a living. Having said that some researchers do more actual research than others. Redfern is a pure skeptic so even though he is a good researcher I do not wish to hear from him. When a dozen top military personal say they saw bodies I conclude they saw bodies, but Redfern would go as far to say they were clowns are zebras, not literally but it is the type of thing you can expect as something more outlandish than the alien truth. He goes on to talk about the contactees as if anyone wants to remember the great hoaxers of the day, for how smart he is that makes me think his books wouldn't be worth it at all unless you wanted to be a subject to a massive disinformation program.

Redfern first presented his highly controversial theory in 2005, in his book Body Snatchers in the Desert. In short, over the course of a number of years he was informed by several sources that the 'Roswell Incident' was actually one of seven or eight ill-fated experiments on human subjects who were used in a range of secret, balloon-based flights. What's more, the humans involved were not volunteers - rather, they were Japanese prisoners-of-war and/or handicapped people secretly removed from asylums and mental hospitals.

Umm, yeah, Nick probably works for the government and has a paid contract to lie to you and I.

Commander X was more into general conspiracies than aliens but he probably knew the most out of the group. Tim Beckley probably knows the second most just a little more than Birnes. He was involved with the phenomena since a young age. He did a lot of research on Dulce but doesn't talk about his findings, in fact he seems more interested in running a business than talking at all. Bill Birnes is a TV personality and had a long time running UFO magazine, so he knows a lot. Very interesting when he told the public that his History channel show was canceled because they went up to Dulce.

posted on Jun, 25 2013 @ 12:25 AM
reply to post by DelMarvel

That's understandable if you choose not to believe a wide range of them. It's an unprecedented subject so the thought on "UFO expert" or "UFOlogist" can come off as a joke. However I definitely think there is something here, and that they are on to something.

Despite the many fakes, frauds, and debunked, what about the un-debunked? I like to consider "Victor" in that category as his tape has not been proven either false or true. Yes, he demanded money from Rocket Pictures, but in my opinion could have milked someone for a hell of a lot more. I say his case is different because he chose not to even give his identity. Listen to this man speak during the video and interview, he's highly intelligent and well-spoken. His more recent interview in the desert also coincides on your notion that "UFOlogy" is in a bad state. It damages our progress from getting to the truth when people choose to sell out or hoax because wolf has been cried so many times.

As far as books and all that, I say anybody can choose to write anything they wish. There's tons of disinformation going around and it's up to the individual to choose wisely who to go with. I like to check one out at a time and see how I feel keeping an open mind, but to each their own.
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posted on Jul, 11 2013 @ 09:55 PM
Commander X was, If I recall correctly, several different authors collaborating under a pseudonym.

There were rumors floating around at one point that Commander X was actually Jim Keith, but I don't know if anyone ever actually confirmed this...

posted on Jul, 12 2013 @ 09:54 PM

Originally posted by FlyingTeacup
reply to post by The GUT

It's quite possible that Keyhoe was a CIA operative.

everyone is/was CIA operative at one time of their life..

just check Steven Seagal's bio

posted on Jul, 12 2013 @ 09:59 PM

Originally posted by DelMarvel

Originally posted by Zcustosmorum

Originally posted by DelMarvel

Originally posted by Zcustosmorum
Why do you think Donald Keyhoe wrote his books, to make money or set down the truth?

I'm not making a comment on Keyhoe here one way or another here but he did start out as a science fiction and fantasy writer for the pulps.

Cool, just curious, saying someone is a liar is quite a statement mate, glad you didn't say it outright

I'm not saying Keyhoe was a liar; I'm saying he started out as a fiction writer, same as Whitely Strieber for example.

I hadn't really thought of it in these terms for a while but the reality might be more complex than just "lying" or "telling the truth"---like the Shaver mysteries, for example.

NICAP's case file is what every UFO researcher should look into, not Keyhoe. Dont let D.Keyhoe influence NICAP database as its one of the great source of research tool.

as for Keyhoe himself, i have to agree with Ruppelt that while D.Keyhoe always present correct facts , its his hypothesis/conclusion that put him in the questionable box. D.Keyhoe is firm believer of nuts-n-bolt-real-flying-craft UFO and biological extra-terrestrial aliens or what is know today as believer of Extra Terrestrial Hypothesis, which is fair to say that conclusion is based on PURE FAITH since no nicap case data indicates any evidence of ETH.

posted on Jul, 12 2013 @ 10:29 PM

Originally posted by FlyingTeacup
Redfern book. Nick Redfern is an armchair researcher who scans declassified documents for little pieces of information and then presents them as EARTH-SHATTERING REVELATIONS!!! He always reminds listeners that all his books come from FOIA requests. It's a gimmick to sell books, and Redfern is good at it.

And just who exactly is this Commander X yahoo? "Ohhhh! You are afraid that you will be hunted down by the CIA for revealing that UFOs are really flown by Satan!" Please! Same types of books, same schlock. I'm going to bet that Commander X is one of these people that I've previously mentioned.

Redfern, Birnes, Beckley, Casteel, Commander X, etc Look at their "work", they all do the same thing. Here is a conspiracy for you, these people all sound like they are in on this scam together. Seriously people don't buy these books. They are complete frauds, liars, snake oil salesmen, hucksters, pie in the sky dreamers, and out right conartists. WAKE UP PEOPLE! The real disinfo is coming from within the UFO community itself!

N.Redfern are selling the usual BS for entertainment, dont take what he wrote as realistic or real, treat it as fiction. the resulting book from his 'research' are hilariously bad and conglomeration of ideas taken from other people in the genre. dont expect new stuff from this guy, only recycled items.

i wouldnt dismiss Commander X, after all with 'commander' in his name that should count for something , right ? ;-)
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posted on Jul, 13 2013 @ 04:14 AM
The way i see it is the quality of Nick Redfern's books have gone downhill since Cosmic Crashes.
Lack of depth and content make him a third division author in my humble opinion.

posted on Jul, 13 2013 @ 07:19 AM
It really chaps my ass that David Icke comes up in topics like this, when he is --NOT-- a Ufologist. As for me, I think he is a fabulous Truther and personal hero of mine. He's not 100% right, and he is a flawed human being with his own beliefs and ignorances. But his overall messages are good, good things. It takes -money- in this money based world to do anything. I myself cannot go anywhere interesting outside my town because I don't have a vehicle. I don't have one, because I don't have enough --money-- to have one. You need --money-- for:
food, phone, internet, rent, mortgage, vehicle, feul, clothes, shoes, hygene items, pet food, cat litter, insurance, lectures and conferences.
But oh yes, Ufology is a wretched hive of scum and villany,

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