I believe most Americans, in their heart of hearts, feel our government has information about UFOs and the creatures alleged to pilot them that they choose not to share with "we, the people." Researcher Nick Redfern has no such compunctions about sharing, thank goodness. His new book The NASA Conspiracies delves deep into places the National Aeronautics and Space Administration would much prefer ordinary citizens avoid altogether.
I give Redfern great credit. Trying to piece together any coherent statement about phenomena like the Roswell UFO crash, the humanoid, giant "face" on Mars, and even our own missions to the moon is a daunting task. All of these incidents - along with most every other UFO-related sighting or report ever made - seem to attract layers of rumor and disinformation that make it very difficult to sort reality from rubbish. And conflicting information inevitably breeds paranoia - which is not always an illogical state of mind!
Redfern takes a sharp paring knife to the main topics of concern to conspiracy buffs, and then votes yea or nay on whether our own officials are fostering cover-ups in each case. And he is even-handed enough to cite conspiracy-deflating evidence when he finds it.
Redfern then goes even deeper, addressing the infuriating question of why our government would try to pull the surgically mutilated sheep's wool over our eyes. Some trace this policy back to the late 1950s report by the Brookings Institute which concluded humanity can't handle the truth, and that knowledge of extraterrestrials would shock us into chaos and initiate world-wide kerfuffles. Or are there more nefarious motives in play, such as secret swaps allowing aliens to probe us more freely than a TSA worker in exchange for shiny new technologies?
Redfern also considers the work of the late Mac Tonnies, who suggested that aliens are not off-worlders but in-worlders; the remnants of ancient, technologically-advanced Earth inhabitants. Remember the jokey mid-90s John Tesh is an Alien web sites? [...] Tesh does fit the profile: tall, blonde and eco-minded.
Redfern also notes the recent, curious rapprochement between the Vatican and parishioners from outer space. Does the Pope know something we don't? Do aliens wear little silver slippers?
The fact is, too many people have seen and experienced unexplainable aircraft and creatures to deny that something is going on. Redfern's feeling is that the conspiracies are beginning to unravel - with, I might add, the help of dogged researchers like himself - and that we may be close to learning the truth at long last.
My only criticism of this book is that I liked it so much I wished there was even more of it (such as a chapter on men in black), although I know from experience that publishers keep a tight leash on word counts these days. I bet, however, that the prolific Redfern will be back with more on this topic. I hope so. No one does a better job of guiding us through the confusing mass of truths, half-truths and obfuscations that comprises what we think we know about UFOs. The NASA Conspiracies is highly recommended for anyone willing to consider that sometimes the truth is indeed out there, but other times it is right here, waiting for us to take a closer look.
Linda S. Godfrey, author The Michigan Dogman: Werewolves and Other Unknown Canines Across the U.S.A.,Haunted Wisconsin: Ghosts and Strange Phenomena of the Badger State (Haunted (Stackpole))Weird Michigan: Your Travel Guide to Michigan's Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets