UFOs Finally Turn Up in Documents Leaked by Edward Snowden

UFO image from GCHQ powerpoint The Art of Deception

A number of people have asked, if there is a government UFO cover-up, why haven't documents relating to them turned up in the massive intelligence leak by Edward Snowden. Well, in a new document released at The Intercept, the new website devoted to publishing information about the leaks, the flying saucers have arrived. Though where they've turned up might be cause for concern for the Fox Mulder's out there.

That document is a Powerpoint presentation from the British intelligence agency GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters), titled simply enough "The Art of Deception: Training for a New Generation of Online Covert Operations", in which three of the fifty slides are images of 'UFOs'. Unfortunately, there is no text related to the images, so there could be a number of reasons for them being included - from pointing out people's belief systems, through to them possibly being part of actual psychological operations (psy-ops). The only clue might be that the images are listed under a heading of "Influence and Information Operations".

Besides the UFO references, there are a number of allusions to magic, from the mission statement to produce "cyber-magicians", to another slide listing the historical involvement of professional magicians with psy-ops, through to finishing with an image of Teller beside a quote, "Conjuring with Information".

Glenn Greenwald has written some commentary on the latest release of documents, pointing out how they show intelligence agencies are intentionally manipulating online discussions:

Among the core self-identified purposes of JTRIG are two tactics: (1) to inject all sorts of false material onto the internet in order to destroy the reputation of its targets; and (2) to use social sciences and other techniques to manipulate online discourse and activism to generate outcomes it considers desirable. To see how extremist these programs are, just consider the tactics they boast of using to achieve those ends: “false flag operations” (posting material to the internet and falsely attributing it to someone else), fake victim blog posts (pretending to be a victim of the individual whose reputation they want to destroy), and posting “negative information” on various forums.

Returning to the topic of UFOs, writer/film-maker Mark Pilkington is well-acquainted with the dual topic of UFOs and intelligence agency deceptions via the intensive research he did for his book and related documentary Mirage Men. On his blog, Mark notes that "it’s clear that [intelligence agencies] consider the UFO subject, its attendant beliefs, and the vocal community surrounding it, to be a useful field of operations for their activities". He also points out that not much has changed in the last six decades, given the similarities between the newly released document and a research paper released in 1950 titled "Exploitation of Superstitions for Purposes of Psychological Warfare" - right down to the listing of magicians who have participated in psy-ops.

If you'd like to learn more about this subject, take a look at the lecture Mark gave a couple of years ago (embedded below), titled "The Abuses of Enchantment: Folklore and Deception in the Disinformation Age":

As Greenwald points out, "these GCHQ documents are the first to prove that a major western government is using some of the most controversial techniques to disseminate deception online... Claims that government agencies are infiltrating online communities and engaging in “false flag operations” to discredit targets are often dismissed as conspiracy theories, but these documents leave no doubt they are doing precisely that... No government should be able to engage in these tactics".

Or, as Fox Mulder told us all those years ago: "Trust no-one".

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emlong's picture
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The UR-Psyop is to make all information so relative seeming and suspect that one no longer trusts one's faculties to sort it all out, and so the inquiring mind gives up and just spends its time in escapist activities. It's the ultimate killer of internet inquiry and information seeking. It's the PTB's main weapon in neutering the internet.

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Tsk tsk tsk... that was Deep Throat, and he told it to Scully right before he died.

Kindly hand over your X-Files fanboi badge, sir.

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It's all the rabbit SH*T you stumble over on your way down!!!

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The glaringly obvious question should be:
Why spend all this time, cost, and effort to discredit these reports? If there's nothing to them, then why go to these sophisticated and costly lengths to debunk?
And speaking of costly, if indeed there's nothing to it, then this wasting of tax dollars spent on the disinformation program is a scandal of the first order.
No, it's clear that someone is going to great lenghts to hide something here, and that's as obvious as can be.
In my life & experience, I know this; There's nothing wilder than the truth, and nothing stranger than reality.

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Why spend all this time, cost, and effort to discredit these reports? If there's nothing to them, then why go to these sophisticated and costly lengths to debunk?

Good question. On the other hand, maybe it's not a matter of discrediting, but of manipulating UFO beliefs for their own convenience --i.e. fostering crazy-ass UFO stories like Serpo, in order to divert the public's attention.

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Especially a certain mirage of a man who uses every single technique laid out in that PowerPoint presentation. A proven liar and hoaxer who refuses to answer direct questions.

No, I'm not referring to Richard Doty.

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"Why spend all this time, cost, and effort to discredit these reports? If there's nothing to them, then why go to these sophisticated and costly lengths to debunk?"

Of course. It makes zero sense, especially when there are plenty of other phenomena they could exploit. The proven liars and hoaxers and intelligence assets who peddle mirages and misinformation are all addicted to a Victorian worldview in which the sterile white male (preferably bearded) intellectual is a supergod and the ignorant masses must huddle before them.

This paper is a huge cut to the necks of the Randis and the other mirage makers- all liars and shills. All bought and paid for.

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Actually it might have been Eric Beckjord who said that .

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As a mass media watcher it looks more and more to me like the spin will be ET's as the new Al Qaeda - as terror. They are furiously denying their existence as part of the psyop to make the whole subject appear forbidding and scary - like they are keeping it a secret because it is too terrible for us to know what is really going on. Meanwhile, there is an almost exclusive representation of aliens in mainstream media now as evil creatures hell bent on domination. Even Spielberg has changed his tune. The next phase as predicted by Von Braun will be to actually deploy our highest tech toys as being alien, and the deployment will probably be destructive and terrorizing. That may be some years off, but it is likely coming.

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Reading over the Intercept piece (as opposed to the Mark Pilkington clip), I didn't come away with a clear sense of who specifically was being targeted with these tactics. Political enemies? UFO investigators? Wikileaks types? Threats to corporate interests? All of the above? Maybe I just missed it, but if anyone else can shed some light here, I'd appreciate it.

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Maybe we're reading waaay too much into the UFO images used in this PP presentation.

It's almost as if we're saying that Teller is totally a paid agent working for the GCHQ, merely because his mug appears on the final slide!

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Looks like you can finally rent Mirage Men on a new site.
Maybe something to watch this cold weekend.
http://www.yekra.com/mirage-men