The Dyatlov Case: Where Reality Meets Mockumentary

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By

 Alex Mistretta

 Once again, we head into the molten landscape where one must learn to differentiate between actual reality and blatant fraud with gross misrepresentation.  A world that continually attempts to rewrite history in order to fit a production company/cable networks needs.   We’ve already been exposed to more than ten years of fraudulent paranormal reality shows like Ghost Hunters, Paranormal Witness, Ghost Lab, Haunted Collector, and the Paranormal Activity movies, just to name a few.

These series were simply the efforts of clever, sleazy producers creating very cheap unreality shows for the ignorant masses.  And as most of the world has no formal scientific or parapsychological education they might really believe what’s appearing on their TV.  And while those shows are now known by many to be nothing more than mindless entertainment for uneducated audiences, newer, more sophisticated versions of alleged paranormal reality shows have now emerged that have lowered the bar well below the ground, often mimicking The Blair Witch Project hoax.

The newest manifestation of this genre is the “mockumentary”, where seemingly real scientists (who in reality end up being actors hired through online casting calls) go out to explore, investigate and document extraordinary events such as mermaids and Megalodon Sharks.  Although appearing on different cable networks, these mockumentariers have tried to persuade audiences that what they’re seeing is real, when it’s all been fabricated and staged for the benefit of the camera and audience.  But even after these mockumentaries have been exposed as lies, audiences keep watching, which is why such shows often generate sequels to carry forward such misinformation to dumb down the public even further.  Bottom line here is that these production companies create whatever they can sell.  If it just happens to be a lie, who cares?  They’re all making good money off such programming.

The newest incarnation of this disturbing trend is a show called Russian Yeti: The Killer Lives, that recently aired on The Discovery Channel.  As you’ll discover below, this latest mockumentary is just another foolish attempt at re-writing history to suit their needs.  And boy, did they fail.  Another disgustingly fraudulent, found footage series that little, if anything, to do with reality.   Read on to discover what the real case was about.

In 1970, a picture was taken of a typical spherical, disc-shaped UFO near Kholat Syakhel, a mountain in the Urals of Russia.  There was nothing remarkable about the picture from a Ufology standpoint.  Yes, it was a clear, good photograph, but this field of research already has so many of those that it doesn’t stand out, one way or the other.  But it was taken in an area rich in UFO lore, and more importantly, Kholet Syakhel, is where a most unusual event took place eleven years earlier.  An event that resulted in multiple deaths, and one where the police proclaimed was due to an “invincible force of nature”, whatever that means.  Kholat Syakhel translates into English as “Mountain Of The Dead”.  A name given by the Mansi people who consider the mountain sacred and a place where spirits gather and dwell.

Whether Igor Dyatlov knew about the mountain’s reputation is unknown.  What we do know is that he departed with nine others in early February of 1959, and shortly thereafter, they all perished, victims of that invincible force of nature.

The idea was to “ski trek” to Otorten Mountain. Dyatlov was an experienced guide, and the others, students and former students at the Ural Polytechnical Institute, were all experienced as well, so when the group failed to return, a search party was immediately sent out.

The description below is entirely based on the official police report and the search party’s actual testimony.  The group and their camp were easily located.

The camp was in total disarray, tents torn and all dead, some close to the camp, while others were found further down the mountain. They were obviously running from something.  But what?

One man was found to have died of exposure, but the others showed signs of severe internal trauma, and the police stated that at least some of the victims rushed out of their tents and tried to flee.

A tent was found ripped from the inside and footprints leading away, clearly running. The closest body to the tent was Zinaida Kolmogorova, one of the two females in the group, lying face down in a pool of her own blood.

In my new book (The Presence: An Exploration Into the Paranormal), I claimed that there was only one woman in the group, but I was in error.  Separating fact from fiction in this case has proven somewhat difficult.  I do not speak Russian and thus have to rely upon translation from various sources for this story, and some unfortunately aren’t as accurate as others.  In a sense, writing this article has allowed me to re-check many of the facts associated with this story, which has led to further welcome insight.

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Next, was Dyatlov’s body (above photo), found with a cracked skull, but no external visible damage to the head.  Further away were three more bodies, found with broken skulls, broken ribs, and severe internal bleeding, but minimal damage to soft tissue.

Dr. Boris Vozrozhdenny, who conducted the autopsies, stated that the force necessary to induce the type of internal trauma was comparable to an automobile crash.  He also, rather enigmatically, stated that it was as if they had undergone some kind of high-level pressure.  However, he did not elaborate further on this point.

Perhaps the more intriguing of the bodies was that of Lydia Dubinina.  She was found a considerable distance from the campsite kneeling against a boulder.  I originally assumed that some of her reported injuries were nothing other than fiction, but as it turned out, they appeared to be quite accurate.

Dubinina’s tongue and eyes were missing as well as a small section of skull bone. As far as I’ve been able to determine, no theory was given for Dubinina’s mutilated state (see photo below)

dyatlah pass incident (1)The bodies all had an orange tint to them that the police could not explain.  In fact, Yuri Kuntsevich, head of the modern Dyatlov Foundation and 12 years old at the time, who was present at several of the funerals, mentioned how the bodies had a strange color to them.  As a result, Kuntsevich would later start the Foundation in order to convince the police to re-open the investigation, and hopefully get to he bottom of this mystery.

Their clothes also contained extraordinary levels of radiation.  This was confirmed by forensic analysis.  One of the officials on site also stated that some tree branches in the area were burnt.  But those branches were too high up for the burns to have been caused by fire, and thus the cause remains unknown.

One of the earlier theories was that the hikers deaths were due to Soviet military tests of some type of weapon.   Certainly a plausible theory, but it would still need to explain what caused the hikers to panic, going as far as cutting a hole in a tent and escaping barefooted. What kind of experiment would leave no physical trace, aside from radiation?

Moreover, I do believe that this theory is worth exploring further, as the Soviets were conducting nuclear weapon tests in various locales back in those years.

Police officer Lev Ivanov, who led the investigation in 1959, claimed that high-ranking officials told him to close the case and to keep his mouth shut on the matter of the flying, luminous spheres that were seen in the area.   He revealed this in 1990 and went on to say that they had no explanation for the events, but he believed that UFOs were somehow involved.

Back in 1959, the police interviewed some of the local people in the area who told the officials of numerous orange, luminous, spheres seen flying above the mountains on the night of the tragedy.  The objects were completely silent.  Furthermore, the search party also witnessed an object in the sky that they called “fiery”; a sighting that lasted as long as twenty minutes.

Nowhere in the original report or in any of the subsequent interviews by parties involved, was there ever a mention of the Russian Snowman as depicted in the recent Discovery Channel show, Russian Yeti: The Killer Lives.

There was absolutely no evidence of any unusual large tracks anywhere near the campsite, only footprints from the terrified hikers. There certainly were “naked” footprints, as well as footprints in socks, but all belonged to the hikers themselves.  And therein lies the true mystery; no sign or physical traces of any kind were found on the ground that indicated any type of danger.

The only thing pertaining to the Russian Snowman that was factual on the Discovery Channel show is that there have been thousands of reports of such animals in Russia and central Asia, dating back to antiquity.  These creatures, commonly known as Almasty, are mainly known from the Caucasus Mountains, Pamir Mountain range and yes Siberia, where they are sometimes known as Chuchunaa.

The Siberian cave however discussed and depicted in the show, that was said to be the home of a Snowman, was proven to be a hoax (what a surprise?).  It was a blatant attempt at luring tourists to the area.

The Almasty is a fascinating subject, one in fact I devote quite a bit of time to in my book, but it has nothing whatsoever to do with the Dyatlov mystery.

What about the picture of a Snowman that was featured in the show?  When I initially watched the program, I assumed that the blurry photograph of an Almasty shown was hoaxed for the show, and no more than a mean wearing a furry costume.  The arms are way too short, the head too small and the stance or posture that of a modern human wearing a stupid disguise for the show.

Apparently the picture does exist, but its provenance is still murky.  It may indeed have been hoaxed for the show, or it may even have been taken by one of the hikers, but really there is no indication that the photograph had anything to do with the events whatsoever.  It is also extremely blurry, and by no means, clearly a picture of an Almasty.  Again I reiterate, there were no tracks at the scene aside from the victims, and the mountain was covered with snow.

Urals Alleged photo of the Russian Yeti.  Arms are too short, head and hips are too small and the posture doesn’t fit what’s known about Almasty.

Conclusion: some guy wearing a fur suit and head piece.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is another photograph that does show a strange roundish light that appears to be fairly close to the photographer, or even heading towards the ground.  Again, blurry and out of focus, but those were the days prior to auto focus.  But in light of the claim that strange lights were seen in the area around this time, the intriguing photograph is intriguing, nevertheless.

33rd frame from Yuri Krivonischenko's camera, February 1959
33rd frame from Yuri Krivonischenko’s camera, February 1959

 

The elongated object may be due to time lapse, which would indicate that the light is indeed moving towards the ground or the photographer. Unfortunately, without a frame of reference, this too must remain inconclusive.

Looking at the UFO angle further, one cannot help but notice that from the Urals going east into Siberia and south into Kazakhstan, you’re looking at one of the most active UFO hot spots on the Earth.  The Urals specifically, with an area the Russians call the M-zone where UFOs, large orbs of light at ground level, and strange alien creatures have all been reported.

The M-zone is also an area of unusual geomagnetic anomalies, where people experience missing time, spontaneous and involuntary altered states of consciousness, and even healings.  I cannot categorically say that the event of 1959 was UFO related, but in light of the area it took place in, the sightings of the spheres by multiple sources, the radiation found at the site, and so far, lack of answers, it may not be a bad place to start.

Please write and email the various cable networks to inform them that you are sick and tired of all the frauds and hoaxes be perpetrated on their channels in order to make money from naive and gullible viewers watching their audio/visual lies.

Remember, if we don’t complain, there will be no change.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Messengers Of Deception: The Scandalous Truth Behind Paranormal Reality Shows

 

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With all due respect, what you’re about to read has absolutely nothing to do with Jacques Vallee’s excellent book by the same name, and is not in any way related to our being socially manipulated by extraterrestrial or interdimensional beings with their own hidden agendas.  The manipulation you are about to uncover is far more insidious in every way than aliens potentially planning to invade and conquer the earth.

Right from the start, it’s important to acknowledge that TV is primarily a medium of entertainment and little else.   Of course there is news, which for the most part these days is all about ratings and follows the simple motto, “If it bleeds it leads”, which is why the first several stories of all daily news shows, whether on a broadcast network or on cable, are about violence and death.  We have truly become the purveyors and voyeurs of daily doses of dystopian morbidity, from music and video games to television and movies, it’s all about gorging on blood and gore.

The media has glorified and normalized violence, death and destruction, where murderous acts are looked upon as little more than another way to increase the ratings of a news show.  Where horrific images are replayed and rerun over and over again to keep us fixated upon the lowest common denominator………our fight or flight response (fear).  And yet we wonder why more and more young people are acquiring assault quality weapons and slaughtering each other and themselves?  What a surprise?  How many coincidences make a fact?

Remember several months ago when some bored teenagers went out and shot a famous baseball player to death?  If this level of murderous insanity prevails, our culture will descend into a the realm of Middle Eastern countries, where no one will ever be safe again.  What a shock, this degree of violence is now a normal part of our society!  We’ve met the enemy and it’s us!

Most people already suspect that our once-trust trusted news shows exaggerate, embellish, distort, manipulate and hype many of their stories strictly for ratings, where they re-run the most violent events over and over again, to make sure that we never forget the level of insanity now controlling our entertainment media.

Some years back, one of the local network affiliate news shows began each broadcast with the following words:  “death, destruction, mayhem, violence and murder” to attract a broader segment of the viewing audience.  They attracted more attention all right.  So much so that they received tens of thousands of complaints and then removed it.

If we can no longer trust the news to convey accurate and non-biased information to us anymore, why should anything on TV try to be any different?  The term reality has taken on a totally new meaning in the early 21st century; death and deception for dollars.

How many of you out there know where the term “news” comes from?   One belief is that it comes from North, East, West and South, a.k.a, the NEWS.

The most obvious and disturbing form of disinformation comes to us in the form of reality shows of every type imaginable.  From dating, to survival, to crazy housewives, to following self-absorbed, pseudo-celebrities all the way to chasing ghosts, spirits, demons and aliens.  If one digs deep enough into even the most seemingly normal, benign, non-paranormal reality shows, they soon discover that most, if not all, of the so-called reality genre is anything but real.  Where every event, every action and almost every line of dialog is well scripted and choreographed. Realty shows cannot just sit back and wait for their desired result to transpire, so they simply fabricate it.

I’ve met many people who’ve worked in production on various non-paranormal reality shows and they’ve all said that same thing.  Nothing on them is real,   If “smack down” wrestling was as real as it appears, the lethality rate would be enormous, where we’d actually be watching people kill each other on live TV.  To even the most skeptical, these manic wrestling shows are very carefully choreographed, or they would have been banned from TV long ago due tot he mortality rate.  And of course there are the occasional accidents and injuries, but even well-crafted stunts occasionally go wrong once in a while.

Bottom line here is that all reality shows are fraudulent, some very near criminal in their nature, in which they’ve forced their participants into signing totally outrageous contracts which prohibit them from ever revealing the truth behind said show.  Many production companies producing reality shows have been frequently sued for libel, slander, defamation of character and misrepresentation.  So these production companies developed the most insane release forms ever conceived.  But as many of the participants are so desperate to see their 15 minutes of fame, they’d sign their life away without giving it second thought.

Descending to the very bottom of the barrel here, let’s focus only on the totally fraudulent domain of paranormal reality, or as my very intelligent and most articulate friend and colleague Loyd Auerbach and I refer to them, paranormal “unreality” shows.

If you’re producing a paranormal reality show where something paranormal must occur during every episode, perhaps even several times per segment, you have a serious logistics problem on your hands, don’t you?  You cannot simply have talking heads on camera for forty- one minutes out of every hour, or your ratings be as remote as your chances of encountering real paranormal phenomena are.

Therefore, if one wants their reality show to get ratings worthy of renewal, one must do one of four things;  a) fake paranormal events.  b) populate the show with such colorful or outlandish individuals that they’re weekly rantings serve the same purpose as observing real phenomena would, c) dramatically exaggerate and embellish whatever really does occur to make it appear more important than it really is, or d) all the above.

Long before the air was littered with such unreal shows, I was approached by the creator of one of the first (whose name will remain absent as I do not wish to promote this clown in any way).  Years ago, when we first met, I made it very clear to him what the true reality was regarding investigating such paranormal events was like.  His reply was simple and straightforward.

Each episode of his show would fake such occurrences, and on the very rare occasion when they actually encountered demonstrable paranormal events, they would make it appear as if it were a hoax.  Compelling reverse logic indeed, but not for me.

I made it clear to this producer (who already had a well established track record by the way), that his thinking was certainly novel and provocative, but his show idea was nothing I could ever be associated with as it would be a blatant fraud.  I shook has hand and walked out.  About six weeks later, I once again met with this producer along with one of my colleagues at the time, and he again made his pitch.  But now, to the both of us.  We both shook our heads in unison to the negative as we were not even vaguely interested in his offer.

The most disturbing aspect of all these shows are that they’re doing a tremendous disservice and injustice to academic, scientific researchers within parapsychology by misinforming the public as to the real nature of these types of events, which in reality are not as frequent or intense as erroneously depicted in these juvenile, ludicrous entertainment shows.

If paranormal events were as consistently reliable as seen in these “unreality” shows, they wouldn’t be referred to as paranormal, as we’d already understand what they are, how they operate and why they occur.

Trust me on this, no one on earth really knows what’s going on with such otherworldly events, which is why they’re referred to as phenomena.  The primary reason that these shows follow the same intrinsic formula is that they are feeding a population that is totally ignorant as to what’s real in the paranormal world, let alone within science in general.

It’s very easy to fool and manipulate large audiences if they are unaware of the facts regarding a specific subject.  And when it comes to the paranormal, this applies to probably 99.99% of the population.

In the end, one must remember that all these shows are nothing more than Entertainment For the Ignorant Masses, or what I now refer to as “EFIM”. Now try and pronounce this acronym as if it was a real word with a soft “E”, and you’ll fully grasp what I’m getting at here.  It sounds like profanity, doesn’t it.  Yep, that’s what I think of them.

All too frequently, amateur paranormal investigators venture forth on their own attempting to emulate what they’ve seen on these shows.   The results of such copycat investigators is often nothing more than sheer fantasy and misinterpreting very normal, everyday events as something paranormal.

An interesting note here is that several of us (parapsychologists) have been officially banned from ever appearing on one particular cable network for consistently refusing to lie to the public on their behalf.   If you read enough of my blogs, you’ll immediately recognize what the network I speak of here.

With the exception of myself, the names of the three other gentlemen forbidden from appearing on this network will not be disclosed in order to protect their innocence and privacy.

My relationship with the SyFy Network who I now refer to as the Psi Lie Network as they cannot tell the truth about anything paranormal, has now degenerated to the point where one of their production companies, RAW TV (in the UK) actually offered to overtly defame, misrepresent, publicly discredit, humiliate, embarrass, libel and slander me for the paltry sum of $750 if I appeared on their show, Paranormal Witness in 2012.

When I first read their contract I was totally stunned by what it said, as was my agent.  We asked them to remove the threatening clauses related to such and they refused.

In fact, they were adamant about that if  I signed their agreement, I would not be allowed to show their contract to anyone or even discuss it with associates, attorneys, agents or even friends.  Can’t imagine why?  They were even very upset that I showed to my agent.  But as I had not yet signed it, I wasn’t legally bound by their demand.

Adding more fool to the fire was a provision in the contract clearly stating that even after their scandalous misrepresentation of me was complete, I would not be allowed to even mention their misinformative deception and criminal nature to the media or they could sue me, but I could not sue them for defamation of character, liable and slander.  Are these people insane or just criminals preying on gullible and naive people desperate to be on TV for all the wrong reasons?

The perfect contract, can’t imagine why I didn’t sign it?  It would have literally been a deal with the devil!

Actually, I should have asked them to add four to fives zero to the amount they offered me, write it up as damages, and then I could change my name and move?  Yeah, right?

Wow, and I thought that I’d previously heard the most absurd offer ever?  Guess I was wrong?  And all this to continue their disinformational campaign, specifically intended to increase the network’s ratings by consistently lying to the public by creating scandal and controversy.

Needless to say, I did not sign any contract or any form of release with these miscreants, and warned them that if they used my name, voice, image or likeness, or even if I was referred to for any purpose whatsoever on that show, that they would end up in court.

Since that event, I have come to learn that many production companies now use very similar release forms to avoid being sued, and there are always people who just don’t give a damn as to what it takes to appear on television.

When that episode aired in 2012, neither Jeff Wheatcraft or I appeared in the show, and for good reason.   And as usual, they grossly misrepresented the case in question.  Embellishing, exaggerating, distorting and simply lying, just to make the case appear to be much more than it really was.  The end result was a mishmash of stupidity, ignorance and lack of creativity.  Given the amount of video evidence on the case available to them, it was amazing how they went out of their way to turn gold into lead.  But I guess that uncreative, stupid, malicious and evil people make great alchemists?

After that, I foolishly assumed that my problems with Paranormal Witness and SyFy had ended.  I could not have been more in error.

In April of 2013, an episode of Paranormal Witness aired entitled, “The Manson Curse” (Season 3, Episode 7), which dealt with a case on Cielo Drive in northern Beverly Hills within Benedict Canyon that I investigated from July 2005 through June of 2006.  You can read the details of this case, which were almost totally fabricated and misrepresented in another blog on this website entitled, “Cielo Drive Convergence: The Ultimate Filed Laboratory”.  I didn’t watch the show when it first aired as it’s very difficult to stomach such disgustingly deceptive shows, but I did manage to record it off TV when it was rerun in late summer of 2013 as I was interested to see how much truth, if any, was present in 41 minutes.   What I saw literally floored me for the first time in my life.

Towards the end of that episode, a video was playing of a séance conducted at the Cielo Drive location in late winter of 2006.   I vividly recall that event because I was in attendance for it.  But what utterly shocked me was that I suddenly saw my face and body on-screen during this event, which was being videotaped by a new casual acquaintance I made the prior year.

Wait a minute, there’s something really wrong here. I never signed a release with, or for, the man who shot that video.  Nor did I sign a release with Paranormal Witness and/or SyFy.  Why then was footage of me allowed to air on Paranormal Witness?

Over the last 44 years I’ve appeared on hundreds, if not thousands, of TV shows regarding my research.  From network news shows to talks shows.  From documentaries airing on cable networks, to interviews appearing on various local network news affiliates, and of course occasional paranormal reality shows, (most of those turned out quite poorly in the end by the way).  Other than news shows that do not pay you, every other type of show did compensate me for my time and contribution to the show.

However, the one thing that every single show had in common was that I was required to sign a release in order for that show to air footage of me, even news broadcasts.  In fact, the very first thing a production company usually does when you show up for a shoot, is to have you sign a release form.  That is standard operating procedure in the industry.  Or at least it used to be.

Apparently, SyFy’s Paranormal Witness has now decided to arbitrarily change the law or the standard, in that they never even approached me regarding their intent to air footage of me on their April, 2013 “Manson Curse” episode.   However, given my pre-existing dysfunctional relationship with Paranormal Witness and SyFy, they wouldn’t have dared approach me for they knew what my response would have been.  NO!

But what did surprise me, was the reaction my attorney and I experienced when we recently contacted their attorney, Russell Smith, to inform him of what his clients did.

As opposed to offering me some type of financial settlement for their illegal use of my image in their show, Mr. Smith basically told me to go to hell and that if I bothered him or Paranormal Witness again on this matter that they would sue me for harassment.  What?  They’re the perpetrators of a crime against me and they’re now telling me that they’ll sue me if I pursue this matter?  Isn’t this an instance of the pot calling the kettle black?

Smith’s attitude was very condescending, for he knew that most attorneys would not dare touch a case like this, as it might require a great investment of time and money to legally pursue the matter, and whatever monetary compensation was recovered would be negligible and not worth the time and money put into it. 

This is the reason why these types of shows resort to this illegal mechanism, for they know, in the end, that most people do not have the financial resources to legally pursue them and no one will come to their legal assistance on such matters.  And if one takes them to small claims court, they frequently do not even show up, where a default judgment against them is imposed.  But then you must hire an attorney or any investigator to locate their financial resources and you’re right back to square one again.  And as RAW TV is in the UK as opposed to the USA, such legal efforts would be very costly indeed.

This is but the tip of a very large iceberg, where more and more production companies will produce such deceptively, misinformative trash and continue using such nefarious methods to break the law, for they know that they can act with impunity here and suffer no losses because of it.  We must all take a stand and draw a line in the sand now, or all of our rights in such matter will forever be lost. 

If you want to ensure that these types of events do not continue to occur, please contact Russell Smith, Paranormal Witness, SyFy and their parent company NBC, to let all of them know that such illegal practices will no longer be tolerated by anyone for any reason.  The law, justice and the truth is on our side here, and if we do not stand up for our rights, they will forever disappear and pass into history.  Perhaps it’s time to boycott Paranormal Witness and SyFy, if not the entire paranormal reality genre?  Let such begin here and now.

Mr. Russell Smith, of Smith Dehn, LLP:  Tel. 917-239-5047, E-mail: rsmith@smithdehn.com

 

 

 

 

 

Disinforming The Paranormal and Ufology

 

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You all know what disinformation is, right?  This method, commonly used in war-fighting and intelligence work, is VERY important to consider when dealing with the paranormal and ufology, as it appears that the powers that be want to keep the public both uninformed and misdirected on these topics.

Disinformation is when people are fed erroneous information regarding a specific subject(s) with the intention of creating an illusory reality so as to misdirect ones’ attention from one event onto another, or to obfuscate the truth with a generic lie.

One method is where a major lie is surrounded with many truthful facts.  When the truths are proven to be genuine, the lie in their midst is taken along for the same ride and believed to be authentic.

Another common method is where a great truth is encapsulated amongst many lies. When the lies are proven to be misinformation, the truth is also believed to be a lie.

As simple as these disinformational methods appear, they work very effectively on people who are conditioned to believe in what they’re told by authority figures, are uneducated, ignorant or generally apathetic about things they don’t know much about.  It’s often necessary to read between-the-lines when governments are officially pontificating or sponsors are advertising their products on TV.  I’m sure that we”re all quite familiar with the term “truth in advertising”, right?

One relatively recent instance involved our government’s officially terminating it’s remote viewing program some time ago.  Afterwords, they hired some professional debunkers (whose names have been omitted here to avoid any legal consequences) to re-evaluate the results from the many years of research and application.

Once these debunkers finished their manipulation of this program’s statistics, it suddenly appeared as if the entire remote viewing program was little more than an experiment in stupidity, gullibility and naivety coupled with an error in judgment and reasoning on the part of our military and intelligence community (which of course is always possible when dealing with any government).

These debunkers then claimed that with their “corrected” statistics, all the years of significantly positive qualitative and quantitative results were actually meaningless dogma and amounted to little more than the work of ignorant zealots who were misinterpreting their own data.   One may ask why our government even resorted to disinformation regarding such an underfunded and poorly utilized intelligence program? The reason is rather simple and yet complicated at the same time.

Even after all the development work, numerous experiments and applied usage of remote viewing, no one really understood how and why it worked, and why, on occasion, it failed.  Our scientific theories and models of space-time and consciousness are far too crude to encompass such extraordinary perceptual events.

However, the brilliant minds in our government wanted to insure that our immediate, as well as any potential future enemies, could never employ such non-localized spying techniques against us, as there are no known effective countermeasures against remote viewing.

The most efficient way to protect us against against future paranormal adversaries would be to make everyone believe that remote viewing never worked to begin with and that it’s nothing more than a waste of time, money, material and assets.  Yeah right?

During the initial phases of the remote viewing work, the United States Navy was so paranoid that Soviet psychic spies could penetrate into our deep diving boomers (nuclear ballistic missile submarines) and the Strategic Air Command’s underground ICBM launch complexes to psychically force (remote influence) our servicemen into pushing the wrong buttons or not pushing any buttons at all, that the military were actually trying to design and develop talisman and/or amulets to be worn by servicemen in sensitive positions to shield their minds from being remotely controlled.

However, I seriously doubt as to whether such ridiculously absurd countermeasure efforts produced any results.  This may really sound off the wall, but it’s true.

But this is what tends to occur when we’re dealing with a subject that is not fully understood, other than being aware of some of its immediate, although limited, applications.  As to whether the debunker’s efforts succeeded regarding remote viewing we may never know, but that doesn’t mean that they won’t keep attempting such similar efforts.

For far more detailed information regarding the nefarious and devious methods employed by our own intelligence community to discredit the voluminous data collected in remote viewing research, read another blog on this site entitled “Remote Viewing: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly”.

Disinformation can be used in many different ways, but the two most common forms of it’s use are the following.   A significant truth is surrounded with many lies, and once said lies are uncovered and exposed as falsehoods, the truth within the middle of them is discarded and forgotten as little more than just another of the many lies. The inverse, is where a powerful lie is surrounded with considerable truths, and when the surrounding truths are confirmed as factual, the lie within the middle is also believed to be factual.

A simple way of describing the essence of the disinformational method is a line from an episode of the original Star Trek series entitled “I,  Mudd”, wherein Kirk utters the following fascinating words to an android bent on controlling and stealing the Enterprise; “Everything I’m saying to you is a lie and I’m lying to you now”.  Confusing, disturbing and certainly disorienting, but nonetheless, effective.  Precise, concise and succinct, is not it not?

Most people are probably not aware of the fact that our government’s intelligence apparatus has dramatically affected media such as newspapers,  television and radio to disinform the public regarding UFOs for many decades.  One of the best sources of information on this topic are two books written by Richard M. Dolan; UFOs and the National Security State, Vol. 1 & 2.

Apparently, the powers that be do not want the public to believe in the existence of UFOs or aliens.  The reasons for this attitude on the part of our government are numerous, and many of these are discussed in Dolans’ excellent books as well as my own.  Ever notice how at the end of almost every TV news story on UFOs there is a line thrown out by the reporter ridiculing the entire matter?

During a UFO flap that occurred during the mid-1990’s there was one report that came in of a large, glowing object hovering over someones home in the mid-west.  The object in question was probably even bigger than the house it hovered over, yet the media suggested that what people really saw was the moon or the planet Venus.  What?

If a person cannot differentiate between the moon that they’ve seen all their life or a distant light in the sky (Venus) and a very large, structured, glowing object hovering over their home, they need to be institutionalized, as they’ve lost their mind and are now psychotic.

This brings me to the most current bit of moronic, idiotic and downright historically absurd piece of disinformation I’ve ever seen regarding UFOs.   A new book written by Annie Jacobsen, Area 51,  goes into some detail discussing many previously classified military/intelligence programs at Nellis Air Force Base’s Groom Lake and Area 51.   Much of what Jacobsen writes of is very precise, historically accurate but already established within the public domain long before her book was even written , except when it speaks of UFOs and the 1947 Roswell, New Mexico crash.

The Air Force has spun numerous tall tales in their attempt to obfuscate the truth about Roswell.  At first, it was just a weather balloon.  Then, several decades later, the story was changed to something called “Project Mogul”, a high-altitude surveillance balloon used to monitor nuclear tests within the old Soviet Union before we had spy planes and satellites.

But wait, that didn’t account for the diminutive alien bodies allegedly recovered from the crash site.  The next level of disinformational spin from the Air Force was that the strangely colored bodies were nothing more than crash dummies utilized to test new types of ejection seats on supersonic aircraft.

Wait a minute, the crash dummies (full sized, not little humanoids as described by Roswell witnesses) were not even used by the Air Force until the mid-to-late 1950’s, so how could this explain the bodies recovered at Roswell in 1947?

Oh, well it seems that the people who claimed to have seen the bodies really couldn’t remember what decade they were in at the time and mistakenly thought it was 1947, when it was actually 1955-1958?  Sure, we can all lose a decade or so every now and then.  Happens every day, right?  Or is it every decade?  How stupid do these government liars really think we are?   Pretty damn stupid and ignorant apparently.

Jacobsen’s book spins the tale that the Soviets, with the help of Dr. Joseph Mengele from Nazi Germany, helped them genetically engineer some tiny, alien looking human pilots that they inserted into a makeshift spacecraft that was derived from the Horton brother’s flying wing design for the Nazi Luftwaffe at the end of WWII.

This piloted vehicle was then purposefully crashed in the New Mexican desert in the hope of triggering mass hysteria and panic across the United States similar to what occurred during Orson Well’s 1938 War of The Worlds radio broadcast.

My god, these people are working in the wrong profession, as they should really be science fiction writers within the entertainment industry.  Interesting story to say the least, but full of more holes than a large block of Swiss cheese.  Where to begin?

Let’s see, Joseph Mengele did NOT go to the Soviet Union at the end of second world war.  There is absolutely no evidence whatsoever suggesting that Mengele even desired to go to the Soviet Union, or that they wanted to get their hands on a real alien body that the Nazi’s might have recovered from an alleged, unconfirmed crash of a UFO in 1936 within Germany’s Black Forrest.

Had Mengele even attempted to find sanctuary there, he would be been immediately killed.  He may have come to the U.S. for a while, but clearly ended up and died in Argentina.  How could anyone, including Mengele, have genetically engineered anything back in 1947 when DNA had not even been discovered yet?  That wasn’t until the early 1960’s.

Next, the first Horton Brothers 229 flying wing crashed during one of its’ early test flights in Germany due to its port engine failure.  The debris and a second, unfinished prototype, were brought to the U.S. along with the Horton brothers after the war.

In fact, Jack Northrop’s YB-49 flying wing, so beautifully depicted in the original War of the Worlds movie (1956) was, in many ways, derived from the Horton Brothers flying wing.  Due to some poorly clarified political backstabbing during the 1950’s, Northrop’s YB-49, which first flew in 1948, was never deployed into military service even though it apparently demonstrated superior aerodynamic qualities, greater ordinance capacity and higher cruising speeds on military power.  So far, Jacobsen’s batting zero.

One last note here regarding her claims.  The configuration depicted within her book representative of the crashed Roswell craft could not have flown based on any form of jet or rocket propulsion known back in 1947.

Additionally, the description of the Roswell crash material does not even conform to any type of aerospace materials that existed then or now, except some crude forms of memory metals currently in use, but they do not possess many of the qualities described by the individuals who held remnants of the real Roswell crash.  In the end, there’s one final question that needs to be addressed regarding Jacobsen and her book.

Is Jacobsen a mole working for the U.S. government’s military/intelligence apparatus or, is she just a naive, gullible and relatively ignorant reporter who is being used by our government to propagate more erroneous myths and disinformation?

Given that she’s a writer/reporter for the Los Angeles Times newspaper, what better way to be unwittingly used than as an asset for our government as they already are familiarized with how our government’s used the media to disinform the public regarding UFOs?  Either of these possibilities are equally plausible.

However, lending support to the latter of these possibilities was the appearance a new show “Area 51 Declassified” on the National Geographic Channel last Sunday evening, for which Jacobsen was a consultant.  Given the coordination between the release of her book and the immediate broadcast of this show, strongly suggests that this entire matter is a very well orchestrated disinformational campaign put forth by factions within our government.

Reinforcing this belief was the airing of a two-hour National Geographic show entitled “When Aliens Attack”, immediately preceding the Area 51 show.  Why in the world this show was produced is really a mystery.

“When Aliens Attack” posited the unlikely scenario that the Earth will be invaded and conquered by malevolent extraterrestrial life forms in search of protein and chlorophyll, and that we have already prepared a battle plan or contingency combat strategy to deal with such an event.

For a government that’s been denying the very existence of UFOs and aliens for more than sixty years, why are they even planning for such potential hostilities?  That’s the equivalent of planning for Godzilla’s or Rodan’s hostile actions (and remember, they’re movie monsters).

Given how long it normally takes to successfully pitch, sell, produce and air a show on TV (especially on this subject), this whole matter stinks to high heaven of a well organized project to dramatically rewrite history and misdirect our attention in order to dissuade us from believing in UFOs and their occupants.  Jacobsen’s publisher has put forth an extraordinarily intense PR media campaign on this book.  I wonder who the parent company of the publisher is and if they have any asset connections to the intelligence community?  Only time will tell.

In the end, please remember that all forms of disinformation work best when used against uneducated, ignorant, gullible, naive and apathetic populations, which is primarily what many of us are, especially as related to these subject matters.

This type of disinformational program has been used quite extensively over the last six decades, but the real question here is; WHY IS IT BEING DONE NOW WITH SUCH INTENSITY?  WHAT IS IT THAT WE’RE NOT SUPPOSE TO BE PAYING ATTENTION TO NOW?

Psi’s Circus Sideshow?

At last count, how many alleged paranormal reality shows are on television? Do you remember all their names?  Do you recall what any of them are really supposed to be about?  Probably not, because they’re about absolutely nothing.

Does anyone really believe that these shows are unscripted?  They’re as well choreographed as any Broadway show in many respects.  After one hundred and twenty nine years of formal psychical research and forty three years of my own investigating close to five thousand field cases of poltergeists, hauntings, apparitions, doppelgangers, UFO abductions and the like, one clearly obvious pattern has emerged:  the chance of regularly or consistently running into real paranormal phenomena while investigating a case is the chance of winning the lottery ten times in a row at the hundred million dollar level.  More simply put, the odds are astronomical against you.

However, if you’re producing a paranormal reality show where something paranormal must occur during every episode, perhaps even several times per segment, you have a serious logistics problem on your hands, don’t you?  You cannot simply have talking heads on camera for forty minutes out of every hour, or you’re ratings will be as remote as your chances of encountering real paranormal phenomena are.

Therefore, if one wants their reality show to get ratings worthy of renewal, one must do one of three things;  a) fake paranormal events.  b) populate the show with such colorful or outlandish individuals that they’re weekly rantings serve the same purpose as observing real phenomena would or, c) dramatically exaggerate and embellish whatever really does occur to make it appear more important than it really is.

Long before the air was littered with such ridiculous shows, I was approached by the creator of one of the first (whose name will remain absent as I do not wish to promote this clown in any way).  Years ago, when we first met, I made it very clear to him what the true reality was regarding investigating such paranormal events was like.  His answer was simple and straightforward.

Each episode of his show would fake such occurrences, and on the very rare occasion when they actually encountered demonstrable paranormal events, they would make it appear as if it were a hoax.  Compelling reverse logic indeed, but not for me.

I made it clear to this producer (who already had a well established track record), that his thinking was certainly novel and provocative, but his show idea was nothing I could ever be associated with as it would be a blatant fraud.  I shook has hand and walked out.  About six weeks later, I once again met with this producer along with one of my colleagues at the time, and he again made his pitch.  But now, to the both of us.

We both shook our heads in unison to the negative as we were not even vaguely interested in his offer.  The seriously disturbing aspect of all these shows are that they’re doing a tremendous disservice and injustice to academic, scientific researchers within parapsychology by misinforming the public as to the real nature of these types of events, which in reality are not as frequent or intense as erroneously depicted in these juvenile, ludicrous shows.

If paranormal events were as consistently reliable as seen in these “unreality” shows, they wouldn’t be referred to as paranormal, as we’d already understand what they are, how they operate and why they occur.

Trust me on this, no one on earth really knows what’s going on with such other worldly events, which is why they’re referred to as phenomena.  The primary reason that these shows follow the the same intrinsic formula is that they are feeding a population that is totally ignorant as to what’s real in the paranormal world, let alone within science in general.

It’s very easy to fool and manipulate large audiences if they are unaware of the facts regarding a specific subject.  And when it comes to the paranormal, this applies to probably 99.99% of the population.

In the end, one must remember that all these shows are nothing more than mindless entertainment for people with way too much spare time on their hands and cannot differentiate between reality, fantasy and entertainment.

All too frequently, amateur paranormal investigators venture forth on their own attempting to emulate what they’ve seen on these shows.   The results of such copycat investigators is nothing more than sheer fantasy and misinterpreting very normal, everyday events as something paranormal.

An interesting closing note here is that several of us (parapsychologists) have been officially banned from ever appearing on one particular cable network for consistently refusing to lie to the public on their behalf.

With the exception of myself, the names of the three other gentlemen forbidden from appearing on this network will not be disclosed in order to protect their innocence and privacy.

So is this the fate of those few academicians in parapsychology who work with the media, but refuse to lie for their potential employers?

How utterly vile and disgusting I say.

In the end, the most seriously damaging effects of these numerous paranormal “unreality” shows are their severe contamination to the field of parapsychology and those of us who have been scientifically investigating paranormal phenomena for many decades.  These shows are causing people to actually believe in what they see and hear during such staged events. They therefore suspect that parapsychologists are the frauds and little more than very old dinosaurs who have not yet fossilized. 

However, the majority of the media is well aware that these shows are little more than clever, manipulative, choreographed productions by people making lots of money off gullible, naive and ignorant viewers.  And of course, many of the “actors” performing on these fraudulent “unreality” shows frequently appear on very well-known radio shows that play into the garbage these shows spew to increase their listener audiences. 

Once these unreality shows fade from cable networks and our memories, the paranormal as a genre may disappear from television and feature films for several generations, as young, new producers will view it all as little more than clever hoaxes to attract sponsors for those people who believe that there’s a demon in every closet and under every bedpost.  Far too many people, and are far too many shows will have cried wolf way too long for any real, scientific evidence to be believed and taken seriously again.   If I didn’t know any better, I’d almost suspect that there’s a real disinformational program at work here to totally discredit the paranormal in general.  Who knows, maybe there is?