This article expands on some material which appears in the book
The OZ Files - the Australian UFO Story. The author can be
P.O. Box W 42,
West Pennant Hills,
phone on Sydney 9484 4680
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The UFO "coverup" argument sustains an extraordinary
controversy. At its heart is the quest for proof of the Ultimate
The Ultimate Secret purports to be this: UFOs are real. They
are extra-terrestrial in origin. The extra-terrestrials (or ETs)
are already visiting us. Some of their craft have crashed and been
retrieved into military custody. In some cases open contact has
taken place, in a covert setting - a form of "alien liaison". Alien
technology, retrieved either through "crashes" or direct
"exchanges", has been examined, subjected to attempts at reverse
engineering, and is being used in secret advanced technologies, such
as extraordinary advances in aircraft design. Governments,
particularly the United States, know this and have kept it from us.
There has been a concerted campaign by some of the parties involved
in the cover-up to bring things out into the open. Some
participating individuals have started to come forward. This
process is gathering momentum. Extraordinary disclosures are at
hand. The implications are mind boggling.
Your rational reaction to all this will inevitably be complete
scepticism or outright rejection. If it is not, you are presumably
a UFO enthusiast, many of whom enshrine this sort of material like
an article of faith in the litany of uncritical belief that pervades
much of the popular interest in UFOs. The famous Roswell "UFO
crash" and the notorious MJ-12 saga are the cornerstones of the
"ultimate secret" in the United States.
Ultimately, there is no absolute proof of any of it. It is
impossible to say with any certainty just what is going on. We
could be dealing with: real extra-terrestrial contact - a cosmic
Watergate - in which Churchill's wartime maxim of
counterintelligence may rule, namely: "Truth is so important it must
be guarded by a bodyguard of lies", delusions and lies on a large
scale, motivated by either hoaxer or aberrant mentalities - in its
grandest expressions, one of the biggest hoaxes in history, a Space
Age technological expression of the urban legend syndrome - cosmic
folktales - which moved my friend Jerome Clark to label such stories
as "soldiers' tales, or the horrendous secrets I learned in the
service", some sort of extraordinary clandestine intelligence
gambit - an exercise in disinformation and deception - a paranoia
and conspiracy buff's garden of delights.
It is possible we could be seeing a combination of any or none
of these possibilities.
Such tales are not limited to the US. Here too in Australia we
have had our share of these seemingly apocryphal stories. The
number of them is striking. Most of them are unknown to even the
most seasoned UFO enthusiast and are told here for the first time.
In trying to unravel the convoluted trail these tales have left, I
almost feel like the fictional FBI special agent Fox Mulder of the
hit TV series "The X Files", as a maze of mirrors lead off in
bizarre directions, supported by even more bizarre and unbelievable
CLASSIFIED: SECRET AUSTEO
(AUSTRALIAN EYES ONLY)
We met at a location in Parramatta on August 1st, 1990. The
topic of confidential discussion - a strange tale about
extraordinary activity at an Australian military research facility.
I had requested a face to face meeting with my informant. She was
telling me a startling story told to her by a senior RAAF mechanic.
According to the tale, sometime prior to 1985, the mechanic had
been seconded, along with various other personnel, to work on
between 12 to 14 strange "craft", held at a secure hangar facility.
Most of the "craft" were very unusual in appearance - like "Star
Wars" type craft, with strange projections underneath. Only one was
round in appearance, and was apparently 12 feet in diameter. Some
of the objects had been opened. Some seem very complex, others were
very simple looking, with what appeared to be hydraulics, seemingly
totally inconsistent, with their apparent purpose - space travel.
The seconded personnel were apparently very frightened of this work.
They did not know what they might encounter.
Creatures had been recovered from some of these craft. They
were reportedly several types, but the mechanic was best informed on
2 "males", who were identical to human beings externally, but had
completely different internal organs, save for smaller lungs. The
entities were deceased.
The mechanic took his partner - my informant - out to the
boundary fence of the complex and pointed out the hangar facility
where he had been forced to work. He was convinced that the "craft"
were not from this world.
My informant, a journalist, accepts the story her former
partner told her. She herself saw a UFO in the Salisbury area and
seemed convinced of some sort of connection with the strange claims
of the RAAF man. I asked the woman to put me in contact with him,
but to date no confirmation from him or anyone else for that matter
has occurred. Other stories however continue to emerge.
The facility in question was the Weapons Research Establishment
(WRE) at Salisbury, a RAAF/Defence Science and Technology
Organisation (DSTO) operation, where AUSTEO (Australian Eyes Only)
security prevails. The Defence Research Centre at Salisbury (DRCS),
north of Adelaide, is Australia's largest research and development
complex, with 3 key defence labs (Advanced Engineering, Electronics
research and weapons systems research), employing more than 2700
scientists, engineers, technicians and back up personnel. These
labs are also connected with smaller facilities elsewhere, such as
the Aeronautical Research Laboratory (ARL), Melbourne. DRCS has the
advantage of RAAF Edinburgh Air Force Base next door, with its
important research and aircraft testing facilities. One of the most
interesting developments to come out of DRCS was Project Winnin or
the Hoveroc - an anti-ship missile decoy. It is a hovering cigar
shaped solid fuel rocket that can be launched and then hovers and
provides controlled sideways movement - an extraordinary
Another source, a well known TV journalist, told me of a story
he had heard. Sometime during the seventies a TV crew camera man
known to him had allegedly been at Salisbury as part of a media
contingent, apparently involved in a corporate film, or some such
similar project, for the RAAF. During their presence at the
facility they wandered off without a military escort. They came
upon a hangar which housed a saucer - type of craft. Their
examination of it was cut short with the arrival of military
security who hurried them away very quickly and pressured them to
not disclose what they had seen.
Such stories are of an apocryphal nature and do not invite a
lot of confidence. In isolation they are just provocative stories.
When such stories start to pop up on a regular basis, it is
reasonable to ask what is going on - are these tales legitimate or
are they the stuff of "urban legends".
APOTHEOSIS - fact or fiction?
An Australian businessman, who travels extensively overseas,
told me that he had been shown the title page and introduction of a
document purporting to describe an Australian operation called
either Operation or Project APOTHEOSIS. Apotheosis means either
exaltation to the rank of a god, the glorification of any person or
a deified or glorified ideal -- perhaps a fitting title? The
document allegedly referred to "modules" and "aliens" being ready
for transfer from an Australian facility. The business man
indicated to me he believed the facility in question was Salisbury!
He claims to have sighted the document in Britain, via a Ministry of
Defence contact. The "briefing report" was allegedly dated around
1986 or 1987, and was from a Air Vice Marshall Mackay to a General
Richards - at least that's what he recollects.
I have discussed this material with a number of people who might be
privy to this sort of information. No one was able to confirm these details to date. My source even suggested rather ominously that it might prove hazardous
to pursue the APOTHEOSIS connection. Such concerns have not
The only connection to UFOs I have found to date with the word
Apotheosis comes from a less than convincing source. The second
volume of bizarre collections of wild UFO conspiracy fodder
appearing under the title The Matrix II: The Abduction &
Manipulation of Humans using advanced technology" thanks "Nexus
Seven" for selections from his 1989 unpublished manuscript Top
Secret/Apotheosis - A Multilateral Set of Hypotheses. This
unlikely connection may be the inspiration of the Apotheosis story.
Such tales, while curious are proof of nothing. They however
give substance, albeit of a dubious kind, to the widely held belief
that secret UFO activity and research has been carried out for years
at remote sites and restricted areas in various locations including
South Australia (Salisbury, Woomera, and the Nullarbor), Northern
Territory (Pine Gap), and New South Wales (near Nowra and the St.
George Basin on the south coast).
PINE GAP PARANOIA
Pine Gap (code named 'Merino') located near Alice Springs and
described as a "Joint Defence Space Research Facility", has long
been a subject of concern and attracted some mystique, principally
because of its clandestine role in intelligence gathering. Much is
known about its sensitive role as a ground station for the US
defence satellite programme and its part in the NSA and CIA presence
in Australia. With this sort of shadowy activity, it should not be
surprising that Pine Gap has become a focus of a number of
apocryphal UFO related stories.
The now defunct Nation Review reported on Pine Gap's role in
"scifi research" in its "Spying Around" column, in 1974. William H.
The Pine Gap research facility near Alice Springs
has managed to keep secret, until now, one of the most unbelievable
research projects in the world.
The United States has been carrying out continuous research into electromagnetic propulsion (EMP for short) at Pine Gap since it was
established in 1966 ... I understand that last minute flaws in the design and operation of the EMP vehicles have probably put the completion date back by four years (to 1979).
Research into electromagnetic propulsion began in the United States
soon after world war two. After some successful
results it became necessary to move the experimentation from
populated areas to more remote spots....
Security aspects of the EMP project have included hypnotic and post
hypnotic keys implanted in personnel prior to their acceptance into
the project ....
William H. Martin was apparently a pseudonym for a writer on
intelligence matters and the name of a major NSA defector - perhaps
the pseudonym was an inside joke. Nothing further appeared on that
curious account, except for Stan Deyo's airing of the same story in
his book The Cosmic Conspiracy" in 1978. He was a proponent of top
secret "flying saucer" research - or what he referred to as
"electro-gravitic propulsion systems".
Retired NASA scientist and UFO researcher Dr. Richard Haines
alludes to an undated newspaper story, describing how a Perth
newspaper received two visitors claiming to be Pine Gap employees.
They allegedly spoke of "electromagnetic devices which manifested
themselves as UFOs and even alien beings at Pine Gap." Professor
John Frodsham of Western Australia was told of the experience of 3
roo shooters. They alleged that at about 4.30 am, one morning, from
a ridge overlooking Pine Gap, they witnessed a camouflaged door open
up within the facility. A circular metallic looking craft rose
vertically and silently and then took off at high speed.
A CRASH RETRIEVAL IN THE DESERT?
Another source told me he knew of at least 3 separate UFO
crashes in Australia. They were allegedly the focus of an operation
devoted to retrievals of the objects and any beings present.
Australian and US military teams intent on "contact" apparently used
individuals with histories of UFO encounters to help identify
possible event locations. My source claims these individuals
apparently come from military ranks. One alleged incident was
described in great detail.
My source describes the following extraordinary incident, in
which he claims to have been a direct participant. I have not been
able to verify this story due to concerns that any attempt to check
his bonafides may draw unwanted attention to him - a frustrating or
convenient Catch-22, depending on your point of view. While the
details seem unbelievable, I have heard various elements of the
story as features in other unrelated episodes. This does not
validate the story but it makes it at least a fascinating yarn that
may yet yield confirmatory details.
In about 1977 a UFO, first seen as a purple green "fireball",
was observed to "crash" near the South Australia - Western Australia
border, some distance north of the Eyre Highway. A retrieval team
was on location within hours and confirmed the presence of a large
damaged object, completely unlike any conventional aircraft.
Smaller than a Boeing, it had something of a triangular appearance.
There was charcoal coloured debris present.
The team quickly verified that two men had already entered the
crashed UFO. One of them, indicating he was with the transport
division of the Australian army, had emerged from the craft in a
somewhat dazed condition. He stated that one of the UFO occupants
was still alive. He was subjected to immediate decontamination
procedures. The man's companion was apparently determined to be a
US citizen. He was separated from the Australian and taken into
custody. Allegedly he was determined to be AWOL and was taken back
to the US. The Australian army transport driver was subjected to
standard interrogation procedures. He was returned to his vehicle
and escorted to his destination and then relocated to Exmouth for
two weeks of intensive interrogation and debriefing designed to
ensure he was not a security threat to the operation.
The retrieval group verified the presence of two beings inside
the craft. One was deceased. The other indicated signs of life,
uttering a slight squealing noise possibly indicative of being in
pain. Both appeared to be pot bellied, with arms that seemed
thinner and longer than normal. They were both about 4'6" to 5' in
height. Their eyes appeared to be wider than normal and looked
black. No ears or hair was noticed. My informant did not
participate in the actual removal of the beings and craft but
verified that the site was totally cleaned up leaving no evidence of
any crash incident.
The retrieval operation was allegedly part of a joint US-Australian
operation to recover alien technology and lifeforms.
Military personnel who had been assessed and determined to have a
history of verified UFO sightings, were used in an "outer cell"
operation to locate apparent sighting "hot spots". Once the site
was verified as active the retrieval/contact team was sent in.
Operations of this nature were alleged to have occurred in the
Nullarbor area and near Marble Bar. My source claimed he was aware
of 4 apparent UFO crash events.
My source insists that what he told me and an associate is
true. A certain bitterness enters his recollections, given what he
claims to have gone through. There is much that I cannot describe
because of concerns about his well-being if the stories are true.
He said to me, "You might think this shit, but it is true... All my
stories would be verified." When I indicated that I would like to
air these stories for the purpose of possible verification, and I
indicated concern about possible repercussions for him, he had some
misgivings. He was concerned that there were things he had said
that perhaps he should not have said, particularly to my associate
who first heard his story in a non-investigative setting. But then
finally he concluded, "If they get wind of me, stiff shit!" This
might be mere bravado or a nice flourish for a yarn spinner. Which
is appropriate I cannot yet be certain. There was much in this
story that troubles me.
Intriguing as this account is, it has not been confirmed.
Some possible tantalising links have surfaced that may be connected.
For example, I have seen a JIO document originally classified SECRET
that confirmed the Joint Intelligence Organisation maintained a
secret document resource called the BOLIDE file. It seemed to be
anchored to the premise that "UFOs" could involve the chance of
retrieval of Soviet hardware and therefore contribute some useful
intelligence. It appeared that JIO had a "rapid intervention"
capability as they had been able to institute prompt widespread
ground searches in suspected "hardware" crashes. They did this
through "special access" channels. This operation may be similar
to US activity operating under the code name Project Moondust.
Could this have been involved in the operation described by my
source? Clearly further confirmatory information is required before
any definite conclusions can be drawn.
"ALIEN LIAISON" DOWN UNDER?
Best selling author, Timothy Good, argues for a cosmic
"cover-up" in his books, Above Top Secret: The Worldwide UFO
cover-up, Beyond Top Secret - The Worldwide UFO Security Threat,
and Alien Liaison - The Ultimate Secret. The anecdotes I have
described so far hint at such a scenario down under. Other stories
go further, much further.
One of the most bizarre and unbelievable stories I have come
across involves a man who claims not only alien contact and
abduction, but to have been taken aboard a UFO and flown into a base
beneath Pine Gap, where evidence of "alien liaison" between aliens
and the military and government was occurring on a cosmic scale!
"Greg", as I will call him, had a very strange story to tell me.
The circumstances of its telling, were almost as strange as the
details it contained. It is a story of alienation in the sense that
we were dealing with an individual caught up in a complex milieu of
his own making, with its basis either in fact or fiction. If true,
albeit unlikely, we are dealing with an alien nation and alien
liaison. This situation may have been more about the inner self of
"Greg" than any alien reality, but I'll let you be the judge.
On December 22nd, 1992, I received a call from a woman. She
indicated her 22 year-old husband - Greg - had a big interest in
UFOs, but that an event that had occurred the previous night had
alarmed Greg. He reluctantly came to the phone and confirmed the
story his wife had related, namely that he had seen 2 strange
looking men standing in the front yard of their country NSW home at
about 8.45 p.m. The weather was clear but the men seemed to be
wearing long dark coats like rain coats. He turned to come inside,
then found they had suddenly disappeared.
A strange story? The "real" reason for Greg's concern emerged
slowly in the conversation that followed. He had not shared this
with anyone, even his wife. These were not just "men" - they were
"men in black" (MIBs) - a bizarre aspect of the fringe world of UFO
paranoia - the sinister UFO "silencers". They were watching him, it
seems, because he was trying to break away from a near life long
They came into his life at a troubling time. At five, Greg's
father had died. Some children have "imaginary friends", Greg had
his "men in black". They were friendly, normal looking human
beings. They appeared in numerous settings - in his room at night,
in the park to play, or at a pool. It was all innocuous stuff.
Then later as the "relationship" developed, the "men" gave Greg a
device - like a hand held computer device, that showed moving colour
scenes, like a miniature TV. This was allegedly in about the late
seventies. When he was about 12 he started having the experience of
finding himself in a strange room. He found he was onboard a craft.
He had no idea how he got there or how he got back. This happened a
number of times, where he wasn't aware of going and returning, only
of being there onboard a UFO. He was escorted by a group of normal
looking human beings. Then the experiences started to change. The
"men in black" would approach him like before and ask him to meet at
certain rendezvous points. There he would be driven to a bush
setting, where a craft would be on the ground. He would go onboard
and be taken on rides and shown things. At about 14 he had the
first sense of "them" - other life forms on the UFOs other than the
human beings - little aliens. It seemed he was being "groomed" for
some form of "service". Everything started to change, he claimed.
The craft would then be actually going to secret bases.
Greg told me, "I had their trust. But when I started realising
what sort of mistake I had made ... when I had seen things being
done, I wanted to get out. I didn't know how to handle it." He
found he was not alone in this sort of cultivated relationship. He
became aware of a number of people like himself who seemed to
participating as well in these "alien adventures".
Greg claimed that what alarmed him about his "alien liaison"
relationship was what he saw going on at the secret bases he claims
he went to.
He claims "abductions" were occurring. He described
seeing people being subjected to cruel abduction procedures in the
bases. He saw the beings involved as ultimately cruel and ruthless
and began to fear for his own safety. His perception was that he
was being evolved into a "men in black" type role. His descriptions
of activities and places vary from the elaborate to the vague.
Greg described his first trip to the Pine Gap under ground
facility. It is both simple and exotic - perhaps the stuff of
fantasy, or alienation.
"(It was) viewed on an image screen, not through windows. The
screens would automatically switch off. The thing took over and
guide you through the actual opening. Its a big opening... It
would split. Two pieces would slide open... Its like your
travelling through a tube .... (for about) 15 to 30 seconds
before you actually come to the base itself. The actual complex
had ships there the height almost of telegraph poles. The
roofing system was much higher...."
In the base there were men working on "repairs", laboratories,
glass houses, food storage areas, and other facilities.
Greg claimed that it was his intention not to continue with
this "alien liaison" relationship. He feared for his safety. That
was the story that I unravelled from him.
The alleged "men in black" presence stepped up. On Christmas
Day, 1992, both Greg and his wife saw 3 men in the adjacent paddock,
at 8.45 p.m. They disappeared suddenly, leaving no trace of their
Greg's wife called again on December 28th in a state of panic.
Greg had gone out into the backyard. As he returned his wife saw
what seemed to be a flash and "explosion" that seemingly knocked
Greg off his feet and left behind a burning hole, which lasted 10 to
15 minutes. Photos were taken of the burning hole, which I have
copies of. To Greg the significance of this event was that "they"
were intimidating him into compliance and submission.
When Greg and his wife holidayed at a location near Sydney, I
took the opportunity, in company with friend and psychologist, Dick
Warburton, to met with the couple. We wanted to see if this was the
stuff of fantasy or delusion. Greg's wife had not been made privy
to the "alien liaison" material but was clearly supportive of him.
Dick and I were in a quandary. Greg did not seem to have had
exposure to the kind of UFO literature and material which could have
inspired this type of story. However, we were uncomfortable with
the dynamics of the situation and the bizarre and elaborate tale
described. As we stopped at a service (gas) station on the outskirts of
the town on our late return to Sydney, I wryly said to Dick, "If
there is any truth to this story, we might not make it back to
Sydney." We did make it back to Sydney without incident. Perhaps
that mirrors the perspective we should hold on this affair.
I tried to keep in contact. I received a Christmas card from them for 1993.
After that there has been no further contact and I have lost track
of them. It would be easy for us to rationalise all of this as the
product of story telling on the part of Greg. We were never
absolutely certain of the ultimate status of the affair, except for
the reality that there was not a shred of compelling evidence to
back up the whole bizarre milieu.
UFOs - THE OFFICIAL INSIDE STORY
Given the intriguing but apocryphal nature of these and many
other stories, there can be no doubt about why many researchers have
wanted to penetrate the the military restrictions on examining the
government UFO files. I have done that and gone somewhat further,
tracking down key players in the government secret involvement in
the UFO controversy. That story is substantially different to the
strange tales you have just read. The official story I have been able to put together is based on direct access to their files and
numerous discussions with participants in the official and
One thing should be stated. With regard to the
RAAF Directorate of Air Force Intelligence files I am satisfied that
I have had access to a generally unbroken record of files reaching
back to the 1950s. I have accessed the old Department of Aviation
files. Other files remain to be examined that have bigger
obstacles. These include the JIB/JIO (now Defence Intelligence
organisation) files and ASIO files. Attempts have been made to
examine any holdings they may have without success. As far as I am
aware the RAAF files are the most detailed holdings of official
files, but without access to possible holdings with JIO and ASIO it
is impossible to be certain if this is the case.
Go to UFOs "SUB ROSA" DOWN UNDER --
THE AUSTRALIAN MILITARY & GOVERNMENT ROLE
IN THE UFO CONTROVERSY
by Bill Chalker