Mirage Men


That’s the name of a new documentary film that that portends to show that UFOs are nothing more than a complicated decades long effort by the U.S. government to deceive its citizens in a grand disinformation project. The basis for the allegations is a 2010 book by the same name.

For years, ufologists have suspected that the government was hiding information on UFOs and the film contends that the allegation is true. However, what they were hiding was the disinformation program. Mirage Men even uncovers a former government agent, Richard Doty, who played the role of one of the notorious Men in Black.

“The UFO community is a textbook case of a gullible group susceptible to manipulation. Having spent too long watching the skies and The X-Files, it’s implied, they’ll readily swallow whatever snippet of ‘evidence’ suits their grand theory,” according to an article in The Guardian about the documentary. The article was recently re-published here in Raw Story.

The Guardian tells us that Mirage Men “unearths compelling evidence that UFO folklore was actually fabricated by the US government. Rather than covering up the existence of aliens, could it be that the real conspiracy has been persuading us to believe in them?”

If what The Guardian says about the documentary is true, then it sounds like a reductionist simplification of the UFO phenomenon. In other words, since there is a documented pattern of disinformation regarding UFOs, then there are no ‘real’ UFOs.

As I was reading the article, I kept wondering if there’s nothing to UFOs, and ufologists are basically nut cases, then why the need for disinformation? What’s the point?
Finally, in the last paragraph the writer seems to wake up to that fact when he concludes: “As always in the conspiracy-theory hall of mirrors, it’s possible to flip the hypothesis on its head: what if the lies and hoaxes Mirage Men reveals are simply a smokescreen for the fact that the authorities really do know secrets about extraterrestrials? What better way to conceal them than by getting ‘found out’ in their disinformation tactics?…Perhaps we’re no closer to knowing if the truth really is out there, but we can be sure the lies are.

We’ll probably watch the documentary and hopefully it won’t be as one-sided as the article implies. Clearly, there is more to the UFO phenomenon than disinformation. 

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8 Responses to Mirage Men

  1. Nancy says:

    If the UFOs are disinformation, then the lies have to do with all of the craft that has/is being created with our tax dollars! They can’t deny what thousands are seeing in the sky. And does that mean our own government has been abducting and doing experiements on their own people? Too many to sweep under the rug. Maybe it’s time for our government to come clean.

    • Rob and Trish says:

      Good points, Nancy. And frankly, I think our government has a lot that it needs to come clean about…

      • Dale Dassel says:

        Yeah, but that’s never going to happen. There’s too much invested in whatever they’re hiding, and disclosure isn’t even on the radar in the grand scheme of things. There would literally have to be an extraterrestrial event (hundreds of spacecraft dropping out of the sky in broad daylight) to bring the truth out in the open; something that couldn’t be conveniently swept under the rug in a carefully-worded government press conference of denial.

  2. If it’s disinformation then there would have to be a reason to go to all that effort.

    Maybe the UFO community is a gullible group. The same may perhaps be said of the paranormal community in general, oh and the religious groups and so on. There are times when we want to believe – but truth is a truth, no matter what.

    • Rob and Trish says:

      That’s the bottom line: why bother with all the disinformation if there’s nothing to any of it?

  3. Momwithwings says:

    I know what I saw….

  4. Shadow says:

    A conspiracy theory created from conspiracy theories? This is getting awfully complicated…. Must tell hubby about this, he’ll be most interested.