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In 1952 USAF Intelligence Chief Major General John Samford held a press conference to address a flood of UFO sightings above Washington DC. The press conference signaled a new kind of seriousness in the government’s approach to unidentified flying objects. Behind the scenes, the heads of US Intelligence had decided that they had a role to play in shaping the public imagination when it came to flying saucers. According to my guest, writer Mark Pilkington, this role took shape, most shockingly, in the form of Mirage Men.
Mirage Men are the name Mark gives to the intelligence agents who, throughout the cold war, infiltrated UFO groups in order to spread mis-information about aliens and flying saucers. As we learn in Mark’s documentary — fittingly titled Mirage Men — the work of these shadowy figures has helped create the UFO folklore that we know in popular culture, as well as perpetuated the stories and conspiracy theories UFO die-hards suspect the government of covering up.
Recently I spoke to writer Mark Pilkington about Mirage Men, flying saucers, and the status of UFO culture in the 21st century.
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