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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.

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