UFO Conjectures

Sunday, June 03, 2012

Nick Redfern’s The Pyramids and the Pentagon. (It’s a fascinating read.)

Nick Redfern always provides material that is uniquely insightful and he does that with his Pyramids and Pentagon book, pictured above.

The 286 page book is flush with details of the United States military establishment’s obsession with and involvement in those aspects of life and history that seem peripheral but, according to Nick’s elaborate reckoning, U.S. government constructs, military and intelligence mostly, were heavily absorbed in those arcane mysteries that tickle curiosity among Fortean cognoscenti (and UFO buffs, generally).

Noah’s ark, ancient levitation techniques (use in constructing the monuments of old), the Mayan and Incan ruins, crop circles, vampires, the Philadelphia experiment, dimension hopping, the face on Mars, UFOs (of course), atomic annihilation, immortality, sacred mushrooms, Marian apparitions, Stonehenge, and crop circles are just some – some! – of the encyclopedic-like accounts that Nick has gathered for this book.

What Nick is driving at, as I see it, is the idea that the ancient past, and mysteries from that past, were and are items of deep interest to elements of the military and intelligence communities of the United State of America. Why?

Nick doesn’t tell readers why U.S. agencies have spent and are spending (even now) so much money and effort on arcane mysteries; he just tells us that they have and continue to do so.

And Nick isn’t one to offer details without substantive backing and evidence. He’s used The Freedom of Information resources to bolster his presentation(s).

Each strange or bizarre account is supplemented by documentations of varying kinds, most from the government itself.

What are readers to make of the insinuation that Nick makes: that government officials took and take mysteries of the past seriously?

I assume that Nick is implying that we, too, should take such mysteries seriously. He surely does.

I can’t provide all the intriguing examples of government machinations in the affairs of the arcane, but in Nick’s 14th Chapter [Page 155 ff.], Martian Conspiracies, readers will find a confluence of material that brings together Jonathan Swift (Gulliver’s Travels), comic book artist Jack Kirby, the Voynich Manuscript, the Face on Mars, the CIA, and Nick’s recently dead pal, Mac Tonnies.

That wealth of related arcana is what makes Nick’s books so interesting; it leads readers to areas of interest that they normally wouldn’t know existed.

The book, subtitled The Government’s Top Secret Pursuit of Mystical Relics, Ancient Astronauts, and Lost Civilizations is published by New Page Books, a division of The Career Press, Inc., Pompton Plains, NJ and is priced at $15,99.

It can be purchased at bookstores online and off, of course, and should be in any UFO maven’s library, if only to be conversant and knowledgeable about how the U.S. government is less than candid about its interest in UFO-related matters.

Nick Redfern knows lots of things, and he allows his readers to know what he knows. I am a devoted fan of the author for that.



  • I suspect that US investigations into stuff like Noah's Ark provided decent cover for placing spies in strategic places. Guys like Samuel Lothrop worked for early Intel whilst studying the archaeology of Central America in the 1940s.

    Sure, proving Biblical tales of floods might buttress political beliefs that US foreign policy is an extension of God's Will. On a more objective level, what other purpose would it serve? The best reason would probably be guys on the ground in areas of strategic interest.

    The Voynich Manuscript is a heck of a challenge for FBI cryptographers. Cracking the 'code' would bring positive attention to their expertise. I'd be disappointed if their efforts were in the hope of uncovering esoteric knowledge.

    On the other hand, Nick's interviews with the 'Collins Elite' suggests the possibility that some funds might have been afforded to Indiana Jones adventures in search of Biblical relics.

    By Blogger Kandinsky, at Sunday, June 03, 2012  

  • Kandinsky:

    I was surprised at how much money and time has been spent and is being spent on such esoterica.

    Nick's information about the governmental obsessions astounds.

    With all the "down-to-Earth" problems extant, such pursuits as those Nick has enumerated or uncovered indicates an almost psychotic underbelly in place here, in the States.

    I suppose the same is true for Britain, and other countries.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Sunday, June 03, 2012  

  • Kandinsky:

    Some of it at least may indeed have been relative to spying. The whole Noah's Ark issue, for example, was indeed tied in to a clandestine flight over Turkey to spy on the Russians.

    One of the things I note in the book (in the Conclusions) is that I did not find any evidence that all these quests were undertaken to further our knowledge of archaeology etc. But, rather, it was to determine if there was any military capital to be gained - such as ancient advanced technologies, if such even existed, of course.

    There were, for example, people in Govt in the 50s and 60s very interested in the theory that massive stones were moved in the past via "levitation.

    True or not, the interest was there. But I saw no evidence this was researched for archaeological, religious or historical reasons, but purely to see if (A) such technology did exist; and (B) if so, whether it could be used for military purposes.

    By Blogger Nick Redfern, at Monday, June 04, 2012  

  • Mr. Redfern seems sure to eclipse Dr. Randle as the champion over-prolific UFO publishing profiteer!!!!

    By Blogger Kurt Peters, at Monday, June 04, 2012  

  • RRRGroup - Are you also selling this in a large print edition for we who no longer see that well?

    By Blogger TheNurse, at Monday, June 04, 2012  

  • TN:

    The font is larger than usual, but you might check with Anomalist.com or Amazon.com to see if LARGE PRINT is available.

    I'll also ask the publisher and report back here.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Monday, June 04, 2012  

  • P.S. .....

    can we all at least agree that Vallee is the Green Lantern of UFOlogy???

    By Blogger Kurt Peters, at Monday, June 04, 2012  

  • Nick,

    Didn't the pre-WW2 Nazis possess a comparable obsession of ancient artifacts and knowledge for their purported mystical and intellectual value?

    What was the origin of these fixations?

    What, if anything, did we learn on this subject from the German scientists collected under Project Paperclip to likewise warrant our covert involvement?

    Something of genuine importance?

    I would like to think that the military and intelligence agencies wouldn't commit to any such undertakings without at least a modicum of evidentiary support.

    By Blogger Dan T. Benedict, at Monday, June 04, 2012  

  • There might be a large print edition one day. They did publish one of my books in a large typeface edition a few years ago. I'll ask them and let you know.

    By Blogger Nick Redfern, at Tuesday, June 05, 2012  

  • Dan:

    You say: "I would like to think that the military and intelligence agencies wouldn't commit to any such undertakings without at least a modicum of evidentiary support."

    Er...I will break the news to you gently: Governments waste (or, as they call it, "allocate") extraordinary amounts of time and money (our money, I might add) on all sorts of projects and operations, some of which are valid, some of which may have validity, and others that - in the long term - prove nothing in terms of achieving anything of significance.

    I would say there are accounts in my new book that fall into all those categories.

    US agencies were interested for a number of years in the tales of the Pyramids of Egypt having been built by levitation. I have some of these files.

    But, it's debatable regarding how seriously such beliefs were taken as a whole by the Pentagon, or if it was an issue taken seriously by a small and select body of people in the Pentagon - which is a very different issue.

    We sometimes think of Government as being this big entity that - if it allocates money to something - it does things/creates projects because it has the answers.

    Sometimes (actually quite often), projects, think-tanks etc are established to explore issues and controversies, and sometimes they uncover things of significance and sometimes they don't.

    That governments often thrown money in different directions doesn't always equate to them sitting on something secret and extraordinary.

    In some of the cases in my book, they do appear to be hiding things of an ancient nature. In other cases, it seems brief projects were initiated that sometimes went somewhere and occasionally went into oblivion.

    Yep, the Nazis were indeed heavily into all this stuff, and there's little doubt that at least some of this filtered through to the US in the post-war era.

    By Blogger Nick Redfern, at Tuesday, June 05, 2012  

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