I recently finished reading Greg Bishop‘s book on Paul Bennewitz and was pleasantly surprised to read about one UFO researcher’s attempt to find the truth about what happened to Bennewitz and the extraterrestrial information he allegedly discovered in the period from 1978 to 1986.
Bishop researches the Bennewitz saga by conducting a number of interviews with individuals who directly knew and worked with Bennewitz during the period in question.
- William Moore
- Richard Doty
- Leo Sprinkle
- Gabe Valdez,
…according to Bishop, are the individual keys to unlocking the mystery behind the Bennewitz saga.
According to the saga unraveled by Bishop, Bennewitz through his electronics wizardry was able to find the electronic frequencies upon which some classified military projects were being conducted in the area around the Manzano Nuclear facilities near Kirtland Air Force base in New Mexico.
Alert to the possibility of extraterrestrial involvement through the recent spate of cattle mutilations in the area that he had been researching, Bennewitz was to embark on a journey where he ultimately claimed that extraterrestrials had established an underground base in the area, and were showing a suspicious interest in US military facilities in the Manzano nuclear facility.
Bishop relates how Bennewitz in November 1980 went through the process of passing on his information, the United States Air Force and how they took his views seriously. Too seriously for Bennewitz’s ultimate well being in Bishop’s opinion.
According to Bishop, the USAF Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI) soon began a campaign of systematically feeding Bennewitz disinformation about underground alien bases, captured humans, and alien hybridization programs.
The goal, according to Bishop, was to so destabilize Bennewitz that he would ultimately be unable to separate the truth from the falsehoods being directed towards him and ultimately discredit himself. This apparently happened with veteran UFO researchers deserting Bennewitz and Bennewitz himself finally succumbing to a complete nervous breakdown in 1986.
In this saga, Bishop clarifies the role of key individuals such as Moore and Doty in feeding Bennewitz the disinformation that ultimately led to his discrediting and abandonment by the UFO community. Both Doty and Moore befriended Bennewitz, and allegedly used this friendship to lead Bennewitz astray from whatever it was he had discovered in his research.
Bishop goes on to further argue that the disinformation fed to Bennewitz ultimately went on to be disseminated by controversial UFO researchers such as William Cooper, John Lear and others, who created a whole new genre of extraterrestrials located at underground facilities using captured humans for all sorts of nasty purposes.
Bishop’s point is that much of modern Ufology has been contaminated by the disinformation fed to Bennewitz, and discerning ‘modern’ researchers need to weed out the disinformation regurgitated by less astute ‘researchers’ that was originally spawned through Bennewitz. Bishop’s thesis is certainly ambitious so the reasonable question to ask is, “is Bishop correct?”
There are many assumptions that Bishop makes that can be seriously criticized. First should Richard Doty and William Moore be believed that the information they fed to Bennewitz was in fact disinformation, rather than rumors of disinformation being spread to discredit Bennewitz and his legitimate claims of extraterrestrial bases with captive humans?
Bishop certainly concludes the former from his interviews with Doty and Moore, and curiously doesn’t consider the latter possibility as seriously worth considering.
If Bennewitz was the subject of a disinformation campaign, as most agree was indeed the case, then should one find credible the testimony of individuals directly participating in such a campaign?
Bishop paints a sympathetic picture of Moore as someone who unintentionally overstepped the bounds of sensible research principles and cooperated with the ‘wrong side’ so to speak. The same cannot be said for Richard Doty who was a professional in AFOSI and was a direct part of the campaign to discredit Bennewitz.
Bishop seems too eager to accept Doty’s and Moore’s’ versions of events that the information Bennewitz claimed concerning underground extraterrestrial bases and captive humans was in fact disinformation fed to Bennewitz.
The question Bishop doesn’t answer is why should anyone believe anything claimed by Richard Doty who in his official duty for AFOSI was a professional in disseminating disinformation and discrediting UFO researchers and witnesses?
As for William Moore, it is also dubious to accept his version of events where he volunteered to participate in a campaign to discredit Bennewitz in order to learn about how AFOSI interfered with UFO research. If Moore choose to believe Doty and Moore’s other AFOSI handlers that Bennewitz was being fed disinformation, then it’s not surprising that Moore would later contend that Bennewitz had been fed disinformation.
Put simply, Bishop places too much faith in a professional in discrediting UFO witnesses/researchers, and a UFO researcher who naively believed he could benefit by being a part of the military-intelligence game.
Bishop assumes that Bennewitz’s claims were a result of the disinformation being fed to him, and doesn’t seriously consider that Bennewitz’s central claims were accurate and that rumors of disinformation were used to discredit the genuine information Bennewitz was disseminating.
Bishop’s most unsympathetic assessment of Bennewitz’s work came with his interviews concerning the case of Myrna Hansen, an abductee that Bennewitz claimed was being taken to the underground extraterrestrial base.