Thursday, December 8, 2011

Nick Redfern's Keep Out!

Copyright 2011, InterAmerica, Inc.

Nick Redfern’s latest opus, pictured above, is, as usual, filled with information that readers of his topics think they know a lot about but find they really don’t; Mr. Redfern always manages to provide details that are rarely known, even to cognoscenti.

The book is a listing of Top Secret places that governments (of the world) don’t want you to know about: high security facilities, underground bases, and other off-limits areas as the sub-title and cover inform potential readers.

For instance, Mr. Redfern’s opening salvo, Chapter One, presents the Area 51/Bob Lazar controversy in ways that make readers, skeptical and otherwise, re-evaluate both Lazar and the secret base in Nevada.

Mr. Redfern notes that a Welsh computer hacker, Matthew Bevan, in the 1990s, broke into the computer system(s) at Wright-Patterson Air Base in Ohio, looking for references to the alleged Hangar 18 of Roswell and UFO rumor.

What Bevan found was e-mail that appeared to confirm some of the Lazar story, about an extraterrestrial craft and a super-heavy element (dubbed Element 115 by Lazar). [Page 28 ff.]

Chapter 5 continues Mr. Redfern’s survey of Hangar 18 its “Little Men”:

UFO researcher Leonard Stringfield recounted an incident, in 1965, whereby a visitor to the United States Air Force Museum, housed at Wright-Patterson, stumbled into an “Off Limits” room, where he encountered a “small, large-eyed, heavy-browed creature, clearly unlike any terrestrial life-form.” [Page 85]

The Stringfield tale is made juicy by Mr. Redfern’s atmospheric description of what took place after the weird and surprising encounter by Stringfield’s informant.

Another chapter covers the secretive area known as the Dugway Proving Ground in Utah, where animal and human experiments with nerve agents took place alongside, UFOs, alien beings, and secret aircraft prototypes, which our own Anthony Bragalia reported on here a few years back, as Mr. Redfern acknowledges. [Chapter 3, Page 59 ff.]

The infamous Dulce “underground” base in New Mexico is given the twice-over, in which Mr. Redfern elaborates on the work by Greg Bishop that shines a light on the shameful Paul Bennewitz affair. [Chapter 8, Page 127 ff.]

Paul Bennewitz, a physicist and UFO aficionado, was, allegedly, duped by Air Force personnel at nearby Kirkland Air Force Base, and made to think, by machinations of the Air Force, that UFOs and their alien counterparts were operating from subterranean bases in the Archuleta Mesa of Rio Arriba County, Dulce.

The Air Force did this, ostensibly, to keep Mr. Bennewitz’s UFO pursuits from, inadvertently, leading others (Russian agents et al.) to Kirkland where some of the United States' most secret and advanced aircraft were tested and flown.

The actions of the Air Force operatives eventually drove Mr. Bennewitz into a paranoid psychosis and death is how the story goes.

Mr. Redfern supplements the sordid tale with little-known information culled from Greg Bishop and personal investigation that involves cattle mutilations, nuclear tests, and reptilian aliens.

Chupacabras, a pet interest for Mr. Redfern, are discussed, in the context of their Puerto Rico venue: the El Yunque rainforest. [Page 199 ff.]

The Philadelphia Experiment is reprised [Page 210 ff.] as is the Montauk (New York) Air Force Station where research involving time-travel, teleportation, mind control and invisibility took place, and even Bigfoot makes an appearance. [Page 209 ff.]

Facilities in England, Australia, China, and Russia are addressed, as is the Shaver mystery, and NASA’s plans for an eventual moon base.

What I’m noting here is only a taste of the bizarre “goodies” that Mr. Redfern offers in his 288 page book.

And it’s not just the information that is imparted that will thrill and enlighten readers, it’s also how Mr. Redfern writes; he makes hackneyed tales come alive again for those surfeited by their telling, and he brings oft-told tales to life for newbies.

The paperback book is a buy at $15.99 and can be had from, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powell’s and other bookstores, online and off.

It’s a Career Press New Page book (Pompton Plains, NJ) from which you can find out more by accessing their web-sites:


Friday, December 2, 2011

Nick Redfern's latest

Nick Redfern addresses, in his latest book, the "forbidden" sites that the government and military don't want us, the public, to visit.

Click HERE to read more about Nick's invaluable resource.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Nick Redfern's new June 2012 Book...

Another blockbuster book from Nick Redfern is in the offing.

Click HERE for details from the publisher

Contactees or Secret Agents? by Nick Redfern

Nick Redfern continues his examination of the Contactee "phenomenon."

Click HERE for Nick's take on the conjunction of contactees and secret agencies of the government(s).

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Nick Redfern touches upon a new book

Nick Redfern shall review this book soon.

Meanwhile he offers some tantalizing tidbits about it.

Click here for those

Friday, July 29, 2011

Nick Redfern is "haunted"

Nick Redfern provides a chapter in Ghosts, Spirits, & Hauntings, a New Page book about things that go "clank" in the night and at other times too.

Click here for more about Nick's contribution

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Monday, June 6, 2011

Nick Redfern's The REAL Men in Black: A Paranoiac's Handbook

Nick Redfern’s latest effort is one of his best; he never fails to satisfy or enlighten, and
he doesn’t this time either.

The RMIB, as I’ll call it, takes readers through the mystery commonly known among UFO aficionados and paranomalists as “the men in black” – a term derived from weird circumstances involving a UFO “researcher” – Albert Bender – and a cohort of his, Gray Barker in the 1950s.

Mr. Redfern provides exquisite details about the Bender/Barker “affair” which is a textbook case about paranoia and madness more than anything else.

But Mr. Redfern doesn’t stop there. He presents a host of other MIB episodes, which also, to this reader, showcase mental aberrations of various kinds, all psychotic in nature.

Chapters 4 through 12 provide a litany MIB cases or related events that psychiatry would have a field day with:

“It was a blistering hot day when Jane’s attention was drawn to three tall, golden-skinned, bearded men. They were dressed in black suits, black hats, black shoes, and very heavy, woolen full-length coats that…were also black in color…

A few weeks later…Jane was listening to a radio talk show…when one particular caller related her own…UFO experience…The caller’s encounter was followed by a visit from three men dressed completely in black clothing…This story gave Jane a jolt…[and she] wondered if she hadn’t been ‘marked or implanted’ by the aliens and if she was being followed.” [Pages 113-114]

Then in Part II of the book, Mr. Redfern gives readers all, and I mean all, the theories that have been proffered for the MIB phenomenon, including hallucinations, hoaxes, archetypal “tricksters,” G-men, and time-travelers among others.

The deep mental disfigurations are implied by Mr. Redfern, but he refrains from going so far as to say that MIB experiencers are nuts.

Mr. Redfern, if I’m reading him correctly, leans towards the “paranormal” aspect of MIB visitations, which makes sense even to those, like me, who think MIB events are products of the ill-mind.

Paranormality can account for some MIB instances, since a few persons visited by the black-clad personages have a semblance of sanity about themselves.

What always surprises me about Mr. Redfern’s forays into the unknown is his encapsulating accounts of demons and devils, since he is non-believer in things with a religious patina. (And I don’t think he believes in God.)

Mr. Redfern, in The Real Men in Black, gives readers, as is his wont in all his writings, between-the-lines insights and details, not minutiae necessarily, that can take readers to other areas of paranormality, which are touched on, and subliminally relevant to the whole panoply of the fringe reality.

So, if you’re a seeker of truth, and want a manual about one element in the weird world of UFOs and the paranormal, get Mr. Redfern’s book.

You will not be disappointed.

The book is published, nicely, by New Page Books, a Division of Career Press, and can be found at Amazon, among other booksellers, and can be had via I surmise.


Saturday, June 4, 2011

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Nick Redfern on Jacobsen and more....

Nick Redfern continues to tackle the Jacobsen saga, which has grabbed the attention of media, the U.S. military, and UFO aficionados, believers and skeptics alike.

Click here for Nick's current salvo

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Friday, May 20, 2011

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Monday, March 28, 2011

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Nick Redfern notes the MIB mystery

Click here for Nick Redfern's note about Gray Barker's newly republished "classic" work on the Men in Black phenomenon.

Click here for Nick's remembrance of things past (and to come)

Monday, March 21, 2011

A Nick Redfern Review

Nick Redfern reviews what we consider as an interesting book, another in the "Haunted Skies" series on British Ufology, written by John Hanson and Dawn Holloway.

Nick says, "Like the also-recently-published Vol.I, the brand new volume provides a massive amount of data on UFO sightings, landings, government involvement, close encounters etc."

Click here for Nick's review

Nick Redfern assesses the UFO phenomenon

Nick Redfern tries to put UFOs into rational perspective.

Click here for his view(s)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The Roswell Memory Metal Saga: Before The Roswell-Nitinol Controversy, There Was…The Roswell-Nitinol Controversy! by Nick Redfern


As regular readers of The UFO Iconoclast(s) will be acutely aware, for some time now researcher Tony Bragalia has been digging deep into the very intriguing, reported links between (A) the events outside of Roswell, New Mexico in the summer of 1947; (B) the recovery of so-called “memory-metal” from the crash-site on the Foster Ranch; and (C) the subsequent development by the United States of its very own equivalent to the curious debris.

The collective data, revelations and interviews with a whole variety of informed sources secured by Tony are made more notable by the fact that a good argument can be made that – if aliens really did crash in New Mexico on that long-gone day – it was the secret analysis and study of the anomalous debris at Roswell that allowed the US to take the lead in perfecting its very own version(s) of the recovered material.

In his August 10, 2010 post, titled Roswell, Battelle & Memory Metal Tony wrote the following:

“Some of the Roswell crash material was reported by several credible witnesses to have had the ability to ‘morph’ or change back to its original shape (shape recovery). This ‘intelligent metal’ material is today known as Shape Memory Alloy. The best example of this is a material is comprised of Titanium and Nickel and is called ‘Nitinol.’ The concept of engineered shape recovery is a thoroughly ‘post-Roswell’ concept. All major work in creating products with ‘material memory’ was performed post-Roswell. And all of this work was initially directed by the US Government. Shape Memory Alloy is distinctly ‘Roswellian’ and mimics in many respects some of the debris at Roswell.”

And Tony continues to dig deep into the issue of how the Roswell affair may have impacted upon – or directly influenced – the development of Shape Memory Alloys such as Nitinol.


It’s worth noting, however, that the Roswell-Nitinol connection is not a new one. There is another angle to the story that still links the United States’ early research into “memory-metal” and Nitinol with the crashed UFO controversy – but from a very different perspective. It is a story that I first heard in 2003 and which was published in 2005, in my book Body Snatchers in the Desert.


One of the people I interviewed for the book was an elderly man I dubbed “the Colonel,” who had a long background within US Intelligence, and particularly so with the Defense Intelligence Agency. The Colonel had a lot to say on Roswell – none of which had anything at all to do with literal crashed UFOs and aliens, but that had everything to do with the idea that the tales of wrecked flying saucers, the corpses of ETs, Mogul balloons, and weather balloons were all deliberately introduced to hide a darker secret – one focused upon high-altitude balloon-based experiments using human guinea-pigs.


Interestingly, one of the things the Colonel wanted to speak to me about was the Nitinol connection to Roswell. And, before anyone claims that I’m merely jumping on the bandwagon, I’m most assuredly not. As I mentioned, the following story was published by me in Body Snatchers 6 years ago, and was based upon a now-8-years-old interview.

According to the Colonel, in the early 1960s – possibly around Christmas of 1962, the Colonel thought, but was admittedly not entirely certain - it was suspected that a Soviet spy known to be operating in Washington, D.C., was receiving classified data (of a non-UFO nature, I should stress) from someone allied to the U.S. Army’s Foreign Technology Division (FTD). A plan was hatched to reveal bogus information to the traitor that was very specific, and that would be easily traced back to the Soviet contact when it was duly passed on - thus identifying the traitor, too.

The concocted story, stated the Colonel, was that, in 1961, the FTD had got its hands on a quantity of strange, metallic debris from a crashed UFO that was being analyzed under cover of the strictest security. This story was duly, and carefully, leaked to the suspected Soviet sympathizer and, apparently, the ruse worked: the US traitor forwarded the information on to his Russian handler and arrests were quickly and quietly made, and without any real secrets having been compromised.

But, said the Colonel, officialdom added to the ruse by exposing the traitor to a very limited amount of research into Nitinol – to try and emphasize in the traitor’s mind, and ultimately in the mind of his Soviet handler, that this was indeed extraterrestrial material of a definitively unique, “memory-metal” nature.


To expose such groundbreaking material to a source that was potentially hostile to the US, said the Colonel – even under strictly controlled and monitored circumstances - was deemed an extremely risky and fraught move. He said, however, that the dicey maneuver worked, and the traitor in the FTD came to believe the material to which he had been exposed really was extraterrestrial – rather than the result of the groundbreaking work of US scientists.

Interestingly, the Colonel added that this led to rumors in circulation within elements of officialdom that the Army’s FTD had got its hands on crashed UFO materials of a memory-metal nature.

Potentially of relevance to this issue is that in 1997 one of the most controversial UFO books of all time surfaced: The Day After Roswell, co-written by Lt. Col. Philip J. Corso and UFO Magazine’s Bill Birnes. Corso just happened to be a prime-mover within the Army’s FTD in the early 1960s. According to Corso, he had hands-on access while with the FTD to certain, recovered materials from the Roswell crash of 1947 – materials that Corso asserted until his dying day were extra-terrestrial in origin.

The Colonel, however, told me he believed that, wittingly or unwittingly, Corso’s story could be traced back to the ruse laid down to smoke out the Soviets’ informant. How this all relates to the Corso story is not fully clear; but it is an intriguing slant on the whole controversy. And it should be noted that it was during this precise time period in which Nitinol came to the fore - 1961-1962 - that Corso served with the FTD, and when the Soviet spy saga was allegedly unfolding.

How this all ties in with Tony Bragalia’s research is far from clear either. But, to me, there are several issues of importance and relevance to this whole puzzle.

With respect to the Colonel’s story, it seems to me there are only two major possibilities: the first is that he was telling the truth, and that there really was a Roswell-Nitinol connection – but it was a connection borne out of a secret operation based around deception, psychological warfare, espionage and concocted tales positing a Roswell-UFO-Nitinol link to smoke-out a communist sympathizer and his Soviet ally.

The other possibility is that the Colonel was being utterly deceptive when he spoke with me, and that he secretly suspected one day someone would finally uncover a real ET angle to the Roswell-Nitinol story – and the complex chain of events, too – that Tony is currently investigating. And, as a result, the Colonel attempted to try and deflect such Nitinol research by placing the story in a wholly down-to-earth context, rather than one involving literal aliens and a crashed UFO.

I have no idea which scenario is correct – and maybe you have other ideas. But, I will say this: the fact that a Roswell-Nitinol story was given to me 8 years ago, and was published half-a-decade ago by me, leads me to believe that there most assuredly is a Roswell-Nitinol link to be uncovered, analyzed and, finally, understood.


Whether or not that link will ultimately lead us down a path towards a crashed UFO and secret back-engineering of the unusual debris found in the desert of New Mexico nearly 64 years ago, or in the direction of a bizarre effort to smoke-out Soviet spies, remains to be seen – in my view, at least!