The world of Ufology is filled with courageous people who have
been prepared to push the authorities to the limits of their
patience in their search and quest for the truth. People who
won't take "no" for an answer, they feel they are entitled to be
told what their government knows about Unidentified Flying
Objects, regardless of the consequences for themselves.
And if the government won't tell them, then they'll go and find
out for themselves
Troublemakers, in simple terms. And "trouble making" can come at
a personal price. Ask Gary Mckinnon and his predecessor Matthew
Bevan. Or ask Matthew Williams or Larry Bryant, or Stan
Friedman, or anybody else that has been watched by the
authorities and has a file on them somewhere.
Because if you push too hard, they push back. And they watch and
they wait. And they're bigger than you.
There is a long and rich history of surveillance of Ufologists
but surprisingly, not because they are interested in UFOs but
because either they might be using the subject of Ufology as a
cover for other less patriotic activities or because in the
course of their snooping, they might just come across things
they shouldn't. Like the concept of "non-terrestrial officers"
for example, or in Paul Bennewitz's case, NSA secret
communication satellite testing.
For the first time, a new book on the subject uncovers the truth
and the stories behind this snooping by the authorities. Nick
Redfern, whose own activities were closely monitored by Special
Branch for a number of years, lifts the lid on what went on and
why. And in particular, for the delight of British Ufologists,
Nick finally reveals the truth about APEN, the mysterious
organisation that plagued British Ufology for close to twenty
years and caused in fighting and disruption to the UK Ufological
"Saucer Spies" is published at the beginning of March by
Anomalist books and UFO Review will be carrying a detailed and
inevitably long interview with Nick about the book. If you
thought "Body Snatchers" turned the world of Ufology upside
down, then be prepared to be spun around again.
Next issue of UFO Review issue 15 out at the beginning of March.