We need to separate the UFO/UAP phenomenon from the accounts of those who claim they’ve been contacted or abducted by aliens. The sheer number of cases argues against all of them being hoaxes or hallucinations.
However, as Jack Brewer documents in his excellent book The Greys Have Been Framed: Exploitation in the UFO Community, the primary source of evidence touted by the UFO community—memories recovered by abductees under hypnosis—is unreliable, to put it mildly. Hypnosis is not a trustworthy method of retrieving memories, and may actually be harmful.1 Sadly, as Brewer notes:
Traumatized individuals are then at risk of sustaining deeper emotional damage while failing to seek qualified professional treatment. Such professional treatment is often discouraged within the UFO community in lieu of compiling so-called evidence of fantastic encounters with extraterrestrials.2
Contactees may have various reasons for concocting stories of ETI encounters from just wanting to feel special to out-and-out delusions resulting from psychosis. Sadly, there are traumatized individuals whose treatment is of lesser importance to those who are most willing and eager to hear their stories—true believers desperate for “evidence” of ET’s existence.
The intelligence community doesn’t have to work very hard to push the ETI meme. The UFO community is doing just fine with that on its own.
Now, there are, without question, cases that can’t be explained away as delusions, hoaxes, or intelligence ops. Joe Jordan, co-founder of CE4 Research Group and a longtime MUFON investigator,3 has compiled hundreds of accounts of “alien” abductions that have been stopped by victims who called on the name of Jesus. And, according to Jordan, this happens consistently. Now, why would that be, if the abductors were, say, aliens from Zeta Reticuli? The logical answer, if one is open to a supernatural explanation, is that the alien abduction phenomenon is primarily spiritual—in other words, demonic.
But that isn’t an answer the UFO community wants to hear, either, which is why Jordan calls it “the unwanted piece of the UFO puzzle.”4
Here is the hard truth for sci-fi fans and true believers in extraterrestrial visitation: For all of the interest in ETIs and the continuing popularity of science fiction in pop culture, there is no concrete evidence that aliens are visiting Earth, if they exist at all.
So, why the deception? In part, spooks and military men find it a useful cover for things they’d rather not tell the rest of us. On a spiritual level, there is a darker agenda.
In 2010, researcher and author Nick Redfern published Final Events and the Secret Government Group on Demonic UFOs and the Afterlife, which he calls “probably my most controversial book to date.”5 It tells the story of an interdepartmental think tank inside the United States Government nicknamed the Collins Elite. The group, according to Redfern’s source, had been tasked with analyzing the UFO phenomenon, and it reached a disturbing conclusion: UFOs aren’t extraterrestrial, they’re demonic. Worse, the Collins Elite reportedly believes “the phenomenon ‘feeds’ upon a poorly understood form of energy contained in the human soul. In other words, we are being reared, nurtured, and finally digested, just like cattle.”6
According to Redfern’s source, these demonic entities are a type of cosmic vampire, sucking the spiritual life out of their human victims.
Furthermore, these so-called “aliens” anticipated that discerning Christians might identify them for what they are and countered that development. The ETI disclosure movement was developed to make Christians look foolish by convincing the public that extraterrestrial life is real.
Members of the Collins Elite reportedly settled on an odd strategy for dealing with the crisis—taking over the government and establishing a Christian-ish theocracy in America. According to Redfern’s source, the group believed that imposing Pharisaical laws on the country would turn the global tide against the infernal, soul-sucking entities.7
It sounds like the plot of a dystopian cable TV series. Exactly how forcing Americans to follow the Mosaic Law is supposed to defeat evil incarnate isn’t explained in the book.
Redfern can be excused as he admits to being agnostic on matters spiritual, but if the story of the Collins Elite is true—and bear in mind that Redfern’s work is mainly based on secret informants—then the U.S. government is in serious need of people who’ve opened a Bible at least once.
As Bible scholar Dr. Michael Heiser wrote in his review of Final Events:
In my mind, the most disturbing thing about the book is that highly-placed insiders within the intelligence community could think so poorly — especially if they are Christians. […]
What is the theological logic of this? That if the ruling elite are Christians, the demons will be powerless? Or that if a majority of U.S. citizens are Christians, then God can or will act? (This makes God capricious to say the least [“I won’t intervene against evil unless enough humans measure up”] or powerless to act unilaterally [“I cannot intervene against evil unless enough humans measure up”]). You can have that God. And how small-minded is this approach — to presume that the fate of humanity lies in the hands of the Church in the United States? What a muddled theological mess.8
But maybe putting out the story of the Collins Elite was itself an intelligence operation. As Redfern noted elsewhere, the United States government has been thinking about how to use religious ideas as propaganda for a long time.9 A 1950 RAND Corporation report commissioned by the Air Force, “The Exploitation of Superstitions for Purposes of Psychological Warfare,” details examples of how closely held beliefs were manipulated by operatives for various governments.10 The RAND report appeared just as the UFO phenomenon hit its stride in the U.S.
Predictably, the publication of Final Events seeded the notion among skeptics and atheists that evangelical Christians are willing to use the UFO phenomenon to justify “a concentration camp vision of America based in ancient Jewish law.”11 Secular progressives had a field day holding up Final Events as proof that Christians really do want to use the power of the federal government to impose our view of morality on everyone else.
Now, since you’re reading this, the odds are that you’re laugh out loud at the idea that Christians will take over this or any other national government any time soon. Look at the culture around us, then ask yourself: Is this a society that’s going to vote a truly godly government into power?12
When we analyze the story of the Collins Elite, which serves as an appropriate summary of the 75-year history of the modern UFO phenomenon, the most likely explanation is this: Once again, human agents working for the principalities and powers arrayed against God carried out an op, using “official disclosure” to advance the kingdom of darkness.
- Brewer, Jack (2016). The Greys Have Been Framed: Exploitation in the UFO Community, Kindle Edition. Kindle location 378.
- Ibid, Kindle locations 210-212.
- As of May 2023, Joe is MUFON State Section Director for Brevard County, Florida, and previously served as MUFON’s Field Director for South Korea. He has been a member of MUFON since 1993.
- http://www.alienresistance.org/ce4.htm, retrieved 8/13/17.
- Redfern, Nick (September 18, 2013). “Feeding the UFO Phenomenon”. Mysterious Universe. http://mysteriousuniverse.org/2013/09/feeding-the-ufo-phenomenon/, retrieved 8/26/17.
- Heiser, Dr. Michael S. (November 27, 2010). “Review of Nick Redfern’s Final Events”. http://drmsh.com/review-of-nick-redferns-final-events/, retrieved 8/26/17.
- Redfern, Nick (October 1, 2011). “A Religious Deception?” Mysterious Universe. http://mysteriousuniverse.org/2011/10/a-religious-deception/, retrieved 8/26/17.
- Pilkington, Mark (November 3, 2010). “RAND, Superstition, and Psychological Warfare”. Mirage Men. https://miragemen.wordpress.com/2010/11/03/rand-superstition-and-psychological-warfare/, retrieved 8/26/17.
- http://www.talk2action.org/comments/2010/10/2/142824/582/9?mode=alone;showrate=1#9, retrieved 8/26/17.
- For a further examination of that idea, we recommend the books Saboteurs by Tom Horn and The Deeper State by Lt. Col. Robert Maginnis (U.S. Army, ret.)
Derek Gilbert Bio
Derek P. Gilbert hosts SkyWatchTV, a Christian television program that airs on several national networks, the long-running interview podcast A View from the Bunker, and co-hosts SciFriday, a weekly television program that analyzes science news with his wife, author Sharon K. Gilbert.
Before joining SkyWatchTV in 2015, his secular broadcasting career spanned more than 25 years with stops at radio stations in Philadelphia, Saint Louis, Little Rock, and suburban Chicago.
Derek is a Christian, a husband and a father. He’s been a regular speaker at Bible prophecy conferences in recent years. Derek’s most recent book is The Great Inception: Satan’s PSYOPs from Eden to Armageddon. He has also published the novels The God Conspiracy and Iron Dragons, and he’s a contributing author to the nonfiction anthologies God’s Ghostbusters, Blood on the Altar, I Predict: What 12 Global Experts Believe You Will See by 2025, and When Once We Were a Nation.