This is the second of a two-part article. See here for essential background: http://hpanwo-voice.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/the-great-ufo-conspiracy-coming-soon.html.
It took some serious organizing to sit down and watch the television in my house. I watch it so seldom that the people I live with are used to having it to themselves and consider it shared between the three of them alone. I feel strange about this programme because although, as I said in the background link, I loathe disinformation broadcasts, I felt a strong sense of morbid curiosity. So, with my sick bag ready, I switched the TV onto More 4 at and waited.
The titles were crude and childish cartoons accompanied by jocular mock-spooky music. The presenter, Dan Schreiber, wanted to know more about "alien conspiracy theories" which most people think are solely an American phenomenon; but Schreiber wanted to show that they are common in
too. Schreiber means
"writer" in German... as in "story teller"; says a lot! He
looks like a hipster with horn rimmed glasses and designer messed-up hair and he
makes it clear that he's a Skeptic. But doesn't want to prove us wrong; he is
just "fascinated" by us. He calls on Tony Topping (who will shortly
be a guest on HPANWO Radio) and Tony gives him a summary of his life as a UFO
witness and targeted individual. Schreiber describes him as having
"classic conspiracy beliefs". The music changes to a parody of a
detective movie score as Tony takes Schreiber to the places where Tony had his
experiences, and also to the headquarters of the Royal Institute of
International Affairs which Tony sees as a major part of the cover-up. When
Tony describes his encounters with helicopters hovering low over him, Schreiber
relates afterwards: "Helicopters are a common sight in the skies over
British towns and cities yet Tony has used their appearance to come up with
fantastical reasons to confirm his beliefs." This is a ridiculous
misrepresentation of Tony's story, and I found that it set the scene for the
rest of the programme.
Next stop was the veteran UFO author and investigator Timothy Good. Timothy told the story of what happened to him in the
in 1963 when he was on tour with his classical orchestra and he encountered a
young woman who communicated telepathically with Timothy. She turned out to be
an extraterrestrial. He also talked about the Italian "Friendship"
case. Schreiber said that he found it extraordinary that Timothy didn't
conclude the most likely outcome of his alien encounter was that it was just a
coincidence. Again, this completely whitewashes over the depth and complexity
of the issue. In one of his books Timothy deals briefly with the possibility
that Jesus had been an alien and the star of Bethlehem was a spaceship that
gave instructions to the Three Wise Men by telepathy; why was it that Schreiber
focused on this tiny little aspect of
Timothy's research instead of the far larger and more important areas Timothy
covers? In fact Schreiber refers to the "Jesus was an alien!" trope
several more times over the duration of the programme, and it appears in the
Then the location moves to The Barge Inn and the Bases at the Barge event and... of course!... The shot with Jeff Scott that the team were so determined to capture is included. Enter Miles Johnston, who tells Schreiber about crop circles and introduces him to Matthew Williams. "Crop circles were revealed to be a massive hoax in the 1990's!" Schreiber audaciously states... were they now?... But aliens are still involved in making them by influencing the human circle makers. The viewer is shown Win Keech's well known photographs of shadow people in crop circles without a real explanation of what's really going on with them. The same goes for when Miles talks about the black goo outside the MI6 headquarters. Once again there's a dumb trivialization of the subject, see here for a much better description: http://hpanwo-voice.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/bases-project-live-in-london.html. Schreiber is enthralled and grins inanely like a happy child: "This is like really amazing science fiction in the real world!... Miles Johnston is like Doctor Who!... Does he really believe it or is he making this all up? No way to be sure." There are a few scenes of Dan Schreiber sitting at his computer surfing the internet, and at one point the viewer is shown a clip of some alien autopsy footage from Russia; this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ihd21dHa7oE, which is probably a fake. Why didn't they show this much more interesting one which is far more likely to be real?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMNr8li6ffM?... Answers on a postcard please. Schreiber then travels to a quiet location under a bridge where he meets up with Max Spiers who informs him about the Reptilian theory and the all-seeing eye in the dollar bill. Just before the last ad break Schreiber tells the viewer that a brand new groundbreaking theory has just emerged that will turn the whole world of alien conspiracy on its head!... It turns out that it's just that old chestnut Mark Pilkington brings up in Mirage Men which I analyze here: http://hpanwo.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/mirage-men-by-mark-pilkington.html and here: http://hpanwo-voice.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/mirage-men-film.html.