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Monday, April 29, 2013

The Flatwoods Monster: A Creation of the U.S. Air Force?

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Nick Redfern, in his book, Monster Files, which I reviewed earlier here (see posting below this one), takes up the Flatwoods Monster sighting of 1952 in Chapter 6 [Page 63 ff.].

Nick notes that, during World War II, a bizarre episode by the British, as recounted in a Rand Corporation 1950 document (The Exploitation of Superstitions for Purposes of Psychological Warfare), was provided by a Jean M. Hungerford that involved the British military building a 12 foot scarecrow-like robot to frighten the Italians fighting in Italy’s mountains.

The “scarecrow” – an imaginative creation of one Jasper Maskelyne -- supposedly emitted “frightful flashes and bangs” to scare the superstitious Italian soldiers who were allied with the Nazis, thus creating chaos and havoc on the lines.

(Yes, it’s a silly tale, and, on its face, one that stretches credulity.)

The United State Air Force, however seems to have taken the idea and elaborated upon it, as part of that agencies psy-operations, and built their own 12 foot creature and tested it out in Flatwoods, West Virginia in 1952.

Here are two links about that episode, for those who need a refresher course:



You can read about both convoluted affairs in Nick’s book. And see how Nick comes to the conclusion that the U.S. Air Force was responsible for the Flatwoods sighting, which had nothing to do with an alien visitation and a monster extraterrestrial but was only an elaborate psy-op of the U.S. military, one of many in the time-frame.

What’s your thinking on the matter?

RR 

2 Comments:

  • One thing I am seeing now, that I didn't see before, is the degree of inter-service connections of the Central Intelligence Agency.

    What I mean is that lots of folks think of the CIA as a separate entity, when it is actually an entity made up of the centralized thoughts, and ideas of several other agencies...namely the Navy, the Army, the Air Force and the State Department.

    Before that it was the Navy, the War Department, the AAF, the FBI and the State Department.

    Along these lines, we had the State War Navy Coordinating Committee (SWNCC), and the State, Army, Navy, Air Force Coordinating Committee (SANACC) which formulated SWNCC 304/4, 304/6, and 304/8.

    These were the early attempts to centralize some form of Psychological Warfare agency, which were to possibly include operations against the American public.

    They were eventually finalized.

    Could this be the core of the incident in question, and not just the “Air Force”?

    Also, I have often wondered how much Jasper might have been involved in the UFO question. The more I see, and read, the more I feel that Mr. Davidson was truly on to “something.”

    Still, even though some other researchers seem to come up with explanations for old sightings, such as the Chiles/Whitted sighting, one cannot ignore the other, plentiful –even robust collection of other sightings, by credible observers (such as the 1948 Watson Labs sightings “it exited straight up into outer space”) which seem to bolster completely incredible possibilities.

    Through all of this, the CIA based Psyops connection cannot be ignored, yet can not explain away all of it.

    By Blogger Bob Koford, at Tuesday, April 30, 2013  

  • Bob:

    Get Nick's book.

    If I get an extra copy, I'll send it to you.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Tuesday, April 30, 2013  

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