September 21st

MUFON LA Presents Greg Bishop

Venue: St. Innocent Orthodox Church (Inside Herman's Hall), 5657 Lindley Ave. Tarzana, CA 91356

Speaker: Greg Bishop

Topic: PROJECT BETA: How the U.S. Government Created An Alien Invasion

In the early 1980s, electrical physicist Paul Bennewitz thought he
had stumbled onto evidence of an alien invasion. Unbeknownst to him, he
had been fed disinformation by the Air Force Office of Special
Investigations in a counterintelligence operation. The plan backfired,
however, because the incident led to renewed calls for disclosure of
government UFO secrecy. In the process, Bennewitz had actually stumbled
onto strange lights and signals that were part of the vast black budget
projects that were going on at Kirtland-projects sponsored by the Air
Force, Defense Intelligence Agency, and the National Security Agency.
The Bennewitz episode would provide the government cover-story for those wild UFO conspiracy tales for the next 20 years or more, and
serve as a warning to researchers not to confuse the authority of the
messenger with the truth of the message.

Thanks to the efforts of author/researcher Greg Bishop, the truth
behind the Bennewitz story and its implications to current ufology is
finally being revealed. Bishop's lecture will feature personal notes,
correspondence, and some of the verified disinformation that was fed to
Bennewitz that lead to his eventual breakdown and institutionalization.
His presentation will also include an in-depth analysis of the
disinformation campaign by an agent specifically assigned to draw
Bennewitz into an ever-increasing web of paranoia and intrigue, much of
which still runs through the UFO rumor mill today. Other new
information and accounts will deal with the famous Cash-Landrum close
encounter case and its relationship to the Bennewitz case.

Greg Bishop is the author of the book Project Beta: The Story of
Paul Bennewitz, National Security, and the Creation of a Modern UFO
Myth. Greg says he has been fascinated with the no-man's land between
the extremes of wide-eyed belief and closed-minded debunkery ever since
1991, when he co-founded a magazine called The Excluded Middle, a
journal of UFOs, conspiracy research, psychedelia and new science (now
online at ). Wake Up Down There!, a collection
of articles from the magazine, was published in 2000. His third and
newest book, Weird California, was published by Sterling Publishers and
Barnes & Noble in March of 2006. Greg's radio show, Radio
Misterioso, can be heard on Sundays from 8-10 PM PST at Interviews with fringe-topic researchers and weird
music are the usual fare.

Time: 8:00pm

Admission: $9.00 for members, $15.00 for non-members