According to Redfern, his anonymous informant told him that the story begins with the invasion of Iraq in 2003, but Redfern declines to provide the kind of details that would be necessary to evaluate the claim. After the discovery of unnamed ancient “things” in Baghdad (what, when, and where are unspecified), the U.S. government called together scientists, theologians, historians, and archaeologists in Utah and forced them to sign nondisclosure agreements. Their absence from society apparently went unnoticed, and Redfern never bothered to look to see if there was a period between 2003 and 2010 when so many prominent people went missing for weeks or months at a time. The team of experts allegedly looked into monatomic white powder gold, the fictional substance alleged by ancient astronaut theorists to be the food of the Anunnaki space aliens.
Back in 2013, I explained the ridiculous origins of this fringe history staple:
The claim […] probably derives from alchemy’s alleged aurum potabile, or drinkable gold, promoted by Paracelsus in Treasure of Treasures and other works in the sixteenth century. He claimed to have invented aurum potabile and he believed it to be the elixir of life, a cure for disease, and a path to immortality. The occultist Manly P. Hall adopted aurum potabile into his system via a secondhand summary of alchemy from a Victorian textbook, and from there it entered occult circles, where it sits today.
This substance, in turn, was inspired by the idea of colloidal gold, a suspension of gold nanoparticles used in making colored glass since antiquity, with which it became confused by modern alternative health practitioners who pass off colloidal gold as extraterrestrial monoatomic white gold. The solution can be stirred to form a precipitate of gold atoms, which must be the “monoatomic” gold of occult theory, though technically the nanoparticles aren’t single atoms, as I understand it. One gold atom is 0.135 nanometers wide, while colloidal gold nanoparticles range from 5 to 1,000 nanometers in size.
Redfern alleges that his unnamed source told him that the monoatomic gold project utilized the talents of biologists and biblical scholars, who worked together to apply ancient texts to modern science in the hope of duplicating pre-Flood biblical lifespans. “And learned souls in the fields of none other than ‘ancient astronauts,’ and the Bible’s legendary ‘men of renown,’ crossed paths with demonologists.” This is for me the silliest line, if only because it posits that the same people who assert the existence of government conspiracies to suppress the truth are also participating in government conspiracies, adding another layer of conspiracy—and doing so with other conspiracy theorists who believe in different conspiracies! Could you imagine Giorgio Tsoukalos holed up in a secret bunker trying to decode ancient texts for the U.S. government while L. A. Marzulli rants about Nephilim and a demonologist tries to summon the Old Ones?
It’s rather a cornucopia of fringe history claims, though: demons, ancient astronauts, the Nephilim… all names for the same beings, seen through three different lenses. Once again we see the centrality of Genesis 6:1-4 (and its amplification in 1 Enoch) to the fringe history worldview, be it ancient astronaut, alchemical, creationist, etc.
Redfern claims that because his unnamed source asserted that the program failed, it is therefore likely to have actually existed. “Rather ironically, the fact that I was told the project was a 100 percent failure added credibility to the story – for me, at least, it did.” Redfern implies that he “hit a brick wall” in investigating the story, but he declines to share with readers any actual research he did into the allegations, or any information he tried to solicit from his source to help verify the claims. As I mentioned, knowing the identity of some of the “experts” working on the project would, for example, let us cross-reference their public schedules with the times that they allegedly were in Utah translating ancient texts. Redfern declined to take this elementary step, or at least to share with us any attempts that he made to find out the identity of the experts. If I were a conspiracy theorist, I would it was because he did not actually do any research.