In a new Mysterious Universe article, Nick Redfern offers the latest variation on an old story he’s been telling over and over again since his 2010 book Final Events. In fact, he’s told versions of this same story on Mysterious Universe itself in 2012 and again in 2014, and he is currently recycling it for his recently published book Secret History and a forthcoming book on “Women in Black.” Each time the story is the same: According to an Episcopal priest and former MUFON director named Ray Boeche, the U.S. government has concluded that space aliens are actually demons from hell, and that the UFO agenda is to bring about the End Times by seducing humanity into believing in space aliens instead of Satan’s minions. In 2012, for example, Redern (re-)quoted Boeche as having once said:
As a pastor and someone who’s trained as a theologian, I can’t come to any other conclusion than there is some sort of spiritual deception going on here. In so many of these kinds of alien contacts, the entities involved make a denial of Christianity. Anytime the spiritual issues are addressed, there is always some sort of denial of the validity of Christianity and the validity of the Bible.
Aliens are apparently a hybrid of Richard Dawkins and Bill Maher, but they seem less interested in debunking Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, etc.
If this were all Boeche had to say, he’s be no different than the literally hundreds of clergy who have made statements over the decades to the effect that UFOs are Satanic and space aliens are really demons or fallen angels. Boeche, though, goes beyond the standard Nephilim conspiracy to argue that (a) the U.S. government is involved in investigating Satan’s dominion over the earth, and (b) he (Boeche) was recruited to work with the federal government to stop Satan. Boeche says that in 1991 a secretive group he calls the Collins Elite approached him to battle demons after Satan began attacking members of the group for probing too far:
I found it interesting because they had contacted me at work; and I have no idea how they tracked me down there. But, they wanted to know if we could get together and have lunch to discuss something important. I met them for a brief period of time on that first meeting, and then they said: “We’d like to get together and have a longer conversation.” I arranged a time and it was quite a lengthy discussion, probably three and a half hours. And that’s how it all came about.
Boeche would seem to be either a liar or fantasy-prone were we to judge him only on the lack of evidence to support his version of events. He made a series of extremely unlikely claims about his work with the Department of Defense. He claimed that not only has the DoD determined that space aliens are actually Satanic demons but that they are posing as beneficent beings in order to pass on tainted information and/or technology to destroy Christians’ souls. Boeche claims that DoD officials told him that one of their researchers had opened a portal to hell as part of an experiment to contact non-human intelligences. “I was never able to get an exact point of origin of these sorts of experiments, or of their involvement, and when they got started. But I did get the impression that because of what they knew and the information that they presented, they had been involved for at least several years, even if the project had gone on for much longer.”
What you may not know is that Boeche, the founder of a Fortean group, has been investigating UFO conspiracies for decades. In the 1980s, for example, he tried to enlist the aid of a U.S. senator to investigate the Rendlesham UFO event. In the 1970s, he investigated alleged sightings of the Men in Black, and in 2014 he told Redfern in True Stories of the Real Men in Black (which seems to be recycling material from Final Events, as Redfern himself indicates) that the Men in Black are also a demonic deception designed to lead humans away from Jesus. Worse, he also said that as a child he had befriended paranormal author Gray Barker—the first to report on (or invent) Men in Black and Mothman—and remained in close contact with him until his death in 1984. Even though Barker was himself a UFO skeptic who wrote, to be blunt, lies and hoaxes for cash, the young Boeche seems to have taken Barker at face value and incorporated his imaginary world of monsters as part of his own Christian fantasia. If Barker actively encouraged Boeche’s conspiratorial worldview, if only by omission, that is another stain on his record.
(Also: Isn’t it interesting how all of the people involved in fringe claims are closely connected?)
Not included in Redfern’s recent articles is Boeche’s claim given in Final Events that in 1988 the U.S. government’s Collins Elite alleged in an unspecified document that the only way to combat Satan’s flying saucers was “intense indoctrination of faith and values at planetary level to radically and rapidly alter current population mindset.” That indoctrination, in turn, is supposed to involve “Old Testament” strictness of belief. What a remarkable conclusion that just happens to further the priest’s own Christian agenda! Damn hippies, ruining everything and letting Satan in! Oh, and these demons—they aren’t just regular old demons. No, they draw clearly from the Nephilim tradition. The Nephilim were, in apocryphal literature, cannibals, so their ghosts—the demons—are now energy vampires who feed off of human souls and have masqueraded as pagan gods, fairies, and Djinn.
It’s probably clear to most readers that Boeche’s 2010 claims seem very closely aligned to the political and cultural concerns of the preceding years, particularly Bush-era evangelical Christian fundamentalism, which prior to 2009 was found or suspected to operate at many levels of government and remained a controversial if unofficial component of the military even after. The “Old Testament” strictness the Collins Elite allegedly demanded can only be a coded reflection of evangelical fundamentalist belief.
I should probably note that Redfern seems a bit confused about the Collins Elite. He claims not to know the group’s real name, and he refers to it sometimes as a unit of the Department of Defense, sometimes as part of the CIA, and other times as an independent think tank. The story, which is supported by no documentary evidence, is that the CIA funded the creation of a think tank for current and former defense officials in 1952, a few days before the infamous Washington, D.C. UFO flap of July 20 and 27, 1952. Thereafter the group “feuded” with various other agencies in a tug-of-war between UFO disclosure and harnessing the power of Satan.
Oh, indeed, there must have been a government conspiracy at work to hide the true activities of Satan. It’s all spelled out in declassified CIA documents just like the ones of which Redfern is so fond. (In Final Events, for example, Redfern takes a 1969 government review of popular UFO literature for a statement about the nature of UFOs.) In 1949, a certain Ross C. Patton wrote to the Director of Central Intelligence to inform him that he was certain that science was a satanic hoax. He claimed that gravity was an illusion and that the “whole scientific profession” had somehow missed the signs, as well as the real reason it gets dark at night around a stationary earth. Patton concluded that the only reason we can no longer see God when we look up into the sky is that “Satan has blinded our eyes.” The Director of Central Intelligence, R. H. Hillenkoetter, replied that he read the letter with… “a great deal of interest.” It’s a conspiracy!
Sadly, there is much more documentation of U.S. government involvement with Satan’s gravity deception than there is of the alleged demon-UFO summoning think tank.
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