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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Psychochemically Induced UFO SIghtings

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Several years ago we published information given to us by Bosco Nedelcovic, an AID/CIA officer who worked for the Department of Defense in South America.

The information imparted was that the 1957 Villas Boas case was actually a psychochemical experiment formulated by U.S. Army Intelligence and the C.I.A.

You can read about it at a blog of The Recluse:

Nick Redfern also provides a full chapter about this in his book, Contactees.

The December 17th, 2012 issue of The New Yorker has a lengthy article (18 pages) by Raffi Khatchadourian, Operation Delirium [Page 46 ff.] that corroborates, circumstantially, what Nedelcovic offered and Anthony Bragalia investigated earlier in blogs for us.


That various government agencies, provocated by the C.I.A., engaged in psychochemical experiments, on volunteers and an unsuspecting public, is no secret.

The New Yorker article cites a 1949 report by L. Wilson Greene, Psychochemical Warfare: A New Concept of War

The idea that psychochemicals could disable or derange America’s Cold War enemies became an idée fixe of the military and clandestine agencies of the U.S. government, and The New Yorker piece documents the machinations, using the confessional remembrances of Colonel James S. Ketchum, who was in the Army from 1956 to 1976, working at various facilities such as the Edgewood Arsenal and Dugway (which Anthony Bragalia has written about, as has Nick Redfern).

The chemicals exploited included EA3834, a variation on BZ, LSD, PCP, in such Projects as Dork [sic] .

The British Ministry of Defense, admittedly, engaged in similar experimentation and testing.

The article supplements theories or hypotheses that indicate come UFO sightings and encounters were the result of covert operations that targeted members of the public.

The sightings that I see as possible products of such possible interventions include the Hill “abduction,” the Travis Walton kidnapping, The Hickson/Parker Pascagoula event, the Cash-Landrum affair, some of the French, Italian, and British encounters (reported by Jose Caravaca for us), and dozens of others.

While I’ve listed some of these UFO events under the rubric of hallucinations, that psychotic-like manifestation would surely be the end result of psychochemical influence, as The New Yorker article articulates.

For those who don’t find an ET explanation satisfactory for some UFO episodes the New Yorker piece will lead you to a conclusion of government foolery which created, inadvertently or not, UFO events, like the Villas Boas case, where chemically induced psychoses made for scenarios that ufologists, wrongfully, think are part of an extraterrestrial invasion.



  • A year or two ago it was suggested that the Rendlesham Forest incident was a psyops test of security at a nuclear base. If I remember correctly, a British researcher uncovered some US government documents laying out the theoretical psychological and physical (something to do with electro-magnetics) parameters for such a test, though they were not specifically blueprints for Rendlesham. I think Jacques Vallee also stated he thought a security test was the most likely explanation for the Rendlesham events.

    I've wondered if the shut down incident at the missile base in Minot in the 60s was, in fact, some type of security test (or a system malfunction or simply the result of human error -- "that big red light in the sky ate my homework and shut down the missiles").

    Anyway, since US military were used as guinea pigs more often than the general citizenry during the big, bad Cold War, I think all UFO events involving military personnel in that era ought to be examined in that light.

    As an aside, in her book Betty Hill's niece noted that at the time senior officers at Pease AFB were very interested in the Hills' "abduction", which would have been the case if the Hills had indeed been guinea pigs in a military/intelligence psycho-chemical experiment.

    By Blogger purrlgurrl, at Monday, December 17, 2012  

  • I am very interested in alternative interpretations re: the Antonio Vilas Boas abduction.

    I am also very interested in biographical details of Olavo Fontes - I would welcome a critical biography. He and the Vilas Boas case were the subject of a similar scrutiny before: http://www.philipcoppens.com/ufo_fontes.html

    I read that Bosco Nedelcovic told you, Rich, in 1978 of Operation Mirage.

    Have you ever found independent data corroborating his claim?

    If not, how do you differentiate between Nedelcovic and, for instance, Richard Doty?

    Best regards,


    By Blogger theo paijmans, at Monday, December 17, 2012  

  • In a similar vein, what do you think of Martin Cannon's 'The Controllers'?

    Best regards,


    By Blogger theo paijmans, at Monday, December 17, 2012  

  • Theo:

    Bosco Nedelcovic was everything (and more) that he revealed about himself.

    What he told me was corroborated pretty much, and there is even more to come on and from Bosco (now deceased).

    I'll check out the Cannon thing.

    Go to Anomalist and click on the link to the New Yorker article.

    It's a must-read, if one wants to understand some UFO events.

    There is much on Dr. Fontes online; but he had no idea that Villas Boas was subject to a weird DoD/CIA experiment.

    The Villas Boas case is another example of ufologists putting an ET spin on an episode without knowing all the details (or facts) about the episode.

    We're looking through a glass darkly, as usual.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Monday, December 17, 2012  

  • Hi Rich,

    Thank you for your reply.

    You write that what Nedelcovic told you was 'was corroborated pretty much', can you explain more as to that?

    It is, namely, an interesting subject.

    Best regards,


    By Blogger theo paijmans, at Monday, December 17, 2012  

  • Theo:

    A colleague of ours is doing something on Bosco and related matters in the new year.

    I'm not at liberty to disclose what that is but will make sure to note it here when it's available.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Monday, December 17, 2012  

  • Hello, all -

    Thanks for the article, RR. I have a personal appreciation for the subject matter, and I am moved to say that Khatchadourian's 'Operation Delirium' is quite impressively comprehensive, accurate and informative. It's great work.

    Personally, I find it diffcult to envision such covert research projects do not account for a certain percentage of reports of high strangeness and alleged alien abduction, whatever that percentage may actually be. My views on that are similar to accepting that a certain number of reports of unidentified flying objects are attributable to exotic, yet quite human, advanced aircraft. Just stands to reason.

    Thanks again for addressing the subject matter. 'Delirium' offers the thorough researcher many opportunities for cross referencing dates and locations with events from ufology. As you suggest, I strongly suspect in some circumstances such events are one and the same.


    By Blogger Jack Brewer, at Thursday, December 20, 2012  

  • Jack:

    I understand that more about this is coming out after the first of the year, by some eminent researchers and colleagues.

    We'll note anything that ensues.

    Thanks for the note.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Thursday, December 20, 2012  

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