UFOs: weapons of mass deception… For over 60 years teams within the US Air Force and Intelligence services exploited and manipulated beliefs about UFOs and ET visitations as part of their counterintelligence programmes. In doing so they spawned a mythology so powerful that it captivated and warped many brilliant minds, including several of their own. Now, for the first time, some of those behind these operations, and their victims, speak out, revealing a true story that is part Manchurian Candidate and part Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
The UFO mythology in the U.S. has a rich history dating back to the infamous Roswell incident of the late ’40s. What the documentary Mirage Men posits is that everything the public believes about UFOs was intentionally fabricated by the government. But why? What would be the purpose of this massive disinformation program? And why are UFO conventions always held in the most depressing hotel function halls? Mirage Men features tons of testimonies from UFO researchers, ex-government workers, and pilots – all focused not on whether UFOs are real or not, but if and why the U.S. government fed believers false information to draw attention away from their actual clandestine operations.
Taken from the 2010 book of the same name by Mark Pilkington, Mirage Men focuses essentially on one major player in the UFO disinformation program and the fallout from his actions: retired officer Richard Doty, who worked for the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI). During the 1970s and 80s, Doty’s job was to deliver false information to UFO researchers and to what is largely referred to as the “UFO community.” He was basically a professional liar. He comes off nowadays like kind of a creep, but a charming one. Talking to the camera, you get the feeling he’s still not telling the truth about much of anything. He eerily refers to himself as a “private citizen” several times in the film. READ MORE