The Story of Paul Bennewitz, National Security, and the Creation of a Modern UFO
by Greg Bishop
Paraview Pocket Books, 2005
UFOs, 288 pages
Trade paperback, $14.00
TRUE STORY OF A GOVERNMENT - AUTHORIZED CAMPAIGN OF DISINFORMATION THAT DEFINED AN
ERA OF ALIEN PARANOIA AND DESTROYED ONE MAN'S LIFE.
In 1978, Paul Bennewitz, an electrical physicist living in Albuquerque, New
Mexico, engaged in some aggressive radio monitoring of the nearby Sandia Labs,
then managed by the Department of Defense. When he became convinced that the
strange lights hovering over the labs and Kirtland Air Force Base signaled the
vanguard of an extraterrestrial alien invasion, he began writing TV stations,
newspapers, senators -- and even President Reagan -- to alert them.
For the most part Bennewitz received form-letter replies, but Air Force
investigators paid him a visit, as did Bill Moore, author of the first book on
the Roswell incident. Before long Moore -- then a new force in civilian UFO
research -- was tapped by a group of intelligence agents and a deal was struck:
Moore was to keep tabs on Bennewitz while the Air Force ran a psychological
profile and disinformation campaign on the unsuspecting physicist. In return,
Air Force Intelligence would let Moore in on classified UFO material.
This is Bennewitz's harrowing tale, told by fringe-culture historian Greg
Bishop. It is the troubling account of the custom-made hall of smoke and mirrors
that eventually drove Bennewitz to a mental institution, as well as the story of
the explosive propagation of disinformation that began in 1979 and reverberates
through the UFO community and pop culture to this day.
"This is both a true story and a little known but extremely important event in
the social history of the fringe movements that swept America during the 1990s."
-- Paul Davids, executive producer for Showtime's Roswell
Greg Bishop publishes and edits The Excluded Middle, a journal
examining UFOs, conspiracy culture, and related subjects, and is editor of the
anthology, Wake Up Down There! His radio show, Radio Misterioso, can be
heard on the internet at