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  • Frits Westra
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      Hot Gossip UK June 2002

      Welcome to the June 2002 round-up of the weird and the wonderful, with
      all the latest news concerning UFOs, abductions, the paranormal and
      much more besides. The emphasis this month is on books.

      Hidden Depths

      Researchers into the alien abduction mystery will be familiar with
      debates over the validity or otherwise of regression hypnosis, when it
      comes to recovering suppressed or repressed memories. Does the
      technique work, or does False Memory Syndrome come into play? The
      scientific community is divided and cannot even agree on the nature of
      the hypnotic state. A new book brings this debate into sharper focus.
      Hidden Depths by Robin Waterfield gives readers an overview of the
      history of hypnosis and the current controversy. This is a
      wide-ranging book. The anaesthetic and healing power of hypnosis is
      examined, as is the controversial issue of stage hypnosis. Conspiracy
      theorists won't like his demolition of the idea that assassins can be
      programmed hypnotically in 'Manchurian Candidate' style, and New Agers
      won't like his dismissive treatment of their subject. Ultimately,
      however, this is not a debunking book, and Waterfield comes across as
      a believer in and a fan of hypnosis. Whether it works through
      suggestibility, relaxation, placebo effect, or some combination of
      these factors is still not clear, but it does work and does seem to be
      a genuine altered state of consciousness. Anybody involved in
      hypnotically regressing abductees, or with an interest in alien
      abductions, should read this book, even though they may disagree with
      the section on recovered memories. Subtitled The Story of Hypnosis,
      the book is published by Macmillan and costs £20.

      Know Your Enemy

      Anyone with an interest in the inner workings of government should be
      interested in the Joint Intelligence Committee. A few JIC documents on
      UFOs have been obtained by British UFO researchers and UFO Magazine
      published UFO documents from another high-powered intelligence
      committee, the Joint Technical Intelligence Committee, in their April
      and May issues. Know Your Enemy is a new book by Sir Percy Cradock and
      focuses on what is perhaps the most secret and influential committee
      within British intelligence. Cradock is uniquely qualified to write
      about the JIC, because he chaired it from 1984 to 1992. Subtitled How
      the JIC Saw the World, the book looks at the JIC's role in the Cold
      War, the Suez crisis, the Korean War and numerous other flashpoints in
      recent decades. It's published by John Murray and retails at £25. Read
      it in conjunction with Peter Hennessy's book The Secret State
      (reviewed in last month's column) and you'll get a pretty
      comprehensive picture of how the Cold War came very close to getting
      decidedly hot. Scary, but fascinating.

      Falkland Islanders At War

      There's a common misperception that when a serving MOD official writes
      a book, everyone within the Department gets anal-retentive and starts
      muttering ÒNot the done thing; not one of usÓ. Threats to ban it
      follow, people start to talk about the Official Secrets Act and then
      mention Spycatcher, David Shayler and Richard Tomlinson. These ideas,
      I'm pleased to say, are nonsense. Only somebody unaware of the proper
      clearance system would have a problem with insiders giving an informed
      view of a subject of huge public interest, provided the book is
      properly cleared and no classified information is revealed. It was
      that way with my books about my government UFO work and so it is with
      this new book about the Falklands Conflict. Falkland Islanders at War
      focuses on a hitherto little-covered part of the story - that of the
      Islanders themselves. MOD employee Graham Bound is uniquely qualified
      to write this book, because he's a Falkland Islander who lived in Port
      Stanley during the occupation. The book is based on extensive research
      and numerous interviews with Falkland Islanders and British and
      Argentine soldiers, carried out while Graham was on unpaid leave from
      the MOD. Perhaps the biggest achievement of this book is in highlighti
      ng the indomitable spirit of the Islanders. Despite arrests and
      interrogations, many resisted bravely, passing intelligence to the
      British, sabotaging Argentine communications and working with those
      British troops who ultimately retook the Islands. The book costs
      £19.95 and is published by Pen and Sword Books.


      When it comes to professional soldiers, they don't come much tougher
      than Royal Marines. Books by serving soldiers are rare but by no means
      unprecedented (Tornado Down and Team Tornado were both written while
      Flight Lieutenants John Peters and John Nichol were still in the RAF).
      Unscathed is the story of how Major Phil Ashby led his team to safety
      after their peacekeeping mission in Sierra Leone went horribly wrong.
      Short on food and drink, outnumbered, surrounded and under attack,
      their phenomenal escape and evasion through the treacherous jungle is
      an epic tale of survival against the odds. Ashby was awarded the
      Queen's Gallantry Medal for his conduct, and SAS man turned author
      Andy McNab has described this book as ÒAn astonishing true story of
      bravery and survivalÓ. It's published by Macmillan.

      Ed's Note:

      Nick Pope's four books, Open Skies, Closed Minds, The Uninvited,
      Operation Thunder Child and Operation Lightning Strike are available
      from all good bookshops and from the usual Internet book sites. His UK
      publishers are Simon & Schuster. In America, The Overlook Press
      publish his books in hardback while the paperbacks are produced by
      Dell Publishing.

      © Hot Gossip UK 2001

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    • Frits Westra
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        Hot Gossip UK July 2003

        Welcome to the July 2003 round-up of news and views on UFOs, alien
        abductions, crop circles, the unexplained, the weird and the

        A Roswell Requiem

        Volume 10, Number 1 of Skeptic magazine contains an interesting 14
        page article on the Roswell incident. The article is written by B. D.
        ìDukeî Gildenberg, a meteorologist who was involved with USAAF and
        USAF operations, including Project Mogul, that he believes were
        responsible for triggering the Roswell incident. He was also involved
        in work for Project Blue Book, and more recently he was involved as a
        witness and researcher for the 1997 Pentagon investigation into the
        incident, which culminated in the publication of The Roswell Report:
        Case Closed. The article is entitled A Roswell Requiem. Given this,
        and the magazine in which it is published, readers will not be
        surprised to learn that the author attributes the Roswell Incident to
        Project Mogul, compounded by the fallibility of human memory, and
        exaggeration and lies on the part of certain people. He blames
        authors, publishers and TV producers for fuelling a modern myth, and
        concludes that ufology should move on from what he regards as a
        totally discredited case. Those who have read the two USAF reports The
        Roswell Report: Fact vs. Fiction in the New Mexico Desert and The
        Roswell Report: Case Closed will not find much new in the article, but
        this is not to detract from what is an important and well-written
        summary of the sceptical case against Roswell. Gildenberg uses the
        testimony of Captain Cavitt against the claims of Major Jesse Marcel,
        and that of Professor Kimball against the claims of Glenn Dennis.
        Believers can legitimately argue that the memories of Cavitt, say, are
        no more or less reliable than those of Marcel. However, any suggestion
        that those witnesses or experts supporting the official view are part
        of the conspiracy, or have been got at, would be more tenuous. The
        article has a sarcastic tone in places, but setting that aside, it is
        an important piece of journalism that, whatever ones views on Roswell,
        deserves a wider audience in ufology than it will probably get. Click
        on [1]www.skeptic.com for details of the magazine.

        Crop Circle Advertising

        Images of crop circles have often been incorporated into
        advertisements, illustrating how they have become part of the popular
        culture. The same has happened with UFOs and aliens. A new
        advertisement for tourism in Wiltshire has now used a crop circle
        photograph to promote the area, which is an interesting example of
        local government officials using the imagery. The imagery appears in a
        magazine advertisement, but there are a couple of references to crop
        circles on the official local authority site at [2]www.kennet.gov.uk
        together with links to some crop circle websites.

        NASA Nuclear Mission

        In a controversial move, NASA have given the go ahead to a deep space
        mission powered by a miniature nuclear reactor. The move has upset
        environmentalists concerned at the safety implications, especially in
        the light of the tragic loss of the space shuttle Columbia earlier
        this year. An essential safety feature will mean that the reactor
        cannot be switched on until the spacecraft has gone well beyond the
        orbit of the Earth. Project Prometheus involves NASA funding Lockheed
        Martin to investigate the concepts needed to design a viable nuclear
        propulsion system. The first aim would be a mission to some of the
        moons of Jupiter such as Callisto, Europa and Ganymede, where
        primitive life may exist in oceans beneath the icy surfaces. The
        likely launch date will be 2011. In the longer term, this technology
        may be the first step towards the previously stated NASA aim of a star
        mission. For this to occur in a meaningful timescale, radical new
        propulsion systems will be needed, incorporating nuclear mission, or
        matter/antimatter annihilation.

        Open Skies Closed Minds in Romania

        I am pleased to announce that my first book Open Skies Closed Minds is
        to be published in Romania. Open Skies Closed Minds is an overview of
        the UFO phenomenon, focusing on my running the UK Government UFO
        research and investigation project, at the Ministry of Defence. My
        books are available in America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, and
        have previously been translated into various other languages,
        including German, Greek and Polish. On past form, English language UFO
        books being translated into other languages leads to greater liaison
        between researchers in different countries, and results in previously
        unreported cases being given greater prominence. My thanks go to the
        respected ufologist Ion Hobana for arranging this.

        Glastonbury Symposium 2003

        On 25, 26 and 27 July the Glastonbury Symposium 2003 takes place at
        The Town Hall, Glastonbury. Entitled Investigating Crop Circles and
        Signs of Our Times, the symposium features a host of well known names,
        including Maurice Cotterell, Ed Sherwood and Michael Glickman. The
        special Sunday night guest is Budd Hopkins. However, the focus will be
        on crop circles, and the event includes a coach tour of whatever
        formations are in the area at the time. The event is hosted by Andy
        Thomas and Karen Douglas, and details can be found at the
        [3]www.glastonburysymposium.co.uk website.

        The 2003 Crop Circle Convention

        If Glastonbury whets your appetite, then there is another three day
        crop circle conference on 8, 9 and 10 August, in the Cricklade Theatre
        in Andover, Hampshire. Invited speakers include Colin Andrews, Reg
        Presley, Philip Mantle, Lucy Pringle and Busty Taylor. I have no
        internet site details for this event, but further information can be
        obtained by telephoning 01392 677462 any evening. Bookings can be made
        by calling 01264 360063 during office hours.

        Ed's Note:

        Nick Pope has written four books. Open Skies, Closed Minds is an
        overview of the UFO phenomenon with the emphasis on his official
        Ministry of Defence research and investigation. The Uninvited is an
        overview of the alien abduction mystery. Operation Thunder Child and
        Operation Lightning Strike are science fiction novels about alien
        invasion, incorporating UFO and abduction data. All four titles are
        available from most good bookshops and all the usual Internet book

        © Knight International 2003

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