PsiOp Radio podcast 139 with Guest Matthew Alford on Military Media Manipulation

6 03 2011
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PsiOp Radio with Guest Matthew Alford on Military Media Manipulation

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Matthew Alford (left) & Robbie Graham (right) at the Fortean Times UnConvention

Reel Power: Hollywood Cinema and American Supremacy
Pluto Press, 2010 / www.plutobooks.com
Matthew Alford MPhil[B], PhD has taught at the Universities of Bath and Bristol and is now an independent scholar working on issues of American cinema, power and politics.
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  • Interviewed by George Galloway for PressTV-The Real Deal 03-10-2010.
Reel Power of Hollywood & CIA - Starts at 8 minute into Part One and it goes on to Part Two…

 

Book

Interviews, Radio and Television

Journalism

Scholarship

  • Robbie Graham and Matthew Alford, “A History of Government Management of UFO Perceptions Through Film and Television”, 49th Parallel, Spring 2011.
  • Matthew Alford, “Why Not a Propaganda Model for Hollywood?”, in Philip Hammond (ed), Screens of Terror (Palgrave, 2011).
  • Tricia Jenkins and Matthew Alford, “A Model for Intelligence Activity in Hollywood: Don’t Forget the ‘Agency’ in CIA”, Journal of Popular Video, Spring 2011
  • Matthew Alford, Book Review: Jeff Klaehn(ed), The Political Economy of Media and Power (Peter Lang, 2010) in Global Media and Communications, Spring 2011.
  • Matthew Alford, “A Propaganda Model for Hollywood”, Westminster Papers for Communication and Culture, Vol 6(2), 2009.
  • Matthew Alford, “A Propaganda Model for Hollywood? Representations of American foreign policy in contemporary films” PhD Thesis, University of Bath, 2008.


PsiOp Radio 138 – 110112 to 110222

22 02 2011

PsiOp Radio links 110112 – 110222

Local, National and Global Populist Revolt! And the Anon-Leaks Hacktivsm Paradigm

American Revolt?!?

War Kills (From The War on SOME Drugs to DU’s War on Terra)

TexMex Border War?

Conspiracy Goes Mainstream

Copycat Effects

Aquapocalypse Headlines

Police State / Surveillance Society Drinking Game

The SkyNet PoliceState Lives!

Obama’s DroneWars

Gattaca Dystopian Police State

 Deep ParaPolitical News

911 Headlines

Torture-Watch

No, unfortunately, Obama is NOT strangling Bush senior.

“Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss”

The Panic Over Muslims

Weird Tech News

Mad Science Headlines

Just Plain Weird / WTF Headlines

More Scandal within the UFO & Alien Abduction Research Communities

 Davos, Global Competitiveness Forum & a Deep ParaPolitical UFO Conference

Misc UFO News

Mind Kontrol & PreCrime News

Blue Rose Reports

Cult-Watch

Anon-Wallpaper



PsiOp Radio podcast 136 with guest Mark Pilkington on UFO Disinfo “Mirage Men”

19 12 2010
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PsiOp-Radio podcast 136 – Guest Mark Pilkington

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Mark Pilkington’s MIRAGE MEN Reviewed by Nick Redfern

Mark Pilkington’s Mirage Men is – I don’t exaggerate in saying – one of the most important UFO-themed books you’ll ever read. That is, if you dare to read the book, and don’t shy away from it because it might upset and unbalance your carefully constructed, nice and neat Ufological world.

Whether you are a full-on true-believer in the Extraterrestrial Hypothesis (ETH), wholly open-minded on what lies at the heart of the UFO puzzle, a skeptic, or a rabid debunker, you should not ignore Mirage Men. Of course, your views on what lies at the heart of the UFO phenomenon – and which of the above-categories you fall into – will play a large role in determining your response and reaction to Mark’s book.

Those for whom Ufology is a modern-day religion, and one that offers a form of cosmic comfort, will be shocked, angered and perhaps even disillusioned by what they read. Doubtless, too, there will be a degree of hostility and outright denial on their part when faced with the crumbling of certain much-cherished belief-systems, ideas and (possibly) certain cases that have become classics within Ufology.

READ MORE at Nick Redfern’s FORTEAN REVIEWS Blog or here at PsiOp-Radio:

UFOs and Disinformation

Tsumami Bombs & UFO Disinfo

Print Interviews with Mark Pilkington

A Room 101 Interview with Mark Pilkington

Mirage Men: UFO researcher Mark Pilkington on deception and psychological warfare

Mirage Men | TDG – Science, Magick, Myth and History

Audio Interviews with Mark Pilkington



UpComing Interview Guests: Ethan Persoff and Mark Pilkington

27 11 2010

Ethan Persoff and Mark Pilkington are UpComing Interview Guests on PsiOp-Radio.

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Left: Mark Pilkington / Right: Ethan Persoff (w/John Ashcroft)

:Ethan’s websites

www.EP.tc
www.ep.tc/realist/
www.myspace.com/eptc
soundcloud.com/eptc

Mark’s websites:

www.MirageMen.com
MirageMen.wordpress.com
www.StrangeAttractor.co.uk



PsiOp Radio 130 – 101003

2 10 2010

PsiOp Radio 130 – 101003 Headlines

Breaking News for the week ending 101003

Jim Bentley (1952-2010)

CenTex News & Events

  • TRAVIS COUNTY CLERK SAYS “NO” TO PAPER BALLOTS THIS NOVEMBER!
    County Commissioners “Running out the Clock” for Public Hearing and Paper Ballot Hand Count Pilot;
    Texans for Accountable Government (TAG) Joins Hand Count Coalition!
  • “Hopes and Fears for Big Science”
    Presented by The Austin Forum on Science, Technology & Society
    October 5, at UT’s ATT Center, at 6:30 p.m. (Networking reception at 5:45 p.m.)
    www.AustinForum.org
    www.austinforum.org/speakers/weinberg.html
  • 2010 Assembly – 3rd Annual National Assembly to Honor Freedom of Conscience
    Voices of Conscience: Objections to War in the Middle East
    October 2, 2010 at the Central Presbyterian Church, 8th and Brazos, Austin, Texas
    www.honorconscience.org/wordpress/assembly/

Copycat Effects / UT-Austin Shooter Weirdness

More Copycat Headlines

CenTex Military Suicides

Mind Kontrol News

Police State / Surveillance Society

Music Interlude

Global Parapolitics News

Israel Headlines

Hastings and Salas “UFOs & Nukes” Press Club Event

(Part 1)
(Part 2)
(Part 3)
(Part 4)
(Part 5)
(Part 6)
(Part 7)

Aliens, ExtraTerrestrials, UFOs

M.Othman!!

Border Wars / Drug Wars

War: Good for Absolutely NOTHING!

Information Access

911 Truth News Headlines

FLASHBACKS: Headlines from the Past Several Weeks

FBI War on AntiWar Activists?

UFO News

CenTex Border / Mexico Collapse?

Austin / CenTex News & Events

Good News? Good News!

Parapolitical Headlines

Entrapment and Provocateuring As Usual

Globalist Dystopian Legislation

Police State / Surveillance Society News

PsyOps / Propaganda News

Endless War – Phase 3: Iran

AntiWar Activism for Peace

Endless War – Phase 3: Iran

Copycat Crimes? Mass Shootings

Drone Wars

More Headlines for the week of 100912

NEWS LINKS the week of 100829

CenTex Headlines

New Front on the Fight to Protect the 2nd Amendment: Environmental Battle

WikiLeaks Watch

Monetary Reform

BlackWater Watch

NOLA Police State Truth Emerges

Assassination News

ParaPolitical Headlines

Border Crisis? Drug War Crisis!

Police State / Surveillance Society

Blue Rose Reports / Mind Kontrol Survival

Mind Kontrol / Surveillance Society

Militarization of Society’s Youth

The War on SOME Drugs

“Non-Lethal” Militarization of Law Enforcement

Freedom of Speech / Freedom of Inquiry / Freedom of Journalism

UFOs & Anomalous Phenomena News

“Last Man on Earth” Meme

NEWS HEADLINES for the Week of 100822



Was the 1952 Flatwoods Monster Event a US Military PsyOp?

24 09 2010

Is This The Flatwoods Monster?

by Nick Redfern

There can be few very people within the realms of cryptozoology and ufology that have never heard of the so-called Flatwoods Monster, or Braxton County Monster, of 1952 – a story that is told in-depth in Frank Feschino’s 2004 book, The Braxton County Monster: the Cover-Up of the Flatwoods Monster Revealed.

And as Feschino notes in his book: “On the night of September 12, 1952, a shocked American public sought answers when strange unidentified objects were seen flying through the sky over Washington, DC, and the eastern United States…”

He continued: “One of the strange objects crash-landed on a rural hilltop in Flatwoods, West Virginia…” Feschino also noted that a group of schoolboys were witness to the descent of the device and, with two adults, “…headed off to look for the object. Soon a twelve-foot tall being from the downed craft terrified these innocent people.”

So, what was the monstrous entity? A cryptid? An alien? Some form of definitively Fortean beast? Or something else? Over the years, a whole range of theories have surfaced, and, as with so many such cases, the debate continues.

Indeed, check out this link and you’ll see that over at UFOMystic, good friend Greg Bishop has dug deep into this puzzle, and has addressed another angle – namely that relative to the involvement of Remotely-Piloted Vehicles of a definitively terrestrial nature.

And, on this latter point of the Machiavellian hand of officialdom possibly playing a role in the Flatwoods affair, I stumbled across something the other day that makes me wonder if it may well have some bearing on what was seen at Flatwoods.

Call me crazy (and doubtless some will!), but I think the following data – which is directly relative to the use of superstitions and paranormal entities and ideas in warfare – may well have a bearing on the diabolical beast of Flatwoods.

A couple of days ago, I obtained a copy of an April 14, 1950 RAND publication titled The Exploitation of Superstitions for Purposes of Psychological Warfare, written by Jean M. Hungerford, for the the U.S. Air Force.

The 37-page document is a truly fascinating one and delves into some very strange areas. But, what really caught my eye, was a section of the document that quoted from a book titled Magic: Top Secret, which was written in 1949 by one Jasper Maskelyne, a fascinating character (as the name-link demonstrates) who was up his absolute neck in new and novel ways to fool the enemy.

Hungerford quotes the following from Maskelyne in her report, which concerns a truly alternative psychological warfare operation that occurred during the Second World War, and less than a decade before the Flatwoods Monster was seen:

“Our men…were able to use illusions of an amusing nature in the Italian mountains, especially when operating in small groups as advance patrols scouting out the way for our general moves forward. In one area, in particular, they used a device which was little more than a gigantic scarecrow, about twelve feet high, and able to stagger forward under its own power and emit frightful flashes and bangs. This thing scared several Italian Sicilian villages appearing in the dawn thumping its deafening way down their streets with great electric blue sparks jumping from it; and the inhabitants, who were mostly illiterate peasants, simply took to their heels for the next village, swearing that the Devil was marching ahead of the invading English.”

Hungerford continued to quote from Maskelyne’s book in her report: “Like all tales spread among uneducated folk (and helped, no doubt, by our agents), this story assumed almost unimaginable proportions. Villages on the route of our advance began to refuse sullenly to help the retreating Germans, and to take sabotage against them; and then, instead of waiting for our troops to arrive with food and congratulations of their help, the poor people fled, thus congesting the roads along which German motorized transport was struggling to retire. The German tankmen sometimes cut through the refugees and this inflamed feeling still more, and what began almost as a joke was soon a sharp weapon in our hands which punished the Germans severely, if indirectly, for several critical weeks.”

There are a number of issues worth noting here. First, the height of the Flatwoods Monster and the British Army’s devilish scarecrow were the same: 12-feet. In addition, the cover of Frank Feschino’s book shows the Flatwoods Monster emitting lights. And the 12-foot scarecrow in Italy gave off “frightful flashes and bangs” and had “great electric blue sparks jumping from it.”

Second, the RAND report that specifically refers to this Italian escapade – that Jasper Maskelyne described in his Magic: Top Secret book – was prepared for psychological warfare planners in the U.S. Air Force. And, in his book on the beast of Flatwoods, Feschino notes that the Air Force took careful interest in the Flatwoods affair and what was being reported on the affair by the media.

The RAND report was submitted to the Air Force in April 1950, and Flatwoods occurred in September 1952. Is it possible that in this two-year period USAF psychological warfare planners created their very own – albeit updated and modified – version of the British Army’s 12-foot-tall flashing monster to try and gauge what its reaction might be when unleashed upon an unsuspecting populace?

There’s also the settings, too: the British Army’s operation was focused on little, isolated villages in Italy. And Flatwoods is a little, rural town in Braxton County, West Virginia that, even as late as 2000, had a population of less than 350.

Those who suspect the the Flatwoods Monster was some form of cryptozoological creature, Fortean entity, or alien being, may well scoff at my speculations and musings.

However, when we can say for sure that the British Army was using 12-foot, illuminated scarecrow-style critters for psychological warfare reasons in the Second World War, is it really a stretch to think that the USAF might have tried something similar in 1952 with their very own 12-foot-tall freak?

One final thing: the foreword to Frank Feschino’s book was penned by acclaimed ufologist, Stanton T. Friedman, who wrote the book Top Secret Majic (with a “j”). This should not be confused with Jasper Maskelyne’s Magic Top Secret (with a “g)!

SOURCE: Is This The Flatwoods Monster?

Nick Redfern’s “There’s Something in the Woods…” - Cryptozoology, Strange Creatures, Monsters And More…



Mark Pilkington's MIRAGE MEN Reviewed by Nick Redfern

12 08 2010

Nick Redfern is an incredibly prolific “Paranormal” oriented researcher and writer. He covers all aspects of the paranormal, from general Anomalistics, to Cryptozoology, to Forteana, to UFOs and many points in between. He also writes about declassified government documents and the parapolitical implications of corruption and cover-ups. In this guest review article he gives us a taste of the newly released UK-UFO book Mirage Men by Mark Pilkington.

Nick will be the guest of hosts Mack White and SMiles Lewis on the PsiOp-Radio show this Sunday, night from  7-9pm CST on the ANOMALY RADIO and AMERICAN FREEDOM RADIO Networks. He’s also giving a FREE Lecture in Austin, Texas on Saturday, August 21st presented by the ANOMALY ARCHIVES non-profit lending library.

www.PsiOpRadio.com

Mirage Men by Mark Pilkington

Reviewed by Nick Redfern

Mark Pilkington’s Mirage Men is – I don’t exaggerate in saying – one of the most important UFO-themed books you’ll ever read. That is, if you dare to read the book, and don’t shy away from it because it might upset and unbalance your carefully constructed, nice and neat Ufological world.

Whether you are a full-on true-believer in the Extraterrestrial Hypothesis (ETH), wholly open-minded on what lies at the heart of the UFO puzzle, a skeptic, or a rabid debunker, you should not ignore Mirage Men. Of course, your views on what lies at the heart of the UFO phenomenon – and which of the above-categories you fall into – will play a large role in determining your response and reaction to Mark’s book.

Those for whom Ufology is a modern-day religion, and one that offers a form of cosmic comfort, will be shocked, angered and perhaps even disillusioned by what they read. Doubtless, too, there will be a degree of hostility and outright denial on their part when faced with the crumbling of certain much-cherished belief-systems, ideas and (possibly) certain cases that have become classics within Ufology.

Too bad. Ufology, and the people in it, need a shake-up now and again and Mirage Men most assuredly delivers. And if you’re someone whose notions on what make a good or bad UFO book are based on whether or not that same book says what you want to hear, then you’re lost already.

As for the debunkers: well, on reading the book, they might gain a realization that the issue they confidently dismiss – namely that ET really has visited us, and has crashed and burned – isn’t quite as clear-cut and black-and-white as they previously believed.

If, like me, however, you realize that something strange really is going on in our skies – but that it appears to be a blurry mix of classified military projects, official and unofficial chicanery, mind-games, lies and distortions, shadowy figures weaving complex tales, and perhaps, maybe, even a very real ET presence, then Mirage Men will well and truly satisfy.

So, with that said, what is Mirage Men all about? Well, let me tell you. Essentially, the book tells the story of Mark’s (and his friend and colleague John Lundberg’s) own and very personal search of the truth about the UFO puzzle, and what may be known about the subject at an official level.

After learning about how and why Mark became interested in, and intrigued by, Ufology and Forteana, we get a tutorial on the history of Ufology, and then it’s road-trip time.

Things begin in an entertaining fashion as Mark and John anticipate adventures of the Ufological kind in mysterious locales, in desert settings that would have made the likes of Adamski and Van Tassel drool, and at the annual International UFO Convention at Laughlin, Nevada. But, as our Dynamic Duo delve further into the heart of the mystery, instead of becoming clearer, things get much more confusing and distinctly murky. Danger duly rears its ominous head, and a high degree of paranoia and uncertainty seem to take hold of Mark and John.

As they seek out the truth about UFOs and the US Government, military and intelligence community, the pair sinks deeper and deeper into a surreal world that seems to be part-X-Files, part-Parallax View, part-hall-of-mirrors, and ALL VERY FUCKING WEIRD. Throw in a shot of All the President’s Men and more than a few Deep Throat-like characters, add a liberal dose of Cold War espionage, and mix it all up into a cocktail of truly mind-bending proportions, and Mirage Men kicks into high-gear.

We get to learn a great deal about some of the classic cases within Ufology – Roswell (of course!); the Antonio Villas Boas/Space Babe affair of 1957; the 1952 Washington, D.C. invasion; and the story of the “Underground Alien Base” at Dulce, New Mexico. Cattle-mutilations and alien abductions also surface – but not necessarily in ways that the ufological faithful might expect.

But, we get to learn much more too: namely, the way in which certain shadowy figures may have been manipulating all of the above events, cases and people (and many more too), for strange, obscure (at first glance, at least) and bizarre reasons, and how the ufological research community has been WELL AND TRULY PLAYED. Mind-control, staged-events, the spreading of spurious UFO tales to hide exotic military hardware, and even outright violation of human-rights come into play.

Of course, the highly disturbing story of Paul Bennewitz surfaces, too (a saga told in full in the pages of Greg Bishop’s essential Project Beta), and demonstrates not only the extent to which some will go to protect their secrets (whether of a military, intelligence or extraterrestrial nature – or maybe all three), but how easy it is to manipulate the ufological scene and those that immerse themselves within it – and in the case of Bennewitz, with truly tragic results.

Mark also addresses the Contactee controversy – a subject for which many have no time. But, as I noted in my Contactees book, there is clear evidence that some of the Contactees may have been working with the official world, or may have been manipulated, Bennewitz-style. Mark realizes this too, and provides thought-provoking data suggesting we should look at the whole Contactee movement in a new light.

One of the many highlights of the book is that relative to the relatively recent Serpo saga, and its attendant tales, stories, rumors, allegations and supposedly secret files on crashed UFOs, alien-human exchange missions, and a great deal more. And a character that Mark and John get to meet and hang out with, and from whom they glean a great deal of data, is the somewhat enigmatic Richard Doty – a name that should be familiar to all within Ufology, but one who very few within the field have actually met.

I found this part of the book to be one of the most informative and entertaining, as it is here that the realization hits both Mark and John that what begins for them as an adventurous trip from England to some of the most mysterious and legend-filled locations in the United States, becomes something more. Indeed, it turns into a slightly sinister, paranoia-filled period where neither Mark nor John know what to believe, who to trust, or whether they are being fed a bunch of bullshit, the absolute cosmic truth, or something in between.

Mark and John find themselves slightly lost from their moorings, unsure of what is afoot, and perhaps even unable to get a full handle on whether the US Government really is sitting upon a mountain of crashed UFOs, dead aliens and cosmic conspiracies, or whether it just wishes us to think that’s the case.

The fascinating thing is that for all the officially-orchestrated lies, distortions and outright manipulation of the UFO research community that they uncover, for a while Mark and John seem to find their Ufological beliefs actually growing. Is this due to the fact that they too have been firmly played by the powers-that-be? Are aliens really among us? Have UFOs really crashed to Earth? Or is the truth a swirling mix of several scenarios? Well, I’ll leave it up to you to seek out the answers for yourselves.

I will, however, say this: one of the key things that stands out from reading Mirage Men is how, why and under what circumstances the UFO subject has the ability to radically transform, and manipulate even, the mindset of the individual – whether that individual is Paul Bennewitz, George Adamski, and even Mark and John.

Personally, I suspect that it is this profound potential for deep, personal change that the UFO mystery offers us that the US Government fears most. It is not so much that UFOs might exist or that aliens could be visiting us that worries the official world. Rather, it is the fact – and officialdom’s realization of the fact – that the phenomenon seemingly has the ability to rewire the collective mindset of the populace, who may discard their old ways, give the finger to the old men in suits and ties that run the world, and become truly transformed.

For two men who tried to stay impartial, grounded and open-minded, even Mark and John found themselves affected and changed by not just the phenomenon, but by the people they met, the cases they investigated, the stories they were told, and the surreal pit into which they descended. And, when it comes to the issue of what those in power may know about UFOs, and the reasons behind the manipulation that Mark skilfully describes, that’s an important point to remember.

In conclusion, regardless of your Ufological views, beliefs or non-beliefs, you should read Mirage Men - and very soon, too. Something is clearly going on. It certainly involves the movers-and-shakers within the intelligence world, and it is reliant upon the official weaving of complex tales of a UFO nature that seem to be part-truth, part-fiction, and part-distortion as a means to affect and mold belief-systems and more. And, it may involve a very real alien presence too.

To learn more about Mark Pilkington’s Mirage Men, click here for the official website of the book, and here for the blog.

To purchase the book in the US, click on this link. If you’re in the UK, here’s where you can buy it. And, for Canadian readers, here you go.

Originally published at Nick’s FORTEAN REVIEWS Blog: REVIEWS OF THE MYSTERIOUS KIND

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PsiOp Radio 110 – 100328

28 03 2010

PsiOp Radio 110 – 100328

Surprise Show

Hiatus Resumes after this show

  • Live broadcasts will resume Sunday, April 11th.
  • No Live Show Sunday, April 18th

UpComing Guests on PsiOp Radio

Breaking News

WEIRD Magazine Interviews SMiles Lewis of the Austin Anomaly Archives

WeirD – AnomalyArchives – 74 / Read the Entire Issue Online: issuu.com/weirdmagazine/

Recent Para News

TexMex Border Blues

March 2010 Issue: Aerobot Invasion | Popular Science

The Rise of SkyNet – Prelude to the DroneWars

Mad Science & The Nature of Reality

Police State News

Deep Politics / ParaPolitical News

Big Brotha Surveillance Health-Care Micro-Management Climate-Cop Snitch Society

FLASHBACK: China’s All-Seeing Eye

Dystopian Gattaca Brave New World Order Surveillance Society

Transparent Empire

Human Origins

Endless War / Eternal Empire / Endless Suffering

UFOs!!

Goodbyes

Israel … Racism and Worse

Flashback: Brainstorm star Natalie Wood’s Mysterious Death

AntiWar / 911 Activism & News

Health sCare Shenanigans

Remote Viewing Meets Deep Political Finance Research

Mind Control

More Science News

Blue Rose Reports

Banking Elite Dystopia – Same as it Ever Was…

Crime is Terrorism /  Except When Done by Authority

PsyOps School Shooting Drills

Freedom of Speech / PreCrime / Hate Speech / Thought Criminals / Reality Denial / Whistle-Blowing

Nuclear Annihilation

SPLC and the Demonization of “Anti-Government  Freedom-Loving Right-Wing Extremist Militia Patriots”

Mind Kontrol & Torture FLASHBACKS: Frank Olson’s Murder

Mainstreaming Torture

Rumsfeld in the News

Aquapocalypse & Resource as Weapon

Demolition of Urban Society

Second Amendment Under Attack

Fluoridation Nation