A large crack appeared in the stonewalling of high strangeness on October 14, 1988. On that date, there was a semi-official
admission of extra-terrestrial intervention in human affairs, in the guise of a two-hour TV special entitled UFO COVER-UP?…
LIVE! Participation by US and Soviet officials was so extensive that the broadcast could not have occurred without the consent
of both governments.
The program was presented to the public simultaneously in the United States and the Soviet Union, the first time in history
that any TV program had received such preferential treatment. However, in spite of this clearly implied US-USSR seal of approval
(or perhaps because of it?) the program contained a clever mix of information and disinformation.
The valid information was that we are not alone, and that the government has made a hitherto secret agreement with short
gray humanoids - the "Grays" - who say they are from Zeta Reticuli.
Although it was not specifically stated that the Grays were the only ET group our government has made contact with, that implication
was made. To the extent the implication was made, it was a falsehood.
UFO COVER-UP?… LIVE! hosted by Mike Farrell, implied that Uncle Sam had made a smart deal. However, the truth of the
matter is that this deal was the most disastrous mistake, not only in the history of our nation, but in the history of our
entire civilization. There were other ET groups that we could have made incomparably better arrangements with. Although this
scandal is similar in nature to the Iran-Contra deal, it is a tragedy on a scale of such unprecedented magnitude that in comparison
Iran-Contra seems like very small change indeed.
The case of contactee Edouard "Billy" Meier in Switzerland, which Mike Farrell stigmatized as "an obvious hoax," is not without
its ambiguities, absurdities and contradictions. Nevertheless, the physical evidence is so strong for this is one of the
best-substantiated cases on record. Dr. James Deardorff has speculated that the ETs may be making deliberate use of absurdities
as a form of strategic form of camouflage, in order to ensure gradual rather than sudden realization of their presence. By
cloaking their activities in an aura of absurdities, they repel serious investigation and make people hesitate to endorse
the reality of the phenomenon, keeping it all borderline and marginal, which distracts human attention from their presence.
If this is the game that is going on, the ETs may be feeding Meier a mixture of truth and falsehood, which he relays to the
public in the sincere belief that it is all true.
For example, Meier believes himself to be the only genuine UFO contactee, an obvious absurdity, because there have been thousands
of genuine human-alien contacts cases during recent years. He also states that the many thousands of abduction and crop circle
incidents reported during recent years were all hoaxes, another obvious absurdity. I concur with Deardorff that Meyer is sincere
in his beliefs, but that he is being fed information mixed with disinformation.
One of the most curious aspects of the Meier case is the veritable obsession displayed by the government's plainclothes media
agents (such as William Moore who has publicly admitted his links with government agencies) in over-zealous attempts to discredit
the evidence. And all-out media vendetta has been waged against the Meier case that seems totally out of proportion with the
investigation of any one single UFO case. Is this because Meier's contact was not the Zeta Grays but with a rival ET group
that in appearance is almost indistinguishable from us, and which shares a common ancestry with us, known among researchers
as the Blonds or Swedes? This is the same group that was known in antiquity to the Scandinavians as the Aesir, to the Irish
as the Tuatha Te Danaan, and by other names in other cultures. One of the modern Soviet cases mentioned on the Mike Farrell
program, in which the UFO opened up like a flower, was an encounter with the Blonds, a group with whom I think we could work
out a valid alliance.
Dr. Jean Mundy is a Professor Emeritus in psychology at Long Island University and has been in private practice in psychotherapy
and hypnotherapy for over twenty years. She is a member of a long list of professional and honorary societies, and she has
published articles on a wide variety of subjects in both the academic and the popular press. During recent years, she has
focused her expertise on the subject of UFO phenomena. Dr. Mundy has written the following analysis of the public reaction
to the 1988 TV program especially for this book:
"The most astonishing UFO TV documentary aired to date, on October 14, 1988, with Mike Farrell as the host, had all the ingredients
of a blockbuster.
Note just some of the cast of characters:
* A Russian scientist, revealing that aliens have landed in Russia and contacted their military personnel.
* Two CIA agents, identities disguised, revealing that extra-terrestrial aliens are now the "guests" of the US government.
* About 100 residents of Gulf Breeze, Florida, who have witnessed and photographed the extensive UFO activity in their hometown.
* Abductees telling their own stories under hypnosis.
* Expert witnesses from the military saying that sightings they reported while in service "disappeared" from the records.
* A psychiatrist reporting that abductees she has treated were sane and suffering from trauma as a result of their contact
* Evidence by investigators of crashed UFO sites.
* Testimony from Budd Hopkins, who has investigated hundreds of abductee cases for over 12 years, that genetic experiments
are being performed by aliens on humans on a large scale.
* Other witnesses, each expert in his /her own field, testifying to the validity of photographic or other tangible documentation
* Paintings of aliens drawn by artists from the testimony of witnesses.
Surely, even by Hollywood standards, here are all the ingredients of a box office hit. Was it a hit? Well, during the two-hour
show, 75,000 viewers did pay one dollar each to have their phone-in vote about their belief in human alien contact recorded.
What other signs of success made the front page? Not a one! The show was a flop in terms of arousing public interest. How
can this be? How could such a carefully concocted combination of ingredients culminating in the most newsworthy disclosure
in history, not elicit a bang, nor even a whimper?
I played a videotape of the show to my adult education class on alien-human contact. I watched the reactions of my class members.
Thanks to the review/playback capability, I was able to conduct some experiments.
The adult students who signed up for this course were believers in the possibility of human-alien contact. Some even had
personal experience of contact, yet after the screening they were more doubtful than before! I then recognized that UFO
COVER-UP?...LIVE! made brilliant use of the best propaganda techniques. If you have a tape of the show, watch it again,
and listen carefully to the soundtrack. Look at the painted backdrops and, most important, look at Mike Farrell's reactions.
You will see and hear some interesting contradictions. The astute viewer cannot dismiss these contradictions as sloppy production.
The production had a huge budget and was planned many months in advance. In fact, Budd Hopkins reported to me that each witness
was interviewed at length before the show, then certain words of that interview was selected to be used. The words were put
on cue cards, and on the nights of the show, the witnesses were allowed to say only what was on the cards.
UFO COVER-UP?... LIVE! was carefully rehearsed. Reading from cue cards, unless one is experienced in doing so, gives words
a stilted sound that many listeners take as phony.
Score one for not believing the witnesses.
Score two: When words are spoken over background music, the music makes an unconscious impression that flavors the emotional
impact of the words. For example, the relentless approach, louder and louder in intensity, of the orchestration of the Jaws
soundtrack as the shark nears its victim builds up a feeling of dread even before any action takes place. The background music
for UFO COVER-UP?...LIVE! is light, pleasant dance music. While the Russian is speaking of terrifying abductions, the music
is a rousing polka!
Score three: When the Russian says, "The aliens communicated with the terrified soldiers by mental telepathy," Mike Farrell
responds, "Oh, so they used music, just like in the movie Close Encounters." We depend very much on the reaction of others
to set our own reaction. Obviously, if someone tells you a story and they are laughing, you think the story is funny. If they
are in a panic state while telling it to you, you think of it as tragic. Throughout the entire show, Mike Farrell reacted
to all the UFO information with puzzlement, but in an amused and light-hearted manner. So, for the most part, the audience
Score four: Through the skillful but unobtrusive use of another media technique, the painted backdrop against which the alien
Grays are portrayed is a bright, sunny room overlooking the garden! Nothing to take seriously there, certainly nothing to
Also the pictures of the Grays were idealized and did not conform to witness descriptions, giving the impression of benign
Disneyesque animated characters.
Score five: Another powerful media technique is to trivialize something important by focusing on a tiny detail. For example,
telling the audience that the aliens "prefer strawberry ice cream" reduces these mysterious life forms to a childish format.
Score six: We are so accustomed to Hollywood movies that we are entertained by a "historical" film, but never for a moment
truly believe that the "action" taking place on the screen is real. We know it is rehearsed and played by actors. When Mike
Farrell puts the UFO reports in the same category as the movie Close Encounters, the audience automatically thinks of the
TV documentary UFO COVER-UP?...LIVE! as just another Hollywood movie. No one writes a letter to the editor of their local
newspaper or phones their Congressman to demand action about crime committed in a Hollywood movie.
There is more. One of the women presented in the documentary who has been abducted by aliens is an acquaintance of mine.
Her entire life has been affected by her terrifying alien contact. The one and only comment highlighted on the cue card for
her to use on the supposedly "LIVE!" Mike Farrell show was. "Oh, he's so ugly." When my students heard this, they giggled!
They took it to be comical.
Neither my students nor the majority of the viewing audience took the UFO COVER-UP?...LIVE! program seriously. That is why
there was no audience response. One of my students said he thought, "The man portraying the Russian couldn't have been a real
Russian, because he spoke English too well." No doubt he was trying to account for why the show did not have the ring of
truth to it.
The question remains: were the producers of the show, whoever they really are, pleased that their show was a "flop," in that
few viewers to the reality of alien-human contact (or invasion) seriously? Or were they disappointed by the lack of audience
response? What, indeed, was the real purpose of this carefully staged show?
The format in which UFO COVER-UP?...LIVE! was presented tranquilized the general public, as did the movies ET and Close Encounters
of the Third Kind, in the comfortable belief that there is absolutely nothing to worry about, as far as any reports of alleged
"aliens" are concerned.
As Dr. Mundy has pointed out, this comfortable belief system - so assiduously maintained by the authorities through their
constant insistence on relegating the subject of alien invention in human affairs to the realm of media trivia - relies for
its support on some very thin ice indeed.
This ice is so thin that it can be shafted by featherweight random events, such as the arrival in my mailbox of a letter from
Rev. John E. Schroeder of the UFO Study Group of Greater St. Louis, saying:
"You mentioned William Moore's TV program, hosted by Mike Farrell. Is it any surprise that the November 1989 issue of prestigious
Millimeter magazine for film and TV producers listed the CIA as paying producer for the show? I wonder what happened to the
response requests? Who effectively collected whose paying phone numbers? Why? How are they to be used? Was any data ever given
congressional members? The plot thickens!"
The plot does indeed thicken! A search of the November 1989 issue of Millimeter magazine did not locate the item which Rev.
Schroeder is nevertheless sure that he and his wife saw in Millimeter, though he may have been mistaken as to the issue. This
does not necessarily mean that the item does not exist, but as we go to press the question remains unresolved. In spite of
this uncertainty, the item seems worth retaining because both the possibility and the questions raised by Rev. Schroeder remain
relevant, even if neither confirmed nor invalidated.
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