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Jack Brewer’s new book, The Greys Have Been Framed: Exploitation in the UFO Community, addresses the questionable research practices of David M. Jacobs, PhD, of Temple University, recently retired, among other topics. The book has been rising on Amazon’s bestseller lists, including making the top 100 in the Kindle Store’s category of Popular Culture.

The Greys Have Been Framed

“The Greys Have Been Framed: Exploitation in the UFO Community” explores the ways deception, sensationalism and questionable ethics characterize the UFO genre. With interviews and insights from James Carrion, Leah Haley, Dr. Tyler Kokjohn, Simone Mendez, Carol Rainey, Emma Woods and others, the manipulation of ufology as perpetrated by suspect individuals and the intelligence community is documented. The circumstances prove relevant whatever personal opinion one may hold on the mystery of UFOs and their alleged occupants.”

About Jack Brewer

Brewer’s interest in the paranormal and subsequent navigation of the UFO community led him to become convinced critical thinking was often sorely lacking. He supports healthy skepticism balanced with keeping an open mind. Brewer’s research and writing integrate objectivity and relevant facts into assessments of the all too prevalent fantastic UFO dogma. His interests include alleged alien abduction and the intelligence community. Keep up with him through his blog, The UFO Trail, and contact him through his blogger profile.

Book Review

The Greys Have Been Framed is an important and much needed exposé of problems endemic within Ufology.

Brewer covers the field’s widespread use of hypnosis for memory retrieval. He points out that hypnosis for memory retrieval is no longer used in the rest of society, since therapists who did so with clients elicited false memories of childhood abuse, leading to scores of innocent people being falsely accused in court. Brewer reviews studies on false memories, including the work of experimental psychologist Elizabeth F. Loftus, PhD, and the stance taken by the American Medical Association (APA). He provides information on hypnotic states, as well as on the attempts of intelligence agencies to utilise those states for their own ends.

In two chapters of the book, Brewer addresses my own case, and Jacobs’ highly questionable research practices. I am extremely grateful to Brewer for helping to bring these issues to light.

Brewer covers the courageous contribution to Ufology made by award-winning filmmaker, Carol Rainey. This includes her important article, The Priests of High Strangeness: Co-Creation of the “Alien Abduction” Phenomenon, and her concern about investigator Budd Hopkins continuing to hypnotize a subject against the recommendations of medical professionals. Brewer gives an overview of Hopkins’ mishandling of the increasingly obvious Mortellaro hoax, and his statements about wanting to “stack the deck” when presenting evidence. Additionally, Brewer touches on the misogyny displayed by leading members of the ufological community in their response to the evidence provided by both Rainey and myself of serious problems in “abduction research”.

Microbiologist Tyler A. Kokjohn, PhD, is interviewed on a range of topics relevant to Ufology. Kokjohn’s comments help to illustrate the abysmal state of affairs in the field, including researchers claiming to be conducting “scientific” research while carying out investigations that cannot remotely be considered scientific.

Brewer gives the reader an overview of James Carrion’s research into the so-called ghost rockets sighted over Sweden and nearby countries in the 1940s. Carrion is a former intelligence analyst for the US Army, and was the international director of the Mutual UFO Network from 2006 to 2009. His research indicates that the ghost rocket sightings were part of a US-led deception operation, masterminded and conducted by a select few.

The book covers the Cold War context surrounding early UFO and abduction cases, and the shameful and disturbing history of military and intelligence covert human experimentation. Additionally, Brewer notes the strong presence in Ufology of people with links to military and intelligence organizations.

Brewer addresses the famous Betty and Barney Hill abduction case, and questions the role of John G. Fuller, author of a landmark 1966 book, Interrupted Journey, about the case. Brewer raises writer and researcher Nick Redfern’s suggestion that Fuller may have spun the case as instructed by intelligence personnel.

I found the chapter on Airman Simone Mendez particularly interesting. While in the Airforce, a co-worker gave Mendez a carbon copy of an allegedly classified document containing information carrying strong implications for the UFO phenomenon. She was subsequently interrogated at length by both the FBI and the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (OSI), and subjected to a battery of interrogation techniques, including threats of long-term imprisonment. Mendez questions the motives and intentions of her interrogators and OSI. She experiences gaps in her memories, and suspects that she may have been administered drugs in attempts to enhance the interrogation process, or as some type of related experimentation.

Another interesting case that Brewer covers is that of Leah Haley. He has researched her case extensively, as well as the associated Carpenter Affair, in which abduction researcher, John Carpenter, sold his subjects’ case files without their knowledge or consent. Brewer also touches on how Haley was contacted by elements of the intelligence community.

The Greys Have Been Framed is meticulously researched with sources provided, and Brewer stays close to the evidence. Important and complex cases are presented in a readable format. It is one of the best books to come out of Ufology in recent times.