The Role of the Armed Forces Version française
Translation by George Hoskins
The UFO phenomenon developed spontaneously in the wake of science-fiction litterature more than 50 years ago, when Kenneth Arnold observed in june 1947 the very first "flying saucers". The American military was then quickly able to profit from the fascination for extraterrestrials aroused in the public. Since then, it has continued to cultivate the belief in extraterrestrials and the fallacious impression that it is trying to cover up its supposed knowledge of the extraterrestrial origin of the UFOs. Some, composing the "lunatic fringe", even go so far as to think that the American military has concluded a pact with the extraterrestrials for the purpose of gaining technological knowledge in exchange for the authorisation for abducting humans! In reality it is the military itself which is the source of these rumours [JV90b p. 227-228].
The military of the most powerful nations may have an interest in maintaining popular belief in extraterrestrials for the following reasons:
The whole exploitation of the UFO phenomenon by the American military as exposed in this book is summarised in the third part (chapter 6).
The motives outlined above, which tend to show that it is the secret services that are pulling the strings must, of course, remain unsuspected by the world at large. To this end, the strategy that the military must follow is simple: they must systematically deny the phenomenon. Thus:
Thanks to this strategy, in the media the debate remains dualistic: flying saucers are a hoax and ufologists have a screw loose, or, the opposite, extraterrestrials really do exist and the government knows it. The truth which is hidden between these two extreme positions is kept away from the general public, and, while the rationalists and the ufologists do battle through the intermediary of the media and laugh about the theories of their adversaries in private, the military pursues its operations without hindrance in the very heart of our democracies and with public money.
The military is of course hoping to deter official and private researchers, but also the police, from investigating these UFO phenomena that it has staged. That's why for example, soon after the beginning of the Roswell affair in 1947, the US Air Force requested the FBI to investigate some UFO events which it had actually staged for their benefit. The FBI agents discovered that these "UFOs" were toilet seats and dustbin lids: they were disheartened, which was indeed one of the US Air Force’s objectives [cf JS90 p. 107-110 where the analysis is different but complementary]. Later the FBI was again put off following a wasteful investigation into the fake document of MJ-12 [cf JV90b p. 323].
As ever with a view to keep aside the nosy intruders, the military sets traps for private researchers by setting up some alluring fake cases or by telling them that it wishes to inform them of some important UFO revelations, so as to later succeed in ridiculing and discrediting them [JV90b p. 40-68, 119-120 and 226-227]. The fake cases staged by the military can include absurd details which later will prove useful in ridiculing the researcher who accepted a particular detail in good faith. For instance, Prof. Jean-Pierre Petit, although a research director at CNRS (National Centre for Scientific Research), tells with an unexpected gullibility how the extraterrestrials from planet Ummo were very intrigued to find near the site of their first landing some human excrement covered with newspaper. This first discovery of an "historical" document would then have been shipped back to Ummo and preserved with much care [JPP95 p. 161-162]. The Ummo affair seems in reality to have been staged by the KGB, which was using a group of Spanish university students as cover. The messages that Jean-Pierre Petit received were always authenticated by a piece of information normally known to him alone [JPP95 p. 220, 224 and 228], which only a secret service would be able to obtain, whereas the pacifist and pro-communist content of the messages propagated in the West countries was clearly serving the interests of USSR.
The CIA also infiltrates groups of ufologists [JV90b p. 229] to make a note of those who are cleverer than the others and whom it would be good to discredit before they become dangerous. Feeding malicious gossip also helps to maintain a fratricidal ill-feeling very present in this circle.
Evidently the classic opposition of "governmental forces who know the real truth: that extraterrestrials exist" and "the general public and private researchers from whom the truth is being withheld" does not hold up. It is rather a matter of "a cell of the secret services of the military manipulating" and "the general public, private and governmental researchers, the media, the police, the general armed forces and the members of the government who are being manipulated".
Jacques Vallée points out, furthermore, the "connection which exists between the most staunch partisans of extraterrestrial contact and the American extreme Right, anti-Semitic and neonazi" [JV90b p. 321] which could be behind a breakaway group among several members of the American secret services. One can also envisage an infiltration of these services by a powerful sect, such as the Moonies or the Scientologists, whose great guru will soon arrive on Earth in a flying saucer to save humanity… Such infiltration attempts have already been uncovered [JV90b p. 120, who also mentions the neofascist organisation of Lyndon La Rouche]. These ideas may be turned on their head by the rationalists in order to encourage a confusion in people’s mind between UFOs, sects and fascism, and thus to discredit ufological research, which again serves the goals of the military.
The CIA and FBI have admitted that they encourage belief
in UFOs so as the better to hide their activities, but the two agencies
have not expanded on the methods of this manipulation of the public and,
indeed, have minimised its scale… The aim of the second part of this study
will be to look for definite evidence of this huge manipulation orchestrated
by the military. But allow us to insist on the fact that we are speaking
here only of the largest military powers, as we are clearly invited to
by "the exemplary attitude of the Belgian authorities, both civil
and military, who have given proof of their remarkable objectivity and
who were not afraid to work together with the ufologists" during
the great UFO wave over Belgium from 1989 to 1993 [LDLN
No. 301 p. 3]. Such an attitude of openness and co-operation
is (and always has been) completely unthinkable in the United States,
in France, or in Great Britain, where the UFO phenomenon first began.