Project Beta: The Story of Paul Bennewitz, National Security, and the Creation of a Modern UFO Myth

Project Beta The Story of Paul Bennewitz National Security and the Creation of a Modern UFO Myth THE HORRIFYING TRUE STORY OF A GOVERNMENT AUTHORIZED CAMPAIGN OF DISINFORMATION THAT DEFINED AN ERA OF ALIEN PARANOIA AND DESTROYED ONE MAN S LIFE In Paul Bennewitz an electrical physicist livi

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  • Title: Project Beta: The Story of Paul Bennewitz, National Security, and the Creation of a Modern UFO Myth
  • Author: Greg Bishop
  • ISBN: 9780743470926
  • Page: 250
  • Format: Paperback
  • THE HORRIFYING TRUE STORY OF A GOVERNMENT AUTHORIZED CAMPAIGN OF DISINFORMATION THAT DEFINED AN ERA OF ALIEN PARANOIA AND DESTROYED ONE MAN S LIFE In 1978, Paul Bennewitz, an electrical physicist living in Albuquerque, New Mexico, engaged in some aggressive radio monitoring of the nearby Sandia Labs, then managed by the Department of Defense When he became convinced thaTHE HORRIFYING TRUE STORY OF A GOVERNMENT AUTHORIZED CAMPAIGN OF DISINFORMATION THAT DEFINED AN ERA OF ALIEN PARANOIA AND DESTROYED ONE MAN S LIFE In 1978, Paul Bennewitz, an electrical physicist living in Albuquerque, New Mexico, engaged in some aggressive radio monitoring of the nearby Sandia Labs, then managed by the Department of Defense When he became convinced that the strange lights hovering over the labs and Kirtland Air Force Base signaled the vanguard of an extraterrestrial alien invasion, he began writing TV stations, newspapers, senators and even President Reagan to alert them For the most part Bennewitz received form letter replies, but Air Force investigators paid him a visit, as did Bill Moore, author of the first book on the Roswell incident Before long Moore then a new force in civilian UFO research was tapped by a group of intelligence agents and a deal was struck Moore was to keep tabs on Bennewitz while the Air Force ran a psychological profile and disinformation campaign on the unsuspecting physicist In return, Air Force Intelligence would let Moore in on classified UFO material This is Bennewitz s harrowing tale, told by fringe culture historian Greg Bishop It is the troubling account of the custom made hall of smoke and mirrors that eventually drove Bennewitz to a mental institution, as well as the story of the explosive propagation of disinformation that began in 1979 and reverberates through the UFO community and pop culture to this day.

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    1. Closer to a 3.5.I forget what the conversation was that turned me onto this book, but considering the constant enjoyment I get from UFOs and first contact stuff as well a weird government conspiracies, this book is a nice little intersection for all of those things.In this book, though, it's about the federal government allegedly actively waging a disinformation campaign with one man who was seeing more than he should have near a military base. The lengths and the depth of the disinformation cam [...]

    2. I'm fairly certain the mythology laid out in the Bennewitz Affair is what put the final straw in the coffin of ufology. Because the narrative lives on today. It is no coincidence that the X-files, airing shortly after the events in this book played out, ran with the mythology and ingrained it into the public. No fault of Chris Carter and the team behind the X-files. But for those seeking information about UFOs, things that are unidentified in the skies that appear to be of intelligent control, t [...]

    3. It's difficult to reach any profound conclusion about the volume of events discussed in PROJECT BETA: THE STORY OF PAUL BENNEWITZ, NATIONAL SECURITY, AND THE CREATION OF A MODERN UFO MYTH; much like the title alone, the information presented isn't necesssarily additive to any other result but "don't believe what you were just told." Of course, this fact goes hand-in-hand with the book's subject: Bennewitz, an inventor and businessman, discovers possibly 'irrefutable' scientific evidence that som [...]

    4. Required reading for anyone who's interested in UFOs as a social/historical phenomenon, the military-industrial complex, spycraft, and madness. Should be read in conjunction with Mark Pilkington's more recent "Mirage Men," which covers much of the same material, and a lot more, in a more readable style. These books will help you to begin thinking about UFOs in the same way we think about questions like "Why are we here?, "What is the meaning of life and the universe?," and "What are good and evi [...]

    5. I'm not sure if this is a good entry for the UFO initiate or not, but it's definitely an eye opener for anyone interested in going a little deeper, perhaps into the idea that the UFO tropes we have with us now may be rooted in cold war-era disinformation. Also, this serves as a good companion read to "Messengers of Deception" by Jacques Vallee, which focuses on UFO cultists (see the chapter "The Political Overtones" - the list of common themes encountered in contactee interviews is amazing, terr [...]

    6. This book sets out how military intelligence used UFO lore and credulity on the part of a particular believer to cover its own top secret research. It is proof a conspiracy not to cover up actual flying saucers and alien bodies, but to mislead believers and by extension, the public, into a new system of belief that can be conveniently employed by the authorities to manipulate the public and cover up their own tracks. The book also describes how the flying saucer mythology can grow from one man's [...]

    7. I've been meaning to read this book for some time. I knew some of the story from the movie Mirage Men. It was really impressive how much supporting information Greg was able to dig up. This is an important book in the study of Ufology.

    8. disinfo within disinfo. in order to cover the truth, they use the truth to perpetuate another disinfo which in turn hides the initial truth. its like reverse psychology. this book outlines such campaigns to discredit otherwise credible/contributing people.

    9. Project Beta is a fascinating look at how the UFO conspiracy community and the United States intelligence community cross pollinate and feed on each other. Highly recommended.

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